Opinion, Uncategorized

Introducing: “Mamas After Bedtime”

Snow Bird

I’ve partnered with Shy otherwise known as @mermamashy over on Instagram and together we’ve created “Mamas After Bedtime”! Every Friday we will be sharing our personal thoughts on some of the most controversial topics that deal with parenting.

What!? Yes, you heard that right!

Not only will we be sharing our thoughts, but we want to hear yours as well.

DISCLAIMER: We may not agree on everything, and that’s life!

We all have our reasons for our beliefs. We want to know what your reasons are so that we can better understand each other as parents in a community.

Now, to give you just a glimpse, here are some of the topics we may potentially cover:

  • Breastfeeding in public with or without a nursing cover
  • Children’s safety leashes
  • Kids being disciplined by family members
  • The “Acceptable” age for your kids to date
  • Putting kids in preschool as a SAHM or a WM that is financially stable
  • Giving kids an allowance

Opinions are welcomed! Negativity is not!

Comments will be deleted if that’s where the road leads (I don’t think we need to go into detail)!

Hope y’all are excited for this one!

Ana Golobic

PS: This is our take on making a parenting forum! We understand that there are others out there that exist and don’t want any of you to think it’s a stolen idea!

Collabs + PR, Theraplex, Uncategorized

Theraplex // What Defines Love: The Answer To Your Eczema

We’ve finally found a product line with moisturizers that work for us!

Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce you to… *Drum roll*

The Therplex Company

Hypoallergenic, paraben, phthalate, gluten, fragrance, and cruelty FREE!

Guys, it’s basically crap free. #thumbsup

‘Specially created for those with severely dry skin and eczema!

Fact: According to the National Eczema Organization, 30 million Americans suffer from the skin condition!

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Story time:

If you didn’t know already, last year we made a big change, and moved from Hawaii to North Dakota. It just happened to be our luck, but we got hit the worst winter you could ever imagine (The locals say it was the worst since 2011). The only thing you could see out of our living room window, was snow.

The wind was freezing cold and burned our skin with every gust.

My husband’s lips were so red and cracked that he was embarrassed to even leave the house!

But Mason… My poor baby Mason’s legs were covered in scabs from his constant scratching of his eczema.

We tried everything. Johnson & Johnson baby lotion and baby oil, Cetaphil (Recommended by my sister who suffers from eczema), Aveeno, Aquaphor, Eucerin (Doctor’s rec who also suffers from eczema) and more. Nothing had worked. We eventually began to change his soap and finally settled on something that had more antibacterial properties. It helped some. But at the end of the day, we still needed a moisturizer. We continued to try other products, but again. Nothing.

Winter finally came to an end in April, thank God we survived those six months…

Thankfully, Mason’s eczema slightly cleared up, as it flares up severely in dry and cold weather.

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We’ve tried Theraplex on the kids for the past few weeks and it’s been amazing!

For the most part, we’ve been using it as a simple moisturizer for Mason since his skin is currently in good shape *fingers crossed*. Occasionally, he’ll have an eczema outbreak on his waistline, but Theraplex clears it right up.

As for Levi, he normally breaks out on his cheeks that turn red and bumpy, since we began using these products, his cheeks are as smooth as his butt.

I’m happy knowing that it works for us now, but ultimately winter will tell.

I’m certain that if it works on the little outbreaks now, it will be able to control the more severe cases we deal with when the weather becomes more cold and dry.

 

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The Theraplex Company is very big on the saying “Less is more” here’s a little chart that compares the ingredients of other products to products of their own! Crazy to know we put all of these things on our skin without even reading the ingredients.

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I love all of these products, but my favorite is in the pink spray bottle it’s called “ClearLotion“! The directions list to spritz it on when you’re fresh out of the shower, with your body still wet! After spraying it on, you dry off with a towel!

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Here you see me holding open “Barrier Balm“. It’s infused with hydrosilicone and petrolatum which helps penetrate deeply into the skin!

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Sealed with the stamp of approval from the National Eczema Association! Seriously, how cool is that?! We use the “Eczema Therapy” ‘specially for Mason’s minor flares on his waist line.

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Look at that precious little face! Ah! Best of all, (Minus the dollop of products on Levi’s forehead and cheeks) look at how clear his skin is! We use their “Emollient” specially on his cheeks.

Doctor Sarah Pietrangelo a medical advisor on the Theraplex team was nice enough to send us these goodies. She lives and swears by them for her own family (Husband, toddler, and baby) and as a pediatrician, she even recommends them to her patients!

Overall, I’m relieved knowing that we are going into this upcoming winter PREPARED Theraplex by our side. Without a doubt in my mind I know it will be a trusted family product in every season for us!

Try these products out for yourself, you’ll fall in love.

Best of luck on your skin journey,

Ana Golobic

Click the link below to shop!

http://www.theraplex.com/

Click the link below to learn more about eczema.

https://nationaleczema.org/

Create

DIY Sharpie Mugs

This past weekend, Brandon and I got a little crafty and decided to try out a cool little Sharpie Mug DIY we’d seen over on Pinterest! We’re definitely not artists, but we had fun with it and kept a Lysol wipe nearby to erase our mistakes!

The best part about this hack is that it requires little to no money!

I will share the materials needed and directions based on what we did.

Here’s what you need:

  • Sharpies (Colors of your choice)
  • Mugs (We used ones we already had, but you can purchase yours at the dollar store!)
  • Lysol wipe
  • Cookie pan
  • Baking sheet
  • Oven

Instructions:

  1. Take out your cookie pan and preheat your oven to 250 degrees!
  2. Wash and dry your mug completely! Be sure to remove all excess water to prep for your drawing! You don’t want a watery canvas nor a ruined sharpie.
  3. Draw your design. In our photos below you’ll see that we completely free handed each of drawing! But here you’ll find a method that’s much easier! If you make a mistake wipe your mug clean with a lysol wipe and let dry!
  4. When you’ve completed your design place your mug on the cookie pan along with a cookie sheet so you don’t scratch your mug! Put these bad boys in the oven for 2 hours!
  5. Once those two hours are up, you’re good to go! Be sure that the temperature in your house isn’t too cold, as they may crack due to a drastic temperature change. With that being said, no cold beverages until they are fully cooled.

These mugs should only be hand washed!

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Blank canvas! Let’s do this! PS I LOVE metallic sharpies. The sharpies were $5 over at Target, but I’m sure you have a black one in a drawer some where!

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Inspiration credit for each mug: “Espresso Patronum“, “A+B“, the last is an original.

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Fun fact: When I was in elementary school we moved to England (I’m a military brat AND spouse) and one of the houses we were checking out was JK Rowling’s at the time! If you’re not a big HP fan, JK wrote the books!

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“FU MONDAY U SUCK” Brandon just really hates Mondays…

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My man lookin’ like an absolute snack!

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My husband being my husband.

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Pretending to sip our mugs that haven’t been baked yet!

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Hope you guys enjoyed this one. 

There’s more to come!

Ana & Brandon Golobic

 

Collabs + PR, Here Comes The Moon, Uncategorized

Here Comes The Moon // What Defines Love// Giveaway Closed!

 

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Follow the links below to shop the item!

Row 1: It Just Blooms // Cadillac // Love Machine // Roar

Row 2: Milk To My Shake

Row 3: Wildflowers // May Your Moccasins // Give Me Love

Row 4: Heart Tugger // I Love You

I’ve collaborated with Chiara from Here Comes The Moon, and we’ve put together an awesome little giveaway! Not one, not two, but THREE lucky winners will be able to win a product of their choice. From clothes for the kiddos, to dainty wall art, and canvas printed bags, there’s a variety to choose from.

The rules to win are oh so simple!

  1. Follow us on Instagram (@andreannagolobic + @_herecomesthemoon_
  2. Like any photo regarding the giveaway
  3. Tag three of your friends!

That’s it guys.

We wish you all the best of luck, as the winners will be selected on August 5th, of 2017.

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Here you’ll see Mason rocking Here Comes The Moon’s cream onesie in “Love Machine“.

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Tuggin’ Hearts since ’17. Still can’t believe I actually had this little ham this year!

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Levi’s face says it all. He’s done putting up with Mason’s crap. But howdy, hubby!

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I love this sign! We happened to see it on our way out of Main Street Books over in town. Whether you’re shopping local or even online for handmade goods, know that you are making a difference in a person’s life, someone not so different from you and I.

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Can’t get this kid to take photos unless I bribe him with a cookie!

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Doing his job and doing it well: Making me melt. Tug my heart lil’ one.

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About The Owner

“Barn’s burnt down, now I can see the moon”- Masahide

Here Comes the Moon began as a way for me to recreate and rebuild after a difficult time. At 5 and a half months singly pregnant, I’d lost my job unexpectedly and found myself in an overwhelming circumstance.

I’m now convinced that timing is everything in life, even when at first we may not understand why. During my first year as a single mom, I decided to delve into my creativity and start working on some of the ideas I had always put on the back burner. Little by little, my plans slowly started coming together, into what eventually became “Here Comes the Moon.” From an unlikely time, when everything seemed impossible, I had the strong desire to make a major change. With nothing to lose, I took my first step as an entrepreneur and could not be more grateful for the entire experience!

Here Comes the Moon is dedicated to my light bright of a daughter, little miss Lucette Moon. I’m beyond blessed that I have her currently pulling at my pant legs and forever pulling at my heart strings. Children are pure magic and I am over the moon that Lucette chose me to be her mama.

In the hope to make a difference, I will be donating a percentage of my profits each year to a women’s organization of my choice. The amount of help I received during a time when I had very little, will never be forgotten. I’ve learned through my experience that taking care of each other is the greatest gift we can give one another.

Many blessings and I hope you enjoy my little shop! There will be much more to come!

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I love being apart of this community.

The people I’ve met along the way have truly inspired me in ways unimaginable.

Chiara’s story in particular reminds us that life doesn’t always go as planned, but ultimately it’s what you make it.

Ana Golobic

Click the link below to shop!

https://www.herecomesthemoondesigns.com/apparel/

Discussion, Parenting, Uncategorized

5 Random Facts About Breastfeeding: Happy National Breastfeeding Month!

Don’t cry over spilled milk… Unless it’s breast milk, bawl your fucking eyes out.

-Rotten Cards

Happy National Breastfeeding Month!

Yeah, you read that right.

Okay, let’s be honest, I had no idea it was a thing until recently… And neither did you!

Here are 5 random facts about breastfeeding!

  1. A woman’s right breast usually produces more milk than her left. (Cindyandjana)
  2. If you’re a boy mom you’ll produce thiry extra grams of milk! (Thestir.Cafemom)
  3. Your boobs can leak even if you just think about your baby OR hear your baby crying! (Todaysparent)
  4. Breastfeeding can save parent anywhere from $1200-$1500 in formula-related expenses. (Yourtango)
  5. Moms that breastfeed can approximately 45 more minutes of rest than moms that don’t! (Breastfeedinginc)

Each fact was grabbed from the sources listed in the parenthesis. Following the links to each website will enable you to see the valid sources for each fact.

Hope you’re all doing dandy, on this wondeful Thursday night!

Ana Golobic

Collabs + PR, Repurposed Threads

What Defines Love // Repurposed Threads

If you’ve read my blog, then you know how I feel about spending a fortune on children’s clothes. The answer is: I don’t. We all know that kids grow fast, and we all know that clothes for those little ones are crazy expensive. I love to save money in anyway possible and today I get to share one of the solutions to a problem we frugal moms face.

It all started when I met Nicole. She’s not only a mom, she’s a business owner of a company called Repurposed Threads. So get this, the concept of her company formed from her desire to save money on her daughter’s clothes… And an accidental bleach spill! She actually shared with me that while she was at work, she spilled some on her pants and realized that instead of throwing them away she’d make a design and customize them to her liking! Really quickly-Guys, I live for networking and collaborations for these very reasons, I learn the coolest things about people and their foundation!

Repurposed Threads makes me think of that quote “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. We all know that’s basically how thrifting works. Something in someone’s wardrobe no longer works out, so someone else picks it up at Goodwill, and gives it a second chance at life.

Repurposed Threads does all of that and then some… How do I put it?

Their custom pieces are REBORN and basically baptized in bleach.

So her clothes are not only cute, they’re also affordable! And honestly I find that some of her clothes are little edgy/grungy. Cute and badass! From babies, to kids, and even adults there’s a wide range to select from!

If you think about it it’s a one stop shop for the entire family!

Also, enjoy a little more saving while you’re at it. Use code “ENJOY 30″ on any order that’s $15 or more and you” get 30% off your purchase. Offer ends 9/1/2017.

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Look at the onesie this little one is rocking!

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Obviously over taking pictures at this point. Levi’s face says it all!

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“ALOHA ALL DAY EVERY DAY” Yas! We’re originally from Hawaii, remember guys? So this piece totally stuck out to us. Fun fact: This is a kid’s Hurley shirt. Nicole doesn’t just pick out the first thing she sees. She put the time and effort into making sure that every single piece of clothing is of good quality!

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Daddy duty. Brandon “Oh my God, this thing makes life so much easier!” Dude, we’ve had this thing when we had kid number one. Only now you’re realizing?

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My smiley little Mase!

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Down the slide we go! Mason’s second favorite to the swing.

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‘Twas a little hot outdoors guys!

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Melting guys, I’m absolutely melting.

 

Hope you’re all enjoying your week so far! We’ve almost made it to Friday, hang in there.

Ana Golobic

Click the link below to shop!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Repurposedthreadkids

Collabs + PR, Kalina's Creations, Uncategorized

What Defines Love // Kalina’s Creations

After many years of infertility, treatments, the very tragic loss of twins, and recently a 25 week old baby boy… Kalina and her husband have decided that adoption would be their next step. Her shop was created in hopes of being able to raise the funds needed to adopt. I’ve partnered up with Kalina over from Kalina’s Creations and we’ve decided to give y’all a sepcial discount of 20% off of all orders over $20.

Use code “SHOP20OFF” at checkout! Offer ends 7.22.2017.

Please be sure to stop by her shop and take a look! If you’d be ever so kind also share her story and shop with other mama friends you know! And of course, please keep her family in your prayers!

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Look at that precious little face. I’m seriously melting.

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My baby posing like a superhero.

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This bandana bib is EVERYTHING!

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Perfect for these two littles!

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Big brother, the shirt says it all… Big brothers rarely ever share.

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It’s people like Kalina that make networking such a fun yet touching experience.

Thank you for your business Kalina,

Ana Golobic

Click the link below to shop!

http://www.kalinascreations.com