Wednesday, March 7, 2018
The infant seat they chose as number one was the UPPAbaby Mesa. Their runner up was the Chicco KeyFit 22. Now I realize the UPPAbaby seat is one of the pricier seats, but it does have a bit of a higher weight limit than other infant seats. So if you're looking to start out with an infant seat, you'll get longer use out of this seat. Not only do they go into great detail of why they chose these two seats out of all the rest, but they also listed their top 11 seats. When they asked parents about what mattered most in the characteristics of a seat it was quite obvious that parents wanted a seat that was easy to secure their child in. Along with a seat that was easy to get in and out of the car. The second most important thing to parents was the weight of the seat. From there they went to look at which seats were easier to buckle and which seats transitioned from car to carrier and back again easily. It was also important to find a seat that was light enough for parents to carry around. They also looked at the material that was in the car seat as well. From there they go on to give you some great information about not buying second hand seats and that rear facing is always the best and safest option. They also mention that even convertible seats are safe to use straight from birth!
Which brings us to our next two seats. Their winning convertible seat was the Chicco NextFit and their runner up was the Britax Marathon ClickTight. The parents that tested seats said the Chicco was hands down their favorite seat. Now this seat is among the higher price range, but you really get what you pay for with this seat. The Britax is also on the higher end of the price range but it's built to last ten years compared to the eight years that the Chicco is built for. They also mentioned the Graco Contender 65 as another great option. This seat might not be as luxe as the other two options, but definitely a more affordable option. And equally as safe as the other two. When deciding which convertible seat would win, they had to look at which seats are the easiest to use and correctly. Because as we know, the most important thing when it comes to car seats, is using them correctly. It's surprising just how many seats aren't being used correctly. Now with the convertible seat they looked at which seats are easy to adjust as your child grows. Along with the ease of loading/unloading your child and the length of time your child can use the seat. Almost 50% of parents said their top 3 criteria when buying a seat was the ease of adjusting the seat as their child grows. They also looked at things like built in seat lock offs, no rethread harness, number of recline positions, the weight and height limits for rear facing and forward facing along with vehicle compatibility.
Then they go into convertible seats compared to infant seats. They list pros and cons of each style of seat. They also give some great information on registering your seat, cleaning before storing your seat and knowing when to transition seats.
I just gave you a general idea of the great information you can find on their site. So I highly suggest heading over to the links here (for infant seat) and here (for convertible seat) and read through all the great information they've provided.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
I've gotten to give her some great feedback for products, shoot her ideas of things I think would be adorable (because I'm no wear near as talented as she is) and even ended up becoming a rep for her shop. So my Instagram will be filled with cute pictures of her stickers! I recently had some custom ones done of myself and now my five year old son is begging me to have some made for him as well. Jenna does amazing hand drawn designs and gorgeous water color stickers as well.
When I was looking on Etsy, I will admit, I got overwhelmed. What if I get some stickers and they're crappy quality? What if they're not as great in person as they are in the picture. I have always been impressed with the quality and designs I've gotten from Disorderly Planner. Jenna really does go above and beyond to make sure her stickers are great quality. She also has great, affordable prices on her stickers. And she often runs some pretty awesome sales. Tuesday is always a big sale day in the planner world so you definitely want to check her shop out then.
One of the things I really love about her shop is her custom stickers. I've sent her tons of ideas that she's brought to life and I've been thoroughly impressed with them every single time. As a free gift with purchase, I got the most adorable "Oh the Places You'll Go!" sticker kit. She killed it you guys. She's seriously the most talented person I know! I also got the back to school kit for my son who just started Kindergarten. Guys, it's seriously the cutest kit ever.
Not only does she have the cutest stickers in her shop, she has tons of other cool things. She has lapel pins, decals, page markers, washi tape, cookie cutters, mystery boxes, a mermaid compact mirror and so much more! You can get the coolest collaboration boxes as well. She teams up with others to bring you the cutest items in a theme that they choose. I even got some adorable planner covers that I'm really in love with. She really has so many awesome things you can get!
Here are some super cute spreads I've done in my planner with her stickers. There are honestly, very few weeks I don't use her stickers because I love them so much. You can also check out my Instagram for more spreads because I have many more on there using her adorable sticker kits. You can also check out her Instagram as well. You'll also want to join her Facebook chat group because there's always cool stuff going on in there!
Oh and because she is super awesome, my friend Jenna agreed to do a $10 store credit for my readers! Fun, I know. So all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter below and I'll pick a winner in a week or two. The rules are simple, you must follow the two of us on Instagram and please don't unfollow after the giveaway ends. That's just rude. Stick around, we're pretty cool people. There will be a couple optional entries on there as well. Complete them, or not. It's totally up to you. If you do, those are just extra entries into the giveaway.
Good luck and happy planning!
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Thursday, March 2, 2017
I've always been really intimidated to try wool. The thought of lanolizing it made me even less willing to try it out. Then I stumbled into the Rox + Rumble Chit Chat page on Facebook and couldn't believe how adorable all that wool was. I reached out to Megan to see if she wanted to partner up for a review because I wanted as many people as possible to see how cute all this wool is! I gave Megan my little guy's stats and guessed which size I thought he'd be. Then I told her anything blue would be amazing because that's his favorite color. And really guys, it's ridiculously hard to go on her website and pick out just one favorite piece of wool. She sent us the gorgeous Nautilus. You guys, these wool pants are way more gorgeous in person than in photos.
Here's the big question though. How do you care for your Woolsters? Like previously mentioned, you don't have to wash them daily. But, when you do need to wash them, here are the proper washing instructions:
- Step One: Rox + Rumble recommends that you handwash your Woolsters. However, some washing machines have a "wool cycle". If you feel you can trust your washer, feel free to wash them on the "wool cycle". The main concern is that you don't want to run into felting. This is when there is too much friction on the wool fibers and they start to shrink. You need to wash your wool with a very delicate soap or soap specifically for wool and follow the directions on the soap label.
- Step Two: If you're hand washing, squeeze the water out. DO NOT wring it out. You can cover the Woolster in a towel and press out the excess water. Step Three: Dry flat and make sure you DO NOT USE ANY HEAT! If you do, they will felt and they will shrink and you'll probably cry if that happens.
I've been lurking on the group long enough to know that matching your Woolsters with cute shirts are a big deal. So I've taken it upon myself to snap a few photos of matches that I thought were pretty darn cute.
Disclaimer: I received this product free in exchange for a review. I was in no other way compensated and all opinions are my own!
Monday, January 9, 2017
Harkla sent me a weighted blanket for free for this review. I was in no other way compensated for my review and all opinions are my own!
has some great products for children who have Autism, Anxiety and ADHD. I reached out to Harkla because my five year old has sensory issues. Recently we've dealt with a lot of stress in our family with the loss of a family member along with the holidays. My kiddo was starting to have night terrors again, frequently. So I reached out to Harkla for the opportunity to review one of their great products. They sent me the 7 pound weighted blanket.
Normally my son hates blankets and will kick them off in the middle of the night. When we were expecting this blanket, I talked it up in hopes that he would get really excited about it. I called it his special blanket and told him it would help him during the night when he felt scared. This worked! He's been using it every single night since we got it and calls it his special blanket. If I almost forget it, he reminds me to cover him up with it or he'll be scared and have bad dreams. One night I forgot to put his blanket on him and we had a rough night of sleep. He had one of his worst night terrors he's had in a while. Nothing seemed to calm him down. So for 10-15 minutes I talked to him calmly, rubbed his back and let him know everything was alright. Once he calmed down just enough to lay back down, I quickly grabbed his Harkla blanket to cover him up. And I'm not exaggerating at all when I say he instantly went back to sleep as soon as I covered him up.
The weighted blankets are used for Autism, Anxiety or ADHD. You can either get a 5 pound blanket or a 7 pound blanket. If you're having trouble deciding which one, here's a good rule of thumb for you from occupational therapists. You take 10% of your child's body weight and add a pound or two. So if your child weighs 50 pounds, you'd take 10% of that (which is 5 pounds) and add one or two pounds to that. So you would want to buy the 7 pound blanket.
Harkla has a great guideline on their website as well. A 5 pound blanket is best for children who weigh 30 to 40 pounds which is typically ages 2 to 6. The 7 pound blanket is best for children who weigh 50 to 60 pounds which is typically 7 to 9 years of age. One of the great things about Harkla is that if you need a heavier blanket all you have to do is send them an email through their contact us (https://harkla.co/pages/contact-us) page and they'll update you when you're blanket is ready. It's also great to plan for your kiddos to grow quickly. So if you're child falls between the ranges, it might be best to go with the heavier blanket.
The weighted blankets are soft and comfortable. Exactly what your kiddos needs for a full night of restful sleep. The blanket is easy to wash and dry as well. All you need to do is remove the outer minky part of the blanket and wash it in cold water on a gentle cycle. Do not use fabric softener on it though because that will ruin the minky fabric. It's not recommended to wash the inside padding that often though.
When you receive your blanket in the mail, it will come in two parts. The outside minky cover and the inside weighted piece. To put the blanket together, you'll want to turn the minky cover inside out. Lay that flat on the ground with the padded piece right on top of it. Tie off the corners with a simple knot along with a second knot for reinforcement. Once that's finished on all four corners, turn the blanket right side out with the padding on the inside and zip the cover up!
My son has been using his blanket for quite a while now. We got it around the time that we had a lot of stressful things going on. If your kiddo has sensory issues, you know that stress really puts them into overdrive. My son started having nightmares more frequently along with night terrors and just restless sleep. He was so excited for his blanket to come in. I showed him on Harkla's website what he'd be getting. When we got it, we put it together and he tried it out immediately. (Then he let his younger brother try it out for just a few seconds.) The very first night we tried it out, he loved it. After using it for a while, we noticed that he was having better sleep in general. His nightmares and night terrors have been limited as well. It also helps him fall asleep a lot faster than he normally did. The one night we forgot to cover him up with it, he had an awful night terror. I felt so horrible for him. So I asked him what he thought about his blanket and here is what he had to say.
"When I sleep with it, it makes me not have bad dreams. I really like it. I wish I had one in red too! It helps me not feel scared at night when I go to sleep." I can honestly say that we are extremely happy with this blanket. I had heard about weighted blankets a little bit but wasn't sure about it because he normally doesn't like blankets. But he uses it every single night. If you have a kiddo who has sensory issues, autism, anxiety, ADHD or even just a really troubled sleeper, you should check out Harkla's weighted blankets! While you're there, check out their other products as well. We've been checking out the Harkla Pod Hanging Swing and have been considering getting that for our son as well! So browse their website for some really great products!
I just wanted to make a quick note. We do not let our younger son use the weighted blanket. However I did include the picture of him with it. It is NOT the correct weight he would be using. He does not sleep with it or use it (really ever) besides to take the picture because he wanted to be like his big brother.
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