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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

BabySense Infant Movement Monitor Review

 We were recently given the opportunity to perform an in-home review of the BabySense V Infant Movement Monitor made by HiSense. What a great product!

We have another monitor that we borrowed from a member of our family but we needed two of them since we have twins. The one we have borrowed is a different brand but it works on the same principle. And since this is a review of the BabySense I will keep the other monitor out of the equation...

The BabySense comes with everything pictured here:

That's it! Nothing fancy. It comes with everything you need to monitor your baby while sleeping.
We started sleeping better the very same night we set this monitor up. It has a small green light that blinks every time it detects movement. If you happen to get up in the middle of the night and wonder if your baby is still breathing, just look at the blinking light and lay right back down. I love it!

All you do it place a mat (or both of them) underneath your baby's mattress - making sure it is laying on a very firm surface (mattress support springs may be too shaky). Run the wire from the sensor mat to the main unit, replace the mattress, power the unit on and lay your baby down to sleep. Wahlah!! Instant peace of mind. 

Question: How will it alert me if my baby has stopped breathing?
Answer: Simple. By a very loud, blaring siren! If your baby stops breathing for 20 seconds, the unit will 'click' 2-3 times letting you know that it is about to go off (very good idea seeing as how I forget to turn it off when getting up in the middle of the night to feed). If after those few 'clicks' you haven't responded, the siren will alarm. There will be NO mistaking the fact that this unit is trying to alert you. It is all-or-nothing with this thing. :) It is either completely silent or ringing in your eardrums. Please see the below picture and note the speaker holes. That's a lot of speaker. The sound it makes is unmistakable!

Another plus about this unit is that it only has one wire - not 3-5 like other models. It is battery operated so there's no need to find a spare outlet. One wire from the mats to the main unit is all it takes. Also, the main unit clips right onto the side of any bassinet or crib so it takes up literally NO space! Other models take up space with their main units AND their distance monitors. The less clutter in this house the better.

There is a red indicator light that lets you know when the batteries are getting low, but as of yet our hasn't lit up and we've had it going every single night for the past month. I'd say that's pretty darn good.
 The only thing I didn't 100% enjoy about it was the two 'clicks' it makes when powering the unit on. They are about a half-second apart and have startled the child who was just laid into the bassinet a couple of times. It is nothing more than a sound to let you know it has powered on but it is kind of loud - especially in a completely dark, quiet room. Not so much during the day. But if that is the only thing I wasn't happy with then we did pretty well. We love this unit and we are so blessed and honored to have been allowed to review it. We just wish we had another one so we could give the borrowed one back to its owner.

 Thanks BabySense! You guys have a very well made, wonderful product on your hands and you should be very proud! You've given parents everywhere the peace of mind they crave so desperately. God Bless!
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Monday, November 29, 2010

Quick Video of the Boys

Cooper (left) and Carter (right) just chillin' in the floor.
Both of them being happy at the same time is rare right now so I thought I'd get it on camera to remind myself that it CAN happen. I'll watch it when my nerves are fried and need a refresher. :)
This week Carter and Cooper will be 12 weeks old... already!?
They are holding their heads up very well although not perfect yet. Still just a little wobbly.

They've found their hands and chew/suck on them a lot.

Sleeping is getting better. Only getting up once in the middle of the night with each of them. Although they're up for good between 4:30 and 5:40. Not complaining though... its getting better week-by-week.

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Two Beautiful Boys (Pics)

The pictures say it all!

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Elite Sheet Review

Do you or someone close to you have problems with pain?
Are you or someone you know pregnant?
Are you a restless sleeper?
Maybe you have some excess weight that makes it hard to sleep...

If you answered "Yes" to ANY of these questions then you NEED the Elite Sheet!
 As you all know, my wife, Miranda, has recently given birth to two wonderful little boys. They are the absolute lights of our lives. They weren't always so wonderful though...

 Before you GASP... What I mean is that while she was pregnant, Miranda had a LOT of trouble sleeping. I woke up almost every time she tried to move because it was so hard for her that she moaned, grunted and slung her body to try to get it into the position she wanted it. Sometimes it worked. Other times she wasn't so lucky.
 After witnessing this for a month or so I decided to try and do something to help. I researched a few different ideas - all of which led to a dead end or to the conclusion that it was a gimmick.
 Then out of the blue I saw a search result that caught my attention. Out of curiosity I clicked the link and it took me to the Elite Sheet website. I read every single page on the site and after doing so I knew I had to get this item for my wife. Since I have a pregnancy/family-oriented blog, I contacted the owner of the site and humbly requested a product review. A day or so later I got an e-mail agreeing to the request. I was thrilled.
 (image taken from the Elite Sheet website)
 A few days later, I had a package in the mail from Utah. It was the Elite Sheet. Within minutes our old fitted sheet was replaced by this new item. Folks, let me tell you with absolutely NO exaggeration - the Elite Sheet does exactly what it says it does!!
 The material may, at first, seem a little flimsy. But after the first night you will see that looks mean nothing.
This sheet is a miracle. The middle panel is what makes this sheet so amazing. It is a slick material that allows you to glide with EASE every time you want to move. It literally feels like you are gliding on air.
 If you know me you will know that I am a skeptic. And truth be told, I was very skeptical about this sheet actually doing what it advertises. But the morning after I first slept on this sheet I was completely convinced.
 Ok, back to Miranda. Remember how she wasn't getting any sleep at all? Not after the first night!
 She loved this sheet. The next day she told me that it really worked. She was able to move almost effortlessly (well, as effortlessly as you can carrying twins). Her hip pain diminished... She could turn easier... She was on cloud nine. If only the Elite Sheet could have stopped her heartburn. :)
 Seriously, folks. You owe it to yourself to purchase one of these sheets. It will be the smartest money you have ever spent. If you have any of the aforementioned problems - the Elite Sheet is the solution you have been praying for!
Many thanks go out to Peggy. You agreed to a simple product review and, in turn, you helped my very pregnant, physically miserable wife get the sleep she was longing for. Thank you so much. You truly do have an amazing product! God Bless!!
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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Expressive Thoughts Vinyl Decal Review

I recently received a vinyl family decal from Expressive Thoughts Vinyl.
They agreed to allow me to review one of those family decals you've probably already
seen on a lot of vehicles. You know the ones I'm talking about. They have the husband, wife, kids and
maybe a family pet. 

 I am thrilled at the quality of these decals. I put me, my wife, our twins and our dog, Kain in the decal.
See the pic below to see exactly what I ordered.

The best part about these decals is that you can customize each person to exactly what you want them to look like. Most websites have stock images, but Expressive Thoughts Vinyl allows you to choose hair styles, facial hair, clothes, clothes decorations, heads, etc... 

They do wonderful work. Another good thing about them is that once they work up your order, they e-mail you before they cut it and ship it so you can make sure they got it right. It is an extra step but it is well worth it. Who wants to get their order and it be wrong? Not me. And they are SO super easy to apply. You just peel the back, apply it to your clean window, press firmly over the entire decal to be sure all parts stick well, then slowly peel off the front. That's it!
 I've gotten a lot of positive feedback on the decal. Most people who ask about it want to know where they can get one - especially once I tell them they can customize every aspect of it.
 Thanks ETV. We LOVE the decal and will be back to order again!!
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Purely Products Healthy CFL Review

Being a new parent is scary. You never know what types of products are good for baby.
Will this make them sick?
Can this hurt them?
Is this the best I can give my boys?

When it comes to lighting my home, freshening the air, removing (possible) mold spores, pet dander, and dust from the air, there is only one product that we have started using in our home that tackles all of these things.
The Purely Products Healthy CFL

This amazing light bulb (CFL) has an air purifier built in! It works by ionizing the air around it making it fresher, cleaner and ultimately SAFER for our entire family. And it is all done by emitting negative ions into the air. Negative ions counteract the harmful effects of positive ions which are produced by electronics and household materials. The negative ions also boost serotonin levels which, in turn, slightly increase the amount of oxygen delivered to the brain. If that doesn't make you feel good I don't know what will.

We have about 4-5 of these in our home and we will slowly increase that number until every room in our home has one. Why not feel better in every room, right?

Need proof that it works? Just click here and play the very short video. It can give you a lot more information and can answer any questions you may have about these wonderful little units.
And as of 11/4/2010, they still have their sale going on.
You can get a 2-pack of these awesome lights/air purifiers for ONLY $19.95.
You can't get that kind of clean air that cheap anywhere else.

Purely Products is a great company with a high moral background. In fact, they have another company called DiaperLove. This organization provides diapers to those families in need. How awesome is that?
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