Product Review: Leachco Snoogle Pillow

June 1, 2009

Snoogle Original Total Body PillowOriginal Total Body Pillow
Retail Price: $50

Of all the things I’ve purchased in the last several years to help ease my transition into motherhood, this is, by far, one of the most useful.  Once your belly starts growing to such proportions that you can no longer find any comfortable position in bed, you start looking around for things to prop yourself up with.  First you think a few pillows will do the trick, but with all that new weight you’re sporting you can’t lay on one side for too long before your hip goes numb.  Then comes the invariable tossing and turning, which means you end up rearranging all those pillows every time you move.  And just then, when you’ve finally got yourself into what feels like a luxuriously comfortable position – you have to pee – so you have to haul yourself out of that position, waddle to the bathroom, and then back to the rearranging you go.  Oh, the joys of pregnancy.

So some brilliant person invented pregnancy pillows.  Thank you to whoever that was.  But I’m afraid not all pregnancy pillows are created the same.  I tried a few before I landed on this one (mostly because I’m cheap and I thought “What? $50 for a pillow! What a racket!”) and like with anything, you really get what you pay for.  For the same reason I won’t buy designer maternity clothes, I had a really hard time justifying the purchase of a pillow designed only to be used during the last few months of pregnancy. 

However, even if I had only used this pillow for three or four months, it would have been 110% worth it.  I wouldn’t spend a single night pregnant without this pillow now.  The only way I ever got any sleep was with this fluffy companion tucked in all my newly-formed nooks and crannies.  And as it turns out, this pillow is also hugely useful for breastfeeding too! 

I had such a hard time figuring out how to nurse laying on my side.  I couldn’t manage to get myself situated into a position that didn’t hurt my back or make my arm fall asleep.  It was getting so bad that I went to see an acupuncturist about the chronic back pains I was developing as a result of the nursing discomfort.  Then a friend told me I should buy a Snoogle because it was a great pillow to use while nursing on your side.  I said “I already have a Snoogle!  I had no idea I could use it for that too!  Score!”  So I pulled the Snoogle back out of storage, and I’ve been using it to breastfeed ever since.  It positions your body in just the right way for your baby to reach the goods, while supporting your back, hips and shoulders.  Plus, my husband would be lying if he said he hadn’t tried to snake it away from me on a few occasions.  It really is just a wonderful little sleep aid.  I think, in total, I’ve used this pillow on roughly 600 nights over the last few years.  Not bad for a $50 investment!

~TFS

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Product Review: benetint by Benefit Cosmetics

May 27, 2009

benetint

rose-tinted lip & cheek stain
Retail Price: $28 USD

I know, I know – $28 for a bottle of blush?

Well, in my single-gal-twenties, I wouldn’t have batted a heavily mascaraed eyelash at paying $28 for a bottle of posh makeup that made me feel a little extra pretty.  Why Not?  Those were the days of Disposable Income, Baby!

But once I had a child, my income started going to disposable diapers, or otherwise became property of the baby.  So trust me, it’s an extremely rare occasion when this mama indulges in anything that cannot be used/worn/broken by the children.

But Benetint is the exception.  I’ve been using this product for years, and it is one of my staples.  First of all, it’s more versatile than your average blush.  This little bottle does double duty as both a lip stain and cheek blusher.  Second of all, while I can’t say what the manufacturer’s recommended shelf life is for this product, I can say that I have personally managed to hold on to bottles of Benetint for years.  Because this bottle packs a powerful little punch, and only a dab on each cheek or a swipe over the lips is necessary, the bottle lasts for-ev-er.

Many of us will “invest” $20 into a single cloth diaper with the justification that it will last for years.  Think of Benetint as the same sort of investment, except this one is just for you.  My husband gifted me a bottle for my 30th birthday, and here I am *ahem* a whole birthday later, and the bottle barely has a dent in in – and not for lack of trying!