Topic Tuesday | Halloween Maternity Costumes

Topic Tuesday | Maternity Halloween Costumes

1. Mike Wazowski while your other kids are Sully and Boo? Yes please. (I may just be a real sucker for anything Disney)

2. And for those who want a little blood and guts, please make this one!

3. Juno McGuff and Paulie Bleaker makes an awesome couples costume!

 

Have you been pregnant on Halloween? Leave a comment with your best costume! ūüôā

Topic Tuesday | Kiwi Crate

Topic Tuesday | Kiwi Crate | www.amylorraineblog.com

I saw Kiwi Crate first on Pinterest and thought it would be an awesome idea for kids. You get a package delivered to your door filled with all the materials and inspiration for 2-3 hands on projects.

You can order monthly/3 month/6 month or a year at a time ($19.95 to $16.95). You pay up front and you can cancel anytime. You get a new theme every month! Things like dinosaurs, space, gardening and more! And if you have additional children you can add on a sibling “no-fight” crate for only $7.95 a month.

Its not an electronic game or movie. It’s something that they can do and it takes the work away from you by having it all put together and delivered right to your door. It seems well work the fee!

Rest in Peace | Navy Yard

Yesterday was another sad day and we’re faced to mourn our country having another mass shooting.

Rest in Peace

Michael Arnold, 59
Martin Bodrog, 54
Arthur Daniels, 51
Sylvia Frasier, 53
Kathy Gaarde, 62
John Roger Johnson, 73
Frank Kohler, 50
Mary Francis Knight, 51
Kenneth Bernard Proctor, 46
Vishnu Pandit, 61
Gerald L. Read, 58
Richard Michael Ridgell, 52

I hope that the others with non fatal injuries recover as quickly as possible both physically and mentally. And always in times like these but also everyday, thank you to the dedicated police officers, medical staff and all other first responders who help save lives.

Topic Tuesday | Sippy Cup Strap with Suction Cup

I don’t have a baby but I have played the fun game of¬†“Uh oh! I dropped that but I’m going to keep dropping it on the floor and watch you pick it up”. So when I saw this on Etsy, I had to share. It won’t stop them from throwing their sippy cup but it will prevent them from dropping it on the floor and getting dirty and you having to play fetch!

Topic Tuesday | Sippy Cup Strap with Suction Cup | www.AmyLorraineBlog.com

Check out Chunks Baby Junk on Etsy! What a unique customizable baby shower gift! You can use them with or without the suction cup on strollers, shopping carts, wooden high chairs, car seats, hiking backpacks!

Topic Tuesday | Car Seat Cooling Shade | www.AmyLorrainePhotography.com

Topic Tuesday | Car Seat Cooling Shade | www.amylorrainephotography.com

For today’s Topic Tuesday post I wanted to share this product. It is called “Mommy’s Helper Car Seat Sun Shade” and can be found on Amazon.com for less than $10! This¬†nifty¬†heat deflector prevents your¬†child’s¬†car seat from overheating and having those metal buckles get too hot to touch.

Product description from the¬†manufacture¬†“The Mommy’s Helper Car Seat Sun Shade can keep your child’s car seat an average of 26 degrees F cooler. Unwrap the Car Seat Sun Shade and stretch over the child’s car seat, covering the entire seat with shade. To remove, simply stretch the sun shade back over the car seat. Wrap up shade and use built in elastic strap to secure for storage between uses”

With it being July and the temperature is climbing I thought this is a perfect Topic Tuesday! Does anyone use this already? Thoughts?

Topic Tuesday | The Honest Company | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

Over the past month or so, I have developed a skin condition called¬†Perioral Dermatitis. Ever since, I’ve been researching the causes and symptoms. While most people struggling with this believe its mainly stress related (which this only made me stress more) there are a few things that can irritate your skin. I really think this is a blessing in disguise, although some days I don’t see that blessing, I’ve done a lot of research on health and beauty products. There are so many crazy ingredients into products that are horrible for you and I wont go back to using them! I’ve always been one to think if its on the shelf, its not bad. I mean we have rules and regulations for things you can sell. So it should be safe right? Wrong.

In my research I’ve found that¬†sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) which is¬†almost¬†EVERY¬†cleaning and hygiene product out there, is a main cause/trigger to making it worse. Turns out SLS is a known skin irritant.. so why is it everything and even those so called “Natural” or “Organic” products that are supposed to be good for you? Well, it’s what helps create that lather in toothpaste, soaps, shampoo, etc.. I also read that its a shark¬†repellent.. ¬†YES! Sharks, those scary creatures in the¬†ocean¬†that can eat you!

Anyways, I’ve been searching for products that aren’t bad for you and don’t contain these harsh¬†chemicals. A friend suggested I look into the Honest Company. It is co-owned by the actress & mom of two, Jessica Alba and¬†Christopher Gavigan, who is the former CEO of¬†Healthy Child Healthy World¬†(a national nonprofit empowering parents to protect their children from toxic risks).

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They have an¬†HONESTLY FREE GUARANTEE, which means you won’t find the following list of toxic nasties in the products or packaging:¬†phthalates, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates, PVC, parabens, benzene, chlorine, synthetic fragrances, triclosan, formaldehyde-based preserving agents, nanoparticles, TEA, MEA, phosphates, polyethylene glycol (PEG), quaternium 15, DMDM hydantoin, 1-4 dioxane, bisphenol-A (BPA), alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs)/nonylphenol, BHA, benzalkonium chloride.honest.comThe main focus is having healthy products for your home & children. They have cute diaper sets, wipes & baby bottles. I’m going to do more research on other¬†companies¬†with products but I’m¬†definitely¬†going to try them out even more and hope it helps!

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If you’d like to sign up for a free trial click here! You can cancel after you¬†receive¬†the sample, they send you a bunch of reminders so you don’t forget otherwise they’ll send you the full size bundle! I can’t wait to get my full sized one this week!¬†*I’m not getting paid to write this, and I paid for my own bundle mailed to me!*

Topic Tuesday: Nurseries | Amy Lorraine Photography

I don’t have any children yet but that hasn’t stopped me from planning my my non-existent¬†children’s¬†nursery. Here are a few of my favorites!

First one I have to start off with is the Toy Story inspired! If you don’t know… I LOVE TOY STORY. It is my favorite movie and anything Toy Story related makes my heart smile.

colorful-disney-and-toy-story-inspired-nurseryCheck out the post for all the details on how they did the nursery HERE!

The next one is from Lay Baby Lay. I love the fact its not over the top girly girl room! The colors are fantastic!

Lary-baby-layClick here for the post and more information!

This is such a cute room for a little boy. I love the dark rich colors and the adorable sailboats throughout!

elliots-nursery-2 elliots-nursery-4Click here for the original post and more awesome photographs!

The last one for this post is a gender neutral gray & white nursery. For those who don’t want to know the sex of the baby before he or she is born, gray is a great color choice. This is with an accent of a pale blue but it can be easily changed to yellow!

grey-and-whiteClick here  for more information & more photos!

Topic Tuesday: Diaper Bags

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Whose to say your diaper bag can’t be cute & stylish these days?

1. Kate Spade Nylon Stripe Stevie Baby Bag

Kate Spade’s adorable nylon-stripe¬†Stevie baby bag¬†($418) features a cute striped print on durable woven nylon with a jersey backing and a patent cowhide trim. The zip-top shoulder bag has four slide pockets, an interior zip pocket, and a cute red jacquard lining. The bag also fits nicely over a stroller with its longer, crossbody strap. I love the stripes but check out the link for more colors & patterns.

2. Petunia Pickle Bottom Sashay Satchel in Breakfast in Berkshire

Streamlined, stylish, and supremely capable, the Sashay Satchel ($170) features an array of pockets and amenities, the versatility to move from backpack to shoulder bag, and is available in perfectly playful prints on our easy-to-clean Glazed coated cotton canvas with embroidered detailing. Check out the website for more colors and bag styles as well.

3. Rebecca Minkoff Jade Baby Bag

Rebecca Minkoff’s new¬†Jade baby bag¬†($550) is made of shocking pink pebbled leather and comes with a changing pad, water-resistant lining, and side pockets for bottles. I guarantee every other mom will be jealous! This is perfect for pink lovers everywhere!

4. Oioi Baby Bag Ikat Tote in Chocolate

 This Oioi tote ($160 Now $99) is 100% organic cotton canvas with water resistant finish, water resistant nylon lining and accessories. Also has fixed stroller straps,  key fob holder for keys or pacifier, and insulated bottle holder- insulation 2 hours Р(Max bottle size 330mm) and more!

 

5.¬†Carter’s Out ‘n About Black Fashion Tote

The Carter’s Out ‘n About Black Fashion Tote ($39.99) offers ultimate style for the on-the-go Mom. The black back has a printed black and white interior lining, matte silver hardware, and faux leather trim. Fashion zippers on the bags front open to a hidden storage compartment, and four additional exterior pockets offer quick access to smaller item. The bag interior includes mesh, zippered and open pockets for amazing organization options. Includes easy-to-wipe changing pad, a key chain, and stroller loops.

Do you own one of these? What’s your favorite diaper bag and why? Leave your response in the comments below!