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Link Love – My Favorite Things – Week Five

I found this cool idea about ‘link love’ on several websites I like to read on daily basis. People are sharing their favorite things they found online that week. I love that! I found so many cool blogs and interesting websites by reading other bloggers’ ‘link love’.

I decided to also do something similar. I will share all the cool things I stumbled upon recently. Hope you will like my picks and find something cool for you.

link love my favorite things

Link Love – My Favorite Things

1. The Best Fondation For Sensitive Skin

A few years ago, my beauty routine included just washing my face, so I was quite clueless about beauty tips and tricks. That is when I started following beauty blogs and learn so much! Kaylee Beauty is one of the best – I love the piece about best fondation for sensitive skin because it is so detailed. After reading this article, you just can’t get it wrong!

2. Political Suicide! — The Card Game

My husband loves card games and board games, so when I was looking on Etsy for a perfect gift for him for our anniversary in September, I was delighted to find this one. It’s fun and unique. Play as Bush, Nixon, Trump or Clinton in the card game where everyone’s been a bad boy. Race to cover up your own crimes, while forcing the opposition to reveal theirs.

card games for fathers

3. Manofatto Etsy Shop

Manufatto etsy

So, now when you know where to find great and unique gifts for your husband, it’s time to pick something perfect for you. You deserved it, trust me. These are British designed Italian full grain leather accessories – amazing, isn’t it? I can’t even pick my favorite bag – the colors are so beautiful. These beautiful bags can be used in both ways, cross body or a hand clutch. Which one is your favorite? Manofatto uses a high grade, full-grain beautiful Italian leather. As a natural product it may feature some fine markings, but these don’t detract from the design, they add to its unique beauty. So lovely!

4. Quinns Homemade Crafts

I know it seems like I am obsessed with Etsy shop, but I can’t help it. I love having unique and homemade things in my home. This great shop offers hand painted reclaimed wood signs and homemade candles. Prices are very reasonable and I am sure everyone will find something they like. My favorite is definitely Family sign – I know it will look great in my hallway. It can also be a great house warming or a holiday gift. Check out the shop and let me know what do you like the most.

unique signs on etsy

5. Best Stroller Reviews

If you’re looking for a new stroller – this is the perfect website for you. Read the reviews and pick the best one for you!

6. Styled Stock Photography by TiffanyMcClureCO

styled stocked photography on etsy

To be honest, I didn’t even know I can find great stock photography on Etsy. And you can!! This shop is perfect for bloggers, creative entrepreneurs, anyone who edits often such as photographers and videographers and anyone looking to add some style to their social media! Tiffany just started her shop and already has some amazing photos. Check her out if you’re looking for great photos for your blog!

7. 100 Things To Do To Change Your Life In 30 Days

Everyone agrees: if you do something every day and at the same time each day – in just two weeks it will become your new habit. I always try to find new things to improve my life, so when I found this great list with 100 things, I had to share it with you! Don’t wait, start today!

8. Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience

Do you read Brain Pickings? It’s my favorite website – it always has great and insightful articles. This one talks about books and I believe every parent should read this.

One of the quotes I liked:

I don’t think there is such a thing as a bad book for children. Every now and again it becomes fashionable among some adults to point at a subset of children’s books, a genre, perhaps, or an author, and to declare them bad books, books that children should be stopped from reading. I’ve seen it happen over and over; Enid Blyton was declared a bad author, so was R. L. Stine, so were dozens of others. Comics have been decried as fostering illiteracy.

Share with me cool things you wrote this week!

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Frozen and Fresh Donor Eggs: What’s the Difference?


Making the decision to use donor eggs to achieve a pregnancy is a tremendous step. There are many reasons why women experiencing infertility may come to use donor eggs, such as diminishing quality of their own eggs, premature menopause, or reoccurring miscarriages. It’s a decision that I myself had to make after multiple failed IVF cycles, the adoption of our son, and then by a failed second adoption. It was through donor egg IVF that we were able to conceive our twins and successfully complete our family.
infertility donor sperm

Frozen and Fresh Donor Eggs: What’s the Difference?

There are many things to consider when making the decision to use donor eggs. Not only will recipients need to come to terms with the loss of their own genetics, they will also need to consider budgeting for egg donor costs as well as where they will obtain their eggs. Women can choose between using frozen or fresh donor eggs for a donor egg IVF cycle, and there are advantages and disadvantages to each.

One major consideration in the decision whether to use frozen or fresh donor eggs is cost. Prices vary by clinic, but on average, a fresh donor eggs cycle costs about $25,000. This is because the recipient is responsible for not only her own medical expenses, but all of the donor’s expenses, including medications, doctor appointments and even travel arrangements if necessary. The appeal of a fresh donor eggs cycle is that all eggs retrieved are given to the recipient. If the donor produces twenty-six eggs, the recipient receives them all. The cost for a frozen cycle is about half that of a fresh donor eggs cycle, but the drawback is the recipient only obtains a subset of all the eggs retrieved – six to eight on average. On the other hand, with a frozen cycle you know in advance how many eggs you will receive. If a fresh donor does not respond well to medication and produces few quality eggs, you will only have that many to work with.

The next thing to consider is in the waiting period before a cycle actually starts. Some clinics’ fresh donor egg programs have waiting lists of six months or more, depending the availability of donors at that point in time. If a recipient has a long list of requirements in a donor (e.g., specific hair or eye color) the wait can be even longer. A donor only starts the process to prepare her body for egg retrieval once she is chosen by the recipient. On the other hand, a frozen cycle is more or less instantaneous, since the eggs have already been retrieved. As soon as a recipient chooses a donor from a database and pays the fees, those eggs become hers.

Once a donor is chosen, the next step is to prepare the recipient for her embryo transfer. When using fresh eggs, both the donor and recipients’ menstrual cycles need to be synced up. This means the donor will take medications to produce a lot of follicles at once and will have several ultrasounds to record their growth. When the time is right, she will undergo a surgery to retrieve the eggs to be fertilized in a lab. The recipient will simultaneously take medications to control her own cycle and build her uterine lining up to accept an embryo transfer. This process can take six weeks, or longer if the cycle is canceled due to poor response from the donor, or if an unexpected life event occurs for either party. In contrast, with a frozen egg cycle, the eggs are already frozen and waiting for use. The only preparation for the recipient is now to build up her uterine lining with medication and ultrasound monitoring, a mere few weeks.

Once the embryo transfer takes place, the process for both frozen and fresh donor egg cycles is the same. The embryo needs to grow and divide and implant into the uterus. The recipient will generally have a pregnancy test at her clinic after two weeks to find out if the cycle was successful.

The success rates and the comparison between the two may be surprising. For years, nationally, the use of fresh eggs in IVF cycles was far superior to the use of frozen. However, that gap is narrowing. In the past, eggs and embryos were frozen slowly, resulting in the formation of ice crystals that damage the delicate cells. In recent years, technology has improved dramatically by a process called vitrification. This technique utilizes liquid nitrogen to flash-freeze the egg so that ice crystals cannot form, and therefore better preserves the cells. This in turn leads to a higher survival rate when eggs are thawed and a better chance for embryo development. While fresh donor egg cycles still have slightly higher average pregnancy rates, some fertility clinics are starting to see near equal results with frozen eggs.

There is a lot to consider when choosing between frozen and fresh donor eggs in a donor cycle and each has its own benefits and drawbacks. What is right for some couples will not be the choice for others. No two women struggling with infertility are the same. Luckily, however, there are many ways a family can be created and using donor eggs can be a wonderful way to bring a baby into the world.

My Journey

50 Ways To “Ruin” Your Toddler’s Day


50 ways to ruin your toddlers day

1. Ask her to wash her hands before lunch.

2. Tell her to stop washing her hands.

3. Cut her sandwich the wrong way (She really really wanted rectangles this time).

4. Wipe her nose.

5. Wash her hair.

6. Brush her hair.

7. Pick the wrong outfit for the kindergarten (she really wanted that pink dress that is in the washing machine at the moment).

8. Tell her she is a big girl now.

9. Hand her a crayon that is the wrong shade of blue.

10. Close the door while using the bathroom.

11. Talk on your phone.

12. Going to work.

13. Offering food.

14. Put her in her car seat.

15. Take her out of her car seat.

16. Make her wear pajamas to bed.

17. Don’t let her wear pajamas outside.

18. Smile at her.

19. Don’t smile at her.

20. Put the last puzzle piece in for her.

21. Help her go down the stairs.

22. Sit on her spot on the couch.

23. Tell her the wrong bedtime story.

24. You don’t know where she put her favorite Barbie.

25. Help her take off her shoes.

26. Don’t help her take off her shoes.

27. Tell her that grandma is your mommy.

28. Tell her to wear a jacket when it’s freezing outside.

29. Not let her wear a jacket when it’s too hot.

30. Tell her she can’t wear Crocs with that dress.

31. Mention it’s a bath time.

32. Don’t provide enough toys for a bath time.

33. Turn on the wrong cartoon.

34. Turn off that wrong cartoon.

35. Give her a banana.

36. Refuse to give her a banana since she ate three of them already.

37. Make her soup when she asked for soup.

38. Don’t let her play with your mobile phone.

39. Move even one stuffed animal from her bed.

40. Put the wrong stuffed animal on her bed.

41. Cut the apple into smaller pieces.

42. Don’t cut the apple into smaller pieces.

43. Don’t let her watch Kinder Surprise Eggs on YouTube.

44. Sing to her favorite song.

45. Dance to her favorite song.

46. Dance to any song without her permission.

47. Send her to bed because it’s getting late.

48. Don’t let her go to bed at 6 PM.

49. Wash her blankie!

50. Breathe!

We even made a handy cheat sheet, so you never forget!

Fun Cheat Sheet For Toddler's Parents

My Journey

Post Baby Weight Loss

As I came closer to the end of my pregnancy, I hoped I was coming to the end of feeling “large and in charge”. All I could think about was post baby weight loss and getting back into shape. Those first six weeks postpartum were wonderful, but not as wonderful as the words: “You’re free to exercise,” from my doctor. Now that I had the clearance, I was ready to dive right in! … But my body wasn’t. I was back to my pre-baby weight by my two-week check-up, but I still felt miserable. My clothes didn’t fit the same and I didn’t feel attractive. What the heck was I to do now?


There are four tried and true options to post baby weight loss: diet, exercise, breast-feeding, and time.

post baby weight loss

Post Baby Weight Loss


Dieting is a woman’s initial “go to,” but if you’re breast-feeding proceed with caution. Formula moms, feel free grab that lean cuisine or cut those carbs, but remember to have a balanced diet (the true key to permanent post baby weight loss). For breast-feeding moms, remember that you’re eating for your baby too! What goes in, comes out, so having a balanced diet is not only good for you, but you’re little one too. A key to weight loss is portion control and frequency of meals. If you eat smaller portions more often, you’re likely to have more energy and to be less hungry. This will help immensely with those late night feeding sessions also. (This advice is great for formula mommies too!)


Exercising for post-baby weight loss is a little different as well. While any exercise will help, especially cardio and/or yoga, there are some different approaches that you may need to take. For many of us moms, our ligaments are still loose from pregnancy and childbirth: while our bodies may be healed enough to exercise, these loose ligaments can make exercise complicated. Start easing into your workout regimen and don’t push yourself too hard. If your typical exercise routine is more challenging than your thought, you can always try to “step” it up by increasing the number of steps you take a day. Keep in mind that if you’re breastfeeding excessive exercise can change the flavor (fat content) of your milk, which can cause your baby to start a breast strike.


On average, breastfeeding burns an extra 500 calories a day! Talk about shedding the pounds quickly and easily! (You literally burn extra calories while you sleep!) You can add extra calories to your diet to help increase your energy, but you don’t have to. Women find that they will quickly start shedding weight when they breastfeed and/or pump. However, bear in mind that many women become used to the extra food and forget to adjust when they finish breastfeeding.


The best advice I’ve been given about postpartum weight loss is: it took your body nine months to change to carry your baby, why would it take any less for it to return to “normal.” It takes four weeks for you to notice any changes in your body, which is important to keep in mind. It’s also important to remember that the scale is only one measure of weight loss: when you’re body is turning fat into muscle the changes won’t reflect on the scale as easily. For a true measure of your progress you should measure your inches as well!

So what’s the best way to lose the baby weight? Truthfully, it’s a combination of all four, but even if you decide to tackle one of the four your weight loss will be just around the corner.

My Journey

Link Love – My Favorite Things – Week Four

I found this cool link love on several websites I read on daily basis. People are sharing their favorite things they found online that week. I love that! I found so many cool blogs and interesting websites by reading other bloggers’ ‘link love’.

I decided to also do something like that. I will share all the cool things I stumbled upon recently. Hope you will like my picks and find something cool for you.

link love my favorite things

Link Love – My Favorite Things

1. FearedBeardVT


Hi dads, this is something awesome just for you! I love etsy shops, so many cool products – and everything is handmade. I found this one when I was looking for a present for my husband. He is trying to grow his beard so this was perfect for him! So many amazing products, such as beard balm or beard oil, and everything is hand crafted. Ladies, check them out too, you will definitely find something cool for your husband there.

2. What Do You Think About Psychics?

As humans we’re quite curious creatures and knowing what has happened to someone or what will happen to us is only natural. Psychic readings may often provide people with comfort and insight into a whole raft of different areas and reasons.

This psychics site is one I came across recently that has plenty of positive things said about it and is well worth a look.

3. Now I know my ABCs

My daughter is learning an alphabet. Or at least trying. When we found this game, we were both so happy because it’s such a fun way to learn something. Now I Know My ABC’s is a fun and interactive way to learn the alphabet. Using the Touch Screen on the Wii U™ GamePad your goal is to write every letter in both lowercase and uppercase. Each letter is associated with a color. You can press the letter’s icon at anytime to hear how the letter is pronounced. After you complete writing a letter the crowd cheers for you, giving positive reinforcement to help encourage the learning of even more letters!

4. PeaceElements

etsy shop jewelry

I already told you I love Etsy shops. Few days ago I was trying to find some unique jewelry and I stumbled upon PeaceElements. They offer unisex handcrafted Bohemian jewelry only for free spirit! Owner’s Art Philosophy is to create slowly, peacefully with love and passion cause inside of any creation those emotions stay for ever! It looks so nice, don’t you agree? I can’t even pick my favorite stone.. Do you have yours?

5. 10 Treehouses That You Can Actually Stay In

This thing I found on Outdoor Survivalist is out of this world. Beautiful treehouses where you can actually stay in! Amazing!

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Link Love – My Favorite Things – Week Three

I found this cool link love on several websites I read on daily basis. People are sharing their favorite things they found online that week. I love that! I found so many cool blogs and interesting websites by reading other bloggers’ ‘link love’.

I decided to also do something like that. I will share all the cool things I stumbled upon recently. Hope you will like my picks and find something cool for you.

link love my favorite things

Link Love – My Favorite Things

1. Best Tips For Beginner Outdoor Survivalists – Recommended by Reddit Survivalists

I’ve been looking a lot into outdoor survival lately and when I found this cool tips, I was really happy. They are not anything spectacular but they made me more sure in that I should pursue my wish for trying some outdoor survival activities. Is any of you into outdoor survival stuff? I would like to hear your experiences.

2. Did you know you can buy a fountain online?

Amazing fountains at will help you relax after a hard day at work. I can see something like this in my garden – I think I would spend hours just watching water. Relaxing!

3. 14 Totally Free Things on the Internet Everyone Should Take Advantage of

I often notice how lots of people are not using Internet as they should. They don’t take any advantage of it. Did you know that some college courses are completely free online? Or that you can learn any language for free? Yes, that’s true – check out the post from Mental Floss!

4. 8 techniques to reduce stress in 15 minutes

And my last thing I would like to show you would be this cool infographic I found on Life Coach Wannabe. It shows some easy techniques you can use to reduce your stress. I think we all need that!