Prenatal ultrasounds can detect congenital heart defects

February has been declared American Heart Month.

I was recently asked, "what's with all the ultrasounds? Is there something wrong your baby?" After giving it some thought and the question coinciding with February being American Heart Month, I'll share why I had five ultrasounds while pregnant with my first daughter and have had almost that many to date during this pregnancy. My husband and I both have congenital heart defects. His malformed aorta was diagnosed at infancy resulting in open heart surgery as a child. My atrial septal defect Read More... {Read More...}

Tips for the transition from only child to sibling

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So it happened. It took a full 32 weeks but it finally happened. My six year old daughter told me she knew I wouldn't have time for her when the new baby arrives and she wasn't going to need me anymore. Sure, that sounds like something a six year old might say to brag about her newfound maturity and ability to do more things on her own like tying her shoes before school, packing her backpack, and reading bedtime stories. But that's not what she meant. She has been talking to her kindergarten Read More... {Read More...}

Ocean animals birthday party

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My daughter has always been fascinated by animals. Last year we celebrated her birthday with a creepy crawly birthday party. This year she wanted to celebrate her sixth birthday by sharing her love for the ocean with her friends at an ocean animals birthday party. We visit SeaWorld® frequently and she has many different favorite animals. Our party decorations shared some of her favorite moments learning about ocean animals with many different SeaWorld team members. She was also very excited Read More... {Read More...}

Healthy pregnancy smoothie recipes

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Check out Healthy pregnancy smoothies and juices by Brie Brie Blooms at Foodie.com It's true, my instagram feed is filled with more sweets than healthy snacks lately. At almost eight months pregnant I am still not that excited by food...unless it's chocolate or something super sugary. I've done my best to make healthier choices and avoid the sugary snacks and in doing that have turned to fruit and smoothies because I just can't seem to beat this pregnancy sweet tooth. I created a Read More... {Read More...}

Conversation Hearts Valentine Vase, pretty flowers from The Bouqs

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I am a Bouqs ambassador and have received complimentary flowers in exchange for sharing information and my opinion about their product. Some links in this post are affiliate links. Growing up my dad always made sure Valentine's Day was special for both my mom and I. Waking up to chocolate and flowers made the holiday something I looked forward to each year. My daughter is just six years old and already knows Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate the ones you love. With Read More... {Read More...}

Disney on Ice Let’s Celebrate Phoenix Review

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I am a Feld Family ambassador and have received complimentary tickets in exchange for sharing information and my opinion about this event.  My family attended the opening night of Disney On Ice Let's Celebrate in Phoenix. As expected, the show was fantastic and my daughter loved every minute seeing her favorite Disney characters perform! The show includes many iconic characters and scenes from classic Disney movies. The dancing brooms were one of my favorite performances of the Read More... {Read More...}

Monster Jam Ticket Giveaway (Phoenix January 24, 2015)

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I am a Feld Family ambassador and have received complimentary tickets in exchange for sharing information and my opinion about this event. Fast trucks, mud, and awesome stunts you could only imagine while playing with Hot Wheels as a child, Monster Jam is one of the most popular touring sporting events in the world. We are excited to see the tour making its way to Phoenix January 24, 2015! Enter the Monster Jam ticket giveaway at the bottom for a chance to win a family four pack of tickets Read More... {Read More...}

Disney on Ice Let’s Celebrate comes to Phoenix January 7-11, 2015

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I am a Feld Family ambassador and have received complimentary tickets in exchange for sharing information and my opinion about this event. Growing up loving Disney and now having a husband and six year old daughter that share my enthusiasm for all things Disney, we are very excited for Disney On Ice Let's Celebrate coming to Phoenix this week. The show will be at the US Airways Center January 7-11, 2015 and we are looking forward to attending opening night. My daughter's very first Read More... {Read More...}

SoFabU On The Road LA January 30, educational blogging conference

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I've been blogging for years and have attended many conferences. The very first few conferences I attended I was nervous and unsure of what to expect. But as I started getting more comfortable with my new business endeavor, I stopped worrying about the silly things and started focusing on using conferences to learn and grow. It wasn't until I joined the Social Fabric community that I truly felt supported and was able to build an awesome network of friends and peers also navigating their ways Read More... {Read More...}

Recycled gift wrap accessories

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Christmas morning at our house always ends up looking like a big mess of torn wrapping paper and scattered gifts. Before tossing all the used holiday gift wrap into the recycling bin this year, we had fun with a kids craft making recycled gift wrap accessories. This morning, with the Arizona Science Center, my daughter modeled her DIY recycled gift wrap headband, purse, and skirt on the Fox 10 Phoenix morning show.  We collected the used gift wrap from family and had a big selection Read More... {Read More...}