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Monday, December 20, 2010

What's in Your Infertility Survival Kit?

What would you want in your infertility survival kit, if there was such a thing.  Well, there actually is.  I created one in my 1st blog giveaway.  It has all the necessities for pampering the infertile soul... and feet ;-).  If it is prior to December 23rd, read this post and follow the instructions on Celebrate the Holidays with My 1st Blog Giveaway

The infertility survival kit includes:
  • $25 gift card to SpaWish
  • Pedicure Kit
  • Nail Polish
  • Cute, Fuzzy Socks
  • Midnight Pomegranate Lotion and Soap
  • Shower Puff
  • Tissues
  • and more....
Many of the items are for your feet... Why feet you ask... "it isn't my feet that are the problem".  Simply because I want your feet to look cute when you go to your RE and they are in those terrible, cold, sterile stirrups!!! 

Other essential survival items are:
  • Books and Magazines
  • Any Sandra Bullock movie (or the chic flick of your choice)
  • Favorite Playlist (something fun like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, PINK)
  • Try Scrapbooking, Gardening, Sewing or something else to occupy your time and mind
  • Journal or Blog
  • Online Community or Forums for support to get through the really tough days
  • Of course, at least 1 HPT for emergency use ONLY!
  • Band-aids
Please add your must have survival kit items in the comments below....

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Honoring Losses During the Holidays

As festive and wonderful this time of year can be with celebrations, gifts, family, traditions and decorations it can also be a time to remember those we have lost in our life that are special to us. This may be a parent, grandparent, sibling, friend or even a lost pregnancy or grieving the emptiness that comes with the inability to get pregnant.

Select an ornament for your tree, light a special candle, donate to a charity that supports a cause that is very dear to you or create your own tradition to honor the memory of those lost. 

Each year I have a special ornament on my Christmas tree in memory of my loss!  It is always the last ornament to go on the tree. It is my way of honoring and remembering where I have been on this journey.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Celebrate the Holidays with My Very 1st Blog Giveaway!

NOTE: Each entry must be submitted here so I can keep track of the entries!

Infertility is difficult no matter what time of year but around the holidays can be especially tough! I have 2 gifts that I think you will enjoy and hope they will pick your spirits up. 

The Bounce Back Book: How to Thrive in the Face of Adversity, Setbacks and Losses by Karen Salmansohn.  It is an “easy” read with practical, realistic information.  It is not an infertility book but the information in here is relevant.

“Infertility Survival Kit” - Will include a $25 spa wish gift card, pedicure set, fuzzy socks, nail polish, shower puff, lotion, and much more….

I have a post dedicated to the Infertility Survival Kit with more details coming soon!!!

Comment: Leave a comment between December 6th and December 21st on any of my posts and you will receive an entry. (1)

Status Updates: Tweet or update your facebook status about this giveaway or any of your favorite posts and you will receive an entry for each. (2)

Blog post: Link to or write a blog post about “My Hopeful Journey” and you will get an entry. (1)

Follow me: Join me on facebook, twitter, follow my blog (or enter your email in my RSS feed) and you will get an entry for each (3)

To submit an entry for the above categories please add a comment to this post with the information including the category (maximum of 7 entries). If you are an existing follower and would like to be included, simply add a comment on this post and it will be included. 

All entries will be  tallied on Wednesday, December 22nd and will be announced by Thursday, December 23rd.  Due to the nature of these gifts, please limit your entries to US addresses only. If you do not reside in the United States, you may gift your giveaway to someone that has a US address. 

Infertility Survival Kit image is from sirsnapsalot.