Autumn Inspired Baby Names

Fall starts this Wednesday and besides Halloween and Thanksgiving, Autumn has some really great aspects to it.  Cooler nights, jumping in leaves, hot apple cider, pumpkin pies and for you sports and football!

If you are expecting a baby during this special season, you may want to consider one of these names from this list from

Girls Names

Boy Names

Boy/Girl Names

Cool And Practical Baby Gear

These baby products are not just practical, but pretty cool too!  Check these items out! 
(Most descriptions and links are from

 This is a rhythmic shushing technique to help soothe your fussy and crying baby.  You can set the timing preference with either a 15 or a 30-minute option and it has built-in volume control so that it's louder than baby's cries, which is proven to help calm babies. $31.49
This sunshade has a stretchy material allows flexible window coverage up to 17" x 28". Even those little corners that shine sunlight on your baby can now be covered. It has SPF 5
protection, blocking 80% of sun's harmful rays.  The sunshade has easy to attach
super-grip suction cups that won't budge, in fact they are patented.  $9.99

A cool, hip, funky diaper bag that comes complete with changing pad, cell phone holder and key ring and a lot of compartments to hold all those baby essentials. It is form fitting to the body, comfortable and affordable.  $64.99
The Crane Drop Humidifier runs up to 24 hours and puts out up to 2.3 gallons of moisture to soothe cold, cough, and flu symptoms. A 360-degree nozzle lets you direct the cool mist, while a variable output control located on the front of the unit makes for easy operation. This humidifier is energy-efficient, using less power than a standard light bulb to run.  $40.92
Now you can pump, store, organize, warm, and feed using the same pouch. This feeding system eliminates the need to transfer precious milk from bottles to bags and back again. 
The starter kit gives you everything you need (Twist Pouches (x20), Keeper (x1),
Direct-Pump Adapters (x8), Squeeze Natural Feeding Bottle (x2),
Slow Flow Active Latch Nipple (x1), Medium flow Active Latch nipple (x1),
Fast flow Active Latch nipple (x1), and Nipple Brush (x2).  $39.99
 This brush is a 100% Food Grade silicone teething toothbrush for kids 3-12 months of age. It is specifically designed with “a-peel-ing” handles (ha ha!) that are easy for baby to hold, while preventing choking. Bendable soft silicone reduces risk of injury, providing a safe learning experience. It is BPA, Phthalate, Latex, and Toxin Free.  $7.19
The Baby Breeza measure and mixes water and powdered formula to the perfect temperature (about 98 degrees) and consistency.  The water and formula powder are stored in airtight compartments right in the machine, so it’s always ready for you when your baby gets hungry. The machine works with all bottle sizes and all formula brands and types. You can also choose the amount of formula you want to make: 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 ounces.  $136.10
Their dual mode infra-red thermometer is designed to be both an ear thermometer (recommended for age birth to 1) and a forehead thermometer (recommended for all ages). It is very easy to use, just press and scan! $34.99

This portable crib is very light and sets up in 15 seconds. Their breathable ClearView Mesh allows for full airflow and an unobstructed view of the child, even when the side is zipped up. The mesh sides go all the way down to the mattress to create a safe, breathable sleep environment. It has no flame retardants, PVC, phthalates, or lead.  It comes with a mattress and bag that has convertible backpack straps!  $204.00
In just two minutes, Milkscreen can measure the amount of alcohol in the breast milk, helping ensure that there are no negative impacts on baby.  These easy to read test strips will show a color change at 0.02% to help Mom stay within recommended feeding guidelines.  $25.99

Wipe Out Diaper Need Diaper Drive

Did you know-
*That 1 in 3 families struggle to pay for diapers?

* More than 5 million children in this country don't have regular access to diapers?

*Diapers can not be purchased with food stamps?  

*A parent who can't provide diapers, can't send their child to daycare?  (Most daycare facilities will not accept cloth diapers)

*More than 5 million children are at risk for infection, rash, and other health issues due to lack of diapers

*Infants and toddlers require between eight to twelve diapers a day, at a cost of $70-80 per month?

The National Diaper Bank Network, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses and other partners like Huggies Every Little Bottom, have created the Healthy Mom & Baby Wipe Out Diaper Need Campaign.  Their goal is to provide 100,000 diapers to families in need and you can help!

The diaper drive will run through September, and will conclude with "Diaper Need Awareness Week" from September 28 to October 4.

You can help parents in desperate need to provide diapers for their child by easily donating diapers or money to a Diaper Bank.  Did you know that $1 can buy 6 diapers at wholesale? 

You can find your local diaper bank HERE and then proudly list your donation on their website!  There are many places, such as mother's groups, women's shelters, and religious and civic groups often accept diaper donations. If you've donated to one of these places, please add it to their donation list.

Number of child deaths left in hot cars on the rise

I wrote this post 5 years ago in August when sadly there had already been 28 deaths from babies being left in hot cars. Unfortunately again, the 2014 ended in 32 deaths and in 2013 had 44 deaths total. 

As of July 27, 2015 there has already been 11 child/baby deaths from leaving them in hot cars.

Here are the previous years facts from
•Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2015:  11  (as of 7/27/15)
• Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2014:  32
• Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2013:  44
• Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2012:  33
• Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2011 : 33
• Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2010:  49
• Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2009:  33
• Child vehicular heat stroke deaths through 2013: well over 719
• Average number of child vehicular heat stroke deaths per year since 1998: 38 (one every 9 days)
• The highest number of fatalities for a one-year time period took place in 2010: 49

This summer is going to be HOT! Please, please unbuckle your baby and take them out of the car even if you are just running that "quick" errand. It isn't worth it!!! 

Did you know that on average, 38 children die in hot cars each year from hyperthermia (heat stroke)after being trapped inside motor vehicles?  The year is only half over and there have been this sad amount of deaths already! These incidents can occur on days with relatively mild (i.e., ~ 70 degrees F) temperatures and that vehicles can reach life-threatening temperatures (up to 120 degrees) very rapidly. - information from the Dept. of Geosciences.

Did you know they sell devices that can help prevent this? Here are a couple of devices that can help keep babies safe and not left in a hot car.

ChildMinder Elite Pad Twin System
 An alarm sounds in six seconds after a parent or caregiver walks more than fifteen (15) feet
from a vehicle while the child remains seated in the child safety seat.

When the driver's door is opened a verbal command instantly reminds the driver
to check the rear seat for a small child or pet.
If you don't have an electronic sensor then follow this simple tip to prevent leaving your child in the car - leave your diaper bad, purse or briefcase in the back seat while you drive. This will make you open the back door to get the bag and you will then see the baby too.

Here are some more tips from -

Baby Essentials Giveaway!!


Welcome to The Baby Essentials Giveaway! We're giving away $170 worth of baby items and (2) $10 Target gift cards! Read on to find out how to enter.
Hosted by Sunshine N Savings

Having a baby is a precious and wonderful gift... but babies are expensive! Yikes! I started my coupon journey four years ago when I found out I was expecting my first child. I was excited but scared and worried about the finances. My husband and I thought it'd be in our best interest to purchase diapers, wipes and things we'd need for the baby through my pregnancy so that we were stocked fairly well. $11 for diapers. Eleven dollars for 36 diapers that my baby will use in the first 48 hours. At that rate, I would have been spending $165 or more on just diapers! That wasn't going to work. I got online and I researched and fell onto a couponing site. Diapers for just three dollars! I'm sold, tell me more! I read every tutorial I could, watched every video and finally I went into CVS with a smile and a lot of hope. (I only had $20 in my pocket, this HAD to work) I walked out of the store that day with four packs of diapers, change from my twenty and ExtraBucks (like CVS store credit). I was hooked. By the time I had my son, I had almost enough diapers for his first year of life. Our closet was stuffed with diapers, wipes, creams, food, clothes and toys for the baby and I wasn't in financial ruin. I was happy. I could spend the next few months focusing on the little miracle I had just met. You don't have to spend a lot of money to provide for your baby, your kids or even yourself. The items below retail for $170! I paid about $40 for it all. The Carters outfits were FREE from JCPenney, I used coupons on the diapers, wipes and cream! The toys were paid for with overage. The books were on clearance for $0.75. My goal is to teach YOU how to save money by couponing and shopping smart.


Now onto the Giveaway! Here's what one lucky winner will get! (2nd and 3rd Prize winners will each receive a $10.00 Target Gift Card)
  • (4) Playtext VentAire Bottles
  • (1) 6-9 Months Girls Onesie (not pictured)
  • (1) 6-9 Months Boys Onesie (not pictured)
  • (1) Baby Wipe Container
  • (1) Pack Huggies Baby Wipes (not pictured)
  • (1) Boudreaux Rash Preventor
  • (3) Hardcover Books
  • (1) Carter's 3 Months Girls Outfit
  • (1) Carter's 3 Months Boys Outfit
  • (1) Cookie Monster Bib
  • (1) Cookie Monster Baby Toy
  • (1) Playtex Training Cup Girls
  • (1) Playtex Training Cup Boys (not pictured)
  • (1) Tena 26 ct Liners (for mom after pregnancy)
  • (1) Carter's Plush Toy (rocks and chimes)
  • (1) Spin & Shake Teether
  • (2) Size 1 Huggies Diapers
  • (1) Binky
  • (1) Blanket
  • (1) Bath Toy
This Giveaway will run from 7/20 - 7/29 10PM EST. Make sure to complete as many of the entries below as possible for the BEST chance at winning! We also have a bonus entry you can do every single day! (Bonus Entry: Tweeting a message about the Giveaway!) No entries are mandatory. How would you like to win The Baby Essentials Giveaway? Enter below and Good Luck! (Please keep in mind that while you may not need these items, you could always enter to win and donate the items to a local shelter in need) a Rafflecopter giveaway Giveaway is open to US residents, ages 18+. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway ends July 29th, 2015 at 10:00PM EST Disclosure: I have not been compensated for this post. Sunshine N Savings will always provide honest opinions, beliefs or experiences on products reviewed. We will only recommend products or services that we feel are of benefit to our readers. Sunshine N Savings will be responsible for prize fulfillment. This event is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. If you have any questions, please contact me girlnamedjax {at} gmail {dot} com. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

More Celebrity Nurseries

A few years ago I did a post with some beautifully decorated nurseries for celebrity babies and it's time to share more gorgeous rooms!  If you would like to see my first celebrity nursery post, please click HERE.   Enjoy these nurseries!

Mel B

Sean "Diddy" Combs
Laila Ali


Kortney Kardashian

Mariah Carey

Mario Lopez
Tori Spelling

Strange and Worst Baby Names of 2014

A few weeks back I had listed the most popular names from the Social Security lists of 2014.  Now listed what they think are the 12 worst names given in 2014.  To make the list, at least five babies have to be given this name for the first time in 2014. What do you think of these names?

Billion - 5 boys were named last year and 11 boys were named Million. 

Lay - This name given to 7 baby girls last year.
Londynne - The name London has made a comeback, but apparently this new spelling of it wasn't a hit.
Mickinley  - More spelling variation and there were also 5 girls named Kennydi.
Ruckus - Given to 8 babies in 2014.
Swastik - Given to 7 boys. Ugh.
Wimberly - I guess they were not quite wanting Kimberly?

Red Nose Day

If you have been watching NBC, shopping in Walgreen's or eating M&M's, you most likely have heard about Red Nose Day.  According to their website-  It is a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty by simply having fun and making people laugh. Helping children by raising money and having fun? Sounds like a good idea to me!

50% of the grant money will be used to help children and young people in the United States.       
The other 50% of the grant money will be spent in some of the poorest communities in the world in Asia, Africa & Latin America.   The money will be used to help keep kids safe, educated and keep them healthy.

There are many ways you can help raise money in your community. If you are interested please click HERE to see their fundraising ideas.  Don't forget to buy your red nose at Walgreen's too!

Right now you can watch Nick Cannon complete a 24 hour dance-a-thon to help raise money for Red Nose Day. 

Also, Matt Lauer completed his Tour de Red Nose by cycling 226 grueling miles across four states in five days. All to help raise money to help children.

Don't miss the show! Tonight will be a three-hour celebrity filled entertainment show all to raise money for kids in poverty. It will feature superstar actors, comedians and musicians, original sketch comedy, hilarious parodies and amazing musical performances.  Sounds like a fun show for the whole family and call in to donate too!

If you want to donate to help these children please go to:

Toy Car Storage

Do you have little cars all over your house? How many cars have you stepped on? :)  Here are some really smart ways to keep those toy cars in one place.

1. Magnetic Knife Holder - An inexpensive magnetic knife holder (like from IKEA) is the perfect way to store your kid's cars.

2. Toilet Paper Roll Garage - this is too cute and probably fun to make with your little one! Start saving those toilet paper rolls!

3. Buckets hanging on a pole- A simple bucket might be easier for the kids to put those cars away.

4. Short shelves - Lining them on shelves is a good way to get them off of the floor.
5. Caddy - Besides being portable, this caddy limits the amount of cars that are out at one time. (They have a tutorial on their website if you want to make one like this!)

6. Kitchen Canisters - Clear kitchen canisters are the perfect storage solution for crayons, figurines and, yes, mini cars.

7. Lay-N-Go - Nothing can be easier than this! The kids can play and then put those cars away quick!


5. Vintage Crate - A vintage crate (which they added casters to in this picture) is the perfect setting for old-fashioned-looking cars. It's also a great option for other well-loved toys like Legos and blocks. The best part? It's too heavy to dump!

Let us know if you store those little toy cars in something else! Send pictures too!

Your Pregnant Belly Is Too Big When...

One of the birth clubs at came up with a hilarious, but true list of when you know your pregnant  belly became huge. Here is what they had to say....   Enjoy!

  1. every door you open (car, bedroom, kitchen cupboards) all hit you in the stomach.
  2. your 4 year-old stands right in front of you and you can’t see her under your bump.
  3. you go to Olive Garden and can’t fit in the booth.
  4. you have to sit down to put on pants.
  5. rolling over in bed takes multiple maneuvers.
  6. your 3 year-old bounces off your stomach like a bouncy ball when you turn quickly, not realizing he’s there.
  7. you attempt to walk through a space and realize your belly is stuck.
  8. you can’t put your shoes on without help or a chair to elevate your feet.
  9. you can balance a plate or your tablet comfortably on your stomach as you sit.
  10. it’s hard to wipe after you pee.
  11. taking a shower becomes a workout.
  12. you cry because you dropped something on the ground.
  13. you can’t close your legs comfortably as you sit because your belly is in the way.
  14. every shirt you own starts looking like Miley Cyrus’ wardrobe.
  15. you feel like a turtle stuck on your shell trying to get off the couch or out of bed.
  16. you’ve perfected the art of doing most things sideways…cooking, dishes, laundry, because there’s no other way to reach.
  17. you walk in a room everyone’s eyes bulge out of their heads because they are afraid you are going to go into labor any moment, even though you have over a month left.
  18. you can’t  turn around in a bathroom stall.
  19. you park your car and the side mirrors are too close and you can’t get out.
  20. you have to shave by memory.
  21. you try to hug and kiss your husband and your bellies touch first.
  22. your 3 year-old gets mad every time he tries to sit in your lap because he keeps falling off due to your belly taking up all the space.
  23. you can’t reach the clothes in the bottom of the washer.

Most popular names of 2014

Every year the Social Security Administration releases its list of the most popular baby names  and here are the names of 2014.  This past year the most popular girls name was Emma and Noah for boys.  Here is a list of the rest of the popular names of 2014.   I wonder if Charlotte will bump up to
#1 next year?


1. Emma
2. Olivia
3. Sophia
4. Isabella
5. Ava
6. Mia
7. Emily
8. Abigail
9. Madison
10. Charlotte


1. Noah
2. Liam
3. Mason
4. Jacob
5. William
6. Ethan
7. Michael
8. Alexander
9. James
10. Daniel

What NOT To Buy Mom For Mother's Day

Mother's Day is in 6 days, so moms still have time to ask or hint for the perfect gift. Here is an oh-so-true list of what NOT to buy mom for Mother's Day.  Be sure to pass this list on to your family to make sure mom is treated right! 

Diet Books or Exercise Equipment
Should not even be a thought.
Bubble Bath Gift Basket
I think a massage gift card would be A LOT better.

World's Best Mom Jewelry or Clothing
and definitely not if it has bling.

Cleaning Supplies
Kitchen Appliances
I am sure she would love to use her gift to make everyone else meals with
Anything Dad Really Wants
I'm sure a few moms have received these gifts.
A Snuggie
A New Puppy or Kitten
Mom doesn't need to continuously clean up after her own gift!
Miracle Cream
Clothing That Is The Wrong Size
If you don't know her size, don't even try to buy it
And Anything Like This
I can't even imagine.

Do you have any other gift ideas that should be on this list and NOT given to Mom?  Share!
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