Thursday, November 13, 2014

Boho Mama Nursing Wrap Review

I prefer not to use a cover when I am nursing in public. Not because I am a lactivist trying to make a statement, or a feminist trying to exert my powers of womanhood, but because I feel that using a cover seems to attract more attention to the fact that my baby is sucking on my breast, which I don't really want.

I usually wear layers, pull one up, leave one down and it basically looks like I'm just holding my baby. But as she is becoming more alert, she is also becoming more distracted while eating and pulling off frequently, leaving me exposed for all to see.

So at about 3 months, I started using my nursing cover more often. Unfortunately, whenever I was using it I felt like I was on display. With a bright pattern, square shape and a plastic hoop to go over my head it was as if I was screaming for someone to awkwardly watch me feed my baby out of the corner of their eye, or straight on, some people want you to know you're making them uncomfortable. You know the kind of stink-eye look or the deer in headlights, they just can't look away.

When it came to finding a new nursing cover I knew I wanted something versatile. Something that I could wear rather than pack in my bag. Something that looked more like an accessory to my outfit than a billboard for my breastfeeding baby.

I started doing some research on shawl style and infinity scarf breastfeeding covers. In the midst of my research I was presented with the opportunity to review the Boho Mama Stylish Breastfeeding Wrap. I jumped. It was exactly what I was looking for!

If you didn't figure it out, the scarf I am wearing in the above picture is the Boho Mama Nursing Wrap! Unless I told you, or this wasn't a review for a versatile nursing wrap, you never would have guessed it was anything other than a scarf, right?

The first thing I did when I took the Boho Mama Nursing Wrap out of the packaging was rub it against my cheek. Yep, that's right. I couldn't believe how silky, buttery smooth it was and I couldn't wait to try it out, but my baby was sleeping. So instead I just put it on and played a bit with some of the many ways to wear it. I fell in love with this breastfeeding shawl so fast that I practically threw my other one in the garbage right then and there!

The shawl is made from a lightweight organic bamboo modal with a bit of spandex, which is what makes it so soft and flowy (is that even a word?). This breathable fabric will keep your baby from getting too warm, even on the hot days. It is a nice neutral grey color, sure to look great with most of your wardrobe. It measures 27" wide and 75" long. Boho Mama is machine washable, so go ahead and use it as a burp cloth too, just throw it in the wash when you get home!

While you are breastfeeding this shawl gives full coverage. So whether you layer garments or avoid wearing nursing tanks, your torso will be fully covered while your little one visits Mom's Cafe. Because of it's length and width, you also don't have to worry about shifting positions and being exposed. This shawl will cover your back and sides.

I can't say for sure, because I haven't tried it, but I think this would also be a great breastfeeding cover for nursing multiples. I am fairly confident that you could fit twins under this wrap and still not be exposed.

It is crazy how big this wrap is and how much it covers, yet how little space it takes up in a diaper bag or around your neck.

It is winter here now, but I could definitely see myself wearing this as a shawl over the top of a nursing tank and making it part of my outfit. Check out Boho Mama on Amazon for some other great ways to wear the Nursing Wrap, even while pregnant! You don't have to be a nursing mom to wear this comfortable, stylish nursing warp!

I really like this breastfeeding cover. I've been telling everyone about it! The only thing that may deter someone from buying this cover is the price. But for everything you can do with this cover, incorporate it into your wardrobe while nursing, wear it as a main piece of your outfit while pregnant, nursing or when you are no longer nursing, and the obvious, using it as a breastfeeding cover, you really do get all the bang for your buck. The Boho Mama Nursing Wrap has endless options!

Visit amazon to purchase your Boho Mama Nursing Wrap. They are currently 25% off! But through the end of November my readers can get the wrap at 50% off retail! That is an amazing deal! Use code ARKRLDUS at check out for your 50% off discount! They'll also be releasing a purple wrap before the end of the month!

Which color will you choose?

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fall Giveaway from Green Scene Mom

We've partnered with Green Scene Mom to bring you this fabulous fall giveaway featuring lots of goodies that are perfect gifts for the upcoming holidays! Each of the sponsoring brands offer niche and innovative products for moms, kids and families to make life simpler, inspire creativity, and encourage natural living. 

Enter below for the chance to win this amazing prize package pictured here!

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Guava Family Lotus Everywhere Crib - $249.95
Lina.j Diaper Bag - $119
Boom Boom Prints $50 Gift Card
NuRoo Nursing Scarf & Swaddler - $55
Yummi Pouch Reusable Food Pouches & Snack Bags set of 3 - $33
OLLI+LIME 50 pack Triangle Wall Decals - $20
Baby Covee 4-in-1 Convertible Baby Blanket - $50
Endangered Species Color Me Eco Pak - $14.99
Buttons Diapers Pail Liner - $16
Magnificent Baby Smart Little Bear Fleece Footie - $49.95
Blooming Bath Baby Bath - $39.99
Tegu 14-Piece Tints magnetic wooden blocks - $35 Diaper Wallet - $34.95

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Conditioning Leather Seats to Keep Them Looking New

I already told you about Leather Nova's Leather Cleaner. It's a great cleanser for you vehicles interior. But what should you do with your leather once it's clean? To keep seats looking new you'll want to condition the leather. This is the second step in Leather Nova's line.

Leather Nova's Leather Conditioner is great for leather and vinyl surfaces. You can use it to restore leather surface or keep them looking fresh. Leather Conditioner is non-toxic and has a non-greasy formula. 

Before using the Leather Conditioner, make sure you have cleaned your leather first. The best option for cleaning the leather is with Leather Nova's Leather Cleaner. Allow the surface to air dry completely before continuing.

When you purchase your Leather Conditioner it comes with the yellow applicator shown above. Using this applicator apply a thin coat of the leather conditioner to your seats or any other leather surface you wish to condition or restore. Rub the conditioner on the surface in a circular motion. Let the conditioner sit on the surface for one hour then buff with a clean, dry microfiber cloth. 

If you are trying to restore leather that has not been maintained in quite a while, you may have to repeat the process to get desired results. Leather Nova recommends conditioning your leather once a month for best results. 

I live in MN, so getting in and out of our vehicle in the winter is sure to track in snow and moisture. This product is supposed to help your leather repel moisture, which will be very helpful to us in the coming months. 

I am very happy to have Leather Nova's Leather cleaning and conditioning line to keep my vehicles interior looking new. I highly recommend this product to anyone looking to maintain leather surfaces. My leather looks great and doesn't have that greasy feel. 

Leather Nova also sells a Cleanser/Conditioner combo (which also comes with an applicator sponge). Great for quick touch ups, but personally, I'd prefer to have the cleaner and conditioner separate. Cleansers are meant to remove everything and not leave a residue, conditioners are meant to adhere to the surface to help restore it. I don't feel that combining the two can give the best results. 

Leather Nova Leather Conditioner can be purchased on Amazon on sale for $15.97, normally $29.95.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Maintaining Leather Seats Despite Kids and Dogs

My husband got me a wonderful gift for my 30th birthday... an new van! Well, it was new to us anyway. When we got the van it was perfectly clean; no dust, no streaky windows, nice leather interior! It didn't take long before our new van looked lived in. Cracker crumbs, dog fur and dust were everywhere. While I could vacuum the carpeting, and wash the windows, I wasn't sure what to do with the leather. I almost used baby wipes, but figured I should have a cleaner specifically for leather.

Leather Nova sells a line of cleaner, conditioner and a cleaner/conditioner combo specifically tailored toward leather. Whether you'll be cleaning your vehicle seats, shoes, wallet or coat, Leather Nova will keep your leather items looking clean and renewed. 

Leather Nova's leather cleaner is easy to use. It comes in a spray bottle and includes a microfiber cloth. The cleaning process is easy. Start by spraying the surface you want to clean (or spraying the cleaner right onto a microfiber cloth) and massage in circular motion to lift dirt and debris. Then use a dry microfiber cloth to remove dirt and dust from the leather's surface.

This is what the cleaner picked up on the passenger side of my dashboard. I couldn't even tell it was that dirty. The cleaner is easy to use and very effective without harming my leather or plastic interior.

Leather Nova Leather Cleaner is made in the US. It is free of harsh chemicals which I love because I have three kids and a dog... all of which have the urge to periodically lick things. I know, it's gross! But at least I know my seats are clean and toxin free! 

After using the Leather Nova's Leather Cleaner it is best to follow up with the Leather Conditioner. There is also a combo Conditioner/Cleaner that can be used between for touch ups. I personally like to use a separate cleaner and conditioner. I feel that each has a specific purpose and work best on their own. 

You can purchase Leather Nova Leather Cleaner on Amazon currently for $16.95, normally $29.95.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.