Glam Baby Gear | Ergobaby Four Position 360 Carrier

A comfortable baby carrier is a real asset for caregivers. The benefits of babywearing are well-documented and being hands-free can increase productivity and save your sanity.

After Sebastian was born, I tested several carrier options and found Ergobaby to be among the most comfortable. That’s no easy feat considering he weighed over 25 pounds by his first birthday but with the help of our Ergobaby, I toted him around New York City, on buses and subways, through museums and parks, for years.

Our carriers got a second life when Lucas was born. In addition to wanting him safe and close, Sebastian still needed a stroller so I often wore Lucas while pushing Sebastian. If we were out and about and I needed Lucas to nap, all I had to do was wear him and he conked out immediately. I had a particularly hard time last summer vacation getting him to nap in the new environment and would carry him around in the Ergobaby to make him drowsy. Worked every time!

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7 Lesser-Known Safety Tips for Kids

Close to one million children die of preventable injuries each year throughout the world. In the U.S., unintentional injuries are the number one cause of death to children.

No one wants to read grim statistics and dwell on “what ifs” but education and safer environments make an enormous difference in reducing child injury deaths.

This past Saturday, we attended the second annual Safe Kids Day at Highline Stages to help raise awareness about preventable injuries. Presented by Safe Kids Worldwide, the carnival-themed event featured interactive learning stations designed to reinforce safety tips for kids and VIP guest appearances from Nigel Barker, Alysia Reiner, Genevieve Gorder, and more.

My kids loved every minute of it and consequently, so did I.

Most important of course, are the safety messages. Sure, we’ve been drilled in the basics but you may be surprised to learn some of these lesser-known safety tips for kids:

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Check out SafeKids.org for even more great safety tips and ways for us to get involved.

My littles making themselves at home at the event:

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Glam Baby Gear | Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Doorway Jumper

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It’s hard for me to believe but my little summer baby is over 8 months old. He’s my second child and this time around I knew exactly what baby gear we needed and what we didn’t. Since space is at a premium these days, knowing the difference is more important than ever.

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Rosie Pope Baby {Review}

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If you’re a parent, chances are you’ve heard of Rosie Pope. She’s the television personality and maternity-wear designer that so many moms and dads turn to for style advice and parenting wisdom. Jill and I are huge fans of her maternity line (you can check out Jill’s maternity style here and maternity shoot in Rosie Pope here) and were excited to learn that she recently launched a children’s wear collection.

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Bravado Designs #LittleVictories

Our friends at Bravado Designs are celebrating the “little victories” that make a big difference in our overall well-being and that of our families. I’ve been a BravadoMama for a long time (you can check out my maternity style here) and am thrilled to be part of the #LittleVictories campaign.

In a recent study, 72% of women agreed date night with their partner is important, yet more than a third hadn’t been on a date night in over 6 months. Here’s a short video we made to share how my husband and I make time for one another amid the chaos of young parenthood:

How do you prioritize alone time with your partner?

{Disclosure: I was compensated for my work on the video.}

EGG by Susan Lazar Spring 2014 Collection

The boys’ Easter outfits just arrived. We went with these Seersucker suits from the EGG by Susan Lazar Spring 2014 Collection. They’re the perfect balance of chic and sweet!

EGG never disappoints. I can always trust the super lux natural fabrics, quality materials, and timeless designs.

Inspired by the South of France (oh la la!), Susan Lazar translated the French countryside into delicate florals, fruit prints, and cool nautical motifs for the EGG’s spring line. I can see my little munchkins is just about everything but here are some favorites:

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Nautical never gets old, does it?

The girls’ spring clothing is divine too. This Peter Pan dress is just too much! Almost makes me want to try for a girl!

WIN IT! I have a $100 gift code for one Glamamom reader to shop the EGG Spring Collection!

TO ENTER: Visit EGG and tell me your favorite(s) in the comments section. For additional entries, fill out the Rafflecopter below:

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Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by EGG via MomTrends.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of EGG or Momtrends. 

Glam Baby Gear | New BRITAX Affinity Stroller #BritaxStyle

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Last week at a launch event in Manhattan, I walked the runway with the brand new BRITAX Affinity stroller. Designed to blend fashion and function, Affinity is available in 18 fabric and frame color combinations allowing you to customize it to your personal needs and aesthetic.

The six color packs are offered in tones like “Cool Berry,” “Blue Sky,” “Cactus Green,” “Red Pepper,” “Fossil Brown” and “Black, and include a canopy, shoulder and buckle pads, basket liner and machine-washable padded seat liner. The streamlined frame is available in black, silver and white. 

One of my favorite features is the Click & Go system that allows you to install a bassinet or infant car seat, and switch direction of the seat, without the need for additional adapters.

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My black Affinity coordinated perfectly with the head-to-toe Kohl’s ensemble celebrity stylist Alana Kellan put together for me. Everyone has been asking about the heels! They’re HeartSoul and still available at Kohl’s here, although you may want to opt for a little less height while pushing a stroller!

I did my own hair and used the Rowenta Curl Active Curling Iron, a new favorite. More details coming up in a separate post.

{I was not compensated for this post. Thanks to the ladies of Getting Gorgeous for a fabulous event!}

Playing Favorites | Paddington Bear for babyGap

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As you can probably tell, I love a good fashion collaboration. It usually marries two brands I like with unique twist.

Inspired by original illustrations, babyGap is currently offering Paddington Bear baby apparel up to 24 months. The collection is filled with practical, durable designs mostly in bright primary colors. I have a hard time choosing favorites; everything is so sweet. It’s limited edition so get it while the gettin’s good!

Gap is also having its semi-annual kids and baby sale up to 40% off through the 27th.

Clean-Up with Jewel

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At a children’s crafting event celebrating the launch of the Swiffer Sweep & Trap this afternoon at Make Meaning in Manhattan, rockin’ mama Jewel serenaded us with her version of the “Clean-Up Song.” It’s far better than my own “If you don’t help me clean up now, you’re going to your room!” rendition, I’ll tell you that.

While the kids did messy crafts like glitter art and cookie decorating, we got to see the Swiffer Sweep & Trap in action scooping up large crumbs into its removable bin. You know I love my Swiffer products but it was Sebastian who was most impressed. When he saw it in our goody bag as we were leaving, he said something like, “Finally I get my own vacuum.” As if we’ve been depriving him all these years. Enjoy it kid! If you’re a really good boy, we’ll get you this one for your birthday.

Jewel was as sweet as you would imagine her to be and gushed about the hands-on experiences and messes made by her 2-year old son. The “Clean-Up Song” will be available for free download on www.facebook.com/swiffer, along with the video of her performance if you want to try and brainwash your children with it.

I also have one Swiffer prize pack to give away including:

  • Swiffer tote with Sweep & Trap
  • Sweep & Trap refills
  • Craft recipe cards
  • Kids crafts

Just leave a comment below to throw your hat in the ring and I’ll randomly choose a winner in a week. US only please and you must be 18 or older.

UPDATE: Congrats Janice!

{I was not compensated for this post. Swiffer provided us with transportation to and from the event and a goody bag for our participation. All opinions expressed herein are my own.}

DIY Olympic Games Chalkboard {Guest Post}

DIY Olympic Games Chalkboard

I can’t get enough of the Olympics and am happy to welcome Rheney Williams who writes about DIY projects for The Home Depot to show you how to create a DIY Olympic Games Chalkboard the kids will love:

Supplies needed:

  • Basic black chalkboard
  • Frog tape
  • Craft paper
  • Metallic paint in gold, silver & bronze
  • Blue chalkboard paint
  • Piece of chalk
  • Paper towels
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon

Although the Winter Olympics only happen every four years, being a good sport is an everyday necessity if you want to win in this game we call ‘life!’ And the best part is that you can transform this world-wide event into an opportunity for some good, old fashioned TV time with the family and teach your kids a little something about good sportsmanship in the process.

Don’t get me wrong – competition is a part of nature and has been celebrated on a global scale since the first modern Olympics in 1896, so I am not knocking the concept of testing your strengths against those of others. I truly believe that a little bit of competition brings out the best in many of us because we are forced to dig deeper than we would without the challenge of someone else taking the prize.

At the same time, it also tends to bring out the worst in us when we lose. But let’s face it: We all can’t win everything all the time. That’s why learning to lose gracefully is such a valuable skill in the highly competitive society in which we live. Notice I didn’t say that learning to ‘accept defeat’ is the goal; if anything, losing should spur us on to do even better next time!

Let’s apply that logic to a simple DIY Olympic Games chalkboard that you can make with your kids to keep track of all of the exciting events, medal winners, and highlights as they happen in Sochi: Why settle for boring black when you can glam it up with bright blue and shimmery metallics?

Here’s how I went the extra mile with my Olympic chalkboard and hopefully it will bring out the best in you!

Basic Chalkboard

I started with a basic black chalkboard that you can pick up at a local crafts store. If you have Olympic-sized crafting ambition, you could also make your own by framing out a piece of plywood and painting that directly!

Tape

Since I’m sticking with my pre-made board, I moved right on to the taping portion of the event. I applied Frog tape all the way around the board where it meets the frame to protect it from the upcoming onslaught of spray paint.

After placing the tape, I covered the center of the board with a piece of craft paper and taped down the corners.

4. Covered

I took the board out to my screened-in back porch (just make sure you have a well-ventilated space like a patio or a garage with the doors open) and applied metallic silver paint all around the frame.

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I love the little groove in the millwork – it’s a nice touch that helps with the shimmery metallic reflection!

After that dried outside overnight, I started painting the board itself with my chalkboard paint.

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I used Martha Stewart Craft’s Blue Chalkboard paint and although thorough coverage required three coats, the end result is well worth it (in my opinion!).

While that dried (it needs to cure overnight before you can start using it as intended with the chalk), I sprayed three circle cut-outs I had made for a different project with gold, silver and bronze metallic paint to create my ‘medals.’

7. Sprayed

When your board is ready to condition, take a piece of chalk and rub the long side over the entire surface of the board. This is what makes it a ‘chalk’ board and ensures a uniformly erasable surface and helps avoid the dreaded chalkboard ‘stain’ that happens sometimes when you use colored chalk.

8. Chalk

After I wiped away the chalk with a paper towel, I assembled my medals by punching a hole near the top and threading a shimmery ribbon through so that they resemble real Olympic medals that are worn around the Champions’ necks.

9. Medals

Finally, I draped the ribbons over the top edge of the board, taped them in place, and stepped back to check out the fruits of all of that labor. Pretty sweet, right?

10. Final

Now your board is ready to keep tabs on daily events, competitors’ times and scores and medals won by the various countries.

In addition to learning more about themselves through the sportsmanship angle of this project, you can also teach your kids about foreign customs and expose them to the world beyond the board! One idea is to focus on a different country each day during the Games and study different aspects of what makes that country unique and special in the grand scheme of the globe.

What color chalkboard paint are you going to use when you go for the crafting gold?

Rheney Williams writes about DIY projects for The Home Depot and helps readers with projects using materials available at a local store.