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In Littles, Motherhood on
January 30, 2018

Raw Mama Moments!

Hey Gals!

Welcome to our new blog series, Raw Mama Moments!

A few months ago I found myself in the middle of the terrible twos and without a clue of what to do. After talking it over with a fellow mama friend, we decided to come up with this series where we throw the mama shame out the window. Lately, our world has been full of judgment and our goal is to stop it here! We all have bad days, and talking about them doesn’t make us bad moms, on the contrary, what we learn on the bad days can help other moms who are going through the same thing.

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Motherhood is the best gift and I’m in love with this stage of life, some parts are better than others just like some are easier or harder. So, here we are. Feel free to join us over on Instagram and share your thoughts on each month subject and what you are going through! And of course, check out all the other super mamas in this series!

I honestly want to share about our little tantrum diva, and her need to have a tantrum when we are taking pictures and then today happened!! Today, Bella had two tantrums which are 2 more than what I needed. She refused to listen and went on her way ignoring all my request!

This always leads me to raise my voice and every once in a while become the annoying mom that spanks! (sorry not sorry) I won’t go on into the spanking subject but it is one of the ways we discipline in our home.

We honestly try a few other routes before we put her in timeout or spank but girlfriend sometimes will not listen to warnings. One thing that’s very important to us, is that we never, never call her any names or put controlling words in our mouth! Controlling words to us are words that will tie her down. We believe the tongue has such great power so we refuse to tell her things like

“you never listen”

“you always misbehave”

“you are being bad”

We cut those out and it’s probably the only tip you’ll find in this post. :))

Now, as smart and witty as our kids are we have to remember they are just that, kids.

On a car ride a few days ago Bella was trying to tell us a story and all the sudden she sighs after trying several times to use a word to explain her feelings. I have kept that image in my head and I try my best to remember that when the tantrum hits. My daughter is a great girl, well behaved and smart as can be but she is a toddler. A toddler that has more words that most kids her age but none the less a pretty little girl who is not yet 3. Who sometimes cannot find the words to express her anger or the way she feels.

Is in no way or form an excuse to let her have as many tantrums as wants to have but it helps me keep it balanced and be a little more understanding and I hope it does for you too. I hope you can take a little of this and enjoy a few of the other mom blogs!

Michelle Olthuis

Amanda Cruz

Christie Bienemann 

 

 

 

In Littles, Sales on
January 25, 2018

Slightly Pink Obsessed plus a Sale!

This post may contain affiliate links. Thank you for helping support this little blog of mine.

I have a little girl who runs my household and loves pink. Do you have one too?

Well, if you do you won’t want to miss The Children’s Place Sale going on right now! Get her some pink and make daddy proud my saving money!

Checking my New Year Resolutions off! :))

Pink Obsessed Girls

What’s your favorite item? 

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. 

In Littles, Mamas, Motherhood, Uncategorized on
August 21, 2017

Why I still rock my 2 year old!

Today I lost my patience a little too much, screamed a lot more than I’m willing to accept and took one too many Tylenols to deal with a headache I had inflicted on myself.

 

This, was motherhood for me today.

My daughter Bella, a very active 2 years old, is at the “testing” stage. She tests my patience, she tests her every limit and she tests her voice most all of all. Her constant screaming which always follows with my lack of patience and depending on where we are at a time out or a spanking, yes, spank my child.

Her constant screaming is out of hand, which always follows with my lack of patience and depending on where we are at a timeout or a spanking.

Today was one of those days where she wasn’t having it. She didn’t want to nap, she didn’t want to eat and wanted nothing to do with mommy. She wanted gummies, endless horsie rides at Kroger and just daddy.  2’o clock came around and I had to push a nap in for me and her, which I believe is where the entire problem lies. She is wanting to skip naps yet her body and mind are not ready for that, so we had to push a late nap in and as it is accustomed

She wanted gummies, endless horsie rides at Kroger and just daddy.  2’o clock came around and I had to push a nap in for her and me, so we had to push a late nap in and as usual I rock her to sleep.I have done this since the first time I could sit up straight after my C-section.  When she was little we did it because I breastfed her and as time passed we continued to do it. There were times that I was already too tired and just wanted to go to sleep, or do laundry or clean but I had to rock Bella, that was the only way she would fall asleep.I won’t lie at times I hated it. I had many other things to do.  I google for help, called friends and ask as many people as possible but nothing worked, so I did the next best thing, I kept doing it.

I have done this since the first time I could sit up after my C-section.  When she was little we did it because I breastfed her and as time passed we never stopped. There were times that I was already too tired and just wanted to go to sleep, or do laundry or clean but I had to rock Bella, that was the only way she would fall asleep.I won’t lie at times I hated it. I had other things to do.  I google for help, called friends and ask as many people as possible but nothing worked, so I did the next best thing, I kept doing it.

Almost 2 years in I discovered why God wanted me to continue, because motherhood is hard, probably the hardest thing I have done in my life. It takes everything out of you, you no longer sleep, there is no such thing as eating or drinking anything hot and you will never be the first in again, but gosh is the most rewarding and loving job in the universe. That, in its self, is why I still rock my 2-year-old and why I will continue to rock her until she lets me.

Because I will lose my patience and my cool too many times in the years or long days to come but I still have that 15-30 minutes session of rocking, where we pray, talk, and where you can find my crying my eyes out at the fact that God choose me to love on this 2 feet exploding ball of joy, energy, and sass. That He loved me enough to let me experience a tiny bit of what He feels for me. That He has given me this healthy loving child to teach me that motherhood may take everything out of me to put in a blender and make it the most delicious smoothie I have ever tried. This is motherhood, this is real love.

I’m blessed to be a mom! I’m blessed to be Bella’s mom!

So you can find me spending almost an hour a day rocking my babe to sleep and loving every bit of it because this is my joy, my moment to reflect and apologize to not only my daughter and God but to myself as we all tend to treat ourselves too badly.

I encourage you, whether is staring at your angel sleeping or like me, rocking them to bed, take that moment and think about your journey in this crazy motherhood road and love every bit of it. This will make those 2 very long minutes of screaming, tantrums and just disobedience that much easier.

In Bella, Lifestyle, Littles, Uncategorized on
June 15, 2017

Oshkosh Summer Fun and a Giveaway!

Giveaway sponsored by Oshkosh, but as always all opinions are my own

Put away all the chunky or slightly warm clothes, summer is here and is here to stay! As melting hot as Texas summers I’m always slightly glad they are here. Summer is probably the only time of the year the weather stays relatively the same. We don’t have to worry about sweaters and flip flops in the same week so we can call it a win.

Another win is the fact that since is so hot my kid prefers to hang out in rompers or just a diaper so can I get an Amen for a lot less laundry! #happydancemoms
For those moment when we, I mean Bella I’m sure no one wants to see me hanging out in my bra and undies all day long, have to wear clothes I’m rounding up a few of our favorites from OshKosh for your summer loving kids.

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And because boys have just as much fun I went ahead and round up a few of the items I would dress a sweet boy if I had one.
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If you scroll a few post back we did a spring closet cleaning with OshKosh and our items are still going strong. As I mention in that post obsessed with washing clothes, if only the same thing applied to putting it away, so Bella’s clothes get washed after one use and all of her spring closet it is still going strong and holding up as new.
We have the white romper and it’s probably one of my favorites as is very airy and Bella doesn’t get hot! I’m also loving the stripped boy short! I may have to sneak in the boy’s section at my local store and buy it for Bella.
*mom tip: Bella has worn a few boy jeans and shorts and no one can tell the difference*
Which one is your favorite and do you have any mom tips?
Also, I have teamed up with OshKosh to give one lucky winner a $50 giftcard so click the link below to enter!

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