Nothing But Pure Love Here

This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

We know newborn skin is much more delicate than our own. Meet my nephew, Parker. He is pure love:

I remember bringing home both babies from the hospital with the most interesting discharge messages from the doctor. “Enjoy her,” they wrote. “Don’t forget skin-to-skin contact.” What was funny is that I DID forget, at first. Cassidy did not. After Scarlet was mine for nine months of pregnancy, 14 hours of labor, and intermittent feedings all day and night long, he placed great importance in skin-to-skin contact with her. Although I can’t get back those days, we had our own bonding.

If you are an expecting parent, a new parent, or even an experienced parent who forgets this sometimes, or a lot (raises hand), remember that YOU are all they need. Love is all we need. And you don’t have to let anything else come between you.

See if you can watch this video without tears? I’m pretty sure I failed. Three times.

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We still need baby wipes for Des, who is quite particular about what goes near his skin, but honestly I don’t think the need for baby wipes EVER goes away when you have children. Just the way that the needs for contact, affection, and pure love don’t go away either. Des cares a lot about what goes near or on his skin, and you know what? I care a lot about it too.

Look at these transitions!

It’s enough to make me sob. WaterWipes have been there for the years. They are chemical-free baby wipes that contain only two ingredients – 99.9% pure Irish water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract. They are the world’s purest baby wipes since water is nature’s natural cleanser and moisturizer, and grapefruit seed extract helps to maintain good skin condition too.

WaterWipes are durable and effective, without containing any of the harmful chemicals that may be found in other baby wipes. These are a safer, more natural option for your little ones, no matter how new they are to this world. So new!

And even skin that is two or three or four-years-old too!

What do we love about them? Des has been rash free for ages now. He likes the way they feel and I like that they don’t have a strong smell. Some baby wipes are too much for me because I generally don’t like strongly scented products at all.

I love the packaging and I’m proud to give these to my two sisters who recently had babies. I will be sending a package in Des’ suitcase for my parents to use when we go on our honeymoon to Alaska this week and my parents are watching the kids.

Also, I am excited to be part of this Ambassador Program, and I’m certainly proud to have these wipes, and to write about them. The message of skin-to-skin contact, and pure love, is the most important message I know about parenting.

Therefore, will you try WaterWipes?

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Ten Steps For Beating The Jitters!

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Deep breaths. Right now it’s deep breaths. Not only do I love to talk about my foolproof plan for beating the jitters before a BIG day – which usually means photographing a wedding or another big event, or getting on a plane – tomorrow is a BOLD day in another way. I’m driving into Times Square and attending the Blogger Bash conference. Alone! I’m staying in a hotel alone!

I think a lot about BOLD moments lately, because in my career, this is the season for it. Whether it’s teaching an online photography course, photographing two weddings in a row, or attending a blog conference in a city that intimidates me, I have to channel my strength. I am a woman of nerves. I used to be more ashamed and quiet about my nervousness, but now I’m rather proud of it. I think it just means I care. Quite a bit. And it means I’m stepping outside of my own footprints.

I’m going more boldly outside of my comfort zone. Bit by bit.

I remember the first time, in recent years, that I told someone I was a professional photographer.

I was at preschool pickup and someone mentioned something that reminded me of photography. They may have been talking about clients or phases of the moon or jellybeans. I have no idea. I just know that somehow it was relatable to say, “Yup. I’m a professional photographer and that happens to me.” What did she do? She smiled and nodded at what I said. She didn’t point and laugh or roll her eyes, or say, “You? You’re not a professional photographer! How could you be one?” It turns out, that most (or all) of the mean voices are lodged firmly in my head. And me being a professional photographer is believable.

That felt good to discover. Really good.

These days, it’s easier. I can talk about my experience. I can hand out my business cards. I get jobs through word-of-mouth. I promote, although probably more humbly and not as assertively as I could and should. I can’t change everything overnight. I also cannot handle too much workflow – with the family, the writing and the occasional BOLD event. I have my own wacky process, and I see it developing every day. Often I am paralyzed by fright, until I’m not. Until it’s a fluid motion, more natural than most things I know. It can be as natural as parenting and writing, to be honest. When it’s good, it’s really very good.

When it’s not working, well, I have my ten favorite ways to beat the jitters:

It’s different for everyone. What gives you the jitters? Public speaking? Meetings? Rock concerts? Or are you like me, and it’s all of those, plus blog conferences (in a good way), flights to Alaska, and photography jobs – even the little ones?

  1. Wake up in the morning and the first thing to do is check yourself. What was the first thing you thought about when you woke up? Is your heart beating fast? Do you have butterflies in your stomach? It’s the time to center yourself and breathe.

  2. The deep breathing happens throughout the day. In bed, and during private moments throughout the day, I do light stretching, knee bends, and walking too. I inhale through my nose on a slow count of four, hold it for three seconds, and exhale through my mouth – sometimes like a sigh or a gasp – for three seconds. Deep breathing into your diaphragm floods the brain with oxygen and prepares the body to be calm. There are many ways to do it, but you can find what works for YOU.

  3. Eat something soothing and comforting. For me that is scrambled eggs and often it’s cereal. I love cereal.

  4. Shower and get ready to the best of your abilities. Sometimes looking the part makes you feel the part. I will always put on a lucky article of clothing, like underwear, socks, jewelry, or maybe a little charm or bracelet a loved one gave me.

  5. Brush your teeth and then rinse with LISTERINE® Total Care. LISTERINE® is the #1 dentist recommended mouthwash brand, and it kills 99.9% of bad breath germs. When brushing misses 75% of your mouth, LISTERINE® cleans virtually 100%.

LISTERINE® Total Care has 6 benefits in 1. Ready for them? 1. It helps prevent cavities. 2. It restores minerals to enamel. 3. It strengthens teeth. 4. It kills bad breath germs. 5. It cleans the whole mouth. 6. It freshens breath!

This is a key step for me in preparing for my BOLD day. LISTERINE® Total Care is part of my regular morning routine on a daily basis, but is also a key ingredient in feeling my best. I find it easily in the dental floss/accessories section of CVS:

  1. Play healing, hopeful, power songs before, during, and after your big day. Some big ones for me are “Safe and Sound”, movie scores, “Learning to Fly” by Tom Petty, and “Song H” by Bruce Hornsby. Lately I listen to “7 Years” with my kids.

  2. Reach out to your loved ones. Have them fill you with confidence and boldness. I will call my mom or hug my kids. When I’m not near them, I will visualize their happiness and how my boldness inspires them to live true, bold lives.

  3. Stay hydrated! When we’re nervous, we can feel light-headed and dehydration will make that worse. Also your mouth can get dry, which is especially more difficult if you’re preparing for public speaking, a wedding toast, singing, etc.

  4. Be prepared. I talk a lot about calming yourself before and in the moments. Preparation can make you feel WORLDS different. For me with photography, that means having everything charged, packed, rented, and ready to go. I will always take test shots before a big shoot of little things that catch my eye on that morning. They always become memorable photos!

  5. Embrace that energy! Being nervous isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It means you CARE and that you’re stepping out of your comfort zone and doing something bold. Giving into that energy can get your blood pumping and make you think clearly, and be more aware of all of your senses. Embrace that energy, visualize your success, and go. Get out there and be bold!

You’ve got this.

What are your tips for beating the jitters and living BOLDLY?

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