SnuggyBaby Ring Sling

Infant seats are heavy to carry and over time carrying an infant gets tiring but no one wants to miss out on snuggles so what is a parent (or caretaker to do)? They can babywear! The ring sling in this review is from SnuggyBaby. SnuggyBaby ring slings are comfortable, cute, budget friendly, made in the USA, and made with natural fibers.

When I first started using the ring sling I had some trouble but the SnuggyBaby DVD that came with my ring sling was informative and before I knew it I was using it all the time. It is easy to put on and remove and easy to put baby in and take baby out. The ease of the SnuggyBaby ring sling is great during shopping trips with my toddler and preschooler. My toddler is 20 pounds and my preschooler is 32 pounds. Wearing my preschooler is comfortable for a good half hour before I start to feel the weight but with my toddler I can easily go for 2+ hours. Nursing in the ring sling is comfortable and easy too. If you prefer a cover while nursing, the tail of the ring sling makes a nice cover. The tail is also great for games of peek-a-boo, distracting a crabby infant or toddler, or protection from the elements.

ImageI cannot recall the pattern name of my SnuggyBaby ring sling but it is a green water color pattern that is beautiful. I love patterns and prints that are gender neutral and the price was under $100.00USD so this was an automatic win when I found it! SnuggyBaby provides gender specific or gender neutral colors and patterns ranging from $89.00USD to $99.00USD. When purchasing my SnuggyBaby ring sling I was excited to see that not only is it made in the USA but it is made in Fort Wayne, Indiana which is only a few hours’ drive from me. I also love that SnuggyBaby uses cotton and/or linen when making ring slings. Natural fibers are not only strong but they do not aggravate my toddler’s sensitive skin.

I have a small collection of ergonomic carriers and my favorite by far is my ring sling by SnuggyBaby. I have had the SnuggyBaby ring sling for over a year and it still looks new. I have used it secure my child to chair at a restaurant, secure my child in a cart with a broken buckle, and used to wrap up spare clothes on a quick trip out. It has been peed on, spit up on, and food dropped on it and it easily washes clean. It was been a blanket, it has been a lovey, but most importantly it has been bringing me snuggles from my babies since I purchased it. Thank you SnuggyBaby for the snuggles you bring!

Ergonomic babywearing is safe for baby and the individual wearing the child when it is done properly. For more information visit the babywearing institute.

Rochelle’s childrens’ book review of “Magical Toys” a story about organization and taking care of your toys by Edith Ordan and Uncle Amos

Hello all! This is Busy Being MOMS co-blogger Rochelle. For this weeks blog review I am going to do something a little different, I am going to be reviewing a children’s book. As some of you know I do run a book blog but mostly it is Young adult novels, Romance, and New Adult Novels so when Amos Ordan (pen name Uncle Amos) asked if could write an HONEST review of his new children’s book I thought this would be a great place to write it. He did send me the Advanced Reading Copy (or ARC) of  this book and asked for an honest review, however I am not compensated at all for this review and it is my honest opinion of the book.

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Synopsis:

Ron doesn’t see why he has to put his toys away. After all, he’s just going to play with them again tomorrow! But when the toys have their say, Ron learns an important lesson about caring, being thoughtful, and keeping his room clean. A whimsical tale about friendship and getting things done, Ron’s Magical Toys will enchant children and adults alike.

My Review:

Magical Toys: A story about Organization and Taking car of your toys, is a children’s story that is written for ages 3-8. I have just one little one that is 20 months old and when I read it to her she loved it. Some stories I read to her she sits on my lap and listens to for a minute or two and then shes bored and gets down and goes play with something else. With Magical Toys she stayed interested and engaged. She loved the little pictures of the little boy and the toys. She was pointing things out and letting me tell her what is going on. We really enjoyed reading it and we will read it again and again. I think it does help explain to a child in a fun way that he or she should clean up their toys and take good care of their toys if they really care for them. I honestly think this is a great book for kids and it is on the kindle right now for .99 cents and I think it is worth every penny!

Thank you for checking out my first children’s book review everyone!

Co-Blogger, Rochelle

Important Info:

Buy HERE

Book’s Goodreads page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21543525-magical-toys

Author’s Goodreads pages:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7399567.Uncle_Amos

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8080304.Edith_Ordan

Period.

Period, menstrual cycle, menses, aunt flow, and so many other names for this monthly visitor. Did you know that we have other options beside disposable pads and tampons? We have the option of reusable cloth pads and menstrual cups. I had heard of different types of cups available but was incredibly intimated by them so I just went on using disposable pads and tampons. One day I started my period and went to go get my tampons out only to realize I only had 3 left and I had just gone shopping two days ago. There was no way I was going to load up two kids and make a trip to the store for just tampons and as much as I love my husband I’m not letting him pick out my tampons. So I packed up two kids and went to a local shop that’s much closer and had a play area for the kids to pick up The Diva Cup. This has turned out to be a great choice.

I went home, read the instructions, and prepped The Diva Cup for use. It was amazing! I only had to worry about my period two times a day and even better there was no “period” smell! The first few cycles I had some leaking since it does have a learning curve with inserting it. With each cycle I had less leaking and now I don’t leak at all! When I wake up and before bed I empty The Diva Cup, that’s it. How great is that? I cannot believe I used to be intimated by it because it really is easy to use! Unless I have cramps I don’t even feel The Diva Cup. It is a simple contraption that does amazing work! Caring for The Diva Cup is really easy also. I wash my hands before and after emptying the Diva Cup and wash then sanitize at the end of my cycle. I then store it in its bag in my medicine cabinet.  The Diva Cup offers a wash for it but I have not yet used it. Next time I’m out and about I may grab some Diva Wash to try it out!

The only negative thing I could think of when I purchased The Diva Cup was the price point; it was a lot to spend up front. When I returned home and did the math of disposable pads and tampons versus the cost of The Diva Cup, The Diva Cup was cheaper. You will spend $30.00 to $40.00 USD for, on average, a year’s use of The Diva Cup and $5.00 to $15.00 (maybe more) USD on disposable pads or tampons per cycle. The Diva Cup is about $3.00 USD per cycle thus cheaper than disposable pads or tampons. Cost aside, The Diva Cup is a healthier and an Earth friendly option.

Whether you are looking for something easier, more cost effective, or making a transition to a more natural or Earth friendly lifestyle I highly recommend The Diva Cup. I wish I would have switched sooner. I hope to hear that you decided to make the switch and that you are as happy as I am with the switch too! Now raise your cups up high because heres to a happy period and a happy you!

Honest, non-sponsored Review from busy being MOMS blogger Katie

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Healthy Baby Home Party

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Is there anything more important than the health of your child? I certainly can’t think of anything. Thankfully, there are companies that feel the same way.

Healthy Child and Seventh Generation are on a mission to bring safer chemicals to the market and to hold companies accountable for using unsafe products. As part of this mission, they gave moms like me the chance to host a Health Baby Home Party. Part of my home party is educating parents about safer products for their family and the overall dangers of toxic chemicals in everyday products.

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My family and I have been trying to live a more “crunchy” (natural) life since my son had a seizure almost 2 years ago. After that happened, I wanted to protect my children from everything I could. I wanted to clean their environment and remove anything that could damage their developing minds and bodies. This is a momentous and overwhelming task. I was shocked to learn how many toxic chemicals my children were being exposed to every single day. They are surrounded by a ridiculous amount of dangerous chemicals, chemicals that are linked to asthma, alzheimer’s, and even cancer. What’s even worse is that these toxic chemicals aren’t just in things that are obviously dangerous (like paint thinner, gasoline, etc) they are in products designed for use by children and even in the foods they eat!! This baffles my mind and is truly nauseating.

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The good news is that you and I control the market. You might think your shopping habits don’t have an impact on the market as a whole, but they most certainly do. Companies make products and people buy them, if people stop buying them, companies will stop making them. Seems simple enough, right? The problem is, lots of parents just don’t know that the majority of the chemicals on the market have NOT been adequately tested, or even declared safe for use by children or adults. Knowledge is power, and it’s time for this country to wake up and smell the toxic burden our society, and more importantly, our children have to live with. It starts with you and your family. You can make a difference for your family and the country as a whole. You can choose to buy safer alternatives, and you can educate your family and friends about smarter, better, and healthier choices. Buy organic when you can, support local businesses, buy hand made products, avoid fragrances, dyes, preservatives, and pesticides, and choose to spend your money on SAFE products. These small changes can make a big difference and will show companies that this country is ready to stand up and fight for safer products.

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Did you know that the The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed in 1976 and it has NEVER been updated?! Crazy, right? What’s even worse is that at birth, you can find nearly 300 chemicals in newborns umbilical cords! This is NOT ok with me, and it should NOT be ok with you, or your family either. If you want to help make a difference, tell congress it’s time for a change, and stand up for safer chemicals by signing the petition here.  

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A Wake-Up Story from HealthyChild.org 

busy being MOMS blogger, Stacey

Driving Along in my Automobile

I am one excited mom this week! It is finally nice weather and we can get out and enjoy the sunshine and my little girl can enjoy her outdoor toys! One of those toys that I made sure that my husband put together for her first was her Little Tikes Cozy Coupe that she got from Grandma and Grandpa for Christmas.

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The cozy coupe is made in the USA and are celebrating their 30th Anniversary this year. It is recommended for ages 1.5-5 years old and the weight limit is 50lbs. It comes with a removable foot board which I love because my little one hasn’t quite figured out how to push it with her feet yet so when we want to move her around in it we can put the foot board in and push her with the built in handle on the roof. The foot board is pretty easy to pop in and out but not so easy that a kid pushing on it while they are sitting in it will make it pop out (as long as it is put in properly anyway). It has a cute little ignition switch that they can pretend to turn on and off and if you are taking it to the park or something in the back it has cup holders for water bottles or sippy cups, however the small sippy cups with the handles do not fit too well in it but a taller cup will. They have a gas cap that the children can open and close, they do have little play gas station pumps at places like Toys R Us or on Pinterest they have tons of ideas on how to make your own little gas jugs to pretend with. The front wheels make turning pretty easy, my husband took her on the grass and did not get stuck at all.

Like the package says assembly is required, it comes with all the parts to build it and the tools, my husband did use his hammer lightly to get some parts together so they did not come apart. It probably would’ve taken him 10 minutes to get built if our little one wasn’t trying to help but then it only took him 20 minutes to build and she was ready to roll.

I absolutely love this car for her and I am so glad that I asked her grandparents for it for her Christmas present because I know it will get a lot of use for her and also for any siblings that come along.

Thanks for reading!

Honest, non-sponsored review from busy being MOMS blogger Rochelle

 

Best Bottom Cloth Diapers

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When having a baby you are faced with a decision on what diapers to use. There are cloth diapers and disposable diapers; each one has so many different brands and styles. With my second child I went with cloth diapers and I’m glad I did. After trial and error I went with Best Bottom cloth diapers and inserts as our main diapers. They are one size fits most, absorbent, fast drying, different insert fabrics, trim, and cost effective. The diapers have been used for 20 months and counting, I find them easy to use, and easy for others to use.

Best Bottom cloth diapers are a cover and snap in insert system. Covers come in boy, girl, and neutral colors or designs. One cover can be used for approximately 3 changes. The covers are lined with PUL (Polyurethane Laminate) giving them a wetness barrier and easy to wipe inside. The covers contain leg gussets and snaps on the inside to secure the inserts. An awesome feature of the Best Bottom diaper covers is the multiple sizes from one cover. They can be used from birth to 35+ pounds all you do is purchase the inserts according to the size of your child. You can also purchase tab extenders for older children. My covers still have all the original snaps and pull with no rips and the elastic is still strong. I wash the covers every 2-3 days and hang dry them. Hang drying diaper covers will help extend the life of the cover.

The inserts are available in microfiber or organic hemp/cotton blend, size small (green trim, approx. birth to 14 pounds), medium (white trim, approx. 11-22 pounds), or large (blue trim, approx. 16-35 pounds). The inserts are thin allowing the diaper to be trim fitting while on. I have used both fabric options and all sizes. I prefer the organic help/cotton since my daughter has sensitive skin and the microfiber tends to aggravate her. Both fabric options are absorbent, dry quickly, and hold up well. Most of my inserts are “like new” aside from minor poop stains. With Spring coming I will sun those poop stains out! More information on sunning can be found at the cottonbabies website. If I could change something about the diapers I would widen the inserts. Bigger poops tend to get mushed onto leg gussets. When the poop gets in the leg gussets it is hard to get it clean enough for another use.

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With Best Bottom diapers you can purchase them one insert size at a time. This is a nice feature if you are unsure if this is the type of diaper you want or do not want to store bigger sizes for later. Covers start at $16.95 and inserts start at $3.95. This gives others who would like to get you a cloth diaper gift many options depending on their budget. Best Bottom diapers are a great system to be used by veteran and newbie cloth diaper families. They even offer potty training pants for older children. You can check out the Best Bottom website at www.bestbottomdiapers.com for more information on the diapers and where to purchase Best Bottom products. As I sit here discussing with my husband on how to end this review and all he has is poop jokes, I will just say goodbye before things get too silly!

Honest, non-sponsored review from busy being MOMS blogger Katie

Family Game Night

Every Saturday night in our house our kitchen transforms into game central for family game night! We have two boys, ages 4 and 2, and when we started looking for games we were pretty overwhelmed by all the options in the toy store. The four games below are a great starting point when you’re looking to build a game library for your family.

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I’ll start off with my sons favorite, The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel, by Educational Insights. This game is recommended for kids ages 3-5, and if you’re playing it with younger siblings present, I would be cautious of the small acorn pieces. This game is very simple and is a great first game for your preschooler. The object of the game is to be the first person to fill your log with all of the different colored acorns. You take a turn using the spinner, then you use the squirrel squeezers to place your acorns in your log. There is also a “miss a turn”, “steal an acorn”, and a “storm” space on the spinner. This game is a good introduction to competitive games, and the concept of winning/losing. This game is also great for fine motor development because of the added challenge of the squirrel squeezers (which is my sons favorite part). The design of the game is adorable, and the colors are bright and cheery. You can find it here.

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My kids second favorite game is Zingo! by ThinkFun. Zingo! follows the same concept of Bingo, and has 2 levels of play. The idea of the game is to be the first person to fill your Zingo! card by matching the picture and word tiles that come out of the zinger device and shouting out the tile you need before the other players. Zingo! is recommended for kids ages 4 and up, but I’d say a 3 year old would be able to grasp the concept of this game. My son LOVES the thrill of being the first person to shout the name of the tile he needs and fill up his card first. Even if he doesn’t win the whole game, he gets the satisfaction of “winning” tiles for his card during the game, which I love (less tears is always a plus in our house)! Since my son is a young 4, he does still get upset by “losing” but games like this are helping him learn how to be a gracious “loser”. We encourage him to say congratulations to the winner, and he is beginning to understand that there is always a chance to win next time. I want my son to learn how to be good sport and understand that not everyone can win every time, but with Zingo! your kids will be thrilled to achieve small victories throughout the game. You can find Zingo! here.

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Next up is Sequence for Kids, by Jax Games. There are several different versions of Sequence, including several adult versions, and they are all awesome games for your preschooler and beyond. For kids, they make a Letters version, and a Numbers version in addition to the regular Kids version. For this post, I will be focusing on the Kids and Letters versions. Both of those versions are recommended for kids ages 4-7. The object of the game is to get “sequence” by getting 4 chips in a row. My son loves both versions, but I prefer the letters version since it helps my son practice his letter sounds without him knowing he’s learning! This game is great for reinforcing what your preschooler/kindergartner is learning at school, and a great tool for home schoolers. It’s also great for introducing the concept of strategizing. My son still struggles with that aspect of the game, but he is still able to play and win with minimal help. The best thing about this game in my opinion is that it’s actually fun for mom and dad too! I actually really enjoy the adult version of Sequence, so I was happy to find that the kids version isn’t too boring, repetitive, or long. (If you’ve ever played Chutes and Ladders, I think you know what I’m talking about!) The best part is, your child will learn through play with this game, and you won’t have to tell your kids that it’s “broken”, it’s a win, win! You can find Sequence here.

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The last game on my favorites list is Stack Up! by Peaceable Kingdom. Stack Up! is different from the games listed above because it is a cooperative game, meaning every player is working toward a common goal, and there is no “winner” or “loser”. This type of game is great for younger children who can have a very hard time with losing and who also need to work on being part of a team. My son has been known to shed quite a few tears if he doesn’t win, but that’s something we are working on with the games listed above. However, just as it’s important to learn how to be a gracious “loser”, I feel like it’s equally important to learn how to work together as a team. This game is meant for kids 3 and up as it has 3 levels of difficultly. The challenge cards add an extra level of difficulty so the game never gets old. The object of the game is to work together to stack the blocks before the Block Smasher knocks them down, which also happens to be my sons favorite part! Stack Up! encourages hand eye coordination, team work, turn taking, counting, gross/fine motor skills, and color recognition all through play, which we all know is a great way to learn! My son is 4 and we started on stage 2 with no problems. This is definitely one of his favorite games, and I love it because every one is happy at the end of the game since no one has to lose! You can find Stack Up! along with lots of other cooperative games here.

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I hope our list of some of our favorite games encourages you to build your own family game library and start a weekly family game night! Kids are never too young to start playing organized games. Happy gaming!

Honest, non-sponsored review from busy being MOMS blogger Stacey

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