Celebrating International Literacy Day with Incredibundles

Incredibundles Literacy is so important, and I believe you can never be too young to enjoy a good book. That’s why it’s important to teach children to have a love for reading and writing even in their early years. This month, on September 8th, you can celebrate your love for literacy on International Literacy Day! Incredibundles has made it easy for kids to love reading by providing bundles of different books. You can collect classic books, fun toys, and gifts in bundles that are shipped to your or a friend’s door. Incredibundles and Melissa and Doug Blocks Incredibundles is an amazing company that has drastically changed the way people give gifts for baby showers and more. They’ve revamped the baby gift basket by opting for a reusable storage container that is oh-so-cute. You can enjoy award-winning products and books shipped in these wonderful storage containers by ordering them through their website. One thing that I love about Incredibundles is that for every bundle you purchase, they donate to charity and they have several charities that they work with. The Tale of Peter Rabbit book The process for ordering is simple. You can either pick an already made bundle from their website, OR you can create your own bundle. I created my own bundle and I found that purchasing everything à la carte worked wonderfully for me.   SkipHop Zoo Stack and Pour Cups My order was shipped quickly to me and it was packaged beautifully! Everything arrived in a very cute container. There was a bow around the container, bubble wrap to keep anything from shifting around, and there was tissue paper inside with a metal seal on it. Right away, I was impressed with the quality Incredibundles put into the packaging alone. Avery couldn’t keep her hands off anything I ordered for her, as you can see from the pictures. Haha 🙂 That let me know that what I picked for her was perfect. Incredibundles and Peter Rabbit Plush

So what did I pick for her?

Brown Bear and Friends Board Book Gift Set

Brown Bear & Friends Board Book Gift Set by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle

Some of the first books I ever remember from school. I especially remember “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See”. I think that book and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” are probably two of the most known and loved children’s books.

SkipHop Zoo Stack Cups

SkipHop Zoo Stack and Pour Cup Set

These all have different sized holes on the bottom so your child can put water in them and let the water pour out. They can also stack the cups as well.

Melissa and Doug ABC 123 Blocks

Melissa and Doug ABC/123 Wooden Blocks Set

I thought these would be fun for Avery to play around with. She can’t exactly make words out of the blocks yet, but in time she’ll be able to. In the mean time, she can toss these around and stack them.

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Harold and the Purple Crayon Illustrations

Harold and the Purple Crayon book by Crockett Johnson

Again, I remember this book from my early years in school. The illustrations will always be fresh in my mind. I love this book and I know Avery will too. I thought it would be fun to read this to her.

Incredibundles Peter Rabbit Plush

Peter Rabbit Plush Jacket Embroidery

Peter Rabbit Plush

To go along with her Peter Rabbit book, I got this beautiful, soft, plush bunny.  I love the quality of this plush. He has “Peter” embroidered onto his coat, as well as some other embroidery. He’s also a decent size. I thought he’d be fairly small, but he is a nice, medium size. Perfect for snuggling. Avery has already tried to poke his eyes more times than I can count. :’D

Good Night, I Love You book

Goodnight, I Love You book by Caroline Jayne Church

A super cute book for putting little ones to bed. It’s one of those classic, feel-good books.

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit book by Beatrix Potter

My brothers and sisters and I used to read these books and watch the movies they made of them all the time. Our family loves Beatrix Potter books! When I saw this book on Incredibundles website, I had to get it for Avery. 🙂 I hope to keep this book in our family for a very long time.

Incredibundles Gift Set

All-in-all, I had a very pleasant experience with Incredibundles services. I think they’ve done an incredible job finding quality products for babies and children. Everything shipped quickly, was in excellent condition, and my daughter loved all the products. I’d definitely recommend Incredibundles to anyone who is looking to get presents for a baby shower or birthday.

You can check out Incredibundles website HERE and their social media below.

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*These products were sent to me free of charge for a completely honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

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Find Your Valuables with the Chipolo Tracker

Chipolo Tracker

Finding my valuables has become so much easier since having my Chipolo tracker. As a mom, I’m always feeling scatterbrained and I’m always busy doing a million things. I can never remember where my keys, purse, phone or many other things are. Chipolo has made losing my valuables a thing of the past!

I can connect my Chipolos to an app on my phone. Whenever I lose a valuable, I press the icon for it on my phone and it will play a ring tone on the corresponding Chipolo to help me find it. There’s also a map showing the location of the Chipolo.

So what if I lose my phone? I simply click the Chipolo twice and it will ring my phone even if it’s on SILENT. 😍 Which, if you’re like me happens way more than it should.

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Also, If I lose one of my valuables that has the Chipolo on it and someone else who has the app goes by that item, I get an email telling me the location of the item! I think that is so brilliant.

So what do I not love about the Chipolo? I only have two qualms so far.

  1. The Chipolo works through Bluetooth. So if you are out of range, you will not be able to connect to the Chipolo through your phone. The max range for the Chipolo to ring your item is 200 yards. But this decreases with walls, etc. I have only run into this issue once where I went to ring my Chipolo and because it was in the basement it didn’t ring. I figure it’s hard for a lot of cell phones to have service in a basement so it makes sense that it wouldn’t ring.
  2. One of the two styles of Chipolos has a non-replaceable battery. There is the Chipolo Classic and the Chipolo Plus. I have the Chipolo Plus, which has a non-replaceable battery. The battery is supposed to last 12 months. I will have to see how long mine lasts. The reason that the battery is non-replaceable is that with technology ever-changing they’d like you to change out Chipolos. There is a recycling program where you can return your old Chipolo to the company and they will give you up to a 50% discount off a new Chipolo. The price of one Chipolo is $24.99 so you wouldn’t be paying much at all to replace one. You also get a bigger price reduction by buying Chipolos in bulk.

All-in-all, the Chipolo is pretty great! It has saved my sanity more times than I can count. I love that it’s water resistant. It comes in 7 different colors. I have two Chipolos. One of them is in the color “Rose Quartz” and the other one is in “Pearl White”. They look so good with my Diaper bag and keys. I think it’s great that the ringtone is nice and loud too. It’s up to 100db which if you read this chart compares it to a power lawn mower’s noise level.

Check out Chipolo at https://chipolo.net 

*This product was sent to me free of charge for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Zipadee-Zip Swaddle Transitioner Blanket + Giveaway

If you’ve swaddled your baby for a while but they’re starting to turn over, you may want to get a swaddle transitioner. I’ve been using the Zipadee-Zip for a few months now, and I love it. My daughter had been swaddled since birth so, naturally, I was worried about taking a swaddle away from her. The swaddle was comforting to her and also it was familiar.

I starting using the Zipadee-Zip when Avery was 4 months old – but that proved to be too soon for her. With teething going on, and so much mental transitioning, she just wasn’t ready for it. I decided to try it months later at 6-7 months and Avery slept wonderfully in it. I would say the biggest thing is to not compare your child to anyone else’s. Do what works for your child.

As far as transitioning Avery when she was older, it was seamless. I’m glad that I waited a bit to use a transitioner with her. Her first night (at 6-7 months) with the Zipadee-Zip she slept with no problems. The nights thereafter, she slept great too.

What I love about the Zipadee-Zip is that Avery has a blanket to keep her warm. I don’t have to worry about the material covering her face or anything scary like that. Because Avery used to take naps with me nearby, I’d let her use a blanket. So she became comfortable with a blanket. At night, that posed a problem. Thankfully, the Zipadee-Zip solved that problem for me. I love that it’s easy to put on to her. I simply put her arms and legs in and I zip it up. If she happens to turn over in the night, it’s no problem because she is able to use her hands and arms to move around. One thing that is great about the Zipadee-Zip is that it helps with the startle reflex in babies. It has a wing design so there is a slight resistance if the child puts their arms out.

I’d definitely recommend the Zipadee-Zip to moms whose children have been swaddled. It’s the perfect way to transition your child to sleeping without the swaddle.

The makers of the Zipadee-Zip also make teethers! My daughter absolutely loves hers. I clip it to her outfit and she’s able to grab it and gnaw on the silicone shapes. There is also a piece of fabric with a snap button on the opposite end of the clip so that I can attach a binky to the teether. Let me just tell you now that I have tried numerous teethers with Avery and she will hardly ever touch them. This one is one of her absolute favorites! 🙂

You can find the Zipadee-Zip HERE. Follow their social media platforms below.

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Also, the folks at Zipadee-Zip are very kind and wanted me to do a GIVEAWAY for my followers. Enter at the link below with your name and email. There’s also a chance for extra entries. 🙂 

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*This product was given to me free of charge for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Shopping with Babies Made Simple Using the LullaBelay

LullaBelay

Shopping with a baby can sometimes be challenging. Unless your baby can sit up well on their own, you have to put their baby seat into your cart and that takes up room where groceries would normally go. Fiddle Diddles has solved this problem with their LullaBelay. This crazy, genius invention is absolutely perfect for shopping trips!

Using the LullaBelay is really simple, but explaining it can be a little bit tricky, so I’ve added an instructional video from Fiddle Diddle’s YouTube channel. To explain briefly, you use carabiners to attach your baby’s seat to the grocery cart you are using. You’re probably thinking “umm.. wouldn’t the cart tip over??”. The answer is “no”, and here’s why… You attach the LullaBelay to the bottom of the toddler seat, and NOT to the handle bars. The LullaBelay actually LOWERS the center of gravity from where it sits! Crazy, I know. So it is completely safe to use. You can read more about the safety tests they’ve performed HERE.

Fiddle Diddles LullaBelay

So, I know the next thing you are probably thinking is “wouldn’t the car seat get in the way of where you’re walking?”. The answer to that is “no”, the reason being is that your baby’s car seat actually fits nicely under the handle bars of the cart. Thus, you are not walking into their car seat as you stroll around.

LullaBelay

I’ve absolutely loved using the LullaBelay. I can actually fit my groceries in my cart. I’ve gone to the grocery store several times without my LullaBelay and am completely frustrated with the lack of cart space I have. When I first got it to review, my husband was a bit skeptical. After a stroll down one aisle in the grocery store, he was sold and was pushing the cart around the rest of our grocery trip. My daughter loved it too because she was so comfortable, she fell asleep in her seat.

I like that you can put a covering over the seat, or you can leave it off and just let the seat hang. I’ve gotten so many looks and questions whenever I bring my LullaBelay to the grocery store with me. People want to know what it is and where to buy it! I feel like one of those cool moms who’s in the know. Haha

If you’d like to purchase a LullaBelay of your own or share it with friends, you can check out Fiddle Diddle’s site HERE. They offer a 3o day money back guarantee!

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*This product was sent to me free of charge for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Easier Meals with Baby: Featuring Nuby

Nuby Sure Grip™ Miracle Mat Section Plate

Nuby has some amazing products for babies and children. One product that I’ve found myself reaching for over and over is their Sure Grip™ Miracle Mat Section Plate. It makes meal time so much easier for both A and myself.

Sure Grip™ Miracle Mat Section Plate

Meal time seems to be a struggle sometimes whenever A gets a plate or bowl. She inevitable tosses them on the floor or wants to spill her food out of them. I’ve learned to keep a dust pan and brush close by so that I can clean up the crazy amounts of food that get dropped on the floor. With A’s Sure Grip™ Miracle Mat Section Plate, I don’t have to worry about the plate tossing! It suctions to a flat surface so it can’t be moved! Truly a life saver for moms and dads.

Nuby Sure Grip™ Miracle Mat Section Plate

The plate is 100% silicone and very easy to clean. You can simply wipe it out or you can put the plate in the top rack of the dishwasher. The plate is also microwave safe which makes it the perfect all-in-one plate. You can find these plates at Babies R’ Us and Amazon.

Baby using Nuby Silicone Spoon

My second product that I tend to grab for A’s meals is Nuby’s Silicone Spoons. They are so great for teething babes! A has been teething since 4 months old and she loves to chew on soft, rubbery things. These spoons are so gentle on her gums, they’re easy for her to hold, and they’re not too soft to the point where they flop around. Again, these are silicone and dishwasher safe. I love them! I have some spoons from other brands and they tend to be too hard for A’s liking. I love that she can grab these, and it helps her love feeding herself!

Nuby Silicone Spoon

Baby and Nuby Silicone Spoon

I love the ease of using Nuby’s products and I find them to be extremely affordable so they fit anyone’s budget. These are currently my two favorite products from Nuby. You can check out more of Nuby’s products HERE.

*These products were sent to me free of charge for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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