IncrediBundles Diaper Subscription

I was gifted this product in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you, Incredibundles, for supporting this blog.

This summer has felt like baby season. Right now, I have four baby shower invitations on my fridge. I love shopping for baby products. Everything is so small. Everything is so soft.  I want to buy it all.  As a mother of four, I know that the best baby shower gift you will ever get is diapers. Let’s be real, every baby needs them, and they are by far one of the most useful baby gifts you can give.

This is where IncrediBundles comes in! IncrediBundles is an online company that has the best baby shower gifts around. They have different bundles to choose from. You can get a Toy Bundle, or a Book Bundle, Sleep or even a Bath Bundle. You also have the option to create your own Custom Bundle.

By far, my favorite product they offer is the Diaper Subscription, although they also have a Wipes Subscription that comes in a close second.

Whether you are ordering for yourself or a friend, ordering is quick and easy and your order will be shipped right to your front door.

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To order, go to their website IncrediBundles.com.

YOU select the subscription length {3,6,9 or 12 month diaper subscription)

IncrediBundles will send out an announcement package.

Guys, this package is adorable! It contains a reusable storage container, which is perfect for storing diapers, wipes or even toys. A premium quality teddy bear, which is the softest teddy bear you have ever felt. It will come with a few diapers and a certificate for the parents-to-be to redeem their gift.

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I really love this gift idea because the parents can decide which brand and size of diapers they would like, and they are delivered right to their door.

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IncrediBundles sent me a Welcome Package, to review.   I was able to look through the package as well as get online and place an order with the certificate that was included. The website was extremely easy to navigate and it took me maybe a total of five minutes to go through the process.

  • You simply register and create an account.
  • Once the account is created, click on the diaper bundle.
  • Put in the activation code and order number.

TaDa! A few simple steps and you have just ordered the best baby shower gift of all time!

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Giveaway Time!!!

I have teamed up with IncrediBundles to giveaway a 3-month diaper subscription!!! THREE MONTHS!!! How amazing is that?!?

To enter for a chance to win, follow these steps

  1. Follow @incredibundles_babygifts and @haylee_and_co on Instagram.
  2. Like and tag two friends in the comments of @Haylee_and_Co’s giveaway post
  3. Bonus entry, leave a comment on this blog post.

The winner will be chosen June 25th

Good Luck!

XOXO-Haylee

 

Do I Like My Child’s Teacher? Not Really.

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I knew my sweet little Max would have a hard time transitioning into a full-time student his  kindergarten year. He was the kind of kid who loved arts and crafts, sports and games. Sitting still and being quiet was not his thing. Being told he was doing something wrong hurt his feelings, which in turn made him angry. The entire summer before school started I worried.

The school year started and I signed up to be the room mom  hoping my constant  presence in the classroom would help him. I tried everything I knew how to do to help him like school. I read all the books. I read all the blogs. I asked advice from my friends. Nothing seemed to help.

A typical day in the life of kindergarten Max went something like this:

I would try to get him dressed for school, but he would hide under his bed, just out of my reach. I would beg and plead and bribe him to get dressed. I would go to the kitchen to get his backpack and down the stairs Max would come with his pajamas back on. Some days he said he hated school and didn’t want to go. Somedays he pretended he was sick. Everyday was a battle.

He came home from school crying at least once a week saying he had had a bad day. Sometimes I got calls from his teacher saying the same thing.

He had a great teacher. I really liked her and spent so much time in the classroom, we became good friends. Even still, Max struggled.

Summer came and it felt like the weight of the world had been lifted off both of our shoulders. We enjoyed every last drop summer had to offer.  In the back of my mind was the nagging fear of what first grade had in store for us.

The first time we met Mrs. Reiber, was a week before Max started first grade. Max and I went in for a reading assessment…. he cried the entire way there. She is just one of those people who emulates warmth and kindness.  He visibly calmed in her presence. I liked her immediately.

The first day of school came and Max was pretty hesitant to go, but we had no major problems. After school he said his day was “fine”.  The next morning he was dressed and ready for school before breakfast. He never again cried before school. He never again said he hated school.

He came home everyday saying his day had been “really good”. He always told me the funny things Mrs. Reiber did. He told me the books she read to him. One day he came home visibly beaming because Mrs. Reiber had told him that he was a good reader. He was always drawing her pictures or making her cards. Getting homework  done was no longer a fight. He wanted to do his homework and he wanted to do it well, so Mrs Reiber would be proud of him.

At Thanksgiving that year, we went around the table saying things we were thankful for and Max’s response was his teacher. I was thankful for her too.  So thankful.

He grew leaps and bounds his first grade year. He was reading at grade level. He was happier. He loved school. He was excited to learn. He was everything I had tried so hard to help him become.

On the last day of school Max was devastated he wouldn’t get to have Mrs. Reiber as a teacher anymore. He talked about her all summer. That was the summer he started telling me he wanted to be a teacher when he grows up.

Two years later, Alexa is now in Mrs. Reibers class. Same story, different kid. She adores her teacher. She wants to cut her bangs like Mrs Reiber’s . She reads to me at night and holds the book the way Mrs Reiber holds books. Everyday, the first thing out of her mouth is “Mrs Reiber thinks this…” or “Mrs. Reiber does that…”.  She always wears her black shoes because Mrs Reiber said they were cute. One night, I was tucking Alexa into bed and she said ” I love you Mom, but I love Mrs. Reiber too”.

So why would I not like this Mother Teresa of a teacher? Because saying I like her seems too  inadequate of a statement for someone who has had such a deep impact on my children.  I have so much love in my heart for this teacher who taught Max the only thing I have ever truly wanted him to learn… to love school, to love learning and to love himself.

Mrs Reiber,

I stand in awe of you.  You have had the most important job. You have had the hardest job. You have walked the delicate line of mother, teacher, and friend everyday in your classroom.  You have been a nurturer of little spirits. For a year of his life, you were who Max  wanted to share his hopes and dreams with. You were the one he looked up to everyday.  Thank you for your dedication, your passion, your love and your stability. You have inspired thousands over the course of your career. Enjoy your retirement!!

Sincerely,

Haylee

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Top 5 Things to Do With Children Who Have Food Allergies

Top 5 Things to Do With Children Who Have Food Allergies

Eleven years ago, I sat at an allergists appointment with my two-year old, and listened as the doctor told us he was severely allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. Foreign words like anaphylaxis, Epi-Pens, and emergency action plans were being thrown at me.  I was frozen in fear looking at my sweet toddler and his red, swollen back.  I knew he could never eat peanuts or tree nuts, basically any nut ever again, but other than that, I had no idea what to do.

Over the next few months, checking ingredients on packages became second nature. I knew which brand of chocolate chips I could use and what restaurants were safe. We had Epi-Pens and Benadryl on hand everywhere we went. We educated our family members and babysitters on how to keep Owen safe. I pretty much felt we had this whole food allergy thing under control… and then he started kindergarten.

We live in an amazing school district which happens to be peanut free. Teachers and office staff are trained to administer Epi-Pens. Our Allergist gave us an emergency plan to have in place while Owen was at school. I even bought a book called Allie the Allergic Elephant and had his teacher read it to the class on the first day of school to help educate the children.

Even with all of those safety nets in place, I was still a nervous wreck every time he left the house. Food allergy scenarios flooded my mind constantly…

What if he finds a piece of candy on the playground and eats it and can’t breath?”

“What is something happens on the bus, where there is no Epi-Pen?”

“What if someone eats peanut butter for breakfast and has it on their hands and then touches him?”

The list went on and on. I would literally make sure my phone was within reach at all times while he was at school. One time the school called me (about a PTA matter) and my heart started pounding so hard when I saw the number on my caller ID. I thought something had happened to him.

The elementary school years were rough. Kids would bring treats to school to celebrate their birthdays that he couldn’t have. He would attend birthday parties were they were serving peanut butter cookies. There was even a bout of food allergy bullying.

Looking back, I wish I had a food allergy mom handbook. Ideas, tips, etc to help us along that bumpy road. I gathered together all my top tips for mammas with little ones who have food allergies. I hope this helps.

Top Five Things To Do With Children Who Have Food Allergies

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Educate, Educate, Educate

My number one tip is to educate everyone around you. Anyone who comes into contact with your child.  This includes family members, teachers,  neighbors, other parents, bus drivers. EVERYONE knew Owen was allergic to nuts. We practiced with the Epi-Pen trainer. I bought this book and had Owen’s teachers read it to his class on the first day of school so even the children in his classroom were educated. These posters hung on the doors of his classroom. The more people who are aware of the allergy, the safer the child will be.

Epi-Pens Everywhere

Every year, I order two twin packs of Epi Pens (or Epi Pen jr’s when he was small). They cost a small fortune, I know. We keep one at home, one in my purse, his school teacher always has one in her classroom, and the nurse keeps one in her office as well. Before Owen was in school, my Grandma kept one at her house because he was there a lot. In the summer, I would take the Epi-Pens  and give them to neighbors. That way, if Owen was at one of their houses playing, there would be one there as well.

Owen is now is Jr High. He wears a SPIBelt around his waist with an Epi-Pen in it.  This has been a life saver! I remember when he was younger, wondering what in the world we would do when he was a teenager. The SPIBelt is a must!

BYOT {Bring Your Own Treats}

Every since Owen started school, I would make a huge bag of safe treats for him. They included Rice Crispi treats, Cheez-Its, Chips Ahoy, little bags of Skittles, Gold Fish, etc. I would put everything is a huge ziplock bag, write his name on it and give it to the teacher on the first day of school. That was his treat bag for the school year. If anyone brought in treats to celebrate birthdays or even class parties, he got to pick something out of his bag to eat. I knew he would still get a treat, but it was something safe for him to eat.

Always Read Labels

At the beginning of our food allergy journey, I checked and double checked everything he ate. Then, I got to the point where I knew what brands he could and could not eat.  Then, one day, I happened to notice that the label had changed on the plain chocolate Hershey bar. It use to say “Contains Milk”, but now it had a “Processed on equipment that also process almonds”. Suddenly, Hershey bars were no longer on our safe list.

Just remember, ingredients change. Companies change the way things are processed. Always double-check.

Medical Alert Bracelets

I ordered these bracelets in every color.  I also ordered some temporary tattoos. I felt more at ease knowing he never left the house without a medical alert notification of some sort. The bracelets were great because he would wear them all the time, he could switch out the colors if he wanted, and they were soft and didn’t bother him.

I hope some of these tips help all you food allergy mammas out there! Let me know if you have other ideas!

Xo-Haylee Continue reading “Top 5 Things to Do With Children Who Have Food Allergies”

Centered Sunday

Centered Sunday

Hi guys!

Sundays are a great day to rest and become centered for the following week. I really enjoy getting organized, reading, taking a bath and doing an extra long meditation session on Sundays. I have decided to add a quote to a photo I have taken and post them every Sunday as  part of my new blog segment Centered Sunday.

Happy Sunday.

XOXO-Haylee

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Always be grateful friends.

Water Fasting

Water Fasting

Recently, I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, The Healthy Moms Podcast, and came across an episode that talked about water fasting.  As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I am familiar with fasting as it is something I do for religious purposes once a month. Water fasting was a  new term to me. I had never thought about fasting for health until listening to Dr Daniel Pompa on this podcast. Down the rabbit hole I went and for weeks studied and read about short and long-term water fasting. Here is some of the interesting information I found out about water fasting.

What is water fasting?

Well to put it simply, water fasting it a type of fasting in which a person only consumes water. These fasts may last a few hours or a few days.

 

Reasons to Fast:

 Insulin Control

Fasting is the very best way to control insulin and glucose.  All foods raise insulin so the most effective way to reduce insulin is to avoid food. Regular fasting, in addition to lowering insulin, has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity.

Autophagy

While in a fasting state, the body will switch over to autophagy. Autophagy  of ‘self-eating’ is a process by which the body removes cellular debris. When you have abnormal cells in your body,  they are unable to adapt in a fasting state and your body actually eats the abnormal cells. There are studies in which fasting has actually shrunk tumors and erased skin tags. These results are usually seen in fasts that last longer then four days.

Hormone Sensitivity

Hormone sensitivity also occurs during a fast. During a fast, as your body cleans itself, it helps your hormones become more receptive.

Weight Loss

Intermittent fasting as well as long water fasts have proven to help your body become a fat burner instead of a sugar burner. Many studies are showing intermittent fasting is a great way to lose weight.

Human Growth Hormone.

Human Growth Hormone or HCH is a hormone that  stimulates cell growth and regeneration. HGH levels skyrocket during a fast. HCH can help with weight loss as well as muscle gain.

Other Reasons to Fast

  1. Stimulates brain function (bye-bye brain fog)
  2. Detoxifies the body
  3. Improves longevity
  4. Boosts the immune system
  5. Rejuvenate skin

Water fasting is something I have decided to incorporate into my own life. After being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease three years ago, I have been looking for ways to help improve my thyroid function as well as heal my body over all. I actually just finished a four-day water fast! I will tell you guys all about it in a post tomorrow!

XOXO-Haylee

 

The Friday Five : Five Podcasts You Need in Your Life

The Friday Five : Five Podcasts You Need in Your Life

Hi everyone!

I hope everyone has had a great week! One of my new favorite habits that has helped me become more productive has been to listen to podcasts while I clean, fold laundry, organize, etc. I honestly find myself wanting to do these things around the house if I know I have a new podcast to listen to. I decided to share my top five favorite podcasts with you today. My podcast subscriptions are a lot like my iTunes downloads, rap to country and everything in between.

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My Favorite Murder

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Okay I this one sounds weird. This is my absolute most favorite podcast in the world! I love true crime and I love comedy and this podcast has combined these two unlikely genres. I laugh until I cry pretty much every time I listen to this. Give it to try.. I know you will love it! {disclaimer:  they swear a lot so if that isn’t your thing, skip this podcast}

Healthy Moms Podcast

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Health and nutrition have always been a huge interest for me. Now that I have children, I am constantly trying to learn as much as I can to try to keep my family healthy.  I love the format of this podcast and the way the information is presented.

 

Better Than Happy { Bold New Mom}

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This podcast has changed names a few times but the adorable host Jodi Moore keeps me coming back week after week. She is a life coach who has an arsenal of tools and tips that are easy to implement into your daily life. This podcast is very empowering and uplifting.

 

Someone Knows Something

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My love for true crime continues with this podcast. This podcast is a narrative of a criminal cold case.  This podcast is very well produced and the reporting is very detailed without being boring. Each season is one case spread out over several episodes.

 

The Love Love Love

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Probably the most raw podcast I have listened to. The very first episode,  Yan Palmer interviews her ex-husband about the dissolution of their marriage. Her raw emotion and ability to have such an honest conversation so publicly captured my heart.  The Love Love Love talks about different love stories and is purely magical.

I hope you guys enjoy these podcasts. I am always looking for new ones to check out so comment and let me know what your favorite podcasts are.

XOXO-Haylee

 

The Cutest Valentines Tradition

The Cutest Valentines Tradition

Hi Guys!

 

It’s the last week of January and Valentines Day is right around the corner! I will admit, I haven’t always been a fan of Valentines Day. Most years I would put up some cute decorations and help my kids make Valentines and that would pretty much be it for me. Then, I met my friend Tara who is a die-hard when it comes to V-Day. She goes all out decorating her house and celebrating basically as soon as her Christmas comes down. One tradition that she does with her kids that I have stolen and completely fallen in love with is something I like to call ‘The 14 Days of Love Notes’.

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The 14 Days of Love Notes

I bought these darling mailbox chairbackers from Pottery Barn. You could also make your own very inexpensively.  Mine have my children’s names on them, but that isn’t necessary. I get them out right before February and place one on each chair at our table. Then every morning starting on Febraury first and ending on Valentines Day, my kids wake up and check their mailboxes. In them, I have left a little love note, treat or toy.

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I don’t spend a ton of money doing this. I love to go through Target’s dollar section and find little gifts. I also scroll through Pinterest to find cute sayings or ideas. The idea isn’t to make it about the gifts but about the love we have for each other. I encourage my kids to leave notes in each others mailboxes throughout the month as well.

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My kids absolutely love this tradition. I really wish I would have ordered myself and my husband one as well because I want some love notes.. haha! Maybe next year I will do that. What are some of your Valentines traditions?

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You can find the Chairbackers I have HERE

XOXO-Haylee

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How Drinking Water Helped Me Lose Weight

How Drinking Water Helped Me Lose Weight

Hiya Guys!

Recently, I have started a health and fitness journey. I decided instead of jumping in with a lot of big lifestyle changes, I would add baby steps to my journey. No crash diets. Just slowly adding good habits and SLOWLY cutting out some bad habits. To read more about my theory on why most people don’t succeed in their weight loss goals, and how I am changing things up this year, click HERE.

So here I am, four weeks into 2018 and I am finding it much easier to stick to my new habits. My first baby step was to start working out on a regular basis and I have been so happy with the results. Today I am going to talk about the second baby step I have implemented in my life.

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Water * Water * Water

I started drinking more water. I still was drinking a fair amount of soda but I really tried to drink more water then soda. Then, I started to aim for 100 ounces of water a day. Once I started hitting the 100 ounces mark, I started to want soda less and less. Don’t get me wrong, I still love me some Dr Pepper, but for the first time in my life, I would find myself reaching for water over soda.  After four weeks of consciously trying to drink more water, I feel so much better! I feel less bloated and I am having less cravings for soda. I would say I might have soda like once a week these days but I am mostly drinking water. Its all about balance.

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Tips to Help

I found that if I was drinking water out of a cute glass or water bottle, it made it easier to reach for water. Sometimes I would get bored with drinking water. I started cutting up fruit to throw in my water so that it had a bit of flavor. My favorite thing to add to water is limes or lemons. I also love my water to be really cold. I started buying pebble ice at a local gas station to put in my water.

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Benefits

I weighed myself after two weeks of drinking mostly water and I had lost five pounds. Five pounds in two weeks from just swapping my soda for water!! I was so excited about that. I also noticed that my skin was much clearer and felt softer. I felt much less bloated all the time.

Try it out guys! Swap you soda or juice or whatever else you are drinking for water. Just do it for two weeks and you will be astounded at how many positive changes you will see if your body.

Be kind to your self and your body!

XOXO- Haylee

Boxy Charm Product Review

Boxy Charm Product Review

BoxyCharm is by far the best thing that I spend money on every month!! If you haven’t heard of BoxyCharm, it is a monthly makeup subscription service. You pay them $21 a month, and they send you 4 to 5 FULL size makeup and beauty products.

I really love beauty products. So when my friend told me about this service, I signed up right away. I was like a kid waiting for Christmas when I got an email saying my first box was on it’s way. One day the mail came and there it was… my first BoxyCharm box. I ripped it open and honestly felt like it was my birthday. I mean, I got a box full of awesome, brand name beauty items.

I have been subscribing to BoxyCharm for 6 months now and decided to show ya’ll what it is all about.  Here is a picture of my January 2018 BoxyCharm box.

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I received 5 products this month. One brow product, a primer, a lip plumper, an eye shadow palette and a bronzer.

 

it Brow Power

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Eyebrows are all the rage right now. I have quite the collection of brow products because I am constantly trying to find the perfect product. I really liked how easily this product went on my eyebrows.

Retail Price:  $24

You can buy it Brow Power HERE

 

dr brandt Luminizer Primer

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This primer went on smoothly and gave me great coverage.

Retail Price: $38

You can buy the primer HERE

PUR Bronze & Brighten

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This is a great bronze and highlight kit. I have used it almost everyday since I received it.

Retail Price:  $34

You can find it HERE

Grande Lips Hydrating Lip Plumper

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I wasn’t super excited when I opened this box and saw what a dark berry color it was. Turns out, I actually really love it! The product isn’t as dark as I thought and you can layer it to get a darker look. I also loved the way it made my lips tingle.

Retail Price:  $27

You can find it HERE

 

Crown Glam Metals Eyeshadow Palette

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I really like these colors. This is the second big palete I have relieved from BoxyCharm and I just love getting them! Unfortunately, this palete was delivered with one of the colors completely smashed.

Retail Price: 29.99

You can find it HERE

 

Overview

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I really enjoyed all of the products in my box this month. The best part about BoxyCharm is you get to try products you may not normally buy. I have had a lot of fun playing around with different makeup looks.  The total retail amount for the products in my box was $152.99! I got all of the products for $21!!!

Join BoxyCharm today by clicking HERE… I promise you won’t regret it!

XO-Haylee