Monday, January 23, 2012

My Babyclothes

My Baby Clothes has really cute things for babies and toddlers. They have a really cute selection. My youngest got a hat their and I want to go back to get this one:
FORE Classic Tweed Confederate Cap 
Here are a few other cute picks I love:

Jamie Rae Candy Pink Peony HatZilly Bean Brown Infant Solid TutuRuffle Butts Blue Plaid Tie

If you are wanting to win a Gift Certificate to My Baby Clothes visit New Age Mama.

I See Me

I think it's so important to read to your kids. It doesn't matter what age they are. They love the attention and they are learning while you read.

  • Start out with fabric or bathtub books with they are tiny. You need the book to be durable.Your baby is going to grab, rip and drool on the pages. 
  • Move on to board books as they get to be early toddlers. They still need a book that is durable. Toddlers are not very careful and drop things a lot.
  • Later you can get to paper books. 
Personalized books help children to connect to what you are reading. I See Me! is great site that is full of personal book options. Right now if you order a book, you get 16 free Valentines to go with the book purchased.

My Organized Chaos is giving away Who Loves Me? This is a great book for siblings. You can add more than one name!

Who Loves Me? Personalized Book

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Personalized Bears

Unlimited Hugs Teddy Bear

I have to say that I never was too into stuffed animals. I loved my dolls. My sons, especially my youngest has always been into stuffed animals. He has a parade of them on his bed. Personalized Teddy Bear has great gifts for a baby shower.

Fun Fritz Family is giving away a custom bear.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

DIY - Baby Wipes

My sister mixes up her own solution for baby wipes. It's super easy, less expensive and better for their bottom. If you use cloth diaper, you can wash the wipes right with the diapers. 

My sister mixes her solution up in an animal cracker bear. The kind you'd get at Sam's Club or Costco. You can mix it up and put it in a squirt bottle. The spray would go right on the babies bum or on the cloth its self. Place cloth wipes in a commercial baby wipes container and pour wipes solution over wipes.

I found some recipes here:

Basic Wipe Solution  
You can change the type of oil or soap.
1/2 cup baby oil
1/2 cup baby wash
2 cups water

Just One 
I like this because it's easy to remember. It's just one of everything.
1  chamomile tea bag
1  teaspoon Olive Oil
1 teaspoon baby bath or shampoo
1 drop lavender oil
1 cup hot water

Essential Oil Solution 
4 cups of warm water
2 to 4 drops Tea Tree Oil 
2 to 4 drops Lavender Essential Oil 1 tablespoon Grapeseed Oil
1 tablespoon Calendula Oil
2 tablespoons baby wash

Omit vinegar if baby has a raw rash.
1/4  cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon calendula oil
A few drops lavender oil 
A few drops tea tree oil 
1/4 cup 100% aloe vera gel
1 cup water

Anti-Fungal Two
This has less vinegar and water compared to the recipe above.
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon calendula oil
A few drops lavender oil 
A few drops tea tree oil 
1/4 cup 100% aloe vera gel
1/2 cup water

Almond 'n' Chamomile
Steep the tea bags in hot water, then add the oil.
2 chamomile tea bags
2 teaspoons almond oil
2 cups hot water

Chamomile 'n' Honey
Brew the tea, add the honey and drink any leftovers.
1 chamomile tea bag
1 teaspoon honey
1 cup boiling water

Lavender 'n' Tea Tree
1/8 cup Olive Oil
1 tablespoon baby shampoo
4 drops tea tree oil
8 drops lavender oil 
3 cups water

Zany Lavender Solution
1 tablespoon baby oil
1 tablespoon lavender scented baby wash
2 to 3 drops lavender oil
3 cups water

Olive 'n' Tea Tree
1/4 cup Olive Oil (extra virgin not necessary)
1/8 cup gentle baby bath
A few drops tea tree oil
4 cups water

Castile Solution
Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap comes in several yummy scents.
1 tablespoon almond, apricot, or other oil
1 tablespoon Dr Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap
2 drops tea tree oil
1 drop lavender oil
1 cup water


Fruit 'n' Veggie
Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap comes in several yummy scents.
1 tablespoon fruit or vegetable-based oil
1 tablespoon Dr Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap
1 teaspoon 100% aloe vera gel
1 cup water

Zany Apricot Solution
1 tablespoon apricot oil
1 tablespoon unscented baby wash
3 cups water

Lotion Potion
1 tablespoon baby oil
1 tablespoon baby soap
1 tablespoon baby lotion
1 cup water

Magic Baby
1/2 cup Baby Magic Oil
1/2 cup Baby Magic Wash
2 cups water

Shampoo Style
1 tablespoon baby oil
2 teaspoons baby shampoo
2 1/2 cups water

Witch Hazel Solution
1 cup witch hazel
1/2 cup aloe vera juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon white vinegar

Monday, January 9, 2012

Nursing in Public

First off I love this link! It's a very sarcastic post about how Breastfeeding is Offensive - NOT! Basically it illustrates how many women who breastfeed show a lot less than women in magazines. It socially acceptable for women to show their breasts in a sexy way, but not in a natural way? So crazy how a lot of society is!

Here are four tips for nursing in public-
  1. Practice in front of a mirror. Reason being is that it's awkward at first. That shows on your face. If you are in front of a mirror, you will get used to it. The less awkward it is for you, it is the same for others.
  2. Prepare things ahead of time. I usually made sure I went to places that had areas to breastfeed. Some places have mothers rooms. Babies R Us and Von-Mour are a few places that do. Other good stops are places that have more than one dressing rooms. I used to take clothes in with me to act like I was trying on something; instead I was really breastfeeding. You want to make it comfortable for you and your baby. A restroom wasn't that place for me! I would have rather gone to my car than a restroom.
  3. Dress so it's easy to breastfeed. It doesn't have to be a nursing top. Just try and dress with loose clothing. Many people like a breastfeeding cover. This allows for privacy, yet has easy access. My sister used to breastfeed in public. People would come up to her to see the sleeping baby. That is all they thought, was that her little baby was sleeping. When in fact he was breastfeeding.
  4.  Have extra nursing pads. I leaked a lot more with baby number 1 than baby number 2. Sometimes a baby starts crying, and a mom starts leaking. It doesn't even have to be your own baby crying to have this happen. This is when extra pads come in handy. Layers help to. If you leak, you may want a thin shirt or jacket to put over your shirt.

Target Said Nothing, but Meant A Lot

Target just used this ad:

target ad down syndrome model kid child

It's typical. Kids playing, wearing clothing they sell. Did you notice that one of the kids has Down Syndrome?

Sometimes companies don't have to say anything to show support towards someone or something.

Here are a few things Target said by not saying anything:

  1. I love that they went with the natural approach. They didn't seek out the classiest kids on the block. They went for kids that are real. 
  2. They said that all kids shouldn't be separated because of their differences. 
  3. They showed support for kids that have disabilities.
  4. They showed that all kids can have fun with another.