Custom Christmas Invitations

Looking for a Custom Christmas Invitation?

With the holidays approaching, our first real Christmas party as a family is on the agenda. Yes, it’s a little early to be thinking about it now – but I plan ahead. While planning ahead, I did stop at a few stores and put some serious thought into my paper invitations. I ultimately decided that custom Christmas invitations were a must!
Usually I never do paper invitations. I didn’t even do them for my wedding! Mostly because I can’t ever decide on a design. This year I tried going out of my comfort zone, but nothing in the Hallmark section really caught my eye.

Acres A Bloom

Looking to the internet, I actually came across this Instagram feed and found Acres A Bloom – Custom designs for all your party or announcement needs! Wedding, Baby, Graduation, Birthday, and yes-Christmas parties!
This was the flair and originality I was missing in my store bought cards!
I contacted Rebekah (who is super awesome!) and let her know my ideas. She sent me an email to continue with the project, and the order form to select design colors and scheme. It was super easy to navigate! I  wanted to allow her a lot of creative control, since I (of course) can’t ever fully commit to a design when given a lot of options. The result? Awesomeness!
Custom Invitations for all your parties and events!

Custom cards are the ultimate way to go!

I now am a solid believer that for any special occasion, if you can make it your own somehow, that you should definitely go for it!
And while it might only be an invitation, it’s also the first impression your guests will get of how the atmosphere, and mood, of your party will be! This design spoke to me as being “Festive”, “Warm”, and “Merry!”
But hey, isn’t that how Christmas is supposed to be? Plus, no one will ever be able to say they “used that pack of cards for last year’s party.”
Acres A Bloom offers designs for all occasions, including Baby Announcements, Graduation/Birthday parties, Weddings, and all Holidays! I wanted something very simple – but her designs can be as elaborate as the occasion calls for! They are all truly beautiful!
Custom Invitations by Acres A Bloom
You can also get free weekly printables by joining the Acres A Bloom mailing list!
Check out the website for more information and quotes, and don’t forget to visit Acres A Bloom’s Facebook and Instagram page for more beautiful designs and photos! I want to give Rebekah a huge Thanks for working with me! These invitations have given my little Christmas party the flair it needed!
Custom Christmas Invitations by Acres A Bloom

Harem Pants by Cherry Brick Road Review

Harem Pants Review – Cherry Brick Road

This is a sponsored post in which I received free product in exchange for a review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Do You Use Cloth Diapers?

If you do, now that Winter is near, you either will understand the struggle, or you already do. Finding the perfect fit with pants and cloth, can be a little difficult. Usually, the clothes you buy have to be at least a size larger than normal, and while pants may fit around the diaper, they can be long in the legs (or too big in the waist).  But, never fear – you have options! One of those options; enter, Harem Pants.

Harem Pants made by Cherry Brick Road

What are Harem Pants?

In case you don’t know, harem pants are these nifty leggings, kinda like “baby yoga pants” that are designed to be worn with cloth diapers. Specially designed to allow room in all the right places, to accommodate the diaper, but still be comfortable!
I recently connected with Cherry Brick Road and had the opportunity to give a special friend a few pairs of their harem pants to try, and we are in Love!

Harem Pants by Cherry Brick Road

About the pants…

All of Cherry Brick Road’s harem pants are made with 100% Cotton. The material has been pre-shrunk (so no worries with the laundry!). The fold-over waist band and cuffs allow the pants to grow with your baby for the months to come.  They are nice and warm in cooler weather, perfect for wearing during fall and winter.Harem pants by Cherry Brick Road

The prints and available colors are so trendy right now, and I love the flair they exude! The stitching is high-quality. Compared to other brands, you really can’t beat the price, as far as cloth-compatible baby pants go.harem pants by Cherry Brick Road

Sizes for certain prints go from Newborn to 24 months! And the great thing is, even if you are a little off with size, they will grow with the baby for quite a while!Coop is wearing the Tribal Print Harem Pants by Cherry Brick Road

Our model loves his!

Our Model Cooper here, is only a few weeks old in these shots, but these 3 month size pants will last him the majority of the winter with his cloth. Cooper’s mother says he loves getting dressed and had no problem putting these on!!Harem pants by Cherry Brick Road

Cherry Brick Road also has a lot of other great products; Single/Reversible Bibdanas, and Top-knot Headbands!

Harem pants by Cherry Brick Road

Visit Cherry Brick Road!

Be sure to check out their site, Instagram, and Facebook page!  These harem pants are highly recommended for keeping your little warm while he wears his cloth diapers!

Handmade Harem pants by Cherry brick Road, perfect for cloth diapers!

KidloLand App Review & Giveaway

This review is in exchange for a free app paid for by the app company. The opinions expressed are entirely my own and aren’t swayed by the compensation of the free app.

Sometimes, when you need to distract your little one in any way possible, you have to turn to your phone.

I’m not one to leave any electronic devices with my 15 month old. For one, screen time isn’t good for them at such a young age. Two, I don’t need him downloading more seasons of Grey’s Anatomy on my Google Play account (it’s on Netflix!) or sending random selfies of his nostrils to anyone. And then lastly, do you know how expensive a good smartphone is? He already got away with dropping my Samsung on concrete, let’s not push our luck with anything more than a small scratch in the corner of the glass.

But for those moments, like waiting at the Doctor’s office, where he needs to be quietly distracted, it can be a lifesaver. So for the few apps that I do have for him, when I don’t feel like burning data on Youtube, I make sure they are at least educational. Then I don’t have to feel too bad about letting my toddler play with my phone.

When KidloLand reached out to have me review their new app, I thought it would be a good experience for the both of us. Bruce has a new app to play with for a few minutes at a time, and I can listen to different nursery songs that I haven’t heard renditions of before.


The app is more than just nursery rhymes. There’s songs and games about numbers, the alphabet, colors, shapes, animals, dinosaurs, and a LOT more! And the songs do have the lyrics across the screen. Which I know, doesn’t do much for him now. But it’s early steps towards recognizing his letters, and then much later down the road, reading.

The app is incredibly interactive as well. Granted, his swiping and tapping skills aren’t very good yet (he mostly chews on the edges of the phone and drools if the content has him bored) so he needs Mommy’s help. I oblige, because again – I don’t want 100 selfies of his eyeball – but within each song and game, there’s actually so much you can click on, even I wasn’t entirely bored with it.

For example; “Old MacDonald” is set on a farm (Duh) and the scene opens with the barn itself. You click different areas of the barn to open scenes, with dancing and singing animals, who each do their own cute and quirky thing when also clicked. Each song had different interactive features that kept Bruce locked in. And if something isn’t entirely interesting to him, he’s immediately bored and moves on to other means of destruction, like hiding the coffee table coasters. What’s awesome is that Old Macdonald has other entrepreneurial endeavors, like a Zoo & Aquarium, so we don’t too easily get burned out on the same, familiar rhymes.

If I allowed him, he’d probably spend all day with my phone playing with this app. Since I don’t let him use it but for a few minutes at a time, there’s so many songs that he couldn’t possibly get bored of them all. So I believe this is something we will end up using for years (which when it is time to learn reading, the phonics portion of the app will be really handy!).

Best things about this app? No data or wifi needed once you’ve downloaded the songs you want, and no ads! None!

There’s over 300 stories, rhymes and songs, and more than 200 games and activities. So trust me, with all the different renditions of your favorite songs, plus original content, you won’t get bored either.  With a subscription, you are able to receive new content as it’s updated to the app. There’s two subscription options: Monthly or Yearly. But if you aren’t ready to just dive in with a subscription, there’s a free trial (but not all songs and games are accessible.)

You can downloads the app via iOS here, or on Google Play Store and Amazon.

Now for the fun part…

KidloLand is allowing us to do our first International Giveaway! There are 3 opportunities to win a free three-month subscription! So yes, even if you aren’t in the USA, you have the opportunity to try this great app out!

Enter below: Entries will be collected and a winner randomly picked via RaffleCopter. Bookmark this page, as it will end in two weeks! May the odds ever be in your favor!


Have you tried the KidloLand App? Let me know below!

 

Meadoria Teething/Nursing Necklace Giveaway

 This is a sponsored post in which a winner received a free necklace, paid for by the company. All opinions are 100% mine and not swayed in any way.

Teething/Nursing Necklace Giveaway!

I am so excited and happy to announce that I have teamed up with Meadoria for a giveaway!

All natural wooden teething/nursing necklaces from Meadoria
From Meadorias Facebook page – so pretty!

Do you remember the review I wrote for these awesome nursing necklaces? Well, you can still check that out, but I’ll summarize here: They are comfortable, all natural, and so cute!

My own necklace I received is Royal Blue, and I love it!

 

Bruce is a big fan as well!

I’ve been wearing it since I received it last spring, and it’s such a life saver when Bruce needs to be distracted, especially when nursing. It’s safe and non-toxic, so he can suck and chew to his heart’s content when standing in line at the store, and I don’t have to worry.

I wear my often when out and about, even if Bruce isn’t with me. I think they are very stylish, and let’s be honest, not a lot of practical baby products are!

So I teamed back up with Meadoria to put together a giveaway for a free nursing/teething necklace for my readers! Hosted through Rafflecopter, one lucky winner will be chosen at Random to receive this beautiful, gender neutral necklace in a lovely Gray color.

What do I have to do to win?
First, you must complete the 3 main requirements on the Rafflecopter Form to enter, which are:
Follow me on Instagram
Follow me on Twitter
Follow Meadoria on Instagram
…and that’s it!

The Giveaway will end Friday, Sept.23rd at 12:00am EST.  You will also have a chance submit additional entries for a higher chance of winning, by completing other tasks in the Rafflecopter form. Winner will be announced via Instagram & Twitter. 
Giveaway is for US citizens only, please.

So enter below, and may the odds ever be in your favor!
a Rafflecopter giveaway has concluded (12/14/16)







 

Bum Genius Cloth Diaper Review

This post contains affiliate links but all views and opinions are 100% mine. I do not endorse products unless I use them myself and absolutely love them!

Bum Genius Cloth Diapers

Today I want to do a review of one of the more popular cloth diapers on the market, and one I have quite a bit of in my stash: Bum Genius!

Bum Genius was actually the very first cloth diaper I had ever heard of. I marveled at the simplicity of the system: A simple pocket with snaps, or aplix (velcro), with an absorbent insert inside. Now, there are dozens of brands out there, but this name stuck with me, so when I had the opportunity to try them, I did, and here’s what I like about the brand….

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Bruce, showing off his “Jules” 4.0 print

Multiple styles to choose from

Bum Genius isn’t just limited to simple pockets (which are their 4.0 Pocket which are still on the market, and the new updated 5.0). They also have two different styles of their AiO (All In One) diapers: The BumGenius Freetime and BumGenius Elemental . What’s the difference between these?

The Pockets are lined with a stay dry fabric, and a inner pocket for the inserts. The Freetime however, has two over-lapping microfiber inserts that are sewn to the insides of the diaper, No stuffing! And they are incredibly trim, unlike pocket diapers (which tend to be a little bulky). The Elemental is made with all organic cotton materials, and the insert itself is part of the diaper. Both materials have their own unique absorption abilities-microfiber can absorb quickly (but not a lot of water after a point). Cotton hold’s more water, but can take longer to absorb. The Elemental is also very trim for an AiO diaper. We use Elementals and Freetimes during the day, and 4.0/5.0 pockets at night (so we can double stuff them!)

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A “Mirror” solid color Freetime
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The inside of the “Freetime” diaper with the mircofiber flaps
unfolded
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inside of Freetime, properly folded and
ready for baby

The colors and prints are to die for!
Bum genius has a very unique color palette, and their shades do not disappoint! And their prints are super cute, and fun! Bruce has quite the little collection, and with so many to choose from, it makes coordinating outfits so easy!

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He has gotten a little harder to manage for photo shoots – wearing this
limited edition Chelsea Perry print, “Eiffel Tower” 4.0
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“Spencer” 4.0
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At the Great cloth Diaper Change wearing a
White Elemental solid

 

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He hates having onesies snapped – but it
matches this “Sassy” solid Elemental!

 

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A “Grasshopper” 4.0
(that’s Mommy’s lipstick on his forehead, promise!)

The fit is great…
but my son has always been chunky. But with the snap rise adjusted, most babies 8-35 lbs can wear any style. The only thing I have noticed about Bum Genius brands, are that the elastics tend to wear out easier with my chunky butt, but replacing them are super-easy and they actually have refresher kits for them (as well as aplix if you have those!).

I have a wide variety of brands within my stash, but I’ll admit, I do like my Bum Genius when I need a trimmer option for going out, or a nice fit for nighttime solutions. And some outfits, just need that certain color or theme!
What’s some of your favorites? Have you tried Bum Genius yet?
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