Monday, November 22, 2010

A New "Pooh"- Hevea Pacifier

Oh the "pooh". My middle daughter did not go anywhere without her pacifier, aka "pooh". Much to my demise it was a part of every day until just after her third birthday when she decided that she wanted some bribe that I was offering to her for giving it up.

If your baby is as attached to his or her pacifier as my middle child was than you know the importance of having a pacifier that not only the child likes, but that you can stand too. I could not stand the pacifiers that had parts that moved. They tended to click every time the child sucked on it. Try sleeping next to that. And then there are the fears. Will it cause tooth damage? Will they take this to kindergarten with them (sometimes I wondered)? Will the nipple break away from the base?

Intro- The New Hevea Pacifier

New options don't always provide a better product. My kids never took to those hard one piece ones that the hospital gave out. They have a really round shape-- not natural. Hevea is a new product that I was able to review. It seems great. It is all one piece made of 100% natural rubber. It has a loop that any pacifier clip can easily attach to. Yes, I find not losing the loved "pooh" to be very important! It is also very soft and seems like a much more pleasant thing to suck on. There are little cutouts on the pacifier, the one I reviewed had little crowns, very cute. Since they are natural, they are a honey colored product, very gender neutral.

No my youngest is not a huge pacifier user. I gave this to him and he played with it for quite a while, it kind of just hung in his mouth. He seemed very proud of himself. I did not have the proper size for him as I was sent a 0-3 month to review, and he is over a year. My daughter who was a big pacifier user loved giving it back to him every time he dropped it.

This is definitely a product that I will use with any future children. It is worth seeking out and trying! Check them out on their website, or on facebook!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Not So Dreaded Christmas Card

So, the time has come to start at least thinking about Christmas cards. I really don't like addressing envelopes or writing a letter, but there is one part of the experience that I love: designing a personal card. Even though I like this part of the task I do apologize for the years when it hasn't happened, or cards haven't been sent at all.

As fall approached I began planning the perfect family picture. Well, kids don't really cooperate with pictures a lot of times, so I ended up with some okay ones, but I am leaning towards using a picture of each of the kids since I have some great individual shots.

If you've been to my house then you know that I use shutterfly for all of my scrapbooking needs. Yes, I have shelves of pretty paper and embellishments in my craft area, but shutterfly makes the experience so quick and rewarding. We decided a couple of years ago that we would make an 8 by 8 book for each year for each child, and I have all but my 13 month old's books finished. I don't have to drag out all the supplies, or clean up any scraps of paper and they are so professional looking. You can check out their photo books here:

If you've received our baby announcements (I don't think Ryland had one) then those were also from shutterfly. Check out the baby announcements here:

So back to the Christmas Card. This year I plan on using shutterfly again. The awesome thing is that they love that I love them so much that they are offering bloggers free Christmas cards! I'm off to pick my favorite!