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We are product lovers not product pushers.  It’s an important distinction at MommiesFirst because we believe it’s what makes us different.  Every product we recommend means something to us, and often times there is a very personal story attached.  One of the first brand partners, Benefit Cosmetics, joined our boxes because I emailed the CEO and shared my true story. Here’s what I shared with him and why MommiesFirst is introducing Benefit to our members. Apologies in advance – I really did try to be short and sweet, but the truth is…words don’t do this company justice…at least not based on my first time mommy experience.

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My first baby (my son, Sebastian) was born in 2009. I was the MOST unprepared mom ever – or at least I felt that way.  I spent most of my maternity leave in San Francisco, CA close to my brother and only a 1 hour flight to Los Angeles where my husband was working Monday – Friday. During the first three months of Sebastian’s life I was alone and scared.

Afraid of spiraling into depression, I would force myself to leave the house and take long walks, but getting out the door was always a challenge.  Big stroller, overstuffed diaper bag, lots of stairs (walk up – no elevator in the apartment we were renting!)- it all seemed so overwhelming.  One particular day, I hadn’t showered and I hadn’t slept and decided I NEEDED a pick me up.  So, I took my big stroller, little baby and very greasy hair (remember, no shower) out for a walk to grab some Starbucks and fresh air.  Once I hit the sidewalk, I decided I more than a jolt of coffee was required to help me through this day. Don’t ask my why, but in that moment all I wanted was bright red lipstick.  A woman on a mission, I strutted into an unnamed store and asked for help.  They looked at my stroller and instantly gave me the “you have baby and are distracting shoppers in the store” look.  And then combined that with the “you’re not glamorous enough to be in my store and what’s up with the greasy hair” stare down. I won’t lie – I was devastated and I have not shopped at that store EVER again.

The Benefit Cosmetics store was three doors down from our apartment.  I hadn’t gone in before and I wasn’t very familiar with the brand.  But, not yet ready to go up the big flight of stairs with my heavy stroller and sleeping baby – I decided to pop into Benefit.  I was nervous – I had already been rejected once that day and I was pretty sure I couldn’t handle rejection again.  Instead three ladies greeted me, cooed over my son, showed me all the lovely products that could help a tired mommy like me and even offered to fix those unkept eyebrows of mine!  I can’t tell you how long I was in there, but I can tell you I walked out feeling 1000% better.  Act of kindness – yes.  Great products that I LOVE – yes.  Lifelong fan – absolutely.  I love Benefit Cosmetics because they were AMAZING to a mom when she truly needed to feel beautiful again.  Thank you, Benefit.  This mommy is a huge fan and appreciates how you treat mommies inside and out!

Currently, three Benefit Cosmetics products appear in select MommiesFirst boxes – the POREfessional, dr. feelgood and it’s potent eye cream.  Soon we will be adding a few different Benefit products! Moms, tell us your favorite Benefit product or something from them you’d like featured in our boxes!

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To our growing community of moms and their friends, thanks for reading and letting me share this personal experience. And if you were wondering – “Why Benefit?”. This is the true story…this is why!

With love and care,

Lorena Pacheco Scott Signature

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PS a snapshot of my cosmetics drawer. I’m not proud of the mess, and yes that’s a bath toy in the mix! In my drawer I currently have “that gal” brigtening face primer, refined finish facial polish, dandelion ultra plush lip gloss.

 

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Weekend Giveaway: Saturday May 25 – Monday, May 27, 2013

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a MommiesFirst – Pariday giveaway

 

In honor of all moms, including MommiesFirst, we are declaring it Mother’s Month.  After all,  who says the celebration only has to last for 1 day?! It’s OUR party and WE are going to celebrate it MommiesFirst style! We are giving our gifts ALL month long!

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 Every day (Monday-Friday), we will post on our Facebook page the present of the day for mom!

 All moms are eligible for gifts (because you’re all amazing) – you don’t have to be a member!

 Share this link with your friends and other deserving mommies! The more you share, the more chances you have to win!

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Preppy Personals

 Can you tell us a bit about the Preppy Personals story?

“On The Day You Were Born Prints” were created and designed in 2010 after the birth of my daughter while I was a stay at home mom.  After previously working and designing invitations, stationery and announcements for over 10 years, I decided to create a keepsake about my little one’s entry into this world and frame it.  I received such a positive response from friends that I began creating these special prints as gifts for my friends’ children and it took off from there…retailing in many of my favorite preppy stores around the area, reaching the tiniest members of preppy nation around the U.S. and today THRILLED to share that we are in nurseries world-wide including: Austrailia, Canada, Europe & New Zealand!

When approached about what I make for older kids, I thought about my passion for teaching and education and created “alphabet soup” prints.  I loved the idea of using the ABC’s to help kids identify letter/sound recognition and an object that corresponds.  Matching note cards seemed like a necessity as they accompanied the alphabet soup prints perfectly and created the perfect preppy package.

Most importantly, I love the feeling of creating a customized piece of art that makes every child’s room unique and preppy!

What are some exciting new developments for Preppy?

Our exciting news is that we will soon be featured in Bump to Baby Magazine!  We are also in the      process of creating new prints of a different style and layout in honor of our newest preppy family member. We’re pregnant!

What (or who) inspires you when it comes to juggling a busy company and career with motherhood?

My mother is my inspiration for wanting to be the best mom I can be.  I feel so blessed to have her in my
life.  She is my best friend, the sister I never had and a true role model as to what a mom should be.

Favourite mom or baby product (other than your prints, of course!)?

My favorite baby product is my Uppa Vista stroller and the Gunapod sleepsack.

The 2 biggest pieces of wisdom you would share with moms:

#1: family first…everything else comes second and can wait

#2:you can’t ever tell a child enough how special they are & how much they are loved.ds, the next one begins.  Some are more fun than others!  Big deep breaths – lots of them!

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When they are older, I want my kid(s) to most remember me as Loving, devoting, FUN.

When parents find out what I do, they often say: “How creative! Very cool!”

In my free time, I love to shop and design the next preppy thing,

I’m dreaming of ­­­­­­­­meeting my new baby girl and having my girls become the best of friends and sisters.

Thank you, Natalie! We can’t wait to meet your next Preppy Personals Original – a baby girl due in 2013!

With love and care,

Lorena Pacheco Scott Signature

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 Can you tell us a bit about the Sigrid Naturals story?

The founder of Sigrid Natural Skin Care and a wildcraft maven, Sigrid Geddes has always been a child of the forest. Without electricity, nature was her entertainment growing up in the hills around Killaloe and Wilno, Ontario. With a mother who was part of the back-to-the-land movement and a fanatical lover of nature, Sigrid has come by her passion honestly.

The craft of cream came to Sigrid in 2003 following a difficult-to-heal wound in her hand, the result of a serious car accident. Frustrated with conventional drug store options, she turned to a friend’s homemade comfrey salve. Within a day the swelling and infection ceased. Excited about the power of this homemade product, she asked her friend to teach her how to make it. Sigrid immediately fell in love with the experience of crafting natural herbal body products. She began producing larger batches of her homemade skin care products, giving them to friends as presents. Since 2004, she has been harvesting, experimenting and apprenticing to create her current line of unique products.

Since 2009, Sigrid has been lucky enough to spend part of each year in the wine valleys of the Minnervois region of France. She is currently working on settling in two countries and creating a beautiful French line.

 What are some exciting new developments for Sigrid Naturals?

The development of the French line…the new online shop and ….the rebirth of arising; women in nature www.arisingnature.com

What (or who) inspires you when it comes to being an entrepreneur

What inspires me most in my entrepreneurship is when I do my “community work “ with  “at risk youth groups”. I love their energy; their realness!!

Of course I also love it when people really get the concept of my product – the work and love that go into them. And I love it when kids like my products…that’s when I know they are really good!

I also get inspired by discovering new to me local wild medicinal plants and also (especially in France) locally produced ingredients such as extra virgin olive oil.

The 2 biggest pieces of wisdom you’d impart to about staring an eco-conscious business/being an entrepreneur?

#1 Passion!

#2 Patience!

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 Favorite part about founding Sigrid Naturals is ­­­­­…a true part of who I am …. I am indeed a nature lover, I get to create products called Flower Power. How awesome is that?!

 When women (or moms) find out what I do, they often say:  “You have a really cool job. I would love to do that…

 In my free time, I love to…play guitar, sing, dance, bike, drink fine wine and hang with my pals.

 I’m dreaming of ­­­­­­­…Going to University and taking sociology!!!


We can’t wait to try the new line and toast to its success with a glass of wine (or two).

With love and care,

Lorena Pacheco Scott Signature

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Today’s Giveaway: Monday, May 13, 2013

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MommiesFirst – Cloud b Giveaway

In honor of all moms, including MommiesFirst, we are declaring it Mother’s Month.  After all,  who says the celebration only has to last for 1 day?! It’s OUR party and WE are going to celebrate it MommiesFirst style! We are giving our gifts ALL month long!

Daily Prizes

 Every day (Monday-Friday), we will post on our Facebook page the present of the day for mom!

 All moms are eligible for gifts (because you’re all amazing) – you don’t have to be a member!

 Share this link with your friends and other deserving mommies! The more you share, the more chances you have to win!