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How to Enjoy Being a Stay at Home Mom -That’s What She Said #LinkUp #TWSS

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What have you been doing right lately?

TWSS: Rosa Parks- Never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right!

I am a stay at home mom.  When the boys were first born, I remember being asked by their pediatrician, “What do you do?” I found myself responding, “I’m a teacher. I teach preschool.”  It was my second nature response. It was my identity. For so long that was my response, I am a teacher. I quickly corrected myself, I was a teacher but I chose to take sometime away from my job as a teacher to be a stay at home mom.  

I can honestly say that making the choice and deciding to be a mom who does not work outside the home, was one of the best decisions I had ever made. That’s not to say my days are easy.  No days are easy in motherhood, whether you work or stay home.  Motherhood, life, is messy.

But deciding to be a stay at home mom is something I have done RIGHT lately. 

I’ve learned a few things along this stay at home mom journey so far. I thought I would share with you a few tips for how to enjoy being a stay at home mom…

How to Enjoy Being a Stay at Home Mom

Find Something for You
What is something that you love? That gives you a little extra? Something besides being a mama. Something that feels RIGHT.  For me it is this blog.  While it is a struggle to find the time, to make the time, I am always happy when I do.  Because when I do, I feel refreshed and happy and proud.

Get Ready for the Day
While it can be so easy to throw your hair up in a pony tail and stay in the same pajamas you slept in, I assure you it will feel better to shower, get dressed, and yes even put some makeup on.  Now I know this might not be realistic every day, but try.  And don’t do it for anyone but you.  Not your friend, not your husband, not your children. For you.  Blow your hair dry, throw on some mascara, maybe a little blush, take a deep breath and be proud that you got ready for the day.

Get Out There
Do something fun outside of the house with your children. Something together! The boys and I take swim classes each week… well, the boys are the ones learning to swim, but Matt and I get in the pool with them.  Just to clarify, I do know how to swim!  Our swim lessons are something we all look forward to each week.  So Mama, get out there.  It doesn’t need to be that organized as taking a class or lesson together.  You could go to story time at a local library or  go to the zoo.  Join a playgroup. Anything! I am a firm believer in getting out of the house, it makes EVERYONE happier, makes everyone feel right.  I am also a firm believer in making memories together. Memories that your child will have with YOU in them!

Find Mom Friends like You
Motherhood is hard, you need a village. It helps if at least part of that village is of moms who think like you; who share you thoughts on parenting.  It helps to be able to have mom friends to bounce ideas off of, to ask for help or suggestions.  Trust me, find your like-minded village and hang on to them!

Embrace the Mess
I wrote a whole post about my struggle with this, you can read it here. This was a harder one for me to grasp, but boy is it an important one.  Because at more than one point in time, I can guarantee life will be messy, and guess what? That is ok.  It is right for things to be messy.  There is no such thing as perfect; you’re not the perfect mom, you don’t have the perfect, clean, tidy house, dinner is gourmet, looking like Curtis Stone prepared it himself.  Maybe it will. And kudos to you.  But maybe it won’t, and kudos to you too.

Drink Wine
Or beer, or whiskey, or eat some ice cream, or get a pedicure.  Wine is my reward at the end of a day.  What’s yours? Because after a long day of changing diapers, picking up the same toys no less than 35 times, making breakfast, lunch, and dinner, attempting to get a workout in, maybe paying a bill or two, giving baths, hugging, kissing, and loving your babies…. trust me you deserve a glass of wine, a shot of whiskey… or maybe two!

Look at Your Children
And I truly mean look; physically look at them, stare at them! Memorize their chubby cheeks, their perfect nose, their little mouth, the way they scrunch their eyes when they smile. Ignore the dog fur on the floor, the dust bunnies need some friends anyway, and stare at your precious babies. As the play, as they sleep, as they sit quietly for those few minutes. Take those few minutes each day and just be in awe of them. This will make you feel right.

Remember Time Flies
The phrase time flies when you’re having fun has NEVER been more true in my life. I work hard to savor every moment; to take time to gawk and be in awe of my babies. But somehow, time still flies, somehow in the blink of an eye my babies are growing and changing and slowly not being baby babies anymore.  So when you are struggling, when your day is particularly long or hard or tiring, ora all of the above… take a minute to remind yourself that what seems so long and hard and tiring will be over in the blink of an eye. Everything really is just a phase. So enjoy it!

Have I forgotten anything in my list of how to enjoy being a stay at home mom? Are you a stay at home mom? What do you do to feel right about it all?

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#TWSS: Sometimes you just have to put on lipgloss and pretend to be psyched.- Mindy Kaling

 

 

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Springtime Cake Batter Blondies

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Springtime is right around the corner! Or if you are like me and live in Arizona, springtime feels like it has already arrived.  These springtime cake batter blondies are the perfect spring treat! They are not only delicious and super easy to make, but the colorful sprinkles are the perfect springtime pop of color! These springtime cake batter blondies are an easy, tasty, treat

Ready to see just how easy these Springtime Cake Batter Blondies are to make??

Ingredients

1 box yellow cake mix
1/4 cup canola oil

1 large egg
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup sprinkles
1 cup white chocolate chips

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350F degrees.  
Spray 11×7 baking pan with non-stick spray.
Combine cake mix, canola oil, egg, and milk into a large bowl. 
Mix ingredients together.
The cake batter will be dense and thick, almost dough like. This is OK!! Don’t panic, I included a photo below.Springtime Cake Batter Blondies
Mix in the sprinkles and white chocolate chips.
Pour into prepared baking pan.
Bake for 25 minutes until the edges are light brown.
The center might seem doughy, but that’s ok.
Allow the blondies to cool for 30 minutes so the center can set!
Cut and ENJOY!

 

These springtime cake batter blondies are an easy, tasty, treat
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VeggieTales Noah’s Ark DVD Review and #Giveaway #sp

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Do you have any VeggieTales fans in your house?? Then I have some exciting news for you today!!!

For the first time in more than 4 years, VeggieTales in releasing a NEW Bible themed movie. Noah’s Ark is packed with adventure, silly songs, and important lessons in trusting God. Starring Wayne Brady and Jaci Velasquez, along with Larry the Cucumber, Bob the Tomato and a whole crew of Veggies, Noah’s Ark will be availableMarch 3 on DVD and digital download.

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I was lucky enough to receive a DVD early to watch and share with our sweet boys!! The boys loved the visuals of the movie; filled with happy faces.  And we couldn’t get enough of the catchy music!

And if we are being honest, we have not stopped singing “The Best Things Come in Twos” since watching it. We may have also added our own lyrics to include the names of our twin boys in the song. 

It can be challenging for children to comprehend the stories of the Bible.  Therefore one thing I love about VeggieTales in that it allows them to understand lessons that they may have otherwise missed.  I also love how VeggieTales makes it easy to enjoy a movie or show that shares valuable life lessons and quality fun!

I found myself smiling and laughing along with the movie.  I loved that the Ark is shaped like an orange slice.  And some of my favorite animals? The cute little pigs named Bacon and Pork Chop.  

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Veggie Tales Noah’s Ark will be available for purchase on March 3, 2015. A few weeks after the DVD and digital download release of Noah’s Ark, the VeggieTales excitement continues when five ALL-NEW episodes of VeggieTales In The House, the hit animated series, debut exclusively on Netflix

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To learn more about NOAH’S ARK, and to pre-order the DVD, visit the official VeggieTales website. I was given a copy of the DVD to review and share my thoughts with my readers. All opinions are my own.  Media images from GraceHill Media.

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3 Reasons Why You Should RUN to See McFarland USA {Movie Review}

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I had the opportunity to see a screening of Disney’s McFarland USA earlier this week and I left the theater feeling inspired!  It is without a doubt one of the most heart-warming movies I have seen lately.  Trust me, you need to RUN to the nearest theater and see McFarland USA.  I promise you will not be disappointed.

Here is part of the movie synopsis from Disney:
“Based on the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.”

Must-see, right? Not convinced yet??

Well, here are three reasons why you should RUN to see McFarland USA

3 reasons why you should RUN to see McFarland USA - A movie review

1. You will leave feeling inspired… maybe even with the desire to run a mile or two.
I cannot say this enough!! The guts, grit, and determination of this unlikely group of runners is 100% up-lifting.  The movie stuck with me the rest of the night, and all through the next day. The tenacity of these young men will leave you feeling like you too could get up and run! Their strength and teamwork is something to strive for in your life.

2. These families work hard, but love harder.
I was astonished by the work ethic of the parents and children in this movie.  Their unwavering commitment to their job as “pickers” is unlike anything I have seen.  Living in AZ there are many stereotypes for the Hispanic community; this movie blew past those lines and created a community of like-minded people. A place to call home based on the love of one another rather than race.

3. You will laugh, and cry, and laugh again.
The movie is funny! I found myself chuckling under my breath at moments and at other times laughing out loud with everyone in the theater.  The characters of this film are relatable.  You love them and care for them.  When you see them face defeat and struggles; you feel their pain and your eyes fill with tears for them. But within moments, I promise you will be giggling again.

Bonus… good, clean, age appropriate romance.
I know, I know, I said THREE and here I am sharing a four! But I felt like this observation could not be left out. There is a minor plot line that involves a love story.  And it was a breath of fresh air to witness such an age-appropriate love.  There was no kissing between the young couple, just some hand holding.  I really appreciated the realistic representation of love. It was refreshing to see two young high school children in an innocent relationship with one another.

This movie is a MUST see! Ask my friends and family, I have not stopped talking about just how much I loved it since getting home from the theater.  Now don’t walk, but RUN to see McFarland USA now playing in theaters!

 

Images provided by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. I attended a screening of McFarland USA to share this review.

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Say Yes… #TWSS #TinaFey

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This month's quote

 

Say YES & You'll Figure IT Out Afterwards

Saying yes has always been my nature.  I was raised by the most self-less person I know.  My mother was, and still is, the epitome of saying yes and figuring it out later. She was constantly saying yes to everyone and everything around her. I am grateful to have inherited this ability from her… mostly.

Keep Calm and just say Yes

Saying yes can be hard.  We all know how busy life is when you are just getting by; between laundry, and cooking dinner, juggling family and friends; it is hard to squeeze in anything else.  It is hard to say yes.  But in my opinion it is also important. 

Saying yes, being present, that is my love language.  

Sometimes I question my sanity when it comes to this desire to say yes.  When I look at my week ahead and see it filled to the max; I question my sanity.  When I struggle to start a load of wash because I know I will have to run out the door in 15 minutes; I question my sanity. When I am exhausted and feeling particularly haggard,I question my sanity.

But then I remind myself how lucky I am to have a busy week ahead of me. To have friends to meet for lunch, sisters to meet for coffee, Bunco to play, dinner to cook for a friend in need, volunteering to be done, and events worth celebrating.  I am lucky.  I am lucky to have all of that busy-ness.  I am lucky to be able to say YES!Accept What People Offer

I am a people pleaser.  I want to make others happy.  I want to be happy myself! Life is a balancing act of giving and taking. Of accepting yourself and others where you are in your life. Of saying yes and figuring it out later.

 

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Tips to Start Running Again

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I recently started running. Again, for the second time. After taking a year off from running, I was excited to hit the pavement again. Well that is I was excited until I actually started running again.  

I forgot that running was hard.  It is hard to start over.  It is hard to go back to square one.  I forgot what it felt like to feel winded after running a mile.  I forgot how proud it made me too to accomplish running a 5K. It was nice to start over. To remember how much I love to run, even when its hard and ugly.  

tips to start running again

 

Today I thought I would share with you a couple of tips to start running again.  Just a few things that I learned along the way!

1. Start off slow.
I would suggest using a training plan to follow.  The Couch to 5K is one I really love.  I have always been a fan of the walk/run model; particularly when you are starting from the beginning. 

2. Don’t worry about your speed.
Start off and stick to a slow pace where you would be able to have a conversation if you were running with a friend. Try not to pay too much attention to your pace per mile.  Just be proud that you are out there running at all. 

3. Spice things up with cross training.
Build your endurance by taking a break from running and do something else.  Swimming or riding a bike are great options.  Go to a Pilates class or do some yoga at home. These in between cross training days are a great way to work on your endurance without adding mileage.  Remember we are taking things slow to avoid getting injured!

4. Remember you are starting from the beginning.
Don’t get discouraged! I know how hard it can to not think about past running experience but try not to.  Set smaller goals allowing yourself to meet these stepping stone goals.  

5. Have the right “stuff”.
If you have taken a break from running, make sure your running shoes still have mileage left in them! Make sure you have appropriate clothing and accessories. Have you upgraded your phone during your break from running? If so you might need a new armband!

Have you ever taken a break from running, or your favorite from of exercise? What are you tips to start running again? Share them with us in the comments!

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