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Daydreaming about the perfect gift…

Mother’s Day, my birthday (40!), my anniversary…they’re all coming up soon. And what do I want, besides an 8th day in the week strictly for relaxing? There’s one thing I covet above all others: some snuggly muslin from aden + anais.

I fell head over heels in love with aden + anais products when I got the bamboo swaddle blankets I put on my baby registry. I had heard such great things, and boy did they ever live up to the hype! They’re softer than soft and such a generous size for really good swaddling. We got a few of the Classic Muslin Swaddle Blankets, too, and they also became fast favorites.

You may be wondering what the big deal is about muslin. Here it is, from the experts themselves:

“Muslin is a finely-woven breathable fabric believed to have originated in Bangladesh during the Middle Ages. Its delicate yet durable weave makes the fabric stretchy and, therefore, ideal for swaddling, as the natural “give” allows the blanket to be tucked snuggly around a baby without being overly restrictive.

The lightweight muslin also permits air to circulate around the baby’s body, while still providing comfort and warmth without the worry that the baby may overheat in moderate weather. Cotton muslin is also a workhorse fabric, in that wraps woven from this natural fiber stands up to repeated washings only becoming softer — and better — with age.”

– adenandanais.com Continue reading

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Mum + Bub: Natural Skincare for Baby and Mom {with giveaway, ends 12/8}

The first year we were married, I gave my husband a pair of pawpaw trees for Valentine’s Day. He had always wanted them, and I can understand why: the fruit of a paw paw tree looks like a small, fat banana and tastes custardy and tropical, sometimes compared to a banana cream pie. With that kind of description, who wouldn’t want a pawpaw in their backyard!?

He planted those trees and tended them, but sadly, they didn’t make it. We’re not sure why, but we have new land now and since we’ve often talked of planting a tree for each of our kids, I’ve thought of trying again with a new set of pawpaws.

Needless to say, they’ve become kind of meaningful to us.

Now, my husband doesn’t get too excited when I get packages in the mail, but imagine his surprise when I showed him my newest discovery: mum+bub, a naturally-derived line of skincare infused with none other than fresh, fermented pawpaw! We knew we wanted to eat them, but had no idea that the pawpaw offers such great healing and nourishing skin care properties when applied topically. It’s all in the papain enzyme, which gently and naturally conditions skin.

“Pawpaw fruit is to skin care what muslin is to swaddling.” 
          ~Raegan Moya-Jones, CEO and co-founder aden + anais®

Mum+bub is from aden+anais, the same company that brings you those fabulous muslin swaddle blankets and sleep gowns that everyone is always raving about, so I jumped at the chance to try our their bath products. The line includes hair and body wash, soothing ointment and an ultra gentle lotion, all free of:

  • phytoestrogen
  • parabens
  • added hormone disruptors
  • petroleum oils
  • phthalates
  • dioxanes from sulfates
  • gluten and soy
  • petrochemicals
  • DEA
  • artificial colors

The first thing I noticed was the lovely, delicate sandalwood scent of the tear-free hair and body wash. I nuzzled my little boy’s head so much after his bath that I think he got a little annoyed with me, but he just smelled so good! I just might get myself a bottle as a treat, since I would love for my hair to smell like that, too. I also plan to use the lotion, especially while I’m pregnant, since it’s free of yucky chemicals. I like to try and treat myself the same way I would treat my baby, since whatever goes on my skin goes right to her…and mum+bub makes me feel safe and pampered at the same time.

Another added bonus? All mum+bub products are made right here in the USA. None of their products are tested on animals, and most are vegan (with the exception of the soothing ointment, which contains beeswax instead of petroleum.)

BUY IT!

To learn more or shop for mum+bub, visit the mum+bub section of the aden+anais website, and follow them on Facebook.

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The Trouble with Shopping Early

As I recently explained, my Grinchiness is waning. My tiny little Who has brought out my long-lost festive side, and now I’m really starting to get into this whole holiday thing!

The only problem: I can’t stop buying gifts! 8O

Believe it or not, I like to start my shopping in January, right after the previous year’s holiday season ends. I begin by watching the many daily deal sites I belong to, stacking up half price vouchers and great deals to spend later. I enter some online contests, and buy things when I find an exceptionally good coupon code…and by the time Little Man’s birthday and Christmas roll around, I’m usually have quite a nice stash of things ready to be wrapped up and gifted (without breaking the bank all at once.)

It’s a good plan. I’m sure of it. But it has one glitch: When you’re done shopping midway through the year, what do you do when you find yourself feeling unexpectedly “spirited” in December? Especially when Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the like bombard you with so-good-you-can’t-pass-them-up deals?

I’ll tell you what you do. You spend more. And you end up with more gifts than a 2-year-old needs or expects.

When I was preparing to be a mom, I always said, “Oh, who needs lots of toys? A few blocks, a ball…he’ll be fine. Books are better.” I wanted my son to interact and be imaginative, not rely on some toys to entertain him. But then, as reality set in, I realized how important it is to have a good array of developmentally appropriate, stimulating toys around to encourage growth and challenge your child.

Plus, he just so darned sweet I just want to give him everything! I know. I’m a sucker. That smiley, happy, squishy little face just kills me.

So what does it hurt? A few extra Melissa and Doug toys here, a couple of wooden cars or animals there (Not to mention a few new diapers or some snuggly Aden and Anais blankets, especially when you find a rockin’ deal!) I mean, what could be more fun than finding truly great products your kid will love, at great prices to boot? I’m not quite sure if it does hurt anything, really.

But one thing I’m sure of is that I don’t want our holidays to become all about the stuff. Too much stuff is too much stuff, even if some of it happens to be free from a Twitter party or sweepstakes win. We’ve made some very carefully planned changes in our lives over the past several years in an effort to simplify and plan our escape from the proverbial rat race, so I really think I need to stick to those same ideals even when it’s challenging, like in December.  Hoards of presents under the tree may be fun on Christmas morning, but I don’t think the long-term effects will be.

Note to self: You’ve caught your mistake early, now it’s time to reign it in, mama.

(But I’m still ordering a few new Aden and Anais swaddle blankets for nap time at Grammie’s…What? I have a great coupon code! :roll: )

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What are your thoughts? Do you set limits on the amount of presents your children receive during the holidays, or do you go as far as your budget allows?

 

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