May 172014
 

Welcome to our Month of MOM Celebration!

We would like to take the opportunity this month to celebrate YOU!

We will be hosting weekly giveaways and ending our month with a HUGE party on Wednesday May 28th, 9pmEST on Twitter!  

 

This week we have giveaway prizes from the following companies:

Pediped – A pair of pediped shoes – arv $35-55
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@pedipedfootwear


Rocky Mountain – A Peace & Calm Prize Pack (arv $78)
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@rockymtnsoap


BabyNav Baby Planners – 90-minute Gift Certificate for Baby Planning Services of Winners Choice (arv $135)

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@BabyNavBaby


Leaves of Trees – 100 mL argan oil and a lavender tangerine deodorant (arv $75)

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@leavesoftreesTO


OXO Tot A Cleaning Set (arv $46)
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@OXOTot


There will be 5 winners chosen at the end of this giveaway. Prizes and winners will be selected randomly.

 

Giveaway Rules and Regulations: Giveaway Open to: Canadian and US Residents (must be age of majority in place of residence at time of entry to participate.)
Giveaway begins: May 19, 2014 12:00am Giveaway ends: May 25, 2014 11:59PM
No purchase is necessary.
Giveaways are subject to all Federal, Provincial, and Municipal laws and regulations.
Giveaways are void where prohibited by law. By entering the following giveaway, you are accepting that if you win your contact information will be shared with a company or PR agency for the purpose of mailing your prize.
All giveaways hosted by MommiesFirst are not associated, nor sponsored by Facebook or any other Social Media platform. We hereby release Facebook (and all other social media platforms) of any liability.
Winners will be selected randomly using Giveaway Tools within 72 hours of the giveaway.
Winners will be notified via email. Winners will have 72 hours from the time the email was sent to respond with the answer to a skill testing question and their full name, mailing address and phone number (required for shipping purposes only). If no response has been received (note – MommiesFirst will not be held responsible for faulty email or any technical difficulties related to the sending/receiving of an email) by this time the winner will be disqualified and a new winner will be randomly selected.
Potential or disqualified winners have no recourse towards MommiesFirst or any other company, pr firm or person involved in this Giveaway.
Giveaways may end and/or be cancelled without notice.
MommiesFirst assumes no responsibility for any technical difficulties that may affect the entries in this giveaway or the communication/reception of emails, posts or messages between the winner and MommiesFirst. In other words, if your entry isn’t received properly due to technical difficulties, MommiesFirst will not be held responsible.
All giveaway entrants are entering giveaways on the MommiesFirst website, at their own risk. MommiesFirst nor the giveaway sponsor assumes any responsibility for the shipping, safe arrival, quality, taxes or duty fees for prizes.
Prizes are shipped by the PR agency or directly from the company with a few exceptions.
One entry per household/IP allowed, and any abuse of this condition will void all entries from household/IP in question.
Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received during the contest period.
Please wait 4-6 weeks prior to contacting us with regards to unreceived prizes unless it is a time sensitive prize. We’d love to hear from you when you receive your package and we’d also love to hear from you if you don’t so that we can help you out if we can, but we don’t take any responsibility for it as we aren’t the people doing the shipments!

 

Good luck to all Mommies (and Daddies, Grandparents, Friends etc.)!

With Love and Care,

The MommiesFirst Team

Apr 042014
 

This year, we are thrilled to be participating in the Ultimate Blog Party with 5 Minutes for Mom. We LOVE the name of their website, because we truly believe that all Moms deserve 5 minutes! Ultimate Blog Party 2014

We are a subscription box company that sends personalized, curated packages each month to new and expectant Moms.  We even have a special Baby Shower Box that is a one time gift for an expectant Mommy filled with many goodies for her and her little bundle.

 

Thank you for visiting and be sure to look around our site.  On our blog, we feature real Moms who share stories about being pregnant and about motherhood.  We also have a weekly feature where we recommend a baby book called “Amanda’s Pick”.

 

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Dec 172013
 

Who doesn’t love baby hand prints?

 

Every year, when we put up our tree, my favourite ornaments to put up are the ones with a story, specifically the ones that my children have made. Even when they were infants, we made ornaments with our children! We made clay hand prints and foot prints and every year when they were wee, we always made recordable ornaments with them saying a special Christmas message of sorts. Some messages are easier to understand than others, but regardless, this Mama is always guaranteed to get teary. Trust us when I say that you will cherish your little one’s hand print on a homemade keepsake ornament for many years to come!

 

Here is an adorable idea for turning your family’s hand prints into Santa ornaments from Nat Bourre :
Get the instructions for how to make clay ornaments.

Here is another fabulous idea for a Hand Print ornament with wonderful “how to instructions” in a video:
More fun hand and footprint art ideas can be found at The Whoot.

Wishing you a Happy and FUN Holiday with your little ones!
Love and Care,
Amanda
Dec 032013
 

Feel free to see our very first Help Mama Series post where we introduce the series along with an inspirational woman, Melissa from MamaViews.

At MommiesFirst we believe in moms helping moms!

 

Today, we would like to introduce you to Julie from L’il Tights by Skights.

 

 

Julie from Skights

Can you tell us a bit about your entrepreneurial story?
It was December of 2011, I was at the mall with a friend who was looking to purchase “tights” for her 16 month old son. I was shocked that they made tights for little boys, I remembered when my eldest was a toddler I would put pyjama bottoms underneath his pants to give him extra protection against the elements. My girlfriend then explained she purchases “girl tights” in neutral colours and puts them on her son. That night I went home and told myself I was going to create tights for little boys.

 

How do you feel your helping moms (and dads!) most?
When I created Lil’ tights by Skights I wanted to create a product that was practical, functional and affordable. As parents, we want to ensure all of our children’s needs are being met. When children feel good, parents feel great.

Parents can take comfort in knowing Lil’ tights by Skights can help to keep their wee ones legs warm.

 

SKIGHTS

What (or who) inspires you when it comes to creating a business committed to helping moms (and/or babies)?
One of the women I really admire is the founder of Robeez, Sandra Wilson. In 1994, Sandra was laid off due to downsizing she had a 18 month old son who she had wanted to spend more time with. I love the fact that Sandra decided to look at her current circumstance with “half –full” glasses.

 

She started a home based business which turned into a multi-million dollar company. In 2006 Robeez was sold to Stride Rite for 30.5 million dollars PLUS Sandra is a Canadian!! If that isn’t inspiration that I don’t know what is!!

What are some exciting new developments for your business?
Plans are to expand across Canada and into the United States. We are also working hard to break into the International scene. From what I have been told, tights for boys are very common in certain European countries and it would love to have the opportunity to introduce them to Lil’ tights by Skights.

The 2 biggest pieces of wisdom you’d impart to about being an entrepreneur?
I think one of the most important pieces of wisdom I could give to future entrepreneurs is to “just start”. Too often we have dreams and desires and instead of starting we hold onto them too afraid to start.

This could be for a number of reasons; fear, finances, time, knowledge, the list is endless. If entrepreneurs understood there will ALWAYS be times when you are fearful, have a lack of finances, don’t have enough time and have no idea what you are doing then I think they would be more likely to start.

We often look at successful businesses and say to ourselves “there is no way that I can do that” and you’re right, there is no way you could do that right NOW, but one day you can and will. All successful businesses started somewhere and I have no doubt there were times when their owners had no idea what they were doing or how they were going to achieve a certain goal. Through personal experience I know as you go, so will you grow.

Rome was not built in a day, neither will your business. Dream big, hold the vision and you will get there just as marathons are run, one step at a time.

The quote below is from the book the Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo.

“And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.”

I have experienced this so called “phenomenon” countless of times where people and or circumstances have come along and aided me in achieving my dreams. They key to this is you HAVE to do the work and be consistent at it. If you do things will happen.

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Some more information about Julie:

My favorite part about Lil’ tights by Skights is…the reaction I get from moms of little boys. My story and the “why” behind the creation makes so much sense to them, love it!!

When parents find out what I do, they often say: how do you manage to run business, work full time and raise two children on your own?

In my free time, I love to… read, journal and work out.

The last book I read was… The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

I’m dreaming of… the day I get to stand up in front of an audience of 2000 women and share with them my journey to entrepreneurship in hopes of inspiring them to live their fullest life.

With love and care,
Lorena