Saturday, 28 May 2016

Becoming a Mama Bear with Mama Bear Box

Hi. my name is Abbie and I'm becoming a mama bear.  

"Does she know I'm actually her second child?" (Teether - Kewe Clothing)

I technically became a mom when I was pregnant or maybe when my first baby entered the bright light of the world, but my transition to motherhood felt both gradual and sudden. Maybe you can relate. 

When you're expecting a baby, people notice that first. You're not a person, a woman, a professional, you're PREGNANT...which is the crash-course in adapting to the mom identity. All the other parts of you are still there but are shuffled around as you adjust to the giant MOM stamp across your forehead.

So far for me, this mom gig has been an exciting and challenging role and I'm learning by experience and growing into it over time. As I raise two little girls, I'm constantly figuring out how to embrace momhood and personhood. 

Jessica wrote about growing into motherhood here (The Moment I Finally Became a Momma Bear) and I LOVE her perspective. We figure it out as we go and it takes time and trial and error.  

Maybe the best newborn gift is the room to grow into motherhood. The gift of support and the space to be imperfect. Of laughter and tears and mess and heartache and fun. We don't have to know all the things. We don't have to read ALL the books and we certainly don't have to buy everything on that "nursery check-list."

Recently I came across the most fun celebration of new motherhood. Charlene, a beautiful mom of two from Vancouver, B.C. developed her passion for shopping small for moms and babies into the creation of the Mama Bear Box. Charlene chooses useful and fun baby items from small shops plus a little bit of self-care for moms and packages it up in the most adorable monthly gift box. (Check out recent boxes here.)

Charlene sent Gabrielle and myself the April box and it felt like Christmas. 

What's in the box??? So excited!
I might just be hooked. Mama Bear Box is the perfect baby (and mom) gift.

Here's a peek of what was inside our box. 

How fun is this??? Yay, mail!
Charlene only began shipping her boxes late last year but they are already flying out the door because it's the best idea ever. I know I would have LOVED to receive this box when my first daughter Emily was born and I am loving it this round when we already have the "sensible" things. It's fun, it's thoughtful and it's practical.  

Here's a closer look at our swag.  

April Mama Bear Box: Teether: Kewe Clothing, Onesie: Live Love North, Bandana Bib: Small and Sassy, BathBomb: Sweet Soaks,  Adorable Note: Simply Said Prints by Lael

As a mom, I like that you get to experience a variety of products that you may not have thought to buy or that are sooooo cute but you resisted purchasing. I got to sample items from different small businesses and so far, I have used every single thing in the box. 

Gabrielle gets tons of compliments on her Live Love North onesie. 

Gone fishin'.

This teething ring from Kewe Clothing is adorable and the more teething help we can get, the better.

Check out this cute bandana bib from Small and SassyI love practical and adorable fashion that gets worn!! 

I'll just graffiti this deck then I'll be right there...

I may have immediately eaten the salt water taffy with the help of my two-year old... so ... whoops. Both the candy and the bath bomb from Sweet Soaks Bath Bakery did not last long in our house. Mama likes presents. 

I loved the little handmade tag included in the box and kept it as a positive and encouraging affirmation on the fridge! 

I think the best part of Mama Bear Box is that Charlene has found the perfect balance of useful and practical but fun and adorable. She just GETS moms because she is a mom. For the price of a shower gift, you can send (or receive) such a fun collection of gifts straight to a new mom's door! Plus, Charlene is offering us an exclusive discount! The code Grace15 will knock 15% off any of her subscription options!  

Since my sister is expecting in September (and won't find out the sex of the baby, which ISN'T DRIVING ME CRAZY AT ALL) and we're moving away in July (sob), I have my eye on the multi-month subscription options that Charlene provides. The only thing more fun than one surprise box is MORE surprise boxes!

Speaking of fun... did I mention that Charlene is gifting a special Mama Bear June box to one of our community? This box is perfect for either a girl or boy under 12 months of age so if you are a new mom (or you have a new or expecting mom in your life), this is a giveaway you are going to want to enter

Enter the giveaway for a gorgeous June Mama Bear Box by:

1. Following myself @grumblinggrace and @mamabearbox on Instagram.
2. Commenting on my Instagram contest post with your favourite item from a past Mama Bear Box.
3. You can tag as many friends on the IG post as you'd like to receive additional entries!

As always, my email friends receive one automatic entry into the draw and if you don't have Instagram, you can share this blog post and comment below so I am sure to enter you into the draw!   

The contest ends Monday at 9am CST and is open to residents of Canada and the U.S. Good luck and happy weekend!

 If you are loving Mama Bear Box, make sure follow all the cuteness on their website, on Facebook or on Instagram and don't forget about the amazing 15% off with the discount code Grace15.

This post is in collaboration with Mama Bear Box 
but as always, all opinions are my own.

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