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Alex & Me Blu-ray Giveaway #AlexandMe

As the FIFA Men’s World Cup continues, there’s no better way to keep the soccer fun going after the games than watching the new movie,  Alex & Me, starring Olympic Gold Medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, Alex Morgan. Don’t have a copy of your own? No worries because I’ve got your chance to win a copy on Blu-ray!

Alex & Me Blu-ray Giveaway | #AlexandMe #AlexMorgan #giveaway

~I received a free copy of Alex & Me on Blu-ray, compliments of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, to help facilitate this post. As always, my opinions are still 100% my own.~

If you’re a soccer fan, you probably already know all about Alex Morgan. She’s one of the top soccer players on the planet and I had the chance to see her play a few months ago in the She Believes Cup. In her new movie, Alex & Me, she’s helping one soccer hopeful accomplish her goals (no pun intended).

Alex & Me Blu-ray Giveaway | #AlexandMe #AlexMorgan #giveaway

Teenager, Reagan Willis, has one dream – to play soccer like her hero, Alex Morgan. Her bedroom is a shrine to all things Alex, including a life-size poster of the Olympic gold medalist. Yet in the Willis house, Reagan lives in the shadow of her prep football superstar brother, Logan. When Reagan fails to make the cut of the premiere local soccer club team and is humiliated by her rival Claire, she’s certain her ship has sailed. But after accidentally hitting her head, Reagan’s poster of Alex Morgan suddenly comes to life and everything changes!

Soccer Emoji Creator

Want to have a little fun before watching the movie? Use the app below to have your kids create their own soccer emoji (scroll down to see mine) and share it with their friends! They’ll be able to pick their player’s look, signature move, and fun tagline. And you can download the Family Goal Chart, having your kids set and mark off goals as accomplished. Setting goals is key to success and the sooner kids learn that, the better they’ll be prepared for life.

 

Here’s my soccer emoji! I’m a bit of a wimp so if I really used my head to hit a soccer ball, I’d probably cry (and have a headache for days). That’s why I chose this position; I can live vicariously through my soccer emoji.

Alex & Me Blu-ray Giveaway | #AlexandMe #AlexMorgan #giveaway

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Alex & Me Blu-ray Giveaway | #AlexandMe #AlexMorgan #giveaway

One lucky winner will receive a copy of Alex & Me on Blu-ray!

This giveaway is open to residents of the US, ages 18+ and ends on June 30, 2018 at 11:59 pm est. Each household is only eligible to win Alex & Me Blu-ray via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

 

*I received a free copy of Alex & Me on Blu-ray, compliments of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

A Gourmet Kitchen at a Home Cook’s Price

I love spending time in the kitchen and especially trying new recipes. The one thing I hate, though, is that sometimes I’ll find a tasty looking recipe that requires a new or handy kitchen gadget that I don’t have (like all the amazing Instant Pot recipes floating around). I’m not the type of person to just run out and buy whatever the kitchen gadget is either. I have bills to pay and a budget to stick to. But since discovering ToBox, I can have a gourmet kitchen with all the hottest gadgets, all at a home cook’s price.

A Gourmet Kitchen at a Home Cook's Price | #ToBox #airfyer #kitchentools #kitchenappliances

~I received a sample from ToBox to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

ToBox is a direct-to-consumer business that purchases directly from manufacturers, eliminates the middle man, and sells right to consumers. That means we save money! Up to 40% to be exact.

For example, I just got this amazing new Digital Air Fryer from ToBox. At just $55 it’s quite the steal compared to similar ones available at Bed Bath & Beyond that go for $80-$100. And the air fryer is top quality.

A Gourmet Kitchen at a Home Cook's Price | #ToBox #airfyer #kitchentools #kitchenappliances

We tried it for the first time last week and decided to start with something simple – chicken tenders. The air fryer was easy to use, easy to clean, and the chicken was delicious. It’s almost sad to think about because we eat chicken all the time, and homemade nuggets and tenders are something I’ve been making for years. These I made with the air fryer, however, may have been the best homemade chicken tenders I’ve ever made.

We’ve really been missing out and because the air fryer doesn’t use oil to fry foods, I also feel much better about serving my family “fried” foods. Using an air fryer is simply a healthier cooking option with no compromise in taste, in this case an upgrade in taste. So I’m really excited to have one in my kitchen now!

You can buy all kinds of kitchenware from ToBox – appliances like this air fryer, rice cooker, yogurt maker, blender, bread maker, and pressure cooker; bakeware like cake molds, baking pan sets, mixing bowls, and piping sets; tableware like coffee mugs, salad bowls, placemat sets, and flatware; and tools and accessories like dish towels, storage jars, knives, graters, and so much more, all at “discounted” pricing! Like I said, a gourmet kitchen at a home cook’s price.

A Gourmet Kitchen at a Home Cook's Price | #ToBox #airfyer #kitchentools #kitchenappliances

With the help of ToBox, I’m ready to upgrade everything in my kitchen and I can actually afford to do it. I can’t wait to start marking things off my wishlist. A pressure cooker is up next and I’ll save 29% by purchasing through ToBox.

I don’t want to forget to mention that shipping is free and ToBox offers a 100% guarantee. Do you ever do online shopping, fill up the cart, and when you find out the shipping cost you’re like, yeah, I’m not ordering anything? Not with ToBox! Not only do we save on the products, but we’re saving on shipping costs too. It’s a win-win! And if you’re not satisfied with your purchase, ToBox will send a replacement or refund with no questions asked.

Oh, and you better get ready for all of the air fryer recipes because you know they’re coming!

What type of appliance or kitchenware do you want to add to your kitchen?

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*I received a sample from ToBox to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Life Insurance: Pay a Little Now or Cost Your Family Later

Have you avoided getting life insurance because it’s too expensive? Cost happens to be the number one reason people don’t get life insurance, but the reality is, it doesn’t cost as much as one may think. In fact, 80% of consumers think life insurance is more expensive than it really is (source). Let’s clear the air about the actual cost so you can make the decision to pay a little now, or cost your family a lot later.

Life Insurance: Pay a Little Now or Cost Your Family Later | #lifeinsurance #JennyLife #ad

~This is a sponsored post with Jenny Life Insurance and BraVoMark. All opinions are mine.~

According to a study from 2015, people were asked about how much they thought an annual life insurance premium would cost for a healthy 30 year old. Most estimated the cost would be between $400 and $1000. Reality? It would only cost around $160 a year (source). Astonishing, right? But the truth is, I would have expected the same.

When looking at your financial situation and determining whether it’s worth getting a life insurance policy, it’s important to understand that it’s actually more expensive to not have life insurance. In my previous post on The Truth About Death Bills of the Stay-at-Home Mom, I talked about what expenses I would be leaving my family with if I were to die today.

Those expenses included funeral costs, personal school loan debt, credit card debt, childcare expenses, and even “costs” of being a stay-at-home mom. I estimated I’d be leaving my family with upwards of $250,000 in expenses, with a good chunk of that being incurred annually for years to come.

Life Insurance: Pay a Little Now or Cost Your Family Later | #lifeinsurance #JennyLife #adWhen comparing that cost to what a life insurance premium would cost now, there is no question life insurance is the better option. Jenny Life has policies that start as low as $5 per month. That’s just $60 a year. Say I live for another 50 years (just a realistic figure). Life insurance would only cost $3,000 and once I die, life insurance would take over a lot of the expenses left behind. I’d much rather spend the 3 minutes it takes for approval and pay a life insurance premium now, than leave my family in financial stress after I’m gone.

Even if my annual premium were $160, like I previously mentioned for a healthy 30 year old, that’s $8,000 over the next 50 years. Compare that to $250,000+ in debt and expenses, and it’s still a no-brainer.

It just simply makes more sense to pay a little now than cost your family a lot later.

How much would you have guessed a life insurance policy cost?

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*This is a sponsored post with Jenny Life Insurance and BraVoMark. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Baby Bath Time Favs

Baby’s first bath is a milestone in itself. Sometimes it goes well and sometimes it’s not enjoyable for anyone. I was reminded of this just a few weeks ago when my youngest had his first bath. It was difficult for both him and me, but we quickly made it through with the help of some of my baby bath time favs. Since then, he’s started coming around and is now enjoying bath time as much as anyone else.

Baby Bath Time Favs | #sheamoisture #SykiBathSupport

~Thank you to Syki for providing a sample for review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

Baby Bath Time Favs | #sheamoisture #SykiBathSupport #bathtime #babyBaby Wash & Shampoo

While I’m not loyal to any one baby wash and shampoo brand, I do have some favorites. One of which is Shea Moisture. I even still use Shea Moisture on my older kids too. My favorite one for baby is the Olive & Marula Baby Head-to-Toe Wash & Shampoo with Avocado & Shea Butter. It’s gentle on baby’s skin and head, and smells amazing.

Bath Tub or Support

Obviously baby can’t hold and support himself in the bathtub, so some type of baby bath or support is needed. My favorite is the Syki Bath Support. What I like about Syki is that it’s not a typical mini baby tub, where baby is confined. It can be suctioned directly into the tub (can also be used in a baby tub if desired) and I can run water right into the tub like I would for my older kids. Baby is gently supported with soft backing and has the freedom to move his arms and legs in the water.

Baby Bath Time Favs | #sheamoisture #SykiBathSupport #bathtime #baby

This has been a big change from using a traditional baby tub with my first two kids, but the Syki Bath Support quickly became a favorite. Even when my baby isn’t in the mood for a bath, the bath support makes bath time quick and easy. Since his arms and legs are free to move around, I also have easy access to bathe him well without worrying about the constraints of a baby tub.

The shape and size of the Syki Bath Support is perfect for infants aged newborn to 6 months. And the size is great for storing compared to a typical baby tub. It’s not near as bulky and difficult to store while not in use. Plus, it’s easy to clean. Simply wipe it down with a sponge and the water quickly drains through tiny holes featured throughout. With a traditional baby tub, I hated when the wash and shampoo would build up in the bottom where the legs are. Cleanup was always difficult, but the design of the Syki Bath Support eliminates that issue and is much more hygienic.

Baby Bath Time Favs | #sheamoisture #SykiBathSupport #bathtime #babyTowels & Washclothes

Little hooded baby towels are one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen and they come in so many designs – lions, bears, puppies, kittens, elephants, monkeys, sharks, you name it. Even the simple, basic ones are cute, or maybe it’s just the baby because everything baby is cute. These Luvable Friends hooded towel/washcloth sets are one of my favs because they make bath time fun, fashionable, and they are relatively inexpensive.

Baby Bath Time Favs | #sheamoisture #SykiBathSupport #bathtime #babyLotion

When bath time is over, baby needs a little extra love and moisturizing. Again, I’m not loyal to any one particular brand of baby lotion, but Shea Moisture is another fav here. You can actually purchase a wash/shampoo and lotion set of my favorite scent of Shea Moisture. It’s gentle on all skin types, even baby’s, and smells great. It makes after bath baby cuddles so much more enjoyable.

What are your favorite baby bath time products?

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*I received a sample of the Syki Bath Support to help facilitate this post. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.


6 Essentials for a Breastfeeding Mom

Simply put, breastfeeding is hard. I can confidently say it’s probably one of the hardest and most frustrating things I’ve ever done. I had planned to nurse my firstborn, but being as inexperienced as I was, it just didn’t work out. When kiddo number two came along, I was determined to make breastfeeding work and I did; but the first few months were hard. And now with kiddo number three, here I am nursing again. Even after successfully breastfeeding my second child for over a year and a half, getting started with my youngest has still been difficult. The good news is that there are products available that make the process a lot easier and these are my six essentials for a breastfeeding mom.

6 Essentials for a Breastfeeding Mom | #breastfeeding #Lilbuds

~Thank you to Lil’buds for providing a sample for review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

1. Nursing Bras

6 Essentials for a Breastfeeding Mom | #breastfeeding #LilbudsThis may be a no-brainer, but breastfeeding moms will literally live in their nursing bras. There are some nights I don’t even bother with pajamas and just wear my nursing bra to bed. This is one essential that doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg, either. In fact, the ones I am using now were purchased at Burlington for around $8 each. They’re comfortable, cute, and serve their purpose.

What I look for in a nursing bra are that they’re made of a soft material, are stretchy, supportive, and easy to clip and un-clip with one hand. It’s pretty amazing what a mom can do with one hand.

2. Nursing Pads

6 Essentials for a Breastfeeding Mom | #breastfeeding #LilbudsIt’s only a matter of time before a breastfeeding mom starts to leak. It can happen when you get too full, when you hear your baby crying (or another baby crying), one side can leak while feeding on the other, etc. Leaking happens!

My absolute favorite nursing pads are Bamboobies. What I love most about Bamboobies is that their unique heart shape make them less noticeable in my bra. The round shaped nursing pads, even those with cinched middles, show horribly through my bra and shirt.

3. Nipple Cream

6 Essentials for a Breastfeeding Mom | #breastfeeding #LilbudsThe first week, at least for me, has been the most painful (until teething starts). You and baby are trying to work together to get a proper latch, but sometimes it takes a bit to get it together. An improper latch causes dry, cracked nipples and man do they hurt. Nipple cream will help to heal your nipples and prevent them from becoming dry and cracked in the future. Any brand of nipple cream will do and they should all be safe for baby to put in their mouth.

4. Breast Comfort Packs

6 Essentials for a Breastfeeding Mom | #breastfeeding #LilbudsWhen milk supply starts coming in, your breasts always feel warm; but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t use some more warmth or even cool compression to help ease some discomfort. Lil’buds breast comfort packs can help with both!

6 Essentials for a Breastfeeding Mom | #breastfeeding #LilbudsWant to warm your milk ducts to ensure you get the most out of pumping or feeding? Need some relief from clogged ducts, mastitis, engorgement, pumping, etc.? Lil’buds can be heated in the microwave for a warming effect, or chilled in the freezer for a cooling effect. And since they’re filled with flax seed, they’re an all-natural product.

After feeding my little one I love using my Lil’buds out of the freezer. The cooling effect feels nice when my breasts are warm all the time from milk production. Their shape is perfect for slipping right into my nursing bra. No matter where I want coverage or how much coverage, I can use one or both at the same time and they form well to the curves of a breast.

6 Essentials for a Breastfeeding Mom | #breastfeeding #Lilbuds

5. Breast Pump

Even if you are exclusively nursing from the breast, it’s a good idea to have a breast pump around. Pumping can help build up your milk supply initially and help relieve engorgement in between feedings. It can take a few months for your body to equalize to the point it only produces as much as your baby needs, based on how often they come to the breast. But until you get to that point, there’s a chance you may overproduce or even under-produce. Pumping can help with that. And for those moms who overproduce all the time, a breast pump will be your best friend. I can only imagine how much engorgement would be caused when the milk builds up.

I’ve tried fancy and expensive breast pumps in the past, and personally I don’t find them necessary. Right now I’m using the Lansinoh Double Electric Breast Pump and it’s doing just fine. I like that it’s small in size, so it’s easy to take wherever I need to. It doesn’t need it’s own separate carrying bag, like some others. It may not look like much, but it also has different settings and it doesn’t cost $300+.

6 Essentials for a Breastfeeding Mom | #breastfeeding #Lilbuds

6. Water

Last, but not least, water. Not only does water intake help with milk production, but when I get to feeding or pumping I get a thirst like no other. So I find it helpful to always have water nearby when breastfeeding.

Do you have any other breastfeeding essentials?

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*I received a sample of Lil’buds to help facilitate this post. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.


Can Playing Fortnite Put You at Risk for Identity Theft?

Anyone with a gamer in the house knows just how hot Fortnite is right now, me included. Both my boyfriend and son are obsessed. But can playing Fortnite put you at risk for identify theft?

Can Playing Fortnite Put You at Risk for Identity Theft? | #Fortnite #identitytheft #scams

You may have noticed recently while playing Fortnite, a screen that comes up reminding you not to share your passwords with anyone. As soon as I saw this, I knew something must be going on. Then I came across an article titled, “While You’re Playing Fortnite, Fraudsters are Looking to Play You,” authored by Matt Tatham, the manager of content insights and data analyst at Experian. I thought, oh boy, here come the scams.

Because the game is so popular in my house right now, the article piqued my interest, especially because my 6 year old son plays. He doesn’t always know what he’s doing or pushing because he doesn’t take the time to slow down and read things on the screen. I wanted to make sure it was safe for him to play and that he’s not putting his father at risk for identity theft and such, considering it’s his father’s sign-in info he’s playing under. Delving into the article, I found just what’s going on.

Being a victim of scams and identity theft isn’t an issue of actually playing the game, but it’s going outside of the game and sharing information you shouldn’t be sharing, that puts you at risk. If your kids are playing, make sure they’re aware of these scams. The tips Tatham shares in his article should be common sense to adults, but kids may not be aware.

One of the things Tatham brings up is a common Fortnite scam, where you watch YouTube videos and follow the directions in the video to receive free V-bucks, virtual Fortnite money used to buy new gear. These are scams! Oftentimes the videos will ask for account specific information and if provided, can allow the user on the other end to access your personal information, like payment info.

The scamming even goes beyond that. Fortnite is currently available on iOS devices, but it is NOT yet available on Android devices. If you have an Android device, do NOT download any app posing to be Fortnite because it’s not official. If you download one of these apps, you’re simply downloading spyware and adware, and I’m sure you have quite a bit of personal information stored on your phone. It’s identity theft just waiting to happen.

Just play safe and keep practicing your Fortnite dance moves!

For more details and safety tips, read Tatham’s full article HERE!

Have you seen any of these Fortnite scams?

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Photo a Day: Weeks 50, 51, 52

Photo a Day: Weeks 50, 51, 52 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear

It’s finally the end of the year! At least for my Photo a Day series. And if you’ve been following along, you may have noticed I’m a bit late with this post. Okay, I’m a few weeks late, but it’s for the best reason ever. The newest addition to our family arrived! With that being said, I lost track of my daily photos so this last post will be filled with lots of kiddo shenanigans and baby pics from the past several weeks.

On top of adding to the family, we’re moving in about 3 weeks so we’ve been preparing for that too. Once we’re all moved and settled in, I’ll be taking a look back at all of the photos in this series and giving you my final thoughts on the year. I can’t wait to really see how much my family has changed (more so than just our new addition).

Photo a Day: Weeks 50, 51, 52 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear

Photo a Day: Weeks 50, 51, 52 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear

Photo a Day: Weeks 50, 51, 52 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear

Did you miss a previous week? Check them out here!

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 12 | Week 13 | Weeks 14 & 15 | Weeks 16 & 17 | Weeks 18 & 19 | Weeks 20 & 21 | Weeks 22 & 23 | Weeks 24 & 25 | Weeks 26 & 27 | Weeks 28 & 29 | Weeks 30, 31, 32 | Weeks 33 & 34 | Weeks 35 & 36 | Weeks 37 & 38 | Weeks 39 & 40 | Weeks 41, 42, 43 | Weeks 44, 45, 46 | Weeks 47, 48, 49

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A Day at the Park with LÍLLÉbaby

Let’s talk baby carriers. As a mom of three I’ve had my fair share of baby carriers and have actually written about some on the blog. But you guys, there is NO baby carrier that compares with LILLEbaby. This was made very apparent to me when I spent a day at the park with the my youngest two.

A Day at the Park with LÍLLÉbaby | #LILLEbaby #Disney #babycarrier #MickeyMouse

~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

You’ve probably heard or seen LILLEbaby somewhere at some point. I’ve actually been eyeing them for about two years, but I had been gifted other baby carriers (various slings and traditional carriers) and just used those with my now two year old. Now that kiddo three is here and we’ve decided he’s going to be the last, I knew this would be my last chance to see what the LILLEbaby hype is all about. The hype is everything it’s said to be!

Design

I decided to go with one of LILLEbaby’s COMPLETE All Seasons carriers and there are so many amazing features, I don’t even know where I want to start. How about design? LILLEbaby carriers come in all different colors and designs, whether your style is plain and simple, or you like to have a little fun with prints, LILLEbaby has lots of designs to choose from.

A Day at the Park with LÍLLÉbaby | #LILLEbaby #Disney #babycarrier #MickeyMouse

I have a lot of simplicity in my life, but sometimes like to stand out a little, so I opted for the Mickey Classic design from the Disney Baby Collection. My kids love all things Disney, as do I, and I’m sure my newest little guy will be no different. I think the Mickey Classic print is just as cute as can be and when we visit Disney World in the next few months, my little mouseketeer will fit right in.

Versatility

None of the carriers that I used with my first two kids were so versatile that I could use them in six different positions. With the LILLEbaby COMPLETE All Seasons baby can be carried in front-fetal, front-infant, front-outward, front- toddler, hip, and back carry.

A Day at the Park with LÍLLÉbaby | #LILLEbaby #Disney #babycarrier #MickeyMouse
It doesn’t look like it from this angle, but my little guy is in there, sitting comfortably in the front-fetal position.

 

My son just turned one month so we’re currently using the front-fetal position. While you can purchase an infant insert, it’s not needed. All it takes is a rolled up swaddle blanket and we’re in business. And I have to tell you, I’m pretty stoked that I’ll be able to use this same carrier through his toddler years. In fact, my two year can be carried in the back position.

Comfort

When it comes to LILLEbaby, comfort comes two-fold, comfort for baby and comfort for mom and dad.

Baby

  • Always in a seated position. This is important for proper growth and development, and not all baby carriers take this into consideration.
  • Fabric is made of microfiber and breathable 3D mesh, so baby stays comfy and won’t overheat.
  • The extendable torso helps provide back and neck support, not just for infants who can’t hold their heads up, but for taller babies too.

A Day at the Park with LÍLLÉbaby | #LILLEbaby #Disney #babycarrier #MickeyMouse

Mom and Dad

  • The wide, padded shoulder straps and waist belt make carrying baby so much more comfortable since baby’s weight is distributed evenly for maximum comfort.
  • The little piece that goes on the lower back is such a simple addition, but makes a world of difference in lumbar support. I’m able to carry my little guy in his LILLEbaby for prolonged periods of time without straining my back because I’m maintaining a healthier posture and alignment.
  • Easy to adjust straps make getting settled in a breeze. From the time I start putting our LILLEbaby on, I have full and easy access to the straps and buckles I need to adjust so that the fit is tight, but comfortable. Some adjustments are as easy as reaching over and behind my shoulders, or simply by my side/ribs or hip, and baby stays calm the whole time. Thank goodness for no more frustrating finagling!

Extras

I’m not going to lie, when I had my first look at LILLEbaby carriers I was intimidated. I was thinking how in the world am I going to figure out how to use all the buttons and buckles. It just seemed to be like a complicated contraption that I didn’t want to deal with. But now that I’ve taken a little bit of time to learn about all of the features and just how everything works, I’m in love. Even the extra components come in handy.

A Day at the Park with LÍLLÉbaby | #LILLEbaby #Disney #babycarrier #MickeyMouse

Pockets have become an exciting accessory in dresses, so why wouldn’t they be exciting on a baby carrier. You are wearing it.

Friend: “I love your dress.”

Me: “Thanks, it has pockets.”

In LILLEbaby terms –

Friend: “I love that baby carrier.”

Me: “Thanks, it has pockets.”

See what I mean? Haha! The LILLEbaby COMPLETE All Seasons has a large zippered storage pocket and an easy to reach pocket for storing the hood and other essentials. Leave the purse behind and carry your phone, cards, and keys in a pocket!

And I just mentioned the hood, which is great for supporting and shading baby’s head while sleeping, and also provides privacy while nursing. It’s totally an optional thing and can be removed if you don’t need it, or simply when not using it. I breastfeed my son, so it is definitely handy to have around.

A Day at the Park with LÍLLÉbaby | #LILLEbaby #Disney #babycarrier #MickeyMouse

Oh, and did I mention it’s machine washable? What a lifesaver. We haven’t had any blowouts or spit up incidents in our LILLEbaby yet, but after three kids I know it’s only a matter of time.

So I ask, what’s not to love? I’m telling you, the hype is real. LILLEbaby is literally the ONLY baby carrier you will ever need. The quality is great and it will last from infancy through toddlerhood. That’s why a price tag of $170 doesn’t even phase me and shouldn’t phase you either.

A Day at the Park with LÍLLÉbaby | #LILLEbaby #Disney #babycarrier #MickeyMouse

How did our day at the park go? It was hot as heck, but I unzipped the back of the LILLEbaby to expose the mesh material so my son could get some ventilation. He slept the entire time. It took no time at all for him to fall asleep after I got him settled in and started walking. Of course, this made the day easy and I could focus my attention on my toddler while she played on the splash pad.

What is your favorite feature of LÍLLÉbaby?

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*I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

DuckTales Destination Adventure! on DVD Woo-oo!

If you grew up in the ’90s you probably know exactly what it means to be excited to watch DuckTales. I mean, as soon as I hear someone say DuckTales I automatically start singing “DuckTales, Woo-oo!” over and over and over again. While the classic version isn’t on TV anymore, the reboot on Disney XD is still fun to watch. And guess what! As of today, June 5th, DuckTales Destination Adventure! is available on Disney DVD! “DuckTales, Woo-oo!”

DuckTales Destination Adventure on DVD Woo-oo! | #DuckTales #Disney #DisneyXD

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So, what is this DuckTales Destination Adventure! all about? Well, it wouldn’t be DuckTales without the traditional characters and they’re all still around – Huey, Dewey, Louie, Webby, Scrooge McDuck, Launchpad, and more. Even the Beagle Boys are still causing trouble.

In the featured adventures, Scrooge and the gang leave the safety of Duckburg to globe trot, visiting legendary locations on their death-defying expeditions. They get into some messes, but as always, find a way to make it out.

It didn’t even take me watching any of the adventures to get the them song stuck in my head, but with over 2 hours of quacktastic thrills on this release, I’m sure you won’t be able to get it out of your head either (scroll down and I’ll help get you started, if you’re not already singing).

Featured Episodes

  • The Beagle Birthday Breakout!
  • The Living Mummies of Toth-Ra!
  • The Impossible Summit of Mt. Neverrest!
  • The Spear of Selene!
  • The Missing Links of Moorshire!
  • Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System!

Classic Bonus Episodes

  • New Gizmo-Kids on the Block
  • Ducky Mountain High

Did you enjoy watching DuckTales as a kid?

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Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles

Summer is the best time to make homemade popsicles. But popsicles can go beyond putting juice or Kool-aid in popsicle molds. Why not turn your favorite desserts into a refreshing, frozen treat for a hot summer day? That’s exactly what I did with one of my favorite desserts, strawberry cheesecake. And let me tell you, the whole family loved these Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles.

Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles | #popsicles #strawberrycheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles
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Any dessert can be a refreshing summer dessert when turned into a popsicle, just like these Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of graham crackers (crushed)
  • 4 Tbsp of melted butter
  • 1, 8 oz. package of cream cheese
  • 2 cups of strawberries (halved or quartered)
  • ½ cup of powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup of milk
  • ¼ cup of strawberry cheesecake or vanilla yogurt
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, thoroughly combine the crushed graham cracker and melted butter. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor or mixer, combine the cream cheese, strawberries, powdered sugar, milk, and yogurt. Mix into a smooth texture.
  3. Fold HALF of the graham cracker mixture into the popsicle filling.
  4. Spoon the popsicle filling into popsicle molds, leaving some room at the top/base for graham cracker crust.
  5. Spoon the remaining graham cracker mixture into the popsicle molds, firmly pressing into place.
  6. Freeze and enjoy!

Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles | #popsicles #strawberrycheesecake

What is your favorite dessert you’d like to turn into a popsicle?

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