APW Happy Hour

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Hey APW!

It’s been a fun… and intense week here. Stephanie, Kate and I got to go to The CREAM Event for the first time (Maddie loaned me a dress, which was super cute). And I finally got to dance to The Flashdance spinning, after spending about nine years waiting for this moment. We both started in the wedding industry at roughly the same time, and I have been a dyed in the wool fan of his work ever since. There was a dance contest (which I mostly entered because I wanted to dance for every damn second I could), and I came in a solid third place among a huge crowd. Which is good, because if I’d won the hotel stay on the Amalfi Coast, then David would have wanted to buy tickets to the Amalfi Coast immediately, and frankly we need a new roof for our new house, not a trip to Italy. SO! All’s well that ends well. (And you’ll get a full, photo filled, fun to gawk at roundup of that night next week.)

And because it’s #MentalHealthAwareness month, I also talked at length on Instagram about weaning off one of my anti-anxiety meds, which we finally figured out has caused a ton of weight gain. FUN. TIMES. Going off the meds has been a special kind of hell, and I’m only halfway there.

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Necklace Giveaway!

BUT! Forget everything else, because we’re doing an AWESOME giveaway just in time for Mother’s Day: credit for a necklace that I have been wearing Non. Stop. All. Week. When I first saw Noémie jewelry’s gorgeous Love Your Mama collection, I was like “I HAVE TO HAVE IT.” Before my kids were born I had really complicated feelings about the word mom, and what they were going to call me. As it turns out, they both decided to call me “mama” most of the time, and I love it. I chose Mama because that’s what my kids say, but if you’re not a mama, or you’re a parent whose kids call them by a different name, the necklace can be fully customized to reflect your preferred identity or a special someone’s name.

Noémie’s heirloom-quality jewelry is an investment, but it’s definitely meant to become an everyday staple, aka, my cost per wear on this thing is going to end up being a penny. When it arrived, I was thrilled with how delicate the necklace is, and how solid it feels at the same time. It’s become a wear every day (and sometimes even while I’m sleeping) piece. In other words, this is the perfect gift for your mom, or your BFF who just had a baby, or you know, you. Mostly you.

If you guys are new to Noémie, you should know they’re a family-owned jeweler focused on changing the industry by bringing transparency and quality to their clients (and if you haven’t seen their ethical jewelry, you def need to). 🎉  And if that’s not enough, they’ve also partnered with us to give one of you the chance to snag a necklace of your own. To celebrate all things mama, they’re giving away one $250 gift certificate to a lucky reader so you can treat yourself (or your mama)! Plus, since Mother’s Day is just around the corner, you can also use this just-for-you APW-exclusive coupon that’ll get you $50 off your order.

Here’s how to enter:

Head to Noémie’s site and check out the full collection.
Next hop on over to The Compact’s Instagram.
Give us a follow, and like the contest post.
Tag a few mama friends (because sharing is caring y’all!).
Lastly, comment and tell us which “Love Your Mama” piece you love the most and why!

Contest entry period ends 5/11/17 at 11:59 PM PST. Winner will be announced during next week’s Happy Hour! Must be 18 to enter and a U.S. resident. No purchase necessary.

With that, here’s your happy hour. Enjoy!

XO,

Meg

Link Round-up

On two moms making a baby with IVF.

Fat Girl Riding: Body Image and the Horse World

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Parenting and happiness in twenty-two countries.

My Medicaid, My Life

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The protestor who laughed at Jeff Sessions could face up to a year in prison.

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Britain’s young royals have a refreshingly honest talk about mental health

The GOP voted to strip health care from millions and the media covered it like it was a sporting event

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