November 2, 2012

Holiday Traditions - Ornaments With Love {REVIEW}


Around my house, we have a few holiday traditions that continue to make me feel secure and loved even as an adult.  I hope to pass these traditions on to my kids just because they made the holidays so much fun and gave us something more to look forward to than just receiving presents.  I think my favorite holiday tradition was receiving a new Christmas ornament to put on the tree.  My mom made (and still makes) such an effort to pick out an ornament for all three of us kids that symbolized something we were interested in or participated in that year such as a sport or new hobby. 
For the past few years I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with Ornaments With Love to bring you some of the cutest personalized holiday ornaments.  This year is no different but it is much more exciting for me because we have added a new member to our family and it is his first Christmas so I got to peruse the cute baby options! However there are so many options at Ornaments With Love for all your loved ones. There are personalized ornaments for military, sports, hobbies, travel, grandparents, houses, friends and the list goes on.  I could (and have) spent hours looking at all the different ornaments on this website!

Not only are there tons of options of ornaments but the folks at Ornaments With Love are so quick! Every time I have ordered an ornament, I have received it within one week.  That is incredible to me that they can get these adorable ornaments completed, personalized and shipped all within one week! The ornaments are also extremely affordable considering you get exactly what you want and it is personalized. The ornaments in some of the retail shops I have seen are more expensive and not nearly as cute. Ornaments With Love also sends you a little gift bag so you can wrap it up for the special person who is receiving this great gift.

I know you are curious which personalized baby Christmas ornament I chose...
Isn't it cute? I love it and, although you can't see it in the pictures, the babies hat sparkles!  It's going to look so great on the Christmas tree this year and for years to come.

I plan to head back to Ornaments With Love and get a few more personalized ornaments for family members like my parents who are first time grandparents this year. My mom will love this gift and it won't break the bank!  Be sure to take a look at Ornaments With Love and maybe start a new tradition with your family this holiday season.

Disclosure:  I was sent a free product in exchange for my honest review of this company.  All opinions and views are my own.

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October 19, 2012

Where have I been?

There is an amazingly good reason why I haven't blogged since February...


I was busy preparing for my first child and then my little miracle baby was born on July 12th, 7 weeks before his due date. Bennett weighed 3 lbs 8 oz when he was born due to being growth restricted. I went in for a follow up growth ultrasound and was admitted to the hospital after a high blood pressure reading because the doctors were worried about preeclampsia and the fact that the baby hadn't grown much over the previous two weeks. Over the course of that evening, the baby's heart rate was dropping every half hour and recovering quickly until 5 am when it dropped to 50 beats per minute and stayed there despite our efforts to move me every which way. They did a c-section at 5:29 am and we were parents! Bennett spent 4 weeks in the NICU where he grew to 4 lbs 10 oz and we brought him home on August 10th.


Since that day, we have getting to know our little guy (who isn't so little anymore). I plan to get back into blogging slowly as I learn how balance life as a mommy. So, that's what I did all summer. How was your summer?
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February 13, 2012

Excitement!



There is much excitement in my house because something happened that I have been waiting so long to announce...



I'm pregnant!


I can't tell you how good it feels to type those words as I've wanted to be a mom for as long as I can remember so I am thrilled that this dream is finally being realized. I still have moments when I don't feel pregnant but then a wave of nausea will hit and remind me.  Luckily, I've hit 12 weeks and am looking forward to those feelings subsiding and the "honeymoon" phase known as the 2nd trimester to begin.

Since I'm a mommy-to-be, I plan on entering baby contests like crazy and am really looking forward to Happily Domestic's Oh Baby Extravaganza to begin on March 1st!  Head over there and check it out yourself if you are expecting or know someone who is.

Happily Domestic
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January 31, 2012

Sorry about the silence



You're probably wondering where I've been over the past couple of months.  Well, I obviously haven't been blogging.  We spent the holidays in the sun with my parents and came back to work, lots of it.  My husband and I own a local fitness center and January has been extremely busy this year.  Yay for an increase in business!  I'm going to try to get back to blogging soon but can't promise anything right now.  Hopefully, this is the year I have some interesting blog fodder!

Happy New Year to everyone!
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