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We Have Moved!

Wednesday July 30th 2008, 9:07 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Please come join us at our WAY BETTER new blog :) here!



Free Stress Relief for Moms!

Saturday July 26th 2008, 9:26 am
Filed under: Encouragement for Moms, FREEBIES

A lot of moms are needing a fresh burst of inspiration these days, and I’ve got just the thing! Check out this page with great ideas for:

summer activities for kids

family-friendly summer recipes

summer exercise ideas for moms

and more!

It’s all here, and it’s all free. Enjoy!



New Styles of Ponchos are Here!

Monday July 21st 2008, 6:14 am
Filed under: Product Reviews

Everybody oohs and aahs about how cute these ponchos are, and now we have more to choose from than ever!

Not only that, but now you can get sizes up to 6X, so your big girls and little girls can all enjoy these cozy and too-cute-for-words ponchos. With fall coming along, you will want to get yours soon!



New! The Breastfeeding Buddy

Saturday July 19th 2008, 9:10 pm
Filed under: Product Reviews

Do you want to be able to be discreet while nursing your baby? You will love these handy little clips that transform the blankets you already have into convenient nursing covers!

Simply clip to one side of blanket, around your neck, then to the other side of the blanket. If you want a little more room to see the baby feeding or latching on, put the clip a little further away from your body. You won’t have to use one hand to keep your blanket in place, so you can relax and feed your baby easily.

Our Breastfeeding Buddy clips are also great for creating bibs for your little ones while on the go (just use a hand towel and the clip!), keeping blankets covering your baby while in the stroller or car seat, or keeping toys within your child’s reach!

Right now we have three styles of Breastfeeding Buddy to choose from. You can see them here.



An Amazing Adoption Story

Wednesday July 16th 2008, 9:48 am
Filed under: Adoption

Have you seen this story about Emma Grace?  What an amazing adoption story!



Introducing BabyGanics Family-Safe Household Cleaners

Tuesday July 15th 2008, 7:16 pm
Filed under: Product Reviews

I’ve enjoyed using various non-toxic and all-natural cleaners in my home for many years. However, the one thing that always bothered me about some of them was that I bought them through multi-level marketing businesses that required me to sign up or pay a yearly membership fee in order to purchase their products. What a drag! Inevitably, I’d run out of my cleaner about a week after my yearly membership was done. Sure, the cleaner was only $12, but I had to pay over $30 to get “in” again. No thanks!

I’m so glad that I found out about BabyGanics. This company features wonderful cleaning products that are safe for people, pets, and the environment. It is non-toxic, organic, and all-natural.

BabyGanics products have

No fillers

No chemicals

No VOCs

No pollutants

and are Non-caustic.

I’ve been trying out the products in my home for several months now to see if they are any good, and I am happy to say that I can definitely recommend these to you.

There are four different cleaning products available:

All-Purpose Household Cleaner

Glass and Surface Cleaner

Tub and Tile Cleaner

Floor Cleaner Concentrate

All four products come in either unscented or lavender scent.  Check ‘em out here.



Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!

Monday July 14th 2008, 6:11 am
Filed under: Boutique News

After over a year and a half of running The Baby Boutique, I’ve gotten a pretty good feel for what you guys like, and what doesn’t meet a need. That, combined with my awareness that most of us have a need for lower prices all the way around these days, has prompted me to start making some changes here.

First of all, you may notice that some products are no longer available. I purged all the stuff that was taking up space but not selling well.

Secondly, we are now able to keep more items in stock here, which translates into several good things for you:

1. New products

2. Lower prices

3.  Even faster service (because most orders move out of here on the same or next day!)

Starting today you’ll notice that we have added several new products to the boutique, including multi-vitamins for moms and dads (yes, these can work for prenatal vitamins, ladies!), liquid multi-vitamins for children, baby-safe household cleaners, and more. PLUS, you will see that some of the prices have gone down.

In the weeks to come you will see more new stuff, and more lower prices, so this should be fun and exciting for all of us!

If you haven’t already subscribed to our newsletter, be sure to use the handy sign up box on the sidebar to the left. You’ll be sure not to miss out on any announcements if you’re subscribed! (plus I often send special coupons and deals that are exclusive to my newsletter subscribers, so you don’t want to miss that!).



Floatie Swim Suit Safety Warning

Sunday July 13th 2008, 7:16 pm
Filed under: Safety

I wrote this post several years ago, and now dig it out every year and re-post to share with people each summer.

We have an Easy Set pool at our house. It’s a pretty big one, and we have floatation swim suits for our three youngest boys to wear, although we keep the pool shallow enough that all of them can walk around in it and still have their heads above water. Last year when I bought the suits the baby was one and the better quality suits did not come in his size, so I got a cheaper one, which he had continued to wear this year.
The other day the kids were playing in the pool while my husband and I sat on the deck watching them and chatting. Our youngest, who is now 2, lost his footing in the pool and very quickly was floating face down in the water. Fortunately my husband saw it right away and got to him within just a few seconds, so everything turned out ok.

BUT

The problem is that this suit was not designed to flip a child over onto their back if they needed to rely on the floatation! Our baby was helpless, face down in the water. He would have actually been safer with no suit on at all, since he would have been able to stand to his feet after losing his footing.

It only takes a very few moments for a little one to drown. I am so thankful we were right there with our eyes on the pool happenings.

We tossed out that suit and today I went and bought him one of the better ones, that are designed to keep a kid floating on their backs. Here is the difference between the two suits:

The kind that flips a child onto their back has a float in the front of the suit that is longer than the one in the back.

The kind of suit that put my baby into the pool face first is a kind that is designed for children who need a floatie while learning to swim. The floats are all around the suit and are the same size all the way around.

Just thought someone else might appreciate the reminder. Go check and see if your little one’s floatie suits will flip them to their backs in their moment of need.



Baby Boutique now on Facebook!

Sunday June 29th 2008, 1:06 pm
Filed under: Fun Stuff and Bargains

Hey gals!

Want to join our group over on Facebook?  We’ve got a discussion board set up to talk about all things MOMMY!  :)

To join, go on over to Facebook.com and then search for The Baby Boutique Board and click to join.



Any interest in these?

Thursday June 26th 2008, 12:18 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Hey folks,

I am considering adding two cool new products to the store, but wanted to get some feedback from you to see if these would even fill a need.

The first item is glass baby bottles with a cool silicone sleeve. Many parents are becoming increasingly concerned about the chemicals in plastic baby bottles, particularly when warming them or having warm milk in them. Glass bottles are great for the safety, but can be too hot to hold, slippery, and of course there is the concern about breakage.

These cool silicone sleeves go over the bottle, so they protect little hands (or yours!) from the heat of warm milk and slippage, and still allow you to see the measurement markers.

These come in both 4 and 8 ounce bottles, and would be priced at $10 and $12 plus shipping.

The other item I am considering adding to the store is this:

These are knee pads for your little crawlers! They can slide right over bare legs or pants, and provide a silicone cushion at the knees for your little tyke as they explore their world. I think these are really cute and smart, and wish there had been something like this back when I had crawling babies!

These would be priced at $17.95 (plus shipping) for a pair.

What do you think? Any interest?



Don’t forget!

Wednesday June 04th 2008, 9:09 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Just a quick reminder that any orders placed from now through next week probably won’t be sent out until after Friday, June 13, 2008.  Thanks for your patience!  :)

~Erica



Bless Them (by The Down Syndrome Express)

Wednesday May 21st 2008, 12:26 pm
Filed under: Baby Boutique Blogs, The Down Syndrome Express

When I was in fifth grade, I spent the night with my friend, Karen. Her parents took us to the drive-in to see my first PG movie, Bless the Beasts and the Children. The Carpenters sang the title song, and they were my favorite group, with many of their songs touching me deeply. The movie ended with the tragic death of a character I had gotten quite attached to, so I found the whole experience very poignant and it has always stuck with me emotionally.
Here is an excerpt from the song:
Bless the beasts and the children

For in this world they have no voice

They have no choice
Bless the beasts and the children

For the world can never be

The world they see
Light their way

When the darkness surrounds them

Give them love

Let it shine all around them
I realized recently that I think of this song every time I think of a child, especially one with special needs. And because all the emotions of seeing that movie, hearing the song, and being so deeply moved by the music of The Carpenters, I have a very special place in my heart for ANYONE who seems to be in an underdog position.

Although I did not understand how to show compassion to special needs people when I was a child, now that I am a mother of 4 typical children and 1 special needs child, I have a huge amount of that compassion. Compassion is good, of course, but I have read much by parents of special needs kids who say they see their kids as no different from the others, in terms of how the parents treat the kids. Setting boundaries, setting expectations, all those things are still in place with their special needs kids.
I have struggled with figuring out how to set boundaries for my little guy who has Down syndrome. I wonder if it is reasonable to expect someone who is delayed in several developmental areas to understand or be able to practice self-control at age 2. The doctors told us that a child with Down syndrome can learn, and indeed I have seen that in Kepler, but it is very challenging to me to have appropriate expectations for this little guy.
And then the chorus of Bless the Beasts and the Children floats through my mind, and I think, “All I want to do is give him love, and let it shine all around him.” If we surround him with love, perhaps all the rest will take care of itself. In the meantime, I look for wisdom on how to deal with him throwing his spoon and bowl at the end of every meal.



Last Chance for Supermarket Savings

Friday May 16th 2008, 7:12 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Today is the last day that you can take advantage of the awesome $8.97 price for the Supermarket Savings 101 program.  Don’t miss it–it’s a really valuable skill to learn that has the potential to help your family SO much!



High Gas and Grocery Prices Got You Down?

Tuesday May 13th 2008, 7:11 am
Filed under: Sales and Promos

Hi everybody!

As gas and food prices are climbing daily all over the world, many of us are wondering when it will stop, and how we will be able to keep up. One of the best resources I know of for lowering grocery costs is a wonderful program written by Crystal Paine. It’s called Supermarket Savings 101, and it will teach you how to significantly cut your grocery costs without spending tons of time!

Crystal is a wife and mother of two who has just about perfected the art of getting her groceries for pennies on the dollar. For a couple years now I’ve read her blogs and been amazed when she featured photos of big bunches of groceries that she got for free or close to it. Obviously, this is a skill that most of us could stand to learn, and Crystal has made it so easy.

Since I know how badly we can all use this kind of help, Crystal has agreed to not only let me tell you about this program, but she is selling it for only $8.97, which is 50% off the normal price! I have no doubt at all that even if you just apply a few of Crystal’s strategies that your $8.97 investment would be paid back to you many times over.

In addition to the awesome price, Crystal has sweetened the deal with six additional bonus items, including ebooks on menu planning, gardening, making homemade bread, and some recipe books!

I strongly encourage you to go check out the program information so you can understand how beneficial it will be to you. Feel free to forward this newsletter to your friends and family as well. I think this is a wonderful deal for something that can truly help everyone, particularly when times are so tough right now. I hope this is a blessing to you!



The Supermarket Savings 101 program is available at this sale price for just a couple days, so don’t miss it!



The Ultimate Homeschool Expo is Coming SOON!

Tuesday April 08th 2008, 9:23 am
Filed under: Educational

I’ve never had the time to go to a homeschool convention, and now with the way gas prices are rising, driving anywhere comes under some scrutiny at my house. Do we really need to go there? Is it worth the price to drive there?

The Ultimate Homeschool Expo is starting soon, and it’s an excellent (actually, superior!) alternative to the typical homeschool convention. For a super low price you can attend a homeschool convention from the comforts of home. You get to listen to a HUGE amount of speakers (and you can even listen more than once)–way more than you would get to see at an in-person convention.

You also get a large amount of freebies and bonus goodies that are worth way, way more than the cost of a ticket to the event.

You can even hear ME as a speaker, which I know you are dying to do! :)

I would say that even for someone who is not homeschooling but is thinking about it, this would be a great opportunity to learn a lot without getting overwhelmed trying to fit everything into one weekend.

You can check the whole thing out here.



Where has my lil baby gone? by Sadie’s Young Mommy

Monday March 31st 2008, 8:11 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Where has my lil baby gone? Sadie is becoming more and more independent and mobile everyday.
She is still tiny and my lil baby girl but she has started trying to walk now and it just puts me in shock
at how fast ten months went. She pushes behind her lil push toy hippo and walks all over the apartment now..
she also loves to hold onto our hands and walk around. I believe she is determined to figure out this walking thing
since she will cry sometimes and just get mad at crawling so we will help her stand up and then ta da laughing
Sadie once again :)

We also just recently moved to a two bedroom apartment…that was a crazy move and we are still unpacking bits
here and there…but the most exciting of all about moving is Sadie has her own big room now and she sleeps through
the night now!!! I was so use to get up with her 6-7 times at most through out the night so it took me awhile to get use to
either getting up just once to nurse her or not at all!! Now I just sleep though :) It is so nice to sleep again….Friday night
she slept from 8:30-6:30 then slept in till 10am!!! Threw both my husband and I off since Sadie is usually our trusty alarm
clock between 7-8:30. And last night she slept from 9-7 so a full nights rest again :) I am just so thankful to God that she is
sleeping much better now and not demanding to be nursed every hour. She obviously needed her own space to rest better..she
even is taking naps better. Granted this might change due to teething or what not…(she is on her third tooth..getting them
all at once) but for now I am just so happy to finally get some goodnight sleep :)

The pictures are of Sadie playing at the Sciencenter…she loves going there and hanging out with her friends and all the new toys
and fun stuff to explore. Sadie has this one friend who is almost two years old..his name is Aden…and they just lvoe each other
so much its so cute…Aden will look around at nursery (church) for Sadie and when he sees her he yells out Sa Sa !! They hug each other, play together, and one day Aden decided to even carry Sadie around!!! that was a little scary turning around and seeing him holding her and carrying her…she was fine but it made both his mom and I hold our breath and run for the babies :)…Its so so cute
watching her interact with other babies and toddlers :) She loves other kids…as long as mommy isnt holding them we discovered she has a jealousy about sharing her mommy :) I was trying to help out a friend and hold her baby for a few minutes and Sadie acted like I had betrayed her for life…it was quite devastating for her…I quickly ran to her to let her know everything was alright…and I hope that she will learn to be okay with it. But for now Sadie has all of Mommy to herself :)



The Dark Side of Imagination by Military Momma

Friday March 28th 2008, 7:01 pm
Filed under: Baby Boutique Blogs, Military Momma

The other night my daughter Punka, went down (surprisingly) peacefully for her bedtime.  Within an hour, she erupted in a bloodcurdling scream that sent me running for her door.  I had never heard her scream like that before, so of course my mind involuntarily ran through worse case scenarios.  Had she fallen out of bed and broken her arm?  Was there an intruder in the house?  What could possibly make her scream like that?

 

I reached her room to find the culprit was a wolf.  Yes, a wolf.  Apparently in the haze of her dimly lit room, my imaginative 2 year old had found the wolf’s eyes (which had been featured in Aesop’s Fables at Library Story Time that afternoon).  I calmed her and asked her to show me the wolf, and she franticly pointed to the tiny lights on the smoke/carbon monoxide detector.  I tried to soothe her fears with logic (not a toddler’s strong point), but that didn’t work.  In the end, after retrieving Daddy (appropriately still dressed in cammo uniform and hunting make believe wolfs), turning on the light, and rearranging anything that might cast a shadow, she finally settle down to sleep.

 

The next night she saw birds in her closet – a small pile of clothes that cast a shadow.  The night after that, a snake – the skinny outline of her lamp’s electrical cord.  My husband and I were both baffled.  We’ve never had this problem with my daughter before.  You always hear about children being afraid of undescript monsters in the closet or under the bed.  But that would be too easy…My daughter thinks monsters are funny.  Monsters can be explained away.  “Oh, monsters are just pretend.  They don’t exist.” 

 

How do you explain away a wolf?  Or a bird?  Or a snake?  They’re all real animals she reads about or sees everyday.  It’s not like I can censor them from her life like I could monsters and horror movies.  Once again, I’m stumped by a two year old.

 

DebD, MilitaryMomma

www.DunkDesigns.com

Dunkelberg Designs | Virtual Assistance & Graphic Design Services



OK..here’s the gardening deal!

Thursday March 20th 2008, 1:47 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

So the owner of the gardening toolkit site decided to offer a one day sale to celebrate the first day of spring. You can get the whole set marked down from $27 to $14. Check it out here. This sale ends at midnight!

:) Happy Spring!



Hey–hold off on the gardening resources…

Wednesday March 19th 2008, 12:24 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

I just found out that Jim is going to make a better price on the gardening toolkit for One Day Only.  That will be tomorrow–to celebrate the first day of spring!  Come by tomorrow and I’ll have the info for you.  (He’s still putting it together right now)



Thinking about gardening this year?

Tuesday March 18th 2008, 6:48 am
Filed under: Fun Stuff and Bargains

It’s springtime and those tempting seed
catalogs are filling our mailboxes, inspiring
us to do some gardening! My husband and I
started gardening with our children when they
were young and it was such a fun experience.
We all learned alongside each other and got
to experience the wonder of actual food
growing in our own back yard. :)

If you have been thinking about doing some
gardening this year, you are going to love
this! My friend Jim Erskine has put together
a fabulous collection of gardening resources
at a super price.
This “tool kit” has 14 resources that will
instruct and inspire you in your gardening
pursuits this spring. For this week you can
get them at a great discounted price.
Go on over and check out all these great
resources.
They have stuff for organic
gardening, growing potatoes the easy way (I’ll be trying this one!),
ideas for including your children in
gardening, and lots more.



Saving Your Green $$$ This Week!

Monday March 17th 2008, 6:35 am
Filed under: Educational, Fun Stuff and Bargains

If there’s one thing that I’ve found most of us have in common, we all love a bargain! :) Well, this week I have an incredible offer for you that I know you’re going to love.

My friend Tawra Kellam runs Living on a Dime, one of the internet’s most popular web sites dedicated to helping all of us live well on less.

This week Tawra is allowing me to share a fabulous offer with you folks. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day you can get **17** wonderful eBooks for just $17!! This collection of books includes

  • Grocery Savings book
  • Menus on a Dime
  • Quick Dinners
  • Plan Ahead Leftovers
  • Teaching your kids about managing money
  • Gifts in a Jar recipes and instructions
  • Money Management to help you get out of debt
  • Debt-Free Holidays
  • and a whole bunch more!

I have most of Tawra’s books and can tell you that they are chock-full of practical and helpful ideas that really WILL help you save money!

Stop by Tawra’s site to check out this offer. I think you will be very pleased with what you see there, and that this ebook package will be really valuable to you.

This special sale ends SOON so don’t miss it!

Come back tomorrow for another great GREEN deal that you’ll LOVE!



We have a winner!

Saturday March 15th 2008, 9:09 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

This gal is the winner of the Ultimate Blog Party giveaway.  Congratulations!



Traveling Toddler by Military Momma

Friday March 14th 2008, 9:48 am
Filed under: Baby Boutique Blogs, Military Momma

Ladies and gents, May I call your attention to the center ring as I attempt the impossible.  I, Momma the Magnificient, will attempt fly alone with my toddler, and arrive at my destination sane!  “Can’t be done!” You say?…
…I agree, but hey I have to keep the dream alive right?  So, back to reality.  Me being me, I set off to prepare for this fated trip back to the East Coast by researching and planning.  We’re not new to long hauls and traveling by car for days, being an Army family, but planes are different.  You can’t stop for potty breaks and the occasional “my butt’s asleep” pitstop.  Add to that Mommy’s huge fear of flying, and the general chaos of going anywhere alone with a very active and antsy toddler, and it seems like an all but impossible feat.
However, I am determined to try to make the best of it.  After all, at the end of that very long plane ride is HOME.  Grandma.  Grampa. Cousins, Aunts and Uncles.  I just have to make it through 8 hours on a plane and a short layover to gain 6 full days of the comforts of home.  I can do this! (Or so I tell myself.)
In order to make this trip as smooth as possible, I’ve compiled quite the Traveling Toolkit chocked full of fun little activities and, well, bribes.  My secret weapon:  snacks and a portable DVD player.  I’ve also bought a toddler book about first plane rides, a coloring book about airplanes, and toddler sized headphones shaped like teddy bears.

I added a GoGo Kidz TravelMate (an attachment for your child’s carseat that converts it into a stroller of sorts, for an easier terminal to terminal dash!) to my arsenal, and I hope that it holds up to my expectations.  Most of all I just hope beyond hope that the Tantrum Gods are good to us that day.  Be sure I’ll be giving a full report of the effectiveness of my battle plan after we return. Wish me luck!

DebD, MilitaryMomma
www.DunkDesigns.com

Dunkelberg Designs | Virtual Assistance & Graphic Design Services



Ultimate Blog Party!

Friday March 07th 2008, 9:15 pm
Filed under: FREEBIES, Fun Stuff and Bargains

Ultimate Blog Party 2008It’s time for another blog party! Welcome to the fun!

I’m Erica, and this blog is where I focus on everything that moms of little ones are interested in. In addition to my own writing, we have several contributing bloggers here, including a young first-time mom, a mom with a child with Down Syndrome, and a military mom.

Some fun things I have going on right now:

Get a free ebook: The No-Cry Parenting Guide. Yours when you sign up for my free newsletter here.

I am also hosting a great sale on my two healthy eating books right now, with 50% of the proceeds going to Zoe Children’s Homes, which is an organization that rescues children from the evils of human trafficking. You can read more about this here.

In celebration of The Ultimate Blog Party, I will be giving away a sweet pair of crib shoes in newborn size. Here’s what they look like:

All you have to do to be entered into the drawing is to leave a comment here and tell me who you would give the crib shoes to. :) Please be sure that I have your email address so I can notify you if you’re the winner.

You can visit my Health and Wellness blog here, and my Supermom’s No-Lice Advice blog here. I have giveaways going on at both sites. :)

Enjoy the party!!



We’re Raising Money for Children In Need

Friday March 07th 2008, 8:51 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized


ZOE Children’s Homes is an international Christian organization that rescues children who are sold, or at risk of being sold, into prostitution slavery; orphaned, or victims of other heinous crimes and abuse. You all have heard me talk about this organization before. The work that this organization does is amazing because they literally save the lives of children. We can’t even imagine the evils that await the children that fall into the trap of human trafficking, and it’s amazing what a small amount of money is enough for the ZOE team to take in one more child that they will love, feed, clothe, educate, and care for…until adulthood! ZOE is committed to their children for life. They are simply amazing.

I have looked forward to the day when I would have an opportunity to make a sizable donation to this organization, and now it’s here. I am offering my two books as a fundraiser for ZOE Children’s Homes. I will be donating 50% of the proceeds of this sale directly to ZOE Children’s Homes on March 15. Feel free to spread the word on your blogs and egroups so that we can make a huge impact in helping these children.

If you would like to make an additional donation to ZOE, please follow this link to do so. Every little bit helps. I have a personal friend that works with this organization and she has told me that many times ZOE has a list of children waiting to be rescued, but they have to wait for one. more. donation. before they can get that child. YOUR DONATIONS WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Visit the fundraiser here.