Mother Knows Best!

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It is kind of hard to believe that Mother’s Day is this weekend! This year is already flying at an impressive speed for me. One major reason for my time flying by has been the addition of Miss Zoey into our family. I am honored to have Hyland’s sponsoring this post.

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It has been five years since I had a baby, so although I have done this all before, it was all pretty new to me again! Babies are a lot of work, but they bring so much joy into a home. When I would have late nights, early mornings, or just would struggle with the adjustment of having another child in our home, I always knew that I could rely on my mom.  [Read more…]

Forgiving as a Little Child

When I would read scriptures that referred to becoming like a little child, it understood what they were saying, but they took on a whole new meaning as a parent.

Before becoming a mom, I had plans of being the mom who didn’t ever raise her voice and always had a level head when her children were acting out. I think those are probably the ideals that most of us get when we dream of what our future with children will be like.

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Unfortunately, those ideals aren’t always a reality. Once I became a mom to a little girl who had opinions of her own, I realized that I am only human and can’t always be the ideal mom that I hoped of being. I make a lot of mistakes as a mom. [Read more…]

I Love My Boon CARE for Baby!

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I was given the Boon CARE Health & Grooming Kit as part of a sponsored post. I instantly fell in love with this product! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It has been 5 years since I have had a newborn, so these past six weeks have been both rewarding and challenging as I remember all of the things newborns need and do! I have been blown away by the incredible products that I have discovered since the last time I had a baby. I got rid of a lot of old things and purchased new products that would be better this time. One thing I really wanted was a kit that would give me the different hygiene and care tools I would need for a baby. That is why I instantly fell in love with Boon CARE!

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Boon CARE Health and Grooming Kit is an essential bundle for my little bundle of joy! [Read more…]

Helping Children Live Bold Lives

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I still remember this day like it was yesterday. Maybe it is because my four year old won’t let me forget it. It was a day that happened almost two years ago when we went to one of our favorite lunch spots. She was playing with a friend in the play area when both she and the friend came out crying. There was a bully in the playground! I remember thinking that this was the first bully situation I could think of her experiencing and I wanted to help her get through it.

I will tell you now, this was a tough one! The bully was just plain mean! He was pushing kids down and spitting in their faces, screaming in kids faces, and basically just trying to make every other kid cry. His mom came in and told him to stop, but that did absolutely nothing. I told my daughter to go in with her friend and they could play together. If “Mean Carter” came and tried to bother them, they could stand up to him together. Well, that plan failed just as soon as both little girls came out of the playground with tears streaming down their faces.

In that moment, I realized that this was probably a great way for my daughter to be introduced to a bully. Not all bully situations end like they do on television shows. Everyone doesn’t end up being friends in the end and we definitely can’t control other people’s actions. This situation only got worse when the mother of this child tried to get involved with some of the other parents who were trying to help their kids stand up to her son. In the end, we chose to leave and so did many of the other families.

Why do I share this story with you? Because I want to share how we have continued to build on that experience to help give our daughter the confidence she needs to be bold and stand up for herself in situations that she is going to be faced with in her life.

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Giving Children Our Time: Light the World with Service

The holiday season can bring a lot of chaos into our lives. When there are so many events and shopping that happens in such a short amount of time, it can be hard to lose sight of what is truly important this holiday season. I love the reminder I received when I watched this video about bringing light to the world by serving others. This holiday season can also be the perfect opportunity to serve. To learn more visit https://www.mormon.org?cid=66200019.

Serving our children and giving them our time and attention [Read more…]

Teaching Kids to Love Themselves

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As you may recall, I touched a bit about the weight of responsibility that I have felt over teaching my child to be confident and bold in who she is. It was one thing that I never thought about when I looked into the future and thought about what life might be like as mother. Although she is only four years old, I want my daughter to grow up loving herself from the beginning so that she doesn’t have to create that self love later on.

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Today she was given the opportunity to give a little talk in church about treating our bodies well. I had helped her get the talk ready and I truly hope that the message came across to her as we practiced and as she spoke today. The message she shared was that she was born prematurely and wasn’t a healthy baby but through the help of the NICU nurses, she was able to come home as a healthy baby. She had to continue to work to be healthy so that she could grow up to be the healthy little girl that she is today. She talked about how our bodies are gifts and that we need to treat them with kindness in both how we treat them and how we speak about them. Although it was just a little talk given to small children by a four year old, I hope the spirit of the message came across clearly.

It is so important to love ourselves! [Read more…]

Teaching Kids to Have Confidence

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Watching the Olympics as a family has become one of our favorite things to do together lately. Hearing the stories of each of the athletes is really inspiring. There is so much time and dedication that has gone into getting where they are. As inspiring as those stories are, I can’t help but think of the people who worked hard to get to the Olympics and didn’t make the team. I would imagine that their entire lives have revolved around getting onto the Olympic team as well. Besides the devastating disappointment that they probably experienced, I would imagine that these athletes went through a series of hard emotions that they had to go through. I think that that would be the same for the parents of those athletes as well. Seeing our kids fail can be a really hard thing to witness.

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I have only been a mom for 4 1/2 years now. I know that I haven’t seen my child or future children go through most of the disappointments of life that they will experience, but what I can do now is instill the confidence within her to get through those tough times that are sure to come.  [Read more…]

Remembering to Create Time for Yourself this Mother’s Day

I remember hearing women say that they hated Mother’s Day. As a teenager, the thought of having a day to celebrate the woman seemed like something really special. Now that I am a mother, I can kind of understand where these women were coming from. Mother’s Day can be hard. You see the tributes others make to their moms, and while it’s never something you should ever do, I can’t help but compare myself to the others.

I often have to remind myself that we are all just trying our best to be the mother that our kids need. Mother’s Day isn’t the time to tear yourself down. It’s a day to both celebrate the role of motherhood, and feel celebrated by the ones you care for the most! It’s a day to both treat, and feel treated by others. This Mother’s Day take time to yourself somehow. This may be as big as going to get a manicure and pedicure or as small as just taking a long shower! I have been using the Garnier® Whole Blends™ Refreshing Hair Care with Green Apple and Green Tea Extracts products and they make me feel like I am in a spa every time I wash my hair! The new Garnier® Whole Blends™ is a full range of naturally inspired hair care shampoo, conditioner, and treatments. You can find the right blend for your hair care or hair type!

Let’s face it, we all have our good days and our bad days, but we try our best and that should be celebrated! So instead of thinking so literally when you think about creating that picture perfect Mother’s Day, think about truly celebrating all that is motherhood. The good and the bad. Because even the bad makes us grow.

Creating the picture perfect Mother’s Day is up to you! Have a happy attitude, do something for yourself, and remember just how beautiful motherhood truly is.

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Motherhood: Bringing out the Bold

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I have never had to question how my mom feels about me. What I may have referred to as helicopter parenting as a teenager, I know realize was just my mom’s love and concern for me. I remember thinking that I wouldn’t grow up to be a helicopter mom and now I look in the mirror and see a helicopter mom in the full flesh.

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Honestly though, being a helicopter mom isn’t as bad as it sounds. I like to let my daughter experience life, take risks, and even get some bruises along the way. My definition of a helicopter mom is the type of mom who wants to be involved in their child’s life. They want to hover over their lives enough to know what is going on, enough to let their child know they are interested, but far enough away to let the child learn and grow on their own. I know that isn’t everyone’s definition, but that is how I see it. [Read more…]

Do More Knowing Your Child is Safe

Ever since writing my post about my daughter’s seizures, I have had a lot of reader questions and comments about what her seizures are like and what I do to make sure that she is safe. Honestly, it is hard. I can’t be everywhere all of the time. It is a tough transition to make, after having her be a sweet baby who just wants to stay by me to a crazy toddler who wants to be everywhere, all of the time.

Something that has changed since knowing about her seizures has been my sleeping habits. They are terrible. I am a naturally a night owl, but have been trying to wake up early to be able to get some work done before my daughter wakes up. The main problem has been that I haven’t been able to go to sleep as early I wished I could because I feel like I need to stay awake until my daughter has fallen asleep. The other problem with my sleeping habits is that I wake up several times a night and worry that she has hit her head or something and have to check on her at night. This makes for a very tired mom in the morning when it is time to wake up because I have gotten a very small amount of sleep.

Thank goodness for the Levana Keera Video Monitor! It has literally changed my life! I have had such a sense of relief knowing that I can watch my daughter on the monitor, instead of having to get up and make sure everything is alright.

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