Pampers Easy Ups Review

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I have begun the dreadful process of introducing the potty to my 18 month old son.  Call me insane to start so young, but both of my older children were completely potty trained during the day by age 2 and at night by age 3.  I will be doing my best to follow suit with our third son.

I have never been keen on using “diaper like” replacements when it comes to potty training.  I feel like this reverts back to them using a diaper and falsely gives them the sense of security to still go potty without actually “going” to the potty.  I was afforded the opportunity to test out a couple pairs of these pampers easy ups, and while they still have a diaper like look to them, and are disposable, they’re much more similar to underwear.  They do not have the edge that peels on the sides to remove them, they must slide down like regular underwear.

Another plus is the characters, our sons have all been Thomas the Train fans, and since these have Thomas on them, my kids love seeing them on their little brother.  The girl ones come with Hello Kitty, which is extremely popular with my nieces, so I’m sure those would be a hit, although being a mom of only boys, I can’t promise that!

In terms of how well they work, you don’t get a full usage out of them like wear them all day, I still think of these as diapers, and change them often to keep from rashes occurring. While I enjoy the feel of the easy up compared to many others on the market,  my instincts to stick with no diaper like products is still strong. Although, if i did have to make a quick run while I was potty training and needed something to ensure being accident proof, this would be a great way to run to the grocery store in the first stages of potty training.

Overall, these are a great alternative to wet clothes when out in public, and much more comfortable, soft, and underwear like than most other brands that you can find out in the market today.

Complimentary sample provided in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

 

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Minbie Bottle Review

Minbie – Nurturing Babys Instincts

I have been nursing my son who is almost 11 months old and he has not been given many different brands of bottles.  I mostly nurse, so on the occasions that he does get a bottle, I have stuck with the bottles that came with my breast pump.  While they’re effective at him getting his milk, they are confusing to him and sometimes when he would try to latch on to me, he would get nipple confusion and try to drink as if he was drinking from a bottle.  This made breast feeding difficult, I didn’t think a better solution would come around until I tried the Minbie bottle.

The Minbie bottle is designed to be as natural to what a natural nipple feels like during a feeding session.  It is not a typical rounded shape, it’s more of a flatted pointed shape with a hole in the top of the nipple.  The bottle has an easy to grip feel to it for easy handling for my son.  This bottle has saved me from the horrible pain of an improper latch, and also allows my son to “nurse” when I’m not around.  This bottle has truly been a lifesaver for our family.

I am extremely happy with the flow levels of the bottle.  I also received a pack of the two nipples with a faster flow for when my son is ready for the next flow level.  We have a happy baby with less gassy, and not nearly as fussy when being given a bottle in comparison to trying to work with a different brand of bottles and have it in end in a screaming match where my son CLEARLY wins the battle.  I wish they made the Minbie to fit my breast pump because I love it so much! I highly recommend the Minbie bottle to any mom who mainly nurses and needs a go to bottle to make the transition much easier.

Complimentary sample provided in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  All thoughts expressed are my own opinion and experiences.

 

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Zap Zone Ultimate Birthday Party Package Review

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*Photo Credit: Zap Zone Website*

We are new to the Macomb County are here in Michigan and we were looking for a fun place to host our son’s 3rd birthday party.  We came across the Zap Zone that is only a few miles away from our home.  We went for a visit to scope out Zap Zone and see what it was all about and to see if it was even suitable for toddler kids and our kids had a blast, so we know it was going to be the perfect birthday venue.

They offer full service party planning to help you prepare for your child’s birthday party.  They even have free printable birthday invitations on their website that you are welcome to use for your child’s birthday.  We didn’t take advantage of this since my son wanted a Thomas & Friends themed birthday party.

When you walk in, you’re greeted with a robot like figure that is so cute to take pictures with.  Once you get behind the robot there are a ton of arcade games for the kids to enjoy, you must use tokens for the games, so be prepared with cash or change if you plan to spend time in the arcade.  Most of the arcade games also generate tickets that can later be redeemed for prizes.

Along the perimeter of Zap Zone arcade are different types of activities such as: Glo-golf, Laser tag, Bumper cars, Mini Bowling, Cannon Blaster, Jump Zone, Time Freak, and Play Zone.  Each game is unique and equally fun!

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Our Table Set-up

We took advantage of the Ultimate Party Package.  I have included what the Ultimate Birthday Package includes below according to their website.

Ultimate Party Package $17.95

  • 10 Guest Minimum
  • $50 non-refundable deposit required to secure reservation
  • 2 Games of Laser Tag
  • 2 for 1 coupon for all participants (must be used at a later date)
  • Pizza & pop for each participant
  • 1 ¾ hours in the party area
  • Birthday Person Gift: Limited Edition Collector T-shirt & 2 free passes (must be used at a later date)

Our party guests (aside from the parents) were all young toddlers under the age of five, so we feared that they would be too little to enjoy laser tag, but Zap Zone was extremely accommodating and allowed us to choose any two of the attractions that would be more suitable for the toddlers.  We chose the Jump Zone and the Cannon Blaster as our two attractions.

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Cake Table Set-up

When arriving into the party room, it was set up with paper plates, cups, and napkins for each guest.  They are Zap Zone themed, my son specifically wanted a Thomas & Friends theme for his birthday, so I swapped paper products out with my own, but we used the Zap Zone ones for the adults.  The tables didn’t have any table covers on them, luckily I brought my own, but if I didn’t have my own, I would have certainly liked them to be provided.  I’m a huge germaphobe and would have wiped the tables down myself if I didn’t have table covers on the tables.  They set up the table according to how many guests we had.  They also provided us extra chairs on the side, and a cake table.

The party room was clean, set up and ready when we arrived, there are coat hooks for the guests to hang their coats, purses, and there is plenty of room to have 30 guests in the party room with kids and adults. If you and your guests leave the room to go to the chosen attractions, the associates close the door to ensure no one goes into the party room that isn’t allowed and to keep your stuff safe.  Zap Zone was accommodating in giving me supplies such as tape and scissors, to hang my banners, and décor and they also offered to help me take them down when the party was over.

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Each Plate Setting – Cups double as favors

The food was from Jets Pizza; Zap Zone has a working contract with them to provide the food.  We weren’t allowed to bring any outside food except the cake for the guests.  A slice of pizza and pop are included in the price for each child, but we ordered extra food for the adults, and everything came fresh and hot.  We also received a pitcher of juice for the kids who didn’t drink soda, as well as a pitcher of water from Zap Zone.  They had everything we needed in the party room to enjoy our meal such utensils and paper products.  There was also a large trash receptacle in the room for easy clean up.

After the party room, we headed to the Jump Zone.  In the Jump Zone, there are numerous bounce houses such as obstacle courses, slides, basketball hoops, and climbing courses.  You are given an allotted time of 15 minutes with a maximum of 15 guests jumping at once.  Shoes are not allowed on the inflatables, inform your guests beforehand to ensure that they bring socks to use on the inflatables.  The kids really enjoyed the jump zone, but unfortunately the time limit is extremely short.  Had I known I would have paid extra to have them jump longer.

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Jump Zone *Photo Credit: Zap Zone Website*

During the Cannon blaster, you also get a short amount of time of 15 minutes.  The participants can choose a side to play on.  Each side is provided with extremely soft squishy balls that are in no way going to harm even a young infant.  These soft balls go into the Cannon Blasters that are lined up in the room.  The goal is to hit the opposing team with as many of the balls as possible, it’s extremely fun for kids and adults.  To be quite honest, I think that the adults enjoyed this more than the kids did.  Unfortunately, the time was short for the Cannon Blaster too, but we made the most of it and had a great time.

We spent the rest of the night in the arcade, enjoying the games, gathering tickets, and redeeming prizes.  My birthday boy came home extremely happy and pleased with his birthday party.  We have been back several times since, as well as many of our guests.  The coupons were a great incentive to come back and enjoy more time there.  Which kid would say no to going back to a wonderland like Zap Zone! So much fun you won’t regret having a birthday party at the Utica Zap Zone.  We give it 5 stars for cleanliness, customer service, and all out fun!!

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What’s a party with out favors?!

To book a birthday party or check out what else Zap Zone has to offer, check out their website and see all of the packages and pricing.  They often have several promotional offers on their site that you can take advantage of.

There are many locations across the Metro-Detroit area, be sure to look on their website for the closest one near you.

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Complimentary Ultimate Party Package provided in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.  All thoughts expressed are my own opinion and experiences.

AdoramaPix Hexagon Metal Prints

AdoramaPix helps people turn their digital photographs from abstract computer files into beautiful keepsakes designed to last a lifetime. Their contemporary metal prints capture memories in rich color and vibrant detail. Because your images are infused right into the metal, and not painted on the surface, their metal prints are extremely durable. Not only will your metal image be water and weather proof, but scratch resistant as well. You can even clean it with glass cleaner. Your memories deserve to live in true, archival luxury with AdoramaPix metal prints.

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Minbie Bottle

Minbie Bottle

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Minbie’s significant breakthroughs:

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  • Minbie nurtures a newborn’s ability to breastfeed by allowing newborns to bottle-feed with the instinctive feeding technique that they are born with.
  • Minbie supports a newborn’s digestion by helping to release natural digestive enzymes. This supports a baby’s sleep too.
  • Minbie matches breast and bottle feeding techniques.

    We passionately believe that you should be able to breastfeed and bottle-feed your baby.

    To help you, we have created Minbie which is a teat designed to support your newborn’s instinctive breastfeeding technique. This means that when newborns feed from Minbie they practice the instinctive latch and feeding-action for nurturing breastfeeding. This is a significant breakthrough in matching breast and bottle-feeding techniques and preventing feeding-confusion*.

    For newborns who can not be breastfed, we created Minbie to allow them to bottle-feed with the instinctive breastfeeding technique that they are born with because why shouldn’t they be able to feed intuitively with the technique that is developmentally right for them and that helps release digestive enzymes for proper digestion of the milk.

    How is Minbie different than other teats?

    Our research has found that generic and orthodontic bottle-teats can quickly teach newborns a different latch and feeding-action to the newborn’s natural instinctive breastfeeding technique. This may be sufficient for bottle feeding, but it can cause feeding confusion and problems such as a ‘weak latch’ and ‘lazy feeding’ when the baby is breastfeeding.

    If your newborn has become used to other bottle-teats, he or she may have difficulty feeding from a Minbie teat. This may be an indication that your baby’s instinctive feeding technique has been damaged.
    Every feed counts …

    Use Minbie as the first and only bottle teat for your baby to help maintain and strengthen your baby’s instinctive breastfeeding technique, the way nature intended.

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Mama’s Bliss Nursing Pillow

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I have been nursing my newborn and have been having a lot of back pain issues with my old Boppy pillow. My upper back would be in so much pain that I could barely turn my neck or move my arms without pain. My son didn’t latch on well in the beginning and it was a lot of adjusting until we found the right positions and when I did, I didn’t move at all to keep him latched. When I was trying out this pillow, I was amazingly surprised as how different my old pillow was in comparison to the Mama’s Bliss Nursing Pillow.

This nursing pillow is made of memory foam, unlike my other one. It is much thicker and more dense then the the nationally recognized Boppy brand. It is made of memory foam that conforms to my newborns head and body as well as my body, and after having a baby recently i’m not so small anymore. Its comfortable and not hot and bulky like I had originally thought it would be. One thing I really love about this pillow is that since its thicker and more dense, my sons body doesn’t squish it flat and made me have to lean forward to nurse him. I can stay as positioned sitting upright and my son is able to latch on with no problems. I can sit comfortably without straining my upper back, shoulders, and neck.

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The pillow comes with two velvet zippered covers, colors yellow and blue. I LOVE that I have two covers for the pillow, I can remove one, throw it in the wash and replace the cover with the clean one while the dirty one is in the wash. It also comes with a carrying case bag for it so if you take it with you somewhere outside of your home or on a trip, you can avoid it getting dirty with the carrying case bag. The pillow doubles as a sitting support pillow when the child is older. It helps keep them propped up right and avoid them plopping to the ground hard. It is a very comfortable pillow and I wish I had known about this pillow back when my other children were infants. I will never use another nursing pillow again and will purchase this for every baby shower I attend from now on.

Complimentary sample provided in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Bonafide Breast Milk Storage Bags Review


I have been nursing and pumping for 2 months and in that time I have been fortunate enough to freeze a good amount of the milk I’ve pumped. Storage bags are not cheap, buying storage bottles are just as or even more expensive. I have primarily been using a national brand until I began using these. Now with something as precious as breast milk often referred to as “liquid gold”, you never want to lose any of your milk, especially after pumping for 20+ minutes. So, I had to put these storage bags to the test to ensure that they are just as good as the ones I’ve been using. The Bonafide Baby Breast milk storage bags come in a 105ct box compared to other brands that normally carry 25, 50, or 100 bags. I know its only 5 more bags, but that’s also 5 extra bottles that I can store for my baby.

 


Each of the bags holds up to 6 oz of breast milk. I don’t go by the measurement on the bag as I find that with most bags and their measurements are quite a bit off. I actually have a kitchen scale that I use to measure the amount of milk (be sure to measure an empty bottle to subtract it from the total weight). They have a double zipper seal with a sealed pull off perforated tab at the top of the bag. They’re also pre-sterilized and BPA free which is great that I don’t have to worry about contaminating the milk.


There is a write on label at the top that allows you to write name, date/time, and I also like to add how many ounces are in the bag since I don’t follow their measurement guide. Unlike other brands I’ve purchased from, Bonafide includes a non-toxic marker with the bags, which is great that I don’t have to go searching for one to write on the label. I also never thought to keep one inside the box, which would’ve made it so much easier for me, especially the night time pumping sessions.


Now, the real test was to see if they would leak. No mother wants to pump for 20 minutes or more only to have breast milk that leaks from the storage bags and ruin the milk. I opened the perforated seal and then the double zipper seals, poured in 4 oz of water, sealed them shut, and put them to the test. I flipped them upside down and shook them around a bit and nothing spilled out. I also froze that bag of water and it froze solid as expected. When thawing it out, I placed in warm water, and it thawed with no problems. I then poured the contents into a bottle so I can measure that it was indeed how much I had frozen and it was. I have since been storing my breast milk and thawing it out when needed with no issues of leaking whatsoever.


Overall, these bags do exactly what I need them to do, which is store breast milk. They do not leak, they’re good quality, and comparative to national brands that I’ve used. The regular price of the bags is comparative to other brands that I’ve purchased, plus a few extra bags in these ones. I like the quality and thickness to them and I also like that its a small company that would be getting the support in comparison to a national brand company. The only suggestion I would make is to include an area to write in the amount of ounces on the tab since I don’t always store in 6 oz increments. Otherwise the bags are great and just what a nursing mom needs! Would make a great baby shower gift with other nursing items for a mom-to-be.

To purchase the Bonafide Breast Milk Storage Bags, click here.

Complimentary sample provided in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Baby Boy Nursery Wood Sign – Boy A Noise with Dirt Review

Baby Boy Nursery Wood Sign – Boy A Noise with Dirt Review

  
This sign is really cute for a boy bedroom, playroom as in a nursery. The sign is made of cedar wood, painted a rustic blue color all over. The sign has a fun definition of what a BOY is. The frame reads “BOY, (n): a noise with dirt on it” in large brackets. Being a mother of 3 young boys, this statement or definition couldn’t be any more true. My boys are all loud and definitely messy.


The wooden sign measures at 11.5″x5″, it is also .75″ in thickness. On the back of the wooden sign can hang up with the two metal wall brackets on the back of it, one in each upper corner of the sign. I just had my third son two months ago and I have been setting up his nursery since we didn’t disclose the gender during pregnancy, we weren’t able to decorate to avoid giving it away. Now we have this sign in the nursery as part of the decor in the room. It adds a rustic, vintage look to the room. I love how it looks and love what it says even more. Such a great quality, well made and unique sign to have in our home. This would even make a really cute baby shower gift and be sure to give some laughs, I love it!!

To purchase this adorable sign click here!!

Complimentary sample provided in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.