Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Nailed it!

I am not a very creative person.  I wish I was, but I wasn't given that gift.  That doesn't stop me from constantly pinning awesome ideas on Pinterest.  And sometimes, I even try to recreate them.  Try being the key word here.

I thought it would be fun to take some Easter pictures of the baby.  I found one that looked super easy and I thought for sure I could pull it off.  I totally nailed it!  Or not.

What Pinterest projects have you nailed?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

I Think My Kids Are Allergic To Florida

It's been a rough couple of weeks.  The time change, the pollen and the heat has hit us all at once. Little M has adjusted to the time change okay, but I can't say the same for Big C.  The sun doesn't go down at bed time any more and she has a hard time falling asleep with the sun shining.  I think it's time to invest in a black out shade.  She's been waking up much later which puts a dent in Little M's routine.  Whatever that is.  Ha!

A couple of weeks ago, Big C woke up with big, puffy eyes.  I had no idea what it was and took her to the doc as soon as I could.  The doctor took one look at her and knew it was a pollen allergy. Despite the eye drops she was given, her symptoms grew worse and she ended up with a sever bloody nose.  Once again, we headed back to the doctor.  Now she is on oral medication and she seems to be improving.

Little M, on the other hand, started to produce a bumpy rash all over his face.  I thought he had a milk allergy, because that was the only thing we changed in his diet.  I switched back to formula for a bit, but no change.  Then I realized it was a heat rash.  So we've turned up the a/c and have been keeping him out of the sun.  It's definitely improving.  But now I think he's teething.  Sigh!

It's so hard to watch your children in pain or uncomfortable.  I wish I could take it all away.  I've definitely been lifting them up in prayer a little more, lately.  And asking God for direction.  I should probably do that more often.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Whatever Wanda Children's Book {Review and Giveaway}

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Propeller Consulting, LLC and received a promotional item to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding Propeller Consulting and Whatever Wanda are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

Do you ever hear your children say something and wonder where they learned it from?  And then you realize, they learned it from you?  That's what happened to me when my daughter started saying, "whatever."  I didn't realize how disrespectful it sounded until she said it to me.  We remind each other, often, that it's not very polite to say.

When I showed Big C the new book we were reviewing, Whatever Wanda, she promptly said, "That's not nice to say."  So we popped open the book to learn a beautiful lesson.

Little Miss Wanda is in need of an attitude adjustment.  She doesn't want to join her family at the Rubber Duck Days Festival.  When she arrives, she refuses to join in any events or play with her friends.  She soon receives some helpful advice, that sometimes you have to believe something will be great before it actually is.  And that being positive is a choice.

The author, Christy Ziglar, is not only a financial planner and mother of twins.  But she is also the niece of the world's original optimist, Zig Ziglar!  Christy brings wisdom and advice to a younger audience through her Shine Bright Kids picture book series.  The beautiful pictures are illustrated by Paige Billin-Frye who has illustrated numerous amounts of children's books.  You can find other titles of the Shine Bright Kids series here.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Henry Hodges Needs a Friend {Review and Giveaway}

Disclosure:  I wrote this post on behalf of Tommy Nelson and received a promotional item to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding Tommy Nelson are my and were not influenced by other sources.

I selected this book with Big C in mind.  I thought she would be so excited.  Turns out, she wanted nothing to do with it because it had a boy on the cover.  Really, Big C?!  So I began sharing the story with Little M.  Even though Little M didn't understand a word I was saying, he was certainly enjoying the pictures.

Later on, Big C finally agreed to let me read the book to her.  And you know what?  She loved it!  I knew she would.  It's fun and encouraging story about a special friendship.  If your child has ever felt alone or left out, this book is a great reminder that friendship comes in many different forms.
Henry Hodges Needs a Friend is about a little boy who learns to find friendship with a special pet. The book is told in a fun rhyming way with cute pictures.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Change In Plans

Since moving back to Florida, we've been exploring areas we've never been before or revisiting them with our kids.  This past weekend, we headed to Plant City to check out the Strawberry Festival for the first time.  But unfortunately, the thirty percent chance of rain, turned into an all day splash zone.

We were pretty disappointed but decided to make the best of it.  My alma mater was just up the road.  As a Pre-K education graduate, I remembered a children's museum we visited close by.  So, I thought that would be a fun, dry place to take the kiddos.  

We played in the "neighborhood" where Big C pretended to be a firefighter.

These two flew the plane!

And Little M took over the news station.

These were just a few of the highlights from the museum.  After the rain died down a bit, we drove past my college so I could show my family where studied, lived and created so many memories.  I couldn't believe all that had changed and all that had stayed the same.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Blessings In Unexpected Places

Ever hear those stories about a mom having a terrible, no good day, when a complete stranger walks up to her and tells what a great job she's doing?  Yeah, that's never happened to me.  The part about the stranger compliment, that is.  Until tonight.

It has been a super looooong day because my little guy decided to wake at 5am and not go back to sleep.  Someone tell me where his alarm clock is, because I need to turn that sucker off.  This mama wants her sleep back.

Anyway, it was someone's brilliant idea to take two over exhausted children and a hangry mommy out to dinner.  When my daughter threw a fit in the restaurant because, basically, I wouldn't let her have sugar on top of her sugar.  There was no calming her down, so I was the mom carrying the screaming child across the restaurant and out the door.

We sat and talked until the last tear fell.  From her cheek, not mine.  Though I felt like I should have been the one crying.  We took a detour to the bathroom. As we headed out, a sweet lady stopped to say, "good job, mom."  That's all I needed to hear.

Because sometimes, it doesn't feel like I'm doing a good job.  There are more times then not that I go to bed thinking I should of handled that differently.  But not today.  Thank you lady in the restaurant bathroom.  Whoever you are.

Her sweet words were just the blessing I needed today.  And the $4.00 coupon she gave us for dinner was pretty sweet, too!

Go ahead!  Let's hear how you were blessed today!

Monday, February 23, 2015

A Rockstar Birthday

It didn't surprise me that Little M's birthday fell on Random Acts of Kindness Day.  It's like it was meant to be, with all the people who treated us with kindness.  Kindness that I could never say thank you enough or repay, but only pay it forward.  His birthday will always remind me of the love we received at such a crazy time.

Little M has rocked it since the day my water broke.  He stayed strong in mommy's belly for almost a month longer.  So it's only fitting that we celebrate his birthday the way he deserves . . . like a rockstar!

The above photo was taken on his actual birthday.  We celebrated with a family and friends over the weekend.  Which could not have been complete without a smash cake, decorated with his favorite snack, puffs.

And a few outtakes that had me laughing so hard.

Happy birthday to the little boy who keeps me guessing, laughing and crying.  I love you with all my heart!  Rock on!