Mom with Scheduled C-Section Delivers Naturally | Birth Story

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It was June 6th and we actually had an ultrasound scheduled that morning at 8am for a growth measurement. I was followed by a high risk OB so these were pretty routine. I only gained 10 pounds during my pregnancy so there was concern that Henry might be underweight. My alarm went off at 6:30am to get ready for our ultrasound appointment, when I woke up I grabbed my phone and started scrolling Instagram haha. I noticed my lower back was sore but I figured it was just from laying in bed. I got out of bed and started to walk to the kitchen and when I stood up I felt something wet. YUP my water broke when I stood up! I yelled for Josh to come quick, he sprung out of bed and asked what happened, I told him my water broke and that I had to call my parents. My parents live about a 4 and a half hour drive from us, so my first thought was… I should probably tell them. I called my dad because my mom didn’t answer, I remember telling him that my water broke and I “might” be having the baby today. He quickly went to grab my mom from work and they started their drive to see us. Josh called the number the hospital gave us in case anything was to happen. I was scheduled to have a C-section so they wanted me to go in right away if I went into labour beforehand. Josh called and spoke to the nurse who informed us to come in once we were ready. I got a shower, curled my hair, Josh had breakfast and we packed our bags which I think took about an hour, I still hadn’t had any contractions but I was starting to get anxious to leave.

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The Puppeteaching Project-Educating through Puppetry

Guest Post by Rebecca of Puppeteaching Project
Puppeteaching Project

Puppeteaching Project

-What do you want to be when you grow up?
-When I grow up, I want to be a famous actress!

Constantly immersed in theatre as a kid and a teen, my dreams were big. I wanted to be a successful actress in film and on stage. Upon completing grade 12, I auditioned for many universities, and got accepted to some. However, the one school I had my heart set on wait-listed me. At the same time, I was offered a full scholarship to study at a university in my hometown. I decided to leave my decision in the hands of destiny. If I suddenly got a call letting me know I had been accepted to my chosen theatre school, I would go. If not, I would accept the scholarship. Continue reading

Beautiful and Totally Turquoise Turkey

Guest Post by Erika Kind

The Kursunlu falls at Antalya

The Kursunlu falls at Antalya

Hello, I am Erika Kind. Yes, that’s my real name and love it since the meaning of my last name in English supports living what I call ‘my purpose’. My dear friend Jessica from Turquoise Compass asked me to write a guest-post. Since I love her travel posts and the inspiring and refreshing way she shares about all of the beautiful places she’s been in order to show the beauty and uniqueness of all of them, I feel so honored to be asked. Continue reading

Aquamarine Paradise Adventure

Guest Post by: Lizard 100 Blog

The Indonesian archipelago stretches across a significant distance in East Asia. Tiny islands suspended like jewels on an ocean of a thousand aquamarine shades. The exotic names conjure up images of tropical paradise. Bali, Lombok, Jakarta, Padangbai. Up until recently I’ve always considered myself more tourist than traveller. An agent would design a trip for me and paid up in advance we’d follow their instructions carefully, but this time I was determined to do it myself. How hard could it be? I found some good value flights and selected some dates. The destination? The Gili islands. Three tiny specks on the Indonesian map. An idyllic destination so small you can walk around them. So small there’s no cars, only pony and trap or bicycle.

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The Sicilian Sea and her Mythology

Guest Post by: Unwilling Expat

Part of the Coastline from Messina to Palermo. ©Rochelle Del Borrello 2014

Ponte di Naso, Messina
©Rochelle Del Borrello 2014

I live literally ten minutes from the beach along the coast between Messina and Palermo which is dotted by beachside towns who look out towards the Aeolian Islands. Continue reading

Kind Acts Bucket List

Guest Post by Project Light to Life

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Mud Run

–          Committing a crime and getting away with it.

–          Taking a shot.

–          Arriving at the top of a roller coaster and going down the first hill.

It may seem as if these items should — or in some cases, should not — be on my “Activities & Adventures” bucket list. Yet, the feelings attached to each of these items reflect the rush of adrenaline I have felt after completing items on my “Kind Acts & Volunteering” bucket list. Of course, committing a crime or drinking alcohol shouldn’t be compared to doing acts of kindness, but the feelings that come with each item seem similar. Research finds that “altruistic (other-regarding) emotions and behaviors are associated with greater well-being, health, and longevity.” In other words, doing kind acts has been correlated with increases in happiness, good health, and life span. Continue reading

Camera in Hand, Capturing the Beauty of the World

Guest Post by Justin from The Roaming Lama
I’ve been very fortunate to find a job that allows me to travel often and the flexibility to extend these business trips to explore the world around me. The accumulation of airline miles and hotel points that accompanies the amount of business travel has also allowed my wife and I to do a fair amount of travel for pure pleasure as well. In the past several years, I’ve accumulated a few hundred thousand airline miles and with my camera in hand I try to bring the beauty of the world to the regular readers of my blog (of which I hope you reading this will also become) through photography three – four times a week.
Over the years I’ve accumulated thousands of photographs and published close to 700 of them on my blog and website. I am working on a new website currently where I’ll share tips on both capturing the photograph initially and processing it afterwards to bring your true vision to life. The human eye catches light and detail in a much broader spectrum than a camera is able to and thus the post-processing of the photo to bring your image to life is of the utmost importance.
Selecting my favorite photograph is extremely hard because there are aspects to every photo that I publish that I like and it makes each one special to me. As a result, I’ve selected a dozen or so photos that I think gives a nice overview of the types of photographs I typically publish on my website which tend to be landscape and/or travel photos.

Rocky Mountain National Park

I was extremely fortunate over the past few years to have a client based in Denver, Colorado and as a result I visited that city four to five times a year. About two hours away from Denver is one of the most beautiful National Parks in the United States – Rocky Mountain National Park. Fortunately, I’ve been able to leverage these business meetings into half dozen or so trips to RMNP. My two favorite photos from these trips are called ‘Fog over Sprague Lake’ and ‘Dream Lake Sunrise’.

Fog over Sprague Lake – Rocky Mountain National Park

 Fog over Sprague Lake – Rocky Mountain National Park
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Glacier Turquoise in New Zealand

Guest Post by Anzac Sailing Around the WorldNew Zealand

Not really a sailing post, but I have found that many of my sailing friends are skiers too. And if you happen to be in New Zealand over the winter, then skiing the Tasman Glacier is a spectacular thing to do! Continue reading

Two Royal Engagements

Guest Post by: Backpacking Bella

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Two big royal events marked the recent departure of my life in New Zealand for more adventures in Indonesia. British royalty Prince William and Catherine Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, visited Auckland with their baby son, George. In Bali, it was the occasion of a double royal wedding at Ubud Palace. And I was lucky enough to be there at both. Continue reading

Seeing Turquoise in the Ionian Islands: Kefalonia and Ithaca

Guest Post by Sasieology

White Rocks

White Rocks

When I think of turquoise travel, the first place that comes to mind is the island of Kefalonia in Greece. In the summer of 2006, I worked on Kefalonia as a holiday rep for 6 months. My base resort was Lassi, but I made good use of my rare days off to get out and explore everything the island had to offer in my little rental Renault Twingo. Continue reading