There's a party goin' on right here, a celebration to last...
well, at least until today. What am I talkin' 'bout? The blogosphere has joined together to celebrate the impending birth of "first time mommy" blogger Jessica McCash.
Food makes the occasion special and this occasion is no different!
Our delicious refreshments for our virtual shower have been provided by Stephen Pazyra (Chef Steve) of 1 800 Bakery.com. 1 800 bakery .com delivers fresh baked bakery goodies directly to your doorstep. From Cakes and cookies to bread, gift baskets and breakfast pastries, 1 800 Bakery.com has an extensive array of fresh and delicious baked items for any occasion-and you need not leave your front door or warm the oven! Don't these look yummy?
And the best part of today's party is that Jessica and David will be enjoying these delicious cookies from 1 800 Bakery. com because Chef Stephen agreed to ship a package of his cookies to the McCash door to enjoy on this special occasion!
To order your own cookies or baked goods, or for more information on placing an order email: Stephen@1-800-Bakery.com Or visit their web site: http://www.1-800-bakery.com/
But if you place your order now, Steven from 1800 Bakery has agreed to give everyone a 20% off discount. All you have to do is use the following link and code. Tell him that you saw it on Leigh's Bloggeritaville.
Get a 20% Off on 1-800-Bakery.com Baby Shower Cookies (Checkout Code: Baby)
There will be no annoying games involving tasting baby food that looks like warmed diaper contents. No Daddies will be drinking beer from a baby bottles (sorry guys). But there will be tips and giveaways (for our mom to be) focusing on all things pregnancy and baby at today's virtual party. I invite all attendees to leave their own tips for the new parents to be.
I will begin by offering up my own suggestion to Jessica.
After the delivery of my first born (Bama) I felt that I would be a "bad mother" if I allowed my baby to return to the nursery (unless necessary) if for a minute. I just hated the thought of my baby being in my womb for 9 months and then for me to relinquish him for the nurses to care for. I was his mother. I was the one to do that.
Wrong. Let me tell you about something...it's called TIRED. Believe me when I say you have never known the true definition of this word until you have a child. Take advantage of those 2-3 days of hospital "relaxation". Allow jr. to sleep in the nursery (unless he has to feed) so that you can save up some of those extra Z'sss. You certainly will not get them in the coming weeks. Don't mistake that your body just went through a extreme metamorphosis. Without even getting into the whole hormonal thing (David, you might understand this) you just grew a little life in that utero room. Your mind and body can use a couple days in the hospital to rest (although you will not get much in the hospital either).
And please, accept this suggestion.... and I will just speak from my own experience. Have your husband have you a head of lettuce or cabbage readily available on the day you return home. When the "Milk comes in" (if you know what I am saying) it is sore. It hurt me anyway. Lettuce/Cabbage. Slice the head into two and use those 2 halves like you would any good coconut bra at a good party in Margaritaville or Bloggeritaville. The heads are perfectly conformed to provide a natural icepack to ease the pain. And if David starts to whine about supper, you can quickly toss up a nice dinner salad.
Finally while we are on the subject of the boob, It wouldn't be a lie to say that the boobs don't go through their own personal hell during pregnancy. But there is a product out there that will be your new best friend in a tube. I am talking about Boob Tube by Mama Mio!
Hot Hollywood moms like Jessica Alba, Milla Jovovich and Gabby Reece all love Mama Mio’s hard-hitting bodycare formulas. Even young starlets (NO PREGNANCY RUMORS HERE, PLEASE!) have now discovered Mama Mio, the brand that keeps celebrity bodies red carpet carpet ready. Kristen Bell, Lindsay Lohan and Kirsten Dunst love Boob Tube, Mama Mio’s award-winning best-selling bust cream that acts like a compass and keeps you heading north. Rich in anti-oxidants and Omegas, Boob Tube feeds skin the superfood it needs to stay firm and elastic.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, $1 per Boob Tube sold at mamamio.com during the month of October will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation!!! Now that is something that we all benefit from!
Boob Tube Retails for $38, Available at mamamio.com
Jessica, Mama Mio has agreed to send you your very own tube of Boob Tube!!! Because we southern women love the south, but we prefer our bodies to hail to the north-if you know what I am saying.......
Finally, I think every mother, a true mother that loves with every bit of her being and makes daily sacrifices for the good of her family deserves honor. Whether you gave birth by way of belly or by way of your heart, mothers deserve a gold star. They are all deserving.
One such example of a gold star mom:
Take a business minded, web-savvy mom. Combine her with a lifelong dream of owning a boutique. Add some whimsy and a dash of sophistication. And you’ve got a unique and eclectic collection of jewelry and gifts to express many a poetic style. Penelope Poet is the brainchild of Joanne Gouaux, who upon becoming a mom decided to take a break from the corporate world and start her own business.
She wanted to combine her love of family, her professional background in marketing and ecommerce, and her passion for beautiful, artisan-made jewelry and gifts. And so Penelope Poet was born. Worn as an expression of love, for a special occasion, or ‘just because,’ we believe that a piece of jewelry or an accessory should make a statement and reflect your individual style. Penelope Poet is proud to offer a diverse collection of jewelry and gifts reflecting a variety of styles and personal expressions. Many of the items are handcrafted and can be customized and made into one-of-a-kind pieces. All are designed by women and moms. The Penelope Poet collection is constantly changing… just like our lives.
To mark this occasion, artist Joanne Gouaux has been gracious enough to give mom to be Jessica a piece from her highly coveted collection. Your very own badge, or star, if you will-shipped right to your very own door in Arkansas in just a couple short weeks. Joanne selected the Nashelle Love Charms Necklace for Jessica.
"It's our quintessential mom gift, says Joanne. The necklace is designed with two circle charms, each holds an inscription up to six letters. The necklace is finished with two hand wire-wrapped natural gemstones. Penelope Poet offers nearly two dozen gemstones to choose from! The necklace is designed by fellow entrepreneurial mom Heather Beeson of Nashelle jewelry. The personalized necklace is made of recycled gold, each inscription is individually hand-stamped, and each natural gemstone is delicately wire-wrapped with love.
Jessica's necklace will be inscribed with the following:
Charm #1: D heart stamp J
Charm #2: Harbor
Gemstone #1: Due Date: November/golden quartz
Gemstone #2: Anniversary: April/crystal quartz
All stones are natural, hand-cut, and will vary slightly in color and shape. Engraved personalization transforms this love charm necklace into a cherished personalized gift. Engraved jewelry is a beautiful way to honor the people and things you treasure in your life. I know that this will be an heirloom piece for Jessica. This piece is designed by Heather Beeson, the creative mind behind Nashelle Jewelry. From her studio in beautiful Oregon, Heather and her team of talented artists create exceptional jewelry by hand. Each piece is handcrafted from start to finish with close attention to detail. This artisan love charms necklace makes an impressive and lasting gift. This piece can be handmade to order with two gold circle charms a stamped inscription of up to six letters, and two gemstones of your choice.
Wear it with pride...and I know you will because it is "gaw-jus"!
For all the mothers out there that deserve their own star, Visit the Penelope Poet website for your own bling. And go regularly to find new ways to express your poetic style.
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I want to thank all of our sponsors of Baby Harbor's Baby Shower:
These wonderful sponsors made today's party a real celebration. And made gift giving possible.
I invite all of today's guest to visit the websites of our most generous sponsors. Remember, Christmas Shopping is just ahead of us. I know that each of these companies offer quality products that will make anyone happy and each occasion memorable. My sincere thanks to all!
Finally, I invite everyone in attendance to leave Jessica and David your comments, parenting advice, perhaps a funny story of one of your first time moments of parenthood, an easy recipe that doesn't require alot of effort to get through one of "those days".....whatever you feel.....it is up to you!
Congratulations to the McCash Family.
May you be continually blessed through God's grace and love!