6 “Babble”-Worthy Mom and Baby Products…

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Last weekend we packed up the kids (aka, Benjamin) and drove to our new town house… that we don’t yet live in. We’re new to the home-buying process and the wait is killing us. So even though our walls don’t have outlets, our kitchen has no cabinets and our bathrooms don’t have toilets yet, I kinda like pretending we live there whenever we stop to check it out.

This will be Benjamin’s new room, and I felt it was the perfect spot for us to explore our new mommy and baby products from BabbleBoxx.

  1. illumai Biome Care System for Hair 

    Ever since I started dealing with postpartum hair loss, I’ve been interested in products that will take the best care of the hair I have left (it’s dire!). I’ve actually never found something that specifically caters to new moms, so I was stoked to get the illumai system in my BabbleBoxx. illumai is a 3-product system that helps you #DetoxYourLocks from everyday environmental toxins and helps restore your natural, healthy microbiome (I’d never heard that word either, but it’s the living ecosystem of scalp, follicles, hair, peptides, proteins and moisturizing oils that help contribute to a healthy infant).

    This system is so well-designed for new moms, I’ve arranged for all of you to get 40% off either the full-size essential system or the smaller travel pack. Just use promo code 44LITTLEMISSFEARLESS at checkout. Expires 10/31/16.

    Go here to learn more and purchase.

  2. FUJIFILM INSTAX Mini 70 camera 

    There’s a photo frame in Benjamin’s nursery above his crib that is still waiting for me to put some photos in it. I can’t wait to use FUJIFILM’s INSTAX Mini 70 to capture some of our first moments in our new home. This camera has a really cool selfie mode that automatically adjusts settings for perfect selfies, even with a crazy, wiggly babe like Benji who just wants to eat it. ;)

    Go here to learn more and purchase.

  3. Gerber® Onesies® brand one piece underwear 

    Everyone told me before I had Benjamin that I’d need lots of white onesies. I couldn’t agree more. Once we got past the blowouts, we moved on to baby food stains. Gerber is a brand that’s been around so long I trusted it before I even tried it.

    Order online at GerberChildrenswear.com now through 10/8 and receive FREE $6 standard shipping on your order. Use code BBOXX16FS at checkout. Offer expires 10/8/16. You can also go here for coupons to use in-store.

  4. Boudreaux’s Butt Paste 

    I can’t tell you how grateful I am for this. Benji gets diaper rash pretty regularly and this Butt Paste (amazing name, right?) provides the thickest barrier between the diaper and the skin to protect those sensitive little areas. It comes in three formulas: Original, Maximum Strength and All Natural, and it’s available at ButtPaste.com. (Seriously, can’t get over that name.)

  5. TempTraq® wearable Bluetooth® temperature monitor 

    So you know I swear by the Owlet monitor. When I saw the Temptraq, thermometer in our BabbleBoxx I was amazed that a wearable Bluetooth monitor even exists, let alone one that will comfortably monitor your baby’s temperature. The patch senses, records and transmits temperature data for up to 24 hours to either an Apple or Android device through the free TempTraq app. It can even send temperature alerts, which is something I know I’ll be using if I have to be at the office the first time he gets sick. I’m not looking forward to that, but I’m grateful for technology that can give me peace of mind as a new mom.

    Get 10% off when you use code BABBLEBOXX10 at TempTraq.com. Offer expires 10/31/16.

  6. Rainbow Light – 35+ Mom & Baby 

    Okay, full disclosure… I haven’t tried this product yet. But I am a firm believer in taking a prenatal and multivitamin to keep yourself and your baby as healthy as possible. This pre-and post-natal multivitamin is uniquely formulated for moms aged 35+ (I’m not quite there yet, but glad to know this exists when I get there).

    Use discount code HappyBaby for 20% savings on Rainbow Light prenatals and HappyFamily for 20% off multivitamins at RainbowLight.com.

I hope you found this roundup helpful! I always like to browse my favorite blogs to find different mom products, and I often get my best ideas for baby shower gifts from review posts. So even if you’re not a new or expecting mom, I hope this post gives you some gift ideas if you know someone who is.

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions (even if it’s not about the products!).

XOXO

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media.

Amanda
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My Biggest Mistake in 4 Years of Blogging…

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sweater: nordstrom | top: revolve | pants: jbrand | shoes: joie | bag: rebecca minkoff | glasses: karen walker

Last month marked four years of Little Miss Fearless—my fourth blogiversary! I remember writing this post after just one year of blogging and I thought I had “arrived.” Three years later and my perspective on blogging has changed as much as this industry has. Looking back, I was doing one major thing wrong…

I was playing the popular game.

In the early months, my blog started gaining traffic primarily from my photos being shared on Pinterest. It was exciting to get comments from new readers every day complimenting me on my style. I started to feel popular, which is a nice feeling. It’s just not a sustainable reason to do something.

I thought I was following the lead of my successful peers—bloggers who were quickly gaining popularity and didn’t seem to be overly available to their readers. (I assumed this because my comments weren’t always being acknowledged on their blogs.) So I followed suit. The mistake wasn’t just in the “too cool for school” approach, it was that I ignored the powerful opportunity to foster a community and make real connections with real people. And it wasn’t until I wrote about real topics, like the tragic story of Madison Holleran, my secret battle with infertility and my lifelong struggle with a negative body image, that I realized how much I love connecting. And that’s when I really started to get to know you.

Maybe I’m selling myself out here. But I don’t see it that way. In spite of my many fears, I’m strangely unafraid to talk about my insecurities if I’ve learned something from them that may benefit someone else.

So, what can you learn from this mistake I’ve made?

Whether or not you’re a blogger, do these 7 things better:

  1. Be a Real Person – Look beyond profile photos and URLs in your comments section and get out from behind your own. Find ways to get to know the real people who are reaching out to you. You don’t have to force friendships. You may not have things in common with everyone. But you’re selling yourself short if you don’t at least try to connect. You can never have enough good karma going around, so take advantage of the opportunity blogging (and social media) presents for each of us to support one another.
  2. Stay in the Eye of the Storm – Never get caught up in the chaos of what others are doing around you. You’ll quickly get tangled in appearances, instead of living in reality. Things usually aren’t as they appear because there’s more to all of us than the things we choose to share through social media. Stay focused on the real stories you want to tell about yourself, not who you want people to believe you are.
  3. RESPOND – Again, be a real person. When someone gives you a compliment, say thank you. Find ways to give them a genuine compliment back. You might find your soul sister by doing so (I’ve been lucky enough to find a few of mine simply by being myself and having the courage to reach out and be responsive).
  4. Know Who You Are (And What You’re Not) – “Fake it ’til you make it” may have it’s place in business, but in blogging, pretending will always be found out eventually. Even if you’re not faking who you are, you might be faking your habits (like buying a lifestyle you can’t really afford). If it’s not sustainable, you’re not being true to yourself. Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are!
  5. Forget Yourself – Blogging is often about solving problems. So focusing on how you can serve others, how you can make someone’s day a little easier or bring some positive momentum and excitement to his/her life are a few things that will make them want to connect with you.
  6. Show up – As many of you probably know from experience, it’s not easy to blog 3-5 days a week consistently year after year. I learned this again when Benjamin arrived. Life is a constant realigning of priorities. And it’s not easy to show up for everyone in your life 100 percent of the time. But, if you’re at least consistent with showing up, even the minimum amount, your friends will stick around for you.
  7. Tell Your Story – This is the part that makes it all worth it. Share who you are and own your life. Don’t live in a state of constant reaction to what people around you are doing. Pave your own road. Be different, even if you’re not sure it will be popular. Live out loud (as my friend Lauren would say) and be a positive place for people to visit when their lives get stressful or when they need some inspiration from someone who’s real.

At the end of the day, I spent too much time as a new blogger thinking about myself, laser-focused on my insecurities, and not thinking enough about what I could do for you.

So now that I’ve put myself out there, tell me more about you. What do you do? Are you a working mom? Going to school? Trying to do your blog full-time? If you blog, share your URL. What drives and inspires you? And what would you like to see more of on Little Miss Fearless?

Let me know in the comments. I’ll be reading, and responding, to each and every one.

Thanks for a fun (and enlightening) four years. And to those who are new around here, I hope you’ll stick around for the next four! :)

Photos by Ashlee Brooke.

Amanda
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This Mom Product Should Have Been On My Must-Have List…

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When we first brought Benjamin home from the hospital, I didn’t exactly have everything I needed for my new mom life. I didn’t want to go overboard on buying things we wouldn’t actually use, so we started with the necessities (bassinet, crib, changing table) and slowly worked our way up from there. You may have noticed I didn’t include a Diaper Genie in that list… yeah, big mistake. If only I’d known.

For weeks we just used a small garbage can in the nursery for diapers. I should have taken a picture of it to show you. It was small! As new parents, we literally had no idea how quickly we’d fill it up with all the diaper changes each day (8-10 times per day!). And while it seems like a no-brainer to get a Diaper Genie to eliminate the odors from poopy diapers, I thought it was just a personal preference. Like, “I’m sure my baby’s diapers won’t smell that bad.” Uhh, Dude, they smell bad. And they’re only getting worse.

The only benefit to waiting? Diaper Genie just introduced the new Diaper Genie Expressions. So not only did we get the benefits of the tried-and-true Diaper Genie keeping our nursery clean and odor-free, we got all of that and the option to personalize our Diaper Genie with one of five stylish, designer fabric sleeves* to put over the Diaper Genie (even I didn’t think I’d go all interior-designer mode with our nursery, but I just couldn’t help myself—it was fun to tie the Diaper Genie in with my grey and white color scheme).

So if I could give some advice to any of you expectant first-time mamas, it would be…

Put Diaper Genie Expressions on your list of necessities. It will keep your nursery smelling clean, pleasant and stylish. Trust me, you’ll be spending lots of time in there. ;)

Diaper Genie Expressions c/o Playtex Baby.

*Expressions designer fabric sleeves sold separately.

Special thanks to Playtex Baby for sponsoring this post.

Amanda
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