Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Your Body Acceptance is Important To Your Kids

I have posted several blogs about my own struggles with body acceptance. I thought that being over weight was a punishment. I didn't deserve to own nice clothes or to even to look nice. I refused to take pictures. I had a hard time accepting my body.

I realized that it had made me selfish. I was depriving my kids of pictures of their mom because of my own struggles. I realized that my kids would never have any pictures of me because "I cared too much about how I looked". It was a wake up call to me. I want them to remember me regardless of what size I am.
I have to accept my body before I can truly take care of myself. I have to stop judging myself. I have to stop letting the negativity consume me.

I'm finally in a place where I feel good about myself. Naturally, I'll fall into my ruts, but I quickly remind myself not to go there. It's not a good place to be. 
When you're older and you look back at your life. You want to have these memories documented not only for yourself, but for your children. They love you unconditionally. They don't see your size. They see their mom. They see someone they love. Love your body. Accept it. Everything else will fall into place. 

Has your weight ever stopped you from taking pictures?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Ergobaby Four Position 360 Baby Carrier Has my Back ( Plus Size Review)

The Ergobaby Four Position 360 Baby Carrier has my back. No pun intended. I never used a baby carrier after my first two pregnancies. My husband would always carry the kids in a baby carrier when they were small. Carriers would always hurt my neck and my back. Well, at least the ones that I have tried. I was really surprised as a plus sized girl (I'm a size 18/20 btw) how comfortable the ergobaby 360  carrier was for me. 

I can really feel the support from the ergobaby 360 carrier. There is absolutely no pressure on my neck from the carrier. The shoulder straps are padded and very comfortable. It fits comfortably around my waist with room to spare (about 2-4 inches) and I feel no weight in my lower back when I carry my baby girl as well. Gotta love the wide Velcro waistband. These things are really important to me in a baby carrier. 

I really love how you can carry your baby in four different positions. Just make sure that your baby is in the proper age and stage of the position that you are going to carry him/her. EVERY BABY IS DIFFERENT. We made the mistake of putting our baby in the carrier when our little girl was two months and under 12 pounds. We didn't read the instructions...DUH! We missed the part that mentioned that we needed the infant insert in order for us to use the carrier. She was too small to use the carrier at that stage without the insert.
Now that she is a little bit bigger and a few weeks older we are fully enjoying the carrier (without the insert) whenever we're out and about running errands, going on longs walks, or just because. HA! Did I say "we"? Oh yes I did! My husband wears it too! I wish I had a picture of him wearing the carrier. I'll have to post a picture of him wearing the carrier in a future post. Nothing sexy like seeing a man wear a baby carrier. Seriously. HOT. 
The baby carrier is also designed so that you can wear it high or low for those mommas that had a c-section. Ergobaby thought of EVERYTHING! The most important part of the carrier? My baby girl is comfortable in it. It has a sleeping hood for support and sun protection and an ergonomic adjustable seat. She's a happy girl. We're both happy girls.
I can't wait to put my baby girl in a front/outward position. She isn't ready for that yet. I read the directions. LOL. Just remember: (It's really a reminder to myself) The outward position is not meant to be used for a long duration of time and only when the baby is awake. Can you imagine? The baby's head dangling forward. No way. Turn your baby around so they're comfortable, especially when they are over-stimulated or sleepy. Oooh, I'm also excited to use it on my hip. I'm just really enjoying the bond that I get using a baby carrier. I'm not going to have anymore babies so this is it! Loving every moment of it! 

Overall, ergobaby 360 is a great item to add to your baby collection. It is plus size friendly, mom and dad friendly, neck and back friendly, and baby friendly. I feel so friendly right now....(yeah I'm cheesy). 

BTW: Ergobaby 360 will be available to purchase on April 12! Check out their website for more info.!

Have you ever tried any products from ergobaby? What do you think? Did I miss anything? Have you tried any other carriers that are comfortable and plus size friendly? What do you like most about the ergobaby 360?

I want to give a shoutout to Baby Bloggy Boot Camp by theSitsgirls and ergobaby for allowing me to try the ergobaby 360, the ergobaby swaddler, and the ergobaby wrap.  (Each product needs a review of it's own or you'll see me post about them on my social media sites! I love them all.) I never thought that a comfortable carrier like this existed. The ergobaby wraps are to die for too! ESPECIALLY FOR PLUS SIZED GALS LIKE MYSELF. 

Disclosure: This post is written by me on behalf of Ergobaby.  Sponsored product was provided at Baby Bloggy Boot Camp by TheSITSgirls. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are honest, true,  and my own. For the exact measurements of the ergobaby 360 please contact ergobaby. Every body is different. Fit may vary for everyone. 

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cabin Fever, Baby Bloggy Boot Camp, and Ergobaby Carriers equals One Happy Momma!

Cabin Fever

Being a new mom for the third time is the most joyous and happiest experience any mom can have. But after a while, momma needs a break! Can you say cabin fever? LOL. Don't get me wrong, I love my kids and I love spending time with them, but sometimes I  need alone time. I need time to get away and do something that I really enjoy doing. I mean...I have THREE KIDS NOW! HOLY MOLY!

For my sanity, I need to have hobby's aside from my kids. It's nice to get away from wiping boogers, changing diapers, and dealing with hungry kids. AND LET ME TELL YOU! Kids are ALWAYS hungry. It doesn't matter how many times you've fed them. They're HUNGRY!

Baby Bloggy Bootcamp

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to get away! There was a call for new moms to attend a blog conference to learn about how to improve your blog. CAN YOU SAY "SIGN ME UP!!!"? I jumped at the opportunity! I'm your girl!! And let me tell you...it was SO MUCH FUN!

Baby Bloggy Boot Camp was held at the Bahia Hotel in San Diego, CA. It was raining, but it was still so beautiful! I almost peed my pants when I arrived at the hotel! I was nervous, excited, and so happy to be there! The combo of the ocean, the beautiful hotel, learning about improving my blog, and meeting fellow bloggers had me so giddy inside.
The View From the Conference Room
I was so lucky to be there. When I arrived, I came in and just enjoyed the moment. I looked around the room. Everything was so beautifully done. I sat at the very front. Something I would never do in school. but this was something I LOVED to do! I wanted to soak everything in from Baby Bloggy Bootcamp! I had my phone, my camera, my notepad, and pen ready to go! AND NO KIDS!
Whitney Moss and Heather Fleet from RookieMoms.com discussing how to create compelling content for moms. 

After a few minutes everyone started to come in. The tables and chairs started filling up. I was curious to see who would come sit at the table where I sat at. First, it was Danielle from Simm Works Family Blog. She was very sweet to introduce herself and sat right beside me. Then, it was Trista from A Purpose Driven Wife, another sweet and friendly blogger that introduced herself to me. After that it was Heather from The Third Boob. She was really funny. One more girl came to sit at our table. She had a new baby and she was really nice. She didn't blog. She worked in Social Media, but unfortunately, I never caught her name.
Tiffany Romero and Francesca Banducci talking about how to get sponsored content.

The conference started shortly after the room was filled. The time went by so fast. Time flies when you're having fun!  I learned so many new things about how to become a better blogger and I also learned what I could do to put myself out there on Social Media! 

What stuck to me the most was learning about the importance of starting up a Google Plus account for my blog. Google Plus can be pretty intimidating for new timers, but learning about it really opened up my eyes about Social Media. Let's just say...I've been working on it: CurviMamiPetite Google Plus Page (I'm still working out the kinks).

Around lunch time we had a 30 minute break to help ourselves to drinks and snacks, get to know the sponsors, and socialize with other bloggers. Unfortunately, I didn't get to mingle much because I was focused on using the potty (mom talk) and grabbing a drink and snack. My shyness kind of took over too. Something I don't plan on doing at a future event. If you ever see me, come say HI! 
Once our break was over, we had reps from ErgoBaby come to talk to us about their carriers. I was not one to wear a baby carrier, but learning about ErgoBaby and experiencing how comfortable they were really opened my eyes! They demonstrated how to use the baby swaddler, the wrap, and the Ergobaby 360 carrier properly and the exciting part about the whole thing is that we were going to be provided with all of these for FREE to try them out for ourselves! YEAH!!!! You can now call me an official "Baby Wearer"....I never liked using or wearing carriers because they were so uncomfortable, but I AM A CHANGED WOMAN! (Review will be done on another post.) 

Amy Storch and Danielle Wiley discuss "Mommy Blogging".

Once ErgoBaby was done with their demonstration, Baby Boot Camp ended with a discussion about "mommy blogging". It was extremely informative and I'm so glad I attended this event. SOOO GLAD!! I feel like Baby Bloggy Boot Camp was a push forward to improve myself and  to make myself better for anyone who's interested in reading my blog! 
Check out the SWAG! Yes! An Ergobaby 360 (which hasn't come out yet! EEK!), an ErgoBaby wrap, an ErgoBaby swaddler, and products from Honest.com!

I still can't believe we received all these goodies! I'm so thankful for everyone who coordinated this event and the sponsors that provided all of these things for us new moms! 
Excuse the hot mess that I am. LOL. Those were definitely candid shots. Well, I guess they all were, but the bottom pictures were my hot mess days. LOL.

My little girl Arielle is thankful too! She gets to be carried around with momma in an ErgoBaby wrap everywhere we go. I also want to add that we were also provided maternity clothes to try out from Liz Lange, but I didn't grab any! What's wrong with me?! LOL. I did have the chance to look at the  maternity clothes and saw that the maternity wear is figure flattering and also offers affordable luxury.  I'm still kicking myself for not bringing any of the clothes home with me. Luckily, I have some of Liz Lange's maternity clothes at home that I wore during my pregnancy so I know they're very figure flattering. 

As far as the swag goes, I can't wait to try on the ErgoBaby 360! The last time I tried it on it was too big for Arielle. And the Honest Co. products are still waiting for me to try them out! 

Overall, it was an amazing experience and it made me ONE HAPPY MOMMA! 

Have you ever been to a blog conference? What did you learn? If you don't blog, would you ever go to a conference to meet bloggers? How do you keep yourself from being shy at an event? 

This post is written by me on behalf of Liz Lange and Ergobaby.  Product was provided.

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