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4 Self-Care Apps Moms Will Love

Back-to-school craziness have anyone feeling a little… crazy? We’re sharing a few of our favorite apps to help you find and make use of those few moments of “me time” in the midst of your money-making-carpool-driving-dinner-making-homework-helping-permission-slip-signing busyness. Even if it’s just a few minutes, you’ll be glad you took a moment for yourself.

If you have one minute to spare: Make self-care a habit

Apps to Use When You Have One Spare Minute

When’s the last time you did something for you? Whether it’s meditating or working out, calling a good friend or taking that probiotic everyday, building these good, self-care habits can be hard when your day is filled with “Mom mom mom mom mom mom”s. With a habit-building app like Balanced or Productive, you can set self-care goals big (get a massage once a month) or small (drink three glasses of water today), and the app will remind you of your goals, celebrate your progress and keep yourself accountable for taking time for you.

If you have five minutes to spare: Zen out

Apps to try if you have 5 minutes to spare

Mediation doesn’t have to be twenty minutes of ommm-ing or nothing at all. The benefits of taking just five minutes to breathe deeply and focus inward can decrease your stress, lower your blood pressure and help you make it through the afternoon. Finding a meditation app you connect with can take a try or two since you’ll want to find one with a voice that won’t make you want to scream (not very zen). Personally, I’ve enjoyed Stop, Breathe, Think (free), Buddify ($5) and the new OMG I Can Meditate (free). You can also just set your phone timer for five minutes, close your eyes and focus on taking longer and deeper breaths — until the kids pile into the car asking for a snack.

If you have 15 minutes to spare: Work out

Workout Apps for Moms

Don’t have 30 or 60 minutes to exercise? No worries. High Intensity Interval Training (or HIIT) has been shown to be a quick and effective way to fit in your exercise in small doses with benefits that continue throughout the day. Try Keelo, which tailors its HIIT workout suggestions based on your age, gender, fitness level and available equipment. The workouts average 15 minutes with options as quick as eight minutes. The app also has instructional videos to show you how to do each exercise correctly and a built-in timer to show you when you move on to the next exercise. Did we mention the app is free? #noexcuses

If you have 26 minutes to spare: Nap

How to nap in just 26 minutes

Raise your hand if you’re tired. While you may not be able to score a few extra hours at night, you might be able to feel a whole lot more rested with just 26 minutes. I know, I know. It sounds a bit crazy. A 26-minute nap? I wouldn’t believe if I hadn’t seen it with my own two eyes. But I have a dear friend who takes a 26-minute nap most days. She falls asleep in just minutes and wakes up seconds before the 26-minute alarm goes off. It’s crazy, but it’s also crazy effective. Using Nap26, you’ll “learn” to get to sleep fast, get restful sleep and wake up refreshed, un-groggy and ready to rock the rest of your day — all in just 26 minutes.

What are you favorite apps that help you find “me time?”
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A new school year is about to start and that means back to schedules, carpooling, and packing lunches everyday. It also means a whole new classroom full of moms to get to know. I always think it’s great to know the other parents in my child’s classroom. One, because I’m overly social, but also because we have to have each other’s backs. We all need help with this crazy thing called parenting. I’m a firm believer that it takes a village and the parents in my child’s classroom are a great addition to mine.

5 Tips for connecting with moms at school

But, that raises the question: How do I connect with the other moms at school? I’m sure there are a lot of ways, but these are my best tips for connecting with the other moms and growing my own village.

1. Don’t be scared to break the ice.

Yes, this seems obvious, but I have witnessed a bunch of moms just standing in a room not talking. Don’t be afraid to be the talker. Say hi and tell everyone your name. Tell them which child is yours. Tell them why they should be your best friend and you should go have a glass of wine after this insane parent meeting.

2. Be yourself.

Again, this seems like a guide for middle schoolers, but I think moms seem to revert back to their childhood when it comes to connecting with other parents. You can’t expect to start a good relationship based on your fake alter ego. Don’t pretend you love to throw class parties or craft cute teacher gifts if you don’t really love to do that. Maybe your talent is writing great class newsletters, picking up the store-bought cupcakes, or just being the life of the party. Here’s a time when you shouldn’t fake it. Be true to who you are. People will like the real you better than the miserable fake you.

3. Don’t be judge-y.

The other side of being yourself is don’t judge others. Don’t judge them because of the way they parent, the way they love to bake homemade vegan cupcakes, or the fact that they have to work and can never make to any of the class activities. We’re all doing the best we can. If you’re judging everyone, you have no time to really become their friend.

4. Get involved.

This is one my biggest tips to moms looking to make friends. Whether it’s at school, playgroup, church, or even just the gym — get involved with something. You could join the PTA, help out in the classroom, be the room mom (if you’re brave), help out in the teacher workroom. Being active and involved in whatever organization you choose will help you connect with the other moms in that group. It’s basically forced friendship.

5. Just ask.

I’m betting if you just ask another mom at school if they want to hang out, they’ll say yes. If you want to connect with the moms in your child’s class, host a little brunch party at your house, invite someone for coffee after drop-off, or maybe even dinner or drinks one evening. The best way to connect with a new person is to ask!

I hope some of these tips will help you with the start of a new school year!

What tips or ideas have you used to help connect with the moms at school?

This post was contributed by Lindsey McPherson, owner of The Nashville Mom. You can find more from Lindsey on Instagram.

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Mia Hamm: Soccer icon, philanthropist, mom

Mia Hamm has two Olympic gold medals, countless accolades and was named the Greatest Female Athlete of the Last 40 Years by Sports Illustrated in 2012. She may be a soccer icon, but she loves her current role as soccer mom. SheIn addition to raising twin daughters, aged seven, and a two-year-old son, Mia is committed to her charitable foundation, The Mia Hamm Foundation. Her foundation focuses on bone marrow research — she lost her brother to aplastic anemia, a rare blood disease — and creating more opportunities for women in sports.

Ultimate Soccer Mom
Residence Inn wants to help working moms

Hamm travels around the country on behalf of The Mia Hamm Foundation, and she knows how difficult it can be for moms to take care of themselves while they’re working and traveling. “Our crazy schedules can make any mother feel pulled in a million directions. I’m always worrying about getting enough exercise and staying healthy while I’m traveling,” said Hamm. She’s crafted two 10-minute workouts moms can do when they’re pressed for time, yet want to stay on track with their health. The routines don’t require any special equipment and can be done at home or in a hotel room.

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Are you the “Ultimate Soccer Mom”?

Residence Inn, a Marriott hotel, celebrates May as Moms’ Month, and they’re encouraging all the soccer moms around the United States to nominate themselves in the Ultimate Soccer Mom contest.

Moms can enter on Facebook or Instagram by posting a 100-word entry and a photo, tagging Residence Inn and using the #RIMomsMonth hashtag. Everyone can join in the fun and qualify to win exciting daily prizes by posting a comment on Residence Inn’s contest announcement on Facebook. The contest’s grand prize winner, named the “Ultimate Soccer Mom” by Hamm and a panel of Residence Inn judges, will win a trip for four to Los Angeles to meet Mia Hamm at the new Residence Inn Los Angeles L.A. LIVE hotel in summer 2014.

Residence Inn makes family travel easy

Their spacious suites boast full kitchens, and Residence Inns have free Internet, hot breakfasts and pools to make family travel fun and hassle-free. Residence Inn features over 650 locations world-wide, and their suite model makes the hotel perfect for extended stays.

What do you look for when traveling with kids?
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Dear Sassy:

I’ve been part of a three-family carpool for most of the school year. The moms and I all trade off picking the kids up from school. There are four kids involved. In the past few months one of the moms (the one who has two kids) has been bailing on carpool close to the last minute, leaving the other mom and I to scramble to cover pickup. This has happened at least three times. Plus, her kids can be kind of obnoxious and loud in the car. I wouldn’t mind dropping them out of carpool, but I don’t want to be rude. What should I do?

Dear Carpool Queen:

Uh, hello. Someone already won the rude title and it was not you! What do you have to lose by dropping that flake out of the mix? Not her respect, because not showing up to fulfill an obligation is the number one sign of disrespect for another person, in my opinion.

Okay, okay. I’ll simmer down a bit. The last thing you need is for me to go off about how much I hate it when people flake. If you commit to something, follow through. If you think you can’t, don’t commit. It’s all I ask. Well, I ask a lot, actually. My standards are high. It’s just that I see the potential inside all of you, and I want you to be the best person you can be. The world deserves the you that lives in there. YOU deserve that you.

I ask this of you from a place of love. Honest. And also I would like for people to show up on time for things.

Putting myself in Carpool Flake’s shoes though (we’d better not see a cereal named this in a few months – if we do, you’ll all know where the idea came from). I wonder if something weird is going on with her. You say you’ve been a part of this carpool for a while now, and I assume that up until now it has run smoothly. Did she get a new job? Have an illness? Maybe she’s pregnant and not ready to tell you? Another red flag is that the kids are acting up, too. Kids are so sensitive to changes in their families – they might be reacting to whatever is going on with the mom.

Whatever the reason, perhaps knowing it will help you and the third carpool mom adjust accordingly. It is not rude of you to inquire about the changes in her behavior, especially if you note that her actions are affecting two other families.

Sure, you could drop-kick the lady out of carpool, and if she can’t ever hold up her third of the pickup and dropoff duties, maybe she should be cut loose. But if it’s something beyond her control, and she needs that proverbial village to help out, this is a great opportunity to extend a helping hand. You never know when you’ll need one. Why not treat her the way you’d want to be treated if this were you? You’d want someone to speak up, right?

About those kids: if they’re acting obnoxious in the car, by all means, tell them to knock it off. I have no problem disciplining other people’s kids when they are under my supervision, especially when I am driving and their safety is literally in my hands. I fully expect other parents to act accordingly when they are watching my children, too.

When you are collaborating on parenting duties with other families like this, you do need a certain level of trust in the other adults. If Carpool Flake mom turns out to be unworthy of that trust, she shouldn’t be held responsible for the care and delivery of your kids, and vice versa. But start by giving her the benefit of the doubt. Your words of concern might turn out to be a lifesaver to a struggling mom.

Submit your question for Ask Sassy here! (Or just email me, darling. We can keep it between us. AskSassy@savvysassymoms.com) You can also follow me on Twitter or like my Facebook page, where I share pro tips on life every week.

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Step into spring with some fun colors, prints and new shoes!  Fashion should be fun and you shouldn’t have to overhaul your entire closet each year. These spring outfit inspirations are to get your mind thinking on how to re-work what you have and maybe add in a few things that are on trend for spring. We are seeing lots of pastel, prints, faded denim and beautiful blues for spring.

Savvy Style Tips: How to wear jeans with shoes

Nautical

Nautical is always a tradition look when spring rolls around and instead of looking like a sailor I put together an outfit that gives a nice nod to the nautical but won’t have you looking like a sailor. Every spring I add in a new wedge (or two) to my shoe collection. Wedges are so great and versatile. Wedges are also a great stable shoe for moms that are running around town.  You can really never have too many wedges in my opinion. I am loving these Sperry Top-Sider Goldfish Wedge and this Crossbody Leather Tote, that can fit everything a mom needs. I also love the striped Tory Burch iphone 5 case for dressing up your tech for spring!

Floral & Pastel

Worn out and distressed denim is right on trend for spring, which moms will love because they are comfy like a pair of yoga pants, but not yoga pants. These jeans look best when cuffed and worn with flats or wedges. Get a pair of Sexy Boyfriend Jeans form the Gap and a pair of fun flats and you’ll be out the door in 10 seconds. This look is relaxed yet put together. Floral is another hot trend for spring as well as pastel and button up shirts, so this one from Gap is triple threat.

Spring Blues

 

Berry & Blue

Blue and Purple, these berry-licious colors are not just for fall but hot for spring! This clearly has something to do with Radiant Orchid being the color of the year. These bright and bold hues look great together and add a pop of color to any denim, printed pants or your classic white. The Midnight Sail Necklace from J Crew is stunning and and the Michael Kors Meg Wedge are the perfect sophisticated blue. I also love this Juicy Couture Selfie iphone case for the mom taking selfies in the park.

Which of these Spring looks would you wear?
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This is a guest post from 1st time Mom Julie

With just three weeks left until I’m due with our first child, (a baby boy!) I’m a nervous ball of energy. Okay, maybe “energy” isn’t the right word. I get out of breath trying to get out of bed, feel like I ran a marathon when I climb a flight of stairs, and my feet get swollen if I stand for more than 5 minutes. But on the inside, I’m bursting with excitement and anticipation. The past 9 months have flown by, and I can’t believe that in less than a month, our lives will be changed forever.

Like all expecting moms, I’m really excited but I’m also super anxious about all the changes a child will surely bring. My husband and I have heard it all; advice from friends, the in-laws, family, strangers in the grocery store, you name it. But we both know it’s completely different to read & hear about “what to expect”, and another to actually experience it. I have faith that we’ll start to figure everything out as we go, but here are some of my biggest fears as we get closer to D-day.

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Will I lose my own identity once I become a mother?

It took one second of hearing his little heartbeat at an ultrasound appointment to know that I will give up everything and anything to make my child happy and safe. But will I be able to balance that fine line of keeping things and hobbies that are important to me while growing into a new version of me as a parent? Can I be “me” and “mom” at the same time? I think this is something most moms probably struggle with, but right or wrong, I never really appreciated it until now.

What if I never lose all this baby weight?

I’m a petite 5’2” and have gained nearly 40 pounds already. I haven’t really changed my eating habits, still exercise every day, we haven’t been making the cliche fast food or ice cream runs, and I’m not craving weird foods. And yet, I can’t believe how quickly I’ve packed on the pounds despite all of that. And don’t get me started on the size of my hips right now! Have you seen the newest Kate Middleton photo? A few weeks after giving birth and she looks fabulous already. And if a princess can do it, why can’t I? (yeah right). Hopefully I can recover in a healthy and manageable way and won’t have to throw out all of the clothes and shoes in my closet.

What if I can’t keep my children safe?

Mr. Google has been my best friend over the past 9 months, I’ve double checked everything to make sure it’s safe for my developing baby. I’m already paranoid about protecting him, but what about once he’s out in the world and it’s out of my control? I’m having nightmares of bullies in school, stranger danger, one of his future coaches taking advantage of him, or any other CSI-type scenario running through my hormonal anxiety-ridden brain. I am hopeful that I will be able to educate him on how to protect himself, and create a family environment where we can be open and talk about everything, but it doesn’t make it any less scary!

Will I have to choose between my career and family?

And what if I make the wrong choice? My success in my career right now has required a kind of single-minded focus, but what will happen when my children come into the picture? Will I face repercussions if I have to take a day off when my son is sick, or what if I can’t stay late at the office to meet a deadline because I have to pick him up from school or daycare? If nothing else, I know to expect a juggling act that most women deal with on a daily basis.

You can read every What To Expect When You’re Expecting book on the market, but I know nothing can fully prepare you for the changes that will happen once you have kids. I’ll keep you updated on my journey along the way, but I’d love to hear your thoughts.

What were you excited or fearful about during your pregnancy?
Is there something you wish you knew before your babies were born?

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Julie lives in the suburbs of NJ, right outside NYC with her husband, adorable rescue pup Murphy, and will soon be welcoming a baby boy into the family in September. By day, she runs Etch Communications, which helps authors & small businesses with their public relations & marketing needs. In her free time, she loves to exercise, create DIY projects, bake gluten-free goodies, drink gin & tonics, and swoon over letterpress stationery. You can find Julie on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram.

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Ask Sassy

We are very excited to announce our brand new advice column, Ask Sassy! This is the advice column you’ve always wanted. Sassy tells it like it is and is here to help you get through those sticky situations and maddening mom moments.  Like that scuffle with a nasty PTA mom, a disagreement with a friend, or how to handle it when your child is not invited to the Birthday party. She cuts through the BS and gets straight to the point, helping you make the right, but sometimes tough decision.

Every other Wednesday she will tackle your questions with honesty and give you the savviest advice and best way to handle those sticky situations.  So whether it’s a tough parenting question, relationship hitch, or your quandary about social etiquette, Sassy is here to help!
Submit your question for Ask Sassy! here.

She will help solve your sticky situation in the following seven categories:

1. Concerned Friend
2. Relationship 911
3. Parenting Problem
4. Social Etiquette
5. Ring the School Alarm
6. Family Feud
7. Fashion Emergency

Who is Ask Sassy?

Ask Sassy is not kidding around. Sure, she brings the funny when it’s appropriate, but Sassy has been through everything you’ve suffered and more, and she knows the right answer to a dilemma isn’t always the easy one. She’s a writer with 15 years of experience for the internet, print, television, and multi-media. She’s also a multi-tasker, a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a daughter-in-law, a teacher, a student, a lover, a fighter, and an all around problem-solving ninja.

If you have a sticky situation for Ask Sassy! please fill out this form:  Ask Sassy! Sticky Situations


*This form is private and will never be shared with anyone other than the editor of Savvy Sassy Moms  and the Ask Sassy problem solver.  We will do our best to solve everyone’s sticky situations, but cannot guarantee yours will be published on Savvy Sassy Moms. We will not publish or solve any situations that are illegal or inappropriate. We are not responsible for actions you take after sharing our savvy advice.

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I’m co-hosting a Pinterest party with MomTrends to celebrate the new school year!  Log on TONIGHT Wednesday, September 4th at 6pm PST/9pm EST to see the pinning in progress or check back after to see the complete Party Inspiration Pin Board.

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Here’s how to enter:
  • Follow both Momtrends and Savvy Sassy Moms on Pinterest.

  • Create your own Pinterest board called #BacktoSchoolEssentials

  • Repin at least 3 pins from the #BacktoSchoolEssentials board to YOUR board

  • Post the URL for your pin board in the comments on the bottom of this page.

  • Fill out your #BacktoSchoolEssentials board with anything that you find makes this hectic season easier and a lot more fun. From outfits, to snacks to organization, you name it!

Our Pinning Party will begin at 9:00pm EST on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 and end on Sunday, September 8th, 2013 at 11:59PM EST. Our lucky winner will be contacted via email and must respond within 72 hours to claim prize.

We’ll be giving away an amazing prize pack valued at $250 to one lucky pinner.
Here’s what we’re offering:

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NetNanny for Windows
Pornography, cyber bullies, and online predators make the internet a dangerous place for young minds. Protect your family! Take control with Net Nanny — the best child protection software available. Features include porn blocker, video game controls, profanity masker, controlled access and instant message montioring.

Mabel’s Labels Write Away labels
Do you ever need labels right away? Stock up on self-laminating, writeable sticky labels that are ready when you are. You simply write, seal, stick ‘n’ go! “Write Away!” sticky labels are available in a choice of two sets, each featuring five of our most popular designs.

BabbaBox (Theme: pirate)
BabbaCo is the award-winning children’s subscription service known for its solution-based, all-inclusive activity boxes for children ages 3 to 7, which saves time, money and sanity – all the materials mom needs to keep engaged and entertained are delivered to your doorstep.

Set of Funkins (3 in a set)
Funkins are high-quality stylish cloth napkins designed to keep children’s faces – and the earth – neat and clean, and are available in fun patterns for boys and girls. Not only do they reduce lunchtime waste – they help teach kids about the importance of reusing and reducing. This is a backpack essential.

Zulily
$25 gift card. Shopping this daily deal site where logging on is like opening a new treasure chest every day. You never know exactly what you’ll uncover, but you know gems are waiting. The day’s bounty might be whimsical. Classic. Trendy. Eco-friendly. Educational. Or just plain cute.

 

*To be eligible for our Pin Party Giveaway, registrants must be 18 years or older and a legal resident of the 50 Unites States, (excluding Puerto Rico and all other US Territories), with a valid U.S. shipping addresses. No purchase necessary to enter or win.

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If you’re a new breastfeeding mom, you know that there are only a handful of places you can turn to for trusted information and quality products . That was the thought behind the creation of the Pump Station – a store that dedicates its space and efforts to pre and postnatal info classes and products with an emphasis on meeting the needs of new breastfeeding moms.

We interviewed Cheryl Petran CEO of the Pump Station about the ins and outs of running this successful community business.

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The Pump Station Santa Monica

How did the idea for the Pump Station come about?

Parents often ask us how The Pump Station was started. It grew very organically out of the needs of new moms. The story began almost 30 years ago when our co-founders Corky Harvey (RN, MS, IBCLC) and Wendy Haldeman (RN, MN, IBCLC) met as fellow Lamaze teachers who were working as RNs with a specialization in maternal/newborn health. As young mothers learning to be mothers themselves, they saw a need for parent education beyond the birth process. They developed a Baby Care class, which provided parents with the ‘baby bootcamp’ they needed to care for their newborns.

A year later, The Pump Station expanded and began to rent breast pumps out of Corky and Wendy’s homes and the Pump Station was born. The number of women wanting pumps surprised them, but more importantly, they realized that these new and expectant mothers had a tremendous need for expert lactation support and information. Even though they had extensive experience in many areas dealing with pregnancy, birth, newborns and pediatrics, they recognized that they needed more education to be able to better support new parents. They applied to UCLA and were accepted into one of the country’s first clinical lactation consulting programs. Upon completion of this program they became certified Lactation Consultants and were now able to offer the expert advice so many women needed to successfully breastfeed their infants.

Happy moms soon spread the word and they quickly outgrew their home offices and opened their first little breastfeeding center-the first new parent resource center of its kind. Many of their clients wanted products to help them with breastfeeding and parenting, so they responded by carrying nursing bras and a selection of high quality baby care items. The Pump Station soon outgrew that first space and moved to its current location in Santa Monica 17 years ago.  In July 2005 we opened our second location in Hollywood, and in December of 2009 our third location in Westlake Village.

What kind of resources can moms-to-be find there? What about after the baby is born?

Originally, expectant and new parents came through our doors every day to attend classes, groups and have access to the huge selection of expert-recommended products we carried.  They also came for expert breastfeeding help by attending one of our new mother’s breastfeeding support groups, seeing one of our lactation consultants, or discussing breastfeeding issues with our trained staff. Now they continue to do this but with the proliferation of on-line resources they visit our website to gain access to the large amount of educational content we offer regarding breastfeeding and caring for your new baby.

Our growth into social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest allow us to take our community beyond the LA area – thus allowing us to be a resource for moms everywhere. Our addition of Mommy & Me classes has allowed us to support moms/dads/babies long past their first birthday something we didn’t do when we were first opened.

Tumbling Class at the Pump Station

You’re known for featuring some pretty great educational classes. Can you tell us about a few of them? Do they change regularly?

Our pre-natal curriculum which we’ve been offering since opening our doors in 1986 includes Introduction to Breastfeeding, Baby Care and CPR.  After baby is born new parents regularly attend our Breastfeeding Support Groups, Free Sling Clinics and our Hot Topics Lecture series.  This series is offered weekly in our stores and features curriculum taught by local experts on subjects like Introducing First Foods, Developmental Play, Sleep Coaching, Baby Signing, Finding the Right Nanny, Babyproofing your marriage, Infant Massage and much much more! In 2009 we launched our Mommy & Me program. This program helps guide groups of parents thru babies first year providing much needed support and education regarding the various  milestones in babies first year. The success of this program allowed us to expand into Toddler programs that often take baby thru to their 2nd birthday. We will often also feature Sizzling Hot Topics Classes where we bring in well known Parenting educators like Dr. Harvey Karp creator of The Happiest Baby on the Block.

Latch On Event, the Pump Station, Santa Monica, August 28, 2011

You also sell a wealth of baby gear and accessories. What are some of the cutest/most useful finds you’ve come across recently?

Wow, lots of great stuff to cover here. When it come to cute and fun – we carry brands such as Kissy Kissy, Green Toys, Haba, Apple Park, Sophie the Giraffe, Petit Bateau, Pedi-Peds, Jelly Cat and much much more.  But more importantly – useful products. We pride ourselves on “sifting thru the muck”. Unlike other retailers our products are not just selected by buyers. Our products are curated by our teachers who are credential experts in their field of expertise. For example, bottles are selected by our RN, International Board Certified Lactation Consultants – they recommend bottles that allow baby to go from breast to bottle without impacting Moms breastfeeding goals. We also select products based on the latest evidence based research. In addition to this, one of our greatest resources for our new product selections are our Moms. Our mom often bring us some of the best items. They make recommendations based on other things they’ve bought, gifts they’ve received. We then try many of these products and let other Moms vote. With regards to new products that are cute and useful.

We have recently brought in the new Woombie Air Swaddle Wraps, Cloud B Sleep sheep with motion sensor, Milkmakers Lactation Cookies, Chewbeads, Zoli Buzz-B Nail Clipper, Crane Animal nightlights and more!  When it comes to our tried and true recommendations we have our “Corky and Wendy Recommends List” – we hand this to all of our expectant parents and tell them if they get anything – get the things on this list!

What sets you apart from other momcentric stores and resources out there?

Our teachers and group leaders are highly credentialed in their field of expertise. They maintain their licenses, regularly participate in continuing education and attend conferences where they can stay current in the most up to date advances in research in their fields.

Most important to note is that our on-staff IBCLC’s have more medical clinical experience than many others in the community based on their years as nurses in the maternal child health field. They have a great deal of experience with Pre-term babies, Status post NICU babies, Multiples and Mothers at high risk of lactation problems. With the growth of the internet there are a great deal of self-proclaimed experts out there. We pride ourselves in hiring “the real thing.”

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Andrea & Mom

When we are young girls many messages stick with us.  We never really know the impact these words have on use until we get much older and can look back and see just how they impacted us as we were growing.  These words of wisdom can be anything from true heartfelt advice to funny anecdotes that have us laughing, but still have truth to them.

Usually something our mother’s have said to us sticks with us until the day we die.  My mom was a stay-at-home-mom and although she did not have much career advice to give me, I do remember her telling me a few times that I should “be able to support and take care of myself”. This statement has played in my head for years and has had a tremendous impact on me.  Because of her words of advice, I have done exactly that – I am a very independent and self-sufficient person and pride myself on being able to “support and take care of myself”.  I have been married for 11 years to my wonderful husband but I have never solely depended on my husband financially to take care of our family and our responsibilities.  I am proud that I can help support our family and contribute to our financial well being.  This is something that for me personally, is so important.

Check out the Nestle Pure Water Words of Wisdom Facebook page to stay savvy, sane and hydrated this summer!

More great words of wisdom from Moms

I wanted to see what some of my friends had to say when asked,  “What is the best piece of advice your Mom ever gave you?”

“Never show your husband you can take out the garbage. Unless you want to spend the rest of your marriage taking out the garbage” Melissa Chapman over at Married My Sugar Daddy

“Don’t stay married to someone you don’t love just because it makes other people happy.” IIina Ewen from Dirt & Noise

“Let the dishes pile up in the sink and the dust gather on the furniture, and hold your baby.”  Jo-Lynne Shane from Musings of a Housewife

“Make your own money” Jill Seiman of GlamaMom

“Let the small things roll. Life is serious enough to let the small things fester. Let them roll off your back and move on.”  Alli Ward from Diapers-n-Heels

“That your mom is first and foremost your mom before your friend. While it sounds harsh, sometimes all you really need is a mom, and not another friend. I didn’t truly appreciate that advice until I was older.”  Christina Fiedler of Mama to the Rescue

“You get more with Honey than with Vinegar”  Jessica Bern from Bern This

“Not to wish the time away. You’ll look back and miss the times you had hoped would pass quickly.”  Franki Arnold from Those Young Moms

“One that I try to remembered every day and even clung to sometimes: “This too shall pass.” I have it framed and hanging across from my bed so I can see it when I first wake up in the morning. It reminds me to appreciate the good and not fret about the bad because it’s all a phase.”  Eileen Calandro from CalandroClan

“Take a chance and do it your way. Life’s a gamble and even if you lose, take responsibility for it. At least you did it your way” – from a mom who eloped the night before her engagement.”  Nirasha Jaganath from Mommy Niri

“It’s not a deal if you won’t wear it.” – regarding shopping the sale rack Laura Tirmain of Hollywood Housewife

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Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Nestlé® Pure Life®” and I have received compensation from Linqia.

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