Tuesday, June 30, 2015

HUGE Pregnancy After Loss Giveaway!

A pregnancy after loss is a trying time, fraught with fear and uncertainty, having lost some of the innocence and excitement of a happy and healthy pregnancy without a history of loss. Unfortunately, very few seem to recognize how difficult it is for moms pregnant again after one or many losses. It's often assumed that our pregnancies will be blissful because we're so excited to be blessed with viable pregnancies, but that's just not the case. In many situations, we feel guilty for resenting the morning sickness and any pain or complications because shouldn't we just be happy that our baby is alive this time? Often, we're still mourning the babies we lost and while the outside world assumes a new baby will heal us or replace the babies we lost, pregnancy just makes the pain even more acute. Pregnancy after loss is complicated. 

I've run a few giveaways in the past for moms who have experienced loss but I wanted to run a special giveaway right now especially for moms who are currently pregnant after a loss. I've partnered with some very sweet and generous women who run small businesses to give you a great giveaway with items for baby and mom. I'm so very, very excited about this giveaway and I hope you are too. Please take the time to visit, follow, and make purchases from the ladies who contributed to the giveaway. It's their kind hearts that have made this giveaway possible.  

At the bottom of the page, you can enter the giveaway. (US residents only please.) I ask that only women who are currently pregnant after a loss enter. (Your last pregnancy need not be a loss, I don't have experience in this area yet, but I imagine even after having a living child, subsequent pregnancies will still be hard with my history of loss. If you've ever had a loss and are currently pregnant, please do enter.) I know that that significantly limits the pool of entrants, so even if you can't enter, would you please share this giveaway with others? 

And on to the wonderful prizes! One winner will take them all home. 

$10 credit 
Usborne Books & More Educational Consultant Jessica Compton
I'm a stay-at-home-mom of 2 boys and a girl and a consultant with Usborne Books & More. We carry children's books for all ages. I love being able to share my love of reading with others! I'm giving away a $10 credit to my website.
signed, hardcover copy of Happy, too 
By Your Side Books
By Your Side Books is a line of children’s picture books with timeless themes and inspiring stories. One of the many unmatched elements of By Your Side Books is called, “Talk time, By Your Side" - a family questionnaire section near the back of each book. Our first book, "Happy, too" is a simple story of friendship and the transforming power of happiness, a story for young readers the whole family can enjoy.
mini lovie blanket
Monkey in the Mailbox
I started really sewing about 4 years ago and have a passion for creating for little ones.  I specialize in custom stuffed animal lovie blankets.  I have always thought lovie blankets were the perfect gift for a new baby, all kids should have something soft to cuddle as they grow.  I am gifting one mini lovie blanket for a special baby.
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item of winner's choice 
Blessed Beans Boutique
I am a wife and mother of four children (my beans).  I wanted to start a home based business where I could help support my family, stay at home, and give glory to God at the same time.  The idea to make religious jewelry came to me after much prayer.  Jewelry is a great conversation piece and a great way to spread the word of God.
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"I Am Loved" necklace with 18" ribbon chain 
Rakstar Designs 
Hi, I'm Rakhi! I am a wife and mom of 2 young children who works part-time outside of the home. I recently began indulging my artistic side, and Rakstar Designs was born. My hope is that the art and products I offer inspiration for others and serve as a reminder of God's great love for each and every person. To that end, I am giving away one of my "I Am Loved" necklaces, where the message will lie close to your heart.
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rope rosary in color of winner's choice
This Little Light Blog
Hey, I'm Jenna! I'm 27 and married to my best friend. We have a little guy and another one that should be here any day. Also in the middle of a big move so my etsy shop is currently on "vacation" but I like to blog occasionally and make rosaries in my free time. I'd love to get to know you and pray for you.

$25 credit
Mary & Martha, Yvetta V, Independent Consultant
Yvetta is a stay-at-home mommy and new blogger sharing God's word in the home. Since 2012 she has been a consultant for a company called Mary & Martha, offering inspirational decor and practical solutions for meaningful entertaining. She is giving away a $25 credit to shop her store.

watercolor painting, apron, and magnets
I initially started developing my company in the summer of 2013. I derived the name from combining my first and last name. I like designing in so many mediums so I think the name encompasses all I like to create but, I'm not limiting myself. I try to learn and evolve with my creations. What I create is inspired with both my love of beauty and faith. So, a lot of it incorporates scripture and Catholic influence with the desire to share God with those who receive my gifts!

crochet boot cuffs
DropStitch Cafe
I really love to craft with my hands and family and friends suggested that I try and sell my crafts online. So along with local craft shows I have a shop on Etsy

Flexi Clip of winner's choice (up to $20)
Lilla Rose Independent Consultant Mandi Richards (me!)
I've been selling Lilla Rose hair accessories for almost two years. Our signature product, the Flexi Clip, is beautiful, durable, and comfortable. It comes in seven sizes and will work for ALL hair types, ALL ages, and an endless number of styles. They are perfect for new moms who still want to look put together but have so little time to get ready.
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Again, this giveaway is only for women currently pregnant who have ever experienced pregnancy loss. US residents only. Giveaway will end Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Enter through the Rafflecopter widget below. GOOD LUCK!

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P.S. I'd love to do pregnancy loss and pregnancy after loss giveaways like this on a regular basis, maybe quarterly or twice a year, as a way to showcase small businesses and support women through loss. If you'd like to contribute to an upcoming giveaway, please send me an email at messywifeblessedlife@gmail.com. Thank you!


  1. Those boot cuffs are really cute! Blessed Beans has such gorgeous jewelry! And I have been wanting a flexi-clip a size bigger than the ones I have so I can use it for my bun. :) Thanks for doing this!!

  2. I would love to win the Blessed Beans item. I already have their Miraculous Medal and they have some new stained glass jewelry that I would love to get a hold of!

  3. I've been wanting a smaller flexi-clip since I cut my hair shorter. Thanks for putting all this together!

  4. The watercolor painting, apron, and magnet set look amazing!

  5. Oh wow, lots of great prizes here. I love the boot cuffs.

  6. The watercolor, apron and magnet are my favorite. And something that really helped me so far during this pregnancy is my sister sent me a St. Gerard medal to wear. It reminds me to pray when I'm feeling anxious.

  7. After our loss, I really appreciated a kind word, a card, a spiritual bouquet - the small gestures that acknowledge our loss. Prayerful support is the most important, but those little details bring a lot of comfort!

  8. After all my miscarriages I would have liked for people to show support and sympathy but instead It was treated as no big deal and I was not supposed to talk about any of them. That was difficult...and still is. I would like more excitement from friends and support now that I am 7 months pregnant...but that isn't exactly happening either.

  9. All the gifts seem very lovely and would be happy with any of them but the Blessed Beans Boutique seems like a very special prize indeed.