Petit Mod

MOM BOSS MONDAY

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Classic High Tops from Petit Mod

Since I’ve started this IG/Blog thing, I’ve come across a lot of women, a lot of Mom Bosses if you will. There has been a handful that I have become so fond of over the last year and today I share one with you. Her name is Jenny and she makes your littles the cutest shoes ever. When I asked to feature her, she was concerned that her story would be too sad for the readers. While her story is sad, it is also very inspiring and I’m glad she decided to share it with us. Jenny’s story is a great read and reminder to be thankful for what we have each day, what we don’t have, and to always keep a positive light in life. Not only is she a breath of fresh air, she is amazing at what she does. After you meet Jenny and read her story, don’t forget to stop by her shop and check out her beautiful collection of little shoes.

Jenny is this week’s Mom Boss and her biz is Petit Mod

Hi there! My name is Jenny Thompson and I’m the one woman show behind Petit Mod.  I manage, design, hand trace, cut and sew high quality leather baby shoes while I chase around my 3 kiddos. Levi is 6, Everlea is 3 and Finn is 1. I probably would have gone crazy long ago if it weren’t for my amazing husband Graeme who keeps us all in check! Thank you for taking the time to get to know me a little better. I hope I can share something that will be insightful or helpful in some way!

I’ve always loved to create things. I couldn’t stop if I wanted to. I HAVE to make things. I love before and afters and anything DIY. A few of my favourite things to work on are vintage furniture re-finishing, home renovations, and I’ve always loved to sew.

After having kids, my creativity was focused on making things for them. But if I’m honest, it’s not just for them, it’s for me too! I needed a way to feel connected to other moms without having to go for play dates all the time. I’m a bit of a homebody. So it was just a matter of time before I ended up opening an Etsy shop. I’m not entirely sure what made me stop at shoes though. Something about making a tiny pair of baby shoes is just so satisfying…and cute! I can’t get enough of them!  When my daughter was almost 1, I decided I wanted to create a modern version of a soft soled shoe for her with trendy prints but using durable leather. I came up with a design and it wasn’t long before people were commenting on my daughter’s shoes.  I began selling them through Etsy and they seemed to be a hit! Eventually, I decided I wanted to try my hand at leather moccs and shoes. I took a risk and purchased a used industrial sewing machine, had it fixed up (which was a story in its own) and began designing some new patterns. It’s taken me months and months of tinkering with my designs, sourcing the best leather, heck, just learning how to use my beast of a machine! I even took some time off in the summer to take a government run program which included creating a business plan, registering my business and applying for a grant – which I was approved for! All while trying to be a half decent wife and mom to my 3 babies and amazing husband. I was able to re-brand and re-launch in November and I’ve been having the most fun figuring out this business! It’s my release at the end of a long day of mothering! I love this stage of my life, no matter how challenging it is, and I’m enjoying getting to know so many other inspiring mommies along the way.

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My bub just as happy as can be in his shoes from Petit Mod.

Jenny’s pregnancy struggles

A struggle I’ve had to deal with during pregnancy is such a loaded topic for me, as I’m sure it might be for many, many other moms. I don’t even really know where to begin. I’ve had a few significant struggles, but I guess I’ll start by saying that I’m a mom of 3 living children, but I have had 4 babies and consider myself a mother of 4 through and through.

Her name is Thea Rosalie and she was born still at 40 weeks and 4 days into my pregnancy. After a beautiful and uneventful pregnancy, at 3 days past my due date, I, along with my husband and 16 month old son, were getting anxious to meet our sweet new baby girl. As I went about my day, getting acupuncture and doing a little last minute dress shopping for our new arrival, I noticed that I hadn’t felt any movement from her that day. Long (LONG) story short, we ended up in the hospital, with my husband, doula and midwife by my side as I was induced late at night. After a very quick 3 hour labour that was full of a rollercoaster of emotions – fear, hope, longing, sadness, laughter, love, anxiety… you name it – we were blessed to hold our precious angel as she lay still in our arms. The cause of death was evident. A true knot had formed in her umbilical cord which had cut off her supply of blood and oxygen. She was glorious. From her dark down covered head to her cute little toes. 7lbs 14 ounces of perfection. And we had to say goodbye. She wasn’t ours to keep in this life, but since that day the experience of her has changed me forever.

Through this experience, I have learned so much. I have learned to embrace life, rather than fearing the inevitable.  I have learned firsthand the beauty that can accompany death. To some, “beauty” may seem like a far stretch. But I don’t think so. It brings a change of heart, a greater appreciation for what we have, a love so deep that not even death can break the bond, a greater understanding of others pain, and so many more blessings.  Our hearts are at peace with Thea’s passing. I won’t pretend that my next 4 pregnancies after losing her (2 of which ended in miscarriage) were as magical as my first 2, they were very challenging on an emotional level. But with the births of my 3rd and 4th babies came such healing, gratitude and so much love and light.

Jenny’s motherhood tip 

Mamas, WE ARE STRONG! Our love for our babies is fierce and unfailing and pure. This journey of motherhood is the hardest, most devastating, fun, baffling, educational, growth inducing, pride inducing, GUILT inducing, exciting, boring, exhausting, ETC, journey ever!!Embrace life and ride the waves with glory girls! 

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Stunning Mom Boss, Jenny Thompson

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Nixi Lauroo

MOM BOSS MONDAY

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My bubba snuggled up on one of Nixi Lauroo’s ultra soft burpees.

Each week I have the pleasure of featuring a Mom Boss and each one of them has been simply inspiring. I love to hear the stories of how the love for their children, mixed with their creativity, talents, and passion, have led them to be the mompreneur they are today. Nixi Lauroo has the most adorable essentials for your littles and they are all hand made by a busy Mom from New Hampshire.  Kate, the founder of Nixi Lauroo is sharing with us some of the struggles she faces as a mom and what it’s like to run a business full time. My family and I are in love with her great quality products and I am sure yours will enjoy them too. A big thanks to Kate for sharing your story with us!

This week’s Mom Boss is Kate and her business is Nixi Lauroo

If it weren’t for my son, Nixi Lauroo definitely wouldn’t exist the way it does today! I studied fashion design in college and moved straight to California after graduating to pursue my career as an entrepreneur and fashion designer in the Bay Area. While I was there, I started a little company making women’s clothing, did a bunch of runway shows, and had a lot of fun learning & living—and that was really fun for about six years! At the end of the day, I got homesick and moved back to my home state of New Hampshire, and still dabbled in designing for a bit, and even designed and made a wedding dress—but honestly, I was burnt out. I opted for more corporate or more “stable” jobs in the fashion industry, and didn’t realize how much I missed creating until…surprise! We were expecting, and that was the last thing I was expecting! I was all of a sudden in “baby mode,” and dusted off the sewing machine. I started making baby blankets, swaddles, quilts, and much smaller clothing….and it dawned on me how much I MISSED creating and designing, and hey…sewing for babies was so much fun. The rest is history, as they say. I rebranded my company and started sewing baby things, first to friends, then online, and eventually took the plunge to do this full time. Nixi Lauroo officially turns one in November of this year, and I couldn’t be more proud! This has been a very long journey for me, but if not for the twists and turns, we wouldn’t be the Nixi Lauroo that you know. I feel like everything worked out the way it should have, and we settled into a niche that truly feels like home now.

Kate had a smooth pregnancy so she shares her some struggles she faces as a mom…

I’d be lying if I said I only have a few struggles as a mom! Becoming a parent is a huge learning curve, and I’m still figuring things out all the time. One of my biggest struggles is finding balance in my work life and home life, which I know a lot of moms struggle with too…since I work at home right now, it’s even harder to manage. I feel A LOT of guilt quite often when I’m home but not really home, or need to send my son to Grammy’s so I can concentrate, or when I’m sewing and can’t come play Dinosaurs right now, or on my phone or computer too much—things like that wear on me a lot. The perks of working from home are amazing, don’t get me wrong! The guilt that comes with them I never expected.
Kate’s motherhood tip:
If I could offer any tips as a mom, I’d tell other parents not to compare themselves to other parents, or their children to others. It’s not fair, and comparison really can be the thief of joy. You are always doing the best you can, and your little one is learning and growing in their own way, so just enjoy the ride and try not to stress out too much about things you can’t control!
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Nixi Lauroo’s Kate and her absolutely adorable son, Liam.

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Simply Love YYC

MOM BOSS MONDAY

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Mustache leggings by Simply Love YYC

As mothers, how many times does the thought of being unable to conceive cross our minds? To be honest, for me, hardly ever. Until I met this amazing woman along my motherhood journey. When I asked to feature Ann, I found out that she had yet to have children and is on a journey of her own. She has opened my eyes and made me even more aware of one of the many struggles women have to face, not to mention one of the most difficult. I have since become more appreciative of those who continue trying to conceive no matter how difficult the journey becomes. The motivation, love, and commitment you have is the foundation of motherhood. I have the utmost respect for those that are trying to conceive, and I want to thank them for being a constant reminder to never take my family for granted. Just because Ann does not have her bundle of joy yet does not make her any less of a MOM BOSS, so thank you, Ann, for sharing your story with us.

Ann Rocha the Mom Boss behind Simply Love YYC

I started my business as a distraction.  My husband and I have been trying to conceive for two years now and I started up Simply Love in an effort to create a distraction.  When you are trying to have a baby everyone tells you to relax, take a holiday, forget about it because it will “happen” when you least expect it.  To be honest, in our situation, it will not be able to just “happen”.  Unfortunately, in January I had to have surgery to remove one of my tubes and some endometriosis.  Following that we started IVF.

In my true nature, I love to be busy!!! I had been working on my business for a while and I thought there was no better time than the present.  Most people would not choose to start a business with all of that going on, however, for myself I felt like life had to go on and things are always going to come up and why should it stop me from following my dream.

I have always been able to sew.  I took lessons as a young teen and followed fashion through high school, at one point I wanted to go to design school.  I didn’t go to design school, however I continued to enjoy sewing and designing.  I have made grad dresses, flower girl dresses and gowns for all occasions, plus just about any project I could get my hands on.  I have made them with patterns and designed my own.  I have always wanted to start up my own company and I thought why not start up a company doing something I love.  Simply Love is all about Baby Clothing.  I use organic knit fabrics created with low impact dyes.  I chose to use organic fabrics with low impact dyes because I feel strongly about what you put next to a babies skin.  I feel with all the pollutants out in the world we should be most cautious about what we are putting right next to the delicate skin of a child.  I chose baby clothing because….well babies are cute!

Ann’s pregnancy struggle

As I mentioned above we have been struggling for over two years now.  We have had surgery and we have unsuccessfully completed a round of IVF (In Vitro Fertilization).  We have unfortunately not overcome infertility and unfortunately many people struggle with this.  In the United States 1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility and in Alberta (where I am from) 1 in 6 struggle with some form of infertility.  Infertility is more common that people think, its just not something people talk about.

We have been very open with our story because we feel that it is something that is not openly discussed and wanted to bring some light to the area.  The great thing about being open is we have lots of love and support from family and friends, the downside is it hurts.  People don’t understand about infertility and are uncomfortable with it, they often say things that are meant to be nice and helpful but they are really hurtful.  My best advice for people who know someone struggling with infertility is to listen, it helps to have someone just listen and not give any advice and be there for when it gets hard.

Ann’s tip for those with Motherhood goals

Enjoy the journey…not always as easy as it seems, but enjoy every moment of your life and live it to the fullest.  I honestly believe everything happens for a reason and we are not given things we cannot handle.  It may not seem easy or fair all the time, however, we need to have faith that it will work out.  You have to have a positive outlook.  Not every day will be easy or sunshine and rainbows, however you will make it through.  Pick yourself up and continue on your journey.

 

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Super inspiring Ann Rocha from Simply Love YYC

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www.simply-love.ca

https://www.instagram.com/simplyloveyyc/

Sacred Legacy Arts

MOM BOSS MONDAY

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My beautiful locket made with Mom’s ashes by Sacred Legacy Arts

My sweet baby Q was a wish that my mother made before she passed away. Although I was not ready to start a family, it happened (unplanned) and I couldn’t be more grateful for this beautiful son of mine.  Every time I look at him, I see her and am reminded of how much she wanted me to have a child. Cancer took her from us in April of this year, only 2 months before Q was born. On many occasions I find myself imagining the joy he would have brought to her during her final days.  During my pregnancy journey, I met a remarkable Mother who creates special DNA keepsake jewelry for loved ones to keep their memories close. The necklace I am wearing is made with some of my mother’s ashes and it brings me so much comfort to be able to keep her so close to me at any given time, in such a beautiful way. If you are looking to have a special piece made I highly suggest reaching out to this mama. There are so many beautiful pieces to choose from and there are even keepsakes for you breastfeeding mamas out there! I’m so thankful that Kelly from  Sacred Legacy Arts has taken the time to share her story with us.

Kelly and the story behind Sacred Legacy Arts

I (Kelly) started Sacred Legacy Arts in December of 2014, right after my second son was born.  I was looking both for a creative outlet to give me something to focus on while wrestling with postpartum depression as well as searching for a way to truly honor and manifest a symbol of my birth and breastfeeding journey with both of my children.  I was in the middle of dealing with low supply while fighting to breastfeed my second child.  We needed to use an SNS feeder because I just was not producing enough and my son was losing too much weight.  I wanted to find a tangible, creative way to honor our struggles and triumphs and my experiences as a mother.  That’s when I began experimenting with jewelry making and creating DNA keepsakes.  To me, it just seemed so natural and perfect to fulfill the longing in my heart of what I was looking to manifest.

Sacred Legacy Arts was originally named Ollie & Jai (after my two sons — Judah and Oliver) and was in the beginning a side hobby for me as a SAHM.  As I practiced my skill, it gathered interest from friends and family and I began creating for others.  I soon learned that this was more than just a hobby for me.  It was a therapeutic outlet for both me and the people I created for.  The DNA keepsakes I created were more than just jewelry.  They were tangible expressions and sensory stimulating tools for honoring memories, struggles, and celebrations.  People expressed such joy and fulfillment in being able to have a part of their story casted into wearable jewelry for them to carry and see.  This is when I began branching out and offering my art to others… when I realized just what a positive impact this art form could have on people’s lives.  As the identity and mission of my work began to unfold, I rebranded into Sacred Legacy Arts — describing my work as “tiny time capsules of wearable art [created] out of the most precious, sacred moments of your life.”

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Memories of my mother that I will always have close to me. The Crystal Point is another piece made with my mother’s ashes. 

SLA has since grown into my full-time job.  I work approximately 35 hours a week and am the sole designer and creator of the jewelry.  In May of 2016, I hired my first part-time assistant, Beth, who is both my personal friend and the best employee I could ask for.  Beth is very much an integral part of Sacred Legacy Arts and she is just as much a face of the brand as I am.  To me, she is much more a partner in SLA than an “employee.”  She handles all of our social media and email communications and is responsible for checking in customer’s inclusions for processing and packaging completed jewelry for shipping.  Beth has had her own profound experiences in motherhood from exclusively pumping for her first baby and being a milk donor (she donated approximately 40 gallons of her breastmilk to babies who needed it!)  to then going on to having a second child who she was able to nurse for over a year and counting. (She is a warrior mama, I tell you!)

Sacred Legacy Arts has grown very quickly into being one of the largest DNA keepsake design companies in the world.  We’re very blessed to have an international reach and to create some of the highest volumes of keepsakes seen worldwide.  Before becoming a full time jewelry designer, I had actually been a social worker previously for six years.  Community development and “doing work that matters,” is critically important to my values.

When Sacred Legacy Arts shifted from being just a “hobby,” to my “vocation,” I vowed that I would found a company committed to making a difference in the world.  We’re involved in multiple projects in an attempt to “give back,” and be mutually supportive to our local and global community.  Ten percent of every sale through SLA goes to a local maternity home for expecting mothers.  This maternity home is an empowerment center who, while giving these women a place to stay, equips them with the education and resources they need to reach self-sufficiency through stable housing, education, and employment.  We’re very proud to be a regular supporter of their mission.  We also strive to partner with as many small businesses as possible for our jewelry supply.  Well over half of our metal jewelry settings come from other small businesses like us versus large wholesale corporations and many of these small business metalsmiths have their own philanthropic endeavors that we are able to help sustain by purchasing from their shops.  For example, many of the copper pieces we’ve featured have come from a women’s empowerment workshop in a Mexican village that teaches vocational skills to the women in the village along with educational and life skill opportunities that help lift these women out of poverty and into self-sufficiency in a dignified, empowering way.  We’re always looking for these kinds of connections to keep the ripple effect going.

Sacred Legacy Arts is also well known for our design collaborations with other artists.  One of the best ways we are able to offer worldwide exclusive, unique designs to our customers is through collaborating and using the artistic vision of other jewelry designers in other material mediums.  Some examples of this include our exclusive tree of life wire wrapped design from Maid in the Woods and our hand casted solid gold ring from Anueva Jewelry or our DNA meditation mala in partnership with Blue Moon Holistics.  Not only does this give us a very unique edge to our design collection, but it helps other small businesses just like us to broaden their reach and influence to our customer base as well as theirs.

One of the biggest lessons I have learned in my life, but especially in motherhood, is to just “let it be,” and to let go of your expectations.  So many times in life, without even realizing it, we gather all of these expectations.  What our children will act like, the kind of support we’ll receive from a partner, how you’ll behave and interact as a mother, what you’ll accomplish, what your relationship with your children will look like…. All of these things are shaped from our life experiences of what our family life was like, what we witnessed within our community, and what we’ve decided we want to repeat or avoid.  But when reality doesn’t line up with our expectations (as it often doesn’t), it can be so hard to face that disappointment.  We get clouded with self-doubt, with comparison, with jealousy or feelings of failure — even resentment.  All of these things hold us back from being able to grow and develop within the actual circumstances that we find ourselves in.  But when we release these expectations from our heart, it frees up the space we need to blossom into who we are within the life that we are living and to see the beauty in what is versus what we thought it would be.  My advice to all of you is to release those expectations, breathe, and just let it be.

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Kelly (on right) and her assistant Beth of Sacred Legacy Arts 

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Shop Azalea

MOM BOSS MONDAY

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Mom Life Is The Best Life Tee from Shop Azalea 

Well, we made it to the 1-month mark. The three of us, my son, my husband, and I just trying to figure things out with no prior experience. Sleepless nights, never-ending diaper changes, and the list goes on. It has been such a ride so far and we are all learning so much about one another. There are times when I wonder if I will be any good at this mom thing, and then I remind myself that I am doing my best and it’s all a learning experience. A very challenging, yet rewarding learning experience. I have decided to take extra time off before going back to work so that I can be more present in the Mom life. I want extra time to bond with my son and focus on our new little family.  This Live Well Mama blog is my current outlet that allows me to share my experiences with mommies-to-be and new moms like myself. I have been lucky enough during this journey to have met another awesome Mom Boss who inspires me and I would like to introduce to you! Her name is Katina Cairnes. She is a mother to a beautiful little girl, and she shares her story with us from beautiful Hawai’i. Don’t forget to show some love by commenting and visiting the links below!

This week’s Mom Boss is Katina Cairnes and her business is Shop Azalea. 

After I became pregnant I decided I wanted to be a stay at home mom. I had my daughter Elena and 16 months later I was feeling like something was missing. I knew that I wanted something of my own that could contribute to our bills but I didn’t want to give up being home with Elena. I honestly had no idea what I could do from home or what I even wanted to do. I started doing some research on how to make your own online store, bought some books, and just went for it.  I was lucky to have full support from my husband as we had no idea if this would work or not. We are still so new but have had so much support and love from everyone that I just know that I made the right decision. I have always had a love for clothes and fashion but haven’t always had the budget for what I wanted. My mission is to make women feel comfortable and beautiful not only in their clothes but in their skin as well and to do so at a reasonable price.

A pregnancy struggle that Katina experienced:

My husband and I had just been stationed in Hawai’i when I found out I was pregnant. Being thousands of miles away from our families and not knowing anyone was not what I had in mind for when we decided to have a baby. I was so excited but so scared at the same time. I am an only child and had never been around babies so I knew absolutely nothing. Those 9 months were really hard for me. Not knowing if I would be ready when she came or if I would be able to do it on my own when my husband would have to leave on a deployment. Even though my family was so far away there were always there to support me. Every struggle of being a new mom that I overcame made me feel so strong and confident in what I was doing.

Katina’s Motherhood tip:

Something I say to most mommies is just to enjoy the little things. It’s so hard these days to separate ourselves from our phones and computers (which I am totally guilty of) but I find that when I do those are the times that I am really able to enjoy life with my daughter.

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Shop Azalea owner , gorgeous Katina and her beautiful family

 

 

1 Month Postpartum, 18 Years to Go

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I thought it would be fun to share with you the unexpected reality I am facing as a new mommy. Try not to laugh too hard at some of the things I thought vs. the way things REALLY went down.
  • My labor was going to be under 12 hours and I was still going to be glowing when it was over. Nope.  Labor was almost 24 hours long and I immediately lost the glow, immediately.
  • We would come home from the hospital to maintain a clean and organized home.  Haha! The house screams “I never got the ‘nesting’ bug and we are just trying to survive with a newborn on barely any sleep!” All good though, that’s why we have the cleaning lady on speed dial.
  • I would sleep more that 5 hours total in a day and yes, I would still be glowing. Yeah, right! The glow was gone the minute I gave birth and it’s like striking gold if I can get an additional 30 mins of shut eye! (Which I occasionally do, thanks to my dear husband).
  • I would quickly be back in the gym, surfing, and regain my post pregnancy body in a flash. While I am absolutely happy with my slow but steady progress, none of that has happened yet. I have lost some weight from breastfeeding but no go on the gym or surf action. I am still awaiting approval from my midwife to get back to my fitness routines. I have started very light workout routines while holding my baby  to entertain him or put him to sleep. (Two birds, one stone)
  • I would continue my excellent eating habits that I picked up during my GD phase. Also a NOPE. Since breastfeeding is compared to running a 5k marathon, I am HUNGRY, a lot. So the first couple of weeks I ate like crap. Good news is, I’m slowly making a comeback and making healthier meals at home.  It feels good.
  • I would lose patches of my hair due to fluctuating hormones. So far the hair gods have been on my side. My hair has always had my back and it’s been staying put for now.
  • I would be able to wear my closet full of pre-pregnancy clothes by now.  Although I have not been wearing leggings as often, there is no way in hell I can get into any of my jeans that I miss so much. If I am not at home in panties and a nursing bra, I’m wearing a bathing suit, maybe some shorts, and/or a graphic tee of some sort. There is still a closet full of the old me waiting for the new me.
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    MAMA BIRD Tee from Mama Bird & Co

    Some things I never even thought of that are becoming apparent:I never thought I would be okay with being puked, farted, pooped, or peed on. Somehow it doesn’t bother me one bit. Now I am sure that it would be a completely different story if it weren’t my adorable offspring. LOL. I never imagined that I would cherish and desire sleep the way I do now. I never thought I would try so hard to put my child to sleep only to obsess over when he will wake again.  Last but not least, I NEVER imagined that I could love anything as much as I love my little dude. (Even if he is bossy and sometimes mean as can be).

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SEE? SUPER MEAN!

 

Breastfeeding On the Go & Bamboobies Giveaway!

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Being a new mom that exclusively breastfeeds I am learning that it can be a real pain in the ass, especially when you are on the go. You can have the most functional top or outfit, but if you didn’t prepare and put on the right nursing bra, forget about it. It’s a hassle and a milky mess! Well, for me anyway. Now that I am regaining brain cells, getting an additional hour of sleep per day, and feeling confident enough to have a conversation, I won’t pass up the opportunity to get some fresh air. It’s summer and I refuse to stay in! When I have the opportunity to get out of the house, I jump on it! So this means no planning… grab that diaper bag hoping that it has enough diapers and bail!

Let’s talk about breastfeeding in public.  Everyone has their two cents about it. While I believe it should be normalized, it can still be a little intimidating and takes some getting used to. I am still getting the feel as to when I need full coverage or when I am comfortable enough to just go for it and feed my lil’ guy out in the open. Bamboobies makes a simple, chic shawl that is also a nursing cover, and I always have with me. I can literally breastfeed in line at Starbucks with this thing on. If you haven’t invested in one yet, you can get your’s here.

I don’t know about you ladies out there,  but OMG I am producing like a machine! This means LEAKAGE, and lots of pads = lots of trash. I LOVE Bamboobies super absorbent, reusable, and eco-friendly nursing pads. They are extra soft, come in cute colors and heart shapes, and you can get a multipack for light or heavy leakage.

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I keep hearing painful stories about cracked nipples, making the experience that much more of a challenge. My method of intervention is Bamboobies Organic Nipple Balm.  All you Mommies out there working your tails off to feed these growing babies, if you are suffering, this is the stuff you are looking for. What I like about this product is that it is all organic, pesticide free, and non-toxic, making it safe for you and your baby.

Breastfeeding is such a beautiful and natural experience, but not all of us have it easy. All of the challenges can make it rather discouraging. It’s nice to know there are products available to us that assist through the process or prevent issues early on. Bamboobies has a selection of awesome breastfeeding products that you can browse here.

I’ve teamed up with Bamboobies and they are giving away all 3 of the products I’ve reviewed in this post! Yep, the Nursing shawl, the Multipack Nursing Pads, and the Organic Nipple Balm! Just head over to my IG account @livewellmama for details on how to enter. Get a head start here and leave a comment as part of your entry!

*This blog post was sponsored by Bamboobies.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY Ends 7/10/16 at 11:59:59 p.m. PT. Open to legal residents of the US/CAN who are 18+ years of age. Winner will be announced on 7/11/16.