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394 family fun article submissions by the Mothering community.

In Search of a Chocolate Advent Calendar

Last year we ended up getting a Charlie and Lola Advent calendar. It was cute and the girl loved it, but didn’t have chocolate in it.  Not that big of a deal, but it’s such a classic tradition! My only concern with the chocolate Advents was whether they were made  in China, the possibility  of it containing a concoction of chemicals and whether or not they’d been recalled. Seems as if all of the ones I came across were. So,this year, as December approached, I searched everywhere for a chocolate Advent calendar that wasn’t made in China. Finally, I found some at the... read more

BabyBunz Mega Cloth Diaper Giveaway and Flash Sale!

We may be thinking about gifts, but the babies in our lives still need their cute booties wrapped in the best cloth diapers available, day and night. Right? Here’s where this fantastic BabyBunz giveaway comes in. BabyBunz has supported Mothering for years; the mama-owned company was and continues to be a pioneer in the cloth diapering world. And now BabyBunz wants to bless you with a beautiful selection of cloth diaper items. Given that it’s gift-giving time, BabyBunz is also offering a Flash Sale (for 3 days only) on a trio of Mini Discovery puzzles,... read more

exhilaration (and anticlimax)

Ta-da! We are done, finished, through. Jan-Feb issue 164 is outta here! After the frenzy of layouts and proofing and file-sending, late nights and long hours, Managing Editor Melissa Chianta just signed off on the last page—which is a huge relief, and, as always, pretty much a source of wonder. But it’s also anticlimactic. Since after a day or two to catch our breath (And after, that is, we also finish up the digital version of the magazine, adding links and digital bonus material), the whole process starts all over again. . . Still, it feels... read more

Flash Sale: BEKA's Bestselling Easels, Made in the USA

BEKA: ECO-FRIENDLY and MADE IN THE USA… You might remember BEKA from Mothering’s Holiday Gift Guide this year; I featured their Little Builder Whimsie Block Set, Deluxe Block Wagon, and their Construction Zone. I completely fell in love with their beautiful handiwork, and clean, solid design. And now BEKA is offering a Flash Sale (30% off for 3 days only!) on their sturdy, beautifully designed easels–a worthy gift to nurture the young artist in your life. BEKA Deluxe Easel BEKA Adjustable Easel BEKA is perhaps best... read more

Toy Giveaway, Flash Sale, Free Shipping: The BabyGardner

The BabyGardner is one of my absolute favorite toy shops; they have a collection of the most precious, enchanting, handmade goods. They’re partnering with A la Mama to make this holiday season a little sweeter with the following great opportunities… GIVEAWAY: Ice Cream Beanbag Memory Match Game I fell in such deep love with this game that I featured it in the Mothering annual natural toy feature. Can you believe each ice cream cone in this adorable game is stitched by hand? Exceptional quality craftsmanship and materials make this set durable enough... read more

EO Holiday Giveaway

I love EO: the name stands for “essential oils,” which I rely on daily. This holiday season, EO is giving one lucky Mothering reader a sweet stash of limited edition personal care products. The EO Luxury Bath Gift Set ‘Serenity’ with French Lavender provides the perfect spa experience and is the ideal gift for anyone and everyone on your gift list. This gift set includes a 12oz French Lavender Serenity Bubble Bath and a 22oz French Lavender Serenity Bath Salt, all encased in a beautiful gift box, ready to give. The richly foaming EO French Lavender Serenity... read more

Holiday Cards

In the mailbox today, I found them: the first round of holiday cards from our (super) organized friends. Exchanging holiday cards is one of my favorite annual traditions. It’s great hearing from high school pals, college roommates, new acquaintances, and everyone in between. I love seeing pictures of my girlfriends’ babies…and all their kids as they grow up. As a couple still trying to navigate the waters of fertility and adoption, Ron and I don’t have a picture to send out of a little munchkin holding a stuffed Santa under a decorated tree. I guess we could send out a... read more

Don't Miss CCFC's Guide to Commercial-Free Holidays

- - If there is ever a time when commercialism seems inescapable, it’s during the holidays. Now, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has created a guide to help you find your way through the hectic holiday season. You can download your free copy here. - Frazzled? Cranky?  Anxious?     Overspent?   Looking for respite from commercialized holidays? About Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager for Mothering.com. Mothering is the birthplace of... read more

Giveaway: GoldenRest Eurofeather Pillows!

This holiday season, GoldenRest, the affordable adjustable bed company, wants to help you out and make sure you get the good night’s sleep that you deserve during the holidays.

 They’re giving away a pair of GoldenRest Eurofeather pillows to one lucky A la Mama reader. The Eurofeather™ from Pacific Coast® is filled with tightly curled duck feathers with no quills. •230 thread count, 100% cotton cover •Double needle corded edge •4-year limited warranty included with purchase To enter the giveaway: 1. Leave your best sleep... read more

MiYim Organics Sensory Balls Giveaway: 20 Sets!

MiYim Organics is giving away 20 sets of sensory balls to 20 A la Mama readers! Each set has two balls: one with loops and one with shapes. Here’s the product description: “Sensory Balls are perfect to help your little one stimulate motor skills and socialize with others. The loops are the perfect size for tiny hands to grip and shake to hear the chime sound inside. The shapes are the perfect size for tiny hands to pull and grip to hear the chime sound and feel the crunchy crinkle paper inside. Watch as your child grows and uses... read more

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