Sunday, October 19, 2014

He Turns 8 Months Old

I think I blinked, because Little M turned eight months old last Friday.  With his growing belly and personality, this boy is changing every day.

Little M continues to devour solids.  He eats twice a day and is practicing picking up puffs with his fingers.  I'm not sure why he won't bring them to his mouth, because he has no problem sticking everything else in his mouth.

He's starting to do better on his tummy.  He'll even sleeps on it.  Though he already knew how to roll from back to belly, he recently learned to roll from belly to back.  He's also able to hold his chest off the ground.  And he can sit unsupported for a few seconds.

Recently, Little M's physical therapist did a mini evaluation on him.  Though he is right on track with oral and fine motor skills, he is still well behind in his gross motor skills, performing at about a 4 - 5 month old.

Little M has one tooth and another is on it's way.  Teething hasn't been terrible, but we have had a couple rough hours, allowing me to cuddle and snuggle with him.

Ready to see Little M's growth?  Goodness, he has come a long way!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Baby Hat Island {Review and Giveaway}

Disclosure:  I wrote this post on behalf of Baby Hat Island and received a promotional item to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding Baby Hat Island and the crown are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

Big C has changed her mind about what she wants to be for Halloween several times.  First it was a pirate, then robot, gum ball fairy, dinosaur and then she finally settled on Cinderella.  So of course I changed my mind on how I would dress up Little M.

Here's a little sneak peak of Little M's final Halloween costume.  Can you guess what he will be?


Jennifer, from Baby Hat Island, created this adorable crown for Little M.  Baby Hat Island was inspired by Jennifer's first child.  And her Etsy shop began to grow as customers requested specific items.  Jennifer loves to keep her customers satisfied with her beautiful creations!

We were more than satisfied with Little M's crown.  I was a little nervous, because Little M has a big head for his age, but it fit him perfectly.  The quality and workmanship of the hat is more than I could ask for.  And obviously Little M loves it too!

Other items that you will find from Baby Hat Island include summer hats and totes, animal hats (which would make really cute costumes too), flower hair clips and dresses for girls, fun fleece hats for boys, and more!  Baby Hat Island also takes custom orders, which is what I selected for Little M.

You can purchase the same crown Little M has for $15.99 at Baby Hat Island or choose from a variety of other products for your baby, toddler or child.  Be sure to stay connected to Baby Hat Island on Facebook for all the latest products and deals!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Brave Girls Bible Stories {Review and Giveaway}

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Tommy Nelson and received promotional items to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding Tommy Nelson and the Brave Girls Bible Stories are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

I can not remember when I didn't know Jesus.  My whole life I've been blessed to have a relationship with him.  Through adulthood, I feel like it's only deepened.  I want my children to know the word from the very beginning, too.  And I want them to never remember a time when they didn't know Jesus.  But I've been having trouble explaining to Big C in ways she can understand it.  The Brave Girl's Bible Stories has made this so much easier!

The Brave Girl's Bible Stories is a new brand that teaches girls about the Bible and growing into godly women of character.  It focuses on important lessons from more then 30 women of the Bible. Girls will learn Bible stories along five modern day brave girls who are just like them.

Big C is really enjoying this book.  She pretends to be one of the characters each night.  And I can tell she can relate to each one.  I love that her knowledge of the word is growing day by day.  And that this book is teaching her to stand firm in her faith.


The Tommy Nelson team wants to share a little more insight into what Brave Girls is all about! Check out their special letter just for you!

Dear Parents,

If you have a daughter, you know that the deepest desire of any parent’s heart is to see
her happy, confident, and most importantly, deeply aware of God’s love for her. For her
to know how courageous and strong she can be, and that God has a plan to use her life for
good!

Strong, confident girls and women are making a splash in pop culture. From Disney’s
Merida in Brave to Veronica Roth’s Katniss in The Hunger Games, girls are taking their
place as the heroes of the story, and rightfully so!

Women have been a crucial part of God’s story for generations, and the Bible is full of
brave girls whom God used to make a difference. Ephesians 3:20 tells us, “With God’s
power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or think of.
To Him be the glory!”

We are overjoyed to tell you about a new brand making its debut this September that we
hope will speak these truths to your daughters’ hearts, Tommy Nelson’s Brave Girls!
Brave Girls Bible Stories, the first book from the new brand, will help girls grow in their
knowledge of the Bible and in their faith. Your daughters will get to know our Brave
Girls – Hope, Gracie, Glory, Faith, and Honor – five modern-day friends – as they
journey through the Bible together.

The girls are each very different, but they all love Jesus and love each other. Readers will
find parts of themselves in each of the five Brave Girls as they share their strengths –from
sports to fashion – and struggles, including making new friends and working through
dyslexia.

As the Brave Girls narrate, readers will learn such valuable truths from more than thirty
women in the Bible who dared to follow God.

Sincerely,

The Tommy Nelson Team

You can purchase the same book Big C reviewed for $16.99 from TommyNelson.com or choose from a variety of other faith products.  Stay connected with Tommy Nelson on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest for all their latest products, updates and giveaways.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

His Plan Is Perfect

I feel like this whole year God has been shaking me to trust in His plan.  But for some reason, I keep focusing on my own plans . . .
birth plans
breastfeeding plans
day to day life with an infant and toddler plans
and now our move to Florida plans

It's true, our family was planning on moving back to Florida after we searched out areas to live on our summer vacation.  I was initially very torn between where we live now in Colorado and moving back to Florida.  I desperately want to be close to family, not only for support in raising our kiddos, but I don't want to miss out on another wedding, birthday, dance recital, baptism, holiday or just giving support to family and friends when they need it.

But I also don't want to give up our community or home in Colorado.  This Florida girl has learned to embrace the seasons (most of the time) and found a church that our family can call home.  We have so many family friendly activities near by that I do something educational and fun with my children almost everyday.  And I've gained some meaningful friendships that I would truly miss.

But we decided to go all in, put our house up for sale and move home.  However, the house still sits unsold. And all our plans came to a halt.  Not knowing when and having to trust God with His plans has been challenging for me.  I almost wanted to hold back, stay still and not really live just in case it was time to move.

I've decided to try to take in as much as I can while we are still here.  And since October is my favorite month in Colorado, we started with taking in God's breath-taking views of the Fall leaves.


We my husband is currently finishing the basement.  Once that is complete, we will put the house back on the market.  Not knowing when we'll be moving is hard.  Even in the little things, like planning my daughter's birthday.  A December birthday party in Colorado is very different then a December birthday in Florida.

But God's plan is perfect . . .

As for God, his way is perfect: the Lord's word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. Psalm 18:30


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Nuby Icy Bite Teether Keys and All Natural Pacifier and Teether Wipes Set {Review}

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Nuby and received a promotional item to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding Nuby and the Icy Bite Teether and Wipes are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

Little M loves putting everything in his mouth that he can get his hands on.  So I knew the Nuby Icy Bite would feel great on his little gums.


The Icy Bite Teether relieves the discomfort of sore and tender gums.  Something Little M definitely needs right now with a tooth popping in!  What's great about the teether is that the purICE gel stays cooler longer then just water.  It's very easy to hold for tiny hands and has lots of fun textures.  The teether is also BPA free!

This teether also comes with All Natural Pacifier and Teether Wipes which are perfect, because Little M is no stranger to dropping things on the floor.  The package comes with 48 vanilla milk scented wipes which will naturally clean pacifiers, teethers, bottles, cups and toys.

You can purchase the same teether and wipes Little M has from TJ Maxx!  Don't forget to stay connected with Nuby on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all their latest products, updates and giveaways!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Judging Mama

My mom always told me I was such a good baby, good child and good teenager.  She says she never had trouble with me.  And I was such a good girl. She is constantly reminding me of what a good mom I am.  But the truth is, she's the good amazing mom.

(Before I continue, don't worry, you didn't forget.  It's not Mother's Day.)

My mom's love is so unconditional.  I'm so sure there were times that I did things that my mom didn't approve of.  I couldn't have possibly been perfect.  But my mom's love for me is.

And as I became a mom to my babies, my mom's love still never fails me.  Not only does she remind me that I'm a good mom, she never ever judges my decisions as one.  Something, that I'm sure all moms feel, or have felt, is judgement.

Judgement from
other moms
neighbors
friends
parents
siblings
teachers
and on
and on
and on

But not my mama.  In every situation she's never even hinted that she would do it differently.  That she didn't approve of how we raise our babies.  She never has to say "I told you so" or "you should have listened to me."  Because she never says it in the first place.

She's an encourager.  She let's me make my own parenting mistakes.  She never steps in except to pray, or to hug, or to cry with me.  In my hardest decisions, she never tells me which choice is better. She knows that it's my choice, my babies.

Okay, maybe they aren't my babies.  They're God's.  He placed them in our lives because HE KNOWS that our qualities, love and parenting style is a perfect fit.  HE KNOWS that Big C is super sensitive like her mommy.  And that Little M needs comforting hugs and holds that fit perfectly in my arms.  HE KNOWS that we are their perfect fit.

I want to be like my mommy.  I want to drop the judgements of other moms because they do it differently.  And who really cares if the neighbor let's their kid suck their thumb until he's 10?  Or that mom in the playgroup clothe diapers or uses disposables.
Or disciplines differently then me.
Or she takes her kids to Mickey D's every Friday night or she cooks from scratch.
Or she gives a pacifier or she doesn't.
Or she rocks her babies to sleep.
Or she co-sleeps.

God gave her the mothering qualities, character and love that her children need.  So why do I judge her?  I'm challenging myself to be an encourager instead of a judger.  More sympathetic and remind myself, I don't know the whole story.

Will you join me?




Sunday, September 21, 2014

Lilla Rose Hair Jewelry {Review and Giveaway}

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Lilla Rose Independent Consultant, Tara.  All views and opinions regarding Lilla Rose and their hair jewelry are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

When I had a little girl, I expected her to be very, well, girly.  I thought she would be into baby dolls, barbies, and pretty clothes.  She ended up being more into balls, cars and trains.  But the one thing she's grown to love, is dress up and hair accessories.  She didn't always have long hair, but she always figured out how to make her hair pretty.  We recently discovered a new line of hair products called Lilla Rose.

The Lilla Rose product line features unique, functional and beautifully made hair jewelry.  These hair accessories include hair clips, sticks, hairbands and bobby pins, as well as, you pins and badge holders.

Big C was so excited to receive a Soaring Butterfly Flexi Hair Clip from our Lilla Rose consultant, Tara.  Her beautiful clip dresses up any outfit.  Once I put it on, she danced and twirled around showing off her clip to everyone!


The Flexi Hair Clip truly is awesome.  No matter what your age, hair type or how you wear your hair, there is a clip that's perfect for you.  You can check out this video to see what clip works best for you or your little one.  Ordering from Lilla Rose is super easy too.  Check out the steps below to get started.


Another reason we love Lilla Rose Hair Jewelry is because they want all customers to be 100% satisfied with their product.  If you pick the wrong size or just not in love with what you picked, you can send it back or exchange it at no cost to you.

You can purchase the same clip Big C received for $11 at lillarose.biz/tarajean or choose from a variety of other hair accessories.  Stay connected with Tara, consultant of Lilla Rose for all the latest products, sales and events, through her newsletter and Facebook.

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