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Great Savings on RO*TEL at Walmart!

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Are you creating a big snacking spread for the Big Tournament? Looking for ways to spice up game day and save money at the same time? My favorite go-to ingredient is now in sale! Its such a versatile canned good, and I use it in many dishes that our family likes to eat. #JustAddRotel is the perfect way to spice up your favorite recipes. From guacamole to pot roast sliders, adding a can of RO*TEL makes a traditional game day recipe into something extraordinary. Click this link to print a Walmart coupon where you buy 3 cans of RO*TEL, you will get 1 can free!

Hurry, this coupon expires on April 6th and is only while supplies last!
Be sure to look for RO*TEL in either the Pasta or Hispanic aisle in Walmart!

Creating my dream bathroom with help from Carpet One

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Now that baby girl has finally made her appearance, I’m going to need some help getting the house in shape. That being said, I’m going to need a little bit of help achieving some goals around the house. Since we’ll be expecting plenty of visitors in the next month or so, I really wanted to transition our bathroom from a kid’s bathroom to a more inviting, grown up space for guests. Our guest bathroom is very small, so transforming it shouldn’t take a whole lot of effort, however there’s no way that I’m going to be laying tiles after having a baby. So why do it yourself when you can have a fast, professional job done for you? Here’s what I’m working with…

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I consulted with my local Carpet On retailer for some advice on changing out our vinyl floors with some brand new tiles. I knew better than to tackle this project by myself by watching my in-laws experience with tile installation. The easy part is ripping out the vinyl – then unless you know exactly where to begin, that’s where problems can occur. Sometimes it’s worth NOT doing it yourself, or #DDIY *Don’t do it yourself”. See how some #DDIY projects can easily go south by viewing some of the hilarious videos put together by Carpet One.

I really wanted to take a modern approach, something that would exude elegance and I think I found it with this tile.

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I love the grey/white blend and also the timeless linear pattern that won’t be outdated anytime soon. It’s on the pricey side, but my bathroom is no more than 35 sq feet and a fixed up bathroom adds tremendous re-sale value to your home.

So here’s my plan…

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a. Fabrique Field Tile Polished – By Carpet One $8.95 per sq ft

b. GODMORGON / EDEBOVIKEN Sink cabinet with 2 drawers, black-brown – By IKEA $349

c. GODMORGON Mirror cabinet with 2 doors – by IKEA $170

e. Fieldcrest® Luxury Bath Runner (Molten Lead) – Target $39.99

f. Threshold™ Textured 3-pc. Bath Towel Set (Radiant Grey) – Target $17.97

h. Geo Stone Bath Coordinates - Target $9.99 – $29.99

g. On The Double Step Stool – Land of Nod – $69.00

i. Threshold™ Pintuck Shower Curtain – Target – $24.99

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I went to visit my local Carpet One store and found out they will come to your home with their samples and give you a free consultation & room measurement – no leaving the house is necessary! For someone in my situation, I couldn’t ask for better. When you have small children and pets, its a relief to know that they even offer healthier living installation to minimize irritants, dust and odors to encourage better air quality in customer’s  homes. Each Carpet One store is locally owned and operated by folks who live in your community. I’m all about hiring local, so this is the perfect option for us – they have tons of great flooring, free consultations AND all their staff are expert designers ready to help you visualize your project. Carpet One even promises to REDO your floor if you’re not completely satisfied – who does that??

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Be sure to check out the #DDIY sale that’s going on 3/6/15 through 4/19/15 at your local Carpet One because you can enjoy up to a $500 instant rebate (10% off) on select hardwood, tile, laminate, LVT and more. If carpet is what you seek, save up to 50% off select Lee’s carpets! You’ve got nothing to lose because there’s no obligation to purchase if you have a home consultation.

What would your dream room be like?

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Pack your hospital bag for labor and delivery – Everything you will possibly need for you and baby

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

So it looks like Monday or Tuesday of this week will be it! My due date is not for the 22nd, but since I’m having some complications with blood pressure and been on bed rest, the schedule has been moved up. My hospital bag has been packed for some time now, and I’ve put alot of thought into what I want to have with me. Next to clothing and toiletries, I highly recommend a birth plan as I speak from experience. I decided to skip it with my first delivery and things did not transpire as I imagined they would, resulting in a few things I still feel sour about.

Since I’ve been here before, I’ve put together a list of what I’m taking with me to the hospital for my planned c-section.

1. Comfy clothing

My comfortable outfit of choice these past 2 months have been loose t-shirts and yoga pants – specifically the ones from Target. I like them because instead of folding the printed side over, you can pull it up over your belly and it stays up nicely. For c-section mamas, this will cover your incision area, and you may be wearing these for the following week or two while you heal. Also, once you start to get your pre-pregnancy body back, these should still fit you.

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

2. Granny panties

I bought a brand new package of these sexy skivvies for the sole purpose of them being ruined. They are also nice for c-section mamas, because it will sit high on your waist, covering your incision and any bandages. Plus, ugly as they may be, they are comfy.

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

3. Nursing bra or sports bra

If you plan to breastfeed, you will probably want to wear something where you can easily pull one out to feed baby. If you plan to bottle feed, you’ll just want something comfy! Myself personally, I have one of my favorite sports bras packed.

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

4. Snacks

These are not the “in case you get hungry” snacks, because the hospital usually has a nice menu for you to choose from. These are meant for helping you accomplish that dreaded #2 that your attending nurse will keep asking you about. With the mix of hormones running through your veins (or lack of) it can wreak havoc on your digestive system. Plus, going to the bathroom is going to hurt especially if you had a c-section… Alot. Save yourself some discomfort and stock up on fiber snacks to help you.

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

5. Toiletries

  1. Shampoo
  2. Conditioner
  3. Body gel
  4. Toothbrush & toothpaste
  5. Facial wash
  6. Razor
  7. Small poof
  8. Hair brush
  9. Lip balm

Not shown:

  1. Mouthwash
  2. Emery board
  3. Hemorrhoid wipes & cream
  4. Deodorant
  5. Hair dryer

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

6. Makeup

If you like to wear makeup, spending 10 minutes to make yourself feel pretty will be worth it!

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

7.  Flip flops

The hospital shower floor kinda grosses me out, so flip flops help save my feet!

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

8. A towel from home

The hospital will likely provide towels for you, but they won’t be the lush ones you are used to from home. I’m not sure what to expect from my hospital, so I’m bringing one of my own.

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

9. Slippers & Robe

These are nice to have when you are walking the halls either during or after the labor process. The doctor will also encourage you to do some walking post-op to help you re-gain use of your legs. Bring old ones!

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

10. Socks

It can get cold in the hospital and you might wish you had some!

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

11. Electronics

I love my tech gear, so I’m bringing my iPad & phone with their respective chargers.

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

Also, its been my experience with hospitals that plug outlets are NOWHERE near the bed you will be sitting in most of the time. An extension cord to power your devices will make life so much easier.

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

12. Camera equipment

I can’t be without my camera gear!

  1. Point and shoot camera OR
  2. DSLR camera & lenses
  3. Camera chargers
  4. Speedlight
  5. Extra batteries for the speedlight
  6. Video camera to record the birth PLUS charger
  7. Extra SD cards
  8. Lens wipes

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

13. A gift for big brother / big sister

If this is your second/third/fourth child, it is important not to forget them. Everything will be all about the new baby, and the last thing you want is for them to feel left out. When JP gets to meet his baby sister for the first time, I plan on giving him some small, but meaningful gifts – a book and a t-shirt so he still feels loved and included.

http://www.amazon.com/Threadrock-SECURITY-Little-Sister-T-Shirt/dp/B00GWZE5TE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1425873551&sr=8-1&keywords=security+for+my+little+sister

Of course, there’s baby’s bag too! I’ve got this packed in my diaper bag

1. Photo session props

Most hospitals have an in-hospital professional photo service that takes baby’s first portraits. If it’s something you’re interested in – have a nice outfit, a fuzzy, solid colored blanket and be prepared to spend anywhere between 100-400$ on a package.

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2. Going home outfit

When I first saw this too-cute-for-words outfit, I knew it was perfect. After all, I’m not having any more babies – so why not go all out? I found this at a local shop that specializes in baby clothing.

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3. Some normal outfits

I realize that baby will be most comfy in just a onesie and a swaddle. So I’m bringing some newborn clothing too.

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4. Heirloom blanket

My mom likes to knit, and she’s knit countless things for baby girl. This was used as JP’s receiving blanket, so there’s something special to me about using it for her too.

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

Things you don’t need because the hospital will provide them

  1. Diapers
  2. Wipes
  3. Bottles
  4. Diaper cream
  5. Baby lotion
  6. Baby shampoo
  7. Pacifier
  8. Comb for baby’s hair

There’s countless other little things that you could also take with you to maintain your comfort while you’re away from home. I’m not taking any of these with me, but you may find them useful in your bag.

  • Birthing ball
  • Scented candles
  • Pillow from home
  • Nipple cream
  • Nursing pillow

I hope this helps you put together your own ultimate bag!

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