Tummy 2 Tummy DVD: review, interview and a contest

Tummy2Tummy Babywearing DVD

I recently had a chance to sit down, put my feet up (ahhh) and watch some of “Tummy 2 Tummy: THE Babywearing Instructional DVD.” If you’ve ever had a question about babywearing, I have to say this is THE place to look for answers.

The DVD is broken down into four sections based on four different types of baby carriers: Ring Slings, Pouches, Asian Back Carriers and Simple Pieces of Cloth, with experts in each carrier type providing the instruction. Each of those sections is then broken down into an introduction, techniques – including safety and comfort, demonstrations of positions – beginner and advanced – including nursing in various positions and wearing two babies, and troubleshooting.

If you are like most moms you probably don’t have time to sit down and watch a 2 1/2 hour DVD in one sitting, which is why I love that the DVD allows you to skip around to the sections that you want to watch. So if you are interested in learning how to use a pouch for the hip carry position for a baby or toddler, you can jump right to that section. Want to find out how to nurse in the front wrap cross cradle position? Skip to that section. It’s very easy and user-friendly.

Now that I’ve seen all of the different positions you can wear a baby in and the various carrier types available, Jody is going to have to seriously restrain me from buying more! I’d love to have a pouch for use around the house, a pretty mei tai for more formal occasions (wait, when do I have a formal occasion? hmm, it could happen), as well as some nice pieces of cloth just because I was blown away at how easy it is to MacGyver a simple piece of cloth into a great baby carrier!

I think Tummy 2 Tummy would make a wonderful gift for a mom-to-be or a new mom or any mom for that matter! I wish I would’ve had this when Ava was a baby and I was having so much trouble figuring out my ring sling (which I have since donated). I spent a lot of time holding her in arms when I really just needed to find the right carrier for me.

Tummy 2 Tummy sells for around $19.95 (depending on the retailer). You can find a retail store near you or purchase online. Visit this page for more information.

I also recently had the opportunity and privilege to interview Sharon Pickersgill, the creator of Tummy 2 Tummy. It was wonderful to learn more about her (we have more in common than I originally thought!) and the process of making the DVD. What a labor of love!

Amy: Can you tell me a bit about yourself and your family?

Sharon: I am a stay at home mom with two small children. Ashley is 4 years old and Trinity is 17 months. I love to cook & bake, workout at the gym, take Yoga and read books. I’m currently reading Wayne Dyer’s newest “Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life”. My husband and I met in college and have been married for 12 years. So we waited quite a while to have children. I worked full time before having Ashley as an accountant for Coca-Cola and planned on going back to work, but everything changed the moment she was in my arms. I didn’t know anything about breastfeeding or Attachment Parenting but all I did know was I wanted to be there for her and I didn’t want her to “cry it out.” I soon discovered Dr. Sears and knew that this was for me. I applied to be an Attachment Parenting Leader for North Phoenix and started the first ever group in Phoenix, AZ. After getting to know many natural parenting mothers through API, I found the courage to have a beautiful home birth with Trinity. (Ashley, my first, was born in the hospital with an epidural and many complications.) The biggest thing I’ve learned over the last year is to take care of myself. Having two instead of just one has been a lot harder and I consistently take small breaks just for me, like working out at the gym, Yoga, going out on dates with my husband and doing meditation at night after the kids are asleep.

Amy: What was your inspiration for creating the DVD?

Sharon: In 2003, I had my first baby and like most parents went out and bought a Baby Bjorn. After just 6 months, I thought my back would break and saw someone else use a sling. I went to a local breastfeeding store where they sold slings and asked someone who worked there to please show me how to use it. After spending almost an hour with me, I quickly fell in love with babywearing and wanted to learn everything I could about it. I did a lot of research on the Internet and found a few small video clips with a home camcorder but the quality wasn’t that good. At the time, there were only 1 or 2 big name baby carriers that had their own DVD to accompany it, but it was specific to that particular carrier. My husband is a videographer and I said to him that we need to make a DVD on how to wear your baby that is non-product specific and can be used with any carrier. I contacted four babywearing experts throughout the country and flew them to our home, one by one, to videotape the DVD.

Amy: How many months did it take from when you first began working on the DVD to it’s completion?

Sharon: I came up with the idea in Aug of 2004 and got all 4 babywearing experts to agree to do the project within a month. Our first filming took place in Oct 2004. Each expert had to fly out separately for a weekend and we filmed non-stop except to eat and sleep. It was exhausting! A couple of the experts had to come out twice because the first time around didn’t turn out the way we wanted. Babies are tough to work with. They didn’t like the bright lights and heat from the cameras and there was a lot of screaming and stopping because they needed to nurse or sleep or just weren’t happy. It was challenging. As we got further into it, we realized “This is why no one has done this before.” We completed filming at the end of January 2005. Slowly over the next 7 months, my husband edited the movie. He had to go through hundreds of hours of tape and many, many takes to find the best one available. In August/September 2005 we had members of NINO (Nine In Nine Out…a babywearing organization) review the DVD to make sure we were on the right track. They did have a few comments but overall were very impressed with the DVD. By the end of September 2005, after watching the DVD literally hundreds of times, we finally sent the final proof to our DVD manufacturer in California. Because the DVD is so long (over 2.5 hours), we had to make it a duel-layer disc, which is more expensive and can hold more data at a higher quality. Duel-layer discs are what all the Hollywood movies are made on. The DVDs took four weeks to make and ship to us and on Nov. 1, 2005 we started selling them on our website, www.tummy2tummy.com. After the first year, we made the decision to only make the DVD available through our distributors so that it would place more importance on them instead of us. Our DVD was made to be sold with a baby carrier and not really on it’s own.

Amy: I imagine that filming a DVD with several small children could present some unique or possibly challenging situations. Do you have any funny or interesting stories to share from the filming?

Sharon: I don’t know about funny. Those poor babies. Some of them were totally fine and happy when they were not in front of the camera and then when we started filming they just froze and started screaming. Having a screaming baby isn’t going to help people to learn “how to wear” their baby. Some babies were amazing and loved the camera and we worked with them as long as possible. But even the best babies could only do it for an hour or so at a time and we filmed for like 12 hours a day while the experts were here. So I learned to have many back-up babies available so we can switch them out quickly. It was a lot of starting and stopping and having a lot of patience and knowing that it would all be worth it at the end.

Amy: How many baby carriers do you personally own? What are your favorites?

Sharon: I used to really be quite a babywearing addict. I had around 12 carriers but some of my favorites are Silk Zolowear sling, Kozy Carrier, Ergo, Hug-A-Bub Wrap & the Kangaroo Korner Adjustable Fleece Pouch.

Amy: If you had to choose one type of carrier (from the four on the DVD) as your only carrier, which would it be and why?

Sharon: Hum…that’s not really a fair question. Seriously, I have one of each in my car right now and use them all frequently. As long as people are wearing their baby with any type of carrier, I’m happy to see it!

Amy: Lastly, do you have any plans for future babywearing DVDs or other projects in the works?

Sharon: We have talked about possibly doing an updated version of the DVD but it would be several years away. I’m seriously not sure if I would do it or not. It was so much work making this DVD and so very worth it but I wouldn’t want to go through the process again. My husband is working on all sorts of other video projects but mostly his aspirations are to make movies full time. This fall, he is going to do just that. He is filming his first full-length feature independent movie. I’m hoping that someday I will accompany him to the Oscars for a movie that he made!

For me, I will continue to stay at home with my two girls, become a better cook, read, exercise and work on Tummy 2 Tummy. Someday, I would love to see my DVD selling at Babies R Us, next to more and more slings as babywearing becomes more mainstream.

Amy: Thank you so much for your time, Sharon, and for sharing a bit about yourself and your wonderful DVD. Best of luck to you, your husband with his film, and your whole family. 🙂 We’ll be watching for you at the Oscars!

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Win it!

If you’d like to win your own copy of “Tummy 2 Tummy: THE Babywearing Instructional DVD”:

  • Sign Mr. Linky below
  • Link to this contest on your blog. (Don’t have a blog? That’s OK. Just be sure to tell a friend or two about the contest.)
  • Leave a comment saying why you’d like the DVD (is it for yourself/for a friend/for an AP or babywearing group?)

You must do all three things to be eligible to win the DVD. The deadline to enter is 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12. The winner will be chosen at random on Sept. 13 and announced later that day. Good luck!

Updated to add:
On a related note, Steph at Adventures in Babywearing is giving away a Strawberry Fields Forever sling by Rockin’ Baby (valued at $102). Check it out.

Doll pouch/sling giveaway

It’s time for another giveaway!

Want to win this cute doll sling for your child? My mom made it for Ava, but it’s a little too snug (and she’s making her a new one), so I’d like to give this one away to another future attachment parenting (AP) daddy or mommy. 🙂 It’s reversible – pink on one side, blue on the other (see below). I think it would fit most 2 and 3 year olds, but Ava is a pretty big girl (38 inches tall, 36 lbs.), so that’s why it’s snug on her. Ava loves the pouch and was so delighted to do some baby wearing of her own with a sling that’s her size! Thanks, mom!

Ava doll pouch Aug. 2007 Ava doll pouch 2 blue side of the pouch

If you’d like to win it, (1) sign Mr. Linky, (2) leave me a comment telling me why you’d like to win, and (3) link back to this post on your blog – you can use the button from my sidebar if you’d like, but it’s not required. (If you don’t have a blog, you can still enter, just be sure and tell a friend about the giveaway.) You must do all three steps to be eligible. The deadline to enter is 10 p.m. Mountain Time Friday, Aug. 31. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on Sept. 1. Thanks!

Speaking of babywearing…

My Wordless Wednesday post this week is a pic of me wearing Julian in the Moby. I don’t use the Moby all that much now that he’s such a big boy (and nearly 9 months old) and the fabric stretches out a bit. My carrier of choice is actually the Ergo. (Love it!) But I must say that even though he’s a chunk-a-monkey, I still love wearing him. There are so many times (on hikes, in stores, at the farmer’s market, etc.) when it’s so much more convenient to wear Julian rather than try to maneuver a stroller. He has actually only been in a stroller (our two-seater jogging stroller that’s still out of commission due to a missing wheel – oy!) a handful of times. Otherwise if we go out somewhere, I’m wearing him. He loves being near eye-level with the rest of the world and I love the closeness and knowing he’s safe and comfy.

Segue into a couple cool babywearing contests… 😉

Steph at Adventures in Babywearing is giving away a cute and colorful Baby Dagny Peekaboo Pouch. I’d love to get my hands on this! I really need a quick and easy carrier for those times I want to pop Julian in for a few minutes to get something done (like push Ava on the swing in the backyard and keep him from eating dirt and grass). 😉 Also worth noting is the fact that Baby Dagny is currently having a big warehouse moving sale – 75% off prices!

Also, When 2 Became 3 is giving away a beautiful wrap that she made herself. Very nice! 🙂

3 boys – answers revealed!

Three days ago, I posted a guessing game for you all to guess what TWO things the three boys in this picture have in common.

3 boys

Your guesses were varied but a handful of you got at least half of it right!

While they actually have MORE than two things in common, the TWO THINGS I was thinking of when I posted the picture are that they:

  1. All were born at home.
  2. All had the same midwife in attendance at their birth!

The other things they have in common are:

  1. All are breast-fed
  2. All are intact (not circumcised)
  3. All were born in 2006
  4. All have crunchy, AP mamas (or as one of my friends put it “ultra-cool” crunchy mamas)
  5. And yes, all are cute!

If you guessed any of the above things, give yourself a pat on the back and an extra scoop of granola! You are getting to know the “crunchy domestic goddess” quite well. 🙂

August’s Breastfeeding Carnival – “Leaving Ava for the first time”

Welcome, Breastfeeding Carnival readers. This month’s topic is “Learning to Let Go” and refers to letting other people care for our nurslings. After you finish reading my post, I hope you will stop by the other blogs mentioned below to read their stories as well. Thanks!

The first time my husband Jody and I both tried to leave Ava for an evening was when she was nearly 6 months old. The company Jody worked for was having a formal Christmas party and the idea of a night out among adults after 6 months of staying at home with a little one got me a wee bit excited. Up until this point, the only person she’d stayed with besides me was Jody and that was only for short amounts of time.

Because we had no family in the area, we made tentative plans for Ava to stay at our friends’ house, which was, very conveniently, less than five minutes away from the restaurant where the party was to take place. These friends had a son who was 7 months older than Ava. They were/are a very AP (attachment parenting)-friendly family and I had no qualms about their ability to provide Ava with loving care in our absence.

Because Ava had never had a bottle (and had yet to start on solid foods), I was a bit worried about what would happen if she got hungry. However, since the place we were going was so close by, the plan was that I would feed her when we would dropped her off, then we’d sneak over to the party for an hour or two and I would come back to nurse her if need be, and then go back to the party. It sounds fool-proof, right?

Jody and I were dressed to the nines, so excited about an evening out among adults, when we dropped Ava off. Ava was very familiar with our friends and we felt confident that she would do OK with them for the evening. She was doing fine right before we left, but now that I look back at this picture of her and my friend, she seems to have a look in her eyes like – “hey mom, what’s going on?”

Ava with her first babysitter 12/10/04

We got back in our car, which suddenly felt very empty without a little person in the backseat, and drove to the party. We were there for about 10 minutes when Jody’s cell phone rang. As soon as I answered, I could hear Ava crying in the background. 🙁

My friend told me she was fine physically, but was very distraught about the fact that mommy and daddy were MIA. My heart crumbled. I felt torn because although I really wanted to stay at the party, I knew my girl needed me. We agreed that they’d give it five more minutes to see if she calmed down and if not, I’d head back over there. Five minutes later, the phone rang. I grabbed my purse and headed back to their house.

Ava was a mess of tears when I arrived and took her into my arms. Poor girl. I felt horrible – both that she was so distraught without me and that my friends had to listen to her crying while they held her, unable to do anything to make her feel better.

Nearly immediately, I put her to my breast. Her body relaxed and the cries stopped. Instant comfort.

There was no way I could try to leave her again that night, so I took her back to the party with me. Unfortunately because my usual happy-as-a-clam little girl had already had such a traumatic time being away from mommy and daddy, she was on edge as when we went into the restaurant. Many coworkers approached us wanting to say hi and Ava lost it. 🙁 I took her to the car where we hung out for a while as she nursed and slept, while Jody wrapped things up at the party. Then we all headed home.

The evening didn’t go at all as planned, but my priority was always my girl. More parties and evenings out would come along, but I would only have one chance at developing a secure attachment with my child. I think I made the right choice and would do it again in a heartbeat.

Here are the other people participating in this month’s carnival (the list will be updated throughout the day):

You know, for kids

Breastmilk makes my tummy yummy

Today, Aug. 7, marks the last “official” day of World Breastfeeding Week. However, because there is still quite a bit on the subject that I’d like to write about, I plan to blog more about breastfeeding throughout the month of August.

If you are a breastfeeding mama, you might want to consider adding some children’s books about breastfeeding to your library. They are fun to read with your nurslings (kids love reading about one of their favorite things – mama’s milk!), and also come in handy to read to slightly older siblings when a new baby joins the family. The good news is there are several great books out there to choose from.

We have I’m Made of Mama’s Milk by Mary Olsen and Breastmilk Makes My Tummy Yummy by Cecilia Moen and I like them both a lot. I wish I’m Made of Mama’s Milk had better quality pictures in it, but the story and rhyming are fun nonetheless. Breastmilk Makes My Tummy Yummy also has some cute rhymes in it, and includes drawings of children of different ethnicities breastfeeding, as well as toddlers nursing and tandem nursing. Both books have been favorite bedtime stories in this house with Ava, and I’m sure they will continue to be appreciated by Julian as well.

Another breastfeeding book that we will be adding to our library soon is Near Mama’s Heart by Colleen Newman. I won this book from the Attachment Parenting International online auction, and am excited to get it. Near Mama’s Heart, with colorful photos of nursing babies and their families, describes the power of breastfeeding from a child’s perspective.” (It is also available in Spanish.)


Here are some more books about breastfeeding for kids:

Mama’s Milk by Michael Elsohn Ross

The Best Gifts by Marsha Skrypuch

We Like to Nurse by Chia Martin

and

Michele: The Nursing Toddler – A Story about Sharing Love by Jane M. Pinczuk (I’m especially interested in learning more about this one since it’s specifically about a nursing toddler. Might have to buy a copy.)

Another book I found while browsing Amazon that’s not specifically about breastfeeding, but is all about baby wearing is A Ride on Mother’s Back: A Day of Baby Carrying around the World by Emery Bernhard. It looks like a great book to add to any AP-friendly children’s library.

I’d be happy to add more children’s books about breastfeeding to the list if anyone knows of more. Thanks!

Here are the rest of my posts about breastfeeding from the past week:

Lastly, thank you to everyone who sent in your breastfeeding pictures for the collage. I will be sharing it later in the week. 🙂

Edited to add: Elizabeth at The Whole Family is giving away a set of 10 breastfeeding encouragement cards in honor of WBW.
The cards say:
“I just wanted to pass along this little note to let you know how much I appreciate seeing you, a fellow mother, nursing your child in public. You are setting a wonderful example for other mothers and future mothers and showing our children how normal yet beautiful breastfeeding is.”
Want to win? Go check out her giveaway.

“The things they say” – breastfeeding carnival

tandem nursing 7/15/07

The topic of the July Carnival of Breastfeeding is “The things they say.” This refers to the funny, strange, uninformed, and otherwise interesting things that people (including our own kids) have said to us about breastfeeding. 🙂

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A few months before Ava was born, my mom – who breast-fed all three of her children – asked me if I was going to start rubbing a towel on my nipples to toughen them up in preparation for breastfeeding. Yikes! I hadn’t thought of doing that! Is that the kind of advice they gave out in the ’70s? I’m glad I was taking a breastfeeding class at the time. The instructor clarified for me that there is no reason to toughen up your nipples. You might be sore while first learning to breastfeed, but if baby is latched on properly, it should not hurt.

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My mother-in-law once told me she heard that breastfeeding women shouldn’t eat chocolate. *GASP* Thank God that’s not true (at least it wasn’t for me)! I think that would be harder on me than rubbing a towel on my nipples!

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I believe I’ve written before about some of the things Ava has said about nursing (in her now 3 years of nursing), but here are some more funnies that come to mind. 🙂

When she was between 2 and 2 1/2 I asked her what my milk tasted like and she replied, “strawberries.”

She recently has differentiated between my two breasts. The right one is “soft” and the left one is “squishy.” I guess it could be worse. 😉

The other day I decided to “interview” her a bit to get a 3-year-old’s perspective on nursing.

Me: Do you like mama milk?
Ava: Yeah.
Me: Why?
Ava: Cuz it’s good for me to grow bigger.

Me: Do you like the way it tastes?
Ava: Yes.
Me: What does it taste like?
Ava: Tart (?) and yummy.

Me: How old will you be when you stop having mama milk?
Ava: I don’t know. Three? What?! I’m already 3!

Me: Do you think all kids should have mama milk?
Ava: Yeah.
Me: Why?
Ava: Because it’s good.

‘Nuf said. 😉

*After realizing I didn’t have any pictures of myself tandem nursing the kids (since it’s very rare that they both nurse at the same time), I asked Jody to take some. This photo was taken on July 15, 2007.

A reminder…If you missed the announcement of the winners of my World Breastfeeding Week photo contest, please take a look here. I’m still waiting to hear back from the 1st and 3rd place winners to claim their prizes.

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Here are more great (and downright hilarious) stories about “the things they say” below. 🙂

And the winner is…

Before I announce the first, second and third place winners in the World Breastfeeding Week photo contest, I want to thank everyone who submitted a picture. I received entries from 40 women and I wish I could give a t-shirt to every one! I had the hardest time selecting a winner, because, quite honestly, you are all winners when breastfeeding is involved – both you and your darling children. 🙂 I could have easily selected each and every picture as the winner and had several reasons why that one captured my heart. They were all amazing.

I received pictures of newborns nursing – one baby just minutes old, toddlers nursing, twins nursing and siblings nursing. Some children were nursing inside and some were nursing in the great outdoors. Some were close-ups, showing little ones gazing lovingly into their mothers’ eyes, and others were taking from farther away, showing a strong child-mother connection. There were even three pictures of toddlers nursing their own “babies.” Another photo was of three adult sisters – each nursing her own baby including an adopted little girl from Ethiopia. Some babies were sleeping, some were smiling, one was cuddling with a kitty, one was nursing while mama played the guitar! Each picture was unique and wonderful.

In the end, I decided to go with the pictures that I elicited the strongest emotion in me. Even though they might not be the “best” technically-speaking, I felt something when I saw them and that made the difference for me. 🙂

OK, without further ado…

First place goes to Ashley, for this picture of her daughter. I love the feeling of tranquility and innocence in this photo. Even though this little girl may have just been hard at play, she took a moment to nurse and reconnect with her mama, and soon drifted off to sleep. All is right in her world.

Ashley - 1st place winner

Second place goes to Mary (founder of No Mother Left Behind – a sling donation program), for this picture of her son nursing for the first time less than a minute after he was born in an unassisted home birth. I love that this baby is so alert and even looking up at mama as she whispered to him just moments after his birth. If only all babies could be so lucky to have such a peaceful start to their lives on Earth.

Mary - 2nd place

Third place goes to Nicole for this picture of her daughter nursing at 3 months old. The little clasped hands are what got me. Pure sweetness.

Nicole - 3rd place

To the three of you, congratulations! 🙂 Please email me to let me know which design you prefer (and, Ashley, what size t-shirt) as well as your mailing addresses. 🙂

Just to recap the prizes: The 1st place winner will have the choice of receiving either an “I make milk. What’s your superpower?” t-shirt or a “Lactivist” t-shirt. Second and 3rd place winners will receive their choice of a “Lactivist” bumper sticker, a “My honor student was breast-fed” bumper sticker, or a “Jesus was breast-fed” bumper sticker.

Here’s a collage of all of the wonderful entries. Click it to view it larger. 🙂 (Some women sent more than one picture which are included in the collage, but did not count towards the contest.)

World Breastfeeding Week photo contest collage

Thank you again to everyone who participated! You ladies are all amazing! 🙂

Oh, and if you have a breastfeeding picture but didn’t get to send it to me in time for the contest, please feel free to email it to me and I will keep building on to the collage, then post it again for World Breastfeeding Week. So keep those pictures coming! Even if you already sent one, but you’d like to submit another for the collage, I will take it! 🙂

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One final note, if you haven’t yet had a chance to check out the Attachment Parenting International auction, time is running out! The auction closes at 6 p.m. Central Time on Saturday, July 21. There are still a lot of great deals to be had, including on this recently added black MetroWrap baby carrier in the Skull Bling style, as well as a “That’s my baby’s lunch you’re staring at” ringer t-shirt from The Lactivist! Both items are currently well below retail value. Bid now, bid often, get some cool stuff and help support API. 🙂

Gotta love schwag

One of the many perks of having a blog, I’m recently discovering, is that sometimes people and/or businesses will send you cool stuff (aka schwag) for free. In some cases, they are hoping you will write about their business or product, but other times they are just sharing the love. Either way, I think it’s pretty darn groovy. 🙂

A few months ago, I received an email from a woman with the company Ebeanstalk, saying she saw my blog and wanted to know if I was interested in participating in their “Mother Board,” a nationwide group of over 500 moms that receives, plays with, rates and reviews their toys and products. Free toys for my kids? Sign me up!

I got my first box from them last week which contained four samples of baby/kid sunscreen (unfortunately, not the kind that I like to use on my kids – I prefer California Baby sunscreen because it is chemical-free), a Playtex Hip Hammock baby carrier(!), and a set of plastic molds for making cakes in the sand, etc. I was just saying to Jody that I wanted to try to find a hip carrier and then, low and behold, I got one for free in the mail! Ah, serendipity. It turns out that the hip carry position (at least in the Hip Hammock) isn’t so great for a roly-poly baby of 22 lbs. Maybe it’s the size of my baby or the Hip Hammock itself, but I just didn’t think it was comfortable. Jody tried it out too and said his back was hurting after 5 minutes. Since I can’t foresee us using it again (I think I’m going to try converting my Ergo to the hip carry position to see how I like that) , I might give it away on my blog. I think it would work better for someone with a smaller child. Anyway, even though it didn’t work out, I was still happy to get to try it (for free). The plastic cake molds were fun for Ava in the sandbox, and I think they’d work well at the “beach” if we go back to the reservoir. I’ll likely be “freecycling” the sunscreen. I’m looking forward to my next box from them to see what other goodies I/we get to try. 🙂

Another thing I recently received is a Maya & Miguel DVD from Scholastic and PBS. They, too, contacted me and asked if I’d like a free DVD, so I said sure. I’ve watched a couple of the episodes on the DVD with Ava and think it’s a pretty good show. I like that the brother and sister seem to get along quite well (unlike the PBS show “Arthur” which drives me crazy with DW’s incessant whining), there are good lessons to be learned and there’s some Spanish language and heritage thrown in as well.

I also recently received a babywearing instructional DVD called Tummy 2 Tummy to try out. I haven’t watched it yet, but it sounds quite promising. I will be sure to write more about it after I’ve watched it.

And I’m still in the process of reading Elizabeth Pantley’s “No-Cry Discipline Solution” book. I admit that after reading quite a bit of it, I haven’t picked the book back up in about a month. This summer has just been so busy. Anyway, I’m already using a handful of techniques from the book with Ava, but I’m looking forward to reading the section on parental anger since that’s something I think most parents struggle with, but very few talk about. I’ll be writing more once I have a chance to read more. 🙂

Anybody else want to send some cool loot my way? Clothes or shoes for my kids? Clothes or shoes for me? 😉 Actually, what I really need is a new purse. hehe. Or a good baby carrier for the hip carry position. 😉