Checking in on a past winner by Heather Ledeboer | 1 Comment

By Heather Ledeboer | Category: Surprize Me!

Ramybriggs Remember our great month of giveaways in October?  Amy,(she won the photo contest during week one) recently sent me two photos of her kids wearing a few of the items she won (Canddesigns Customizable shirts and a shirt by Skye_and_sydneyHonestBaby), check out how cute they are!  I would love to see more photos from winners so send them in:)!

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Heather Ledeboer

I am a Christian, wife, mom and the original founder of Mom 4 Life. Now that Ashley owns Mom 4 Life, I am focusing my energies in homeschooling and asking God to use me in other areas.

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Posted Friday, December 7, 2007

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Weekly Giveaway – Vienna’s Treasures handmade bracelet | 41 Comments

By Heather Ledeboer | Category: Mom 4 Life News & Giveaways

This week flew by for me!  We had a few different things going on and then all of the sudden, it is Friday!  One fun thing we got to do was have an ultrasound at Open Arms and our kids came along to see.  Hunter really got into it and was so cute asking me if I was "ok" or making sure she wasn’t "hurting me" while the ultrasound was being done.  He liked seeing the photos and asked to see them before he went to bed that night.

The snow all melted this week which we are sort of sad about but we are pretty sure it will return:).  I almost have my Christmas cards ready to send out and at 15 weeks of pregnancy, I feel like I am eating ALL the time (how handy that it is also the holidays).  Other than that, all is pretty normal around here.

Our winner for the Nursing T Shirt Tess Bra by Nummies is Sara.  We have had a few Sara’s win in the past!  It was fun to read all your favorite new items last week and it sounds like many of you could use a new bra!  Check back to our new items page over the next week or so as we just a shipment of two brand new styles from Bravado (in addition to the new Lifestyles bra from Bravado that we just added) that are super great as well if you are needing to choose a good nursing bra or two.  If you didn’t win the Nummies bra but would like to get one, do it this week while it is on sale for 10% off and save $5.00!

Prettypetals This week we have a fun bracelet by Vienna’s Treasures.  Vienna’s Treasures makes adorable handmade bracelets featuring  one handmade polymer clay bead, accented with cats eye glass, sterling silver daisy spacers and Swarovski crystals.  There are 15 different styles in a variety of colors and characters from cows to flowers, cherries to butterflies.  The retail price is $25.99.  This would make a great Christmas present!

To win you can enter in one of two ways: 1) Send an email to at least 3 friends with a link to the giveaway, encourage them to sign up and then leave a comment letting me know you did it.  OR 2) Visit our website www.mom4life.com and then come back here to leave a comment providing me with a suggestion on a way to improve its functionality (the Mom 4 Life.com website NOT this blog).  We are in the beginning stages of switching to a new company to do the back end details of our website and have the opportunity to update or improve in areas that currently we have not been able to change.  I would love your feedback on what would make the website more user friendly for you so I can consider these changes in our updates.  You can just do one of the two options to enter unless you wish to do both but please leave only one post per person for one entry.  Please post your comments here by December 11 at midnight PST.  The winner will be posted on our blog on the 14th.  Good luck!

Heather Ledeboer

I am a Christian, wife, mom and the original founder of Mom 4 Life. Now that Ashley owns Mom 4 Life, I am focusing my energies in homeschooling and asking God to use me in other areas.

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Posted Thursday, December 6, 2007

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Trashy Treasures | 6 Comments

By kristinabjornbak | Category: It Worked 4 Me

Mom4life_trashytreasuresowen_2 A few years ago, I read an article in a parenting magazine about trash being used as toys for children.  Most of these trashy treasures are plastic containers that would end up in your recycling bin, and indeed can be recycled in your little one’s hands.  My three-year-old’s favorites include soda bottles, plastic coffee containers, and boxes.  He makes these into any number of things.  Why is he holding up that small box, mustard bottle, and coffee creamer container?  Believe it or not, he claims that is a camera.  The mustard bottle is the part you look in.

If you’ve never tried this idea, it’s a great way to let your little one’s imagination run wild, not to mention the learning applications, such as colors (the mustard container is yellow) and size (which bottle is bigger?).  But before you get started on going through your recycling bin, here’s a few guidelines to follow for your peace of mind and your child’s safety.

1. Never give your child a glass, metal, or tiny container.
2. Remove caps and cap rings (that little circle that separates from the cap when you first open a soda bottle or milk jug) before giving them to your child.  A child can easily choke on these.  And don’t assume that if you tighten the cap enough, it won’t come open.  It’s better to just remove it.
3. Remove labels.  Yes, labels.  Some labels easily come off and shred in the hands of a child.  I learned this the hard way.  These bits, or even the whole label, are choking hazards.
4. Always clean containers before giving them to your child.
5. If your child still puts things in his or her mouth, do not give anything made of cardboard or paper.  These will come apart as your child chews and drools on them, posing a chocking hazard.
6. Do not put small items into the containers, even if you think your child can’t remove them.

Don’t forget the best part about these "toys."  As they wear out and get dented and crushed, as they eventually will, you can simply toss them in the recycling bin and replace them with a newer milk jug, plastic bottle, or box.  If your house is like mine, you generate these trashy treasures constantly.  So, why not let your child give trashy treasures a try?  You may be amazed at what your little one will do with these.

Posted Thursday, December 6, 2007

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Christmas Traditions by Heather Ledeboer | 1 Comment

By Heather Ledeboer | Category: Hot New Finds

Dsc_3314I love traditions, especially around the holidays!  It can be fun to discover how as parents you can bring together traditions from your childhood and add new ones to the mix.  I would love to hear some of the traditions you guys enjoy this time of year.  The main ones we do now are: Decorating the house the day after Thanksgiving, watching our list of Christmas movies before Christmas comes, opening at least one gift on Christmas Eve and new this year, making a gingerbread house (seen to the left).  We are still looking to add some new ones. 

This year I was sent a book called "Fun Family Christmas Devotions, Advent Guide for Busy Parents" written by Kathy Overman, a mom who lives local to me.  I enjoyed hearing her story.  Kathy wanted to create a book that would be a resource of fun, creative, meaningful food, games crafts and discussion starters (and music) that will draw our children in and focus on the meaning of Christmas.  She recognizes that moms are busy and wanted to make a step – by -step guide that could help build family traditions and nurture Christian faith.  The book that she created comes with a CD and retails for $19.95.  To order it you can call 877-624-0230 (Kathy can accept credit cards, etc. via phone.) For more information you can visit www.familypearls.org

Heather Ledeboer

I am a Christian, wife, mom and the original founder of Mom 4 Life. Now that Ashley owns Mom 4 Life, I am focusing my energies in homeschooling and asking God to use me in other areas.

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Posted Wednesday, December 5, 2007

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway from MomFinds | Leave a comment

By Heather Ledeboer | Category: Hot New Finds

12_days_giveaway_2007 Oh my, this is fun.  My friends over at MomFinds tlet me know about something fun that started today to share with you!  Their 12 Days of Christmas giveaway starts now!

Look at the great prizes:

Day 1        Two Pairs of Shoes from Stride Rite ($80; three winners)
Day 2        Svan Scooter ($120)
Day 3        Dante Beatrix Stroller Tote and Matching Envelope ($128)
Day 4        Robeez  Shoes ($30; five winners)
Day 5        Boon Flair High Chair ($199)
Day 6        P’Kolino Little Reader ($95; two winners)
Day 7        Sony Cyber-shot DCS-W55 Digital Camera ($199)
Day 8        Tea Collection Shopping Spree ($250)
Day 9        Cariboo Gentle Motions Bassinet ($300)
Day 10      Timi & Leslie Femme Chic Diaper Bag ($360)
Day 11      Valco Buggster Stroller ($325)
Day 12      Monte Design Luca Glider ($895)

Heather Ledeboer

I am a Christian, wife, mom and the original founder of Mom 4 Life. Now that Ashley owns Mom 4 Life, I am focusing my energies in homeschooling and asking God to use me in other areas.

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Posted Tuesday, December 4, 2007

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