>> Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Congratulations! Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by October 28, 11:59pm PST to claim your prize, or another winner will be chosen.
>> Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Going from one child to two was a very hard transition for me. In fact, my daughter just turned 10 months, and I'm still adjusting. I needed to see this when I read my weekly update from baby center today!
>> Friday, October 21, 2011
We were sent the 30x40 Pink Swirl/Chocolate Lush blanket, and my daughter absolutely LOVES it! It's incredibly soft, with a luxuriously smooth and soft chocolate lush side, and slightly textured pink swirls on the other, with a minky boarder. One thing that I was extrememely happy and surprised by, was how thick it is. It's really thick and REALLY warm.
Perfect for my shorts wearing daughter. Despite her summer wardrobe choices, she's all cozy and warm thanks to Saranoni. Saranoni blankets are also machine washable and wash really well compared to others we've had. Hands down, Saranoni blankets are a favorite in our house!
Here's how to enter: (leave a comment for each entry completed)
1. Visit Saranoni and comment on your favorite blanket design.
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6. Post one of our buttons on your blog and leave the link (one entry for each)
7. Enter our Vittoria dress giveaway
Giveaway open until Thursday, November 3rd 11:59pm PST. Winner will be chosen by random.org. Good luck!
>> Wednesday, October 19, 2011
If you haven't already, be sure to enter the Milan Maternity Vittoria Dress Giveaway!
Halloween will be here in just a few weeks! And for those of us that celebrate being pregnant during Halloween can be even more fun, or it can be yet another thing to worry about. If you are looking for the perfect thing for you and your baby bump to wear this Halloween, here are a few ideas.
If you're not into dressing up, this t-shirt from Cafe Press might be a good option for you.
Or if you want to bring a little more sarcasm into it, there is also this one from Cafe Press.If you would like to go with a more predictable costume, you could always eccentuate your bun in the oven with this costume.Or perhaps, you'd really like to put it out there, litterally, for all the world to see. In which case the belly painting kit would be perfect.The possibilites with this are endless. A pumpkin, fish tank, basketball or softball, globe, watermelon....the list goes on and on. What costume ideas do you have or have used in the past to dress your bump?
>> Monday, October 17, 2011
I am a nursing mother. I am also a mother that dresses up at least once a week. And I am a mother that likes to wear dresses. Dresses and nursing aren't always a good mix, which is why I love the Vittoria dress.
It's a super cute dress made specifically for pregnancy AND nursing. I always get compliments when I wear it, and people are none the wiser that it's a maternity/nursing dress. And lucky for me, the dress transitions perfectly from summer (matched with flip flops or sandals) to cooler weather, matched with....
Or perhaps you want to spice it up a bit but still stay comfy and go with these cute ballet flats from Rebel.
Or perhaps you are more of a boot girl, and want to pair the Vittoria dress with these awesome boots by Libby Edelman
As you see, the transition possibilities to fall/winter with the Vittoria dress are endless!
Giveaway open until Monday October 23, 11:59
>> Friday, October 14, 2011
I have had my eye on the Baby Bullet ever since I saw the infomercial for it months ago. I never thought I would want to make my own baby food but the Baby Bullet made me feel like I should. The only problem was the price. Since my attempts to feed my daugher baby food have all failed, I couldn't decide if it would be worth it.
>> Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Meet Megan. Also known as MNMspecial. She is a wife to an Air Force husband, which means she has moved her family A LOT in the past 10 years. She is mom to 4 kids, the youngest of which is a sweet little baby born in July.
Here's what Megan had to say.
The first time you were pregnant, was there anything about it that completely surprised you or that you wish you had know about being pregnant?
Honestly, I was shocked to be pregnant because I was told for years it wouldn't happen so I had no clue about anything.
Have you announced your pregnancies to your husband or family members in any fun and memorable ways? Our fourth baby was given the same due date as our first. We arranged to tell our family at Christmas just as we had nine years earlier. We had our two year old change her Little Sister shirt to a Big Sister shirt in the same color and waited for anyone that notice. It was a fun time.
Have you found any tricks that work really well for you with morning sickness?
I had morning sickness a lot. I ate a lot of cold cereal and drank ginger ale all day long. I even sucked on sour candies when I was running around town.
What have you found to entertain and keep your kids busy when you've been too drained?
I turned on movies in my bedroom with a child lock on the door so they couldn't escape while they watched and I drifted in and out. The one time I didn't I had waterproof mascara all over my brand new cream colored couch!
With your first child, was there anything you wish you had known about labor that you weren't prepared for?
That you have the right to be the boss.
What things help your older children adjust to having a new baby in the home?We have a five year span between the older two and the third child. They thought that the baby would come home and play video games and run outside with them. They weren't ready for the crying and the lack of movement. We bought books at the hospital about being older siblings. The toddler also got a book and a baby doll to practice with.
With all of the moving around your family has to do, how do you help your children adjust with each move?
We pack a tote bag for the car with their favorite stuffed animal, favorite blanket, and pictures of family members. We talk a lot about the new town and new house before we leave. I also let them pick out new paint colors or decorations for their bedrooms.
What are some of your children's favorite activities to do during the day?My oldest two are in school now, but they have started dance classes and an archery class to meet friends. My toddler is a busy little girl that believes she is a princess. During the day we have tea parties, watch princess movies, and play dress up.
As mothers we have some special moments with our children that we always remember and cherish. Do you mind sharing one or two of those experiences?
My older kids were asked to sing in church in front of a lot of people in a program. The song was difficult and they only had a few days to practice. They sang beautifully and there was not a dry eye in the audience.
Who has been a great example for you as a mother and what have you learned from that person?Of course I am going to say my mom, but I have taken a lot from my grandmother because she raised the woman I wish I was like, although I'm not.
When you are having a rough day, and counting down the hours until your husband gets home so you can get a break, what is it that you are looking forward to do as a stress reliever?
Sitting down and having some adult conversation.
When we are pregnant or have kids, it seems like we get all sorts of advice, wanted or not, from all sorts of people. What is one of the best pieces of advice you have gotten?Hire a babysitter. I do all the time. If I need to get out and my husband is working or I just want to spend time with him, we leave for an hour or so.
Have you ever had one of those moments where you felt like you just couldn't handle it, and what got you through that?
I have those moments all the time with four kids and one of them with special needs. Sometimes there is screaming all day and brotherly/sisterly fighting. My grandmother's voice rings clearly in my head, "This to shall pass". She tells me this quite often.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a mother?
The thank you they give you after you wipe their bottoms, pour them a glass of milk, kiss their booboos, read a story and hug them tight.
>> Monday, October 10, 2011
>> Friday, October 7, 2011
If there is one thing us women know how to do (generally speaking) it's talk...a lot. Which turns out to be a good thing when it comes to our babies.
>> Wednesday, October 5, 2011
>> Monday, October 3, 2011
One of the most important things I learned from my parents was the importance of dating even after having children. Actually, I didn't really learn how important it was until I started having children myself. My parents went on a date every week when they had kids at home. Actually, they still go on dates every week. I remember my mom telling me how important it is to keep dating, and I remember her telling me that even if you are broke and all of your money goes to the babysitter, still go out even if it means having dinner at McDonald's. (Or Old McDonald's as my son calls it.)