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October 6, 2016

Reading to Your Kids At Night is Good For You Both

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Does reading to your child really matter? Is there any value for mom? Absolutely! Reading can be beneficial for both mom and child. Read below to find out how.

  1.  Enforces wind-down time. Engaging in quiet activities with your child before bed helps to transition them from a rigorous day to a quiet and restful night. Reading to them in low tones and a soothing voice are great ways to help your little ones decompress and prepare for sleep. It also helps you to unwind from a stressful day and relax with your little one. The sooner they can wind down, the sooner you can relax!
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Online Grocery Shopping, My Secret Obsession

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Grocery shopping has become the bane of my existence! From my kids asking for everything they see, to me gasping at my check-out bill, to us all lugging countless grocery bags into the house, this standing Saturday chore is anything but fun. My life changed when I discovered online grocery shopping and I wondered, why didn’t I think of it sooner?  Peapod happens to deliver to my area and I am happy to share some of the amazing benefits of online grocery shopping with you.

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Praying With One Eye Open: Taking My Kids to Church

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The thought of taking my little ones to church sometimes seems like a scary undertaking! Every Sunday I find myself wondering, will I make it out alive? Or will this be the day they finally sit perfectly still like the kids on TV? Not a chance! At least not yet. The last time I took them was an adventure, to say the least. Let me set the scene.  The kids are fine and dandy while the choir sings, but quiet moments send a chill through my spine. Something about the quieter segments trigger my 2 year-old to launch endless chatter, belting out a series of babbles and ruckus laughter. I spend these moments vigorously shushing him and convincing him to sit back down in the pew. I am only halfway able to follow along with the congregational hymn.

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Recipe: Savory Chili For Moms that Love Flavor

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As we head into autumn, we look towards yummy, hot meals that keep our family happy and satisfied. Need something that makes a wonderful leftover? Try this savory recipe. You probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen already.

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Words of Affirmation, From Mother to Daughter

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Affirmation is essential. At 4 years old, my daughter is a sponge. She’s soaking up the world around her and downloading long-lasting thoughts onto her miniature mental hard-drive. At this age, her slate is still clean and impressionable. It is my duty as her mother to help shape her confidence and esteem with sugar and honey before she is influenced by the world’s salt and vinegar. When she needs to travel back to her innermost happy place, my words are the ones that will resonate in her mind. She will repeat my words for a lifetime. Knowing this power I have as a mother, I intentionally feed her verbal love notes and affirmations on a daily basis.

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Showing My Daughter What Love Looks Like

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From an early age, children learn the phrase “I love you.” Most likely they hear this phrase before they can talk, and long before they can even begin to decipher the complexities of its meaning.  At some point, they begin to repeat it back to you and even learn to use it in appropriate contexts. Over time, they slowly pull back the layers and uncover the depth of its definition. As they wrestle with the intricacies of this simple phrase, its important to show your child what love means so that they develop a compass early in life.  I know that one day my little children will grow into adults and seek love in their own relationships. Therefore, I strive to show them bits of our love language to help foster their own definition at an early age. There are several ways through which I intentionally showcase our love:

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7 Autumn Activities For Your Family to Enjoy!

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It’s that time again, my favorite time of the year. Autumn. When the world changes from beautiful greens, yellows and pinks to reds, oranges and browns. I can pull out my warm sweaters, dig up my cute fall boots, and rock my trendy jackets. As my favorite fall shows re-emerge, I can sit in front of the fireplace and relax with my glass of wine. But what about the kids? I can’t just simply tell them to go and play outside anymore, like during the summer when the days stretched on and on. As the weather gets colder and the days shorter, I’ve learned to love and appreciate activities for this season. Here are several autumn activities you can enjoy with your family.

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Mommy List: 10 Reasons Why I’m Cranky Today

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Why am I so cranky today?  Hmmm, let me list the reasons.

  1. I didn’t sleep well. For some odd and mysterious reason, my children morphed back into newborns and determined that being up during the night was much more ideal than sleeping. Can I take a nap?
  2. I cooked dinner and no one ate. You’d think because I dragged myself to the grocery story, slaved over a hot stove and spent all evening in the kitchen that my kids would appreciate my yummy new recipe. Well think again! My teenager turned up his nose, my 4 year-old only wanted cheeseburgers, and my toddler found it way more amusing to fling all of his dinner onto the floor.
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How You Can Redefine Your Identity After Motherhood

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After school, marriage, family, and career (and not necessarily in that order), what’s next? You’ve basically gotten where you said you would be, and all the big-ticket events are in the past. So what now? Does your identity need a new definition?  What awaits around the corner? Do you get caught up in the doldrums of parenthood and repeat the same routine over and over? Do you just mindlessly follow that blueprint of life that you and your family are accustomed to?  If you often find yourself wondering, “what now?” it is a good time to reevaluate some things and make some moves.

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How I Feel About Parental Advice From Non-Parents

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No Kids? Giving Parental Advice? Please stop!

We’ve all heard the advice before. “It’s easy, all you have to do is,”…. “she would sleep through the night if you just,”…. “he wouldn’t act that way if you simply….” Unsolicited advice from kid-less people that have no idea what its like to be a mom 24/7. Are these tidbits of advice mere speculation? Have they just pulled them out the sky? Sure, they have may have babysat recently or remembered what strategy worked 20 years ago on their baby brother. But until they have a child of their own, and deal with the day in and day out exhaustion of being a parent, they will truly never understand my struggle.

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Mommy List: 12 Household Mysteries I Can’t Figure Out

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If scientists could uncover these 12 mysteries, that’ll be great.

  1. The Great Sock Debate.  Like really. How do so many socks go missing?  Like, hundreds each year?  It’s a mystery that doesn’t even statistically add up. How do so many mates somehow lose their loved-ones in my dryer?  There have been many published theories over the years as to what actually happens to them, from sock-eating monsters to mysterious lint traps.  Perhaps they get sucked out the dryer vent at high speeds, lifted into the air and get stuck on a tree branch?  I’m all out of ideas and its getting out of hand.
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Back to Work After Maternity Leave: Then Vs Now

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My thoughts on the first day of work back from maternity leave:

It’s my first day back to work after maternity leave, and I can’t believe I made it without dying from emotional pain! Oh God it hurts! My little poopsie’s first day at daycare!  He’s probably scared and wondering where I am. Honey, I’m right here! I hope he can hear me. Oh I feel so guilty for leaving him in a strange place! Has he pooped yet? I hope they are holding his bottle right.  He will only drink it if its held at 60 degrees. I need to call them and explain the angle thing! Hmm, are their voices too loud?  He’ll only fall asleep if they are speaking slightly above a whisper. Let me call and let them know!

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