Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mommy Necklaces: Review and Giveaway CLOSED

CLOSED at 138 comments.

If you don't follow me on twitter, you might not yet know this, but Snapdragon has been quite the distractable baby lately. It's to the point that if Spouse walks through the room and says something, some baby is whipping his head around looking for the noise instead of focusing on the task at hand. If you're a breastfeeding mom, you know exactly what just happened to my nipple. OUCH! Well, it's also become a bit of an issue when the TV is on, or we're out in public.

No, that's not true. It's not a "bit" of an issue in public. It's a huge issue in public. When we're outsde of the house, there are new and interesting things to see, new voices to find the faces out of which they came, new animals, new smells, and just a whole lot of distraction causing newness to take in. And take it in he does.
Now, on occasion I've gone the nursing cover route with Snapdragon, and if nothing else, it gives him something to focus his attention on that is closer to my body and therefore more keenly aligned with nursing than staring all over the room, and that's nice, but it also means he is sometimes pulling at the thing, which can at times get irritating.
Of course, his distractablility also means that I'm just as likely to be nursing him in discreetly in public, you know, showing less skin than most tweens, and then all the sudden have one of "the sisters" completely exposed for the whole world to stare at, because Snapdragon is busy gawking at something else while twiddling my shirt so I can't quickly pull it back into place.
I know some of you are nodding, because he surely isn't the only one.
Well, I know he's not, because otherwise Mommy Necklaces woudln't exist.

Mommy Necklaces are the brainchild of Raelynn, who back in 2004 gave birth to a distractable baby. She had no idea that trying to nurse her sweet bundle of tactile curiousity would lead to all sorts of trials, but after being pinched and having her hair pulled time and time again, all the while trying to wrestle her baby into nursing while praying that no new sound would distract her, she realized that time and time again, her jewlery was the subject of her daughter's interest. But, of course, she wanted to replace the precious and irreplacable necklace in her nursling's hands with something a little less valuable, a lot less fragile, and most importantly, something safe for her nursling to play with.
You can read the full story of how Mommy Necklaces got started here, and I reccommend that you do.

I wasn't entirely sure this whole "nursing necklace," Mommy Necklaces thing was going to do the trick. I admit, I was skeptical. More than anxious to try on the off chance it worked, and more than thrilled to try it out when Raelynn offered to send me a Mod Flat Rocks Mommy Necklace from the Vibe collection.

Well, I have to say, it worked.

Snapdragon seems to be pretty nearly entirely mesmerized by the thing. He likes the colors. I've caught him staring at it in the car on occasion, and even once managed to eek out a whole 5 minutes of distracted silence, or should I say "focused" silence by hanging it from the carseat handle so he could stare at it, mobile like. (No, that isn't a reccommended use of either a Mommy Necklace or a carseat handle. I'm aware of this. Just sayin', he liked looking at the pretty sparkly shiny goodness.)

So let me break it down for you.

The Good.
It works. It helps Snapdragon focus on the task at hand and gives me the relief of knowing that he's playing with a piece of jewelery that is SAFE for him to be playing with. It isn't going to break letting beads fall all over the floor. It isn't going to accidentally cut him. If he pulls it too hard it won't be damaged. Oh yeah, and it's pretty darn cute, too! Of course, I am partial to pretty sparkly shiny goodness.

I love the way it holds up to full strength baby tugging from my super-strong 17lb three month old who hasn't yet learned that you don't need to tug things as hard as you can to pull them toward you. He hasn't yet managed to tear it off of me, although I once went to refasten the cup of my nursing bra back into place and somehow put my arm through it and popped it open, but that was a fairly ridiculous situation, and had it been another necklace, I'd have broken it. Yes. I am that woman. The one who breaks jewlery through bizarre happenstance.


The Not So Good.

There is only one "not so good" I can come up with here. Occasionally one of my hairs will manage to get trapped between the beads. It happens to be a pet peeve of mine about beaded jewlery in general. It's a problem you only run into when the beads are strung *really* tightly together so that they're capable of pinching, and really, it's a GREAT thing that they're that well strung, but sometimes it does pull at a strand of hair.

The Details.

They're WAHM made. I love that.
They're tested for lead and phalates, to ensure that they're safe for your baby.
Mommy Necklaces has a great policy in case of breaks, where they'll restring it free for 3 years. Awesome.
They're designed with a nifty clasp that was specifically made to come open if tugged too hard so that instead of picking beads off the floor, you can just put it back on.



Want one? I thought so.

Buy it.
You can get your very own Mommy Necklace at their website, or at a Mommy Necklaces Retailer. Most of their designs are just $24.99 with 99 cent shipping! And with so many styles within so many collections, your choices positively abound! Don't forget to check out their signature necklace, Simply Snazzy.

Win it.
In addition to sending me a Mod Flat Rocks necklace from the Vibe collection to review, Raelynn also sent me one to give to one of my readers. It too is a Mod Flat Rocks necklace from the Vibe collection, with the super-pretty oval center stone. Nice, no? It's pretty spectacular.

To Enter:
Go to Mommy Necklaces and poke about the site, then come back and tell me your favorite style and collection of Mommy Necklace, as well as something cool you learned about either the company or the product line. This entry is mandatory and all other entries will be void if it hasn't been completed. Got that?

Extra Entries:

Join Mommy Necklaces' Facebook fan page.

Buy your own Mommy Necklace.

Follow my blog.

Tweet this giveaway and leave a comment with the permalink to your tweet. (you may tweet daily)

Please leave a seperate comment for each entry, and if your email address is not visible through your blogger account, you MUST leave it in your comments. (name AT emailserver DOT com, or any other equally understandable variation acceptable)


This giveaway closes 11:59 PM, central time, September 3rd, 2009. The winner will be notified by email and announced either on this post or in a seperate post. The winner will have 72 hours to respond or else a new winner will be chosen.

Since I'm shipping this baby, it's open to entrants from the USA and Canada,
'cuz that's how I roll.

138 reflections:

TopHat said...
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TopHat said...

Forgot about something I learned about the company!

I learned they use a really thick cord to prevent the baby from breaking the necklace- and I think that's wonderful.

Again, my favorite is posh plum in teardrop.

Drahdrah said...

Mommy necklaces were invented to occupy busy hands. Great idea, I love the simply snazzy design.

Drahdrah said...

I'm also a follower of your blog.

Krista said...

Their jewelry is made from lab tested, non-toxic materials.

I really like the Sierra collection and also the Simply Snazzy collection - very cute!

Krista said...

I am a fan of Mommy Necklaces on Facebook (Krista Michelle Schaffner)

Krista said...

I follow your blog (Krista S.)

Krista said...

I tweeted this giveaway:
http://twitter.com/Luvschweetheart/statuses/3439513908

C said...

Mommy Necklaces are sold in countries around the world. I love the harmony, mod flat rock design. I also would really love to win because i am abused daily by my nursing daughter, it would be nice for her to be able to grab something other than me.

C said...

I follow your blog
Celestial Nolan

C said...

i am a fb fan

Megan R. said...

I love the Meadow collection, and the donut style, dangling! So pretty!

Megan R. said...

I follow your blog!

Jennifer said...

Learned from site: water will not adversely affect or deteriorate your cord. Cool beans. I always forget to take stuff off before I hit the shower!
My favorite collection- I'd go with Meadow.. and I'd probably pick either the locked donut or the teardrop, both look nice. :)

Jennifer said...

Became a FB fan of Mommy Necklaces. :)

Jennifer said...

I follow your blog.

Krista said...

My daily tweet:
http://twitter.com/Luvschweetheart/statuses/3456353744

Chaotic Kristy said...

All beads used are non-toxic acrylic and are tested to meet the CPSIA regulations.

I have to say I like the Urban Collection or the Rainstorm Collection.

chaotickristy (at) gmail.com

Chaotic Kristy said...

I joined Mommy Necklaces' Facebook fan page.

chaotickristy (at) gmail.com

Chaotic Kristy said...

I follow your blog

chaotickristy (at) gmail.com

Mary said...

I love the locked donut, 20 inch necklace, from the Urban Collection. I learned that the necklaces come with a break-away safety closure.

mfalcon13 (at) hotmail (dot) com

JJ Keith said...

My kidlet drives me nanners with yanking on my neck waddle. Nothing boosts the self-esteem like your baby finding extra skin around your neck to pull.

I adore the 28 inch loose donuts in the earth collection and <3 the word "twiddling," i.e. what babies do when futzing with mama's skin and hair. It has a developmental purpose!

Krista said...

Daily Tweet:
http://twitter.com/Luvschweetheart/statuses/3482312415

~ April ~ EnchantedDandelions said...
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~ April ~ EnchantedDandelions said...

Mommy Necklaces™ are the real deal and offer a “zero-to-three” guarantee which replaces, repairs, or cleans up any Mommy Necklace™ in need of some TLC for three years from purchase.

I love the fixed donuts, and love the Earth color scheme. The vibe is gorgeous, too!

Love to win this for Ollie. At 13m, I'm sure his wiggling and figeting will only increase. LOL

~ April ~ EnchantedDandelions said...

Now a fan of Mommy Necklaces on Facebook (April K.)

~ April ~ EnchantedDandelions said...

Following your blog!

Krista said...

Daily Tweet:
http://twitter.com/Luvschweetheart/statuses/3499955117

Anna said...

I like the urban dangle.
I learned that they have a breakaway cord.

Anna said...

I follow your blog.

muggabug said...

I like the dangling doughnut in Rainstorm.

I learned that Mommy Necklaces have a "zero-to-three” guarantee which replaces, repairs, or cleans up any Mommy Necklace™ in need of some TLC for three years from purchase.

muggabug said...

I have joined Mommy Necklance's fb page (Janet Craig Houle)

muggabug said...

I follow your blog.

motherfulkser said...

My absolute favorite collection is Cherish - I have loads of blacks and browns in my wardrobe, so this color scheme would go with pretty much everything I own! Although I'm torn between the flat-rock pendant and the locked donut... they're both a bit shorter and gorgeous!

After perusing the site, I found out about the tactile/sensory stimulation that kiddos can gain from playing with these while eating, which is fantastic! You can never start too early, as this mama obviously knows!

My email is jessie dot fulks at gmail dot com :D

motherfulkser said...

My absolute favorite collection is Cherish - I have loads of blacks and browns in my wardrobe, so this color scheme would go with pretty much everything I own! Although I'm torn between the flat-rock pendant and the locked donut... they're both a bit shorter and gorgeous!

After perusing the site, I found out about the tactile/sensory stimulation that kiddos can gain from playing with these while eating, which is fantastic! You can never start too early, as this mama obviously knows!

My email is jessie dot fulks at gmail dot com :D

motherfulkser said...

(Sorry for posting the last comment twice!)

I am a fan of Mommy Necklaces on Facebook! (Jessie Floyd Fulks)

motherfulkser said...

I am following your blog, and have added you to my Google Reader.

motherfulkser said...

I've Tweeted about this giveaway, but I don't know how to permalink to it. My Twitter name is jessiefulks. I also posted this contest on my blog: http://motherfulkser.wordpress.com/2009/08/23/030-jewelry-for-breastfeeding-moms-yes-please/

Digital Misfit said...

So pretty and practical! I love the Inspired collection, especially the locked donut style.

heidig@gmail.com

C said...

I love the dangle style in Meadow.
I also leared that Raelynn is a WONDERFUL photographer!
I'm a fan of Mommynecklaces on FB as well :)
cherlyn94 at yahoo

krenneker said...

I follow your blog :)

krenneker said...

I love the Urban collection in the locked donut. It is beautiful! I just learned that there is a zero to three guarantee! You never know when you might need a cleaning or have to have something repaired.

krenneker said...

I'm a fan on facebook(Kim Renneker) :)

~EMILY~ said...

i like the sea sand collection.

strong, durable cording that wouldn’t break when pulled upon. The beads would be non-toxic and safe for her fingers. that is what i love about the necklaces. safe for our little ones.

mdmsgirls@gmail.com

~EMILY~ said...

i am a follower of your blog

~EMILY~ said...

i joined mommy necklaces' facebook page

~EMILY~ said...

i bought one of their necklaces and and my son loves them. helps with feeding.

mama la cha said...

My favourite is cherish locked donut design!

mama la cha said...

I'm an FB fan!

The Graves Family said...

My favorite style is the rainstorm locked necklace. I also really like that they have a three year warranty so if your little one actually breaks the necklace (which most likely wont happen) they will fix it for you
annamie2 at hotmail dot com

The Graves Family said...

I am a fan of mommy necklaces on Facebook
annamie2 at hotmail dot com

The Graves Family said...

I have bought my own mommy necklace...i have the cherish teardrop
annamie2 at hotmail dot com

The Graves Family said...

I follow your blog (annamie2)
annamie2 at hotmail dot com

The Graves Family said...

tweeted about giveaway @gravsie3
http://twitter.com/gravsie3
annamie2 at hotmail dot com

Life Happens During Naptime said...

I love the flat rock daydream and that they test their beads for toxins.

mdec07 at yahoo dot com

Life Happens During Naptime said...

I am a FB fan of MN

Life Happens During Naptime said...

I follow your blog

Life Happens During Naptime said...

I have purchased several mommy necklaces.

chickypoo81 said...

My favourite is the Cherish Trendy Teardrop.

I like that they lab-test the materials to make sure that they're baby-friendly.

chickypoo81 AT hotmail DOT com

chickypoo81 said...

I'm a fan of Mommy Necklaces on Facebook

chickypoo81 AT hotmail DOT com

chickypoo81 said...

I bought a Mommy Necklace on Sunday, does that count?

chickypoo81 AT hotmail DOT com

Jennifer said...

The next two on my wish list are Sea Sand and Silver Ice. I already have a Rainstorm and Snazzy. I like the dangling donut style best.

I already knew most of the details about these necklaces from my prior purchases, but it is reassuring to be reminded that they are lead and phtlate free.

Jennifer said...

I am also a fan of MN on FB... that was how I found out about you!

Jennifer said...

I've bought 2 MN in the past. Does that count???

Jennifer said...

I tweeted this, but couldn't find your twitter username to include it. (The button on your sidebar just says "yourlink.")

Jennifer said...

Now publicly following your blog on Google too!

Evan said...
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Evan said...

favorite is the dangling donut in meadow -- the photos are great and that they're not just on plain backgrounds but being worn and that all the 'models' are real moms -- also learned about the benefits of twiddling
~april

Evan said...
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Evan said...

I'm a Mommy Necklace fan on Facebook
~april 8)

aprilandevan at gmail dot com

Evan said...

I've bought my own Mommy Necklace
~april 8)

aprilandevan at gmail dot com

Krista said...

Daily Tweet:
http://twitter.com/Luvschweetheart/statuses/3541299237

Anonymous said...

I am currently a breastfeeding mom to a very easily distracted 7 mo. old. I have 4 other kids so lets just say he gets distracted often and as you can already guess with 5kids total I do not have extra money for one of these necklaces and would love one.
I am really liking the Dangle Donut in the Harmony collection. I love the colors pink and green.
The thing I learned and really like about the company is the zero-to-three guarantee. It is nice to know that the company will stand by its product and clean, repair or fix it for up to three years. You don't see that very often anymore.
My email is Lunchlady06 at sbcglobal dot net

Amanda said...

I read their story and learned that the company was started by a mommy and she used her closet to store all the supplies, just waiting for an order here and there and now it's taken off! They have over 80 combinations to choose from which is great! I like the harmony trendy teardrop necklace. This looks like an amazing product I really need on for my 7.5 month old VERY distracted daughter!

awilmeri@hotmail.com

Amanda said...

I follow your blog

awilmeri@hotmail.com

Amanda said...

I am a mommy necklaces facebook fan.

awilmeri@hotmail.com

Heather M said...

I like the Sea Sand Collection! with the Mounted Disc!
This will come in handy for my newbie to be in February!

hmahan_0529 @ yahoo dot com

Rachel said...

These look lovely! What a great idea! Thanks for the chance to win.

Rachel

RR said...

I like the rainstorm necklace with the dangling donut. Great giveaway!

RR said...

Oops! I forgot the something I learned: I learned they use a really thick cord and test everything for baby safety.

I got so caught up in the beautiful designs and contemplating which is my favorite (still the rainstorm with the dangling donut, but it was close), I forgot to write the rest of my post.

Becci said...

I learnt that these things save your hair! I got one for my 3 month old & it has stopped him grabbing my hair as he grabs that instead! I like the sea sand & vibe ones most but think I would wear them all - they are so nice!

Krista said...

daily tweet:
http://twitter.com/Luvschweetheart/statuses/3592461051

Jennifer said...

I also blogged about your giveaway at my blog, Family Musings.

The Graves Family said...

Tweeted
http://twitter.com/gravsie3/status/3609310132
annamie2 at hotmail dot com

Nancy said...

Love the Locked Donut in Vibe.

I didn't realize they did gift certificates, which is awesome because it's my sister's birthday tomorrow and she needs one of these!

Nancy said...

Fan of Mommy Necklaces on Facebook: Nancy Wenzel Swain

Nancy said...

I follow your blog

Nancy said...

following and tweeted http://twitter.com/nanceattack/statuses/3615636688

The Graves Family said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/gravsie3/status/3629295489
annamie2 at hotmail dot com

The Graves Family said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/gravsie3/status/3649437885
annamie2 at hotmail dot com

The Graves Family said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/gravsie3/status/3672102411
annamie2 at hotmail dot com

Jaime said...

I like the teardrop, 20in, in Meadow. I learned all about the diferent types of tactile exploration and stimulation that these necklaces supply.

Jaime said...

I'm a fan of Mommy NEcklaces' on facebook (Jaime Van Aken)

Jaime said...

I follow your blog!

Jaime said...

tweet!
http://twitter.com/thelightsgodown/status/3682280174

Jennifer said...

I just convinced my husband to buy me one for my birthday next week!!! I ordered a meadow teardrop. :)

Jennifer said...

Tweet tweet! http://twitter.com/jennfrog73/status/3688564625

BarelyKnitTogether said...

These are gorgeous! My favorite collection is the Inspired - that red/orange is just amazing. I like the one with the dangling donut. My little guy likes to play with my moles (talk about icky feeling) and that might be amusing enough to distract him.

My favorite thing that I learned was that the company links to many wonderful baby/mom sites with all kinds of goodies. I hope this counts as info about the company. I was very impressed with their website. Thanks for this great giveaway!

BarelyKnitTogether said...

I also tweeted this contest. I sure hope I'm doing this right. I don't enter many giveaways! LOL
http://twitter.com/BarelyKnit/status/3689751499

BarelyKnitTogether said...

Proud new follower (which I should have been a long time ago!).

The Graves Family said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/gravsie3/status/3690750574
annamie2 at hotmail dot com

The Graves Family said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/gravsie3/status/3690750574
annamie2 at hotmail dot com

Jackie at 3littleones said...

i love the blush dangle donut! so pretty!
I learned that hte mom who came up w/ these used to store the stuff the make them in her closet (sounds like me - everything ends up in my closet!)

Jackie at 3littleones said...

im a fb fan of mommy necklaces

Jackie at 3littleones said...

i follow your blog

Jackie at 3littleones said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/3littleonesblog/status/3698841592

Jackie at 3littleones said...

todays tweet

http://twitter.com/3littleonesblog/status/3710393141

The Acting Mom said...

My favorite collection is Rainstorm. My favorite style is the teardrop. The thing I really a like about the product is the clasp detaches easily. Love that!

The Acting Mom said...

I am a fan on Facebook! Love their FB page!

The Acting Mom said...

I own 3 Mommy Necklaces! I own Cherish Dangle, Rainstorm Locked and Antique Rose teardrop. But I want more!!!

as said...

My favorite collection is rainstorm in the lock style.

as said...

I follow your blog.

as said...

FB fan

as said...

tweet: http://twitter.com/anpnek/status/3713401954

The Graves Family said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/gravsie3/status/3717160365
annamie2 at hotmail dot com

The Graves Family said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/gravsie3/status/3735942676
annamie2 at hotmail dot com

BarelyKnitTogether said...

Finally got around to becoming a fan on Facebook. :)

Jessie Kaitlin said...

I love the lavender collection, with the dangling donut.

I learned that the necklace can even be worn in the water!

jessiekaitlin at gmail dot com

Jessie Kaitlin said...

I'm a fan of mommy necklaces on fb

jessiekaitlin at gmail dot com

Jessie Kaitlin said...

I follow your blog

jessiekaitlin at gmail dot com

Jessie Kaitlin said...

Tweet- http://twitter.com/JessieKaitlin/status/3740735309


jessiekaitlin at gmail dot com

Gwenn S. said...

I learned that "all beads used are non-toxic acrylic (aka plastic) and are tested to meet (and exceed) the CPSIA regulations".

It was really hard to pick one collection b/c I would honestly get one of each! I picked the dangling donut from the Inspired collection after a lot of deliberation!

iluvmygrlz at yahoo.com

Gwenn S. said...

I'm a fan of mommy necklaces on facebook:GwennS

Gwenn S. said...

I follow your blog!

Gwenn S. said...

tweeted:http://twitter.com/TheRedheadedOne/status/3742426053

Shannon said...

I think it's so neat they actually lab test the necklaces for lead and phthalates (whatever that is! haha)

I prefer the teardrop pendant style from the silver ice collection. :)

Shannon said...

I'm following & re-tweeted :)

https://twitter.com/winningnan/status/3744138236

Jackie at 3littleones said...

daily tweet

http://twitter.com/3littleonesblog/status/3746350038

zealandsmom said...

posh plum dangle
I love the warranty on the cord!

zealandsmom said...

i follow

zealandsmom said...

fb fan

zealandsmom said...

http://twitter.com/zealandsmom/statuses/3746863309

Christine said...

I think it's interesting that all of the Mommy necklaces are made by just 3 women ... I would think they'd get too many orders for that!

I LOVE the Rainstorm collection. It's beautiful.

Christine said...

I'm a facebook fan :D

Christine said...

I follow you of course :D

Christine said...

Tweet!
http://twitter.com/lamere/status/3750069585

Nicole said...

I like the Dangling collection, and would love it in the Harmony colors. Green is my favorite!

My fact about Mommy Necklaces? Shipping is $0.99 no matter what!

nicolemarr at shaw dot ca

Life Happens During Naptime said...

Tweet Tweet
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