Undercover Mama Review & Giveaway!

bg_nk8fI have never been able to exclusively nurse any of my three girls, but it wasn’t because I didn’t try everything in my power.  Luckily I was able to nurse and supplement Keira until she self weaned right before her first birthday.  I am currently still nursing Kaylee and have tried to wean her off formula since her birth in March.  Kaylee is a little backwards though, when we decided to introduce solids she began to prefer breast milk over formula and only takes 10-12 ounces of formula a day.  Combined I have been nursing 20 out of the last 33 months and in that time I have purchased my fair share of nursing covers.  Don’t get me wrong I love my covers, but they are very limited and I often found myself going crazy looking for nursing friendly tops in my wardrobe.  Even with a cover many of my tops just didn’t work for me as a nursing mom and ended up stored in the attic until I could wear them again.  As Kaylee became more aware of her surroundings covers and blankets no longer worked at all because she wanted to look around and feel that she was a part of the happenings.  Then I found Undercover Mama and drooled over the idea of not needing to worry about which shirt would work for me.



undercover_mama_web_tag2Undercover Mama’s strapless undershirt easily attaches to the nursing bras I already own.  I can now wear any shirt I want with my Undercover Mama underneath.  I no longer have to worry about if I remembered to pack a cover or blanket.  I am in love with this undershirt and expect to continue using it until Kaylee weans, as well as with future babies.

mainUndercover Mama was created by President and Founder Elisa when she became frustrated with the lack of options she had for nursing wear.  Like myself and many new moms she didn’t want to expose her side and belly and designed what she was looking for herself.   Currently they offer 4 neutral colors that are certain to match your entire wardrobe.

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Giveaway ends on December 2nd @ 11:59pm.  Winners will be notified by e-mail and will be listed on or by December 5th on this blog.  Winner has 48 hours to reply to my email with the requested details before another winner is picked. Open to US residents 18+. 
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Fuzzoodles House Partypalooza

Image2Yesterday we had the pleasure of hosting a Fuzzoodles House Party!  We had a blast.  My girls have been wanting Fuzzoodles since the first commercial they saw and they were a major hit.  We had originally planned the party for Saturday, but hubby was supposed to work so we changed it to Sunday.  In the end we had 18 children come for the party (not counting our 3) Image3and the girls had a blast playing with them all.  Several of the kids came with our cousin’s daughter’s friends as they babysit several children and decided it would be a fun activity to entertain them with rather staying home on a cold day. 



Image1I decided to serve a taco dip with chips, as well as nacho chips with salsa, cheese, tomatoes, olives and lettuce allowing the children to make their own nachos.  I also made a homemade chili con queso on the crockpot, which the teens and adults really enjoyed.  I wish I made more of the taco dip though because that was gone really fast and everyone wanted more. 

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Once everyone hung out and ate we took out the Fuzzoodles and began creating.  I was surprised at how much everyone loved them, even the adults and older children that attended.  I was expecting many of the kids to get bored really fast, but they shocked me by playing with them for the remainder of the party and even took them home with them.  I am so glad we got the opportunity to host the party because it was a huge hit with everyone and it was the perfect event for a cold New England day. 
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After all the children left Kaylee decided she wanted to climb onto the table and have her turn with the Fuzzoodles.
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CSN Giveaway!

By far I love the look of barstools when you have a small kitchen.  Regular chairs are often to bulky and take up a lot of needed space.  CSN Stores offers AllBarstools.com offers an amazing variety of beautiful barstools.  I especially love  metal chairs, but some of their wood barstools are beautiful too.  Below are some of my favorites.

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Giveaway ends on November 28th @ 11:59pm.  Winners will be notified by e-mail and will be listed on or by December 3rd on this blog.  Winner has 48 hours to reply to my email with the requested details before another winner is picked. Open to US residents 18+, Canadian residents may enter, but CSN Stores is not responsible for any duties and taxes.  

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Smart Mom Jewelry Teething Bling Review & Giveaway!

logoPinkCamo-2555For months I have been in love with Smart Mom Teething Bling.  I knew Kaylee would be teething sooner than later if she was anything like her sisters.  Khloe and Keira both showed signs of teething around 3 months with excessive drooling and chewing on everything in sight.  Khloe did not cut her first tooth until she was 10 months old!  You read that right, 7 long months with a teething infant is no fun, especially when everything she put into her mouth was something she shouldn’t be chewing on.  With Keira I was a little more prepared and purchased one of those rings you put in the fridge or freezer, but she hated how it made her hands cold and almost always dropped it immediately or forced mommy to hold it.  I was determined to be prepared this time around.  As my due date got closer and closer I began to search, read reviews and look into all options for teethers and was pleasantly surprised when I came across Teething Bling.  Not only was it beautiful and stylish, but it was convenient for my lifestyle.  Being a mom to three means trying to do something with each child at the same time, being able to wear a teether and having it easily accessible while chasing after my older two girls was a blessing. 

Money was extremely tight before Kaylee arrived, so much so that we were lucky we made it day to day so I tried like crazy to win one.  After Kaylee arrived things were still tight and Teething Bling would have to wait.  Luckily Amy was every so nice to allow me to review one of these beautiful necklaces and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

IMG_2637I picked the Donut Shaped, Pink Calcite Pendant which is simply beautiful and perfect for my very girly life as a mom to all girls.  I was very excited when it arrived and showed it to Kaylee right away and knew she loved it.  As soon as I put it on she reached for it and began chewing on it.  This is wonderful, no longer did I have to worry about her trying to pull and chew on my chain that I have had for almost 13 years.  The length is just perfect, leaving it long enough for her to grab and chew, but not too long that she could become tangled or that it would hang to low on me.  It is also great when nursing a very distracted nurser.  Generally Kaylee has to look all over while nursing, stop nursing if something catches her eye and then gets mad because she is no longer attached.  When I wear my pendant while nursing she plays with that while nursing and usually loses interest in all the happenings around us. 

IMG_2645I also love that should I need to go off and do something else like vacuum or prepare dinner I can put Kaylee in her highchair (still within my view and reachable within a split second) with the pendant attached to one of the poles and she can play with it.  She has even put it on and taken it off herself several times without getting tangled.  Since it is on a breakaway clasp I don’t have to worry about her pulling on it to hard and hurting herself (or me) with the cord, which is a major plus for my sanity.

Teething Bling ® pendants, bangles and keychains are made from the same silicone as most teething toys; for example – the ‘coated’ infant spoons we all use. Our products contain no harmful chemicals such as phthalates, BPAs, PVCs, lead or latex and all pendants come with a breakaway clasp as an added safety measure. We are CPSIA compliant, carry the CE mark (meaning we meet the strict European safety standards as well) and our materials are federally approved. Safety is our number one concern – and all test reports are available upon request. Occasionally a customer will ask if Teething Bling ® is appropriate for a child of a certain age. Our products are designed for adults to wear to soothe and entertain babies with emerging teeth. Children with fully developed teeth may be able to bite through Teething Bling ®. Therefore, parents must determine what is best for their own situation and child and as always, we remind everyone that children – of any age – should never be left unattended with jewelry of any kind.

By far Teething Bling has become a hit in my house.  When I am not wearing it Khloe or Keira often grab it and decide to wear it as well.  They love it and always say how pretty it is.  It is Kaylee’s favorite item (next to Sophie) to chew on during her painful and uncomfortable teething period.

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Giveaway ends on November 26th @ 11:59pm.  Winners will be notified by e-mail and will be listed on or by November 30th on this blog.  Winner has 48 hours to reply to my email with the requested details before another winner is picked. Open to US residents 18+. 
I received the product/s mentioned above for this review. No monetary compensation was received by me. This is my honest opinion.