Taking on the Fair in my Ergobaby Omni 360

This is a sponsored post for Ergobaby, in which they provided a free product for review. I will also receive a small commission when you purchase an Ergobaby product after clicking my referral links. Although sponsored, all opinions are my own!

I have been a mama for a little over three years and one of the very first items we purchased when I found out I was pregnant, was an Ergobaby baby carrier. I had researched so many different brands and found that Ergobaby had amazing reviews as a newborn baby carrier all the way up through toddlerhood – so I was sold. After Auden came home from her extended NICU stay, I used my carrier every single day and it really helped me bond with my teeny little preemie baby. I can still remember how she would fall asleep within minutes of me securing her into my carrier and it just made me feel like I was doing something right.

Fast forward to last fall when we welcomed our newest baby Joona, I knew that I would be wearing her all the time. This go around, since I had both a newborn and toddler to look after, being hands free was key. Wearing Joona allowed me to not miss a beat with my interactions with Auden and it made our transition from 1 to 2 children much easier.


You’ll imagine my excitement when I was sent the newest (INCREDIBLE!!) carrier: the Ergobaby Omni 360 to try out and review!
First of all, this all -in-one carrier can be worn in 6 positions – including the tried and true forward-facing, and offers babies a 360-degree view of the world. One thing that I really loved is that the Omni carrier literally grows (by simple velcro adjustments) with your child! You no longer need an insert during those infant months (all the praise hands) and you can continue to use the carrier until your little is a big  – up to 36 months!

When I received my happy mail, I immediately wanted to try it out. After reading the step-by-step instructions, I put Joona in the carrier in the front carry outward facing position and she fell asleep, no exaggeration, within 2 minutes. So good.

We decided to break it in by taking the Omni to The Big E (hugest fair in New England) and it did not disappoint! Joona happily kicked and squealed, clapped and danced the entire evening. Oh, I forgot to mention, this carrier also has a detachable FANNY PACK!! You know I stuffed that thing full of supplies for our adventure. I think I’m in love, guys.

Before I go any further, here’s a 10% off promo code for you to use at ergobaby.com! Just copy and paste >> jo8KbuYBBM and as always, shipping is free :).

Picture time!

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Armed with my fork and my Omni 360

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Just hanging out!

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That right there? Deep fried cheesecake. Have mercy.

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Taking in all the sights.

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On the carousel with Auden 🙂

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Mesmerized by all the flashing lights.

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Me and my girls

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#lovecarrieson

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Our Wedding Video – September 8, 2013

Today is our 4th wedding anniversary! Our dear friends, Dustin and Rochelle from The Union Productions graciously shot footage for our special day. This is the highlight reel and something that I will cherish forever! Watching this will always put the hugest smile on my face and I hope you’ll enjoy it as well!

Love.

Day In The Life: Lyman Orchards

My daughter Auden turned 3 last Thursday and to celebrate, I had a couple fun activities planned to do earlier in the week. One of the ones I was really looking forward to was a sunflower maze at Lyman Orchards!

Lyman Orchards started back in 1741 when a 37 acre parcel of land was purchased by John and Hope Lyman. Over the last 276 years, it has grown to cover more than 1,100 acres and is now home to an array of fruits, vegetables and  flowers – not to mention delicious pastries and local farm fresh goodness. Each summer they create a sunflower maze and a corn maze in the Fall.


The maze itself was really interactive – they offered a 10 question, age appropriate quiz that, upon answering correctly, let you know which way to turn next. I was really proud of Auden for her stamina during the majority of the 2 mile winding walk and Joona even took a nap while on my back in the Ergo carrier. Wins all around. We ended our fun with a little picnic in back of our car. Auden let me know that it was “The most fun flower day EVER!” I would call that a success :).

Auden with her map and clues
Smiles all around
Overview of some of the maze
Obviously very stoked

There were so many varieties of sunflower! So pretty.
We made it to the end!
Thumbs up for finishing the maze!


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New Month; New Methods

I absolutely love the start of a new month! I find myself using the first few days to reflect on the previous month to see what worked and what didn’t. It’s kind of the same way that my husband and I parent – we like to assess how Auden responds to a certain parenting style or new thing we’re implementing and if it’s not working, we’ll take that into account and try a different method.

With that being said, I’ve been thinking and praying about the right format for Simply Amarachi and I have come up with a few categories that I’m really excited to write about and share with you all!

“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about – turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” C.S. Lewis

What to expect going forward:

PRODUCT REVIEWS – Simply that! I’ll give an honest review about products I love, and there will most likely be a coupon code involved so keep your eyes peeled for these! I’ll post the code on my Instagram stories as well

DAY IN THE LIFE – Pictures of our everyday adventures

STRONG (I’m looking forward to this this most!!) – Interviews with women who inspire me

THE GOOD STUFF – Things for which I am thankful

So yay! I’m definitely looking forward to these next few months and thanks again for following along.

 

 

 

Product Review: Artifact Uprising 

I have always had a love for photography and used to spend hours and hours looking through old photo albums when I was young. About a year ago, it dawned on me that I didn’t have a single hard copy of any photos I had taken in the last ten years. So much had happened during that time – weddings, babies, trips, yet I had nothing tangible to show for it. Zero. Photos.

Living in a digital age, with one of the best cameras literally in my back pocket, I’ve found that I take more photos than ever but the majority of them just stay on my camera roll/desktop never to be thought of again. I had attempted to print out some photos using my local pharmacy’s one hour photo option but always ended up dissatisfied with the quality.

Then one day, I heard about a photo app called Artifact Uprising. I immediately fell in love with their aesthetic and with how simple the steps for ordering photos were! Their motto is, “Off your Device, Into your Life” and they allowed me to do just that! They have Instagram-friendly photo books, square print sets, wood calendars and so many other unique options.

I’m so glad that I found Artifact Uprising and that now my girls have something tangible to look at in an age where most things are only viewed on a screen.

Instagram photo book

5.5″ prints from Instagram, VSCO, and my iPhone camera roll

Their packaging gives me all the heart eyes😍

They were gracious enough to offer 10% off to my readers and Instagram followers- just tell ’em Amarachi sent you! No, I’m kidding, use code >> AMARACHI10 << at checkout. You’re gonna love it! Promise.

*If you’re an iPhone user, you can get the app here! >> Artifact Uprising: Photo Books, Prints & Cards by Artifact Uprising, LLC*

All The Things

It’s been a season of refining. Big time! Basically, everything I thought I knew about myself has been tested and tried in the past few weeks. It hasn’t been the most amazing thing ever but I know that it’s all going to be for my good!

Sometimes this space will look like days in the sun, adventuring with my family. Other times it will look how it does right now – slightly frustrated and a bit tired from my day-to-day. 

But, I’m going to continue writing and continue to let you into my life! There’s so much strength in vulnerability and I’m happiest when everything is laid out. 

So, if you’re reading this and you’re in a difficult season, be encouraged. I can be a listening ear! Send me a message to let me know what I can be praying for you about!

Love you guys!

my constant audience 

Call me naïve, but before becoming a mother, I didn’t realize how much I would be watched. I didn’t know how weighty and amazing the responsibility of mothering truly was. I didn’t realize how almost every decision I made and action I took would directly affect my girls! 

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It takes continual surrender to the Holy Spirit for me to navigate these very unpredictable waters of day-to-day motherhood. It also takes listening to advice and wisdom from other moms who have more experience than I do. 

I’m learning, I’m growing, and this is the most exciting journey I’ve ever been on. And even if the next few years still find me sitting on the toilet – door wide open with an audience watching me, I wouldn’t trade a single moment. 

{My bathroom view}