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Seattle Seahawks Deaf Player Derrick Coleman Inspires Family – A Story of Hope

A couple of week’s ago I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, and saw that The Mister had shared someone’s status update. It caught my attention, and I started reading. It was a letter that a mother had written to the Seattle Seahawks, to tell them how much the new Duracell ad featuring Derrick Coleman has inspired their son. The more I read, the more tears I got in my eyes – compassion for all that they’ve been through, memories of my own complicated pregnancy and then the scare when Abby was born, and the beautifully inspiring message she’d written. I had noticed that she was from the same city I live in, but assumed that The Mister had just shared it because he’s a huge Seahawks fan. When I mentioned to him how moving her post was, he told me that he knew her husband. We live in a pretty big city, but it’s always a small world, right? So I reached out to her, to ask if I could share her story, and her message, since it’s amazing. What follows is her family’s story in her own words, pictures, and video. Big thank you to Nicole and Jeff Wilkinson for sharing this. Grab a handful of tissue before you continue reading it, you’ll need it….

My son Samuel, is a true miracle, he is the greatest gift I have ever received. Doctors determined early in my pregnancy with him that something was abnormal. He was not growing at a normal rate and he consistently measured small. We saw many doctors and specialists in our hometown of Yakima, WA and also at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington. After many tests and scans they diagnosed him with a lethal form of skeletal dysplasia. Skeletal dysplasias are a complex group of bone and cartilage disorders that can affect the fetal skeleton as it develops in utero. The most common form of skeletal dysplasia is dwarfism, but there are approximately 300 different forms and a few types are lethal (meaning the child would be stillborn or die shortly after birth). It was explained to us that Sam’s long bones (arms and legs) were not growing, there was fluid around his heart and his chest circumference was below the 1st percentile. With the chest cavity being so small, it meant he would not have enough space to house fully developed lungs and a healthy heart.

Our baby would not be able to breathe on his own in order to sustain his own life.

After months of waiting and knowing that our baby was expected to die, Samuel Ross Wilkinson was born August 27th, 2008 in a scheduled C-section. All of the medical staff were briefed with his diagnosis and circumstances and the doctors estimated he would live anywhere from 5 to 60 minutes. The plan was to surgically remove the baby, clean him off and wrap him in a special blanket that we brought from home. My husband and I were to be able to hold him for however long we wanted. We had people flying into town a few days after the scheduled birth date because we were planning for a funeral.

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Moms Love Shaving their Legs, Right?

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Remington, to share hair removal tips. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and as a thank you for participating….

What mom doesn’t love shaving her legs, right? When you’re enjoying a nice, quiet, relaxing bubble bath at the end of a long day – a day that consists of things like shopping, lunch with girlfriends, and maybe a stop at the spa for a massage and pedicure – and you pull out your favorite plastic drugstore razor, and soothingly swipe it up and down your legs, effortlessly removing those unwanted hairs. Those plastic razors always leave you with legs that are smooth, silky, stubble-free and ready for summer swimsuit season every time. We all love it.


Just kidding. For most moms, the only bubble bath they are a part of is the one they give to their toddler after they’ve gotten themselves into some type of crazy-outlandish mess. Like, say… a little time spent playing in a sandbox they discover while you’re over to a friend’s house for dinner. A sandbox that’s actually a kitty litter box. After playing in the toilet. So the kitty litter gets wet and sticks in their hair and in between their toes. {Yes, this happened recently. Thankfully they are nice friends, lol.} And your day – unless you’re one of those Real Housewives types – probably has less spa day, and more work day. Whether that work is managing employees, or managing to run 327 errands in a day, it’s work. And plastic razors? I’m pretty sure we all have the same issues with those – sure, they’re a cheap way to get rid of hair. But you get what you pay for. And what you get is razor burn and rashes, stubble left behind, and legs that are way less than smooth. So what’s a busy mom to do?

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How I Earned My Degree Online with University of Phoenix – #LetsGetToWork

Is online college the right path for you?… Let me tell you a little about my experience getting my degree online, why online college is a perfect fit for busy moms, and how to figure it all out: What to study, how to pay for it, and what to do with that online degree once you get it. Keep reading to learn what it’s all about…

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Does Pregnancy Cause Varicose Veins?

More than 80 million Americans suffer from vein disease, a medical condition that can lead to further health problems… Are you one of the “lucky” women who know all about varicose veins? Whether it’s the smaller “spider veins” that spread out like an unattractive net across your legs, or those bulgy veins with bumps and lumps, they often show up for the first time {or get worse, if you had them before} during pregnancy. But does pregnancy actually cause them, or something else?

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Are You Prepared for Mom-Emergencies?

Are you ready for a major emergency?... Everyone by now has heard about the crazy-chaos in the New York area after major-storm Sandy last month. As a West Coaster, up here in Washington State, I didn’t even know until recently that there are a lot of people on the East Coast who have to do major prep for even regular storms during the winter. Here, we don’t have generators, we don’t stockpile food or supplies {unless we’re big-time couponers}, and we don’t have to worry about power outages for more than a very rare hour or two. But now that I have friends on the East Coast, the whole idea of preparing a little more thoroughly for emergencies has stuck with me. And, as a busy mom – preparing for disaster is kind of my middle name, right? [Read more…]


Surprising Style Tips for Busy Moms – #styleSURPRISE #Giveaway

What is your most surprising style tip? Is it that the amazing accessories you always wear are great pieces that you actually make yourself? Is that those gorgeous shades you’re always changing your hair to are actually from a box, that you do yourself at home? Or maybe you have a total knack for finding the best fashions on any clearance rack? Whatever YOUR surprising style tip is, you know that fashion is a great way to show the world who you are, and that great gear doesn’t have to break the bank….

#styleSurprise : The best-kept fashion secret

One great fashion secret that many of you might not know about is Sears. Sure – you think Sears, you think tools, or appliances, or lawn mowers. But there is SO much more – including some seriously stylin’ fashions at prices that fit into a real mom’s budget. And – as busy moms we’re not looking for crazy fashions that are only for 100 pound super models with a team of people to handle their daily tasks – No, we’re looking for stuff that’s wearable in the real world, in our real busy lives, right? And that’s what you’ll find at Sears.

Sears Style for busy moms

Sears helps me stay out of frump mom mode

I used to manage retail stores, and worked in merchandising and visual fashion displays for years. I loved it. And I loved being surounded by the newest fashions, so that I always had great style inspiration to pull from. But then, life changed. I became a mom, I transitioned to working from home, and one day I realized that my closet had suddenly been taken over by sweatpants and hoodies. I knew that it was time to bust of of frump mom territory, but I still needed clothes that were comfy for working at home and chasing a toddler. Enter Sears – my #styleSurprise! They had an awesome selection to fit just what I was looking for. Want a few busy mom fashion tips to help you shop too?

  • Long Tops: These totally help cover trouble spots! Whether it’s a long, cozy sweater paired with a dark wash jean – or a great button up in a tunic length, they help hide that extra baggage that having kiddos often leaves behind.
  • Comfy AND Trendy: Sweat pants are comfy as heck, but don’t exactly scream “Pulled together,” right? But you still have an awesome option that’s just as comfortable – leggings! Pair them with a tall pair of boots to be right on trend, while still having your fab elastic waistband {perfect for overindulging in holiday cookies…}
  • Fun Accessories: Invest in some of the great basic pieces at Sears, and add some fun pops of color and personality to your wardrobe with affordable accessories. A bold bag, fun scarf, or sparkly bangle totally completes your look.

Ready to run out and shop for a bunch of new gear to upgrade your own “Busy Mom” style too? Well… you’re in luck! One of you amazingly lucky ladies is going to win a crazy-cool prize. Enter the Holiday #styleSurprise Sweepstakes to win  $5k worth of SYW points!! {What’s SYW? Learn more about how Shop Your Way works, why it rocks, and all the freebies and features.}

Visit for more everyday fashion inspiration!

Ready to enter to win?? It’s easy peasy – Just log in and set up a quick account if you don’t have one already. Then enter to win the Holiday #styleSurprise Sweepstakes by simply following the directions here: Seriously, it takes like one minute to get your entry in. Then if you win – all those points will go towards helping you rock your new years wardrobe this winter too! Good luck!

{Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, I am a Sears blogger, though all opinions are my own.}



Honestly – Learn Why these Diapers are Worth my Dollars…

“Pretty much all the honest truth telling in the world is done by children.” – Oliver Wendell… Ah…. Motherhood. Kids are such a blessing – and SUCH a challenge at the same time, right? And this quote is so true – kids do fib, of course. But most of the time, they are honest to a fault. You can learn a lot listening to their thoughts, questions, and observations. So when you hear that there’s a new diaper brand called The Honest Co., what do you think? For me – I hoped to find a simplified way to buy affordable, eco-friendly, good quality diapers that worked well. {Meaning no leaks or nonsense, you know?} Is that what I found with The Honest Co.? Find out…

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