Momzelle Nursing Top Review

I dreaded buying maternity/ nursing clothing when I was pregnant with Luna. Everything I came across wasn’t appealing. So, I refused to buy anything! The few items I did buy for breastfeeding I hated them. The clothing either  fit awkwardly on my body or they weren’t actually breastfeeding friendly.

Then came Momzelle and completely changed the game!

Momzelle is a Montreal-based breastfeeding apparel shop, that’s run by a lovely husband and wife duo. They design stylish, yet practical nursing clothing. Not only does the company sell breastfeeding apparel, they also have transitional maternity wear. It’s a one-stop shop!

This review is for the nursing top Sophie!

 

Let me just start off by saying this is the most comfortable top I have period! Whether you’re breastfeeding or not this top would be a great addition to your wardrobe especially for fall/ winter!

On to the review:

The Sophie top is similar to a standard sweatshirt, except it has a double layer on the top that allows baby to have full access to nurse. I love that you’re able to nurse your baby, without being fully exposed. The dual layer is super convenient. Unlike other nursing apparel, you don’t need to unclip and then re-clip anything in order to feed baby. All you have to do is lift up the top layer and nurse!

One thing that has discourage me from purchasing nursing apparel is: often times it’s hard to find stylish nursing wear. I’ve noticed with a lot of maternity / nursing clothing, you’re forced to sacrifice style for practicality. Most breastfeeding apparel is pretty plain. Not to mention, having larger breasts makes it harder to find nursing clothes to accommodate them.

But,  *ques music* Momzelle to the rescue! Their clothing will get you right honey!

Momzelle has a great section of apparel to choose from. So, there is something to fit every style. No more plain jane clothing just because you’re breastfeeding!

The best part about Momzelle’s breastfeeding apparel is: their clothing is actually works for larger breast!  This was a pleasant surprise.

The openings in the Sophie top are pretty generous! I also have a dress from them, I’ll be doing a review on, and  the openings were also great for my breast as well.

 

Overall, I love my top. It’s quality, stylish and has an amazing fit!

Check out some of Momzelle’s clothing here.

 

 

Continue Reading

Car Seat Safety

                                                                    This is a sponsored post by Cars.com

Car seat safety wasn’t a topic that crossed my mind as a first time parent. I assumed that as long as you read the instruction manual and utilized the LATCH system, your child’s seat was installed correctly.

It wasn’t until I attended a car seat safety class, that I learned Luna’s car seat had been installed wrong for a year and a half! This was a wake up call for me, especially since I had another little one on the way.

I encourage all parents and caregivers to become educated on how to properly install a child’s car seat.

Tips on Car Seat Safety

Attend a Class

Attending a class will shift your perspective on car seat safety. In the class I attended, there were different videos and visuals that really brought things into perspective for me. What I like about a class setting is: you’re able to learn from other parents in the class. Concepts that you may not even think of, will most likely be brought up by someone else in the class.  Like they say, “two heads are better than one !”  

Typically, classes are taught by a certified Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technician that can answer all your car safety questions.

Have Tech Inspect Your Installed Car Seats

If you aren’t sure about a tech in your area, go to your local fire or police department and inquire about a car seat check. Most of the time, you can find a certified tech who will do the inspection for free. You can check here for places near you that perform inspections.

Learn How to Install Car Seat Safety Yourself

Whether you attend a class or go for a safety check, ask to be shown how to install your child’s car seat.  Practice a few times while you’re with the tech, so you can install the car seat properly by yourself at home.

Then, teach people who drive around with your child how to safely install car seat.

Anyone who is going to be driving around with your child should know how to properly install their car seat!

 

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

As cliché as this may sound, don’t be afraid to ask questions!!  You know the saying : “A closed mouth doesn’t get fed”.

Asking questions enables you to have a firm understanding of car seat safety.

Never pass up an opportunity to learn! When you know better you do better. Your babies are depending on you:)

 

Peace,

Ashley

 

** Don’t forget to read the instruction manual and register your car seat!

Continue Reading

Jord Watch Review + Giveaway

 

Jord Watch Review + Giveaway

I received this watch complimentary of Jord Watches

This journey in motherhood has been quite the ride. It has required me to fully devote myself to a nurturing and loving on two tiny humans  Motherhood has stretched and transformed me into to woman I am today. It has been a sacrifice, but one well worth the journey. When i’m not devoting all of my time to my seeds, I like to dedicate my time cultivating self- love. Sometimes that means treating myself.

Meet Reece, the Zebrawood & Emerald watch! Reece is a series of beautifully crafted wooden timepieces by Jord Watches.

Jord watches are designed with the modern millennial lifestyle in mind. They are designed to be sustainable, yet stylish. These uniquely crafted wooden works are definitely something that can be passed to future generations. You can even get the watch engraved! Who knows maybe you could wearing the next family heirloom!

As a parent, wooden watch is the perfect way to treat yourself. It is definitely a splurge, but well worth the money.  It’s a subtle, yet stylish way to enhance your wardrobe. I’m not a super flashy person so this was a perfect touch. The square face of the watch has been conversation starter! A lot of people appreciate the unique look it gives the watch.

Having so much accessible technology is great, but it can also be exhausting and distracting; i.e cellphones.  A watch will allow you to know the time without, taking time away from your little ones.

 

This was my first wooden watches and I fell in love! Thank you Jord Watches for this opportunity.

 

 

Now, to the giveaway! All you have to do to enter is to fill out the form in this link.

Good Luck everyone! Giveaway ends November 1st.

https://www.woodwatches.com/g/mommyandmoon

Continue Reading

Things Breastfeeding Taught Me

I wanted to share things breastfeeding has taught me. This isn’t technical breastfeeding stuff, but abstract concepts of things I’ve reflected on after the end of my breastfeeding journey.
Breastfeeding has taught me the concept of having faith.

 There is no way to determine the amount of milk you have in your breast… no way

Even if you pump, that still isn’t an indicator of all the milk you have available. You are basically living on a hope and a prayer that you have enough milk for your baby.

Breastfeeding will teach you to have the utmost faith. Not only in faith in yourself, but faith in God. He crafted us so uniquely. Somehow, we can nourish and sustain life for as long as we need to with our OWN bodies! Come on now!

This is what our bodies were meant to do. Keep the faith!

 

Breastfeeding taught me to have confidence.

Not only has breastfeeding taught me about faith, but also about confidence. The confidence that I can provide and supply my baby’s needs.

Breastfeeding has been a confidence booster for me.  Seeing what my body is capable of and reaping the benefits of having a smart is health child is awesome. It lets me know that I have done something right on this journey of motherhood.

Once you realize what your body is capable of, there is no limit to what you can do!

 

Breastfeeding taught me self-love.

I can appreciate and love my body so much more. My body has gone through so many changes to make room for not one, but two lives to pass through. I’ve seen its resilience and it is beautiful.

How can I not love the home my happiness was birth from?

Women’s bodies are so amazing. We are truly a gift.

Breastfeeding showed me my truth.

Breastfeeding has shifted my perspective on how I feel about myself as a mother. While I was pregnant, I always contemplated if I was fit to be a mother. I foolishly listened to what others had to say about me.

I doubted myself. I doubted my abilities and everything that God told me was.

Now, I’m free of the stronghold I let people’s opinions have on me.  I’m a great mother.

No one can tell you your truth!

 

I’m happy I breastfed Luna for as long as I did. The obstacles I faced while breastfeeding, were there to help me realize I can overcome anything. There is nothing I can’t do.

 

I am woman, see me lactate!

 

What have you learned from breastfeeding?

Continue Reading

Dealing with Loss

 

Loss of a loved one is something that people handle differently. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. This post is about shifting your perspective in order help you move on a little bit more gracefully.

This past week was rough for me. Today, marks a year since my grandmother passed.  As the days grew near, I found my heart beginning to fill with bitterness, anger, and pain. Thinking about her death was bringing me to a dark place. Once I got to this point, it was imperative for me to sort through these emotions.

Dealing with death is hard. Undoubtedly, it’s the hardest thing we are faced with in life.  It is something that hits home for all of us.

Death brings on unexplainable emotions. For many, of us these emotions are nostalgic from the loss of other loved ones. We think we’ve gotten over their death, when in actuality we’re bottling up the pain.

Holding on to pain and hurt is easy.  Releasing and learning to manage pain is where true freedom comes from. But, like anything worth having, it takes work.

Rather than being bound to negative emotions, seek love and fight for your happiness.

Easier said than done, right? Trust me I know.

Honestly, I wanted to be angry and bitter about losing my grandmother. Being angry is a scapegoat.  It gives you an excuse to not be held accountable for your actions. Not being held accountable for your actions,  is where problems can arise. This is why fostering these emotions can be detrimental. It will begin to rub off on the people around you. This will create a perpetual  cycle of hurt. Before you know it being ‘in your feelings” will control your actions and thoughts. You will end up talking yourself into darkness.

Your feelings don’t know your future. So, why let them control you and tell you how to live? Be honest with yourself and take control your life. Life goes on and happiness is still attainable even after death.  This is principle is one of the hardest concepts to grasp. The fact that life will go on without your loved one is bittersweet. You want to be happy, but by the same token  you want your loved one to live on.

There is a way to achieve this balance. Choose joy!

You will get through this and come out fully functioning.

Although, your loved has made their transition, think of everything you have to live for. Think about everything good that has come into your life since they’ve passed and filled that void with love.

For me, being blessed with ,not only one,  but two children has given me a reason to live and love life. Yes, I miss my grandmother dearly, but I know she wants me to live out her legacy. At times, it hurts but I can think of more happy times to come.

If you are having a hard time dealing with the death, find a way to live. Be intentional on choosing happiness. Celebrate the good things in your life. Your loved one can live on through your actions and in your heart.

You have strength like no other! Hang in there beloved.

Love,

Ashley

 

 

Continue Reading

HASK Hair : Coconut Milk & Organic Honey Collection Review

I received the Coconut Milk and Organic Honey Collection complimentary of HASK Beauty. All thoughts expressed are all my own.

 

Hey Beloved,

This post is a review of the HASK Beauty Coconut Milk & Organic Honey. This collection is specifically for curly girls, but HASK Hair does have a variety of lines that cater to different hair needs!

HASK Beauty recently launched three new Exotic Oil Collections – one for curls, one for all hair types, and one for blondes. I was sent the curl collection:  Coconut Milk & Organic Honey.  The collection consists of a shampoo, conditioner, and deep conditioner. All the products are free of artificial colors, alcohol, sulfates, and parabens!  Which is great for you natural and holistic product lovers!

To start the review off, I just want to let you all know that CHILD these products smell BOMB! I don’t know about you, but I’m always either in the beauty supply store or down the hair isle smelling ALL the products. For me, a good scent plays a part in whether or not I’m going to purchase the product.

I’m not here for saturating products in my hair that make me want to gag. At the end of a hectic work week, I like to unwind and with a wash day. How can I distress if I’m dealing with stinky products?!

                                                                                 Okay on to the real review: I used the products over the course of one month. So, that consisted of 3 wash days.

For clarification, a wash day is a specific day I set aside to wash, condition, and style my hair. In short, a day dedicated to hair maintenance. Yes, it takes the entire day. Especially, with a toddler who is constantly touching, moving, and tasting products!

I wanted to get a feel for the products before posting my thoughts about them. Below is a breakdown of my thoughts on each product.

Products:

Curl Care Shampoo:  The shampoo was hydrating! It didn’t strip my hair of its natural oils, which is important. Being natural, I’m very picky when it comes to shampoo. I don’t shampoo my hair often (co- wash type of gal), so when I do,  I expect optimal results. A shampoo that is drying (typically full of sulfates and parabens) don’t produce the results that I want.  However, the Curl Care Shampoo wasn’t drying at all. The shampoo eliminated my product build up with ease. It left my hair manageable, soft, and of course clean!

Curl Care Conditioner: Initially, I was skeptical about the conditioner. The consistency of the conditioner through me off. It isn’t as thick as the conditioners I normally purchase. So, I assumed that it wouldn’t do my tresses any justice. But, I was wrong! The Curl Care Conditioner left my hair super hydrated. It left my hair squeaky clean, yet nourished with no additional weight. With any conditioner I use, I always leave it in longer than the suggested time. This method allows the product time to really penetrate your strands.

Curl Care Deep Conditioner: HASK Beauty has a variety of deep conditioners aiming to cater to all hair types. Depending on my hair needs, I’ll either condition or deep condition. Typically, I won’t do both on the same wash day. The Coconut Milk &  Organic Honey deep conditioner was hydrating like the conditioner and shampoo. It has a thicker consistency, which I liked. Most deep conditioners have that thick consistency for a deep treatment and hair repair.

When it comes to hair care I do my own thing. The directions might say ” Leave product on for 10 minutes then, rinse”, well that 10 minutes could easily turn into 10 hours (exaggerating but you get it). I apply the conditioner, put on my conditioning cap, and start doing stuff around the house.  I like to let deep conditioners saturate in my scalp for a while so my hair can really absorb the product. If my time permits, I’ll even add heat for maximum .

The only negative thing I have to say about the deep conditioner is; I wish it was available in a jar or bottle. The packet wasn’t enough for me.

Pricing

Often, I get questions about the prices of my hair products. I wanted to make sure I addressed it in this post. The HASK brand is affordable! The shampoo and conditioner bottles retail for 5.99 each. However with the deep conditioner, you’re looking at spending 2.99 per packet.

Great thing about this line is that it can be found at your local drug stores and even at Ulta Beauty.

Final Thoughts

Each of these products served its purpose well for my hair. This is my first time ever using the HASK brand. Surprisingly, My hair needs were met! I’m impressed with the Coconut milk & Organic Honey collection. The products left my hair feeling hydrated, nourished, and CLEAN!  I would recommend this product to all my curl friends.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

What are your thoughts on HASK products?

 

Continue Reading

SheaBassador Box #1

This post is going to be short & sweet. I’m not going to get into the details of each product. It’ll just be my favorite and least favorite item. Along with a final thought.

My first box as a SheaBassador, I received items from the Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Skin Care Collection.

The items were:

     Baby Foaming Wash & Shampoo

     Baby Lotion

     Baby Face, Hand & Bum wipes

I also received a SheaMoisture bib (these are not available for purchase)

Prior to this box, I’ve never tried any of the SheaMoisture baby items. So, it was fun to experiment with each product.

Okay let’s get to it:

The line is designed to calm & comfort baby, while moisturizing and soothing dry skin. It’s perfect for little ones who may suffer from eczema!

Favorite item: I loved the Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil Lotion! This lotion is rich & creamy, THICK (how I like my men), and long lasting. Since Luna has eczema, I tend to use thick creams to keep it under control. Sometimes, thick lotions and creams tend leave a greasy residue, but this product gave us no problems with that! I even use it on myself (mama gets dry too)! I absolutely love it.

Least Favorite item: I wasn’t a fan of the Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil Wipes. The smell is very strong and lingers. It through me off! I only use scent- free wipes on Luna, so I wasn’t too fond of dealing with scented wipes. I’m just weird like that! However, the smell doesn’t take away from the quality of the product.

Initially, I thought the wipes would cause irritation because they’re scented, but that wasn’t the case. I used them for Luna’s face and bum. She never experienced any breakouts. The wipes were hydrating and left her skin soft. I did like that the wipes were durable, so they didn’t tear after one wipe. Personally, I just can’t get with the smell. That was my first and last time using those wipes.

Luna’s favorite item: Luna enjoyed the Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil Foaming Wash. She just likes to pump it out and blow the foam everywhere, but hey what more can you expect from a toddler! I have not used it as a shampoo yet. I decided to salvage what’s left of the bottle and wait until baby #2 arrives! I’ll post a mini review via Instagram.

Everything in the collection (all SheaMoisture products) is natural so it can be used for baby or adult. I recommend this collection, but I would just advise you to smell it before you buy it! The products are quality and you won’t be disappointed.

 

Can’t wait for my next box!

 

What do you think about SheaMoisture Baby Products? Favorites?

Continue Reading

Partnership With SheaMoisture

I’m thrilled to announce that I was selected to be a 2017 Brand Ambassador for SheaMoisture!  Each month I’ll be receiving a box of SheaMoisture products to try and review. I was selected to be a SheaMom, so my boxes will be filled with items from SheaMoisture’s Baby Collection.  With, I’ll be posting reviews of the items from each box! I’m so thrilled about this opportunity and couldn’t be more grateful.

Thank you SheaMoisture!

Continue Reading

Toddler Wash Day Routine

Typically, I wash Luna’s hair once a week. Usually on Friday or Saturday nights depending on our schedule. I try to make sure our wash days don’t fall on the same day because that’s a lot to tackle in one day. Like we would need the entire day: naps, snacks, and breaks included. For this wash day, I decided to use the SoCozy products!

I received the Boing Curl collection from SoCozy. This set includes Boing Curl Shampoo, Conditioner, and Leave in Conditioning Spray.

SoCozy products are salon grade and designed specifically for kids. They are free from parabens, sulfate, phthalates, formaldehyde, synthetic color, gluten, wheat, and nuts. So, these products are extremely allergen friendly.

This is a sponsored post for Brand Backers &  SoCozy. All opinions expressed here are my own! 

Step 1: Shampoo 

I wash Luna’s hair in the tub. But, since she is getting bigger, I may start sitting her in a chair and washing her hair in the sink (salon style) for convenience.

To begin, I prep the tub and make sure that all of our supplies is within reach. I rinse her hair a little to help clarify it.

Next, I shampoo the hair, but only once. Simply because all she rocks is her fro and at this age she doesn’t have extreme product build up.

There isn’t anything on the bottle that states the product is tear- free. So, be mindful of that when you use it. I didn’t want to take any chances, so I took extra precautions.  Make sure that when you rinse the product out, the water falls away from your child face.  Try to keep their eyes dry. This prevents your child from rubbing their eyes, which can cause irritation…leading to fussiness and a shorten wash day.

 

Tip: Never detangle during this stage! Detangling wet or hair that’s only been shampooed can cause breakage!

 

Step 2: Condition

Before applying the conditioner to Luna’s hair, I dry her hair with a t-shirt then apply the conditioner. I detangle her hair some during this stage with a wide tooth comb. This detangle is super quick. I let the conditioner set for about ten minutes. During that time, Luna plays with her bath toys and we sing our bath song! Then we rinse.

The SoCozy conditioner isn’t as fruity as we’re used to, but it does have a faint flowery scent.  To be exact the scent is called “sweet-crème”. It still moisturized her just as well as the other products we use so no complaints.

 

Step 3: Detangle

Detangling your toddler’s tresses can be a little bit of a challenge. As you know, toddlers don’t like to sit for very long.  I like to offer Luna a snack before I begin.

To start, I spray her entire head with the leave-in conditioner. She likes when I massage it into her scalp. It makes her laugh! So, I massage it in, until her hair has soaked up the product some.

Then I section off the hair into three or four parts and clip the hair down to keep them separate (she always manages to take out some clips… all of them).

She took out the clips before I was able to snap the photo!

I use a detangling brush on Luna’s hair. I feel it works better than a regular wide tooth comb. Especially since the bristles are very flexible. The bristles are also different lengths so the tension is being evenly distributed when brushing your hair.

After brushing out each section, I give her a chance stretch and run around before we moisturize.

Tip: Make sure your child’s hair is well saturated with leave-in conditioner before detangling to prevent tears and once again breakage!

 

Step 4: Add Moisture

I use the LOC (liquid, oil, and cream) method on Luna’s hair. I won’t go into details in this post, but I love that method to seal in the moisture in her tresses.

I pop on her bonnet and we’re off to bed!

 Tip: If you child fights the bonnet buy a few satin pillow cases! They serve the same purpose as a bonnet. 

I was pleasantly surprised at the SoCozy products. This was my first time using them, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Even though the products are natural and free of harsh chemicals, I assumed that the products would be drying. I thought they weren’t going to nourish my daughter’s specific hair type. But, SoCozy definitely proved me wrong!

Overall, I really love the SoCozy Boing Curl line. The products served their purpose well!

Continue Reading

Honest Motherhood – mini lesson #1

Motherhood has shown me my resiliency both physically and mentally. No matter how distorted things may seem, I’ve bounced back…and ever so gracefully.

Whenever I find myself surrounded by darkness, one glance at my daughter makes the clouds subside. She is my light. Baby girl radiates so much love and happiness. I can’t pinpoint what I did to deserve her. Apparently, God saw me fit to be trusted with such a beautiful being. Who knew such a small person could have this giant spirit!

My daughter has given me great focus, making our possibilities infinite.

I have been bent & stretched beyond my limits, but I have never broken. Because. of. HER. 

Know the root of your strength.

Take care beloved,

Ashley

Continue Reading