Friday, October 2, 2015

Be Informed About The First Years Parentpreneur Grant Program

Everyone is busy and leads hectic lives these days.  Between shuttling kids to and from school and activities, working all day, and trying to maintain a house, we can't do it all.

Did you know that 79% of millennials are considering working for themselves in the future and more than 500,000 businesses are established each year? The reality of these statistics are that the thousands of millennial entrepreneurs also happen to be new or expecting parents.  Between midnight feedings and changing diapers, it can be very hard to get a business off the ground, let alone find the money for one.

If this is you or someone you know, I have a great program to recommend to you.  The First Years Parentpreneur Grant Program was created to help provide much-needed funding for new and expecting parents to make their dreams a reality.  If you're looking to finally get funding to make your  business and dreams a reality, now's your chance!

Now through October 31st, applications will be accepted for the chance to receive an industrial grant of up to $10,000.  The maximum amount a recipient can receive is $50,000 through the program.  Please apply at this link.

*DISCLOSURE* I received monetary compensation for posting about this opportunity.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Every Girl Would Love a GirlzNDollz this Holiday Season #HolidayGiftGuide

I don't know any little girl that doesn't absolutely love dolls.  A pretty doll with long hair and a beautiful dress is sure to catch the attention of any child.  I can remember quite a few dolls that were my favorites when I was growing up, and I would love nothing more than for my daughter Scarlett to develop the same love for dolls.  Any little girl would be delighted to have a doll under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning.

GirlznDollz celebrates everything there is to being a girl.  Their soft and cuddly rag Dollz are based on real life characters that girls can identify with.  Empowerment starts at an early age and GirlznDollz wants to teach and grow with your child to let them know that the possibilities are limitless to who they can become.  Each doll has her own individual style that mirrors her personality, her interests, and who she wants to be.  The line has Meet the Totz! which features smaller dolls that are geared towards babies, toddlers, and young girls.  The Meet the Girlz! line features larger dolls and is ideal for older toddlers and tween girls. Any child will instantly fall in love with the doll's pretty outfit, long soft hair, and friendly face.  Keep GirlznDollz in mind for Christmas and birthday presents, as well as a gift for any occasion.

Scarlett was fortunate enough to receive Leila who is a sparkle dancer.  She comes in a purse which allows you to carry her around in it, or use it to hold whatever you desire.  

As soon as I showed Leila to Scarlett, she instantly smiled.  What baby wouldn't be interested in a doll with bright pink hair and a glittery outfit? Scarlett couldn't stop touching her hair and her face.  Since she's almost 10 months old now, she has more of a grasp on her toys and I'm definitely noticing favorites being formed.  
Leila is a sparkle dancer who is ready to dance at any notice 

Since Scarlett doesn't have many soft dolls, I wanted her to have a new friend.  This friend is perfect in her crib to keep her company at night, in the car when we're driving, or just to be with her when she's playing.  This doll is unique and unlike any other doll I've seen before. 

The doll is not only soft and cuddly, but she's in head to toe pink which happens to be Scarlett's favorite color.  Her rag doll body is easy for Scarlett to hold and hug which is perfect.  There is a lot of attention to detail on the doll from the bows and glitter on her dress, to even the bow in her hair.  Leila is certainly every girl's dream doll to play with. What girl doesn't love the color pink either?

I can assure that the quality of this doll is well made.  Leila has some weight to her and will definitely be able to be played with for years to come.  I definitely can see Scarlett loving Leila for some time.  Every girl needs a doll! 

Keep GirlznDollz on your holiday gift list this year to make a lucky little girl very happy. The positive message that the doll comes with can't be beat either.  Every parent wants their child to have confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth.  

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to GirlzNDollz for providing me with a product sample in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.  


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

My Favorite Halloween Treats

Forget those tricks, Halloween is all about the treats! Since tomorrow is October 1st, that officially means it's time to bake fantastic desserts.  

I plan on trying my hand at some tasty yummies for my husband to enjoy, as well as my friends.  I'm thinking dirt cups with gummy worms, Halloween cookies, and brownies with orange and black sprinkles.

What are some of your favorite treats? It's hard to avoid those fabulous goodies that really get you in the Halloween sprit. 

These festive cupcakes were made back in Halloween 2013.  They were fantastic and gone in seconds.

Check out these yummies!

My belly says hello treats! I need you right now. Share some pics of your favorite treats below.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Personalization Mall Review

My memories of Halloween growing up are magical.  This was the one time a year where you could receive tons of delicious treats in a bag while wearing a fantastic costume.  What child wouldn't love that? Now that I have my own baby, I look forward to this fun event every year and seeing the excitement through her eyes.

Personalization Mall offers personalized gifts for birthdays, Christmas, weddings, babies, and much more. Anything you could truly want to be personalized is available.  How about giving your wife a personalized photo frame with a picture of the family in it for her birthday? Don't forget personalized golf clubs for Christmas for Dad, and personalized flower pots for Grandma's garden too.  The categories range from kitchen and office to school and home decor, with everything in between! The quality of the products are superb and the personalization is top notch.  If you're looking for a fabulous Christmas present for a friend or relative, keep Personalization Mall in mind.

As a child, I absolutely loved Halloween.  My friends and I would trick or treat in our neighborhood and we enjoyed the anticipation of not knowing what treats each house would give.  Would the house with the blue shutters give out mini chocolate bars while the brick house gave out lollipops? We would practically run up to each house's front door in extreme excitement.  Once you saw that huge bowl of candy in the hands of the homeowner, you knew you were in for something delicious.

Now that I have Scarlett, Halloween has a whole different meaning.  I always say that once you have a child, you get to experience childhood all over again.  I've decorated my house with witches, ghouls, goblins and pumpkins to get in the Halloween spirit.  Even though Scarlett is too young to understand what Halloween is, she's certainly interested in touching all of the decorations.  I can't wait for her to help me decorate as she gets older.

Halloween is not complete without personalized treat bags! Every child would love to carry a bag with their name on it while they get their candy loot.  Since it's Scarlett's first Halloween, I knew she had to have something adorable to go trick or treating with.

Scarlett received the Miss Pumpkin Embroidered Plush Trick or Treat Bag and the All Mine! Personalized Halloween Treat Bag.  We have several Halloween events to go to in my mom's group, and our town has events too.  These bags will surely get a lot of use in the month of October.

Unicorn girl ready to trick or treat!

The Miss Pumpkin treat bag is absolutely adorable.  It's a modern day version of the plastic pumpkin bucket that everyone had for their candy as kids.  Scarlett was very interested in the friendly girly pumpkin face and kept touching her eyes and mouth.  Not only is the bag high quality and durable, but spacious too.  The handle is easy to carry, which I'm sure she'll want to hold.  I love that her name is embroidered on it in a cute, whimsical font.  Scarlett can't eat candy, but her mom can! There's plenty of room inside to hold her sweet treats. The orange color is bright and inviting and certainly screams Halloween.  Do you think Scarlett will share her treats with me? Let's hope so! This basket is not babyish at all, and I can certainly see her using this bag for some years to come.

Any child would be delighted to use the All Mine! bag for their Halloween loot this year. This black bag features Scarlett's name in white, orange, and purple colors against a black background. I love that the colors help the black background to pop.  Since she's only 10 months old, it might be a little bit harder for her to carry the bag when it becomes weighted with items.  I'll be there to help though.  My eyes are turning into liquid chocolate as I imagine the dozens and dozens of treats that will soon fill her bag and make my stomach happy! The bag is made of a poly cotton blend and seems very durable.

The bag is machine washable which allows a kid to use it over and over again.  The colors are reminiscent of Halloween, but that doesn't mean a child can't use it as a bag for anything else when it's not Halloween.  Use the bag to hold library books, toys when visiting a friends house, or anything else.  The fact that it's versatile is very convenient.

We're very satisfied with these treat bags and can't wait to use them this Halloween and of course many more in the future.

I'm sure that any child would be delighted to see their name embroidered on a Halloween treat bag.  They will absolutely love it.  If your child doesn't yet have a treat bag, why not consider Personalization Mall for theirs?

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Personalization Mall for providing me with complimentary product in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.  


Stay Well this Holiday Season with HealthTap

Flu season will be upon us soon as will be winter coughs and colds.  It's important to take care of yourself and stay well.  

If you do come down with the sniffles or a cough, wouldn't it be great if you could receive medical advice from the comfort of your own home? Don't worry about changing out of your pajamas because you'll be able to sign up with HealthTap and receive free trusted answers from 73,000 of the best US-licensed doctors.  You'll have the opportunity to set up quality live video, voice or text consults with compassionate and knowledgeable primary care doctors any specialists.  These consults are available on any mobile device or computer. Get all of your questions answered so you can be on the road to wellness quickly. 

Housecalls used to be a thing of the past, but now they're making a comeback.  If you're interested in trying out this service, why not sign up for a discounted consult now? Just use this link.

*DISCLOSURE* I'm being compensated as a HealthTap Ambassador and receive a percentage of each booked consult. All thoughts are strictly my own. 


Monday, September 28, 2015

Huggies Helps Baby Stay on The Move #SetBabyFree


It feels like Scarlett's been on the move for some time now, but she's only been really crawling since July.  She actually learned to crawl from my cellphone actually.  Scarlett's so in love with it and will do whatever she can to grab it! Those two months have brought her more independence than she knows what to do with.  She can crawl to any toy or object she wants, and she pulls herself up on furniture too.  She'll be 10 months old soon and she's into everything! The joy of movement is thrilling but also heartbreaking at the same time, since your baby is only a tiny baby for so long! 

Thankfully, the one constant diaper brand in her life is Huggies.  I can count on Huggies Little Movers diapers to provide an outstanding fit, grip, and wetness protection so Scarlett can get the most out of every move, walk, roll, and crawl.  Our changing table is always stocked with these diapers.
Stair Climbing Girl.

Lately, Scarlett has been on the move more than ever now.  She recently learned how to crawl up the stairs, and I'm always right behind her to catch her if she falls.  In the beginning she started off only crawling up a few steps, but now she crawls up the 16 steps to our playroom without fail everyday.  A baby can only stay away from toys for so long! I love to watch her do this everyday.  

With a baby on the move, it's important that you make sure your house is baby proofed.  We have gates by all of our stairs, and we have tie locks on certain cabinets.  As Scarlett learns to walk, we'll have to baby proof more areas of our home.  Luckily we don't have sharp glass coffee tables or furniture with sharp edges.  I don't protect her from everything though.  Scarlett needs to fall and get hurt at certain points, it's how she learns and grows and trust me that happens everyday.  

I love anything dangerous!

If you have a baby on the move, I highly recommend Huggies Little Movers diapers.  These diapers absorb wetness on contact thanks to the dry touch liner.  You can count on the double grip strips for comfortable movement and a fit that lasts, as well as a contoured shape for movement.  Every moving baby should be in Little Movers.  

What steps do you take to make sure your house is baby proofed and safe against your little one? Also, when's the first time you noticed your baby on the move? Maybe it was a slow transition or it happened suddenly.  Once baby starts moving, there's no stopping them!


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Toys to Help Your Little One Sleep Soundly this Holiday Season #HolidayGiftGuide

Every child at one point or another has nighttime fears and can't sleep well.  Whether your child is afraid of the dark, thinks there is monsters under the bed, or just wants a parent to sleep with them, it's all relative. It can be hard to ease those sleepy time fears ourselves, but wouldn't it be wonderful if a toy could?

Keep the below toys from Cloud B on your holiday gift guide to turn bedtime from a nightmare into a dream.

Did you ever think that a turtle would be able to ease your child's fear of the dark? Well, now it can.  Simply place the turtle on a bookshelf or dresser and with a push of a button a beautiful starry sky is projected onto your child's wall and ceiling.  Not only will they love having the nighttime sky in their room, but it will help them fall into a deep and restful slumber.  The friendly turtle that runs on batteries is perfect for travel and calming them in unfamiliar places.

What child doesn't love a cute and cuddly hedgehog? If your child is famous for waking up extremely early, maybe even before the sun is up, this toy is for you.  The adorable Stay Asleep Buddy helps children understand when it's time for bed and when it's okay to wake up.  By using gentle melodies and glowing lights, children quickly to learn to distinguish between bedtime and naptime-which means more sleep for parents! Functioning as a sleep trainer, nightlight, and sound soother all in one, this furry friend is the perfect solution for developing sleep routines.  Simply set the timer and the hedgehog will do the rest!

If you're a parent who is pleading for some much needed sleep, why not put these toys on your holiday shopping list? Your child will be much calmer at bedtime, and you'll get those zzz's you've been wanting.

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Cloud B Toys for providing me with product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Companion Wholesome Formula for Pets Giveaway

My dog Carolyn's entire world consists of treats, eating, and toys.  Nothing makes her happier than a delicious beef flavored treat, or a new squeaky toy.  She entertains herself for hours by throwing her toys around and running after them.  Carolyn is the light of my life and I want nothing more than for her to be as happy as possible.  I regularly purchase her new treats or toys to guarantee her happiness.  I feel it's important to show your pet that you care about them on a frequent basis.  Go ahead and delight your pet to some new treats and snacks today.

Stop and Shop is a chain of supermarkets located throughout New England, New York, and New Jersey.  The store recently debuted an exclusive line of pet food called Companion Wholesome Formula.  Your dog or cat will go absolutely nuts for the all-natural food that contains no by-products and is made in the USA.  The first ingredient is meat or poultry and has a blend of Omega and Omega 3.  It's conveniently located in the grocery store which means you don't have to make a separate trip to the pet store for your pet's food.  You'll feel happy feeding your dog or cat the highest quality pet food on the market.

The best thing you can do for your pet is provide them with food and treats that are not only delicious, but good for them too.  Thanks to Companion Wholesome Formula, your dog can enjoy food that has no soy, wheat, corn, or chicken by-products.  You'll also be delighted to know that there are no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives either.  With such flavors available like lamb and brown rice stew in gravy and beef and vegetables cuts in gravy, how can your dog not go woofin' crazy for them? Don't forget about the line of sausage stick treats either!

If you've been looking for a new and healthy pet food to delight your dog or cat's tastebuds with, it's time to try Companion Wholesome Formula.  


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

My Experience as a Parent Thus Far

Now that Scarlett is over 9 months old, I feel like I have a tight grip on this thing they call parenting.

As I was working out at the gym earlier, I was randomly inspired to write about my parenting experience so far.  I wanted to not only share my journey, but to also teach others who might be new parents or will be expecting a little one soon.

Scarlett was born via c-section after a 21 hour labor in December 2014.  Her introduction into this world was a rough one.  I had a traumatic birth and don't even remember seeing Scarlett for hours after she was born.  My pain level was very high and I was mostly interested in just sleeping.  Looking back on her birth, I wish we had that magical bonding moment as soon as she was born.  

One week old

What's crazy is that once you have the baby, it's yours with no questions asked.  You're responsible for knowing exactly what to do and raising this person for the next 18 years of their life.  Babies don't come with instruction manuals and you can only do the best possible job you can.  Scarlett cried a lot in her first few days of life.  She also had her days and nights mixed up, so she would sleep all day and be up all night.  It was rough to say the least.  We gave her to the nurses in the nursery twice so they could take care of her so my husband and I could get some sleep.  Make sure to ask as many questions to the nurses as possible because they don't come home with you!

Adjusting to parenting isn't always easy.  The first few weeks and months was a big blur. Scarlett wanted to eat constantly and never seemed satisfied.  I formula fed her and she always seemed so hungry no matter what.  If she wasn't crying from hunger, she was crying from gas pains.  She had gas issues for a while and once we finally switched her formula, she was so much happier.  If you're a new parent, figuring out a routine is something you need to do right away. Make sure to sleep when baby sleeps.  I remember crying when Scarlett was a week old and saying I don't think I can do this.  It was very overwhelming.  I didn't know how to maintain my own interests while cleaning my house, doing laundry, cooking, and taking care of a new baby. Luckily, as the days and weeks go by, everything becomes easier and you learn how to balance everything. 

Cutie girl 

I can't stress enough how important taking pictures is.  Make sure you take tons of pictures to remember these times by, because they will be gone before you know it. I look back on pictures of Scarlett and can't remember her being as tiny as she was at a month old, or a week old, etc.  I have Scarlett's pictures in a special album and I'm sure she will enjoy looking at them as she grows up.  Of course, I'll love looking at them with her too.  

It's essential to document everything, no matter how small the detail.  I record everything in Scarlett's baby book.  Detail is extremely important to me and not only do I record milestones and notable things in her book, I also record smaller details about her on a piece of paper for each month.  My mother didn't keep a baby book for me, and she can't remember certain things when I ask her.  If your baby book has a space for a letter, please write one.  I wrote Scarlett a letter when she was 6 weeks old.  I plan on showing it to her when she's old enough to appreciate and understand it.

The weeks and months go by so quickly. Each phase of life brings a new milestone.  You'll applaud and cheer your child on when they first lift their head up, roll over, sit up, crawl, etc.  I used to think how difficult it was when Scarlett was immobile.  Now she's crawling and pulling herself up to stand and won't sit still.  I'd give anything to have that tiny baby back who didn't fight diaper changes and would just lay on the floor while being read to! It's funny how things that felt so hard really weren't that challenging at all.


Now at 9 months old, Scarlett is a girl on the move.  She is really developing a personality and loves to laugh and be silly.  Not only is she very aware of life around her, she's understanding more every day.  She loves her mom and her face lights up whenever she sees me.  Pretty soon she's going to be walking and talking! I can't wait for that, but of course it will bring a whole new set of challenges too.  

Since I'm a stay at home mom, I'm blessed to be able to spend every day with her.  We read books, listen to kiddy cd's, play with toys, and of course go to tons of activities.  I am tired at the end of the day.   Once Scarlett goes to bed I try my best to balance cooking dinner, going to the gym, and spending time with my husband too.  You can't do everything, but I wouldn't trade these times for anything in the world.  I feel so lucky and fortunate that I'm able to not work at this time and spend my days with Scarlett.  

Let's play!

Babies are not babies for that long.  In just a blink of an eye, I'll be dropping her off for her first day of kindergarden.  One day she won't need me anymore, which feels so hard to believe. I hope that day isn't for many years though. 

Parenting is hard.  Not only is it hard, but it's also exhausting.  You are raising and shaping your child to be the best person possible.  You hope that they know and practice right from wrong, and try to do their best on a daily basis.  Despite the challenging and tough times, there are so many rewarding moments like kisses and hugs and making memories together. Make sure you spend as much time with your kids as possible, because one day they won't want to spend time with you.  It's a sad but true fact for parents. 

I have so much to look forward to down the line and I know it will only get better.


Monday, September 21, 2015

Celebrate Baby Safety Month with Motorola

If I think back to when Scarlett was a newborn, I had very few concerns when she was in her crib.  It was imperative to make sure that there was nothing in her crib that she could suffocate with.  I also knew that babies needed to sleep on their backs as it was the only safe way.  As she got older and started rolling over, I had more worries when she didn't want to sleep on her back anymore.  Now at 9 months old, she's a girl on the go.  I have more to worry about now than ever as she pulls herself to stand in her crib.  I feel the day is coming very soon where she'll be able to climb out!

If you didn't already know, September is Baby Safety Month.  Parents around the world can unite in their efforts to keep baby as safe as possible.  With my child wanting to chew on wires, attempting to climb the TV stand, and freely crawling up the stairs, I need all the help with safety I can get! Make sure that you baby proof your home and keep any sharp or dangerous objects out of reach.  My daughter loves things that aren't meant for her the most!

Motorola baby monitors continue to be a leader in the industry with innovative features and technology you can trust.  If you're going to be welcoming a child in the next few months, or just looking for a new monitor I have the perfect pick for you.

Every home with children should include a Motorola Digital Video Baby Monitor with Wi-Fi.  Not only is the unit remote and wireless, but the monitor offers a 4.3 inch color screen with touch controls on the parent unit.  The camera will stay securely onto of a dresser or bookshelf when placed in your child's room.  If you're away on vacation, you also have the option to view the camera through your computer, tablet, or smartphone with the compatible free Wi-Fi Hubble app.  Thanks to the app, you'll be able to receive sound, temperature, and motion notifications so you'll always be in tune to what's going on.  That gives parents a big peace of mind.  

The best thing about this monitor is that it will grow with your child.  Feel free to leave it in your son or daughter's room for years.  You'll go from watching them play in their crib to playing by themselves in their room in such a short time.  They are only babies for so long!

Go ahead and make the smart choice of introducing a Motorola video monitor into your life.  Every parent deserves one less worry in life.

*DISCLOSURE* I received product compensation in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.  


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Head on Over to Costco For a Great Deal!

Everyone knows that diapers can be costly and babies go through them so fast.  For your baby's first year of life, you'll go through about 3,360 diapers. Why not save a little when you can?

Costco is offering the limited time opportunity to save $6 on packages of Huggies Little Snugglers Plus and Little Movers Plus diapers now through September 27th.  You can score on this savings deal by using your Costco Savings Book.  Putting your baby in quality diapers while saving $ is a win-win for all.

Little Snugglers Plus diapers are Huggies softest and most absorbent and Little Movers Plus are designed with extra absorption for babies starting to roll, crawl, and walk.

As long as you put your baby in Huggies diapers, they'll be good to go!  Head on over to Costco today to participate in this fantastic money saving offer.

*DISCLOSURE* I received monetary compensation for posting about this offer.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Gerber Wants to Know What Your Formula For Happiness Is #FormulaforHappiness #Ad

I didn't have it easy in the beginning when Scarlett was first born.  I had complications after my c-section and was unable to take care of Scarlett for the first week of her life.  My days were spent in bed as I was throwing up day and night.  I was eating practically nothing, and whatever I did eat did not stay in my stomach.  I was extraordinarily nauseous and I wouldn't wish that on anyone.  Let's just say that my initial introduction into motherhood didn't start on a positive note.  Luckily, my mom was there to help out.

The first few weeks and months of Scarlett's life were a frenzy of diaper changes, middle of the night feedings, and endless crying.  You do feel helpless at certain times.  You question if you're doing the right thing as a parent and you hope you're making the right choices and decisions for her as she progresses.  When I think back on this stage, it's hard for me to remember.  It all seems like one gigantic blur.

Brand new baby 

Since Scarlett was born in the dead of winter in December, we were stuck inside for the first 8 weeks of her life.  I am a stay-at-home mom, so you can imagine how hard it was being indoors with a newborn 24 hours a day.  It was too cold to take her on stroller walks, so we were inside all the time.  I felt like I was going insane and I couldn't wait for my husband to get home each night.  I would rush out and just drive anywhere I could at the time.  Whether it was the grocery store or even CVS, it didn't matter. Any place I went felt like an instant vacation for me, and I craved 5 minutes of peace.  

One week old

The hardest part of having a newborn is the night feedings.  Scarlett ate every 3 or 4 hours daily as newborn.  I remember timing the feedings with a special app to make sure she was eating as she should.  My baby monitor would be on my nightstand and I would be woken up by hungry cries at 2 AM.  After feeding Scarlett, I would lay back down and hope I would have another few hours to rest before she woke up again at 5 AM.  These were very rough times and I'm so glad we're past them.

My formula for happiness was joining a mom's group back in February.  Scarlett was a little over 2 months old at the time, but it was my saving grace and it got us out of the house. There are weekly activities like playgroups, story times, mommy and me classes, among many other things.  A bonus of the group is that there are other events like Mom's Night Out dinners where you can enjoy adult time without the kids.  I've met some wonderful friends from my group and I highly encourage any other new mom's to seek out a group in your area.  What's your formula for happiness with your newborn? Maybe you let dad take the baby while you shower quickly, or go workout at the gym.  

About a month old

Fast forward a few months later and Scarlett has now been on a schedule since June.  She takes 2 naps a day, eats solid food along with her bottles, and sleeps from 7 PM to 7 AM. She does not wake up in the middle of the night.  My husband and I are extremely lucky that she's such a good sleeper, and we're overjoyed for uninterrupted sleep.  We know not every baby is this good.  Her schedule is like clockwork.  She's hungry when she's supposed to eat and is tired exactly when she's supposed to be.  I couldn't ask for anything better.

Sleep is the most important thing for new parents, and keeps a baby happy.  Gerber believes in the importance of baby's comfort and happiness, and they've partnered with baby sleep expert Christina Gantcher to help. Christina is happy to assist and support expecting or new parents by providing free and personal 1-on-1 baby sleep consultations.  If you're exhausted and need help, Christina is there for you. You can visit Gerber's website to find the online scheduler to schedule an appointment, or call the Gerber Parents Resource center 24/7 at 1-800-284-9488 to help with setting up a time slot.

If you're a parent of a newborn who is exhausted, don't worry it will get better.  The days will turn into weeks which will turn into months, and you will sleep again.  You'll remember these days and how tough they seemed, but you'll have even tougher challenges ahead of you. Make sure you create your own formula for happiness, it's essential.

*DISCLOSURE* This is a sponsored post for Gerber's Good Start Gentle Formula.  All thoughts are strictly my own.  


Monday, September 14, 2015

Netflix #StreamTeam Alert September 2015: Dust Off Your Shelfies

Since my daughter was born 9 months ago, it's been hard to find time to watch television.  In the first few months of her life free time was a thing of the past.  Between night feedings and her erratic sleep schedule television was something we fondly remembered.  Luckily we've had more time lately since she recently got on a schedule and now goes to bed at 7 pm.  My husband and I have a few hours at night to unwind and spend time together.

Netflix is like an old friend that allows you to happily pick up where you left off even when months pass by.  There are certain shows that I've been meaning to watch and finish but I haven't had much time.  Netflix likes to call those shows "shelfies", which are the shows that you've been meaning to watch but have been left sitting on the virtual shelf.

Before I had Scarlett and left my job last October, I was watching the entire series of Gilmore Girls.  I didn't get very far at all in-between my 100 naps a day! It's been about a year now since I've left off on episode 24. With 153 episodes in the series, it's time to dust this one off and start watching again.

There are others that I'd like to dust off on my shelfie list like Freaks and Geeks, Modern Family, and Bones.  Now that I have more time at night now to watch, I'll certainly get to watch more an find new favorites.

What's on your Netflix shelfie list? With the Fall television season upon us, it's time to gather around the television with your family and enjoy such picks as Scandal or The Walking Dead.  Don't forget plenty of yummy treats and tasty beverages too.

*DISCLOSURE* This post is part of my campaign membership with Netflix as a Stream Team Member.  All thoughts are strictly my own.  


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Music Together Review

Music is so, so important for little ones.  It's proven that classical music helps brain development of babies and small children.  In the first few months and years of life, it's essential to do what you can to get those little noggins growing and learning.  Music is constantly playing in my house and it's something I want Scarlett to grow up with.  There's nothing better than dancing and having fun to your favorite tunes!

Music Together is a fabulous early childhood program that stresses adult involvement in mixed-age classes involving singing, learning, chanting, moving, and exploring musical abilities.  This music and movement program is for children aged newborn through kindergarden.  Music Together is now offered in over 2,000 communities in the United States and surely available in your area.  Music is a universal language that connects families and communities across the globe as they express and explore our basic instinct for making music.  The program would make a fantastic Christmas or birthday present for a lucky child.  It's never too late or early to bond and connect with your child while having fun. 

Scarlett recently went to her first Music Together class.  I wasn't sure what to expect because we've never been to a music class before, but I've heard great things about this program.

We were warmly welcomed in as soon as we arrived by the friendly teacher.  Scarlett immediately was given a drum to bang on until more people arrived and class began.  She loves to bang on toys and make noise, so this was right up her alley.

First timer at Music Together!

I love to bang on the drum

The class is 45 minutes long and consists of guided songs and dances, chants, free play, and time with musical instruments.  The teacher Natasha was fantastic and extremely enthusiastic and engaged with what she does, which makes class that much more enjoyable.  Everything was explained well so you know exactly why you're making a certain noise or using a certain instrument.

Scarlett was very interested in the class and was focused on Natasha's every word and sound.  She enjoyed all of the different sounds, noises, and claps that went along with each song.  I was surprised at how well she sat still and paid attention.  Usually, she's a girl who's on the move!

Making music with the sticks in my mouth!

A shot of the class

A fun part of class was where instruments were handed out for everyone to use.  Scarlett loved shaking the bells and the shakers.  Anything that makes noise is her new favorite thing.  My husband played the triangle for her and we received an instant smile from that! She babbled and talked a little bit throughout class, but she only does that when she's having a great time!

There were both moms and dads in this class and I liked how everyone was up and moving and participating in every song and dance.  It was interesting to see each child's take on it too, whether they were walking or crawling around in engagement.

Music girl

Even though Scarlett is still only 9 months old, she can connect with the rhythm and music and learn from it.  No child is too young for a Music Together class.  I thought class was wonderful and something new and exciting for Scarlett.   I'm really looking forward to coming every week.

If you're looking for a special activity to do with your child or children, Music Together would be the perfect choice.  Why not sign up for a fall session today?

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Music Together for providing us with a complimentary session in order to facilitate this post.


Friday, September 11, 2015

Have You Heard about Pampers Cruisers #SagToSwag Tour?

Calling all moms and babies! If your baby is in diapers, listen up!

In celebration of the new and improved Pampers Cruisers diapers, the brand is going on a national tour! Look out for the branded Cruiser vehicle that's helping transform the nation's babies from "sag to swag" one bottom at a time!

This Saturday, September 12th from 11 AM-3 PM PST, the tour stops in Los Angeles at the Park at the Grove.  Head to the tour stop to receive free sample diaper packs of Pampers Cruisers diapers, enjoy fun and interactive activities, and learn about the diapers.  With music, dancing, inflatable slides, a video booth and more at each tour stop, there certainly will be fun for all.

The tour ends September 20th in San Francisco.  If you're in San Francisco and are looking for something to do with your little one, the tour stop will be at the San Francisco Zoo from 11 AM-3 PM PST.  

This girl is definitely a fan of Pampers and it's one of the brands that we regularly use.

Make sure to check out the tour schedule to see if there are any stops near you! Have fun!