Evenflo Sibby Travel System Review | Now the Middle Can Ride with the Little!

This post was sponsored by Evenflo as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received the Evenflo Sibby Travel System to facilitate my review.

Evenflo Sibby Travel System

With three kids I have actually gone through three different travel systems. Practically, I should have used the same for all three but the first time I made the mistake of getting the cheapest I could find. Let’s just say I got what I paid for. The next one was better but still lacking in many regards. I was high hopes for the Evenflo Sibby travel system from Target and it did not disappoint! Third time is the charm right

Evenflo Sibby Travel System

This thing that really sets this one apart is the Ride Along Board on back so you can transport two kids without the bulk or expense of a double stroller. This one is perfect for a growing family, especially when another child can’t quite walk all the time but doesn’t need to be in the stroller the whole time either.

I’ve never seen this board before. I used to have a sit and stand and there was not enough room for the child to stand. They basically had to lean backwards. I was always kicking and walking into it because of the position it sat in. When they are passed the point of needing to sit in a stroller full time but still too tired to always walk, this Ride Along Board provides the perfect solution.

The Ride Along Board provides much more room and works surprisingly well. The wheels turn easily and in every direction.

Evenflo Sibby Travel System

I also like that it’s easily detachable so you can just remove and store it when not in use!

The handles are extra tall so that child and parent can hold on at the same time.

It’s also nice if you are tall like me and don’t have to bend down to handles. That’s a back killer!

The larger tires on back make for a much smoother and more stable ride. It almost feels like a jogger when pushing it but without the pop-pable tires. I’ve been through a few of those as well!

Evenflo Sibby Travel System

I also like the way this collapses. You just have to pull on a handle in the middle of the seat and it folds in half. I much prefer this to the other kind where you have to push one part while you simultaneously pull another! Simplicity works!

When folded in half it collapses pretty flat but it is pretty long. It can squeeze nicely into a trunk.

The bar that goes across the front of the stroller is really easy to remove if you aren’t using the infant car seat clicked into it. My toddler actually likes it there to hold onto but it’s nice to have the option to remove.

The canopies on both car seat and stroller are extra long and provide complete coverage of the baby when used together.

I struggled a bit with clicking the car seat into the stroller. It’s not as easy as it was to the base so there’s a bit of a learning curve to it. Like anything though you get used to and become an old pro in no time.

The basket underneath is a nice size. It’s much larger than any I have seen. Part of it seems to be that the seat of the stroller is higher than most and the height of the back tires probably helps. You can actually fit a full diaper bag in there and still have room for more.

The one feature I don’t particularly care for is the cup holder. It’s nice that the size is adjustable for different sized drinks but I don’t like it on the side. It tends to stick out and get caught on things and I think it’s just a matter of time until it’s broken off.

Evenflo Sibby Travel System

The car seat could have used a bit more cushion but it’s better than many out there. I liked that it had a 35lb weight limit so even my toddler can still use it. He looks like a giant in it but thanks to all the levels of adjustment, it’s not a problem!

It has the nice pillow which is comfy for newborns who still can’t support their head.

It clicks easily into the base and most importantly, is easy to take out! I have really struggled with some!

The handle you hold onto is much wider than most making it easier to carry.

While I love the car seat, the stroller is my favorite of the set. I’ve gone through even more strollers than I have car seats so I know what works and what doesn’t for my family.

Evenflo Sibby Travel System

This new travel system is available now at Amazon! They recently re-designed their baby section and it looks amazing! You can find this travel system among the others and I think you’ll find it’s the best bargain for all it’s amenities!

Overall it’s a really nice travel system, somewhere in the middle price range with a lot of really nice features. The Ride Along Board makes it the perfect on the go stroller for those that don’t want to deal with the hassle of a double stroller or sit and stand. Motherhood is hard and all the gear that comes with a baby can be overwhelming. Anything that makes my life easier makes me a happy mom! Most importantly, my kids are happy and safe in the car seat and stroller. You can’t put a price on that!

Ozeri BP4M CardioTech Premium Series Digital Arm Blood Pressure Monitor Review

Ozeri BP4M CardioTech Premium Series Digital Arm Blood Pressure Monitor

It’s hard to get in to see my regular Doctor whenever I want and more often then not I end up in Urgent Care. While there are some things that you have to see a Doctor for, it’s nice to have the option to monitor certain things at home. I can call a nurse for advice and it helps when I can provide her with things like temperature, heart rate and blood pressure. The Ozeri Digital Arm Blood Pressure Monitor gives me the ability to do so right from home.

I’m not that technical of a person so I really like my electronic gadgets to be easy to use without having to dive too deep into the instruction manual!

It’s really easy to use as you just put on your arm using the velcro , power on and press start. The cuff has both written and picture directions so you know exactly where to place it.

The power and start buttons are huge so you can’t miss them! I like that they are bigger than the Time, Scan and Memo so it’s obvious which is which.

One great feature of this monitor is that it’s color coded! Green means your pressure is good. Orange is borderline and Red is bad. This gives you a once glance answer to what you need.

While there are more advanced options I found I could use it without having to press any of the other buttons but it’s nice to have those options if you want to store your results.

It comes with batteries which is always a plus and it’s own zipped storage bag so that you can keep it together in a safe place.

This Ozeri Digital Arm Blood Pressure Monitor is easy to use and has everything you need included to use right away!

Ozeri Scale Review | Meet my New Favorite Scale!

Ozeri ouch 440- bs Total Body Bath Scale

I have tried many different scales and the Ozeri Touch is by far my favorite! It has several unique features that I’ve never seen in one scale before that really set it apart from the rest.

Ozeri Touch 440 lbs Total Body Bath Scale review

First of all, I love that it has options to measure pets, infants and luggage! They do weigh differently and require a different setting. I’ve seen scales for all of these things but never in one scale by the press of a button!

While I’ve seen scales that measure your BMI, I’ve never seen hydration, muscle and bone mass measured in a scale before. It’s really interesting to see all this data in one place.

I was a bit worried that with all of these options, plus the ability to remember 8 profiles; it would be hard to use. A scale is something I basically want to step on and be done with, not have to spend lots of time programming or figuring out. Luckily this one really just as simple as touching the buttons after your initial setup.

Ozeri Touch 440 lbs Total Body Bath Scale review

I love the StepOn technology that gives you readings right away instead of having to tap the scale to wake it up, then wait til it resets before finally stepping onto it. Who has time for that?

Lastly and as I’ve come to expect from Ozeri, it’s beautifully made and is an attractive addition to the bathroom. It’s smaller than many in size but gets the job done without being an eyesore. It’s super thin which adds to its appeal. The non slip pads on the bottom kept it firmly in place so it doesn’t get pushed around the bathroom or move when you step on it.

This is by far the most features I’ve seen in a scale all packaged into one attractive bathroom scale!

Sleepace RestOn Smart Sleep Monitor Review | A Good Night’s Sleep

Sleepace-RestOn-Non-Wearable-Smart-Sleep-Monitor-reiew (2)This will be my eight year celebrating Mothers Day as a mom. That means it’s been eight years since I had regular sleep! My youngest is two and still doesn’t sleep through the night every night but I’m hoping these nights are soon coming to an end.

Sleep is so important for renewal of the body and the mind! I literally start to feel insane from lack of sleep!

I don’t know all the details about the levels of sleep and what you need to achieve a feeling of rest every day but I can definitely feel it when I don’t get enough.

I just tried a smart sleep monitor that actually tracks all of those details for you. I found it really useful and interesting to investigate and learn about my sleep patterns.

It’s actually really simple to use even if the information provided can be somewhat complex.

First I downloaded the app which is available for both iPhones and android. I filled in some basic information about my age and weight.

The system comes with a small device attached to a strap. The strap goes under your sheet and you lay on top of it at night. Unlike many sleep systems it’s non wearable so the device itself doesn’t disrupt your sleep at all.  It’s easy to charge with an included USB cable.

After you have placed the strap under your sheet, you remove the magnetic cover to get it ready and then replace it.

To start you go to your app and start it and go to sleep. You can test your sleep system with your phone to make sure it’s getting a signal. That’s it! In the morning when you stop the app it gives you lots of interesting information.

It gives you an overall sleep score that includes how long you sleep, how long it took to fall asleep and how long the sleep was deep, light, movement present and awake. It gleans this information from your heart and respiratory rates detectable from the strap you are sleeping on.

It was correct that I did spend some time awake and then in a lighter sleep. That was when my two year old came in and woke me up. I did some tossing and turning after that so there was definite body movement. That seems to be a pattern every night!

Another interesting feature is that you can have music play until you fall asleep and then it will automatically turn off. Apparently it takes me about ten minutes to fall asleep. I would have guessed longer. You can also use an alarm feature but with three kids, I don’t ever need an alarm! The alarm detects when you are in a light sleep and it’s the best time to get up so it will wake you thirty minutes before your alarm goes off. That way you don’t wake up in that awful groggy moment where you feel like you can’t wake up!

This RestOn sleep system is really easy to use and I know mothers everywhere long for more sleep. It doesn’t stop you from getting kicked in the face by your toddler or woken up by a child having a nightmare but it does help you analyze your sleep to see what you need to improve on, in the areas you have control over!

I have a special Mother’s Day code below with a generous discount as well as one to give away so check out all the specs below for more detailed info and then enter!

ActionFly LED Night Light Review | Smart Night Light With Sensor

My family does  a lot of camping in the desert with no hookups so that means at night when the generator is off, it’s pitch dark. One problem I’ve continually encountered on these trips is literally tripping over things in the middle of the night when I get up to use the bathroom or help one of my kids with something.

The light switches are tricky in the trailer and I hate fumbling around in the dark waking others up. A night light with sensor was exactly what I needed.

This night light can be switched off and on OR put on auto mode so that it turns on when it senses motion. It seems to have a good level of sensitivity and doesn’t just randomly go on by itself like some do. It’s only gone on when I’ve actually moved by it.

It comes with a little two sided mounting tape that is sufficient to stick it where ever you need it. I’m keeping mine in my trailer on the door outside of the bathroom so as soon as I get near it, the way will be lit for me! It can be placed anywhere you need it though and since it’s battery operated the options are endless as you aren’t limited to outlet location.

Since it only stays lit when you are in the range of ten feet of it, you don’t have to worry about the battery being wasted since it shuts itself off after fifteen seconds. This is especially helpful at night when I just need it for a minute and don’t want to have to fumble around to switch it off and on.

While I prefer a plug in night light for my house to save batteries, the ActionFly LED Night Light is ideal for our trailer!

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Product Description

Human body induction, Practical and convenient: Without frequent switch lights, as long as the human body enters the sensoring range,automatic light.
Automatic sensing: the light will activate when you get within 10 feet of it, and will shut down 15 seconds after you move out of its sensing range
Light induction, energy saving: When the environment reaches s certain intensity, induction lamp automatically shut down , more energy saving and environment protection.
Simple installation: With a detachable back plate featuring adhesive pads, you can easily change the batteries and keep your light on the wall or shelf
Battery Operated: requires 3 x AA batteries (not included)

New Tubby Table Bathtime Toy Review

New Tubby Table Bathtime Toy

Bath time has always been one of my favorite times of day with my kids. From the time they were newborns it’s always been a bonding experience. No matter what else has gone on in my day, it’s a time for everyone to relax and settle down and prepare for bed.Since it’s something we do every single day, they quickly tire of playing with the same toys. For some reason there just doesn’t seem to be a great variety of bath toys out there. Then I heard about the Tubby Table; an activity center for kids to play with right in the tub!

It was love at first sight for my almost two year old Jax! He was thrilled to see this new colorful thing in his tub and he immediately knew what to do with it! It’s designed for ages 18m – 4y so he’s at just the right age to appreciate it!

New Tubby Table Bathtime Toy

I love that it’s fun and educational! There are four shapes that only fit into their correct spot and when you flip them over they are cups to play with in the water. Jax loves pouring things! Unfortunately this extends to whatever drinks he can get his hands on but this is a safe environment for him to play without the mess!

New Tubby Table Bathtime Toy

He also loved taking a cup and dumping it on top of the wheel that would then spin. He is for so long I had to force him out of the tub when the water got too cold.

Here he is playing with his Tubby Table for the first time! (note: I refer to it as a “tubby time table” probably thinking of “tummy time” but that is not the name. It is just Tubby Table)

One of the fun things about the tubby table is that you can add to it with a Tubby Buddy. Jax loves cars so I knew that he would really like the Little Racers race car set. It comes with a little race track that fits into the middle section of the table and four cars.

New Tubby Table Bathtime Toy

Everything floats including the cars so they can be played with on their own as well. Jax loves the cars the most!

Jax loves the Tubby Table and Tubby Buddy and literally stays in now long enough for the water to get cold.

This activity table would make such a unique Christmas gift for the little ones this year and a fun alternative to regular toys!

Product Description

The Tubby Table Comes With:

The foldable Tubby Tabletop, adjustable leg with suction cup attached, four cups, one water wheel. Tubby Buddys Activity Mats With Toys sold separately.

For easy storage, the Tubby Table folds up around the leg and the toys can be stored inside the leg.

New Tubby Table Bathtime Toy

Tubby Buddy Little Racers

What’s more fun than racing cars, in or out of the bathtub? The Tubby Buddys Little Racers toy set features 4 different colored race car squirt toys that kids can race on the EVA foam activity mat. Just place it in the middle of the New Tubby Table and let them imagine they are at the Indy 500.

And kids can wash their cars under the water wheel!

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Water Infuser Bottle and Recipes

I struggle to drink my eight glasses of water a day, especially now that the weather is colder and I don’t feel as thirsty. That doesn’t mean that my body doesn’t still need it though! I think part of the problem is that water is boring! I need a little flavor! I have heard of using a water infuser to put real fruits and vegetables into my water but was always hesitant to try it before now.

Whenever I go to a restaurant I decline the lemon in my water. It’s not because I don’t like the flavor; I do. It’s because I don’t like anything floating in my water! I’m really big on texture and chunks of anything other than ice in my water gross me out!

I read up on this particular water bottle and saw that there was a filter that separated the rest of the bottle from the part that actually goes into your mouth. I had my reservations but decided to give it a try.

I tried it with lemon first because I figured that was the ultimate test. Little pieces of the lemon quickly break off and would be the first thing to come through that filter if it didn’t work effectively. I’m pleasantly surprised to say that I haven’t had one single thing come through that filter. I even left the same lemon in my bottle all day and kept refilling it with water just to see if it’d eventually sneak through.

I really like that this bottle is glass. I feel like it can get completely clean unlike a lot of plastic water bottles that things tend to stick to. It’s dishwasher safe and comes apart for washing so I know that every little part is getting cleaned.

It holds 14 ounces of water and that probably fluctuates depending upon what you put in it. I wish it were 16 just so that it was the equivalent of two of my eight ounces of water a day.

The only other thing I would change is the top. It is a separate screw off cap so you have to take it completely off and put back on after drinking as opposed to a pop top or something that’s attached. The carrying ribbon is a nice touch and simplifies things a bit.

I am pleasantly surprised by the quality of this glass water infuser and am excited to try some of the fun recipes in the free e-book that came with it! Now that it passed my lemon test I’m ready to move on to bigger and better flavors!

Product Description

NO LEAKING: If it ever does, we will replace it!
FLAVORED THROUGHOUT: No cheap or cumbersome infuser bottle components. A perforated disc keeps fruit away from your mouth.
BOROSILICATE (PYREX) GLASS WATER BOTTLE: Reduces exposure to toxins and other harmful compounds that come from plastic. Allows your water to Taste like Water again. Does not contain BPA or BPS.
DISHWASHER SAFE: Water infuser comes apart easily for cleaning. Top rack of dishwasher only please.
STOP Using Toxic Artificial Flavors and Commit Yourself to Proper Hydration. Enjoy Real ‘Naturally Flavored’ Fruit Infused Water Now.

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Baby Comes Home by Dr. Paul Book

My Thoughts

Even though I have three children, I still feel like I’m learning new things about parenting every day! You would think by my third baby I would have it somewhat figured out but Jax is a totally different baby than my first two. He has his own set of issues and challenges and so while I have the experience of the first two to reference; it doesn’t mean he will do the same things.

Even in the seven years since having my first, so much has changed and new information is learned every day in the world of baby. Baby Comes Home by Dr. Paul explores the baby’s first eighteen months in a truly unique way.

I really like the way this book was written, more like a conversation than a textbook like so many baby books are. It just reads in terms that are normal and simple without overcomplicating things. I actually thought much of it was common sense but some people have limited or even no experience with babies before becoming parents themselves. This will literally tell them everything they need to know.

While a lot of it was what I already knew when it came to the basics like care and feeding of newborns, there were a few sections that were of particular interest to me as a third time parent like common illnesses and conditions. Jax has been a lot sicker than my first two ever were. This section goes through all the illnesses they are likely to get in their first year and a half with descriptions of each.

The other sections I really liked were on growth and development. I can’t remember what age my other two did certain milestones or what Jax should be doing by thirteen months. It’s nice to read and know where he’s on track and areas that I should be working with him.

I would say that Dr. Paul is a little bit old school in his approach and I like that! I think there was nothing wrong with the way things were done when I was growing up, especially concerning things like vaccinations and potty training. I think basics are good and there’s no need to complicate things the way that they seem to do now.

Baby Comes Home would be a perfect baby shower gift for the new mom in your life and a good refresher and information tool for moms who already have kids.

Protect Your Seats with Car Seat Back Protector/Cover!

My Thoughts

Do you have a kicker in your car? I know I do! Drives…me…crazy! We got a new van this year and the seats are a very light tan color. It didn’t take long before there were footprints on the back of my seat. Footprints! On my seat! Oh the horror! I can TELL them a thousand times not to kick and THEN they stop. But the damage is already done. This car seat back protector was exactly what I needed!

It’s very simple. You just strap it on in two places and the back of your seat is protected! One strap goes around the head rest and fits perfectly. The second goes around the bottom and required a little adjustment. I was worried it wasn’t long enough but it easily stretched to fit and I snapped it into place.

I was a little concerned about how it would feel on my back in the passenger seat but I really don’t feel it at all. You can shove this car seat protector down really low so it doesn’t come into contact with you.

Footprints are of biggest concern when it’s raining outside and those little muddy feet come in. The seat back kick protector is waterproof so you don’t have to worry about IT getting damaged.

It’s nice and thin so it doesn’t get in the way or take up any space at all. I do wish it wasn’t black because the contrast on the seat is pretty obvious when my seats are tan. I figure it’s worth it though and much less of an eyesore than footprints! And someday when the little ones stop their kicking (I hope) than I can take it off and my seats will still be as good as new!

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Product Description

The product is a mat that covers the back of your car seat to protect your car from dirt, scuff marks, usually caused by active little feet.

EXTRA-LARGE KICK MAT provides better coverage for your upholstered or leather car seats. Each car seat back protector is 47×60 CM (18.5×23.6 inches)
Made of high quality, durable materials that would LAST A LIFETIME.
EASY TO CLEAN. The water resistant and non-absorbent surface protects your car seat from moisture, dirt, stains, scuff marks. Easily clean dirt with wipes or wash with cold water and mild detergent.
EASY TO INSTALL. Easily fastens securely at the headrest and bottom of the seats using adjustable straps. Designed to fit most vehicles, even SUVs.
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Review 5 Days of Freshly Made Diet Meals From Diet-to-Go Review (@Diettogo, #Diettogo)

diet to go app mealplan

My Thoughts

I have been trying to shake my last 7 pounds of baby weight for a while now and it just seems stuck on me – literally! I don’t typically diet because I don’t like to give up the foods I like! I prefer to just eat what I want and exercise. But this is the first time in my life that I’ve really struggled to lose weight, even if it wasn’t a lot. Getting pregnant at thirty-seven definitely took a toll on my body and made it really hard to lose the weight. That’s why I decided to throw my “no diet rule” to the wind and give diet-to-go a try!

I’ll be honest. With picky eaters in my house and a baby that I made homemade baby food for, I’m a little tired of food! Part of the appeal of this plan to me was that the food is delivered right to my door! No cooking, no pans to clean up, no planning, no shopping – just food delivered to my door. I was already sold!

diet to go app mealplan

I tried the traditional low-fat menu but they also have Low-carb and Vegetarian available. The food came delivered in one big package on dry ice so it was still cold and some of it even frozen.

I was really excited to have such a large variety of foods that included drinks, condiments and everything I needed! I told my husband to fend for himself for a week!

I’m not going to lie. I was a bit disappointed in the food. It just didn’t taste as good as it looked. It was definitely lacking in flavor. But I’ve never really eaten a low fat diet before so I’m sure that part of what flavors food is also what fattens it. It was definitely edible and some of the things like the Peachy Keen Muffin and Tomato Pesto Meltover were downright delicious. It just wasn’t all as good as I expected.

But here’s the good news and why it’s worth it. I lost four pounds in a week! That’s more than half of what I want to lose total and I definitely wasn’t expecting such drastic results! I never cheated and only ate the food provided. The first day, I was really hungry and struggled. At one point I even felt kind of weak so I skipped my regular workout. My body was not used to eating only 1500 calories a day so I listened to my body. The next day was better and by the third day I was adjusted and not hungry between meals.

Since I was feeling hungry in the beginning and had less energy as a result, I didn’t do my regular workout routine and then I ended up with sick kids so didn’t work out at all. I try to work out four times a week so I’m guessing I would have lost even more if I was burning more calories on top of eating diet food.

Now that this diet helped me to get past that hump of the scale not moving I’ll get back to my normal workout routine and hopefully lose those past few pounds.

I also tried the diet-to-go app as a companion to my plan to help keep track of the calories I was taking in, burning and water intake. Just looking at the numbers helps keep you accountable and makes a huge difference! I think the app really helped me to stick with it and not cheat because the numbers were glaring at me in black and white. It also tracked my weight loss which was encouragement to keep going when I just wanted to eat a cheeseburger and chocolate cake!

diet to go meals

I liked that the app had regular food in it so that you could keep track of calories and even included things found at many restaurants. I just wish that it had the specific meals you get from diet-to-go so that the exact calorie count would match instead of trying to search for something similar.

Although I think the food could have had a little more taste, I definitely think the diet-to-go experience is worth it. I’m a busy mom of three responsible for feeding my household so to me, anything I didn’t have to cook is worth eating! It was also nice knowing all my nutritional needs were being met without me having to do the actual counting of everything. It was all done for me!

 How it Works

  1. Select menu
  2. Order your plan
  3. Receive your plan
  4. Lose weight

If you have some weight you want to lose and want someone to do the hard part for you, check out diet-to-go!