Little Tummies Need Little Remedies

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Over the weekend, good friends of ours had a baby.  We couldn’t be more excited for them.  As they happily texted pictures of their new little bundle of joy and kept us updated on their name decision, I got a little nostalgic.  Because it wasn’t that long ago that we had our first baby:Greenleigh 1 Day OldShe looks angelic, doesn’t she?  Well, not exactly…  As adorable as she was, those first few months and weeks were hard, and for the most part, that was because of tummy trouble.

Greenleigh loved to eat – she very quickly shattered the suggestions on the feeding chart that the nurses gave me in the hospital and jumped right off the height and weight charts the pediatrician’s office – but the formula she ate often didn’t agree with her.  Sure, we tried different formulas, but none of those changes ever seemed to make a difference.  Instead, our house was full of tears…both hers and mine.  While I was aware that there were medications for colic, the pediatrician assured us that we weren’t dealing with colic, so I didn’t think there was anything out there to help us.

I was wrong.  I just didn’t know it until years later.

When Greenleigh was a little over 2 years old, she complained pain in her stomach.  At that point, I opened some Little Remedies Gas Relief Drops that I received as part of a gift basket.  The results were almost immediate and the pain was gone.  I remember excitedly telling my friends that I’d found a miracle worker in Little Remedies…only to learn they’d been using it for years.  They then told me it was safe for all ages, and had even taken it themselves from time to time.  And because it’s Little Remedies, there are no artificial colors or flavors, no alcohol or preservatives, and it’s completely safe to mix with water, formula, or other liquids, so it’s safe for even the tiniest of tummies.Little Tummies Need Little RemediesIt was also around that same time that I learned about Little Remedies Gripe Water – something I’d heard mentioned when we had Greenleigh, but dismissed because she didn’t have colic – and all it’s benefits.  Like the Little Remedies Gas Relief Drops, Little Remedies Gripe Water is an herbal supplement relieves discomfort due to hiccups and other tummy troubles, while still being completely free of alcohol, paraben, and gluten.  Like the Gas Relief Drops, Little Remedies is safe for all ages.

Now as a seasoned mom of 3, I always have Little remedies in our house, but I make sure to incorporate it in the gifts that I give to new moms, because there’s no reason for them to learn the hard way like I did.  So it’s with great joy that I help our friends welcome their new little addition – Baby Henry – and quickly pop some Gas Drops and Gripe Water in the mail.  I’m also going to pass on these Tips & Tricks for the Gassy Baby:

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The Anatomy of the Toddler Diaper Bag

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We’ve all be there – we get brave enough to take our infant out of the house, only to find that we’re stuck lugging a 1,000 pound bag full of stuff (only a slight exaggeration) with us called a diaper bag…because you couldn’t possibly leave the house without the essentials, even if it’s just a quick trip out to the grocery store.  But by the time you child hits the toddlerhood years you’re experienced.  Motherhood has weathered you.  You’re a pro.  And you’ve realized that you don’t really need all that stuff that you brought along when you went on outings with your infant.  In fact, you’ve realized that you don’t need most of it.  But with toddler messes bound to happen, you can’t skip the diaper bag altogether just yet.  And so I present to you – The Anatomy of the Toddler Diaper Bag:Anatomy of the Toddler Diaper BagSo what goes in the Toddler Diaper Bag?

Diapers - Unlike that diaper bag for the infant, the toddler diaper bag contains 2-3 diapers (or training pants), tops.  You’ve finally realized that a quick trip to the store is going to require one or two diapers, so why carry a whole pack?

Spare Clothes - Let’s face it, toddlers are messy and their clothes often get the brunt of the abuse.  If you decide to skip these in the diaper bag, you’ll no doubt need them.  I try to pack the lightest weight outfits possible for space and keep the bag light.

Sippy Cup - When my kids were infants, I carried up to 4 bottles for a day out.  FOUR.  All filled with formula or breastmilk.  That’s a lot of weight.  With toddlers you can easy get away with one sippy cup for the entire day!

Toy -  Notice I didn’t say “toys”.  Nope.  Not here.  One toy…maybe two if you really need a second.  Carry just enough to keep them entertained in the car between stops, at the table before food is served, or for that quick trip to the grocery store.  Besides, when toddlers runs out of toys, they often make their own toys, which brings me to…

Snacks - Here’s the place not to skimp.  Carry snacks, lots of them.  Because the last thing you need on your hands is a hungry toddler.  The last thing anyone needs is a hungry toddler.  And make sure to bring a few different types of snacks, because hell hath no fury like a toddler who wants veggie straws when you only came armed with pretzels.

Sunscreen - Obviously this one is seasonal, but very important, especially if you live in a place that’s hotter than the face of the sun during the summer time, like I do.  Just try to buy smaller tubes or trial sizes so they don’t weigh down your bag.

Wipes - Ah, wipes…the linchpin of any well put together diaper bag.  Because wipes aren’t just for diaper changes.  No, they wash sticky fingers, wipe milk covered mouths, and clean little noses.  And because of the sensitive skin they touch, I recently started using WaterWipes.  Anatomy of the Toddler Diaper Bag - Water Wipes Review - Diaper BagIf you’ve never heard of them before, WaterWipes is a premier, European brand of wipes containing only 2 ingredients – 99.9% pure Irish water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract.  The result is a durable and effective and chemical free wipe.  It’s a safer, natural alternative to traditional wipes, that leaves skin looking clean and feeling fresh.  They even last longer than traditional wipes because they don’t contain preservatives!  A pack of WaterWipes will remain good for up to 15 months and the pack is sterile because the wipes aren’t interfolded.  Not that they ever last quite that long in my diaper bag, of course!The Anatomy of the Toddler Daiper Bag Water Wipes The World's Purest Baby Wipes

And right now, you can really stock up, because WaterWipes are 2 for $6 at Babies “R” Us.  Just make sure to look for them in the earth friendly section of the store – not with the traditional wipes – or else you’ll miss them.Water Wipes - In the earth friendly section at Babies R Us

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So, tell me, what’s in your toddler’s diaper bag? What are your “must have” toddler items?

Celebrate Dad this Summer with Samsung & hhgregg {Giveaway!}

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by my friends at Samsung and hhgregg.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.HHG_StartYourSummerWithSamsung_Facebook picture The way to my husband’s heart is through electronics, so it’s no wonder that I often end up wandering the aisles of hhgregg right around this time each year.  And I imagine that I’m not the only one on the hunt for the perfect Father’s Day gift, because when it comes to Father’s Day, nothing short of the perfect gift will do.  The world’s best dad deserves so much more than a tie, a mug, or yet another t-shirt.  So this year, I decided to turn to Samsung for a few ideas on my quest for the perfect gift…and lucky for me, they have more than a few!  Here are just some of my absolute favorite Father’s Day gifts from hhgregg and Samsung.  And don’t worry, you still have plenty of time to shop!

For music loving dads the Samsung Black Shape™ Wireless Audio Speaker is a must.  Equipped with wifi and Bluetooth connectivity, these speakers allow you to send music from your music library or favorite App straight to your speakers.  But the beauty of this speaker system is that it allows you to select where you want to send your music.  Want lullabies in the baby’s room?  No problem.  But you can still listen to your music in your office, out on your patio, or even in your garage.  This speaker system lets you have your music where you want it and when you want it.  And because it’s an expandable system, you can always add more rooms by purchasing extra audio speakers and a Wireless Audio Hub.  It’s just a matter of how many rooms you want connected – Samsung handles the rest!HHG_Samsung_GearFitWatch picture And I don’t know about the dad in your life, but my husband has been dying for one of those new Samsung Gear™ Fit Watches.  Then again, I don’t think anyone would blame him him when you see all the cool things that it can do.  This watch is the perfect gift for busy dads who want to stay fit.  Besides monitoring your steps and heart rate, the Samsung Gear™ Fit Watch allows you to view text and emails, dismiss calls, and even receive notifications from third-party Apps, all on a crystal clear 1.84-inch Super AMOLED® display.  Nothing is off limits with this watch.  Best of all, dad can customize the home screen by applying themes, changing the background picture, clock face and font to make it his own.  Dad can even change the wrist band depending on his look!  At just $119.99, this Father’s Day gift is smart, affordable, and at the very top of my list!

For dads who love movies or watching their favorite sports team, the Samsung 55″ Curved 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart TV is the ultimate gift.  Not only does it provide 55″ of crystal clear viewing, but it has an easy to navigate touch pad remote control, wifi built in, and 3D capabilities!  And the curves!  Oh, the curves…  My husband raves about the curves on this tv  (it’s okay, I’m not jealous), because they not only make this tv look cool, but they provide a depth not found in ordinary televisions and enhance the picture exponentially.  The sound is pretty amazing too, but if you want to enhance it even more you could always connect it to the Samsung 9.1 Channel Curved Sound Bar with Wireless Speakers.

And because Father’s Day isn’t complete without a selfie with dad, make sure to pick up the Samsung 16.3 Megapixel Smart Camera with easy sharing capabilities.  As long as you have a wifi connection you can instantly share your pictures with anyone!  Just make sure you get the hang of the 21x optical zoom and 23mm wide-angle lens before taking the selfie, or you might get an extreme close up.  And if your dad prefers taking video, this camera is more than capable, with camera, video, and camera and video settings.  Yes!  It can actually take pictures and video at the same time!

So there it is, my Father’s Day gift list from Samsung and hhgregg…  I looks like I have some tough decisions to make!

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Enter to Win a Philips Avent Digital Video Monitor in the Oh Baby Giveaway Hop!

Oh Baby (1)Welcome to the oh BABY Giveaway Hop, hosted by Viva Veltoro and Lindsey Blogs. We’re joining a number of other bloggers to celebrate the sweetest of deliveries… precious babies! Be sure to hop around to all the great giveaways AND don’t miss the AMAZING Grand Prize of a Thule Urban Glide or Urban Glide 2 worth up to $649! Enter to win one of these amazing strollers at Viva Veltoro or Lindsey Blogs!Thule Urban Glide Giveaway

For this giveaway, one lucky reader is going to receive a Philips Avent Digital Video Monitor valued at $219!Digital Video Monitor

Be on the lookout for a complete review of this fabulous monitor in the very near future!  In the meantime, enter to win one using the Rafflecopter form below!  Good luck!

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That Time I Thought I Was Pregnant

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As the mom of 3, you’d probably expect that I’ve had 3 positive pregnancy tests in my life…but you’d be wrong.  You see, about 6 months before I found out I was pregnant with Greenleigh, I took a pregnancy test and it came up positive.  At the time, my husband and I weren’t trying to get pregnant.  I actually took the test to calm his concerns that I might be pregnant because I couldn’t remember when my last period was.

You could have knocked me over with a feather when it came up positive.

Over the next few hours my husband and I freaked out over the idea that we were about to be parents.  Although we always wanted kids, we agreed to table the discussion until we at least our second wedding anniversary, and maybe even longer than that.  Up until that positive test, kids were in our distant future, not our immediate future.  And yet there we were talking about names, daycares, and what room we were going to convert into a nursery with a very positive pregnancy test in hand.  It was surreal.  Our whole plan had been altered in an instant.

Later that night, my husband suggested that I take another test.  I reluctantly agreed.  I mean, the test that I was holding looked pretty positive to me, but why not.  He ran out to the store for another test and I promptly took it when he returned…only for that test to come up negative.  A few more negative tests, a doctor’s appointment the next day, and some blood work all confirmed that I’d never been pregnant.

I got a false positive.

And as much as you’d think we’d be relieved, we weren’t.  Actually, we were heartbroken.  Yes, I know it sounds like some cliche sitcom plot, but somehow in the chaos and uncertainty of it all, we got excited about the idea of a baby.  Maybe we were more ready than we thought.  Sure enough, we started trying to get pregnant a month later and 5 months after that, welcomed our second positive test.  A real positive test.

Based on our experience just a few months before, you better believe I was very careful about the pregnancy test we used when we did start trying to have a baby.  Bottom line is, I didn’t pay any attention to brands before we started trying to get pregnant.  This time, I wanted a pregnancy test that was easy to use and easy to read, but most of all, I wanted a pregnancy test that would be accurate.  I never wanted another false positive or unclear result.  So it should be no surprise that when I happily stared down at that second positive test, it was on a First Response Pregnancy Test.First Response Pregnancy TestBack then I selected First Response because it was the test that could detect pregnancy the earliest, but I was thrilled to hear that First Response recently updated their tests to be even more user friendly.  The new Comfort Sure Design features a curved shape designed, 50% wider tip, and longer handle.  Unlike those tests that I took when we got the false positive, the new First Response Pregnancy Test can be taken at any point during the day and it can detect pregnancy as early as 6 days before the day of your missed period.  Results that are over 99% accurate (from the day of the expected period) are provided in about 3 minutes.

First Response Pregnancy Test Comfort Handle CurveGetting my second positive pregnancy test was still a very surreal event.  I was happy and excited and just a little bit scared.  I wondered if it would be a girl or a boy.  I wondered if I’d be a good mom.  I wondered how I’d juggle working and parenting.  I wondered how we’d handle daycare and what name we’d select.  But I didn’t wonder about the First Response Pregnancy Test I took, because I knew it was accurate.  Sure enough, this bundle of joy arrived 9 1/2 months later:Baby Bean

If you’re trying to conceive, you can find First Response Pregnancy Tests at all major drugstores and grocery stores nationwide (retail $8.99-$15.99).  To find out more what makes First Response Pregnancy Tests the best choice for you, be sure to check out the First Response website.

Father’s Day with Fellowes: DIY “I Love Ewe” Father’s Day Cards

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A few months ago, I introduced you to our brand new Fellowes M-12C Shredder, a gift that I gave to my husband just before Christmas.  At the time, I called it the ultimate husband gift, and that’s been proven true over and over again since then.  Because although I had tried it out a bit before giving it to him, nothing compares to the test that he’s given it over the past few months.  He’s shredded thousands of documents, hundreds of pieces of junk mail, and when he got his new debit card, the old one went right into our Fellowes shredder.

But there’s no doubt that most of his Fellowes M-12C Shredder‘s workout comes from documents.  Because if you remember, my husband’s job involves a lot of paper.  A ton.  Stacks and stacks of paper enter our house weekly.  More paper than you could ever imagine.  Luckily, the Fellowes M-12C handles it all, even the staples and paperclips.   And because of the work that he does as an attorney, many of these documents contain sensitive information like addresses, banking information, and social security numbers, so the secure cross cut of the Fellowes is essential.  It even comes with a 1 year warranty and 5 (FIVE!) year cutter warranty…though thankfully we haven’t had to use either.

Ordinarily, my husband’s shredder stays tucked under his desk in his home office.  The slim, sleek design keeps it out of sight and it blends in perfectly.  On the rare occasion when the kids go into the office, the Safe Sense technology puts my mind at ease.   The second little hands (or any hands) get too close, it turns itself off.  The light lets you know that it’s working, so you never have to worry.Fellowes Shredder Safe Sense

It would be fair to say, we have a lot of shredded paper in our house these days.  That 4 gallon bin is big, but I feel like we empty it a lot lately!  In fact, last week when as I was emptying it, I had an idea – Surely, we could do something with all that shredded paper!  So I decided to put together some cute shredded paper lamb Father’s Day cards.  Fellowes Shredded Paper

Want to make one of these baaa-utiful Father’s Day cards?  It’s easy!  And while you’re at it, be sure to pick up a Fellowes M-12C Shredder for the dad or grad in your life.  It’s really is the ultimate gift!DIY I love ewe Father's Day Cards

You will need:
White shredded paper
1 Piece of colored card stock
1 Piece of white cardstock
Black construction paper/cardstock
Scissors
Elmer’s glue
Googily eyes
Wax paper
Pencil or pen
Markers (your choice of colors)
Paint brushes (optional)

Step 1 - Fold your cardstock in half to form a card shape.  Draw a circle on your white piece of cardstock.  Since my circles are normally far from perfect, I traced the top of one of our drinking glasses – it’s about 4″ wide.  Cut out the circle.

Step 2 - Cover the circle with glue, and as much as I generally dislike my kids crafting with glue, the more glue the better…which is why it’s important to do this step on wax paper.  We brushed our glue on with paint brushes to make it a bit more even, just make sure to wash your brushes right away so they aren’t ruined. Once covered with glue, drop the shredded paper onto the glue.  You want your lamb to have a nice full, fluffy coat, so use LOTS of paper.  You want every little last bit of glue to be covered with paper.  Set it aside to dry.Fellowes 12C Shredder Lamb Father's Day Card

Step 3 - Draw a circle on your black paper about 1 1/2 – 2″ in diameter.  This will be your lamb’s head.  For this step, we actually used half of a plastic Easter egg as a guide, but freehand is fine for this step.  My kids also did their lamb’s ears freehand.  Once the head and ears are cut out, glue googily eyes on the head and attach the ears using glue.  Allow them to dry completely.DIY Sheep Father's Day Cards

Step 4 - While your pieces are drying, add the message to the card.  Ours said “I Love Ewe Thathi” on the outside, and “Happy Father’s Day” on the inside (“Thathi is the Sri Lankan word for father).  At my girls’ suggestion, we used a cute red heard left over from their Valentine’s instead of writing out the word “love”.DIY Sheep Father's Day Cards in process

Step 5 - After the glue on the circle is mostly dried, trim the excess around the edges.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, but you want your lamb’s body to be round.  Once trimmed down, cut a strip of black paper for the legs, then cut it into 4 equal segments (my kids segments weren’t quite as equal, but I think it adds to the cuteness of this card).  Attach the head and legs to the card using glue and allow to dry on the wax paper.

Step 6 - Attach the lamb’s body to the front of your card, in between the writing, using plenty of glue.  DIY Fellowes Shredded Paper Sheep Father's Day CardsAfter it’s dried, gift it to someone you love with a Fellowes M-12C Shredder!DIY Father's Day CardsTo learn more about Fellowes and their wide range of products, be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

FlexBrew 2-Way Coffee Maker: Brew Your Way {Review & Giveaway}

Many thanks to Hamilton Beach Brands for providing my family with a FlexBrew 2-way Coffee Maker for the purposes of this review.

While most people have owned a K-cup brewer for quite a while, my husband and I have stuck by our traditional coffee maker.  Sure, we’ve talked about getting a K-cup brewer, but it was always seemed like somewhat of a luxury.  And then, about 2 months ago, I received a K-cup machine as a gift.  I was so excited!  I don’t drink a ton of coffee myself, but my husband is quite the coffee connoisseur and I knew that a new coffee maker would be something that would make his life so much easier.  Not to mention, that I had plans to make hot chocolate and tea from time to time.

The day after our new K-cup coffee machine arrived we went out to the store, bought my husband’s favorite coffee, and went home to brew…only to immediately receive an error message.  And another.  And another.  Our excitement over our new K-cup machine was instantly dampened.  It was only then that we found out our K-cup machine only took certain K-cups and there was no way to use coffee beans or grounds.  It suddenly settled in that it wasn’t going to work with my husband’s favorite coffee.  It wasn’t going to work with the brand of hot chocolate I preferred.  And they don’t even make K-cups of my mom’s favorite coffee (yet!).  Our brand new machine was then pushed to the side and left for only occasional use, when we found a K-cup that it happened to fit.

So needless to say, I was pretty interested when I heard about the Hamilton Beach 2-Way FlexBrew Coffee Maker.  You see, the FlexBrew has two separate coffee making sides – a carafe side and a single serve side.  The left side of the FlexBrew contains a 12 cup carafe to brew for a party or brew just for you.  Just set the programmable time (complete with 2 hour shutoff) and the coffee will be ready when you want it.  And if you just can’t wait until the entire pot is ready, there’s a automatic pause and serve option that allows you grab a cup before the brew cycle is done.Hamilton Beach FlexBrew

On the single serve side, the FlexBrew allows you to make up to 14 ounces of coffee at a time and brew it straight into a larger size travel mug, thanks to the adjustable cup rest.  Simply pop your coffee pod of choice into the brewer, press into place, and fresh coffee will start to brew.  Easy!

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Simply put, the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew was a hero from the moment it arrived in our house.  Those K-cups I purchased a few months back?  My husband actually got to use them.  In fact, we’ve tried multiple different brands and types of coffee and haven’t had received a single error message (thank goodness!).  My mom, who doesn’t use K-cups as her favorite coffee doesn’t come in K-cups, can use this machine for her favorite ground coffee.  In fact, I’d venture to guess that just about anyone could use this machine because besides offering the options of coffee grounds or K-cups, it’s very easy to use.  Complete with quick start guide, this FlexBrew will have you sipping your favorite brew in no time.   The FlexBrew coffee maker offers a ton of flexibility and convenience that’s not offered by a lot of other coffee makers, all wrapped up in a beautiful brushed stainless steel look.flexbrew

The Hamilton Beach FlexBrew 2-Way Coffee Maker is the morning your way, regardless of how you like your coffee!  Retailing for $99, you can find the FlexBrew at your favorite home store (Sears, Bed Bath & Beyond, etc) or on the Hamilton Beach website.

Want to win a Hamilton Beach FlexBrew 2-Way Coffee Maker of your very own?  Great because I’m giving one away!  Simply enter using the rafflecopter form below and it could be yours!  Good luck!
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Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card in the Hello Summer Giveaway Hop!

Hello-Summer15Welcome to the {second annual} Hello Summer Giveaway Hop
hosted by Lindsey Blogs and Viva Veltoro.

The days are getting longer and hotter and we’re saying Hello to Summer in fun giveaway style!
Beat the heat and hop around to all the participating bloggers’ giveaways at the bottom of this post.
Also, be sure to enter to win the GRAND PRIZE for this event,
an ULTIMATE Backyard Prize Package courtesy of Step2!Hello-Summer-Grand-Prize

Featuring their Home Run Baseball Trainer, a Clubhouse Climber, and Naturally Playful Sand & Water Table, this grand prize package is valued at over $700 and will keep your kiddos entertained all summer long! You can enter at Lindsey Blogs or Viva Veltoro.amazon-300x190

For this giveaway one lucky reader is going to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!  That should add a little fun to your summer, right?  Enter using the rafflecopter form below and it could be yours!  Good luck!

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Fun in the Sun with the SwimWays Baby Spring Float

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Happy (slightly belated) Mother’s Day!  Did you celebrate yesterday?  We did!  In fact, I wanted to post yesterday, but it just didn’t happen.  Instead I slept in, then my family took me out to lunch, and then it was back home for some much needed pool time with these 3 crazy kids:SwimWays Baby Spring Float

I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.  It was absolutely gorgeous and our pool is finally the perfect temperature.  It was just a small taste of what this summer is going to be like, and, quite frankly, I’m pretty excited about it.  I see lots of pool time in our future!  This year, Greenleigh knows how to swim and Hazeline is extremely excited about trying to swim on her own.  And Everett?  Well, he’s a lot more interested in the the pool this year than he was last year.  Which is why I was quick to open up our brand new SwimWays Baby Spring Float yesterday.

I’ve used the SwimWays Baby Spring Float with each of my kids and we were definitely due for a new one.SwimWays Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy

Designed to give babies ages 6-24 months security and confidence in the water, the SwimWays Baby Spring Float is the perfect way to introduce baby to the water for the first time or renew their interest in the water after the winter months have past.  Everett was in the pool a little last year, but there’s no doubt in my mind that he’s going to be in the water a lot more this summer.   SwimWays Baby Spring Float Pink and Orange

Unlike so many other baby floats, the SwimWays Baby Spring Float is fabric covered with a soft mesh seat, which makes it more comfortable for baby.  There are two air chambers that are easy to inflate and deflate, adding to the floats stability.  Between the air chambers, is a mesh area that’s perfect for splashing or placing a few toys.  Everett really liked this part!  I love that mine came with a canopy – which is perfect for the amount of sun we get here in Florida – but if you’d prefer one without the canopy, it can be removed (or you can purchase the original Baby Spring Float instead).  And when you’re done, the inner spring allows you to just deflate the SwimWays Baby Spring Float and fold it up…but if you’re baby is anything like mine, you might have a problem getting them out of the pool.SwimWays Baby Spring Float in Pool

I see lots of pool time in this little guy’s future!  It won’t be long until he’s heading off to swimming lessons!

For those of you with little ones that will be heading to the pool this summer, don’t forget that the fourth annual National Learn to Swim Day is May 16, 2015!  You can learn more about National Learn to Swim Day, how SwimWays can add fun to your summer, and so much more at the #SwimWays Twitter Party on Friday, May 15 from 1-2 PM ET!  Don’t miss it!

Out and About in the Urbini Emi Travel System {Review}

A big thank you to my friends at Urbini for feeding my stroller addiction and providing me and my family with an Urbini Emi to test drive.

Out and About in the Urbini Emi Travel System ReviewAbout a year ago, I was given the opportunity to test drive the Urbini Touri, a lightweight travel system.  In short, I fell in love.  It was so lightweight and easy to use, there was no other choice but to fall in love.  And for about a year we’ve used and loved that stroller.  It’s gone with us to airports, malls, theme parks, and just about everywhere else…and along the way, I’ve heralded just how much I love my Urbini.  So when I heard about the Urbini Emi, a full-sized, luxury travel system that debuted earlier this year, I definitely needed a test drive.  Luckily, my friends at Urbini agreed.Urbini Emi Travel System Review Car Seat and Stroller

The Urbini Emi travel system features a full size stroller with full recline and quick fold capability.  The front swivel wheels make turning easier, and, like the back wheels, are equipped with suspension to make driving a dream.  The removable bumper bar provides a place to rest the car seat while acting as a travel system, but also accommodates a removable click-fit child’s tray for when it’s not in travel system mode.  And with a weight limit of 50 pounds, the Emi is probably the only stroller you’ll ever need.Urbini Emi Travel System Review

To complete the travel system, the Emi is accompanied by the Sonti Infant Car Seat, which fits babies from 4 to 35 pounds.  Equipped with a 5 point harness, crash and side impact protection, and LATCH, safety is clearly at the top of the Sonti’s priorities.  But all that extra protection doesn’t have to add extra weight because, in taking a hint from the lightweight nature of other Urbini travel systems, the Sonti only weighs only 7.2 pounds.  Seven!  Anyone who’s carried one of those huge infant seats with a baby inside knows that’s a big deal!Urbini Emi Travel System Review Car SeatUrbini Emi Travel System Review Car Seat HarnessNeedless to say, when I got the Emi, I was pretty excited.  I mean, who wouldn’t be?  I couldn’t wait to go out and test out all the luxury features.Urbini Emi Travel System Review Full Sized

Now, after using this travel system for a little over a month, I have trouble deciding which feature is my favorite.

Toward the very top of the list would have to be how it drives.  It is absolutely a dream to drive.  Thanks to the four wheel suspension, this stroller glides with every step.  The easy pivoting wheels make steering a breeze and even the most last minute change of direction a snap…and I should know, because my 4 year old isn’t really all that decisive and we have a lot of last minute changes of direction while I pushing my 1 year old. Urbini Emi Travel System Review Walking

But it’s not just the smooth ride that makes the Emi special.  Because when it comes down to it, the Emi is packed with modern, convenience-based features that both parents and kids will love.   For example, the parent console provides a place for 2 drinks, along with an easy to reach compartment for your cell phone and keys, perfect for on the go.  Urbini Emi Travel System Review Parent Console

And I can assure you that my little snacker, loves his child tray.  It gives him a place for his sippy cup, crackers, and a toy car.  What else could a boy need?Urbini Emi Travel System Review Snack Tray

I love that the child tray can be removed to leave only a bumper bar, and the bumper bar can be removed completely to leave the stroller open completely, with no worries about my child scooting out of the stroller completely because of the adjustable harness that snaps closed.Urbini Emi Travel System Review Sonti Car Seat

The handle bar has 3 settings, so no matter your height, the Emi should have a setting for you.  At 5’6″, I prefer to use the highest setting, but I normally like my handle bar a bit higher than most people.  And that extended sunshade has really come in handy this sunny spring.Urbini Emi Travel System Review Handle Bar Collage

The storage in the Emi is a huge bonus, and it’s not just the extra large basket under the stroller.  The Urbini Emi comes with a zippered pouch on the front of the storage basket, in case you need a more secure location for your personal items while you’re out and about.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to throw my phone, wallet, and keys in the storage basket under a travel system only to worry about them being floating around loose.  The Urbini Emi solves this problem in a way that I’ve never seen before, but what should be included in every stroller from here on out.Urbini Emi Travel System Review Storage UnderneathUrbini Emi Travel System Review Storage

While the Emi doesn’t quite fold as thin as I’d like, the easy fold lift strap (located on the seat of the stroller), is ridiculously easy to use.  And, once folded, the stroller latches closed so it won’t open without warning.Urbini Emi Travel System Review Lift Strap to FoldUrbini Emi Travel System Review Folded

But perhaps the best part about the Emi is the price.  With a price of just $250, this travel system rolls all the extras you normally find in pricier travel systems into a bargain price point.  I’m pretty sure I paid at least $100 more for my first travel system and I can assure you it didn’t come with all the features that the Emi does.Urbini Emi Travel System Review Out and About

Overall, I think that the Urbini Emi is a great travel system at an amazing price.  It’s modern, convenient, and easy to use features make it a perfect travel system for first time moms and seasoned moms alike.  For more information on the Urbini Emi Travel System, head over to Walmart.com or follow Urbini on Facebook and Twitter.