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It’s been a few years since I have had the twins, well – almost 7 years to be exact and while they are growing too quick for me to fathom, my pregnancy with all of my children are still dear and near to my heart.  Each pregnancy I have had have been challenges and that doesn’t count the numerous miscarriages I have had over the years.  So – when I look back at those memories, I’m always thankful for the little keepsakes I have from that time.  Recently my family and I were introduced to the My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear, a company that offers adorable stuffed animals (bears, monkeys, giraffes, hippos and more) that come with a heart shaped recording device.  I thought the idea was such a wonderful thing to have as a mother or for any loved one, that I wanted to share it with you.

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So – what is the My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear?

The My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear is a cute and adorable stuffed animal in available in a variety of types – bears, monkeys, giraffes and so much more.  The stuffed animal comes with a heart shaped recording device that a mommy can take the device to their ultrasound appointment and use it to record the sound of their baby’s heartbeat in utero.  The recorder is t hen inserted in the stuffed animal (through a Velcro and drawstring closure in the back) and you can simply press it at anytime to hear this precious sound.

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There are more than 16 cute creatures to choose from – we got the Monkey, because – well, monkeys are adorable.  Baby’s Heartbeat Bear was created by Purusha Rivera, an OBGYN Ultrasound Technician who wanted to make the experience more special.  The bears are sold online, in hospital gift shops and at ultrasound studios across the country.  Each My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear kit comes with your stuffed animal friend and a red “heart” recorder.  You can order a second recorder to include a voice message from someone special if you would like.  You can easily capture 20 seconds of your baby’s heartbeat or in our case, I recorded my voice telling the twins good night, saying I love you and reminding them to say their prayers.  At the touch of your Baby’s Heartbeat Bears belly, your recording will play.

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The My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear makes an excellent shower gift and a great addition to the nursery decor.  It’s safe for children 3 and older and will also become a source of fascination for growing kids who love to know what they were like as babies.  The bear is so easy to use and the little red heart recorder is as simple as pretty the button to record.  The stuffed animal is crafted from the softest, highest quality fleece-like material and polyfill.  It’s soft and perfect for cuddling.

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Since I’m not expecting a new baby any time soon – I thought this would be the perfect addition to the twins collection of stuffed friends.  They loved him and absolutely cherish the fact that they can hear my voice any time they want.  This is especially ideal on those nights when they are having a hard time sleeping or a bad dream… because just a press of Monk’s tummy and my voice will soothe them right back to sleep.

I wanted to share My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear with all of you, my beautiful readers because this wonderful stuffed friend can mean so much more to many people than just recording a baby’s heartbeat during an ultrasound.  As I mentioned before, I use it as a way to calm the twins at night so they can hear my voice, but as a mother who has also lost children through miscarriage, I know how much this keepsake could bring happiness and peace to someone who has suffered similar lost.

A mom named Kailee reached out to My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear. Her baby was dying and she hoped to make a recording of her daughter’s heartbeat before she passed away. With a video of the baby’s heartbeat, the My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear team was able to preserve the sound of Kailee’s daughter’s heart so she will have a memory to treasure forever.

My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear and the creator – Purusha Rivera offer a Gifting Program for those that could use this wonderful gift. And, you never know what this could mean for another mom, dad or loved one.  You can learn more about the Gifting Program here and watch some videos from those that benefited from this wonderful Gift.  (P.S.  They are tear jerkers, so grab your kleenex)

My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear is a wonderful gift for anyone expecting a beautiful child to come into this World or anyone else.  I highly suggest this gift to anyone that could benefit from it and our new monkey friend named “Monk” has bought many days of joy since he has joined our family.  These lovely friends retail anywhere from $29 – $40.00 depending on the style and type you get and as I mentioned before, they are made well and are soft and ready to cuddle.

Do you know someone who could benefit from a new friend?  Head on over to http://mybabysheartbeatbear.com/ and take a look at all of the wonderful stuffed animals they have available.  If you are looking to pick up a gift for a soon to be mom or a loved one, I highly suggest checking them out.  After my sons have had Monk the last month, I realize how much they love and appreciate him and I know that I will be ordering from My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear for years to come for loved ones to cherish.

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They say that finding the love of your life is a rare thing – heck, I still have friends that are searching for theirs… but thankfully I have mine.  Today my husband and I celebrate our 15 year wedding anniversary.  It seems like the time has gone by oh so quickly and I’m still amazed at how much we have grown not only as a couple but as individuals.  We have our own little family now and while things can be a challenge for us, we tackle them together as one.

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On April 6, 2001, Kevin and I were married at Kepaniwai Park, Iao Valley in a beautiful ceremony.  Times have certainly changed since then, weddings are different – even wedding attire.  I remember the day like it was yesterday and the cool Maui breeze that graced my face as I walked up the aisle to greet my husband to be married.  It truly was a wonderful day.  Now – 15 years later and we have three boys and a dog and a lifetime of happiness and triumph to look forward to.

Dear Kevin – my darling husband,

As we celebrate 15 years married today (soon to be 19 years together), I’m reminded of the vows we took so many years ago.  Our lives were simpler then, but while it’s much more interesting now – it’s comforting to know that the last 15 years I have grown as a woman, a wife and mother with you by my side.  We have never had a dull moment and sometimes we don’t get to rest as much as we would like, but the challenges we’ve had are a great reminder of how far we have come and a celebration of our journey together.

As I write this letter, I can’t help but think where my life would be if we had made a different choice 19 years ago.  Our situations would be different, our lives on various paths.  It’s hard to fathom and I realize that while I may ponder the thought, my life without you would never be the same… and it was God’s choice that our paths would cross and meet once again bringing us to this point in time.  Everything happens for a reason, and God’s reason was that we were to be together.

Through all of our trials and challenges, I am always reminded of our love.  You are my strength, my equal and my biggest supporter.  I am who I am today and who I strive to be because of you.  No matter what our future holds, I’m proud to have you by my side as I walk into the unknown and face whatever it is that comes my way – head on.

I love you for an eternity, for always and forever!

Honey

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In our household, Valentine’s Day is every day so it’s not a holiday or date we necessarily put a huge emphasis on each year.  To my husband and I, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and we embrace love and commitment each and every day.  Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy the occasional flowers, box of chocolates or jewelry but for us, Valentine’s Day is really about spending time with one another.  You see – with our busy schedules and odd shifts, parenthood and just our overall daily lives, spending time with one another is what makes for a great Valentine’s Day.

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“Any time not spent on love is wasted.” – Torquato Tasso

My husband Kevin and I have been together for almost 19 years and in that time we have definitely celebrated this holiday in different ways.  Dinner by candle light, roses and floras galore and beautiful gems and jewels to stop traffic but one tradition we have definitely kept strong over the years is a new watch for one another.  Whether I’m buying a new one for him or he a new one for me, each year whether for the holidays, birthday or Valentine’s Day at least one of us gets a new watch for our collection.  Watches are so significant to each of us.  To us, a watch is more than just an accessory we wear on our wrists, it symbolizes time and our time together is so precious and important to us.

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“I would rather have 30 minutes of something wonderful, than a lifetime of nothing special.” – Julia Roberts (Steel Magnolias)

This year I treated Kevin to a beautiful JORD Watch – a 94A Series in green sandalwood and maple.  This perfect wood watch makes a statement that is bold but not so much that it would make a person feel uncomfortable when wearing it.   It is the kind of watch for those who are making the most of every moment, every single minute and every day.  For a couple like us who collects watches of all kinds, this particular time piece is classic and stunning.

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While each couple or person celebrates Valentine’s Day the way they choose, we opt to make sure that no matter the reason, we make sure that we spend time with one another, soaking in each and every moment and absolutely cherishing what we have.  As a couple we have learned that life’s moments can sneak up on you and in a heartbeat anything can change.  Make use of the time you have and spend it with the one(s) you love.  Make Valentine’s Day every day and make every moment you live something wonderful.

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Each person celebrates love differently and whether it be to buy something special for someone you care about or to spend every waking moment with the one you love, the decision is up to you.  With busy schedules, three active boys and a life of activity – my husband and I have found that two minutes with one another is a cherished commodity and one we take advantage of as much as possible.  Time with one another is our favorite gift and the reason why we buy each other watches for presents.

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I’ve partnered with JORD to giveaway a limited quantity of e-gift cards worth $25 each for Valentine’s Day!  If you’ve had your eye on one of these stylish wood watches, be sure to enter to redeem your gift code.  Your gift code will be good through the end of March 2016! Entering is easy; click the link below.  You will be asked to enter your email and your favorite JORD watch (there are so many to choose from).  Once you hit enter, your code will be emailed directly to you!

Click here to get your e-gift card ($25 value) http://bit.ly/1K2H9yC.  Remember that there is a limited quantity available so head on over to the site soon to take advantage of this offer.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wishing all of you a wonderful Valentine’s Day – no matter the reason you are celebrating… whether it be for love or just because.  Make every moment, every single time – breathtaking! xo

Find out what is the strength behind my soul here and join me as I talk about my love and relationship with my husband here.

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Happy Thirsty Thursday.  I’m doing my best to keep up with my videos through YouTube so today I bring you another Thirsty Thursday episode.  Today we are talking about relationships, love and communication.  Is it difficult now a days to have a relationship that will last?  I often get asked how to keep a relationship strong and how is it that my husband and I have been together for so long considering most couples don’t get past their 5 year wedding anniversary.  Today I share with you my thoughts on the subject, my experiences and even some input from my husband.  Watch the video embedded below or click here to watch directly on YouTube.

Want to ask me a question?  Comment on the video or send me an email at thehoneygirlk@gmail.com and I’ll touch base on it in my next Chit Chat video.

Have a great weekend!

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