‘Twas a Hot Summer Night

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This past Saturday night, Baby’s room felt stuffy at bedtime. I checked the thermostat, and it was 80 degrees. It should have been 73. I double checked the settings and continued putting Baby to bed.

It didn’t cool down. It got hotter instead.

Sunday morning we called our home warranty company to place a service request for the air conditioner. Of course our AC would break on a weekend with a brutal heat wave.

By Monday morning we had to escape. I sent the pup to doggie day camp and ran some errands with Baby. We were home by one to meet the repair guy. When he arrived, he went back and forth from the AC unit outside to the breaker panel in our basement multiple times, eventually reporting that the fan and compressor were both broken.

The good news: With our home warranty, we will only have to pay $75 for a $1700-1800 fix.

The bad news: It’s going to take a few days to get the replacement parts ordered. The repairman told us that we should receive a call from the warranty company later in the day after he filed his report (the company was responsible for ordering the parts). He also said that while he couldn’t tell us to leave… we probably should. I looked at a very sweaty baby and then back to him in agreement. By this point Baby’s room was 91 degrees.

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We sought refuge at my husband’s parents’ house (aka Baby’s Grandparents). At this point Baby had pretty much skipped his afternoon nap, but he fell asleep in the car on the way to pick up Sirius. Baby caught some bonus Zzz’s on a detour back to our house, because I had (of course) forgotten my wallet at home.

Back at my in-laws with the pup, Baby ate his dinner and played. By 7:00 p.m., I still hadn’t heard from the home warranty company, so I called them for an update. Baby entertained himself during the call:

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I was happy to get someone on the phone so late, but not so happy to learn that the repairman had never filed his report, which meant that the replacement parts definitely were not ordered that day. I also asked about and learned that the home warranty company would not help us at all in regards to being displaced from our home.

I am grateful that we are very welcome at my in-laws. Baby, on the other hand, is not a big fan of change. He absolutely loves visiting his Grandma and Grandpa, but when it comes to sleeping, pack n’ plays are not his forte. So, for the next few days I’ll be holding him until he falls asleep and praying that he doesn’t wake (for the sixth time) as I try to set him down and sneak away. Of course, the puppy has to bark throughout the entire process for only God knows why.

It’s hard to upload a post while holding a baby, so Thursday’s post may need to be delayed.  In the meantime, please send some cool thoughts our way!

If you needed to leave your house for a few days, where would you stay?

Blog Staycation Recap & Link Up

Blog Staycation 2014

Surprise! Today I’m publishing an extra special Blog Staycation Recap and Link Up post. The past four days had been filled with all sorts of awesome blogging shenanigans and fun.

Highlights of the staycation included learning lots of new blogging tips, chugging away through my endless to-do list, hanging out with my favorite blogging friends, and connecting with some new bloggers, too. It was a busy four days!

Completed Blog Staycation Goals:

Of course, there is still lots more to do! These priorities are at the top of my list:

  • Write and submit my first pitch letter.
  • Create a PR page and Media Kit.
  • Reache 1000 Twitter followers and 500 Instagram followers. {Follow me please!}
  • Continue to build my new For Bloggers page add new links to The Ultimate Blogging Resource List. {Check back for more updates soon!}
  • Keep in touch with all of the incredible Blog Staycation bloggers!

Your Turn!

Link up and share all of your accomplishments, too! Link to a new post, a new or updated page, an Instagram picture of your completed to-do list, or your new or updated social media account. This is your opportunity to broadcast all of your awesome achievements!

Still have more to do? Leave a comment with the priorities still on the top of your list!

Before you go, be sure to visit my Co-Hosts to read their Blog Staycation reviews:

Jenerally Informed | Girl on the Move | The Trish List

Congratulations on all of your blogging accomplishments!

What priorities are still on the top of your blogging to-do list?

InfantSEE: Baby’s First Eye Exam

InfantSEE: An incredible public health program for infants. Schedule your baby's first eye exam when they are between 6-12 months old.

InfantSEE is a public health program that provides free eye exams for six to 12 month olds to make sure that their eyes are developing correctly. The American Optometric Association recommends for babies to receive their first eye assessment at six months. They check for excessive or unequal amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, eye movement ability and overall eye health.

I cannot remember when I first learned about InfantSEE, but it was back when six months old felt very, very far away. I was thankful to be reminded about the program during our first Parents as Teachers home visit. Baby was already 10 months old, so we quickly made our appointment. The InfantSEE website allowed me to search for a participating doctor near my house, and I was happy to see my own optometrist on the list. Continue reading

Ice Bucket Challenge Accepted

Take the #icebucketchallenge to strike out ALS! | reflectivemama.com

The Ice Bucket Challenge challenge to raise awareness for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) has been making the rounds, and I was nominated to participate. In turn, I nominated three friends and my sister to do the same (ice water filled footage below).

ALS is a is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. To learn more about the #icebucketchallenge, ALS, or how to donate to the cause, please visit the ALS Therapy Development Institute or the ALS Association.

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The Promise of a Pencil

The Promise of a Pencil | reflectivemama.comThis post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after following an affiliate link, Reflective Mama will earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support!

My favorite summer read has been The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change by Adam Braun. It’s the story of how Adam founded Pencils of Promise, a for-purpose organization that has built more than 200 schools around the world. This incredible organization has become a movement with thousands championing the cause, including college students, celebrities, entrepreneurs, and many others who seek to achieve an impossible dream.

Adam is a true changemaker, but he didn’t start out that way. As an upper middle class middle schooler, he was keenly aware of the extreme wealth some of his classmates enjoyed. With a desire to reach that financial status, his entrepreneurial skills emerged through early ventures in investing and finance. When Adam wanted something, he went after it with everything he had, and his strong will and hard work tended to pay off. However, when Adam wasn’t all in, it showed, as he ultimately discovered via his lack of passion for running in the Wall Street rat race. Continue reading