Newborn Parenting Advice + Dreft Giveaway #Amazinghood

Some Simple Newborn Parenting Advice from a First Time Mom! 

This post and giveaway were made possible by iConnect and Dreft. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine

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I am a first time mom, to my sweet little guy Clay! He just turned 6 months old on the 20th of this last month! The first few months were a complete blur from sleep exhaustion and just all the changes that took place. Our little guy spent a whole week in the NICU as he was diagnosed with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, he is a salt waster. It can be life threatening, and we almost lost him. He is now doing extremely well and thriving! We are truly blessed to have this little man in our lives!

I thought it would be fun to share some newborn parenting advice to help all you first time parents out! There were so many things I had to learn along the way, it was crazy!

Tips for First Time Parents 

Learn as You Go: I thought reading all the parenting books out there would help me know it all, but there is so much you have to learn as you go. Every child is different so what works for some parents may not work for your baby. So, take a deep breath and you will make it through!!! I promise!

Accept Help: Have you ever heard that saying, it takes a village to raise a child…. that is no joke!! They are a lot of work, especially the first few months. You have all the feedings around the clock, diaper duty, and regular household chores. Accept help from loved ones, it truly will save you! Don’t try and be a hero!

Freeze Meals: This is one I say is a must. You think it only takes a short time to whip up a meal, but when you are holding a newborn and trying to work around naps and feedings you have little to no time. Get some freezer meals ready! It helps so much! I did like lasagna, sausage balls, hot pockets and such. Also if you want buy quick meals that take little to no time.  My little guy made me hold him with every nap, he hated sleeping alone and still does.

Dreft DetergentDreft Detergent: A lot of my niece and nephews suffered from eczema really bad, so that was a big advice tip I received! Buy Dreft for the baby clothes and such! It is the number 1 detergent choice from pediatricians and dermatologist! Their skin is so sensitive, you really have to protect it! As babies grow and develop, laundry needs change for both little ones and their families, which is why Dreft introduced a line of laundry products that are specially designed for different stages of babyhood.

Just Breath: If you are not blessed with a perfectly happy baby non-stop, you might get super overwhelmed at times. I remember days, Clay would  be screaming for hours, as he had colic. I tried everything I found on the web and nothing helped, and I just sobbed. In those moments take a few deep breaths, it will get better and soon he/she will stop crying and it will get better. Or if you feel beyond exhausted, breath because in a few months they won’t eat as often, sleep longer, and you will begin to feel less like a zombie!

Do What You Can: Make sure not to over do it. Having a baby is super hard on your body, and your wore out just from that. Leave the dusting and vacuuming and just rest when you can. Don’t feel everything has to be in tip top shape. People will understand, any parent out there knows how hard it can be.

Zip Up Pajamas: These are my favorite for those late night diaper changes. They are so quick, they beat buttoning up the whole bottom each time. Clay screamed his head off, so being able to unzip and re-zip quickly was a lifesaver!

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Dreft Partnering with Reality TV Couple Sean and Catherine Lowe! 

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Dreft is partnering with popular reality TV couple Sean and Catherine Lowe from “The Bachelor” to celebrate their new role as expectant parents and share their beautiful, messy journey of “amazinghood.” First off let me just say I am a HUGE, I mean HUGE fan of The Bachelor!!! I loved watching Sean’s season, he was one of my favorite bachelors to date! One item on their must have, is Dreft detergent!

Dreft blissfulsI truly love the new scent In Wash Scent Booster, it helps give a nice scent to his clothes! I love pulling his clothes out of the washer and smelling them, they smell like a newborn baby! I know I will always love this scent as the years pass. When you smell something you smelled for so long, it can bring back so many memories by one whiff. Dreft has different stages of detergent, newborn and active baby. Clay uses the stage 2, and it is amazing, really fights those food stains!

Stage 2: 

  • Helps remove 99% of baby food stains
  • Helps remove dirt and grass stains for your crawling baby
  • Specially made for your developing, active baby
  • Baby Fresh Scent keeps your baby smelling like, well, a baby

Giveaway: 

1 Lucky Reader will Win a Dreft Prize Pack, includes 2 detergents, in wash booster, outfit, and bib set ($75 value)! This giveaway is open to US residents only, and will end on 5/15 at 11:59 p.m. Est. I will choose the winner using Rafflecopter, which draws a winner at random. I will contact you via email, and you will have 48 hours to respond with your contact information or I will then choose a new winner. ChicnSavvy Review’s is not responsible for prize fulfillment if the sponsor fails to ship prize. Allow 6-8 weeks for prize delivery.

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Open Season Scared Silly Released 3/8 + WIN a Prize Pack with DVD

Open Season: Scared Silly Is a MUST SeeOpen Season Scared Silly

If you are looking for a movie with lots of laughs check out Open Season Scared Silly! If you love Open Season you will love Scared Silly!! During a round of campfire tales Boog (who has never been the bravest bear) gets even more spooked by a monster story that Elliot tells. Of course, Elliot always has a plan and decides to help Boog by “scaring the fear” out of him! Thus begins a journey of friendship and overcoming fear with tons of laughs along the way!
This new movie is packed with laughs, beloved characters and heart, Open Season: Scared Silly is a must-own for the entire family! Bring home this hillarious adventure on March 8th!
I loved the original Open Season, I remember watching it years ago and loved it to pieces. I laughed so much and I have to say I love this movie just as much! It doesn’t let you down, has a great story line and is family friendly! I know Clay is a little young still to enjoy the movie fully, but I know it will be one we watch many times over the years! Elliot is my favorite in this movie for sure, hands down!
Scared Silly Prize Pack
Plus one lucky reader will win this prize pack that is featured above, which is totally awesome! It would make any kid so excited to receive all these fun items! Make sure to enter this awesome giveaway!

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Pre-Order a copy of Open Season: Scared Silly today! It will be available March 8, 2016!

Giveaway: 

1 Lucky Reader will Win the Open Season: Scared Silly Prize Pack pictured above! This giveaway is open to US residents only, and will end on 3/12 at 11:59 p.m. Est. I will choose the winner using Rafflecopter, which draws a winner at random. I will contact you via email, and you will have 48 hours to respond with your contact information or I will then choose a new winner. ChicnSavvy Review’s is not responsible for prize fulfillment if the sponsor fails to ship prize. Allow 6-8 weeks for prize delivery.

 

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VeggiesTales In The House Exclusive to Netflix + Giveaway

I received this item as a promotional item. This is not a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% my own. 

VeggieTales In The House

If you are a VeggieTales fan you will be excited to hear this fun news. On November 26th, VeggieTales In The House was released  exclusively on Netflix! VeggieTales is a fath-based children’s entertainment show, that will teach your children as well a few laughs! I love VeggieTales, it is such a fun show, and I love how cute all the Veggie Characters are!

In this new series, each episode is 22 minutes, and full of important life lessons, designed to please both young viewers and longtime fans. Each episode includes brand new songs and of course the famous closing phrase that has been at the heart of VeggieTales from the beginning: “God made you special, and He loves you very much.”

I love Netflix, I have been a member for years! If you are unfamiliar you can watch tv series like this, and movies by streaming them on your tablet, computer, or tv. I have a Roku and it allows me to stream it on my television, I have quite a few tv series I watch as well as movies. It is a great thing to have if you enjoy watching tv and movies! Plus they have a kid section, so your kids can choose from a wide selection of movies or tv series to watch that will keep them entertained!

VeggieTales HotlineWe all know it can be a challenge to get kids to eat their vegetables. But it’s a cinch to get them to call their Veggies!

  • Find out just how easy it is by dialing the all-new VeggieTales Holiday Hotline, created in conjunction with the equally all-new series VEGGIETALES IN THE HOUSE, available exclusively on NetFlix Nov. 26.
  • Just call toll-free, 1-844-2-VEGGIES (or, if you’re more numerically inclined, that’s 1-844-283-4443). Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber are manning the phones 24 hours a day, telling jokes, singing songs, sharing Scripture and even providing recipe tips to families all across the U.S.

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You can watch VeggieTales In the House series on Netflix now. This is exclusive to Netflix only.

Giveaway: 

1 Lucky Reader will Win a gift card for 3 Free Months of Netflix! This giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only, and will end on 12/14 at 11:59 p.m. Est. I will choose the winner using Rafflecopter, which draws a winner at random. I will contact you via email, and you will have 48 hours to respond with your contact information or I will then choose a new winner.

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Check out My New Contributing Bloggers

Contributing BloggersHey everyone!! I just wanted to give you a bit of an update!! I added a few Contributing Bloggers to my team and I wanted to share with you!! I added a DIY Craft Guru, A Few Mommy Bloggers, and A Recipe Blogger! I am so happy with each and everyone of them, and I hope you enjoy their posts as well!!

Ann Ray is the Recipe Blogger. She has been doing some post here and there! She is really great at creating recipes that look so delicious!! She owns a motel, which is similar to a bed and breakfast, so she cooks a lot of meals for her guest! She has a blog Rays Retreat Ramblings if you want to check out her site!!

Julie Kelley is my Crafts Blogger. She does a lot of scrapbooking and paper crafts! She has been published online and in print magazines and books! I have to say she is really talented, and does an amazing job on her crafts! She also has a blog JulieK, where she shares more about her, does tutorials, and so much more!!!

Danielle Fleske is a Mommy Blogger.  She has 2 adorable little girls, and will be starting to do reviews on mom/kid products soon! I have known her for a few years, as my husband is friends with her husband! I have to say she is so nice, and very friendly! I know you guys will just love her!! Her blog is The Fleske Family, where she talks about her family and life!

Kathryn Flamme is another Mommy Blogger. She has 2 blogs, where she writes about life, does product reviews,  recipes, and more! She has done a couple reviews and giveaways on my site already! She writes fabulously and is very creative! She actually has 2 blogs of her own! One is Mommy Uncensored and then the other is Baby Dash!

 Jessie Akos is another mommy blogger!! She blogs at Parenting is a Big Deal! It is full of the life of being a mommy, tips and chat, along with so much more!! I think you guys will really enjoy her, she is very fun!

I am still open for another DIY Crafter, and Recipe Blogger! So If you are interested feel free to contact me to talk more about this! Email: kelseylouiseapley@gmail.com

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Win a Pair of Ahnu Crissy’s Style Shoes + Review

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Our product goal is to achieve uncompromising footwear performance. We work with leading biomechanists, designers and athletes to develop footwear that will provide the appropriate balance of traction, grip, flexibility, cushioning and durability for a variety of outdoor activities whether on trails, beaches or sidewalks.

Ahnu pioneered Numentum™ Technology; a neutral positioning system engineered to encourage your foot’s natural biomechanics. It is designed to center and guide the foot to promote an efficient, stable and balanced stride.

From our factory standards, to the use of certified post-consumer recycled fibers in our catalogs and packaging, our commitment is visible throughout all aspects of our brand.

Ahnu Crissy Shoes

I received a pair of Crissy Style of Ahnu Shoes for review! I love the style of these shoes, they are different then other shoes I see around here. Plus, they are extremely comfortable, and they look cute. They have 4mm rubber skin, and an Antimicrobial sockliner. That is something that I don’t see in other brands.

I love the elastic bands that are on these shoes, they really add some good character as well as making sure my shoes stay on! These are perfect for this wonderful Spring and Summer weather that is upon us! I am pretty impressed with these shoes and such. I recommend trying out these shoes, and other style of shoes Ahnu has to offer.

Where to Purchase:

Click Here to head over and shop the Ahnu line of shoes. You can grab a pair of Crissy shoes for $100. They also have other great looking shoes up for grabs.

Giveaway Prize: 

1 Lucky Reader will Win a Pair of Crissy Style Ahnu Shoes. This giveaway is open to US residents only, and will end on 4/13 at 11:59 p.m. Est. I will choose the winner using Rafflecopter, which draws a winner at random. I will contact you via email, and you will have 48 hours to respond with your contact information or I will then choose a new winner.

 

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