Review: Rockabilly Ruffles Breastfeeding Veil

I’ve been a breastfeeding mama for just about 3 and a half years (with a little break between babies), and while there is a lot that I love about breastfeeding, there is also a lot that can be difficult or awkward.  I am a huge believer that women are allowed (and should be allowed) to breastfeed wherever they are legally allowed to be, with or without a cover.  And I would like to say that I am always comfortable breastfeeding completely uncovered wherever I am.. but that is sometimes easier said than done.

There are a lot of different types of breastfeeding covers available on the market these days, but none of them were of any interest to me, until I saw this Breastfeeding Veil by Rockabilly Ruffles!  So when I was asked to review one, I jumped at the chance!

The first thing I would like to talk about is how beautiful this veil is.  The fabric is so soft, and it is really well made.  It’s something that I could easily store in my bag and pull out anywhere I needed to nurse.  It’s beautiful no matter how wrinkled it is.  Look at the colours!  There are a number of different prints available, and each one is just as beautiful as the last.

Plus, look at how sweet this looks!  I love how easy it is to use.  You don’t have to keep putting something back on your shoulder again and again, or put something around your neck.  I love how it goes over your head too, but you can still see! You can have some great bonding time with your baby (or toddler), AND carry on a conversation with everyone around you!

If you’re interested in learning more, or you’d like to get one for yourself, check out their website, or Rockabilly Ruffles Etsy Shop here! You can also follow along on instagram, or on Facebook.

xoxo,
Alysa

I received this veil in exchange for this review, all the opinions stated here are entirely my own.

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Review: Parenting in Christ

When I got a message asking if I’d like to review this book, I was so excited!  I’m big into reading parenting books that are based in Jesus’ teachings, and this one looked pretty good.

Well, I have to say, now that I’ve read Parenting in Christ: Treasures For Parenting From Jesus by Christina Dronen, it’s even better than pretty good.  It’s very excellent!

This book is written as a study.  It has 10 sections and each section starts with an ice breaker question.  There is then a short chapter, and then more questions for a discussion.  This book would be perfect for a small group situation, either for couples, or for a mom group!  I would definitely recommend it for parents or parents to be.

For me, the best part was that each chapter ended with a verse to think on, as a takeaway from the chapter.  I also really love how straight to the point it was.  It doesn’t take a long time to get the message across, and it references multiple bible verses in each chapter.  Parenting in Christ: Treasures For Parenting From Jesus is a must-read for any parenting group.

If you would like to get a copy for yourself (paperback or on Kindle), check out the Amazon page here.  To learn more about Christina Dronen and read more of her writing, here is her website.

xoxo,
Alysa

 

I received the book free of charge in exchange for this review, but all the opinions stated here are my own.

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Review: Let The Little Children Come Sampler Pack

As someone who grew up in the Catholic church, I’ve seen a lot of the ways that particular branch of the church used to try to reach children and help children to understand the Bible.  There were a lot of different things, and while some of them maybe have worked.. looking back, a lot of it seemed pretty cheesy.

But good news! I have something new to share with you.  I was so excited when I was asked to review a new cool sampler pack of child evangelism tools.  I’d never considered getting something like this for the kids, and this was a great start.  The sampler pack I received is filled with a few things that you could buy more of, to give you an idea of what everything is like.  It’s the perfect little starter.

These are really cool. They are wordless bracelets (one is a silicone bracelet and the other is a kit).  Each colour represents a different idea and the children are encouraged to look at the different colours when praying.  It’s a really great visually appealing way to remember God’s love for us.

I really liked these. You fold them over and over and they tell a story.  It’s a fun thing that kids can do by themselves to learn Bible verses.  These ones were a lot of fun to use.

These are pop up books, and we really liked using these as well.  My toddler enjoyed looking at and seeing the popups, but my younger son was a bit too young for it.  As my daughter is getting older, she’s less likely to rip the pop ups out, which makes them more fun.  These were great stories as well.

I don’t think I super got these.  They were interesting, for sure, but not something I would use with my little ones.  Maybe if they were a bit older it would have worked better.

Overall, I really enjoyed this sampler pack.  The container it came in was great for my daughter to open and close herself, and we enjoyed reading through all the stories together.

If you’re interested in getting your own, check out their link here!

xoxo,
Alysa

 

 

 

 

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 

 

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Book Review: {Why} Motherhood Matters

As a mom of young children, and especially as a stay at home parent, being a mama is all consuming.  I am with my little ones basically 24/7 at this point and I basically only think about them.  Did they eat enough, are they sleeping enough, what do they need!!  Since they’re so little, their needs can feel overwhelming, but a lot of mamas of young children also start to feel alone.

Enter Steptember McCarthy and her wonderful book {Why} Motherhood Matters!  This book shares some very personal stories, as well as realistic and practical advice for any mom in all stages of motherhood.  So many times while reading this book, I found myself nodding because I could relate so much.

The book is laid out in four parts, which go deeper into some of the issues of motherhood.  From faith and wellness, to education and relationships, September covers so many aspects of motherhood, and each section ends with some questions and principles to think about and carry into your own life.

Whether you’re in the middle of trying to have a baby, or the sleepless nights, or you have teenagers and beyond, this book is for you.  I am so glad that I had the chance to read it.

For more information, check out September’s website here!

xoxo,
Alysa

 

Disclosure: I received this book at no charge in exchange for this review. All the opinions stated here are my own.

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Rachel’s Remedy: A Review!

Parenting, amirite?  It’s got some tough stuff.  Luckily, there are some amazing products out there to help make tough things a little bit easier, or in the very least, more comfortable.

When I first started breastfeeding Autumn right after she was born, it was P A I N F U L.  She had a bad latch (which I now know was due to a lip tie), and she wanted to nurse ALL. THE. TIME.  So it hurt. A LOT.

When Aiden was first born, he took to breastfeeding right away.  He ate like a champion.  And, it was basically painless!  I think because Autumn weaned so close to when he was born, my body was still used to it, so I didn’t have the initial pain that I had with Autumn.  It was lovely!  It’s been great breastfeeding him.

Fast forward to now.  He’s growing teeth! Yay! He’s sleeping through the night! Also, yay!  But….. he’s biting me. And, he’s not eating all night so I’m very often waking up engorged.  Boo.  Not to mention the fact that he’s got some lovely little nails that he likes to dig into me when he eats.

Enter Rachel’s Remedy Breastfeeding Relief Packs.  OH-MY-GOODNESS! Can I please gush? I need to gush a little bit.  Last night, Aiden decided that he wanted to bite me instead of sleep.  Super great, right?  I left his room a little upset, and in pain.  I plopped these packs in the microwave& heated them, slipped them on into my bra, and it was like instant relief.  It felt as though he had never bitten me at all!

And want to know the best part?  As if the sheer relief wasn’t enough?  These are reusable and washable!  I love it.  I can totally see myself just having them chill out in my freezer so I can quickly grab them when I need them.  Also, they’re the perfect size for bumps on little heads as they grow, so just because you’re done breastfeeding doesn’t mean they’re not still useful 😉

Overall, this was a lovely product to try, and I REALLY wish I had them back when Autumn was a newborn because these would have been SO much better than what I was doing at the time.

I receive free products from Guidance Guide for review purposes but my opinions are all my own.

xoxo,
Alysa

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Parenting with Grace and Truth: Book Review & Giveaway

I read a lot of parenting books. I really enjoy reading about different styles of parenting, and in each one I definitely take things away that I can use in my own parenting journey.  So when I was contacted to review Parenting with Grace and Truth by Dan Seaborn, I jumped at the chance of reading it!  I want to be able to parent in a way that is modelled after Jesus, and that is what this book is about.

As I say, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for this review.  Everything said here is my own opinion.  This post also contains affiliate links.

When I start reading any parenting book, I usually start by looking at the author’s bio on/in the back of the book.  I look to see what their qualifications are.  Dan Seaborn mentions on the back of this book that he has four kids with his wife.  That makes me think, ok, so he kind of knows what he’s talking about!  I read a longer bio that also said that he has worked as a youth pastor, so he really knows what he’s talking about with regards to teenagers.  I think it’s important to mention this, because there have been books I’ve read in the past that the author didn’t mention anything about whether or not they were a parent.  I know there are lots of non-parents that are very smart and everything, but as a parent, I take the advice of fellow parents more seriously.  So, I really like the fact that he mentions on his bio that he has children.

The way Parenting with Grace and Truth is set up is each chapter is about a truth about parenting.  Some examples are, The Truth About Developing Good Character in Your Children or The Truth about Effective Parenting.  I found it really interesting that Seaborn talks about these parenting issues as basic truths, and not just any truth, but truth with a foundation in Jesus.  I really liked that.  Another thing he does in each chapter is, he finishes each chapter with a number of questions to consider.  I think that makes this a good book to read with a small group.  There are questions that would make wonderful discussion questions with other parents.  And finally, he has a little blurb at the very end called “Dan’s Reality Check” where he is real about the truths he just talked about in the chapter.

Reading through this book, I found myself nodding my head in agreement about quite a few things.  I found myself hi-lighting sections of the book because I wanted to remember exactly what it said, so I could tell other people about it later.  I think that this is such a great resource for parents!  Though I am currently in the baby/toddler stage of parenting, and he talks a lot about parenting teenagers, I still got a LOT out of this book, and there was a lot I could take away and use in my life right now.

One of my favourite chapters is when Seaborn starts talking about specific parenting styles.  So he describes authoritarian style parenting, helicopter style parenting, and the very best parenting style: Jesus style parenting.  The way he describes Jesus style parenting made it seem actually attainable.  Jesus style parenting is perfect, but the way we do it doesn’t have to be perfect.  If we’re striving for Jesus style parenting, that is enough.

Another thing that I really appreciate about this book is the fact that there is scripture throughout each chapter.  Seaborn writes about parenting in a way that is based in biblical truth.  I think that is the one of it’s huge assets.  You can read exactly which verse he means when he gives his advice.

Parenting with Grace and Truth by Dan Seaborn was a really great read, and I think it will be one that I go back to again and again as my children get older.  And good news, friends!  You have a chance to win a copy of your very own as well!

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xoxo,
Alysa

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Piglet and Robin are Thankful book review

Piglet and Robin are Thankful

I was recently given the chance to review the book, “Piglet and Robin Are Thankful” by Jason Quinn & Andrew Gallagher.  I was given the book for free in exchange for my honest review, the opinions stated here are my own.

“Piglet and Robin are Thankful” is a really sweet book about all the things to be thankful for.  It’s got a cute back and forth between the two characters, and lovely pictures to go with it.  It was fun to read with my daughter.  She loved pointing out the things she recognized in the pictures, and she would say the things she was thankful for, too.  This book is a really cute way to teach your small children all the things that they can be thankful for.

If you’re interested in reading this book, check out the website and Facebook page, and find it on Amazon.

xoxo,
Alysa

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The Blessings of Unity: Book Review & Giveaway

The Blessings of Unity book review

I was recently given the opportunity to review a marriage book, “The Blessings of Unity” by Richard T. Case by Flyby Promotions.  The book was given to me in exchange for my review, and the opinions expressed here are my own.

As per the back cover, “The Blessings of Unity offers insight and ideas for creating godly unity in our marriages centered around two key concepts: 1. Abiding in the vine and walking in the spirit, and 2. Learning and applying the concept of unity.”

This was a short book, but it covers a lot of material.  Each chapter offers many, many examples in scripture, as well as many itemized lists.  There are many tips for ways we can live together in unity in our marriages, and based on scripture.

However, I found this book to be a little dry for my liking.  I much prefer books like this to include personal stories where the advice given either works, or examples of when the advice was needed.  I enjoy books that are a little more conversational.

When I read books such as this one, I often check the author’s bio in the back, to see about their life and their marriage.  I found it really interesting, and a little weird that there was no mention of a marriage in this author’s bio.  Is he even married?  His bio talks about his business experience, and I felt that was a little out of place for a book on marriage.  Additionally, I have to say that I was a little turned off by the introduction when he talks about how children are bombarded with peer pressure, and includes “the gay agenda” as a type of peer pressure.  What is the gay agenda?  This did not seem to come up in the rest of the book, either, so it felt very out of place.

I agree that unity is a huge thing in a marriage, and, especially when kids are involved, being on the same page as your spouse is very very important.  “The Blessings of Unity” covers a lot of really great material on that.  And I really liked that it is primarily based on scripture, and gives actual usable tips on what we can do to have more unity in our marriages.

How would you like to find out for yourself?
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Or, you can purchase the book here!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Supported In Breastfeeding: Book Review + Free PDF

It’s 3am, and I’m sitting in my son’s nursery.  It’s quiet, with only the small amount of light coming from a little owl lamp on his bookshelf.  My husband is asleep, my daughter is asleep.  It feels like it’s just us two.  I’m tired (exhausted), but I love this.  I love cuddling my little one and helping him fall back to sleep again.  I love holding him in his sleep, and I love knowing that I can give him everything he needs in this moment.  This is what breastfeeding looks like to us, right now.

But, breastfeeding didn’t always look like that for me.  It can be hard.  It can be painful.  It can be stressful.  Sometimes I accidentally flash an entire room of people without trying.  Sometimes, I don’t care because I need my baby to eat.  Sometimes it feels as though I am all alone in this.

And that is why Supported In Breastfeeding is such an important book for breastfeeding moms.  If you’re breastfeeding, or planning on breastfeeding your baby, you should read this book.  Because none of us are really alone in this.  We’re all going through very similar things with breastfeeding.  Whether your baby takes to it immediately, or you struggle with it.. we’re all in this together.  Supported In Breastfeeding has 20+ stories from real life moms who have been right where you are, and that was so encouraging to read.

As I read through this book, I could relate to so many of the different stories.  I found myself nodding along with all the struggles and triumphs that these breastfeeding mamas described.  I felt so connected to the women in the book, even though I’ve never met any of them.  Their stories are so similar to my story.  I would recommend this book to any woman who wants to breastfeed their baby <3

Supported In Breastfeeding book review

Are you currently breastfeeding, or about to start breastfeeding when your baby comes?  Check out this PDF – Essential Breastfeeding Guide – free just for you! <3

Find more information about Supported In Breastfeeding & buy it here!

xoxo,
Alysa

 

I was able to read this book in advance of release in exchange for this review, the opinions stated here are my honest ones.

 

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Baby Review: Bummis Diapers!

bummis diaper review

Recently, I recieved a set of cloth diapers to review.  I’ve been cloth diapering Autumn for nearly two years (eek!) and I love using cloth diapers!  I received two diapers from BUMMIS, one that is an all in one, and one that is a swim diaper.

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First of all, how freaking adorable is this diaper.  I almost didn’t want to put a bathing suit bottom on to cover it up! It’s so cute.  It works perfectly for swimming in any kind of water.  And I love that it’s gender neutral, so I can use this with either of my children.

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I need to gush over how adorable this diaper is as well.  I love the little woodland creatures on this diaper, and Autumn had fun pointing out the fox and the owl and birds.  She is really into animals right now, so this diaper was really fun for her to wear as well.  Plus, the cuteness!

I had never used an all in one before, and I must say that it’s so easy to use.  Lately, I have been stuffing the diapers after I wash them, and that takes extra time.  With an all in one, it’s pretty much ready to go right out of the dryer.  I don’t have to do anything extra with the liners or anything.  It makes cloth diapering that much easier.

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I also really loved learning about the company that makes these.  BUMMI is a Canadian company that uses fabrics sourced in North America.  It’s made right in Montreal!  I love that about these diapers.  They use organic cotton, and believe in sustainability as well.  Overall, I really enjoy these diapers and I think I need to get more, too 😉

xoxo,
Alysa

 

I received these diapers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions and thoughts expressed here are my own.

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