0 In home decor/ Lifestyle

La-Z Boy Petmate Collection

La-Z Boy Petmate Collection
This post is sponsored by La-Z Boy but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

La-Z Boy now has their own pet collection so you can truly pamper your pooch in style.  And even better, their pieces will look good in any room in your home.

If you’re like me, you work hard to give your dog (and your kids) a better life. And if your furbaby is anything like mine, they spend the majority of their day lounging around so obviously we want them to be comfortable. So when I heard that La-Z Boy was coming out with a pet collection, I knew I had to try it out.

A little back story…

My husband surprised me one year for my birthday by getting me our dog Lola. We were newly engaged and just moved into our first home and I had been wanting a furbaby of my own.  Lola was our “furst born” as I like to say. From the very first night we brought her home, she slept with us in our bed, although my husband was reluctant (he didn’t really have a choice haha).  A few years ago, Lola suffered a tragic spinal cord injury that resulted in extensive back surgery and physical therapy. She luckily made a miraculous recovery but since then we’ve had to restrict her activity a bit. So with everything that she’s been through, I only give my sweet girl the best!

Puggle Puppy

La-Z Boy Petmate Collection

Although Lola can no longer sleep with us, she still sleeps in our room. The La-Z Boy Lakewood Lounger is a beautiful addition to our bedroom with it’s tufted design. There’s plenty of room for Lola to curl up for a snooze, or sprawl out and soak up the sun streaming through the window. I always say, “She didn’t choose the Pug Life, the Pug Life Chose Her.” And the quality fabric makes it durable and easy to clean.

La-Z Boy Petmate Collection

Pet furniture that looks great in your home, cleans easily and is comfortable for your pets is a win-win in my book!

Click here to shop the La-Z Boy Petmate Collection

 

 

 

0 In Motherhood/ pregnancy/ Uncategorized

Tips for preparing for your birth from a labor and delivery nurse

tips for preparing for your birth from a labor and delivery nurse
This post is sponsored by Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.,but all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

You’ve got the nursery organized, the carseat installed and your freezer stocked with freezer meals, but are you truly prepared for the birth of your baby? Preparing for the birth of your baby is an exciting time, but is also a time of information overload, and lots of emotions as well. As a labor and delivery nurse, one thing that I have learned is that each birth is different and unique, and there is no way to predict how things are going to go. Yet, there are some things that you can do to be prepared.

Here are some ways to prepare for your birth from a labor and delivery nurse:

  1. Familiarize yourself with the birthing process. Education is key to helping dissolve any fears and build your confidence. The more you can become educated on the birhting process, the more comfortable you can become with what to expect. MyBirthPlan.com is an excellent resource for both new and experienced mamas to educate yourself on different topics and situations surrounding birth as well as an opportunity to create your birth plan, create a “what to pack” checklist, and more. One topic that I find especially important for new mothers is to be familiar with the birthing process and the stages of labor. Read more about the stages of labor here.tips for preparing for your birth from a labor and delivery nurse
  2. Take some childbirth classes. Classes are a great way for you and your partner to learn different relaxation techniques and coping mechanisms to help you through labor. In addition, they are also a great way for your partner or support person to learn how they can best support you throughout the birthing process. There are many different kinds of classes from Lamaze, to the Bradley Method to Hypnobirthing. You can reach out to your obstetrician or midwife or the hospital in which you plan to give birth to see what classes they offer. Some classes even include a tour of the hospital or birthing center as well.tips for preparing for your birth from a labor and delivery nurse
  3. Create some sort of birth plan. As a labor and delivery nurse, I do remind women that birth may not always go the way they had planned, and at the end of the day, the best plan is a healthy mom and baby. But it’s a good idea to have some sort of idea as to what’s important to you and your partner and have a discussion ahead of time with your obstetrician or midwife. And most moms feel comfortable knowing that they have a plan in place should certain situations arise. My BirthPlan was created with the expertise of OBs and the perspective of moms to help moms-to-be prepare for the birth of their baby as well as to serve as an educational resource.

When I was pregnant with my first baby, I had envisioned going into labor naturally and having an uncomplicated vaginal delivery. However, at 37 weeks, I found myself being induced for high blood pressure. (You can read more about the different reasons for induction here.) Typically the induction process starts with some sort of cervical ripening, especially for first time moms. (Click here to familiarize yourself with the induction process).

Even though I was a labor and delivery nurse and familiar with the different methods of induction, at the time being in that situation, I wasn’t thinking as a nurse.  I was a sleep deprived mom in that hospital bed and all of my clinical thinking and reasoning went out the window. However, had I had somewhat of a plan in place in the event that induction was necessary, I would have discussed with my provider the different cervical ripening methods and played a more active role in the decision making. In the end, the outcome wasn’t what I had envisioned, but both myself and baby were healthy and that was all that mattered.

 

tips for preparing for the birth of your baby from a labor and delivery nurse

While every birth plan may look different and certainly isn’t set in stone, education is the key to being prepared for your birth. Head on over to MyBirthPlan.com where you can create your own customized birth plan as well as have access to various educational resources and tools.

 

0 In favorites/ friday favorites/ Lifestyle

Friday Favorites July Edition

This post contains affiliate links meaning I make a small commission.

Happy Friday, and Happy last Friday of July! I can’t believe August will be here next week, this summer is flying by! It’s been awhile so I thought I’d do a Friday Favorites July Edition, with all the things I’m loving on this month!

If you’ve been following my Instagram, you know that the end of June we welcomed another sweet boy into our family, making us a party of 4.  So July was pretty much a whirlwind, learning how to juggle two kids and settling into our new routine. I will say, summer is the best time to have a baby! That sunshine has been great for the body and mind! So with that in mind, this month’s Friday Favorites are a mix of things to make momlife a little easier and summer stuff!

Friday Favorites July Edition

Dockatot – When I had my first babe, I had never heard of a Dockatot, let alone know what one was. He was an awful sleeper, unless we co-slept, which meant mama didn’t get any sleep which was horrible for my anxiety (see where this is going?). So when it came time for Baby #2, I did a little research and Dockatot was gracious enough to send me their product and let me tell you, it has been a God-send. This lounger recreates a feeling like baby is in the womb, making them feel snug and secure.  My little guy sleeps throughout the night and so does mama! It’s also great for travel. We take it with us everywhere, going to the pool, the drive-ins, and the beach. They also now have the option where you can get the cabana kit to shade your little one from the sun. I just got one and plan to use it when we go on vacation next week.

Dockatot

Dockatot cabana kit

Shaker and Vine Wine Bar– This one is for all my followers who are local to the Capital District area. Schenectady has some really nice new restaurants and bars including this place which did not disappoint. My mom and sisters took me to Shaker and Vine for my birthday and it was fabulous! I mean who doesn’t love a waterfront, self serve wine bar? It’s a great place to go out with your girlfriends or for a nice little date night.

Shaker and Vine Wine Bar

 

Shaker and Vine Wine Bar

Amazon Bathing Suits – If you didn’t see my bathing suit try on in my Instagram stories last week, I’m linking them here.

I love this halter one piece by Cupshe.

cupshe one piece halter bathing suit

I also bought this one piece with ruffle flounce top. It has a built in tummy control to help slim your midsection and easy removable straps.

one piece bathing suit on Amazon

 

Drive Up groceries to go – The thought of going to the market with a toddler and a newborn in tow makes me crazy.  Plus, in the summer, I’m all about simplifying things so that I have more time to spend outside with family and friends.  I started using grocery pickup towards the end of my pregnancy and its been so helpful while out on maternity leave.  It’s also a great way to save money because you can see how much your cart adds up to before clicking submit.  And when you’re not in the store, there’s no opportunity for impulse purchases.

 

Summer Beach Reads – Elin Hildebrand is by far my favorite author when it comes to picking summer beach reads. Most of her stories take place in Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard that make you feel like you’re right on the island. My top picks by her are Castaways and Summerland.

Summer Beach Reads

Summer Beach Reads

 

What are some of your favorite things from July?

 

 

1 In Baby/ Baby gift

Creative Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Creative Baby Shower Gift Ideas
This post is sponsored by Linqia but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

 

So someone you know is having a baby. You want to gift them something special but don’t know what. I’m sharing some of my favorite creative baby shower gift ideas they are sure to love.

 

1.) Something handmade or personal – I love handmade, personalized gifts. One of my favorite handmade gifts that I received at my shower was a toy box that was made by my aunt and uncle. My mom and sisters displayed it at my baby shower and people each brought a book to start the baby’s library and stacked them on the toy box.

Some of my other favorite ideas are a personalized blanket with the months so that mama can capture those monthly photos to see how much baby has grown.

Another cute idea is this wooden sign you can personalize with baby’s name to be hung in the nursery. I got one for each of my boys from Hickory Hollow Designs and they are gorgeous!

Creative Baby Showr Gift Ideas

 

2.) Newborn photography session – My sister’s gave this to us when I had my first and I was so glad that they did. With everything I had going on, I never would have thought on my own to book a photographer to take photos when we came home. And those photos, I will treasure them forever.

Newborn photography

3.) Invest in their future – Whether you have a newborn or a teenager, it’s never too early to start saving for higher education. With the NY’s 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan, parents and family members can start putting away money for college now so that it’s less loans they or their children will have to take out later. It’s something you can always contribute to, so when birthdays start rolling around you always have a go to thoughtful gift. Plus, they have an easy gifting portal called UGift that allows you to give friends and family members a unique code to add to your 529 account My parent’s did a 529 plan with my sisters and I growing up and it was definitely helpful since higher education is very expensive and we were able to choose any eligible school, this includes vocation, trade schools, community colleges and graduate schools! For more information go to NYsaves.org.

Creative Baby Showr Gift Ideas - college savings plan

What are some things that you received for your baby shower that was your favorite gift?

 

Disclosures:

  • Up to $10,000 is deductible annually from New York State taxable income for married couples filing jointly; single taxpayers can deduct up to $5,000 annually. State tax benefits for non-resident New York taxpayers may vary. State tax deductions may be subject to recapture in certain circumstances such as rollovers to another state’s 529 plan, nonqualified withdrawls, or withdrawls used to pay expenses for tuition in connection with enrollment or attendance at an elementary or secondary public, private or religious school. Please consult your tax advisor.
  • Investment returns are not garuanteed, and you could lose money by investing in New York’s 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan.
  • For more information about New York’s 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan, download a Disclosure Booklet and Tuition Savings Agreement at http://www.nysaves.org or request one by calling 877-NYSAVES (877-697-2837). This document includes investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses and other information. You should read and consider them carefully before investing.
  • Before you invest, consider wither your or the beneficiary’s home state offers any state tax or other benefits that are only available for investments in that state’s 529 plan. Other state benefits may include financial aid, scholarship funds, and protection from creditors. 
  • The Comptroller of the State of New York and the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation are the Program Administrators and are responsible for implementing and administering the Direct Plan.
  • Ascensus Broker Dealer Services, LLC, serves as Program Manager and, in connection with its affiliates, provides recordkeeping and administrative support services and is responsible for day-to-day operations of the Direct Plan. The Vanguard Group, Inc., serves as the Investment Manager. Vanguard Marketing Corporation provides marketing and distribution services to the Direct Plan.
  • No guarantee: None of the State of New York, its agencies, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), The Vanguard Group, Inc., Ascensus Broker Dealer Services, LLC, nor any of their applicable affiliates insures accounts or guarantees the principal deposited therein or any investment returns on any account or investment portfolio.
  • New York’s 529 College Savings Program currently includes two separate 529 plans. The Direct Plan is sold directly by the Program. You may also participate in the Advisor Plan, which is sold exclusively through financial advisors and has different investment options ad higher fees and expenses as well as financial advisor compensation.