The Importance of Being Reese

Build-A-Bear: Pay Your Age Day

Now normally I'm not a deal blogger, but every once and a while a deal so good comes along that I feel compelled to share. Especially after having such a wonderful experience recently at the Build-A-Bear Workshop in Concord recently.

Tomorrow, July 12th, Build-A-Bears all across America will open an hour early for a special day called Pay Your Age Day. This means, your child can build a stuffed animal for the price of their age. So, if your kids are 3 and 6 for example, you’ll only pay $3 and $6 respectively for each of their furry friends.

This is a HUGE deal because if you've ever been in a Build-A-Bear store (which let's face it is basically a requirement for parenting) then you know certain bears can be a bit pricey. Tomorrow, however, that will change.

5 Ways Great Wolf Lodge is Perfect for the Whole Family

A/N: This post is sponsored by Great Wolf Lodge, however, all thoughts and opinions about how awesome it is are truly my own. 

I admit, we've  lived in Charlotte for nearly 5 years. In that time, we've driven past Great Wolf Lodge hundreds of times. We've even seen the Groupons countless times. We've visited the website several times. And at least once a year, we get incredibly close to actually booking a night. Only to change our plans at the last minute in favor of the beach or mountains. After being invited to spend the day At Great Wolf Lodge in Charlotte this past week, I'm kicking myself for not going sooner.
The cool thing about Great Wolf Lodge is that once you're there, you're there. You don't have to do much planning, or even set one foot outside the lodge to have fun. Once you walk through the doors, and into the lobby, your vacation begins.

So if you're like me and have had your doubts about whether or not Great Wolf Lodge is worth it, this post is definitely for you! Here is what you need to know about Great Wolf Lodge.

These Last Few Months

Wow. It's almost hard to believe that my family has managed to pack everything into these last few months. We've managed to cram what has felt like a decade worth of major life changes into a few short months. And I can't really say it's all been good.

As many of you know, we recently became a family of 4. And then very quickly became a family of 3 once again. A few short weeks after Baby J was born, Mr. A deployed. For months we were on pins and needles hoping that he would be here to witness the birth of his son, and thankfully he was. But when the Army comes calling, you don't really have much say. We were very blessed that he managed to spend a few short weeks with his son before deploying. I managed to nearly blind them both trying to capture as many photographs of the two of them together before their time together was over.

How I Overcame a Decreasing Milk Supply

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You know those commercials that show the new mom looking lovingly at her new babe, effortlessly breastfeeding in a rocking chair in their perfectly coordinated nursery? Of course, their hair and makeup are meticulous, they have no bags under their eyes, and have somehow managed to revert back to their pre-baby weight in two days. Three months into breastfeeding kiddo number two and I can officially tell you that those commercials are nothing like the reality of breastfeeding. Which is how I ended up supplementing with Enfamil NeuroPro™ to help get us through this rough patch.

Hello World

Baby J was born early Saturday morning on January 13th. 

Both me and my babe are in good health after a difficult delivery and pregnancy. 

Stay tuned for our birth story, but for now, say hello to the latest addition of The A Team. 

With love, 


Month 7

It's hard to believe we're only two months shy of Baby J's arrival. We're finally, and officially in prep mode. It's interesting how this time around, things are a bit more relaxed. Almost immediately after I discovered I was pregnant with Little J, we had the nursery set up, diapers stockpiled, and her college picked out. I guess it's true what they say about the second born not being coddled quite as much.

I likely won't be traveling as much in the coming months while we prepare for Baby J's arrival, or likely much afterwards either. I'm okay with this. For now. I've discovered that being pregnant at 31 is a bit more challenging than being pregnant at 23. I'd imagine that my recovery time will likely be a bit longer than the first as well.