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October 19, 2016

My First Month as a Parent

New parent tips for dealing with newborns

I’ve been a parent for 6 weeks now and boy has it been a learning experience. Today I’m going to share with you the products and practices that helped keep me and Chris sane during the month and half so far. This post has been sponsored by UPRIGHT, an innovative product that helps train your posture – which has been so helpful to me when it comes to breastfeeding.

Before I share these new parent tips, have you noticed anything different? Don’t you love the new blog makeover? I’m so happy to finally be in the 21st century now. I’ve loved my blog look over the years, but my site has never been easy to use on mobile so I’m glad to have upgraded.

Now, onto my tips. Don’t forget to comment your thoughts on both this topic and my new site. I’d love to know your opinion.

When you become a parent, suddenly your whole life and all of your time belongs to someone else and that is not an easy transition to make. Chris and I have had some trouble “shifting” our identity, so to speak. No matter how much you love your child, transitioning into a caregiver role changes you and that’s not always easy to cope with.

Here are the three things that have helped with the process.
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In Review, Sponsored on
October 3, 2016

Amazfit Unboxing and Review

Hello Kind Friends, today I’m excited to share with you a sponsored look at the Amazfit step and sleep tracker. I’ve been really into wearable fitness jewelry the past few years, especially since my introduction to the Bellabeat LEAF, since these adorable pieces make me want to wear them and track my daily steps. Check out the Amazfit review below.

The Amazfit Moonbeam and Equator

As a mom to a newborn (He turned one month old yesterday! Wow I’m flipping out.) I have baby weight on the mind, but I know I need to help my body recover before I jump straight into working out again. Keeping track of my steps and making sure I take frequent walks has been the way I’ve been easing into things before I get the okay from my doctor to start running again. My dog Mustache is certainly enjoying all the extra walks! My Pokemon Buddy is enjoying the extra candy too… (Yes, I’m still playing Pokemon GO.)

Check out more details about the Amazfit below and see more in my video review…

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September 7, 2016

Jack Douglas Cortes – 6 lbs, 15 oz – September 2, 2016

It’s official, Chris and I made a baby. With our own hands! …Or bodies. Either way, this is our creation. Probably the best thing we’ll ever do. This little cutie pie is going to take over the world.

It all started the week of August 22, when I caught a pretty nasty cold. If you know anything about me, you know this is a big deal. I don’t get sick. At all. It’s just not a thing my body does. So when I told my doctor I had fever and the shakes for a week, she told me to come in as soon as I could because she wanted to check me out and possibly induce me. I told her I’d give it a little more to get better before coming in. And I did get better! I was really hoping Jack could stay in my womb for a little longer, but that wasn’t part of his plan it seems! So I was feeling pretty good on Wednesday, August 31, when I did come into the office for my checkup.


So I was feeling pretty good on Wednesday, August 31, when I did come into the office for my checkup.

But then during my pelvic exam, my OBGYN says “Are you sure your not feeling contractions already?” Cue the panic. “No. Why?”

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In Reading, Review on
August 21, 2016

Review and Giveaway: The Curse of the Sphinx & Demigods and Monsters by Raye Wagner

The Curse of the Sphinx and Demigods and Monsters Giveaway by Raye Wagner

Hi Kind Friends! Today we have a review and giveaway for The Curse of the Sphinx and Demigods and Monsters by Raye Wagner, books 1 and 2 in the Sphinx series. I’ve been noticing a resurgence in mythological based Young Adult books lately. Have you seen it too?

The Sphinx series follows Hope as she first tries to keep hidden from the beings sent to kill her (in book one) and then as she tries to break the curse that has befallen her family for centuries (in book two). This curse forces her to transform into a “monster”, a sphinx, for a few days out of each month. Can she break the curse?

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August 4, 2016

Book Review and Giveaway: There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane

BookTube Tour and Blog Tour - There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane

Hello, Kind Friends! Today I’m bringing to you a book review video from the LovingDemBooks BookTubeTour group. This month I’m featuring There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane and it’s one of my favorite reads so far this year. I’m sure you all will love it!

Here is the book synopsis:

Peace. Love. Order. Dome. That’s the motto that the Order has given the residents of Dome 1618 to live by. Natalia Greyes is a resident of Dome 1618, a covered city protected from the deadly radiation that has poisoned the world outside for four generations. Nat never questioned the Order, until one day she sees a stranger on the outside of her dome. Now Nat wants answers. What else might her government be hiding from the good and loyal people of Dome 1618?

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July 12, 2016

Third Trimester Update – 7 Month Pregnancy Symptoms (31 Weeks)

I am seven months pregnant, holy crap!

Hey there, Kind Friends. Today I’m going into some details about my seventh month of pregnancy. It’s insane to me that I have less than two months to go until Chris and I get to meet the little alien/monkey in my stomach (also known as Jack).

As of the time I’m writing this, I’m 31 weeks pregnant, so one week shy of eight months. Insert my freaking out face here, because I just did that math now and I had no idea I was already almost done with my seventh month! To say I feel underprepared is an understatement, especially since Chris and I are just starting to set up the house now and don’t even have a crib or car seat yet. Yeah, it’s #CrunchTime.

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