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Mountain Mama Clothing

6 May

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For the active mama to be it can be hard to find comfortable pregnancy clothing that is equally fashionable, so today I present Mountain Mama. With a great variety in colors, sizes and styles there is sure to be something here for everyone. Maybe your not the one pregnant maybe its your sister, cousin best friend then I encourage you to get a Mountain Mama gift certificate since they come in prices $25 – $150. Make sure to check out there clearance items for really good markdowns!

Keeping a Nursery Inexpensive

25 Apr

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With the economy as bad as it is and the unemployment rate not improving I think its most important to remember what babies need versus want and what they need is love, good health, and a few basic essentials to keep them safe while sleeping, eating, bathing and playing. Today’s article features some basic ways to maximize savings and have a wonderful nursery. I am sure this will work within everyone’s budget:

  • Paint – it really does wonders to a wall and for very little $, plus I love paint because its a simple DIY project (consider taping the wall for some stripes) – shop around for price just make sure the paint is NO VOC in the nursery.
  • Consider buying any item on sale and repainting it yourself – if you find the perfect lamp, chair, dresser at some estate/garage sale feel – just sand and spray paint it sometimes people will spend more $ on an item that is the perfect color and it can really add to the price of your nursery
  • Don’t buy expensive crib bedding – look for sales I always say start shopping as soon as possible so you have the longest amount of time to find the best bargains
  • Consider buying used clothes  there’s no shame in go to your local thrift store and buying lots of baby clothes on sale there, also check out the Goodwill and Salvation Army their baby clothes are very inexpensive make sure the clothes have no rips, holes, tares, or stains.
  • Consider using an adult’s dresser and just adhering the changing topper to it for a cheap changing table then when baby outgrows it you can remove it and still use it
  • As far as decorating goes pick a color scheme is easier to find bargains then let’s say a specific theme (Spiderman or Winnie the Pooh)
  • If your having a baby shower a hint people who told their guests the sex of the baby ahead of time were more likely to receive lots of clothes, onesies, socks, etc. Moms to be who said they were keeping the sex unknown (at least to guests even if the mom/dad to be knew) received less clothes and more diapers, baby car seat, high chair, etc. Why? Because most women going to a baby shower hate to buy the green/yellow neutral colors requested for “unknown” sex they rather buy that cute little pink dress or blue coat.
  • Don’t buy things labeled “baby” because often they are overpriced (e.g. The Diaper Genie and what not, if you want a trash pale in the babies room a simple stainless one like this will do just fine)

Please share anything you did for your baby’s nursery that you saved money on

Conceiving and Fertility

15 Apr

Today I am featuring some books about conception, it can be very hard for couples trying to conceive that really need and want to have a child and yet they are having trouble getting pregnant. Also, many women are having children later in life which can play an important role as well. Whatever the reason here are a books you should read whether your having a hard time conceiving your first child or another child I hope these books will help you.The first step to helping yourself though is to REDUCE STRESS. This may seem overly simple but I personally knew someone who had a daughter who was my age and waited 15 years before she had  her second child and no she didn’t have IVF or a surrogate she was able to conceive naturally, carry full term and deliver (why you ask well she had a high stress job, she went from one miscarriage to another and its was all very tolling on her both physically and emotionally eventually she switched jobs and reduced her stress and she did get pregnant and delivered a healthy baby girl.) Stress is a real problem it can affect ones ability to get pregnant, also make sure to be eating healthy, taking proper nutritional supplements, and consider alternative medicine (be open minded and see an acupuncturist.)  All the books below I posted are available via Amazon.com some stores like Barnes and Nobles may carry them as well however I felt you should be able to read reviews and check the prices to see which ones interest you.

Making Babies

The Infertility Cure

Taking Charge of Your Fertility

Restoring Fertility

The Fertility Diet

Not only will these books possibly help you but also read about FertiliTea (which is good for women trying to conceive) Read this blogger’s post about conception here

 

 

 

Top 100 Newborn Essentials

10 Apr

Your pregnant – Congratulations!

Whether this is your first child or fifth doesn’t matter I am sharing this list because I hope it proves helpful to some of you, parents who already have a child are fortunate enough to probably have some of the essentials still from their last baby. Here goes the Top 100 Newborn Essentials 

P.S. if you have used any of these products before please comment and share with us what ones you bought that you did or didn’t like or if you know a place to find some items at a discount

Bras for Pregnant & Nursing Moms

6 Apr

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The other day I was in Burlington and stopped by the “Baby Depot” section. I picked up one of their complementary magazines Baby Talk. You can get the issues for free just stop by your local Burlington Depot store and pick up a free magazine then send in the card inside for your free subscription. While reading the magazine I came across these bras that were featured for pregnant/nursing moms.

Here they are:

Beautiful Colorful Dresses

18 Mar

Often pregnant women find it harder than ever to look fashionable NOT frumpy. Pregnancy clothes can pose this challenge due to cuts, colors, and of course you want to look like your pregnant not a sack. So enjoy some of these beautiful dresses which can be perfect for date night with a spouse, an afternoon with girlfriends, or for entertaining at home.

First off this orange is just beautiful, but if you love bold colors your going to love this one for sure

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This dress is available from A Pea In the Pod and retails for $150.00

Another option is this dress from Motherhood Maternity it retails for $29.99 plus their having a B1G1 sale talk about great savings! This dress is great because it has both black & blue in it so you can easily pair it with a colorful scarf or sweater to coordinate.

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If purple is a favorite of yours feel free to check this one out from once again A Pea in the Pod it retails for $108.00

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Another more affordable option in pink is this one from Motherhood Maternity which retails for $36.98

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Pregnancy Essentials from Whole Foods Blog

17 Mar

So today I was reading this article on the W.F. Blog and it got me wondering what are your pregnancy essentials, please post a comment and share one thing or a few things that you just couldn’t live without during pregnancy.

Pregnancy and Fitness

27 Feb

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Exercising while pregnant (with your doctor’s permission first) is one of the best things you can do. When you exercise your blood flows better and this will help prevent muscle aches, regular workouts will help keep your muscles. Remember the better shape your in for labor the more strength and stamina you will have during delivery.  Staying active is the key to a fit pregnancy, so regardless of your finances you can take a walk at your local park or if outside weather is a challenge try mall walking (most malls open 1-2 hours in advance for mall walkers before stores open this is a great free service).

Maybe you prefer to work out in the quiet and privacy of your own home – this is especially great in the winter when its too cold to enjoy being outdoors or if your a already a mommy and have a small child at home this can be much more convenient. Here are some of my suggestions:

Denise Austin: Fit & Firm Pregnancy

10 Minute Solution: Prenatal Pilates (perfect for being short on time)

 

Baby Shower Gifts

20 Feb

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Baby shower gifts are always easier for the guests if they know the gender of the baby. However, there are plenty of gift options to give in case you don’t know the baby’s gender. Either way it’s important to give a gift that is useful, having a baby is a joy, but there are a lot of expenses so try and buy something that will be useful for the mom to be and will be something her or the baby will benefit from having.

Remember when going to someone’s baby shower there is NO amount of money you have to spend, only bring something you can afford to bring and don’t feel bad because of it. Gifts have no minimum or maximum price, the price of the gift will vary for each person based on their budget, circumstances, and relationship with the mom to be.

Here is a list of potential items to buy for a baby shower – no particular order of preference as you will see there is plenty of options for all budgets. I do recommend all natural or organic products for babies (okay, really everyone) remember the skin is our LARGEST ORGAN, and just because its natural or organic does not mean its expensive.

  • Go for the basics – diapers (buy more than 1 size)
  • Onesies – shop around for a good price – buy them in white (or color if you know the baby’s gender)
  • Do not buy items the baby really doesn’t need (lots of toys, or shoes) young babies can’t crawl, let alone walk they don’t need shoes. And people spend so much $ on toys for a new born and it’s a big waste of money.
  • Buy items which are disposable (meaning items mom will use, re-use and it will be gone) think baby wash, shampoo, etc. Here are some favorites: Cradle Scalp Rub, Diaper Cream, Baby Care Package
  • Do not purchase clothes for the baby in size Newborn, this is such a waste of money some babies outgrow the clothes in a couple weeks and now the new mom has a bunch of clothes to re-sell or donate. Buy the 3-6 month clothes for all newborns (better a little larger than tight)
  • Go for baby bottles, pacifiers, diaper bag, or wet/dry bags
  • If you want to make something consider buying fabric and making inexpensive baby washcloths I recommend this tutorial

Baby 411 Book

13 Feb

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Are you looking for a book for a soon to be mom, or maybe for yourself. This book answers so many questions and covers such a variety of topics. Go ahead and look inside the book – you can also order it from Amazon.