TLB Sponsor Black Friday Deals and Beyond

Jessica and Kitty A.

Happy Holidays, dear Leakies!

Many of the wonderful sponsors of The Leaky Boob who believe that you deserve to receive quality support, encouragement, and information, would like to extend special discounts and offers to you this Holiday season!  From Black Friday, to Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, and beyond, please take a look at the list below to see if there is just the deal you were looking for!

If not for you, then why not for a friend?  Thanksgiving marks the beginning of a season of giving.  Who do you know that would just love to receive one of the special items below?

From The Leaky Boob and all TLB community sponsors, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, and wonderful Holidays!

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Black Friday, November 28

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16 Minute Club  Home-delivered lactation support goodie boxes for new moms
Receive a 30% discount code for Black Friday weekend when you sign up to receive emails from 16 Minute Club here

 

A Mothers Boutique  Nursing bras, maternity/breastfeeding clothing & accessories
Up to 75% off various items at mothersboutique.com with more and more deals each day; featuring maternity and clothing, and bras!

 

Amamante! Nursingwear    Designs with Mothers in Mind and Babies at Heart
20-50% off at lactationconnection.com with great brands like Bravado and Snugabell’s PumpEase.  Nursing mothers can always use a deal for their budget!

 

Arm’s Reach     Co-Sleeper Bedside Bassinet. Sleep Better. Sleep Closer. Sleep Safer
FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $150 placed on armsreach.com
20% off select styles (Mini Arc CoSleeper in Toffee Dot & Toffee Strip, Mini Arc Convertible in Santa Fe, Aurora Contempo Crib) at armsreach.com

 

Bamboobies     Cloud-soft nursing pads, organic, fair trade, leak-proof, bamboo
Free for shipping Black Heart Bamboobies nursing pads in the Black Heart freebies event (while supplies last)
30-50% everything at buybamboobies.com

 

Bébé Au Lait      Stylish nursing covers with an open neckline so mom can see baby
30% off everything at bebeaulait.com

 

Cezara             Belly support panty: pregnancy, postpartum, & after Cesarean
$10 off the Cezara belly panty at cezara.com, use code Thanksgiving2014

 

Clek                  Carseat excellence: smart, timeless, tested, safe travel vessels
Special promotions here for US sales, and here for sales in Canada

 

Freja Toys        Eco-friendly knitted baby-wearing dolls, baby toys, bf necklaces
25% off everything at frejatoys.etsy.com

 

JunoBlu           Fashionable breast pump bags for On-The-Go moms
Up to 30% many favorite Mom and Baby brands like Undercover Mama, Bamboobies, MilkMakers, and Juno Blu of course,  at ohbabyblackfriday.com with code OHBABY2014

 

KoalaKin          Hands-free nursing pouch, adjustable, comfortable
30% off any KoalaKin at koalakin.com with code KoalaBlack

 

LílléBaby         The most COMPLETE baby carrier for stylish parents on-the-go
20-25% off carriers at lillebaby.com

 

Little Spruce Organics  Everything organic! diapers, baby & nursing apparel, toys
20% off all regular priced items at littlespruceorganics.com with code blessings2014
– Check out clearance items too, and a special 30% discount on all Engel organic wool/silk Sports apparel

 

Momzelle         Breastfeeding clothing, maternity wear, nursing tops for hip moms
Up to 40% off all nursing tops and dresses at momzelle.com/us

 

Mrs Patel’s         All-natural treats and teas to help increase milk supply
35% off all products (excluding packages) at mrsmilk.com with code thankswknd14 (can’t be combined with other discount codes)

 

My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear  Your baby’s heartbeat recorded in a cuddly teddy bear
30% off everything at mybabysheartbeatbear.com with code GOBBLE

 

Naked Nursing Tank    Breastfeed in any top without showing your tummy!
15% off all tanks at nakedtank.com with code BLKFCBRM

 

Nine Naturals  All-natural, quality beauty products for pregnant and nursing moms
– Spend $75+, get 15% off with code BF15 at ninenaturals.com
– Spend $125+, get 20% off with code BF20
– Spend $200+, get 25% off with code BF25

 

NursePurse      Stylish breast pump bag for all your essentials – laptop too!
Free shipping and 20% everything at nursepurse.com with code FRIDAY20

 

Nursing Bra Express   Nursing bras, nursingwear, baby slings, breastfeeding covers
10-15% off every nursing bra at nursingbraexpress.com

 

Pebble            Fair-trade baby hats, rattles, decor by 1000’s of Bangladeshi women
Free Shipping for orders over $25 at kahiniwalla.com in the Continental US
– Orders over $50 receive a free Holiday Ornament Set ($19.95 value) while supplies last

 

Rhoost             Eco-friendly childproofing and grooming products
15% off at rhoost.com with code holidaypromo15

 

Rumina          Comfortable, supportive, hands-free pumping bra in a nursing tank
Free shipping and 20% off the entire Pump&Nurse Collection at ruminaformoms.com with code TankU14

 

Sloomb            Merino knits and natural diapering for your little hipsters ♥
15% off most products at www.sloomb.com

 

Snugabell        Hands-free pumping supports, secure, comfortable, fabulous
10% off PumpEase with additional 10% going to support local breastfeeding advocacy.  Use coupon code THXMAMAS at checkout to give AND save!  snugabell.com or Amazon.com (more information here)

 

The Dairy Fairy   The only nursing bra that multitasks as much as you do
20% off each item in your order at shop.thedairyfairy.com with code Txgiving20

 

The Vintage Honey Shop  Mamas rock, babies chomp! Teething/nursing necklaces.
20% off everything at thevintagehoneyshop.etsy.com with code BLACKFRIDAY

 

Undercover Mama   Breastfeeding wardrobe solution! Stylish strapless camisole
30% off everything at undercovermama.com with code GIVE30

 

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Small Business Saturday, November 29

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16 Minute Club  Home-delivered lactation support goodie boxes for new moms
Receive a 30% discount code for Black Friday weekend when you sign up to receive emails from 16 Minute Club here

 

A Mothers Boutique  Nursing bras, maternity/breastfeeding clothing & accessories
Up to 75% off various items at mothersboutique.com with more and more deals each day; featuring maternity and clothing, and bras!

 

Amamante! Nursingwear    Designs with Mothers in Mind and Babies at Heart
20-50% off at lactationconnection.com with great brands like Bravado and Snugabell’s PumpEase.  Nursing mothers can always use a deal for their budget!

 

Arm’s Reach     Co-Sleeper Bedside Bassinet. Sleep Better. Sleep Closer. Sleep Safer
– FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $150 placed on armsreach.com
– 20% off select styles (Mini Arc CoSleeper in Toffee Dot & Toffee Strip, Mini Arc Convertible in Santa Fe, Aurora Contempo Crib) at armsreach.com

 

Bamboobies     Cloud-soft nursing pads, organic, fair trade, leak-proof, bamboo
Free for shipping Black Heart Bamboobies nursing pads in the Black Heart freebies event (while supplies last)
30-50% everything at buybamboobies.com

 

Bébé Au Lait      Stylish nursing covers with an open neckline so mom can see baby
30% off everything at bebeaulait.com

 

Cezara             Belly support panty: pregnancy, postpartum, & after Cesarean
$10 off the Cezara belly panty at cezara.com, use code Thanksgiving2014

 

Clek                  Carseat excellence: smart, timeless, tested, safe travel vessels
Special promotions here for US sales, and here for sales in Canada

 

Freja Toys        Eco-friendly knitted baby-wearing dolls, baby toys, bf necklaces
25% off everything at frejatoys.etsy.com

 

LílléBaby         The most COMPLETE baby carrier for stylish parents on-the-go
20-25% off carriers at lillebaby.com

 

Little Spruce Organics  Everything organic! diapers, baby & nursing apparel, toys
20% off all regular priced items at littlespruceorganics.com with code blessings2014
– Check out clearance items too, and a special 30% discount on all Engel organic wool/silk Sports apparel

 

Momzelle         Breastfeeding clothing, maternity wear, nursing tops for hip moms
Up to 40% off all nursing tops and dresses at momzelle.com/us

 

Mrs Patel’s         All-natural treats and teas to help increase milk supply
35% off all products (excluding packages) at mrsmilk.com with code thankswknd14 (can’t be combined with other discount codes)

 

Naked Nursing Tank    Breastfeed in any top without showing your tummy!
15% off all tanks at nakedtank.com with code BLKFCBRM

 

NursePurse      Stylish breast pump bag for all your essentials – laptop too!
Free shipping and 20% everything at nursepurse.com with code SHOPSMALL

 

Nursing Bra Express   Nursing bras, nursingwear, baby slings, breastfeeding covers
10-15% off every nursing bra at nursingbraexpress.com

 

Pebble            Fair-trade baby hats, rattles, decor by 1000’s of Bangladeshi women
Free Shipping for orders over $25 at kahiniwalla.com in the Continental US
– Orders over $50 receive a free Holiday Ornament Set ($19.95 value) while supplies last

 

Rhoost             Eco-friendly childproofing and grooming products
15% off at rhoost.com with code holidaypromo15

 

Sloomb            Merino knits and natural diapering for your little hipsters ♥
15% off most products at www.sloomb.com

 

Snugabell        Hands-free pumping supports, secure, comfortable, fabulous
10% off PumpEase with additional 10% going to support local breastfeeding advocacy.  Use coupon code THXMAMAS at checkout to give AND save!  snugabell.com or Amazon.com (more information here)

 

The Dairy Fairy   The only nursing bra that multitasks as much as you do
20% off each item in your order at shop.thedairyfairy.com with code Txgiving20

 

The Vintage Honey Shop  Mamas rock, babies chomp! Teething/nursing necklaces.
15% off everything at thevintagehoneyshop.etsy.com with code VHHOLIDAY

 

Undercover Mama   Breastfeeding wardrobe solution! Stylish strapless camisole
30% off everything at undercovermama.com with code GIVE30

 

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Sunday, November 30

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16 Minute Club  Home-delivered lactation support goodie boxes for new moms
Receive a 30% discount code for Black Friday weekend when you sign up to receive emails from 16 Minute Club here

 

A Mothers Boutique  Nursing bras, maternity/breastfeeding clothing & accessories
Up to 75% off various items at mothersboutique.com with more and more deals each day; featuring maternity and clothing, and bras!

 

Amamante! Nursingwear    Designs with Mothers in Mind and Babies at Heart
20-50% off at lactationconnection.com with great brands like Bravado and Snugabell’s PumpEase.  Nursing mothers can always use a deal for their budget!

 

Arm’s Reach     Co-Sleeper Bedside Bassinet. Sleep Better. Sleep Closer. Sleep Safer
– FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $150 placed on armsreach.com
– 20% off select styles (Mini Arc CoSleeper in Toffee Dot & Toffee Strip, Mini Arc Convertible in Santa Fe, Aurora Contempo Crib) at armsreach.com

 

Bamboobies     Cloud-soft nursing pads, organic, fair trade, leak-proof, bamboo
Free for shipping Black Heart Bamboobies nursing pads in the Black Heart freebies event (while supplies last)
30-50% everything at buybamboobies.com

 

Bébé Au Lait      Stylish nursing covers with an open neckline so mom can see baby
30% off everything at bebeaulait.com

 

Cezara             Belly support panty: pregnancy, postpartum, & after Cesarean
$10 off the Cezara belly panty at cezara.com, use code Thanksgiving2014

 

Clek                  Carseat excellence: smart, timeless, tested, safe travel vessels
Special promotions here for US sales, and here for sales in Canada

 

Freja Toys        Eco-friendly knitted baby-wearing dolls, baby toys, bf necklaces
25% off everything at frejatoys.etsy.com

 

LílléBaby         The most COMPLETE baby carrier for stylish parents on-the-go
20-25% off carriers at lillebaby.com

 

Little Spruce Organics  Everything organic! diapers, baby & nursing apparel, toys
20% off all regular priced items at littlespruceorganics.com with code blessings2014
– Check out clearance items too, and a special 30% discount on all Engel organic wool/silk Sports apparel

 

Momzelle         Breastfeeding clothing, maternity wear, nursing tops for hip moms
Up to 40% off all nursing tops and dresses at momzelle.com/us

 

Mrs Patel’s         All-natural treats and teas to help increase milk supply
35% off all products (excluding packages) at mrsmilk.com with code thankswknd14 (can’t be combined with other discount codes)

 

Naked Nursing Tank    Breastfeed in any top without showing your tummy!
15% off all tanks at nakedtank.com with code BLKFCBRM

 

Nursing Bra Express   Nursing bras, nursingwear, baby slings, breastfeeding covers
10-15% off every nursing bra at nursingbraexpress.com

 

Pebble            Fair-trade baby hats, rattles, decor by 1000’s of Bangladeshi women
Free Shipping for orders over $25 at kahiniwalla.com in the Continental US
– Orders over $50 receive a free Holiday Ornament Set ($19.95 value) while supplies last

 

Rhoost             Eco-friendly childproofing and grooming products
15% off at rhoost.com with code holidaypromo15

 

Sloomb            Merino knits and natural diapering for your little hipsters ♥
15% off most products at www.sloomb.com

 

Snugabell        Hands-free pumping supports, secure, comfortable, fabulous
10% off PumpEase with additional 10% going to support local breastfeeding advocacy.  Use coupon code THXMAMAS at checkout to give AND save!  snugabell.com or Amazon.com (more information here)

 

The Dairy Fairy   The only nursing bra that multitasks as much as you do
20% off each item in your order at shop.thedairyfairy.com with code Txgiving20

 

The Vintage Honey Shop  Mamas rock, babies chomp! Teething/nursing necklaces.
15% off everything at thevintagehoneyshop.etsy.com with code VHHOLIDAY

 

Undercover Mama   Breastfeeding wardrobe solution! Stylish strapless camisole
30% off everything at undercovermama.com with code GIVE30

 

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Cyber Monday, December 1

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A Mothers Boutique  Nursing bras, maternity/breastfeeding clothing & accessories
Up to 75% off various items at mothersboutique.com with more and more deals each day; featuring maternity and clothing, and bras!

 

Amamante! Nursingwear    Designs with Mothers in Mind and Babies at Heart
20-50% off at lactationconnection.com with great brands like Bravado and Snugabell’s PumpEase.  Nursing mothers can always use a deal for their budget!

 

Arm’s Reach     Co-Sleeper Bedside Bassinet. Sleep Better. Sleep Closer. Sleep Safer
– FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $150 placed on armsreach.com
– 20% off select styles (Mini Arc CoSleeper in Toffee Dot & Toffee Strip, Mini Arc Convertible in Santa Fe, Aurora Contempo Crib) at armsreach.com

 

Bamboobies     Cloud-soft nursing pads, organic, fair trade, leak-proof, bamboo
Free for shipping Black Heart Bamboobies nursing pads in the Black Heart freebies event (while supplies last)
30-50% everything at buybamboobies.com

 

Bébé Au Lait      Stylish nursing covers with an open neckline so mom can see baby
30% off everything at bebeaulait.com

 

Cezara             Belly support panty: pregnancy, postpartum, & after Cesarean
$10 off the Cezara belly panty at cezara.com, use code Thanksgiving2014

 

Clek                  Carseat excellence: smart, timeless, tested, safe travel vessels
Special promotions here for US sales, and here for sales in Canada

 

Freja Toys        Eco-friendly knitted baby-wearing dolls, baby toys, bf necklaces
25% off everything at frejatoys.etsy.com

 

LílléBaby         The most COMPLETE baby carrier for stylish parents on-the-go
20-25% off carriers at lillebaby.com

 

Little Spruce Organics  Everything organic! diapers, baby & nursing apparel, toys
20% off all regular priced items at littlespruceorganics.com with code blessings2014

 

Momzelle         Breastfeeding clothing, maternity wear, nursing tops for hip moms
Up to 40% off all nursing tops and dresses at momzelle.com/us

 

Mrs Patel’s         All-natural treats and teas to help increase milk supply
Free bag of one of our milk-making tea blends with purchase of 2 or more boxes of Fenugreek Bars at mrsmilk.com with code mrsmonday14 (can’t be combined with other discount codes)

 

Naked Nursing Tank    Breastfeed in any top without showing your tummy!
15% off all tanks at nakedtank.com with code BLKFCBRM

 

Nine Naturals  All-natural, quality beauty products for pregnant and nursing moms
Free Body Balm with every purchase at ninenaturals.com!  Our gift to you!

 

NursePurse      Stylish breast pump bag for all your essentials – laptop too!
Free shipping and 20% everything at nursepurse.com with code MONDAY20

 

Nursing Bra Express   Nursing bras, nursingwear, baby slings, breastfeeding covers
10-15% off every nursing bra at nursingbraexpress.com

 

Pebble            Fair-trade baby hats, rattles, decor by 1000’s of Bangladeshi women
Free Shipping for orders over $25 at kahiniwalla.com in the Continental US
– Orders over $50 receive a free Holiday Ornament Set ($19.95 value) while supplies last

 

Rhoost             Eco-friendly childproofing and grooming products
15% off at rhoost.com with code holidaypromo15

 

Sloomb            Merino knits and natural diapering for your little hipsters ♥
15% off most products at www.sloomb.com

 

Snugabell        Hands-free pumping supports, secure, comfortable, fabulous
10% off PumpEase with additional 10% going to support local breastfeeding advocacy.  Use coupon code THXMAMAS at checkout to give AND save!  snugabell.com or Amazon.com (more information here)

 

The Dairy Fairy   The only nursing bra that multitasks as much as you do
20% off each item in your order at shop.thedairyfairy.com with code Txgiving20

 

The Vintage Honey Shop  Mamas rock, babies chomp! Teething/nursing necklaces.
15% off everything at thevintagehoneyshop.etsy.com with code VHHOLIDAY

 

Undercover Mama   Breastfeeding wardrobe solution! Stylish strapless camisole
30% off everything at undercovermama.com with code GIVE30

 

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December 2nd, and Beyond!

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Bébé Au Lait      Stylish nursing covers with an open neckline so mom can see baby
30% off everything at bebeaulait.com
Through December 2.

 

Cezara             Belly support panty: pregnancy, postpartum, & after Cesarean
$10 off the Cezara belly panty at cezara.com, use code Thanksgiving2014
Through December 3.

 

Clek                  Carseat excellence: smart, timeless, tested, safe travel vessels
Select carseats on sale in the clearance section; here for US sales, and here for sales in Canada

 

Freja Toys        Eco-friendly knitted baby-wearing dolls, baby toys, bf necklaces
20% off everything at frejatoys.etsy.com
Through December 9

 

Rhoost             Eco-friendly childproofing and grooming products
15% off at rhoost.com with code holidaypromo15
Through December 31!

 

Snugabell        Hands-free pumping supports, secure, comfortable, fabulous
10% off PumpEase with additional 10% going to support local breastfeeding advocacy.  Use coupon code THXMAMAS at checkout to give AND save!  snugabell.com or Amazon.com (more information here)
Through December 2.

Unless specified, discounts apply to US residents only.

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Nine Naturals Beautiful Giveaway

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Nine Naturals just became a sponsor of The Leaky Boob, and to help celebrate we’re offering you this beautiful giveaway opportunity.  Why “beautiful” you may ask?  Because Nine Naturals is all about offering beauty products that are safe for moms – especially expectant mothers.  Natural, organic, simple, smart, and safe: these are the qualities that go into each of their beauty products.  After using them ourselves, we agree!  Luxuriously simple and a list of wholesome ingredients so expertly combined, not only did we feel pampered in our quick shower, we felt safe knowing there was nothing we were putting on our bodies that could harm us or our children. We’ve invited Grace, co-founder and CEO of Nine Naturals, to tell us a little more about their company and products:

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Grace Lee, Co-Founder and CEO of Nine Naturals

TLB: What was the inspiration that led to the birth of Nine Naturals?

Grace: We were inspired (and continue to be inspired!) by pregnant and breastfeeding women who are choosing safer beauty routines for themselves and their babies.

It’s not easy! When my friends and I were looking for safe beauty products to use during pregnancy, we kept running into two problems –1) most products that claimed to be natural still contained harmful ingredients and 2) many natural products simply didn’t perform well! The shampoos didn’t lather well or the body products didn’t do much for their skin.

When I started developing Nine Naturals products, I focused on using natural, pure ingredients safe for pregnancy while maintaining a high standard for beauty and performance.

 

TLB: Were you surprised by any of the research you discovered when developing your products?

Grace: Yes! I was shocked to learn how prevalent certain toxins are in beauty products, despite research that links these chemicals to negative health effects – particularly on babies.

Have you ever read the ingredient labels of the products you use? The average woman uses 12 beauty products a day –a routine that exposes her to as many about 168 different ingredients! Some of these ingredients, like parabens and phthalates, are toxic and can be absorbed into the bloodstream. Many synthetic chemicals have been associated with diseases and health problems like cancer, endocrine disruption and behavioral disorders.

With pregnancy being the stage when babies are most vulnerable to environmental toxin exposure, it is imperative that we act on the mounting research. Unfortunately, given the prevalence of toxins in commercial products, the onus is on us parents to minimize our babies’ prenatal exposure.

 

TLB: What are the values that go into the products you make?

Grace: We believe that pregnancy and breastfeeding are periods in a woman’s life when she should feel peaceful and safe but also a time she can indulge and feel amazing about herself. We believe that every pregnant and breastfeeding woman deserves to feel pampered.

We believe in the inherent quality and effectiveness of natural ingredients. We believe in handpicking all of our ingredients; diligent research and scrupulous sourcing are critical parts of product development, from ideation to formulation to production.

 

TLB: What is your favorite breastfeeding tip?

Grace: Don’t be afraid to get help. Breastfeeding can be difficult in the beginning. Hire a lactation consultant to come to your house or look for a local meeting of La Leche League to get help from a lactation expert. No woman should feel alone in their breastfeeding journey. That’s why I love the Leaky Boob!

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TLB: If a parent is concerned, what can they do to limit exposure without having to drastically change their lifestyle?

Grace: Synthetic chemicals are found in the everyday products we use in our homes, on our bodies and on our children. Water bottles, beauty products, soap, toothpaste –we are literally inundated.

Limiting exposure might feel overwhelming, but small, simple changes make a difference. Start by switching out the products you use most frequently. Imagine if you substituted the shampoo you use everyday for a toxin-free alternative. With no major effort, expense or sacrifice, you’ve just eliminated one regular source of exposure.

We created Nine Naturals to facilitate these simple, high-impact changes. Our products were developed to be natural, safe replacements for the products you use everyday, and designed with performance as well as purity in mind. All of our formulations are 100% plant-based. We never, ever use sulfates, phthalates, parabens, petrochemicals, BPA, triclosan, DEA, synthetic fragrance or artificial preservatives.

 

TLB : What specific steps would you suggest moms take to reduce toxin exposures?

Grace: First and foremost, make sure your personal care products are safe and natural. Switch out your products that contain harmful chemicals to products that do not.

Do a sweep of your existing personal care products. Read all of the labels and verify that those products that claim to be natural actually are natural! If you don’t understand the label, that’s a good sign that there might be some chemicals in that product you want to avoid. The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) features great, safe alternatives in their Skin Deep Cosmetics Guide.

Avoid salons that are not well-ventilated! At the salon, avoid chemical-heavy hair processes, especially at the roots. At the spa, opt for treatments that use natural and organic products. For manicures, look for polish that is “three-free”, meaning free of dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde and toluene. And last but not lease, use Nine Naturals!

You should also be changing other areas of your life! Nearly all of our tips about detoxifying your beauty care routine apply to your cleaning products! Use glass where possible; avoid plastics, which often contain Bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalates, industrial compounds linked with breast cancer and infertility. Eat organic and fresh! And, finally, open a window! Improving ventilation and air circulation will help deter unwanted particles from settling in your furniture, clothes and the rest of your home.

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This Nine Naturals Beautiful Giveaway is offering a Grand Prize and 5 Runner-Up Prizes for a total of 6 lucky Leakies!

Grand Prize: Complete Nine Naturals Product Line! ($285 in value)

5 Runners Up will Get a Nine Naturals Repairing Body Balm! ($15 value!)

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Good luck to everyone!  Please use the widget below to be entered.  The giveaway is open from November 7, 2014 through November 14, 2014.  A big thanks to Grace and Nine Naturals for their support of TLB and all breastfeeding women; please be sure to visit their Facebook page or follow them on twitter and thank them for their support of TLB and this giveaway opportunity.

This giveaway is restricted to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

The Leaky Boob + Nine Naturals

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A Crunchy Mama Giveaway

Ashley and Katie are stay at home Moms in a small town just outside of Salem, Oregon.  Together they started a little business making organic beauty and wellness products they call, Crunchy Mamas.  They produce cleverly named products such as Menth Head, Smelly Face, Nipstick, and Achy Breaky.  Their mission is to provide you with chemical free alternatives to commercial products.  They avoid everything artificial:  NO dyes, NO GMO’s, NO fragrances, and NO preservatives.  Their love for all things organic is what excited them about the opportunity to sponsor TLB.  After all, what is more natural than leaky boobs?

 Read on to get to know the goofy ladies behind Crunchy Mamas and enter to win one of four awesome prizes!

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TLB:  What should TLB readers know about Crunchy Mamas?

Katie:  Crunchy Mamas was born one year ago to two stay at home Moms that prefer a more natural and simple approach to life.  This business started out with a batch of 50 lip balms and now it has expanded beyond our expectations.  We hope that we can help raise awareness about the dangers of commercial products and help people feel confident about the products they are using for their families.  But please know, we aren’t perfect.  We have been known to drink Diet Pepsi and eat Little Caesar’s while making batches of Crusty Foot!

TLB:  How did this venture into handmade organic products start?

Katie:  Having kids changed everything.  Not only was I responsible for myself, but I was in charge of two little humans and they depended on me to make the best choices possible on their behalf.  I began learning about dangerous chemicals in various commercial household products and that really fired me up.  I promptly packed up my baby shampoos, deodorants, toothpastes, and household cleaners and tossed them in the trash.  This led to me researching essential oils and various recipes for homemade goods.  It is very empowering to know exactly what the ingredients are that I’m using on my babies and why they are beneficial.  You can get to know us better by reading our blog post on our mission to be Crunchy.

TLB:  What is it like, working together with your sister-in-law?

Ashley:  Let’s be honest, I feel like a fraud calling it “work.”  Katie is one of my best friends and I have so much fun getting to do this with her.  We both have different weaknesses that are made up for by our different strengths.  I’m in the running for the most impatient person on the planet, where Katie could sit contently and watch paint dry.  This adventure is enjoyable because we are getting to do it together.

TLB:  How do you balance work and family life?

Ashley:  Most importantly, I try not to separate my family from my work.  My kids play a big role in Crunchy Mamas.  They help me label products (this explains why you may receive a bottle of hand sanitizer with the label upside down), pack up boxes, and keep me company when we sell our products at our local farmers market.  I love that they are getting to see how much hard work and care goes into operating a small business.  Also, my husband helps with whatever he can.  In fact, he and Katie’s husband are appropriately referred to as the “Crunchy MAN-mas.”  We couldn’t do it without their tremendous amount of support!

TLB:  What is your favorite breastfeeding tip?

Ashley:  Oh boy, how do I pick just one?  Breastfeeding was very difficult for me in the beginning, so I’d like to target all the newbies with this tidbit of advice.  DON’T GIVE UP!  No one ever told me that breastfeeding could be painful, uncomfortable, and bloody.  I had a 9 pound baby with a really strong sucker.  I tell ya, that kid could have sucked a nail right out of a wall.  (It was this experience that prompted me to start making Nipstick.)  Fortunately, in the moment, I had cheerleaders around me encouraging me not to give up.  They assured me it would get better and it did.  If you’re new to nursing and are on the verge of reaching for that bottle, please don’t give up and seek a strong support system if you don’t already have one.

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Ashley and Katie are giving away four different prizes to four lucky Leakies.  The prizes are:

1.  An expecting Mamas gift set.  One tube of our pregnant belly relief – About to Pop.  A tube of our Baby Butt Balm.  Lastly, a tube of our fabulous nursing nipple relief – Nipstick.  Retail Value:  $25

2.  One of each of our amazing Lip Balms.  Flavors included are: Naked, Grapefruit, Honey lemon, Sweet Orange, Lime, and Mint.  Retail Value:  $18

3.  A bottle of our all in one facial moisturizer – Smelly Face.  Retail Value:  $19

4.  A collection of products perfectly suited for your all-natural first aid kit.  One tube of our cuts and scrapes healer –  Scab Stick.  A tube of our all natural vapor rub – Menth Head.  Finally, a bottle of our Lavender-Lemon Hand Sanitizer.  Retail Value:  $15

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Currently Leakies can find these and other all-natural wellness products on the Crunchy Mamas website, www.crunchymamasgoods.com.

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Good luck to everyone!  Please use the widget below to be entered.  The giveaway is open from April 29, 2013 through May 6, 2013.  A big thanks to Ashley and Katie and Crunchy Mamas for their ongoing support of TLB and all breastfeeding women; please be sure to visit their Facebook page and thank them for their support of TLB and this giveaway opportunity.

This giveaway is restricted to U.S. residents only.

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