May 222015
 

Here in the great state of Maine, we love our food, and we love to eat a lot of it.  We have to endure really long, cold winters, so we find warmth and comfort in hearty meals that keep our bellies full.  One of our favorite dishes is, of course, chili!

Popovers with chili

We eat our chili many different ways here.  Some of the most popular ways are chili cheese dogs, chili-topped baked potatoes, and chili with cornbread, popovers, or biscuits on the side. I really enjoy all of these options, but I really do love chili paired with a light and fluffy biscuit the most!  

Biscuits and Chili

I often keep Hormel Chili in my pantry, as it is so quick and easy to heat up, and it tastes great.  There are so many things that can be done with this little can of chili.  The possibilities are endless! 

Since we also love a big, hearty breakfast here in Maine, I decided to kick the chili/biscuit combination up a notch, by cutting my biscuit in half, topping each half with Hormel Chili, sprinkling on some shredded sharp cheddar cheese and topping it all off with a fried egg, for a super easy and amazing Open-Faced Chili Cheese Breakfast Sandwich.  Everything’s better with a fried egg and cheese on top, right? 

Breakfast Sandwich

I cannot even begin to tell you how delicious this breakfast sandwich was.  It was so flavorful, and definitely filled me up and gave me lots of energy for the rest of the day.  Of course, you have to cook your eggs over easy and let that delicious golden yolk pour out all over your sandwich.  The combination of the chili and the egg yolk is so good!

Open-Faced Chili Cheese Breakfast Sandwich

I like to bake my own biscuits at home using the recipe on the back of the Bakewell Cream can.  Bakewell Cream is a variety of baking powder, and was actually invented here in Maine, just a few minutes from where I live!  It was developed by a Maine chemist in response to a shortage of cream of tartar in the US during World War II. 

If you can’t find Bakewell Cream, you can certainly use your favorite biscuit recipe, or pre-made biscuits for this breakfast dish.  Biscuits are a staple here in Maine.  We eat them with a lot of our meals!

Chili Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • Biscuits
  • Hormel Chili No Beans
  • Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Eggs

Directions:

Simply cut your biscuit in half, top each half with chili that you’ve warmed up, sprinkle shredded sharp cheddar cheese on top, and top with a fried egg. 

Super simple, very hearty, and truly delicious!

Hormel Chili is celebrating chili lovers all over the United States and embracing state pride by showcasing each state’s favorite dish or ingredient paired with Hormel Chili.  What’s your state’s favorite way to eat chili??  Find out here!  Save money on your favorite Hormel products with these great coupons, and don’t forget to follow Hormel Chili on Facebook for the latest news and promotions!

What’s your favorite way to eat chili?

 Posted by at 4:50 pm
May 202015
 

I’m sharing my #BeautyStory and Dove Savings as part of a sponsored post with Global Influence.  All opinions are 100% my own.

I learned a lot about beauty from my Mom.  She had 3 daughters, so it was very important to her to show us that beauty came from within, and that it was not all about wearing the fanciest clothing or jewelry, or wearing so much make up that we hardly recognized ourselves.  My Mom taught us that you are most beautiful when you are comfortable with yourself, and when you have a positive attitude.  Being real is beautiful.

Mom and Girls

My sisters and I all have different types of hair, different body types, different colored eyes, and different styles of clothing, but we are all beautiful in our own way.

SistersWhat’s your beauty story?

This spring, Dove is celebrating real beauty by sharing beauty stories of other women, and you can also share your own!

Watch the video below, and see how one family with four generations of women, passes down a simple beauty secret – the Dove Beauty Bar.  The Dove Beauty Bar is part of my own daily beauty routine.  It leaves my skin feeling soft and clean, and is a great way to start the day. I’ll definitely be passing this beauty tip down to my daughter, Kayleigh.

Coming from a family full of girls myself, this video really moved me.  I love seeing how close these women all are with each other, and how real they are.

Their beauty story is powerful, but just one of many. Share yours with #BeautyStory, and show off your own beautiful family!

During the month of May, you can also stop by your local Walgreens or Duane Reade for a month long beauty event!  Once in store, go to the Beauty counter or ask your Beauty Advisor for a $2.00 off coupon for Dove products. These are valid from through 7/24/15.

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While you’re there make sure to get a free Dove sample (while supplies last).  BONUS:  If you spend $15 on Dove products you will receive 3,000 Balance Rewards Points until 5/30/15!

 Posted by at 2:58 pm
May 082015
 

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, I can’t help but think back to the moment I found out that I was going to be a Mom.  Here I sit, 2.5 years later, and not only am I a Mom, but I’m a Mom to two children!  

kids

I always knew in my heart that I wanted to be a Mom.  I grew up surrounded by dozens of little baby dolls that I cared for as if they were real.  When I became a teenager, I always jumped at the chance to babysit, especially for the littlest babies.  I just had that motherly instinct inside of me, and an overwhelming desire to have children of my own.

When my husband, John, and I, first decided that we were going to try to have a baby, I was really excited, but also very anxious.  I had prepared for this moment my entire life, but would I really be a good Mom? 

It took us a whole year for me to get pregnant with our daughter, Kayleigh.  I was honestly beginning to think it just wasn’t in the cards for us to have children, until I had all of these pregnancy symptoms show up one day.  At that point, I just knew, I was pregnant. 

I remember taking the test to confirm my pregnancy like it was just yesterday.  I told John that we should pick up a test, because I just couldn’t shake this feeling that I was pregnant.  He didn’t think I was.  At all.  But, I insisted.  We went to the drugstore together to pick up a Clearblue Digital Pregnancy Test, both really nervous as we stood in line to purchase it. 

We had bought the test 2 days before my birthday, and my 2 sisters were coming to visit me the next day.  I knew that if I found out I was for sure pregnant, I would not be able to keep it from them.  I cannot keep a straight face at all.  I am so horrible at that.  My parents were in Chicago for a whole month, and I wanted to be able to tell them the news in person, and my sisters are not known for keeping secrets very well. 

So, I stashed the test away until the morning of my 31st birthday.  I woke up bright and early at around 6am, and rushed downstairs to the bathroom to take the test.  I quietly closed the door, so I wouldn’t wake John up.  I read the instructions very carefully, did my business, and then sat there, waiting for what seemed like forever.  When the results finally appeared in the window, and I saw the word Pregnant, I couldn’t believe it.  I knew my life was about to change forever.

Clearblue

I ran back upstairs to our bedroom to tell John the news, and he was still half asleep when I told him.  He didn’t really understood what I had said at first, but once he finally came around and it sunk it, he was very excited.

We were both over the moon after finding out that I was pregnant, but we had to hide it from everyone we knew for a whole month while my parents were away.  It was complete torture, especially when I spoke with my Mom on the phone.  I wanted to tell her so badly, but I knew that if I told her while she was so far away, that she would become very homesick, besides, I really wanted to see the expression on her face when I told her the news.  She had been longing to be a grandmother for years!

When my parents finally came home from Chicago, John and I went to visit them, and to share the news.  After dinner, we were all sitting in the living room.  I handed a gift bag to my parents, and asked them to open it.  They didn’t realize that I was secretly filming them with my camera. 

As they opened the package, they pulled out a small silver picture frame, with baby footprints all over it.  My Mom wasn’t wearing her glasses and didn’t even notice.  She also couldn’t read the paper that I had typed up and put inside, announcing to them that they were going to be grandparents.

So, she put the picture frame down, and went into the kitchen to grab her glasses.  I was absolutely dying inside!  She came back in, put her glasses on, and then held the picture frame up so that she and my Dad could read it.  The look on their faces was priceless.  They lit up with more joy than I had ever seen on them, and then they kept asking us if we were joking!  I assured them that we were definitely not joking, and they were so excited.

pregnancy pic

Things went a little differently the second time around.  After Kayleigh’s 1st birthday party, John and I decided that we were ready to try for another baby.  Knowing how long it took us to get pregnant the first time, we really weren’t expecting it to happen any time soon.  Only, the very next month, my period was 4 days late!  That never happens.  So, I had John pick up a test for me on his way home from work.  There was no waiting in line at the drugstore together, as nervous as we could be.

He came home with the test, handed it to me, and I ran into the bathroom, not even closing the door behind me to take the test. 

John and Kayleigh were both sitting at the dinner table together, as I ripped the test out of the box, no instructions needed this time, and took the test.  As I waited for the results to appear on the window, I was not nervous at all.  I honestly didn’t think I was pregnant this time.  Not so soon.  It had only been a month!  So, imagine my complete surprise, when the word “Pregnant” once again appeared on the window of the Clearblue Digital Pregnancy Test. 

I instantly yelled from the bathroom “Oh my God.  You didn’t!”  I came running out with the test in my hand, in shock, and John was just sitting there at the table with a grin so big on his face.  After it finally sunk in, I was really happy, and I immediately texted a photo of the positive pregnancy test to my Mom, eagerly waiting for her response.  This was her fourth grandchild, and she was a pro at receiving the news by now, so I didn’t feel like I had to wait to tell her in person again.

I waited, and waited and waited for her to respond, but she didn’t.  So, I ended up calling her to see if she had gotten the photo.  One of my sisters answered her phone when I called.  They were apparently on the road together, taking a rather long drive, and my Mom had not seen the text yet.  I told my sister to look at the text I just sent and she yelled out “You’re pregnant?!”  Then, I heard my Mom scream very loudly in the background.  She was absolutely thrilled to become a grandmother once again.

I am so glad that I captured the moment my parents found out they were going to be grandparents on video.  It is a memory that we will all cherish forever, and watching it makes me so warm and happy inside.

I love watching videos of other people telling their friends and family they are pregnant, too.  Some of them are just so funny, and others are so heartwarming. This video montage from Clearblue made me laugh and smile, and I think you will enjoy it too!

How did you tell your friends and family you were expecting?  What was their reaction?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 Posted by at 8:39 pm
May 062015
 

I received free product as part of a promotional program with HomeScreen/Bloggy Moms.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My husband, John, has been a network security administrator for a hospital for a few years now.  Before that, he worked in IT for a long time.  If anyone knows about tech products, it’s him.  When I was recently offered the chance to review the HomeScreen Wireless Extender, his face lit up with excitement, and he said “Yes, take it!”

HomeScreen Wireless Extender

I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t know much about routers and modems and networking stuff like that.  I leave all of that to him, as he is pretty much a genius when it comes to that sort of thing.  All I really care about, is that I can connect to the internet, and get my work done without having any issues. 

Last summer, I was pretty bummed to find out that I could not use my laptop to connect to the internet out on the back deck of our new house.  Spring and summer are my two favorite seasons, and I quite enjoy spending time outside, but I also have to get my blog work done.  So, because our internet didn’t extend far enough for me to work outside, I spent many days cooped up in the house, looking at the clear blue sky from my window.  Booo.

When the HomeScreen Wireless Extender came, John told me that he was going to try to hook it up in our back yard, so that I could get my blog work done, while sitting outside.  I was beyond thrilled at the idea, but a little skeptic that it would actually work.

We have a covered patio area in the back of our garage, with a nice little table to sit at, so it’s really a perfect location to sit and get some work done, while also enjoying the outdoors. 

John hooked up the HomeScreen Wireless Extender on our patio, which is about 100 feet from the router in our home, and a few minutes later I received a text message from him:

“This thing is AWESOME!”  “I can’t even tell that I’m not inside the house right now.”

HomeScreen Wireless Extender

Needless to say, he loves the HomeScreen Wireless Extender, and so do I!  We have had some pretty amazing days, weather-wise, this week and I have been able to really enjoy them, while getting some work done as well.

HomeScreen Wireless Extender

The HomeScreen Wireless Extender was very easy to set up.  Even though John is highly qualified to set up a piece of equipment like this, he thought that it would be easy enough for anyone to set up.  The HomeScreen Wireless Extender can supplement your current wireless setup to help fix issues with choppy video streaming, lag in online gaming, uploading files to the cloud, or browsing your photos on the web.

The 3.2 inch resistive touch screen allows for an easy setup, with no PC, tablet or smartphone needed.  Like I said, anyone can set this thing up.

HomeScreen Wireless Extender

It comes with parental control, and apps for weather, time, and cloud stored photos.

I am really so excited to be able to spend my days outside, enjoying the beautiful weather, while also getting some work done.

HomeScreen Wireless Extender

 

 Posted by at 9:20 pm
May 042015
 

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Kmart & March of Dimes. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

It’s that time of year again!  People all over the country are walking for a great cause – the March of Dimes.  I have walked in the March of Dimes for 6 years, with my friend Amanda’s family team.  We always have a good time.  It’s great exercise, we get the opportunity to see each other and reconnect, and of course, raise lots of money for the March of Dimes! 

Me and Amanda March of Dimes

There have been a few years when I have been unable to walk with Amanda’s team, like the year I was 9 months pregnant with Kayleigh, but I have always given a donation to her team, as this cause means so very much to me.

Amanda has given birth to two preemie boys (see photos below), and is currently pregnant with her third child, who will most likely be a preemie as well.  I watched her family as they went through the struggles that come with having a preemie.  Can you imagine giving birth to your child, and then not being able to take them home with you?  Especially knowing that they are so little and fragile, and anything could happen.  I can only imagine that it must be the most difficult thing ever.  My heart hurts just thinking about it. 

Preemies

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.  Donations raised for the March of Dimes help support teams of scientists who are working to discover the causes of premature birth and develop innovative treatments at five March of Dimes Prematurity Research Centers.

This year, Kmart, the top corporate fundraiser for the March of Dimes, has teamed up with celebrity fitness icon, mom and Kmart ambassador, Jillian Michaels, to kick off its 2015 fundraising campaign.  Kmart has been raising funds to support the March of Dimes for 32 years now, and has raised more than $125 million!

Kmart March of Dimes

These donations have helped moms and babies over the years by:

  • Providing the best information on healthy pregnancy and delivery
  • Advocating for better healthcare coverage for the most vulnerable
  • Fighting for better newborn screening standards in every state
  • Helping moms to overcome substance abuse with community outreach programs
  • Increasing access to prenatal care with mobile clinics and transportation to doctors
  • Educating generations of parents on the value of vaccination

If you’d like to help support the important research done by the March of Dimes, you can contribute in-store at any Kmart or online at kmart.com/marchofdimes.  You can feel good knowing that 100 percent of the funds raised will benefit the March of Dimes.

Kmart March of Dimes

You can also purchase Kmart’s collectible puppy figurine, available in-store or online for $5, and $1 from each sale will be donated to the March of Dimes.

Kmart Collectible Puppy FigurineIf you are a Shop Your Way member (I am, and I highly recommend this program!), Kmart will reward you for your donation.  Now, through June 20, members who donate will receive a coupon for five percent back in points on their next qualifying in-store or online merchandise purchase.  How great is that?!

GIVEAWAY

As part of Jillian Michaels partnership with Kmart this year, she has designed a March of Dimes t-shirt!  Below, you can enter to win one (1) of two (2) of these exclusively designed Jillian Michaels/March of Dimes t-shirts.  

t-shirt

Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstakes, per household as part of a campaign sponsored by Influence Central.  Please note t-shirt size winners receive cannot be guaranteed.  This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.

This contest has ended. The winners are Amanda P. and Angela L.

How will you help support the March of Dimes?

 Posted by at 1:06 pm
Apr 262015
 

My little Logan loves to eat.  At 7 weeks old, he’s already eating between 8 and 10 ounces per feeding!  With all that eating, comes lots of messy diapers.  Thankfully, Huggies has got me (and Logan!) covered with their new Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers, available only at Walmart.

Huggies

The new Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers have a unique quilted liner to lock away wetness better, and the trusted Leak Lock® System has quick-absorbing layers for up to 12 hours of protection.  Logan has actually been sleeping through the night for several nights now, so knowing that he has a supportive diaper that isn’t going to leak while he sleeps, keeps my mind at peace, and allows me to sleep, too!

Huggies

Just as Huggies offers great support in a diaper, they want to offer their support in your community, too.  Now through June 25, 2015, Huggies will be accepting all selfies of you and your baby, with the hashtag #UltraHug.  Within your post, you should nominate a project in your community that could use some funding. 

Huggies will feature these selfies in a collage on their campaign landing page.  On July 6th, voting will begin to narrow down the 20 finalists to 10 winners who will win a $2,000 grant from Huggies for their nominated community initiative.  Here’s a look at my entry to give you some inspiration:

Instagram Post

I am nominating the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers.  Their mission is to build and strengthen families and their children, instilling hope for the future and a better quality of life. 

The Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers provides a number of different services, including adoption assistance, mental health counseling, a teen parent school program, early education for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, an overnight camp for 150 disadvantaged children each ear, and a Christmas program that provides new clothing, books, games and toys to underprivileged children in Maine.  They could do a lot of good with $2,000.00!

Who will you nominate to win a $2,000 grant from Huggies? Click here to submit your own #UltraHug selfie today!

 Posted by at 10:01 pm
Apr 262015
 

I received free product/compensation as part of a promotional program with Gerber/Mom Select.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My daughter, Kayleigh, is turning 2 next month, and let me tell you, the “terrible two’s” have been in full force for months now.  She is such a smart little cookie, with a huge personality, and she knows exactly what she wants.  When she doesn’t get her way, it’s not so pleasant around here.

Mealtimes are especially difficult in this house.  Kayleigh is just like her Dad, in that she is a very picky eater.  One day she will love something we ate, and then she will hate it the next time we have it.  She is just a petite little thing, having been in the 5th percentile for weight every single time we have seen the pediatrician, so I am always concerned about her eating habits, and hoping that she is getting enough nutrients.

During those times when she refuses to eat anything I make for her, I know I can still have a “Win-Win Moment” with Gerber Graduates.  Kayleigh has been eating Gerber Graduates since she was about 7 or 8 months old, and still loves them.  Yogurt Melts are her absolute favorite, and she will eat an entire bag in one sitting if I let her!

Gerber Graduates

The Gerber Graduates line of snacks was designed for the developmental and nutritional needs at each stage, from Crawler to Toddler 2+.  There are lots of different varieties of Gerber Graduates to choose from.  In addition to the Yogurt Melts, Kayleigh enjoys the Puffs, Grabbers, lil’ Crunchies,  Bitty Bites, lil’ Whoos and more.  We always keep a stash on hand, as they are great for eating at home, or on the go.

Gerber Graduates

FREE GERBER GRADUATES GIFT SET (with purchase)

Now through April 30, 2015, when you purchase 10 Gerber Graduates products, you can get a FREE Gerber Graduates Gift Set, valued at $11.98!

Gerber Graduates Gift Set

After you make your purchase, simply visit https://www.gerberwinwin.com/, upload a photo of your receipt (all 10 products must be on the same receipt), and request your free gift set!  I have already requested mine, and the process was super easy!

Gerber Graduates

Do you have a picky eater?

 

 Posted by at 10:23 am
Apr 222015
 

I’m a September baby, so when John and I decided to get married in our back yard 3 days before my birthday last year, I immediately knew that I wanted our wedding colors to be sapphire blue and white.  Sapphire blue has always been my favorite color, and the fact that it is my birthstone probably has a lot to do with that.

While browsing the web recently, I saw an ad for the new Motorola DROID Turbo Sapphire Blue, and I want one so bad.  I have had the original DROID Turbo for several months now, and I absolutely love it.  This phone is awesome.  It is super fast and responsive, the perfect size for me, and the camera is amazing.  The fact that it now comes in my all time favorite color makes it perfect!DroidTurboBlue_BckOrtho_TealAccnt_RGB (2)(1)This phone is so beautiful, and dare I say, sexy!!  Sapphire blue is totally in right now, and this phone would make the perfect something blue for your wedding day. 

Motorola DROID Turbo Sapphire

Having a cell phone at your wedding may sound completely tacky, but it’s really not.  These are the days we live in now.  Pretty much everyone carries a cell phone with them at all times now.  I thought it would be fun to actually use that to your advantage on your wedding day. 

While it’s great to hire a wedding photographer to take photographs for your wedding, nothing can really compare to all of the awesome shots that you and your wedding guests could capture with cell phones.  The DROID Turbo has an amazing camera on it and would be perfect for capturing all those fun moments.

You could get even more creative by assigning a hashtag to your wedding event, and asking your guests to Instagram their photos using the assigned hashtag.  Imagine how much fun everyone would have!

In addition to having a great camera, the DROID Turbo Sapphire Blue has a sharp display, a 48 hour battery, amazing speed and performance, and you can get 8 hours of power in just 15 minutes with the Motorola Turbo Charger!  That super fast charge is one of my favorite features of this phone.DroidTurboBlue_FrntDyn_TealAccnt_RGB (2)The DROID Turbo Sapphire Blue also has a water-repellent nano-coating and Corning Gorilla Glass that help protect it from spills and scratches. Its premium ballistic nylon backs offer rich blue color and texture but the phone is very lightweight and feels great in your hand.

You can also personalize how you interact with the DROID Turbo Sapphire Blue by Motorola, with Moto Experiences including Moto Voice, Moto Assist and Moto Display.

If you’re preparing for a wedding and looking for your “something blue”, or even if you’re not, check out the new DROID Turbo Sapphire Blue by Motorola.  It’s all you could ever want in a phone, and so much more!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 Posted by at 9:29 pm
Apr 212015
 

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This post is brought to you by Munchkin LATCH as part of the #LoveLatch campaign.

My not so little Logan just turned 6 weeks old!  I can’t believe how fast the time is flying by.  It seems like we just brought him home from the hospital yesterday.  There are some days when I wish I could slow time down and keep him this small forever, and there are other days when I wish I could speed it up to a time when he is not quite so needy.  These newborn days are especially hard now that I have a toddler to take care of too.

Logan

Overall, Logan is a very good baby.  He really doesn’t fuss too much, except for when he is hungry or needs a diaper change.  Other than that, he is pretty laid back.   It’s a world of difference from his sister, Kayleigh, who was a very fussy baby.

Another huge difference between Logan and Kayleigh, is their size.  Kayleigh was just a little peanut, and still is, while Logan is a very big boy.  He weighed just over 10 pounds at birth, and now, at only 6 weeks old, he is wearing 6-9 month clothes and size 5 diapers!  He certainly has an appetite to match, too.  This kid LOVES to eat!  He will sometimes suck down 8-10 ounces of breast milk in one feeding.  It’s crazy!

Logan

When I was pregnant with Logan, I told myself that I would make an effort to breastfeed him, and to hopefully last longer than I did with Kayleigh.  I only made it to three months with her before I gave up completely.  I honestly hate breastfeeding with a passion, but I really wanted to give him the awesome benefits of breast milk.

When we first brought Logan home from the hospital, he wanted to eat constantly.  About a week into it, and after a daunting 8 hour-long breastfeeding session, with almost no breaks, I had a major melt-down.  I cried to my husband, and I vented to my Moms group on Facebook.  I wanted my body back.  I wanted to be able to take a break and to get some sleep.  I was ready to quit breastfeeding already, and I felt super guilty about it.  I felt like I had let myself, and Logan down.

The next day, after I had cooled off a bit, and after talking with my husband and some other Moms, I decided that I would try to pump exclusively, before giving up all together.  That way, I would get my body back (well, sort of), John could give me a break once in a while, and I could still give Logan the advantages of breast milk. 

Over the next few weeks, I gradually made the switch to pumping exclusively, and I am so much happier now.  It took a bit of trial and error to find our rhythm, but things are going great for both of us now.

Transitioning a baby from breast to bottle can sometimes be difficult.  Babies can become confused, and not take to a bottle very easily, so it’s really important to get a bottle that is designed to ease the transition from breast to bottle, like the Munchkin LATCH.  Logan did very well with our transition, once we introduced this bottle to him.

Munchkin LATCH

Experts agree the best transition from breast to bottle occurs when bottle flow and mother’s flow match.  The LATCH bottle was developed with Lactation Consultants and mimics a breast by releasing more milk as the baby pushes against the nipple’s base.  The LATCH Stage 1 nipple flow is also specifically designed with a reduced rate to mimic the breast. Stage 2 and 3 are also available, and increase the flow as your baby grows and becomes more efficient at feeding.

Munchkin LATCH The LATCH bottle also reduces colic without the extra pieces and parts that other bottles have. The accordion-style LATCH nipple flexes as baby moves his or her head, allowing baby to maintain latch while decreasing ingestion of air.  The anti-colic valve located at the bottom of the LATCH bottle also allows for breast milk to flow while ensuring air bubbles don’t travel through, reducing gas and fussiness.

Munchkin LATCH

LATCH is available at Target and Babies’R’Us, but you can pick and choose your bottle size and nipple stage to perfectly suit your baby’s feeding needs exclusively on Munchkin.com. You can also save up to 15% off your LATCH bottle purchase when you buy more bottles on Munchkin.com!

Munchkin LATCH

In addition to these fantastic bottles, you can also purchase a set of Munchkin LATCH one-piece silicone pacifiers.  The Munchkin LATCH pacifier was designed with pediatric dentists and moms, with a goal of developing a lightweight, more comfortable pacifier for baby.  It also has a heart shaped shield that fits comfortably under baby’s nose. 

Munchkin LATCH pacifier

Did you experience any challenging moments while feeding your baby?

This post is brought to you by Munchkin LATCH as part of the #LoveLatch campaign.

 Posted by at 8:53 am
Apr 172015
 

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

My daughter, Kayleigh, is turning 2 years old next month!  I can’t believe how fast the time has flown by.  Having a newborn at home now, too, has really made me realize just how much she has grown.  She is definitely not my little baby anymore.  She is now this extremely bright, and very independent toddler.

Kayleigh

With Kayleigh’s second birthday fast approaching, I know potty training is just around the corner.  She is a very strong-willed child, so I really need to make this as easy as possible for both of us.  Kayleigh is already showing some signs of being ready, such as bringing me a new diaper when she has wet herself.

To help with the potty training transition, I’m stocking up on Pampers Easy Ups.  I’m choosing to use Pampers Easy Ups before training pants, because it can be confusing to toddlers to switch between diapers and training pants throughout the day and night. Pampers Easy Ups

Pampers Easy Ups can help the diaper-to-underwear transition by allowing potty-training toddlers to stop wearing diapers and wear something with more of an underwear-like design that still helps keep accidental messes off clothing, bedding and other surfaces no matter whether they happen at home, on-the-go or overnight.

Since I have a newborn at home to take care of, I really don’t have the time or energy to clean up accidental messes all over the house – shampooing carpets, mopping floors, washing bedding every day.  That sounds like an awful lot of work that can be spared just by using Pampers Easy Ups for potty training!

Here are some additional reasons why I am choosing to use Pampers Easy Ups for potty training:

  • Pampers Easy Ups have fewer leaks than the other leading training pant to help simplify and improve the overall potty training experience. 
  • Pampers Easy Ups have an absorbent core that holds 25% more than the other leading training pant to help ensure little ones remain dry.
  • Pampers Easy Ups provide up to 12 hours of protection.

I’m really excited to start potty training Kayleigh now, with the help of Pampers Easy Ups.  I really think that they will help make the transition so much easier for both of us.

JOIN THE PAMPERS TWITTER PARTY!

Pampers is hosting a Twitter Party on April 21st from 9-10pmEST.  Dr. Laura Jana, pediatrician, award-winning parenting book author and potty training expert who co-authored to Its You and Me Against the Pee…and the Poop, Too! will be joining the party and sharing her tips to help simplify and improve the potty training experience for little ones and their parents. RSVP here:http://vite.io/doubledutydivas to join the fun!

PAMPERS POTTY TRAINING GIVEAWAY

Pampers is offering a great potty training themed prize package to one of my readers!  This prize package includes the following items:

  • Pack of Pampers Easy Ups
  • Little Looster Step Stool
  • Potty Ring
  • “It’s You and Me against the Pee… and Poop too!” book
  • $50 AMEX gift card

Pampers Easy Ups

To enter to win this prize package, simply complete as many entries as you wish using the application below.  This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end at 11:59pm EST on April 25, 2015.  Good luck!

What are your favorite potty training tips?

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