The Joy of Giving 2016

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Everyone loves a good giveaway. They’re fun, enticing, and full of hopeful anticipation. Here at TLB we take delight in working with brands that care so much about quality, families, support, and seeing babies well fed. These companies not only see our community as a valuable resource for them, but each brand we work with is carefully vetted, selected for their commitment to value supporting families. With them, TLB gets to regularly experience the joy of giving to families through our giveaways and community support.

Which is why this holiday season we are extending the reach of that giving. The Joy of Giving giveaway brings together 32 brands that truly know the meaning of the joy of giving. With three different bundles (totaling $4306), one lucky winner will have the chance to give as well by selecting two of their friends that could use a little holiday cheer, and they will each receive a bundle!

But that’s not all. Not only are we offering this giveaway and giving you a chance to give, every item being given away in the Joy of Giving giveaway is also being donated to a nonprofit organization that supports families. And we need your help!  There are so many amazing nonprofits out there that we struggled to select just 5 of them for this opportunity, and it’s up to you to make the final selection. We are including a short description for each of the 5 organizations with a link to their website in case you would like to learn more about them. Once you’re ready, cast your vote for your favorite in the poll just under the descriptions! Our hope is that they will inspire us all to find new ways to give this season. Even a warm smile can lift a person’s spirits.

 

Happy Holidays, and good luck!

 

Everyday Miracles is built on the belief that every woman has a right to evidence-based prenatal care; that every woman should be empowered, supported and celebrated during pregnancy, birth and postpartum—regardless of age, race, or socioeconomic status. The work they do is inspired by the commitment, resilience and strength we see in the moms we serve every single day. Their mission is to improve birth outcomes and reduce health disparities by providing evidence-based education, compassionate and culturally competent support and a non-judgemental, caring community. Find them on Facebook.

Mothers Helping Mothers is a refuge in which Teens in need of support and guidance can receive mentoring and educational encouragement that offers empowerment in such a way that it promotes positive self-esteem while enhancing teen parenting skills. Serving teen mothers in the Columbus, OH area in need of a loving and nurturing environment during their time of pregnancy and beyond in both emotional and physical ways. Find them on Facebook.

Pittsburgh Black Breastfeeding Circle (PBBC), aims to reduce racial disparities in breastfeeding by protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding as the cultural norm and optimal feeding method for mothers and babies of African Descent in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. Their mission also includes providing culturally relevant breastfeeding, parenting, and nutrition education and information in a supportive group environment. The PBBC facilitates community learning with maternal child health and lactation specialists and experts; in addition to the development of peer leadership. Find them on Facebook.

The Carrying On Project provides carriers and more to low income and struggling military families to help encourage and facilitate bonding for service members who spend extended amount of time away from their children because of deployments, trainings, and other duties of service, as well as help the caregiver at home by providing them a way to snuggle and comfort the children who are left behind with a focus on families who are brand new to the military or our veterans who are awaiting medical support or compensation, including those living in halfway houses and group housing. They also work with veteran families, some who are left unemployable due to injuries, TBIs or PTSD, and more. Serving nearly 8000 families since their inception, collaborating with other organizations, TCOP distributes items for charity baby showers and need-based to help families that apply and need extra services. In addition to baby carriers, TCOP has supplied families requiring extra assistance with diapers, clothing, blankets, breastfeeding supplies, teething items, bottles, pacifiers, and more. Find them on Facebook.

Wichita Treehouse women come to The Treehouse as referrals from other social service agencies in Wichita. These moms have given birth in difficult circumstances, and have material, emotional, and spiritual needs. The Treehouse provides moms with: Parenting education, One-time free distribution of basic infant necessities (for eligible mothers), Thrift store (newborn to 16 youth clothing, basic supplies for infants and toddlers, etc. credit earned by taking classes), Extra assistance (up to 2 times a year for diapers or formula). The Treehouse continues to be able to serve moms and babies because of  financial, material, volunteer resources, and prayer from the entire Wichita community. Find them on Facebook. 

Prize bundle #1:

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Prize Bundle #1 Total Value: $583

You! Lingerie: Isis Blue Maternity and Nursing Set$50 value
Truly Irresistible! Fall in love with this smooth vivid blue color nursing bra featuring a seductive touch of lace, a true definition of ‘Luxurious!’ The gorgeously molded nursing bra is a great choice during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Lined with our signature Hot Pink 100% cotton for maximum comfort. Embellished with our signature Hot Pink satin bows. It comes with a matching brief microfiber with a touch of lace in vivid blue for a gorgeous YOU!

Smart BottomsConvertible Flannel Nursing Scarf, $39 value
Made with cozy flannel fabric, this scarf will quickly become your favorite cold-weather accessory! Snaps enable you to customize your coverage and compliment your outfit.

MommyCon: General Admission, $45 value
General admission to any 2017 MommyCon event.

Mollys SudsLiquid Laundry Detergent, $17 value
This free and clear, unscented formula is perfect for those with allergies and sensitive skin and it is baby laundry safe. You can count the number of ingredients on both hands – it does not contain the long list of harsh chemicals found in conventional brands. 50 loads, 50 FL OZ, Ultra-Concentrated. Works in all machines, including HE, and safe for septic systems. Work in all water temperatures, and hard/soft water.

Carriwell: Seamless GelWire Nursing Bra$50 value
The healthiest, supportive nursing bra ever made, the incredibly flexible Gelwire gives you the support you desire while still being soft and comfortable to wear. The Carriewell GelWire is the healthy option when you need support in your nursing bra and is approved by lactation consultants.

Nurture-Elle: Pleated Short Sleeve Top, $45 value
The graceful pleats are excellent at hiding the tummy and the slimming effects of the long sleeves will boost your confidence! Wearable during pregnancy as well. The subtle elastic band along the bottom of the shirt structures the top so as to add style, not volume.
Opening: SIDE SEAM ACCESS: To access the right breast, simply move the front fabric to the left and move to the right the inner layer. To access the left breast, simply move the front fabric to the right and move to the left the inner layer.
* All our breastfeeding fashions are created with a woman’s post-partum shape in mind. We have customized the bust lines to be 1 to 2 cup sizes larger.

Crane: Owl Humidifier$50 value
Crane ultrasonic cool mist humidifier provides up to 24 hours of whisper quiet mist to relieve stuffy noses, dry skin, dry cough and overall cold/flu symptoms. Does not require a filter.

Make My Belly Fit: Jacket Extender, $86 value
Babies bring change. Your jacket doesn’t have to! The BellyFit is an award-winning jacket extender for maternity and baby-wearing. It simply extends your own jacket.

BelabumbumDottie Nursing Pajama Set, $79 value
Belabumbum’s sweet and soft polka dot print pajama set includes a camisole with underbust pull-up nursing access and adjustable straps and a flattering pant with soft flat elastic waistband in 100% pima cotton jersey with lace trim.

MoveMamíNursing Sports Bra, $50 value
SHINE in the most comfortable and supportive nursing bra. MOVEMAMÍ is highly recommended by mothers and midwives around the world. Supportive, comfortable and stylish – the SHINE breastfeeding sports bra is designed to support a mother’s ever-changing body, both during and post-pregnancy. Each MOVEMAMÍ nursing bra comes with a pair of innovative BAMBOOB breast pads.

Preggo LeggingsBlack Out Moto Leggings, $50 value
Rock this biker inspired Black Out Moto Maternity Leggings and you’ll instantly look like a badass preggo babe. They are super comfy too with an adjustable waist and ribbed stretch cotton over the bump panels. Your ultimate go-to fashion maternity leggings that you can easily dress up or down with a tee or your favorite top.

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Prize bundle #2:

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Prize Bundle #2 Total Value: $626

Ameda: Purely Yours Ultra Pump$299 value
Our Purely Yours Ultra Double Electric Breast Pump is a closed-system, single-user pump intended to help mothers to safely and effectively express and store her milk when she is unable to nurse directly. The Ultra has updated features including larger, easy-to-use control dials and an easy-to-clean exterior finish.

Glamourmom: Nursing Bra Full Bust Long Top, $59 value
Full structured built-in nursing bra into a long tank top that supports up to a J cup.

Woolino: 4 Season Basic Baby Sleeping Bag, $70 value
Woolino’s award winning 4 Season Basic Merino Wool Baby Sleep Bag will keep baby at a perfect temperature all year round. It is made of the finest Australian merino wool that is silky soft, hypoallergenic, and it has an unmatched ability to regulate baby’s body temperature. That means there’s no need to worry about which weight sleep sack to use, or whether your baby will be too hot or cold while sleeping – they’ll always be just right!

KangaCare: Rumparooz Diaper, $24 value
One diaper. 4 sizes. Fits babies 6-35+ lbs
The award winning Rumparooz One Size Cloth Pocket Diaper has been a revolutionary change to the face of cloth diapering. Kanga Care brand cloth diapers were the first cloth diapers uniquely designed with the now patented leak protection technology of dual inner gussets. Designed with simplicity, Rumparooz are as easy to use as a disposable diaper, but without all the chemicals, waste and high cost. The Rumparooz One Size Cloth Pocket Diaper is 4 diapers sizes in ONE diaper. The Rumparooz will fit most babies at any size between birth (size newborn, 6 lbs) up through potty training (size large, 35+ lbs). Each diaper comes with a microfiber 6r soaker. This unique soaker has 6 different size and absorbency settings to customize for your babies needs.

The Dairy Fairy: Ayla Pumping Bra, $54 value
A beautiful, comfortable and functional bra for the multitasking mom. Lacy and supportive, definitely not your granny-bra.

Twin Z: The One Z Pillow$60 value
One Z Pillow is a nursing pillow fantastic integrated back support that allows moms to nurse for hours a day in complete comfort. The One Z Pillow uses also include Tummy Time, Bottle Feeding, Support and Play Time!

Phoenix BabyGoTo 2-in-1 Infant Car Seat and Travel High Chair$60 value
The GoTo2-in-1 is the first adaptive system that allows parents to safely, cleanly and comfortably provide baby a safe spot at home and on the go. Designed with wide legs for stability, a safety lock to hold infant car seats in place, and mesh pockets to conveniently store feeding essentials, the GoTo 2-in-1 is a perfect alternative to a restaurant high chair or placing an infant car seat on a raised surface. With the 2-in-1, parents can safely keep baby up and away from pets, dirt and floor drafts. The 2-in-1 is tall enough to feed baby at a table and conveniently folds compactly for storage and travel.
Once a child is out of an infant car seat, the 2-in-1 can be used as a high chair, including a full 5-point safety harness. It comes with a case and easily fits in a car trunk or an overhead storage rack for easy travel.

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Prize bundle #3:

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Prize Bundle #3 Total Value: $733

Twin Z: Sleep Z Pillow$50 value
Toddler/Kid Body Pillow for children ages 3 and up that helps your child fall asleep by surrounding them with comfort. Results in less middle of the night waking!

Nurture-Elle: Pleated Short Sleeve Top$45 value
The graceful pleats are excellent at hiding the tummy and the slimming effects of the long sleeves will boost your confidence! Wearable during pregnancy as well. The subtle elastic band along the bottom of the shirt structures the top so as to add style, not volume.
Opening: SIDE SEAM ACCESS: To access the right breast, simply move the front fabric to the left and move to the right the inner layer. To access the left breast, simply move the front fabric to the right and move to the left the inner layer.

ThinkBaby: BPA Free Feeding Set, $40 value
Free of Bisphenol-A (BPA), phthalates, nitrosamines, lead, PVC, PET,  Melamine and biologically harmful chemicals.The Complete BPA Free set contains: bento box, soup bowl, baby bowl, and a kids cup.
Made from highly sustainable materials.

MommyCon: Smash the Patriarchy T-shirt, $20 value
On Wednesdays We Smash the Patriarchy and invite you to join us by wearing this 100% cotton, heathery gray shirt in ia classic, unisex crewneck.

KangaCareLil Learnerz Training Pants$28 value
Lil Learnerz are here to help your toddler hit the next milestone – potty training! When your little one is ready to leave the diapers behind but still needs help and protection, Lil Learnerz will become that essential aid. Lil Learnerz look like big kid underwear and come in multiple fun prints and vibrant color combinations. Lil Learnerz are made with IMWET TECHNOLOGY™! This feature lets your toddler feel wet when they have had an accident. This helps them learn more about their body and aids in the potty learning process. Lil Learnerz are breathable and soft with a hypoallergenic layer that rests against your child’s skin. Lil Learnerz are also waterproof and can hold a heavy accident with no trouble. The inside is made up of an absorbent, dual layer, microfiber core. Lil Learnerz are easy to pull up and down by your little learner! Just like real underwear! Lil Learnerz are available in five sizes ranging from Extra Small to Extra Large. The Extra Small and Small sizes also feature side snapping release panels for easy-off in case of accidents with early learners.

Chimparoo: Soft Structured Baby Carrier, value $206
The Chimparoo TREK is the contemporary of the woven wrap, designed for those who desire an ergonomic and supportive soft structured carrier. Sporty and chic, down to earth and sophisticated, this carrier is for men and women with refined tastes, the nature lovers and the trend-seekers. It can hold up to 45 lbs and is easy to handle.

Ameda: Purely Yours Ultra Pump$299 value
Our Purely Yours Ultra Double Electric Breast Pump is a closed-system, single-user pump intended to help mothers to safely and effectively express and store her milk when she is unable to nurse directly. The Ultra has updated features including larger, easy-to-use control dials and an easy-to-clean exterior finish.

Snugabell: PumpEase Hands-Free Pumping Bra, $38 value
PumpEase holds your breast pump flanges securely in place so you can read, text, eat, email, care for your child, or just relax while you pump your breastmilk – hands-free! You don’t need to fuss with awkward straps or adjustments; PumpEase is easy to use and looks great for moms who aren’t willing to forgo fashion for function.

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Every bundle includes (Total Value: $784):

Snuggle Me: Organic Cosleeper$140 value
USA Made Organic Cosleeping Infant Lounger for Babies. It is slightly raised and unpadded, which means when baby is laid on top of the cushion, the sides will gently pull in to give baby the sensation of being held.

Anna NaturalsBoobie Basket$33 value
The Boobie Basket includes all your nursing necessities – Nursing Mama herbal tea, All Smiles Aromatherapy Mist, and Nursing Mama Nipple Cream.

The Baby Booster: Baby Booster, $36 value
A lifestyle solution that helps support a breastfeeding mom’s daily diet.

Wear PACT: Camisole/Leggings/Hoodie, $100 value
All PACT apparel are super soft, sweatshop free, ethically produced, and part of a movement transforming the way apparel is made. Sure they’re (comfy, amazing) clothes, but they’re more than clothes. They’re an impetus for the best kind of change.

Lake Champlain ChocolatesPeppermint Hot Chocolate$12 value
Make it a merry and minty Christmas! This is holiday hot chocolate the way it should be — a refreshing blend of rich cocoa and cool peppermint, with hints of vanilla and cinnamon. Just the thing to warm everyone up!

MomzelleNursing Top$69 value
The cutest and most comfortable nursing hoodie on the market! Stay warm while nursing your little one. This lightweight hoodie offers easy and discreet nursing access and comes in four great colour combinations.

My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear: Gray Love Bear$40 value
The Gray Love Bear recordable stuffed animal kit includes a fluffy, gray-colored teddy bear, an attached 3×5″ yellow frame that holds your ultrasound photo, and a recorder to capture the sound of your baby’s heartbeat during an ultrasound. The gray Bear is 13” long, perfect snuggle size. My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear kits make excellent baby shower gifts or pregnancy keepsakes. Also available at many 3D/4D ultrasound studios. Patent pending.

SpectraS2 Breast Pump$250 value
Spectra S2 Single/Double Closed System Hospital Strength Electric Breast Pump. Includes back flow protection, hospital strength suction, single or double electric, nightlight, timer, adjustable settings, quiet, lightweight at 3.3lbs, dual voltage, stylish, and comfortable. This pumps suckling action helps moms initiate, increase, and maintain a milk supply.

Belibea: Nourish Cami$60 value
Made for the flexibility of a modern mom, our seamless stretch-knit Nourish Cami provides the convenience of wearing ONE garment whether nursing, pumping or reveling in the sweet moments in between.

Itzy Ritzy: Infinity Breastfeeding Scarf$25 value
Everyday scarf that is convenient to wear and use when nursing. Allows maintained eye contact and airflow for your baby. Cotton and polyester jersey knit blend with finished edges!

Luna Pads: Performa Lunapads$19 value
Performa is a brand new approach to washable menstrual pads. Featuring high-tech fabrics that absorb three times as much fluid than a regular disposable pad or tampon, Performa is the eco-friendly option for a more comfortable period.

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Good luck to everyone!  Please use the widget below to be entered.  The giveaway is open from December 11, 2016 through December 21, 2016.  A big thanks to all of the sponsors who generously demonstrated their compassion for people by participating in this giveaway.  Their support of TLB, and all breastfeeding women, and beyond, is invaluable; don’t hesitate to visit them on social media and thank them for their support of TLB and this giveaway opportunity.

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The Joy of Giving 2015

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Everyone loves a good giveaway. They’re fun, enticing, and full of hopeful anticipation. Here at TLB we take delight in working with brands that care so much about quality, families, support, and seeing babies well fed. These companies not only see our community as a valuable resource for them, but each brand we work with is carefully vetted, selected for their commitment to value supporting families. With them, TLB gets to regularly experience the joy of giving to families through our giveaways and community support.

 

Which is why this holiday season we are extending the reach of that giving. The Joy of Giving giveaway brings together 22 brands that truly know the meaning of the joy of giving. With three different bundles, one lucky winner will have the chance to give as well by selecting two of their friends that could use a little holiday cheer, and they will each receive a bundle!

 

But that’s not all. Not only are we offering this giveaway and giving you a chance to give, every item being given away in the Joy of Giving giveaway is also being donated to a nonprofit organization that supports families (that’s over $2388 worth of products!).  And we need your help!  There are so many amazing nonprofits out there that we struggled to select just 5 of them for this opportunity, and it’s up to you to make the final selection.  We are including a short description for each of the 5 organizations with a link to their website in case you would like to learn more about them.  Once you’re ready, cast your vote for your favorite in the poll just under the descriptions!  Our hope is that they will inspire us all to find new ways to give this season.  Even a warm smile can lift a person’s spirits.

 

Happy Holidays, and good luck!

 

Birth Circle Doulas – The Birth Circle is a community-based doula program providing pregnancy support and doula services to underserved women. Doulas visit women at their homes, meet with them at their medical appointments, and provide continous support during labor and delivery. Services are offered free-of-charge to eligible women, including teens, first-time-mothers receiving their prenatal care at selected health care sites, and UPMC for You members. Working with our community to build an integrated circle of care that addresses the needs of the childbearing family.

Elizabeth House – a residential shelter program in the community of Pasadena, CA committed to the health and welfare of adult pregnant women and their children. Elizabeth House is the only 501© (3) non-profit organization in the San Gabriel Valley that specifically addresses the needs of pregnant women who also have small children and who lack adequate shelter and prenatal care. The House can accommodate six women and four children at any one time.  Clients stay 4-6 months after their babies are born. In a year’s time, an average of 15-18 family units are served. The goal of our program is not only to support these women during their time of crisis, but also to challenge them in a way that prevents issues such as financial instability child abuse/neglect, domestic violence, and drug dependency in order to provide a healthy, positive environment for their children. The long-term success of the program lies in the follow-up care and support that is provided to alumni after they transition to independent living.

Grace Initiatives – exists to empower pregnant young women to prepare for their future with their baby. Grace Initiatives offers confidential counseling, life-skills education, job-skills classes and housing options for pregnant young women, 20 and under.  Our home, Grace’s Place is located in Ocean County, New Jersey and is the hub of activity for pregnant young women from all over the region.

Teen Parent Connection – offers long-term assistance to adolescent parents of DuPage County to reach self-sufficiency by providing teen parents with support, information, and resources to help them navigate their lives as parents and as teenagers. Through the power of support teen parent connection helps young moms and dads confront challenges and create opportunities. Including doula services, classes, a parents pantry, support groups, home visits, and more.

Wichita Treehouse women come to The Treehouse as referrals from other social service agencies in Wichita. These moms have given birth in difficult circumstances, and have material, emotional, and spiritual needs. The Treehouse provides moms with: Parenting education, One-time free distribution of basic infant necessities (for eligible mothers), Thrift store (newborn to 16 youth clothing, basic supplies for infants and toddlers, etc. credit earned by taking classes), Extra assistance (up to 2 times a year for diapers or formula). The Treehouse continues to be able to serve moms and babies because of  financial, material, volunteer resources, and prayer from the entire Wichita community.

Which non-profit should win the matching bundle of prizes this year?

  • Teen Parent Connection (36%, 206 Votes)
  • Birth Circle Doulas (21%, 119 Votes)
  • Elizabeth House (20%, 114 Votes)
  • The Treehouse (12%, 70 Votes)
  • Grace Initiatives (12%, 68 Votes)

Total Voters: 577

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Prize bundle #1:

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5 Phases: 4oz hybrid glass baby bottle$19 value
5 Phases is the first bottle feeding system to introduce an interchangeable glass insert. Our unique design kept the Eco-mom in mind providing the healthful benefits of glass + the protection of BPA free plastic all while reducing the carbon footprint on the environment! Our “grow with me” feeding system truly makes our bottles the most eco-friendly bottle feeding system out there!

Ameda: Purely Yours CarryAll, ComfortGel HydroGels Pads, Cool’N Carry, Breast Pumping Accessory Kit, $247 value
Purely Yours CarryAll:
double electric breast pump with a CarryAll tote. 
ComfortGel HydroGel Pads:
For breastfeeding mothers with nipple discomfort.
Cool’N Carry: 
​For discreet cooling and transport of breast milk, use one Cool‘N Carry Tote for daycare and another at work, or have two to alternate when transporting breast milk for a hospitalized baby.
Breast Pumping Accessory Kit: 
Key essentials for breast pumping mothers, including 20 Store’N Pour bags, 2 flange adapters, 10 NoShow Premium disposable nursing pads, 4 breast milk storage bottles, breast milk storage guidelines, and breastfeeding reference guide.

Arm’s Reach: Mini Arc CoSleeper,  $180 value
The
 Curved Mini Co-Sleeper® bassinet is a unique creation that allows you and your baby boy or girl to sleep comfortably next to each other from the moment your baby arrives. This bassinet enables you to reach over and draw your baby close for comforting and bonding. The innovative design also makes breastfeeding easy. The Curved Mini Co-Sleeper® bassinet is the ideal sleep solution for any concerned parent.

Beco: Gemini in Nimbus, $140 value

The Beco Gemini comfortably carries babies from 7 to 35 pounds. Geminis may be worn on the front (facing in or out), back or hip and now include a pocket on the waistband. All soft structured Beco Baby Carriers use tri-lock safety buckles and are designed to be worn with the straps comfortably crossed across your back.

Juno Blu: Esalen Breast Pump Bag in Multi Snake, $185 value
The Esalen tote is a sleek urban alternative to the classic breast pump bag. This perfectly proportioned shoulder tote is constructed from resilient vegan leatherette and finished with color matched elevated stitching. The trend-aware design makes this tote a hidden treasure for both the new and seasoned mother. The Esalen Tote’s sleek design is ideal for going to work, the park or on a play-date.

Snugabell Mom & Baby Gear Ltd: PumpEase Prize Pack: PumpEase matching Wet Bag, Colouring Book, door hanger magnet and a Nursing Mother Goddess necklace, $141 value
PumpEase are the world’s ONLY fashionable hands-free pumping bras. Made from an 88% polyester/12% spandex high-performance technical fabric, PumpEase will hold your pump in place as securely for your 1000th pumping session as it did for your 1st. Our wonderful fabric is super soft and comfortable, easy to care for, breathable, durable, has exceptional stretch and memory (i.e. won’t bag out) and has quick-dry and wicking qualities. Read, write, text, talk on the phone, use your computer or tend to your baby, ALL while pumping!
Reusable PumpEase® Wet Bag! Sized to transport all brands of pump accessories ‘incognito’, this eco-friendly clutch features a handy snap-loop handle and looks so cute decked out in matching PumpEase prints that no one will ever guess what’s inside.
Coloring Book – Help older siblings welcome the newest member of the family and discover the beauty of breastfeeding with this thoughtful and high-quality keepsake colouring book.
Door hanger – The PumpEase Do Not Disturb door hanger speaks volumes on your behalf in a fun and sassy way, letting your co-workers and family members know that you are busy “Mommy-tasking!”
Magnet – A must-have for moms with more on their mind than keeping track of their milk, a PumpEase Breastmilk Storage Guidelines fridge magnet will keep the information that you need where you need it – on the fridge!
Nursing Mother Goddess Necklace celebrates and honours breastfeeding.

Undercover Mama: Basic Essentials Nursing Shirt, $25 value
The Undercover Mama is a strapless camisole that attaches to any bra allowing you to keep your back, sides, and front covered while you nurse in comfort and style. Our shirts are perfect for Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Beyond. Make any shirt a nursing shirt with Undercover Mama.

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Prize Bundle #2 Total Value: $904

Beco: Ring Sling in Grey, $55 value

The Beco Ring Sling is the classic way to carry your baby from newborn through toddler. One size fits all. No buckles or snaps necessary. 100% Cotton. Included with Ring Sling Baby Carrier: gathered shoulder, large aluminum rings, colored rail guide for easy adjustments, tapered tail, detailed instructions and safety tips.

BeliBea: NOURISH: One bra for BOTH breastfeeding and hands-free pumping convenience, $50 value
Seamless stretch fit to accommodate the ongoing changing fullness of your breasts. The inside panel fits to and holds a breast shield in place for hands-free convenience while pumping, or both panels can be lowered to easily breastfeed. V-neck scoop and center ruching to maintain a feminine shape – no sports bra “uni-boob” here! Includes removable pad between the cup panels for extra comfort, support and shape. Compatible with most pumps!

Diono: RadianRXT car seat, $360 value
The Radian®RXT Car Seats are designed with your child’s security and safety as top priorities. Premium materials and thoughtful safety features like a steel alloy frame, aluminum reinforced side walls, energy absorbing EPS foam, and a five-point harness put your mind at ease as your little one stays safe and sound. The reinforced adjustable head support provides additional side impact protection.

Evenflo: Feeding Essentials Bundle, $260 value
Evenflo is dedicated to understanding the real challenges parents and children face and work to solve them in everything we do. We are honored to be a part of the journey in parenting, a journey we’ve happily shared for over 90 years! We know that parents promise their babies that every need will be met, to do everything in their power to provide a healthy life and every opportunity to succeed – without compromise or trade. This promise is not based on wealth or status or community; this promise is universal. Evenflo commits to ensuring better care for every baby by offering safe, effective products with premium features at an affordable price.

Molly’s Suds: Laundry Powder 120 Loads, $22 value
Comprised of only five earth-derived ingredients and formulated especially for sensitive skin, Molly’s Suds Laundry Powder is safe and ideal for your clothes AND your family. Plus, it is rated “A” by Environmental Working Group (EWG.org)! The super-concentrated powder is long-lasting and affordable, with just one tablespoon required per load. Just as effective as conventional brands and more effective than natural brands, without the use of harsh chemicals, toxins, fillers, carcinogens, preservatives or GMO ingredients. Works great in all water temperatures and hard water, and is septic- and High Efficiency (HE) washer-safe.

My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear: Adorable charcoal gray Mei Tai made exclusively for Purusha’s Picks Inc. by Babyhawk, $75 value
This Asian style baby carrier is great from infancy into toddlerhood. Reversible to solid Charcoal, wearable front or back (baby does not face out), fits up to women’s size 20/22 & men’s XXL.

Rumina: Pump&Nurse Set, $82 value
Rumina’s Pump&Nurse Set will include one Pump&Nurse Tank, winner’s choice of style, size and color and one Pump&Nurse Bra, winner’s choice of style, size and color.

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Prize Bundle #3: $547

Baby Tula: Daydreamer Spring Equinox – Tula Ergonomic Baby Carrier, $149 value
The ultimate baby carriers in style and ergonomic comfort, Baby Tula’s most popular product allows moms and dads to keep baby close while keeping their hands free during infant days through toddler years. Aside from their beauty, Tula Carriers are easy to use and help support the bond between caregiver and child.

BamboobiesBlack Chic Nursing Shawl and Multi-Pack Washable Nursing Pads$28 value
Shawl: So stylish and discreet, no one will know it’s a nursing cover. Unlike brightly-colored apron-style nursing covers- Bamboobies® Chic Nursing Shawl is a versatile wardrobe essential for maternity, nursing, and beyond! * Softer, more eco-friendly rayon from bamboo fabric * Lighter weight and breathable for better comfort * Perfect stretchiness to fit baby underneath & mom’s changing body * The perfect drape for a chic look Made of soft and lightweight knit made of rayon from bamboo and a touch of spandex. One-size fits most and comes in 2 stylish colors: Black and Blackberry.
Nursing Pads: Bamboobies® are made of ultra-soft and soothing bamboo rayon velour, an absorbent inner layer of hemp and cotton with an outer milk-proof™ liner to help prevent embarrassing leaks! These nursing pads are super absorbent and eco-friendly. Bamboobies® washable nursing pads come in two varieties. The ultra-thin, heart-shaped regular nursing pads are made for light leaking and are designed to be less visible through clothing. The round shaped overnight nursing pads are not only ultra-soft, but larger, thicker and super absorbent for heavy leaking and newborn nursing. This pack of both overnight and regular pads makes a great gift or registry item – the perfect thing to buy if you’re pregnant and not sure what you’ll need!

Cezara: Belly Support Panty, $49 value
Cezara offers wonderful belly lift, back support and lower abdominal stability during pregnancy and after delivery. Mom starts to wear Cezara as soon as she desires comfort, wears Cezara until she delivers, and then, with medical approval, resumes wearing Cezara as soon as the day after she delivers. If she had a Cesarean, the internal padding compresses and protects her scar, aiding in healing, and relieving her concerns that her baby will rest on and irritate her scar while nursing and babywearing.

Flora, Inc.: Floradix Iron & Herbs 17 oz., $46 value
Floradix Iron & Herbs has been clinically proven to effectively normalize low iron levels without causing stomach upset and constipation. The signs and symptoms of iron deficiency include: Fatigue and weakness, pale skin, dark circles under the eyes, brittle hair and nails, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, decreased ability to exercise, poor concentration, rapid pulse, susceptibility to infections, dizziness or faintness, and cold extremities

Glamourmom: Nursing Bra Nightgown, $69 value
Made of a luxurious ultra-soft cotton, the Glamourmom Nursing Bra Nightgown features a full structured built-in nursing bra and is perfect for nighttime feedings and even lounging during the day.

KoalaKin: Hands Free Nursing Pouch, $90 value

The KoalaKin, Hands Free Nursing Pouch is a breastfeeding carrier designed for moms who need a little extra support during this special time in their lives. This supportive, hands-free carrier alleviates the strain associated with breastfeeding, allowing moms to confidently give their babies the absolute best!

Melinda G: Dreamy Sleep Bra, $29 value
The Dreamy sleep bra: dreamy comfort as your dream of your little one! Dreamy provides soft, comfortable light support with no hardware to pinch, and pull-aside seamless cups for easy nursing access. The fabric is a cotton rich jacquard – beautiful and breathable! Midnight Purple – choose your size from our 6 sizes.

Milkmakers: 2 Bakery Boxes of Milkmakers Cookies, $28 value
Milkmakers are delicious lactation cookies that can help boost milk supply and replenish key nutrients for breastfeeding moms.

SilveretteSilverette Nursing Cups$59 value
Silverette are made for Breastfeeding moms with sore, cracked, painful nipples. Silverette Nursing Cups soothe, heal, and protect (worn in between feedings), as silver is naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. No creams or salves needed. Silverette can be used as a precautionary method if worn since the first breastfeeding session.

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Good luck to everyone!  Please use the widget below to be entered.  The giveaway is open from December 11, 2015 through December 21, 2015.  A big thanks to all of the sponsors who generously demonstrated their compassion for people by participating in this giveaway.  Their support of TLB, and all breastfeeding women, and beyond, is invaluable; don’t hesitate to visit them on social media and thank them for their support of TLB and this giveaway opportunity.

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New Beginnings Giveaway

The main thing that all of the people in The Leaky Boob community have in common is their experience with a new beginning; in particular, the start of motherhood.  Leakies come together at TLB for encouragement and support as they encounter new or different experiences with their precious little ones, to share their struggles and their victories, their pain and their joy.  And perhaps most importantly: to know that they are not alone.

Carrie and Jen of The Naked Nursing Tank are familiar with this new beginning.  They understand and value the need for support in new experiences.  Which is a big part of why they they support TLB through as sponsors.  They enjoy supporting moms.

Another new beginning they have experienced is that of starting their business, The Naked NursingTank.  From a need to an idea to a concept to production and all the other steps that lead to the final product, along with an operational and healthy business, they have experienced them all.  And they want to support other moms as they embark on the same journey, a similar new beginning.  That’s why they just wrote a short “how to” guide on getting started, for all the moms ready to see if their creative idea might lead to some serious business.  Their “Where Do We Start” blog post could be just the kind of thing you need to guide your tentative steps and to bring up some ideas and necessities that you might have to otherwise discover the hard way.

From one momtrepeneur to another, they just want to see you succeed in all of your endeavors.

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The Naked Nursing Tank is there so you can nurse your little one without exposing your midsection.

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Carrie and Jen are offering one of their bamboo tanks AND one of their cotton tanks to 1 lucky Leakie!
Retail Value: $70

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Good luck to everyone!  Please use the widget below to be entered.  The giveaway is open from February 6, 2015 through February 17, 2015.  A big thanks to Jen, Carrie, and The Naked Nursing Tank 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.  Check out their videos on YouTube, and find them on Pinterest too!

This giveaway is restricted to Canada and U.S. entries only.

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The Joy of Giving Holiday Giveaway

 

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Everyone loves a good giveaway. They’re fun, enticing, and full of hopeful anticipation. Here at TLB we take delight in working with brands that care so much about quality, families, support, and seeing babies well fed. These companies not only see our community as a valuable resource for them, but each brand we work with is carefully vetted, selected for their commitment to value supporting families. With them, TLB gets to regularly experience the joy of giving to families through our giveaways and community support.

 

Which is why this holiday season we are extending the reach of that giving. The Joy of Giving giveaway brings together 20 brands that truly know the meaning of the joy of giving. With three different bundles,  one lucky winner will have the chance to give as well by selecting two of their friends that could use a little holiday cheer, and they will each receive a bundle!

 

But that’s not all. Not only are we offering this giveaway and giving you a chance to give, every item being given away in the Joy of Giving giveaway is also being donated to a nonprofit organization that supports families (that’s over $1900 worth of products!).  And we need your help!  There are so many amazing nonprofits out there that we struggled to select just 5 of them for this opportunity, and it’s up to you to make the final selection.  We are including a short description for each of the 5 organizations with a link to their website in case you would like to learn more about them.  Once you’re ready, cast your vote for your favorite in the poll just under the descriptions!  Our hope is that they will inspire us all to find new ways to give this season.  Even a warm smile can lift a person’s spirits.

 

Happy Holidays, and good luck!

 

Birth Circle Doulas -The Birth Circle is a community-based doula program providing pregnancy support and doula services to underserved women. Doulas visit women at their homes, meet with them at their medical appointments, and provide continous support during labor and delivery. Services are offered free-of-charge to eligible women, including teens, first-time-mothers receiving their prenatal care at selected health care sites, and UPMC for You members. Working with our community to build an integrated circle of care that addresses the needs of the childbearing family.

Elizabeth House– a residential shelter program in the community of Pasadena, CA committed to the health and welfare of adult pregnant women and their children. Elizabeth House is the only 501©(3) non-profit organization in the San Gabriel Valley that specifically addresses the needs of pregnant women who also have small children and who lack adequate shelter and prenatal care. The House can accommodate six women and four children at any one time.  Clients stay 4-6 months after their babies are born. In a year’s time, an average of 15-18 family units are served. The goal of our program is not only to support these women during their time of crisis, but also to challenge them in a way that prevents issues such as financial instability child abuse/neglect, domestic violence, and drug dependency in order to provide a healthy, positive environment for their children. The long-term success of the program lies in the follow-up care and support that is provided to alumni after they transition to independent living.

Grace Initiatives – exists to empower pregnant young women to prepare for their future with their baby. Grace Initiatives offers confidential counseling, life-skills education, job-skills classes and housing options for pregnant young women, 20 and under.  Our home, Grace’s Place is located in Ocean County, New Jersey and is the hub of activity for pregnant young women from all over the region.

Teen Parent Connection – offers long-term assistance to adolescent parents of DuPage County to reach self-sufficiency by providing teen parents with support, information, and resources to help them navigate their lives as parents and as teenagers. Through the power of support teen parent connection helps young moms and dads confront challenges and create opportunities. Including doula services, classes, a parents pantry, support groups, home visits, and more.

Uzazi Village – Swahili for birth, Uzazi Village is a community-based perinatal care model created by community men and women for community women and infants (and their families) who are at higher risk for poor perinatal outcomes in Kansas City, MO. Operating with a model of care that is affordable, accessible, sustainable, high in quality, is culturally appropriate, and respectful of traditional/ancestral knowing, that promotes a high level of wellbeing and improves overall potential for the individual and the community to live in harmony in order to pursue its full purpose for being. Uzazi is exists to decrease infant mortality and racially-based urban perinatal health inequities occurring in Communities of Color.

 

Which non-profit should win the matching bundle of prizes?

  • Uzazi Village (28%, 265 Votes)
  • Elizabeth House (24%, 226 Votes)
  • Teen Parent Connection (19%, 173 Votes)
  • Birth Circle Doulas (18%, 168 Votes)
  • Grace Initiatives (11%, 103 Votes)

Total Voters: 935

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Prize bundle #1:Joy of Giving prize bundle #1

Prize Bundle #1 Total Value : $693

Arm’s ReachToffee Stripe Mini Arc Co-Sleeper, $175 value

Baby Bee Hummingbirds: a gorgeous custom Bead from “Beads of Time Collection,” created with your precious and perfectly preserved breastmilk, placenta, or Baby’s first curl, and perfectly fit on a Pandora or simple chain. $36 value

Cezara: a belly support panty, any size, $49 value

ErgoBaby: a wrap and swaddler,  $105 value

Juno Blu: a gift certificate to use towards a stylish breast pump bag, $85 value

Pebble: a handmade fair trade Nutcracker and Ballerina soft toys, $64 value

Snugabell: a Toni Collection (3/4 sleeve top in Flamepencil skirt in Jett), $122 value

The Vintage Honey Shop: a teething ring necklace, $27 value

Wean Green: a Baby Feeding Starter Set, $30 value

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Prize bundle #2:

Joy of Giving prize bundle #2

Prize Bundle #2 Total Value: $622

Amamante! Nursingwear: a nursing gown, $44 value

Bamboobies: a New Mama Essentials Kit (bratankdisposable padsnipple balm), $125 value

Juno Blu: a gift certificate to use towards a stylish breast pump bag, $85 value

LilleBaby: a Complete All-Season baby carrier in new Black/Camel, $135 value

Nine Naturals: a Natural Belly Oil, $36 value

Nurse Purse: a $50 gift certificate towards any Nurse Purse breast pump bag (includes free 2 day shipping), $50 value

Sloomb: a bundle of 2 Happy Little Clouds cloth diapers, $58 value

The Dairy Fairy: a Rose handsfree pumping bra, $34 value

Undercover Mama: a Basic Essential nursing shirt, $25 value

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Prize bundle #3:

Joy of Giving prize bundle #3

 

Prize Bundle #3: $600

16 Minute Club: a one month subscription to the 16 minute club, $35 value

Beco: a Soleil baby carrier in Twilight, $140 value

Juno Blu: a gift certificate to use towards a stylish breast pump bag, $85 value

Melinda G: a tee-shirt soft-cup nursing bra, style #2115, nude, any size, $44 value

My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear: a Babyhawk Mei Tai with logo in charcoal gray and an Angel Bear kit, $110 value

Naked Nursing Tank: a luxury bamboo tank, $40 value

Nursing Bra ExpressMolded Seamless Washable Nursing Pads by Baby Nip, $14 value

Snugabell: a Toni Collection (Pencil skirt in Smoketunic in Wink), $132 value

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Good luck to everyone!  Please use the widget below to be entered.  The giveaway is open from December 12, 2014 through December 20, 2014.  A big thanks to all of the sponsors who generously demonstrated their compassion for people by participating in this giveaway.  Their support of TLB, and all breastfeeding women, and beyond, is invaluable; don’t hesitate to visit them on social media and thank them for their support of TLB and this giveaway opportunity.

This giveaway is restricted to U.S. entries only.
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TLB Sponsor Black Friday Deals and Beyond

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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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Rumina Fall Giveaway

Rumina Nursingwear loves being part of The Leaky Boob community. We’re a company built not only on providing moms with reliable and comfortable breastfeeding products but we’re also a company that sees the value in partnering with communities like The Leaky Boob, to provide essential mother to mother support. As a business that was started by a mom who struggled with breastfeeding her son, Rumina Nursingwear strives to offer products that will help moms reach their breastfeeding goals. In creating Rumina products we always keep mom and baby in mind. From making sure baby has full skin-to-skin contact with mom while nursing to providing essential breast health with soft, stretchable fabrics. In our products and partnerships, we try to never forget what moms need in order to reach their goals: great products and a strong support group.”

~ Dawn, co-owner, Rumina Nursingwear

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TLB:  Rumina’s Hands-Free Pump&Nurse bra is such a versatile and comfortable top.  Let’s go behind the scenes, and talk about what goes into the making of a Rumina product.  Where do you start?

Dawn:  It takes a lot to produce Rumina products but in the beginning it’s really just getting on the sewing table and piecing things together. You need to take your vision from in your head to the physical form. When you can actually see it, feel it and can try it on, that’s the first place you see what areas need to be improved on or changed. Pieces that seem like they would be easy on paper sometimes become the hardest aspects. The 2nd place where there is a lot of work is: the fit!  Women’s bodies are all unique and all the differences in a pregnant and newly postpartum mom are amazingly challenging. Trying to figure out how to accommodate all the differences took a few years from idea to placing our first production order of the Hands-Free Pump&Nurse Tank. We learned a lot about sewing, fabrics, and manufacturing and we’re still learning!

TLB:  How long does it take to produce an item?

Dawn:  From the concept phase to actual production of the tank it took about 3 years, with the bra it has been about 2 years. After you get past the concept phase and you have the production pattern, the next hurdle is sourcing the quantity of materials needed.  Materials and fabrics are very important for us and this has been a very difficult process.  Once all the pieces are in the hands of your factory, it is about 8 weeks to produce in the US. If we produce the item off-shore it can take about 6 months. So we really have to plan our production schedule to keep our products in stock.

TLB:  How do you determine what you will or won’t make?

Amanda:  Unfortunately a lot of it has to do with our cash flow right now. We have a lot of ideas but can only focus on one at a time due to the costs involved. To figure out which idea to go ahead and start producing we have to determine how much demand there is, how long it will take in the concept phase and how much financial resources it will take. It takes a lot to produce Rumina products because of our patented design. You basically have to build everything around the patented hands-free pumping design, which sometimes limits what we can develop and constrains the creative design of the product at times.

TLB:  Is the creative and production process ever difficult or even explosive between the two of you?  

Amanda:  Haha, we’re sisters, anything can get explosive at times. But really, the creative and production process is actually not an area of contention between us. My sister does the majority of that piece. I support her with feedback, ideas and what I’m hearing from moms and retailers but she handles all the steps for the most part. I focus on the marketing and sales of the garments, so we really don’t butt heads too often.

TLB:  Tell us a bit about your new Crossover Bra!

Amanda:  We’re so excited for our Crossover Bras! We’ll have two options in the near future, a Relaxed fit and a Classic fit. The Relaxed Hand-Free Pump&Nurse Bra will be ideal for moms during their pregnancy and early postpartum. It will be made with a soft jersey knit, to not irritate sensitive breasts and nipples and great to wear as a sleep bra. It’s also stretchable enough to adjust during engorgement. Rumina’s Classic Hands-Free Pump&Nurse Bra will be more moderate support, great for all day wear to the office, for play or just out and about. Both allow moms to nurse with full skin-to-skin contact with baby and pump hands-free confidently with Rumina’s unique patented design.

TLB: Anything new that you’re looking at coming out with?

Amanda: We’re thrilled to be offering colors soon! We’ve had tons of moms request more variety of colors. We’re going to offer colors first in the Relaxed Bra, look for Rumina Red around December. Nude and Chocolate will be offered in the Classic Bra and Tank hopefully in early 2014. We’re going to keep colors coming! We anticipate every 3 months coming out with a new color to choose from. We also hope to continue to develop a Plus Size Hands-Free Pump&Nurse option.

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Dawn and Amanda are giving away 2 prizes to 2 lucky Leakies!

Each prize will consist of:
ONE Hands-Free Pump&Nurse Crossover Bra
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ONE Hands-Free Pump&Nurse Tank of their choice.
Retail Value of $82.00.

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Currently Leakies can find Rumina’s Pump&Nurse Collection at www.ruminaformoms.com.

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A CALL TO ACTION FOR ALL LEAKIES! Vote for the Relaxed Hands-Free Pump&Nurse Crossover Bra at the JPMA Parent’s Pick Award website and earn a chance to win a $100.00 gift card from Rumina and $100.00 gift card to your retailer of choice from JPMA! Simply go to http://jpma.org/content/parents/parents-pick-award click on Relaxed Hands-Free Pump&Nurse Crossover Bra, hit submit your vote and then copy and post the last page’s URL to Rumina’s highlighted Facebook post to be entered in the drawing. Only one vote per person and voting ends Oct. 10th at noon. Drawing will be held Oct. 11th for the Rumina winner and JPMA will contact their winner by Oct. 31. We appreciate your support and vote! Good Luck!!

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Good luck to everyone!  Please use the widget below to be entered.  The giveaway is open from October 4, 2013 through October 11, 2013.  A big thanks to Dawn and Amanda and Rumina Nursingwear 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.  You can also find them on Pinterest!

This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only.

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Naked Nursing Tank On TV! Giveaway

Jen and Carrie, the WAHMs (Work At Home Moms) behind The Naked Nursing Tank, recently had the opportunity to go on live television on a famous Canadian morning show, Marilyn Denis.  This was such an exciting opportunity for them that they wanted to share it with The Leaky Boob community and celebrate with a giveaway!  

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TLB:  So set the stage for us a bit.  What show were you on (help us Americans out here), and why were you there?

Jen & Carrie:  We were featured on The Marilyn Denis Show, a talk show  that is based in Toronto and is aired across Canada, nationwide.  It was a Mompreneurs show featuring a panel of experts, including Arlene Dickinson, who is famous for her regular part on The Dragon’s Den -the Canadian version of The Shark Tank.

TLB:  I have never been on a morning show (in front of a national audience!) before; what was that like?

Jen & Carrie:  It was AMAZING!!!  We were so fortunate to have been able to have had this opportunity! It was such a knowledgeable group of people to ask our questions to about how to expand our business globally with a sustainable platform. There was also opportunity to follow up “off-air” which gave us more time to pick their brains and connect on a personal level, learning more about future next steps. Let us just say that it was also pretty amazing to have our hair and makeup done (that is a rarity amongst most working mothers) 😉

TLB:  Thank you for the shout out in the video, by the way!  : )  What did you take away from this experience?  Was it helpful?

Jen & Carrie: No Problem, we love you guys, and we have nothing but GREAT things to say about a forum such as yours!  The experience was definitely helpful.  We have had follow up emails and phone conversations with the women that were on the show with us and we have been given suggestions on how to  keep moving forward and reach the global market of breastfeeding mamas.  In addition, with the enormous amount of emails and positive feedback, we’ve realized that the Naked Tank needs to be in the hands of EVERY mother -as it really is changing the experience of nursing in public and feeling more comfortable while doing so.

TLB:  Did you develop any new plans for the future of The Naked Nursing Tank?

Jen & Carrie:  Yes, absolutely!  We have started production of Plus sized tanks, which should be ready to go by the end of the summer, and we also have another little genius idea up our sleeve as well…stay tuned for the launch of that complementary patented product!! 🙂

TLB:  Do you have any plans to return to live TV any time soon?

Jen & Carrie: There is always something in the works…and listen, if we could get our hair and makeup done again, we would do it every day!! LOL!! Just say the word 🙂

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To watch the video from the Marilyn Denis show featuring Melissa and Jennifer of Naked Nursing Tank, click on the image above.

 

Carrie and Jen are giving away 2 different prizes to 2 lucky Leakies.  The prizes are:

1. Luxury Bamboo Naked Nursing Tank: Ultra-soft Bamboo in your choice of Lily White or Midnight Black  Retail Value: $39.99 CAD

2. Classic Cotton Naked Nursing Tank: Firm weighted super soft cotton/lycra fabric in your choice of Charcoal Grey or Platinum Light Grey   Retail Value: $29.99 CAD

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Currently Leakies can find these and other  breastfeeding Naked Nursing Tank items on the  www.thenakedtank.com website.

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Good luck to everyone!  Please use the widget below to be entered.  The giveaway is open from July 9, 2013 through July 18, 2013.  A big thanks to Jen and Carrie and The Naked Nursing Tank for their ongoing support of TLB and all breastfeeding women; please be sure to visit  them on Facebook or follow them on twitter and thank them for their support of TLB and this giveaway opportunity.

This giveaway is open to international entries.

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Valentine’s Day Giveaway from Rumina

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Rumina, TLB sponsor from way back, would like to make this day a little more fun by giving you a chance to win one of their muli-function tops: the Rumina Hands-Free Pump&Nurse Tank.  In a brief interview below, the sisters behind Rumina, Amanda and Dawn, one expecting her first baby, the other 3 months post-partum, share with our readers some thoughts on how babies change your life, and in honor of the Holiday, they describe both their ideal night out and their favorite cheap date.  Enter for your chance to enter the giveaway below.  

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TLB:  Amanda, with expecting your first little one, what aspects of becoming a mother make you nervous?

Amanda:   It would probably be the planning for the unexpected, and how can you really plan for that? I’ve been a planner with set time frames and goals for a lot of big aspects of my life, school, my previous career, finances but the one thing my fiancé and I were not planning at the time was a baby. Now I find myself switching gears and trying to create a plan for our baby and I know that the ideas and expectations I have will probably go out the window as soon as the little guy arrives. I hear they have an amazing ability to completely change your life. As a planner, not knowing what that change will look like makes me a little nervous but I’m also really excited. I know I’ll have a lot of help and support around me to take care of the little guy, and I’m so excited to be a mom. So if there’s time to learn to embrace living in the moment, it’ll be when he arrives.

TLB:  Dawn, three months into adding a little one to your family, how does big brother show affection to his new little sister?

Dawn:  This has been a big change for Bryce.  He has had 5 years of undivided attention from my husband and I.  At first, he would just look at her and ask each day, “is she big yet” as he wants to play!  Now, 3 months in, Bryce has to hug and kiss her before he goes to bed each night and is upset if this is missed.  We have also caught him lightly tickling her and say, “who’s the cutest baby” in a baby voice.  My son has a very good heart.  I know that as the days pass, the bond with them will continue to deepen.

TLB:  Dawn and Amanda, describe your ideal romantic date.

Amanda:  Right now, being 6 months and still childless, I think I would have to stretch the ideal romantic date into an ideal romantic weekend. My fiancé and I live in the Pacific Northwest right on the border of Washington and Idaho, we have beautiful  resorts overlooking the mountains and lakes. I think it would be great to have a nice dinner and splurge on a overnight stay in a room with a view. Then before we jumped in the car for the drive home he would “surprise” me with a pregnancy massage in the resorts spa. Now that sounds ideal.

Dawn:  LOL, date?  what is a date?  I used to fantasize about places like Fiji and my husband and I used to travel all over and dance Argentine Tango… man those were the days.  Now I just fantasize about drinking coffee on a Sunday morning without anyone saying my name for 2 hours.  🙂  Ok, if I was to really think hard, my ideal date would be to go wine tasting either at our local wineries or up in Napa like we used to.

TLB:  Dawn and Amanda, describe your favorite cheap date night in.

Amanda:   Our cheap date night, which doesn’t happen very often even for a cheap date, is usually an outing at the dollar movie theatre. In our area we have a dollar theatre that shows movies usually already available for rental but still cheaper than renting. We usually pick up a few candies and sneak them into the theatre too, we’re those kind of people. It’s nice feeling like its still a date without spending $30.00 just to watch a movie.

Dawn –  Our cheap date night was really a date afternoon.  This was before Beth was born and we just had our son.  When our son was at school, we would steal away to the movies for an afternoon show.  Matinees are much cheaper and less crowded!  (of course, I had to play hooky from my day job)!

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 Dawn and Amanda are giving away one Rumina Hands-Free Pump&Nurse Tank to 3 lucky Leakies! 
Winners choose the style, size and color of their choice!

Here’s what you’re getting in the Rumina Hands-Free Pump&Nurse Tank: 

One Tank. Three Essential Functions. The perfect layer for a busy mom’s lifestyle, Rumina Hands-Free Pump&Nurse Tanks have a built-in bra that allows for effortless pumping and nursing without sacrificing shape and support. No longer do moms have to remember an extra garment to change into to pump, Rumina’s tanks offer all day support under your favorite blouses or shirts. With extra length for fashion and layering, Rumina’s tanks provide complete coverage and the soft knit blend of 90% Cotton and 10% Lycra, stretches and recovers to adjust to a new mom’s changing body. Rumina’s Hands-Free Pump&Nurse Tanks take the extra steps and time out of pumping!  Retail Value: $48.00

Styles Full Coverage and Classic Coverage Tanks

Currently Leakies can find Rumina’s Hands-Free Pump&Nurse Tanks, in both Classic Coverage and Full Coverage styles at www.ruminaformoms.com.

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Good luck to everyone!  Please use the widget below to be entered.  The giveaway is open from Feb. 14th 2013 through Feb. 20 2013.  A big thanks to Dawn and Amanda and Rumina Nursingwear for their ongoing support of TLB and all breastfeeding women; please be sure to visit their Facebook page  or follow them on twitter  (@RuminaAmanda on Twitter) 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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Snugabell giveaway

From the fiery age of twelve, Wendy has designed, cut, sewn, and created clothes for herself, inspired by her mother, who made clothes for her and her sisters.  Wendy has always been particular about the way fabric feels, and with her keen eye for color and sense of style, it just made sense for her to start sharing her creations with the world.  Today, she does just that through Snugabell, where she first presented us with this idea that a hands-free pumping bra can not only be practical, but stylish and fun as well.  She can’t help it; creative people just won’t be satisfied with merely functional.  Get to know Wendy a bit better by reading on, and discover the Toni Dress; maternity, nursing, pumping and beyond, this beauty may just be your new favorite garment.  Enter for your chance to win one below.  

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TLB: Wendy, you have superb taste in fashion..  Has this always been the case or was it something you developed over time?

Wendy:  Wow.  Superb?  Not sure about that, but I’ll take it!  My mom sewed a lot of my sisters’ and my clothes growing up.  I was always pretty particular about fabric, colour and style, even from a young age.  I remember standing at my closet (albeit a very small closet) each school day “wondering what to wear”.  I was not allowed to use my mom’s sewing machine until I took Home Ec in Grade 8, at 12 years old.  After that I spent a lot of the money earned at my first job buying fabric and patterns and sewing my own clothes for hours and hours on the weekend.  So long story short, I think I was born with it.  Every person in my family is creative.

TLB:  
Are either of your girls showing interest in fashion yet, themselves?

Wendy:  
Antonia, my eldest (she just turned eight years old in November) both loves clothes and shopping for them.  What I enjoy the most is watching her draw and colour people and then ‘dressing’ them in original outfits.  They are always quite detailed and her work is apparently very advanced for her age.  She is a true artist in that she has to be inspired to produce her best work.  One of my sisters is an artist, so I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!

TLB:  Tell us about the Toni line; inspiration, fabric choice, and design details.

Wendy:  When I had my girls, I didn’t buy much, if any, maternity or nursing clothing.  I did have some maternity clothing given to me by friends, and honestly, as soon as I gave birth, I couldn’t WAIT to give it away.  I *hated* the unsightly maternity panels that are commonly found on jeans and skirts.  I also disliked the “industrial-feeling” nursing bras (that seemed to be the norm at that time, especially for women that need a supportive bra like me) that were cut in a way that wasn’t compatible with the necklines of many of my favourite tops, so I switched to nursing camis with my second baby.  But honestly, the camis didn’t give me the support that I needed (but it was better than wearing that “armour”).

When it came time to diversify our product line, I was inspired to create clothing that works for maternity, nursing AND hands-free pumping that could also be worn after your child weaned (and that you WANTED to wear after your child weaned because it was gorgeous!).  We chose the modal fabric, which is essentially a rayon made from beechwood fibre, because it is luxurious, easy-care and lightweight (as we know how pregnant and nursing mamas tend to feel on the warm side).  The wrap panels are the cornerstone of the design, providing discreet nursing access as well as support for hands-free pumping all while flattering mom’s’ figure!

TLB:  When you were a new mother, what would make you feel pretty?

Wendy:  
Having a shower.  😉

TLB:  Moms are busy and may neglect themselves, happy to have their children just so.  What are some of your favorite fashion and beauty tips for moms?  After getting the kids ready, what can she do to look stunning in minutes?

Wendy:  Every woman has that outfit that she always gets compliments on – wear that and wear it often.  As for a five-minute makeover, I don’t leave the house without undereye concealer, blush and lip balm.  If I have five more minutes, a little bit of eyeliner and mascara and I’m golden.  My hair is naturally wavy/curly, so I kind of let it do its own thing.  If your hair tends to misbehave, grab your favourite hat and go for it!  And the easiest thing to don to look gorgeous is a smile!

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Wendy is giving away a stunning Toni™ Dress in Flame Red that you may just have to try on for your Valentine this year !

Retail value $86.00

The Toni Dress is designed for all stages of a busy mom or mom-to-be’s life – from pregnancy to nursing and beyond weaning. It even works for hands-free pumping! You can wear the Toni Dress with a jean jacket and boots for an everyday look or add some heels and fabulous jewelry and you’re out on the town for the evening.  When you wear the Toni Dress – you feel A-MAZE-ING. You know those garments that once you put them on, you are constantly stroking the fabric? Uh-huh, THAT’S the Toni Dress. It will quickly become one of THE favourite pieces in your closet.

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Currently Leakies can find this and other Toni “bump, breast & beyond™” maternity, nursing and hands-free pumping clothing on the Snugabell website at:  http://www.snugabell.com/products/toni-top.

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Good luck to everyone!  Please use the widget below to be entered.  The giveaway is open from February 11, 2013 through February 14, 2013.  A big thanks to Wendy and Snugabell for their ongoing support of TLB and all breastfeeding women; please be sure to visit their Facebook page  or follow them on twitter  (@snugabell) and thank them for their support of TLB and this giveaway opportunity.

This giveaway is open to international entries.

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Nursing Bra Express Giveaway

The Leaky Boob sponsors come in many shapes and sizes, ranging from work-at-home hand-crafting moms to local boutiques that have branched out to the internet, to large companies that have products in big stores all over the country run by a team of people; from single product companies to online retailers featuring a plethora of hand-selected items.  They all have one thing in common: the people behind them desire to support moms in all their stages of motherhood.  TLB sponsor Nursing Bra Express is a perfect example.  Dara runs her online retailer and specializes in Nursing Bras, but that’s not all she offers.  I took the liberty of copying this from the Nursing Bra Express Facebook page:
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Additionally, you can find a collection of helpful links at the bottom of the Nursing Bra Express website, to keep you informed and support you in your breastfeeding experience, including Breastfeeding State Laws.  Read on as Dara answers a few interview questions about her family and her company, and enter for your chance to win a prize from Nursing Bar Express!

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TLB:  Hello Dara, what kinds of activities does your family enjoy doing together during the winter season?

Dara:  The winter is a cold season where we live in Massachusetts, most nights are spent snuggling up with fuzzy blankets in front of the fireplace (although it is a gas fireplace, it still gives off tons of warmth, but no work involved!).  Skiing and snowboarding is also something we enjoy but haven’t been able to hit the slopes yet this season.

TLB:  Your company, Nursing Bra Express, has been a TLB sponsor for quite some time now.  What do you have going on that you would like to share with The Leaky Boob community?

Dara:  The most exciting news recently is that Nursing Bra Express is now a member of the Best for Babes Foundation’s C.A.R.E – WHO Alliance.  We have also added a couple new Bravado & QT Intimates nursing bras and Glamourmom nursing tanks, since last time we did a giveaway at The Leaky Boob.

TLB:  The name of your company suggests that you’re all about nursing bras; what other kinds of items would interest our readers?

Dara:  We sell a lot of cotton flannel reusable nursing pads and natural nipple butter.  I wish I could afford to put a sample of each in all of the outgoing orders, just so moms could experience how great these two products are!

TLB:  What kind of advice would you give a mother trying to figure out how she feels about nursing in public places?

Dara:  My sister recently nursed in public for the first time at a shopping mall in Cleveland, OH while we visiting family over a long weekend.  She was always too uncomfortable to nurse publicly  in an area where she knew people, so this mall located 900 miles away from home seemed like a good starting point.  She felt at ease among strangers and was then able to nurse in public comfortably while back at home as she imagined herself back at the mall in Cleveland.  Although one would think she would be most comfortable nursing around peoples she knows, sometimes friends and acquaintances can be more judgemental than a complete stranger.  So my advice would be to nurse in public (for the first time) in a place that you feel most comfortable – whether it be at a shopping mall that’s several miles away and hidden from people you may be afraid to run into,  at a friend’s house among people you know, a doctor’s office where others around you may be nursing too, etc.  Fears about breastfeeding in public places should be easier to overcome if your first experience is in a place where YOU feel most at ease. Every time after that should be easier and even easier! Much like riding a bike.  🙂

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Dara is giving away 3 different prizes to 3 lucky Leakies!

1st Prize : Superior quality La Leche League nursing tank in your choice of Black, Ink Blue, Rose Red or White. Sizes S-3X  Retail Value $35

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2nd Prize:  As mentioned in my interview above, a package of Kushies washable cotton flannel nursing pads.   Value $9

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3rd Prize: As also mentioned above, Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter because every nursing mom should have this amazing product!  Retail Value: $14.95

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Currently Leakies can find these and other helpful breastfeeding items on the Nursing Bra Express website.

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Good luck to everyone!  Please use the widget below to be entered.  The giveaway is open from February 6, 2013 through February 12, 2013.  A big thanks to Dara and Nursing Bra Express for their ongoing support of TLB and all breastfeeding women; please be sure to visit their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter (@NursingBraExpss) and/or Pinterest and thank them for their support of TLB and this giveaway opportunity.

This giveaway is restricted to Canada, U.S., Puerto Rico, and APO/FPO entries only.

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