Sunday, September 28, 2014

More Raffle Prizes!

International Babywearing Week is just one short week away and over the next few days we will be sharing the last of our raffle prizes with you!

Without further ado, here are prizes 21-30:

21) Hand tie dyed t-shirt, size medium, rainbow swirl with a wrapsody hair scarf, Courtesy of Cathy Dean

22) Hand Tie Dyed Youth XS (4/5) t-shirt, yellow, blue, red bullseye with rebound Dr. Seuss Journal, Courtesy of Cathy Dean

23) Hand Tie Dyed Size 2T t-shirt, rainbow bullseye; hand dyed toddler apron; handmade felt breakfast foods, Courtesy of Cathy Dean

24) Voucher for a 2 hour kids bounce party at Kangaroo Jac, includes Pizza, Juice and 90 minutes of a private party room, for up to 10 children, Courtesy of Kangaroo Jac.

25) Jerry Blevins Autographed Baseball, Courtesy of the Washington Nationals

26) DoTerra Introductory Essential Oils Kit: Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Courtesy of Dinora Lopez

27) Initials-Inc Duet Set Wristlet, Courtesy of Lauren Everett

28) $25 Gift Card, Courtesy of Whole Foods

29) Agriberry Foods Gift Set: Blackberry Jam, Raspberry Heat Jam, Agriblend Jam, Raspberry Blush Applesauce, Razzle Dazzle Vinegar, Courtesy of Agriberry

30) Agriberry One Week Fruit Share (2015 season), Courtesy of Agriberry

Stay tuned for the last batch of raffle prizes later this week!  And members watch your email for more information on how to claim your raffle tickets!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

But Why Should -I- Become a Member? [Insert Excuse]

This is a blog post in which I have set out an ambitious goal.  My goal is to convince you to join Babywearing International of Central Virginia even if you never come to a single meeting and never check out a single carrier from our library.

Maybe you've aged out.  Maybe you're stashified.  Maybe the meetings are always during naptime or are on the wrong side of town (although I hope you've noticed we now have meetings on Northside and Southside!) or your child can't handle the commotion.

It doesn't matter.  You should still be a member.  

“What's that?” I hear you ask. “Isn't the prime benefit of membership access to the library?  I don't need that.”

Well that is one benefit of membership.  But the real reason you should become a member is that babywearing is important to you.

Think of all the times when babywearing got you through a tough day—the sickie snuggles, a fought nap, making dinner while your little one cut some teeth, keeping a toddler safe on a busy street or in an airport, getting out of the house again once one baby became two....  Think of all of the times the babywearing community was here for you, for support and advice, and been-there-done-that-know-how-you-feel understanding.  

Become a member because you want that experience be available to new parents who are struggling for help, for community, for support.

BWI of Central Virginia has made huge strides in the past year towards providing outreach in our community.  We are now offering quarterly Babywearing 101 Classes through Bon Secours Love and Learn and plan to begin a partnership with the Centering Pregnancy Program at MCV bringing babywearing education not only to midwife patients but to moms attending prenatal apointments at the Nelson Clinic.  These things cost money and they take time.  Every member who ISN'T checking out a new carrier each month gives us resources that we can put towards printing materials and covering the costs of outreach efforts like these or towards needed administrative expenses for the group.  

Your $30 membership payment is an investment in our group and in our community.  So come to our party on October 11th.  Bring your big kids and remember what it was like when they were little.  Visit with friends you see all the time or those you don't see enough.  And become a member.  Because even if you don't babywear much, or at all anymore, you're still a babywearer. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

More Prizes, Prizes, Prizes!

Ready for another round of prizes for our International Babywearing Week raffle?

Lot 11: Lot of one dozen infant prefolds and one dozen handmade cloth wipes, courtesy of the Cloth Diaper Project and Cathy Dean

Lot 12: Lot of 3 hand dyed 12 month onesies, courtesy of Angi Hamer and dyed by Cathy Dean

Lot 13: Gift Voucher for two tickets to an Altria Masterworks or Metro Collection concert or four tickets to any Lollipops Concert in the 2014-2015 Season, Courtesy of the Richmond Symphony

Lot 14: Gift Certificate for 4 Tickets to any 2015 USL Pro Regular Season Home Game, Courtesy of the Richmond Kickers

Lot 15: Three Tickets for 1 Complimentary Hour of Weekday Jumping, Courtesy of Jumpology

Lot 16: Gift Certificate for 4 Tickets to a 2015 Richmond Flying Squirrels home game, Courtesy of the Richmond Flying Squirrels

Lot 17: Five free tickets good for general admission to the Valentine Richmond History Center *or* one free walking tour, Courtesy of the Valentine Richmond History Center

Lot 18: Two free guest passes for the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, regular admission, Courtesy of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Lot 19: 4 Guest Passes to any Preservation Virginia Property (The John Marshall House, Scotchtown, Cape Henry Lighthouse, Bacon's Castle), Courtesy of Preservation Virginia

Lot 20: Juniors size small rainbow tie dye swirl t-shirt with a Wrapsody Hair Scarf, Courtesy of Cathy Dean

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Where We Wore August 2014

Check out all the places that babywearing took our members in August 2014!

Addy asks for ups while mommy is at work.

Little babywearers at the Big Latch On

Going to the dollar store to get supplies for the Midlothian Big Latch On

Hanging out at the Rivah, Water View, VA

Shopping for big things is easier once you've mastered the back carry!

Broadcasting at WRIR in a Boba Air from the lending library

First time FWCC with a woven.  Love it!

Portsmouth, NH

For a walk in the neighborhood

At the airport in three continents!

Busy girl!  Potty learning *while* babywearing!

Kokadi Sea Rustle at sunset on the point at Emerald Isle

Lapis Melody at Emerald Isle

At Chipotle (because of course Sara is at Chipotle!)--what else do you do with 3 under 4?

7 year old big sister goes for a walk with heaven's love

Sam's Club

First public back carry--Boba at Robious Landing Park

King's Dominion

Brand new Maya wrap ring sling

At Goodwill

Getting ready to go to the pool

Just back from a walk

One last Flying Squirrels game before the season ends in a Babyhawk Oh Snap!

Naptime cuddles at home

At a wedding with a Sleeping Baby Productions Wrap Conversion Ring Sling

Air guitar competition at church (VBE in training Julie is on the far left!)

Out to eat

On the beach

Running the bases at a Squirrel's game in our Kinderpack

First trip to Water Country in a water ring sling