May 232014
 

Two years ago our little company with a big heart opened its “doors” or in Internet speak, we launched our site. Reflecting upon the last couple of years, much has changed, but a lot of who we are at our core remains the same.

The inspiration for MommiesFirst was my own pregnancies and the births of my babies. So, when asked about our roots and who we are, I often think back to the bodega on our New York City block that I visited ALL the time to satisfy pregnancy cravings and then stock up on diapers or cream or anything baby related. Jam-packed in that little shop you could find everything (and I mean everything), but what I remember most was the nice man behind the cash register. He knew my name, he predicated a boy before we knew he was coming, and he always scolded me for not picking up a caramel for my husband (my husband’s favorite treat in the store). In a place like New York City, everything is supposed to be big and impersonal, but we had our little store where our experience always was personal, including the news that we were moving. (The sweet man behind the counter was devastated my husband was leaving him!).

I share this story because at MommiesFirst we aren’t trying to be something big. Instead, our hope is to build a company that is personal. A place where your name and your journey matters to us. In this day and age where companies can seem bigger (and flashier) because there is no physical store, our goal is to remain honest and authentic. We are a small team that has come together with a common purpose of making lives better for moms. I see 100% of your customer service questions, and often times I answer them myself. Amanda, our social media manager, has become a dear friend and she puts hours and hours of her time to make sure our community feels the love and care. We are truly a family affair too. Santiago, our Operations guy – yup, that’s my dad! By most metrics, there is nothing fancy about us. But, we have a lot of heart and I am extremely proud of the care that goes into creating each of our boxes.

Happy 2nd Birthday MommiesFirst! To our members and supporters, thank you for letting us fulfill my corner store dream, and stay tuned for more great MommiesFirst boxes!

With love and care,

P.S. You are ALL invited to come celebrate with us this Wednesday night (May 28th) from 9-10pm EST at our #MommiesFirst Twitter Party! Be sure to RSVP so that you qualify to be entered to win some great prizes!

May 232014
 

I personally appreciated the book What to Expect when You’re Expecting because it detailed all the stuff nobody told you (or didn’t want to tell you) about pregnancy. From time to time, we like to check in with our moms and give them an update on what’s next at MommiesFirst. But, not to worry – it’s all good news! Here’s what to expect from MommiesFirst in the coming months based on your feedback!

  1. Over the next several months, we are moving our MommiesFirst Notes and reviews online, so that you can access all the information they receive each month – anytime from anywhere. As we all know, moms are busy and often times outside of the home. Soon they will be able to access this information and shop online – from the comfort of their mobile phone.
  2. ​Our membership will be open to our next 1,000. Thank you for your continued support as we grow at a pace that ensures a unique, personalized box experience and superior customer service.

Love and Care,

May 222014
 

We are getting very excited as we are approaching our #MommiesFirst Twitter Party!

Have you RSVP’d yet?

Be sure you RSVP in order to be eligible to win a prize. We have approximately $700 in amazing prizes from the following amazing companies:


Website
Instagram
Pinterest
@lc_organics

PRIZE:  Love Child Organics Prize Pack approximate retail value $60



Website
Facebook
@BoironCanada
PRIZE:  Spring Essential Family Pack – Boiron’s Essentials for your Medicine Cabinet with Camilia, Cidermine, Arnicare gel, Arnicare Cream, Oscillo, Coryzalia & Stodal Honey approximate retail value $100



Website
Facebook
@HappyFamily
PRIZE: Just For Baby Prize Pack including a reusable tote bag, Happy Baby organic cotton t-shirt, A selection of our most popular first foods for baby including Happy Bellies, Happy Puffs, Happy Yogis, Happy Creamies, Happy Munchies and a selection of our Stage 1, 2 & Tot pouches. An Infant & Toddler Nutrition Guide, Allergy Reference Chat, Happy Family recipes, Dirty Dozen wallet card and money saving coupons are also included! approximate retail value $75



Website
Facebook
@sleepyowl4
PRIZE: Sleepy Owl Gift Set approximate retail value $59



Website 
Facebook
@rockymtnsoap
PRIZE: Absolute Pleasure Prize Pack approximate retail value $113


We just might have a few extra prizes too!
@thought_spots – 2 Thought Packs and 3 Big Thoughts –>winner’s choice (arv $46)
@OliversLabels – $50 Gift Card
@KINDSnacks – 25 Kind bars (arv $50)
@BabyNavBaby – 1 Hour Gift Certificate for Baby Planning Service of Winners Choice (arv $90)
@LeavesofTreesTO – 50 mL argan oil and eucalyptus mint deodorant – (arv $50)


We look forward to celebrating our 2nd Birthday with you on May 28th, 2014 9-10pm EST!

Twitter Rules and Regulations can be found here.

May 052014
 
We are SUPER excited to be hosting another MommiesFirst Twitter Party!

Together with 5 incredible sponsors, we are throwing a party for YOU, our Mommies and Mommies-to-be! We have approximately  $700 in prizes to be won at this exciting event! Mark it on your calendars and join us as we talk about pregnancy, motherhood, babies and everything in between!

Please be sure to follow us on Twitter along with our AMAZING Sponsors and CO-HOSTS:

@MommiesFirstBox

@MultiTestingMom

@inRDream

@zoojourneys

 


Website
Facebook
@BoironCanada

 


Website
Facebook
@HappyFamily

Website
Instagram
Pinterest
@lc_organics

Website 
Facebook
@rockymtnsoap

Website
Facebook
@sleepyowl4


Date: Wednesday, May 28th
Time: 9-10pm EST
Host: @MommiesFirstBox Co-Hosts:
@inRDream
@MultiTestingMom
@zoojourneys Hashtag: #MommiesFirst How: Follow the hashtag #MommiesFirst during the Twitter Party time and answer questions, re-tweet and interact with other party goers. See the Rules and Regulations below for more information.


While everyone is welcome to participate in the party, prizes are open to Canada and US Residents only. To qualify to win a prize, participants MUST RSVP. Prizes: See our full list of prizes!
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Rules and Regulations:

  1. Twitter Party Period #MommiesFirst Twitter Party begins at 9pmEST on Wednesday May 28, 2014 and ends at 10:00pmEST on Wednesday May 28, 2014.
  2. ELIGIBILITY: In order to win a prize you must:
    – follow @MommiesFirstBox on Twitter
    – be a legal resident of Canada or the United States of America (void where prohibited by law) – 18 years or older (or the age of majority in your place of residence by May 28, 2014)
    – have filled out the RSVP form
    -participate in the Twitter Party by using the hashtag #MommiesFirst and Q# or A# during the Twitter Party period (9-10pm EST).
    -Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible participants who have RSVP’d and that participated during the Twitter Party Period.
    – Individual twitter handles can only win a maximum of ONE prize during the party.
  3. TO PARTICIPATE: You must have a Twitter account and participate in the party by following the #MommiesFirst hashtag.
  4. HOW TO WIN: Prizes will be announced at the end of the Twitter Party. A random generator will be used to select winners. Winners will be notified on twitter of their win. See eligibility (above) for more details. Winners will be required to fill out a form, including answering a skill testing question within 24 hours of the end of the party.
  5. PRIZES: Prizes are provided by sponsors according to availability. In the case that a prize is not available, a different prize will be awarded of approximate equal value to the original prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks to receive a prize prior to contacting MommiesFirst.
  6. GENERAL: By filling out the RSVP form and by participating in the #MommiesFirst Twitter Party, participants release and agree to hold harmless the Twitter Party Hosts, Co-Hosts, Sponsors and their respective parent companies, affiliates or related companies, directors, employees, officers and agents, including without limitation, their advertising/promotion agencies from any and all liability, injury, loss, or damage of any kind, including but not limited to personal injury or death, arising from or in connection with participation in the Twitter Party, or the awarding, receipt, possession, use or misuse of any prize and/or with respect to participation in any prize-related activity. Entrants agree to abide by these Official Twitter Party Rules, and decisions of the Twitter Party Hosts and Sponsors, whose decisions are final in all matters relating to this Twitter Party.
    These giveaways are subject to all Federal, Provincial, and Municipal laws and regulations. Giveaways are void where prohibited by law.
    All giveaways directly hosted by MommiesFirst are not endorsed, associated, nor sponsored by Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or any other Social Media Platform. We hereby release Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and all other social media platforms of any liability.
Dec 032013
 

Back in January, my girlfriend was asking me for advice for how to Baby Proof her home for her 9 month old daughter.

I shared a post over on my blog, Multi-Testing Mommy with some tips for parents when thinking about making their home safe for their babies.

The first tip was NEVER assume that something is safe.

I gave a list of areas to consider when baby proofing your home from poisons to cupboard doors to various furniture and appliances.

You know the good old “toilet paper tube rule”? It claims that any toy that fits through a toilet paper tube is considered to be unsafe for children under three years of age as they are a choking hazard.

I want to warn you that this is not always the case. If your child is very orally fixated, it is possilbe that they can choke themselves on larger items. My son, at the age of 18 months, put a plastic toy hamburger bun (that was much larger than a toilet paper tube hole) in his mouth all the way and it got stuck, causing him to have major difficulty breathing until it was removed. It was scary and an eye opener for us. This experience reminded me that we really could never assume that something is safe.

MommiesFirst sent me their box that is geared towards older babies and here is a video of me opening up the box:

I found this box to be presented well and it had just the right mix between items for Mommy versus items for baby. You definitely receive a great value for what the box is worth and the items selected were all top quality, wonderful products.