August 26, 2014

5 Tips for Cord Blood & Cord Tissue Collection

I'm so excited to work in partnership with Cryo-Cell to bring you these 5 tips for cord blood and cord tissue collection.  They are helpful tips for storing your cord blood collection kit and what to do in the hospital.  

As you probably know by now, our highly anticipated arrival has arrived.  The funny thing about childbirth is that it's one of life's (slightly scary) unscheduled surprises.  You know, unless of course it is scheduled in which case it's still exciting and maybe still slightly scary. A few weeks back I told you that we would be banking cord blood and cord tissue with Cryo-Cell.  This was my first time going through the process and while it's pretty straightforward, I've got a few tips for you to make sure that everything goes smoothly.

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August 20, 2014

5 Tips for Introducing Your Dog to a New Baby

Thanks to I and Love and You for sponsoring this post so I can share how to introduce your dog to a new baby.  We love I and Love and You's dog treats.  #Furreal

It is no secret that our family is quickly expanding.  Two years ago we added Charger and last summer someone thought it would be a brilliant idea to get a second dog.  Okay, maybe that someone was me.  I got the vibe that Charger really needed a buddy and my best efforts at wrestling with him on our living room rug were not quite the same as a canine companion.  Enter Stella.  She was found on the street pretty much dying of parvo, was turned over the local animal shelter here and beat the odds.

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Stella is forty-something pounds of feisty, survivalist pitbull-mutt.  She loves to play, pretty much isn't afraid of anything and is a sad eyed, melt in your lap pile of mush when she's tired herself out.  She gives Charger a total run for his money and they are truly like siblings.  With baby Blake entering the picture (OMG this house is getting smaller by the day) introducing a new baby to two loving, but high energy dogs has been very much on my mind.  Therefore, I thought I would share a few tips for introducing your dog to a new baby.

August 19, 2014

Meet Baby Blake + Our (very short) Birth Story

One week ago our highly anticipated little guy arrived.  While I was beyond excited to meet him, I was also pretty scared.  Scared of going from one child to two, and particularly terrified of having a repeat of Kayla's baby days, which truly tested the limits of my and Craig's relationship.  So I'm happy to report that minus a couple of hiccups, we're all in a very good place.

August 18, 2014

FROZEN Big Sister Gift Bag + DIY Olaf Onesie

New baby in the house?  Make my FROZEN Big Sister Gift Bag and DIY Olaf Onesie.  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #FROZENfun #CollectiveBias

In the next month, there are bound to be a ton of changes in our home.  Quite frankly, I'm a bit terrified about the adjustments ahead.  But the person I am most concerned about is Kayla.  We're just a few weeks away from starting Kindergarten at a new school where none of her friends from preschool will be joining her.  She's also just had her only child status squashed with the arrival of Blake.  So I really wanted a few special things that she could get excited about and that could keep her occupied right now while a lot more of my time is focused on the new baby.   Enter the FROZEN Big Sister  Gift Bag.

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DIY FROZEN Olaf Onesie

It's no secret that we have a new addition to our family.  It's also no secret that I have a child who is obsessed with FROZEN.  So while I was putting together a special big sister gift for Kayla- a FROZEN Big Sister Gift, it occurred to me that she might just get a kick out of this DIY Olaf Onesie.   You'll be amazed at how easy it is to make this DIY Olaf Onesie and seriously, what new baby doesn't love warm hugs?

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August 15, 2014

Natural Baby Gift In A Jar with Baby Bee

I created my Baby Gift In A Jar is filled with natural products from Burt's Bees Baby Bee collection as part of a sponsored post.  It makes a great customizable baby gift for a new mom. 

If you've ever spent a period of time with me at a conference, out to dinner or just hanging out at the park, then you know there is one beauty product that comes with me absolutely everywhere.  It's the pomegranate lip balm from Burt's Bees.   I love it for the color, the ingredients and how effective it is at battling chapped lips.  A few months ago I headed back to the baby aisles at Target to start thinking about which products I wanted to use with baby Blake and was pleasantly surprised by some of the options for those of us looking for natural baby care products.

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August 5, 2014

Productivity with a New Baby - Levana Ayden Video Monitor

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Levana. The opinions and text are all mine. I checked out the Levana Ayden video baby monitor and I cannot wait to use it with baby Blake! #DoMore

In the past, my husband has made fun of me for over using/abusing the word "daunting." However, I'll stand my ground and say that when you enter the world of baby gear, the choices are daunting to say the least. I mean I play with these things every day for work and I still found myself a little overwhelmed when choosing an infant car seat and a video baby monitor.

August 4, 2014

Easy Clouds & Raindrops Baby Sprinkle Decor

Want some easy baby shower or baby sprinkle decor?  I love this easy clouds and raindrops party setup.  Thanks to Joovy for their Joovy Boob bottles and Celebrate Express for providing some of the easy decor in this post!

A few months ago the idea of having a sprinkle for baby #2 had been discussed with me. In the end, I said I didn't want friends and family to go through all the trouble of throwing a party for me and for this baby.  As ironic as it sounds considering that I have a blog, I actually hate being the center of attention or the focus of a party.   However, I love celebrating other people and by now you know I love a fun, easy party setup.  SO I figured I would share this Clouds & Raindrops Baby Sprinkle party setup with you.  

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August 3, 2014

Finding Comfort During Pregnancy with ComforPedic iQ

Getting comfortable during pregnancy is tough, but thanks to Simmons for providing me with a complimentary ComforPedic iQ mattress  through Condé Nast #UpgradeYourSleep

There are several ways to get a death stare from a woman in her third trimester.  One is to ask her if she is having twins.  The only circumstance in which this is remotely okay is if you see her testing out a double stroller that holds two infant car seats.  Another is to ask her if she's feeling comfortable.  Unless she is receiving a back rub and a foot massage at that moment, the answer is almost certainly NO.

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August 1, 2014

Why We'll Bank Cord Blood & Cord Tissue for Baby #2

I'm so excited to work in partnership with Cryo-Cell to bank our baby's cells and tell our story and why we're banking cord blood and cord tissue for our new baby.  

Are you thinking about cord blood and cord tissue banking?  It's definitely been on my mind throughout this pregnancy, but it's easy to get sidetracked with older siblings, baby gear hoarding, working, growing a tiny human and all of those other things that seem to dominate your day.  BUT before you're like me - very pregnant and thinking "hmmmm, what did I forget?" you'll probably want to do a little research and make some decisions because cord blood, cord tissue and what can be done with it has definitely come a long way since our last child was born. 

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