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November 21, 2019

Making Family Memories in busy times

Thank you Culver’s for sponsoring this post.

How in the world is the end of November already? Did this year fly by for you too?

I think every year goes by faster and faster – and the holiday season…let’s not even talk about that. November and December are gone in the blink of an eye. I don’t know if it has to do with the fact that we live in the generation of busy or what. Maybe our lifestyle just makes it go faster each time, but now that the girls are at such a fun stage, I want to let time stand still. No hope for me, right!

With that, Lester and I decided to make the most of this holiday season and that means enjoying each day with our little family to the most. This means not just living for the weekends. Something most of us do because of work and other responsibilities. So this season we plan to live each day, and who knows, maybe one day this will be our normal.

We made this list, sort of a bucket list for the holidays and it includes all of our favorite things. From simple crafts, to family trips and from making snowflakes, to visiting Santa and Christmas tree farm. Just being together is something that we love very much!

 

A Free printable just for you!

 

Just this past weekend we visited our local Culver’s and we will definitely add it to our restaurant list. The food was beyond amazing and the Fresh Frozen Custards were on another level. Bella pretty much chugged down her food to be able to eat her Concrete Mixer. It was just what our family needed. Since Culver’s serves a variety of items, everyone found something they wanted and we had a delicious family-friendly meal. It helped us slow down just enough before the holiday rush. We even sat outside as the weather was just perfect and of course took some food home to enjoy that afternoon. 

Just look at this burger!!!

 

And because you know I love a good deal, you can visit your local Culver’s by Dec. 29 to receive a coupon for a free Value Basket when you purchase $30 in gift cards. Go enjoy!

Remember life is about the simple joys. 

Enjoying those “simple” moments will make a life of wonder.

Now, what are some family traditions you enjoy during the holidays!

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November 15, 2019

3 Tips to Avoid Burnout as a Mom

I’ve partnered with Source Naturals® as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Let’s be honest if I’m writing this is because I have obviously been there and done that.

I have been at the end of a burn out so many times in my life, at work, church and at home, all of which adds more stress to our already tired body  (8 hours a night is that a joke).

Burnt out is a real thing and it happens to all of us and guess what one day we will want all those sleepless nights back, but meanwhile, I want to share a few tips on how we can avoid it and enjoy every second of motherhood.

I will say this, many people take mom burnt out as ungrateful, no, it’s completely normal and totally acceptable. It is naive to think that taking care of a house, a child, work and yourself is easy. You are a great mom even at your lowest, your lowest is that moment where your child loves you just as much as he or she did at your highest, so breath mama.

  1. Fill your cup first. We have all heard it a million times, you can’t pour from an empty cup.

So take that extra-long hot bath. Let your hubby take the children and even if its 2 minutes longer and enjoy it. 

2. Take care of health. As moms is so easy to forget ourselves even in this area. Taking the correct steps to prepare our bodies, support our immune system and promote a healthy response to stress. Moms our lives are filled with stress and finding a way to respond to it is key. So now I try to take give my body what it needs. I take my regular prenatal (though I’m no longer breastfeeding), calcium and recently added to my list Source Naturals Wellness Formula. Yup, the stress of running around, in this cold weather it doesn’t help our bodies a bit and being out or in bed is not something us moms do.

3. Setting a Schedule with a task sheet.

Recently I read a book that had said to list out 5 things on my to-do list for that day. Only 5!! I know what you are thinking, you get 5 things done from 6-8 am, but this list asks to list them by priority. That way at the end of the day we are not writing and crossing small tasks. If you don’t complete them add whatever you didn’t complete to the next day at the highest priority.

So far it has been working great and I’m scratching off those pesky tasks I have to do first.

4. Just an extra, Set a cleaning list and stick to it. This helps so much! I recently started on and plan on laminating it and sharing it here but it works great for our family. Come back later on the week for a printable one!

Source Naturals sent us this cool water bottle with an alkaline water filter and I’m loving it. It keeps me hydrated, taking care of myself, and it’s easy and cute enough to remember to always have it handy.

I asked a few friends what helps them avoid burnt out and most of there answers were the same, but here are the two most popular answers.

  1. Take time for yourself. An entire day where you only do stuff for you!
  2. Enjoy it. One day you’ll miss them being home with you!

Now tell me how do you avoid mom burnt out?

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November 15, 2019

What’s Behind a Home Renovation; Amazing Products

This post is sponsored by Georgia-Pacific. My thoughts and opinions are my own and based on my personal experience

 

I shared a few times that we moved to our “forever” home for about two years and it has been one of the best things we could have done for our family, but our current home is way older than our first home. We bought our first home and built it from the ground up so we got to pick the lot and many of the finishes. Then that house became small for our growing family amongst other things we, by we I mean me, started looking for houses and we both fell in love with our new home.

But we were very aware of the fact that, even though the home had been updated a bit, we wanted to make a few changes. Two years in and though we have renovated many rooms we still have a few that are left, honestly are you ever done with a home?!

With that in mind, when I was invited to the GP Corrigan Plywood Mill a few days ago I had to take the opportunity to visit them and learn more, and learning I did. It was a perfect day and I love watching the process of plywood being made. I’m a fan of learning and knowing how things are made and the process it goes through so you can bet I geeked out in every single part.

Today I want to share 3 qualities of Georgia-Pacific that I learned over our tour and why I chose GP products overall.

The employees. The first thing that caught my attention was the fact that as we were introduced to the employees most of them had been with the company for 10 years or more, that says a lot. It wonderful when you find a company that takes care of its employees, that is not about firing but about learning from their mistakes and even puts a plan in action to avoid them happening in the future. At the end of the tour even I wanted to work for the company. No Joke.

Their Safety Guidelines. I don’t consider myself an environmentalist, but I do my best to take care of the environment and I love that so does GP. They use every part of the wood. The chips help light the steam, the scraps are used for mulch and even the water is recyclable. Their pond waters the logs and that same water is recycled back and used over and over again. They follow TCEQ (The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality), the head of the emission limits, they clean up after themselves and follow the laws to the T. As we were talking, we even learned that they have a project to clean up the ditches that comes off their property. That’s caring.

The Community. This is top quality in my books. Their involvement with their community is to the max. With schools, cancer hospitals, and special programs all around. Many companies give, but companies that put back to their own community,  that helps their employees and the farmers around them are scarce. Last year alone they gave $300,000 to the East Texas communities, including the Boys and Girls Club, providing wood for schools, donates to the fire departments and the list could go on and on. This to me is caring. It is going a step beyond the regular donations but taking the time to see where they can bless others the most. So thank You GP and GP Corrigan for all you do for East Texas.

Just a few fun facts about plywood:

It’s perfect for wood paneling

It’s made from the inner and outer layer of solid pine then is glued together.

A veneer is touched by 35-40 people in the process of plywood being made.

The wood goes through water, steam, dryers, glue machines to fix the knots, then a dryer again and then sawing as the last step of the process.

So if you were to ask me what’s behind a home renovation, I would say  GP. It’s a  great company, that takes care of the environment, it’s community and it’s employees. That’s who I want behind my renovations.

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November 11, 2019

10 Ways to be Kind this Week

 

This week is world kindness week and with Thanksgiving around the corner what a better way to celebrate this week than by shining a light. Many times we tend to get upset at the rude people we encounter (me I honk like crazy-so bad I know) they need help. I find it, it can go two ways, they ruin your day or you improve theirs.

I vote for number two. As Christian this weighs on me so much. I’m not at my best many times and that’s what I show people. This is not to say that we need to be happy 24/7/365 no not at all, but the moment that we let our emotions take control we tend to lose sight of God and ourselves. So today I want to share 1o easy ways we can show kindness this week and pretty much every day of the year.

  1. Pay it Forward. Whatever drive-thru lane you are in pay for the person behind you.
  2. Compliment, Compliment, Compliment. There have been times where I’m feeling pretty lousy and a compliment lifts me up immediately. (FREE)
  3. Smile, just smile. A smile can brighten anyone’s day  (FREE)
  4. Offer the person behind you in line your spot if they seem rushed. (FREE)
  5. Give a homeless person a hot drink or money. I know many frown at this but honestly, if I give them money I’m honoring God. Whether they need it or not is not for me to judge.
  6. Pay the difference if the person in front of seems short.
  7. Write an old fashion thank-you note. I love anything handwritten.
  8. Pray for those around you. They may not see the change immediately but God works in wondrous ways.
  9. Let that special person know just how special they are. I love getting my husband his favorite snack. It’s very little but I love to see his reaction when he sees them. (gummy bears)
  10. Lastly, ask someone how they are doing and really listen. Many times people just need someone to listen to them.

Just an extra….

11. As a blogger I think this is very important, be kind online. Would you say whatever it is you are saying to your kids o even in front of them? No, right! Always always be nice.

 

 

 

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November 1, 2019

What’s in my Amazon Cart

Hey guys,

I’ve been thinking of doing a little series of everything that I’m currently loving from Amazon and a few things that I have in my cart at the moment, that will be purchased sometime this month. I honestly try my best to only purchase 2-3 items every so often but it always has a way of pulling me back so if you are like me this post is for you!

 

  1. This is brand new. So here is the back story, we were on the hunt for sectional and as much as we looked for something on the darker side nothing really caught our attention. 6 months later we have a beige coach that is full of stains because, hello we have two kids, and I saw a friend post this. Yup you bet I literary had heart eyes. Definitely getting this soon. And this is when you know you are an adult! you get excited about things like this!
  2. I honestly asked for Lester for this for Christmas and is one of the products I can’t live without. Every time I share it in stories I get asked about it!
  3. I got these for Camilla this past weekend. I love that they are thick enough and have the little footie, not the straight leg ones if you know what I mean.
  4. These are totally part of my real and doupes post coming u. Super excited about this, but these are definitely on my Christmas list.
  5. There is a funny story about this item. My husband has changed his car 3 times in the past 4 years or so, really. and every time we leave this in each of the cars. So we are buying it again this year because what’s Christmas without Micheal Bubble.
  6. Lastly, I got these after a friend recommended them and I can’t wait to add them to everything as soon as Christmas gets closer.