WaterWipes at Babies R Us

This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

As a mom of three (!), I am always looking for the best products for my children. Look at my little shopping sidekick! How could you not want to give that face the best? You know of my love for WaterWipes from a previous post, and this is one product that I have continued to use and buy for my family since writing about it the last time. Water Wipes - karainthekitchen.com-4Ever since having Ada, I have carried baby wipes around with me everywhere I go. Even after Lola was potty trained and before we had a new baby! They are the best to have on hand for messes, sticky hands, and faces. I have also been known to wipe down a table or two while out to eat! My Babies R Us has WaterWipes in the diapering section right at eye level. Water Wipes - karainthekitchen.com-3On our road trip to Santa Fe? WaterWipes in the car and diaper bag. On our trip to New York City? WaterWipes in the suitcase and diaper bag. Actually, my bag was stopped at airport security after going through the x-ray machine. It turns out that it was the two packages of WaterWipes that looked suspicious! It didn’t get searched on the way home, though. As you know, I love that WaterWipes are just water and fruit extract. While in New York City, June got a little bit of a diaper rash. I think it’s because her skin isn’t used to the heat and humidity. I thought that I would keep an eye on it and if it didn’t go away in a day, I would buy some diaper cream. I used WaterWipes on her when I changed her diaper that whole day and the rash cleared up on its own! I think it’s because there are no added chemicals or scents to the wipes. I have smelled some doozies!! One brand that shall not be named has a bitter smell to them. I really like that WaterWipes don’t have a smell so that you can wipe your face and hands with them and not worry about smelling funny. If you’d like to try WaterWipes out, enter the giveaway below! You could win one of 5 $100 gift cards to Babies R Us! Hurry though, the contest ends on August 18th. Good luck!

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WaterWipes Babies”R”Us Giveaway

I-C will randomly select winners from all program entries and will facilitate fulfillment of the winning prizes (5 winners).

WaterWipes in our hotel in NYC! I was temped to wipe down the window with one ;)
Water Wipes NYC - Kara in the KitchenFind out where WaterWipes are sold near you here.

Back to School with a2 Milk®

This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.a2 Milk - karainthekitchen.comCan you believe that it’s that time already? Back to school has already started for some, and my girls will be going back next month. Lola will be starting Kindergarten and Ada will be in 1st grade. I am so excited for them! It’s going to be an adjustment for sure; we have been loving these lazy days of summer. No schedules, beach days, and vacations. After a full day of school, I know they will both be coming home hungry, and I want to keep them filled up with happy tummies! Speaking of tummies, if anyone in your home has sensitivities to regular milk, you should have them try a2 Milk®! The A1 protein, found in all other cow milk on the market, is usually responsible for unsettled stomachs. The heirloom herd of milk cows from the a2 Milk Company™ produces milk devoid of the A1 protein, leaving only the A2 protein that is gentler on stomachs. It is still real milk and doesn’t taste any different than the cows milk you know and love.a2 Milk® - karainthekitchen.comI’m a big believer in doing everything in moderation. I think if you are too extreme in something, you will get burned out or have the opposite effect that you were hoping for. This goes for snacks in our home. I monitor what my girls eat and have taught them about healthy choices and “sometimes” foods. Apples are an every day choice for an after school snack. Cookies, of course, are a sometimes food. Best enjoyed with a cold glass of milk!a2 Milk - karainthekitchen.comOr, if your children are not fans of plain milk, make it chocolate milk! You can rest easy knowing that a2 Milk® contains about six times the amount of calcium as soy milk, eight times the protein of almond milk, and six times the potassium levels of rice milk! 
a2 Milk - karainthekitchen.com-2I have loved being an Ambassador for a2 Milk®! I hope you have enjoyed learning about it through my posts and it will help you or someone you know with lactose sensitivities. To find the store nearest you that carries a2 Milk®, click here. Happy new school year and snack in happy moderation :) a2 Milk® - karainthekitchen.com

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10 Years of Marriage!

I was looking through my memories on Facebook and thought it would be fun to share our anniversaries throughout the last decade!

10 Years – Hitching Post in Casmalia with baby June along for the ride:109 Years – Carmel, CA with Maverick:98 Years – Matt was in New York for training so he sent these:8

This was the night he came home…I had to pinch him to make sure he was real! 8

7 Years – On top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France (I still need to post about that trip!):7

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LEGOLAND California in the KIA Sedona

As an Official LEGOLAND Blogger, I received free tickets to the park for this trip. I also received a KIA Sedona to drive in partnership with DriveShop. As always, all opinions are 100% mine. 

We were so excited to go to LEGOLAND for the first time! My girls are the perfect age for it. They especially love Heartlake City, which is where the LEGO® Friends live. They had to get a picture with all of the girls:LEGOLAND - karainthekitchen.comWe had a fancy new KIA Sedona to drive down in! This one had the rear DVD entertainment system for the girls. We loved it! Around Santa Barbara, my mom and I were commenting on what a quiet trip it was since the girls had headphones on. Just then, Lola YELLS from the back, not realizing how loud her voice was! It was hilarious :)KIA Sedona - karainthekitchen.comI caught Matt rocking out with it’s sweet sound system to some Boston :)

We were there for the unveiling of the brand new Freedom Tower in Miniland, USA. It’s their version of One World Trade Center in New York City and is the tallest LEGO® tower in the United States! It is made up of over 250,000 LEGOS!LEGOLAND - karainthekitchen.comThey had a brass band playing the national anthem and Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty walking around on stilts. Lola wasn’t too sure about them, see her grabbing onto Ada’s dress in the picture? ;) LEGOLAND - karainthekitchen.comThey loved the live show in Heartlake City and then talking to the LEGO® Friends girls afterward.LEGOLAND - karainthekitchen.comIt really is incredible what they can create with LEGOS!! LEGOLAND - karainthekitchen.comWe had such a blast, even with new little baby June along. She slept and we tried to keep her cool. The water park was excellent and clean. It’s worth it to buy the reusable cup and fill it up at the Coke machines throughout the day :)

FamilySearch Worldwide Indexing Event 2016

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Have you ever wondered about where you came from? Genealogy is fascinating to me! I love learning about the people who came before me and what their lives were like. I have ancestors who crossed the plains in wagons along with ones who crossed the ocean on a boat for weeks from Australia. When you research your roots and connect with your past, it makes your ancestors come to life.

Back in the day, employees from the census bureau would go door-to-door, recording the names and ages of every person in the household. We have those records, and now they need to be digitized. This is where YOU come in! If you have a computer and an internet connection, you can help.

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FamilySearch International is hosting a 72 hour Worldwide Indexing Event this weekend. They want to save the records we have by getting them online and making them available to the public. My grandpa has been doing this sort of work since 1990! There have been multiple times that he has called us back to his office to get our opinion on whether or not we think a certain loop is meant to be an E or an L, or what we think a last name is. If my 83-year-old grandpa can index, so can you! It is easy, helps others, and gets kind of addicting.

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How can I help?!

Go here: https://familysearch.org/worldsrecords, download the software, and follow the directions. If you scroll down on the page, you can see what documents need indexing. Birth records from Ireland?! Cool! If anyone is having a baby soon, indexing is a great way to get baby name ideas :)

The goal is to get 72,000 people to join in the event this weekend. Join us and then tell your friends to join too!u

June’s Birth Story

June Deanne arrived Friday, May 13, 2016 at 2:43 AM!

9 lbs. 9 oz.

21 1/2 in. long

15 in. head circumference

June was due on May 12th. Since I was 10 days overdue with Ada and 4 days overdue with Lola, I was sure that I’d be going at least a few days over with June. For most of my pregnancy, I told people that I was due on May 17th, my Bobba’s birthday, so that I could avoid the barrage of, “Is baby here yet?” questions. I made sure that my due date was packed with appointments and things to do so that I could stay busy and keep my mind off being due with no baby.

Thursday the 12th looked like this:

Get girls ready for school

Drop girls off

Joke with teachers about how I’d see them on Monday, still pregnant

Pick girls up from school

Go to 40 week check-up

Take girls to get their hair cut

Go to Orcutt Burger for dinner

Get my nails done

I had a full day! And stay busy I did. Well, at my check-up, when Dr. Rasul checked me, I was 4 cm dilated! I asked her to strip my membranes and she said that I would probably go into labor that night. She wanted to send me right over to labor and delivery, but my doctor (Colton) wanted to send me home. Less intervention = better chance of VBAC. I agreed and wanted to go home too to finish my list of to dos for the day! I was having some mild cramping but nothing unbearable. As I was leaving, she looked me up and down and said, “I don’t think baby will be 9 lbs. You let me know.” I went about the rest of my day and it was when I was getting my manicure that things were getting a little more uncomfortable. It was so funny, I closed the place down so they were mopping the floor while my nails were being finished. They said not to get out of the chair and walk, they would push me in my chair to the front. So I had two guys pushing hugely pregnant me in the rolling chair along with the owner walking behind us saying, “Taxi!” It was hilarious!

When I got home from the nail place around 8:30 PM, I told Matt and the girls that we needed to get packed up so the girls could spend the night at my mom’s that night. After a false alarm the week before (which really was my body doing some work and progressing), I already had everyone’s bags ready. So it was just the toiletries and electronics that needed to be added to the bags. As I was packing the bathroom stuff, painful contractions started. I was timing them on my phone and they were 3-4 minutes apart. I’d texted my mom after my doctor’s appointment so she had dropped off sub plans at her classroom just in case it was the real deal! We dropped the girls off at my mom’s and I stayed in the car it was so painful. Matt comes back out to the car and asks, “So, home or hospital? Maybe we can watch one more episode of Walking Dead?” I just looked at him and said, “Hospital. Now!” He dropped me at the ER door since it was after hours (11 PM) and went to park the car. I waddled in and said, “Hi, I’m in labor.” They got me in a wheelchair and took me up to L&D. Matt came up and joined me in the little triage area where they made sure I was actually in active labor. Baby girl was definitely coming tonight!June's Birth - karainthekitchen.comContractions at this point were getting closer and getting up on the little bed with metal bars on the side was not comfortable or fun. My nurse was awesome and stayed with me the whole time I labored! She rubbed my back and talked me through contractions. She said I started squatting while holding onto Matt and she knew we had to get into a delivery room. I had no idea I was doing that, it’s amazing what your body instinctively does to get through pain.

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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 :)

Get FREE a2 Milk® & Win a Trip to Australia!

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
  • approximately eight times the protein of almond beverages and
  • 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

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 :)June Newborn - karainthekitchen.comJune Newborn - karainthekitchen.com June Newborn - karainthekitchen.com June Newborn - karainthekitchen.com June Newborn - karainthekitchen.com June Newborn - karainthekitchen.com June Newborn - karainthekitchen.com

She is such a good baby! Super vocal and grunts a ton, and makes happy little content noises after nursing. Eats like a teenage boy, sleeps like an angel. She’s been giving us 6 hour stretches at night and I love her for it! Her hair is lighter than Ada & Lola’s was and her eyes are looking like they are going to be blue. Labor story coming soon :)