February 21, 2017

Show Contributors Love $100 Summer Giveaway

Its time to show our contributors some XOXO…

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Thankfully, Mami of Multiples (and Mami Innovative Media), continues to grow and part of its expansion are regular contributors.  Coming from different walks of life and backgrounds, the contributors are group of multi-talented creators, writers, bloggers mothers and mompreneurs. From becoming a blended family to being a new mom, their contributions help to reflect “real life” through their personal stories while providing advice, assistance, tips, resources and inspiration to others.

Get to know our current contributors…

Mix and Match Mami with Ida Arias

Ida offers advice, tips and resources on a range of topics from tween parenting, blended families, travel and mouth-watering recipes.  Connect with Ida on her blog at secondchancesgirl.com/

H20walkerlife with Shivaulie Feliciano

Shivaulie offers advice, tips and resources on a range of family-friendly topics from inspirational, home and family. Connect with Shivaulie on her blog at H20walkerlife.wordpress.com

Natural Parenting Mami with Shawna Martell

Shawna offers advice, tips, and resources on a range of topics including breastfeeding, babywearing, organic gardening, and other family-friendly topics through honest and reflective insight into her new journey.  Connect with Shawna as a Tower Garden Team Member: shawnamartell.towergarden.com

Being a Doula Mami with Crystal Ferrell

Crystal offers advice and support on parenting and all things from conception through postpartum care. She is also a Birth Doula and Placenta Encapsulation Specialist.

Moodsetter Mami with Xochil Elmore

Xochil offers advice, tips and resources on a range of family-friendly topics from faith, inspirational, family and parenting.  Connect with Xochil on her blog at moodsettermommy.wordpress.com

Making Moms Look Great with Celeste Martell

Celeste offers advice, tips and resources on a range of topics from family travel, beauty, health & wellness and parenting. Connect with Celeste as a Jamberry Consultant at cmartell.jamberry.com

Accidental Blogger of 4 with Amanda Littiken

Amanda offers advice, tips and resources on a range of topics from family living, parenting and balancing being a mother.  Connect with Amanda on her blog at accidentalbloggerof4.wordpress.com

Healthy Living Mama with Niki Lazenby

Niki offers advice, tips and resources on a range of topics from balancing being a mother, health & wellness and parenting.

Family Living Mami with Kamy Moss

Kamy offers advice, tips, and resources on a range of topics including family, children activities, and traveling.  She is also an authorized travel agent for Magical Starr Travel and owner of KamysKakes.

Tech and Review Mami with Karen Nelson

Karen offers advice, tips and resources on a range of topics from technology, reviews of products and travel.  Connect with Karen on her blog at centralmnmom.com

In support of our contributors and their businesses, we are offering a
$100 Cash Gift Gard Giveaway!

Who couldn’t use some cash this summer and especially with the kids out of school right?!

How to Enter the Giveaway

MANDATORY ENTRY
1. Leave a comment on any post written by a Mami of Multiples contributor. (Posts written by contributors can be found: HERE).
2. Leave a comment below this giveaway post indicating which contributor’s post you commented on.

BONUS ENTRIES

1. Extra 10 points (per entry) will be given for visiting any of the blogs or online businesses that are owned by a Mami of Multiples’ contributor.

MUST leave comment below this giveaway post indicating which of the blogs or online businesses (that are owned by a Mami of Multiples’ contributor) you visited to receive an extra 10 points.

2. Extra 30 points (per entry) will be given for leaving a comment on any blog post from the blogs that are owned by Mami of Multiples’ contributors.

MUST indicate on the blog post that you arevcommenting because of this Mami of Multiples giveaway.
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MUST leave comment below this giveaway post indicating which contributor’s blog post you left a comment on to receive extra 30 points.

3. Extra 50 points (per entry) will be given for purchasing any item (small or big) from any online businesses that are owned by Mami of Multiples’ contributors.

MUST leave comment below this giveaway post indicating which online business (that is owned by a Mami of Multiples’ contributor) you purchased from to receive an extra 50 points.

In addition, there will be other extra bonus points available through the Rafflecopter giveaway link. A giveaway winner will be randomly selected from the entries via Rafflecopter on Friday, July 22.

Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter link below:

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Good Luck and Happy Summer!

Taking the Time You Deserve to Care and Pamper Yourself as a Mom

As I do every Mother’s day, I begin to build up my expectations.  However, as with most things as a mom, my expectations are much greater than the outcome will truly be. I imagine breakfast in bed, followed by a day at the spa with a sunset dinner where I’ll be presented with lavish gifts of jewelry and purses.  Why do we do this to ourselves?  We build up those expectations, only to be let down.  It’s not that our family is letting us down; rather our expectations can no longer be met due to the hectic schedule and budget constraint that is family life.  But, on a day called Mother’s day…It’s time to change this.  I want mothers to help make Mother’s day (and throughout the year) all about you.  Only we know what we truly desire, so I will be letting the husbands off the hook.

By taking over special days like Mother’s Day (or any days we designate as “mom’s time or mom’s day off”) we can truly make it all about ourselves.  The only gift we need is the gift of time to pamper ourselves.  In order to be the best moms we can be, we have to learn to take some time and pamper ourselves, make ourselves happy and relaxed.  It’s time to pamper our body, mind and heart because, when we do this, we are better able to take care of our family! Ask your partner for the simple gift of time this year, several hours during the middle of the day to take care of you!

Pampering our Body
We can begin to pamper our bodies with a soak in a tub.  It is peaceful and rejuvenating.  Draw a hot, steaming bath and add some bubble bath, bath salts or essential oils to make it feel more luxurious.  You can also play your favorite music or read your favorite book.  How often do we have time to listen to non-children music or read a book of our choice?

Once you get out of the tub, give yourself a manicure and a pedicure.  This is why I love Jamberry!  It is budget friendly and requires little time, but looks great for weeks.  Break out the nail lacquer or nail wraps and give yourself a funky mani and pedi.  You can check out all the Jamberry styles on my website: cmartell.jamberry.com/us/en/

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The last thing to do for your body is something you normally wouldn’t do.  Try something new like yoga or Pilates or go for a walk by yourself.

Pampering our Mind
To pamper your mind, put on some comfortable clothes and read.  Get into your jammies and wrap up in a robe or blanket.  Sit in your favorite chair and grab that book you’ve had on your nightstand for months.

When you are pampering yourself you don’t have to ask permission on what movie or TV show to watch.  Curl up and watch that engaging chick flick or documentary you’ve wanted to watch but didn’t want to bore your spouse with.  This day is all about you, so watch what YOU want.

It’s also important to focus on our goals to pamper our minds.  Remember those things you are passionate about, but get swept aside for motherhood.  Think about that bucket list or create a bucket list.  Remember this season of motherhood is short.  Think about where you want to be in 5 year, 10 years, 20 years.

Pamper your Heart
One of the best ways to pamper you emotionally is to catch up with an old friend.  Take some time to call a girlfriend and giggle.  No Facebook or texting allowed, voice to voice contact will make your heart happy!

To complete your day of pampering you’ll want to spend time with people you love.  Plan a carry out meal in the house or to try a new restaurant.  When we surround ourselves with people we love, we will find we are more relaxed and happy.

I hope that you will find a way to pamper yourself that will make you feel relaxed and happy.  Enjoy your time. After all, you deserve not just on Mother’s Day but everyday!

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God Bless Mothers!
Philippians 4:19

Introducing Celeste Martell, Making Moms Look Great and The Travel Mom Contributing Columnist

Hi, my name is Celeste Martell .   I am really excited to be a contributor on Mami of Multiples! I am thankful for this new opportunity and look forward to helping moms look and feel better in their busy lives.

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I’ve been married for almost 14 years to my husband and we have two children, a boy and a girl.  I grew up in Nebraska, but moved to Florida in 2002 after getting married.

My family and I enjoy anything sports related, sharing our faith, traveling and Disney!!!   We are Disney fanatics 🙂 .  My family and I spend most summers traveling across the country.

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I have always had a passion for health and wellness.  I believe the more active we are, the healthier we will be and the better we will feel about ourselves.  I have been a high school teacher for 14 years and love writing and talking about my travels.  Writing is a way to share the ups and down of travel, while still staying healthy.  I hope to share some tips to look and feel good while navigating our busy lives as moms and wives.

I look forward to this great partnership with Mami of Multiples and I hope that you will enjoy my thoughts on travel, looking and feeling good.

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Connect with me
Jamberry Consultant at cmartell.jamberry.com
Instagram: instagram.com/celeste.martell
Twitter: @celeste_martell
Facebook: facebook.com/Celeste’s Jam Group
Pinterest: pinterest.com/celestemartell

Looking Forward to Connecting With All of You!