Watching the 2018 Olympics LIVE in virtual reality: Unofficial Cardboard VR Viewers

Today I received a package with 3 VR (Virtual Reality) Viewers from Unofficial Cardboard. The kids and I had so much fun playing with these! With Unofficial Cardboard VR Viewers you can watch any 360 video from the YouTube app in virtual reality.

Unofficial Cardboard VR Viewers come packaged flat like this.
  • At under $10, these VR viewers are an affordable way to maximize your Olympics watching experience or really anything on YouTube360
  • Support Team USA with one of our ready-made designs or customize your own for your favorite country’s team or favorite sporting event

You can purchase pre-designed VR viewers and upload your own design online at https://www.unofficialcardboard.com/ambassadher

Unofficial Cardboard Coupon Code!

These viewers are totally affordable, even the custom printed ones are under $10 each but code HER15 at checkout you can receive 15% off your purchase!

Once you receive your Unofficial Cardboard VR Viewers:

Before you do anything you’ll want to download these apps onto your phone

So, let’s start with how to assemble your Unofficial Cardboard VR Viewers.

  1. If you flip your flat viewer there should be dotted arrows printed across the back.
  2. There is an outside cover you can put to the side.
  3. Pop open the viewer and take the bigger flaps and fold them in.
  4. Fold the smaller flap on top and tuck the ends into the viewer.
  5. Open the appropriate app and set up VR mode.
  6. When ready, place your phone (screen side facing the glass part) and fold the cardboard flap up to cover the back of your phone.
  7. Pull the elastic and tuck it into the tab to keep your phone in place.

Conclusion

Using the Unofficial Cardboard VR Viewers to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics live was a great experience for me and older kids (ages 6 and 2).  It was so fun! Definitely a very unique way to experience the Olympic games without leaving the house. All 3 VR viewers  came well packaged and was easy to assemble.  Although made of cardboard the Unofficial Cardboard VR Viewers were surprisingly sturdy.  (The passed the handled-by-a-2-year-old test). The quality of the print was great and the glasses worked well with the apps mentioned above.

Max (my 6 year old) said he wanted to watch all of his YouTube videos this way so we tried out a few Minecraft 360 videos off the YouTube app and he enjoyed that as well.

He especially liked this one.

*You can view this video (and any other YouTube 360 video) by clicking the glasses icon on the bottom right corner of the video on your smartphone in the YouTube app.

If you have a 360 camera you can record your marriage proposals, weddings, baby birthdays, birth videos, kids parties, family reunions…whatever! And watch and relive these moments over and over again with your VR viewers. I haven’t had much experience with VR but it definitely feels like it will be a normal part of how we share content with others!

So what do you think of the Unofficial Cardboard VR Viewers? Do you think you would purchase one for your next sporting event get together? Imagine having a Super Bowl or World Series party with these! Or maybe even custom printing them and using them at your next corporate event! The options are truly limitless.

Disclosure: I have received the Unofficial Cardboard VR Viewers for free in exchange for an honest review and content on my blog.

Baby Jogger City Select LUX Double Stroller Review With Photos

Let’s just start off with this: I love my double stroller.

Just like any other mom, I was highly considerate about purchasing a good double stroller for my little ones. In fact, I was stunned to see the large number of strollers available in the market and it was pretty challenging for me to pick the best out of the rest. However, after a little bit of research, was able to list down a couple of products based on their features. Finally, I decided to end up with the best of the lot; Baby Jogger City Select LUX Double Stroller.

 

In this post, I wish to share the experience I had with Baby Jogger City Select LUX Double Stroller; I believe this information might become handy for moms who wonder what’s the best stroller they should purchase.

 

Positive points of Baby Jogger City Select LUX Double Stroller

First, let me emphasize the positive points I noticed about this handy double stroller.

 

  • It is easy to fold and unfold

One of the key positive points I noticed about this product is ease of use. I have seen many moms struggle a bit with the strollers when it comes to folding and unfolding. Baby Jogger City Select LUX Double Stroller, on the other hand, works perfectly. I believe its auto lock feature becomes pretty handy in order to facilitate smooth opening and closing process. NOTE: This is in fact a double stroller so it does take up a little more space in your trunk.

 

  • It is very sturdy

A very important feature I expect from my stroller is its sturdiness. No matter what fancy features all those manufactures boast, I’d never want to put my baby in a wobbling and weak stroller. Much to my delight, Baby Jogger Double Stroller comes with an exceptionally strong and sturdy structure. I think the aluminum body makes the difference; I can feel how strong it is.

 

  • Front seat can hold up to 50 pounds

I am impressed with the weight it can handle. The front seat of this Baby Jogger Double Stroller can handle up to 50 pounds and that makes me feel significantly relieved (when I put my 2-year-old in). Well, compared to UPPA Baby Stroller, Baby Jogger’s tolerance is pretty impressive; UPPA can withstand a weight of 35 pounds only.

 

  • It is a spacious stroller

The other feature I love about this product is its spaciousness in terms of storage. Baby Jogger City Select LUX Double Stroller offers enough storage space to carry all the essentials of my little one.

 

 

Negative Points

Despite all the impressive stuff, I have noticed a couple of negative points with this product.

 

  • It is expensive

This is a relatively expensive investment, I should say. However, as I believe, you get what you pay for. We spent about $900.00 on this item which includes the stroller itself, 2 toddler seats and adapter for our car seat. We have the Maxi-Cosi Mico AP Infant Car Seat in Bohemian Red which we didn’t spend money on because we kept it from our previous child. But if you need to purchase car a baby seat, you’ll be spending a little more than the price I mentioned above. (Gosh, babies are so darn expensive!)

 

  • It is heavy

Sturdy = Heavy. This product is heavier than most of the competitor products in the market. However, I believe it is heavy because of its sturdy construction. After all, I prefer sturdiness over lightweight if I am to make a choice (it is my personal opinion though). I consider it part of my daily arm toning workout.

 

  • Hard to maneuver

Maneuvering this stroller is slightly harder than I expected. Although this slight obstinacy doesn’t compromise the child’s safety and comfort, I prefer more convenient maneuvering. I’ve developed Carpal Tunnel in my right wrist and if I use this stroller for too long it’ll aggravate my condition, but this is what my husband is for, no? (Just Kidding).

 

 

Bottom-line, despite the downsides I mentioned, I am really happy about the overall performance and features of Baby Jogger City Select LUX Double Stroller. I’ve been recommending this to everyone who’s asked and they’ve been happy as well.

Do you have this stroller? Hate it or love it?

If any of the above information was useful and you are interested in purchasing this product please use my Amazon link provided below! By doing this I am able to receive a small commission at absolutely no extra cost to you and I will be able to continue blogging and doing what I love to do! I am not associated to any companies and am reviewing a product that I actually own and love. Thank you in advance and have blessed day!

View the Baby Jogger City Select LUX Double Stroller on Amazon here

View the Maxi Cosi Mico Infant Car Seat In Bohemian Red on Amazon here 

Why I switched from Dr. Brown’s to MAM Anti-Colic Baby Bottles

Colic is no doubt one of the most tiring and stressful things to go through with a newborn, especially for first time parents. Both of my previous babies had Colic and to add to that, my second had pretty bad Acid Reflux. Is your baby having Colic issues? (Then my goodness, I feel for you).


 

 

It was tough. I was praying to find relief for my baby and get some extra sleep. When my baby cried and cried I held him until my arms and wrists gave out. He cried for what seemed like hours at a time so I did what any first time mom would do: Google it. It wasn’t this exact quote but I remember reading something like this-

What is Colic?

“It is suggested that wind or indigestion may be involved in colic, but the causes are largely unknown.” -medicalnewstoday.com

I ran and opened the pack of Dr. Brown’s bottles gifted to me from my baby shower. Dr. Brown’s seems to be the standard in the baby bottle world. I haven’t bumped into many moms that use otherwise and for good reason! These bottles worked! My baby boy had miraculously stopped crying after bottles and slept well over 2 hours for the first time since he came home.

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But guess what? My babies normally went through 8 formula bottles a day and washing bottles took FOR. FREAKING. EVER.

In my Dr. Brown’s package I found a tiny blue pipe cleaner, which obviously was to be used to wash the teeny tiny vent holes and tube for the bottle. At first it was alright, but try washing bottles 3-4 times a day. Every. Day. Sometimes I would skip washing bottles because my sleep and sanity were more important to me at the time then all hell would break loose when the baby woke up and I didn’t have any bottles to use. Try rushing to wash a bottle with a pipe cleaner, still half asleep at 3 AM. It sucked.

Fast forward to my third baby 6 years later and I’ve gained a lot more experience and can run on a lot less sleep (Yes mama! Things do get better and your mind and body will adjust to its new schedule. Plus dad gets a lot better at helping out too). I received a MAM Anti-Colic bottle with samples of formula from our pediatrician about a month ago and for real, I AM IN LOVE.

Why I switched from Dr. Brown’s to MAM Anti-Colic baby bottles

Where did this bottle come from? How come I hadn’t seen MAM bottles before? Where can I buy more?

Washing MAM bottles are a breeze when compared to Dr. Brown’s with no small parts that need a pipe cleaner. One thing I did notice was that the MAM bottles were wider and took up more space in my sterilizer. But check this: You take the MAM bottle apart, put some water in and put it straight into the microwave. This thing self sanitizes.*boom* I know someone out there is  laughing at me as they read this but for real, as a travelling mom this is a big win. I can now easily wash and sterilize my bottles during our RV Camping trips, at pretty much any hotel or just being over at a friends house with the baby.

The next reason I love the MAM Anti-Colic bottle is because of the shape of the nipple. It’s wide but has a unique curved shape that fits really well into baby’s mouth. No more stinky milk neck.

Last but definitely not least, the MAM bottle works really well for baby’s gas. I have yet to have any issues with colic during the use of these bottles (winning!).

One con that I’ve found is that for me, the numbers on the side of the bottles are a little bit harder to read on the MAM bottles. I have no idea why, the ounces are clearly marked but I just can’t see the water level clearly when making formula. This could just be just me tho…

I’ll wrap this up with a quick tip: This really goes for any bottle out there but buy the bigger sized 8oz bottles. You won’t use the 4oz newborn bottle for too long. But remember, the bigger bottles only come with the number 2 nipple which is for ages 2 months+. I have yet to see a them being sold in an actual retail store (I checked Walmart, Target, and Buy Buy Baby) but I found and purchased the number 1 nipples on Amazon with no issues. Also, I just wanted to add that I am no way endorsed or affiliated with MAM or their products. I’ve purchased all of my items at full price because I truly love it and would recommend this product to my closest friends and family.

So what do you think? Have you ever tried using MAM Anti-Colic bottles? Was your experience as positive as mine or do you swear by another bottle? Let me know!

If any of the above information was useful and you are interested in purchasing this product please use my Amazon link provided below! By doing this I am able to receive a small commission at absolutely no extra cost to you and I will be able to continue blogging and doing what I love to do! Thank you in advance and have blessed day!