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Honoring #BlackExcellence: Black girls changing the world

As we round out a hectic, but ultimately wonderful February at The Spoiled Mama HQ, I wanted to take a moment to recognize and honor Black History Month.

Apart from the debates about whether Black History Month is in itself inherently racist, or the silly and controversial Black History Month lunch menus, I want to take this opportunity to pay homage to some of the amazing young black girls who are rocking the boat and changing the world.

As a Mama to two beautiful, kind and multi-racial children, it’s incredibly important for my husband and I to expose them to leaders, toys and entertainment that have similar faces to theirs.

This is particularly true for my daughter, who turns three in a few months, because we all know how cruel and unjustice the mainstream can be — not just for women, but for women of color.

So this week’s blog is dedicated to my gorgeous and sassy Ellianna Grace: may you always be surrounded by supportive women, strong-willed examples of the feminine, who will uplift and encourage you to be anything you want to be — regardless of skin color, background or sex.

And of course, a big hearty thank you to all these amazing, young black ladies who are paving the way for you!

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Asia Newson, 11: entreprenuer, candle maker & all-around hustler

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This is Asia Newson, an 11-year-old business woman with a curfew. Owner of Super Business Girl, the Detroit, Michigan resident slangs candles and other merchandise with impeccable charm and business savvy.

Since she was five years old, Asia’s parents have been helping her make and sell candles on the rough Detroit streets — visiting barber shops, selling street-side and more. While her father is always close by, Asia handles all her sales pitches by herself.

A featured speaker at TedxDetroit, guest on “Ellen” and countless other news segments, Asia has a bigger dream for her brand. She wants to rewrite people’s vision of her hometown and encourage other young entrepreneurs. She currently offers a entrepreneur-learning program to at-risk youth in the area.

Her mission statement: To recognize the true potential in every child and to develop intrinsic security that makes optimum use of their individualized talent.

We bow down, Asia.

Mikaila Ulmer, 10: entrepreneur, bee ambassador & educator

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Hailing from Austin, Texas, little Mikaila was just four years old when a couple things happened to her:

She was stung by a bee. Twice.

Then, her Great Granny Helen sent her a family cookbook with a special recipe for Flaxseed Lemonade.

While she didn’t like the bee stings, the event triggered an interest in the little buzzing insects, and she got to thinking: How can I help honey bees while using my Great Granny Helen’s recipe?

That’s how BeeSweet Lemonade came to fruition. Just six years later, BeeSweet is a flourishing brand sold at Whole Foods Market and other fine retailers.

Proceeds from Mikaila’s BeeSweet Lemonade go to saving honey bees, which have been mysteriously disappearing (and — if not reversed — could spell doom for our global food supply).

On her off days, the superstar lives up to her title as bee ambassador by speaking at seminars and educating the public on the importance of honey bees.

Leanna Archer, 17: entrepreneur, natural beauty lover, philanthropist

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At the tender age of nine, Leanna Archer began selling her own beauty products for skin and hair using her family’s secret recipes.
 
At 13, she was the youngest person ever to ring the New York Stock Exchange bell, and now at age 17, her organic beauty company Leanna’s Inc. grosses over $100,000 a year in revenue.
Never to rest, Leanna founded the Leanna Archer Education Foundation in 2008 after a trip to Haiti inspired and touched the teen’s heart. The foundation currently provides more than 200 kids with education and three meals a day in Tabar, Haiti.

Let’s give a hand to these amazing examples of #BlackExcellence! Do you have a young woman of color who is an inspiration to you? Share her story below! 

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DIY: Coffee & Brown Sugar Scrub

At The Spoiled Mama, we’re big supporters of natural living and DIY beauty recipes. In fact, our best-selling Bump Gloss Stretch Mark Oil and Tummy Butter for Stretch Marks originally started out as kitchen concoctions many years ago!

This week I wanted to share an awesome, easy sugar scrub recipe that will invigorate your senses and buff away that dry winter skin. The best part is this simple scrub is easily customizable and can be made with items already in your pantry.

Using freshly ground coffee and brown sugar, your skin will be oh-so-soft from the dual exfoliation. Sugar is also full of glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that helps maintain healthy and moisturized skin. Meanwhile, vitamin E and sweet almond oil nourishes dry skin to keep itchy baby bumps at bay.

A perfect cure for “pregnancy brain,” this all-natural Coffee & Brown Sugar Scrub makes great baby shower gifts or an add-on to maternity gifts.

Let’s get scrubbin’!

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Boobie-Palooza Birth & Baby Event + Discounted Tickets

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Mark your calendars, SF Bay Area parents: Boobie-Palooza Birth & Baby Fair is arriving in less than ten days! If you’re an expecting mom or new parent, this is a MUST-ATTEND event.

We’ve got expert panels, live music, exclusive sales & a ton of exhibitors to make sure your journey into parenthood is a celebratory and well-prepared.

As sponsors of the Pamper Me Plush Lounge, we’ve been working off our behinds to make sure the event is going to be awwwwesome. Here’s what you can expect from this year’s baby fair.

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Workshops and discussion panels featuring Dr. Bob Sears, lactation experts and even a family tech talk will be dishing advice and sharing the latest information in their fields.  This year’s birth and baby fair features the impeccable Ashley Wright of Ms. Wright’s Way as emcee.

Wright, a proud baby-wearing, breastfeeding activist and doula, will begin the festivities at 12 p.m. — don’t be late!

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The Spoiled Mama ladies will be giving moms the luxe treatment at the Pamper Me Plush Lounge. Visit us for:

  • complimentary sugar scrub hand treatments
  • brow bar
  • exclusive discounts on our pregnancy skincare
  • advice from our maternity skincare experts
  • oodles of samples & more!

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Musical interludes from Renee Wilson will have you groovin’ all day. The New Orleans native blends jazz, blues, pop, rock and soul to create a musical sound all her own. Her first performance is scheduled for 12 p.m.

For full details of the event, visit the official Boobie-Palooza site. Buy your tickets NOW  & use The Spoiled Mama’s invite code for $5 off admission fees!

Boobie-Palooza 2015

Sunday, Feb. 22 from noon-5 p.m.

Ed Roberts Campus
3075 Adeline Street
Berkeley, CA 94703

BUY TICKETS – Save $5 w/ code thespoiledmama15
General Admission: $15
VIP: $45

VIP tickets: Early entrance at 11:30 a.m. Beautiful VIP Swag Bags with many full-size products and exclusive access to the swanky VIP Lounge. Includes celebrity and author photo opps!

We can’t wait to see all your beautiful faces and bumps! Spread the word and bring your bellies and babes our way!

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Maternity gifts she'll love: Maternity spa treatment DIY

Valentine’s Day: Maternity gifts she really wants

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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and if you’ve got a pregnant Mama in your life, make the effort to have her feel extra special this year. While roses and chocolates are always nice, here are some maternity gifts that she REALLY wants!

Prenatal spa treatment

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Any woman loves a visit to the spa, but an expecting or new mom needs the pampering. Get her a certificate to a local spa that specializes in maternity treatments, or go the DIY route with  a relaxing at-home massage with candles and a bottle of our stretch mark oil or pregnancy sugar scrub.  For extra tips, here’s everything you need to know about how to create a sensual spa at home!

Stylish maternity gown

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Delivery day is one of the most important days of a woman’s life. Why should she be dressed like everyone else? Stylish maternity gowns are becoming more popular, and come in all sorts of patterns and designs. We love hospital gowns like this one from  Silk and More.

Maternity jewelry

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Maternity jewelry is the perfect way to commemorate her special journey. Etsy is a great marketplace for personalized jewelry, but we also have a soft spot for these gorgeous bola balls (featured above). Bola balls have a long history in Mexican culture and feature a soft tinkling sound. Here’s everything you need to know about bola ball necklaces for moms.

Cool teething necklace

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Many breastfeeding moms have to stash away their expensive jewelry from grabbing baby hands. But that doesn’t mean she shouldn’t accessorize! Sometimes an awesome necklace is all it takes to elevate an outfit. That’s why teething necklaces — made from crochet balls and/or wood or silicone beads — make thoughtful maternity gifts.

Pregnancy-safe skin care

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There are certain things a Mama can’t live without during pregnancy — and that’s ice cream and organic pregnancy products.  Since everything a mom puts on her skin affects her baby and breast milk, toxin-free skincare is super important. That’s why stretch marks lotion and organic breastfeeding products make for the perfect maternity gifts.

Fashionable Diaper Bag

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All her designer bags will be soon be stashed away and traded in for a big, bulky diaper bag. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish and fashion forward! Any expecting or new Mama will drool over Mia Bossi diaper bags, which are functional and beautiful.

What are you getting the special mom in your life this year? Share your gifts ideas below!

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Last Day for Valentine’s Day FREE ship!

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Dear Mamas (& the partners who love you), here’s your final notice to shop Valentine’s Day gifts & receive FREE  UPS ground shipping throughout the U.S. before February 14!

Is it our Tummy Butter stretch mark lotion you’re lusting for? Or maybe a sensual massage featuring our Bump Gloss stretch mark oil? Perhaps it’s a lil’ bit of everything with our maternity gifts set.

Just head over to our website or browse our pregnancy gifts for easy gifting options, and place your order by Thursday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. PST. All orders $100+ will receive FREE ground shipping, guaranteed to be delivered by V-Day.

Make sure you have something to look forward to this Valentine’s Day!

Don’t wait — shop today!

 

 

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