Giveaway #1: $50 Milk & Baby Gift Certificate

August 29, 2016

 

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Welcome to day 1 of our 5 day giveaway celebrating our upcoming milestone of 1,000 followers on Facebook! Thank you to all of our Pebbles community for standing by our side and opening your hearts to our journey!

Our first mama-run business feature is Milk & Baby.

Beth and Kim are the founders of Milk & Baby. It was created to fill a void in the fashion world. A place where mothers and soon-to-be mothers could feel empowered by their clothing. Clothing that is comfortable and fashionable to deliver babies in; to breastfeed in public in; to feel like a million bucks in even when they haven’t slept for 27 hours straight.

They have nursing dresses, nursing bras, nursing tank tops, nursing sweatshirts, nursing jewelry. This list goes on and on. They also have tons of maternity items, newborn clothing, and even this daddy skin-to-skin shirt!

Men's Skin-To-Skin Kangaroo T-Shirt {Black}

They also have this awesome style of shirts and onesies for littles.

Milk & Baby has graciously offered to be a part of our celebration! We will be offering a $50 gift card to Milk & Baby to one lucky winner. To enter this giveaway, you need to complete a few easy steps.

Step 1: If you haven’t already done so, Like Pocketful of Pebbles here

Step 2: Like Milk & Baby on Facebook here. 

Step 3: Comment and tag a friend on this post to be entered for the Milk & Baby $50 giftcard.

That’s it! The giveaway for this first item will be live 8/29/16-9/5/16. We will announce the winner on 9/5 on our Facebook page. Milk & Baby will then email the gift card code directly to you.

* This giveaway is open to all countries. You must be 18 or older to enter.

 

We hope you enjoy this week’s festivities!

Thank you to every single one of you! For supporting us. Encouraging us. Challenging us. Believing in us. And allowing us to share our hearts and lives with you in such an intimate way.

 

8 Ways To Snap Out Of A Bad Day With Kids

August 25, 2016

We all have them. You know those days that are so incredibly hard and everything, literally everything, is going wrong. It’s like an invisible path has been forged and we are somehow a magnet to every possible misfortune. I swear it’s on these days that I drop glass jars taking them out of the fridge, spill my drinks, stub my toe, bump into things and the list goes on. I practically burst into tears when I drop a peg, whilst one handedly hanging out the laundry, and simultaneously wrestling a wriggling baby on my hip. My kids fall prey to this negative energy force too. Their emotions are out of control, they can’t focus and play, they need me every second and they’re fighting incessantly with one another.

Many of us are familiar with the it’s too quiet scenario. It’s finally quiet for a few minutes. You know, however, there’s likely a little tornado creating some havoc with nail polish or toothpaste somewhere. The question..do you enjoy those precious minutes of silence, at the risk of the, yet, unquantifiable wreckage? I usually cop whatever mess transpires for those few minutes. Even if some mess and chaos has resulted, it’s helpful to remember that it most likely is not an emergency. I love this article.

These are the days I fall waaaay short of my peaceful parenting ideals. I snap out harsh words. My tone is sarcastic. My “words and tone of voice don’t match” my six year old informs me. My expressions are cold and unfriendly. My body language is rough and erratic. I’m not a nice person. But I can’t reign myself in. Every fibre of my being wants to indulge my big, annoyed, spilling over grievances. I long for the day when I have enough self control to simply begin down a new mental and emotional path when I’m in the midst of angst and chaos. For now though, I need to employ some hard and fast, concrete strategies.

These are the things that help us turn our bad days around…

1) Water

Water fixes just about everything. Well almost. Whether it’s a bath that you spruce up with some colour or kitchen utensils not usually played with in the tub, or some water play outside. Even something as simple as painting a fence with water and brushes can be fun.

2) Fresh air

Weather permitting, get outside. We have the tiniest backyard, but we’ll still head out there if we can’t get to a park or the beach. Our kids love scavenger hunts. It takes two seconds to write out (or draw) a list of bits and pieces they are guaranteed to find outdoors.

3) Change of scenery

See above. Or go to the shops (unless this makes everything worse), the library, the museum, a friend’s house… basically anywhere other than home.

4) A Picnic in a cubby

I’m pretty sure all kids love picnics and cubbies. Or a tea party. Grab some snacks and a drink and turn it into a picnic or tea party. Throw a blanket or old sheet over a dining table, grab some pillows and you’re all set. The kids might even ingest more than they normally would.

5) Bread

Who doesn’t love kneading some dough and eating fresh bread rolls. It takes no time at all to whip up some dough, give each child a small ball of the mixture to knead aka play with, and then pop them in the oven.

Or flatten those small balls of dough and make mini pizzas. Even if you only have tomato paste and cheese for toppings, they’ll love it.

6) Have a stash

This is an “ahead of time” thing. But can work wonders on those rough days. Have a small stash of goodies tucked away ready to pull out and let them go wild with some new bits and pieces. Simple things like stickers, markers especially for windows, modelling clay, anything you don’t have in your regular, every day art cart and so on.

7) Balloons

Unless your kids are terrified of them of course. Blow up a few to chase around or play balloon tennis using fly swats.

8) Contained sensory fun

Well, semi contained at least! We have a small inflatable wading pool that I use for messy, sensory activities. Things like loads of green lentils (they’re the smoothest), coloured rice, pasta. Or if you’re up for more mess, things like slime, goop, shaving cream, cloud dough and so on. The Imagination Tree has lots of great ideas and recipes.

When you lie in bed at night and reflect on your rough day – regardless of whether you managed to turn it around or not – remember these things…

* Forgive yourself. Give yourself a break.

* Know that, even when you feel like a complete failure, you are still the exact and perfect person your little one/s need.

* Everyone has them. You aren’t alone, despite the seemingly perfect world we see everyone else living in via Facebook. Remember, the snippet of someone’s life you see, is never their entire reality.

* Tomorrow is a new day. You have the opportunity to start afresh.

I’m Terrified of Bringing Home a Sibling

August 22, 2016

“What if big brother hates the baby?”
“Should we transition sister to her own bed before baby comes?”

“Is it a good idea to wean brother before baby arrives?”

“I’m so nervous to leave sister to go to the hospital.”

“What if he cries?”

“What if she cries?”

“WHAT IF THEY BOTH CRY AT THE SAME TIME?!”

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The 6 biggest lies I believed before having kids

August 19, 2016

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Just about all of us had a few wrong ideas about raising kids before we became parents ourselves. Some of these ideas might have been based on our own wacky ideas of how we would do things differently than everyone else. Other ideas we take for granted as new parents, only to realize later how laughable the idea was. Below are six of the biggest lies I believed before having kids.

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Miscarriage Grief Is Real

August 16, 2016

If you have had the awful misfortune of experiencing a miscarriage, you know the senseless pain. That deep, gut wrenching grief and the sadness that fills every breath you take. You know, all too well, that loss of a real baby that didn’t finish growing. The loss of a real baby that didn’t see the light of day. Of the baby you didn’t get to wrap your arms around and hold close to your skin.

This loss is real.
It is tragic and unfair.
It is heartbreaking.

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Why Kids Don’t Need School to Learn Math

August 15, 2016

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Let’s be honest for a minute. How many of you had a good experience with math when you went to school?

I know I didn’t, and it’s really unfortunate because I think I could have loved math.

I used play all sorts of counting games as a kid: counting my steps, counting coins, doing it in groups of 2, 4, and so on. These were just things I did because I enjoyed playing with numbers. At the time I never thought about it as ‘doing math’. Math was what we did in school: worksheets and finger tricks to learn my times tables.

I loved playing with numbers, I didn’t like math.

I did alright in high school math, I memorized how to solve equations. But I really did not enjoy a single math class. It was as though all the interesting parts of it were sucked out and instead we were taught HOW to solve math problems, never the WHY.

I ‘did math’ but I did not learn math, and I know my experience is not unique.

As a fairly new unschooling parent, the question about math niggles in the back of my mind regularly:

(How will my kids learn math if we don’t teach it to them?)

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I Let My Son Play With A Tampon

August 10, 2016

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I was 14 years old. I hadn’t started my period yet. My mom and I were at an event and I noticed something fall out of her purse. I saw the man behind her look at it, then immediately look away as if sparing her. I saw that it was a little blue wrapped underwear liner, so picked it up, no big deal, and handed it to my mom.
“Here. You dropped this.”
She grabbed it quickly and pulled it out of sight. “Oh my gosh, how embarrassing.”

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11 Tips For A New Mum

August 9, 2016

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Becoming a parent has been the most life changing experience I have been through. I had a superficial kind of head knowledge that things would change. I knew there would be some lost sleep. That there would be a little human requiring constant care. That my lifestyle would change somewhat.

To be honest though, all those adjustments aside, I thought it would be relatively straightforward. I had no idea that I would second guess myself more than ever before, that there would be so much conflicting advice everywhere I turned, or that I would feel this incredible, heavy weight of responsibility.

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Why I Let My 5 Year Old Use A Sharp Knife

August 8, 2016

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My five year old loves to help. REALLY help. Not in the ‘here’s bowl for you to pour some flour into’ kind of way. She wants to be a part of the real work we do. We run a business and when she comes to the shop with us she sweeps and mops the floors, she washes walls and cleans dishes. These are the things she can do there that truly contribute and those are the things she wants to do most. The watered-down ‘pretend’ version just doesn’t cut it. Of course, she is still only five and she also wants to play and this is always fine. Play and work are synonymous for children.

Our kids are much more capable than we give them credit for. We spend much of their young childhood’s trying to ensure their safety, and it is often to their detriment.

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