Our Travel with Kids Wish List vs. Reality

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If you’ve traveled with kids before, you know that you have to be prepared. The waiting, the sitting in your seats, the confined space, it’s all a bit pretty much a parent’s worst nightmare. What we want to bring and what our kids want to bring are two very different things. Add that to what… Read More

One Year Old Birthday Gift Ideas (VIDEO)

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We get so many emails every day from parents with questions and comments that we try to respond to personally. Believe me, we try our best! There are a few questions that I know many parents would be happy to hear the answer to, so for today, I put together an “Ask Hollie” video! In… Read More

Skip Hop Travel Blankets & Neckrests (VIDEO)

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Last month we took a trip to Hawaii to visit the Disney Aulani Resort & Spa. Since our flights from Chicago were very long and the return trip was a overnight flight, I figured this would be a perfect opportunity to try out the new Skip Hop Travel Blankets and Neckrests. Good thing we did… Read More

Baby Gizmo 12 Days of Christmas 2013 Giveaway – Day 7

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Congrats to our winners – Liz. M. – Entry #2871 – Moonlight Slumber Mattress and Pillow Michelle H. – Entry #467 – Skip Hop Wood Toys   On the 7th day of Christmas, Baby Gizmo gave to me… (Psst…TWO winners today!) WINNER #1 – Moonlight Slumber Starlight Support Crib Mattress & Butterfly Breastfeeding Pillow Our hands-down… Read More

10 Great Fall Diaper Bags

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Today I’ve rounded up 10 great diaper bags for Fall. Ever since I became a mom I began a love affair with diaper bags. Even if I’m looking like a hot mess, at least my diaper bag is always styling. I hope you love my choices and find one you just might need to buy… Read More

Top Back-to-School Lunch Bags for 2013 (VIDEO)

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      Products featured in video: Pottery Barn Kids Mackenzie Lunch Bags ($19.50) Pottery Barn Kids Dual Compartment Lunch Bag ($29.50) Skip Hop Zoo Lunchie ($14) Frecklebox Classic Tin Lunchbox ($29) Goodbyn Bynto ($9) Thanks so much for supporting our sponsor for this Baby Gizmo Video Episode. To find out more about the Happy… Read More

Best Backpacks and Lunch Boxes as Seen on Good Day Chicago

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School starts here in Chicago in only four short weeks! That’s right, the summer is more than half over already! Since the kiddos are going to be heading back to school soon, it’s time to start thinking about back-to-school shopping. I had the pleasure of going on FOX Good Day Chicago this morning to share some… Read More

Baby Gizmo 2012 Awards – Best Stroller Accessories

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Sure, everyone is talking about all the great things that will happen in 2013, but we are taking the opportunity to look back at 2012. Yep, it is that time of year again! Time for the Baby Gizmo 2012 Awards! We are starting out the awards ceremony this year with the Best Stroller Accessories for… Read More

Baby Gizmo 12 Days of Christmas Day 5

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Congrats to the winners: Skip Hop Prize Pack – Entry #5254 – Kelly L Bumbleride Flite and Parent Pack – #789 – Renee B. UPDATE!! Today is open to Canada!!! Our friends north of the border are in on Day 5! Squeeeeee!!!! On the 5th day of Christmas Baby Gizmo gave to me… A Bumbleride… Read More

Spotlight VIDEO Review: Skip Hop Grand Central Diaper Bag

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We introduced you to the new Skip Hop Grand Central diaper bag a couple weeks ago, so we thought now would be a good time to give you an up close and personal look at it. This bag will hold everything you need. Tons of pockets, a great chic look and all at a budget-friendly… Read More

Skip Hop Debuts Lady Bento and Grand Central Diaper Bags

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I had a chance to see Skip Hop’s two new diaper bags a couple weeks ago at the ABC Kids Expo and let me tell you – they are pretty awesome. The new Grand Central diaper bag is designed with an abundant amount of pockets and compartments to hold everything you could possibly need. The… Read More

A Stroller Liner to Save the Day

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Ever tried to clean up a diaper blowout from a stroller seat? Gah! How about when grandma hands your toddler an Oreo cookie in his stroller? Arrgghh. Forget about that leaky sippy cup full of milk that is tipped over in your stroller for days? Opps. These are just a few reasons why a stroller… Read More

Travel Event List of Featured Products

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If you attended the Club MomMe Traveling with Kids Event or if you just wanted to know what we talked about – here is a list of all the wonderful products that we featured that day. All these products were hand picked by me as some of my favorites for traveling, so you know they… Read More

Baby Registry Event List of Featured Products

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If you attended the Club MomMe Baby Registry Event or if you just wanted to know what we talked about – here is a list of all the wonderful products that we featured. All these products were hand picked by me as some of my favorites, so you know they are good. This is in… Read More

Traveling with Kids Event Update

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Last week I was the speaker at the Chicago Bump Club & Beyond 2nd Annual Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Boats at Galt in Lincoln Park (in Chicago!). I know many of you don’t live anywhere close to Chi-town so I thought I would share a few photos from the event to show you some of… Read More

Skip Hop Complete Sheet (VIDEO)

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A firm, bare crib is a safe crib. Soft bedding, blankets, pillows and stuffed animals are not to be placed in baby’s crib. What many people don’t know is this recommendation also extends to crib bumpers. They not only pose a breathing risk, but they also no longer serve a functional purpose. Crib bumpers were… Read More

Skip Hop Zoo Luggage Rolling to a Vacation with You (VIDEO)

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I have found that my toddlers and kids have always wanted to help carry their own stuff while traveling. That’s great and all unless the bags just aren’t their size and they are struggling to carry or roll an over-sized suitcase through the airport slowing us all down. Thankfully, Skip Hop has my kids in… Read More

Baby Gizmo 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza Day 4

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Congratulations to our Day 4 winners – Lerissa C. and Nikki K-B (Enter Day 5 HERE) On the 4th day of Christmas Baby Gizmo gave to me… SKIP HOP BATHTIME SETS Rub a dub dub … Skip Hop is in the tub.  Today we are having not just one winner but TWO WINNERS!  Each winner… Read More

Baby Gizmo 12 Days of Christmas is Coming!!!

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Baby Gizmo is playing Santa Claus again this year! From high chairs to diaper bags to a fabulous luxury stroller (hint: it’s an Orbit!!!), Baby Gizmo is having a holiday giveaway extravaganza! This is one giveaway that you do not want to miss! The Baby Gizmo Giveaway of the year! 12 Days! Lots of Winners!… Read More

We have Thursday Skip Hop Winners!

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We have the winners of yesterday’s Baby Gizmo Thursday is the New Friday Giveaway for the Skip Hop Bento Ultimate Diaper Bag and the Skip Hop Via Messenger Diaper Bag!  Thanks to everyone who entered here on RatedbyMom and on our Baby Gizmo Facebook Page!  And if the winner isn’t you this time – don’t… Read More