An Announcement, an Update, and an Apology

This is going to be one loaded post!

You may have noticed that things have slowed WAY down here on Blessed Beyond Words… and there’s a reason for that.

Several weeks ago, we found out that baby #7 is on the way. It was absolutely not expected, but I’m so excited and so thankful. Next Monday – July 9th – I will go for my first ultrasound to determine my due date and check on the baby. I can’t wait. I’m pretty sure the baby will be due sometime in February, just a few weeks before Gage’s 2nd birthday. It still seems like forever away, but I’m sure it will be here before I can even blink.

As you can imagine, summertime with 6 kids is pretty chaotic. Add to that a pregnancy and a job, and I am feeling like I can’t even catch my breath. So, my blog is suffering – sitting on the sidelines and I can’t seem to post nearly as often as I’d like. I have a pile of reviews just sitting here waiting on me, and I promise to get to them soon. I hate leaving my readers hanging.

I was hoping to catch up after the kids got back from camp, but early last week, I discovered a lump in my left breast. I called the doctor that I work for and asked her if she would check it out to make sure I wasn’t just being paranoid. She agreed that there is a lump and called my OB. Because I’m pregnant, my OB decided that I needed to go straight to a breast specialist. At first I was told that it would be the 18th of July before I could get in with the specialist. The doctor I work for called me later that day, and when I mentioned I would have to wait until the 18th, she made some calls and got me in much sooner.

The specialist wanted me to have an ultrasound of the area done before I came into see him. So, Friday morning, I went in and had that done. (I took last week off to just spend time with family. I don’t do well when it comes to the “waiting game,” so I figured it was best to distract myself with them.)

Yesterday morning, I met with the specialist. What an amazing doctor. My poor husband has been a mess for the past week. Normally he is the calm, level-headed one, but apparently that’s not true when the problem is with me. After meeting with the specialist yesterday, hubby is doing much better. The doctor really put his mind at ease that we are going to figure out what is going on – and how to fix it – all without hurting the baby.

The ultrasound didn’t really reveal anything… which is good. It’s not a cyst, because that would have shown up clearly on the ultrasound. But, there is definitely a lump there, and the doctor just isn’t 100% sure what it is. The next step he wants to take is with a mammogram. So, Thursday afternoon, I’ll head to the hospital again and they’ll do the mammogram then. He’ll call me with the results, and they will either do a biopsy at my next appointment (if something shows up on the mammogram), or he’ll check it again to see if it has grown or changed in any way (if the mammogram appears clear).

So, more of the waiting game. But, I’m going to try to keep myself busy and I’m going to do my very, very best to get caught back up with everything! I sure miss talking to my readers.

I hope that you’ll stick around and keep checking back in. I’ve got lots of great products to share with you, and I don’t want you to miss a thing!

Thanks for being such loyal friends and readers. I can’t tell you what you mean to me!

Enter Your Daughter to Become Little Miss Coppertone

Do you have a little girl between the ages of 2 and 8? Right now, you can head on over to the Coppertone Facebook page and enter her photo into the Little Miss Coppertone Contest. {Hurry! Entries are accepted until June 22nd, and there’s no purchase necessary to enter.}

Alison Sweeney will be a special guest judge, and she will lead the judging team in selecting the finalists. Then, on July 13th, America will vote to choose the next Little Miss Coppertone! The winner gets a dream family vacation, and will also be featured in a Coppertone print ad.

To enter the contest and for more information, check out the Coppertone Facebook page.

And while you’re there, why not take the fun new quiz Coppertone put up for us women? It’s a quick little quiz that will tell you exactly what type of Coppertone girl YOU are. I took the quiz, and here are my results:

Hurry on over to the Coppertone Facebook page, take the quiz, and enter your little girl into the contest!

Disclaimer: I was entered for a chance to win a gift card in exchange for this post.  No monetary exchange took place.



Time to Get Healthy!

It’s hard to believe that this coming Friday, Gage will be 8 weeks old. And I’m also having a hard time grasping the fact that Summer is just around the corner. That means bathing suit season is looming, and I just had my sixth baby! Ugh.

So, it’s definitely time for me to get healthy!

Because I am breastfeeding Gage, I can’t jump head over heels into a rapid weight loss program. Instead, I need to make sure that what I do eat is healthy, gives me the nutrients I need, and also gives Gage exactly what he needs, all without adding extra pounds or “fluff” to my hips, thighs, and butt. I have never been one to eat my veggies. But, that has changed big time in the past year. I started eating more veggies while I was pregnant with Gage in order to prevent gaining too much weight. It worked like a charm, and now my favorite snacks are veggies and/or fruit. In fact, I rarely eat any of the other kinds of snacks that I did before.

My cooking habits have also changed tremendously. Now, I’m reading labels a lot more closely, and I’m avoiding things that just aren’t good for us. And I’m making a lot more from scratch now, too, which is a very big deal, given that I’m learning as I go. The family has noticed the change, and they are loving it. Hubby is excited about all the new vegetable dishes I’m introducing, and I’ve been finding ways to make dinner fun for the kids. (Making smiley faces out of vegetables, etc.)

I’ve also cut a lot of soda out of my diet. I love soda. Pepsi is my absolute favorite drink in the world. Before I got pregnant with Gage, I was drinking up to 14 cans of Pepsi a day. Yes, that’s per day. No wonder I had such a hard time losing weight. But, when I got pregnant with Gage, that all changed. I’ve gotten myself down to 3 sodas per week, and absolutely no more than that. There have been quite a few weeks when I’ve gone without a single soda! (Amazing how much longer a 24 pack lasts when you don’t drink 14 cans a day!) I feel better about myself, and while I’m not losing any weight yet, I know that this is definitely a very good step in the right direction to becoming healthy.

I’m also getting a lot more exercise. The past few weeks, I’ve been busy working my tail off at the old house, but in the evenings, we’re taking walks as a family. We now live on a large (paved) hill, so it’s more of a workout to get back home! The kids love getting out as a family, and Gage absolutely loves taking a ride in the stroller. This is one new habit that we will definitely stick with, because everyone enjoys it so much!Weight Watchers Smart Ones

I also want you to know that Weight Watchers Smart Ones is making it easier to stay on track with a healthy meal plan without spending time on prep work beforehand. Their products provide a variety of delicious, convenient and portion controlled meals and snacks that contain lean proteins, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. And now they are offering two new breakfast items – like the new Egg, Sausage & Cheese Wrap and the French Toast with Turkey Sausage. Plus, the packaging tells you the Weight Watchers PointsPlus values in each serving, allowing you to conveniently plan for the day. Visit for more information.

So, tell me: What are YOU doing to get healthy and prepare for Summer?

Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Weight Watchers Smart Ones and received a promotional item and coupons to facilitate my review.