September 30, 2010

The "Others"

The "OTHER" Family Members, because normally they are blog neglected!


September 27, 2010

What's a Vol?

A VOL is short for Volunteer, as in Tennessee is the Volunteer State and in our case the mascot for the University of Tennessee Volunteers, better known as, you guessed it, a "VOL".

On July 16th 2010 Chris and I discovered (via three different tests) that we were pregnant with our first child. After nearly peeing ourselves with excitement and terror, we immediately began discussing ways to tell our parents and my little brother that we were pregnant with their first grandchild and neice/nephew. Everything in our life is a family affair. Chris literally proposed marriage to me in front of  his parents, my parents and my brother. That is how family oriented we are. So, we knew it had to be something with everyone there.

Ultimately we decided to invite everyone over to smoke a pork butt. We ordered custom Jone's Soda bottles in orange. The label was a picture of Chris and I proudly displaying our PREGNANT EPT. It was called "It's a Vol Orange Soda". The ingredients section very cleverly said something about adding another member to our family, and we knew one thing: It's a Vol. We planned to pass them out while we were smoking the pork butt and see the excitement and shock on everyone's faces.

Haha. God had other plans. A little over one week later on the way to the lake, we stopped at a gas station so I could go pee. I was bleeding. I panicked and called the OBGYN who immediately said go to the ER. So, instead of fun soda bottles our family got a blubbering phone call telling them that we were on our way to the ER, pregnant, but bleeding. Again, our life is a family affair.

Needless to say, everything turned out just fine. Evie popped out 39 weeks later.

Evie is a she, and she is also a Vol!

September 25, 2010

I Cook

Coming Soon

September 19, 2010

About Me

Hello. My name is Sarah. I am the voice behind this blog. I was a competitive cheerleader in High School, so I over use exclamation marks. It's just the way I am -- excited! See?
I am wife to Christopher and first time mom to Evie.  She is everything and nothing that we expected.

We've made it through the first year and are loving being toddler parents!

We are proud of our Southern heritage. Not in the way that says "The South will rise again!", but in a way that sees no color, speaks slowly and softly, knows the value of saying Sir & Ma'am, understands that there is an art to making sweet tea and knows that in order of importance it is God, Family and Football.

You can read Evie's Birth Story here.

You can read our Love Story here.

I am also mom to four dogs and two cats. The saying, "Dog hair: both a fashion accessesory and a condiment!" is truer than I'd like to believe in my house.
I am a survivor of Post Partum Depression and Anxiety. Visit my resources tab for some great links and to read my story. Don't hesitate to contact me if you just need an understanding ear, even if I've never talked to you before. No one makes it through this disease alone. We get better because someone stood by us every step of the way to recovery.

I originally started this blog as a way for friends and family to keep up with our pregnancy. It has grown into more. 

We are trying to do the best for our daughter right now, right where we are, with what we have.

I think we are doing a pretty good job at it.

Welcome to our world. Stick around and say hey, y'all!

September 18, 2010

Adorableness

September 5, 2010

PPD/A Resources

My Story


One of the best resources out there, Post Partum Progress

A fantastic blog about surviving PPD, and helping each other through it, My Post Partum Voice

The 21 Day Self Care Challenge If you are living with PPD/A. I would challenge you to take this challenge. As survivors women gather together to take this challenge twice a year, but you can do it anytime you like. This links to DAY ONE, keep moving forward until you reach the end of the third week.

September 1, 2010

PR

Sponsorship:

Here at It's a Vol! we love our sponsors!

Here is the run down, I am a late twenty something mommy and wife. I've been writing this blog of mine here for almost two years and my active readership continues to grow almost daily. It's a Vol! is active on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

If you are thinking about advertising on blogs (especially mine!!!) let me tell you why it is a good idea! Blogs reach a specific target audience. Most of It's a Vol's readers are between the ages of twenty to forty, with children or who are pregnant and have a college education or are working on one. Which sounds a lot like, well me. You can pretty much bet that if I love your product(s) my readers will too!

The Deets

Our family consists of me, my husband and our daughter who is almost two years old. We also have two goofy boxer dogs, two ornery miniature schnauzers and two crazy domestic short hair cats.

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Twitter Followers: 1315+

Pinterest Followers: 290+

Facebook Fans: 1120+

Consistently ranked in the Top 5 on Top Baby Blogs


Reviews & Giveaways

I love doing reviews and giveaways of relevant products! I require that all reviews are accompanied by a giveaway of a full sized product for my readers. If this does not suit you, please contact me and we'll see what we can work out!

Advertisements:

I offer three different ad sizes for you to choose from! If you don't see something that strikes your fancy be sure to let me know and I'll be happy to work with you!
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