August 27, 2014

The Ultimate New Dad Gift - Intel 2 in 1

Thanks to Intel for giving me the chance to try the Acer Aspire Switch 2 in 1.  I think it makes the perfect gift for a new dad and here's why #Intel2in1

When you think of baby gifts, I'm going to imagine that blankets, strollers, and teeny tiny outfits fill your mind.  If the man in your life if like the one in mine, then these things make his eyes glaze over.  Knowing that 90+% of the things making their way into our home in the last few months would make a woman's ovaries quiver and put a man to sleep, I was looking for the perfect gift to give Craig as we started our journey on this crazy adventure called parenting for the second time.  

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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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