What makes life with a baby smooth sailing and sanity-saving?
- Help from loved ones
- A few key gadgets and baby tools
- A routine (not a schedule)
I can’t figure out how to run a giveaway for number one, but here’s some help with the latter two!
I’m always excited to get connected with other moms running small businesses online, especially ones that support the natural life I choose and promote here at Kitchen Stewardship.
Heather Ledeboer, the boss over at Mom4Life, is a KS reader and contacted me after reading the natural sunscreen review and my recommendations. Not only does her online store stock natural sunscreens like Loving Naturals, but she offers a plethora of other items to support healthy baby and child care (and sanity-savers for moms).
Mom4Life carries some of my favorites, like a variety of slings for babywearing, Aden + Anais muslin swaddle blankets, and stainless steel lunch containers, so I decided to test out some unique items.
These leg warmers have a ton of uses, so I got a pair for Baby Jonathan and his big sister Leah. Although they say they’ll fit newborns, I have to say John’s legs don’t look anywhere near the right length quite yet for the “one size fits all” (but there is a special newborn size). I think they’ll be perfect when he’s a hip-carrying child, though, which is one of the major goals of the product:
Sweet little BabyLegs all over the world are being exposed to the chilly air because of gapiosis.
Gapiosis: The space between the sock and the bottom of the pant, often accentuated by being held in arms or by being placed in a carrier, stroller, or buggy.
They’re also darn cute for little girls in skirts. Leah wore them yesterday morning when it was chilly but forecasted to be 80F by afternoon, and they were just perfect. They stayed up well and she’s head over heels in love with them.
Leah’s are actually pink with stripes…but I can’t remember where I put them. Why would I have packed them into storage? “It’s all packed up,” is an unfortunate common phrase around here with our temporary living situation. Maybe they’re in the “fall/winter” box in the basement…Leah sure hopes so!
BabyLegs also fit my skinny-legged six-year-old boy, as they stretch nicely lengthwise. He says, “They’re soft, and really comfortable – I like them a lot!” He’s quite upset that he doesn’t have his own pair…perhaps he’ll borrow his little brother’s until John needs them this winter.
A bonus: they provide entertainment during a car ride. You can take them off, turn them inside out, put them on your arms, giggle about it, ETC. Just so you know.
My one caution – if you have a roly poly baby with gorgeous chunky baby legs, the BabyLegs product might be a little tight on the top.
Blush Tee Shirt Extender
This little item is as unique as it is versatile. From hiding the pregnancy skin that threatens to poke out between pants and shirt, to nursing with more modesty instead of showing off that belly to the world, to simply bridging the gap between the short T-shirts and low-rise jeans that fashion so rudely threw together, anyone of any age or state of life can find a reason to wear a Tee Shirt Extender.
I got to try it for about the last week of my pregnancy, which meant I wore it upside down: wider side up and narrower side down. At least in that way, you can’t wear it with slippery exercise shorts or it gets all bunched up. I have to say, though, I did appreciate that little bit of extra coverage at that stage of the game.
Now that I’m nursing, I often feel a draft on my belly flab and think, “Drat. I should be wearing that belly covering thing.” My problem is that I’m terrible at new routines. I always forget to wear it!
When I do remember, now that I can wear it right side up, it seems to stay where it belongs much better, even with slippery shorts. The Tee Shirt Extender is a very comfortable, soft, stretchy fabric, and it doesn’t bother me at all resting on my stomach – and I’m one who hates pants that land there, even over-the-belly maternity pants, so that’s saying something.
The hardest part, by the way, other than remembering to wear the doggone thing, is picking the right color to be versatile for your wardrobe.
I also ordered a super cute organic onesie that says “Eat Local” and has a graphic of a nursing babe; I love stuff like that!
And Now, to Get Organized
Simple Mom was one of the first handful of blogs I checked out when someone told me I should start a blog…and I didn’t actually know what that was! Tsh Oxenreider is a genius of successfully living the simple life and making it glamorous.
When many readers asked for a step-by-step system to getting organized, Tsh decided to polish up some of her most popular posts and add new content to round out 52 weeks of One Bite at a Time.
It starts with eating your frog, a post that I remember reading quite vividly (who wouldn’t?). The idea is to do your least favorite task FIRST during the day, and then the rest of the day you won’t be dreading that one.
Despite reading and remembering that concept, I’m terrible at it.
The 52 Bites, or projects to tackle, range from balancing your budget to green personal care to healthy kitchens (including my own homemade yogurt, so clearly it’s a winner of a book!). I’m thinking…I’m hoping…that I should really use this book, one week at a time, and try to get some routines that will help me feel less like I’m barely keeping my head above water and constantly chasing my tail (anyone else know that feeling?).
At 169 pages for only $5, not only is this book an incredible bargain, but it’s just an incredible resource. Read more HERE.
I’m thrilled to be able to offer one lucky winner a $50 gift certificate to spend at Mom4Life and FIVE others a copy of One Bite at a Time.
Just so you know, if you want to grab One Bite right now (it’s only 5 bucks!!) but are tempted to hold off because you’re an optimist and assume you’ll win, there’s no need to wait. Tsh will offer a refund for winners who have already purchased.
Giveaways at Kitchen Stewardship are run via a survey, which means comments on this post do not count (and will be deleted). In the long run, this is quicker for you if you go for extra entries.
CLICK HERE TO ENTER GIVEAWAY CONTEST. GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED; THANKS FOR ENTERING.
There are 6 possible entries! Here’s what you can do to win:
- *Mandatory entry: What product at Mom4Life would make your life simpler?
- *Mandatory no. 2: What chapter in One Bite do you want to taste first? (Click “download a sample” to view the table of contents)
small print: You may opt out of either or both mandatory entries, but it would be a nice gift to the sponsors if you’d give them a visit. Thanks!
- Subscribe in a reader or via email to Kitchen Stewardship (or tell me if you already do).
- “Like” Kitchen Stewardship on Facebook.
- Email 5 friends about this giveaway along with the link to it. (Email subscribers can forward their message.)
- Follow @kitchenstew and @simplemom on Twitter AND tweet this:
Getting organized w/@simplemom ‘s eBook (or have fun shopping for baby stuff w/$50 gift cert): #giveaway @kitchenstew http://bit.ly/n9GyCS
Remember, comments here DO NOT COUNT. You must use the survey form.
CLICK HERE TO ENTER GIVEAWAY CONTEST.– GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED; THANKS FOR ENTERING.
I will use random.org’s integer generator to choose the winner, who will be announced on the blog and will receive an email. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, September 9 and I’ll post the winners the following week.
Disclosure: I received products for my review at no charge, which of course did not affect my opinion in the least. I am an affiliate for both Mom4Life and One Bite, so any purchases made starting with these links will generate commission (but won’t cost you any more). See my full advertising disclosure here.
Official rules and small print stuff: 1) No purchase necessary to win 2) must be 13 or older to enter and have a mailing address within the sponsor’s boundaries (see above) 3) only one survey entry per person 4) odds of winning depend on number of entries 5) employees of Kitchen Stewardship, LLC or sponsoring company not eligible for participation 6) contest sponsored by Mom4Life and Simple Mom 7) prizes must be accepted as is and are not redeemable for cash 8 ) Kitchen Stewardship, LLC and sponsoring company are not liable for any injury or damage to persons and/or things as a result of the acceptance of the prize offered. 9) This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.