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Birth through Photos | Raleigh Birth Photography

Once a month I will be sharing some of the Births I have photographed through Manda’s Memories Photography. I have been photographing births for nearly 4 years and each birth is so unique. Documenting a babies birth day is so special; capturing the moment they take their first breath and finally feel fresh air on their skin. These memories slip away so fast but having them documented is a true gift.

This birth I have chosen to showcase this month took place at home. They kept the gender a surprise and the anticipation was high! Mom wanted to have the baby in the water but never quite made it back to the tub.


Raleigh Birth Photography | Birth Through Photos

A video of their birth can be found here.

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If you are interested in having your birth photographed in the Raleigh NC area,

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Life Through Photos | Lactation Cookie Party

Getting together with other nursing moms and making lactation cookies? Yes Please!

Three of us got together one Sunday afternoon to have a Lactation Cookie Party. It was a great idea. We all had little nurslings (5 months or less) who were in attendance as well. This was a great way to talk about breastfeeding and mommy hood – all while building up our supply. Recipes we used can be found at the bottom of this post.

Lactation Cookies - Manda's Memories

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip


  • 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of softened butter
  • 3/4 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup of white sugar
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup of whole ground flax seed
  • 1 3/4 cups of rolled oats
  • 1 12 ounce package of chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Combine the butter, peanut butter, white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, nutritional yeast, and water in a large bowl.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients until creamy.
  5. Beat in the eggs.
  6. Add the ground flax seed into the wet ingredients. Combine thoroughly.
  7. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  8. Fold in the rolled oats and chocolate chips.
  9. Drop 1 inch balls of the cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet.
  10. Bake for 12 minutes.
  11. Allow the cookies to cool slightly before removing from the cookie sheet.
  12. Store the peanut butter chocolate chip lactation cookies in an airtight container.


White Chocolate Chip and Craisins


  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Flaxseed Meal
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Brewer’s Yeast
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup mini white chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup Craisins
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Mix 4 tablespoons of water and flaxseed meal in a bowl – set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer, combine coconut oil, applesauce, sugar, and brown sugar.  Mix well.  It will not be creamy like chocolate chips cookies made with butter.
  3. This is usually when I remember to preheat the oven – Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Mix in eggs, vanilla, and your flaxseed meal mixture.  Mix well.
  5. Add your flour, oats, and fun ingredients (chocolate chips, apple pie spice, etc).  The dough will be sticky.  It takes me 15 minutes to get to this point.
  6. I used a pampered chef cookie scoop – the 1” size I think and placed 12 scoops on a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  You could make the cookies smaller.
  7. Bake for 9 minutes.  They will be slightly soft when you take them out.  Remove to the counter or a baking rack to cool.  I don’t let them sit on the cookie sheet because I want to put the next batch in and minimize my hands on time with these.

Our Employee Pick of the Month: July

July’s Employee Pick of the Month comes from Raquel.  She recently relocated to North Carolina after spending most of her life in Brooklyn.  Her daughter, Anaïs, just turned two this past April.  These two are kind and generous, and can usually be found in the front of the store or off practicing/teaching yoga.

Raquel's daughter, Anaïs

Raquel’s pick of the month is the Blessed Nest Organic Nursing Pillow.   Many mainstream nursing pillows are made from synthetic fibers, but the Blessed Nest Nursing Pillow is filled with organic bulkwheat hulls.  When Raquel was deciding on cloth diapers and other products she would use for Anaïs, having natural and organic materials was an integral part of what she chose. Raquel loves this pillow and recommends it for many reasons:

Blessed Nest Organic Nursing Pillow

  • it’s maleable-the pillow shapes and adjusts to fit your body and your baby’s.
  • it’s multi-purpose– the pillow can be used to help mom get comfortable, it can be used to support various nursing positions for baby, as a laptop pillow, etc.
  • it’s made by moms for moms-locally made with certified organic materials and designed specifically for moms
  • it’s organic and shipped in biodegradable materials-good for mom, baby and the earth
  • it can be used after nursing

Raquel said this several times. This pillow is useful for more than just nursing.

When nursing it is really hard to maintain good posture, in fact it tends to cause us to round our spines, which can lead to a sore, tight back.  Raquel recommends using the pillow to help alleviate that pain.

Her tip:

Lay on your back with the nursing pillow evenly placed between your shoulder blades. Then grab a rolled up towel or if you have it yoga block, and place that at the base of your neck.  Lay there and take some deep breaths. Just relax for a bit. You’ll feel your chest and back open up as you relax into this pose.  This is a great trick to use to help offset the effects nursing can have on your back and posture.

If you are looking for a great yoga class, check out Raquel’s class at the store on Thursday nights.

Yoga Class

 The Employee Pick of the month is a series that spotlights an employee at Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique and a favorite item in the store.

Breastfeeding Awareness Month: Products to Support Your Nursing Needs & a $25 Gift Card Giveaway

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and we’re honored to support nursing mothers nationwide during one of the most challenging, yet rewarding times of motherhood.

We offer a wide selection of breastfeeding support products to help mothers and babies bond and grow.  Some of our best sellers include: Bravado Nursing Bras, Luna Lullaby Bosom Baby Nursing Pillow, L’ovedbaby Nursing Shawl (back in stock soon!) and Motherlove More Milk Plus products.

In honor of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, we offered a sale on breastfeeding support products earlier this month. If you missed the sale, make sure you’re connected with us on Facebook so you’re up-to-date on the latest giveaways and discounts.

Who Wants a $25 Gift Card?

If you missed the sale, no worries! It’s not too late to get in on the fun. Enter to win a $25 Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique gift card now through Sunday, August 19 at midnight.  You may enter a maximum of 4 times with each of the following options providing you one chance to win.  The winner will be posted on Monday, August 20.  Please include your email address in each comment for notification purposes.

  1. Take a peek at the Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique website and leave a comment telling us what you would buy with your gift card.
  2. Tweet a link to the giveaway, include @sweetbottomsbb and leave a comment telling us you did so.
  3. Share the giveaway link with your Facebook followers and leave a comment telling us you did so.
  4. Share the giveaway on your blog and comment with a link to your blog post.