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10 Tips to Improve Your Odds of Getting Pregnant! #AstroglideTTC

 Astroglide TTC™ sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine
If you read my post about overcoming infertility, you know my husband and I struggled to conceive our oldest son.  During that year of trying and then subsequently trying again with the twins, I read everything I could get my hands on about trying to conceive.  Here are the top 10 tips that I learned about and I believe really have some merit to them.

1: Know your cycle and monitor your ovulation days.  I assumed I was ovulating mid-cycle like most and after I bought a few ovulation kits and monitored my cycles, I learned my fertile days were different than I thought.
2:  Eat healthy, you want to prepare your body for pregnancy and getting in healthy nutrition will help everything run smoothly.  This includes your monthly cycles.
3: Start taking a prenatal vitamin with Folic Acid.  
4:  De-stress!  If your stressed out about getting pregnant, or just about everyday life your body is going to have a hard time doing what it’s supposed too.  Haven’t you heard the story “once I stopped trying it happened”?  It’s because the stress of worrying can screw up our bodies rhythm.
5: Get to a healthy weight.  I lost about 10 pounds right before I got pregnant with Anthony and was at an optimal weight when I conceived the twins.  If your under or over weight it can effect your ovulation.
6: Take a walk everyday.  Its great low impact exercise plus a nice walk can help you destress.
7. Take some me time.  Once you conceive, everything for will revolve around that little bundle of joy for the rest of you life.  So take some time now to enjoy you. 
8. Have sex at the right time.  When monitoring your ovulation, try to get a test that will alert you before you ovulate.  This way you can begin having sex on the days leading up to ovulation.  Sperm can live for 3 to 5 days but your egg is around for less than 24 hours.

9.  Lay down after sex.  I read this everywhere when I was trying to conceive.  My doctor told me it didn’t matter, however in theory it kind of makes sense, right?  I did it.
10.  Set the perfect stage for the sperm.  If your to dry down there its not good for the sperm.  However you need to be-careful which lubricant you choose.  Most lubricants can hinder the sperms movement or even kill it.  Astroglide TTC is the perfect choice, it is water based, sperm friendly and pH adjusted!
Trying to conceive can be the biggest emotional roller coaster you’ll ride on, so above all just try to relax.
To learn more about Astroglide TTC visit their website and check out all the amazing testimonials.

Astroglide TTC™ sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine

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The Father He Didn’t Have to Be, The Anchor in My Life! #NauticaforDad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #NauticaforDad #CollectiveBias
As Father’s Day approaches I want to share the story about my Dad.  I don’t talk about it often because it’s not really necessary to talk about it but for Father’s Day I thought it would be nice to share.  My Dad is the Father he never needed to be!


I met my Dad before my first birthday,  when my mom started dating him and later married.  I always new my birth father and even lived with him for a period of time while I was a teenager, however my Dad has always been my Dad.
This man walked into my life and took on all the responsibility that another man couldn’t handle.  He was the one who made the rules, went to father/daughter dances, fixed my car, and walked me down the isle.  He taught me how to ride a bike, how to be responsible, and the unfaltering love of father.  He also showed me that love and loyalty are what makes a family, not blood and as a result I have countless friends who have become family over the years and I am one of the most loyal people you’ll ever meet.

He has been an anchor in my life for day one, there is no conditions upon the love he has shown me.  I am his daughter, unconditionally.

Now 31 years later, he is an anchor in my kids life.  He is the papa who plays baseball, builds bounce houses, and plays with Lego’s.  He is a man my boys can look up to and a man my daughter can rely on.  They love him with all their hearts and he loves them right back!

So what am I buying the anchor in my life for Father’s Day?  The Nautica Voyage Gift Set!  It’s a great gift set that has a cool, aquatic and masculine scent.  The set includes a shower gel, aftershave balm, and 2 bottles of cologne.  I love the smell of Nautica Voyage and I also love the price of this deluxe gift set, It is a $128 value available at Macy’s for only $65!

The set also comes in a great gift box, making wrapping very easy.

I can’t wait to relax by the pool on Father’s Day, BBQ, and celebrate with the two best Dad’s I know.  My Dad and my Husband!

Enter Nautica’s amazing giveaway! 
1 Grand Prize Winner will win a $4,000 Cruise Vacation Package
5 Second Place Winners will win a Nautica Men’s Fragrance Gift Package
Winner must be 18+
I’ve shared some memories about my father. Who is the anchor in your life?

Get ready for Cold and Flu Season with a Sick Basket! #ReliefIsHere

*This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G, All opinions are 100% my own*
Cold and Flu Season is upon us and the worst feeling is waking up sick and realizing you don’t have any medicine and supplies on hand! 
A mom friend of mine once told me about her “Sick Basket” and we have created one in our house every year sense!  It’s a basket or bin that you fill with all the supplies you will need when someone inevitably gets sick.  We tuck it away in the linen closet and then pull it out when we need it, this is the best feeling when that icky feeling strikes in the middle of the night!

I’m sure every family has their own list of favorite things that make a bad cold or even worse, the flu, more bearable.
Everything in my basket is conveniently available at Walmart, so it is easy and affordable to restock as needed.
In my Sick Basket I keep:
1) Hard Candy, for sore or dry throats.  I like caramel candies because they remind me of my Nana but many people prefer cough drops.
2) Tea, I love curling up with a hot and steamy cup of sleepy time tea when I’m under the weather.
3) Movies, My iPad aka Netflix is a saving grace when some one is sick.  The kids can watch their movies or I can catch up on all the TV shows I only get to watch when I’m sick.
4) Lysol and Paper Towels, with a house hold of 5 the germs get passed along quickly.  I like to spray down remotes, door knobs and everything else that we touch often.
5) Chap Stick, for when your lips get extra dry and under your nose get red and sore from too much wiping.
6) Tissues are a must.
7) Antibacterial Hand Wipes also help clean up hands and small things quickly while also disinfecting them.
8) A Thermometer is also an important thing to have quickly assessable.  Before keeping our in our sick basket, I used to loose thermometers all over the house which made for crazy middle of the night searches too often.
9) A Water Bottle with a cover is also great for those days your couch ridden.  I like to put a tablespoon of Honey, Lemon Juice, and a Table Spoon of warm Coconut Oil in my water when I’m sick for a little immune booster.
10)  Dog Walking Bags (or diaper trash bags) for stomach aches.  These make for cheap, easy, and disposable barf bags!
11) Medicine!  The best way to feel better faster is with a good quality cold and flu medication to relieve those miserable symptoms.  Vicks is a trusted brand in our home and when the hubby or I are sick we like to use DayQuil and Nyquil for relief.
Maximum symptom-fighting ingredients to relieve your worst cold and flu symptoms.
Maximum strength nighttime cold and flu relief, so you can take back your night.
The powerful NyQuil relief you trust now with a decongestant.
Available in caplets or liquid.
Temporarily relieves common cold/flu symptoms including:
Nasal congestion
Sinus congestion and pressure
Cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation
Cough to help you sleep
Minor aches and pains
Sore throat
Runny nose and sneezing
Reduces swelling of nasal passages
Temporarily restores freer breathing through the nose
Promotes nasal and/or sinus drainage
Maximum symptom-fighting ingredients to relieve your worst cold and flu symptoms.
Maximum strength nondrowsy cold and flu relief so you can tackle your to-do list.
Available in caplets or liquid.
Temporarily relieves common cold/flu symptoms:
Nasal congestion
Sinus congestion and pressure
Cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation
Minor aches and pains
Sore throat
Reduces swelling of nasal passages
Temporarily restores freer breathing through the nose
Promotes nasal and/or sinus drainage
Helps loosen phlegm (mucus) and thin bronchial secretions to rid the bronchial passageways of bothersome mucus and make coughs more productive
As a Mommy, my job doesn’t get put on hold when I get sick so staying on top of my cold or flu symptoms with DayQuil and NyQuil keeps my household functioning and my kids happy even when I’m not feeling a hundred percent!

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Fall Family Bucket List 2014!

Fall is my favorite season!  I love everything about it, the crisp fresh air, the pumpkins, the apples, EVERYTHING!
Today is October 1st and although it was 85 degrees last weekend, it has been in the sixties ever sense so I think I may be safe saying Fall is here.  So this is a list of my families fall must do’s.

Fall Bucket List 2014:
2) Go on a Hayride
4) Build a Scarecrow
5) Get lost in a Corn Maze
6) Visit a Petting Zoo
7) Indulge in some warm Cider Donuts
8) Jump in piles of Leaves
9) Paint Pumpkins
10) Attend King Richards Fair
12) Decorate for Halloween
13) Watch Scary Movies
14) Binge on Pumpkin Spice Lattes
15) Carve Pumpkins
16) Pick out our Halloween Costumes
17) Drink fresh Apple Cider
19) Get Crafty with Leaves
20) Drink Hot Chocolate Outside
21) Roast Pumpkin Seeds
22) Watch a Halloween Parade
23) Go Trick-or-Treating
24) Build a Fire and make S’mores
25) Thank Jesus for the Season!
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God gained and Angel and Broke our Hearts!

“God broke our hearts to prove he only takes the best!”

I haven’t been able to bring myself to write any posts for a few weeks and I wanted to let my following readers know why.   My family lost an amazing, smart, loving little soul in the beginning of June.  My baby cousin and Lilly’s bestie was taken from his loving mommy and daddy and made into one of God’s perfect angels.
I cant understand why, I cant rationalize this in any way, it feels like a nightmare as the memories run through my head.  This little boy was surrounded by so much love!  His mommy is the best mother I know, every breath she took was consumed with love for her baby boy.
He was smart beyond his years and loved everyone, so I have to believe that God needed him for a mighty job up in Heaven.  However even knowing my precious baby cousin is in God’s kingdom does not heal our broken and bleeding hearts.
We love you baby boy and we will see you again one day when you meet us up in the sky!

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