Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Tabooed Nipple

This is from our admin Tom. We sure do love having a male perspective on these things.

I write this one morning several weeks ago as a response to people who, despite living in a world where we are constantly bombarded with images of negativity that include violence, intolerance, hatred, terrorism etc..., act like seeing a nipple when a mother is breastfeeding is the worst thing they could possibly see. This is by no means intended to offend people who believe in being modest or being discreet. Even despite the best efforts to achieve those things a brief sighting still happens from time to time. This is for those who choose to let it destroy their day.

The Tabooed Nipple

Why are nipples so taboo,
and why are they a threat to you?

What will happen if you see,
those tiny bits of nubbery?

Will your eyes fall from your head, and can a glimpse just drop you dead?

Won't you somehow make it through, if by chance one peeks at you?

I've never known a tragedy,
of one who's glimpsed the nubbery.

I've seen them from my boyhood days, and never suffered from the gaze.

They're just two fleshy nubs of skin, to look on them is not a sin.

All humans have them yes we do, so why are female's so taboo?

While nursing babies they may show, instead of fuming let it go!

We overplay the nipple slip,
I think it's time we got a grip!

I think it's time society,
addressed this dumb mentality.

I think it's time we laid to rest,
the tabooed nipple and the breast!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Gift Set Prizes

Baby Barn who is giving away a 100% Organic cotton baby rattle sells  organic toys, clothing, essentials, and eco-friendly items.

Beecology who is giving away a small gift basket sells natural body wash, shampoo, conditioner, soap, hand and body cream, lip balm, and t-shirts.

Bessie's Best: Lactation Cookies who is giving away 2 loaves of pumpkin bread sells oatmeal based cookies with flax seed and brewers yeast as the active ingredients.

Credible Cravings who is giving away one box of CredibleCravings Organic Perinatal Whole Food Bars (winner's choice of flavors) sells  organic whole food bars developed to support the nutritional needs of women before, during and after pregnancy- complete with a natural probiotic cultured in organic / kosher whey!

Cushy Closer Door Cushions who is giving away three Cushy Closer sells a revolutionary product that helps to facilitate sleep, eliminates door noise as well as encourages safety. Their unique snug-fit design offers a straightforward solution for all varieties of door sounds and prevents children and even pets from locking themselves in a room.

Flip and Bean who is giving away a Burp Cloth set , small baby blanket, and a Shamrock child link is a compilation of handmade items for children and infants, created by myself, a first-time mother, inspired to make life easier while using the attachment parenting method and baby-wearing.

FrejaToys who is giving away a  set of of crochet fruit sells nursing necklaces, teething toys, knitted dolls and more!

Little Bits of Love who is giving away a St. Patrick's day bracelet sells unique pieces of Jewelry for every woman!

Little Diablo Salsa who is giving away three pack of salsa (winner's choice of flavors) sells all natural vegetarian salsas that are gluten and preservative free made with only the freshest ingredients.

Nursing Bra Express who is giving away a nursing sleep bra sells nursing bras, nursing clothing, nursing tops, nursing tanks, and breastfeeding accessories.

Bra details - Soft? Yes. Comfy? Yes. Will I ever want to take this bra off? NO! La Leche League Intimates™ has designed this fabulous sleep bra with utmost comfort in mind. Pull over style, no hook and eye closures on this bra - T-back design for support and comfort. Soft elastic band has signature La Leche League lady logo embossed all around. Simply pull cup across breast for easy nursing access. This snuggly nursing bra also comes in beautiful, soft colors as well as a fun black jacquard print and traditional white. Buy one of each! You will be wearing this sleep bra long after your breastfeeding days are over. Cotton/polyester/spandex. Imported. By La Leche League Intimates™. Nursing Bras Features: no padding, no underwire Colors: Black Jacquard, Blue Grass, Soft Pink, White Sizes: S (A cup), M (B cup), L (C cup), XL (D cup), 2X (DD/E cup) **If you are between sizes, please size up who is giving away a bottle of Eucalyptus Blue Oil sells Young Living Essential Oils and more.

Origami Owl Independent Designer Laura Jordan is giving away a $20 gift certificate.

Zadyball who is giving away a St. Patrick's Day themed Zadyball sells the original Zadyball. It is designed with babies in mind. They are soft to hold and cuddle, and have lots of knotted fabric strings to grab and rub. Zadybal is easy for young babies to hold on to, and will quickly become a favorite!

To enter to win these awesome prizes and more, please go to our Luck Of The Irish Giveaway.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Luck Of The Irish Giveaway

The items up for grabs are....
Winner is responsible for shipping on select items.

Baby Barn - 100% Organic cotton baby rattle
Beecology - Small Gift Basket
Bessie's Best: Lactation Cookies - 2 loaves of pumpkin bread
Credible Cravings - one box of CredibleCravings Organic Perinatal Whole Food Bars (winner's choice of flavors)
Cushy Closer Door Cushions - Three Cushy Closers
Flip and BeanBurp Cloth set , small baby blanket, and a Shamrock child link
FrejaToys -  set of of crochet fruit
Little Bits of Love - St. Patrick's Day bracelet
Little Diablo Salsa - three pack of salsa (winner's choice of flavors)
Nursing Bra Express - nursing sleep bra - bottle of Eucalyptus Blue Oil
Zadyball - St. Patrick's Day Zadyball
Total Retail Value: $237.39

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Manhattan Toy Company Review

The Manhattan Toy Company was Founded in 1979 by Francis Goldwyn (grandson of motion picture studio owner Sam Goldwyn), Manhattan Toy pioneered the use of non-traditional fabrics in toy design and introduced delightful new body styles in soft toys. Although Goldwyn is no longer involved in the ownership of Manhattan Toy, we remain true to his vision of marching to the beat of a different (toy) drum. Their mission is to inspire imaginative play so kids and moms smile. 

Our admin Sara had the pleasure of reviewing one of their toys and here is what she thought.

I tested the Skwish Natural for approximately 3 weeks. I was very impressed with the quality of the materials used. There were no holes, nicks, scratches, or any other imperfections in the wood. The cording seems to be very strong and durable as well. It held up to all of the chewing and banging done by not only my 8 month old, but also my 4 and 2 year olds, and still has no visible damage.

I chose the natural instead of the classic (shown below), because we try to limit possible toxins in our home. However, after looking more into their toys I learned that the paint used on the classic is a water based, non-toxic paint. So you need not worry about it chipping.

My son really seemed to enjoy chewing on the beads more than actually playing with it. But that's the life of a teething baby I suppose. My older daughters on the other hand, enjoyed playing with it and trying to get it to bend in different ways. Although my girls didn't play with it for extended amounts of time, I liked that it entertained all my babies. I usually try to buy one toy they all get something out of, rather than age specific ones. Since they grow so fast (sadly). Overall I would highly recommend this toy to other parents, especially those who (like us) try to stick with more traditional things instead of all the high tech stuff.

If you'd like to get one of these toys, or any of their other great toys for your little one, head over to The Manhattan Toy Company now!