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Sunday Funday Giveaway: Dandelion Handcrafted Pretend Play Rattle

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Need to squeeze in some last minute holiday shopping for your wee one? Check out these adorable handcrafted pretend play rattles from Dandelion!

The Pirate and Queen shown above are just two of the available choices. These 5 1/2 inch rattles are crotchet with bamboo thread and stuffed with corn fibers. They are the perfect size and weight for small hands to hold, manipulate, and shake.

Unlike many toys that hold a baby’s interest for a short duration of development, your child’s enjoyment of this toy will grow with them! Dandelion designed these rattles to be a “grow with me toy” so once baby moves from sensorial exploration into more complex pretend play, he/she can welcome their rattle into a world of imaginative play! How cool is that?!?

Would you like to WIN a FREE Dandelion Handcrafted Pretend Play Rattle? Then be sure to enter this week’s giveaway below! Winner will be announced on Sunday, December 23, 2012. Winner will be notified via email and is asked to respond to email within 48 in order to claim their prize. Good luck everyone!!

-Sarah

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Friday Family Spotlight: Meet Caroline’s Family

Friday, November 30th, 2012

It’s finally FRIDAY and you know what that means!?! Time to spotlight another AWESOME family here at Breastfeed.Babywear.ClothDiaper.Naturally!! Today I am excited to introduce you to Caroline’s family.  Her home sounds a lot like my own with busy little boys keeping mama and papa on their toes!! Read on to learn more about Caroline and her beautiful family!

Who are the members of your family?

In our house, you’ll find Andres, my husband, me (Caroline), and our two boisterous boys: Jojo, 2.5, and Giovani, 16 months. They are close in age and really good friends to one another.

What do you and your family like to do for recreation?

With two boys, we’re always moving. Our boys love to dance, sing, play with cars and blocks, bake, and lately it’s been all about coloring since the weather has turned colder.

How did you meet your significant other?

My husband and I met in college, where we were both part of the Greek system on campus. It’s a great way to get involved and meet new people.

What is your favorite Mom’s Milk Boutique Product?

Some of my favorite things came from MMB, including my Boba, Thirsties Duo AIOs, Simplex AIO, and our Dandelion toys. However, what I constantly recommend to other moms is the detergent sampler. I love that you can select which detergents you want to try, and that there’s a great variety. It really helps make the decision.

What is your favorite baby carrier and why?

I LOVE MY BOBA. It is easy to use and so versatile. I like to say it’s like the one-size of carriers – birth to toddler! I’ve used it at weddings, fairs, parks, the mall, you name it. It is so comfortable.

Describe your cloth diaper stash:

We love pockets and AIOs! The bulk of our stash is BumGenius 4.0, but we have a lot of GroVia AIOs, Simplex and Basix AIOs, Thirsties Duo AIOs, and Kawaiis, too! I love variety.

What goals do you have for your family in the next year or two?

Over the next two years, we’re excited to have two potty trained boys, a little bit of travel, the start of preschool, and maybe, just maybe, one more baby.

Describe your daily routine:

I work out of the home, so my husband gets to spend all morning with the boys during the week. It generally means a lot of playing and maybe some errands, followed by naps just after lunch. On weekdays, our nanny comes in the afternoon to play and cook, and she teaches them Spanish. When I get home, both boys climb up their kitchen stool to help me make supper and we talk about all kinds of things over supper. Bedtime is around 7:30. On the weekends, we like to fit in some fun family outings in the afternoons, too, like exploring different parts of town or visiting family.

What has been your toughest challenge as a mom so far?

I really struggled balancing pressure from friends and family to parent one way and doing it how I thought was best. Now, I’ve found a great support network of like-minded moms who support my decisions, and it makes all the difference.

What are some of your favorite “me” time indulgences?

Splurging for myself means my favorite pizza, a little time to read a book, or maybe do some online sale shopping. I actually really love the scones at the coffee shop near work, so those are a great reward, too.

What’s your number one secret for stretching a dollar?

Planning ahead helps me save a lot of money. I like to plot out our meals for two full weeks, and then build my grocery list off of that. I don’t have to use coupons, but I do need to stick to both the list and the menu, and we don’t feel deprived if we’re doing it right.

Share one special family tradition you have:

I give my boys stationary in their stockings at Christmas. They are still too young to write their own thank you notes or letters, but they help by scribbling their approval. I hope that one day, it will be a habit for them to correspond and send thanks regularly.

What is one of your favorite quotes?

“It’s never too late, or in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

To pause time so I could nap once in a while.

Thanks for sharing about your family Caroline! I love the idea of stationary in Christmas stockings…just might “borrow” that tradition from you! ;) Best wishes on your potty training endeavours ahead. :)

Would you like to have your family featured in a Friday Family Spotlight AND win a FREE $10 gift certificate to Mom’s Milk Boutique for your participation? If so email sarah@momsmilkboutique.com with the subject line “Friday Family Spotlight Inquiry” and share something interesting about your family in your email message.

Happy Friday Everyone!!

-Sarah

Sunday Funday Giveaway: Frog Rattle by Dandelion

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Did you know that in addition to the awesome variety of cloth diapers and baby carriers at Mom’s Milk Boutique, there are also some way cool, eco-friendly, ORGANIC baby toys? For example this adorable smiling Frog Rattle from Dandelion is made with organic cotton fibers and filled with soft corn fibers. He is the perfect size for little hands to hold and manipulate. He’s super soft and cuddly, plus has a rattle inside for baby to enjoy shaking. I love the light pastel coloring of Dandelion toys, and this little froggy is no exception! His big floppy feet and slight texture will keep baby engaged for a while. His little loop on top allows you to easily attach the Frog Rattle to a car seat or stroller. As with all Dandelion toys, the Frog Rattle comes minimally packaged in recycled cardboard printed with vegetable ink. How’s that for eco-friendly!?!

Looking for a fun Holiday gift for a baby in your life? Be sure to check out this Frog Rattle by Dandelion along with all the other awesome, eco-friendly toys at Mom’s Milk Boutique!

And while you’re at it, why not enter this week’s giveaway below for your chance to win a FREE Frog Rattle by Danelion? Winner will be notified via email on Sunday, November 25. Winer is asked to reply to that email within 48 hours in order to claim their prize.

Good luck everyone!!

-Sarah
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Friday Family Spotlight: Meet Brandi’s Family

Friday, October 19th, 2012

October 15th was Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day across the world. Around the globe people joined together in a ‘Wave of Light’ by lighting a candle in remembrance of babies who have passed away during pregnancy, at birth, or after birth. Our featured family this week has experienced multiple losses. Brandi is very open about her family’s losses. I hope sharing her story here honors the memory of her angel babies, as well as spreads information about Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

Who are the members of your family?

My family consists of all boys and me! There is Brad (the Daddy), Brandi (the Mommy), Nate (who is 5), Luke (who is 5 ½ month old), and Reese (the first born…dog). We also have four angels as we have had three miscarriages and a stillbirth. Nate helped us name our babies that left us before we could know who they were. He named our first baby “Tomato Plant”, our second baby “Daisy”, and our fourth baby “Poppy”. Our daughter, Leni Grace earned her angel wings and was born on 05/18/10. We are a cloth diapering, co sleeping, baby wearing, extended breast feeding family!

What is your favorite Mom’s Milk Boutique product?

I am in love with the Dandelion Toys. Luke loves the roly poly balls and I am so excited about the new people rattles that Mom’s Milk Boutique is getting in! Those are going on his Christmas list!

What is your favorite baby carrier and why?

I love my moby wrap! We use it everyday! At first I thought it would be hard to figure out but I am pretty sure I could wrap it on me in my sleep! I love how snuggly he is when he is in it. If he is upset I can put him in the Moby and he immediately calms down and just melts up against me. I love it! I also have a baby hawk which is my second preferred carrier and an Ergo. I am not crazy about it yet but I am hoping that I like it more when he gets bigger and heavier.

Describe your cloth diaper stash:

I prefer solids over prints and love to see pastel colors on him! I have a variety of diapers and am willing to try any of them. We used prefolds some in the beginning but now I mainly use AIO’s or pockets. I have FuzziBunz, bumGenius, Happy Heiney, Bottombumpers, Blueberry and Kawaii. My favorite changes depending on what age we are at. FB was my favorite with my son and about all I had in my stash. However I did not cloth diaper him as a little baby; I started when he was around 1 year old. I like how trim the FB are and how convenient the BG freetime is. I also have a collection of homemade and Thirsties wipes.

Describe your daily routine:

I am a working mommy so I have to plan my day to maximize my time with my boys. I get up before they do to get myself ready. I wake the baby up first to nurse and snuggle him before the hectic day begins! I then wake my 5 year old up about an hour before he has to be at school. He gets up and eats breakfast (usually a chicken biscuit or whole wheat pancakes) and gets ready for school. He goes to a private school so we have no disagreements about what clothes to wear to school and that makes it much easier. We are out the door by 8:00 am. We drop him off at school and then it is time to get the baby settled into his day. On Mondays and Fridays my mom drives up from KY to watch him. Every other Wednesday I am off work. On Tuesday and Thursday he goes to an in home daycare. I always nurse him before I leave him because he is not crazy about taking a bottle. He will take one pretty good at daycare but on the days that my mom has him, he will only take 1 oz at a time and some days will not take it at all. He is not fussy during the day and seems content to hold out for the real thing until I get home. Although he will often come visit me at work to eat and snuggle! My husband picks the boys up after school and I am home shortly thereafter. First things first….the baby has to eat! Nate loves to cook so he helps me cook dinner while my husband plays with Luke. Most nights, I am eating and nursing a baby at the same time! After dinner, we try to go on a family walk and right now, Nate has football practice two nights a week. Then it is bath time, we have a tummy tub for Luke and he LOVES it! We read books and I rock my oldest son to sleep. Yes, I still rock my 5 year old. Then I put Luke in the moby wrap and do my chores around the house and then we go to bed together. He nurses all night long to prepare for the next day!

What is your toughest challenge as a mother so far?

Saying goodbye to my babies before I was ready…when we lost our first baby, people told me that many people had miscarriages with their first pregnancy. I felt robbed. I hate that I only had a few weeks of pregnancy bliss because I learned too soon that a positive pregnancy test did not always means a baby. People told us to try again and we did and were blessed with our first son, Nate. Two years later we were ready to give him a sibling. We got pregnant very easily but again had to say goodbye to that baby. I felt so angry that people had told us that often the first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage but now I had more babies in heaven than in my arms. We got pregnant again as soon as we were given the ok and things were looking so good…until we found out that our baby girl did not have a heart beat. We went to the hospital knowing that we would not be leaving with a baby. It is something that no parent should ever have to go through. After 14 ½ hours of labor our baby girl entered the world silently, and she was beautiful! Six months later I was ready to try again and again got pregnant on the first try and again had to say goodbye. Our son was having a really hard time with all of this and we had a serious conversation about how much more our family/marriage/child could go through. We decided that we would try one more time and regardless of the outcome we would be okay. Ten months later, our rainbow baby entered the world screaming!

We are very open with our boys about their siblings. Our older son talks about his sister and we take them to the cemetery to visit her. People often question why we do this but I want my kids to know that this is nothing to be ashamed of. We did nothing wrong and that we love all of our babies, no matter how long they were with us.

What is one of your favorite quotes?

“I wanted you more than you will ever know, so I sent love to follow wherever you go”

I feel like this quote applies to all of my babies. I wanted each and every one of my babies but had to let four of them go before I was ready. A piece of my heart went with each of them and one day my boys will be out on their own and a piece of my heart will be with them too. No matter how far away my babies are from me, my love will be with them.

Brandi, we thank you so much for sharing your beautiful family with us. Wishing your family much love, light, and peace.

-Sarah

Video Product Review: Dandelion Natural Tablewares – Fork and Spoon

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Check out this package of FOUR spoons and FOUR forks from Dandelion Natural Tablewares that retails for just $7.99. It is the perfect set for older babies and toddlers who are self-feeding. Babies will love how easy it is to feed themselves with these utensils and parents will love the eco-friendly, PBA-free materials they are made from!

Still on the fence about adding them to your cart at Moms Milk Boutique? Click on my video review of this product below for more information:

-Sarah