Jul 21, 2017

Celebrating Cord Blood Awareness


This post is sponsored by CBR®. All opinions and pictures are my own.

When Zach and I found out we were pregnant with our first child four years ago, we did a lot of research! How long do babies eat for? How many ounces do they eat at a time? What type of diapers are the best on the market? How can we make sure our baby sleeps through the night? We became so wrapped up in how to make sure our little one was going to be healthy, happy and feel secure as we ventured into parenthood.

One of the best decisions we did make both with Lily and our now 11 week old son Landon was preserving their stem cells when they were newborns. Why is this so important? It can help give your child the ability to use his or her own cells for potential future applications. If you choose family banking, it helps to preserve your own baby's cells giving them access to their own cells for potential next generation medical treatments if needed. It also has amazing possibilities to help in the treatment of various cancers, blood, immune and metabolic disorders. Both family and public banks help preserve the amazing possibilities to help in many treatments.

There are a few ways for patients to get stem cells, like from the umbilical cord  or bone marrow, but cord blood is easier to match with a patient, and, because it's gathered after birth from the umbilical cord, it's a painless procedure!

While many cord blood banks can be costly when you choose a private bank, we decided to donate to the public bank because it was free. It was something that we felt was important.  When we were going through the process at my delivery for both children, the nurses helped to answer all our questions and concerns when being asked to store/donate their cord blood. I always felt assured and never pressured that we were doing the right thing for everyone when choosing this route. July is Cord Blood awareness so how are you sharing this with your friends and family members?
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MomUniform

Happy Friday friends! Today I have Leah to share some ideas on the Mom uniform! 
What are some of your favorite pieces?!




I feel like the #momiform gets a bad rep sometimes, and this post is all about changing that!  My definition of a momiform is a comfy and versatile look, but at the same dang time, lookin hot while you chase your little one! My version of a momiform, is a soft casual tee, comfy jeans or leggings, and either a wedge or sneakers.
As mamas, we MUST feel confident with wherever we are body wise.  If we are confident, we are usually happy and when mama is happy, everyone is happy :) Am I right? YES. (just feed us, fuel us with coffee, and tell us we're  pretty)
It took me a year after Asher was born (March 8, 2016) to gain my body confidence back.  And is my body what it was before I had him? HECK NO.  I have hips you can park a boat on now and mermaid legs with no thigh gap in sight.  But that is OKAY.  Our little bug is worth every size up! Once you learn to embrace and love the new you, is when you feel ahmazzzinggg in anything you put on-which is how you all deserve to feel!  People always tell me "Oh, I could never pull that off" and my reply will always be, "yes you can, just wear it". Confidence is the best accessory.

All that to say, here are my best comfy, sexy mama outfits.  (P.S. these looks are for any woman- mama or not )  All product pictures are linked! 



I feel like the #momiform gets a bad rep sometimes, and this post is all about changing that!  My definition of a momiform is a comfy and versatile look, but at the same dang time, lookin hot while you chase your little one! My version of a momiform, is a soft casual tee, comfy jeans or leggings, and either a wedge or sneakers.As mamas, we MUST feel confident with wherever we are body wise.  If we are confident, we are usually happy and when mama is happy, everyone is happy :) Am I right? YES. (just feed us, fuel us with coffee, and tell us we're  pretty) It took me a year after Asher was born (March 8, 2016) to gain my body confidence back.  And is my body what it was before I had him? HECK NO.  I have hips you can park a boat on now and mermaid legs with no thigh gap in sight.  But that is OKAY.  Our little bug is worth every size up! Once you learn to embrace and love the new you, is when you feel ahmazzzinggg in anything you put on-which is how you all deserve to feel!  People always tell me "Oh, I could never pull that off" and my reply will always be, "yes you can, just wear it". Confidence is the best accessory.  All that to say, here are my best comfy, sexy mama outfits.  (P.S. these looks are for any woman- mama or not )  All product pictures are linked!  www.nordstropm.com/s/pst-by-denim.jpg51ZL64qfiIL._SY395_.jpgsunnies.jpggrl pwr.jpgleather leggings.jpgsneaker.jpg
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Jul 20, 2017

Spicy Basil Lemonade Cocktail

Happy Thursday friends! I have my sweet friend Sarah sharing an amazing recipe with you all today. My husband and I made it this past weekend and just could not stop RAVING about it with friends so I can't wait for her to share it with you! Take it away girly!

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Hi friends, my name is Sarah, and I’m the blogger behind Pretty Little Lists! I'm so excited to do a guest post today, and to share this Spicy Basil Lemonade Cocktail recipe with y'all! I’m always on the hunt for a good cocktail, especially one that can be made at home. Being a southern lady, I feel it’s always important to entertain guests with a fun and unique cocktail, and this is one cocktail that will not disappoint. It’s a little herby, a little spicy, and perfectly delicious and refreshing. I’m positive that this will be your new go-to cocktail of the summer. Enjoy and let’s get mixing!

Spicy Basil Lemonade Cocktail

For the basil simple syrup
  • 15-20 basil leaves (depending on how herby you prefer; I used 20)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
For the Lemonade
How to Make It
  • Combine the sugar, water, and basil leaves in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Continue boiling, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  • Strain the syrup through a fine sieve, cover, and chill in the refrigerator.
  • Combine the vodka, lemon juice, and basil simple syrup in a pitcher and stir well.
  • Serve immediately and garnish with a lemon twist and a basil leaf.

Variations
Want to make it a skinny cocktail? Sub 2 teaspoons stevia for 2 cups sugar.
Want it a little spicy but not too much? Try Mac's recipe (and my personal favorite): Use 1 cup Jalapeño Infused Vodka and 1 cup regular vodka.
Not a fan of spicy? No problem, sub out the spicy vodka for 2 cups of regular vodka.
Need a non-alcoholic recipe? Sub the vodka for 2 cups water.

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