Product Review – Petunia Pickle Bottom Backpack Diaper Bag

Petunia Pickle Bottom

Backpack Diaper Bag

www.petunia.com

@petuniapicklebottom

Are you a mom looking to stay hip while at the same time prepared? A Petunia Pickle Bottom Backpack Diaper Bag is all you will need!

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Price Point –  B

  • $99-$215 depending on the bag.
  • Free Shipping for orders over 75%.

Parent Rating – A

As a parent who is always on the go, whether it be to the grocery store, road trip or cross country flight, this bag always comes in handy.

First, the bag is stylish and hides the fact that it is a diaper bag.

Second, and more importantly, the bag works! It is large which allows you to be able to fit all the necessities plus some. I fly a lot. Sometimes on airlines that don’t allow carry-ones, like Spirit. All airlines allow you to bring a diaper bag for free. I cannot tell you how clutch this bag has been for this purpose. When I am flying I get a full container of wipes, ten diapers, disposable changing pads, the changing pad the bag comes with, a backup outfit for my daughter, a bottle/sippy cup, a squeeze pouch, a container of puffs, a bib, toys, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, and then things for me as well, cell phone charger, sunglasses, head phones, etc. The backpack has an insulated side pouch for a bottle or sippy cup. The bottom of the bag is also a separate compartment that is insulated. It has everything you could need for any outing you are going on.

Ease of Use – A-

Backpacks in general are easier than traditional diaper bags because they allow you to have your hands free. This allows me to carry the baby, push the stroller, etc.

One problem with a lot of diaper bag backpacks is that the straps are not adjustable. This backpack is adjustable! You to make the bag as tight or as loose as you would like. This is great when my husband and I are trading off. He likes to carry the bag very loose, I like it tight on my back, it is able to suit both of our personal needs.

The reason that this bag got an A- and not an A for ease of use is because I have seen bags with sides that give easy access to wipes. I always think of how convenient that would be, however, when I chose this bag, I wanted a bag that did not scream “Diaper Bag”! Wipes hanging out of the side is a dead give-away, so I still prefer this bag.

Overall Product Grade – A

I am obsessed with this bag. I have gotten so much use out of it. As I drive from LA to Yosemite National Park while typing this, I have this bag sitting beside me filled with everything I need and I couldn’t be happier. I will use this bag until I completely destroy it and then I will get another one.

JaywithDBAG(Proof my husband even loves this bag! So convenient, he can hold the baby and his coffee and not worry about the diaper bag!)

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Jessie Zahner is the owner of Athletchic.com. You can follow her on Twitter & Instagram  @Athletchic.

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Product Review – PinkBlush Maternity

Pink Blush Maternity

www.pinkblushmaternity.com

@shoppinkblush

Price Point – A+

  • $30 – $130 for maternity dresses.
  • Get 10% off first order when you subscribe to their email list.
  • Free 2-Day Shipping for orders over $150.

Parent Rating – A

Living in LA as a woman, what you wear is important. When I got pregnant, I was worried that I would have nothing to wear. I would spend hours online searching for maternity clothes that I could wear to work and events that would look stylish. I wanted clothing that would work from the early stages of pregnancy to the late stages. I came across PinkBlush after one of my friends at work started raving about their clothing. I thought I hit the jackpot when I got on the site. The clothing is so cute and there are so many options. I was able to find maternity wear that worked for presenting to clients at work, on air hosting, red carpet reporting, weddings and just running errands.

Ease of Use – A+

What is so nice about PinkBlush clothing is that I began wearing their pieces at the beginning of my pregnancy and was able to continue use even at 40 weeks pregnant! The clothing is so well thought out and made that you can really wear them pregnant or not! I still wear PinkBlush maternity clothing even though I am no longer pregnant.

Overall Product Grade – A+

If you are pregnant, GO! Go to PinkBlushMaternity.com now and look. Get something! Anything! Try them out! You will find a piece that speaks to your own personal style. The piece will be well made. The piece will be able to be used throughout your pregnancy. You will love it! They truly make something for everyone!

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Jessie Zahner is the owner of Athletchic.com. You can follow her on Twitter & Instagram  @Athletchic.

Product Review – Little Bipsy Classic Clothing

Little Bipsy Classics

www.littlebipsy.com

@little_bipsy

Looking to purchase wardrobe staples for your current baby that could be used for your future babies? Want to get a gift that will always be of use? Little Bipsy has you covered with their Classics line of baby clothes!

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Price Point – B

  • $20-$40 for the Classics line.
  • 10% off your first purchase if you sign up to receive emails.

Kids Rating – A

My daughter loves wearing  all of her Little Bipsy clothing. The material is soft, light and comfortable.

Parent Rating – A

Living in LA it can be a struggle trying to keep up with the urban street fashion here, even for a baby. Baby stores around the city are filled with expensive designer clothes, but who has the money for that? I don’t, so I love Little Bipsy. The clothing is perfect to keep your child on trend at a reasonable price. The clothing is well made, fashionable, and versatile. Whether styling a girl or boy, whether they are in jeans or camo pants, you can pair these pieces with anything. Because of the minimalism of the line, the style will hold up for years to come. Even your next baby will be ready for the runway!

Overall Product Grade – A

I can’t say enough about this brand. The clothing is well made. The fabric is high quality and comfortable. The style is perfect, versatile and will be on trend forever. The company continues to create new pieces to stay current. They are always changing and trying to make their clothing even better. (For example, when I got my first LB Classic Romper I loved the look but it was hard to change a diaper in because of the way the piece was designed. The company either figured it out themselves or listened to the customers because soon after I received it, they began making the same piece, now with snaps at the crotch for easy accessible diaper changes! They rock!)

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Jessie Zahner is the owner of Athletchic.com. You can follow her on Twitter & Instagram  @Athletchic.

Product Review – Kishu Baby Bibs

Kishu Baby Bibs

kishubaby.com

@kishubaby

Looking for a unique gift for a shower, birthday or just because? Or maybe you are looking to up your baby’s fashion game. Look no further than the cutest and most useful accessory, The Kishu Baby Bib!

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Price Point – B-

  • $36 for my pack (Pom Pom Bib Gift Set | 2-pk | Baby Girl Bibs | Purple + Mustard)

Kids Rating – A

My daughter loves her Kishu bibs as the material is high quality and there are two different places to snap the bib around her neck so she can wear it loose or tight.

Parent Rating – A+

I was instantly a fan of Kishu Bibs from the moment I saw their products on Instagram. These are by far the cutest and most trendy bibs on the market today. I cannot tell you how many compliments I have received on these bibs.

Ease of Use – A

These bibs have two snaps on the back that allow you to adjust for your child and they are easy to get off and on.

Overall Product Grade – A

Love these so much. They are cute and the perfect useful accessory. GO GET YOURS!

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Jessie Zahner is the owner of Athletchic.com. You can follow her on Twitter & Instagram  @Athletchic.

 

Easy DIY Minion Snacks for Birthdays, Play Dates or Just for Fun!

When I found out my best friend was throwing a Minions themed party for her sons first birthday, I wanted to help out and bring some on-theme snacks. Being that I am now a mom to a wild six month old and I don’t have a ton of time, I came up with a two super easy DIY Minions themed snacks that I want to share with you all! They are simple, delicious and so cute.

I first started with my 5 minute Minion Pretzels. These are so easy that you can make them with your kids in less than ten minutes.

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Here is your supply list (all of which can be purchased at Walmart): 

– Mini Pretzel Twists

– Yellow and/or Blue Candy Melts

– Candy Eyeballs

– Parchment Paper

– Baking Sheet

 

Instructions:

– Preheat oven to 350 degrees.IMG_7056

– Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

– Lay pretzels out flat on the parchment paper.

– Place one yellow/blue candy melt on each pretzel.

– Place baking sheet with pretzels and candy melts into the oven for 2-5 minutes.

– Remove the baking sheet from the oven and immediately place a candy eyeball in the middle of the candy melt and press down. (See picture to the right.)

– Allow the pretzels to cool and serve!

I served the pretzels both in a bowl, for party-goers to snack on, and I also included them in the party favors. Walmart currently has Minion Fruit Snacks which I included in the baggy (as pictured below) with the Minion Pretzels.

The other snack I made was Minions Cupcakes. These are also very easy. Make any flavored cupcakes as you normally would and frost them using vanilla frosting. I made the cake part of my cupcake Funfetti but you can make them any flavor. Once frosted, I used yellow sparkling sugar sprinkles and covered all of the vanilla frosting with this. Once completely yellow, place one/two marshmallow(s) in the center of the cupcake (as pictured below). Using black writing icing, place a dot in the middle of the marshmallow. Then finish off the Minion goggles by using the icing to place a line on each side of the marshmallow. Finally, complete your Minion cupcake with a black icing smile. And just like that, you have Minion cupcakes! Remember, they do not have to be perfect, it is the thought that counts! These are a lot of fun to make, if you have older kids, this may be a fun activity to include kids in as a part of the party/play date.

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Questions on how to make any of these items, let us know by commenting below or reaching out to us on social media!

Making these at home? Post your finished product on social media and tag us @athletchic to show us how they turned out!

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Jessie Zahner is the owner of Athletchic.com. You can follow her on Twitter & Instagram  @Athletchic.

Happy Mother’s Day

Just a quick post from us here at Athletchic! We want to wish all the mother’s a Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for all that you do and all the sacrifices you have made to make all of our lives better. We love you!

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Mommy Must-Haves: Baby Bling Bow

Baby Bling Bows – A

Baby Bows! They are one of the top baby accessories. If you follow my daughter or me on Instagram, you already know we are both obsessed with headbands and bows! I had bought many baby headbands and bows prior to the birth of my daughter but there are two bows that I constantly am grabbing from the drawer and throwing onto my daughters head to complete her look. These bows are Baby Bling Bows!

I personally love Baby Bling Bows because the bows are cute and they are also versatile. These bows are made to fit the tiniest heads and the material is able to stretch as the little one gets older and his/her head grows. My daughter has worn her Baby Bling Bows from her first day on this planet, until now, six months later!

My daughter, Layla, loves Baby Bling Bows because of the comfortability of them. The material is soft and does not pull on her hair nor does it squeeze her head tightly. She can wear these bows for hours and never attempts to pull them off.

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For more information on these Mommy Must-Haves go to https://www.babyblingbows.com. These are perfect for birthday and shower gifts, they are great to purchase for a special event or even for everyday use! Feel free to comment below with questions!

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Jessie Zahner is the owner of Athletchic.com. You can follow her on Twitter & Instagram  @Athletchic.

Reality Recap April 9-15

The week starts off of Monday with American Idol duet week, 12 of the top 24 paired with star talent like Train lead singer Pat Monaghan, the guy who sings Despacito, Sugarland, some random girl named Bishop Briggs, Allen Stone, Andy Grammar who the F are these people and Aloe Blacc. The judges kept saying everyone was great so it was a shock that they actually voted anyone off, but they did say goodbye to Layla Spring, KayKay, Trevor, Dominique and Brandon. No I don’t know remember who most of those people are and yes that weird Catie girl is still in and I hope she wins! The most notable thing from the entire episode was Katy Perry looked ri-GD-diculous in some bogus ass off the shoulder gold dress! It was hideous, trust me and go Google it!

On my favorite show, Vanderpump Rules all hell is breaking loose like it normally is as the crew heads back to LA after their trip to Mexico. Kristen has to explain her alone time with James to her boyfriend Carter, who is the most amazing man in the world and stays calm and tells Kristen not to put herself in those kinds of situations. Jax decides to confront Adam about trying to get with Brittany. Poor Adam has no idea what Jax is talking about because clearly Scheana made all this shit up. Adam is not into Brittany and knew she was with Jax. Jax loses it and flips out on basically everyone at SUR including Lisa and Ken. He stands at the hostesses podium flipping everyone the bird before heading out front to bitch at Sandoval.

In another world, on Teen Mom OG, Farrah is still no where to be seen and we all are so very grateful for that. Poor Catelynn who just got out of rehab has to go back because she is having troubles. Mackenzie and Ryan are pregnant but Ryan gives zero shits, is being an ass and still looks high.

On Tuesday we catch up with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills who are still hanging out in Berlin. Vanderpump has to leave to get an award for her dog movie. A compassion award, HA! The girls are taking a boat ride and they are all scared looking back on the past boat rides they’ve had over the years. Erika is late getting on the boat as we find out it takes forever getting into a latex outfit. She gets out of a car an walks towards the boat nearly getting run over by a bike at which point she eyes the camera man and continues to catwalk towards the boat. Can you imagine wearing latex?! My God this woman is strong, I’ve run marathons, birthed a baby but I could NOT wear latex for even a short amount of time! That is one tough bitch and that is way she is my Real Housewives GOAT! You keep on keeping on girl! She then takes the girls on a journey down a dark, wet alley scaring the shit out of them all to take them to an invite only restaurant where they have dinner and she calls out Teddi for her pretend amensia comment! “I have one issue pretend amnesia”. Dorit can’t go on though, bitch needs to make sure the candles at the table are lit. She can’t sit, not even for a moment, and look at unlit candle! Who is Dorit? To Dorit, Hell is a place where people look at unlit candles and drink out of the wrong glasses! Whatever! Erika and Teddi finally squash their shit because again, Erika is EVERYTHING! Rinna realizes that the girls are having the time of their life and all getting along because VANDERPUMP isn’t there! I actually 100% agree with this!

On the finale of the Challenge: Vendettas you knew right away you weren’t going to know who won when you read your TV guide and it said, “Part 1”. Here we go again! We have to sit through listening to The Miz mediate a bunch of really lame conversations and arguments amongst the cast. We find out Nicole has hooked up with Gemmy, that one annoying girl from the U.K. is a huge bitch to Nelson and says he’s a stalker, Cara Maria and Kyle aren’t dating they were just having fun, I shed a little tear about that. They pulled a grenade on us and won’t tell us who won until next week. Yawn.

In Married at First Site the couples get back from their second honeymoon and are almost to decision day. Jonathan and Molly have not spoken in days. Molly finally gets caught in a lie as her therapist calls her the F out which almost sends Molly off the deep end. Jonathan video taped a rant of her calling him disgusting after she was in a bar flirting with another guy on their second honeymoon. I think I know how this relationship will end come decision day! In the meantime Jacqueline needs to get out of this marriage while she still can, Ryan sucks and has sucked the entire season.

Wacky Wednesday gets new life as The Real Housewives of New York comes on. Carole completes the NYC Marathon in 6 hours, Luann wants to be the Countess, oh no honey, last season you went against everyone’s advice and twirled and said, “The only title I’d trade Countess for is Wife”…no no no, there is no going back. The wannabe Countess continues to toot her own horn by bragging about her music saying she has 3 dance hits acting like people are jealous?! Girl the only thing people are jealous of is the balls you got on you to get up and sing being as tone def as you are!

Survivor has officially become the most boring show on television. I don’t even know why I’m talking about it. Domenick is acting like a complete dbag but no one cares, I want to barf just mentioning his name. They all decide to vote off the only hot guy left on the island, Chris, while a Childish Gambino look alike busts on him telling him to stop rapping. “Put the mic down put the pen down ur trash at rapping chris “the rapper”.”

While getting ripped on Thirsty Thursday, we all head back down south in Charleston, where the cast of Southern Charm is literally grilling up their best session yet, in Episode 2 Craig is still acting like a salty woman who’s been trapped in the kitchen all day except he clearly doesn’t know what he is doing, I could watch him attempt to cook all day. Shep calls Craig his foil but by the end they are actually getting along. In the meantime, Naomi Kathryn Danni and Chelsea make up the “Break Up Bunch” and I seriously am about to get a divorce and move to Charleston to join them #squadgoals they come into Sheps party with a bang! Thomas’ new girlfriend, Ashely, is thirsty AF and is just trying to cause problems, her and Kathryn have a very awkward conversation/introduction. Ashley is clingy AF because she sees how Thomas looks at Kathryn and is scared. Ashley makes Thomas come into the bathroom with her later in the episode, eye roll! If you are home bored go find Ashley on Instagram and notice her and Landon are besties, boring! And read people trashing her in her comments section! My god! Entertainment for days! The show comes to a close with Naomi calling out JD HARDCORE and embarrassing him infront of everyone! Let’s get the good old boys!

On the Jersey Shore Family Vacation stuff finally starts to heat up as Snooki and Vinny start to get really awkward. Basically Snooki cheated on Gianni with Vinny before they were married so Gianni probably isn’t happy that years later a better looking Snooki is going to be living with an even better looking Vinny in Miami for a while. Nicole wants Vin to stay away claiming he is trying to ruin her marriage bc he keeps messing with her. In the meantime the crew goes rock climbing and in a race between nicole and Deena to the top of a rock wall, deena destroys snooks leaving her the job of cleaning up after ronnies bathroom mishaps. I literally almost gagged just watching this!

Last night, Sunday on Real Housewives of Atlanta we are on part two of the three part reunion. Marlo wants everyone to Google her business, Simply Marlo LLC. I did and literally nothing came up! She dated a billionaire who bought her home and her mom’s home. Eva comes out and is about to give birth as she’s literally in labor and her contractions are 10 mins apart. Andy questions Kim about her big ass lips.

Finally, Khloe announces her baby’s name…. True Thompson!

Talk to you all next week!

Baby Product Review: Moby Wrap Baby Carrier

Moby Wrap Baby Carrier – A

The Moby Wrap Baby Carrier is a must have for busy moms. I love to multitask. I am an expert in getting a lot done in a short amount of time. All of that became much more difficult once I had my daughter. Being a first time mom, I did not realize the time investment a newborn was.

My first week home alone with my baby I worked my ass off! I cleaned and organized everything, fed the baby a million times a day, changed her, bathed her, held her, put her to sleep and stayed up all night with her. I was worn out. As the weeks went on my baby became more attached to me. She would cry anytime I put her down! I wondered how I was going to be able to get anything done. I started to ask other moms how they dealt with their needy newborns. I kept getting the same answer, “Wear your baby!”

I researched wraps and holders and I came across the Moby Wrap. This wrap SAVED me during my babies first months of life. My Moby allowed me to wear my baby comfortably. She was able to sleep on me and I had my hands free to accomplish everyday tasks. I bring this wrap EVERYWHERE I go. I wear her at the grocery store, mall, airport and anywhere else I go to.

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Moby wraps are wonderful because they come in many colors and patterns so you can choose the perfect one for you. They allow you to wear your baby in different ways. These wraps are awesome to travel with as they are light, they do not take up much space and you can use them in more ways than just a wrap. I have used mine as a cover while breastfeeding on a plane. Also while traveling I have used mine as a scarf and a shawl.

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Below is our ratings for the Moby Wrap:

  • Price Point – A 

    • $45-$80
    • As compared to some other wraps/carriers out there, this is very inexpensive!
  • Kids Rating – A+

    • My daughter loved being carried in the Moby Wrap. She was comfortable and slept in the wrap a lot.
  • Parents Rating – A

    • I too loved this wrap. It was comfortable for me to wear. It was not heavy or bulky like other carriers.
  • Ease of Use – B

    • There is a learning curve at first. Moby provides a guide to how to wrap the baby which is very helpful. There are also many YouTube videos you can watch to help you learn to wrap the baby in different ways. It is very easy to learn.
  • Overall Product Grade – A

    • I would highly recommend this product as it is inexpensive compared to other wraps/carriers, travels well, can be used in many ways and is light and easy to wear.

To get a Moby of your own go to https://mobywrap.com.

 

For questions regarding Moby Wraps, feel free to reach out to us!

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Jessie Zahner is the owner of Athletchic.com. You can follow her on twitter at @Athletchic.