Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Midwest Family Life

As a mother of two, I can definitely say handmade is by far the way to go with baby items, whenever possible. If you, like me, are completely inept at all things sewing, companies like Midwest Family Life are there to help you provide great quality handmade treasures for the littles in your life!

Owner and operator, Erika LaPean, mom of three girls, has been at this for more than a decade, and that experience shines through in the quality of her items.

In her Etsy store you will find an array of adorable handmade baby gifts for both boys and girls. She makes and sells blankets, bibs, burp cloths, bonnets, purses for toddlers, and toys. Everything is so bright and cheery, I wish I could buy it all!

I received three items for review from Midwest Family Life - a nursing cover, a burp cloth, and a bib.

The nursing cover is lightweight breathable cotton in a beautiful blue and brown pattern. It has a rigid neckline with an adjustable strap that goes around the back. I don’t personally tend to use a cover while nursing, but I have loved having a good quality one on hand for the times when I do feel more comfortable covering up. It has already withstood multiple washes and there has been zero fraying. It also has retained its super soft feel.

I almost don’t want to convey how nice it is, because unfortunately Midwest Family Life has discontinued them from their store. They decided that their focus is much better put on the other items in their shop.

The burp cloth and bib set I received are a gender neutral grey, yellow and white pattern. I think the pattern is flowers, but it isn't girly. I don’t know how to describe just how soft these are! They are made from 100% cotton. You will almost never catch the burp cloth clean at our house because as soon as its washed, it is in use again. I keep it close at hand at all times. I love the size of it as well! It is 8” wide and 21” long!

We have not yet used the bib, but I'm sure it will be one of our favorites when the time does come.

I've never understood thin plastic bibs. Isn't the point so that they absorb the food that doesn't make it into their mouths?

This one has a secure plastic snap closure, ensuring baby isn't going to be able to yank it off, and is made with cotton and terry cloth. It is also large! When unbuttoned it measures 10” wide and 13” high. It is going to cover a good amount of baby real estate to get the job done.

A bib and burp cloth set costs $20, which is think is very reasonable for such high quality, trendy chic baby garb! Erika also makes teething toys, faux chenille blankets and other items in matching fabric patterns.

On her website, Erika also has a blog, where you will find recipes, advice to other business owners, ramblings of her personal life, and all kinds of fun little reads.

Midwest Family Life Website
Midwest Family Life @ Facebook
Midwest Family Life @ Etsy

Midwest Family Life has agreed to provide $20 in store credit to one of our readers!  To enter the giveaway, leave a comment in this entry as instructed by the Rafflecopter, then leave the name you commented under and your email in the box in the Rafflecopter entry. (This lets us contact you if you win!)  This will open up additional optional entries to increase your odds of winning.

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  1. I really love the Girl's Zoo Animal Lavender Baby Bib Set // Terry Cloth.

  2. I really like Girls Winter Bonnet // Floral Fleece! It's so pretty!

  3. I love the faux chenille baby pretty!

  4. The upcycled owl hats are too cute!

  5. Would like to try the wood teething rings.

  6. the blankies look so soft. i'd love to try one of them.

  7. sewing with 100% cotton.
    i like the Natural Wood Teething Rings.

  8. I like the wood teething rings! Would be perfect for my daughter!

  9. Fab giveaway! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x

  10. great giveaway, I hope I win. my daughter would love the teething ring.

  11. I love the girl's winter bonnet. Very cute.

  12. Handmade is made with love! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  13. The maple teething ring looks so interesting!!!! (:

  14. I like the natural wood teething ring

  15. I really love the aqua and coral chevron bib!

  16. I really like the natural wood teething rings!

  17. I am very interested in the Maple Wood Natural Crinkle Baby Teething Rings! They are all natural and I like the idea of trying eco products.

  18. I love the blankets and the toddler purses. Beautiful items at this Etsy shop.

  19. those wood teething rings are great!

  20. I LOVE the natural wood teething ring! Great idea