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Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Friday, November 20, 2015
The Mommies Network is proud to bring you the following information about our friends at Givingstream, they are doing some awesomeness!!
Givingstream, a new socially responsible company, is orchestrating a
buy one give one blanket drive to provide every homeless person in Charlotte some warmth this winter.
The buy one give one model is a sales approach that allows customers to buy a product, like blankets or shoes, while donating another blanket or pair of shoes to someone in need.
According to the UNC Population Center there are around 2000 homeless individuals in Charlotte on any given night. With the cold weather approaching and the night time temperature dropping, something as simple as a fleece blanket can make a big difference.
“This past summer, we were doing a generosity event at a laundromat offering to pay for people's laundry," Co- Founder Hunter Rogers said in an explanation of where inspiration for this campaign stemmed from. "One man we approached said that we couldn't help him with his laundry because the only clothes he had, were the ones he was wearing. The first thing I thought was what does he do during the winter?”
Givingstream will be working with a number of the Charlotte based homeless shelters including Charlotte Rescue Mission and Urban Ministry Center to gift our neighbors in need with their own personal blanket.
“Traditionally, funds for causes are raised by big donors going to big fundraisers and give big checks," Co-Founder Genia Rogers said. "We love that, but there are so many kind hearted people out there that cannot go to a $1,000 a plate fundraiser. However they CAN buy jewelry, home goods, or clothes. In doing so, they are making a difference in someone's life. We believe that making someone's day has the potential to change their world.”
Givingstream is aiming to have all the blankets by early December so that they can
distribute them by Christmas.
Givingstream was launched in late 2014 to bring together everyday products that give back.
Every product sold on Givingstream has some sort of “do good” element to it. Some of the companies donate a large percentage of their profits to charity, others employ people coming out of extreme poverty or homelessness, and a few use a buy one give one model. The founders, mother and son duo, Genia and Hunter Rogers wanted to create a place where people could inject simple generosity into their everyday lives.
How to Participate
The opportunity is simple. Head over to Givingstream’s website(givingstream.com) and browse through the wide range of gorgeous blankets from fleece to Alpaca wool.You will receive yours in the mail and another will be sent from us directly to the homeless shelter.
Givingsteam will keep you updated with how many blankets have been given away via Social Media.
Together we can buy and do good!
You can also help by joining us for Trunk Shows, learn how to participate in your own trunk show, or join us for a local one like the one below on November 21st.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
We love giving away cool stuff! Especially when the products are so super good for your family( and mom too)!
We have 2 winners! India Chellice Clay and Miranda Leigh Callahan, you both have won an awesome gift pack of full size products from Baby Mantra-
please email me with your email and address ~ so we can get your products on the way to you. email@example.com
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
We are giving away 4 free Tickets! Enter now! (free tickets are for the October 1st showing at 7:30 pm)
MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL®: THE SURVIVOR TOUR®
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – GFour Productions, winner of 54 Drama Desk Awards and 44 Tony Awards, has proudly joined forces with Susan G. Komen® to launch Menopause The Musical®: The Survivor Tour® benefiting Susan G. Komen® in 2015. With a cast of breast cancer survivors and co-survivors, Menopause The Musical and Komen partner to offer inspiration, sisterhood and hope. The Survivor Tour® comes to the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., in Charlotte, N.C., for four performances October 1-3, 2015. Tickets are on sale now and available at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Box Office, carolinatix.org, or by calling 704-372-1000. The production will donate no less than $2 per ticket sold to Susan G. Komen® to further its mission to save lives and end breast cancer. Greater discounts for groups of 10+ by calling 704-348-5752.
The Survivor Tour® is proud to fundraise for Komen, which since 1982 has invested more than $2.6 billion in research, screening, treatment, education and support programs for people affected by breast cancer.
“Menopause The Musical has lifted the spirits of more than 11 million people worldwide, and we are thrilled to be part of this extraordinary mission with GFour and a cast that represents the more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.,” said Komen President and CEO Judy Salerno, M.D., M.S. “Their support makes a difference in the lives of women and men, and helps us move closer to our vision of a world without breast cancer.”
Performance schedule at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center McGlohon Theater:
Menopause The Musical is set in a department store where four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! Singing along to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, the cast forms a sisterhood with the entire audience. Whether naturally occurring or thrust into as a result of cancer treatment, Menopause The Musical helps women embrace and celebrate that menopause is no longer “The Silent Passage.”
“GFour Productions is happy to partner with Susan G. Komen® to raise important awareness, while proving that laughter truly is the best medicine,” said producer Kathi Glist.
For more than a decade, Menopause The Musical has worked to inspire and support women dealing with life after “The Change.” “Menopause has always been a cause-based show,” said Menopause The Musical Director Seth Greenleaf. “The cause was helping women see that what they are experiencing is perfectly normal, and that they are not alone. The Susan G. Komen partnership increases the importance of our purpose because now we’re not just talking about life affirming, but life saving. We’re deeply proud to be a part of this effort.”
Menopause The Musical is recognized as the longest-running scripted musical production in Las Vegas and continues to entertain nightly at Harrah’s. The hilarious musical has entertained audiences across the globe in more than 450 U.S. cities, nearly 300 international cities, and a total of 15 countries. For more information, visit www.MenopauseTheMusical.com.
Make sure to enter your name and email so we can contact you if you win! Good luck!
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Baby Mantra products are just that, all natural,dye free, allergy tested, gluten free and cruelty free.
The ingredients list include natural things like:
- Sunflower Oil
- Shea Butter
- Aloe Vera
- Mango Butter
- Wheat Germ
- Cocoa Butter
Giveaway Products- Full sizes of these:
1. 3-in-1 Bubble Bath, Shampoo & Wash
2. Calming Lotion
3. Newborn Shampoo & Wash
4. Diaper Rash Ointment
5. Calming Massage Oil
6. Detangling Conditioner
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I received this product for the purpose of this review, however, I am not compensated for writing or obligated to write anything specific. These are my own opinions and they have not been influenced in any way by Baby Mantra.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Savoring August as a Family
By: Jamie Perillo, LPC
I was recently asked to make a list of ways to help kids with back to school anxiety, which I will share with you – but not today. If you live in the Northeast kids begin to head back to school beginning of September or the end of August. You and your kids can think about this in two ways: we only have a month until school starts or we still have a month left. Which one feels better? I prefer the latter.
Today kids are busier than ever, which means so are you. Between over scheduled activities and schools’ increasing demands, I am seeing more anxious, overwhelmed, and stressed –out kids in my psychotherapy office. So, today, instead of writing about how to make the transition back to school easier I am writing about embracing the end of summer.
Summer is the season of Abundance – a time to enjoy the warm weather and all of Mother Nature’s goodies. Grab your flip flops and picnic baskets and head to the beach basking in the sun, jumping in the waves, resting in the arms of a summer’s breeze. Frolic with your kids through the freshly cut grass, play ball, jump in the pool, peruse the local farmer’s markets and make a meal together with Summer’s bounty. Rest under a tree, bare feet grazing through the grass and reading your favorite book. This is summer in all of its glory - a time to exhale, unwind, and recharge. You deserve it and so do your children.I am not telling you to procrastinate the inevitable; I am asking you to enjoy the present. If your kids are excited to get their lunchboxes and backpacks - do it, but then put them away. Return to summer. This August I invite you to practice being in the moment – you and your family will feel relaxed and happier.
6 Ideas to Help you Savor Summer:
1. On index cards make a list of reasonable activities you and your family would like to do. Have each person place the cards in order beginning with their favorite activities. As a family decide which activities you would like to do throughout the month. Remember, this isn’t a plan to “go, go, go,” - make sure to leave time for lazy summer days because some of the best memories occur during unplanned time.
2. Practice presence. Inhale. Notice the scents of freshly growing flowers, barbeque, newly cut grass, and salty ocean air. Exhale. Feel your feet on the grass or sand.
3. Express gratitude. What you are thankful for grows.
4. Take it slow. Schedule lazy days. Unscheduled down time allows for kids to use their creativity and imaginations.
5. Parent from your CORE. Take a moment to imagine what August would ideally but realistically look like for you and your family. How does that feel? Can you make a few small changes to get closer to that image?
6. Enjoy! Embrace your inner child with your family.
Thank you to guest blogger Jamie Perillo LLC, child and family therapist, for this helpful article!
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Friday, August 7, 2015
In celebration of National Breastfeeding Month we want to share this awesome article to all our breastfeeding moms out there, we salute you!
Author: Wendy Wisner (IBCLC)
1. We've all had days when we wanted to give up.
2. There are breastfeeding helpers out there who won't judge you. Keep looking till you find one who makes you feel safe and supported.
3. Breastfeeding isn't all or nothing.
4. Breastfeeding looks different for each mom and baby.
5. It's normal for newborns to never want to be put down. Ever. And it's normal for them to nurse all the time, sometimes more than once an hour. Really.
6. Almost all moms will make enough milk if they nurse often enough, but for a small number of moms, this isn't the case. Low milk supply is a real thing, and if you have it, you deserve good, kind, thoughtful help.
7, Tongue tie really can impact breastfeeding. Tongues that are tied down can't milk the breast properly (leading to low weight gain) and can cause a lot of pain.
8. Tongue tie isn't always the problem, or isn't always the only problem. Breastfeeding difficulties are usually multi-faceted, which is why all moms deserve the skilled help of a good IBCLC.
9. I wish all good lactation consultants were covered under insurance. But we are not there yet. Please spend the money to get good help. Most lactation consultants don't cost more than a good stroller or a baby swing. Most lactation consultants will spend two or more hours with you and provide follow-up.
10. Most breastfeeding problems can be solved by going back to basics. If your nipples hurt, you probably just need to change position, shape and hold your breasts, or unlatch and start again. If you aren't making enough milk, you probably just need to nurse more frequently. Start with the basics before assuming anything more complicated is going on. Trust biology, your body, and your baby.
11. Lactation cookies and herbs can really help, but they are only helpful if combined with other treatments for remedying supply issues.
12. Breastfeeding isn't meant to be done alone. Find your tribe. Go to a breastfeeding support meeting. Find moms online who have babies your age. It can make a huge difference. The Mommies Network chapters all have breastfeeding support forum groups find one here www.themommiesnetwork.org
13. Some babies sleep long stretches and fall asleep easily. Some do not. It (usually) has nothing to do with how you are feeding your baby. It's usually just genetics and temperament.
14. There is no magic age when babies should stop nursing in the middle of the night. Some babies need the nutrition well past the first few months, and many like the nighttime connection for years.
15. You should breastfeed for as long or as short as you want. It is entirely up to you (and your baby).
16. It is NEVER anyone's place to judge a mom who chooses not to breastfeed. There are so many reasons why a mother might make this choice, and none reflects poorly on her mothering or her level of care for her child.
17. How much you pump doesn't always reflect how much milk your baby takes at your breast. Most babies take more than the pump extracts; some take less.
18. Working and pumping mothers deserve all the respect and love in the world.
19. Exclusive pumping moms do, too.
20. Babies who never latch are rare, but this does happen, and it is one of the hardest things I have witnessed as a breastfeeding helper. These moms deserve the right to mourn the loss of at-breastfeeding, but they need to know this doesn't make them any less a breastfeeding mom.
21. All mothers have a right to feel whatever they feel about how breastfeeding went for them. All feelings are normal. All feelings are real.
22. Whether or not you breastfed or were breastfed matters in many ways, and in many ways it doesn't matter at all.
23. Breastfeeding, above all, is love. It's one of many ways to exchange love with your baby, your toddler, or your child.
24. Children need to grow up seeing breastfeeding. It makes breastfeeding normal. It teaches them breastfeeding positioning, behavior and more. This is one of the key ways we can increase the breastfeeding rates in our country.
25. Breastfeeding is normal. Breastfeeding is intense. Breastfeeding is simple. Breastfeeding is beautiful.
credit to Huffington Post for the article
Wendy Wisner is a mom, writer, and lactation consultant (IBCLC). This post first appeared on her website in honor of World Breastfeeding Week. Follow Wendy on Facebook and Twitter.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
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