Saturday, November 24, 2012

Celebrate Small Business Saturday with 20% off!

Thank you for supporting small businesses, like ours!

Take 20% off all items in our Etsy shop TODAY ONLY!


Other small businesses we support include:

Sign 4 Baby -2 for 1 registration in the Sign, Play & Learn classes taught all over San Diego county.
Babies in Bloom - Open today 9a-5p. They are accepting AmEx and offering specials
Rock Easy Diaper Co Open today from 10a-2p and accepting AmEx
Ohana Wellness - Use code: PERFECTGIFT for a discount on the "Bonding with Baby" bundle
Natural Kidz - 20% off online sale
G.L.Buck Plumbing
Chris Steffens Glass (This is my uncle's hand blown glass company. He makes beautiful glass art.)

Small business owners, feel free to add your holiday promotion in the comments of this post.

Happy Shopping,

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief | How You Can Help

By now, you've seen the destruction that Hurricane Sandy has caused to the upper East Coast and read stories of the hospitals having to evacuate due to failing backup generators.

I haven't personally watched too much on the news, but I have seen the first hand photos via Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and have read the comments of real people who have lost so much. One lady in particular commented that she saw her baby's car seat floating in her own house and the crib was flipped over(and presumably soaked). That comment stuck with me, maybe because I have a 6 month old, maybe because it's my "industry", or maybe because it is an opportunity to help parents in need.

Our hearts and prayers go out to all the victims, but what can we do to help?

There are a number of places that are taking donations:

The Salvation Army
Victims of Hurricane Sandy
536 W 46th St
NY, NY 10036

4916 Arthur Kill Road
Staten Island, NY 10309
(this is a local cafe that is taking donations for the area to distribute)

Hurricane Sandy Donations
219 Beach 129th St
Belle Harbor, NY 11694

Island Park Fire Department
440 Long Beach Road
Island Park, NY 11558

The greatest needs right now are blankets, diapers, wipes, underwear, water, coats, and pre-mixed formula. I also imagine that baby carriers and portable cribs would  be greatly appreciated right now. (There are also lists of other items needed being posted on the Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive Facebook page.)

The easiest and potentially least expensive (as far as shipping costs go) way to send items are through Amazon, or other online shopping channels (although I have not tried yet to see if they will ship to these addresses).

You can also TEXT the word "REDCROSS" to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross Diasater Relief.
($10 will be added to your phone bill and you must be over 18 to do this.)
** Verizon has pledged to match text donations up to $1M [read more here]**

The Red Cross is also taking blood donations, as they always are, to find a blood draw near you, click here.

Whether you are reading this as a business owner who has done a giveaway or promotion with us in the past, or as an individual, I hope you take a few minutes to help out. I can't imagine, as a mother, what it would be like to be without the basic essentials for my babies.

A big thank you to The Baby Guy NYC for compiling the list of trusted addresses that are accepting donations.

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