Thursday, April 3, 2014

Gem Jar Reward System

We posted a picture of one of the kids' gem jars on Instagram and we had no clue how much all of you would love them@ We got so many requests for more information we thought you might need a quick tutorial :)
 Their jars are currently empty because they all pooled together their gems and rewards and bought themselves a hamster and all the supplies he needs!! We were so proud of them working as a team!!
Basically, the kids earn gems for different activities they do. Chores and behavior (at home and out and about). We have two sets of gems, clear gems and colorful gems. Colorful is for characteristics - for example holding the door open for someone, being nice to people, going above and beyond. We put the gems in for them or we tell them they earned some and let them put their gems in their jars on their own.

We also do gem days randomly. In the morning, I take a minute and make a list of things I want done and give gem amounts for them. The kids all work on the list that day, earning gems as they complete items on the list.

Once their gem jar is full (we say full once a hand laid flat across the top touches at least one gem), they get to pick a reward. Rewards you can make up, but we have a list they can choose from. ex: date with mom/dad, camp out in our room, sleep in our bed, movie night, ice cream bar, etc The important thing is to pick things that would motivate your kids and things they enjoy. For our girls, they get to pick 2 rewards once the jar is full, or take a cash payout ($14), or they can go half and half getting one reward, and $7.
If you need some inspiration, we've included a list below - much of this list is what we use in our home, but some we have added or taken out because we know what works for our family may not work for everyone :)

Jewel Jar –Clear Jewels
Earning Opportunities

1 Jewel

mealtime manners
Bring Trash out and back up when empty (1 for each one)
main bathroom sink wiped dry w/p towel when wet
finish school work for the day w/no complaints
Bring Laundry down on Laundry day
Bring dishes to sink after meals
Put away clean dishwasher (can work as a team)
Empty out lunchbox and put away
Shoes put in cubbies when done

2 Jewels
vacuum kitchen
vacuum mudroom/bathroom
Clean up playroom
Make sure 3 rolls of TP in all bathrooms
clean toilets (per toilet)
Clean bathroom counters (per room)

4 Jewels
Do your own laundry (wash to dryer)
deep clean playroom

5 Jewels
Wipe appliances (oven, dishwasher, stove, microwave, frig/freezer)
vacuum one whole floor
100% on a test

Colorful - Beautiful Jewels

1 Jewel
Having/Showing a BEAUTIFUL Heart & SWEET Words!
(watch your jar & you become more beautiful)

1-5 Jewels
show a fruit of the spirit
(love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness &self-control)
character trait
(courage, truthful, responsible, sensitivity, joyfulness, contentment, compassion, flexibility, dependability, attentiveness, discernment, cautiousness, enthusiasm)
(using skills to solve an argument instead of fight)
(right away first time with a joyful heart)
great attitude
(positive, no complaining all day)
show love & helpful to one another
(put others first)
show honor
(going above and beyond when no one asked or saw you)
being fruitful w/time & independent
(finding things to do with time, not saying bored or needed direction of what to do)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Wrap Conversions! Enter for your chance to purchase one!

The moment you've been waiting for!! Late last week, we let it slip that Tula wrap conversions were coming, and now they are here!! We know the demand for these carriers is sky high, so rather than making you hit refresh like a crazy person, we are doing random draws for each one. We've got a total of 15 carriers to sell! Whoo Hoo!!! A few quick things before we get started
  • You may enter as many or as few of these draws as you would like.
  • Entering the draw indicates your intent to purchase that carrier at the listed price on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
  • Winners will be selected Wednesday morning and will be emailed an invoice.
  • Invoices must be paid within 24 hours or they will be cancelled and new winners will be selected.
  • Please be sure to complete the form ENTIRELY for your chance to win - if you have not left your country (for shipping quote) as well as your paypal email (for invoicing) your entries will be deleted.
  • Prices do not include shipping. Shipping is $8.95 to the United States, $20 elsewhere.
  • Residents of Finland and New Zealand may not enter.
  • Residents of Minnesota are responsible for sales tax.
  • The carrier you receive could differ from the picture shown. These carriers are made out of woven wraps from Natibaby and Pavo and design placement is different on each - the pictures below are just a few of the carriers we had made.
  • Tulip Bucks rewards are not able to be used on this purchase.
  • Tulip Bucks will not be rewarded for purchase of these carriers.

Semi Toddler, Light grey Canvas $270 plus shipping and tax (if applicable)
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Semi Standard, Light grey Canvas $250 plus shipping and tax (if applicable)
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Full Standard $320 plus shipping and tax (if applicable)
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Half Standard - light grey hood and inner $289 plus shipping and tax (if applicable)
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Half Toddler - light grey hood and inner $299 plus shipping and tax (if applicable)
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Semi Standard, Light grey Canvas $250 plus shipping and tax (if applicable)
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2 winners!!! Half Toddler - light grey hood and inner $299 plus shipping and tax (if applicable)
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3 winners!!! Half Standard - light grey hood and inner $289 plus shipping and tax (if applicable)
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2 winners!!! Half standard - dark grey hood and inner $510 plus shipping and tax (if applicable)
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Half Toddler - dark grey hood and inner $550 plus shipping and tax (if applicable)
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Full Toddler - $590 plus shipping and tax (if applicable)
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Friday, January 24, 2014

I Spy!

Yesterday, we ran a fun (at least we thought it would be!) contest on our facebook and instagram. We posted the picture below and told all of you there are 48 products in the picture (there were actually 50, but we realized after the fact that 2 of them weren't visible!

 So what products were in the picture? Here's the full list of 48:

So who came the closest? It was a close race, but Miss Natalie H. won with 46 correct links!! A big thanks to everyone that participated, we hope you had a fun time with our little hunt!! Natalie, please email with your mailing address and which Marine Parents Diaper Clutch you'd like to claim!!

Happy Friday! Don't forget we have started running weekly giveaways - this week we're giving away a Cuppow gift set on our facebook page!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

RiNGLEY brings the best of both worlds

Teething babies are grumpy. They are irritable and picky and want nothing to do with most of the remedies you have for them. Honestly, you can't blame them too much. It can't be fun having teeth push their way through your gums. But how do you figure out what teething toy is best for your baby? What if you aren't crazy about handing your baby silicone or plastic, or any other number of materials teething toys are made from? That's where RiNGLEY comes into play.

RiNGLEY toys are made of all natural materials - organic cotton and pine. The cotton is nice and soft for babies that like soft chew toys - and it can be easily washed or made cold by getting it damp and placing in the fridge or freezer. Each RiNGLEY toy also includes a pine teething ring, for babies that need something hard to gnaw on and get those teeth to make the final push through.

As you can see, Hayden loves her elephant ZooLEY, and your baby could find the RiNGLEY love too! You can purchase a RiNGLEY ZooLEY for $24.99 or, you could win one below!!!

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Friday, November 8, 2013

LT - Lil' Tulip's and Little Teethers

When texting back and forth, the staff here at Lil' Tulip's often shortens it to LT. But this past month, LT has taken on a new meaning for both of the Lil' Tulip's babies... they are both Little Teethers. And as any parent who's been through teething before knows, having an LT in your house is no fun at all.

Hayden started her teething journey while Beth and her kids were at HQ. The timing couldn't have been better because Beth had easy access to ALL of the teething toys we carry, so Hayden had her pick! Beth and Hayden ended up going home with almost all of the teethers we carry, but we catch her with her Como Tomo teether the most often!
Baby Van wasn't far behind Hayden. He's now working on some teeth and loves his Como Tomo just as much as Hayden loves hers!
Babies love chewing on their fingers, so Como Tomo designed their teether to mimic those little fingers, each of the prongs is just about the size of a baby finger. The ring design makes it easy for little hands to hold onto the teether... but don't worry, if it gets dropped it's also super easy to clean! Made of 100% medical grade silicone, these teethers are resistant to heat, which means you can toss it in boiling water or the dishwasher to clean it off after it (inevitably) gets dropped on the floor in the messiest of places.

Indeed, the Como Tomo Teethers are approved by both Lil' Tulip's LTs ;) Now it's your turn to try one out! If you have a Little Teether at home, enter this giveaway for your chance to win a Como Tomo teether of your own!

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Get Naked - or at least feel like you did

So you've had the baby. HOORAY! And now you're almost back to your pre-pregnancy weight (or not) and all excited because all those clothes that have been sitting in your closet for over 9 months will finally start to fit again. HOORAY!!! Except then you start getting dressed in the mornings, and if you're anything like me, you will quickly realize that just because clothes fit again doesn't mean you can wear them again. As a breastfeeding mother, I need to be able to access my breasts and the truth is, not all shirts were created with that goal in mind.

Before your heart totally breaks about the fact that you still can't wear half your wardrobe until you're finished breastfeeding, allow us to introduce the perfect solution. The Naked Tank.

The Naked Tank gives you the option to turn any shirt into a nursing shirt. To the outside world, it looks like you have a tank top on underneath your shirt, but in reality it sits just below your breasts so that there is no extra bulk from the tank when you go to nurse your baby. You can lift any shirt up to breastfeed comfortably while keeping that nice, flat tummy the baby left you with hidden ;) As you can see, my style is no longer limited to nursing clothes. I just add my Naked Tank and can wear whatever I want over it!!

Check out the Naked Tank today... what will you wear it with?

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Shower Hug - A giveaway!

As a breastfeeding mom, I can go on and on about the trials of sore boobs!! I'll spare you all the details, but if you're pregnant or nursing you probably already know - it hurts!! Need to ease the pain? Try out the Shower Hug!

If you're interested in more information, check out this great interview on San Diego's NBC, which provides a lot more information about the background of the Shower Hug company!

Want just the simple facts?? Here ya' go!!

The Shower Hug is a Multifaceted Breastfeeding tool, one purchase of $27.95 can provide many functions both in and out of the shower throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding.

* the Shower Hug provides gentle non restrictive breast support for full and engorged breasts.  As any nursing mother will tell you, having your milk come in is beyond painful unless you (like I did this time!) have a nursing toddler that's happy to give you some relief whenever and wherever you need it! Mom's (even 3rd timers like me!) often don't have a proper fitting nursing bra, because who knows how large your breasts will be when your milk comes in and we know an ill fitting bra means trouble regardless of nursing or not, though while nursing an improperly fitted bra can lead to even more serious issues like mastitis or clogged ducts!

* the Shower Hug acts as a warm compress to soothe tender engorged breasts. Also great for helping with letdown before pumping. Especially good for those mom's who may have had to leave baby in the NICU for a few days but really want to establish their breastfeeding. The Shower Hug is awesome when mom has a clogged duct or mastitis. It provides comfortable warm compress while showering or bathing.

* shields tender breasts and nipples from the harsh shower stream - this is helpful during pregnancy or after, so get the Shower Hug while you're pregnant and continue using it throughout your pregnancy and after birth when your breasts are especially tender!

* the Shower Hug is a great alternative to a traditional nursing bra for soft, comfortable support. Strap free design relieves pressure on the shoulders.  A great bedtime nursing bra!

So, who's ready to win one?!? Just enter below using the easy Rafflecopter form, and you could win!!

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