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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Global Celebration #GivingTuesday #TheMommiesNetwork

Dear Friends,

This year, on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, The Mommies Network is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving.

Last year, more than 30,000 organizations in 68 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities. We invite you to join the movement and to help get out the give this December 1.

Some ideas include:
1. Get your workplace and local government officials, nonprofits, and small businesses involved in #GivingTuesday. Encourage them to officially sign up as partners on the website ( and to organize a campaign that promotes a cause or charity that is meaningful to them.
2. Help spread the word about #GivingTuesday. Join the email list by visiting to receive updates, event invitations, and the latest graphics and tools to share on your social channels.
3. Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to talk about charity and the causes and organizations you support.
4. Localize #GivingTuesday for your town, city, or state. Many organizations have come together to build local #GivingTuesday campaigns in their neighborhoods. Reach out to other organizations to see how together, you can have a greater impact this December 1.

There are many ways to get involved in #GivingTuesday. We encourage you to join the movement and visit to learn more about how you can make a difference.

We here at The Mommies Network would love for you to join us in making a difference in the lives of mothers across the US. 
  • Volunteer your time (#giveback) - info Here
  • We have many open volunteer positions that might just be the perfect fit.
  • Join one of our local chapters or our National chapter 
  • Giving by a donation - your donations make a difference and are vital to keep our nonprofit organization running. Consider making a donation today, your donations are tax-deductible. 
For more information about our organization visit our new website Here , or email us at

 The Mommies Network

Friday, November 20, 2015

Givingstream Blanket Drive #GiveLove #Gifts #Blanketsforhomeless

The Mommies Network is proud to bring you the following information about our friends at Givingstream, they are doing some awesomeness!!

Givingstream, a new socially responsible company, is orchestrating a
buy one give one blanket drive to provide every homeless person in Charlotte some warmth this winter.
The buy one give one model is a sales approach that allows customers to buy a product, like blankets or shoes, while donating another blanket or pair of shoes to someone in need.
According to the UNC Population Center there are around 2000 homeless individuals in Charlotte on any given night. With the cold weather approaching and the night time temperature dropping, something as simple as a fleece blanket can make a big difference.

“This past summer, we were doing a generosity event at a laundromat offering to pay for people's laundry," Co- Founder Hunter Rogers said in an explanation of where inspiration for this campaign stemmed from. "One man we approached said that we couldn't help him with his laundry because the only clothes he had, were the ones he was wearing. The first thing I thought was what does he do during the winter?”

Givingstream will be working with a number of the Charlotte based homeless shelters including Charlotte Rescue Mission and Urban Ministry Center to gift our neighbors in need with their own personal blanket.

“Traditionally, funds for causes are raised by big donors going to big fundraisers and give big checks," Co-Founder Genia Rogers said. "We love that, but there are so many kind hearted people out there that cannot go to a $1,000 a plate fundraiser. However they CAN buy jewelry, home goods, or clothes. In doing so, they are making a difference in someone's life. We believe that making someone's day has the potential to change their world.”

Givingstream is aiming to have all the blankets by early December so that they can
distribute them by Christmas. 

Below are just a few examples of the beautiful blankets offered by Givingstream in many different colors and price ranges, all and buy one and give one to a homeless shelter! Order yours today and give back!
Alpaca Royale Blanket
Fleece Tribal Blanket
Alpaca Royale Blanket

About Givingstream

Givingstream was launched in late 2014 to bring together everyday products that give back.
Every product sold on Givingstream has some sort of “do good” element to it. Some of the companies donate a large percentage of their profits to charity, others employ people coming out of extreme poverty or homelessness, and a few use a buy one give one model. The founders, mother and son duo, Genia and Hunter Rogers wanted to create a place where people could inject simple generosity into their everyday lives.

How to Participate

The opportunity is simple. Head over to Givingstream’s website( and browse through the wide range of gorgeous blankets from fleece to Alpaca wool.You will receive yours in the mail and another will be sent from us directly to the homeless shelter.

Givingsteam will keep you updated with how many blankets have been given away via Social Media.

Together we can buy and do good!

You can also help by joining us for Trunk Shows, learn how to participate in your own trunk show, or join us for a local one like the one below on November 21st.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Winners! #BabyMantraLove Giveaway!

We love giving away cool stuff! Especially when the products are so super good for your family( and mom too)!

We have 2 winners! India Chellice Clay and Miranda Leigh Callahan, you both have won an awesome gift pack of full size products from Baby Mantra-

please email me with your email and address ~ so we can get your products on the way to you.





Wednesday, September 23, 2015

MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL®: THE SURVIVOR TOUR® Ticket Giveaway! #giveaway #freetickets

We are giving away  4 free Tickets! Enter now! (free tickets are for the October 1st showing at 7:30 pm)


Four performances October 1-3

at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square
Powerful partnership on a mission to change lives.

Tickets on sale now!

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – GFour Productions, winner of 54 Drama Desk Awards and 44 Tony Awards, has proudly joined forces with Susan G. Komen® to launch Menopause The Musical®: The Survivor Tour® benefiting Susan G. Komen® in 2015. With a cast of breast cancer survivors and co-survivors, Menopause The Musical and Komen partner to offer inspiration, sisterhood and hope. The Survivor Tour® comes to the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., in Charlotte, N.C., for four performances October 1-3, 2015. Tickets are on sale now and available at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Box Office,, or by calling 704-372-1000. The production will donate no less than $2 per ticket sold to Susan G. Komen® to further its mission to save lives and end breast cancer. Greater discounts for groups of 10+ by calling 704-348-5752.

The Survivor Tour® is proud to fundraise for Komen, which since 1982 has invested more than $2.6 billion in research, screening, treatment, education and support programs for people affected by breast cancer.

“Menopause The Musical has lifted the spirits of more than 11 million people worldwide, and we are thrilled to be part of this extraordinary mission with GFour and a cast that represents the more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.,” said Komen President and CEO Judy Salerno, M.D., M.S. “Their support makes a difference in the lives of women and men, and helps us move closer to our vision of a world without breast cancer.”
Performance schedule at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center McGlohon Theater:
Menopause The Musical is set in a department store where four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! Singing along to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, the cast forms a sisterhood with the entire audience. Whether naturally occurring or thrust into as a result of cancer treatment, Menopause The Musical helps women embrace and celebrate that menopause is no longer “The Silent Passage.”
“GFour Productions is happy to partner with Susan G. Komen® to raise important awareness, while proving that laughter truly is the best medicine,” said producer Kathi Glist.
For more than a decade, Menopause The Musical has worked to inspire and support women dealing with life after “The Change.” “Menopause has always been a cause-based show,” said Menopause The Musical Director Seth Greenleaf. “The cause was helping women see that what they are experiencing is perfectly normal, and that they are not alone. The Susan G. Komen partnership increases the importance of our purpose because now we’re not just talking about life affirming, but life saving. We’re deeply proud to be a part of this effort.”

Menopause The Musical is recognized as the longest-running scripted musical production in Las Vegas and continues to entertain nightly at Harrah’s. The hilarious musical has entertained audiences across the globe in more than 450 U.S. cities, nearly 300 international cities, and a total of 15 countries. For more information, visit

Make sure to enter your name and email so we can contact you if you win! Good luck!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives #worldsuicidepreventionday

According to the recently released World Health Organization (WHO) report:Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative, over 800,000 people die by suicide across the world each year. The report notes that this estimate is conservative, with the real figure likely to be higher because of the stigma associated with suicide, lack of reliable death recording procedures, and religious or legal sanctions against suicide in some countries.
We may not be able to pinpoint the exact figure, but we do know that each individual suicide is a tragic loss of life. It is hard to imagine the extreme psychological pain that leads someone to decide that suicide is the only course of action. Reaching out to someone who is struggling can make a difference.
Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives’ is the theme of the 2015 World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), an initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention(IASP) and the WHO, a co-sponsor of meetings and events related to WSPD 2015.. Since 2003, WSPD has taken place on 10th September each year. It serves as a call to action to individuals and organizations to prevent suicide. This year, the theme encourages us all to consider the role that offering support may play in combating suicide.
The act of showing care and concern to someone who may be vulnerable to suicide can be a game-changer. Asking them whether they are OK, listening to what they have to say in a non-judgmental way, and letting them know you care, can all have a significant impact. Isolation increases the risk of suicide, and, conversely, having strong social connections is protective against it, so being there for someone who has become disconnected can be life-saving.

Reaching out to those who have been bereaved by suicide
Suicide is devastating for families, friends and community members who are left behind. They may experience a whole range of emotions, including grief, anger, guilt, disbelief and self-blame.They may not feel that they can share these overwhelming feelings with anyone else. Therefore, reaching out to those who have lost someone to suicide is very important.
As a result of the stigma surrounding suicide, those who are bereaved by suicide are often perceived differently from those who lose a family member through another cause of death. People who are bereaved may find that they are avoided by people who don’t know how to broach the subject or offer their condolences. Or they may just feel that others do not understand the intensity of their emotional response to the death of their loved one.
Once again, a pro-active approach and offering a sympathetic, non-judgmental ear can make all the difference. Giving someone who has been bereaved by suicide the opportunity to talk about their loss, in their own time, on their own terms, can be a precious gift. Allowing them to express their full range of feelings can be cathartic, and can help them to take the first small step in moving through their grief. Starting the conversation may be difficult, but it will almost certainly be appreciated.
Reaching out to put people in touch with relevant services
Although the support of friends and relatives is crucial for people who may be at risk of suicide and for people who have lost someone to suicide, it is not always enough. Often more formal help is also needed. Such help can take many forms, and is likely to vary from country to country. In high-income countries, it may include specialist mental health services and primary care providers, both of which offer clinical care. It may also include a range of community organisations which provide non-clinical support, as well as support groups and self-help groups. In low- and middle-income countries, the more clinically-focused services are less readily available, and there is a heavier reliance on community organizations. Part of reaching out to vulnerable individuals can involve helping to link them to relevant services.
Reaching out to the suicide prevention community
There is strength in numbers. Around the globe, many individuals and organizations are involved in efforts to prevent suicide. We can learn from each other, and strengthen the evidence base for effective interventions. Reaching out to those who are travelling the same road increases the likelihood that our collective efforts to reduce the numbers of people who die by suicide, and the numbers of people for whom these deaths have shattering effects, will be successful.
Reaching out on World Suicide Prevention Day
On September 10th, join with others around the world who are working towards the common goal of preventing suicide. Check in on someone you may be concerned about, listen to what they say, how they say it and show them kindness and support. Investigate ways of linking in with others who are trying to prevent suicide in your community, your country, or internationally. Show your support by organizing or taking part in a WSPD activity in your area and/or join in with IASP’s Cycle Around the Globe.
Please, reach out and save lives.
Credit: IASP- World Suicide Prevention

Light a Candle Near a Window at 8pm on September 10th 

Be a Light to someone today, a smile or just simply asking "Are U OK? can get a conversation going and save a life!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Baby Mantra Love Giveaway #babymantralove #giveaway

Many moms (like myself) are very concerned about using earth-friendly, natural and organic products in our homes....especially on our bodies. We are always looking for kid and baby friendly products that do not add to the toxic load of our family. I want to know what is in our personal care and skin care products, I want them to be gentle enough for our entire family, and I want them to be all-natural, not full of chemicals. How about you?
Baby Mantra products are just that, all natural,dye free, allergy tested, gluten free and cruelty free.
I received several of these wonderful products to try myself and I have to say they all smell delicately wonderful, not to overwhelming. The 3 in 1 bubble bath is also a shampoo and body wash, lots of bubbles that rinsed out of my daughter's hair easily. The detangling conditioner made it so easy to comb out messy hair and left hair soft and nice smelling. I love the calming lotion and the calming massage oil, so silky smooth, I used these on myself for a nice post bubble bath treat. Moms like a little pampering too you know.

The ingredients list include natural things like:
  • Lavender
  • Grapeseed  
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Avocado
  • Shea Butter
  • Apricot
  • Coconut
  • Aloe Vera
  • Mango Butter
  • Jojoba
  • Wheat Germ
  • Cocoa Butter
We want to share the goodness of Baby Mantra with you, one lucky reader will win a wonderful set of 6 full sized Baby Mantra products, similar to those shown below. 

Giveaway Products- Full sizes of these:
1. 3-in-1 Bubble Bath, Shampoo & Wash
2. Calming Lotion
3. Newborn Shampoo & Wash
4. Diaper Rash Ointment
5. Calming Massage Oil
6. Detangling Conditioner

Giveaway closes September 30th at 11pm EST and winner will be posted via blog post and on our Facebook page. Enter today! I think your family will really enjoy these products. 

Want a coupon for Baby Mantra products? Coupon available HERE

Baby Mantra’s earth-friendly range of extremely gentle personal care products for children (newborn to 8 years old) are made with all-natural skincare ingredients. Baby Mantra products have been certified by the Natural Products Association (NPA), are gluten-free, allergy-tested and cruelty-free.

You can find Baby Mantra products across the country at stores like Albertsons, Jewel Osco, Walgreens, Duane Reade and Meijer. We recommend using the store locator on the company's website to find a store nearest you. In addition, Baby Mantra can be found online on websites such as,,, and

Be sure to follow and like Baby Mantra on Facebook for coupons and other offers.

I received this product for the purpose of this review, however, I am not compensated for writing or obligated to write anything specific. These are my own opinions and they have not been influenced in any way by Baby Mantra.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Savoring August as a Family

Savoring August as a Family
By: Jamie Perillo, LPC
I was recently asked to make a list of ways to help kids with back to school anxiety, which I will share with you – but not today. If you live in the Northeast kids begin to head back to school beginning of September or the end of August. You and your kids can think about this in two ways: we only have a month until school starts or we still have a month left. Which one feels better? I prefer the latter.

Today kids are busier than ever, which means so are you. Between over scheduled activities and schools’ increasing demands, I am seeing more anxious, overwhelmed, and stressed –out kids in my psychotherapy office. So, today, instead of writing about how to make the transition back to school easier I am writing about embracing the end of summer.

Summer is the season of Abundance – a time to enjoy the warm weather and all of Mother Nature’s goodies. Grab your flip flops and picnic baskets and head to the beach basking in the sun, jumping in the waves, resting in the arms of a summer’s breeze. Frolic with your kids through the freshly cut grass, play ball, jump in the pool, peruse the local farmer’s markets and make a meal together with Summer’s bounty. Rest under a tree, bare feet grazing through the grass and reading your favorite book. This is summer in all of its glory - a time to exhale, unwind, and recharge. You deserve it and so do your children.

I am not telling you to procrastinate the inevitable; I am asking you to enjoy the present. If your kids are excited to get their lunchboxes and backpacks - do it, but then put them away. Return to summer. This August I invite you to practice being in the moment – you and your family will feel relaxed and happier.

6 Ideas to Help you Savor Summer:

1. On index cards make a list of reasonable activities you and your family would like to do. Have each person place the cards in order beginning with their favorite activities. As a family decide which activities you would like to do throughout the month. Remember, this isn’t a plan to “go, go, go,” - make sure to leave time for lazy summer days because some of the best memories occur during unplanned time.

2. Practice presence. Inhale. Notice the scents of freshly growing flowers, barbeque, newly cut grass, and salty ocean air. Exhale. Feel your feet on the grass or sand.

3. Express gratitude. What you are thankful for grows.

4. Take it slow. Schedule lazy days. Unscheduled down time allows for kids to use their creativity and imaginations.

5. Parent from your CORE. Take a moment to imagine what August would ideally but realistically look like for you and your family. How does that feel? Can you make a few small changes to get closer to that image?

6. Enjoy! Embrace your inner child with your family.

 Thank you to guest blogger Jamie Perillo LLC, child and family therapist, for this helpful article!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Lactation Cookies To Boost Your Milk Supply #breastfeedingmonth

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Serves: 2½ dozen
  • • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • • 1 cup oats
  • • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • • 1 cup sugar
  • • 1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • • 3 Tbsp. brewer’s yeast
  • • 2 Tbsp. flax meal
  • • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • • ½ tsp. salt
  • • 1 cup butter, softened
  • • 1 egg
  • • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • • 1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
  1. ) Preheat your oven to 350°.
  2. ) Mix the dry in ingredients in a bowl.
  3. ) Combine the butter, egg, vanilla, and pumpkin puree in a separate bowl.
  4. ) Slowly mix the pumpkin mixture into the dry ingredients.
  5. ) Scoop heaping tablespoon-sized portions of dough onto a cookie sheet. Leave about 1 ½ to 2 inches between each scoop.
  6. ) Bake for 15 minutes. Baking times may vary.
  7. ) Remove from the oven and allow to cool

These look so good, warm from the oven with a big ol glass of milk......mmmmm!! 

Credit to this awesome blogger Here 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Breastfeeding Support : Tips From A Lactation Consultant

In celebration of National Breastfeeding Month we want to share this awesome article to all our breastfeeding moms out there, we salute you!

Author: Wendy Wisner (IBCLC)

1. We've all had days when we wanted to give up.

2. There are breastfeeding helpers out there who won't judge you. Keep looking till you find one who makes you feel safe and supported.

3. Breastfeeding isn't all or nothing.

4. Breastfeeding looks different for each mom and baby.

5. It's normal for newborns to never want to be put down. Ever. And it's normal for them to nurse all the time, sometimes more than once an hour. Really.

6. Almost all moms will make enough milk if they nurse often enough, but for a small number of moms, this isn't the case. Low milk supply is a real thing, and if you have it, you deserve good, kind, thoughtful help.

7, Tongue tie really can impact breastfeeding. Tongues that are tied down can't milk the breast properly (leading to low weight gain) and can cause a lot of pain.

8. Tongue tie isn't always the problem, or isn't always the only problem. Breastfeeding difficulties are usually multi-faceted, which is why all moms deserve the skilled help of a good IBCLC.

9. I wish all good lactation consultants were covered under insurance. But we are not there yet. Please spend the money to get good help. Most lactation consultants don't cost more than a good stroller or a baby swing. Most lactation consultants will spend two or more hours with you and provide follow-up.

10. Most breastfeeding problems can be solved by going back to basics. If your nipples hurt, you probably just need to change position, shape and hold your breasts, or unlatch and start again. If you aren't making enough milk, you probably just need to nurse more frequently. Start with the basics before assuming anything more complicated is going on. Trust biology, your body, and your baby.

11. Lactation cookies and herbs can really help, but they are only helpful if combined with other treatments for remedying supply issues.

12. Breastfeeding isn't meant to be done alone. Find your tribe. Go to a breastfeeding support meeting. Find moms online who have babies your age. It can make a huge difference. The Mommies Network chapters all have breastfeeding support forum groups find one here 

13. Some babies sleep long stretches and fall asleep easily. Some do not. It (usually) has nothing to do with how you are feeding your baby. It's usually just genetics and temperament.

14. There is no magic age when babies should stop nursing in the middle of the night. Some babies need the nutrition well past the first few months, and many like the nighttime connection for years.

15. You should breastfeed for as long or as short as you want. It is entirely up to you (and your baby).

16. It is NEVER anyone's place to judge a mom who chooses not to breastfeed. There are so many reasons why a mother might make this choice, and none reflects poorly on her mothering or her level of care for her child.

17. How much you pump doesn't always reflect how much milk your baby takes at your breast. Most babies take more than the pump extracts; some take less.

18. Working and pumping mothers deserve all the respect and love in the world.

19. Exclusive pumping moms do, too.

20. Babies who never latch are rare, but this does happen, and it is one of the hardest things I have witnessed as a breastfeeding helper. These moms deserve the right to mourn the loss of at-breastfeeding, but they need to know this doesn't make them any less a breastfeeding mom.

21. All mothers have a right to feel whatever they feel about how breastfeeding went for them. All feelings are normal. All feelings are real.

22. Whether or not you breastfed or were breastfed matters in many ways, and in many ways it doesn't matter at all.

23. Breastfeeding, above all, is love. It's one of many ways to exchange love with your baby, your toddler, or your child.

24. Children need to grow up seeing breastfeeding. It makes breastfeeding normal. It teaches them breastfeeding positioning, behavior and more. This is one of the key ways we can increase the breastfeeding rates in our country.

25. Breastfeeding is normal. Breastfeeding is intense. Breastfeeding is simple. Breastfeeding is beautiful.

credit to Huffington Post for the article
Wendy Wisner is a mom, writer, and lactation consultant (IBCLC). This post first appeared on her website in honor of World Breastfeeding Week. Follow Wendy on Facebook and Twitter.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Minimalist Guide To Decorating A Kids Room #decor #kids

~The Minimalist Guide to Decorating a Kid's Room~
By Jane Blanchard
A minimalist approach to designing a child’s room can yield many benefits. A number of design suggestions for kids’ rooms seem cluttered and noisy, and they often impose a high level of maintenance upon a family. Cluttered spaces have even proven to increase stress levels for children and adults. With a few targeted and minimalistic design choices, you can make a child’s room both fun and functional.
Open Space

Children like to play, and the reality of childhood is that they’re going to spend more days playing indoors than they’d prefer. One way to make life a little easier for kids is to create an open space within a room, allowing them to use their imaginations rather than dealing with a lot of furniture and items. This carries with it the added benefit of making it easier for a child to clean a room, and parents can readily tell whether the job has been done right.

A child’s life includes owning a lot of prized possessions, and all of those toys, stuffed animals and collectibles need to be contained. By installing a few containers in each bedroom, parents can teach children the value of maintaining an orderly personal space. When they want to need where something special is, they’ll be able to locate it quickly because they’ll know exactly where it belongs. An added bonus is that dressers can double as both sources of visual interest and storage.
Focus on Colors

Children often enjoy personalizing their own spaces, and they’ll take that effort as far as their parents might permit and then a little further. If a child is old enough to understand the basic process of designing a space, that’s a good time to help them starting discussing how to personalize a room. The focus of this effort should be on color choices, rather than radical designs. A minimalist approach can allow parents to create a space that they and their children can live with for years to come.
Area Rugs

A child’s room can be a maintenance nightmare, but one way to attack the problem is to install areas rugs. They can be removed and cleaned, and parents can place a different rug in the room in the meantime. When the inevitable messes of childhood happen, a cheaper area rug can be thrown out.
For more design ideas, head to

Do you have great ideas or photos of your own kids room redo's, we would love to hear about them, even feature your photo's, email