For the Pumping Mama: Nourish by BeliBea Bra Review + Giveaway

I received a sample to facilitate this giveaway.

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Pumping a minimum of 6 times per day is EXHAUSTING! Little Man will no longer nurse, so I’ve committed to pumping for him until he turns 1 year. In addition to the physical and emotional exhaustion of pumping, I tackle some serious logistics on a daily basis – the pump, tubing, cleaning, and figuring out ways to multitask.

I always wondered why there wasn’t a pump bra that you could wear all day, even to work. Then I found the BeliBea! While it’s not the sexiest looking bra, it combines the best of traditional maternity bras with an improved fit and design for better comfort PLUS, my favorite feature,the ability to hold pump shields in place for hands-free convenience.

The Nourish by BeliBea bra includes dual panels in each cup that allow mothers to keep the garment in place while breastfeeding, pumping and during what often seems like the few moments in between. The inside panel fits to and holds a breast shield in place for hands-free convenience while pumping, or both panels can be lowered to easily breastfeed.

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There’s no underwire (win!) but that doesn’t mean that there’s no shape to it. The bra line has a v-neck scoop and center ruching to maintain a feminine shape – you know, no sports bra “uni-boob.” It also comes with removable pads between the cup panels that offer extra support, comfort and shape (and conceal headlights while at the office). Using the size chart below, I opted for a size large and it fit true to size.

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This bra has been such a timesaver. It’s been so convenient to not have to remember my pump bra each day for work, and then back home for evening pump sessions. It’s supportive enough (even for DD) to hold the shields in place, even as milk fills up the bottles. I honestly didn’t know what I was missing until I started pumping with the BeliBea bra.

For more information about BeliBea, visit the BeliBea website, BeliBea on Facebook, or BeliBea on Twitter.

GIVEAWAY

Enter to win a Nourish by BeliBea bra ($49 value) using the giveaway form below. This giveaway runs now through July 17, 2015 at 11:59PM EST and is open to residents of the 18 continental US only, ages 18+.

Belibea Bra Giveaway

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Summer-Sweeping-2015This giveaway is part of the Summer Sweeping Giveaway Hop, hosted by Viva Veltoro and Lindsey Blogs. Summer is just getting started and it’s HOT, HOT, HOT outside. Each blogger in this Event has a giveaway worth at least $25, so be sure to hop around to all the giveaways listed below including our hosts – Viva Veltoro has an amazing collection of baby prizes and Lindsey Blogs is sharing a few of her favorite brands with you!

Spit Up is the New Black, So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, and the Summer Sweeping participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Toddler Hairstyle: My Little Pony Tail

As part of the #StreamTeam, I’ve partnered with Netflix for this post.

Growing up in the 80s, there are a few characters that really resonate with me – My Little Pony is one of them. As I was Christmas shopping last year, I found a pack of My Little Pony socks for my daughter on clearance for $2. I bought them in hope to share get all nostalgic with her. She loved them so much (really, who gets excited over socks?) that she asks to wear her pony socks every night before bed. Continue reading

Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat Giveaway

Will you be traveling with a little one this 4th of July? It’s so important to not only make sure your child is in a car seat appropriate for their age and size, but you also need to make sure it’s installed correctly. Safety 1st is sharing summer travel tips that you’ll want to be sure to read. When it comes to our kids, we can never be too safe, right? Click here to read those car seat safety tips now.

Could your child use a new car seat? I’ve teamed up with my pals Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro to give one lucky reader a Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat! Continue reading

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The Internet adds a new layer of fear for parents. What can be such an awesome learning tool and way to connect people can also be a scary, secretive channel for bullying.

You’ve probably seen the news reports recently regarding cyber bullying, and also know what kind of emotional issues and tragic situations can result from it. Regardless of what dominates the news, it still happens frequently. Shockingly, a least seven out of 10 children will deal with it, many of those on a highly frequent basis. So how do you make sure what is going on in your children’s lives so that they don’t become victims like so many stories that you know about and do not know about? Continue reading

Orange is the New Black #OrangeCon: The Ultimate “Me” Time

I received press passes and a trip to NYC for #OrangeCon courtesy of Netflix.

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I love my job. I work hard, but I get to play hard too. When Netflix invited me to OrangeCon in NYC, I was excited and honored to have been asked to attend the first exclusive conference celebrating the success of the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black. Continue reading

The Importance of Swim Lessons for Babies and Toddlers

I received complimentary swim lessons from Goldfish Swim School as part of this post.

The Importance of Swim Lessons for Babies and Toddlers

My fears shouldn’t be their fears. I read these horror stories on the news about kids and pools and my first instinct is to avoid them like the plague. But there’s another way to approach my fear – by teaching them how to swim. Continue reading

You are the Father I Always Wanted

I’ve partnered with Minute Maid and Socialstars for this sponsored post to help parents realize they’re #DoinGood, especially my husband.

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To the man I love,

You told me my shoes were muddy. I asked for your screenname. You told me to call you, and I did (so glad I did). That Thanksgiving night in 2001 changed my life forever. We became friends, best friends in fact. We were inseparable. And to this day, that bond has remained.

Many things have changed since junior year of high school. We went to college, got jobs, got married, and had kids; we grew up. Thankfully, as we navigated our teen years together, we grew together, not apart. Continue reading

Rainy Day Fun: Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle Activity Sheets

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How to Stay Poised and Confident in the Heat of Summer

Life with LBL can be tricky so I’m sharing about Poise Thin-Shape pads as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #RecycleYourPeriodPad

How to Stay Poised and Confident in the Heat of Summer

Have you ever thought about ducks? Yes, the creatures that your kids love to throw bread at. It’s okay to be like a duck. A duck seems to be gliding effortless throughout the pond, but under the water, its feet are kicking fast and hard. But you don’t see that. Continue reading

Orange is the New Black + Spit Up is the New Black to meet at #OrangeCon

I received press passes and a trip to NYC for #OrangeCon courtesy of Netflix.

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In 2013, a series began on Netflix that not only tested network boundaries, but also shed light on the psychodynamics of prison culture. The past two years, we laughed, we cried, and we connected with the characters in Orange is the New Black. On Thursday, I’ll have the pleasure to meet the ladies behind the groundbreaking series at the first ever #OrangeCon. Continue reading