FamilySearch Worldwide Indexing Event 2016

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Have you ever wondered about where you came from? Genealogy is fascinating to me! I love learning about the people who came before me and what their lives were like. I have ancestors who crossed the plains in wagons along with ones who crossed the ocean on a boat for weeks from Australia. When you research your roots and connect with your past, it makes your ancestors come to life.

Back in the day, employees from the census bureau would go door-to-door, recording the names and ages of every person in the household. We have those records, and now they need to be digitized. This is where YOU come in! If you have a computer and an internet connection, you can help.

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FamilySearch International is hosting a 72 hour Worldwide Indexing Event this weekend. They want to save the records we have by getting them online and making them available to the public. My grandpa has been doing this sort of work since 1990! There have been multiple times that he has called us back to his office to get our opinion on whether or not we think a certain loop is meant to be an E or an L, or what we think a last name is. If my 83-year-old grandpa can index, so can you! It is easy, helps others, and gets kind of addicting.

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How can I help?!

Go here: https://familysearch.org/worldsrecords, download the software, and follow the directions. If you scroll down on the page, you can see what documents need indexing. Birth records from Ireland?! Cool! If anyone is having a baby soon, indexing is a great way to get baby name ideas :)

The goal is to get 72,000 people to join in the event this weekend. Join us and then tell your friends to join too!u

June’s Birth Story

June Deanne arrived Friday, May 13, 2016 at 2:43 AM!

9 lbs. 9 oz.

21 1/2 in. long

15 in. head circumference

June was due on May 12th. Since I was 10 days overdue with Ada and 4 days overdue with Lola, I was sure that I’d be going at least a few days over with June. For most of my pregnancy, I told people that I was due on May 17th, my Bobba’s birthday, so that I could avoid the barrage of, “Is baby here yet?” questions. I made sure that my due date was packed with appointments and things to do so that I could stay busy and keep my mind off being due with no baby.

Thursday the 12th looked like this:

Get girls ready for school

Drop girls off

Joke with teachers about how I’d see them on Monday, still pregnant

Pick girls up from school

Go to 40 week check-up

Take girls to get their hair cut

Go to Orcutt Burger for dinner

Get my nails done

I had a full day! And stay busy I did. Well, at my check-up, when Dr. Rasul checked me, I was 4 cm dilated! I asked her to strip my membranes and she said that I would probably go into labor that night. She wanted to send me right over to labor and delivery, but my doctor (Colton) wanted to send me home. Less intervention = better chance of VBAC. I agreed and wanted to go home too to finish my list of to dos for the day! I was having some mild cramping but nothing unbearable. As I was leaving, she looked me up and down and said, “I don’t think baby will be 9 lbs. You let me know.” I went about the rest of my day and it was when I was getting my manicure that things were getting a little more uncomfortable. It was so funny, I closed the place down so they were mopping the floor while my nails were being finished. They said not to get out of the chair and walk, they would push me in my chair to the front. So I had two guys pushing hugely pregnant me in the rolling chair along with the owner walking behind us saying, “Taxi!” It was hilarious!

When I got home from the nail place around 8:30 PM, I told Matt and the girls that we needed to get packed up so the girls could spend the night at my mom’s that night. After a false alarm the week before (which really was my body doing some work and progressing), I already had everyone’s bags ready. So it was just the toiletries and electronics that needed to be added to the bags. As I was packing the bathroom stuff, painful contractions started. I was timing them on my phone and they were 3-4 minutes apart. I’d texted my mom after my doctor’s appointment so she had dropped off sub plans at her classroom just in case it was the real deal! We dropped the girls off at my mom’s and I stayed in the car it was so painful. Matt comes back out to the car and asks, “So, home or hospital? Maybe we can watch one more episode of Walking Dead?” I just looked at him and said, “Hospital. Now!” He dropped me at the ER door since it was after hours (11 PM) and went to park the car. I waddled in and said, “Hi, I’m in labor.” They got me in a wheelchair and took me up to L&D. Matt came up and joined me in the little triage area where they made sure I was actually in active labor. Baby girl was definitely coming tonight!June's Birth - karainthekitchen.comContractions at this point were getting closer and getting up on the little bed with metal bars on the side was not comfortable or fun. My nurse was awesome and stayed with me the whole time I labored! She rubbed my back and talked me through contractions. She said I started squatting while holding onto Matt and she knew we had to get into a delivery room. I had no idea I was doing that, it’s amazing what your body instinctively does to get through pain.

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LATCH Lets Me…

I can’t believe how much has changed since I had a baby last! When Ada and Lola were babes, the word from my pediatrician about bottle feeding was to be careful because my baby could have nipple confusion. As a new mom, I was so worried about messing up the groove we had going so I exclusively breastfed. I didn’t want them to be confused or have a bad latch while nursing because of the bottle! Now I know that my babies are going to be fine no matter what kind of nipple the milk is coming from. ;)Munchkin LATCH - karainthekitchen.com-1Another thing that has changed is that insurance companies now cover breast pumps! Game changer! With Ada & Lola, I had a battery-powered pump that was given to me. It hurt and took forever, so needless to say, I wasn’t wild about pumping. It was easier just to breastfeed the baby. Now, I have a hospital grade pump that is comfortable and gets the job done quickly. On days when June is sleeping and I don’t want to wake her, I will pump and have a nice little stash of milk going in the freezer.Munchkin LATCH - karainthekitchen.com-1-4 Bottles have gotten better, too! Munchkin LATCH bottles have a flexible nipple that mimics the breast and supports going back and forth between breastfeeding and bottle feeding. I have loved Munchkin products for years (have you seen their amazing no-spill cups?!) and am always excited by the new designs they are coming out with. Today I saw Hello Kitty products (Lola’s fav) and our Munchkin trash pail has kept our diaper changing area stink-free! Check out my video review showing you the Munchkin LATCH bottle features:

It is so freeing to know that I can go somewhere (hey, taking a shower counts) and Matt can feed June my milk. She has loved the Munchkin LATCH bottles and drank a whole large bottle her first time trying it! I love that Munchkin has the different level of flow nipples so that she can use the bottles now as a newborn and continue to as she grows.Munchkin LATCH - karainthekitchen.com-1-5Ingenious bottle brush, sterilizing bag, and super thin and absorbent breast pads.Munchkin LATCH - karainthekitchen.com-1-3As a mother, it is hard to enjoy anything if you know your baby isn’t happy. Munchkin LATCH lets me rest easy no matter what I’m doing, knowing that my baby will be happy and fed :)

Get FREE a2 Milk® & Win a Trip to Australia!

This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

Have you ever had trouble with lactose? It seems the older I get, the more sensitive my tummy is to it. And the more friends I have that have the same problem ;) It turns out that there are different types of protein in cow milk, A1 and A2. The a2 Milk Company™ has found a way to produce milk without the A1 protein that affects sensitive digestive systems. The A1 protein is to blame for post-dairy discomfort and is currently found in every traditional and organic cow milk on the market today. a2 Milk® comes from specially sourced heirloom cows and brings you cow milk without the upset stomach!

The a2 Milk Company™ is working with dairy farmers in upstate New York and the Midwest to grow and expand their herd of a2 cows. The cows, by nature, produce milk without the A1 protein!a2 Milk - karainthekitchen.com-1Now, people who are lactose sensitive don’t have to turn to nut or bean based milks. They can still enjoy the nutritional benefits and delicious taste of cow milk! a2 Milk® has:

  • approximately six times the amount of calcium as soy beverages
  • approximately eight times the protein of almond beverages and
  • approximately six times the potassium levels of rice beverages

To get your own free a2 Milk® through a receipt redemption program, head over to Try a2 Milk. While you are there, enter to win a trip to Australia, too! If you win, you have to promise to take me, though. My people are from there! Seriously, Ada is named after my great-great-grandmother Ada from Australia. She even had a pet kangaroo :)

I am so thrilled to continue my ambassadorship with a2 Milk®! I have loved trying this new-to-me product and have found it to be easy on my stomach (read: I can eat more dairy if I drink it). a2 Milk® is carried at our local Lassen’s. I am excited for a2 Milk® to gain traction and popularity and be carried in every store where you buy milk. To find your nearest grocery store that sells a2 Milk®, click here: a2 Milk® Store Locatora2 Milk - karainthekitchen.com-1-2

June Deanne’s Newborn Photo Shoot

At 8 days old, Matt and I put Junie on our bed and took pictures of her sweet newborn-ness. She only peed on the blankets twice :)June Newborn - karainthekitchen.comJune Newborn - karainthekitchen.com June Newborn - karainthekitchen.com June Newborn - karainthekitchen.com June Newborn - karainthekitchen.com June Newborn - karainthekitchen.com June Newborn - karainthekitchen.com

She is such a good baby! Super vocal and grunts a ton, and makes happy little content noises after nursing. Eats like a teenage boy, sleeps like an angel. She’s been giving us 6 hour stretches at night and I love her for it! Her hair is lighter than Ada & Lola’s was and her eyes are looking like they are going to be blue. Labor story coming soon :)

Spring Break with the KIA Sorento

I was given a car to borrow and drive in collaboration with DriveShop. As always, all opinions are 100% my own!

For Spring Break, we were fortunate enough to have the 2016 KIA Sorento to cruise around in! It was so much fun!! It drives like a car but has seating for seven. The girls loved the little back seats, it was like their own little play land!

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The Sorento took us to Los Angeles and the trip down and back was quiet and smooth. Some features I love:

  • cruise control that automatically slows you down when approaching traffic (super helpful on LA freeways)
  • lane deviation that tells you when you are drifting out of the lines
  • back up camera, camera in the front, and a bird’s eye camera angle to see if you are in the lines of a parking spot!
  • giant sunroof – literally feels like the entire roof of the car is a window
  • smooth as buttah ride

The KIA Sorento took us to the Los Angeles Temple, IMG_9045 Alameda Park in Santa Barbara, IMG_9196Nordstrom to try on the latest shoe trends,IMG_9223Sephora to try out red lips and rosy cheeks, IMG_9203and lunch at C’est Cheese! IMG_9184We also climbed Mt. Figeroa and went for a hike! It was all abloom with poppies and lupins, just beautiful! IMG_9337Sunset was unbelievable up there.IMG_9331Hiking while hugely pregnant with my little sidekicks!Thank you, DriveShop for the fun wheels to cruise around in for our Spring Break adventures!

Baby’s Journey AT&T Baby Monitor

This post was sponsored by Baby’s Journey as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary merchandise to facilitate my review.AT&T Smart Sync mhealth Baby Monitor (1 of 1)

You guys, today marks 20 days until my due date! Baby June will be here before we know it. It has been so interesting to me how things have changed since I had Lola in 2011. Technology and baby items have come a long way! When it comes to baby monitors, we have had numerous ones over the years. We thought ours was so cool because it would be silent and only turn on when our babies made noise – instead of constant static in the background. We had to keep our girls’ noise machine in their room on “rushing water” to keep that monitor from picking it up. Suffice it to say that none of our previous baby monitors have compared to the Baby’s Journey Smart Sync monitor!AT&T Smart Sync mhealth Baby Monitor (1 of 1)-2The five inch touch screen is crystal clear and the night vision ensures that I can see everything in Junie’s room, even at night. The app is compatible with iPhone & Android phones, so while Matt’s gone he can check in. I love that I can track all of her feedings, diaper changes, and stats on the monitor, too. That way we can have an accurate record of all of her numbers. Matt is big on stats, and in the past has asked me when the baby last ate and how much…I was so tired that I’d just rattle off an estimated time and amount! I knew baby was asleep and happy, so I didn’t pay much mind to tracking feedings. They have been fat, happy babes, so I am hoping that baby sister follows suit :) AT&T Smart Sync mhealth Baby Monitor (1 of 1)-3The monitor also has wifi (make sure you’re using a secure/encrypted connection…those creeper stories freak me out), and you can buy additional cameras for other areas in your home. You can also share photos straight from the monitor to Facebook or Twitter!AT&T Smart Sync mhealth Baby Monitor (1 of 1)-4The monitors are now available online and in-store at Babies “R” Us locations. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/ATTSmartSync

I am getting so excited to meet this baby girl and grateful to have Baby’s Journey help along the way to watch her grow. What is your favorite baby monitor?

Living Well with Nature Made Vitamins

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.Nature Made Vitamins-1Every stage of life is different. Our goals change from year to year based on what is going on in our lives. Obviously, my health and wellness goals this year have been different than in past years. At this time last year, I was busy training and getting ready for the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon! I know some women continue running throughout their entire pregnancies, but I can’t do it past the middle of the second trimester. I miss it so much! I get jealous when I see people out running or Matt goes for a run. For now, it’s walking, prenatal yoga, swimming, and the elliptical. Unfortunately I had to give up the stationary bike because I was riding it like a kid that had outgrown a tricycle, due to the big baby bump in the way! Hopefully at the time of this year’s half marathon, I will be getting ready to welcome baby girl number three into our family :) Nature Made Vitamins-1-2This year’s wellness goals have been all about staying healthy throughout my pregnancy and growing a strong baby girl. So far, so good! Today begins the 30 day countdown to June’s due date. She will be here next month!! I started out my pregnancy like all of the others, completely nauseous and unable to keep anything down. So I took chewable sour gummy vitamins when I could. Then, once the nausea finally passed, I had to switch to swallowable vitamins because the gummies reminded me of being sick and made me gag. Nature Made Vitamins-1-3Off to Walmart to get some Prenatal Vitamins from Nature Made. I grabbed some Fish Oil for Matt, too, and love that they have a burp-less variety! That’s what has kept me away from Fish Oil in the past, the yucky aftershocks throughout the day. He has been taking them and says they live up to their burp-less promise. The Prenatal Vitamins have been excellent and easy to swallow thanks to the gel coating. I am grateful for a vitamin I can easily take to help keep my baby and I healthy and strong! New moms: even after baby is born, you should continue to take your Prenatal Vitamins. Especially if you’re nursing! Baby will get those good nutrients and you will feel better, too. Nature Made at WalmartTo help you with your health and wellness goals, Nature Made has a microsite here where you can sign up to receive Nature Made Daily Boosts…little things that you can do to help your overall wellness. Enter for a chance to win 1 of 20 $50 Walmart gift cards below!
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*I-C will randomly select 20 winners from all program entries and will handle fulfillment of the winning prizes.

Here’s to Nature Made helping you achieve your health and wellness goals this year, whichever stage of life you are in!

Steve’s Central Coast Detailing

When we got our Tahoe, it needed to be detailed. You know how even when things are “clean” they still need to be cleaned to your standards? I deep clean every time we move into a new house no matter how clean it appears! Anyway, I’d looked online and saw great reviews about Steve’s Central Coast Detailing, so I messaged to see if he’d be interested in doing it for us.Steve's Detailing (1 of 1)Right off the bat, I was impressed with his professionalism. He and his employee showed up right on time and immediately got to work. On a holiday nonetheless! I loved that they came to my house, too. It was so nice to be able to get things done inside my home while I knew my car was being professionally cleaned right in the driveway. Steve's Detailing (1 of 1)-2They worked hard and efficiently side by side. I loved that Steve had a card reader right there on his phone to pay with. Signed with my finger and had the receipt emailed to me. Easy peasy! He also offers gift certificates if you are searching for the perfect gift for someone!Steve's Detailing (1 of 1)-3 I’m big on smells (read: very sensitive to them and creepily good at describing them), so I was pleased that the car smelled brand new when they were done and to see that it had piña colada air fresheners in it! One of my favorite smells. I just saw that he’s got a coconut & vanilla one now, too ;) Steve's Detailing (1 of 1)-4

If you are between San Luis Obispo and Santa Ynez on the Central Coast, I highly recommend Steve’s Central Coast Detailing. Check them out on Facebook & Instagram too, their work speaks for itself!

Coke Play to Win!

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How do you prepare for the Madness? Have you filled out brackets with coworkers, friends or family? What kind of snacks do you make to get ready for the Big Tournament? We always stock up on Coke Zero and OREOs, and come up with ways to make them fun while we watch the games.

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Available Prizes:

64 Cola-Cola ZeroTM Cap & Basketball

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8 Electronic Basketball Game

4 10 ft Basketball Goal

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Men’s Final Four® in Phoenix

ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN GREAT PRIZES!

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  1. Purchase participating* Coca-Cola or NABISCO products
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