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Motherly’s 1st birthday giveaway ?

We’re giving away an incredible prize package worth over $1,000 to one of our mamas.

Motherly’s 1st birthday giveaway ?

Motherly is turning one! And to celebrate, we’re giving away an incredible prize package worth over $1,000 to one of our mamas. Scroll down for more details about the prizes (they are so, so good!), and then head to Facebook or Instagram to enter.


Fisher Price Little People Set

Now that your little one has seen their first birthday, it’s the perfect time to introduce toys that encourage pretend play. The Little People Sit ‘n Stand Skyway, Lil’ Movers Airplane, Lil’ Movers School Bus, and assorted figures are the perfect way to help your toddler’s imagination take off.

Monica + Andy Sweater and Blanket

Created by a mom who wanted to make things better for babies and other moms (sound familiar?), Monica + Andy creates stylish and comfortable clothes you’ll love putting on your one-year-old. The giveaway winner will receive a Collegiate, Peplum, or Cherub Sweater and a Muslin or Cotton Blanket to keep their little snuggly this winter.

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Micro Kickboard Mini 3in1 Deluxe

Warning: Your one-year-old’s ride is probably about to become a lot cooler than yours. The Mini 3in1 Deluxe from Micro Kickboard morphs from a ride-on to an adjustable toddler scooter, meaning she’ll actually be able to play with it well past her second birthday.

Brightly Book Library

Whether they’re winding down for bed or just looking for a little extra comfort during the teething months, it’s never a bad idea to have a shelf full of books nearby. Brightly is giving the winner a full library, including the Brightly Baby bundle, Beyond the Classics bundle, and assorted other titles your little will love.

Skip Hop Owl Lunch Bundle

Whether you’re packing their lunch for daycare or simply planning a picnic in the park, this Skip Hop lunch bundle featuring Otis Owl is the perfect way to keep her PB&J protected. She’ll love using the Zoopack backpack to carry her Lunchie lunch box, Lunch Kit feeding set, and Strawbottle.

Pixley Pressed $60 Shop Credit

Designed to help moms wear jewelry that celebrates motherhood without sacrificing style, you really can’t go wrong with any of Pixley Pressed’s subtle, chic accessories. But if we had $60 to spend there, we’d have a hard time passing up these hand-stamped bar necklaces.

Babyganics Gift Set

We’ve long loved Babyganics for their high ingredient standards and sensitive skin-safe products — plus, they make our babies smell divine. The winner of our giveaway will receive a Babyganics prize pack worth over $100, including bubble bath, shampoo, wipes, laundry detergent, and so much more.

BURU $100 Shop Credit

Let’s be real, mama: Your baby’s first birthday is as much a milestone for you as it is for him! To celebrate you for being the best mama ever, the giveaway winner will receive a $100 shop credit for a little retail therapy at BURU, a fashion-forward online destination that stocks high fashion designers millennial moms want to wear.

Chatbooks $50 Credit

Raise your hand if you’re a mama who doesn’t have time to scrapbook every precious moment of her baby’s life. (Um, it’s all of us, isn’t it?) Chatbooks is the answer for busy moms everywhere. Their simple-to-use app lets you create custom photo books starting at $12, or you can create a subscription that will automatically send you a printed book of your Instagram photos for every 60 photos you post for just $8. Just think what you could get for $50...

A Free Motherly Class

Our online classes are designed to inspire mamas in their careers and their love lives. Each class connects you with expert advice, interactive programming, and an inspiring community of mothers just like you. And the winner of our giveaway will get to take one absolutely free.

Magnolia Bakery $80 Shop Credit

What’s a birthday without a little cake? The winner of our giveaway will win an $80 credit toward a Magnolia Bakery delivery — they ship nationwide! — perfect for ordering a full cake or a dozen mouthwatering cupcakes. Best. Mail. Ever.

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    Why right now is the best time for a drivable getaway

    Flexible schedules mean more vacation options. 🙌

    Looking back now, last winter feels like a lifetime ago. At the time, my husband and I were eagerly planning our summer vacation just as we've done in years past. You know how the next part goes: COVID-19 came into the picture and changed our plans not only for vacationing, but for so much else in life.

    In the time since then, we've gained a truly valuable new perspective on what matters—and realized we don't have to look so far to make beautiful memories with our kids. By exploring getaways within driving distance of our home, we've developed a new appreciation for the ability to "pack up the car and go."

    Of course, that isn't to say that travel is the carefree adventure it once was. With COVID-19 still a very big part of the equation, we've become much more diligent about planning trips that allow for social distancing and exceed cleanliness standards. That's why we've exclusively turned to Vrbo, which helps us find nearby accommodations that meet our new criteria. Better yet?

    Thanks to the money we've saved by skipping air travel and our remote-friendly work schedules, we're able to continue with the trips throughout the fall.

    Here are a few more reasons we believe it's a great time for drivable getaways.

    Flexible schedules allow us to mix work + play.

    After months of lockdown, my family was definitely itching for a change of scenery as the summer began. By looking at drivable destinations with a fresh set of eyes—and some helpful accommodation-finding filters on Vrbo—we were able to find private houses that meet our needs. (Like comfortably fitting our family of five without anyone having to sleep on a pull-out couch!)

    With space to spread out and feel like a home away from home, we quickly realized that we didn't need to limit our getaways to the weekends—instead we could take a "Flexcation," a trip that allows us to mix work and play. Thanks to the ability to work remotely and our kids' distance-learning schedule for the fall, we're planning a mid-week trip next month that will allow us to explore a new destination after clocking out for the day.

    We’re embracing off-season deals.

    With Labor Day no longer marking the end of our vacationing season, we're able to take advantage of nearby getaways that mark down their rates during the off season. For us in the Mountain West, that means visiting ski-town destinations when the leaves are falling rather than the snow. By saving money on that front, we're able to splurge a bit with our accommodations—so you can bet I search for houses that include a private hot tub for soaking in while enjoying the mountain views!

    Vacationing is a way to give back.

    If we've learned one thing this year, it's that life can change pretty quickly. That's given us a new appreciation for generous cancellation policies and transparent cleaning guidelines when booking trips. By seeing both of these things front and center in Vrbo listings along with reviews from fellow travelers, I feel confident when I hit the "book now" button.

    Beyond that, I know that booking a trip through Vrbo isn't only a gift to my family. On the other side of the transaction, there are vacation home owners and property managers who appreciate the income during these uncertain times. What's more, taking getaways allows us to support our local economy—even if it's just by ordering new takeout food to enjoy from our home away from home.

    While "looking ahead" doesn't feel as easy as it once did, I am confident that there will be a lot of drivable getaways in our future.

    This article was sponsored by Vrbo. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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    Tips parents need to know about poor air quality and caring for kids with asthma

    There are steps parents can take to keep their children as healthy as possible.

    When wildfires struck the West Coast in September 2020, there was a lot for parents to worry about. For parents of children with asthma, though, the danger could be even greater. "There are more than 400 toxins that are present in wildfire smoke. That can activate the immune system in ways that aren't helpful by both causing an inflammatory response and distracting the immune system from fighting infection," says Amy Oro, MD, a pediatrician at Stanford Children's Health. "When smoke enters into the lungs, it causes irritation and muscle spasms of the smooth muscle that is around the small breathing tubes in the lungs. This can lead to difficulty with breathing and wheezing. It's really difficult on the lungs."

    With the added concern of COVID-19 and the effect it can have on breathing, many parents feel unsure about how to keep their children protected. The good news is that there are steps parents can take to keep their children as healthy as possible.

    Here are tips parents need to know about how to deal with poor air quality when your child has asthma.

    Minimize smoke exposure.

    Especially when the air quality index reaches dangerous levels, it's best to stay indoors as much as possible. You can find out your area's AQI at AirNow.gov. An under 50 rating is the safest, but between 100-150 is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as children with asthma. "If you're being told to stay indoors, listen. If you can, keep the windows and doors closed," Oro says.

    Do your best to filter the air.

    According to Oro, a HEPA filter is your best bet to effectively clean pollutants from the air. Many homes are equipped with a built-in HEPA filter in their air conditioning systems, but you can also get a canister filter. Oro says her family (her husband and children all suffer from asthma) also made use of a hack from the New York Times and built their own filter by duct taping a HEPA furnace filter to the front of a box fan. "It was pretty disgusting what we accumulated in the first 20 hours in our fan," she says.

    Avoid letting your child play outside or overly exert themselves in open air.

    "Unfortunately, cloth masks don't do very much [to protect you from the smoke pollution]," Oro says. "You really need an N95 mask, and most of those have been allocated toward essential workers." To keep at-risk children safer, Oro recommends avoiding brisk exercise outdoors. Instead, set up an indoor obstacle course or challenge your family to jumping jacks periodically to keep everyone moving safely.

    Know the difference between smoke exposure and COVID-19.

    "COVID-19 can have a lot of the same symptoms—dry cough, sore throat, shortness of breath and chest pain could overlap. But what COVID and other viruses generally cause are fever, chills, vomiting, diarrhea and body aches. Those would tell you it's not just smoke exposure," Oro says. When a child has been exposed to smoke, they often complain of a "scrape" in their throat, burning eyes, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain or wheezing. If the child has asthma, parents should watch for a flare of symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing or a tight sensation in their chest.

    Unfortunately, not much is known about long-term exposure to wildfire smoke on a healthy or compromised immune system, but elevated levels of air pollution have been associated with increased COVID-19 rates. That's because whenever there's an issue with your immune system, it distracts your immune system from fighting infections and you have a harder time fighting off viruses. Limiting your exposure to wildfire smoke is your best bet to keep immune systems strong.

    Have a plan in place if you think your child is suffering from smoke exposure.

    Whatever type of medication your child takes for asthma, make sure you have it on-hand and that your child is keeping up with regular doses. Contact your child's pediatrician, especially if your area has a hazardous air quality—they may want to adjust your child's medication schedule or dosage to prevent an attack. Oro also recommends that, if your child has asthma, it might be helpful to have a stethoscope or even a pulse oximeter at home to help diagnose issues with your pediatrician through telehealth.

    Most importantly, don't panic.

    In some cases, social distancing and distance learning due to COVID may be helping to keep sensitive groups like children with asthma safer. Oro says wildfires in past years have generally resulted in more ER visits for children, but the most recent fires haven't seen the same results. "A lot of what we've seen is that the smoke really adversely affects adults, especially older adults over 65," Oro says. "Children tend to be really resilient."

    This article was sponsored by Stanford Children's Health. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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    Mama, all I see is you

    A love letter from your baby.

    Mama,

    I can't see past you right now, I'm so small and everything's a little blurry.

    All I see is you.

    When you feel alone, like the walls are closing in, remember I'm here too. I know your world has changed and the days feel a little lonely. But they aren't lonely for me.

    You are my everything.

    When you feel like you don't know what you're doing, you're making it look easy to me. Even though we're still getting to know each other, you know me better than anyone.

    I trust you.

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