Monday, November 30, 2015

NuMe Megastar Straightener Giveaway!

Guest Post Provided by Mommy's Favorite Things


NuMe is recognized as one of the world’s most innovative hair and beauty brands. Salon grade products range from hair straighteners and curling wands to styling sets and personal hair care items. As a result of its high regard within the beauty industry, NuMe has been featured in magazines such as Vogue and Allure and on television shows such as Access Hollywood, Good Morning America, and The Today Show.

Their mission statement is...



The NuMe Megastar has a light strip in the middle of the top plate, it's an Infrared heat strip. The strip comes into direct contact with hair, emitting 1000% more negative ions for best-in-class shine and sleekness without damage or dryness. The MegaStar temps are between 190°F to 450°F

Price: $169, but use code ORNAMENT61 to get it for just $61

Now you can enter to WIN a NuMe MegaStar Straightener

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Portable Coloring Books for Creative Adults *Holiday Gift Guide*

I received products for free in exchange for a review. All thoughts/opinions are my own!


As we approach the upcoming Holiday season, Mama's Baby Cupcakes has teamed up with several companies we think would be a great fit to purchase/wear/give to others in the upcoming months. Thanks to each and every sponsor showcased in our Holiday Gift Guide, and if you see the cute button above then you know its Holiday approved!

Since 2013, coloring books targeted to adults have topped bestselling charts, selling more than 1.5 million copies in over twenty-two languages. Five of the top thirty titles on Amazon’s bestseller list are coloring books aimed at adults. Skyhorse Publishing’s first four adult coloring books featuring the paisley and mandala motifs have already sold out four printings, selling at bookstores like Barnes & Noble, on Amazon, and at specialty stores like Michael’s Arts & Crafts and A. C. Moore.
               

Friday, November 27, 2015

Getting Nailed! Week 30


Welcome to Week 30 of Getting Nailed! I did an intro post where I explained my goal in posting these every other week and you can check out the post if you need to refresh your memory. Now that I've come to the Jamberry world, I'll be sharing their wraps on me, special deals that may happen from time to time, and fun wraps for special occasions.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Beets Blu: Pager Tag & Heart Rate Monitor Review



Beets BLU was founded in 2012 by a group of specialists in the fields of mobile apps, fitness technologies and electronics. The company initially chose wireless sensors with Bluetooth Smart technology as its major specialization. The company’s product line consists solely of goods with advanced consumer characteristics, of high quality and without contraindications for health reasons.
All new solutions are carefully tested directly by the company’s executives, which guarantees customers the best performance of the product. A team of professionals, competent management and accurate strategy are the factors that allow the company to successfully operate in the market.

Beets BLU PagerTag

 PagerTag is a cool and simple device that keeps track of your valuables (keys, wallets, suitcase, laptop bag, backpack - whatever is tagged with PagerTag) No matter how brilliant your memory is, there are always moments when you are in a rush and can't find your belongings, like your phone or keys, or when you need to track your luggage at the airport, or you have left your bag behind.

I'll be the first to admit I'm terrible at remembering where I place things. I spend more time than I should searching for my house phone, my wallet, and especially my keys. It doesn't help at all that I have a 2 year old who is notorious for hiding my things from me and forgetting where he hid them. I've heard about devices such as PagerTag before and have always wanted to try it out. This device helps to find your valuables by sending an alarm request to the attached PagerTag using the app on your smartphone. For it to be so small, I'm surprised that the beeps are loud enough to hear within a good distance.


Usual user replaceable coin cell battery runs for almost a year with constant use. This small device used to track valuables is so small that it may be inserted into the credit card section of your wallet. 

When using the PagerTag for the first time you will see a pairing notification. The pairing procedure sets up an encrypted channel between your smartphone and the PagerTag. After you have paired the PagerTag, only the appropriate smartphone will have access to it. It's impossible to pair a PagerTag with more than one smartphone.

To reset pairing on a PagerTag, you need to remove the battery and wait for at least 1 minute or press the command button right after battery removal. After you reinsert the battery, the PagerTag will reset pairings and enter pairing mode. Pairing mode is indicated by the green indicator light flashing.

  • Detect the proximity of lost or forgotten items wirelessly
  • Alert you when your item shifts outside of a connection range (about 15 feet/5 meters)
  • Send sounds and enable an LED light to alert you
  • Save the battery life using Bluetooth Low Energy protocol
  • Save you a lot of time and anxiety
  • Can be used as Android Trusted Device for automatic screen unlock (Android 5.0 or later required)
The free application for both iOS and Samsung Android devices are easy to use. You only need a compatible device: iPhone 4S and higher or Android-based smartphone (check compatibility list). The app is simple and it's very easy to figure out how to work it, even without instructions. I simply turn on the bluetooth on my phone, and press the beeper button (on the left) on my app and can easily find my keys. After I have found them, I press the mute button (on the right).
You can buy Beets Blu PagerTag HERE for $24.95




Heart Rate Monitor
Why do I need to monitor my heart rate? Control of your heart rate is very important for your training, as it helps you to achieve your desired results. You don't need any adapter whatsoever! You will only need a compatible smartphone. The data is directly transmitted through Bluetooth Smart wireless technology, and devices supporting the feature can immediately connect to the heart rate.

Depending on the goal of your workout, you can: 

  • Strengthen your cardiovascular system
  • Increase your stamina
  • Burn fat
  • Avoid your heart beating too fast
This is especially important for those over 50 years of age or for those recuperating.
The results of your training depend on your heart rate zone. This has a lower and upper limit. If your heart rate is in the target zone, you will achieve the expected results from your training.


First, adjust the strap length so that you feel comfortable wearing the device on your body. Next, attach the device to the chest. Before using the device, ensure that the electrodes are attached firmly to both the case and the skin. The device will only work if these criteria are met. The device will start automatically as soon as the electrodes are attached to the skin. However, it will need some time to calibrate itself before stats are sent. It is advisable to wet the electrodes with either water or a special gel; in some cases, natural skin moisture may not be enough.


This device detects slight electrical impulses on the skin and uses these to work out the heart beat per minute. The strap is adjustable to almost any size, and the monitor pod is very slim. Using this device was actually very comfortable, and after a little while I forgot I was even wearing it! If the device is used properly, it should be powered by the same battery for at least a year after its first use.

For iOs devices, start a compatible application, enable 'Search for Devices', and ass Beets Blu Heart Rate Monitor. After you have attached the sensor and added it to the application, stats are sent automatically. After you use the device, just take it off. The device enters Sleep Mode automatically a while after losing contact with the skin.

See the full list of compatible devices and apps for the Beets Blu Heart Rate Monitor HERE.
Beets Blu is NOT a medical device and is intended for entertainment use only.

You can buy Beets Blu Heart Rate Monitor HERE for $39.95

Connect with Beets Blu on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest.
You can also find their website HERE.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Britax Boulevard Clightight Convertible Car Seat

I received products for free in exchange for a review. All thoughts/opinions are my own!

Britax Child Safety Inc. is a leading child seat manufacturer. For more than three decades, it has been a pioneer in developing car seats that enhance safety. BRITAX’s full line of car seats offers side impact protection, and its True Side Impact Protection™ family of products features the highest level of side impact protection available on the market


When it comes to car seats, we all want the best for our children. No matter the price we want to know that our children's seat is top of the line, the best in it's class, and will hold our precious babies tight if an accident happens. Let me introduce you to the Britax Boulevard Clightight Convertible Car Seat and give you some insight on just what it offers, unique to others I've seen! 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Medela Freestyle Breastpump Giveaway


Founded in 1961 in Zug, Switzerland by Olle Larsson, Medela continues to grow under the ownership of the Larsson family today. Medela serves its customers through 18 subsidiaries distributing to over 90 countries worldwide. Medela’s U.S. subsidiary, Medela, Inc., has been serving the American market for 30 years. 

Medela is proud to announce Medela Recycles, a program focused on helping moms who have finished their breastfeeding journey help another mom start hers.

Each pump received through Medela Recycles supports the donation of new hospital-grade, multi-use breastpumps and supplies to Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®). The goal is to provide moms with the same high-quality equipment they use at the hospital during their stay at a Ronald McDonald House. This consistency will ease the transition from the hospital to a Ronald McDonald House and give families caring for a baby in the NICU one less thing to worry about.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Michelle's Pregnancy Journal: Week 16



Doctor Appointments:
Sept 30: Ultrasound for EDD (8.5 weeks)
Oct 26: First Dr Appt (12.3 weeks) 
Nov 16: 16 week check up (15.3 weeks)

Weight:
Sept 30: 224lb
Oct 26: 227lb
Nov 16: 331lb

Baby Names:
Boy: Maximus
Girl: Monroe

Heart Beat: 
162 (12 weeks)
134 (15 weeks)

Food cravings:
My cravings have leveled out so there isn't really anything I'm "dieing" to have.

Old Wives Tales: 
(2) Intelligender's say boy
Chinese Calendar says boy
Baking Soda test says girl

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Bright Time Buddies Nightlight *Holiday Gift Guide*

I received products for free in exchange for a review. All thoughts/opinions are my own!


As we approach the upcoming Holiday season, Mama's Baby Cupcakes has teamed up with several companies we think would be a great fit to purchase/wear/give to others in the upcoming months. Thanks to each and every sponsor showcased in our Holiday Gift Guide, and if you see the cute button above then you know its Holiday approved!
Bright Time Buddies are the adorable night light friends that you can take with you anywhere! Great for boys And Girls Ages 3+ anywhere a night light is beneficial! 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Snuggie Wearable Blanket *Holiday Gift Guide*

I received products for free in exchange for a review. All thoughts/opinions are my own!


As we approach the upcoming Holiday season, Mama's Baby Cupcakes has teamed up with several companies we think would be a great fit to purchase/wear/give to others in the upcoming months. Thanks to each and every sponsor showcased in our Holiday Gift Guide, and if you see the cute button above then you know its Holiday approved!


Snuggie keeps you warm and your hands free. You may have thought that Snuggie was a joke, but we promise... if you try it, the joke will be on you


Fall is here which means it's slowly getting colder by the day. While we've had an unusually warm Fall so far here in Indiana, I am always cold. I don't know if it's my pregnancy or just our house but 99% of the time something on me is cold. I often blog with a blanket but have to have my arms out to type, however with Snuggie that is NO MORE!! While some may think this company makes a silly product, I genuinely love their blankets and I was allowed to review one of my favorite prints, gray leopard! 

Monday, November 16, 2015

$50 PayPal Giveaway! Ends 11/30


Welcome to this fun $50 PayPal giveaway. Mommy's Favorite Things and Mama's Baby Cupcakes have brought together a group of great blogs to co-host this prize for one lucky winner. 

With PayPal, the possibilities of purchases are endless, but with the Holidays around the corner, we thought now would be a great time to help one lucky winner with this giveaway to do some Holiday shopping!

All you need to do is enter the Giveaway Tools widget below, come back for daily entries, and up your chances to win big! 

This giveaway is brought to you by our co-hosts you'll see below. Mama's Baby Cupcakes is responsible for sending money. Open to everyone, 18+years of age. Void where prohibited. 

Friday, November 6, 2015

Cloth N' Stuff: Cloth Diaper Review


Cloth n' Stuff was founded by Jamie Hall-Lambert of Niagara out of her passion to be more environmentally friendly. We are a CPSC compliant business and started in 2014. 


We were emailed with an interest in a review so I checked with Angelina and she picked out the print you see above. While she has just one child right now, it's a fun tye-dye that is gender neutral and can last for years with the kiddos. Since its a more fitted diaper, it actually came out to be a bigger toddler size and will be great when other diapers start to get snug before potty training. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

National Geographic Children's Books *Holiday Gift Guide*



I received products for free in exchange for a review. All thoughts/opinions are my own!


As we approach the upcoming Holiday season, Mama's Baby Cupcakes has teamed up with several companies we think would be a great fit to purchase/wear/give to others in the upcoming months. Thanks to each and every sponsor showcased in our Holiday Gift Guide, and if you see the cute button above then you know its Holiday approved!


National Geographic's magazine for the younger set: an appealing mix of articles on wildlife, entertainment, science, technology, extreme sports, adventures, amazing kids, and world wonders.