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Baby Bump Bundle Blog: November 2013

Saturday, November 30, 2013

7 Stocking Stuffers for Expecting Moms


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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Counting Down to Thanksgiving with 8 Fun Turkey-rific Recipes














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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Nine Nursery Themes I am Loving Now




 

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Guest Blog Post and Giveaway from BabiLovLinks



BabiLovLinks ® Child Friendly Jewelry – “Momma’s Treasure – Little One’s Pleasure ™ – Fashionable for Mommas – Safe for Babies! – GIVEAWAY! 




The Company
BabiLovLinks ® Child-Friendly Jewelry is a “made in the USA” product and provides a Line of Fashionable and Trendy Jewelry created to be worn by mothers and caretakers of small children but also enjoyed by little ones!  We have an edgy thirst for artsy fashion and color that will please the wearer by complementing various wardrobes and also satisfy your little one.  We plan regular additions to our line that will help you to build your own personal BabiLovLinks collection.
 




 
The Product
BabiLovLinks jewelry was created for the enjoyment of mothers/caretakers and babies!  Mothers of small children no longer have to eliminate or limit the wearing of jewelry.  BabiLovLinks  jewelry allows Momma and Baby to share precious moments together during breastfeeding, cuddling, or playtime.  Whether they are used as a breastfeeding necklace, nursing necklace, or teething necklace – our child friendly jewelry is the perfect solution to satisfy many of your baby’s sensory needs.  BabiLovLinks designs are child safe when used as directed.  They are durable, long lasting, and encourage safe carefree play. 

At BabiLovLinks safety is at the top of our list!  Our beads are made from high quality food-grade plastic and contain NO phthalates – NO BPAs – NO PVCs – NO latex – NO lead – NO heavy metals.  We recommend maintaining your beads by washing them with a chemical-free detergent and not exposing them to the heat of and/or chemical residue of a dishwasher cycle.  BabiLovLinks necklaces also have a breakaway clasp designed to snap open under pressure to protect the wearer. 

Mommas and caretakers enjoy coordinating fashion with the practical needs of the little ones they hold while keeping babies safe and satisfied!

BabiLovLinks are sold on our website at www.BabiLovLinks.com and we also partner with other specialty baby shops and online stores.


Bio
Hello my name is Eva Murry.  I am the designer/owner of BabiLovLinks ® LLC.  As a young stay-at-home mother I stopped wearing most any jewelry due to the nuisance and potential danger to my child as a curious and “teething” little one.  As well known to every parent or observer of little ones, everything goes in the mouth.  And we know that curious little fingers and teething babies can also damage fine or costume jewelry. Consequently, removing jewelry from my wardrobe was a small sacrifice to make – keeping babies safe and happy were my main concerns at the time.

As a grandmother, I have, once again, had the wonderful privilege of handling babies.  At six months old, my granddaughter Mia’s curious nature quickly reminded me of the reason I had stopped wearing certain jewelry.  When our families visited one another, she would specifically lunge for me; I really thought I had the “special touch”.  I soon realized that Mia was not as interested in being in my arms (and not momma’s) as she was in playing with my beads.  And also amazingly Nichole, too, had put away her jewelry for all the same reasons as I had years ago!

From that realization (thanks to Baby Mia) came about the creation of BabiLovLinks ® (child-friendly) jewelry!  Momma and Baby together can now enjoy the same jewelry!

BabiLovLinks Child-Friendly Jewelry is giving away two necklaces of the winner’s choice.  This giveaway must have only participants within the USA. There are four hosts: Michelle from Baby Bump Bundle Blog, Alaina of So Alaina, Bev of Linkouture, and Lakisha of Brooklyn Born Kisha! Good luck!


 
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Guest Blog Post: Intro to Undercover Mama


Shortly after the birth of my fourth child, I became frustrated with the lack of options I had for nursing wear.  I didn't want to buy a whole new wardrobe to feel comfortable while nursing.  I was aching to get back into my regular, everyday clothes.  The problem I faced was when I pulled my shirt up to nurse in public I was left with my back, side and belly partially exposed; not something I loved showing off, especially after having a baby.  I wanted something to keep my skin "undercover", but I didn't want to deal with more clasps, flaps, etc. to dig through and do back up each time I nursed my baby.  After searching to no avail, I decided to make it myself and the Undercover Mama was born.

 

The Undercover Mama is a strapless camisole that attaches easily to any bra. Layer it under any shirt, keeping your style without having to invest in a whole new wardrobe of nursing shirts.  Undercover Mama easily transforms any shirt into a nursing shirt!  We know finding a great wardrobe is challenging when you are nursing and have the perfect solution. Wear it during pregnancy, while breastfeeding and beyond!
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Elisa
President and Founder of Undercover Mama
*Great news - a coupon for a discount off their amazing nursing products can now be found in third trimester, baby, and nursing bundles at www.babybumpbundle.com!

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Q&A with CredibleCravings about Perinatal Nutrition



Guest Blog Post:  Meghan Lyons, MS, CredibleCravings

Q: As a woman’s belly grows during pregnancy, how does her requirement for certain nutrients change? 

A: As one would expect, nutrient needs are typically increased during pregnancy. Two nutrients to pay particular attention to are the B vitamin folate and the mineral iron—both of which are needed in amounts 50% greater than before pregnancy. These increase needs paired with the important roles these key nutrients (and others) play during pregnancy explain why prenatal nutrition is among the first things discussed at a woman’s initial appointment with her obstetrician. 

Folate –Folate plays a very important role in the formation and development of a baby’s brain and spine. This major developmental stage takes place within the first three to four weeks of pregnancy—oftentimes before a woman may even realize she is pregnant—and is monumental in reducing the risk of life-threatening neural tube defect such as spina bifida. With that in mind, I encourage all women of childbearing age to pay close attention to their intake of folate (400 mcg/day before pregnancy; 600 mcg/day during pregnancy), especially since conception can take place when pregnancy is not part of the “plan”. Folate is naturally occurring in green leafy vegetables, garbanzo beans, lima beans, citrus fruit juices and avocados. Also, all prenatal supplements contain folate in the form of folic acid to help ensure that the need for this super important vitamin is met.

Iron – Iron is needed to form a component of red blood cells called hemoglobin that is responsible for the oxygen-carrying capacity of blood. When mom becomes pregnant, her blood volume expands and that means more red blood cells, more hemoglobin and yep, more iron! Pregnancy marks a 50% increase in a woman’s daily iron requirement—from 18 mg to 27 mg.  Baby needs iron for his/her own growth and development, especially brain development, and depends on mom for supplying enough of this important mineral. Iron deficiency is common during pregnancy making it essential for expecting moms to get enough iron through foods (beef, chicken, raisins, prunes, firm tofu). If consuming iron from non-animal sources (this includes supplements), mom should consider eating something rich in vitamin C—like a grapefruit, orange or bell pepper—to optimize iron absorption.  

CredibleCravings deeply values the importance of making smart dietary choices during pregnancy, which is why this first ever organic perinatal nutrition bar was inspired and created. It is a perfect solution when considering the dietary changes that may come when a woman receives the wonderful news that she’s expecting. Plus, each Credible Cravings bar offers both iron and folate to support mom and baby’s health!

 
Q: Besides the nutrients that are needed in significantly greater amounts during pregnancy, what additional nutrients should be monitored during pregnancy?

A: Certainly good prenatal nutrition is not defined by the two nutrients mentioned above. Although they are the standouts in terms of critical importance, there are many other nutrients to pay special attention to for the health and well-being of both mom and baby during pregnancy. 
Protein, carbohydrate and fat are the three energy-yielding nutrients for mom during pregnancy. These are going to supply her with the energy she needs in addition to carrying out many structural and functional roles as her baby grows and develops. 
  • Keep quality in mind when choosing protein, carbohydrate and fat sources.
  • Aim for high quality proteins like fish, lean meats and dairy as protein is needed for tissue and muscle development. Vegetarian or Vegan? Aim for a variety of legumes, nuts, beans and tofu. 
  • Choose nutrient-dense carbohydrates like whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts and beans that also deliver vitamins, minerals and fiber. Carbohydrates are broken down into glucose, which is the primary source of energy for baby during pregnancy. 
·         Not all fat should be limited. During pregnancy, dietary fat is needed as a major building block of baby’s cells and tissues and for healthy brain and eye development. Reach for strong sources of “good” fats like omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, halibut, avocado, almonds and olive oil. 
Choline supports the growth and integrity of baby’s cells and promotes healthy nerve function. During pregnancy, mom should consume at least 450 mg of choline per day. This requirement can be met by incorporating milk, eggs, salmon, peanuts and CredibleCravings perinatal nutrition bars into mom’s diet! 

Vitamin C is best known for its role in immune health and is needed during pregnancy for both mom and baby.  It is also a powerful antioxidant, which means it has protective properties helpful for protecting the healthy cells of mom and baby. Additionally, vitamin C is essential to the formation of collagen, which is very important throughout pregnancy as collagen helps build healthy blood vessels, bones, skin, tendons and ligaments for baby. Citrus fruits, such as lemons as found in CredibleCravings Lemon Ginger Greens, are the best sources but you can also get vitamin C from bell peppers, sweet potatoes and broccoli.

Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, an essential mineral for building strong bones and teeth. In more recent years, vitamin D has been recognized for its role in immune health and in particular how mom’s intake of vitamin D during pregnancy can make a lasting impression on baby’s immunity early in life. Very few foods naturally provide adequate amounts of vitamin D, but thankfully our bodies can make vitamin D when we soak up the sun! Don’t live in a region with plentiful sun? Well don’t worry. Every prenatal supplement that I am aware of contains this important vitamin! 
Vitamin B12 supports healthy nerve and brain development of baby. An interesting thing about vitamin B12 is that it is found in animal-based foods like beef, chicken, eggs, milk and fish. If mom avoids such foods during pregnancy she can rely on her prenatal supplement for her B12 needs.
Calcium is needed to build and maintain strong bones and teeth for both mom and baby. Even though mom doesn’t require more calcium during pregnancy, it is crucial that she drinks her milk and snacks on a variety of calcium-containing foods such as tofu, yogurt, cheese, beans, green leafy veggies and CredibleCravings! Calcium is also involved in muscle contraction, nerve function and hormone activity, and can help lower mom’s risk of developing preeclampsia—a serious condition characterized by swelling, high blood pressure and protein in the urine—during her pregnancy. 

Zinc plays an important role in immune function, wound healing and the production of DNA, which is crucial as a baby develops. During pregnancy, mom has a 40% greater need for zinc making this mineral another one to keep an eye on. What’s more, inadequate intake of zinc during pregnancy is associated with preterm delivery, low-birth weight of baby, and complications during delivery. Sources include beef, chicken, pork, milk, beans, nuts and all three CredibleCravings flavors. 

Q: What was the inspiration behind the flavor profiles for CredibleCravings?

A: Each Ingredient. On purpose. That’s the CredibleCravings way. All three flavors—Lemon Ginger Greens, Cacao and Cranberry Oatmeal—contain ingredients that were intentionally selected with the health of mom and baby in mind. Here is a breakdown of each flavor. We hope you enjoy!

·         Lemon Ginger Greens—In addition to helping ease morning sickness, lemons are full of vitamins and minerals, and are a particularly excellent source of vitamin C. Ginger has long been held as the go-to ingredient for alleviating nausea and upset stomach caused by morning sickness. Spinach is loaded with important nutrients including vitamin A, C, and K as well as folate. Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet. Kale is chockfull of vitamins that are essential to the health of both mom and baby. Per calorie, Kale has more iron than beef, more calcium than milk, and more Vitamin C than spinach. Kale is also high in protective antioxidants and folate to help reduce risk of neural tube defects.   

·         CacaoCacao is a natural source of antioxidants and contains important B vitamins and minerals such as calcium, zinc and iron. Not to mention that it is one of the most craved flavors in the world!

·         Cranberry OatmealOats are an excellent pregnancy food. They are full of fiber to help regulate digestion, B vitamins, iron, and potassium. Pregnancy brings about a number of changes in mom, including an increases risk for urinary tract infections (UTIs). Cranberries have long been held as the go-to ingredient for naturally reducing the occurrence UTIs. Additionally, cranberries are a good source of vitamin C and offer a deliciously refreshing, tart flavor!  


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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Seven Bars to Set Up at Your Baby Shower Brunch










Bon Appetite!

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Friday, November 8, 2013

3 Stocking Stuffers for Baby & Countdown To Black Friday Giveaway

3 Stocking Stuffers perfect for baby + a HUGE giveaway

1.Pearhead Baby Bragbook
2. Squeaky Bee Bodywash & Shampoo

3. Yellow Duck Wubbanub Pacifier




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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thirsty Thursday: Cranberry Kiss Mocktail Recipe

VF0611H raspberry kiss s4x3 lg 300x225 Cranberry Kiss Mocktail Recipe (non alcoholic cocktail) 


Cranberry Kiss Mocktail Recipe (non-alcoholic cocktail)
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Ingredients
  • 6 ounces Ocean Spray® Cranberry Juice Cocktail
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • Club soda or Sprite
  • Orange wedge, garnish
For Instructions, head over to the original recipe!

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Guest Blog Post: Dads Deals Old Navy $50 eGift Card Giveaway!

Old Navy $50 eGift Card Giveaway.

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Gift Card Season Is On The Way!
 
As we get close to the holidays, I stock up on gift cards. I give them as gifts, of course, but I also get them for myself as a way of saving up for times when I’m short on cash or for those special sales! We also like to buy them from our local grocery store for places we shop and eat regularly because we get discounts on fuel when you buy gift cards. Often times, during the holiday season, my wallet is stuffed full of gift cards. Sometime I have to take some gift cards out so that it will fit in my pocket! Now that I have GoWallet, I do not have that problem.
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Another problem is, I have a lot of gift cards laying around and I have NO idea how much they’re worth. That’s what I love about GoWallet. Its an app that tracks my gift cards, lets me know how much is on them, and even gives me the balance on the values of multiple cards. Now I don't have the issue pulling them out, handing a cashier the gift card, and saying "I have no idea how much I have remaining on there or if I even have any money left on it".
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It’s easy to use on an iPhone or Android device, or you can use it right on the GoWallet website. Enter your cards and track the balances, buy cards through the app, and even buy them and send to friends through the app. This comes in handy when someone's birthday slips your mind or you get that last second birthday invitation. It is also handy when you just want to add some extra money to the balance you have on a gift card.

Typically you can scan your gift card and it will show up in GoWallet, but not all of the cards you have will automatically update the amounts on your gift card. For example a local retailer may not be in their system, but there are over 200 major retailers and restaurants that are. If your card does not automatically update, just enter the amount when you get it and you’ll be able to track the balance in GoWallet.

Once your card is entered you’ll know if it is a premier partner with GoWallet. You’ll see a green icon indicating you can update the balance on the card automatically. When you see the green real-time balance icon you can use the numbers on the card in your app to shop online or in stores.

Sounds like GoWallet makes keeping track of gift cards easy-peasy for many reasons!

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Lost/Stolen Support GoWallet keeps the customer service phone numbers and lost and stolen policies for partner retailers so you can find it easily if your card gets lost or you have a question for customer service. Thank goodness I have never had to use this, but I bet there are more than a few people that have had this issue and had no idea how to begin to try and fix the issue.

Gifts for friends You can send eGifts through the "Buy gift cards" section of GoWallet on your computer or your phone. Get reminders of the birthdays of your Facebook friends and send them eGift cards from over 200 card partners through the app. If you ever forget to get someone a gift you can easily just open up your GoWallet app and no one would know you had to do it last minute. Your friend can enter the gift card into GoWallet with just one click.

Registration is free. Why not give it a try now and get your gift cards under control?  


You can grab the GoWallet App for your IOS device at itunes here or for your Android device at Google play here.

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