Diaper in Style With PacaPod : Everywhere You Go! {GIVEAWAY}

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Now that we’re on round three of baking a baby, I have all things infant on my mind. I’m finding so many new things and helpful products that I didn’t have even when my youngest now was born (three years ago!) It’s been a little over a year since I’ve used a diaper bag, and I’ll admit I’m not all that thrilled about carrying one again. I was never much of a fan of the traditional diaper bag styles and prefer something a bit more fashionable, so I was pretty ecstatic to find PacaPod and had fun excitedly browsing all of their trendy styles!

PacaPod Sequoia Mink lifestyle

Umm… can you say PERFECTION? While I will most certainly never.. ever…. ever look that perfectly put together once baby number there arrives, at least my diaper bag will be, right!? I mean seriously… to show you the amazing features in this diaper bag is getting me all giddy inside! In past years, I looked more just at the look of the diaper bag. If I saw myself carrying it, it was cute, and not too “babyish”, I used it. PacaPod seriously has it ALL.

sequoia back mink




One side of the bag has these two practical compartments for feeding purposes, complete with a cute matching little ice pack and a changing pod with a matching changing pad as well. I mean really.. brilliant, right!? How many times do you find yourself digging through your diaper bag for that darn changing pad cover when you need it? Or your wipes? Now you can keep everything organized in its designated pod – – then still have the other side for the rest of the necessities with plenty of space to boot!




The attention to detail put into each bag is pristine. Not only are the designs trendy and hip, but simple and practical too. I love every little detail, right down to the pram attachments allowing you to easily attach the bag to your stroller. I’ve never been able to do this with a diaper bag. The mommy hook’s always make it drag too low and some of the stroller’s I have had in the past don’t have enough space in the bottom basket, leaving me with either piling it on top of the stroller or having to carry it myself.

I got the Sequoia bag, sleek, fashionable, and glamorous – I seriously see myself feeling like a hollywood mom carrying around this bag. I love how it can look like a regular trendy handbag, but serve the purpose I need it for; lugging around items for baby. I even saw some picture of someone taking out the feeding and changing pod’s and using it as a bag slipping their laptop right in that side – brilliant! I love when something can serve more than one purpose and I see myself getting lots of use out of this bag for years to come. Here are the design features for this particular bag, but every single design is made with the same exact amount of care and consideration for what mom’s can truly use this for on a daily basis.

-A 3-in-1 organising system, with Changer Pod, Feeder Pod and Changing Mat that clips onto the pram handle

-Features Across body strap, pram attachment straps

-Main pocket inner cargo hold, which stores the unique feeder and changer pods keeping them hygienically separate

-Other pockets: two parent pockets and one top pocket which is the full length of bag

-Material: Two tone jewel textured microfiber weave. Chunky brushed silver hardware and branded disc. Leather covered clutch handle and detachable over the shoulder strap that can be worn across the body to distribute weight

-Standard Wipe clean inner and phthalates free, tested to EC and BS food standards





Want to win a PacaPod of your own!? Enter the Rafflecopter form below! And shop PacaPod’s glamorous collection now; every bag even comes in a gorgeous organza gift bag making gift giving super easy this holiday season! (hint, hint to all you dad’s out there looking to spoil mom!!) You will use this bag for YEARS to come!



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It’s time for Marvel Universe Live! {Charlotte GIVEAWAY}

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

It’s time for Marvel Universe Live!

After much anticipation, Feld Entertainment, Inc., the world’s leading producer of touring live family entertainment, revealed details about the most ambitious live show in its history, with new information about the epic storyline and tour dates for Marvel Universe LIVE! Featuring the most Marvel characters ever assembled in one production, this high-caliber arena spectacular will put fans right in the middle of one of the most electrifying battles between good and evil ever conceived.


For our younger boys, this is a dream come true! We could not be more excited to take the 6 and 8 year olds to this event next month! Seeing their favorite heroes up close in amazing adventures right before their eyes…they are going to flip! Memories in the making for girls and boys of all ages thanks to Marvel Universe Live. We cannot wait!!

For those of you in Charlotte, NC, the show will be here from November 14th – 16th. Click HERE to purchase tickets and join us for some hero adventures! Cannot wait to see you there!


GIVEAWAY:  (4) for the Friday, November 14 at 7p showing here in Charlotte, NC. Simply fill out the form below to enter! Good luck to all!

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Dapple Baby {GIVEAWAY}

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

{guest post by our newest maternity editor, Emily}

My husband and I are recent transplants to the Charlotte, NC area. We moved into a rental home that had not had anyone in it for a few months. Needless to say, it needed to be cleaned from top to bottom!

My goal in life has always been to have a clean home that does not smell like dog, even though we have two of them, so I have always been skeptical of all-natural/chemical free cleaners. However, we recently found out that we are expecting our first baby and that changed my entire view on the items I was using in my home. So, to clean our new rental, I decided to try Dapple’s new line of all-natural cleaners.


I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised at how well they work! The first thing I noticed were the scents. Their products were either unscented or had a light scent that did not bowl you over or give you a headache while cleaning. The bathtub and tile cleaner made the bathroom shine just as well as, if not better than, the bathroom cleaner I was using. The dish soap and dishwasher pods cut through grease really well (and this is from a lifetime Dawn user!). Also, the laundry pods clean our clothes without making them smell all flowery…which is perfect for the baby’s clothes.

The best part of using these products is, as I use them throughout our new home, being able to feel good about preparing my home to be clean and chemical free when our Baby Seamus arrives in a couple of months. Instead of a lot of chemicals that I can’t pronounce and that I can’t decipher what side affects they may cause, I am using cleaners that utilize natural cleaning agents derived from minerals and items such as coconut, palm, and corn.

Any mom can and SHOULD feel good about using these products in her home!

There’s something for every situation your baby, and your home, can throw at you available in the Dapple line of cleaning products.

GIVEAWAY: Dapple is giving away a sample of the Laundry Pods, Laundry Booster Pods, and Dishwasher Pods to one lucky BabyElan {daily} winner! (US only) Simply fill out the form below to enter, good luck to all!

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“The Orange” BrylaneHome Blanket {GIVEAWAY}

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The best color on the planet right now – burnt orange. Or any orange for that matter! Leaves, pumpkins, candles, decor, the evening sky…the list is endless. Burnt orange, golden brown, pumpkin, tangerine, bronze, cinnamon, brick or copper…describing Autumn with different hues of orange is why this season is a favorite amongst so many! My pick for orange right now: BRICK

Say hello to our BRICK colored oversized blanket from BrylaneHome!

That color!!! Blowing against a green lawn and trees that haven’t reached their Fall change yet, on a day that was made in heaven! LOVE. This is the time of year that our dryer gets no work! Yes, we live within the city limits but we still have a clothesline and have had it for years. There is NOTHING better than sleeping with a blanket fresh off the line. That smell, in Autumn, is pure bliss!

As is this blanket. I know “bliss” is not the word most would use for a blanket but I love sleep, hence why I love everything that I put on my bed. This beautiful brick blanket is paired with our white down comforter to make for the coziest bed imaginable. The blanket is 100% cotton with a tight woven design. It’s ideal for use all year round, either on the bed like we do {king sized} or perhaps a smaller size for use in the living room while snuggling next to the fire. I hate to use the word basic for this blanket as it is quite luxurious but this is that basic, practical blanket you’ll use daily and is a must have for any home.


I highly recommend the brick color, even though there are an array of color options!

GIVEAWAY: One lucky winner will receive a BrylaneHome Studio Cotton Blanket to enjoy this season! {sizes and colors are limited, winner’s prize choice will be dependent on availability} Simply fill out the form below to enter, good luck to all!!

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Switchcrafted: The Story of the Switch Witches of Halloween {GIVEAWAY}

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

G and I spent a wonderful morning together yesterday! Days with just mommy and me time are few and far between. We filled our day with a coffee date, consignment shopping, Greek food for lunch, and a fun, whimsical book signing. This mama sure loved her Gyro and Gigi sure loved meeting a new friend – Audrey Kinsman, author of Switchcrafted: The Story of the Switch Witches of Halloween.

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After spending a few days reading Switchcrafted and playing with the Switch Witch toy, Gigi has since declared that she would like to be WITCH for Halloween this year! Not a desired Disney Princess, a WITCH. My 8 Aunts {who’s ancestors hail from Salem, MA} will be thrilled! Anything Witch themed is very popular in our family this time of the year, my Aunts and Mother live for the Witch season. Sorry Aunties, Gigi is thinking more along the lines of the adorable, orange haired pretty above for a costume this year, not the spell casting evilness of centuries past. And if we can get away from the princesses for just a little bit, I’m all over it!

Halloween costumes aside, we did have the ultimate pleasure of meeting Audrey Kinsman yesterday morning, complete with a reading of this uniquely clever tale. Audrey, along with Pam Hatcher, takes the tradition of eating Halloween candy for WEEKS after trick or treating to a whole new much more healthier level.  Our family is all about making NEW traditions, for any occasion, and we have thoroughly embraced this one.

Step aside Santa, it’s not your turn yet. The Switch Witch comes first, we’ve got some candy to get! – The Blakes

Without giving the whole story away, cause really…you are going to want to get this book and keepsake for your family, here’s a sneak peak:

“Witches do not eat candy, although some may try. However, candy is the only fuel that makes a Witchy broom fly!”

“So the Witches make deals with only good girls and boys, “If you leave us your candy, we will Switchcraft it for toys!”

“Remember that only good kids can trade, so be on your best behavior and a Switchcraft will be made.”

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The recent press contact on the release of this charming book said it best by comparing it to “Elf on the Shelf” but for Halloween. As parents, I know we all try to limit the amount of sugar our kids eat all year round. During this season, it’s extremely hard! Halloween is all about the magic…and this story, along with the Switch Witch and her enticing “trade” of candy for toys, brings forth memory making magic minus the dreaded sugar high!

G and I are truly in love with Switchcrafted: The Story of the Switch Witches of Halloween and again were thrilled we had the opportunity to meet with Audrey yesterday. We now have a signed book to treasure for years to come and a Switch Witch of our own {named Ariel – of course} to start a new Halloween tradition. If Ariel the Witch can get these 4 kids to behave, she may have to stay around all.year.long!


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About the Authors:

Audrey Kinsman is the author and creator of Halloween’s newest tradition Switchcrafted: The Story of the Switch Witches of Halloween (available September, 2014). A proud mother of two young boys, Kinsman struggled with finding a solution to the piles of candy that her two sons collected while trick-or-treating in 2013. An inspiration on a cross-country flight lead to the creation of the Switchcrafted: The Story of the Switch Witches of Halloween.

A graduate of Cornell University and the University of Southern California, Kinsman currently works in finance. She is an active member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization and became a Certified Sommelier in 2006. Kinsman currently resides in Denver, CO with her husband and two sons. She loves to cook, ski and spend time with her family.

Pam Hatcher has built a successful career developing products for the wholesale gift industry and launching them to market. She is excited to share the vision for Switchcrafted: The Story of the Switch Witches of Halloween (available September, 2014) with parents across the country.

After graduating from the University of Arkansas Hatcher co-founded Inviting Company, a wholesale invitation and paper company that she then sold to in 2012. She currently is an executive for a line of gift and stationery products, and is also an active member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization. Hatcher lives in Denver, CO with her husband and two sons. She is an avid reader, loves food, wine and art, and will find any excuse to spend time outdoors.

GIVEAWAY:  One lucky winner will receive the Switchcrafted book & witch set! Simply fill out the form below to enter, good luck to all!

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