covered goods nursing coverWe are getting so excited to welcome TWO new little additions to our family in July – that’s right, TWINS!! These two babies will be our numbers 5 and 6 children, and numbers 5 and 6 boys. That’s right, we’re going to be the proud parents of SIX boys!

I have nursed every one of my babies and plan to nurse our twins too. The health benefits and convenience of nursing make me power through during those first few hard weeks and it’s always worth it. After the hard part is over there’s still one little thing about nursing that is a bit of a pain and that is…nursing in public.

I am a mama who will nurse anywhere but I want to be securely covered. I’m more comfortable that way and I think people around me are too.

I’ve used lots of different cover ups for nursing – a swaddling blanket, my jacket, a diaper (I was really desperate that time…), and an apron style cover I made. All those options got the job done but as I was browsing new baby products during my current pregnancy I found Covered Goods™ and I instantly knew it was a brilliant product and I had to have one! (or two…)
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It’s a 4 in 1 cover! I absolutely LOVE that a nursing cover and a car seat cover can be the same thing.

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I’ll always know where it is and never have to go digging through my diaper bag to find a wrinkled, spilled on apron style cover again. Yahoo! My hat is off to Jamie Yetter, designer and owner of Covered Goods. I’m just mad I didn’t hear about these until now!

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I love the simple print, the classic colors, and the great fit – two little car seats! I can’t wait until there are two little babies in there! 
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Ooops…wrong baby…he wouldn’t stay out of that car seat! I suppose it could also double as a little tent for a toddler. He sure thinks so!

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Fullscreen capture 5252016 35826 PM.bmpIt’s a brilliant nursing cover with all-over coverage, front and back. I’m always covered up in the front, but my back…I’ve nursed standing in line at a store and…sorry folks behind me! This completely solves that problem.

The fabric is very comfortable, soft, breathable, and stretchy without any cords, straps, or rings to bother anyone. Because it’s all around coverage, baby can’t kick it off and expose me. He’s going to be stuck under there, right where I need him.

And after he’s asleep, I can put him down for a nice nap in the car seat with the same cover to protect him from the sun or wind or unwelcome hands.

Covered Goods nursing covers come in some beautiful solids, prints, and patterns as you can see on the left. I absolutely love them all!

As a 4-in-1 product, the price can’t be beat – buying each item separately would not only cost you four times as much but take up four times as much space in your house and brain. Simple is best.

Hop on over to CoveredGoods.com and order one for you and a friend – happy nursing/car seat carrying/accessorizing/shopping!

favorite photo book

I used to LOVE scrapbooking but after I started having kids it because impractical real quick. All the mess was a problem first of all and I just never quite had the time to cut and paste and create and I got really tired of trying and always feeling behind.

I had been blogging for a few years and it was probably my sister who told me she was going to start printing off her blog into a book instead of scrapbooking. Perfect! That was in 2009 and I have not looked back. The very thought of scrapbooking now makes me want to puke. Blogging and printing is so much easier, faster, and I can stay current pretty easily.

I’m sharing this here because I have tried a few different photo book companies and have found my favorite! {This is not a sponsored post, btw…}

 

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I use Shutterfly. I’ve tried both Winkflash and Blurb and Shutterfly is my favorite among the three.

What I Like:

  1. The Covers – they’re glossy and slightly padded. Winkflash had okay covers but I did not like Blurb’s covers at all – they are matte and just blah.
  2. The Interface – easy to use, lots of font, color, sticker, ribbon, frame, etc. options. Each layout is completely customizable.
  3. The Quality – pages are clear with good resolution and true colors. The pages are a good thickness and there are a few upgrades you can make to improve the quality even more (lay flat pages, glossy, etc.)
  4. The Service – Last year one of my books had a crushed corner. I sent a quick email and they refunded me the entire amount of the book! I kept the book (and the damage was unfortunate but not catastrophic so I didn’t re-order to get a better copy) and used the credit on my next book.

What I Don’t Like:

  1. The Price – they are twice as expensive as Blurb books but I think the quality better by enough that it’s worth it. I wish they were cheaper though…
  2. The Interface – you can’t create (or edit) and save custom layouts, you have to edit each layout every time you want to change it. If they would make this one change, my book creation time would be cut in half. I like their layouts but have a few of my own I would use just as much if I could do it more easily.
  3. The Page Limit – each book can have a maximum of 111 pages so I usually have to order two for a single year which means I’m paying over $200. If they would increase the page limit I could condense and fit it down into one book for hopefully just a little more than half the price of two books.

Here are some of my favorite pages – I love clean and simple layouts, lots of pictures (I have so many to include, I HAVE to pack them on each page), and mostly use color/design in the page titles. They have great fonts and colors and I love going back through and adding in all the special effects.

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I like Shutterfly but I’m not married to it. What have you used and liked?? Or have you found an even better way to be a modern scrapbooker???

We LOVE History!

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For the last few years I have wanted a timeline wall to keep track of what and who we’re learning about and where they fall in the “Story of the World.” History confuses me…I can’t keep dates straight but having a timeline on the wall in our play room has really helped me put and keep […]

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Peg People

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My sister first introduced me to the “Peg Art” movement – at first I thought she was nutters…I thought they were cute but way not worth the effort. But she loves doing them so she brought me all the pegs for my family and a Christmas Nativity and painted them for me and… I’m officially on […]

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*REVIEW* Pediped Flex

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Spring means lots of different things at our house including NEW SANDALS! My boys’ feet grow so fast, every spring they’re all ready for a bigger size. For my older boys I always get good quality sandals so we can pass them down to the younger ones and Pediped is one of our most trusted, reliable, and […]

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*REVIEW* Pediped Spring Collection

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My all time favorite baby/toddler shoes are always Pediped shoes – this new style is a new favorite! So classic but trendy, such great quality, and the best colors. This spring, Pediped will debut over 70 new styles including fashion sandals with Memory Foam and new aquatic water-safe, machine-washable Adventure Line.  There are plenty of […]

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*TUTORIAL* Native American Dream Catcher Wall Decor

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I had a hard space on my wall to fill and one day, as I was thinking back to my elementary school days, I remembered making dream catchers. I don’t know what happened to mine, but I remember thinking it was the most beautiful thing I had ever made. It probably was… I was 8… I […]

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Getting and Staying on Track with Nature Made

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“This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.” Every new year brings new challenges and one I’m focusing on this year is improving my overall health and wellness. I am in my early thirties and have always felt pretty healthy but in the last year or two […]

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*PRINTABLE* Christmas Cones

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Have you seen these adorable printable Christmas cones? I found them on Pinterest and my kids LOVE them. They’ve each colored themselves an entire Christmas village. The cones are available pre-colored or black and white to color in yourself. I really like that you can print them either way – pre-colored is perfect for easy Christmas ornaments, […]

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Gift a Redbox Movie Night!

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“This post was sponsored by Redbox as part of a program with Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review” With every passing year, so many more important people come into my life and around Christmas time I want to show everyone I love and appreciate how much I love and appreciate them! […]

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