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Valentine's Day Gift Guide & Giveaway

They say that the smaller the baby the bigger the amount of gear the little bundle of joy requires. The same is true for every new and expecting mom. If you are looking for the perfect gift for her this Valentine’s Day, here is our curated list of items that she sure doesn’t want to be without.

  1. Simple Nursing Pillow & Slipcover ($35/ $20)  & Wet & Dry Bag, Petit/ Grand ($14/ $20)
    The Bébé au Lait Nursing Pillow and Slipcovers are the perfect match for the new mom. The pillow offers the perfect height, is double-sided and is loaded with extra features that make this pillow the one mom will not want to live without.
    Also included are our Wet & Dry Bags, which are generously sized and offer  2 pockets – one with water repellent lining and one additional pocket for all other mom essentials. These diaper bag essentials will help mom to stay organized while on-the-go.
  2. Organic Belly Bandit ($69.95)
    New moms everywhere have come to love the Organic Belly Bandit.  This pink, organic compression wrap provides incredible support while helping new moms reduce their belly, waist, and hips post-delivery.
  3. Cornelia Teething Bracelet ($16.50) & Perry Teething Necklace ($36.50)
    With modern styling, this necklace and bracelet set from Chewbeads looks just like anything you could find at a major department store, but they have one big difference, baby can safely chew on them!
  4. Be Classy Tote ($150)
    Constructed with feedback we received from our amazing customers, the Be classy is Ju-Ju-Be’s very first structured tote! It’s organization pockets, memory foam changing pad and Teflon treated material are just a few of the wonderful features that make the Be Classy the ultimate Diaper Bag!
  5. This classic silhouette by Ingrid&Isabel combines pretty stretch lace in a party-ready maternity dress. Offering a feminine neckline balances, this form-fitting silhouette expands and recovers with your changing shape and is the perfect choice for for parties, weddings, sprinkles and showers.
  6. COMPLETE Embossed Carrier ($170)
    The LÍLLÉbaby COMPLETE baby carriers combines more carrying positions, lasts longer, and includes more features than any other baby carrier.  The Embossed collection is as comfortable as it is stunning. Featuring our ultra-soft, light and highly breathable microcloth with embossed designer detailing, and suede cloth to wrap you and your baby in pure luxury.

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(Total value of prize package is over $600!!)
Valentines Day – New Mom Giveaway

Do you calligraphy yet?

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Calligraphy is an art form that takes years and years to fully master, but if you can, it has so many fun uses: invitations, gift wrap, letter writing and so many more.

Some of us at the Bebe au Lait HQ have always had a secret desire to take a class or two, so we recently had a tutor come and give us a 3 hour crash course – learning the very basics of how to hold the pen at the correct angle, how to slide the pen in a downwards motion and ‘swoop’ up to create the beautiful curves that calligraphy is known for. There are so many different forms of calligraphy, but our teacher focused on the basic italicized font to give us a good grounding.

We decorated the conference room with festive ornaments and had a pot luck with everyone sharing their favorite Holiday appetizers and desserts, paired with hot chocolate and the most delicious mulled wine.

We all agreed that it was fun to learn, but much more difficult than it looks! We’ve been putting our new skills to use  by creating our own gift wrap – brown packing paper makes a wonderful base to write on and with a metallic pen, even the most novice of calligraphers can impress!

Try it out for yourself!

Ideas for Gifts that delight

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It is that time of the year when we (or most of us) are scrambling for last-minute ideas for unique and beautiful Christmas gifts. If you do not shy away from some hands-on crafting and making, consider these gifts that are sure to delight.

1: Marbled Pitcher
Using a classic white pitcher and adding a marbled print makes for an oh-so-useful and decorative gift. The secret ingredient: nail polish
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2: Personalized Cutting Board
Yes – we admit it, this one is a little more involved. For starters, not everyone has the needed “hot tool” in their set of crafting utensils. But we included this DIY post here because we feel this makes a useful, versatile and very personal gift that is suitable for him or her alike.
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3: Rope Bowl
Modeled after a bowl seen at West Elm, this rustic bowl is useful and decorative and only requires 3 simple ingredients: a bowl, rope and a hot glue gun.
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4: Yard Yahtzee
This DIY yard game is a refreshing change from the conventional Cornhole. It’s easy to make and play and is fun for all ages.
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5: Gold-Dipped Mugs
There are 2 things we love here in the office – coffee and all things gold! This gold dipped coffee mug is sure to delight anyone that enjoys a hot beverage with some added glamour.
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Winning recipe: Turkey Dog Sushi

We recently asked our fans to share their favorite toddler-friendly recipes with us. We got some great ideas to try with our own kids and selected 2 winners to be featured here. Find the previous feature here: Easy Peasy Mac ‘n Cheesy
The second recipe we would like to share is form Kate Corbett.
We loved how this easy and kid-friendly meal gets our kids acquainted with the idea of eating “sushi”. We strongly believe that the littles will often dismiss a certain meal simply because they are convinced that they couldn’t possibly like something called “sushi”. So by serving them “sushi” they love at home might make them be more open to try it next time you order them a California Roll at the local sushi place.

Turkey Dog Sushi

Turkey Dog Sushi

Ingredients:
1 Turkey dog or regular hot dog
1 Six-inch (whole wheat) flour tortilla
1/3 c. Shredded Mozzarella

Spread the cheese evenly on the whole wheat flour tortilla, then take the turkey dog and starting at one end of the tortilla roll it up into the tortilla – ensuring the end flap is tucked under so it won’t come unrolled. Then cook in the microwave for 45-60 seconds. Let it cool for a few minutes. Then with a knife cut into half inch slices to create little Turkey Dog Sushi Rolls!

Courtesy of my husband & stay-at-home-dad to our boys