Being a new mom is wonderful, exhilarating, breathtaking. It’s also exhausting, draining, and overwhelming. And you swing through these seeming paradoxes on a moment by moment basis which ads to the crazy of it all even more! That’s why I think that it’s *so* crucial for all new moms to make sure that they don’t let their spiritual walk slide during this time of life–which is just oh SO easy to do! Here are 3 sweet gifts to help Moms feed their spirit when they need it most!
|Legalese Disclosure Nonsense: I was provided with the oh so darling Crayon Roll from Country Baby Etsy Shop and the uber cute book is affiliate linked to Amazon–all great “don’t forget” tips, pictures and thoughts are , as always, my own!|
Becoming a big brother or sister is hard work–especially if you’re not the “baby” of the family anymore! Having mom be preoccupied with a new little one can be hard on toddlers and preschoolers, and seeing them get all the toys and gifts doesn’t help matters!
Because of this I always try to include a Big Brother/Big Sister gift anytime I go to a baby shower! It definitely doesn’t have to cost a lot or be extravagant–just a little something to let the older child know they’re loved will be super appreciated by everyone! Here are my favorite Big Brother Big Sister Gift Ideas!
|Legalese Disclosure Nonsense: I was provided with a pack of BabyGanics Hand and Face wipes to clean off Tyler’s adorable yet always dirty face. All amazingly clever ideas, pictures, and messy babies are my own|
Today’s gift idea of giving a Mama’s Emergency Kit is super practical and super fun!! I had the most amazing MOPs group in Boston and they always had the most clever, practical crafts–this is one of the ones we made and it has come in handy *so* many times since then! It’s small enough to stick into your purse or leave in your car glove box.
I tried to find where they printed off this beyond cute insert for the baggy but couldn’t find it–you could easily make one for yourself using PicMonkey and free stock people or if I get enough interest I’ll create a new, downloadable one–so let me know if you’d like me to!
|Leagalese Disclosure Nonsense: Woot woot, we’re being given tickets to attend LEGO®Kid Fest 2013, how cool is that? Read on to see how you can come too!|
Being super sentimental I still have a ton of the toys that I grew up with. I kept them over the years and now that Amber and Tyler are getting to be old enough to play with them I’ve been gladly opening up the boxes and passing them along.
Hubby has never been as sentimental as me, so he has almost none of his childhood toys left–with one exception. Him and his brother’s biggest love all through the childhood (and way into being teenagers) was playing with LEGO® sets! Their parents still have this HUGE plastic tub filled with thousands of LEGO® Men, Horses, Ships, and Bricks! Recently while she was babysitting for me my Mom in Law hauled it out and let Amber and Tyler go to town! Here is the picture she texted me, haha!
|Legalese Disclosure Nonsense: I was provided with the steal your breath gorgeous Origami Owl Locket and gift certificate so that I could bring you this awesomesauce Baby Shower Idea. All pictures, gushing, charm ideas, and cute baby toes are my own.|
I don’t know if it’s just me but it seems like every time I turn around another friend is announcing their pregnancy or the birth of their baby. While this makes me totally happy (and distracted–there’s nothing like an album of maternity or newborn pics on FB to totally derail an hour of planned work, haha) it also means that there is a steady flow of baby and baby shower gifts that need buying!
While registries are always a good idea and tiny outfits are hard to resist sometimes it’s nice to break out of the footie pj box and get a new, useful baby gift that will stand out from the crowd–so for the next five days I’ll be bringing you Five Unique Baby Shower Gifts You’re Overlooking!
Legalese Disclosure Nonsense: Matchbox® is so awesome that they hooked up with MomSelect to spread the word by sponsoring my blog post about their epic Heroes Wanted Sweepstakes! All dirt roads, wishing for the days when I was 6, ridiculously cute hero kiddos, and over emphatic exclamation points are my own!
Some toys are just instant classics that have lasted through the years–I love buying toys for Amber and Tyler that me and my brothers and sister loved playing with!
One of these are Matchbox® cars. My brother had tons of them–like all little boys should! I definitely got in on the action too, however! My favorite memory of playing with Matchbox cars is when we’d go out to my Grandma’s house, beyond the fence, into the sand. We’d build up a whole city and roads for the cars to drive around in and play for hours! Now Tyler is into all and everything with wheels–so now I’m slowly building up a Matchbox® car collection for him!
|Firemen are favorite Super Heroes in our house!!|
Here in Texas it’s about to get hot—really hot. And that means that soon my staple wardrobe of jeans and a loose, comfy t-shirt or blouse with boots isn’t really going to cut it any more. No in the 100 degree 100% humidity days of Texas a tank top and shorts are the only way to cut it. In fact we’re planning on going to a big pool & volleyball party at Bob’s uncles place in the middle of June (not to mention all the zoo trips, splash park adventures, etc that we’ll be doing/attending during the summer).
|My “before” picture taken last week|
|Look at those cute, eczema free legs!!|
Easy Fish Fillets With Mango Salsa
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Disclosure Nonsense: I was given the same awesome sauce prize items included in my oh so lovely giveaway. All obessions, great recipe creations, and awesomesauce photos are my own! As always the way to my heart is through my tummy–but only if the food is good!
Today is National Licorice Day! I bet you didn’t know that! Unless you’re a really hard core Red Vine fan, that is! Licorice always makes me think back to childhood road trips. My mom would always bring along a package and we’d snack on it on the way to where ever we were off to-usually camping, fishing, or a wrestling tournament!
Now I love passing on the joy to my own kiddos–and the red vines have been a big hit with them. Even “Princess Belle” really enjoyed the new Natural Vines® I have to admit that I snuck a few and I like them even better than the original! They’re very soft and sweetly chewy–yum!!
Here are some fun Licorice Day facts for you!
1) More than 30,000 tons of Red Vines® are made each year—or more than 400,000 miles of licorice—enough to wrap around the Earth more than 16 times!
2) In 2011, U.S. licorice sales topped $359 million, a 6.56 percent increase from the year before. It is part of the non-chocolate candy market, which had total sales of $6.87 billion.
3) Black licorice is 50 times sweeter than sugar, and derives its botanical name from the Greek words meaning “sweet root.”
4) Celebrities love Red Vines! Ryan Gosling, Snoop Dogg, Joshua Jackson, Jennette McCurdy and Magic Johnson are all fans of the classic licorice brand. Betty White even credits them with keeping her 91 years young.
5) American Licorice Company has been producing in the San Francisco Bay Area for 33 years, and its Union City, Calif., factory values process before automation: The old press that delivers the dough to the first floor is still there, the second floor cook room has large kettles that fill the dough into the old large spiral ovens before being checked for quality and packaged. It also has production facilities in La Porte, Ind.
Happy Munching!! Remember you can pick up a package of Red Vines®, Snaps®, Sour Punch®, Super Ropes® and Natural Vines® candy pretty much anywhere candy is sold!!
Do You Love Licorice? Tell me your favorite Licorice memory!
Legalese Disclosure Nonsense: I was sent the packages pictured so I could celebrate National Licorice Day to it’s full potential–yes, lucky me–I get candy in the mail, it always makes me happy!! But all sweet princesses, candy induced memories and close up tasty shots are my own!