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Ingrid and Isabel Giveaway

Ingrid & Isabel‘s new Weightless tees are woven from 100% ultra-soft Supima® cotton to gracefully expand with your belly and recover after washing. The extra-long cut offers full coverage at every stage of pregnancy — even after the baby is born! Made of ultra-soft, breathable cotton, they are great to layer or add style and comfort to your maternity wardrobe.

One lucky winner will receive three Ingrid & Isabel tees of her choice from their new collection of Weightless Tees!

To enter, visit IngridandIsabel.com, then come back here and fill out the form below to answer the following questions.

~ Update: contest is closed ~

 Contest ends Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 11:59pm MDT. Winner announced upon notification and will be chosen with random.org. The contact information you provide will not be shared and will only be used to notify winners. Click here to read our full privacy notice. Winnings are not for resale. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Participation open to U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years or older. One entry per person.

Health Tips for Busy Moms | Mom Tip Monday

Clare from Peak 313

Being a mom means juggling a lot and when you’re short on time, health is the last thing you want to sacrifice. For this Mom Tip Monday, fellow BabySteals fan and certified fitness instructor, Clare from Peak 313, shares her tips on small things you can do to improve the health of your family in just a few minutes a week.

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Take 30 minutes! 30 minutes once or twice a week will help you make major strides in the health of your family.

  • Boil some eggs. Hard-boiled eggs are a great source of protein and when you are hungry and need something quick, it’s a perfect snack. Make them ahead of time, peel them and put them in their own small baggies so you can grab and go.
  • Prepare your fresh foods. If you’ve gone grocery shopping and have chosen fresh strawberries, peppers, grapes, broccoli or cucumbers for instance, then they need washed and cut up. Take some time to clean and cut. How many times has your fresh food gone bad because you’ve not had time to clean and cut them? Guilty!
  • Portion your fresh foods. If you pack your lunch, go ahead and divvy out your veggies into baggies. If you are a mom on the run, make many small bags with the fresh food in them. That way you can grab and go. Sometimes I’ll put a short clear glass of water in the fridge and stick slices of peppers or celery in them for a quick grab and go.
  • Portion your nuts or healthy snack mix. We all know that we can’t be eating handfuls of nuts, so take the time out and portion them out into baggies. Again. Grab and go.
  • Plan your workout ahead. Take a glance at your calendar. Have a Parent Teacher conference this week that coincides with your workout? Need to cut short your morning strength class because you have to take Johnny to the dentist? Be aware of the obstacles that will come into your schedule for the week, then find a way to re-work it. The re-work may not happen, but it’s worth a shot. Don’t just skip a workout because something comes up. Try to reschedule it or do a smaller version. Remember that objects in motion stay in motion!
  • Review your menu for the week. Take into consideration the calendar above. Make adjustments as needed so you aren’t spending unnecessary money and eating empty calories at fast-food joints.

 

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These are fantastic diet and exercise tips for moms and families, Clare! Stay tuned for another great mom tip next week.

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Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Steal Network or its employees.

JJ Cole Mode Bag Winner!

JJ Cole‘s Mode bag in gorgeous new prints Midnight DahliaMixed Leaf, and Mulberry Patch are the perfect combination of form and function in a diaper bag. Just read about all the awesome functions here.

Midnight Dahlia, Mixed Leaf and Mulberry Patch


One lucky winner will get a JJ Cole Mode bag in one of the new prints of her choice. The winner is…

Trudi Hazen

 

Congratulations and thank you all for participating.

Winner chosen with random.org. Winnings are not for resale. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

New Customer Service Email Address

Hey fans,

You may or may not have noticed, but we’ve changed the main email for our customer service department. Worried we didn’t get the email you just sent? Fear not — every previous email address you’ve used will still come to us. To contact us in the future regarding customer orders please use the email address customerservice@stealnetwork.com or use the contact form here.

As always, we are very speedy with our replies so if you don’t see a response the same business day, please check your spam box. Also, adding customerservice@stealnetwork.com to your safe sender list will prevent our replies from hitting your spam box. 

*sending joy*


JJ Cole Mode Bag Giveaway

JJ Cole is known for bags with logical organization, on-the-go comfort and chic mom style and the Mode bag is no exception. Featuring twelve pockets, three carrying options, an easy-to-clean laminated canvas exterior, and a back pocket for all your changing needs, this bag was made with mom in mind.

Oh, and did I mention it comes in three gorgeous new prints that proves super mom can look pretty stylin’ while saving the world one diaper change at a time? Midnight Dahlia is all things pink and vibrant, with a classy look that matches jeans to your Sunday best. Mixed Leaf is where modern meets nature with a neutral base and splashes of color. Mulberry Patch adds a little luxe to your everyday look with the gorgeous color combination of gray, plum and baby blue.

Midnight Dahlia, Mixed Leaf and Mulberry Patch


We are giving away one of these bags to one lucky winner! Soon one mama will be toting around her very own JJ Cole Mode bag in one of the new prints of her choice.

To enter, tell us which new JJ Cole Mode Tote Diaper Bag print would you most likely purchase?

 

Contest ends Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 11:59pm MDT. Winner announced upon notification and will be chosen with random.org. The contact information you provide will not be shared and will only be used to notify winners. Click here to read our full privacy notice. Winnings are not for resale. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Participation open to U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years or older. One entry per person.

 

 

Tips on Relaxation for Moms | Mom Tip Monday

Whether you’re juggling schedules for several ducklings or just became a new mom, it’s important to take time to recharge your batteries. For this Mom Tip Monday, Annie from Regarding Annie, shares her tips on taking some “you time” as a mom.

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Annie and her four kids

This morning I lost my cell phone. I grabbed the house line and dialed, thinking I would follow it’s golden ring to my favorite universal portal. But between the bouncing basketball, the Little Mermaid, and the three-year-old howling from the time-out chair I couldn’t hear it to save my life.

Because that’s what summer is like. Full-time, mind-blowing motherhood. Whether your kids are in preschool or beyond, parenting in the summertime is like trying to pick blackberries in pantyhose — we really do love the fruit, but boy do those stickers leave a mark. Our backup units of mommy patience are always drained by September.

Give me yellow buses and noodle art, it’s time to recharge those batteries.

It’s important to identify the best time of day for mommy-building moments. Whether you work or stay home, forget waiting until the afternoon or evening; mommy’s don’t get a siesta — we flex our multi-tasking muscles and hit the ground running by 1500 hours. We’ve got to be at our best when they need us most, so here are a few things you can do to fill your tank and fortify yourself for the late shift.


Take a bath.
Take your morning shower to the next level and run a bath. An extra ten minutes to soak your weary shoulders/lower back/tired behind is good for more than the body, it’s good for the soul. Trust me, you’re rarely going to have the energy to take off all your clothes and relax once the kids are in bed, so do it first thing. (Being clean is also nice.)

Feel pretty.
It doesn’t matter if this means brushing out your pony tail or applying false lashes, we’ve all got a “pretty button” that’s just waiting to be pressed. Take a few extra minutes to feel good about how you look before you head out the door or mop the kitchen. It’s not about impressing the world, it’s about liking that girl in the mirror. Give her a reason to look you in the eye and smile. She could probably use it.

Manage your media.
It’s so easy to sit down with a book or the computer and blow any acquired free time on mindless media. Be sure you budget your time so you don’t miss your shower or the workout you keep meaning to throw in. Try to read a little something uplifting to feed your soul, religious or otherwise. We have to be thoughtful about our media, both the content and time frame, so it doesn’t bleed into all the cracks and take over those precious spare moments.

Move your body.
Exercise does not come naturally for me (unlike eating chocolate) so I have to make a real effort to work it into my schedule (something I routinely fail at). Instead of setting an unreachable goal, start with something small like ten minutes of yoga, a walk around the block or even few lunges (I personally hate lunges). There are so many resources online for home workouts, you don’t have to join the gym to get your muscles activated and you don’t have to sacrifice hours and hours a week. For me, it’s not about the calories burned, it’s about feeling like I did something of value. Plus, the endorphins kind of rock.

We all want to be better at this job, but taking care of our kids starts with taking care of ourselves. Make a conscious effort to identify something that will make you better and stronger and go for it. Your kids won’t be the only ones that benefit.

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Thank you for these great tips for moms on how to relax, Annie! Stay tuned for another great mom tip next week.

Have a mom tip? We’d love to hear from you! Click here to enter a submission.

What parenting questions would you like answered from our KidSteals community of experts? Click here to ask a question.

 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Steal Network or its employees.

Make Your Own Baby Food | Mom Tip Monday

Making your own baby food means you can control the ingredients your baby eats. Today for Mom Tip, Catherine from Weelicious, shares a few of her very own baby food recipes.

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Your baby is easy to love, but may not be the easiest to feed. Getting healthy food in their little bellies can be a challenge. Catherine McCord has mastered this tricky (and sometimes sticky) situation with fast, easy and fresh foods for your baby, toddler, and, well, the whole family. Catherine, a busy mother of two kids under age five, created Weelicious.com as a way to share recipes and videos of healthy foods she’s found please her wee ones. She took a minute to answer a few questions and share some of her top baby food recipes with BabySteals.com. If you’re not familiar with Weelicious.com, you’ll want to pop over there and set a bookmark on your browser.

Q: How long do your recipes take to make?
A: Minutes! The point of Weelicious is easy, fast, and fresh. The point is get baby involved in cooking from a young age, so they learn to enjoy good food from start to finish.

Q: Chances are your baby won’t eat everything you set before them. How long are your recipes good for, once made?
A: About 3 – 4 days. I always say eat half and freeze half. You’ll get a lot more bang for your buck that way. My husband and I have eaten way more baby food than our kids have, too.

Q: What is a good time saving tip for moms who want to make their own baby food?
A: Make all the food on the weekends and freeze it. Freeze baby food in small containers, freezing jars or ice cube trays. Then, pop them in the fridge a few hours before baby is ready to eat. Also, buy foods in season — which saves you money.

Q: What are your kids’ favorite foods?
My daughter Chloe (2 ½) and son Kenya (4 ½) were both really good as babies. They loved just about anything. But, they really liked sweet potato with coconut milk, my homemade rice cereal, and yogurt mixed with fruit puree.

Banana Molasses Oatmeal Mash

Brown Rice Cereal

Veggies and Sole


Apple Walnut Puree

Hummus

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Thank you for these yummy recipes Catherine! Stay tuned for another great mom tip next week! We’d love to hear your ideas so be sure to submit your entry.

What parenting questions would you like answered from our BabySteals community of experts? Click here to ask a question.

Have a mom tip? We’d love to hear from you! Click here to enter a submission.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Steal Network or its employees.

Traveling with Your Baby | Mom Tip Monday

Summer means family vacations and lots of moms get nervous about traveling with a baby. Today for Mom Tip Monday, Jamielyn, the blogger behind I {Heart} Nap Time, shares her tips on traveling with baby.

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Hi! I’m Jamielyn from I {Heart} Nap Time and I’m excited to be guest posting today. Today I’m going to share a few tips I’ve learned while traveling with little ones. I’ve had my fair share of trips with babies and there’s nothing worse than grumpy kids (or a grumpy mom for that matter) on a vacation. I’ve learned a few tricks that will keep the kids and mom happy!

1. Modifying your expectations
I’ve learned to modify my expectations. My grandma always says “The art of living is adjusting” and that is so true with little ones…especially while traveling.

2. Expect the unexpected
Make sure to write a packing list and check it twice. There’s nothing worse than forgetting something and having to make a late night run to the store. Also plan for all weather conditions. Sometimes those weather men can’t predict it all. ;)

3. Designate a meeting point
Just in case anyone gets separated from the group. It may also be a good idea to put a sticker on the the back of your kids shirt with your name and number.

4. Pack lots of healthy snacks
Pack a water bottles and juice boxes for the kids. Dum dums are a great treat for the road . They keep my son happy for about 20 minutes. And hey that’s 20 minutes!

5. Bring a cd with kids songs.
Enjoy singing along — they’ll probably get a kick out of that. ;)

6. Pack some new toys, books and coloring books for the road.

Consider wrapping several new toys (the dollar store has a great selection) to make them even more exciting.

7. Bring Ziploc bags.

They have been a lifesaver on our family vacations. Pack them in several different sizes. You can store things your kids find along the way including sea shells. Garbage bags are also nice to put all the dirty clothes in.

8. Beach trip? Bring some baby powder.

Rub it on those sandy legs, and it will wipe right off!

9. Pack the hand sanitizer.

It’s a great thing to keep on hand while traveling. Usually you’re eating on the go, so keep a small bottle and some wipes to keep those little hands clean!

Thanks for having me today! Good luck on your next trip. Don’t forget to have fun!

–Jamielyn from I {heart} Nap Time

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Thank you for your tips for traveling with kids. Stay tuned for another great mom tip next week! We’d love to hear your ideas so be sure to submit your entry.

What parenting questions would you like answered from our BabySteals community of experts? Click here to ask a question.

Have a mom tip? We’d love to hear from you! Click here to enter a submission.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Steal Network or its employees.

*One More Surprise for 150,000*

Oh wait, did I say we were done? We have one more bit of fun before we wrap this celebration up. Again, thank you so much for sharing our page and and joining the fun here at BabySteals. We truly appreciate your business and are humbled by the love and joy you send us everyday.

So without further ado, hurry, Surprise Steal!

The Bumble Collection Haley & Hannah Snackbags Surprise Steal 
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A Little Wisdom for Our Celebration…

We are over the moon with excitement! We are so grateful for each and every one of you — you truly make our Facebook fan page an amazing place. Buddha said, “a jug fills drop by drop,” and we are certainly on our way to fulfillment. Speaking of Buddha, how about a Buddha Bunz Surprise Steal?!

Buddha Bunz Surprise Steal 
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