Retinopathy of Prematurity is

Retinopathy of Prematurity is (ROP) is a disease of the eye affecting prematurely born babies generally having received intensive neonatal care, in which oxygen therapy is used on them due to the premature development of their lungs. ROP occurs when abnormal blood vessels grow and spread throughout the retina, the tissue that lines the back of the eye. These abnormal blood vessels are fragile and can leak, scarring the retina and pulling it out of position. This causes a retinal detachment and blindness.

 

 

 

 

My triplets were born micro preemies at only 23 weeks. My largest baby was 1 lb. 5 oz. and my smallest was 1 lb. The oxygen therapy that was used to keep them alive and help develop their lungs also took one of my girls sight. Her name is Noel and she is perfect in every way. She does not know any different so it’s not something she misses.

 

 

 

 

Noel has had many eye surgeries in hopes to save her sight but all have failed. We tried glasses when she was very young but it did not help her. Im pretty excited today because after another specialist appointment at Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Center her doctor said one of her eyes is still attached a small amount and we could experiment with glasses again now that she is older. This is amazing to me as a mom as my daughter has never seen me, her dad or her sisters. Yes, she sees us in a different way by our smell, our voice and touch but to actually be able to see us with her eyes would be AMAZING.

 

 

 

 

I’ve always known Noel could see something, just how much I’m not really sure. She can tell if a light is on or off and she watches the television up close and personal. We have learned to watch around her so that she too can enjoy a show as well. To think what else Noel could do with some sight makes me wonder what her future holds for her.

 

 

 

 

Blind or not she is perfect in every way, she loves the water loves to talk to people and give hugs. She goes to a special school about 2 hours from our home for kids that are blind/deaf and she thrives there.

 

 

 

Follow along on our journey as we get Noel glasses to see how she does. Will a new pair of glasses give Noel some vision?

 

 

 

LG Twin Wash System at Best Buy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

 

“But mom I REALLY need that red sweater for tomorrow.” Does this sound like something you might hear from your kiddos? How do you handle it? Do you run an entire load just for one thing? What if you don’t have matching clothes to wash with the needed item? Laundry has been a struggle for centuries, but things continue to get better. The LG Twin Wash System from Best Buy is one great example of how laundry day doesn’t have to be a hassle.

 

With the LG Twin Wash System, you can wash a regular sized load on top and wash a smaller load on the bottom. This is due to the LG SideKick Pedestal Washer. You can run the small washer by itself or at the same time as the larger machine. This makes it so easy to always have that favorite pair of leggings clean and ready to go. And, yes, even that red sweater can be washed when needed.

Throw in the fact that the top washer holds a mega-sized load of laundry and that both machines are energy efficient, and you’ve got a washing machine worth dreaming for. But, you don’t have to wait. You can currently save $500 off any LG laundry solution at Best Buy through April 25, 2018. That’s a huge savings and definitely worth popping on.

If you want the ability to wash two loads of laundry at once, and get clothes washed twice as fast, consider the LG Twin Wash System from Best Buy. You’ll finally get the flexibility you need in the laundry room without having to invest in a second full-sized washing machine.

Valentines Day Paper Craft with Kids

 

Want to make a super easy craft for Valentines Day? You’ve come to the right place, this super easy craft is perfect for all ages.

 

 

List of Supplies: 

Colored Craft Paper – 4 to 5 different colors including white.

Scissors- Under the supervision of an adult.

Craft Glue

Pencil

Black Marker Pen

 

 

Process:
Step (1)
Take different colored craft papers to create the flowers and the leaves. Cut out basic leaf
patterns from green colored craft paper. Create rolled paper roses from 3 to 4 different colored
craft papers. You’ll need about 10 flowers; though you can create as many flowers as you want.
Step (2)
Cut out a trapezium pattern from a grey craft paper and cut out some small strips from brown
colored craft paper. The trapezium pattern will be the base of the basket. Glue the brown strips
on the trapezium pattern vertically.
Step (3)
Glue another layer of brown strips horizontally overlapping the vertical strips.
Step (4)
Once done creating the basket pattern glue the flowers on the top side of the basket.
Step (5)
Glue the green leaf patterns around the flowers.
Step (6)
Cut out a small piece of light brown craft paper and write a note of your choice; Glue the note
with the flower basket on any one side, carefully pushing the bottom edge of the note slightly
in between any 1 or 2 flowers from the top.

 

Have a Crafty Valentines Day

 

Cherry MX Silent Keyboard Review

Cherry, a German electronics company makes one of the best keyboards I’ve seen on the market. Cherry MX Silent Keyboard, no more clickety clack. I work in a government office cubical land and these would be amazing. I listen to typing all day long and it honestly distracts me from the work at hand. I am an energetic typist and especially when I feel I need to get my point across I really have my fingers going, testing the MX Silent it was less noisy then my traditional keyboard.

 

 

WHY A MECHANICAL KEYBOARD?

 

A mechanical keyboard that prioritizes noise reduction over everything except for comfort and efficient German engineering. It’s a standard full size keyboard and underneath each keycap is one of Cherry’s brand new MX Silent switches. The keyboard itself is not totally silent that you won’t hear a keystroke but its linear feel, combined with minimal spring force is ideal for fast typists and action gamers.

 

Mechanical keyboards are all the rage right now for gamers but for the average person at home one may not need a silent keyboard. According to Cherry, “The MX Silent switches have a uniquely shaped rubber pad compared to conventional switches. The integrated 2-component stem reduces audible clicks at the bottom-out and top-out.”  I, for one, enjoy the sound of a mechanical keyboard, but I can see how it may be distracting for others in a co-working space. While not totally silent, the keys are significantly quieter than traditional mechanical key switches without sacrificing the mechanical keyboard feel.

The keys and keyboard body have a textured matte finish that is pleasant to the touch. I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing this keyboard and will be allowing my daughter to use this as she is a gamer and is constantly on the computer. I can enjoy the TV while she plays her games in the same room again.

 

 

Specifications

  • Model tested: 
G80-3494LWCEU-0
  • Hardware Platforms: 
PC, MAC
  • Weight:
2.1 pounds
  • Dimensions: 
7.7 x 18.5 x 1.7 inches
  • Number of Keys: 104

Source: The sample for this review was provided by Cherry. Please visit their website or Amazon to order.

Super Bowl ready with #SamsBigGame Giveaway and Twitter Party

 

“This is a sponsored conversation from Savings.com. All opinions are my own.”

 

Our family – like most in America – love football. It’s a great way to get everyone together to root for our favorite teams. Neither one of our teams is playing in the big game this year but its still a big family event for us. Of course, the best part about football season is all the great food. If you hate paying big prices to get enough food for everyone at the party, you’re going to love Sam’s Club.

Sam’s Club has some amazing deals when it comes to game day essentials. You can find all the snacks your family loves and even get awesome deals in the deli for prepared foods. Of course, you can’t go wrong with some of the classics. Tyson chicken, Skittles & M&M’s, and even 5 Hour Energy drinks can all be found at your local Sam’s Club.

If you’ve been holding off on getting a membership, now’s the time to join. When you get a $45 membership, you’ll get a $20 gift card. Plus, you’ll get additional savings in the form of free products and huge discounts. Just look through the Valpak envelope you receive with your membership for exclusive deals.

 

 

 

 

As if the membership to Sam’s Club wasn’t great enough, how about an awesome giveaway? Savings.com is hosting the #SamsBigGame giveaway in which you could win one of twenty $45 Sam’s Club membership gift cards! And, on January 16th at 6PM PT, there’s going to be a Twitter party with $500 in prizes!

Join us on Tuesday, January 16th at 6PM PT/9PM ET for our #SamsBigGame Twitter party! We’ll be talking about how to throw a great party to watch the “Big Game,” as well as all the benefits of being a Sam’s Club member! There’ll be $500 in gift card prizes up for grabs, so be sure to RSVP to be eligible to win!

Hosts: @EnzasBargains@MomsWhoSave@KatBalogger,  @DonnaChaffins@savings

Hashtag: #SamsBigGame

Prizes: (6) $25 Visa gift cards, (2) $50 Visa gift cards, (1) $100 Visa gift card, (1) $150 Visa gift card grand prize

RSVP: Here 

 

Football, great food, and the chance to win – what could be better?

How to get more rest in 2018

 

 

If you’re a mom … you can just stop reading this now. Joking no this is for you. As moms we need more rest to do deal with everything we deal with on a day to day basis. I know for me the middle of the night wake up calls from my daughter who doesn’t sleep well due to Non 24, work, stress , kids etc I want to make sure I get my full 8 hours of sleep. Here are some tips on how you can do that.

1. Turn off electronics an hour before bed.

That goes for everyone in the house. No TV , No Cellphone, no computer. Take that quite time to wind down and maybe pick up a book. The short wavelength blue lights that our technology emits are not good for us when we are trying to go to bed.

2. Read a good book.

I love this idea, I’m spending time with the kids or even if I’m not reading with them I can pick up a good book and read a bit. Reading always relaxes me and sends me right off to sleep.

3. Have a bedtime routine.

Having a bedtime routine signals bedtime. Washing your face, brushing your teeth and putting on your pajamas these are all things you would do each night to prepare for bed. Each person’s night time routine may be different so create a list of what’s important to you and stick with it.

4. Turn on a Fan

Its 11 degrees outside but I still need my fan on in my room. It’s a way to circulate the air plus it makes noise.

5. Digest your food before bedtime

It takes 2-3 hours for a big meal to digest, don’t eat a huge dinner and then go straight to bed. Smaller low fat snacks are digested by the body in an hour.

6. Use separate blankets if you share a bed.

This one is amazing. I use to hate that my husband covered up like a burrito and I was left out in the cold, but I wanted to sleep under the same blanket as him. We started using separate blankets and all is well now. He is bundled up like a burrito and I am nice and warm in my own blanket.

7. Trade in your Mattress

The National Sleep Foundation recommends getting a new mattress every 7 to 10 years. You spend a lot of time in bed and you need the full support of a great quality bed. Nest Bedding is family owned, factory direct bedding company made in the USA. The Nest Bedding Alexander Hybrid Luxury Contour is one of my favorites.

8. Take a Warm bath before bed.

I love a bath anytime of day, but crawling into a clean bed right after a warm bath sends you right off to dream land.

9. Invest in a lavender mist.

Aromatherapy has so many benefits. Spritz some lavender mist onto your pillow before bedtime. The scent is scientifically proven to slow your heart rate and blood pressure, prepping you for a peaceful nights sleep.

10. Keep Your clock out view.

Turn your clock the other way, if your waking up and looking at it all night your not getting a peaceful nights rest. Set it and forget about it till its time to wake up.

 

 

 

Save 10% on your Party Supplies at Paper Mart

“This is a sponsored conversation from Savings.com. All opinions are my own.”

At Paper Mart, they have the largest selection of stock packaging products found under one roof and they are the leading discount packaging company. They’re also my go-to packaging supplies place because I love their beautiful collection of ribbons, gift boxes, and much more. Having four girls in the house we have our fair share of birthday parties to throw and attend. Wrapping a present is how I show my love… I want the presentation to be spot on. I’m so happy I found Paper Mart many moons ago, it has saved me literally an arm and a leg.

 

Having gift bags on hand makes life easier than trying to run out and find some in a pinch, although we throw lots of parties goodie bags is always the last thing iI remember. I love how Paper Mart has the Matte Patterened SOS Food Bags. These SOS food bags are printed on versatile white grocery style paper bags. They can be used for just about anything from holding baked goods to party favors and gifts. I buy them in sets of 50 for only $9.59 which is much better than any party store and I always have leftovers for the next party or teacher gift that comes up.

 

If you haven’t checked out the assortment of gift wraps please go take a look. They have literally everything but my favorite for birthday parties is Party Wrapping Paper and its available in a variety of sizes and styles. Choose from 15’ and 100’ rolls to larger 417’ and 833’ counter rolls.

 

 

You can’t wrap that present without a cute bow. Paper Mart has a wide selection of bows, ribbon and other products to wrap in style. I absolutely love the Sparkle Holographic Curling Ribbon. This sparkly curling ribbon features a holographic design on one side with a gleaming satin finish on the other. It has a smooth surface, which makes curling with scissors a breeze! This ribbon is great for creating stunning curls and cute bows for presents, tying balloons, and embellishing party decorations, crafts and much more!

 

 

 

 

You can not beat the prices and quality products from Paper Mart. Easy to navigate website, fabulous inventory, best prices and fast shipment. But the best part is the possibility of buying in smaller quantities. PaperMart, you make me happy MOM.

Get 10% off your first order at PaperMart! Expires 1/31/18.

 

Use code GET10

 

TTC During the Holidays with The Stork OTC

 

“This is a sponsored conversation from Mums the Word Network and The Stork OTC. All opinions are my own.”

 

 

 

 

Have you ever wanted something so badly that all you did was eat, sleep and dream about being a mom? I was that person my days would be filled with researching ways I could eat better, chat rooms with other infertile moms because talking to my real friends was just too embarrassing. Infertility is kind of a taboo subject but it doesn’t have to be.

 

Most of you know I have 4 Crazy Girls but did you know it wasn’t easy for me to have those girls. I thought getting pregnant would be a breeze but I soon found out that wasn’t in the plans for me. It didn’t come easy and month after month the pregnancy test was negative. Eventually, I had to seek treatment and that was a long drawn out process, I eventually had my babies #triplets.

 

 Couples struggling with infertility often find themselves in a perpetual cycle of grief and loss. Every negative pregnancy test and monthly period is a reminder of the child they do not have and a dream that is going unfulfilled. Going thru all this is hard enough but during the holidays with all the extra stresses make it even harder.

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The Stork OTC is a uniquely designed innovative device you use at home during ovulation to assist your chances of becoming pregnant. Our FDA- cleared, over the counter device uses cervical cap insemination. This smart technique enables the sperm to quickly bypass the vagina tract and places the sperm as close as possible to the opening of the cervix, right where it needs to be to swim up through.

 

I love that the Stork OTC can be used at home, weekly Dr. Appointments, counseling and being pricked and prodded is hard enough when going thru infertility. The Stork OTC is breaking that stigma letting you try to conceive at home.

 

 

Now available for $59.99 at most retailers, also available at Target and online at www.storkotc.com. 

Join us for a Twitter Party on December 21st at 8pm

#gettingpregnant & #storkotc

 

 

 

Start a New Tradition with the Family Honor Plate

This sponsored conversation on The Family Honor Plate was written by me on behalf of Fly By Promotions, all opinions and text are my own.

 

The Family Honor Plate is a ceramic honor plate based on the Fruits of the Spirit found in the Bible under Galatians 5:22. To take those reminders a step further, the entire family can join in and create an honor plate. I chose to do this plate with 1 of my 4 children, as she struggles a lot with ADHD/ ODD. My daughter was so excited to paint this and learn more about the background of why. This plate represents who has made great choices, struggled with something and overcome. I especially love this plate because everyone can celebrate the child or person who has made great, loving choices that week.

The Family Honor plate comes with everything you need to create your own decorative plate.

 

Kendall started by ripping open the box, as she usually does with stuff that comes in the mail. She settled down more as I went thru and told her step by step what was needed to do to complete the plate. We wiped the plate down with alcohol to clean off any residue as instructed and began to set up.

 

 

Kendall and I talked thru the whole process of creating the Family Honor Plate about what it means to have self-control, showing kindness and being loving. Some of these things she really struggles with and the idea of this plate for her is wonderful. She needs recognition as we all do sometimes when we show great decision making.

 

 

Along with decorating the plate, we used the Table Thyme Discussion Cards and I. Communication is the key to building relationships and creating memories that last a lifetime! Having four daughters I need to know whats going on and make sure they are always open for conversation.

 

 

 

 

 

Table Thyme Discussion Cards

Enjoy more than a year’s worth of unique questions that will have your family sharing about everyday and unique topics, thoughts or memories that normally aren’t brought up or even thought about. Your family will learn how to articulate and share special memories, learn how to voice their opinion, and for some – how to even have an opinion. Every question is followed up with “Why?” to take your answer to a deeper level. That’s where the magic is. So now when asked…”What is your favorite dessert?” Rather than someone’s simple answer of “Apple Pie”, the whole family gets to walk down memory lane because of the answer to “Why?” is it reminds them of Grandma Smith who always made apple pies with them when they came to visit. Her house always smelled of fresh baked pies when you walked in the door. This opens up the unique memories of everyone in the family. Each member will get to enjoy a walk down memory lane with Grandma Smith. With this one simple question, the family has reached a new level of intimacy while bringing memories and the love for one another to life. And that was just one person’s favorite dessert. Wonder what the next person’s favorite dessert is and Why? Sharing, listening and genuine laughter cultivates connection and stronger relationships within your family. You may not remember what you made for dinner some of these nights, but there will be conversations that you will never forget.

 

 

 

How do you celebrate when your child makes great choices?

Get creative with Sweetlings

This sponsored conversation on Sweetlings was written by me on behalf of Alex Brands. I was also sent the Sweetlings to use for this post, all opinions and text are my own.

 

 

As a parent, I’m always looking for toys that inspire creativity in my girls. I want my kids to do more than sit in front of the TV – I want them to do activities that engage the mind. When I saw Sweetlings, I knew it was the perfect toy for my children.

 

 

Sweetlings are cute characters that your kid’s design using whipped clay and accessories. There are different characters to choose from and each character is made to resemble a sweet treat. For my girls, I chose RAINBOW SPRINKlING, which resembles a donut. The kit includes everything needed to make the character. You get the whipped clay, plastic sprinkles, glitter, stickers, arms, a decorative background, and more. You also get tweezers and instructions. You can also purchase additional accessories.

 

 

What makes this such a great toy is how much creativity it allows. While each Sweetling does come with instructions, you can let your children do their own thing to create the character the way they want to. Best of all, it’s something your kids can display and play with. It’s like making their own doll or action figure. Plus, Sweetlings are a whimsical toy that any child with a sweet tooth is sure to love.

 

 

 

 

Of course, the price tag doesn’t hurt either. Sweetlings can be purchased at Amazon, Toys-R-Us, and Target for only $9.99 for each character. This makes the toy super affordable and what parent doesn’t want to save money? If you have more than one child or want to buy more than one Sweetling, you can get the Sweetlings Sprinkle Shop for only $24.99 and create three characters. If this is the type of toy your children would absolutely love, you’ll definitely want to grab this deal.

 

 

 

Sweetlings are such a fun concept and sure to be a hit with children of all ages. If your children love to craft and play, you can’t go wrong with this toy. Click on the banner below to check out all of the Sweetlings and to watch some videos. You can also find out which retailers near you carry Sweetlings!