Mom to Be Monday: Breast Pump Covered By Insurance

Seriously – who doesn’t love saving money!?!?

I originally had the Medela Pump In Style Advanced – The Metro Bag on my baby registry. However, I found out through the grapevine by talking to friends and family that due to the Affordable Care Act, many insurance plans now cover breast pumps!!  What a huge savings, considering many of these breast pumps that come with all the accessories can retail upwards of $250 to $350!  Even though I wouldn’t have been paying for it myself and it would have most likely been purchased off the baby registry, by taking it off the registry, I was able to get many of my other necessities as gifts instead!

Medela Pump In Style Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump - The Metro Bag

Medela Pump In Style Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump – The Metro Bag

Now, by no means am I an insurance expert.  And I can tell you that each insurance company will be different  and may cover different amounts. Some may require a written prescription from your healthcare provider while others do not.  Some will cover the cost of the pump right up front, while others allow you to order your pump from any retailer and then submit for reimbursement.  I personally have an Independence Blue Cross Personal Choice plan and getting my breast pump was seamless!!

I started out by getting a prescription from my provider, which I ended up not needing!  But I thought it was good to have just in case, since I hadn’t done much research yet at that point.  Next, instead of calling my insurance company directly – I had actually gotten an advertisement from Babies R Us talking about their Breast Pump Solutions program.  They made it sound so easy, I had to call!

Basically, Breast Pump Solutions is a program that was developed by Babies R Us along with National Rehab (NR) to help make the process easier for moms to get their breast pumps through their health insurance.  All I had to do was call Breast Pump Solutions at 1-855-567-8669, give them my insurance information, and they took care of the rest!  They sent me some paperwork to sign and then the breast pump was shipped directly to my house from Babies R Us free of charge!

Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breastpump Starter Set

Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breastpump Starter Set

Here’s what my insurance specifically covered:

Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breastpump Starter Set, which included a portable electric pump with 2-Phase expression technology, two medium breastshields, two breastmilk bottles, lids, and power adaptor.

I was also given the option to pay extra if I wanted to upgrade to the Medela Breast Pump Tote or the Medela Breast Pump Backpack, but I chose just to get the basic starter set.  Reason?  I figured I could register for any additional accessories – AND I would rather go shopping for a cuter bag to carry around all these breast pump supplies!!!  If you have any suggestions for cute (and affordable) breast pump bags….please let me know!!

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Mom to Be Monday: We’re Expecting!

It’s been 7 long months since my last post. Kind of disappointing to me because I used to love updating the blog! But kind of exciting because there have been a few reasons why I haven’t posted recently…Mom to Be Monday: We're Expecting

Earlier this year I was enrolled in a 13 week course through Villanova University for Professional Human Resource Management. It was completely intense, required reading every night and really took up all of my free time. Afterwards, I signed up to take the PHR Exam which the course prepared me for, and happily passed in June!!!

Right in the middle of all of that classwork and exam prep, my husband and I got some other exciting news!!!!! WE’RE EXPECTING!!!!!  That’s right!  A little Baby Haggerty is on its way and we couldn’t be happier!!!

Needless to say, the first trimester was quite a new experience for me. I had heard you get really tired – but I wasn’t prepared for the exhaustion that I was about to experience. I would get home from work and literally be in bed 15 minutes later and be out for the night. I am counting myself lucky because I only got sick ONE time, but I was nauseous for a few weeks. Being nauseous combined with exhaustion lead to me literally not use the kitchen for a couple months straight. I didn’t necessarily have food cravings, but I did find myself craving a routine – one week I ate Froot Loops cereal every night for dinner for the entire week. (I don’t normally even eat cereal that much, so I have no idea where that came from!)

Now that I’m a little further along, my energy has returned, and I have been back in the kitchen too! When I started this blog, I always knew that Food Marriage would evolve with my life. It’s always been about Being Married, Having Fun, Loving Life, and Loving Food. Adding a baby to the mix is going to be so much fun for us, it will totally be the new love of our lives, and I’m sure we will spend every waking moment making sure it is fed and happy too! I am looking forward to sharing the journey!

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

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I’m not usually a big user of RSS Feeds (mainly because I didn’t know what to do with them!) I don’t have a streamlined way to stay up to date on all of the blogs I like to read.  Up until recently, I’ve been doing it the old-fashioned way of typing a blog’s URL in the address bar of my computer.  This is all going to change now that I have Bloglovin’!

With Bloglovin’, you are able to create a free account, search for your favorite blogs, add them to your favorites, and have them appear all together newsfeed-style on your screen.    Now you will never miss out on your favorite content again!  Check it out and Follow my blog with Bloglovin!

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Saturday Night Out: Distrito in University City

With all this snow we’ve been having on the East Coast, don’t you just wish you could transport yourself somewhere warm, bright, and sunny? Picture yourself on a beach in Mexico sipping an ice cold margarita…throw some homemade guacamole and gourmet tacos and it’s picture perfect!

Distrito Logo Philadelphia Restaurant

I have some exciting news for you…you don’t have to board a plane to get this experience! You can just head over to Distrito in the University City area of Philadelphia! I have been there TWICE now and each time has been incredible! Distrito, the creation of Chef Jose Garces, will transport you directly to Mexico City.  Upon entering the restaurant, representing the traditional taxis often found in Mexico, the Volkswagen Beetle, you can find a VW Bug which doubles as a table that you can reserve!

Volkswagen Beetle Table - Distrito Philadelphia Restaurant Review - Food Marriage

Me, my sister, and my mom posing in front of the VW Beetle Table!

The entire atmosphere is bright and fun! With a neon pink color scheme, tons of unique seating (including some chairs that swing!), and a tequila bar…you are guaranteed to have a exciting night out!  Because it’s a Tapas restaurant, you don’t have to worry about picking just one dish from the menu…you can try many different things!

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Tacos de Pollo

The first time I went to Distrito, I went in the summer with my mom and sister during University City Dining Days. For $35 a person, we each got to choose two appetizers, two entrees, and a dessert. Between the three of us, we got to try out 6 appetizers, 6 entrees, and 3 desserts. Thank goodness they were small plates…talk about a delicious meal! Then for $15 extra, I added a three-course beverage pairing! One of my drinks was an icy Watermelon Margarita (watch out…they pour them strong!)

Watermelon Margarita - Distrito Philadelphia Menu - Restaurant Review Food Marriage

Watermelon Margarita!

The second time I went to Distrito, I went with some work colleagues around the holidays. Did you know that if you go for lunch…they have a $15 special for one appetizer and one entree? Just enough to satisfy you in the middle of the day and it doesn’t break the bank!

Distrito Philadelphia Restaurant Review Food Marriage

Fun Decor!

The number one thing on the menu that I recommend? Get the “Hurrache de Costillas.” The menu will describe it as “Short Rib, 3 Chile BBQ, Queso Mixto, and Radish.” To translate…it’s actually the best tasting flatbread I’ve ever eaten complete with mouthwatering short ribs! I minored in Spanish in college and didn’t know that a “Hurrache” is a “Flatbread!”  If you go, I would definitely say to add one of these to your order.

PS. While the VW Bug table is cool, it’s a little secluded, fits only four people, and is right in the front window of the restaurant. I recommending dining upstairs on the second level when you go to experience more of the atmosphere!

PPS. Don’t forget to check out the bathroom when you go….it’s really cool and different!!

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Tip Tuesday: Easy WordPress Database Backup

Welcome to a new segment on Food Marriage: TIP TUESDAY! Here, you can look forward to different tricks and tips that I have learned along my blogging journey. Whether it be blogging and technical tips, food photography tips, or of course cooking tips – you can look forward to learning something new every time you read a Tip Tuesday post!

Today’s Tip Tuesday is about an easy way to back up your WordPress Database!

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Photo Courtesy of: Mashable.com

I have been blogging for over two years now and I have NEVER backed up my blog. Not because I didn’t think it was important, but because I thought it would be too technologically challenging. Thankfully, nothing has ever happened to my data, but I would truly be devastated if my site ever got hacked or deleted during a routine update!

So, I decided to do a little research. Backing up your database COULD be difficult if you were to do it manually.  But luckily, there are plug-ins that do the work for you! Just search for the plugin “WP-DB-Backup” and you will be on your way to saving all of your data!! All you need to do is install the plugin and then you will be able to backup your entire blog.  You have the option to back up to the server, to your computer, or via email (I chose all three options for my first backup!) You can also schedule future backups in advance.

I found a great article on InMotion Hosting’s Website that which gives very easy step-by-step instructions along with screen shots on how to use the WP-DB-Backup plugin. I followed their steps and it was a breeze!

Hopefully, I never have to rely on these backups, but at least now I have the peace of mind that all of my work is saved. (How to re-install if needed?? I have no idea.  I suppose that can always be a future Tip Tuesday post if I ever need to figure out how to do it!)

 

xoxo, Food Marriage