Thursday, August 10, 2017

Baby Loved, Science Proven



Playtime is such a crucial part of early childhood development. Babies and children learn through playing, so wouldn't it make sense that we should be picky about their toys? Lamaze Toys are baby loved and science proven, meaning they are designed with every stage of your baby's development in mind. I'm sharing a few of our favorite Lamaze Toys, as well as a promo code to get 20% Lamaze Toys on Amazon, so read on to see which ones my kiddos and I recommend. 

Octotunes has got to be Josiah's favorite. This adorable, giant plush octopus has 8 musical tentacles that are made of different textures and patterns. When squeezed, they play a different musical note, so you and baby can make some sweet music together. Josiah laughs when you squeeze them- a skill he's mastering once he has a little more hand strength. He loves to stare at the big, friendly eyes and smile, which promotes healthy eye development. He loves wrestling around with this thing! It's fun to watch his face when he falls over and accidentally hits a musical note. 


Cosimo Concerto is a soft, plush zebra that doubles as a piano. Each of the colorful stripes plays a different note when pressed. The bright, bold colors and patterns are great to help your baby focus and stimulate visual development. The crinkles and multiple textures are fun to feel and stimulate tactile senses. There's also a switch you can flip on the back to play musical tunes instead of just notes, which encourages movement! Josiah likes to rock and sway when squeezes the zebra and turns on the music. 

Lastly, the Counting Animals Book was a big hit for us. Josiah loves things that crinkle, and he loves flipping through books and stares at the pages. This interactive book has high contrast pages for him to look at and work on his visual development. He's able to grip and grab the soft, crinkly pages and develop fine motor skills. He loves to grab his book and bring it over to me- already knowing perfectly how to climb up on my lap as we turn the pages together and count the different animals. I also love that this book has a little clip on it, so I can easily hook it on his car seat or stroller strap so he has something to look at in the car or while running errands. I can always hear the crinkling from the backseat!  


Right now through August 26th you can get 20% off Lamaze Toys on Amazon by clicking here and using the promo code 20octotunes! If you or someone you know has or is expecting a baby, pass along this code to them- Lamaze Toys make a great baby shower or new baby gift and promote independent learning. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Support your baby's health for life



I think every parent struggles with making the right choices for their new baby. Whether it's what to feed them, how to get them to sleep, which car seat or stroller to buy, whether or  not to give them a pacifier...in the early days of babyhood there are so many decisions to make and everyone is full of opinions on what's right and what's wrong. I thought I had it all covered. As a mom, I want to make sure each of my children has everything they need to grow up healthy, and it starts from birth. One thing I just recently learned is how important your baby's gut health is and why you should start your baby on a probiotic from Evivo as soon as they are born.

Evivo is a probiotic powder and the only probiotic that is clinically proven to:
  • maximize every bit of breast milk’s nutrients to feed baby
  • restore the level’s of B. infantis in baby’s gut
  • protect baby’s gut microbiome for a healthy metabolism and immune system
  • defend against bad bacteria linked to eczema, allergies, diabetes and obesity

Every day thousands of mothers choose breast milk to provide their babies optimal nutrition and immunity. A University of California study showed that breast milk also promotes the growth of B. infantis in babies, good bacteria that supports a healthy infant gut. Unfortunately, most babies born today do not receive this key beneficial bacteria because today's moms are no longer passing the beneficial bacteria to their babies at birth. Many of these moms lack it themselves. Because of this, Evivo is here to help with the best probiotic for babies. - Evivo.com


By making Evivo probiotic powder a part of your baby's daily feeding routine, you can make a huge difference in your baby's health for life, and the sooner the better! Evivo (activated B. infantis) is good bacteria that will dominate the baby's gut, outcompeting other organisms and protecting baby from the inside out. Simply mix the probiotic powder with breast milk to help that good bacteria thrive. The first 6 months of life is the most ideal time to help establish healthy infant gut microbiome- the first step towards lifelong health!

Guess what? I have a promo code for $10 off an Evivo Probiotic starter kit! This code can only be redeemed by the first 50 people to use it, so act quickly and save $10 off! You can also pass along the code to a new mom friend or expectant mother! Simply use the code ev7-434bts9d at checkout. 

If you're a new parent I highly recommend checking out Evivo.com to learn more about the importance of your baby's gut  health. I wish I had known some of this stuff with my four kids! 


A big thank you to Evivo for sponsoring this post! And thank you to all of my readers for supporting the partners that make this little blog possible.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mid-week confessions

Happy Thursday! I wanted to bring back mid-week confessions, but in true form, I'm a tad late on this one. I meant to have this ready by Wednesday, but with summer and the kids and crazy life happenings it just didn't happen. Better late than never, though, right? This is such an easy and fun little way for me to check in on the regular and share some fun little tidbits that have been on my heart and mind lately. So let's get started!

Summertime has me all kinds of cranky. Seriously- I've had the summertime blues or something over here. My kids have been fighting nonstop, it's been hotter than heck, and most days I don't have the energy or patience to take them all in public by myself. We've made it to the water park exactly one time and were zero for three when it comes to the lake. I think we're going to call this "the summer we spent at home" because we're doing a lot of backyard hangs by the kiddie pool and bike rides around the neighborhood in the mornings and evenings. Oh, and don't forget hours glued to the XBOX or watching movies and soaking up the AC in our pajamas, because hey, let's be real. Entertaining four kids- one of whom is a potty-training toddler and another high maintenance baby is a huge undertaking. I'm just high-fiving my husband if they are all alive, fed, and semi-clean at the end of the day.

Winter is here. Not literally, but if you're a Game of Thrones fan you know exactly what I'm talking about. Winter has been coming, and now it's here...the new season starts this Sunday and I can't wait to pick up where we left off. I've been impatiently waiting since they decided to delay the premiere this season (lame) and shorten it to only 7 episodes instead of 10. Next season (the final one) will only be 6 episodes! What the hell, HBO? Why are you doing this to us? We neeeeeeeed more Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen and dragons and white walkers. These need to be like 4 hour episodes. This is the only show that my husband will watch with me and I don't have anything good to watch at the moment, so I'm dying for this to start up again!

I have no clue how to dress myself! Do I shop in the old lady section and give in to elastic waists and tapered legs? Or do I roll into the Junior section with my double stroller and teen and tween in tow? Seriously...someone tell me how to dress for my age because I surely can't figure it out. I tried on this weird jumper thing at Target and it just wasn't good, so I went back to my boring jean cut off shorts and tank top. 

I've been a tad bit obsessed with all things makeup and skincare related lately. My name is Melissa, and I'm a SeneGence junkie...at least I admit it! I had no idea when I signed up to sell LipSense that I'd be also selling an amazing skincare & makeup line too. Anyone who knows me (or my blog) knows that I love all things beauty related and I'm always trying new products and different brands. Not anymore. I literally trashed all of my old stuff and swapped it out for SeneGence- it's that good! Everything is vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, long-wearing, and made in the United States and comes with 100% money back guarantee too, which is amazing! I'm so happy with everything I'm using now and I've seen a huge difference in my skin. Before, it was chalky and oily at the same time (and how does that even happen?) I had way more lines and wrinkles and my skin was just dull and flat and boring. Now it's perfectly moisturized, my lines and wrinkles are less pronounced, and my skin is more radiant and almost glows. I'm definitely going to be sharing some of my favorite products here on the blog. Never before did I think I'd be going makeup free on facebook live to do makeup looks, but that's what I've bee finding myself doing a lot lately.

Which brings me to blogging. Now that I feel a little more balanced with this LipSense/SeneGence venture, I hope to blog a little more regularly again. No promises, but it's just a goal of mine! 

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