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Category Archives: Pregnancy & Postpartum

Sunscreen Tips You May Not Know About

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My family loves to go to the lake. We all waterski, swim, tube, wakeboard, wakesurf, and play in the sand. The kid cousins have a riot playing together and the time always goes by way too fast! Going to the lake is one of the funnest things to do for us. Growing up my family

Top 5 Pregnancy Exercise Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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It’s amazing how being pregnant changes almost every aspect of your life—almost immediately. Where you’d once sit down to make detailed life plans for you and your partner, you now incorporate a little third person in the planning too. The news of your baby’s arrival impacts everything, from your thoughts to your actions. You religiously

The Pros and Cons of Breastfeeding-For Women Only!

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When I was pregnant with my first, I was excited to breastfeed. My mother breastfed her five babies. My sister and sister-in-law breastfed theirs. I was an avid researcher and read up on the benefits of nursing (which were everywhere online). I was expecting a beautiful nursing experience. After all, 99% of what I read

Championing Motherhood Community

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Do you talk to your best friend about credit card debt? Do you post about your never ending bills on Facebook? Do you have anyone to talk to about how the paycheck never seems to cover everything? Who do you go to when you and your husband argue (esp. about money)? At girl’s night out

How to Save Money on Pregnancy-Related Medical Bills

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There are some awesome ways to save money on medical bills during pregnancy, labor, and post partum. Some I found after searching for hours online and talking to insurance representatives for my first pregnancy. And a few I didn’t find until my second pregnancy and really wished I had known about them for my first!

Unique Gender Reveal

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I love seeing how others reveal the gender of their soon-to-be son/daughter to their spouse, friends and families. Recently, I realized that I hadn’t shared our gender reveal. So here it is. I went to FetalStudio at the South Towne Center Mall in Sandy, UT. The earliest they will try a pregnancy gender verification is

Labor Bag Packing List- For the Minimalist

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I wrote the 11 Secrets to Have in Your Labor Bag -FOR WOMEN ONLY (found here) which has helped many first-time and expecting mothers find out (or remember) which items are important for postpartum recovery and healing. Then I wrote a detailed packing list for mom, dad, and siblings (if applicable) here. Although these have

Breastfeeding Check-off List

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Although I was unable to breastfeed very long with my son (story here), I’ve had a much better experience with my daughter. Things have been going really well. Before I sit down to feed my baby I go over the acronym TWEP to make sure each feeding goes well. I created this acronym to be able

Detailed Labor Packing List for Mom, Dad, Baby, and Siblings

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I wrote a highly viewed post about what to take to the hospital and have for the recovery period that no one ever talks about here. It is called 11 Secrets to Have in Your Labor Bag (That you probably haven’t heard of) – For Women ONLY . So I’ll just mention those 11 things as one bullet

Best Tips for Giving Birth

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I rarely share a blog post in a personal diary style. The reason why is because I started this blog/website to provide useful information to others and I think that a diary format does not lend itself to being as useful as other formats. But there are exceptions to almost every rule and today is one

Cars, Planes, Trains, Boats, Bicycles, and Trucks… Transportation Baby Shower

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  Recently my friend and I threw a shower for our good friend Bonnie.  I did the decorations, invitations, favors, and food tags. She made the all of the delicious food. We had a great time planning it and it was a very relaxed and enjoyable shower. I’m going to apologize in advance that the photography isn’t

How to Make a Crib or Toddler Blanket

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For both my son’s and daughter’s nurseries I’ve wanted to make custom crib blankets to match the color scheme, theme, and decor. I’ve been very happy with the crib/toddler blanket I made for my son so I wanted to make a very similar one for my daughter. It doesn’t take very much skill to make

7 Simple Tips to Combat Morning Sickness

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UPDATE- This is no longer 3 simple things because during my second pregnancy I found more. So below are 7 simple ways to combat morning sickness. Pregnancy cravings can get pretty intense. I remember having multiple vivid dreams when pregnant with my son about Krispy Kreme donuts. Finally, one morning after waking up from a

How to Customize, Recover, and/or Reupholster a Crib Bumper Pad

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With both my son’s and daughter’s nurseries I’ve wanted custom crib bumper pads… and I didn’t want to pay hundreds for them either! My mom helped me with my son’s and I felt comfortable enough to make my daughter’s. It really isn’t that hard to do. If you can sew a straight line you can

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