By Ashley Devonish | Category: Favorite Lists, Home Crafts, Kids Crafts, New Products, Products, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Thursday, April 16, 2015
I cannot wait to use this!!! My son Dominic has his 3rd birthday coming up on June 1st and I am in love with this Birthday Poster by Sticky Bellies. You can customize it and decorate it anyway you want. I also love that it is full poster size. You can buy some on Etsy for like $40 and they usually are only 8×10. The one from Sticky Bellies is only $18.99 and free shipping! I will definitely post pictures once I fill this bad boy in! Stay tuned…
- Simply fill out the details, hang on the wall, and snap a pic! All of your child’s details in just ONE cute pic!
- Adorable birthday party decor & unique keepsake
- 24″ x 36″ paper poster
- Make it your own with ANY markers, glitter, stickers, and other fun embellishments
- This keepsake product is not reusable as it is a matte paper optimized for flash photography. No laminate = no flash glare.
By Ashley Devonish | Category: Baby Bump, New Products, Products, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Thursday, April 9, 2015
Nursing this time around has been easier. I had one small case of mastitis (most horrible feeling, you think you’re dying!) but besides that, nursing is going very well. In fact I think I am producing way more milk this time around than with my first child. I wanted to share with you guys some of my favorite tips/products for nursing this go around. Please comment and let me know some of your tips and or favorite products! Nursing is one of those things that you can never get enough advise on. Also in the comments, please let me know how long you nursed your little one.
Bebe au lait cover, $25.00 – I absolutely love my nursing cover. I wish I was one of those super confident, I don’t care if you look, kind of girls but when it comes to nursing I am pretty modest. I need a cover! This one is simple, sturdy and has a terry cloth side pocket which is great for spit ups or to store a pacifier.
Kiinde starter kit , $99.99 – This is the coolest thing! When I do have to pump, I use this system. It is so easy! There is no more slippage. You simple pump directly into the bag, then snap the bag into the bottle. It eliminates the need to transfer the milk from bottle to bag. The starter kit also comes with a bottle warmer, which I love. At first I was concerned that Emory might not like the nipple on the bottle provided, but he took it like a champ. No complaints and no spit up. Overall I am really happy with this purchase. In case anyone wants to know, I use a Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breastpump.
Summer Infant Nighty Night Nursing light, $12.99 – a must have for sleepy moms like me. Its has a vibration alarm you can set, so if you fall asleep while nursing, it wakes you up.
Lilypadz, $22.95 – best nipple pad ever! NO QUESTION! It is washable and will not bunch up like some of those disposable pads.
Undercover Mama, $24.99 (cheaper if you buy multiple) – Like I said, I am modest so I like my mid section to be covered while I am nursing. This cami attaches to any nursing bra and keeps your mid section covered. Plus they come in tons of fun colors.
Anna Natural Nursing teas, $12.99 – This is probably one of my favorite nursing items. This tea taste so good! Since giving up my coffee, I have turned to teas. This one really did help me establish a good flow. I usually have two cups a day. Sometimes I even brew it, then pour it over ice to make ice tea.
Of course I love my boppy to prop the little guy on while he feeds, I also nurse on demand so please don’t ask me for a schedule. I tried to log everything in one of those apps but I kept forgetting to do it. When you have a toddler and a newborn, its too much to ask for me to remember! LOL So we feed on demand and he is doing great. I probably over fed him as he is a very big boy (currently 17lbs at four months old) but that’s okay in my book.
One of the biggest suggestions I have for new nursing moms, is just to stick with it. I promise you, it will get easier. The first month of breastfeeding is always really hard for me. I get cracked nipples, mastitis and overall it just really hurts. But after that, it becomes like second natural. The bond you form with your child while breastfeeding is amazing. There is something about being able to provide for your child that gives you a sense of accomplishment. Of course, absolutely nothing against moms who cant breastfeed or chose not to. Believe me, almost every day during the first month, I wanted to quit!!! LOL
Nursing on demand made things less stressful for me but some people I know really like to document the feedings and there are some great apps out there to help you. Also nursing bracelets are really helpful so you can remember which side you nursed on last.
By Ashley Devonish | Category: Favorite Lists, New Products, Products, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Tuesday, May 6, 2014
I am really excited to announce that Mom 4 Life is now carrying the Anna Naturals brand. They offer a very high quality product line of herbal teas and all natural lotions and soaps. I am in love! The teas are so flavorful and delicious. And the lotion is amazing. It goes on smooth, is incredibly moisturizing but not greasy. I sampled the lavender scented lotion and it is perfect for Spring.
The teas offer several different flavors depending on the stage of pregnancy or pre-pregnancy you are at. The different flavors are Preconception, Pregnancy, Keep it Down, New Mama, Nursing Mama, and Weaning Mama.
I am not currently breastfeeding but when I was, I used a nursing tea religiously and it seriously saved my milk supply. On the other hand, I did not use a weaning tea once I was ready to stop nursing and that was a huge mistake. It was very painful, I was engorged constantly. Lesson learned! Next time, I can not wait to use these teas for nursing!
Developed exclusively for women with organic and natural ingredients – no additives or artificial flavors, ever!
Anna Naturals Mama Tea’s are blends packed with vitamins and herbs to nourish the body. They are naturally caffeine free and safe for you and baby.
Preconception Tea benefits:
- High in vitamins and minerals
- Assists in regulating menstrual cycles
- Promotes hormonal balance
- Tones the muscles in the uterus
- Promotes a rich uterine lining and strong blood flow
- Best to take 3-6 months prior to conception
Preconception Tea ingredients: Organic red raspberry leaf, organic nettles, chamomile, orange peel, orange extract, rosehip.
Pregnancy Tea benefits:
- High in essential nutrients for pregnancy
- Strengthens the uterine wall and prepare the uterus for contractions
- Helps to make delivery easier and faster
- May reduce labor pain during and after childbirth
- Reduces the recovery time after delivery
- Best to take in third trimester (ask your doctor or midwife on when best to start)
Pregnancy Tea ingredients: Organic red raspberry leaf, organic nettles, organic avena, strawberries, lemon peel, strawberry and lemon extract.
Keep it Down benefits:
- Relieves nausea due to morning sickness and upset stomach
- May help to relieve heartburn
- Also beneficial in clearing allergies or cold symptoms
Keep it Down Tea ingredients: Organic ginger root, organic spearmint, lavender, organic red raspberry leaf, strawberries, orange pieces, orange extract.
New Mama Tea benefits:
- Heals damaged tissues from delivery
- Tones tissue to restore and rejuvenate
- High in Vitamin K and calcium
- Reduces risk of postpartum hemorrhage
- Helps diminish muscle pain in abdomen and legs
New Mama Tea ingredients: Organic lady’s mantle, organic alfalfa, organic nettles, dandelion, strawberries, cherries, cranberries, cherry and strawberry extract.
Nursing Mama tea benefits:
- Increases milk supply
- Creates a stronger let-down
- Promotes a healthy, going milk supply
Nursing Mama tea ingredients: Organic whole fenugreek seed, organic rooibos, pineapple, apple, rosehips, lemon peel, hibiscus, cranberry, cherry extract, strawberry extract, orange extract.
Weaning Mama tea benefits:
- Naturally decreases milk supply
- Helps the weaning process
- Allows for an easy transition from breastfeeding
Weaning Mama tea ingredients: Organic sage, organic peppermint, yarrow flower, parsley, honey, peaches, peach extract, vanilla extract, stevia extract.
Preconception, Pregnancy, Keep it Down
New Mama, Nursing Mama, Weaning Mama
You can get your Anna Naturals Herbal Teas right here
You get 26 tea bags per canister
As I mentioned earlier, the Smooth Mama lotion is amazing, whether you are pregnant or not. It comes in three scents: Lavender, Orange Vanilla and Vanilla Spice
- Aloe leaf extract for hydration and removal of dead skin
- Cucumber extract for skin tone and circulation
- Chamomile extract to soothe and heal dry skin
- Calendula (Marigold) extract for anti-bacterial properties
- Vitamins A,C, and E for healthy feeling and looking skin
- Free of Silicones, Parabens, Phthalates
- Free of Formaldehyde, Dyes, Chlorine
- Free of PEG, Petrochemicals
- Free of Synthetic Fragrances
You can get your Anna Naturals Smooth Mama lotion right here
I hope that you give these products a try, they really are amazing and the quality will speak for itself.
By Ashley Devonish | Category: New Products, Products, Surprize Me!, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Friday, February 21, 2014
I am very excited to announce that we now offer Tady Totes at www.mom4life.com
If you haven’t seen them yet, Tady Tote transforms from a plush, cushioned mat to a bag—instantly! From tummy time to preschool and beyond, a child will love playing, napping and cuddling on this comfy mat.
Tady Tote provides a large (52” across), cushioned area for your baby to play on, have tummy time, nap or roll around both indoors and outdoors. It is water resistant, making it ideal for play dates, park outings or anywhere you need a clean place to sit and play. And, since it’s cushioned, it’s even great for hard floors.
It’s also quick and easy to clean up because you can leave all of your items on the mat, then simply fold it back into a bag and go. Two roomy pockets let you store necessities and the Tady Tote can be folded closed without having to remove your child’s toys.
You can even remove the plush teddy bear blanket, which your child is sure to love snuggling with, enabling you to launder it alone or with the entire Tady Tote.
The Tady Tote’s patented design was created by a mother of two from Tucson, Arizona, and it has undergone rigorous safety testing by a government-accredited lab. It’s the only product of its kind, making it an ideal and unique baby shower gift.
AND for one week only, the Tady Tote is on sale for $65 plus free shipping! Originally $79.99
Watch this video to learn more:
I truly love this product. It can be anything from a nap mat, to a play area, to just a snugly blanket. What do you guys think?
By Ashley Devonish | Category: It Worked 4 Me, New Products, Products, Surprize Me!, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Friday, November 8, 2013
I must say that this product is a must have for children when vacationing, especially when visiting crowded places like theme parks or even Holiday parades.
Its called SafetyTat. SafetyTats are temporary tattoos which you can write your phone number on in case your child gets lost or separated from you.
I even used these on my son when we went to our church’s Fall Festival. It gives me great peace of mind in letting him play on the playground or jump in the jumpy house.
Here are some of the great features SafetyTat offers:
Made with proprietary Tateck waterless peel-and-stick tattoo material
Package comes with 6 SafetyTats and a free non-toxic SafetyTat Pen
Fun and colorful, vibrant on all skin tones
Tattoos come blank so you can customize
When applied to the arm of your child or loved one, SafetyTat provides an immediate, highly visible form of identification
Stays in place even when wet at the pool, beach or bathing
Lasts for up to 2 weeks
Medical grade, hypoallergenic and latex-free
Designed by a Mom of three kids
- Made in the USA
You can get yours here, on sale for $8.00 originally $9.95.