I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Disney Screen!

Have you heard about Disney Screen? Disney Screen is a first-of-its-kind membership program and ensures there’s always something for families at the movies. It’s the perfect family activity! Get the details about Disney Screen here!

This post is sponsored by Disney for Disney Screen. I was compensated movie passes in exchange for this post.

Today is Mathew’s last day of work at Enterprise. With several job prospects and a couple offers, we’re nervous but excited. To be honest, Addie and I haven’t spent much time with Mathew this past year. Work took him away for over 12 hours a day and his commute is an hour each way. It hasn’t been easy. I’m excited for our weekend to start, because Mathew will have some space in between finishing his job and starting a new one. This means we can do some fun things and enjoy our time as a family for once. It’s going to be the first time we will have more than a weekend of just us together, and I’m so thrilled. I have big plans for our week (other than hitting up Disney Social Media Moms On the Road for half a day by myself) like getting snow cones as a family, making dinner together, and going for our first family outing out of town for Disney Screen.

Have you heard about Disney Screen? Disney Screen is a first-of-its-kind membership program and ensures there’s always something for families at the movies. It’s the perfect family activity! Get the details about Disney Screen here!

What’s Disney Screen?

Starting today, Disney is launching a BRAND NEW concept called Disney Screen. It’s only testing in 6 different markets and thankfully, Plano is one of them. Disney Screen will have a membership program that will ensure that whenever you go to the movies, you’ll always have a fun, family option! It’ll host 4 classic Disney movies each day. Lucky for us, the Cinemark 24 in Plano is hosting Disney Screen and throughout August they’ll have different themes each week including Disney Music, Disney Dogs, Pixar, and Disney Animals!

Have you heard about Disney Screen? Disney Screen is a first-of-its-kind membership program and ensures there’s always something for families at the movies. It’s the perfect family activity! Get the details about Disney Screen here!

How much does it cost?

Awesomely enough, Disney Screen comes with different admission options for quarterly, monthly, weekly or daily passes. Each pass admits one person. We got a family 4 pack with a monthly admission so Mathew, Addie, a nurse, and myself could go!

o Quarterly – $40, Unlimited admission for three months

o Monthly – $20, Unlimited admission for one month

o Weekly – $10, Unlimited admission for seven days

o Daily – $5, 4 Movies, One Great Day!

Have you heard about Disney Screen? Disney Screen is a first-of-its-kind membership program and ensures there’s always something for families at the movies. It’s the perfect family activity! Get the details about Disney Screen here!

Addie doesn’t go out in public too much, and we will of course take all the precautions needed for her when we go. Our plan? To go on a day and time that is the least busy so we don’t have to worry about little kid germs. Also? We’ll carry hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes for our chairs, and all of Addie’s necessary supplies like her pulse oximeter, extra trachs, suction machine, ventilator, and ambu bag. We’re trying to live our lives as normal as possible, especially while it’s not respiratory season. As long as we take precautions, we can lead as much of a normal life as we’d like! I’m not sure which Disney movie we’ll introduce her to first, but I love all the options from Music Week next week!

The great folks behind Disney Screen wanted to share this fun opportunity with one of our Texas readers. We want to gift one lucky person with a Family Four Pack August Monthly Pass to the Disney Screen located in Plano!

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A Day in the Life of Addie (a collaboration with Gerber® Good Start® Gentle)

A Day in the Life of Addie is one we try to keep as normal as possible. She's our #formulaforhappiness! Find out what we do during a typical day, and how we strive to let Addie have the best life at home as possible!  Plus. check out tips and tricks for breastfeeding, sleep, and more for YOUR baby from Gerber® Good Start® Gentle.


It’s no doubt that we are incredibly grateful to have our sweet Addie home. It’s been over a month now and I honestly still can’t believe it some days. We spent 10 months total in the NICU and PICU (minus a few days) with doctors telling us many times they didn’t know if Addie would “make it” or be able to live a fulfilled life outside of the hospital. I don’t know about you, but I draw my strength from my family, and I’m stubborn. If someone tells me I can’t do something, I go out and do it…especially when it comes to Addie. Now that we’ve proved doctors wrong, I’m on a mission to make sure Addie has the very best days at home. My days start with Addie at 7 am and end at midnight, despite having a night nurse. It’s tiring but SO rewarding, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

A typical day at home:


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Our days start out with the nurse and I moving Addie to the living room. She loves to lay on the couch while I sit next to her and snuggle. Then, I move her to the floor for playtime while I draw up her many medicines, do her trach and g-button care, dress her up, and give her freshly pumped milk. Y’all know I’m an exclusive pumper, but did you know Good Start® Gentle has certified Lactation Consultants that can help you if you have questions about breastfeeding? As a pumping mama, I think that’s an awesome resource.


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In any case, Addie drinks her “baba”, I talk to her, and we have a wonderful time! After her bottle, we have lots of fun playing on the floor with her Fisher Price Kick and Play Mat and her Dr. Browns Gia pillow. We practice lots of Occupational Therapy techniques to help Addie grasp, pull her neck up to sit, tummy time to strengthen her neck muscles, and weight bear on her arms. It’s a lot of work but it’s such a wonderful feeling when she learns what we’ve been teaching her after only a few times.


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Usually Addie’s work outs tire her out and she takes a nap in her 4 Moms Breeze Pack and Play. We love it! While she naps, I really work hard to clean up the kitchen from my mess of syringes and bottles, pick up her living room toys, do laundry, make or reschedule appointments, or pump again. If I’m lucky, I’ll even get time to blog for a few minutes! Then, it’s time for her Occupational Therapist to come and work with her. It’s an hour of playing and hard work but somebody’s got to do it! I help along while they work with her so I can learn techniques to practice with her during the week.


After pumping again, it’s time to wake Addie up. She gets her breathing treatment and CPT (that’s where I pat her chest to loosen up any mucus in her lungs), and she eats again. Addie loves eating baby food with her lunch time bottle, and I just crack up when it gets all over her face. We play again and usually sing and dance! Sometimes, if it’s not too hot, I take Addie outside on the back porch to play in her pool or make a little picnic.


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Around this time we usually have company join us for an hour or so (depending on the day) and we play some more. Addie practices standing in her saucer and also plays in her swing. Her therapist wants her to practice being in her swing to feel more movement, sit up more, and become aware of the world around her more! We have fun whether we’re alone or with friends during this time!


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We wear ourselves out playing and then it’s time for another bottle, more medicine, and then bath time! I usually wait for Mathew to come home for bath time if I’m trying to make dinner before he gets home, but if he’s lucky and dinner is something in the crock pot or oven, I haul Addie’s huge oxygen concentrator, ventilator, and pulse oximeter to the bathroom (while I’m holding her) and put her in her 4Moms tub. She loves it! We love to play with our Nuby bath toys and make bubbles with our bath wash to make bath time extra fun.


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After bathing Addie, we have to do trach and g-button care. Trach care consists of cleaning her trach area, drying it, and having one person hold her trach completely by itself in her neck (without letting go) while the other person dries her neck and puts on new trach ties. It can be very scary if Addie gets upset and cries because she likes to hold her breath. When that happens, we have to be incredibly careful not to lose the trach, but be fast enough to finish up quickly so we can calm her down. Trachs are serious things and letting go of the trach could result in an emergent trach change or a call to 911 if her emergency trach were to be unable to get in. Luckily, we know Addie pretty well and know when we should take breaks during her trach care and when to just hurry up and finish.


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By the time we finish with trach care and getting Addie lotioned up and dressed in pajamas, our nurse arrives and we’re able to eat dinner while Addie gets a breathing treatment. We have to have a night nurse because if Addie’s trach were to come out at night while we were sleeping, Addie could die. Not only that, but if Addie cries, she can hold her breath and her oxygen can go extremely low. Trach babies’ voices can’t be heard, so it’s important to know which alarms to pay attention to in order to best help her. After dinner, it’s our last bottle and story time, then off to bed.


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Bedtime can be hit or miss. Sometimes, Addie is so tired she knocks out before I can get her adjusted in bed (or even IN bed like the other night when she slept on her lamb mat for several hours. Other nights, it’s torture and the nurses say she will be up until 1 in the morning just wanting to play.

Good sleep for Addie, for your baby, and your family is an essential component of enjoying the journey through motherhood. That journey isn’t always perfect, but getting support every step of the way helps. That is why Gerber® Good Start® Gentle has a Certified Sleep Consultant for your little one’s needs. I try to get Addie to sleep through the night, and we’re getting there, but she’s almost 11 months old and finally getting the hang of it.


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Addie’s night usually ends here, but not ours. Washing dishes, pumping, showering, and more round out our night at 11:30 or midnight.


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We have long days at our house (even on tame ones like this) and even longer days when we have appointments out of town at least once a week. Still, I love every single day and every single moment. Addie is my joy and my family contributes greatly to my formula for happiness. We have spent over a month at home and I am over the moon about it. We have developed such a nice routine, and while it still has it’s holes, it’s pretty dang close to being the perfect routine.

If you’d like to know more about Gerber and want to make a free appointment with Gerber® Good Start® Gentle’s certified baby sleep consultant or lactation consultant be sure to visit their website!

6 Essential Oil Lip Scrubs So Good You’ll Want To Eat Them

Looking for essential oil lip scrubs? These alcoholic drink inspired scrubs will have your lips wanting more!

I’m a sucker for a good scrub. I use them on my legs, arms, chest, back, and face. I can’t get enough of them. There are days when I feel like pampering myself, and love to make fun treats. Today? I made lip scrubs. These 6 scrubs were inspired by delicious summer cocktails, and these essential oil lip scrubs are SO good, you’ll want to eat them. Promise.

These ingredients will make all 6 of the combinations of essential oil lip scrubs. Trust me, you’ll want to make them all!

What you’ll need-

6 lip balm containers

Unrefined Coconut Oil

Sugar 

Lemon, Lime, Orange, Grapefruit, and Peppermint Young Living Essential Oils

Coffee Grounds (I love this particular one)

Strawberry Extract

The Recipes:

Lime margarita essential oil lip scrub so good you'll want to eat it. These are fab!

Mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 3 tablespoons of sugar, and 2 drops of lime essential oil together until well mixed. Put into your lip balm container. Your Margarita lip scrub is now ready! Put onto your lips and rub for a minute or two then rinse off. Now go find a fiesta!

Strawberry Daiquiri essential oil lip scrub so good you'll want to eat it. These are fab!

Mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 3 tablespoons of sugar, 2 drops of strawberry extract, and 1 drop of lime essential oil together until well mixed. Put into your lip balm container. Your Strawberry Daiquiri lip scrub is now ready! Put onto your lips and rub for a minute or two then rinse off. Wear it to bring a little sweetness to that pout before heading out!

Hurricane essential oil lip scrub so good you'll want to eat it. These are fab!

Mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 3 tablespoons of sugar, and 1 drop each of orange and grapefruit essential oils together until well mixed. Put into your lip balm container. Your Hurricane lip scrub is now ready! Put onto your lips and rub for a minute or two then rinse off. Get ready for a wild night on Bourbon Street!

Mint Mojito essential oil lip scrub so good you'll want to eat it. These are fab!

Mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 3 tablespoons of sugar, and 1 drop each of lime and peppermint essential oils together until well mixed. Put into your lip balm container. Your Mojito lip scrub is now ready! Put onto your lips and rub for a minute or two then rinse off. It’s time for a soothing night along the Florida coastline.

Lemon Drop essential oil lip scrub so good you'll want to eat it. These are fab!

Mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 3 tablespoons of sugar, and 2 drops of lemon essential oils together until well mixed. Put into your lip balm container. Your Lemon Drop lip scrub is now ready! Put onto your lips and rub for a minute or two then rinse off. Now you’re ready for an energetic Summer night out!

White Russian essential oil lip scrub so good you'll want to eat it. These are fab!

Mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 3 tablespoons of sugar, and 1/4 tsp coffee grounds together until well mixed. Put into your lip balm container. Your White Russian lip scrub is now ready! Put onto your lips and rub for a minute or two then rinse off. This one is perfect right before you hit the hay!

So there you have it- 6 Lip Scrubs So Good You’ll Want To Eat Them. Try them out and let me know how much you love them! Which is your favorite?