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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Old Glory Berry Pie

Hope you all had a wonderful Independence Day Celebration! I shared a picture of this delicious pie I baked for the special day and had so many requests for the recipe. So weather you’re feeling ‘Murica everyday or want to change it up and decorate the top with whatever you like, try it out and let me know how you liked it. Trust me this pie was super easy and not a Pinterest fail!

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Charcoal Diy Review

DIY Charcoal Face Peel and Teeth Scrub

For my joint monthly blog my friend Krystan and I are doing a product review. Rather than purchase we decided to so something “diy”from our pinterest boards. Lately I have seen a lot of Charcoal peels trending so we thought we would give it a try to make our own. Since I had quite a bit of charcoal and not many reasons to use it, we decided to give the Charcoal Teeth Whitening scrub a try as well. I was surprised how easy each of these were to make, since,I don’t know why, but I thought it would be a lot of work, and the self pampering was fun too! Here is my review of each and click HERE to see Krystan’s review of each as well.

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Holiday Season

Christmas.It always take me a while to jump right into the Christmas spirit. It sneaks up on me. One minute I’m back to school shopping and the next there are Christmas decorations everywhere.

These past several years we have taken a day trip right before Christmas and go to the mountains in Boone NC, get some Christmas shopping done and enjoy the beautiful sights. Last year we decided we would add getting our Christmas tree in the mountains as well and we hope to make it a Christmas tradition every year (You can read about it here: New Christmas Traditions) This year we actually added an extra day and spent Thanksgiving in the mountains as well. And to really get into the Christmas spirit we got pictures with Santa and our tree the very next day. We came back home with our tree and  were ready to start our Holiday season. I am pretty sure there are only around 10 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas because I was supposed to post this once we got back and now Christmas is only 2 days away!

So, finally, here are the pictures from our trip.

Thanksgiving Feast at Dan’l Boone Inn


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This has been a favorite breakfast stop for us these past few years and their Thanksgiving dinner was so good! All you can eat from Turkey, to Salisbury Steak to Pumpkin Pie. The only con was because it was Thanksgiving day there was a minimum 2 hour wait. But I kept the kids entertained while Brandon held a spot for us so it was still worth the wait.

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My 3 favorite people.

Picking our Tree at Corneett-Deal Tree Farm

Unfortunately the place we went last year for our tree was not open this year. But they did recommend Cornett-Deal Tree Farm to us. They take you on a hayride up the mountain and let you wonder through and pick your tree. Once you come down from the mountain, they have your tree shaken and load it for you. They also serve free hot chocolate and Cider and have all kind of wreaths and other Christmas items for sale.

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Hayride to the top of the mountain

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Looking for the perfect Tree

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“This one Mom”

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Found the Perfect tree

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Family, what matters most.

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All ready to go!

Mast General Store


On the way home we always have to stop at one of our favorite stores. The Mast General Store to get some Old Fashion Candy. The kids love filling their buckets with candy.boone123411225boone

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Picking out candy

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All ready to go

Meeting Santa


This is our 3rd year meeting Santa at the Boone Mall. The people there are great and always take time with Jonas and Bristol. The photographer asked me if we had come before and said she remembered Bristol’s picture from last year. They used it on their advertisement screen and she remembered it was pretty hilarious. Well at least Miss Bristol knows how to make an impact!

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Hope you enjoyed this post and reading about our little family and very full life. Hope you have a Merry Christmas. ❤

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be kind.

Just some short morning coffee thoughts.

I don’t know why but this short saying keeps sticking in my mind lately,

Be Kind. 

One thing that began to make me think about kindness was an acquaintance of mine from high school, passed away a few months ago at the young age of 26. I would love to say I knew her well but unfortunately we hadn’t seen each other in years. There was the occasional “Like” on Facebook and the very distant way we keep up with our friends on social media. When someone asked me what kind of person she was, the one thing that I remember saying about her was that she was kind. So very kind. There was just a sweet and loving spirit about her. It sounds so plain and not very descriptive, but there was a way she was was, she was just genuinely kind to those around her.She had a loving, gentle way with people. She was kind. It made me think.  I wonder would I  be considered a kind person? Would my children remember me as a kind mother?

 Kind, the word seems so simple. The act of kindness isn’t so simple. At times it’s so much easier to get upset and lash out or over speak and forget to be kind and show love towards people.

 

Definition – KIND  
of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person:
a kind and loving person.
mild, benign, benignant, gentle, tender, compassionate. Kind, gracious,kindhearted, kindly imply a sympathetic attitude toward others, and willingness to do good or give pleasure. Kind implies a deep-seated characteristic shown either habitually or on occasion by considerate behavior: a kind father.

I want to strive everyday to be kind. I want to be compassionate. I want to have a willingness to do good. I want a sympathetic attitude towards others. I want my children to see that kindness and in turn be kind to those around them.Something as simple as kindness can have an effect on people, just as it did to me.

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