Oct 282014
 

Ana Begins
I can only assume that most parents have a conscious or subconscious idea about each new experience their child will inevitably discover as days, months and years unwind. I may be alone here, but what completely caught me off guard were the array of and often surprising feelings visiting me as my child experienced her new world. I might have been a bit at a disadvantage, as growing up feelings in my house were 99.9% taboo. In the last six and half years I have been transformed, or maybe re-born.

Alongside my daughter’s “firsts” I have opened a world of my own “firsts”. Seeing the world through my child’s eyes has brought me much joy, such as the cold sweet taste of ice cream spread around a smile or feeling the soft white sand tickling our feet. I have empathized with her frustration as a special toy has had a “time-out” do to the consequences of breaking rules.

What I DID NOT expect were the “firsts” that would fly by at jet speed and knock me right side up. “Firsts” with my name engraved wickedly large enough so there was zero confusion to whom they belong. The first time my bright-eyed and chubby munchkin pushed me away from a hug “no, mama… no” and quickly wiggled off the couch to sprint toward the toy bin. I felt jealousy. Jealousy? But, I don’t DO jealousy, especially not of a toy bin. Then there was the time she lied to me about brushing her teeth. She LIED to ME… Ouch. It hurt, but why? I’m supposed to be the grownup. It was suppose to be a simple, “Honey, we don’t lie and always tell the truth. Mommy will always love you no matter what. If you did not brush your teeth and need help I will help you. Telling a lie hurts your heart”. Simple, done, lesson learned moving on. I did not expect her to walk behind me and ask if it’s hard to have more than one kid. “Mama, you should be really thankful, because you just have one”. Double ouch! She’s 4! I felt bruised. Had I been too hard on her? Then there was the first time dropping her off at the babysitters = guilt, sadness, anxiety, doubt.

Not all “firsts” were difficult. Many were amazing and gave me strength as a mom and as an individual. The first time she made her bed and wore a smile of pride across her enchanting face. I felt satisfaction, pride and independence. The first time she introduced herself to a new friend without prompting. I felt more pride, security and joy. The first time she told me she loved her school’s cook’s homemade soup. I felt grateful, curious and comfort knowing she was loved and nourished at the place my husband and I chose to add to our village.

What I have learned through this journey as a mom is that I have feelings, and my feelings matter just as much as anyone else’s. I get to be angry, hurt, happy, joyful, proud, stressed, worried, sad, ecstatic, silly, independent, thoughtful, grateful. The key is to not enmesh my feelings with my child or her experience. My responsibility is to respect her experience separate from my own, but bask in the gift that I also get an experience, and many more “Firsts”.

To learn more about Ana, please read our introductory post about her.
May 252014
 

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 Twitter party on Wednesday May 28th, 9pmEST!

RSVP for the Twitter Party NOW!

 

This week we have giveaway prizes from the following companies:

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


Oliver’s Labels – $50 Gift Certificate

Facebook

@OliversLabels


shoo-foo – Bamboo Throw for Mom – arv $98
Facebook

@shoo_foo


Thought Spots – 2 Thought Packs and 3 Big Thoughts (winner’s choice) –  arv $46

Facebook

@thought_spots


cloud b – A cloud b blanket – arv $45
Facebook 
@cloud_b


OXO Tot A Bathing Set (arv $45)
Facebook
@OXOTot


There will be 6 winners chosen at the end of this giveaway (over $300 in prizes total).
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 26, 2014 1:00am Giveaway ends: June 1, 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

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
Facebook
@pedipedfootwear


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


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

Facebook

@BabyNavBaby


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

Facebook

@leavesoftreesTO


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

May 092014
 

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
Facebook
@pedipedfootwear


Sigrid Naturals – A Sigrid Gift Basket – arv $48

Facebook

@SigridNaturals


My True Nature –  Squeaky Clean and “Beary” Soft Set – arv $47

Facebook


Buncha Farmers – Buncha Farmers Gift Basket – arv $60

Facebook

@BunchaFarmers


Rocky Mountain A Love Your Skin Pack – arv $47
Facebook
@rockymtnsoap


shoo-foo – Bamboo Baby Blanket – arv $52
Facebook

@shoofoo


OXO Tot A Drinking Set – arv $45
Facebook
@OXOTot


There will be 7 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 12, 2014 12:00am Giveaway ends: May 18, 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

May 052014
 

Welcome to our Month of MOM!

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!  
RSVP for the Party NOW to secure your spot!

This week we have giveaway prizes from the following companies:

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


Dr Sharp A Dr. Sharp Prize Pack – arv $50
Facebook
@drsharpproducts


Kind Snacks A case of 25 KIND Bars arv $50
Facebook
@KINDSnacks


Bare Organics A Bare Organics Mama Care Gift Basket – arv $60
Facebook
@BareOrganics


Rocky Mountain A Bathing Bliss Prize Pack – arv $47
Facebook
@rockymtnsoap


cloud b A cloud b turtle – arv $40
Facebook
@cloud_b


OXO Tot A Feeding Set – arv $45
Facebook
@OXOTot


There will be 7 winners chosen at the end of this giveaway. Prizes and winners will be selected randomly.

 Month of Mom Giveaway

 

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 5, 2014 10:00am Giveaway ends: May 11, 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