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Disclosure – I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for First Response. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Quadruplets Plus One

When I was trying to get pregnant with my oldest son it took us three years of trying and more than our fair share of pregnancy tests. We finally had to go to a fertility specialist and it turned out that we both had issues preventing us from getting pregnant, but we worked through those with the help of the specialist and the first time a pregnancy test came back positive it was an amazing feeling. That was ten years ago then 15 months later our quadruplets came along. The wait between all the “work” we were putting into getting pregnant and the first morning that I could take a pregnancy test was excruciating! Now the changes in pregnancy test technology are incredible.


Just ten years ago I couldn’t take a pregnancy test more than two to three days before a missed period, now with new enhanced technology First Response pregnancy tests will tell you with over 99% accuracy whether you are pregnant as many as six days before. I clearly remember having to wait nearly two weeks out of every month when we were trying to get pregnant to find out if we’d been successful or not. I’m so happy to hear that the wait has been decreased to just over a week for women these days.

In addition to allowing you to test so much sooner, First Response pregnancy tests also have a new design with a 50% wider tip, longer curved handle and easy read window with a diagram right on the handle. Plus you can use the test at any time of day, not only in the morning like I had to do, and you get to find out the results in just three minutes!  You can find First Response at all major drugstores and grocery stores with prices ranging from $8.99 to $15.99 depending on the number of tests in the package.


Carter’s Inc. & What to Expect When You’re Expecting Sweepstakes

When I was pregnant with our first child we bought the “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” book and we also later bought the “What to Expect the Toddler Years” book.  It is truly amazing how much “free advice” we got from relatives, friends and neighbors during and after the pregnancy, but even more amazing how much of that advice was either completely wrong or simply outdated.

Here are just a few pieces of advice we received that I highly recommend you DON’T listen to:

* This is the best excuse you’ll ever have for eating anything and everything you want.

* Don’t worry, a little bit of bleeding during pregnancy is normal.

* Rub a little whiskey on his gums to help with the teething.

* Add some Karo syrup to the bottle if the baby is colicky.

The book came in handy again later when I was pregnant with quadruplets, and I’m happy to report that the latest edition of the book actually covers multiples now as well.  When our quads were born they spent at least the first six months wearing nothing other than Carter’s one pieces and an insane number of diapers.  Of course Carter’s also makes lots of other adorable clothes for kids, but the one piece outfits were quick, easy and comfortable and I don’t even remember having time for much else, including a  shower, during their first half year 😉

I’m thrilled that Carter’s, the most trusted brand in young children’s clothing, is featured in the new movie What to Expect When You’re Expecting that is due in theaters May 18!  Carter’s is celebrating the launch of the movie by hosting “A Closet Full of Carter’s Sweepstakes” on Facebook and they’re giving away over $12,000 in prizes! Increase your chances to win the $5,000 Carter’s gift card grand prize or one of the many other giveaways by entering every day on Facebook or you can even enter on your mobile device.  The sweepstakes runs through May 18th and you can enter once per person per day.  Here’s the breakdown of the prizes that you could win:

Grand Prize – (1) $5,000 Carter’s Gift Card

1st Prize – (4) $1,000 Carter’s Gift Card

2nd Prize – (10) $100 Carter’s Gift Card

3rd Prize – (150) Pairs of tickets to see What to Expect When You’re Expecting

No Purchase Necessary to Enter or Win. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Void where prohibited by law. Participants must be 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry. Promotion begins April 16, 2012 at 12:00:01 a.m. ET and ends May 18, 2012 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET. Limit one (1) entry per person, per day. Complete Official Rules available at Sponsor: The William Carter Company (the “Sponsor”), 1170 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 900, Atlanta, GA 30309. Facebook is not a Sponsor of this Sweepstakes.

Disclosure – Carter’s partnered with bloggers like myself to promote their upcoming feature in the movie “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.” As part of the program, I received product or gift cards. Carter’s believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words, and therefore did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products I used. Carter’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.


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