Saturday, November 21, 2015

AURORA MEETING IS CANCELLED 11/21/15

Due to the heavy snowfall expected this morning, we are canceling the Aurora meeting. If you would like to keep your carrier until the next Aurora meeting, you may do so. Jacquelyn Jennings will be holding a carrier swap at her house on Friday, 11/27 from 10am-noon. Please pm her for the address if you plan to swap.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

It's raffle time! 

Every year, as part of our International Babywearing Week celebrations, we hold a gigantic raffle extravaganza. This serves as our primary fundraiser for the year and gives all of YOU the chance to win some truly cool prizes. We are so grateful to all of the businesses and individuals who donate to our raffles. We think the prize packages this year are the best yet! Before we get to the goodies, here's an overview of how the raffles will work this year.

How do I purchase raffle tickets?
Tickets will be sold primarily at our big Embrace Your World event in Elburn on Saturday, October 10th. If you cannot attend the event but still wish to purchase tickets, please email us at IBW2015NCIL@gmail.com and we will assist you in purchasing tickets prior to the event. If you are not attending the event, your tickets must be purchased by 8 PM CST on Friday, 10/9 in order to be entered into the raffles.

When will you draw the winners?
Winners will be drawn at the end of our big event in Elburn on Saturday, October 10th, at approximately 3:30 PM CST. You do not need to be present to win! If you are at the event and win, you will be able to take your prize package home with you. Otherwise, we will work with you to arrange pickup at your nearest BWI of NCIL meeting. (And if you can't make regular meetings but still wish to participate, we can work that out too.)

How much do tickets cost?
Tickets are available in the following quantities:

  • 1 for $3 
  • 2 for $5 
  • 10 for $20 
  • 20 for $35 
  • 30 for $50 
  • 75 for $100 

In previous years, we have asked you to write your last name on the back of every ticket that you purchase. We realize this can be very tedious and may discourage you from buying as many tickets as you'd like! This year, when you purchase your tickets, you will be assigned a 3-digit number. You'll write that number on each ticket before you deposit it in the box. If you happen to forget your number later, we'll have a record of it too. We hope that this will keep things organized and also save you the hassle of writing your name out or keeping track of bunches of tickets. (If you're like me, you don't need any extra stuff in your diaper bag.)

The Prize Packages
So now that we've got the logistics out of the way, who's ready to see what you can win?
(Donors are listed in italics.)


Package 1: The Getaway
Combi Featherlight F2 Stroller (Rashada Hamlin)
Natibaby Nalu hemp/cotton blend ring sling size Medium (Marsupial Mamas)
Stroller cover
Tie dye flour sack towel by Twisted Sisters Tye Dye 
BWI beach ball 
Bonus lei! 
Estimated retail value: $325


Package 2: Surf 'n' Turf 
Iddy Biddy Pool School birthday party package
Wrapsody WrapDuo water wrap in Lagoon (anonymous donor)
Ream's Elburn Meat Market $25 gift card and reusable cup
Tie dye flour sack towel by Twisted Sisters Tye Dye
BWI beach ball 
Estimated retail value: $354


Package 3: Welcome to the World
Moby wrap in black 
Moby baby hat
Centegra Breastfeeding Resource Center $25 gift certificate
Kelli Belle Photography mini session gift certificate (available dates 11/28 and 11/29)
Package of 3 swaddle blankets by Lil Peepers Keepers
Foodii starter kit
 Estimated retail value: $280


Package 4: Pikkaboo!
 Catbird Baby Pikkolo soft structured carrier (Librarians of NCIL)
Beco organic drool pads
Kelli Belle Photography mini session gift certificate (available dates 11/28 and 11/29)
Babies R Us $30 gift card (Toys R Us/Babies R Us)
Moby baby hat
Set of 3 headbands by The Pickled Peanut
BecomingIsis nursing/teething necklace (Justine Garcia)
Tie dye flour sack towels by Twisted Sisters Tye Dye 
 Estimated retail value: $371


Package 5: Technicolor Tumbling
 Kids In Action birthday party gift certificate (Please note there is a $50 fee for this party in addition to the certificate. Total party value = $230)
Coordinating tie dye t-shirt and onesie by Twisted Sisters Tye Dye
Tie dye flour sack towel by Twisted Sisters Tye Dye
Handmade tutu (Melissa Levato)
Chompy Chic Chewlery teething accessories
Hoppediz merino baby legwarmers (Zerberts)
Planet Wise dino snack pack. 
Estimated retail value: $285


Package 6: Strong and Stylish
Kelli Belle Photography mini session gift certificate (available dates 11/28 and 11/29)
Salon Ellenbe gift certificate for haircut and wax
Outfit and accessories by The Pickled Peanut
Adam's Fit Tae Kwon Do gift certificate for one-month membership and uniform
Handmade tutu (Melissa Levato) 
Foodii starter kit 
Estimated retail value: $347


Package 7: Autumn Adventuring
Peekaru babywearing soft shell coat size XL (anonymous donor)
Ergo Original soft structured carrier
Beco organic drool pads
Kuipers Family Farm gift certificate for admission for 4 people and 1 dozen apple cider donuts
Moby baby hat 
Estimated retail value: $288


Package 8: Punk Rock Princess
KoKaDi Rockabilly woven wrap size 4 (Marsupial Mamas)
Salon Ellenbe gift certificate for haircut and wax
Avalon Lane organic vegan black mascara
Adam's Fit Tae Kwon Do gift certificate for one-month membership and uniform
Handmade tutu (Melissa Levato) 
Estimated retail value: $283


Package 9: Zig Zag Zoom
Natibaby Zig Zag Colorado linen/cotton blend woven wrap size 7 (Marsupial Mamas)
Royal Oak Farm Orchard gift certificate for 20 activity tokens
4 pairs of admission tickets from the Rockford Park District (Alpine or Sand Park Pool, Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, Playworld, and Carlson Ice Arena or Riverview Ice House) 
Estimated retail value: $275
 


Package 10: Sweet Dreams
Natibaby Sycamore Dreams hemp/cotton blend woven wrap size 6 (Marsupial Mamas)
Kelli Belle Photography mini session gift certificate (available dates 11/28 and 11/29)
Colonial Cafe Kitchen Sink gift certificate 
Estimated retail value: $310


Package 11: Local Artisan Love
Handmade bear quilt, 58" x 49" (Rashada Hamlin)
Handmade silver link babywearing necklace, centerpiece + chain, by Alloa Baby
Estimated retail value: $275

Check out all of the businesses that donated to us!


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Register for our Embrace Your World IBW 2015 Event!

There is so much packed in to our Embrace Your World IBW 2015 Event! 

Click here to get to the event registration!!! 


Amount of experience in babywearing needed to attend our event? ZERO.

Amount of money needed to attend our event? ZERO.

Amount of carriers you need to bring with you to attend? ZERO. (Of course, if you want help with a carrier you have, please do bring that. But we have a large lending library that you will get to sample and use during our classes.)

But there are lots of big numbers to take note of!

17 Babywearing Educators!!! Our amazing BWI of NCIL group is made up of 3 Master Babywearing Educators (MBEs), 2 Advanced Babywearing Educators (ABEs), and 12 Volunteering Babywearing Educators (VBEs).

You get to look at, touch, and try on carriers from our lending library - that's 60 different brands of carriers and about 200 carriers!

And you get to have FUN! During classes, games, and just chatting with others about babywearing!

Where? Great Lakes Leadership Campus 526 N. Main St. Elburn IL 60119

Here is a listing of the entire day's events for you to peruse and decide what you want to attend. Feel free to attend one class, two, or stay all day! Remember, all these amazing classes are FREE!


ALL DAY LONG

Plenty of break time to do all this fun stuff in between whichever class or classes you choose to attend!

9:45am Come and get a breakfast treat provided by Dunkin Donuts before your first class! 

10am-10:45am Your choice of the following classes
         Babywearing 101 sponsored by The Joyful Giraffe
         Ring Sling Workshop
         Babywearing Workout sponsored and taught by Ryan Darby from Pound 4 Pound Fitness

11:15am-12pm Your choice of the following classes
         Intro to Wrapping sponsored by New Leaf Photography
         Mei Tais and Soft Structured Carriers
         Babywearing Yoga being taught by Lisa Gartley

12pm-1pm Lunch provided by Briana's Pancake Cafe as well as the following fun activities
         Ask the VBE - your chance to ask our VBE's whatever questions you may have!
         Babywearing 102 - Now that you learned the basics in 101, browse and try on carriers from our vast lending library.

1:15-2pm Your choice of the following classes
         Wrapping with Shorter Wraps sponsored by Radiant Heart Yoga
         Ring Sling Workshop
         Babywearing Ballet sponsored by Blue Fox Software and taught by Leah Wheatley

2:30-3:15pm Your choice of the following classes
         Intro to Tandem Wearing
         Wrap Back Carries sponsored by Cherilyn Denler Photography
         Babywearing Zumba sponsored and taught by Center-Fit

3:15-3:30pm Raffle prize winners will be announced! 

In case you missed it at the top of this page...

We cannot wait to see you at the BWI of NCIL 2015 IBW Embrace Your World Event! 


A collage of our IBW 2014 Event!




Friday, September 11, 2015

IBW 2015 Class Introductions




We know you are wondering what is this big event on October 10, 2015? So we are going to tell you a few more details right before registration opens for this FREE event!

Our 2015 IBW Embrace Your World event is going to have a variety of classes that can help you learn about babywearing, about the different carriers, and of course, how to use the carriers to wear your little one. They will be broken down into more specific areas so you can just pick the particular one(s) you want to attend. We have returning favorites like Ring Slings, Wrapping Basics, Babywearing 101, Intro to Tandem Wearing and more. But it gets more exciting than that!

For our 2015 International Babywearing Week celebration, we are also having some new classes for you to take while wearing your baby!


A Babywearing Workout is being taught and sponsored by Ryan Darby from Pound 4 Pound Fitness in Elburn. Wear your baby while doing squats, arm exercises and more. Learn exercises that you can do at home while wearing your baby.


Our Babywearing Ballet class is being taught by Leah Wheatley and is being sponsored by Blue Fox Software. This class is perfect for beginners. No experience necessary.



We have Babywearing Yoga being taught by Lisa Gartley. Get your focus back while you work on your yoga skills and get baby snuggles at the same time.



Babywearing Zumba is being taught by an instructor from Center-Fit. This specially modified class will have those aspects that you love about Zumba mixed with the ability to wear your child while getting in your workout.







Friday, September 4, 2015

IBW 2015 Sponsor Introduction - Briana's Pancake Cafe

Babywearing International of North Central Illinois is thankful to have Briana's Pancake Cafe as a sponsor for the lunch provided during our IBW Embrace Your World Event. Their restaurant is located in Elburn, IL at 151 E. Route 38 and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


Be sure to "Like" Briana's Pancake Cafe Facebook page and tell them Thank You for supporting BWI of NCIL!

IBW 2015 Sponsor Introduction - Fluff Envy


Babywearing International of North Central Illinois is excited to introduce you to another of our sponsors for this year's IBW Embrace Your World Event. 


We are very thankful for the sponsorship by Fluff Envy. They will be at our Embrace Your World IBW Event for your shopping pleasure. Options from Fluff Envy will include some of their eco-friendly products that are great for your diaper bag such as glass baby bottles, wooden or silicone teethers, natural health care products, cloth diapers, books and natural toys.



Be sure to go "Like" the Fluff Envy Facebook page and tell them Thank You for supporting BWI of NCIL!

IBW 2015 Sponsor Introduction - Lehan's

Babywearing International of North Central Illinois is excited to introduce you to another of our sponsors for this year's IBW Embrace Your World Event. 

A big thank you goes to our sponsor, Lehan's. They will be in-person at our event with a variety of their inventory such as Wrapsody wraps and CatBird Baby baby carriers. Lehan's will also have amber necklaces for adults and babies, teething bling necklaces, and Motherlove products too so be sure to check out their table at our Embrace Your World event!


Be sure to go "Like" the Lehan's Facebook page and tell them Thank You for supporting BWI of NCIL!