Earth Mama Angel Baby Review and Giveaway!

37 Weeks Pregnant With Jackson

37 Weeks Pregnant With Jackson

The product I am reviewing today is “A Little Something for Mama-To-Be” by Earth Mama Angel Baby. This is a mini kit of trial sized products for pregnancy including Organic Morning Wellness Tea, Earth Mama Body Butter, Happy Mama Wash, Happy Mama Spray and Natural Stretch Oil.

First of all I would like to say that this company is amazing and I would like for you to read their mission statement:

Earth Mama believes in the natural process of birth, and the healing power of nature. Our mission is to provide safe, herbal alternatives for pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and babies of all ages, and to help educate people about traditional plant medicine and safe personal care. We manufacture natural and organic products that work, combining generations of women’s wisdom and traditional plant medicine with the safety and assurances of contemporary evidence based research. If it doesn’t measure up to Mama’s standards, it doesn’t leave the building. That’sMama’s Promise®.

Read Mamas Promise by clicking here!

When I was pregnant with Jack, I used a variety of of products from Earth Mama Angel Baby and still use some of the baby care line for Jack now. I have tried almost all of the herbal teas from EMAB and they are all delicious. My favorite tea was the Third Trimester Tea. It is super yummy and made me feel relaxed and at ease in my last anxious few weeks. But lets talk about the products in the kit…

Organic Morning Wellness Tea:

This tea is caffeine free, contains ginger and mint so it soothes those rolling waves in the pit of your stomach during those early weeks of pregnancy. It is tasty all on its own but I like to add a tsp of honey to mine. I prefer it hot but when made into iced tea, it becomes a refreshing treat in the hot summer months.

Earth Mama Body Butter:

I hate to feel greasy after applying lotion or any kind of body product. I actually avoid body butters in general because I do not want to feel like a greased pig after a bath. BUT this body butter is like a thin layer of velvet all over your skin. It does not leave a sticky or unpleasant residue and has a light fragrance. The fragrance is a slightly sweet aroma with vanilla and orange. Love it!

Happy Mama Hand to Toe Wash:

This is a foaming wash that is scented with grapefruit and ginger. The one word that came to my mind while using it was ZING! This is an exhilarating fragrance in my opinion, refreshing and yummy. It is a foam wash, lathers well and rinses clean. And since this product is in the citrus family, it wont smell funny when you follow with the Body Butter above.

Happy Mama Spray:

I have to say, this was my favorite product in this kit. I had not tried this one before receiving this sampler and I was surprised when it was my favorite. When I am having a stressful day, I reach for it right away. The bottle says, “Naturally Uplifting Aromatherapy Mist”, and I could not agree more… UPLIFTING is the best word to describe this product. Just like the Butter and the Wash, it has a citrus aroma. All three products smell different but complimentary, so they work well together.

Natural Stretch Oil:

I used this product religiously when I was pregnant with Jack. I cannot say that I have 0 stretch marks but I can say that I did not have any until 38 weeks and I gained 64lbs. I feel like this product definitely helped my skin stretch with my growing baby and it also helped with the itching I had as my skin stretched. This is an oil and again where most will make you feel slippery and greasy, this one absorbs really well. Especially when applied immediately after a hot bath or shower. There is a smell to this product but it is faint. In fact I cannot even tell you what it smells like because it is so mild. Of all of the products in this kit and listed above, this would be my highest recommended during pregnancy.

This kit would be a perfect gift for any expectant mother and if you would like to order one of these or any of the other great products, please visit the Earth Mama website by clicking here.

Of course you could just get one of these “A Little Something for Mama-To-Be” for FREE! That’s right Jacks Crunchy Mama and Earth Mama Angel Baby is doing a GIVE-A-WAY! 1 US or Canadian Winner will recieve “A Little Something for Mama-To-Be”. Drawing will be held August 9th, 2013 at 6PM CST.

To enter the giveaway you must complete the following:

1. Be a follower of Jacks Crunchy Mama. (To follow this blog, look for a small +follow button at the bottom right corner of the screen from a desktop, or include your email in a comment and I will send you a direct link.)

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3. Comment below confirming that you have done the previous 2 requirements.

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Not Pregnant? Breastfeeding? Earth Mama has a whole line of nursing friendly products as well.

Earth Mama Angel Baby also offers a free e-book on their webpage “Herbs and Breastfeeding” so make sure and check that out as well.

“Disclaimer: Earth Mama Angel Baby provided this product for my review at no cost.”

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The American Dream: Angel Britches

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Locally to me, here in Baton Rouge, there is a great little store named Angel Britches. This store is the only store of its kind in this area and serves the community well by being here. This store is a natural parenting store! Yes, you heard correctly… Some of you may be wondering “what does she mean by that?”. They carry a wide variety of products that many attachment or natural parenting people would use for their little ones.

Here’s a list of some product types available in the store:

Baby Carriers
Organic Crib Bedding & Blankets
Cloth Diapering Supplies
Herbal Teas
Pregnancy Items
Breastfeeding Supplies
Sustainable Menstrual Products
Natural and Non Toxic Laundry
Natural and Non Toxic Bath and Body
And many other Green products!

I met the owner Stephanie Methvin a few years back well before Jack was born. I was hosting a natural birth awareness night at my home and she happened to attend. (Ah the magic of Facebook) She mentioned to the group that she owned a cloth diapering store across town and I didn’t really think much about it at the time.

A few short months later I became pregnant with Jack and decided I would go check out her store. I walked into a tiny little storefront on the side of a strip center. I was immediately surrounded by things that I had never even heard about let alone considered using.

She was friendly and patient with my ignorant self, explaining the pros and cons of cloth diapering and the basic functions of each style. I didn’t buy anything that day, but the store left a wonderful impression on me and I knew I would return in the future.

I began shopping and stocking up on things I would need and want for Jack and developed a quite profound friendship with Stephanie. I later in my pregnancy began filling in for her at the store sporadically and now continue to work at Angel Britches 2 days a week.

Angel Britches has grown tremendously in the past year moving from the tiny storefront I mentioned above, to a larger storefront in the same shopping center and now to the largest mall in Louisiana. Now they are located in the Mall of Louisiana on bluebonnet and interstate 10.

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I sat down with Stephanie last week and conducted a mini- interview about her store Angel Britches.
AB interview

1. What made you want to start a cloth diapering store?

We were cloth diapering my son and he was 6 months old at the time. We had to shop online for all of our diapers and it was so disappointing when we would get the stuff in the mail. We went to Zuka Baby in New Orleans and thought it was cool. We had wanted to open a baby store before but did not really want to be just another clothing boutique. When I realized cloth diapering was growing in popularity and since it was so hard to find, we decided to do that. Wanted a specialty item, something to set us apart from “Walmart”.

2. How did you come up with the name?

First I thought it would be blessings or something else like bottom blessings… I was trying to think of another name for bottoms. My dad was a CB’er and my CB handle was possum britches. So the original name was that, Possum Britches. I started to think well possums aren’t really that cute. When trying to design the logo, i decided to put a baby possum wearing a diaper, then when I added the halo, it clicked. I called Jairus (her husband) on the phone and we decided to name it Angel Britches instead and change it to a baby instead of a possum. It was so funny because while I was on the phone with him, I said “you’re not going to believe this but I just saw a dead possum on the side of the road”. Some of our vendors still think we are possum britches to this day.

3. What would you want every AB customer to know about Stephanie Methvin?

I don’t want anyone to ever feel guilty about choices because of me. But that’s not really about me…

I guess that no one knows how to do anything perfectly. Cloth diapering, parenting breast feeding, whatever it is, you have to figure it out…its an art.

I love my kids but I am not the or even a parenting authority. Do whatever works and feels right to you, love your kids. I am not a snot and I don’t want people to think that.

Cloth diapering is not moral or immoral – don’t do it or do it- it’s okay either way.

4. Who has had the greatest impact on you as a small business owner?

My husband, without him we would not even have a store or be in the mall. He’s a doer. I’m more of a thinker. It’s him 100%. He still comes and works here after a 12 hour day. He’s personally delivered everything from diapers to nipple cream.

5. Advice to other budding small business owners?

Try to find something different – a void that needs to be filled. Don’t give up when it starts stinking. Work your butt off. Have a separate source of income if you can & look at it as an investment.

6. What’s your favorite thing you sell?

The Medela pump in style. I used it 38 months and it was a champ. Plus 3-4 of my friends got to borrow it and use it as we’ll during that time. I feel that it was because of my pump I was able to breastfeed as long as I wanted to.
100% exclusively breastfeed without using formula and afforded me some freedom. My family could help feed my baby and I could still work at LSU too.

7. How has AB life changed since moving to the mall?

Definitely faster paced. to me the biggest change has been that since we have more employees and more customers, I’m not personally selling to every single customer. Theres a lot more exposure to the public. People know about us and have seen us in the mall. I love riding the escalator or walking in the mall and hear people talk about Angel Britches, it’s very interesting. They have no idea I am the owner so I can hear the in filtered opinions.

8. Where do you see AB 5 years from now?

Multiple locations maybe a few more malls, maybe franchising to others who want to personally own an Angel Britches.

9. What is the greatest misconception about cloth diapering?

That people don’t have enought time to do it. I was married, worked 7 days a week, homeschooled and took care of 3 kids. There were other issues a
and problems but cloth diapering wasn’t one of them.
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I am giving away a $10 gift certificate to Angel Britches! You must do the following to win:

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Drawing will be held Monday June 3rd 6:00 PM CST. Winner will have 24 hours to claim prize.

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To visit Angel Britches Website click here.

A picture of Stephanie’s beautiful family is pictured below.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

MSG: Harmless Food Additive

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MSG:

A laboratory created food additive used to enhance the flavor of food. Mono sodium glutamate is the full name.

MSG is passed off as a “natural” and harmless food additive that can be used instead of salt to enhance the flavor of food. MSG or monosodium glutamate is far from natural, it’s lab created and can cause an array of health problems.

Adverse reactions include but not limited to:

• Headache
• Flushing
• Sweating
• Nausea
• Weakness/numbness
• Heart Palpitations
• Chest Pain

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I personally am subject to migraine headaches upon consuming this substance in foods. I try to avoid MSG but it is tricky sometimes because manufacturers are not labeling MSG only as Monosodium glutamate anymore. Some of the other names for MSG in our food are:

Autolyzed Yeast
Calcium Caseinate
Gelatin
Glutamate
Glutamic Acid
Hydrolyzed Protein
Monopotassium Glutamate Monosodium Glutamate
Sodium Caseinate
Textured Protein
Yeast Extract
Yeast Food
Yeast Nutrient

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Here’s some additional sites to read up on MSG and the health effects.

Mercola

Food Matters

Pure Proactive

Toxic Juice We Drink Everyday

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Toxic juice we drink every day- and when I say “we” I mean the general public. You won’t catch me drinking anything Brominated EVER! And I’m writing this blog post to explain why.

First of all what is bromine?

bro·mine (brmn)
n. Symbol Br
A heavy, volatile, corrosive, reddish-brown, nonmetallic liquid element, having a highly irritating vapor. It is used in producing gasoline antiknock mixtures, fumigants, dyes, and photographic chemicals. Atomic weight 79.904; atomic number 35; melting point 7.2°C; boiling point 58.78°C; valence 1, 3, 5, 7. See Table at element.
[French brome (from Greek brmos, stench) + -ine.]

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So basically there are companies using bromine in food additives. The most common one is BVO- Brominated vegetable oil. Food and drink manufactures use this substance primarily in citrus flavored items. BVO works as a preservative so that the citrus flavoring does not separate out.

The thing about BVO is that it is illegal in most European countries but NOT in the US. The reason is because it is TOXIC!!!

What can this substance do to your body?

Skin rashes and severe acne
Loss of appetite and abdominal pain
Fatigue
Metallic taste
Cardiac arrhythmias

Then the thyroid issue is the one that strikes home for me having hypothyroidism. Basically bromine prohibits the body from absorbing iodine which is essential for the thyroid to function. To read more about this click HERE and HERE

Below is a screenshot from the website of a popular product, notice the ingredients list… Brominated vegetable oil is listed. It’s not hidden, so now that you have read this blog post, you have no excuse to ever drink bromine again! Right? Promise right now… That you’ll read every label… Waits…. Ok great! If you need electrolytes, find a natural source or drink some coconut water.

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Visit the source web page by clicking HERE

Eating healthy is too expensive! Fact or Fiction?

I cannot tell you how many people tell me in conversation “it’s just too expensive to eat healthy”. While there are a lot of things by comparison that are more expensive to buy organic or natural over conventional- many things are less expensive.

Here’s an example: I recently went shopping for some items at my local outdoor produce stand. They purchase and stock many local grown items and I love to support local & small business. The small local farms are usually not certified organic but they usually have less chemicals and are not irradiated. Here’s the list of goods I obtained:

1 huge long stalk of broccoli
1 whole cantaloupe
3 lbs dried navy beans
4 extra large carrots
2 avocados
5 lbs sweet potatoes
12 baby red potatoes
3 heads of garlic
2 apples

How much would you guess this would cost in a traditional grocery store? Or even Whole Foods? $25, $35, $45?

I can tell you that avocados are usually $1-1.50 ea, and that broccoli would’ve been $4, Navy beans $6-7 so that about $11-12 right for just the 3 items.

I paid $15 for all of that food. In this case buying healthy local and fresh was a lot less expensive. I encourage you to seek out a farmers market or local produce stand and see the difference for yourself!

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