March 15, 2018

Bundle of Joy Giveaway! $350 in Prizes!

Sponsored By: Stroller SpotterRonicaLucky Baby WorldCoconut Essentials, Handpainting - Fine Art PrintsLettering On The CheapAmara, Lil' Johns, and Drawing Board Shop

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

1 Lucky Winner Will Receive: 

$350 worth of goodies from 9 Sponsors! 

** Prize List Includes:**

Stroller Spotter

$25 Gift Certificate to Stroller Spotter! Stroller Spotter is an 18" illuminated antenna for strollers that allows parents to find theirs quickly in a crowd, as well as display a favorite topper. $25.00 RV!


Lucky Baby World

Sukkiri Baby Ring Sling! This mesh ring sling is light, breathable, adjustable and one-size-fits-all! $35.99 RV!

Coconut Essentials

Handpainting - Fine Art Prints

Winner's choice of any four, 8x10 prints! Pick out a set of 4 prints, or mix and match! $54 RV!

Lettering On The Cheap

$50 Gift Certificate to! Design lettering or pictures for the walls of your baby's nursery. Check out Love, Mrs. Mommy's contributing writer's review of Lettering On The Cheap right here! $50.00 RV!


$25 Gift Certificate to purchase yummy, organic baby food for your little sweetie! $25 RV!

Lil' Johns

Winner's choice of size and style (Lil' Original or On The Go Camo) Lil' Johns! Great way to keep your baby warm during the colder months of the year! Check out Love, Mrs. Mommy's video review here! Up to a $29.95 RV!

Drawing Board Shop

Receive this 3 card set of childhood firsts + 1 additional teddy bear note card from the Drawing Board Shop! All hand-painted cards! $21 RV!

Open To US and must be 18+ to enter. Good luck everyone!
Giveaway Dates ~ 3/15 9:00 AM EST through 4/15 11:59PM EST
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March 9, 2018

Tips For Visiting Walt Disney World with a 1 Year Old

Disclosure: I was given 2 complimentary Walt Disney World one-day park hopper tickets, but all thoughts and opinions are my own! Affiliate links are also used in this post.

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You Are Never Too Old For Disney

When we told family and friends we were taking a family vacation to Disney World with our 1-year-old, I got a lot of:  "Why? She's not going to remember it," and "Why not wait till she's older?"

Well, news flash: Disney is not just for kids! I LOVE Disney! This trip was not for her, but for us, well mostly me. I had signed up to run the Disney Princess 10k! It just so happened the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend fell on my Birthday weekend, so this was basically my birthday present, the best one so far!

In my opinion, one is never too old for Disney and I find it a shame when people think that you are only going for the sake of the child. We definitely plan to go again when she is older so she can fully enjoy the experience and remember it, but even if we didn't have our daughter, I would still want to go! I would go every year if we could afford it!

Walt Disney World Is Very Baby Friendly

All the Disney World parks have Baby Care centers, which are places that allow you to nurse, change your baby, and buy supplies if needed. We actually never had to go to one because all the women's restrooms had changing tables and I never ran out of supplies.

We never had issues finding or getting a high chair when it was time to eat. A lot of the outdoor areas will have high chairs available, though you may have to search for them. These often aren't clean, so bring Clorox or Lysol wipes! In the restaurants, they always asked us if we wanted one and these ones were always clean.

There are also a lot of rides that babies are allowed on. Plus they can attend all the shows and meet the characters! Here is just some of the stuff we did in each park:

Hollywood Studios
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • March of The First Order
  • Voyage of The Little Mermaid

  • Meet Anna and Elsa at Royal Sommerhus
  • Meet Mulan in China
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Living With the Land
  • SeaBase
  • Spaceship Earth
  • IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

Magic Kingdom
  • Cinderella's Royal Table
  • Haunted Mansion
  • It's a Small World
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
  • Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade
  • Meet Merida at Fairytale Garden
  • Meet Rapunzel and Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall

My husband and I are not thrill seekers so we didn't miss out on any rides we wanted to go on, well except the Avatar boat ride in Animal Kingdom, as the wait time for that was over 100 minutes and we weren't going to wait that long, but that ride is also baby friendly. 

However, if you are a thrill seeker, Disney World does offer Rider Switch on many rides, which allows parents to take turns riding a ride while the other one watches the child not old enough to go on the ride. 

You can go to the Walt Disney World website to find information on all the rides. The ones that say "all ages" are baby friendly!

Babywear If You Can!

We went without a stroller thinking if we really needed to we would rent one. We never had to rent a stroller. My husband carried our daughter in our Ergo with no issues. Occasionally she would get hot, so we would take her out and just carry her normally. We also took her out during shows and parades so she could watch and dance, so cute!  

The nice thing was we never had to worry about stroller parking. Stroller parking can get so bad they actually have overflow areas! We also didn't have to worry about lugging the stroller on and off the shuttles. Although since we planned on renting, that wouldn't have been an issue for us either way, however, if you plan on bringing your own stroller, just be prepared. 

Another thing we didn't have to worry about was pushing a stroller through crowds. Having a stroller would have definitely slowed us down in getting around the parks, so I'm glad we were able to manage without one!

You can also babywear on all the rides! They have to be facing you, so tummy to tummy. I highly recommend babywearing on the rides as kids can get wiggly and some of the rides would have made me nervous if she wasn't strapped to daddy. The Frozen ride actually has a drop, where water will splash onto the seat! 

We love our Ergo and I highly recommend it! If you don't already own a baby carrier, you can currently get 25% off a Newborn Baby Bundle at Ergobaby

Be Flexible!

The important thing to remember when you go to Walt Disney World, unless you live close enough or plan on spending a month there, you are not going to be able to see and do everything. Be mindful of your child's nap times and head back to the hotel if needed during the day. Also, accept the fact now that you may not be able to see any of the nighttime shows or fireworks due to your child's bedtime. 

If those things are important to you, then I would suggest not traveling until your child is older. We knew that with a baby, we would be on her schedule, and we already have future plans to go again, so missing out on stuff this time around was not an issue for us. 

Also, get the My Disney Experience app on your phone! It allows you to select fast passes in advance and modify them if needed. We actually had to change times on a few as we got to the parks late on some days due to our daughter sleeping in. We aren't ones to wake a sleeping baby. If there is a ride you just have to get on, make sure to plan it in the middle the day when you know your child will be awake just in case they run out of fast passes.

Have Fun!

If you are going to Disney World with a baby, you are most likely going because you want to go, not for the child, so don't worry about what anyone says and just have fun! You are never too old or too young for Disney!

March 1, 2018

Littlest Sweet Diaper Caddy Giveaway

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February 16, 2018

Does Taking Fenugreek Increase Breast Milk Supply?

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The short answer to this question is: No one knows. There is basically no evidence that Fenugreek works to increase breast milk production and no evidence that it doesn't work to increase supply.

The reason I chose to write this post is because it seems almost every other mom blog out there, especially ones that support breastfeeding, praises Fenugreek as if it some magical cure to low supply. As someone who experienced low supply and saw a lactation consultant about it,  this is just a slap in the face and so I decided to do my own research.

I have had some breastfeeding moms claim that "Big Pharma" is the reason why Fenugreek isn't talked about like it's some hidden gem, but the truth is, if Fenugreek was proven to work, "Big Pharma" would totally jump on it and turn it into a pill. After all, what struggling mom out there wouldn't jump at the chance to take a daily pill if it was guaranteed to boost her milk supply? They would totally be making money off it. The fact that they aren't using Fenugreek to make medicine just shows that they aren't confident enough in its abilities to increase milk supply, which should make us hesitant as well, right?

Well, the thing is Fenugreek is regarded as "safe" (source), so even if there is no evidence that it works or doesn't work, it's not going to kill you if you take it. After all, there are women who claim it works, but as Toronto pediatrician, Jack Newman, says "They seem to, and many mothers swear by their effect, but the placebo effect of any medication is very powerful" (source).

I am a firm believer in the placebo effect, which is why I believe it is hard for researchers to determine if Fenugreek actually works for increasing breastmilk supply. They are also probably lacking the funding and resources to continue doing research. even provides a list of studies, where the majority of the results aren't even useful because the studies were flawed, lacking control groups or had Fenugreek mixed with other herbs, so they can't determine which one actually helped, or if it even did (source).

I put "safe" in quotes above because there are still side effects and risks of taking Fenugreek. The big thing is to not take it when pregnant as it can cause uterine contractions (source). Here is what WebMD lists for Fenugreek side effects:
"Side effects include diarrhea, stomach upset, bloating, gas, and a "maple syrup" odor in urine. Fenugreek can cause nasal congestion, coughing, wheezing, facial swelling, and severe allergic reactions in hypersensitive people" (source).
Also, it seems the medical community is hesitant to say it's "safe," without some kind of "maybe" wordage in front of it. For example, this is what WebMD says about Fenugreek for breastfeeding:
"Fenugreek is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth to increase breast-milk flow in the short-term. Some research shows that taking 1725 mg of fenugreek three times daily for 21 days does not cause any side effects in infants" (source). 
Another thing to keep in mind is that Fenugreek is considered a supplement, so in that case, it's not entirely FDA approved:
"Dietary supplements do not require extensive pre-marketing approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Manufacturers are responsible to ensure the safety, but do not need to prove the safety and effectiveness of dietary supplements before they are marketed. Dietary supplements may contain multiple ingredients, and differences are often found between labeled and actual ingredients or their amounts. A manufacturer may contract with an independent organization to verify the quality of a product or its ingredients, but that does not certify the safety or effectiveness of a product." (source)
This post isn't meant to scare, but to inform you before you decide to go the Fenugreek route. Fenugreek should only be used as a last resort, as the popular breastfeeding site, Kelly Mom, states:
"Keep in mind that in almost all cases, non-pharmaceutical methods of increasing milk supply should be tried first, as there can be significant side effects from both herbal remedies and prescription medications used to increase milk supply." (source)
One study also came to this conclusion:
"Nonpharmacologic recommendations should be exhausted before adding therapy. Although anecdotal evidence encourages the use of metoclopramide, fenugreek, asparagus, and milk thistle for their galactogogue properties, efficacy and safety data in the literature are lacking. Oxytocin and domperidone are potentially available for compounding purposes, but safety data are limited. More studies are needed to evaluate the effects of available galactogogues on breast milk production." (source)
After having done the research, I chose not to go the Fenugreek route and instead turned to formula. To me there just wasn't enough research to guarantee its safety and/or if it even works to boost supply. Others obviously feel differently, but my hope is just to get the information out there so others can make an informed decision rather than believing what they hear from word of mouth. Remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is!


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