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Guessing Game Winner!

POSTED ON November 21, 2013

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Ruby Lane Powell has arrived, and we are over the moon for this little ray of sunshine ☺.

Many of you are asking if we have a winner for the guessing game of Ruby’s arrival date and time, and I am here to tell you…YES! We do☺.

The winner of the $500 Reebok gift card (who I may add, guessed the exact time AND date within the first 10 minutes of the Guessing Game beginning) is…

Molly Brauer




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Day 11-15: Thankful for Magic Hands…and for Little Miss Ruby :)

POSTED ON November 20, 2013

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This post was created about 30 minutes before my water broke at home last Saturday morning :). Because a trip to the hospital was in order, it was clearly never posted. But I really do think this may have done the trick! It’s funny to read this post, knowing so much was just on the cusp of happening…and at the time I had no idea.

Blog post, typed just hours before Ruby was born, below. 

PS – I am counting this as Days 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 that I missed during labor and recovery. Little Miss Ruby has given me so much to be thankful for in this Month of Thanks, I believe this is warranted :).

pregnancy-massage-istkI don’t get them often, but when I do get a massage, I sure do appreciate it :).

Yesterday’s was amazing.

Once I realized that no amount of physical activity, hiking, jumping, or sex (sorry if TMI, but many of you suggested it!) could put me into labor, I decided to take a shot in the other direction with some much-needed “rest and relaxtion”. “Maybe THIS will do it for me,” I thought.

I called our amazing massage therapist and she made it to our home within 3 hours to do the job :). It. Was. The. Most. Amazing. Massage. Ever. Maybe because my body has been in need for so long, or maybe because I was so tired…or maybe because Jenn has magic hands! I don’t know, but I will tell you this…I am SO thankful for yesterday’s massage.

Let’s hope the R&R did the trick! The clock is ticking…no baby yet…

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Day 6: I’m Thankful for Another Day

POSTED ON November 10, 2013

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Day 6-I'm Thankful for Another Day

Six days in on this Month of Thanks thing. I’m a little late today…but no less grateful.

Today, I am grateful for another day…another day with just 3 kids. I am over the moon excited about Little Missy’s arrival, but considering we are at the tail end of our 3rd move in 4 months (yes…I’m serious), I couldn’t be more grateful that our bun decided to stay cooking in her oven for just one more day.

So much to do to get the family (and me) ready for her to come and play. All of this getting ready would have been much harder with 4 in tow…especially with one of them as a newborn.

I must say, these 3 have been quite the helpers! Cash included :).

THANK YOU, Baby Girl…tomorrow will work perfectly for me :).



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Diaper Bag Debacle

POSTED ON November 8, 2013

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Baby Girl is almost here, and I have yet to choose a diaper bag! I would totally use the same one I am using for Cash, but…I want a little more of a feminine touch for my little angel ☺. And the one I am using for Cash is technically not even a diaper bag. It’s a gym bag that I loved.

Time for a true diaper bag purchase, for sure, but I need help! So many cute ones to choose from, it’s making my head spin! Below are my fave 5 so far. Tell me your favorite of the bunch! Or give me your own suggestion ☺.

Pick the perfect diaper bag for #BabyPowell at http://heidipowell.net/5289

1. Storksak “Olivia” Nylon Baby Bag – At first glance, I feel like this is the one!!! Not sure though, because with online shopping you can never tell. I love this purple color and think it will add “pop” to my wardrobe. And the nylon seems like it will be great for regular kid wear and tear. I will be using it for both little ones…is it too girlie for Cash? Or better yet, for Chris to carry? Gosh…I would totally carry this with or without a baby! Sporty and fun.

2. Petunia Pickle Bottom “City Carryall” Diaper Bag – In all my days of mothering, I’ve never had a Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Bag that I didn’t love. And this is, as Cash would say, “adobable”. Love it. Classic, chic, a little glam, and black…which hides lots of dirt ☺. Spacious enough? This is my only question.

3. Storkak Diaper Bag Tote in Grey – This is super cute and stylish, but a bit pricey. After having used quite a few diaper bags in my day, I do know that you get what you pay for. Has anyone used this one before? Is it worth the money spent?

4. Babymel ‘Camden’ Carryall Diaper Bag – Okay…could this get any cuter or squishier??? Reminds me of how babies should be…chubby ☺. And there’s that purple color again. Looks SO cozy!

5. Babymel ‘Amanda Quilted’ Diaper Bag – Loving this line that I have never heard of before! Well-priced compared to some others. And this (yes, purple again) pattern is amazing. Fun and cute, but subtle enough to wear everyday. Once again…adobable.

Post your comments below! Let me know which bag I should choose for Baby Powell. If none, don’t hesitate to give me advice on what you like!

Thanks, friends,
Heidi ☺

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Guessing Game: When Will Baby Powell Arrive???

POSTED ON November 7, 2013

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When Will Baby Powell Arrive?

You see my posts all too often these days…I’m nearing D-Day and WAY too curious about when our little princess will actually come.

Of all parts that come along with pregnancy, I must admit that the hardest part for me is this game at the end…the waiting game.

If only I had a crystal ball…I could plan my days, my kids’ days, my weeks, my work, my blogs, my workouts with the peeps…I am quite the planner, if you haven’t figured that out yet ☺. Not knowing what to plan for it the hardest thing in the world for me!

I know induction is a possibility, but since I am doing another epidural-free childbirth, I’m not interested in a potentially more-painful process that comes with induction. The way it happens naturally is enough for me!

Bottom line, I just want to hold this little baby girl. I want to dress her, bathe her, play with her, and let the kids and Chris do the same. I can’t wait to meet her. Each day feels like 10, lately.

To make some fun of this crazy waiting, I decided to make a game of it for all of us! We’re going to play a guessing game!

Whoever can accurately predict Baby Girl Powell’s arrival date and time wins a HUGE grand prize…a $500 Reebok gift card!!!!

Here are a couple tips for you, which may (or may not) help out your guesses:

1. My due date is November 16.
2. This is my 4th pregnancy/childbirth. Some say the more you have the quicker they come…although I am not sure I believe this ;)
3. Matix and Marley (my two oldest) were BOTH 10 days early.
4. Cash, my youngest, was (are you ready for this?) 10 days LATE!
5. I have been incredibly active this pregnancy. They say the more active you are, the longer you carry babies.
6. I don’t feel close AT ALL right now. I feel like she might want to stay in this belly of mine forever, if she could. Cash was the same way.
7. Getting Cash to come out was a chore. Ten days overdue, I tried castor oil twice, and finally went into labor after lunging (with backpacks on my back), jumping rope, sprinting halls…all in the hospital. Finally, they broke my water for me to start labor. He was out within 28 minutes.

Hope this helps ☺

Here’s how to play:

1. Leave a comment on this blog, giving your guesses. Don’t forget date AND time. The first to pick it correctly (or the closest guess without going over) is our winner. You can comment/guess up to 5 times.
2. Like, share, retweet, repost, and/or rePin the Baby Due Date Guessing Game posts on my social media channels. Share your guess(es) with each post! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #BabyPowell and #HeidiPowell so I can find you.
3. Get guessing!

PS – This guessing game will go on until she is born…you may have 1 day, you may have 30 days. I’d place your guesses quickly!!! Winner will be announced shortly after Baby Powell arrives!

Good luck…to both of us! ☺


To help everyone in making their guesses,
List the date first, then time, followed by any comments.

Example: November 7th – 2:34pm   Can’t wait for her arrival!



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Chris’ Christmas Gift + #BabyPowell GIVEAWAY: Shhh…

POSTED ON November 3, 2013

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Congratulations to our Winner, Amanda Hoffman

Check back for more gifts coming soon from #BabyPowell in our 12 week Giveaway!

Cherish those precious memories for a lifetime with these handcrafted keychains from MetaMorphis. Enter to win at http://HeidiPowell.net/5052 #BabyPowell

To say I’m excited about Cash’s Christmas gift to Chris is a total understatement. It’s so hard to find things to give the man that doesn’t ask for or require much…and especially something cute and sentimental that he will actually find use in.

This year, I’ve found it. The perfect gift from MetalMorphis. They have lots of great stuff to choose from on their site, but I loved the rectangular key chain for Chris, with Cash’s footprints on one side and his name (written by him, with a little assistance, of course) on the other side. In case you are wondering, I don’t think this blog post will spoil his surprise…he’s being kept pretty busy this week recording an audiobook version to his two books, Choose to Lose, and Choose More, Lose More (yay!)…so I doubt (and hope) he doesn’t have time to read my blog! Today, I’m giving one away on my blog to one of my amazing readers…customized for you, of course, compliments of MetalMorphis ☺.

Here’s how you can win one of these adorable gifts for your special someone (or for yourself, if you want!):

1. Comment on this blog post, telling me how you would create your own MetalMorphis gift. (A necklace? A keychain? Artwork? Footprints? So many cute options!) You can be discrete on who you would give the gift to, so not to spoil the surprise ;)

2. Follow me and Like, share, rePin, and/or repost this giveaway post on my social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, or share an image from the Etsy shop and tag me in it. Be sure to use #BabyPowell so we can find you.

3. Follow MetalMorphis on Facebook, TwitterPinterest and favorite them on Etsy (the more you follow and favorite, the more chances to win).

A random winner was chosen on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. Thanks for participating!

Heidi :)

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#BabyPowell Giveaway: Ergobaby Performance Carrier

POSTED ON October 20, 2013

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Congratulations to our Winner, Annie Browne
Watch for the next Labor Day to Labor Day 12-week Giveaway this coming Sunday.
More prizes coming your way!

Enter to win an #Ergobaby Performance Carrier at http://heidipowell.com/4334 in the #BabyPowell Giveaway #PowellPack #HeidiPowell

If there is one thing I wish I had from day one of Cash’s life, it would be an Ergobaby Performance Carrier. With all of the hiking, trekking, moving, and walking the Powell Pack does, this sure would have made our life easier.

I was introduced to the Ergobaby Carrier this last summer in Colorado. A friend and I were taking our combined 5 kids (6, if you include the baby on board ☺) for a hike in the beautiful mountains of Canon City, CO, and Cash – bless his heart – was being the usual Cashy Boy…super rambunctious! I didn’t have any desire to pull him up those mountains with the risk of him running over a ledge. Nor did I feel like carrying him on my hip the whole way. I was 6 months pregnant for crying out loud!

Ergobaby to the rescue! Much to my surprise, the Ergobaby Carrier my friend lent me not only carried Cash’s 2 year old body on my back, but carried him comfortably for both of us. And until this point, Cash had NEVER been a fan of carriers!! EVER.

I’m sold.

After doing some research of my own, I realized Ergobaby has a line specifically designed for active parents like us! I thought the one I wore was comfortable for hiking…I can only imagine how comfortable the Performance Carrier is. I can’t wait to try it out!

You can win one of these $135 amazing carriers for yourself!

Ergobaby has been kind enough to offer up a carrier from their Performance Carrier line for Baby Powell’s 12-week Baby Shower Giveaway for one of my lucky readers. Thank you, Ergobaby :)

Here’s what you had to do to win:

1. Comment on this post – tell me about your favorite hike, or how you plan to use the Ergobaby Performance Carrier.
2. Like, Share, and/or rePin my #BabyPowell Giveaway posts on as many social media channels as you can: Facebook , Instagram, Twitter, and/or Pinterest.
3. Follow Ergobaby on Pinterest  and/or on Twitter.

Random winner was announced on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Thanks for participating!

Heidi :)

Enter to win an #Ergobaby Performance Carrier at http://heidipowell.com/?p=4334 in the #BabyPowell Giveaway #PowellPack #HeidiPowell

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PaigeLauren Baby Giveaway

POSTED ON October 13, 2013

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Congratulations to our Winner, Alison Harris
Watch for the next Labor Day to Labor Day 12-week Giveaway this coming Sunday.
More prizes coming your way!

HeidiPowell.net #BabyPowell #Giveaway! $50 giftcard to ANYTHING at #PAIGELAURENBaby - head on over to my blog to win! http://heidipowell.net/4069

I seriously cannot get over how adorable and snuggly these clothes, pictures, and babies are!! I am absolutely dying to get our baby girl a couple outfits from this precious clothing line.

So…time to tell you how you can win a $50 gift card to ANYTHING on PAIGELAUREN Baby’s website!

1. Comment below, telling me which product on PAIGELAUREN Baby you would like to buy with the $50 gift card.
2. LIKE and SHARE as many of my PAIGELAUREN Baby Giveaways Posts as you can (Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter). Be sure to use hashtag #BabyPowell
3. Follow PAIGELAUREN Baby and Me (if you don’t already) on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest (the more follows and shares, the higher your chances!)

Random winner was announced on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. Thanks for participating!

HeidiPowell.net #BabyPowell #Giveaway! $50 giftcard to ANYTHING at #PAIGELAURENBaby - head on over to my blog to win! http://heidipowell.net/4069

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Vemma NEXT Vitamins for Healthy Kids – GIVEAWAY!

POSTED ON October 6, 2013

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Congratulations to our Winner, Stephanie Nicholls

Watch for the next Labor Day to Labor Day 12-week Giveaway this coming Sunday.
More prizes coming your way!

Enter this #babypowell giveaway at http://heidipowell.net/3839 to win prizes!

Many of you may have seen quite a few pics posted of Cash Man thoroughly enjoying his Vemma NEXT multivitamins. Not only are these little bottles of goodness loaded with all the stuff that your little ones need, but they are incredibly delicious too! Your kids won’t even know they’re taking vitamins ☺.

To help keep your family healthy, Baby Powell and Vemma have teamed up for one heck of a giveaway this week!

What we’re giving away:
Vemma NEXT® – Nutrition for the NEXT Generation (3-month supply).

Estimated value: Over $139

As the finest and most complete children’s supplement, Vemma NEXT provides essential vitamins and nutrients for growing children ages 2 to 12. Vemma NEXT includes the Vemma formula, combined with vegetarian-sourced DHA, 14 fruit and vegetable extracts, the antioxidant quercetin and the B-complex vitamin choline, and is physician-blended specifically for children.

How to win:
1. Comment on this blog post letting me know why you should be our lucky winner.
2. Like and share my Vemma NEXT giveaway post on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter (be sure to use #BabyPowell when you share). The more you share, the more chances to win!
3. Follow me and @Vemma!

Random winner was announced on Wednesday, October 9, 2013. Thanks for participating!

Cash Powell enjoying some Vemma Next vitamins - Learn more at http://HeidiPowell.net/3839

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Stretch Marks – Can They Be Prevented During Pregnancy? + GIVEAWAY

POSTED ON September 29, 2013

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Congratulations to our Winner, Sally H.

Watch for the next Labor Day to Labor Day 12-week Giveaway from Vemma.
More prizes coming your way.

Lauren Parisier and Kelli Kenny, founders of the award winning expectant mom skin care line, basq, weigh in on the battle of stretch marks during pregnancy. They’ve even donated some of these amazing products for this week’s Baby Powell Giveaway!

Scroll to the bottom to enter to win! 

Stretch Marks - Can they be prevented? Learn more at http://HeidiPowell.net/3600

When it comes to stretch marks, everyone wants to use a product that truly works. The truth is, when you become pregnant your skin may or may not mark- but, prevention is key! The good news is specific products can prevent stretch marks, bad news- once you’ve got them they don’t go away you can only make them smaller.

What you do in the early months is critical – building skin strength early on is your best bet for a mark free pregnancy. Collagen and Elastin are the fibers that keep your skin strong and stretchy. You need products that go beyond moistuirzation to fuel the build of collagen and elastin so it can stretch more and hopefully avoid breaking (which is what gives you the marks). Remember, while stretch mark prevention isn’t instantly gratifying because you can’t see what would have been – it’s better than the alternative. There are a few easy steps to dramatically improving your skin’s strength and stretch-ability during those early glowing months:

Step 1: Exfoliate

Exfoliation preps skin for better product absorption and it kick-starts your skin’s natural repair process, key for stretch mark prevention. But when it comes to exfoliating, not all polishes are created equal. Stay away from salt scrubs– they are drying which equals more damage. Many everyday scrubs have clary sage, rosemary and caffeine – these should be avoided in pregnancy. Loofahs and shower mitts can deliver exfoliation that is too hard, causing micro tears which harm skin instead of helping. We created basq Citrus Sugar Body Polish for pregnancy-safe exfoliation. The natural sugars gently smooth while rich oils and butters nourish. Focus on mark zones for best results: chest, belly, thighs and hips.

Step 2: Stretch Mark Ingredients Proven to Work

It is important to look for ingredients clinically proven to work. For real stretch mark care you need your products to work deep down where damage happens — surface moisturizing isn’t enough. Feed your skin ingredients that it can break down and use to build collagen and elastin, which support strength. At basq, we spent a long time working on a butter that could blend the oils your skin wants and needs with ingredients proven to work. The core stretch mark ingredients in the award winning, basq Advanced Stretch Mark Butter are Algesium C and Darutoside. Both have been proven in clinical testing to prevent and repair marks. Plus it contains omega rich Borage and Grapeseed oils and a rich Shea Butter base – it’s all you could want and need in a stretch mark butter.

Step 3: The All Over Stretch

Marks mostly happen on the chest, belly, hips and inner thighs but don’t forget the rest of your body. For head to toe care, we recommend oils that are rich in Linoleic Acid needed to build Collagen and Elastin. Remember, not all oils are created equal. We blend the highest grade Omega Rich oils to absorb completely so there is no greasy feel or worry about clothing. A little bit goes a long way, oils are the smart choice when you’re looking for less to do more. The basq Resilient Body Oil has been an editor and celebrity favorite (Heidi Klum is a fan!), but if you remain an avid butter user, our Ilipe Body Butter is the product for you.

Now, time for Baby Powell’s Weekly Giveaway!

Baby Powell's Weekly Giveaway - Learn more at http://HeidiPowell.net/3600

For this week’s #BabyPowell Giveaway, Lauren and Kelli are giving away my favorite Basq products ($100 value!):

How to Enter:

1. Follow me and share my giveaway posts from Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.
2. Go virtual shopping on BasqNYC.com‘s website and tell us about one of their products that most interested you by commenting below.
3. Share any blog from my site via your social media channels (recipes, crafts, mommy stuff! You pick!). Be sure to tag @RealHeidiPowell or my Facebook Page in all shares and posts. Use hashtags #BabyPowell and #basq so we can find them.  The more you share, the more chances to win!

Random winner was announced on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. Thanks for participating!

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