This is not goodbye… More of a see you around

After more than four years of being a part of the most amazing, humbling and enlightening experiences this blog has provided me, it is with great excitement that I share some really good news – and a little bit of sad news.

The sad news is as of today I will no longer be posting to this blog and working as Mommy Loves Coffee.

The good news is, I’ve taken a position with an amazing company as their new Brand Ambassador for Southern California.

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All of my life experiences, industry experiences, research, and passion for all things parenting have led me in this direction and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to join such an amazing team at 4moms.
I’ve been extremely lucky to work with and meet so many amazing people thanks to this blog, and I’ve enjoyed each and every experiences with all of you. Luckily, I will still have opportunities to see you around at various events, retail stores and through social media moving forward.

My sincerest thanks for all of your feedback, support and encouragement over the years.

With love and a big cheers with my coffee mug,

Christina

 

The New Britax UltimateComfort Series – Exclusively at Babies “R” Us and Toys “R” Us

BRITAX has been a staple in our lives the past 12 years. I’ll never forget the first BRITAX convertible car seat that I received from my first baby shower back in 2002. It was the Roundabout in the Cheetah fashion. Since then, all four of my children have, at one point or another, sat in a BRITAX car seat. Some of them still do! BRITAX has remained true to their goal of producing quality child restraints with safety as the ultimate focus. I’ve watched (and experienced first hand) BRITAX evolve over the years and I’m very pleased to learn about their newest collection.

BRITAX has a brand new line of exclusive convertible car seats exclusive to Babies “R” Us and Toys “R” Us –
the all-new UltimateComfort™ series.

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Some of the special features of the UltimateComfort series include:

 

  • Memory Foam: Soft, resilient Memory Foam layered with BRITAX’s Premium Comfort Foam contours to the body and provides an extra cushion of comfort.
  • Exclusive Fashions: New fabric options, available only at Toys “R” Us
  • Cup Holder: For on-the-go travel convenience

 

The UltimateComfort series combines comfort, style and accessories at an affordable price point for parents and caregivers. Choose from three seats to meet your child’s size, vehicle space and style and always make sure your child is properly restrained and the seat is properly installed for your child’s safety. BRITAX seats offer “safety you can see” and clearly display all safety instructions both on the seat and inside the manual.

For more information on how to properly measure and size your child before purchasing a car seat, please see the BRITAX Learning Center – More to Measure, Fit My Child, and Car Seat Installation Advice on how to ensure your child’s seat is properly installed and used at all times.

Comfort and safety at the same time

The beauty about the new UltimateComfort series is that you can safely provide your child with luxury-style comfort with the addition of the memory foam layers without the use of after-market products in your child’s seat, which can jeopardize your child’s safety and void the seat’s warranty. This is huge! Especially for those kiddos that do not fancy car rides. Trust me, I’ve had one of those and I wanted to do everything possible to make him comfortable and happy.

Available fashions include:

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MSRP $389.99

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MSRP $349.99

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MSRP $329.99

Disclosure: BRITAX sent us a seat for review. All opinions are my own.

New Mom Must-Haves and Best Baby Gifts

What do you get the mom who has it all? Well… chances are, she thought she had it all. These must-have items are not only perfect for any parent with a new baby, each item – or a combination of a few – make for amazing baby shower or welcome home baby gifts. In fact, if you visit the new parents after they bring their bundle of joy home for the first time, show up with one of these items and a meal and you’ll instantly become baby’s favorite aunt or uncle. Guaranteed.

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GIFTS FOR THE BABY

  • Hand-picked, trendy baby clothing always make a fun gift – especially when you show up with it in hand after the baby has arrived. The new mom is sure to adore little pieces like the I Heart Mom onesie by Hiho Batik, the comfy and versatile Appaman Downtown pants with elastic waist and the Star Playsuit from NUNUNU Baby is one of my go-to gifts because honestly, there’s just nothing quite like it!
  • The Stokke Jersey Blanket Set is the perfect gift for a new baby. The ultra soft and super absorbent burp cloth, matching bib (which is the perfect size for those teething days – and beyond) plus the matching blanket make for one practical and stylish set.
  • The Ergobaby Wrap is what I refer to as the 10th month of pregnancy. The wrap cradles baby against mom or dad’s chest and mimics a womb-like environment. Quinn basically lived in his wrap for the first few months.

PRACTICAL BABY GIFTS

  • The new Baby Au Lait Premium Muslin Swaddle Set provides parents with multiple uses – and they’re cute and oh so soft.
  • The OXO Perfect Pull Wipe Dispenser continues to be one of my favorite items to this day. Sometimes it’s the little things and to be able to pull one wipe at a time in the middle of a messy blowout, let’s just say, that’s more than a little thing…
  • Comotomo Natural Feel Baby Bottles not only feel natural, they are one of the only ones that Quinn will use. Yes, every baby is different, but I’ve also received a ton of wonderful feedback about these bottles from mothers all over.
  • The Summer Infant Slumber Buddies have also become a huge favorite around here. I used the soft glow in the early days to navigate a middle of the night diaper change and to position Quinn in the proper breastfeeding position through the night (without startling him awake with the bright lights of the room). And now that he’s older, it serves as a nightlight for nap and nighttime.

GIFTS JUST FOR THE NEW MOM

  • The Organic Belly Bandit by Rosie Pope helps mom feel secure and prompts her body to heal properly with just the right amount of compression. I suggest that you know the mama well enough to gift her with this… Maybe save this one for your BFF, she’ll be forever grateful.
  • You can’t go wrong with any of the Earth Mama Angel Baby products, but I encourage you to gift the amazingness that is the Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter. Not only does it work wonders on sore nipples, I’ve used it on my dry hands, on Quinn’s dry patches and as lip balm when in a pinch. I swear by this stuff.
  • The Bravado! Designs Essential Embrace Nursing Bra is a perfect gift for a new mom – especially if she hasn’t experienced what an amazing nursing bra can feel like.
  • The Belabumbum Maternity and Nursing Pajama Pants and Cami Sets will be loved in more ways than you can imagine. Encourage the new mom to lounge, rest and be comfortable with her new baby in the most comfortable pajamas you will ever feel. You might want to get a pair for yourself while you’re at it.
  • Gifts don’t have to be big, that’s why I love the Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes. Chances are, the new mom is spending her precious time with her precious newborn or sleeping and not practicing self-care. I can tell you first hand how important self-care is when you have a newborn in the house. I can also tell you that I’m one of the guilty moms that didn’t make it a priority.
  • Personalized Stacking Rings from Three Sisters Jewelry make a very thoughtful gift for a new mom. They’re unique, they won’t scratch the baby and I don’t know any mom who wouldn’t love to have something special with her baby’s name on it.

GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING

  • The Lillebaby 6-in-1 Complete Airflow Carrier provides mom and dad with a comfortable place to hold baby close. But baby doesn’t want that closeness and security to stop after those newborn days – no way. And that’s okay with the Lillebaby Complete because it grows and transforms without the use of infant inserts or added accessories. Mom and dad can carry their baby for years to come with this carrier.
  • The Zoli Nom Nom Lunch Bag travels with me all the time. I used it primarily as a breast milk travel bag for outings and overnight trips in the early days and now I use it as a lunch and snack bag almost every day when we’re out and about.

 

What is your new mom must-have item?

Don’t Miss KidsFest San Diego May 17-18, 2014

KidsFest is San Diego’s largest hands-on, creative festival for kids and their families. Presented by the Chloe Nichols Foundation, KidsFest 2014 will transform the NTC Ingram Plaza in Point Loma into a wonderland of play, with activities designed to stimulate and celebrate the imagination during the weekend-long celebration on May 17-18, 2014.

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We have attended KidsFest a few times now and it’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced. The pure joy on the children’s faces as they discover and navigate their way through all fun and activities is priceless. While some kids like to create, some kids prefer to get messy and others just want to dance… KidsFest somehow manages to set the stage so kids of all ages (yes, even my then nine year old enjoyed his day at KidsFest) have a good time.

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KidsFest provides interactive fun, sensory stimulation, creative play, organic curiosity and allows for experiencing the simple joys of life. We have some very excited boys that can’t wait to get messy in the Messy Zone and dance the day away with one of our favorite bands, Hullabaloo. Another important thing to know about KidsFest is that they have always been very accommodating and aware of food allergies. That’s huge for us as we are a gluten-free family.

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Some of the activities this year include:

  • Hullabaloo, the outrageously popular folk, funk and rock band for kids (new this year).
  • The Messy Zone- Filled with mud, muck and messy fun.
  • Creation Station- See your child’s imagination at work at this make-and-take crafts station.
  • Green Thumb Market presented by Honest Tea & Crown Ace Hardware- A creative space for gardeners.
  • Built It Construction Square- Construct a castle, design a reading nook, or just play and create.
  • Dress Up Alley presented by Fairytale Fashionista- For kids who like to get red-carpet ready.
  • Gumball Alley & Bubble Zone- Where kids can kick, ram and bam hundreds of jumbo “gumballs.”
  • Snack Shack presented by Clif Bar, Pretzel Crisps and Trader Joe’s- For young chefs (healthy treats are included in the price of admission)
  • Shake, Rattle and Roll presented by TakeLessons- For aspiring musicians to make their own take-home instruments.
  • Food Truck Lunch Room- Providing delicious treats for the whole family to enjoy.
  • Raise the Roof- For those who want to have crazy, hands-on, tangled, twisted fun.
  • VIP Stroller Valet- Complimentary parking for all.

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HOURS
Saturday, May 17, 2014 and Sunday, May 18, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

LOCATION
NTC Ingram Plaza at Liberty Station is conveniently located off Rosecrans Street in Point Loma
2690 Historic Decatur Road, SD CA 92106

TICKET INFO
Children under 2 are free. Early Bird tickets are now available through April 30. Single tickets are $15 and a Family Four Pack is $45. Tickets can be purchased online at www.kidsfestsandiego.com.

TICKET DISCOUNT CODE
Buy your tickets now and enter the code “MommyLovesCoffee” to receive $5 off a Family Four Pack.

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GIVEAWAY
I’m trilled to be giving away a Family Four Pack of tickets to this amazing event (valued at $45). Good luck!

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and I am being compensated for my time. All opinions are my own and we will be attending KidsFest San Diego again.

Stokke Steps Chair – The All-In-One Seating System For Your Growing Child

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         Stokke Steps Bouncer      +         Stokke Steps Chair            =              Stokke Steps

Our unique modular seating system adapts to your child, step by step. For your newborn, baby, toddler and youngster, Stokke® Steps™ is a comfortable, practical and functional way to give your child the perfect seat from day one. Scandinavian design and engineering ensures optimal ergonomics as well as quality and style.

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Stokke Steps Bouncer

The Stokke Steps Bouncer offers baby a soft, cushioned seat with a supportive and soothing cradling motion. The newborn insert hugs baby, which makes her feel like she’s still in your arms – for the times when she can’t be. You’ll have to shower at some point and with the Stokke Steps Bouncer placed on the Stokke Steps Chair; you can bring your baby to the family table and be together when it’s most important.

We tested out the Steps Bouncer, with Quinn, with and without the infant insert and found it to be useable even with an older infant. In fact, he enjoyed the extra support and “hug” that the insert provides while he played along side me in the office. Because Quinn is older, he’s able to use his own body movements to bounce the seat – this discovery promotes strength and development by teaching him it’s possible to entertain himself. For added entertainment, visual stimulation and increased sensory stimulation, the detachable toy bar dangles any toy of your choice within reach of your child. Because the toy bar is flexible, it allows for baby (especially older babies) to discover cause and effect – when he pulls a toy to his mouth, it actually reaches his mouth!

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While we found the newborn insert to be versatile and large enough to use with an older infant, there’s more to it than it just being an extra hug for baby.

The newborn insert has been developed together with Children`s Pediatric Physiotherapist Vibeke Smith Aulie to ensure that your newborn baby will be properly supported when placed in the Bouncer. When babies are young, their spines are still soft and developing. This means that until your baby is a bit older and stronger, their young spines should be stabilized while maintaining their slightly curved newborn posture while they relax. Use the newborn insert from birth to approximately 4 months to secure optimal ergonomic support for your newborn.

With 4 different seating positions, the Stokke Steps Bouncer grows with your child. By simply twisting the turnbuckle located under the seat, you can adjust the position of the Bouncer to better accommodate your child´s increasing weight.

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The Stokke Steps Chair is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Never mind that it’s esthetically pleasing to the eye – and your home decor – it comes with a wide range of accessories to enable it to transform and grow with your child.

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Baby Set

The Baby Set attaches easily to the Stokke Steps Chair. It also detaches easily, making the chair versatile enough to use it with different children. We often have family and friends over for dinners and have to rearrange seating options. While we are able to use the Stokke Tripp Trapp (without the Tripp Trapp Baby Set attached) for anyone at a moments notice, the Stokke Steps Chair can literally be used for anyone in a matter of second. The Baby Set chair back has two positions to accommodate young children at different ages or sizes. When the Baby Set is removed (which takes one step), the system becomes a chair that can be used against the family table for an older child. The footrest easily adjusts up and down the frame with a twist of two knobs – one on each side.

With the simple addition of Stokke® Steps™ Baby Set, the Stokke® Steps™ Chair transforms into a highchair which can be used from about 6 months. Safe and comfortable, the ergonomically designed Baby Set ensures that your baby is seated correctly. Stokke Steps Baby Set Tray can be used together with the Baby Set.

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Tray Accessory

Every surface on the Stokke Steps Chair is easy to clean. The tray accessory is a must for older infants in my opinion. The tray itself is large enough for playtime, mealtime and parent-child interaction before or after meals. It’s simple to remove – I’ve now mastered removing the tray with one hand, while holding Quinn on my hip.

The Stokke® Steps™ Baby Set Tray fits on the Baby Set. It simply slides onto the Baby Set rail for a no mess dinnertime or a personal play surface. The optional tray gives your baby a place of their own to eat, play and be independent. By removing the tray, your baby can be brought right to the table for fun with the rest of the family. The easy-wipe surface makes it a dream to clean.

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The bouncer and highchair combination – made for each other, made for your growing child!

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For more information and to purchase your Stokke Steps Chair and accessories, visit Shop.Stokke.com.

Disclosure: We were provided a Stokke Steps Chair and accessories for review purposes. All opinions are my own.


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