Introducing Athena Ceilidh Carter

My daughter, the light of my life, my pride and joy, Athena Ceilidh Carter, was born on April 2, 2012. She came into this world with a joy that surpasses anything else in life. Her tiny coos and infectious smile warm my heart and soul. I could spend hours watching her sleep, move, or look at me.

Athena is the accumulation of all of my dreams. The rest of the world became a blur in the background and my family was clearly in focus. She was more important than a lifetime of bucket list adventures. My life had a new meaning. I was a mother! Continue reading

The First Years Newborn-to-Toddler Tub – Sure Comfort Deluxe

I always thought that one baby bathtub was just as good as another. After all, it only gets used for baths, and the process seemed like it was going to be difficult no matter what I did. To my surprise, though, The First Years Newborn-to-Toddler Tub has made the process a little bit easier. I’ve only used it for newborn use to date but it has already made bath time quicker and simpler. Continue reading

Similac SimplySmart Winner!

Congratulations Robyn Weaver! You’ve won the Similac SimplySmart giveaway. 

Here’s what you will be receiving: 
 One 8oz bottle
One 4 oz bottle
One on-the-go power cap
Three Similac SimplePac coupons

Thank you to everyone who entered. Stay tuned for more contests and giveaways shortly! 

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Similac gave me the opportunity to review the Similac Simply Smart Bottle and after trying it out, both Athena and I love it! Finding the right bottle, and the right nipple, makes a difference for Athena’s comfort and enhances feeding time for both of us. Three qualities that make the Similac Simply Smart Bottle the right fit for Athena are: the venting system, the nipple, and easy mix, mixing device. These combined features have addressed the challenges I’ve been facing during feeding including formula flow, bubbles, fussiness, and gas. Continue reading

Similac SimplySmart Giveaway!

Similac gave me the opportunity to review the Similac Simply Smart Bottle and after trying it out, both Athena and I love it! Finding the right bottle, and the right nipple, makes a difference for Athena’s comfort and enhances feeding time for both of us. Three qualities that make the Similac Simply Smart Bottle the right fit for Athena are: the venting system, the nipple, and easy mix, mixing device. These combined features have addressed the challenges I’ve been facing during feeding including formula flow, bubbles, fussiness, and gas. Continue reading

Nursery of My Dreams

Since I was a teenage girl, I imagined being married to the man of my dreams. Unlike most teenage girls, though, I didn’t focus on the wedding day or any one day in particular. My imagination didn’t run away with details of wedding dresses, flowers, bridesmaids, churches, invitations, locations, or accommodating guests. I didn’t envision a personally designed engagement ring fit for a princess or the perfect proposal, although I received both of those with an open heart. No, my thoughts and wildest imagination centered on having a partner who loved traveling the world with me, who loved to explore and create a beautiful, unique life with me, and who cherished the daily events that filled our lives with joy. Designing a nursery for our precious baby girl was one of the most  fulfilling  experiences of my life. We created a dream world together. The accumulation of all of my teenage and adult dreams was met through the process of designing Athena’s room.  Continue reading

Just Add Some Cake & the Romance Continues

****The Cake Lingerie Contest is closed. I will announce the winner after I’ve made contact. Thank you to all those who participated and stay tuned for future contests and giveaways.****

Why is it that woman focus so much of their attention on being sexy for Valentine’s Day? If you really want to show your partner that you care, plan a special evening for the weeks that follow the often dreaded V-Day romanticism and expectations, and even pregnant or nursing women can still show off their new-found curves with Cake Lingerie. Everything from Cake is luxurious and vintage, yet I found myself most drawn to the Coconut Ice Plunge Bra. Oh… the detailed pink lace, the feminine black bows, and the fancy black straps make me feel like dancing and the divine combination of versatility and comfort are great for the ever-changing pregnant and nursing figure. This maternity lingerie will leave you feeling confident, beautiful, and sexy! Continue reading

A Piece of Cake – Cake Lingerie

Cake is rich, fun, indulgent, satisfying and delicious! Cake Lingerie embodies these very same emotions. Cake Lingerie is an Australian designer brand, specializing in the creation of luxurious maternity lingerie, nursing bras, sleepwear, and nightwear. Inspired by vintage old-school glamour, Cake intimates are classically styled for timeless appeal and created to exude femininity and elegance. Continue reading

Reasons Why I Love My Mother – Happy Birthday Mom!

My mother has been such an influence on my life that I dedicate today’s post to her. It may not fit under one of my usual categories, but all that I am and all that I desire in my life comes from the passion, love, humor, and dedication that I experienced from her. She taught me how to laugh, have fun, enjoy life, dream big, and show compassion for everyone that I love.

I love my mother as the trees love water and sunshine – she helps me grow, prosper, and reach great heights.  ~Terri Guillemets

These are a few of the reasons why I love my mother… Continue reading

Belabumbum – Growing More Beautiful During and After Pregnancy

It’s the combination of values and creative, feminine styles that make Belabumbum a fantastic maternity line with some of the largest maternity websites and retailers in the United States, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. Continue reading

The Most Highly Recommended Baby Carrier – ERGObaby

I’ve talked about babywearing before and I’m sure I’ll talk about it in the future, but it’s something that I plan to do quite often with Little Miss Carter. I truly believe that it strengthens the bond between parent and child. Ultimately, I want to be close to my little girl. Who wouldn’t?  She’ll be happy; I’ll be happy; the whole family will be happy.  I’ve researched and reviewed countless carriers and the ERGObaby Performance Carrier is the most highly regarded and recommended by active parents, many of whom give it perfect ratings.  With exceptional quality like the foam-padded straps at the shoulder and waist, adjustable fitting for parents of all sizes, a design that distributes most of the weight to the wearer’s hips, reducing the back and shoulder strain common among baby carriers, and versatility (babies can be carried up front, on one hip, or piggyback style), the Ergo Baby Carrier’s features stand out among the vast array of choices. The ERGObaby Carrier makes babywearing safe and a snap, and you don’t need to have a degree in engineering to figure our how to use it. The ERGO is designed so that you can wear your baby for hours on end with comfort all while allowing you to remain active and productive!  Continue reading