Thursday, July 29, 2010

Support Breastfeeding... Free Ice Cream

World Breastfeeding week is August 1-7. 

Avera Women's is celebrating on August 3. Here is the info from their flyer:
 "Avera believes in the power of breastfeeding! Show your support for moms everywhere, and help spread awareness of breastfeeding's benefits for women, infants and families. Share encouragement via the web, find info and enjoy Free B&G Milkyway Ice Cream!

Celebration of World Breastfeeding Week
McKennan Park Picnic Shelter
Tuesday, Aug 3, 12:30 p.m."

Show your support and come to the park!

*Elegant Mommy is not affiliated with Avera, if anyone knows of anything Sanford or any organization is doing for World Breastfeeding week please let me know and I will post it!*

Monday, July 26, 2010

And the winners are....

I used Random.org to draw our winners and here they are:


Here are your random numbers:
11
14
19
Timestamp: 2010-07-26 18:55:19 UTC

#11--AmyLynn
#14--Momma
#19--twifanheather

Congrats!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

How to Make Play-dough

How To Tuesday

How to Make Play-dough

There are lots of recipes out there for homemade play-dough, here are a few I would like to share:


Basic--No heat required:
1 cup of flour
1/2 a cup of salt
3 tablespoons of water.
Mix 
You may need to add water to get the right thickness.

Basic--Cook Style:
1 cup water
1 tablespoon oil (olive or vegetable)
food coloring
1 cup flour
3 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
1/2 cup salt
Bring the first three ingredients to a boil. Mix the next three ingredients well and add to boiling water. Knead. You may need to add more flour to obtain the right texture.

If you don't want to use food coloring you can use Kool-Aid packets for color (un-sweetened, not the kind w/the sugar in it!)
You can also substitute 1 tablespoon alum for the Cream of Tartar.
Make sure you store in an air tight container.


Edible--Peanut Butter:
1 Cup Peanut Butter (creamy)
1 Cup Honey
2 Cups Powdered Milk

Mix
You can use Raisins, Chocolate Chips, Sprinkles or Nuts to decorate.
*Warning--Be aware of peanut &/or Honey allergies when using this recipe!*

Edible--Frosting:
1 can frosting (any flavor)
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter


Mix




Hope these recipes help with your next rainy day, fun day!

Itty Bitty Lydi Korkers--Giveaway

IttyBitty Lydi Korkers


Are you looking for adorable hair clips for your little princess? These cute clips are great for pig tails, because they come in sets of 2. They also have a non-slip grip. Made by a local mom.




Here's the good stuff. 

We are giving away a set of IttyBitty Korkers! 
Enter our giveaway today!


The winner will get to pick which Korker they would like from those we have in stock.


Main entry:
Become a follower of the Elegant Mommy Blog. (1 entry)
Visit IttyBitty Lydi's website and let us know which item is your favorite.
[Please include your e-mail in this post, you can include spaces... example media @ elegantmommy . com]

Extra Entries:
Follow us on Twitter. (1 Entry)
Become a Facebook Fan of Elegant Mommy. (1 Entry)
Become a Facebook Fan of IttyBitty Lydi leave a post on their wall telling them Elegant Mommy sent you (1 Entry)
What blog topics would you like to see covered? (1 Entry)

Please include your e-mail with your entry. Entry deadline is midnight on 8/1.  Winners will be contacted 8/2 and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.


Good Luck





Friday, July 16, 2010

Featured Product Friday!-- Glam My Baby

Featured Product Friday

Glam My Baby

If you are tired of the same old pinks and blues for baby items then you should check out Glam My Baby!

These cute dresses measure 18" from top of neckline to bottom. 
The ribbons can be untied, making the arm holes bigger and turning these dresses into shirts for older/bigger children. They are also reversible so it's like 2 dresses in 1.
Only $13.99


Check out the available styles at Glam My Baby 
or Elegant Mommy

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

How to strip cloth diapers

How to Tuesday

How to strip cloth diapers

I have been using my cloth diapers for about 3 months now and I have started to notice a little bit of a stronger smell to the dirty diapers. They smell clean after the wash but not so much after they have been worn for a while. So, it's time to "strip" my diapers.
Striping diapers is a way to "renew" them. It helps get rid of odor and detergent build up. It's a normal part of maintaining your diapers.

Steps in Striping Diapers:
#1 Wash as normal, you want to start with clean diapers.
#2 Wash on extreme Hot (you may want to even turn your hot water up a little*) with no soap. You will want to check the machine during the wash cycle to see if there are any soap bubbles, if so you may need to wash them again once the cycle has finished. You can continue Hot washes until there is no traces of soap in the wash cycle.
[*Note: if you don't want to mess with your hot water heater you can heat some on the stove and add it to your washer, be careful!]

I personally use Fuzzi Bunz diapers and tried this method on just the inserts and it worked well.

If you are having trouble with the micro-fleece repelling moisture instead of wicking it away, here is what you should try.
Add just a little bit of Dawn dish washing soap (make sure it's just plain Dawn... no bleach, lotion, etc.) to the wash cycle then continue to wash diapers until there the soap bubbles are gone.
This can be done by hand, and it might work better for just a few diapers at a time.

Drying your diapers in the sun will also help remove stains and sometimes smells!

Here are some great links if you have more questions on washing cloth diapers!
http://www.litegreenliving.com/stripping-cloth-diapers
http://www.zany-zebra.com/stripping-cloth-diapers.shtml

Are you wondering what detergent to use with your diapers? This website has a great review of all kinds of detergents: http://www.diaperjungle.com/detergent-chart.html

Monday, July 12, 2010

Mommy Measure Review and Giveaway


Mommy Measure,
 marking measurements and milestones.

Mommy Measure is a great new way to journal about your pregnancy while making a cute keepsake for your little one. They come in a variety of colors.

First your measure your belly, you can measure both the fundal height and the belly circumference.
Then you can mark the measuring tape with the heart stickers included and journal about what is happening in your pregnancy.
Finally you will have a great keepsake that you can share with your family and your new little one for years to come.

This would be a great gift for a newly pregnant friend. 


Here's the good stuff. 

We are giving away a Mommy Measure! 
Enter our giveaway today!






Main entry:
Become a follower of the Elegant Mommy Blog. (1 entry)
Visit MommyMeasure and check out 6 different styles available and let me know which design you would like to win! 


[Please include your e-mail in this post, you can include spaces... example media @ elegantmommy . com]

Extra Entries:
Follow us on Twitter. (1 Entry)
Become a Facebook Fan of Elegant Mommy. (1 Entry)
Become a Facebook Fan of Mommy Measure leave a post on their wall telling them Elegant Mommy sent you (1 Entry)
Follow Mommy Measure on Twitter (1 Entry)
Share about how you recorded your pregnancy milestones. (1 Entry)
What blog topics would you like to see covered? (1 Entry)

Please include your e-mail with your entry. Entry deadline is midnight on 7/25.  Winners will be contacted 7/26 and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.


Good Luck

And the winners are....

The winners of the Preggie Pops Giveaway:

#3-Michellenotdawn
#9-Halleelujah Mommy
#4-Michellenotdawn (sorry you can only win one... so I had to pick another number)

#15-AmyLynn


Numbers selected using Random.org

Congrats!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Featured Product Friday!-- Baby Roo Slings-- Mei Tai

This week's featured product is 

Mei Tai
Made by Baby 'Roo Slings

From Baby 'Roo's web site:



Baby ‘Roo Tai’s have a slightly contour body, meaning the bottom of the body of the carrier is just a little narrower. This allows the baby to be worn legs out sooner and more comfortably. The shoulder straps are extra long and are padded for comfort. They are comfortable to wear for extended periods of time and/or with a heavier baby. The bottom strap is not padded and can be rolled once to create a shorter mei tai for newborns or petite toddlers. The top has a curved edge that you can use for head support or roll down so it is out of the way. Roo Tai’s are reversible, and great for mom and dad to share.  You can have the fun/bright/funky pattern you want on one side and a solid color on the other! 

Elegant Mommy has a few Mei Tai's on hand and can place custom orders. 
Check out Baby 'Roo website for available colors. 

These carriers can be used for front carry (like shown in picture above) or back carry.



You can try one out at the baby wearing workshop on Saturday (July 10) at 2:00 PM.

Happy Babywearing!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Baby Sign Language Classes



Would your pre-verbal baby like to let you know what she wants?

Does your toddler stumble over complicated sentences when he's trying to talk to you?

Would you like to try a different way of communicating with your special needs/speech-delayed child?

If you answered "Yes!" to any of the questions above, then Signing Time classes may be exactly what you're looking for. 

Based on the award-winning PBS show, these classes (and the Signing Time DVDs) teach American Sign Language vocabulary to your infant or toddler with music, pictures and silly songs.

You'll be amazed how quickly you'll find your child starting to communicate.
Come Sign with us.

Classes will be held on Saturdays: July 24 & 31, Aug 7 & 14 from 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM at Elegant Mommy

Cost: $15 class/ $40 session (4 classes) Each class covers a different topic. They are designed for you and your little one between the ages of 6 months and 3 years.

Class size is limited so register today. You must register to attend.

Questions call Karalee at 605-595-2835 or stop by Elegant Mommy
Check out: www.signingtimeacademy.com/karalee for more information

Bag Sale!!

Elegant Mommy's Semi-annual Bag Sale!

Friday July 9

 

We give you the bag & you see how many clothes you can stuff in it for $15!! 


We will have a specially marked section of clothes that will be waiting to see how well you can fold and stuff them into a bag!



Doors open 10:00 AM
See you there!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Cloth for the Coast

Do you have some old baby blankets laying around that you are not using? Or some prefold diapers? Cloth for the Coast is collecting these items as well as money to buy Dawn Soap to help clean animals in effected by the oil spill. 


Cloth for the coast is collecting microfiber towels, pocket diaper inserts, washed / used prefold diapers, baby blankets and burp cloths to be donated for wildlife rescue and clean up. 

All diapers must be free from snaps, elastic or velcro. If you want to send us your used cloth diapers that have these elements volunteers will sort the products and donate other diapers to shelters taking donations of cloth diapers in both the USA and abroad.




Send donations of used cloth diapers, baby blankets, towels, burp cloths to:

FuzziBunz Diapers
ATTN: CFC
315 Weeks St
New Iberia, LA 70560







For more information check out their website: Community for The Coast 
or their facebook group: Cloth for The Coast

You can email tereson@fuzzibunz.com with any questions, suggestions you may have to provide help with this situation.