My visit to Seattle

We’re back from a fun & busy visit to Seattle! Remind me that only having one baby is easy, but crossing 3 time zones and spending a full day traveling each way with a baby is rather tiring. Especially when your baby wants to wake up at 4 am, because it’s 7 am in her head!Eric came to attend the AWP Conference and to interview candidates for his sabbatical replacement. My mom was free that week, so I decided to come along and spend time with my youngest sister, who moved to Seattle about a year ago.WednesdayWe arrived on Tuesday evening and crashed at my sister’s house in Ballard. Eric didn’t have any conference obligations on Wednesday except for registering, so we spent the day together with my …

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Birth with Balance: share your birth story

I was recently contacted by Chelsea from the website Birth with Balance. She has created a forum and a community for birth stories and she shared both of mine–the coerced cesarean in the hospital and the VBAC homebirth. I love what she’s doing (she’s also due any moment now with her homebirth baby!) and wanted to share this resource with all of you… this is a guest post written by Chelsea, so check it out!********************As a labor and delivery nurse I am truly passionate about the process of childbirth. Though I currently work in a high-risk birthing unit I also have an interest in home births and have had the opportunity to train with Ina May Gaskin, the most famous midwife in the world. …

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$100 Amazon giveaway (Pinterest blast)

$100 Amazon giveaway (Pinterest blast) Emily Dickey posted this in GiveawaysI’ll be having one of these $100 Amazon giveaway posts each week through March! Hope one of my readers gets lucky and wins some spending money Good luck! This one is for following Pinterest pages.Makobi Scribe and Sason and Pobi are bringing you this Amazon Pinterest blast. The winner will receive an Amazon gift card for $100. The giveaway is open to Everyone Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here.Entry-FormFebruary 22nd, 2014 | Tags: Amazon, Gift Card, Giveaway | Category: Giveaways

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Nautical Spring Styles: let the countdown begin!

OMGOSH I CAN’T WAIT FOR SPRING. No, seriously. This winter has been brutal, right?!?!?! 27 DAYS TILL SPRING, but who’s counting We’re usually looking at dead grass, which isn’t pretty, but this winter we haven’t seen the grass at all. Not since before Christmas! We’re just buried over here and when you have two toddlers at home…. phew. That’s all I have to say To get me through this cold weather, I’ve been thinking about spring… planning what I want to do outside once the weather is finally nice enough, looking at old photos of summer fun, working out to get in better shape, and–of course–shopping for new clothes! I’ve been scoping out some spring styles. Remember those huge catalogs your mom would get when you were a …

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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie-rella

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie-rella Emily Dickey posted this in Reviews~Product was received to facilitate this review of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie-rella DVD. All opinions are my own.Cinderella is my favorite Disney movie and my kids both LOVE Mickey and Minnie Mouse so when I heard about the new Cinderella-inspired Minnie-rella movie, I was super excited! MAYBE more excited than my kids, haha, but when they saw the DVD they couldn’t wait to watch it. “MICKEY!!!!” Ryan told his preschool class that his dream is to go to Disney World and meet Mickey, haha.All of our Clubhouse friends want to get Minnie a present so they keep her busy and distracted with chores… yay for ideas of cleaning FUN for…

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Target Wedding Registry: gift card giveaway

~This post was written in a partnership with Target. All opinions are my own.When my husband and I got engaged, we started planning for a wedding just over a year away. Plenty of time! Right? It seems like it, and I know many people plan in much less time, but wow does it go fast! There are so many steps and a hundred bazillion details. It can definitely be stressful at times, so I say right when you feel like you need a break… go register!Creating a wedding registry was so much fun! When else do you make a big list of all your heart’s desires for starting a new life and journey with the person you love? It’s like going on a shopping spree …

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$100 Amazon Giveaway (Facebook blast)

$100 Amazon Giveaway (Facebook blast) Emily Dickey posted this in GiveawaysI’ll be having one of these $100 Amazon giveaway posts each week through March! Hope one of my readers gets lucky and wins some spending money Good luck! This one is for following Facebook pages.Makobi Scribe and Sason and Pobi are bringing you this Amazon Facebook blast. The winner will receive an Amazon gift card for $100. The giveaway is open to Everyone Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here.Entry-Form>February 14th, 2014 | Tags: Amazon, Gift Card, Giveaway | Category: Giveaways

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First-time mom looking for in-hospital breech catcher

I received a request from a first-time mom looking for a CNM or OB willing to attend a vaginal breech birth. She lives in Pittsburgh but is willing to relocate, if necessary, if her baby remains breech at term. Please email me if you have any recommendations!~~~~~I am 33 weeks pregnant (first child), and the baby has been breech since 23/24 weeks. I’m doing all of the spinning babies exercises, and planning to do acupuncture, as well as seeing an OB whom my midwives referred me to to discuss an external version. (I am seeing a group of CNMs with a freestanding birth center, but they don’t deliver breech or VBAC, and neither does anyone else in the city do breech deliveries voluntarily, as far as I …

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$100 Amazon giveaway (twitter blast)

$100 Amazon giveaway (twitter blast) Emily Dickey posted this in GiveawaysI’ll be having one of these $100 Amazon giveaway posts each week through March! Hope one of my readers gets lucky and wins some spending money Good luck!Makobi Scribe and Sason and Pobi are bringing you this Amazon Twitter blast. The winner will receive an Amazon gift card for $100. The giveaway is open to Everyone Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here.Entry-FormFebruary 9th, 2014 | Tags: Amazon, Gift Card, Giveaway | Category: Giveaways

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Natural remedies for kids: Zarbee’s (coupon)

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Zarbee’s Naturals (#ZarbeesCough). I received product samples and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.Did you know that about 10,000 kids every year are sent to the emergency room from accidental cough syrup overdoses? In 2007 the FDA stated these products were not safe for young children and many were then removed from store shelves or were labeled for ages 4 and up. So when you have little ones that need relief, where do you find it? It is miserable to see your babies not feeling well and being unable to help.natural remediesDr. Zarbock felt the same way for his 4 sons. He needed a solution and discovered a clinical trial that showed dark …

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Bloggers: get paid to work for great brands with #Markerly’s blogging network

Bloggers: get paid to work for great brands with #Markerly’s blogging network Emily Dickey posted this in Blogging~This post was written in a partnership with the blogging network Markerly. All opinions are my own.My blog started as a place to connect with friends and family when my husband and I lived out of state. It grew and turned into so much more. Now, my blog is my business and I make a very nice additional income for our family working from home. I love it!Part of how I make money is through blog networks that offer paid posts and sponsored content for influencer marketing. There are a lot of them out there so when you find one, sign up! You never know what opportunities might…

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(Chocolate Glazed) Coffee Body Scrub: Dunkin’ Donuts Mug Up!

I hope you’ve been having fun with the new theme each month for the Dunkin’ Donuts Mug Up contest! I’ve had fun sharing them with you and creating my own photos Don’t forget that there are awesome prizes up for grabs and you can enter every single day!It’s a new month (already?!) and time for a new theme! This February we want to see your Mug Love! In honor of Valentine’s Day, show us the love! We already know you love coffee… do you have a mug you love to use? Or does it have something you love on it? II grabbed one of my favorite mugs, “Love me, I’m Norwegian,” and snapped a photo in front of my favorite canvas of our kids… …

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How do you recharge for the day ahead?

Before I go to bed at night I have to have a plan of attack for the next day. I have NEVER been a morning person and having children was quite the awakening We’re up between 6-7am and they don’t know what a weekend is. And I don’t know how they do it, but they are UP and RUNNING as soon as their feet hit the floor. “Mom, I’m hungry! Let’s play a game! Mom, you forgot my drink! I need a napkin! I have to go potty!” Or from the 1-year-old: “Poooooop!” Yea. Mornings are rough. I definitely need a way to recharge for the day ahead. Along with Team Kellogg’s, here’s my Tip #28 for a Great Start: Recharge for the Day …

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We do it just to ruin your day

We lactating mothers just can’t wait to bare it all. Because we’re all exhibitionists at heart. And we want to ruin your day.Sparrow-Folk have a go at breastfeeding in public in this song “Ruin Your Day” from their debut album The Fox and the Lark.About Sparrow-Folk:Jules and Catherine first performed together in an improvised show and went on to play a fully improvised gig at a Chalk Board Tent in The Canberra Folk Festival in 2012. It was there the dream was hatched to start Sparrow-Folk. They began performing in backyards, at family events and even had a couple of small appearances at local venues like the Hellenic Club, and Smith’s Alternative Bookshop.Recently, Sparrow-Folk was named the ACT winner of …

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Canvas prints of the kids for our new office

Canvas prints of the kids for our new office Emily Dickey posted this in ReviewsI love taking photos of the kids and we have professional family photos taken at least once a year. I upload them to my computer and most of the time that’s where they sit. If I’m on top of things (I’m not.) they get uploaded to Facebook for friends and family to see or I use some in a blog post… but I want them printed and displayed in our home!I love canvas prints because they add a special touch to your photo wall—something different to stand out from printed photos. And the bigger, the better! Last summer we had photos of the kids taken and they’re my favorite! I’ve used…

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Curious Critters Volume Two by David FitzSimmons

Product was received to facilitate this review of Curious Critters. All opinions are my own.A couple of years ago we received the book Curious Critters by David FitzSimmons. Ryan was young and we were still reading basic board books, but this book quickly became a favorite. It was a must-read every day—or, really, like 12 times a day, haha. He was fascinated by the large and bright photographs, the interesting animals, and learning all of their names.Curious Critters by David FitzSimmonsI was thrilled to hear that a second edition was coming out: Curious Critters Volume Two! Of course we HAD to have it! Check out their website to see the books and sample pages. It also has lots of fun stuff: coloring pages and word …

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Birth in the caul

I want to share these two stunning photographs of babies being born in the caul. The first is from a twin birth by photographer Leilani Rogers of www.photosbylei.com.* The second photo was taken during a cesarean section and shared by Greek obstetrician Aris Tsigris. I feel such a sense of awe and mystery when I look at these pictures. Even though I’ve had four children, I still wonder how they folded up inside. Seeing a baby born, yet not fully emerged, gives me a fleeting glimpse into the hidden life of the unborn baby.This is me trying to figure out how Inga managed to fit inside of me.*You may share this photo if you give credit and include a link to Leilani …

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HomeLogic: natural cleaning products (giveaway)

Product was received from Natural HomeLogic to facilitate this review of natural cleaning products. All opinions are my own.I think my husband and I have always been environmentally conscious—his civil engineering degree is with a specialty in environmental and one of my BS degrees is in environmental science—but never so much as when we had kids. It’s just something about being solely responsible for the well-being of a helpless, tiny human being! We made a lot of changes, but one that was a priority was making sure anything that went on their skin was safe and natural. This includes skincare products like soaps and shampoos and cleaning supplies (that are inhaled or end up on their skin as they move around the house—and then possibly …

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Things I didn’t expect (when I was expecting) by Monica Dux

I caught a nasty bug yesterday and have been stuck in bed (or lying prone on the floor with 4 children climbing all over me). I started reading Monica Dux’s recent book Things I Didn’t Expect (When I Was Expecting) to keep my mind off the fever and chills and racking cough. This book is hilarious. I laughed out loud every other page. I gave up highlighting my favorite passages, because about about half the book would have been marked. Not only is Monica Dux spunky, irreverent, and witty, her observations about all the crazy s*** pregnant women put up with are also spot-on. (Yes, there is an entire chapter about poo. It’s fantastic.)I’ve been searching long and wide for a book about pregnancy and birth …

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