Pregnancy Update: Week 18

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This is the week!! I finally feel like I’m gaining some of that second trimester energy that everyone wants! I’m not waddling like a penguin yet and still feel somewhat graceful. :) My nickname has been penguin when I’m pregnant since we were expecting our first child. Thankfully I’m only called that when I’m really large. :) We were at a zoo when I was 9 months pregnant with our first child, and we literally ran through to see the penguins before the zoo closed. Sean started laughing and said I was waddling like a penguin, and the nickname has been with me ever since. It’s better than being called an elephant, right? ;) I love penguins, so I really don’t mind.

18 Weeks Pregnant!

I’ve been drinking a lot of Red Raspberry tea, and have found a special way to make it that I just love! I’ll be sharing the recipe soon. My midwife said I can drink as much as I want as long as it does not bring on contractions.

I have started having the usual braxton hicks contractions. Since this is my 6th pregnancy they definitely start earlier than they used to!

The usual problem of varicose veins is quite present. It is probably my biggest complaint right now. My right leg is covered in veins, and especially my foot and ankle. It is a lovely color of purple and blue, and very swollen. I finally broke down and bought a V2 supporter. They are not cheap! I looked at them during my last pregnancy but I wasn’t sure if it would work. I am so thankful I purchased it, I’ve noticed a huge difference since I started wearing it! I’m going to try a new varicose vein tincture and cream and see if that helps my leg at all.

The baby is active and kicking, which is so nice to feel! I am getting so excited to hold another baby in my arms, it has been awhile! Deborah will be 3 in December, and this has been the longest break we have had between babies.

If you are pregnant, how is your pregnancy going? 

Introducing Stackapals – DIY Block People!

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block_stack1We are so excited to introduce Stackapals! This project has been a long time in coming. Sean actually started designing these in the hopes of having them available last Christmas! Since he was still in college, homework got in the way and he wasn’t able to finish them in time. Well, now they’re done and we finally get to share them with you!

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Stackapals are do-it-yourself block people toys that are as simple as they are delightful. Each character has been hand drawn and then imported into the computer for final illustration. Stackapals are designed with expressive faces and adorable clothing that make mixing and matching them bunches of fun.

Making Stackapals is super easy! You only need a few items to make these blocks and then you have an amazing gift! There are twelve characters in all – 6 boys and 6 girls and just about anybody can put a set together. Included in the PDF download are detailed instructions on how to assemble your Stackapals as well as helpful supply list links. With a little time and effort you’ll have a wonderful hand-made toy your children will enjoy for years to come.

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Think of the adorable gifts you could give at Christmas time to the young children you know! The nice thing is that Stackapals are very inexpensive to make. And they’re very versatile! Not only can you make block people out of them, but you can also adhere them to magnets to stack on your refrigerator, or even wood or cardboard tiles to lay out flat on the floor or even in the car on trips!   Once you have the PDF file, print off and make as many gifts as you need! (Please note, Stackapals are for personal use only. They are not available to make and sell online or at craft fairs etc.)

Stackapals_girl_collectionStackapals Girl and Boy Set! Buy separately or purchase the bundle set and save!

Stackapals_boy_collectionWe are offering a 2 day special as we release these exciting new products! For every Bundle Set of Stackapals you purchase, you will receive our Little Character Badges program totally free! The Stackapals will be emailed to your inbox right away, and then the Little Character Badges file will be emailed to you in the evening.

Receive Little Character Badges ebook for free!If you have a 3-5 year old child, Little Character Badges is a fun way to motivate and encourage your child towards good behavior, while still keeping them accountable in their incorrect behavior. This offer is available Monday and Tuesday, October 13th and 14th only!

Stackapals make excellent building blocks for children! We hope your children will enjoy Stackapals as much as ours do. It’s not just our youngest that loves them – our 4 and 6 year old girls love mixing and matching the fun characters. (We’ve even caught  our 9 and 11 year old sons sit down with them. :)

You can purchase the Stackapals Bundle Set here.

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Father/ Daughter Date Night Activities {and Free Printable!}

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The bond between a father and a daughter can be pretty special. When I married Sean I knew he would make an excellent father.  After seeing him with our children he is even better then I imagined. :)

I saw a really sweet video on Facebook and showed Sean. It is a really adorable first father and daughter date, and gave Sean a lot of ideas on taking his girls on some father and daughter activities! If you haven’t seen it, you really need to watch it! Grab the tissues first!

Sean decided to take our oldest daughter alone on a date first. She was so excited when she got this special invitation in the mail that he designed, asking her to go on a date with him later that night.

Date Night Invitation for Father/Daughter Date! Free Printable at www.themodestmomblog.com

**You can download this free invitation for your daughter that Sean designed, and you can personalize it! Simply enter your email address below and then click on the link for the printable. It comes with instructions!**

Father/Daughter Date Night! | themodestmomblog.comI made a big deal out of it, and tried to help her feel really special that she was going on a date alone with her father!

We curled her hair, using my favorite wrap and snap curlers in her hair.

Curling her hair for a special Father/daughter date night! I even painted her fingernails a really light pink color and let her put a tiny bit of lip gloss on! This is a huge deal in our house, it was a first (and a last for a long time!) as we tell our girls they have to be older for makeup. I wanted to let her know this was a super big deal though, and you could tell she took the date very seriously!

Dressing up for a Father/Daughter Date Night! | themodestmomblog.comAfter the hours slowly going by for her, she was finally ready to go! By this time she was a little nervous and wanted to bring her favorite doll along. :)

Sean pulled the car around up front, knocked on the door and escorted Carrianna to the car, opening the door for her to get in.

Father Daughter Date Night! | themodestmomblog.comAnd they were off! For those of you who are worried that Carrianna is in the front seat, the airbag in our car turns off when a child sits in the passenger side. :)

They went to Cracker Barrel for dinner, and then he took her shopping at Claire’s. She had never been there, and I suggested Sean could get her some hair stuff there. He ended up texting me saying he found her a little heart necklace that said “Daddy’s Little Girl” on it. So she came home with her first necklace. :) I have it in my jewelry box and she wears it for nice occasions.

Sean plans on taking the other two girls on a date. Our 4 year old asked to have the 2 year old go with her, which we thought was sweet! Every date night will look different.

Father and Daughter Activities for Date Night!

1. Have a slumber party together.

2. Go to the park together and get ice cream on the way home.

3. Blow bubbles together.

4. Play a board game.

5. Jump on the trampoline and bring a blanket to look at the stars together.

6. Go on a picnic.

7. Bake cookies together!

8. Have a tea party together (be prepared for major girl talk!)

9. Watch a movie and eat popcorn together at home.

10. Go to the zoo or children’s museum together.

I think father/daughter date nights are a great way for a dad to bond with his daughters, and help build that special relationship!

Your Chance At Health – The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle

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I don’t know about you, but I’m already hearing reports of strange viruses, cautions to keep our children’s immune system as strong as possible during the winter months, and that it is going to be a difficult winter. I don’t want to be at the doctor’s office all winter long with 5 sick children! Rather, I want to know how to strengthen their bodies to fight these illnesses, and when sickness does come, how to treat them as naturally as possible through essential oils, herbs, and other natural ways.

I don’t think I’m alone in this. 

We all want to make better health and lifestyle decisions for ourselves and those we love. We want to lose some weight, have more energy, use greener products, create nutritious meals for our families, get fit, and feel confident that we’re doing all we can to prevent serious diseases.

But it’s so easy to feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the masses of healthy living advice out there – to the point where we’re frozen into complete inaction instead!

That’s where The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle comes in. For the ridiculously low price of just $29.97 (for the PDF version) or $39.97 (for the eReader version), you can get access to a carefully curated collection of eBooks and eCourses with a total combined value of $1,030.

The bundle contains a wealth of information from the very finest healthy living writers out there – but there’s no risk of getting overwhelmed! A useful Getting Started Guide is included with your purchase, which will help you identify the most valuable resources for your specific health priorities.

The Ultimate Bundles team has done all the hard work for you – finding the top experts across a number of healthy living fields and combining their products into one essential collection. If you want to take control of your health, there’s no better way to start!

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You can buy with confidence because your purchase is covered by the Ultimate Bundles one-year guarantee: you have a full year to enjoy all the books and courses in the bundle, and if you don’t feel like it’s made a huge difference to your family’s health, you’ll get your money back in full!

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The bonuses include free goodies aplenty: a bottle of Healthy Mouth Blend from OraWellness, a baltic amber bracelet from Sweetbottoms Boutique, and a starter culture from Cultures For Health. You’ll also get gift sets from Made On Skin Care Products and Homegrown Collective.

There are virtual goodies, too – a 4-month membership to StayAtHomeYoga.com and a 3-month premium membership to meal planning service Tradishen. And as if all that weren’t enough, there are also $15 gift certificates for TheJoyfulGiraffe.com, Strawesome.com and Trilight Health. There is a nominal shipping charge for many of the bonuses, based on each company’s standard shipping rates, and is usually $3-5.

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We think there’s something here for everyone, and don’t forget… our Getting Started Guide will show you exactly which resources cover the topics and health concerns that matter most to you!

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