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Mamaway Women’s Maternity Babywearing 3-in-1 Ultra Light Down Jacket {Review} #mamaway


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I had been looking for a jacket/coat that I wouldn’t have to give up wearing after I’ve had my baby and the search has been tedious! I got suggestions from friends and family to buy a size larger of what I would normally wear to accommodate my bump but in being petite in size those option left me swimming in a too heavy, too long, largely frumpy coat. So what’s a girl to do? Break down and get a maternity coat that I’d likely only wear for 3-4 months? I just didn’t feel the investment was a friend to my budget. I am sure most would agree that in buying a good quality coat that the quantity of use should last for a good amount of time not merely a few months. 

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Smart Mom Jewelry {review + promo code}


I sort of have a healthy obsession with Smart Mom Jewelry. And am beyond thrilled my latest Zebra printed pendant and Mother of Pearl bangle which are the latest additions to purchase!

I was introduced to this mom and baby friendly jewelry three years ago when my first child was born and to this day my collection has  grown drastically which isn’t a bad thing since I plan on having more children that’ll get good use out of it!

Now if you know nothing about this line of jewelry you should know it was specifically created to keep mom fashionable without having to worry about baby choking or chewing on potentially unsafe accessories and to keep your baby during the whole teething phase. I think these necklaces & bangles are genius because we all know once your little one can get a hold of things that it’s going directly into their mouth.

The Smart Mom Jewelry line is great! They have a variety of styles and colors to choose from. I like how  the styles mimic  those ever popular stone circle pendants. I had lots of people appalled at me at first because that thought I was letting my daughter chew on stone. They were relieved after I explained to them what my child was chewing on and thought the idea of it was ingenious! I like these so much that I  wear them even when I don’t have my daughter with me and was even complimented on them. I was quite amused and pleased that people  couldn’t tell the difference!

Smart Mom Jewelry also has pretty cute heart pendants, bangle bracelets, and even key chains! These pieces are safe for your baby or toddler to teeth and tug on. All pieces are non-toxic, phthalate, BPA, PVC, lead free, and even dishwasher friendly. All the pendants come with a breakaway clasp as an added safety feature. Though you should never leave your child alone with a pendant due to safety reasons.

This jewelry has made me happy were I can accessorize and not worry about the safety of my child. I’m a baby wearing mom so my children are usually always pretty close to me. These accessories have made both my children pretty happy too because neither of my children are given a pacifier so  they had nothing to chew on while I was carrying them around before.

I would have to say that the hardest part about purchasing this jewelry is picking it out due to the gorgeous variety! I can purchase happily knowing also that a percentage of all retail sales goes to CureSearch and Dress for Success, two  great charitable organizations.

Special Promotional Code! Enter “S-SMJ” at checkout for 20% off!

Buy it: Teething Bling Pendants are $19 and bangles are $12.75 a piece. Though right now in celebration of Spring, pastel bangles are 50% off.  Purple, blue, pink, green, yellow – mix and match. Get them before they are out of stock because they are only $6.30 each and I’m sure they’ll go quick!

Smart Mom Jewelry makes a great shower or new baby gift – and don’t forget: Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8th!

Disclaimer: I was sent the mentioned products for review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

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Motherlove {Review + Giveaway}

I’d like to introduce you to Motherlove, a herbal company that just celebrated it’s 20th birthday. This company is dedicated to making and offering  naturally safe and effective products for mothers.

Products available at Motherlove include those for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and babies, which are all formulated to soothe and nurture both body and soul. I was very pleased to see that all of their products rated zero on Skin Deep for toxicity which is the lowest possible rating!

This is a company that also gives back to the community by offering over 10% of after tax profits to the Nurturing Life Foundation. This foundation is set to assist mothers in need promoting benefits of breastfeeding and create greater opportunities for children.

Our Thoughts…

Being one to lean toward using skin care products that use organic ingredients  I was given the opportunity to review a couple of products from Motherlove to not only use for myself but to also share with my readers here at Connecte2Christ.

The two products I’m here to share my thoughts on today are Motherlove’s Diaper Rash and Thrush Salve and Green Salve. One is a must have product if you have a little one in your home and the other is perfect for the entire family.

Motherlove’s Diaper Rash and Thrush Salve is a product I plan on turning to for all my diaper rash needs! I cloth diaper baby so we rarely see rashes but on occasion a little redness can occur which is quite undesirable for my little guy.  A need to know is that typical diaper rash creams on the market aren’t recommended for cloth diapering because it can cause unwanted build up on your diapers because of the zinc they contain. It’s just really difficult to get that stuff to wash out and it’ll leave diapers needing to be stripped and having to be replaced a lot sooner than it should be!

The Diaper Rash salve from Motherlove is completely cloth diaper safe as it contains no zinc whatsoever. I used this on my son last week and the redness on his little bum cleared up within a few hours, talk about fast and super effective! This salve is available in a 1 ounce container making it the perfect size to just throw in a diaper bag without taking up much space. And though it only comes in 1 ounce know that a little will most definitely go a long way.

The Green Salve from Motherlove, I’m equally impressed with! This product works well for taking the itch out of insect bites, bee stings and poison ivy. It also is great for soothing the discomforts of rashes, chapped and irritated skin.

During the winter, my lips get pretty chapped so I decided to try the Green Salve out on my lips. It worked wonderfully re hydrating my lips and easing any discomfort I had! I honestly am very glad to have the salve on hand for when any bug bites occur and also for any other unwanted skin discomfort my family and I may suffer from.

Overall I encourage you to check out Motherlove for a number of great products for mothers and babies. I found everything reasonably priced starting at $8.50 and up. They have a nice set up whether you want to purchase one product or a gift set for yourself or for someone you know.

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Motherlove is generously offering two of my readers either the Green Salve or the Diaper Rash and Thrush salve. Winners choice! US only please.

To Enter:  Visit Motherlove and let me know another product that interests you.

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1. Blog this giveaway, link back to this post. Please leave URL. (2 extra entries)

2. Follow on Twitter @erinlowmaster & Tweet (daily entries available).

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6. Become a Facebook Fan of Connected2Christ and leave me a comment there letting me know you are coming from this giveaway.

Giveaway running till 04/13/11 . Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant. USA only.

DISCLAIMER: My thoughts are mine own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any compensation for hosting this giveaway or review other than the sample above mentioned.

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Pocket Dots {review}

Have you heard about Pocket Dots? These little mom inspired devices are designed to help pregnant or pre-pregnant ladies keep their pants from slipping down or undershirts from rising up!

I was able to review a set of Pocket Dots for myself and they couldn’t have arrived at a better time! The color I was sent from the two available is nude which perfect to wear with all my natural or white bands, khakis, and light colored pants.

How they work is that you attach one end to your back or front pocket and the other to your under-shirt or belly band. The little plastic teeth grip the material with no worries of snagging and ruining it.

I have a few undershirts to keep me covered when I’m nursing my son but lately they keep riding up. Once I started using Pocket Dots with these tops, I’ve no longer had that issue!

The only problem I did have is that when I was next to counter and  rubbed up against it, the Pocket Dots popped off. But other than that, these work wonderfully and I’ve had no other issue.

-Buy it- Pocket Dots are available in two colors and are for sell at http://pocketdots.com/ for 6.95 a set.

Disclaimer: I received a product sample in order to write my review.  I received no monetary compensation.  All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

 

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Tummy Talk Pregnancy Journal {review & giveaway}


Pregnancy is beautiful, everything single one is so different in its own special way. As soon as you are pregnant you may not think about writing everything down but afterward you will wish you had, I know I did with my first born child.

Perhaps you are pregnant or know someone who is right now. If you are or do, you might want to check out the Tummy Talk Pregnancy keepsake journal.

Tummy Talk is a all-in-one album, scrapbook and keepsake journal that can be completely customized by adding your mementos, journaling your thoughts and inserting your own personal photos.

These books are hard cover yet very soft with a velor type feel, available in four different colors, archival  acid free and lignin free, uses heavy-weight paper,  and is adorned with a Swarovski crystal. Inside the book you’ll find that the journal is divided into 5 different sections with colorful tabs identifying each one. The five sections include pregnancy stories, doctor’s visits, weekly journaling, baby shower, birth details, and more.  There’s so many things to make this book extremely personal! They didn’t leave anything out!

My favorite sections in this album include the sections where you can put letters for the baby as well as the scrapbook cut outs that family and friends can write something down for the baby. So cute and ever so thoughtful!

I’m still filling mine out with information about my latest pregnancy. Lots of photos to add!   I only wish I had this journal sooner! I encourage anyone who wants to persevere the  life long memories of their pregnancies to look back on and share to get a Tummy Talk Pregnancy Journal Album. These are wonderful gifts for expecting friends or family members! As well as the album, Tummy Talk also offers a fine selection of pregnancy announcements and thank you cards.

Win it!

How would you like to win a Tummy Talk Pregnancy Journal Album of your own?

To Enter: Visit Tummy Talk and let me know what color album you’d like to win!

Extra Entries:

1. Blog this giveaway, link back to this post. (2 extra)

2. Follow on Twitter @erinlowmaster & Tweet (daily entries available)

3. Post this giveaway on a Giveaway Linky/Site and let me know where!

4. Email a friend(s) about this giveaway. (Leave name of friend)

5. Subscribe to my blog by RSS or E-mail (Feed Burner) and let me know!

6. Become a Facebook Fan of Connected2Christ and leave me a comment there letting me know you are coming from this giveaway.

Giveaway running till 03/12/11 . Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant. USA only.

DISCLAIMER: My thoughts are mine own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any compensation for hosting this giveaway or review other than the sample above mentioned.

 

 


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Undercover Mama | Nursing Under Shirt {review & giveaway}


As a nursing mother, I’m always on the look out for products that make it easier to nurse my child. I have no problem nursing my child in public in the least bit. I do like to maintain modesty if at all possible wherever I may be nursing my child be it at home or in a busy mall.I was recently given the opportunity to review the Undercover Mama undershirt.  I’ve reviewed quite a few undershirts to make a nursing mother’s life easier. So far this one I’ve had the best experience with and let me tell you why and how this one works!

The Undercover Mama is designed so you don’t have to go out and buy a bunch of nursing tops. If you’re a nursing mother I’m sure you’ve noticed that nursing tops in general cost a lot more than your typical top. But with this nursing undershirt you can keep on dressing the way you like without breaking the budget on overpriced ( in my opinion) nursing clothes.
How this top works is that it has clips that attach to the clips of your nursing bra or to the strap of a regular bra. I like this feature for a number of reasons! Number one, you can keep using this undershirt as an extra layer long after you finish nursing your child! Number 2, is the fact that when I un-clip my bra to nurse, the shirt un-clips too.
I’ve been wearing this top a lot since I received it. I wanted to give it the ultimate review plus after a day or so of wear, I knew I couldn’t live without it! I’m naturally cold so I love layering but I was always having the problem with my undershirt rising up but with this top since it attaches to my bra, I no longer have that annoying issue that exposes my back and stomach.If you are not a fan of the layered look but want to keep yourself covered still, feel free to tuck this undershirt in. It will stay put, I promise you.


Buy it: The Undercover Mama comes in a variety of size and colors, and retails for $24.99 a piece, or for a limited time you can buy two for $45 AND get free shipping in the US and Canada

Win it!

To Enter: Visit Undercover Mama and let me know what color you’d like to win if you won! Open to USA and Canada.

Extra Entries:

1. Blog this giveaway, link back to this post. (2 extra)

2. Follow on Twitter @erinlowmaster & Tweet (daily entries available)

3. Post this giveaway on a Giveaway Linky/Site and let me know where!

4. Email a friend(s) about this giveaway. (Leave name of friend)

5. Subscribe to my blog by RSS or E-mail (Feed Burner) and let me know!

6. Become a Facebook Fan of Connected2Christ and leave me a comment there letting me know you are coming from this giveaway.

7. Follow Undercover Mama on Twitter

8. Follow Undercover Mama on Facebook, then leave a comment here letting me know and a comment their letting them know you are visiting from Connected2Christ.

Giveaway running till 03/12/11 . Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant. USA & Canada only.

DISCLAIMER: My thoughts are mine own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any compensation for hosting this giveaway or review other than the sample above mentioned.

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