Showing posts with label pregnancy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pregnancy. Show all posts
Sunday, September 1, 2013

Harmony Bell Review #readytopop

I received a free product to help facilitate this review. Regardless, I only recommend product that I would use.

Recently I was given the opportunity to work with Harmony Ball Company on a review of a beautiful Bola Pendant. I had never heard of these before, but I wish that I had. It is an extraordinary piece. 
Did you know that from around 20 weeks in Utero, babies can hear outside the womb? I had known that for quite some time.  
This pendant features a gorgeous blue bola ball encased in a sterling silver plated heart shaped basket hanging from a 36" long sterling silver plated chain. The basket opens and different colored bola balls are available to coordinate with any outfit. This can give you a unique more personalized look. The bola measures 20mm in diameter and the basket is 22mm. A beautiful handcrafted pendant for the mom-to-be. 

What is a Bola Ball?

It is a symbol of calm and relaxation, and has been used by pregnant women in many cultures for centuries. The bola is also known as the belly ball, belly bell and baby bell. Traditionally a Mexican bola is worn by pregnant women in Mexico. The Bola bell is worn low against moms baby bump. The soft chiming that it makes is said to create a soothing effect for the baby in the womb, and as well as the baby outside the womb. It is also supposed to help bond mom and baby.
Photo Credit: Harmony Ball Co.
I believe that is a beautiful sentiment and makes a wonderful story. Perfect for a gift to pass down to him or her as a family heirloom. The Bola may be worn after birth and the same relaxing sound may bring comfort during nursing. Shortening the necklace is a great way to use it after the birth of your children. The familiarity will help to create the same soothing effect. Or, if you are like me and did not get the opportunity to use the bola while pregnant, it still creates a relaxing effect while nursing and bonding with baby. Aria really enjoys the soft chiming while she is nursing. 

The cage is easily opened so that the chime can be replaced with other amazing colors! 

Aria is about to get her seventh tooth, Yes I said seventh, already! I can tell that with her behavior it is an uncomfortable time. I believe that between nursing and hearing the harmony ball, she is able to relax. If you have ever sat and listened to the softness of a wind chime, you would understand how this is so.

The Harmony ball pendants seem to be an up and coming accessory for moms in many cultures. I love how gorgeous it looks. Not only would this make the perfect gift for a new mom or mom to be, but this is an extremely fashionable piece of jewelry. It can easily be paired with a other jewelry. I really love the look of it. The bola is a unique pendant that is definitely a conversation started. Worth every penny! Cherish it, and pass it down for many years of continued use.

You can purchase your very own Bola necklace from Harmony Ball Company on etsy for $39.74.

Stay tuned for our giveaway! You won't want to miss it!

I received the product as noted above for review. Regardless, I only recommend products that I would use personally. As always all opinions are my own. If you would like your company or product featured please contact Desiree at

Monday, January 21, 2013

How did you feel the moment you became a parent?

This post is supposed to be about how I felt the moment I became a parent. Since there are no words to describe the amazement I felt, I want to tell the story with pictures. My first child was born in 2008 by emergency c-section after she just would not come out and my blood pressure rose above 160/100. 

Afterwards I could barely move my fingers. Sadly, I could not breastfeed her right away like I could with my second and third born. Which in turn created obstacles for us with breastfeeding. It eventually worked out and she was exclusively breastfed after being home from the hospital.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Letter to Myself As a New Mom

This is the letter I'm sure I'd want to read years ago when the diapers and sleepless nights had just began. Also those tiring first days in the hospital when breastfeeding was just not working.

Dear New Mom,

You're alive! You made it through the most horrible and most extraordinary experience of your life. That Cesarean section was not planned, and it may have almost taken your life but you're here. The nurses are not helpful with nursing and they are pushing formula on your new baby girl. You know this is wrong, but you just don't know what to do. She wont latch on right and your toes are curling from the pain. When she starts losing weight they will give you no choice but to supplement. Yet, you persevere. You want this to work and you will give it your all. Nursing is not always easy.

Do not get discouraged over this. It will get easier. Find the lactation nurse. She knows what she is doing. The first six weeks of nursing will seem like an uphill battle, but it gets better. You may want to give up right now but later on you will be so proud. A few months from now you will be extremely happy. Your nursing relationship will improve and you will educate yourself as you should have during your pregnancy.

Becoming pregnant again was not on you to do list. It will happen a lot sooner then you want it to. Your baby is 12 weeks old and you are just getting a handle on things. You're scared and don't know how you'll make it. This will pass. You are a strong woman and a great mother. 

You are not perfect, no mother is. You are beautiful. Even with the stretchmarks. 

You will sleep through the night again. You will have a clean home again. You will wear pre-baby clothes again. Take it one day at a time. 

Soon you will have three young children and it will just come naturally just as you wish it would now. It takes hard work and you have worked so hard to become the woman you are.

You will be in college and juggling life as a mom of three. You may not lose all that baby weight but you have those three precious babies. 

Just know that you will successfully breastfeed all of your children and do so in public without a care. 

You are strong!

Baby #3
The road ahead looks tough, I'm sure. There will be days when you are sad and don't understand why. You are overwhelmed and exhausted. This time may seem like it will never end, but somehow you will find a way. 
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Friday, January 4, 2013

15 Baby Products You Can Live Without

There are so many baby products out there, and I can see how some moms get caught up in the hype of them. Honestly moms what products did you find had absolutely no use, or little use? 

So there may be some of these silly products that can be used, but I doubt they will be used longer then a few weeks. 

Personally I would rather receive items that give me more bang for my buck. All of the big baby items like crib, bassinet, boppy pillow, pack 'n' play etc. have been reused from my oldest child. No need to keep buying those things, unless you sell them or they are damaged. Although, if I had the money I would buy one of those co-sleeper beds. We co-sleep with baby girl and I love it. However, there are times I like to just put her in the bassinet by the bed so I can stretch out. 

Alright, so I have come up with this list of seriously silly, completely ridiculous, and downright not needed baby items to cross of your baby registry. 

If I missed anything let me know? What did you find you didn't need?

Top 15 Baby Items you DO NOT need

1. Baby Wipe Warmer- Seriously, this product is not needed. The world isn't perfect, and this is teaching your child the opposite. Sometimes you butt will get cold. Hold the wipe in your hand a few second. There you go, I just saved you $20.00. Life isn't perfect, so don't sugar coat it.

2. Bottle Warmer- I never used bottles, but if I had I would never use a bottle warmer. It is a silly expense. This is just as silly as a wipe warmer for similar reasons. Just skip it. They even make wipe warmer/bottle warmer combos now.

3. Changing Table- Confession time. I do own one. I probably used it a handful of times, and currently it is serving another purpose in our laundry room. The thing is it was made for us, not bought. It is a desk, re-purposed. If you think you will use it, then go for it. It is really unnecessary though.

4. Pee-Pee Teepee- 
Being that I am a mother of a boy and two girls, listen to me, you will get pee'd on by both. If you want to avoid those love piddles then just but a cloth over it. It is a cone you put over the penis to protect against pee getting into your face. A diaper change takes a few seconds, deal with it.

5. "Thudguard" Helmet-
The name says it all. This is just silly, kids stumble.

6. Swimming Neck Ring-
 Does this even sound safe? This product gives me nightmares. Its essentially a pool float you put around your babies neck. 

7. Her First Heels-
 As cute as you may think these are they come with a hefty price tag. 

8. The Babykeeper-
This thing looks dangerous, but that is not the reason I wouldn't own one. Having a child means you lose you free hands. If you can't have another adult hold your child then don't use a public restroom. Baby loves to be in your arms. 

9. Baby Perfume- Are you kidding me? They have this stuff on the market? Personally, I do not wear perfume while my kids are babies. They have eczema so I find it to irritate their delicate skin. This product at $35.00 a bottle is just not worth it. 

10. Baby Bathrobe-
You probably will never use these. I have some with tags still from my first child. 

11. The Peekaru-
I seriously laughed out loud when I saw this. It's a product for moms who baby wear. There is a little whole for you baby to peak out of. Essentially it is a snuggie for mom and baby. No, just no. 

12. Glider- You probably wont use this. I find my couch to be the best place to nurse, or in bed.

13. Bumbo seats- Never owned one, and I never will. Hold your baby in your lap, that is where they want to be after all. 

14. Baby Powder-  I think it's common knowledge that inhalation of talc baby powder can cause very serious breathing problems and even death. Talc is closely related to the potent carcinogen asbestos. Talc particles have been shown to cause tumors in the ovaries and lungs of cancer victims. If you've got it, toss it. Cornstarch-based powders are just as effective and much safer. And so many moms don't even use powder in any form, so it's not even necessary.

15. Bottle propping devices-
As I said before I never used bottles but I still find this to be ridiculous. Are you that busy to not hold your baby? That is just crazy. Your baby wants to be in your arms. If they cant hold the bottle themselves then you need to hold it for them. This is one of those products that gets under my skin. Same as when i see babies who can hold their bottles being put in the crib with them. Please do not do this. Both of these things are dangerous. 

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