Savvy Chic

tidbits, thoughts, and ramblings. . .with a Mormon twist

How To Use A Moby Wrap September 17, 2007

Filed under: baby,children,kids,motherhood,savvy thoughts — savvychic @ 11:03 am

I’m trying out a new way to wear my kids!  Well, other kids at the moment, but I will wear my new baby in this when he/she is born early next year.  I like how the weight of the child is distributed over both shoulders, the lower back and hips.  I wore my 34 pound, almost four year old for quite a while and did not feel tired!  It’s cute too.

The moby lets you wear your child tummy-to-tummy, facing out, or on your back.  It takes a little practicing and getting used to, but I think this wrap will be a favorite for me.  (Though I know my padded ring sling will also share a prominent place on the most used baby items list.  It is just so convenient!)  While the ring sling is easy to slip on and off, I have heard that if you tie the moby on in the morning, you can just wear it all day and take the baby in and out of it as needed.

I prefer the woven fabric, it doesn’t stretch out and it keeps the child right were I put them initially.

Unfolding the wrap and holding the 5-6 yards of fabric can be intimidating!  However, within 4 easy steps (and an optional fifth), you will have the moby on and functional.

1-hold-in-center.jpgStep 1: Hold the center in front and wrap around your waist.

2-cross-the-wrap-in-back.jpgStep 2: Cross the ties in back and over your shoulders.

3-cross-again-and-tuck-under-center.jpgStep 3: Tuck the ties under the center panel and cross again around your waist.

4-tie-in-back.jpgStep 4: Tie in back.

Step 5: (optional and not pictured) If you have enough fabric left–this may be the case with a 6 yard wrap–instead of tying in the back, wrap the ties around your back to the front again and tie in front.

Once you have mastered tying the wrap, you need to practice wearing your baby.  Really, the first few times may seem totally awkward, but it gets easier.  And as the child gets older and more used to it, he/she can help by putting their feet in the right places.

When wearing your child, you will be right next to each other–no wrap fabric separating you.  The crossing tie fabric supports the legs while the center panel holds the child close and supports the child’s back and neck.

The wrap can be used from newborn until around 35 pounds or so.  Actually, you can use the wrap as long as you want, as long as you and your child are comfortable.

front cuddle carry The cuddle carry!

front out carry The front out-facing carry!

piggy back The piggy back carry!

(Nadia and Ravi, you’re great models!  Thanks!)

Cautions and warnings:

Be sure to inspect the wrap for holes or fraying before wearing.  Do not use the wrap if there are holes or frays!

Do not wear your baby when using sharp object (knives, knitting needles, etc) or when cooking!

The wrap should not be used as a car seat, infant bike carrier, etc!

Do not wear the wrap when playing sports!

Use common sense and be safe, for your sake and the child’s.

Make your own wrap:

© 2007 SavvyChic


Mothering with Spiritual Power: Book of Mormon Inspirations for Raising a Righteous Family September 13, 2007

Filed under: books,children,kids,mormon,motherhood — savvychic @ 7:12 am

This is a new book coming out that I look forward to reading.  I worked with Debra Woods a year ago in assisting with a Time Out For Women event in Oklahoma City.  She is kind, warm-hearted, and inviting. . . not to mention talented.  Here is some information about the book.


Mothering with Spiritual Power
Book of Mormon Inspirations for Raising a Righteous Family

By Debra Woods
Published by Cedar Fort, Inc. September 2007


LDS Living magazine September/October 2007 issue Editor’s Pick!

Now available for order or pre-order at,,,, and

Available soon at, and LDS bookstores everywhere.

Book Description:
Mothering with Spiritual Power is an eloquent and heartfelt book that speaks to mothers of the sacred nature of motherhood and the awesome spiritual power available to them through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Using twenty-five favorite Book of Mormon scriptures as inspiration, Debra Woods shows mothers how they can find answers to a myriad of parenting questions and challenges as they raise their children in the latter days. Through stories and experiences taken from her own life, she offers simple suggestions for making meaningful connections with your children—suggestions on how to turn weaknesses into strengths, ideas on how to foster an atmosphere of peace and harmony, ways in which mothers can support each other, helps for the mother who must forgive her children and herself, and so much more.
Mothering with Spiritual Power is a celebration of motherhood, family life, and the difference the gospel of Jesus Christ can make for mothers and families everywhere.
Author Description: 
Debra Sansing Woods is a full-time mom and part-time freelance
writer. Her writings often focus on and celebrate home and family life. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including LDS Living, Meridian magazine, two Deseret Book anthologies (as a contributing author), The Dallas Morning News, The Athens Review, and others.
Debra graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA
in Accounting and went on to become a CPA and corporate controller. She also taught as a highly rated instructor of personal finance for the University of Texas Informal Classes. She currently lives in Oklahoma City with her husband, Barry, and their five youngest children. Debra’s family also includes her husband’s three grown daughters.
Advance Praise
“Mothering with Spiritual Power is a remarkable look at some well loved Book of Mormon scriptures applied beautifully to remind us of the power of inspiration and prayer, and the reality of the Atonement in our mothering work. With a wise, honest voice, Sister Woods draws on her own mothering experiences to show how prayerful pondering of the scriptures can give us vision to see through worldly trials to eternal goals. In Mothering with Spiritual Power, Sister Woods insightfully describes a scripture-based parenting style and the powerful parenting truths and clarity available to us as we attempt to liken the scriptures unto us for our profit and learning.”
Clinical Psychologist and mother of three
 “To a mom’s sometimes rushed and chaotic world, Mothering with Spiritual Power comes as a light on a hill, placing us firmly on solid rock. Debra Woods delivers a deeply personal, eloquent message that is never preachy but rather manages to uplift, entertain, and empower.”
Writer and mother of three
 “Mothering with Spiritual Power is an insightful and sensitive resource for the moms in our lives, no matter what their level of experience in raising children. It will affirm and reinforce those who already know how to tap into the guidance of the Spirit as they raise their children. It will also be a mentor for those who are just discovering the power of the influence of the scriptures, coupled with the Spirit as a parenting guide. Readers will relate readily to Debra Woods’s real life experiences, which she skillfully illustrates in this book. Her warm and pleasant writing style makes it a powerful and pleasant guide for applying scriptural teachings to specific family needs. It will be a blessing to all mothers in their sacred work of rearing children.”
—DAVID J. RIDGES, author of the Gospel Study Series
“Motherhood, what an amazing journey! After eight years of married childlessness, I will finally get my chance at motherhood this May. I read Mothering with Spiritual Power and felt uplifted, encouraged, and comforted about the challenges I will soon be facing. I feel women at any stage in life can benefit from the insights shared by this talented new author.”
Author of I Chose You and
101 Creative Dates for Latter-day Saints
“The scriptures this book uses are ones most of us are probably very familiar with, yet Debra is able to give them such a fresh, unique-to-moms perspective. It’s reassuring to see how ancient scripture can be applied to modern parenting problems, and to be reminded that as different as our unique parenting challenges are, we also have much in common—including the greatest parenting advice book available: the Book of Mormon.”
Editor for LDS Living magazine and mother of two
“Debra Woods has gleaned much from her careful reading of the Book of Mormon. With unique mothering perspective, she makes a single verse come alive in a very personal way. Her inspiring insights are powerful reminders of the importance of finding joy in motherhood and the crucial role of mothers in raising responsible children.”
Author of Nobody’s Better Than You, Mom! and
W.O.R.K: Wonderful Opportunities for Raising Responsible Kids
“Debra Sansing Woods uses an eloquent, articulate, and personal style to tie the Book of Mormon to the sacred role of motherhood. This book will lift the spirits and confidence of any mother. I highly recommend this book.”
Author of 25 Mistakes LDS Parents Make and How to Avoid Them


The Superman Tales: The Deer Princess September 2, 2007

Filed under: books,children,fun,kids — savvychic @ 2:39 pm

The Deer Princess

Created by two adorable boys

Illustrated by the older son and his mom



 Once upon a time there was a wonderful world and a princess and animals.



There was an evil witch that cursed the princess and she became a deer. Even though she was very poor, she wasn’t lonely. She had all the animals around her.

A special dragonfly made her antlers his home. He only landed in antlers of deer that were poor and cursed. Butterflies also flew all around her head.



A huge tornado came, sent by the witch. It wasn’t just a tornado though. Eagles swarmed through the sky too.

They weren’t just eagles, they were amazingly strong eagles. There were 389,000 valiant eagles soaring, destroying the tornado and saving the land.



These eagles had another great quality–they were sent from Superman! Superman had a great car–the Magic School Bus!

One of the eagles looked different than the rest. Turns out, it was Superman’s magic bus!



The land where the deer princess lived was running out of food. A hummingbird came to the princess’s rescue and fed the deer and all the other animals.



The witch was intent on destroying the princess. She created a poisoned apple. In disguise, she gave the princess the apple. The princess deer fell into a deep sleep.



Superman came rushing through the sky. He used his special sleeping-waking powers and woke the princess up.

Another tornado appeared. But this wasn’t a bad tornado–it was Super Prince! Superman welcomed his friend Super Prince to the scene.  Using his supersonic curse-detecting vision, Superman saw that the deer was really a princess.



Superman told Super Prince and Super Prince offered to marry the deer princess. As they were married, Super Prince kissed the deer and the deer transformed back into a beautiful princess. The spell was broken!



After the wedding, Superman flew to the witch’s lair, and tied her up. He gave her a choice to be good or to be turned into something very small. She decided to be good.

The witch, Superman, Super Prince, and the princess all became friends and they lived happily ever after.

The End

© 2007 SavvyChic