Baby Gear Drive Thru? Yes, please.

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Hello, hello!! Long time no talk! AH! You know how it goes… Mom Life.

Even though my kiddos are 3 1/2 and 2 1/2, I find myself STILL browsing baby gear websites and needing all the new goodies!!! The struggle is real my friends. I’ve said it more than once, I am strolling my son into his College dorm in a stroller… I just can’t give them up.

Anyways… during my most recent stint of insomnia, I stumbled upon babycubby.com. It’s a super cute website featuring all the latest and greatest in the baby gear world. Awesome. But a little icon appeared that said “Free shipping. We price match”. Those are two things I love. I can’t help it. I love a good deal! I mean, they even price match Amazon. #sold

After browsing their website and seeing some super cool things they do that made me sad I don’t live in Utah… or have an infant. First off, they have DRIVE UP ORDERING. Yes. It’s like a drive thru for baby gear. I mean… can we talk about it!!  As if that wasn’t enough to make every Mom jump for joy, they also have a TRACK inside of their store to test strollers!!!! If I walked into this store, it would be a disaster. I would be in there for hours just running around the track all day testing every stroller possible. How awesome is that though? It’s so hard to get a feel for a stroller pushing it through tiny isles in a crowded baby store. A track is GENIUS.

Ok, back to what I came here to do! I thought I would pop back in and share a few of my fave picks from their website for new parents! Finding the perfect gear can be a daunting task… hopefully this will make it a little easier… if it doesn’t, scroll down and let Baby Cubby do the picking FOR YOU!

  1. DaVinci Jenny Lind Stationary Crib with Toddler Rail – So so so cute!!! It converts into a toddler bed and a day bed, has 4 adjustable mattress positions and is finished in non-toxic multi-step painting process. I am totally in love with this crib!!

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2. Clek Fllo Convertible Car Seat – If you have ben doing any research on Car Seats and safety, you have definitely seen the Clek! This Car Seat is AMAZING. It can be used from 5 lbs (with the Clek insert) up to 65 lbs! I cannot say enough great things about this Car Seat. Go to Baby Cubby and check it out!!!

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3. Stokke Tripp Trapp – This thing is the bomb. It’s cute, lasts FOREVER, and is easy to wipe clean. I don’t think I need to say anything else. ha!

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4. Ju Ju Be B.F.F. Diaper Bag – Saved the best for last. THEY CARRY JU JU BE!!!  I LOVE JJB. For so many reasons!! Machine washable (if you don’t think this is important, talk to me when your kid has its first blowout diaper), cute, fictional, lot’s of pockets. I love pockets. Do yourself a favor and waddle your pregnant self into this store and shop your heart out.

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If you don’t love any of my picks… that’s cool. No hard feelings. Baby Cubby can help you with that because they also offer Baby Gear Bundles. I can’t even. I would have done this is a hot second when I was pregnant! Literally takes the guess-work out and they pretty much do everything short of delivering your baby for you. If they could do that, I would for sure have another child…

 

Do yourself a favor and visit this store or their website. I love everything they carry! They have researched these products, and make sure us parents are getting quality products we will love!   They have an awesome community blog with tons of info to help you stay in-the-know  during those sleepless nights, too!

Happy Strolling, friends!

LÍLLÉbaby COMPLETE – Love

 

If this was periscope (which I find totally terrifying by the way), I would be giving this carrier SO many hearts. I love the versatility, comfort, back support, and of course this ridiculously beautiful embossed coral color! Swoon.

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There are so many carriers out there to try which can be a little overwhelming. A few important features I look for in a Soft Structured Carrier are support for myself and baby, “proper” seat position for my little squish (they are big squishes now but I will just keep pretending they are still babies), and easy to strap on. I am usually wrangling one child while I’m wearing the other – it needs to be easy. I don’t have time to watch 700 YouTube videos to figure out how to carry my kid.

Here’s my honest take on the lovely LÍLLÉbaby..

Support: LÍLLÉbaby is unique in the sense that it offers lower lumbar support. If you’ve ever carried around your 22 lb child around for more than an hour, you appreciate and need this type of support. My Husband has 2 herniated discs so a carrier that offers back support is a major plus!  The COMPLETE also provides your newborn-toddler plenty of support! The adjustable neck support  is an awesome feature  (no need for an infant insert!!!) and it’s  also great for breastfeeding Moms.  Pair the adjustable neck support with the Privacy Hood and you are ready to nurse that baby while doing 700 other things at the same time. #momshavesuperpowers

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Clearly Brody is a little big and would fit better in a CarryOn. But due to the amazing support of this Carrier, I can still tote him around comfortably if needed!

Seat: The COMPLETE is ergonomic making the seating position ideal for your child’s hips. Your newborn can be placed in a Fetal position in the carrier without the need for an infant insert. One less thing to buy!! Since the seat on the LÍLLÉbaby is adjustable, your older baby/toddler can sit comfortably  facing you, facing the world, or chillin’ on your back or hip. You want their knees above their cute tush and their head close enough to kiss! Always do a fit check along with a peek inside to make sure their chin is lifted and airway is open!

If the baby doesn’t fit, then you must acquit! #ivebeenwatchingtoomuchOJvsthepeople

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User Friendly: This is a major reason selling point right here. No one has 2 hours to get your kid into a baby carrier! I don’t know about you, but I only have 2 arms and appreciate when a carrier is made for normal folk to use… you know, as opposed to an octopus who has a 6 arm advantage. The easiest way for me to place my child in the carrier is to snap the waist belt on, place baby in the carrier and pull the fabric and straps behind them and slide my arms into the padded shoulder straps. Once I adjust my kiddo a bit, I reach back and buckle the shoulder clip. This becomes easier once you’ve adjusted your straps to the right length. You can pop baby in, snap it up and go. I dare someone to re-adjust my straps after I’ve gotten them perfect. You will have hell to pay in the form of a second LÍLLÉbaby 😉

Added Features: I love pockets. Love them. I love them on dresses, diaper bags, and most importantly Carriers. The LÍLLÉbaby Complete has a long zippered pocket in addition to the easy-reach pocket for strong the hood or any Mom necessities such as binkies, your cell phone, or maybe some nursing nipple shields. Typical mom stuff. #nippleshieldswerethedeathofme

The Complete is suitable from 7lbs-45lbs which is a lot of baby wearing!! The straps are adjustable and can be worn backpack style or criss-cross for maximum comfort. I LOVE the option to criss-cross the straps in the back. It really helps you customize the carrier and get the perfect fit!

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Last but not least, this beauty is MACHINE WASHABLE. I repeat, MACHINE WASHABLE. My kids make messes out of air. Being able to toss it in the washer is like winning the lottery. Ok, maybe not the lottery….maybe more like winning the “my kids didn’t just ruin my $170 embossed carrier with Cheetos fingers” lottery. Basically the same thing.

The LÍLLÉbaby Embossed COMPLETE is $170.00 and $120.00 or the COMPLETE Original. This a very average price for Ergonomic Carriers. If your better half is like hell-to-the-no, just show them what the going rate is for a USED Wrap Conversion Soft Structured Carrier. #stoptryingtomakemoneyoffyourretailpurchase #idontcarewhatmarketvalueis

He/She will be happy to buy the COMPLETE for you. I don’t know about you, but $120 bucks is worth the extra bonding time with my baby, sweet snuggles, and keeping me hands free for some wine action. #dontjudgeme #youknowyouwearandwinetoo #helpamamaout

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For all you soon to be Mama’s out there looking into Carriers, check out the LÍLLÉbaby!! But whichever Carrier you use, I am so excited (and a little jealous) for the new memories and amazing snuggle sessions you are about to enjoy! Some of my most cherished memories from when Brody was a baby involve baby wearing. I struggled with Postpartum Anxiety and being able to have him close to me kept me calm. I felt safe and so did he. I remember in those early months as a new Mom feeling so exhausted, nervous and scared. I wasn’t confident wearing my baby and felt like I had it all wrong… but it was the only thing that all of us sane which meant I was doing something right. Looking back, I laugh at what a hot mess I was (and still am) because I was just doing what every new Mom is trying to do – survive. Nothing prepares you for Motherhood. But with some coffee, baby wearing, and patience, I promise you will rock it!!

Keep them close y’all.

 

Happy Strolling!

 

 

 

 

Crane Cool Mist Humidifier AND Giveaway!

 

Y’all, I have a confession. I have a slight issue with buying humidifier’s. I was never able to find one that lasts, doesn’t get disgusting mold, and is easy to keep clean and re-fill. Until now. Hellllooooo Crane!!! Where have you been all my life?? Oh, and did I mention our new humidifier is a UNICORN! #iloveunicorns

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Ok, so it all started 3 years ago. I bought B a humidifier and 3 weeks later (even though I cleaned it religiously) I found MOLD! Yuck. This happened 4 more times. Even with a super expensive humidifier from Sharper Image. Maybe it was me, but I don’t think it was because I yet to have a problem with our Crane Cool Mist humidifier. Did I mention it’s a Unicorn already? I can’t even with all of this cuteness!!!!

Why I love it: We live in Chicago and it get’s incredibly dry in the winter. The Crane Cool Mist humidifier increases moisture in the room for the kiddos which gives them a better night sleep. The added moister relieves cough, cold, flu symptoms, etc. and is also amazing for Brody’s  severe eczema! It helps with preventing his skin from getting too dry which is a HUGE deal for us.

What makes it better (in my opinion): Everything I listed above. Plus, It features Clean Control Antimicrobial Material in the Base is proven to help reduce mold and bacteria growth up to 99.96%* and has an Auto-Off function that activates when the tank is empty. It doesn’t need a filter which I LOVE and is easy to re-fill. That may sound silly but I actually tossed a humidifier because it was a giant PIA to re-fill! It’s More energy-efficient than a household light bulb – up to 45W and has a 1 year warranty. I seriously appreciate how easy this is to maintain and use. You will too 😉

 

Why the kids love it: Um, hello! It’s a UNICORN!! Unicorns aren’t your jam? Don’t worry. The Humidifier comes in 23 adorable animals and even a train! Brody requested the “choo-choo” for his room and I can’t blame him. It’s pretty cool! If you want something a little more simple, they have 22 different style to choose from in the Drop humidifier. Something for everything. I’m like a small child and will probably need to buy the Hello Kitty Humidifier for my room because it’s too darn cute! #dontjudgemeyouknowyouwantitoo

How I keep it clean: The best way to combat any ickiness is so clean it a few ties a week. I let the tank soak in white vinegar and water and clean the base the same way. I never let the humidifier sit for more than 3 days without a good cleaning.  Stick to the manual and you will be good!

Con: No white noise setting. The Crane Cool Mist Humidifier is whisper quiet which is awesome, but I also like having the option of some white noise. Besides that, I love it!

 

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Go get a Crane Humidifier!! Like, yesterday. They also have nifty little portable Humidifier’s for your desk, office, or to bring with you when you travel! If this were a political campaign, I would Vote for crane! 😉

 

Happy Strolling!

Austin & Fowler Diaper Bag

 

I’ve been seriously crushin’ on the Austin & Fowler Diaper Bags for a while. I was drawn to them because they don’t look like your typical diaper bag and are super stylish! Since I don’t carry around a purse these days, my diaper bag is somewhat of an accessory. I want it to look good yet still be functional for life with two kids. The Austin and Fowler bags are just that and here is why I love them! #getreadytofallinlove

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Style: The bag is classy and will never go out of style. The design is sophisticated (think stripes and beautiful prints, not elephants and teddy bears). I don’t feel like I am carrying around a diaper bag, and anyone that sees me carrying around this beauty wouldn’t think it’s meant to hold diapers and sippy cups. It’s BEAUTIFUL and you feel good carrying the bag! The bags are actually designed by a Mom and you can tell. It’s thoughtfully designed and perfect for us Mom’s on the go!

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Detail: This detail is bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S! I love me some Gwen Stefani and you guys know I throw in some lyrics any chance I get… HA! Ok, back on track.  The bags have beautiful leather accents including leather bottoms with luggage feet making it durable. The leather pulls on the zippers of the removable pouches are embossed and labeled “diapers & wipes” “clothes & extras”, etc. The pulls are also removable so you can switch up the pouches to what works best for you… Hello!! How brilliant is that!?! I can’t. It’s little things like this that make me swoon.

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Comfort: It’s comfortable to carry! The top handle straps are adjustable so you can get just the right fit and the messenger strap allows you to carry this so many ways! I always appreciate longer straps when it comes to a Diaper Bag and the option to wear is cross-body. When I’m out with the kids, I need to have both hands free because they are usually running in opposite directions. Not everyone loves a backpack style bag, so this is the perfection option. Another plus is that it’s not heavy… I was expecting the bag to be heavy once it’s full but somehow it’s light-weight. Not sure what kind of sorcery is going on here but I’m digging it.

 

Durable: Because of the leather bottom and luggage feet, this bag is going to LAST YOU!!! I read about people complaining of their diaper bag falling apart after a few short months and this is not going to happen with the Austin & Fowler bags. This will work as your diaper bag and easily transition to your travel bag or tote when you are past the diaper bag stage. This is an investment piece that will stand the test of time so make sure to take care of it. This is not your average diaper bag, folks!

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Functional: You all know how much I LOVE staying organized. The interior of the bag has plenty of pockets and included removable pouches that help you stay as organized as you want! You have a place to put diapers, wipes, clothing, snacks, toys, etc. There is no guessing or digging through your bottomless pit of a bag to find what you needs. It’s all there in your pouches! The interior and pouches are in a bright color so everything is easy to find if you decide to forego the use of the pouches. I have the Blake bag with Fuchsia lining and it’s STUNNING!!!! In addition to the bottle pockets on the inside, the bag also features a zippered pock on the outside that is for all of your Mommy needs. I keep my wallet, cell phone, sunglasses, keys, lip gloss, etc. in the outside pocket for easy access to all of my goodies. I love that it’s separate from the kids necessities and easy to get to. Simply perfect!

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I could go on and on about these bags. I honestly could! I fell in love with them when I first saw their photos on Instagram and then fell hardcore when the Blake arrived on my doorstep. It felt and looked luxurious but still met all of my needs as a Mom. I’d be lying if I said I couldn’t wait until the kids are completely out of diapers and the sippy cup stage because I am ready for the bag to be all MINE. This would make the perfect work tote or weekender and adds a touch of style to my everyday Mom uniform. A.K.A leggings, t-shirt, messy bun. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Mom uniform, but my Austin & Fowler bag makes me feel a little more put together when I leave the house! I take all the extra help I can get. #messyhairdontcare

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If you are looking for a new diaper bag, check these out!!!!! They are to die for!

P.S. Because Austin & Fowler rocks, they are offering 15% off to all of you amazing followers!! Use code STROLLER15 for 15% off your order through the end of March. #enabler #yourewelcome

 

Happy Strolling!