Padalily Arm Cushion Review

It’s no secret my babies come out big. Brielle and Wade both weighed almost 10 pounds at birth 😱. As many parents know carrying a constantly growing baby in a car seat can be a bit of a workout. Add a diaper bag, purse, and masks to the equation and your hands are completely full. That’s why I was super excited when Padalily.com wanted me to try out their Padalily Arm Cushion for Wade’s carrier. The arm cushion was great for relieving the weight of the carrier and adding support when putting my him in and out of the car.
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Moms and Moms to be this a great and affordable accessory to add a little cushion and comfort in your life. Be sure to checkout @lilywinnail for more cute designs.

Giveaway: Bring on the Bump

Bring on the Bump Giveaway!!!

Bump Date: 22 Weeks 4 DaysBalance has been the overarching motif for the past few weeks in my household. Between teaching remotely, homeschooling my daughter, and being a wife, everything has started to become one big #quarantined blur. However, creating a daily schedule has helped me keep balance and sanity during these surreal times.

Here are some beautiful mamas/moms-to-be that juggle motherhood with style and grace:

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Exciting new I’ve teamed up with @motherhoodmaternity to challenge you expecting mamas to enter the “bring on the bump” contest! ⁣⁣⁣

How to enter:

⁣⁣• Follow @motherhoodmaternity & like the contest post ⁣⁣

• Post your bump photo with #MHJuggle & Tag @motherhoodmaternity

• Tag 5 moms in your squad to join

⁣⁣•This giveaway runs from 4/1-4/25 2020 ⁣⁣And a random winner will be chosen each day to win a Motherhood Maternity care package including a $100 gift card to motherhood maternity! ⁣⁣ #MHjuggle#brandssupportingmoms

MommyMoments: 5 Must-Haves

I know it’s been a minute but I’m back with brand new motherhood content, organization hacks, and beauty tips. Life has been a whirlwind for the past few months (more about that coming soon, but 2019 is here and it’s time to get things in order. Let’s face it as moms, wives, career women, and entrepreneurs our day is jam-packed with numerous to-do items. With that being said, one of my goals for the new year is finding ways to better organize my days, weeks, and months so that I can conquer these tasks efficiently. So to kick things off, today I’m sharing my top 5 busy mom must-haves.

Planners: Raise your hand if your life revolves around your planner. I’ll be the first to admit my planner keeps me sane. It helps me keep track of my personal tasks as well as my family’s busy schedules. The personal planner I’m currently using is the Glamorous Planning Planner, but usually, Michaels is my go-to spot for all things planner related.

Functional Purse/Tote Bag: I’m so guilty of carrying around my purse, work bag, and iPad case because I never know when I’m going to need something. But lately, I’ve been following the motto “Work smarter, not harder.”; so I decided to invest in a more functional tote bag which can hold everything I need while I’m on the go, but still looks cute. Piper Nobel makes amazing functional totes and purses and is a great starting point for anyone interested in consolidating their load.

Digital Calendar: All phones and most tablets have some sort of digital calendar. Since my phone uses Android my go-to is Google Calendar. I love the fact that I can add events and appointment directly from my email, sync my info across various platforms and devices, and share planning items between my husband and me. If Google isn’t your thing, then check out your respective app store for the hundreds of calendar options available there.

Checklist App: Checklist apps are great for ensuring the more immediate to-do items in your life are taken care of. There are a million checklist apps so research and find the one that works best for you. My current favorite is Wunderlist: it’s very user-friendly and helps me keeps my day together.

Water Bottle: I know this seems random but daily water intake is vital. Personally, having some form of a water bottle with me is a great reminder to mind my water intake. The cup I use the most is my Zak! brand tumbler, which is similar to the more expensive Yeti cups but is way more affordable and just as effective.

I hope you find these tools useful and be sure to hit the comments below with some of your busy moms must-haves.

Product Review: Natural Heir Skin Care

This post is a partnership with Elements of Aliel featuring their Natural Heir skin care line for kids. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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My poor child inherited the dry skin trait from both of her parents. When she was an infant we struggled for months with her eczema: she would have breakouts in the creases of her arms, behind her knees, the back of her neck, and her face. Four years later the eczema flare-ups have subsided but she still wrestles with dry skin on an almost daily basis. After trying numerous ideas and products to help soothe her skin we learned that natural based products worked the best for her. This is why I was so excited when LaKeisha A. Entsuah reached out to me to use and review her Natural Heir body and skin care line, which she developed for her daughters to use from birth to their teenage years.

The Natural Heir line features 3 products: Mud Pie All Over Cleanser, Cream Pie Moisturizing Butter, and Wild Flower Oatmeal Bath Soak.

Mud Pie is an all over body cleanser made with African black soap, chamomile, and other natural ingredients. The name Mud Pie really fits this product because it has a unique consistency that still lathers well when used. I love how this left my daughter’s skin feeling smooth after her bath and the soap didn’t strip the natural oils from her body.

Cream Pie is a moisturizing body butter made with shea butter, avocado oil, castor oil and other essential ingredients. Our nighttime routine consists of bath time, lotion, and pjs. Usually I have to apply lotion again in the morning because her skin just seems to sucks up moisture, but with the Cream Pie body butter her skin was still soft and hydrated the next morning. It goes on smooth and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling after use. This is definitely my favorite product in the line.

Wildflower Oatmeal Bath Soak is an oatmeal soak infused with chamomile, aloe, and bentonite. As soon as I opened the packaging I knew I was dealing with a truly all-natural product. We love this product because it was great for itchy skin after playing outside. The Wildflower bath soak soothed my daughter skin and helped reduce some of the irritation caused by bug bites.

The Natural Heir website states:

This product line aims to be their introduction to clean/non-toxic self-care. It is also a way to teach our children to value themselves as royalty, both physically and mentally. To understand the importance of how what you put on your body affects your whole being.”

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I truly feel LaKeisha A. Entsuah accomplished this goal with the Natural Heir line. Not to brag, but my daughter is a pretty smart girl and she knows when her skin is out of whack. Having these items around the last few weeks has helped me begin to teach her the importance of using good quality natural products on her body and she actually gets it! Natural Heir is a great and affordable children’s skin care line and I’m excited to continue using the products to show my daughter the importance of taking care of her skin and body. For more information checkout their website and Instagram page .

 

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Brand Ambassador: Pineapple Clothing

Our Sunday family outing turned into a Disney dress shopping spree for this kiddo but at least we were cute  (Look at how adorable our tops are!!!)

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We’ve team with Pineapple Clothing to be brand ambassadors for their mommy and me line. If you have the time check out their website; it has tons of mommy and me outfits just in time for Easter. Get 20% off with the code: beeedw 

Shop: Pineapple Clothing 

 

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Review: Heart Street Market App

Let’s be honest, technology is pretty much inescapable when it comes to our kids. But with many games lacking educational substance or showing things not suitable for younger children, it’s imperative that parents keep watch over their children’s devices. I always select games for my daughter that help her grow as a learner, so when I was contacted by the Heart For Heart Girls company to review their mobile game, Heart Street Market, I was more than happy to play this game with my daughter and get her feedback.

 

Game Concept:

The Heart Street Market mobile game explores the lives of  Rahel, Nahji, Consuelo, and Dell.  Each girl takes you on an adventure to explore their countries and play mini games helping them collect supplies to build their unique neighborhood.

 

Heart Street Market features the H4H doll characters who represent their respective geographical regions on a globe. Within each region exists various mini games which exercises various learning skills such as pattern recognition/creation and basic math. However, I would suggest if your child is around four years old or younger that a parent or someone older play along with them as some of the games may be a little difficult. For example, my daughter (who just turned four a month ago)  became a little frustrated with a snake-like game in Nahja’s town because it was a bit hard for her to control. Once I played along with her a few times she slowly began to understand how to play better.   

 

Many of the mini games feature similar controls and functionalities but may have different gameplay mechanics and are themed for their specific countries. One example is the matching gameplay of Rahel’s raindrop game (my daughter’s FAVORITE game) and Consuelo’s bakery game. Even though they both require the player to match items on a board, Rahel’s game uses the matched raindrops to fill jars of a specific color while Consuelo’s bakery game matches pastries with a Mexican theme.

 

Outside of the games there is also a marketplace where players go to purchase mission items using the in-game currency earned from the mini games. These mission items are then used to help build the neighborhoods of each H4H girl’s geographical region. One aspect of the marketplace that was a bit confusing was the navigation. The marketplace has numerous stands where players go to purchase items, however these stands aren’t really labeled so it becomes kind of a guessing game as to which stand held what items. After playing for a while it becomes a little easier to find certain items in the marketplace but it does take some time to almost memorize these locations.

Overall my daughter really enjoys the app and as a parent I feel this is a great game for children that can help with various learning skills while also discussing culture. To download the game a one-time purchase of $3.99 is required, but keep in mind the app does not require any other in-game microtransactions to play once it has been purchased. So if you’re looking for a mobile game with a little more substance than something like Candy Crush for your kiddo, I’d highly suggest giving Heart Street Market a try.   

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You can purchase the app here:

Android 

Apple

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