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Mom Must-Haves: 10 things I couldn't live without

Being a mom is challenging enough and then tack on all the "stuff" that comes along with it! As a first time mom-to-be, I was overwhelmed with suggestions, Amazon reviews and baby registries. After lots of online research and consulting with veteran moms on the basics, I decided on Graco for my car seat, Pack n’play & highchair; the Ergobaby 360 carrier, Dr. Brown's bottles, and I rely on Pampers to keep my baby's bottom dry. But as for the I-couldn't-survive-without items, here are my top 10 must-haves: Feeding: 1.  Medela Nipple Shield– (to preface: breastfeeding is hard... 

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Cat & Jack™ available now at Target

Who loves shopping? I DO! I DO! Let me introduce you to Cat & Jack™. This is Target’s exclusive new kids clothing line and the best part is kids even helped in designing the clothes! This makes my heart so happy! Target is also pushing the fact that these clothes are made to last and you are able to return up to a year after purchase. Say what?!    I'm a big supporter of the “pick what you want to wear as long as it is weather appropriate” rule in our house. But, I guess that goes back... 

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Suffering in Silence: Family shares story to help others with postpartum depression

Today during lunch with my 10 month old, she stretched out her arm and offered me a soggy Cheerio. I delightfully accepted her gift and pretended it was the best thing I’ve ever tasted! Pleased with my reaction, she giggled, revealing two little front teeth. My eyes welled up. It’s gut-wrenching to imagine I could have missed this moment. We have the same name, we grew up in Virginia just an hour apart, were pregnant at the same age, and both first time moms to baby girls. On the outside we look very similar, in fact... 

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Formula, Bottles, and a Keurig? OH MY!!!

TGIF Everyone! We made it through another work week WHOOP WHOOP! This week was a rough one for me, because I happened to be flying on Delta on Monday (August 8th) when the computers decided to crash! Long story short it took me over 20 hours to get to COLUMBUS, OHIO….{insert my sad and pissed off face here} But hey, if we're trying to stay positive I got to finish Season 4 of Orange is the New Black. Back to Ohio, during my visit there I met a new sales teammate who is a first time... 

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What I Do All Day When I'm Home With The Baby

The clock strikes 8:45 AM and the 10 hour countdown begins! Desperate, I Google: "what to do with 10 month old baby all day?" and come across this fellow momma's hilarious blog. I had to laugh out loud and immediately felt better as I read the story of my life, especially between 11:01-11:06. I mean I guess it's good to have goals? Oh man, the struggle is real lol. What I Do All Day When I Am Home With the Baby ...except I'd have to add: 4:35 Baby hits daily witching hour. 4:36 Put on Bee Movie, immediately feel guilty that I've resorted to Jerry Seinfeld as... 

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Postpartum Depression: Why I have to Fight

My blissful pregnancy set the stage for happily-ever-after and then Postpartum Depression hit me like a bat into a million fragments (My Secret: Surviving Postpartum Depression). Some days I feel like a pile on the floor and broken. In my darkest hour I believe: I’m certainly going to feel like this forever; it’s just too hard. How I can continue living like this? My daughter will wonder why mommy’s lying in a dark room by herself. My husband can’t be happy, this isn’t what he signed up for. My family deserves better… And then, the clouds... 

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Our CEO's Thoughts on Getting Your Own Idea into Production

So you were on this trip, doing this thing. Or, you were with your kids, doing this thing. Or, you were in the car and needed this and wondered if you could buy it on Amazon, but you looked and couldn't. And this idea comes to you. You have to have it. Others need it too. Then what?  You immediately call your bestie like I did and say "Hey! Let's start a ______company together". And they say "You can do it, but I am not going to" and begin to give you advice that makes... 

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Adoption and Breastfeeding: One Mother's Amazing Journey

I had to share this amazing story. Sarah Graves almost gave up hope of ever having a baby and then discovered a connection greater than she ever dreamed possible. Adoption and Breastfeeding: Yes! It can happen! Everyone is on their own journey, but what I've learned is there will always be another momma or hopeful-momma-to-be out there that knows what you're feeling, that's trudged the same road you have; that can offer hope because she's survived. I know a lot of mommas have struggled breastfeeding–if this is your experience, you're not alone. Sarah's story above... 

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The Traveling Mom #Fashionmama

Traveling is tough. It doesn’t matter if it’s a work, a girls, or family trip. There’s so much to remember and be prepared for. (From stomach aches to being dressed appropriately for the weather) If you’re like me, you  try to plan for it all. When I’m traveling for work that means my husband becomes Mr. Mom. Don't get me wrong he already does a ton, and we have a great system since our work schedules are completely opposite. (Except when I travel – which is about once a month) To make things a little... 

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My Secret: Surviving Postpartum Depression

There are things that moms just don't say out loud. Well, I’ll stick to my own experience… I had a beautiful pregnancy. I was never sick, I slept peacefully and deep even until the end. I was rarely uncomfortable physically or emotionally. I didn’t struggle with weight gain. I felt more beautiful than I’ve ever felt and all my body image issues vanished. I loved being pregnant; I loved feeling her move around and kick me. I loved going on walks with “my little passenger” as I called her. I never felt alone. I was... 

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Happy 4th from Handsocks!! * * *

Happy 4th from Handsocks! America is such a blessing of a place to call home. We have freedoms beyond imagination. Thank you to all the brave men and women in history that have made this possible.  Handsocks encourages you to make the most of every day given to you. Spend QT with your family.  Be the best worker you can be.  Spend free time making your dreams come true.  Make family and friends a priority. Be grateful and thoughtful. Live fully. * * * Happy 4th, enjoy the day! * * * * 

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Interview with Handsocks #FAB VCU Intern

Best thing about being a student?  New friends, sleeping in, curriculum, gym time.....nope, it's getting to be an intern. ;)  At least we at Handsocks think so! We get the once in a life time opportunity to share our deepest desires and stretch goals and make you part of the plan to get there! Excited to do a little intro for you to one of the interns we worked with this session at VCU, Jasmine Hernandez. Us: Jasmine, tell us a little about where you are from and why you came to study at VCU?... 

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