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

Apr 282014
 

Whether it a choice or chance as we enter the path of parenthood we gather piles upon piles of rules, tactics, recommendations and demands.  We naively begin with expectations so set in stone, or we think, that our plans are fool-proof. The tactics that failed us in our childhoods at the hands of our parents are sure to be fixed by doing the exact opposite for our own offspring.  We take the successes of our parents and multiply them, thinking a double shot of proven hypothesis is sure to create Our Perfect Child. Foolproof. 

 

In the midst of making rules and schedules, following handbooks and experts we become trapped by our good intentions. The comparisons brought on by us or our peers can dig out hidden insecurities.  We feel clueless as we look in the mirror and cannot see the wonderful parent standing before us, but solely choose to see the reflection an imperfect human thinking ”I thought I had this”.

 

Let go of the third party handbooks, “expert” advice, how to’s and checklists.  Use the tools at your fingertips, your instinct, experience, mind and heart.  Be their guide, not their engineer.  Show them how to be human, flawed, beautiful, mindful, real and loving.  Because when they look at you all they see is perfection.

 

To learn more about Ana, please read our introductory post about her.
Dec 032013
 

Upon our search for some inspiring posts about being a Mommy, we came across a wonderful post written by Lisa from fab frugal mama
In this post, she compares her “pre-Mama” self and life with her current Mommy of two status.

Child Hand Holding Mommy Hand

“Before I became a Mom, I owned “Dry Clean Only” clothes; I coordinated my jewelry with my outfit, wore stylish shoes and (almost) always did my hair and makeup.

I had time to myself, read books, indulged in hobbies, and loved to go shopping. There was time to try out new recipes, do my nails, go to yoga, and further my career.

All that changed when I had kids…”

Find out how Lisa’s life has changed after having kids over at her blog, fab frugal mama.

Thank you, Lisa for sharing your Mommy post with us!
Lisa is a WAHM who started blogging after the birth of her second child. She would often get questions from first-time Moms about where to buy the coolest baby gadgets or what stroller she thought was the best so, while on maternity leave, the idea of writing her own blog was born. She loves writing about her parenting adventures, reviewing products for her family, and sharing ways to live well on a budget.