Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Giveaway!!!

Hi Mommies, Its the season of good Cheer!!! Its almost Christmas!!! Have your trees gone up yet? Feeling all festive? Share your Christmas decor with us for a chance to win Accessories worth $J 1000 from AccessorizeMeJa by following these easy steps:
Head on over to our Facebook Page (see button in our left side panel) and just: Step1. Like the giveaway status message Step2. Like the JamaicanMommies page if you have not already done so Step3. Send us a pic of your Christmas decoration (even cuter if your lil Mr. or Miss is in it) to Jamaicanmommies@gmail.com Step4. Share the status message/image and you could win!! The winner is selected randomly and winner will be announced on Friday, December 14, 2012 For our friends on Twitter... Just follow @JamaicanMommies and RT our giveaway statuses and you could win!!!! (One prize from twitter, one from Facebook) Cheers!! J Mom signature

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Made in Jamaica: fabulous kiddies outfits at affordable rates

"Every Girl deserves Twirls"
and especially when you have toddlers who make you gush once you see cutesy rows of dresses, skirts, tops and the like. But before I start going all gaga over all things girly, let's introduce our fabulous Made in Jamaica find. At Jamaican Mommies, we're suckers for all things entrepreneurial and fully support items made in Jamaica. So imagine our delight (actually did a lil OMG yay me clap) when we stumbled on Sew Kiddies right here in Jamaica. A chance browsing on their Facebook page revealed cute kiddies outfits at very reasonable prices and it only got better as we browsed through their style book, where you can pick a style, it gets sewn and delivered to you. I mean you normally see many persons who sew showcasing their wares on the street corners, maybe in a shop etc, but we certainly have to give kudos when one tries to expand by thinking globally. But before I go any further, just check this out! This one costs only J$1600 which is about USD$18
and this from the style book...Love it? They'll make it just for you!!
Admittedly, I got distracted from completing this post several times while I browsed the style book and thought of what style I want my now 3, almost 4 yo missy in and boy oh boy are they so fab! but what of the person behind Sew Kiddies? Enter Mrs. Claris Flowers-Broderick (such a pretty name too). She describes herself best via her website and I quote
"I am a Dressmaker/ Seamstress, Pattern Maker practicing for over twenty years in JAMAICA. I learned the art of making crochet from my mother at an early age. I love all types of craft and get lots of pleasure creating things with my hands. I do garment constructions, pattern Making and Machine Embroidery on a customized level for my customers online or in Jamaica, I ship world wide. I also sew dresses, pants, blouses ETC. all to fit your body size.
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And Just in time for Christmas Madam Flowers (I said the name was cute right?) can truly have your little misses looking just like the princesses they are. Just gush with me over this!!!
or this (squeal with me now) Its already quite a challenge just selecting options to share
Just remember, Sew Kiddies specializes in Sewing Children Clothing (casual and classy) from size 1-12 and they offer free shipping in Jamaica to customers ordering three or more items. Materials are provided and garments are professionally finished inside with serge and hems with top stitch. Garments are also semi lined and fully lined when necessary. SO please hop on over and check out her collections and style books mums. She is located in Ocho Rios but ships islandwide and worldwide. Contact Sew Kiddies via any of these channels: Phone (876) 892-8606 Email sew@sewkiddies.com Website http://www.sewkiddies.com Facebook Page: Sew Kiddies Twitter: @SewKiddies ***Bonus: The Sew Kiddies proprieter also shares patterns via her Pattern Making website and thank me later but she also makes super cute Pencil Skirts!!! Check them out at her Custom Skirts website Now just look at this!!! Baby and Mommy outfitted fashionably in the same place! Follow me and order up!!! PPS... Remember to 'LIKE' Jamaican Mommies on Facebook!!
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

DIY Wall Makeover for Mommies

Today as I web-walked I saw this article on 39 Ways to give your walls a makeover. What was particularly grabbing is that the suggestions are sooo easy to do and includes many basic items you'd have around the house. Even as I was about to bookmark the page, I said, why not share this with other mums, who are keen on Do It Yourself (DIY) projects, but just may not have the 'extra' time. I am super pumped to start one of these, especially as the festive season rolls in. This is against the backdrop that I've dabbled in a few DIY projects myself...including giving my couches a full makeover, making christmas centre-pieces etc but sadly, I have no pics of those. I do have a snippet of some recyclable projects that I did recently enough though...
That wooden window blind, I used to cover a door that just always seemed out of place in the living room and since we do not ever use that side entrance, I decided to camouflage it. I also draped it and used tacks to make hanging posts and basically glues images to a gift bag that I cut in half, the hand mark piece is a cast we made of Kai's hands and her first medal at pre-school athletics meet. I'll add or subtract items as we go along, but this has become a cosy little corner in my living room and is wedged between too couches and has a side table in front of it....added a nice little touch. The vase (I deliberately took the shot sideways so you could see the gold strings I tied in place) is made from three baby formula cans stacked together and wrapped with that black fabric... The 'flowers' I've had for close to 2 years now when I made a wreath for a funeral back then. Also featured are two red trays I have no idea where I picked them up, but they used to store just about every odd item I found in Kai's room. Recently, I plopped two photographs in, used ribbons to hold it together and voila. Now I've been meaning to do something for my wall- wanted to do a silhouette kinda splatter painting, but now seeing these ideas I'm duly excited. So I'll go in search of supplies sometime next week and will be sure to post the finished products. Here's the full list of suggestions. Feel free to join the DIY project and be sure to share your finished product with us. Here's a slide of my fave from the article, mainly based on the materials used and how easily I think I can get them
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Mommies need their Boobies in tact- National Breast Cancer Awareness and you!

It's been a while, but that's what happens when a 20 sometime part time blogging mum, becomes a "I want to have my own business" kind of one; when the days become longer, the mornings shorter and you work towards the great reward that will come after. This is also compounded when you make many other changes including growing and caring for your new natural hair and experimenting to soothe your smoothie slurping ways. But generally, its about being busy, yet taking care of YOU!!! and what better time to embrace and promote that message than here and now October- Breast Cancer Awareness month. Indeed based on the importance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this post should've greeted you on October first, but kindly refer to reasons listed above to determine why. Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month attracts much international attention as it shines the spotlight on what is dubbed a "#1 female killer". Want to know how grave Breast cancer can be, check these facts from Every 2 minutes, there is a new breast cancer diagnosis. Every 14 minutes, a life is lost to the disease. Over 40,000 people will die this year; about 400 of them will be men. 85% of all diagnoses have no family history. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women between ages 40 and 55. There is also alarming piece of data which suggests that "One in every 229 women aged 30-39 will be diagnosed with breast cancer within the next 10 years" Did you see that?? It therefore means that many women diagnosed with Breast Cancer would've been in the prime of their parenting years. But lest we focus on the problems and not the solutions, what can I do? you ask??
Am I kidding? Nope, it is recommended that women 20 years and over do regular Breast Self examinations. This is an easy procedure that should be done every month, ideally just after one has a period and here are some very easy picturesque steps. Next all women aged 40 years and over are encouraged to do regular mammograms. The key point here my mamas is that early detection can save our tatas.... Like our hair, our breasts are beautiful bouncing balls that add to what makes us women and so if there's ever a way to protect them, knowing the facts about and taking the necessary steps will help to dampen the effects of Breast Cancer. Apart from Breast Self exams, equipping yourself with the facts, all women are encouraged to go on a mission- sharing this data with your darling sisters, mothers, fellow fashionistas and friends will go a long way in increasing awareness levels of the dangers and how to prevent it. Locally, the Jamaica Cancer Society and Reach to Recovery (voluntary group of breast cancer survivors, friends and well-wisher) organizes a full calendar of events such as: * Jamaica Reach to Recovery - Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk on October 27that the National Stadium's East Field (registration deadline closes this Friday, October 19th, so you can still make it). * Breast Cancer Medical Symposium on October 19 with topics such as Treatment Options for Breast Cancer * World mammography day on October 19th among others.. See a full Calendar at the Jamaica Cancer Society's Event's Page Additionally, the Wisynco distributed Yoplait brand has launched a Save Lids to Save Lives campaign which donates a $ figure form every Pink lid Yoplait sold throughout October to the Jamaica Cancer Society for its varied outreach efforts. and even as this month celebrates women and our awareness about our bodies, Check out a well deserved treat @ Accessorize Me Ja on Facebook where all women's Shoes (boots, half boots, wedges, heels, pumps, slingbacks etc) have been slashed to one low rate as a part of their Pink Premium Promotion. You deserve it... Until then, Live healthy, Love your body and preserve it and while you're at it, love your boobies as much as men do ;)
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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Bonding time for the Busy Mom


Whew! Its been agess since I last blogged, but the title of this post should certainly give some insights into why this is so.... In this world of demands- work, career, relationships, the humdrum of busy busier and busiest goes on and on a whirling kaleidoscope that often leaves us being flustered, blurred, extra tired and even in some semblance of despair. and boy have I been busy.

As I look on, I need a master plan to make MORE time for the little miss lady in my life. It just gets harder as she gets older and her needs for and with me increases. BUT...It must be done. With that much said, often without even thinking or meaning to, I have somehow managed to make bonding time between work time, me time, his time, their and them time and e-time (you know all the correspondence that occurs via electronic forms).

With the full understanding that there will NEVER be more than 24 hours in a day, UNLESS YOU CHANGE SOMETHING, you'll never have more time to do more of anything and then there comes my aha moment. Admittedly, it was more prompted by Kai's constant pleas- "Mommy can I help you", "But mommy,I want to comb your hair", "Mommy, I can do it", "I want to try" on and on and on. Thus the idea begins, why not pair like minded or related activities for effectiveness and efficiency. Now you may be saying that has always been a well known assertion, but over time you learn and unlearn things- hence my re-learning. So for example, How about getting Kai's hair washed and conditioned the same time as mine (Saw my friend Iriediva with the cutest pics of her and munchkin with their steam caps on). Lil girls just love these things. They love feeling grown up and being just like mommy...So score, two hairs washed and conditioned while you get the joy of listening to your little one go on and on "Mommy this is so nice".

Score two, bath time *covers face* I've never quite appreciated how my mom was able to lump three of us girls in the shower and give us a bath all at once, but now I truly do! Bathing a toddler takes time AND PATIENCE- TIME that you may very well need to be using to- doing whatever million and one stuff your life springs at you; so solution, mother and daughter bath time- kills two birds with one stone right? Not quite! I'm yet to get the full hang of this bath thing, but the routine does warm my heart- the little giggles from Kai as we both get shower caps on, the overly excited squeals when she asked to be lifted so the water can tickle her back, the mimicking my every action, the "Mommy my turn to wash your back" :-) and oh lord the questions- you can never imagine the things a 3 year old asks, but more on that another time. But at the end of the day, 2 squeaky clean ladies and voila time spent together.


And this strategy pretty much works for everything- Hairdresser- take her along for shorter trips; Peanut butter and Jelly time, let her spread the butter and jam, snack time, she can hold her cup, while I pour the drinks, hanging clothes, employ the services of one lil miss to pass the clothes pins :-) Kids genuinely love to 'HELP' and as my memory serves me with my mom- We should definately appreciate and encourage that before they 'grow out of the helpfulness'- so now the "mommy can I comb your hair" is met with a "Yes you can", so too the "mommy I want to wash my cup myself" and "Mommy can I taste that". Cleverly as well, clean up time can become so much easier when your toddler is on your side- a quick sing songy "clean up clean up, everybody clean up" and you have a happy little helper.

Thankfully for me as well, even when I'm not thinking to pair bonding time with whatever else I'm doing, Kai comes to my rescue- like today, I sort of decide to take some ME time (which doesn't truly exist if your toddler is home with you)to read this Shades of Grey series of books that everyone's been going on about. While reading, she says "Mommy I want to lay in your lap" so we have some physical contact even as she watches TV and I read my book. Of course, I stop more than occasionally to ask her the sweetest little questions, just so I can hear the animated responses.

And thus it goes, trying to fit your little and not so little ones in to the things you do- especially things that are of mutual interest. So you'll hardly see me at the beach without Kai as I think her deep love for the beach and just about any watery body is one of the only things she inherited from me. This pairing strategy also easily applies to arts and crafts, play time etc.....

Now as I try to figure out how to do 'exercise for the busy mom' i'd appreciate feedback on your favorite bonding tips. Cheers!!!

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