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You might have heard whispers about it and the rumors are true… The Guncles, our favorite gay uncles turned dads, have teamed up with LILLEbaby to create their very own line of baby carriers, which are making their debut today. Now a family of four, Bill Horn and Scout Masterson know a thing or two about baby carriers and have created these baby carriers with all of the bells and whistles. And… we’re giving one away!

LILLEbaby The Guncles Family Shot

A carrier with a cause

Having formed their family through adoption, paying it forward to other adoptive parents is important to Bill and Scout. All proceeds from the sale of their carriers will benefit the Independent Adoption Center (I.A.C.) to help other families pay for above expected or anticipated fees associated with the adoption process, such as medical or legal fees. In addition, LILLEbaby will be matching their donation!

LILLEbaby The Guncles Airflow

About the carriers

There are two carriers in the line — three if you include the matching LILLEbaby Doll Carrier! — each with the LILLEbaby features you know and love.

The Complete Airflow Infant Carrier (pictured above) is perfect for parents who are on the go. Made from a super breathable 3D mesh, it allows for maximum circulation as you carry — no sweaty Baby here! It also features six different carry positions, a hood to keep Baby protected and pockets. Plus, it’s machine washable. (Retails for $140)

The Complete All-Seasons Infant Carrier includes all of the features of the Airflow, but with an exclusive temperature-control panel that you can zip up to keep Baby warm or zip down to keep her cool. It’s ready for everyday use, all year long! (Retails for $160)

And, of course, not to be missed is the matching Doll Carrier, so that big brothers and sisters can carry their loved baby dolls and stuffed animals close to them, just like Mom and Dad do! Recommended for children ages three and up. (Retails for $40)

LILLEbaby The Guncles All Seasons Bosley

Win a Guncles LILLEbaby Complete All-Seasons Infant Carrier & Doll Carrier

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One winner will win both carriers.
Must be a U.S. Resident and at least 18-years-old to enter and win.
Giveaway ends Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.
Winner will be contacted via email.
Delivery may take up to 6-weeks.

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The hippest baby registry

My best friend and college roommate is FINALLY pregnant!! I cannot believe I actually get to scream this from the rooftop — or at least this blog! I have been patiently waiting for this day, but was also well-aware that it might not happen.

My best friend, Christine Bean, just so happens to be the costume designer for NBC’s, The Blacklist. (Totally name dropping.) While I was off having babies and shopping at Baby GAP, my friend was working her way up in the costume departments of a variety of shows and shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue. A few years ago, she made the move to New York and bought a place in Brooklyn… with a spare room.

Christine Bean The BlackList

What did I do when she told me that she was pregnant? I immediately told her, “Okay… look around online and tell me what baby gear you want!”

Of course, I could have told her what she MUST HAVE, but I didn’t. Why not? Well, this was a little bit of research on my part.

A) I wanted to see what a stylish, hip mom in Brooklyn would want and register for — maybe she would find something I had missed or was not aware of!

And B) I wanted to see if our tastes, even in baby stuff, matched a bit.

When she sent me over her list, I literally laughed out loud. I knew it! She wants all things Stokke. Of course she does. She also has some other amazing things from The Honest Company, Aden + Anais, Boon, Life Factory and Nuna on her wishlist — and I had to add in a bit of StorkSak and Little Giraffe, too!

Brooklyn Hipster Baby Registry Savvy Sassy Moms

Modern baby registry must-haves

1. Nuna LEAF curv’ Baby Seat, $230
2. The Honest Company Baby Arrival Set, $50
3. Stokke by Nuna Pipa Car Seat, $349
4. Aden + Anais Swaddling Cloths, $50
5. Little Giraffe Chenille Blanket, $68
6. Stokke Sleepi Crib, $799
7. Aden + Anais Crib Sheet for Stokke Sleepi Crib, $30
8. Stokke Tripp Trapp, $330
9. StorkSak Lucinda Diaper Bag, $310
10. Life Factory Bottles, $50
11. Stokke Xplory Stoller, $1100 and up
12. Boon Naked Bathtub, $60

To celebrate this incredible BABY NEWS, we are giving away a Stokke Sleepi Crib!
You do not have to live in Brooklyn or be a hipster to win!:)

Enter to WIN the Stokke Sleepi Crib

Stokke Sleepi with Aden and Anais

Stokke Sleepi with Aden and Anais Nursery
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Giveaway ends on 9/20/2015
Prizing make take up to 3 weeks for delivery.

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#2Cool4School Back-to-School Giveaway

School days are here again and we’re celebrating with our friends at Project Junior by featuring some of our back-to-school favorites in our #2Cool4School back-to-school giveaway! With so much to buy during this crazy time of year and with so many options out there, let us help by narrowing down your shopping list. This giveaway is our biggest of the back-to-school season and it’s filled with everything from supplies that your kids will think are super cool to way to ride to school with ease to clothes and shoes that will let them find their own back-to-school style.

Hope your first day of school is a good one!

#2Cool4School Giveaway from Minted

$150 Shopping spree to Minted

Minted has everything you need to send your kids back to school and, more importantly, to make sure their belongings make it back home at the end of the day! Minted’s community of independent artists have designed everything from name labels to custom journals. ($150 value)

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$150 Shopping spree to Polarn O. Pyret

Every kid looks forward to back-to-school shopping and Polarn O. Pyret knows how to turn kids’ styles up a notch. Polarn O. Pyret holds the philosophy that children’s clothes should look good and allow kids to be kids, a sentiment we stand behind. This stylish line is designed to withhold the daily wear-and-tear kids put their clothes dailyand holds up the fashions trend . So before heading back to class make Polarn o. Pyret your “one-stop shop” to send your kid back to school in style. (A $150 value).

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#2Cool4School Giveaway with Rack Room Shoes

$100 Shopping Spree to Rack Room Shoes

Rack Room Shoes is your one-stop-shop for all your back-to-school shoes needs. Whether you are looking for shoes that your kids can hit the playground with or you want the newest fashion trends, they’ve got your kids’ feet covered. ($100 value)

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#2Cool4School GIveaway with Micro Kickboard

Micro Maxi from Micro Kickboard

How cool would it be to roll into your first day of school?!? The Micro Maxi from Micro Kickboard is the ultimate set of wheels for kids, make getting to and from school a blast. Designed for kids between the ages of 5 and 12, you’ll love the way it helps burn off energy on the way home from school each day. Want to join in on the fun? Be sure to check out their collection for teens and adults! ($130 value)

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#2Cool4School Giveaway with Logitech

Logitech BLOK Ipad Case from Logitech

Does your junior scholar use an iPad for educational learning? If they are bringing their iPad to-and-from school making sure it is protected is a top priority. The BLOK iPad Case from Logitech is designed to absorb the force of impact, even in the hands of the roughest kindergartner. ($69 value)

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#2Cool4School Giveaway with Joovy

Groove Ultra Light  and Bumprider from Joovy

Heading back to school means it’s also time for everyone in the family to get up and get going in the morning… even little ones who aren’t in school yet. If you have younger siblings in tow, Joovy’s Groove Ultralight and Bumprider are must-haves. While it won’t stop the alarm clock from going off before the sun comes up, it will help make the ride to school just a little bit easier… for everyone! ($310 value)

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#2Cool4School GIveaway with Chooze

Backpack + Lunch Bag from Chooze

Chooze backpacks and lunch bags will bring out your student’s bright-side while heading back to class. Chooze signature style is anything but ordinary, making them the perfect way for your kids to express their individual style at school. Their reversible design features two functional sides, giving children the power to choose which print to display so they can change it depending on their mood. ($60 value)

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Enter to win in #2Cool4School

One winner will receive all of the prizes in our #2Cool4School giveaway, a value of over $950.

To enter, please use the giveaway form below.
Giveaway ends Friday, September 18, 2015.
Must be 18 or older to enter & win.


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Introducing the Back-to-School Scout Box

If you’ve been following us on Instagram or on #ScoutBox, you’ve probably seen our latest Scout Box arrive to our team of Savvy Sassy Scout bloggers! Filled with products from some of our favorite brands that will make heading back-to-school a breeze this fall, they’ll be sharing what they love about hello products, SmartyPants Vitamins, Annie’s Homegrown, Plum Organics, French Toast and Mabel’s Labels on their own blogs and Instagram accounts over the next few weeks. But, in the meantime, we have the Scout Box scoop for you, as well as a Scout Box filled with the same goodies to give away to one lucky Savvy Sassy Moms reader!

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Plum Organics

Founded on a mission to inspire a lifetime of healthy eating from the very first bite, Plum Organics is recognized for their unique, culinary-inspired recipes and modern approach to family nutrition. They offer a complete line of premium, nutritious organic baby food as well as toddler and kid snack and mealtime products. Included in the Scout Box are a selection of their Fruit & Veggie Mashups and Jammy Sammys, perfect snacks to include in your child’s back-to-school lunchbox or to keep at home for an after-school snack!

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SmartyPants Vitamins

Started to make it easier for everyone to be healthier every day, SmartyPants knows what it’s like to stand bewildered in front of a wall of vitamins and wonder, “What now?” They took all well-researched vitamins and combined them into one serving that tastes good so you don’t have to remember to take them every day. With a focus on extremely high-quality, bio-available ingredients including organic sugar and tapioca syrup, they created the first all-in-one gummy vitamin. Included in the Scout Box are a full-sized bottle of SmartyPants Kids Complete Vitamins, as well as samples of their new Kids Complete Vitamins + Fiber.

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Mabel’s Labels

The award-winning creators of high-quality labels for the stuff kids lose, Mabel’s Labels was created by four moms frustrated by their children’s belongings leaving home, never to return. They decided to create the very best personalized, waterproof name labels and tags possible. Since their start in 2003, they’ve continued to build on this commitment to excellence and their growing line now features child safety products, household labels and seasonal items. They’re passionate about who they are and what they do. Put simply, Mabel’s Labels is committed to providing the very best labels and customer service in the marketplace. Included in the Scout Box are a pack of Write Away Labels, as well as a certificate to order a personalized Ultimate Back-to-School Combo Kit.

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Annie’s Homegrown

At Annie’s, their mission is to cultivate a healthier and happier world by spreading goodness through nourishing foods, honest words and conduct that is considerate and forever kind to the planet. They believe that real food tastes better, and their ingredients come straight from nature — no artificial anything, ever. They invest in organic ingredients because they know they make a positive difference to people and the planet. Included in the Scout Box are boxes of their Organic Cheddar Bunnies, which are packed with all the goodness of Annie’s! This means 100% real cheese, organic wheat, and absolutely no artificial flavors, synthetic colors or synthetic preservatives. We hope you love them as much as we do… they’re a lunchbox and after-school snack must-have for back-to-school!

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French Toast Uniforms

French Toast is your destination for quality boys and girls school uniforms at affordable prices. Their collection of school uniforms includes everything boys and girls need for going back-to-school from long and short sleeve knits and polos to shorts, capris and pants, and jumpers and dresses in a variety of uniform sizes including plus sizes, husky sizes, juniors, young men’s, slim sizes and even toddler sizes! They also offer activewear for both boys and girls good for school or play, as well as outerwear that will keep your child warm while heading to school in style! You can even purchase accessories to match your favorite French Toast uniforms. Included in the Scout Box is a certificate to order four pieces from French Toast’s collection of polos and pants for kids.

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hello products

With the goal of making oral care that is  safe, effective, delicious and beautiful, hello products makes their products as natural as they can and free from things like triclosan, dyes and artificial sweeteners. They thought it was time to think differently about what goes into (and out of!) our mouths… and they’re just getting started! So, say hello to hello and choose friendly! The Scout Box includes three flavors of toothpaste for your kids to try — Bubble Gum, Green Apple and Blue Raspberry. Plus, some samples of their Spearmint Toothpaste for adults… keep them in your purse for those busy back-to-school mornings when you realize halfway to work that you forgot to brush your own teeth!

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Whether you’re a first time mom, a mom who is still expecting or a veteran nursing mom, you’re going to want to add this new app to your list of must-haves for surviving the first few months of your baby’s arrival. Released earlier this month from everyone’s go-to brand for all things breastfeeding, Medela, the MyMedela app is your new go-to spot for everything you’ll need to nurse your baby. From nursing tips that are easy to scroll through as you’re up for that late-night feeding to a spot where you can track each time your little one nurses, this all-in-one app is amazing… and it’s free!

Why you should try the MyMedela app

Did you know that The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that while 79 percent of moms initiate breastfeeding, only 41 percent are breastfeeding exclusively at three months? We all know that an app probably isn’t going to solve every breastfeeding issue you may encounter, but it can certainly enhance your experience, especially with the features built into the MyMedela app.

MyMedela Free Breastfeeding App for Moms

Some of our favorite features include that you can include track your pumping in the app alongside your baby’s feedings to give you a full picture of her daily feeding routine, the goal setting feature that delivers customized feedback to help you reach your breastfeeding goals (and, they’re actually encouraging, not demeaning!) and the built-in reminders that you can set to pop up on your phone.

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Medela Freestyle Breastpump Giveaway

To celebrate the launch of the new MyMedela app, we’re giving away a Medela Freestyle Breastpump to one lucky Savvy Sassy Moms reader! The Medela Freestyle Breastpump ($400 value) is a compact, lightweight double electric breastpump with a rechargeable battery for on-the-go pumping.

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US residents only.
No PO boxes.
Giveaway ends August 12, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.

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Brioche Pasquier is the no. 1 brioche bakery in France, established in 1936. They’re known for their authentic, specialized techniques and traditional family recipes.  As they’ve grown in popularity across Europe and now in the U.S., the baking process remains the same — with fresh artisan taste in each bite using natural ingredients. Their bread is created using a longer rising process that not only gives it a delicious and unique — it’s also the most natural way to raise dough and doesn’t require any added sugar!

We love Brioche Pasquier because it’s also free of trans fats, with no preservatives and made with non-GMO ingredients.They’re quickly becoming a favorite in the U.S., with products available in an expanding list of select retailers and local grocers, including Sprouts, Safeway, Super Target and Gelsons. You can search stores on their Facebook page.

Win a year of Brioche bread for your family

Kids love Brioche Pasquier for lunch

Kids love all their products, but the personal-sized Pitch is definitely a favorite! These delicious, individually-packaged brioche rolls are made with chocolate filling, or with chocolate chips, and are sure to satisfy any craving. They’re perfect for on-the-go bites, lunch boxes and mid-day snacks.

Win a Year of Brioche Pasquier

Or, you can win parent of the year by whipping up cool chocolate chip sandwiches using Brioche Pasquier’s Brioche Tressee (sliced brioche loaf) with Nutella and fresh strawberries, or even bananas and peanut butter!

Brioche for Breakfast

Brioche for breakfast

Of course, breakfast is always better with Brioche! Generously sliced Brioche Tressee is the perfect way to raise the bar on Eggs in a Basket, or a breakfast sandwiches. Or, one-up your favorite French Toast recipe with Chocolate Chip Brioche Tressee!

The Brioche Pasquier line includes:
Pain au Lait: Soft, light, sweet milk brioche rolls and slider buns.
Brioche Tressee: A delicious sliced brioche loaf made with butter and eggs; sliced for (French) toast, sandwiches or an anytime treat.
Brioche Tressee Chocolate Chip: A delicious braided brioche loaf filled European chocolate chips, and generously sliced.
Pitch: Individually wrapped and perfect for on-the-go bites, lunch boxes and snacks!

Enter below to win an entire year of brioche

Want to try all of them and see what you think is #BetterWithBrioche?
Giveaway ends 7/5/2015.



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Pinterest Pin Break

As we gear up for Memorial weekend, which is the official kick off to Summer!  We wanted to celebrate with a Pinterest event to get you in the mood and totally prepared for your Summer Vacation.  Whether it’s planning a backyard BBQ or heading out on an epic family road trip we’ve got the recipes, ideas and travel hacks to get you prepared.

We’ve teamed up with Valencia So Cal, La Jolla Mom and Some Day I’ll learn for a Memorial Weekend Pin Break. Every day this week we will pin for 30 minutes onto our Memorial Weekend inspired Pinterest Boards and we want you to join the fun!

How to Play:

1. Follow Valencia SoCal on Pinterest

2. Join the Pinterest Pin Break and re-pin at least two pins from the five Pinterest curated boards.

Monday: Summer Cooking

Tuesday: Beach Chic

Wednesday: Backyard Camping

Thursday: Cool Treats

Friday: Summer Road Trips

3. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below!

$500 American Express Gift Card Giveaway

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You must Re-pin two pins form the five boards listed above.
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We’re always big fans of Skip Hop and their functional, yet cute, diaper bags, but we’re having a hard time holding back our excitement about their most recently released collection of diaper bags that offer options for every mom and every adventure.

New Skip Hop diaper bags to check out

Skip Hop 2-in-1 Duet Tote Bag

Skip Hop Duet 2-in-1 Diaper Tote ($130)

This bag is the epitome of Skip Hop — a super functional diaper bag to will hold all of your kiddo must-haves that gets tucked easily inside a super stylish tote bag that you can use when you’re kid-free. It’s the best of both worlds, really. Available in black and taupe.

Skip Hop Forma Backpack Diaper Bag

Skip Hop Forma Backpack Diaper Bag ($70)

There’s a reason why backpack diapers bags are so popular and the new Forma from Skip Hop truly makes carrying a diaper bag hands free. Not only is is much cuter than your average backpack, but they’ve utilized every single square-inch of this bag, so you can pack it full of everything you’ll need for a day out with Baby. Available in black and peacock.

Skip Hop Studio Select Diaper Bag

Skip Hop Studio Select Diaper Bag ($90)

The newest addition to the Skip Hop family, this diaper bag is going to be the one that you’ll still be using for years after your kids are out of diapers! It’s extra-large for carrying all of your own must-haves and whatever your kids need, without being stuffed full. And, it is a great choice for moms who travel often, too! Available in black and pewter.

Skip Hop Grab and Go Stroller Saddlebag

Skip Hop Grab and Go Stroller Saddlebag ($25)

You need to carry a few diaper or feeding essentials, but you don’t want to haul a diaper bag around. The solution? The new Skip Hop Grab and Go Stroller Saddlebag! Attach it easily to your stroller and keep your hands free for pushing, shopping or playing. It even has a cold pouch so that you can bring bottles along or swing by the store for a few groceries on the way home from the park! Available in black.

See what our Savvy Sassy Scouts had to say

We got the new Skip Hop diaper bags into the stylish hands of our Savvy Sassy Product Scouts to give them a real-life test run! Stay tuned throughout the week to see what they have to say…

Skip Hop Forma Backpack on OLeary Love

Amy Gene from O’Leary Love: Skip Hop Forma Diaper Bag

Skip Hop Forma Backpack on The Average Jess

Jessica from The Average Jess: Review: Skip Hop Forma Backpack

Skip Hop Duet Tote on Simply Girly

Krystal from Simply Girly Blog:What’s in my mom summer bag

Skip Hop Review from 22 Crowns

Lana from 22 Crowns: Styled: Skip Hop 2-in-1 Diaper Tote

Skip Hop giveaway: 4 Diaper bags to win

Skip Hop Diaper Bag Giveaway

Enter to win one of the newest diaper bags from Skip Hop.
Four winners total: Duet Diaper Tote in taupe, Duet Diaper Tote in black, Forma Backpack in black and Forma Backpack in peacock.
U.S. residents only, please. Must be 18-years-old or older to enter and win.
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10 Things I've learned as a mom {Rack Room Shoes Giveaway}

While I’ve only been a mom for just over 10 years, I can honestly say that I’ve learned more in the past decade than I have in my entire life. Motherhood has a steep learning curve. Not only do you have to jump in the deep end from the moment your child is born, but there is not a whole lot that you can do to prepare for motherhood.

Sure, you can read parenting books and articles online all day long, you can have an idea of the type of parent you want to be, but, when it comes down to it, the life of a mother is ever-changing and as your kids grow and as you learn to find what they need, you have to adjust the way you parent… even if that means throwing out everything you thought you knew about parenting out the window!

I’m not a huge fan of parenting advice, despite having dished out my fair amount over the years and having been on the receiving end of wisdom from other moms (some asked for and some not so much!). In honor of the Rack Room Shoes #InMomsShoesGiveaway (goes live on Friday, May 1st at 9:50 a.m. EST on their Facebook page!), I’m sharing a handful of things that I’ve learned that hopefully speak to every mom.

10 Things I’ve learned as a mom

1. Never wear a scarf when changing a diaper:

I suppose I don’t have to state the obvious, but I’ve learned this lesson the hard way once or twice in my parenting years. With a cashmere, dry clean only scarf. Learn from my mistakes, friends.

2. Don’t forget a snack

Always, always a snack. Before you leave the house. An extra in the car. More than you think you’ll need. One for yourself. Snacks make happy kids and happy kids make happy mamas.

3. Always leave 10-minutes before you think you should

Once, I had a mom friend tell me that she was so surprised that my kids don’t have meltdowns. I laughed, of course, because they do. But, rarely when we’re at birthday parties or BBQs because we always leave a few minutes before I think we should. It’s a parenting lifesaver… and so much nicer to leave with kids who are grumbling about leaving before their friends than with kids who you’re carrying out over your shoulder because they’re overtired.

4. Take the time to chat with their teachers

You learn far more in a quick hallway chat with your child’s teacher on the way to recess than you ever will at their parent-teacher conference. Also, bring them their favorite coffee. They need it.

5. Find a pediatrician who lets you lead

You are with your child every day. You are the one who knows when something is amiss or if they’re offbeat. Having a doctor for your child who actually listens to you is golden.

6. Never turn down help

Ever. It took me having my third child to realize that accepting help is life changing. Let someone bring your kid home from school for you to let the baby nap.  Take people up on offers to bring you food when you’re sick. Say yes. You’ll pay it back someday.

7. Know your easy go-to dinner

Quesadillas with beans for dipping. Grilled turkey and cheese sammies on sourdough bread. BBQed skinless chicken thighs and veggies. Those are my three and I keep the ingredients stocked, always. What are yours?

8. Sometimes, silence works best

Nothing is more telling than silence. Especially when you have a tween.

9. Teach your kids to wait

Try not to wait on my kids hand and foot, despite how much my 5-year-old would like me to. Learning to wait is a long lost art, for kids and for adults. Teach them when they’re young, especially if you’re planning on having more kids.

10. Don’t sweat the small stuff

It’s cliche, but it’s true. The dishes in the sink will always get done. Your kids won’t suffer if they have an extra 30-minutes of screen time so that you can kick up your feet for a moment. Dirty fingernails are not the end of the world and cereal for breakfast won’t kill them. Motherhood is about so much more and you’ll never see it if you’re caught up in the stuff that doesn’t really matter in the long run.

Win a year of shoes for Mother’s Day from Rack Room Shoes

Mother's Day Giveaway with Rack Room Shoes

Rack Room Shoes wants you to share your best mom wisdom for a chance to win an entire year worth of shoes!

Their #InMomsShoesGiveway runs from May 1-10 on the Rack Room Shoes Facebook page. Entering is as easy as leaving a comment with your best motherhood advice on their giveaway post — look for it pinned to the top of their Facebook page starting Friday, May 1st — and be sure to use the hashtag #InMomsShoesGiveaway.

Rack Room Shoes will pick a winner each day for all 10 days of the giveaway, giving 10 moms the chance to win a year of shoes.

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Love to Dream SwaddleUP

I remember it like it was yesterday, or maybe it was. I’m not sure since I have a newborn, which mean every day blends together like some sleep deprived version of Groundhog Day only with less groundhogs and more dirty diapers. The point is, I will never forget the knock on the door signaling that FedEx had delivered a present that would forever change my parenting life.

Okay, a bit dramatic, I agree, but I have found something that is that good. You see, in my house sleeping is for suckers, so is eating without screaming, or just not screaming in general. Some call it colic, the doctor calls it reflux with severe gas. As for my husband and I, we just figure one of us earned some horrific karma in a past life, which is the only other logical explanation.

As you can imagine I have been on the lookout for anything that will work to help our newborn sleep: anti-gas/colic bottles, gripe water, baby Zantac, massages, bicycle kicks, etc. However, everyone keeps recommending swaddling. I was always against it because Abbey (our four-week-early preemie that we lovingly refer to as the “sleep terrorist”) hated being swaddled from the get-go. Something about having her hands bound seemed to freak her out.

Love to Dream Sleep Sacks

This is where the Love To Dream Swaddle UP comes in. This amazing new take on the swaddle allows Baby to be swaddled with her hands up while still giving her that cozy, tight feeling. Did you know that babies self-sooth by rubbing their faces and sucking on their hands? The Swaddle UP allows this range of motion so that Baby can fully self-sooth, and more self-soothing means more sleeping for everyone involved. Within minutes of putting Abbey in her cute little pink Swaddle UP outfit she was doing just that. It was actually pretty impressive.

Details and features

The Swaddle Up comes in three colors — pink, blue and gray — and comes in sizes from extra small to large, fitting babies from as little as 4-1/2 pounds up to babies as large as 24-pounds. The material is a super soft and stretchy 93-percent cotton and 7-percent elastane material that I have washed and washed, over and over before taking these photos to show how well it holds it’s shape and color. And as you can see in the photos, it still looks amazing… and stains come out easily, too.

Love to Dream Swaddle UP for Newborns

My favorite part is the super smart twin zipper, meaning it zips up and down making it perfect for easy diaper changes and getting Baby in and out without fuss. On the back of the swaddle is a “travel slot.” Now, this took me a minute to figure out. When I first encountered it, I thought it was a little pocket to check diaper status. Actually, it’s there so you can safely buckle Baby in a stroller while still staying fully swaddled. But, just so you know, it’s also works as a brilliant diaper checker window, so we’re both right.

Love to Dream Swaddle UP- Zipper goes up AND down for easy diaper changes!

More from Love To Dream

The Love to Dream Stage 1 Original Swaddle UP also comes in an organic version, as well as a lighter summer version which is 30-percent lighter material for hotter days and climates, and also great for babies suffering with eczema. (I’ll be ordering this one next as I live in Phoenix and summer is already showing its ugly self.)

For older babies they have the Swaddle UP 50/50, an extremely smart way to help transition your baby from being swaddled to having their arms be free and independent, which is necessary when Baby starts to be able to roll over on her own. They do this with their patented easy zip-off wings, thus allowing Baby to get used to having one arm out.

Love to Dream Swaddle UP 50/50

Don’t forget the toddlers! For those little cuties, Love To Dream makes two different types of sleeping bags to make any sleep situation comfy and temperature perfect — the Inventa Sleeping Bag to help moderate their temperature while they sleep and the Nuzzlin Sleeping Bag in an extra-light, comfortable fabric to help them sleep longer.

Love to Dream Inventa Sleep Bag for Toddlers

Just so you know, I’m not easily impressed when it comes to baby products. I am lucky enough to try a lot of fun new products and while I like some of them, there are many that I don’t. So, when something is new and innovative and, more importantly, it works, I get all screamy and excited. This is just one of those things. We all have our go-to baby shower gift and now this is mine. 

Love to Dream Swaddle UP

Shhhhh…Baby FINALLY sleeping….

More Love to Dream reviews from our Savvy Sassy Scouts

Three of our Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts also tried out the Love to Dream products.

Read more about the Love to Dream Inventa Sleep Bag on Beloved Nest.

Read more about Love to Dream from the perspective of a soon-to-be mom of two on Makingmine.

The Magnolia Mamas share about how they use the Love to Dream Inventa Sleep Bag in their bedtime routine.

Win a Love to Dream Gift Set

One winner will win a Love to Dream gift set including a Swaddle UP, a Swaddle Up 50/50 and a Sleep Bag.

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U.S. Residents only, please. Must be 18 or older to enter and win.
Giveaway ends 4/22/2015 at 11:59 p.m. PST – Winning entry will be verified before announced.

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