Sunday, August 02, 2009

Back to School with Stylish New Bento 2.0


At last - our friends at Obentec have come out with the new and improved Bento 2.0. These stylish new Laptop Lunches come with all the great features we loved about the original systems plus some great new additions.

Your kids will love the trendy new Alien and Flower designs. You will love that one of the smaller inner containers now comes with a lid making it much easier (and not so messy) to pack watermelon, apple sauce and all their back to school favorites.

SuperMomz is proud to carry the complete Laptop Lunches line. (If you're new to these amazing Laptop Lunch Systems, check out our post Greener School Lunches and see why they're so hot!)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Labor in Style!

Ok ladies - let's admit it, who wants to give birth in those yucky, blue hospital gowns? I bet not many of you raised your hands! They are uncomfortable, unattractive and make you feel like you're in hospital because you're sick - not about to give birth. Oh - and let's not forget that they are OPEN all the way down the back exposing everything for all your visitors and strangers in the hallway to see.

Luckily, labor apparel has come a long way so stress no more - there are some great solutions to help you feel both comfortable and beautiful as you experience the wonder of childbirth.

We'll start with birth apparel. If you're looking for extra coverage and amazing features - then the Thankini Top by Binsi is the birthing top for you. It's adaptable and unique design with front hooks and side snaps allows it to easily accommodate medical equipment and breastfeeding. This Thankini pairs up so well with the PrimaMama original and Sport Birth Skirts. Both these skirts feature an adjustable waist, side slits, under belly cut and as with all Birth Binsi apparel - they can accommodate all medical equipment.

Time to recover in comfort! Don't worry - you still won't have to wear that regulation hospital gown even after you've given birth! 1 in the Oven has come to the rescue with their earth friendly hospital nightgowns. Made with 100% organic cotton these gowns feature discreet openings for easy nursing access. Two styles are available with either 3/4 length sleeves or short sleeves.

So, whether you choose to be stylish in Birth Binsi or 1 in the Oven, we hope you feel comfortable, confident and beautiful as you start one of the most amazing times of your life.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Go Ahead - Burn Your Bra


Go Ahead - we dare you - burn (or throw out) those old frumpy nursing bras as you'll no longer need them! Our friends at PassionSpice Nursing and Maternity Lingerie have rescued modern moms from the frumpy, unattractive and lets face it - embarrassing nursing bra.

Finally, someone realized that we no longer want to wear the nursing and maternity lingerie that our mothers wore. They realized that being a mom doesn't mean you stop being a stylish and sexy woman.

We so excited to be able to give a $50 gift certificate to PassionSpice to one lucky mama. It's easy to enter to win. Just check out the PassionSpice website and comment on this post letting us know which of their nursing or maternity products you like best and why. If you want a bonus additional entry to this contest - just go to our website too and comment on this post telling us which of our products you like best - we'll give you an additional entry doubling your change of winning. Then If you have a blog/website we'd love you to link to this post too (but not needed to enter). We'll be selecting one random winner on Friday 3/6.

Hope you decide to enter and we can't wait to read your comments! Thanks so much to our friends at PassionSpice for sponsoring this contest.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

So Many New Products

Lots of great new products have been arriving this week. Here's a quick update...
  • The Shower Hug is a therapeutic band which brings relief to breastfeeding mothers that is long lasting, by providing support and relief when and where it is needed most. Not only is it a miracle find for breastfeeding mothers, it is also of great comfort and relief for those who are recovering from mastectomy, augmentation, reduction, reconstruction and lifts.
  • Melinda G Nursing Bras are both stylish AND comfortable. Affordable too. Check out the great selection.
  • The Diaper Clutch is a great solutiong for when your diapers get lost at the bottom of your diaper bag or oversized purse!
  • Linx and More Heart and Soul Charm Pendants - you must check these out. I get stopped every day and asked where I got my "soul" pendant.

Remember to keep checking back as I'm adding new products each day. Thanks as always for your support and loyalty.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Book Club - The Milk Memos


Finally, the first book review in our SuperMomz Book Club! Are you planning to return to work after your maternity leave or struggling to balance work and family? If so - read on - as you won't want to miss this great book.

This week I've been reading The Milk Memos: How Real Moms Learned to Mix Business with Babies-and How You Can, Too. When I first picked up this book, I thought it would be a fictional story and not at all useful to a new nursing mom about to return back to work. However after just a few pages I realized how wrong I was!

The book provides vital information for moms feeling torn about returning to work after maternity leave. Alongside valuable tips and checklists, this book cleverly features the daily pumping room diary of several nursing moms at IBM. As you follow their story you'll learn how they deal with the challenges of balancing work with their family. They'll inspire and energize you as you read how they survive pumping and overcome all the obstacles that come their way.

I laughed as I remembered dragging my breastpump to work and trying to find time to get away to pump just as the Milk Mamas do. Their diary entries not only cover breastfeeding/pumping but also the guilt of leaving the baby, finding childcare providers, establishing a schedule and negotiating with your employer.

The Milk Memos captured the exact feelings and emotions I experienced and brought back some fond memories too. I'm sure I'll be giving this book as a shower gift in the new future and recommend it as a must-have for all working moms. Have you read it? Post your thoughts/review below to share with your fellow nursing moms.

Friday, January 30, 2009

The Extra 20 - SuperMomz Weight Loss Challenge

At last - all that holiday season eating has finally come to an end! I stood on the scales this morning and came to the shocking realization that I've gained 20 pounds!

This "extra 20" did not appear overnight though! It was sneaky and crept up on me gradually over the past year or so. That extra one or two pounds here and there went unnoticed, but now it's impossible not to notice!

Having always been on the slim side (sometimes too slim) I keep asking myself how I let this happen? All that late night snacking, sitting at the computer all day and grabbing snacks as I run out to pick up the kids certainly contributed.

With so many diet plans, exercise plans and weigh loss programs out there - how on earth can a busy mom like me select the right plan, stick to it and shed that extra 20? There must be other women and moms out there with the same problem right? I know I'll need a little company and motivation on my weight loss journey so would love you to join me. If you want to shed a few pounds and join my Extra 20 Weight Loss Challenge please let either email me (info@supermomz.com) or comment below (please include your email address so we can contact you). I'm still working out the details but there will be some great prizes and I'm on a mission to check out all the latest and tried and tested weight loss programs.

Don't forget to keep checking back as I'll update the challenge details soon.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Working on being CPSIA compliant

I'm sure by now you've heard about the new cpsia requirements limiting lead and phthalates in children's toys and products. This law goes in to effect on 2/10/09 (followed by an additional requirement in August 2009) and has many manufacturers and retailers both confused and frustrated as the testing requirements are both unclear and costly.

Many children's products are handmade by moms like you and me. We hate to see our fellow moms and business women suffering financially as their businesses are threatened while they struggle to be compliant and still stay in business.

However frustrating this new law may be to us at SuperMomz, we're committed to taking safety seriously and are working hard to ensure that SuperMomz WILL be cpsia complaint as of 2/10/09.

If you have any questions regarding the safety or compliancy of any of the products in our collection, please contact us and we'll get you the information you need asap.

Thank you for your continued business and for trusting that SuperMomz is a safe place to shop for your loved ones.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Introducing SuperMomz Book Club

I'm doing a lot of reading these days! I read while my daughter is in her ballet class, I read while the kids are playing at the park and I read late at night when the everyone is sleeping and the house is quiet.

As of mother of 2 little ones, I've found myself reading an amazing assortment of baby, parenting and breastfeeding books - many of which you'll love. So - starting in February (as I still have to finish the first book we'll be featuring) SuperMomz will be featuring our weekly Book Club.

If you'd like to be notified when a new book is added/reviewed, please email me at info@supermomz.com with a subject of book club. I know that you seasoned moms have also read some great books so please comment below with some suggestions. We'll be covering all the parenting topics as well as a just for fun fiction selection.

If you'd like to provide a guest post for the book club please also email and let me know.

I'm looking forward to checking out your suggestions and can't wait to get reading.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Moms Love Linx and More on Valentine's Day


I LOVE Linx and More! These lockets make amazing personalized gifts for your loved ones. If you know me personally you'll see me wearing my Soul Locket almost daily. If you're a relative of mine you've probably received a heart or soul pendant for your birthday. If you're a good friend, you'll have received one for your latest "milestone" birthday (oops - if that birthday is coming up - I've just told you what you'll be getting but I think you knew that anyway)! In fact - I ordered one for a friend earlier today. With Valentine's day just around the corner these lockets and pendants really are the perfect gift.

Here's how you'll design your personalized Linx and More Locket:

  • First choose which locket you'd like. The heart and soul lockets are best sellers (and they've just added some great new ones)
  • Then choose the charms. Moms love to add their kids initials and birth stones.
  • Finally select a chain. The new CZ chains are very cute and also come in pink!

Moms, Sisters, Girlfriends and BFF's will LOVE their what's in your heart locket. Don't miss our Valentine's Day special - to save 5% on all Linx and More Jewelry just enter code linx at check-out.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Top Leading Moms at StartupNation

We're excited to have signed up for the first annual 2009 StartupNation Leading Moms in Business competition, which will rank the top 200 mom-run businesses across America as determined by popular vote. Every vote counts and we'd really appreciate your vote. With just one click below you can submit your vote for us - no forms to fill out or anything to sign up for - we promise:)

Vote For Us in the StartupNation Leading Moms in Business Competition
Thanks so much for you support. We'll let you know how we get on.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Day 5 - Stylish, Sexy, Pregnancy Mama - on a budget

Hit the stores - with a plan. By now you've read days 1 through 4 of this series right? You've slowed down and looked at what's already in your closet, determined exactly what you need, thought about what's underneath and bought some nursing/maternity bras! Now it's time to hit the stores and go shopping - with a plan...

Remember - us girls like shopping at the best of times and shopping for maternity wear is no exception! I'd start by visiting the maternity store in your local mall (Motherhood, Mimi Maternity, Pea in the Pod). Although their prices may be more that you're willing to pay, the sales staff should be experienced and able to advise you as to which styles and sizes you should try. You do not need to purchase anything - just try on some outfits (with the "belly") and get a feel for what you like or don't like.

Then - I'd go to your local discount store as many of them carry some really great maternity wear. I'd also Shop at Target.com they have a whole line by Liz Lange which is affordable and just as stylish as her designer line. They even have a maternity clearance department which has some amazing deals starting at just $4.99.

Old Navy is another maternity treasure! Many of the items they offer are similar if not the same as items sold at the Gap - but at about half the price. They currently have some great tops, pants and jackets on clearance starting at about $5.99.

If you have a Ross Dress For Less in your city - it is definitely worth a visit. Most of them have a maternity rail (or several rails in our local store) and you can pick up some great items at unbelievable prices.

Don't forget the local thrift store. As maternity clothing is only worn for a few months you can usually pick up some great finds and it great condition too. I found a great black, Mimi Maternity, wool skirt which I wore and wore for work. I think I paid only $4!

Discount department stores can also be a great shopping source. Both Sears and JC Penny have maternity departments in many of their stores.

Our last tip is to remember to purchase your pre-pregnancy size. So if you usually wear a size 8 and the maternity jeans in a size M are marked for sizes 8-10 - this is the correct size for you. Do not go by your current size. The designers/manufacturers have allowed room for your belly to grow:)

All you experienced moms have discovered many other tips to share with your fellow Stylish, Sexy, Pregnant Moms. Remember, when you comment with a tip you're entered to win a Belly Bandit. Don't forget to leave your name and email address (or email it to us info@supermomz.com) so we can notify you if you win.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Day 4 - Stylish, Sexy, Pregnant Mama - on a budget

Take time to buy some quality nursing bras. Many first time moms are not sure when to purchase a nursing bra or why they even need one! Here's the facts - you need one (or several)! Nursing Bra's are no longer the frumpy white bra's you may have seen in the past! Several

Why do I need a nursing bra?
  • Most moms experience an increase in breast size during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Although this size change will vary greatly from woman to woman, the increase is usually at least one band size and one cup size. For example a woman who wore a pre-pregnancy size of 36c could expect to need at least a 38d.
  • A nursing mother needs to select the correct size to avoid mastitis and plugged milk ducts.
  • Wearing the correct nursing bra size will help prevent neck and shoulder aches and pains.

When should I purchase a nursing bra?

  • It is usually best to wait until a few weeks before delivery to purchase your nursing bra however remember that your ribcage will continue to expand to accommodate your growing baby. A good choice is a bra which has several hooks on the band so that you can use the smaller hooks once your ribcage shrinks back after the baby is born.
  • Your cup size will also continue to increase as your body prepares to produce breast milk.
  • We do not suggest waiting until after the baby is born to purchase your nursing bra.
  • Approximately 3-5 days postpartum your milk will come in and temporarily increase you cup size due to engorgement.

How should my bra fit?

  • Most maternity and department stores have trained staff to help you choose the correct bra size.
  • All the breast tissue should fit inside the cup. You should not see any part of your breast spilling out of the cup or side seams.
  • The band should not rise up at the back. If it does you may need a smaller band size.
  • If you choose an underwire bra, the underwire should fit around the breast and not pinch or squash it. Many lactation professionals suggest than nursing moms wear softcup bras as the underwire can cause a clogged duct by digging in to the breast tissue.

How can I measure myself? Yes - here's how (you'll achieve best results if you measure yourself while wearing an unpadded bra).

  • First you'll need to calculate your band size. To do this you'll need to measure around your rib cage just below your breasts. If you're measuring yourself be sure to check that the tape is level all the way around! Add 5 to this number and this will be your band size. For example if this measurement is 29" you'll add 5 and your band size will be 34. If this number is an odd number you'll generally need to round up to the next even number.
  • Next you'll need to determine your bust/cup size. You'll need to measure around your bust at the fullest point. Again, you'll need to make sure that the tape is level all the way around. The difference between the band size and the bust/cup measurement is your cup size. Each one inch represents one cup size. For example is the band size is 36" and the cup measurement is 38" you would wear a 36b.

Difference in Cup Size

1 inch A cup, 2 inches B cup, 3 inches C cup, 4 inches D cup, 5 inches DD cup, 6 inches E cup, 7 inches F cup

You'll find that different bra styles may fit you slightly differently so you'll want to try on a few to ensure you find the most comfortable one. If you're still unsure of your size or just want a second opinion - most stores have trained professionals who are happy to help you or contact your local lactation consultant.

Now for the fun part - shopping. As we mentioned earlier, nursing bras have come a long way. Two of our favorite sexy and stylish brands are PassionSpice and Eve Alexander.

I know you experienced moms have discovered many other stylish nursing bras so please post your tips to share with your fellow Stylish, Sexy, Pregnant Moms. Remember, when you comment with a tip you're entered to win a Belly Bandit. Don't forget to leave your name and email address (or email it to us info@supermomz.com) so we can notify you if you win.

Check back tomorrow as it's the last day of this series and we'll be talking about "hitting the stores"!