So is it just me or are you curious to know people's favorite stuff? I could care less if Angelina wore it or used it or tattooed it on her ass.
But my fellow mamas? I'm all over it.
Now I know it's a bit presumptuous to assume that you give two flying craps about what I love, but hell, when did that ever stop me? So, I've compiled a bunch of my favorites, along with the awesome giveaway from one of my April sponsors, mom-run business Itty Bitty Lady Bug Boutique (coincidentally, Cecilia reads my blog and is extremely friendly and generous, so on that alone you should go visit her site. But she's giving something away too, you know, if you're motivated by free stuff).
So here goes (and I was not paid to say I like these things. I just like them. The end):
Maternity: Bumpstyle. You say $79 for a shirt, and I say, emphatically YES. I wore it from DAY ONE of my pregnancy through the 4th trimester. It's a one size shirt that is long so it covers the damn maternity pants even when you're gihugic, it's super soft and comfy, and seriously, you will get MORE than your average use out of it.
Sling/Carrier: If you saw me at BlogHer, or sadly, in EVERY single picture of me at BlogHer, I was either wearing Drew in a Rockin' Baby Sling or a Baby Hawk. They are by far my favorites for a few reasons. Rockin' Baby (the pouches) are sized but they have zippers on the shoulder so you can size it up or down. And it's a thinner shoulder strap -- way more comfy. The Baby Hawk is sturdy and comfortable and hands down (or off) the best. I have heard from my BFF that Baby Bisou rocks too. Again, you'll get your money's worth.
Jewelry: If only my son wasn't so grabby (magnetic closure), I'd wear my Blend Creations necklace every day. I purchase an ox bone one that has a graphic inscription with the same meaning as my middle name (Chinese), but I love her washi pendants too. They are simply gorgeous and you'll wear it all the time.
Not So Common Toddler Board Books: The Kit Allen Seasons series of four books is my daughter's fave and now my son's too. She could "read" it since each page is just one word (great for quick bedtimes too!). Adorable.
Baby Flat Ware: Since Drew insists on feeding himself, I'm loving the Boon Benders. They rock. Now I realize they didn't get great Amazon reviews, but let me tell you, they work for him. I bend, he scoops, no food on shirt. And they are BPA-free.
Diaper Cream: I was recently introduced to Diaper Goop thanks to that feature of mine in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. He's a local Little Rock guy that made this very goopy stuff. Now, it's not sweet smelling (better than Desitin, mind you), but it works. Anytime Drew's butt was red, I slopped it on there (it's like hair cream stuff) and he was fine the next day. It feels very natural which is good because I loathe the smell of Desitin. (ew). Plus, it has no zinc oxide so I'm betting it's good for cloth dipes. Seriously, go check it out!
Feel free to share your swear-bys with me in the comments. Links are welcome.
And now, if you want to win a $50 to Itty Bitty Lady Bug Boutique, just peruse her shop and tell me what you are coveting in the comments. I'll pick one winner at random on April 30. You may enter only once. And congrats to March Giveaway Winner, Karianna!
If you want to chat with some of your favorite bloggers tonight (woo!), then hop onto my radio podcast and listen OR call (646) 915-8634. Plus, I've got a slew of great guests lined up for April.
And pssssssssst I forgot to mention, the names? Yeah, those were Quinlan's picks. April Fool's :)