Dream Nursery Giveaway Spotlight: Nom Nom

The biggest giveaway of the year is well on its way, with so many new and exciting products. This is the fourth of a series of SPOTLIGHTS on our amazing partners. Here a close up of the Feeding category: who are the sponsors, what are the products and the value you will be able to win (ENTER TO WIN).

organicKidz

organicKidz $250 gift card

The wonder and magic of childhood is something you’ll find in every organicKidz® bottle. organicKidz® brings you the World’s First Stainless Steel Baby Bottles as a safe and practical alternative to plastic, aluminum and glass drinking containers. Made with babies and parents in mind, organicKidz® bottles are free of the toxins that plastics can contain and won’t break like glass bottles. From infant to toddler to school and beyond, our bottles provide your child with the Safe, Sustainable Choice.

www.organickidz.com

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Reversible Snap Bib

Feed baby in style and comfort with this extra long, extra wide reversible bib. Bibs have a terry cloth bottom to wipe those messy faces.  They also have a snap closure so it makes it hard for little munchkins to rip it off.  Made from high-quality, soft 100% cotton and terry cloth. Your baby will be the cutest messy eater on the block!
Dimensions: 14 x 18
100% Cotton
MSRP: $14.00

www.bellabundles.com

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Natural Feeding Starter Set Green

Pacific Baby World’s mission is to help the baby feeding industry realize that they don’t have to use plastic anymore to feed our babies. This US$5 billion industry is dominated by plastic feeding items, which are absolutely choking our environment when discarded after a short while. They are offering brilliant alternatives that are natural biodegradable or recyclable products to feed your baby. This set will get you started.

Includes:
- 2 pieces Natural Toddler Feeding Bowl
- 2 pieces Natural Ergonomic Weaning Bowl
- 2 pieces Natural Small Weaning Bowl
- 2 packs Natural Toddler Feeding Spoon.
MSRP: $42.00

www.pacificbabyworld.com

Dream Nursery Giveaway Spotlight: Time for a Change

The biggest giveaway of the year is well on its way, with so many new and exciting products. This is the fourth of a series of SPOTLIGHTS on our amazing partners. Here a close up of the Diaper & Mommy Essentials category: who are the sponsors, what are the products and the value you will be able to win (ENTER TO WIN).

Honest Diapers

Diapers & Wipes Bundle

6 packs of Honest Diapers and 4 packs of 72-count Honest Wipes.

Diapers – Their ultra absorbent, eco-friendly diapers — made with naturally derived, plant-based & sustainable materials — are extra soft, hypoallergenic, free of chlorine processing and additives (like fragrances, lotions, and latex). Oh, and did we mention how adorable they are?
Wipes – Their all natural wipes are unbeatable! Thick and absorbent, botanically infused, “Cheek to Cheek” versatility – this wipe can do it all.
MSRP: $79.95

www.honest.com

Natracare
Feminine & Maternity Bundle

Maternity Pads - Natracare Maternity pads are extra-long and comfortably padded to give confident and secure protection for the natural blood loss experienced after giving birth. The soft, fluffy, absorbent core, made from totally chlorine free pulp, quickly absorbs and locks away the fluid so that the soft, certified organic 100% cotton cover allows your skin to breath whilst at the same time keeping you dry and free from contact with synthetic materials.
Nursing Pads – Natracare nursing pads are made from only totally chlorine free, natural cellulose materials so you can be assured that when you remove the pads to breastfeed, the taste of your milk will not be tainted for baby. By keeping the breasts dry between feeds, you can help to prevent the nipples from becoming sore and cracked.
Organic Baby Wipes – Natracare award-winning organic cotton baby wipes are soft, gentle and effective cleansing wipes for daily use on baby’s sensitive skin. Their soft and strong, certified organic, 100% cotton baby wipes are infused with organic essential oils of apricot, linden and chamomile as well as natural plant extracts, all of which will cleanse and refresh, leaving the skin softened.
Total MSRP: $60

www.natracare.com

GDiapers

New Born Bundle

Baby on the way? Pick the Newborn Bundle to get started gDiapering from day 1. From tiny to small, this bundle has your baby covered. Includes 12 newborn gPants, 6 small gPants, 2 packages of Disposable Inserts, and a handy Swishstick.

Each pair of gPants comes with one waterproof pouch that is made with gBreathe technology which means less rash for baby. In the newborn gPants, the pouch is sewn in for a trim fit for tiny babies. In the small gPants, the pouch snaps in and out for added convenience and less laundry. Gentle stretch means more comfort and a flexible fit. Use with disposable inserts that you can flush or compost (wet ones only).

Total MSRP: $149.00

www.gdiapers.com

Barcelona Bag

Barcelona Bag

The size and design of the Barcelona Bag make it ideal for daily trips around town. This diaper bag will help keep you organized—whether you are out shopping with baby, at a play date or in the office. Made from lightweight and soft, water-repellent material, the Barcelona Bag is both practical and chic. With perfectly designed handles that sit comfortably on the shoulder as well as two stroller straps, the Barcelona Bag is a breeze to carry.
Includes:

  • Two stroller straps
  • Insulated lunchbox
  • Fleece-lined, cushioned changing pad

MSRP: $84.00

www.7AMENFANT.com

ORganic Change Pad

Organic Change Pad Cover

A 33″ x 17″ pre-washed organic cotton muslin changing pad cover

  • GOTS Certified: made of organic cotton muslin
  • Durable: withstands countless washes and changes
  • Tailored: fits snugly on standard changing pads
  • Comfy: gets softer with every wash

MSRP: $29.95

www.adenandanais.com

 

Dream Nursery Giveaway Spotlight: Soothed By Nature

The biggest giveaway of the year is well on its way, with so many new and exciting products. This is the third of a series of SPOTLIGHTS on our amazing partners. Here a close up of the Natural Remedies category: who are the sponsors, what are the products and the value you will be able to win (ENTER TO WIN).

Pregnancy Essentials Bundle

Pregnancy Essentials Bundle

Mama’s Pregnancy Essentials Bundle is an extraordinary natural gift for a special pregnant mama. Filled with everything to help ease pregnancy’s common discomforts, from worried head to urpy belly! Happy Mama Body Wash is a queasy-busting companion to naturally uplifting Morning Wellness Spray. USDA Certified 100% Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified and Certified Kosher Mama-To-Be Tea Sampler has delicious, effective herbal teas for nausea, heartburn, pregnancy relaxation and labor preparation. Luxurious Natural Stretch Oil and Earth Mama Body Butter help relieve the itch and stretch of expanding bellies, breasts and hips and won’t aggravate morning sickness. And Mint Herbal Lip Balm keeps lips kissably soft. All bundled up in Mama’s Organic Cotton Mini Tote.

MSRP: $59.95

www.earthamamangelbaby.com

Baby Essentials

Baby Essentials Bundle

Mama’s Baby Essentials Bundle has everything you need to safely soothe, top to bottom, cheeks to cheeks! Buy the Bundle and save! Safe, moisturizing, all-natural Baby Lotions are NSF/ANSI 305 Certified by Oregon Tilth. Mama’s Shampoo & Body Wash is gentle, real castile soap — not a harsh detergent. Clinically tested, best selling Angel Baby Bottom Balm safely battles diaper rash and thrush, and is safe for cloth diapers too. Angel Baby Oil is infused with moisturizing organic Calendula, ideal for massage or dry skin. And Angel Baby Bath Blossoms are USDA Certified 100% Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified for a naturally safe, soothing, heavenly soak.* All bundled up in Earth Mama’s reusable, 100% Certified Organic Cotton Mini Logo Tote, Mama’s Baby Essentials Bundle is a sweet shower, blessingway, or “just because” gift for a sweet little baby!

MSRP: $54.95

www.earthmamaangelbaby.com

Hylands baby

Hyland’s Baby Essentials

If only babies came with operating instructions. From diaper rash to desperate colicky cries; from teething episodes that transform your little angel into a crabby beast, to earaches, coughs and colds that quickly turn a smile to a frown – a baby’s first year can be rough. And for first-time parents – things can feel especially tough! Hyland’s is here to help. They’re parents too, supported by the knowledge and experience of 109 years of homeopathic pharmacy. Hyland’s gentle, natural baby medicines provide relief for common ailments during your baby’s first years. When pain is finally soothed and your baby’s eyes twinkle with a smile again, you can breathe a sigh of relief, too.

Set includes:
Teething Tablets
Nighttime Teething Tablets
Teething Gel
Tiny Cold Tablets
Nighttime Tiny Cold Syrup
Cough Syrup
Gas Drops
Calming Tablets
Colic Tablets
Vitamin C Tablets
Diaper Ointment
Infant Earache Drops
Total MSRP: $125.90

www.hylands.com

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Hevea Kawan Combo

Kawan is Hevea’s first coloured toy and is a product of much thought and development. Using natural colours, Kawan encourages baby’s sensation of touch and stimulates the development of baby’s vision.

Features:
- 100% natural rubber, free from phthalates, PVC and BPA
- handpainted with natural plant pigments
- soft, malleable and easy for tiny hands to grasp.
- patterned texture on beak and feet, which is ideal for soothing and massaging irritated gums and

The elasticity of the rubber makes it perfect to chew on and the colour contrast stimulates and encourages the development of baby vision.

Package comes with a matching Kawan teether as well.

MSRP: $34.95
www.heveababy.com

Dream Nursery Giveaway Spotlight: My High Tech Baby

The biggest giveaway of the year is well on its way, with so many new and exciting products. This is the second of a series of SPOTLIGHTS on our amazing partners. Here a close up of the Technology category: who are the sponsors, what are the products and the value you will be able to win (ENTER TO WIN).

Babybrezza

One Step Sterilizer Dryer

Sterilize and dry your baby’s bottles quickly and easily with the One Step Sterilizer Dryer! This 2-in-1 machine uses natural steam to kill 99.9% of the germs in your baby’s bottles, in just 8 minutes. The bottles then remain sterile for up to 24 hours, or until the lid is open. The unique drying feature then completely dries your bottles, with a choice of 30, 45 or 60 minute drying cycle. The easy-to-use control panel allows you to sterilize only, sterilize and dry, or dry only. The One Step Sterilizer Dryer holds up to 6 bottles plus accessories, and works with all bottle sizes. The bottle rack can be removed and used as a storage rack.
MSRP: $99
www.babybrezza.com

Ovia Monitors

Ovia PTZ Baby Video Monitor (2 Camera Set)

Seize the day and do more while keeping a close eye on baby with Ovia. Intuitive touch panel controls and silent pan/tilt/zoom camera mean that a full view of every nook & cranny of your baby’s nursery is just a touch away. Save photos and video to the included micro SD card and upload them to your computer, or view them directly on Ovia’s large 4.3” LCD screen. With Talk to Baby™ two-way communication, 24-hour battery life and invisible night vision LEDs, both you and baby will find a lot to love while getting more done with Ovia. MSRP: $199.00
www.mylevana.com

TempTraq

TempTraq

TempTraq is the first and only 24-hour intelligent thermometer that continuously senses, records, and sends alerts of a child’s temperature to your mobile device.
MSRP: $24.99
 www.temptraq.com

UviCube

UviCube

UviCube Dries, Disinfects and Stores. Unlike traditional sterilizing baby bottle methods, UviCube has a drying function for baby bottles, baby bottle nipples, sippy cups, pacifiers and other similar containers before disinfecting them with the power of UV light. This ability allows you to save time, including precious countertop space instead of having to lay out all of your baby’s items out to dry. Click here to see how it works.

What’s more, UviCube can be used for more than disinfecting baby bottle nipples and pacifiers. Because UviCube uses the power of UV light, items that cannot be exposed to high heat or moisture can now be sanitized. This allows mobile phones, remote controls, toys and other items to be safely placed inside UviCube. UviCube has a highly reflective inner chamber to maximize the reach of UV light for the contents placed inside.
MSRP: $259.00
www.uvicube.com

Dream Nursery Giveaway Spotlight: Pamper Me Much

The biggest giveaway of the year is well on its way, with so many new and exciting products. This is the second of a series of SPOTLIGHTS on our amazing partners. Here a close up of the BEAUTY/PERSONAL CARE category: who are the sponsors, what are the products and the value you will be able to win (ENTER TO WIN).

Konjac Sponge
Your Konjac Sponge-Pure

Here is a company that is an absolute innovator in the personal care category: Daily Concepts What is Konjac? It’s a traditional Japanese jelly-like food, made from a kind of potato called “Konnyaku potato”. Konjac has been traditionally used in Japan as a beauty treatment for a long time due to its properties: the Konjac sponge is highly absorbent in both water and oils and is excellent for a thorough cleansing. It also has great function to break down skins dirt and balance pH.
Your Konjac Sponge-Pure has no preservatives, no chemicals and no color. In other words, just PURE. It is ideal for the delicate parts of your body or for your baby super sensitive skin.  MSRP: $18.00
www.dailyconcepts.com

Body Kit

Your Body Kit

Now that summer is summer almost over this kit is what you need to scrubb away the tan residuals. Perfectly, designed with pockets to slip your hands or wooden handle for use/application and better control. The scrubbers innovative textures with micro scrubber technology are just right for a daily soft wash or for an exfoliant wash. The applicators functional texture will help lotions glide smoothly and evenly with the convenience of not using your hands and staining them if using for self-tanners. Environmentally-friendly and cruelty-free.
It includes:

  • Body Scrubber, to cleanse and exfoliate your skin.
  • Body Applicator, to apply lotions and creams.
  • Wooden Handle, for hard to reach areas.

MSRP: $32.00
www.dailyconcepts.com

Your Stretch Washcloth

Your Stretch Wash Cloth

Your Stretch Wash Cloth expands to reach your back and those  difficult to reach areas. It has just the right texture for an efficient and luxuriant shower experience.
There’s a label with indicator that fades when it’s time to replace Your Stretch Wash Cloth. It Stretches three times its size to reach hard to reach areas of your body. Environmentally-friendly and cruelty-free. MSRP: $14.00
www.dailyconcepts.com

Your Relaxing Sleep Mask

Your Relaxing Sleep Mask

Conveniently the right size, designed with pockets to slip your fingers in and choose your texture for better control. The innovative textures with micro scrubber technology are just right for a daily soft wash or for an exfoliant wash, both perfect for your face. Environmentally-friendly and cruelty-free. MSRP: $12.00
www.dailyconcepts.com

Premama

Premama Maternity Wellness Package

Fertility – Provides natural reproductive support. Formulated with Myo-Inositol, which is clinically shown to help improve ovulatory function and egg quality
Essentials – A complete prenatal multivitamin. Provides the same essential nutrients found in prenatal pills, including Folic Acid to support healthy fetal development. Formulated with Vitamin B to boost energy and help soothe morning sickness. Includes Ferrochel® Gentle Iron® to help minimize iron-induced constipation
Essentials + DHA – A complete prenatal vitamin with the added benefit of vegetarian DHA. Formulated with over 165mg of fatty acids, including Life’sDHA and ALA to support baby’s brain and eye development. Includes Choline to further help reduce the risk of neural tube defects
Lactation – Provides natural lactation support. Formulated with Fennel Seed, Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle to help boost milk production. Includes Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 and Calcium for added breast milk nutrition
MSRP: $68.96
www.drinkpremama.com

Dream Nursery Giveaway Spotlight: Time For a Nap

The biggest giveaway of the year is well on its way, with so many new and exciting products. This is the first of a series of SPOTLIGHTS on our amazing partners. Here a close up of the BED/BEDDING category: who are the sponsors, what are the products and the value you will be able to win (ENTER TO WIN).

Eicho Crib

 

Eicho Crib

This crib has an iconic, minimalistic look, featuring clean lined openings on side and end panels. Made with eco-friendly, green grade MDF comprised of 100% recycled/reclaimed wood, and offered in a bright white non-toxic finish. The crib has three adjustable positions for the mattress platform allowing you to adjust the height to grow with your baby.  MSRP: $690.00
http://www.spotonsquare.com/

Nautrepedic Organic Mattress

 

Naturepedic Organic Cotton 2 in 1 Ultra/Quilted 252 Crib Mattress

The 2 in 1 Organic Cotton Ultra is highly versatile and will grow with your child for many years. The waterproof side is perfect for infants and training toddlers, while the quilted side provides a more luxurious “feel” for older children, making it the ultimate 2-stage baby crib mattress. MSRP: $390.00
http://www.naturepedic.com

 
Bella Bundles
Bella Bundle 4 in 1 Blanket On The Go™

Need to bundle your little bundle on the go? Bella bundles reversible, plush blanket has unique straps with snaps so that you can attach this blanket to any stroller or carrier. The blanket can also become a nursing cover up. Made with ultra plush fabric and stylish cotton prints this blanket is sure to please both mommies and babies. These are the ultimate gift because they serve multiple purposes! MSRP: $54.00
Dimensions: 28 x 32
50% Cotton, 50% Polyester Blend
Machine Wash like colors, Non-Chlorine Bleach when needed, Tumble dry

Aden + Anais Crib Sheet

Aden + Anais Crib Sheet

Get carried away in sound, peaceful sleep with this celestial crib sheet. Made with 100% cotton muslin, this all-season crib companion is what dreams are made of.

100% natural cotton muslin is a wonder fabric. It’s one of the purest, simplest fabrics in the world, with a breathable, natural open weave that keeps baby warm but comfortable all through the night without the risk of overheating. Just as wonderful: it’s machine washable, and actually gets softer with every wash. MSRP: $39.95
http://www.adenandanais.com/

 

Miffy Lamp

Cool Kids Company’s Miffy Lamp

To know Miffy is to love Miffy. The Miffy character (in Holland known as Nijntje) was created by Dutch artist Dick Bruna while telling his one year old son stories about a little bunny he had seen while on holiday. What started out as a simple picture book, Miffy’s distinctive design has grown into an international brand of children’s merchandise, including these designer lamps. Miffy is more than a children’s lamp, it’s a new friend…

Even if you are not familiar with this adorable child’s character from Holland, you will want to invite her into your home to light up your life. This dimmable LED lamp provides a warm and serene glow – ideal for story telling to your little ones. Or can be used as décor piece in any contemporary interior space. MSRP: $199.00
http://www.coolkidscompany.com/

2015 Dream Nursery Giveaway

A dream come true for new and expectant moms…OK, for every mom!
Every year NCW Magazine, together with its most trusted partners, gives you the opportunity to win an entire nursery outfitted with all the latest in design and
 natural children’s products.

This year we have 27 brands participating with a total value of almost $5,000 in prizes!!

But there is more. This year, to share the love, we have decided to nominate 27 winners, 1 for each brand, rather than just 1, so that more of you will have the chance to take home a coveted prize.

Entering is very easy and the more you share, like and talk about it, the higher the chances for you to win.
May the odds be ever in your favor!

 

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NATURAL MOMENTS: Breastfeeding

We recently posted some amazing photos of Ivette Ivens titled: “Breastfeeding goddess”. This post was so successful, and your engagement was truly amazing, that we decided to create a collection of moments, private, intimate, between mom and baby. But this time instead of working with professional photographers, we have decided to give space to YOUR natural moments. What follows is an absolutely real, magical, portray of secret instants, glimpse of a sacred relationship between you and your baby. We thank you for the opportunity to be part of these moments and we encourage you to send us more photos (should we get enough, we would like to publish a book.)

Getting to the Root of Summer Skin

Recognize the plant root above? If you guessed tumeric, you’d be correct. You’ve probably noticed tumeric in another form on Daily Concepts lately…

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That’s right, it’s the primary plant ingredient in Daily Concepts’ Your Konjac Sponge.

As per our product description, Your Konjac Sponge in Tumeric has the following benefits:

This gentle facial sponge delicately cleanses, exfoliates, balances, and energizes your skin.

  • Turmeric Konjac sponge hydrates and regenerates your skin.
  • Made from 100% natural and preservative-free Konjac root.
  • Biodegrable, vegan and never tested on animals.
  • No chemicals added! Delicate for sensitive skin.
  • No parabens, sulfates, or phthalates.

So you can bet we’ve been using it to slough off dull, winter skin in preparation for the fast-approaching summer months. Bring on the hydration!

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Then we read up on what WebMD had to say about tumeric’s benefits:

Turmeric is a plant. You probably know turmeric as the main spice in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses. But the root of turmeric is also used widely to make medicine.

Turmeric is used for arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomachbloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems and gallbladder disorders.

It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, and cancer. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, water retention, worms, and kidney problems.

Some people apply turmeric to the skin for pain, ringworm, bruising, leech bites, eye infections, inflammatory skin conditions, soreness inside of the mouth, and infected wounds.

In food and manufacturing, the essential oil of turmeric is used in perfumes, and its resin is used as a flavor and color component in foods.

Don’t confuse turmeric with Javanese turmeric root (Curcuma zedoaria).

How does it work?

The chemicals in turmeric might decrease swelling (inflammation).

All this great information got us thinking — why not add tumeric to our diet to rev up its benefits.

A quick scan of the Internet led us to ALOHA.com and some of the healthy healthy recipes they offer. We give the company’s philosophy a big thumbs’ up: We believe that the best nutrients come from whole foods, but even the most health conscious among us aren’t able to get everything our body needs from food alone. ALOHA provides the nutritional support you need to help maintain your already healthy lifestyle — plus a little nature-made oomph, just for good measure.

Lo and behold, we found a recipe that includes tumeric.
We loved and we think you will, too.
Check it out: Daily Concepts

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A Father Wrote His Kid 14 Things to Always Remember

When I found out, I was holding a six-pack of beer.

“I’m pregnant,” she said. Words I knew would be coming one day soon, but not this soon. I always pictured hearing them on a sunny front porch, wind gently rocking a wooden swing back and forth. Or something like that. And there’d be music. Something upbeat and hopeful like what plays before the final credits of a Zach Braff movie.

I never thought I’d hear those words standing in the doorway of our dark, half-packed apartment, weary from a long day. My wife, Sarah, eyes puffy and mascara-soaked from her own shitty day, and then again from crying tears of joy, holding not one, but two pregnancy tests as proof.

My first thought was that we were about to miss our fantasy football draft.

My second thought was to open a beer.

My third thought was, “I can’t believe those were my first two thoughts.”

It takes a moment like that to realize how woefully unprepared you are to be responsible for another human being. How terrifying it all is. And I’m not talking about waking up in the middle of the night to sooth a crying baby. I’m not talking about changing a dirty diaper or saying goodbye to your “raucous” social life (Sarah and I watch, on average, ten thousand hours of TV every night; so, that shipped sailed a while ago).

I’m talking about when your child learns to talk and what you say to him or her actually matters. When you have to start really thinking about how you want to raise them. What you’ll tell them when they get picked on at school. What you’ll say when they take a philosophical stand against the concept of homework.

It makes you question your values. Or wonder if you even have values to question.

And this line of thinking has led me to believe that I am already a terrible father. Because when I think about the things I want to instill in our first child, I realize that I embody exactly none of them.

But here they are, anyway:

I’ll say, listen, kid, not everyone has to like you. Speak your mind when you know you’re right. Tell friends the truth even when they don’t want to hear it. Don’t just nod and “see both sides” and give pity laughs to people who make bad jokes.

I’ll say, work hard in school. Not so you can make money and not for the bragging rights, but because if you don’t, one day you’ll look back and wish you’d made yourself proud.

I’ll say, clean your room. I’ll say, you see this 6-inch pile of dirty clothes next to my bed? It makes me feel horrible every time I look at it. You’d be surprised how accomplished seeing your bedroom floor can make you feel.

I’ll say, always finish what you started. There’s a reason I can only teach you to be “pretty good”, and not great, at guitar, or photography, or card tricks, or any number of things I picked up and abandoned. If you have a talent for something, don’t ever waste it.

I’ll say, don’t wait so long to get comfortable in your own skin. Phases are great and all when you’re a teenager, but there’s a fine line between exploring things and getting caught up in fads. Don’t ever feel like you need to fit into a mold or a category to be accepted.

I’ll say, take care of your body, because you only get one. Floss every day. And don’t drink so much soda and Red Bull. You can’t ever undo the cavities they’ll give you.

I’ll say, force yourself to experience new things. I know that people who studied abroad in college are obnoxious, but I don’t care; you should do it. Because when they’re yammering on about their summer in Madrid, you’ll roll your eyes but you’ll really just be jealous that you spent your summer watching TV.

I’ll say, don’t get so uncomfortable around homeless people. They’re not going to rob you. Be better than that. Treat them with respect. Buy them a sandwich if you can. And give to charity as often as possible. You’ll always have a few bucks to spare.

I’ll say, pay attention to the news. And politics. Don’t spend all your time on social media and TV and movies and sports. Devote your attention to things that actually matter. Be informed and well read. Don’t ever be forced to stealthily object from conversations about current events.

I’ll say, be ruthless. Don’t go with the flow. Find something you want and put in the work to become exceptional. So many people dream big, but they’re afraid to sit down and do the work. Don’t be one of them.

I’ll say, don’t text and drive. Seriously. There’s nothing that can’t wait. I mean it.

I’ll say, put your family first, above everything. When they need you, be there. Don’t ask questions. Don’t let being tired from work become an excuse. They’re all you have.

I’ll say, don’t ever wish you were anything or anyone else. Embrace your flaws, because everyone has them.

And I’ll say, if you fall short of anything, even everything on this list, that’s alright.

I’ll still love you.

I’ll always love you. People keep asking me if I’m scared. And I guess — even in light of everything I said above — the answer is no.

I know that there’ll be times when I have no idea what to do with this kid. When I reach into my bag of morals and values and come up empty. And for times like that, I’ll look to my wife. I’ll remember how, standing in our dark, half-packed apartment, on one of the most important nights of our life, she put the pregnancy tests down on the table, smiled, and said:

“Of course we’re still doing the fantasy draft.”

A small reminder of why we fell in love in the first place. That what we’ve created together didn’t happen in spite of our flaws.

It happened because of them.

And knowing that, there’s really nothing to be scared of.

Via Upworthy