Find a baby carrier that is right for you!

I have been fortunate to test drive Infantino products, so that I can report back to all my readers what our experience was. With Paityn turning one we choose a carrier that would hold our growing princess. Our top pick was the Wrap & Tie which gave us the hold we were looking for along with the support.

The wrap is very easy to use and can hold baby comfortably while Mommy does her errands. The bucket style seat makes it easy for baby to snuggle close to Mom for a safe ride. Paityn loves her carrier and we will post some pictures real soon showing her sitting pretty in her carrier. I love the veratility of it…I can even unload our dishwasher with her in the carrier.

Please see the chart below to choose the best carrier for your baby. We highly recommend the STYLISH WRAP AND TIE carrier by INFANTINO!

wrap & tie
3-in-1 design: face-in,
face-out and back carrier
suited for 8-35 lbs (3.6-15.9 kgs)

Buckle-free: just wrap, tie and go!
Natural bucket seat.
Easily adjusts for a perfect fit.
Wide & comfortable padded straps.
Super soft and breathable.



ECO SASH CARRIER

Another favorite pick of ours it the EcoSash Carrier by Infantino, which is stylish and has your comfort in mind. Form fitting and natural fitting which will keep your baby close and comfy!
As your baby grows you can adjust the position of the carrier in three different carrying positions. Walking out the door will be a breeze with the
detachable hood, reversable fabric, stylish prints, and extra padding.

With three kids to travel with it is nice to choose a carrier for Paityn instead of lugging a large stroller into every store we need to stop at.

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FIND THE CARRIER FOR YOU!

Slings
Slings
Pouch slings are an easy and compact way to carry your baby from newborn through age three and up to 35lbs. Pouch slings have become popular because they are simple to learn to use, don’t have any straps and buckles, and are easy to take along while running quick errands.

Positioning: cradle, hip and tummy-to-tummy

Ring Slings

Ring Slings
Ring slings help create a secure and adjustable pouch-like setting for your baby. Ring Slings are perfect for newborns all the way up to age three and/or 45 lbs. The ring sling is also a great sling for nursing.

Positioning: front and hip

Wraps

Wraps
Wraps have a simple design and can work for newborns up to four years old. Although the wrap might be a bit intimidating due to its one long piece of fabric, once taught how to use correctly, it can help you nurse your baby with ease while distributing weight evenly to avoid back and neck strain.

Positioning: front, back and hip

Mei Tai

Mei Tai
Based on traditional Asian baby carriers, the Mei Tai can be worn on both the front and back with your baby in an upright position. The two-shouldered design helps distribute your baby’s weight and the pack can be worn in the front in a tummy-to-tummy action or worn in a backpack style for back-to-tummy positioning. The carrier offers comfort and support to you and your baby.

Positioning: tummy-to-tummy, back-to-tummy and hip

Check out our Wrap & Tie

Front CarrierFront Carrier
A front pack carrier is specifically designed to sit on the front of your body. These types of carriers are suitable for babies once they can sit unsupported. It allows you to carry your child securely and close to your body while leaving your hands free. It is a comfortable and easy-to-use baby carrier, perfect for use during day-to-day activities. The baby can also face in or out, whichever way the two of you are most comfortable.

Check out our Easy Rider, Comfort Rider

Dual Carrier

Dual Carrier
Dual carriers are often structured soft carriers which keep their shape and form without being worn. These dual carriers can be worn in the front or back of your body. It is recommended that you carry your baby facing in until they are around 4 months old and their neck muscles are strong enough to hold their head up.

Check out our Front2Back Rider, 6inOne Rider

Framed Back Carrier
Framed Back Carrier
Framed Back Carriers are the most structured and supportive baby carriers on the market. These carriers feature padded shoulder straps and stiff waist/hip belts to provide both mom and dad with the most support. With a foundation taken straight from hiking backpacks, the framed backpack carrier allows your child’s weight to be distributed to the hips rather than your back and shoulders. This back carrier is perfect for your newborn (with insert) through preschool age up to 55lbs.

Infantino has a ton of great products that you and your baby will love.

Check out our posts! HERE and HERE

We did not receive money for this review. This is our opinion and only our opinion. We did receive this carrier in return for our thoughts and a review. Thanks to Infantino and Mom Central for the carrier.
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How often should I change my toothbrush! #InvisibleNasties

We have been working with our kids on how to brush their teeth correctly. We also learned that we need to change our toothbrushes every three months to avoid the INVISIBLE NASTIES! What are INVISIBLE NASTIES? They are the tiny germs that are all over your tooth brush. Did you know that flushing the toilet cause a spray that can reach your toothbrush?? YUCK!


Click on this banner to get your own reminders to change your toothbrush sent to your inbox. Colgate’s site offers a ton of information that will entice your children to keep their teeth and toothbrushes clean!

Check out my Whrrl story on my sidebar sponsored by Collective Bias!

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YOUR MAN NEEDS SLIX! (CONTEST)


One of the biggest complaints that my hubby has in life is that he can’t find a really comfy pair of underwear. One that really fits and will feel comfortable all day long. We have tried many pairs over the years that we have been married. None of them were good enough to brag about until we had an opportunity to try a pair of SLIX.

We thought the underwear that was sent to us would be just like all the others. NOPE!!! He actually was shocked at the comfort level and the fit. Russell told me that I need to put a bunch of these in his stocking this year. Just by feeling them you can tell that they made of high quality fabric. We highly recommend SLIX to all of our readers. Now most of our readers are women so now you know what to add to your holiday list.

A little about the company from their site!

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Slix exists to enhance the lives of professional men. We provide superior quality garments that deliver tangible benefits through a convenient, seamless customer experience.
OUR UNDERWEAR

We believe that being your best begins with what you put on first and take off last. Integrating technologically advanced textiles with cutting-edge designs, Slix delivers the most comfortable, fashionable and highest performing underwear for the professional man.

About Slix

Slix founder Greg Hall had been searching for underwear that fit his active professional and personal lifestyle for years. Traditional cotton underwear, with its shortcomings –it stretches out, retains moisture, comes untucked, and doesn’t move with you — just wasn’t cutting it.

Department stores still predominantly offered cotton underwear, differentiated only by brand and value. You could select the $52 pair with the designer label or the generic 3-pack for $12. Functionally, there was very little difference.

Athletic stores offered garments that utilized performance materials, but none that were designed with the versatility to meet the daily needs of an active professional. Hall wanted underwear that would not only be functionally superior to cotton, but also versatile enough to wear to the office, under jeans or shorts, working out, or under his board shorts at the beach.

There the idea was born: Slix would do for professional men what garment manufacturers had done for athletes a decade before – provide them with revolutionary products that fundamentally enhanced their comfort and performance.

Slix launched in November 2009 as an online, direct-to-consumer business with the mission to enhance the lives of professional men through superior products and exceptional service.

Get your Slix on.

Parents with Style highly recommends Slix!

If you would like to win a pair then here is what you need to do to enter our contest!
Click over to the Slix website and tell me what product is the most interesting product you found. Come back here and leave me a comment telling me about the product.
Don’t forget to leave your email address in the comment box.

For an additional 2 entries tweet this contest! Leave me the link.
For two additional entries Facebook the contest! Leave me the link.
Contest will end on Aug. 31st at 12pm est.

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LAST SONG CONTEST

My kids and my niece love Miley Cirus since is is everywhere. They were so excited to get to see the Blu-ray version of Last Song. You may want to bring some hankies for your tears..some from sadness and some for laughter. This movie is not the best movie in the world but is was cute and my daughter really liked it. Now my niece is 13 years old and really understood the teen relationship in the movie where my daughter didn’t have a clue except she knew when they were going to kiss and she would giggle. I think is a good movie for a rainy night when you have nothing else to do!

Miley Cyrus shines as the star of this heartwarming coming-of-age movie that will strike your emotional chords. Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks (Dear John, The Notebook), The Last Song follows Ronnie (Cyrus) and her estranged father as he tries to restore the loving relationship they once had. But reconnecting with his rebellious daughter isn’t easy, so he chooses the one thing they still have in common — music. Complete with not-to-be-missed bonus features — the Miley Cyrus music video “When I Look At You,” exclusive interviews with the actress and more — this uplifting and touching drama about family, first loves and second chances is a heartfelt story to you won’t soon forget.

Special Features

DVD & BD Bonus Features:
• Set Tour with Bobby Coleman – In this featurette, we’ll go on a behind-the-scenes guided tour, hosted by Bobby Coleman. This rambunctious eight-year old will bring his fans along as he does everything from interview Adam Shankman, Miley’s security team, to going on a seashell scavenger hunt. Audiences will have an all access pass to see how a film is made through the eyes of the new up-and-comer and star of The Last Song, Bobby Coleman.
• Making of the Music Video, “When I Look At You“ with Miley Cyrus – Go behind-the-scenes of the music video, “When I Look At You”. It will feature recording studio footage, b-roll from the set, interviews with Miley and crew, clips from the film and music video. Audiences will learn how the film’s motif, southern summer romance, is incorporated into feel and theme of the music video
• Miley Cyrcus Music Video: “When I Look At you”
• Audio Commentary – with Director Julie Anne Robinson and Co-Producer Jennifer Gibgot
BD ONLY
• Alternate Opening Sequence: The Church Fire (with optional commentary by director)
• Deleted Scenes (with optional commentary by director)
o Ronnie at the piano
o Steve & Ronnie at the beach
o Hospital montage
o Vegan cookies
o Juggling on the pier

Trailer

Widescreen

Playing in the Mud (film)

Widescreen

Beach Meeting (film)

Widescreen

He’s Not My Boyfriend (film)

Widescreen

Premise of the Video (bonus)

Widescreen

Hair (bonus)

Widescreen

Winner chosen via email this round from random.org. Congrats to: Ginny! We emailed you!

If you would like a chance to win your own copy of this movie then all you have to is follow me on twitter.com/ShandaBauman and come back here leave me a comment telling me and then tell me your favorite Miley Cirus song. Or email with your answer if you don’t want to leave a comment.

Contest will end on Aug.30th @ 12pm est.

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JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH REVIEW

While The Nightmare Before Christmas was already considered too dark and unconventional by some audiences, James and the Giant Peach reaches further levels of obscurity and sunlessness, conditions that are somewhat redeemed by cutting-edge visuals. With Tim Burton once again providing a watchful eye as producer, the film continues Nightmare’s use of his trademark visual style, which grafts quite well onto complex stop-motion animation. But some of Burton’s live-action films are too skewed for his adult audiences, so this children’s movie, directed by Henry Selick as an interpretation of Burton’s mind, will be lost on them, so far flung are the elements of Roald Dahl’s book and their twisted onscreen realization. A telling sign is that it’s rated PG rather than G. Nothing really shocking or gruesome happens, but the world depicted is ever so slightly grotesque, such that the characters never achieve the familiarity that makes them marketable to children as toys. Not that merchandising should necessarily be its goal, but it should at least aim for a spot in children’s memories outside of trippy fragments that come to them in dreams. The plot of Dahl’s fairy tale seems to result from throwing together random events and objects, almost a Mad Libs approach to narrative. There’s no doubt the visions of Dahl, Selick, and Burton come together with grand visual style and exhausting technical achievement, but what’s missing is the coherence that might make them magical. ~ Derek A.

CLICK HERE TO SEE CLIPS!

Our kids didn’t know what to think when they received this movie to review. After watching it the first time it was a hit with my kids. It reminds me of Corraline…kind of dark, erie, childish yet fun! We had a great movie night with the kids and they really enjoyed watching the peach grow so large. This is a great movie to put on your Holiday gift giving list since it is so affordable. The Blu-ray edition is the best the detail in the picture quality is phenoinal.
Shanda

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Teaching my kids how to brush their teeth!

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In past two weeks I have been working with my three kiddos on how to brush their teeth. Thanks to Collective Bias for offering my kids a shopping spree at our local Walmart. We went on a search for craft products that we can use to make our own version of INVISIBLE NASTIES!! What are INVISIBLE NASTIES you ask??? They are the tiny germs and particals that collect on your tooth brush. While teaching my kids how to brush their teeth, I also taught the about changing their tooth brushes every three months. Check out my Whrrl story on y side bar to see what we made.

ALSO CHECK OUT ALL OF THESE GREAT KID PAGES!

KORBYN LOVES BRUSHING HIS TEETH!

PAITYN BRUSHING HER 5 TEETH!

CHECK OUT ALL OF THIS INFORMATION THAT COLGATES SITE OFFERS! SEE BELOW!

INVISIBLE NASTIES!

Don’t give germs and bacteria a place to hide!

Germs and bacteria, or invisible nasties as we call them, can be a real danger to your smile. Dentists recommend that you change your toothbrush every three months. Studies show that after three months of normal wear and tear toothbrushes are much less effective at removing plaque from teeth and gums.

Sign up for toothbrush replacement reminders!

Toothbrush Tips

Colgate offers a complete line of toothbrushes, each designed to meet your specific oral care needs. As unique as each brush is, you can count on all of them to help remove dangerous plaque from teeth and gums. Improve the effectiveness of your brush and lower the chance of carrying harmful germs and bacteria by following the care tips outlined below.

How can I take care of my toothbrush?

Toothbrushes can harbor germs and bacteria, we call them Invisible Nasties. To keep your toothbrush and yourself healthy:

  • Make sure you let your toothbrush dry out between uses.
  • After using your toothbrush, shake it vigorously under tap water and store it in an upright position so that it can air out.
  • To prevent cold and flu viruses from being passed between brushes, try to keep your toothbrush from touching others when it is stored.

How often should I change my toothbrush?

Dentists recommend that you should change your toothbrush at least every three months.

Studies show that after three months of normal wear and tear, toothbrushes are much less effective at removing plaque from teeth and gums compared to new ones. The bristles break down and lose their effectiveness in getting to all those tricky corners around your teeth.

It’s also important to change your toothbrush after you’ve had a cold, the flu, mouth infection or a sore throat. That’s because germs can hide in toothbrush bristles and lead to re-infection.

How often should I brush my teeth?

Brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste has been proven to reduce the risk of tooth decay.

There are so any things that we can teach our kids and this is one of the best life lessons. Brushing their teeth with a clean tooth brush is the only way to go.

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TACO RACK a must have in every household!

So I just made a short video on our new TACO RACK…it rules! Please ignore my stove once again…Electrolux still has not sent me my new one! LOL! Anyways, the Taco Rack is the only way to serve tacos at my house. So simple and your tacos will actually be hot when you sit down to eat them. Nevaeh my daughter said, “these are the best tacos!” So you know if Nevaeh likes it, you will love it.
Another great part about this rack system, it is in-expensive and at $19.99 anyone can afford it. And most people set $20.00 limits for gift ex-changes over the Holidays. THIS IS PERFECT FOR THAT! Well, we love this system and it stores easily in the door and washes with ease also.

Step 1
Toasting the Shells
Assemble the Taco Rack/s & stand them on a flat baking surface.
Simply lay taco shells into the rack and place into oven.
Follow cooking instructions printed on your taco shell box.
Step 2
Adding Prepared Meats
Remove toasted shells from oven and spoon in your choice of meat filling with ease.
These are ground beef tacos, but ground chicken or turkey, shredded chicken or steak all work perfectly with the system and will taste delicious too.
Step 3
Topping With Cheeses
Top tacos with cheeses and return entire tray to oven. Leave in oven until cheese has melted.
Melting the cheese is what insures you will get a perfectly prepared hot crisp taco the first and every time.
Step 4
Garnishing the Tacos
Remove hot tacos from oven & top with assorted garnishes.
Serve tray directly to the table, perfect tacos ready to eat.
You control entire cooking and assembly process from start to finish.

Unique Toys! To get you and your kids to use your Imagination!

We have found the best toys to give this holiday season! You must check out Imagiplay! These toys are awesome. When we received this zoo puzzle from Owner Barbera Aimes..our daughter was jumping for Joy! She couldn’t even wait for me to get it out of the package. I have to admit, Mommy couldn’t wait either. So we worked on this puzzle together and had so much fun. Now our daughter is only 2-1/2 years old and she could not do it by herself yet. So we quized each other on the letter of the alphabet and the animal that was in my hand. So for everyone she got right we put that piece together until the whole puzzle was assembled. What a great bonding toy!
I already feel that too many of the toys that are out today take away from parent and child bonding. So the selection of toys at Imagiplay is perfect for their minds. Later on my husband came home and I caught him assembling the puzzle also. I had to giggle cause he was like a little kid at Christmas. FUN!!!

All of these toys stimulate a childs mind and gets them to think outside of the box. Most of the animals in the puzzle we received have already eaten their supper and traveled many places according to our daughter. So this is not just a puzzle but a world of make believe for your child.

Also, we received the elehant bookends! Wow! They are adorable. They are well built and sturdy. These will support all of your childs special books.

Facts
All of the toys are made from eco-friendly rubberwood.
Cardboard toys are made in the USA and us recycled cardboard.
These are great Heirloom quality toys.
Child Friendly, earth friendly and are Fair trade certified.
Here is a little about Barbera the Founder and President of ImagiPLAY!
Barbera Aimes launched Imagiplay in 1998 with the idea of manufacturing high-quality toys that inspire a child’s imagination while sharing with them her love of this magnificent planet we inhabit and the people and creatures upon it.
Creating products and practices that not only preserve our children’s planet, but teach our youngest set to do the same through example is our mission and our passion.
Our first line of toys was the classic ImagiBRICKS Giant Building Blocks. These award-winning blocks are made of recycled corrugated cardboard in the USA and have inspired countless hours of open-ended, imaginative play for many generations. These blocks are now available from our good friends at Smart Monkey Toys.
In 2004 we launched a line of wooden playsets and puzzles that immediately caught the toy world by storm. By utilizing a byproduct of the rubber industry, the Rubberwood tree, we were able to create a line of high quality, truly earth friendly hardwood toys that are designed to inspire, teach and add beauty to children’s lives.
We are committed to finding other materials to make high quality toys with minimal impact to the earth and producing our toys in a way that respects and benefits everyone involved in the process.

Well, all of us at Parents with Style highly recommend these toys for your little one.

Please check them out today at http://www.imagiplay.com/

Meaningful moments in life!

I love this blog! We get to meet so many wonderful people that really touch our lives in many different ways. When I heard from Pam at http://www.womenforhope.com/, it really made me remember not to take anything for granted. And how the support from friends, family and even strangers can make a huge difference in someones life. Her website reminded me of the time when my doctor found a lump in my left breast. (Sorry to be so candid, but it is life) I felt so scared and helpless…sitting there wondering if this was cancer. If I would have known about Pam and her Husband Tom’s website, I would have been on that non stop! What a wonderful supporting network. (Thank GOD it was not cancer)

I was also touched by Pam’s story! I want to share it with you!

Why we do what we do…..
Women For Hope has been a long time in the making. I, Pam Swider, have been through a lot in the last few years. I am now at a point in my life where I want to give back and help others as I have been helped. Together with my wonderful husband Tom, we have started Women For Hope.
To give you a little history, back in my early 20’s, I had moved down to Florida on my own for my first job out of college. It was a wonderful experience and I grew immensely as a woman and really found out who I was. However, there was one thing that happened that changed me forever. Right before I returned to my home state of Michigan, I was date raped. I blocked it out for over a year and when I started to remember via nightmares and flashbacks, I knew I needed help. I talked to my Mom and my sister and they helped as best they could, but I had to get professional help. I remembered seeing a public service announcement about an organization called RAINN. I found their website on the Internet and called the hotline – 1-800-656-HOPE. The counselor I talked to listened to me and directed me to the sexual assault center that started me on my long road to recovery.
I was also lucky enough to meet Tom. He has been involved in the prevention of violence against women and children. At the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, he worked at the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Hospital helping professionals to council children and teens who were sexually abused. Plus, he has been involved in the martial arts community for almost 30 years during which he has specifically taught both self-defense and rape-prevention techniques with one-on-one private lessons and with groups at various Martial Art Academies across the country. He also taught a self-defense class at the University of Michigan . He has been so supportive of what I have been through and he understands not only how hard the road to recovery can be, but how rewarding it is when you go from being a victim to a survivor.
And now….10 years, many hours of therapy, lots of support from loved ones, some bumps and bruises later, I can now call myself a survivor. One thing I have learned is knowledge is power and knowing you are not alone can mean everything. Women For Hope is a place where you can find out information, you can find out about organizations that help and you can buy some great products from a store that carries products that either are made by or support women. When you do, a portion of the proceeds goes to one of the charities that help women fight the fight every day.
So explore, get educated, ask questions… and buy yourself or someone you care about something special that gives back.
Thanks for visiting, Pam and Tom Swider

WOW! What a story! I would love for all of our readers to take some time to visit their site.

http://www.womenforhope.com/. There is so much information on the site such as….stories, shopping, good information to help you heal and charity information. (Plus much more)

You can also purchase awarness jewlery like this breast cancer awarness bracelet I have thanks to Pam. Handcrafted Swarovski crystal and sterling silver bracelet. They also offer earrings and necklaces that represent various awarness colors.

The best thing is the 10% of sales from the jewlery go to their charities listed on their site. How wonderful is that. Please take time to visit their site! And remember to send it anyone you know who is dealing with these types of issues and need a little more support.
Have a Blessed Day!
Shanda

Money Manager Check Card by DATEXX


I am always swiping my debit card everywhere and I can tell you it is easy to exceed my limit if I am not careful. Many times I run out to pick up some formula and diapers and I am thankful that I have my MONEY MANAGER CHECK CARD CHECKER! This awesome little invention helps me keep my money in check if you know what I mean. This little helper will keep my balance in front of my and at my fingers tips. What a wonderful idea for this holiday season…the perfect stocking stuffer at only $15.00 each.
I highly recommend getting one to all of my readers..don’t let the bank charge you another overdraft fee.
Highly recommended by Parents with Style.

FROM DATEXX
Check cards have become ubiquitous in American life. Hardly any American over the age of 18 doesn’t have a check card in their wallet or purse. And banks everywhere are smiling as a result. That’s because every time a consumer exceeds the balance in their check card account, they charge a penalty fee. And, unlike a check book, how many Americans actually check their check card balances before each purchase? Not many.

Datexx, a world leading developer of smarter living consumer products, has created the answer with the new Money Manager Check Card Tracker . Available for purchase at www.datexx.com for only $15.00, the Datexx Money Manager is like carrying an accountant in your pocket!

Ideal for every consumer, and mandatory for college bound students who face the challenge of managing a budget for the very first time, the Datexx Money Manager is, quite simply, the easiest and least expensive way to manage your daily expenses — so that you never exceed your budget! With Money Manager, consumers can keep tabs on their debit/check card balance. They can track and review up to 100 charges, withdrawals, and deposits with the touch of a button!

Check Your Balance Before Every New Purchase. Every time you turn on the Datexx Money Manager Check Card Tracker, your card balance is automatically displayed. When you make your next purchase, simply enter the purchase amount into the Money Manager Check Card Tracker and press “Pay.” You can then recheck your new balance by pressing the “BAL” (for Balance) key.

What’s more, the Datexx Money Manager Check Card Tracker is small enough to carry with you in your wallet or purse, making every day money management even easier because your check card and money tracker are now with you all the time!

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