Tekhni Luau Launch Party

Tekhni Luau Launch Party

Tekhni Luau Launch Party

Mother & Earth will be the first retailer in Michigan carrying the Tekhni brand! We are throwing a luau Friday, August 21 because we want YOU to open our first shipment of Tekhni’s with us and have the first opportunity to take one home.

The plan…

Arrive as early as 4:30pm and receive a number, this will be the order in which you will be given the option to purchase a wrap. After everyone has been given the option, you may purchase additional wraps if you like.

5:00pm- Open Box and…
Play, Touch, Try, Wear, and Enjoy
Don’t forget to share a selfie and hashtag it, to enter to win a gift certificate!

6:00pm- We will call off numbers and each person will be able to choose to purchase the available wrap of their choosing or pass to the next person.

P.S. We may receive a not yet released colorway, a perk of shopping your local retailer!

Tekhni Share, #TekhniMEBB, and Win!

  1. Share a photo of you wearing Tekhni on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.
  2. Hashtag it ‪#‎TekhniMEBB‬
  3. Entered to win a gift certificate to Mother & Earth Baby Boutique.

Don’t have a Tekhni? Come to our Tekhni luau, try one on, and post a selfie! Don’t forget to #TekhniMEBB to be entered to win. You may enter as many times as you like via Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Contest closes Monday, August 24 at noon. Have fun and good luck!

Reusable Swim Diapers

Memorial Day is just around the corner; Michigander’s are gearing up for a long Holiday weekend getaway after a long hard winter. When packing for this much needed and well deserved trip, leave the disposable swim diapers at the big box store. Reusable swim diapers are the way to go!

Swim Diaper Options

Swim diapers are required at public pools and a safe bet to avoid embarrassing moments in the water! If you buy the disposable version, you throw the diaper(s) away after a day at the beach. Why not get the most for your money? Buy a washable swim diaper.

1. They are durable and easy to take on and off. This makes them perfect for potty training as well, they will not fall apart with a couple trips to the bathroom.

2. Keep unnecessary waste out of landfills, not to mention saving the chemicals and waste involved in the manufacturing of the disposable version.

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3. They can be used over and over again, passed down to siblings and/or sold to a another family.

4. They do not contain any harmful chemicals that may irritate your baby’s skin.

5. The disposable and reusable versions serve the same purpose. How well do they hold in urine? Honestly, that’s not what they are designed to do. It would be very difficult to make something that absorbs liquid while simultaneously keeping out another liquid. If they were absorbent, the diapers would just absorb the pool/lake water.

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As always with cloth diapers, there is a cuteness factor involved!

REDUCE~REUSE~RECYCLE

-Lynn

Mother’s Day- Mommy Giveaway!

These fantastic mom-owned businesses have come together to offer a great

Mother’s Day gift GIVEAWAY!

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One lucky (expectant)mom will win all this…

LLB newborn hat
TO ENTER: Click here- Mother & Earth. ‘Like’ the pinned post for the Giveaway and ‘Tag’ a NEW or EXPECTING mom you know in the comments (additional tags get you additional entries, new comment for each entry). One nominated (expectant) mom will be chosen to win the package above. Everyone that comments and submits entries will be entered to win a $25 Mother & Earth gift certificate.

FOR ADDITIONAL ENTRIES:

    • Click on the logos at the top of this post and ‘Like’ each of these mom-owned businesses on Facebook. (Each like is worth a entry)
    • Comment on each Facebook page, thanking them for participating in the giveaway. (Each comment is worth an entry)
    • Comment on this blog post by telling us how many years you have you celebrated Mother’s Day. (Worth 1 entry)

Contest ends Friday, May 9th at 3pm. Winners will be chosen by random.org. Good Luck!

Ear Infections

‘Tis the season for ear infections! When our oldest was diagnosed with a double-ear infection at nearly 1 year old; we did exactly what our parents did for us. We gave him the antibiotic prescribed by his doctor.  That was a fight in itself. He felt awful and now we were trying to force this medication down his throat. It made a huge mess and we were lucky if he got half the dose. Not even a few months later, he was diagnosed with yet another ear infection. We got his medication but we were a little leery about going through this again. I did some research online and the results shocked me. I recall reading, using antibiotics do not typically speed up recovery, using antibiotics to fight ear infections can lead to recurrent ear infections, many times ear infections are viral and antibiotics would be ineffective. Then, you have the possible side effects of antibiotic use: nausea, upset stomach, diarrhea, killing of good gut bacteria, allergic reactions, and building antibiotic resistance…. SCARY!Ear Oil

We opted to search for a more natural approach to healing his earache. We purchased some ear oil from a local health food store. I also made some homemade, but I found it was difficult to store and re-warm. I use the oil 3-5 times per day when our kids start to show signs of ear discomfort. When our first child was younger, I just warmed it up and put a few drops in his ears while he was sleeping, now that he is older, he lays down and loves for me to drop some in his ears and massage around the ear for a while. I also made some rice socks; it is incredible how long they hold heat. Recently, I stuffed them under my little one’s hat to keep his ears warm and free of the blustering wind. They also work well to lay on children’s ears while they sleep. The rice socks also come in handy for sore muscles.rice-socks-header Just be sure they are a safe temperature.

Our son had a few more ear infections after that, but we let them heal naturally. It has been over a year (he is 3 years old now) since his last ear infection. I feel like that may not be the case if we had given him antibiotics each time.

Now when we go to the doctor for an illness, we inquire as to the severity. Our pediatrician will tell us something like ‘if you want to see if it clears up that would be fine, just watch for these symptoms’. Our pediatrician understands we like avoid medical intervention unless necessary. I know that is not always the case with doctors so I encourage you to find a pediatrician that cares to understand you as a parent!

“Mainstream medicine would be way different if they focused on prevention even half as much as they focused on intervention…”  ~Anonymous

-Lynn Ross

Mom and Owner of http://www.MotherAndEarth.com

Please Note~ This blog is purely based on my personal experience and research. It is not intended to replace or give medical advice. In my store people ask my opinion and experience with natural healing so I thought I would share it here for all to read. Thank you.

Shop Small, Buy Local in Lansing, Michigan

You can make a difference in your community this Holiday season! Choose to shop local businesses and more of your money will stay right in your community. When you buy local you can walk into the store and typically talk to the owner. Local store owners stand buy their products and their reputation matters to them.

Here are 10 great reasons to support local businesses from Sustainable Connections.

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Buy Local — Support yourself: Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.(Click here to see summaries of a variety of economic impact studies; these include case studies showing that locally-owned businesses generate a premium in enhanced economic impact to the community and our tax base.)
Support community groups: Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
Keep our community unique: Where we shop, where we eat and have fun — all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Our tourism businesses also benefit. “When people go on vacation they generally seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace, not just anyplace.” ~ Richard Moe, President, National Historic Preservation Trust
Reduce environmental impact: Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.
Create more good jobs: Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in our community, provide the most jobs to residents.
Get better service: Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.
Invest in community: Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.
Put your taxes to good use: Local businesses in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.
Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy: A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
Encourage local prosperity: A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.

For coupons and details about shopping local in Lansing, Michigan, visit Shop Local Lansing.

-Lynn Ross

Co-owner of Mother & Earth Baby Boutique

Mom 2 Mom

Kids grow up so fast. That phrase sounds so cliche, but we all know it’s true. Sometimes though they grow up faster than we can keep up.

Thankfully, we can help. It is almost Mom2Mom sale season! For those of you who don’t know, a Mom2Mom sale is essentially a large garage sale that local entrepreneurs can go sell their products at, at a reasonable price!

Now there are a couple of tricks for shopping at one, (thanks to momsale.net):

Get there early, the line to get in can be really long OR buy a pre-sale ticket from Mother and Earth Baby Boutique (that’s us) for $5 and get in a half-hour early to the Peckham Sale!
Bring enough CASH in small bills to make purchases
Dress comfortably (walking shoes, layers)
Bring a friend (A friend is always more fun!)
Check out your items before purchasing (check for broken zippers, stains, etc)
If you want to see more tips, click on the link above!

MomSale.net

Make sure you stop at our booth at the coming Mom2Mom sales and say hello!!!

End of Your Rope

ropeParents can often feel that they have reached the end of their rope with their children’s behavior. How nice would it be, if children listened the first time they were told not to do something?  If a trip out in public did not warrant the parent wanting to melt into the floor out of utter embarrassment? It is difficult not to feel like a broken record; ‘I told you no’, ‘don’t do that’, ‘stop it’ are just a few phrases parents may find themselves repeating.  A poem by an unknown author found in the August 2012 edition of Body Mind Spirit Guide titled Be Thankful for Troubles…, sheds a different light on those ‘end of your rope’ moments:

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you to opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.
It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.
GRATITUDE  can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they
can become your blessings.

-Lynn Ross

http://www.MotherAndEarth.com

(517) 204-2248

Almost Here!!!

Kids grow up so fast. That phrase sounds so cliche, but we all know it’s true. Sometimes though they grow up faster than we can keep up.

Thankfully, we can help. It is almost Mom2Mom sale season! For those of you who don’t know, a Mom2Mom sale is essentially a large garage sale that local entrepreneurs can go sell their products at, at a reasonable price!

Now there are a couple of tricks for shopping at one, (thanks to momsale.net):

  • Get there early, the line to get in can be really long OR buy a pre-sale ticket from Mother and Earth Baby Boutique (that’s us) for $5 and get in a half-hour early to the Peckham Sale!
  • Bring enough CASH in small bills to make purchases
  • Dress comfortably (walking shoes, layers)
  • Bring a friend (A friend is always more fun!)
  • Check out your items before purchasing (check for broken zippers, stains, etc)

If you want to see more tips, click on the link above!

Make sure you stop at our booth at the coming Mom2Mom sales and say hello!!!