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  • One thing I highly recommend with a toddler is investing in a good quality waterproof phone case. There are many brands out there that claim “waterproof” or simply sate, “water-resistant”. However, LifeProof has been the only case in which I’ve found to be actually water – and toddler – proof. My poor little iPhone has withstood countless drops, sneezes, chocolate milk spills, and dog licks thanks to this wonderful case. I originally purchased a LifeProof Fre; however, I couldn’t stand looking through scratched, smudgy plastic to see my flawless glass screen. I was a bit nervous to try to LifeProof Nuud as there is no protection for the glass – how could it really be waterproof, er, life-proof, with the whole screen exposed? Answer: an awesomely snug rubber component surrounding the screen glass. This feature was not carried through to the home button for iPhones – being an actual button that needs to be pressed down, this makes sense. There is a thin, plastic material that covers the button, but the touch ID was still able to pick up on my prints with the case on. I suggest setting the touch ID feature with the case already on so your phone picks up the image it will actually be reading on a daily basis. Voice quality: awful. I don’t have trouble hearing people, but being that there is rubber covering the microphone to keep the case waterproof, My voice is hard to pick up and people often mistake it for me having bad reception. To have a clear conversation, I must remove the case completely. One more thing to note about the LifeProof Nuud is that only Apple products fit in the audio jack. If you try to fit an off-brand product in there with the case on, they are simply too big for the case’s port and will not work. Lastly, it’s hard to beat LifeProof’s warranty. Not many phone cases come with this, and is a good testament to the brand. I needed a replacement case, and the process to get one was fairly straight-forward. I was able to complete my claim online and a new one arrived at my doorstep shortly thereafter. With the minor downfalls of the LifeProof Nuud, I still prefer to use it over a non-waterproof case because, as the name suggests, has proven to me to be very life – and toddler – proof. I am sure this case has saved me from having to replace my phone more times than I’d like to count.  

    14 Jan
    14 Jan
  • Ok, so after several hours of researching stats, other reviews, etc. to find the perfect convertible car seat now that my son has outgrown his infant seat, I have happily chosen to purchase the Graco My Ride 70. Graco seriously undersells this product on their website by not fully explaining it. So, I have taken the liberty to provide a comprehensive stats list and, of course, a review of the Graco My Ride 70.

    29 Oct
    29 Oct
  • Well, it’s time. The little one has officially outgrown his infant car seat! Weight-wise, he still has another seven pounds to go, but his head sticks about a half an inch over the top of the seat – not a good thing! We first bought a Graco 3-in-1 Nautilus convertible car seat that was good from 20 all the way to 100 pounds. Great reviews, great options, it seemed perfect. When it arrived and I excitedly took it out of the box, I realized it did NOT have a a rear-facing option! I was under the impression that the word “convertible” implied rear facing, but unfortunately that is not the case. Since the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children remain rear facing until age 2, I quickly returned the seat, but now what? My son is in the 95th percentile for height and 90th percentile for weight, so I knew I needed him to get a car seat that fits bigger babies. Having run into the issue of dealing with a car seat that fits him weight-wise, but not height-wise I really wanted to find a seat that fits my son well now and going forward. There are so many options for rear facing convertible car seats, and besides just going into the store and setting my son in each of the display models, I was having a hard time trying to decide which model to get. Luckily I stumbled across these convertible car seat comparison charts. The first one from elitecarseats.com is a comprehensive overview of the specifications of several models. This second one from mommygearest.com features a more personal review of only four different models, Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite, Graco Nautilus (the one I returned due to no rear facing option!), Britax Frontier XT, and the Diono Radian GTX, but it was a worthwhile read nonetheless. Now I am not one to shamelessly plug other websites, but these two particular charts were useful in deciding what I want to test out with the little one tonight at Target. They don’t compare every model out there, but they are informative and easy to read. I’m a list person, as you can tell by my Trying to Conceive and Baby Forum Acronym Index, so I was happy to come across these and decided to share them with you all!

    07 Oct
    07 Oct
  • My experience with Brewer’s Yeast and its health benefits for you and baby.

    11 Jul
    11 Jul
  • I’ve tried about 10 different recipes for lactation cookies, and here’s my favorite… enjoy and happy lactation! Yields 1 Dozen 1/4 cup butter 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 tablespoon water 1/2 tablespoon milled flax seed 1 egg 1/4 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 cup flour 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 2/3 cup oats, do not use ready or quick minute oats 1/4 cup chocolate chips 1 tablespoon brewer’s yeast optional: add 1 tbsp hops flowers, if you can find them. 1. Preheat the oven to 350°. 2. Mix the flax seed and water and let sit for 5 minutes. Next, cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Then add the eggs and vanilla, mixing well. 3. Sift together flour, brewers yeast, baking soda, salt, oats and chips then mix it in with the rest of the (wet) ingredients. 4. Scoop onto baking sheet using an ice cream scoop size portion and bake for 12 minutes. Remove from the tray, cool for 5-10 minutes.

    26 Jan
    26 Jan
  • The most comprehensive trying to conceive, pregnancy, and baby forum acronym index you’ll find. So many forums are littered with people unwilling to write out words in their entirety. How does any normal human being keep all the acronyms straight? Answer: the Babynym Index.

    22 Jan
    22 Jan

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