Best Items for Baby, Pampering for New Moms

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media. Opinions are my own and the adorable baby is all mine. Dear new and soon-to-be moms, It can be difficult to navigate this crazy new season in life called motherhood and finding the perfect items for your baby all while taking Read more

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Best Items for Baby, Pampering for New Moms

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media. Opinions are my own and the adorable baby is all mine.

Best products for baby, pampering for mom via @agirlsgottaspa #babbleboxxmom #sponsored

Dear new and soon-to-be moms,

It can be difficult to navigate this crazy new season in life called motherhood and finding the perfect items for your baby all while taking care of yourself. Trust me, I’ve done it times 5.

It starts with tons of research into the best products for your baby and lots of family and friend’s weighing in with their opinion (sometimes helpful, sometimes not so much.) Then your little one comes along, and taking care of yourself goes on the backburner (oh girl, trust me, you say it won’t, but it does despite your best efforts.)

Being a mom of 5 boys – my oldest being 17 and my youngest just turning 1, I can sincerely say I know a thing or two about some must-have items.

To start, here are my 5 boys. The only way to ever get them in the same picture at the same time is on the first day of school, otherwise, best of luck.

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Whether this is your first baby or 5th, I hope stumbling upon this list is helpful in your search for your baby and yourself.

For Mom:

@illumai biome hair system for new and expecting moms review via @agirlsgottaspa #babbleboxxmom #sponsored

illumai biome care system: After you have your baby, your hormones go crazy and this wreaks havoc on your hair and scalp. But something you may not know, is that during your pregnancy and after (if you are nursing), you still need to be vigilant about the ingredients in your hair and skin care products and that’s what makes illumai a brand worth looking into.

illumai 3-product system only contains 7 ingredients, and is formulated without sulfates, silicones, parabens, preservatives, and plasticizers. Their products are gluten-free, nut-free, 100% vegan and cruelty-free (PETA certified.) illumai works with every hair type, making it ideal for the whole family. They offer it in travel size (pictured above) and full size.

And while you may associate natural hair care with herbal scents, this one is unlike any other. It has a perfume-like fragrance as you cleanse and condition your hair, which really is a mood-booster in the shower, but the scent dissapates over the course of the day so it is not overwhelming.

This system is so well-designed for new moms, that I’ve asked them to give you a discount. Get 40% off either size of illumai biome care system – just use promocode 44AGIRLSGOTTASPA at checkout. Expires 10/31/2016.

Rainbow Light Prenatals via @agirlsgottaspa #babbleboxxmom #sponsored

Rainbow Light 35+ Mom & Baby Pre and Postnatal Vitamins: When I found out I was pregnant with Ethan, I was 40 years old. There’s a lot to consider when everyone tells you all of the scary statistics and being deemed a high-risk pregnancy. Nutrition to insure the health of my baby was my number one priority. Like, as soon as I peed on that stick and it said I was pregnant, I was out buying prenatals that afternoon. No joke.

Rainbow Light vitamins are made with natural, purity-tested ingredients and NO artificial preservatives, colors, flavors or sweeteners. They’re vegetarian and do not contain gluten, wheat, milk, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, eggs, fish, or shellfish. Why is this important? Because there are a lot of vitamins out there with filler ingredients. (Plus if you have an allergy, this is good info. to know!)

Rainbow Light multivitamins can be taken on an empty stomach (yay!) and can be taken during and after pregnancy (if you plan to breastfeed, plan to keep taking your prenatals until you’ve weaned your baby.)

Enjoy this discount code for 20% off on Rainbow Light Prenatals: HappyBaby

For Baby:

@Gerbercw onesies are a must-have for baby via @agirlsgottaspa #babbleboxxmom #sponsored

Gerber® Onesies®: (OMG how freaking adorable does Ethan look for real???) This brand of onesie has been a staple for each of my boys as babies. So you could say that I basically have been in a relationship with Gerber® for 17 years now.

Gerber® Onesies® are sooo soft with 100% knit cotton, so they are perfect for layering or simply to be worn alone on a hot day. Despite the fallen leaves in the photo above, it was 80 degrees when I snapped that pic of my sweet boy in his onesie. On warm nights, he wears his onesie so that he can sleep comfortably without overheating. During the colder weather, I use them for layering for warmth.

Gerber® Onesies® are by far the most durable onesies and I love that they come in both short and long sleeves.

Save on Gerber apparel at your favorite retailer with money-saving coupons to use in-store only: http://goo.gl/RYGA6D or order online at www.GerberChildrenswear.com now through 10/8/16 and receive FREE $6 STANDARD SHIPPING on your order. Use promo code BBOXX16FS at checkout.

FUJIFILM’s INSTAX Mini 70 - new mom must-have via @agirlsgottaspa #babbleboxxmom #sponsored

FUJIFILM INSTAX Mini 70: Be prepared, you will take lots and lots of pictures of your little one. They grow up so fast and they’re only little once. While I’m all about my cell phone camera, I also like instant pictures.

The INSTAX Mini 70 is the perfect size to have in your diaper bag or out at a party. It also offers selfie mode that automatically adjusts settings for perfect selfies of you and your little one.

Ethan knows that when the camera comes out, it’s time to pose. What was amazing to me, is that despite his constant movement, the pictures don’t come out blurry at all.

@bbuttpaste review via @agirlsgottaspa #babbleboxxmom #sponsored

Boudreaux’s Butt Paste: Diaper bag and changing table essential – diaper rash cream. I’m telling you, invest now! I highly recommend Boudreaux’s Butt Paste as it is fast acting without the harsh ingredients. This diaper rash cream is free-from parabens, preservatives, dyes, phthalates and talc and comes in 3 targeted formulas: original (16% zinc oxide), extra strength (40% zinc oxide) and all natural.

So what makes this brand different from the rest? First it’s not thick or sticky, so it won’t stick to your fingers. It looks thick in the tub, but as you apply it, it’s very smooth like a cream. Since it won’t stick to your fingers, it doesn’t stick to baby’s skin either – it simply creates a barrier. Honestly, there is nothing worse than a blowout that also requires you to rub your already irritated baby’s skin because your diaper rash cream is stuck to his body.

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Couldn’t help but show how happy he is… and always moving.

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TempTraq®: This wearable Bluetooth enabled temperature monitor is a Godsend. When your baby is sick, he/she won’t be sitting still long enough for you to take their temp, and if they’re sleeping, the last thing you want to do is to wake them up to check if they have a fever.

This thermometer adheres like a bandaid and sends information to the TempTraq® app that you can download to any Apple or Android phone. The patch is one-time use and good for 24 hours. TempTraq® notifies your smartphone when your child has a fever and also makes it very easy to email all of the data collected, directly to your child’s pediatrician.

Have a tribe of children like myself? The app can monitor multiple TempTraq® patches. (Because when one gets sick, they all get sick!)

Very limited time discount – 10% off when you use code BABBLEBOXX10 on their website.Offer Expires Oct 31, 2016.

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Ratatouille with Herbs de Provence Recipe

Recipe: Ratatouille with Herbs de Provence from @lodgeatwoodloch via @agirlsgottaspa

If you ever have the chance to visit The Lodge at Woodloch either for a Pocono getaway, or locally for a spa day, you won’t want to miss the chance to eat at TREE. Woodloch’s TREE is literally a delight to your tastebuds. Everything comes fresh from their garden and/or locally sourced farmers. It’s always healthy and absolutely delicious.

Below is the recipe for their mouth-watering Ratatouille with Herbs de Provence. I think you’ll love it! Read more

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A Meditation Teacher’s 8 Tips for Better Sleep

8 tips for better sleep from a meditation expert via @agirlsgottaspa

Since having Ethan last year, and a few months prior to his birth, sleep has eluded me.

Before getting pregnant, I would take melatonin or unisom before bed because my insomnia was so bad. Although Ethan is 1, he still doesn’t sleep through the night, which means I can’t be groggy and need to be able to get up and take care of him if need be.

Right now I use my Gurunanda Aromatherapy Diffuser and switch between their Calming Sleep and Tranquility essential oils. I can tell you this has worked wonders. (Right now I have their Focus blend going so I could concentrate enough to write this post!)

When I heard that meditation expert, Emily Fletcher, also used to suffer from insomnia, I couldn’t help but wonder what magic she worked to cure it. Since I can’t make her meditation retreat she has coming up at the Four Seasons Resort and Spa in Santa Fe, I asked her to lend some tips that we could all benefit from. Below is directly from Emily herself! Read more

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Vole Hair System Review

Don’t miss the 20% off promo code below!!
Vole Hair System review via @agirlsgottaspa

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This may sound a bit dramatic, but when I do not feel good about my hair, it can ruin my outlook on life…not kidding….and like I said, somewhat dramatic.

Due to sweat and product build-up, I try to use deep cleansing shampoos in the summer, but while they do cleanse my hair, they also strip it of moisture.  What my hair required to battle summer damage was a deep cleansing shampoo that removes product build up and pollutants, but does not strip my hair, followed by a conditioner that is deeply moisturizing and repairing, yet does not weigh my hair down. Read more

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