Spring 15 Moodboard

THE CIRCLE LINK-UP

I’m participating in The Circle Link Up and May’s topic is – Spring 15 Moodboard.

Now’s the chance to do a little window shopping (or maybe Pinterest scrolling) to find something springy for your closet, blog design, home, workspace, or maybe something entirely different! The only thing that will be similar between each moodboard is that each moodboard will have a total of 15 things (or colors, patterns, etc.) to celebrate Spring 2015.

I created my mood board on Pinterest, so check it out below :)

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Stop losing your child’s stuff with StickerKid

My child care currently consists of a nanny, who watches one other child in addition to mine. It hasn’t quite come up yet, but as they both acquire more “stuff”, it might get difficult to tell which toy belongs to which child. This becomes even more of a concern when going on play dates and visiting family. I certainly don’t want an avoidable meltdown simply because I left behind a beloved toy, or accidentally brought home a toy that belongs to another child. That’s why I’m so excited to find a label service like StickerKid. They make adorable “this belongs to” labels and stickers, which makes it easy to distinguish my baby’s stuff from another baby’s stuff.

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Nurturing Baby’s Instincts with the Minbie Bottle

 I was provided sample Minbie bottle and nipples in exchange for my honest review.
Minbie Bottle

Background on Minbie

Minbie is a soft silicone baby bottle/nipple specifically designed based on 10 years of R&D by an Australian Mom to nurture a newborn’s instinctive breastfeeding technique.  When newborns feed using Minbie, they practice the instinctive latch and feeding action that matches breastfeeding techniques to avoid latch problems and “nipple confusion” when the baby is breastfeeding. Minbie subsidizes shipping to the US and charges $7.95AUD ($6.20USD).

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PediaSwim Swimming Gift Basket Giveaway

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PediaSwim is looking across the country to find the perfect people to become their communities PediaSwim instructor! As an instructor, you will own your own business, be an important asset to your community, and have fun every day with unlimited earning potential.

PediaSwim is a comprehensive infant swimming instructor certification program teaching infants and toddlers to swim-float-swim for fun and safety. In three to five weeks children learn to swim facedown, kicking in the correct posture and then rolling to a calm float, then flipping back over to a propulsive swim. You can become an asset to your community by becoming a PediaSwim Instructor.

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Happy Mother’s Day – We are Awesome!

I’m celebrating my first Mother’s Day today! So I wanted to wish all the mamas out there a happy day with their families (or a day to themselves, whatever they want) :)

The lovely folks at Personal Creations put together this infographic for all the Mamas out there. They’re telling us what we already know, right? We are awesome! Continue reading

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Idea – A Photo Magnet

A few weeks ago I received a coupon code for a free photo magnet from Shutterfly, so I ordered one – naturally. It was a 3 photo magnet, and it now displays proudly on the filing cabinet at my desk at work. (I finally have more recent photos of my baby at work!!) I get to glance up and see the magnet, and I love that. I decided to order one for my own mother for Mother’s day, but I chose one with 5 photo options. I won’t get to see it since I ordered it to get shipped directly to her, but the preview looked so cute!

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My favorite things about breastfeeding my baby for 6 months

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My little Baby H just turned 6 months! It feels like I was just sharing my birth story, and yet here we are at 6 months! At our 6 month appointment with the pediatrician, Baby H weighs in at 19 lbs 7 oz and is 28 inches tall! My big boy. He’s rolling over, moving his head all around and back, loving to be flipped in the air by Daddy, and tells us stories in babble.

Despite all the pain, nursing strikes, supply issues, latch issues, etc etc, I am still breastfeeding my baby and I plan to continue for as long as I can. I have earned this badge and I will display it proudly. I met my initial goal of 6 months and the big goal is at least 1 year.

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Let’s take a virtual vacation to Puerto Rico (and plan a real one)

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Puerto Rico, The All-Star Island for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Some years ago I went on a Caribbean cruise with my best friend. (Okay and with my parents, we were about to graduate high school but were still minors.) It was a 7-day trip that started out of lovely Puerto Rico. I remember the excitement, and shopping, and all the sight-seeing that we squeezed into one day before the cruise ship took off. I remember how lovely the port was, how friendly the people were, and just overall had a great time before the cruise even began. Now I’m thinking about planning another visit, as an adult with a child of my own. Since this travel will have to be a little bit in the future for us, when the baby is no longer a baby perhaps, it is fun to do a virtual trip in hopes to plan a real one soon. One great perk of visiting the Puerto Rico is the ease of travel. No passports or visas required, no need for foreign money, while an exciting cultural experience is still to be had. There are a lot of world-class attractions and kid-friendly activities we can try out, including the children’s museum, lovely beaches, and special events.

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Mommy Wars need to stop! Make a #Mommitment

I’m sure by now everyone’s seen The Mother ‘Hood Official Video by Similac. It really illustrates many different approaches to parenthood, and kind of opens our eyes (if we’ve been living under a rock hiding out in our houses and staying off the interwebz) to mommy wars.

Examples of Mommy Wars:

  • Breastfeeding vs. Formula feeding
  • Stay At Home Mom vs. Working Mom
  • Babywearing vs. Stroller-ing
  • Cloth diapers vs. disposables
  • Baby-lead-weaning vs. starting rice cereal
  • Attachment parenting vs. Cry It Out
  • Fit Mommy vs. still-carrying-the-baby-weight mommy
  • the list just goes on!

But can someone please (really, pretty please?) explain to me why oh why are so many women being so judgy and tearing other mothers down when we should be supporting each other in this most difficult, scary, painful, amazing, wonderful adventure?!

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How to take criticism and apply it in a positive way

The other day I learned about Peek by UserTesting.com, a site where you can submit your own website and they will provide you with a recording of a live person attempting to use your site. How cool is that? They allow 3 free peeks per month, otherwise you need a paid subscription. So I figured I’ll give it a try with this blog.

Well, the recording I got was completely disappointing. The person who “peeked” at my site clearly had no idea how a blog works. My most recent post at that time was about breast pumps, so she said this is a breast pump website. Then she didn’t understand how to use the menu features. For example, she wanted to learn more about the person behind the site but when she hovered over “About Julie”, instead of clicking on that, she went down to one of the submenus and didn’t understand. Overall she said the site didn’t appeal to her because she thought it was a site about breast pumps but then it looked like a site about some woman’s life or something (paraphrasing). She didn’t look at the sidebar at all!

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