Sweet Tiny Blessings

Month: January 2014

Milk Nursingwear {Review and Giveaway}

I wrote this post on behalf of Milk Nursingwear and received a promotional item to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding Milk Nursingwear and the maternity lounge set are my own and were not influenced by outside sources.

As I prepare for baby number two, one item that will be beneficial for me while breastfeeding, is nursing pajamas.  With Baby C, I just wore a t-shirt.  And since we struggled so much, it was just easier for me to take it off.  So I wanted to find something that would be more convenient for those night time feedings.

Milk Nursingwear provided me with exactly what I was looking for.  New or soon-to-be moms will find everything they need to look great and feel comfortable while nursing at Milk Nursingwear. You can purchase nursing tops, dresses, sleepwear, bras and so much more at affordable prices.

I received the Versatile two-piece lounge set and absolutely love everything about it.  This set is so comfortable that I can wear it all day long, from sleeping to running errands.  It’s a two piece set, so it’s easy to mix and match.

The stretchy material allows me to wear it during pregnancy and afterwards, when I am ready to breastfeed.  I also appreciate the quarter length nursing top because I can wear it and be comfortable in any weather.

You can purchase the same nursing sleepwear I received for $62.00 (currently on sale for $51.99) or choose from a variety of other nursing clothing and accessories at MilkNursingwear.com.  Stay connected with Milk Nursingwear on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates and deals.

Milk Nursingwear is giving away a $45.00 electronic gift certificate to one blessed reader!  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  This giveaway is open to US residents only.

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31 Weeks Pregnancy Update

Oh!  How I look at this face and just want to cry tears of joy.  How precious is he?

This ultrasound was taken last Thursday at our Perinatologist appointment.  He is my little trooper. According to the ultrasound, I have scar tissue on my uterus that has formed a bridge over my cervix. At this point, he is unable to move any of his body parts below the scar tissue and is sitting horizontally.  This makes us both very uncomfortable and most likely we will have to plan for a c-section.
We also found out that our little guy’s left kidney is still enlarged.  We have been referred to a specialist at Children’s hospital.  Once he is born, he will receive antibiotics and an ultrasound to determine what the next steps are.
I’ve been worried and scared on so many different levels since this ultrasound.  I’m scared of surgery and recovery.  And I’m worried about what this means for our innocent, baby boy.  But I also know there are blessings in every situation.
If the scar tissue wasn’t found, I can’t even imagine the long and painful labor I would endure.  And if the swelling of our baby’s kidney wasn’t found, we would bring this little guy home and be at a loss for what could be wrong.  I am so thankful that these issues were detected early.
Even though we live thousands of miles away from family and  most of our friends, they have surrounded me with encouraging thoughts and prayers that has reminded me of God’s truths.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

Unstoppable {Review and Giveaway}

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.  Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
Why does God let bad things happen to good people?  This is the question that Kirk Cameron (yes, that same good looking guy from Growing Pains) creatively teaches on in the movie, Unstoppable.  
About The Movie

The movie was inspired by the death of Kirk’s close friend who died of cancer at the young age of 15. Cameron takes his viewers on a hope-filled journey to help us better understand the big question, “Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?”  He starts from the very beginning, where good and evil first came from and helps us to consider where pain and suffering comes from in our lives.  
Unstoppable was only in theaters for two weeks and sold over 260,000 tickets!  What a great message that reached so many people.  And if you are wondering what Kirk Cameron is up to now, he and his wife are founders of Camp Firefly.  A place where seriously ill children and their families are provided an all-expense paid retreat.  Kirk and his wife live in California with their six children.
Visit Unstoppable‘s official website and stay connected on Twitter and Facebook!  Propeller Consulting is giving away one copy to one of my blessed readers.  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  This giveaway is open to US residents only.

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Natural Resources To Increase Milk Supply

When I was pregnant with Baby C, I was very insecure when it came to being a mother.  I read several books and went to many classes, but never felt like I was good enough.  My biggest goal was to be able to breastfeed her, but we struggled with that from the beginning and had to give it up after 3 weeks because of our illness.

I know that with a newborn, there will be some challenges.  But I feel much more confident this time around, maybe because I know a little more of what to expect.  Or because I’ve learned a lot more than the books and classes ever taught me.  
With all my heart, I want to succeed at breastfeeding our little man.  Even before I knew I was pregnant, I started researching natural ways to increase milk supply.  I compiled some of them here in hopes that it will be a good resource for all of us mommies.

Natural Resources To Increase Milk Supply

1. Alfalfa – one of the most nutritious herbs, is known to increase the fat content in breast milk.  
2. Protein – it is extremely important to have adequate amounts of protein when breastfeeding.  It can be found in many foods, but my favorite source of protein comes from my morning shakes.  I have read that nursing mothers need 20 grams more protein a day then they did before pregnancy to support milk production.
3. Lactation Cookies – Kassandra, from Homespun Aesthetic, shares her favorite cookie recipe to boost milk supply and shares info on why it helps to do so.  

4. Breastfeeding Tips – these are 8 great breastfeeding tips for moms, from Chrystal at Happy Mothering.  I’m sure many of us can share in the struggle of learning to breastfeed for the first time.

5. More Milk Suggestions – Brittany, the author of The Pistachio Project, offers more wonderful tips to increase milk supply with her third baby.

6. Breastfeeding Place – this is an amazing site where you will find helpful information on all things related to breastfeeding.  From producing more milk to breastfeeding multiples, you will want to check out this website for sure.

What other natural tips have worked for you to increase your milk supply?

Gimme Shelter Movie Tickets {Giveaway}

I wrote this post on behalf of PartnerHub.com and received information to share with my readers.

Being a mother is the toughest job in the world.  But imagine you are young, homeless and without a family to lean on for support.  That’s what happened to Agnes “Apple” Baily.

Gimme Shelter is based on a true story, starring Vanessa Hudgens, from High School Musical. “Apple”, a 16-year-old teenager, sets out to find her biological father and is forced into the streets in a journey of survival.  Click here to watch the trailer and learn more about the movie.

Gimme Shelter received 5 stars, the highest rating, from the Dove Foundation.  This movie hits theaters Friday, January 24th.  And you have a chance to win 2 tickets!  Each household is eligible to win (1) one pack of (2) two AMC movie tickets via blog reviews and giveaways.  If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.  Open to US residents only.  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter. 

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Twirly Girl {Review and Discount Code}

I wrote this post on behalf of Twirly Girl and received a promotional item to thank me for my time. All opinions regarding Twirly Girl and the Truly Tankful Dress are my own and were not influenced by outside sources.

Does your little girl love to dress up, play and pretend?  Baby C loves to dress fancy and pretend she is a princess. Crown, sunglasses, necklaces and all.  So I knew Twirly Girl, fun for play and girls party dresses, would be a perfect fit for her carefree personality.

Cynthia created Twirly Girl for her daughters’ unique and fun fashion sense, inherited by herself.  She needed to create party dresses for girls that were fancy enough for a ball, but comfortable enough for play. Girls party dresses that she just couldn’t find in any store.

Baby C received the Truly Tankful Dress in Lollipop Dreams.  Her eyes lit up when we opened the beautifully packaged dress.  She slipped it on quickly, but choose to wear it backwards.  That’s what is so great about these beautiful dresses though, they are fun either way.  She twirled and whirled and paused for me to take a few pictures.

The Truly Tankful Dress slips on and off easily.  Which is perfect for any toddler who is learning to dress herself.  The super soft fabric makes it comfy to wear, anywhere.  And the colors are obviously a work of art.  The Truly Tankful Dress comes in many different styles.
Twirly Girl provides girls party dresses, like these, in so many gorgeous styles  and sizes.  You’ll be able to find something perfect for your sweet girl.  Twirly girl also offers skirts, tops, bottoms and accessories that are just as beautiful.  
There are so many reason to love Twirly Girl.  It’s comfortable, not itchy and scratchy.  It’s unique, you won’t find anything like it.  Twirly Girl dresses are just the right fit with added growing room. These dresses definitely make any event fun.  And Twirly Girl is built to last through playtime and multiple washes.  
You can purchase the same dress Baby C has for $41.00 (currently on sale for $26.50) or choose your favorite product at TwirlyGirlShop.com.  Use coupon code FUN52TG to receive 15% off your order.  Input your code into the Coupon Code box at checkout.  This code expires in 60 days.  It does not apply to sale items, gift certificates or Design Your Own Dress feature.  
Stay connected to Twirly Girl on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest designs, specials and updates! 
What is your favorite Twirly Girl product? 

30 Weeks Pregnant

Where has the time gone?  I can’t believe in about 10 weeks, I will be holding my little man in my arms.  And Baby C is getting more and more excited.  She’s been putting her baby stuffed monkey in the baby swing and rocking him to sleep.

I’m feeling different everyday.  It’s hard for me to be on my feet for too long, but it’s hard to sit for too long too.  Some days my ribs hurt and some days my back hurts.  I’m so glad that I decided to see the chiropractor.  It has made such a difference.  
Just after I posted my Nursery Chaos, I took Baby C’s old clothes to a consignment shop.  As I walked in, I saw a nursery set very similar to what I was looking for, but even cuter.  And the best part, it was like new and cost me way less then I would have paid in the store.  It’s the Carter’s Monkey Rockstar Set.  Isn’t it so cute?  God certainly had me at the right place at the right time.  
Now I’m looking forward to putting our little man’s room together.  And I’m also excited about our next ultrasound next week.  Praying he is growing healthy and strong!
What was your favorite trimester?

My Blog Makeover {Review and Giveaway}

I wrote this post on behalf of Sweetie Baby’s Designs.  I received a discount in exchange for my time. All opinions are my own and were not influenced by outside sources.

You might have seen a few changes around here recently.  With a new year and a baby on the way, I was ready for a little spruce up on my blog.  And if you are wondering who is behind this beautiful work, it’s Leslie, from Sweetie Baby’s Designs!

Like me, Leslie is a former teacher turned stay-at-home-mommy.  She created Sweetie Baby’s Designs when she couldn’t find a template that she loved for her blog, Lambert’s Lately.  Her business started to grow as friends requested help on their blog designs, as well.  In the past four years, she has designed close to 400 blogs.

I’m so satisfied with the hard work Sweetie Baby’s Designs has put in to creating my vision for my blog.  Leslie was so patient with me as I made changes throughout the design process.  And her package prices are so reasonable, that it was easy to find exactly what I was looking for at a price I could afford.

Sweetie Baby’s Designs creates for blogger format blogs.  Whether you are looking for a clean, sleek design or scrapbook and photo-centered design, Leslie will be sure to capture what you are looking for.  Check out Sweetie Baby’s Designs portfolio to see her creative style.

Sweetie Baby’s Designs wants to bless one of my readers with a $25 credit towards any blogger design package.  Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter form below and be sure to connect with Sweetie Baby Designs on Facebook for the latest news, designs, specials and giveaways!

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Green Resolutions Giveaway Hop {Baby Essentials}

Green Resolutions Giveaway

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Green Resolutions Giveaway Hop, with your hosts Happy Mothering and the Green Moms Network! Each of the participating blogs is offering a prize package to help you start your New Year on a green foot, so you can stick to your resolutions! After entering my giveaway, be sure to hop around and enter all of the other giveaways listed on the linky at the bottom of this post!

 And don’t forget to enter the grand prize over at Happy Mothering, where she is giving away two awesome grand prizes! First prize is a Pure Echo Organic Cotton Natural Twin Mattress from mygreenmattress.com. This safe mattress is made from GOTS Certified Organic Cotton and Natural Wool and is free of fire retardants and other harmful chemicals. You will rest easy knowing your child is sleeping on a safe mattress from mygreenmattress.com! Second prize is a huge package of glassware from Mighty Nest to help you swap your kitchen plastic for glass! This package includes 8 pieces of glass food storage, a set of glass measuring cups and 2 glass bistro pitchers! Wow!

I wrote this post on behalf of Baby Essentials and received a promotional item to thank me for my time.  All views and opinions regarding Baby Essentials and their baby jammies are my own and were not influenced by outside sources.

For the past couple of years, my new years goals have included creating a healthier home for our family.  One way we do that is by eliminating toxins in our home.  With our little man on the way, I want to create a safe place for him, including what touches his precious, little body.

When Shahana, the founder of Baby Essentials, contacted me, I connected with her right away.  With a degree in Montessori Education, she combined her passion for organic products with her love of children and giving back.

Baby Essentials provides the must haves for every baby, super soft jammiescuddly blankets and more!  But Baby Essentials goes even further.  Each piece is created with certified organic cotton. That means there are no harmful irritants and chemicals that will touch your baby’s skin.

Our little man received the Polka Dots Organic Cotton Baby Jammies.  This precious pajama set comes with a short, sleeve button down top.  As well as, long pajama elastic waist, bottoms.  Perfect for those late night diaper changes.  They are so soft, that I just can’t wait for our baby boy to wear them.

Another reason why I fell in love with Baby Essentials, is because they give back.  Baby Essentials is partnered with a non-profit organization called Trees for the Future.  With every baby apparel purchased, a tree is planted.

You can purchase the same jammies we received for $32.00 or choose your favorite product at Baby Essentials.  Stay connected with Baby Essentials on Facebook for all their latest updates.  Baby Essentials is giving away jammies to one blessed reader!  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  Open to US residents only.

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Oh My DeVita Baby {Review}

I wrote this post on behalf of Oh My DeVita Baby and received products to thank me for my time. All views and opinions of Oh My DeVita Baby and their shampoo and body wash are my own and were not influenced by outside sources.

What we put on our skin is so important.  And when it comes to our children, I feel like we should be even more careful to avoid toxins as much as possible, because their skin is so sensitive.  I recently discovered a new line of baby products called Oh My DeVita Baby.

Oh My DeVita Baby Bubbly Babies is a natural shampoo and body wash, all in one.  There are no harsh chemicals, detergents or fragrances found here.  It’s tear free and so gentle on my daughter’s skin.

Baby C received both the fragrance free and the Calming Calendula to try out.  We love it from the inside out.  The sweet mermaid on the bottle has made bath time so much fun.  And what’s inside is safe for Baby C.

Oh My DeVita Baby was created by Cheyanne DeVita through her love of all things vegan, green and natural.  She is a mom herself and knows that her baby is the most important treasure to love and protect.  She combined her skills as a mother and formulating chemist to create her baby skin care line.

Oh My DeVita Baby line also includes lotion, powder, and baby balm.  Sun screen is coming soon. To learn more about Oh My DeVita Baby products, visit their new website!  Make your purchase at Drugstore.com and coming soon to a Target store near you.

What are some other ways you keep your children’s skin safe?

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