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A Few of My Favorite (Baby) Things [Part One]

After I birthed my fifth baby, exactly five years ago, my husband and I thought that we’d never have any more babies.

Fast forward to our fifth baby’s second birthday and I found myself drowning in tears from both weaning her and deciding the baby items should (finally) go.

So…we donated everything. Everything except for the crib, that is.

Much to our grand surprise, last August we found out we were expecting number six!

He uncharacteristically rejoiced.

I panicked.

We had to start from scratch again. And, knowing right well that mamas of nearly six children do not get baby showers, no matter how in need, I started saving up.

I was shocked at how much had changed in the way of baby gear since having our fifth.

This time around, I was determined to have the best time ever researching items and getting rather large boxes in the mail.

Testing out new and unusual baby items is like an addictive drug to me. I adore bypassing the “norm” and going right for the lesser known items.

Here are my new, favorite, baby must haves:

Mumbelli

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Mumbelli is a name you may not have heard yet.

Created by a very sleep-deprived mama, this is the only womb-like portable bed on the market!

Each Mumbelli bed comes with a fabric carry case, an adjustable Velcro barrier, an acid reflux wedge, a removable mattress, and is completely washable! *(Score!)

This is the perfect baby sleeper for newborns, ages 0-3 months.

Price: $129 US (price has increased by $20 since I purchased mine back in April 2019)

Graco Dream Glider Sleeper Swing

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Before the big Fisher Price Rock and Play recall, I was already on the hunt for another co-sleeping option for our bedroom.

While I loved the Rock and Play for those early months with our baby girls, I was excited to try something new. Something that could be used far beyond that newborn period.

This was and is that product. However, it’s not flawless. I have some beef with this product, no matter how much we’ve loved it.

The upsides: It has three recline settings, six speeds, music and white noise sounds, and vibration. It also comes with a detachable mobile, and is machine washable.

When baby outgrows it as a bed, it doubles as a baby swing. Huge bonus.

The downsides: It’s rather a girthy item. It’s not recommended for a bedside that is lacking in space. I had to reconfigure our own room in order to accommodate it bedside, but we made it work.

Furthermore, every positive thing I listed above, also double as downsides to this product. The speed on 1 can be gentle, or sometimes, in the middle of the night, I would see it just completely almost blast off into outer space. It would scare the life outta me to jump awake at 2am and see my two week old about to make history as the first baby in space.

I’ve never used the speed beyond level 2 because, it’s frankly quite scary.

It’s not a quiet product. But, the noise it makes when it’s rocking can become the best white noise for baby.

Unfortunately, the music is annoying and the white noise is just garbage.

However, while I wouldn’t give this product five stars, I’d definitely recommend it for any parent that wants to double up on an infant bedside option and a swing.

Price: $130-$170 (depending on retailer and fabric theme you choose).

Evenflo Pivot System

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Hands down, THE BEST product I’ve EVER purchased for any of my babies.

This forever Graco mama has now moved to the Evenflo side of things with this zero-regret purchase.

Worth every penny, Mama’s.

The Pivot system is so versatile and easy to use, and the fact that it’s style rivals that of more high-profile brands is a humongous win!

This amazing travel system comes in many stylish colors, strolls like a dream, and the pivot feature on the bassinet is just pure love.

Even my husband loves it. And, when my husband loves something enough to mention it verbally, you know it’s gotta be good.

I can’t say enough about this product. This is the MUST HAVE out of all must haves.

Price: $279 US (I used a 20% off Buy Buy Baby coupon to bring the total down about $50).

Infantino Cuddle-Up Carrier

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I’ve had my fair share of baby-wearers over the years. From the infamous Moby to Mei Tei’s and the like, none of those have been as good to me as this Infantino Cuddle-Up.

I love all of the support it gives my body. There’s waist support, extra arm and shoulder support, and a removable hoodie for those hot summer days or cool, blustery mornings when baby needs some additional protection.

It’s easy to put on and remove, and you don’t need to watch any YouTube videos in order to figure it out. (HUGE bonus, am I right?)

Price: $39 US (Lesson learned: you don’t need to spend a ton to get a good, quality carrier that you’ll just adore!)

Skip Hop Silver Lining Cloud Entertainer

So, it’s a hard knock life out here in baby entertainer land.

I was bound and determined to find a baby entertainer that didn’t look like a daggone circus.

Let’s face facts: most entertainers are literal eye sores in your living spaces. And not only that, they make the most hideous noises imaginable.

This product is the opposite of that.

While it’s a bit of a boon on the old wallet, it’s truly a grow-with-me experience for baby.

The adjustable foot platform doubles as a chalkboard. Yes, a real chalkboard. I know. Amazing, right? And this chalkboard will pop right into the chair bit of the entertainer and the entire apparatus will transform into the cutest kiddie table you ever saw.

The toys are easily removable and can be reconfigured with so much ease, you could do it with your eyes closed.

And speaking of eyes, it goes easy on those, as well. Because, quite simply, this entertainer is anything but another eye-sore circus show like 99% of the entertainers on the market.

The only downside is that I wish the table automatically came with the little stools needed for the toddler table it eventually becomes. For the price, it would’ve been fantastic to include those. But, I digress. No matter, this product is wonderful.

Price: $130 US ( I got mine for $20 less on Amazon).

Do you have any of these items? What are your reviews? Share with us in the comment section, below!

*Part 2 (Diapering, feeding, and other necessities) will be posted very soon!

The Red Horse Inn

We just spent 48 hours in heaven.  

 

Not THE Heaven, but it sure felt like it was heavens cousin or something.

 

 

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This post will mostly be pictures, because, well, the photos speak for themselves.

There’s nothing to do, really, and that’s super appealing to a couple of thirty-somethings who are used to the houseful of noises that five kids, a puppy, and fourteen chickens make. 

The Inn includes six uniquely themed rooms, with breakfast included in each room, every morning.      The owner, Christian, is amazing. So down-to-earth, thorough, and pays attention to every detail. Such a sweet man. We felt like he was an old friend.       

The Inn includes six uniquely themed rooms, with breakfast included in each room, every morning. 

 

The owner, Christian, is amazing. So down-to-earth, thorough, and pays attention to every detail. Such a sweet man. We felt like he was an old friend. 

 

 

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The fence-lined drives up and down the pastures hills were beautiful. Over yonder there are some of the individual Cottages. There are six in total, three have Hot Tubs.  

 

Since my husband is a Hot Tub Lover like none other, I made sure I picked out the Cottage with not only the King Sized Bed that we are used to, but our personal hot tub.

 

I’d say that I’ve more than made up for our Disney World Honeymoon almost 13 years ago. Even though this little honeymoon was all of 48 hrs.long.  

 

My only regret is that life didn’t pause for us and we couldn’t stay forever.

 

 

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Our cozy cottage. We didn’t have to share. 

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The personal touches were so sweet. 

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Yes, in addition to flower petals, sparkling champagne and breakfast found ready stocked for both mornings, they also included Fireproof. And yes, we watched it for the second time. Loved the extra care they gave us.  

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The hot tubs are pretty much brand new, lovely, and have the coolest lights.  

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All of this was ours to enjoy. Complete privacy. I sacrificed the Mountain View’s for this hot tub and bigger bed, but some cottages have better views, no hot tub and a queen bed. Just depends on what you prefer. 

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Icy mornings.  

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Just a short two hours drive from Charlotte. Far enough away without being too far. Loved it.  

 

If you happen to visit  The Red Horse Inn, be sure to mention Mike and I referred you as they have a fantastic referral program! 

 

If you getaway here, we want to know about it! Comment below!  

How to Get the Best Prices During dōTERRA's BOGO Week

I don't know many people that don't appreciate a good deal when they see one. 

 

dōTERRA does this amazing thing like three times a year that continues to blow our minds.

 

BOGO's (you know, those Buy One, Get One Deals?) 

Even Taylor Swift can't believe it...  

Even Taylor Swift can't believe it...  

Wanna know how it works? Then read on...

The DL (downlow)

So, for an entire week, dōTERRA will reveal ONE surprise BOGO deal of the day. It's a surprise because...surprises are FUN!

YOU, yes you, have just 24 HRS. to buy up to 5 sets of this deal. Just ONE full day and the deal is gone into forever past. (*sigh)

So...you don't wanna wait. If you see the deal, love the deal, gotta have the deal, you need to just go ahead and get the deal before your kid comes up to you and asks for that fifth Popsicle and derails your whole BOGO train. 

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 How To Order 

 

So, you rush off, grab that Popsicle and pray it keeps Popsicle Polly occupied for just five minutes so you can order today's deal. 

 

But, where to start?... 

 

Here's a good place. In fact, it's the BEST place to begin. And here's what you do once you click on that "highlighted place" word in the first sentence of this paragraph. 

 

 

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Click the 3-line thing in the top right hand corner of your screen.

That should reveal a hidden menu. (dōTERRA is FULL of surprises, aren't they?)

If you like paying full price for things, just click "Shop" to pay retail! Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy.

But, if you're like most people we know, you want the cheapest price possible. So, if you're one of those, click JOIN & SAVE.

Wait. JOIN? Now, wait. Just calm down a second. It's not some "Jelly of the Month" Club, and you aren't going to sign your life away. Nope.

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It's just like becoming an Amazon Prime member or a Costco Member. Members get perks, but no one's gonna MAKE you use your membership.  

 

Its really and truly no strings attached. 

(And we always give our new Ōily family members extra product just for deciding to Join & Save)  

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 How Do I Get Today's Deal? 

 

 

Easy.  

 

Simply add the BOGO item to your cart and the FREE item will automatically be added. That's right, you don't have to add the FREE item at all. It just magically appears, in all it's FREE glory, in your personal shopping cart.  

 

And the best part is: it'll ship super quickly to your home. No meeting up with your friends at a gas station, after swim practice, to get your items. Just like Pizza Hut, dōTERRA delivers straight to your home.

 

 How Much Can I Order? 

 

Some deals are just too good to buy just one set. dōTERRA understands this and that's why they allow up to 5 sets ordered per account.

 

So, if you wanna really beef up that Ōily stash of yours, this is your week. 

 

 One More Thing... 

Head on over to our pretty sweet BOGO page on Facebook and give us a 👍🏼. Then, everytime you order a BOGO set, comment on that day's deal photo. Cause we're giving away over $160 worth of FREE oils. As if this week wasn't generous enough?!

 

 

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So, what are you waiting for??!!  

 

These oil deals are too cool to hang out in this summer heat!