Baking With Lulu: Easter Cupcakes
Because we have lots of free time and spare chocolate eggs, we thought this would be a good time for Emily to show us how to make her famous cupcakes decorated with adorable bird nests! Leave your comments below!
Because we have lots of free time and spare chocolate eggs, we thought this would be a good time for Emily to show us how to make her famous cupcakes decorated with adorable bird nests! Leave your comments below!
Hi, I’m Hannah! Educator, Entrepreneur, and Mama to a little girl with a big spirit. Six years ago, through my work as an educator, I was introduced to Kids Yoga and immediately fell in love with the creative way that Yoga and Mindfulness was being shared. So I underwent training and began teaching in schools and community organizations, and eventually opened my very own Children’s Yoga Studio. Photography by Blueberry Hill Images People often think of the physical advantages of Yoga, but the benefits far exceed increased flexibility, balance, and strength. Yoga is interlaced with teachings of compassion, mindfulness, happiness, self-awareness, gratitude, and so much more. Photography by Blueberry Hill Images My job is to teach these important lessons in a fun, engaging way, and create empowering experiences for children that they can carry with them throughout their lives. Yoga doesn’t have to mean twisting yourself into a pretzel or sitting still on a meditation cushion, and parents can easily begin sharing Yoga with their children at home in many different ways. Children are our best imitators, and our actions speak louder than words. Let go of expectations, find ways to make movement and exercise joyful, and just have fun! Your littles will follow suit. Photography by Blueberry Hill Images I am always inspired by nature and the changing seasons, and around this time of year in my classes, I like to introduce themes of appreciation, peace, and togetherness. Give your children the gift of quality time with this fun Winter Yoga sequence you can do together: After 4 years of teaching Yoga classes, I am ready to expand and embark on a new journey, and will be opening a new centre in the community that will offer Mindful Enrichment and Afterschool Clubs for elementary school children. I'm looking forward to continuing to offer Yoga to children and families in my community, follow our journey at enrichkidscentre.com Photography by Blueberry Hill Images
There’s nothing sweeter than a newborn baby, wrapped up tightly, drifting off to sleep. My husband and I affectionately called our daughter, our little burrito. Soon after she was born, we noticed that our muslin swaddle blankets served more a purpose than being nice to look at. They were our secret weapon when it came to sleep. Soon it became our ritual, wrapping our daughter up before naps and bedtime, to drift peacefully off to sleep. Photo by Frances Rabon, Doula Mommy, LLC, www.doulamommy.com Why Swaddling Works Swaddling your baby provides the warmth and snugness that they get inside the womb and eases their transition from the womb into the world. It can help calm a fussy baby and reduce waking up from sleep due to the Moro reflex, also known as the startle reflex. All babies are born with a variety of reflexes, including the Moro reflex. When baby is startled by a noise or sudden movement, they will evoke their startle by suddenly extending their arms and legs, sometimes letting out as gasp, followed by a sudden retraction of their limbs back in. To baby, they feel as though they are falling and may even start to cry. Swaddling baby provides resistance against their body, as if they are being held tightly in the womb. This gives them a sense of security and may avoid being startled while being set down or sleeping. The Moro reflex is most common in newborns and generally decreases and finally disappears around 4 months old. Photos by Frances Rabon, Doula Mommy, LLC, www.doulamommy.com Mom’s Scent Babies learn their mother’s scent early on and research says that this scent is actually wired into our brains (webmd). In addition to providing a baby comfort and security, their mother’s scent has a strong connection to breastfeeding. Newborn babies search for their mother’s nipple, often using scent as a powerful force to build a strong and loving connection with their mother (and make sure it’s really their mom in the first place). Photo by Frances Rabon, Doula Mommy, LLC, www.doulamommy.com Your Lulujo muslin swaddle blanket is an excellent way to surround your baby with your scent, even when you can’t be right there with them. Try immersing your scent on to the blankets, by covering up with them while you sleep or holding them in your lap or on your shoulders while sitting on the couch. Keep a rotation of baby’s blankets so you always have something on hand to soothe a fussy baby. It’s best to not allow loose blankets in your baby’s crib or sleeping space. Always wrap baby in the blanket, so they are safe and gaining the benefits of having mom’s scent close by. - My Baby Doesn’t Like the Swaddle As a pediatric sleep consultant, I often hear exhausted parents say that their newborn baby doesn’t like being swaddled and begins to cry as soon as they are wrapped up. I encourage parents to remember that every baby is different and so are their needs and dislikes. Some babies can’t get enough of the swaddle while other prefer more freedom to move around. Photo by Frances Rabon, Doula Mommy, LLC, www.doulamommy.com Before giving up on the swaddle and all the benefits it can bring, I encourage parents to experiment with different swaddling techniques. Here are a few options: swaddle baby with both hands out of the top, so they can have access to their fingers and thumbs, swaddle one arm out and one in, swaddle one arm up and one down, swaddle around the torso with both arms out. Sometimes all it takes is finding the right amount of movement within the swaddle for your baby, before they can enjoy the benefits of being wrapped up tight. Photo by Frances Rabon, Doula Mommy, LLC, www.doulamommy.com If you find that your baby continues to cry no matter what swaddling technique you try, it may be time to consider that there is something else going on. Newborn babies can easily become over tired, with only a 45-minute awake window before needing to sleep again. Wrapping up an over-tired baby is a sure way to bring protest. Try putting baby down sooner and more often for naps and see if baby is happier while being swaddled. If all else fails, move on to a sleep sack. When to Stop Swaddling Swaddling is an amazing tool for newborns, getting them through some important developmental milestones and adjustments in sleep early on. At some point you will find baby is ready to transition to a sleep sack or wearable blanket. This is generally between 12-14 weeks old. If you find that your baby has reached the new milestone of rolling on to their side or all the way over, you need to immediately stop swaddling. Safety is a priority when it comes to your child’s sleep. You may also find baby breaking out of the swaddle repeatedly. This is another sign that it’s time to transition. Photo by Frances Rabon, Doula Mommy, LLC, www.doulamommy.com Pro mom tip: your Lulujo swaddle blanket has SO many other uses for when you’re done with this stage of your baby’s development. Use your blanket as a breastfeeding cover, car seat cover, tummy time blanket, car or stroller blanket, or fashion accessory. Photo by Frances Rabon, Doula Mommy, LLC, www.doulamommy.com Newborn Sleep Tips When I was expecting my daughter, I read every baby book I could get my hands on. I knew exactly which bassinet to get and which breast pump I was ordering. When I look back now, I realize I was missing a big piece of my baby’s development – her sleep! I admit now that I knew nothing about how much sleep she needed or how we would get her to sleep well. We were ready to just “wing it.” Photo by Frances Rabon, Doula Mommy, LLC, www.doulamommy.com Tip 1: Newborn babies require 18-20 hours of sleep in a 24-hour day and only have a 45-minute threshold, for staying awake before needing to sleep again. Sleep promotes growth and development for your baby as well as immune health and a healthy weight. Tip 2: Help baby straighten out their days and nights by exposing her to lots of natural sunlight in the day, and darkness at night. I encourage parents to think of their day being split in to two, 12-hour chunks of time, so they can visualize what this looks like while living in a sleep deprived fog. Tip 3: Maintain your baby’s feeds around the clock, so they have the opportunity to grow and gain weight normally. I promise that there will come a time when your baby sleeps through the night. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Photo by Frances Rabon, Doula Mommy, LLC, www.doulamommy.com When should my baby sleep through the night? Almost every parent that comes through my door has the same question: when will my baby sleep through the night? The good news is that this stage isn’t going to last forever. My advice to parents is to start practicing healthy sleep habits and routines from the start. Parents that educate themselves on their baby’s sleep needs early on, rarely need any big interventions later. Be kind to yourself, you are still getting to know your baby as they are getting to know you too. Your baby is ready to be sleep trained at 4 months old. This is a fantastic time to foster great sleep habits for your baby, as so much development and growth is going on. Photo by Frances Rabon, Doula Mommy, LLC, www.doulamommy.com If you are struggling, consider seeking professional advice. Just as you would hire a mechanic to fix your car or a personal trainer to get in shape, you hire a sleep coach for sleep challenges. You don’t have to be a mombie. Meet Becky Remley, Pediatric Sleep Consultant Photo by Jill Andrews Photography Partnering with the families of children, ages newborn to 5 years old, and expecting parents. “I often hear mom’s talking about sleep loss as if it’s a badge of honor. You don’t have to be “tired as a mother” and barely making it through the day. You can mom and sleep.” Becky Remley is a certified sleep consultant located in Fort Collins, Colorado and is honored to partner with families who need realistic yet gentle solutions to their child’s sleep challenges. Becky provides personalized services in person as well as virtually, all over the United States and internationally. Wondering if you will ever sleep again? I totally get it, I’ve been there! Schedule a free 15-minute sleep evaluation today. *
Let's give back. This holiday season, Lulujo is partnering with Mamas For Mamas to provide swaddles to mothers and babies in need. We believe a multipurpose swaddling blanket is an everyday necessity for every parent and that they provide comfort to your baby. For every order we receive in the month of December, we will donate a Lulujo swaddle. Mamas for Mamas is a national charitable organization that supports mothers and caregivers in crisis by providing ongoing support to individuals and families facing various poverty-related struggles. Their mission is to change the landscape of poverty through innovative approaches to financial barriers faced by struggling families. Their vision a future where no mama or child is left behind. They are committed to giving a hand up, not just a hand out to those struggling by providing them with essential needs. They are working to change the systems that contribute to the vicious cycle of poverty, mental health issues, housing, and food insecurity and have recently expanded digitally across Canada. Thank you for your order this holiday season!
There is sooooo much information on returning to exercise and on what is ‘normal’ postpartum on social media. Heard the phrase ‘bounce-back’ or perhaps ‘pre-baby body?’ Is that pressure fair? New mums are often busy multi-tasking, sometimes super tired, and their body is also realigning/healing after pregnancy and birth. As we return to exercise after meeting baby, it is helpful to strengthen first and ensure that our postpartum body is functioning at its very best. Photo by Mag Hood Photography Shop swaddles Here Before You Return to Exercise: Generally, a return to gentle exercise (such as walking) is recommended after 6 weeks (after an uncomplicated vaginal delivery) & at around 10 weeks after a C-section delivery. You should have your maternal healthcare provider’s approval before you begin exercise. These guidelines will depend on your individual fitness, pregnancy, birth experience, recovery and healing – it’s just fine to wait a little longer. Abdominal Separation: The ‘Rec Check’ is simple to do and your maternal healthcare provider can help you. Do ask your GP/OB or Midwife to help you check your tummy for abdominal separation at the 6-week check-up. Important for all new moms: please avoid any form of ‘sit-up’ movement as this can make separation worse. See a specialist Women’s (Pelvic) Health Physio. Any leaking (i.e. sneeze pee) or pelvic pain/symptoms are NOT normal (even if they are common) and you CAN seek help. The physios will check your pelvic floor, give you bespoke exercises and even tips on c-scar massage. So important to make this appointment- even if you have no immediate concerns. Photo by KD Lynn What Is Safe Exercise? So, what is ‘safe’ exercise after baby? Of course, respecting that everyone is individual, I do suggest taking it slow. Did you know running puts around 3 times your body weight through your pelvic floor? Remember your body has been through huge changes physically and it is healing and realigning. There are also some pregnancy hormones that may make some women more susceptible to injury postpartum. Connect with a qualified postnatal exercise specialist. (If you are unsure about their qualifications, then do ask to see them - we don’t mind). I recommend that my postnatal clients focus on their alignment, choose low-impact exercise options and aim to get a ‘reflexive core’ i.e. a core (tummy and pelvic floor) that functions with their breath correctly and without thinking – before subjecting it to repeated impact/stress. A group mom and baby exercise class can be a fun and supportive way to return to exercise - making some new mama friends too! Getting out and getting fresh air can also be valuable in so many other ways. Walking is a great and accessible exercise that you can enjoy with baby. Did you know around 5 years after delivery around 1/2 of women report some degree of urinary incontinence? Photo By Madison Massey Photography Returning to Jogging Many clients ask me about this. When you do decide to return to higher-impact exercise again, consider seeking professional advice and remember that even with a jogging stroller (with suspension and a hand-brake/wrist safety strap) it is not recommended to jog with baby until they are around 9 months old, owing to their neck strength. And, irrespective of delivery type, if you have no abdominal separation or pelvic health concerns that’s (perhaps) not a bad time to start a gradual return to jogging for mommy too. (Of course, respecting that everyone is different.) Photo By KD Lynn Be Kind Rest is equally important and some days it may just be the best decision to have a nap instead of working out. Be kind to yourself, listen to your body, try to be patient and take your recovery steady– your incredible, hard-working body needs rest to strengthen and heal! If you have any abnormal symptoms ‘down-there’ or any concerns about your tummy (abdominal separation) please seek professional help and advice. Ps. You are doing great, mama! Photo By: Madison Massey Photography Sarah Pearce BSc, is an Pregnancy and Postnatal Exercise Specialist – a personal trainer and fitness instructor. Sarah first worked in fitness nearly 15 years ago. A #YourPelvicMatters teacher & #DiastasisDetective – Sarah favours an individual and whole-body approach when working with her clients. We look at everything from relaxation -to feet -to breathing! Sarah is passionate about providing a safe, kind, realistic and fun environment for women to exercise in. A military veteran of 16-years service, Sarah is mom to 2 energetic little boys (4 &1) and also a military spouse – currently posted to East-Coast Canada. Follow Sarah on Instagram and Facebook @StrollerFiit or www.sarahlouisepearce.com * This blog post is designed to be informative and is in no way intended to replace the professional guidance of your healthcare provider. If you have any concerns about your health seek medical advice soonest and it is imperative that you speak to your healthcare provider before beginning exercise during pregnancy or returning to exercise post birth. * Website: https://www.sarahlouisepearce.com Instagram Link: https://www.instagram.com/strollerfiit/ Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/strollerfiit/
Hello, I’m Caroline from the blog Top Knot Living. I’m a mama to two little ladies, who currently think I’m the coolest mom ever! Ok, ok one is only 4 months old, but I swear she thinks I’m pretty awesome. The other is 2.5 and she’s my #1 fan. Of course, every 2.5 year old thinks their mom is the absolute best, but what gives me an added touch of coolness is all the twinning we do. She loves it! By the time she’s 16 (if not MUCH sooner), she’s definitely not going to be into matching with her mama, so I’m soaking it all in while I can. I love to twin with my girls. Better yet, now that I have two little loves, I’m happy to just have them match. Some days I match every little piece from our head to our toes, while other days I’ll dress us in the same colour or pattern, but my favourite way to twin is with a single item like a t-shirt, or an accessory. This gives me the opportunity to style it a few different ways – I’m pretty much a personal stylist to a baby and a toddler, who gets paid with snuggles and the occasional “I refuse to get dressed” tantrum. It’s pretty much my childhood dream job. Mommy & Me Scrunchies Here When I saw that Lulujo was now carrying mommy and me scrunchies I got SO excited for 2 reasons. First off, my blog is called Top Knot Living because I LIVE in a top knot. For an added touch, I always accessorize my knot with a cute scrunchie (Top Knot Tip: Bow scrunchies look the prettiest). It’s the cutest, most functional “mom hair”, if you ask me. Secondly, their scrunchies match their swaddles and hat sets, which means you can match your baby from day 1!!! Now all 3 of us can match, which not only makes me happy, but it makes doing my daughters hair that much easier. She’ll do anything to get in on twinning with her mama and baby sister, so everyone wins! If your little one loves to do everything you do, get in on the twinning STAT! And if you have a little who doesn’t quite have an opinion just yet, take advantage, and play baby stylist while you still can! Hat & Swaddle Set Here
Hi, I am Dr. Kelly and I am a mom of 3 little cuties! I own Uptown Chiropractic in Fredericton, NB with my husband, Dr. Jay (although I call him Jay, or babe!) and we have a lot of fun doing it! Photo by Heart and Soul by LeGoff Photography I love working with families, helping them reach health goals and I especially love working with kids. They say that laughter is a sign of a happy workplace, and let me tell you, we laugh a lot! I hope you enjoy this blog post as much as I did writing it. As a parent, my life has been forever changed. I never knew a love quite like that which exists between a mom and her babies. I feel it now more than ever to work on, and improve myself so I can be my best version for them. I hope that they will model that and become the best versions of THEMselves. Photo by Madison Massey Photography One of the big things that I am constantly working on is how I speak to my kids. What words do I say, how do I frame it? How do I help set them up to be the confident, resourceful, creative little beings I know they can be? As a Chiropractor, I found the philosophy behind its principles regarding health and life in general, so beautiful and empowering. Teaching my kids that their body has an innate desire to be healthy and vibrant has become my framework. I'd love to share some of the things I have been mindful of when speaking got my kids when it comes to health and healing. When we refer to foods, we refer them to "growing food" or (healthys) and treats. I actually heard the phrase from a chiro friend of mine and thought it was brilliant. My kids often say they have to eat their "healthys" and understand the concept that food is a huge part of being healthy. They grasp the concept that if a food literally grows and dies, it's probably good to eat. Don't get me wrong, it isn't always easy to get my 3 year old to eat his growing foods, but it's the concept we are going for. :) Photo by Madison Massey Photography Brushing our teeth- it isn't to "prevent cavities", it's to have our teeth be happy and healthy and scrub them clean! I want them to do healthy habits for positive reasons, not to scare them into doing something out of fear. Ie." if you don't brush your teeth, you will get cavities and your teeth will fall out". There is an innate, inborn wisdom that exists in all living things that is coordinated through the nervous system. It controls every cell, tissue and organ function. It allows us to smile, cry, run, jump and play. It allows us to create new life! It's pretty amazing when you really think about it. Photo by Mag Hood Photography Getting adjusted is a big part of our healthy routine. Telling our kids that our bodies need to move and each little spine should wiggle freely so our brains are as happy as possible- this is a big part of not just what we do at work, but extends into our home. Photo by Madison Massey Photography Instilling healthy habits should come form a place of encouragement, empowerment and course, FUN! Having a large pediatric base at our office, this is something we are extremely passionate about. How can you flip how you speak to your kids? How about yourself? Remember, HAVE FUN! - Dr. Kelly Photo by Mag Hood Photography
Hello! My name is Keshia….as some of you may know from our Instagram stories, but some of you may be wondering- “who is this lady and what does she do exactly?” I joined the Lulujo team in July and have absolutely loved learning all the new things I’ve been doing in my new role as well as using my skills and background. For example, for the past 10+ years before Lulujo, I worked in the fashion, retail, styling world in our province (we are in East Coast Canada). So when I saw and felt the new Hello World Blankets in the Navy, Pink, Tan, Leopard, I automatically knew that these blankets could also be used in another way- a scarf! Maria is a bombshell & a new mom of a beautiful 3.5 week old boy! If you’ve already purchased the new Hello World sets you’re in luck! We are going to show you some beautiful styling tips for fall. If you currently don’t have one of these sets and don’t have a new born in your life, don’t worry! You can purchase these blanket (scarves) individually in the near future! Here are some different ways to style and wear these blankets (scarves) for the fall: Wear it as a tie for a polished look! This can be easily dressed up with a white collared shirt and blazer or casual with a T-shirt under a jean or leather jacket! This pink is the perfect shade of blush and would be great to add a little warmth for your outfit to the office or to your fall wedding! Simply fold into a triangle, drape over your shoulder and tie! Who else loves this tan colour!? It literally goes with everything and adds a great layer to any outfit. . . . . . Let's end off with my favourite way to tie these blanket scarves! Again, start off by folding the blanket scarf into a triangle, roll it up into one long tube and wrap around your neck with the ends finishing in the front. Tie underneath and loosen the scarf until you're comfortable with your look! Let me know what you think of these looks by commenting below! Which one is your favourite colour? We love hearing from you! <3 Keshia
A national award winning author who has touched the hearts of many and made our child-selves lovers of reading, Sheree Fitch has given her voice to our first board books! As a fellow east coast Canadian, mother, entrepreneur, and child advocate, we couldn't have asked for a better collaborator for this project. She is a prolific, national award winning author and storyteller known for her rollicking verses, exuberant wordplay, and humour. Many of today’s parents grew up reading her books, including Toes In My Nose and There Were Monkeys In My Kitchen, to name a few. She has represented Canada around the world and received numerous literary awards and honorary doctorates from Canadian universities. As a known advocate for children’s issues, Sheree was commissioned by UNICEF to write If You Could Wear My Sneakers, a collection of poems based on articles of the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child, for which she received the Silver Birch Award and the Hackamatack Award. Sheree's books are timeless. I can recall sitting on the gymnasium floor with my grade two class and the children and teachers buzzing with excitement that Sheree Fitch had arrived to do a reading at the school. My memory of her from that time is the warm feeling of her enthusiasm and kindness and the connectedness she had with everyone in the room (and her wild hair!). Today, her books continue to be used by teachers in the classroom and parents are introducing the next generation of children to their favourite Fitch classics. Emily (aka Lulu), who is now eleven, says her all time favourite book is Mabel Murple that her dad read to her every night at bedtime. A serendipitous coincidence :) We have learned so much from Sheree as she graciously provided guidance and advice through some unknowns of our first book production. We put our love in the details to ensure the finished product met her standard of excellence and she thoughtfully wrote the stories based on memories of a young Jack and Emily. Together, we experienced many ups and downs; from obstacles in self publishing and exporting books for the first time, to Sheree losing one of her beloved sons - her inspiration for many of her most popular stories. A Lulu Lullaby and Rock A Baby Jo represents love, family, and connection and we hope the Lulu & Jo collection inspires bonding time for parents and their children. The books are $19.99 and available here for purchase as a book and blanket gift set and sold separately. Here is a photo timeline of the making of our books! Our first in person meeting was at a cafe in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia. (September 2017) We worked via Skype with our illustrator, Brian MacKinnon, who is also from our hometown and a family friend who knows Dawn, Jack, and Emily. (January 2018) Our second trip to Nova Scotia (this time driving through a Canadian blizzard!) to Sheree's home in River John to show her our completed samples in packaging. Everyone was in love! (February 2019) First visit to the Lulujo office in Fredericton and meeting our designer, Cory, who pulled it all together. (May 2019) Our first book launch event is taking place at Sheree's book shop, Mabel Murple's Book Shoppe and Dreamery, in beautiful River John, Nova Scotia. Join us on Saturday, August 24th from 11am to 3pm for a special reading, signing, Lulujo pop-up shop, and more! For details and updates, check out our event page.
Hi there and thank you for visiting! I’m Dawn, the founder of Lulujo, and I’d like to introduce myself. I am originally from Nova Scotia but live and run our company in Fredericton, a beautiful small city on the east coast of Canada in New Brunswick. In the beginning and for several years, I ran Lulujo on my own from home so I could be with my children, Emily and Jack - AKA Lulu and Jo! - but today, I have an incredible team who manages design, product development, marketing, customer service, testing, and production, plus amazing partners around the world who represent the Lulujo brand in over 40 countries! One thing I have learned over the last ten years, is that every mother, no matter where she lives, language, race, age, or income, wants the same thing: comforting, safe, quality items to help them provide the best care for their child. Thank you for trusting Lulujo to be part of your journey through motherhood. We love connecting and seeing all of your beautiful photos and messages! ~ Dawn