In Bella, Motherhood, Uncategorized on
October 16, 2017

5 Tips for Taming Toddler Tantrums

 

 

Parenting is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’ve said it many times and gosh as time passes I seem to get worse at it, or does my child get worse? Just kidding is a mix. Totally kidding now! Parenting is hard and if you are a parent I don’t have to tell you that, but you will also agree that is the most rewarding thing you have ever done and will ever do!

Totally kidding now! Parenting is hard and if you are a parent I don’t have to tell you that, but you will also agree that is the most rewarding thing you have ever done and will ever do!

Parenting is hard and if you are a parent I don’t have to tell you that, but you will also agree that is the most rewarding thing you will ever do!

In most things in life with practice you get better but in parenting is different, every child is different and every stage is different.

Before having Bella I read my share of parenting books, I understood it all, or so I thought and was ready to put it in practice when she was born.  was gifted the most precious girl, with a huge heart and a personality just as big. I often joke that she will be a boss wherever she goes, she will dictate an army and still be their best friend, all of this meaning that my child is hard-headed, though I prefer strong-willed, sounds better right?!

And then, I was gifted the most precious girl, with a huge heart and a personality just as big. I often joke that she will be a boss wherever she goes, she will dictate an army and still be their best friend, all of this meaning that my child as hard-headed as they come. Though I prefer strong-willed, sounds better right?!

But if she is “strong-willed”  I’m even worse so it brings out a very ugly side of me which I had to learn to keep in check.

I had to learn that she is only 2, she may act, talk and walk like a teen but she is only 2 years old and there are ways to handle her tantrums without it becoming a battlefield.

I will share a few things that have worked for us but remember every child is different so what worked for me may not work for you.

Learning to deal with a tantrum

  1. First I prayed and prayed a lot. I had to understand I make mistakes and that I had to change first! I also had to realize that I caused more chaos to her chaotic 2 minutes by screaming or telling her she was going to go to time out rather than being the calm in the storm.
  2. Give them time. I’m not going to tell you to count to 10 because that definitely doesn’t work, at least for me. During the tantrum I ignore it, I gently ask her to stop and if she refuses to listen and ignores it I just let it happen. This is her time. Just like we need 5 minutes every once in a while, this is theirs.
  3. Let them explain, if possible. Remember they cant use words to describe what they are feeling. Bella has been talking for a while and will usually be able to tell me what’s going on, so after her “little session” I ask her to use her words to tell me what she wants or doesn’t want.
  4. Do follow through. This has been the biggest changer for us. If I warned her with a timeout and she didn’t do what I asked, after the crying stops and grab her, sit her in time and tell her why.
  5. Lastly, don’t talk too much. Why? Usually, before actually sitting her in time out I would tell her what she should have done and go on and on (and on) about how I wish she had acted (well hello, she is only two) and ended up distracting her from the actual incident.

I hope these tips will help you or at least give you a good belly laugh as I may be doing it all wrong, but this is what has helped us thus far. You can find more tips and how to apply them to your family by signing up to Boys Town email series. Boys Town (also for girls) believes that every family belongs together and every community deserves to thrive so they have created an email series just for you. These series will help you apply their teachings to your situation with tools and tips.

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October 2, 2017

Nothing Comes Before My McCafé:  A weekend with the everyday

 

This post is sponsored by McDonald’s, but the thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

Weekends are our favorite days, and I know I’m not alone in this. It’s the time to spend it with our daddy and the time mama get’s alone time and every so often we even squeeze a mommy and daddy date, yet weekends are also the time where we have to get everything done. We have to squeeze every task that we were not able to complete during the other 5 days of the week into 2 days. And that’s why I have teamed up with McCafé – because nothing comes before coffee, even my weekend to-do list. And with just $2 for any small McCafe, they make it so simple!


Saturday:

Saturdays are without a question my favorite day of the week. I get to sleep in a little longer and get to have my family all to my little selfish self! 😉


Our Saturday usually starts on Friday evening when we make a list of what we have to get done that day. Most of the time is just small things and of course errands, like the post office and church activities, but this weekend, in particular, we had none of that to do. We sold our big dining room table and decided to buy a round one, simple right?! No, we wanted one with a farmhouse look which meant we had to make a DIY, which all in all means 2-3 cups of McCafé, only for me! We left Bella with grandma and picked up some our at local McDonald’s, to find that they had changed their look and added some delicious new espresso drinks, and coming from a yellow lover, guys I’m in love. I got a hot McCafé Mocha and my Sweetums got an Americano.


We headed to pick up the table and met the sweetest man, I’m an extrovert so we ended up talking about all the furniture he had and where they came from he even offered us his wife’s old doll house.  On our way home we picked up the paint and finishes for our table, and of course, we had to stop by and get a few mums, the flower of fall. And the McCafé you see in the picture is definitely not mine, 🙂 I finished mine within 5 minutes, should have gotten a large. It’s my husband’s Americano.


Sunday:

On our way home we picked up some coffee and lunch, again, first things first. This time McCafé brought me some relaxing, much needed “me-time” while Bella napped and daddy completed the finishing touches of the table. This is something I try my best to accomplish every weekend. I work from home and spend every single waking second with Bella attached at my hip, wouldn’t have it any other way but if you’re a work at home mom you know the need for some me time. McCafé does that for me. Whether an Americano, Mocha or a Latte coffee relaxes my every cell and makes me feel at home wherever I’m at.

If you are like me, go by your local McDonalds and enjoy a fresh new look, new espresso drinks, and don’t forget to download the McDonald’s app, you can get your 6th McCafé for free. 🙂 Valid 1/18/17 – 12/31/17. McD App download and registration required. Valid only at participating U.S. McDonald’s. ©2017 McDonald’s


So how do you accomplish your weekends?

In Uncategorized on
October 1, 2017

The Juice I dont Water Down


When we first become parents we have advice coming from every corner of the universe. Some wanted and well, some thrown at us, but one that was thrown at me from the day Bella turned 1 was to always water down all the juice. Forget about the extra charge for your little energizer bunny but most juices have over 36 grams of sugar. What does that mean for us? Let’s do the math…

4 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar.

S0 36 grams of sugar = 9 teaspoons of sugar!

Yeah, no, I don’t want to give that much sugar to my little baby.

Yet, today I’m about to change that for you and your kids will love you for it too.

Let me introduce to you Welch’s new 100% juice with Coconut water. 

Before trying Welch’s new 100% juice with Coconut water I would alway give Bella 2-4 ounces of juice and the rest water. No matter the juice almost half of her sippy was water. She knows is coming and would even request “agua” in her juice.

So why am I telling you to stop? Because Welch’s  new juice is not only 100% juice but also has coconut water and only 100 calories per serving.  Welch’s is cutting the sugar by 30% and only natural fruit sugars.

I feel more than safe giving this juice to my babe and she loves it.

Her favorite is the White grape and Mango and I love the Tropical Berry Grape.

So which one do you love?

Check your favorite store to get yours today!

In Uncategorized on
September 22, 2017

Best Sweaters Under $30

Happy First day of Fall Lovelies! I can’t believe we are almost done with September, but fall weather is around the corner and I cannot wait! Meanwhile, I’m stocking up with all the gorgeous yet inexpensive sweaters I can find and well, wearing them as I sweat from the front door to the car. Texas will one day get with the program!

I can’t believe we are almost done with September, but fall weather is around the corner and I cannot wait! Meanwhile, I’m loving all the gorgeous, yet inexpensive sweaters out there. I may be wearing them as I sweat from the front door to the car but hey it’s fall somewhere! Texas will one day get with the program!

Here are a few I have in my cart and can’t wait to buy and the best thing all of them are under $30.

 

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For more sweaters and ideas on how to style these stick around and make sure you are following me on Instagram! 🙂

In En Familia, Lifestyle, Littles, Motherhood on
September 14, 2017

Welcome home baby basket

“This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.”

“Thank you, MAM, for partnering with me on this post. As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own

 

This past week we welcomed a new baby cousin, Lucas.  He is the most adorable little boy I have ever seen. I love babies and seeing them those first few hours changes your life forever. Holding what you once felt from the outside it’s just one more miracle from heaven, and it is also the cause of my baby fever!

I remember those first few hours of being a mom, holding my sweet and beautiful child in my hands and never wanting to let go. You can bet I was the mom that slept with the baby in the room. I just wanted to hold her and kiss her. But, those few days were not all very tranquil and beautiful. The first few days were really hard on us so I’ve come up with a welcome home baby basket to help you or all your mama friends!

 

Without further or due here are the items I put in that basket and I’ll explain along the way why I choose those items!

Welcome Home Basket:

  1. Carter’s bodysuits: One of my first lessons as a  mom was that there was going to be lots and lots of laundry along the way. These bodysuits are amazing, safe as per usual and super soft. (Carter’s is having a sweepstakes, more info at the end of this post) Click here to join the Twitter party!
  2. MAM Pacis and bottle: [Gifted] Here is the story on this one, After being home for a few days Bella was still not sleeping and losing weight, so we were told to had to supplement with formula. We tried and tried all my bottles and all my pacis and nothing worked. After thinking a bit we decided to sanitize a set we had gotten for free at the doctor’s office and Bella drank from them up until she was 4 months old. The shape of both, the paci and bottle of the MAM somehow were closer to my breast than any other and boy was I happy mommy to be able to make daddy a bottle of expressed milk and have him feed her.
  3. Bella B Naturals, butter, and body wash: [Gifted] As much as these are items for babies, I used these on myself still whenever handling a newborn. Many people still forget that they are sensitive and most shower gels are very strong. Plus they make awesome bubbles, per Bella 😉
  4.  A cute decorative cup. I got one very similar to this one to help me hold all of Bella’s pacis. It kept them out of eye and added a special touch to her room!
  5. A handmade anything. If you read a few of my posts you’ll know I’m not a good cook but I can crochet and bake, so I usually tend to pick one of those for my handmade item. Cupcakes or cookies are always welcome for new mamas. For this box, I made a crocheted bonnet! I’m thinking of doing a tutorial for some of my crochet items and adding a few to my Etsy shop for all of us who are always in a hurry!

A few extra tips:

I added a printable that was sent to me by one of my favorite companies Cozy but Etsy usually has a pretty long list of amazing printables!

Remember the basket, the items inside are important but remember the basket will also be used a lot.

Lastly, kiss those baby angels as much as you possibly can.

 

The Carter’s Sweepstake:

1. The Original Bodysuit Sweepstakes: (Thursday, 9/14 10AM-6PM EST, on Twitter & Instagram)
a. To Enter: Post a photo of baby in a bodysuit using the hashtag #bodysuitsweepstakes on Instagram or Twitter from 10AM – 6PM EST for a chance to win!
b. Prizes: Five winners will be selected to receive a $100 Carter’s Gift Card each hour from 10 AM – 6PM EST! One lucky winner will be selected to win the grand prize of Carter’s bodysuits for 1 year (in the form of a $625 gift card)!
i. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. The Original Bodysuit Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., DC, U.S. territories and PR, 18 yrs. and older. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes begins 9/14/17 on or about 10:00 AM ET and ends on 9/14/17 at 6:00 PM ET. For a copy of Official Rules visit the www.carters.com/originalbodysuitsweepstakes. Sweepstakes is sponsored by The William Carter Company, 3438 Peachtree Rd. NE, Ste. 1800, Atlanta, GA 30326.
2. Double Points on Bodysuits! (Thursday, 9/14 all day, in store & online)
a. Rewarding Moments members will earn double points on their bodysuit purchase on bodysuit day! You can check out their offerings below! *Some exclusions apply. i. http://www.carters.com/carters-baby-boy-bodysuits?navID=header ii. http://www.carters.com/carters-baby-girl-bodysuits?navID=header
iii. To learn more about Rewarding Moments visit www.carters.com/rewards
3. Bodysuit Day Twitter Chat Sweepstakes: (Thursday, 9/14 1-2PM EST, on Twitter)
a. Carter’s will also host a Bodysuit Day Twitter chat from 1-2p EST! RSVP today and join in the fun using #cartersbodysuitsweepstakes for more chances to win big! http://bit.ly/BodysuitChat

Updated:If you missed the sweepstakes above here is another one for you! All you need to this is click THIS link and enter.

Read all the good stuff below!

  •  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Win Every Day Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., DC, U.S. territories and PR, 18 yrs. and older. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes begins 9/25/17 on or about 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”), and ends on 10/2/17 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET. For a copy of Official Rules visitwww.carters.com/wineverydaysweepstakes. Sweepstakes is sponsored by The William Carter Company, 3438 Peachtree Rd. NE, Ste. 1800, Atlanta, GA 30326.