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Posh Baby! Oilo Pillow {Review}

 Oilo sent me a beautiful pillow in cobalt with their wheels motif and I’m quite smitten by it. There’s a lovely , modern print on the front in a navy and ivory color scheme.

For those of you who didn’t see post I wrote on Lucien’s nursery, I’ll admit I’ve been on a bit of a redecorating kick lately. I think it’s some post baby leftover nesting instinct mixed with spring cleaning frenxy. This pillow was timely!

The pillow is 13″ x 17″ and made of 100% woven cotton with a dacron fill and a hidden zipper closure. From start to finish it looks like it’s been made with quality in mind.

I’ve included a full size image, because I wanted everyone to be able to see the subtle texture to the fabric, which I love so much. Also, and importantly, it’s maching washable!

I have been pouring over the website and also love their beautiful gliders. They seem like a posh addition to a little nursery don’t they?

Here’s a little history about Oilo: Founded in 2009 by Annalisa Thomas to offer a chic, new solution for fashionable nursery décor.  In her quest to find modern and stylish nursery décor for her first child, Thomas found a void in the marketplace for distinctively styled nursery décor at an affordable price. With a degree in arts and a background in graphic design, she founded Oilo™ to offer the modern mom high quality designer level products that feature clean, simple and sophisticated design.  Oilo’s distinctive collection of bedding, furniture, wall art, rugs and lighting is designed by Thomas in partnership with her mother and company co-founder Dorte Anderson.  Anderson brings to Oilo more than 25 years of interior design experience specializing in custom décor. 

I love mommy owned busnesses. And I love designs that work both for a nursery and a home at large. Appealing, but not too “baby”. They grow so fast. Thank you Oilo!

Exclusive for Traveling with Baby readers: receive 15% off purchases at  Oilo using the following code: “twb2010”

Your Turn: What products do you like most from Oilo’s line? Thinking of adding it to your child’s bedroom, or elsewhere in your house?

Note: One pillow was provided for the purpose of this review. Read the full disclosure policy.

Traveling Teething: Oh Plah! Bracelet {Review}

Welcome to Tuesday Travels, a regular series at Traveling with Baby featuring ideas for local day trips and travel tips for families with kids-in-tow. You’ll also find get-up-and-go related product reviews and giveaways. I enjoy hearing about your traveling adventures, too.

I mentioned last week that Lucien has started teething, and some of the measures we’ve been taking to make him more comfortable. I’ve been noticing lately how much his motor skills have improved and how he enjoys having a toy to play with in the car. I try to remember to keep toys in his diaper bag or car seat, but I’ll admit it’s not always the first thing on my mind when I’m heading out the door (more like “do I have matching shoes on??). He’s also old enough now that he can remove his binkie, turn it around, suck on it, and (sometimes) get it back in. I thought that given these factors I’d like to try out a product I had heard about.

Roundhouse send me their “Oh Plah!” bracelet in “serenity” and I have to tell you that I love it. It’s stylish so I’ll wear it with my clothing and it makes a great accessory. The bracelet come in a variety of colors and patterns so that you can choose a color that reflects your style and goes with your wardrobe. Mommy approves.

Unlike a pacifier (which easily slips out of his mouth and onto the floor) and toys (which are sometimes left at home and aren’t handy), the Oh Plah! bracelet is at my fingertips in a second and satisfies Lucien’s craving for something to look at, play with, and chew on.

Lucien enjoys the bracelet too! It’s super flexible, so he is almost strong enough to take it off my wrist himself. It’s durable and washable (a must for a new mommy!). It has a smart little hole that he slips his fingers into to hang on. It’s free of BPA and other harmful chemicals.

Here’s a little more information about the bracelet:

  • Constructed of medical grade thermoplastic- non-toxic, bacteria resistant, and free of lead, latex, PVC, BPA and phthalates.
  • Meets or exceeds the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) regulations, in addition to meeting or exceeding safety testing standards for Canada (C.R.C. c.931) and the European Union (EN-71).
  • No small parts means it’s safe for even the tiniest babe.
  • Extremely durable yet flexible, standing up to frequent chewing without looking worn or damaged.
  • Easily cleaned with soap and water, and dries quickly so that it can be worn again right away.
  • Great as a nursing reminder (switch wrists to remember which side comes next).
  • Made in the USA.

Exclusive for Traveling with Baby readers: Readers of Traveling with Baby will receive 15% off their purchases at  Roundhouse using the following code: “Traveling15”

Note: One bracelet was provided for the purpose of this review. Read the full disclosure policy.

For the Traveler: Eco-friendly Apparel by prAna

When we pack our bags for a road trip–whether it’s to visit grandparents or embark on a camping adventure, we want to pack fast and light.

As a parent of a busy toddler, who has time for fussy clothes that require a lot of extra prep time?  Dry cleaning, ironing, and hangers–fuhgeddaboudit!

I prefer to reach for extra-comfy, eco-friendly apparel where I can shake out the wrinkles or quickly steam them out by hanging them in the bathroom during a hot shower.  I love beautiful apparel that can handle being wiped on or tugged on by a toddler.  Durable clothing made from sustainable fibers that’s perfect for travel or a parent of small children.

prana-logoprAna is a company committed to the environment when this company creates beautiful and durable clothing for men and women.  Psst!  They even have a maternity line!  Prana means “breath, life, and vitality of spirit.” The embodiment of their mission is conveyed in every single item.  Take a peek at their complete fall and winter line.

prAna willow dressWhen I first tried on prAna’s Willow wrap-around dress, I twirled around and felt as though I was wearing a graceful and feminine ballet skirt–except the Willow dress has the comfort of your most favorite and broken in t-shirt due to the soft stretch bamboo fibers.  My favorite detail are the belled sleeves with a swirled design detail.

I’ve worn it to evening networking events, church, and I plan to wear it to upcoming holiday gatherings.  Paired with cute boots, you’re ready for a night on the town.  Worn over flowing pants, you’re comfortable and casual for a playground date with your little one.

willow dressThe Willow Dress ($80) is available in plum (shown), espresso, and black.

Note: To keep the cross-over wrap neckline of the Willow dress in place, I had to use a safety pin to secure it.  Wearing the dress over a camisole can also provide added modesty.

prana tunic picnikI wear my Winter Lacie Top everywhere.  From play dates to public speaking events in the community, I feel comfortable, feminine, and professional in this gorgeous blouse.

The Lacie Top ($50) is a medium-weight ribbed organic cotton knit blouse with delicate lace detail on a square neckline.  The empire waist complete with shirring is very flattering to a post-partum figure.  Paired with a brightly colored scarf, you can either dress it up with tailored trousers or keep it comfortably and classy with your favorite jeans and boots.lacie top winterThe Lacie Top is available in Corsica, Espresso, and Winter (shown above).

My husband tried prAna’s Axiom jeanFlag Stand Axiom2 TwBThe cotton/spandex blend provides generous stretch and a gusseted inseam–great for tree climbing and gymnastics as well as an occasional pick-up game of ball.  prAna pays attention to detail and adds contrast zig-zag stitching and faux suede logo patch in the front right pocket for a designer touch.  The sand-washed thighs give a slightly worn and modern look.  My husband remarked that he thought they were very comfortable.  Personally, I really like the way they look on him!  axiom jeanThe Axiom Jean ($75) is available in three washes: Grey, Dark, and Medium (shown above).

Serena1prAna designed the Serena skirt, from super soft cotton jersey knit.  It’s comfortable and flattering for everyday wear, and the flattering yoke waist offers belly coverage and stretch throughout pregnancy and beyond. There’s a beautiful contrasting two-tone floral print on the right side.

I love wearing the Serena with tights and boots in the fall.  You’ll find me wearing it with sandals in the spring. The 28 1/4 inch length hits mid-calf, so it’s versatile for many seasons.serena skirt corsica

The Serena Skirt ($55) is available in Corsica (shown), Black, and Plum.

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WIN IT!

One winner will enjoy his/ her choice of one of the prAna apparel items featured above (Willow Dress, Lacie Top, Axiom jean, or Serena skirt) as long as it’s available in the winner’s size/color choice (retail value $80).

To enter, leave a comment relevant to this post prior to Friday, November 27th at 11:59 p.m.  Please follow the contest rules and avoid any generalized comments, or you will be disqualified.

FOR A SECOND ENTRY: complete a quick 10-question reader demographic survey. Then, leave a second comment telling me that you did.

FOR A THIRD ENTRY: Blog or Tweet about the Holiday Gift Guide (or about this giveaway), then leave a second comment telling me that you tweeted or blogged with a link to your tweet/post.

Thank you to prAna for providing a Willow Dress, Lacie Top, Axiom Jean, and Serena Skirt for the purpose of this review.
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UPDATE: Congratulations to the winner, #6 Christine Jensen.