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Vanessa B.

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6 Months: The Good, Bad and Ugly!

Finally, I’m SIX months pregnant!!!

This milestone is a big deal. #BabyBoyBarnett has now reached “fetal viability”, meaning if the little guy were born today he would have a good fighting chance at survival (50% – 70%). This was huge for me because I felt myself being more worried and cautious during this pregnancy. Thankfully, I feel a little calmer now, which is one of the good things about month six.

Below are just a few of the things I’ve faced getting to this point and how I feel now.

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So, About This “Stop Slut-Shaming” Movement … I Have Questions.

As a girl who’s been called a slut once or twice (or a hundred times) in her lifetime I am especially sensitive to the anti slut-shaming movement. As someone who’s worn her fair share of tight/short dresses, I appreciate the message that just because my outfit is sexy doesn’t mean you get to rape me. And as a mother to a daughter, I am grateful for the notion of self-love and women’s empowerment it preaches and the awareness it brings to the pervasive rape culture that is often swept under the rug. BUT, with all that being said, I am still confused by parts of the “stop slut-shaming” message and I feel like I should be able to ask some important questions and state some valid points.

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S+S Fundraiser Event: SHOP. PLAY. SUPPORT.

Join Stilettos & Sippy Cups for a funfilled day of play and shopping!

“SHOP. PLAY. SUPPORT.” is a fundraising event to support the Stilettos & Sippy Cups scholarship for mothers entering or returning to college. The event will be a treat for the entire family and will include 3 hours of open play at Kiddie City (one of Charlie B’s favorite places!), exclusive access to prime vendors, arts & crafts for little ones, a gift bag and more.

Plus, Stilettos & Sippy Cups is a 501c3 non-profit organization, so your ticket purchase not only goes towards a fantastic cause, but it’s also tax deductible. That’s a WIN-WIN!

Please click this link to buy tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shop-play-support-tickets-20445993517

And if you’re unable to make it to the event, but would still like to contribute, please consider donating on our GoFundMe Page!

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Kickin’ It In Kiddie City: Why Your Kids Will Love This Place!

Charlie B. and I have been to our fair share of kid gyms/playrooms/classes/activities in the LA area. From day one, it was always my mission to find the hot spots where the tots have fun til they drop! But, if I’m being honest, CB seemed to out grow many of them quickly. Whether it was mentally or physically, Charlie was never interested in one place for too long — that is until now. Mommies, I think we have found the eighth wonder of the world … Behold, Kiddie City!

Don’t you just love it when I get super dramatic 😀

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Adorn Your Tot With Livi B. Accessories!

One of the best things about raising little humans is dressing them like big humans! Gone are the days of overtly-obvious kiddie clothes adorned with Elmo, Barbie and the likes. Now-a-days, little ones are wearing more couture and less Cookie Monster. Seeing tiny tots draped in fur, fancy shoes and fabulous bags has become the norm … and I love it! Which is why I love Livi B. Accessories even more. I got to chat with owner, April Jones, and she gave me a little insight into her new fashion venture and her mini muse, Miss Olivia Blair 🙂

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How I Almost Let Social Media Ruin My Parenting + How You Can Avoid The Trap

I love social media and I’m sure that will never change. They way it connects people, the insightful things I learn, the funny memes … seriously, it’s one of the greatest inventions of all time. But, too much of a good thing can be bad. Very, very bad. And I almost let social media take me down a dark road that few ever recover from. Ha! Sorry for the dramatics, it wasn’t that bad, but I do feel like it was affecting the way I was parenting in a less than positive way.

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