Friday, October 31, 2014

Protect those little ones! #Sponsored #RSVAwareness #PreemieProtection #MC

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for MedImmune. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


Let's talk about the smallest of the little ones... the preemies. Those precious little babies who came into this world too soon, and often fight a long difficult fight to stay here. A baby is such an exciting miracle, but it is so scary to have a child too early. 

I have been pretty lucky overall, the earliest any of my children have been born is 37 weeks. Some of you may remember when I had Luke at 37 weeks... although he wasn't technically premature, it was a very bumpy road. Luke's lung had collapsed entirely, and because of meningitis he was on antivirals and antibiotics. We were very lucky that he did well, but I can only imagine how it could have been made so much worse by RSV.

World Prematurity Day is on November 17, 2014. On this day it is great to raise awareness about prematurity and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). RSV is a common virus which nearly every child gets before they are two years old. The virus usually only brings common cold symptoms, but when a premature baby gets this virus, it can be devastating. 


RSV season is generally between November and March here in the US (it can vary a bit, but this is the typical time). Avoiding crowds with your baby can help prevent RSV, as well as frequent washing of your hands. Watching for symptoms can be very helpful, too... as early detection can really help those little ones.


 Check out this great infographic for more information (Scroll to get all the information):



Although Luke did not end up getting RSV, we have had two children who had it as young children. One was 18 months and one was 4 months old. It was definitely a scary experience! We had to have our children on breathing treatments and steroids- and there were many sleepless nights worrying about whether or not our children were breathing. RSV disease is the leading cause of hospitalization for babies during their first year of life in the United States, with approximately 125,000 hospitalizations and up to 200 deaths. That's something to be worried about... and yet around a third of new mothers do not know anything about this virus. 

Remember, there is no specific treatment (other than monitoring and praying) for this virus once it is contracted, so it is very important to try to prevent your child from getting RSV.

What's the scariest illness your child has gotten? Do you have any experience with RSV or premature babies?



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What the, Urbini? #MC #Urbini #Sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for Urbini. I received an Urbini stroller to both facilitate my review as well as thank me for my participation.



Let's face it... babies can be expensive! But, they don't have to be. If you are on a limited budget, or if you just want to splurge on something other than a travel system, then you should check out the Urbini Touri.  This travel system has a sleek design and is very pleasing on the wallet. At the current pricing of $119-$149 for both the infant seat and the baby stroller, this is definitely a steal!


The Touri makes it incredibly easy to bring baby along for the ride. This complete travel system includes the Urbini Petal Infant Car Seat and the fully-featured lightweight Touri stroller that has a reclining seat, removable cup holder, tuck-away sun visor, and a compact fold. It's ready to roll when you are. Light, stylish, complete. The world is waiting!

So, we got to test drive this set. For the price, it's pretty amazing. It's like getting the stroller for free, really... and that's the best lightweight stroller you can get! 




The car seat itself was decent. It is thin, so it is great for the middle bench seat placement. Designed for rear-facing use only, for an infant from 4-35 lbs and up to 35" tall. It only weighs 8lbs, so it's lightweight, too. The one problem I had with this seat is the harness straps. After adjusting them, I just could not get them to sit evenly on Orrin.

The one strap just seemed to not tighten up like the other, and even trying to evenly tighten them myself in the back didn't work. I'm not sure what the issue is, and I've read the manual several times to be sure that I have threaded the straps correctly. I think it may be because of how close the straps are to one another, and that Orrin was a bigger baby. If you look at the picture you can see that the harness straps are a little off. Other than this, the car seat looked great and seemed comfortable. 

The buttons are pretty typical for most car seats, and there is a removable infant and preemie insert for the car seat. There are also harness strap shoulder pads, which I removed to try to see if I could get the straps to be positioned better.  The release latch on this car seat/base is one of my favorites. It is much easier than some other car seats I have used.


The stroller is basically a nice umbrella stroller. I found that the basket is very small (not even big enough for a diaper bag), but it does have one, which most umbrella strollers do not. The handles are comfortable, and even my husband enjoys pushing this baby stroller. The stroller seems to roll well, even on rough terrain. We went for a walk on a nature trail and there were no complaints from my husband! 

My favorite features of the stroller are how it folds and locks. 



When all together, the Touri stroller is pretty compact, and it has a very convenient carrying handle. If you look above, you can see the red circle in the lower right of the picture. Well, that is what you use to open and lock the stroller in the open position.





The stroller also has a removable cupholder, which is a lot better than no cupholder (which most umbrella strollers are known for).  Another great feature for me was the fact that when used as a travel system, the canopies completely cover the infant seat. (See first picture in post). This is important for us, since we love to let the baby sleep- and bright sunlight doesn't allow that! It also helps to protect the baby from any other elements that may be out there.

As the stroller alone, this is a very lightweight stroller that also includes an adjustable 5 point harness with shoulder pads and removable arm bar.

The footrest can also be adjusted, and there is an adjustable recline as well.

The front wheels can be locked in, or allowed to swivel depending on what your need is.

Overall, this is a nice budget travel system that looks great and will be a great option for many parents. If you are looking for something with a little more features, you can also check out the still affordable Urbini Omni travel system.

Also check out the Urbini Facebook and Twitter pages.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Nuance Wine Finer Deluxe Stainless Steel Wine Aerator #Giveaway

This giveaway is not administered by Eight in the Nest. This is a paid post to promote this giveaway.


Nuance Wine Finer Deluxe

Newest version of the fabulous Nuance Wine Finer comes in Stainless Steel.


As seen in Cooks Illustrated product reviews. Scoring a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED review.

The subtle taste of a fine red wine only comes out when the wine is thoroughly oxidized. This is easily and elegantly taken care of by the NUANCE Wine Finer.In just 30 seconds you can decant a whole bottle of red wine while pouring it into the glasses.

The elegant pourer filters out all sediments, pieces of cork and tartar, while a rushing sound of bubbles indicates an efficient oxidizing process.

The drip catcher ensures that not a drop is spilled, instead the wine runs back into the bottle whilst a small close-fitting lid keeps any leftover wine fresh for later use.A beautiful, simple and multifunctional pourer, that means you never have to apologize that the wine was not uncorked before the guests arrived.ABS rubber surface with stainless steel filters.

Hand wash only.

4 in 1 Wine Tool


-Aerator

-Filter

-Non-spill pourer

-Stopper

Measures 7"H

It's a GIVEAWAY!

    


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Let's Go! #GetGoing #MC #Snacktime #sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Jif To Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.


Today we were doing a bunch of yard work... oh, the leaves! Autumn brings some beautiful colors, but a lot of work, too! All this hard work creates an appetite! 

We needed a mid afternoon snack, and Jif To Go was there to help!

Jif to Go Dippers are available at grocery stores nation wide and they come in two flavors, creamy peanut butter and chocolate silk peanut butter spread. Most of my family prefer the creamy peanut butter. 

We're always needing quick snacks... we have football practices 3 nights a week, games on Saturdays, and we're always doing something, going somewhere. It's helpful to have a bundled snack that is something we can feel good about giving our children. Peanut butter is a great snack, too, since it satisfies hunger than many other prepackaged snacks we've had. With these being just a little over a dollar each, it's a snack that won't break the bank, either... even with a large family like ours. 

What flavor do you think you would prefer?
 Creamy Peanut Butter, or Chocolate Sik Peanut Butter Spread?

For more information, tips and recipes, find Jif on Facebook , Twitter, Pinterest and Jif.com

Saturday, October 18, 2014

#BabyMantra #GoodStuff for #Baby! #Sponsored

I participated in Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Baby Mantra. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Our littlest, Orrin, who is 14 months old currently, has lovely baby skin. You know, that super soft, oh so kissable baby skin. Well, I want to keep it that way! We have eczema in our family, so we try to keep that at bay and hopefully avoid it with children who haven't had an issue with it yet. To do so, we try to keep bathing to at-needed basis and use very mild, gentle formulas- especially for the babies. 

Baby Mantra has a very gentle formula that we have really enjoyed using. 


All of the products have a very, very mild scent to them- none of them were over powering at all. I like that there is a little (natural) scent, but nothing overpowering. 

 Baby Mantra is a certified natural, cruelty-free and gluten-free baby skincare line that offers environmentally conscious products from ingredients to packaging. These products were created by two sisters on a mission to provide safe and ecologically sound skincare, and they've done a great job. All products are made in the U.S. and are inspired by all-natural home-based remedies.

Baby Mantra is available on Amazon.com, at BabiesRUs.com, and select Walgreens stores. 

The newborn shampoo and body wash is our favorite product. It's just what you want when you are wanting to give your baby that nice, soothing, gentle bath. The massage oil is my second favorite Baby Mantra product. It has a lovely light scent. I use this right after bath time, and it's helped keep Orrin's skin very soft! 

If you are looking to give your baby a very soothing, very natural and gentle bath experience I would highly recommend Baby Mantra.


 
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