Top picks from the 2017 New York Baby Show

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Every year,  the biggest companies get together for what is known as the NY Baby Show. 

Mommy-to-be’s and veteran moms alike scouting the venue for the hottest new items for baby and mom, and once again Momtrends has hosted some of us mom’s for a special day of pampering and mingling so that we can bring the show to you if you couldn’t attend.

There are over 100 vendors,  and with so much to see and talk about,  I’ve narrowed it down to my top 3 favorites for you.

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#1 is the Austlen stroller.  1 word – VERSATILITY! With over 30 handy configurations,  this is the future of strollers and should be at the top of every parents wish list. Check out just a few of the life altering configurations… you’ll wonder how you ever did “life” without it. (Photos via Austlen.com)

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This handy dandy stroller can hold up to 150lbs of groceries,  kids, and hey… I won’t judge if you want to take a seat😊.

Luxury does come at a steep price though… at a whopping  $849, it comes in either black or navy blue. Assuming you can afford this #1 pick,  at least you can justify it by the fact it’ll make hope life easier, and happy wife = happy life and all..

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#2 is the ergoPouch. It’s no wonder it originated in the ‘down under’. It reminds me of a kangaroo pouch mixed with a swaddle blanket.

We’ve all seen the swaddle at babies r’ us and various other places,  so what makes ergoPouch different? Well, they’re made from natural fibers which make them breathable and regulate temperature which are two of the most important things.  I can remember “unwrapping” my babies after they slept all night swaddled and every time they were drenched in sweat.

This also makes them perfect for any weather and eliminate the need for extra blankets.  They have sleep sacks for infants,  and even these adorable toddler sleep suits that make the transition from passed out toddler,  to sleeping cozy toddler a breeze.

Check out their neat categories, I promise you’ll want one for your sweet little one. (Photos via Ergopouch.com)

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The best part? All that cuteness will only run you between $20-$35, that is assuming you can control yourself and only buy one 😉..

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#3 is Wellements Baby Organic Gripe Water aka the organic way to very more cuddles! Enter to WIN a gift from Wellements (entries taken until 6/7). >>> ENTER NOW <<<

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I think every new parent looks for a miracle to help their baby when that first fussy fit arrives.  Typically during te first week home from the hospital, adjusting to life and formula/breastmilk, your new baby is bound to fuss a bit. Typically,  tiny gas bubbles are the problem and they can be fixed with mylicon drops of fennel when my boys were young.

Now,  there is an organic alternative that doesn’t only help with gas,  but any uncomfort your babies belly may feel, even hiccups! (Via Wellementsbaby.com)

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Lastly,  special shout out to water wipes. We try to keep our babies butts clear,  but what if the wipes we are using are the ones causing the nasty rashes we rush to cure? Water wipes relieves the stress of that,  pure and simple.

Fabletics is a no-no… and this is why.

If you were thinking about joining fabletics I suggest you read through the rest of this post first.

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I am no stranger when it comes to subscription services. I’ve read through the contracts before signing up and make sure that it’s something that I know I have to skip each month if I do not want the product. I signed up a few months ago because I was getting into working out and I’ve seen a lot of other bloggers post some rave reviews about it. come to think of it now they’re probably fishing for invites so that they can use the credits to get free stuff as long as they remember to skip each month or they’ve worked with a PR person who’s promised them gifts in exchange for a review.

I was not one of those so my review is based purely off of me as a customer. After receiving my first outfit at the introductory rate of $19.95 plus shipping I thought to myself that the quality was no more than just okay but that I’d be interested in maybe checking out some new outfits in the future so I kept my account active. I remembered to skip the next couple of months because there were no outfits that I was interested in however last month I did forget to skip and so I was awarded a credit of $49.95. My initial thought when entering into the program is that they would select a monthly outfit for me and send it to me if I skipped, NOT A credit for the amount they charged my card. That may have been a misunderstanding in the contract with me not fully understanding that although they did select new outfits for me but I had to still apply my credit and check out IF i wanted those.

Herein lies my problem… I went to the outfits that they had and I saw that they were hosting a Memorial Day 60% off sale. I thought to myself wow! I am lucky to have this credit right now because I can get a few of the sports bras that I wanted that were on the 60% off sale and not commit to an outfit. Unfortunately they do not tell you that you cannot apply your credits to any promotional sales, in fact they only put it on the promotional sale itself so how would you know when you have a credit that it cannot be used on that unless the promotional sale is on? It is on the terms of the PROMO, not the membership details.

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Thinking that maybe I was doing something wrong as it is my first credits that I was trying to apply and maybe I had to enter a promotion code I wanted to call their customer service to ask about it at this point when I was to hit apply credits it removed the promotional sale and put the full retail value of the product so my checkout cart was coming to $63 and change when I were to unapply my credit the promotional sale was back on and instead of having to pay $49.95 for the item it was once again back to $19 so why would I want to pay $49 for an item that everybody else who is not a member is getting for $19? Am I right?

Three days in a row at different times of the day I tried to call their customer service line listed under my account it says need to cancel call our customer service line or live chat… but because I wasn’t trying to cancel initially and I just had some questions about my credit I wanted to call and speak to a live representative. But after being on hold for over 15 minutes at a time and still not speaking to not one representative during their 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. hours that they promised I was getting extremely aggravated.

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I then realized they just try to make it as hard as possible for customers to cancel the membership hoping that they’ll either give up or that they would keep trying until they have to pay for their new months credit. I decided I would finally use the live chat and got a customer representative on the live chat whose name was Brian.

Conveniently enough, Brian said how can I help you today when I put that I wish to cancel my membership due to something that I did not like and coincidentally the chat went blank and Brian got disconnected from the chat. I immediately logged back into my account and chose to live chat again, this time getting a representative named Jane.

Jane did not get disconnected but she did refer back to me speaking with another representative previously to her. She kept giving me a ring around the rosie question when I told her that I wanted to cancel my membership and asking if there was anything that she can do to change my mind including a $10 credit for future use if I rejoin. I explained to her that I was having a difficult time getting any customer service to answer my question and I feel like they had misled me on my credits and the fact that other customers who are not members were getting a better deal than me just did not seem right when I was supposed to be part of their “membership VIP”.

After everything was said and done she was able to refund me for a “one-time” and courtesy she said my credits and said it would take 5 to 8 business days to go back into my bank account. She also did cancel my membership for me as promised, so thank you Jane.

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Overall I highly advise against joining fabletics due to getting a better deal as a regular guest shopper, but if you do choose to do so skip the calling and go with the live chat if you need any help or wish to cancel because it’s the only way you’ll get any customer service with that company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April Daily Goodie Box Unboxing

Check out my April Daily Goodie Box Unboxing with my special guest co-host!

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Head over to DailyGoodieBox.com to sign up for FREE and get some cool stuff sent to your house.

Here are the links to all of the products in my box this month as featured in the video:
#MPWR Skincare – Zip, Zap, Gone! Spot Treatment Sticks
Goddess Garden – Everyday Natural Sunscreen Lotion
Detox Water – Lychee & White Grape
Slurpee – Slurpee Cotton Candy
EBOOST – Strawberry Kiwi Energy Powder
Adāmia – Therapeutic Repair Lotion
Bakery On Main – Bunches of Crunches
Peanut Butter & Co – Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter
DudeProducts – Quick DUDE Shower Wipes
Check out my previous month Unboxing!

Disney Movie Club Review – Is it worth it?

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To join or not to join? That is the question!

You wouldn’t know this, but I actually wrote this blog backwards. That’s right, I started at the end, and ended up here. Well, actually, I wrote this in the middle… OK, too confusing. The point is, the stuff at the bottom is REALLY important and a huge part of this review, which is why I technically started with it to make sure I included it, so make sure to read it!

I’m sure you’ve seen the banner ads for Disney Movie Club, or saw the sponsored link on Facebook or somewhere similar, and then thought to yourself that it’s too good to be true. It has to be…. but is it though?

From reading the comments of angry mothers or grandparents on the sponsored post or consumer affairs complaints, you’d think that…

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The Piki Piki Bike

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This past week I had the opportunity to visit the 2017 NY Toy Fair in Manhattan. I loved seeing all of the new toys out for kids off all ages, especially the toys that I know my boys will love.

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One toy that caught my eye was The Piki Piki Bike. The number one reason is because in a world of bye age technology, and everything so complicated and gagetized, it is so simple. You just unbox it, and go. No instructions needed.

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I’m excited I was able to take one home from the show to review for you all and with such perfect weather this week, we rushed out of the house to give it a try.

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My 4 year old isn’t quite getting the concept of tricycle pedals when he is on flat ground, and cannot seem to propell himself forward enough to keep up during our walks, so this was amazing for him to be able to ride along side his brother who was using his scooter. It’s such a simple ride on motorcycle, you “flintstone it” with your feet and the front wheel you steer with your hands using the handle bars.

Here is what the creator of the bike has to say!

Growing up in South Africa, we played on our Piki Piki bikes all the time.

(Piki Piki is a Swahili word for “motorcycle.”)

When we came to the United States with two toddlers of our own, we couldn’t find anything like our favorite toy back home, so we decided to start making our own Piki Piki bikes right here in the USA.

Lightweight and durable, the Piki Piki Bike is the perfect first bike for smaller children who are not yet ready for tricycles, pedal bikes, or heavier balance bikes.

Our patented, three wheel design makes Piki Piki stable and easy to ride, giving toddlers (and bigger kids) a fun way to build coordination and confidence at the same time.

Plus, with Piki Piki bikes, there’s no assembly required. Just open the box and let the adventures begin!

I couldn’t agree more at the ease of this bike. It teaches the child coordination by allowing them to steer while pushing themselves forward. It’s like the big red cozy coupe we all know and love, but in motor cycle form!

We did not have a chance to put the decals on it yet since we literally ripped it out of the box and went, but we’ll be putting them on it soon so that we get the real feel.

It comes in 3 different colors, blue (as shown), red, and pink. They retail for $69.95 and can be purchased right now on Amazon with free shipping!

Features

  • FOR AGES 18 MONTHS AND UP – Perfect for both toddlers and bigger kids who are always looking for their next adventure.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT – Just 5.5 lbs/2.5kg, making it easy for toddlers to maneuver, and even easier for parents to carry.
  • NO ASSEMBLY, INSTRUCTION, OR BATTERIES REQUIRED – Just open the box and your little one will be ready to ride!
  • EASY TO STEER – The Piki Piki Bike steers like a regular bike, building confidence and coordination at the same time.
  • DURABLE – High quality construction from high impact plastic means the Piki Piki is built to last. Weight limit: up to 70 lbs/32 kg.

Continuous adult supervision required. Maximum weight is 70lbs.

Manufacturer recommends child wears age appropriate safety helmet with chinstrap securely buckled.

This bike was created by a husband and wife… Parents just like you and I. I love supporting smaller businesses and  especially when the product is such a home run! Help spread the word!

 

Have you tried this bike? If so, let me know what you think!

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*I received this product in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Daily Goodie Box Unboxing

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Dailygoodiebox.com is a completely free site to try new, full size products.

Sign up for FREE and never give any payment info, even shipping is free!

Just make sure to fill out all of your profile information so that companies can see if you’re a good for for their product so you have a chance to get a box.

If you get lucky enough to snag a box, make sure to follow up and review each product on the site so that you can ensure you are eligible for future boxes.

Check out what I got in my first box this February in my unboxing video below!

Here are the links to the products;
Nellie’s All-Natural – Laundry Soda Packs
JustChill – Stress Relief Drinks
Vermont Smoke & Cure  – Cracked Pepper Beef & Pork Sticks
Nature’s Bakery – Raspberry Fig Bars
Jack N’ Jill –  Natural Toothpaste
Dream Water – Sleep Powder
Coffee Blocks – Butter Coffee
Aloha – Daily Good Greens
XyliChew – Spearmint
Gorilly Goods – Organic Snacks

Have you signed up and gotten a goodie box? Comment below and let me know your thoughts!

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Jack & Jill Gift Set Giveaway!

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These gift sets from jackandjillkids.com are extremely adorable and perfect for a baby shower gift or even a first birthday gift! Dental care is so important and it’s something that new parents rarely think about, I mean, a baby doesn’t hand any teeth so it doesn’t matter right? Wrong! Early gum care and dental care is so important, so let this kit be a reminder to new parents and start them in the right direction.

This kit isn’t only for infants though, it is great for toddlers too! They’ll love to rinse with their adorable purple hippo cup and best of all of is BPA free!

My boys are no strangers to dental care. We maintain our 6 month cleanings and make sure to take care of any issues right away. I learn so much from asking questions at the dentist especially when it comes to my kids. Did you know that children shouldn’t have more then 6oz of juice in a day? Water is best!

Semi-annual cleanings can prevent future problems in you’re child’s teeth on the future. Even a decaying baby tooth can effect the tooth bulb booking below the gum line. Think of decay as a rash, it will go onto anything else it touches, like neighboring teeth as well. It’s best to get rid of that risk by either removing or filling the decaying tooth before other problems arise.

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I am giving away one complete Hippo gift set ($36.99 value!), contents below;

Hippo Gift Kit
JnJ Hippo Rinse/Storage Cup, JnJ Natural Toothpaste Organic Blackcurrant Flavour, JnJ Bio Toothbrush Hippo, JnJ Silicone Baby Tooth Brush and JnJ Sleepover Bag

Its got everything they need to have a great time brushing, and a neat and tidy bathroom.

Consists of:
Jack N Jill Hippo Rinse/Storage Cup
Jack N Jill Natural Toothpaste Organic Blackcurrant Flavour
Jack N Jill Bio Toothbrush Hippo
Jack N Jill Silicone Baby Tooth Brush
Jack N Jill Sleepover Bag

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You can view the other kits and purchase one yourself at Jack and Jill Kids.

*Disclaimer: I was provided product for this review. All opinions are my own.