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Cooper went to the doctor today for his 12 month check-up (17.6 pounds and 29.25 inches long!) and I have been seriously dreading this appointment. Not only would we be talking about making the transition to whole milk, it’s also flu season so I knew that was coming too. I’ve been talking to Corey about it, trying to do some research online (I advise against this! There’s a whole lotta crazy out there!) and just trying to feel out what’s right for us. It was giving me knots in my stomach thinking about it, but I think that’s what being a parent is all about — wanting to make the right choice for your child. And getting all worked up? That’s just part of it.

But the truth is, it is flu season and however you choose to protect yourself the only important thing is that you do indeed protect yourself and those around you. And not just from the flu, from everything. Keep your germs to yourself, thanks! We’ve been downing green juices and shots of apple cider vinegar (and then doing mean shoulder shuffle because that stuff is hard to swallow) and washing our hands like crazy. Getting sick is not something I’m interested in. Not now, not ever.

It all starts with prevention. That’s why when I was contacted by Curel, I jumped at the chance to try out one of their kids kits: Curel Kids Kit

I still swear by the Burts Bee’s cream-to-powder. We use it every night and since we started, there has been no diaper rash to speak of. And any open rash is susceptible to an infection and I’d rather not slather zinc oxide all over my baby’s little tush if I don’t have to. And their hand sanitizer? The best. I don’t worry if I have to spray one of Cooper’s toys with it because it’s not filled with perfumes and glitter like those other ones we’re all guilty of carrying around and the aloe keeps my hands from totally drying out.

Speaking of dry (how’s that for a transition?), while we’re lucky to have such a mild winter here in South Florida we’re obviously in the minority so I have no advice about dealing with it. But I will say the Itch Defense lotion is the ONLY thing that works for my sister’s eczema and it’s sometimes it’s hard to find so my mom has been known to clear a shelf when she sees it.

Luckily, we don’t have to worry about lice right now (can you get lice if you don’t really have any hair?) but I know the day will come when it’s lice check day at school and it’s so reassuring to know there’s a product out there without all the harsh chemicals. When I was in elementary school there was a girl with the prettiest hair all the way down to her butt. We were all so jealous. Well, lice check day came and went and on Monday morning her long, beautiful hair was cut into a helmet shaped bob. Poor thing.

The point of all this? Mind your p’s and q’s this flu season and do your part from spreading your germs all around town. No one likes to be sick. Especially not a baby. So wash those hands already, will ya’?!

disclosure | this post was sponsored by Curel. all opinions are my own.

MAMA STYLE

FIRMOO

Sometimes getting dressed when I know all I’ll be doing is hanging around the house with a one year old who couldn’t care less what I looked like can seem pointless. But the days where I give up before I’ve even had my coffee and call it a pajama day, those are the days when I (obviously) feel the frumpiest and avoid the mirror at all costs.

That’s not to say that pajama days are not an occasionally necessity, they’re just not as necessary as I’d like to think. It’s amazing what a little eyeliner and a snazzy pair of glasses can do for your outlook on the day. That’s why it’s important to have basic pieces that instantly make you feel awake and ready to take on the day. I’ve had this dress way before I had Cooper and I love that I can just add a different color sweater or a jean jacket and it looks fresh every time.

And these glasses? I don’t think I can begin to express how much I love FIRMOO. Glasses can be so expensive but not from these’s guys. And you know the saying, you get what you paid for? You can forget about it. I am guaranteed to get compliments anytime I wear these (sometimes from my self, always from my husband) and the little gold details make me feel dressed up even in jeans and a t-shirt (which is usually the case).

And when Mama’s happy, everyone’s happy!

disclosure | this post was sponsored by FIRMOO. all opinions are my own.

HEY THERE, FOUR EYES! // FIRMOO

FIRMOO Glasses Review
I didn’t get glasses until I was in high school. I didn’t even know I needed them until I was sitting in the back of the room one day and was having trouble seeing the board. I thought it was completely normal until I jokingly put on my friends glasses and it was like a whole new world opened up in front of my eyes. I was seriously shocked. I had my mom take me to the eye doctor the very next day. On the way home with my new glasses I was reading all the billboards and street signs! I never knew everyone else could see so well!

Even though I loved being able to see better (my prescription has gotten worse over the years but it was always pretty strong. I have no idea how I didn’t walk in to any walls before) I was really self conscious about wearing them. They didn’t used to be so trendy. I would wear them in class and take them off for the breaks in between because I somehow thought it was less embarrassing. All I did was give myself headaches.

The next year I gave in and bought a pair of black plastic frames and was sold. I was a glasses girl through and through. I do have contacts but since my eyes get really dry, I don’t wear them much. I thought about getting LASIK before, but I really genuinely love wearing my glasses. The problem with glasses though, is how expensive they can be! I bought a pair of black Ray Bans last year and they cost me around $400. I’ve been wanting another pair but wasn’t willing to spend the money. So when Firmoo approached me about working together I was beyond excited.

The ordering process couldn’t be easier. They even have a virtual try on feature to help you choose just the right frames. I “tried on” a few different ones and immediately sent pictures (along with one of me in my current glasses, bottom right, to compare) to Corey, my mom, and my friend Ashley for their opinions. They all picked the bottom left pair:
Firmoo Virtual Try On
All their glasses come with standard 1.5 lenses, and anti-scratch and shatter resistant coatings. But you do have the option to upgrade. Mine came with a thinner 1.57 lens, anti scratch, non glare and a UV coating.

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It took about two weeks for my glasses to arrive, but felt like much longer since I was checking the tracking like a mad woman. When they finally got here I was immediately impressed with the quality of the frame. They felt just like the Ray Bans I had and weren’t at all flimsy. The glasses came with both a hard and soft case, a microfiber cleaning cloth, and something else I thought was really great – a keychain screwdriver! Anyone who consistently wears glasses can tell you just how handy this is. I’ve probably bought 10 glasses repair kits in my lifetime and still can never find that little screwdriver when I need it. Now, I’ll never loose it (unless I loose my keys, but let’s not jinx it)!

 

If you’re in the market for new glasses (they have sunglasses too!), Firmoo not only has great affordable pricing (the ones I chose were only $39) and high quality products, they also have a “First Pair Free” program where they only thing you pay for are the lenses and shipping. It’s a great way to take a risk and try a pair you wouldn’t normally  be drawn towards. I’m already thinking about ordering a few more pairs, and I’d love some prescription sunglasses. I’ve been eyeing these:

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What do you think?

Firmoo Glasses Review

disclosure | this post was sponsored by FIRMOO. all opinions are my own.

FRESHLY PICKED MOCCASINS // REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

Freshly Picked Moccasins - Betsy Crocker

When I was pregnant one of the things I looked forward to most was dressing my baby. What could be more fun? I remember the day I bought Cooper his first pair of converse. He was three months old and I decided it was about time he went to the mall. It was a big event. I packed a huge bag. I drug a friend along. Really, I just needed to get out of the house and do something. I thought it would go great. I went into it with such confidence. I got this. Ha! I was so naive. We made it from the car to the entrance of H&M before he freaked and demanded to be held. Right! Now! So there I was, baby on one hip, pushing a stroller, and still looking through the racks of clothes. My friend asked if we should just go home. Nope! We are here and we are completing this mission. I’m not afraid of him, I declared. But really, I was terrified. Please don’t cry.  We made it out of H&M, simultaneously downed a bottle and an iced coffee in Starbucks, and were in the clear before I realized we had one more stop to make. How could I forget? It was one of the whole reasons for the trip. SHOES!

We needed to get to Foot Locker and it was on the other side of the mall and I was tired and ready to go home. But I would not be defeated. So we hoofed it, bags piled in the stroller, baby on one hip. We made it to Foot Locker and were standing in line when he started doing this impressive back bend movement and rubbing his face and I knew we were treading in dangerous water. On the way home, shoes in hand (well, in a bag in the backseat but stay with me here) I felt like I kicked the days ass. We did it. And when we got in the door the first thing I did was put on the shoes. I was so excited to slip those little converse on my baby’s feet, until I realized just how ridiculous they were. Laces for a baby? Who was I kidding? After 5 minutes of loosening and pushing I finally got them on. And they were so cute! But in no time he had the laces untied and was trying to put them in his mouth. We still wear them sometimes, but I dread putting them on every time.

The point of this whole story? Baby shoes are a pain! Who knew?

That’s when I started looking around for another option. I’m not a huge fan of open toed sandals on a boy and the idea of flip flops rubbing between his sweet toes didn’t thrill me. Then I noticed all the cool kids (even the celebrities) were running around in moccasins. Slip ons! And so cute! When I got an email from Freshly Picked, started by fellow mom Susan Peterson in 2009 with nothing more than an idea and a bag of scraps, with the opportunity to review a pair of moccasins I was in, no questions asked. I had been following them on Instagram and lusting over my very own pair for a long time, but was never able to justify the hefty price tag. We ordered a size 2 in Walnut, and so far, I absolutely love them and I can tell why they cost so much. These things are an investment. They are extremely well made, come in more colors than could ever exist in the rainbow, and the packaging? I’m a sucker for cute packaging.Freshly Picked Moccasins

The leather is soft and buttery so I don’t have to worry about them hurting his feet if he’s not wearing socks, there is hidden elastic around the top to ensure they stay, and the vents on each side will surely help keep things circulating in the dreadfully humid South Florida Summer. While ours still a little big (which I like), they go with everything in his closet and I can already tell we’re going to get plenty of use out of them. He isn’t doing a whole lot besides sitting, drooling on everything, and trying to crawl, so we haven’t seen much wear and tear yet but I’m looking forward to seeing where these shoes take us. Looking at them all fresh and new makes me think about the day, years from now, when I’ll pull them out of his baby box and they’re scuffed, worn in, and full of adventure!

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Freshly Picked is generously allowing me to giveaway a pair of moccasins (any size, any color) to one of YOU! To enter just leave a comment below telling me which color you would pick if you won. Please note: Must be 18+, a US resident, and not have won any other pairs of Freshly Picked moccasins within the last 60 days to win. The winner has 48 hours to respond or else a new winner will be chosen. 

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The contest ends on Friday and a winner will be announced on Monday, June 23rd.

Good luck!

disclosure | this post was sponsored by Freshly Picked. all opinions are my own.