My First Cubby from Little Partners {Review}

d34b7eacde8e85faf23a8b18f840ae53If you’re a new or expecting parent, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. SPOIL ALERT! That tiny squishy baby will soon be an independent almost 5 year old faster than you can ever imagine. Time flies (I’m not at all exaggerating) and soon your little angel will be a wanting to do everything for him or herself with zero help from mom and dad. In my case, that new found independence is so welcomed. I gave birth to my youngest daughter 11 months ago (how is she almost one? *insert crying emoji) so my oldest wanting to do things for herself is a huge help. Whether it’s getting herself dressed, brushing her teeth by herself, going to the bathroom alone, or simply getting herself alp_cubby_lifestyle-800x800 snack, it’s one less thing that I have to do. So I jumped at the opportunity to review My First Cubby ($159.99) from Little Partners!

We have worked with Little Partners in the past and we love their products! You can check out the Tri-Side Learn & Play Art Center review here. I was excited to see how the Little Cubby could make our lives easier and help my daughter grow even more independently. First of all, the construction is solid. It was rather easy tcubo put together, the instructions are very easy to read, and it was put together rather quickly (my husband builds furniture for a living so he may have had an advantage). Once built, I noticed the amazing quality. It’s sturdy and looks very classy in our hallway, it’s a piece of furniture you can be happy to put on display. After a quick screw in the wall for the tether to prevent it from falling, it was ready to go!

There are 2 sides, which is perfect for us so each kid can have their own side. There’s a top cubby that we use for hats. Below that is a section with 4 hooks on each side to hang coats and bags. On the bottom is a little cubby for a 2-3 pairs of shoes. My girls have so many shoes but I put the ones out that they were most often. I seriously love being able to ask my daughter to her jacket, shoes, and school bag and she knows to hang her stuff up when she gets home. It’s so nice! I love that it’s also teaching her to be responsible for her own things and she also knows where she can find her school bag or coat, it’s always in the same spot that she put it. The great thing is multiple cubbies can be pushed together for more children and for day cares or schools!

I’m beyond impressed with Little Partners. The My First Cubby will complete any bedroom, foyer, or playroom! I give My First Cubby a 5 out of 5 stars, it’s been such a help in our house and while the cubby is available in two beautiful wood finishes, I would love to see options available in colors. Soon enough my youngest will be able to hang her coat and bag on her side, but for now, my oldest is happy to lend me a helping hand!

Be sure to check out all of Little Partners fabulous products here and don’t forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to stay up-to-date with sales and new products!

– Casey

**BurritoBuzz received these products at low or no cost for the purpose of review or testing. No compensation for positive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences and we never guarantee a positive review.**

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Essie Gel•Setter: a Review For the Moms

If you’re anything like me, you love products that help make your life easier and add to something you enjoy doing. Essie’s Gel•Setter does both for me. I love having my nails painted and I love being the one to paint them. Who am I kidding, I would love to be able to afford a shellac manicure every other week but we just don’t have the money and I don’t have the time to get away even if we did. If we ever win the lottery, I would definitely make sure I get a weekly manicure, that’s a promise!  

Look at all shine!
 But because I’m my own manicurist, I love finding products that make the process easier and quicker. My husband (thanks to my hinting) got me Essie’s Gel•Setter top coat for Christmas and I was really surprised he found it (he says without helpfrom anyone at the store!). I have used it several times and I don’t think I will ever use another top coat. It goes on so smooth with no bubbles and so much shine! I’ve used a lot of different top coats in hopes of finding one that I really love but never managed to find until Essie’s Gel•Setter. I need my nail polish to stay on through all dishes I wash, the  baths I give my toddler, showers (that I rarely get) and not to mention all of the hand washing and amount of Purell I use during the winter. Although it doesn’t say it’s a rapid dry top coat, it actuall dries really fast which is absolutely necessary with a toddler running around.  
They look fabulous even on day 4! I forgot to take a picture before taking the color off on day 7-8.
As for the length of time it lasts without chipping, I must say it does not last 2 weeks, even when applying 2 coats. I really don’t think you’re going to find an at-home product that is going to last 2 weeks. You’re going to have to go to the salon for that. But I’m okay with a little over a week like my manicures have lasted. I get bored easily and by day 7-8, I’m itching to change my color. I give this product 2 thumbs up! You can find it at Walgreens and Target. At $10 a bottle, it’s well worth it and will last you months. Here are some links to purchase online:

Essie Gel•Setter from Amazon – $10
Essie Gel•Setter from Target – $9.99
Essie Gel•Setter from Kohls – $10

– Casey 

PS – you can use any brand of nail polish color, not just Essie brand!
 

Breastfeeding Glossary

Antibodies- A substance that protects against infection

Areola- The circular area of pigmented skin that surrounds the nipple

Breastfeeding.

  • a. Exclusive: Baby receives all nourishment and fluids at the breast.
  • b. Almost exclusive: Baby receives all nourishment at the breast except for small amounts of supplements.
  • c. Partial: Frequent or regular supplements.
  • d. Token: Minimal breastfeeding

Breast shell – a plastic shell that fits over the nipple, used to correct flat or inverted nipples.

Breast shield – a thin silicone shield that is placed over the nipple and areola during nursing.

Colostrum- A concentrated fluid secreted by the breast at the end of pregnancy and shortly after childbirth that provides nutrition as well as protection against disease

Engorgement– fullness, swilling, and enlargement of the breasts.

Foremilk– Low-fat milk that leaves the breast first during breastfeeding or pumping; the longer the time periods between breast drainage, the lower in fat the foremilk becomes

Hindmilk– Higher-fat milk that comes later during a breastfeeding or pumping as the breast becomes more fully drained

Inverted nipple – a nipple that retracts into the body, rather than protrudes when the areola is compressed.

Jaundice – caused by an excess of bilirubin, jaundice causes yellowing of the whites of the eyes and skin. Jaundice is relatively common among newborns, and is treatable.

Lactation -The action of producing and secreting milk

Lanolin- This cream is a savior to many breastfeeding mothers who experience sore, cracked nipples. It can soothe and protect, but make sure that you only use a pure form of lanolin to prevent allergies to the toxins that come in impure forms

Latching On – Latching on is when the baby takes the nipple and areola properly into his mouth to begin nursing. Proper positioning is critical, because your nipple needs to touch the roof of your baby’s mouth to stimulate him to latch on, suck and swallow.

Let-Down- This is the process where the brain tells the body to produce milk and make it available in the breast. Let-down occurs when the baby’s sucking action on the breast sends a message to the brain. The message stimulates the hypothalamus gland, which in turn stimulates the pituitary gland. Hormones are then released that act on special cells in the breast to produce the milk and send it toward the nipple where it is available for the baby.

Lipase – An enzyme that breaks down fat in breastmilk. In rare instances, some women may have it in higher quantities in their breastmilk, and it can cause breastmilk to develop a bad smell or taste when frozen.

Milk ducts – ducts in the breast that carry milk from the alveoli to the nipple.

Mastitis – generally occurring in breastfeeding women, mastitis causes the breasts to feel hard, sore or uncomfortable. Mastitis is caused when bacteria enters the breast through a break or crack in the nipple’s skin (such as those caused by chapped nipples) or by a plugged milk duct

Oxytocin– the love hormone, in both mom and baby which helps with bonding, stress relief and makes you relax.

Plugged (milk) duct – often caused by mastitis, plugged ducts occur when small milk ducts in the breast become blocked.

Positioning – The way a baby is held or situated when breastfeeding. There are different breastfeeding positions, and you may have to experiment to determine which one is most effective and comfortable for you and your baby.

Prolactin – A hormone produced by the pituitary gland that is responsible for milk production within the alveoli in the breast. During pregnancy, prolactin makes the breasts grow, and after giving birth, it stimulates the milk production. Prolactin is made in response to nipple stimulation when the baby suckles at the breast. Low prolactin levels can affect the mother’s milk supply.

Progesterone- A hormone produced by the placenta in large amounts during pregnancy that stimulates breast development and inhibits production of large volumes of milk.

Pumping – The method of extracting breastmilk with the help of a pump. There are both manual and electrical breast pumps. Pumping enables mothers to provide breastmilk for a caregiver to give to the baby while mom is away (for example, working).Pumping is also often used to stimulate production in a mother who has a low milk supply, to induce lactation or relieve engorgement.

Rooting Reflex-The rooting reflex occurs when touching your breast to the center of the baby’s lips or stroking his cheek causing the baby to open it’s mouth and turn it’s head to one side looking for the breast.

Suck, suckle– The baby’s milking action at the breast; in traditional usage, a baby at the breast “sucked” while a mother “suckled.”

Thrush – a common yeast infection of the mouth and throat caused by the fungus Candida albicans, marked by white patches in the mouth. Thrush can also occur in the gastrointestinal tract and can cause certain types of diaper rash in infants.

Helpful Blog Abbreviations

GENERAL

AB- Abortion

AD- Adoptive Parent

AF- Aunt Flo (Period)

AP- Attachment Parenting

BBS- Boobs

BC- Birth Control

BCP- Birth Control Pills

BD- Baby Dancing (Sex)

BF- Breast Feed

BF- Biological Father

BG- Blood Glucose

BH- Braxton Hicks

BIL- Brother In Law

BM- Breast Milk

BMom- Biological Mother

BTDT- Been There Done That

BTW- By The Way

B/W- Blood Work

CIO- Cry It Out

CS- Cesarian Section

DC- Daycare

DD- Dear Daughter

D&E- Dilation & Evacuation

DH- Dear Husband

DF- Dear Fiance

DOB- Date Of Birth

DR- Delivery Room

DS- Dear Son

DTD- Do The Deed

DW- Dear Wife

Dx- Diagnosis

FC- Foster Care

EDD- Estimated Due Date

Endo- Endometriosis

FF- Formula Feeding

FIL- Father In Law

FOC- Father Of Child

FRED- First Response Early Detection (Pee Stick)

FT- Full Time

FTM- First Time Mom

FTR- For The Record

FWIW- For What Its Worth

FYI- For Your Information

GA- Gestational Age

GMTA- Great Minds Think Alike

GOAT- Said when member has read all previous responses before commenting

GTT- Glucose Tolerance Test

HPT- Home Pregnancy Test

HIPPO- Said when member is responding without reading previous responses

HTH- Hope This Helps

IMO- In My Opinion

IRL- In Real Life

JK- Just Kidding

L&D- Labor & Delivery

LDO- Long Distance Relationship

LO- Little One

LOL- Laughing Out Loud

MSM- Main Stream Media

MC- Miscarriage

MIL- Mother In Law

ML- Maternity Leave

MM- Mothers Milk

NMS- Not My Style

NP- No Problem

O- Ovulation

O’d- Ovulated

OP- Original Poster

OT- Off Topic

OTOH- On The Other Hand

PG- Pregnancy

POAS- Peed On A Stick

Rx- Prescription

SAB- Spontaneous Abortion

SAHD- Stay At Home Dad

SAHM- Stay At Home Mom

SAHP- Stay At Home Parent

SD- Sperm Donor

SIL- Sister In Law

SO- Significant Other

T&T- Tried & Tested

TIA- Thanks In Advance

TMI- Too Much Information

US- Ultrasound

UTI- Urinary Tract Infection

V- Vasectomy

VBAC- Vaginal Birth After Cesarian

WAH- Work At Home

WOH- Work Out of Home

YI- Yeast Infection

 

BABY WEARING

DH- Double Hammock

FWCC- Front Wrap Cross Carry

MT- Mei Tai

Rebozo- Type of Wrap

 

INFERTILITY

2WW- Two Week Wait (Post Ovulation Until Beta)

ART- Assistive Reproductive Technologies

BBT- Basal Body Temperature

BFN- Big Fat Negative

BFP- Big Fat Positive

CD- Cycle Day

CF- Cervical Fluid

CM- Cervical Mucus

DPO- Days Past Ovulation

GS- Gestational Surrogate

IC- Incompetent Cervix

IF- Infertility

IUI- Intrauterine Insemination

IVF- In Vitro Fertilization

LMP- Last Menstrual Period

LP- Luteal Phase

OPK- Ovulation Predictor Kit

RE- Reproductive Endocrinologist

SA- Semen Analysis

S/B- Still Birth

TS- Traditional Surrogate

TTC- Trying To Conceive

Sources:

www.babycenter.com

www.stirrup-queens.com

www.thebabywebsite.com

http://www.babymed.com