Diaper Bag Giveaway!

The only way to start a Thursday is with a GIVEAWAY!

I am so excited to share this with you! I’ve partnered with Hip Cub to bring you the CUTEST new diaper bag available!

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This little beauty is close to selling out everywhere,  so make sure you enter our giveaway to have a chance at this fabulous bag!

Enter HERE for your chance to win and don’t forget to ‘Share’ the love with friends! 

Good luck and Happy Strolling!

Mom Style #alleyandraetotherescue

When you think of Mommy & Me looks, you probably have something similar to the image below in mind…

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This is my beautiful Mom, and two gorgeous Sisters back in the day. How sweet are those cardigans?? LOL!

If you don’t see another post after this one, it’s because my sisters killed me for using this photo!

Anyways, Mommy & Me looks have come quite a ways since then. I LOVE putting outfits together that have the kids and I somewhat coordinating, but still look trendy. One of my favorite clothing lines for this kind of look is by Alley and Rae. They have the cutest Adult Tops, and Children’s Onsies & Tees that are perfect for coordinating outfits!

I promise you won’t look like an 80’s Glamour Shot session gone wrong…

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How cute is this “Full Time Job” tee?

The tops for Adults are soft, comfortable and run true to size. They make any outfit instantly cool and look perfect with your favorite jeans!

One of my favorite tops from the shop is below.  Everyday is a Manic Monday over here, so this Tee is totally fitting for my life!

I may or may not wear this shirt on other days of the week… don’t judge me!

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Not only is the quality amazing, but, they have the most hilarious captions on them… I mean, really…how can you not laugh when you see your child wearing a “This Is My Kegstand Shirt” Onsie! #imstilllaughing

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Thank you, Alley and Rae, for making trendy looks for Parents and Kiddos. We LOVE it and are totally obsessed!

If you head over to AlleyandRae.com and see something you need (i’m sure you will), use code ATST15 to save 15% off your purchase!

Happy Strolling… and Shopping!

Mixx it up!

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram,  you’ve probably seen a million and one pictures of this beautiful stroller I’m reviewing today.  We are in LOVE with our Nuna Mixx. This stroller offers so many great features, and is definitely worth taking for a test drive.

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I searched high and low for the Nuna Mixx in the Mykonos color.  It’s beyond gorgeous and was the perfect stroller to take on our trip down to the Florida Keys.  I definitely put the Mixx through some rigorous testing, and it passed with flying colors.  Let’s get started!

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The Mixx features a cozy reversible seat, with a full FLAT recline that was perfect during our trip.  We were out exploring from morning to night,  so no less than two naps were taken in Mixx each day!  When your child falls asleep in the stroller,  you know you’ve hit the jackpot.

The fabric remained cool in the Florida heat, and the large canopy offered plenty of coverage for my little cuties.  The Canopy has a zipper, which opens up and extends for optimal coverage with two mesh inserts on either side to allow for extra ventilation.  The handle bar is easy to adjust and the storage basket is HUGE.  The basket was able to hold a Ju-Ju-Be Super Be or Be Prepared (I tried out both), beach toys, drinks, and extra towels.  There’s even a divider to keep things organized.  My OCD self did a little happy dance when I saw that feature!

Nuna really had a child’s comfort in mind when creating this beauty.  The seat is plush and roomy, and offers a three or five point harness that really comes in handy when you have riders of different ages. The Mixx comes with a removable arm bar that’s perfect for attaching stroller toys.  A snack tray is not available yet, but, it’s in the works and will be available soon.  This will be a great addition to an already fab stroller!

The push on the Mixx is awesome!  It has front and rear wheel progressive suspension technology.  I pushed this stroller through every terrain possible in Florida… Sand, gravel, grass, bumpy sidewalks… You name it, we tried it!  It handled like a dream, just like I knew it would.

The rear tires are large, which allowed me to pull it through soft sand on the beach easily.  The foot brake is one touch and definitely flip-flop friendly, which I love!

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One of my favorite features on the Nuna Mixx has to be the fold.  It’s so simple, that on day 2 of our vacation, everyone in the Family knew how to fold the stroller!

The Mixx can be collapsed with the seat facing in either direction, it’s fairly compact, and can be opened with one hand.  Whichever direction you fold the stroller, the seat fabric is protected, and I love that.

I gate checked (GASP!!) our Mixx on both flights, and I have to say that due to the awesome fold (and Frontier Airlines for being awesome!), this stroller was in immaculate condition when we received it.

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My only complaint would have to be the design of the handlebar.  It’s comfortable, but the shape is different from most strollers.  I think it just takes some getting used to… My Husband didn’t even notice the difference, so, take it as me just being picky…that’s kind of my job though! 🙂

Here are the Specs on the Nuna Mixx:

  • Price: $499.95
  • recommended use: birth to 50 lbs
  • Compatible with Nuna PIPA Car Seat
  • Car Seat Adapter included with purchase of stroller
  • product dimensions: h 44.3 x w 23.4 x l 33.5 in
  • folded dimensions: h 16 x w 23.6 x l 35.8 in
  • product weight: 24.9 lbs  *weight does not include canopy or arm bar
  • Colors: Mykonos, Slate, Caviar, and Basil.
  •  Rain Cover (included in purchase)

Overall, the Nuna Mixx is a fabulous everyday stroller.  Coming in at under $500.00, it’s a lot of bang for your buck. The design and quality are outstanding, and it’s totally gorgeous to look at.  The comfort of the seat, amazing push, easy fold, and large storage basket, make this a great option for daily use or city living!

Click HERE to treat yourself to a Nuna Mixx!  Hope you enjoy it as much as we have 🙂

Happy Strolling

Paw Patrol, anyone?

Every once in a while, I find a product that makes me think “Why didn’t I think of that?”.  The Baby Beehaven See n’ Store Stroller Organizer makes you do just that.  It has a spot to hold a Tablet or portable DVD Player!  Genius.  Now, we can watch Paw Patrol EVERYWHERE!

Are you singing the intro song yet?  HA!

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I wish I could say all outings with the kids are a piece of cake, but, I would be lying.  I usually look like a sweaty hot mess on the verge of a nervous breakdown.  Sometimes, the Tablet comes out to make grocery shopping or lunch a little easier!  Who doesn’t need that every once in a while? 

This is such a great product with PARENTS in mind.  Thank you for helping us stay sane!

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Want more info? Check out the Organizer HERE  featured on the Bumblebean website! They have some of the BEST Baby Products available!

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Congrats! Here’s your Baby.

I try to think back of what it was like when I held my children for the first time.  That moment is insane, and filled with crazy emotions.  You are so excited, so tired, and so fat.  I was under the impression I would go right back to normal after I had the baby.  Turns out, you still look pregnant. For a while. Who knew!

Anyways, I kind of wish I had kept a note pad filled with what I felt at that moment, and maybe throughout those first few weeks, It was such a blur.  All I remember is severe exhaustion, wearing yoga pants all day every day, and my boobs hurt more than words can describe.

Two friends of mine recently had the most beautiful little babies!  I thought it would be fun to ask them some questions and see what’s going on in their head.  If anything, maybe they can look back on their answers and remember this amazing time in their life that passes too quickly…or, they can show their kids this post when they ask how they entered this world…HA!

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Me:  What was the first thing you thought when they handed you your beautiful baby?

Ashley:  That he is perfect & healthy! I was overwhelmed with so many emotions and just kept thinking how blessed my husband & I were.

Liz:  Baby we made it!  I was extremely happy that everything went well and I know this is a TMI, but, I didn’t poop.  I was so worried of the possibility of that happening! I will never forget her little hand touching my face as they put her on my chest and she slowly moved her way down to latch on and eat.  At that moment, I knew that we would forever have a special bond that no one could ever break.  She is my everything, she is perfect!

Me:  Was your birthing experience everything you wanted it to be? Did you have a Birth Plan?

Ashley:  Our birth plan was simple.  I wanted a vaginal delivery if possible, with an epidural.  But, if complications occurred we were good with a C-Section.  Just wanted the best & safest way for our baby & myself.

Liz:  Being a first time mom I had no idea what to expect besides all the stories and advice everyone had given me, but, we all know that not everyone’s experience is the same.  I really didn’t have a plan and just hoped that my baby wouldn’t turn breech, to avoid a cesarean.  I would have to say that I had the easiest and fastest labour I could ever imagine.  I don’t know where all my strength came from since I’m a huge cry baby and I HATE pain…but, I was determined to suck it up.  I couldn’t do it without the help of the epidural and my husband doing the breathing exercises with me.  The joking around of my doctor and nurses, and the amazing ice chips I would eat during my reps of pushing.  It allowed me to stay focused and in less than 2 hours, my gorgeous baby was born.

Me:  On a scale of 1-10, how sleep deprived are you?

Ashley:  As of now 3 weeks in, it varies daily.  Today I am only a 3 since G had a great night and gave us 4 1/2 hours straight sleep, but there are nights where I am a 6/7….. I am getting use to looking like a walking zombie.

Liz:  I would say a 5.  We have our good days where she can sleep without waking up every 2 hours to eat and other days were she won’t go to sleep and is up all night fussy. She’s my little night owl.  But when she sleeps, Mommy and Daddy take advantage and sleep.  She loves sleeping in the middle of us in our bed when we take naps throughout the day.  Once I’m up, I’m up, so it doesn’t matter if she keeps me up or wakes up every 2 hours to eat.

Me:  What baby product have you used the most?

Ashley:  We are loving our Fisher Price Rock N Play as well as the Graco Gliding Swing, Both lifesavers!!

Liz:  Babyganics!

Me:  What stroller did you choose?

Ashley:  We went with the Quinny Buzz which I LOVE.  It rides so smooth and is easy to open and close.  Plus it is lightweight and easy for me to put/take out of car by myself.  Very happy with this choice.

Liz:  Bugaboo Buffalo.  I am so in love with it, there is not one thing I don’t love about it!

Me:  What Car Seat did you decide on and why?

Ashley:  We went with the Maxi Cosi Micro AP.  So far I am happy with this car seat.  I love how light it is and the self wicking fabric which in FL is a must!

Liz:  Britax Marathon ClickTight because it was convertible and after going to see the car seats and asking people for their opinion on the mommy groups I’m in, Britax was one of the best choices for Car Seats and the ClickTight was their new lineup with 12 position harness and 7 position recline.  I also bought the Maxi-Cosi which is the one I’m using. It’s lightweight and it’s easy to snap in and out and adapt to the Buffalo.

Me:  If you had to give a Mommy to be one piece of advice, what would it be?

Liz:
  2 things I would tell a Mommy.

1.  Get the epidural!! It does NOT hurt and there are no side effects like other people may tell you.  Or at least I didn’t experience them.  The epidural is a game changer once you are experiencing some heavy pain.  Not even your breathing exercises can help you relax!

2.  Take the Birthing Classes.  As a first time Mom, you have no idea what to expect and every family member or friend will always have advice on what to do or how to do things. But, guess what?  Things change over the years. We live in a world of technology and what maybe used to work 10 or 20 years ago, can be different now.  Me and my Hubby learned so much from the classes and by far the breastfeeding was our favorite one.  Trust me, no one is an expert in being a parent and there is no book that can teach you.  You kind of have to figure it out on your own but it doesn’t hurt to gain some knowledge and listen to other parents questions and concerns that maybe you never thought of.

Me:  How many hours do you think you spent researching baby products over these last 9 months?

Ashley:  Many hours & many nights! Being a first time mom I reviewed EVERYTHING and researched for countless hours.  I would definitely say over 300 hours within those 9 months.

Me:  How has your life changed now that you’re a Parent?


Liz:
  I think life just got 100 times better.  I couldn’t ask for anything else better in this world. Everything is about Isabella.  Yes, it’s not the same as it was before when I could go to the mall and shop until I dropped, go out have dinner and drinks with my hubby or friends, or even travel to Cancun every year but none of that matters anymore.  I look forward to my sleepless nights to seeing my daughter grow… And once she’s older, taking her to all the places we love to visit.

Me:  What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received so far?

Liz:  Getting an infant car seat.  I was so reluctant about getting one and had chosen a convertible car seat (which I still have).  I didn’t want to be that mom that would be carrying the car seat with me everywhere I went but, it has made it easier to use. Especially since I can adapt it to the stroller.  She loves to sleep in it and as everyone says…Never wake up your sleeping baby!

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I totally loved reading the answers Ashley and Liz gave me.  I miss those newborn baby days (except the explosive poops and waking up every 2 hours).  Becoming a parent is completely life changing. It’s so cliché, but, the minute they hand you your baby, nothing else matters!

I am sure we can ALL relate to some of these answers. I was a lot like Ashley, and reviewed EVERYTHING over and over again. It made me feel prepared!  I also had the same fears as Liz when it came to delivery… Who really wants to poop on their adorable little baby!?! But, shit happens. I would know…

Being a Mom is awesome, but also really scary.  You do so much preparation for these little humans.  I was fully expecting a crash course after I had the kids, but, the nurse just gave Brody to me and was all “Congrats! Here’s your baby!”.  Meanwhile, I was having a panic attack because now I had to actually take him home AND keep him alive!!!  The terror.

Obviously, you figure it out and adjust to your new lifestyle.  Life is forever changed, but only for the better!  Ladies, I am so happy for you both! Congratulations on joining the glamorous world of being a Mom! (ps. it’s not glamorous, at all.)

Ashley, if Graham is anything like you, he is going to have the BEST personality ever! He is one lucky little dude to have you as his Mama!

Liz, If Isabella is anything like you, Sal will be working until he’s 100! ha!! I can’t wait to see her grow up and be just as beautiful as her Mommy!

Thank you both, for answering my little questionnaire! Now, go get some rest…or Starbucks!

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Happy Strolling!