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November 2016

November 18, 2016

Ohh Groupon

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine

As thanksgiving comes and passes and the year comes to a close , faster than last year which I don’t even know how that’s possible, and Christmas sneaks around so do work, church, and friends Christmas parties. 

Which means fun, good food and  not always so good gifts. 
If you are anything like me, you scramble till the last minute because stores are pack and get there a little too late and everything is ugly and not really usable so you take the gift card route or re-gifting. You know you did it! ðŸ˜‰ 
But this year Groupon is here to help!
If you’re a mom you know Mickey Mouse clubhouse and you know Toodles…. Toodles is the tool that is always there with everything the gang needs.  Toodles to the rescued, as they say it.
This year I’m calling my own Toodles otherwise known as Groupon, because it has everything I need in one spot without leaving the comfort of my home, or couch!
And let’s not forget the awesome prices. Prices that let you buy more spending the same. 
Happy husband ; check
Even happier wife; check
These are a few things I’m loving:

Check out more amazing deals here
In good old’ Mickey style “can you help me call our friend”.  
“Ohhh Groupon” 
November 17, 2016

A timepiece and a Giveaway by Jord Watches

As women, we were jewelry on a basis. Some of us choose simple and sleek and others like to go bold. I find myself right in the middle of that equation. 

As much as I love a sleek clean piece , I love big huge pieces that direct your eye straight to the piece. Something that catches your attention from across the room and leaves you wondering what and where it is. 
In reality, I wish it was because I have an eye for fashion but…. its really not. 
I like simple. Very simple and wearing a tee and jeans some days may leave me feeling down.  Going out to make an errand or to the mall in my mom uniform (leggings/ jeans and a tee) sometimes doesn’t make me feel my best, but I like to make a statement. Whether its is adding a scarf, hat or jewelry  accessories makes my outfit stand out and makes me feel goooood! 🙂
 So when I saw this watch I knew I had to have it. It was a must in my collection. Aside from it being natural wood and sleek the face and simplicity caught my attention. I can pair it with heavy accessories or light and the watch still makes its mark.
And that’s exactly why I teamed up with the amazing people at Jord to introduce you to the best timepiece you’ll ever want!
My handsome hubby, who has a slight obsession with watches is now adding one to his Christmas wishlist. And let me tell you this boy wants one and I mean WANTS one!
 I love this watch so much my others have been hiding out in their boxes as I can’t take mine off.
This watch is truly a timepiece. The details make it! It’s beautifully made, light and comfortable.
And because I know once you saw all the prettiness you would want one too, you have a chance to win a $75 e-gift code to apply to anyone of their watches!


…. And because black Friday is almost here they have made this deal even sweeter by automatically giving you a $20 gift code! You like..! 😉

So go enter and make this holiday season count with your own timepiece!

This post was sponsored by Jord Wood Watches. All opinions are my own
November 10, 2016

Bella’s birth; A prolapsed cord story

This story is our story. In no means, I’m putting this story to scare anyone but instead, I’m hoping to educate many of you  that like me had no idea that this complication even existed. 
The day I became a mom, is a day I will never forget.

Bella was born via C-section due to a cord prolapsed. Cord-Prolapsed is a complication that doesn’t happen often, statics say is about 1 in 300, and it’s where the umbilical cord comes, or falls out before the baby!  This means that the main supply of oxygen to the baby is compromised and may cause abnormalities or even death on the baby if not taken out in time. All of the stated above is the reason why it has taken me so long to talk about it, but the fact that I have a healthy baby girl makes it worth telling.

Here is our story:

I had a great pregnancy from begging to end. At 20 weeks I started having Braxton Hicks and was put on a slight bed rest but by the next appointment I was off, and then came the day my water broke.

The morning of March 17th came and I had my 38-week appointment early since my doctor was going out of town the next day. She checks me and I was at 2cm and 90 effaced. Since it was my first baby she said it could take a couple of days, and that she would see me next week.

I was devastated. I wanted to hold my Bella and truly I was already too tired, too out of breath and everything hurt.
I came home and laid down , talked to my husband, cried a little and took a nap.
At 10:30, as I was getting up I heard something funny but kept on with my day. Helped out in our home daycare, but by 1 pm I had already had 4 changes of clothes.

In my head, I never even thought my water had broken.  I was expecting a water show and that was nothing like it.
So if you are reading this and have not had a baby don’t except a water show like the movies. It doesn’t always happen like that.
At 5 pm one of the moms in the daycare, an L&D nurse, came to pick up her daughters and I remember asking if this could be pee. First-time mom: check!

She told me she was going to get me a test strip to check if it was amniotic fluid or pee and just to lay low, but I had plans to take her older daughter , my first baby, to the Cinderella movie and I was not about to back out.
 In all of this Lester was playing soccer and even though I told him we really thought it was nothing!

 After the movie, I drop my babe off and picked up the test strip and went home.

I took the test  and after a very blue strip I called Lester and told him to come home slowly as I had zero pain. I finished packing a few bags as he showered and we called the doctor who told us to meet her at the hospital.

Packed up the car  and took my birthing ball and towel on board. We prayed and headed to the hospital which was 7 minutes away. Yes, we measured it a few times! Again first time parents. 🙂

At 12 am on March 18th the hospital confirmed that it was amniotic fluid and started my Pitocin.

Going into this, I had no birthing plan except that I wanted to go as natural as possible.
I was admitted and my Pitocin was started, 6 , now we know that the amount was  set too high. We believe that it had to do with the fact I was getting close to the 24-hour mark of my water breaking but we don’t really know.
 Soon after that, my Pitocin went up to 8 and the contractions started coming and hard. I labored for 2 hours,to only advance to 4cm, with contractions at 100 and a few times with Bella’s heartbeat at 0. Every single time it happened we were told that the monitor was defective.
After the 5th time, the heart monitor went that low, I was told I had to stay in the bed and that’s when things went downhill.
 I started experiencing back labor and the pain was too much to handle so I was given a muscle relaxer which dropped my blood pressure to 42/55. This was the first time my room got filled with nurses and doctors waking me up and putting me on my side.
At 6 am my contractions were back and lasting a little over 1 min with 15 seconds off and then back again. My doctor came and asked if I wanted  an epidural and I tried my best to stay put but by 8 am ( March 18th) I couldn’t take it.

 So I gave in and got an epidural.

Bella’s heart was not doing any better and once our new nurse came in she got worried and called our doctor. A few minutes later our doctor came in to check on Bella’s heart and me on last time before leaving (remember she was going on vacation) the nurse pulled her aside and showed her the chart. She examined the chart and explained that since they were losing her heartbeat so often she was going to put an internal monitor on her head.

Keep in mind that when your water breaks they try not to check you as often  to avoid infection so I  hadn’t been checked in a few hours, and when my doctor lifted the sheets she discovered my cord hanging out.

My mom was next to her and all I remember was she got white as paper. I clinched to Lester’s hand as hard as I could.
From there on it was a blur. I remember my doctor screaming out codes, doctors all around me, nurses taking my earrings and jewelry off, handing Lester papers and pushing my mom aside.
As my doctor screamed to everyone around us I understood we need an emergency C-section and only had minutes to take her out.
As they started to wheel me off all I could think was this was a nightmare.
 It wasn’t happening. 
I quickly began to look around me as I came back to the reality of what was going on as a male doctor joined us running to the OR pushing my ribs down to keep Bella from moving and a pretty blonde nurse sat at the end of my bed holding Bella’s head. We got to the doors where Lester had to stay and I couldn’t let him go. Lester is the sane was, the calm one my rock and comfort. And today he was the hand holding me while my floor was literally falling.

 This all happened within 2 minutes but they were the longest two minutes in the world. I grabbed my doctors hand and told her I need my husband with me and I begged harder than I ever had. She got him scrubs but little did we know that he had no time absolutely to even get the shoes on.
 I kid you not it was like a scene, a horrible scene, taken out of a movie and to top it off when we got to the OR hall they realized that the OR was not ready. (Set up)

 I just remember them pushing me in the room anyways, as I watched the doors close behind me leaving Lester on the other side . In the room, my doctor kept repeating make the OR ready now and the squirming of people around me and all I could do was cry.
I got on the table and they started squirting liquid on my belly and on she went to cut. Because they were in such a rush to get her out I didn’t get the hand ties and the drape was put up came after I saw her cut.
The room became silent as my doctor told me “here she comes”

Followed by no cry….
I think at this point my body had just had too much!

I pulled on my anesthesiologist coat and asked my doctor over and over again why she wasn’t crying.
As much as I hated that moment, the no cry moment, I knew she was ok. I knew that God had given us this child and was not going to take her away.

…. and all the sudden there it was. The most beautiful sound I have ever heard. After this, I don’t remember much other than telling Lester to stay with Bella.

Lester says that he was allowed to come in after Bella was born and they took the baby to us and I saw her and told him to leave with her.

I woke up a few hours later shaking in a recovery room with too many blankets to count and a heater at the end of the bed , an oxygen mask and the most beautiful baby on my breast.

She had the sweetest face ever and was our dream come true. At that moment I knew it was all worth it.
 Every single step was worth it.
March 18th goes down in my history as the worst day turned into the best day of my life. I’m so thankful to God for allowing us surpass this hurdle and become parents to the biggest light in our world.

Cord prolapsed is one of the many complications that can happen during labor. 
This was our. 
Just like everything in our life all the glory is to God.

 For not only holding Bella through this but also giving our doctor and staff the knowledge of what and how to deliver Bella, as neither of them had ever experienced a prolapsed cord only read about it.

And thank you for reading this extremely long post! 😉
November 1, 2016

Happy Baby, Happy Life

 Do you know the quote “happy wife , happy life”? Well I’m here tell you they missed a part..
Happy baby, happy wife and happy wife mean a happy life. Makes alot more sense now right?!

It’s amazing that such a small person has so much handle in our lives, but babies rule the world.
Without talking the make us listen.
Without lifting a finger they got us in wrap around that same little finger.
Without even taking their first breath they take ours away.
So you see, they do run the world!

But the amount of happiness these tiny humans bring us is extraordinary and that’s why I’m excited to partner with Gerber® Good Start® to bring you our formula for happiness.

When Bella was a baby there are a few thing that helped us and that still help us today as my sweet girl moves from baby to toddler.

1. Naps.
Babies are unpredictable and always changing so you will have to see what works for you and tweak it a few times. For us naps are necessary and always a must. Bella needed to nap 2-3 per day as a baby, then switch to 2 times a day and once she was 15 months we went down to 1 nap a day. Now my 18 month old needs again 2 naps to have a good day! Doctors say that sleeping allows our kids to grown and it nourishes their body in many ways and this mama needs them too.

2. Play time
 Sometimes we think that since our kids are little that playtime is not as necessary but on the contrary is what helps them grow. We started playing with Bella when she was 6 weeks. We played on her mat, played music and exercise her little body and by 5 months she was crawling. Needless to say Bella has always been super active and by 9 months we had a walker and has been none stop ever since then.

3. Feeding
If you ever thought that being a new mom is an adventure try finding good, and nourishing food. Whether breastfeeding or formula feeding you as the parent know best and as a consumer your opinions matter. For years parents have asked the big companies to provide formulas with better ingredients and Gerber® Good Start® had done just that by providing us with a non-GMO’s formula. As a mom nothing makes me happier that when my daughter and my needs are met.
 When Bella was baby we mixed formula and breast milk and now as a toddler we still go to Gerber® for many of our needs. Including Yogurt drops, Puffs and Gerber® Good Start® toddler formula for those long days when her teeth have bothered her too much or simply she was too picky and decided not to eat.


This is our formula for a happy baby! What is your #Formulaforhappiness?

Click here to know more about Gerber® Good Start® Formula and to share more #happiness here is a coupon just for you!