Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Empowerment



I don't know why this is such an issue but I have recently found myself as a woman and mother being attacked for my actions,  my parenting, and my choices on my personal social media pages.

We live in a time where there is SO MUCH for women to be proud of as mothers, as employees, as entrepreneurs, everything!! We are awesome!!!! 

With that being said, it takes a lot of effort to make someone feel bad - why not try to to use that energy to think of why you're feeling negatively about that person, and what you can do to change the track your mind is on!!?  It will make you feel so much better and you can spare someone's feelings in the meantime. Being negative will not only hurt the person you are attacking but it does nothing to help your mood either.

Ever since I had my child, a light-switch clicked in my head. I realized I not only wanted, I NEEDED to be the best person I could be. I am my child's role model and his first teacher, the person he looks up to and the person who guides him through tough times and bad.
I realized I needed to control how I handled my anger, how I approach people and most importantly what I talk about at home. When I was younger I don't ever remember my mother speaking a bad word about someone and that's exactly how I want to be.  At first, not talking badly [And I don't only mean bad words, here ;)] was hard to control , but once I became at peace with myself and my faith it was much easier to deal with. Also, when I had Keegan, I realized I don't even have the time or the need to worry about anyone else. All that mattered (and still matters) is that little bundle of joy and that bundle of joy's happiness.

Which brings me to the main idea of this post. Women and especially mothers, should empower each other!! Why wouldn't we?! If we are not harming ourselves, our child or anyone else what does it matter how we parent or how we choose to spend our days?  If there seems be a supermom, instead of being jealous of her, applaud her for all that she does and use her as inspiration for yourself! If there is a mother who seems to be down or lost or needs a little boost, find a way to encourage or compliment her, that may be just what she needs.

Everybody’s situations are unique –everybody’s lives are different.  You don’t always know the struggles that others are going through. 

It’s okay to have your own opinions about someone, I’m not saying I’m perfect, sometimes I do, too.  But statuses on social media, ridiculing one’s life and choices is not the right thing to do.  I’ll admit, I was once that person.  In high school I posted something similar, a picture making fun of someone who had done me wrong, and it wasn’t the right choice.  Why would I stoop to that level just because they made me feel worthless?  It didn’t help me cope with my feelings, it didn’t make me hurt any “less”…. I regreted it then and I still regret it now, but I’ve learned from my mistake and I have certainly grown since then, and especially since I’ve become a mother. 

I pray for these people who have been doing this to me and also to others.  There must be something else going on, something deeper than the target that is provoking them to post.   

From here-on-out, I am going to continue do my best to set a great example for my son, and also for other women.  We must encourage and empower each-other!!!!!!!! I don't know how many more times I can say it, but I will and I hope you will try with me. 

With that said, I am proud of the person, mother, daughter, sister, fiancé, WOMAN, that I am.

And I hope you are too, whatever it is you may be.    :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patty's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!  Am I the only one who just started paying attention to this day ever since I had kids?  The more fun the merrier, right??! :)

I feel like I have been slacking with blogging.  I'm going to blame it on the fact that Keegan's naps are getting shorter, down to 30 minutes, shorter, and my sister was home all week for spring break which meant lots of visiting.  Excuses, excuses, I know..

But I am really happy I got to spend so much time with my family this past week.  Yesterday we all went out to eat and Keegan wore his Shamrock shirt I made for him along with his big boy 2 yr old pants that I had to adjust to the tightest waist, but they stayed up!! :)

The picture on the left is the latest chalkboard drawing I made.... simple yet festive.

Does your family have any St. Patrick's Day traditions? What activities do you do with your child to celebrate? I'd love some ideas for next year!
Maybe I'll have to get motivated to start pinning some stuff to plan. You can follow me here on Pinterest!

Also, here's a little Irish Blessing I saw .. on Pinterest.. ;) "May your troubles be less and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door!"
Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

B. Stackadoos -Our Current Favorite Toy


Keegan received these bristle blocks as a gift this past Christmas and lately he can’t get enough.  You can find them, here!  He loves to bring visitors over to his play table to build the B. Stackadoos.  Grandpa likes to build cars and tall buildings, Daddy likes to build silly stuff like eyeglasses, Keegan just likes to stack, and Mommy tries to teach while playing (What else is new, mom?!?!)

Somebody was thinking when they made these!! They are completely different from traditional blocks, but still give that sense of constructing and building.  It’s something different and something that everyone can enjoy, young and old.  I believe it really builds creativity and lets the imagination soar!  Keegan will see us building something and he'll mimic what we are doing or what we are using it for, for example, a pair of eyeglasses, and NERD ALERT, I make a wand and say a spell from Harry Potter.  Keegan gets a total kick out of it, and tries to say the spell with the wand he made himself (if he's not laughing too hard in the process!) Too precious!

Lately, we’ve been using our imaginations with them:  
 (An mini basketball hoop that is identical to Keegans)

(A train.... kind of.. Choo Choo!)

..And the Very Hungry Caterpillar!! One of our favorite books! I made this during nap time as a surprise for Keegan when he got up. 

There's really so much more you could do with these, or they could just be your go-to building blocks.  Any way you are looking to use them, I would recommend! They come in neat colors and the cutest container! 


Do any of you have B. Bristle Block Stackadoos floating around your house?  What was the craziest thing you've built with them? Let me know!!

Have a great Wednesday! :)

Friday, March 7, 2014

My Reality of Baby Fever


I know what you’re thinking and don’t worry, I already gave myself a face-palm but I have major baby fever!!!!! AHHH! Oh, come on… you have it, too…… :)

But here’s the reality of the situation…
No judgement, please...... but when you have just turned 21 and are about to enter your third year of college, getting pregnant is a very, very big eye opener. Life is no longer about you. Life has gone from beer to bed rest in a matter of a few short months. If you aren’t planning, the thought of a baby is "so cute" before you get pregnant but no one can prepare you for the rocks pregnancy and parenthood have to throw. It is a blessing but it can also be scary. My life was all about ME but I knew I had to make choices to have my life be all about BABY.
 
There are many sacrifices we make as parents, sacrifices that occur every day!
There are some things I miss, like, sleep and the ability to NOT WORRY ABOUT EVERY LITTLE THING!!  There are some things I don't miss, like, going out every weekend and oh, I don’t know, mostly everything that just seems so mediocre now...

I'm sure with each child brings new sacrifices and that's why I want to prepare myself better for the next one.

I know we may not always plan these things (example A: Keegan) but I want to make sure I do my best as a mother to make the life I want my children to have before an addition happens!
I think that being a parent makes you re-arrange your priorities and also gives you clearer meaning to life and what is most important, which to me is family.

Starting off my list of preparation is marriage. No judgement, remember? ;) Mike and I are not yet married, but it is happening May 2015… Just two and a half years after getting engaged. Lol anyway….
Pre-baby I wanted a huge wedding, huge dress, huge bridal party, glam-glam-glam and there is nothing wrong with that, but my priorities shifted after having a child.  Now I just want to keep it simple and have an intimate ceremony with not only Mike but Keegan, too... and have just close family and friends watching because that, right now, to me, is what's most important.

I want us to he more financially stable.  Oh gosh, no need to elaborate on that.

I want to find a house that I am ready to call a home, forever.  We are lucky enough to have a house, but I can’t wait until we are able to sell and live in an area where I dream :) I know how I felt about my family moving when I was a child and I wouldn’t want to put more children through that if I can help it.

Lastly, I would like to prepare myself to be a better mother.  I’m still working on things with Keegan, two years after he was born.  I know nobody is perfect and I know I will never be, but I would love to be more confident in myself as a mother before number two!!! Will it ever happen?? Let’s hope!!!

Baby fever, you can go away now…. But I know you wont!!!!!
I'll have to settle for these rare cuddles....
Have a great day. :)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Colors and Rainbows


In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day and learning colors I decided we’d do a simple and quick craft today.  This got Keegan’s artistic and learning gears going for a little bit.. enough to distract us from The Lorax for fifteen minutes.  He loves the songs and only watches the first five minutes of the movie, but begs to have it put in the DVD player.  I have been singing the songs for the past 5 days… Last thing I think of before I go to bed and first thing that pops into my head in the morning is those songs.  Does anyone know how many times I have to replay this movie before I go insane?  Can it be summer yet?

…On to the craft! 

Last night I cut out some half circle shapes in the order of the rainbow-  red being the biggest, purple the smallest…… you know….

I first grabbed some puzzles and books that showed rainbows and showed them to Keegan, explained how they are made up of all these different colors and how they show up in the sky sometimes after it rains (just to introduce them)

The craft is pretty self-explanatory, but  I'll share, regardless :)
(I left out the color, indigo for now, just trying to keep it simple for a 23 month old.)
I got a blue piece of card stock and told him we’d use that as the sky and we can paint the clouds on!!! He loves to paint, so this was a hit…
 
Then I laid out the half circles and asked him to hand me the red one, orange one, etc.  We glued them on with a glue stick…He liked to help with that part.
No-brainer here, but we used cotton balls to make clouds underneath the rainbow.  Then we sang a song that we heard on Mickey Mouse about the rainbow: “Red, Orange, Yellow-Green-Blue! Don’t forget there’s Purple, too!”
So simple, but it was a different way to practice colors and to learn about rainbows.

Have you done any rainbow crafts that have been a hit with you child?
Let me know!

Have a beautiful day!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Celebrating Dr. Seuss

You will probably see plenty of Dr. Seuss posts today and tomorrow, but my goodness, why not celebrate the genius?!

We are having a Dr. Seuss themed weekend!

We started out our day with a yummy, yet gross looking, breakfast of green eggs and ham on toast.  Of course! Why would we not?! I know, so original over here…
yummm.... lol

Our Seuss book lineup for the day are:

The Foot Book – This was my favorite Dr. Seuss book as a kid I still remember trying to count the “twenty-four feet”.  My counting NEVER resulted with the number twenty-four and I insisted they illustrated wrong……. Anyways, this book is SO fun and full of rhymes & opposites and it is also so easy to memorize which makes for the perfect book to keep your kid occupied when they wake at the crack of dawn. You can read it with both your eyes and the blinds still shut!!! And I assure you I am speaking from experience.

The Cat in the Hat – this book is just pure awesome and is the very thing I think of when Dr. Seuss comes to mind.  It is pretty long for a toddler, so unless they are super sleepy, don’t expect them to sit through this book.  That is why it is on naptime duty.  If we try to read it any other time, Keegan goes into full fish mode “put me down, said the fish, this is no fun at all”
Despite that, I think he likes it :)

Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You?
I honestly never read this until I bought it for Keegan from Santa for his first Christmas.  What a fun book of rhymes and sounds!  I have always read this book in a singsong, silly voice, and from the very beginning, Keegan could not get enough! His little legs would kick and he would just get so excited! 
Also an easy one to memorize.. cha-ching, but of course, if you are a mom you probably already have 10 billion other books memorized too, am I right?!
***Sidenote- Sometimes, Keegan likes to hand me a book to read out loud while he sits beside me and pages through his own book.  When I’m reading Mr. Brown and get to “He can sound like the hand on a door, Knock Knock!”  Keegan will reach his hand over to the book without taking his eyes off his book, knock on Mr. Brown, and return to paging through his own book like no big deal.. it is so funny and I have to hold back a giggle!

As for movie time, which is all the time here, anymore, we are watching The Lorax (Dad’s fav) and Horton Hears a Who (my fav) is it just me, or is that elephant so funny?

I had all plans of making our own family foot book but Keegan has what the doctor believes to be Roseola.  We can still do it when he feels better, though and I'm looking forward to it!  But for now, its cuddles with Mama and we all know how rare those are :)

Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss, tomorrow!
Make sure to have lots of good fun that is funny!!!