Unique and Personalized Gift Ideas for Kids from Bright Star Kids

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bright Star Kids. The opinions and text are all mine.

I grew up in the ’80s and it seemed like all of my friends could visit any gift shop and likely find pencils, stationary, keychains, and other fun things with their names on it. Not me. Having a name like Regan meant that I couldn’t find my name on a keychain or mug. I was jealous, I admit it. Back then it wasn’t as easy to get personalized items made as it is today. Today kids have more unique names and there are countless ways that parents choose to spell common names so Bright Star Kids is a great place to turn for a special personalized gift.

Bright Star Kids is an Australian company that was established in 2005 and they are most famous for their high quality and affordable name labels that have helped thousands of belongings to find their way back home! In addition to name labels they also have wall decals, clothing, and much more!

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Tips for Holiday Breastfeeding Success

I am a member of the Tommee Mommee blogger program. I have been compensated for writing this post but all content and opinions are my own. 

With Thanksgiving arriving next week that means that most of us will be visiting with or hosting family and friends. Being in a house full of people while breastfeeding can be stressful for some women whether it’s well-meaning yet unsolicited advice from your mother-in-law, making Uncle Joe uncomfortable, or just needing to get things done if you’re the host. Breastfeeding over the holidays may take some extra planning but it can be done with relative ease.

Tips for breastfeeding success during the holidays

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Enter to Win a Tula Little Rascals Baby Carrier

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Tula baby carriers are one of the most popular on the market, and for good reason. A Tula carrier is made with 100% Oko Tex Standard cotton, is highly adjustable and comfortably padded (for both mama and baby), and includes handy features like hip pockets and a removable hood. And getting to choose from a wide variety of designer prints and colors makes owning a Tula even more fun!

Tula baby carriers are made in Poland and Mexico. They can be used with infants and toddlers from 15-45 lbs, or with little ones 8 pounds and up with the addition of an optional Tula infant insert.

Winner will receive the new limited edition “Little Rascals” print in the standard size.

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A Quick Power Breakfast to Energize Your Morning

I’m not a morning person. Not. At. All. It seems to take me hours to wake up so when it comes to making breakfast I am the biggest slacker there ever was. Over the past few months I have at least been eating something – cereal. Unfortunately the cereal hasn’t given me the energy that I need to function. Too much sugar and processed ick is my guess even though we get our cereal from the natural foods section. No mas. I’m too old and tired to feel even more old and tired so the past few mornings I’ve been getting off my butt and making myself a real, honest to goodness breakfast.

Have you tried it? Yeah, I hear ya. But it doesn’t have to take much more effort than pouring a bowl of cereal. I’m talking about oatmeal. No, wait…it doesn’t have to be bland, sticky, and gross. Really. 

Get your breakfast on! Energize your morning with a power breakfast

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Merry #Fluffmas! Pick Your Own Gift with a Diaper Junction GC

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Welcome to the FluffMas Giveaway Hop hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network! Each blogger in this hop has a fabulously festive and fluffy prize for you, so be sure to hop around to them all and don’t miss the fantastic Grand Prize featuring Buttons Diapers, Balm Baby, and SprayPal! You can enter to win the FluffMas Grand Prize here.

This Fluffmas you will be able to choose your own gift with a $25 gift card from one of my favorite cloth diaper stores and affiliates, Diaper Junction. They have a great variety of cloth diapers, accessories, baby carriers and more! They also frequently have coupons, sales, and freebies to make buying cloth a little easier on your wallet. 

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Which Mama Cloth Fabric is Best for You?

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Sometimes choices can be overwhelming, especially when you’re new to something. Are you considering switching to mama cloth and unsure of what fabric to choose or do you have a few pads and are considering trying new fabrics? Then this post is for you!

Mama cloth - which fabric is right for you?

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Add Some Freshness to Your Laundry Routine or Homemade Laundry Detergent

As part of the Purex® Insiders community, I was given a complimentary bottle of Purex® Crystals Aromatherapy to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own.

For a few years I have made my own laundry detergent. I love that it doesn’t have any fillers and cleans just as well as any commercial detergent that I’ve tried but it is missing one thing. A scent. Even if I use a scented castile soap the scent doesn’t last once my laundry is dry. I recently had the chance to try Purex® Crystals Aromatherapy in-wash scent booster for my review I decided to add it to my homemade laundry detergent. 

Freshen your laundry and homemade laundry detergent with Purex Crystals

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Get Your Holiday Shopping Done with Zulily! Major Sale Alert: Vitamix, Star Wars, Melissa & Doug, Disney Princesses, Vera Bradley and More!

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

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November 11-17, 2014

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Four-Year Well Visit and My Mama Guilt

ID-10062737bSo Dub had his four-year check up on Friday. For the most part it was routine – hearing test, eye test, vaccinations, development questions. The usual. Then the doctor expressed her concerns about his speech and maturity but what I hear is: you’ve failed.

How does a parent stop hearing those words when there are questions about what your child does and doesn’t know?

He has a great vocabulary, knows his ABCs, 123s, colors, shapes, and many of the things that he’s supposed to know at barely four years old but…as far as his speech, annunciation, and maturity he is more of a young three. Of course what I hear is: you haven’t done enough to get him speaking properly and you haven’t socialized him enough.

My logical side tells me that this isn’t what she’s saying but I guess I have some self doubt. I’m not that mom who schedules multiple playdates in a week, does regular crafts, or has structured learning time. We tend to do things on the fly which is how I roll in general. I am an introvert and I worry about it affecting my kids so yes, I am projecting my own feelings of guilt here. Big time! I know this, but it’s still there and knowing this doesn’t help stop that voice in the back of my head. 

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Do You Have a Beautiful Baby? Of Course You Do! Enter the Gerber “Be Our Baby” Photo Search

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Gerber Baby. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. 

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Gerber is synonymous with babies and has been for as long as I can remember. From baby food to toddler snacks to diapers. Ever since the birth of my first child Gerber has been a part of our lives. I used their cloth diapers as burp cloths when they were infants, my oldest son ate Gerber baby food, and my youngest son loved the Graduates puffs when he was learning how to eat table foods. 

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Gerber is not only known for their nutrition, they are known for the Gerber Baby. Do you think you have your own Gerber Baby? Submit their photo in the 2014 Gerber “Be Our Baby” Photo Search and you could win fabulous prizes for your little one!
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