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When I first saw Nohi Kids clothes I fell in love! Cheyenne loves any opportunity to be a little diva! I love this dress! The dress is has the perfect amount of “stretch.” This is important because Cheyenne does not like keeping any type of clothes on that have the “snug” fit. Plus I don’t have to struggle to get her in and out of the dress. It has a 2 inch sash that ties in the back. Cheyenne is super tiny for her age so the dress will grow with her. It is perfect to throw with a pair of leggings and long sleeve shirt underneath and let her wear the dress even on cooler days. I love the style of the dress!! It will surely grow with her as she will be able to wear it as a tunic when it is no longer fitting her as a dress.

We received the Flock pattern of the Nohi Kids Girls Dress. It has green and teal partridges all over it. Cheyenne refers to it as her bird dress. Nohi Kids Girls dresses are available in seven different patterns and bright vibrant colors. The dress is made of an organic cotton, bamboo fiber and lycra blend. All the graphics are printed with a water-based ink as well. 🙂 My favorite part about these dresses are that they are 100% machine washable!! Nohi Girls Dresses are available in sizes 12-18 months all the way up to 7/8. This makes it super easy and the perfect picture dresses when you are having sibling pictures taken!

Enter to win it! One winner is going to get their own Nohi Kids Body Suit in the Giraffe Pattern. This adorably cute bodysuit has all-over giraffe print! All Nohi bodysuits have overlapping shoulder hems for easy on and off and snap closures for quick diaper changes.

   (Thank you to Nohi kids for providing us with our review dress and bodysuit for the giveaway. All opinions in my review are my own opinions and were not influenced by the sponsor.)

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I love to make unique and creative gifts for holidays and other events.  Since we’re on a tight budget around here it’s often a lot easier on the pocketbook as well!

This is a diaper trike that I made for my cousin’s baby shower a year or so ago.  Hard to believe my godson is already almost a year old!!!!  I found a lot of pictures of these trikes online but no directions so I reverse engineered this from a picture.

I picked up all the items to make this at the dollar store and a large discount store.  The only problem was that I didn’t notice that the front ribbon had fallen down until AFTER I took my pictures.  I did catch and fix it before the shower!

What you need to create the diaper trike:

  • one large package of size 1 diapers (better to have too many than not enough!)
  • 3 large rubber bands (I used the rubber bands that come wrapped around my newspaper…free!)
  • empty paper towel or toilet paper roll (also free!)
  • 2 receiving blankets
  • 2 bibs (I like the velcro closure bibs)
  • 1- 5oz. baby bottle
  • 1 pair of newborn sized baby socks (I could only find a package of 3 pairs so the extras I put inside the wheels
  • 2-3 yards thin ribbon
  • 2-3 yards thick ribbon (1 inch thick looks nice and works well)
  • double sided tape, glue dots, hot glue, folded over scotch tape (whatever you have that will hold the ribbon together)

First, divide your diapers into 3 equal piles, if it doesn’t divide evenly put the extras in the pile for the front tire since it’s fine for it to be a bit larger but the back tires need to be equal sized.

Start with your first stack of diapers and an empty paper towel or toilet paper roll.  The roll will keep the center of your tire open.  I curved each diaper around the roll one at a time until I had about half the diapers in my stack wrapped around the roll.  Have a helper hold the diapers on the roll or hold it with your knees while you put a large rubber band around the outside.  You can then add the rest of the diapers in a few at a time and adjust as needed.  You want to use a rubber band and not any adhesive so that the diapers are still able to be used.  It’s tricky but stay patient and it will all work out, I promise!  Remove the roll once you have all diapers secured.  (if you have problems keeping the center open you can cut the tube so that is a little narrower than the diapers an leave it in the center of the tire.

Follow the same process with your other two stacks of diapers.  Use your wide ribbon and wrap around the diaper rolls to cover the ugly rubber bands.  Secure the ribbon to itself using your adhesive, I used double a hot glue gun.  Don’t burn yourself….it’s not worth it!

Take one of your receiving blankets and roll it VERY tightly.  Again, since I was by myself I used rubber bands on each end to keep it rolled tightly while I worked.  Feed the rolled blanket through the center of all 3 tires in the configuration shown in the photo.  Tie it tightly with a knot and then slide the knot so that it is hidden inside the back tires.

Create a seat by fastening one of the bibs through the hole in the front tire with the bib part covering the space where the back two tires meet.  Fasten the other bib facing the front with the velcro though the center of the tire to create a front fender.

Take your other blanket and roll it as tightly as possible, if it is nice and tight it will make the handlebars stick out without any further support.  Again, I used rubber bands to secure it, this time in the middle and at each end and left them there since they would be covered.  Feed through the hole in the front wheel, the wheel will hide your middle rubber band.  Place the bottle on top of the bib and towards the back of the front wheel to create a headlight.  I used the thin ribbon to secure this to the trike by feeding through the center and tying with a bow.  Pull the wrapped blanket up over the top of the bottle and tie tightly with your thin ribbon and tie another bow.  If your blanket is nice and tight and you tie the ribbon tightly the ends of the blanket will create the handlebars. It took me 3 tries, so again, stay patient and keep trying!

Cover the ends of the blankets (and your rubber bands) with a baby sock.  You are done!

Tips:

  • This is hard to transport because it wants to shift.  I didn’t have a big enough box so I used a laundry basket in the car so it wouldn’t move around too much.
  • Include a note on the trike or with your card letting the recipient know what size the diapers are (I had a duh moment when my cousin had to call me to find out)
  • Be creative…I wanted to put a stuffed monkey on the trike as a rider since that was the nursery theme but couldn’t find one in my price range, a set of teething keys would be super cute hooked to the back of the handlebars.
  • Don’t spend the $60+ dollars that these sell for…make your own for about $20.

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The Ultimate Mommy and Baby Giveaway

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I don’t know how many times I have searched for the perfect bag for my hobbies. Something that isn’t too big but not to small. One that I can carry everything I need for my latest project and it not be too bulky to take with me when running errands that I know I am going to have to wait. This is usually the doctor’s office. I love crocheting and knitting and almost always have yarn in toe! And if you ask my dear friend Kate from Crafty Kate Going Crazy she will testify that it is not a hobby but an obsession.  Any one who crochets or knits knows that you have to be organized otherwise your yarn and project turns into a huge ball of mess, turning into frustration and tearing your project apart and having to start all over again. Well I found a wonderful little company that makes a bag that helps keep everything organized and in one place. Thirty – One Gifts has a full line of Adorable, Fun and Trendy bags and gifts! Their bags can be used for anything from a beach bag, diaper bag, craft bag and so much more! From their signature purses to storage solutions it will be easy for you to find something from Thirty – One Gifts for every part of your life!
My favorite Thirty – One bag is the Organizing Utility tote. I use it for everything and have decided that I need to purchase several more! One for my crocheting, one for a diaper bag and one just because I am in love with Thirty – One gifts. The Organizing Utility tote measures approx. 10.35″ H x 15.5″ W x 6.5″D. It is made from extra tough Nylon so you know it will last. Plus is has a stain and water proof lining PERFECT for diaper bags! With seven side pockets you are sure to find yourself organizing in no time! The Organizing Utility tote is currently available in 12 different colors and designs. 

Thirty – One gifts offer personalization for all of their product. I love this because their products make the perfect gifts and you can add a little special by having it personalized for the recipient. You can find the perfect baby shower, bridal shower gift or present for any occasion. Even if you are just looking for a way to spoil yourself.
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Vitamins Baby Blankie Buddy Review

I love everything about Vitamins Baby products! From their outfits to their toys. Both of my daughters Security blankets are by Vitamins Baby. The quality of their products are AMAZING. Alexandria is 5 and Cheyenne is 2 and they both still have their blankets in very loved condition. 🙂 Vitamins Baby also has a full line of adorable baby and toddler clothes.

Recently, my son was sent one the their super soft Baby Blankie Buddies to try. It is the perfect size to throw into the diaper bag and go. Yet, it still brings him comfort when he needs it. And I don’t have to worry if they get dirty cause I just throw them into the washer on delicate setting and let it flat dry and he is good to go! Vitamins Baby Blankie Buddy was such a hit that I had to go out and buy one for Cheyenne.

Each Blankie Buddy set includes two buddies! I love this. I don’t know how many times the kids have made one of their toys their absolute favorite toys and have lost it. Then I would spend countless hours looking for it or searching to buy a new one only to find out they are no longer made. Meanwhile, I have a child who lost their “best friend” and doesn’t understand. Each Blankie Buddy is 100% cotton and machine washable. Blankie Buddies come in 8 different animals including bunnies, bears, zebras, lions and more. Blankie Buddies are approximately 6 tall so they are perfect for you baby to carry everywhere with them.

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(I received a Blankie Buddy free of charge from the sponsor to write my review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review and my opinions are my true opinions of the product reviewed and was in no way influenced by the sponsor.)

No tummy tuck needed! Get your prebaby body back naturally!

 By Angela Calavicci

Every mommy knows the frustrations of the physical changes to your body after having a baby that you never get back! The loose skin, stretch marks and sagging breasts are especially frustrating since Drs. offer little help or advise. It’s one of those “oh I hope I can save up for a tummy tuck” kinda things. I have 2 daughters. Now for me, my body bounced back pretty quickly (Yay for breastfeeding) and my normal weight returned quickly (Lucky, I know!) But I still had stretch marks and loose skin. What a bummer and a depressing feeling to be thin after baby and still feel like I looked disgusting. I know I am not the only one. I went from a lights on kinda girl to a low lighting lady 😉 You know what I’m talking about here. Now I am a sweepstakes and contest kinda girl so I get introduced to lots of new products that I would otherwise never know of. So I start seeing these before and after pictures for It Works! Globals Ultimate Body Applicators. The before

 and after photos were pretty amazing transformations were pretty amazing but I’m a thin girl so it was cool to see the results but I wasn’t really interested for me personally. Then I started seeing that they help with loose skin, stretch marks and cellulite and I was hooked! I WANTED THAT! What lady doesn’t? So while I was waiting to get the money for it (only $25!) I started reading about becoming a loyal customer. You get 4 wraps for $59 as a loyal customer, plus 10% back in rewards, wholesale prices for life on all products, free shipping on orders of $125, free shipping on any order after 3 months and a $100 credit after being a customer on auto-ship for 12 months. Now to become a loyal customer you do have to sign up for auto shipments of 3 months minimum to get all the benefits. You only have to have one product minimum each month and can change products each month as long as you have one. You can even jump from one product to 3 back down to one

 if you want. Now we are a low income family and I am a deal hunter so I was torn in two! I wanted that deal badly but I wasn’t sure I could come up with the $59 a month for wraps. Then I found out there were other products that my boyfriend would use for as low as $23. I could probably more easily come up with that if we were low on money. Then I found out you could become a distributor for only $99 and it came with 4 wraps! You sell them for $25-$35 so I could make my money back right away! Then of course I could order wholesale after that any time I wanted and make some money too! Also if you get 4 Loyal customers in your first 30 days you get 2 free 4 packs of wraps! This was definitely the option for me! My goal was to join and at least get my wraps paid for within the year because I only have 15 minutes a day realistically to commit to and being a deal hunter I’m happy to double my money. So I signed up and couldn’t get around to really selling for a couple months. I did get to use my wraps and my boyfriend tried one too! He lost 4.75 inches with one and I tightened up my loose skin and reduced my stretch marks! I was thrilled! Plus results are progressive so I have used several wraps now and keep getting better results. I think I need about one more then I’m back to normal on the loose skin! How exciting is that! Plus they are so easy to use! You just put one on for 45 minutes (keep it on with saran wrap or tight clothing) and drink water! That’s it! Now after I tried the wrap I wanted to try the defining gel. This is something you put on like lotion one to two times a day that helps with loose skin too! You can only use one Ultimate Body Applicator every 72 hours so it’s nice to have something you can see results with daily. The Defining Gel quickly became my favorite! So now I had two products I needed to make money back to pay for. Well my boyfriends hours went down (he was working up to 14 hour

 days) so now I had time to sell. Well in 22 days of working up to 2 hours a day not only did I make my goal of getting my money back (including business card costs, etc) I got promoted to the next level! I am one happy lady! My loose skin is almost gone, my stretch marks are down to less than half what they were (I’ve got my eye on the stretch mark cream for my next purchase!) and I’m making money at home! I went from needing a tummy tuck to being happy with my body! Now not only do Ultimate Body Applicators help with loose skin, cellulite and stretch marks they also flush toxins from fat cells which causes them to shrink! And results last 2-6 months! It is as if you exercised it off so results can be indefinite if you eat right and exercise too. You can also use defining gel and Ultimate Body Applicators to perk up your girls! Email me and ask for technique if you want lift only or lift/reduction. I am really happy to be able to spread the word and

 help other Mommy’s get their baby bodies back! There is nothing better than being a mother but it does come at a price. I want to help offer a “discount” on that price 😉 You can be a Mommy and get your sexy self back! Now most people have results with just one Ultimate Body Applicator and progressive results with more but some people do need more than one to get any results. We also carry other weight loss, beauty, and health products (Chin and neck applicators for double chins, vitamins, fat fighters (to absorb fat from food), thermo-fit to increase caloric burn, facials and antiaging products) but of course nothing as exciting to me as the Ultimate Body Applicator, Defining Gel and Stretch Mark Cream! You really can look like you again! If you would like more information or want to try a single Ultimate Body applicator please feel free to email me at angela@richandfirm.com To order products, or sign up as a loyal customer or distributor you can do so here. If you want to see real before and after photos please visit my Facebook page  I am here to help you get your baby body back or make some income! I really do appreciate all your questions and love to help! Thank you so much for letting me ramble on about my experience and I do hope I can help you too!

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