Saturday, March 30, 2013

April Fools' PSA {on a serious note}

Since April Fools' day is right around the corner, I want to express my thoughts on a popular "joke" that is carried out on Facebook.
No, I am not expecting- this is just for blogging purposes

"OMG, you're pregnant- How exciting!"
Add another 40 congratulatory comments and 100's of "Likes"

Then...

"HAHAHA.. Just Kiddin'!  April Fools'!"

NO!!

Not, funny!

Not.Funny.At.All!

I have been planning to write this post for months now; it's been rewritten about five timesI don't want to come off "mean" but at the same time, I want to make sure my point is taken seriously  Hopefully this doesn't come off too harsh, but I need to get it out, especially for my dear friends <3

This so-called joke is not "funny" nor is it "o.k.".   I hope people who may consider doing this think twice after reading this post or for the people who have done this in the past, I hope you learn something new. 
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Now, I want you to think about eight of your closest couple friends (bf/gf, hubby/wife.)

Out of those eight, one couple will suffer from infertility.  This could be your best friend, sister-in-law, sister, cousin, co-worker, neighbor...

According to the National Infertility Association, "Infertility affects 7.3 million people in the U.S. This figure represents 12% of women of childbearing age, or 1 in 8 couples."

What is infertility? Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse (six months if the woman is over age 35) or the inability to carry a pregnancy to live birth. 
  
Chances are you actually know someone who is unable to become pregnant or carry a baby full term.

Here are some more statistics for you:
-Approximately 44% of women with infertility have sought medical assistance. Of those who seek medical intervention, approximately 65% give birth.
-Approximately 85-90% of infertility cases are treated with drug therapy or surgical procedures. Fewer than 3% need advanced reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization (IVF).
  -For women in their childbearing years, the chances of having a miscarriage can range from 10-25%, and in most healthy women the average is about a 15-20% chance. 

I have to admit, when I was pregnant I knew very little about infertility and really didn't think anything of it.  I didn't think I knew anyone who suffered from it.

I.Was.Wrong.  So, very wrong.

I know at least ten couples who had trouble becoming pregnant, lost a baby, or are currently experiencing challenges conceiving.  

I have friends whom have miscarried, gone through procedures such as having their tubes "cleansed" (which I hear is extremely painful), and taken medication and/or injections to help regulate their ovulation cycle.  A dear friend of mine is spending THOUSANDS of dollars to undergo in vitro fertilization.

Do you think my friends find this "joke" funny when all they want to do is welcome a child into this world?   I highly doubt it.

Again, one out of eight women suffer from either, not being able to become pregnant or cannot carry a baby full term. Approximately one out of six women will miscarry during their pregnancy.

Please, please, please consider these numbers before saying, "you're pregnant" just to get a laugh- especially on Facebook.

You have no idea how much this can hurt someone.  

For every 50 of your female FB friends, 8 of them will experience infertility issues. 


On April 1st, I will post this PSA as my status on both my personal FB page and on the Born to Wear Diamonds FB Page.

"PSA: I know it is funny to announce you are pregnant on April Fools' Day, but take a minute and think about how it may affect someone who is suffering from infertility or the loss of a baby. Thank you."







Statistics were taken from:
The National Infertility Association website

American Pregnancy Association Website


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

W.W.W.W. {Mama+Baby+Kate Spade}

What.We.Wore.Wednesday.  {mama+baby}






She loves going outside!





<3
 Sophia's Outfit: 
Fleece: Old Navy
Pants: Old Navy
White Onesie: Carter's
Pink Shirt: Kohl's
Shoes: Stride Right

My Outfit:
Blazer: Kohl's
Pink Cardigan: Victoria's Secret
Scarf: Macy's
Jeans: F21
Boots: Nine West

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{Kate Spade}

I was going to wait another day to post this but I am so excited about our new diaper bag.  If you follow me on Facebook, you've seen I've been on the prowl for a new diaper bag for a while now.  

I finally found one today at the Kate Spade Outlet in Woodbury Commons, and I'm very happy with our investment!

It was a hard decision.  

I really, really liked this one:
 




 I was so close to buying this until Andrew and the sales associate reminded me how hard this may be to clean since it's a light-canvas material.  I'm just so drawn to it because it is "springy" and "fun" looking.  Plus, I love the shoulder strap/cross body feature.


But we walked out of Kate Spade with this baby!
Picture doesn't do much justice.. It's gorgeous

Does this NOT scream "Heather & Sophia"?!



Reasons why I chose this bag over the one above:
It's nylon material- much easier to clean and won't show dirt
It's WIDE.. I love being able to open up a bag and see just about everything.  

Now...

I want you to show you a comparison between my old Coach bag and the new KS bag.

Coach bag filled.  By the way, I don't have a ton of stuff in here

Notice how it looks like it's "bulging" and it won't zipper.




Here is the same stuff but in the new bag
Look how much room I still have?!  Plus, I can see EVERYTHING!
It has: one large pocket (book, clothes, wallet) two large outside pockets (will hold keys, bib, pens, toys, etc), two side pockets (diapers and boogie wipes), one large elastic pocket (wipes and diaper pad), two pockets on the ends (sippy cup/bottle), and it has a zipper closure.
Here she is all zippered. So pretty!


Love the stroller strap feature!

Notice in the picture below, there's the pink diaper pad- it's much bigger than the Coach one and it's more compact- it rolls up and fits nicely in the bag.

Showing off the diaper pad
Great size!

I was concerned about whether or not this would be "too bulky" to handle since it didn't have a cross body strap.  I think it's doable. You can also use the stroller strap to give yourself more room.

Handles
  
Stroller Strap
 
I also purchased this gorgeous cobalt blue large wallet/organizer. I'm going to carry this and throw it in the new bag.. See how "this system" works out.
I spy Sophia :)
My phone fits nicely in here as well..

Ohh.. I was also able to fit in this Vera Bradly lunch box.. Score!!


 How stinkin' cute is the bottom of this bag?



The Kate Spade Outlet is having an amazing sale at the moment.  All bags and wallets, excluding clearance items, are 40% off PLUS an additional 20%.   This diaper bag was on clearance, so it was only 40% off; but, I did receive the additional 20% off the wallet.

I walked out of Kate Spade spending under $220.  Let me tell you that the diaper bag is originally priced $229 and the wallet @ $125.. Deal- ABSOLUTELY!!!

I'm hoping (as I know, Andrew is too) this bag will last me A WHILE!  It seems like Kate Spade accessories are quality pieces and I'm looking forward to carrying this beautiful piece of arm candy.


She's my favorite piece of arm candy :)


My shopping buddies!


Thoughts on the new bag?  I feel like it should be named as I have a tendency to name my bags.. I was thinking,  "Oh là là."  Thoughts?























Saturday, March 23, 2013

Nurseries {Trends, Decor, DIY}

I am so excited about this blog entry!  

We have a bunch of great nurseries to showcase!!   Check them out along with five current trends in nursery decor and DIY projects/ideas that you can consider when designing or updating your baby's nursery.
 
Trends:

Murals:
This is a trend I've seen that is the most unique way to
 personalize a room. 

More pictures of this nursery from a very talented Momma below!
Thank you Born To Wear Diamonds Mommy, Vincenza and baby girl, GiaBella!

A Born to Wear Diamonds Momma submission
Bold Accents:
 Curtain, rug, crib, accent wall
A Born to Wear Diamonds Momma's inspiration for her baby girl's nursery!


Make it Personal:
Baby's monogram, initials or name

My baby girl's crib!

Paper Lanterns/Tissue Pom Poms:



Paper lanterns in Sophia's room

Changing Table Fun
Mirrors or pictures are great for baby to look at when changing his/her diaper

Sophia's changing area


DIY
If you are not artistically inclined like me, vinyl decals are wonderful!  They are easy to install and remove.  They range in price, $7.00 (ebay) to $150 (Etsy).



Love vinyl sayings!

More Tiffany inspiration!

This is a very cost-friendly way to accent a room!


Great websites for inspiration:
Pinterest  (of course)


Now, I'd like to show you the best nursery I have ever seen that was designed by someone I actually know!!  This is my friend Rachelle's nursery for her son, Connor. Andrew and I met Rachelle and her husband while on our honeymoon.  When Rachelle posted these pictures, my jaw literally dropped and hit the keyboard.  She is so talented- see for yourself!

Connor's, Dr. Seuss, themed nursery:










 










Unbelievable, right?!  
Rachelle told me this took her about a month (few weekends and an hour or so during the week) to complete, from start to finish.  Even though she had the overhead projector, most of the drawing were done free hand (ohh emmm gee).  As for the adorable accessories, she searched long and hard online and even created some (Connor's striped letters) when needed.
She said if she were to have a girl, the nursery would have a different theme.  I can't even begin imagine how beautiful that nursery would look!  

Thank you Rachelle, Vincenza, Gwen and Deb for sharing your
nursery pictures!