Thursday, May 10, 2012

Not Mommy Enough Blog Hop

By now, I'm sure many of you have seen the infamous cover of the new Times Magazine. If not, here you go:

As a mom, I was very offended when I saw this first thing this morning on my Facebook news feed. While I think it's great that breastfeeding is becoming more socially acceptable and people are more aware of the benefits of nursing your children, I am sad to see that it is being used to further separate mothers and create drama between them. 

Yes, I breastfeed, but what can make something more 'mom' than another?? 

I am part of two different social circles and I don't really fit in either one. I think I've always been that way though. :) 

The first group are friends that I've known before I had Baby J, friends from high school, college, coworkers and the hubby's coworkers. The second group is my newer friends, people I've met since having Baby J who share common interests. This list includes moms who do one or more of the following: cloth diaper, breastfeed, babywear, use baby led weaning, co-sleep, delay vax or no vax, and overall strive to parent in the best way they can. 

Hopefully, all parents whether they choose to do the above list of things or not, try their best to provide a loving home for their children and raise them to be the amazing adults we all hope, pray and wish our children will one day become. 

If you are a breastfeeding mother, you can imagine how many times I've heard, "Your still breastfeeding?" or "Cloth diapers?!?" from the first group. Most people that wrinkled their nose at the latter are amazed at how they have worked for us now, but the breastfeeding questions never end, of course, unless they are weaned, and then you get questions from the second group.

My more natural/attached/hippie (whatever you want to call them) parenting friends will ask my why I'm wanting to wean my daughter. She's not even two. Some people think it's wrong that my child sleeps in a crib or that I had a csec. My first group of friends thought I was crazy for wanting a natural birth, the second will find a reason why I didn't end up with one. 

Obviously, they are two extremes, but not entirely exaggerated. Many people that I call friends are somewhere in the middle and more than that couldn't care less how I choose to parent. 

As moms, parents, grandparents and people, we need to stop judging each other on what we do and support each others decisions. Maybe a person's choice wasn't right for you, but if it works for them, so be it! 

Happy parenting! 

Hubs did not want to take this pic, but I'm glad he did. :) August 2011-Baby J was 13 months

Want to share your thoughts? Join the blog hop hosted by Attached Moms!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mother's Day Cloth Diaper Package Giveaway! #ClothDiaperHop

Mother's Day is almost here and we are celebrating with our love for cloth diapers!

Welcome to the Mother's Day Cloth Diaper Giveaway Hop hosted by Daily Mothering! Nearly one hundred blogs have linked up to bring you over one hundred exciting cloth diaper giveaways worth thousands of dollars. 

Enter my giveaway below and then hop to the other blogs listed at the bottom of this post to enter their fluffy giveaways too! 

Each blog has a cloth diaper prize valued at $15 or more, and many blogs have prize packs worth over $100. And, don't forget to enter the GRAND PRIZE giveaway at Daily Mothering for your chance to win this amazing $1300 Cloth Diaper Prize Pack

As a stay at home mom and business owner, I can now appreciate all the trials and tribulations mothers go through every day. I must admit, I always wondered what moms who stayed at home with their kids did all day. Now, I have no question and I think I might be getting punished for being so naive! For those reasons and more, I feel that Mother's Day is one of the most important days of the year to celebrate the women in our lives that work day in and day out to raise a child in an environment that continues bring about obstacles that are new and ever changing. 

This is Bum Luxury's biggest giveaway to date, so be sure to enter to win! 

Our package includes: 
  • Rumparooz One Size Diaper-Aplix valued at $23.50
  • Grovia One Size AIO diaper valued at $23.95
  • Fuzzibunz Leggies Pack (2 Fuzzibunz OS diapers and 1 leggies set) valued at $50.00
  • Grovia wetbag valued at $6.75 
All these prizes together are worth over $100! Click the links above to learn more about each product.

Grovia will be selected from discontinued prints and Rumparooz colors will be selected by availability. Wetbag and Leggies pack are colored as shown.

To win this awesome prize, please enter with the Rafflecopter form below. If you just can't wait to get your hands on these amazing diapers, check out all the available products at Use code MOMSDAY for 10% off your next purchase.