I wanted to share this opportunity with you all. If you’re local to this, you might want to check it out! Enjoy!
Happy St. Patty’s Day, from my silly leprechauns!
These adorable Jammies by Hélene Lauré are the first product dedicated to supporting the fight against postpartum depression! Ten percent of the profit from Jammies is donated to Postpartum Progress, an organization dedicated to helping mothers and babies who struggle with Postpartum Depression.
I love the sweet little jar these Jammies come in. Be sure to check out the website and think about ordering Jammies for the next baby shower you attend!
Note: I was not compensated for this post. I just think this is a super adorable product and a very worthy cause!
Honestly, I don’t know why I held out for so long. The first time I used a Keurig was the other week at the car dealership and I was immediately in love. I got an amazing deal on this mini Keurig (over 50% off!). It’s my super early birthday gift.
This post brought to you by NMEDA. All opinions are 100% mine.
There are over 18 million people in the U.S. and Canada who are currently living with mobility issues, and six million of those people are veterans. According to a poll sponsored by the National Organization on Disabilities, about a third of people with disabilities reported that inadequate transportation was a problem. Mobility is the key to freedom and independence, and NMEDA is working to make that a possibility for millions of people.
NMEDA, the National Mobility Equipment Dealer Association, is a non-profit trade association of mobility equipment dealers, manufacturers, driver rehabilitation specialists and other professionals that are dedicated to helping people with disabilities drive or be transported in modified vehicles. NMEDA works to offer excellent solutions to positively impact the lives of those living with disabiliites.
More than 600 members of NMEDA adhere to the safety standards of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as well as the standards set by NMEDA itself. The guidelines, updated yearly, provide detailed recommended practices on equipment modifications and installation. NMEDA's Quality Assurance Program (QAP) is a recognized accreditation program by the mobility equipment industry, and was developed to promote safety, reliability and quality. You may find a NMEDA QAP accredited dealer through their website.
All NMEDA QAP dealers offer 24-hour local emergency assistance, on-site sales and support as well as in-person individual evaluations. If you purchase a vehicle online or through a non-NMEDA dealer, you probably will not receive the same level of service as you would if you were to visit a NMEDA QAP (Quality Assurance Program) Dealer for mobility solutions.
It's so important for individuals with disabilities to have a wheelchair accessible vehicle, providing them with independence and freedom. We live on a university campus and park our vehicle next to a student with a wheelchair accessible vehicle. It's so awesome to me that she is able to not only be here living on campus, but to have the additional independence of a vehicle to get to where she wants to go.
Please visit NMEDA's website to learn more about adaptive equipment their members provide, and to locate a QAP accredited dealer!
First we were going to buy a minivan, then we were going to forgo buying a new vehicle and make our little Hyundai Elantra work. After testing out two car seats, we realized that wasn’t an option. We went back to the drawing board and decided we wanted an SUV.
I just was NOT ready to dive into minivan ownership. Not only did I want to keep somewhat of an identity as myself and not just “a mom” (I’m only 25, after all!), I wasn’t ready to compromise too much on the amazing gas mileage that our Elantra gave us.
We decided on this beautiful 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe. It has all wheel drive for our, uh, lovely Wisconsin winters, enough space for our soon-to-be family of four, and still looks sporty and awesome. I’m so excited!
I squeezed my pregnant belly into my Donald Driver jersey today in honor of the great Packer player, and great man, that is retiring today. Happy Retirement Day, DD! Thank you for devoting your awesomeness to my beloved Green Bay Packers for so many years. You’re my favorite Packer, and your story is so inspirational!
I’m so bummed, you guys. I thought for sure that we’d be able to squeeze two kidlets into the backseat of our Hyundai Elantra. We purchased Baby Deuce’s carseat recently and tried to make both seats fit in last night. There was no way it was going to work.
Several months ago, we toyed with the idea of purchasing a minivan. Then we decided that we would make our Elantra work so that we didn’t need to spend the money on a new vehicle. Now we have no choice because our car is too small! I’m so sad!
I love our little Elantra. Hubster and I bought it shortly after we got married, not really thinking that we’d have kids so soon. It has been great for maintenance and gets amazing gas mileage. It’s fun to drive and has the moonroof I always wanted. I wish we didn’t have to get rid of it.
We’re looking at SUVs, because they get better gas mileage than a minivan. We’ll need two vehicles once we eventually move off-campus, so perhaps we’ll invest in a minivan at that point. For now, I don’t want to compromise on the gas mileage! I’m bummed because we’ll need to finance the vehicle. In the past, I’ve always purchased a car outright, but we don’t have the savings for that right now. Bah humbug!
This post brought to you by No nonsense. All opinions are 100% mine.
I admit, my budget for my own clothes has taken a serious hit since becoming a mom. Now I'm more focused on buying cute clothes for my son than for myself! My fashion goal these days is about functionality and purpose; so instead of buying 5 different pieces, I focus more on finding a few pieces that can be used in multiple ways.
No nonsense tights and leggings are great for my budget and for stretching the functionality of my wardrobe. For under $10 for tights or $25 for leggings, I can add a pop of color and change the appearance of an outfit. Admittedly, all of the dresses in my closet are neutral colors because I find them to be less intimidating to pull off. The affordability of No nonsense allows me to add a pop of color without being committed to an expensive dress.
Here is an example of how No nonsense works for me:
Are you making any resolutions this year? I’ve decided to go with goals instead of “resolutions.” There are certain things that I want to accomplish in 2013, but if things don’t go according to plan then I’m cool with that. If life has taught me anything, it’s that nothing ever goes according to plan.
- Have a successful delivery with Baby Deuce! I have to admit, I’m relieved that this delivery will be a scheduled c-section and I don’t have to try and push another kid out of me. That didn’t go so well last time.
- Lose the baby weight before Christmas. I’m not too concerned about this one. I’ve passed the halfway mark in my pregnancy and I’ve lost a few pounds thus far. I think it’s a realistic goal to be pre-pregnancy weight (perhaps a bit lighter!) by Christmas 2013.
- Run a 5k before the end of the year. I won’t get the clearance to work out until July, so I’m setting a goal of only one 5k by the end of 2013 so that I have time to condition myself for it.
- Check off 5 things on my 30 Before 30 list.
- Work on scheduling more date nights with Hubster. We’ve gotten really bad at this. It’s so much easier to stay in and not pay a babysitter than it is to go out and spend time together. I know that it’s important to stay connected, and I want to do a better job at scheduling “two of us” time in 2013!
I’d love to hear your goals for 2013 in the comments!
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As a first-time mom, one of my biggest concerns about C was that he was growing properly. C has been considered underweight by some doctors, but he has been steadily in the fifth percentile for weight for over a year. I think this is just where C naturally falls on the weight scale! I still worry about him a lot on days he refuses to eat anything other than crackers.
BabyCalculators.com has released a Baby Growth Chart Widget that bloggers can put right on their websites. This online growth chart uses the international standards developed by the World Health Organization, and the percentiles in the chart represent child growth rates in an optimal environment. A main thing that fellow mom bloggers pointed out to me when C was classified as underweight was to make sure that my pediatrician was following these World Health Organization standards.
This widget is ideal for mom blogs, because it makes them more engaging, entices visitors to stay on your site longer and to come back in the future to use the tool again. The widget is configurable to fit nicely into most sites, and you may configure it to use either metric or U.S. measuring systems based on your reading audience.
I plan to install this widget on my site, since I regularly track C's growth. Hopefully my readers will enjoy having it handy here as well. It is user-friendly and the results can be saved as an image or printed for records!