Thursday, August 27, 2015

What my parents taught me

There are certain things your parents tell or teach you while growing up that always stick with you for one reason or another.  And trust me, my three sisters and myself have heard it all!  Especially since we were being raised in an uncommon household for that time and place: married homeowners raising four girls in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.  The Brooklyn it was back then was definitely not the Brooklyn people are flocking to today, and even still, my parent’s kids did not fall victim to their environment.

Now, as an adult and parent, I'm now able to put into perspective the things my parents taught us growing up.  Below are the ones that have personally impacted me.

My Mom
One thing my mom always said to us, especially if we tried running out of the house with our hair looking a mess, clothes not ironed properly or beds not made, etc., that my sisters could surely attest to was this phrase: “Have some pride and dignity about yourselves.” I'm honestly laughing as I type this because as much as that phrase annoyed me back then, I now understand it.  Yes, my mom didn't want us walking out of the house looking like ragamuffins, as if she and my dad weren't hard workers who took proper care of us. But, at the same token she wanted us to grow up not only looking the part, but also believing in ourselves and having self-respect so that we may be successful in life.

My Dad
My dad was a truck driver.  He was gone a lot, but whenever he had the chance, and if our mother allowed us to go, he'd take us with him on some of his trips. We've seen a lot of different states that way, riding along with him on his huge 18-wheeler.  He'd show us how to read maps, and pretend like he needed our help helping him find a location.  I guess you can say that’s where I got my travel bug – from him.  My want to be on the go, seeing new places.  Going on these trips with my dad helped us bond as father and daughter, which helped me understand how important it is for my daughter and my husband to have their time.  At four, she definitely has her father wrapped around her little fingers.

Now that I've shared a few things my parents have taught my while growing up that has an impact on my life currently, I’d love to hear about yours.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Introducing Travel Thursday

Whether it is local or spending a week or more exploring another country, the Beauty and the Bump family loves to travel.  It’s evident in our blog posts, and on social media.  Plus, we have a handful of international trips coming up soon.  As a result of our wanderlust, we’re implementing a new weekly blog topic: Travel Thursday.

What is Travel Thursday?
Travel Thursday will feature reviews of places we've visited like the Turtle Back Zoo we took a mini road trip to a few weeks back or like our couple’s getaway to Turks and Caicos.   The posts will include our favorite places to visit, eat, relax, spend time as a family, and more.  We will provide travel tips and essentials with a focus on beauty, family and couple travel to help ensure your future travel plans run smoothly.

Why does Beauty and the Bump love to travel?
My father was a long-distance truck driver, and during our days off from school he’d sometimes allow us to ride along with him in his 18-wheeler. As a kid, visiting different states in a huge truck was an unique and exciting experience! Needless to say, I've been a wanderlust ever since, and both my husband agree that we'd like for our daughter to experience the same, and more.

As a family we've cruised, taken road trips, and visited other countries.  Of course, we’ve had fun during our trips, but more importantly, each one of those experiences has helped us learn about other people, cultures, and their history; the world is our classroom, and this classroom is huge! So whatever time we have here with our daughter, and as a couple we're going to use it to explore our surroundings, and learn while having fun.  Plus, traveling, once you reach your destination is fun, and relaxing. I’m thinking of the beaches we’re about lie on, the foods we're going to try, and not having to worry about the ins and outs of my everyday life.

Where is Beauty and the Bump heading next?
The end of 2015 into 2016 is going to bring many exciting travel experiences, and negative paid time off (PTO) balances .:LOL:., but when a good travel deal for a place on your bucket list arises, sometimes it is hard to pass up, and you have to just #BookDatIsh and plan later .:shrugs:. That said, this is where we're headed:
  • September 2015 – The Beauty and the Bump family will knock off a bucket list destination with a visit to the UAE.  We're splitting our time between Abu Dhabi and Dubai.  Our daughter is excited!!!
  • November 2015 – The Beauty and the Bump family travels to our favorite vacation spot, Puerto Vallarta, MX, but this time we're bringing our daughter for the first time.
  • January 2016 – Beauty and the Bump will celebrate five years of marriage whilst visiting a bucket list destination, Marrakech, Morocco.
  • March 2016 – Beauty and the Bump will make a special trip to Florida to celebrate our daughter’s 5th birthday!. We're making a stop at Legoland FloridaShhh it’s a secret
If there's a location we've visited or topic you'd like to see covered during Travel Thursday just shoot me a message

You can keep up with our travels on the following social media networks using the hashtag #BATBTravels

Friday, August 7, 2015

Using Astroglide TTC™ Trying to Conceive Baby #2

Disclosure: Astroglide TTC™ sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.

Our journey trying to conceive, which hasn't been as long as others, has been one hell of a ride nonetheless.  After the miscarriage and failed IUIs we've become IVF candidates.  Since I changed jobs, I no longer have health insurance that covers infertility, which can cost thousands of dollars per cycle.  So for now, trying to conceive with medical assistance is out the door unless someone wants to send over donations. Seriously, we haven't yet given up; we're still trying, but with the help of Astroglide TTC™ Trying to Conceive.

One thing that can happen when trying to conceive with medical assistance is that, due to the medications, the pH of the vagina can change, making it an unsuitable environment for sperm.  Some women experience vaginal dryness, which can make intimacy with your partner painful, and unappealing.  That’s where Astroglide TTC comes into play because I don't know anyone that likes dry, painful sex.

When trying to conceive naturally, sperm need a healthy, pH-balanced environment in which to survive so that they can successfully reach the egg, and fertilize it. Astroglide TTC is a specially formulated lubricant that, instead of inhibiting sperm motility, it actually helps it. 

All you have to do is pop open one of the eight pre-filled Astroglide TTC disposable packets, and insert it into the vagina, to coat it, and then get it poppin’.  Just make sure you first add in some foreplay because anyone going through infertility can tell you that trying to conceive for a long period of time, after a while, can feel regimented, so you have to make it fun and exciting.

Unlike other fertility lubricants that I've tried, Astroglide TTC feels closer to the natural secretions of the vagina. It isn't as messy, and doesn't dry up as quickly.   Also, at $12.99 for eight (8) applications, it is a fraction of the price of other TTC lubricants on the market.

If you're trying to conceive, or just need a lubricant to add a little slip to your slide, be sure to check out the Astroglide TTC.  Check here to see where you can pick up a box.

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Disclosure: Astroglide TTC™ sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.