The World Breastfeeding Week Picnic is now right around the corner (August 1 at Alta Laguna Park from 11 am- 2 pm) and next Tuesday we will be assembling our 100 gift bags.

These bags are the best FREE gift bags I have ever seen.

To begin with, each bag is a full-size reusable grocery bag donated from Whole Foods. Then we  have bottles of multi-vitamins from Mother’s Market (our local health food store chain); a 15-ounce glass bottle of oxygenated, ph-alkalized, revitalized, remineralized and energized water from The Water Brewery; two bags of Dr Sears‘s Popumz (snacks); samples of Traditional Medicine’s Mother’s Milk tea, nursing and menstrual pads from Natracare; a copy of Mothering Magazine’s most recent edition, and most exciting for me, a full size bottle of Benev’s skin lightening cream!

There are also great coupons from Glamourmom, Gypsy Mama Wraps, Happy Baby, JuJuBe, overnightprints ($12 off a photobook or any product on their site!), and Storksak. Nova Naturals is providing a full color catalog for each gift bag with a fundraiser code – meaning that La Leche League gets 10% of all sales made using our code until the end of September 2009.

Of course we will also be dropping in business cards and flyers for many of the other businesses who are participating in our event.

This is a great bag of goodies. The skin cream alone is worth about $100 and it is safe for pregnant and nursing mamas. (For those who don’t know, Koreans and asian women in general are obsessed with clear, light skin. If you go into a department store, or even a drugstore in Thailand, Seoul, or Tokyo you will see rows and rows of skin-lightening creams… That said, if you don’t want your bottle of skin-lightening lotion, I’ll take it!)

While La Leche League does not officially endorse these businesses, all of these businesses have contributed a generous donation to our cause. Many are locally-owned, family-friendly businesses – many are owned by friends and families of ours!

When inviting a business to contribute to our annual World Breastfeeding Week Picnic, we try and target companies that are green and health-oriented, besides being supportive of nursing families.

If you decide to support one of these businesses, please let them know that you heard about them through their support of  La Leche League.

P.S. There are pretty amazing auctions items: $150 will package with an attorney, a couple of family portrait photography sessions over $200 value each, two tickets to the brunch at the Laguna Beach Ritz, overnight stays at the Hilton Hotel, yoga packages, and more! Ditto on the raffle prizes: Nova Naturals donated a wooden doll house!

P.P. S Here are the booths that will be there:

1.    registration/family gift bags
2.    hotdogs
3.    bake sale
4.    silent auction
5.    raffle
6.    bean bag craft
7    potty toss- and free water from The Water Brewery
8.     Steph Fowler Photography
9.    Handprint lady
10.    Discovery Toys
11.    Baby UR Precious- bamboo velour blankets, etc
12.    Earthroots Field School seed planting activity
13.    Envirobabystore.com
14.    Allbabyandmom.com
15.    Oasis Child
16.    Belly Sprout
17.    Arbonne

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