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Cool Shit You Might Like (because I do) Week of October 16th 2017

Being a blogger means I’m constantly coming across some cool shit and I want to share it with my readers. It might be kid related, it might be mom related, or it might be simply interesting to me. Think of it as Oprah’s Favorite Things but without the car giveaways. Sorry.

I might include people I’m fan-girling over, a new kid product or activity, or something on Amazon that you can’t miss. Or Target deals, ’cause Target=life.


*Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. What the hell does that mean? It means I might get compensated if you click on and purchase something from some of the links below. And by compensated I mean pennies. But hey, beer money is beer money. I’ll throw a * next to those so you know. Carry on. 

Picture This Clothing
If you have a budding artist in your house (or your kid is marking up your walls in crayons), put their creative juiciest to work by designing their own t-shirt or dress. This company takes your child’s drawing (even the random shit you have no idea what it’s supposed to be) and screen prints it on a shirt or dress. They look incredible and I bet your little artist would love to see their work come to life. 

Or hey, maybe you’ve been working on a masterpiece yourself! Design your own print and create a clothing line. #sidehustle 

Picture This


Polar Post
It’s never too early to prepare for Christmas and this is something that might put a little extra sprinkle of magic to the season this year. A blogger I follow on Instagram posted about this sweet little shop in the UK and I fell in love. I don’t get too Pinteresty but I do try to bring something special to the holiday each year.

This year’s extra little bit of special might just be these letters from Santa. They are personalized with your child’s name, where they are from, and even mentions a toy that they received (mom can put it in when the letter is ordered). The letter can be waiting for them under the tree or by the fireplace Christmas morning. It even has a beautifully handwritten envelope that you can get creative with. I’m thinking something along the lines of “Barely made the nice list…do better next year or else.”


Parenting The Sh*t Out Of Life*
Based on the title alone I was already sold, but this ‘parenting’ book is by one of my fave mammas out there, Anna Whitehouse of Mother Pukka. Anna has a way of seeing the humor in parenting which I find to be one of the best coping mechanisms a person can use. 

She uses her platform to raise awareness on how common miscarriage occurs as well as the need for flexible working environments for families. She’s spunky as hell and someone I could totally be BFFs with. At the very least check her out on Instagram. You may piss yourself in laughter.

And her book is good. REALLY good. She and her husband take turns writing about their parenting journey and though they say they aren’t dishing out parenting advice, you can’t help but learn something form two people who are really working through the shit stages of parenting.

You can get it on the Kindle app too which is a plus. 


TED Talk On Why You Don’t Need to Sweat the Small Stuff About Screen Time
I know you’ve felt guilty about handing over your phone or tablet to your kid to either distract them or get a few minutes of uninterrupted time to cook dinner. Maybe you’ve even been judged for it. I know I’ve seen the awkward glances from strangers if one of my kids is on my phone in public. 

Well fear not, because this really great TED Talk by Sara DeWitt talks about how screen tech can actually be freaking awesome for your kids. It’s called Three Fears About Screen Time for Kids-And Why They’re Not True. It’s about 13 minutes long but worth the view if it makes you more confident to hand over that phone.


Amazon Finds*
For when you spend too much time on your kid’s Halloween costume and forget about your own…

For when you like your coffee sassy like you…

-bonus for this mug is even when your kids learn to read they probably won’t get it. 


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Books to prepare to get rid of pacifier
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5 Books to Prepare Your Child Before Getting Rid of the Pacifier

Getting rid of your child’s pacifier is a big decision to make and often you will have a ton5 Books to help get rid of the pacifier of questions around how you go about it, when to start the process, how to prepare them for the transition, etc.

If you think your child is ready to give up the pacifier for good, you may want prep them for what is about to happen. And if your child responds well to stories, then reading them a book about being a big girl or boy who doesn’t need the pacifier anymore may be just the thing you need to kick it off. 

Here are 5 books to prepare your child before getting rid of the pacifier.

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Pacifiers Are Not Forever– This board book offers warm, comforting words and pictures to ease the transition and make it a positive experience for kids and grown-ups alike. The focus is on minimizing stress and drama, dealing with feelings of loss and frustration, finding fun things to do without a pacifier, and finally being pacifier-free. Includes helpful tips for parents.

Bea Gives Up Her Pacifier-Bea Gives Up Her Pacifier follows the story of a little girl called Bea, who refuses to give up her pacifier. Then one night her mother persuades her to leave all her pacifiers outside her room for the ‘Pacifier Fairy’ to take – (in exchange for a special gift). Bea gets to meet the fairy, who shows her that it IS possible to give up pacifiers without shedding a single tear.

No More Pacifier, Duck-Little Duck loves his pacifier, but he is getting bigger and doesn’t need it anymore. It’s time for Little Duck to make a big decision and give up his pacifier for good.

Bye-Bye Binky: Big Kid Power– Every child’s life is filled with milestones. Some happen easily; others need a little extra support. Artist and mom Maria van Lieshout has been there. Drawing upon her own experiences, she has created an engaging series of books that are just right for children on the brink of major changes and the caregivers who encourage them.

The Paci Fairy-Meet “Palina” the Paci Fairy – A childrens fable that is a fun simple solution to getting rid of the

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 Pacifier. This story is about how Palina Paciloo from Paci-town becomes The Paci Fairy.

Have you used books to help with the paci transition? Let me know which ones you loved! And good luck mama!

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TempTraq Wearable Thermometer Review

One of the new baby products from CES 2017 I was excited to try for myself was a wearable thermometer called TempTraq. I purchased one from Amazon for $20 and figured it would be a while uTempTraq Wearable Thermometerntil I could give it a try. But as luck would have it (good or bad I’m not sure) my son got sick about two weeks after I purchased the thermometer.

Was I slightly excited when I felt my kid’s head and it was on fire? Yes. Yes I was.

So I grabbed the TempTraq box and got started. The setup was very simple. The thermometer itself is basically a thick sticker that peeled off easily and went under my son’s arm per the diagram included in the instructions. My son initially complained that the thermometer was uncomfortable but after a few minutes he forgot it was even there. Continue Reading

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What’s New in Baby Tech-CES 2017

Best Baby Products at CES 2017I try to keep up to date on the latest and greatest baby tech. It doesn’t always mean I end up using them but I love seeing how baby products are evolving and I am always looking for the next greatest thing to make my life as a mom just a little bit easier.

Enter CES, the Consumer Electronics Show. An annual event held in Las Vegas where the best consumer technology products are on display. From 3D printing and drones, to robotics and sensors, every year the buzz around what we will see at CES grows.

CES 2017 was no different, and here are just a few of the baby tech items that caught my eye.


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Fisher-Price Smart Cycle

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Fisher Price debuted their Smart Cycle and I have to admit, I was pretty damn skeptical at first. It reminds me of the iPad potty seat that I think is absolutely ridiculous. How lazy are we that to get our kids to exercise we have to sit them in front of their tablet? Buuuut, I will say, it’s the dead of winter and my kids are bouncing off the damn walls right now, so maybe a morning workout with my kids isn’t such a bad idea? I suppose I shouldn’t hate on anything that gets a kid to move, especially if the apps on the tablet are educational.

Freemie Hands Free Breast Pump

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My days of pumping are done (and my boobs are grateful) but I remember all too well the pain, discomfort and inconvenience pumping can have. Every time I see a woman at work carrying that discreet HUGE black tote bag I give her a nod and smile in solidarity.

So I was pumped (see what I did there?) when I saw the Freemie hands free breast pump. To be free of the power cords and to be able to move around and continue your day would be a huge improvement. I always felt trapped and useless while pumping. What to do when you are mid pumping session but your oldest needs help wiping his ass after taking a dump?? With the Freemie, hopefully you could continue pumping while coming to the rescue of your toddler’s toosh.

Fisher-Price Code-a-pillar

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How cute is this little guy? Fisher-Price showed off one of their toys from the Think & Learn line, the Code-a-pillar. Kids can rearrange the segments of the caterpillar to send him on different paths. The real challenge for kids will come when they try to rearrange the segments to get the caterpillar to reach a certain point. This certainly gets kids exposed to sequencing and their critical thinking skills will be challenged. Did I mention he’s also cute?

Bloomlife Contraction Tracker

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When you near the end of your pregnancy every little twinge you feel makes you think it must be a contraction. More often than not it’s gas. Or maybe Braxton Hicks. But you always wonder if its the beginning of THE event.

Bloomlife has created a wearable that tracks contractions so you can get a sense of whether they may be the real deal or just the after affects of too many burritos. You place the wearable under your belly button and it syncs with your smartphone. It tracks any contractions that are happening while showing you trends and timing so you can have a better idea if it’s time to head to the hospital (and not time to grab a sandwich from Subway. Not that that happened to me or anything.).

Although I couldn’t agree more that having, or not having, contractions can be confusing, Bloomlife currently has a monthly subscription pay structure for their product at $150 per month. I’m not sure why most women with a healthy pregnancy would need it for more than a month or two, so that structure seems a little confusing to me, and it also seems pricey.

TempTraq Wireless Thermometer

This is my favorite product from the CES coverage I saw. (Check out my review after using it!) I always Wearable Thermometeroverreact when my kids have a fever. I immediately jump to worst case scenarios and am constantly checking their temps to try and track any changes I see. And that is no easy feat. Running a toddler down to stick a thermometer either under their arm, in their mouth or even across their head is a ridiculous challenge. Then there’s the fear of the fever spiking overnight. So do you wake the child to try and get another reading? Or just hope they get through the night.

TempTraq aims to help ease all those worries with their wireless thermometer. You put their wearable sensor underneath your child’s arm and you will get continuous temperature readings right to your smartphone. No more guessing, no more checking incessantly. And you can even set up alerts so if a temperature spike happens in the middle of the night you’ll know.

The only drawback to this product is that it’s a one time use. The adhesive must wear off eventually, so you’ll have to have a couple of these on hand and they run about $20 each, so that can add up quick during flu season.

Here are a few more baby tech products to check out:

Naya Smart Breast Pump: A hospital grade pump that promises less pain and discomfort through it’s unique water massaging technique that aims to help relax the breast for more natural  release instead of using air to pull the milk out. A boob massage sounds way better to me!

Edwin The Duck: An app connected smart toy that kids can use from birth through their toddler years and can even go in the tub!

Elvie Kegel Exerciser: An exercise tracker for your pelvic floor that gives you real time feedback so you can improve your workout for stronger results.

Winnie: an app (only iOS right now) that helps parents find fun stuff to do with their kids.

Snoo Smart Sleeper: A modern designed bassinet that incorporates white noise and gentle rocking to ease your baby to sleep.

Ava: A fertility tracking wearable with real-time detection of when you are most fertile.

Kaishi: A fetal heart-rate monitor for pregnant women that connects via bluetooth to a smartphone app.

POMO Bebe: A health tracker that tracks body temperature, movement, sleep quality, child loss prevention and more, all tailored to your baby’s health.

That’s a wrap for my CES 2017 baby tech picks. Maybe next year we will see a robot that can change diapers? I would be first in line for that.

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My 5 Must Have Baby Products

Must Have Baby ProductsFor all you parents with new babies or those who will be having a baby soon, this list is for you!

I can’t imagine the look of terror that must have been on my face as I wandered helplessly down the baby aisle trying to figure out what the hell I needed to survive  as a first time mom. I wound up trying just about everything to see what worked best for my kid and my sanity. Two kids later I have a few tried and true baby products that have been lifesavers for me.

These are my five must have baby products!

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  1. Water wipes-This is by far my favorite baby product. Ever. I know, it’s just a wipe. But until you have been in the middle of a literal shitstorm only to have the one thing that stands between your hand and poop tear mid-wipe, well, you’ll learn that quality matters. This wipe is the perfect thickness and can handle tough messes. And the best part, it’s made of 99.9% water and .1% grapefruit seed extract. Which means if your sweet baby’s toosh is sensitive, this might be a great option. I have these wipes everywhere. The bathroom, kitchen, car, and of course the diaper bag. It’s my favorite baby shower gift to give and I always hear great feedback from friends who receive them. Ok, enough gushing. I just can’t help it. It’s true love. water-wipes
  2. Silicone bib-Before you know it your little one will be sitting up on their own and tackling solid foods. AndJoin this judgement-free community of kick ass mammas!
    then they figure out that playing with their food is more fun than eating it sometimes. And their clothes end up stained with whatever foul-smelling vegetable concoction Gerber has dreamed up. Once they start solids, don’t even mess around with the cloth bibs. Go straight for the silicone bibs with a front pouch. These will keep their shape and catch a lot of the mess that would normally end up in their lap. Easy clean up as well with just a wipe of a damp cloth. I’ve tried a handful of different brands of these and none have disappointed. These will also last through the toddler years so it’s a great purchase.bib.jpg
  3. Vanicream-When you see a red splotchy or dry patch on your baby’s perfect skin your first reaction may be “Oh god, she has a rare skin disease that no one has ever seen befvanicreamore and she might die!” Just me? Fine. But there will be a time that you will need a moisturizer for your kid and you’ll realize that there are thousands to choose from. I tried all of the ‘baby’ lotions and hated that they were so thin and watery and many irritated my kid’s skin. Vanicream has been my preferred moisturizer to use for my kids (and now myself!) to tackle their skin issues. It’s a heavy cream with no scent and works wonders even for those with sensitive skin. 
  4. Rock ‘n Play-My first baby was a fussy sleeper in the beginning. We tried everything to make him comfortable but couldn’t understand why he was so grumpy. He wasn’t flat out screaming, just noisy and he never fully went to sleep which means neither did I. After trying a few other sleeping arrangements that backfired immediately, I tried the Rock ‘n Play. It was like flipping a light switch. My little guy started to sleep soundly immediately. It was the lifeline I disparately needed. These are incredibly lightweight so you can easily move them from room to room. If you can, spring for the auto rocking version. It’s worth it.rock-n-play
  5. Sleep sack-Those receiving blankets from the hospital work well for the first few days. Then you realize that even in infancy your mini-me can wriggle his way out of the tightest of swaddles. What can you do to keep him warm? Blankets are not recommended for young babies so a great option is a sleep sack. This wearable blanket is a safe alternative and will keep your baby cozy and warm. I used the Halo brand sleep sacks for both kids. They come in different versions and weights all the way from a breathable lightweight model to a heavy fleece version perfect for the winter. They even come in a swaddle version as well. My kids loved them and learned quickly that once that sleep sack was on it was time to calm the hell down. Magical. sleep-sackWhat are some of your favorite baby products that you just couldn’t live without? Let me know in the comments!

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