Frozen: The Songs {Giveaway}

As huge Disney fans, we have been witness to the Frozen phenomenon…from watching the movie itself, to witnessing the changes in the Disney parks. However, our daughter is a bit too young to have fully immersed our household in all things Frozen, but I have been witnessing it with my two nieces. One is a teenager (proving no one is too old for Disney fun) and the other is almost 8 and plans on dressing up as Elsa for Halloween.

Given our Disney-loving status, I am excited to share with you the new cd, Frozen: The Songs, which is being released today!

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Here is the track listing for Frozen: The Songs

1. Frozen Heart

Performed by Cast

2. Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Performed by Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monnand and Katie Lopez

3. For the First Time in Forever

Performed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel

4. Love Is an Open Door

Performed by Kristen Bell and Santino Fontana

5. Let It Go

Performed by Idina Menzel

6. Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People

Performed by Jonathan Groff

7. In Summer

Performed by Josh Gad

8. For the First Time in Forever (Reprise)

Performed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel

9. Fixer Upper

Performed by Maia Wilson and Cast

10. Let It Go (Demi Lovato Version)


Performed by Demi Lovato

 

You must get this cd if you have a Frozen fanatic in your house! It would be a great birthday or Christmas present…just think of all the sing-a-long fun they’ll have!

To buy the cd, head over to Amazon

 

Great news! I have TWO Frozen: The Songs cds to give away! This one has a quicker turnaround than my usual giveaways, so be sure to get your entries in asap!

***GIVEAWAY!***

Frozen Giveaway

Prize: Frozen: The Songs cd (2 winners!)

Eligibility: US & Canada

Ends: October 2, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST

How to enter:

Good luck!

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I received a copy of the soundtrack as a member of Entertainment New Media Network. All opinions are my own. Thanks for reading!

Splashing around at Cascades Park

One thing I have enjoyed since starting maternity leave is how empty some of our favorite destinations are during the day when kids are in school!  During the summer, we typically wouldn’t venture to Cascades Park during the day knowing how busy it would probably be, so we took the opportunity to head there the other day and we pretty much had the entire place to ourselves!

Our new method of traveling…the Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller!

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I do wish they had a little more of an actual playground there; there is just this one slide and some sand for kids to play in.

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Trent went down the slide a couple of times and then was over it and wanted to move on lol

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Just as we started to walk away, a train came by…I don’t think Trent was expecting it to be as loud as it was! The horn blew and Trent jumped, but was still captivated.

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This new park is so beautiful. This area had been in a perpetual state of construction since I moved here in 2001 and I had always wondered if anything would ever come of it.

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Now, it was time for the main reason we ventured here…the splash area! Trent saw it and took off running!

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He did stop long enough to let us change him into his swim outfit, though, and then he continued towards the water.

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He must have run around the entire area 100 times, going from one fountain to the next. It was pretty hot this day, so while Aubrey was sleeping, I walked around it too, just to get my feet wet, but I totally would have run through the entire thing if Brett wouldn’t have had an objection to me getting into his car soaking wet! :P

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Although this town is a wonderful place to live, sometimes I get sad that there isn’t as much for Trent to do and wish we could move to a town where there are more fun activities, so times like this really make me happy, especially since this park is fairly new and I know they will be adding more to it over time. Plus, it just makes us look forward to our next big vacation adventure anyway!

 

TGIF: Family Pizza Night with Netflix

Some families like to have the tradition of “pizza night” – typically on a Friday as a way of celebrating making it through the week. But since I’m on maternity leave, I don’t really have a “Friday” or a work week, but I guess any day is worth celebrating, right? Not like we need an excuse to eat pizza anyway…all it takes is one of us to mention it and we already have the website pulled up (in other news, don’t ask me about my weight loss progress for a bit, m’kay?).

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Maternity leave has brought on some television time for me to catch up on shows on Netflix before the season premiers during this month. One thing I like about Netflix is the ability to watch in more than one location. After all, with 3 tvs and 3 tablets in the house, we all could be watching or doing something different in each room!

So when we had pizza night recently, I was in the midst of a “Once Upon a Time” marathon and wanted to continue watching….and Trent wanted to watch cartoons, so to make it more fun for him, we took one of our many boxes from the garage and created a house for him! But first, it was time for pizza…which may or may not have been bigger than Trent!

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We equipped his box with a drink holder, a window, and a stand to hold his iPad. He has his own little “flat screen” tv!

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He even has doors…ya know, in case we get too loud! Or for Peek-a-boo, of course!

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He can watch Netflix in style while we watch Netflix on the big screen….everyone’s happy! Even when he’s not watching the iPad in there, he still likes to play and put his toys in there….it’s like his own little space that we can’t get into. We may need to upgrade to something more luxurious, but we’ll require a down payment first!

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How do you make family night more fun for your little ones?

Need some suggestions on what to watch on family night? Here are some titles available on Netflix for each age range:

Netflix Titles for Family Movie or TV Night

For your little kids:

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Pirate-Fairy -The- AKA--Tinker-Bell-And-The-Pirate-Fairy  EN US 571x800
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EN US 571x800 60011264 The-Muppet-Movie
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For your big kids:

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EN US 571x800 The Avengers NO-Cast
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EN US 571x800 70155581 Star-Wars-The-Clone-Wars
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EN US 571x800 70281343 Mako-Mermaids-An-H2O-Adventure
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For teens (and you!):

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EN US 571x800 60034573 13-Going-On-30

 

This post was written by me as part of my membership in the Netflix Stream Team. Thanks for reading!

 

Aubrey’s Birth Story

To be honest, I really didn’t know how Aubrey’s birth was going to play out – do we ever? From the moment I found out I was pregnant, I was scared. Scared that I was going to have a bad laceration like I did with Trent. Scared I wouldn’t have my doctor for the delivery again. Scared I would have blood pressure issues after the birth and pass out with the nurse screaming for Brett to push the red emergency button. Scared of having a newborn AND a toddler at home.

But being scared is part of most pregnancies I suppose…there’s just so many unknowns. I toyed with the idea of an elective c-section because of all the things I was scared of. My doctor wasn’t a big fan when I mentioned it very early on, but he was willing to discuss all options with me and I think he knew that deep down, I didn’t really want a c-section either. I love my doctor. But so does half the city and that’s why I wait in the waiting room for an hour every time I go for an appointment.

This pregnancy, I had high blood pressure from the beginning and was on medication for that, and I also had diet-controlled gestational diabetes. Those two things combined put me into a high-risk category. When I went in for my 39 week appointment on a Monday morning, they took my blood pressure 3 times…including my doctor once just to be certain. Seeing my doctor fumble with the blood pressure cuff – and even having one of the springs pop out – made me really want to joke about when the last time he had to actually use one of those things was, but I figured now wasn’t the time for jokes. It was high, so my doctor wanted to schedule an induction. After the first BP check, he gave me some options: either come back for a recheck in a few days or schedule an induction. At that point, I opted to wait it out and hoped that it would go down or Aubrey would come on her own by then. But after the 2nd and 3rd high BP checks, he felt I shouldn’t wait and should be induced.

I hadn’t really given that option much thought, but I found myself disappointed and sad. We’ve had two friends in the past couple of years get induced and they were in the hospital for a few days just waiting for something to happen and then ended up with c-sections anyway. I certainly did not want to be sitting in a hospital for longer than necessary, especially with a toddler at home to coordinate babysitters for.

I won’t go into explaining the ridiculous process for scheduling an induction at the hospital, but we were scheduled to go in the following night. The hospital would be calling us between 10pm-12midnight on Tuesday to let us know when they were ready for us to come in. We had Nana & Papa come over around 8pm to stay the night and watch Trent…his first overnight experience without us (FYI – he did AMAZING!).

The hospital ended up calling a little early, at 9:15 while I was giving Trent a bath. It was weird how even though I knew the call was coming, the fact that the call came early while I was with Trent kind of threw me off-guard. Having to stop doing what I was doing with Trent to go do something else made me sad and wondered if that’s what life was going to be like now with 2 kids. Silly pregnancy hormones!

We arrived at the hospital around 9:45 to an empty lobby, which was nice. I filled out some paperwork and then we waited just a few minutes before being brought right back to the delivery room. Thank goodness I got to skip Triage.

I changed, put away my belongings, got hooked up to everything and prepared to be there for a while.

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After I was hooked up to everything, they wanted to monitor me for about 30 minutes to get a baseline for how everything was going.

Thank goodness for hospital wifi.

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Then, around midnight, I received Cervidil, which is a tampon-looking string with medicine at the end that is put in the cervix to help with dilation. This is given before Pitocin. I was only 1cm, so the Cervidil was supposed to be a better start for the process. Then, I had to pick a side to lay on and not move for 2 hours so the medicine could do it’s job. I chose to lay on my right side and then immediately regretted it once I as there and couldn’t move. The funny thing is that I almost always lay on my right side, but when you are told you can’t move, that’s all you want to do!

Wow – that was a very long 2 hours. I was so uncomfortable and could not sleep. I kept looking at the clock, which I know is not a good thing to do, but I was counting down the minutes to when I could move.

Once the 2 hours were up, I got up because I felt like I needed to use the restroom. In fact, I felt that way every 20-30 minutes for the next several hours. So uncomfortable, in pain, restless. I even asked the nurse if I could lay in the whirlpool tub they have there just so I wouldn’t have to lay back down on the hospital bed. I wasn’t allowed to because that would mess with the Cervidil, but she did offer pain medication. The first medicine she gave me didnt do anything, so she gave me a pill to take…I don’t even remember what it was. It helped a little, but it was such a long and uncomfortable night.

Since it was nighttime, I don’t have many photos. There wasn’t much to take photos of anyway.

Early in the morning, I happily received my Epidural and felt so much better afterward. I wish I could have gotten it sooner, but they aren’t typically given until you are around 4-6 cm dilated.

I don’t really remember the timing of everything exactly, but not long after the Epidural, the nurse came in and gave me an oxygen mask to wear because she said that the Cervidil was causing constant contractions and not giving Aubrey a break, causing her heart rate to change. Not long after that, my doctor came in and took out the Cervidil and ordered that they give me a shot to STOP contractions (what they give moms in preterm labor).

I’m not sure how much time passed, but it wasn’t long before I started feeling sever pain and pressure down there. My first reaction was “WTF! I have an Epidural for a reason!” So I paged the nurse and just said “Can I have a nurse please?”

Then, I felt the weirdest thing…I felt like I peed myself…which to me, must have meant my catheter came out since I had one because you aren’t allowed to get up and move around with the Epidural. My main nurse was with another patient, so her assistant came in. While she was in there, I felt even more like I peed myself and then Brett told me my water must have broken! I would have laughed at myself if I wasn’t in so much pain. That nurse ended up calling in the main nurse asap, and in that short time period, I was holding onto the bed rails and almost screaming. The nurse said “It’s time – tell the Doctor to hurry!”

They actually told me to STOP pushing…but I had never started to begin with. Aubrey was coming and there was nothing I could do. In fact, the doctor was rushing to put his gloves and everything on as quickly as he could and nurses were rushing with tables and equipment. The nurse even had to put her hand down there to make sure Aubrey didn’t come out before the doctor was ready. Once he was ready and after barely a push, Aubrey made her arrival at 9:40am.

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After all that worry of how long it would take, she came faster than I could have ever imagined. Surely that meant I had a bad tear right? NOPE! No tear…hallelujah!

With Trent, I started the skin to skin time immediately, but had to have him taken by someone because I started to get dizzy with blurred vision because of the blood pressure issues. This time, I had her for so long, I started to wonder when they were going to bathe her! But I wasn’t complaining. I was so happy with everything. I was able to have MY doctor. It happened quickly with no lacerations. And of course, she was beautiful.

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Almost a pound bigger than Trent when he was born!

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After her bath and some follow-up necessities, I was able to stand up, so they could get me in the wheelchair and transfer us to my recovery room. We pushed the button to play a lullaby and let everyone know that she was born!

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She looks so cute with her little bow hat.

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After a couple of hours, Nana & Poppa brought Trent to see us. It was a moment I was looking forward to for so long. First, I got a hug from my little man in his big brother shirt.

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Then he met his sister.

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He just looked at her and even though he didn’t say much, you could tell he was trying to process what it all meant.

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We gave him a present from Aubrey, which was something I read was a good idea to get him excited.

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Of course, the toy (which Brett picked out), was the loudest toy ever. But he loved it and played with it the entire rest of the time he was there.

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Everyone took turns loving on Aubrey.

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We even had a beautiful rainbow outside of our window! :)

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Brett couldn’t resist taking a photo of our princess…he did this right on the hospital bed. He can make a studio anywhere!

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That night, Brett went home around 9pm. Since I didn’t have a tear, I was able to get up and walk around without any pain, so I was ok with being alone with Aubrey. Plus, I know the nurses there would help if I needed anything. Brett brought Trent by the next day, but didn’t stay for long since Trent wanted to press every button and pull every wire in the room…that place is like Chuck E Cheese for a toddler!

Brett came back a few hours that night and then slept at home with Trent.

I was able to leave the next day, so Brett brought Trent to the hospital for when I would be able to leave, then we left the hospital as a family of 4. :)

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This was us waiting in the parking lot while Daddy picked up lunch at Jersey Mike’s, so her straps were loosened a bit for comfort, so please don’t leave comments about how I’m a bad mother for not having the straps tight enough. :-/

It definitely was a much different experience than with Trent, but I am so glad to have been able to have two normal deliveries and two happy, healthy babies.

You can also read Trent’s birth story here and watch his arrival video here. :)

 

 

PINCHme New York Fashion Week Sample Box

I was recently introduced to a free sample box service called PINCHme and I am immediately in love. I am definitely a fan of being able to try products/samples for free! Many of the items I use in my daily routine are from being able to try/test them out previously and then fell in love with them.

What is PINCHme?

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It’s simple – you choose a product from one of their leading brands, and they then deliver it to your home or workplace for free. But be quick, they’ll reserve the products in your box for a limited time, to ensure that everyone has a chance of receiving the available products. Once you’ve tried, tasted or touched the exciting products they offer, you can leave your feedback.

Sounds fun, right?!

New York Fashion Week just finished up and I was excited to receive a PINCHme box full of products from NYFW sponsors.

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Just look at all this amazing stuff! I couldn’t wait to start trying everything.

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First up, some guilt-free snacks: Skinny Pop Popcorn, Skinny Cow Chocolate and Pure Via Stevia Sweetener.

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These came at the perfect time! The Skinny Pop Popcorn was 100 calories for the bag and was very light and tasty.

The Skinny Cow Chocolate was 110 calories and although I don’t typically like chocolate and fruit mixed together in candies like this, this was quite tasty, especially since it reminded me of those chocolate wafers I used to eat as a kid.

I didn’t get to use the Pure Via Sweetener yet, because I am going to save it for when I go back to work and want to sweeten drinks without going to the vending machine for a soda.

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I am trying to have a better makeup brush collection, so I am excited to add this real Techniques brush to my arsenal.

As often as I do my nails to try to correct the damage I’ve done, I go through nail files often. This Revlon nail file lets you peel away layers to have a new one when they get worn down. So awesome!

When I first saw the No. 7 Lip Pencil, I thought it looked a little too orange, but after applying it, I really like the light shade of coral that it came out to be.

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Two of these products I’ve reviewed before and was so happy to get more!!! (The ecoTools Pure Complexion Sponge and the RenewYou Spleep Spa Mask – yay!)

Also included were some skin care products I haven’t been able to fully test yet, but definitely will once I finish with the products I have now: ROC Retinol Correction Eye Cream & vbeaute anti-aging product samples.

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These Band-Aid Blister bandages are PERFECT for those sore feet you get from walking around Disney Parks all day! We ALWAYS pack a box with us on every trip – they help prevent blisters from appearing, getting worse, or causing you pain while you walk.

I have never used Tom’s deodorant, but the Wild Lavendar scent is pretty strong. It says it lasts 24 hours, so I will see if that is true!

The box also included a purse-sized container of tissues! I’ll be ready when I inevitably get sick 10 times during the Winter…

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We really like these babble bottles, because it has a built-in filtration system. These are perfect to bring on cruises or anywhere that you want to make sure you are drinking clean water.

Last, but not least, was this Essenza Rosemary Mint hand soap. It smells so good that I may keep it in our personal bathroom and not the guest bathroom!

 

You can sign up to PINCHme for FREE by going to this link and submitting your info. Then, keep an eye out for notifications of when new samples are available…Be quick! Samples go fast (after all, they are free!), so you’ll want to get your hands on them before everyone else does.

I also recommend liking them on Facebook to be notified of new samples!