Thursday, February 28, 2013

{Breastfeeding in Style}: Post-Partum House Dresses to Lounge with Baby

     I know many of you sweet readers are moms-to-be. And just like the next mama, you are crossing off baby registry lists and getting everything just right for the arrival of your lovely little babe. I want to remind you, DON'T FORGET ABOUT YOU. The days after baby is born can be euphoric/exhausting and you don't have to throw out the idea of looking "cute" in the midst of all of it. And I like to purchase clothing that can work while breastfeeding without actually being made for breastfeeding. Mostly, you'll want to be comfortable, classy and have an easy way to breastfeed that baby of your's every 2-3 hours. 
    SO here are a few {I like to call} House Dresses, that are breastfeeding-friendly but absolutely wearable after you are done nursing your little ones. 
    
House Dresses to Lounge with BabyChemise $88 Nursing bra $24.



Breastfeeding Friendly Sleep Shirt

You can also read another post I wrote in the early Milk-Friendly days about ROBES and other post-partum things.
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P.S Just one more day to enter the BFF giveaway.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Hawaiian Aunties

     Aunties and Uncles: I would say it is one of the most endearing parts of Hawaiian Culture. The sense of family, or 'Ohana, is so strong here that it permeates the traditional familial bloodlines and crosses over to just about any elder who loves and cares for you children.
***And my boys have their Auntie Amelia***
   Technically, she's my sister's sister-in-law and one of my dearest friends, but still. 

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P.S. I picked the BABY GIVEAWAY winner and Vanessa T, I'll be waiting to hear back from you :) Still a little time to enter the MOM giveaway and a day or so for the FITNESS and BFF.

Friday, February 22, 2013

{Giveaway Goodness}: For My BFF Giveaway

Well hey there!
    Thanks for coming back and joining in for the last hurrah. Today is our (doo doo dodooooo) FINALE and it is all about my lady loves {because that's what you are, my online lady-friends}.
See look, here's your rose -----{---@ 
      I also wanted today's winnings to be chalk-full of gifts that I'd love to give my very best friends. I hope you like them and maybe you'll stay around after this whole party thing is over and we can stay friends from here on out. Mmmmmkay?????

1. $50 Gift Card to Tieks
2. $10 Gift Card to My Charming Colors Shop
3. $20 Gift Card to Francesca's Collection Boutique
4. $25 Gift Card to Life's Little Thrills shop
5. $5 to Nassim Naturals in her Etsy Shop
6. $25 Gift Card to Anthropologie

    It is super simple to enter. Just sign in with your Facebook or Email address (I need a way to get a hold of you if you win) and then the fun part >>>check all the entry items off the list. Nothing better than crossing off lists and increasing your chances to win free things. Make sure that you fulfill the mandatory entries, please! You cannot win without completing these tasks. 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
     Oh, and if it's your first time entering this week's giveaways, here's DAY ONE, DAY TWO and DAY THREE. You might still have some time to enter.

Please Note: Tieks, My Charming Colors, Life's Little Thrills and Nassim Naturals have provided their prizes for this giveaway. All other prizes are provided by www.Milkfriendly.com. This giveaway lasts just one week, so the last day to enter the giveaway is February 28th, 2013. 11:59 EST. Winner will be chosen by random and will have 72 hours to email me back to claim their prize, otherwise the prize will go to the runner-up. All prizes will be sent to winner directly from the company or www.milkfriendly.com. I am not responsible for lost/stolen items. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, 18 and older.


THANK YOU!!!!


P.S. This is NOT part of the giveaway, but if you feel like voting, that would be cool too.
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Thursday, February 21, 2013

     So I have a little confession. The last day of the giveaway will have to be tomorrow. The baby slept in and SO DID I {THE HORROR, I know}. Early mornings are usually my time to work on/finish things up on the computer.... and today I just. kept. on. sleeping. I hope you'll forgive me.

     In the mean time, there are still a few entries you can add to your repertoire like sharing the giveaway on Facebook, etc.


   The last and final giveaway is for all the lovely LADIES. So if you're a female, or, well a dude who likes high-end ballet flats that can fold up and fit in your purse (there's nothing wrong with that!) then you'll want to be back here mañana. 

Thanks for understanding about the sleeping in thing.
My best,
Maryam

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

{GIVEAWAY GOODNESS}: Let's Get in Shape

Aloha and Welcome back to my crazy days of giveaways! If you're just now peeking in, there were two other days of prizes still up for grabs found here: DAY ONE & DAY TWO. Today's theme is all about getting fit and feeling great. 
     You may have read the post about how I got back in shape after my third baby. If you didn't read it, you can get yourself caught up HERE. My oldest will be 5 years old in a couple months, and after carrying two more babies after him, I feel better than I have in a long, long time. Everyone deserves to feel great, even after you've carried the most precious cargo known to man {our bodies are miraculous I tell ya!} and well, I think today's giveaway offers you the tools to do just that: get fit and feel gooooood. 

     

    It is super simple to enter. Just sign in with your Facebook or Email address (I need a way to get a hold of you if you win) and then the fun part >>>check all the entry items off the list. Nothing better than crossing off lists and increasing your chances to win free things. Make sure that you fulfill the mandatory entries, please! You cannot win without completing these tasks. Also, don't forget that today is the third day of this 4-day giveaway. Tomorrow is our very last day so stay tuned.
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1. $25 Spa Finder Gift Card
2. "Magic Bullet" Style Medifast Blender
3. A Sample Box of 7 Medifast Meals
4. $5 to Nassim Naturals in her Etsy Shop
5. $20 Gift Card to Lululemon

Please Note: The blender and sample meals are provided by TSFL Coach Randall and Nassim Naturals provided her gift card for this giveaway. All other prizes provided by www.Milkfriendly.com. This giveaway lasts just one week, so the last day to enter the giveaway is February 27th, 2013. 11:59 EST. Winner will be chosen by random and will have 72 hours to email me back to claim their prize, otherwise the prize will go to the runner-up. All prizes will be sent to winner directly from the company or www.milkfriendly.com. I am not responsible for lost/stolen items. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, 18 and older.

GOOD LUCK!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

{GIVEAWAY GOODNESS}: For the Love of Mom Giveaway

Well hello and welcome back, pals!
     If you're just now stopping in, today is day TWO of my FOUR days of giveaway. Yesterday's giveaway (which you can still enter HERE) focused on baby and today, my friend, it's all about you (that's me assuming you're a mom or mom-to-be... and if you're not, please don't run off, you're still just as welcome). So go ahead and enter to score this heap of marvelous prizes for you or someone you love.


1. Your choice of any Glamoumom's Nursing Bra Long Tank.
2. $50 Gift Card to the Busy Mom Boutique.
3. $20 gift card to Little Hip Squeaks.
4. $5 to Nassim Naturals in her Etsy Shop.
5. $10 Gift Card to My Charming Colors.
   
     It is super simple to enter. Just sign in with your Facebook or Email address below in the Rafflecopter widget (I need a way to get a hold of you if you win) and then the fun part >>>check all the entry items off the list. Nothing better than crossing off lists and increasing your chances to win free things. Each day this week will be another group of awesome prizes with different themes so be sure to check in again tomorrow.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please Note: Glamoumom, Busy Mom Boutique, Little Hip Squeaks, Nassim Naturals and My Charming Colors provided the prizes for this giveaway. This giveaway lasts just one week, so the last day to enter the giveaway is February 26th, 2013. 11:59 EST. Winner will be chosen by random and will have 72 hours to email me back to claim their prize, otherwise the prize will go to the runner-up. All prizes will be sent to the winner directly from each company. I am not responsible for lost/stolen items. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, 18 and older.

See you back here tomorrow. Same place. Same time.

Monday, February 18, 2013

{Giveaway Goodness}: All Things Baby Giveaway

Aloha Pals! 
     Thank you for joining in on my big giveaway week. It means a lot to me to have so many of you visiting me and the fam here at my virtual "home." Many of you have been here from the very beginning and some of you might be dropping in for the first time. Either way, I consider you my compadres and like I would with any dear friend, I am eagerly giving you things. Well, these generous companies are giving you things and today I get to feel the exhilaration of presenting them to you. So get comfy, check out all the prizes and get hyped. We can see if you are as stoked to win it as I am to give it. 
1. Bebe au Lait Jaipur Gift Set: Includes one nursing cover and three burp cloths
2. A baby layette from San Belle: Includes a Longsleeve Bodysuit, Shortsleeve Bodysuit, Pair of Pants & a Sleeper
3. $20 gift card to Little Hip Squeaks
4. $5 to Nassim Naturals in her Etsy Shop
5. Your choice of any Onesize Cloth Diaper from Terra Baby
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     It is super simple to enter. Just sign in with your Facebook or Email address (I need a way to get a hold of you if you win) and then the fun part >>>check all the entry items off the list. Nothing better than crossing off lists and increasing your chances to win free things. Also, don't forget that today is just the 1st of 4 days of giveaway. Each day this week will be another group of awesome prizes with different themes so be sure to check in again tomorrow.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please Note: Bebe au Lait, San Belle, Little Hip Squeaks, Nassim Naturals and Terra Baby provided the prizes for this giveaway. This giveaway lasts just one week, so the last day to enter the giveaway is February 25th, 2013. 11:59 EST. Winner will be chosen by random and will have 72 hours to email me back to claim their prize, otherwise the prize will go to the runner-up. All prizes will be sent to winner directly from the company. I am not responsible for lost/stolen items. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, 18 and older.

Friday, February 15, 2013

{Fortuna Family Happenings}

Hi Friends! Today I have lists of things I really need to share with you :)

     First things first: do you like the new look? I've been tinkering with the vibe and design of the blog and updating things here and there. I sometimes have 5-7 minutes to speed through and finish one task at a time, so things will slooooowly start looking different around here.
Here's another re-design I did a while back, but forgot to share for the Grommom
     Next, one of my affiliate sponsors and my MOST BELOVED waterproof, babyproof, sandproof, everythingproof phone case from LifeProof is offering a special sweetheart discount right now. Hop on over and get yourself 15% off ALL LifeProof cases and accessories. Click here and order before 12am Sunday the 17th to use your CUPID15 code at checkout.
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   We also took a few family photos which I am currently sifting through. It's been a long while since we've taken photos as a whole family and now we have a new little man to include. I was hoping to put a holiday card together to send out but I am looking at these now aaaaaaaand I am not sure we have any usable photos. Lots of blurry rowdy boys and concerned babies.
Ocean's HALP face
      You might be asking yourself, "Why holiday cards now? It's February, you crazy lady!" Well, this is the time of year that our family celebrates Ayyám-i-Há, a time for us to be hospitable, exchange gifts and engage in acts of charity. So with that, I am in the mood to GIVE THINGS AWAY, to you, my virtual kin of course.
    So starting Monday, I will be hosting a big ol' giveaway (well, at least by Milk-Friendly standards). There will be lots of breastfeeding-friendly things for you, fancy shopping and relaxation gift cards, rad baby stuff and more. Scroll and click through below to scope out and get familiar with who'll be a part of that giveaway party. Also, to make sure you don't miss out, it might be a good idea to >> subscribe by email<< now, so that you can make sure you won't be tardy for the party {because nobody wants that}.







Ok, so see you here at "my place" this Monday? 

With love,
Maryam

Thursday, February 14, 2013

{Sakura Bloom Sling Diaries}: Tradition

Similar Chambray Top. Similar Shorts. Ballet Flats.
My dear boys,
      I sat on this month's theme and couldn't exactly put my finger on why my mind went completely blank. We are entering into our fifth year as a family and I can't say that we've established any sort of concrete tradition thus far. I racked my brain trying to think of some place or some thing that we do that will be passed on from generation to generation. But nothing seemed to come to me.
     And then it hit me. I may not have had the time and clarity of mind over these passed five years to plan certain events or coordinate particular customs, but I do know {and hope!} that your Daddy and I can pass on one of our most beloved beliefs. We, as your parents, are a part of YOUR life, not the other way around. We have such a short time with you boys under our wings and we want you to grow up knowing that every day is for you. Not only that, but that on each of those days, you just. feel. LOVED.

Happy Valentines Day, my boys.
With all my heart,
Mommy

Monday, February 11, 2013

{Breastfeeding in Style}: Picks from the Prabal Gurung Collection for Target

     Yesterday, Target launched their coveted Prabal Gurung collection in stores and online. Now I don't normally leap at Target's designer collection realeases, but I have to say that I think this collection is stunning. I especially love Prabal's use of prints, color blocking and the refreshing silhouettes he offered in many of the dresses. So...before all the goods fly off the shelf, I wanted to share my favorite pieces that are both stylish and breastfeeding-friendly...
Breastfeeding in Style: Picks from the Prabal Gurung Collection for Target


{Also, if you are an avid Target shopper and don't already follow my friend Jen and her pal, Laura from "Target does it Again" you should definitely jump on it.>>> tumblr and instagram}
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