Amber Housley

Baby Love It and Leave It : Sprout Shell & Swaddle Blankets

Pink-Lotus Love It: Sprout Shell

First, have you signed up for the daily emails from If not, do so NOW! You can get things up to 75% off on the deal of the day. That is how I first discovered the Sprout Shell. This handy little stitched fabric fits nice and snug around your carseat and is a replacement for always trying to put a blanket over your carrier when in stores, or going from the car to the store, or restaurants, etc. It's so nifty! Just think, no more blankets flapping in the wind! It also works as a shopping cart seat cover and a nursing cover (though I haven't tried it in these ways). They also come in the cutest Amy Butler fabrics, which are my personal favorite.There's a hole for the handle of your carrier to fit through and it's also big enough to peek inside at your little one when he/she's sleeping. We use this just about every time we're in restaurants to help block out the noise when the little guy is trying to take a nap.

Swaddle Leave It: Swaddle Blankets

I'm sorry, but I just don't get these: Kiddopotamus SwaddleMe.
I received THREE of these at my shower, and even though I tried to like them, I just don't. My little guy (AKA "Houidini") was way too strong, there was no way the little one inch velcro square was going to keep him snug. A good old-fashioned stretchy Carter's receiving blanket did the trick for us during his swaddle days (which were from newborn up to about 3 months). I watched a swaddle technique on (look up keywords "Happiest Baby On the Block" and you can see the swaddle tips for yourself). 

Believe me, a good swaddle technique is A MUST for catching some shut eye!


Baby Love It or Leave It
is a weekly series appearing on Mondays. As a new Mama, I've found that
the advice of my friends who are also new mom's invaluable when
navigating through my pregnancy, registries, and of course, now
mommyhood. My intention is my experience will be helpful to you as
well. This is only my personal opinion.

Ellington Agricultural Center, Nashville, Tennessee Family Photography Session

It was a small feat to meet up with this cute family for a photography session. The warm summer (treacherous) storms caused us to delay this more than once. The radar wasn't very hopeful for this week either, but we went ahead anyway and the clouds held out just long enough!

Little Anna was a cute lil' thing…picking up just about any dandelion in sight. She called them "wishing flowers." So cute!

A few pictures….