April 16, 2015

A Hormonal Necklace + Giveaway

Birth, breastfeeding, and, well, baby making…would you believe me if I told you this post was about jewelry?  It is.

Mother’s Day is around the corner and I’m sure we’ve all seen those “mama” necklaces being advertised.  Those are BEAUTIFUL and I’ll actually being doing a review/giveaway for one of those in a few months myself, but for Mother’s Day, I wanted to do something a little bit out of the ordinary.

Oxytocin Mother's Day Necklace bestofbabylady.com

Now, I’m not a huge jewelry person.  I appreciate pretty things, but in order for me to actually wear a piece, it has to have some personal meaning behind it…things like my wedding rings, gifts from family or friends, or something with personal significance.

And this necklace?  Well the significance behind it is huge.

At first glance, it looks like a delicate pendant necklace with a pretty design on it.  But you know what it is?  An Oxytocin molecule.

OXY 12

Say what? No, I’m not a huge science lover (me and science did not get along in school)…but I AM a huge lover of this molecule.  And if you’re a mother, you should be too! (Well really, if you’re a human in general, but especially if you’re a mother).

Oxytocin is frequently called the  “bonding” hormone, because it’s released during activities such as hugging, but I like to call it the “MAMA” hormone, because it makes an appearance during three very important parts of most mother’s lives:

1) Baby making – that fun thing that helped you become a mom to begin with!

2) Birth – it stimulates uterine contractions…ever wonder what the synthetic version Pitocin derives from?

3) Breastfeeding – not only does it trigger your milk letdown, but it also  facilitates feelings of love and bonding

But you don’t have to be a biological mother to enjoy this necklace (or the benefits of this hormone!) Oxytocin is also released during cuddling and holding your baby.

Oxytocin Mother's Day Necklace bestofbabylady.com

So is this not the coolest “Mommy” necklace?  I picked it out for myself on behalf of my husband…Happy Mother’s Day to me!!

Oxytocin Mother's Day Necklace bestofbabylady.com

These beautiful necklaces are made by Heather, from H Works.  Here’s what Heather has to say:

Of the many interests I’ve explored throughout life, jewelery making has always been a favorite of mine.  I often daydreamed about selling my work, but for some reason just couldn’t find the courage to do this. When I had my little baby boy I chose to leave my full time job as an educator and put all of my energy into being there for my new little family. Soon the time came for me to think about finding another job, but the idea of being out of the house on a regular basis? I just wasn’t ready for that. With my husband’s support and encouragement I finally found the confidence I needed to open my little Etsy shop. I find great joy in creating, and am beyond thrilled anytime someone wants to own one of my little creations.

Oxytocin Mother's Day Necklace bestofbabylady.com

Want one? Well Heather from H Works is generously offering one lucky Best of Baby reader a chance to WIN an Oxytocin necklace.  But if you just HAVE to have one and don’t want to risk not winning, she’s also offering a 25% discount using the code BESTOFBABY  (any item in her store except for squash blossom necklaces) through the duration of the giveaway, which ends April 30th.

 Disclaimer: Iulia from Best of Baby received this necklace in exchange for writing a review.  All opinions are her own.  Other bloggers promoting the review and giveaway received no form of compensation.

 Happy clicking!

HWorks Oxytocin Themed Necklace

  UPDATE: Congratulations Gabrielle – winner of the H Works Oxytocin necklace!


Mother's Day Necklace Giveaway thebestofbaby.com


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Iulia is a former educator turned stay-at-home mama of a spunky toddler and a squishy infant. With a touch of sass and a good dose of self-deprecating humor, she has an ever-expanding repertoire of bloopers, insights, stories, and impassioned opinions to share. Iulia likes to think she has this parenting gig figured out, but her littles remind her daily just how far from the truth that is.

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  • Nschwartz56@gmail.com'
    Reply Natalie Schwartz April 16, 2015 at 2:43 am

    I love this necklace! I also like their silver infinity ring!

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    Reply ColleenMarie April 16, 2015 at 10:32 am

    I also really like the Two Step – Sterling Silver Infinity Ring

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    Reply Kim Adams Morgan April 17, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Stopping by from Grace & Truth. That’s a very cool necklace.
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    Reply Crystal Wall April 17, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Love the microverse and the mini rose choker but the shop is full of lovely things. I favorited it. Thanks for sharing. Fingers crossed, great giveaway!
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    Reply Lisa B. April 19, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Aside from the necklace, I love the infinity ring!
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    Reply Beth April 20, 2015 at 8:33 am

    What a sweet giveaway for Mamas! <3

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    Reply Robyn B April 20, 2015 at 9:19 am

    i’d love the big dipper piece!

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    Reply Melissa French, The More With Less Mom April 20, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Aww this is sweet. Thanks for posting. Hello from The Party Bunch.
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    Reply Sarah Jenik April 20, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    That is just the cutest and most precious idea ever! I LOVE it! I’m not even a mom yet and I love the idea! I’m a science nerd so maybe that’s why! It’s such a beautiful and unique way to represent something SO important!

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    Reply Ally | A Home Called Shalom April 20, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Very cute!
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    Reply Katy April 21, 2015 at 2:02 am

    It’s more like what don’t I love from her shop. This is totally my style of jewelry- minimalist but smart. I especially love the Pillar and Post Set earrings. I can see myself wearing them every day.

    • Reply Bestofbaby April 21, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      I so agree! Sh does have such absolutely lovely things!

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    Reply Melanie Wooden April 21, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    I am in love with the mini rose choker!

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    Reply Cara April 21, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    What a neat concept. It has such a unique look!

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    Reply Cara April 21, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Oh….and I also like the two step sterling silver infinity ring! So beautiful

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    Reply Maria April 22, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Absolutely adore this shop! I love jewelry, but have yet to find a minimalistic style that’s both chic and subtle enough that my one year old can’t tug on it. This is perfect. I love the idea of this necklace, and the constellation charm one as well. Thank you for sharing this šŸ™‚
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    Reply Raine April 22, 2015 at 6:53 am

    I also love the Mote and Beam silver bar earrings. This is a beautiful chance -thank you.

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    Reply kris April 22, 2015 at 8:46 am

    I love the double constellation charm! But the oxytocin is my favorite. šŸ™‚

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    Reply Kristen April 22, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Thanks for sharing! I love this necklace. I’m no where near the baby-making process, but I’ve pinned it for the next friend to have one! Stopping by from Wine’d Down Wednesday!
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    Reply Courtney April 22, 2015 at 11:14 am

    What a cool idea! Seriously, Iā€™m in love with the inspiration behind this jewelry line. I also love the Microverse – Hand Tooled Constellation Charm Necklace.
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    Reply Nicole April 22, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Interesting. I have never heard of such a thing!

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    Reply Terri Presser April 22, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Quite fascinating, and pretty too. Thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings
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    Reply Cheryl April 23, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    It is very lovely necklace. The connection behind it is very endearing.

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    Reply Alycia April 23, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    What a beautiful necklace!!!

    Thanks for linking up with the Saturday Spotlight!

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    Reply Theresa C. April 23, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Love the Copper Stacks – Copper Bangles!

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    Reply Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard April 23, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    I also like Copper Stacks – Copper Bangles

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    Reply Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom April 24, 2015 at 11:13 am

    This is lovely… and I’m excited that the contest is open to us Canadians too!

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    Reply jan April 25, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    the Babel – Sterling Silver Stacking Ring

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    Reply Beth Ann April 27, 2015 at 7:36 am

    I just love the infinity ring! Thanks for showing us this beautiful necklace!!
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    Reply Desiree Dunbar April 27, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I like the Babel Ring.

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    Reply Zan April 28, 2015 at 7:42 am

    I have never seen anything like it! Sounds interesting…Thanks for sharing with us a the Home Matters linky party. Hope you join us again!
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    Reply Joyce April 28, 2015 at 8:11 am

    This is beautiful and means the world to me as we just finished adopting a precious 3 yr. old. First adoption, 7th child. The necklace represents to me that this hormone works powerfully in the HEART, without pregnancy, birth or nursing — This God-given hormone blesses in adoption as it makes the attachment strong in me toward this new blessing in our lives!

    • Reply Bestofbaby April 30, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      Oh Joyce how wonderful! Congratulations on the adoption…and you put it so beautifully!

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    Reply Leah April 28, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    What a wonderful idea. If I won this I would gift it to my sister who is expecting my new niece or nephew but I think I would buy one as a special something for this special time xxxx Leah

    • Reply Bestofbaby April 28, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      How lovely of you to want to gift it to your sister! If you want to buy something make sure you take advantage of the 25% of code (good through Thursday!)

  • Reply Stephanie April 29, 2015 at 9:25 am

    What a fun and delightful necklace! I know someone will be blessed by this šŸ™‚ It’s always a joy to have you at Roses of Inspiration. Happy Wednesday! Hug!

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    Reply Daffny April 29, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    This is so adorable! My husband said “creepy” but he can’t understand motherhood. Ha! This is definitely I’m adding to my list of Mother’s Day gift ideas.
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    • Reply Bestofbaby April 30, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      Hahaha Daffny…for a moment, my husband thought that the necklace actually contained the oxytocin hormone somehow bottled up. Now THAT would be weird.

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        Reply Daffny May 1, 2015 at 4:33 pm

        I don’t know… If I could find a way to bottle that baby smell… šŸ™‚

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    Reply Wanda Tracey April 30, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    I love the necklace and also the Babel ring.I love what the necklace represents and how beautiful it is šŸ™‚

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    Reply Kathy April 30, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    What a beautiful meaning behind this necklace!

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    Reply Audrey May 1, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    What an intriguing idea for a Mother’s necklace. I will have to go check out some of the others.

    Saw this on Pin Worthy Wednesdays
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