How to Attend a Google+ Chat / Hangout On Air


Google+ is one social media outlet that needs a little explaining.  I'm not sure why Google thinks these things need to be complicated.  Regardless of how complicated Google+ may seem, there are some really cool features if you have patience to learn how to use them.  Google+ Chats (or Hangouts On Air) are a fun way for you to interact with bloggers, brands, and friends live on air. The first thing you'll need to do is set up a Google account if you don't already have one.  Most of us have one connected to Gmail, YouTube, or other Google owned application.  Once you have a Google account you can set up your Google+ profile.  It's very similar to setting up a Twitter or Facebook profile and you can decide what information to share.  If you're using your mobile device or tablet you may need to download the Google+ app first. Next you'll need to RSVP or confirm that you'll be attending (or watching) a specific chat or hangout.  For the reference of this post we'll be using the ... [ Read More ]

#MenofTheBabyIndustry Live Chat Nov 25th – Revealing the Secret Project


  About a month ago, Jen with Spray Pal approached me and a few of my friends about a project she was interested in putting together.  After a lot of private Facebook messages amongst ourselves, we decided to begin contacting some of the men in the baby industry. Kim (Dirty Diaper Laundry), Amanda (Green Child Magazine), Jen from Spray Pal, and myself coordinated to get some pretty amazing photographs of the men that were selected for this project.  Did someone say photographs of men? What kind of photographs?     Join us Tuesday night, November 25th as we reveal our first ever, Men of the Baby Industry calendar for 2015!!  If you've followed us around Instagram and Facebook you may have seen (and guessed) some of our hints and the brands that are part of this project.  You may see the men behind Planet Wise, AppleCheeks and bumGenius....and a few others we've kept secret...on the pages of the calendar.  Here's just a little teaser for you... Follow us ... [ Read More ]

MommyCon Newport Beach – November 1st – Giveaway


It's time for another exciting MommyCon weekend.  This week they will be in Newport Beach, California celebrating with a Halloween flare!  If you're in the area and are pregnant, have babies, or even should consider going to MommyCon. MommyCon is a full day of workshops to help parents learn some valuable tips to help make parenting a little bit easier, and much more fun.  During the day you can attend workshop sessions on cloth diapering, breastfeeding, sleep consultations, babywearing, car seat safety and more.  Dr Alan Green will be there to help you navigate your way through the tricky toddler years when your child may not want to eat what you are eating.  Jamie (The Baby Guy NYC) will help you find the right baby gear during; Don't Buy Things That Suck and will be in charge of some of the giveaways at the end. Did I mention the giveaways?? With your general admission ticket (only $40) you'll be entered to win giveaways (valued at over $10,000 total) and ... [ Read More ]

On Breastfeeding, Attachment Parenting, and Judgement

TIME Magazine Cover "Are You Mom Enough"

Attachment parenting.  Extreme parenting. Extended breastfeeding.  Babywearing.  Cosleeping.  Cloth Diapering. What do you think of when you hear those words or phrases?  Do you hear positive words or negative phrases?  It all depends on how you parent I suppose.  I will tell you both sides of my story. Child #1 - Parenting Age - 29:  When my son was born I still considered myself a fairly young parent even though I know I was older than most of you when you had your first child.  I lived in a rural town and didn't have a lot of friends with children.  I knew from the beginning of my pregnancy that I wanted to 'try' to breastfeed my son for at least the first few months.  I was working full time and had no friends or family who I knew that breastfed.  My OBGYNs office didn't provide me with any guidance on whether to breastfeed or offer my child formula but they did give me free samples of formula.  In the hospital I struggled with breastfeeding but the lactation specialist and ... [ Read More ]

Eco-Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway #14

Giveaway Alert! Win a Dittany Baby Mei Tai baby carrier in the color of your choosing.  See coupon codes below for all readers.  ECO-ngratulations Natalie A! Check your email for details. Dittany Baby!  If you've been a reader for a while you already know who Dittany Baby of my favorite companies for trendy baby products!  HERE is my interview with Shannon, owner of Dittany Baby, from this summer.  You can see my review and pictures of their fabulous pouch sling and skid pants there also.  Shannon was kind enough to send Lil' B and I one of their Mei Tai style baby carriers for the Eco-Holiday Gift Guide.  We received a special Mei Tai in the Stockholm print (see pattern image in pouch sling) and black TODAY and I was so excited I had to share it with you immediately!  I have secretly been dying for a Mei Tai carrier since Lil' B was first born but needs and wants are different when you have 3 pouch slings (2 Hotslings and 1 Dittany Baby sling) and an Ergo.  Now that ... [ Read More ]