Finn+Emma Organic Baby Swag Review

They say that when your second baby comes around you are not as picky or concerned as you were with the first. Wrong! I want the best for my new baby just as much as I did with my first. I want them both to have the healthiest food, environment, clothes and even toys! I’m convinced that everything that they come in contact with has effects on their well-being. So, when I was given the opportunity to review organic and eco safe baby swag from Finn + Emma, I was very excited to do so!

I chose a long sleeve body suit, footed pants, a wood teething rattle, and headband to review. Everything totaled $76 and it included shipping!

The body suit and footed pants are size 0-3 months so they don’t fit my 5-week old yet. Actually, the footed pants are really long and probably won’t fit her until she’s 6-9 months but I don’t mind. The clothes are super soft and will be perfect for her to wear in whatever season we are in once she fits into them.

And, how fitting is the teething rattle! Perfect for a baby that will be taking a lot of photos for the gram! All of their wood toys are made from untreated Indian hardwood, finished with vegetable seed wax, and filled with little beans.

They also have a line of muslin blankets in bright beautiful colors, wooden play gyms and corresponding play mats.

If you want the best for your baby and are health and eco conscious check out Finn+ Emma!

-Ruby

 

 

 

First Month of Breastfeeding+Milk Snob Review

I was given Milk Snob cover in exchange for my honest review. All opinion expressed are my own.

 

I can’t believe it’s been one month since I gave birth! Soon, I will post Dahlia’s birth story which was everything I hoped it would be for but for now I wanted to give a quick update on how our first month of breastfeeding has been thus far.

I feel like I didn’t try hard enough with Ji so this time around I want to give it my all. I’m especially adamant about it since Dahlia is a Winter baby and there are lots of viruses going around that I don’t want her to catch. Yes, I’m that paranoid mom that doesn’t want their baby to get sick! I know that she will be even more exposed to germs since big sister is going to school now.

Week 1: Breastfeeding and First Growth Spurt!

The first few days of breastfeeding were great but then on day four my nipples started to crack, and I was in so much pain. I hadn’t realized she wasn’t latching on correctly and was I so ready to give up! The hubby was great and took me to see a lactation consultant. It made such a difference because while there, I sat on a chair and elevated my feet. I hadn’t been doing that at home, and I realized that it helped a lot.  Later that night, my husband went out for groceries and on a secret trip to Babies R Us. He is so sweet! He came back with different nipple shields for me to try to help relief the pain. He wasn’t going to let me give up! The shields were perfect because on day seven she started nursing every 45-50 minutes. She was going through her first growth spurt, and I could have never done it if I was still in pain. She eventually got her latch down on one breast, and it healed enough where I no longer needed to use the shield on both sides.

Keeping germs away at our first check-up with our Milk Snob cover

Week 2: Growth Spurt #2

I started feeling very confident about breastfeeding. I was no longer in pain and loved that I had enough milk supply to get her to sleep 2-3 hour stretches at night. She had another growth spurt on her 14th day birthday and ate by the hour, but even so, I was feeling back to normal and getting my energy levels back.  I even took Ji to the park a few times and nursed in public. I got this!

Week 3: Dahlia’s First Cold

Right when I thought I had this new life with two kids down my poor little newborn catches a cold. I was so nervous about it all week but thank goodness that even though she was congested and had a pretty bad cough she still nursed normally. This week I also noticed that one of my breasts was making an insane amount of milk and the other about half the amount. I started latching her on to one that makes the least milk in hopes that it got the message and started producing more. I’m not sure that it was such a great idea because week 4 got tough!

 

Week 4: Plugged Duct and Growth Spurt #3?!

Did I make a mistake by latching her on to the least productive breast first? She was feeding at one breast per session but now I’m using both and the one that soaked 3-4 nursing pads a day has not leaked at all! I feel so weak, I have the chills and I definitely caught a cold too. I also noticed that my most productive breast has some red streaks and feels engorged on one side. I started to suspect a plugged duct so I jumped into action and started using warm compresses and massaging the area  before each session. By morning I felt better but she started every 30-45 minutes for the next four days. Either my milk supply went down or she is experiencing another growth spurt. I’m thinking and hoping that it’s the latter!

Getting some much needed fresh air

Daddy Duties

Breastfeeding is one of the hardest things that I’ve ever had to do. It’s especially difficult when you are sleep deprived and have a three-year-old whose new favorite phrase is “I want” and has discovered tantrums. As difficult as it is, I don’t want to give up. I initially gave myself a short goal of six weeks, but after seeing how well and quickly my baby recovered from her first cold, I can’t help but see the benefits and want to continue for as long as possible. However, it has been a difficult first month filled with different physical and emotional feelings and as much as  I wish that I could end this post by saying that all is great and that I am going to continue until she one year old, our breastfeeding future will be foreseen on day by day basis. That’s all I can commit to right now, and I’m OK with that.

Do you have any breastfeeding tips for me? I would love to hear anything you have to share! It can be a quote, a supplement you took, your favorite nursing related product, position. Anything!

I’m currently loving the Milk Snob cover. The material is so soft and it comes in tons of different colors and patterns. You can use it as a nursing, carseat, shopping cart, high-chair and swing cover!

-Ruby

 

 

 

Elena of Avalor Ready To Rule Review + Give Away

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to interview Aimee Carrero to talk about her new role as the voice of the new Disney Princess, Elena of Avalor. I knew that the show would be a hit with little Latina girls but now I see that little girls of all walks of life love her too! I’ve seen many of Ji’s classmates proudly wearing Elena of Avalor attire and Ji loves her very much too. I know this because we recently received a copy of Elena of Avalor: Ready To Rule to review and Ji has it on repeat! I don’t mind because she’ll ask to watch it in English and then a second time in Spanish.

Princess Elena and Belle

ELENA OF AVALOR: READY TO RULE

 

 

Includes Four Full Episodes and
a FREE Exclusive Projecting Scepter – A Great Holiday Gift!

 

Synopsis:  Set in the enchanted fairytale land of Avalor, “Elena of Avalor” tells the story of Elena, a brave and adventurous teenager who has saved her kingdom from an evil sorceress and must now learn to rule as crown princess until she is old enough to be queen. Elena’s journey leads her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders.

Parents will recognize the All- Star Voice Cast too!

Aimee Carrero (Freeform’s “Young & Hungry”) as Princess Elena; Jenna Ortega (Disney Channel’s “Stuck in the Middle”) as Princess Isabel; Chris Parnell (TV’s “Saturday Night Live, ” “Archer”) as Migs; Yvette Nicole Brown (TV’s “Community”) as Luna; Carlos Alazraqui (“Inside Out”) as Skylar; Emiliano Díez (TV’s “George Lopez”) as Francisco; Julia Vera (TV’s “General Hospital”) as Luisa; Christian Lanz (TV’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) as Chancellor Esteban;
Jillian Rose Reed (TV’s “Awkward”) as Naomi; Joseph Haro (TV’s “Awkward”) as Mateo; Jorge Diaz (“The 33”) as Gabe; Keith Ferguson (“Inside Out”) as Zuzo; and Joe Nunez (“Bridesmaids”) as Armando.

Do your kids love Princess Elena too? 

elenaofavalorreadytoruledvd-1

 

Visit us on Instagram for chance  to win your very own copy of Ready to Rule! 

Three Easy Steps to Make Over A Kids Room

We recently made over Ji’s room. I am 33 weeks pregnant, so I wanted the make-over to be as easy and fast as possible. With the help of my husband, my wishes came true. We decided on a make-over for two reasons: 1: We know we are having a second girl, so there was no reason for the room to remain gender neutral and 2: I’m nesting so I needed the room to look perfect before the arrival of baby numero dos. We decided to do three things and nothing more to change the room.

Three Easy Steps to Make Over A Kids Room

Change the paint color! We had a mint color in our second room that was originally supposed to be my home office. It’s a little girls room now, so we needed a new, girly color. A fresh coat of blush pink paint and the room looks brighter and even a bit bigger than before!

Before the make-over

Pink and Gray Girls Room
After the make-over

 

Add a beautiful rug!  I love how a beautiful rug can change the look and feel of a room. As you can see, I like our house to look (trust me, it just looks) clutter free. But I also like the cozy and comfy feel. Our old rug felt very generic and cheap so when Lorena Canals rugs offered to gift us this beautiful star designed rug I gladly accepted. It also matches the décor that we already have perfectly. The best part? It’s machine washable! I’m allergic to dust, pollen, and pet dander, so all those pesky things that can make their way in into our house are just a machine wash away. Isn’t that wonderful! The rug is also handmade, and eco-friendly made with natural dyes. You know I like to stay away from chemicals, so I feel very comfortable letting my daughter play on this rug. If you are on the hunt for a new rug for any room in your house, I definitely recommend Lorena Canals. Keep in mind that each purchase also helps support the education and well-being of children, since the part of the proceeds are donated to various projects that help kids in India.

Gray and White Stars Rug

Lorena Canals Stars Rug

 

Personalize! We didn’t set aside extra cash for the make over, but we didn’t really need a big budget. I used pieces from recent special occasions as decoration and statement pieces to personalize the room.

Beautiful Pastel Girls Room

I used the tassel from our gender reveal party to spice up this chair that also works as a toy chest.

Pretty pink and black girls room
We wore these flowers on our hair at our baby shower
Cute Black and Pink Girls Room
Ji wore this pink tutu for her 3rd Birthday Photoshoot

Girly Pink and Black Girls Room

I just love how three simple changes made over my little girls room. She is so excited to have a pink room and I’m happy that it took just one day to finish it all!

Shabby Chic Girls Room

Girls Star Themed Room

Girls Pink, Gray and Black Shabby Chic Room

finalroommake-over_015

I’m very happy with the outcome and I hope you can use these three tips to make-over any room in your home.

 

To learn more about Lorena Canals Rugs visit their site at: http://lorenacanals.us/

-Ruby

An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win Review

I love L.A! You know why? Because I get to experience events that most likely only  happen in the city of angels. I was invited to one of those events to check out an advanced screening of An American Girl Story-Melody 1963: Love Has to Win at the Grove in West L.A. Being that Ji is only  three years old, we had yet to experience the American Girl brand or store and last week was our first taste of it. I honestly thought we were going to watch an animated film and was surprised to arrive to a red carpet event filled with stars like Anthony Anderson and Common. It was a beautiful surprise because both the film and the celebration event were very inspirational.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

This post has been sponsored by KidzVuz on behalf of Amazon Studios.

  About The Film

Based in 1963 Detroit during the civil rights movement, An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win centers around 10-year old Melody whose eyes are opened to the racial inequality surrounding her, including the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing. As a result, her belief in the “indivisible” promise of our country’s Pledge of Allegiance comes into question as she challenges her teacher on the validity of this given the horrific tragedy. After an emotional journey of self-reflection, her mother gives her the courage she needs by instilling in her that love brings out the best in everyone; reminding Melody that it’s important to “stand up for what’s right ,even when it’s hard or scary.”

Our thoughts…

Within five minutes of the screening, it got straight to the point. Melody’s mom was faced with decision to keep protecting her child from the unfair issues happening in the United States or let her daughter think that everything was nice and peachy. My daughter is only three years old, so I honestly didn’t know if I should keep letting her watch, since the issues were a little too deep for her age. I too faced the same decision as Melody’s mom. We stayed and Ji loved it. I know that deep down she didn’t understand what the storyline really was, but Melody and her mom had such a loving, playful, unconditional love type of relationship that she was able to relate. I saw our relationship in theirs and I believe Ji was able to recognize that too. The film ended with a song and for that split second of silence, all you heard was Ji’s little voice, “again” she said.

 

An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win After Party at the American Girl Store

Melody 1963: Love Has To Win After Party Tickets

We were treated to an after party following the screening. I especially enjoyed the event because it was one of those rare times that my husband was able to join us. He got a little taste of my work and what’s like doing it with a toddler! Upon arriving, Ji was treated to a Melody doll! I was so busy capturing the moment for Snapchat and Instagram stories that I didn’t capture it on my camera. They also had fun and educational stations for the kids to play at and a fun photo booth with props from the movie. I didn’t know the store was filled with so many dolls of different sizes, genres and backgrounds. It was amazing to see that they have a doll for almost every little girl to relate to.

americangirlafterparty

americangirlaftepartyphotobooth

americangirlafterpartygoodies1

About the cast…

The first of four original American Girl specials for Prime Video stars Marsai Martin (Black-ish) as the title character Melody, Frances Fisher (Titanic) as Miss Abbot, Frankie Faison (TheWire) as Melody’s grandfather Frank Ellison, and Idara Victor (TURN: Washington’s Spies) as Melody’s mother Frances Ellison.

An American Girl Story Melody 1963: Love Has to Win is scheduled to premiere on Friday, October 21 on Prime Video in the US and UK and I definitely encourage you to tune in with your kids!

 

-Ruby

 

 

 

 

 

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION REVIEW AND GIVE AWAY

What do you do when your toddler wants to watch “Beauty and The Beast” twice a day?  Well, if you are me, you sit down and watch it with her! I hate to admit that prior to receiving a complimentary copy of the Walt Disney Signature Collection version, I had never watched the film before. I sure am making up for lost time though! As I type this blog post, the movie is playing in the background. Today Ji is watching it with her cousin who came over for a playdate, but I’m still singing along!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

 

In honor of the films 25th Anniversary, The Walt Disney Signature Collection edition features four versions of “Beauty and the Beast.”  The Blu-ray release includes the original theatrical film; an extended version with the “Human Again” song sequence and a never-before-released on home entertainment sing-along version.  But most importantly to me, it includes a Spanish version of the film. If Ji is going to watch the movie over and over, she might as well know the story in both English and Spanish!

Other Bonus Features:

BLU-RAY, DIGITAL HD* & DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE:

  • Menken & Friends: 25 Years of Musical Inspiration – Get a front-row seat for an intimate discussion between legendary music composers from classic and future Disney films, including Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin”), Stephen Schwartz (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Pocahontas”), Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“Frozen,” Disney’s upcoming “Gigantic”), Robert Lopez (“Frozen,” Disney’s upcoming “Gigantic”) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Disney’s upcoming “Moana”). Discover how the composers are personally connected, how they first experienced “Beauty and the Beast” and how they find inspiration for their own films. And watch as they pay tribute to the film’s award-winning music score and the man who has inspired them all—Alan Menken.

 

  • #1074: Walt, Fairy Tales & Beauty and the Beast – Long before “Beauty and the Beast” became the instant classic we know and love, Walt Disney made two attempts—between the 1930s and 1950s—to adapt the famous fairy tale into an animated film. Discover what Walt and his team was dreaming up through Walt’s actual voice recordings, archived artwork, story notes, and learn why the project was sidelined for decades.

 

  • Always Belle – The original voice of Belle, Paige O’Hara, reminisces about earning the role of the beautiful bookworm in “Beauty and the Beast” and recalls how the iconic character changed her life and continues to inspire fans both young and old.

 

  • The Recording Sessions – Go in the recording booth with the cast of Beauty and the Beast and see what went into adding voices to the characters and the lines we know and love.

 

  • 25 Fun Facts About Beauty and the Beast – Disney Channel’s Gus Kamp and Kayla Maisonet host this entertaining countdown featuring little-known fun facts, anecdotes and hidden Easter Eggs (references to Disney animated films and characters) from one of the most cherished animated films of all time.

 

  • “Beauty and The Beast” Sneak Peek – An exciting first look into the live-action re-telling of “Beauty and the Beast,” which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs.

 

I love that Ji has a new favorite movie as it gives me another excuse to lay down and cuddle with her. Even if it means that she calls her daddy and I “Beauty and The Beast” now. ha!

Give Away!

One my readers will receive a complimentary copy of the Disney’s Beloved Animated Classic Signature Collection Edition of “Beauty and The Beast”! Just leave a comment below and let me know when was the first time you saw the film!

beautyandthebeast201625th_anniversaryeditionblu-ray-jpg_cmyk

I will pick a random winner on Thursday, 9/29.

Good luck!

FX Presents Better Things + Give Away!

Better Things FX Gift Basket
This post is sponsored by FX Networks and Better Things, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own

I just watched the first episode of Better Things, the new FX series that  sheds light on those days when you’re sleep-deprived and overwhelmed – and feeling maybe… perhaps… a little less than your best. It follows a trendy L.A Mom (just like you and me) and her daily struggles trying to make life happen for her and three young kids. I was hooked 10 seconds into the show. I don’t have a three kids, let alone a teenager but I could totally see bits and pieces of myself through her character. You can check out up to two full episodes here: https://ooh.li/a0b0d4f

Did you watch it? Are you hooked?!

What did you relate to?

I could totally relate to the first scene where she is letting her youngest daughter cry and throw a tantrum over earrings. She is showing tough love but then shows another side by offering to buy her a snack. The scene was funny and endearing!

and, how about the scene where she is driving with her teenage daughter and Max, the daughter turns around and asks mom to buy her weed. Her exact words were, “don’t you want me to have clean, organic pot?” Wow! I wouldn’t know what to say. I would secretly be thinking that I don’t  want her to smoke pot but if she did, I would prefer it to be clean and organic. ha!

BetterThings_Thurs10P_SamandMax_1200x1200.jpg

I also loved the daughters names. Duke, Frankie and Max. How cool is that?!

betterthings_thurs10p_samandduke_1200x1200

Seriously, check out the show now! Watch it here:  https://ooh.li/a0b0d4f

and let me know what you most related to in the comments below. I will pick one comment and crown them the  winner of a Better Things gift basket that contains the following items!

• Ray-Ban Sunglasses
• Chipolo bluetooth keyring
• Leather Clutch for mom’s things
• Emergency Beauty Kit
• Hypoallergenic travel pillow
• Ultra-Soft travel pillow protector
• Essential Oils Blend Mini
• Skinny Lip Balm
• “Credit Card” Mints

Better Things FX Gift Basket
One winner takes all!

Click here to watch : https://ooh.li/a0b0d4f

and then comment below! Good luck!