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SwaddleDesigns SMART Blanket 

This may be on of the coolest (and smartest) ideas I have seen in a long time!

SwaddleDesigns, a made in the USA brand, has developed a swaddling blanket that has a QR code sewn to the label that opens up a white noise, swaddling instructions and even baby care videos, right on your smartphone.

How SMART is that?!

SwaddleDesigns teamed up with renowned pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp to offer this new product called “SwaddleClub." SwaddleDesigns’ patent pending design is the first to permanently attach a QR label to a swaddling blanket to access educational information and stream white noise to a mobile phone.

 In the app you will find: 

  • White noise: There is a fabulous library of white noise sounds that can sooth your baby as she goes to sleep. There are a number to choose from so you can find the perfect sound that works best for your little one.
  • Swaddling instructions: In addition to swaddling information, parents can access how-to videos on their phones. Brilliant and so easy!
  • Dr. Harvey Karp: Renowned pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp, author of the best-selling book and DVD The Happiest Baby on the Block, provides his expertise in a series of short baby care videos.

You can learn more about the SwaddleClub at You can purchase the beautiful new designs at



Infanttech Always in View Review

Infanttech Always in View Review

This entire motherhood thing have been able to put unique products in my hands that I just love testing out!

I have always wondered why there never was a product like this. You know, one that can actually SEE who was the trouble maker in the backseat of the car! ha

Actually, this product is meant for safety.  

You know how you have that baby in your backseat and he/she starts crying because their binky fell out?  

Then you stretch, reach, and ALMOST have an accident because you can't really see it? Those days are gone!

“Always in View™” Baby Monitor for Cars is a wireless video monitoring system  that allows you to see your baby while driving! The high-def camera inside the cute and cuddly plush {like this adorable monkey} broadcasts images of the baby to a color monitor conveniently that you place on the dashboard of your car. The camera comes with infrared lighting which allows you to able to view your baby day or night. 

The “Always in View™” Baby Monitor for Cars helps reduce distracted driving, unnecesary head turning, and awkward arm reaching movements keeping you and baby safe!


Happy Birthday Hudson

Yes, I know.  

His birthday was almost a MONTH ago. 

But today as I sit here I realized that the past month was such a bizarre state of life that I completely didn't post about my little love.  

I swear.  I have been slacking on this blog.  I've been so wrapped up in the must do - must be - must all - I have skipped the moments where I should have been documenting the life that I did 5 years ago when I started this blog. 

Don't get me wrong.  I actually HAVE been scrapbooking again!  That is a huge bonus.  So much so, that even though I haven't shared it here - I've actually got proof that I have been keeping up with my #2 and his little life. 

Have you seen my facebook page?  Twitter?

So.... I may not have shared it here - but he's out there.  The love - warmth - growing obsession with this little dude is out there.  And what's great about it?  I'm so present when I'm with him. 

So, here is my little message for my little dream boy, Hudson. 

Dear Hudson, 

You - my darling, have been such an amazing blessing to our family. You have been a constant reminder to slowwww down.  To live in the moment.  And to capture as much as possible every day!

One year has passed.  (Well, a year and about a month but who's really counting?)

You just started crawling while we were away in Florida.  And can I tell you how much work you are now? ha.  So many people ahem-your grandma- were constantly questioning your growth.  They were worried about you not crawling or hitting other milestones.  Well, your brother didn't start walking until he was 18 months old.  So I knew, it would happen on YOUR time.  

And, I'm glad it did! ha.  Cause if you were crawling like this anytime sooner???  OMMGGOSH!

Oh how I can't wait till you start running walking.

Be sure to check out your scrapbook little dude as you get older.  I promise to truly capture every funny moment.  Oh yeah-and the Childhood Biography book that I'm always filling out.  Funny, funny things - kid.  

May your 2nd little year of life be filled with moments that help you grow.  Moments that your brother remembers with you.  He sure adores you Hudson.  Boston kisses you everyday.  He calls you 'Little Legs'.  He reads books to you sometimes.  And he's starting to get annoyed at you for going after and wrecking his Legos.  Oh how he'll learn though.  (BOSTON - PICK UP YOUR LEGO'S!!!)

I can't wait to take you to the shore this summer, Hudson!  We'll make sandcastles.  Or, we'll tear down your brothers. hee hee.  Pay back big dude.  Pay Back.  We'll get ice cream  We'll play ball.  You can make messes, Hudson and at the shore - I don't get crabby!  =)

May this next year God give you good health. May you smile instead of frown.  May all your dreams come true, Sugar Bear.  

And yes.  You are Sugar Bear.  And you will still be my Sugar Bear when you're 16, ok?  


Yo Mama


Really Visit Philly


Really Visit Philly


I've lived in this uber awesome town for almost 7 years!  I can't believe it.  The time has flown by.  And I'll be totally honest with you when my husband said 'I got a job offer in Philly' I kind of snarled.  I had never been to Philadelphia before and the city didn't have the best reputation from what I had heard. 

But when we arrived and I finally got to see and 'visit Philadelphia' as a tourist would, I quickly realized there was so much more to this city than what anyone could tell me that didn't live here. The secret little places from City Tavern where our dignitaries once came after a long day at the office.  No big deal. JUST WRITING THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE!  Awesome, right?

So many secret little places in Philadelphia that visitors can truly learn and experience our countries heritage.  You know what else Philly has that isn't like any other city?  FUNKY FAST STOPS!  That's what I call 'fun-out of the box-unique places-to see on the fly'!

For the Three Stooges Fans

The Stooges have a Museum in Philly called the Stoogeum!  Get it - Stooges and Museum? Ha. Love it.  The Stoogeum is the first and only museum for the Stooges with over 100,000 pieces of Stoogiabilia.  (Yes. That is a REAL WORLD.)  The Stoogeum is also home to the Three Stooges Fan Club.  From artifacts to artwork dating back from 1917 to today - you're sure to remember something fabulous from your childhood!  (I use to watch the Stooges with my grandpa and this place brought me back to those memories!)

YES! Pizza Brain in Guiness Book of Records!For the Pizza Lovers

Pizza Brain located in the Fishtown section of Philly is the first pizza culture museum and shop.  This fun shop has everything from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles memorabilia to more facts you can handle about pizza!  All truth and backed by the Guiness Book of World Records, thank you.  Fun for the whole family for sure!

For the Shoe Shopping Addict

Ok, so you won't be able to fuel your addiction if you really are a shoe addict but you will be able to have some fun learning all about SHOES at the Shoe Museum at Temple University!  This museum is home to over 900 pairs of shoes and 250 of them are on display!

From celebrities, former presidents to even a circus giants size 18 pair of shoes, you will definitely get the shoe buzz visiting this quirky place in Philly!  This museum isn't one you can just 'stop by' as you'll have to make an appointment but it's well worth it for any shoe lover!

Staying in Philly

Of course you need to find a place to stay.  I'd love to have you at my house but my 5 year old might talk your ear of and my 1 year old might eat your food. Sooo..with that being said - the best place to find the best deals for staying in Philly is the website  There you'll see the latest and greatest places to stay that works with Visit Philly to offer the best deals.  In this deal you get 2 nights accomodation, free parking (MEGA value there!) and a fab With Love, Philadelphia XOXO Welcome Gift!

So what are you waiting for!  Come Visit Philly!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Visit Philadelphia. The opinions and text are all mine.

Philadelphia is the perfect spot for a getaway! Stay for any two consecutive nights at one of twenty participating hotels and your car stays free! For more information and to book your room



This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Visit Philadelphia. The opinions and text are all mine.


Just Between Friends Kansas City #JBFKC

Well, howdy friends!  

You probably remember my LOVE of the Just Between Friends Sale with the ladies of the JBF Oaks & Reading sales in years past, right?  Their sales are SAVING moms money, cleaning out houses AND putting cash in your pockets!  I'm all about that, aren't you?

Well, this year we're working with some other amazing Just Between Friends outlets across the country and we couldn't be more excited about it!!!

First out the gate, I took off from Toy Fair in NYC and hit up my new friends Amber & Tami in Kansas City!

The Kansas City Just Between Friends group has an amazing following.  Fabulous ladies making money & saving on stuff they need through their sales in Lee's Summit & Overland Park. 

We did two twitter parties with Amber & Tami and I also had a little lunch with some fabulous Kansas City bloggers!  They shopped and shared their hauls with the hashtags #BestDeal & #JBFKC.  You can see how cool it is yourself on their social media pages (WHICH by the way - Amber & Tami - you're rocking it!!!)

You can always see our recaps of these fun event on our Real Mom Events site - but I wanted to share some of their great finds here!

I personally came back to Philly with an overpouring suitcase.  

Yes. I know.  

But I ONLY spent $20 and got some great stuff for my dudes since we're going to Orlando this week!  (Yes, I had an urgent - OH NO...I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING FOR THEM TO WEAR moment!)

Be sure to check out our Pinterest Boards too!  

And if you want to add your #BestDeals - by all means - Please do!


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