What to expect now that she’s here



This second go-round of care for baby has been so much easier thus far. Most all moms I’ve talked to on the subject of having multiple children told me that I’d be a lot more relaxed this time – and they were right. When I was a new mom with JP, I freaked out about e v e r y t h i n g only to learn that most of it was normal occurrences with babies. I’m not sure what I would have done without my What to Expect® The First Year book to reassure me that everything was A-Ok. Reading definitely makes the idle time spent rocking in a chair go by so much quicker!


I’m back reading What to Expect® The First Year again because it’s been awhile and it helps me feel prepared when something out of the ordinary happens with the baby. Bright orange poop? Projectile spit up? Crying all night? This book has an answers for it all. Before baby, I loved having the book What to Expect® When You’re Expecting because there’s sooo many strange and wonderful things happening to your body when you’re pregnant. Some are pleasant (fuller breasts) and some not so pleasant – like morning sickness. Either way, when I noticed something change I was able to find a passage that reassured me everything was normal. Towards the end of my pregnancy, I turned to the book’s expertise because my fingers were tingling and found that it was a very common occurrence for mamas in the 3rd trimester.

As time goes on, and my baby morphs into a toddler I have “What to Expect the Second Year” to look forward to reading. It will definitely help give me perspective on understanding toddler meltdowns and the aggravating “no” stage.

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The beauty of these books is not only are they relevant now, but they will be relevant to our daughters someday. Even though my little peanut is only 4 months, One day she will be a grown woman with all the same questions about her pregnancy should she decide to have children. One day these books will be hers and everything between the covers will still hold truth as it did today.

Plus they look cute on her bookcase for now!

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Topping the New York Times Bestseller list, What to Expect® When You’re Expecting has become a longstanding favorite among pregnant women for over a decade. It is the book recommended most by moms and doctors alike to help women understand their bodies and our babies

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How to look fabulous traveling light with Faultless Premium Starch

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Faultless Spray Starch - Laundry's new BFF Getting yourself ready for traveling can be stressful! Whether its traveling with kids or getting ready for a big out of town conference, I always like to make sure I have everything I need so I don’t have any I-wish-I-had moments when I go someplace. Remember all the details that went into my hospital bag back in March? Yep – I try to think of everything! Traveling by air has been a huge part of my life since I left home nearly 10 years ago. That being said, I’ve got a lot of firsthand knowledge on how to minimize the amount of ‘stuff” that we *think* we need when traveling. Here’s a few things I like to do: 1. Pack a common product for multiple uses. Such as a general body gel cleanser instead of face soap/shampoo/body gel 2. My favorite outfit for travel is the little black dress. A simple black sheath can be dressed up or dressed down to suit your day. Add a cardigan & a thin waist belt and you have a smart looking business suit. Toss the cardigan and trade them in for a strand of pearls and heels and you have a sophisticated evening look. Add a fun, brightly colored scarf with flats and you have a playful, casual outfit. Faultless Spray Starch - Laundry's new BFF 3. Get a travel size for the important stuff you really have to take. Faultless Starch comes in a travel version and it’s perfect little tool to have if you need to iron something, and have it look sharp. Often times a hotel will provide you the iron and ironing board, so having some Faultless Starch can really come in handy. If you’ve ever used this spray starch before, you’ll know that it will help keep your clothing looking new too! Oh, and did I mention that unlike other starches, the Faultless Premium bottle won’t clog, flake or stick!

You can find Faultless Premium Starch in the laundry aisle of most major retailers. Use the ‘find a store‘ tool to help locate one close to you!

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Jump starting my morning with a Chocolate Cherry Breakfast Shake

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I’ve talked many times before that quick and healthy breakfast ideas are worth their weight in gold at our house. With a new baby, it can be hard to find the time to feed myself! I’ve discovered that a good morning smoothie can be packed with vitamins and minerals to help me power through the day and be super mom to my 2 littles. I’m looking at some healthier options to shed some pounds before summer hits. So this memorial weekend, I started making myself morning shakes using Carnation Breakfast Essentials and frozen fruit.

I’m so happy that I decided to try Carnation Breakfast Essentials after spotting it at Kroger a few weeks back. Since the criteria I’m looking for in a breakfast is quick, easy and nutritious, I thought I’d see how a smoothie would be using it as a base.

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Ingredients are simple – milk, Carnation Breakfast Essentials, frozen cherries & ice cubes.

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In my blender, I mixed up 9 leveled off tablespoons of Carnation Breakfast Essentials, 1 1/2 cups of milk, 1/2 cup of frozen cherries and  1 cup of ice. After about 30-40 seconds of ice crushing / blending, I poured it into a cup and gave it a try and couldn’t be more pleased with my chocolate-cherry morning shake. It’s definitely become a good reason to wake up and get started with my day on a healthy note.

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Here’s JP with his crazy morning hair while I sip on my chocolate cherry smoothie!

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