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Hello and welcome to my site. A personal page for me to blog about my experiences, spur of the moment thoughts, feelings, travel, and etc. I hope you have fun reading my entries as much as I enjoyed writing them. Please feel free to leave your comments and messages.

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Express for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Fall is right around the corner.  I can feel the cold breeze here in Illinois as early as the first week of September.  So it's time to put away the summer dresses, shorts, and tees.  I think this is the perfect season to dress up because you get to mix and match more clothes and accessories in your everyday wardrobe.

However, one essential fashion item all year round that would be seen more during this cold weather would be your light jacket and pair of jeans.  Check out Express jeans to get great deals on various types of apparels for men and women.  Don't miss the Express giveaway of 50 pair of jeans for free to winners that could be rockin' on the sidewalk in a limited time.

women's jeans that comes in different styles such as leggings, flares, straight, skinny and wide are available in all sizes on their website.

EXTREME STRETCH STELLA JEAN LEGGING at Express

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Aside from getting a chance of winning free pair of jeans, there are certain pants that are on sale as well.  You can actually shop for your perfect pair of jeans and get 50% off the regular price on the second one. Feel free to share what your favorite design is.  Leave your comments and let's talk about what's in or out this season!

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My Labor Story

Just basing from the title, it's easy to guess that I had given birth already. It was a very memorable experience for my husband and I. And we are very thankful that we chose to deliver here in Chicago, specifically at Prentice Women's Hospital at Northwestern instead of anywhere else.

My aunt works in that hospital in the psychiatric unit and she told me that their Maternity and Child Division is the best in the United States.

On September 8, 2011, I gave birth to Eli Santiago at around 8:54 pm. He weighed 6 lbs and measured 19 inches in height. I was in labor for more than 24 hours. Before realizing that I was actually in labor, I had the energy to come to downtown Chicago with my husband which is an hour and a half away from where we live via bus and train. The commute included a lot of walking, but I didn't mind because I was always active during my whole pregnancy.

Then, when we got home at night, my stomach began to hurt. I couldn't tell where the pain was coming from. I was pretty sure that I wasn't having any contractions at first since the same feeling happened to me before and the experience only turned out to be gastroenteritis. The pain was tolerable that I was even able to sleep. I was peeing and pooping more than usual but I didn't mind because I thought I just ate something bad.

Finally, I woke up at 1 am and felt that my underwear was really soaked with something. So, I went to the bathroom and checked what it was. I was surprise to see that I had a lot of clear discharge that was accompanied by blood. After finding that out, I had made time to clean myself up at first then I woke my husband up and told him that I might be having the baby already.

We quickly went to the hospital after that. Fortunately, my husband had a feeling that I might be giving birth that night too so he took care of all the stuffs we need for the baby and me. When I got to the hospital, the nurse midwife was already waiting for me since I called in before we left the house. After doing my first internal examination, we found out that I was 2 cm dilated already. I was really going into labor and she told us straight that I will be having the baby within the day for sure.

As mentioned earlier, Northwestern Hospital is considered as one of the biggest hospital in the US. All their rooms, gadgets, and personnel were all state of the art. Given the chance that I can give birth there, I wanted to try everything they had to support me through a natural (drug-free) delivery. I rocked myself on the yoga ball, I stayed on the tub, walked, and did breathing exercises. But everything they had didn't seem to work at all!

I was getting really frustrated because my contractions were 3 - 4 minutes apart, lasting 1 - 2 minutes long but my labor wasn't progressing as much as we've hoped for.

Dilated at 5 cm, my husband finally said that I should just go with the epidural already since he knew how much pain I was bearing for the last 16 hours. So, I did that and a whole team of anesthesiologist came into my room and gave me the epidural.

Everything else felt good after that. I was no longer screaming and angry. I even had a little nap since my waist down was numb. Because my body was already relaxed, my contraction came in fewer so the doctor decided to purposely break my bag of water. She believes that it may be one of the causes why I was having a hard time to dully dilate.

5 hours later, I felt great pressure between the vagina and rectum despite of the anesthesia. I told the doctor that I was still feeling uncomfortable because I shouldn't be having any of that due to the drugs. She checked me again, and discovered that I was already fully dilated.

A nurse came in the room soon after that and prepared everything that we might need during the delivery. Then, I realized that I was on the bed, finally pushing at each contraction until the baby came out. After becoming fully dilated, I pushed the baby out at less than an hour. The staffs were really impressed with how smooth and fast the whole thing went. I told them I had practice with the pushing ;)

The midwife was telling me that I shouldn't feel less of a good mom for choosing to go with the drugs. It's just that every woman is different, and we all have our own ability to tolerate pain. Plus, choosing just the epidural had less complication to the baby and I.

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TracFone for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

My sister-in-law who lives in Dallas, Texas has three kids who each has a mobile phone.  Given their age which are (from eldest to youngest) 12, 11, and 7 years old, the children are currently in the stage of their lives where connection with friends from school and family are very important and necessary.

Tracfone is one of the most reliable network providers in the United States that can cater to families who needs to communicate more than the average in a really affordable price with or without contract and credit checks. A plan that does not require credit checks, termination, and activation fees.  Because of this, more Real TracFone customers have now turned away from their previous providers in order to enjoy their latest deals and services.  Aside from the cheap monthly plans and mobile phones, So many features such as great reception nationwide that allows more uninterrupted conversations with your loved ones no matter whey they are in the world with possibly no other cost may also be available right under your fingertips.

there are various plans that you can choose from if you looked for more details in their website and local stores.  Feel free to watch this video to know more about what Real TracFone customers have to say about their services.

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hiltons of Branson for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Summer is almost over, and there is no better way to end it like spending the upcoming long weekend with the family at one of the best vacation spots ever such as the Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing or also known as the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel.

Hiltons of Branson is great for both leisure and business trips at any age because there are a lot of things you can do during your whole stay.  The hotel is near the Silver Dollar City which is a well-known theme park in the area where children and parents can enjoy a memorable family bonding experience through the tour and rides. 

Aside from this, if you prefer a more quite and scenic escape, you can try the Titanic Museum and Payne Stewart Gold Course which are located near the hotel as well.  Sweep your partner's feet by dining and shopping at the at the Branson Landing after watching a world class show known as the Legend of Kungfu.

Visit Hiltons of Branson to know more about the events that will be held during your stay.  You can also find out about the latest packages and deals they have for this season like the Branson Best Value Vacation Package that gives you your 3rd night stay for free!  Along with that is two adult and two children’s tickets to the Legends of Kung Fu show at the White House Theater in Branson, MO, two adult and two children’s two-day passes to Silver Dollar City, a $25 gift card for shopping, and a $25 food credit for Level 2 Steakhouse.

  

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Can you ever be a hundred percent prepared with starting a family? In fact, can you ever be fully equipped to venture into something new?

Every girl has her own dream wedding, house, career, and prince charming. Most girls think of these things as early as they can imagine and conjure up an idea in their heads. But despite of the long time we've alotted for planning, we still couldn't think of all the mishaps we might possibly encounter on that most awaited day or situation. I'm sure none of us ever thought of thriving for employment, becoming homeless and alone anytime in the future. All of us dreamt about something perfect and possible. We're so preoccupied with the idea that our lives will be beautiful, we neglect to prepare ourselves when we fail. And when we're caught in a moment where we don't know what move to do next, we panic and eventually crash.

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