How To Babyproof Your Home: A Product Review

 

Hey there! It’s been quite a Monday! Little Erin is almost 6 weeks old, and getting more mobile all the time. Over the past week, I’ve been looking into products that will help me effectively baby proof my home. We have a lot of cabinets and drawers and with all this storage comes great responsibility. (I’m getting nervous already and so is Micah.)

So, when I was asked to review these products by pepbaby, I was overjoyed. I was also not disappointed. Here’s my review of three of their awesome products!

 

Disclaimer: I received these products from pepbaby at discount in exchange for my honest opinion. That being said, I only publish positive reviews based on my personal experience of products that I believe to be effective. I did not receive monetary compensation for this post. 

 

 

Corner Protectors

We have a lot of corners in our house. Just in our living room, we have two desks an entertainment center, and other miscellaneous pieces of furniture, that little Cutie Pie can hit her head on. I was so excited when I received these corner protectors. They have a rubbery texture, and the adhesive was easy to apply to the three inside surfaces of the corner protector. I was then able to apply to thoroughly cleaned surfaces without a problem. Now typically, anything with 3M adhesive makes me nervouse, because I have seen the finishes of many pieces of wood furniture ruined by corner protectors, but when I tested a corner after the adhesive dried, I was pleased to find that the finish wasn’t ruined! Yay! Our entertainment center now sports these awesome corner protectors. It was so easy to apply that I even filmed a youtube video while applying them one-handed. They also came with little adhesive disks, which made their application super easy.

 

Magnetic Locks

Unfortunately for us, we don’t have knobs on our cabinets, so we can’t use the el cheapo rubber band trick to baby proof our cabinet doors. And most magnetic locks are expensive. I was pleased to see that even without the discount, these pepbaby magnetic locks were just as good as the fancy ones I’d seen at Babies R Us for about half the price.  They were easy to apply: just firmly press the lock on the door, and the latch piece on the cabinet above and let dry for 24 hours, and voila! Our cleaning supply cabinet locks are now baby proofed, with no additional tools. The locks also came with adhesive already attached, which saved me a lot of time and effort.

 

Car Seat/Nursing Cover

Okay, so this isn’t exactly baby proofing…but it will save you from a wardrobe malfunction. I’ll confess, I’d been looking for a carseat/nursing cover like this one for months. I like my traditional nursing covers for when we have guests at home, but this is perfect for when we’re out in public! I will never buy another nursing cover! Really though, I love this one! The fabric is so soft and breathable, and It easily gives me 360 coverage while I’m nursing my little Cutie. No wrestling with the cover, and no having to tie a cover over my Car Seat. And no more have to use two separate accessories. It’s my new favorite accessory for running errands. It also came with a laundry bag, which will definitely be used.

 

I really enjoyed baby proofing with these products. Applying all of them maybe took 10 minutes, tops. Please check out pepbaby’s other products on amazon.



 

 

How to Reach Your New Year’s Health Goals

How to Reach Your New Year’s Health Goals

Wow, it’s been to long since I’ve written. There’s been a lot going on, but I thought this would be a great first post for the new year. By the way, one of my goals is to blog more this year. But anyway, let’s talk about your health for a moment.

I see a lot of my friends and family members make New Year’s resolutions year after year, and year after year I watch people fall off the wagon so to speak.

Well, there’s a reason this happens to almost anyone. In this post, I’ll be sharing some of the most effective tips that I’ve personally used to stay on track with reaching and surpassing my health goals each year.

Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals

This type of goal setting gets people results every time!

Specific –  What will you accomplish? Examples: Do 50 pushups by the end of the month. Lose 20 pounds in 4 months time.

Measurable – How will you track your progress? Use a food and exercise journal. There are even lots of printables and apps you can use!

Assignable – Who will take on this task (you)? Remember, no one else can decide to be health for you, not your trainer, not your spouse, not your friends. You decide to make healthy choices for you!

Realistic – What can you do today to work towards your goal? If you can’t do that 100-squat challenge, then don’t throw in the towel, just figure out what a reasonable goal is that will eventually get you to your goal. Maybe 10 squats today is a great start?

Time-oriented – How long will it take you to reach a goal which contains the other four characteristics? If you want to lose 10 pounds, and you have a lot of weight to lose, as in over 50 pounds, it might only take you a month. But if you’re just trying to lose the last 10 pounds, that might take 2 months. You know your body. You know your strengths and weaknesses.

Create a Plan

If you don’t know what you need to do to get to your destination, then you will wander aimlessly, become frustrated, and then eventually give up. Use a fitness journal; plan your menu for the week. These are simple things you can do to keep yourself on track. Use the resources available to you. One of the most common phrases I’ve heard is, “But I want to do this by myself.”

Allow me to educate you: you need the support of others. Take it from someone who’s lost 40 pounds in college, and is now successfully losing the baby weight. Ask the professionals. They’ve had to spend countless hours studying research methods on how to reach various types of goals. Swallow that pride and ask questions. Your support network will keep you motivated when you’ve hit a plateau. Trust me, I’ve been there, and I’m a fitness pro, so you just heard from both sides of the story.

Reward Yourself

When you reach a milestone, reward yourself, and also, stop beating yourself up every time you make a mistake. But, let’s avoid food as a reward in most cases, okay?

You’ve got this. You can ace your health goals for the new year, and enjoy life too. I’m here to answer your questions, and know that when you put your mind to something, you can make it happen.

 

P.S.

Be on the lookout for my ebook on health and fitness goal setting, available with printable worksheets. Coming to Amazon on January 30!