Phone Juice on The Go {Giveaway}

I have a hard time deleting the monstrous amounts of everyday images on my phone. They string together like a silent family movie, and despite backing them up, I’m afraid that they’ll somehow become lost forever if I hit that trash button.  Most of us know what it’s like to suffer through a phone going dead during an important time – or even tap that blank screen in hopes of finding an ounce of juice left.

I’ve learned the importance of investing in a portable charger and rarely leave home without one.  PureGear recently sent me the PureGear Powerbank 10,000 mAh.  At $59.99 it’s $20 less than the external battery charger sold to me at my local Verizon, and it offers more than double the mAh.  With dual USB ports to accommodate charging two phones or 1 tablet for up to 40 additional hours of talk time.

I like the fact that it’s small enough to fit into the palm of my hand and powerful enough to get the job done efficiently.

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PureGear’s Powerbank 10,00 mAh has proven to be capable of firing up my drained phone a few times and even have juice left to share with my husband or a friend.  You’ll like the fact that it comes pre-charged, and the LED lights give an idea of how much power is left.  It’s a lifesaver for commuters and multi-tasking parents on the go like me!

Win It: We like PureGear’s Powerbank 10,000 mAh so much that we’ve teamed up with PureGear to give one away.  Simply enter via the rafflecopter below and the winner will be displayed on the widget next week.  Entry methods are verified –  Best of luck!

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In The Nursery With Simmons Kids || Sunday Swoon

We’re always happy to share swoon-worthy designs at affordable prices.  Especially when it comes to those big purchases like cribs and nursery furniture.


The new Simmons Kids Rowen Collection merges timeless design with heirloom-quality construction  – at prices that won’t break the bank.  With clean lines and grooved details – we adore the Rowen Collection’s cool gray color (also available in black espresso).  The crib’s availability to convert to a toddler, day-bed or full-size bed (yes FULL SIZE BED!) makes it a smart purchase over time.  And since Simmons Juvenile Furniture is a division of Delta – their products are held to the same rigorous safety standards.  Can you guess the crib’s price point?  It’s only $299.99! Shop the entire collection, exclusively at target from $24.99 to $299.99.BeautyRest_Black_2a[2]

We recently learned about mattresses with dual-sided technology – also from Simmons Kids.  Simply flip the Beautyrest® Black Misty Nights Infant & Toddler Mattress over to take your little one from crib to toddler bed.  Featuring 231 luxury Pocketed Coil® springs, a Argetum+® woven cover with moisture wicking technology, plus AirCool™ gel memory foam on the toddler side for a cool, comfortable sleep. Just like Simmons Kids Furniture – this is a mattress that will effortlessly grow with your baby over time.

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Cold Weather Favorites || Sunday Swoon

To school and back. On the subway.  After the play-date.  Just a few more blocks. You can do it kiddos!!!

We cover a ton of ground – whether we want to our not. Our lifestyle simply requires it.  Scooters have been the perfect transportation for kiddos that can’t handle a ton of walking but are forced to hustle.  Frigid temps are clearly on the way, and the kids will be scooting as long as it’s safe. I think we still have a bit of time until the sidewalks freeze over and I’m making sure that everyone is well bundled to handle the winter months.

We’ve been keeping little hands warm thanks to the ingenious folks at 7 A.M ENFANT.  Their Kids WarMMuffs™ are brilliantly insulated with ultra-protective heat-retention fibers and soft fleece lining. They efficiently trap in heat, and I’m pretty sure that they are equipped with some sort of anti-whine technology.

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I happen to love that the Kids WarMMuffs™ snugly attach to scooters with a secure velcro fastener.  Since they “live” on the scooters – it’s one less thing for me to remember – or have to search for – which can be a challenge if a mitten-eating monster resides in your home too.

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We’ve gone from baby to big-kid with 7 A.M. ENFANT.  Although I’m admittedly mourning the fact that I won’t be cocooning a stroller-strapped toddler in a 212 evolution this winter – I’m grateful that cold scoots are warmed up for my kids on the go.

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Favorite Baby Products

Thank you Huggies Little Snugglers and Latina Bloggers Connect for sponsoring this post.  Content and opinions, as always, are my own.

We’re wrapping up a long term partnership with Huggies and have had a chance to share thoughts on motherhood and favorite DIY projects that otherwise may have gone unwritten.  The partnership also reaffirmed my obsession with wipes – the wonder product that is still very much needed to clean up the messy evidence of life well-lived with littles!  I’m often asked about my favorite baby products since I frequently preview new-to-the market options.  And sometimes, it can be a challenge to sift through the mountain of baby gear to determine what’s truly needed.  Fellow moms are often a wealth of information when it comes to this stuff – but it ultimately comes down to lifestyle and personal preferences.  Here are a few of my steadfast favorites.



A great baby carrier was heavily relied on – and I fell in love with a specific baby wash.  Teeny diapers with an umbilical cord cutout took care of those precious early days, and Huggies Little Snugglers are still among our favoritesWe would have never survived NYC winters without great stroller buntings and found many uses in ultra soft swaddles.  As the kiddos grew, I saw the value in products that grow with children, while fitting ascetically in our home.  I’ve held on to many of the keepsake simple wooden baby toys –  and treasure the stories that have been well-read over the years.

Huggies is helping to make registry wishes come true via the  Huggies Little Snugglers Registry Relief.  Enter to win your dream registry here. Best of luck to all! xx


Dyson DC59 Motorhead – Bagless Cordless Vacuum || Sunday Swoon

Once in a while, we are introduced to a product that we can’t help but describe in glowing-superlatives.  Enter Dyson’s DC59 Motorhead.  A cordless (yes cordless!), bagless vacuum boasting Olympic-level suction power in its under five pound body.

While we were once more inclined to grab a dust-pan and broom to tidy up quickly – the efficient Dyson DC59 Motorhead allows us to cleanup with minimal effort.  We simply take it off the included charing port mounted to the kitchen wall and stick it back in place when finished.  It has removed the time-commitment that previously came along with vacuuming because there is no cumbersome body, cords to unravel or disgusting bag to change. Dyson DC59 Motorhead cordless vacuumThe straightforward bagless clear receptacle can be opened with the touch of a button to dispose of dust and remnants collected while cleaning.  We happen to find it gratifying to see the gunk collection along the way and not have the particles live inside the vacuum for an extended period. We simply toss after each cleaning.

The DC59 Motorhead, like the name implies, has a motorized head-piece packed with the sort of power that surpasses most standard uprights.  We have found the vacuum to be perfect (yes perfect!) for our small space and lifestyle.  Time is no longer wasted vacuuming the same spots over and over again because Dyson’s DC59 Motorhead conquers dust on the first swipe. Unlike our previous vacuums – this one isn’t a clunky eyesore, and the slim profile is incredible space saving.  And we are now vacuuming more than ever in small increments!  The versatile included attachments allow the vacuum to morph easily into a hand-held to access hard to reach corners and the interior of our car.

Dyson DC59 MotorheadMy husband – the vacuuming pro – doing a demo at his parents’ house. 

While the 25 minute battery life has been suitable for us –  I do wish that there was an option (perhaps an optional chord?) to extend the life for die-out during a cleaning session (it takes about 3.5 hours to fully re-charge).

At $549, the Dyson DC59 Motorhead is an investment – but one that we believe is worth the cost in the long run.  The efficiency, versatility and slim profile has transformed our cleaning regime – and the kiddos can even use it too!

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Expectant Mama Gift Guide + Diono Radian® RXT Car Seat Giveaway

This season, I’m partnering with a bunch of great brands to share some of our favorite products, holiday gift suggestions and incredible giveaways.  We’re kicking the gift guide season off with an expectant mama focus and an exciting giveaway with Diono!

Diono Radian RXT

  • Give Mama Peace of Mind with Diono: Diono‘s Radian®RXT Convertable + Booster car seat provides outstanding safety and security.  Premium materials and superior safety including a steel alloy frame (yes STEEL!), aluminum reinforced side walls, energy absorbing EPS foam, and a five-point harness.  Parents can rest assured that their little ones are transported safely and soundly with Diono.  Suitable from 5 to 120 pounds (allowing for comfortable rear-facing from 5-45 lbs, forward-facing from 20 – 80 lbs in a 5-point harness, and converts to a booster for children up to 120 lbs) – the Radian®RXT will carry your kiddo from big to little in unmatched safety.  This car seat folds flat for travel and is FAA certified for aircraft travel.  We love that the Radian®RXT is incredibly comfortable for our picky six year old.  The low-sitting profile is easy to climb into and it is a product that we can recommend for families of three or more – as the innovative design accommodates a three across fit in most mid-sized vehicles!  
  • Stylish Engraved Bracelets by Hope Page: Bracelets by Hope Paige designs offer a stylish way for mom to stay safe with a variety of unique accessories. Comprised of gorgeous beading, leather bands and sterling silver charms, each bracelet comes customized for the wearer and is available in a plethora of color combinations. Hope Paige developed their first medical bracelet for a teen disappointed with clunky, old fashioned medical identification bracelets that were the only option offered at that time. Shortly after, an entire line of fashionable, medical emergency bracelets for men, women, boys and girls emerged.   Developed initially to raise awareness of breast cancer, Hope Paige quickly branched out to help other organizations raise awareness.  Today, Hope Paige partners with Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Kids With Food Allergies, The College Diabetes Network and many others.
  • A well-nourished bundle of joy with Be Well Rounded! Prenatal system by Healthy Mama Brand: If you’re trying to conceive, are pregnant or breastfeeding – Be Well Rounded! Prenatal system provides 17 essential prenatal vitamins and minerals in easy to swallow soft gel caps. They contain chelated minerals which are more easily absorbed (Ferrochel® Iron) and reduce the instance of unpleasant things like gastric upset and nausea. The DHA supplement is naturally enteric-coated which creates efficiency delivering the Omega-3 and eliminates the dreaded fish burp. Omega-3 is important in supporting healthy fetal brain and eye development during pregnancy and nursing and will pass through the milk during nursing to continue its mission.
  • Sip healthy nutrients with delicious Bump Water: Healthy babies start with healthy women and  folic acid works hard to give your baby the best start possible. Getting enough folic acid is critical to healthy development and tasty Bump water is packed with it.  We had such a great time taste testing these yummy sparling beverages!   They are perfect for the expecting mom looking for a refreshing beverage with benefits. Stock the expecting mama’s fridge with these drinks and she’ll get the added benefit of folic acid-and a bunch of other baby-nourishing vitamins.

Win It!

Diono is generously giving-away one Diono‘s Radian®RXT car seat to one lucky winner ($339.99 value)!  To enter, please visit the rafflecopter below.  Please note that this giveaway is open to U.S. only, and entries are verified.  Best of luck!

Diono Radian RXT convertible Booster Car Seat

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Marino Bambinos received samples. Please consult your Dr. for all medical advice.