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BUMPED by BLANQI and a $25 Target Gift Card! {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Already, this pregnancy with baby number three has been quite the adventure.  While my morning sickness was off and on for only about six weeks (hallelujah!), my body started changing almost immediately.  By about six weeks along, my belly button was flat and a bump was emerging.  I had difficulty bending over by about eight weeks along, and I was firmly in maternity clothes by twelve weeks (though, let’s face it, I’m in love with stretchy maternity pants!).

This past month, though, one of the worst changes has been my muscles stretching and round ligament pain that I’ve never had before.  For some reason, I had it in my head that my muscles had already stretched twice before, so they knew exactly where to go and didn’t need to be stretched any further.  (Don’t laugh — no one writes the book “What to Expect When You’re Expecting the Third Time”!)  Evidently, that’s not the case.

When I discovered that the Open Bust Maternity Support Cami from BUMPED by BLANQI was going to be released at Target.com this month, I was elated to be invited to review the product!

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Here are some of my favorite features for the Open Bust Maternity Support Cami from BUMPED by BLANQI:

Seamless, under-bust support — I like that this cami has a low scoop to avoid having to wear so many layers (especially during the hot summer months!).

Comfy, knit-in support belt — This is my saving grace!  I can notice a huge different when I’m wearing this belt, which seems to hold up my growing stomach and alleviate back aches.

Bottom bellyband – I have a couple of non-maternity capris that fit well everywhere else but can’t be buttoned.  This extra bellyband is tight enough to keep unbuttoned pants in place.

Moisture-wicking fabric — This feels great during some of our warmer days lately and is perfect to wear while working out.

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BUMPED by BLANQI also released a nursing cami for moms to use in the months after giving birth.

“The Postpartum & Nursing Smoothing Cami with Built-in Belly Band from Blanqi soothes and supports hips, back and sides. It features an open bust for easy access when nursing and provides perfect coverage for modesty. The bottom bellyband keeps unbuttoned and loose pants in place. Easy-care Nylon and Spandex ensure comfortable, long-lasting wear.”

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These two new BUMPED by BLANQI products are incredibly affordable ($34.99 through Target.com), and they both come in cream and black colors.

Enter to win a cami from BUMPED by BLANQI (maternity or postpartum, black or cream) and a $25 Target Gift Card!

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 ** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of May 18th and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by BUMPED by BLANQI, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Wink Shapewear {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Stretch marks.  Weight gain.  Hair loss.  Incontinence.  Flabby belly skin.  The effects of pregnancy and childbirth.  My two pregnancies have left me with a gaping riff in my abdominals.  Its called diastasis.  My tummy muscles were stretched past capacity and they’ve torn apart and probably won’t be coming back together til I come up with the money for a Tummy Tuck, aka never.  Even though I am in the best shape of my life, and I’ve lost 25 pounds since college, weighing as much as I did in high school, my separated stomach muscles can’t hold anything in anymore and I look like I have a poochy fast food and milkshake belly.  So frustrating, right?  Do you have the same problem, dear moms out there?

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I think a lot of people are attracted to shapewear to hold in and smooth over extra body fat, but I also think shapewear is appealing to many of us mothers who lack the tight muscles that used to hold us together!  Wink Shapewear carries an exquisite line of top-quality shapewear.

“Wink is the only medical-grade system of postnatal recovery garments that help new moms get back into their fabulous shape after baby.”

And they have such a variety of options!  I think many of us have different troubles spots and different preferences about what we are comfortable wearing.  Personally, I’m not concerned about my thighs, so I don’t want full-body shapewear that is going to squeeze my legs.  I want to be able to wear my own bra, and I want something that will extend further than my waist so I don’t get the muffin top look.  I also prefer the hooks and eyes to elastic that can catch on other delicate fabric and avoid any totally embarrassing ripping noises!  Most importantly, I want shapewear that will stay up where I want it so I don’t have to worry about it sliding down throughout the day and having to do some strange pulling and tugging in public.  These preferences led me to the Ultimate Belly Blaster, and it is everything I hoped it would be!

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It has silky smooth lines, and great compression.  The hooks and eyes on the side panel allow for four different levels of adjustment as you prefer a tighter or looser fit, and well as adjustable lengths with the shoulder straps.  There are two layers of high compression level material called Lycrosoft, so you feel very ‘contained’.  Its incredible how strong and supportive the material is, yet so thin and soft, and I love that the higher back allows for no back fat rolls.  This shapewear is specifically created for first 8 weeks of postpartum recovery and post abdominal surgeries recovery, but I find this little number to be exactly what my post-baby body needs, and its been over 10 months since I delivered.  Look at the difference:

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See how I totally look pregnant without it?!?!  I even still have an outie belly button leftover from pregnancies.  I just don’t have any muscles to hold it in anymore!  And what a difference with my Wink shapewear.  It makes me look so much better and it makes me FEEL amazing.  They say you can’t buy confidence, but after trying out this Ultimate Belly Blaster, I beg to differ.

Take a look at these other fun shapewear products from Wink:

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 Would you love a piece of Wink Shapewear in your closet?

One winner will receive a $30 coupon code to spend at Wink Shapewear!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of March 23rd 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 Wink Shapewear, but all opinions are strictly my own

HeadCoolie {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I consider myself extremely, extremely lucky to have easy pregnancies.  I have so few and minor symptoms/complications, that I feel almost embarrassed to admit how I feel just like my normal self, besides being as big as a barn.  My worst symptom with my pregnancies seems to be re-occuring headaches.  Oy, they’re unbearable!  I think the most helpless feeling is knowing that Excedrin is an arm’s reach away, but I’m a stickler about the meds while pregnant, so they are totally off limits.  For these months of headache after headache, I resort to all sorts of non-medicated sources of relief, and it usually ends up being a frozen bag of something on my forehead.  It starts to thaw, water is dripping down my arms, I can’t feel my fingers, my head starts pounding again, and the vicious cycle repeats.  Sisters suffering from said troubles, there is a better solution!

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  • Relieves your headaches
  • Fights fevers
  • Cools you down after a tough or hot workout
  • Cools you or your kids down on a hot summer day

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In the past, I’ve often thought about the usefulness of just such a cold therapy treatment.  The HeadCoolie encompasses all of the things I find important: hands-free, adjustable, re-positionable, no-mess.  I could even use this on my kids, as a safe and non-medicated fever-reducer.  They might even think it was cool to wear the blue headband!

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The HeadCoolie is pretty simple: you place the plastic water slide in the freezer for a few hours, open up the velcro pouch in the middle of the band, seal it shut, and adjust the size to your head.  The velcro is so thick, wide, and strong!  Nothin will be falling out of this baby, even if you were on a high-impact run, which makes this great for runners and athletes who need a cool-down.  I really like the mesh interior, which keeps the ice in place, but its also comfortable against your skin and keeps in the drippy moisture so nothing is running down your face.  I also appreciate the spare ice strip included, so that as soon as one is thawed, you can switch it out for the other and find more immediate relief.

I’m so glad to have a HeadCoolie in our medicine cabinet!  I can only imagine all the countless times it is going to be used by my family and I throughout the years.

You can purchase your own HERE for $19.99 in a variety of colors!

One lucky winner will receive a HeadCoolie of their own!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Saturday, February 23th 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 HeadCoolie but all opinions are strictly my own

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