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Mom Gear: The Ever Practical Speck iPhone Wallet & Card Case

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I saw a link on twitter this morning where Mom Trends featured “some of the web’s most stylish mamas” about how they keep their iPhones and iPads “safe and looking chic.” Yes, their case choices were nice. But I admit thinking my iPhone case beat theirs by a long shot. I may not be a “stylish mama,” but I have a special fondness for things that both look good and are practical.

Enter the Speck Candyshell Card Case. I LOVE this case. Why do I think its better? Because I love the unique white & peacock blue color combo, I love that it is very kid tough, and best of all I love that it does double duty as a wallet. That’s right! There is a built in slot on the back that holds up to 3 cards. In my case I always carry my driver’s license, one credit card and one bank card, plus a bill or two. The case isn’t made to hold cash, but the trick is to wrap your bill around one of the cards before sliding it in. Then, voila – it fits!

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Naturally, I have other cards I like to keep handy (library card, gift cards, etc), but those I keep in the diaper bag (more on that later). But seriously, it is great knowing that whenever I grab my phone, I have with me all the absolute necessities. I would so often forget my card case, especially when I was just running out for something quick, without the kids. This solves that problem, leaving me a bit of brain space to worry about other things – as in, did I remember the keys?

I bought this Speck case case on Amazon about a year ago. They also have gray and black and some nice color options for the iPhone 5, too.

How about you? Do you have an iPhone case you love?


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4 Sanity Savers for a New Mom of 2

Being a mother of 2 is hard. Here are 4 things that have been a big help to me this second time around:

1. Face Wipes When I am too exhausted to wash my face (or even shower), I’ve found the Yes to cucumber towelettes a quick and refreshing substitute. The Yes to Baby Carrots Nose + Face wipes, have come in handy for cleaning up baby, too.

2. Tandem Stroller A tandem stroller is a must. We got the Joovy Caboose. My toddler usually wants to walk everywhere, but there are times when she’s tired or needs a place to stand while I speed along. This stroller has an almost universal infant car seat attachment, so baby goes from the car to the stroller with ease. The optional Joovy Parent Organizer puts drinks, keys, phone, snacks, etc., right at your fingertips. The only down side to this stroller is its slightly heavier weight and size (compared to a single stroller), but they do make a more expensive ultralight version.

3. Video Monitor There were so many times when I wished I could check in on our first baby without going into her room. My babies are such light sleepers, that a floorboard creaking can wake them up. And an audio monitor just isn’t the same. A picture is worth a thousand words (or sounds)! Plus, our Summer Infant Baby Touch monitor can pan & zoom, has two-way talking, and can take multiple cameras on the same handset.

4. Smart Phone OMG am I so thankful to have one of these. Its great for taking photos and videos of the kids, handy to keep in my pocket, check the weather, you name it. And there really seems to be an app for all things baby – from tracking feeding, poops, and milestones to providing white noise. Sometimes I’ll read, play games or surf the web while breastfeeding, and when necessary I can instantly hand it off to my toddler to play with when I just want some peace with the newborn.

Are you a mother (or grandma, aunt, child-care provider, etc)? I’d love to know what helpful items you’d suggest!


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The Three Little Pack 'n Plays


The perfect one for us, Monkey Business

We broke down and bought a pack n play. Chloe is just too mobile. We take our eye off her for a second and she’s into something (the paper recycling, a pair of shoes, the dog, when she can corner him). It is really a relief to have somewhere safe to put her down, especially in the office, and still allow her to move about.

It is embarrassing to admit, but we purchased 3 play yards before settling on the one. The story is not unlike The Three Little Pigs…

The first one was ugly, but cheap (my husband sort of forced it on me, because, understandably, he didn’t want to spend any more than we had to), but I just could not make myself like it.

The second one was a fancier model – chocolate brown with contoured sides – but also heavier and bigger. We chose this one because it was marked down to half price. Unfortunately, when I looked it up online, I found that it was recalled, due to a “risk of suffocation or positional asphyxiation.” No good. Back it went.

The third one was another very basic and affordable model – sturdy, with an acceptable print and neutral color. It sells in the store for about $7 more than on Target.com. I mentioned this at the checkout and the cashier adjusted the price for us. Overall, it wasn’t much more than we paid for the first one, making it just right. 🙂

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