Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Link Love

So I'm thinking it may have been a mistake to start my mat leave early.
At the time it seemed like a good idea.  I work in an educational setting where there was a natural break in work time when the holidays started and it didn't seem to make sense to come back to work for a week and a half (or maybe less) in the new year only to have to leave again, so I made the decision to just begin my mat leave after the holidays was over.  I thought it would be a good time to get any last minute things in order at the house to prepare for the Little Miss, but I guess I was a lot more productive than I gave myself credit for as there isn't much more to do and there's still no baby.  (I am aware that I will probably look back on this and wish I never said anything at all - I swear I'm not complaining!)

While I'm not complaining, I'm not sure what Bart is thinking.  With all this time and me "preparing" seems to equal SHOPPING!  Is it a bad thing that in the last few days, I can't think of anything else I could possibly buy but the delivery vans are still making frequent stops to our place?
Today was a good mail day!

Package 1 of 2:

Kiinde Twist Gift Set
Image Source: http://www.kiinde.com
Kiinde Twist Gift Set ($99.99 Amazon.com)
Kiinde Twist Starter Set ($49.99 Amazon.ca) | Kiinde Kozii Bottle Warmer ($69.99 Amazon.ca)
I have recently been following the Pregnant Chicken blog and she did a monthly roundup of some of her favourite products recently and the Kiinde Twist Breastfeeding product came up.  We've pretty much gotten everything off of our baby registry except for bottles for some reason.  So since I was on the lookout for bottles, I thought I would check out what this was and it seemed like something that was right up my alley!  The disposable breastfeeding pouches attach directly to any breast pump which then eliminates the need to transfer any pumped milk to a storage bag and then to a bottle.  The pouch can act as pump reservoir, the freezable bag and then can be defrosted and attached to a bottle so that the baby can get the milk directly.  And then the best part? (At least what sold it for me) The pouches are disposable which means that once it's been used, it gets recycled and there's no need for washing or sanitizing!

The Kozii bottle warmer unfortunately is sold separately through the Amazon.ca website, but is available included in a gift set through Amazon.com (no affiliation) for $99.99 US.  I ended up just going through Amazon.ca as they offered free shipping, so at the end of the day, I think the prices work out to be pretty close to the same with the exchange and everything.  The free shipping took no time at all either, as I think I got the shipping notice the same day I ordered and then the package came two days later!

As there's no little miss yet, I haven't had much of a chance to really play around with it besides unboxing it, but I'm kind of excited to try it out (you know you're an adult when you're excited about breastfeeding products?!) and I'm hoping to have a review up for any preggos/mamas out there who may be interested in hearing more about it!

Package 2 of 2:

Newborn Photoshoot Apparel
Image Source: http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/Chicbebesboutiques

I'm dying from cuteness overload!
Instead of Christmas presents to each other, Bart and I decided that we would gift each other/ourselves with our first family photoshoot once Little Miss arrived.  It would be a mixture of newborn photoshoot that seems to be all the rage these days (no judgement here, I LOVES looking at them and can't wait for Little Miss to have her own!) and our first family portraits.
Of course, when you look at some of the newborn photoshoots, one of the other things that stand out (besides the cute little newborn baby of course!) are the little props and outfits that the babies are in if they aren't butt nekkid.  So of COURSE I got carried away and got it into my head that the Little Miss MUST have some cute little outfits or details to wear for her own photoshoot!  I did a quick Google search and was lucky enough to find this Etsy shop with the added bonus of being local! 
While it took me FOREVER to decide what to pick as there were so many cuuuute options, the shipping was fast (sadly, even though I'm local, product pick-up wasn't an included option to save on shipping - but when I inquired, the shop owner gladly gave me my own coupon code to save %!) and again, all that's left is needing a sweet little girl to dress up and take photos of while I cuddle her and bite her little cheeks!!!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! *coughs* Sorry, sometimes I get carried away!
So that was lovely mail day!  Sadly, I don't think I have any other orders left that I'm waiting on, so my affair with the postal delivery people has come to an anticlimactic close.  It was fun while it lasted - felt like birthdays and Christmas for a while there, actually! *LOL*
But while I'm giving some link love, I wanted to include two blogs that have just been started!
Beyond Stretchy Pants (http://www.beyondstretchypants.com)
Image Source: Beyond Stretchy Pants Blog
My friend Sarah has recently begun her foray into the blogging world (miiight have something to do with that I'm a whiny nagger) with Beyond Stretchy Pants and you can't even tell she's new at it as her blog is A-Mazeballs already.  She's already featured some awesome links and articles and her blog is all about fitness and health with the added depth of living with intention which I think I love more than anything else!  It's inspiring, thought out and has lunch box show and tell!
Dawne Aliza (http://dawnealiza.blogspot.com)
Image Source: Dawne Aliza Blog
My cousin, Dawne, of IG popularity has also finally started a blog which I am totes mgotes excited about (it might look a bit familiar, no?)  Being the gorgeous girl that she is, her blog mainly focuses on fashion, make-up and beauty with the added bonus of promo codes to awesome fashion and beauty product companies and giveaways and tutorials.  Don't be fooled though, this hot chicky's also got her BSc in nursing and psych and can run a hospital floor like nobody's business!
Hopefully I can grab her from her busy schedule to do a guest post for me some day because non-shower/rainbow kneesock wearing days aside, I do sometimes like to get dolled up and pretty and girly (whaaat?) every once in a while so I could use a tip or two!
Q: Are there any baby products/websites you know of that I MUST visit?
Q: What is your hands-down favourite blog ever?  I'm always looking to add to my blog roll! 
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