I was given an amazing opportunity recently to use the Daily Whisper Inspirational Card Decks created by Barbara Lemke! She has various type of card decks to purchase however I was drawn to both the Kids and the Women decks.
I was looking forward to seeing how my toddler would respond to these cards and was curious as to the conversations that would ensue. I was also personally looking forward to checking out the Woman deck!
I was beyond thrilled that Barbara also sent me the Women's Whisper Deck. I am going through a more difficult period in my life right now (we all have those times). I find it hard to make time for myself and taking care of my mental health.
The women's deck was also filled with affirmations and pictures of brightly colored flowers, which I found to be calming.
All of the cards spoke to me, but I found a few that seemed to apply more specifially to me in my situation. After having a baby, I struggled with my body image (still do at times) just like the majority of other moms. It's hard to feel beautiful and sexy when you haven't washed your hair, have spit up all over you and are in your sweats suffering from sleep deprivation as evidenced by those scary dark circles under the eyes. I was also used to having so much contol and structure over my life that I found it hard to adjust to the things that would randomly come up as they do when you have children. I wasn't going to have that spotless house where everythin was super organized and pretty. I also had huge guilt for going back to work and had to come to terms with knowing that it was necessary for our family and that it would benefit all of us. I had to release my need for needing control, to let it be, and just know that things will unfold as they are meant to. These cards are a great way to give yourself a positive affirmation to focus on each day. With the craziness of everyday life, we often forget to remind ourselves of these things. As moms we are often the last people we take care of and do so only if there is extra time in the day (I know extra time? Who has that?) But these cards are great because they are small and portable and fit right into my purse. I can pull one out in the morning and set a positive tone for my day!
Below are some of my favorites! If you haven't seen Barbara's cards yet, I HIGHLY recommend you do. Whether they are for the kids or for YOU, they are great additions to the day. If you have to pick one, I would pick the Women's deck because so few of us actually take the time to do our own mental helah self care and the Women's deck really makes it easy for us to do that!
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About Barbara Lemke and Daily Whisper Inspirational Card Decks
Barbara Lemke, owner of BSL Creations and Daily Whisper Inspirational Card Decks, began her journey of educating and inspiring people in 1991 when she took a series of personal development courses that taught her to take charge of her life. A “light-bulb” moment of realization occurred, and Barbara found that by taking responsibility for her actions, both good and bad, she could effectively change her outlook, and ultimately her position in life, by focusing on her strengths and keeping a positive outlook.
In the mid-1990s, after completing her course-work, Barbara worked for “The People’s Network,” an educational television network dedicated to providing informational, and inspirational, programming. After four years, Barbara decided to venture out on her own and bring her message to people in a new way – through the advent of BSL Creations, and Daily Whisper Inspirational Card Decks.
Beginning her focus with women, Barbara wrote and designed inspirational messages and artwork that focuses on using the strengths we all possess to successfully tackle and overcome obstacles faced in daily
life. After seeing the immediate impact her messages had on the women in her life, and receiving positive feedback from customers, Barbara decided to focus on the needs of children and teens as well. Daily Whisper Inspirational Card Decks are now available for women, for children, and for teens – each set focusing on the unique challenges faced at these different life stages.
Today, Barbara’s cards can be purchased at craft fairs and online at her Etsy shop (www.bslcreations.com),
and are now available for retail sales.
Cape Cod Mommies is excited to be co-sponsoring June's Giveaway with Bum Boosa Bamboo Products ! Bumboosa ws founded by fellow Cape Cod Mom, Sonja Sheasley. A few years ago, Sonja took classes at the Sandwich Village Herb Shop (now closed) in an effort to make natural lotions for her children due to their sensitive skin.
As many of you may know, baby wipes and the majority of mainstream baby products contain harmful chemicals. Many times these same products profess to be for "sensitive skin" or say they will clear up diaper rash. I have found those products to be very misleading, often times finding that those products actually further aggravated sensitive skin. I can usually be found on the weekend at local Farmer's Markets trying to track down homemade calendula oil or lotion to treat my son's excema and rashes. So I was thrilled when I had the amazing opportunity to try out the Bum Boosa products! Bum Boosa Products are eco-friendly anod not filled with ANY harsh chemicals! They get their bamboo from China but are made right here in the U.S.A. and I always think it is nice to support local business, especially a Cape Cod business!
Right off the bat, I was drawn to the fabulous smelling wipes! A baby wipe that actually smells good even after it has wiped an atomic size mess up is a winner in my book. The smell of lavender and citrus is beyond pleasing. In fact, at a recent family cookout, I kept receiving compliments over my scent: "Wow, you smell fantastic! Is that lavender?" Imagine their surprise when I informed them it was actually my sons' baby wipes! I even gave a wipe to my son to play with and he was super excited by it. He kept smelling it in true yogi style saying, "Mama, ahhhhh".
When I first opened the package of wipes, I thought it was smaller than a standard wipe, but I realized it was just folded and shaped differently. Oh Happy Day! Bum Boosa wipes still have the same surface area as standard wipes do! And I managed to make 2 packs of 80 ct wipes last me 3 weeks! Now that is bang for your buck!
I am also totally in love with Bum Boosa diaper cream! It is 100% natural and made from bamboo powder, oils and herbs! It is completely free of any preservatives, synthetic fragrances and dyes! This is a win-win and a little goes a long way! My son is so sensitive to so many products and foods that he often gets a diaper rash especially after citrus or tomatos. Since we started using a little bit of this cream, we have been rash free and smell fantastic!!!
To celebrate Summer, Bum Boosa has generously donated a swag bag for a Giveaway to go to ONE lucky Cape Cod Mom! The Eco Baby Gift Bag comes with (3) packages of their bamboo baby wipes, a 4 ounce bamboo diaper rash ointment, and a 10 ml bottle of pure grade lavender essential oil with suggested uses and safety information. This is valued at $39.99 and will be delivered free of charge to the winner. Bum Boosa will also be participating in the upcoming debut of the Cape Cod Mommies Discount Club (stay tuned for how you can save on Bum Boosa Products!) There are lots of ways to enter and you can enter multiple days! Goodluck and Happy Wiping!
Cape Cod Moms have you checked out...... Cute Cape Cod Girl, founded by Rachel Greenfield back in 2008. Their Mission is to redefine: Cute & Girl! Help our community... Create change... Breathe... Smile... Exhale... Enjoy life... Go To Beach :)
Founded on the idea that we can help create change and better our communities, it started out as a simple t-shirt but now has evolved to so much more! Cute Cape Cod Girl donates a portion of their profit from non profi events to a non-profit or charity.
We LOVE Cute Cape Cod Girl because they are a local business looking to make a difference and give back to the community. They are encouraging our children to have community responsibility and to enjoy life. Need we say more?
Please excuse their website as they are going thru a renovation. Feel free to contact Rachel directly thru her email Rachel@cutecapecodgirl.com or Facebook.
We are thrilled this month to offer one Cape Cod Mommies reader a t-shirt or onesie from Cute Cape Cod Girl! Entry is easy, simply complete the Rafflecopter form below.
I love when you come across crafty and inspired moms! I am always amazed at these talented women and how they manage to create such unique things from paintings, to hats, to nursery furniture! The time and love that goes into
these items as well as being able to balance their passion while still caring for their family amazes me. Between you and me, I actually used to be quite crafty but the past few years I have found myself putting aside that special creative time for other things. I have yet to find that balance which is why when I come across a mom who can do this, I pause in admiration. Which leads me to my latest discovery and admiration for a very talented Cape Cod Mom.
This weekend I was able to enjoy some quiet mom time while my son slept and came across this amazing piece for a nursery or child's room. The woman who created the piece was actually someone who I attended high school with and new mom Cara Crupi-Dulmaine. Check out this adorable owl bench below!
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