Thursday, November 19, 2015

Mommy Time Out

In our household, timeouts apply to everyone.  Like a toddler tantrum, I have grown up mommy ones.  Exhaustion causes whining and irritability.  A messy house bring on the frustration.  Being overly "busy" produces harsh words and a mean tone.  These are my triggers and the bad mommy signs that I need a time out.

A little bit ago there was a mix of triggers which resulted in a full blown tantrum and luckily my husband called for time out!  He knew I needed a time out, the kids knew, God knew.  Why do I think that I can function like that?  Without needing to be refreshed.  Without taking time to myself to do something frivolous, unproductive, and completely just for ME.  

On this particular week we had planned a family day, but because the boys happened to be sick, he pushed my little lady and I out of the house for a special girls day.  A day that may have been so simple but one we both will cherish.

I love that man.  A time out away from the house, the chores, work, taking care of everyone. She was so excited, she insisted we get dressed up [because it was a girls day] and went to see the Peanuts.  Every mom and daughter we say at the mall, she would say hey they're having a girls day too!!  We went shopping together and tried on clothes.  Yes we did end up getting matching vests.  This girl cracks me up!  

I let her pick our fancy restaurant.... Chick Fil A and we had a blast for hours. 

I came back to reality feeling so refreshed and ready to tackle the world.  It's as if God knew as well how bottled up I was because the following day's Bible study was spot on talking about my struggles.  That Thursday I cried.  Feeling like a failure as a mom to my very aggressive little man not knowing how to deal with his behavior.  It felt so nice to be encouraged and just let it out. 

I'm no super mom or super wife.  I have a breaking point.  I'm human.  And in those times when I get so overwhelmed, physically and mentally exhausted I call for a time out.  A time out to simply be with God and dig into a good Bible study.  A time out to do something I love like craft or write.  A time out to spend time with just the girls no kids. A time out just for myself.  

Being a parent is no easy job.  It's exhausting raising those little humans.  Sometimes the least selfish thing you can do is to take a time out so you can be the mom or dad that you need to be. Do you ever take a time out?

Really appreciate you stopping by!  Until next time.



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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Knit Together Boutique Giveaway

There is nothing I love more than an adorable head band or head wrap on a little girl!  Getting the little lady all dolled up with her hair done, a cute outfit, and all the accessories is what makes having a little girl so fun!  She wears it well with all that sass. 

Cookie Fuzell from Knit Together Botique is the talented friend who makes these adorable head wraps.  I just love the name of her shop because it comes from knowing that we were "knit together" by God in our own special way as it says in Psalms 139:13-14. 

Her talent is across the board and she makes each item special.  She crochets adorable beanie's, blankets, sews kimonos for little girls.  Check out her Etsy shop HERE or follow her on Instagram.  The fox beanie is calling my name!  Her stuff is adorable for the little ones but I have to admit I want some for me too.  I just love this wrap.


Or maybe this one!  And now that it's the holiday's there are also holiday themed wraps in the shop. 

She also makes accessories for little men.  A crochet beard to keep them warm, beanies, and little scarfs.

How perfect is this foe winter?


And yes I am one of those mom's who loves when the kiddos match.  She's so silly and he's obviously not amused by the tickles. 



Want one of these cute items for your kiddos?  Well, we are giving one away!  All you have to do is leave a comment with your email telling me what your favorite thing about winter is.  That's it!  Bonus entry for sharing this giveaway on any other social media site.  Just leave a comment with the link. 
 

Be sure to check out all those cute items in Cookies Shop HERE

Stay warm friends.  Until next time,



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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Number One Meal Prep Tip

If you know me, you know I'm a little wack-o about prep.  I'll save you from my crazy rant about meal prep and move on to my number one tip about preparing food.  

Here it is... 

JUST DO IT!

Yup it's really that simple.  Just do it.  And let me expand.  Whenever you cook something, just do it, double the recipe and make a batch.  One to freeze and one to eat.  One for lunch and one for dinner.  Pancakes for the week instead of just for the day.  Get the idea?! 

If you're already going to make the mess, why not save yourself the hassle of cooking and dishes for another night?  When I make breakfast, I do a weeks worth.  I make a huge stack of pancakes, or cook up 8 eggs for cheese eggs, a big batch of omelets, 8 jars of overnight oats.  I say go big or go home. 

Then I place them in my little containers, stack them in the fridge and every morning in 30 seconds the kiddos have a nice stack of pancakes to go with their fruit.  


And these take and toss bowls with the lids are the perfect size for meal prep breakfasts, snacks, and fruit.  They only cost 3 bucks and are perfect!!  

Here's a bonus tip.  If you want to know how to make the perfect silver dollar pancake, use a tablespoon!  You get the perfect sized, uniform pancake every single time. 

You have to admit, everything is so much more adorable as a mini.  

Happy eating! 


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