Disney On Ice- Denver Giveaway!

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Disney on Ice- Follow Your Heart is coming to Denver!

We are so excited and so fortunate to be able to go. We love all things Disney in our house, I’m so excited Sawyer is finally old enough to appreciate Disney on Ice this year!

I remember going to Disney on Ice as a child and having the best time! We didn’t have much money when I was younger, but my parents always made special outings like that possible for us. My siblings and I all loved Disney movies growing up, and it was so exciting and special to see them brought to life on ice. I get all warm and tingling just thinking about it.

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Advocate for your Preemie with Prolacta

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Prolacta. All opinions are my own. I am not a medical professional. Always consult your child’s physician before making decisions about their care. Please visit my disclaimer page for more information.

In my short life, I haven’t experienced anything as stressful as the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Oliver’s time in the NICU was by far the greatest trial of my life thus far. It hurt having my baby away from me. It hurt watching him struggle. It hurt watching him regress. It hurt hearing the nurses say “it might be a while longer.” All of it hurt and I wouldn’t wish the experience on anyone.

Oliver was a little thing. Although he did extremely well and all his problems were to be expected of an infant born as early as he was, he was still tiny. I pumped my heart out at home and produced a TON of milk (you should see my freezer) for when I wasn’t with him, and breastfed him whenever I was. I was proud of myself for working hard and pumping for him so he could be on my breastmilk. Although fed is best no matter how you choose to feed your baby, I know breastmilk has everything he needed, and was the best thing for him. As a preemie, I wanted to make sure he had it. Since I wasn’t having problems with production, I knew I wanted to do it for him, no matter how unfortunate pumping may seem.

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Rodan & Fields Lash Boost…Does it Really Work?

Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Pamela Morrissey an independent Rodan & Fields consultant. All opinions are my own. Please visit my disclaimer page for more information.

We’re always hearing a lot of hype about the “next big thing”. Every company has their shining star product, the one thing that keeps customers coming back for more.

While Rodan & Fields is rumored to have a lot of great skincare products, their shining star is Lash Boost. Lash Boost is a special serum, formulated to help your eyelashes look longer, thicker, and darker. It has a number on ingredients including panthenol, which moisturizes your lashes, and biotin and and keratin, which keeps them strong (making them less likely to break or fall out).

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My Evening Skin Care Routine with Pamela Metamorphosis

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Pamela Metamorphosis. All opinions are my own. Please visit my disclaimer page for more information. 

Skin care is something I didn’t care about until recently. I washed my make up off every night, sometimes used a moisturizer, and once in a blue moon, a face mask. I didn’t know anything about skin care or why it was important.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to take better care of my skin. Skin care is pretty trendy right now, which is good because more people are being educated and investing in their skin. But we need to keep the momentum going and take care of our skin for the long haul. It is your largest organ, after all!

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You Still Deserve a Birthday! (Featuring Nothing Bundt Cakes)

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Nothing Bundt Cakes. All opinions are my own. Please visit my disclaimer page for more information. 

Ah, birthdays. Both mine and my husband’s birthdays are in November. Paired with Thanksgiving, it makes for a busy month. I’ve hear time and time again “eventually your birthday is no longer worth celebrating” “the older you get, the less you want to celebrate” “your birthday doesn’t matter once you’re an adult” .

And I’m here to say, I highly disagree.

You birthday should be even more celebrated as an adult! Especially if you have children of your own.

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Hacks for a Clean Kitchen!

Disclaimer: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias Inc. and it’s adviser. All opinions are mine alone. #PowerofDots #CollectiveBias

Cleaning the kitchen is one of my least favorite chores. Between my kids and my husband, it often feels like the kitchen is never clean. I clean it so many times per day that I may as well give up and let it be forever dirty.

But I must press on! My quest for a clean kitchen will never end! I’ve found a few easy hacks that can make keeping the kitchen clean a less daunting task. Things, that if done regularly, can keep my food fresher and my counters cleaner.

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The Most Popular Registry Items at BuyBuyBaby

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Ah, baby registries. For some reason, when we registered for Sawyer (our firstborn) it was so stressful. Everything made us argue. We spent an hour contemplating strollers. A good 40 minutes discussing the different pack n plays. Half an hour comparing the different features of car seats.

There’s just so much information to take in and when you’ve never actually had a baby before, it can seem so overwhelming.

BuyBuyBaby wants to come alongside and help you! I recently visited my local BuyBuyBaby and had them walk me through their registry process and I was really impressed! They make everything so easy and put first time parents at ease. When you enter BuyBuyBaby, you’ll locate the registry center and be greeted by a specialist. That’s right, a specialist, there solely to help you find the best products to put on your registry.

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4 Things You Should Never Apologize for as a Parent

 

 

Parenting is hard. By far the hardest thing I have ever done, and I’m sure most would agree. I tend to second guess every decision I make. Is this what’s best for them? Is this somehow going to scar them for life? What is best for their physical and mental health?
All day long.
All day long I constantly question my decisions and tactics because I know these early years will greatly shape their lives. The way we choose to raise them means everything. They will carry it with them forever, and what if we choose wrong?
Should I make sure the house is spotless and completely baby proofed? Should I bend over backwards to soley breastfeed? Should I be planning more enriching activities instead of letting them watch some tv? Should I always be on time with my kids and myself perfectly dressed? Should I stop sleeping late(ish) in the mornings? Should I get up early to prepare everyone’s breakfast?

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Fun Christmas Traditions with Gymboree

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I’m sure you’ve done it too. From about the time I was 15, until I was 22, every holiday season the words “it just doesn’t feel like Christmas!” would escape my mouth. As I got older that magical, wonderful feeling just started to fade away and I started seeing the holidays in a different way: Stressful.

There are rooms to decorate, a tree to chop down, presents to buy, malls to navigate, cookies to bake, and oh so much more. As a teenager and young adult I started to feel the pressure of the holidays more and more and it just not longer felt like Christmas.

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Dealing With Dog Anxiety- Part 2

 

There are few things more heartbreaking than a fur baby in distress. Because our pets don’t speak english, they cannot communicate their fears to us, and we cannot communicate words of comfort and affirmation that everything will be alright.

When Bennett gets anxious, we can usually calm him. Using soothing tones, giving gentle pets and belly rubs, avoiding loud noises, etc. But we can’t be there every second of every day to soothe him, and when we’re driving we can’t have him freaking out with our kids in the backseat. We needed assistance to calm Bennett when we physically could not. I always thought we were alone in our struggle with an anxious dog. I didn’t even realize there were so may other people out there dealing with their pet’s anxiety until I wrote my last post on it (read that here), but it turns out – lots of dogs experience anxiety. In fact, 75 million dogs will experience anxiety at some point, 55 million are afraid of loud noises, and 24 million have anxiety issues.

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