Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Bitsy Boxes | A Sponsored Post

Have y'all ever received a subscription box? I hadn't until recently, and it is so fun! While I was in Arkansas last week my husband told me that our Bitsy Box had arrived, and it basically felt like I had a Christmas gift sitting there just waiting to be opened. As soon as we got home we dug right in to see what kind of goodies were inside.

In case you haven't heard of Bitsy Boxes, it is a subscription service for a box full of fun goodies tailored to your child's age as well as a thing or two for mama. Score! It is a fun way to try new products and treat yourself and your little. Who doesn't love a surprise package?! You can choose how often you want to receive them, and they would make such a fun gift for an expecting or new mama.

Our box was a 'Little Chef' theme so we received a plush shortcake toy, a can of the cutest stuffed ravioli, Neat Cheeks flavored wipes, and my personal favorite, a set of 3 reusable snack bags by Dr. Brown's. We used Dr. Brown's bottles exclusively with Henry, and I am excited to try these DISHWASHER SAFE snack bags! For mama, there was a Glow Organics foot soak and a Maria Shareen hair tie bracelet. You can bet I tried out that foot soak the first night!

If you have been on the fence about trying something like this, it definitely makes for a fun mail day. And just imagine if you forgot it was coming (like me), and then you come home one day to find a box of goodies for you and your babe. Does it get any more fun?! If you order now you can get 50% off your 1st monthly subscription box + FREE SHIPPING with the code BITSY50, so it is the perfect time to give it a try. Let me know if you do!


*This is a sponsored post, however, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Every Mom's Must Have Camera Accessory | Janie Lane Studio

I recently shared the three reasons every mom needs a DSLR. It is probably pretty clear by now that I am super passionate about getting quality photos of your kiddos now instead of waiting to realize during their senior year of high school that every photo you have of them was taken with your busted old cell phone with a smudge on the lens. As I have stated before...you don't have to spend thousands of dollars on a camera, and you don't have to have professional experience or a degree to learn how to take great shots of your family. There are tons of free resources out there, and with a lot practice, shooting in manual can become second nature!

There are so many options and price ranges when it comes to DSLRs and their accessories. My newest and favorite accessory is my camera strap from Janie Lane Studios. When I was shooting sessions for other families I got away from using a camera strap. As a mama, I need my hands free to keep Henry from jumping off things and eating gross stuff, so this is so perfect. My favorite feature is that it can be worn comfortably as a cross body. I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW PERFECT THIS IS. Instead of leaving my good camera behind because it is a bit really bulky, I can use this strap, toss the camera behind me when needed, and still have quick access so I don't miss the shot. The cross body feature prevents my heavy 5D from falling forward and conking my kid in the head when I bend over, and it has the perfect contour around the neck so you don't have a lot of uncomfortable fabric bunching up on your neck. It's perfect, I tell you.

Okay, so I lied. Can I have two favorite features? Of course I can, this is my blog. My other favorite is the storage. There are little pockets that hold my backup battery and memory card right on the strap. The one for my battery has an elastic opening, and the one for my card has a snap closure. I don't have to worry about things falling out, and I can leave my heavy camera bag in the car without worrying about space or battery power. Genius.  

A few other things I love about these straps are the number of fabric options, various designs to suit your needs, and that the maker is just too sweet. Dana is a real life mama making real-life, gorgeous and perfectly functional pieces of art. Go check her out on Insta where she shares all of her awesome key fobs and clutches in addition to the straps, and definitely head over to her shop to look around. Dana is offering 15% off all camera straps (good through September 15th) to my awesome readers with the code GOODANDLOVELY15. So go ahead and pick out your favorite fabric and which style suits you best. You will NOT regret it.


*This is a sponsored post, however, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

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