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.



 

 

The Power of a Conversation – Ministering to those Dealing with Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss

I don’t often show this side of myself. Maybe I felt compelled to finally speak out because I’m tired of seeing so many women suffer in silence on the subject…Maybe because I am one of those women.

October was pregnancy loss and miscarriage awareness month. The weekend before last Thanksgiving, I discovered I was pregnant. Some people will read this and probably judge this post and say that maybe I shouldn’t write about something so personal, but let me be clear, I don’t write to relive my hurt; I write this so someone else can learn to find joy in the midst of  suffering, like I did. Don’t get me wrong. Almost a year later, I’m still a work in progress, but I’m so thankful for the friends that reached out to my husband and myself during that time.

The Reality of Emotion

Does this mean I don’t experience sadness when I think about Alex, and how old she would have been and her limitless potential? No. Does it mean I don’t experience just a hint of sadness every time a friend or family announces that they’re expecting? No. Am I still happy for them? Yes. Do I still love being around children? Yes.

What friends and family need to understand:

One of the most common misunderstandings about pregnancy loss is that others often assume the intended parents somehow experience less hurt because they maybe just found out they were expecting or hadn’t had their first ob/gyn appointment yet or maybe this was a surprise pregnancy. This simply isn’t the case. I remember crying for weeks…and weeks… and weeks… and being physically and emotionally exhausted for weeks. There is an emptiness there. A family member gave me a stuffed elephant to remember Alex….such a simple act meant so much to me, and really helped me to heal…

How you can help: 

Be a shoulder to cry on. Ask them if they’ve been back to the doctor, but allow them to open up to you. Don’t pressure them for answers, in many ways, they may be trying to sort through their emotions and thoughts.  I am so thankful for my friend, Julie, yes, I have a close friend also named Julie, who allowed me to vent…which I desperately needed…Your friend or family member may feel dysfunctional, much like I did…being in the age group where all of our friends and family were having babies…I felt like something was wrong with me. I felt the glaring awkward silence at family gatherings when yet another family member would announce that they were expecting…and I felt like the elephant in the room.

If you’re a relative, don’t ignore that this has happened, all you have to say, is “I’m saddened that this happened to you. How can I pray for you?” I’ve learned this from friends and family members and dealing with many situations. Be a listener, not a talker. Women who’ve been through a miscarriage don’t need a psychoanalyst, they need a friend. Scripture says that we are to rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn.

Another common misunderstanding is that the family doesn’t need to grieve at all, especially if the pregnancy loss is early term. This is a tremendous mistake. I’ll be honest… I think when I first told people, they thought I was joking. Someone told me, “you don’t seem upset.” Huge mistake. I felt like dying on the inside. Be aware that this person is coming to you in confidence, and that they need your emotional support. The most difficult thing I heard during the process was “why didn’t you tell your families…?” We were so unsure about telling our families because we didn’t want questions, we wanted to be supported.

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” Those are wise words from Dr. Seuss. Once again listen, don’t lecture. Personally, I believe who a husband and wife chooses to tell when they’re expecting is their personal business.  Allow them to grieve and don’t deem their grieving as silly. Don’t try to psychoanalyze them, don’t ask them how their pregnancy test looked. They will open up to you, when they feel they are in a safe place. Just letting them know you’re there is the best thing you can do…because that is something, the mom will need to hear. I know I needed to hear it.

To the woman and family experiencing pregnancy loss or miscarriage:

Know that there is hope. God is the healer and mender of all things broken, including hearts. Psalm 139: 13 says, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.” Your baby’s life matters to God.

 Give yourself time to heal. Make time to process what has happened. That s
is something my husband and I didn’t do at first, and as a result, we regretted it.
I think the healing process took longer because of it.

Find an outlet to pour your heart into. Maybe it’s journaling, walking, painting, songwriting.

Talk to someone you trust to listen, and allow yourself to be emotional. Job was. David was.

Talk it out with God. I think I must’ve done this hundreds of times. Scripture says, ” For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses.” He understands the temptation to stay angry…he understands.

My hope and prayer is that someone will read this post and share it with someone who needs to hear it.

Blessings,
Julie

Workout Wednesday and Weekend Recap

Last weekend was an awesome weekend! Micah and I got to meet up with some dear friends in Atlanta and make some new ones! The challenge group training was so inspiring…so many stories of families and lives being changed for the better! The most important lesson is to be you. You inspire others when they see you putting your stamp on a job. Do your best in whatever you commit to.
We also got to hangout with
Ruthie and
Ronnie, our team leaders, and
Simone
Mack, one of our teammates
!

We had lots of fun hanging out with Micah’s sister Sarah who lives in Atlanta,and of course the weekend would not have been complete without a mockumentary movie night! We watch Razzle Dazzle…hilarious!

Also, I think we planned really well to be healthy on this trip. Not one fast food stop…not one.

Staples for our trips included: gfree wraps, greek yogurt chicken salad, bananas, g-free bars, high fiber protein bars, large bottles of water, spicy brown mustard, and shakeology
!
Oh, and a printable, customizable workout from workoutlabs.com. this workout was bodyweight only and was great!
I highly recommend having a plan for activity when on he road, so you won’t dread getting back in your routine when you arrive back home.
The workout I printed out only took about 5 minutes to conplete 1 round, and
I felt great afterwards because I knew that
I’d gotten a workout in first thing.
I also added on 10 sets of alternating foward hinge reverse lunges; each set lasted 30 seconds, with 10 seconds of rest between each set. I do a lot of low reps with heavy weights, so this challenged my endurance
!
I hope the ideas in this post will help you have an active and healthy summer!

Keep it healthy!
Julie