Organic Pregnancy, Shower and Baby Gifts

 

There's nothing like seeing a pregnant belly to make you feel like you have to shower a special earth mama with gifts, unless of course it's a brand new angel baby! Earth Mama Angel Baby's gift bundles are filled with organic, all natural products that are useful, appreciated and never, ever contain toxins. That means no artificial fragrance, preservatives, colors and no 1,4-Dioxane, formaldehyde, phthalates, or worrisome ingredients of any kind.

Earth Mama's bundles make gift giving pure and simple and are perfect for pregnancy gifts, gifts for the new mama as well as unique natural baby shower and blessingway gifts. They can even wrap up your order with extra love in Earth Mama's reusable, 100% Certified Organic cotton Mini Logo Tote!

Looking for a Gift Registry or want to make one of your own? Click here!

A {VERY} Special Newborn Session | Saratography

Today I am honored to share this {VERY} Special Newborn Session for two main reasons. For starters, it was submitted by the incredibly talented Sara Baldwin of Saratography and secondly, it features the newest addition to our family, my niece Mia Francesca. Mia was born on October 23, 2013 and is the first child for my sister and brother in law. She has been a pure blessing to our family since she entered the world and we are delighted to have Mia enrolled in Saratography's "Watch Me Grow" program, where all of her milestone portrait sessions will be captured up through her first year - what a GREAT keepsake!

We'd also like to take this time to wish all of you a very Happy Holiday Season and as always thank you for your support of our site throughout the year. We will return after the new year with more of the BEST baby ideas and inspirations to come!

Vendor Credits:

Photography & Headband Props: Saratography
Woven Wraps: This Little Light {Prop Shop}
Handmade Tutu's: Mindy Kinney

Vendor Spotlight: Cwtch Bugs

We are delighted to feature Cwtch Bugs in this week's Vendor Spotlight. Bursting with cuteness for the modern baby, Cwtch Bugs offers a lovely variety of Handmade Organic & Cotton Accessories. Their products include Bamboo Bandana Bibs, Harem Pants, Natural Teething Ring Soothers and much more. 

Offering a Natural Organic alternative to plastic teethers, Cwtch Bugs Teething Ring Soother provides both a soft and hard surface for baby to cut new teeth on and to soothe the pain in their gums. Their Bandana Dribble Bibs are an ideal newborn baby gift to catch all those milky dribbles and yet still look on trend! We invite you to stop by the online shop of Cwtch Bugs today to browse all of their AMAZING handmade products!

Vendor Spotlight: The Girlie Girl Bowtique

For this week's Vendor Spotlight, we are pleased to showcase The Girlie Girl Bowtique as one of the newest members of our online Baby Shopping Guide. Their online shop specializes in handmade little girl hair accessories custom made for your Girlie Girl . At The Girlie Girl Bowtique you will find one of a kind designs, made with top quality materials . Custom orders are welcomed so if there is something you have in mind, owner/designer Stacy Murphy would love the opportunity to work with you to design anything you may need for your special occasion! Here are just a couple of her incredible designs {Images by Stacy's Creations Photography}

The above piece features vintage-inspired rose's tied in a gorgeous Bowtique Bow, making it the perfect prop for your little one's photo session. The middle features a beautiful rhinestone and gold center band that will compliment her holiday attire. Pictured in red, this piece is also available in cream, antique rose, mint, white, yellow and black. 

This Teal Chiffon headband is vintage-inspired and just plain gorgeous. We invite you to take a look at all of Stacy's AMAZING designs in her online shop and get your Holiday orders in today!

"Where the Wild Things Are" Inspired Nursery

We are delighted to end the week with a stunning nursery design from Play Chic Interiors. Owner/Designer Lisa Hershman graciously shares the details of this amazing project that will surely inspire you...

This is a nursery we put together for a design show house benefitting a charity that provides services to adults with autism. The room was inspired by Maurice Sendak's children's book, Where the Wild Things Are. And we let our imaginations run wild!

The project started with the wallpaper. The abundance of leaves with hidden metallic keys just seemed magical. The more we looked at it, the more it reminded us of Maurice Sendak's illustrations of the jungle in Where the Wild Things Are. From there, we just ran with it and focused on creating a fantasy space that would please kids and grown ups alike.

At first glance, this project is a departure from our usual decorating style - which is typically clean and modern. However, once you really stop to take a look at the space, it's totally Play Chic. From the mix of materials (metal, wood, and acrylic) and the playful combination of pattern and texture, to the organization and sparks of whimsy - this room is mixes many styles to create a space that is warm, inviting, and eminently fun!

Both wallpapers are from Cole and Son. The pattern on the wall is Chiavi Segrete and the ceiling paper is Antique Mirror. The crib is the Martine Canopy Crib by RH Baby & Child. The sconces are the Dauphine Wood Sconce, also from RH Baby & Child. The chest is the Treviso Accent Chest by Brownstone Furniture. The crib bedding is by Doodlefish Kids. The porch swing is by Ballard Designs and is covered in an indoor-outdoor fabric (so don't mind the light color!). The striped rug is also indoor-outdoor, by Dash and Albert. The sisal rug is from Pottery Barn. The acrylic cubes are custom. The animal wall hook and the alligator are from Fab. I made the mobile. The preserved vertical garden is from Viva Terra. The tote bags are from LL Bean.

The item in this room that means the most to me is the stuffed giraffe. It was on loan to me from my daughters. It has been in their bedroom since they were infants. Her name is Zsa Zsa (as in Gabor), but this is Zsa Zsa Giraffe. We’re always dressing her up in crazy outfits. Prior for departing for the show house, she was decked out in a fedora and pearls. The girls love her show house look and have requested that they keep the rollerskates!

The alligator is also from our home. When I got him, I didn’t realize how realistic he would look! We scared a few people. When he’s at home, he generally lives in the center of the playroom floor and likes to wear tutus and tiaras. 

Advice: Don't be afraid to let your imagination get the best of you. If you have a wild idea, try to figure out a way to make it work; don't nix it off the bat. Also, it's great to have an inspiration, but to prevent the room from becoming too theme-y, think about the feeling that your base idea evokes in you and try to recreate that feeling through the colors, textures, lighting, furniture, and accessories in the space.

About Play Chic Interiors:

Play Chic embraces a fresh, clean aesthetic with a sense of humor. Our interiors are uncomplicated and fun, with a touch of sophistication. Add in a few small surprises, some cheerful inconsistencies, a pinch of kook - and VOILA! That's Play Chic.


 

Newborn Session | Lauren Ayres Photography

Today we are delighted to feature a {sweet} Newborn Session with you thanks to Lauren Ayres Photography, a Brooklyn/NYC based photographer specializing in maternity, newborn, child, and family photography. Lauren shares the details...

This sweet little lady (Alyssa) is the first child for Lisa and Jim. I travelled to their home in Weehawken, NJ for this session. She was awake for the first part of our session but eventually tuckered out and slept like an angel. Her mom and dad simply adore her and can't get enough of just staring at her sweet face. They sat closeby while our session took place and just ooohed and ahhed over each new pose and how angelic their daughter looked. You can just tell Alyssa is going to be absolutely adored. Plus, Dad is an expert at the baby swaddle, even better then me!

Vendor Credits:

Cheesecloth wraps: dolly priss
Peach knit hat: What's Knot to Love
Mini Ella Tieback (mini white bow): Just Hatched Designs
Cream faux fur: Custom Photo Props 

 

 

 

{ABC} Arbonne Baby Care Products

Today I delighted to share some AMAZING products with you thanks to a very dear friend of mine Lisa LaVigne {ID 13659864} who has recently started her journey as an Independent Arbonne consultant. A baby’s skin is delicate and deserves to be pampered, nourished and protected with Arbonne Baby Care {ABC} products that are pure, safe and beneficial. They are formulated without gluten, soy and animal bi-products and all items come with a 45 day money back guarantee.

{Image from Simple As That - The Blog}

Here's a little more about the ABC product line:

ABC Hair & Body Wash: A gentle, ultra-mild, tear-free cleanser for haie and delicate skin. This hair and body wash cleans, moisturizes and conditions.

ABC Body Lotion: A gentle lotion formulated for delicate skin that soothes and conditions skin, helps to reduce the appearance of redness and relieves itching due to dry skin.

ABC Herbal Diaper Rash Cream: A light, water-repelling cream, rich in antioxidants that gently relieves baby from sore, dry chapped skin.

ABC Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30:  Formulated with antioxidants vitamins A,C and E and gentle botanicals, this sunscreen is PABA-free and pediatrician/dermatologist tested.

ABC Body Oil: Pamper baby's skin with essential moisture, thanks to this natural oil that softens and mositurizes delicate skin, while reducing the appearance of redness and relieving itching due to dry skin.

If you are interested in more information about this incredible product line for your little one, please contact Lisa at (518) 727-5087 or visit www.arbonne.com {ID 13659864}

 

Newborn Session | Toni Elmer Photography

Happy Monday and thanks for stopping by today! We are delighted to share this {adorable} Newborn Session from Toni Elmer Photography. Toni specializes in custom portraiture of newborns, babies, and children in the Dallas, Fort Worth area and was nominated by D Magazine as one of Dallas' TOP family photographers. The session she is sharing with us today features a precious little newborn who arrived five weeks early, weighing just 5.5 pounds. If I had to pick two favorite features that I just LOVE about newborns it would probably be their perfect little lips and tiny precious toes...lucky for me, Toni captured both!


Giveaway: Sticker Set from Lucy Darling Shop

Congrats to Hollly for being selected as the winner of this giveaway! 

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This week we are excited to launch a brand new GIVEAWAY from our friends at Lucy Darling Shop who are awarding one lucky reader with a sticker set of their choice from their online shop {valued at $14}. Everyone loves to see monthly photos - from your growing belly and your growing baby to your little ones special milestones, just stick onto any clothing item and presto! These unique sticker sets make the perfect gift and will help mom and dad cherish this special moment in their life. The set includes 12 stickers measuring 4 inches across and will be the perfect accessory for your monthly photos. Giveaway Winner will have their choice of any design available in the shop {maximum value of $14}.

To enter the contest please visit Lucy Darling Shop and come back here to post a comment with your favorite product design from their shop. The contest runs thru Tuesday July 16, 2013 with a winner being announced on Wednesday July 17, 2013. Please be sure to leave your email address on the comment form so I can email you if you're the lucky winner {it will not be published} 

Contest Prize: A Sticker Set of your choice {valued at $14}
Contest Deadline: Tuesday July 16, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST
Contest Question: What is your favorite product design from Lucy Darling Shop?


For Additional Entries Into The Giveaway
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"like" Lucy Darling Shop on Facebook and then come back and leave me a new comment that you now like Lucy Darling Shop on Facebook

follow Lucy Darling Shop on Twitter and then come back and leave me a comment that you're now following @LucyDarlingShop on Twitter

follow Best Baby Sites on Twitter and then come back and leave me a comment that you're now following @BestBabySites on Twitter

"like" Best Baby Sites on Facebook and then come back and leave me a new comment that you now like Best Baby Sites on Facebook

Tweet the following: "I just entered to #win a Sticker Set from @LucyDarlingShop on @BestBabySites. Enter to win here: http://ow.ly/mOvEJ " and then come back to leave me a new comment with a link to your tweet and your twitter id.

You must be 18 years or older to enter and reside in the United States to be eligible 
(shipping is provided to US only if applicable).

Weather Tent Car Seat Barrier | Chic Monkey Boutique

Today we are featuring a GREAT product available from one of our sponsors, Chic Monkey Boutique. This Weather Tent Infant Car Seat Cover will keep your little one shielded from sun or rain with this generous weather barrier. It is lightweight, easy to use and there are MANY different fabrics available to choose from. Looking for the perfect baby shower or welcome baby gift? Stop by Chic Monkey Boutique and place your order today!

Chic Monkey Boutique, For Baby Kids and Beyond. Visit their online shop for a variety of great gifts
and must haves for everyone on your list! From Monogrammed & Engraved Baby Gifts to Personalized Home Decor, gorgeous Hair Accessories & Tutus, you'll find whatever you're looking for & a ton more! 

{Chic Monkey Boutique is a sponsor of Best-Baby Sites}