Enspire™ by Enfamil®: Enfamil’s Closest Formula Yet!

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I received product and compensation from Mead Johnson Nutrition to create this post written by me. All experiences and opinions expressed in this post are my own and not those of Mead Johnson Nutrition. You can contact Mead Nutrition with product related questions or comments toll free at 1-888-777-3395 or through the Contact Us link at Enfamil.com.

There are so many pregnant bellies in my family right now: my sister-in-law, my niece, my step-daughter’s mom – and I know every one of them plan to breastfeed. After all, the nutritional benefits of breast milk can’t be found in a formula.  Or can they?


If breastfeeding isn’t in the cards for you and your babies, you should know that they can still get the nutrition they need with new Enspire™ by Enfamil®, their closest formula to breast milk. After comprehensive breast milk studies, Enfamil had information on some of the remarkable components found in breast milk, such as MFGM to help foster brain development, Lactoferrin to help support the immune system, and brain-nourishing DHA – helping close the compositional gap between formula and breast milk.

I cannot tell you how excited I was to learn all about Enspire™, because my first little one drank Enfamil® with great results. With an advancement like this, our babies can get other components from a formula, that until now,  were primarily available from breast milk.
 

It’s comforting to know that even if we, as moms, decide not to breastfeed, our babies can still get the nutrition they need from a formula. That little extra cost is worth the peace of mind.

Enspire™ by Enfamil® is available at local grocers, Target and on Amazon.com. Enspire Family Beginnings by Enfamil provides samples, offers and content focused on mom’s stage and baby’s age. They also offer dedicated experts to ask questions about Enspire™, or you and your baby.

Visit EnspireFormula.com or call 1-888-777-3395 to talk to a dedicated Enspire™ Expert. 


Derma MD Skincare Review

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Derma MD Skincare.

30. It's that scary age that all women seem to dread like it's the apocalypse and here I am, slowly approaching it. I found my first gray hair a couple weeks ago, and when I look in the mirror I no longer see the young vibrant woman I used to see. Instead, there's some tired, starting-to-wrinkle, middle-aged woman staring back at me. Years of stress and parenthood are starting to catch up with me, and my face is definitely showing it.

I had the opportunity to work with Derma MD Skincare - a company that researches, develops, and provides products "that will show RESULTS using the newest, most advanced ingredients and incorporating these specific ingredients at the highest percentages and most effective concentration levels available in the industry." Each of their products specifically focus on target areas where they are needed to correct specific problems and give optimal results

Derma MD Skincare's MIDLIFT¹¹
Derma MD's New MIDLIFT¹¹, combined with their new Vitamin C-21, will increase hydration, lighten, tighten and lift the delicate skin of the neck and dècolletè.  Used daily the appearance of crepiness, lines, and wrinkles will be reduced and skin will appear firmer, more luminous, lifted and hydrated. This throat and neck creme improves the look of your neck skin, something most people forget about in their beauty routine!


They also sent me their Glamur LIP Plump in Peach Bellini


I've always wanted to try a lip plumper, because my full plump lips of yesteryears have thinned out recently - especially my top lip. Peptide and vitamin A palmitate help to increase collagen levels, while vitamin B3 provides instant gratification plumping. Glamur lip plumper exfoliates and conditions the sensitive skin of your lips as it moisturizes and protects them all day long.  Your lips look fuller instantly, and apparently over time that appearance will become reality. 

But does it really work?

About a minute after applying it, my lips started tingling. Almost a burning sensation, but it didn't hurt. I could feel them getting plumper and fuller, and definitely noticed a difference. 


The key ingredients listed on the little pamphlet that came in the box include:
• Hyaluronic Acid Micro Spheres to visibly fill & boost lip volume
• Tri-Peptide 1 to promote new collagen
• Retinyl Palmitate to visibly improve the look of fine lines
• Benzyl Nicotinate (niacin) to increase hydration and is a stimulant
• Camphor for soothing
• Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E) - an antioxidant that moisturizes and protects


I also received a sample of Pink Silk Face Firming Rejuvenator. Made with caviar as well as astaxanthin, red algae found primarily in Hawaiian waters, it decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improving your skin's texture and providing a more luminous appearance. 



The "silk" in the name is fairly accurate - this serum glides on your skin like silk and makes my skin feel so soft. I've been using it for about a week now, 2x a day as recommended, and have seen a little bit of a difference in the fine lines around my eyes and on my forehead. The biggest difference has been the feel of my skin, though. My face has been so much smoother and softer, almost like I've gotten some of my youth back.


Check out Derma MD Skincare for yourself, and get some of your youth back!

Bedroom Decoration Ideas For Teenage Boys

When somebody says ‘bedroom decoration for teen girls’, many things might spring to mind. Perhaps a pink fairy princess room? Or one covered in posters of a boy band? Or maybe one full of shiny, glittery things?

However, it could also then be the case then when somebody says ‘bedroom decoration for teen boys’, you draw a blank. It’s understandable if you think discovering and deciding on bedroom theme for boys can be harder.

Don’t worry though. Here are four ideas for the theme and furniture to get you started, no matter what your boy is into.

Music-themed
Most teenage boys are into music of some kind. Perhaps your son is into rock bands or punk bands, or maybe he prefers rap and hip-hop. Whichever genre he is the most interested in, making a music-themed bedroom is a great idea. Furthermore, because music is such a lifelong love for many, you will get some real longevity out of their room. He may not want to change it for many years to come, which of course is great news for both your budget and your free time!

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Graffiti-themed
Is your son artistic? Does he love skateboarding or other activities like this? Then how about a graffiti-themed bedroom? It’s a bold choice, but your boy might love it! You can find free graffiti fonts online, and then either print them out and trace them, or copy them. This theme is something he can help with, and will probably want to! Use spray paint over any stencils as it’s much easier and will save you time. If he will also need to use his room for homework, keep the wall where he works bare. Too much on the walls might distract him when he needs to focus.

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Travel-themed
Does your boy love to travel? Or does he dream about doing a job one day that allows him to travel, like a pilot or an archaeologist? Then feed this desire and dream with a travel-themed bedroom. How about an entire wall covered with a map? A lamp shade depicting a globe? A real life globe he can have on display and study. You can get some with bulbs in the center so that he can use it as a bedside lamp also. A bed cover with a suitcase print, or passport print, would add a great finishing touch.

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Nautical-themed
Your son doesn’t have to be a wannabe sailor for this theme to work! Nautical is a great idea for a boy’s bedroom? Why? Because the presence of a theme helps hold the design of the whole room together. But the theme is not super obvious and in your face. Plus, boys tend to love the color blue! Use white for the finishing touches, not things that will dirty easily, like the carpet or bedding. A few well-positioned strips will add a subtle nautical touch. For younger teens, how about a border depicting anchors? You could even replace his normal chair with a deckchair as an added treat! A few black birds drawn simply onto one wall will add a great finishing touch.

How to Stage Your Condo for Sale

Many people that are searching for downtown Seattle condos for sale are looking for somewhere to settle down in and begin their new future. Whatever reason you may have to sell your current luxury condo, you want to give potential new owners a good reason to decide to choose to buy yours.

Staging a condo can help potential buyers steer in the right direction, but if you don’t have experience staging a home, this can be difficult for first-time sellers.


Do a Deep Cleaning


Buyers are going to be looking at many different condos for sale, so you want yours to stand out as much as possible. It may not seem like the little things are going to be noticed, but to someone who has never seen or been in your home, the small details can make or break a sale. Be sure to clean every inch of your condo, from top to bottom. This is generally directed at the big problem areas for many owners, such as the kitchen or the bathroom.

Make the Area Livable


You want the people who view your condo to imagine themselves living in it. Don’t assume that moving out all of your furniture or removing decorations from the walls is going to help sell your current residence. It helps when buyers see how furniture is positioned in the home because this can give them an idea of what their home will eventually look like and whether or not it can be more than just a “show home.”


De-Personalize the Home


As sad as it may be to put away your family’s photos, this is one of the easiest ways to help stage your home for potential buyers. Since you want the new family or individual to see the house as their own, putting away personal belongings and photos will help speed the process along and allow the buyers to see themselves living in it rather than see it as your home.

Staging a condo is easier than it seems. With a little effort, staging your condo for a sale can be just as easy as putting it on the market.



Apple Green Brooklyn Messenger Bag from Net Effects Traders

I wrote a little bit back around Mother's Day about the Net Effects Brooklyn Messenger Bag (Mother's Day Beauty Picks) and I recently had the pleasure of working with them to review the bag. Not only are they creators of some fabulous bags - they are also a company with a mission to do good.


I chose the Brooklyn Messenger Bag in Apple Green because green is my absolute favorite color.  I love that the style is a little bit retro. The whole bag reminds me of the bag I used to carry back in high school; I've always loved messenger bags over handbags. 

When I'm blogging on the go - whether it's a family vacation, bringing the kids to the park, or bringing Matt out of town for work, having one bag to hold everything I need is an absolute must. Having one that comes from a company with a mission to do good? Even better!


The Brooklyn Messenger bag is part of a new collection of zero-waste bags and totes made by Cambodian designers for NET Effects, each one constructed out of repurposed pieces of industrial and agricultural remnants into a bag that exudes style and a confident sense of culture, social responsibility, and a well-traveled woman.

The Brooklyn Messenger bag is a little classic, a little retro - a full-size messenger bag. Perfect since I like to only to carry one bag with everything in it.  My tablet, notebook, makeup bag, and a couple extra outfits for the kiddos all fit nicely inside and the zipper pocket under the clasping flap holds my wallet and keys, plus a snack for the little guys. There's even a little zipper pocket on the outside that my phone can fit into - so I really can use one bag for everything.

Features:
• Big enough to carry laptop or notebook, folders, and books.
• Large outside pocket for wallets, glasses and pins
• Small outside zipper pocket for phone
• Inside large zipper pocket
• Adjustable strap
Brooklyn Messenger Bag is available in Apple Green, Forest Green, Black, Midnight Blue, Rust, and Periwinkle Purple
Learn more about Net Effect Trader's philosophical missions and get your own Brooklyn Messenger Bag at NetEffectsTraders.com. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary sample to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own, however, and I only recommend products that I feel would be a good fit for my readers. 

What features do you look for in your perfect bag?

Oribel Cocoon™ - The Complete High Chair (A Review)


I was so excited to introduce the new Oribel Cocoon™ Complete High Chair in this post, and Oribel sent me one to test out for you guys, to show how it works and what my thoughts are on the actual product.



First, let me tell you about the Cocoon High Chair. This innovative piece of baby gear is probably one of the coolest things I've ever seen. It was inspired by butterflies (hence the Cocoon name) and it actually "transforms" into the perfect chair for every stage of solid feeding baby goes through.

Cocoon™ features:
  • 3 Recline Positions 
  • Comfortable Foam Pad 
  • 6 Height Adjustments
  • Food & Cup holder
  • Magnetic Stow Away Tray
  • Foldable Design for storage 

When my little guys were babies and trying their first bites of pureed baby food, I used the "Mom Hold." You know which one I'm talking about: the foot propped up on the opposite knee to make a little nest for your little one to prop on while you juggle the bowl and spoon? Yeah, I think I ended up wearing more of their food than that actually made it into their mouths. 


I really wish I had had something as nifty as the Oribel Cocoon High Chair when my little guys were little enough to use it all the time!

Straight out of the box, it required a little bit of assembly. I was a little nervous seeing how many pieces there appeared to be, but setting it up was really easy. The seat is one piece and slides right onto the front legs, which connect to the back legs via the hinge piece. Attach the footrest and the tray, and done!


As soon as I got it together, Kaya was begging me to let her sit in it. The bright purple "Plum" color is really inviting, and my little threenager informed me, "Purple is my favorite color, so now this is my favorite chair." 

It really does live it up all that it claims, and believe me, I made sure. First of all, the reclining seat. There's a little handle on the back of the seat that lifts and reclines the seat down to an almost laying-down position for bottle-fed and first taste feedings. The second position is a little more upright for when mom is feeding baby, and then the third position is straight up for self-feeders.


Kaya is a little too big to actually test the fully reclined position, so I just snapped a couple pictures with a baby-sized teddy bear we have, so you guys can see what I'm talking about.


Now, obviously, you'd have to adjust the straps to fit your baby, but there are three different height adjustments for the safety straps, with a five-point harness that makes sure that your little one is safe and secure. Something I thought was a really neat feature - the Cocoon comes with a cup holder and bowl/plate tray that attaches to either the right or left side of the seat to feed baby whichever way is most comfortable for you.


See where Kaya's thumb is on the left side of the picture? There's a flap covering the tray holder right there, where the cup holder attachment just slides right in and clicks. It's secure; we tried wiggling the seat and the holder and it stayed - meaning Mom won't be wearing baby's food from an accidental turn.

Once your little one is ready to try self-feeding, the cup holder can be easily switched out for the big tray - again easy installation, just push and listen for the click. What I really like about the tray is that the top comes off for easy cleaning and is dishwasher safe up to 160°F.


After your little one is finished eating, the entire high chair folds up and the tray attaches to the bars on the back for easy storage. Definitely takes up less space than when it's fully opened, and stood up against the wall beside our dining room table. 



All in all, the Cocoon™ is exactly what they claim - the complete high chair. I recommend this from baby's first bite all the way up to three years old. 

ABOUT ORIBEL
New to North America, this company registers the perfect balance between smart design and striking looks, befitting the busy lives of parents while helping them. Utilizing in-house design and production expertise, Oribel can respond to changing tastes while ensuring top quality and safety. This allows them to innovate, explore and deliver signature products for modern, happy families that engage children. They know that behind every happy baby is a set of relentlessly proud parents! 



To check them out for yourself, visit LoveOribel.com. You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest

What did you use for your little one's first bites?

Disclaimer: As stated in the first paragraph, I did receive a complementary sample for review purposes. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I use or think would be a really good fit for you, my readers.

5 Things Not to Say to Someone with Anxiety #MindOurFuture

This post is sponsored by BringChange2Mind.org. I was compensated for sharing my story of mental illnesses, and to help start a conversation about the stigmas around mental illnesses. 

I have an anxiety disorder. I also suffer from depression. My mental health is something I've had to battle since I was a young teen, and it's something that will always affect me. I have bouts where I am not physically able to leave the house because this crushing fear overwhelms me and all I want to do is hide.

The absolute worst? Having a panic attack because I'm worried that I might have a panic attack. If you don't have anxiety issues or spend time with someone who does, this might be something you don't understand. There's a vicious cycle with panic disorder - you have a panic attack, and then you worry for the next month when the next one will hit. It can be almost crippling to feel that way.

There's a stigma that surrounds mental disorders. So many people believe that a mental disorder is a sign of weakness, but it isn't. A mental illness is not caused by personal weakness, and no amount of positive thinking or willpower can "fix" it.


Since May was Mental Health Awareness month, I thought I would share with you guys some of the things that people have said to me over the years that really did not help. 

You see, even though 42.5 million American adults (or 18.2 percent of the total adult population in the United States) have a mental illness, it's still a taboo topic that no one seems to want to speak about. Yes, I have an anxiety disorder. No, it's not contagious. No, I'm not a weaker person.

5 Things Not to Say to Someone with Anxiety

1. Calm down.
This is probably the worst thing you can say to someone in the midst of a total freak out. Don't you think I'm trying to calm down?
PsychologyToday.com gives this analogy: “telling someone with an anxiety disorder to ‘calm down,’ is like telling someone with allergies to ‘stop sneezing.’” It isn't something we can control.

2. There isn't anything to worry about.
This one is interchangeable with "you're worrying about nothing!" It says to us that you don't believe our fears and/or worries are valid and that our thoughts have no value. That might not be what you mean, but that's totally how we're going to take it. Instead, try saying something like, "I know you're worried, how can I help this less stressful?"

3. I know how you feel.
Unless you also have an anxiety disorder, please don't say this. Unless you know what it feels like to have a panic attack in the middle of the grocery store, you don't know how I feel. And even if you have had a panic attack before, this is still something you don't want to say in the middle of someone else having a breakdown. Because we don't even know how we feel in the middle of it - so there's no way you could know either.

4. You just need some fresh air/to get out of the house/to relax.
Every mental illness is different, but there isn't any easy fix to any of them. And while there may not be a cure for anxiety, it can be managed with therapy, medication, and other proven treatments.

5. It's all in your head.
You know, technically, that's right. Our brains are wired differently, so there is a modicum of truth to that. Making us feel like we're "crazy" because we react differently to stressful situations, however, is not helpful.

I'm sure if you're reading this, and you have anxiety, or any mental illness for that matter, that you could chime in and add a few more to this list. Psychological disorders just aren't understood like they should be.


That's why I'm sharing my story - because learning about the experiences of others can help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and give those who are suffering the courage to seek help.

The fact is, a mental illness is a disorder of the brain. It can come in many forms, from GAD and depression like I deal with to ADHD, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, ADHD, DID, PBD, PTSD, and a whole slew of other acronyms. Opening the DSM is like jumping into a bowl of alphabet soup, and one in four adults experience mental illness in a given year.

Like other diseases, mental illness can be caused by many factors – from genetics to other biological, environmental and social/cultural factors. And just as with most diseases, mental illnesses are no one’s fault. The unusual behaviors associated with some illnesses are symptoms of the disease – not the cause.

But most importantly, mental illnesses are treatable through medication and psychosocial therapies – allowing those who live with them the opportunity to lead full and productive lives.

Bring Change to Mind (BC2M) is a nonprofit organization built to start the conversation about mental health, co-founded by Glenn Close. They're hoping to amplify their mission by bringing this discussion about mental illness online to build the awareness, understanding, and empathy necessary to inspire action to end stigma and discrimination. 

If you want to help end the stigmas around mental illnesses, please share your own story on either the BC2M platform or on social media with #MindOurFuture.  



To coincide with this mission, they have created videos that showcase various stories, set to the song, “Ghost Story,” by Whitney Woerz. Check it out below:

15-year-old Whitney Woerz Debut EP now available on iTunes.

Do you have a mental illness? Want to help end the stigma?
Share your story!


If you or someone you know needs immediate help, please call the Crisis Hotline: 800.273.TALK (8255)

Scott Tube-Free - TossTheTube

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scott Tube-Free for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Toilet paper. If you're like us, then I'm sure you've got this item on almost every shopping list. It's just something that we Americans see as an essential item - if you're old enough to use the potty, you're old enough to use toilet paper. Do you ever think about how many toilet paper rolls your family is using, though?



Right now, we have four adults and three kids living in our house. The amount of toilet paper we go through is almost ridiculous. Not that anyone else notices, though, since it seems I'm always the one throwing the tube away and putting a new roll in its place. Seriously, how hard is it to change a toilet paper roll??

With the new Scott Tube-Free bath tissue, though, at least I'm not going to have to worry about that tube hanging there, taunting me. You see, Scott Tube-Free bath tissue is an innovative product that eliminates the cardboard tube, which has been an unnecessary part of toilet paper for more than 100 years. It's still cushiony soft and unrolls just like any other toilet paper, without the wasteful tube to toss at the end.



Even small steps can have a big impact on the environment. By eliminating the tube, Scott Tube-Free bath tissue gives people an easy way to make a change that reduces waste without sacrificing quality.

Scott Tube-Free teamed up with a YouTube prankster, to demonstrate how the toilet paper tubes we use have a big impact on our world.



His toilet paper tube stunt demonstrates how the toilet paper tubes we use have a big impact on our world. The stunt uses 66,000 tubes, which is the amount of tubes we Americans go through in just over two minutes!


By making a simple switch to Scott Tube-Free, you can save around 150 tubes per year - how many the average household uses annually! Scott Tube-Free can be found at select retailers nationwide and online. Visit scottbrand.com/where-to-buy/tube-free-tissue to find a store near you.

See how many tubes your household uses in a lifetime and get a Scott Tube-Free coupon at TossTheTube.com
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This Woman Put Her Baby in a Box...

Almost 3 years ago, BBC Magazine covered a story about why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes. That story went viral, and reached over ten million people. Now, the box idea itself is being spread all over the world.


I had the pleasure of working with the Baby Box Company to share with you guys just what is so spectacular about the baby box movement, and how it can improve any mother's life.

History of the Baby Box

Prompted by concerns over declining birth rates and high infant mortality, Finland introduced the Maternity Grant in 1937. These were first intended for low-income mothers and provided items to help in the first year of baby's life, known as the Maternity Package - or the option to receive a cash amount. 

Contents of Maternity Package, 1953. Source
In order to receive the Maternity Package, expectant mothers must have a pregnancy checkup before the end of the 4th month of pregnancy and get a certificate from their doctor or from the prenatal clinic. The pregnancy must also have lasted at least 154 days. This ensures that mothers are receiving the prenatal care they need to prevent and treat any possible problems.

When the National Board of Social Welfare noticed the drastic change in infant mortality rates, the Maternity Package was made available for all mothers in Finland in 1949. Administration of the Maternity Grant was taken over by Kela in 1994, and today almost 60,000 mothers receive the grant each year. - Maternity Package (Wikipedia)

Finland now boasts one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world.

The Baby Box Company

The Baby Box Co. is the first company to offer traditional Baby Boxes to consumers outside of Finland and is proud to share this special, lifesaving tradition with parents worldwide. The Baby Box Co. is the only accredited supplier of tested, safe-certified Baby Boxes anywhere in the world. 

"In addition to our accreditations, The Baby Box Co. is unique because we highlight the importance of education and ongoing support for parents."- Baby Box Co. (About Us) 

At the heart of the company, they believe that people working together have the ability to improve maternal and infant health trends. Because of this, they have their own education department that works in close partnership with local healthcare professionals to ensure that their programs are tailored to the individual needs of every community they serve.  

The Baby Box is an incredible intervention tool that is so much more than a singular safe sleep resource; it is an incentive for mothers to seek regular prenatal check-ups and it is an opportunity for healthcare providers to engage more effectively with new parents in their care. 

The Nature Box

Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, the Baby Box Company sent me one of their boxes to check out and tell you guys all about. The sent me The Nature Box, and the description states
The Nature Box is chock-full of all of our favorite natural baby goodies. We've done all the research and tested hundreds of items to determine which sleep sack really is the safest, which natural wash cloths are the softest, and more. Pamper your precious little one with stylish clothing, an organic teether, an adorable lovey and more. The Nature Box saves new parents time and expense by providing a comprehensive natural tool kit for taking care of baby! 


When I first opened the shipping box, I was greeted by a pattern of happy little owls. You guys know how much I love owls, so I was pretty excited to open it up and see what was inside. When I opened the lid, there were two shipping bubble packet things to keep the items inside from getting all jumbled up and messy. If you're going to give a Baby Box for a baby shower gift, I would recommend removing those first.


The Nature Box was packed with all kinds of cute (and useful!) items for baby. The box I received contained:
  • 2 Onesies
  • Romper/Sleeper
  • HALO® SleepSack®
  • Axillary Thermometer
  • Lovey
  • 2 Pairs of Socks
  • 2 Terry Cloth Bibs
  • 3 Organic Washcloths
  • 2 Organic Burp Cloths
  • Pair of Mittens
  • Newborn Cap
  • Organic Wooden Teether
  • $25 Gift Card For Future Baby Box Purchases
  • Swag Bag full of Coupons & Samples
  • Membership to Baby Box University
  • Various Educational Materials & Parenting Tips

Then, the coolest part - a mattress that fits into the bottom of the box, with a waterproof cover and a ultra soft, 100% cotton sheet. The reason for this is simple: to provide a safe sleep area for baby. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the following sleep practices to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths:
  • Always place your baby on his or her back for every sleep time.
  • Always use a firm sleep surface. 
  • The baby should sleep in the same room as the parents, but not in the same bed.

Every box comes with a membership to Baby Box University, a platform established by The Baby Box Co. to provide expecting and new parents with universal access to educational resources and a support system.

To find out more, be sure to visit BabyBoxCo.com
You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

The Giveaway


The Baby Box Company is graciously providing a Nature Box for one of my readers!! That's right, one of you will win the same box I was sent, a retail value of around $150. Contents and patterns/prints may vary, but all boxes are gender neutral and perfect for any new mom. Simply enter through the giveaway form below. All entries are optional, but the more you do, the higher your chances of winning!


Disclosure: Momma Without a Clue was sent The Nature Box free of charge in order to facillitate her review, however, she only recommends products she would personally use and feels would be a great for her readers. All opinions are 100% her own.

Your turn! Let me know in the comments what you think about the Baby Box!





The Best Gift You'll Ever Give - AwesomeBox

I'm one of those overly-sentimental gifters, the kind of lady who looks for gifts that have a special meaning behind them that the giftee will be able to think, "Aww," every time they look at said gift. With Father's Day right around the corner, I wasn't about to make an exception - even though I was tempted to get him the same thing he got me for Mother's Day... (hint: he didn't get me anything.)

But then I came across AwesomeBox. The disclosure: I was sent a code that allowed me to order an AwesomeBox free of charge, in exchange for me sharing my experience; but, like always, my opinions are my own and I only recommend products that I think you guys will love too.

Anyway, back to the AwesomeBox. The way their site is set up, you can invite anyone to share memories to be included in your AwesomeBox. 


I ordered the 25 card box and set the delivery date for a week away since I knew I was making all the cards myself. If you're inviting others to share photos and memories, it's best to select a delivery date a little further out to make sure everyone has time to dig through their photo albums and get the pictures uploaded.


You can invite people straight from the site, or share the link to your AwesomeBox-in-progress so they can upload their pictures. As you create the cards, you have the option to share a memory on the back.

I decided I wanted to go with a "Reasons We Love Daddy" theme. Again - I'm overly-sentimental. I uploaded pictures of Matt and the kids through the years and on the back of each card I wrote a reason why the kids love him. A "Things That Make Daddy Great"-type thing.


So I know I probably should've waited until Father's Day to open it, but I was so excited to see how the box turned out that I ripped open the packaging as soon as it showed up in the mail. Seriously, I would love if someone made something like this for me. *HINT HINT, MATT!*

Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I totally win Father's Day with this gift. I can't wait to see the look on his face. If he cries, I'll totally upload it and write a reaction post for you guys. You know, since Mr. Manly-Man doesn't share emotions. *Insert Tim Taylor's manly grunt here*

Really, though. Look at how stinkin' awesome these cards are:

Printed cards are 5 1/4 inches square and fit snuggly into a 6x6 inch box.

Oh! One thing that I did notice, on the back of each card there is a little signature at the corner so you can see who makes each one. If you're creating the cards yourself, or if you're having a special "guess who shared this memory" kind of game with your "unboxing," then there is the option to turn that off so the signatures aren't printed on the card. I totally spaced out and left my signature on Matt's, and so they look a little bit tacky with an "I MADE THIS!" feel. *shrug* It happens.



An AwesomeBox would be a perfect gift for any kind of moment where you're celebrating one or two people. Think: graduation gift, Mother's Day, anniversary, wedding, or even for a going away party. It's thoughtful, sweet, sentimental, and has the potential for being hilarious. The possibilities are endless, and the thought behind the AwesomeBox is genius.

Check out their site at AwesomeBox.com and start an AwesomeBox for someone you love!