Festive Gear for Mom and Baby
Looking Chic with Baby
Leave it to Petunia Picklebottom to make baby slings and diaper bags chic enough to wear for your dressiest occasions. When taking baby along to holiday parties, why not carry her in style with a Serenity Sling? This pouch-style sling has a water-resistant lining and comes in three new beautiful brocade prints sure to go with your holiday best.
The matching Touring Tote is a fabulous alternative to a frumpy diaper bag. Looking more like a hip purse, this roomy tote includes a changing pad and a place for everything from baby’s bottle to your cell phone, keeping you well stocked with all the essentials.
Petunia Picklebottom Serenity Slings ($90) and Touring Totes ($145) can be found at A Pea in the Pod, Oh Baby! and dilly dally in Raleigh, Belly Blossom and Nordstrom in Durham, and Jesters in Chapel Hill.
Drink to Your Health
Imagine a delicious drink made from crimson red pomegranates picked from trees grown in mineral-rich soil and bathed in Mediterranean sunshine. Add blackberries, bananas and sweet oranges, and you have the new Pomegranate Sunshine smoothie from Sunkist Naturals. This delicious and healthy burst of flavor offers a rich blend of vitamins, antioxidants and all-natural goodness without any added sugar. Available at Whole Foods Market for about $2.99.
The season of gift-giving is here, and with that comes the opportunity to give gifts that tread lightly on the planet. The Green Perspective offers an easy way to shop for friends and family while being eco-friendly to boot. The eco mom + green baby basket contains such goodies as a reusable shopping bag, an organic cotton onesie, a glass bottle, all-natural handsoap, a book called Raising Baby Green and more.
Other basket themes include intro to green, green essentials and green your kitchen, all containing items made with natural ingredients, sustainable materials and low-impact goods, making it easy to go green. Baskets range from $40 to $115 and can be found at www.thegreenperspective.com.
Lips Like Sugar
Cooler weather means cracked, chapped and dry lips. To keep your pucker soft and smooth, prime it with Sugar Kisses peppermint lip scrub from Bella il Fiore. Gently rub it in, wipe it off and get ready to boast your boldest lip color of the season. Find Sugar Kisses at www.bellabeauty.net for $14.
Time Out for Mom and Baby
The holiday season can be a stressful time for new moms as well as their babies. Why not take some time out for the two of you at Itsy Bitsy Baby Spa? With programs and resources designed to help reduce stress and embrace the natural process of parenting, Itsy Bitsy offers a nurturing environment that helps you feel supported. Take time away from the frantic pace of the season while bonding with baby in this luxurious spa.
Learn infant massage, take a yoga class with baby, learn CPR or have a nutritional consultation all in this space dedicated to the well-being of mothers and their babies. Located in Cary, you can view a list of classes and find more information at www.itsybitsybabyspa.com.
A Little Extra Sparkle
Does your favorite party outfit need a little something special? Give it a lift just by adding the right accessories. Try wearing a pair of dangly earrings or a necklace in your eye color to put more emphasis on you! This will make your eyes sparkle as much as your jewelry, and you will look lovely!
Mary Michele Little is a mother of two, wife, image consultant and blogger who lives in Raleigh. Read more of her tips at www.onechicmama.com.