Catching sweet moments with the VTech VM343 Safe&Sound® Expandable baby monitor

Catching sweet moments with the VTech Safe&Sound® VM343 Expandable baby monitor #VTechBaby #AD

Going through the baby journey as my sweet daughter approaches her first birthday has got me in abit of a twist these days. On one side, I’m excited that she’s growing up and by that I mean she’s moving away from bottles and diapers. On the other side, I’m trying to savor every moment of her as a baby because I know for sure that she is my last.

Having a baby monitor is great not just for babies, but just to have an extra set of eyes in the back of your head when you have toddlers and kids running around. With a curious little girl and an energetic boy I need as much help as possible keeping tabs on them while I do house chores and go about my day.

Catching sweet moments with the VTech Safe&Sound® VM343 Expandable baby monitor #VTechBaby #AD

I received the VTech VM343 Safe&Sound® Expandable Digital Video Baby Monitor and it’s been so nice to have it covertly placed on our fireplace mantle. I chose the living room as the room I’d like to monitor because our house is pretty small and we spend the most time of our day in that space. That said, I don’t need a loudspeaker next to my ear when she wakes up in the middle of the night – cries from the room next are heard just fine! With 270 degrees of camera tilt and panning, I can see every nook and cranny of the living room. I like the ability to see what goes on during the day while I do things like use the bathroom for a few minutes.

Catching sweet moments with the VTech Safe&Sound® VM343 Expandable baby monitor #VTechBaby #AD

The display is crystal clear and has a large 4.3″ rechargeable monitor that can add up to 4 additional cameras to monitor other rooms if I so desire. Since baby girl began walking at 10 months, her main interest is to check things out. I caught her on camera one morning while I was getting dressed – She was fully engrossed in an episode of sesame street! I smiled and wondered to myself how much longer this stage would last. By the time JP was 4, he thought such shows were for babies and would tell me as much. Seriously mom, I’m 4 now. Sesame street is so last year!

Catching sweet moments with the VTech Safe&Sound® VM343 Expandable baby monitor #VTechBaby #AD

The first time around I didn’t really realize just how fast a baby grows into a child because I was too caught up with each stage he went through. Then one day, I looked up he was starting kindergarten! With baby #2, I have a little more appreciation for just relaxing and enjoying the crazy ride of toddler-hood!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Don’t let migraines destroy your life – learn some tips from MoreToMigraine.com

I created this post as part of a campaign by Teva Pharmaceuticals. I received an American Express gift card for participating.

Possibly one of the worst maladies a mom can suffer though is a migraine headache when we’ve got littles to take care of. Sadly, migraine headaches fall into a category unto themselves and are far worse than any “regular sized” headache. Migraine headaches rank up in the top 3 of the world’s most prevalent medical conditions.

If you’re like the other 36 million Americans who suffer from migraines, you would experience several symptoms like throbbing pain, sensitivity to sound, sensitivity to light and maybe even some nausea. Now add in a baby that likes to use your furniture as her personal drum kit and you’ve got a bad start to a bad day.

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Out of my 2 kids, wee little Melody is the one who’s the noise queen. She loves it when her dad plays loud guitar music and squeals with delight when she bangs her wooden toys on the metal side table! That being said, a migraine can be a huge hindrance in giving my kids the attention they deserve.

I mean, how can you get mad at that little face??

melody

So what would you do if you were stricken with a nasty migraine headache? I’ve been known to wear my sunglasses inside and take steamy showers in the dark in effort to make myself feel better. I’m no doctor, those are things I like to do because they work out well for me. Only you and your doctor will truly know what’s best for your situation, so be sure to consult with one if you suffer often.

We moms have too much to take care of to give in. Learn more about how to beat migraine headaches by visiting MoreToMigraine.com .

Love comes in many forms – Can’t wait for The Choice to come out!


Carving out some time for me #AD #TheChoiceMovie

There’s something wonderful about preparing myself for a bath where I know I’m going to close the door and check out for a few. I don’t usually have the luxury of soaking in peace for very long, so when I get the chance I like to take full advantage. This week I was determined to get some time to myself, soaking and reading a favorite book. It’s one of those simple pleasures that any mom can appreciate. Luckily for me, my husband knows this and takes over with the kids when I need to step away. When you’re married, love comes in many forms and it’s not always hugs and kisses. I always oblige when he wants to go to a concert with a buddy and I fully expect the same when I need time away. For us, love is having that mutual understanding for each other when the other has had enough and needs a break.For us, it works and keeps us functioning as sane parents :)

Then the other night I saw a window of opportunity, perfect timing or so I thought. It was just after dinner with JP was quietly watching TV and Melody was playing happily in her playpen that I thought I could sneak off to draw a hot bath for myself . Everybody was fed and occupied, so I thought I’d grab my chance while I could.

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“Tonight I’m taking a bath and I’m going to lock the door, so be sure that the house is burning down if you expect me to open it for any reason” I told my husband as I hurried off and headed to my little retreat in the next room.

The book I was about to delve in was one of those books that they made into a movie –  the new Nicholas Sparks movie, The Choice that’s coming out Feb..5th. If you’re one for tear-jerkers, you’ll love this one. It’s all about being in love, difficult choices and believing in destiny to find your perfect match.

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With my lit candles and scented bubbles, I was 1000 miles away hearing subtle baby noises in the distance. It got noisier and noisier until finally I heard a firm knock on the bathroom door.

“……What it is?” I asked, hesitating.

“Your daughter crapped her diaper,”  He replied. “I need your help”

And with that, bath time was over.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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