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Cub Foods Days – Gift Card #Giveaway!

If you’re local to the Twin Cities – like me – then I know you’ve heard of Cub Foods, one of the biggest local grocers. And if you’ve been keeping up on the news, they recently bought out several of the old Rainbow Foods locations around the Cities to open up some new stores. In honor of their new stores – and in appreciation of their loyal customers – Cub is throwing a big, month long party called Cub Days!

Beginning this week through Oct. 11, Cub shoppers will be able to save big…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 23, 2014 at 8:17pm — No Comments

Pregnancy After Stillbirth: The Breakdown Point

I think I’m finally starting to realize just how much of an impact losing Addison is having on this pregnancy.

The last month was such a whirlwind – it’s been so packed with doctor’s appointments, work transitions, events and chasing after my rambunctious toddler that I really haven’t had a lot of time to think about things. Or how anxious I am to get through every little milestone that I set up for this pregnancy.

I’ve been super behind on reading my favorite blogs lately.…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 23, 2014 at 11:31am — No Comments

Exhaustion. And Going to the Shooting Range While Pregnant.

Have you ever had one of those moments – those days, or maybe those weeks – where you’re just so burnt out, you don’t even know what you should do next?

That’s how I felt on Saturday.

I hate that feeling. Mostly because you never know how long it’s going to last. It’s funny, because my doctor’s visit on Friday really precipitated the whole…unproductive afternoon.

On Friday, I was talking to one of the nurses about how this pregnancy has been so different – between the…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 22, 2014 at 3:03pm — No Comments

Healthy Snacks: 10 Easy Ideas to Always Keep on Hand (for Pregnancy AND for Toddlers)

When I’m not pregnant, I’m honestly not much of a snacky person. Being pregnant makes a whole different side of hunger come out – I’m basically ravenous all the damn time. I also have a toddler in the house, who LOVES snacks – and needs easy access to his favorite things. Because of this, I’ve had to come up with a stockpile that goes beyond the goldfish crackers to keep us both happy and full (have you ever seen a hungry, crabby toddler? Imagine the same thing in a grown woman with a baby…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 18, 2014 at 12:50pm — No Comments

8 Weeks Pregnant: What it Feels Like This Time Around

With my previous pregnancies – especially in the beginning – I would sometimes forget that I was pregnant. Just a slip of the mind, I didn’t always feel pregnant, so I just…didn’t always remember that I was pregnant.

This time around, even at 8 weeks pregnant, it’s so much different. I can barely go five minutes without thinking – has another day passed? Because I’ve been so worried about doing this pregnancy right, there’s not a moment that’s gone by that I don’t remember…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 17, 2014 at 5:59pm — No Comments

Blogging Tips: How to Find Brand Partners

I’ve gotten several messages over the last week from readers asking me one thing: how do I find the right brand partners for my blog? The truth is, there’s not one fit that works for everyone – but there’s certainly similar steps every blogger can take to find partners within their niche. So that’s where we’ll focus this week’s blogging tips: how to find great brand partners for your site.

1. Identify your niche.

This sounds basic, but it’s actually a step that…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 16, 2014 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Life After Child Loss: Four Months Later

This weekend, I went to the wedding of our friends. It was a beautiful wedding, full of life and laughter and love.

But something struck me as I watched Lisa’s mom be escorted to her seat at the front of the church. Followed by Lisa, in her beautiful gown, her dad by her side.

I’ll never see this for her. My little girl won’t get a wedding. We’ll never have a chance to talk about dresses, or flowers, or guest lists. Hell, I won’t even know if that’s what she wanted – the big…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 15, 2014 at 5:24pm — No Comments

Playdate IQ: Tips for Planning the Best Playdates for Moms and Kids

One of the biggest reasons why I left the “office” world to work for myself was to have more opportunities to spend quality time with my little guy. I love having the best of both worlds – being able to get tons of work done (and feel like a really productive mama) while still planning super fun days with him. And one of our favorite things to do on our days together is to plan a playdate with a friend or…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 15, 2014 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Pregnancy Workout Mama: The First Trimester

So, before we found out we were pregnant, I was really working hard on getting to the gym four or five times a week. And I was doing such an awesome job.

And then, we had a crazy week where Ricky was home for six days – no working breaks for mama – which meant mama got really behind. Which led to two weeks of playing catch up, and only two or three workouts.

Then there was this week, where I’ve basically been nauseous and just trying to figure out how to cope with severe…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 12, 2014 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Blogging Tips: Getting Back on a Fall Schedule

Happy fall!

Ok, it’s not really fall yet – we’ve still got another week. But it IS back to school time – which means it’s time to get out of summer break mode and start focusing on your blog again.

I know how it goes during the summer. The kids are home, you’ve got barbeques and bonfires to go to, vacations to maximize, beach trips to enjoy. Summer really is the time to get outside (and away from your computer) to enjoy everything that the outdoors has to offer.

Trust me…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 11, 2014 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Morning Sickness: So Bad I Scared Myself into Researching Twins

When I was pregnant with Ricky, I had moderate morning sickness. By four weeks, I felt a little nauseous in the afternoon, would lay down for 20 minutes and be fine.

When I was pregnant with Addison, I have some nasty morning sickness (relatively), and spent a lot of nights moaning about feeling like I was going to puke. But it was still workable – as in, I could work around it, and just rest in the evenings.

With this pregnancy, the morning sickness is not so fun. It’s not all…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 10, 2014 at 6:14pm — No Comments

Three Burglaries in 48 Hours: Time for a Neighborhood Watch

Today has been a challenge.

But let me back up.

On Sunday night/Monday morning (it was around 3 AM), I woke up because, well, I’m a light sleeper. And I could have sworn that I heard someone jiggling our front door. And then I heard Lucy making some noise, but she does have some pretty active dreams sometimes. I figured if someone was really at the door she would’ve been freaking out.

So I told myself I was crazy. In the morning, I told Rick – and then said that…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 9, 2014 at 10:24pm — No Comments

5 Must Buys for Every Mama’s Wardrobe This Fall

I am obsessed with fall. I like all of the seasons, to be honest. Even winter, believe it or not.

But there’s something about fall that just has my forever dying devotion. Between the weather, the clothes, the coffee drinks….it’s pretty much perfect.

I remember back in the “back to school” days. And it was so exciting to have new clothes to wear for the start of school. Except it was always still too hot to wear any of my new wardrobe items on the first few days.

Now I…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 9, 2014 at 2:27pm — 1 Comment

Pregnancy After Stillbirth: Breathing a Sigh of Relief

So today was the first big hump that we had to get over in this pregnancy: the viability scan.

I’ve basically spent the last 24 hours on pins and needles. I mean, this was all leading up to whether or not there was actually a baby in the womb and whether or not that baby had a heartbeat. Trust me. I’ve basically read up on anything and everything that could possibly go wrong in a pregnancy. I can’t seem to stop myself.

As today went on, I felt myself counting down the hours.…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 8, 2014 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Life After Child Loss: Erin’s Story (from Hope Mommies)

Erin is the founder of Hope Mommies, an organization that helps women find hope after miscarriage, stillbirth and early infant loss. I became forever connected to them when I got aHope Box – donated by an anonymous mama – while in the hospital. During some of our darkest days, this organization gave me hope. They’re a great resource for this community – you can find their contact information at the bottom of…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 8, 2014 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Freaking Out.

So…I’m really annoying myself with head games today. I was doing a great job of staying busy – between deep cleaning my house and stuff we had planned, I feel like we’ve been on the go and distracted – in a good way – from my appointment tomorrow.

But ohmigosh. This afternoon I am freaking out.

Tomorrow we have our first ultrasound. The viability ultrasound. Those two words can strike terror into the heart of anyone who’s lost a baby before. It’s like all of your hopes…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 7, 2014 at 3:47pm — No Comments

My Toddler is Messy. But I’m OK with That.

My toddler seems to create destruction out of no where.

Does yours?

Seriously – every night we clean up all of his toys, carefully organized into bins so that he can find all of the pieces for each set the next day. His Duplos go into one big Duplo box, cars into a bin of his toy chest (well, three bins actually), you get the idea...Continue reading at The…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 5, 2014 at 4:56pm — No Comments

Life After Child Loss: Three Things That Have Helped Me Heal

When we first found out that we had lost our sweet baby girl, I wanted to crawl in a hole and hide. After reading so many stories online while I sat and labored in the hospital, I knew that the road to recovery was long – and there was never going to be a point where we just…got over it. But I also knew that I had a family to be strong for. Life goals that I still wanted to work towards. And a future for our family that still included more babies.

I knew that I had to figure out a way…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 4, 2014 at 4:05pm — 1 Comment

Blogging Tips: Using Lists to Stay Productive

I’m naturally a list person. I love the feeling of crossing things off – and getting to the end of a mighty long list of things I’ve accomplished.

But beyond having this achiever mentality, lists are actually what keep me organized and productive – in every aspect of my life. I use digital lists to track my clients and my work, magnetic lists on the side of my fridge to stay on top of all the household items we need on our next Costco trip, a whiteboard full of ideas for different…


Added by Cortney Galster on September 3, 2014 at 9:48pm — No Comments

Another Perspective: Why I Hate Co-Sleeping

Every now and then, I hear someone gushing and extolling the virtues of cosleeping, or the family bed. All I can think is either they are lying, or have completely different children than I do. I suspect the latter.

Cosleeping sounds like a good plan, on many levels. But then I experienced the reality with my children, and I discovered something…I hate cosleeping.

  • Physics are suspended: I don’t know what it is about my bed. Be it some sort of weird…

Added by Cortney Galster on September 3, 2014 at 12:50pm — No Comments

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