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Monday, September 26, 2016

The Perfect Temperature

The Perfect Temperature
Written By Renee Arbia

Sponsored by MaxxElite
I wrote this post while participating in a campaign and received a gift to thank me for my time. All views and opinions with regard to the products or company itself are my own and were not influenced or reviewed by the company prior to posting. I am disclosing this according to the FTC guidelines.

We have been adjusting slowly to having a new member of our household. Now that Imogen is two months old we are starting to venture out of the house more with her. We are trying to get her to drink from bottles in case I have to be separated from her. She was not very excited about the idea at all. We tried a bunch of different bottles, nipples and even rotating between my husband and me trying to get her to eat.

When Xavier was a baby, he would eat from my breast and from a bottle. He did not care if the milk was warm or just out of the fridge. Imogen insists feedings only come from the breast. Determined to get her to at least take a bottle once in a while, we decided to get a bottle warmer. We never bothered with a bottle warmer with my son the couple times we tried one, when you left the bottle in the warmer too long it would scorch the milk and make it too hot to drink.

I decided to try the Maxx Elite Double Bottle Warmer. I love the size of this bottle warmer better than the single because it can also be used as a sterilizer. Since I pump I like to sterilize my pump parts a long with sterilizing bottles so the bigger size comes in handy. Also, the Maxx Elite Double Bottle Warmer can hold up to two feedings at a time and get the bottles warm and keep them “steady warm” for two feedings. It is so awesome to be able to set up two bottle feedings before bed and have them ready to grab when I need them. After I take the last bottle we can then load another two. I only feed Imogen breastmilk so I can only speak for that but it worked perfectly.

Maxx Elite Bottle Warmers have the ability to hold any type of bottle, no matter how tall or wide. They can also keep your bottle warm until your baby is ready for it without scorching the milk. Both bottle warmers have a digital display and easy one touch button operation, perfect for when you doing a 3am feeding. 

If you need a basic and fast bottle warmer. Maxx Elite also makes the Maxx Elite “Digital Gentle Warm” Bottle Warmer which gently warms your baby’s milk in 8 minutes; you can even watch it count down. Just like the Maxx Elite Double the Maxx Elite “Digital Gentle Warm” Bottle Warmer will keep the bottle warm until the feeding without scorching, and it can also be used as a baby food warmer, and sterilizer. 

Maxx Elite also makes a line of baby bottles that minimize air consumption that creates gas for babies. Their bottles are great for babies who transition from breast to bottle. Maxx Elite bottle warmers are a new digital all-in-one device; which is much more practical and efficient than multiple devices, or old fashioned advice.

Gently warming your formula or breastmilk is extremely important when you are feeding your little one because it preserves vital nutrients and antibiotics. You want to make sure your baby is always getting the most nutrition possible at every feeding. Be sure to heat it properly for the best digestion with a quality bottle warmer and sterilizer for sanitation.

Check out all Maxx Elite has to offer with their line of blue and orange bottle warmers and bottles. You can purchase the Maxx EliteDouble Bottle Warmer, Maxx Elite “Digital Gentle Warm” Bottle Warmer and MaxxElite Bottles on Amazon.Get one for yourself or as a gift for the new mom in your life.

Check out our video of the Maxx Elite Double Bottle Warmer in action!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fall Staycation

Fall Staycation
Written By Renee Arbia

Sponsored By: Rosieand Bailey
I wrote this post while participating in a campaign and received a gift to thank me for my time. All views and opinions with regard to the products or company itself are my own and were not influenced or reviewed by the company prior to posting. I am disclosing this according to the FTC guidelines.

September is the start of our favorite season in our house. It means the start of autumn. We are very big autumn lovers in our house. Nick and I got married in the autumn and Xavier always loves the fall festivals, holidays, weather and fun. Even though we live by the beach and do not get as many fall colors in our views. We do get sunny 80 degree weather every day; with the only occasional rain storm followed by splashing in puddles under rainbows that happen this time of year. So yes, autumn is pretty fun and magical in our household. We usually like to try to have a family trip in the autumn and go see the sights or visit family. However, this year with Imogen being only two months old we decided that a staycation is more what we are doing this year.

One of the things we have decided to do is camp in the backyard a lot more. Xavier loves camping. He of course loves making smores the best, but anything to do with tents he loves. We don’t always sleep outside, but having a tent up in the backyard for play time, and getting to stay up late, and look at the stars goes over pretty great.

We always make sure to have a small fire in the fire pit. We try to even make dinner over the fire, even if it is just hot dogs and beans.

It is also fun to play simple games like catch with the baseball, and we are teaching him how to play regular card games like Go Fish and Uno.

One of my favorite things in backyard camping is we hang up our hammock. We do not have any sturdy trees around, but we hang our hammock on the beams on our porch. It is so much fun to lie in the hammock and look at the stars and moon. We started snuggling in the hammock, but that quickly became uncomfortable. So we decided to try out the new Double Hammock by Rosie andBailey. It is made of parachute material and travels in a small bag. It is easy to hook to any rope or hammock hanger with the dual carabiner clips. The Double Hammock by Rosie and Bailey when secured properly can hold up to 600 pounds making it sturdy enough for us to snuggle together under the stars and have some extra to wrap around us to help barricade for mosquitos.

Lastly, one of the fun parts of backyard camping is we try to make a theme of the camping. One time we taught Xavier about the different bugs and birds that we would see during our staycation and another time we studied the sun, stars and planets.

Families sometimes spend thousands of dollars on vacations that do not have as much time together and are as meaningful as what you can create in your own back yard with just a few ideas.

Happy Autumn everyone!

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Star Gazing

Star Gazing
Written By Renee Arbia

Sponsored By Glowers 2.0
I wrote this post while participating in a campaign and received a gift to thank me for my time. All views and opinions with regard to the products or company itself are my own and were not influenced or reviewed by the company prior to posting. I am disclosing this according to the FTC guidelines.

Our newborn daughter, Imogen is now two months old. Many have been asking how her big brother, Xavier has been handling his promotion. Believe it or not he is doing extremely well. Xavier has wanted a baby sister for a very long time. We have included him in everything with the pregnancy and with as much as we can with her as a baby. He simply adores Imogen. He is always asking to hold her. The moment her eyes open up from a nap Xavier is there gazing at her, talking to her, and even singing to her. He loves to help pick out her clothes, get burp cloths and blankets, and play with her. He comes to her doctor’s appointments with us and he gets very upset if she gets shots or starts crying.

Of course, when a new member is added to any family there are adjustments. The big brother promotion did go a little bit to his head. He actually asked us when he could go to work, and cook dinner and informed me that he is a grown up now. I had to break the news to him that he has to be eighteen years old to be a grown up and he should enjoy childhood. (He is only four!) He also started getting upset because Imogen shares a room with my husband and I for right now. She sleeps either in the cradle beside us or in our bed. Xavier was bummed that he had to sleep alone in his room. We explained to him that it was only temporary and eventually Imogen will have her own room right next to his. However, every night the “I wish I didn’t have to sleep alone” from our adorable four year old son was breaking our heart. It made me want to go out and buy a giant king size bed to fit us all. However, it would never fit in our bedroom. So we decided to do something special just for Xavier’s room. 

When I was younger I moved my bedroom from near my parents’ room to upstairs alone. Although I was not scared, (I was older) it could get lonely and quiet. I put up some glow in the dark stars on my ceiling. Looking at the stars as I fell asleep at night helped to soothe and relax me. I really enjoyed it. So we got some Glowers 2.0 stars to put up on Xavier’s ceiling. He has really been interested in outer space lately so it was something special we could do with him. The Glowers 2.0 work really well. They even came with a ton of putty to stick them to your ceiling without damaging it. They last for a long time and he loves looking at them. We have fun pointing out the planets and comets. We even did a couple of constellations for him. They have made him enjoy sleeping in his room again.

Sometimes it takes just a simple adjustment to fix things. It is always good to take a step back and try to see things differently and from your child’s point of view. Every family goes through ups and downs. It is up to parents to remember to continually adjust things so that everyone is happy!

You can purchase your own box of Glowers 2.0 stars, comets and planets that come complete with putty and a constellation guide from Amazon!

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Monday, September 12, 2016

DIY Natural Products Stain Remover Spray

DIY Natural Products Stain Remover Spray
Written By Renee Arbia

When I was pregnant with Imogen and learned that she had Turner Syndrome (See Imogen’s Birth Story Here) we were presented then with a host of medical issues Imogen could possibly have as a result. One of the things Imogen could have was very sensitive skin and could be allergic to different types of chemicals. All of us in our family have sensitive skin and are bothered by many chemicals so I simply assume this may be something we must be watchful for. We are very careful with what we use and pay attention to what ingredients go into products. I decided to stock up on our DIY Natural Products in our home with the impending arrival of Imogen. A newborn is so sensitive anyway and with her maybe having an extra allergy to something we decided we would at least start her off with the least amount of ingredients and chemicals to be able to slowly introduce things at a time. It was easy to make DIY Natural Product cleaners. However, soaps and detergents take a little longer to make the perfect recipe combination. I find you may need specific ingredients for specific things you are cleaning.

I really love our DIY Natural Products Laundry Detergent, but with a new baby, an active four year old, a dog and two cats we really need something that is tough on stains, particularly laundry stains, but any stain remover would be helpful. After months of testing out different recipes this is our favorite for ALL STAINS! We have found it works on poop, blood, vomit, spit up, any type of food for the most part, markers, pens, mystery stains, old stains, and stubborn stains. It works on clothes, bedding, rugs, and most upholstery. We are very impressed with how easy, cheap and well this works. Feel free to test it out and let me know if you find something it does not work on.

Stain Remover Spray

-          Fill a spray bottle with 1 part liquid Castile Soap and 2 parts Hydrogen Peroxide. Shake well before each use.

This works best if you spray on the stain, scrub it in a little and leave it on for at least 5 minutes before washing.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

The Music Box

The Music Box

Written By Renee Arbia

Music has always been big in our lives. My husband and I both have backgrounds in music and we always knew it was something that we especially wanted to make sure is in our children’s lives. Xavier even has a keyboard, guitar, woodblock, maracas, and saxophone that we periodically teach and play with him.

Since we now have a newborn in the house I have found that playing music helps a lot with nap times. Imogen jumps easily with noise. Although I hope to get her used to more noise and napping through her brother playing, it can be tough when she is finally sleeping to have her wake up. I have found that playing music helps to muffle the sounds and create a soothing noise. We found a modern day classical channel that plays classical versions of songs by Green Day and other groups. It is fun to listen too and it helps set the whole tone of the house environment.

When Imogen is awake we switch to other fun stations on Pandora. The last few days Xavier asked us if he could have a “music box” like ours. We play music on Pandora, on my tablet, through a Bluetooth speaker. We had to find a way to give Xavier something that played music. What to give him? We decided on another inexpensive Bluetooth speaker of his own, the Kejee M1Wood Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. Nick took a media card and loaded an array of songs that Xavier likes. Xavier was quick to give him plenty of suggestions.

The speaker is pretty durable, although Xavier does not have it all the time. He has to ask to use it, and give it back when he is done. It is easy for him to use the buttons on it and he loves playing in his room and listening to his “music box”. It is adorable to listen to him singing and playing with it. It is amazing to think that he is already starting the soundtrack to his life.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Through The Eyes of a Four Year Old

Through The Eyes of a Four Year Old
Written By Renee Arbia

Since Imogen has come into our life we have made sure to always keep a camera ready in our house for fun moments. Xavier has taken to love photography. He has fun watching us take pictures and he loves his picture being taken. He asked if he could take pictures as well. He really loved it and he took some great pictures. Here are some of the pictures my four year old took. They are not edited in any way, just how he sees the world.

Enjoy and I hope you all have a wonderful week!

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Monday, August 15, 2016

The Big Brother Promotion

The Big Brother Promotion
Written By Renee Arbia

Xavier has been excited to be a big brother since the moment we told him I was pregnant, which ended up being earlier than expected. He ended up over hearing us talking about having a baby one day and he asked us about it, to which we answered truthfully. However, I forgot to add to our talk that we do not tell anyone right away. He ended up telling everyone anywhere he went that he was going to be a big brother.

We had prepared Xavier not to know what he was getting as we intended not to find out the gender of the baby. However, when we got the news that our baby had Turners Syndrome and it was a girl. (Read, Imogen’s Birth Story) It was a very hard time for us. We have never informed Xavier that Imogen has Turners Syndrome as we do not think it is necessary at this time for him to know. However, when we found out his sibling would be a girl we told him. He actually had wanted a baby sister. I think it is because all the shows and books about being a big brother usually had the older brother and little sister, so it is possible he just assumed. However, he has always been consistent that he wanted a baby sister. He lit up with joy the moment we informed him that it was a baby sister.

We try very hard to involve Xavier in as much as we can. He has gone to many of the doctor’s appointments with us and he is a tremendous help around the house and with Imogen. Xavier always helps with the laundry and dishes, likes to pick out clothes for Imogen to wear, always gets us blankets or burp cloths when needed, and even will hold Imogen for 5-10 minutes which is just long enough to throw a load of laundry in or run the dishwasher.

He is constantly kissing Imogen. Every time she is awake he is smiling, kissing, talking or even singing to her. It is adorable to watch. Yesterday I took out the play floor mat for Imogen to try. He was so excited there was a toy they could share. He lay right down on the floor next to her and they played. It was the sweetest and cutest thing they have done yet.

Imogen loves Xavier and always is watching him. Xavier was the first one Imogen smiled at. It is amazing to watch your little one fall in love with their sibling. I hope they will always love each other as much as they do right now.

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