Monday, June 15, 2009

Yunginz Are Here!

They have arrived!! The newest in kids shoe fashion. Click here to order your pair today! (More styles coming everyday) Here is what the 2 "mums" of Yunginz have to say:

"The Yunginz™ brand came to fruition in 2007 when Jenny Celebrin got frustrated with not being able to purchase trendy shoes in small sizes for her daughter. All the decent fashionable shoes seemed to only be available from a size 12 and upwards so the challenge was on!
Teaming up with Yolanda La GorcĂ© - another mum (also good friend and designer extraordinaire!) Jenny and Yolanda combined their marketing and design skills and Yunginz™ was born.
We want all young children to look cool in Yunginz™ shoes - that’s why Yunginz™ is all about being able to provide trendy, comfortable fitting shoes at prices that are affordable to everyone, and easy to find!
We are extremely proud to be able to fill the gap in the market and assist those other parents who have also struggled to find stylish shoes for their small children. After all, happy child means happy parents!
We are constantly designing new footwear and providing a point of difference in the market. Go on, check out our range and treat your kids to a pair of Yunginz™ shoes - we guarantee your kids (and their feet) will love you for it!"

Sunday, June 14, 2009

We Are Selling Our House!

Our Realtor, Jason Mazzurana, has now taken pictures of our house and has it listed. It is official...our house is FOR SALE! You can click here if you want to print out our flyer. If you are interested, please visit the blog for it at

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Baby Kissing (Biting) Her Cousin

I just had to share this...My youngest daughter would do the same thing to us and it was always so funny!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Giveaway~ Day Planner from Busy Body Book

Are you a busy mom? Well, whether you are organized or not, these great organizers can get or keep your busy schedule on track. Busy Body Book is giving away a FREE organizer to two lucky winners! Click here to enter the contest.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Giveaway~ 10% off Boutique Graphics & Tips on Marketing Your Website

I have blogged about Maggie before and the wonderful work she has done for me and for many others. She has now offered 1 lucky winner 10% off any of her services on her website (Boutique Graphics only). In addition to her giveaway, she has graciously offered some great tips to market your website or blog.

One thing that I haven't told you in the past is that she also owns and operates Bliss Photography where she specializes in on-location photography for newborns, maternity, children, seniors, families, groups, engagements and commercial product photography as well as modeling services.

I have worked with Maggie on the design of my website, blog and Top 100 list and I can tell you that she is a joy to work with. Please read her tips below and visit her site or blog for even more advice.

Tips on Marketing Your Website
Written by Maggie Phillips at Boutique Graphics and Bliss Photography

If you build it, they will come... right? I wish it was that simple! In order for people to find your store, you will have to market it.

Word of Mouth

Tell people about your store! Talk it up, make it sound absolutely irresistible... the great products, the easy ordering, etc. Make sure you tell them both your business name AND your domain.

For instance: " store, ABC Baby Stuff - it's"

Even if you talk to someone who isn't interested in your kind of products, they may be impressed enough to pass it along to someone who is!

A great place to start is with your friends and family - they are sure to tell people about your incredibly awesome store!

Banner Advertising

Paid banner advertising can be a great tool for marketing online. Be sure to check out the site first and make sure the traffic they claim is the traffic they get! Two good places to do that:

I've found the following sites give good return on your advertising investment. It is generally a good idea to plan to advertise for about 6 months continuously before you see big results from your ads.

Print It Everywhere

Your logo, business name, and domain name are very important when branding your business. Add them to your packaging (think stickers, tags, etc), your business cards, forum signatures and all email correspondence.

A nice touch can be to send a small "thank-you" gift that also works in your domain name, business name and/or logo.

Newsletters/Mailing Lists

Newsletters, aka Mailing Lists, are an amazingly effective tool in marketing to your existing customer base. If you don't have a mailing list with a sign up form, start one today.

You can get a free mailing list account at; another good option with reasonable fees is

Discounts and giveaways are a great way to encourage new sign ups.

Link Exchanges

Reciprocal link exchanges are a great way to advertise and promote your business. The WAHMShoppes Link Directory allows you to set up a fully dynamic exchange, wherein anyone who adds their banner to your site must first add your banner to their site. Your store keeps track of this for you!

Your best bet starting out is to visit other WAHMShoppes stores that would provide relevant links with yours. By relevant, I mean that if you sell baby stuff, then linking up with a store that sells candles is not all that relevant. It won't hurt to link with that store, but it probably won't help either.

Click here for a tutorial for setting up your WAHMShoppes link exchange.

If you don't have a WAHMShoppes store, you can still have a link exchange. Just set up a page on your site to add banners to, and start searching for other stores to link with. Handle the link and banner exchange by email, and be professional and business-like when you contact them.

Top List Sites

Top Lists, Top Sites, Top 100... they are all the same thing, but not all created equal!
These can be a great tool for getting lots of traffic to your site, as long as your are selective in the ones you join.

The objective is not to add your site to as many Top Lists as you can. Choose carefully, and add your site to the Top Lists that are attractive and well laid-out. Busy Top Lists with flashing graphics, messy banners in disarray, tons of missing links and missing banners are not going to convey an upscale image to your site.

When you join a Top List, you submit your banner, business name and a description of your site. In exchange, you put their banner on your website. The banner you place on your site is coded so that when someone clicks it, the user is forwarded to the top site and you get credit for a "hit in". When someone visits the Top List and clicks your banner to visit your site, you get credit for a "hit out". The more hits in and out, the higher your banner will appear on the list.

The "hits in" carry the most weight for ranking purposes, so the more prominently you display the banner for the Top List, the more clicks it will get, so the more credit you will get, and the higher your banner will appear on the Top List, thus resulting in more exposure for you and more clicks to your banner.

A couple of good Top Lists:

Posh Mom Boutiques
Haute Mama Shoppes
Victoria's Chic Boutique Top 100
Snazzy Sites

Trendy Me and Mommy Boutiques

Just click on any of the banners and find the [Join] button. You will need a 468x60 banner before you start. (Need one? Click here) You'll also need to provide an email and password for your account. Use the same information for all your top lists and it will make it much easier to remember!

Your vote counts too! Most Top Lists restrict you to one vote in 24 hours, so each day, click both the Top List banner on your site, and your banner on the Top List.

The best part is that joining a Top List is free! Many have additional advertising spots as well, and these can be a great value as they are usually inexpensive and appear above the free ads.

Track Your Stats

A stat counter, or hit tracker, traffic meter, etc will allow you to keep track of the traffic your are getting, and where it comes from so you know which of your advertising is paying off.

Try if you need help configuring it and adding it to your store, click here.

Know Your SEO

I'll keep it simple and short here, because SEO is an extremely complex subject.

The most important things you can do to improve your ranking are to update your Meta Title and your home page text.

Meta Keywords are so close to being obsolete that you may as well say they are obsolete. Please don't obsess over them; they are not affecting your ranking. Have 2 or 200, it makes so difference.

The Meta Description affects what shows on a search engine below your Title. It has little impact on ranking but can have a big impact on if your link gets clicked, so use it to name your best brands, most impressive products, etc and make your store sound irresistible.

OK now, the Meta Title. This needs to about 12-14 words, include your business name, and the MOST IMPORTANT keywords for your site. Put the most important keyword first, right after the business name. This is not a site description... it's a keyword fest. For instance...

Jack's Kid Stuff - Offering Tons of Great Kids Clothing at Great Prices - WRONG!!!!

Jack's Kid Stuff Boutique Clothing Little Mass Le Top Psketti Deux Par Deux - RIGHT!!!!

There is no "perfect" Meta Title. The "RIGHT" example above could be done many different ways. The trick is to think about the keywords people are most likely to type in Google if they are looking for your site. Then use those in your title.

Your home page text is the most important text on your website and hugely impacts your SE ranking. Make sure you have as many keyword-rich paragraphs of text as you can possibly come up with. Simply listing keywords is not powerful here; incorporate them into a body of actual sentences - the SE's are very intelligent and they penalize you for what they consider "keyword spamming". So amp up your text, but do it the right way!

Research your competition, the ones appearing in the top 10-20 of the rankings, and check out what they are doing. Also, keep in mind that time plays a big role in ranking. The longer your site is around, the more credence it's given and the more your ranking will improve.

Keep It Up!

Running a successful business requires management and upkeep. Placing web banners for one month will not mean you get traffic thereafter. You need to make a constant effort to have your name out there.

Small businesses have exploded in recent years, so there's more competition than ever. However, this means the industry as a whole has gained recognition and status, and that people are looking for these businesses and want to support them.

Nothing happens overnight in the world of eStore marketing. Expect it to take some time as customers and SE's wait to see if you're here to stay. Their trust will build over time and so will your business!


Entering the Giveaway~ How it works:

Visit Boutique Graphics and check out what Maggie can do with website and blog design, product photography, graphic design and print marketing; then leave a comment on my blog stating what services you found most intriguing.

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* Purchase something on my site, Me and Mommy Boutique, and let me know on the comment section when checking out that you are entering for Boutique Graphics Giveaway; also come back to my blog and comment about what you purchased (You will also receive 20% off your total purchase by entering Boutique Graphics in the discount code section at checkout ~ this is only during the Boutique Graphic's Giveaway time frame)

*No Resident Restrictions

Closes: June 18, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time

Winner will be determined on and then posted here; the winner will also be contacted via email.

Giveaway~Roxio Easy : VHS to DVD software~Ends June 26, 2009

Vhiel over at Living in Style is running a giveaway for Roxio Easy: VHS to DVD software! Click here to go to her giveaway.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Three Pieces of Breastfeeding Advice to Ignore

I came across this article posted on Twitter by Melodie (bfmom)and wanted to share it. It was written by Carrie Lauth, “retired” La Leche League leader and host of Natural Moms Talk Radio. While I don't necessarily agree with everything in this article, I do feel like information is a valuable thing that we all need and deserve to make informed choices throughout our lives. Plus, being a mom is the most important job anyone can have and that is why we have the option to decide if we are going to breastfeed or bottle feed and how long.

I actually breastfed my first daughter for the first 6 weeks because at that time, I did not work in an environment conducive to pumping, therefore did not continue after going back to work. I tried very hard to breastfeed my second daughter, but after getting extremely engorged causing me pain and my daughter not to be able to latch on properly, I unfortunately had to stop after just 2 weeks. We also found out that she was allergic to cow's milk meaning that if I ate any dairy products it caused her a lot of pain in her tummy; she also had acid reflux and colic to top it all off. Her pediatrician put her on Nutramigen formula and that worked great for her.

So read the article and let me know what you think.

Three Pieces of Breastfeeding Advice to Ignore
Written by Carrie Lauth

Don’t nurse your baby all the time or she’ll become too dependent. You must wait and feed your baby every few hours.”

This is possibly the most damaging piece of breastfeeding advice you’ll ever hear. Not only can following this advice lead to clogged milk ducts and breast infection, it can sabotage your entire breastfeeding relationship.

In short, don’t do it.

"Don’t breastfeed your baby like a bottle-feeder. Scheduled feedings apply to formula fed babies, not nurslings. Unlike formula, breastmilk is quickly digested and since babies have small stomachs, expect your little one to “cluster feed” through most of the day—and night—in the early weeks. It’s normal for newborns to appear hungry every hour or so for part of the day.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, newborns should be nursed whenever they exhibit hunger cues: rooting, putting hands to mouth, mouthing, fussing, or crying, which is actually a late sign of hunger. Listen to them.

Unlike formula, breastmilk works on the law of supply-and-demand. The more baby nurses, the more milk you’ll make and vice versa. Babies on scheduled feedings may not nurse enough to build up an adequate milk supply.

And as for the line about babies becoming dependent? Babies are supposed to be dependent on you. After all, there isn’t much a baby can do for himself. So throw those schedules in the diaper pail.

“Whatever you do, don’t let baby sleep in your bed.”

While co-sleeping may not be the answer for all families, it can make nighttime breastfeeding (and sleeping) less of an ordeal for parents and babies. Most families throughout the world sleep next to their babies. The US is one of a few countries where this act is considered taboo. But why?

According to the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame, babies and mothers who co-sleep receive more sleep than those who sleep separately.

But what about long-term negative effects of co-sleeping? Research shows there aren’t any. While some parents seem to have an irrational fear of “over-lying”, this simply isn’t an issue unless a parent is under the influence of mind altering substances - in which case, they shouldn’t be caring for a baby anyway.

Actually, babies who co-sleep tend to have something in common—they’re thriving—both physically, mentally and intellectually. And they’re nursing well. Babies who co-sleep tend to eat more at night, maintaining mom’s milk supply and promoting natural child-spacing.

Co-sleeping makes nighttime nursing much easier and is safe, provided you take some safety precautions and are nonsmokers. If baby wakes during the night, all you have to do is roll on your side and let the nursing begin. Then you can continue getting your snooze on while baby nurses back to sleep.

Ignore those people who say you might roll on your baby (highly unlikely if you’re sober) or are being a sap. People talk like sleeping next to your baby is a slippery slope—do it once and you’ll never have a child-free bed until the teenage years roll around. But this isn’t necessarily true. As with everything, do what works in your family’s situation.

“Babies shouldn’t breastfeed beyond [six months, one year, etc]. Mothers who nurse their toddlers are doing it more for themselves than for their babies.”

There is nothing wrong with breastfeeding toddlers. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) claim there’s no evidence of psychological or developmental harm in babies who breastfeed beyond age one.

In addition, extended nursing has many benefits. Research shows that babies over a year old still receive substantial amounts of nutrients from breastmilk. Even though toddlers need nutrition from solid foods, breastmilk is still a valuable part of their diet, providing high amounts of vitamin B12, vitamin A, folate, vitamin C and protein. The composition of milk even changes to fit baby’s growing needs.

Even though the sight of nursing toddlers isn’t at the forefront of society, extended breastfeeding isn’t extreme. The AAP recommends breastfeeding for at least a year and longer as mutually desired by mama and child and the World Health Organization urges moms to nurse for at least two years.

Find out more myths and truths about breastfeeding as well as cute nursing wear - because motherhood is too short to wear an ugly nursing bra!

Monday, June 1, 2009

My Little Princess

I just couldn't resist sharing pictures of my Avery. When she was younger she was not into the princess stuff, but once her Pama (grandma) gave her The Little Mermaid video, she was hooked! Her Grana ended up getting her one of each of the princess dresses with the shoes and wands and I got her each of the crowns to match (you can tell from the pictures that she puts her own crowns on~lol). She practically lives in her princess dresses and has tons of regular clothes that have all of the Disney Princesses on them. She is also dressing up her baby sister, Sydney, already too (Sydney is only a year old so she will be hooked from the beginning). This is just a collection of pictures that I have been able to get; she wears a dress for about a week and then the next week she will be another princess which she insists on being called that princess' name also. It is really cute. Thank you all for letting me share these with you. ~Stephanie Laissle