I have a pretty epic story I am sharing a little later in this post about these birth posters! But first, when The Birth Poster contacted me, I literally fell off my chair I was so excited. I have been obsessed with them for some time and am over. the. moon excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with them (and YES I have a discount code for you too! Use code themamaplaybook10 for 10% off! Only valid until October 5th 2019!) Visit thebirthposter.com or click any of the following pictures to order yours!
I was recently given the opportunity to review Healing Butterfly’s amazing matcha teas, and I love them SO MUCH I want to share them with you! They also got me thinking, I could use a few more relaxation techniques in my daily routine! So, I tried a few and want to share my favorites with you in this post as well as why I love Healing Butterfly’s truly incredible teas! Click here to read their personal story and click here to read their wonderful vision! Read on for why I love them so much, the teas I tried and a few of my favorite relaxation techniques! They also gave me a special discount code just for you! Use code MAMAPLAYBOOK15 for a discount on your first order at Healing Butterfly!
So I have to confess to a long term love for Swap.com! I absolutely LOVE thrifting, but dragging my crew around from store to store, nottttt so much. Swap.com is basically a mama’s dream come true. And, keep reading because I have a special 35% off promo code just for you! Swap.com offers thousands upon thousands of amazing and affordable second-hand items to browse as you wish ONLINE! I LOVE sitting with a cup of coffee and finding amazing outfits while my babes play! So. Much. Easier. And! Swap.com is seriously an amazing company to shop from. (they also have more than just clothing!)
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Affordable, quality secondhand apparel for everyone, YES PLEASE. Saving money, finding cute stuff and keeping millions of items out of landfills is my kind of love language. Use my special promo code playbook35 for 35% off your first purchase! Scroll for pictures of our amazing finds, and click here or any picture to start shopping!!!
You’d think after having twins I would have mastered the whole diaper bag skill, but it has only been recently that I feel I really have it locked down what I need to take in there every day! Having toddlers and an infant means very different daily needs, Charlie obviously doesn’t need the amount of snacks the twins do, and the twins haven’t needed diapers for some time. I admit that I have been through a few different diaper bags that brought me intense frustration before deciding I love this one! And, I have truly put it to the test. Read on for what I keep in my diaper bag and why I love the Hafmall bag! Click here for my video review!
One of my resolutions lately has been to take more walks with our stroller! Believe it or not, this has been hard for me due to all the things I need to take with us plus carrying Charlie! That’s why when babycharm.co reached out to me to feature their stroller organizer I JUMPED on it!
I first started babywearing out of desperation when the twins were newborns. I simply couldn’t walk around constantly holding them both in my arms but they needed to be near mama. It quite literally saved my life, and I quickly fell in love with the ability to have my hands free and soothe and love on my babies at the same time. I knew when Charlie was born I would wear him, and I honestly don’t know how I would handle my toddler twins and him without it! And before I begin, I am not a trained babywearing consultant. I AM a mama who has been babywearing for nearly four years successfully and as always, I simply share here what has helped me and my babies.
I would like to start this post by stating that I am not a trained lactation consultant. I am a mama who breastfed twins for nearly three years, donated over 13 gallons of milk while breastfeeding them and am currently breastfeeding my six month old son as well as donating milk on a weekly basis. These are simply tips that have helped (and continue to help!) me in my breastfeeding journey. Lastly, any companies I share in this post were carefully chosen by ME for what they stand for and the effects their products have had in my life personally.
I am SOO excited to share with you all an amazing mama and her incredible handmade, no waste shops! I found the lovely kind and talented Jesika Stoll in my search for the perfect adventure bags for the twins to take on our hikes and walks and various outdoor explorations. We LOVE her adventure bags! They’re the perfect size, beautifully made with quality materials, and easy for little hands to use. The twins are obsessed and literally take them everywhere! Jesika is a woman of many wonders, and has three different incredible shops that I am just in love with! The adventure bags are from her shop Keetna Farm Kids, where she also has clothing, wooden learning items and more! In addition to Keetna Farm Kids, she has Keetna Farm Botanicals and Keetna Farm Goods. I am obsessed with her reusable bags and other zero waste goods!
Check out her Instagram here and then scroll to see her incredible adventure bags in action! Click any picture to shop her adventure bag collection!
I share this story in complete vulnerability, in the hopes that even just one mama who is in the position I was, can read it and it will help. Sharing things like this on social media can be terrifying, people can be so mean. But I am willing to take that risk in the hopes that my postpartum story might help someone else’s be an easier one. I was NOT okay after the births of my beloved babies, and I know I am not the only one in this world who has experienced this. I am sharing this story, because, my life is now completely different, and I pray that in sharing this someone else may not have to struggle as long as I did, or can stop struggling and see the sunshine again. You don’t need to feel ashamed, IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT. Yes, I believe with all my heart in holistic healing but I ALSO believe the shroud covering postpartum mental health and medication needs to be lifted. Was how I felt exacerbated by my circumstances? Probably. Could I have avoided this with proper supplements and better self-care? Maybe. And I will try again with each baby I may bave in the future. And no, I am not suggesting Prozac as a cure-all for every mom. But the point is, we don’t have to suffer. I’m a Christian, and let me tell you needing some help does NOT mean I don’t love Jesus. We aren’t being heroes by not seeking help. We deserve better, our babies deserve better, we both deserve for us to be functioning, and at our best. No, I am not a robot mom now. Yes, I still get frustrated and things make me sad. BUT, I am now able to manage the highs and lows and once again truly enjoy this precious time with my children. Now for my story:
I’m SO excited to share with you all today about Rockabye Baby!’s upcoming release of Rockabye Baby! Renditions of Miranda Lambert, which officially drops June 28th! (pre-order available right now!) Rockabye Baby! has been such a part of our parenting journey, back when the twins were newborns listening to Rockabye Baby! albums was one of the very, VERY few things that helped calm them! I have so many precious memories of being a new mom and listening to Rockabye Baby! in the car, at home, in the wee hours of the night! We have continued listening to their albums, the twins still love them! And now we adore enjoying them with Charlie too! Rockabye Baby! has SO many artists available (scroll down this post for a list!) and even adorable clothing like the organic cotton onesie Charlie is rocking in these photos!
Calling all country-loving parents, Rockabye Baby! just released a new album Rockabye Baby! Renditions of Miranda Lambert that will drift your little ones right to sleep. The twelve track album features Miranda’s biggest hit’s from “Mama’s Broken Heart” to “Little Red Wagon,” “Over You” and more! Soothing out the fiery Texan’s tough-talking tunes and crunchy guitars, Rockabye Baby transforms all her greatest hits into delicate chimes and soothing xylophones. Take a listen here!