Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Not Babies {photos}

Are you in a season change in your life? I don't mean literally, but figuratively. New little ones arriving. Kids getting older. Kids leaving for college. I feel like we're in the midst of a change. No newborns or infants and finally nearing a time when I can leave the house with them without risking a tantrum in public. That coveted "diaper free" life on the horizon, potty learning... Then that thought of "we may not be done". Are we done? With kids? Everyone asks. Especially when you have one of each already! Like it's some sort of magic combination. 

I look at them and simultaneously think "We could be done and I want another one". I've always been indecisive, but when it comes to having children, even more so. Most moments I just try not to think about the future but live in the present because my babies aren't babies any more. Sad and happy at that thought all at the same time. They are still my babies. They are big to me when I look at newborns, they are little to me when I look at teenagers. They become so, so precious in moments when I hear of parents loosing their babies.

In the throes of homeschooling and life-learning, I'm surrounded by other moms on a similar journey that truly appreciate how short of a time we have with our children. Some have little families, some have big ones. Some are religious, some aren't. Some stay home, some work part time, some work full time while managing to homeschool. All of them from a great variety of backgrounds and cultures. We all have one thing in common though - cherishing the time we have with our 'babies'. We're not perfect, but we really enjoy simply being present for our families. Because babies don't keep and life is short. 

I don't want to paint a rosy picture. It's a great challenge and I'm not sure who is learning more, me or my children. I'm learning how to run a growing Boston area wedding photography business (new website and name by the way!). I have so much respect and solidarity for all business owning moms out there! I had no idea what I was getting myself into. My head is spinning with all the legal, bookkeeping, and financial stuff that goes into starting a business - hours upon hours of work that you do not get compensated for but have to pay for somehow. Then throw in a good measure of mommy guilt for the time I spend building the business while they nap, while they put on plays, play make believe, build with Legos, and just plain run around and drive each other nuts. I have to say though, this is also good for them, I can see how their free play time has shaped them into the little no-so-babies they are. 

Are you in a similar season or someplace else? Babies growing? Jobs changing? Homeschooling? New arrivals?

How do you "live in the moment" through the routine of daily life?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Fluffmas | Mini Kiwi AIO Cloth Diaper Giveaway | US + CAN

We are really excited to be part of the FluffMas Giveaway Hop hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network! I know many of my readers cloth diaper or want to try cloth diapering, so this is a perfect fit. Each participating blogger in this hop has a fabulously festive and fluffy prize for you, so be sure to hop around to them all and don't miss the fantastic Grand Prize featuring Buttons Diapers, Balm Baby, and SprayPal!  You can enter to win the FluffMas Grand Prize here.

Our fabulous sponsor today is Mini Kiwi cloth diapers of Canada. This north-of-the-border brand crates high performing, super absorbent cloth diapers. Their impressive product line consists of this All-in-one diaper as well as a pocket diaper, nighttime diaper, diaper covers, bamboo prefolds, training pants, cloth diaper safe rash cream, detergent, cloth diaper liners, and wet bags. Here is a little bit about this brand...

Mini kiwi is born from the meeting of parents and entrepreneurs wishing to reinvent the baby world by offering a range of eco-friendly, modern and quality products. We have forged strong partnerships with designers, artisans and artists from here and elsewhere. Our primary mission is to make the cloth diaper a trendy and reliable object.
We work hand in hand with several local seamstresses that are at the heart of our creative spirit and high quality of our design.
Our collaboration with a Mexican entrepreneur, mother of three children living in a small village in Mexico has emerged following an impromptu meeting and a heated discussion revolving around motherhood and cloth diapers.
In Canada, we generally choose cloth diapers for ecological reasons and to avoid chemicals coming in contact with baby. In this small Mexican village, cloth diapers are used primarily to save money.
With time, our dreams became intertwined. We wanted to create a high quality cloth diaper and she wanted to start her own sewing business and create jobs locally. Through our partnership, we employ eight fairly paid full-time workers, in a workshop managed by a young mother and her family.
Mini kiwi continues to grow and we now manufacture products in Canada and Mexico. We have a dozen employees who work with us to manufacture, promote and distribute Mini kiwi products.
All of our fabrics, thread, velcros and elastics are manufactured in North America, Our packaging is manufactured in Canada and kept minimal for environmental concerns. We try to give a second life to our packaging. Discover our line of dress-up characters on each packaging.

One of you will win two Mini Kiwi AIO charcoal bamboo cloth diapers. It fits babies from 8 to 35 pounds, is naturally antibacterial and odor neutralizing, dark color hides stains, large absorption capacity, inner gussets prevent leaks at thighs, and has adjustable absorbency. It is available in many fun prints and colors, even owls and a space theme!

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Don't forge to also enter to win the grand prize below and also enter the other cloth diaper giveaways in the linky at the bottom!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Last 30 hours! Masala Baby NEW activewear preview and Organic Kids Pajamas Review

I've been searching for good quality organic pajamas in a market flooded with synthetics or cotton grown with pesticides. I was really excited to learn that one of my favorite kids clothing brands, Masala Baby, makes organic cotton pajamas! Not only that, they're also creating an impressive line of organic kids activewear, there are only 30 hours left of their Kickstarter campaign! Here is your chance to get your hands on some ethically sourced, organic kids activewear, a rare find. Once the campaign ends tomorrow, you'll be able to find the Organic Activewear on the Masala Baby website and Look.com starting December 15th! Perfect in time for the holidays if you're looking for useful presents.

Baby E has been sleeping in random cotton shirts and has been begging for some 'real' pajamas for months. Now that it's cooler, it's a must at bedtime here in New England! They were beyond excited to receive these pajamas and I was pretty proud of how little they need to be thankful and happy, one of those "Phew, they aren't totally 'first world' spoiled" moments. They even willingly posed for photos, these goofy adorable kids, I'm biased, I know. 

As you can see, the fabric and print is pretty amazing. I ordered a size up, Baby E will be 6 soon and she is wearing size 8 (sleeves rolled up in photos), Baby T will be 3 (next week!) and is wearing size 4. It shrunk a bit in the wash (delicate cycle, cold water), but the colors remain true and vibrant, plenty of room for them to wear it for more than one winter. So if you're in the market for organic pajamas, size up for your kids so they can enjoy them a little longer. 

I love the perfect cut and fit, I have a pet peeve - pajama shirts that are too short. No bare backs or tummies with these! Stretchy cuffs keep kids snuggly warm but make it easy to put on and take off. I love that there are no pesticides or flame retardants used in the making of these pajamas - after all, they wear them for a good 12 hours a day, so that's pretty important! 

Perhaps the only problem we've ran into with these pajamas is that they do not want to take them off! :) They want to wear them all day and I have to coax them into some clothes if we get out of the house (which I often don't want to anyway when it gets below zero around here!). 

Masala Baby also has an AMAZING line of baby and kids clothing, I guarantee you'll love it! It's beautiful, well designed and made, with vibrant modern prints and colors. I just love that it's nothing like typical clothing you see in a store, it has a ton of character and is so unique!

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