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Smart Mom = Happy Babies

My girl is teething right now, and it’s BAD.  Most of the time, she’s been a sport, but there have been some days that had me at my wit’s end.  About three weeks before her bottom teeth came through, she had three days that were just awful.  She was a cranky little bear, much to our dismay and frustration.

That was two months ago.  The time in between has been ok, but the teething is back in full swing now.  She’s working on her top teeth, and she’s taking what I imagine must be a pretty uncomfortable situation like a champ.
Except that it makes her behave like a HOLY TERROR.  The screaming. And the whining. And the screeching.  And the….you get it.  It’s noisy around here these days, and not in a very pleasant way.  I count down the hours until Daddy gets home to take over baby duty.  I try to refrain from SOS-like emails that might make him question whether or not I’m holding down the fort.  I am, but it gets pretty dicey sometimes.
I know you moms and dads out there can relate.  We’ve tried a lot of teethers.  Frozen washcloths, soft, hard, fabric, plastic, rubber…the gamut.  She won’t have them.  At least she wouldn’t, until we discovered Smart Mom Teething Bling! Do you see the clouds opening up with the rays of sunshine?  That’s how it felt to me!

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It’s awesome.  The Bling (it comes in a pendant, bangle, or keychain) is just the right mix.  It’s hard, yet soft; firm, yet pliable.  And most importantly, she loves it!  So much so, in fact, that my husband wore it when he took her to the grocery store one day.  I was quite surprised that he’d done it, but he pointed out that it was unobtrusive and discreet.  He tucked it into his shirt when she wasn’t using it, and it was in her mouth when she was, so it really didn’t look like jewelry on him.  He was just happy not to be bending over a thousand times to pick it up, and that she was content when she was using it.

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Teething Bling is pretty cute, too.  Even celeb mommies wear it.  The necklace I tested is in the jade color, which pretty much goes with everything.  I used to wear a necklace every day, before I had my daughter.  Her constant tugging meant I had to stop, though.  I was afraid she’d break the necklace or manage to get the pendant off and choke on it or something.  So, no more jewelry – or so I thought.  I wear my teething bling when we’ll be out and I know she’s going to want to fuss with something.  The teething bling is pretty entertaining to her.  Let’s face it – ALL bling is entertaining to her, but this one is baby-friendly.  Smart Mom, is right!
It’s jewelry, it’s a teether, and most importantly, it makes my girl happy!  And a happy baby equals a happy mommy, right?!  My daughter loves to take the bangle and play with it, teethe on it, and try to get our dogs to take it (naughty girl!).  I keep the keychain on a link with her stroller toys, so that we always have on when we’re on the go, too.  I’d keep it on my keys, but mine get pretty dirty and it just didn’t seem like it would work for us.  Although it’s worth noting that it’s all dishwasher safe, how awesome is that?!  Like they packaging insert says, “Pretty and practical.  Now that’s a SmartMom.”  So right!
The other thing that makes this mommy happy is that Smart Mom gives back (you know companies that give back are my fave!).  A percentage of their retail sales goes to Dress for Success and CureSearch, both great organizations.  In addition to that, they’ve also paired with the Bailey Baio Angel Foundation, and a portion of the proceeds from this month’s sales will be donated – so get your bling this month, everyone!

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So you’re thinking you’d like your own Teething Bling….win some!  One winner will receive her very own set of Teething Bling:  the pendant, a key chain, and a bangle bracelet!
Here’s how to enter:
  • Go to the Smart Mom site and let me know what your favorite pattern is in the comments – 1 entry (you MUST do this to get the bonus entries!)
More ways to enter, each worth 1 extra entry: (leave separate comments for EACH, please!)
  • follow me on Twitter (in the sidebar)
  • follow my blog (in the sidebar)
  • subscribe via email (also in the sidebar!)
  • add my button to your site (sidebar, too!)
  • write a blog post on your site about your experience with teething (your kids, what your parents told you about your own teething), and link to this review.  You MUST comment and leave a link where I can find it. =)
Giveaway runs from 5/28-6/12/09 (midnight EST).  Good luck!

Made in the Shade

I am so excited to share this awesome line of clothing with you, Happy Moms!  I discovered Shade while I was searching the interweb for clothes.  Clothes that wouldn’t have me mistaken for my daughter’s babysitter.  Clothes that are tasteful and modest, yet still hip, young, and fresh.  I found ’em!  And they’re at Shade.

Shannon at Shade was kind enough to send me an outfit to test-drive – more on that next week, though (so check back!).  I fell in love instantly.  Everything fit, it looked great.  I was thrilled!

Something had me even more pumped about Shade, though.  It’s their The Bright Side campaign.  After seeing the economic downturn affect people she knew, CEO Chelsea Rippy decided to do something at Shade to give back.  And so The Bright Side tee’s were born.  These shirts are very cute and wearable fitted tee’s that you’ll really want to wear, go have a look!  You’ll love wearing these shirts and you can feel great about buying them, because – get this! – FIFTY percent of the net sales of these shirts goes to the United Way.  Fifty percent!  How awesome is that?!

I’ve been wearing this one all the time since it arrived, I love it!  I especially love that it’s long enough to kind of pile up at the bottom for a fauxrouching effect, which is fabulous for hiding my post-baby tummy.  Everyone asks,”What’s The Bright Side?” and I get to tell them all about it, which I love.  Buy a cute tee and give back?  Count me in!  I hope you’ll go there and do the same.
Want to win a $20.00 gift card to spend at Shade?  Here’s how:
  • comment on this post and tell me which The Bright Side tee you like best – 1 entry
  • be a follower – 1 entry
  • post my blog button on your site – 1 entry
  • follow me on twitter – 1 entry
  • BONUS: for 2 extra entries (you must follow directions exactly!) – go to this post on Shade’s blog and tell them why you think The Bright Side is awesome! then come back here and let me know you did it so I can count your entry =)
Giveaway runs through Sunday, May 31st, midnight EST.  There will be a post coming up that can get you extra entries, so check back! =)