Posts Tagged ‘ERGObaby Carrier’

Friday Family Spotlight: Meet Andrea’s Family

Friday, February 15th, 2013

I am excited to introduce you to Andrea and her awesome family of four! I love hearing stories like theirs; couples who grew up together, go on to get married, and eventually raise a family together…so sweet and inspiring! Also Andrea’s favorite quote might be one of my new favorites! Read on to learn more about Andrea and her family:

Who are the members of your family? Andrea (me), my husband Joel, and our 2 daughters, Tessa, age 2.5 and Nora, age 6 months.

How did you meet your significant other? We first met playing t-ball and grew up together in school. We started dating after being in Marching band together during his freshman year of high school. He played the quads, I played the bass drum in the drumline.

What do you and your family like to do for recreation? We are a very athletic family. We love to play sports, watch sports, and be outdoors. We enjoy camping, walks, and playing outside.

What is your favorite Mom’s Milk Boutique Product? I have so many. I started at MMB with just a few diapers. I now own what feels like half the store. I love the Ergo, Lactasties, CJ’s BUTTer, MotherLove diaper rash cream. I’ve recently starting using fitted diapers and I really like the Kissaluvs. Of course, my newborn stash was one of my favorites to build because they are just so cute and small.

What is your favorite baby carrier and why? I love my Ergo. It is very sturdy and tough, it’s been through different kinds of weather and other wear and tear and holds up very nicely. It’s easy for both my husband and I to use on either of our children and they are safe, secure, and happy in it.

What goals do you have for your family in the next year or two? Start a garden this spring, hopefully have a 3rd child, continue with our Dave Ramsey debt snowball payoffs.

Describe your daily routine: I get up at 4, pump, shower, get ready, and leave for work by 6:15. My husband gets the kids up, drops them off at daycare, and comes home to pick up the house. He leaves for work at 11:45. I get off at 3:30, work out, go home to start dinner, pick up the girls from daycare and serve dinner. Then we do bathtime, get the girls ready for bed and my husband gets home at 8, just in time to help tuck the girls in and get them asleep.

What has been your toughest challenge as a mom so far? Meeting the needs of everyone. It’s important for me to be a good, attentive mother, but I also don’t want to lose my identity as a wife or myself. Balancing all those simultaneously is tricky.

What are some of your favorite “me” time indulgences? I love to go wander around Target. I also love (and miss) coffee dates with old friends.

What is one of your favorite quotes? Be here to bless, not impress.

Thanks Andrea for sharing your family with us! I am excited for your plans to grow both a spring garden and a 3rd baby, lol! Wishing you the very best on both accounts. :)

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

Friday Family Spotlight: Meet Amy’s Family!

Friday, February 8th, 2013

I am excited to introduce you to Amy and her family! I absolutely LOVE the story of how she met her hubby…it would make a cute scene in a book or movie. Read on to learn more about Amy and her awesome traveling family!

Who are the members of your family? Amy (Mommy), George (Daddy), twins Alex and Drew (6 ½), Ethan (2), Victor (3 months). And our 2 cats, Felix and Persephone.

How did you meet your significant other? At an art museum, where we got into an argument over the merits of modern art. I won, and he bought me a tea at the cafe. Our whole house is now decorated with modern art.

What is your favorite Mom’s Milk Boutique Product? Very hard to say, but I think the Best Bottoms diaper system are currently my favorite. The inserts are super-absorbent (even overnight), and I can use them on both the 2-year-old and the 3-month-old. The shells are great, they hold everything, wipe clean, and come out of the wash like new! I just wish MMB could stock the training pants, hint, hint… :)

What do you and your family like to do for recreation? We travel! My husband is Active Duty Army, and we are stationed in Germany. We’ve lived here for four years and one of our family goals is to see as much of the world as possible. My twins had seen as many different places by age 3 as I had by age 30, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to share so much of the world with our kids. Below is a photo I took last spring of my husband and the boys walking through the woods in The Netherlands. (Husband’s sporting the Ergobaby Performance Sport, which is his favorite carrier!) We also take a trip every winter to the Alps, where my husband snowboards, the kids go to ski school, and I go to the spa–very recreational. :)

What is your favorite baby carrier and why? My favorite is the Beco Butterfly II, because I can carry my toddler on my back and barely even feel him, and I can easily get the baby in and out. I also love that you can put an older baby in the “pocket” part and put the carrier on like a backpack–so much easier for when they can’t yet climb on your back!

Describe your cloth diaper stash: Mostly Gro-Via shells and inserts, although we’re adding in Best Bottoms. I have a few Blueberry and Thirsties shells, and a mix of inserts, but so far the Gro-Via and Best Bottoms work best for us. (I love that I can lay the BB inserts into another brand of shell and they still absorb everything.) We’re looking at trainers for the very near future, and I’m hoping to try the Blueberry trainers.

What is the best and worst parenting advice you have ever been given? The best advice was from my mom: “Trust your instincts.” The worst was from a lactation consultant in the hospital where my twins were born. They were premature and receiving gavage-feedings in the NICU with my milk. She was very upset that I was only using a manual pump (the electric never worked for me), and she scolded me “If you don’t learn to use the electric pump, you will NEVER make enough milk for two babies.” I never used an electric pump and my twins nursed exclusively until 4 months, and continued on only breastmilk (no formula) until they self-weaned at 19 months. Glad I followed my mom’s advice!

What goals do you have for your family in the next year or two? The first goal is to survive colic. Our youngest is very colicky and it’s hard on everyone. Once we get past that, we’re hoping to do some more traveling. We want to go to Turkey, the Czech Republic, Berlin, and Poland in the next couple of years.

Describe your daily routine: I have a 3-month-old. Once I get the big boys off to school and the toddler to preschool, we go with the flow.

What has been your toughest challenge as a mom so far? Having a colicky baby. I think it’s more challenging because this is our 4th. We thought that since we survived preemie twins (brutal!) and already had a single baby (easiest baby in the world), that we were prepared to have another one. He’s starting to come out of it, but the nonstop screaming for hours on end has been extremely hard on everyone. I feel terrible that I can’t do anything to make him feel better (and we have tried EVERYTHING), and I feel terrible for the older kids too. The screaming is hard on them, plus Mommy is always pre-occupied with the baby. It’s definitely a tough transition. I’m so grateful that my 2-yr-old is still nursing, because at least we can tandem-nurse and he gets his mommy-time in (and the baby isn’t screaming then). I try to find time to spend with each of my older boys as well.

What are some of your favorite “me” time indulgences? Massages and pedicures! Also, I keep large scented candles, and I almost always have one burning. I like soothing scents, like lavender or apple pie, to warm up the whole house.

What’s your number one secret for stretching a dollar? Going from hybrid-diapering to all-cloth is saving us a lot of money! I was afraid to try all-cloth for a long time because we have a German washer and dryer, but once I saw how much we were going to have to spend each month to hybrid-diaper two at once, it made a lot more sense to go all-cloth. The laundry isn’t nearly as bad as I was afraid it would be, and we are saving over $60 a month not buying the Biosoakers.

What is one of your favorite quotes? “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.” –Helen Keller

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? I already have superpowers, are you kidding? I make milk! For two babies! At the same time! I also teach children’s theatre classes in the summer time, occasionally act and direct in our local theatre, and I’m on the board of directors for our community peer breastfeeding organization, Mom2Mom KMC, so I have the added superpower of being able to go on 3 hours of sleep for about 4 days… If I could have ANOTHER superpower, it would be the ability to create extra hours in the day when I need them!

Wow, Amy you DO have superpowers!! Thank you so very much for sharing your family with us. We wish you all the very best and may your travel adventures resume soon as your youngest son grows! :)

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: ERGObaby Front Pouch

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

ERGObaby has so many awesome babywearing accessories including THIS Front Pouch designed to attach to any ERGObaby Carrier. The front pouch velcros to the waistband of the ERGObaby carrier when worn in any position; front carry, back carry or hip carry. This is a convenient way to stash items you want quick access to such as keys, cell phone, wallet, chapstick, pacifier, etc. I use my pouch to store my camera so I can grab it quickly when the need to capture a special moment arises. Plus I like always having an exact place to put my camera. I was forever putting it down and losing it during outings with kids before investing in a pouch. The ERGObaby Front pouch has two exterior pockets; one with zipper closure and an interior keychain hook. Another cool feature of the ERGObaby Front Pouch is that it has a shoulder strap so you can use it without your ERGObaby carrier. The front pouch is a great addition to the ERGObaby Carrier hands free system!

Would you like to win a FREE ERGObaby Front Pouch? Enter this week’s giveaway below! Winner will be announced on Sunday, January 13. Winner will be notified via email and is asked to reply within 48 hours to claim prize.

Good luck everyone!

Sarah
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How to Video: Front Carry in an ERGObaby Carrier

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

The ERGObaby Carrier is one of my all-time favorite carriers. I have been using an ERGO with my boys for over 5 years now! A friend of mine who has the most gorgeous 6th month old recently asked me how I do the front carry in an ERGObaby Carrier. So like any normal friend would do, I made a video blog post to answer her question, lol!

In the video below, I demonstrate how to do the front carry with my almost FOUR year old! While he is within the weight limitations (maximum weight is 45lbs), I do not wear him anymore. In the rare circumstance I would need to wear him, I would likely put him on my back. However my 21 month toddler, who I still wear almost daily, was not at all interested in getting in the ERGO once he saw the camera. No way was he getting in the ERGO when there was a camera screen to look at. After several failed attempts to video me putting Izzy in the ERGO (I could post some funny outtakes!), I asked Abraham to help me out instead…

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Twitter Party Announcement

Monday, November 5th, 2012

MMBStacks Twitter Party

Mom’s Milk Boutique is so excited to announce our 2nd Annual pre-Black Friday Twitter Party! Last year we had a awesome good time and gave away a ton of great prizes. Judging from the awesome sponsors that we have – this year will be EVEN BETTER!!!

Are you ready for the Twitter Party of the Year?!!

Come join Abbie, Bonnie and Sarah from MMB and our lovely hosts Kim from Dirty Diaper Laundry and Julie from Cloth Diaper Geek for one heck of a Tweet Fest! Get ready for a fast and fun party as we talk cloth diapers, breastfeeding, baby wearing, and oh, I almost forgot – we will be dropping some major hints about some of the fantastic STACKABLE FREEBIES we have up our sleeves for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Oh yes, we will have a WEEKEND full of specials – “MMB style” (not to be confused with a certain popular one hit wonder).

How should I join the party?  On the night of Twitter Party, we recommend using TweetGrid. Plus this link is already pre-set with all the information and you just need to login and then add your Twitter user name in the right hand column.

What is a Twitter Party, you ask?

For all you veterans, you can skip this section. A Twitter Party is when a group of fabulous individuals meet on Twitter to tweet (posts of no more than 140 characters) about the same or similar topics for about an hour. No idea what I am talking about? Twitter what? Well, first of all, you will need a Twitter account. Then you need to make sure you are “following” us. Also, it is VERY important that you do NOT have your tweets set to private. If we can’t see you tweet, you will not be eligible to win a prize (no fun, especially if your name gets drawn). You may want to play around a little bit with Twitter and find some friends and some interests. There are some very active celebrities on Twitter if that floats your boat and you just want to get a feel for Twitter. Twitter may also suggest some folks to follow based on your interests.

The night of the party, however, we suggest you use TweetGrid – which is really easy to use and will help you follow along during the party. Plus we have everything set up for you automatically in TweetGrid and all you have to do is login and then add your user name in the right hand column and hit “search.” During the Twitter Party, we will all use the same key word (hashtag) – in this case #MMBStacks (you can see this in the left column)- and then we are all able to keep track and read each other tweets. You can ask questions about any of the related topics, share interesting ideas, pictures, well, pretty much anything.

And did I mention the stuff we will be giving away??

It is important to RSVP below via Rafflecopter. There are a few mandatory entries and the rest are optional – but the more you do the greater your chances to win. You can Tweet about the giveaway via the Rafflecopter Tweet option button once per day.

To be eligible to win the prizes, you MUST RSVP, attend the Twitter Party AND Tweet AT LEAST ONCE using the hashtag #MMBSTACKS during the Party on November 16.

Make sure you do the mandatory entries AND you tweet at the party. We check! HINT: Make sure that your tweets are NOT set to private. If your name is drawn and you have not tweeted with us at the party, you get disqualified (no fun!) and a new winner is drawn.

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