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One Whole Year: My little boy’s first birthday!

 I just can’t get over how much I’m loving motherhood so far, and how much there is to learn! My sweet, funny little boy has really completed me, and I fall more and more in love with him every day! I even told him so in a letter, which has been sealed away in a birthday card, to be opened by him a long, long time from now.

Here’s a peek into our day…

A Harvest Spice cake with a simple organic vanilla buttercreme for the birthday boy…(I’ll be sharing the recipe in a post very soon…)

And here are the cupcakes I made for the adults, based on the ones I saw on the cover of this cupcake book.
They aren’t very bright because I used turmeric and a speck of carrot juice instead of yellow food dye, but aren’t they the cutest? :)

Cute ducky cupcakes for baby's first birthday. Colored with turmeric and a touch of carrot (except for the faces.)

Look who crashed the duck party! It’s Boon Duck Bob! We love Bob! (Especially now that we’ve moved up to the big tub!)

Cute ducky cupcakes! Hey, who's that Odd Duck in there? #Boon

Our new Boon duckie was joined by a set of blocks from Uncle Goose (they’re gorgeous!), a Wheelie Bee (recommended by Kim at The Girl is a Mom. Thanks, Kim!) a Green Toys dump truck, a sleepy donkey from Under the Nile, lots of books and more. It felt like Christmas! Even though it was low-key, there was a lot of excitement and no nap. But, true to form, our boy held up like a champ.

Where did the year go? It seems like just yesterday I met this new love…

Well, here’s to year 2! I can’t wait to see what it’s like to mother a toddler. 8O

Oh, wait. I have one more surprise! Head on back to the One Whole Year main post and leave this comment:  ”I read your ducky post” for one last bonus entry into the package giveaway! ;)

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One Whole Year Event Day 7: EcoMom!

Welcome to Day 7 of my One Whole Year Event! (Remember, to enter you must visit the original One Whole Year giveaway post, and complete the mandatory entry first. ALL extra entries must also appear on THAT post!)

So far, I’ve announced 6 prizes in the package:

  • One Kawaii Minky Bamboo one size cloth diaper in the new olive green color
  • The in-stock baltic amber teething necklace of your choice from Inspired by Finn!
  • A prize bundle from HappyBaby, including the book, HappyBaby: The Organic Guide to Baby’s First 24 Months!
  • A BabyBond, for nursing and conversing!
  • A snuggly Keptin Jr. organic cotton Rabby from Hazelnut Kids!
  • A 2-week supply of Milkin’ Cookies (lactation cookies for mom!)

This has been a fun week, but it’s not over yet!  :D

Today’s featured sponsor is EcoMom!


As you may recall, I recently did a review of Plum Organic Baby Food from EcoMom. That’s because EcoMom was generous enough to sponsor my One Whole Year event AND offer a separate giveaway for a $25 gift card to their site!

To visit my EcoMom review and enter the $25 gift card giveaway, click here. (This link also includes a 15% discount code!! ) Ends 11/25.

My super lucky One Whole Year winner will be receiving one of our favorite baby products ever! One of my very first blog posts was about Under the Nile veggie teethers (check it out here) and we still love them just as much today. My winner will be receiving the organic cotton carrot teether, just like this one:

Just a reminder, EcoMom carries great eco-friendly products for all members of the family! In fact, I’ve given the link to Santa so he knows where to get me a new lunch carrier for work! :)

Thanks again, EcoMom! If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go check out the Daily Deal…

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For an extra entry into the One Whole Year giveaway: Visit  EcoMom’s Gifts for New Moms and Babies page and leave me a comment on the original One Whole Year post telling me which gift is your favorite.  Good luck and thanks for celebrating with us!

**Make sure to complete the mandatory entry first! Mandatory entry and ALL extra entries must appear on the original One Whole Year post! (NO entry comments on this post, please!)

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Sorry, this contest open to US residents only (Please note: My EcoMom giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada!) One Whole Year entries will be accepted through 11/18. I will choose a winner via Random.org on 11/19. Winner will be contacted via email (please leave your email address!)  and will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize package or a new winner will be chosen.

 

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One Whole Year Event Day 6: Milkin’ Cookies!

Welcome to Day 5 of my One Whole Year Event! (Remember, to enter you must visit the original One Whole Year giveaway post, and complete the mandatory entry first. ALL extra entries must also appear on THAT post!)

So far, I’ve announced 5 prizes in the package:

  • One Kawaii Minky Bamboo one size cloth diaper in the new olive green color
  • The in-stock baltic amber teething necklace of your choice from Inspired by Finn!
  • A prize bundle from HappyBaby, including the book, HappyBaby: The Organic Guide to Baby’s First 24 Months!
  • A BabyBond, for nursing and conversing!
  • A snuggly Keptin Jr. organic cotton Rabby from Hazelnut Kids!

I’m on a roll….let’s keep going! :D

Today’s featured sponsor is Milkin’ Cookies!

Milkin’ Cookies are lactation cookies for nursing moms, designed to help increase milk supply. They were developed by two mommies (who also happen to be physicians) on a quest to create a product that would help on-the-go mommies like themselves keep their milk supply up. Knowing that some foods were known to increase milk production, they developed the recipe for these yummy cookies!

Milkin’ Cookies are made with wholesome ingredients including whole wheat flour, flaxseed, wheat germ, and oats. Each cookie has just 190 calories and has a whopping 3 grams of fiber! They’re all natural, with no artificial ingredients or preservatives, and they include no medicines.

Milkin’ Cookies are delicious and bursting with wholesome flavor. They’re individually packaged so you can toss them in your diaper bag or briefcase when you’re on the run. They’re a tasty way to treat yourself during a busy day.” ~Milkin’ Cookies

For the sake of disclosure, I have to tell you that I have not tried Milkin’ Cookies myself. They are, however, a Parent Tested, Parent Approved (PTPA) award winner, and they have quite a following of devoted lactating mommies! Read testimonials here.

These mamas sound like pretty smart cookies to me, dontcha think? ;)

Interested in giving Milkin’ Cookies a try? Well, they’ve been kind enough to offer my lucky One Whole Year winner a 2-week supply of cookies! Yay! :)

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For an extra entry into the One Whole Year giveaway: Visit the Milkin’ Cookies Website and leave me a comment on the original One Whole Year post telling me one thing you learned about the company. Good luck and thanks for celebrating with us!

**Make sure to complete the mandatory entry first! Mandatory entry and ALL extra entries must appear on the original One Whole Year post! (NO entry comments on this post, please!)

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Sorry, this contest open to US residents only (Please note: My EcoMom giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada!) Entries will be accepted through 11/18. I will choose a winner via Random.org on 11/19. Winner will be contacted via email (please leave your email address!)  and will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize package or a new winner will be chosen.


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One Whole Year Event Day 5: Hazelnut Kids!

Welcome to Day 4 of my One Whole Year Event! (Remember, to enter you must visit the original One Whole Year giveaway post, and complete the mandatory entry first. ALL extra entries must also appear on THAT post!)

So far, I’ve announced 4 prizes in the package:

  • One Kawaii Minky Bamboo one size cloth diaper in the new olive green color
  • The in-stock baltic amber teething necklace of your choice from Inspired by Finn!
  • A prize bundle from HappyBaby, including the book, HappyBaby: The Organic Guide to Baby’s First 24 Months!
  • A BabyBond, for nursing and conversing!

Woohoo!  And I’m just getting warmed up! :D

Today’s featured sponsor is Hazelnut Kids!


Hazelnut Kids is an online store that is committed to bring you natural, earth-friendly, wooden and organic cotton toys for children and babies. I was introduced to Hazelnut Kids before my son was even born when a very good friend gave us some baby shower gifts she’d purchased through them. I fell in love, and we ended up getting many of little man’s first Christmas gifts there, too. From cars, puzzles and developmental toys to soft lovies, Global Green Pals and nature exploration kits, the selection is fantastic!

What do I love about Hazelnut Kids?

  • Flat-rate shipping of only $5.95
  • Fantastic, personal customer service!
  • Earn loyalty reward points with every purchase.
  • New and unique products are always being added.
  • When you shop at Hazelnut Kids, the environment benefits! 1% of your sale will be donated to land conservancies, and one tree will be planted for each item that you purchase.
  • Facebook fans get a peek at special offers almost every day, some up to 40% off!
  • Hazelnut Kids is truly concerned with the safety and welfare of your children.

Hazelnut Kids has generously offered my lucky One Whole Year winner their very own Keptin Jr. Organic Cotton Rabby!

“This little 100% organic cotton towel doll rabbit has a soft body (no stuffing), a head that is filled with pure wool, two floppy ears, and a sewn-on face. The shape of the doll makes it easy for a baby to hold. The brown stripes come from color-grown cotton, so no dyes were used on this doll”. ~Hazelnut Kids

A lovable lovey if I ever saw one!

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For an extra entry into the One Whole Year giveaway: Visit Hazelnut Kids Website and leave me a comment on the original One Whole Year post letting me know which toy you’d like Santa to bring! Good luck and thanks for celebrating with us!

**Make sure to complete the mandatory entry first! Mandatory entry and ALL extra entries must appear on the original One Whole Year post! (NO entry comments on this post, please!)

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Sorry, this contest open to US residents only (Please note: My EcoMom giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada!) Entries will be accepted through 11/18. I will choose a winner via Random.org on 11/19. Winner will be contacted via email (please leave your email address!)  and will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize package or a new winner will be chosen.

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One Whole Year Event Day 4: BabyBond!

Welcome to Day 4 of my One Whole Year Event! (Remember, to enter you must visit the original One Whole Year giveaway post, and complete the mandatory entry first. ALL extra entries must also appear on THAT post!)

So far, I’ve announced 3 prizes in the package:

  • One Kawaii Minky Bamboo one size cloth diaper in the new olive green color
  • The in-stock baltic amber teething necklace of your choice from Inspired by Finn!
  • A prize bundle from HappyBaby, including the book, HappyBaby: The Organic Guide to Baby’s First 24 Months!

This is kind of fun, isn’t it? :D

Today’s featured sponsor is BabyBond!

As I’ve mentioned, my son and I have been nursing for over a year now. We haven’t nursed in public much, although I believe that every woman should have the right to nurse, and feel comfortable about it, wherever and whenever the need arises. I don’t do it often because we usually keep our shopping trips, etc., pretty short, and because I am not that excited about pulling my shirt up…not because I don’t want to show a boob, but because my post-pregnancy tummy is not something I want to show off. But I don’t have to worry about that anymore! BabyBond is the answer to easy nursing any time, any place!

The BabyBond nursing wrap is brilliant! It’s a small, discreet wrap that is worn like a sash, allowing you to nurse from the top of your shirt. It covers mommy, not baby, allowing for a much more pleasant nursing experience than you get with most nursing covers. Many people will say, “Oh, just cover yourself up with a blanket.” But it’s not that simple. It never worked for us.  Sometimes it’s too hot, and sometimes baby just won’t have it. My son would never nurse with a blanket over his head. Can you imagine eating that way? No baby should ever have to.

The other big plus about the BabyBond is that it allows a face-t0-face connection between mommy and baby. I absolutely live for those moments when my son looks up at me with sleepy eyes as he eats, or when he reaches up and touches my face or my hair and flashes a sweet smile. BabyBond allows me to keep those moments, and that’s a true gift.

Other items of note:

  • BabyBond is made in the USA.
  • Machine washable
  • Rolls up into it’s own self-storing pouch, and takes up very little room in a purse or diaper bag.
  • 100% cotton (a lovely, soft fabric that looks great and wears comfortably.)
  • Check out BabyBond’s philanthropy page. Impressive!

I tried really hard to get a photo of us nursing with our BabyBond, but my son happens to be going through a phase where he is incredibly distracted by the camera. These shots are not the best (yes, that is what my hair looks like on the weekend :( ), but I think you’ll get the idea. (For lots of great pics of the wrap in action, visit  BabyBond’s website )

FYI, he IS latched on in this photo, and you can’t even tell…

The decision to breastfeed your baby should never mean that you have to feel lonely, left out, or self-conscious. With BabyBond, you don’t have to.

BUY IT!

Want to try a BabyBond? I’m sure you’ll love it, so why not try 2!? Different colors for different outfits, maybe? BabyBond has offered a 75% discount on their site for any reader who orders a BabyBond at BabiesRUs.com! This means you can buy TWO BabyBonds for less than $46! (A STEAL!)

All you need to do is email a copy of your receipt from BabiesRUs.com to missy@babybondnursing.com and they will supply the discount code to order another BabyBond on their site at 75% off! You will need to place your order with Babies R Us within 4 days of this review’s post date, and order with BabyBond within 24 hours of receiving the discount code!

WIN IT!

BabyBond has ALSO generously offered my lucky One Whole Year winner a BabyBond wrap! (In the pretty turquoise color, Size 2)

For an extra entry into the One Whole Year giveaway: Visit BabyBond’s website and leave me a comment on the original One Whole Year post letting me know when you think you would use your BabyBond! Good luck and thanks for celebrating with us!

**Make sure to complete the mandatory entry first! Mandatory entry and ALL extra entries must appear on the original One Whole Year post! (NO entry comments on this post, please!)

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Disclosure: I received a BabyBond wrap for review purposes. I was not compensated for my review and all opinions are my own based on personal experience with the product.
Sorry, this contest open to US residents only (Please note: My EcoMom giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada!) Entries will be accepted through 11/18. I will choose a winner via Random.org on 11/19. Winner will be contacted via email (please leave your email address!)  and will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize package or a new winner will be chosen.

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