April 2011

CBR is offering a wonderful coupon for parents considering private cord blood banking. In a nutshell, cord blood banking allows you to store your baby’s cord blood stem cells for use in future medical treatments.

New parents can register and use the code M1998 w/ CBR and receive a $250 discount on banking fees, plus much more! Read more here.


While you may have sworn off the cocktails, chocolate in all its forms and flavors is a minor vice that’s very much tolerated by the pregnancy police. You can now give your addiction free rein with this wonderfully indulgent, deliciously aromatic chocolate facial mask. The combination of cocoa powder and cream really can refresh a tired complexion. I guess it’s all down to the magic of chocolate.

1/3 cup cocoa powder

3 tablespoons heavy cream

2 teaspoons cottage cheese

3 teaspoons avocado

1/2 cup honey

3 teaspoons oatmeal powder

Mix all ingredients together and smooth onto face. Relax for ten minutes, then wash the mask off with warm water.

Did you know that every day,  1,000 girls and women die in pregnancy and childbirth around the world? The White Ribbon Alliance, an international group bringing awareness and change to this number, works tirelessly to help make pregnancy safer for women around the globe.

The coalition advocates for women to have a healthier pregnancy and a safer childbirth to help bring an end to maternal mortality. They are present in 152 countries and are not slowing down. Their site features the stories of many of the women they have directly affected and saved. It is inspiring to see the adversity they have overcome and the families they have supported.

There are so many unique ways to support an organization like this. Ethical fashion designers Henrietta Ludgate and Minna Hepburn were so touched by the efforts of the White Ribbon Alliance that they decided to do something different to give back. They desigend a special, organic cotton and lace top to sell that will benefit WRA. All the proceeds from their design will go to the WRA. There truly is no limit to the ways you can give back!