Wednesday, September 12, 2018

MASON'S BIRTH STORY

It is crazy that our little Mason was born over 3 weeks ago. The days have been foggy and blended together, but it seems like he has been with us forever. He brought new life to our home and fits right in with his big brothers and fur siblings! 


















Onto Masons birth story. My due date was August 18th but I technically thought it was the 11th based on my short cycle the month I got pregnant. In my head I was mentally preparing myself for an early August birth considering my first two were a week and 10 days early but of course, we all know due dates don’t really mean anything. Well, August 11th passed us by and I was still very pregnant with no signs of labor except a couple Braxton Hicks contractions which I had been having for weeks. Up until this point I was fine with going a little late. Once you have a kid or two you know how much your life is flipped upside down once the baby comes. That thought changed quickly when I got to a point where I was starting to feel claustrophobic. I can’t really explain it but it wasn’t fun and I was ready for this baby to evacuate. Rob had grounded himself from travel and was working from home some days, the kids were home from school but I was too tired to take them anywhere and we just felt like we were in limbo waiting to meet this little guy. The days were crawling and I was just waiting to go to bed hoping that I’d go into labor each night. After meeting with the Dr. on the 16th, she asked if I was ready to have this baby and I think Rob and I answered her before she was done with the question. We scheduled our induction for the next morning even though I thought 8.18.18 would have been a cool birthday, I was done. I had never been induced with my other kids so I didn’t know what to expect but I felt relieved that I knew when everything was going to happen. I didn’t have to worry about whether or not it would take us an hour to get to the hospital with traffic, whether or not my water would break in front of my 12 year old and traumatize him for life, I didn’t have to worry because we now had a plan. Although that’s when reality and fear set in that this was really happening. 

 I didn’t get much sleep on Thursday night because I was having contractions so we woke up bright and early and headed into the hospital. Knowing we were going to meet our baby that day was such a great feeling...scary but great! We got checked in and to labor and delivery, had one of my favorite almond croissants from Au Bon Pain (sorta bad and good that this was downstairs at the hospital) and got everything rolling. I broke down a couple times because I hate needles. They can never find my veins and the digging around is enough to keep me on the verge of passing out. I’m so fortunate to have Rob who is a rock in these situations. He’s so familiar with hospitals because of his line of work and his dad being a Doctor that he puts me at ease and I know I’ll be ok if he’s there. They started the pitocin around 10am and they said hopefully we’ll have a baby within 3 hrs. Well, that wasn’t as successful as we hoped because the baby wasn’t liking it. His heart rate would drop after each contraction so they had to stop it. Although it was helping to make my contractions more consistent and stronger we had to let everything progress naturally. When the Dr came in and checked me I was only 4cm dilated so we waited and I received my epidural. This had to be done twice and I’m lucky I didn’t pass out again. I really wish they didn’t have to describe what they’re doing as they’re doing it. I tried to rest a little bit because I thought I had a long night ahead of me. I’m still traumatized from my first ones birth (24 hrs of labor in the hospital and 3.5 hrs of pushing). After a couple of tricks from the nurse to try and get the baby to move into position my contractions started coming on strong. I asked the nurse if I should be feeling them and she had the anesthesiologist came back in to check to see if it was in the correct position. He told me it’s normal to feel them. With my last son I felt nothing so this was new to me. I thought I wasn’t supposed to feel anything, isn’t that what the epidural was for?? Let’s just say they weren’t fun. They started to get stronger and so the Dr. checked again 3 hrs later and I’m still only 4cm. Fear is now setting in at this point. Is his head as big as his brothers, is he not going to drop down, am I going to need a c-section, is the baby ok, am I going to be pushing for 3.5 hrs?? Then all of a sudden the pain and pressure that I felt was unreal. The nurse called for the Dr and I had gone from 4cm to 8cm rapidly. I wasn’t breathing through the contractions because I hadn’t had a birthing class in 13 years and I had no idea what I was supposed to be doing so instead I held my breath and prayed for them to stop. The opposite of what your supposed to do, right?! Then all of a sudden I said to the nurse I think he’s ready. The Dr came in and it was go time. Our little man arrived at 5:18PM on August 17th waving with his hands next to his head as he made his way into this world at 7lbs 2oz and 20 inches long. The smallest of his brothers and capturing our hearts from the moment we met him. 







Since we delivered later in the evening we didn’t get to postpartum until after visiting hours so Mason’s brothers had to wait until the next day to meet him but it was the sweetest thing I’ve ever witnessed in my life. We knew our 12 year old wasn’t really thrilled about a new baby coming and our 9 year old was acting like his older brother even though we knew he was so excited to have a baby. He’s begged for another sibling for years. Has always been obsessed with babies and his friends little siblings. He’s a natural nurturer. He scooped up his baby brother and is so in love with him. There is a BIG age gap between our kids so it’s really neat to see the interaction with the older ones and hope they'll remember these days with their baby brother. 








We’re so excited to welcome him to our family and couldn’t be more in love with him. Rob and I have both said to each other this makes us want more babies (about an hour after he was born). I’ve always wanted 4 kids but our first 2 stopped us in our tracks. So you never know what will happen but for now we’re going to enjoy this little bundle of love! 






Sunday, July 15, 2018

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE FAVORITES FOR EVERYONE & YOUR HOME

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale sale crept up on me this year because I feel like it isn't even fully summer yet. So shopping for fall clothes isn't even on my radar but we all know that this is the sale to shop for fall fashion.  It's a great time to stock up on denim, North Face, boots and so much more. I have a method to shopping this sale and that's sorting by category and luckily for you I've had a lot of sleepless nights which gave me time to scour this sale from top to bottom. I'm going to take you through each category and share my favorite picks below. A lot of these items sell out quickly but keep checking because they do restock them! I've included clothing, shoes, accessories, men, kids, baby, beauty and home.

Here are the important dates you need to know for the sale: 
Early Access: Thursday, July 12 – Thursday, July 19
Public Event: Friday, July 20 – Sunday, August 5





         

        



WOMENS CLOTHING FAVORITES:

         

        

WOMENS SHOES: 

         

        

WOMENS BAGS & ACCESSORIES:

         



MENS:

         

        
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Friday, June 29, 2018

Fourth of July Outfits for the Whole Family

Whether you're packing to go away for the 4th, hosting a picnic or off to watch the fireworks you're going to want some festive attire. I've put together some of my favorite looks for the whole family so you can enjoy the celebration! 

You can shop the looks below the pictures. 

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         Shop looks for boys: 
 
        

Shop girls looks: 

         
        

Friday, May 25, 2018

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND SALES YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS

Seriously, how is Memorial Day weekend here already? This has been the fastest month of this year so far. it's a great weekend to kick off the start of summer, picnics and a gazillion good sales! I'm sharing some of my favorites I've rounded up from the sales going on this weekend including my fashion picks and home picks! I hope everyone has a great weekend and happy shopping!





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Round up of the million sales going on this weekend:


Net-A-Porter — Take 50% off select designers. Valid 5/22.


Nordstrom — The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale is almost here! Valid 5/23-6/3.


Macy’s  Take 20% off during the Memorial Day Sale with code MEMDAY. Valid 5/23-5/28.


ShopBop  Sale’s in bloom! Save up to 40% on thousands of new warm-weather styles. Plus, free shipping & returns!


Barney's- Recieve up to 40% off
 Revolve — Take up to 50% off sale items. Valid 5/18.
Bloomingdales — Take an extra 40-50% off already-on-sale items, plus an additional 20-50% off select full-price items. Valid now through 5/28.

Loren Hope — Take an exclusive 20% off your purchase. Valid now through 6/1.


Nordstrom Rack — Clear the rack for deals up to 70% off. Valid 5/25-5/28


Ralph Lauren — Take an additional 30% off select styles. Valid 5/22-5/29.


Sole Society — Take up to 60% off sitewide. Valid 5/24-5/28.


Topman— Take up to 50% off! Valid 5/24-5/29.


Stuart Weitzman— Take up to 50% off select styles and colors. Valid 5/23-5/28.


Good American— Receive 40% off all sale items. Valid 5/23-6/5.


Cosabella— Take 30% off select sale items. Valid 5/26-5/27.


Halston— Take an additional 30% off all sale styles using code MD18. Valid 5/23-5/29.


PacSun— Enjoy $20 off orders over $100. Valid 5/15-6/17.


Kenneth Cole— Take $30 off $100 and $50 off $150 with code SAVEMORE (excludes select sale items).


South Moon Under—Take 15% off your purchase using code NEWDAY. Valid 5/17-5/31.


Wayfair—Save up to 70% sitewide. Valid 5/21-5/29.


Madewell— Take 20% off select dresses using code PRETTYPLEASE. Valid 5/22.

  

Asos – 20% off full price and mark down with code EVERY20.


Serena and Lily—Take 20% off everything using code SUNNYDAYS20. Valid 5/23-5/29.


Lulu and Georgia—15% OFF ANY purchase of $300+ with code: LONGWKND15, 20% OFF ANY purchase of $600+ with code: LONGWKND20, 25% OFF ANY purchase of $900+ with code: LONGWKND25. Valid 5/22-5/29.


Alternative Apparel—Get 40% Off Site-wide using code URFAMILY. Valid 5/23-5/28.


Stella and Dot—Save up to 50% off. Valid now, while inventory lasts.


Andrew Marc—Up to 75% off sitewide. Valid 5/22-5/29.


Joe’s Jeans— Save 25% Off Sitewide + Select New arrivals with code SHOPSUMMER. Valid 5/22-5/29.


White and Warren— Receive an additional 25% off sale items using code HEATISON25. Valid 5/24-5/28.


Banana Republic— Take 40% off your entire purchase. Valid 5/23-5/28.


Ulta— Discover daily beauty deals and receive up to 50% off your favorite brands. Valid now-6/2



Home Sales:

This Memorial Day Weekend, Art.com will offer 60% off wall-ready framed art and 40% off everything else.

Even if you're not buying a whole new piece of furniture, you can make your home a little bit nicer with some discounted flowers. Bouqs is offering a "Double Blooms" promotion now through May 28. If you purchase a deluxe size Bouq, you can get it at the price of an original with code "MORESUN."

Burrow's Memorial Day sale won't actually end until June 3. During the sale, you can get $100 off purchases over $1,000, $200 off purchases over $1,300, $300 off purchases over $1,700, $400 off purchases over $2,000, and finally, $500 off purchases over $2,500.

Campaign seating is $100 off now through May 28. Customers can use code "SITANDCHILL" to get the discount on any chair, loveseat, or sofa.

Crane & Canopy is offering up to 50% off select bedding, duvet covers, and sheets through May 29.
Today through May 28, get 20% off white frames with the custom framing site's "white hot" Memorial Day Sale. Enter code 'WHITEHOT' at checkout.
Now through Monday, May 28, get an extra 20% off and free shipping on home goods, furniture, kitchen tools, and bedding at Macy's. Use the code "MEMDAY" at checkout to take advantage of the savings.
Overstock is offering up to 70% off on everything from area rugs to patio furniture, as well as additional saving on certain brands. Get an extra 15% off select furniture by Corvus, an extra 10% off select furniture by Christopher Knight Home, and an extra 30% off select rugs by Nourison.

With its biggest memorial day sale ever, Pier 1 is offering up to 50% off. Plus, all of its outdoor items are on sale. When you spend $1,000 or more, you can get free delivery with the promo code "FREEHD."
This isn't specific to Memorial Day, but it is specific to spring ending and summer beginning. Sur La Table is now offering up to 65% off spring clearance items.
Right now, Target is offering up to 30% off on home goods. It's also adding an extra 15% off on patio items, furniture, rugs, and Casper mattresses, a brand Target formed an exclusive partnership with in May 2017. This Memorial Day sale is valid on online purchases only. Simply used the promo code "HERO" to take advantage of the deals.
On Wayfair.com, you can now get up to 70% off on bedding, kitchen and dining furniture, wall art and decor, kitchenware, and mattresses. The website is also offering up to 65% off living room, patio, and bedroom furniture, as well as 60% off on lighting. These deals and more are available through Memorial Day.
William Sonoma is also having a spring clearance sale right now, offering up to 70% off on select cookware, dishes, kitchen tools, appliances, and more.
 

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