Yes, I’m totally that mom who likes to match their kiddos. Mostly Arlo and Josephine since they are still little they don’t have a clue or care that they are matching. It can be a little harder to find outfits that coordinate boy/girl siblings.
That’s where Zutano comes in, and is great for just that, they have all sorts of designs and colors for both boys and girls.
Zutano Sent us coordinating outfits for both Arlo and Josephine. The designs they sent aren’t the same prints but the colors coordinate well and are perfect for family photos. I love that they are different and both represent the kid’s personalities a bit. Josie loves kitties and this sassy cat graphic is definitely her.
Arlo is my sweet baby bear, Perfection.
Arlo is wearing The little Bear design paired with red candy striped booties, and Josephine is wearing the cottage dress from the Wonder Cat print family paired with red skinny leggings and the shaggy vest. Which is to die for. I adore both these outfits, but that shaggy vest is so adorable and matches everything, not just this outfit. To just say I adore it is an understatement.
Zutano has a great selection of new items and designs for spring, I have been eyeing a few of the new prints and can’t wait to purchase a few for Arlo’s Easter basket. All the kids usually get shoes in their baskets, so Arlo will definitely be getting another pair of Zutano booties. We love these things, seriously like I have said a million times before and tell every new parent, do not buy socks. Buy Zutano booties, they do not fall off and they go with everything. The falling off and missing socks conundrum solved! Zutano booties here to save the day.
Zutano is giving one of my lucky readers a $75.00 Gift Card to use on their website. Follow the directions on the rafflecopter widget below!
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I think I already professed my undying love for Freshly Picked Moccs a few days ago. I’m here again to do so. I seriously cannot get enough of these beauties!
Susan, founder of Freshly Picked moccasins started making baby moccasins in 2009 after she had a rough time finding quality baby shoes for her little ones. After long nights with a bag of leather scraps she purchased from a garage sale, she finally perfected a pair of baby moccasins for her son’s chubby feet.
I for one am so happy Susan didn’t give up and she put in lots of hard work and ambition to create the perfect shoe. Not only are they adorable, durable and soft but they stay on babies foot.
I wish I could have a pair in every color for all of my kids. They are to die for. The quality is amazing and design is just perfect. I feel as thought they can really fit any type of baby foot, whether it be long and skinny like Josie’s cute footsies or chubby and short like Arlo’s, these moccs fit both of their feet wonderfully and they do indeed stay on.
We couldn’t be happier with our Freshly Picked Moccs and are so excited to pair them with all our outfits!!!
Loved By Hannah and Eli is an adorable company offering darling tees and tops for you and your little ones. All of the designs are inspired by this Mama bear’s adventures and imaginations of her little ones, Hannah and Eli.
And let me tell you, these two little’s must have some crazy cute adventures, because these designs are to die for! I absolutely love everything offered in this shop and have been eyeing a few tops for myself even!
We were sent two adorable tops in which Ezra and Josie get to adorn. They love their new shirts and have been asking to wear them on a daily basis.
Ezra was sent the Grumpy Bear Tee, which I adore. And I’m thinking I need a mama bear sweatshirt and the rest of my cubs probably need a couple baby bear and mamas cub shirts as well!
Josie is wearing the adorable, girls just wanna have fun tee, this shirt pretty much describes this sassy toddler to a t!
The shirts are soft and great quality, as are the prints. They hold up well in a wash and are so adorable, we get lots of compliments on these two shirts. So Check out this amazing company ran by one awesome and creative mama bear!
So many people told that having four kids was easy.
“Oh the transition from 3 to 4 is easy.” They said
“It will be a breeze.” They said.
Well I’m here to tell them, in my situation, that was a big fat lie! I’m sorry, but it has not been easy, it has not been a breeze and to be honest, if we hadn’t already made the decision to make Arlo our last, he would be now. Balancing a kindergartener, a fussy baby, a preschooler who doesn’t take no for an answer and a sassy toddler is more chaos than I ever thought would be manageable.
I love my Arlo, so don’t get me wrong. For as fussy and temperamental as he is. He is a pure joy. He is beautiful and loving, sweet and snuggly. But he is also sad a lot, he needs lots of attention, lots of rocking, patting and shushing.
I have so many mixed emotions about him being our last, there is a sense of relief there. But also a longing, a longing to carry a baby again, to give birth again, snuggle a newborn, experience all those firsts.
I’m still experiencing firsts with him, and will continue to. But they will also be lasts. Last infant, last first smile, last first giggle, last time nursing, last first foods, last baby in the moby wrap. The list goes on and will continue to.
In no way, shape or form do I want to have another child. Four is quite enough for us and quite frankly, still a little scary.
I have moments of anxiety, about silly things like sports, proms, vehicles, college. How in the heck are we ever going to afford all that. I know God always provides for us, so I’m not to terribly worried, but it is a lot to take on. I’m not sure I realized the extent of what I was getting into by having four children. The fears and emotions that come along with having four children, the odds of something happening to one of them and the fear of one of them going down the wrong path. I think these are probably pretty normal fears for most parents no matter the amount of children you have.
These days my patience is thin, my house is a mess as is my hair and my clothing. My children are running wild as I rock this fussy baby and my only communication to the outside world is the interwebs.
Soon these chaotic days will run smoother and my kids will grow older and all these hectic days will soon be forgotten and only viewed as happy and blissful.
Until then you can find me in my closet sneaking chocolate and locking myself in the bathroom for 3 minutes of peace.
I love to paint my nails, but sometimes I just don’t have the time to do so, or wait for them to dry. My friend Kodi, introduced me to Jamberry nails and sent me a sheet to try out. I was a bit skeptical at first, not so sure if this would be easy enough for me to do on my own and if they would actually stay on. I use my hands a lot. I mean I have four kids…so my hands are literally always full!
Jamberry nails are like a sticker for your nail, no waiting for them to dry either and actually super easy to apply. All you need is some rubbing alcohol, scissors, a blow dryer and file. I really didn’t have much time to do mine but it didn’t take long, I did have to fix them a bit and file them while I nursed Arlo to get them to look the way I wanted, but other than that it was pretty easy! I chose the twitterpated design and loved it!
And they stay on pretty well too. Kodi is a Jamberry nail consultant, and she would love to help you with any questions or orders! You can find her via her webpage or her FB page! Kodi would like to give one of my readers a full sheet of Jamberry nails in your choice of design. To enter use the raffle copter form below!
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You guys, I can’t even tell you how excited I ‘am about this giveaway! If you haven’t heard of Freshly Picked moccasins you may as well be living under a rock. Cause seriously, the cutest moccs EVER!
One winner will win a pair of Freshly Picked Moccs in their choice of size and color.
This giveaway will only run from today 2/17 to 2/20 and I have two super easy entries for you on the rafflecopter form below. One includes following me and Freshly Picked on Instagram and reposting the above image (which you will be able to find on my instagram profile) with the hashtag #thehillmansgetfresh. You can find me here on the blog, over to the right under my photo where it says connect with me, there is a link (camera icon) to my instagram or you can look me up, username is Hisforhillman. Please set your IG profile to public so I can see your entry if you choose to complete this entry.
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You know what I totally dislike? When I find a baby wash I like and then i find out there is a whole bunch of nasty chemicals and other yuck in it. And MY mind is blown, like what? Are you serious, there could be animal urine in the baby wash I’m using on my tiny infant? NOT COOL, SO NOT COOL. But you know what is cool? Mommy’s Club, haven’t heard of them? I hadn’t either and then for some reason (God, that’s the reason) I met my friend Lauren and she informed me about how awesome Mommy’s club is and that it’s a totally 100% safe product by a company who are 100% Christian based. That right there is very cool. And I’m so excited to share with you all this great company that offers the highest quality and safest ingredients in everything from Vitamins to baby wash.
The products are:
- Toxic Free
- Made in the USA
- BPA free
- Non GMO
- Cruelty free
Mommy’s Club is
- A membership buying club that offers personal health, household and body care products made with all-natural, organic, and toxic-free ingredients.
- A business opportunity for those who use and enjoy our products and want to share them with friends and family.
- A trusted resource for information on toxic-free living.
- A community of like-minded individuals who want to make the home a healthier place to raise a family.
Lauren got me in contact with her sister in law Sarah, who then sent the Perfect Touch sanitizer for me to try out and review. Let me tell you, this has been such a handy little product to have around, especially with flu season, 4 kids, pacifiers and runny noses! I use this stuff on myself, on Arlo’s pacifiers, on Josie’s gross little hands after she blows her nose. Just about on everything these days. The 1oz bottle is great, it fits right in one of my small pockets in the diaper bag and is easily accessible. I also feel safe using it, you could literally spray it in your mouth and it wouldn’t hurt you. That’s how safe it is.
100% toxic free with a unique oxygen-rich solution that is unlike any alcohol based or aerosol sanitizer. It does not dry out your skin and it is safe to use on any surface. Unique ingredients help make it effective against bacteria and viruses. Spray directly on hands, children’s clothing, restaurant tables, home counter tops, work areas, and changing tables. Works great on minor scrapes and abrasions.
To in touch with Sarah and learn more about her and Mommy’s Club check out her webpage and connect with her via Facebook.
Nursing in public can be a very hard struggle for some or come very easy for others. Regardless, you want a little help, a few items to make it a little easier. Comfort is important while nursing, comfort physically and mentally. That’s where the peek away 4 in 1 nursing kit comes in handy. It is such an awesome little pack all in one for your nursing needs. With it’s comfortable convertible pillow and nursing cover, you get all the privacy and comfort you need and desire for you and baby!
- Detachable shoulder strap doubles as a waist strap to help keep the nursing pillow in place
- Built-in diaper changing pad with three-panel foam cushion for comfort
- Built-in/removable wipe case
- Matching oval-shaped nursing cover for extra privacy
- Large built-in pocket on nursing cover also acts as a burp cloth
- Nursing cover top-viewing window encourages airflow and eye contact with baby
- Built-in storage pockets hold keys, diapers, nursing pads, or baby clothes
- Made from durable, washable materials for easy cleaning
- Nursing pillow: 14.5″L x 6.5″H x 5.5″W
- Diaper pad: 27″L x 1.25″H x 14.5″W
- Nursing cover: 27″H x 36″W
- Total weight: 1.55 lbs.
4-in-1 Kit Uses
- Travel nursing pillow
- Changing pad
- Nursing cover
- subtle pockets to place keys, a cell phone and other small necessities inside
- adjustable, detachable strap
- measures 14.5″L x 6.5″H x 5.5″W
- total weight 1.55 lbs.
- Pillow height provides just the right amount of support for baby’s head and body to ensure comfort
- Adjustable, detachable strap can be used to go around the mother’s waist to hold the pillow in place while nursing
- Adjustable strap measures 20″ – 35″
- Measures 14.5″L x 6.5″H x 5.5″W
Best Care Instructions
- Wipe clean
- Line dry
- Do not iron
Convertible Changing Pad, Wipe Case, and Diaper Storage
- 3-panel, cushioned change pad measures 27″L x 1.25″H x 14.5″W
- Removable white plastic wipes case measures 7.75″L x 1″H x 4.5″W
- Velcro closure storage pocket measures 15″ x 6″
No-Peek Nursing Cover
- Viewing window at the top to maintain eye contact with baby during nursing and ensure a good latch
- Oval shape to help provide mom with the extra privacy
- Attached adjustable strap
- Large minky pocket that act as a burp cloth
- 100% cotton
- Measures 27″H x 36″W
Best Care Instructions
- Hand wash warm
- Line dry
- Warm iron if needed
I’m not very shy when it comes to nursing in public, if my baby needs to eat, he needs to eat. I’m okay with nursing in public but I know a lot of moms who are very self conscious and don’t like the weird judgey looks people give sometimes. I understand that completely and am so happy to have been given the chance to review this awesome product. I have used it a handful of times while out and about and really enjoy the privacy and comfort I have while using it. I also love the changing pad included, it’s very nice especially if you are just running in somewhere and don’t want to lug the whole diaper bag in, it always seems that when that happens, that’s when baby poops or screams for food. So having something a bit smaller and portable, is so convenient. I also love the prints and patterns they offer, something for everyone no matter your style!
I love makeup. Although I don’t wear a lot of it, I’m very picky about what I do wear and where I store my products. I like to have a nice clean and easy accessible case to carry all my makeup in. Whether it be while traveling or for everyday use.
I love love love my new PPB Train case, okay okay. I just love anything Petunia Pickle bottom in general!
I have the train case in Happiness in Hamburg. I adore this print. It’s so bright and fun and puts a smile on my face. One of my favorite colors is a coral-orangey color so this bag fit my personality perfectly!
I packed my train case to take with me to the hospital for labor and delivery. It fit everything I needed perfectly inside, and I even could have added more had I needed it. I included:
- Lip balm
- Travel size shampoo and conditioner
- Travel size Body wash and face lotion
- A manicure kit
The train case fit perfectly inside my hospital bag along with all my other goodies I needed to bring along.
I love that this train case is big enough to fit a lot of items in, it will be perfect for traveling and storing in a suitcase. It should fit my hair brush even. t’s also very easy to wipe down inside and out should anything leak or spill inside.
Arlo and I plan on taking a plane ride over to Washington in the coming months to visit some family and you bet I will have a travel train case in tow!
Nursing is a tough job, and being comfortable is a huge deal when it comes to multiple feedings a day, for both you and baby. Having a nice firm nursing pillow to help support baby and take pressure and weight off you is such a relief.
Comfort and Harmony sent us this awesome nursing pillow to review. It’s called the Mombo, I have used it several times for nursing and really like it. Now I’m not a huge fan of it for putting baby on without nursing. It’s way too firm and seems very uncomfortable on his back and neck. It is best used for us anyhow, just for feedings. I liked how Arlo is still snuggly against me, but leaving my hands a little more free, for things like well…pinterest, and opening up Satsuma oranges or yogurts for the littles! I highly recommend this product for nursing mothers and also mothers with multiple children, it’s important to be able to have your arms and hands a little more free when you have other kids running around and you need to meet their needs and multi task.