Britt’s List Of Unique Baby Gifts

I’ve gathered up some of my favorite baby items for this blog post.
WARNING: This post may cause baby fever.

I don’t think I want another baby, but damn, this stuff is so cute it sure makes me consider having one more!!

BURRITO BABY SWADDLES

As if you didn’t want to eat up a new baby already, this will make it even harder to resist! These burrito baby swaddles are hilarious and adorable. SHOP HERE by Mirando Brand

PERSONALIZED BLOCKS & UNIQUE WOODEN TEETHERS/TOYS

Little Sapling Toys has the cutest selection of wooden teethers, toys, and blocks. Personalized blocks that spell baby’s name would be a lifelong keepsake. I really like the idea of finding a teether that fits perfectly with the family, for example the guitar for musicians, the castle for Disney lovers, the airplane for a pilot’s baby, etc. There’s seriously SO many cute ones to choose from!!  SHOP HERE by Little Sapling Toys

SLUMBER SLOTHS


Who doesn’t love sloths? Exactly. These super soft, handmade sloths are perfect for little ones to cuddle with. And they’re super duper adorable. SHOP HERE by Slumberkins

MILESTONE BLANKETS


These milestone blankets by BatzKids are such a great way to photograph and treasure those special milestones. There’s so many to choose from, including age blankets, monthly milestones, first holidays, and even a monthly pregnancy blanket. SHOP HERE by BatzKids

MILESTONE CARDS

Another great product to track milestones are these milestone cards! There’s a lot to choose from, and they are all super cute. SHOP HERE by Milestone

DOCKATOT
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If you haven’t heard of DockATot yet, then you’re missing out! (From what I hear, at least.) I always read rave reviews about this product. Basically, this little spot is designed to help your baby sleep like…well…a baby! I wish I had known about it with my littles. SHOP HERE by DockATot

SHOPPING CART HAMMOCK

I’m not going to lie, these shopping cart hammocks look too good to be true! What a great little invention. Putting a car seat in the front of a shopping cart is frowned upon because it can be dangerous, and putting it in the back takes up the entire cart. I would have loved one of these when my kids were little! SHOP HERE by Binxy Baby

MOSES BASKET

I am obsessed with these Moses baskets! They are seriously the perfect little spot for a new baby to sleep. Bassinets take up a lot of room, and are hard to move around. I would have loved one of these for my babies. SHOP HERE by Plum + Sparrow

BABY BOOK

Baby books have been around for forever, but they’ve never been as cute as they are today! These adorable Baby’s First Year books are so unique and modern. SHOP HERE by Lucy Darling

MULTI-USE NURSING COVER

I actually own a Covered Goods nursing cover, and still use it even though I am done nursing! This cover not only acts as a traditional nursing cover, but it also functions has a carseat cover, shopping cart cover, and a scarf! SHOP HERE by Covered Goods

BABY WRAP


Baby-wearing is a new-mom NECESSITY! I didn’t master the art of baby-wearing with Cash, mostly because I didn’t find a carrier that I loved/felt comfortable with. Thankfully I discovered Solly Baby wraps before having Sawyer, and it ended up being a lifesaver! I love that it’s very lightweight and breathable, and holds baby super close and snug to your body. SHOP HERE by Solly Baby

 

These are my favorite unique gifts. I hope this came in handy with your registry or the next baby shower you’ll be attending! I’m sure I’m missing some other amazing unique gifts on here, so if there’s any that you recommend, LET ME KNOW!!

 

xx

Britt

 

How To Use Instagram Stories For Your Business

Instagram stories has been a game changer for business accounts on Instagram. I know that a lot of business owners are struggling with the algorithm changes, “shadow banning”, and new business settings. Many are fearful that Instagram will soon be like Facebook, as far as business pages go. This means that businesses will most likely have to pay if they want their posts to be seen. While I totally understand why Instagram would do this (very smart business move on their end), it is already proving to be very harmful to small business accounts that are trying to promote their products.
Thankfully, Instagram threw small businesses a bone, and came out with Instagram stories. I highly recommend taking advantage of this tool and use it to it’s full potential.

Here are some of my tips for using Instagram stories for your business (or blog).

 

1. DIRECT FOLLOWERS TO OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS
Stories is a great place to promote your other social media platforms such as Pinterest and Facebook. I created a couple photos that can be used in your stories, that you can save and use! Once you upload them to your stories be sure to add the URL, example: pinterest.com/britt_kav For the mailing list photo, be sure to add directions for how to join your mailing list.  (Tap each photo, tap + hold to save to your phone.)

2. DIRECT FOLLOWERS TO YOUR LATEST INSTAGRAM POST
A lot of times Instagram will burry your post, and a good majority of your followers won’t even see it. (Thanks a lot, new algorithm!)  Using stories to direct followers to your latest post can be a great tool to help boost your views. Screen shotting your page and posting an arrow to your post is one way to send them there. Example:
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(My phone is on the charger. Don’t judge me.)
Put a sticker over your post to get your followers interested in what it is! (SoOooO mysterious.)
You could also post something like this (feel free to save and use these):

The arrow points to your profile picture, which can be clicked on. 😉

3. INCLUDE EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT CODES
Creating a custom discount code exclusively for people who watch your stories is a great way to see how many sales you’ve gained just from your story viewers. You could even make it fun and have a “Happy Hour Sale”, and delete the story once the sale is over. This will also encourage people to keep an eye on your stories.

4. LET YOUR FOLLOWERS GET TO KNOW YOU
Instagram stories has been a great way for business owners & bloggers to open up with their followers and allow them to get a glimpse into their life/home/office/etc. I didn’t know the face behind a lot of shops until Instagram stories launched. Customers love to know who they are buying from. Make sure to stay professional, remember…there are some things your followers DON’T want/need to see. (Trust me, I’ve unfollowed some pages because of their stories.)

5. GO LIVE
The newest Instagram feature is the ability to go LIVE! Something about watching other people live is just so fascinating. One advantage is the fact that your followers will be notified that you are live. I suggest planning out exactly what you are going to talk about, or at least have some sort of idea, because it can be easy to lose your train of thought. (And it can be quite intimidating.) Use the LIVE tool to engage with your followers, allow them to ask you questions, or use it to ask them questions! (Examples: what items they love, what they want more of, where they’re from, etc.)
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I would love to hear if this post was helpful to you, or if you have some of your own suggestions/helpful tips!

xx

Britt

A FREE Subscription box

PinchMe sent me a ton of free samples, and you can get some also! All you have to do is create an account, and once you receive your items just go and leave your reviews of each item you received.

I love these types of boxes because: A. They’re freeeee, and B. I am a creature of habit, so this is a great way for me to try new products that I probably wouldn’t have tried otherwise.

Create an account and get some free samples for yourself by signing up HERE

Non-Toxic Tampons That Get Delivered To Your Door

You need to throw away your toxic feminine hygiene products, because there are non-toxic products available!

I know it seems like just about everything causes cancer these days, or contains an ingredient that might cause cancer, so it can be difficult deciding which things you’re going to risk using and which things you’re going to ditch. When it comes to things I put in my body, like food, I *try* to eat mostly organic, healthy foods.
Within the last couple years or so I read up on how extremely toxic tampons and pads are, and it made me feel all gross inside. When I first read about how bad they are I looked into alternatives such as “The Diva Cup” and that period underwear (Spanx or something?)…neither looked appealing to me. I just wanted a tampon that wasn’t toxic!!

Lola organic tampons

Thankfully, with being pregnant and nursing the last four years I hadn’t had a period until just a few months ago. (TMI? Sorry…kinda.) So, once Aunt Flow came back I just used up the tampons that were sitting in my cupboard, waiting for her return.
Then I was introduced to LOLA. Lola carries 100% ORGANIC cotton tampons and pads. *Angel choir singing.*
NOT ONLY are they 100% organic, (which means no toxins, dyes, synthetic additives), but they DELIVER. Straight to your door. And you can sign up to have them be delivered to you once a month. *Angel choir sings again.*
I can’t even tell you the amount of times I have started my period and had only a tampon or two (if that) on hand, and had to make my husband run to the drug store to grab me more. (Husbands love doing that, I’m sure he’ll miss it.)

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As you can tell, I am super stoked on Lola. Who knew tampons and pads could make me so excited??

If you guys want to try them out (why wouldn’t you?), then you’re in luck because I have a 60% off code for you to use! It expires May 31st 2017, so don’t wait. The code is: BRITTKAV

Order from mylola.com

You will not be disappointed.

*sponsored by Lola.

Healthy, Fresh Baby Food Delivered To Your Door

I’ve started to see a lot of these meal delivery services start to pop up, and they all look really great, I’m interested in trying them…but I worry that my kids won’t like anything that’s included.
I was just introduced to a local company called Mini Fresh, which is similar to those meal delivery services that I mentioned, BUT they actually cater to babies, kids, and moms! My favorite thing about the company is the fact that they offer 100% organic food, and it’s all FRESH. They guarantee delivery twice a week, and everything is delivered within 5 hours of being cooked and packaged.
They are located in Phoenix and deliver locally at the moment, but they plan on expanding, so hopefully they can make it to your area soon if you aren’t in the Phoenix area!
Read more about their mission HERE.

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I tried a bite of everything that was delivered, and it was all really tasty. (And I swear I’m not just saying that!!!) Those energy bites are full of so many great ingredients, but when I read them before tasting it I thought to myself “that cannot taste good…”, but it actually did. It tasted GREAT! And my kids thought they were cookies. Ha!
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I gave the kids these trays for an early morning breakfast picnic. I heated up the veggie quiche (which was delicious) on a separate plate and then put it back in the tray.

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That little oat bit (top right corner) was my personal favorite (lol), I took a bite and wanted the whole thing.

Give them a try if you’re an AZ local! Click HERE to browse their website.

 

 

Beautycon Box Review

I have always been interested in those monthly beauty box subscriptions, I just never pulled the trigger on signing up for one. There are a lot of different ones to chose from, which makes it hard to decide which one to choose!
I recently received my first beauty box, and it was from Beautycon. I was pleasantly surprised by the full size products, and the variety of items inside.
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The box includes name brands such as Too Faced, Garnier, and L’oreal.
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My favorite items were the Lippie Stick by ColourPop, the bronzer by Too Faced, and the highlighter by Artist Couture. I truly loved every item in the box though, and will use every single product.
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Another goodie that came in the box was this botanic fiber facial mask , which was so refreshing! I think I’m going to have to stock up on these.

While I don’t have any other subscription boxes to compare it to, I do think that this one stands out among the ones I’ve heard about as far as the brands & sizes of products it offers.
The cool thing about getting a beauty box is that is likes a little surprise for yourself! You know it’s coming, but you don’t know exactly what will be inside.
If you decide to grab a box for yourself, be sure to use my code BRITTKAVWINTER for 15% off your total.
Click HERE to check out their website.

 

 

This post was sponsored by Beatycon.

Jane Review : Daily Deal Site

Shopping online has become one of my favorite things to do since having kids. It’s so hard to round up the troops and head to the mall, and even when I have attempted to shop with the kids it’s not like I’m ever able to focus on shopping.
I love that I’m able to find some of the best deals online, as opposed to in stores.
Daily deal sites are popping up like crazy, which is great for my wallet. (And my sanity!) One that has been around for a while, and has held up a good reputation is Jane.com
I recently did some shopping there and I was amazed at how much stuff they offer! The best part is that it’s all super affordable.
I ordered a pair of boots for $25.99 BUY BOOTS HERE
There were so many style and color options, which made it hard to choose. I seriously wanted all of them!!

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The boots are great quality, look just like the photo, and they shipped out quickly.

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I also ordered this striped dress. IT HAS POCKETS! Dresses with pockets are my favorite.
This dress was only $19.99. It’s boutique quality and would easily be sold for $35+ at other stores. This item also arrived looking just like the photo and it shipped out quickly. There are other color and style options as well. BUY DRESSES HERE

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It’s so soft and cozy.

 

So, my last order was only for these two items…I used extreme self-control and didn’t go crazy buying all the cute things available on jane.com. It was a difficult task. Ha!

If you’re looking for home-decor, accessories, clothing, baby stuff, or just about anything, then I definitely recommend browsing Jane before heading out to the store.

My Jane Review:
A+
Pros: Fast shipping, wide variety of products, good quality items, and an easy-to-navigate website.

Follow Jane on Instagram: instagram.com/veryjane

This post was sponsored by jane.com

 

 

The Terrible Thing That Keeps Happening To Small Businesses

Something really bad is happening to small businesses, primarily children’s clothing brands that have gained popularity through Instagram.

As most of you know, for the last two years I have owned a small business called Root Avenue. Root Avenue’s main product is children’s graphic t-shirts. When I first opened shop I started off with 5 designs, that I created myself in photoshop. Root’s first big ‘hit’ was our Pretty Fly For A Small Fry raglan. Before I released this design I searched all over the internet to see if anyone else had an item with this phrase. I searched hashtags, Pinterest, Etsy, Google, etc,  and it was nowhere to be found. Within weeks of releasing this shirt I started to see copies being made. They started to pop up in the hashtag on Instagram, and in Etsy shops. I was furious that people were ripping me off, and I eventually had to invest in trademarking this phrase so that I had legal grounds for reporting knock-offs.
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As a small business every single sale is a huge deal for me and my income. Every time a copy is made, it takes away from my business. Yes, even if it’s made for personal use. Copying a small business is the exact opposite of  being supportive.
Taking the time to report every single replica became part of my daily schedule. It took away from time that I could have been doing productive things for myself and my company.
Then came the knock-offs from *China. (*I do not want to write the name of the website, so I will be referencing “China” instead. I do not want to help promote this wholesale website in any way.) The first time someone notified me that my design was being sold on this popular Chinese wholesale website, my heart dropped and it felt like someone punched me in the gut.

Reporting “copy cats” was one thing. China is a whole other level. Once an item has been copied by China, you not only have to worry about the Chinese wholesaler, but you have to worry about THEIR supplier, as well as boutiques that buy in bulk from them.
There are also “Buy-In” groups on Facebook, where women go in on buying in bulk from this website. I understand that some women don’t even know that they are buying knock-offs. HOWEVER, I believe that a majority  know exactly what they are buying. Some even have the nerve to go to these groups and post photos from small businesses pages and ask if it can be found on the Chinese wholesale website.

All of this is a HUGE problem. Copying is directly effecting small businesses, and it is stealing! Stealing from business owners who have worked their butt off creating, designing, promoting, and running their business. All to be ripped away from them because of GREED.

I have seen people say things such as, “Well, you should be flattered that they like your product enough to copy it!”
To me, this is the same thing as someone getting robbed, and then be told, “Well, you should be flattered that they liked your stuff enough to steal it!”
Because that is exactly what copying is. It’s STEALING.

Being copied is one of the most discouraging thing for business owners to deal with. Even with trademarks and copyrights, it is extremely difficult to track down and remove all of the replicas. Not to mention the amount of frustration it causes and time it consumes.

Wondering how to be able to tell the original from the replica?? Here are few helpful tips.

How to find out where the original came from:

HASHTAGS
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If the item is something that is easily searched, such as a phrase on t-shirt, I recommend browsing Instagram hashtags. This allows you to go back and see when it was used first and which company started it. There are some generic phrases that are hard to claim, but you can at least see if a design was replicated. (Font/placement/garment/etc.)

PHOTO
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The photos on the Chinese wholesale website all look very similar. Here’s some examples. Now, it can be very hard to tell sometimes. The Chinese wholesale website will often steal the small business’s photos. This screen shot is straight from the Chinese wholesale website. The three photos that have a picture of a child were all stolen from the original makers. So, just because you see a picture of a child wearing the item does not mean that is the actual item you are buying. Photos of my children are being used by the Chinese wholesale website, as well as by boutiques who have purchased from them.

PRICE
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If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Many “crafters” will charge very low prices just to make the sale, and because they will purchase a very cheap blank. A “custom” t-shirt, for example, might be sold for $10 because they purchased a blank shirt from somewhere like Walmart, & used their vinyl cutter to make the design. Ripping off designs means they don’t have to work hard on being creative or promoting a business, they can just copy someone else and make a quick buck.
Boutiques selling children’s sets (example: shirt, bloomers, bow ) for $13-$20 were most likely bought from China. Many sets on the Chinese wholesale website are being sold at prices as low as $4. (If that doesn’t scream sweatshop, I don’t know what does!) Now, figuring out if the item is a knock off is another thing, but a little research can usually help you determine it’s authenticity.
The photo above is a great example of what you get when you buy a knock-off from China. Check out the spelling errors on the shirt.
The originals can be found here:
Headband | Shirt | Leg Warmers | Adorable Baby Model

END THE DEMAND
Whether it be a friend making a copy, or contributing to a bulk buy-in, THIS is the type of thing that needs to STOP NOW. If we can work together to end the DEMAND, then we can hopefully eventually end the SUPPLY.

I know this might seem like a lot of information, and I understand that this might not resinate with a lot of people that it doesn’t directly effect. I just want to get this information out there, and if this stops even one person from buying or making a knock-off, then I would be happy.
When you buy from the original maker, you are helping support a family and a dream.
SUPPORT CREATIVITY AND THE ORIGNAL! 

#supportlocal #buyhandmade #shopsmall #makesmallbig

Side note, yes, I do buy things made in China. I have even purchased things (such as tape, and paper clips) from the Chinese wholesale website. I want to be clear that I am not saying that all things made in China are bad, I am simply stating that there is a huge problem with creators being ripped off by them. 

Holiday Product Spotlight with JORD Wood Watches

Giveaway info at the bottom the post!

When it comes to accessories, I have a really hard time finding unique and high quality pieces that fit my style. Logan is probably pickier than I am when it comes to clothing and accessories. Neither of us have owned a watch in years, mostly because we hadn’t found something that we absolutely loved. When I discovered Jord Wood Watches I was so excited. Finally, a modern and sophisticated look, that will never go out of style. The fact that they are made from wood gives them a vintage vibe, which I consider timeless.
When I showed Logan Jord Wood Watches he had the same excitement as me. He had a hard time deciding which one he wanted, because he really liked everything they carried.

Men's unique wood watch Christmas gift
Jord Wood Watch

Logan ended up choosing the Walnut & Jet Black watch from the Conway series.

Unique wood watch for men and women
Men’s Wood Watch by Jord

Logan has found his new favorite accessory, that pairs perfectly with his entire wardrobe.

Men's or Women's Unique Wood Watch Christmas Gift
Christmas Gift Watch by Jord Wood Watches

Any piece from Jord Wood Watch’s would make a great gift. There are a ton of great options for men & for women. You can even personalize the watch or box with an engraved message! This is definitely a gift that anyone would love.
Click here to browse men’s watches.
Click here to browse women’s watches.

**JORD GIVEAWAY**
Click HERE to enter the Jord Wood Watch Giveaway. All you have to do to enter is submit your name & email address. So simple! PLUS, you will receive a $25 gift card just for entering. It’s a win win!
You will have until 12/18/2016 to redeem your code.
The code will expire 2/28/2017.

Sponsored by Jord Wood Watches.


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