Mommy Must-Haves

Welcome to Mommy Must-Haves, I will be sharing with all of you my favorite products that help me through the everyday life of being a mom.  Some will have to do with Fitness, some will have to do with health and some will just be the products that I can’t seem to live without.  Hope you enjoy.  Please feel free to let me know what you think is a must-have for our list.

Curtis 7 inch Dual Screen Portable DVD Player

My husband and I bought the dual screen dvd player to use on our road trips to and from San Diego.  We try to go at least once a month to visit his family and if we happen to hit traffic the two-hour drive can quickly turn into a 3-4 hour drive.  Not so much fun for a 15 month old and an 11-year-old.  I have to say although I am not a huge fan of letting kids watch too much tv, when you are going to be stuck in the car for a while you might as well make it as enjoyable as possible.  We bring along Mickey Mouse Club House dvds for Dominic and Max gets to pick a movie that he wants to watch.  It makes the drive fly by for the boys and Kent and I can actually enjoy talking to each other in the front seat.  I even use the dvd player when I have to take Dominic on errands all day.  If you take road trips or spend a lot of time in the car with your kids this portable DVD system is an absolute MUST-HAVE!  It will save your sanity:) 

Available at: www.toysrus.com

On Sale: Normally $179,   Now $99

Leap Frog Learn & Groove musical table

My son loves music and has sence he was born.  When he started pulling up I wanted to get him a toy that he could play with while standing.  I started looking around online,  there was so much to choose from but when I came across the Leap Frog Learn and Groove table I knew that was what Dominic would love the most.  Although you can use the table lying flat I attached the legs so he could stand at it. 

It is a very sturdy table, I am comfortable letting him stand at it without worrying that it might tip over.  Dominic goes crazy for the music.  He claps whenever the ABCs play and he also gets a kick out of turning the page on the big book in the center of the table.  When he turns the page it goes from music mode to learning mode which is also nice. 

This toy has a lot of interactive activities for little ones to enjoy. It features 40 learning songs, flashing lights, and lots of things to slide, push, open and close. It can also be used in either English or Spanish. Dominic really enjoys manipulating this toy to create different sounds and I love that he is not only entertained, but learning at the same time. Looks like I’ve got a  little musician on my hands! 

Price: $39.99

Available at: leapfrog.com

Kiehl’s Bath and Body Products

Before I became a mom I loved to shop!  I loved to buy the expensive clothes, expensive makeup and expensive shoes.  After all, why not?  It was just me and my husband and we both work hard so why shouldn’t we enjoy some of the finer things?  Make no mistake I didn’t over indulge, I wasnt shopping every day but when I did I treated myself.  Then came my son, who is the BEST thing that has ever happened to me.  I took a few months off of work and when I went back to work I cut my hours so I would have plenty of time to be with my baby boy.  That meant I had to tighten the purse straps a little bit.  I would much rather treat my son then treat my self.  But come on I am a girl and every once in a while I need to indulge.  My favorite thing to splurge on right now is Kiehls bath and body products.  I’ve heard about the company numerous times in magazines and on TV but never had a chance to try it…. that is until Equinox ( the gym my husband works at) started using it in the locker rooms. 

I love the shampoo, conditioner, and body wash.  The smell is so refreshing and it always makes me think of being on vacation.  My hair feels full and soft and my skin feels amazing after I using the body wash.  I HAVE to use lotion after my showers, the Kiehls lotion is thick and creamy and makes my skin feel like silk.  If you want to splurge just a little on yourself this is the product to do it with.  As moms we spend our days running around, chasing the kids and I don’t know about you but I am usually dirty and stained before the day even begins.  Having a little pamper time at the end of the day is the perfect way to relax and make me feel like a woman again.

buy your Kiehls products at www.kiehls.com

California Baby Calendula Cream

californiababy.com

When Dominic was a newborn he had cradle cap and dry skin.  We tried several products but not many seamed to do anything for him.  The Pumpstation recommended I try California Baby Calendula Cream.  I love this stuff.  It’s  light, not greasy and botanically based.  I would rub it on Dominic’s head, let it soak in, then use his baby brush and the dry skin would just brush right off.  The lavender smell is so soothing.  I also used it on his legs when he had dry patches.  The Calendula Cream worked so well on Dominic my husband started using it on his eczema.  If your baby has dry skin, cradle cap, diaper rash or sensitive skin this is a great product to help sooth it. 

Food Rules by Michael Pollan

I loved this book!!!  It was recommended to me by my sister.  Michael gives a short introduction about why he wrote the book and how to use the book.  I enjoyed the fact that he didn’t use medical terms that the average day person doesn’t totally understand.  After a quick introduction about what is WRONG with the Western diet he gets down to the rules.  This is the good stuff, because it’s all common sence.  There are no tricks, no formulas, no guessing.  Just great simple rules, that when applied to every day life, really add up to success in the nutrition department.  A must read whether you are a mom, dad, or single guy or gal.  If you want good advice for how to eat right here it is.

 The Fisher Price Rainforest Bouncer

When I was pregnant with Dominic my husband and I couldn’t wait to buy all of the baby products that we would need for him.  I was given advice from EVERYBODY I know on what we would need.  We were told to get “this crib” or “that stroller”  “you have to have this and you have to have that”.  Everyone kept telling us we needed a swing.  I was a little hesitant to get a swing because we live in an apartment and the swings are big and take up a lot of room.  I called my sister who has 2 little boys and asked her opinion, she gave me the best advice (as usual).  She said skip the swing and buy the vibrating chair by fisher price, so I did.  The Fisher Price Rainforest Bouncer is the exact chair that we got.  Dominic LOVED, LOVED, LOVED, this seat.  The vibrating kept him calm, it also bounced  when he moved and he really enjoyed the music and the moving animals on it.  This was a GREAT purchase I was even able to use it to sit him in when he started eating solid foods.  It also is small enough to tuck away in the closet until we have our next baby. Add it to your baby gift registry and enjoy the free hand that you have while your baby relaxes in it.   The Fisher Price Rainforest Bouncer is available at Target and Babies R Us. 

The C9 Champion Seamless Bra

Me in the C9 Champion seamless bra

Ok ladies I am asked all the time what sports bra I recommend during pregnancy, during breast feeding, for large breasts, small breasts…you name it I tell all of my women clients the same thing C9 by Champion® Seamless Bra.  This is truly the CHAMPION of sports bras.  So comfortable, GREAT support, it grew with me during my pregnancy and I am still able to wear it a year afer my pregnancy.  I can’t say enough good things about this sports bra.  It is VERY affordable, just 16.99 at Target and it comes in every color you can imagine.  Sizes range from x-small to x-large.  If you need a GREAT workout bra that is going to last and not break the bank then the C9 by Champion seamless bra is what you want.  Happy shopping.  Available at target.com http://bit.ly/cBemLd

Tropical Traditions Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil

Tropical Traditions Expeller-Pressed Coconut oil is a NEW discovery for me.  This past weekend I attend a Womens Wellness Conference in Nashville TN.  The conference covered all aspects of health and fitness, nutrition being one of them.  One of the Dr’s who spoke talked about the benefits of Coconut oil.  I have to say I was impressed at what I was hearing.  Coconut oil contains lauric acid, a fatty acid chain that has unique anti-microbial and anti-viral properties .  Research also shows that coconut oil has anti-aging and thyroid-stimulationg effects.  I don’t know about you but that alone could sell me.  The taste of coconut is removed so you can use this product in ANY cooking that you do.  I cook my eggs in it, saute my veggies in it, and started using it in my baking.  You might think I am crazy but I came down with a bad cold this week and turned up the coconut oil intake and I am feeling WAY better.  Order yours at www.tropicaltraditions.com

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