The iPhone 6 Dazzle from Zazzle

Were you one of the lucky ducks that got an iPhone 6?

(I’m jealous because I still have an old iPhone that is still going strong – I’m kind of willing it to break so I can upgrade.)

So the folks at Zazzle wanted to let me know that they have some cases for your new phone and damn, are they ever sweet. I seriously don’t understand why some people don’t get phone covers. They spend like $700 on a very fragile device then don't pony up the 50 bucks to protect it.

These cases all come in ‘barely there’, ‘tough’ and ‘tough Xtreme’ (yeah, I would need that one) for iPhone 6 and in the iPhone 6 Plus size.

Here are my favourites:

Gold Polka Dot Pattern: It’s nice and subtle and classy – it’s says, “Bitch, I gotta hot phone.” But it says it in a whisper…with a British accent.

 

Elegant Black Glitter Luxury Case: I don’t know who is naming these things but this deserves something better. Like “Kitty Glitter” or “Beyoncé Boom” Perhaps there’s a copyright issue on that last one there but c’mon.

 

Sugar Skull & Turquoise Blue Roses: I love this case but that’s probably because my birthday lands on the Day of the Dead.

 

Turquoise Pattern: Do you get the feeling I like turquoise? Again, this needs a better name. How about “Sea Dream” or “Turquoise Tango” or “Trudy’s Basement in Florida”? I feel they all work.

Sprinkles: This one is just fun and yummy. You’re dead inside if you don’t love sprinkles.

 

Gray & White Geometric: I just like how nice and tasteful this one is. I personalized it with “Ashley” because I’m convinced that all my readers are named Ashley, Jessica or Sarah. That, or the three of you just email me a lot.

 

Custom Cassette Tape: I love retro stuff on modern devices. You know what this is, right? Please don’t make me feel old.

 

Photo Collage: One of my favourite things about Zazzle is how you can personalize everything quite easily. I love this photo collage case with all the little moments on it.

 

Create Your Own: I’m sorry but if you have a new iPhone AND a cute baby you’re a damn fool if you don’t get one of these. A fool I say! I know, I know, new parents like to plaster photos of their kids everywhere but babies are adorable and they need to be seen. It’s no wonder that this is one of their most popular cases.

Anyway, those are my picks. Now I really want a new phone. What are your faves?

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What You Should Know If You Have a Preterm Baby

I’ve always wanted to do a “What to do if you have a premie” post except I’ve never had a premie; and while I could look stuff up and ask around, I didn’t feel like I could give true insight on it. So when Lucy Williams wrote me and said, “I wanted to offer my experience to you in case you ever decide to do a "having a premie" post."  I jumped at the chance.

I think this is list is a great post to tuck in your mind just in case you pull the premie card.

As aways, PLEASE add any insight, resources or suggestions to help other parents that may be going through this – I always appreciate it!

– Amy

 

If you have just had a preterm baby, welcome.  Welcome to the exclusive club you never wanted to join.  I welcome you because you are my sister now.  Initiation is a bitch, but I promise you at the end of this you will find strength in yourself you never knew you had.  I am not going to tell you everything will be alright – that would only be dismissive of the totally legit worry you have.  This is hard, hard stuff.  But I can tell you that you can do this.  You are strong.


A few things I wish someone would have told me when I became the mother of a premature baby:


1.  

Take all the help you can get.  When people ask if they can help – refer them to the list below.

 

2.  

Be aware you might not make as much breast milk as a full term mommy for a variety of reasons (your body didn’t have as much time to start making milk, you may have had a traumatic birth, your placenta may not have come all the way out on its own, you were probably separated from your babe shortly after delivery, etc).  Lots of people in those first days will tell you it’s your job to make milk for the baby and then your body may not cooperate.  It is one of life’s cruel jokes and it’s not your fault!

 

3.  

Did you hear me when I said “it’s not your fault”.  I want to repeat this again – none of this is your fault.  There are drug addicts that have perfectly healthy full term babies so it is not your fault, or your body’s fault.  There are a million reasons you can go into premature labor and bad luck is one of them.  Treat yourself nicely and get help if like me you felt insanely guilty over something that you logically know wasn’t your fault.

 

4.  

On the other end of the spectrum you may not be feeling guilty.  You may be PISSED!  Pissed at your doctor, pissed at the hospital, pissed at your higher power, pissed at the freaking world.  Why did this happen to your baby!?!?!?  Feel free to get angry – just try and channel it in the right way.  Like try not to focus it ALL on the NICU nurses, they are good peeps and they work hard (that is not to say that you can’t complain to the Charge Nurse if it is warranted).

 

5.  

Don't feel like every mom but you is with the baby 24/7.  They aren’t, or if they are they will pay for it later. Go home and get some sleep.  As the NICU Nurses love to say “You have the most expensive babysitters in the world” - use them!  You aren’t going to make it through this marathon if you run at full speed the whole time.  Pace yourself.

 

6.  

Don’t feel bad if you don’t think your baby is cute.  Seriously, it is hard sometimes to see past the tubes and wires to that cute little earthling underneath. They look different than you are expecting, see through skin and fur were off-putting to me at first and then I felt guilty for not thinking he was the cutest thing in the world (yeah I had a lot of guilt)

 

7.  

Take lots of pictures and journal - you are in shock -you may not remember anything later and may want to know what the heck just happened. 

 

8.  

On that note – take whatever “memorabilia” you can from the hospital – their first pacifier, first diaper (not the ACTUAL first diaper because that is disgusting, but one of the leftovers when they move up a size), anything that will show their tiny size and will help get through to all the people that might want to visit when they go home just how fragile they are.

 

9.  

Decide whether you want to go public on social media or keep things private.  Even if you are keeping it just family and close friends you may want to designate one person to keep everyone updated so you aren’t constantly sending updates.  Sites like caringbridge.com can help you disseminate information or email and Facebook work as well.

 

10. 

NICU moms are more prone to Post Partum Depression (see guilt and anger above).  If you even think that this might be happening then go talk to someone.  Your OB, the NICU Social Worker, a therapist.  Just start talking.

 

11.

Make some premie parent friends.  No one can understand the emotional roller coaster like another parent of a premie.  Although, one word of caution – steer clear of the parent that tries to play the “my baby is getting better faster than your baby” or “my baby is sicker than your baby” game.  All our babies are in the NICU for a reason and we all need support in our lives. I found my tribe through the preemie baby board on inspire.com, handtohold.org and through the NICU social worker who introduced me to other premie parents.

 

Things to help a premie parent:

1.   There are a lot of people who will tell you what to say and not say to a premie parent and lots of people would disagree with those people but here is one that almost never fails:  “Congratulations, your baby is beautiful.  I am so sorry they are in the NICU.  How are you doing?”  And then listen.

2.   If you want to help, here are some ideas:

  • Send a care package with snacks, a water bottle, hand sanitizer, nice lotion, gift card for e-books or paper books
  • Send money for gas, restaurants or lodging if the person lives far away from the NICU so they can see their baby
  • Offer to babysit their other children, watch their dog, water plants, clean their house etc
  • Tell them that they and their baby are in your thoughts and/or prayers as appropriate.  Even though I am not religious, the idea of hundreds of people sending positive energy to our family felt amazing.
  • Offer to bring a meal over – bring it in a disposable container and preferably food that can be frozen and easily reheated. Or better yet, offer to organize all the people who want to help by using a site like www.takethemameal.com
  • Once baby is home, don’t be pushy about visiting. The smallest cold for an adult can be life threatening to a premie.  Trust me, they would love to see you and introduce you to the baby.  And they will as soon as they recover from the trauma and feel comfortable.  If they are ready for visitors, be prepared to sanitize yourself before going near that baby.


I am 14 months out from this life changing event and I still don’t have my head fully wrappe d around it.  I am sure I missed a ton of great resources and advice for a premie parent, so please feel free to share yours in the comments.  I am always looking for new ways to support my friends who are parents of premies.


Lucy Williams isn’t a writer or anything cool like that.  She is a nerdy Data Analyst who enjoys spreadsheets and databases and hopes to one day make use of her Masters in Library Science.  She is mommy to Emrys, her 2 ½ lb 28 weeker who is now too heavy to carry down the street.  Her hubby Richard hails from Wales (not Whales) and is the rock she leaned on during not only a premature baby but the surgery that followed during which the doctors removed a 3 lb benign tumor.  Poor Emrys was the messenger that saved his mommy from her hibernoma, a rare tumor of the brown fat in her abdominal cavity.  This is the fat we all have to keep us warm as babies, but in Lucy it turned out to be the thing that put her baby in harm’s way (oh, the irony!)  She now volunteers to supports parents who have babies in the NICU in her spare time and occasionally enjoys a glass of wine or a good dystopia novel.

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P.S. XO Party Boxes

Throwing a baby shower isn’t too complicated right? Blue for a boy, pink for a girl, and yellow or green for a sweet little mystery.

Except when you try to find all the stuff, and nothing matches. Or you can’t find the sweet little tassel hanging thingies you saw on Pinterest.

Well, enter P.S. XO.

"We deliver beautiful parties right to your doorstep, reducing stress and giving you more time to enjoy milestone moments with your loved ones. "

They sent me the It’s a Boy! Baby Shower Party Box, and holy crap is it ever beautiful. You can tell a lot of care and thought went into picking the items instead of running around the dollar store screaming “Feck! The shower is tomorrow and I can’t find those stupid straws I wanted.”

 

 

At first I balked a little at the price for the full party box – $100 isn’t cheap – but if you’re working with more budget than time, then this is a real life-saver. Plus, all the running around is already done for you so you’re not making expensive mistakes along the way. 

They also have boxes for Halloween, Themed parties (princess, pirate, jungle, etc.) and just plain ole pretty.

They also just launched an app that allows you to plan a party directly from your iPhone and iPad – from designing the invitation to sending thank-you notes. Easy peasy.

Anyway, it’s something to consider when you’re pulling your next party together. Throw in a store bought cake and a bottle of tequila and you’ve got yourself a damn good time. Maybe that’s just my parties.


Win a Party Box!

So after I saw how beautiful these boxes are I told the folks at P.S.XO they should really give one of these away on the site. They said “sure!” So enter below for your chance to win a box of your choice. (Tequila not included.)

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