Back-to-School Fall Fashion for Girls – Matilda Jane Clothing

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You guys. Having a little girl is so much fun. Already Amelia is trying to put on my makeup and loves playing dress up. She used to hate wearing anything on her head, but now she reaches for the headbands and hair wraps and hats herself. It’s so cute! And…the clothes. The clothing options are so much fun! I recently discovered Matilda Jane Clothing and am in love.

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There is one word to describe Matilda Jane Clothing. Breathtaking.

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From the packaging to the quality of the fabrics to the whimsical details that go into each piece, Matilda Jane’s clothing is breathtaking. We received the Bon Vivant Peasant Dress and Eggshell Ruffle Leggings to try out on little Amelia.

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The dress has the cutest pink Paris print accented with gathered cap sleeves and mauve buttons plus a blue piping trim and a contrasting velveteen ribbon. The Eggshell Ruffle Leggings are just adorable and an instant staple in Amelia’s wardrobe! The Leggings are a really nice weight, which will be perfect for the cooler temps ahead. 

We also received the Best Friends Collar Tee  and Sunburst Ruffle Leggings.

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The Best Friends Collar Tee is a classic with a cream-colored peter pan collar, navy pleats and cap sleeves. However, when paired with the Sunburst Ruffle Leggings, the whole outfit becomes bright and cheerful and modern. It’s such a fun combination and a whole new spin on a classic!

Oh and I have to show you how everything came packaged. In these adorable mesh bags – such a nice touch and would make a lovely presentation as a gift!

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This quote really encapsulates Matilda Jane Clothing…

“It’s all about keeping a little girl…a little girl. Keeping her youthful. Keeping her spinning and twirling and carefree. And most importantly, bringing her happiness.” – Denise DeMarchis, designer and founder.

Don’t you just love that?

About Matilda Jane Clothing:

Based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Matilda Jane Clothing uses a direct sales format that helps women find the balance between entrepreneurial success and their everyday life by allowing them to build their own home-based businesses. The playful clothing line for girls, tweens and women is available exclusively through in-home trunk shows led by a nationwide network of women called Trunk Keepers. These Trunk Keepers provide a high level of personal service in a relaxed environment. Shoppers are encouraged to touch, feel and socialize while they shop which provides the best shopping experience.

Since its inception, the company continues to grow and is now operating through over 500 Trunk Keepers across the United States. All Trunk Keepers go through an extensive application and interview process as Matilda Jane looks for the right combination of friendly, warm, professional and fun. They are provided with complete sales training making them experts in knowing the latest collection, new styles and are encouraged to add their own personal flair.

Find your local trunk keeper by typing in your zip code on www.matildajane.com and view the LOOKBOOKS HERE.

Halloween Bag Giveaway

 

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Enter now to win a FREE MJC 2014 Halloween Bag! Post your favorite Halloween picture of you or your little one to the Matild Jane Facebook page or on Instagram between 12:01 A.M. ET on 9/16/14 and 11:59 P.M. ET on 9/17/14. Include the hashtag “#MJCHalloween”.

They’ll choose five winners at random to receive this super cute bag! The bag will be available for free with a $150 purchase starting Thursday, 9/18/14. For full Contest Rules and Terms & Conditions, visitwww.matildajaneclothing.com/contests.

NEW Baby Wipes Designs by Pampers! #Giveaway

PBB_Blogger Day

Last October, I visited Cincinnati for the Pampers Baby Board Blogger Day at their headquarters. One of the fun things we got to do was to select three of the nine new packaging designs for Pampers Baby Wipes and guess what? They are now available in stores! It’s pretty cool to see the designs that we picked!

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But even though the packaging may be different, the wipes themselves are still the same wipes we love!

Pampers Baby Wipes Features

  • A Thick & Lofty Wipe – Specially designed microfibers provide lofty thickness to enable reliable and easy cleaning.
  • SoftGrip Texture™ – The soft grip texture signals a gentle yet thorough clean.
  • Great Absorbency – The wipe material, in combination with our mild lotion, absorbs efficiently and helps restore skin’s natural pH balance.
  • Soft and Gentle – The wipe delivers softness that is suitable for even the most sensitive of babies’ skin.

Why do I love Pampers Baby Wipes? Because they feel like fabric, which makes them super soft and comfy for babies. Plus, they get the job done easily and quickly. They are the only wipes we buy (for both Lucas when he was a baby and for Amelia now).

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Thanks to Pampers, we have an amazing giveaway today! We want you to make the most out of the end of summer by giving one lucky Jolly Mom reader a summer outing basket packed with goodies to assist in making the perfect family memories this season. Prize includes diaper changing pad, picnic blanket, Polaroid camera to capture memories and the most essential items for tiny tots: Pampers diapers and the newly-designed packs of Pampers wipes, which provide little ones with our best gentle clean. Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

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Five Tips for Night Time Baby Feeding

*This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Playtex Baby. However, all opinions are 100% my own.

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With Amelia at the hospital right after she was born

Whether you bottle feed or breast feed, nighttime feedings can be tough so today I thought I’d share a few things that worked for our family when Lucas and Amelia were at that stage.

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1. Try cluster feeding your baby. This is giving your baby extra feeds several times before bed so that baby has a full tummy and is able to sleep a longer stretch.

2. Dream-feed your baby. This is waking your baby up before you go to bed. We actually did this with Lucas who was bottle-fed. Mike would go to bed before me and I would stay up and feed Lucas  around 12am and then go to bed. Mike would then get up around 4-5am when Lucas would wake up and feed him. We would often flip the order too. This way, we both got pretty decent sleep and weren’t dead the next day. Even if you breastfeed, dream-feeding can be helpful because babies typically go to bed early so this can allow you to get at least a few hours of uninterrupted sleep before you need to nurse again.

3. Keep nighttime feedings focused on feeding only. Keep lights dimmed or turned off. Speak quietly and avoid playing with baby (I know this is very difficult). You want your baby to know that this is still sleep time. I can remember cherishing these moments of peace  – the whole house quiet and asleep and my warm, cuddly baby in my arms.

4. Co-sleeping can help because your baby is right there next to you in a co-sleeper so you won’t necessarily need to get out of bed and baby may stay half-asleep throughout the entire feeding. However, please make sure to research this option as there are safety precautions that should be taken.

5. If your baby needs to have a diaper change, do it before you feed him. That way your baby has time to get sleepy again while feeding. Click HERE for safety guidelines to consider via Dr. Sears.

Additional Information:

For more information, visit www.playtexbaby.com or www.facebook.com/PlaytexBaby.

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(VIDEO) Leak-Proof Sippy Cups for Babies & Toddlers by Playtex®

*This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Playtex Baby. However, all opinions are 100% my own.

As soon as Amelia turned 7 or 8 months, we decided that it was time to begin that transition from a bottle to sippy cup. Like Lucas, we knew we wanted her to be completely transitioned over by the time she turned 1 year old. But…ohmygoodness I didn’t know what we were in for. We must have purchased at least 5 or 6 different brands of sippy cups before finding one that did not spill. I’ll be honest, we started with the ones that were cute first. Yeah big mistake LOL!. Cute = spills it seems! Anyway, after many tries – we finally bought a Playtex Playtex® TrainingTime™ cup. Finally! A cup that fit all the requirements!

  • Passed the Amelia test – CHECK!

  • Small enough to fit in her tiny hands – CHECK! These are contoured to make it easy for small baby hands to grip and they even hanse removable handles.

  • Zero leaking – CHECK! CHECK! CHECK!

So while I was recently sent a few Playtex® cups for review – we purchased several of them before that. These are the ONLY sippy cups that we buy and use now!

Playtex® AnyTime™ Spout Cup

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Now, we have moved on to the Playtex® AnyTime™ cups and the Playtex® PlayTime™ cups, which are designed for older babies. We especially love the Playtex® PlayTime™ cups because they are insulated.

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All of the Playtex® cups are available with either a spout or straw depending on what your baby prefers. However, my favorite feature of ALL Playtex® cups is the Twist ‘N Click® Technology. There’s no guessing about whether the cup is secured correctly – once you hear the click – you KNOW it is closed tight. That of course equals NO LEAKS. If you happen to get one that does leak, then just take it back because all Playtex® cups are backed by a 100% Spill Proof, Break Proof, Leak Proof Guarantee. That’s pretty cool!

Playtex® sippy cups are available at Walmart, Target, Babies “R” Us, and national grocery retailers.

Additional Information:

For more information, visit www.playtexbaby.com or www.facebook.com/PlaytexBaby.

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Personalized Summer Beach & Pool Gear for the Whole Family

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Lucas has been out of school for about a month now and we have been living it up at the pool! We also have a beach vacation coming up that we are very excited about! So today, I wanted to share with you a few of our new favorite pool and beach gear from Personal Creations. They are all personalized, which makes them so unique and fun!

Amelia is looking super cute in her personalized Fun in the Sun Sunhat! This is an adorable hat and it also protects her delicate skin from the harmful rays of the sun. It’s also super soft and flexible which makes it very comfy for her to wear.

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Kids Beach Tote with Toys is just perfect for Amelia. It is a small enough bag for a child to carry, but big enough to fit more toys or beach necessities like a sun hat or sunblock. You can choose from shark, butterfly, fish or crab.

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Amelia got the butterfly and it is so pretty!

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Lucas got the Kids Beach Bucket & Sunglasses which actually fits into the beach tote above. Lucas loves that it’s personalized!

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We can’t wait to take both to the beach this summer!

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We have already put our new Pool Fun Microfiber Beach Towels to good use this summer! They come with us to the pool all the time. The towel itself is so soft and ultra absorbent – LOVE.

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And, last but not least – you have to have a tote bag for the beach and pool, right? I love the Polka Dot Tote Bag to haul around all of our stuff. It fits a ton of stuff too. I can fit four towels, sunblock, a couple of books, and magazines into mine.

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NEW by Playtex! Nipple Variety Pack – Slow & Medium Flow

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Amelia has just recently begun her transition from bottles to sippy cups. She still has one bedtime bottle though. Anyhow, from newborn to the present – we have had to change nipple sizes several times on her bottles. Each of those times we had to go out and find the right ones, etc! That’s why I think it’s pretty smart that Playtex recently introduced the Nipple Variety Pack, which comes with four different types of nipples – both slow and medium flow. They are perfect to purchase in the beginning and allow to grow with your child! They will work with any of the Playtex bottles – the disposable drop-ins or the traditional reusable bottles.

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Playtex® NaturaLatch® Nipple

  • Most like Mother®
  • Standard surface area to mimic average nipple sizes
  • Available in Slow, Medium and Fast Flow
  • Silicone, BPA-free
  • Compatible with all Playtex® bottles: Playtex® VentAire® and Playtex® Nurser with Drop-Ins® Liners
  • Available in: Playtex® NaturaLatch® Nipple 2-pack, Playtex® Nipple Variety Pack, Playtex® Bottle & Nipple Gift Set, Playtex® VentAire Gift Set, Playtex® Nurser with Drop-Ins® Liners Gift Set.

Playtex® Breastlike Nipple

  • Slope of area around nipple mimics the breast.
  • Available in Slow, Medium and Fast Flow
  • Silicone, BPA-free
  • Compatible with all Playtex® bottles: Playtex® VentAire® and Playtex® Nurser with Drop-Ins® Liners
  • Available in: Playtex® Breastlike Nipple 2-pack, Playtex® Nipple Variety Pack

Playtex® Fullsized Nipple

  • Shape of nipple mimics large size nipples. Designed for wider mouths.
  • Available in Slow, Medium and Fast Flow
  • Silicone, BPA-free
  • Compatible with all Playtex® bottles: Playtex® VentAire® and Playtex® Nurser with Drop-Ins® Liners
  • Available in: Playtex® Fullsized Nipple 2-pack, Playtex® Nipple Variety Pack

Playtex® Angled Nipple

  • Angled design promotes semi-upright feeding
  • Available in Slow, Medium and Fast Flow
  • Silicone, BPA-free
  • Available in: Playtex® Angled Nipple 2-pack, Playtex® Nipple Variety Pack

Additional Information:

For more information, visit PlaytexBaby.com or www.facebook.com/PlaytexBaby..

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New Mom Must-Have! Diaper Genie Elite Diaper Pail

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You know I think one of the things that I forgot about when I became a mom again was how many diapers babies go through on a daily basis. It’s just a fact of life. You will be dealing with lots and lots of stinky diapers. The other fact of life? Stinky diaper disposal. Here’s what I didn’t want … 1.) Keep dirty diapers in the house where they make my house stinky 2.) Constantly be running outside to throw a dirty diaper away

That’s why a diaper pail is a must in any home with a baby! We loved the Playtex Diaper Genie® when Lucas was a baby and are now using it again with Amelia. We recently received the Diaper Genie® Elite Diaper Disposal System with a new odor absorbent Carbon Filter to test out and it does a wonderful job of containing odors.

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Diaper Genie Elite Diaper Pail at a Glance:

  • The all-in-one diaper pail helps control odors, contain germs and makes diaper disposal easy
  • NEW! With safe, natural activated carbon filter to absorb strong diaper odors.
  • Double-lock pail design and multi-layer refill helps seal in odors and germs
  • Antimicrobial protection inhibits odor-causing bacteria
  • Ergonomic design with foot pedal allows for easy, hygienic ,hands-free opening
  • Elite Pail holds up to 38 newborn diapers
  • Refill holds up to 270 newborn diapers

My favorite feature is the Diaper Genie Elite Ultimate Odor Lock System, which is a double-lock design that seals away odors each time you drop in a dirty diaper. It basically provides a barrier between where the dirty diapers are stored and the top of the pail where you toss the diapers in. There are diaper pails on the market that DO NOT offer this. In fact, I was using one with Amelia because it was gifted to us and I was very unhappy with it!

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The foot pedal is also a nice feature when you are holding a baby in one arm and a dirty diaper in the other!

We also received the Playtex® Diaper Genie® refills and Nursery Fresh refills (cheaper and by another brand) so that we could compare how each performs. Immediately, you notice a difference! The off brand refills were much more difficult to insert into the Diaper Genie. Even removing them was tougher. So much so that the refill case came apart as I was trying to remove. We even noticed that the lid did not seem to close as securely with the off brand refills.  Playtex® Diaper Genie® refills definitely win! They are super easy to insert (they literally slide right in) and they have a better fit in the pail allowing the lid to close more securely. Less secure = odor leakage = stinky room! We definitely do not want that!

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Additional Information:

For more information, visit www.playtexbaby.com or www.facebook.com/PlaytexBaby.

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1.Buy any 3 Diaper Genie® refills in one transaction from May 1, 2014 to July 31, 2014.
2.Snap a picture of your receipt, email or text it to dg@drvsusa.comby July 31, 2014.
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Playtex Baby Products for the On-the-Go Mom

Being a mom that is always on-the-go, I am constantly looking for products that make traveling a little bit easier. Whether it is a trip to grandmas or a trip to the ball field for one of Lucas’ baseball games or a trip to the beach for summer vacation, getting out of the house and packed up with all of the baby stuff is a huge chore so having a few products to make that simpler is always a plus! One of our go-to travel products is the Playtex™ SmartCool On-The-Go Bottle Tote. It is perfect for packing up Amelia’s bottles, sippy cups, or food. What I love about it is that it will keep liquids cold for up to 14 HOURS. Pretty awesome!

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It fits three standard size bottles and it has pokers for other stuff – even a pod that can be used to store extra nipples or pacis. Plus, I can sneak in some of Lucas’ snacks and keep them cool too! It’s really not just for baby stuff. It’s a cooler tote that can be used well beyond the baby years.

Another item that is handy BOTH at home and on-the-go is the Playtex™ SmartSpace Dishwasher Basket. Because seriously? Baby bottles and sippy cups have so many small parts! They get lost in the dishwasher or even worse – damaged by the heat. This keeps everything safe and in its place! In addition, we typically rent vacation homes or condos that have dishwashers so this is a godsend when we travel as well.

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Additional Information:

For more information, visit www.playtexbaby.com or www.facebook.com/PlaytexBaby.

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Rainy Day Indoor Activity Ideas for Kids

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With all of this snow blanketing the country lately (even in Atlanta), it’s always good to have a few indoor activity ideas to cure the cabin fever. Things that you can do whether you are snowed in, it’s rainy or even if your little ones are taking a sick day. Today, I want to share some of our favorites!

Rainy Day Indoor Activity Ideas for Kids

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  • Make flubber! This oozy gooey stuff is always a hit with kids. They can help make it, but the fun comes in playing with it!
  • Play a board game.
  • Read a book!
  • Get in the kitchen and bake together. We love doing this! This Banana Bread is a perfect recipe for kids to make.
  • Make a fort out of sheets and blankets. We like to gather flashlights and books and get into our fort for story time.
  • Have a tea party. Gather up all of the stuffed animals and dolls, set out the nice china, and have a little tea party.
  • Curl up with a cozy blanket together and watch a movie. Sometimes this is just what the doctor ordered!

If your little one has a cough or congestion, you should try PediaCare® Children’s Cough & Congestion. We used this on Lucas’ cold over the holidays and it helped him so much!

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What are your family’s favorite rainy day activities?

 

Mom Tip #2: Diaper Changing Tips and Tricks

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Babies are messy little beings. There is the spit-up and drool and spills and diaper blowouts and so on. I mean, when Lucas was a baby – getting “sprayed on” during a diaper change was kind of a regular occurrence LOL. With Amelia, she is the squirmer. I have to find distractions for her during each and every diaper change or she will grab stuff from the changing table or worst – dive head first OFF the changing table. She is an “adventurous” baby!

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Amelia on her changing table

In fact, diapering a baby is a special mom art form, right?! There are all of these little tricks that we pull out of our arsenal to get through every diaper change. So today, I want to share some of my tried and true diaper changing tips and tricks!

Diaper Changing Tips

Use the right diaper for your baby! A diaper shouldn’t chafe, rub your baby’s skin in any way, or cause diaper rashes. We used Pampers Swaddlers with Lucas and we do with Amelia too. They are so soft and comfy!

Diapering a boy? If you are diapering a baby boy, be prepared with a “pee-pee tee-pee” or a little washcloth or even wipe that you can place over his private parts to prevent spraying. Trust me on this!

Have several diapering stations around your home – that way you don’t have to go up and down the stairs to the changing table every time your baby needs to be changed. We love our  Playtex® Diaper Genie™ SmartCaddy™ which holds all diapering essentials and is easy to tote around the house as needed.

Always, always keep one hand on your baby when diapering! You should also use the buckle that comes on your changing pad, but even if buckled – still keep a hand on your baby. Babies love to squirm (like my Amelia)!

Be prepared with everything on hand. You want the diapering process to be quick so you don’t want to be searching for wipes or diaper rash ointment.

Have distractions at the ready. If your baby is anything like Amelia, then you will need to have little books or toys to distract them during the diaper change. I keep small items in a drawer in her changing table that I quickly pull out and hand her during a diaper change. This keeps her distracted, which equals less squirming!

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For additional parenting tips and tricks, make sure to visit Playtex Baby Mom Trust!

 

What are your diaper changing tips and tricks?