Make an Impact for the March of Dimes with Kmart

Disclosure – I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Kmart & March of Dimes. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

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When my quadruplets were born nine years ago they were eight weeks premature. The two girls spent two weeks in NICU and the boys spent four weeks in NICU before we could bring them home. They always take pictures of new babies at the hospital but they waited to take this one until the babies were just about ready to go home so they didn’t have all sorts of tubes sticking out of them anymore. It was a tough pregnancy and a pretty scary time for the whole family.

For that reason I’m really excited to tell you about the March of Dimes and how much they do to help moms have full-terms pregnancies and healthy babies. They research the problems that threaten our babies and work on preventing them, and they rely on donations to do that.

Kmart is the top corporate fundraiser for the March of Dimes and in this, their 32nd consecutive year of supporting the cause, they’ve teamed up with fitness expert Jillian Michaels to kick off their 2015 fundraising campaign. Kmart is a national sponsor of the annual March for Babies walks and the funds raised by Kmart and communities across the country helps support teams of scientists are working at five March of Dimes Prematurity Research Centers to discover the causes of premature birth and develop treatments.

Jillian Michaels

You can contribute to the cause at any Kmart store, online at kmart.com/marchofdimes, or you can buy a collectible puppy figurine from Kmart for $5 and $1 from each purchase is donated to March of Dimes. Kmart is also rewarding Shop Your Way customers who give back through June 20th with a coupon for five percent back in points on their next qualifying purchase.

Over the last 31 years Kmart has raised more than $125 million to help advance the work being done by March of Dimes and these efforts have helped reduce the U.S. preterm birth rate in each of the last seven years, which has saved an estimated $12 billion in health care costs.

Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels helped design the exclusive March of Dimes t-shirt this year and two lucky readers will have a chance to win one for themselves! To enter to win just do any or all of the things listed in the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway will end at midnight on Saturday, May 9th.

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World Prematurity Day is November 17th

Disclosure – I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for MedImmune. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

quads_baby_pic.jpg

When my quadruplets were born nine years ago they were eight weeks premature. The two girls spent two weeks in NICU and the boys spent four weeks in NICU before we could bring them home. They always take pictures of new babies at the hospital but they waited to take this one until the babies were just about ready to go home so they didn’t have all sorts of tubes sticking out of them anymore. It was a pretty scary time for us and we spent that first month visiting the hospital several times each day and scrubbing up thoroughly before we were allowed in to see the kids.

There were several children on the same floor who were hospitalized for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common seasonal virus, contracted by nearly all children by the age of two, that typically causes mild to moderate cold-like symptoms in healthy, full-term babies. Preterm infants, however, are born with undeveloped lungs and immature immune systems that put them at heightened risk for developing severe RSV disease, often requiring hospitalization.

I didn’t realize that 13 million babies are born prematurely each year around the world, and more than one million preemies have died just this year from the serious health challenges they face. I had never even heard of RSV before having the quads and it scared us a great deal. We made sure to make all visitors aware of the potential for them to get RSV and instructed them on the proper precautions for handling the babies. We were thrilled that people wanted to see them and believe me, more than happy to hand them over for a few minutes to friends and family who wanted to help out with feeding and changing them, but we also had to insist that people take care with our precious bundles.

In honor of World Prematurity Day November 17th I wanted to bring you this information and share the infographic below:

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Dress Your Baby in their Favorite Team Apparel

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Outfit the tiniest sports fan in your life with great sports fashions for babies and kids. Whether you are cheering your team into the playoffs or simply enjoying a tailgating party, your little fan will look great in infant, toddler and kid fan fashions.

Show your team pride with darling dresses, creepers and tees that will look adorable on your little one both in and out of game season.

Baby Team Apparel

It’s never too early to become a sports fan. You infant will be ready for game day in licensed MLB, NFL and NBA apparel. Find the top college teams and outfit your baby in cute onesies, booties, diaper covers and bibs. Choose from infant bodysuits with cute sayings like “Football First, Nap Later!” and pair them matching accessories. Your baby will be the talk of the party with great baby gear in your favorite team’s colors.

Baby Team Accessories

No outfit is complete without the right game day accessories. NFL pacifiers are great for those moments when the ref makes a bad call. Team leg warmers will keep baby legs warm for those all-day tailgating parties. Keep baby warm in the bleachers with heavyweight knit blankets emblazoned with your team logo and colors. Don’t forget the hat. Keep baby’s head warm with beanies that are the perfect complement to your team attire.

Baby Team Gifts

If you are looking for the perfect gift for the sports fan in your life, look no further. Baby team apparel makes a great gift for new parents who want to show their team pride. Whether you are rooting for the Steelers or the Saints, the Redskins or the Ravens, you will find the best baby team apparel to delight your favorite fans.

Choose from toddler polo dresses, baby warm up suits and cheerleader outfits. Save time and money by sending a perfectly wrapped gift that your friends will love.

Start the littlest members of your team in the right direction with sports fan clothing and accessories. Find the best dresses for your Auburn fan or track suits for your little Yankee. Swaddle your newborn in Clemson swaddling blanket and matching hat. Get your toddler ready to cheer with adorable cheerleader outfits for every team on your list.

Getting your baby fashions is easy. Shop now for the best deals on all of your game day apparel needs. Score a winning baby outfit today.

 

World Prematurity Day is November 17th

Disclosure – I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for MedImmune. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

quads_baby_pic.jpg

When my quadruplets were born eight years ago they were eight weeks premature. The two girls spent two weeks in NICU and the boys spent four weeks in NICU before we could bring them home. They usually take pictures of babies at the hospital but they waited to take this one until the babies were just about ready to go home and didn’t have all sorts of tubes sticking out of them anymore. It was a pretty scary time for us and we spent that first month visiting the hospital several times each day and scrubbing up thoroughly before we were allowed in to see the kids.

I didn’t realize that 13 million babies are born prematurely each year around the world, and more than one million preemies have died just this year from the serious health challenges they face.

There were several babies in the hospital while we were there with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common seasonal virus, contracted by nearly all children by the age of two, that typically causes mild to moderate cold-like symptoms in healthy, full-term babies. Preterm infants, however, are born with undeveloped lungs and immature immune systems that put them at heightened risk for developing severe RSV disease, often requiring hospitalization.

I had never heard of RSV disease before having premature  babies and we had a bit of a struggle getting visitors to understand that we weren’t just being overprotective parents when we asked people to take extra precautions before handling the babies. We were thrilled that people wanted to see them and believe me, more than happy to hand them over for a few minutes to friends and family who wanted to help out with feeding and changing them, but we also had to insist that people take proper precautions with our precious bundles.

In honor of World Prematurity Day November 17th I wanted to bring you this information and share the infographic below:

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