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Introducing Birth Mantras

March 10th, 2011

I remember the nervousness I felt as an expectant mother. The first time around it was the sheer unknown that kept me awake wondering how I’d get through the birth of my daughter. With my son it was the fear that his birth would be drastically different than my daughter’s because I felt like her birth went so well.

Every birth is different and I prepared for their births differently too. With each pregnancy I latched on (ha ha!) to a few phrases or ideas that helped calm my fears and empower me. With my daughter’s birth it was something my wonderful doula said to me about birth being both work and rest. That made a big impact on me. There was another phrase she mentioned about labor being rhythmic and that really made me feel like if I could find the rhythm, I’d get through labor. With my son I found comfort in reminding myself that women have been birthing for generations and generations. Women were laboring all over the world with me at the same time.

Many of these thoughts were incorporated into the Birth Mantras cards – our newest product at mama mantras. This set of 16 birth mantras is perfect for preparing for birth. The mantras help alleviate worries and empower expecting mothers. It’s a bit like having your doctor/midwife, doula, mom, best friend and husband all rolled up into one. These are the phrases that will get you through the worries and then, during labor, the things you’ll repeat to yourself over and over as you birth your new baby.

The Birth Mantras are available now. Get them for yourself, pregnant friends or, if you’re a midwife or doula, for your clients.

Good Stuff – 3/9/11

March 9th, 2011

Alright, alright, it’s been awhile. We took a break but are back with a new product (birth cards!) and some good stuff!

Karissa’s Good Stuff

  • My big girl laughing big belly laughs in her sleep
  • A day at home with my hubby
  • Working on mama mantras again with Megan and connecting with others about the new cards
  • Brady in striped jammies
  • Watching Social Media, finally
  • Filling up our new bird feeder with the kids and watching the birds out the window
  • Signs of spring popping up

Megan’s Good Stuff

  • Clean house (Thank you Martha!)
  • Child-free evening at home (unheard of!)
  • Race planning and preparation
  • Rey on his first overnight stay away with Nanna
  • Daylight savings time anticipation

Good Stuff – 11/10/10

November 10th, 2010

Here are our Good Stuff lists for this week:

Megan’s Good Stuff

  • Ernest (my hubby) – he’s just a mess of Good Stuff all in one
  • Falling back the clock
  • Virtual running partners
  • The mural Alex drew for me
  • Secret birthday surprise planning

Karissa’s Good Stuff

  • running 30min straight
  • Margeaux – half “jalapeño”
  • Brady hugging Mo goodnight
  • Holding hands
  • wrapping up a web project
  • secret Christmas design projects

What’s on your list?

Featured Mantra – week of 10/18

October 18th, 2010

This is one of my favorite mantras in our parenting card set, mostly because it always make me giggle a little.

Let me set the scene a little bit:
I work from home 3 days a week, and occasionally, I’m flying on my own, no helper for the kids and a full-time job to attend to. Needless to say, it can get a little hectic from time to time. Throw in some brotherly love (read: fighting) between my sons and this mama can get downright exhausted and testy. Quickly.

When I get to that point, this mantra always comes to mind. It’s OK to set my boys up with a safe, fun activity for a few minutes and steal away to the bathroom. (Moms get to pee too, right?) I can use that time to get a few deep breaths, collect myself and formulate a plan for getting through the next few hours. While I’m in there, I’ll flip through my mama mantras cards to get a little more inspiration to help me be the best mom I can, and still survive the day.

Good Stuff – 10/13/10

October 13th, 2010

The two of us have been blogging for a few months (at momblogwork.com) and each week we do a “Good Stuff” post. We’ve decided “Good Stuff” is moving over to the mama mantras blog so welcome to the very first Good Stuff post here!

Here’s the thing: studies show that the practice of gratitude can increase happiness by 25%. We’re all for increased happiness, right? Call it a gratitude journal, if you want, but these little lists are a great to go back to months/years from now. It’s the little things that make life wonderful – especially for us mom’s! We’ll list out the little things that are making us happy. Feel free to join us in the comments.

Karissa’s Good Stuff

  • Before bed yoga with Margeaux
  • Crockpot dinners
  • Lunch with Andre
  • Daydreaming about designing some new stuff
  • Quiet days with Brady-B
  • Bellydancing, the newest obsession in our house, complete with finger cymbals
  • Listening to and watching the kids play together all weekend

Megan’s Good Stuff

  • Watching the Chilean miners being rescued.
  • Going to the pumpkin patch with the preschool.
  • Planning for family pictures next weekend.
  • Rey being able to use his words to describe how he’s feeling…even when he says “I’m mad…at you!”
  • Spontaneous date nights with Ernest (Thanks Uncle Jon!)
  • Indian summer

Featured Mantra

October 12th, 2010
The way you speak to your child becomes their inner voice.

This is a quote from the editor of Mothering Magazine, Peggy O’Mara. Peggy O’Mara’s writing is full of gems but this one really struck a chord in me the first time I heard it. I read it and just felt it in my heart.

I struggle, personally, with my quick, sharp tongue so this mantra is one I lean on regularly. I have a tendency to snap when I’m stressed, tired or feel pulled in a million different directions. (As a mother when do we not feel this way?) As my oldest child, now 3.5, has gotten older I have seen the sad look that crosses her face when my tone gets harsh or a comment isn’t carefully thought out. I try to cover quickly and smooth things over but the hurt is still there and it takes a little while for both of us to get back to normal. I don’t want to happen!

Think back to your childhood and the things you remember your parents saying and how they said it. Did that voice, a critical comment or the repeated labeling echo in your head years later? It’s so true!

I don’t want my nagging voice or rushed, negative energy to fill my children’s heads and have it echo there until they need years of therapy to erase it. I don’t want my tendency to be snappy when I’m stressed to impact the way they live their lives or think of themselves. Keeping this quote in my head as a mama mantra makes me think not only of what I say but how I say it – the tone, the sharpness, the lightness, the playfulness, the coolness or the warmth that carry my words to my child.

“The way you speak to your child becomes their inner voice” is one of the great mantras found in our first set of cards. I hope you find inspiration in it as it is one that I feel is especially helpful and meaningful.

A mama mantras moment

October 11th, 2010

It was 8 am. I was standing at our front window, waiting for our wonderful nanny to get to the house so I could go into work early for a Very Important Client Meeting. I was unprepared for that meeting, and banking on a few extra minutes in the office to make up for the work I didn’t do the night before.

8:10 – where was she? It’s not like her to be late. I started to panic. Ernest had already left for work, leaving me with both kiddos and no backup plan.

8:15. Still no nanny. I was totally freaking out. Frantic. Panicking. She wasn’t answering her phone and I had no plan B. I don’t have anyone to call a save the day. Thankfully, Ernest was able to turn around (he pulling into his work) and come back. Meanwhile, I was IMing my coworkers, apologizing for the delay, and barely holding it together with the kids.

It was at that moment that I realized I needed something. Something to tell me that it not a big deal; that sometimes crazy things happen and you just have to roll with the punches. Enter mama mantras™.

We developed mama mantras™ for situations just like this. As moms, we often find ourselves needing a moment – maybe the kids are crying, work is busy, and you need to get dinner on the table. You need a moment to refocus, to take a breath and gather yourself. For us, we often seek refuge in the bathroom, often the only remaining place around with any privacy.

These mantras are for those moments. Instead of just staring at yourself in the mirror, questioning all the decisions you made in the last year or so, pull out a mama mantras™ card. We hope it will help you open that door and face the rest of your day.

Each set of mama mantras™ contains 16 cards and comes in a high quality slide-top tin that is small enough to fit in your purse or pocket.

By the way, it turns out that entire situation was my fault. I never told Martha, our nanny, that I needed her early. She was in the shower when I called her. I completely dropped the ball.

But the thing is, everything turned out OK. Martha and Ernest forgave me. I got to work in time to prepare for the meeting. We created mama mantras to help provide just that type of insight when in the midst of tough situations. I really could have used one that day!

Do you sometimes find yourself in a similar situation? Pick up your own set of mama mantras today!

mama mantras iPhone app is now available!

September 21st, 2010

We’re so excited to announce that the mama mantras iPhone app is now available for sale in the app store!

App Features:
* Over 20 mom-created, mom-tested mantras
* Swipe or tap to view a new mantra
* Select and “favorite” the mantras that mean the most to you
* Switch between Favorites mode or view the full collection of mantras
* Customize the look of the app with one of four different mama mantra backgrounds

The mama mantras iPhone app is available in the app store for .99 cents.

Read our press release of this announcement.

Our blog is live!

April 18th, 2010

Hello and welcome to the blog side of the new and improved mama mantras website!  We are so excited to get things up and running and move forward with our long list of plans.

First of all, please check out the Parenting Cards  These are in the shop and ready to ship.  They make great baby shower gifts.  Why not grab a few tins and pass them along to a mama that could use a little pick-me-up?

We have two new products that will be ready soon.  Our Birth Cards will be back from the printer in a few weeks.  These will be great for expecting mamas who want to focus on the upcoming birth of their little ones.  Doulas and midwives will also find these helpful for their clients.

Another product we’re super excited about is the new mama mantras iphone app!  We are just about ready to submit it to the app store so stay tuned on the release.  We’ll have to do a little bloggy launch party to kick that one off.

Don’t forget to head over to Facebook and Twitter and get involved.  Our mailing list is now open too so sign up

Stay tuned for all of our new releases and some goodies!