DISCLOSURE: I received this product for my editorial consideration and I decided to review it, based on my own experience and opinions.
Breastfeeding needs to be comfortable for mama and baby, especially since we do it all day, everyday. Before receiving My BrestFriend, I was using pillows to support my arms and her head. And I must admit that after a couple of minutes it wasn’t very comfortable for me; my arms, back and neck ached. It seemed like I was always adjusting baby girl since the surface wasn’t firm.
As soon as I received My BrestFriend, I put it into use. I thought it was going to be a hastle to adjust it, but it was very easy. I simply wrapped My BrestFriend around my waist and clicked the buckle. The waist strap is easy to adjust for the perfect fit.
My BrestFriend is firm and flat, which keeps baby girl close to me and latched-on. My BrestFriend has a back rest that helps posture during feeding, which totally prevented my back and neck from aches. There are also arm/elbow rests that prevent my shoulder tension.
The fabric is soft and plush. The cover is easy to clean; you can machine wash on gentle cycle or even spot clean. There is also a convenient pocket on My BrestFriend that is great for storing nursing accessories and anything else you want to have within reach. I usually had chapstick, burp cloth, nipple cream, granola bar, and a watter bottle in the pocket.
My BrestFriend Deluxe retails for $51. I highly recommend this product for all breastfeeding mothers, it really makes breastfeeding more comfortable.
I’ve always dreamed of being a mother; I would help my parents around the house and I’d jump at the chance to babysit. It’s always been in me to care and nurture those who surround me, especially those who are younger than me.
As I started to grow up, I noticed how much and how hard my parents worked to take care of us; to make sure we had food on the table, and a roof over our ahead, but most importantl, that we felt loved and security.
Long before getting pregnant, I had always imagined what kind of mother I would be; loving, nurturing and caring. And when we found out that we were expecting, I prayed to God every night, thanking Him for the amazing gift that was growing inside me.
God wasn’t the only one I talked to every night during my pregnancy, I also talked to my little angel. I would place my hands on my pancita, close my eyes and connect. I promised my baby that I would:
I think that if we show our children unconditional love, and safety everything else will follow.
It’s been about a year since we’ve been reading labels on the back of beauty/health products, and since our little one was born, we have been doing the same for her products. It’s nice to see that some big brands are listening to the concerns of moms and have promised to make products safer.
Just as moms make promises to their children, JOHNSON’S® Baby also makes promises so moms don’t have to worry about the products they use on their little ones.
JOHNSON’S® Baby has created an inspiring story through the “Our Promise” video, which can be viewed on YouTube, as an open letter to moms showing their scientists and their families coming together to build an origami stork mobile, symbolizing the delivery of JOHNSON’S® Baby promise to always listen to moms. This video concept was inspired by a Japanese legend that folding 1,000 origami cranes will result in a wish granted and a promise fulfilled, which is thought to be a big labor of love.
Changing the JOHNSON’S® products was their labor of love for moms and babies, just as the Japanese legend was a big labor of love. They used storks instead of cranes to represent the delivery of babies and the hopes and promises of families. The JOHNSON’S® Baby Family is excited to introduce you to our seven newly reformulated products:
DISCLOSURE: I received this product for my editorial consideration and I decided to review it, based on my own experience and opinions. All words are 100% honest and my own. This particular Kaia is part of the special edition Maxi-Cosi “Bohemian Blue” Collection. For me, it was love at first sight with the Kaia Bohemian Blue; it has Nina written all over it, playful, free spirited, adventurous and happy. The Bohemian vibe quickly got my attention, you can’t help but smile when looking at it, right? The Maxi-Cosi Kaia is a light weight umbrella stroller that is perfect for every family. It can be used from birth with an infant car seat up to 50 lbs; it actually comes with the car seat adaptors for the Maxi-Cosi Mico and Prezi. The Kaia is very easy to assemble, you simply insert the wheels into place until you hear a click. It took me about a minute to insert all four wheels. The wheels are small and made out of hard rubber, phew, no need to pump here. The front wheels swivel and have a lock option as well. I like the “brake” system on the Kaia, it’s very easy to use. You gently step down on the “red” to lock the rear tires and on the “blue” to release the lock. The basket is large for an umbrella stroller, it easily fits my large diaper bag. I actually managed to put some groceries in their when I went out the other day. The basket is removable (snaps) for washing, which is awesome, because we all know how filthy these baskets can get! The Kaia is a convenient stroller; I use it for walks, running errands, and even shopping. It is very smooth and easy to steer. I’ve tested it out in my local grocery store where the aisles are tight and can confidently push and steer with one hand, without worrying about bumping into people or the wall/aisle. I also like that I can quickly and easily fold (and unfold) the Kaia up to either put away for storage or into our car’s trunk for outings. What pleasantly surprised me was that the Kaia not only folds compactly, but it also stands upright. This is perfect for my family because we live in a small space and need all the extra room we can get; the Kaia fits right into our small jacket closet. So, just how easy is it to fold? First, you must unlock the frame by lifting a lever in the back with your foot. Then pull two levers (one located on each handle) and push down until Kaia folds and you hear the lock. The Kaia has several parts that can be removed for easy cleaning: (1)Canopy, (2) Straps, (3) Bohemian Blue (striped) Cover, and (4) basket. Once you remove the seat cover, a natural beige seat is revealed. The Kaia has a multi position recling seat, but does not recline all the way flat, so you can’t use it for a newborn (must use carseat adaptor). To recline the seat, you can use one hand with the strap system, but in order to sit back up, you must use both. The leg rest is adjustable, perfect for my little one. It has a 5 point padded harness system. The buckle is a little hard to buckle/unbuckle, I have to use both hands. A cup holder is included with that Kaia, which was a wonderful surprise because most strollers don’t come with one. You can insert the cup holder on either side of the handle bars, and switch sides too! It fits my coffee tumbler and water bottle. I especially like that it does not move/tip over. Bohemian Blue, the unique collection, inspired by hand-crafted items, is also available on Maxi-Cosi’s popular Pria 70 and Mico AP. Make sure to check out the rest of the collection on Maxi-Cosi.com
Every Miami photographer, every New York broker and every single girl have personal rules. These are life rules that are made up by ourselves in order to live the way we want to and to achieve goals that matter. The same thing goes for fashion and the way we dress up. If you want to look always and feel always good, you have to follow a few style rules:
1. Dress according to your silhouette. Dress for the body you have now: not the one you had when you were in college, or for the one you want. When you’ll dress clothes that fit your body type you’ll be able to focus on what you do and how you feel, not how you stand in that tight skirt or what you wish to see in the mirror. Focus on the parts you like and yes, absolutely all women have an area of the body that they’re secretly in love…
2. Find the right balance. Just like everything in this life, you have to consider balance and symmetry when creating an outfit. You can do it by avoiding the excessive volume, wrong textures( because you simply can’t have silk, cloth, knitwear, jersey, organza, brocade and shantung all at the same time!), mixing too many style(rock+minimalist, bohemian + dramatic? No way!) .
3. Keep it simple. Clean your wardrobe and let a serious foundation of quality, stay. Let it be made of the best parts that make you look and feel good. Of course, the process will downsize your wardrobe, but you can always add them selectively, depending on the season trends. And never, but never forget the golden quote: simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
4. Don’t fall for the ‘sales magic’. Just because they’re in sales, it doesn’t mean you have to buy them! We all need this little sales discipline. When on sale, buy the clothes you really want and need. Leave away the blouses, the sweaters and the shoes that everyone else will also buy. There must be a reason why a specific piece of clothing is sold not at a full price.
There are the classic items that you need to have when you are expecting a baby, and with time some of those products get improved. For example, the bassinet has evoloved over time; the material it’s made from (wicker, metal, plastic, etc), the mobility, the settings (music/vibrations).
And this Summer (2014) HALO is introducing the breakthrough design of the Bassinest Swivel Sleeper. The cool thing about the Bassinest Swivel Sleeper is that it rotates a full 360 degrees from two different pivot points. This means that you can pull it into the bed next to you and also rotate it circularly, making it easy for you to angle it as needed, which also makes it easier for you to get in and out of bed.
The first month when Luna was sleeping in her bassinet I never felt close enough, eventhough her bassinet was right beside my bed. I had to sit up and touch her because it was uncomfortable for my arms if I was laying down and reaching in. I know I’m not the only mom who was always popping my head up and leaning over into the bassinet to make sure that baby was breathing…right?! With lack of sleep, I often felt like a zombie rolling out of bed when I had to get up to get her out of the bassinet for feeds/diaper changes. Hehehe.
Imagine not having to do any of that? Well, it’s possible now with the Bassinest Swivel Sleeper. The unique design allows baby to be closer to you while providing both convenience and safety. The mesh walls provide maximum visibility, allowing baby to be at eye level with you while in bed. Another unique feature is that the mesh walls are retractable, which means that you can easily lower the wall closest to you, allowing you to reach in and soothe baby quickly while still being in bed. It’s convenient and comfortable, not only for baby, but mom too! You don’t have to get out of bed to tend to baby.
Here is a link to a video that shows the Bassinest Swivel Sleeper in action:
The Bassinest also has some other unique features like a nursing timer, nightlight, soothing nature and womb sounds, music and gentle vibration. It is designed for babies from birth to 30 pounds or five months of age. The Bassinest is available this Summer (2014).
I would love to hear what you think about HALO’s Bassinest Swivel Sleeper?
DISCLOSURE: I received this product for my editorial consideration and I decided to review it, based on my own experience and opinions.
Before being a mom, even when I was pregnant in fact, I seemed to have so much time on my hands that I didn’t know what to do! And now that I’m a MOM to an almost 3 month old it’s the opposite, hahaha. I always seem to be doing something; between feeding, changing diapers/clothes, doing laundry, and putting her to sleep (which is a long process!) it feels like I sometimes can’t have a break. I mean, sometimes, I’m feeding her and I really need to pee, and there I go…with baby in tow, latched on eating away. Hahaha, I do this when I feel like we are on a roll with the feeding (about to deep sleep), I shouldn’t interfere because I may have to start the process all over again.
When she is finally asleep I can put her down comfortably into her Little Lounger and get at least fifteen minutes (usually her deep sleep gives me an hour) to get things done around the house, like that mountain of dishes in the sink or that pile of laundry that is waiting to be washed.
Don’t get me wrong, I put her down in her Graco Little Lounger when she is awake too, especially when I need fifteen minutes to take that much needed shower. I just pop her in the lounger and slide it into the washroom, and she is entertained with the vibrating or gazing into the stars mobile.
The Graco Little Lounger is great for when Luna is asleep or awake because besides vibrating, it has the two recline options. The plush fabrics and body support seem to mold to her body, which I bet is very comfortable for her. I kind of reminds me of a hammock.
I really like the Graco Little Lounger because it doubles as a rocking seat and a vibrating lounger. It has “locks” that you flip down to make it a stationary vibrating lounger. It also has two vibrating options, which Luna likes, she is always oohing when I turn it on.
As a new mom, I really appreciate being able to get fifteen minutes to prep a quick meal or make that yummy smoothie, and Luna loves being carried, so sometimes it can get a little tricky. Before the Little Lounger I would feel guilty when I put her down on her play mat, I’d feel a little nervous that our cat would pounce on her or something…and now, I don’t feel guilty because I put her into the Little Lounger and know that she is not only comfortable, but safe.
I’m happy to announce, that Graco Baby Canada, wants to give one of these awesome Little Loungers to a Nina on the Moon reader (must reside in Canada)! The Graco Little Lounger Rocking Seat + Vibrating Lounger is available at Walmart Canada, check it out here!
This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with NEUTROGENA MEN® and Latina Bloggers Connect.
En los ultimos años se ha hablado mucho acerca de los daños que el sol puede causar a la piel. Aveces con las prisas y multiples ocupaciones de nuestro dia a dia se nos olvida o no ponemos el suficiente cuidado y atencion a nuestra piel.
Siempre trato de recordarle a mi esposo que se proteja pues debido a su trabajo, hay dias que pasa largas horas bajo el sol y regresa a la casa tostado como langosta y eso a la larga puede causarle alguna enfermedad de la piel.
Puedo entender por que se le hace un poco mas dificil cuidar de su piel, pues siempre sale con mucha prisa y ha sido dificil convencerlo de aplicarse bloqueador ya que no le gusta esa sensacion aceitosa que dejan los bloqueadores comunes y ademas la mayoria tienen fragancias demasiado fuertes que despues de un rato parecen molestar.
Afortunadamente el producto de NEUTROGENA MEN®, Triple Protect Face Lotion SPF 20 es un 3-en-1 que es para los hombres, como mi esposo, que tienen una agenda muy apretada. El Triple Protect Lotion SPF 20 se puede usar despues de resurarse o en cualquier momento la piel necesita proteccion contra el sol. Este producto de NEUTROGENA MEN® calma la piel post-afeitado, hidrata la piel y ayuda combater los signos de envejecimiento en solo un paso.
Desde la primera aplicacion, mi esposo esta feliz pues no deja esa sensecion aceitosa y el aroma que tiene es muy agradable, aparte su presentacion es de un tamano muy manejable asi que puede llevarla con el y tenerla en su auto para aplicarsela cada vez que sea necesario, aparte, la proteccion que ofrece permite que siga adquiriendo un ligero bronceado que me encanta sin llegar a parecer cangrejito playero.
One of L’OCCITANE’s newest collections is inspired by and named after the world perfume capital in the south of France, Grasse. La collection de Grasse includes beautiful fragrances that combine precious ingredients from lands near and far: Jasmine & Bergamote, Magnolia & Mure, Vanille & Narcisse and Thé Vert & Bigarade.
I received the Nerolie & Orchidee fragrance and Fragrance Beautifying Cream a couple of weeks ago and have been wearing it ever since. A sweet blend of fruity and floral are evident with just one spray of the Neroli & Orchidee fragrance. The fruity scent being the Neroli, which comes from the Neroli oil produced from the white blossom of the bitter orange tree of the Mediterranean. And the floral blend from the Orchid flower from Madagascar.
I like this fragrance for several reasons; the first being that it lasts a long time on your skin and the scent also evolves as time goes by. It’s soft, feminine and romantic. A perfect scent for everyday use. It’s aroma is subtle yet strong enough to make people wonder what scent you are wearing.
The Fragrance Beautifying Cream is a floral fragrance lotion that is meant to extend the trail of your perfume from La Collection de Grasse. It has universal floral notes that blend well with the eau de toilette.
The Fragrance Beautifying Cream has a smooth texture, that leaves your skin feeling moisturized and silky.
I usually apply the Fragrance Beautifying Cream on my neck and wrists before applying Neroli & Orchidee in those same spots. I have worn it on its own as well.
DISCLOSURE: I received these products for my editorial consideration and I decided to review them, based on my own experience and opinions.
It’s almost Summer time here in Vancouver, and that means the heat is coming! The beaches, parks and pools will be packed with people basking in the sun, and I bet that about half of them wont be wearing sunscreen, eek. Truly devastating because the sun has very harmful effects, like Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
In order to reduce the risk of getting skin cancer you should:
Tips for applying sunscreen:
I’ve also reviewed a couple of Ombrelle sunscreen products below.
Ombrelle SPF 30 & 45 complete: Non-greasy, fast absorbing and water resistant. Great moisturizer. Lightweight lotion. Fragrance Free. No stickiness after rubbing in. Provides broad spectrum coverage. Colorant Free.
Ombrelle Dry Mist Spray: Zero alcohol, ultra-lightweight lotion spray feels dry on your skin. No stickiness left after spraying. Hypoallergenic. Broad spectrum coverage.
Ombrelle Face SPF 30: Ultra-fluid lotion. Hypoallergenic. Non-comedogenic. Broad spectrum coverage. Non-greasy. No stickiness left after rubbing in. Fragrance Free. Good moisturizer. Fast absorbing.
Ombrelle SPF 30 Lip balm: Hypoallergenic. Broad spectrum coverage. Fragrance Free. Colorant Free. Leaves lips feeling moisturized. Soothes chapped lips.
I’ve teamed up with Ombrelle to giveaway a beach bag full of Ombrelle products and two (2) tickets to Women’s International Soccer friendly match between Canada and Germany on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 at BC Place.
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DISCLOSURE: I received this product for my editorial consideration and I decided to review them, based on my own experience and opinions.Diapers, the first bunch don’t have a stench, but as the weeks go by, the poopy diapers seem to get a little smellier. Seran los frijoles? (Is it the beans?) Hahaha. I can imagine they will only get smellier as time goes by. We change her in our bedroom most of the time so odor control is important, we don’t want a stinky bedroom. And that’s why throwing her dirty diapers into our tiny bedroom garbage bin was not cutting it…
And that is where the Tommee Tippee 360 Sealer Diaper Disposal System comes in. The Tommee Tippee 360 Sealer is specifically designed to help make diaper disposal quick, easy and less smelly.
Tommee Tippee 360° Sealer Diaper Disposal System is different from other pails on the market because it individually seals each diaper, keeping odors locked in.
It’s super easy to set up, just follow the instructions provided. It’s even easier to use; you simply drop the soiled diaper in the top, twist the dial, and voila, an individually sealed diaper. I really like that you don’t have to push the dirty diaper down into the bin; the lid has something under it to push diaper down when you close it! Making this system more hygienic than the competitors. I did make sure to fold the diaper neatly/compact so that the system seals the diaper properly (360).The pail holds around 30 (newborn) diapers, once you notice it getting a full, it’s time to empty. Emptying the pail is quick, easy and less smelly; simply pull the drawer out and tear the bag. I barely smell anything when its time to empty the bin, which is awesome because a whiff of about 30 poopy diapers is enough to make me gag. The refills for the Tommee Tippee 360° Sealer Diaper Disposal System holds 100, so you don’t have to change so often, bonus!
Tommee Tippee 360° Sealer Diaper Disposal System is plastic and lightweight, making it easy to move around if needed.
Do you use a diaper pail, if so which one?
Recibí este producto para mi consideración editorial y decidí revisarlas, basado en mi propia experiencia y opiniones .
Pañales, los primeros no tienen mucho olor, pero a medida que pasan las semanas, parecen ser un poco más apestosos. Seran Los Frijoles? Hahaha. Me imagino que huelen mas cuando van creciendo. Nosotros le cambiamos los pañales en nuestra habitación la mayoría del tiempo por lo que el control de olores es importante, no queremos una habitación apestosa.
Y ahí es donde el Tommee Tippee 360° Sealer Diaper Disposal System entra en juego. El Tommee Tippee 360° Sealer Diaper Disposal System está específicamente diseñado para ayudar a que la eliminación de pañales sea rápido, fácil y menos olorosa.
Tommee Tippee 360° Sealer Diaper Disposal System es diferente a las otras cubetas de pañales en el mercado, ya que sella individualmente cada pañal, manteniendo los olores encerrados,
Es muy fácil de configurar, sólo tienes que seguir las instrucciones. Es incluso más fácil de utilizar; simplemente coloca el pañal sucio en la parte superior, gire la manija, y voila, un pañal sellado individualmente. Me gusta mucho que no se tiene que empujar el pañal sucio hacia abajo en la bandeja; la tapa tiene algo debajo de ella para empujar el pañal hacia abajo cuando se cierra! Haciendo de este sistema más higiénico que los competidores. Yo me aseguro de doblar el pañal bien ajustado para que el sistema selle el pañal correctamente.
Tommee Tippee 360° Sealer Diaper Disposal System tiene cupo para alrededor de 30 pañales (estimado en recién nacido). Vaciar la cubeta de pañales es rápido, fácil y menos olorosa; simplemente jala el cajón hacia afuera y desprende la bolsa. Casi no huelo nada cuando me toca vaciar la cubeta de pañales, que es impresionante, porque el olor de unos 30 pañales sucios es suficiente para que me vomitar. Jajaja, aunque ya mi tolerancia esta mejoarndo. Los recambios para el Tommee Tippee 360° Sealer Diaper Disposal System son de 100, por lo que no se tiene que cambiar tan a menudo, un bono!
Tommee Tippee 360° Sealer Diaper Disposal System es hecho de plástico y ligero, por lo que es fácil moverse si es necesario.
¿Utilizas o utilizabas un cubeta de pañales, ¿cuál?