Woohoo! I went down to the States for my annual Christmas shopfest and let me tell you something, if I lived in America I would be drunk, morbidly obese and having wares and sundries delivered to my door on a daily basis. One, I finally got to go to Trader Joe’s and thanks to your recommendations and cooler bag I nearly bought out the entire store. Two, Premier Liquor & Spirits is one of the most glorious places on earth – and I’ve been to Belize and watched the sun set from atop an ancient pyramid, just to give a little context. Wine for $3?! What?! You guys must come up here and step out into the cold air, see the liquor prices and say, “Oh hell no. Free heath care or not, I’m out of here!” Three, this is the first year I’ve really been tuned into the whole Black Friday thing because I’m on more PR people’s radar and most of you guys are in the U.S. Boy are there some great deals coming down the pike for you guys. I’m going to try hard not to overwhelm because you should be eating Turkey and fighting with loved ones, but I’ll cherry pick the good stuff and pass it along on Facebook and Twitter.
On to the Round Up though!
When I was at the ABC Expo I wanted to pop by the Cushy Closer booth to tell these guys that I think their product is wonderful. I’ve seen a couple of DIY versions of this on Pinterest but none of them looked totally figured out like these ones are, plus, at $11 I’d much rather “buy it yourself” than “do it yourself”.
I don’t have little girls, yet I still find myself in a constant are-you-fucking-kidding-me-froth about some of the crap put out there for our wee women. So when Erica passed this website called, A Mighty Girl, I did a little “oh, hell yeah” because it’s a whole site of “books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls”. If you have to shop for a little lady age 0-13 this season, it’s worth checking out.
Erica is on a roll this month because she also sent me the link to a site called Snap Me Swimwear.
If you’ve ever taken a baby girl to the beach or pool, you know what a pain it is to peel their wet suit off if they need to go to the bathroom or have their diaper changed.
With SnapMe Swimwear, you simply undo the snaps at the bottom, change the diaper, and snap it back up. You can even unsnap it one-handed while your toddler is standing. I love the rash guard versions with capped sleeves so you’re not getting burnt little shoulders. There also some great deals on these on Amazon right now.
Love, love, LOVE this beautiful idea, from Abbey Saxton Photography, of taking a picture of your baby on a paper from the day he or she was born. If the news is pretty grim that day, the entertainment section, a Billboard Top 100 or even a grocery store flyer would be cool. If you’re located in West Coast Florida and are looking for a great photographer be sure to check out the rest of her site.
We get many questions about swaddling transitions in the Ask the Chicks group (click here to join) and one of the more popular suggestions is the Magic Sleepsuit. I had never heard of it so I checked it out and I can see why it’s really popular. It’s designed to be introduced at approximately three months of age when most babies are growing out of swaddling. It keeps them cozy and secure while muffling those twitches and startle-type movements that can wake them prematurely. You can find them on Amazon for about $40.
A friend passed along this site when my son bolted from a doctor’s office at the sight of a needle. It’s called a Buzzy and it was created by a pediatrician who also happens to be a pain researcher. The little bee is like a vibrating ice pack that provides natural pain relief by confusing the body’s own nerves and distracting attention away from the poke. Not only can you use it for shots, but it can also be used to relieve scrapes, stings, splinter removal and rashes. It’s won a bunch of awards and runs about $40. If you have one let me know if it works!
Further proof that fonts matter. If you know where to buy this card, let me know, I'm sure my nieces would love to give me one ; )
Here’s another really smart idea called Diaper Snappers. Even with those little elastics inside pants, I find that pants can droop on little kids. Belts are really cool looking but getting one off to change a diaper, or worse to potty train, isn’t always practical. These ones snap through the back belt loops so they don’t even know they are there and tighten up the drawers on our string beans. They are $11 and can be found on their site or on Amazon.
Forget airbrushing models, THIS is why Photoshop was created!
Anna passed along this wonderful article after I posted the wildly popular Haggard Mother Sleep Training Method called Here are Some Lies People Tell You About Infant Sleep from Sweet Madeleine. I thought it was honest and brilliant and something every new parent should read.
"What is this bullshit? Why do we do this? Why do we voluntarily subject ourselves to sitting in a room full of people, being told we are doing it wrong simply because a handful of self-proclaimed experts with books to sell say so?"
Googly eyes. Is there a day they can't make better?
I also received an email about a great new website called Mama Views. They are a mom-focused, national directory and review site—like a Yelp or Angie’s List—dedicated to helping pregnant and new families find great support. Their directories include: Doulas , Baby Nurses , Childbirth Classes, and Lactation Consultants
I love this because there are nanny boards and babysitter websites but nothing that really focuses on the earlier stages. Plus, if you write a review with the promo code Holiday13 right now, you'll be entered to win a $25, $50, or $250 gift certificate at Babies 'R Us. Sweet!
Well, it looks like the ABC Top 10 was a huge success. You guys threw it down on the entries and Meg and I were just so happy we could pass along some of the kick ass stuff we saw at the show. Special thanks goes out to my little Kelly for keeping it all organized – you make me look so competent. Congratulations to all the winners and I’m sure we’ll have no problem scoring you some great stuff next year after this year’s great turnout. I will be totally on my game next year considering that I will be staying longer AND hitting In-N-Out burger as soon as my plane touches down – I won’t make that mistake twice.
I actually got my act together this year and ordered holiday cards. A panic usually sets in around December 18th. I freaked out, then say "screw it" and skip the cards then feel guilty as all the cards from organized families roll in. So I sat the crew on the porch yesterday, snapped this shot, uploaded it to Tiny Prints, plopped it in a design and hit "send". Done. If only I could get my holiday shopping out of the way this easily – everybody get gift certificates, surprise!
Lastly, this week will be the launch of the very first Pregnant Chicken Give a Cluck! Thanks again, Jenny for totally blowing it out of the water with that name suggestion on Facebook.
I am working furiously to get all the items that have either been donated or acquired throughout the year up on eBay to be auctioned off so all the proceeds can go to gift cards for a local charity that supports young parents that are having a tough time. So stay tuned!