Thankful Ever After

Amidst turkey gobbling and pie indulgence, we’ll all be taking a rare moment this week to just STOP! Alongside our nearest and dearest (and perhaps in some cases, the ones who test our patience the most! ????), we will be remembering just how lucky we are this Thanksgiving.

As parents or parents-to-be, we have so much extra to be grateful for – those kicks, those smiles, those cuddles, those tiny little hands in ours, as well as those bigger hands who might pretend they don’t need us so much anymore.

It feels good doesn’t it? Taking a moment to reflect on what we have. You’re rich! I bet, you promise yourself every year that you will do it more often…but c’mon, raise your hands, how many of us stick to it?

The truth is, life is busy. It’s all too easy to get bogged down in work deadlines, feeding schedules, school runs, meal plans, unexpected diaper explosions, laundry, tantrums, playtime….we’re exhausted just typing it! Parenting feels like a lot of giving, giving, giving. And sometimes, we seem to give everything BUT thanks when we are deep down in the parenting trenches.

If like us, you’re determined to try a little harder this year, you might enjoy this article we discovered on Aha! Parenting. It’s all about establishing family gratitude traditions, for Thanksgiving and beyond.

We LOVE the idea of starting a family gratitude jar (#3) on the list. Can you imagine sitting down at the end of the year, opening up the jar and reading aloud all the good things, feelings and thoughts (big and small) that you’ve each felt this year? All those forgotten smiles and blessings REVIVED! What a tonic for even the toughest of years.

#6 Appreciation photo is a favorite of ours too. And if you have a tiny budding photographer in your household, you could get them involved. Find out what’s beautiful and magical in your little one’s eyes when you set them loose with a camera. This will open your mind to all the hidden beauties of the world that us busy grown-ups can sometimes miss.

Our take out from this article is that it’s not enough to simply promise to remember to be more grateful. We need to change our habits, and ultimately, change our mind set. In regularly incorporating grateful ‘tasks’ like the gratitude jar in to our lives, we will gently reprogram our brains and find ourselves counting our blessings more often! And if we can trickle this mindset down to our children, and get them involved, what a wonderful, healthy and happy foundation to grow upon!

There’s no better time to begin than Thanksgiving!

HAPPY THANKSGIVNG EVERYONE! We hope it’s a special one to remember.

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Preterm Birth Has Increased in the US

preterm birthNovember 17th is World Prematurity Day.

In fact, March of Dimes is working hard throughout the whole month of November to put premature birth in the spotlight, claiming it as Prematurity Awareness Month. We couldn’t be cheering more loudly for their wonderful work!

In a month that will see many national landmarks turned purple for the cause, March of Dimes kicked off their campaign with the 2016 Premature Birth Report Card, – a simple way of getting people talking about the problems, risk factors and ways in which we can reduce premature birth.

Unfortunately, the 2016 Report Card reveals that the nation’s preterm rate has worsened for the first time in eight years. While the US as a whole earned a “C” grade, California individually got a “B”. Washington, Oregon, Vermont and New Hampshire were the only states with an “A”.

“The March of Dimes research shows an unfair burden of premature birth among specific racial and ethnic groups as well as geographic areas,” says Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. “The March of Dimes strives for a world where every baby has a fair chance, yet we see this is not the reality for many mothers and babies. Babies in this country have different chances of surviving and thriving simply based on the circumstances of their birth.”

Premature babies (born before 37 weeks) come with an increased chance of health issues, and may face long-term problems that affect the brain, lungs, hearing or vision. Throughout November, March of Dimes draw attention to these challenges, but also the lifesaving research, treatments and support out there for families. Let’s do our part this month and join the global movement – let’s keep the conversation and support going!

This recent Huff Post story of ‘Preemie Prince’, born at 25 weeks had us all ugly crying at Babies in Bloom – what a remarkable little man! Small but mighty. What wonderfully brave and proud parents! And what a little beacon of hope he is!

The fight, the support and the research in to prematurity must go on! Spread the word.

For the full 2016 March of Dimes Report, click here: http://www.marchofdimes.org/materials/premature-birth-report-card-united-states.pdf

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Happy Hallow-Green!

Did you join us for our Hallow-Green costume swap earlier this month? For those who uncovered a new costume in the swap, please don’t forget to share pictures of your adorable little ones on our Facebook page, we’d love to see them!

A costume swap is a great idea isn’t it? You know us, we hate waste and like to do our green part wherever we can. So with that in mind, on top of the swap, we thought we would pull together some extra tips on creating a more sustainable Halloween experience. Because every little helps!

TRICK OR TREASURE:

With child food allergies to be mindful of, sometimes it’s easier to think treasure instead of candy! Little ones would love to be treated to things like stickers, collectable cards, spinning tops, mini cooker cutters, crystals, seashells, beads, crayons, and even hair barrettes, instead of candy (just avoid the cheap plastic toys).

However if you want to keep it more traditional and go with edibles, you’ve still got lots of healthy, green options – just look for organic, all-natural, dye-free ingredients, that are ideally ethically sourced and packaged.

Perhaps just keep a little bag of non-food goodies aside for those kids with allergies – join the teal colored pumpkin movement and leave one outside your house to let parents and kids with allergies know, you’ve got them covered!

TRICK OR TREAT BAGS:

Forget the plastic tubs in the store, use and decorate household items to collect candy in. A great way to bag some family craft time together! Kids will love decorating and personalizing a bucket, a pillowcase, old bags lying around at home, or even sewing one out of fabric with mom’s help.

SNACK-O-LANTERNS:

Make sure you use the goodies from inside your pumpkins. Toast the seeds – yum! Make pumpkin pies or muffins – double yum! Or simply compost it, along with any other uneaten party food. If you don’t have your own compost pile, you can also look in to local pumpkin recycling.

Have you thought about growing your own organic pumpkins in the yard for next year? Go on, give it a try!

And one more thing…don’t forget to light your pumpkins with beeswax candles, instead of soy or paraffin based waxes.

GETTING THERE:

Plan your trick or treating journey in advance and walk, bike ride, carpool or take the bus in costume to your chosen spots. You’ll be needing a light, so try a solar torch, or remember to load your regular torches with rechargeable batteries rather than disposables. If you do end up using disposables, please remember that dead batteries should be treated as hazardous waste and disposed of properly.

 

Have fun, be safe and HAPPY HALLOW-GREEN everyone!

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You Guys Rock!

winner-badgeWe won a ‘Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Award 2016’. Hooray!

We are absolutely thrilled to be named ‘Hippest Baby and Maternity Shop’ in SoCal. Thank you so so much to everyone who voted for us – you guys are the best. And you ALL need to share this wonderful moment with us, because we are much more than just a business, Babies in Bloom is a community. A place to not only shop, but learn and share family experiences, whatever your parenting style (no judgement here!). You make us who we are and that’s a big part of what makes us winners.

Some wise old soul once said: ‘Customers may forget what you said, but they’ll never forget how you made them feel.’ And we truly believe that. We aim to make all our customers feel heard. Feel supported. Feel excited. Feel inspired. Feel confident, and just feel special – like every mama and mama-to-be should. Daddies, grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles too. The whole family.

And thanks to you, we feel pretty special right now too. So from the bottom of our hearts, thank you once again for taking the time to vote for us. And thank you for shopping small. We hope to see you really soon!

 

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