GIVEAWAY! With Bump and Bae

GIVEAWAY! I’m really excited to be working with a Canadian boutique located in Ottawa, Ontario Canada 🇨🇦❤️🇨🇦
Bump and Bae offers a curated collection for maternity and mama-friendly. The tank top I’m wearing has hidden zips on either side for nursing. You’d be none the wiser, I bet if I didn’t even tell yas! This tank doesn’t have ruching at the sides so you don’t have to be pregnant, or even a mama to buy/wear this. I’m definitely not giving this one away after my pregnancy/ nursing time is up! It’s such a good basic.

And these jeans? They’re from Bump and Bae too. They’re ankle grazers and fit great. I love both pieces, they both have washed up well (I always wash in cold and hang most of my clothes to dry anyway, always the safest bet) and they look super stylish and fit incredibly well. For reference I’m wearing a medium in both the top and bottom.

1. Like this photo on Instagram
2. Follow me @spiffykerms on Instagram
3. Follow @bumpandbae on Instagram
4. Tag a friend on that Instagram photo in “rule No. 1” (one tag per comment so you’ll get more entries 😂🙌🏻)

Winner will recieve a Bump and Bae hospital bundle-the mini.

Giveaway is open to anyone in Canada and the USA. Closes on Friday August 7 2020 (9pm PST). This giveaway is Not sponsored, nor endorsed, administrated by, nor associated with Instagram. Prize will be fulfilled by @bumpandbae

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Is your baby safe in their car seat?

This post is sponsored by Chicco.

As a first time Mom, I’m definitely no expert but I’ve said it before – I’m constantly researching, studying, and even googling all-the-things all-the-time. Is my baby safe in whichever product I’m about to buy? Hmm – let me Google that. So much to learn! I can’t stop learning and asking questions. I’m so invested in his well being.

What happens if you see a mom friend buckling her baby into a car seat and the chest clip is too low? Or something doesn’t look right with the way things are hooked up. Do you, or should you speak up? Personally I feel terrible for not speaking up as one, I feel like I’d be stepping on their toes and in their business. But also because I’m a first-time Mom and am definitely no know-it-all. I know that I am extra cautious when talking about baby related things. So many people get so much advice (unsolicited or otherwise) from others, it’s just hard to take it all in. That’s why I’m happy that I’m sharing this on my blog, and other social outlets. Why not make good use out of your scroll-time through instagram/blogs, and get some recommendations? It’s honestly how I find out about cool kids clothing stores, or learn about different parenting techniques, and what activities to do with baby.

But I’ll tell you this much, I can use my voice and my reach online. That’s one thing for sure, I’m so thankful of my large Instagram reach, where I can publicly speak up and use the hashtag #TurnAfter2 and properly inform parents of car seat safety. Please don’t think I’m an expert, as a first-time parent I definitely am not, nor claim to be. My baby isn’t even 6 months yet. But what I can do is use my voice and teach, and inform.

Keeping babies and toddlers rear facing for as long as possible is the most ideal, and of course, safest. One thing I know for sure, is that my baby going to stay in a rear facing position in his car seat for as long as he can. I’m proud to be working with Chicco USA to tell you why it’s safer to keep your child rear facing until s/he’s age two or older. The way rear-facing works is that it spreads the force evenly across the back of the car seat and body, and limits the head motion. Their head, neck and spine are all supported by the car seat during a collision. Otherwise they are more at risk for a potential neck injury. Ugh, yikes. Are you taking notes? Because I certainly am.

If you’re a new parent, or expecting your baby soon, please read the manuals that come with your car seat, to ensure you’re properly installing the car seat in a safe manner. Do you know what kind of car seat you have? I really like convertible car seats that can grow with your child. The Chicco NextFit iX Zip is a convertible car seat that can be used rear facing  5-40lbs, and forward-facing 22-65lbs, so it certainly grows with your child.

Many people turn their child forward-facing too early , simply because they can look uncomfortable. See these photos below? He’s in funny and somewhat uncomfortable LOOKING, but he’s fine. The same way kids, and babies LOOK cramped in their car seat and be okay in the rear-facing position.

 Chicco NextFit iX Zip Car Seat features (and product manual):

  • Rear-facing: 5-40lbs
  • Forward-facing: 22-65lbs
  • Easy to install
  • Seat pads zip off easily for cleaning
  • 9 reclining positions, 9 height adjustments for that perfect fit
  • Steel-reinforced frame with EPS energy-absorbing foam is side-impact tested for superior protection

The hashtag #TurnAfter2 isn’t simply a suggestion, in fact it’s a law in many states to keep your child rear facing until at least age 2. However, I’ve been an advocate to keeping the child rear facing until s/he reaches the weight/height limit of the rear facing car seat instructions. Follow the hashtag on Instagram and social media to get more educated about the benefits of rear-facing your child for longer.

Since TurnAfter2 launched one year ago, the number of parents who are aware of the AAP’s 2-year rear-facing recommendation has dramatically increased to 73 percent, up 26 percent since 2017, which means using your social media channels to share pictures of your little ones riding rear-facing CAN make a difference!

I’m hoping I’ll raise awareness to some that may have not known otherwise about the #TurnAfter2 campaign to keep your child rear-facing for as long as possible.

As a gift to you, and thank you for reading my blog and following along my social media channels, Chicco is offering one of my readers a Chicco NextFit iX Zip car seat like the one shown in this post.

How to enter (USA ONLY):

Share a photo of your little one rear-facing on social media using #TurnAfter2! Come back here to comment on this post (and sharing the link so I can confirm!). Giveaway closes Monday July 16, 2018 at 9am PST/12 EST.


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4 tips for Working Out While Travelling

4Workout-Tips-While-TravelWorking out while travelling may seem like an annoying chore to some, or may simply be part of your every day routine. If you can’t bring your gym equipment with you while you travel, pack a gym outfit (which can be super comfortable to wear on an airplane!) and get going at your destination.

Here are some simple workout routines you can do without any weights, machines, or gadgets.

Jess-Nancy-runGo for a run

Explore the city! If you get lost easily, only make right hand turns, or vice versa. Bonus is if you find a local park and jump on a set of monkey bars. This will work on your core strength. If running isn’t your thing, find a set of stairs and do laps on them. Run up as fast as you can, then back down.

Chinups on a tree branch

This will make you feel like a kid again, and I’m all about feeling and acting young as often as possible. This is so fun, it won’t even feel like working out. Mind you, I can probably do 3 and I’m done for. But hey, I’m workin’ on it ;)

Pushups, situps, lunges, burpees and one-legged squats

I think they’re all pretty self-explanatory and they don’t require weights. These were all the workouts we did while I had a CrossFit membership, and boy did they kick my butt.

More into stretching and yoga?

Hang out with the lights dimmed in your hotel room, or find a quiet park, stretch and do a bit of yoga to ease and relax your mind.

Nancy-Jess-JumpMy friend Jessica and I have teamed up to have a giveaway for our readers. We have a $100 gift card from Soybu, which is a yoga and athletic wear company, and to go along with that a $25 iTunes gift card to put some new music on that iPod of yours, to help you get going!

Giveaway is open to US residents age 18+ only.

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Questions for you:

Do you like to work out while you’re on vacation or travelling?

How do you stay fit on an everyday basis?

Do you listen to music while you workout?

When is the last time you did a workout, outside?

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