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Bed Rest Concierge http://bedrestconcierge.net The Ultimate Resting Mommy Resource Mon, 25 May 2015 16:33:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 Bed Rest Survival Guide – Dallas Child Magazine http://bedrestconcierge.net/archives/2336 http://bedrestconcierge.net/archives/2336#comments Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:09:12 +0000 http://bedrestconcierge.net/?p=2336 Resting Mommies take some notes, as Dallas Child Magazine puts a spotlight
in the October issue. Check out the expert tips from our own CEO, Stephanie D. Johnson.

Bed Rest Survival Guide / How to get by when you can’t get up and about

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Carrie Steingruber

UPDATED
October 2, 2014

http://dfwchild.com/features/1258/Bed-Rest-Survival-Guide

While resting sounds nice in theory, you’ve got way too much to do before junior arrives to be propped up on pillows all day. But staying put (and staying sane) is best for you and for baby, so we corralled Melissa Espey-Mueller and Kiesha Baker, both of North Dallas Doula Associates, along with Stephanie D. Johnson, founder and CEO of Bed Rest Concierge, to steal their secrets for surviving confinement. Here’s their how-to manual in a nutshell:

1. Pamper yourself. Keep up your beauty routines to feel fabulous for your next Netflix binge. And being good to yourself can be good for you: Baker says that high blood pressure is the No. 1 reason her clients go on bed rest, but an in-home massage from a prenatal massage therapist can lower your blood pressure and do wonders for your mood.

2. Find ways to communicate. If you’re stuck at the hospital, employ Skype or FaceTime to stay in touch with friends and family. If you’re stuck in your bed upstairs, keep a walkie-talkie or baby monitor with you so you can give orders from afar.

3. Reach out. “You can only watch so much Lifetime,” Baker jokes. In between consuming 28 parenting books and ten seasons of Grey’s, schedule visits from your favorite people. You’ll appreciate the company, and they’ll appreciate the chance to spend time with you before baby arrives. Espey-Mueller also suggests finding an online community of bed-resting moms to share your questions and experiences.

4. Outsource. Enlisting others to do the heavy lifting is not just doctor’s orders, but also the only way to get things done. Local moms have options:
Bed Rest Concierge. BRC (972/302-2827;  855/328-REST (7378) bedrestconcierge.net) can do just about anything — nursery design, laundry, birth announcements — but moms particularly appreciate the mobile spa services (“Who doesn’t want a little glamor during bed rest?” quips Johnson). BRC gives you the option to pay a monthly fee for access to all of their services, or you can order up a manicure or facial as needed.
Personal shoppers. All Dallas-area Whole Foods locations (wholefoods.com) offer a concierge service to do the grocery shopping for you. With 24 hours notice, the concierge team will shop to your specifications and deliver the goods to your door. Online services like Artizone (artizone.com/dallas) and Greenling (greenling.com) will also grab grub from local farms and restaurants to leave on your doorstep.
Antepartum doulas. Some doulas specialize in taking care of mom pre-baby; North Dallas Doula Associates (northdallasdoulas.com) provides antepartum assistance in addition to birth and postpartum services.
5. Learn something new. The Internet has more online tutorials and classes than you can wade through in a decade of bed rests (no thanks), including childbirth classes. Espey-Mueller recommends the online childbirth class available through local Baylor hospitals; enroll at baylorhealth.com.

6. Get ready for baby. Take advantage of your free time to cross items off your to-do list: address your baby announcements, pick out a stroller and car seat, decide on The Name, start your baby book, order the finishing touches for the nursery, even coordinate with your church or neighbors to schedule meal delivery postpartum.

7. Don’t be a rebel. “Follow the rules and listen,” Baker emphasizes. “Stay. On. Bed. Rest. That’s how you’re taking care of your baby.”

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Master your Mingle Ability – 5 Creative Ways To Build Your Network http://bedrestconcierge.net/archives/2267 http://bedrestconcierge.net/archives/2267#comments Wed, 23 Oct 2013 19:09:59 +0000 http://bedrestconcierge.net/?p=2267 Join us Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at the Four Seasons Resort and Spa as Stephanie D. Johnson teaches you the art of effective networking.

 

Master Your Mingle-Ability – 5 Creative Ways to Build Your Network

Bed Rest Concierge, Founder and CEO – Stephanie D. Johnson

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)

Irving, TX

Master Your Mingle-Ability - 5 Creative Ways to Build Your...

 

Event Details

 

An extensive network is vital to your success as an entrepreneur. Thanks to social media, the process of meeting potential clients and customers has evolved. Often people believe networking is a law of large numbers — if you put yourself in a lot of places you increase your chances of building your business and your reputation.  There are less traditional, yet more effective ways, to stand out from the crowd.

Stephanie will show and demonstrate five creative twists on networking.

These techniques can be especially effective for entrepreneurs who may find traditional networking daunting. Networking is a way to put yourself on the map with people. It’s not about selling, but rather initiating and facilitating conversations that add value for everyone involved.

 

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Go Inside Her Story with Stephanie D. Johnson http://bedrestconcierge.net/archives/2258 http://bedrestconcierge.net/archives/2258#comments Tue, 15 Oct 2013 13:24:36 +0000 http://bedrestconcierge.net/?p=2258
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PLAY AUDIO  Jacque Reid goes “Inside Her Story” with Stephanie Johnson about her company Bed Rest Concierge, a full service concierge that serves moms and dads while they deal with the ups-and-downs of pregnancy.
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Founder and CEO, Stephanie D. Johnson – Real Moms – Dallas Child Magazine http://bedrestconcierge.net/archives/2204 http://bedrestconcierge.net/archives/2204#comments Wed, 02 Oct 2013 18:54:30 +0000 http://bedrestconcierge.net/?p=2204
Mom Next Door: Stephanie Johnson  / Founder and CEO of Bed Rest Concierge
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Nicole Jordan
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When Stephanie Johnson isn’t talking shop with fellow mompreneur Bethenny Frankel (of Real Housewives fame), traveling nationwide to give inspirational talks and catering to celebrity clientele, you can find her cruising the aisles of her neighborhood CVS, a haunt she fondly refers to as her “happy place.” Much to the amusement of family and friends, Stephanie sometimes spends up to an hour a day in the store: munching on candy, flipping through magazines and chatting up photo technicians and checkout clerks, whom she calls friends.

It’s not that Stephanie has time to kill. On the contrary, she keeps a jam-packed schedule overseeing the growth of her multimillion-dollar company, Bed Rest Concierge. She travels frequently for appearances and speeches and is just putting the finishing touches on her soon-to-be-released self-help book: Life, Business and the Pursuit of Having it All! As if that weren’t enough, Stephanie checks off much of her to-do list dressed to the nines, with her rambunctious 2-year-old daughter Harlow perched on her hip. (Case in point: The master multitasker didn’t miss a beat when she briefly excused herself from our chat to change a dirty diaper … in seriously lofty Louboutins.)

A trip to CVS doesn’t exactly say R&R to the vast majority of us, but for Stephanie the neighborhood pharmacy serves as a retreat from the hectic day-to-day. It all started when Stephanie was prescribed 26 weeks of bed rest during her pregnancy with Harlow. Day in and day out, a glowing red CVS sign taunted her through the hospital window, reminding her of all the places she couldn’t go and all the things she couldn’t do. Stephanie began to pass the time daydreaming about a great escape. She could just see it: She’d cross the street and walk up to the automatic doors, which would slide open in greeting. Then she’d while away the afternoon, ravaging the candy and magazine aisles, soaking up her newfound freedom.

Ultimately, Stephanie’s more sensible side squelched the jailbreak fantasies. Knowing that her baby’s health was at risk, the mom-to-be decided to stay put and, after resigning herself to the 26-week sentence, began to turn her attention to a new obsession. Stephanie learned that 20 percent of women are prescribed bed rest each year. She empathized with them, imagining that they felt as helpless and isolated as she did. “I wanted to feel pampered,” she says. “I wanted to feel pretty. I wanted to feel like my former self but pregnant … and I couldn’t.”

Stephanie became consumed with finding a way to help women like her. The idea nagged at her, and before she knew it, she was drawing logos on napkins and setting up a website. Unlike many of us who dream up would-be million-dollar ideas but lack the wherewithal and drive to see them to fruition, Stephanie made things happen. She took out a $4,000 loan from her husband and got to work.

On March 28, 2011, Stephanie became a mom, and less than three months later, she became a business owner. “If you’ve got a million-dollar idea but you aren’t bringing it to the public, what good is your million-dollar idea?” she asks. “It’s nothing. I knew that I could create a business. I knew that I had enough guts. I had enough business sense, and I had enough connections to get started. I would work out the rest.”

Stephanie’s instinct was on point. Today, Bed Rest Concierge is valued at $3.8 million and was recently nominated one of “America’s Most Promising Companies” by Forbesmagazine. Touting itself as “the premier maternity concierge service for women and their families,” Bed Rest Concierge provides a gamut of services for new and expecting moms and their families. Whether you need a mani/pedi on the fly, a full nursery design or just someone to talk to, Stephanie and her team have you covered.

In addition to helping moms-to-be, Stephanie hoped to use Bed Rest Concierge to open the door for other women with entrepreneurial aspirations. To make this possible, Stephanie is now offering franchising opportunities nationwide. Loosening her grip wasn’t easy for the self-proclaimed “Type A control freak,” but it was a move she hoped to make from day one. “I wanted to develop women entrepreneurs,” she says. “I’m giving other women a chance to achieve their dream, to have control over their future and to create a lasting legacy for their children.”

Stephanie has laser-beam focus when it comes to business, but she’s not all work and no play. When she’s not traveling or traipsing through CVS, you might find her playing princesses or having a PJ party with Harlow. She says this “new normal” stands in stark contrast to her 20s and early 30s, which she likens to something straight out of Sex and the City. Using her finance degree, Stephanie spent 15 years working in corporate America for massive companies such as Dr Pepper and American Airlines Center. Satisfied in her career and enjoying an active social life, she was in no hurry to settle down. In fact, she balked at the idea. But in her mid-thirties, Stephanie says she began to feel her “clock ticking,” and suddenly, marriage and a baby carriage didn’t sound so bad. As if on cue, her husband Greg entered the picture, making Stephanie a wife, a mother and a suburbanite all within two years.

Motherhood has changed her for the better by teaching her to stop and smell the roses, she says. That doesn’t mean she’s not busier than ever; just listening to her describe a typical day is exhausting. But when asked how she does it all, Stephanie’s response is encouraging: She doesn’t. She makes no qualms about employing a small household staff to help run the machine that is her life. She offers no apologies and says she wishes other moms wouldn’t either. Stephanie feels like she has it all, because she doesn’t try to do it all. If skimping on a few loads of laundry means spending more quality time with Harlow, Stephanie says that’s fine by her.

Help from others also leaves Stephanie free to oversee the growth of the empire she’s working to build (she aspires to something á la Bethenny Frankel’s Skinny Girl) and indulge her other passions such as dance and children’s rights. She lends her support to various philanthropic causes with an emphasis on helping women and children worldwide. Stephanie says that’s what Bed Rest Concierge is all about: helping other women. “I knew that it was going to benefit other women, and that was what was really important,” she says. “I just tried to fulfill a need. I really wanted to make a difference.”

Published October 2013

SIDEBAR
Stephanie’s 5 Tips for Success
  1. Let go. Relinquish control. Trying to do all and be all will exhaust you.
  2. Rely on resources. Girlfriends, coworkers, and other moms have all gone through this. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask for help.
  3. Slow down. We run full throttle all day long. Slow down and enjoy the little things.
  4. Keep your circle small. Surround yourself with people going the same direction as you. Your circle of influence should be small, trusted and reliable.
  5. Choose success. Success is a choice, and you have to pursue it relentlessly every day.
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CVS is still my Happy Place http://bedrestconcierge.net/archives/2157 http://bedrestconcierge.net/archives/2157#comments Tue, 06 Aug 2013 05:03:42 +0000 http://bedrestconcierge.net/?p=2157 CVS

 

It baffles my husband that I go to CVS 4 to 5 times a week and spend on average 1 hour doing absolutely nothing.  Simply put, CVS is my happy place.  I can lose myself in the aisles, I stop by the cooler and pick out an ice cream that I eat while reading magazines, cruising the seasonal product displays, talking to the photo technicians, oh yes I lose myself in this store.  Don’t get me wrong, I am a professional shopper, I love Hermes, Nordstrom, Target, Michael’s (Harlow’s Happy Place…that’s another Blog) Whole Foods you name it, I am in some kind of retail outlet daily, but none bring me bliss, peace and a sense that I am a million miles away from my life like my beloved CVS.

Two years ago during my bed rest journey CVS became a major part of my survival.  During one of my last hospital stays which was the longest and most difficult, I fell in deeply love with CVS.  I was in the penthouse suite (the nurses fought for me to get this maternity room) corner suite, great view from a very large window, extra seating area, end of the hall, lots and lots of privacy, it was great and depressing.  Confinement of a healthy woman, a woman who is not sick, a woman who’s only physical issue is that for some reason pregnancy is difficult, is in a nutshell torture.  Day after day I would sit in my room, watching the cars go by, looking at the beautiful sky and sunny days that I couldn’t enjoy, and looking across the street at my beacon of hope, bright red letters CVS screaming  my name.  I would think about all the aisles in the store, the peanut butter filled pretzels that I loved, the endless nail polish colors that you can try on in the store, all of the candy that sits under the register and the magazines that I would read while standing in the longest lines ever, behind shoppers looking for coupons or signing up for an Extra Care Savings Card.  I would have given anything to stand in that line.  That became my dream.  I would dream about having a healthy happy newborn baby, and shopping in CVS.  It sounds simple and ridiculous to people who haven’t experienced bed rest during pregnancy.   I dreamed that I would break out of the hospital shop CVS and return with all kinds of goodies for my hospital room, without anyone ever knowing.  CVS became my happy place, my goal, I knew that I would get out of that hospital one day and my life would be “normal.”

Anytime my world gets busy, my daughter has a case of the Terrific 2′s of if I just need time to myself to think, I find solace in CVS.  I like walking in and the clerks know my name, I feel like Norm on Cheers, I love the sales on seasonal items, I love the candles that I smell over and over and never buy, I like picking up cards for my niece because she still loves to receive a piece of mail sent from Texas.  Resting Mommies have to find something that they can hold on to, and make small goals and know that once bed rest is over there is an amazing baby and life waiting for you.

- Dedicated to Resting Mommy Jessica D. expecting a beautiful daughter in October 2013, this is her 2nd bed rest pregnancy #Superwoman

 

 

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#MommySwag – DFW Style Daily, Stephanie Johnson http://bedrestconcierge.net/archives/2133 http://bedrestconcierge.net/archives/2133#comments Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:35:19 +0000 http://bedrestconcierge.net/?p=2133 Mompreneur Stephanie D. Johnson Rocks A Sleek Style Obsession

by Abby Gregory

on July 31, 2013 features

DFW Style Daily 

Turning her challenging journey to motherhood into entrepreneurial success,Dallasite Stephanie D. Johnson is reinventing the experience of becoming a new mom. Johnson, founder of Bed Rest Concierge, discovered her professional passion during her own pregnancy. Today, she’s on a mission to make a difference in the lives of families and expectant women.

Dubbed the “celebrity maternity concierge” thanks to buzz-worthy media coverage from the likes of The Huffington Post and The Bethenny Frankel Talk Show, mothers coast-to-coast are now devoted to Johnson’s personalized services. Of course, we at DFW Style Daily wanted to know what fascinating fixations Johnson herself might be keeping confidential. In this week’s edition of Obsession Confession, find out what the CEO, speaker, author, and mom, is hot on this summer. Click here to read more Obsession Confessions!

 

 

The Obsession: Even late summer weather can’t curb Johnson’s addiction to haute leather.

 

The Confession: “I live in Texas, but I refuse to give up my leather no matter the season,” Johnson gushed, admitting that Diane von Furstenberg’s versatile, adjustable pencil skirt (below) is her favorite summer find.

 

 

 

 

The Rationalization: The expert underscored her commitment to the needs of new moms, explaining, “It’s my #MommySwag must-have for women seeking to get their sexy back after baby! This skirt is chic, transitions easily from day to night, and makes a great swap for maternity pants.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Collection: Rounding out her sleek selection, Johnson added, “For spring, I also always have my leather shirt dresses ready to go.” Not to mention, nonstop travel for her company and its clients provides the perfect excuse to stock up on leather pants and blazers, too.

 

 

 

 

 

Shop It: To steal Johnson’s signature look, seek out DVF’s sexy skirt ($329) at the label’s boutique inHighland Park Village. Prefer animal-friendly options? Check out Piperlime’s vegan leather pieces by Tinley Road (top, $64; dress, $55; skirt, $79, above).

 

 

Photo credits, from top: 1. Stephanie D. Johnson, 2. Nordstrom.com, 3. Piperlime.com.

 

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#MommySwag Look of the Week – Miranda Kerr http://bedrestconcierge.net/archives/2126 http://bedrestconcierge.net/archives/2126#comments Wed, 24 Jul 2013 23:22:54 +0000 http://bedrestconcierge.net/?p=2126 Effortless Chic, with lots of color.  Flynn’s Mama definitely has #MommySwag

 

miranda-kerr-435Flynn’s Mom – Miranda Kerr showing her #MommySwag

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Treasure You – Host Pat Smith features Stephanie Johnson http://bedrestconcierge.net/archives/2108 http://bedrestconcierge.net/archives/2108#comments Tue, 16 Jul 2013 23:26:39 +0000 http://bedrestconcierge.net/?p=2108 Pat Smith, CEO of Treasure You, featured Stephanie Johnson on D The Broadcast segment. Treasure You Tuesday.

 

 Stephanie Johnson w/Pat Smith, CEO Treasure You

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Business News Daily – 10 Unique Business Ideas http://bedrestconcierge.net/archives/2101 http://bedrestconcierge.net/archives/2101#comments Sat, 13 Jul 2013 03:12:47 +0000 http://bedrestconcierge.net/?p=2101 10 Unique Business Ideas

Unique businesses

 

While all businesses work hard to try to stand out from the crowd, some don’t require quite so much effort. While they often have more a limited market for their products or services, unusual businesses have an advantage over others in that most consumers can’t look elsewhere for what they offer. From a company that specializes in all things miniature to an online business that sends out personalized handwritten thank-you notes for consumers, here are 10 unique businesses you probably never knew existed.

http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/4753-unique-business-ideas.html?cmpid=514642

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#MommySwag – Look of the week http://bedrestconcierge.net/archives/2097 http://bedrestconcierge.net/archives/2097#comments Sat, 13 Jul 2013 03:07:47 +0000 http://bedrestconcierge.net/?p=2097 Valentina’s Mommy, Salma Hayek, knows how to “Show Up and Show Out.”

 

She’s really a mother….The rest of us have some work to do.

 

#MommySwag Look for the Week - Salma Hayek

#MommySwag Look for the Week – Salma Hayek

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