Nûby Busy Sipper Review + Giveaway

Nuby Busy Sipper Sippy CupHappy Thursday everyone!

Because sometimes Thursday’s are rough, let’s start today off with a giveaway of one of our favorite sippy cups! NubyUSA’s new Busy Sipper has been our go-to lately for keeping H hydrated during these incredible 100*+ summer temps.

It’s a 2 stage sippy cup who’s multi-use stages are perfect for your growing tot, as it has both a No Spill Silicone Spout that’s great for younger kiddos still getting the hang of handle free cups, + a Free- flow Pop- Up Sipper that’s great for the more experienced sipper. We rotate both lids + while H is way better with the silicone spout, he’s really starting to get the hang of the pop up sipper + loves that he’s drinking his just like we drink ours! There’s also a super cute + convenient little belt clip so you can make sure you’ll never lose it!

The Busy Sipper is super easy to clean either by hand or in the top rack of your dishwasher + comes in 3 different bright + colorful prints that any tot will love. As always with Nûby products, it’s BPA free + you can find it at both Walmart + coming soon to Amazon.

Best part? I am partnering up with NubyUSA to give away a Busy Sipper in your choice of color/print to one lucky follower!

Nuby Busy Sipper 2 Stage CupHow to enter:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

• You must be following @Shynnz + @NubyUSA on Instagram.
• “Like” this picture!
• Comment below telling me where you + your tot would take your busy sipper!
• Bonus entries:
– Tag a friend on this picture! One friend per comment.
– Follow me on Facebook
– Follow Nûby USA on Facebook
– Follow me on Twitter
– Follow NûbyUSA on Twitter

This is no way sponsored or endorsed by Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Entrants must be 18+ and live within USA.
Giveaway will end Sunday 07/05/15 at 11:59pm PT and a winner will be announced Monday 07/06/15.

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Disclaimer: I received this product for a review, but all opinions are my own.

What I Wore // Mama Style

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Headband // Chambray // Shorts // Boots // Bracelet [use code ‘shannonbff207’ to get your first month FREE!]
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Notice anything a little different? I just chopped off almost s-i-x inches of hair – insert scream face emoji. I was feeling a little static and in need of a change, so I headed to my favorite hairdresser [seriously though, if you’re ever in the Boise area, you need to go to Victoria, aka: Tori, at Lunatic Fringe. She is amazing!] and told her I wanted something different and I left the salon 3.5 hours later feeling like a new woman! Isn’t it amazing what a little pampering and a great haircut can do for your outlook on life? I literally and figuratively feel so much lighter and now all my sad and stringy ends are where they belong: in the garbage and off my shoulders.

An unexpected bonus to getting the “mom chop”? Hats and headbands / turbans are so much fun and look completely different! 

I am loving this Nakamol Mixed Crystals Coral & Gold Leather Wrap Bracelet that I got in my latest Rocksbox and it’s the perfect accompaniment to this super feminine velvety floral tie headband from RaynaJaye’s etsy shop. Have you checked out Rocksbox yet? It’s an individually customized monthly subscription service for high end designer jewelry for under $20 (!!!) and if you use code ‘shannonbff207’, you can get your first month free (there’s no commitment so you can cancel at any time). 

P.S. My boots are Dolce Vita from Nordstrom but the exact same ones are on a killer sale here or if your size is sold out, Sole Society‘s Natasha and Carson are almost identical and are a part of their summer clearance sale.
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Do you ever experiment with your hair cut / color? Or do you have a signature look?

FYI: some of these links are affiliate links!

What We Wore // Mama + Mini Style

Happy July!
We have been in a serious heat wave here in potato-ville – I’m talking temps over 100* and its been rough on our daily outdoors-all-day routine. Spending more than 5 minutes outside will make you feel like your face is about to melt off, so now instead of hour long backyard pool hangs, we’re spending our days walking the mall and scouring local thrift shops for their free AC.
That also means we have to wear real people clothes and not just bathing suits, so I pulled out the big guns and the twinning came out in full force thanks to a few of my favorite Instagram shops.  
Way too appropriate for a nap-less Friday afternoon.
Mini: Sunglasses // Tee (use code ‘shynnz10’ to save 10% off your order!) // Shorts // Moccasins (use code SHYNNZ to save 10%!)
Mama: Sunglasses // Tee (use code ‘shynnz10’ to save 10% off your order!) // Shorts
Channeling our inner pirates on a Saturday afternoon.
Mama: Necklace // Tank // Shorts
Mini: Tee // Shorts // Moccasins
Because the pool is where this little fish is the happiest.
Mini: Tank top // Swim Shorts  
Sunday Funday with dad sporting matching tees with dad.
Mini: Tee // Shorts
Daddy: Teething Necklace // Tee  
Home is where the mama is, and mama’s out thrifting.
Mini: Tee // Shorts // Moccasins (use code ‘SHYNNZ’ to save 10%!)
Mama: Necklace // Tank // Jeans 

Do you have any favorite shops you’ve found through Instagram?

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Bath Time with Nûby™

Guess who finally took a real, actual bath?!
June 26, 2015 – mark it down in history: “baby’s first bath”. It only took 17 months…

Since we brought him home from the hospital, H has only ever taken showers. We’ve tried countless times to get him to take a bath, but he flat out refuses with screams and cries and running out of the bathroom.

Want to take him swimming or put him in the kiddie pool in the back yard? He’s in heaven.
Put him in a bathtub and its the complete opposite. The kid is a walking contradiction!

In an effort to change this, we’re trying to slowly get him acquainted with the tub and trying to show him that bath time can be fun. Nûby sent me their Tear Free Rinse Pail to try out in exchange for my honest opinion and I’m thinking it may have been just the ticket to get H to not turn and run when we turn on the spout, yay!

  

  

In my opinion, Nuby’s Tear Free Rinse Pail is perfect for any age.  The pail has a soft edge that rests against H’s forehead so it’s not uncomfortable or rough on his sensitive skin, and the handle doesn’t get slippery even when it gets wet. I seriously wish I would have had this when H was a tiny little newborn to help wash his hair in the sink without spilling it all over the counters, but it is also great for more than just the bath now that he’s almost a year and a half. While I love that I can fill it easily (even in a shallow bath) and it helps keep shampoo and suds out of his eyes, H loves scooping and dumping the water all over himself in the pool – so really, it’s a win-win!

Want to pick one up for your little tot? 
The Tear Free Rinse Pail is available at Amazon, Babies R US, Buy Baby Direct, Ideal Baby, Kmart and Meijer

What are your little one’s favorite bath time accessories?
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The busy mom’s cleaning guide

Here’s one of the biggest things I’ve learned about trying to juggle it all since becoming a stay at home mom: balance is important, but sometimes something’s gotta give.

After admitting defeat to my less than ‘surprise mother in law visit’ housekeeping abilities, I took to Pinterest and my awesome mommy friends to figure out what they were all doing that worked for them.
It turns out, trying to do everything everyday is a crapshoot and a surefire way to drive yourself insane – whodathunk?!
Rather, breaking everything up into monthly, weekly and daily tasks makes things much less stressful and way more manageable.

A few things that work for me:

Daily:
– Make beds
– Four scheduled 10 minute quick sweeps to pick up + put away the mess my tiny hurricane toddler makes
– Run the dishwasher [every other day]
– Wipe down kitchen + bathroom countertops with Greenwald’s Glass & Hard Surface Cleaner
– Vacuum [every other day]

Weekly:
– Mondays: change the sheets + clean bedroom
– Tuesdays: laundry + clean kitchen
– Wednesdays: wash windows with Greenwald’s Glass & Hard Surface Cleaner
– Thursdays: clean bathrooms
– Fridays: cloth diaper laundry + clean living room

I leave weekends free for catch-up, crafting and family time, so I don’t get overwhelmed, and so far our routine is working awesomely for us!
Greenwald’s cleaners are super versatile and a way more ‘green’ option because of the fact that there is much less waste and packaging than others at the store. The bottle is reusable and you get 6 pods of concentrated cleaner with your first kit, so once you finish your initial order, you can then just buy packs of the concentrated pods and keep reusing the bottle you were sent or your own bottle you already have! For under $18, you can make around 192oz of cleaner – that’s just about $0.09 an ounce! I use ours in the kitchen, on all our sealed countertops, our stainless steel appliances, in the bathrooms and for our glass shower doors for a streak free shine.

Here are some of my favorite printable options with great advice and resources that I came across:
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Yes, there are people who can work a full time job, be an awesome parent, keep a perfectly tidy home and have dinner on the table every night, all while maintaining a svelte physique. I’m here to tell you: that’s not me, and that’s probably not a majority of the parental population.

So, it’s ok if your dishes pile up and you find muffin crumbs in your carpet from breakfast last week, because you were probably too busy living your life to clean up after it.

Do you have a cleaning routine that works for your family?

Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links + I received one or more of the above mentioned products for free in exchange for my honest review.

Mama Style Ft. Rayna Jaye

raynajaye hair turban free people dressTurban: Rayna Jaye [Through 6/28/15 use coupon SUMMERSALE for 25% off your entire purchase!] // Dress: Free People // Necklace: Amelia Presents // Watch: Thrifted // Boots: Frye Carmen Shortie Boot (similar)
This is so not a dress I’d normally go for, and I’m still a little on the fence about it, but the detailing is perfection. The dress itself is super lightweight and flows beautifully when I walk (so much so that I tend to get a little distracted and may have tripped over my own feet more times than I should care to admit) – it literally feels like I’m wearing a cloud every time the soft gauze fabric moves. I’ve been super into boho lately, and the aptly named Sundancer Dress’ crocheted neckline and sleeve details are intricate and delicate yet make a bold statement all while feeling like the perfect “throw it on and go” dress to look instantly put together.
Admittedly, a huge reason I purchased the dress is that I knew it would be the perfect backdrop to showcase every single Rayna Jaye headband, wrap and turban I have – and that’s saying something, because I may have a slight addiction to her Etsy shop. The Garden Marvels might be my current favorite, as its a light almost mesh like fabric which means it’s comfortable enough to wear all day and is perfect for the summer heat. The gorgeous bold floral print adds just enough of a pop of color and, in my humble opinion, is the icing on the boho cake.
If it was socially acceptable to do so, I would literally wear a different one of Rayna’s headbands with this dress every day.
Rayna’s shop is one of the only I will buy from now as her workmanship is impeccable and her fabric choices are absolutely gorgeous. A little birdie told me that right now all of her adult and child headbands are under $14 (!!!) AND from now until Monday June 28th, you can save 25% off your purchase with the code SUMMERSALE!
Make sure you’re following Rayna Jaye on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date on restocks, new fabric releases and sales!