Ditch the Dryer Sheet (Feeling Fluffy Dryer Ball Review)

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I could totally tell you that in an effort to live more chemical-free, we ditched the dryer sheets, but in actuality we stopped using these money-sucking, chemical-laden sheets of fibers years ago when we got our new steam dryer. You see, you can’t use the steam drying cycles with dryer sheets.

But I guess you could say that this was our first step into using fewer chemicals and relying more on natural methods (water/steam).

Throughout the past couple years, however, we’ve gotten more and more chemical-free. As we were working through our Adventures in Cloth Diapering, we became curious about dryer balls and actually purchased two of them from Franklin Goose.

However, I also came to realize that you actually need quite a few dryer balls in your laundry load to effectively complete the drying cycle. When I had the opportunity to review a set of 6 dryer balls from Feeling Fluffy, I was thrilled and jumped on the opportunity.

Benefits of Using Dryer Balls:

  • Chemical-free: Many of the chemicals found in conventional dryer sheets contain A-Terpineol (may be associated with central nervous system disorders), Benzyl Alcohol (an upper respiratory irritant), Camphor (listed as an EPA Hazardous Waste), and Benzyl Acetate (carcinogen linked to pancreatic cancer). This should honestly be the biggest reason why you ditch the dryer sheet!
  • Reduced drying time: the 100% wool dryer balls will pull and absorb moisture in your fabrics.
  • Hypoallergenic: There are no irritants in these natural dryer balls, meaning that it’s great for sensitive skin.
  • Keeps home quiet: Compared to PVC or plastic dryer balls, wool dryer balls won’t bang or clunk around. Note: I did find that the wool dryer balls from Feeling Fluffy were as quiet as the others that I already had. That being said, as they are used more and more, they will most likely grow softer and quieter. They were still much quieter than the alternatives.

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When I first got started, I had a few concerns:

  1. Would my clothes be more static-y?
  2. Can’t I just make them myself?
  3. Do they really work?

Boy, I love to research when I have questions! I quickly found that my clothes did not have any more static when I used dryer balls than beforehand. This shocked me, as I assumed that the wool in these dryer balls would be Static Heaven. In fact, because the balls help to reduce drying time, that will also help to reduce static (longer drying time = more static). The more you have, the quicker drying time and less static. The balls also create a more humid environment, cutting down on static.

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Can you make them yourself or use tennis balls? Tennis balls are heavy and will make lots of noise when you are drying. Not good when the dryer is right next to the nursery, and you run it at night and during naps. So DIY? Sure! But from what I found, it was so much more a hassle to make them than to just buy them. Plus, the price of the Feeling Fluffy dryer balls are incredible (currently $16.12 for a set of 6). Why would you spend so much time and energy on making something that you can buy so easily and inexpensively?

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So, do they work? In short. YES! There is a learning curve to remembering to keep them in the dryer and shortening your drying cycle, but they do work! I also feel like our clothes are so much softer (after years of not using any fabric softener, I can feel the difference).

 

Disclaimer: I did not receive any compensation for this post. All thoughts are 100% my own. I did receive the dryer balls at a highly reduced price in exchange for my review.

Octopus Tripod Review

Octopus Tripod Review

I have been doing more Periscope broadcasts lately (come find me @dorydoyle), and if there is something I’ve learned, you need to have a steady camera/phone. I have a long-armed adjustable phone holder that clips onto my desk, but sometimes it’s just too bulky if I need to move my broadcasts to other rooms. I was really excited to try out the Octopus Tripod as a more light-weight option.

It is a series of plastic spheres with rubber grippers, so however you want to adjust the three legs, it is can move there. Be careful when you first get it and bend it around, because I pinched my fingers a little bit in between the spheres. Once you first move it around, you will find that you can easily adjust it. When you attach your phone to the top, you may have to readjust the legs so it doesn’t topple over. I love how easily the phone attaches and how secure it is… but you can only have your phone horizontally (it doesn’t stretch enough for a vertical placement, which is tough for Periscope broadcasts). To be honest, it’s not the most well-made of tripods, but it works fine for what is needed from it, especially for the price ($7.99 normally, but on sale for $2.44+$1.55 shipping).

Come check out my video review on YouTube:

 

Here are some stats from the company:

  • Include a camera lock for camera safely
  • Universal screw allows a variety of cameras to be mounted (make sure that your camera has the screw hole)
  • Retractable holder fits most cellphone (Max width 2.6 inch),for example Iphone 3GS 4 4S
  • Adjustable 360 degrees legs to form perfect shape Material: ABS Plastic + Rubber
  • Dealzip is a registered USPTO trademark No. 86610217

 

Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for my honest review. I did not receive any compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

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SAHM Mom Survival Guide eBook Review

“We don’t have the benefit of a routine ‘eight to five’ job where you accomplish the same tasks day in and out. Our lives take us in a million different directions and there is no way anyone can keep all of those things. Getting the events, appointments, and schedules out of your head and onto paper will free you from the stress.”  – Rebekah, The Stay At Home Mom Survival Kit

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As a Stay at Home Mom of our twins, I have a soft spot for other mamas who try to do other things in addition to mothering and taking care of the house. Many of us were professionals before becoming wives and mothers, and it is honestly hard to just completely turn off the switch to want to have adult interaction and help others, thus setting a good example for our children in being a steward of the world.

Most of us bloggers don’t blog just for ourselves. We are hoping to reach others and somehow touch them, whether that is to make them laugh, cry, or create. Today, I want to feature a Stay at Home Mommy Blogger (Rebekah with Charming Imperfections) who has done that with her new ebook, The Stay At Home Mom Survival Kit. I had the chance to read an advanced copy, and it is fantastic for anyone who needs a little (or a lot of) help getting organized to run an entire household. Don’t let the name fool you, as this is really fantastic for all moms, dads, or even those without children. It really could be called the “Household Survival Kit,” because of how versatile it is! Although, if you are a SAHM, you will love Rebekah’s tidbits and discussions at each section.

So what is included in this survival kit?

  • Schedules: More than just a cute calendar, the scheduling pages will give you the chance to organize and plan for every event and appointment (with 6 printable pages)
  • Finances: Get on a budget, organize your bills, tackle that debt, and commit to becoming financially wise with the pages included in this section (with 13 printable pages)
  • Meal Planning: Meal planning is simplified with the inventories, planning pages, shopping lists, and strategy worksheets to help you feed your family and save money (with 10 printable pages)
  • Housework: Every checklist and chore chart you need to get started and stay on track towards a cleaner, more comfortable home (with 7 printable pages)
  • Activities: Take the work out of fun with the planning pages included in the Activities section. Plus, get the Vacation Planning Kit for free (with 11 printable pages)
  • Health: Monitor your weight and fitness progress, keep track of medications, and have information on all the medical facilities you visit on one page (with 10 printable pages)

The book is structured with a narrative and then the printable pages. Each section explains the background and also instructs you how to use and modify the printables to fit your family. It is absolutely beautiful, but it is also designed to take minimal ink when printed. It will also look gorgeous in black and white if you want to save your colored ink.

“As a mom of twins, I have to be organized. Our household wouldn’t function any other way. I really loved this eBook, as it was almost as if I wrote the book with the way that I try to keep my home, finances, and lists organized. Rebekah does a wonderful job explaining each of the sections well and then having thorough and cute charts, lists, and calendars that we can print out and use. This isn’t just a book for Stay at Home Moms, though! All families could take their household organization to the next level with the help of this kit!” – Dory Doyle

The entire eBook is $15, but there are also some free printables available on the book’s webpage if you want to try before you buy.  If you purchase this book during the launch week (September 15-22), you can save $5 by using the code LAUNCHWEEK. In addition, 10% of all sales from September 15-October 6 will be donated to a local charity called Esther House, which is a transitional, grace-based facility for women and/or women with children who have experienced incarceration, abuse, homelessness, and emotional and spiritual wounds.

There are also a slew of other products and updates coming from Rebakah and Charming Imperfections, including a holiday planner coming in mid-November and a New Year Planner and expanded Health and Fitness section coming at the end of December.

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Disclaimer: In the spirit of full disclosure, this post includes affiliate links, which means that I may get a commissions if you decide to purchase anything from Charming Imperfections. I only recommend products & systems that I use and love myself, so I know you’ll be in good hands.

The Juice Jar in Corolla, NC

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When you go on a beach vacation, what type of food do you usually get? If you are like our family, it probably involves hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, BBQ, and other delicious (yet not-quite-great-for-you) foods. So, on our recent family vacation to Corolla, NC, we found the newly-opened Juice Jar. And we fell in love. And I want to tell the whole world about it.

Photo Courtesy of Juice Jar's Facebook Page

Photo Courtesy of Juice Jar’s Facebook Page

We got there during its second week open, when they were still trying to figure out the best times to be open. But one thing they had already figured out? Their recipes!

They have everything you could want in a juice restaurant bar: fresh juices, smoothies, wraps, salads, and acai bowls. To top it off, everything is local and/or comes from their garden out back. They also have a great add-on menu with bee pollen and other healthy additives!

And the location? It’s beautifully situated in the historic Corolla Village, close to the lighthouse. It is right near a yoga studio and Corolla Village BBQ. They have a great walk-up deck where you order, and then you can enjoy the lush, green grass, picnic bench, or swing while waiting for your order.

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The food? I can’t say that I tried too many different items, as once I ordered the Morning Glory Acai Bowl, I kept getting it. I absolutely loved the base of the bowl (much like a smoothie), but what made it so delicious was the coconut chips, granola, bananas, and strawberries on top. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. But my family loved everything they got (even Audrey enjoyed her beet, apple, celery, and cucumber juice). After discovering it on the 5th day of our trip, we went back every day because we couldn’t get enough (even the morning we had to leave).

So if you are heading out to Corolla (or even Duck), make sure you stop in to check it out and get something a little redeeming. As we joked, we enjoyed our Juice Jar because it allowed us to “detox in order to retox.”

Essentially Elegant Diffuser Necklace Review

Essentially Elegant Etsy Shop Review

Disclaimer: I received the following necklace for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Coupon Code to Essentially Elegant (Expires 6/30/15): DOYLE10OFF

If you have read a handful of my blog posts in the past year, you know that we have really made an effort to reduce the chemicals in our home. That also corresponds to my love (and now growing business) with essential oils (you can check out my business website One Breath at a Thyme for more information)! I love my roller bottles, rubs, and ever-growing oil collection. I have sprays and sample vials galore for us to take when we are out and about. But now that our twins are 18 months old, I don’t worry as much with them grabbing my necklaces… which means that I get to wear jewelry again!

While I’ve never been a huge jewelry wearer, that may change now that I can wear my essential oils around my neck in a really cute necklace! As I started looking through all of the different sites online and especially on Etsy, one shop truly stood out to me: Essentially Elegant. Ashley of Essentially Elegant has a website where you can see some styles, but the vast majority of her items for sale are on her Essentially Elegant Etsy site.

Ashley (the owner) is a military wife, stay-at-home mother of two, and budding aromatherapy jewelry maker. She got her start in the jewelry making business as a hobby to help fill her days, while the kids are at school, with an activity she was passionate about. Ashley has heavily researched essential oils and craft jewelry separately for a few years and has done an amazing job merging her two skills to bring unique aromatherapy pieces to customers around the world.

I researched many different sites and stores before finding Essentially Elegant, and they certainly have the largest and most diverse collection of pieces. They currently carry fashion diffuser locket necklaces, basic locket necklaces, terra cotta clay pendant necklaces, lava rock necklaces, para cord lava rock bracelets, stretch diffuser bracelets, and memory wire diffuser bracelets. Personally, I simply fell in love with the Flamingo Pendant (a lava rock diffuser necklace).

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As soon as I got it, I dropped one of the pink pom pom balls (which I ordered as extras, since they are not included automatically with this particular pendant) inside with a drop of lemon, lavender, and peppermint. Boy, did I love smelling that all day (and into the next day too). Finally at about 48 hours later the smell mostly went away, and I could change the scent. With this necklace, you receive 2 lava rocks, so you can change your oil earlier by changing out the rocks. 

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I have been so impressed with this little necklace and how just a couple drops can do so much! I love how it is designed so that the lava rock or pom pom won’t fall out (you have to take it off the chain to open it).

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Audrey and David have been fascinated with my little necklace as well, although they are so gentle with it (which is very unlike toddlers). It must be the oils.

I wanted to feature several other top sellers and favorites from her site:

Lava Rock Bead Diffuser Pendant Necklace

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Lava Rock Bead Diffuser Bracelet

Essentially Elegant Lav Rock Bead Diffuser Bracelet

Yoga Inspired Diffuser Necklace (also available in silver color)

Essentially Elegant Yoga Inspired Diffuser Necklace

Tree of Life Inspired Diffuser Necklace (also available in antique bronze color)

Essentially Elegant Tree of Life Inspired Diffuser Necklace

Design Your Own (Bronze Heart)

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Design Your Own (Silver Heart)

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Remember that we have a special discount code at the Essentially Elegant Etsy shop for 10% off your purchase through 6/30/15: DOYLE10OFF. What are you going to get? You can also follow Essentially Elegant on Instagram (@essentiallyelegant).





Baiden Mitten Review

Disclaimer: I received a Baiden Mitten to review. I was also compensated for this review, although all opinions are 100% my own. 

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When I first heard about the Baiden Mitten, I assumed it was like a sponge or loofah, but after I had received it and started using it, I realized that it is totally different than the store-bought scrubbers, shower mitts, and other similar shower accessories. Although the initial price is high ($48.95), I firmly believe that it is worth that price. Would it be better if it were a few dollars cheaper? Sure (but what isn’t?), but for the length of time, natural nature of this product, and ability to throw away most other scrubs and scrubbers, it really would save you money.

What is it?

The Baiden Mitten is made from natural fibers woven together into a course material, and then it is sewn together to make a mitt. Because of the natural fibers and combination with opening of the pores from a hot bath/shower, it can be used to deep clean the skin naturally, without the use of creams, scrubs, or rubs.

What is the history behind it?

There is an entire story behind the Baiden Mitten that is included in the packaging, but it basically is an old idea from bath houses in the Ottoman Empire. The techniques to create this were passed down to Ishay, the creator of the Baiden Mitten, by her grandmother. She named it after her mother Baide. The Baiden Mitten is a family-owned company that stands by no animal testing. You can find more information on their websites: www.AncientExfoliation.com and www.BaidenMitten.com. You can also purchase it on Amazon.

How does it work?

After first prepping the mitt (by washing in plain soap and hot water), you are ready to use it. First, make sure that you don’t have lotions, creams, soaps, or oils on your skin. Next, shower or soak in a hot bath for 15+ minutes. This helps to loosen the toxins and residue on your skin (the largest organ in your body). Next, either turn off the shower water or step out of the tub (but don’t towel dry your skin). Put the damp Baiden Mitten on your hand, and start scrubbing in either an up-down or side-to-side motion. Do not do a circular motion. You can scrub as hard or light as you feel comfortable. You will start to see “rolls” form on your skin. This is the exfoliated skin. Finally, completely rinse the skin to remove all of the rolls and thoroughly rinse the mitten before hanging to dry.

Are there times when I shouldn’t use it?

The labels warn not to use it during an active sunburn or on open wounds.

How often should I use it?

You only need to use it about once a week (or less often).

My reaction:

I loved it! Ages ago, I had gotten a cream scrub for my face from an expensive makeup counter, and I experienced the same “rolls” with that as well. But it was so expensive, and who knows what other ingredients were in it! With this, I can target exactly the areas I wanted to exfoliate (or my whole body), and there are absolutely no chemicals! If you have ready any of my posts about my Young Living essentials oils, you know that having no-chemicals is a big one for me!

I will admit that I was so excited to use it that I didn’t read the directions at first and used it in a circular motion. It was a great exfoliation, but I didn’t get the rolls until the next day when I re-read the directions and used it the correct way. Because I take pretty good care of my skin and exfoliate regularly, I didn’t have many areas of dry skin “rolls,” but I was very happy with what I did have. My skin felt smoother and tighter afterwards, and I didn’t feel the need to add extra lotion over my body. I continued to use it while at the beach (not daily, but admittedly more than 1 time a week), and I continued to be thrilled with the clean feeling that I had. I only got those “rolls” the first day of using it, so that made me realize I didn’t need it as often as I had been using it.

When I used it on my face the first day, I had been tentative with my nose, and I actually missed an area (circled in blue):

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You can actually see the area that I missed!

 

When I went back a couple days later to get that area on my nose (and the rest of my face), I actually think that I scrubbed right next to that area too a little too hard. You can see my little boo-boo on my nose. Besides that, can you just see how my skin literally glows from using it, however? This is without any lotion, too!

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Overall, I know that the $48.95 price tag is a little high, but I really do think that it is worth it to spend the money on the Baiden Mitten instead of exfoliation services at a spa or creams. Plus, they have a money back guarantee if you aren’t happy with your purchase. This will last 2 years (or over 100 microdermabrasions for your face and body). In the little over a week that I’ve had it, I really do think that my skin is better (except that one little section on my nose), so I’m thrilled with it!

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Jord Wood Watch Review

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I’ve worn the same watch every day (on and off, at least), for the last 10 years (a Citizen Eco Drive like this, but with more rounded case). I really like that watch, but was just starting to feel like I needed a little change when Dory surprised me with the opportunity to try a wooden Fieldcress Black watch made by Jord.

The watch arrived packaged in a nice wooden (of course!) box. Everything was wrapped securely in bubble wrap to prevent any damage during shipping. The watch came out of the box in perfect condition.

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Right out of the box, I was struck with how much of the wood grain was visible with this watch. The model I ordered (Fieldcress in Black) looks very dark on the website. While it is a dark watch, the wood grain on the case and band really show through and add a ton of visual appeal and interest. The natural character this adds is something that you really can’t fake.

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The second thing I noticed when picking this watch up was how lightweight it was. After a decade of wearing a stainless steel watch and band, the difference was amazing. Even though the case and band are thicker than my other watch (noticeably so, though not so thick as to cause issues with shirt sleeves getting caught up), the Jord watch is extremely light and comfortable, and many times I forget I am even wearing it at all.

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On the website, the enclosed instructions, and even on the watch case, it specifies that the watch is not waterproof. Jord says “Each JORD watch is designed to be splash proof but is not intended for complete submergence in water.” After seeing the watch in person, that seems pretty accurate. I wouldn’t hesitate to wear it out briefly in light rain, but I do take it off when I’m rinsing off dishes and am even careful when washing my hands with it on.

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Jord gives you the choice to pre-size your watch band by entering your wrist measurements (they even have a detailed guide and ruler you can print out). Even after this sizing, my watch band was a bit big for me, but they use standard cotter pins and it was simple to remove a few links to get the right fit.

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Overall, I really like this watch and have enjoyed wearing it as a change-of-pace from my trusty old Citizen. They are a great value – the watches have a lot of character and visual appeal for the price. With Father’s Day right around the corner, I think this would be a good gift for someone that likes watches or is looking for something a little different. For the watch aficionados, they even have some automatic models (meaning that it is all mechanical and doesn’t need a battery).

With Mother’s Day last Sunday, they even do have female watches. Dory was actually quite jealous of my handsome new watch, and I have caught her checking out the women’s section every now and then.

 

*Disclaimer: We received this Jord wooden watch for review purposes. We did not receive additional compensation for this review. All opinions are 100% our own.

Review: Konjac Sponge with French Green Clay

Back in May, I reviewed the Konjac Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal, and overall I loved it! Eventually, it started breaking apart (as it was supposed to), and it sadly found its way into my trashcan.

I was really excited to receive another type of Konjac sponge, this time infused with French green clay. I figured that, since I liked the first one so much, this would be great as well! I was also excited about the addition of the green clay, because of the added benefits that it can detoxify, clarify, and exfoliate (in addition to some additional healing properties).

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Overall, I have liked using this sponge (it is still going strong). I like the softness of it, and I feel like I can get all of the soap out of it each time I use it in the shower. It dries well, but it is easy to rewet and reuse each day. I have noticed a few breakouts, which is unusual for me, as I tend to have clear skin. I would guess that this is for two reasons: the starting of exfoliation (although with extended use, they have cleared up) and the introduction of the French green clay could have both triggered them.

In comparing this to the bamboo, I would actually get the bamboo instead of this one, but I would still recommend this (if you want the French green clay).

Great product! Highly encourage using it over other facial sponges!

 

Here’s some information from the company:

  • 100% NATURAL, ECO-FRIENDLY and BIODEGRADEABLE – We painstakingly evaluated countless Konjac sponges on the market before putting our reputation behind this beauty. Our Konjac fiber is grown on the pristine volcanic plains of Jeju Island in South Korea, free from chemicals, pollution and irritants. The sponge hydrates quickly, and lasts longer with proper care than others we tested.
  • “MIRACLE SPONGE” FOR YOUR DAILY BEAUTY REGIME – No other beauty sponge will work so hard for you! This luxuriously soft sponge gently exfoliates, cleanses, and is naturally pH balanced.
  • LUXURIOUSLY GENTLE EXFOLIATION FOR DAILY USE – Soft enough for a baby’s skin while still providing effective exfoliation. Relaxing and gentle for daily use even on the most sensitive skin. Say goodbye to the irritation caused by harsher exfoliating methods and expensive electronic gadgets. You don’t even need to use a face cleanser, unless you want to. Fantastic for battling blackheads and breakouts!
  • NEW IMPROVED TEARDROP SHAPE – FOR FACE AND BODY – New ergonomically designed teardrop shape fits comfortably in the palm of your hand while the soft rounded point allows you to gently exfoliate sensitive hard to reach areas around your eyes. Ideal shape for the contours of your face but still large enough for your body. You’ll love using it in the shower or by the mirror!
  • Free From Chemicals, Pollution and Irritants
  • 100% Biodegradable and Sustainable (You can even plant it in your flowerbed or compost when you want to retire it)
  • Not Tested on Animals, and Vegan Friendly
  • Has NO Added Dyes or Colorants

You can purchase the sponge on Amazon for $10.

Diaper Stroller Bag Review

*I apologize for this post mysteriously publishing twice before. This is the actual review.*

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Whenever we go out, we basically have to use our stroller. We have tried baby wearing or simply holding the twins in the past, but with my bad back, I really have to limit the amount I hold our wiggly toddlers when we go out and about (as I’m all about holding them as much as possible when we are at home).

That means that when we are out and using our stroller, I need to have things accessible. A current trip to the mall or even just the store requires a water bottle for me, plus my phone, keys, wallet, hand sanitizer, and snacks for the twins within reachable distance. The stroller caddy we had been using from Baby Jogger was nice, but it was a little too specific with the multiple, small compartments. I needed something with a large opening that could be used in different ways.

When we received the stroller bag to review from Children N Us, I was thrilled! It seemed to be really well-made (just like my Baby Jogger one), but it had the space that I really wanted and needed. With two clicks, I had it on the stroller and was ready to go!

Overall, I really like it. It can carry so much, and I love the versatility! I can put in bigger toys, socks, drinks, snacks, and small items too, and it all fits!

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The biggest issue that I have is that when you adjust the straps to make it tighter and closer to the stroller handle, it quickly loosens up and falls down again. I think it is because the clips were installed backwards (so it doesn’t stay tight). That is my biggest issue with it. For the price ($20 and Amazon Prime eligible) and the space, I still think that this is a great addition to our stroller!


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Review: Go Pod Portable Activity Seat

Disclaimer: I received two of the following items for review. All thoughts are 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Once the summer hits, we are traveling machines. This summer is no different… except we have two additional bundles of joy (and all of their stuff).

With twins, you must learn how to pack light… ha ha ha! For us, it is a constant struggle of utility vs lightweight vs easy-to-pack items. We have our bulky items to use at home and our easy-to-pack travel items.

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Recently, we found out about the Kidco GoPod, which are portable activity seats. They are essentially like a combination between the foldable tailgate chairs and a jumper/walker (without the toys). I was fortunate enough to have Kidco send us two of the GoPods to use and review, and we are totally in love! Unfortunately, we didn’t get them in time for our beach trip (they actually arrived while we were away), but we have used them so much since then, and we are going to use them all the time this entire summer. In fact, they are going to live in my car, so when we visit our families and spend time at the pool or outside (or even in the house), we have a quick, safe place for the babies to go.


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The GoPod comes in a carrying case that you can quickly throw over your shoulder. To set it up, you simply slide it out of the case and unfold it. It has 4 height settings so that as the child gets taller, you can make it grow with your child. There is a locking button to make sure that it is secure and safe, and it comes with a floor pad so that your baby’s feet never touch the gross ground. I can’t tell you how perfect that is, considering Audrey and David’s feet are always in their (and each others’) mouths. There are also 5 clips to attach toys as well as drink/snack holders. Basically, it has everything you could need… and it is so lightweight. The Go Pod can be used from the point that Baby holds his head up (about 4 months) to walking. Weight-wise, your baby can use it from about 12-26 lbs.

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I absolutely love all of the features that it comes with. It’s like they thought of everything, and they have streamlined it down to the lightest carrying weight possible. Audrey and David love it too. I mean, they really love it. They sit in it. They stand in it. They play in it. They get to watch everyone and everything around them. It is fantastic.

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On the box, it says “No assembly required,” and it is absolutely correct. You literally take it out of the box and bag, unfold it, hear the “click” that locks it into place, and you are good to go. I put Audrey in it while I was feeding David (and then David in it while I fed Audrey), and it was amazing at how she took to it right away. She could lean back and sit with her legs resting, or she could push off the ground and stand up. Both positions seemed comfortable. I was surprised at how far down the fabric comes with the weight of the babies sitting/standing in it, but everything is very secure and it seems incredibly safe.

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To fold it up, you just have to find the button on one of the legs, push it in, and then press the legs together. You can even fold it up easily when you have adjusted the legs for a taller baby.

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The biggest downfall is that the fabric is spot-clean only. However, because it is made with tailgate chair material, I can imagine we can just hose off the entire Go Pod if it really becomes dirty enough.

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Overall, this is an item that I would highly recommend for anyone who is on-the-go with a baby, whether you have one baby or more. I am always looking for ways to travel smarter, and this is certainly at the top of the list. With an average $50 price tag, I know it can seem expensive, but this is an item that is worth every penny.

You can find out more information on Kidco and the GoPod at the Kidco website.