A Few Of My Favorite Things | Friday Faves

I’ve started a Friday Faves once before but I never stuck it out. So here I am trying again to to post a few of my favorite things. It’s no secret that I love to shop. I mean who doesn’t? And it’s not all glitz and glam either. Shopping just soothes my soul and getting home with lots of things to put away or having boxes arrive at your doorstop from online orders is just heaven.

This week’s list will be about a few of the things I’m using to simplify my life, whether it goes on my face, body or home… I hope you’ll be introduced to some new things and who knows? Maybe it will become one of your favorite things too. Continue reading “A Few Of My Favorite Things | Friday Faves”

Folgers Jingle Contest | Calling All Musicians

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First of all, If I tell the amount of lyrics to songs and jingles I have stored in my head you would think how is that possible? But it’s true, I can remember songs like it’s no one’s business. It’s a gift I tell ya.

In fact, one iconic jingle that comes to mind is “Best part of wakin’ up…” jingle. You can probably finish that can’t you? It’s difficult not to, it’s such a catchy tune!

This year Folgers has teamed up with country music singer-songwriter Chris Young to encourage aspiring musicians to create their own rendition of the iconic Best Part of Wakin’ Up™ Jingle.

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New Year’s Resolution | Be Here, Not There. 

Now that the New Year has rolled around we are eager to begin our “new life” with a different attitude. I’ve always written down New Year’s resolution or at least things I’d like to accomplish or start. I don’t take it too seriously which is most likely why I fail on completing the list in it’s entirety.

According to wikipedia: A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior.

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What I Miss Most About My Pre-Mom Life

The other day I joined some other moms for a mom to mom chat on Instagram . We had a really open and introspective conversation about motherhood and our pre-mom life. We were to ask a general motherhood question and the question I brought up in the chat was—

” What I miss most about my pre-mom life? “

We got some really interesting answers!

It’s not our pre-mom body (although it would be nice). It was an answer that I think a lot of moms can relate to. I say this with confidence that most moms would agree that our time is what we desperately miss about our pre-mom life.

Oh time, why did  I forsake you in my teenage years? In my early twenties!!!

George Bernard Shaw was correct when he said Youth is wasted on the young, not that I’m old or anything. I’m still in my early thirties but when I think back on all the time I had available and how sometimes I would complain about how little time I had?  So foolish. I guess we can also add that Time is wasted on the Young.

The flexibility of life of a non-parent is something that most people will only acknowledge once they have actually had children. And oh boy! It will hit you like a ton of bricks when you realize you can’t use the bathroom without an audience being present, possibly commenting.

Sure you can make time for yourself as a parent, and you definitely should but it’s just not the same. You HAVE to make time.

All of your little “freedoms” get taken away and you live for the ankle biters. My kiddo “tells” me when it’s a good time to go grocery shopping, when to shower, when to sleep or not or when to eat, when it’s a good time to make a phone call (side note: there’s never a good time to get on an important call with a toddler. EVER)

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Not because he actually has control over me but because their needs come first. In a sense he does, because if you are not sensitive to their emotions it’s going to blow up in your face. Their sleep comes first mostly because cranky babies, toddlers and children aren’t something I’d like to deal with in the middle of the supermarket or anywhere.

Yes, tantrums sometimes happens anyways. But a well-rested & well-fed child is less likely misbehave (for a period of time, probably shorter then you think). That’s where the decision making comes into play. What task/errand is most important? Is going to the market right now worth the possible tantrum? Maybe not, maybe tomorrow will be a better day or maybe you are at their golden hour (well-slept & fed). Then go on mama! Hit the road!

So when do we get time to ourselves? Technically we don’t, we can choose to not do something else and use that time for ourselves. But keep in mind you’ll just have to  A: do what you were supposed to be quicker B: Not do it all.

If you are not yet a mom or dad or is expecting for the first time, please do take some time to yourself. If you are planning on getting pregnant, this would also be a great time to the those things you’ve always wanted to sans baby. Parenthood is tough, it’s exhausting and you don’t get breaks.

Is it worth it? Of course it is. But with everything that is worth something comes a lot of sacrifice, hard work and perseverance. You have to be ready and willing to deal with the demands of tiny human beings.

I miss my pre-mom life but I wouldn’t change being a mom for anything.

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Book Recommendations:

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1.For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
2.The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
3.Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman
4.Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson
5.Motherhood Realized: An Inspiring Anthology for the Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love by Power of Moms

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Struggling to Find My Rhythm

I’ve been on a little summer break from writing on the blog. We’ve been traveling and I’ve lost my writing rhythm. I have a problem with starting things. Once I do start with a project and something goes wrong or I stop for whatever reason that project will most likely not come to fruition. Why is that? I don’t know. I guess that’s something weird about me. Mommy struggles people.

We were in Jacksonville at my parents house for a couple of weeks and once we’ve returned I’ve been focused on getting the house organized. We’re remodeling and updating the house we purchased back in the beginning of February. Slow & steady it’s coming along.  Our new appliances are in place and my kitchen is beginning to look like something I enjoy cooking in.

Then there’s the occasional “I have too much on my plate” days.

I just sit on the couch with the kiddo and watch cartoons with him. I’m in a total funk right now. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been so isolated from moving away to a new place.  I haven’t joined any class activities with my son. We haven’t decided on a church to attend or have gone to any to see if they fit our family (other than an open house for a new church that’s opening up soon).

Ultimately, I’ve been down a lot lately. I’m struggling to put myself out there. I’m in need of a village that’s not around and I simply don’t have the strength to search for one. Basically I’m digging myself a bigger hole of loneliness. There are days I have a burst of energy where I get lots done, my bullet journal has helped me through keeping track of my day to day activities. Sometimes I just don’t write in it for days at a time.

It’s not that I don’t want to write. I do! I’ve just had a lot on my mind. I’m being pulled in different directions and nothing gets written down. I have total scatter brain, some of it is still the effects of my miscarriage. Miscarriage, plus new city, no friends, and scatter brain are not a good combination.

I’ll have tons of ideas on what to write but I never get around to it. So today I decided to just let whatever is my head at this exact moment pour out of me so I can begin to feel some clarity. They said a brain dump is something you should do daily. I’m doing an emotional dump right now in the hopes it will get the writing/creative juices flowing again.

Thanks for sticking around & reading through my struggles. Have you gone through this or something similar? What did you do to get yourself out of the funk?

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Books To Read:

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1.For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
2.The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
3.Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman
4.Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson
5.Motherhood Realized: An Inspiring Anthology for the Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love by Power of Moms

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How to Entertain a Child for 30 Minutes

Being a stay at home mom has it’s perks, you don’t have to get dressed up, brush your hair or even brush your teeth if you don’t feel like it (although it’s highly recommended). You learn some tricks along the way in order to entertain your child to get certain things done (blogging, cleaning, calling your cable company) but doing those thing sometimes requires some silence of sorts. And if you have kids calling you every single minute while you are trying to do the aforementioned tasks, GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!

I’m sharing several ideas on how to entertain you children for 30 minutes.

Okay, you can say.. That’s not a long time. Yea.. it’s not BUT and that’s a big BUT we are crafty ladies and we get things done when we don’t even have that. I’m going to share 4 items that have helped me entertain my child and I hope it helps you get some time to get whatever you need done, even if it’s a nap.

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Outdoor entertainment

#1 – WATER PLAY

This is a winner at my house! It doesn’t require any fancy toy although sometimes it helps but if you have a hose and are willing to waste some water for your sanity and work to flow, then mama turn on that hose. (Make sure you don’t turn it up too strongly and it’s on the mist feature) This entertains my little guy (granted he’ll be 2.5 in a couple months) but it works wonders and he is also burning up some energy for later when it’s bedtime. WIN-WIN. Am I right or am I right? Buckets also work wonders. We also have one of those water play tables where you can put sand or whatever on one side and water in the other side. I have never used sand and just put water on both sides. He doesn’t know what it’s supposed to be. 🙂

#2 – WATERCOLORS/PAINTING/DRAWING

This could be done inside too but could potentially lead to screaming on my part. I prefer it being an outside play with my toddler. He tends to get messy and mess stays outside, unless he’s sitting right next to me. I have a large spiral bound sketchpad from a previously failed attempt at drawing, which now has purpose “his fabulous masterpieces” for his mother. We use these to color at my house, which you can find a full on review on this blog. I highly recommend them.

indoor entertainment- Great for those rainy days

#3 – PLAYDOH

Oh goodness. I took a while to introduce water play tables to my son and I have no clue why, maybe I thought he would eat it I suppose. But goodness. He can sit still on his little ikea table (that’s the only place I allow him to play with it. Don’t judge me, I don’t want too much of a mess). The table is in his room but I bring it out to the middle of our living room when I have a deadline or just need him to be entertained while I get some cleaning done. This one is also great for those rainy days, which as I write is happening right now. But he’s napping so we’ll use water play tables later cause I still have a lot of to do!

#4 – TV/IPAD

This one is not my favorite, and I held off on him watching TV for the longest time. But once he sees me bring out the water play tables, he is elated! I think that is his favorite thing outside of chocolate (he’ll do anything for chocolate, but don’t we all? HAHA) I think my son thinks he’s been rewarded when I hand him the iPad. He also loves to watch Cars and just recently got hooked on watching Jonah (VeggieTales) on amazon video.

Here’s wishing you a good luck mom or dad on entertaining your sweet angels! If you have some more ways to entertain your child please do so in the comments below! We very much need ideas.

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 Books To Read:

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1.For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
2.The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
3.Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman
4.Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson
5.Motherhood Realized: An Inspiring Anthology for the Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love by Power of Moms

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Coping With Stress Brought on by Motherhood

I don’t know when my obsession with silence started but I can only guess it was after I became a mom. I’ve never needed so much quiet time as possible as I need now. When you’re in mom mode you are in constant movement.  Saying NO for the millionth time in a row or keeping your child from electrocuting themselves is a perpetual nightmare.

When my son is napping that’s when I usually write or do something that would work out better if he wasn’t around like an important phone call. Maybe I’ll put on a movie or clean something.  But there are a few things I will not do, which are run the dishwasher or laundry (unless it’s just folding). I don’t mind certain noises, but even the sound of the AC turning on makes me want to get up and turn it off.

It gets worse when bedtime comes around. After he is down for the night, I DEFINITELY do not want to hear any noises at home. Doors opening and closing are something that truly irk me. I don’t mind having the T.V. on but it has to be a level next to impossible to hear (I usually just read the caption). I’m so paranoid that I will do something to wake Nico up that a pin drop will irritate probably.

I’m telling you this because I am truly obsessed. I haven’t run across any other moms (not personally) that obsess over noises as much as I do. It’s gotten to a point sometimes that I just feel it’s better for me to go to bed than get irritated by random noises. Could it be motherhood has caused me to go bonkers? (more bonkers than I already was?)  Being alone is also something I treasure like crazy now. I just need a few minutes to myself. Not making anyone food, not cleaning up after anyone, just me… alone… with a cellphone in hand. I know this one for sure most moms would agree on. Feels like a vacation doesn’t it? Ahhhh 5 minutes of silence and solitude.

I find peace in solitude.. truthfully I’ve never been one to enjoy crowded, loud places and I’ve determined that it’s okay for me. So tell me there is one of you out there that obsess with being left alone?  Motherhood is the toughest, most draining job there is and of course it’s rewards are incogitable but it doesn’t take away from the fact that it is HARD. De-stressing at the end of the day is necessary for every one and I hope you also have a healthy way of doing that.

We all joke about how moms are infatuated with wine. There are countless memes on the internet recounting of such tales. But I can tell you that they are true and wine is a great stress-reliever when consumed responsibly.

Having some time for meditation also is a great stress-reliever.  This one is a difficult one for me but I think it’s the most helpful. We always want to be “doing” something and having 10 minutes of silence can be a great way to re-compose ourselves. If you can go for a walk during your quiet time, even better. You can get your exercise in and clear your head at the same time.

Something else that helps me is reading books. I love buying new books and with mostly every book imaginable available at our fingertips now with online shopping, if you want to read something right now buying the kindle version of it, is just a few seconds away.  I have a few that I’ve downloaded all ranging in different topics, this way I can read something to go according to how my day went.

These are easy things we can do to make sure we remain sane throughout our journey through the very tumultuous thing they called motherhood.

I’m glad you’ve stopped by and hope I’ve given you some tips to help coping with stress. Do you have any tips for dealing with stress? Let me know in the comments below.

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Books I’m Reading & Recommend

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman

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11 Best Motherhood Quotes + Printables

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Hello Mamas!!! I love quotes (don’t we all?) and I picked a few of my favorite motherhood quotes that I hope you’ll enjoy. I’m still celebrating Mother’s Day. Motherhood is everyday and it SHOULD be celebrated daily.

Here’s to you awesome moms that give so much of yourself, till there’s none left; and you still give some more. You are an inspiration and you are love displayed.

These awesome motherhood quotes are for you.

11 Best Motherhood Quotes

“No man is poor who has a Godly mother.” Abraham Lincoln

“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” George Washington

“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” Ruyard Kipling

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“When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice? it’s a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.” Erma Bombeck

“There is nothing as sincere as a mother’s kiss.” Saleem Sharma

“The best place to cry is on a mother’s arms.” Jodi Picoult

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.” Maya Angelou

RELATED: MOTHER’S DAY STRING ART TUTORIAL

“There never has been, nor will there ever be, anything quite so special as the love between a mother and a son.” Unknown

“A boy is Truth with dirt on it’s face, Beauty with a cut on its finger, Wisdom with bubble gum in its hair,and the Hope of the future with a frog in its pocket.” Unknown

“No language can express the power, and beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother’s love. It shrinks not where man cowers, and grows stronger where man faints, and over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star.” Edwin Hubbell Chapin

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” Rajneesh

 
Did you enjoy these? I hope it has brought a smile to your face.
Do you have any special mom quotes you love? Share them in the comments below, and I’ll write a second post with the best ones!

Looking for more inspirational quotes, check out
365 Days of Motherhood: Inspirational Quotes for Moms (365 Days of Happiness)

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