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$150 gift card to Kinsa

Up the IQ of your first aid kit with smart thermometers from Kinsa! The smart stick and ear reader thermometers sync with your smartphone to provide expert guidance for all degrees of fever (AKA, when to not worry and when to call the doc). For this giveaway, you’ll get $150 credit to Kinsa’s website, great for buying the perfect thermometer for your child so you can take super accurate readings and track your child’s health history with this pediatrician-recommended device.

Total prize value is $4,272.85.

$300 gift card to Sonnet James

Sonnet James dresses were designed with two things in mind: playing with your kids and looking incredibly stylish while doing it. GOALS. Creator Whitney designs each and every dress to be comfortable and easy-to-clean all while making the wearer feel absolutely beautiful. From sassy stripes to bold color-blocking, there’s a style and hue to fit every personality—your only problem will be deciding which ones to spend your gift card on. (We know, it’s a difficult life.)


Year-long subscription to VINEBOX

For those of us who would like a drink without a heavy commitment, VINEBOX has the answer: monthly wine tastings by the glass. Sourced directly from Europe (meaning you won’t be tasting the same wines you find at the corner shop), VINEBOX uses a patented technology to bottle the wines in small formats without exposing them to air that could tarnish their flavor or quality. From there, the bottles are shipped directly to you so you can enjoy a unique spin on your end-of-the-day glass of vino.

BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One

Get ready to take babywearing to the next level. The ergonomic Baby Carrier One is designed for a more comfortable wear for longer periods of time (we’re looking at you, family day at the zoo!) and has been rigorously tested by real parents for maximum comfort and ease of use. With four-way carrying capabilities, this is the only carrier you’ll need from newborn to three years old. Especially magical? This carrier is designed so mamas can go from front to back carries without any help—no, seriously!

$150 gift card to TWELVElittle

Legend has it than at ancient emperor challenged all the animals to a race across the river, promising the first 12 a place in the calendar as a prize. Today, each of those 12 animals represents one year of the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. (Just in case you weren’t sure where the charts on your Chinese dinner menu came from.) Inspired by the Asian Zodiac, TWELVElittle creates diaper bags and accessories that celebrate each child’s individual character and dreams. The bags are designed with personalized style and a hefty dose of practicality, making them the perfect piece for all stages of your child’s life.

$300 gift card to UrbanSitter

Need back-up childcare while you’re at the office? UrbanSitter is the best (and simplest) place to find your community’s most trusted babysitters and nannies. Founded by four busy parents, this online resource will help you find available sitters recommended by other parents in your social circles. From there, you simple search by date and time and then book—and even pay—online. Your ability to plan a spur-of-the-moment date night has officially been reinstated. Now get out there you two crazy kids.

$1,000 gift card to Interior Define

What do you think of when you think of the perfect sofa? If words like “durable,” “high-quality” and “comfortable” spring to mind (not to mention, “the perfect place to take a nap”), Interior Define gets you. The company partners with factories that meet their high standards to create timeless, modern pieces that can be easily customized to fit perfectly into your life. By bypassing markups and middlemen, Interior Define is able to offer well crafted pieces at an unheard of value. Your weekend Netflix-watching space never looked so good.

BEABA Babycook Original Plus and Multiportions Silicone Tray

Picky eaters have met their match. The BEABA Babycook Original Plus works as a steamer, blender, warmer and defroster so you can make healthy meals for babies and toddlers in 15 minutes—perfect for quick dinners you can make after work. The cooker tackles fruits, veggies and meat and fish and then blends your concoctions to the desired consistency to please even the littlest palates. Have leftovers? Freeze whatever your baby is too full to eat in the Multiportions Silicone Tray, a BPA-, lead- and phthalate-free tray designed for freezing and storing a la carte foods. Get ready to chow down, mama.

$150 gift card to Chewbeads

Peanut butter and chocolate. Wine and cheese. Sometimes the perfect pairings just happen. That’s kind of how we feel about Chewbeads, the perfect combination of teether and jewelry. These baby-safe, 100 percent silicone baubles are magnets for teething babies—and stylish enough to wear long after the molars come in. Chewbeads is giving away $150 worth of chewable necklaces, bracelets and teethers.

Sarah Wells “Abby” Breast Pump Bag

It’s the unique challenge of the working mom: how to schlep your breast pump to work...along with your regular purse, laptop bag or briefcase and anything else you need for a day at the office. Fortunately, it’s a plight Sarah Wells also knew well. And so, Sarah Wells breast pump bags were born. Named for Sarah Wells’ youngest daughter, the Abby bag features thermal-lined pockets on both sides for your pump, accessories and pumped milk—it even keeps milk cold for up to six hours when used with ice packs. (You know, unless you enjoy storing your milk in the communal office fridge.) There are also convenient outside pockets for your wallet, train pass, cell phone and whatever else you need to keep on being the boss mama you are.

$300 gift card to to w3ll People

What do you get when you combine a professional makeup artist, a cosmetic dermatologist and a tree-hugging entrepreneur? An all-natural beauty brand that feels as good as it looks. W3ll People’s products feature hydrating formulas that won’t crease or fade —without using fillers, propylene glycol, petrochemicals or petroleum by-products. Handcrafted in small batches in the USA, their array of skin, eye and lip cosmetics deliver flawless coverage and soothing protection you’ll actually want to wear every day. Need to hide those dark circles from a sleepless night before your big meeting? This is how to do it.

$500 Monica + Andy layette shopping spree

Created by a mama looking to make life better for other mamas (not to mention survive a bitter Chicago winter), Monica + Andy’s collection of organic cotton clothing and blankets create the perfect wrappings for baby from maternity ward to the toddler years. From swaddling blankets and home-from-the-hospital outfits to stylish bodysuits and sweatshirts, each of their super-soft products is made from organic cotton and free of lead, phthalates and flame-retardants for coziness you can feel good about.

You change diaper blowouts like a boss. You’re the queen of the conference call. When it comes to handling life at home and at work, you’re a rock star. You’ve got this.

There’s no doubt that being a working mama is crazy-demanding and insanely rewarding.

Our ROCK WORKING MOTHERHOOD SWEEPSTAKES is here to make the early mornings at the office easier and late nights with your most-demanding client (hi, baby!) even sweeter. Enter now to win over $4,000 in working mama necessities—and quite a few goodies—from much-loved brands like BEABA, Skip Hop, BABYBJÖRN, and more!

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Motherly LOVE IT and WORK IT Video Classes

Expert guidance, interactive programming and an inspiring community? Our new video class series are everything you’ve come to expect from the team at Motherly. Our WORK IT videos are a four-week series taught by Allyson Downey, CEO of weeSpring and author of “Here’s the Plan: Your Practical, Tactical Guide to Advancing Your Career During Pregnancy and Parenthood.” The video class will help you create a plan to take ownership of your career and a community of moms to inspire you. Our LOVE IT video class is a four-week series taught by NYC relationship expert and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Vienna Pharaon to help you thrive as an individual, a couple and a family as you embrace the new world of parenthood. You’ve got this.

Skip Hop Nursing Scarf + $200 gift card

From their first stylish diaper bag design in 2003, Skip Hop has become synonymous with fashion-savvy and super functional mom-friendly designs. The resulting line features an expansive collection of products for parents and babies, including clothing, toys, decor and much more. Their soft, breathable nursing scarf is the perfect accessory for nursing moms— simply drape over baby for meals on the go (there’s even a mesh window so you can view baby while she nurses) and then rewrap as a scarf when you’re done. As for what you’ll do with that $200 gift card...happy shopping, mama.

Pair of Rothy’s flat or point shoes

Let’s face it: All mamas can use a little more spring in our steps. Constructed from 100 percent recycled water bottles, Rothy’s collection of flats and point shoes feature a soft, breathable material that wicks away moisture—meaning no sweaty-toed commute for you. The innovative 3D knitting process creates a seamless design that is then hand-assembled with a cushioned insole to build the perfect versatile flat. The shoes are available in a variety of colors and patterns, and we haven’t even told you the best part yet: They’re machine washable. Style, sustainability and simplicity? We are so in step with that.

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Pop quiz, mama! How many different types of car seats are there? If you guessed three, you're partially correct. The three main types are rear-facing car seats, forward-facing car seats, and booster seats. But then there are a variety of styles as well: infant car seats, convertible seats, all-in-one seats, high-back booster seats, and backless boosters. If you're not totally overwhelmed yet, keep reading, we promise there's good stuff ahead.

There's no arguing that, in the scheme of your baby and child gear buying lifetime, purchasing a car seat is a big deal! Luckily, Walmart.com has everything you need to travel safely with your most precious cargo in the backseat. And right now, you can save big on top-rated car seats and boosters during Best of Baby Month, happening now through September 30 at Walmart.com.

As if that wasn't enough, Walmart will even take the carseat your kiddos have outgrown off your hands for you (and hook you up with a sweet perk, too). Between September 16 and 21, Walmart is partnering with TerraCycle to recycle used car seats. When you bring in an expired car seat or one your child no longer fits into to a participating Walmart store during the trade-in event, you'll receive a $30 gift card to spend on your little one in person or online. Put the money towards a brand new car seat or booster or other baby essentials on your list. To find a participating store check here: www.walmart.com/aboutbestofbabymonth

Ready to shop, mama? Here are the 9 best car seat deals happening this month.

Safety 1st Grow and Go Spring 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat


From rear-facing car seat to belt-positioning booster, Grow and Go Sprint's got you covered through childhood. Whether you choose the grey Silver Lake, Seafarer or pink Camelia color palette, you'll love how this model grows with your little one — not to mention how easy it is to clean. The machine-washable seat pad can be removed without fussing with the harness, and the dual cup holders for snacks and drinks can go straight into the dishwasher.

Price: $134 (regularly $149)


Baby Trend Hybrid Plus 3-in-1 Booster Car Seat in Bermuda


When your toddler is ready to face forward, this versatile car seat can be used as a five-point harness booster, a high-back booster, and a backless booster. Padded armrests, harness straps, and seat cushions provide a comfy ride, and the neutral gray seat pads reverse to turquoise for a stylish new look.

Price: $72.00 (regularly $81)


Baby Trend Hybrid Plus 3-in-1 Booster Car Seat in Olivia


Looking for something snazzy, mama? This black and hot pink car seat features a playful heart print on its reversible seat pad and soft harness straps. Best of all, with its 100-pound weight limit and three booster configurations, your big kid will get years of use out of this fashionable design.

Price: $72.00 (regularly $81)


Evenflo Triumph LX Convertible Car Seat


This rear- and forward-facing car seat keeps kids safer, longer with an adjustable five-point harness that can accommodate children up to 65 lbs. To tighten the harness, simply twist the conveniently placed side knobs; the Infinite Slide Harness ensures an accurate fit every time. As for style, we're big fans of the cozy quilted design, which comes in two colorways: grey and magenta or grey and turquoise.

Price: $116 (regularly $149.99)


Disney Baby Light 'n Comfy 22 Luxe Infant Car Seat


Outfitted with an adorable pink-and-white polka dot Minnie Mouse infant insert, even the tiniest of travelers — as small as four pounds! — can journey comfortably and safely. This rear-facing design is lightweight, too; weighing less than 15 lbs, you can easily carry it in the crook of your arm when your hands are full (because chances are they will be).

Price: $67.49 (regularly $89.99)


Graco 4Ever 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat


We know it's hard to imagine your tiny newborn will ever hit 100 lbs, but one day it'll happen. And when it does, you'll appreciate not having to buy a new car seat if you start with this 4-in-1 design! Designed to fit kids up to 120 lbs, it transforms four ways, from a rear-facing car seat to a backless belt-positioning booster. With a 6-position recline and a one-hand adjust system for the harness and headrest, you can easily find the perfect fit for your growing child.

Price: $199.99 (regularly $269.99)


Graco SlimFit All-in-One Convertible Car Seat


With its unique space-saving design, this 3-in-1 car seat provides 10% more back seat space simply by rotating the dual cup holders. The InRight LATCH system makes installation quick and easy, and whether you're using it as a rear-facing car seat, a forward-facing car seat, or a belt-positioning booster, you can feel confident that your child's safe and comfortable thanks to Graco's Simply Safe Adjust Harness System.

Price: $149.99 (regularly $229.99)


Graco Snugride Snuglock 35 Platinum XT Infant Car Seat


Making sure your infant car seat is secure can be tricky, but Graco makes it easy with its one-second LATCH attachment and hassle-free three-step installation using SnugLock technology. In addition to its safety features, what we really love about this rear-facing seat are all of the conveniences, including the ability to create a complete travel system with Click Connect Strollers and a Silent Shade Canopy that expands without waking up your sleeping passenger.

Price: $169.99 (regularly $249.99)


Graco Snugride Snuglock 35 Elite Infant Car Seat


With just one click, you can know whether this rear-facing car seat has been installed properly. Then adjust the base four different ways and use the bubble level indicator to find the proper position. When you're out and about, the rotating canopy with window panel will keep baby protected from the sun while allowing you to keep your eye on him.

Price: $129.99 (regularly $219.99)


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If I ever want to look alive before dropping my son off to school, there are two things I must put on before leaving the house: eyeliner and mascara. When using eyeliner, I typically use black liner on my top lid, a slightly lighter brown for my bottom lid, and then a nude liner for my water line. It works every time.

My mascara routine is a bit different. Because my natural lashes are thin and not the longest, I always opt for the darkest black I can find, and one that's lengthening and volumizing. For this reason, I was immediately drawn to It Cosmetics Lash Blowout Mascara. The new mascara is developed in partnership with Drybar (the blow dry bar that specializes in just blowouts) and promises to deliver bold and voluminous lashes all day long. I was sold.

Could this really be the blowout my lashes have been waiting for? It turns out, it was much better than most volumizing formulas I've tried.

For starters, the wand is a great size—it's not too big or small, and it's easy to grip—just like my favorite Drybar round brush. As for the formula, it's super light and infused with biotin which helps lashes look stronger and healthier. I also love that it's buildable, and I didn't notice any clumps or flakes between coats.

The real test is that my lashes still looked great at dinnertime. I didn't have smudges or the dreaded raccoon eyes I always get after a long day at work. Surprisingly, the mascara actually stayed in place. To be fair, I haven't compared them with lash-extensions (which are my new go-to since having baby number two), but I'm sure it will hold up nicely.

Overall, I was very impressed with the level of length and fullness this mascara delivered. Indeed, this is the eyelash blowout my lashes have been waiting for. While it won't give you a few extra hours in bed, you'll at least look a little more awake, mama.

It Cosmetics Lash Blowout Mascara

It Cosmetics Lash Blowout Mascara

Here's how I apply IT Cosmetics Lash Blowout Mascara:

  1. Starting as close to lash line as possible (and looking down), align the brush against your top lashes. Gradually turn upwards, then wiggle the wand back and forth up and down your eyelashes.
  2. Repeat, if needed. Tip: Be sure to allow the mascara to dry between each coat.
  3. Using the same technique, apply mascara to your bottom lashes, brushing the wand down your eyelashes.
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Having children isn't always as easy as it looks on Instagram. There's so much more to motherhood than serene baby snuggles and matching outfits. But there's a reason we've fallen so deeply in love with motherhood: It's the most beautiful, chaotic ride.

Every single day, we sit back and wonder how something so hard can feel so rewarding. And Eva Mendes just managed to nail the reality of that with one quote.

Eva, who is a mama to daughters Esmerelda and Amada with Ryan Gosling, got real about the messy magic of motherhood in a recent interview.

"It's so fun and beautiful and maddening," the actress tells Access Daily. "It's so hard, of course. But it's like that feeling of…you end your day, you put them to bed and Ryan and I kind of look at each other like, 'We did it, we did it. We came out relatively unscathed.'"


Eva Mendes Admits Parenting Two Girls With Ryan Gosling Is 'Fun, Beautiful And Maddening' www.youtube.com

And just like that, moms all over the world feel seen. We've all been there: Struggling to get through the day (which, for the record is often every bit as fun as it is challenging), only to put those babies to sleep and collapse on the couch in sheer exhaustion. But, after you've caught your breath, you realize just how strong and capable you really are.

One thing Eva learned the hard way? That sleep regressions are very, very real...and they don't just come to an end after your baby's first few months. "I guess they go through a sleep regression, which nobody told me about until I looked it up," she says "I was like, 'Why isn't my 3-year-old sleeping?'"

But, at the end of the day, Eva loves her life as a mom—and the fact that she took a break from her Hollywood career to devote her days to raising her girls. "I'm so thankful I have the opportunity to be home with them," she says.

Thank you for keeping it real, Eva! Momming isn't easy, but it sure is worth it.

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My labor and delivery was short and sweet. I started feeling contractions on Monday morning and by Tuesday night at 8:56 pm my handsome baby boy was born. Only 30 minutes of pushing. Afterward, I was still out of it, to be honest. I held him and did some skin to skin and handed him off to my husband, my mother held him next.

When he was in my mother's arms, I knew he was safe. I started to drift off, the epidural had me feeling drowsy and I had used up all my strength to push this 7 lb baby out. My son's eyes were open and then I guess he went to sleep too. My mother swayed him back and forth. The nurses were in and out, cleaning me up and checking in on us.


When yet another nurse came in, my mom said to her, "He wasn't latching because he wanted to sleep."

The nurse yelled, "He's not sleeping!"

The next 25 minutes happened in slow motion for me.

After the nurse said these words, she flung my son onto the little baby bed. I looked over and he looked a little blue. Then I heard the loud words of CODE PINK. In matters of seconds about 30 nursing staff descended into my room and crowded around my baby.

I couldn't even see what was happening. I tried to get out the bed but they wouldn't let me and after a couple of failed attempts one of the nurses look at me and said, "He's fine, he's breathing now."

Breathing now? He wasn't breathing before? Again, I tried to push my way to my baby, but once again I was told to not move. They had just performed CPR on my 30-minute old newborn and I couldn't understand what was happening even after a pediatrician tried to explain it to me.

I just started crying. He was fine in my stomach for 39 weeks and 6 days and now I bring him into this world and his heart nearly stops?

I was told he needed to go to the neonatal intensive care unit. I was confused, as I thought the NICU was only for preemies and my son was full term.

After what felt like an eternity we were finally allowed to see our son. My husband wheeled me there and we saw him in the corner alone. I saw the incubator and the wires, he's all bundled up.

The nurse explained all the beeping and showed me the heart rate monitor. He's doing fine. We go over the feeding schedule. I'm exhausted still. I stay with him until about 1 or 2 am. They all suggest I get some sleep. There's no bed in the NICU, so I head back to my room.

The next day was better, he doesn't have to be in the incubator anymore, but the wires remain. By that night or early the next morning, the wires in his nose come out and I try feeding him. I try pumping. It was painful.

He gets his first bath and he loves it. The nurse shampoos his hair (he had a lot!) and he seems so soothed. The nurse explains that because he's full term he doesn't need the same type of support in the NICU. She tells me my baby's strong and he'll be fine.

I look around. I see the other babies, the other moms. They could be there for weeks. And unlike me, the moms have to go home—without their baby.

Friday comes and by now he's done all his tests, blood work came back normal, all tubes have been removed and I get it. I get my going-home package. Finally. I get my instructions on doctor follow-ups and we finally get to go home.

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There have been a lot of iconic entertainment magazine covers featuring pregnant women over the years. Who can forget Demi Moore's bare baby bump on Vanity Fair or Britney Spears' similar nude pose on Harper's Bazaar?

Pregnant women on a magazine covers is nothing new, but a visibly pregnant CEO on the cover of a business magazine, that's a first and it happened this week.

Inc. just put The Wing's CEO Audrey Gelman on the cover and this is a historic moment in publishing and business.

As Gelman told Today this week, "You can't be what you can't see, so I think it's so important for women to see that it's possible to run a fast-growing business and also to start a family."



She continued: "It's so important to sort of burst that bubble and to have new images of women who are thriving and working professionally while balancing motherhood … My hope is that women see this and again feel the confidence to take greater professional risks while also not shelving their dreams of becoming a mother and starting a family."

The Wing started in 2016 as a co-working space for women and has grown rapidly. As Inc. reports, The Wing has eight locations in the U.S. with plans for more American and international locations by 2020.

Putting Gelman on the cover was an important move by Inc. and Gelman's honesty about her early pregnancy panic ("I can't be pregnant. I have so much to do." she recalls thinking after her pregnancy test) should be applauded.

Gelman says pregnancy made her slow down physically, and that it was actually good for her company: "I had this realization: The way to make my team and my employees feel proud to work for me and for the company was actually not to pretend to be superhuman or totally unaffected by pregnancy."

We need this. We need CEOs to admit that they are human so that corporate leadership can see employees as humans, too. Humans need things like family leave and flexibility, especially when they start raising little humans.

There are a lot of iconic covers featuring pregnant women, but this one is different. She's wearing clothes and she's changing work culture.

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