10 Changes in my life over 10 years

This week’s Tuesday 10 topic is:

10 things that have changed in our lives over the past 10 years.

10 years ago it was 2005, and I was just barely in my 20s. These past 10 years have certainly seen a lot of changes and growth in my life, so let’s take a look.

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  1. 10 years ago I was still a newbie blogger. Now I’m blogging with more purpose.
  2. 10 years ago I was still working on my degree. I graduated from UC in 2006.
  3. 10 years ago I worked out several times a week and was fighting with my weight. Well, now my 30-something self is jealous of my 20-something body and weight.
  4. 10 years ago I only had a boyfriend. We got married in 2007.
  5. 10 years ago I was a full time student. Now I have a full time career.
  6. 10 years ago I was living with my parents when I wasn’t living at my shared apartment next to the UC. Since then I’ve experienced home ownership twice.
  7. 10 years ago I was living in California. We moved to in Texas in 2007.
  8. 10 years ago I shared pet ownership with my parents. Since then I’ve become step-Mom to a dog, then adopted a cat and dog of my own.
  9. 10 years ago I didn’t know what it was like to live by myself. My husband deployed in 2013 so I spent most of the year living in the house alone far away from any family (well, except for all the pets).
  10. 10 years ago I was childless. I became a Mom in 2014 and it has changed my life.

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Why I’m no longer against cry it out

Before I had the baby I was pretty sure I was anti cry it out. I just couldn’t imagine sitting there listening to my little baby scream and cry and not be doing anything about it. But I realize now you really have to try everything to see what works for your family and situation.
Not Against Cry It Out

It took us a long time to start sleep training Baby H. I wanted to wait until he was old enough to start making patterns in his sleep, but then we hit a huge road bump with him needing to wear the DOC Band. That forced us to quit swaddling because he had to be kept cool while wearing it (since it makes babies overheat easily, he could only wear a onesie and no socks or other layers). Pair that with what is called the 4 month sleep regression and our nights were miserable.

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FlexiKold Gel Cold Pack Review

I received the full product in exchange for my honest review.

My Experience:
The FlexiKold Gel Cold Pack is really quite comfortable to use. Once frozen, I applied it on my shoulder to help relieve some pain. It is flexible so it formed over my shoulder pretty well, though of course being rectangular it didn’t quite work so well around my neck area. But it stayed in place if I sat still (I could still type while wearing it – talk about doing one thing to help my shoulder pain while doing another that causes it LOL). This FlexiKold stays cold for a really long time. After I got tired of being cold, I set it aside and it was still cool to an hour later when I went back to put it away. I think I’m going to just store it in the freezer so it will be ready whenever I need some cooling relief.

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Gratitude and Goals August 28, 2015 #GratitudeGoals

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Welcome to the Weekly Gratitude and Goals Linky Party hosted by Julie at Velvet Rose and Suzanna at One Hoolie Mama! The idea behind this party is to take a step back and reflect on those things, both large and small, that we are thankful for in our lives this past week as well as think about what goals we may have for ourselves for the upcoming week. So share a list of everything and anything you are thankful for and add any goals you have for the week ahead. This party will start on Fridays, but you are welcome to link up any time during the week.

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Eulogy for my Grandma, Sharing Some Memories

My Grandma (my Dad’s Mom) passed away this past Sunday, and so I flew out to California for her funeral on Tuesday. I decided it would be best for me to fly there on my own rather than try to take the baby with me or to have Hubby take additional time off as well. I knew that if I went on my own I could help out a lot, but if I brought the baby with me, it would be extra stress on my parents to have to get everything ready for a baby to stay there in addition to planning the funeral and the gathering at their house after, on such short notice. Plus with other family flying in from out of town, just having me on my own made it more possible to sleep others. My wonderful husband helped me write this eulogy, and then I tried to translate it into Russian, kind of failed, and my Daddy had to fix it. So here is the eulogy in English.

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Are you a Breastfeeding Bully? Stop the Bressure!

Are you a breastfeeding bully?

Breastfeeding can be a beautiful, wonderful thing. But it isn’t for everyone, and that perfectly fine. Some women choose to breastfeed while others choose not to, and those are simply two ways to feed a baby. Unfortunately, there are people who make women feel guilty for the choices they make. Well I’m here to say let’s put an end to the bullying and stop the bressure.

Some people might not even realize they are being breastfeeding bullies, so I have put together this little quiz to help identify what makes a bully.

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Back to School Free Printable Checklist

Back to school time is in full swing and it sounds like everyone is scrambling to get all the necessary items together so their little ones can start their year off right. While I still have some time before Baby H is school-aged, I certainly remember my own school days with the orientations and school supplies drives. Today I’m sharing this lovely checklist in collaboration with the folks at My Voucher Codes, who created the printable. You can add to it as needed and work with the kiddos to check off the boxes. Have a chuckle at some of the very English words (such as rubber = eraser) while building some back to school excitement.
Back to school checklist

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Gratitude and Goals August 21, 2015 #GratitudeGoals

Gratitude_and_Goals

Welcome to the Weekly Gratitude and Goals Linky Party hosted by Julie at Velvet Rose and Suzanna at One Hoolie Mama! The idea behind this party is to take a step back and reflect on those things, both large and small, that we are thankful for in our lives this past week as well as think about what goals we may have for ourselves for the upcoming week. So share a list of everything and anything you are thankful for and add any goals you have for the week ahead. This party will start on Fridays, but you are welcome to link up any time during the week.

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Reminiscing about our Wedding Dance

We got married in June of 2007, which means we recently celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary. For this week’s prompt, I decided to reminisce about our wedding dance.

We got married in Hawaii and had our honeymoon there. When we returned to California, just before moving to Texas, we had a wedding reception. In Hawaii we only had immediate family (my parents, hubby’s parents and sister) so we had a small beach ceremony followed by sunset photographs and then dinner, so we saved most of the traditional reception events for the actual reception (even if it was over a week after the wedding). Except for the cake – we had cake in Hawaii, so we skipped the wedding cake and cutting event at the reception. We did get a separate bouquet made so I had something to throw at the reception. But probably what we spent the most time on was preparing our wedding dance.

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