The contest will stay open until 6/29 at 0730 hours, EST.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The contest will stay open until 6/29 at 0730 hours, EST.
It's very important for me to be close to my baby whenever we're together. We are both more relaxed this way, and the simple touch from each other just makes the world of difference in feeling safe, warm, and loved. In keeping with this, Amara and I have tried three different slings and one front carrier since she's been born, one of which was sent to me recently by the Rockin' Baby Sling company (sound familiar? You may have seen Gwen Stefani, Carrie Anne Moss, or Brook Burke sporting one).
What they sent to me is actually considered a "pouch" as marked by the pocket that's formed when it's on you. In summary, we really like this pouch . In fact, this seems to be Amara's favorite thing to be carried in! It's the most fashionable sling/pouch that I have, being reversible and made with beautiful fabrics. One can adjust the length of the sling by either zipping or unzipping fabric together where the sling sits on your shoulder. The zippers are hidden by a removable strip of fabric (one pattern on each side) that can be wrapped around the sling where the zippers are and velcroed into place. People always ask me how I am able to adjust the pouch, since the zippers are covered so well! You can watch a very short You-Tube video about how to wear one of these and manage the zipper system by clicking here.
The back rim is padded, providing an extra layer of comfort for the baby being carried, and there's a big formed pocket for he or she to sit in. I think the pocket is why Amara likes this sling the best--it's shaped just right for her to either sit in or recline in. Like any sling that I've had, you do need to shift it on your shoulder/back occasionally to relieve the pain that builds up from the added weight. It does stay close to your body, freeing your hands and making it easy for you to move around without your child swinging in front of you.
I've had a few times when the zipper for adjusting came undone while I was carrying Amara, but it's never caused any sudden drop or safety issue. After mentioning this to the Rockin' Baby ladies, I found that this problem is caused by having the zippers on top of your shoulder instead of behind your shoulder like one is supposed to wear the pouch. Just be sure to wear the zippers on your back and check them before wearing the pouch to avoid any opening zippers. As the pouch is one continuous piece of fabric, there doesn't seem to be any problem for us or the way I carry my daughter even if the zipper does come undone, which is nice.
Some of my favorite things about this pouch are:
- The many choices of beautiful fabric (including organic) for your pouch or sling (they make both!)
- The ease of using it
- That it offers me a different option from a traditional sling
- That you can carry your baby in 5 different ways (including a back carry) using it
- The good craftsmanship employed in their products
The company is very friendly and helpful and will even custom make a sling or pouch for you if you send them the fabric to do so! Some of my favorite things about them would be:
- Their products are cut and sewn in Los Angeles by workers making a fair, livable wage
- Slings and pouches both have been through rigorous safety testing (information can be found on their website)
- The packaging of their products is minimal and made from recycled materials
- They're just downright nice and personable people (and that's hard to come by these days)!
Really, the only downside to a pouch from these gals would be that some of them may be too expensive (regular pouches seem to be $82 while the organic ones are $112). The good news about this is that they offer sale ones for less ($62), and they have a promotional code that you can use at least through July 20th! Check out this deal:
On all non sale items, buy ane item and get the next item (of equal or lesser value) half off (Enter promo code: BOGO), or get a 25% discount (Enter promo code: June Discount)!
Certainly worth checking out, and especially if your little one would prefer a pouch as mine does. You can purchase a sling or pouch off of their website or in stores located around the US.
But wait, there's more...Rockin' Baby Slings has generously offered to provide one of my lucky readers with one of their fabulous Sugar Sugar pouches for free ($82.00 value)! You'll need to leave a comment on this post with your favorite item from their website (pouch/sling and fabric choices), and your favorite baby wearing tip or fact (don't have a baby yet? Do some research!). Be sure to include your email address in each comment or it won't count!
Earn some additional entries by sporting my buttons on your blog or website, blogging about this contest, signing up for Rockin' Baby Slings' newsletter (let me know which email address you used), following or subscribing to me, faving me on Technorati, or emailing some friends about this contest with a CC to lifemoresimply (at) yahoo.com. Leave a separate entry for each thing that you do and make sure that you tell me why you deserve an extra entry! If you earned an extra entry on one of the earlier posts (about June winnings or this particular contest), just mention it (I will be checking, though!).
This contest will be open until Monday, July 20 at 0730 hours, EST.
Be blessed, my friends!
Photo of the Sugar Sugar pouch that Rockin' Baby is giving away
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Have you ever heard of this before? What do you think---weird, or a good idea?
Monday, June 22, 2009
We'd been out visiting our Fathers and Grandfathers for a bit of the day, and were relieved to get home and put our very tired daughter to bed. She took all of 30-seconds to pass out, so we put a movie on the living room that's adjacent to our bedroom where she was sleeping. After a while, we heard her crying and so I went in to put a clean diaper on and nurse her. She again fell asleep shortly after this, so I went back out to the living room and was talking to Ron.
Moments later, we heard a thud that came from the bedroom. We, of course, bolted for the door but were met by cries before making it through the doorway. Unfortunately, one has to cross the room in order to turn on the light, so Ron headed for the lamp while I looked on my side of the bed to find the baby. Except that there was no baby! The pillows I carefully laid out to keep Amara from rolling off were still in their place on the bed, but left nothing but a void between them, and the floor was empty on both sides. Ron yelled over the cries "WHERE IS SHE?!" to which I couldn't answer.
We found her at the foot of our bed on the floor, facing the bed. Crying. Eyes closed. Not moving except for her screams. Horrified, I got to her first and was able to shoo Ron away from instinctively grabbing her up. Panicked, I held her head in alignment with her spine while I checked her extremities for movement and her spinal column for no deviations. Yeah, Paramedic-Mama at her best. She seemed okay, so we scooped her up and tried to comfort her while feeling her head for bumps.
Finding no injuries, we were able to calm our sweet baby down to where she was able to again flash her gigantic gummy smile at us. We wiped away the tears that were running down her neck, and she and I spent the next 15 minutes playing piano together. After checking her pupils, visual tracking, and behavior for the next half an hour, we finally decided that her spitting up was not vomit and we could go to bed instead of to the hospital. She was restless, though, and didn't fall asleep for another hour and a half.
I don't even care that I'm tired today after getting to sleep four hours later than normal and waking up all night long to verify my child's health. I'm kicking myself for not turning on the baby monitor like we always do when she's napping without us. I don't know why I didn't think that she could crawl off the bed trying to find us before we'd hear her and be in there! Yikes. Lesson learned, and thankfully with no bumps or bruises (or *cringe* worse) to remind us.
This has been my scariest mama-moment thus far, and I hope it's the worst one I ever have. The horror of hearing the "thud," and then the panic of not being able to find our baby! Not good, I tell you. I just keep thanking God that she's okay, because I have seen what can happen to babies from accidents and I never want to experience that. For the future? Duct Tape to hold my child in place.
What has been your scariest mama-moment, and how did you manage?
Friday, June 19, 2009
- Cloth Diaper Extravaganza for all of July, 2009. This theme will share tons of information about cloth diapering with you, as well as give you the opportunity to win some diapers and accessories!
- Green Cleaning products, information, and ideas. Will be one week long in August, 2009 (with the opportunity to win a $300.00 Activeion!).
- Remodeling your house the "green" way. I think we'll probably go room by room and will spread it out over time, starting in August, 2009.
- Random other things, like flattering clothes for an after-pregnancy mama body, baby slings, baby shoes, summer time and the outdoors, etc..
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
- Phtalate free
- Lead free
- BPA free
While the traditional plastic bag can take 1,000 years to degrade in a landfill, the Wrap-N-Mat can generally be re-used for six months straight before needing to be replaced, according to the company's website (hand wash and dry between uses). Did you know that 20,000,000 plastic baggies are discarded into landfills each day? I'm liking the idea of no BPA or non-degrading plastic baggies involved in my food storage...
Please take the time to check out Wrap-N-Mat's website. I love the idea of this product, and the quality meets my standards. Their company has generously offered to provide two of my reader's each with an original wrap and a pouch! All you have to do is head over to their website and tell me what print you'd like if you win (both for the wrap and pouch). Earn extra entries (after you pick a print) by:
- Following or subscribing to me (1 each)
- Sporting my button on your blog or site (2 entries per button)
- Emailing 4 friends about this contest or my blog (CC lifemoresimply(at)yahoo.com)
- Blogging about this contest or my blog with a link (1 entry)
- If you already earned an entry from this post
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
As new parents, you want to do what's right by your child. Is it better to teach them to fall asleep without you, or is it better to cuddle them and give them the security of being held while they fall asleep? I've read the literature on both ends, and have heard the criticism of both. In reality, we most often balance between the two in my household. My husband will put LoveBug down on the bed and lay next to her, giving her the prompts of "head down" and "shhhh" while lightly rubbing her back while she cries in protest. After she's asleep, he leaves and she's just fine.
Monday, June 15, 2009
- Enjoy our mesh caps and cool wraps (cool ties)for outdoor sports like golf, tennis, cycling,running, and hiking.
- Our floppy hats and visors are great for gardening, fishing, boating, the beach and other summer events.
- Neckbands and headbands are popular for heat stress safety and heat stroke protection, construction work, and as medical treatment for headaches and muscle aches,and menopausal hot flashes.
- Our cooling bandoorags are worn as bandannas, cooling scarfs and as biker (motorcycle) doorags.
I'd like to add to that list: pregnancy. This would be an excellent item for the expecting mom--I keep thinking that I had something like this to have kept me cool at night while I'm trying to sleep! I really think that this is a great product, well made, and that everyone could use.
Blubandoo is offering both a neckband and floppy hat (that's reversible and with SPF 50+ protection!) to one of my readers-- a $30.90 value if bought separately. You can choose between white and khaki for the color. To gain your initial entry (you must do this before gaining any other entries), you need to go to their website and tell me what product you're most interested in and in what color. Unfortunately, we're missing the charger cord for our camera's batteries, so I can't post any photos of this item. It looks better in real life than what they've got on their website, but there is a great video on their website that allows you to see and understand the cooling aspect of their headwear better. Check it out! This contest will end Monday, June 29 at 0730 hours EST.
Earn additional entries by...
- Entering the Pro-Tech-Skin cream contest (let me know here)
- Sporting my button on your blog (one entry per button)
- Subscribing to me
- Following me on Blogger
- Blogging about this contest
- Emailing 5 friends with lifemoresimply(at)yahoo.com CC'd in
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I didn't get to test any of their products, so this is a review entirely based on their website. Should I ever be a person of a pleasant income, though, I would love to adorn my feet and my husbands feet with these sandals. Aside from the footwear, my favorite product is the messenger bag they make. I love messenger bags.
Since these are sandals designed for the outdoors, head over to the Splaff website and then leave a comment on my post here. If you do, you can have an extra entry into my Pro-Tech-Skin giveaway since that's great for anyone involved in outdoor things too! Just leave a message on that post telling me that you commented on the Splaff review.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
My husband, Ron, works with his hands a lot. He's either doing carpentry or artwork (you can check out a sample of the artwork at http://eastfineart.com/), so he's constantly dirty-ing, scraping, and drying out his hands. When Atsko sent me a jar of their Pro-Tech-Skin to review, he was thrilled! The product is made entirely from inert waxes that work to provide a natural barrier so that your skins own oils and moisture will be protected, resulting in healthier, faster healing skin. A great alternative to lotion, a little goes a long way and stays on your hands for a long time.
Since there are no additives, this is a great product for people prone to allergies and skin irritations. Eczema, lupus, and UV-sensitive sufferers will especially appreciate this product since it is free of chemicals, water, clay, and other fillers. With no added scents (though you may smell the faint memory of honey from the beeswax), it's also great for people who are sensitive to scents or who work in environments where scents aren't appropriate.
One really only needs a little bit to be rubbed into the hands after washing and drying. At first, it made my hands feel slightly greasy, but nothing rubbed off anywhere and the feeling soon dissipated. Working as a paramedic on the weekend and in human services during the week, I am constantly washing my hands and using hand sanitizer. Not that Pro-Tech-Skin protects you from germs, per say, but with that extra protective barrier, your skin is stronger and thus more resistant to small lesions that are common to people who wash their hands a lot (what do you think dry skin is?). This is especially nice for anyone having to endure harsh elements outside, deal with chemicals or drying agents, and also just as a general protection and nourisher for skin everywhere!
This product is very affordable at only $7.30 per jar and should provide about 73.5 applications to the average pair of hands. I'd say that's pretty good even for a tightwad like myself! The guys over at Atsko also recommended it to me for use on baby bottoms to protect from rashes. I haven't used it for that yet, but I imagine that it would be very compatible with cloth diapers since it doesn't contain any of the ingredients that commonly stain and stick to fleece. I am fond enough of this product that I'm actually sitting at work right now wishing I had the jar with me, because as I write, I realize how thirsty my hands are for it!
If you care about your hands or anyone else's, get a jar of Pro-Tech-Skin. Really, it's an investment worth more than the money. Want to try before you buy? Call Atsko at 800-845-2728 and ask for a free sample (be sure to tell them that you came from Life More Simply's blog!). Not only is Atsko generously giving out samples, though, they're also giving a full sized jar to one of my readers! Visit their website at http://www.atsko.com/ and let me know about another product they have that you'd be interested in trying. Be sure to leave me your email address in the comment! Contest ends Sunday, June 21 at 11:59 EST and is only open to US mailing addresses.
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Monday, June 8, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
- excellent source of protein..and without the extra fat!
- the health benefits
- the EASE of working with it
Think I'm joking? Try this recipe for a delicious rendition of a garlic alfredo sauce and be amazed at how much faster and easier it is to make this way as opposed to standing over a stove and stirring milk forever. Even my husband who is a die-hard "I'm-not-a-vegetarian-so-I-can't-eat-soy" guy admits that this tastes good. Being a working mom, I can't afford any extra time in the kitchen. Tofu is a life saver of time.
Mix the garlic/oil and everything else in a blender or food processor until smooth (hint: always put the most liquid ingredients on the bottom of the blender, working up to the firmest):
1/2 cup milk (I use evaporated)
16 oz silken tofu
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Pepper and salt to taste
Heat to your desired temperature (be sure to stir occasionally) and it's ready to serve! Garnish with more cheese and fresh parsley for a nice touch. I often serve it with a colorful salad, providing aesthetic pleasure as well as more nutrition and yumminess.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I have a few Importants in life: God, my Family, and Life. I married my amazing husband, Ron, in 2006. He's a pretty phenomenal artist and you can see his work at http://www.eastfineart.com/. Since being married, we've visited 13 states, moved six times, graduated from college, and had a lot of other adventures together. Our daughter, LoveBug, was born naturally (no drugs or monitoring) in a birthing tub in October of 2008. She is our complete delight and we are thrilled that God chose our family to give a perfect child to. We're looking forward to the addition of a second perfect child (*crossing our fingers*) that will be joining us in early July, 2010. We breastfeed, co-sleep, cloth diaper, and love every moment of it.
If I had spare time, I would spend it fighting fires, cutting people out of cars, camping, rappelling, playing piano, drums, or guitar, making pottery, cooking, crafting, or just enjoying and exploring the outdoors. As a family, we enjoy art, music, the outdoors, and the discovery of new things.
When I was younger, I wanted to be an Indian and a Firefighter. I managed the firefighter part but am still pale as a potato. I currently work as a Coordinator of Program Activities for a day habilitation program for adults with developmental disabilities. I also work part time as a paramedic. And then again do some more part timing with teaching private music lessons. My husband and I do wedding photography when the opportunity arises and have flirted with the idea of making it into a real business, but alas, it remains more of a hobby. When I grow up, I now want to have my own business and stay at home with my family while home schooling my amazing offspring. I hope to grow up any day now, because I really want to be home with my daughter.
I have a bachelor of science degree in psychology and therapeutic recreation. I'm also skilled in a variety of other areas including music, drama, art, medicine/health, communication, design, and sleeping. My husband and I often wonder if college was worth the loans. The debate is still out.
Our big dreams include traveling the world and opening a Christian Center for the Fine Arts including an art gallery, auditorium, and cafe. If you'd like to provide lodging and food for our travels or to fund our art center operation, please let me know. Seriously.
My goal for this blog is simply to share the knowledge I have about natural living and parenting with other people, especially other working moms. The working world (outside the home) seems to have the idea that it's impossible to practice natural living while being a working mom. This blog is set forth with the hope that some people will reconsider or at least become aware of the possibilities out there, and to encourage those already striving to live life more simply.