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Happy Free Friday with PAXbaby.com & MommyCon – MILK: an infant feeding conference.
Our lucky winners at PAXbaby’s FREE Friday today will win tickets to attend this amazing conference held in Orange County, California on November 11-12! “MILK is an annual infant feeding conference for parents and parenting professionals. It empowers families with information to support the nutrition and health of their children, while simultaneously providing an educational platform for emerging healthcare providers seeking additional academic and practical guidance.” Please only enter if you will be able to attend this event; every entry earns you a chance to win one of TEN tickets! Thank you!

At MILK, you will get to meet & greet the PAXmoms as well as many of our industry’s most honored educators and prestigious babywearing celebrities. These 2 day tickets are worth $110; having attended last year’s conference, we can tell you that the event is just spectacular and hope to see YOU there too! If you don’t win today, you can pick up tickets here at MILK.

Our TEN winners will be emailed once the drawing comes to an end on Friday, October 28th, 2016!!
Email address must be confirmed within 24 hours, or a new winner will be chosen!!
For this reason, make sure to check your email (including your Junk folder!!)
GOOD LUCK!!

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*happy babywearing*
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9 years ago….

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9 years ago I was a mom to 4 adorable kids ages 4, 2, 2 and almost 1. I was on an adventure that, looking back on it, was absolutely impossible! PAXdaddy was working as a full time stained glass artist at the time, and I was a full time mom. My time was spent driving to the park, changing diapers, feeding, cleaning up, grocery shopping… you know how life goes with little kids! Every day was just another variation on the chaos and mess that toddlerhood brings multiplied by FOUR! The only way that I could handle everything with the grace that I  had was from babywearing. And praying a lot. But having been a babyworn baby and then starting my parenting career with a homemade ring sling, babywearing was in my blood! Once my fourth baby was 7 months old, I realized I needed something more effective than the hand me down ring slings I’d used for my “twin” daughters and the Snugli that had been mine as a baby. The Babywearer swept me in with its fancy initials and its glittering ads and its ability to connect me to other REAL LIFE moms like myself! I delved in with the question “Which carrier would be better for my baby and I : an Ergo, a Blue Kangaroo, or a Beco 4g?” Of course the veteran admins there at TBW had answered this very question a million times so they advised me to search the page for my own answers. Sheepishly, I followed their directions and discovered that the manufacturer of Beco lived in my hometown in Southern California, and when I emailed in, Gabby, the owner, replied herself. She’d be happy to meet with me, fit a carrier to my baby and I, and by the way, would I like some of her wool diapers that she was giving away. I was astounded. Blown away! I had NEVER met this woman and yet, here she was giving me goodies and advice! I ran, not walked, to Beco headquarters, then in Costa Mesa CA, and proceeded to have an amazing afternoon with Gabby and Duke, her son. I’m sure she doesn’t recall that fateful day, but it is one of my favorite memories of my adult life because had I not contacted Beco, and had Gabby not been so friendly, I may have purchased a different carrier and my story would be completely different.

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Given the fact that Gabby spent an entire afternoon with my baby, Koko, and I, I felt naturally obligated to purchase a Beco from her. Just kidding, as soon as she fit us into the adorable Beco 4G, I was in love. His little body was weightless, both shoulders were equally supported, and perhaps most importantly to the story, this carrier was CUTE! I bought “Spa Damask,” a print that was rather subdued in my opinion, but PAXdaddy said he would wear it too. (The one I lusted after was called Carnival Bloom. Fun fact, the stools and accessories in my current kitchen are made from this iconic Michael Miller fabric.) I proudly showed off my new carrier to my other baby mama friends at home in Santa Barbara and was overwhelmed by requests that I help my friends find one for their own baby! After I referred quite a few friends back to Beco, someone mentioned that I should really sell these myself. LIGHT BULB MOMENT! Why not, I asked myself, it won’t be any more than a mere hobby! Gabby told me to set myself up with a business license and she’d be happy to sell my a minimum quantity of Beco carriers, 9 in total including the one I’d already bought. I was very pleased with this idea, but could not for the life of me think of the PERFECT name!  One name that didn’t make the cut was The 4 Bees for my current 4 children, soon discarded since we knew we wanted more children and soon, but after much hemming and hawing, my genius husband said one night, what do you want babies to FEEL in the carrier that you sell. I said, “PEACE!” And so, PAXbaby, everything you need for a peaceful baby, was born! PAX means PEACE in Latin, and I quickly had fallen down the rabbit hole and decided to sell a little of EVERYTHING!
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9 carriers became 20. 20 became 50, and so my career as a small business owner (for the second time in my relatively short life at 24 years old) took off! The allure of cloth diapers convinced me to add a great number of manufacturers to our line up including custom designs. The appeal of safe feeding supplies brought a plethora of BPA free options including Klean Kanteens and bento boxes. Organic baby clothes, blankets, and wooden toys soon showed up as part of our array of options. Having a tiny store front in Santa Barbara was wonderful, but when we decided to move back to Southern California, the option of seeing customers in my own space wasn’t viable. PAXbaby.com became a .com only; I filled that social void with bi-weekly and monthly PAXplaydates where I could interact with local babywearers from San Diego up to Los Angeles and also on our family road trips! The change has been good for me though. I have been able to focus on my first love which is textile design, and by paring down the other extraneous items that had been on our shelves, PAXbaby is truly a babywearer’s dream, filled with wraps and carriers conceived of my dreams and born through the hard work of my team of PAXmoms! I am truly so grateful for your support over these 9 years.
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Thank you for allowing me to stay at home with my children, as a WAHM and now as a homeschooling mommy too! I am so blessed by you and your love!
With all my heart, jillian

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*happy babywearing*
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Thank YOU to The Fuzzy Fox! #PAXbirthday9

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Thank you to The Fuzzy Fox for providing these adorable squishy wrap scrap stuffies for PAXbaby’s NINTH birthday celebration!! #ToddlerCate was in loooove and not sure that she was willing to give up these sweeties! What an awesome way to turn your favorite wrap into a forever friend long after your babywearing days are done; contact The Fuzzy Fox for more details!

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*happy babywearing*
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Thank you, SAKURA BLOOM! #PAXretreat2016

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There is something about wearing a Sakura Bloom ring sling that just makes you feel glamorous! Thank you, thank you, thank you, Lynne and team, for these beautiful pieces of babywearing art! <3 These slings are not only gorgeous, but they are comfortable as well. Each #PAXretreat2016 attendee will be going home with a SB ring sling! Lucky duckies!!!

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*happy babywearing*
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PAXbaby at MommyCon

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So much fun was had at MommyCon!! ?? What was your fave part of this past weekend?  Did you snag a photo with us? We would LOVE to see it!

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*happy babywearing*

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FREE FRIDAY with PAXbaby and Merry Mermaid Shoppe

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Happy FREE FRIDAY with PAXbaby.com and Merry Mermaid Shoppe!
This week’s winner will take home a wrap scrap bonnet made from Jumpsac Rainbow Waves in size S (6-12 months).

Jen H. is the mama behind Merry Mermaid Shoppe. She grew up by the seashore in Southern California surfing, sunning, and sewing. After having her son and daughter, now 6 and 2 years old, she started making bonnets as a creative outlet and a way to still get to play with all the pretty wraps as her babies slowly grew out of being worn regularly. She loves being able to design unique combinations of fabrics and colors to create one of a kind bonnets for your little ones.

Merry Mermaid Shoppe offers both limited edition and custom bonnets in sizes XS (0-6 months) through XL (3-4 years).

Stay in touch with upcoming listings at their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/merrymermaidshoppe and get FREE SHIPPING all weekend long (expires Monday June 20th) at www.merrymermaidshoppe.com using code “PAXBABY“!

The winner will be emailed once the drawing comes to an end on Friday, June 17th, 2016!! Shipping address must be confirmed via email within 24 hours, or a new winner will be chosen!! For this reason, make sure to check your email(including your Junk folder!!) Shipping in the States will be free; International winner will pay exact shipping costs!

 

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*happy babywearing*

#PAXretreat2016

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Welcome to our #PAXretreat2016 event group! I love planning for this epic annual event, so I am tremendously excited to share the details we have set in stone so far! #PAXretreat2016 will be hosted from September 15-19 in wine country Temecula, California. I found an AMAZING house that will fit all of us comfortably and will provide ample opportunity for relaxing during retreat time. Arrival will be Thursday morning, when you will have a couple of hours to settle in and meet everyone. Thirty hours of class will be spread out over the FOUR days of PAXretreat with plenty of time to soak up the beautiful scenery by day and enjoy the social atmosphere at night. The pricing structure will be based on the privacy and size of the various rooms available; assigned first come first serve as you pay your deposit.

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ALL food will be included in the cost of the retreat, with special attention given to guests with dietary restrictions. Childcare will NOT be included; however, this year we are offering the option, at additional cost, to bring a caregiver for your little one, so you can fully invest in your education. PAXretreat is a certification course and moves quickly; our goal is to provide a distraction-free learning environment so you can focus on Joanna’s teaching and not worry about your child’s needs. Nurslings under 6 months may attend class with you, but older babies would need to be attended to by an accompanying adult. The cost for an additional adult is $600 which covers all food, and $300 for a child over 2. There are many more details that need to be finalized, but I hope the overview provided so far gives you an idea of what to expect and how to plan!
Because of the beautiful array of rooms available at our PAXretreat house, the cost differs depending on which room you choose! These are first come, first serve so get your deposits on in! Each #PAretreat2016 ticket will cost between $2,250-$2,650+ based on your childcare situation as well as the room chosen. A deposit will be due by May 19, PAXmommy Jillian’s birthday, and the remainder will be due in July. Swag Bags, a swanky spa service, and some super fun PAXexclusive goodies designed just for #PAXretreat2016 are included in the cost of your retreat as well 1 free ticket to our BIRTHDAY BLESSINGWAY event held on Monday, September 19th, after our retreat has officially ended.** “Childcare will NOT be included; however, this year we are offering the option, at additional cost, to bring a caregiver for your little one, so you can fully invest in your education. PAXretreat is a certification course and moves quickly; our goal is to provide a distraction-free learning environment so you can focus on Joanna’s teaching and not worry about your child’s needs. Babies under 2 are therefore welcome if they are accompanied by an adult caregiver, and nurslings under 6 months may attend class with you. “
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Hi, it’s me! Jillian from PAXbaby; I have to tell you that this FANgirl thing is still so fresh & fun for me! Hehhee, I get so much joy from helping share the babywearing love, and when someone else recognizes that, it’s truly so amazing! So the next time you see me at Trader Joes, or park next to me at Disneyland, please be sure to say HI! I’d LOVE to give you a hug and be able to connect with you away from the computer screen! And if you want me to sign a carrier for you, you better believe I’m going to say YES <3
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*happy babywearing*
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The first day!!! #PAXretreat2015

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If you have not attended one of our PAXretreats, you are definitely going to want to put it on your bucket-list!
In all honesty what could be more fun than a girls’ sleepover filled with babywearing, rainbows galore, goodies, amazing food, awesome friends, THE BEACH AND the PAXmommies!!?!

Today marks DAY ONE of our THIRD PAXretreat, PAXretreat San Diego and we are SO excited to provide yet another opportunity to create future babywearing educators! Not in attendance this time? Make sure you check out the hashtag #PAXretreat2015 for all of our FUN photos along the way!

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*happy babywearing*

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#paxbirthdaybash8 and the swagbags!

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Help us celebrate PAXbaby’s amazing achievement, our EIGHTH YEAR birthday; this month marks our anniversary of awesomeness and we want YOU to party with us! Unable to attend our party in Temecula California? Live too far away to come visit for the event? Stuck home with a teething toddler and a baby? Too shy to come out and play? NO WORRIES, we’ve got you covered! Our PAXbirthday Bash Package includes all the ingredients you will need to get your groove on all in the comfort of your own home!

Look what we have for you :

  • A PAXexclusive wrap scrap goodie
  • The ability to view Wrapsody’s Kristi’s amazing PAXseminars from our #PAXbirthdaybash8
  • A stalk free dibs to PAXbaby’s NEXT PAXexclusive canvas Tula Baby Carriers stocking
  • PLUS a chance to buy Nymphai PAX before our new Tekhni wrap is widely released!
  • AND you might be the lucky draw for a PAXretreat Swag Bag which includes 3 baby carriers, and over $200 in other goodies!

Say what? All these amazing prizes for $40!?!? OKAY!! Sign me up!! :)

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The PAXmoms brainstormed one laaaate night (early morning, really) and thought of something adorable and never ever made before (that we know of!) These Wrap Scrap Slap Bracelets are adorable, hand made here in California, and more fun than you know! As an eighties baby, the appeal of these bracelets was a total blast from the past! Show off your rainbow spirit, and slap one on!

Fine Print: Trust us to choose the right bracelet for you; some are rainbows, some are not, but we will share them equally!

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Hearing Kristi from Wrapsody: The Wraparound Baby Carrier speak is going to be the highlight of my YEAR! This babywearing mompreneur is a founding mother to our growing industry and has more knowledge of our community in her pinky finger than most of us do added together! This lady put together the BCIA, the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance, which has saved babywearing from its demise MANY times! In addition to her work for the BCIA, her thriving wrap manufacturing business, Wrapsody… employs a family-owned company under fair trade conditions in Bali. What an amazing woman, right?

Kristi is a natural public speaker, and when I first asked her months ago about coming to be our guest speaker for our upcoming birthday party, she immediately said YES and sent me a list of interesting topics that would be fascinating to hear! We’ve chosen 2 sessions for our#PAXbirthdaybash8, one geared towards babywearing educators called Branding for Businesses which will delve into the topic of how to make YOUR brand stand out among the crowd, a trait that Kristi has mastered! Her second session is applicable for everyone who wants to improve ANY relationship whether that is parenting, business, teaching, or marriage! Personality for Peace will bring happiness to you personally and closure to some of the issues you have been facing in your day to day life. Experience these inspiring talks via recording; you will be able to watch Kristi teach over and over!

Fine print: PAXdaddy Dave from Yo Daddy will be editing and creating a video for you to enjoy! You will be emailed with the secret link in about 4ish weeks. Hold tight; it will be worth the wait!

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It’s the moment you have been waiting for; let’s talk Tulas! In addition to all the other wonderful goodies and opportunities offered in our PAXbirthday Package, here is the chance to forego all the drama, all the anxiety, all the sadness of a regular PAXexclusive stocking, and to know that at the end of the day, YOU will HAVE a PAXexclusive Tula. Now at this point, we cannot reveal to you the pattern, print, name, or strap color that we have chosen for this special carrier, but we can assure you that it’s ADORABLE!!!! A stalk free dibs is priceless when compared to the epic adventure that is stalking for a PAXexclusive, so from now on you can just lean back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Fine print : When we receive our order of PAXexclusive Tulas (sometime before the end of the year,) we will notify you of a private stocking date and time where EVERYONE will go home with a special Tula and MORE! Please understand that these dibs are NON transferable, NON refundable, and only one PAXbirthday Package is available per PAXaccount/ household address. We won’t be able to change the shipping address manually, but if you need to edit your information, keep it updated!!! THIS ORDER IS A FINAL SALE!

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Nymphai PAX is an amazing collaboration between Jessica at The Leaky Boob, Alisa at Tekhni, and PAXmommy Jillian from PAXbaby! Designed from Jessica’s tattoo, this amazing wrap became technicolored thanks to a little rainbow boost from our signature PAX rainbow warp at Tekhni! Nymphai PAX has been described as the “baby” of three beautiful WAHM businesses, and the end result is a stunning Repreve wrap that you will NEED to add to your collection!

Fine print : These wraps are slated to be delivered to PAXHQ sometime before November. 20 random PAXbirthday Present Package winners will be selected and notified of their stalk free dibs after October 1; thanks for your patience!

 

PAXretreat Swag Bags are famously sought after; these packages include goodies from a wide range of sources and may each differ slightly. Wraps from Ovolo Wraps, wooden teethers from Little Sapling Toys, beautiful babywearing jewelry from an array of different companies, baby carriers from Beco Baby Carrier and Ergobaby Carriers, gift certificates for custom baby shoes from Moxx, soothing salves from Mama’s Go to Salve, handmade unicorn horns from Brooklyn Owl….. As a virtual PAXbirthday attendee, you have the chance to take home a Swag Bag for your very own. This is an amazing opportunity to win SUPER big, stock your babywearing lending libary, have baby shower presents ready for years to come, or enjoy each and every goodie yourself! Please, let’s thank the WAHMs and companies that provided such sweet items for us to enjoy with a simple Facebook LIKE; here’s our PAXblog post with links to each business page <3

Fine print: Will you win??? Wait and see! A winner will be chosen at random at our BirthdayParty, & will be notified by email the night of September 20th, 2015!

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With all these amazeballs flying around, I’m sure you have questions for the PAXmoms so please feel free to comment here at the PAXblog or send us an email to help@PAXbaby.com! We will respond just as soon as possible but please note that these are VERY limited and once the PAXbirthday Packages are sold out, we won’t be offering any more!! THANK YOU & * happy babywearinng *

Fine print: Offer available until September 20, 2015!

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