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Austlen Entourage Stroller Review

YOU GUYS. If there ever was a Lamborghini of strollers, the Austlen Entourage would be it!

My jaw literally dropped with how easy this thing was to put together and then…. wait for it, HOW IT EXPANDS from a single stroller to either a double stroller or a stroller with an extra $150 a month storage unit on the back!

Seriously. I’m still in awe of this beautiful, leather trimmed creation. No words… but I’ll try.

So, like I said, it was an easy installation with a few wheels and 2 fenders to click in. That was about it. The stroller itself expands or folds with the slide of a few levers. It’s a seamless process that anyone (even older kids) can accomplish. The lever to expand this stroller into a double is on the back of the front seat. With a push of a button, you instantly have a double stroller. It’s quite magical. I think my jaw hit the floor (literally!) the first time I expanded it.

After you get past the awesome expansion, you move on to the beautiful (and removable!) fabric. Everything can be washed (YES!). The fabric is very luxurious feeling while also being durable. I feel super stylish with the beautiful leather trim and Rian just smiles when he rides in this… I swear, he must know style at 1.5 years old.

He loves the foot rest too. You can either keep it up, or push it down. Rian prefers to keep his feet up… typical (lol). And the seat is adjustable as well. You can choose from 5 different seat positions, going from upright to almost flat. (I’m sure this will come in handy if my son ever decides that a stroller nap is in his future.)

 

Here’s a fun fact: The Entourage holds up to 150lbs (GASP). So I can load this baby up with kids, sports equipment, beach gear, my two dogs, a husband and the neighbors kids. Or, I could take my extra large cargo bag and do a little shopping damage. It’s like having a Kohls cart built right into the back. I also love that you can zip up the bag to have it a bit smaller. This would be good for my Trader Joe’s runs.. (maybe it would make me stick to my list?)

My husband appreciates the adjustable handle bar. I can lower it for my medium stature and he can lift it to accomodate himself. Attached to the handle (but also removable), is a tote bag. This bag is AWESOME. It’s like having a diaper bag ready to go at all times! There are a million compartments, perfect for car keys, bottles, toys, etc.

This stroller has it all; from wheels that glide like butta to fabric as luxurious as it looks. What’s so great about this stroller though is that it’s just as functional as it is beautiful and stylish! I look forward to stacking luggage in it at the airport, loading up on future soccer balls and hockey sticks, and even attaching one of the many accessories they have available for two kids.

The Austlen Entourage is going to stay with my family for years to come! (I mean, look how happy my dad (AKA Pop) is walking with Rian! 🙂 … even if it was a tad bright outside LOL )

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Yoga With Kids – Tips

Yoga. It’s good for peace of mind, clarity and learning how to breath correctly when your toddler is having a mental breakdown over dropping his last cheerio in HomeGoods. (They never seem to understand why they can’t put it back in their mouth after it’s been on the dirty ground.)

I have come to find that my practice with yoga has become imperative to my fitness routine and my overall mental health. It’s SO IMPORTANT to take at least a little time for yourself each day.

Yoga studios are awesome (and trust me, I LOVE my studio and getting away even for an hour)… but some days, you just can’t get away. Enter stage right, YOGA WITH KIDS. (or kid in my case).

Here’s a couple tips to getting your practice in without knocking your child in the head with your heel, strap, block or anything else:

1. Distract, distract, distract. 

While Mickey mouse might be your arch nemesis at this particular time, he’s great for keeping your kid in the hotdog mood. His squeaky little voice can be drawn out by your controlled breathing or melodic chants.

2. Give snacks.

Yeah, yeah, yeah…. I know. Don’t bribe or distract your kids with food. But hey, maybe you can get a flow in during lunch time? Afternoon snack time?

3. Flow outside.

It’s good to breath in the sunshine and air. I find that my son can easily distract himself when he’s outside. I can get some good breathing or stretching in while he plays. Sure, I have to stop and keep an eye on him, but, anything is better than nothing!

4. Make it work!

My kid is a busy one. He never sits still… (except for one time with Moana… for about 5 minutes). So when he wants to join (or really just kick me off his toys) I let him. He even gets me up from child’s pose with a helpful hairpull from time to time. He’s so great that way!

5. Ask them to join.

I can’t wait until my son is old enough to join me in my practice! He already helps with downward dog and I ALMOST have him convinced to stay on my back during crow. I mean, I should probably start looking for our matching harlem pants now…

 

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Contours Love3-in-1 Baby Carrier Review

The Contours Love3-in-1 Baby Carrier has gained a new devoted follower with this carrier. I had previously tried a few others I really, really liked; but honestly, nothing compares to this one!!

The material is SO SOFT. The entire carrier is soft, breathable, and molds perfectly to Rian and I. I couldn’t believe how comfortable, light weight and cool this carrier is! On the inside of the carrier, there is a super soft and comfy jersey material that gives me awesome feelings of having a non-chaffed son after a long hot day in southern California.

What else rocks about this thing?? NO AWKWARD BACK STRAP. Which means I don’t have to t-rex myself from behind to try to buckle a strap while Rian wiggles in front. All buckles are easily accessible from the front. You also don’t need an infant insert. SAY WHAT? Yep. No insert! Hello less to store and one less piece of the puzzle to mess around with. Contours Love Carrier fits newborns to toddlers, topping out at 30lbs.

Some other cool features…. huge pocket in the front for all of your “mom things” (plus an separate extra pocket too), super comfy padded shoulder straps, and it’s machine washable.

I love the front facing aspect of this carrier. It’s flexible enough to give my son wiggle room, but not so much that he feels unstable. With other front facing carriers, I felt like my son was being smothered. I don’t get that feeling at all with this. This carrier has even been deemed a “hip-healthy” product by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. WINNING.

I can’t rave enough about this carrier. Seriously. It is one you should DEFINITELY try out for yourself! And it’s a bargain at $99. Just Sayin… Contours Love is NUMBER 1!

 

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Hair Growth Secret… Revealed!

Since I posted this photo online:

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Everyone has been asking, “OMG, your hair is so long, what is your secret?! I wish my hair grew like that!”

The truth is, for the LONGEST time, my hair was falling out and wouldn’t grow at all. After you give birth, that “luscious hair” you’re suppose to get during pregnancy (I got none of it) actually falls out. I read some where that it’s really dead hair that your follicles hold on to while pregnant, thus giving you the illusion that your hair is thick and shiny (this could be totally off base though).

So, what really helped my hair grow and made my body give up the need to shed like a german shepherd in the summer??

KETO DIET AND COLLAGEN.

When you become fat adapted, your hair grows. Because you are taking in more essential healthy fats, your hair follicles become healthier, your body is more energized and your hair grows.

Have you ever done a really low fat diet and your hair became brittle and dry? It’s because your body was lacking the nutrients it needs.

Aside from eating more fat, I noticed a HUGE difference in my hair once I started supplementing with Neocell Marine Collagen. Within a few days, I noticed my hair was softer, shinier and eventually, I noticed it really starting to grow!

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I use marine collagen because it has a higher amount of glycine in it. This promotes not only a youthful appearance, but also cognitive and digestive health. The extra shine to my hair was just the sprinkles on the cupcake! Collagen also promotes healthy joints and muscles.

I recommend it to all of my family, friends and clients!

Lately, I have been using 1 scoop of Vital Proteins Marine Collagen Peptides in my lemon water every day. It’s a great option if you would rather mix it in instead of swallow pills. It also has a higher amount of protein in it than the Neocell version. Vital Proteins also has to-go packs which are awesome for traveling!

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So there you have it, my secrets to healthier hair: higher intake of healthy fats and collagen! 

 

 

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Baby Skin Care – My Go To Products!

As a mom, it’s pretty heart wrenching to deal with anything that causes distress to your child. Allergies, reflux, skin rashes – it all just plain out sucks.

Rian has had his fair share of problems between the GERD, allergies and his random skin rashes. We’ve had hives, random dryness, cracked and bloody spots/creases and a slew of other horrible skin irritations. In fact, as I write this, Rian has little red dots all behind his ears, onto his neck and on the side of his cheek. (I am thinking it’s from a strawberry sensitivity, but honestly, I have no idea!)

I tried all of the home remedies from breast milk to coconut oil, as well as Earth Mama, Honest Co., Babyganics, Aveeno, Eucerine (and more) for his baths, but nothing worked. Rian’s skin always broke out and stayed consistently dry. Lotions were another long arduous task. I treed everything from the aforementioned brands and more. Once again, nothing worked. Everything in the drug store kept Rian’s skin the same or made it worse.

I think you get the drift in how exhausted I was trying to make Rian feel better. 

Lost without a clue what to do, in came my mom. (Moms know best right?!) She mentioned that one of the girls she followed posted about a brand I had never heard of, Baby Mantra. I figured, what the hell? And ordered some the next day off of Amazon. I got the newborn basic bundle to try. It was the best bang for my buck and allowed me to try 3 of their products. I was really interested in the avocado oil. Avocados are chop full of healthy fats and vitamins… if anything would work, that had to!

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So here is my honest, four word testimony from a mom who just wants to share her story: This Stuff Saved Us. 

Rian’s skin has been smooth, relatively bump and dryness free (darn food allergies and trying new things!) since we began using the Newborn set 6 months ago. We did try the 3-in-1 bubble bath a few months back and he had a small reaction to it. I still have it to try again later though.

I cannot stress how much I recommend this company (hello made in the USA!), their products and the quality you receive. Plus, their products are EWG verified, Non GMO, NPA certified and PETA certified too!

Give them a try if you are lost like I once was or share this with someone who might be struggling. Let’s get the word out and help some mom’s who don’t know what else to do!

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Food For Baby Faves

I make Rian’s food at home. Why? Because I have the time and it’s wayyyyyyy cheaper. Plus, it allows me to know exactly what is in each jar (which is so important with allergy babies).

Here are some of my FAVORITE baby food products that have made life so much easier.

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Jervis & George Glass Jars – I use to use the plastic baby bowls but my son eats like a grown man and I needed something a little bigger. Plus, I’m relatively crunchy and wanted to make sure he wasn’t getting all of the chemical omissions when heating his food up.

Insert the Jervis & George jars. Not only are they pretty dang cute, but they are awesome for travel and are even dishwasher safe! I fill a few of these puppies up for each feeding and store leftover in them as well. When Rian is a little older, I will use them for snacks. His dehydrated apple chips fit perfectly in the smaller ones.

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Goodie Pouches – I don’t know about your kids, but Rian is OBSESSED with pouches. I mean, he flips out at Buy Buy Baby and I literally have to avoid the food aisle, otherwise, I’ll have to bust open 3-4 pouches for him to feed his little adorable piggy heart.

And I can’t blame him, it’s way easier for me to give him a pouch then spoon feed him when we are out. But let’s face it, those pouches are expensive. I went on Amazon (like I do for everything), and found these awesome reusable pouches for like $13! They work great, are dishwasher safe and are free of any of those pesky chemicals like BPA, Phthalate, Lead and PVC. Also, they hold more food and you can even write on the front (date them before freezing!). Overall, a real winning product!

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Disposable Bibs – My grandma bought these for me from the 99 Cent Store. At first I was like, “Oh no grams, I got bibs for days!”….. then I went to Disneyland and used one of these and my life was changed forever.

Why yes, I would like to just throw away Rian’s messy bib instead of figuring out how to put it back in his diaper bag without spreading the food love to all of his extra goodies. Know a friend who’s expecting? Include these in your gift!

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Soap Silicone Molds – I use to use these awesome baby food freezer trays when Rian only ate a few ounces of food. They worked great and I still have them! But, as Rian grew and his appetite grew even bigger, I was tired of heating up a gazillion bricks of food at each meal.

I have a silicon tray for freezing my fat bombs, so I thought…. “hey, why not see is Amazon has bigger trays for Rian’s food???” And guess what, they did! Each portion is now around 2 ounces and I only have to heat up like 5 bricks at a time. Plus, it’s way easier to get those suckers out of the mold! Yay for making your own soap…. errrr, I mean baby food! 🙂

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Handheld Immersion Blender – Typically, I use my Blenctec to make Rian’s food. But when the blender goes out, my trusty (kept in the cabinet for years) immersion blender saves the day. So, it doesn’t blend it up quite as well… and a few carrots always escape the blades, but it sure is nice to clean and store!

 

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