Sep 20, 2017

It's Hard To Talk About What Makes Being A Mom Hard

The other day I read a post about a Mom sharing her story about Motherhood. There are of course, hundreds of thousands of these posts out there but here's why this one struck me as different. It not only was brutally honest about the ups and downs of being a Mom, a job which is truly one of the hardest I've ever had, but the constant state of having anxiety over every. little. thing.

Here's the gut wrenching truth out motherhood and what makes it so hard- it's the unknown. It's that fear that keeps you up at night. It could be a behavior change, a medical challenge or for me right now, the fear that my almost 5 month old is learning to roll over and will get stuck in the middle of the night. I mean, unless you have a PhD after your name and are delivering bills of health, your efforts  may feel helpless.

Are you in that boat? Feeling like it's just hard to get out there and speak up of those fears? I'm right there with you friend. I'm listening and hugging you tight. This motherhood thing is tough. It's confusing. It's scary. It's down right scary at times because we don't know.

Those words that hang above- "It'll always work out" is so true but our wish that it will work out. Many of my friends that are Mom's understand the struggle, the "I've been down that road too and always asked for help", the 2am conversations of anger, frustration and no sleep, the grab another cup of coffee because your three-nager didn't listen and threw a huge temper tantrum in front of the entire Target shopper  in aisle 5. We all go through it.

Right now as I'm tying this, I'm actually up earlier than my kids and husband and trying to just take in the morning before the chaos comes around again. We'll have our up days and our down days. We'll keep going through it before routine kicks in. For now, I just wanted to share that if you are also going through something like this, you're not alone.

Do you hear me? You, are not alone.
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Sep 18, 2017

Making Snack Time Fun With Teddy Soft Baked Snacks

This post was sponsored by Nabisco as part of an Integrated Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

For the last few weeks, my three and a half year old has loved playing tea party. She sets up all of her stuffed animals in her playroom, grabs her tea set and begins to pour generous cups of 'water' to her toys. But what about snacks? Lately, I've been trying to think of a healthier snack but also something that will keep her interest.

While shopping at Walmart in the cracker aisle the other day, I found TEDDY SOFT BAKED Snacks! They looked perfect for our tea time party! TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks are fun to eat anytime but especially in the company of other friends. Plus this snack gets the mom-approval from me because they are made with quality ingredients like milk and eggs; they have no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors, and no artificial colors!

Lily couldn't wait to dive into these tasty snacks ( chocolate is our love language you know )  and I loved watching her enjoy our sweet treats together. The best part is, we don't always have to enjoy them just playing tea party! We even decided to take our little get together outside and enjoy it in our backyard together. These snacks are the best for outdoor fun or busy Mom's on the go like myself! You can just grab them and throw them in your purse, a pouch or hold onto them while you walk around the neighborhood together.

Did you hear that there is even a sweepstakes going on for you to win various gift cards to Walmart and purchase your own TEDDY SOFT BACKED Filled Snacks! Who wouldn't want to enjoy that friends! I-C will randomly select 14 winners from all program entries and will facilitate fulfillment of winning prizes.

Nabisco Snacktime Sweepstakes

Who also wouldn't want to keep making snack time fun while your little ones are still, well, little! Keep them enjoying those moments ( especially when it includes a delicious, tasty and cute snack likeTEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks! Don't forget to check out your favorite snacks on their website, Twitter and Facebook to keep up with all the new fun ways to enjoy your new favorite on the go snack
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Sep 15, 2017

How To Make Your Own Reusable Back To School Sign!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MomentsShineWithWindex #CollectiveBias

The summer months have flown by and already we’re thinking about heading back to school soon! Believe me when I say it's not something that comes lightly with my first born starting Pre-K! I'm sorry, where did my little newborn go and all of a sudden she's ready for school. As exciting as it is, I'm already that Mom that wants to document every moment of this milestone so I wanted to create a Back To School Sign.

I've seen so many parents creating them but I don't want to keep making them year after year so I thought why not make it easier on myself ( and my crying, impatient "JUST TAKE MY PICTURE MOM!" child ) and make an easy dry erase frame to write and wipe away!

I found everything I needed at my local Kroger. In fact, right now you can purchase 2 Windex® products and get $20 to shop at Shutterfly® ! The offer is valid from  7/15/17 – 12/1/17. Visit here for terms and conditions. Do you want to know how to make your own reusable back to school sign? Here's how I made it!

Picture Frame
Dry Erase Marker
WindexⓇ Original Glass Cleaner

1. Create your Back to School Sign in Word
2. Print out your sign on 8 x 11 paper
3. Fit your sign into the picture frame
4. Once the sign is secure in the frame, wipe down any excess fingerprints with Windex® Original Glass Cleaner! We use this cleaner all the time to get rid of fingerprints and unwanted dust and dirt, plus it's always streak free which we love! I also love using the Windex® Vinegar Multi-Surface Cleaner on other surfaces for a fresh, clean scent every time!
5. Using the magic marker, fill in your child's information such as their name, grade, their teacher’s name and what they want to be when they grow up.

6. Take a picture! Don't forget to capture the moment on film and the best part is, you just need to wipe off your child's answers each year and re-write them!

This just makes my life so much easier and I love that I can use it for when my son gets older and heads off to school as well ( cue the tears ) ! I know it'll never get easier as my children continue to get older but at least I can keep these memories alive with an easy Reusable sign. Who knows, maybe I'll keep it and continue using it for grandchildren in 20 years!

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