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Plumber Bums Pocket Cloth Diaper Review!

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Plumber Bums began in July of 2012 when Elizabeth and her husband, Howie, decided to begin their journey of an International Adoption.  Besides creating beautiful cloth diapers, Beth, and a little help from her “craft elves”, create tons of other goods and sell them in their online stores.  All funds raised from the sale of all their “adoption wares” goes to help fund their International Adoption.

I had to contact Beth.  What she’s doing is amazing and I wanted to help share her story.  Infertility is a tough subject.  Most go through with whatever necessary to create a child, some give up, and then you have those that forge on and decide to give one of the 143 million orphaned children a home.   Elizabeth and her husband did just that and are doing whatever it take, from rummage sales to their online store, to raise the money to bring home their child from another country.

Okay so let me fill you in on this fabulous diaper!  Besides being made with love, each diaper is constructed with a PUL outer layer with an organic bamboo terry liner.  The insert I received with my fabulous neon polka dot Plumber Bum cloth diaper is a 100% cotton up-cycled t-shirt with a zorb inner layer.

I get a little nervous when it comes to cloth diapers and their fit.  Olive is so petite.  She has the same build as my hubby – tiny waist, no butt, and skinny legs.  I was so shocked at how great the fit of this diaper was on my little Olive.  No gaps, no leaks – just perfect!

Beth has many things for sale in her online store, Compassion for the Orphan and Plumber Bums on Storenvy.  You’ll find many hand crafted items such as cloth diapers, Sharkie Pads menstrual cloths, t-shirts,  laundry soap, and much more.

If you are interested in helping support Beth & Howie’s adoption journey, you can donate directly, make purchases through their online store(s), or even buy coffee!  She even accepts donated fabrics to help make all her fabulous goods!

Just Simply Baby One-Size Pocket Cloth Diaper Review

Upon receiving many questions about Just Simply Baby cloth diapers, Just Simply Baby provided me with one of their one-size pocket cloth diapers for review!  If you are just starting out with cloth diapering and are unsure if one-size pocket cloth diapers are for you, or you are an experienced cloth diapering parent looking to add a new brand to your stash, please read on and learn more about Just Simply Baby One-Size Cloth Diapers!

The Just Simply Baby One-Size Pocket Cloth Diaper we received is adorable.  I’m in love with it!  The fan designed “cute as a button” pattern is so cute.  The craftsmanship of the diaper is phenomenal.  I would recommend Just Simply Baby diapers to anyone looking for an affordable but excellent quality cloth diaper!
Not only is the diaper constructed with the double gusset feature but it also comes with two microboo inserts.  The double gusset is an additional row of  elastic at the leg of the diaper which offers an extra barrier to contain big messes aka poop explosions.  Microboo inserts are super thick, absorbent, and feature 2 layers of microfiber with 1 layer of  bamboo.
Have I mentioned how much I love one-size diapers?!  If you aren’t familiar with what a one-size diaper is, it means they feature a snap design on the front of the diaper which allows you to adjust from small to medium to large.  Just Simply Baby One-Size Cloth Diapers have snaps that adjust to fit a 7 lb newborn all the way up to a 38 lb toddler.  Not only are you already saving money by cloth diapering, you are saving even more by buying a diaper that will last you until your child shows signs that he or she is ready to potty train!
The fit and quality is great.  You can tell these diapers are constructed with great care.  The snaps, stitching, and elastic all offer a perfect fit for my Olive.  I usually run into problems by the legs since I have a skinny legged baby but not with this diaper.  It almost feels like this diaper was custom made!  The inside layer is super soft and so is the outside.  The  diaper itself isn’t bulky or intrusive.  I love it and I know Olive loves it too!
Have I mentioned the affordability of Just Simply Baby One-Size Cloth Diapers?  No longer do you have to break the bank to invest in quality cloth diapers.  You can choose between solid colors or fun prints.  You can choose to purchase your diaper without inserts, with the microboo inserts, or with a number of different types of inserts.  Solid colored diapers with 2 microboo inserts start at $11.50.  Fun print diapers with 2 microboo inserts start at $12.50.  What a steal!

Ready to go shopping?  Use code JSBAR57 at checkout.
Once your order has been confirmed, Just Simply Baby will refund you 10%!

Prefolds

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Did you know prefolds are the most commonly used diaper in the United States?  Prefolds are simple to clean, absorbent, durable, inexpensive, and offer your baby a customized fit every time.

Unlike flats, prefolds come with extra layers of fabric sewn in the center for extra absorbency.  Different quality diapers will have varying layers.  Of course, the higher the quality of prefold, the longer they will last and the better they will work.

Prefolds come in many different weights, sizes, varieties, and fabrics.   There are organic, non-organic, bleached, and unbleached.

Unbleached prefolds tend to last longer since they retain their natural oils.  They also tend to be softer and more durable because their fibers have not been chemically weakened by bleach.

Organic prefolds tend to be on the expensive side.  Organic fabrics work better with babies that tend to have more sensitive skin or are prone to rash.

If you plan to use prefolds, you will also need waterproof covers or wraps.  Depending on how you plan to use your prefolds, certain folds require diaper fasteners.  You can use pins or Snappis.  Prefolds can also be used as doublers and pocket stuffers.

Prefolds might not be for everyone.  You’ll have to do some experimenting to see if they are the right fit for your lifestyle.  It’s important to get your hands on a few different types of fabrics to really see what you are dealing with.  Some babies are more sensitive to one type over the other.  Once you get the hang of prefolds, you’ll be showing all your friends and family members how they work!

Fabrics

  • Birdseye Cotton
    • strongest weave
    • longest lasting, will last multiple children
  • Gauze Cotton
    • softest of all weaves
    • not as long lasting
  • Cotton Twill
    • quilted appearance – helps with absorption
    • not as strong as birdseye but softer than birdseye
  • Hemp
    • durable, more absorbent than cotton
    • naturally antimicrobial – resistant to mold & mildew
    • expensive
  • Indian Cotton
    • soft, durable, absorbent
    • fluffs up after washing
  • Terry/Flannel Cotton
    • soft, durable

Sizing

  • Preemie/Newborn/Extra Small:  5-10 pounds
  • Small:  10-15 pounds
  • Medium:  15-25 pounds
  • Large:  25-35 pounds
  • Extra Large:  30+ pounds
Identification
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    • First and last number tell you how many layers are on the left and right side
    • Middle number tells you how many layers are in the center

The Diaper Sprayer Review!

If you are a cloth diaper addict like me, you know that eventually one of the “must have” items you’ll need to purchase is a diaper sprayer. Luckily, The Diaper Sprayer carries a variety of sprayers to choose from!

My husband began to question me what the next step was for dirty cloth diapers once our daughter started transitioning from exclusively breastfed to beginning solids.  I told him that we had to get a diaper sprayer so it was my job to find the best one out there!

The Diaper Sprayer easily attaches to your toilet without the need for an expensive plumber.  If my husband can hook it up, chances are, yours can too!  Included with your diaper sprayer is everything you need plus extremely easy to follow step-by-step instructions.  My husband had our diaper sprayer up and running in less than 20 minutes.  All he needed was an adjustable wrench and a drill to mount the sprayer to our bathroom wall.  The white matches perfectly and you hardly notice it’s even there!

Unlike some low quality versions of diaper sprayers, you can rest assured that The Diaper Sprayer is made with quality parts.  Why risk the chance of buying an inexpensive sprayer only to have it leak or even rupture causing flood damage to your home.  This was not a risk I was willing to take!  Plus, all the sprayers found on The Diaper Sprayer are backed by a limited 1 year warranty and Microban Technology.  A great feature about The Diaper Sprayer is its “T” style control valve.  This controls the pressure of the sprayer.  This way, the tank of the toilet fills quickly and water pressure to the hand spray is reduced to a lower pressure. Then you can use the built in hand trigger on the sprayer to reach the desired spray pressure.

Head on over to The Diaper Sprayer and pick out which one will work best for you!  Free shipping for US orders!

One lucky reader will win their own diaper sprayer from The Diaper Sprayer (RV $38.99)!
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Satchelles Custom Diaper Bag Review!

Diaper bags – A mom’s fashion statement and necessity.  But how many stores must you go to before settling on a bag that only half meets your needs?!  Look no further!  A custom diaper bag is exactly what you need!

Since I made the switch to cloth diapers, I have had an impossible time trying to find a diaper bag that fits our needs.  The one I have now has some features I like but in the end, I can’t fit everything in it!  It’s just too small!  So what is a girl suppose to do?  Decide what is essential to keep in a diaper bag and leave the rest at home?  No!  We all know as soon as we decide we don’t need that extra outfit or band-aids, the baby is going to have a blow out diaper and the 3 year old is going to scrape her knee.

I have to carry a lot of stuff.  I need lotions, diapers, band aids, change of clothes, wipes, iPad, toys, diapers, etc etc…I can’t decide what stays and what goes.  I need to carry it all.  When explaining my needs to Michelle, owner of Satchelles, she knew I needed a big bag and a big bag is what I got!

My custom diaper bag is awesome!  I was able to customize the bag to fit our needs – from the fabric and colors, length of the straps and size of the bag, right down to the font for my daughters’ names!  The bag is a durable canvas which means it’s going to be around for a while.  I’m in LOVE with the adorable owl fabric too.

The bag is so huge!  I have extra clothes for both girls, 3 cloth diapers, a couple emergency disposables, wipes, wallet, toys,  lotions, band-aids, changing pad, and more!  The inside pockets are great to store all those little travel baby necessities, hand sanitizer, chapstick, and Satchelle’s business cards to the people asking me where I got my bag!  Oh and I love this – it’s easy to clean since the bag was scotch guarded against stains!

Satchelles owner, Michelle,  has always loved the magic of color that fabric can provide.  After years of searching for the “perfect bag” she decided to start making them herself.  She always wanted to do something that would allow her to incorporate her business experience with the flexibility she needed to be the kind of involved parent that she desired to be.  With a great deal of love and support from her family, Satchelles began February 14, 2012.  During her first year in business, she has produced close to 200 custom bags.  Satchelles has also expanded to include accessories such as make up bags, wallets and more.  This summer, Satchelles added Jumping Jacks, a custom applique division for applique shirts (mostly for children) as well as personalized children’s bags.

Stop searching high and low for the perfect diaper bag.  Go to Satchelles and select the perfect bag for your needs or enter for your chance to win your own bag!

This giveaway is open to residents of the US only.  Must be 18+ to enter.  All entries will be verified.
Giveaway ends on 4/30/13 at 11:59pm CST.

Medela Pump In Style Advanced Backpack Review

Like a lot of other moms out there, I had no idea how I was going to get $300 to buy one.  I had just spent $100 on a pump that didn’t do squat for me.  So I did what every desperate mother had to do, I got a used pump.  It was a Medela and I was on cloud 9.  It did the job and I was able to get a little freezer stash going.  I recently borrowed a newer Medela and I thought dang, can it get better?

Yes, it really can!

My OB’s nurse sent a note over to our local durable medical supply store last Wednesday and on Monday, I became the proud owner of the Medela Pump In Style Advanced Backpack.  I chose the backpack design because I do pump in about every room of my house (at my computer desk as I type this) and I had already had lugged around the other two tote ones before.  It was time for something different.

The pump comes in a nice black backpack and the pump is located in the bottom zippered compartment.  It’s definitely more backpack than pump.  If I were going to be returning to work, this would be awesome.  Lots of room to keep magazines, books, cellphone, iPad, pump parts, breast pads, water bottle, and snacks.  Basically whatever you need to keep you entertained while pumping.  Very roomy!

Included is:

  • 1 – Black microfiber backpack with integrated motor unit
  • 1 – AC adapter
  • 1 – Battery pack (8 AA batteries not included)
  • 1 – Insulated cooler bag and ice pack
  • 4 – 5 oz/150mL BPA-free breast milk bottles and lids
  • 1 – Double pumping kit with two – 24 mm (medium) PersonalFit™ breastshields
  • 2 – PersonalFit connectors
  • 2 – Valves
  • 4 – Membranes
  • 1 – Set of tubing
  • Instructions for use in English/Spanish/French
  • Breastfeeding Information Guide

I got everything washed up on Monday and air dried by pumping time on Tuesday.  Olive was napping so it was the perfect opportunity to hook the bad boy up.  I was AMAZED at how quickly milk was expressed and also how my lazy boob was really kickin’  butt!  You know, that one boob you HAVE to nurse off of but isn’t your baby’s favorite.  Usually lazy boob, on a good day, produces about 4 drops.  I got about an ounce outta each boob and I had only nursed Olive about a half hour prior.

Clean up is the same, hot soapy water and then air dry.  No big change here.  I was excited about the new bottles because it’s always fun to add to the collection of Medela bottles I have.  Everything is all shiny and new and fancy.  Truly like Christmas all over again for me!

What I can tell you is this, if you are in the market for a breast pump, really consider a Medela.  This model is intended to be a single-user pump so you probably don’t wanna share it with anyone but yourself since there is a “risk” of spreading disease.  This shouldn’t be a problem since everyone in America that makes the choice to breastfeed should be getting a free pump.

I hate to pump but this pump made it exciting again!  If you want more information about the different pumps Medela carries or any other information.

**I was not gifted any item for the purpose of this review.  I did not receive any compensation.  My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.**

Peek Away 4 in 1 Essentials Nursing Kit Review!

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The Peek Away 4 in 1 Essentials Nursing Kit is a must have for all on-the-go breastfeeding mothers.  Peek Away helps to make every nursing and diaper changing experience feel just as comfortable as if you were at home.

Peek Away is an award winning traveling nursing pillow and changing station.  Not only are the Peek Away Nursing Kits super cute and trendy, they are also multi-functional.  Once spring and summer hit, we are constantly on the move.  Between birthday parties, play dates, softball games, cookouts and walks to the park, I need something that is quick and easy to grab that stores exactly what I need.

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I love the built in pockets which hold exactly what I need when I’m on the go.  I don’t ALWAYS want to carry a large diaper bag and sometimes I don’t need to.  Even when we take a walk to the park or around town, it’s easy to just grab my Peek Away and go.  It holds everything I need.

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Have you ever been somewhere that doesn’t have a changing station?  I know when we are at our 12 year old’s softball games, it’s a huge rarity to find a bathroom with a changing station.  And let’s face it, those flimsy pads that come with diaper bags just don’t cut it.  With the Peek Away, I can change Olive comfortably on a picnic table, the ground, a bleacher, or even in the back of my mini-van.  The pad has a wonderfully soft foam layer and is super sturdy.  I love that I don’t have to rummage through a large diaper bag to find a diaper or wipes, it’s all right in front of me and within arms reach!

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Did I mentioned the nursing cover yet?  It’s huge!  When I feel I need some privacy, the nursing cover has got me covered.  I always have my little Olive with me when I teach Sunday School so when she’s hungry, I can slip on the nursing cover and feed her.  It’s 100% cotton and allows for easy viewing of baby’s every move.  Some nursing covers have flimsy necklines which don’t allow mom to easily guide baby to the breast or maintain eye contact.  When you have a great nursing cover, such as the one that comes in the Peek Away Nursing Kit, you can spend more time comfortably and confidently nursing your baby.  There’s even a large, super soft pocket found on the inside of the cover that doubles as a burp cloth.

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The comfort and ease of the Peek Away Nursing Kit is amazing.  Having the detachable shoulder strap double as a waist strap allows me to keep the nursing pillow in place – perfect for my squirmy nurser.  It’s the right size and allows me to feed Olive comfortably wherever I am without the need of other bulky pillows or blankets.  It’s also the perfect height too so I don’t have bend over and strain to nurse her.

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The Peek Away Nursing Kit features:
– Detachable shoulder strap which doubles as a waist strap to keep the nursing pillow in place
– Nursing Pillow
– Built-in 3 panel foam cushion Diaper Pad
– Built-in removable/refillable wipe case
– Oval Shaped Nursing Cover with adjustable strap
– Built-in pocket on Nursing Cover to use as burp cloth
– Built-in storage pockets/compartment for essential items
– Neoprene canvas/100% cotton which is easy to clean and care for The Peek Away 4 in 1 Essential Nursing Kit is the perfect Baby Shower gift or gift for yourself.  It comes in 3 great prints to choose from.  I love mine more and more each time I use it!

 

Teething Bling Review!

Teething Bling is the original teething jewelry that allows moms to wear jewelry again.  You can safely allow your baby to grab and chew without the worry of small pieces or unsafe chemicals.  Let their curiosity get the best of them with Teething Bling.

Since receiving my Teething Bling Onyx Donut Shaped Signature Pendant, it’s become apart of my every day wardrobe.  If I forget to put it on, Olive seems so lost and quite honestly, so do I!  Olive not only loves to chew on it while in my arms or baby carrier, she also loves fiddling with it while nursing.  Even when there’s a lot of distractions around us, she grabs a hold of my pendant and it helps keep her focused on the task at hand.

I love knowing that Teething Bling is completely safe for Olive to chew on.  She’s in that fun age where anything and everything makes its way right into her mouth.  All Teething Bling products are made using FDA approved medical-grade, food-safe silicone.  Teething Bling contains no phthalates, BPAs, PVCs, lead or latex.  As an added safety measure, Teething Bling is hung on a cord with a break away clasp.  Plus Silicone is so easy to clean – just a little soap and water is all you need and you’ll never have to worry about fungus, mold, or bacteria.

Have you seen all the different color choices and jewelry styles that Teething Bling offers?  Honestly, you’d never know it was jewelry designed with teething babies in mind.  It soothes and entertains baby while being fun and stylish for mom.

Smart Mom Jewelry is working with Fun With Four on a giveaway!  One lucky winner will win a Teething Bling Gift Set of their choice!
Must be 18+ to enter.  Open to US only.
Giveaway ends 5/4/13 at 11:59pm CST.

 

Ultimate Flora Probiotic Review!

Are you looking for a dietary supplement made with naturally-occurring probiotic cultures to help with your digestive issues?  Look no further because Ultimate Flora Probiotics can help provide you with many health benefits for your digestive system and your whole body!

You might be thinking to yourself, what the heck are probiotics and why would I need them?  Probiotics are the good bacteria that help to keep you healthy by balancing your intestinal flora.  They help enhance digestion, prevent digestive upset, and even help your body absorb valuable nutrients from food during the digestive process.  Did you know that up to 80% of the body’s immune system is associated with the intestinal tract?  Probiotics help to stimulate the immune system by promoting a healthy gut.

Ultimate Flora is different from other probiotics out there.  Ultmiate Flora offers high-potency probiotics that ensure at least 10 billion active cultures per capsule serving.  Plus they offer a unique delayed release system which helps probiotics resist stomach acid. Just one capsule taken on a daily basis should help you to maintain a healthy digestive system.

Since my toddler and husband both seem to be the ones that experience digestive issues, I thought it best to have them both give Ultimate Flora Probiotics a try.  A lot of my friends around me have been talking about probiotics so this was perfect timing!  My 3 year old frequently experiences gas and tummy pains and my husband, oh man…he is just a big ball of gas, upset stomach, and diarrhea.  He is also a diabetic so he needs all the help he can get with his immune system too.

My daughter has been taking the Ultimate Flora Kids Probiotic 3 Billion.  It has a great tasting berry-licious flavor, which she loves, and does not contain any sugar or artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, or preservatives.   Another feature is that it is dairy, soy, and gluten free!  We refer to it as Amaya’s “chewy” when it comes time to taking her probiotic.  We always take it between breakfast and dinner.  She actually looks forward to taking it and if I forget, she’s right there reminding me she needs her chewy!

My husband has been taking the Ultimate Flora Daily Care Probiotic 15 Billion.  It contains 15 Billion cultures and 10 strains of health-promoting Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli.  It contains no wheat, gluten, soy, dairy, eggs, shellfish, tree nuts, or artificial ingredients.  It’s an easy to swallow vegetable capsule too!

Since both have begun taking Ultimate Flora Probiotics, I’ve seen a significant change in both.  My daughter is less gassy and does not complain about an upset stomach on a daily basis anymore.  She also no longer experiences loose stools.  Come to think of it, my husband is the same too.  He usually comes home from work complaining of an upset stomach but he hasn’t complained in quite some time.  In fact, he also doesn’t clear a room anymore with his gas!  (Sorry honey!)

Overall, when anyone asks me to recommend a probiotic, I always suggest

One lucky reader will win an Ultimate Flora Probiotic of their choice!
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Giveaway ends 6/7/13 at 11:59pm CST.

Verefina First Aid Ointment Review!

Verefina helps people live happier and healthier lives by creating pure and natural products.  Verefina’s First Aid Ointment is perfect for our start in a more natural direction with our health and beauty products!  Since I’ve begun the switch to more natural and homemade products, I was thrilled when Michelle Tilley, Verefina Independant Consultant, contacted me!

Michelle has battled for a long time with health issues that have plagued her 11 year old daughter’s life.  After 6 years of not knowing what was going on with her daughter’s health and seeing countless specialists, it was discovered that she has pesticides trapped in her cells and requires a complete cell detox.  And do you know how those pesticides got trapped in her cells?  You guessed it, artificially fragranced products that we use in our homes.  These chemicals have reeked havoc on Michelle’s daughter.  She was experiencing daily nausea, migraines, hives, shaking, low body temperature, and heart palpitations – just to name a few.   After eliminating all unnatural products, her daughter’s health greatly improved thanks to the help of Verefina’s natural products.

Do you or someone you know experience something similar to this?  Could it be that they have a similar undiagnosed condition caused by toxins in their cells?  By making small steps in the right direction, we can start cutting back or even eliminating the amount of chemicals we are exposed to every day!

So let me tell you about our small step in that direction with Verefina’s First Aid Ointment.  It’s made with 100% natural ingredients so I don’t feel guilty slathering my children’s boo-boos in this stuff!  With it being nicer outside and sports starting, the more and more boo-boos seem to appear!
Ingredients in Verefina’s First Aid Ointment: beeswax, extra virgin olive oil, sunflower seed oil, tamanu oil, calendula oil, shea butter, sea buckthorn oil, rosehip seed oil, loving baby essential oil proprietary blend, tea tree oil, rosemary extract, lavender essential oil, lemon essential oil, benzoin essential oil
I have used this stuff on just about everything!  Cuts, scrapes, burns, road rash, diaper rash, dry lips, eczema, stretch marks, bug bites, cracked nipples, and just about any and every skin irritation!  This is my new favorite item in my medicine cabinet.  I love the scent and the texture.  Did I mention that the ingredients are unfriendly to bacteria too?!  Exactly what every parent needs in their house!

Contact Michelle Tilley today to learn more about Verefina and their wonderful line of natural products!

Vision Bedding Custom Comforter Review!

Vision Bedding specializes in products and designs found no where else!  Choose between millions of designs that Vision Bedding has to offer or upload your own photo for a personalized item!

Vision Bedding literally has millions of designs to choose from to fit your unique style.  If you are looking for a personalized item, feel free to upload your own images and design your own product!  There are so many creative possibilities including free text, multiple collage options, and unlimited border colors, just to name a few.  Within 24-48 hours of placing your order, one of Vision Bedding’s professional graphic designers will have your preview available for your approval.  If there is something you want to change, they’ll work with you until it’s just right!  Plus they are so willing to help in any way possible, you’ll be sure to receive exactly what you want!

At Vision Bedding, you’ll find bath decor, flags, wall murals, baby/kids/teen/adult bedding, pillows, window curtains, backdrops, blankets, rugs, banners, fabric, and wall art.  You can even purchase gift certificates!  After going through all the amazing possibilities, I made the decision to give my 9 year old son the opportunity to create a custom collage comforter.  He’s almost 10 and in that in-between phase where he just can’t seem to find a comforter that he likes.  Some are just too kiddie for him and some are just too adult.  Plus he’s got such a quirky personality, it seemed only fitting to allow him the chance to let his creative juices flow!

Julien loves many different things but the 3 things that stick out the most are: anything army, penguins, and video games.  We were able to browse through the library of items and pick out 6 really awesome pictures for his comforter.  He has 2 army themed pictures, 2 video game controllers (Xbox & Playstation), and 2 penguins.  We were even given the option to add his name which was an added bonus.  We also chose the black 320 count sateen cotton for the bottom of the comforter.

It was like Christmas when Julien’s Vision Bedding custom collage twin comforter came.
He could hardly wait to open the box!

Once opened, we couldn’t believe our eyes.  Our masterpiece had come to life!  The comforter is approximately 2″ thick and is extremely plush.  The sateen cotton bottom is so soft and silky too.  I can tell you, this comforter is made to last and is of extremely high quality.  Julien says it is extremely comfortable to sleep with and loves everything about it.  It’s just perfect and exactly what we wanted.  Plus it’s machine washable!

Vision Bedding has been a dream to work with.  Their customer service is amazing!  They took my son’s ideas and brought them to life.  He’s so excited to have exactly what he’s always wanted in a comforter.  I love that it shows his fun, creative, and quirky side.  It brightens up his room and is such a beautiful piece of artwork!

The comforter just screams Julien , literally!  It’s so amazing what this company will do to make sure their customers are satisfied.  I know we are and you will be too!  A huge thank you to Vision Bedding!

Spark of Amber Hazelwood and Baltic Amber Necklace Review!

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Spark of Amber carries a wide variety of amazing and authentic Baltic Amber products straight from Lithuania and the Baltic region.  With fast and FREE shipping, Spark of Amber has something for everyone!

I have always believed in the powers of Baltic Amber.  When my 3 year old was teething, she always had on her Baltic Amber Teething Necklace.  Even now when she complains of her molars coming through, I’ll stick a Baltic Amber Teething Necklace on her to help take away the inflammation and pain.  You’ll see my little Olive with a Baltic Amber Teething Necklace on almost always as well.

I was excited to get my hands on one of Spark of Amber’s Tranquility Hazelwood and Baltic Amber necklaces.  I’ve heard so many great things about Hazelwood that combined with Baltic Amber, I knew this would be a powerhouse necklace.  Hazelwood has long been used in Europe as a traditional remedy to help with such ailments as eczema, heartburn, morning sickness, acid reflux, headaches, heartburn, and arthritis.  The healing oils of Baltic Amber, which is a fossilized resin, is said to relieve teething pain, tame baby’s irritability and relieve inflammation in the throat, ear, and stomach.  Baltic Amber is also greatly prized by Europeans for its claimed 100% natural anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, and calming properties.

The quality of this necklace is outstanding.  This necklace was handcrafted with authentic Baltic Amber rounded beads and naturally grown Hazelwood from Lithuania.  It’s a comfortable and lightweight necklace that my 10 month old wears constantly.  She doesn’t even notice it is there most days.  I have noticed she sleeps better at night and her demeanor is much more relaxed and calm throughout the day.  Since the oils are released through contact with the skin, it’s working the whole time she has it on.  She just recently popped 4 teeth without the need of any tylenol or pain relievers!

You’ll notice that the necklace features a twist screw clasp which I find to be incredibly durable and safe.  Baltic Amber and/or Hazelwood Necklaces are not meant to be sucked on or chewed on.  They are meant to be worn against the skin to receive the most benefit!  I just tuck it in my daughter’s shirt and you’d never know it was there!

A lot of places sell Baltic Amber but Spark of Amber ensures their Baltic Amber is authentic.  They even quality test all jewelry before shipment.  Plus they offer FREE shipping.  How awesome is that?!  Since A LOT of my friends enjoy the benefits of Baltic Amber for themselves and their children, you bet I’m going to be telling the all about Spark of Amber’s quality and craftsmanship….and FREE shipping!

 

Okiedog Cupid Messenger Diaper Bag & Dox Review!

With a unique attention to detail, Okiedog’s Cupid Messenger Diaper Bag and Dox Document/iPad Holder are innovative products that will please both mom and baby!

The Okiedog Cupid Messenger Diaper Bag is fun, original, and big enough for both baby’s things and mom’s too!  The bright, bold colors of this diaper bag are what really drew me in.  It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen before and really makes a statement.  One of my biggest concerns with any diaper bag is if it will be big enough to hold cloth diapers.  Most diaper bags that are made big enough to fit cloth diapers AND all of the other things baby needs are just way out of my price range.  The Okiedog Cupid Messenger bag is extremely affordable and well made!

This lightweight bag has so much room, it’s easy to pack all of Olive’s things and mine.  The included accessory bag is perfect for band aids, diaper creams, nail clippers, baby spoon, bib, and all those other tchotchkes that you must have everywhere you go with a baby.  The included insulated bottle holder is great too.  Since Olive isn’t too huge of a fan of bottles, I use mine to store glass baby food jars.  There is even a dedicated parent zone in the front of the bag with pockets to hold my keys, wallet, cell phone, and whatever else I may need.  No more searching the bottom of the diaper bag for my ringing cell phone!

I’m also loving the messenger style and long, adjustable strap.  Oh and did I mention the clipix stroller hooks/clips?  They make life so much easier!  I am able to easily velcro them on to my stroller and leave them put for when I need them.  When it’s time to go, I can easily hook my bag on since it has attached stroller loops.  No need to take up my valuable basket space when it’s usually crammed full of blankets, toys, and my other children’s items.  There is an insulated pocket on one side of the bag, perfect for sippy cups, water bottles, or baby bottles.  The pocket on the other side, I have found, is perfect for carrying a container of puffs (you know, those snacks for babies).  If you are concerned about safety, Okiedog bags are PVC- free, Phthalate- free, AZO- free and BPA- free.  The changing mat also features an antibacterial treatment.

Included with your Okiedog Cupid Messenger Bag:
-clipix stroller hooks/clips
-accessory bag
-insulated bottle holder
-antibacterial changing mat

Okiedog’s Dox Document or iPad Holder is a great accessory for mom!  This great little companion piece is perfect for keeping all your valuable papers together in one spot as well as your iPad too.  It’s stylish, lightweight, and made of quality materials.

I love that I can easily slip business cards and any other notes and coupons in the pockets.  The clear plastic pocket is great for important items that I don’t want to misplace.  The stretchy elastic bands easily allow for a secure fit for my iPad too.  Unlike some boring iPad covers that are thin or only protect either the front or back, this one protects both sides.  An added bonus: it’s super cute!  I love the design and color scheme.  I was beyond bored with  my plain black cover and Okiedog’s eye for unique, innovative products really shines through with the Dox!

Okiedog has tons of other great diaper bags and accessories that are perfect and affordable for mom and baby!  Check out Everything Mommyhood’s review ofOkiedog’s Sumo Diaper Bag and Wildpack!

Okiedog has graciously extended a fabulous offer to Fun With Four readers:
Save 20% on any item found at Okiedog using coupon code FUN420!
Offer ends 9/30/13.

 

Gumigem Bubba Beads Teething Necklace Review!

Gumigem is silicone jewelry that is safe for your teething baby to nibble, gnaw, and chew on.  Allow your baby to be entertained by this multi-functional jewelry that is not only a stylish accessory for mom to wear but also a safe option for tiny hands to put in their mouth.

I’ve come to find out that teething jewelry is becoming more and more popular.  Long gone are the days of being unable to wear jewelry or worry that it might be unsafe or ruined by your baby or toddler.  Gumigem is made from FDA approved materials so you no longer have to worry if your child grabs a hold and feels the need to gnaw.  I love when a company is extremely focused on providing a safe and quality product.  It’s important to me to know that Gumigem’s products are BPA, PVC, Lead, Latex and Phthalate free.

My Gumigem Bubba Beads Teething Necklace is a trendy piece of jewelry.  The color choice, Pipsqueak, is vibrant and fun.  The many different colors of jewelry you’ll find on the website are all bright and beautiful.  I normally stick to “safe” colors but I thought I’d try something different and I’ve been extremely pleased with the choice I made.  The necklace is knotted by the beads to keep them in place and there is also a breakaway clasp so no need to worry about a broken clasp.  It is also easy to clean with a little soap and water!
The bead size and texture keep my little Olive busy and distracted, especially when I need her to focus while nursing.  She’s always busy inspecting the beads either with her hands or mouth.  I think the silicone texture helps soothe her aching gums and aid in the eruption of new teeth.  I have also found that my Bubba Beads Teething Necklace is also a great piece of jewelry to keep Olive distracted while in a baby carrier or held in my arms.  In my opinion, if you are a mom, this is a must have accessory!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Nuby One-Touch Electric Warmer and Sterilizer Review!

The ability to warm food and milk but also sterilize have been effectively married together with the Nuby One-Touch Electric Warmer and Sterilizer.

Instead of needing two different appliances, Nuby has created the One-Touch Electric Warmer and Sterilizer to save you time and space on your counter.  You can quickly and effectively warm baby food, breast milk and formula.  Besides warming, you can also quickly sterilize bottles and pacifiers in just minutes!  How awesome is that?!

I just adore this little appliance.  It’s so compact but does so much.  I love the fact that I can warm frozen, refrigerated, or room temperature milk and food.  Nuby includes an easy to read and understand Food and Bottle Warming Chart.  I keep mine right on my fridge for easy reference.

All you need to do is measure out how much water you need by using the measuring cup that attaches and detaches to the back of the warmer, place your item in the basket, and touch the button to start!  It doesn’t get any simpler than that!

The Nuby One-Touch Electric Warmer and Sterilizer is available at this retailer:
BuyBabyDirect