Tuesday, October 22, 2013



Sunday, October 20, 2013

Tal's Story

He's here! Our sweet little bundle of joy!  His arrival was greatly anticipated by all of us but mainly by his brother and sister who couldn't wait to get their hands on him!
Talmadge Adam York was born on Saturday October 12th, 2013
7lbs 15 oz. 21 inches
He was named after his late grandfather Talmadge Allen Henry III. 

Excitement filled our household when I went into labor Thursday night.  I was a little over two weeks early, but thats nothing new for me.  Contractions were getting to be 2 minutes apart and by the time I arrived at the hospital I was 4 cm dilated.  This was going to go fast, or so I thought!
What could possibly go wrong...
It was our third child.  Labor should have been easier and much shorter than the previous two.
 I had lots of plans.  I was going to enjoy my hospital stay, enjoy being pampered by the nurses, and let Adam go home at night and get a good nights rest.  I couldn't wait to nurse and snuggle that baby of ours.
 Adam had hoped baby boy would arrive in time to watch the Cardinals play at 7 pm Friday night.
But, after a 30 something hour labor he arrived at 4:40 a.m. Saturday morning.

I instantly knew something was wrong.
  My child was not breathing and was silent.
From there he was worked on by 8 different people.
It took 45 minutes...
My Dr. was not giving up on him.
When he was stabilized he was moved immediately to the nursery.

While in the nursery he had seizure like activity and it was decided that he needed to be transferred.

 He was transported to St. Johns NICU by air and he was placed on a cooling blanket for 72 hours.
   It was imperative that he was placed on this blanket within 6 hours of the incident.  His body temperature was lowered to 33.9 degrees Celsius to help stave off further damage to the central nervous system and help repair any damage already caused.

Tal suffered from hypoxic ischemic encephalothapy (HIE) which affects 1 out of every 1000 newborn babies.  We could not hold him and we could barely touch him.  All we could do was pray, and pray harder than ever before.  We knew that there was a possibility for a full recovery but we also knew that there was a chance our child would suffer from brain damage.  How severe?  We didn't know.
Regardless, we would love him and give him the best life possible.

My doctor and the nurses at Passavant did everything in their power to revive the little guy and they were amazing.  The many doctors and nurses at St. Johns were amazing as well.
  Whatever it took for this little guy to survive and recover they made sure it happened.
 This sweet baby was simply a miracle of God.  After a week in the NICU and millions of prayers his  MRI and EEG both came back negative.

Holding him for the first time was the most amazing feeling in the world.  To me he was perfect and at that moment it didn't matter if there was anything wrong with him.  He stole my heart and I felt complete when he was in my arms. 

Adam and I could not be more thankful that he recovered from such trauma.  Our little guy is amazing and has adapted to life at home with a big brother and sister just perfectly!  Did I mention he has red hair? 
  We thank you all for your continuous prayers, support, and help to get us through this last week.  It was every parent's nightmare ending with the best possible outcome...
A miracle from God.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

LUXE wearhouse gift box

So today I want to introduce you to my new favorite Holiday go to gift!!

In the mail yesterday I received my first LUXE Wearhouse gift box and I am Obsessed!!!
Even the packaging is lovely!

Side note:   (If you haven't already heard about LUXE Wearhouse then you need to check out their site!  Even better if you are in the Chicago area you MUST hit up one of their seasonal pop up shops!)

So back to the gift boxes!  
How helpful will this be for holiday giving this year??  What a great way to spoil the friends or family you love this holiday season? 
Here is the low down...

The LUXE VIP Gift Box
 There are three amazing LUXE VIP Holiday gift boxes available that you can purchase now!
 The Essential Box, The Gold Box and the Diamond Box.  All three beautifully packaged and filled with amazing accessories or products that I promise you will LOVE! 

You can also purchase a seasonal subscription of the Essential Box and receive a LUXE VIP Gift Box delivered to your door four times a year, filled with top trend LUXE accessories that you will love! 

And as a special promotion if you subscribe for the LUXE VIP essential box now, they will give you a free Holiday Essential Box! The gift that keeps on giving!

What is included in the LUXE VIP Box?

LUXE Holiday Gift Boxes
The Essential:

Cost $45 (per box)
Value of Box $120 +
This box contains a lightweight, printed woven scarf (colors may vary), a versatile wristlet/cross body bag (colors may vary) and a pair of our favorite LUXE stud earrings of the season (colors may vary).

The Gold Box:

Cost $90
Value of Box $295 +
This box contains a luxurious cashmere scarf (colors may vary), an amazing foldover tassel clutch, a studded leather bracelet (colors may vary) and a pair of our favorite LUXE stud earrings of the season (colors may vary).

The Diamond Box:

Cost $180
Value of Box $500 + 
This box contains a must-have, huge cashmere wrap (colors may vary),  an amazing fold over tassel clutch, a braided, studded leather bracelet (colors may vary) and a pair of our favorite LUXE stud earrings of the season (colors may vary).

LUXE Subscription Boxes

The Essential 
Cost $180 for one year subscription.  This includes 4 seasonal boxes as well as a Free Holiday 2013 LUXE VIP Essential Box.
Value $600 + (at least $120 value per box)
Each box will contain 3-4 items.  For example it may include a combination of any of the following items:
small handbag, earrings, necklace, scarf, bracelet, candle, wallet, or bath/spa product.

So I highly suggest you go check it out for yourself!
To find out when and where LUXE wear house will pop up next visit their site