LATCH Lets Me…

I can’t believe how much has changed since I had a baby last! When Ada and Lola were babes, the word from my pediatrician about bottle feeding was to be careful because my baby could have nipple confusion. As a new mom, I was so worried about messing up the groove we had going so I exclusively breastfed. I didn’t want them to be confused or have a bad latch while nursing because of the bottle! Now I know that my babies are going to be fine no matter what kind of nipple the milk is coming from. ;)Munchkin LATCH - karainthekitchen.com-1Another thing that has changed is that insurance companies now cover breast pumps! Game changer! With Ada & Lola, I had a battery-powered pump that was given to me. It hurt and took forever, so needless to say, I wasn’t wild about pumping. It was easier just to breastfeed the baby. Now, I have a hospital grade pump that is comfortable and gets the job done quickly. On days when June is sleeping and I don’t want to wake her, I will pump and have a nice little stash of milk going in the freezer.Munchkin LATCH - karainthekitchen.com-1-4 Bottles have gotten better, too! Munchkin LATCH bottles have a flexible nipple that mimics the breast and supports going back and forth between breastfeeding and bottle feeding. I have loved Munchkin products for years (have you seen their amazing no-spill cups?!) and am always excited by the new designs they are coming out with. Today I saw Hello Kitty products (Lola’s fav) and our Munchkin trash pail has kept our diaper changing area stink-free! Check out my video review showing you the Munchkin LATCH bottle features:

It is so freeing to know that I can go somewhere (hey, taking a shower counts) and Matt can feed June my milk. She has loved the Munchkin LATCH bottles and drank a whole large bottle her first time trying it! I love that Munchkin has the different level of flow nipples so that she can use the bottles now as a newborn and continue to as she grows.Munchkin LATCH - karainthekitchen.com-1-5Ingenious bottle brush, sterilizing bag, and super thin and absorbent breast pads.Munchkin LATCH - karainthekitchen.com-1-3As a mother, it is hard to enjoy anything if you know your baby isn’t happy. Munchkin LATCH lets me rest easy no matter what I’m doing, knowing that my baby will be happy and fed :)

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This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

Have you ever had trouble with lactose? It seems the older I get, the more sensitive my tummy is to it. And the more friends I have that have the same problem ;) It turns out that there are different types of protein in cow milk, A1 and A2. The a2 Milk Company™ has found a way to produce milk without the A1 protein that affects sensitive digestive systems. The A1 protein is to blame for post-dairy discomfort and is currently found in every traditional and organic cow milk on the market today. a2 Milk® comes from specially sourced heirloom cows and brings you cow milk without the upset stomach!

The a2 Milk Company™ is working with dairy farmers in upstate New York and the Midwest to grow and expand their herd of a2 cows. The cows, by nature, produce milk without the A1 protein!a2 Milk - karainthekitchen.com-1Now, people who are lactose sensitive don’t have to turn to nut or bean based milks. They can still enjoy the nutritional benefits and delicious taste of cow milk! a2 Milk® has:

  • approximately six times the amount of calcium as soy beverages
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  • approximately six times the potassium levels of rice beverages

To get your own free a2 Milk® through a receipt redemption program, head over to Try a2 Milk. While you are there, enter to win a trip to Australia, too! If you win, you have to promise to take me, though. My people are from there! Seriously, Ada is named after my great-great-grandmother Ada from Australia. She even had a pet kangaroo :)

I am so thrilled to continue my ambassadorship with a2 Milk®! I have loved trying this new-to-me product and have found it to be easy on my stomach (read: I can eat more dairy if I drink it). a2 Milk® is carried at our local Lassen’s. I am excited for a2 Milk® to gain traction and popularity and be carried in every store where you buy milk. To find your nearest grocery store that sells a2 Milk®, click here: a2 Milk® Store Locatora2 Milk - karainthekitchen.com-1-2

June Deanne’s Newborn Photo Shoot

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At 8 days old, Matt and I put Junie on our bed and took pictures of her sweet newborn-ness. She only peed on the blankets twice :) She is such a good baby! Super vocal and grunts a ton, and makes happy little content noises after nursing. … [Continue reading]

Spring Break with the KIA Sorento

I was given a car to borrow and drive in collaboration with DriveShop. As always, all opinions are 100% my own! For Spring Break, we were fortunate enough to have the 2016 KIA Sorento to cruise around in! It was so much fun!! It drives like a car … [Continue reading]

Baby’s Journey AT&T Baby Monitor

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This post was sponsored by Baby’s Journey as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary merchandise to facilitate my review. You guys, today marks 20 days until my due date! Baby June will be here before we … [Continue reading]

Living Well with Nature Made Vitamins

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This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.Every stage of life is different. Our goals change from year to year based on what is going on in our lives. Obviously, my health and wellness goals … [Continue reading]

Steve’s Central Coast Detailing

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When we got our Tahoe, it needed to be detailed. You know how even when things are "clean" they still need to be cleaned to your standards? I deep clean every time we move into a new house no matter how clean it appears! Anyway, I'd looked online and … [Continue reading]

Coke Play to Win!

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GreatTasteTourney #CollectiveBias How do you prepare for the Madness? Have you filled out brackets with coworkers, friends or family? What … [Continue reading]

PinkBlush Maternity Dress Review & Giveaway!

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I received a PinkBlush dress for this review. As always, all opinions are 100% my own! You guys. There is an epidemic out there. It's called Lack of Cute Clothes for Pregnant Women! I have become so frustrated while shopping through all of my … [Continue reading]

a2 Milk® Ambassador Program

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This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.I am so excited to announce that I have been selected to be an a2 Milk® Ambassador! I LOVE MILK! … [Continue reading]