Saturday, April 11, 2015

Tieks Review {Perfect Shoes for Moms and Female Photographers!}

As a mom and professional wedding photographer, my footwear choices are limited to whatever is the most comfortable. I am always looking for a pair that is comfy, compliments many outfits, and will last. That's why I was so excited to discover Tieks by Gavrieli

They are perfect for chasing toddlers.

They are perfect for running many errands, food shopping, and playgrounds. 

They are perfect for city strolls with a stroller. 

They are perfect for kneeling, squatting, walking, and standing on your feet for 10 hours making another bride and groom happy! (in my case)

I first ordered a pair in my normal shoes size - a seven. I put them to the ultimate test of an all day wedding and ended up with some blisters on my heels. I was sad, because other than that they were super comfortable and perfect. So I let the wonderful people at Tieks know about my experience and they sent me one size up quickly to replace my size seven with an eight. I've worn these at another wedding and they were perfect! You can see me below at the mansion right before the reception, wearing this beautiful pair of metallic pewter Tieks.  

These are the perfect flats for a single professional in the city, for the urban or suburban mom, or even the retiree who has no interest in heels and wants a well-made pair of comfy flats that will last. Most of all of course I recommend these for other female photographers, you'll love them! Will they cause a case of sticker shock? Perhaps. They did for me. If you are buying them to wear for your business though, it's a great write off! I don't plan to wear them for anything other than wedding photography, they are my special "favorite job ever" shoes. Tieks enable me to photograph a wedding without having to think about how uncomfortable my shoes are, which of course makes it possible to focus on giving my client the best experience and to have some fun with them!

I also love that the Gavrieli Foundation supports women entrepreneurs all over the world creating opportunities for them to support their families and communities. This is huge for me as an entrepreneur myself! Starting a business in the U.S. was not easy, and it is even harder in many other countries. I love supporting companies that in turn support other female entrepreneurs like myself. 

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

YoBaby is 16 and My Baby is 6 | #StonyfieldBlogger Giveaway

They all tell you that kids grow up so fast, of course we can only see it and agree wholeheartedly when your own kids grow up right in front of your eyes. Blink. They are walking. Blink. They are reading. Blink. They are getting married. That's what it feels like anyway! I remember when Baby E (above) was a tiny little thing, trying her first foods - like an avocado. She was about 7 months old when I first bought some Stonyfield YoBaby yogurt for her. Knowing that low-fat dairy isn't good for babies, I could definitely appreciate the whole fat organic creaminess of yummy YoBaby yogurt. In fact, I remember as a teenager when Stonyfield first came out with YoBaby and I would ask my mom to buy that for me instead of the runny, low-fat stuff sold everywhere! Yes, even I was a YoBaby "baby". 

As I gave birth to children of my own, I appreciated even more having a convenient and healthy, GMO and pesticide free snack or dessert option for them. To this day I still reach for YoBaby when we are out food shopping, both my 6 and 3 year old still love it as much as they did when they both first tried it! It stands the test of time and the changing and growing taste buds of two little ones. For a busy mom and photographer, it's also a great time saver and a convenience that I find worth it in many ways. It's hard to find brands and companies you can trust and I'm glad to support Stonyfield, especially since they are local to New England where we live.  

Baby E doesn't fit on my lap quite as comfortably. Baby T isn't so tiny anymore either, resorting to kicking mommy sometimes more than hugging me. His mischievous smile may mean that sometimes more yogurt ends up on the table than in his mouth, though when it's YoBaby, it most certainly ends up in his mouth! He loves the creamy taste and sometimes leaves the last spoonful for me to show his love and affection. 

In all the photos I see them changing so fast into little people, often with very grown up thoughts. I also try to get in the picture when possible, so that they can later see mom was actually with them and not just taking pictures of them! Though these childhood years I'm so glad to have had Stonyfield YoBaby with us for the ride, happy 16th!

One of our readers will receive a sweet little YoBaby prize pack that we hope you will enjoy!

Disclaimer: I work in partnership with Stonyfield as a YoGetter blogger and I am compensated for my work. The opinions and thoughts within this post are 100% my own. I only work with companies I support and believe my readers will like!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Natural Baby Giveaway Hop {Rocky Mountain Botanicals}

Welcome to the Natural Baby Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering, Easy Green Mom and Brittleby’s Corner through the Green Moms Network! This February we are showcasing all the great green and eco-friendly baby and kid gear that we love! After entering our giveaway here at Eco-Babyz, don't forget to hop around and enter all of the other giveaways listed on the linky at the bottom of this post for your chance to win other great eco-friendly baby and kid gear!

Our sponsor here at Eco-Babyz is a small family-owned brand that creates effective, hand-crafted skincare products for mom and baby. Made with essential oils and botanical extracts, Rocky Mountain Botanicals only uses highest quality, chemical free ingredients. Interested in knowing more? Just read what others are saying about them!

"Founded by my mother, Marcine Ko in 2004, Rocky Mountain Botanicals is the result of many family generations of natural healers and the love and compassion they had for all living things; animals, people and plants alike." Read more of their story here

Enter below to win a set of Best Natural Deodorant (awesome for pregnancy and for any mom!) and the Arnica Extreme Ache and Pain Relief Creme (awesome for parents and kids for all those bumps and bruises).

Be sure to enter the grand prize giveaway! One winner will receive a prize package from  Ecocentric Mom, My Chickadee, SoftBums, Earth Mama Angel Baby Organics and Rockin' Green Soap! Over $338 value! Enter here.

Disclosure: This contest will run through February 18, 2015 at 8:59 pm PST (11:59 pm EST). The winner will be chosen the following day and announced on Blog Name. No purchase necessary. US entries only. Must be 18 years or older to win. The sponsors provided me with free samples of these products to review, and I was under no obligation to review them if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to this blog and not to Facebook. Please note that Happy Mothering, Easy Green Mom, Brittleby's Corner, the Green Moms Network and the Naturally Healthy event bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. We will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 4-6 weeks for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you.

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