What Cord Blood Registry Means To Me & Why I Wish I Had Used It 7 Years ago

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*This post is sponsored by Cord Blood Registry, but the opinions expressed here are my own*

Cord blood banking has been something that I have heard about off and on over the last few years. However, while I have been interested, it has also been something I have felt was beyond my reach.  Over the last 12 months, I have come to realize all the potential benefits that come with cord blood banking with CBR.

What is Cord Blood Banking?

Through Cord Blood Registry (CBR) your newborn’s stem cells can be preserved for later use n case they or an immediate family member is diagnosed with a condition that is treated with stem cells.  These stem cells come from the baby’s umbilical cord which is made up of both tissue and blood that are rich in these powerful stem cells.

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I was surprised to discover that cord blood has been used for over 30 years to treat over 80 serious diseases including certain blood cancers, immune and metabolic disorders and other conditions relating to blood. They are even currently researching how cord blood could possibly help with autism, hearing loss and cerebral palsy! Check THIS link for cord blood uses and research.

Why CBR is important to me

I’ve learned first-hand that life can be unexpected. When I was pregnant with my third child, we were told that the baby had significant kidney problems that could create a need for an early birth or immediate treatment as a newborn. Thankfully, he was born healthy and we were able to monitor his kidney’s through ultrasounds for the next few years. While his right kidney healed completely, his left was only about 25% functional, but wasn’t causing any problems. Therefore, there was no need for any invasive treatments. 12 months ago, his little body decided it could no longer function properly with a partially dead kidney and his urologist told us that he needed surgery to remove it or he would go into septic shock.

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While putting a 6 year old through major surgery was stressful, the thought of something happening to my son’s only functioning kidney is even more terrifying. People live long, healthy lives with one kidney all the time. But what happens if something damages his one good kidney and he needs a transplant? What if his body rejects the new kidney or he encounters complications that cause other issues? While I know we may not be able use his cord blood for his condition, it has taught me that unexpected things can happen. Cord blood is being researched for a variety of unexpected conditions today that may occur over a lifetime, like stroke and heart disease and I feel good knowing that my family may have access to this resource in the future.  

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WHAT IF YOUR FAMILY IS PERFECTLY HEALTHY?

We never know what life will throw at us. And while I will pray every day that no one in my family will need a stem cell transplant or a possible stem cell therapy that may be available in the future, if we decide to keep growing our family, cord blood banking with CBR will be a part of that plan. I know I will feel better having banked my child’s newborn stem cells and that our family may have an option that we wouldn’t have otherwise.

During the last 30 years more than 40,000 cord blood transplants using cord blood from public and private banks have been performed. That is a large enough number to make me want to become more educated on this topic.

Can my family afford it?

One thing that has kept me from doing more research on this topic over the years is the fear of the cost. However, the more research I have done, the more I have realized that I can’t afford to NOT bank with CBR. If there is a chance that newborn stem cells may be of use to my family in the future, then that is priceless to me.

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Luckily, CBR is actually extremely affordable and also offers budget friendly payment options that will fit almost any family budget. CBR has also created a gift registry option where friends and family can contribute to the cost, either as part of baby showers or simply to show a little extra love while you are expecting. As we have had so many babies already, I won’t be getting another baby shower with the next kiddo, so we will definitely be utilizing the gift registry as a simple yet helpful option for anyone wanting to contribute a newborn gift.

PLUS, if a sibling or parent to a newborn has been diagnosed with a disease that stem cells are currently treating, that family could qualify for CBR’s  Newborn Possibilities Program® assists families with a qualifying medical need by covering all costs of cord blood banking and processing for 5 full years.

Hopefully your family does not yet have a need for stem cells. However saving money is always a plus, so CBR is offering a discount code for $200 off initial fees when you fill in your info at cordblood.com.

Where Can I get more information?

Whether you choose to bank with Cord Blood Registry (CBR) or not, being educated on this topic is important. Advancements in stem cell science and research are taking place and having the knowledge to make decisions regarding stem cells in the future isn’t something to take lightly. Check out this quick video for a great introduction to Cord Blood Banking 101.

CBR is a resource for expecting parents in many ways. Their website will give you access to all the information you need to answer all your questions about newborn stem cell preservation. Simply head to cordblood.com. They even offer a social community and blog with educational information on prenatal nutrition and suggestions for labor and delivery, etc.

If you are interested in learning more, fill out your information HERE and you will receive a code for $200 off initial fees!

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I don’t know what the future holds for my family, but I do know that if we are blessed with another baby, we will be banking with CBR to help ensure the health of those we love in the years to come.

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Winc – A Better Way To Find And Receive Wine

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Mom’s have a reputation for loving their wine.  I am certainly guilty of adding to this stereotype! However, I really suck at finding good wine that is a good fit for me. I tend to buy what looks nice on the shelf and not be super impressed with the flavor. That’s why I am so excited to try  Winc!

Winc is not your traditional wine club; they personalize the entire wine experience –  perfecting how wine is made, distributed, perceived and purchased via their Palate Profile quiz that recommends wine based on each individuals unique tastes! It takes the hassle and guesswork out of picking a bottle from your local liquor store and delivers the perfect bottles directly to your doorstep.  No more intimidating language and steep price points, and more joy in the act of sharing a bottle.

My Readers Save $22 Off Your First Month of Winc! Simply go to: www.trywinc.com/usfamilyguide

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Summer Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten with Avid4 Adventure Camps!

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With summer approaching fast, I, like most parents, am scrambling to make sure my kids have plenty of things to do to keep boredom at bay! For my older children, this is not as challenging. There seems to be million opportunities for kids over 7. However, for my younger kiddos, ages 3-6, I have a harder time finding camp-like activities that I am also comfortable sending them to alone.

My Preschooler is super smart, very curious, and easily bored…so we need some seriously great programming!

Pre-K Summer Camp Continue reading “Summer Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten with Avid4 Adventure Camps!”

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Looking for The Best Colorado Summer Camp For Your Kids? Avid4 Adventure Is #1!

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One thing I fight with my kids about ALL year long, is screen time. It feels like as soon as they walk in from school or wake up on Saturday morning they are begging to watch or play something on a device!

Between the appeal of YouTube, all the gaming systems and their specialized games, Netflix, etc.  my “mom” activities simply can’t compete. Which means I am constantly shooing them outside and trying to come up with things that will keep them occupied, stimulated, and growing in various skills.

With 6 kids at home, this is something I cannot do on my own and why I am so happy to have Avid4Adventure Summer Camps in Colorado! Continue reading “Looking for The Best Colorado Summer Camp For Your Kids? Avid4 Adventure Is #1!”

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Tangy, Protein-Packed, Avocado Salad with AllWhites®

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This post is sponsored by AllWhites but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

I don’t know about you, but parenting along with attempting to maintain a fitness regimen AND eating healthy, is a difficult feat to say the least! That’s why I love AllWhites® 100% real liquid egg whites for my family. Not only do they provide me with the protein my body needs for building lean muscle, but I can make my family easy, healthy snacks that they love! One of my favorites is a protein-packed salad with avocados!

Since the birth of my 6th baby 7 months ago, I have really struggled to lose the last 10 pounds of baby weight. I have found myself indulging in too much sugar and not enough protein. AllWhites® has helped me add protein to my diet without the added fat of many meats and cheeses and thus is helping me toward my fitness and weight loss goals!

I recently came up with a delicious, protein packed, tangy, avocado salad for my family using AllWhites®. It is delicious on toast, as a sandwich or even as a dip! Click To Tweet

There are so many great recipes that you can use with AllWhitesPlease let me know what you think of my Tangy, Protein-Packed Avocado Salad! Continue reading “Tangy, Protein-Packed, Avocado Salad with AllWhites®”

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The Perfect Jewelry Gift for Any Mom Any Day!!!

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As a mom I have always wanted to immortalize my children, to keep them with me in some way at all times. I have thought of getting tattoos, or creating stepping stones with their handprints…well tattoos are expensive and PERMANENT! And as much as I love stepping stones I want something closer to my heart, something beautiful that everyone will comment on and ask about!

Mama’s jewelry is the answer for me! From pendants or rings, to earrings and bracelets i can get beautiful jewelry with all six of my children’s  birthstones!

Since we aren’t 100% sure that #6 is our last, I am going to wait a few years to order my PERFECT pendant…However, I wanted to shower my Mother in law with some much deserved love and decided to order her the PERFECT necklace with all 12 of her grandchildren’s birthstone represented!

I love the rose gold option as I am not a fan of traditional gold. However, silver didn’t seem warm enough for such a lovely representation of family. The craftsmanship is simply beautiful and so very elegant.

We were given the option of choosing imitation jewels or paying an extra fee per stone for natural. I chose to stick with imitation, but still found the stones to be lovely and bright!

Moms work hard 365 days out of the year, so why give them another predictable gift? With the exquisite collection of mothers ring, pendants, and bracelets from Mama’s Jewelry, you’re bound to the most unforgettable gift! Each time my mother in law looks down at her necklace, she’ll remember just how much she’s loved.

Mama’s Jewelry has been designing rings and pendants for moms for 30 years. Their company is committed to creating exceptional mothers pendants, rings and earrings at affordable prices.


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My Uterus, My Problem: But Seriously, How Many Kids Is Enough?

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I have six children, and a very obvious obsession with babies. When we had our fifth we thought our family might be complete. But a year went by and we both felt the tug at our hearts that meant we had more love to give.

All our children wanted another bundle of joy as well, so we went for it. Number 6 came along about six months ago and my husband and I both immediately questioned whether we would truly be happy if this was our last baby. 

Continue reading “My Uterus, My Problem: But Seriously, How Many Kids Is Enough?”

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Society’s Fear Of Sugar Is Poisoning Our Children’s Drinks

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If there is one thing I really don’t understand about America’s food culture, it is our obsessive fear of SUGAR. Despite this, we still crave sweets, so we satisfy ourselves with sugar-free drinks and candy, we bake with sugar substitutes and have waged an all out war against high fructose corn syrup.

Fine. We’re adults, we have enough knowledge to understand what we are putting in our bodies and how it could effect us in the long run. I have to admit to a love of Diet Coke myself.

Where it really gets my goat, however,  is when parents make their kids freak out about sugar. Continue reading “Society’s Fear Of Sugar Is Poisoning Our Children’s Drinks”

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