Top Mother’s Day Ideas For Mummies-To-Be

Expecting a baby? Congratulations! This is guaranteed to be the most magical, precious and utterly terrifying time of your life. You will face myriad challenges, but none of those challenges will outweigh the love and joy that your child will bring to you. As Mother’s Day approaches, here are our favourite Mother’s Day gifts for mums to be

Memorable Card

You don’t become a parent the moment you see your baby, you don’t even become a parent the day that your baby is conceived. You are officially a parent the second that you make that decision that you are ready to welcome that new addition to your family. 

For many, the journey from making that decision and actually having a baby or child living with them can be a long and painful one. So, cherish every step in the journey. There’s no better way to do this than with a mummy-to-be card to mum from bump/baby. 

Memories Book

Document the journey through parenthood with a beautiful memory book, the perfect Mother’s Day gift! From the first scan or photo to first Mother’s Day, steps, words – every precious memory can be recorded for years to come. (don’t make the mistake of thinking that you will remember everything; one day, they’ll ask what their first was and if you don’t write it down, you will definitely have to make it up). 

Mummy Pamper Pack

Most parents know very well that life never be the same again. And for mums, they know that their body won’t every truly be theirs again, either. Fill a pamper pack with her favourite things: books, candles, bubble bath, a miniature of her favourite tipple (one won’t hurt) and her favourite chocolate because, take our word for it, in a couple of years’ time, she isn’t going to get a look in on her own chocolate treats!

Fine Dining

Make the most of your last Mother’s Day as expectant parents, rather than actual parents, with an extravagant final hurrah. Go to a beautiful restaurant, take a trip away. This is your last opportunity to focus on the two of you for a while, so make sure that you enjoy every moment before your keenly waited arrival turns up and changes everything (for the better, we promise). 

Baby Shopping!

If you thought you had seen everything there was to see in the shopping world, you probably thought wrong. Having a child adds a whole new dimension to shopping and, no matter what your feelings normally are about retail therapy, you will probably love shopping for the newest member of your family. 

Buggies, clothes, toys, books, technology – there is so much out there, more innovations and cute designs than you ever dreamed of in your wildest imaginings! So, celebrate Mother’s Day with some baby-centric retail therapy and a decadent lunch, of course. 

Massage or Spa Day

As you prepare for the wonderful world of parenthood, the biggest adaptation, yet one that comes naturally to most parents, is the realisation that you won’t come first for at least the next 15 years. A massage or spa day is the perfect, indulgent treat where mum – or both- parents-to-be can relax and take care of themselves before they officially become parents. 

Families come in all shapes and sizes. The most important thing is that you love and cherish each other, and take time to show one another that you care.

Fun Summer Finds for Active Women

As active parents, we are excited that warm weather has finally decided to visit us (and here’s hoping it stops raining for a few minutes so we can stay outdoors to enjoy it!)

Now that Spring has spring and Summer is on the way, here are a few of our favorites for moms on the go.

Sand Cloud, an environmentally aware company that donates %10 of it’s profits to #SaveTheFishes (help protect and preserve marine life) offers a wide array of items that are sustainable, adorable, and environmentally friendly. From super useful items mom will love like reusable glass bottles with beautiful and fun designs on them to metal straws that you can take anywhere (avoid those unnecessary plastic ones), soft towels with lovely artwork, to organic tees and tanks and more. Visit https://www.sandcloud.com to see what strikes your fancy.

yoga gear

Yoga lover? Me too, we hit the mat almost daily, it is one of the best ways to center yourself and have a few minutes of peace. Slightly Buddha is a yoga company for yoga lovers, by yoga lovers. The items on the site are simple, pretty, and express the ideas of living a zen lifestyle. They make, as they describe them, “well made, cute clothes” that offer value to the customer. As the owner describes the collection, “Slightly Buddha is a manifestation of my love for yoga, art and clothes.”  The clothing is soft and comfortable, and perfect for hitting a class or running errands. Pay attention to the photos and the reviews, they are honest and helpful when choosing a size.  Visit https://www.slightlybuddha.com and check out the graceful designs that are easy to mix and match.

Title Nine has everything the active woman needs, from running gear to swimwear to undergarments and more. Dresses that move with you, skirts that shake the rain off, leggings that actually stay in place. I can’t say enough good things about the company, which is run by amazing women for women, so they know what women want and need. I recently tried out the Roadster Convertible Underwire Bra and the Cuz She Say’s So Underwire Bra and I have to say, I’m in love. The “Roadster” in particular has become my “go to”- if it’s clean, I’m wearing it. Comfortable and keeping everything where it needs to be, even during vigorous workouts, this is the one to beat in my opinion. The “Cuz She Said So” was also comfortable and preformed well, and kept it all together.  The company is so passionate about their bras, they even have a program to help get them to girls in underprivileged communities. They know it’s hard to preform your best when you are being hindered- and that’s pretty cool. Visit https://www.titlenine.com to find your perfect match.

Looking for something pretty? Mountain Khakis puts a modern spin on classics, and the clothing is built to last. This company builds tough clothing that’s still pretty and soft to wear. You can find classic styles mom loves, which are durable and have the highest quality craftsmanship. A brand you can rely on not to fall apart on you. Not only that, but they are a company that cares, being Fair Trade Certified, members of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, and are organic and biodegradable, using only products and production methods that are safe, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. You can be tough and rugged and still look beautiful at the same time- all this while being environmentally responsible. Great gift options, take a look at https://www.mountainkhakis.com to see what strikes your fancy.

Poise and LBL #PoiseLinerLove @walmart

Disclosure- This I received compensation and / or samples in order to provide this review.  All opinions are my own and honest. For more information, please see “I Disclose”.

Light Bladder Leakage (or LBL) is a common occurrence for women of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities.  This occurs in one in every three women and some of the most common reasons are;

Physical changes from childbirth, pregnancy, hysterectomy, or menopause, being overweight, complications from surgery, stroke, or chronic diseases like diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson’s disease. It can also occur from a bladder or urinary tract infection, or bladder irritants (certain foods and beverages).

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As a personal sufferer of LBL, it can be daunting trying to find a way to either cover it up or work around it.  Sometimes it’s just a funny joke or a silly life event occurs and I happen to leak a bit.  Other times I just leak.  Luckily for me, I realized the best way to go about this is by having a little protection during daily activities.  This comes in the form of Poise Micro liners and liners.  Micro liners are great for when you know you are going to have a ‘good day’ with little to no issues, or if you don’t leak all that much.  Liners are great for those “more then just a few drops” days.  With an absorbancy of 2 out of 6 these are perfect for the infrequent spurts and drips.

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In our house, we always have at least a full box in the cabinet in the bathroom.  One of the best places to purchase Poise pads it Walmart, with great prices on bulk packaging, they are the clear cut winner against small packages at a local drug store.  One of the difficulties with bulk packaging is, will I use said item before it expires?  The beauty of Poise pads and liners, there is no expiration date and have more on hand is always a good thing.  Just in case.

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Poise liners are available in many different options, including micro liners, liners and the new 3 drop thin shaped pads.  All of which are available at your local Walmart.  If you aren’t sure which products are right for you there is even a simple question and answer/survey available at Poise.

 

Depend Silhouette Active Fit Briefs #Underwareness #IC #ad

Disclosure- I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Depend. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

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Depend brand undergarments have been blocking leaks and accidents for years and their newest in the line of products is the Silhouette Active Briefs which not only protect from embarrassing leaks but also features a thin design cloth-like fabric that is smooth under clothes for complete comfort and trusted protection.  The briefs also come in two colors black and beige.  If you think these briefs aren’t for you consider a few facts.  Over 51 million American women experience bladder leakage. That’s 1 in 3 American women. There are many common causes of bladder leakage in women including pregnancy, childbirth and even diabetes.

What is most exciting about these new briefs is their ability to seamlessly be worn with just about any outfit.  Providing confidence in your protection and your style.  Making these ideal for business situations, or family functions.

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The Depend brand is also entering year two of Underwareness, a social movement and charitable cause to break down the bladder leakage stigma.  As part of Underwareness, the Depend brand is encouraging people to show their support for women with bladder leakage. For every photo and video shared using #Underwareness, the Depend brand will donate $1, up to $3 million, through 2016 to fund charities that advance the research and education of bladder leakage.

There are also coupons available right now for Depend Briefs so be sure to check them out.  Depend undergarments are available at supermarkets, drug stores and many other retail establishments across the country.  It is always possible to have an accident and its always better to be prepared then not at all.

Pitch Perfect 2, Schick® and Skintimate® are Perfect Together

In recent years, there has been an insurgence of music based competitions movies.  But there are a few gems which not only include music, but also poke fun at themselves.  One such film was Pitch Perfect, which was released on 2012.  Now, fast forward a few years later and we are on the currently on the cusp of Pitch Perfect 2’s release in theaters, May 15, 2015.  The movie follows the adventures of the Barden Bellas, an all female a capella singing group and their misadventures trying to get back into the a capella singing circuit.  This movie looks absolutely hysterical and with just the right amount of music, heart, and humor to keep everyone entertained.

shaving gel

One of the official sponsors of the new movie is Schick’s Women’s Shave.  As such, there are special limited edition Pitch Perfect 2 packaging for Schick Hydro Silk Razors, Skintimate Shave Gel Schick Intuition, Schick Quattro for Women, and Schick Xtreme3.  On select packages for a limited time, consumers can get a free ticket to see Pitch Perfect 2.  To get your ticket  just purchase 2 products with a minimum value of $10 at an Ahold store, including Stop & Shop, Giant, and Martin’s.  Then fill out the print out form received at the register to redeem the coupon.  This is a limited time promotion and runs from until 05/23, so be sure to act quickly.
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Lunsdale II Quilted Jacket

Unfortunately all seasons have to come to an end, and with those ends clothing options change as well. From summer to fall, then fall to winter- jacket and layers are necessities in many parts of the country. In mine it is absolutely necessary. Today we will be looking at a new jacket which is water proof and insulated for the perfect fall into winter jacket, the Lunsdale II Quilted Jacket.

products and ian snoring video 10 2 14 007The Lunsdale is built with some interesting technology involved, like the AquaDry Membrane mesh lining. This lining will not only keep you dry but also warm in all kinds of nasty weather. Along with the quilted construction of the jacket you will be comfortable and stylish in this jacket. The jacket also sports 9 pockets including 2 zipped hand warming pockets, 2 studded chest pockets, 1 mobile phone pocket, which can also be used as an mp3 player pocket, 1 Velcro credit card pocket for easy access during bitter cold days and 1 zipped inner pocket for those items you want to keep most safe. The storm flap and narrow inner zip guard help keep unwanted drafts out of the Lunsdale, keeping the jacket where you put it and most importantly wrapped around you.
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Having the Menopause 2nd Talk with #PoiseFab5 #Cbias

What business do I have talking about menopause? Too young, you think? Well, maybe- but lucky me- I get to go through a fantastic menopausal journey, courtesy of medically induced hormone treatment. (And NO, I am not trying to get pregnant, please!)

Poise Feminine Wellness Products #PoiseFab5 #Walmart

Are you now super jealous? Try not to be- one day, we all get to go through it, LOL. As for me- I get to do it twice! Once now, and once when I am actually supposed to- YAY ME! Hmmm….well…maybe not, but hey, what can you do, right? You can try the new Poise products to combat the side affects of menopause, take off the edge- at least feel less gross and melt-y, LOL. (Is it hot in here???)

Check out the new Poise Feminine Wellness products, which cover everything from personal hygiene to “intimate” matters. Mom may have talked with you about where babies come from- but did she ever tell you about hot flashes, night sweats, and wild mood swings? No? Well, then ladies, you need to ask!

If you have not had a period for at least 12 months, that is one way of knowing that you are in “the change”. But that’s not all- all those pretty side effects are usually a hefty tip-off. Menopause usually begins around the age of 45-55, but it all depends on your family and personal medical history.

My aunt has been dealing with menopause issues for as long as I can remember- she is always, ALWAYS hot- even walking around in the winter in t-shirts, shorts, and flip flops. The first time I had a hot flash, I felt like someone had “lit me” from the inside- it was sudden, unexpected, and I felt both insane and disgusting. (I sweat…..a lot…and felt really frantic- I had no idea what was happening!) All I wanted to do was peel [Read more…]

Stillettos and Self Defense

Jennifer Cassetta is a self defense expert, trainer and nutritionist. Early on in her career, Jennifer was attacked while in high heels. Even though she was not dressed to fight, she was still able to ward off her attacker. Since then, she has run UFC test nutrition test groups and training guidelines, worked with celebrities, members of royal families, and even moms like you and me.

This exercise comes with empowerment and a touch of class. Jennifer Cassetta has released a brand new instructional DVD series titled Stilettos and Self Defense. This series was inspired by Jennifer’s own run in with a would be attacker using her experiences and training in HapKiDo, so these moves work! The DVD is broken [Read more…]