Oh to be 14 again. Man, and have that 6 pack again. Now my 6 pack looks like a pony keg. I have some great memories from that age. I was just starting high school and thought I was so cool. My best friend Kelsey […]
The other day my toddler brought me her cereal bar asking me to open it. I told her I wouldn’t and that if she was hungry she could finish the food she left at the table with two bites missing. Instantly the pouty lip forms with a shoulder heaving induced sigh. Multiple times. Tiny feet stomped back towards the pantry and were immediately followed with glares and angered mumbling. I helped her climb back up to the table and sit down to enjoy her meal. I acknowledged her spite and explained that the attitude needed to change. There are children in our own neighborhood that aren’t as fortunate to have such lavish meals. So remember to say thank you. A big smile came across her rounded face with a big ‘K, thanks’ and face stuffing.
I won’t tell people how to raise their kids but if I’m asked for advice I will lend it. If I feel a child is in an unsafe environment or situation, yes I will intervene. But there are some lessons we all should need to be teaching our children.
1.) Please and thank you go a long way: My not even 2 year old knows how to use these properly and I see grown adults that feel it’s beneath them almost.
2.) Gratitude in it’s true form collects more positive for your life: If you put positive into the world you almost always get it back. Like Grandma says, “Honey collects more flies than vinegar.”
3.) There’s no I in Team: We’re mammals and we like to be in communities. Watch a group of kindergarten children and you’ll learn how easy it is to work together.
4.) Not everyone will always agree: Your child may not agree to bath time but that’s fine. You either compromise and say then you get one when you wake up or you find a new solution. Mom usually wins, unless it’s against a 2 year old.
5.) Be you: You are you and that’s beautiful. Don’t let anyone change that. But if my teenage girl comes walking out dressed like a showgirl for school you can bet I’m making her change!
6.) Do what you love so you love what you do: Now if you want to be a showgirl fine but try and make it so you’re working with a magician. Perks are you learn the tricks and no one to compete with. Plus mama wants to know where they dissappear to.
7.) There is evil in the world: The sooner you learn to handle it the better off your life will be. Jealousy will bring you down if you let it. Like T. Swift says, shake it off.
8.) No one knows everything: Except your mom. ALWAYS listen to your mother! And clean behind your ears.
9.) Don’t fear a challenge: Like your favorite football player, run and never let anyone bring you down.
10.) Be open to new things: While today you may hate bananas, tomorrow I bet you’ll love them with some peanut butter and jelly. Or even sushi (mama won’t ever let you know she hates veggies).
The other day my twitter went “tweet” so yea, I jumped off my booty and in a breath stealing sprint (jog) I picked up my phone as if it were the Holy Grail. Now you’re in suspense, you want to know from whom I received a tweet. Well it was my dear friend Joanna over at Motherhood and Merlot letting me know I am a weiner, um I mean winner. Naturally I started prancing around like a Unicorn because I can and deserved it. I clicked on the link and wouldn’t ya know? She sent me (big booming movie voice)
THE BLOGGING SISTERHOOD AWARD
which is wonderful. I enjoy these because it’s great to help other bloggers and readers connect. Plus you get to learn new things about your favorite readers. In it is a list of fun questions for us to answer. Hope you enjoy!
1. If you had one day to spend doing whatever you wanted with whomever you wanted, what would that look like? My daughter and I would spend it shopping with the woman she was named after, Audrey Hepburn.
2. What is the most memorable place you have ever visited? Japan is at the top of the list. I was an exchange student through the Rotary International group. I stayed there for 3 weeks and then had two people fly back with me.
3. Share the most recent picture (or one of the most recent) on your phone and tell the story behind it.
4. Who is one blogger that you really look up to and/or that has taught you a lot about blogging? Ashley at The Crazy Life of Smashley has become not only my mentor (she thinks that’s a horrible title and would prefer dinosaur enthusiast) but a very dear friend of mine. We talk daily about EVERYTHING in life. She’s helped me to find my voice in writing and pushed me to write for other sites.
5. When did you start blogging and why? Actually, I started blogging almost a year ago. Only it was so overwhelming to handle because I had NO CLUE what I was doing. So I decided to take a break. Then I was fortunate enough to meet other bloggers and that was my push to get back into the writing world. The original reason I started was for my sanity. Being a stay at home mom with no friends who were in my boat was driving me bonkers. I thought that if I wrote a blog about it, maybe I’d be able to connect with others. Then I began to realize that my boat is more like a cruise liner. There are a lot of parents who stay home and feel like they have no help or answers.
6. Do you have any siblings? Share something special about your relationship with them. If not, share something about a relationship you have with someone who is like family to you. I actually am an only child. But my parents have always called our pets my siblings. So I’m the oldest and we got my first sister, Micki (half golden retriever, half cocker spaniel) when I was 2. She thought we were liter mates. Then came Scruffy when I was 6. I begged my parents for a cat, even though my dad is allergic and I am now too, I wanted one so bad. We found the saddest little kitten at the shelter. He didn’t even look like a cat, just like a giant ball of fluff. He grew up to be a fat jerk. But he was my fat jerk. I loved that he liked to hide and attack my dad’s ankles when he walked by. Plus he let me carry him like a baby wrapped in my blanket. Then came the favorite child, Molly. She’s not exactly all there in the head. She was severely abused the first few months of her life until she was rescued and then adopted by us. She acts a lot like Eeyore and has fluff for brains. My mom calls her the special girl. Honestly, she is the favorite child. Molly doesn’t get told no.
7. Do you have a secret hobby or passion? I wouldn’t call it a secret but I love doing crafts. Always have my entire life. It worked out well enough to start my own business.
8. Because this was so spot on for me, I want to know what your spirit animal is! Take the quiz and share it with us. How did the results match you? I got the Eagle… Little surprised until I read the description. Haha, ego boost?
9. What is one of your favorite quotes? “I believe happy girls are the prettiest!” -Audrey Hepburn
10. What’s your favorite thing to drink, no matter what time of day it is? If it’s wine, there is no judgment 😉 It’s dependent on my mood or meal but it will be either beer or wine… Now I think it’s time to crack a beer since I’m sitting by the lake writing.
Here are the rules:
1. Link to the person who nominated you.
2. Add the award logo.
3. Answer the questions your nominator has asked.
4. Nominate 7 other blogs and let them know via comments.
5. Ask your nominees 10 questions.
1. Any reasoning behind your kid’s names?
2. What is your current addiction whether food or other?
3. Are you a Disney character? I am Cinderella fo sho!
4. How long have you been writing?
5. Coffee or tea? And how do you take it?
6. If you could go anywhere, all expenses paid for 3 weeks, where would it be?
7. What is your favorite post you’ve ever wrote to date?
8. I have a crippling fear of dolls and clowns. What is your weird fear?
9. Favorite quote?
10. What was your favorite poster hanging on your wall growing up?
Alright, hit me with your best shot!
First time moms are PARANOID! I was so scared to bring our daughter home from the hospital. I made people not only wash like crazy but then smother themselves in sanitizer. I wasn’t going to risk anything for her. I also barely slept in between feedings because I was always jumping up to see if she was breathing. Does she have a fever? She sneezed, call the doctor she has the flu. Like I said, paranoid.
Recently I found out about this new product called the Baby Check. It’s currently in a Kickstarter phase, trying to get enough funding to go into manufacturing for sales but wow. This thing is AMAZING! I really wish I had this when my daughter was a new born It would have eased so much stress. So, how does it work you ask? Well, sit down and let mama tell you all about it.
How It Works:
When your child is sick we all know you’ll be checking up on your little one all throughout the day and night. The hassle with taking multiple measurements and trusting a good thermometer has become something we’ve all just accepted these days… not anymore. The Baby Check Monitor reads and records in time allowing temperature to trend as long as it’s in use, meaning more hands free and some parent sanity. With its adjustable, medical grade fabric band made to softly hug the arm, it’s not only safe for extended periods of use, but also hypoallergenic. Using the most current Bluetooth technology it requires no wires, plugs or additional equipment. Simply strap the band to the upper inner arm of the child, sync to your smart device and done.
If you’re worried about those days or nights of fever spikes, not a problem. The Baby Check app has an alarm feature where you can set a max temperature and the app will notify you when it’s reached. Got twins? Not an issue as the Baby Check App can sync and record multiple monitors at the same time, offerring in app customization to distinguish between your loving babies.
When done, simply disconnect the device from your phone. All data will be stored in the app to show your doctor, or for review later. When returning to use the device, give it a shake to wake it from sleep mode (a mode created to prevent battery consumption when not in use) and Baby Check is ready to go. Messy kids, spills or sickness is not an issue as the device is completely removable allowing a quick wash of the band (wash machine safe) and its ready to use again.
Really, aren’t you just in awe right now? The product will be launching in June of 2015. You can help them and get ahead of the pack to get yours. You can check it out at their site or on their Kickstarter page.
Baby Check is a child temperature and position monitoring wearable that works with your iOS and Android devices. With Baby Check you can monitor your child’s temperature and position while sleeping, or during play. You can link multiple devices, set alarms for temperature spikes or notifications, and even record medication doses within the app and reminders of when its ok to give another dose.