Category: Blog Updates

So I might get sued…

I recently posted a review for North Aware here that was not very complimentary. I wrote the review in a fit of anger and may have repeatedly used the word “scam.” (It certainly feels that way when you return a product and do not receive a refund and then realize numerous other people had the same experiences, but I digress.)

Anyway, long story short, I received a “cease and desist” notice from Jamil Khan, President and CEO of North Aware, demanding that I take down my article or North Aware would sue me for defamation and/or violation of copyright laws.

This is the text of the notice I received:


Please be advised that it has come to our attention that your article at the following URL

is based on false information, use of copyrighted materials and accusations that North Aware is indulged in a Scam.

You have been contacted several times by our representative, Amanda Thorne to discuss and rectify the situation.

Because of your defamatory actions, the company is suffering monetary and reputational loses. Please remove the article from the website within 48 hours or we would be within our rights to take legal action under New York State Slander and Libel Laws and US Copyright laws to recover the monetary losses, interest and legal fee spent to recover those loses.

After 48 hours, our attorney will send you a formal legal notice by mail and you will be advised to engage legal counsel.

All Notices will be sent to


Jamil Khan
President and CEO


Thank you! Kinderpack Carrier Giveaway

Kinderpack Giveaway

So… I promised to do a giveaway for one of my all-time favorite baby items – a Kinderpack carrier – if I reached 300 likes on my Facebook page. Well, I recently ran a Freshly Picked giveaway (ends tomorrow) and it shot up over 100 likes in one day. But not only did I reach 300 likes, I am now over 400. Freshly Picked fans are a loyal and crazzzy bunch! 😉

For those of you who don’t know about Kinderpack, their carrier is considered by many in the babywearing community to be one of the best soft-structured carriers available. Kinderpack carriers are notoriously difficult to score, with popular styles selling out in seconds. You can read my review here.

More than anything, though, the reason I am running this giveaway is to sincerely THANK YOU, my readers, for following me and helping me to grow my blog. I started this blog only a little over a year and a half ago and I am constantly amazed by how far I’ve come.

It is incredibly rewarding when I receive personal messages and e-mails from readers letting me know that I helped them in some way. And I never take for granted the modest income I make from purchases made through my product recommendations.

Anyway, enough sap. Just know that, as a token of my appreciation, I purchased this carrier (retail price $192 + $12 S&H) specifically for the purpose of being able to give it away to one of my readers. And the time has come!

I am giving away a brand new Kinderpack – Slate with Koolnit in standard/standard. Slate is my favorite neutral and our go-to carrier for Max. I also picked this size because it has the most longevity of all sizes. However, keep in mind that the standard size is usually not suitable until your baby is 10+ months.

The giveaway will run until August 19th, 2016, 11:59PM EST. I will e-mail the winner for his/her shipping information within 24 hours.

A few things to note:

  1. If you are already a subscriber or follow me on Facebook or Instagram, that each counts as an entry.
  2. I have a “free” entry on ALL of my giveaways because I know that I often hate signing up for something just to enter a giveaway.
  3. I check the winning entry. Please don’t waste my time (or yours) by submitting entries without performing the requested action. (This happens much more often than you think.)
  4. May the odds be ever in your favor!

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About Being a Blogger

I think it’s safe for me to call myself a blogger now. For whatever reason, it took me a while to accept this title.

Last month, I hit over 10,000 views in a month. That’s supposed to be some sort of big milestone for bloggers. It usually means you’ve “made it.”

I don’t know what I thought would happen when I started this blog a little over a year and a half ago. I know I envisioned an income-producing blog, for sure. It would be disingenuous to claim otherwise. But for it to actually come to fruition is a whole ‘nother matter.

Yet somehow, someway, it has.

However, as my blog and readership has grown, there have been some unanticipated consequences (some may argue, naively so). I have been approached by readers who recognize me from my blog. And, while I relish the fact that my blog is actually being read by people (because isn’t that what we all want when we publish our writing?), it is also disconcerting for me to realize that my family and I can be recognized in public.

People find me on the internet when they are looking for product reviews. Or people are subscribed to me as loyal readers. Or it’s a way for my friends and family to keep up with the ongoings of my life.

Either way, I am putting myself out there. Subjecting myself to scrutiny and laying a good part of my life bare for all to see.


Blog Branding: Little Guy Logos Review

I’ve been investing a bit more time and energy in my blog these days. As a result, I thought it was time I rebranded and changed the incredibly uninspired logo, designed by yours truly.

Here’s the logo I came up with when I first created my site:honest reviews on motherhood

And then, when Alexa was born, I really let my creative juices flow:2As you can see, very impressive stuff. No? Yea, that’s what I thought too. So I decided it was time to outsource. One of my friends recently launched a product line with a very cute logo. I asked her how she came up with her company logo and she recommended Little Guy Logos.

They offer three packages (all with unlimited revisions): 1 custom design for $50; 3 custom designs for $89; and 5 custom designs for $145.

I also looked through their portfolio and I really liked their modern, clean and creative logo designs.

I had no idea what I was getting into – I wasn’t even sure what I really wanted – but I decided to take the plunge and ordered 3 custom designs.


New Site Design

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I am currently in the throes of a major site redesign. Please bear with me as I continue to make some various tweaks.

I seriously can’t believe how much work is involved in customizing a website!

One major issue I’m trying to resolve is that my “Read More” link has either disappeared from all posts or migrated past the “Related Posts” icons. I usually have much more to say than meets the eye, so please click on the article title if you can’t find the “Read More” link. [Issue has since been resolved!]

The whole reason I am even wasting so much time (literally, oodles and oodles of hours) on redesigning my site is because I was concerned that my previous theme, which was free, would not remain up-to-date. Purchased themes from reputable shops tend to be more customizable, stay up-to-date and, most importantly, have tech support.