My Perfect Summer Sandal

Disclaimer: Tidewater Sandals sent me this product for free in exchange for a honest review.

I love flip flops. A little too much I think. If the weather was decent enough, I think that I could live in my flip flops (and believe me, I try to make it as long as possible, even when my toes start to turn purple in the winter). But when I wear flip flops, I need to make sure that they provide me with some sort of support, not only for my feet in general, but for my arches.

I have finally found my perfect pair of flip flops. Just look at these beauties from Tidewater Sandals.

Tallulah Gold | Tidewater Sandals
They are comfortable, stylish, cost effective – everything that I want in a shoe.

 

These sandals are perfect to wear to work or just around town and have arch support (which is key for me). I have been wearing them for the past month pretty much nonstop and are in love with them. I even wore them to Pinehurst this past weekend and they were super comfy to walk around in. I wore them yesterday during a huge rainstorm and loved that my feet were not slipping and sliding all over the place.

 

I really can’t say enough about these shoes. They are already a staple of my summer wardrobe and will continue to be a staple through fall… and maybe even winter!

 

Want to get your own pair? Tidewater Sandals is offering all of my readers a 15% off coupon code, BELLE15, that will be good through the end of May! Go ahead and get your summer wear today!

Caleb’s Teething + Baby Buddy

Disclaimer: I’m a Brand Ambassador for Baby Buddy which means I get free products in exchanging for promoting them. I wouldn’t promote a product that I didn’t believe in and use myself, but I may get a percentage of sales if you click on their link.

Caleb will be 4 months old on Thursday and I think that he’s started teething. I feel so bad for him. The poor little guy has been exessively drooling for the past few weeks and has been gnawing on his hands and toys. I picked him up an amber teething anklet to wear while he’s home and some teething gel but it’s time for me to start thinking about the future.

I’m vain about my teeth. Even though I’ve never had braces, I’ve always gotten compliments about how pretty my teeth are. I go to the dentist regularily and make sure to floss my teeth almost every day. I want to make sure that I get Caleb started off on the right track as well and develop good dental hygine. I’ve already been using this silicone finger toothbrush from Baby Buddy to help massage his sore gums which helps him to get used to the routine of having his teeth brushed.

Baby Buddy Silicone Finger Toothbrush with Carrying Case

I think that he enjoys it. But I need to start thinking ahead for when that first tooth actually breaks through the surface. Baby Buddy has these things called ‘Tooth Tissues’ which I think are going to be super easy to use. Tooth Tissues are bamboo wipes that are bubble-gum flavored and fluoride/paraben free! They are perfect for ages 0-16 months. Even better – you can stick one in your fridge to chill it to help with sore gums (or adults can even use it when they are on the go).

What I like most about Baby Buddy products is that they really seem to care about their customers. They’ve put a lot of time into the products they sell to make sure they are producing high-quality items. Their passion lies in oral care for little ones and it shows!

Check out the video I shared of me using the gum massager on Caleb:

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Importance of Car Seat Safety

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Cars.com. I was compensated for writing this post, though car seat safety is something that everyone who has a little one needs to take into consideration.

Back in July of 2013, I found myself going from car dealership to car dealership with my mom in search for a new car. The transmission on my old car had gone out and living in a small town with no public transportation, I needed a car in order to get to and from work. This was to be my first real purchase as an adult and I knew that I needed to make a good, well-informed decision because I would hopefully be driving this car far into the future.

I wanted a car that was reliable and that I would feel safe in. Even though children weren’t on the horizon at that moment, I remember saying to my mom that my car needed to be two doors so that I would be able to maneuver a child and the car seat easily. I needed a car that could grow with me as my life continued to grow in different ways.

Fast forward to now. I’m 34 weeks pregnant with my first child with that same car. Even though we’ve chosen our car seat, we have not yet installed it. I know that time is running out. But installing a car seat may be one of the most important things that you have to do when you are having a baby and I want to make sure that I do it correctly. According to facts presented on the CDC website regarding child passenger safety, car seat use reduces the risk for death to infants (aged <1 year) by 71%; and to toddlers (aged 1–4 years) by 54% in passenger vehicles.

We ended up going with the Graco 4ever All-in One Convertible Car Seat because Robb and I wanted a car seat that could grow as our child grows. Cars.com is a great resource on car seat safety and actually goes through many models of vehicles and tests the user-friendliness of installing car seats. They start each Car Seat Check by investigating the car’s Latch system, which is supposed to make it easier to correctly install car seats and then test how each vehicle handles the various sizes of child-safety seats in terms of both space and installation.

They also answered one of my biggest questions – Why Do Car Seats Expire?

Robb and I are making it a priority this upcoming weekend to go ahead and install our car seat into my car. Lil Bean could come at any time and I want to make sure that we are as ready as possible for his arrival. I don’t want us to rush around when it’s time and risk doing something haphazardly.