Free Luvs Momoji Keyboard + $100 Giveaway

This post was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was compensated for my participation in this campaign but all opinions are my own.

I was just thinking the other day how I wanted emojis to have something about babies or diapers. The closet emoji to real life is the “poop” emoji on Facebook. Even with all the animal-themed emojis and popular movie emojis, there really aren’t enough to communicate what goes on in mommy’s day…until now.

Luvs has created the first emoji keyboard for moms and dads – we moderns must be included. It’s good to have images that really send the big “picture” of what’s going on without all the words. After all, I can’t text all day long, so the easy pictures are helpful to save time.

Momoji

I downloaded the app from the Apple AppStore, but it is available on the Google Play as well. When you download it, you’ll notice that it’s a keyboard app which will integrate seamlessly into your texting. If you want to download it too, look for Luvs Momoji keyboard (get it? Mom + emoji = momoji). Clever people.

Free Luvs Coupons

The app is also helpful when searching for deals – the Promoji helps busy moms and dads look for diaper bargains. The more you use the app, the more you use the app’s keyboard, you’ll unlock deals and promotions for diapers. Not only that but you can send diaper coupons to friends right away.  It’s a free app, so there’s nothing but pluses. The momojis work in Hangouts, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Tango, and Gmail.

Want to know more about Luv’s new cook momoji app?  Download it AND join in the #Momoji twitter party with @iConnectIm (& me, @Beauty4Moms!) next Tuesday, December 15, 2015 @ 9pm EST.

Giveaway!

To celebrate the launch of Luvs Momoji Keyboard I have a giveaway for you!  One lucky winner will a Luvs Momoji Prize Pack that will include:

  • – $100 American Express Gift Card
  • – 1 Pack of Luvs Diapers (Size 1-6, winner’s choice)

Open to U.S. residents only.  Enter via the Rafflecopter below.  Good luck!

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Mimo Smart Baby Monitor

Mimo is a welcomed, untraditional approach to baby monitoring. Unlike baby monitors that rely on sight and sound, this baby monitor relies on the baby’s breathing pattern, body position, skin temperature, and sleep quality. I personally love data to determine what’s really going on, and this high-tech baby monitor does it. It doesn’t just tell me that it sounds or looks like my baby is breathing and sleeping. It gives me specific stats to know he’s okay. It really does provide better sense of security. #BetterSleepForEveryone #AmIRightorAmIRight

Baby’s data is collected from a special device the baby wears. It’s not a smart watch. It’s a little “smart” turtle attached to Mimo’s baby kimonos, which is basically a fancy baby bodysuit with sensors to detect your baby’s data.  Kimonos are also my baby clothing of choice.  Well done, Mimo!

Mimo Turtle

I was concerned the turtle would be bulky or easy to detach accidentally, but it isn’t. It’s about the size of an Oreo cookie. (Now I want some, and I can’t claim eating for two anymore… bummer).

Mimo

Baby Boy in Crib

The kimono can be worn over 3 layers of clothing, under layers of clothes, or alone; it’s a perfectly suitable bodysuit… that’s happens to track baby. I think they’re kind of cute. With the kimono design, they have a touch of chic. They are 100% cotton, machine washable and “dryable.” Of course they come in different sizes so you can use it as your little one becomes not so little anymore (0-3, 3-6, and 6-12 mos.). You can find the kimonos and the monitor at Babies R Us for only $199.

Mimo Kimono

The all-important data travels via bluetooth and internet connection to us parents’ phones (Apple or Android), which I love. I think it’s more reassuring to have it on your phone than have to carry another device around the house that tells how baby is doing. There’s also an audio component that lets me hear baby boy, so the traditional sound of baby breathing does bring comfort to me.

All-in-all, I do really like this monitor. I wish it came with a video function, but you can add that on by buying the Nest. It’s important to note that the lilypad needs to be no more than five feet from the turtle, so look for a spot that your baby can’t reach. 

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Christmas Gift Guide 2015

2015 Christmas Gift Guide

Whoever you’re looking to please this holiday season, we’ve got it covered. Shop our list of perfect presents. We’ll be adding new items everyday and here’s everything we’ve found so far…

Kid-friendly (but actually enjoyable) Alternatives to the Radio: Younger Edition

Sometimes the radio has less than desirable content for even mature adults to be subjected to. While we can’t shelter our kids without living in hole, it is good to have items on hand which are an alternative to the hubbub of the radio. The problem is that a lot of kid-friendly alternatives torture the poor adults. (Can I get an amen?) I’ve come up with a list that we use in our car rides, that we tolerate, and that even we adults enjoy.

Hidden In My Heart: A Lullaby Journey Through Scripture

This is probably my favorite of the “baby” section, but I would recommend this for any age during the quiet time of the day. Scriptures are important to our family, I love that this soft, soundtrack-style music is entrenched with them. I am most thankful to my parents for instilling Scripture in my life in several ways, music being one of them, and I’m all too grateful to pass the tradition onto my children.

hidden in my heart

Sing Over Me: Worship Songs and Lullabies

I listen to this without the kids. The songs are truly worship but soft and calming like we all sometimes need. I have a Pandora channel that brings this up occasionally too without me even adding it or liking it because it is so popular with adults. Be careful that you are awake or have a buddy driver with this CD because it can make you drowsy!

sing over me

Daddy Plays: Acoustic Rock Lullabies

On a different vein, if you’d like to introduce your kid to classics, here they are. One aspect this CD touts is its non-electronic music. It is acoustic rock, just like the title says. There’s a real quality to it that you don’t find in other rock-lullaby CDs.

daddy plays

 

Lullaby Versions of Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons is my guilty pleasure. I’m included this CD on this list not for the masses but for me. I truly enjoy them, and enjoy getting my kids hooked on them too. If you have listened to them before, give ‘em a try. It’s a little rock, a little Simon & Garfunkel.

mumford lullabies
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Gerber Lil’ Bits – For Babies Learning to Chew

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Gerber. The opinions and text are all mine.

Transitions are beautiful and essential part of life. The first time little squirt walks, the first time they go to school, the first day we have to ourselves…ahhh. 🙂 I digress. Transitions are awesome and they require work as well as joy.

Gerber

I loved transitioning baby to solid foods with Gerber’s Lil’ Bits. The chunks of food in the baby food really made him learn to mash down on the spoon (and I used a soft spoon to ease the transition instead of him having to bit down on cold metal).

Having the pre-packaged meals was a huge time-saver too. They are resealable so if baby decides he’s full, I can save it for later… and save my cash for later too, for when he’s ready to tear into some steaks! Anyone else looking forward to feeding teenage boys? Seriously, I really enjoyed the fact knowing I had an in-between option for little man that I could depend on. I knew it was the right type of food and the right amount for him to chew. The different flavors will also prepare him for our healthy menu options at home.

I loved this transition from soft to chewable food because his face was so adorable! His first reaction to a chunk was adorable. He didn’t know what to do with it for a moment, scrunched his face, and then munched! Those little memories are the most precious. I wish I had this when my daughter was younger. It took her a long time to not gag on solid food because she was so used to having mushed food.

I know I’ve mentioned it before but my son has eating problems that stem from his allergies and his acid reflux that went untreated for so long. Gerber’s Lil’ Bits is truly a product I can trust because I know the ingredients are the best, the packaging is convenient, and the pieces aren’t hard but add just the right amount of texture to his food to help him learn to chew. If you have a little one learning to eat, make sure you let them try Gerber’s Lil’ Bits and they might even give you a “thank you” in baby sign language. 🙂 Visit here for more information.

Gerber 3rd Foods Lil Bits Recipes help babies learn to chew and ease the transition to table food.

 

Comment below to enter for a chance to win a $100 gift card or potentially a $1,000 grand prize! 

 

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How to Childproof Your Home

When I first found out I was pregnant I was consumed with childproofing our home.  That is, after I was consumed with picking a name and learning what I could and couldn’t eat.  There’s so much for new moms to think about!  To help make life a tiny bit easier for moms I’ve compiled a list of ways to childproof your home.

Childproof Your Home

  1. Cover all electrical outlets.  We love the ones that you install into the wall in place of a regular electrical socket.  You have to have both prongs inserted at the same time before any electricity comes out.
  2. Anchor large furniture.  The damage done to walls is negligible in comparison to the safety of your child.
  3. Move breakable objects.  Keep glass objects out of the reach of little hands.  The same goes for heavy items with cords…like an iron or toaster.  Keep them and their cords out of reach.Smith and Noble Blinds
  4. Use cordless blinds.  I used to think that keeping blind cords out of reach was enough till I watched this disturbing video (watch with caution and without kids around).  It’s amazing how fast accidents like this can happen.  That site says,  “According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission over 40 percent of accidents occur on products that complied with the ANSI national safety standard. These accidents are preventable by going cordless with all window blinds.”  I just ordered cordless blinds for both of my kid’s rooms from Smith and Noble.  I love that they sent me samples to match the colors to my existing decor.  Plus, they sent someone to measure my windows for free!Smith and Noble wants your window treatments to be safe for your families so they are giving a $1000 window treatment makeover to one lucky family!  They will also give away a $50.00 trade in value per corded shades when you enter.  Big savings!  To enter visit their site here.
  5. Stow hazardous supplies.  This includes cleaning supplies, bug killer, vitamins, hand soap, knives, etc.  Lock them up or put them in high shelves where little curious fingers can’t explore.
  6. Be prepared. Keep the number for the national poison control center – (800) 222-1222 in the United States – and your local emergency numbers close to every phone just in case.
  7. Keep the ground clear.  Not only do you want to keep your little one from old crumbs but more importantly away from coins, safety pins, paper clips, those tiny plastic clothes tags, and on and on.  My son went through a stage where he wanted to put anything in his mouth, besides his food.
  8. Toilet locks.  We didn’t do this one but we have a rule in our house that all bathroom doors are to remain closed at all times.  A child can drown in just one inch of water and I heard somewhere that kids are more top heavy than adults allowing them to fall in easily.
  9. Lock windows.  According to the CPSC, every year about eight children under the age of 5 die from falling out of windows in the United States, and more than 3,000 are injured.  A friend of my family found their son, who was under 2 years old at the time, out his window and on the overhang of his window!  Thankfully his mom rescued him and they now have the most secure windows possible.
  10. Avoid sharp corners.  For sharp edges, like those of a fireplace, you can buy protective foam to cover it while the kiddos are small.
  11. Detectors! Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home.  It’s also a good idea to have a game plan laid out a head of time with older children so they know what to do in case an alarm sounds.

This isn’t a comprehensive list at all but they are some important ones that we’ve tried to be cautious of in our home.  Tell me, experienced parents, what did I leave off?

Gerber Lil’ Bits

Gerber

Are you an old-school mom who chews baby’s food for them? I know my friend’s mother did it for her, but I’m not too crazy on the idea. For some reason (hand sanitizer anyone?), I am a germaphobe, even when it’s coming from me to my baby. Now that baby is getting ready to chew and being offered bites from a-hem sister’s plate, I’m in the position of figuring out what can be chewed and what shouldn’t be at this stage.

Gerber 3rd Foods are really helpful in this area because they are specifically made to help with learning to chew. To be technical, it’s baby mushy food with “Lil’ Bits” thrown in to introduce chewing. Instead of sister throwing a chip at baby, I can have her help me feed him with these ready to go foods. Gerber 3rd Foods are specifically made to help with learning to chew.

Gerber Lil Bits

As much as I like to be the do-it-all mom and make all of the food, finding the right mixture of chunks at this stage is difficult and time consuming. If I pulse the blender too much, I have to start over again. This mixture really helps take out the guess work of things. Not to mention, if I made a whole batch of it and he didn’t like it I wasted money and a lot of time. This way, he can explore a world of flavors without breaking the bank. I love their flavors too… sweet potato, apple, carrot, & cinnamon. I ALMOST want some. 🙂

Lil’ Bits comes in convenient plastic tubs that come with their own lid which is perfect for busy mamas! With different tastes and flavors for baby to explore, I can get him ready for table food – from his OWN plate. 🙂 If your little one is in between mushy food and table food, look for Gerber 3rd Foods Lil’ Bits at your local store and visit here for more information.

Gerber 3rd Foods Lil Bits Recipes help babies learn to chew and ease the transition to table food.

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Target Pampers Deal $0.10 Per Diaper

 

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My friend just shared this deal with me and I’m just copying it and pasting it so I can shop for myself before it ends at midnight tonight!

Target: buy any 3 boxes of diapers, get $20 gift card. Spend $150 on baby items, get $25 gift card. Use promo code CARTWHEEL at checkout and save extra 10%. Use Target Red Card and save extra 5%. Free shipping with Target Red Card or $50+ purchase.

This is how it worked out for me…

I bought 6 boxes of Pampers size 2 diapers. Added up to $149.95. I threw in some Hyland’s teething tablets that I needed to pass the $150 mark. Used promo code for 10% off plus used my Target Red Card Debit card to save another 5% off. Free shipping. I got $65 in gift cards. Total spent on 672 diapers was $62.22 (that’s w/gift card total subtracted…out of pocket was $127). That makes it 9.2 cents per diaper!!!

Happy shopping at Target!!

Sprout Organic Baby Food

Sprout Baby Food Feeding

I encourage my son to play with his food.  Yes, you read that right.  As much as it goes against every fiber of my body I force myself to help my son play with his food.  He has sensory issues…food issues…and food allergies.  All of that combined equals a toddler who still takes a bottle more than he eats food.  He sees a therapist weekly and starting next month he’ll see two separate therapists weekly to help him eat food.

Sigh.  All the planning and preparation is tiring.  Mentally exhausting.  I want him to succeed like all moms want their kids to succeed so I press on.  I’ll let him practice with different sized cups, spoons, cold foods, warm foods, crunchy foods, and squishy foods.

Sprout Organic Baby Food Pouch

My son will eat one brand of puffs, one variety of veggie straws, bits of (soy-free and milk-free) bread, crackers, coconut milk yogurt, pizza crust, and pouches of baby food.  That’s allllllll he will eat.  He won’t drink water or juice.  Besides his bottle, the pouches of food are his only source of liquids.  They’re also the only veggies and fruit he’ll consume so I buy them in bulk.  The Sprout brand is my brand of choice because I trust that they use are real, honest ingredients.  My sweet son won’t eat much but that means that what he does eat is even more important.

Sprout Pouches

I love that he’ll drink the pouches on his own.  It makes eating on the go so nice.  Plus, the Sprout brand flavors are so good that if my son doesn’t like one, my preschool daughter will.  No waste, I love it!

Sweet Kids

My kids are growing up so fast and I want to give them the best nutrition I can.  If you have little kiddos, what’s their favorite flavors?  My son loves Sprout’s Pear, Kiwi, Peas, and Spinach.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sprout® Organic Baby Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.

Innocence, Honesty, and Sprout Organic Baby Food

Kids on Firetruck

My grandmother and great aunt are visiting me this week.  We’ve had so much fun together!  I was very close to them when I was growing up and I cherish any time my kids can spend with them.  Oh, how I wish they didn’t live so far away!  Today, we all went shopping.  My daughter’s favorite part of shopping with my family is the quarter rides.  I never buy the rides for them…because my grandmother taught me better than to waste money on such things…but apparently, she has forgotten this. 🙂  My daughter has enjoyed their generosity for a few years but this was my son’s first trip to this store.  Check out his face in this picture!  He’s overjoyed and they didn’t even add the quarters yet!

I hope my kid’s will always be so innocent and enjoy the simple, pure, and little things in life.

I love pure and simple things.  Books.  Sunshine.  Fruit.  Organic food.  We’re not a strictly organic family, but I do enjoy knowing that family is eating wholesomely. I heard about Sprout’s Organic Food years ago before I had kids and checked into it.  From what I read I was hooked.  Natural, pure, ingredients.  I wanted this for my kids.  Today we were running low on baby food so I headed to Harris Teeter to grab some more Sprout pouches.  Harris Teeter is one of Sprout’s retailers, so if you head out to Wal-Mart you sadly won’t find it there. It’s worth the special trip for me because 1) Harris Teeter has amazing sushi and 2) because caring for my family is essential.  Besides, their shopping cards are a-maz-ing!  Build in cup holders – you know they added those for moms who are juggling multiple kids while simultaneously sipping something caffeinated, shopping, and preparing a week’s worth of menus in her head!

Harris Teeter

I went to the baby food section and found my favorite baby food there…the holy grail of baby food, some might say.  It was easy to locate.

Sprout Organic Baby Food

Sprout touts (did you like that intentional rhyme?) USDA certified organic ingredients and non GMO. The flavor names are honest because they actually match the ingredients lists. Shocker. And it’s the only baby and toddler food brand that doesn’t use acid preservatives that can upset baby’s system.  Which is huge for me since my sweet son is allergic to so much and I don’t want food to adversely affect him in any way. Also, A biggie for me – the packaging is free from BPA. I hate the stuff.Sprout Baby Food

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sprout® Organic Baby Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.