Sunday, February 16, 2014

Let's Play a Game! Contest & Giveaway!

Okay, so it's been a while and I know I owe you Part 2 of my BelliVita belly cast post (see Part 1 here) but since I am officially 39 weeks 4 days and I wanted to play a little "game" with everyone and have you all guess how big you think Ryder will be when born.

I saw this done at my new friend Tove's blog and just loved the idea! To be honest, I totally forgot about it until today! I am so excited to offer this as my very first, self-sponsored, giveaway!!

First, I haven't shared a photo with you in a while, so here you go! 
This was last week at 39 weeks exactly.

Also, here is a little peak at the maternity photos we had done back in January! I can't wait to be able to share newborn photos with you all!

Here are some details and rules for the giveaway:
  • The winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card – and who couldn't use one of those?
  • Entry into the contest is easy All you have to do is comment on this blog post with your guess of how big you think Ryder will be at birth – weight and length.
  • Contest ends Thursday, February 20th, 2014 at 7:00am. (Winner will be announced shortly after my recovery).
  • Size estimates can be left here on the blog, Facebook (Healthy Higgins page) or Twitter - #NormanRyder, (as long as you follow me) to be considered valid.
  • Please make sure to leave your email address when you enter your size estimate, so I can contact you in case you win! (Your email address is never sold and cannot be viewed publicly on the blog.)
  • In case of a tie, where both the weight and the length were correctly guessed by two individuals, the winner will be the person who first entered the contest.

Can't wait to see everyone's guesses!!

And if you're not following me yet ~ now would be a great time to start!! Choose from Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Bloglovin, Google Friend Connect, & NetworkedBlogs!! 
Give me a shout and let me know you're my newest Friend!!


Friday, January 31, 2014

I won!! (Part 1 of 3)

It's true!! Can you believe it?

Did anyone see the Blogger Promo I told you about on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest? (you must've seen it somewhere!) 

Well, if you didn't here was the original photo:

Anywho ... this is what I WON!!! 
I have been selected as one of BelliVita's three national Belly Bowl bloggers!!

Here's a little info about the company, from their website :)
BelliVita crafts breathtakingly beautiful pieces of art from body castings, with a focus on the pregnant form. Our pregnancy belly bowls and vases are hand-crafted in porcelain or blown glass—in a wide variety of styles, sizes and colors—uniquely capturing the amazing experience of pregnancy. The result is an exquisite work of sculptural art that you can proudly display and cherish for life.

I am soo excited, and this will be a 3 part series ALL about this belly cast and bowl! The next part will be creating the belly cast and the 3rd will be after I receive the hand made porcelain (or glass) bowl! 

With ONLY 3 weeks left (ahh!), Hubby and I will be taking on the belly cast adventure this weekend! So you should be seeing part 2 fairly soon!

I hope you will all follow this journey with me and leave me some love in the comments!
Don't forget to check out BelliVita's work on their website and through Facebook! You can even follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!

As a special offer for you, my wonderful readers, they are giving $200 off!! 
Don't miss it!!

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Monday, January 20, 2014

New Year ... New Goals

I do realize it's already a few weeks in to the New Year, and I am a little behind on announcing my goals, but better late than never, huh? :)

I wasn't really planning to share, or probably even write them down, but as I explained to my sister last week, if they aren't written down or shared with others to hold you accountable, then they might as well not even exist!
So to take my own advice, here are a few I have come up with:

1. Make Goals! Write them out and share with the world! (Does this count - since that's what I'm doing NOW?!)

2. Save money! Anything is more than last year! Check out this idea, or do it in half from here, that I will be joining my sisters and others on - will you join us??

3. BLOG more! I hope you'll all be happy about that! My aim is to be a "Mommy Blog"! This will include a blog overhaul! New photos, layout, design, etc :) (2 part goal here, lol)

4. Have another go at my Shaklee business! I have let this slack a little over the last year and I know it will be hard in the upcoming year as well, but I want to at least say I tried!

5. Stick to my "cleaning schedule" at home. Moving showed me that I really dropped the ball on this one, there was a lot to clean!

6. Be more organized at home, from papers to clothing!

7. Unpack everything!!! This one I want done by Mid Feb, or earlier! Come back and check on me!!

8. Get fit after Baby!

I am sure I will add to my list as the days, weeks and months pass!

Just for a brief overview of 2012, I didn't write out any goals but I really wanted a baby (or to at least be pregnant) and to be able to buy a house! Well Norman Ryder will be here in 4-6 weeks and we closed on our house on 12/30 - so I'm happy!!
Unfortunately, we did lose a couple great women in our lives, who will continue to live on in our hearts.

I encourage you to PLEASE share your own goals below! If you do not want the world (as if that many people read my blog!) to see your goals at this time, please feel free to email them to me personally, but remember, the more that see that you are serious, the more likely you will be ticking these things off, and the faster!

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New Year Kickoff Giveaway! (Win a $100 Walmart Gift Card!)

Welcome to the "New Year's Kickoff Giveaway Event" sponsored by Tip Hero and featuring some wonderful bloggers. With the New Year in full force, we thought the perfect way to celebrate would be with a great big giveaway event!

There are some great things to buy in January, and one lucky winner will get something that could come in handy while shopping. One winner will receive a $100 Walmart gift card to help start off the new year right.

This giveaway begins on January 15th and will run until January 29th at 11:59pm US Eastern time. It will be open to residents of the US only, 18+. Use the PromoSimple form below to enter, and make sure that you take advantage of the many entries you can gain. Also, be sure to come back daily for more chances to win. Best of luck!

Disclosure: Healthy Higgins is not responsible for prize distribution. If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to All entries are optional, but if the winner task is a task that you did not complete, a second winner will be chosen. Winners will be notified via email. If a winner does not respond within 48 hours of the time when the email is sent, another winner will be chosen.

Who doesn't love to shop at Walmart!! I know I could spend that $100 in a flash! Leave me a comment below on what you would buy!


Monday, January 13, 2014

There is a human growing inside of me

How many of you have been pregnant ... regardless of how long ago? 
It is so surreal, honestly. That is the only way I can think to explain it. If you seriously stop and think about it for a minute, there is a human being growing inside of my belly ... in near 6 weeks I will be holding him in my arms - knowing he was just inside me.... ummm Sur-Real!

I know it has been some time since I have had a chance to update everyone, but here's the low-down:

2 weeks ago, Hubby and I bought our very first house!!! We are so excited and things have just been a whirlwind! We moved in for a full week, and almost another full week later we finally got a great portion of boxes unpacked - thanks to my Mom & Jerry!! There's still so much to do but we actually live in a house that is ours! Sometimes we have to keep reminding ourselves that we are not just on vacation and won't ever be returning to our rental!

That being said, now it's time for an update on BABY! He is wonderful! I have my last bi-weekly appointment this coming Thursday, and then we go weekly!! As per my due date (2/24), I am 34 weeks today, however I am 35 weeks Wednesday based on his measurements since about at least 20 weeks! The last 30 weeks have just flown by and I can't believe it's almost done!! I could use another 3-4 good weeks to settle everything but we are pretty ready for our baby boy to join us!
Soon I will have the nursery all set up, then I can share all the details and also share all about my baby showers, yep I had more than 1, technically more than 2!!
Before I go, I just want to say, also, how extremely wonderful my husband has been!! He had to move our whole apartment, with some help from friends , while I just directed :) and he has been so great in getting anything we (I) need (want) for the baby!

Ohh and don't miss out on the GreenPath Baby banner I have added to the right side of the blog!! GBP is such an amazing local company - I get my cloth diapers, wipes, balms, etc from there! Watch for more reviews about Vanessa and GreenPath Baby!!

That's all for now, I think! Until next time, which will be much sooner than the last time! :)


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Need your help ... Planning an Awesome Vacation

As a new year starts, I begin thinking about a vacation!! With Baby coming I know it has to be practical, and planned at just the right time ... how old will he be and how is the weather?? 

First HUGE question is Where???? Here's what I've come up with so far and I would love to hear what you all think!!! Leave me some ideas! Only catch is it must be baby & 8 year old friendly and not require a passport. We will likely use to rent a furnished place for a week or so.

My ideas:
Upstate NY: 
   - Catskill mountain area
   - Niagara Falls
   - Camping???
   - Arkansas

I am thinking we will go before June or around September ... Baby is due Feb 24th :)

Can't wait to see what you all suggest!!!


Thursday, January 9, 2014

New Year's Kickoff Giveaway!!

It's 2014!!! Woohoo! 
I just can't believe how fast the last year went - and once the baby come how fast this year will fly by!!!

I am sorry I have been MIA and I plan to get some great posts up for you - I just came accross the below Giveaway Opp and had to post right away!! 
Don't miss this one!

Tip Hero’s New Year’s Kickoff Giveaway Event
Sign-ups are now open for this great new giveaway event!
  • Event is free to join with an announcement post. If you don't wish to post the announcement, please send the $5 non-post fee to
  • You'll receive 1 free link for participating (either Twitter or Pinterest)
  • Additional links (RSS/Email, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest) are available for $5 each. Facebook links are now available for $15 each.
  • Sign-ups for this event close on January 13th
  • Event runs from January 15th - January 29th
  • Prize: $100 Walmart gift card
Please send all payments to as a "gift" via PayPal. Sign up for this event here.