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We're back from the ABC Expo and can't wait to share some of our favorite Fun, New, Finds!

We loved the Guzzie and Guss Perch Hanging High Chair. If your you are tight on space or dining out, the guzzie+Guss G+G 201 Perch Hanging High Chair gives your little one place to sit at the table. The Perch Hanging High-Chair clamps onto most tables and folds up for easy storage. A convenient travel bag is included which you will be able to store under the seat when not in use. What also makes that chair so popular is its high back; it will give more comfort and support when your little one is leaning back.

We have teamed up with Guzzie and Guss to giveaway a Perch in teal!

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Even better, they have a bunch of instructional videos to ensure that you are using the Perch properly.

You can find even more videos here, here, here, and here.  

And look how easy it is to clean:

Postpartum Recovery

Postpartum Recovery. The overlooked, not so glamorous side of child birth. In addition to the hormone swings and newborn to take care of, mamas also must also deal with the after effects of actually giving birth. While this isn't something that is talked about with quite as much enthusiasm, I thought I'd share some of my favorite postpartum recovery essentials:

1- Granny Panties- Don't even think about real underwear. Big, cotton, breathable grannie panties are the way to go. You'll be stuffing them full of pads and icepacks and anything else that brings some relief. In the hospital they have mesh underwear so be sure to snag a few extra pairs. I promise you'll thank me later.

2- For Your Bottom- In my hospital they had Tucks Pads with witch hazel which helped soothe and cool everything. I combined this with the more all natural route of New Mama Bottom Spray by Earth Mama Angel Baby This is cooling, soothing perineal mist that helps ease discomfort of postpartum vaginal soreness and swelling, episiotomies and hemorrhoids.

3- Extra Heavy Super Absorbent Pads- The hospital will send you home with some, but many women will probably need a few more. Go for Always Maxi Overnight Extra Heavy Flow With Wings. In my opinion (and coming from someone with heavy periods) these are the most absorbent pads on the market.

4- Nipple Balm- Most mothers suffer from sore and cracked nipples in the first few weeks. We love Bamboobies Organic Nipple Balm! It helps relieve a bit of the pain and all ingredients are safe for ingestion by your breastfeeding baby.

5- Water Bottle- In addition to helping keep your milk up while nursing, water can do wonders for your body. Plus, it will help you get back to being regular with your bowel movements.

What are your top Postpartum Recovery Essentials?

We're back from the ABC Kids Expo and we've brought a surprise!  We are giving away a Motorola Digital 2.8" Video Baby Monitor - MBP33S!  This is an amazing digital Baby Monitor and includes Two-Way Communication, Infrared Night Vision, Room Temperature Display (always know the temperature in your baby's room), 5 Lullabies, Low Battery Alert, Out-of-Range Alert, Rechargeable Battery, Flip-Out Stand, Split-Screen Function with Use of Additional Cameras.  Yes we said a split screen function that can be used with additional cameras! 

Talk about peace of mind!

Enter to win below:

Chatbooks

As moms, we are constantly on the hunt for anything fabulous and anything that makes life easier. I don't know about you, but after my first baby I miserably failed at keeping up with baby books for my kids. Don't get me wrong, I'm pretty awesome at taking pictures with my smartphone and I will confess I have a slight addiction to Instagram. But actually getting those photos into any sort of book is where I find my disconnect. Enter CHATBOOKS.

Chatbooks

Chatbooks is an app that collects all your Instagram pics and prints them into 6 by 6 inch photo books. There’s one picture per page with your caption and each book is 60 pages. Then every time you hit another sixty pictures in Instragram, you get an email notifying you to look over your pictures and then they will automatically send you a new book. Yes I said automatically, as in you don't even have to think about it! And the best part? It only cost $6 per book and the shipping is FREE!  And don't worry if you aren't an avid Instagram user because Chatbooks offers a non-Instagram option as well.

We LOVE Chatbooks and are excited to partner with them for a giveaway. They are offering up a $60 Credit towards an Instagram Subscription. Enter to win below:

 

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Bamboobies ALS Challenge Accepted! Calling out all moms & The Leaky B@@bTheBabyGuyNYC and You! Lingerie to take the ALS ice bucket challenge!  Please accept our challenge and talk to your kids about ALS. For more information or to make a donation, please visit http://mda.org/ 


10 Tips and Tricks to help deal with Morning Sickness

Ahh morning sickness, or for some that deep and abiding stomach flu that lasts for three to four months straight. In my case, all-day sickness.  Nothing I tried was a magical solution. I mostly just had to suffer through it.  Check with your doctor before taking any medication to be sure it is safe.

To all of my pregnant sisters out there who are lying in bed near a bowl or toilet, here are some tips and tricks that I've discovered over the years that may give you 5 minutes of relief until the next bout hits.

1. DOCTOR PERSCRIBED MEDS: Some women swear by these, but I didn't find anything to be a "cure." Zofran maybe made me throw up less, but I still felt like I was about to puke my guts out 24/7, which was sometimes worse. Phenergan made me so deliriously sleepy that I couldn't function, and Reglen gave me crazy side effects. At 10 weeks I started having contractions and intestinal cramping because my body completely rejected it.

2. VITAMIN B6 and ½ UNISOM TABLET. Again, this combo didn't prove to do much for me, but I know it works miracles for others. For many it just takes the edge off. But beware, it might make you sleepy.

3. LEMON DROPS: For about four weeks straight, I popped lemon drops almost constantly to help with the nausea. And then of course I got incredibly sick of that taste being in my mouth. I don't know if I'll ever be able to suck on a lemon drop again, but I swear it helped.

4. FOUNTAIN SODA/LIMEADE: I'm not a natural soda drinker. But a fizzy fountain Sprite always helped a little.

5. STRING CHEESE: In those moments where I had to grab to eat something immediately, I usually went for string cheese. I could only live on pretzels and crackers for so long. I still grab string cheese in the evenings when the nausea hits and at this point it's usually (not always) enough to tide me over till bedtime.

6. AVOID THINGS THAT WON'T FEEL GOOD COMING BACK UP. I get into a different eating mentality when I'm pregnant. With everything I consume, I consider how bad the repercussions will be when the contents come back up. Salad and spicy food are the worst in my opinion. Just sayin' - think before you eat.

7. Avoid talking to anyone who was nauseous for one day and/or threw up once or twice during their pregnancies, and thinks they "know what you're going through." It just makes you want to punch them in the face.

8. AIRPLANE BARF BAGS: I've tried out a variety of barf receptacles, and airplane bags are the best. They fold up enough to put several in your purse, they are thick and hole-free, and they usually have a sealing flap to keep the contents contained until you can find a trash can.

9. FIND DISTRACTIONS: Even though I wanted to curl up and not leave the house, doing nothing for three months straight would have made me go crazy. I never felt up to it, but I still went to book club and playgroups and church and other outings. The time passed so slowly that any distraction I could find to fill the time was worth the effort. As long as I had my airplane barf bags close at hand.

10- PERSPECTIVE:  Without warning, pregnancy took over my life. And it should (well, if you're lucky, not the sickness part) for anyone who is growing a human being. Even though it seems like it will never end, I have two growing children that prove that it does indeed end. As hard as it is to endure, do the best you can to remember that it won't last forever. You'll have your body back again. You'll reestablish your normal routines and hobbies. You'll set new goals when you feel better. For now, give yourself a break and do what you need to do to survive, one day at a time. This too shall pass. I promise.

-Lindsay is a a kindergarten teacher turned yoga instructor turned web designer and mother to 3 boys with another on the way.  You can read more from her here and find some of her amazing blog designs here.

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• Does not absorb heat or moisture

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When I'm out and about and I walk by a mom breastfeeding her baby, I'm overwhelmed with emotions. I'm a little envious while at the same time glad that part of my life is behind me. I feel an instant connection to her. "I'VE BEEN THERE!" I want to shout. (creepy) I want to go up to her and give her a big hug(awkward). So I usually just walk by and give her a smile and maybe a thumbs up on brave days.

 

That was before. Now, I casually take a little card out of my purse. I walk over and with as little interruption as possible hand her the card. It felt strange at first, but now that I've seen the smiles and laughs these cards have generated, I get excited to give them out.

To celebrate Breastfeeding Awareness Month, we are giving away our NIP cards for free, while supplies last. So when you see a mom breastfeeding, give her a smile and hand her a card. I bet it will make her day!

Get your free pack of cards.

We are continuallyinspired by the women around us. The strength, the determination, and the incredible love these mothers have for their children is amazing. Recently we were able to meet one such mother, Michele Reyes.

The mother of 6 beautiful kids with the youngest just a month old and the oldest 9.

" I've enjoyed motherhood this last nine years with one arm. When I was 17 years old I lost my arm in a car accident. It's definitely been a challenge through motherhood but it hasn't made motherhood impossible by any means."

"My kids do great I almost felt like they came wired ready for me. They hold on to me and help me. I have enjoyed motherhood. It hasn't not had trials or difficulties just like any other mom, but I absolutely love being a mom."

After our meeting Michele at our photo shoot, I find myself thinking about her at different times in my day. Especially when I start feeling frustrated or losing patience. Her example helps me do a little better everyday..
 
When I'm unloading my car after going to Costco, I think "How does Michele do this?"
When I'm changing my squirmy baby, I think "How does Michele do this?"
When I'm doing my hair, and it's not cooperating, I think "How does Michele do this?"

Is there a mama that inspires you?



5 Superfoods for Breastfeeding Moms

1- OATS: a perfect whole grain, high-fiber, all-natural food. A bowl of oatmeal will keep you full for a long time after breakfast (which is important for mamas who are always on the move) -- and may help increase your milk supply. Oats are also high in iron. Low iron can cause issues with your milk supply so keep up your iron intake!

2- SPINACH:  chock-full of vitamins and minerals including: calcium, vitamin C, iron and heart-healthy antioxidants. It is also loaded with vitamin A, which your baby gets from your breast milk to ensure healthy development.

3- BERRIES: Berries are loaded with vitamin C, folate, and fiber. They are some of the most powerful disease-fighting foods available because of their high levels of antioxidants.

4-AVOCADOS: An abundant source of folic acid and vitamins E & C, it is rumored to increase lactation, as well!

5- CARROTS: enriched with carbohydrates and potassium, carrots help boost energy in breastfeeding mamas. They are rich in antioxidants an a vital source of beta-Carotene which is required by you during lactation period. 

While we know it isn't best to drink your calories, we know that many of us mamas don't always have time to make nutrition pack meals.  So here are a few Smoothie Recipes that use these SUPER FOODS to help:

Overnight Booby Smoothies  

Green Lactation Smoothie 

Cashew Banana Lactation Smoothie 

Orange Apple Green Fruit Smoothie

Green Lactation Smoothie

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