We’re closing our doors.

September 15, 2011
The time has come for a big REgarding Peanut announcement: we’re closing our doors (virtual and real life). It’s been a great 5 years, but between 3 kids, a move, and just life, my goals have changed and it’s time to focus towards new projects. It’s bittersweet, as I’ve LOVED all the amazing families I’ve met (many of whom have become friends) and babies I know are snuggled safely and securely with their parents. But it’s time.

What does this mean for you? Well, I still have quite a bit of inventory left…and it needs to go before baby #3 comes! Please join us at my new digs in Bothell (just north of downtown) for a BIG clearance sale, with carriers as low as 50% off, and other accessories as low as $3! These prices will be valid ONLINE on OCTOBER 3rd, 2011.

When is this fabulous sale? October 1st and 2nd, from 11-4, at my home: 9705 NE 198th St Bothell 98011

What else will I find there? You’ll find some of my wonderful friends (whose businesses are NOT closing): the amazing Sara from Mothering Grace, with all of her fabulous diaper choices and accessories; Kirsten with Usborne Books to help you get a jump start on holiday gifts; Katie from Everyday Errands and More to help you get a few extra minutes in your day by doing your boring errands for you; Julie, from It’s a Preemie Thing with her adorable, fun onesies that aren’t just for preemies; and more to be announced!

Do I need to RSVP? Nope!! Just come on by and bring a friend! This is a great opportunity to get something new for you and your baby, or to find a fantastic gift for a friend.

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Small Business Saturday

November 26, 2010

Happy Small Business Saturday!!

Enjoy 15% off EVERYTHING at REGarding Peanut through Sunday, November 28th, midnight.

You’ll also enjoy FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $50 (usually $100)

AND a FREE pair of BabyLegs with any order, while supplies last!!  

Check out the great deals our friends have going on as well:

Mothering Grace is offering 15% off everything storewide AND 20% off sustainablebabyish/sloomb

It’s A Preemie Thing is offering $5 off the purchase of two onesies, $3 off the purchase of one. Use code bday3 for one onesie and bday5 for two.

EllieAdorn is doing a Cyber Monday deal of 20% off anything in her shop. Use code CYBERMONDAY10 anytime on Monday. Plus, she has a Holiday Hide and Seek going on through 12/20, where you can find a half priced necklace on her site each day at 1pm PST. AND, if that wasn’t enough, if you purchase an EllieAdorn necklace from It’s A Preemie Thing, you can nominate a mom who’s babe is in the NICU to get a paisley pull necklace for free!

Angela Kuzior Photography is offering a free 11×14 wall print-matted image ($40 value) with all bookings for 2011 (must schedule on or before November 30th and 20% deposit required).

Stroller Strides of Kirkland/Bothell 30% off punch cards, or you can choose half off the enrollment fee with a 3 month commitment. This is one workout that will kick your booty AND you can do it with your baby! Even if you miss this deal, I highly recommend Stroller Strides. If you have a babe who prefers the carrier to a stroller, the good news is that you can do this even with a baby in a carrier (we love the Pikkolo for fussy days). Tell Hilary that REgarding Peanut sent you!
If you head into Tot Spot Cafe in Woodinville tomorrow, you’ll receive a coupon for half off your next admission. If you haven’t been, that place is excellent for the big ones to play and burn off some serious steam while you grab a cup of coffee and chat with a friend!

SnoqualmieValley : Macaroni Kid

October 22, 2010

Check us out!! REgarding Peanut was featured on the Snoqualmie Valley Macaroni Kid blog!

(So glad you love your Pikkolo, Dana!)

SnoqualmieValley : Macaroni Kid.

My Babywearing Story

October 3, 2010

I suppose you could say I came to babywearing in a pretty typical way. I was working in my shop, about 6m pregnant, and saw a woman come in with her baby all wrapped up in fabric. It was red, and looked far sassier than the ubiquitous navy blue carrier that I’d seen everywhere else. Her baby looked so close and snuggly, I stopped her to ask what it was and where I could get one. I think I went out the next day and bought my first Moby wrap. I couldn’t wait for the baby to arrive so we could try it out.

Michael and I both loved it. Peanut was born pretty little, just over 6 pounds, and wouldn’t have fit in that other carrier. The Moby wrap was perfect. We wore it ALL THE TIME. I wore it so much, I thought, hey, there must be other stuff out there that we may like…let’s do some research. I spent most of my summer quarter that year sitting in class, reading on The Baby Wearer about other carriers. I decided that a Hotsling would be perfect for us: easy to put on, snuggly, and cute! I loved my Hotsling even more than I loved my Moby, and we soon found lots of other amazing carriers.

The things we were able to do with Ryan in a carrier was amazing. People often commented on how well-behaved Ryan was out in public, how she never cried, how she seemed so content. Studies certainly support that children carried more cry less, and are generally calmer, no doubt because their needs are attended to more quickly. Babywearing also helped us become more confident parents. We were able to sort out Ryan’s needs quickly, and we learned more about her as we wore her in slings and carriers. We knew our daughter amazingly well, and could anticipate her next move.

We were also able to go on with our lives as we liked them (to a point!). Ryan just came along in the slings and carriers! She napped anywhere, through anything. She went on 20+ flights in her first year and we were always complimented on her wonderful behavior. Of course she was happy, she was close to her parents! We went to fairs and festivals, big cities and small road trips. None of which would have been as easy if we hadn’t had carriers.

Through all this, REgarding Peanut was born, too…so you could say that babywearing helped me give birth to my second “baby”. My little business has offered me an outlet to help new parents, and was a gateway towards finding another passion: childbirth education. I plan to become a doula some day, and would probably have never found this path without carriers.

Fast forward 4.5 years to the birth of our second daughter, Finleigh. I honestly don’t understand how one can parent a subsequent child without a baby carrier! Finleigh spent the first 3 months of her life almost exclusively in a sling. It was easy to nurse her when necessary, but still tend to Ryan’s needs. I was able to take Ryan to her usual playdates and parties, while keeping Finleigh safe and warm on me. I am able to make lunch for Ryan, take her to ride her bike, and help her get dressed, all while wearing Fin. Without carriers, one of my two daughters would have suffered the loss of mommy’s attention. Ryan would have been plugged into the TV while I tended to Fin, or Fin would have been relegated to a bouncy chair while I tended to Ryan. Babywearing is a win-win.

And scientifically, babywearing is a win-win for all involved. It’s THE SAFEST WAY TO TRANSPORT YOUR BABY. Hands down. Over 7 million slings have been sold in the last 20 years, not including those made by desperate mothers needing to calm an upset baby. True, 9 babies have died while in slings. None of those deaths (though tragic) were found to be the fault of the sling. Slings are good for babies. They’re good for parents.

If you feel this way too (and I know you do, you’re here!), please consider joining the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance. A baby sling recall is imminent this coming week, and the BCIA needs our help in several ways:

If you can find $25 to join as a supporter, please do.

Share your babywearing story on your blog, on a friend’s blog, on my blog (email me to have your story included), or on the BCIA page.

Write to your Senators and Congress people about how babywearing affects your life, and the lives of those you love. They are our representatives in government, and they have the ability to control or alter the scope of the CPSC. They are the ones who can help us most.

If it comes to it, we may be asking you to contact your local media outlets in support of babywearing.

Please stay tuned for more information, and more ways to support babywearing. Our childrens’ futures literally depend on our actions today.

Keri Meyers Photography is turning TWO! {Giveaway!} | Seattle Newborn Photographer » Seattle Newborn and Family Photographer | Keri Meyers Photography

September 17, 2010

REgarding Peanut has teamed up with Keri Meyers Photography to celebrate her 2nd birthday…check out her blog for the details to enter to win!!

Keri Meyers Photography is turning TWO! {Giveaway!}

Winner of our EllieAdorn Giveaway…

August 27, 2010
Holly


At Regarding Peanut, I super super SUPER want the Jolly Huggalugs!!!

Congratulations Holly!! We’ll be in touch to get your EllieAdorn necklace to you!

Julie

I shared on FB…hope I win rather than my friends. ;)

And Julie, you’re our runner up!! You’ll get a pair of Huggalugs from REgarding Peanut.

Thank you all for playing along! This was a blast to do…

A new shop and a giveaway!

August 23, 2010

First off, I’d like to introduce you to a new shop, EllieAdorn. I’d actually been looking for a nursing necklace of sorts because Miss Finleigh is grabby-mcgrabby and is always pulling on my shirts, my hair, my skin (ouch) while she nurses, or is riding in the sling. I was contacted for a totally separate reason by the owner, Cristi, and then she mentioned her new little shop.

I was so excited! Ellie’s mama makes AMAZING necklaces that are designed to be tough enough for baby’s to play with while nursing, holding, babywearing, or snuggling. And they are different than the typical “donut on a string” style that I’ve seen. They’re actually pretty. And stylish. And will look good with your clothes (heck, it may be the only good looking thing you’ll have on that day!). And, you can actually wear jewelry without worrying that you’re baby is going to rip your earring out or yank your Tiffany necklace off (yes, I wear a Tiffany “K” everyday; it’s my thing).

To celebrate the grand opening of EllieAdorn, we’ve paired up and are giving one lucky winner a necklace of her choosing! There will also be a runner-up, winning a cute tote bag from REgarding Peanut. There are three ways to enter:  “like” both EllieAdorn and REgarding Peanut on facebook, and come back and tell us you have. Share this post with your friends (via email or FB) and come back and let us know about it. Head over to EllieAdorn‘s etsy shop and REgarding Peanut and come back here and tell us your favorite product from each site. All entries must be in the comments on this blog post. Contest ends on Thursday, August 26th and winners will be announced Friday, August 27th.

ETA: You can earn one extra entry by sharing this on your facebook page, retweeting it, or sharing it on a forum you frequent. Leave a comment with a link letting us know where you’ve shared.

AND, you don’t have to be local to win this one! Even better!!

The end of an era

August 9, 2010

Hotslings, Inc. is closing it’s doors. If you’re at all as upset about this as I am, please consider joining the BCIA to help support the baby carrier industry. I fear that babywearing as we know (and love) it, may not survive all of this.

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Baby Carrier Industry Alliance – Press.

You’re invited to Quincy’s Baby Shower!

July 6, 2010
Quincy's Baby Shower: ULTIMATE GIVEAWAY FOR AN EXPECTING CITYMOMMY!!

You’re invited to Quincy’s baby shower! In fact, she told me she wants to share some presents with one lucky Seattle CityMommy!

Quincy had her own plans and didn’t want to be an August baby. Guess she heard about our heatwave last year. She was born on Monday June 28th, 2010 at 11:23pm. She weighed in at 2lbs 14oz and 15.95” long.

She’s hanging out in the NICU gaining weight and putting on ounces – just want we want to see. To see her newborn photoshoot with Keri Meyers Photography click here.

Since she arrived early, we’re throwing her shower early!

Between now and July 31, any expecting Seattle CityMommy can enter to win an amazing collection of gifts from our sponsors. You must live in the greater Puget Sound region and be a member of CItyMommy Seattle to win.

Some of the prizes include:

Newborn Photo Session with Keri Meyers Photography

Yellow Submarine Buggy (to be delivered to the winner in October upon official release) from Maclaren

Sling and Babywearing instructions from RE-Peanut

Tickets to the 2011 Seattle Mom Prom.

Here is how to enter. Please post ONE comment for EACH entry.

Mandatory entry (click here to get directly to the comment thread): Share a funny or touching story that has happened during your pregnancy.

Bonus entries:

1. Become a Facebook fan of any of our contest sponsors on Facebook. Make sure you leave a separate entry for each. You DO NOT have to post on the Facebook page of our sponsors that you are a fan. It is not required for entry.

2. Become a Facebook fan of CityMommy Seattle.

3. Blog/share/tweet about this post. You may get credit for tweets once per day. Make sure you leave a separate entry for each.

4. Invite your friends to join CityMommy Seattle. Please leave a comment to let us know you did this.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!


Contest Rules:

Quincy’s baby shower ends on July 31, 2010 at 11:59 pst. ONE winner will be chosen at random. Winner must reside in the greater Puget Sound area and may be photographed when receiving their prizes.

If winner does not respond within 72 hours of contest closure, we reserve the right to pick a new winner.

Prize substitutions may happen at the discretion of our sponsors. Yellow Submarine Buggy from Maclaren will not be delivered until October due to the exclusive availability of the design.

Comments anywhere other than Seattle CityMommy will not count as entries. We reserve the right to delete entries that appear automated or are otherwise invalid.

Winner of the Memorial Day giveaway…

May 31, 2010

…is Brandy! She loves to have nothing to do and take Memorial Day to reconnect with family. I hope you love the bag, Brandy! Keep your eyes peeled for an email from me.

I hope you’re all doing the same and enjoying this day. Please take a moment to remember our soldiers, past and present, on this day of remembering. There aren’t really enough words to express the gratitude I feel for our soldiers and their families. I want to share this link with you all, and these pictures. They’re a beautiful reminder of the sacrifices made for freedom. And yes, you’ll need a few tissues.

Happy Memorial Day!

Brandy
brandyd@gmail.com
76.121.100.46

I like to have zero plans and just relax and reconnect with my family!