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Anchored East Diaper Bag

November 15, 2017 in Fashion / Product Reviews
***This post is sponsored but opinions are all my own***

You guys. I love love love finding amazing products that are totally functional for #momlife. What’s an even better bonus is if it doesn’t break the bank!

When Anchored East reached out to me, I couldn’t help but fall in love with their product. Between the price, functionality, and cuteness, I was all over their diaper bags!

It’s a designer look bag with TONS of pockets on the inside, outside, and sides. There is one pocket that has insulation, and includes a changing pad as well.

I’m all about the backpack style because you just need both hands as a mama. It has plenty of space and would be AMAZING to travel with.

The only thing I didn’t love at first was how much bigger it felt compared to other bags I’ve used, but after using it I feel ten times more organized which is a win in my book! Plus, once you put it on it doesn’t feel too big at all.

 

The best news? They’re only $49 on Amazon right now!!….whaaaa?!

Click HERE to snag yours! I’m for sure a fan.

Xo,

Aubrey

My Miracle

January 7, 2016 in Family

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I’m a strong believer in miracles. You see them everywhere whether it be with someone who is sick with a terminal disease and beats the odds, or those who miraculously survive a car accident that shouldn’t have. They happen everyday and it’s amazing to hear those stories.

Since I’ve had lots of people asking me for an update, I thought I would tell you about it on here.

At 8 weeks I found out my little baby was really struggling. Heart rate was 85 and was only measuring 6 weeks. The odds of having a healthy pregnancy were 20%.  The week after I went in again for another sonogram, I saw the numbers drop to 75 for the heart rate and knew odds weren’t going to be in my favor. Part of me thought that if I somehow put myself on some kind of “bed rest” that everything would magically be okay again. I laid in bed for days and those days turned into weeks. I would wake up and forget that I was going to lose my baby so it was like hearing the news over and over. I knew time was limited, so I would hold my toddler knowing I was holding 2 babies. I would rock him every night knowing I was rocking for 2. I considered everyday a gift. The hardest part was knowing how close they were physically but how far away it seemed until they would actually get to meet.

Right now? I’m 12 weeks. Still. But this week they couldn’t find a heartbeat. You’re probably wondering why I consider this a miracle. (Believe me it’s taken a few long days to figure it out.)

As hard as all of this is to type out, when we first heard the news I felt relieved that this baby doesn’t have to deal with physical disabilities. After the ultra sound lady held my hand and hugged me, I went into the bathroom and thanked my Heavenly Father for the time I got to hold that baby. A feeling of gratitude filled my heart when I realized the warm welcome my baby got up in heaven so recently. I believe a person is a person no matter how small (thanks dr. suess!) and I know that I will get to hold that baby again someday. You guys — THAT’s my miracle. And that’s why I believe in miracles with all my heart because not only do we get to be with our babies and families after this life but we also have a loving Savior who gives us a reason to be happy and holds us when our lives seem shattered.

He’s been holding me and is the source of any strength that I have.

So yes, I am a believer in miracles. Even when they come in ways we might not understand at the time. I’m a believer in a loving God who has a divine partnership to help moms. I feel that everyday and have grown to have a closer relationship with Him because motherhood is hard and I can’t do it without Him. (If you want to learn more of what I believe click HERE)

I know that no one talks about miscarriage. I get why. It’s heartbreaking to talk about. I’m looking through magnifying tears as I type this. But I’ve also learned how common it really is and have gained so many wonderful friends and support of those who have gone through it too. (Thank you to everyone who has reached out… I could hug you all!)

The day before we went to the doctors and they couldn’t find a heartbeat, we took some family pictures. Mostly for me, I wasn’t planning on really sharing them. Nobody takes maternity pictures at 12 weeks, and I wasn’t thrilled about putting on makeup that day, but I knew days were limited and I wanted to celebrate this baby in some way. Now when I look through them I am reminded of all of my many blessings and that one day I’ll get to hold that little baby again.

…and that’s my miracle.

Xo,

Aubrey

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Mom Brave: Denver’s Story

December 7, 2015 in Love Notes

A few months ago I wrote about being “Mom Brave” (Click HERE). I have seen COUNTLESS moms who are perfect examples of what I’m talking about. It’s amazing. The Mamahood has been a huge blessing for me to meet those mamas as well as discover their stories. There are so many miracle mamas out there as well as miracle babies. I’m excited to share with you an inspiring story from one of them.

Meet this sweet family, the Myers:

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Here is their story:

“My husband, Taylor, and I tried for almost 2 years to get pregnant and stay pregnant; we had 3 miscarriages. After seeing a fertility specialists and getting artificial insemination, we got pregnant and stayed pregnant- but not for long. This is our story….

On Sunday morning, January 25th, I woke up and threw up (I did this every morning). I stood up and immediately felt a huge gush. This was the first time I felt my “mothers intuition” kick in. I KNEW my water had broken even though this was my first baby. I was completely in shock, I was only 24 WEEKS PREGNANT.

Long story short, I ended up on strict bed rest where I was able to keep that sweet babe in for 3 more weeks! Each day was a huge victory. When I first got to the hospital I had several doctors tell me that my baby was not going to make it-I didn’t let myself believe them.

On Friday, February 13th, at only 26 weeks and 6 days pregnant, we welcomed a beautiful baby boy (we had no idea what the gender was) into the world. Denver was born weighing only 2lbs 4oz and just 13 inches long (he was the size of my husbands palm). He was immediately taken to the NICU, resuscitated and continued his development there for the next 100 days.

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While in the NICU we found out that Denver had a stage 2 & 3 brain bleeds (stage 4 is the worst). We were told that it could cause developmental delays and Cerebral Palsy but we won’t know how it affected him until he is older. Because Denver was so fragile I had to wait 10 days to hold him, and even then I only got to hold him for 5 minutes. Having a micro preemie in the NICU was full of ups and downs, like a huge roller coaster. There were too many times to count that we watched our baby turn gray from not breathing. Our hearts stopped for minutes while nurses rushed around our tiny baby as they fervently stimulated and even bagged him to get him breathing again. He received 4 blood transfusions due to the fact that his tiny body wasn’t strong enough to make enough. It was beyond the scariest 100 days of our lives.

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Denver has been on some type of oxygen support since birth. Because my water broke at 24 weeks Denver’s lungs stopped developing and he was diagnosed with chronic lung disease. His lungs were EXTREMELY underdeveloped causing him to be on a ventilator for 1 week, cpap for 4 days, high flow oxygen for 2 months, and low flow oxygen for 8 months and counting. He wears his oxygen 24/7 for the most part. We occasionally take it off for things like baths, getting dressed, and we may or may not occasionally run around the house yelling “NO TUBES!!” ?. Thankfully his lungs are improving day by day. We see a pulmonologist almost monthly and do two different inhalers morning and night.

Denver is 100% tube fed breast milk through a g-tube. He can’t eat by mouth because he aspirates it into his lungs and airways making his lung disease much worse. Because Denver doesn’t eat by mouth he doesn’t really know what being hungry feels like. He could go 10 hours without food and not realize that what he was feeling was hunger. Being tube fed has caused a huge disconnect between his belly and his mouth. Eventually he will be able to eat by mouth so we are in outpatient feeding therapy that we attend once a week. We work on putting the spoon in his mouth and mimicking what it’s like to chew and swallow. He doesn’t always love having things in his mouth because he has been a little traumatized with doctors shoving tubes and everything else in his mouth his whole life.

He also had severe GERD (acid reflux). His GERD was making his lung condition worse so he got a surgery called, Nissen Fundoplication. The Nissen surgery is preformed by wrapping the upper part of the stomach around the lower half of the esophagus. With this surgery it should be near impossible to throw up and/or reflux. But nothing is impossible to Denver ;). After about a month of having the surgery Denver started violently throwing up 2-4 times a day. He has continued to do this for 4+ months now and we still don’t know why. We have tried what seems like 1,000 different medications and adjusting his feeds to make the throwing up stop, but nothing has worked. So for now we do what we do best, we just deal with it. Denver throws up so much that we have to carry a “puke bucket” with us everywhere, he even holds on to the bucket while he throws up. It’s really sad, but also in a tiny way really cute. He is really such a strong baby!

Over the past two months Denver has developed a severely itchy, red, and very irritating skin rash. It has resulted in 4 trips to the ER, countless doctor visits, and lots and lots of tears. At times I have begged and pleaded for his skin to get better because it’s absolutely heart wrenching seeing your baby sick. This skin rash has been said to be many different things such as; severe eczema, allergies (internal & external), contact dermatitis, chronic hives, and viral rashes. We have been working with a pediatric dermatologist and allergist trying to get to the bottom of it. Luckily, in the past week we have been able to keep this unknown rash at bay with oral and topical medications. Due to some recent allergy diagnosis Denver has a chance of going into anaphylaxis shock, so we carry an Epi pen everywhere.

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Denver is currently 10 months old. He has endured more than some people will in a lifetime. Ever since Denver was born we have used the hashtag #denverstrong. It fits him perfectly, because he is absolutely STRONG.

These past 10 months Denver has taught us that God is real and miracles do happen. We have felt people’s prayers lift us up when we felt like giving up. We are unbelievably grateful to our Heavenly Father for blessing us with this baby who teaches us about the true meaning of life.

Although we don’t have all the answers to Denver’s health problems we will not stop until we get them. Having Denver has been our hardest challenge, but he is absolutely without a doubt our GREATEST blessing. We feel lucky to be his parents. He brings more joy to our lives than we could have ever imagined!”

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Thanks Savannah, for sharing your story. You are Mom Brave and I’m so touched and blessed to know you!

 

Xo,

Aubrey

Hospital Bag Checklist

October 22, 2015 in Health + Beauty

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I’m pretty sure the question a lot of moms ask more than anything else is “What should I pack in my hospital bag for when I have my baby?”. So I’ve decided to create a “master list” for moms to be able to refer to. Keep in mind, I think it’s good to keep it simple. So these are just suggestions. (Click on the items to see what brand I use or like + make sure to pin this for later!)

 

HOSPITAL BAG:

For baby:

1 or 2 Newborn outfits to go home in (The hospital will have outfits during your stay)

Boppy Pillow

Car Seat

Diaper Bag

Lotion

fingernail clippers/mittens to put over their hands

 

For Mama:

Chapstick

Pony tail holder

Your own pillow + blanket

Shampoo/Conditioner

Razor: It feels heavenly to shave your legs now that you can finally reach!

Make-up: I just brought the minimum needed like foundation and mascara unless you are wanting more for pictures.

Toothbrush

Socks

Flip Flops to shower in

Nursing Bra if you plan on nursing or anything that is “easy access” – I just wore the hospital robe the whole time and it worked!

Nipple Cream

Robe (if you want to get out of the hospital one)

Comfy, loose clothes to go home in

Pads: The hospital will give you some cute ones to wear;) but I liked having extra of my own just in case.

Snacks: protein filled are a bonus.

Phone + Phone Charger

Music/Movies: I pushed with Katy Perry blasting “Roar” because I felt like I was doing a thousand sit ups and it helped me get pumped to keep going! Everyone is so different tho, some like relaxing music on, or none at all.

Thank you cards or gifts of appreciation – for nurses/doctors/midwife

 

For Daddy:

Change of clothes

Pillow

Toothbrush/toiletries

Ipad/Laptop

Camera

Insurance card/Birth plan/Paperwork

 

What else should be added to this list? Did you regret not bringing something? Would love to hear, comment below!

 

Xo,

Aubrey

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mamahood Approved: Car Seats

September 30, 2015 in Product Reviews

When you first become a parent, how in the world are you supposed to know what to pack your hospital bag with, what car seat to get, bottles to use, or stroller to have. Ha! I remember pretending to “jog” with a stroller in the store at 35 weeks pregnant and had zero idea what to even get. I’m pretty sure I based my decision off of the color?? …. I didn’t even know what a “BOB” or “City Select” even was! (First time moms-those are like the Ferrari’s of strollers.)

So I will be doing “Mamahood Approved” posts where I will list top favorites, must haves, and brands that are brought to you by all the mamas in our community which means they are all mom tested and recommended!

Here are the top 5 recommended convertible car seats:

(Click on pics for more details on each seat)

 

1. Graco My Ride 65

2. Britax

3. Chicco Nextfit

4. Evenflo Platinum Symphony
5. Maxi Cosa Pria 70

 

My personal review: I have owned both the Graco My Ride, and the Evenflo and have to say my vote is for the Evenflo. It was so much easier to install and I felt like I didn’t have any trouble with it feeling wobbly in our car as opposed to the Graco. Every car is different, but if you happen to by chance own a Santa Fe go with the Evenflo over the Graco.

Stay tuned for more recommendations coming soon! If you have any insight or comments please leave them below!

 

Xo,

Aubrey

Aveeno Baby Soothing Bath

July 15, 2015 in Product Reviews

Hello mamas! I’m so excited to finally post my very first mamahood post. This blog and FB chat group have been so amazing and I’m so grateful to be a part of it all. I seriously have learned so much from all of you and hope that I can give back a little bit. 🙂

So I kept going back and forth this past week. What in the world should my first post be about?? I’m an esthetician and can’t wait to share some of my beauty/skin tips and tricks, but I’m also excited to share motherhood experiences, struggles, advice, etc. With so many options, it was still so hard to decide…BUT THEN yesterday we had an experience that I couldn’t wait to share.

This week is our annual trip to Chicago to visit my in-laws. Every summer, the entire family (5 sons, their wives and children) travel to Grammi and Poppi’s house for a fun-filled week. We all live across the USA from Utah to New Jersey and only get the entire family together once a year! So basically this summer trip is what we live for. Well– if any of you have been to Chicago (or this side of the country) then you know that its hot and sweaty during this time of year. Can I just say how much I hate the humidity? I know that it’s good for my skin but ew. Feeling sticky and sweaty while we play and do activities outside, really just gets to me. I’m partial to the “blow dryer in your face” type of dry heat that we get in St. George! 😉

Anyway– I started to notice that this wet, heat must be getting to my 14 month old too. I lifted up his shirt after our first day here and noticed that he had a red rash covering his back. “Um what? What is this?” Henry has never had a rash before this and I, being the first-time-mom that I am, got super nervous. I was trying to think if he had eaten something new, if I had used a different laundry detergent, etc. The list of questions just went on and on. My sister-in-law mentioned that it might be a heat rash but wasn’t sure. She recommended that we take his shirt off, get him inside and let him cool off a bit. I kept my eye on it the rest of the night but it still hadn’t changed. The next day, my sister-in-law recommended that we try a product that I had seen at the store but never tried. Aveeno Baby Soothing Bath Treatment. I love Aveeno products and knew that this colloidal oatmeal bath soak would definitely be soothing, if nothing else. So we gave it a shot! I won’t lie– the bath water looked super nasty but ‘you gotta do whatchya gotta do’.. Right? Plus, it didn’t seem to bother him one bit. We bathed like normal and that was it!

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NO JOKE– while getting his pajamas on, I noticed that the redness in the rash had seriously almost disappeared completely. I could still feel the rash and see that it was there but it literally wasn’t red anymore. The next morning I checked his back again and nothing! The rash had disappeared completely!! I was so impressed.

This product is fantastic! I’ve read so many reviews since and have realized that this product can help lots of different things. It’s mainly intended for eczema but helps so much more than that. So if your little one has dry/itchy skin, an irritated rash, eczema or anything else that needs a little moisture and soothing.. this is it! I will definitely keep this product on hand from now on.

Xo,

Liz

**Aveeno did not pay me to write this review. This is all based on my own personal experience and opinion!

Pastel Baby Shower

July 2, 2015 in DIY / For Mamas / For Mamas

You guys… if you are throwing a bride or baby shower soon, make sure to head over to PEACHY DETAILS. No joke, she saved me with this baby girl shower I did a few months ago. Not only do you get cute party details shipped to you, but she knows how to make you look good! She makes everything and is amazing at it.

 

Here’s a little tour on how it all turned out:

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I made these jars that are SUPER easy. Just grab a mason jar, paint over the outside with chalk paint as a primer and then once that dries completely, paint a few coats of the color you want it to be on top. Oh… and the faux flowers are actually from the dollar store. {Inspired by: Love of Family and Home}

 

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Isn’t this cake/cookie topper so cute? If you want the recipe for these swig cookies click HERE.

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PS. You can order this cute tassel and garland in our shop by clicking HERE, and all the other details by clicking HERE.

PSS. Shout out to this home girl next to me. She would drop anything for me and is like my Texas sister. I love her and am so grateful to have her in my life, and throw parties with her too;).

 

Xo,

Aubrey

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