Baby Mum-Mum Rice Rusks Review

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I was excited when Baby Mum-Mum reached out to Pray Run Live Love because their baby rice rusks were next on my list while shopping for the boys. We are always looking for different snacks, especially ones that offer a healthier alternative. If you’ve followed my blog for awhile you know that when I first introduced solids into Baby Baby’s diet, I made all his food. I really enjoyed knowing everything that went into his body. Of course over time and “grandma” visits, his diet isn’t always restricted to what I can make. So doing research and purchasing items that reflect a good diet is what I strive to do.BabyMumMum2

Now that I’ve begun the same process of making food for Little Little, I’m starting to introduce more healthier pre made snacks into his diet as well. We love Baby Mum-Mum Rice Rusks! Not only does Baby Baby eat them with peanut butter, Little little enjoys them too on their own. This past month I started adding snacks to his diet that he can feed himself with.  I was sent four flavors: original, original “fruit juice sweetened, no salt added,” banana, and carrot. Little Little liked all of them but favored “carrot” the most. The packaging is great and allows us to throw a few 2-pack mum-mums in the diaper bag for out ‘n’ about snacks. I could have seen Baby Baby really loving these snacks when we first introduced him to solids. They are lightly flavored and practically weightless. Since they quickly disolve while in your mouth, I’m not worried about the boys choking or eating too much. They are perfect for teething and introducing solid foods. I recommend Baby Mum-Mum to any child 3 and under.

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PROS:

  • lightweight
  • no mess
  • several flavors
  • naturally sweetened
  • made free of all 10 common allegies
  • individually wrapped 2-packs

 

CONS:

  • quick to snap apart

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The Second Year Review 

 

What a Year!! So, many new adventures!

What a Year!! So Much Love, My Heart Could Explode <3

I still can’t believe I’m blogging about the second year already. I reported a strong and healthy 2 year old during the two year checkup post but, didn’t add to some experiences.

 

From Exploring New Foods to Places =)

From Exploring New Foods to Places =)

This year has been amazing. Watching Baby Baby grow, learn and develop into an adventous toddler. As the year started out with our big move, it only has gone up from there. While my most exciting part of being back in California is familiar roads. The ability to share all the adventures that I grew up with along with so much more has been very rewarding.

 

Weekly Adventures to the Parks was introduced during the Second Year!

Weekly Adventures to the Parks was introduced during the Second Year!

I was able to introduce a few new products that helped our journey into the toddler world. I hope to share more as we enter the third year. I also ventured into vlogging which I enjoy a whole lot but, with family first and other priorities have slacked a bit =\ maybe that’s something I can add to my New Years resolutions.

During the Second Year, I weaned Baby Baby off from breastfeeding at 15 months. Which was a hard transition but, went smoothly with persistence and patience. It was great to see Baby Baby still have the connection with me that he did while breastfeeding but, also enjoying new liquids and foods.

 

Brushing those pearly whites, hanging with DaDa, Pool Days, and New Books!

Brushing those pearly whites, hanging with DaDa, Pool Days, and New Books!

Overall, this year has allowed Baby Baby to adapt to creativity, connect his first year discoveries with his second and look forward to the Parks as a weekly adventure.

The Two-Year Checkup

Today was Baby Baby’s two-year checkup. It’s crazy to think he’s almost two and it feels like yesterday, I was just blogging away for his first year review! As I mentioned before, I wanted to find a better fit for us since his 18-month checkup. So, I had to do a little research and work with our insurance to find a new pediatrician. I think his new pedi is great and she’s a lot closer to us as well. New surroundings kept Baby Baby preoccupied as we entered the medical center however, once we were in the office…even with toys, he had an idea of what was coming next =/ A fussy toddler was quickly weighed and marked for height. Drum roll please…..weighing in at 25 lbs and 35.5 inches tall, my silly goose is such a big boy now!!! Only a 1/2 inch more and he’s tall enough for some of the big kid rides at the Parks ;p

The Best!!! Such a Happy Boy!

The Best!!! Such a Happy Boy! When you get shots…you can have fried chicken ;p

He received two shots today that follows his vaccine schedule as well as some immediate blood work, that came back good. I think as a Mommy this check-up was a little harder than others. The last six months my schedule has changed drastically from where I was at all his other check-ups. I took it a little hard when I didn’t have all the answers for the pediatrician, even though my husband did. During the first year and a bit into the second, I was the one that would chart everything. I knew what made Baby Baby fussy while breastfeeding and exactly to the ounce how much he would drink. I really never thought I would find myself balancing so much. I guess what’s important is that he is always surrounded by family and loved ones and because of this, he is a very strong, bright, and independent toddler. I guess all I can do moving forward is get back on those spreadsheets, lol.

Having Fun at the Lego Store =)

Having Fun at the Lego Store =)

After his visit,  we ventured around the corner to the Mission Viejo Mall. Where we took advantage of grabbing an early dinner and letting Baby Baby run around. It’s some of our small adventures I cherish the most. Looking back at this year, if anything I’m happy to live somewhere my husband can be home every night, where we have the Parks ;p and of course, loved ones.

frogg toggs “Chilly Pad” Review

August has arrived and so has rising temperatures. I wanted to share one of my secrets to keeping cool and that involves frogg toggs “chilly pad!” It’s an amazing product that is so strange yet, convenient for it’s quirky idea and design. Today’s Vlog reviews the “chilly pad” and how we use it!

Enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel!!

Review Vlog #1 ~ Schwinn and Bell products!

Whoa….what a process this has been! I’m excited to announce my first Vlog is up! *note to anyone making this transition – don’t make your first vlog a review of “three” items ;p

This will always be an ongoing learning process, which I love! So, please go ahead and check out my channel:

Sassy Grow Up Cup

source: diapers.com

source: diapers.com

We love, love, love the Sassy Grow Up Cup! The transition between a Sippy cup to this 360 cup design was so smooth.  The cup comes in various sizes. We first started with the smallest (7 oz.) , which also includes a removable handle. However, The Grow Up Cup also comes in 9 oz. and 12 oz. The 360 design allows Baby Baby to sip from the cup like a big boy but at the same time no spill! I thought it would be tricky at first but, it only took one look at Mommy sipping and he knew exactly what to do! We’ve tried other brands (Nuby, Tommee Tippee) but, this is by far the best. The only con I’d say is cleanliness. You really have to pick and choose which juices or even if it’s water you pour in the cup. Nothing new though, just have to rinse shortly after every use. Baby Baby and Mommy approved, we both think every toddler or soon to be toddler can benefit from this cool 360 cup design =)

Grow Up Cup with one hand! Such a big boy!

water break at the park!

Grow Up Cup with one hand! Such a big boy!

Grow Up Cup with one hand! Such a big boy!

 

Pros: 

  • Allows Baby to learn how to use a cup
  • No spills
  • Easy options for grip
  • Different sizes for growth
  • Multiple color options

 

Cons:

  • Continuous cleaning ( whatever that really means, lol….there’s always something to clean with a toddler ;p )

 

Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Trike

source: Amazon.com

source: Amazon.com

I’m keeping my promise to writing more reviews so, here we are. This review also creates “The Second Year” in my “Must Have” section! YAY!!!

We’ve had our Radio Flyer Trike since December. It was one of Baby Baby’s Christmas gifts. Unfortunately with the move and the wonderful East Coast Winter weather ;P We were unable to use it until after the move. So, even though the box reads “9-Months +.” We went ahead and started using it around the 14-month mark. I found that it was still a little big for Baby Baby but nothing too uncomfortable. He was still able to reach the pedals and the shoulder straps were adjustable to keep him all snug in his seat.

Since the Trike is a “grow with me” product. We are currently using it in Step One. This step starts out with a steering handle that allows Mommy or Daddy to push Baby around. So far, he loves it. I think the freedom of open space from the BOB to the trike is great for short walks around the neighborhood.

Something not so fun is Baby Baby caught on to resting his feet on the pedals. This creates a clicking noise (first setting) that becomes annoying after about 5 minutes. It’s nothing that I would advise anyone to not purchase the trike but, it’s going to be a plus when Baby Baby can start to pedal himself. (second setting allows front wheel to move with use of pedals, which eliminates clicking.)

Another great feature is the umbrella, since it’s nice and sunny on our strolls to the park; it keeps a fair amount of sun out of Baby Baby’s face. It’s sturdy enough to hold up in the wind and gives you the option to collapse or remove the umbrella at your own convinience. The handle bars that Baby Baby uses is a bit tricky and has been our only ongoing issue with the Trike. It never quite stays straight with the alignment of the front wheel. I believe in the way we use it. It’s so that Baby Baby can feel like he’s moving the trike even though it’s being controlled by the parent. I’m sure we’ll see how well the steering wheel will work once we move onto the next step.

Source: Amazon.com

Source: Amazon.com

Here is a list of the steps: 

Step 2: Allows Baby to use pedals while still giving parent full control. Also, able to remove tray which supports Baby.

Step 3: Remove Umbrella

Step 4: Remove parent steering handle and allow child to ride trike on their own.

Honestly, I feel this Trike is a two-step process, either full parent control or not. The steps just allow additional features for comfort. Overall, we love it so far. It works for our strolls around the block and to the park or pool. I wouldn’t recommend using it in replacement of a stroller.

Pros:

  • Grow-with-me options (9-months – 5 years)
  • Allows Baby to understand cause/effect
  • Teaches Baby/Child to learn how to ride a trike
  • Small storage space in the back of trike; great for keys, wallet, or snacks!
  • Sippy cup holder on tray (Step One)
  • Reasonable price for solid quality trike
Baby Baby!! Such a big boy!

Baby Baby!! Such a big boy!

Cons:

  • Assembly is required (get those Mommy muscles out)
  • Clicking noise when Baby’s feet rests on pedals
  • Angle of handlebars in Step One mode

 

Baby Baby and his Trike: Back View

Baby Baby and his Trike: Back View