29 July 2014

Motherhood: The Naked Truth

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Last night, I had a dream.  I dreamt that I gave birth to a beautiful baby.  And I felt radiant, powerful, and content.  Then, I woke up to reality:  a belly sans uterus, riddled with stretch marks and surgery scars and, if I'm being completely honest, gone a bit squishy.  That squishy bit was likely why said belly, still sore from last week's hysterectomy, was partly covered by splayed limbs and a tuft of blonde hair belonging to a very precocious and energetic four year old.  My belly, the comfy pillow.  Oh yes, I had a dream.
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14 July 2014

Confessions of a Biblioholic

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Hello, my name is Amber, and I love books.  I mean it.  I. Really. Love. Books. I love to read them, buy them, read ABOUT them, talk about them, organize them, lovingly caress them (only occasionally, I swear...).  But really, I'm constantly on the lookout for new books, both for myself and for the kids.  Despite his generally spastic nature, Thing 1 can sit still and focus on a book like nobody's business.  He's always been a lover of books, just like his mama.  Not sure where the spastic thing comes from.  So, for the past 4 years, I've encouraged him (and Thing 2, when she came along), to use books to explore, discover, and re-imagine the world around him.  That's why, after attending an Usborne book party, I was so excited.  Come on with me, and we'll take a look...inside a book...(High five to all of you who got that reference.)

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08 July 2014

Win a Free Doctor On Demand Call!

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Alright my lovely readers, in addition to the awesome giveaway for the Amazon gift card that we are running, Doctor On Demand has given me 10 free call codes to give away.  That's right, 10 WINNERS!!  That's a $40 value folks.  A free trip to the doctor, right from your own home.  Go now!


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Doctor on Demand

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Doctor On Demand, however, all opinions are my own.


We've all been there. And if you haven't, well...I don't believe you. It's the worst possible time (weekend, holiday, late night...you get the idea) and your child suddenly starts acting strange(r). Or develops a rash. Or gets a nasty cough and/or fever. You are faced with the decision to wait it out and hope for the best, or head to the local ER/Urgent Care...and hope for the best. Sometimes, waiting it out really doesn't seem like a great option and, especially if you have more than one child, going to the ER or Urgent Care center isn't a great option either. Maybe it's just the germophobe in me (ok...LIKELY it's the germophobe in me), but when I think of the ER or "doc in the box", as we call the Urgent Care centers, I envision foul cesspools of mean, sharp-toothed germs. I have to sterilize my hand after using the pens, and I apparently always wear a sign that says, "Puking/plague ridden person, please sit as close to me as possible!". Which means I have to burn my clothes and scrub my skin down Gattaca style when I get home. Ok, I'm not really THAT bad. But still. So, if that's not your cup of tea, or if the thought of the exorbitant cost of such services makes you cringe, what's a person to do? I FINALLY have a good answer to that question!
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30 June 2014

The Climb

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On Saturday, June 21st, advocates around the world joined together to raise awareness of perinatal mood disorders during the 2nd Annual Climb Out of the Darkness.  Before I leap into the story of our climb with Team DFW a bit about the event from the Postpartum Progress website:

"Climb Out of the Darkness™ is the world’s largest event raising awareness of postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety/OCD, postpartum PTSD, postpartum psychosis and pregnancy depression. The event was created by and benefits Postpartum Progress Inc., a registered 501c3 nonprofit that raises awareness and supports pregnant and new moms with these illnesses. Women around the world participate in this grassroots event by going on a hike outside on the longest day of the year to shine a light on maternal mental illness. Climb Out of the Darkness is open to anyone and everyone who supports a healthy start for new families."


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27 June 2014

Maple Hill Naturals

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As a WAHM, I love to support small businesses and other WAHMs.  So, I was really excited when I got the opportunity to review Maple Hill Naturals, a company created and run by WAHMs looking to provide clean, safe alternatives for taking care of our families.  Plus, their products are handcrafted in the US, and a portion of every sale goes to charity.  How do you get better than that?!  Though they also make some lovely personal care items, like lip balm, soap and shampoo, for the purpose of this review, I received the XL Wool Dryer Balls and Natural Laundry Powder.  
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16 June 2014

Lillebaby Supports Mamas!

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Alright guys.  By now, you've likely seen my Postpartum Anxiety story (and if you haven't and want to, you can read it here), and have hopefully heard me talking about Postpartum Progress and the Climb out of the Darkness 2014 campaign.  As a survivor of both PPD and PPA, I know how lonely the struggle can be and how important it is to spread the word about maternal postpartum mental diseases and resources available to those who are suffering.

To this end, on Saturday (June 21), I'll be participating in the climb.  Lillebaby has graciously donated an Organic Designer carrier to help me spread the word about this campaign.  So here's the deal:  anyone who supports my climb with a donation of $5 or more gets an entry in the raffle for the lillebaby.  AND...winner gets to choose the design.  :-)

I'll be wearing either my 1 year old or my 4 year old in my lillebaby for the climb because, seriously: they rock.  Don't miss this opportunity!

Go here!  And thanks for helping spread the word! :-)

*I will consider all donations made by 8 pm CST on Friday, June 20th.  Winner will be drawn randomly from all supporters donating at least $5.  US only.*

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