When Preeclampsia Steals Your Family Plan

Isn't it amazing how you can make all the plans you want, but everything can turn out so differently? Nothing is ever guaranteed.  There are days when I'm so thankful for the life I have, but I still feel a bit of an emptiness over things that weren't meant to be. That's hitting me especially hard now that my last baby is closer to 3 than 2. When Ben and I were newlyweds in our very early 20's we would often sit down and discuss our "family plan". There were talks about how many kids we wanted to have. We began planning for 3, but knowing that there has only been 1 boy in each … [Read more...]

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Be a Part of the Nestlé® Pure Life® Ripple Effect

Thank you Nestlé® Pure Life® for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. Do you struggle to get your kids to drink enough water? Getting my oldest daughter to drink water has always been a battle. She says she hates the taste of water, so she's not touching it unless she has no other option. With all the sugary drinks that are available to our kids why would she want to choose the boring healthier option? I am constantly trying to think of new ways to get my daughter to drink more water. Kids in America aren't drinking the amount of water they need. A new study released by Nestlé® … [Read more...]

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Thirty Million Words: Building A Child’s Brain

Did you know that parent language is the single most powerful tool in shaping the brain of a child? It’s that simple, according to Dr. Dana Suskind, author of the latest book, Thirty Million Words: Building A Child’s Brain, (Dutton, September 2015). A cochlear implant surgeon at the University of Chicago and Founder and Director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative, Dr. Suskind argues that all parents can – and need to – harness the power of their words to shape their child’s future educational success. “No matter the language, the culture, the nuance of vocabulary or the … [Read more...]

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May Is Preeclampsia Awareness Month

As a 2 time Preeclampsia survivor I have a special place in my heart for preeclampsia awareness. Preeclampsia was first described by Hippocrates around 400BC. Today we still know very little about this disorder that (combined with other hypertensive disorders) results in 76,000 maternal and 500,000 infant deaths each year. What is preeclampsia? Preeclampsia is a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy and the postpartum period that affects 5-8% of all pregnancies. The disorder rapidly progresses putting the lives of both mother and baby in danger. Preeclampsia is characterized by high blood … [Read more...]

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Keeping Germs at Bay

Just when we thought we would see this Winter pass us by without a single flake, the snow decided to hit full force. I'm usually a sucker for a good snow. I love seeing everything covered in white.   I love building snowmen with the kids, sledding down the hill, and enjoying a little bit of downtime from the hectic pace life usually brings on a daily basis. As with a lot of small southern towns ours completely shuts down during snow, so you really have no choice but to stay at home. I guess you could also say I'm the typical southerner who gets all excited to see the snow, but I … [Read more...]

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