Body Size is Not up for Discussion

Recently Adele has been making headlines due to her latest viral Instagram post, showing her “dramatic” weight loss. Many headlines included click-bait titles encouraging viewers to look at the difference with how much she has lost.

When I saw the articles come up on my feed I immediately went to the comments, as I do with the majority of these kinds of topics, curious about what others’ thoughts were. This was a mistake. What I thought was a non-newsworthy article had become, unfortunately, a hot topic of discussion…

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Play House Makeover

When I saw this playhouse on my local Facebook market place for dirt cheap I knew I had to pick it up and give it a makeover for my daughter.

I’d seen several cute makeovers on Pinterest that looked simple yet fun. Here are a few of the ideas that inspired me.

My husband began by sanding it down completely and painting it a bright white for siding and matte black for the roof using flat exterior paint.

Links to paint below

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To the Mom with the Baby

Whether I’m around my Mom group friends or in the “Mom blogger space” online, lately I’ve felt a little out of sorts. Most of my mom friends have babies or toddlers, while mine are 10 and 5 and fairly independent. Recently someone said to me, “I’ll be coming to you for advice when mine is that age” and I can assure you, that comment unsettled me as I have no idea what I’m doing either, But I do have something to I’d like to share with Mothers of babies and little ones.

This past Fall my youngest started Kindergarten. And very suddenly I felt empty nested. I realized I wasn’t needed as much as before and at some point, I won’t be needed much at all. I became very aware that we are only needed for this for a short time in their life and that’s it. These little humans are off to a world of possibilities and you, who once were their all, are now just a supporter and there when needed. I know for some of you this may seem dramatic. After all they come home after school and parenting is just as hand on as ever and are still really young. I’m not completely empty nested yet, But it made me realize how short this time is we have.

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Ode to Myself

Learn to be okay with continually discovering yourself.

For 2019, I didn’t set any New Year’s resolutions. Although I did try to be more focused on figuring out who I was. For years I felt like I suffered from some kind of identity crisis. Many things are factors for that (I’ll leave that for therapy) but the short of it is: I let fear control my life. Many of the things I wanted with my life I stopped myself from doing, because of fear. The result of this, was feeling like I had no identity. I didn’t allow myself to live. Staying comfortably complacent was my life. In 2019 that began to change.

As my therapist and I reflected on the past year, I had this moment of awareness where it hit me, “Wow… I really did all that?!”. I felt really proud of myself.

I am writing this post as a way to “pay Ode to myself” for the challenges and the changes I embraced in 2019. For the first time in my life I’m discovering who I want to be and what I want with my life. It may have taken a while but I begin to peel back the layers of fear and see some of the things I wanted for myself. This past year was one of most life changing years of my life. Some of these changes many of you already know about but somethings I haven’t talked about publicly. As I pay ode to myself, I am happy to share my journey through 2019 with you.

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Our Jonas Paul Experience

Recently we had the joy of working with Jonas Paul Eye wear. If you have little ones in glasses you know what fun it can be picking out and trying on different frames. Being that Bristol has been in glasses since she was 4 months old, we have had a lot of trouble finding frames that fit well. After dealing with issues like driving an hour to try on frames then having to order online and bring them somewhere to get the prescription filled, the idea of trying on the frames in the comfort of our home sounded wonderful. Plus the frames looked adorable and I’m partial to all things with the name Jonas. Having a Jonas of my own. 🙂 Read on to read about our experience and check out https://jonaspauleyewear.com/ if you’re interested in purchasing any eyewear for your little one.

First we ordered the kit online. You can choose black or tortoise for the home kit. The frames in the kit are really just so you can get an idea of the fit and shape so later you can order whichever color you want of that frame.

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Ways I get my Children to Eat

We have all been there. You make a meal and scoop a few veggies onto your child’s plate and you feel in the pit of your stomach the dread you see on their face. Will they actually eat it? Bristol, my 4 year old is never predictable. You could make her the same meal 2 days in a row, the first day she eats it all up and the second day she acts like you poisoned it. The full on tears and gagging make me feel a little insane. Jonas is older so you’d think by now he would have figured this out. He will sit at the table forever with a chewed pile of mixed meat and veggies piled in the side of his cheek. I realized how desperate I have become to make them eat more veggies when I was thinking of the many ways we have gotten through dinner. Here are just a few,

*Please note, I do not recommend any of these ideas. These are desperate attempts from a “winging it Mama” This is an advisory to parents to know what NOT to do! 😀

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