Thursday, December 17, 2015

November Baby Bundle!

I am in Sweet Hobo Heaven! Normally when I get fluff mail, it is for the kids. But it is nice to have something all my own! Something that is all AppleCheeks, and collectible, but all mine, mine, mine!

Last Christmas my Husband was wise enough to get me the Hobo bag from The Baby Bum. It quickly became my every day baby bag, I cart that thing everywhere! Its big enough to hold all my kid stuff, toddler clothes, AppleCheeks diapers and all my of other stuff without exploding. You can even squeeze in a carrier if you need to.

Next to come was the Mamaessentials bag, which took the place of a mini-zip, holding all of my Mom stuff for me, within my hobo. I also use it as my clutch purse, for the rare times that I get out of the house without my kids. I also now have the lip balm holder and keychain all in coordinating red apple fabric! Its a good thing my Hobo is lined in solid red, or they might blend right in!

Now in my November Baby Bundle, I received the new Baby Bum wallet! Its a wee bit small for all the things I like to cram in my wallet, but I found the most amazing use! It is the perfect size to hold my Jamberry 7-day challenge samples! I love having another matching piece!

They also sent me a Squeasy bottle, which is used to carry pureed food, like applesauce, on the go. I have yet to convince either of my kids to try it, but I will update you when they do!

Do you think the Baby Bum Creative Team is going to roll out a new custom product for Mama? What do you hope, or wish, would come next?

The Christmas List

The Christmas list; Sadly I do not mean that list which is checked twice by Santa, I mean the one that is checked off once (hopefully) by you. It is that depression inducing to-do list!  I cant speak for other Moms and Dads, but I know that the to-do list of a WAHM is pretty much enough to make you cry around Christmastime.
I mean normally my list is just at the limit of the manageable catagory.  But at Christmas all these other things are added and it kind of explodes. Even though I have made a considered effort to remove some of the everyday triggers in preparation for the new additions, it still leaves one floundering. Though I can at least say that up until this point, my yearly stress induced eye twitch has yet to appear! Though funny enough, I know that the Christmas organization I used to struggle with BK (Before kids, not Burger king), was measly compared with the current levels. I think my body may have learned to adapt!

My average day to-do lists can be broken down into a few categories
1.Jamberry (Which has been so fruitful!)
2. Diaper repairs
3.Preschool council
4.The house
5.The Kids
6.Girl Guides
7.The Blog

but now we can add a big old 8th catagory, Christmas, which is plagued with subcategories like:

f)extra cleaning to make the house suitable for company.

All of this makes for one crazy lady! Thankfully as of right now, I can knock 3 and 6 off my original list, as they are done for the holiday season. As of just this afternoon I can even remove 2, I have called a hiatus on the shop and have finished the last diaper in the house! But I am pretty sure number 8, with all its subcatagories outweigh those, to the 'enth degree. I am trying my darnedest to knock off some of these categories early.  Catagory B, wrapping, is pretty much complete. With the exception of 2 gifts, which refuse to arrive, I think I am done! It is crazy the palatable little bit of relief I get every time that I am able to knock something off!

Anyway, that turned into a bit of a rant, but frankly, I need to get back to that GD list! So time to sign off and get back to it! Solidarity and strength to all you other Moms out there! We will make it through Christmas!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

AppleCheeks Evolution

I am so pleased with the AppleCheeks Evolution release today, and the general expansion of products in the recent months. In the beginning it was just about diapers for babies, a short term product for infancy. We were almost ready too move into an AppleCheeks free zone for Evie, and pass down her legacy to her baby brother.

Then everything changed. First they released the sz 3 diapers. These meet the need for larger toddler, children who wet the bed and special needs children. While Evie learned to use the potty at 2, once her brain shuts down for the night, she has no bladder regulation. Because she wets a large volume, we have to stuff with a lot of bamboo, so the sz 2s were getting pretty snug. Then sz 3s were released and they changed overnight diapering for us. No longer did we have to be extremely cautious of the elastic placement, we could get a great fit, and on the smallest setting! I am so glad to have a product that supports her while her body catches up with her mind, and that is both cute and comfortable. She is 100% happy to put on her diaper overnight, knowing it will keep her dry, and removes it herself upon waking and happily moves to her panties. It is a valuable resource for kids who for various reasons are not able to control their bladders at night.

Also released in the past couple months were the trainers. These are also super valuable to our family! They provide confidence for our family, and the ability to be out of the immediate proximity of a toilet. There are many times you just can't ask a small child to hold it, and expect them to be completely successful. This gives us some time and absorbency until you can reach the toilet. I have already shared my love of the trainers in my review post here.

Today AppleCheeks did not release these products, but rather updated them in the new prints, Out of the Blue and To the Core. This is something the fan base has been asking for since their release and AppleCheeks is always quick to listen to their fans. They are a company who genuinely cares about their consumers and not just their wallets. I am so proud to associate myself with them, and cannot wait to see what they turn out in the future!

October Baby Bundle and sizing up!

For October The Baby Bum sent me a sz 2 of their exclusive diaper, Serendipity. Yes a sz 2, waaaahhhhh my baby boy has sized up, with little hope of hope of going back! He has always been a rather chunky baby, and I can't see this pattern changing any time soon.

When Evie was a baby, she spent the majority of her time in a sz 1. She wore them from birth to 6 months, when he thunder thighs outgrew the elastics. After a short run in sz 2s, she started to slim out, burning off her calories learning to walk, and around 11 months we moved her back down. She then wore those sz 2s until she was almost 2 years old.

William on the other hand, moved out of his sz 1s around 8 months,  due to his thighs as well! But even though he started walking soon after that, his thighs have not changed. He has been pretty consistently on the first set of snaps, but I don't think he would fit in one comfortably.

This is why it is so difficult to guess when a child may move up in AppleCheeks sizes. Age, weight, or even size can vary so much between children, that one cannot stand as a guide for others. Though the diapers come with suggested weights, 7-20 and 16-35 lbs, you notice they overlap significantly. I am sure this is because those wise ladies know that there is no way to guess just how diapers will fit on any particular child.

I always recommend that, when in doubt, buy both sizes to try! If size 2 is too large, then put it aside for the future, there is a very good chance they will grow into it, sooner rather than later. If the sz 1 is too small, then you have a perfect baby shower gift for a friend, so you can spread the AppleCheeks love to a new Mama.