Category - Clothing & Accessories

Beautiful, Comfortable Lingerie for Nursing and Pregnant Moms {Guest Review}

Pre-babies, I was a lingerie snob. I got my first bra from a well-known lingerie store, and just never went anywhere else. The styles were great, the fit was good. I didn’t have any reason to look somewhere else.

But when I got finally got pregnant, I was at a loss. I assumed that it would be easy to find a nursing bra that was both stylish and functional. Boy was I wrong. I was sadly disappointed when I was pregnant with my first child to find that stylish nursing bras were hard to come by. I bought a couple from the Lactation Consultant, and added nursing tanks into the rotation.

Nursing tanks became my norm. For four years now I’ve basically worn nursing tanks everyday. While they are comfortable, there is no support. It was time to look for new nursing bras. But where?

I was excited when I learned about hotmilk lingerie. But could nursing bras actually be stylish and functional? Honestly, I was doubtful, but hoping they would prove me wrong.

HotMilk Lingerie Packaging MommyB

I was impressed by the website. They really are beautiful, and dare I say it? Sexy.

Just because you are hugely pregnant or in the no-sleep phase of life with a newborn, doesn’t mean you can’t wear sexy lingerie under your comfy clothes. You can even get underwear to match!

The quality is great. And they are oh so comfy, which is super important whether you are pregnant or nursing.

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First Light

  • 3/4 Soft Cup with side sling support
  • 100% cotton lining
  • Microfiber shell and embroidery detailing
  • Flexi-wire
  • Sizes: 10/32B – 16/38F

Black Front and Back

Eclipse Black

  • Full B-H cup with A-frame support
  • Lace and Mesh Shell
  • 100% Cotton lining for breathability
  • Feminine detailing of satin bows and diamantes
  • Wire-free
  • Wider bra straps on the larger cup sizes

6 Rows of Hooks

  • 6 rows of hooks on the back adjuster to allow the bra to grow with you

I love that these don’t have underwires. I’ve never been able to find an underwire nursing bra that is comfortable for me. But I’ll also admit that my nursing chest is not small. The six rows of hooks are great because it can grow with you. You can wear the bras while your pregnant and continue to wear it while you lose the baby weight.

It’s been great wearing bras that actually fit me again. The bonus is that they don’t look like plain and frumpy nursing. They are stylish and sexy.

Not sure about buying bras online? I completely understand! I’m definitely someone who likes to try things on before I buy. That’s why I love the Your Fitting Room tab. The FAQ page was excellent for answering the questions I had. Especially the “when should I buy a nursing bra?” question. Hotmilk has a generous 30 day return policy. Just make sure you don’t remove the tags.

If you’re in the market for nursing bras that you can wear while you’re pregnant and then while you nurse, I highly recommend Hotmilk Lingerie. You can check out their website for yourself: hotmilklingerie.com

Whitney HeadshotWhitney is a stay at home mom to 4 littles. The author of Infertility: a Silent Struggle and a God Who Hears. She also writes to encourage other mamas and to introduce readers to natural living with essential oils at Beauty in the Mess.

 

 

I received product in order to give a hands-on review of the Cozy Cover. All opinions expressed in this post are my own honest thoughts. Yours may vary. 

10 Things I Heart in Spring

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I decided that I would not write about Spring on my blog until it finally felt like Spring here in Charlotte, NC, however today, it’s going to be up in the 80s so I’m not sure if I’m allowed to write this considering the summer-like weather we are having. Then again, how can I not share with you things I’m hearting this Spring?!?!

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1. Traveling – Although we’re in the midst of packing for our move in June, we have been traveling a lot this Spring. We had the opportunity to visit Disneyland in California, where the weather was amazing and we had a BLAST! And we just returned from an amazing trip to Georgia where we visited the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola (I’ll have trip reports on both soon!) Where have you traveled this Spring or where are you traveling to?

Build-a-Bear Spring2. New friends – We have been making lots of new friends this Spring! We recently started going to story hour at the church we’ve been attending and making new friends there AND in stuffed friend news, we got a new Spring Build-A-Bear friend who is an ADORABLE Soft & Sweet Lamb ($18) She has fluffy white fur that’s perfect for cuddling. Our little lamb is all dressed up for Spring and tea parties AND at Build-A-Bear you can also add scents so your furry friends smell oh-so-sweet, how cool is that?!?

3. Outside Fun – We are blessed to have a nice, flat, and decent size backyard so lately we’ve been spending a lot of time outside. If it’s nice out I’ll let Miss A do her homework outside and of course lots of chalk, bubbles, running, scooters/bikes, and water table play. How about you??

4. Spring Cleaning – I know this sounds soooo strange, but I really do love organizing and cleaning, even though these days I don’t have quite as much time as I’d like to do either. Luckily, the move gives me a great excuse to do a little bit of both. I’ve been trying out a few new cleaning products including some Method products and Nature’s Kloth.

We try to be a little more eco-friendly here and there and both of these products help. We’ve been using Nature’s Kloth instead of a sponge and replacing the way we clean with paper towels to create less waste. I love that it’s eco-friendly (biodegradable, washable over 300 times, made from cotton and plant fiber, and more) and is great for many uses inside and outside the house. I definitely feel better about cleaning when there isn’t a huge pile of used papertowels in my trash.

5. Healthy Kiddos – I am super thankful for healthy kiddos. Lately we’ve been pretty healthy especially considering that we’ve been flying and traveling a lot. We have a lot of friends who have not been so fortunate this Spring. For those uncomfortable fevers and painful colds and aches we give our girls Children’s Advil. For Lil’ C who does not do well with any sort of pain, this does the trick for us. I love that they have so many flavors (and dye-free versions) too since she doesn’t care for most medicine flavors. Plus, they have some fun activities and tips for parents on how to stay healthy.

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We also love that our girls like healthy foods like Garden Lites. Miss A surprisingly enjoyed these gluten-Free, veggie muffins. They’re high in fiber, and low in fat. Miss A’s favorite flavor was: Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip. They have loads more flavors and come in a box of 4 with an SRP of $3.99.

Lee Fashion Spring Capris

6. Spring Clothes!! – I love a good infinity scarf, especially the beautiful chevron one that one of my friends gave me for my birthday, but I really enjoy wearing comfy Spring clothes. I love wearing adorable maxi and sun dresses because they are so flowy and comfortable.

I am also loving the new Lee Spring collection that features bermuda shorts and capris that are comfortable while being dressy at the same time. If I need to dress up an outfit some of their capris and shorts come with adorable, fashionable belts as well. Here are a few of my other favorites from their collection:

Lee Spring Collection

 

7. Parties – I always love a good get-together and with the girls’ birthdays, holidays and end of school coming for us, Spring is always filled with fun parties and celebrations. We’ll have a small birthday get together for Miss A {since we went to Disneyland the girls aren’t getting their usual HUGE parties}, a class party for the end of the year {here’s an end of the year gift idea}, and loads of friends birthday parties.

Iesodo Video8. Good Message Movies – We were sent a couple of videos from Iesodo (pronounced Ya-Sa-Doe) that retells Bible stories with animated animals, mainly birds. My girls LOVED the videos and have been singing the catchy songs every day since we’ve watched them. We love sharing these videos with our friends because we know the language and content are appropriate for all viewers. Even if you have no religious affiliation, but want your children to learn good values, these videos promote wholesome character traits and morals and is good for children of any age.

9. Pasta Salad – Of course you can eat pasta salad anytime of year, but this is the season pasta salads shine! I really love cold, crisp salads with lots of veggies. What’s your favorite pasta salad recipe?

B girls with Genevive Goings Choo Choo Soul at Disneyland

10. Meeting Amazing People – Not that this is necessarily a Spring thing, but since we went to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, we were able to meet some pretty amazing people. One of our favorites though was Genevieve Goings from Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve.

Miss A says her favorite person/character she met the entire stay was Genevieve and we met a lot of people/characters so that says a lot. Of course we fell in love with Genevieve on Disney/Disney Junior with her Choo Choo Soul songs and realized she did more music for Disney as well as a round up of songs from Disney classic movies.

We’re excited to hear that her first Independent Children’s Album for pre-schoolers is called “Do You Know?” and releases June 3, with the first single “My Telephone Number Is” available NOW on iTunes.The album focuses on learning key fundamentals with Genevieve’s unique brand of “Kids Music with Soul.” I got an exclusive preview of the songs on her new album and wow!

My girls love to dance and sing and they get that from their mommy, this is one album you will not be able to contain the dancing. Our favorite songs are: “My Telephone Number Is” {great for helping your child learn your phone number, a MUST}, “Inside Voice” {which is rockin’ and rowdy in the best possible way and teaches kids when and where to use their inside/outside voice} and surprisingly, “Gotta Do My Business” {a potty song with swagger}.

I love when kids music is both appropriate and enjoyable and Genevieve definitely accomplishes that with the album. I can’t wait to buy a copy for our family and give one away on the site along with a few other goodies! In honor of Spring, I’m giving away a $25 Build-A-Bear gift card, 2 copies of Iesodo DVDs (Faith and Love) and once it’s available on June 3rd, a copy of Genevive Goings’ new album.

Enter here to win!!

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This is not a compensated post, however I did receive samples of some of the above products/brands and chose to tell you about them. All opinions expressed in the post are my own honest thoughts.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide from Pregnancy and Up {Giveaway}

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I’ve been doing some “screen shopping” for my own mother and mother-in-law. If you haven’t started your shopping here are some ideas for expecting moms, athletic moms, tech moms, moms who love pretty things, and more. {And if you’re the mom who loves something in this Mother’s Day Gift Guide be sure to pin or share with those who’ll be shopping for you this year.}

Make sure you read the whole post, there may be an awesome giveaway at the end as well!!!

For Mommy to Be:

Mother's Day Gift Guide 9Months Sparkling Wine

 

9Months, is the first of its kind, non-alcoholic beverage dedicated to pregnant women.

9Months is a way for expecting mothers to be part of the celebration and never feel left out of a toast or celebratory “cheers!”

Their high quality non-alcoholic sparkling beverages are from grapes grown in southern Australia. 9Months comes in two delicious 100% natural (no added sugar) flavors, Sparkling Red and Sparkling White (NEW flavors coming soon!).

Senders are able to personalize bottle gift tags (It’s a Boy!; It’s a Girl; Congrats!).

For more information please visit their website at 9monthslove.com

For the Active Mom: 

Mothers Day Gift Guide - Urban Halo

Urban Halos are the latest fashion trend for the casual sports-minded woman and on-the-go mom. Who says fashion can’t be comfortable and stylish? Give her a gift that accentuates her natural beauty this Mother’s Day. These headbands are great for complimenting an outfit or pulling hair back for a stylish run.

Choose from several styles, solid, print, and glam on their website: myurbanhalo.com

For Nostalgic Moms:

Mother's Day Gift Guide - Not Just Any Old Day

Not Just Any Old Day offers gorgeous, one-of-a-kind datesake jewelry that feature a signature inscribed calendar marking a special date. Birthstones adorn your choice of Rose Gold, Silver, or Brass.

Gift one to mom on Mother’s Day to help her keep her child’s birth date close to her heart…always.

Order your Not Just Any Old Day jewelry here: notjustanyoldday.com

For the Mom who Loves Pretty Things:

Mother's Day Gift Guide - Tracy Tayan Designs

Imagine moments of your life crafted in silver, memories reflected in copper and a smile stamped into brass. Tracy Tayan Designs offers hand-crafted, personalized jewelry that is inspired by you. All designs are customized and hand stamped, creating a unique timeless keepsake. Choose from a selection of beautiful designs or create your own inspired design.

Check out Tracy Tayan Designs shop here: TracyTayanDesigns

For the Technology-loving Momma:

Mother's Day Gift Guide - Jabra Talk

This Mother’s Day get your mom a gift she’ll adore. Jabra TALK’s Bluetooth® headset gives moms hands-free, HD* sound quality – for the ultimate in crisp, clear sound without confusion or disruptions.

Offering streaming multimedia, Voice Announcements™, can connect to 2 Bluetooth® devices simultaneously and many more features allowing mom to catch up with friends about their day, make doctors appointments, or thank Grandma for birthday gifts.

To check out the Jabra TALK and other products head here: jabra.com and purchase yours at Best Buy or T Mobile.

 

Which gift best fits the mom in your life?? 

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Kohl’s presents Jumping Beans Disney Themed Spring Children’s Clothing Collection

Whether you’re headed to Disney in the next few months or your kids just love Mickey, Minnie, and their friends, you’ll love the new Jumping Beans Disney children’s clothing collection featured right now in Kohl’s stores and on Kohls.com.

We popped into our local Kohl’s on April 3rd, the day the first themed collection in this line was available for purchase. The girls loved the display and spotted some of their favorite Disney characters featured in signage.

Kohls Jumping Beans Disney Collection #magicatplay

I love the quality of clothes that Jumping Beans offers and this collection is no different. You can tell the fabric is quality, durable and breathable for busy kids-at-play. The prices of the collection are exactly what I would expect to pay and if you have extra discounts {think signing up for Kohl’s emails, Kohl’s card, etc} you can purchase these adorable outfits for well under what you would pay for a non-Disney line.

I can’t wait for them to wear their dresses when we are at Disneyland later this week!!!

Disney Jumping Bean Childrens Clothing Line Kohls #magicatplay

This line is available for kids of all ages, infant, toddler, big boys and big girls. I got each of my girls {ages 4 and 6.5} a dress in their own size. Without additional discounts I spent around $45 (we normally spend $15-$24 when we buy new dresses).

Luckily, we have a Kohl’s that we pass on a daily basis, but if you don’t their website offers the entire line as well. (While supplies last). Head to a Kohl’s near you or Kohls.com to pick up some adorable boys and girls outfits from their New Jumping Beans Disney Magic at Play collection, and keep your eyes peeled for more collections to come.

In the meantime, enter to win a $50 Kohl’s gift card so you can purchase some of this line or other great items featured in Kohl’s stores and at Kohls.com:

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I received a Kohl’s gift card in order to purchase the items I showcased and reviewed in this post. The opinions expressed in this post are my own honest thoughts. Your opinions may vary.

How to Show Your #disneyside Princess Style

It’s no secret that we love to have parties and playdates, but having two girls a princess party is a must! We’ve thrown a Sofia the First Princess party, and a Princess Birthday party for Lil’ C and of course many princess dress-up parties in our time.

Realizing that all of our #disneyside attendees were going to be girls, {we wish we could have invited millions of friends but with the party limits and space inside our house, only Disneyland could have held us all}, our obvious choice for party theme was a princess party. Don’t worry though, we had plenty of Mickey, Minnie, and the gang too.

How to Show your #disneyside Princess Style MommyB

Here’s our recipe for a great #disneyside party:

A Spoonful of Beautiful Princesses:

#disneyside princesses MommyB

and some Disney pals, including one of the new Disney Princess Palace Pets exclusively from Build-a-Bear Workshop. Pumpkin, who is Cinderella’s Palace Pet friend can now be made at Build-a-Bear Workshop and you can win a Build-A-Bear gift card at the end of this post to make your own!

Disney Princess Palace Pets and #disneyside friends MommyB

A Heaping Helping of delicious drinks and snacks:

Heaping Helping of Delicious #disneyside Drinks & Snacks MommyB

Our snacks included:

  • Disney Princess Fruit Snacks and “Snow White” bunny gummies
  • Pepperoni and Ritz cracker Mickey heads (with cheese because every mouse loves cheese)
  • Pink Princess Punch {aka strawberry lemonade} in our Mickey-fied Aladdin mason jar.
  • Mickey themed cupcake liners filled with Craisins
  • Hidden Mickey kid-friendly snacks and veggies in black round bowls
  • Hidden Mickey cupcakes*
  • Mini Mickey cupcakes*
  • #Disneyside Mickey cookies*
  • Mickey chocolate cake pops *

* Thanks to Cupcrazed Cakery for providing the delicious baked goods, the moms and princesses loved them and even got to take their cake pops home, some of them shared with siblings too! These treats were amazing!

A dash of decorations, crafts, games, and goodie bags:

#disneyside princess party mommyB

Our guests got their photos taken in front of the Mickey and Gang Step and Repeat, chose their favorite Disney Princess tattoo, made Disney inspired t-shirts from Hanes brand, {of course most of the shirts featured Mickey and favorite princesses}, listened to the Disney Frozen soundtrack, played Disney trivia and Disney Bingo, and of course left the party with some pretty cute purple and pink princess swag including headband crowns, star wand lollipops, and a variety of Disney goodies.

We had so much fun with our friends and had a blast showing our princess #disneyside. I can’t wait to take the girls to Disneyland as a part of the Disney Social Media Moms Conference in April. They will be beyond excited to visit and DaddyB and I can’t wait either.

We want to know, how do you show your #disneyside???

As promised, here’s your chance to show your #disneyside with Build-a-Bear Workshop, enter to win a $25 gift card and be sure to check out their new Disney Princess Palace Pets friends.

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Thanks to BSM Media, Walt Disney World Resorts & Parks, Build-a-Bear Workshop, Cupcrazed Cakery, SmartFab, Aladdin for helping us with our #disneyside celebration and share it with friends.

North America’s Leading Children and Maternity Consignment Event – Just Between Friends Franchise

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Just Between Friends.

Have you ever thought about running a business of your very own? Being able to set your own hours? Helping your neighborhood and community? Making some extra cash for your family?

As moms, often times we want something in addition to being a mom and turn to jobs outside the home. As a blogger, most of the time I work from home, but there are opportunities for me to attend media events and work with the community, much like owning your own franchise with Just Between Friends Franchise {JBF}, North America’s leading children’s and maternity consignment event. I get to be mommy first and work at my own pace and as much or little as I want, and I really enjoy what each job, {different in it’s own rite}, brings me.

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With the opportunity to turn your passion for helping other families save money, and wanting to step into a role of business owner for whatever reason it may be, Just Between Friends may be the perfect fit for you to become a business owner.

Some benefits to running your own business:

  • Make your own hours – if your children have sports or extracurricular activities that you can’t miss you can plan your working hours and event hours around your family’s needs.
  • Know your customer base – living in the area that you are hosting your consignment events gives you a great advantage of knowing what the best dates for sales will be and how to promote your sales.
  • Help families save money – JBF helps more than half a million families save and earn money every single year and you will be a big part of that!
  • Make extra income for your family – supplement income, save up for vacations that you might not have been able to go on before, or start or build on your family savings.
  • Work with others – Should you decide to run a business with friends, you’ll be working together to help create a successful business and enjoying that relationship that may be stronger

The Today Show calls it “the hottest ticket in town” and you could be the person or people who bring this to your area. Check out this video to hear more about the Just Between Friends consignment franchise.

 

Just Between Friends currently has 138 franchises in 28 states and Canada and expanding. That’s where you come in. JBF is looking a mom, or several moms to be the first to bring this super-successful event to area where there aren’t any.

At this point you may be wondering how it all works:

• Local moms/families/friends run the consignment event twice a year – spring and fall (a few ambitious owners may add in a holiday sale or summer event if they decide to)

• Families in your community sign up as consignors and sell the new and gently-used items their children have outgrown (or never used)

• Consignors earn 60 to 70 percent of the price of their sold items

• Other families shop the sales event and generally save more than 50 to 90% off of retail prices

Because JBF is part of a franchise, you have all the tools you’ll need to help you succeed at your fingertips and a great support system to help you build this business. That means you still have the flexibility to put your family first AND enjoy your passion AND help others. JBF is great for any “mompreneur” who is interested in owning a business that will help earn extra money without taking long hours from your family every week.

JBF Franchise Owners WantedHere’s how you can get started:

– The Franchise Fee is $14,900 in the United States and $16,900 in Canada

– The total investment is between $25,000 to $30,000

– Traits of a successful franchisee include:

  • Experience in sales and/or marketing
  • Outgoing personality
  • Goal-driven with a “get-it-done” mindset
  • Management experience is a plus

If you or someone you might know may be interested learn more about Just Between Friends franchise opportunities here:

Click here to fill out a franchise application online

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Let’s not keep this a secret Just Between Friends.

 

 

 

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Just Between Friends. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own. I love empowering families and helping others save and enjoy being a working mom, and wanted to share this information. Your opinions may vary.

Carter’s Baby and Kid Up to 50% Off Sale {Giveaway}

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Carter’s.

#cartersspringstyle MommyBKnowsBest

Walking into Carter’s clothing store I always know I’m going to get a great deal on adorable, quality children’s and baby clothing. Whether I have a mailer coupon or a discount from one of my recent visits I typically never pay full price, which is great because it allows me to purchase more items for less money.

Now through March 4, 2014, Carter’s Baby and Kid Up to 50% Off Sale. Clothing items from Carter’s spring collection is up to 50% off in store. Plus, if you print this coupon you get an extra 20% off your in-store purchase of $40 or more.

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Use Carter’s store locator to find a store near you!

The Baby and Kid Up to 50% Off Sale is the perfect time to stock up on great playwear essentials perfect for mixing and matching! Carter’s spring collection features adorable items for babies and young kids, including graphic tees, polos, woven shirts, shorts, cardigans, tunics & leggings, cotton dresses—just in time for spring!

Here are some of our favorite items from their Spring Collection and more savings that we got just for shopping today:

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To get started on your spring wish list, take a look at Carter’s Spring into Pink collection for girls and Little Mate collection for boys. They have some really cute items for boys and girls at great prices you won’t want to miss out on.

To help you with a little bit of shopping, I’m giving one lucky MommyB Knows Best reader a chance to win a $50 Carter’s Gift Card.

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I participated in this program on behalf of Carter’s and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Dads

I received products in this post to give my personal opinions and recommendations on. This is not a paid post and are my honest thoughts.

 

Still looking for a perfect gift for the special dad in your children’s lives? I found some gifts that are a little different, but still good choices to show him you love him this Valentine’s Day!

Valentines Day Gift Ideas for Dads

Want to get your guy something other than jewelry but something that he can carry with him every day? Isabella Grace Jewelry has some pretty cool things for men including this Super Dad keychain. This key chain is pewter, not so big it’s clunky {just the right size}, and has an awesome saying on the back that will melt your kids’ hero’s heart. Check it out: Super Dad Key Chain

Got a science-loving daddy? I really loved how cool and unique this t-shirt is. If you look at the “elements” you can see different phases of fatherhood, great for a proud dad to display. I know DaddyB will love wearing this shirt. Check it out: Periodic Tee of Daddy Elements

Whether you are expecting your first child or the dad in your life is a pro-daddy, Daddy Scrubs has a product to shout out that your man is a father. My favorite part of these shirts is the tagless reminder that, “Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Daddy!” Check it out: Daddy Shirts

Last but not least, for the music loving dad, we heart Jabra products!! DaddyB is a huge fan of all kinds of music and even listens to quite a few podcasts. This Jabra Solemate mini is perfect for dads to take to work, put in the garage, or out in wilderness. This wireless speaker is splash and dust resistant, durable, and pumps out quality sound. We got the red version, but you’ll have to check them out to see what other great colors they offer. Check it out: Jabra Solemate Mini

Would you purchase any of these items for dad? If so which ones??

 

This is not a compensated post. I received products in order to give my honest opinion about these products. Your opinions may vary.

Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Practical Mom – Belk Gift Card Giveaway

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Belk.com

I tend to be a mom who asks for things for my home for Christmas, in fact, one year I put “new vacuum cleaner” on my Christmas wish list from my mom, no kidding. While I know it’s not necessarily the norm, I also know I am not the only mom out there asking for and really hoping she gets practical gifts.

This year, working with one of my favorite department stores, Belk.com I came up with some practical gift ideas for mom.

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Handbag or Wallet – Every mom needs a handbag or wallet, but how about getting her a cute designer wallet from Belk.com. I love that at Belk.com I can purchase great brands like Michael Kors, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Coach, and not break the bank.

{Pictured above: Lauren Ralph Lauren Thurlow Zip Around Leather Wallet}

Kitchen Appliances – Be careful on this one, some moms want anything other than kitchen or household supplies, but if you have a mom who has expressed interest, Belk.com carries a great line of appliances. If they like cooking or baking for their family they may enjoy a Calphalon No-Peek Waffle Maker, beautiful counter cannisters, or even appliances that will make entertaining easier. 

Sheet and Bedding Sets – Every bed needs sheets and bedding, but instead of buying the usual, consider purchasing higher thread count, better quality sheets like the Hotel by Biltmore 800 Thread Count Sheets and maybe a few coordinating throw pillows. Practical and pretty!

Watches – Most practical moms are also Type-A moms and try to be on time {when it’s in their power}, so naturally a watch is a great way to tell time and keep moms on schedule. Belk.com offers so many options when it comes to watches, whether you want something classic, or something fun, or even something with a hint of whimsy and romance like the Betsey Johnson Rose Gold Tone Puffy Heart Watch pictured above. Definitely a great Valentine’s Day gift!

Beauty and Makeup – Choose everyday makeup and beauty products with a boost. If you know they typically wear brown eyeshadow, pick up this beautiful Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Eye Palette or treat them to a gift bag of their favorite facial cleanser and a few new products. If the practical mom in your life isn’t big on beauty products or makeup think about buying them something subtle, they may have a change of heart {I’ve done this several times with my own mom.}

Even though these gifts are sensible, they’re definitely not boring. This Valentine’s Day, head to Belk.com to make your Valentine’s Day gift purchases whether or not you’re shopping for a practical mom, funny dad, awesome kids, or someone else you really love.

And if you’re looking to splurge on that extra special person, check out Belk.com’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide.

That’s not all, I’m giving one lucky MommyB Knows Best reader a chance to win a $75 Belk gift card. You won’t get it in time for Valentine’s Day, but I’m sure you can find some great ways to spend it!!

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How to Teach Children about Global Ministry and Goodwill

Often times I hear the argument from people as to why we should bother helping people in our own countries when there are so many people struggling with poverty, healthcare, and other issues in our own nation.

Last I checked, no where in the Bible does it say that we are to only help those who are our neighbors. If we want to single out only those that are in other countries, what’s to say that we shouldn’t start segregating by gender, ethnicity, religion, age, and so on?

I enjoy helping people whether they live under my roof, are in my community, live in my state, have a home in America, or live on the same planet. For me the word “neighbor” isn’t specific to the zip code I live in.

One of the reasons I’m so passionate is because I love helping others. I hope that is evident by posts on volunteer projects with my family, working with a local domestic violence non-profit, and other events/things I don’t need to list out. I don’t help others only because I truly have a heart for others but because God commands us to help one another.

James 2: 14-17 says, “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

Sure, we can memorize all the Bible verses in the world, and talk to others about our faith, but if we’re not putting God’s love and grace into action how are we truly reaching others?

How are we teaching our children about global ministry and goodwill??

Teaching our children about other countries and their needs whether they are preschool age or in college, we can all learn new things about what life is like around the world. In the Five-Day Experience your family can enjoy learning about Kenya. By taking 15 minutes a day, sitting down as a family, and participating in this devotional you’re offering your family chances to openly discuss, pray about, and grow a heart for neighbors in other countries.

I love this experience because it gives families personal stories of real people living in Kenya, fun facts about the country and then ties it in with a compelling bible verse. There’s also a student version available for bible studies and student groups.

How can we apply what we are learning?

One organization, Awana Clubs International, encourages families {and non-families alike} to help their neighbors by putting their faith into action. Right now in Kenya, Awana is reaching 122,000 kids, creating life-long disciples that will help transform their slums, neighborhoods, villages and cities. As you’ve seen in the news, Kenya is a place that needs hope, the hope of the Gospel, and that’s where you come in.

Through their current project, Not the End, you can purchase limited edition t-shirts for $15, where more than 40% of each purchase goes to helping fund training and further the reach of ministry in Kenya. To “sweeten the deal”, Crossway publishing company is donating a Bible for each shirt sold.

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For many of these children, this Bible will be first one they may have owned. What’s even more incredible, if a person, family or organization sells or buys 30 shirts, their name will be entered into a drawing from which five people and a guest each will be selected to travel with Awana to Kenya in 2014 to minister in the slums of Kibera, do service work in an orphanage and distribute Bibles.

Buy your Not the End shirt HERE and change the world. Also make sure you follow We are Not the End on Facebook, Twitter and when you buy your shirt make sure to hashtag #wearenottheend

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I received a Not the End T-shirt and marketing materials and was asked to write about this project. I gladly agreed. My family and I love supporting great causes and if you see it posted on my blog it’s something that I stand behind or think you should know about. Thank you for reading and sharing!