Our February Box

Our February Box was all about the pretties. The lovely products we featured in this month’s box were made by lovely people. We want you to know a little more about them.

Gypsy Soul Organics – Gypsy Woman PerfumeMost perfumes are made from synthetic ingredients. That is no good for you or your baby. However we love perfume because it has a magical way of making you feel a little more confident. You’ve done something extra special for yourself that took all of 3 seconds. We love this scent from Gypsy Soul Organics. They make wonderful scents for men and women, but this one was perfect for February. The scent is a little sweet without smelling “perfume-y” so it won’t upset your sensitive stomach. Amy is the owner and she has such care for moms. She has 2 babies of her own and knows how much care you deserve.

Bee Lucia – Lavender Amethyst Candle February is my birthday month and amethyst is my birthstone, but truthfully I’ve never liked wearing amethyst. However, if you put it in a candle with lavender, I’ll take that all day, any day. This is a calming candle to help you days move more peacefully. Bee Lucia is a mother & son company who wanted to create scents that were safe for you and your home.

Art Naturals – Dead Sea Mud Mask Any time I get together with my sisters we do some kind of pampering thing: paint our nails, use a hair treatment; but our favorite is treating ourselves to a good, at home facial. Turn any free time you have into spa time with this mud mask to deep clean your face, body and hair with 100 percent natural and organic Dead Sea Mud Mask. Natural clays and botanical extracts work together to clear acne, reduce pore size, diminish lines and wrinkles, and fight the signs of aging. It’s good for redness and eczema, too.

Don’t Stare Without a Smile – The Easiest Way to Encourage Parents

Anyone who is a parent has been there: at the grocery store somewhere around lunch time and nap time. You just need a few things and are trying to make fast decisions, but then your kid, for no reason or for every reason, loses it. The meltdown has happened. In the next moments you are trying to finish your thoughts about what to get and get out of the store. And in the meantime, you know, all eyes are upon you.

Of course it’s human nature to put our gaze on something that’s loud or disruptive. And sometimes it’s hard to look away. Depending on your personality and personal experience, I have a few bits of advice on how to be a help in these moments.

The first option if you see a parent with a crying child is just to look away and go about your shopping. There’s no need to stare, roll your eyes, internally compare your child (real or imaginary) to theirs, or to mumble about anyone’s behavior to anyone else. One of the worst feelings is when you think your child is disrupting other people. The truth is they may be disrupting your grocery store zen, but they don’t need to know that or have your glares make them feel even worse.

However, if in your glance at the loud commotion, you catch the eye of the mom or dad with the sad child, just smile. Not a jolly smile, but a compassionate “you’re going to make it” smile. It shouldn’t be long, but it should be sincere.

If you are seasoned, older parent, don’t offer advice; give encouragement. I have two wonderful memories of seasoned parents, total strangers, who made me feel that parenting out in the world wasn’t going to be so bad.

The very first time my husband and I went out to eat with our daughter, she was about 6 weeks old, and we went to Torchy’s Tacos. Torchy’s isn’t fancy, but that didn’t matter. She started getting fussy, and I nervously looked around the restaurant to see who we were disturbing with our crying baby. It was winter and too cold to go outside, so my husband and I took turns rocking and bouncing and soothing while the other took quick bites of tacos.

The first person we apologized to was a man sitting solo at the table next to us. His response, “I’m traveling for work and I have 3 kids at home. This makes me feel like I’m right at home. I’m happy here; your baby isn’t going to bother me at all.” And he stayed at the table. He could have been lying through his face, but his kindness fell so gently on us as new parents.

Then along came an older couple and they intentionally sat at the other table next to us. The elderly lady put her hand on my shoulder and said, “We’re going to sit right here, and your baby isn’t going to bother us at all. You just keep right on eating. We’ve all been there.” She must have overheard our apology to the man and preemptively assured us that we were going to be just fine.

In that one meal, I felt so encouraged by how gracious people could be about crying kids.

Fast forward a year and a half to the grocery store. I was very pregnant with our 2nd kid, and my daughter was refusing to get into the shopping cart. While I worked to get her bucked up, a lady runs over to me and said, “We’ve all been there. It gets better. You’re doing a great job.” And then she jets out to the parking lot. That was it, but I walked into that store with such assurance. I relished in the stranger’s words for the rest of the day.

I still do.

Extending grace to people, parents or not, should be common practice, and the more you do it, the easier it will be. There is also a chance the stranger you showed a small kindness to will write about you in her blog post because it was one of the most encouraging moments of her life.

5 Ways to Treat Mom this Valentine’s Day

If you have a mom in your life whether your wife, your daughter or your own mom, you are probably looking for a way to show her your love this Valentine’s Day. As moms, we would love any of these. There is definitely one for you.



A necklace with her kids’ names – I know this is kind of Mother’s Day-y, but if you’re buying for a new mom, her heart will melt over this thoughtful piece of jewelry by Layered and Long.




Flowers – I know roses are classic and they are beautiful, but let me recommend a bouquet of peonies. You don’t have to add any greenery or filler to them, so if you can’t splurge on this Neiman Marcus arrangement, just buy a short, square vase and scout out peonies at your local florist or grocery florist.



Chocolate – The good stuff. If you’re a novice chocolate buyer, just know the higher the percentage, the less sweet it is because there’s more pure cacao in it. SRSLY chocolate is one of our most favorite Austin companies because good chocolate is one of our most favorite things.



A pretty dress – My mother-in-law frequently gifts me clothes and I feel so special. Of course this one requires you to know the mom’s size and style, but gifting a dress makes her feel pretty and fresh and ready to receive compliments. (Everyone compliments a lovely dress.) If she’s expecting, this is an especially thoughtful gift because she might be less inclined to make many clothing purchases. Dresses featured can be found here, here, and here.


Of course we’re Mama Bird Box. Our favorite way to show a mom or mom-to-be how fabulous she is is to give her the pregnancy subscription box, Mama Bird Box. This month’s box has pampering items galore to help her feel all the love. It’s also a gift that can keep giving each month, so share the love again and again well beyond Valentine’s Day. Check out with the coupon code LOVE to get 15% off any order. Coupon expires at the end of the month.