Arm’s Reach Concepts is a committed TLB sponsor and has actively supported breastfeeding families since 1997. Getting to know the ARC family has been a real pleasure, their values and character are ones I’m happy to connect with our community of Leakies. Stephanie manages ARC’s social media and has become a good friend, someone I trust and enjoy working with and I love how she cares about families. This week I’m excited to introduce you Leakies to this member of the ARC family and share a giveaway for a product that’s on my baby gear list, the cocoon.
TLB: Hi Stephanie, it has been a pleasure getting to meet and work with you and I’m so happy to have the Leakies get to know you and the support you offer. Tell us a little about yourself, your role at ARC, and your family.
Stephanie: Hello Leakies! it’s been my pleasure as well, I love the community you have built Jessica and am glad that we are able to be apart of it. I’m a creative & social person by nature, at ARC I started with general Customer Service as I love to help and inform people this came naturally to me. My past work was in an internet/technical background and I’m also a photographer so picking up the Social Media roles at ARC also fell in naturally. I’m a Mama to 3 children, William is 13, Tyler is 12 and Jillian just turned 11 last week.
TLB: Arms Reach obviously is committed to helping families get off to the best start possible and providing quality products to do so, tell us about how that commitment translates to the ARC family in how they take care of each other.
Stephanie: At ARC we truly are a family. We have a close knit staff who cares about each other and their families. We are all Moms, and with that often comes those “emergency” calls. We pitch in and help each other out, no questions asked.
TLB: I just love that ARC uses breastfeeding in promotional materials, such exposure helps normalize breastfeeding and gets more people comfortable with this biologically normal way to feed our young. Why does ARC have such a commitment to supporting breastfeeding?
Stephanie: We believe that Breastfeeding creates the best start in life for babies and mothers and want to help each mother (espeically first time Moms) obtain the goals they have. We believe that our product does just that.
TLB: Stephanie, one of your roles at ARC is to manage the social media, how do you see moms connecting and using social media and why do you think that is?
Stephanie: We now live in a very digital worl. When I was pregnant I didn’t have the resources that are now available at my fingertips. This can also be a catch 22, there is SO much info out there for Moms and Dads that it can become overwhelming. We believe it to be our responsibility to share with our Co-Sleeper community safe sleep practices and offer support to those who need it. When I see a response to one of our posts that says “Thanks, that’s exactly what I needed to hear today” or “I thought I was the only one who had this concern” it brings a smile to my face, helping Mothers and Fathers, it’s what we do.
TLB: As a mom yourself, what is your favorite ARC product and why?
Stephanie: I would say the Cocoon! (Too bad we don’t have them for us Mamas!) We’ve seen babies be able to soothe themselves with the gentle movements so quickly, I really wish I had one when mine were infants.
TLB: Heading into the holiday season, share your favorite holiday parenting survival tip for our readers.
Stephanie: Don’t overthink it. Remember the true meaning, we have long standing Holiday traditions in our family going back to my Father’s childhood, those are the things I remember from our Holidays. Being around family and friends. There are actually very few Christmas that I can remember specific gifts. Cherish your family and the time you have with them.
Stephanie is giving away 1 prizes to 1 lucky Leaky. The prize is:
The Arm’s Reach Cocoon in Toffee. Retail Value: $139.99
Currently Leakies can find this and other cosleeping items on the The Arm’s Reach website.
Good luck to everyone! Please use the widget below to be entered. The giveaway is open from [month day, 20--] through [month day, 20--]. A big thanks to [your first name] and [business name] for their ongoing support of TLB and all breastfeeding women; please be sure to visit their Facebook page or follow them on twitter (@theleakyboob on Twitter) and thank them for their support of TLB and this giveaway opportunity.
This giveaway is restricted to U.S. residents only.