#RealMomGiftGuide Gifts for your Pets

Pets are one of the family and they shouldn’t be forgotten during the holidays! A happy pet is a happy family! 

The Soggy Doggy Doormat is not only something your dog will enjkoy but you’ll enjoy it too! The doormat is made from millions of textured, ultra-fine strands woven together, so the surface area of this doormat is much greater than meets the eye. It absorbs more water and dirt than a typical doormat, dries faster, and remains bacteria and odor-free too.

On your next walk, you are going to want to make sure you have these great products with you!

StarWalk  is an application-based activity tracking device for dogs. Simply attach the lightweight device to your dog’s collar and sync the device with the downloadable app. Using Bluetooth technology, StarWalk motivates owners to spend more time with their dogs to improve and monitor fitness and activity goals as well as set visible blinking alerts to remind owners of veterinarian visits, medication doses and grooming appointments. 

Safety First! Be seen while walking the dog at night or early in the morning with the Flex Vero LED Lighting. Attach the LED Lighting with velcro onto the Flex Vario leashes. Features a front and red back light which can be switched on and off individually. 

#RealMomGiftGuide Stocking Stuffers for 2014

Stocking stuffers seem to always be the last thing on our holiday shopping list! Stuff your stockings with fun products this year! 

PlayTape is the fastest, best way to creatively build roads and rails for playing with toy cars and trains. PlayTape sticks to any flat surface, is easy-tear, repositionable, easily removed with no residue, easily stored undefineded, disposable, and recyclable. It’s all Made in the USA! 

Who said games need to be big and boxy? The latest in Spot It! games is based on the mega hit Frozen! Journey with Elsa and Anna, along with an enchanting cast, as they match images and letters. Familiar characters and objects invite kids to learn, while devoted fans will be swept into their wintry world. Spot It! Frozen is perfect for the stocking and also your purse. 

Don’t forget about the Tweens & Teens stockings! The Selfie Brush is the only hairbrush you’ll ever need. The Selfie Brush is a fabulous hairbrush and cellphone case in one! Have your best hair in every selfie with the Selfie Brush.

#RealMomGiftGuide Getting Fit with Gaiam

The holidays are here, and with that comes a multitude of events and activiites centered around food. It's hard not to say no to one Christmas cookie, let alone 5. And mashed potatoes taste extra good on Thanksgiving, so of course we go for a second helping.

As we head into the holiday season, it's a great time to be motivated to stay fit amidst the many unhealthy holiday habits!  First, make the commitment. Next, get the clothes. You can't work out in jeans and a button down. Part of the thing that holds us back from exercising is simply not having the right clothes to do the job.

That's where Gaiam comes in.

This holiday, deck yourself out in some of the latest athletic gear that Gaiam has to offer. This outfit would be perfect for yoga, a run or just hitting the gym:

FOLLOW MY LINE JACKET

This cute, structured jacket is lightweight but warm and is built with lots of little details you’ll be sure to love—including a snap collar cowl neck, hand-warmer pockets, two way adjustable zipper, a curve-enhancing pleated back, and extra long sleeves with petal cuffs.

PETAL TANK

Our super soft moisture-wicking tank has been designed with movement in mind. The ruched, wide, stay-put waistband stays in place with every bend and stretch. Thin straps and a keyhole back add eye-catching detail that makes this the perfect tank for any yoga class. 

BFF HEADBAND

When we’re in deep meditation or find ourselves in an inversion we can’t be bothered to wipe sweat from dripping in our eyes or fuss with stray strands. Keep it all in check with this super soft cotton headband. Easily create a cute and carefree up-do that you’ll love to wear to more than just class.

ECO FLOW STUDIO PANTS

Last year's favorite, redesigned. Now constructed out of our breathable ecoOM fabric in our new performance fit. Comfortable, straight-leg design in our breathable, soft organic cotton blend. With added spandex for recovery and stretch, plus flat seams and comfort gusset for improved fit. Wide comfort waistband with hidden pocket. Features our ecoOM technology, a unique blend of natural fibers and comfort stretch which allows for it to be soft to the touch and breathable with natural wicking. Black. Made in the USA.


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The Hero of Color City #HEROOFCOLORCITY

I love going to the movies.

There is something magical in going to a special place like the movie theatre and getting lost in a fun adventure. Watching stories come to life is a fun time, and many kids look forward to their first "Movie Experience." I'd imagine even as adults we can remember the first movie we saw in the theatre!

Despite the joy of movies, it is becoming more and more difficult in finding a family-friendly movie to take our kids to in this day and age. Even movies that are purposely geared toward  kids are not always appropriate for super young movie-goers. It’s important to have gentle, family friendly entertainment that can be enjoyed by little ones of all ages and temperaments. 

So I am excited about the upcoming release of a very family-friendly movie, The Hero of Color City!

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Starting tomorrow, October 3, The Hero of Color City will be available in theatres, on iTunes and on demand. The cast roster is awesome, including Christina Ricci (who just had her first baby!), Rosie Perez, Wayne Brad, and Craig Ferguson. Even Owen Wilson and Jessica Capshaw have celebrity cameos!

Here's a quick overview of the movie:

Each night, when Ben falls asleep, his Crayons jump into their magical Crayon Box, which transports them to their home in COLOR CITY, a world of dazzling hues, soaring fantasy and the whimsy of childhood. This land is fed by an enchanted rainbow and waterfall that provides the City and its citizens with color.
When YELLOW, our timid heroine, is accidentally left behind in Ben's room, she inadvertently awakens two Unfinished Drawings: KING SCRAWL, a huge, powerful, mute monster -- and GNAT, Scrawl's motor-mouthed, overactive sidekick. In search of color for themselves, they follow Yellow to Color City, causing panic and concern. If Scrawl and Gnat can claim the waterfall for themselves, Color City will fade, and along with it, our lovable crayon characters will disappear.
It's up to Yellow and a motley crew of Crayons, bodacious and brave, BLUE, meticulous, fussy GREEN, satirical RED, pessimistic BLACK and overanxious WHITE to save the day. Meeting with fantastical creatures and fun adventures along the way, Yellow discovers she has more courage and strength than she knew and learns to believe in herself and to count on the support of her friends.
Replete with valuable life lessons, this enchanting story will entertain and inspire in a stunningly rendered and utterly unique animated world. 

How awesome does this movie sound?!

Kids that love the film can buy Color City crayons at major toy stores, thanks to merchandising partner Cra-Z-Art. Also? Bumblebee Tuna is featuring a mini-coloring book from the film on over a million cans of Tuna in Water!

Who will be heading to the theaters to catch this flick with THEIR family??

Connect with Hero of Color City on Facebook.


 

Disclosure: This post has been written in cooperation with Magnolia Pictures.

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Putting the TMI in Motherhood with #RealMomProblems from funny & fantastic to everything in between! Joey Fortman has been seen on Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends and more!

Help Us Deliver 1 Million Good Nights: The Pajama Program

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As we begin to see the leaves changing color, crisply falling to our streets and sidewalks, we get a sense of excitement that Autumn is on the way. We think of apple pies, football games, and brisk nights nipping at our cheeks. On chilly evenings, there is nothing more cozy than putting on a warm pair of pajamas, hunkering down under a blanket and reading a good book. We welcome the cold, knowing we can look to our favorite comfort items to keep us warm and safe.

For many kids in our nation, chilly nights are not a thing to enjoy, but rather a thing to survive.

Did you know:

  • 1 in 5 American children live in poverty -- a higher rate than any other developed country except for Romania. (2013)
  • More than 16 million children in the United States -- 22% of all children -- live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level (Source: National Center for Children in Poverty)
  • All but 6 states have experienced an increase in homeless children in the past year, with 10 states showing a20% or greater increase. (Nat'l Center for Homeless Education)
  • More than 3.5 million people are homeless every night, and 1.35 million are children. (Source: Open Door Mission)
  • The average age of a homeless person in the United States is 9 years old. (Open Door Mission)

 

For these reasons, and many more, the www.pajamaprogram.org works hard to deliver new, warm pajamas and books to children in need, many of whom are without parents and/or permanent homes. Pajama Program serves children ranging in age from newborn to 18 who live in group homes, shelters and temporary housing.  Since 2001, Pajama Program has provided over 3 million new pajamas and books to children through 60 chapters across the country. 

And this year, they need YOUR HELP!

Starting tomorrow, October 1, 2014, Pajama Program will enter its second year of the nationwide One Million Good Nights initiative. Their goal: to collect one million new pajamas, one million new books, and the necessary resources to get them in the hands of children and adolescents in need here in the U.S.  

October 1st is the start of "Danger Season" when temperatures begin to drop and countless children are in need of warm sleepwear and comfort. To date, One Million Good Nights has already hit its halfway mark with 500,180 pajamas and 590,428 books collected so far. 

Learn more how you can take part in delivering 1 million good nights to kids in need by visiting Pajama Project's website:  www.pajamaprogram.org.

Collections will continue through December 15, 2015

 

 

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Putting the TMI in Motherhood with #RealMomProblems from funny & fantastic to everything in between! Joey Fortman has been seen on Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends and more!

WWE Goes Pink with Susan G. Komen

I used to resist the fact that my son loved the WWE but I gave up that fight a long time ago. I was so thrilled to hear that the WWE is partnering again for the third year with Susan G. Komen®  to spread breast cancer awareness.

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The campaign will begin tonight on Monday Night Raw® with WWE Superstars and Divas wearing co-branded Susan G. Komen and WWE apparel and WWE platforms “going pink.” The “Courage Conquer Cure” campaign will continue throughout National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and WWE will donate to Komen 20 percent of the retail sales price of all co-branded merchandise sold on WWEShop.com and at WWE live events, as well as 5%  of all other WWE merchandise sold on WWEShop.com.

For the first time, fans will have the option of donating $1, $5 or $10 upon checkout from WWEShop.com with all proceeds benefiting Komen.

WWE and Komen will also feature special “Keep Calm and Never Give Up” t-shirts inspired by WWE Superstar John Cena®, “Support the Twins” t-shirts and pink Hulk Hogan® “Hulkamania” t-shirts.

Susan G. Komen and WWE have a history of success in raising awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer. The partnership launched in 2012 with the successful “Rise Above Cancer” campaign and has generated more than $1.2 million for Komen to date.

Lotty Dotty: Fun Fashion for Girls

Lotty Dotty: Fun Fashion for Girls

If my girls could wear pink, tulle, tutus and skirts every day, they would. They have both hit the stage, at ages 3 and 6, where they suddenly care about what they are wearing. Now, there are plenty of days that their hand-picked outfits don't match or are "uniquely paired." But 95% of the time, there is lots of pink, fluffy things, glitter and more.

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Real Mom Tech Gadgets: ASUS Transformer Book T100 2 in 1

When you travel as much as I do, you need a lot of tech gadgets to get you through your journey. From power wallets to phone to laptops to bluetooth keyboards, there's a lot you have to pack to make your work trip successful. 

Sometimes you have to condense and just not bring all the things with you. There were times I did this and then I wished I didn't. Maybe I really did need the tablet. Or the times I wasn't going to bring the laptop because I thought I wouldn't have any down time....only to have a 3 hour layover. 

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Now, I can condense and bring all the things! With the ASUS Transformer Book T100 2 in 1, I have a laptop and and tablet with me at all times. Light and handy, it works as either a laptop or a 10" tablet. I love being able to have the versatility with me when I am on the road. 

Some other cool specs?

  • Battery lasts up to 11 hours with one charge (amazing!)
  • Comfortable keyboard dock with multi-touch touchpad and USB 3.0 for productivity on-the-go
  • Windows 8.1 operating system 
  • Insanely light!

The only thing I seem to be having problems with are the little people trying to steal my new toy! What is it with kids and wanting all of our new devices? And what is it with them knowing how to use them before I learn how to use them? #RealMomProblems...I have them.

If you are tired of packing a million devices and cords on your trips, the ASUS Transformer Book T100 2 in 1 will have you ditching everything and making your bag a little lighter!

The ASUS Transformer Book T100 2 in 1 is available at Radio Shack for only $329.99! (Pricing may vary)

 

Real Mom Tech: Kodak PIXPRO 16 MP Smart Lens

Being a video blogger and a mom means a lot of my videos are done on the fly. Whenever the mood hits me, I just bust out my phone and shoot away. This is good because I have a lot of videos (but you already knew that, ahem). But the downside is that a lot of my videos are done on my phone. There's nothing wrong with that (my phone takes great video) but I am limited in the things I can do.  I have amazing video equipment for all my big-professional work I do.  But hey, this is 2014!  The iPhone is a great way to vlog and 90% of my vids are through there.

One of the things I love to do is test out the latest gadgets.  And of course as a mom we ALL try to be a 'professional photographer', right? ha  So, my latest Real Mom Tech is the Kodak PIXPRO 16 MP Smart Lens

Featuring 16.35MP sensor, it can record full-resolution still imagery in bursts up to 6 fps as well as full HD 1080p movies at 30 fps. Sensitivity to ISO 3200 makes it awesome in difficult lighting conditions. 

The Kodak PIXPRO 16MP Smart Lens clips onto your smartphone! Smart phone compatibility:

  • iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5c, and 5s (iOS 6.0 and up)
  • iPad 1st - 4th generations (iOS 6.0 and up)
  • Android phones (version 2.3 and up)
  • Android tablets (version 3.0 and up)

Although it may be small, it's mighty! 

Real Mom Tech Gadgets: iWerkz Universal Portable Bluetooth Keyboard

Meetings are a big part of my life. And at most of my I need to be prepared to have take notes, share documents and have access to the internet. And while my smartphone is top-notch, it just doesn't cut it for a business meeting. The only problem? I often need something compact and travel-friendly, so my laptop isn't ideal. I can be pretty fumbley with the iPad touchscreen, but its the best choice for those meetings on-the-go. And I've found the perfect item to bridge the usability gap!

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The iWerkz Universal Portable Bluetooth Keyboard has become a saving grace for this working momma! This keyboard lightweight and folds up for easy portability. Thanks to bluetooth technology, it is compatible with most tablets and smartphones.The battery on the iWerkz keyboard is up to 44 hours - that's 2 or 3 days of work! Wahoo! The protective case also doubles as a stand. Some more information on the  iWerkz Universal Portable Bluetooth Keyboard:

  • Includes 44652 Bluetooth keyboard, protective case/stand, and charging cable
  • Compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled tablets and smartphones; Android, iOS, and Windows devices
  • Docks device while in use
  • Up to?44-hour run/30-day standby time on full charge
  • Foldable design
  • Rechargeable lithium battery
  • Measures approximately 7" x 5-3/8" x 1-1/16"
  • 90-day Limited Manufacturer's Warranty


The iWerkz Universal Portable Bluetooth Keyboard retails for $39.96 on QVC - that's a great deal! You'll also find this item on the 2014Real Mom Holiday Gift Guide - so start thinking of your tech-loving friends who would totally to find this in their stockings this holiday season!  

Real Mom Tech Gadgets: Power Wallet

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I'm a mom on the go, and in this technological world we now live in, my devices go with me.  I can't tell you how many times I've been at an important meeting or an event, and my much-needed devices fail me. My phone is a necessary item for these meetings and events, and it leaves me powerless (literally) when their batteries die on me!

But not any more!

I'm totally crushing on the Power Wallet. This stylish item fits easily into your purse looks super cute. But the best part? It has a rechargeable built-in battery that powers up most smartphones. How amazing is that? That means no more being left stranded with a dead, useless phone. How many moms could benefit from this? Here are the specs: 

  • Includes Power Wallet with built-in 3000mAh battery, micro USB cable, 30-pin adapter, and USB charging cable
  • Compatible with most micro USB and 30-pin smartphones
  • Side battery indicator
  • Interior card/cash pockets
  • Holds most smartphones
  • Polyurethane/cotton construction
  • Approximate measurements: Closed 4-1/2"L x 7-5/8"L x 3"D; Open 8-1/2"W x 7-3/4"L x 1-1/2"D

Bonus feature: it can be worn as a wristlet!

This item retails for $66 on QVC (but currently on sale for $49.86. The Power Wallet will also be featured in the 2014 Real Mom Holiday Gift Guide (so grab it now while it's on sale for those tech-savvy women in your life!)

VTech Baby Monitor #VTechSafeandSound

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I'm busy.

Like, all the time busy. I'm a full-time mom, a full-time wife and I work (you guessed it) full-time. Waking up some mornings, it is a rush from one thing to the next. There is school, lessons, meetings, activities and sometimes we even manage to have a homecooked meal together!

Every parent laments the idea of "missing out" on their kids growing up. It's difficult - they grow so fast! But in the day-to-day, I've become more aware of missing out on the little moments - and sometimes that can be a safety issue!

With 2 boys (ie: Big Trouble and Little Trouble), I have to always be alert. It's amazing how quickly they get into things, make a mess or put themselves in a potentially harmful situation. Parents need multiple sets of eyes to keep track of their kids nowadays!

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While we may not actually have eyes in the back of our heads, we can embrace devices that help us keep an eye on our little ones. It really is amazing the products that has come along from my oldest to the youngest days!  From a 6 year old to a 15 month old - the technology is a LIFE SAVER!

I have been super impressed with theVTech Safe & Sound Pan and Tilt Baby Monitor   I have had the fortunate opportunity to review many baby products over the years and when i found out I was pregnant with Hudson, I knew that BABY MONITORS were the BIGGEST thing I needed to get right!

I was recently sent my major GO TO MONITOR that I am FOREVER going to have attached to my belt buckle.

This little camera does it ALL! The camera can pan 270 degrees side-to-side and tilt 124 degrees up and down. It can also zoom in. I love that you have the ability to adjust the camera position, whether the kids are playing or sleeping, to see exactly what you need to see.  I love this product so much that because we are on three levels in our townhome - I went out and got ANOTHER camera!!  I have one of them set up on the baby crib with the viewer by my bed. The other viewer is set up all the way to the very downstairs in our house so I can hear the baby when he wakes up from naps.  Otherwise, I have to drag the monitor all over the house.  It really has become a lifesaver.

Even better, the VTech system has a "multiple view option." What does that mean? It means you can support up to 4 cameras on one parent unit. So if you want to keep an eye on the bedrooms as well as the playroom, VTech has you covered (literally!).  And TRUST ME when I tell you - I LIVE by the dual views!!

Another huge addition to this product is that is has a great range to it.  I can step outside and grab my oldest from the school bus while the baby is napping!  I can play outside with the oldest and have the baby inside.  It allll works out and I do not have to run up and down 500 stairs!!  

VTech has never let me down and they have gone above and beyond with this baby monitor.  

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As part of a program I'm working on with Mom it Forward & VTech, I was sent this monitor for review.  

Easy Riding with the Joovy Qool

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Part of being a mom is research.

Really, moms should be earning another degree with how much studying is required of us! The moment we see those pink lines on a stick, we are researching: car seats, high chairs, bottles, pacifiers, cribs, feeding utensils, diaper bags, toys. We assess the safety, the quality, the overall rating, the durability, the flexibility, the usefulness. We scour books and the internet, trying to discern what is best for our babies.

From day one with Boston, one of the brands I have learned to trust is Joovy. Everything about their products appeals to me. They are highly-rated, made from quality material and they just look chic. Now that I am a mom to two cute (but crazy) little boys, I appreciate the qualities of Joovy products all the more deeply.

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Most recently, I have been impressed with one of Joovy's newest products: The Joovy Qool. This stroller has been a lifesaver for me since Hudson came around! Where do I begin? The design of the Qool is amazing, from the leather-wrapped handlebars to the aluminum frame. Using it on a daily basis, I can feel the durability.

Also? I love that it is compact. Raise of hands from the mommas and papas who have wrestled with some of the ginormous and clunky strollers on the market. Oh my goodness. Those strollers are hard to push and even harder to fold up and put in your car after a day at the park (did I mention they are also as heavy as an elephant?!). The Qool is small, light-weight (I'm saying it again: LIGHT. WEIGHT. Hallelujah!) and easily folded or broken down (the seat can be removed and stored separately!) after your walk in the park.

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With one click, the stroller can be forward-facing or back-facing, and so many of the parts are adjustable. It screams flexibility as well as maneuverability. It is the perfect stroller for the Parent-on-the-Go with energetic kids!

The Joovy Qool retails for $549.99.

Connect with Joovy online.

 

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Real Mom Media has worked with Joovy on many occasions.  Not only do they have amazing products - but the family connection within this company is an awesome American story.  The founder and family all work there in their Dallas offices.  AMAZING people to work with.  Joovy has only supplied products for review but all opinions are definitely my own.

Pelican Pro Gear Protector

I have to admit it, my kid probably uses my cell phone and iPad more than I do! Whether it's too distract them while waiting for food at the restaurant or to keep them from a melt down while at the doctor's office, their little hands are all over my electronic devices. 

And when their little hands on them, bad things could happen if they weren't properly protected! You have to have case like Fort Knox on that puppy!

With the Pelican ProGear Protector Series for the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S4, you can protect your phone like you would protect your kids. Slimmer and lighter than other smartphone case designs, Pelican ProGear Protecter Series case offers two levels of protection. With a tough layer of protection on the outside and a soft lining, these cases deflect energy and cushions your phone preventing damage.

 

Blooming Bath Review

I happen to come across this product a while ago and thought it was the coolest thing ever!

Blooming Bath is the cute, cuddly and convenient way to bathe your baby. Unlike traditional baby bath tubs, Blooming Bath is made from incredibly soft, plush materials — providing a safe, soft, and unbelievably adorable bathing experience for the most important person in your world.

The Blooming Bath is so soft and unique! It's such a simple concept but totally makes sense! Bathe your baby on soft and comfy plush material! 

By the time I got this product to review - Hudson was already too big.  I tried him in the sink with it once and it was just too awkward for him! haha.  BUT-I have been able to put it to GREAT use in my house.  I sit it on the carpet and he loves it.  For the longest time he wouldn't move off of it.  It's so soft and adorable and makes a fabulous play mat.  

Check out Blooming Bath for yourself at www.BloomingBath.com

Tubby Table

Tub time is one of my kids' favorite times of the night! They would literally spend hours in the tub playing! We have tried a ton of bath products that are on the market but we have never come across something like the Tubby Table.

The Tubby Table is the perfect solution for entertaining kids in the bathtub and keeping the water off the floor. The Tubby Table provides a play surface in the middle of the bathtub for children to play with their own toys, or to play with the removable shaped cups on the table’s surface.

The Tubby Table is recommended for children 18 months (should be able to sit on their own) and older. This is perfect for siblings and helps them get along in the tub! I don't have to worry about a wrestling match breaking out in the tub anymore. They are too preoccupied with the toys on the Tubby Table.

One of the best things that we love about the Tubby Table is that it helps keep the toys in the tub! By having a place to play with their toys on, they aren't just throwing them out of the bathtub as a game. Which means less clean up for me!

The Tubby Table retails for $39.99 and can be found at www.tubbytabletoys.com.

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BubbleBum

Many parents are faced with scenarios where their child has to be picked up by another adult who may not have a booster seat. And uninstalling those seats can be a pain in the bum! 

Enter the BubbleBum!

BubbleBum is the cost effective, portable, lightweight, brightly colored, inflatable car booster seat for children aged between 4-11. It easily deflates and folds flat so that kids or moms can carry it in a backpack or purse, making it perfect for vacations, rental cars, taxis, school pick up or car pooling.

BubbleBum was a winner at the Mother & Baby Travel Item Awards in the UK, the Practical Parenting Magazine Awards and the Ulster Bank Business Achiever Awards in 2010-2011.


Oogaa Product Review

 I'm at the stage now where feeding an infant involves much more than a bottle with some milk in it!

Recently I was sent some great feeding products to review from a company called Oogaa.

This company has some fabulous feeding products.  I love their unique bowls and spoons!  The spoons have little bumps on the bottom so they rub little gums.  Plus they are shaped like steamboats and airplanes.

Cute right?

Plus, they are all about creating products that is healthy for the environment, not filled with toxins like BPA to phthalates.  That is a GREAT sign for sure!

They are an up and coming brand so your best bet to buy the products are on their website, Amazon and some Babies R Us stores.