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Mommy, What Is That For? – Book Review

Mommy, What Is That For? is the debut children’s book written by Carolyn Powell. This book is particularly dear to me as Carolyn is a personal friend and it’s illustrated by yours truly! The book stems from Carolyn’s extraordinary life experiences and I’d like to share her-story before launching into the review. To begin, Carolyn is a fighter. Four years ago, her heart stopped due to a genetic condition called Long QT...

Puddle Jumper Review

The Puddle Jumper by Stearns might be my new best friend.  I seriously love this thing.  I have an active 3 year old who’s in the pool almost every day of the summer.  I want him to be a confident swimmer but I constantly worry about his safety and this is the first floatation device that’s really worked for us.  Prior to the Puddle Jumper we tried regular swimmies, life vests and a floatsuit (looks like a body...

Envirosax Re-usable Bag Review

This review is long overdue… I have been using and loving Envirosax bags since 2010.  I always liked re-usable bags in theory but when it came to actually using them they tended to be inconvenient and/or annoying.  Initially I tried the kind that lay flat like a brown paper bag.  They hold a fair amount of weight and come in every size imaginable but they’re a pain to store.  I tried keeping them in the back of my car...

Puj Tub Review

The Puj Tub is an innovative little tub that I have mixed feelings about.  I personally thought it was just okay, but I can see it being really helpful for people with space or physical limitations.   If you haven’t seen a Puj tub before, they look much different than normal baby tubs.  It’s essentially a sheet of foam that folds into a tub shape.  You place the folded tub into your sink, fill it with water (there...

Chicco Lullaby LX Playard Review

We used the Chicco Lullaby LX Playard and were really happy with it – and let me tell you that thing got a lot of use!  When Luke was born, Marshall’s job at the time kept us constantly on the move (we moved four times in Luke’s first 2 years).  Due to space and portability concerns, we opted to use a pack and play instead of a full size crib.  I did a lot of research to make sure we chose a good one and the Chicco...

Baby Trend Diaper Champ Review

I have to be honest, diaper pails gross me out and I almost didn’t get one at all.  But many moms swear by them and it was one of those things that I felt like I was supposed to buy so we got a Baby Trend Diaper Champ and used it for about a year.  I chose this model because it uses any old trash bag and I refuse to buy special diaper pail bags.  It’s very basic but did a pretty good job.  It was big enough to...

Fisher Price Healthy Care Booster Seat Review

We went through a lot of trial and error trying to find a good high chair for Luke.  Between us and our parents, we used 2 different full size high chairs, a travel high chair and a booster seat.  Surprisingly the booster seat was the hands down favorite.  We used the Fisher Price Healthy Care Booster Seat.  It’s a compact seat that straps on to an ordinary kitchen chair and has a detachable tray that snaps on and...

Baby Bjorn Review

I used the Baby Bjorn (original/classic model) every day for hours and hours when Luke was an infant, it was literally a lifesaver.  Infants constantly want and need to be held and while I’m all about snuggle time, it makes it really hard to get anything else done!  This carrier gives your baby the close contact they crave while keeping your hands free to actually get some work done.  This is helpful for any mom and an...

Baby Jogger City Mini Stroller Review

We have the Baby Jogger City Mini and I love it. It’s light weight, convenient, comfortable, relatively small, collapses very easily and rides really nice.  My favorite feature is the easy close mechanism.  When you want to fold it up you just pull a single strap and it collapses flat.  This was important because Marshall was frequently away for work during Luke’s first year and Luke and I took a lot of walks by...

Plastic Sippy Cup Review (old tupperware style)

When I was growing up, everyone I knew had a set of tupperware sippy cups.  They were the perfect size for little hands, contained spills and lasted forever (my mom still has some in her cupboard today).  When my son transitioned to a cup I looked high and low for tupperware sippies to no avail.  These cups are the closest I’ve found. BPA Free Baby Sippy Cups and Lids Review Pros: Appearance – No bells and...

Foogo Stainless Steel Sippy Review

I’m trying to rid our home of BPA (and other unnecessary chemicals) and have been testing lots of different BPA free sippy cups.  I was excited to try this one because it’s so darn cute.  Unfortunately appearance is this cups best asset.  It leaks, is annoying to clean and bulky to store.  It’s not horrible but there are better choices available. Thermos Foogo – Leak Proof Stainless Steel Sippy, 7...

Eco Vessel Kids Stainless Steel Thermos Review

I’ve been testing out different brands of BPA free sippy cups and the Eco Vessel thermos is one of the more unique cups that I’ve tried.  This is a really solid, well insulated cup that’s a little hard for young toddlers but would be perfect for school age kids.  Here’s my review. Eco Vessel – Stainless Steel Double Wall Thermos with Flip Top Straw, 13 oz Description: This is more of a thermos than...

Disposable Diaper Reviews

Disposable Diaper Reviews – I had a hard time deciding between disposable and cloth diapers.  In the end I had enough issues with our washing machine that the convenience of disposables was just too much to pass up.  As a compromise I stick to the most natural disposables I can find.  My go to brand is Earth’s Best although I also use Nature Babycare and will buy Seventh Generation diapers in a pinch (reviews to...

Chicco KeyFit Review

Chicco KeyFit Car Seat Review We used the Chicco KeyFit car seat from the time Luke was born until he was about 1 year old.  I think this is a great little seat and and we were really happy with it.  It’s sturdy, well made and holds your child securely and comfortably.  It got great safety reviews and it was straight forward to install and use.  Once installed it felt stable and even contains a built in level to help...

South of the James Farmers Market Review

South of the James Market Address: Forest Hill Park – New Kent Rd at W 42nd St, Richmond, VA 23225 Hours: Saturdays 8-12 (May-Dec), Sat 10-12 (Dec-Apr) Website: http://sojmarket.com/ South of the James is without a doubt the best market in Richmond.  It’s located in Forest Hill Park just south of the James River.  The market sets up beyond the 42nd St. park entrance.  They have a good size parking lot at this...

Huguenot-Robious Farmers Market Review

Huguenot-Robious Farmers Market Address: Great Big Greenhouse – 2051 Huguenot Rd, Richmond, VA 23235 Hours: Thurs 10-2 (May – Oct) Website: http://www.greatbiggreenhouse.com/Events/Farmers–Market.aspx Huguenot-Robious is a Thursday market located in front of The Great Big Greenhouse at the intersection of Huguenot and Robious roads.  Weave through the shopping center until you get to the Great Big Greenhouse,...

Chesterfield Farmers Market Review

Chesterfield Farmers Market Address: 11500 Midlothian Turnpike, Bon Air (inside the Chesterfield Towne Center Mall) Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10-6 (year round) This market is located inside the Chesterfield Towne Center Mall.  Go in the main entrance off the Midlothian Turnpike (the entrance flanked by Ulta and Old Navy) then walk straight across towards the opposite set of doors.  The market is just before the exit...

Virginia Street Farmers Market Review

Virginia Street Farmers Market Address: 114 Virginia St, Richmond (Shockoe Slip) Hours: Thursdays 3-7 (May – October) Website: None Virginia Street is a Thursday market located in Shockoe Slip, close to downtown.  I usually shop markets on Saturdays but I appreciate having mid week options, especially when I’m out of town on the weekends.  This market is located just above the canal walk near the Turning Basin between...

Lakeside Farmers Market Review

Lakeside Farmers Market Address: 6110 Lakeside Ave, Henrico, VA Hours: Wed dawn-dusk, Sat 9-12 (May-Nov plus limited vendors available indoors year round on Saturdays) Website: http://www.lakesidefarmersmarket.net/ This market’s website boasts itself as the #1 market in Virginia and #3 in America so I was pretty stoked to check it out!  In retrospect, I think this claim actually hurts more than it helps.  It really...

Monument Market Review

Monument Market Address: Monument Ave at North Robinson St, Richmond (fan) Hours: Saturdays 8-12 (May-August) Website: http://www.fbcrichmond.org/monumentmarket/ I just recently heard of the Monument Market and decided to check it out.  It’s located in a large parking lot at the intersection of Monument and North Robinson Street (it’s hosted by Richmond’s First Baptist Church which is located at 2709 Monument Ave)....