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Natural Babies Giveaway Event!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Natural Babies Giveaway Event

Are you ready for a month-long event full of giveaways and all things related to natural pregnancy, birth, and babies?!!!

I hope you are because I'm teaming up with 3 other amazing natural bloggers for a fun-filled month of May! All four of us are expecting and are all due between the end of April to the end of June. We are obviously quite excited to meet our new little ones and we decided to share our excitement with our fans!

Your Natural Babies Giveaway Event Hosts:

Brittany of The Pistachio Project (due April 24th)
Susanne of My Mama Adventure (due May 11th)
Sasha of The Mushy Mommy (due June 7th)
Farrah of A Fulfilled Mommy (due June 25th)

What will this look like? We have a total of 10 giveaways that will happen during the month of May. You can enter as many as you like! We'll have a range of prizes from pregnancy products to new baby items... well how about I just tell you! Here are the lovely brands who are working with us to make this month-long event happen!

Your Natural Babies Giveaway Event Sponsors:

Mountain Rose Herbs - Starts May 1st
Happy Baby Wrap - Starts May 5th
Bitybean - Starts May 8th
GroVia - Starts May 12th
Planet Wise - Starts May 15th
Hazelaid - Starts May 19th
Earth Mama Angel Baby - Starts May 22nd
Pink Lemonade Shop - Starts May 26th
Bumkins - Starts May 29th
Motherlove - Starts May 31st

We can't wait to kick off these fabulous giveaways from some amazing companies. Look forward to May 1st when things kick off and YOU can begin entering to win some amazing, natural baby prizes! 

New in Our Shop!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Last week was wonderful because we were able to launch TWO new product lines to our shop! In addition to that, we had an awesome week of sales and many of you placed orders for the new Episencial products. Thank you all for your awesome feedback and for sharing our posts! You guys completely rock!!!! 

So what's so awesome about these products? Well first off, Episencial is a wonderful natural and organic skin care brand for the whole family. Even though their cute little packaging is geared for babies, the products are actually great for every age. Episencial is the number one brand of natural and organic skin care products in hospitals and birth centers. What I love about their products is the amazing reviews that have come along with them as well as their ability to be used on baby's with super sensitive skin. In fact, the Soothing Cream that we have stocked the shop with is great for tackling eczema issues! 

Our most popular sellers so far have been the Sunny Sunscreen and Mighty Bug Shield because let's face it...summer is coming and we NEED these products. We need to protect ourselves from the summer sun and from these pesky southern mosquitoes, but no one wants to do that with toxic items or ones that can irritate sensitive skin. That's what we are here for...to provide you with a place to get some of the best! We also carry their Playful Wash and Peaceful Bubbles products

And say hello to some of the cutest diapers on the block and quite possibly my new favorite diaper brand, Funky Fluff. I can't speak enough about Funky Fluff and how amazing and GENIUS their diapers are. First off, the fit is amazing and is slightly trimmer which fits better under clothes BUT isn't too small for bigger babies (mine is two). The colors and snaps are just adorable and the prints are unique! 

What I love about Funky Fluff is that this isn't just a pocket diaper or an All In One diaper, it's actually a diaper that can be used three different ways. Yes you heard me right...you can stuff the insert like a pocket, snap it in the pocket like an AIO or snap it over the pocket like an AI2. It's GENIUS I tell ya and my little description didn't do it any justice I'm sure. It's the perfect diaper setup for daycares, daddies, grandmas and anyone really. 

Below are some images I've captured of some of the sales we had going out in the last week as well as our new items. Thank you, thank you, thank you for such a wonderful week of sales and for loving these products already! 

Your continued support means the world. 

Things I Now Know About Motherhood {for baby two}

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Becoming a mother for the second time isn't as scary as the first time. While it has its own set of fears too, you also feel so much more prepared the second go around. Who needs fancy baby registries and who needs to worry about whether or not your baby has enough newborn clothes. You'll manage just fine because now you know some important things about motherhood that mean much more than fancy baby gadgets and how many receiving blankets you should have.

Things I Now Know...

I will know what to do. When we are becoming a first time mother, many of us often have that fear that we won't know what the heck to do when we come home after having a baby. Everyone says that "when it's your baby you just know what to do" and we now know that it is definitely true. While we still won't have all of the answers, we aren't going into it scared of motherhood.

I'll hold my baby as much as I please. Everyone tried telling you that if you held your baby too much that you would "spoil" them. Well if you're anything like me you probably didn't listen, but you may have always had it in the back of your mind. Well now that you realize just how fast time flies by, you know that you'll hold that little bundle of baby cuteness as often as your heart desires.

All babies sleep differently. If there is anything that I have learned about motherhood is that each and every baby is different. Some sleep all night at an early age, some don't. Some wake to nurse frequently just because and some other breastfed babies just don't. Some sleep like crap during teething and some could care a less about what's going on in their mouth. I've read enough articles and books to assure me that I should never feel any less of a mother just because my baby doesn't sleep through the night. Sleeping through the night is not actually expected; it's just luckily achieved for some and wished upon for others.

Grandmas, mothers and mother in laws aren't geniuses. Sure they raised babies that turned out pretty dang good (I think my mom did a pretty dang good job) but times change; research changes and old wise tales go out the window. I know what's best for my baby and I also have the power of Google; I don't need a village to tell me I should start solids at three months old when all of the research is there to show just how bad that is.

Use your gut. It's hard to stand up to doctors, to voice your opinions and to stand up to those insisting on keeping your kid overnight when you're just not ready. Here's to hoping you worked out those issues with the first and will grow a pair stand your ground with the second.

Babies and toddlers cry for reasons. I'm still learning this as I go. Nothing feels more awful than being annoyed that your two year old kept you up all night for what you thought was their version of an all night party only to realize that the next day they were sick as can be. Growth spurts, mental leaps (The Wonder Weeks), teething, belly aches, sore throats and just a regular ole desire for comfort can make any good baby or toddler a handful. They have bad days for reasons and unfortunately they can't tell us why just yet. Patience and understanding is key.

Everyone believes in different things. From parenting choices to snack choices, each and every mama believes in something different. Just because I don't do CIO and others do, doesn't make one way right or wrong. You do you and I'll do me and we'll all raise each other up!

Toys are nice but really not needed. I remember the day my daughter started sitting up and playing on the floor. I thought I had to run and buy a few toys to help engage her. I now know that a few wooden blocks, a doll or two and a stacking ring would have beat the battery toys that are now sitting in an electronic toy hell because they don't work anymore. Less is more.

Your house will not always stay clean. Infant days are easy peasy for keeping your house clean. Aside from an extra load of laundry and some bottles and pump parts to wash, there's not much mess going around. However once you have a walking, talking and independent little toddler, you realize that you pick the same toys up four times a day on average. And now there's another living room destroyer on the way.

Sometimes you make mistakes. Sometimes you lose patience and may yell a tad bit louder than you wished you had and sometimes you may wake a sleeping baby to please others. Sometimes you give in to your toddler and sometimes you stand firm. You have days where you totally rocked motherhood and days where you feel like you failed. Perfection during motherhood is hard, yet the job is so perfect.

Your heart now beats outside of your body. My heart is in the child running around jumping from the sofa, running in the dirt and climbing on the table. She is my heart and based on the love I have for this unborn child already, I know my heart is about to be split into two little human beings. I know longer own my heart, they do.

You'll love deeper than you can imagine. Becoming a mother introduces you to a deeper love than you would have ever imagined. While it is crazy to think at times of loving another person as much as you love your child, you know that having more kids just means that your love will grow and deepen into each of them. I am mom and my heart is endless for the children I created with the man I love. My heart will grow, love and ache in ways I never knew possible and my life will be even more complete when this new baby enters our family.

I am mom. I may not be perfect, I may not have all the answers but I'm doing a good job. I love endlessly and steal kisses frequently.

And that's what I've learned about motherhood so far.

Weekly Update: 31 Weeks

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

How far along? 31 weeks, 2 days
Baby Size: The size of a coconut
Total weight gain: Two weeks ago we were at 24lbs...sooo.....
Maternity clothes? Mostly all maternity clothes, however I am wearing some dresses and tops that are not. 
Stretch marks? None yet and I really hope it stays that way! 
Sleep: Much better lately; I only wake once on average to pee. 
Best moment this week: Making it another week after having a little scare at 29 weeks that ended up
with contractions for several days and two hospital visits! 
Miss Anything? Sandwiches with cold deli meat!
Movement: Yes!!! However the last few days she's been much more chill with less kicks
and just more rolling around wayyyyyyy down there. 
Food cravings: Boiled crawfish, Cadbury eggs and ice cream. AND sandwiches!!! 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Only when hubby cooks his weekly asparagus dish! I gag every time. 
Gender: Sweet little girl!!!! 
Symptoms: Lots of braxton hicks, pressure and back aches. 
What's different this go around? I've been dilated since 29 weeks and I wasn't dilated until 36 weeks last time. 
Dilation? 1cm two weeks ago
Belly Button in or out? Almost out, but hasn't changed much in the last several weeks. 
Wedding rings on or off? On
Mood: Happy, anxious and tired. 
Nursery? Currently washing swaddle blankets and starting to wash Little Bug's old newborn clothes. 
Eeeeekkkkk it's getting close! 
Looking forward to: Having this sweet baby, making it through the Great Cloth Diaper Change that we 
are hosting next week, getting the nursery ready and packing bags in a couple of weeks. 
{Mine is already kinda sorta packed}

There's so much to look forward to and I just can't wait. Seeing many of my friends having their 
new little babies right now has me itching to deliver this one. However, I do need her to cook a bit longer. 
I can't wait to place this sweet little girl on my chest and snuggle her close and take every moment in. 
I keep daydreaming about what that moment will be like, how she'll look and how she'll smell. 
I adore this Little Fox already. 


12 Father-Daughter Moments That Melt a Mother's Heart

Monday, April 6, 2015

  1. That moment that he says she can never date. Or get married. 
  2. That moment that he decides she can indeed date one day, but comments that he'll show her how a man should treat her. In other words, pick a guy like daddy. 
  3. The fact that for family pictures he insists on holding her. There's no trophy wife here, just a beautiful baby that has his pride. 
  4. The moment she hugs him in a tight embrace and you see his whole body melt and his eyes close. It's like his little piece of heaven. 
  5. The moment he walks through the door after a long day of work. Enough said. 
  6. The fact that he magically whips up the cutest nickname for her since birth, one that he didn't even have pre-planned. 
  7. When he knows what Chevron means in relation to clothes, bows and more. Score for dad. 
  8. When he chooses a bow for an outfit that he put together. The clothes may not always match 100% but he added the bow so it sealed the deal. And stole my heart. 
  9. The sight of them walking off in the distance holding hands. 
  10. The way she squeals "Daddy" each and every time she says it. It's because of him that she squeals. 
  11. The kisses he tries to steal as often as possible, the "I love yous" that are said at least once an hour and the "you're so beautifuls" that are said on the daily. He's completely smitten. 
  12. And lastly, the laughter from such an angelic little person who loves her father endlessly and is just as smitten with him as he is with her. 
Thank you to the amazing man I married for the smiles, laughter and moments with our beautiful daughter. 

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