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10 Reasons We’re Excited for Ellen to Host the Oscars on Sunday, As Told In GIFs

There are few things that I love more than Ellen.

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In case you’ve been living under a rock this whole week, the 86th Annual Academy Awards are airing this Sunday night on ABC. After the rather offensive flub that was Seth MacFarlane’s hosting gig last year, the Academy made a wise choice for their master of cermonies this time around: Ellen DeGeneres will return for her second round, after making her debut as the host in 2007.

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Rare is the occasion when you meet someone who’s not a fan of the outrageously funny talk show host, stand-up comedian, and general all-around ball of positivity, and there’s no shortage of joyous GIFs that embody all the wonderful things that make up Ellen. We found 10 hilarious ones that have us super excited to watch her on Sunday night! Tune in at 7 p.m. EST to see all the zaniness unfold.

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Finding new ways pregnancy destroyed my body

While motherhood has unexplainable joys. Joys and rewards that know no bounds and fill your soul with warmth and security and love, it doesn’t come without its headaches. I got to really experience one of those headaches this past weekend. 

I have been opened and honest about what pregnancy did to my body. Sacrificing my body is a small price to pay for the perfection I have found in Turner. But being reminded of how distorted and awkward my body is… I can do without it. This weekend I went to Victoria’s Secret for a new bra. I was still wearing ones that I had bought during pregnancy and knew it was time for a fresh start. 

I had a bra fitting and was measured, and to my surprise was given sizes and measurements that, well, I didn’t expect. I have always been a full C cup, and with pregnancy of course, that expanded. I went up a cup size and went from a 34 C to a 36 D. I expected that due to nursing and the inevitable pull of gravity, I would have returned to my original size by now. Well that was not the case. 

As the woman measured me, even she seemed surprised when she read my measurements in question form. “38 DD?” she said puzzled. I am sure her reaction was such due to the fact that I am only 5’ 2’’ and a chest measurement of that proportion must have been something that belonged in a circus. It didn’t help that after hearing the sales reps measurement my sister Ruby, you know the one who only reads my blog to scan for her name, said rather loudly, “WHAT?” 

 As I am sure my face turned a rosey shade of red, all I could do was point to my son and place the blame on him. The sales rep got us several bra options and we went to the dressing room. After trying on several makes and models and materials, I realized that due to pregnancy and the change my body has endured, my boobs are essentially freakshows. They in no way fit in any combination of bra. I felt like I was in my own episode of Golidlocks and the Three Bears.

Brittney and the Three (it was actually several more than three) bras. 

This one is too small. 

This one is too tight.

This one is too big. 

This one is JUST right… expect for the just right one never came. With my sister laughing at my troubles, I asked the attendant for help. Her simple explanation being that as a mother, I basically had to settle for the best mix because apparently bras are made for shapeless women who fit into Barbie’s measurements, and any sort of abnormality is certainly not accommodated.

So despite a tight fight around the circumference of my chest, I settled on a bra that at least held by boobs together. We will not even get into how obvious it became to both my sister and me that I had nursed more on one side than the other. 

 The realization of my destroyed body only continues. Even nine months after the birth of my son, I still am far from where I was pre-pregnancy. They say it takes you nine months to out the weight on, give yourself nine months to take it off… well, I think I need a little more time.

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Top 4 reasons you should NEVER buy or sell a used car seat

Your child’s car seat is probably the only thing that you will buy that has the potential to save your child’s life. You can get a basic standard model seat for less than $80. While I understand how tempting it is to go to a garage sale and buy a used seat that is half the price, I would strongly recommend against it.  

1) Car Seats Expire. 

A lot of people either do not know that car seats expire, or think it is all some hoax to encourage people to buy more seats. Well, you are welcomed to think that, but I think you’re nuts. 

Expiration dates are given to car seats for numerous reasons. 1) The plastic used when making the car seat wears down over time. The plastic gets brittle as it gets older, so the seat could break if it too old and you happen to get in an accident. Doesn’t it make sense that the sun and heat of your car can wear down the plastic and make the seat not as strong as intended? I think that is common sense. 

Often times, car seats come with special flame resistant materials on the straps that secure your child. Over time, that material wears off, making the seat less safe. This film on the straps is also the reason why you should never remove the straps from the seat and wash them in the washing machine. Instead, wipe it down with a wet wipe. 

This video is the perfect example of why car seats expire. 

2) Original paperwork. 

No car seat was created equal. Just because you have installed a car seat before, does NOT mean you can install them all. They are all made different and come with different parts and pieces. Nine times out of 10, if you buy a car seat from a friend or a garage sale, the seat probably does not have the original paperwork showing how to install the seat or how to use the additions that came when the seat was first purchased. Without this information, you could be missing crucial details that could save your child’s life. 

You need the original paperwork. More concerning than not having the original paperwork or parts and pieces, if that you have no way of knowing if the seat has been in a previous accident. A car seat is not designed to sustain multiple accidents. So if they car seat has already been in an accident, the materials are not strong enough to survive another one. Unfortunately, there is not a Carfax for car seat to give you an accident report. Yet another reason you are better off just getting a new one! If you do for some reason, still buy a used seat, you can call the manufactures to get a copy of the manual. 

 3) Car seats are recalled. 

As much as I hate to say it, sometimes seats end up at garage sales or given away because the seat was recalled by the manufacturer. Some parents may acknowledge the seat is not safe for their own child, but think they would be doing someone a favor by still giving it away. And while I can appreciate the thought that a car seat is better than no car seat, you should still be cautious.  Organizations likes the CDC, or your local health department keep a running list of car seats that have been recalled. You might have seen in the news where Graco recalled a ton of seats because of a faulty belt. I think it is safe to say that out of those thousands of seats that were recalled, not all of them made it back to Graco or were properly disposed of, and instead someone else is using it today. 

 4) New Technology.  

Have you ever looked up the evolution of the car seat? They have changed so much since they were first introduced. The first model car seats were introduced not for safety, but instead to let the child see out the window for a more pleasurable driving experience. So often I hear people say, “Well when I was growing up we didn’t have car seats, we didn’t even have seat belts.” I want to punch these people between the eye. Before safety standards for vehicles and the mandate for car seats, the cars we drove were a lot different. Do you think in 50 years, a 2014 Chevy Cavilers is going to be preserved and sitting in a collector’s garage? I think not. Cars are not built the same today. Back then, cars were luxury item that were built to last. They could crash and barely even have a ding on them. Today, you brush up against the curve and the car is totaled. We live in a different time. Cars today also run a little faster, and have considerably more drivers on the roads than back then.  

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A good example of how car seat technology changes  is that in 2002 car seats were not equipped with Lower Anchor and Tethers for Children (LATCH). Now however, they are a standard feature in nearly all car seats.

 The PROPER way to dispose of a car seat is to rip it to shreds. Make sure that you leave nothing left in a car seat so if someone happened to find it at the dump, they would not be tempted to get it. When there are so many different experts and organizations screaming about the safety of these seats, are you really willing to risk your child’s safety to save a few bucks? 

 I understand hardship all too well. I know that sometimes life throws up curve balls and sometimes we just cannot make ends meet. I have been there. If you find yourself in that situation, know that events like the upcoming one in my area, Buckle up, Baby! and local health departments will provide NEW car seats for FREE or at very little cost. And if you still cannot get one, message me. I do not care who you are or where you are. I do not need to know your story  or even why you need it. Just send me a message that you need a car seat, and I will personally get you a new one. Our children’s safety is just too important.

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Our first trip to the ER

We had our first ER visit. And it was a rough one. Andrew was out of town last weekend on an annual trip he and his friend take every year, so I was already on single parent duty. Andrew left last Thursday. Although Turner had had slight cough all week, I assumed it was because of the drastic weather changes, one day it is snowing with 10 inches, the next day it is sunny and 65. By Friday, his cough sounded more like a middle-aged woman who had smoked her entire life, so it was time to take him to the doctor. 

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My plan with a Friday afternoon doctor visit was to avoid the ER over the weekend in case he got worse. I thought I was being proactive. Well, the doctor said he had a respiratory infection and gave him some medicine. Friday was rough, but by Sunday morning, Turner seemed to be on the mend. At church Sunday morning, Turner’s Godmother told me that she could tell something was off with him. He was not coughing much, but just was not acting like himself. My older sister Ruby, (you know, the one who only scans my blog for her name) talked me into taking Turner and our niece Madison to the mall for a quick trip. Well, Turner went from seemingly ok to a big ball of disaster. 

Beginning around 8, he was overly fussy. He wouldn’t eat. He wouldn’t sleep. He wouldn’t do anything other than beg to be held. Once I got to my momma’s house, where I stayed while Andrew was out of town because I am terrified to stay alone, we tried everything imaginable to put Turner to bed, but he just kept crying. For about four hours my poor baby screamed bloody murder. I finally gave in and took him to the ER. Exactly what I was trying to avoid, a middle of the night ER run. Thank God I had been staying at my momma’s. I do not know what I would have done this weekend without her and my younger sister. They were a Godsend.

The ER trip was quick, luckily we were in and out and headed home by about 4 a.m. The doctor said Turner had a double ear infection. I just feel so awful. My poor baby, with a double ear infection. He was in visible agony. An antibiotic shot, some ear drops, a breathing treatment for his cough that all of a sudden decided to come back, and some gel to help with his teething pains, and we were sent home. 

I am so thankful and blessed to have had my family to help me all weekend long. But as great as they were, it would have been much better to have Andrew home. Just like I wrote in my blog praising single mothers, just a four day taste of what it would be like, is enough for me for a lifetime! 

Turner is still pretty sick. He is just pitiful. During the day he does great. You can hardly tell he is sick. He still plays, and despite not eating as much as usual, he is ok. But the nights is where he gets you. The nights are when I can swear he is on his death bed from the way he acts. He basically refuses to sleep in his crib, and the only way he will sleep for more than 10 minutes is to be in the bed with us. Which I really do not mind. But he stills wakes up in fits of tears, and tosses and turns and cries in his sleep. I think it is safe to say that Andrew and I are running on fumes and any day that Turner decides to feel better is fine by us!

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Realizations as a mother

Two things that I have learned this week.

 

1) For the first few months of Turner’s life I would brag about how as a 3 month old, he was already in 6 month old clothes. I thought it was great that my son was a big boy and that he was growing so great. It was exciting and fun. Well, this week, as I attempted to dress Turner in his brand new nine month old clothes, they did not even come close to fitting. They are super snug. He won’t even be 9  months old until the end of the month! So the next step up… 12 month clothes!

How can that be? My BABY is basically in toddler clothes? No way! So while my mother joked about how Turner looked the the Chris Farley skit, “Fat guy in a little coat,” in his new pjs last night. I refused to change him. It is no longer cute or funny that he is in bigger clothes. It is now the painful realization that he is growing up and just a few short months left of having any ounce of baby left in him! He has teeth, he stands and balances on his own, he will take a few steps before deciding he would prefer to crawl, and he is in big boy clothes. I am sure by next week he will be ready to move to college, file his taxes and introduce me to the woman that will replace me as his number one. NOT a fan.

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2) The second thing that I have realized this week is that any sort of television show or news story involving babies or children evoke a powerful emotion inside of me that I have never realized before. I mean, any human being with a heart would cringe at the thought of something happening to a baby, but ever since becoming a mother, I feel an all new sense of pain and worry when I hear of other people’s misfortunes, struggles, or challenges with their children. I hurt for them as if I know them and they are my own. Last Sunday on an episode of my fav show, The Walking Dead, one of the young characters placed her hand over the mouth of a baby to keep her from crying and alerting the zombies. I found myself screaming at the T.V. for her to stop and let the baby breath, and it was not even real life. I couldn’t bare to watch it. 

This morning on Good Morning America, they reported on a story of an Aunt stuck in traffic with her nephew and she happened to looking the back seat and see her nephew turning blue and non-responsive. Not only did the woman spring to action and leave her car to begin CPR, but complete strangers rushed to her side to help. Leaving their own children in the traffic jam to help someone in need. I cried while watching the story. I cried for that family and the horror they must have felt. I cried in fear of that happening to Turner, or my niece Madison. I cried in amazement by the help of total strangers. I do not think I would have had those same emotions before becoming a parent myself. 

Another story that has recently hit home with me, is the story of a young boy with a disability named Colin that told him parents that he did not want to have a birthday party because he had no friends and no one would come. First, if I could have one wish in this world, it would be to make sure that NO ONE ever feels that way. No child should ever be able to articulate those words and understanding the meaning. Colin’s mother created a Facebook page in hopes that her family and friends would help wish Colin a Happy Birthday and show him that he is loved. She got more than she ever could have imagined. People from all over the world have heard the story and have flooded the family’s P.O. Box with letters of love and support. Turner has monthly birthday parties to celebrate each milestone. So this month, instead of the usual theme, which probably would have been Valentine’s Day or spring or something, we are going to have a party at our house for Colin. That will be theme of Turner’s monthly party, and we will take pictures and then send them along with a letter to Colin to let him know that even though we do not know him and we are hundred of miles away, that we love him and care about him and want him to have the best birthday ever. 

It is amazing the way being a mother changes you. It is a beautiful thing. 

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What I think babies need, despite BuzzFeed saying differently

I am a BuzzFeed addict. When Facebook lets me down, I turn to BuzzFeed for my mid-day entertainment. I of course am obsessed with all things parenting/baby related. The article, 19 things your baby doesn’t actually need,  kind of ticked me off. First off, it is written by a man. And before you go all rouge on me and start standing up for dads, lets be honest. The majority of men and fathers, don’t really have any idea what we as mother’s actually need for our children. The author’s BuzzFeed page does say he is a father of three, but I think we have different views on what our children need.  While some of the things in the article I can agree with, others I do not. So here is my response.

1) Baby Shoes. 

The article, written by BuzzFeed staff member Mike Spohr says, “Babies don’t walk until they are 9-18 months old, so until then shoes are little more than props. Adorable props, yes, but ones you don’t need to spend money on.”

 Well, I agree and disagree. I agree because yes, baby shoes are adorable and I have bought my son a ton of them. And yes, babies do not actually walk until they are 9-18 months, but the reason I disagree is because baby shoes are not made to serve the same purpose as shoes for adults. Baby shoes are not designed for walking. For one, they allow children to get familiar with the feeling of the shoe. They are soft souled, so they are often times like designer socks that look like shoes. They help babies get used to having something on their feet, and provide more warmth and protection with socks alone. So I would argue, that while baby shoes are not one of the 5 most important things your baby needs, they should not be on a list shunning them entirely. 

2) Bath Thermometer.

Spohr says, “You could buy one of these or you could, you know, just put your finger in the water.”

I agree totally here. I didn’t even know the thing existed before reading this article. Who wold want that? And how could you trust some numbers on a screen over your own touch? Bogus. 

3) Bottle warmer. 

Spohr says, “It’s really not so hard to warm your baby’s bottle in a bowl of hot tap water.”

Well, I think this might be one of those things a dad says and thinks without really know. First off, I did not have a bottle warmer. I also think the few months you need it cannot justify how much they cost. But I cannot argue against the convenance . This product is designed for convenance and I think it serves that purpose well. First off, there is no bowl design that can heat a bottle because the bottles float and move and it is a mess. Second, this does a good even job. Plus, a bowl doesn’t fi the bottle, the water doesn’t stay warm long enough, and 100 other reasons that is a pain. So while this is not the first thing you should go out and buy, you cannot deny its worth. 

 4) A traditional high chair.

Spohr says,” Babies do need somewhere to eat, but traditional high chairs take up a lot of space. A good alternative is a clip-on high chair, which clamps onto the side of a table or counter and can be put away when not in use.”

Well, I am a little in different with this. I am a bit neurotic and obsessed with safety. I don’t trust the clip on high chairs. Not to mention the one and only time i tried to use one, it would not fit to the table I was at because of the design of the table. And you cannot assume that all houses have tables to eat at. We have an island bar in our kitchen so a clip on chair would serve us no purpose. High chair’s do take up a lot of room, but they have been around for ages, so they must be doing something right. I think it teaches the child structure. Plus, if you are anything like me, you registered for the high chair that matches the pack n’ play, car seat and stroller, so it looks better! 

5) Pee-pee teepee

Spohr says,” Dropping a wipe atop your baby’s penis is just as effective, and unlike the Pee-pee Teepee, you won’t have to wash it afterward.”

This is another one of the products I have never heard of. It sounds cute though. My son is 9 months old, and knock on wood, I have never been a victim of a mid-diaper change golden shower. I agree with Sophr, this just seems silly.  

6) Boogie Wipes

 Spohr says, “While Boogie Wipes do have saline in them which helps to dissolve mucus, a warm towel or baby wipe does the job nearly as well for a whole lot less.”

I have used boogie wipes and prefer them. When you are on the go, a warm towel is not just going to fall out of the sky. Turner hates getting his nose wipes, I mean he screams bloody murder. The saline wipes are more gentle and make pulling the dried snot off his face a little less painful. I think these are a go, a must have. I would have to disagree totally here. 

7) Diaper sack

Spohr says, “Filling this thing up with diapers and then fumbling to get them out is way more work than it needs to be. Put your diapers in a drawer or cute basket and be done with it.”

5422434916_798d8cfdfaI again disagree totally. I have a diaper sack and love it. He suggests a cute basket, I am sure that would cost the same as the diaper sack, and again if you are like me, your diaper sack matches the crib bedding and nursery theme. And as far as a drawer or basket goes, that is putting your line of sight below the child if you are changing him on a changing table or bed. My diaper sack is hung directly above where I change Turner so it is super easy and makes the whole process better. So once again, this is a must in my book! 

8) Expensive Baby Bedding

Spohr says, “This John Deere crib bedding set goes for $275, which is a bargain compared to some sets that cost in the thousands of dollars! It’s important to remember that bedding will be peed on and washed over and over. No need to break the bank!”

Full disclosure, the image of the John Deere crib set used in the BuzzFeed article is hideous. Bless their hearts.

I agree that you shouldn’t break the bank here, but I think the bedding is part of the nesting process. Something a man/dad probably does not understand. Getting to pick it out and even registering for it as a gift is kind of part of the fun of having a baby. 

9) Stuffed Animals

Spohr says,” Babies show little interest in stuffed animals until they’re at least six months old, so there’s really no reason to buy them until then. The most important reason to forgo stuffed animals, though, is because they can be a SIDS risk.”

At this point I labeled Spohr as a dream killer. He just doesn’t want to have any fun. He was 100% right when talking about SIDS. I think that stuffed animals should avoid the crib at all cost. But I am a big fan of buying them for my son and have kept every stuff animal anyone has ever given us for Turner. To me they are memories. They are stories. I have two cases to back this up. For one, I am an adult, and until Turner was born, I still slept with the stuffed animal I got as a kid. It now hangs in Turner’s room, but it means a lot to me. And one day, one of Turner’s stuffed animals may do the same for him. Second, they are important gifts that may have more meaning later down the line. When my dad went to the hospital when my niece was born we stopped by the gift shop and he bought my niece a plush giraffe. My niece was not even born yet, but she already had a stuffed animal. My niece will be two at the end of this month. My dad passed away suddenly from cancer last April. My niece carries that stuffed animal every where now and is one of the few things she has from my dad, her grandpa. So they mean more than just a toy, you have to consider that. So in my book, these are top priority. 

10) Baby food maker

Spohr says,” Do you have a blender at home? If so, congratulations! You’ve already got a baby food maker.”

I could take this or leave it. I could argue that I shouldn’t make baby food in the same blender I make my Friday night margaritas. Something about that just doesn’t feel right. But then again, I don’t care for making baby food anyway. They eat baby food for maybe four months? Turner started at 6 months and at 9 months with two teeth he prefers more solid foods. It think this is a waste, but one of those things that just depends on the mother’s preference and baby’s habits. 

11) Cutesy Towels

Spohr says, “Believe it or not but the towels you already have will work every bit as well on a baby as ones with adorable animals on them.”

 I don’t think it matters so much if the towels are cute and decorated, but I admit I have lots of them and love them, but I think the important thing here is for babies to have different towels than adults. First, adults do not buy new towels often enough. I think they should be likes sheets and changed out monthly. Second, like lots of babies, my son has super sensitive skin, she he needs softer baby detergent, so his towels are washed separately than our towels. 

12) Changing table

 Sophr says,” Changing tables not only take up space, but there’s always the risk that a baby could fall from one. Many parents forgo them entirely and instead change their babies on a bed or the floor.”

Well, if you do not think the restrictions and confinement provided by a changing table is a MUST, please come try to change my son’s diaper. He is like a ninja and flips and turns and twists and its basically like trying to rope in a wild bull. I NEED a changing table. Plus, getting up and down off the floor while lifting a baby is awful for your back. That is a horrible idea. Next, most cribs and pack n’ plays have combo sets that include a changing table type area. 

13) A fancy pants stroller

Spohr says, “Would it be neat to be able to charge your phone on your stroller? Of course. But is it so cool that it’s worth spending an extra $500+? I don’t think so.”

Just the tone of this post screams “dad who wants to save money.” For me personally, I agree with this. While a stroller is a great registry item to ask for and a great gift to get someone, I have no need for a stroller. I don’t use it enough. But I do see the need and intent behind a stay-at-home mom or a mom who gets more free time with a baby to need a more equipped stroller. 

 14) Special detergent for babies  

Spohr says, “Instead of buying separate detergent for your baby, try a regular, “free and clear” brand. These don’t have any perfumes or dyes and are suitable for the whole family.” 

Like I said earlier, I need special detergent for the baby. And in my opinion the free and clear brand ends up costing the same as a small thing of baby detergent for Turner, which at 9 months old we still haven’t used all of the first bottle, and regular detergent for us. I like the smell good stuff we use for our clothes and because our friends and family rock, we watch Turner’s clothes like once a month because we have so many for him to wear. In my house, this is a MUST. 

15) A Diaper Genie

Spohr says, “A Diaper Genie does help to keep smells in check if you let your baby’s dirty diapers sit for a while, but if you toss them out every day (like most parents I know) you really don’t need one.”

 Well this guy is bananas. I do not know what I would do without our diaper genie. Where I live you do not take the trash out every day. You have weekly trips. So I am not about to let a dirty diaper sit in a trash can all week long. And the post says parents take their trash out every day… on what planet? Ain’t nobody got time for that!! The Diaper Genie IS on the top 10 things you need. It keeps the smell in, you don’t risk throwing away something in the regular trash and accidentally getting your hand in poop, and the diaper genie keeps the dogs away from the diaper. Not to mention that the diaper genie is in the nursery, by my changing table and diaper swing, so it is easier than setting a dirty diaper down, wrangling my wiggle worm, then wrapping it up and carrying it in the kitchen with baby in my arms. 

 16) Wipe warmer

Spohr says, “You may need one of these if you have a baby in the dead of winter in Minnesota, but for most parents this is an unnecessary expense.”

 I can’t argue this. I think this is cool and probably would have made diaper changing a little easier in my house, but I think it is a waste of money. Room temperature gets the job done. 

17) Pacifier Wipes

 Spohr says, “Instead of buying pack after pack of these it’s easier and more affordable to use a self closing pacifier when away from the home.”

I admit, I do not use pacifier wipes, but I can see how they are needed. Turner will only take one type of pacifier. It is a pacifier that had ridges on the end and that is just what he likes. He has never taken any other kind. They type he takes does not come in a self closing one. So he would need the wipes. Lucky for us, Turner only uses a paci at night and sometimes in the car to ride, so we don’t really run into this problem any way. But if we did, I think this would be a pretty great item to have on hand. 

18) Formula mixer

 Spohr says, “Shaking a baby bottle isn’t so hard that it’s worth spending $150 on a machine like this.”

 Meh, I could take this or leave it. I personally would never pay that much money for one, but I could see how it could be useful if you have multiple kids. It is easier, not to mention if you have ever had to scrap dried, matted formula off a table, you can appreciate the no-mess this would provide. Not a must, but could be handy! 

19) Designer baby clothes

Spohr says, “$98 for a onesie? $398 for a Dolce and Gabana dress? Forget it. Babies grow out of their clothes so fast that they may only wear that designer dress once. You’re better off shopping at Target, or Tar-jay if you want to be fancy.”

 I do not think a mother on this planet has ever said she needed these things. This is totally just for fun. I love dressing Turner up. It is part of being a momma. So I agree with Spohr that this is not needed, but I do not think anyone argues that it is. Another example of a dad trying to pinch a penny. 

20) Car Seat toys. 

This one was not on the BuzzFeed article, but might be the most legit thing you do not need and should not buy. I was guilty at first, of buy those connecting toys for the car seats, until I did a little research and found out how dangerous they are! Please, please, please do not put these on your car seat. For one, The carrying handle for the car seat is supposed to be behind the top of the seat, that is the safest way for a child to ride anyway. Putting toys on a car seat cancels out any warranty or protection you have in case of an accident and the car seat malfunctions. These toys are dangerous and are not worth the risk. 

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My blogging worlds collide

So outside of my motherly blogging addiction, in my real life I am a copywriter. I wanted to share with you all blog I wrote about the importance of owning your own domain name for your blog. While some of you may thing it is a little hard for me to post this on WordPress, considering it sounds like what I am saying is knocking WordPress, but that is not the case. So while you are reading it, remember that just like WordPress has a free space for your blog, even with your own domain name, WordPress has awesome plug-ins to use for your website as well. 

I know lots of you are awesome mommy bloggers, so here are some things to consider. While I was writing this, I learned that at any time WordPress can erase my blog. That was terrifying for me. That means that while I am using my blog to record all of my best memories with Turner, at any second that can all be lost. Um, not gonna happen! So I bought a domain name. 

Read the article, and let me know what you think!