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Hot Slings {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Welcome to the [2nd Annual] Showered With Love Event hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network!

Showered with LoveWe all know that April Showers bring May Flowers, but did you know that some of your favorite bloggers have come together throw a huge Shower of our own – a virtual Baby Shower! The Showered with Love Event will run from April 1-15, giving you plenty of time to enter all of the great giveaways, in the linky below, including the Grand Prize of a Combi Catalyst Travel System!

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But first, here is our Dandy prize!

I’ve been babysitting a few cuties lately during the day while their mothers (my good friends) have appointments or work shifts.  Its been so fun having little babies in the house again!  My two beefy boys are so sweet with these freshies, and its been fun pulling out all our infant toys and swings.  One thing I totally forgot about is how much of the day you can spend carrying that baby on your hip!  Especially when they’re missing their mommies, I find I spend these entire babysitting days carrying them around in my arms.  Boy oh boy, am I out of shape!  Where has all my arm strength gone?  I started digging through my baby boxes to find my wraps and realized that a sling would be a whole lot easier for these in-and-outers.  I am soooo glad one of these Hot Slings arrived at my door to review!  Great timing.

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This is the Lemon Mist Hot Sling, sold for $64.95 at www.hotslings.com.  Over $60 might sound like a lot for what you imagine would be just a loop a fabric, but let me show and tell you about how this sling is so superior to others I’ve tried in the past.

hot1First of all, I find slings to be so much more realistic than full body wraps just because of the time it takes to put on yourself and get the baby situated inside.  I feel like with a full wrap, by the time you get yourself wrapped up folds of fabric that criss-cross every which way, the baby is inconsolable and not in the mood to be snuggled at all.  Slings are fast to put on, and easy to place around baby.  This is a wide shoulder design, so that all of the baby’s weight isn’t directed on one focal point by your neck.  You can distribute the weight all along your shoulder and upper arm, which allows you to carry that cutie for longer hours before feeling sore and tired.

hotThere are inner straps sewn into the design that allow you to really get a customized fit.  Two buckles on the outside allow you to adjust securely.  Also included in this sling packaging is a diaper/wipes sack with velcro closure to toss in the diaper bag!  Cute and functional!  Thanks, HotSlings.

hot2Another feature that I really love, and haven’t seen on other slings, is a ring of padding along the top and bottom of the sling.  It keeps the fabric from digging into your side and back, as well as baby’s back and legs.  The curve in the design is perfect for snuggling little baby shapes comfortably.

hot3I carried sweet baby C around in this for a couple hours and she was perfectly content.  Body contact is so great for babies.  I love this sling!  I’m impressed, pleased, and glad to have this around the house–for all the babies that visit and future babies of my own. HS-Styles-for-BlogThese HotSlings are available in so many fun prints!  I love how lots of them are gender neutral and geometric.

The promo code “DANDY14” is good for 25% off your entire purchase at Hotslings.com!

Start picking out your favorite print because…

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One winner will get to choose a HotSling in their favorite print! ($64.99)

  Now follow along and see all the other cute baby shower-themed giveaways!

Follow Lindsey G. {Blogging Mamas/SEBG}’s board Showered with Love Giveaways on Pinterest.

So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Showered with Love participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Mar 9th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

First Bites with Beech-Nut {Review}

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Feeding your baby solids for the first time has got to be one of the funnest milestones!  I love picking out just what they’ll try and documenting every bite with pictures and giggles.  I feel like the introduction to solids really makes them babies instead of infants.  We love Beech-Nut products around here, so I was tickled to get to try out a variety of their newest flavors!

IMG_0150Aren’t these jars beautiful!?  Especially when they are packaged like this, you feel like you’re feeding your baby only the best.  These colors together are so vibrant!  And so healthy!  Its great knowing that there are no artificial colors or flavors, so this coloring is for real and the taste isn’t enhanced or sweetened.  That vibrant beet red and carrot orange are nothing but the good stuff.

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Here is baby Grant trying out these goodies for the first time!  He’s only had one or two encounters with the new flavors and textures of solids, so it was a very new experience for him!

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Beech-Nut actually has over 40 new flavors.  Here we have “just honeycrisp apples, “just carrots”, “beets, pear, and pomegranate” and “just spinach, zucchini, and peas”.  As you can see, they are slightly larger than the typical baby food jar size, and if you yourself have fed an infant for the first time, you know how these jars last for several feedings at first, and then suddenly, your little person is downing one or two of these in a sitting.  More food and less glass means less waste, so I’m glad to see these a little larger than normal, but not enough to go bad before your ‘freshy’ can get to it all in a few days.

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One thing I really like about Beech-Nut products is how the Stage is listed on the jar so that you know if what you’re feeding your baby is appropriate for their age and abilities.  There are four stages (1, 2, 2.5, 3, and 4) which range from 4+ months to 12+ months.

feedGrant did pretty well :).  He liked some flavors more than others (the greens were a little weird), but I think it was a good experience overall.  The honeycrisp apples were a favorite.

Beech-Nut contains no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, which is extremely important for babies who are used to nothing but milk, as well as crucial in eliminating potential allergic reactions in these early stages.  You can find these Beech-Nut products on store shelves soon!

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This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Beech-Nut and MomSelect.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Bebe Bella Designs {Review}

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Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

A baby and their ‘lovie’.  Sometimes inseparable, right?  I’m always amazed by what kind of soothing powers these personal items can possess.  I remember trying to encourage one personal item over another when my babies were small.  If there were going to be carrying this thing around for the next few years, dragging it along the floor, chewing the corners, slobbering on it, etc., I wanted it to be something cute!  I would gladly imprint any of these beautiful blankies from Bebe Bella Designs on my kids, in hopes that it would become their favorite thing too!

logoBebe Bella Designs has been creating and delivering comfortable and easy to care for accessories since 2006.  Beyond blankets, they carry burpies, booties, bibs, beanies, mittens, you name it, and all in that gorgeous buttery-soft minky material.  Also made in adult sizes, too!  Oh, how I’d love one of their minky robes or pillowcases!

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Today, I’m featuring the original and best-seller Blankee, made of double-sided minky.  Minky dot chenille has some powerful properties.  It is 10x more luxurious than a cotton blanket, but it can be thrown in the wash with the socks, without any extra washing/drying care involved.  Easy to care for is key in this house.

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This blanket is a cute size–15″ by 15″.  Just enough to snuggle around your face, but not too big or long to really drag or lug around the house like you know they like to do.  If you’re looking for larger sizes, however, Bebe Bella Designs makes these is four other sizes: “Baby” 30×30, “Toddler” 35×43, “Petite Throw” 45×60, and “Standard Throw” 72×60.  Glory, how I’d love to have one of those to myself!

Doesn’t this make a darling prop for newborn pictures?

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Everything is manufactured in the USA and designed with the intention of lasting for generations.  I wouldn’t mind at all seeing my granddaughter with this in clutch!

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Beautiful, darling, luxurious, and only $24.  Check out all the other wonders that are coming out of Bebe Bella Designs.  Stock up for your little one, or get a bundle of treasures to give as baby gifts!

Use the coupon code blogger10 for $10 off your purchase of $25 or more.  Simply enter coupon code at check out to redeem the $10 coupon. This coupon expires Thursday, February 20th, 2014.

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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.

Bazzle Baby {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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My first child wanted nothing to do with a pacifier.  My second is rarely seen without one.  He is attached to it like an old man and his eyeglass or pocket-watch, the way we have to tether it to him so he won’t lose it!  Doom on the parent who has to put the baby to bed and can’t find the binky.  The first binky clip we got was from a dear friend (thanks Chappy!) and he has completely worn it to threads!  This is after hours and hours and hours of love!

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Yup, time for a new one!  Also, take note of all the drool dripping down his chest.  Its a big problem lately.  I’m having to change his clothes throughout the day just so that he’ll have a dry shirt.  Two problems where Bazzle Baby came to our rescue!  Everything they sent me was EXACTLY what we needed around here!

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Tan-ta-ra!  The Banda Bib and Paci Clip!  This Banda Bib rocks.  It catches that drool like a boss.

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When I first saw these online, I thought I could easily make one myself, but after handling this Bazzle Baby product, I see the superior features that make this well worth the cost of just buying it for $12.  This is not just a bandana.  These have a very strong and sturdy velcro fasten behind the neck that is adjustable, and a soft terry lining behind.  They are sewn very well, and can hold up to a lot of wear and washings.

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Good velcro is so important when you have a baby who likes to rip things off his neck!  I can’t keep a bib on “Little Brother” for the life of me, but he must find these comfortable or not worth the exertion of pulling it off, because he will leave these well enough alone.  I think he prefers to wear them, actually.  Cool.

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Also, behind the colorful fabric is a layer of soft, absorbent terry cloth.  Look at all this drool it is catching!!  Halfway through the day, I’ve been switching out his bib for a clean one, and his shirt is completely dry underneath!

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Get two or three of these–they’re saving me heaps of laundry!  He’s been wearing these non-stop, even during his naps, and he seems much more comfortable throughout the day.

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We also received two Paci Clips–they are so cute and functional!  The length is just right on these–not too long to dangle out of baby’s reach, but long enough to clip nearly anywhere and still not get yanked out of his mouth.  The grosgrain ribbon is a terrific choice, and the edge details are darling.  These start at $5.50?!  Definitely worth it.  Here are some other way cute styles:

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Check out Bazzle Baby for even more cute baby necessities like Big Bibs, Bitsy Bibs, burpers, socks, hats, leggings, etc.!

Get 20% off when you enter the code FEVER!

One lucky winner will get to pick out their own Banda Bib!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of July 5th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Bazzle Baby, but all opinions are strictly my own

Meg Original {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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There is nothing as precious as a newborn baby!  Some of my most tender experiences and fondest memories are of the first moments holding my newborns.  Thinking about those precious first minutes, I can almost hear their tiny cries and see their quivering lips.  Welcome to the world, little one!  In their first few weeks, I love bundling my newbies up into little burrito babies and wrapping them up tight to fall asleep.  I like to think that my babies have a favorite blanket or two and that these blankies are some of their first memories too.

Meg Original is an absolutely gorgeous store of the most exquisite baby blankets!  Can you get much more luxurious than double sided minky?!  Look at these wonders!

  

Meg Original carries more than just blankets, and everything in the store is just as luxurious.  Crib blankets, security blankets, stroller blankets, travel changers, diaper clutches, pacifier holders, and beautiful baby shower gift sets.

Look at these adorable diapering sets:

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and burp cloth sets!

Time to brag!  Here is “Little Brother” in his dreamy buttery soft blanket.  I can already tell its going to be a favorite for years and years to come!

 

Do you have a little one of your own who you’d love to bundle up in a Meg Original?  Or perhaps you know of a little one on the way?  I can guarantee there will be some ooo-ing and ahh-ing from a new mom who gets something from Meg Original this Christmas!

One lucky winner will receive $35 to spend at Meg Original!

And make sure you follow Meg Original on Facebook so you won’t miss any sales or new items!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only *The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Friday, November 30th and emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within a week, a new winner will be drawn. *This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Meg Original, but all opinions are strictly my own

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