Sunday, April 3, 2016
Welcome to the 4th Annual Showered With Love Event hosted by Lindsey Blogs and Viva Veltoro! We all know that April Showers bring May Flowers, but did you know that some of your favorite bloggers have come together throw a huge Shower of our own – a virtual Baby Shower! The Showered with Love Event will run from April 4-18, giving you plenty of time to enter all of the great Baby Shower inspired giveaways in the linky below, and don’t miss the two amazing Grand Prizes from our hosts!
Today we're giving away a great prize pack from The Let Down Project on Etsy. She's a fellow wife who I have had the pleasure of crossing paths with several times in my husband's career. Go over and check out her shop, you won't be disappointed! Also, hang out here for a bit and enter this giveaway for TWO cookie mixes. The winner will receive a single batch of birthday cake lactation cookie mix, as well as a DOUBLE batch of chocolate chip lactation cookie mix. Below is one of the cookie mixes you will receive, you will also be getting a double batch of chocolate chip in addition to this sweet bag of cookie delight.
I tried these this week, and they're delicious! I'm currently pregnant, but my milk machines apparently aren't ready for baby yet (fine by me) and they did not cause me to start producing before baby got here. They also did not cause my husband to start lactating OR either of my children.
So enter away! Good luck my friend, and I hope to see you back here tomorrow for more daily giveaway entries.
Saturday, April 2, 2016
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What the heck is a baby shower?! The baby isn’t even here yet!
Before I became a mom I had absolutely no knowledge of children, child rearing, or how difficult mothering a newborn would be. I was the youngest in my family, and when I graced my parents with my beautiful existence the majority of my extended family was already complete. My first child was the second newborn I had ever held in my life. I didn’t know anyone having children until I was in college. I was clueless when my husband joined the military and everyone around me was pregnant.
Luckily when I was pregnant, and when my first child was born I had lots of people around me who knew what a swaddling blanket was, thank goodness. We fell head over heels in love with swaddling our first sweet child, and I would still swaddle her today if she wasn’t well over the capacity of our beloved swaddling blankets. Since I had so many people around me who knew how to help, I didn’t feel like I was drowning. There were some people who didn’t know how to be helpful to us, and I didn’t know how to ask for help so they just came and held the baby, and that was fine. Once I had my second I was pro. I could ask someone to do my dishes, I could tell my husband I needed another prefold, and he knew exactly what to grab. It was bliss.
I know not all of you have children yet, so I put together a fun list of gifts to get for new moms that don’t suck. I mean, it was cool when my first baby was born and people brought over disposable wipes, but we are a cloth family. So we threw or gave away a lot of gifts I didn’t have time or energy to return. Let’s get to it.
1. Glass Water Bottle
This is especially true if your recipient is breastfeeding. I can’t count the times I asked my husband to refill my water bottle while I sat, useless, on the couch with our daughter. I loved having a straw because it decreases the amount of effort I needed to function. It’s rough out there. Make everything as easy as possible.
2. Nipple Pads
I know. But trust me when I say, every new mom needs these. It is the worst thing to run out of, and the most likely to be forgotten at the store. If your new mom friend is breastfeeding, they also have these awesome ice packs for your nipples. Those poor things take a beating in the beginning. I LOVE reusable nursing pads, but in the beginning you would go through so many that you’d be doing laundry a few times a day to keep up. If they’re NOT nursing, then they’ll still need these. Your breasts will leak for weeks after birth even if you have no intention of breastfeeding.
3. Amazon Gift Card.
You can even print it at home, so you can have it all ready last minute. These are so helpful! It’s even better if they have Amazon Prime, or if you get them Prime, because you’re an amazing friend. My favorite thing about Amazon Prime is the video streaming. My children get their daily dose of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood from Amazon Prime. It’s worth it. You’ll be the coolest friend of all time ever if you get them this.
4. Lactation Cookie Mix
You can buy these in a mix or as already made cookies. You can also buy muffins, add extra brewer’s yeast (for more breastmilk making punch) or get a double batch of the mix to help for even longer. They’re hand made, so you know you won’t be getting any unsavory fillers.
6. Dual Single Serve Ice Cream Machine
Can we please just take a second and bask in the fact that this is really something that exists? It MAKES ice cream for you, in single serve cups. And you can do two at a time, because husbands. OH MY GOSH. That is all.
7. Clean her house.
EVEN BETTER, would be hire someone else to clean her house, so you can sit with her and collectively look at this cute newborn.
There you have it. Seven great ideas gifts for new moms that can really be appreciated.