So, Mama Swag Monday is switching to Mama Swag Tuesday for the day. Life was a little insane yesterday, so I wasn’t able to get my act together & get my JAMICURE on. Oh, yeah, I said it.
I am the first to tell you that I had decided I wasn’t going to like Jamberry. I know plenty of reps, so I have plenty of access to them. I knew I could try them for free, but I wasn’t interested. My friend Ashley sends me a message a couple of weeks ago & asked if I would try them out. I told her, “sure.” << That was all the enthusiasm I could muster. She sends me a set for myself & for Maddie. Maddie was STOKED when I whipped out her tiny, little watermelon Jamberry nails, and, literally, asked me 15 times that day to put them on. She sat patiently & still on the floor in our bathroom, as we applied each nail. And I hate to admit it, but they are super cute & easy to apply.
In between nursing twins, feeding the 4-year-old, taking photos, editing photos, cleaning-ish my house, and working on a giant presentation for Mama’s Gonna Snap, I stopped & did my nails. They were super easy to apply, and I could go right back to whatever I was doing…because, inevitably, one of the boys starts to cry AS SOON AS I do my nails. Only this time, it wasn’t a problem.
If you are interested, check Ashley’s stuff out here: http://ashleymsmith.jamberrynails.net. You can also follow along on Facebook & Instagram! If you’re a Jamberry virgin, shoot Ash a message & she’ll send you a FREE set to try! Jamberry nails are BUY THREE GET ONE FREE! a Rafflecopter giveaway
Welcome to another edition of Mama Swag Monday! Today’s post is a fun one because I am featuring such an amazing woman & company, Tink & Key. Tink & Key features faith-based tees, specifically, their incredibly popular Miracle Baby baseball tee. Stephanie has a heart for bringing encouragement to others through the sayings or words on her littles’ tee shirts. When I first learned of Tink & Key, I saw a photo with a sweet story about a miracle baby. I happen to have two miracle babies, so I shared my story with Stephanie & here we are!
If you read my personal blog, you know the long story of my twin pregnancy, so sit tight. If you’re new, this is the story story of my miracle twinkies.
After five miscarriages, my husband & I were going to try one last time. My heart & emotions were raw. I learned that I was the problem & needed a dose of Clomid in order to even hope to get & stay pregnant. It worked, and in late September 2013, I learned I was pregnant. Just two weeks later, I laid in the ultrasound room, swearing loudly, when the technician showed me TWO babies.
At 15 weeks pregnant, I was put on moderate bed rest given all the risks associated with a multiples pregnancy. I spent the next 12 weeks relying on my husband & his parents to do everything I couldn’t do: dishes, laundry, cooking, taking care of our daughter, shopping. Until you are restricted to only being allowed to use the restroom & shower, you have no idea how much you do in a day just to keep up with daily chores.
At 27 weeks, I went in for another routine ultrasound, only to find that my cervix was funneling (opening from the inside out) & I was in preterm labor. I was sent immediately to St. Luke’s hospital in Denver in hopes that taking medication & being confined to a hospital bed would keep my boys cooking for AT LEAST 4 more weeks. It worked. I was sent back home just shy of 34 weeks.
A week later, at a another routine appointment, I was in labor. It was go-time. Jax was first, and was bright-eyed & ready to come on out. My little Jett was next. He wasn’t breathing. We found out later that Jett had his cord wrapped around his ankles & wrists, & was squeezing it, cutting off blood flow to his tiny body. The boys stayed in the NICU for just 3 weeks, learning to eat & adjust to life outside the womb. They are perfect, sweet & so snuggly!
Enter Tink & Key. Stephanie’s Miracle Baby tee can be seen all over Instagram & Facebook, being worn by miracle babies. If you have a miracle baby, go get this shirt! Share your miracle with us! Stephanie, thank you for sharing your heart, your encouraging tees, & featuring some of the sweetest little miracle stories.