Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Aunt LaLa's Log . . . It's a must for "moms-in-the-know"
It was a pleasure to review Aunt LaLa's Log book. For those soon-to-be moms, trust me, you will absolutely need some way to record your baby's info. It's important to track feedings (and if you're breast-feeding which side), diapers, naps and whatever else you may think helpful.
Tracking these things will so help you keep your sanity. I remember trying to recall which side I had last breast-fed Camille. I was so loopy during those first few months that I could barely recall my husband's name. I think for a while there I simply referred to him as 'hey'. Looking back, I really wish I had something to help me track all of this. Oh, the brain power I could have saved!
Then, we were supposed to keep track of diapers for Camille's doctor. She always asked how many wets and solids and, after my husband and I stared dumbly at each other for about 2 minutes, I'd have to pull some number out of my rear. Not fun.
Seriously though, having a record is truly helpful when someone else needs to watch your baby. Whether it's grandma while you take some mommy-time and grab a latte or it's the nanny because you need to go back to work, having a log of what's going on with your baby is invaluable. It ensures that all involved will stay on the same page. We won't have to rely on memory or notes and hope we don't forget something.
The books themselves are really nice. The two sisters, Deena and Lisa, created a wonderful tracking system. Each book contains 90 days worth of daily logs. There also includes a “general info” page with critical contact information and a simple growth chart as well as a “runny noses and ouchies” page so that you can track any illness or injuries.
I love that you can go onto their website and pick the cover design that best appeals to you. You can choose a girl or boy fabric or browse their "it's a surprise" section. They even have a book for twins!
All of this is what makes it a great buy. My advice, buy it before you have your baby. Or Aunt LaLa's Log will make a wonderful baby shower gift.
Check out their site: http://rosiebear.com
Monday, April 20, 2009
Check out local MOMpreneur and cool business . . .
Operation Showers of Appreciation - Kimberly Felshaw
Kimberly has really gone above and beyond with her goal to help bring much needed baby items to our military families. For me, going into business for myself, I wanted to find a way to give back to my community. I wanted to find a charity that spoke to my heart. When I went searching I found Kimberly. She truly impresses me with her ability to make things happen for others as well as home with her family. And I couldn't wait to get involved. "The Operation Showers of Appreciation mission is to honor our military families in a unique way by showering them with gifts for their newborn babies, providing support during difficult times, and letting them know the many sacrifices of both the families and military members are appreciated."
It doesn't get any better then that.
Here's a little more about Kimberly:
A: Going through a personal life changing event in my family and receiving assistance like what we offer is our main motivation for starting Operation Showers of Appreciation.
Q: What is the hardest part about owning your own business?
A: The hardest part is juggling work and being a stay at home mom. I always thought it would be easier than "going to the office" but I was wrong. I think this is a bit harder.
Q: What is your business's biggest draw for San Diego folks?
A: We offer assistance to military families which make a very large percentage of San Diego as well as offer all San Diegans a chance to show their support to our local military and their families.
Q: Do you have any advice for expecting families?
A: Take a deep breath. You have to take in everything and cherish every moment you can, the good and the bad. When you see those eyes looking up at you and that tiny little hand wrapped around your finger, your entire world changes at that moment.
Contact Kimberly at:
Essential Baby Planner has pledged to donate a portion of our proceeds to aid Kimberly in her mission. If you'd like to help and donate time, money or supplies please feel free to contact either Kimberly or myself. Thanks San Diego!
Are You Expecting Your FIRST Baby?
If you're pregnant with your FIRST child, you could be a part of Ellen's annual Mother's Day Show in May! Tell us why you deserve tickets to this very special show -- first-time moms-to-be ONLY please!
Here's the link: http://ellen.warnerbros.com/show/respond/?PlugID=162
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Celebrate Earth Day with Babies in Bloom!
Join us on April 18th as we celebrate Earth Day. There will be free classes, information and giveaways.
·All Day - Build a PlanToys Eco House puzzle with your child to take home, along with other free PlanToys treats. We will also have a drawing for a $25 PlanToys gift certificate!
·10:30 - 11:00 am - Simple Ways to " Go Green" with Your Baby - easy to do and better for our planet!
·11:00 - 11:45 am - Create a Healthy Nursery: Did you know that there are things that you must not do when decorating your baby's nursery? Did you know that certain products can adversely effect the health of your baby and family for up to 6 years?! Come and meet Christine Bryant (owner of Spotted Moon Murals & Paint) and Carrie (the Essential Baby Planner) and learn about the Top 5 Biggest Mistakes Mom's Make When Decorating and Preparing for their New Baby. Plus learn about some great decorating tips that can help you turn your child's room into the imaginary world of their dreams.
·12:00 - 12:45 pm - Diapering Decisions: Is cloth diapering really better for your baby, your wallet and our earth? Come in and see for yourself!
·1:00 - 3:00 pm - Henna San Diego will be here to create a beautiful henna design on your hand, ankle or pregnant belly. It's a beautiful way to celebrate!
Our boutique is located next door to David's Bridal at
1988 Hacienda Drive, Vista, CA 92081
Yep, that's right . . . that's me providing a few tips along with Christine on how to go green in your nursery. Come by and say hi!
good for kidz
good for the planet TM
After eight months of development I'm excited to announce the official launch of my new online store, Natural Kidz!
I'm thrilled to have fulfilled some orders already and have received great, positive feedback regarding our ordering/shipping process.
For the month of April, I am offering a special discount for Friends & Family. To receive 30% off simply input coupon code launchsale when prompted during checkout. Feel free to tell YOUR friends and family about this special offer too.
Greetings!WHEN: Saturday April 25th, 2009 12- 2pm event,open all day 10am-6pm
WHERE: Dress for the Nines in the uptown shopping center next to Barry’s Boot camp.
1220 Cleveland Avenue Suite M111
San Diego, CA 92103
(SAN DIEGO) APRIL 25TH, 2009 FROM 12-2PM IS THE GRAND OPENING PARTY FOR DRESS FOR THE NINES-INFORMAL MODELING, GIVE-A-WAYS, GIFT BAGS, TRUNK SHOW, REFRESHMENTS AND NIBBLES.
In store Trunk Show Featuring the French Sisters all the way from Paris (www.frenchsister.com ). The French Sisters will be displaying and selling their new summer accessories.
Our neighbor Terra Restaurant (www.terrasd.com) will provide refreshments and nibbles. Terra Restaurant will have some healthy eats and non-alcoholic mommy drinks,that are sure to delight!
Moda models wearing 9-month bellies will informally model summer maternity trends.
In store give-a-ways all day long sponsored by Ashley Duchene of Ventana Kids (www.ventanakids.com ). Ventana Kids specializes in kids; maternity, and family photography will be donating a FREE in studio photo session.
Studio 1220 boutique another great neighbor will be having their $19.00 sale all day long as well!
Other Give-a-ways will include items from Dress for the Nines, Style Child, Essential Baby Planner gift baskets, Terra Restaurant; Barry’s Bootcamp, Ventana Kids and goodie bags!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Urbanity . . . Let the celebration begin
I was contacted by Micki Ahrens, the Marketing Director from Urbanity to see if I would like to review their products. I love reviewing stuff so I jumped on it. And I'm happy I did. The Urbanity samples I received were super cute. The paper quality is top notch and the fact that they have a 300+ design inventory makes it easy to find something to love.
So, I checked out their site. Really nice interface, love the color and its not complicated. I could see right away where I need to go to find the baby announcements. As I was scrolling through the selections, I saw some great designs. Ones I would be happy to recommend to my clients.
Urbanity also let you choose some neat DIY invitations. I love this option. Being a super picky computer geek, I'm all for the freedom of finding my own special font and phrasing. I was sent a 3D crib with a printable rug, the cutest little chickadee holding a printable circle (my personal fav) and an adorable printable baby bib with ribbon.
Shopping at Urbanity, you get to customize the color to match anything from your event colors to the color of your nursery for free, choose different sized to match your budget, discounts on bulk orders and a free e-proof with your order or even before you place an order! They'll also work with you if you'd like a completely custom design. How great is that?
Speaking of great, Urbanity products have been featured in O magazine - as one of Oprah's favorite things and Modern Bride - top 100 things we love. Can't beat that for a recommendation!
Overall, I loved what I saw. Those DIY invitations were def my favorites though.
If you've used Urbanity I'd love to hear what you have to say - good or bad. Moms want to know!
I just got a hold of this article and I had to write about it. I'm an ultra techie parent and writing just ain't my thing. If I can type it in I'm sold. So when I saw this sweet 'baby tracker' application, my pulse started racing and my endorphins started dancing.
Now, Trixie isn't only for the iPhone. It can actually work with any web-enabled phone out there as well as work on your browser. It's super cool because now all the most important people in your baby's life can share info and keep each other up to date by simply going on the web.
"Rich, informative charts and striking visualizations help you better understand your amazing baby’s needs and daily rhythms. Trixie Tracker can be shared online so that parents, family and caregivers can communicate with each other. Lets you track: - sleep schedules - diaper changes - bottle and breastfeeding - solids - pumping - milk inventory - medicine doses (apple)"
Check out a free trial on the "Trixie Tracker" website.
*Click here for original article
Thursday, April 9, 2009
We are sorry to share the news that we are going out of business. Please see our site for a store wide inventory clearance. Thank you to all of you for the years of fun and service! Use code closing4 for 50% reduction. Please see our BLOG for more details. Each week we will reduce the price further.
We hate to see another great store close but I think buying from them now helps them offload their inventory and gives up some super bargains.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
With Love Outlet Sale!
Petunia Pickle Bottom is doing it again! They host an outlet sale where part of the proceeds goes to a charity. This sale will benefit March of Dimes.
Spread the Love.
PPB will march with thousands teaming up for healthy babies!
So when you select that perfect Petunia product for someone special this Mother's Day, a portion of the proceeds from every purchase will raise sponsorship money for the Petunia team of walkers. You can be a sponsor, too. Better yet, you can march with us by joining Team Petunia.
Register for the event on their site at http://www.petuniaoutlet.com/register/
SALE STARTS: April 16th 8:00am PST
SALE ENDS: April 22nd Midnight PST
I got some great deals during their last outlet sale. Try a boxy diaper bag for $55! If you're in the market you can't miss this sale!
Earth Day Coupon!!!
At Fleurville, Earth Day (April 20th) is one of our favorite days. As many of you know, Fleurville has been quietly leading the industry in awarness of environmental issues in parenting accessories. We have been the only PVC/LEAD-Free company in the industry for 4 years running. In fact, just this year the US Congress finally raised standards through the Consumer Product Safety Administration to make industry standards comply with Fleurvilles'. It feels great to have been offering our green alternatives for years, and we welcome other companies to join us in doing the right thing for their customers and our planet.
Further, our business practices are certified 'green' by the leading certifcation company in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our light bulbs, paint, cartpet, recycling practices, etc. are all environmentally friendly. Are we perfect, not yet! However, we do strive everyday to do more for our families, neighbors and customers.
Help us celebrate Earth Day this month with a 20% off coupon for our eco-friendly accessories! Fleurville has been leading the charge in environmentally friendly bag design for more than 4 years!!! Get a head start on your Mother's Day shopping and enter "EARTHDAY20" at checkout and start saving now through April 30th
EBP loves how 'green' they're going!
Join us for 31 Cent Scoop Night at ® and help us honor America's firefighters with a $100,000 donation to the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) National Junior Firefighter Program. Participating stores will reduce prices of small ice cream scoops to 31 cents*. At some locations, you may also have an opportunity to make a donation to local fire charities.
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Time: 5pm – 10pm
Baskin Robbins 31 cent Scoop Nite!
Other then cupcakes, ice cream is Camille's fav treat! So, yeah we'll be there cuz . . . we're pushovers. :)
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Friday April 17, 2009
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Scripps Mende Well Being-UTC
Come celebrate our beautiful earth and protect our greatest! Parents, here’s your chance to turn in books your child will not read again and get free ones in the process! It’s also a great way to “reduce, reuse, and recycle.” The swap will be accepting gently used children’s book for which you can pick an equal quantity of books to take home.
This super event is being hosted by Parent Connection. Come and check it out, I know I will.
Arbornne International - Arbonne Skin Care Consultant
Kia Maize really knows her stuff. We met back in the fall of '08 at a JDC Women's Networking event and instantly started talking. She told me all about her decision to become an Arbonne consultant full time and how she whole-heartedly believes in the products. Kia assured me that everything is botanically based, never tested on animals and certified vegan! I was sold. Not only are the products great but Kia's bubbly personality draws you in and you end up wondering where the time went.
Here's a little more about Kia:
A: What motivated me to start my own Arbonne business was that I wanted to make my own hours and have the financial freedom that I choose to have. Also, I believe in the product and this is my opportunity to help people feel better about themselves inside and out.
Q: What is the hardest part about owning your own business?
A: If I had to choose. Introducing my business to the cold market. It's hard work but rewarding at the same time. When you love what you do it is not hard work.
Q: What is your business's biggest draw for San Diego folks?
A: Health and wellness using pure, safe and beneficial products for your whole family. San Diego folks are looking for safer alternatives to their health and wellness and my business offers that guarantee. Also, people are in tough times right now and Arbonne is a great way to supplement your income along side your current job, and for some, like myself, it will replace your current income. You will feel and look better in every aspect of your life.
Q: Do you have any advice for expecting families?
A: Having a family is a big responsibility and a huge reward at the same time. Be sure to raise your children in a positive and loving environment. Be a parent first, not a best friend. Have boundaries and do what you say your going to do. Your children will respect that later. Remember...your children are individuals and will have different interests than you and their siblings. Support them as they grow into who they will become. They are awesome!
Contact Kia at:
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Now that my daughter's getting a little older and she finally gets what a princess is, we've been tossing around the idea of throwing her a fab b-day party. Now, if any of you know me then you'll realize what a crazy undertaking this would be for me. First of all I'm super lazy, I really only like my kid (trying to manage a room full would just about kill me) and I hate cleaning. If you're like me then the only thing that would make you take on a project like this, besides a wad load of money, is to see your baby's eyes light up.
They pretty much satisfy every one of my bad qualities.
1) Moms and Dads only need to plan a few things. The party date, what food to bring, what drinks to bring and the cake. Voila . . . party done. BB&T hosts the whole thing. They'll make your invitations, do party activities and make goody bags for everyone. They also supply all the paper plates, cups, napkins and utensils.
Check out the pirate ship and castle! How fun would it be to party and eat pizza in one of those?
2) Moms and Dads can sit back and let the BB&T hostess handle everything. You can be as involved as you want to be. No questions asked and no side ways glances. It's totally up to you if you want to dance the hokey pokey . . . or not.
3) They do all the cleanup!!! Nothing else to say about that.
And I'm speaking from experience. Camille and I were recently invited to a Dress up and Stuff an Animal theme party. It was fabulous! My daughter was the youngest at 22mo but the ages of the kids ran the spectrum to about 11yrs old. The hostesses were great with all of them. Running around tickling the big kids and sitting quietly with Camille while she played the piano for 10 mins.
Megan even cut up Camille's pizza into bite size pieces - exactly what I would've done!
The girls got to dress up as princesses and the boys as pirates.
We even got to stuff an animal! Molly went through almost every animal in the shop to make sure Camille would be happy with her Pinky teddy bear. These girls are really great.
You can find Bears, Buddies & Toys at:
the Santee Trolley Center
(Across From Target)
9832 Mission Gorge Road
Santee, CA 92071
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
The Parent Connection selects me for this month's Mom on the Move!
Check out a great interview that tell a little more about me, my family and my faves. This was a fun interview and I was happy to provide all the details they needed.
San Diego Parent - Mom on the Move
Thx to Ciara Cusseaux for the photo!
By: Tiffany Forte, Photo: Juicyimages
New moms need all the help they can get—and sometimes they are willing to pay for it. Hence the birth of a new trend: the baby planner. These for-hire “assistants” are coming to the rescue with services like babyshower coordinating, meals during pregnancy, arranging the nursery, sending out birth announcements, even babyproofing your home. They can also help you figure out essentials like what kind of child care to enlist and which nursing cream to use. While various packages of services do seem pricey, with costs ranging from about $100 to $600 or more, they may be worth considering. “Working women understand the value of support services and may be used to outsourcing in order to manage their busy lives,” says Linda Murray, editor-in-chief of Babycenter.com. A baby planner may be an option to help you stay organized and enjoy your maternity leave before heading back to the office. If cost is an issue, Murray suggests asking for these services as a shower gift. With a Web search, you can find baby planners across the nation in cities from Los Angeles to Boston.Thanks to Working Mother for the article!