Freebies for Valentines Day

Free pair of Bamboobies (just pay shipping $2.95 US)

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PROMO CODE FOR A FREE NURSING COVER!

It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Go to www.uddercovers.com.
  2. Click on “Shop Now” and select any nursing cover or nursing cover gift set you like.
  3. Once you have made your selection, you’ll automatically be directed to the shopping bag. Enter the promo code “VALUC” and we will deduct 100% off the cost of the nursing cover or $35.00 off a nursing cover gift set. Shipping and handling fees are a separate charge.

Remember: the promo code is “VALUC” and you can use it MORE THAN ONCE – just open a new browser window each time you do!

 

Pick your favorite when you spend $75 or more, just enter the promo code.
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Free Birth Plan

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Free Comprehensive Guide to Herbs and Breastfeeding

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Cards for pregnant chicks!

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Cards from expectant mama’s

 

Let’s talk car seats

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One of the most important purchases you make for your child is their car seat. With so many brands available how do you pick the right one? Do you get the base or just use the buckle? Convertible or booster? So many options! My advice turn to The Car Seat Lady. This lady breaks it down and helps parents protect their precious cargo! Watch her videos on YouTube or follow her on FB.

Some tips to get you started via The Car Seat Cop aka Holly Wagner:

1. Don’t buy a used car seat.

2. Research one that’s right for your car and read the manual.

3. Find a certified child passenger safety technician to help install it and show you how to use it.

4. If you cannot find a tech in your area, go to http://cert.safekids.org.

5. Make sure the seat is rear-facing until the child is 2.

6. Adjust the chest clip to armpit level; at abdomen level, organs can be injured in a crash.

7. Make sure straps are snug and straight.

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Janusz Liberkowski is a name I have not forgotten when it comes to the car seat struggle. His heartbreaking story about loosing his daughter in an automobile accident and inspiration to save other children from this misfortune has stuck with me every time I buckle one of my kids in. He was the winner of American Inventor on ABC and though he had partnered with Evenflo to bring his invention to market this has yet to be accomplished and the partnership has since ended. He called his safety seat the Anecia Survival Capsule after his baby girl. Here is what the prototype looked like:

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The show revealed the product after some tweaking in the finale to look like this:

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To see it in action check out this YouTube video (sorry I couldn’t find one in English but you don’t need to hear it to see how it works).

Not sure about all you but I would be interested in testing this possible life saving invention out!

Here is an update to this post from last month, a new company has released  a prototype for a potentially lifesaving addition to the standard car seat. Check out all the details on their site Carkoon.

Ready to Pop

One of my favorite gifts to bring newbie parents in the hospital is Champagne. When our first child was born we brought a bottle with us and had the nurses put it in the fridge. After her birth we celebrated with intimate family and friends. It truly was a special way to welcome our new addition and one of my favorite memories of her birthday.  IMG_2154
This is one of the cutest bubblies I have found to bring the parents (especially if they have a girl). It is Barefoot brand and the little foot is just too precious. They also make mini bottles which are great if you don’t want to bring glasses to the hospital so everyone can have their own “baby” bottle.

Here is the gift tag I tie on the bottle. Enjoy 🙂

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Messing with God’s Plan

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*The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely my own and do not reflect that of any other contributor to Besties With A Blog.

I have been debating about posting this because I know it’s going to enrage many but it has been weighing on my mind since I saw a certain Facebook page. There is a couple in Utah that has been dealing with infertility for 8 years. They decided to use in vitro fertilization to conceive. Now they are expecting Quads. The whole page was about fundraising and media coverage which led me to think shame on you for using this to get your 15 minutes and bringing life into the world you can’t support. Now the new development is one set of twins has twin to twin transfusion syndrome and they had to be flown out to CA to do surgery ( another cost they can’t afford) which sounds like it went well.  In all of the post they say “send prayers” and “thank God” but it all seems a little hypocritical to me.

If they really believe in God maybe they should have taken their infertility as a sign that this wasn’t the path God had in store for them but instead they made a baby in a lab where I promise God was nowhere to be found. I have seen this story a hundred times where people have taken the miracle of life into their own hands and had complications every step of the way. When it starts to get rough the prayers soon follow but praying to God for a path he did not create for you seems senseless to me.  Maybe there is a reason you couldn’t conceive. It is beyond the scope of whether we can play god making children that otherwise wouldn’t exist but should we? Perhaps  your path was one of adoption or fostering but because doctors have the capability of offering you a child of your own image you abandoned these needs for a selfish egotistical route. Who are you really helping by IVF? Not the baby the drug addict burned with her cigarette that is now in foster care, not the little boy who lost both his parents to war and is living in an orphanage with less than 10 minutes of human contact a day, not that twin that isn’t receiving enough nutrients to survive due to TTTS. I really do wish the best for this family and I will pray for those unborn babies that did nothing had had no choice but I will not pray for those that so blatantly disregard consequences of playing God.  How many stories like this do we need to hear before realizing IVF is unbelievably selfish and it’s time to trust God?

It is situations like this that make me want to vote yes on amendments like Measure 1 taking away physicians ability to preform IVF (see this letter from Dr. Stephanie Dahl on the impact of Measure 1 to IVF). At the same time I would be voting to take away a women’s right to choose which I don’t agree with. Regardless this is not a pro-choice debate. It is a comment on how reckless physicians and want-to-be parents are becoming. Implanting multiple embryos when the patients/potential parents are in no way capable of providing for the number of embryos they are implanting not to mention the risk to mom and babies of this behavior. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should! The most recent post on their FB page was a photo of Jesus and more prayer talk, it disgusts me. You don’t get to pick and choose in what hour of need you turn to the lord and what time you turn to science. Their belief is faulty at best and their faith nonexistent as far as I can tell. Quadfather (as he has started calling himself) you really are a selfish miscreant douche!

John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not upon your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your path.”

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Psalm 118:8 “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”

Matthew 13:1-23 Two groups of believers are seen, one true and one false.

Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false prophets among you, who privately bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Jude 1:12-13 These people are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead. 13 They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever.

Here are some stories that are truly worth reading from people who aren’t looking for fame only sharing experiences and hope:

What It Looks Like To Let God Plan Your Family

But Why Does She Get Babies?

Making a Baby is the Hardest Thing I Have Ever Done

My Infertility Journey : Lessons Learned

Infertility, Miscarriage, and the Gospel

In Honor of National Breastfeeding Month

In honor of National Breastfeeding Month we our featuring a new item available in our Etsy shop. Nip (Nursing in Public) cards can be added to your order for $1.00 per set of 10 cards. These handy little trinkets are to be given to another mother that is nursing her child somewhere in public as a token of your appreciation for what she is doing to make nursing your baby commonplace. Breastfeeding your child is not some gross vulgar act that should be done shamefully hiding in the deepest darkest corner of the room. It should be the norm done whenever and wherever your baby needs it. Show your appreciation, acceptance and understanding to other moms making breastfeeding in public the new norm and share a nip. 

♥As an added bonus and because we love the message it sends for the month of August we will be including 10 cards free with every purchase! 

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World Breastfeeding Week 2014 Promos

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Hey all you breastfeeding mamas, check out these great offers in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week! 

 

http://buybamboobies.com/ has free pair just pay s&h

http://studio-peekaboo.com/store/ 20% off

http://www.figure8maternity.com/ 20% off nursing tanks and bras

http://www.babiesrus.com/

http://www.babiesrus.com/category/index.jsp?categoryId=2256161&ab=BRU_Header:Utility3:Feeding:Breastfeeding:Home-Page 20% off harmony pillows and all pumps

http://www.needbrands.com/index.php/products/ For the entire month of August we are offering 20% off your Need Brands order. Simply use the promo code NBM2014 during your checkout each and every time you …

http://www.duematernity.com/nursingclothes.html FREE Bella B Baby product with nursing purchase

http://www.bebeaulait.com/ 10% when you enter your email

NursingPillow.com  FREE Nursing Pillow promo code HIP2SAVE just pay shipping

BreastPads.com 10 FREE Pairs of Breast Pads with the exclusive promo code HIP2SAVEBABY at checkout just pay shipping

http://www.hotmilklingerie.com/ Free Shipping

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Here are some sites with great nursingwear but no official Breastfeeding week deals however be sure to checkout their clearance/outlet sections 🙂

http://shop.boobdesign.com/

http://http://www.snugabell.com/products/sale/on-sale-pumpease

www.thedairyfairy.com/shop/

http://www.bravadodesigns.com/

http://www.cakelingerie.com/sale-items

http://www.jellystonedesigns.com/index.php/shop/clearance?page=shop.browse&category_id=11

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Here are some great resources to check out in celebration of Breastfeeding Awarenenss:

http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/events/meetings/2014/world_breastfeeding_week/en/

http://www.llli.org/

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Maternity Shoot

 

prego2Many women hate their pregnant bodies, these changes are not met with feelings of beauty and the glow that other’s talk about is not so much a glow as sweat from lugging around the extra pounds. A maternity shoot with a professional might help you see the new you in a more endearing light. I know the last thing you think you want to do is memorialize this image of the oversized you forever by getting it on film but when you look back you will be glad you did. A few weeks after baby is born and you look down and no longer see anything except the floor there will be a moment of joy then a brief fleeting moment of sadness for the empty womb you so carefully protected for the past nine months. Every women should have at least one great pregnancy picture. So you’ve decided to take the plunge and capture your bump for eternity, you’re going to do a maternity photo-shoot. Now what? Here are some tips to get you that great baby belly shot:

What clothing should I bring to my photo shoot?

  • Wear anything you feel comfortable in and LOVE. Normally you should avoid patterns, stripes and plaids unless you love them and they are a true representation of your personality, however for a maternity shoot sometimes stripes and chevron patterns help to emphasis the baby bump.
  • Pick solid colors: white, black, brown, gray. Avoid bright pink and yellow as the tend to wash you out.
  • Pants – jeans (any color), black pants (yoga pants work well)
  • Necklines – select v-necks, squarenecks, turtlenecks or deep scoop necks. Women should avoid manly necklines and stay away from crewnecks.
  • Sleeves – Long-sleeved shirts tend to be the most flattering, but sleeveless and spaghetti straps also work. Women should avoid t-shirt length sleeves as they draw attention to the arms unless they have beautiful, sculpted or very thin upper arms.
  • Fabrics – look for clingy, not necessarily tight, fabrics with a little stretch. Ruched clothing helps with this effect.
  • Shirts – big, white, button-down rumpled man’s shirt. Any shirt or cardigan that opens down the front works well.
  • Tanks – anything clingy, fitted or stretchy in solid colors (white, black, red, blue…)

What else should I bring to my photo shoot?

  • You can bring a stuffed animal, flowers, baby shoes or an outfit, ultrasound photo, maternity sash or ribbon. Really anything that has meaning to you and your baby works great.
  • Some more unusual items are wedding veils, belly buds or headphones, henna, native cloth or cultural dress items.
  • Check with your photographer to see what if any props are offered

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What preparations should I make?

  • Get a manicure and a pedicure a day or two in advance
  • Wear makeup! Some photographers offer packages that includes makeup, you’ll get the best results if you visit a makeup center prior to your shoot. Check out Make up ideas for photos for a better idea of how to prepare.
  • Don’t wear anything binding to the shoot to avoid marks on your skin. This includes bras with underwires, ribbed socks, sunglasses, hair bands or tight bracelets on your wrist.
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Once you’ve decided to take the plunge just remember to relax and enjoy yourself the photographer will handle the rest!

Here are my favorite shots from being pregnant with Trinity and Ryder:

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With Trinity

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With Ryder