Friday, November 14, 2014

New Baby, New Worries: #RSVAwareness for World Prematurity Day

*This is part of a sponsored collaboration with MedImmune and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.*
Ever since the little minion joined the population we have been discussing illness, vaccinations, germs and health. See, soon after delivering my nephew, my sister got sick and it made for some very difficult days. Thankfully, everyone made it through the flu without the baby ever getting sick-- but man, was it hard to juggle. 

He's such a pretty baby. 

As hard as it is to make sure a newborn baby does not get sick, its even more important to ensure that a preemie stays healthy. We've had two preemies in the family too-- twins. Premature infants are so much more susceptible to viruses, and those viruses seem to be so much more taxing on their tiny bodies.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a relatively common virus that accompanies flu season, and while all babies are at risk of contracting it and falling ill, premature infants have an increased risk of severe RSV. The 17th is World Prematurity Day, and to bring more awareness to RSV risks to infants, this infographic was put together. 

When the twins were infants, we had a strict no sick people policy, and we limited their outings to doctor visits-- of which they had a lot. We were able to keep them from getting any flu or cold too. Keeping the house clean, especially the areas where baby is going to be, is important too. We've been using natural disinfectant baby wipes for that, and cleaning bed sheets and covers like clockwork. 

These are all things that you can easily do to prevent disease. There are more tips for prevention at, and more information about this childhood illness that can take a toll on the entire family. 

With flu season on the way its important that we do everything we can to keep babies healthy and happy. Speak to your pediatrician about RSV disease and any additional steps they might recommend you take. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ready for Winter with Dreft

*Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Dreft. All opinions are 100% mine.*

There is a newborn in the family! Yes, my sister finally had her son and he is veritably the cutest baby I've ever met. Knowing that she had a baby and that Dreft was a brand I trusted in the past, I told her she had to give it a try.

I know Dreft was what my mom, and so many other mothers have been using for over 80 years, because of its safe and hypoallergenic formula. As it gets colder, and winter approaches, we are bound to wrap babies up more often, in more clothing and fabric, and my nephew loves to be snuggled. 

It's already cold up here, so its important to use fabric and blankets that are tough enough to protect his newborn skin from biting wind, but also soft and gentle enough to be safe for his skin. Because Dreft is hypoallergenic, its become the number one choice for mom's with babies. 

Dreft sent us their laundry detergent, stain remover and a to go stain stick. They also sent along some of their home cleaning products, I didn't even know they had those, including odor eliminator and fabric refresher and Dreft wipes.

Almost right after my nephew was born a really bad virus struck, so it was a race to wipe down every surface, and doing so with products that were still safe for baby was difficult. Had I known that Dreft made the wipes, I would've brought those over for my sister, but we have been using them like mad since then to make sure that there are no lingering bugs. 
Now that everyone is healthy again, its great to just have time to cuddle. Seriously, my nephew is the best cuddlebug! 

My sister even started a blog, That's Not My Boob, to talk about her journey as a mom-- and about my nephew's propensity for latching on to things. Check it out to see what she thinks of Dreft so far.  :)   

If you'd like to give Dreft a try, there is a $2 off coupon on the website that you can print off right now. This week (Oct. 30, 9-10ET) there is also a Twitter party, I know how much y'all love those, to talk about Dreft and of course there will be prize giveaways. RSVP here.

And, Dreft has offered to send a giveaway package to one of my readers!

Prize includes:
• 2 bottles of Dreft (RV $38)
• 1 set of Dreft wipes (RV $10)
• 1 laundry stain remover (RV $5)
• 1 to-go stain remover (RV $4)
• 1 odor eliminator and fabric refresher (RV $5)
• $30 gift card for Little Me clothing (RV $30)
• Little Me footie pajamas (RV $16)  
Winner must be 18+ and provide U.S mailing address. Winner must respond in 48 hours for prize reporting.
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Saturday Morning Etsy Blackholes

Its been a while, too long really, since I was sucked into Etsy for the better part of a morning. Lazy Saturdays are perfect for that though, right?
How Zorro spends his Saturdays :)
I used to have a busy Etsy shopped, that I closed, and then opened up a new one that I was too busy to fill and keep going. But, now that I am on another giant purge and feeling super crafty-- it's a fall thing-- I've been super tempted to start stocking it with cool finds again. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sharing My Purple Purse Story to End Financial Abuse

*This is a compensated blog post in collaboration with Allstate Foundation® and Latina Bloggers Connect. Everything stated is my own opinion, and my story*
If you had to walk out on your life right now, right this very second, do you think you could do it? This is not an exercise asking what 3 things you would grab from your house if it was burning or what you want to be stranded on a deserted island with. Rather, I'm asking you to think about the things that keep you where you are, doing what you do and staying with the people you are with. Could you really walk out on all of that?

As much as we like to think money and finances shouldn't and don't control our lives, they do. It's the reason why so many women stay in abusive relationships,

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Astronauts, Launches, a Kickstarter from @SpaceFlightGrp and #ISSRDC

I've never met anyone that had the opportunity to see a shuttle or rocket launch and wasn't changed by it. Most of us become addicted, lining the streets, bridges and nearby waterways to feel that rumble. 

Three years ago today, I was sitting on the banks of the Indian River, with my three sisters, hoping to see my first and last shuttle launch.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Disney On Ice is Back in Chicago!

Disney on Ice is back! Before I had a couple little tastes of Disney, you couldn't convince me it was at all entertaining. But then I went to Disney World, actually watched a couple of the films and last year I went to Disney on Ice. So much fun!

Disney on Ice is coming back to Chicago in just a couple weeks, and I have a ticket promo for all my blog readers that want to go. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Canyon Rafting With The Adventure Company! #Travel #Adventure

Finding good, safe outfitters when you are traveling is always important. I like to do a little research before every trip, but there are some times when you are traveling without concrete plans that you need to make a choice on the go. 

Got some information in my email today about The Adventure Company and thought I would share it with my readers. I know a lot of you are always looking for travel ideas for the family.