Wrapy Product Review & Guest Post

Hey everyone,

I’m so excited to feature a guest post from my amazing friend Sarah. She recently gave birth to one of the cutest babies I have ever seen, and she was kind enough to review the Wrapy on behalf of Sprouts En Route, since I don’t have any wrap sized children these days. Thanks Sar!! Happy reading to everyone else, and if you want to read about some other slings and things, check out this post after you read Sarah’s review.

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Sarah and her little cutie.

Since my daughter was born in October this year [2015], I’ve been experimenting with a couple different kinds of carriers of wraps, so when Kristin offered me the chance to try out the Wrapy, I was more than happy to do so. We have a Boba wrap and an Ergo carrier, both of which we use on a fairly regular basis. I generally use the Boba around the house and the Ergo when we’re out shopping or something.

When I opened the Wrapy, I noted that it was similar in style to the Boba wrap – a long piece of stretchy-ish fabric. I read through the instruction book that accompanied it and immediately noticed a few differences:

-Wrapy suggests one hold that is specifically for nursing, which I was pretty excited to try.

-Unlike the Boba, you fold Wrapy in half lengthwise before tying it on. (The reason for this is because it creates a pocket that you rest the baby in for some of the holds or gives you extra support in other holds.)

I have a Boba wrap as I noted above, so I’m familiar with how to put it on. If you’ve never used this type of wrap before, there’s a learning curve, but the instruction book is very clear. I tried a couple of the holds with my daughter [10 weeks, 11.5 pounds] and in the end, came to the following conclusions.

PROS:

-Wrapy fabric only stretches in one direction, which makes it a little more secure than my other wrap. With our other wrap, I often have one hand supporting my daughter (especially if I’m leaning over for anything) and have to tighten it if I want to put her back in after removing it. Wrapy stayed much tighter and I didn’t feel the need to keep a hand on my daughter.

-Offer multiple holds that facilitate nursing.

-Comfortable

-Secure

CONS:

-It’s kind of a pain to fold the fabric in half because it’s so long.

-The previously mentioned learning curve—but don’t be intimidated! With a little practice, you can put it on really quickly.

-The nursing hold—while freeing up one arm—presented me a dilemma when my daughter fell asleep because it only supports the bottom half of the baby and requires you support the baby’s head with your elbow. I wish there was a way to transition from that hold to another one without waking the baby… maybe there is, and I plan to explore a bit more, but nothing explicit that I saw in the directions.

-My daughter screamed when I tried a hold that places the baby in a pocket (the second hold that allows nursing), but I think that’s something that is more specific to her… she hates swaddling too and generally dislikes anything restricting. I think a newborn or a baby who enjoys swaddling might like this hold a bit more.

Overall, I was really happy with the wrap—and even my husband tried it out and thought the wrap was comfortable and convenient!

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Thanks again Sarah 🙂

Happy travels,

Kristin

The Wrapy was given to Sprouts En Route in exchange for the honest review you have read here.

Mighty Mug Product Review

Mighty Mug : The Mug That Won’t Fall Over from Mighty Mug on Vimeo.

The Mighty Mug – The Ultimate Travel Mug

Every day I receive offers to promote products, kickstarter campaigns, and subscriptions on this blog. Honestly, a lot of times, I say no. I don’t want to waste your time, even if it means I get free stuff. When I heard from one of the representatives of Mighty Mug, I was super excited, because they actually have products that make traveling better. They were kind enough to send me my very own Mighty Mug so I could test it and write a review for you. All of the opinions you read below are mine, and they in no way influenced these opinions. They also want to give you a chance to win your own Mighty Mug, and they ship internationally, so this giveaway is also open for all my global readers!

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Not Your Ordinary Travel Mug

The market is saturated with choices for your hot beverage travel, but the Mighty Mug is different. It has patented technology that makes it impossible to knock over. The instructions say that if a surface is curved, or it is textured, then the Mighty Mug won’t work. I found that to be accurate information. So, it is very likely that it wouldn’t work on the inside of your car. However, if you are like me, you don’t care about that because that is what your car cup holders are for. This mug does make my travel routine a lot easier. Let me share with you what a typical travel day set up would be for me.

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This is not him acting, but genuinely befuddled.

Everyone is dressed, and taking turns in the bathroom. I have just started to pack everything we will need for the day, and have set everything I haven’t packed on the dining room table. Now that I am finished tying shoes, I can finally make my coffee. I drink coffee almost every day, and in fact I also count it as my breakfast, and I want it hot, not luke warm (yuck). So I make my coffee, in whatever 5 minutes I can squeeze into our travel prep, and put it in my travel mug. Then I place the mug on the dining room table next to my purse so I don’t forget it. Enter curious children. My three year old especially wants my coffee. I don’t understand why, but he likes it (and no, I don’t take sugar in my coffee). I was interested to see how my son would respond to the Mighty Mug. He couldn’t knock it sideways, and he couldn’t open it. Score one for the tired mommies out there! Before I would have to guard the table to keep him from opening my mug and spilling it, or even worse, drinking it!

Testing the Mighty Mug

This thing is ingenious. Even though you can’t knock it over accidentally, you can lift it easily if you just pull straight up from the table. I really appreciate the engineering that went into this product, because you can tell they thought about what would make the consumer happy. This product works so well, that they even include a warning that you should not punch it from the side.

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I thought that was a ridiculous warning to include in the instructions, but I have to admit I was tempted to see just how strong of a force this travel mug could take. My husband was too, and I actually had to remind him that it said no punching on the instructions. I also filled the mug with hot coffee and screwed the lid on before shaking it violently upside down over my sink. Not a drop leaked. Several hours later, my coffee was still hot.

The Price

Although this is an amazing feat of engineering, one of the things I find the most impressive about this mug is the price. It is around the same price as many of the travel mugs you find at other places, but it won’t tip over. They also come in a large variety of colors (I got my favorite color, teal), and are now available in Stainless Steel as well. Plus they have options for non-coffee drinkers, including a straw option which I am tempted to order for our kids to use during smoothie time. The mugs, cups, and desk mugs range in price from $14.99 to $24.99.

Just For You

Mighty Mug wants you to have the opportunity to test one out for yourself. They are going to be giving away one $30 gift certificate to one of you lovely readers. Anyone can enter and the contest will run until Monday, October 12th. So head on over and enter now.

I am really impressed with this product, and I think you will be too. Thanks Mighty Mug.

Happy travels,

Kristin

Citrus Clear – Product Review

Happy Tuesday!

Today I wanted to take a few minutes to let you know about a product that I received to review for you all. Citrus Clear makes a line of natural, holistic face wash and moisturizing products. When they asked me if I would do a review, I was pretty excited because I have sensitive skin, and they have a whole line of products just for people like me. They also have several products that are the perfect size for travel (under 100 ml). I thought that was a winning combination for a travel blog, like mine. They sent three different products for me to test out, and I have been using them over the last two months. Here are my opinions of each product.

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Sensitive Moisturizer $24.99 (on sale for $14.00)

This was by far my favorite product. I use it every day, and I have noticed that my skin is softer, and my pores are smaller. I am not guaranteeing that it will have the same effect on your skin, but I really like it. It is also small enough to travel with, and I have added it to arsenal of travel bath products. It also lasts a long time, since you only need a little each day.

Tangerine Tingle $18.99

I have to be honest, this was my least favorite of the three. I think that it would be great if I didn’t have oily skin, but I do. I just didn’t find that it got rid of the oil. The little beads inside of it did a great job exfoliating my face and removing dead skin cells, but my face did not feel clean, because as I said, the acids in this product were not strong enough to cleanse the oil off of my face. If you have dry skin, this would be a great product for you!

Grapefruit Spot Treatment $12.00

This spot treatment is like a lot of other spot treatments on the market, using salicylic acid, which I find is great for getting rid of problem spots. It is different, though, from other products in the fresh smell and feel, which I assume is due to the grapefruit. It is also travel size, which is a huge bonus. I would definitely recommend this for any spot treatment needs you have.

My overall impressions of these products were good. I would personally be happy purchasing the Sensitive Moisturizer as my regular face lotion, and with the sale price of $14.00, I feel like it is a really good deal. Just a few ideas for you on your next family (or solo) trip.

Happy travels,

Kristin

SOUFEEL – Charm Bracelet Review

If you travel a lot, or live abroad like I do, Mother’s Day, birthdays, and special family events can be difficult to plan for. Thankfully this year, Soufeel contacted me about doing a review of their classy and adorable charm bracelets. They asked if I would be willing to send a bracelet to my own mother, free of charge, for Mother’s Day, so that I could review their product.

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About Soufeel’s Bracelets

Before I get into the specific impression my mother had about their product, I will share a little about the charms and bracelets that Soufeel offers. Their charms are 925 sterling silver and also fit Pandora and Chamilia bracelets at a lower price (including sparkle murno charms). They have a ton of varieties for the discerning woman in your family. I was able to find something for my mother very easily. Read more

SipSnap Spill-Proof Kid’s Drinking Lid – Product Review

Last year I posted about a Kickstarter Campaign for a product called the SipSnap. I thought it was a great concept. The idea is that instead of carrying around a sippy cup, you have a little lid in your bag that fits on any cup, and turns it into a spill-proof cup. For example if you are at a restaurant. Or perhaps if you are on an airplane (that is going to be my favorite use for this awesome product, I can tell already). You can even get a travel case so you can throw it in, and wash it later.

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Well, the SipSnap Spill-Proof Kid’s Drinking Lid is now available for purchase, and they were kind enough to send me a few so I could review them for you. My first impression of these lids is that they are easy to use, easy to clean, and my kids love them. My son has suddenly started desiring a cup of milk after breakfast, and I thought this was a great opportunity to test out the straw option, also known as the SipSnap KID. My only complaint is that I wish they offered a reusable straw for parents that want it, because I would buy one for use at home. I loved how easy it was to use, and how I didn’t have to worry about him spilling milk all over the table. Trust me, the irony of me trying to keep him from spilling milk isn’t lost on me.

They also make one called SipSnap TOT which does not need a straw. It is for tots. In other words it has a spill-proof spout that is ideal for smaller kids.

I have read on Pinterest that people think these lids are too expensive, but I disagree. They are product of convenience. It makes you life easier, it is not a necessity. I think three of them for $19 is completely fair. No one is forcing you to purchase them, but if you are looking for an easy solution when you go out as a family for dinner, I would highly recommend it. It is a creative solution to a problem many parents face. Well done, SipSnap. I will definitely be using your SipSnaps for a long time.

Happy travels,

Kristin