Can A Sleepsuit Have Magic?

Friday, April 13, 2018
Let me tell you being a parent doesn't come with a how to manual. Every child is different and experiences vary from baby to baby. I feel like I'm always learning something new and gaining more knowledge about parenthood. One thing that I always seem to be trying to figure out is sleep. To me I feel like Lily's sleep pattern changes and I try to figure out how to get it back on track. So many factors have impacted it, growth spurt, developmental changes, sleep regressions, teething...the list could go on. To try to keep sleep on track our family tried the Baby Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit. 






What is the sleepsuit? It is padded sleepwear that muffles reflexive startles your baby may have. You use it for back sleep only and with a light onesie underneath. Whenever we put our little one in it we call her "our little astronaut" because it's so puffy! 


Our little astronaut! 

The first time we tried it Lillian slept an hour and a half for a nap. The next nap...2 hours! I want to state though it wasn't like this all the time. Some naps I would be lucky if it was 30 minutes. For nighttime sleep sometimes she's wakes up every 2-3 hours...but sometimes we get 7 hour stretches of sleep. We try to make sure we use the suit as part of her sleep routine. She now knows that when the suit goes on, she then goes in the crib and it's bedtime. After using this for some time now I feel like the sleepsuit worked well for Lillian's nap schedule. For the most part we get solid 2 hours naps! However night time sleep is still not as consistent as I wish it would be. 

One thing to note. When you wash the cotton sleepsuit it is hang dry only...no dryer! It took well over 24 hours to have it get completely dry. I found it hard to wash because I knew we would be without it for over a day! With that in mind, I would either buy two of the cotton suits or buy a fleece sleepsuit (as that can go in the dryer).


Someone's ready for her nap.

Overall I think this sleepsuit is a good sleepwear product to try for your little one. Lillian seems to get the most benefit from this product during her naps. Having solid naps is so important and for this reason I think this product is worth every penny! 




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Disclosure: I received product for the purpose of an honest review. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation. All opinions are 100% mine.


March FitSnack Box

Thursday, April 12, 2018

This was my third month with FitSnack! March's box came with a wide variety of foods, snacks, and beverages. 

Read more to see my thoughts on this month's box!



About FitSnack

 "Sisters Anita and Rose Muniz are the duo behind Fit Snack. They realized that taking the leap to live a healthier life is not always easy.  The grocery store is lined with high sugar, over processed foods, not everyone has access to Sprouts or Whole Foods and it's really hard to know what new healthy snacks you will like without tasting them. The Fit Snack duo decided that they would curate an assorted box every month and on top of that, include at home workouts and bonuses like free music downloads."

March's Box

My favorite item this month was a tie between two snacks! I loved the Pop Zero popcorn. The taste of the popcorn was excellent. I wish they sold this popcorn at the movie theaters. It tastes better than movie theater popcorn and is better for you. My other favorite was the cashews flavored with pomegranate and vanilla. The salty, sweet mix was perfect for a little mid day snack. Both of these products were so delicious.





Box Breakdown

Vahdam Teas
Teas sourced from India.

Sahale Snacks
Cashews that are flavored with pomegranate and vanilla.

Skratch Labs
Drink mix that has double the electrolytes of a typical sports drink.

Just The Cheese
Low carb cheese bites.

Numa Foods
Milk chews packed with peanuts and cranberries.

Sensible Foods
Roasted edamame, a grab and go snack.

Go Girl Engery Drink
Peach tea sweetened with agave nectar.

Pop Zero 
Healthy, better for you popcorn.


I wanted to try the Numa Milk Chews but I realized the expiration date was not on the product. As a result, I opted not to try this product. I did reach out to the company in regards to this situation and they told me they would let logistics know and find out why. I would still like to try this product though. Hopefully I can get a replacement product, it looks tasty! 
As for the detox tea, roasted edamane, and protein energy drink I couldn't try as it isn't recommend to take these products while nursing. When I get these products I usually just let me husband try them. 


To learn more about FitSnack and their monthly snack boxes click on the links below! 



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Disclosure: I received products for the purpose of an honest review. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation. All opinions are 100% mine. 

The Ollie World: The Smarter Swaddle

Friday, March 30, 2018
You're going to laugh but I'm going to tell you one of the hardest things to learn to do when Lillian was born....swaddle. At the hospital they swaddle your little and they make it look so easy. The nurse would have Lily swaddled perfectly and then when it was my turn to try...it was a mess. The funny part was my husband was an instant pro at it. It didn't take long to realize blanket swaddling wasn't going to be a talent of mine. I'm thankful The Ollie World created an easy swaddle to use for moms like me!


About The Ollie


How precious is the story behind this company! It all started with Oliver. 


What My Family Loves About The Ollie World


Easy to Use

The velcro used to secure the Ollie makes it so easy to use, especially during those 2 am wake ups. With a typical swaddle, you have to learn certain folding techniques. It would take me several minutes to swaddle and right when I finished Lily would wiggle out again. I would end up calling my husband in to swaddle because I couldn't get it secure enough (please tell me I'm not the only one who's done this). With the velcro on the Ollie it takes me less than a minute to get Lily secure and content. Another great aspect is the opening at the bottom of the Ollie. Midnight diaper changing is way easier. No need to re-swaddle your little!




Unique Patented Fabric

How many times do you put your baby to sleep and sit up at night thinking, "Is she too hot, is she too cold?" The Ollie is made of patented moisture-wicking fabric, it helps reduce the risk of overheating! One less thing to worry about with your little one.





Grows With My Little

I really wish we found the Ollie when Lillian was a newborn. We would have saved a lot money! The typical velcro swaddles you find at the store come in so many sizes. Our little grew so quickly. We started with the small swaddle and within a few weeks Lily went through a growth spurt....she didn't fit in the small anyone! Well you guessed it, we had to buy the next size up small, medium, large; those swaddles started to add up. The Ollie swaddle grows with your little. Right now Lillian is at the end of swaddling so we uses it with her arms out. I love that you can use this as a traditional swaddle and it can be modified for older babies too. Lillian is just over 20 pounds and it fits her!


Thoughtfullness

When I first received The Ollie in the mail, the first thing I noticed was the thoughtfulness of the product. The packaging was adorable and it came with a cute thank you note. It felt like a gift from a good friend. I loved that! The package also came with a mesh laundry bag. Let me tell you...that's genius! You'll realize how important it is to put a velcro swaddle in a laundry bag that first time you don't and it ruins clothing in the wash.





There are so many swaddles on the market...our family has tried quite a few. From our experience The Ollie World truly is a swaddle that stands out above the rest.



Want to save money one your Ollie purchase? 
Use the code FRIEND-6T6RN66 at checkout!

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Disclosure: I received product for the purpose of an honest review. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation. All opinions are 100% mine. Please note, some of these links are affiliate links, which means that if you make a purchase, I’ll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I only recommend products and services that I believe are wonderful and think you will love too!

My Nursery Go To: DockATot

Saturday, March 24, 2018
There are so many baby products on the market! I never realized this until I started a baby registry before Lillian was born. From personal experience I know how hard it can be to know what necessities you'll in for your baby. One thing for certain is the best products are always multi-purpose. The more ways to use an item the better. The DockATot is definitely an item you'll want on your baby registry from the start. There's a reason why it was one of the most registered items in 2017!


The DockATot is an all in one product. Perfect for at the house or on the go. 

Lounging
Tummy Time
Changing Diapers
Cuddling
Playing 
Bed Transitioning





How We Use Our DockATot

In our house DockATot has been the perfect way to make tummy time more enjoyable for our little one. It's so important to have tummy time starting early and often for your little one. This activity is essential for strengthening neck and shoulder muscles. We use our DockATot several time a day to get that tummy time in. This activity isn't easy but staying consistent and using the DockATot has really paid off.

We also use ours for just relaxing around the household. Folding laundry, getting ready in the bathroom, cooking dinner...I just lay Lillian in her lounger with a toy and she stays cozy and entertained. With this product having handles and so lightweight it makes it easy to carry it from room to room. We also bring the DockATot with us when we visit family. The carry case makes it convenient to bring it whenever we go. Lily now has a comfy lounger to lay in while we make memories with family. 


These are just two of the ways we use our DockATot the most. 



Right now Lillian is loving her Deluxe DockATot. It's the perfect size for her as it's for 0-8 months. However, before I know it she'll be transitioning to the Grand. The Grand size is for 9- 36 months old. It's perfect to help your little one feel more comfortable with their big kid bed. It gives the snug and secure feeling like the Deluxe but for older children. 

Time is really flying by in our household. I don't how my little grew up so quickly already! I'm glad that our DockATot will grow with our family. 


Use the codFRIEND-526C2M6 to get $10 off all Docks!


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Disclosure: I received product for the purpose of an honest review. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation. All opinions are 100% mine. Please note, some of these links are affiliate links, which means that if you make a purchase, I’ll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I only recommend products and services that I believe are wonderful and think you will love too!
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