Monday, January 14, 2019

Boppy Has Everything for New and Expecting Moms

I recently found out I'm expecting my second child which is extremely exciting! What's not exciting is how uncomfortable I am at night.  It seems like I can't get comfortable and my stomach already seems very heavy.  In my last pregnancy with Scarlett, I went many weeks without a pregnancy pillow but I need one a lot sooner this time around.  There's nothing like having total body support to give your body the restful sleep it craves.

Boppy is your one-stop shop for everything baby and pregnancy related.  Whether you're expecting your tiny bundle of joy, or have just given birth, there's a product that will fit you or baby's needs. Choose from nursing pillows and nursing covers to pregnancy pillows and newborn loungers.  You'll also find baby carriers and a lot of accessories to keep baby happy all the time.  Keep the brand in mind for baby shower gifts that will surely come in handy.

If you're looking for a fabulous pregnancy pillow, Boppy offers many including a pregnancy wedge, support pillows, side sleeper pillows, and more.  Since I was looking for complete body support, I opted for the Multi-Use Slipcovered Total Body Pillow. This one piece pillow offers head-to-toe body support that will make you so happy.  Whether you want to sleep in bed or prop yourself up on the couch to watch TV, the body pillow will support you however way you'd like.

Since I have trouble sleeping at night, I was most interested in using the pillow in bed.  It's hard for me to sleep on my side and I find that my side hurts after a while.  I'm not comfortable on my stomach, and as your stomach grows it's not safe to sleep on your back either because of the weight. Sounds challenging, huh?

As soon as the total body pillow arrived, I was ready to use it for bed that night.  I had a pregnancy pillow with Scarlett and it was a lot longer and wider, so I was happy to see that this one was more compact and will take up less room in my bed.  The stylish neutral pattern will fit in with any room or bed decor easily.  The soft and inviting pillow was calling my name and I couldn't resist trying it. What I found was that I was most comfortable with the pillow underneath my stomach and my legs between the pillow to get the most support.  As my stomach grows I know I'll need that support more than ever.  I was very thankful to have a very restful night's sleep without all the tossing and turning I normally have.  The pillow is extremely comfortable with a firm softness to it.  The cover comes off for easy washing in the washing machine.

When I relax on the couch during the day, I like to have the pillow half on my back and half on my stomach.  It alleviates some of my back pain and offers the support that I need.  I'm very thankful for this pillow and will certainly be using it throughout my pregnancy.

Boppy also sent a Newborn Lounger in the Hello Baby pattern.  I chose this adorable pattern since I don't know the gender yet and I'll be able to use it for both a both or a girl.  This newborn pillow has a recessed interior which provides the ideal place for baby to coo and kick in comfort.  Mothers everywhere will appreciate a safe place to set your tiny bundle of joy down for a hands-free moment. The pillow is soft and comfortable with a bright and vivid pattern.

I know the Newborn Lounger will come in handy once my baby is born.  I envision using it in our playroom or family room to put baby down safely while I make a bottle or quickly help Scarlett with something.  It won't be too long before I get to use it, and I can't wait!

If you're looking for quality baby items to add to your registry or to gift a new mom, Boppy is a perfect choice!

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Boppy for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Big News!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Fun Winter Activities for Kids

With winter in full swing here in New England, it feels like warm temps are light years away. It can be difficult to keep young kids entertained when you have to stay inside, but don't let the weather bring you down. You can have just as much winter fun indoors too!

Here are some fun activities that I came up with to keep kids busy when it's cold outside.
1. Throw a Dance Party.
Turn up your favorite jams and get those moves going! Your child will enjoy getting their energy out and being silly with you. Who doesn't love singing and dancing along to their favorite music either?
2. Make Play Dough
There are so many easy-to-make play dough recipes online. You can find one using basic kitchen ingredients that is non-toxic. The best part about these recipes is that you can make them in your own kitchen while staying warm. Break out the cookie cutters and make play-dough dinosaurs, hearts, stars, and so much more.
3. Create Mini Movies on Your iPhone
If you have a budding actor or actress on your hands, they'll really enjoy this one. Have them act out improvised scenes and film it. They'll love seeing themselves on the "big screen". Maybe you can even let them film you? Your little one will get a kick out of filming you!
4. Bake Cupcakes.
Every child loves cupcakes. Bake classic chocolate or vanilla cupcakes and let them decorate the sweet treats. Set out bowls of sprinkles, chocolate chips, sugar pearls and frosting. They'll absolutely love having the opportunity to decorate their own cupcake. They'll love getting to eat their creation almost as much as making it.
5. Boardgames.
Candyland is always a kid's favorite game. If you have a child who's old enough to not put small game pieces in their mouth, why not play a board game with them? Monopoly provides hours of fun and so does Mouse Trap. Your little one will love spending time and making memories with you.
6. Design T-Shirts.
Every child loves arts and crafts. Buy some plain white t-shirts from the craft store along with craft markers, pens, and paints. Have them draw and design to their hearts content. Glittery stars, hearts, and flowers will come to life on the shirt and look wonderful. Your child will be so proud to show off their apparel creation to everyone!