Why I'm so glad I joined the mommy club

"For me motherhood is like joining an exclusive club where everyone is kind, supportive and open."

Why I'm so glad I joined the mommy club

Yesterday we shared our #MotherlyMakers interview with LIVLY founder Lisa Carrol; today we caught up with her talented co-creative director for the fabulous baby goods company, Brittany Peltz Buerstedde. Brittany shared how her athletics background informs her fashion design principles, and how becoming a mom has inspired her at work.

Motherly: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?

Brittany Peltz Buerstedde: The two loves of my life are my husband Franz and my daughter Eva; both of whom inspire me every day.

My background in figure skating informed my fashion principles of comfort and beauty going hand in hand. Clothes should inspire movement and play especially when it comes to children.


Motherly: What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

Brittany Peltz Buerstedde: As a child my father always told me that with hard work, 'anything is possible.' His words and actions showed me the truth in this and I am forever grateful for this bit of magic that he sparked within me. There will always be people and circumstances that tell you why you can't do something and very little that will tell you why you can.

Now, as a mother to Eva I will continually strive to create a world of possibility and positivity for her. I only hope to be the parent my father was to me and instill our little mantra of "dreams really do come true."

Brittany Peltz Buerstedde: Becoming a mother informs my role at LIVLY everyday. Knowing my daughter is safe and happy is of utmost importance to me and those values are carried over to my everyday work.

Working from home has enabled me to pursue my career while still being a present and hands on mother to Eva. Having her around me keeps me grounded and connected to what children really want and need.

Motherly: What keeps you inspired and excited every day?

Brittany Peltz Buerstedde: My family and friends keep me inspired and passionate; especially my friends who are mothers. For me motherhood is like joining an exclusive club where everyone is kind, supportive and open; a place where you're let in on the best kept secrets from the latest and greatest organic formula to the new "IT" class for bilingual children. I couldn't be more grateful for being granted admission!

Motherly: What's your big dream for LIVLY?

Brittany Peltz Buerstedde: My dream is for LIVLY to be accessible to all mothers. I believe that every child deserves to have the best beginnings and would love for LIVLY to be a part of them.

Motherly: Who is your #momcrush?

Brittany Peltz Buerstedde: Nobody compares to my mama but If 'mom crush' is defined by complete and utter admiration, then I am totally crushing on Jessica Alba! I am such a big fan of her Eco-friendly, toxin free Honest Company and all of their organic baby products. Her ability to be both a successful business woman and full time Mom makes her the modern superwoman and the perfect role model for working mothers like myself.

Motherly: What does Motherly mean to you?

Brittany Peltz Buerstedde: To me, Motherly is defined wholly and completely by what I observed in my mother. Her urge to mend all of our needs from a sore throat to a broken heart; her instinct to fix, nurture and love her children, uplift them in times of hardship and celebrate them in times of victory. It is the unconditional love we share for our children.

These are only the vitamins I give my children and here's why

It's hard to say who loves these more—my kids or me.

When I became a mama five years ago, I didn't put too much thought into whether my son was getting the right vitamins and minerals. From breastfeeding to steaming and pureeing his first bites of solid food, I was confident I was giving him everything to support his growth and development.

But then the toddler years—and the suddenly picky palate that accompanied them—came along. Between that challenge and two additional children in the mix… well, I knew my oldest son's eating plan was falling short in some vitamin and mineral categories.

I also knew how quickly he was growing, so I wanted to make sure he was getting the nutrients he needed (even on those days when he said "no, thank you" to any veggie I offered).

So when I discovered the new line of children's supplements from Nature's Way®, it felt like a serious weight off my chest. Thanks to supplements that support my children's musculoskeletal growth, their brain function, their immune systems, their eyes and more, I'm taken back to that simpler time when I was so confident my kids' vitamin needs were met.*

It wasn't just the variety of supplements offered by Nature's Way that won me over: As a vegetarian mama, I'm the picky one in the family when it comes to scanning labels and making sure they meet our standards. The trick is that most gummy vitamins are made with gelatin, which is not vegetarian friendly.

But just like the other offerings from Nature's Way that I've already come to know and love, the children's supplement line is held to a high standard. That means there's no high-fructose corn syrup, gelatin or common allergens to be found in the supplements. The best part? My two oldest kids ensure we never miss their daily vitamins—they are so in love with the gummy flavors, which include tropical fruit punch, lemonade and wild berry.

Nature's Way Kids Mulitvitamin

Meanwhile, my pharmacist husband has different criteria when evaluating supplements, especially when it comes to those for our kids. He appreciates the variety of options from Nature's Way, which gives us the ability to rotate the vitamins based on our kids' daily needs. By keeping various children's supplements from Nature's Way on hand, I can customize a regimen to suit my kids' individual requirements.

Of course, high-quality products often come at a higher price point. But (to my immense gratitude!) that isn't the case with Nature's Way, which retails for a competitive value when compared to the other items on the shelf.

Like all mamas, my chief concern is supporting my children's health in any way I can. While I see evidence of their growth every time I pack away clothes they've outgrown, I know there is much more growth that doesn't meet the eye. That's why, for my oldest son, I like stacking the Brain Builder gummy with the Growing Bones & Muscles gummy and the Happy & Healthy Multi. My 3-year-old also enjoys getting her own mix to include the Healthy Eyes gummy. And both of my older kids are quick to request the Tummy Soothe tablet when something isn't sitting right in their stomachs.* And I'll admit it: I've tried it myself and the berry blast flavor really is tasty!

Although my current phase of motherhood may not be as "simple" as it once was, there is so much to appreciate about it—like watching my kids play and sing and create with their incredible imaginations. Along the way, I've eased up on some of my need for control, but it does help to have this range of supplements in my motherhood tool kit. So while I may not be able to convince my son to try kale, having the Nature's Way supplements on hand means I do know he's right on track.*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

This article was sponsored by Nature's Way. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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Time-saving formula tips our editors swear by

Less time making bottles, more time snuggling.

As a new parent, it can feel like feeding your baby is a full-time job—with a very demanding nightshift. Add in the additional steps it takes to prepare a bottle of formula and, well… we don't blame you if you're eager to save some time when you can. After all, that means more time for snuggling your baby or practicing your own well-deserved self-care.

Here's the upside: Many, many formula-feeding mamas before you have experienced the same thing, and they've developed some excellent tricks that can help you mix up a bottle in record time. Here are the best time-saving formula tips from editors here at Motherly.

1. Use room temperature water

The top suggestion that came up time and time again was to introduce bottles with room temperature water from the beginning. That way, you can make a bottle whenever you need it without worrying about warming up water—which is a total lifesaver when you have to make a bottle on the go or in the middle of the night.

2. Buy online to save shopping time

You'll need a lot of formula throughout the first year and beyond—so finding a brand like Comforts, which offers high-quality infant formula at lower prices, will help you save a substantial amount of money. Not to mention, you can order online or find the formula on shelves during your standard shopping trip—and that'll save you so much time and effort as well.

3. Pre-measure nighttime bottles

The middle of the night is the last time you'll want to spend precious minutes mixing up a bottle. Instead, our editors suggest measuring out the correct amount of powder formula into a bottle and putting the necessary portion of water on your bedside table. That way, all you have to do is roll over and combine the water and formula in the bottle before feeding your baby. Sounds so much better than hiking all the way to the kitchen and back at 3 am, right?

4. Divide serving sizes for outings

Before leaving the house with your baby, divvy up any portions of formula and water that you may need during your outing. Then, when your baby is hungry, just combine the pre-measured water and powder serving in the bottle. Our editors confirm this is much easier than trying to portion out the right amount of water or formula while riding in the car.

5. Memorize the mental math

Soon enough, you'll be able to prepare a bottle in your sleep. But, especially in the beginning or when increasing your baby's serving, the mental math can take a bit of time. If #mombrain makes it tough to commit the measurements to memory, write up a cheat sheet for yourself or anyone else who will prepare your baby's bottle.

6. Warm up chilled formula with water

If you're the savvy kind of mom who prepares and refrigerates bottles for the day in advance, you'll probably want to bring it up to room temperature before serving. Rather than purchase a bottle warmer, our editors say the old-fashioned method works incredibly well: Just plunge the sealed bottle in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes and—voila!—it's ready to serve.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

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

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