Feb 212015

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for GB. I received a GB stroller to facilitate my review as well as thank me for my participation.

When I was pregnant with Kayleigh, I bought, and asked friends and family to buy, all gender neutral baby products.  I knew I wanted to have another child, and fairly close in age to Kayleigh, as I am getting on in years.  Buying gender neutral items the first time around meant that I wouldn’t really have to buy too many things for the next baby, even if it should happen to be a boy. 

When my husband and I found out that we were in fact having a boy, we were really grateful that we did buy gender neutral items the first time around.  I’m in my 38th week of pregnancy, and we have been buying a few necessary items here and there, like diapers, wipes, clothing, etc. over the last several months.  Thankfully, we didn’t really have to make any large purchases this time around. 

One item I did want to purchase, however, was a new stroller, preferably a travel system, so that I could push the newborn in it. 

When I was pregnant with Kayleigh, John and I had spent a large chunk of money on a very popular brand named travel system.  While it did come in handy during our times of need, I honestly hated it.  It was heavy, bulky, hard to open and close, the handles were very uncomfortable, and it didn’t feel very sturdy, especially when turning corners.  It was also impossible to install and uninstall the car seat in the stroller by myself.  I was quite disappointed in this travel system, and with a new baby on the way, I desperately wanted to purchase a new and better one.

Over the last few months, I had been researching travel systems like crazy on the internet.   There were only a few that really caught my eye, but I still wasn’t really interested enough to actually purchase them.  I wanted something that was stylish, functional and most importantly, affordable. 

When I heard about the GB Evoq Travel System, I just knew I had to have it!  It had everything I was looking for – style, functionality and a great price to boot!

GB Evoq Travel System


The GB Evoq Travel System has a very sleek look to it.  I am so in love with this vibrant teal color.  It is so beautiful, and also gender neutral, which works great for us.  I just know we will turn some heads while we are out walking with the kids this year! 

GB Evoq Travel System


The GB Evoq Travel System is awesome!  I can install the car seat in it to push my newborn around, or take it out to push Kayleigh around.  I can adjust the height of the handles to make it more comfortable for me, or whoever else might be pushing the stroller.  I can easily have my child facing me, or facing away from me. 

GB Evoq Travel System

There is also a place for Kayleigh to stand and ride while I am pushing the newborn at the same time! 

GB Evoq Travel System

The Asana35 Infant Car Seat, which includes GB’s authentic FirmFit Installation system, is so easy to install, that I can actually do it all by myself.  I am a stay-at-home Mom, so I plan to take the kids out for walks by myself quite often this year.  I really need to be able to install the car seat by myself!

GB Evoq Travel System

The unique FirmFit System helps to provide an easier installation, providing you with the peace of mind that your baby is protected and riding in one of the safest car seats available.  I love the sound of that!

GB Evoq Travel System

The GB Evoq Travel System also comes with a roomy storage basket, which I love.  Having 2 kids under 3 is going to require me to carry around A LOT of stuff, so I’m definitely going to need all the storage room I can get!

GB Evoq Travel System

I also love this expandable canopy that provides great airflow and protection from the sun.

GB Evoq Travel System


Like I said earlier in this post, I have been researching travel systems for a while now, and I have seen some that were very pricey, and definitely not in my price range.  The GB Evoq Travel System is very affordable, and well worth the money.  I love that I don’t have to break the bank to get everything I am looking for in a travel system.  The GB Evoq Travel System really does have it all, at a great price!

GB Evoq Travel System

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Feb 182015

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central and Kangu. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

When I found out I was pregnant with my daughter Kayleigh, having a safe birth was one of the first thoughts that entered my mind.  There was a hospital 10 minutes from where I lived, but I wasn’t just satisfied with that.  I wanted to make sure that I was doing what was best for myself and my baby, so I started to research the different options available to me.

After watching several documentaries and reading as much information as I could find on childbirth, I knew that I wanted to have a natural (unmedicated) birth with a midwife. 

While researching, I found a hospital 45 minutes from where I lived, that had a birthing center inside of it, and that was staffed by 5 midwives.  I was so excited to find exactly what I was looking for.

My whole pregnancy experience with Kayleigh was just absolutely amazing, thanks to the midwives and their wonderful nursing staff.  From the very first appointment, to the delivery of my daughter after a 24 hour natural labor, with 2.5 hours of pushing, I can honestly say that it was the best experience I could have ever dreamed of having.  I felt so safe and secure the entire time, knowing that I was being treated by some very knowledgeable women, and that if anything at all should go wrong at any time, I could be transferred over to the hospital section and taken care of. 

I am now 38 weeks pregnant with my second child, and I have been going to the same birthing center during this pregnancy.   I’m a bit overweight this time around, so I am being monitored pretty closely, with extra ultrasounds to check on baby’s growth, extra glucose tests to make sure I don’t develop gestational diabetes, and monitoring to make sure my blood pressure stays in the normal range.

I feel so lucky and privileged to be taken care of this much during my pregnancy.  My midwives really care about my health and the health of my baby, and do everything possible to make sure we are safe at all times.  They actually schedule 30 minutes at the end of each appointment, just so that I can feel free to talk to them about anything at all, without feeling rushed.  The support I receive from them is truly amazing.

I can’t imagine what it must be like to live in a country where quality healthcare is difficult to find, or hard to afford.  Did you know that 800 women – nearly 300,000 every year – die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth?  Ninety-nine percent of these deaths occur in developing countries.  That just saddens me so much.  Every pregnant woman should have access to quality healthcare to ensure that she has a safe and healthy pregnancy and delivery.


I was really happy to recently hear about Kangu, which is a non-profit organization with a big dream: that every woman in the world has a safe birth. Kangu’s crowdfunding platform is designed to help put an end to preventable maternal and newborn deaths by enabling donors to support life-saving health services for pregnant women – mamas – and their babies in need, globally.  Isn’t that great?!

At Kangu, anyone – anywhere – can search profiles of pregnant women in need and contribute towards eliminating the financial barrier for a specific woman to access high-quality healthcare before, during and after childbirth. These services, provided by vetted local medical partners, are proven to reduce maternal and newborn deaths by up to 80%!

When you’re pregnant, especially for the first time, it can be really scary.  It helped me so much to have midwives to talk to and ask any questions I might have.  I can’t imagine not having that kind of support during one of the happiest times in my life.  Making a donation to Kangu is something I can easily do to help another woman to receive quality healthcare and support during her pregnancy. 

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You can make a donation to a Kangu Mom of your choice by visiting www.kangu.org


Influence Central is also hosting a for Kangu through which you can enter to win one of five $100 donations that Kangu will make to a Kangu Mom on your behalf.

The contest runs from February 10, 2015 through March 2, 2015.  You can enter by choosing a social media sharing option from the social media amplification tool below.

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