MAMAS MILKBAR

Screen_Shot_2016-11-17_at_10.14.18_pm_300x@2xBreastfeeding…for some an incredibly magical moment between baby and Mum, for others a nightmare of problems that may or may not be overcome. It’s not for everyone and I agree that fed is best but if you wish to give breastfeeding a chance Mamas Milkbar is here to help!

Mamas Milkbar offer wonderfully curated boxes of tools and support to help out a first time Mum or even a Mum expecting her second, third or fourth child. Not every child is the same so don’t expect your breastfeeding journey to be the same either. This wonderful box and idea was put together by the founder Elise who after experiencing her own struggles with breastfeeding and realising the lack of support for new mums started putting together gift boxes for her friends with the tools useful in the support of breastfeeding. An idea soon turned into a business and Mamas Milkbar was born!

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So whats in these boxes that can make your life a little easier?

There are 4 breastfeeding box options to choose from, ranging from $99 to $159.99 or you can even build your own. The one I have for my beautiful boy Maxwell is the Golden Boobie Breastfeeding box and it contains the following:

1 x Super Simple Silicone Breastpump

1 x Pack of Avent Breastshells

1 x Breastfeeding Naturally – Breastfeeding Handbook by The Australian Breastfeeding Association

1 x Breast friendly gel pad

1 x Galactacookies Mix

1 x Handmade wool felt cabbage leaf

1 x Hand letter-pressed letter of encouragement

2 x Organic bamboo washable breast pads

1 x Luxury matte black storage box

2 x Calico storage bags for breast pump and breast shells

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 I have been breastfeeding Maxwell for almost 2 months and thankfully I have had it probably almost too easy with my journey. The worst I’ve endured this time is feeling engorged when Maxwell got sick and wouldn’t feed. Luckily this box comes with a handy little breast pump and it took the pressure off. From this box I have used everything but the breast shells so far and it has been so handy! This doesn’t mean my journey will continue to go so smoothly but I feel that with this box I have the necessities to get me through it. The other thing that came with this box is a new friendship, Elise has been nothing but kind to me and if I had a question to ask she was so helpful, she truly cares about each and everyone of her customers. (Elise you’re a legend)

To all those that plan on breastfeeding do yourself a favour and invest in this box because breastfeeding struggles don’t always occur during the day when a pharmacy is open. Be prepared and have the tools ready to make your journey smoother. If breastfeeding doesn’t work for you don’t punish yourself. It can be soo incredibly hard and in the end as long as your baby is fed thats all that matters.

I will also mention the amazing book that it comes with “Breastfeeding Naturally” (The Australian Breastfeeding Association’s guide to breastfeeding – from birth to weaning), make sure you have a read of it or flick through before your child is born, familiarise yourself with it. This little book will be your go to. It has everything from preparing to breastfeed, how can I tell if I have enough milk to sore nipples, mastitis and even co-sleeping.

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For those worried about making the cookies it was incredibly easy and although they aren’t as sweet as your choc chip cookies, they worked a treat at increasing my milk supply when I felt like I was having a bit of trouble.

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TIP: Pack your Mamas milk bar items into your hospital bag (especially the book), you never know how long you might be in for and some of the items are very useful early on. Like the breast pads! You never know how much you need those till you’re leaking through your shirt. 😉

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As always thanks for reading

Annmaree xx

 

Don’t forget to check them out

Website: www.mamas-milkbar.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/mamasmilkbar/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mamasmilkbar/

 

 

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The Gro Company

This post is not sponsored and I wasn’t asked to write about it either. I just wanted to share some advice from one parent to another. 

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Lets talk about sleep swaddles…now I’m not going to lie, my newest addition Max isn’t sleeping through the night BUT our nights are a whole lot easier since using the Grobag Swaddles.  With my first child Brock I remember laying out the wraps on the bed, trying to keep his arms tucked in, having to take the whole wrap off at every nappy change and trying to work out if he was warm enough or not.

So let me share with you why I love these Swaddles Grobags.

  • They are super easy to use! Just lay your child in the bag and zip them up.
  • You can unzip the bottom to allow for easy nappy changes
  • They have press studs on the arms to allow your child’s arms to come out.
  • Doubled lined chest for secure swaddle comfort
  • Chin/zip guards and no rough edges or seams to prevent rubbing
  • Unique curved seams allow for natural leg position; officially recognised as “Hip healthy” by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute
  • They also come with a nursery thermometer and guide so you know what your child needs to wear with the swaddle according to your rooms temperature.
  • Best of all for a busy mum of two and a child that spews a lot, they are machine washable AND can be tumble tried on low heat. WINNING

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The Swaddle Grobag comes in two weights of fabric:

  • Cosy is for cool rooms between 16 and 20°C
  • Light is for warm rooms between 21 and 25°C

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They have so many gorgeous prints in this range and the quality is amazing! We have been using them for two weeks straight and can’t see us not using them now.

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The Gro Egg is a fantastic room Thermometer that you can purchase. Much easier to use then the nursery thermometer the bags come with. I also use it as a night light for my older son.

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This gorgeous comforter is also a Gro Company item. (He doesn’t sleep with it yet as that’s a SIDS risk)

This product works for us and I hope that you have found this information helpful. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask or check out The Gro Company’s website for more information.

Thanks for Reading

Annmaree xx

Little Wuppy®

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I feel extremely honoured to be able to share this brand with you and the story behind how it all started. This Little Wuppy® is not only a gorgeous little soft toy, it represents a bigger picture and I hope it brings much joy and comfort to those who need it or becomes the little friend that goes with your child on all their wildest adventures. The wonderful, creative and inspiring lady behind Little Wuppy® is Linda, she was kind enough to share her story on why she started this new business venture.

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Linda originally worked as a primary school teacher and after suffering severe anxiety and panic attacks resigned. She was housebound for part of a year and needed to find her purpose again. She then started her own online business specialising in personalised artwork for children, this went on for five years. It was during this time that she had networked with many people and had some very deep conversations with parents about their children who were suffering from anxiety on a daily basis. This really touched Linda and she decided she wanted to help these children, so she closed down her art business and focused on her new business venture.

The Little Wuppy® has been carefully designed as an aid to help comfort children and ease their worries. It can help in many ways and for many different situations. Children can place the wuppy’s heart against their own to send their worries to the dog, or for children that might have sensory processing issues or have been diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) they can rub the soft minky backing or its textured, embroidered heart. This can help keep them calm or help them stay focused. It can also provide comfort to children who may be faced with school camp, time spent in hospital, separation anxiety, missing a loved one or even the loss of a loved one.

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The name Little Wuppy® comes from a combination of ‘worry puppy,’ (wuppy) and the product is small in size so its discrete for children which is where the word ‘little’ comes into play. Linda designed the Little Wuppy® herself, she combined her love of drawing and her obsession with sausage dogs to create the cute soft toy. Although its very cute, Linda has also carefully put a lot of thought into this design. She wanted it to be simple so it didn’t overwhelm already anxious children and kept it as kid friendly as possible. The shape of the dog is designed so it can be held with one hand or kept in a pocket, bag, pencil case or even placed under a pillow. The ink used is non-toxic and its fill is hypoallergenic. Its front is cotton and has a beautiful soft minky backing. Want to know another amazing fact about the Little Wuppy®? It proudly holds an Australian Made licence as it’s manufactured by a local seamstress and packed by Linda herself.

Linda’s Purpose: “Through Little Wuppy® I want to help children manage their worries and provide comfort for them in times of need. I want to help break down the stigma associated with mental health issues, especially in regards to children. I want to teach children and adults, that anxiety is real and it can be managed. I want to encourage open dialogue about mental illness. And I want people to know that there is no shame when it comes to mental health, no shame at all.”

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I cannot thank Linda enough for letting me share her story. What an inspiring woman. Not only has she created such a well designed gorgeous toy but she is helping children everywhere. So if you’re reading this and have thought about a child that could benefit from owning one of these, head over and check out Linda’s website. Something as small as a Little Wuppy® could really make a big difference in a childs life.

Life With Brock xx

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No Kids: No Idea

Guilty, yes I am guilty of judging parents before I had a child of my own, but who isn’t?  As I watched on with judgmental eyes at the crazy looking mum, hair in a mess, food on her shirt whist she wrangled her child into a headlock as he bit her arm. I thought to myself… “that will never be me, my child will be a perfect angel” I envisioned myself sitting with my perfect little man eating carrot sticks on a park bench as we threw our heads back and laughed at the other mums with their misbehaving children “hahaHa.”

Boy was I wrong!

My perfect little Pinterest bubble popped pretty quickly. I’m currently siting here writing this as I think back to the last few months. My son has just turned one and we have already implemented time out. My hair is rarely ever done, makeup? who has time for that? Oh and carrot sticks!! Thats a laugh I can hardly manage to get him to eat anything that isn’t a chip.

Brock is as feisty as they come, a tornado, my little fire cracker but don’t get me wrong he can also be the sweetest, most beautiful boy! But today I ducked from him because I thought he was going to bite me but instead he gave me a kiss. To all those parents out there that may have caught my judgmental eyes I AM SORRY! Here I was thinking that you must of done something wrong, that you raised them to hit and bite, that they must of been living off McDonalds and Coca-Cola.

The reality of it all is, children can get frustrated. Brock is a fine example. He is incredibly independent.  He won’t stay still for very long and we have been quite strict with him from the start.

So if you see me wrestling my child as he repeatedly hits me in the face for taking him out of the shopping trolley and your thinking “my child will never be like that”…you never know they just might.

Life with Brock xx

Hello

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Life with Brock is a place for me to share my personal experiences, adventures and brands that we just can’t get enough of.

I’m a first time mum, long-term shopaholic and lover of photography. My son Brock is a beautiful boy but far from the quiet, placid child I had envisioned whilst pregnant. He is a fire cracker, a tornado and my world would be a lot cleaner without him BUT I wouldn’t change a thing.

As a family we do a lot together and I’ve had a lot of questions about some of the places we have gone from other parents regarding how “parent friendly” a place might be, which has inspired me to write about the places and include details that we think would be useful.

I will also be talking about Clothing Brands. As a mum it’s a little hard to resist a good find or a bargain at times. So I’m here to share my finds and experiences. I’m new to the Instagram world for kids and there are a whole lot of brands out there, so follow us as we sort through and discover some amazing small business’s and also share some great finds.

Please email me with any questions you might have or if you would like to work with us

Thank you

Life with Brock xx