Monday, September 1, 2014

Doodle Pants Galore!

I love me some Doodle Pants! I've been using these as my go-to for when it comes to how to dress my cloth diapered girls, and now Doodle Pants keeps rolling out the new accessorizing t-shirts, sweat-shirts, body suits (onesies) dresses and even more leggings designs.. I'm pretty much in Doodle heaven over here.

Elephant Bodysuit
Can't you just eat up this delicious sweetness? I am so in love with my squishy baby!

I love dressing my girls in their Doodle Pants outfits because Lorain's designs are adorable, the quality of the printing is great, and I love how well the leggings withstand washing too. You don't get "runs" in the legs like you do in other brands.

Pink Monster T-Shirt
Pink Monster Dress
The Pink Monster line has been Penny's favorite, though we also do rock the pink fox leggings, rainbow leggings, and even have matching sister piggy leggings for big and little sis. With the holidays around the corner (uhm like 12 weekends to go until Thanksgiving!), I've gotten the chance to bring some holiday cheer a little early and got these cuties to try out!
Moose // Penguin
Penny calls her moose pants her "Sven pants," because...well, you know. Can't really escape Frozen from any aspect of our life these days. :)

Connect with Doodle Pants
(Don't forget to get 15% off with promo code PIEROGIE15!)

Pssst... enter to win a onesie + leggings pack (plus more!) through 9/15/2014!

Disclosure: I received product to try out in exchange for my honest review, though all opinions are my own. I love Doodle Pants!

Ready to Pop: Labor Day Inspired Prizes for Mama and baby!

Welcome to the Ready to POP! [a Labor Day inspired Giveaway Hop] hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network!
This year we're celebrating Labor Day in a totally fun way – by offering fabulous giveaways for Mamas and Babies who have done some of the hardest labor out there! Each blogger in this Hop has a fabulous Mama or Baby prize for you to enter to win – so be sure to hop around to them all after you’ve entered to win the fabulous Grand Prize, featuring Buttons Diapers and Beautiful Earth!
I love my Pierogie Mama sponsors - each one is a fabulous shop that is easy to work with, offers quality products and best of all, are small businesses owned by a mom or family. So in honor of this great relationship, we've come together for this giveaway hop to give you the best of their best!

First up is Doodle Pants. You've seen them show up on the blog in the past as how to dress a cloth diapered girl and also their toddler sweatshirt line! Lorain is always dreaming up new ideas and over the summer she's debuted new leggings styles as well as coordinating body suits, dresses and t-shirts to compliment our favorite Doodle Pants leggings. Oh, and did I mention that you can totally coordinate these styles with the schmancy limited edition BumGenius prints, like Chaplin, Jules and Spence? Check out my two cuties in their new Doodle Pants outfits to see her new styles.

StarGazer Soaps is my longest blog sponsor! Last summer she sent me a few bars of handmade soap and I've been hooked since. Nicole is an absolute sweetheart and her dedication to her family's health is so inspiring. She was finally fed up with the chemicals in commercial bath products and needed a solution to her family's skin problems. She started making her own soaps and found that people wanted to buy them! I mean come on, look at them. They're gorgeous! But the best part is that not only are they beautiful to look at and smell, they really work. Read my testimony on how her Oatmeal Milk & Honey soap has helped cure Ruby's cradle cap. 

Sankofa Diapers runs a deal on two cloth diapers per week (follow on facebook!) and she's got my heart because Sankofa Diapers use diaper inserts that are a bamboo-microfiber blend. Oh, and Penny just loves her froggy princess diaper. They're super absorbent and what makes them stand out is how you can layer your inserts to accommodate boys (who pee more towards the front of a diaper) vs girls (who pee more towards the middle). Plus, again with the cuteness, who can resist prints like these?

My Kiddies Kloset is your place to go if you're looking for adorable baby accessories on a budget. You can find baby shoes, hair bows and bands, ties and bow ties, leg warmers, food pouches, and so much more.

Each one of these sponsors also offers Pierogie Mama readers a discount - check these out:
Doodle Pants: 15% off with promo code PIEROGIE15
Stargazer Soaps: 20% off with promo code PIER10
Sankofa Diapers 15% off with promo code PIEROGIEMAMA

My Kiddies Kloset: 10% off with promo code CUTEKIDS

So are you ready to give these sponsors some love and enter to win my fabulous prize pack that is perfect for mamas and their kidlets? Check out the giveaway widget below!

Disclosure: The Pierogie Mama, So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Ready to POP! participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Stargazer Soaps Purely Natural Oatmeal Milk and Honey

Did you child have cradle cap after birth? Cradle cap is defined as:
  1. a skin condition sometimes seen in babies caused by excessive production of sebum, characterized by areas of yellowish or brownish scales on the top of the head. (thanks Google)
I was kind of waiting for it to go away on its own and I was pretty good about rubbing coconut oil on it about once a day. I was expecting that to work; coconut oil is sort of my wonder treatment and it's worked for every other skin ailment we've ever had. Four months passed by, and instead of getting better it was getting worse. I never took a dedicated picture of it, but there were moments where her fontanel was almost all covered in a fairly thick, quickly growing scab.  

I was talking to Nicole, the owner of Stargazer Soaps, about this and she recommended her Purely Natural Oatmeal Milk and Honey soap bar. Using locally sourced goats milk and honey, and ever so soothing oatmeal, I knew I'd have to give this a shot.

Ruby is now coming on six months and her thick scabs are long gone. She is still working through very thin, almost freckle-like pieces but they are quickly healing up. I suspect in the next month it will be completely gone!

This soap is wonderfully mild and perfect for anyone with skin issues or for little babies. I have used it on both of my daughers this summer and not only has it helped with the cradle cap, it's also kept Penny's skin nice and soft after many fun filled days outdoors.

Nicole started making her own soaps as a response to her own family's reactions to commercial soaps, including a daughter who had eczema. You can read more about Nicole's journey to creating her own line of beautiful soaps and also purchase them online. Pierogie Mama readers also get 20% off their order with the code PIER10!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Currently (vol 2)

Thinking about// Some really hard stuff that can very quickly overtake this sweet, bubbly post and turn it into a dark, uncomfortable one. So rather than getting into it, I'll leave it as this and ask you to send up a little prayer for this heart of mine.

{Not} watching// Season 2 of Orange is the New Black - BUT I SHOULD BE!!!! We got hooked on season 1 a couple months ago, and it became an evening ritual to watch an episode before bed. But lately life has been really busy and tiring so early bedtime (even for grown ups) is the new black for us but I'm dying to get back into watching it!

Photographing// Baby, our resident broody hen, as she is on day 7 of 21 of sitting on her eggs. In about 2 weeks, we're hoping to have a few baby peepers to show off!

Feeling// helpless, but working to reinvigorate and distract myself while God puts his plans into place and shines a bright light into that bit of darkness that's on my heart.

Thankful for// Ruby sitting up. Yes, Ruby sits up! Why am I thankful? Because now she is able to play independently for a little bit, hold her own with Penny and guess what? I even caught a glimpse of Penny showing Ruby how to play with a toy! Be still my heart, these girls are the best.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Lemon-Pepper Tuna BLT (a rendition of a Starbucks copycat!)

Any time I'm going for a longish drive, I battle with myself...should I stop at Starbucks and get a caramel frappicino and one of those amazing chicken salad BLTs? And more often than not, unless I am in the serious mood for a treat, I convince myself that nigh on $10 for a coffee and a sandwich is just not worth it. Instead, I silently vow that I will make this at home and pack one for myself the next time I go out.

Friends, this day has finally come. Except I've adapted this recipe to use Bumble Bee® Premium Light Tuna (you can use a pouch or can), because tuna contains high levels of omega -3's which are important for brain function along with a myriad of other benefits. I chose light tuna over albacore because I'm a nursing mom and albacore has been shown to contain higher levels of mercury than chunk tuna. I also prefer the flavor of chunk tuna to albacore. 

You'll need:
  • Bumble Bee® Premium Light Tuna in a water pouch or can
  • 3 T Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 T Lemon Pepper Seasoning (adjust to your taste, some seasoning already includes salt in the mixture)
  • Oven roasted tomatoes
  • 4 strips cooked bacon
  • lettuce
  • thinly chopped scallions
  • salt and pepper
  • a squirt of lemon juice (I've fallen in love with the flavor from lemon essential oil, so I added 1 drop instead)
  • sliced creamy havarti
  • your favorite sandwich bread
This makes 2 sandwiches. 

You'll do:
1. Prepare your oven roasted tomatoes and bacon ahead of time.
2. Mix together the tuna, mayonnaise, lemon pepper seasoning, tomatoes, scallions, lemon juice or essential oil, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Assemble your sandwich with the bread, a couple slices of bacon, havarti and a leaf of lettuce. Add a good dill pickle too.
Oooooh lawdy. I think I may have gone to heaven.

This is a delicious sandwich to pack for anyone's lunch - it's a twist on the the good old standby tuna sandwich that we all grew up with. It's also one of my go-to dinners on hot or busy nights because everything can be pre-made ahead of time. Pack this in your, your husband's or kid's lunch and they'll be asking for more, I promise!

Find more delicious tuna recipes from Bumble Bee Tuna!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


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