Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Breastfeeding Humor

I once came across this great song about breastfeeding and thought it would be appropriate to share in honor of breastfeeding awareness month.

(Sing to tune of "Be Our Guest" from Beauty and the Beast)
See our breasts, see our breasts-
Everywhere, half-naked chests.
While we nurse,
The prudish curse
And wish we'd button up our vests.
Sorry, folks, look away
If we're too decollete,
But this is what boobs are made for,
Not those Wonderbras you've paid for.
We refuse to go feed
Hunched in bathroom stalls indeed,
We're appalled that you would make sure rude requests.
Would you agree to eat
Upon a toilet seat?
See our breasts, see our breasts, free our breasts!

Enjoy and feel free to share with others!

(taken from Babytalk Magazine Oct. 2006)

Jen Starks, Owner 850.284.5887

Monday, August 9, 2010

Win $10 in credit or a Free Diaper-Promote our Upcoming Workshop!

Hey y'all!

We're having a "Cloth Diapers 101" workshop on August 24th starting at 5:30pm at The Birth Cottage. We need your help to spread the news. As an incentive, we'd like to give you a couple ways to win.

First Winner- New bumGenius 4.0 One-Size Diaper!

All you need to do is post the following on your Facebook wall and give us a shout out:

Using "<@>Ecological Babies" post: If you're interested in cloth diapers and want someone to give you the "in's and out's", attend Ecological Babies free upcoming workshop August 24 at the Birth Cottage starting at 5:30pm. If you can't make it, they do free one-on-one consultations!

Winner will be randomly drawn (from and announced the day after our workshop (Aug 25th). Note: Winner must be able to do a store pick up to receive the diaper.

Second Winner- $10 Credit on ANYTHING in our store!

If anyone in the workshop attends because of your Facebook post on your wall and they tell us, we'll give you $10 in credit. Sweet, huh? All they need to do is mention you and the Facebook contest during the workshop!

We'll write down all the referral names at the workshop and do the drawing at the end of the workshop. Winner will be announced and notified after we return home from the workshop! Note: You don't have to be local to win this one.

We hope you'll help us out, so we can help more people choose cloth for their babies!


Jen Starks

Monday, August 2, 2010

Some Survival Tips for Traveling with a Toddler & Infant 22 hours in the Car

We recently took a road trip with our two kiddos (6 mos & 2 yr, 8 mos)up to Indiana to visit both sides of our family. Since I'm currently still recouping from it, I'm not sure I'm going to do it again. Then again, I said that after Rita Clare's birth and somehow got back into the idea :o)

Gone are the days when we could make it in a long day for 12-14 hrs. Now, we break it up into 2 nights and 3 days, in order for it to be bearable. I know, that's a huge difference! Last summer, we purchased a pop-up camper so we could make our trips into little family holidays rather than pure torture.

This post is just going to be some tricks we used on during our car time. Rita Clare, our 2 yr old, was the hardest to please but we anticipated this.

1. Bag of surprise gifts wrapped in tin foil- I purchased little items from the dollar store that she could use either in the car or some time on our trip. (Silly Putty, gel pens, capsules that grow in water, jump rope, sunglasses, stickers, candy, cd)
2. Pipe Cleaners- great fun to manipulate and doesn't make a mess!
3. Colored pencils and a note pad (blank)-don't dare bring crayons in the car, risking a lost one to melt somewhere.
4. Water coloring pad
5. New markers that only show colors in a specific coloring book-it's quite amazing!
6. Borrowed DVDs and a new one.
7. LOTS of cds.-I included kids sing a longs, some calming ones, and some of mine I haven't heard in a while. If I'm happy, then the car is a lot more pleasant!
8. Activity book with dry erase markers. Actually, I wise up early on and we only used these during some down time on our trip when I was with her. She really liked them those.
9. LOTS of books. She's really into the seek and find books.
10. A doll to play with.
11. FAVORITE snacks-string cheese, pretzels, graham crackers were the biggest hit.
12. Finger puppets and songs with finger gestures- RC now knows what each finger is called and can sing "Two Little Blackbirds" all by herself.
13. Talking about things outside of the car.-Great distraction, especially when she wanted to wake Tyler up by screaming or when stuck in traffic.

1. We packed about 8 different toys. It was nice when RC would fall asleep and he started to fuss.
2. Mesh food eater. This was great when we tried stalling him from nursing. It always seemed to happen that we'd be less than 30 minutes from our destination and he'd have a meltdown. Then we'd all kinda start to melt down too. He liked the cheerios and bananas but boy he was a mess after the nanners! We also put ice in there a couple times.
3. Butt and Back Massages! Every time I took him out of his car seat, I'd nurse him and change him. Then I'd let him play on his belly while I gave him a good rub down. I'm sure his little tush was aching during some of those long hours.

All in all, they we both champs! We were lucky when they'd both fall asleep at the same time. That was basically our break during our traveling days (no fun). On the bright side, I almost finished my sweater I'm knitting for myself-woohoo!

Do you have any good travel tips I didn't mention? I'd love to hear them!

Jen Starks, Owner 850.284.5887