Monday, May 25, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

New Diaper Bag From Kalencom!

If you've read my blog for any length of time, you probably know by now that I'm not a "girly-girl" per-say, but I do enjoy pretty clothes, outfits, and accessories, particularly if they are functional and comfortable. This is why, when Kalencom offered to send me their new Primavera Floral Nola Tote, I was psyched! I've had such great luck with Kalencom products before, that I couldn't wait to try it out.

When it arrived, the first thing I noticed is that it looks different in person. Different in a good way. When I first saw the bag on the Kalencom website, I worried that it would be too bright for me and the pattern too busy. What I found, however, is that it's not quite as bright as I had feared and I actually love the shade of red. In combination with the floral pattern, it's quite lovely.

There are so many pockets and extra places to stash stuff, that it's hard to know where to start! Included in the bag is a changing pad, a coordinating zippered pouch. It has built-in stroller straps (a must in my book!) and an adjustable shoulder strap. There are two pouches for bottles inside, another pocket inside, two isulated bottle pockets on the outside, and two more zippered pockets on the outside. My favorite feature, however, is the expandable pocket on the front with a magnetic closure. It would make carrying a book or small tablet very easy and it gives you an extra couple of inches to add your essentials.

We've all set down a bag in a questionable place and lived to regret it. This Kalencom bag has four metal "feet" on the bottom of the bag, to help you keep it clean and dry.The zippers are all high quality and haven't given me any problems (or my two year old, for that matter! She loves zipping and unzipping this!)

If you are looking for the perfect bag to get you through this summer, this is it. You won't regret it, for this has everything - fashion, fun, and functionality! You can pick one up from Kalencom online for just $90!

*I received a complimentary bag to facilitate this review.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

10 Things Every First-Time Parent Needs to Know

*Today's guest post is brought to you by the lovely ladies at Parent Guide.

If you’re about to become a parent, you’re probably experiencing a diverse mixture of emotions and expectations. This can be extremely overwhelming, but taking time to tick  off some vital tasks and understand the basic demands will help you prepare for the challenge ahead of you. Here are ten things you need to know before your baby arrives: 

1. You need to baby-proof your house

Research has shown that more than one million children are taken to A&E in the UK each year due to an injury that’s occurred in the home, with those under five most at risk. It doesn’t matter how eagle-eyed you are, trips, burns, and cuts are all too likely to occur once your back is turned. 

2. Never leave the house unprepared

You’ll need a long list of supplies each time you leave the house: nappies, toys, food, breast milk - the list goes on. Getting stuck without them can be both tricky and embarrassing, so make sure you invest in a large baby bag, and keep it packed with the essentials for when you need to leave the house in a hurry. 

3. Breastfeeding isn’t always easy

For some new mothers, breastfeeding comes easy – but this isn’t the norm. It’s likely you’ll need to spend quite some time helping your baby learn how to latch  on properly, so be prepared.

4. You’ll need to sleep when your baby does

As you approach parenthood, take time to appreciate those long, uninterrupted eight hours of sleep, because you’ll be missing them soon enough. Babies don’t tend to sleep for eight hours at a time, so neither will you. Learning how to sleep when your baby does can help reduce the impact of sleep deprivation.

5. You’ll forget things if you don’t write them down

As a first- time parent, you’ll suddenly discover two things: you have more to do, and less time to do everything in. To prevent yourself from feeling overwhelmed, make a note of anything important so you don’t forget. 

6. Post-natal depression is more common than you think.

The symptoms of post-natal depression are well known, but many people aren’t aware how common it is. It’s estimated around 10-15% of new mothers will experience PND. If you experience any of the symptoms, make sure you act quickly to get the help you need. 

7. Parenting isn’t a competition

Perfect parents don’t exist. Don’t be fooled into thinking that parenting is something you have to beat people at, and don’t worry if your child doesn’t start walking and talking before everyone else’s. 

8. It’s important to make time for yourself

When your baby arrives, don’t feel guilty when you need to take time out for yourself to unwind and recharge.

9. …and for each other.

A baby can bring a couple together, but, if you’re not careful, it can also push you apart. Separate working schedules, combined with the new demands of parenthood, make it difficult to find time for each other. Don’t forget to nuture the relationship that started your family in the first place.

10. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

It doesn’t matter how many books, online parenting resources, or local classes you take advantage of – nothing prepares you for the real thing. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.