#Spon: Bringing up Baby: Costs & Habit Insights of the American Mom from zulily.com

sponsoredDisclaimer:This is a sponsored post on behalf of Zulily. They provided the information, but any opinions expressed are my own.

In celebration of moms this Mother’s Day, online retailer zulily.com is honoring new moms nationwide by taking a closer look at something they all can relate to –budgeting for all things baby!

Read on here for some of the survey insights they found regarding spending and saving habits when preparing for baby:

  • With annual childcare costs hovering around $6,000, it’s crucial to choose (and pay!) the right person to watch your kids. In our survey Julia Roberts was voted the top celeb moms would let babysit, but Kim Kardashian didn’t make the cut and was only selected by 3% of respondents.
  • Raising kids can get pretty pricey, so it’s no surprise a third of mothers surveyed said they’d compete in a monthly random dance battle (32%) in exchange for free baby gear, attire, etc.
  • Almost half of mothers surveyed (45%) said the most missed pre-mom indulgence is actually having a day off.
  • 33% of moms agreed that the most common squabble couples have regarding new parenting is about money.

With all the above stats, it’s no wonder moms everywhere are always on the lookout for smarter ways to spend on baby, and online retailer zulily is dedicated to helping their plight by serving up fresh, unexpected items for baby and the whole family, in fact, just in the last year customers have saved millions of dollars on baby gear items. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Savings on baby blankets: over $2.4M
  • Total savings on key items needed to set up a nursery: over $2.6M
  • Savings on all baby feeding supplies: over $4.5M

Be sure to check back on zulily.com or on their app every morning to discover new finds, especially on Mother’s Day (May 8th) for their Moms First event, to shop everything a new mama wouldn’t want to be without.

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*The study was conducted online using a Google Consumer Survey, which uses inferred demographic and location information to employ stratified sampling method by distributing the surveys based on the targeted audience to its publisher network and/or android smartphone users. The study consisted of 1000 respondents between April 4th and April 7th among women aged 25-54. The margin of error is +/-5 percentage points.
**Sales Data Methodology: The methodology used to report on the 2015-16 maternity and infant purchasing trends was created by reviewing more than 262,000 products, from April 2015 – April 2016. zulily has approximately 5 million active customers, as of Q4 2015.

Have a Bad Mother’s Day? Read This.

Something has rubbed me the wrong way today, and I just can’t keep quiet about it any longer.

My facebook newsfeed today has been full of moms complaining about their Mother’s Day. I’ve read quotes like the following:

  • My husband didn’t bother to get me the $600 bracelet I wanted.
  • All I wanted was a day to myself. So much for that.
  • What a crappy Mothers Day. I’m so tired of this. I just want to be done.
  • All I got for Mother’s Day were stupid handmade gifts from the kids. (This was a direct quote. Someone really said these exact words.) 🙁
  • Can you believe I still had to do laundry and dishes on Mothers Day?

Or my absolute favorite…

  • My kids wouldn’t leave me alone all day!

My heart hurts. When did motherhood become such a bad thing? And why, the one day of the year when we celebrate Moms, do we expect to get a day off from motherhood?

I’m going to remind you all of something you already know: Children are a gift from God.

Psalm 127: 3 – 5
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed.

I’m not just talking about having a large number of children. Whether you have one child or twenty, you have been blessed by God. Our children should be treated as treasures and not as trials.

Mothers Day 2013

I cannot help but think of the fact that we are God’s children. I am certain that not a day goes by where we don’t disappoint Him. Aren’t you thankful that instead of lashing out at us, or being annoyed by us, He loves us anyway? He never takes “time off” from us, either. He is always there, listening, holding out His hand, wanting to be a part of our lives. He spends every moment wanting more from us, and the closer we are to Him, the better all of our other relationships will be. If we spend more time nurturing our relationship with Christ, we will be kind, gentle, loving, and slow to anger with our husbands and our children. Really.

Am I saying that as a mom I never get tired and want to give up? Absolutely not. But my kids don’t know when I’m feeling that way, and I can promise that my Facebook friends don’t know it either.

When I get overwhelmed, I turn to Jesus and change my attitude. I turn on the gospel music station and sing songs of praise, or I take a deep breath and whisper a prayer to pull me through. There are some days when I whisper LOTS of prayers. And at the close of every day, I can still say that I am truly thankful for all that God has given me.

Your children won’t be little forever. Your sink won’t always be overflowing with dishes. You won’t always feel as stressed out as you do right now.

One day, your children will grow up and move out. You’ll be left alone with nothing but your thoughts. If you took the time to love and cherish your children, one day they will love, honor, and respect you. If you spend your time every day letting them know how much they annoy you or what a bother they are, I’d be willing to bet they won’t come around to bother you once they have the choice. You’ll be stuck at home, all alone, just wishing for something as little as a phone call.

If you didn’t get the Mother’s Day present that you wanted, or you didn’t get to sleep in because the baby needed to eat, find a reason to rejoice and praise Him anyway. Be thankful that your child wants to be with you. Be grateful that your child isn’t lying in a hospital bed fighting for life. Be glad that your child loved you enough to make you 15 cards for Mothers Day.

Let your children know how much you love them. Let them know that you value them and WANT to spend time with them. Then, get out there and actually do it! Have picnics, make mudpies, and hug them until they pull away. You’ll both be happier.

Edited to add: Ask a mom that has been trying to conceive about her Mother’s Day. Or ask the mom that has lost a child. Ask them how much your comments about “quitting motherhood” make them feel. I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t like their answer, because I’m pretty sure that they would give just about anything to experience those moments that we often take for granted. Stop thinking only about yourself and what you don’t have, or you’ll miss the whole world around you and all the blessings you already have.

Macy’s Thank-A-Mom Movement {Ends 5/13/12}

During the month of May, Mother’s Day is the hot topic. And what do we do on Mother’s Day? Why we honor our Mom, of course.

Well, this year, Macy’s is partnering with 5 charities in honor of mothers. These charities include the following:

That’s quite a fantastic little list of charities to support, isn’t it?

Macy’s is calling on each of us to help show our support for these charities. Participating is easy. All you have to do is head to Macy’s Facebook Page and send a free Mother’s Day e-card to the special mom {or moms!} in your life. For every e-card sent, Macy’s will donate $3 to the charity of your choice… and they’ll donate up to $400,000.

What are you waiting for? Send an e-card right now by CLICKING HERE.

To encourage my readers to participate in this awesome campaign, they’re allowing me to host a giveaway here on Blessed Beyond Words. Macy’s is offering up a choice of purse hanger, butter LONDON Top and Tails Set or Jones New York pashmina to one of my readers. You get to decide which prize you’d like!

To enter, use the Rafflecopter Gadget below. And because of the nature of this campaign, I’m requesting that you be Facebook Fans of both Blessed Beyond Words and Macy’s in order to gain extra entries.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: I will receive an item mentioned above as a thank you for putting up this post. Macy’s is sponsoring the giveaway and sent me the information provided to you in this post through M80. Any opinions expressed are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother's Day

I hope you know how truly amazing you are!

Enjoy YOUR day, Moms!

Macy’s Thank A Mom Movement {Giveaway}

This giveaway will end Friday, April 29 at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be announced first thing Saturday morning, and MUST have their information to me by Sunday at noon EST to ensure delivery of the prize.

Happy Mother's DayThis Mother’s Day, Macy’s is hosting their “Thank a Mom Movement.” Not only does this campaign celebrate mom, but it empowers you to donate $5, (up to $400,000), to the charity of your choice in her honor.

It’s so easy to participate. All you have to do is send a (free) e-card to the amazing mom (or moms!) in your life, and Macy’s will donate $5 to the charity of your choice, from one of Macy’s five partnering charities.

Visit the “Thank a Mom Movement” on Facebook to make a difference this Mother’s Day.

Below, you can find  info and videos for each of the five charities involved in Macy’s “Thank a Mom Movement”.

Futures Without Violence formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund ®
Video: http://youtu.be/GB8XCOu1-dQ
Website: http://endabuse.org

The Make-A-Wish Foundation®
Video: http://youtu.be/jTMxYGZk1H8
Website: http://www.wish.org

National Park Foundation ®
Video: http://youtu.be/0kXJOQjEDac
Website: http://www.nationalparks.org

Reading Is Fundamental ® (video link):
Video: http://youtu.be/JD7hqoSvtsA
Website: http://www.RIF.org

American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Movement ®
Video: http://post.americanheart.org/branding/psa/psa_garth.wmv
Website: http://www.goredforwomen.org

To show their thanks for participating in this program, Macy’s wants to send a bouquet of flowers to a very special mom in your life this Mother’s Day weekend. One lucky winner will select a recipient, and the flowers will be sent right to her door.

To Enter for your chance to win:

Leave a comment and tell me who you would send the flowers to and why.
*Mandatory. If this is not done, you cannot win.

Want Extra Entries?

  • Send an ecard to a special mom in your life through the Thank a Mom Movement. (Honor system in place. Send as many as you like, but be honest. Leave a separate comment for each card you send, as well as the recipients first name and last initial.)
  • Subscribe to us via email. (2 extra entries.)
  • Share this giveaway on Facebook. (Once per DAY – just leave a link, or copy/paste text that you posted with your Facebook User Name.)
  • Follow Blessed Beyond Words on twitter and Tweet about this contest. (Leave your twitter id, please! And 1 Tweet Per DAY.)
    Use the re-tweet button above, or here’s a sample tweet:

    • Win a bouquet of flowers for your mom this Mother’s Day from Macy’s and @angievinez – Ends 4/29: http://blessedbeyondwords.com/?p=2779
  • Grab our button and put it on your blog. (Leave us a link to your blog, please!)
  • Add us to your blog roll. (Leave a link to your blog, please!)
  • Follow our blog publicly  – either through Google’s Followers Gadget or through Facebook’s Networked Blogs. (Leave a comment for each one that you do. Anonymous following doesn’t count.)

Fine Print: Contest is open to residents of the US. If you already do any of the above, you qualify. Please leave a comment for each of the extra entries you complete. However, you must first leave the required comment as stated above. Giveaway will end on April 29th at 11:59pm (EST), and the winner will be selected via the “And the Winner is..” plugin. Winner will be notified via email upon selection, and will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

Disclaimer: I was contacted by M80 on behalf of Macy’s Thank a Mom Movement. I have not been compensated in any way for this post. Sponsor is fulfilling the winner’s prize as stated above.