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!

Baby Registry: Top 6 picks!

Registering for your baby gear is seriously intense. Your feet are crazy swollen & emotions are all over the place. You had no clue how much crap a tiny baby needed and all you can think about is how bad you have to pee. I was crazy overwhelmed with the process so I wanted to share some of my faves that you can check off your list!

 1. Nuna LEAF

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Watch me sleep, now watch me sway sway. I LOVE the Nuna LEAF because it’s neutral and a space saver. This will grow with your child as it’s suitable form birth up to 130 lbs. Like, your butt can totally chill in this seat and watch the RHOBH if you wanted too…just sayin.

Nuna just came out with a great little attachment, the WIND, which allows the LEAF to continuously sway from side to side without your assistance. Sign. Me. Up.

2. UPPAbaby VISTA

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The VISTA is such a great stroller for a growing family. Not only is the VISTA an amazing single stroller, but, it’s a fab double stroller. You can use this from birth all the way up to toddler years. You can even use it will 3 kids if you needed to. The large basket is great for new parents that are lugging all that crap –  um, I mean gear – you need with a newborn!  Trust me on this one and stroll in style…get the VISTA!

3. 4MOMS Breeze

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This is my faaaave! We use it daily and LOVE. IT. The 4MOMS is SO easy to open and close. It’s literally done with one hand which makes this my favorite playard/travel crib available! The bassinet feature is great and suitable from birth to 18 pounds, while the playard is suitable up to 30 pounds. You also get a nice little travel bag for when you need to take naps on the go! Do yourself a favor and go with the Breeze. I promise you’ll love it!

4. Stokke Tripp Trapp

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I have the Tripp Trapp on this list for a few reasons, the main one being that this high chair grows with your child and will seriously last you forever. Plus, it looks pretty nice at the dining room table… have you seen the awesome colors it comes in?? Swoon! The Tripp Trapp is easy keep clean and has a couple great accessories to add-on making is the perfect high chair for your growing family.

5. Maxi Cosi Mico AP

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The Maxi-Cosi AP is awesome! It’s currently the lightest infant car seat in its class which is awesome because once that baby hits around 10 lbs, you feel like your lugging around a bag of cement every time you lift a car-seat. A couple other great features on the Maxi-Cosi AP is the updated self-wicking fabric that helps keep baby dry and comfortable, a great canopy to keep baby protected from the sun, and a newborn head insert for a nice snug fit. Oh, and did I mention the fabric is machine washable and dryer safe? SOLD!! On a serious note, this seat is fantastic and SAFE. The LATCH system helps you get a great fit in your car, and the Air Protect Side Impact Technology gives your precious baby the protection they need while in the car.

**Your Car Seat is a major purchase from your registry, and I’m not talking about the price tag. This is what will be keeping your child safe and secure in the event of an accident. PLEASE READ your manual, use the seat as directed, and get with a Certified Passenger Safety Technician to make sure you have the proper installation for your seat/child!   PSA is now over**

6. LILLEbaby Carrier

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Trust that this NEEDS to be on your Baby Registry. I would not be here today if it wasn’t for baby wearing. LILLEbaby has tons of different carriers so you will definitely find a good fit. I love the Complete All Seasons because baby wearing can get a little sweaty, especially in the Summer. The Complete All Seasons unzips to expose cool, breathable 3-D mesh to help with the heat. There are 6 different carrying position to keep you sane from newborn to crazy toddler years.

Almost everything on this list will get you through newborn to toddlers years, and beyond! My advice to new parents is going to the store, look at all the gear and see what you love. Push the strollers around, fold the playard, ask the sales associate to install the car seat in your car to make sure it’s a good fit! Don’t be afraid to ask questions…you wouldn’t buy a car without test-driving it and the same should go for baby gear 🙂

Happy Strolling!

 

 

Peg Perego Book Pop Up Review

Enter the world of the Peg Perego Book Pop Up.

From the fabric on the seat to the belly bar, this stroller is totally gorgeous. There is so much attention to detail and its  incredibly well made. Harper has loved riding in the Peg  Book Pop Up because the seats sits totally upright! She’s got a good view and is super cozy in the plush seat!

I have a lot of ground to cover, so I am breaking this review up a little differently than normal…enjoy!

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Chassis: The Chassis (frame) is beautiful and sturdy. I’ve tried out more stroller than I  will ever admit, and often times the frame seems wobbly.  The Book Pop frame is strong and looks sleek in the dark grey/black color that’s standard for the stroller. The lock for the swivel wheels is on the Chassis, just below the Peg Perego logo. I actually really like this location as opposed to it being on the front wheels like most strollers. You don’t have to bend down to switch from swivel to lock, you just turn the knob and you are good to go!  It’s the little things…

 

Toddler Seat:  Cozy!! The fabric is absolute perfection. It’s soft and you can see right of the bat, its high quality. After all, this is a luxury stroller!

The seat itself is spacious, and offers many recline positions. The seat and backrest slide open creating a super comfortable position for the child. We’re all about comfort! The seat can face the world, or parent face, and comes with the belly bar! Love.

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 Bassinet: This is probably my favorite feature of this stroller.   When I pulled this stroller out of the box,  Harper immediately climbed in to the Bassinet and laid down. She is 15 months and 25lbs. She obviously should NOT be in a Bassinet, but, I think it’s worth noting just how big it is. Very roomy! You can also FOLD the stroller with the Bassinet attached. yep. that’s awesome. The Book Pop Bassinet is approved for overnight sleep which great for travel or long days out with the baby.

 

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Canopy: Peg got it right with their canopies. They have the best canopies on their strollers and the Pop Up is no exception. It’s huge!! It pretty much covers the entire stroller. This is great if you live in a warmer climate with lot’s of sunshine, or, if you choose to torture yourself and live somewhere like Chicago, offers amazing protection from the crazy wind, snow, and rain.

 

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Push: I LOVE the push on the Pop Up. It’s a one hand push and fabulous! It almost feels like the push of a stroller with air tires, without the hassle of pumping the tires. The front wheels swivel or lock and are large enough that they should handle the snow just fine!

 

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Fold: This fold is freakin’ awesome. The Book Pop up folds into itself like a book, hence the name, and it super compact! It’s crazy easy and also keeps this amazing fold with the Bassinet attached!! Rounds of applause to Peg Perego for that awesomeness.

Did I mention it folds with one hand? Boom!

 

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Storage: The basket is large and in charge!! This is the kind of basket you want when you’re Black Friday Shopping! I could easily fit every door buster I don’t need in this basket! #watchoutshoppers

 

 

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Specs:

Price: $799.99

Weight: 23.7 lbs

Bassinet: 9.04 lbs

Unfolded: 36.5” L x 23.16” W x 41.58” H

Folded: 15.25” L x 23.16” W x 33” H

Unfolded with Bassinet: 32.5” L x 16.42” W x 26.3” H

Folded with Bassinet: Folded: 32.5” L x 16.42” W x 8.75” H

Suitable from birth to 50 lbs

What’s in te box: Chassis, Seat, and Bassinet.

Travel System-compatible with the Primo Viaggio SIP (30/30 and 4/35) infant car seat. Accepts car seat directly on to chassis.

 

Overall, I really love the Book Pop Up! This is such a great stroller for expectant parents. With that fabulous Bassinet and super easy fold, this is definitely a winner! Plus, it comes in the most beautiful colors (10 to be exact). I don’t have anything negative to say about this ride. It passed my rigorous testing (aka Target during nap time ) and is a dream to push!

Check out the Peg Perego Book Pop Up HERE

 

Happy Strolling!

Mom Style #alleyandraetotherescue

When you think of Mommy & Me looks, you probably have something similar to the image below in mind…

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This is my beautiful Mom, and two gorgeous Sisters back in the day. How sweet are those cardigans?? LOL! Continue reading