Parenting

Pampers Big Dreams of Little Athletes

February 11, 2014

Pampers Big Dreams of Little Athletes

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“This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.”

Becoming a mom was the greatest experience of my life. When the twins were born almost 8 years ago, I had to find the perfect diaper. I quickly learned that the only diaper brand that I could count on was Pampers. The kids would develop severe diaper rashes when I would use the competitors or they just would not live up to my standards. Pampers always went above and beyond and I never found myself disappointed. Read more »

Bum Boosa Bamboo Baby Wipes

February 3, 2014

Bum Boosa Bamboo Baby Wipes

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I am going to cut right to the chase on our next review and talk about baby bums! As parents we want to keep our babies and kids safe and out of harms way. We also want to keep them away from harmful chemicals that can me harsh on their delicate skin.

Mommy and Baby Reviews recently had the opportunity to work with Bum Boosa and review a must have and one of our new favorite baby products on the market. We were sent a full size package of Bamboo Baby Wipes to review free of charge. Bum Boosa Bamboo Products is proud to be a B Corp, Cruetly-Free and Certified Women Owned Company. I was extremely excited when the baby wipes arrived.
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My neice suffers from severe diaper rashes for many reasons. So we were looking forward to trying a product that was natural. The wipes are non-synthetic tree free products. The wipes easily dispense from it’s container which makes diaper changing a breeze. The wipes are extremely absorbent which means I can change her diapers without wasting wipes.

Why does Mommy and Baby Reviews love Bum Boosa Bamboo Baby Wipes?

They are stronger and thicker than wipes we have used in the past. Bum Boosa wipes are hypoallergenic perfect for my neices delicate skin. The wipes actully soothes her skin and because they are not made with alcohol it doesn’t dry out her skin. They smell great and are naturally scented with mild blend of sweet orange and lavender. Don’t worry there isn’t an overpowering scent either it is perfect.

What ingredients are in Bum Boosa Bamboo Baby Wipes?

 Purified Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera) Leaf, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Calendula Extract, Polysorbate 20, Chamomile Flower Extract, Lavandula augustifolia (Lavender) oil, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) oil.

If you would like more information or to purchase Bamboo Baby Wipes, please visit the Bum Boosa Website. Be sure to stay up to date on all of the latest news and products from Bum Boosa by following their social media pages on Facebook, YouTube, Google+Pinterest and Twitter.

(A special thank you to Bum Boosa for sending Mommy and Baby Reviews a package of Bamboo Baby Wipes free of charge to review. Mommy and Baby Reviews follows all FTC guidelines. All opinions stated in our review are our own truthfully opinion and were not influenced by the sponsor or from getting the review product free of charge. We were in no way compensated for our review or opinion. Mommy and Baby Reviews only recommends products and services that we feel are a good fit for our readers.)

Before you decide to Drink & Drive Read This!

March 31, 2012

Before you decide to Drink & Drive Read This!

Today I am going to share something that has been passed around the internet probably more times than can be imagined. I can not bring myself to post the picture that is being shared with it because it was just to heartbreaking.

My reason for sharing this isn’t because of a personal experience with Drunk Driving but because I am a parent and a human being. Too many times people take life for granted and are selfish in the choices they make. Rarely, do they think how are my actions going to effect others. Is my one moment of thinking I am sober enough to drive going to decide the fate of someone else?

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Raising Amazing Children (… While Having a Life of Your Own)

March 14, 2012

Raising Amazing Children (… While Having a Life of Your Own)

Hello from the author of “Raising Amazing Children (… While Having a Life of Your Own)” Deborah Drezon Carroll:
Our daughter’s wedding was a glorious event for us, as you might imagine. After it was over, though, one thing stuck in my mind. People, our friends and other guests whom we didn’t know, repeatedly came up to us and said, “Your daughters are amazing. What’s your secret?”

While that is a beautiful sentiment, and may even be true (if I do say so myself), I wondered: Are they really amazing? We have three daughters who are really just lovely people with good hearts and good souls. They weren’t exceptional students (they were good students for the most part) or outstanding athletes (they did try, though); they didn’t cure cancer in our basement, or discover the secret to solving the world hunger problem. They didn’t win scholarships or attend Ivy League colleges. They just were good kids (most of the time but certainly not without challenges along the way) who grew up to be teachers.

And that’s when I realized: maybe they are amazing.

If the goal of being a good parent is to do the job well enough for our kids to leave us someday and be happy people who are independent and live with integrity and decency, and if achieving that is amazing, maybe we were all amazing.

I thought about how we achieved such greatness. What was our parenting secret?

My husband and I had both been teachers early in our careers. We learned a great deal about how children develop. We learned strategies for facilitating growth in young people by treating them with respect, trust, faith, and high expectations. And, when we had our first child we got some very good advice.

The advice was to find ways to integrate our child into our lives rather than turning our lives completely upside down to integrate ourselves into our child’s life. In other words, we were advised to raise our kids while living life the way we loved it before our kids were born as much as possible. We were told to find ways to keep doing the things we loved so we could share them with our kids. And so we did. Whatever we did, we invited our kids to do it with us. From cleaning the house to traveling across the country on a camping trip (Yes, we did go on a cross country trip with three kids under the age of 5!), if it was something we did before we had kids, we did it with our kids. We tried not to give up any of the things that mattered to us before we became parents, we just found ways to incorporate our children into those activities.

As a result, our children learned life skills by experiencing life with us. They learned to love reading and writing as we do so they value education. They can do simple home repair, they all did their own laundry since they were very little, and each can negotiate a tight deal of any sort. They understand the value of work and the need to budget money as they watched us do both and learned by seeing our struggles and our successes. They learned compassion and caring for family, friends, and strangers as they lived both on a daily basis. In short, they learned how to live life by living it with us and witnessing the ins and outs of making a life work.

The simple tasks of everyday living provide parents with opportunities to teach children something of value each day. By inviting your kids to work alongside as you do things like shopping, housecleaning, gardening, cooking, home repair, traveling and more, you both win. You’ll save time as you’ll have helping hands to get the jobs done faster, your child will learn priceless life skills, and you’ll all have more time to enjoy life together.

By incorporating your kids into your life, you get to continue living a life that makes you happy. Happy parents raise happy children. Your kids will thank you for it… some day!

Raising Amazing Children (…While Having a Life of Your Own). The title sums up our parenting secret.

What they don’t tell about Pregnancy?

March 9, 2012

What they don’t tell you can happen in Pregnancy?
I was not skinny when I got pregnant with my first child, but I was active and losing weight putting me in the category of those with a little extra on an athletic body.  Then I got pregnant and very ill losing 20 pounds and ending the pregnancy actually 2 lbs lighter than when I started.  After giving birth I obviously lost more weight.  I started doing yoga and working at getting myself health again.  After intense yoga practice earning me a 200 hour teaching certificate, I was still not feeling one hundred percent. On top of my issues getting my body back to pre-pregnancy normal functioning, I had also developed a lump on my right shoulder.  Due to the severe edema I experienced during the pregnancy I was told it was fluid and would dissolve as my body healed over that first year post-pregnancy.
I started applying for yoga jobs while running a home daycare, but started feeling like I wasn’t healing properly.  A visit to the doctor revealed a heart beat, the second visit to find out how far along I was revealed it was a boy and I was 20 weeks!  I had about a month of vomiting and then by Thanksgiving I was 4cm dilated having infrequent contractions.  My tentative due date was my daughters birthday at the end of December which meant a month of dilation and contractions while running a daycare and taking care of an infant.  My lump/fluid on my shoulder continued to grow as well.  By the 21st they told me to have my help come early because I was going to go into labor any day as they were stripping my membranes.  Well, December ended and January began and they finally decided to schedule the induction as the baby was showing to weigh over 8lbs and they didn’t think my pelvis could handle any larger, plus I was already dilated, having infrequent contractions, and the baby was showing to be at or past term.  The morning of my induction I awoke again to the normal contractions I was then having for months only this time they didn’t stop and kept at 5 min apart.  Choice wake up the hubby 2 hours before he has to get up anyway to go to an induction or let him rest on the off chance it was just my body being odd.  I let him rest and didn’t say anything until we started to get in the car.  He dropped me off at the ER, because for some god awful reason you have to check in their before going up to the birthing floor, and I got stuck behind some jerk with a sty who wanted it looked at but didn’t want to pay or give insurance unless it wasn’t a sty and was arguing with the clerk, the clerk finally asked him to step aside, potentially because when I wasn’t doubling over in pain I may have looked like I was going to murder this jerk with my bare hands if they had the chance to get free from holding my belly.  He gets me started on getting checked into the ER and the hubby comes in from parking the car to help the rest of the way.
Finally, we go up and the nurse says they called me to say they needed to reschedule the induction.  A)no she didn’t my phone was still in my hand B) I no longer need the induction I’m in labor!!!!

Long story short, I give birth to a healthy baby boy with a horrible doctor who literally left without finishing the job once the baby was out, sprayed my husband with umbilical blood, and ignored that I was having serious issues keeping from passing out.  I recovered, and got to take my beautiful second born home.

I got right back to work and my body returned to normal.  Except for the lump.(the picture to the right isn’t mine, but is about the same size and just on the opposite shoulder, we didn’t take a picture of mine.)  The lump just kept growing so I had it looked at and asked for it to be drained.  The doctor wanted a test first to make sure it was fluid saying he could barely see it.  Odd because it was affecting my movement and slightly painful when touched in area’s, Oh and I was starting to look like Quasimoto!  One test done, it isn’t fluid and he wants more tests.  More tests, its a Lipoma and he isn’t sure we should remove it.  I ask for a surgical consult because it hurts and if it keeps growing I’m not going to be able to lift these babies I look after.  I found a great surgeon who agree’s to remove it, but wants to do it with a local.
Here is the issue with that, my few local experiences haven’t been good and there are concerns if I am one of the many whose bodies metabolize local at such a rate it is ineffective.  To combat this I was given Valium which slows this rate down so that I could potentially become numb.  They also used a newly designed local that is supposed to work better for people like me, plus they combined this with the old one for added protection.  I agreed because I didn’t want the risks and affects including a longer recovery that come with going under.  I have had issues with bad reactions to going fully under in the past and like to avoid that when possible. So, here I am with this lump growing in my body that started with pregnancy which no one talks about as potentially happening, that could have turned cancerous because of it’s growth rate, but most likely is the after affects of pregnancy that just never got shut off by my body.  This just leaves me facing a knife or the life of a hunchback, anyone have a bell tower I can live in?
If you want to hear about my surgery and recovery just visit Mommy Moments with Abby. She has 2 human babies and 3 fur-babies whom she writes about regularly!

No Matter How Hard Marriage is, Do Not Give Up!

March 3, 2012

No Matter How Hard Marriage is, Do Not Give Up!

This post is going to be about  hitting rock bottom and working our way back up. It’s hard to talk about this – because honestly, no one likes talking about how hard life can be. Sometimes – it just needs to be said.

Before Eric and I got married and had Audrey, we had spontaneously moved down south and thought that we could get a fresh start on things, with it being a new place and all. Before we knew it, we were barely living pay check to pay check. We both had jobs, and at some point, Eric had two jobs but got laid off from the one that made more money. It just seemed like a giant black hole was eating whatever money we did bring in.

We were toying with the idea of moving back home to be closer to our family but we knew we barely had the money to do so. We could barely afford to keep a roof over our heads. Towards the end of us living in that house, we both were burnt out beyond belief. We had went from not arguing about anything to just arguing just for the sake of arguing, sometimes, in a matter 6 months to a year of living there.

As we found out I was pregnant, we were both in a frenzy of do we literally pack up and move pre-baby or wait until after she is born. We wanted to be closer to more family, but financially, it just wasn’t possible at the time. I had gotten laid off that month, and the job Eric was working was not giving him hours. Around 5 months of me being pregnant, we worked it out to move back. We now live a lot better than we did, and it seems like things are working out a lot better. We aren’t fighting like we used to, and although there is a small cushion in case of emergencies- which me managed to save up pre-baby and have just added a little bit since, we don’t feel as trapped by money. {Well, Eric does – but he is working on it.} I am even fortunate to be a stay-at-home mom while I go to school – which is a blessing!

Why living on nothing actually has helped us:

We know we can make it work if something were to happen again with jobs.

There are people out there less fortunate than us, and we should realize that, sometimes step back, and be thankfulwe have a roof over our heads and a hot meal every night.

That blessing sometimes do come in little bundles of joy.

What my daughter did for us, was make us put our priorities in order. She actually helped us start living a better, healthier lifestyle, more frugal and has brought some serious joy into our lives. Most of all, she has taught me patience and sometimes you need to go through a little hardship to get to a better place. Even though she wasn’t planned, it seems like it was meant to happen. She renewed our purpose and made us reevaluate our lives.

I know that looking back that, I am thankful that we had gone through that because it did make us closer, even if we were fighting. No Matter How Hard Marriage is, Do Not Give Up!

My Mom My Hero

January 31, 2012

My Mom My Hero

Who is the one person that helped to make you who you are today?who is your hero

That is the easiest question. I would say that my mom is the one person that helped make me who I am today. She was a stay at home mom from the time my little brother was born, until he graduated. She was the first one up every morning and the last one to sleep every night. She made sure that we were up every morning and were never late for school. One of her favorite sayings is “A place for everything and a thing for every place.” I honestly think I heard this in my sleep she said it to me so many times. And forget telling her if I couldn’t find something because I didn’t want to hear it. And forget about staying up late on a school night because you would hear her other favorite sayings, “Early to bed, Early to rise. Makes a person Healthy, Wealthy and Wise.” She was always home when we got home from school to help with our homework. (Snack would be there too.) Dinner was never late. She swore by her schedule and even though I hate admitting it, It worked. We were never late and always early. You learned not to question what mom says because you would hear “I told you so.” My mom was the one that I could always count on and I knew she would never let me down even if I let her down. I could always count on her and knew she would be there to dry my tears. I hated fighting with my mom even though I started a lot of them because I thought I knew better than her. Boy was I wrong! She never put herself first, it was always the family. She never took nights off even when she was sick. She was always a mom first and even now she is the same way everyone comes first. She made being a mom and wife seem easy. Being a mom is nowhere near easy, but she never let it show. I moved of my parents house three times and moved back in twice. And even if I never showed how much I appreciated my parents, if it wasn’t for them and their unconditional love, I wouldn’t be the person or mother that I am today.

I am now 28 years old and my mom is my Best Friend. She is the one that I can talk to about anything. The one that I can laugh with and cry with. Just hearing her voice comforts me. I strive everyday to be half of the mother that she was with my children. It’s funny how things you learn and see when you are a child stay with you. I use the same saying with my kids and repeat my self 1,000 times sure enough to say, “If you would have listened to me in the first place we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

I LOVE YOU MOM!

Now can you answer the question, “Who is your hero??” Leave your answers in the comments below.

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