When Your Baby is Sick

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Little Remedies. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I’ve been pretty lucky as a new mom.

{knock on wood!}

My little man is adorable {no, I’m not biased}, happy {most of the time} and for the past 9 and 1/2 months he has been pretty healthy {#blessed}. I’m happy to report that for the majority of our time together so far, little Brooks has been enjoying an apple a day to keep the doctor away {not literally, I wish he would eat more apples!}

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I think Brooks‘ health has been so good in large part due to the fact that we are still nursing and he isn’t in daycare. I know how lucky I am that we have had a positive nursing experience {with only a few hiccups} and that I get to stay at home with my little guy.

While he has managed to be a happy & healthy little man, Brooks has had a cold or two – and nothing is worse than seeing your little one not feel well. He is actually fighting a case of the runny nose /sniffles right now as I type this. I blame it on the change of seasons, because I suffer from the same issues.

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Seeing your baby sick with the cold is so sad. I’m sure my heart will always break whenever my child is sick but I think its worse when they are so little because they can’t tell you whats wrong and what they need. The few times Brooks has been a little under the weather we make sure a few things are on hand:

  1. Extra snuggles – because, duh.
  2. Cheerios – this is a recent thing but he loves them!
  3. Lots of H20 – got to stay hydrated
  4. Brooks’ beloved wubanub
  5. Little Remedies 

LittleRemediesBecause Brooks is still such a little one, I am careful about the medicine I choose for him when he does need a little something  to help him feel better. I recently had the opportunity work with the Little Remedies brand for this blog post, but honestly I have been reaching for their products on the shelf long before that! The Little Remedies line of products helps relieve fevers and cold and flu symptoms in infants and children (ages 0-11) – with the fewest ingredients possible — no artificial flavors, artificial colors or alcohol.Saline

I have used the Little Remedies saline spray ever since he was a tiny little thing when he gets the occasional stuffy nose, because I use saline spray {for adults!} myself & it really does help! As he’s gotten older it’s a little more difficult to give him but it really does make a difference. We have also been a huge fan of the Little Remedies gripe water whenever he is a little gassy or having other tummy related issues {i’ll spare you the details here} – both these products have been in my diaper bag and in our {baby} medicine cabinet before little man even graced us with his presence on this earth!little remedies

A little more about the brand -> Little Remedies was created by a father who was tired of searching for a product to give his kids that was effective and made with ingredients he could feel good about. Little Remedies believes “less is more” and strives to make sure that each of its products contains just what is needed for fast, safe and effective relief – nothing more -> all of which is super important to me as a new mom.Tummys and Noses

As a part of this blog program I also received the Little Remedies Honey Cough Syrup, which we have yet to use because it’s for ages 12 months + but I will definitely keep it on hand for when he’s a little older!

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Now it’s your turn to share!

Do you have any special tips or tricks for when your little one is sick? What makes them feel better fast? Please share! 

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For more information about Little Remedies and their products, visit LittleRemedies.com.

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Sharing the Baby Moments with Locket

I am part of the Timewyse Locket blogger program with Influence Central and I received special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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Since my family is all over the place {my parents in VA, my in-laws in NJ, aunts & uncles in DC & PA & South America}, it’s really important for me to be able to share all of Brooks‘ little moments with everyone. I’m sort of one of those crazy moms when it comes to documenting all of Brooks’ baby milestones & “firsts” – whenever he does something new & adorable {which is all the time, let’s be honest} it’s an immediate mass text message to all the grandparents, aunts, uncles and more.

Needless to say, I take a LOT of pictures. baby toes on changing table

My mom has done an amazing job of creating monthly photo books of all the pictures I send her – it’s been such a beautiful way to look back at how much Brooks has grown in the past 9 months. It’s seriously crazy how fast he has changed and how much he can do! I need to share those photo books with you in another post because it’s been an awesome way to keep track of those crazy months as they fly by!

Having a smartphone has made it so easy to capture & share all the memories and special moments with Brooks with our family living all over the world. I take more photos and videos on my phone than ever before – it’s insane how many pictures I take on a daily {or even hourly!} basis.

Which is where the Locket comes into play. brooks memory

The Life Locket app aka Locket creates an easy, stress-free and fun way to chronicle and share your family’s priceless photo, video and audio mementos, including those special “firsts” that happen in a baby’s life. It’s the place where I put Brooks’ special moments from each quickly passing month. music class video

A little more about LocketEnvisioned and designed by parents, Locket’s core technology helps make your life easier, by solving the how and what of preserving childhood memories and offering peace of mind. small snip-its of your child’s adventures.  Locket’s unique technology prompts you to record those moments, and then it automatically creates rich, shareable content like video montages, e-timelines and photo books.

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With Locket you can focus on and the highlight the key moments from each passing month. which has been awesome for me to really pick and choose a few favorites to share. You can highlight your favorite pictures, videos, audio clips and other moments. It’s been a lot of fun to enjoy over the past few months! And being able to capture special family moments to be enjoyed for years to come is something important to everyone. Since having a little one of my own, I sure know how fast time flies!video

I’m always interested to hear how other families share their baby moments & milestones. I’d love to hear how you share your special moments with your loved ones – near and far!

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Be sure to  visit the Life Locket website and download the app to share your favorite baby milestones.

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NatureBox Free Trial

 Healthy, easy to grab snacks are an absolute MUST for me these days. Every day is so different with a little one – who is moving, crawling, climbing, cruising, eating and some days teething up a storm! Keeping healthy snacks around is a MUST!

So when I had the opportunity to try out NatureBox for myself, I couldn’t wait to see what was going to arrive on my doorstep!box

What is NatureBox, you might ask?

NatureBox delivers a world of carefully sourced and nutritionist-approved foods right to your door. Each snack contains wholesome ingredients – with no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors. Snacking has never been so deliciously fun and naturally easy.

First you start a subscription where each month you will receive a box of 5 full-sized snack packages. You have the option to choose the snacks you want to try or be surprised with NatureBox’s newest options. Nature Box

The extra cool thing about the NatureBox subscription service is that for every box delivered, NatureBox donates one meal through Feeding America® to help the millions of Americans who go hungry. Which is a pretty nice thing to be a part of, if you ask me – especially as we head into the holiday season – we must remember to give as much as we get!food

 Back to the Box: I just love having these bags in my pantry -> I find myself reaching for the NatureBox snacks all the time, because they are perfect for this indulgent holiday season {which is upon us!} as a better for you snacking alternative. peanut butter nom noms

I was also really impressed with the taste, variety and quality of snacks provided in my NatureBox. There is such a wide range of snacking options, I had a tough time choosing what I wanted to try! The Snack Catalog is seriously insane – granola, nuts, pretzels, baked treats, popcorn and more!

I.Want.It.All.

baked sweet potato fries

BUT in each box you can only pick 5 snacks & here’s what I decided on: Peanut Butter Nom Noms {mini peanut butter oat cookies – I pretty much picked them because of the Nom Nom name – they did not disappoint}, baked sweet potato fries, sourdough cheddar pretzels, baked cheddar potato fries and Italian bistro pretzels – apparently I had a salt craving when I was picking the contents of this box!

sourdough cheddar pretzels

I have put one of these NatureBox snack bags all over the place – I keep one in my diaper bag, in my car storage bin, in the back of my stroller and in the pantry – because when hunger strikes, it’s nice to grab something on the healthy side!

Baked Cheddar Potato Fries

Want to try our NatureBox for yourself? For new members, you can sign up to receive a complimentary trial box – which contains one full-sized bag and four single-served pouches. It’s a nice little way to test out the service and the product provided!

 Click here to start your free trial with NatureBox!*

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How do you make healthy snacking choices?

Please share!

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italian bistro pretzels

*Fine Crumbs: Free trial is available for new and US subscribers only. Not valid on gift subscriptions and may not be combined with any other offers.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Friday Favorites: Faux Fur

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Don’t forget to check out my Jamberry Nails Giveaway!

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I was totally inspired by the faux fur buckle poncho I posted in last week’s Friday Favorites, so I thought it was only right to do an ode to Faux Fur in this week’s favorites!

To me, I really feel like winter is upon us when I start to see hints of faux fur on people’s outfits as the weather cools. I think it’s a fun little pop of texture to any outfit. PLUS it’s definitely cold enough for fur – at least in Philly!

Here are a few of my Friday favorite faux fur {say that 10 times fast!} picks – check them out, let me know what you think and feel free to let me know what you are loving this Friday!

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1- Oh my goodness, when I saw this coat in the store, I immediately fell in love. The removable faux fur trim on the hood is so chic, but I love the fact that this jacket comes in some beautiful & classic colors {I think I love the poppy red the most}

2- I love a good faux fur vest & this one is no exception. I enjoy the “brown fox” color option, but it also comes in a “grey rabbit” which looks awesome with black!

3- This quilted puffer jacket looks way more expensive than it is {under $70!} and I am seriously loving the indigo blue {but it comes in burgundy too!}. The removable faux fur hood is a nice little touch as well.

4- Seriously, how cozy does this faux fur vest look? Something about that winter white just makes me want to curl up by a fire with a cup of hot chocolate {or a glass of wine?} and a good book.

5- I love how fun this anorak is because it’s lined with faux fur – the olive color is pretty nice too, but I but this would keep you nice and toasty!

6- Faux Leather + Faux Fux but I really like this vest.

7- This cardigan is a liiiiiitle on the pricey side, but I love the flow & the drape paired with the removable faux fur collar.

8- These boots have been on my wish list just about every winter season – I especially love this curry brown + navy with a pop of pink! The faux fur trim is really cute too.

9- I love the think knit construction of these mittens with the think faux fur trim. Such a fun accessory!

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What’s your Friday Favorite this week?

Please share!

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