Lindsay Gill: June 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Packing your hospital bag for delivery: A list made by moms

Packing for delivery can be overwhelming.  I waited until the last minute to pack.  I had heard that first time labor takes forever, and thought that I'd have time to pack up when it started.  I ended up packing the night before I was eventually scheduled to be induced.

I'm part of a mommy Facebook group in which fellow moms ask each other questions and offer advice.  A recent question was, "what should I pack in my hospital bag?"  Just like anything else, the answered varied...but I thought that it would be a great thing to share for any first time (or any time) delivering mamas!

Here's the list they came up with...

Breast Friend pillow
Nursing bras
Something comfy to wear in front of guests
Outfits for baby and mom
blanket from home for hospital photoshoot
comfy blanket for sleeping for yourself
cotton underwear
overnight pads for going home
 magazines/books were pointless
body wash that makes you feel good and calms the baby like lavendar
dark chocolate helps with the crazy hormones
 snacks...I was starving...and for whoever else is with you
 empty canvas bag to take home everything they give you there
 large water bottle
own pillow (some hospitals don't allow)
thank you notes for gifts
iPod or playlist
carseat that is newborn ready
 flip flops for shower
phone charger
nursing gear 

a small bag with things you might want in labor like Chapstick, hair ties, camera. Leave your other bags in the car until after you get transferred to your maternity room. They take up too much space in your labor room, you don't need them, and your hubby has to drag them around twice. Just send him to the car when you get transferred!

Sound Machine
Hair hands
roll of soft toilet tissue
hair dryer
lollipops for labor

 a mellow but happy playlist on my iPhone and it made the L&D room so cozy for when I listen to it or hear one of the songs I think of that amazing day, event and experience!

 nipple cream/Boob Ease
take advantage of everything they had: mesh undies, ice packs, pads, foaming creams, ugly gowns, boogie suckers!
Dermoplast if they don't provide

I didn't use much of what I brought. It's like vacation, don't over-pack and don't forget the camera.


As for us...I made my husband a snack bucket with drinks and snacks.  I forgot contact lens fluid but was much more comfortable in my glasses, anyway.  I had to throw away my slippers, so I wouldn't bring my favorites next time.  I packed a "bag" outfit for Luke because they are super cute but quickly realized they don't work with car seats since the straps go through the individual legs.  We did not have the car seat ready!  The base was installed but the settings weren't correct in the actual carrier and we were so exhausted we couldn't figure it out!  

I regret leaving the playlist to my husband.  I didn't think I'd want music, but I did.  Luke was welcomed into this world to Kanye's Gold Digger.  I would also recommend having a mom-recovery-kit at home including pads, ice packs, Tucks, and anything else you can think of.  I had John Paul run out to the store a few times which you'd rather not do as soon as you get home.  Take all of the disposable underwear and other things they offer you.  I was surprised how much I wanted them when I got home.

John Paul wore that same hat home from the hospital! 

My husband slept at home but I'd say its a good idea not to forget your significant other.  If it's the first kiddo, this could be the first of many times that he will get way less attention than your new little bundle.  I think the best thing is make sure he's packed with everything, too, which ultimately is better for everyone.

My mom helped me make little thank you note and hand lotion packages for the nurses as a thank you, but I wish I had done that before so that I could just distribute them at the hospital instead of dropping them off later!  "Oh, I'll find Pam later!" turns into "you know, the Pam with the medium length hair and she was really friendly?" that nobody can find.

Anything else you'd add to the list?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Market Basket Giveaway! From ComebackMomma

Check out Comeback Momma's post for this HUGE giveaway!  
Check out her site for more details, and enter below to win: 

Variety of Orchard Valley Harvest minis
$250 Market Basket Gift Card
Define Bottle Water bottle
Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I Still Love Calligraphy Online Calligraphy Class Review

I wanted to learn calligraphy.  I started at Michael's and bought the only calligraphy pen and ink that they had.  I made spattered letters and messy ink blots.  The pens weren't moving over the paper like I had hoped, and my grip on the pen was simply not working.  I was discouraged.

I came across an online class called I Still Love Calligraphy and couldn't wait to join.  I had John Paul give the class to me for Mother's Day!  Can you believe that Melissa has taught over 2,000 students from her online class?  It looks like magic as she writes words on her tutorial videos, she really has the gift of absolutely beautiful handwriting, it's memorizing!

Melissa begins by recommending which materials to purchase.  This is half of the battle!  She has done all of the trial and error for her students and has come up with a list of the necessary materials, what a treat!  You can literally add her list to an online cart in one click, and the shipping was extremely fast.

The class is set up so that calligraphers of all levels can improve at their own pace and in the comfort of their own home!   Melissa starts with the basic strokes and then moves on to forming letters, and finally, words.  This was a perfect way for me to unwind (sometimes with wine!) in the evenings.

The best part is that you can upload your work and get very poignant feedback from Melissa.  I had worked on one of my submissions while trying to keep Luke occupied.  She wrote back that my work was improving but seemed distracted.  Like I said, she's magic!  She is really observant and can pin point which details of your calligraphy could be improved, and how!

The exciting part about calligraphy is that there are multiple elements of the art form that can be personalized to truly make it your own.  Like a fingerprint!  Melissa works to teach the basic and original form of calligraphy, and then allows you to add personality to it.

Calligraphy is a lifelong skill that can dress up any form of written work.  Artwork, envelopes, thank you notes.  I am excited to continue personalizing my calligraphy and so thankful that I found Melissa's class to get me started!


Monday, June 16, 2014

September Farm June Giveaway! $175 Cash!

tell your mom. tell your dog. tell your friends.

we have some super radical gals sponsoring the September FARM june group giveaway...which is obviously even more of an awesome reason to get entered. obviously.

meaning: even if you don't win the least you found some new awesome blogs + instagrams + twitter feeds + you get the follow.

smellin' what i'm cookin'? pickin' up what i'm puttin' down? i thought so.

here are a few more reasons to get entered...

1 | i'm not sure about you, but i have about 27 + 10 weddings to attend this season. i'm not mad about it.

let's just say my farmer knows how to get down. and when i say "get down" i mean drop it like it's hot. flip, spin, throw, and injure. yes...multiple girls have been injured at the hands of my farmer's dancing.

regardless, with wedding season means a new dress or three. throw in some accessories and i could certainly use a little extra green in the pocket.

2 | or let's talk about how $175 can buy you a summers worth of pedicures. and if your feet look like my running feet (gross!) you need to pay someone to touch them.

3 | and if you're still not convinced you need to get entered...picture yourself throwing a bang up bbq for your nearest and dearest to celebrate these warm summer months. i'm nearly positive $175 will cover food, beverage, decor, and backyard games.

definitely my most favorite way to spend a summer evening. (either that or on a boat or on vacation or drinking a margarita...or...okay...there are lots of ways to spend summer nights, but that's a good one.)
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final note: want to get in on july's group giveaway? you do??!! perfect. visit my advertise page! any of the spots get you in on the action!

DIY Crew neck sweatshirt

I had never cut off the hood of a sweatshirt to make a crew neck sweatshirt before.  I have to give credit to this Youtube that I watched, because I couldn't find any tutorials on Pinterest!

I assumed I would just cut an oval along the neck, but this gal suggested to cut just above the stitching.  This is much easier because it is like a built-in guide.  I used my sewing scissors, they give a much cleaner cut.

Here is the sweatshirt victim.  It always fit me too stiffly around my neck, arms, and stomach.
Here's the stitching that you can easily follow.
First I only did the neck, but wanted more change!
So I cut the sleeves and waist, too.

Next thing I knew, JP had made use of my scraps.  Resourceful!

I think I'll probably make a wider neck for more of an off-the-shoulder look.  But for now, I have a great start on a more comfy sweatshirt!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Etsy giveaway!

Thank you to Val from In-Between Life for including me in this Etsy giveaway!  First, read her post on How to Run a Great Etsy Shop, and then enter to win a pack of 6 prizes, including some original Etsy art, and an Etsy gift card...all valued over $100!

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Luke's First Haircut

Thank you to my sister-in-law for capturing Luke's first haircut.  My grandfather is a barber, so we knew we wanted him to do Luke's first cut.  We hated to chop off the curls, but it was time.  Luke did "okay."

He sat in his high chair at nana's house and was sitting reluctantly, but quietly, at first.  Then he realized Pop was near his ears and he really got upset.  Probably because he just went through his ear tubes  procedure!  Needless to say, I was happy when it was all over and we were heading home with our three envelopes full of Luke's curls...yes, I'm that kinda mom.

Any advice?  Luke wasn't happy about our makeshift cape so we ditched that idea.  He's not thrilled about getting sprayed by water so Pop dipped his comb in water instead.  Things need to move quickly...  Pop pretended to cut my hair first with the scissors so that Luke felt more comfortable with the "snip snip" sound and I think that helped a bit.

Do you have any first hair cut stories?  Here is the event in photos...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

One Year Anniversary Mom Lovin Hop and Cash Giveaway!

A crazy special thanks to the following blogging mamas who happily visited our hop over the year, partnered with us, built community among other moms here and of course for contributing to the cash giveaway!

Now, after you enter this AWESOME giveaway, don't forget to scroll down farther to link up to the hop! Don't miss our 52nd!

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Also, If you are interested in co-hosting FOR FREE shoot Hannah an email at hannahsjoyfullife (at) to get on the list, growing your followers couldn't be easier! 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Looking for the perfect gift? Featured Etsy shop Courtney.Stitches

This sweet new mama has already made me three beautiful pillows!  She is easy to work with and open to custom orders.  Luke loves his pillow and actually traces the letters of his name with his finger!  I love that each pillow is so unique, and makes a really special gift for any occasion.  

I would love for you to check out her Etsy, and "like" her Facebook page below!  Contact her with your custom order idea design and size for an estimate!

Friday, June 6, 2014

@Lukescloset Instashop Shop Luke's Closet

Linking-up to Five on Friday with DarciChristinaApril, and Natasha!  

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I just joined the Instashop community of moms consigning their children's clothes, and sometimes their own clothes, via Instagram.  I had no idea that this community existed, and think that this is a great way to save money on your child's wardrobe, especially since many items are even "new-with-tags!"

I just opened "Luke's Closet" last night when I started tackling our mess of a basement.  I would love if you followed @Lukescloset on Instagram!   



You can click the "view on Instagram" above below to see @Lukescloset!  First follow the store, then use code "WRTTR" when you comment with your paypal email for 50% off one item!

Here are five things I currently have for sale in @lukescloset!


Monday, June 2, 2014

3 Ways to make Toddler Surgery Easier

You may have read about Luke's recent ear tube and adenoid surgery.  Here's what has made the process easier for us:

1.  We used to joke in my previous office about "binder moms."  The moms that would come in with a 3 inch binder with any and every record on their child.  But guess what.  Here I am...a binder mom.  There were too many times that we'd run out the door and have to go back for his insurance card, his pre-op report, his hearing test results etc.  This is a simple but effective way to make all appointments easier.  Most records are electronic now, but the doctors are still collecting a history from you, and it just simplifies the process for everyone if the information is all together.  And I know, it only gets more difficult with more than one child, so we might as well get things organized now.

2.  Nana found these for Luke, tiny Popsicles!  Easier to hold with little hands.  Though the actual procedure does not necessarily cause pain, Luke's mouth and throat seem sore, nevermind the continued teething still going on.  

3.  I saw this on Pinterest.  You can use a pacifier and cut off the top to give medicine.  Luke is hit or miss with taking medicine so I tried this yesterday and it helped.  I used a bottle top because I don't want to ruin our pacifiers just yet! 

Any other tips for easing toddler surgery?