Posts Tagged ‘black friday’

Who’s Who at Mom’s Milk Boutique: Meet Allison!

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Mom’s Milk Boutique is a small family-owned business started in 2007 by two sisters, Abbie and Bonnie. They were committed to bringing natural, eco-friendly parenting products to their hometown of West Frankfort, IL. The store has grown over considerably since then and currently there are 5 employees that make up Mom’s Milk Boutique. During the next week, we will spotlight each one of them here so you can get to know Who’s Who at Mom’s Milk Boutique!!

MEET ALLISON:

What is your title and role at MMB? I don’t think I have an official title at MMB. I was originally hired as a Social Media Coordinator in September of 2011, I think I was at that until the end of November when Abby called to see if I can come in to help with Black Friday. I’m now in the store full time. My main role is working with customers, if you come in to the store and you need someone to help create your diaper stash, get fitted for a nursing bra, or find your perfect carrier I’m probably the one you’ll work with. I’m also part of the shipping department and Bonnie’s memory/personal human google 🙂

What is your top favorite product at MMB? Oh man, this one is hard. Maybe the Sloomb snapped fitteds, or their wool. I’m a wool addict so I was thrilled when we started carrying their products. I actually find myself calling everything I love a favorite, and trust me I love A LOT.

What is your favorite babycarrier and why? Once again this is really hard! I used and loved my Ergo performance forever. I originally bought it from MMB years before I started working there. However, I’m in love with the Boba. I can wear my giant 2 year old at work for hours and stay comfortable the entire time.

What does your cloth diaper stash look like? Haha, is out of control a bad answer? I have such an eclectic stash. I have prefolds, fitteds, pockets, hybrids, AIOs, and WOOL! I love trying things out and at one point I was diapering two kids so I have way more diapers than I need.

Who are the members of your family? Myself, my husband Chris who was featured in the father’s day edition of Rockin’ Green’s newsletter!, Lucy 4, Jack 2 and the furrier members of our family Sam the 6 year old Newf/Retriever mix and Jasper the 1 year old Treeing Walker Coonhound. Don’t tell Sam and Jasper, but they were adopted 😉

What do you like to do for recreation? I’m a walker/runner. I’m also a crazy dog lady and I volunteer a lot at our local rescues. If I’m home I’m more than likely outside. All the members of my family hate being cooped up and we go stir crazy if we can’t get out and do something. I’m also a big fan of baking. Lucy is my favorite sous chef we like to make any and all types of cookies and yummy treats.

Share a favorite family tradition: One of my favorites is birthday breakfast. On your birthday you can have anything you want to eat, you want pizza, chocolate chip pancakes, an entire bowl of watermelon, totally cool, it’s your day enjoy every bite!

What is one tip you have for breastfeeding mamas? Trust your body, you can do this mama! Don’t talk yourself into supply issues, you just need to trust your body to do what it does best!

What are some of your favorite “me” time indulgences? I love a good bath, I’m a diehard fan of Lush bath products an I’m lucky enough to have a good friend who manages a store so I get a lot of “mommy only” bath stuff. I don’t get a lot of time to myself but my runs and the walks I take with the dogs are my really special alone time. I’m a podcast addict so my runs and walks are a great time to listen. My husband makes fun of me for being the only person he knows who listens to history education podcasts for fun.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? The ability to read minds! I hate surprises so being able to be a step ahead of the game would probably calm a lot of my worries.

What is one of your favorite quotes? “Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.” – Kurt Vonnegut

I love this because it’s something I truly believe. Yes, there will always be evil and bad in the world, but there will always be good, more good than bad if you really look at things. Don’t let those dark things cancel out the light.

What are your goals/intentions/resolutions for this new year? I want to focus on enjoying the little things this year, even when everyone is running in 1000 different directions I want to really enjoy the days and not just rush through them.

Thanks Allison! So great to get to know the awesome woman who helps costumers at the store and ships the countless on-line orders. Keep on rockin’ it at Mom’s Milk Boutique!!

-Sarah

Friday Family Spotlight: Meet Emily’s Family

Friday, December 21st, 2012

I have a feeling you are really going to enjoy meeting Emily and her family. They have some super fun and exciting adventures ahead….read on to learn more about what’s in store for them over the next few years!

Who are the members of your family?

My family includes Chris (31), Emily (28), Henrik (2), Petra (4 months).. (and Romeo, our 8 year old pomeranian)

How did you meet your significant other?
My husband and I started dating 2 weeks before I left for a summer study program in Aix-en-Provence, France. He was leaving around the same time to do his first Half Ironman in Austria. We were so smitten with each other, we decided to make our love work. I met him in Zagreb, Croatia, just after his Ironman, and we spent 4 amazing days visiting the coast of Slovenia, and Venice as well. He flew to Paris to meet me (6 weeks into our relationship) and proposed to me on the top of the Eiffel Tower! Later that summer, he made the trip over the ocean once more to meet me in Holland, where my sister lives. We started dating in May, and were married the following August!

What is your favorite Mom’s Milk Boutique Product?
That’s a tough question, because I love everything at Mom’s Milk Boutique. However, CJ’s BUTTer is one product I plan on using throughout their cloth diapering years. If I happen to see a little redness, usually one or two small applications of CJ’s clears it right up! I also use it preventatively and their skin is usually perfect.

What is your favorite baby carrier and why?
We just splurged on an Ergo this past Black-Friday. It is beyond wonderful! I had such back pain from hauling my babies around (often both at once), and now I am totally back pain-free! It will make traveling with a baby MUCH easier.

Describe your cloth diaper stash:
I have such a mix! This is my second stash, and I am very happy with it. I have about 30 prefolds, used with Flip, Bummis, Econobum, Happy Heinys, and Kawaii diaper covers! (whew!) Also, we have some Bumgenius All in ones and pockets. We have a couple Imse Vimse swim diapers too, which we’ll put to use next month!

What goals do you have for your family in the next year or two?
We actually are headed on quite an adventure! This December 31st, we leave for Costa Rica, where we plan to live for 3 months to a full year. We’d really like to master Spanish before leaving Central/South America, so we might go to Chile next. We also plan to spend a few months (at least) in Prague, Budapest, and the south of France. As mentioned, I have family in Holland, so we’d love to spend some time there as well. My husband works from home, and I’m a stay-at-home mom, so why not travel before the little ones reach school-age?

What are some of your favorite “me” time indulgences?
I don’t really get much “me” time, but if I do, I try to take luxury in simple things, like a hot bath or a walk with my dog, Romeo. If I find myself lucky enough to get both kids to bed before 9pm, my husband and I might cuddle up and watch a romantic comedy.

What’s your number one secret for stretching a dollar?
Well, I save a lot of money by providing a healthy diet for my family. I exclusively breastfeed my babies (so that saves a ton!), visit my local farm for cheaper, and better produce, and cook most days instead of going out. For “dates” with my husband, we often cook a nice meal together and share a bottle of sparkling cider. 😉

Thanks a bunch Emily for sharing your family with us!! We wish you the very best on your upcoming travels!! Also if you would like to follow Emily’s family on their adventures be sure to check out her blog at http://www.mommybluebird.com/.

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

Silent Saturday: How did you spend Black Friday?

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Our third year in a row spending Black Friday at the beach makes it an official Family Tradition for us!!

Barefoot on the beach … might just be my favorite place to be!

Playing in the sand makes kids of all ages HAPPY!

The bobaAIR saves the day…again!

A tired Izzy lulled to sleep by the rolling waves and gentle motion of being carried on mama’s back…hooray for Toddlerwearing!!

 

What did you do on Black Friday? What is your family’s tradition?

 

-Sarah

RSVP for Mom’s Milk Twitter Party | Got #milkmiles?

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Join us, Tuesday Nov 22nd for the Twitter Party of the Year!

 

Don’t get stuck reading about this about when it’s over!

Join us for  Mom’s Milk Boutique‘s first ever Twitter Party Bash hosted by Cloth Diaper Geek and Dirty Diaper Laundry. It’s sure to be the Twitter Party of the Year!

We will be celebrating the upcoming Black Friday promotions and kicking off the launch of our new Milk Miles Rewards Program!

The prizes and sponsors are POURING in so you don’t want to miss this amazing party!

The Details:

Date:  Tuesday November 22, 2011

Time:  9:00pm-10:00pm Eastern

Hashtag:  #MilkMiles

Platform:  Twitter via Tweetgrid, TweetChat, Hootsuite, etc.

The Sponsors so far are amazing!

One Grand Prize: 

  • Grand Prize Package Includes 10 GroVia Shells, 5-Soaker Pads (2-pack), 2-Booster Pads (2-pack), and 1-50ct Pack of Bio Soakers! (valued at appx. $300) (one winner) from @GroVia

Additional Sponsors and Prizes:  (more details to come)

  • CJs BUTTer
  • Tots Bots
  • and more!

A BIG THANK YOU to all of our wonderful sponsors for donating such awesome prizes!! Be sure to LIKE them all!! You could even go to their Facebook wall and TELL them how much you appreciate it!

RSVP and enter to win via the Rafflecopter form below.  In order to be eligible to win you must have RSVPed and tweeted a minimum of (1) time during the party with the #milkmiles hashtag.

*Please check back often as new entry methods will continually be added to the form.  All the additional prizes besides the Grand Prize will also be added in the coming days.

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