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Germaphobe Mom with Leneille

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I’m a Germaphobe mom. I didn’t realize how much of a Germaphobe I was until I gave birth. Up until that day I thought I had everything under control. I was completely wrong on how life was/is until I held my baby boy in my arms for the first time. First of all, I clearly told the nursing staff prior to delivery that they were to clean the baby off before handing him to me. For some odd reason right after he was pulled out they dropped him on my stomach.  I cried tears of joy but I wouldn’t touch him. I just couldn’t. My fingers wiggled in the air inches above his sweet little body and I motioned for the nurses to bath him please because I just couldn’t touch him with that slimy, icky white film on him. And to think he wasn’t even “dirty” yet. Literally years have gone by and honestly I haven’t got any better. In fact I believe my utter hatred for germs has only multiplied as my family has increased and now I think I’ve rubbed off on my poor innocent little children, well I take that back it’s so not the case. …

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Last Baby Syndrome

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In less than one week, 6 days to be exact, our sweet little Ro will be one.  One whole year has passed and I can’t help but be super nostalgic about it.  I remember, with Gav, feeling so excited about him getting older and each new stage.  Not that I’m not excited for Ro’s new stages but I’m almost sad at the passing of the younger ones. For me, not necessarily God’s plan but in my head, we’re done having kids.  I feel totally complete with my two boys.  I have no desire to “try for a girl”, I’m fairly convinced if we actually did that it would be another boy anyway.  But I don’t feel like I am not fulfilled by not experiencing having one.  Our family feels whole, the boys get along so well, for now that is, and I’m very happy with the dynamic of our little family.  This is also not to say that we would be up in arms and upset if something “happened”, we’re just not planning on anymore and don’t want to try. So this leaves me knowing that this is my last baby.  The last time I will carry my child everywhere…

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Favorite Apps For Every Day Mom Life

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It’s no surprise to anyone these days that our phones/apps play a huge role in our every day life.  We take pictures, we have all of our social media on there to keep up with, email, etc.  So it makes sense to get as much as we can out of it.  I wanted to share some of my favorite apps that I’ve been using lately that help and entertain me through the day! Wunderlist – For Productivity I found this app not too long ago and have loved using it!  It’s really helped out with planning Ro’s first birthday and keeping up with all there is to do with that.  Plus, who doesn’t love checking things off their to-do list?!  I think my favorite part of the app is the little sound it makes when you check off an item.  “DING!” So satisfying! This App has also helped me because I always have my phone but I don’t always remember to bring along a list I may have written at home.  I can’t tell you how many grocery lists I’ve left at home while rushing out the door. Fooducate – For Healthy Living This app is awesome.  My dad introduced…

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Girl Mom with Jenna from Espresso Ever After

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Hi! My name is Jenna Wodiske and I’m the mommy/lifestyle blogger behind Espresso Ever After Blog. I am having way too much fun living this mommy-hood life in sunny Arizona! I am a Jesus lover, wifey to a fantastic husband, and a mommy to two beautiful little girls; Paisley (three years old) and Payton (one year old).  I am a topknot-wearing, photo-obsessing, latte-loving mama … enjoying this thing called real life! My passion is encouraging other moms to be the best them and to embrace their authentic motherhood, so that in return we can all grow and become the best moms to our little ones.  Head on over to my blog, I can’t wait to meet you! RAISING GIRLS If I could have asked my younger self where I would be at age 31… I promise you I never would have imagined a mom to two beautiful girls! I always thought that I would make a great boy-mom, and truly anticipated having a home full of dirt-covered little dudes and a family room covered in sports balls and legos! BOY was I wrong! God has a great sense of humor. Instead I have a home full of princess dresses, an over-sized bright-pink Barbie…

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What Being a Formula Feeding Mom Means to Me

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A couple of weeks ago, national breast feeding week/month kicked off.  I’ve seen tons (and TONS) of posts about normalizing breast feeding, “breast is best”, and extended breast feeding.  These posts are all wonderful, but they kinda make me sad sometimes.  When Ro was just a month or two old, I wrote about my dislike for breastfeeding.  Not that I don’t think people should do it, just that it was not an enjoyable, easy experience for me.  You can read the full post HERE. Pretty soon after that, I wrote another post entitled “A Farewell to Breastfeeding”.  It didn’t last very long for me, just under a whopping three months, and I was ok with that.  But there was/is a small part of me that is not ok with it.  A small part of me that is sad about it.  How in the world am I sad, STILL sad about something I didn’t enjoy in the first place?  I’m not sad that I don’t have any documentation of breast feeding like some women.  But I guess I wonder if getting help from a lactation consultant would have made it better, easier.  I wonder if I gave up too soon.  I…

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Ready, Set, Craft Challenge // Family Photos

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If you’re anything like me, you love having pictures of your family all over your house.  We have so many wonderful photos around our house but they are, mainly, in frames.  Maybe one or two aren’t but, for the most part, what else do you do with them to display them?  This is exactly what made this craft item so challenging for me.  And I loved it! When I started just thinking about things we might need around the house, our dry erase board came to mind.  It was getting pretty dingy, it was small, and our little family was starting to get pretty busy with Gav going to Pre-K, all his actives, and my husband and I wanting to volunteer more at church.  My husband and I are always trying to keep up with the important dates and schedules and sometimes we just forget to tell the other or forget what the other told us.  (That happens ALOT!)  Then there is Roman’s little feeding schedule which is pretty open, but when my parents or in-laws babysit, it’s nice to have something for them to look at so they know what exactly he needs.  That’s when I decided to chuck…

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What Being A __________ Mom Means To Me

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I could fill that blank with so many different words.  As mothers, we wear five million and one hats while trying to change a diaper and snacking on whatever is leftover from the older child(red)’s lunch.  But there are also things that set us apart from others and mold us into the kind of moms that our children need.  God gives us these beautiful blessings we call our children for a reason.  There is a reason I don’t have girls and there is a reason that Gav is so strong willed.  There is a reason that Ro is so easy going and there’s a reason why breastfeeding just didn’t work for me. This is a journey.  The word journey is defined as such: journey noun 1.  an act of traveling from one place to another. verb 1.  travel somewhere. And that is exactly what we do as moms.  We travel both literally (i.e. soccer games, summer camps, grocery store, etc.) and figuratively.  We are navigating from one stage of our children’s lives to the next, adjusting to what that new environment means for them and us.  You know exactly what I mean if you’ve ever transitioned to the wonderful age…

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Screen Free Week Review

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We made it through screen free week and everyone is still alive!  Hard to believe right?  (I kid…but seriously this wasn’t easy.)  But it was a great way for me to spend extra quality time with my kids and enjoy them being this little.  It ended up being a much busier week than I had anticipated but we definitely fit in some fun activities.  Here’s a break down of how the week went: Monday As expected, the first thing Gav did when he woke up was ask to watch TV which is exactly why I decided to do this challenge!  The answer was, of course, no but we sat and read some of his chapter book.  And by some I mean just about 50 pages worth.  He was really into it and it was awesome!  Then we were off to the dentist.  No big deal right? As soon as we walk in, Zootopia is playing on the TV in the waiting room as well as all the screens above the chairs where they clean teeth.  *facepalm*  Gav’s eyes got pretty wide as he looked at me.  I told him that this was ok, not everyone is doing screen free week,…

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Playing in the “Sand”

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It’s screen free week here and we’re not doing to bad.  Gav has asked a few times if he can watch this or that but it hasn’t been met with much whining at all.  So the other day, while Gav was begrudgingly doing his rest time, I whipped up a new sandbox for him. What You’ll Need:  Large Bin, Flour, Baby Oil, Small Toys/Rocks/Digging Tools Following THIS recipe, I made some homemade moon sand in a deep storage bin I happened to already have. Then all you have to do is bury some of the toys, place some on top to play with and you’re ready to go!  Just make sure this is strictly an outdoor activity.  It gets messy! Our old dino Jello mold, which really was terrible for Jello, worked great with the moon sand.  Other items that are fun to use are measuring cups, silicone baking molds, and sifters. Also, note to self, don’t wear black while playing in the “sand” box. XO, Kelly

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Screen Free Week Printable

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I’m ready!  I have a full list of fun things we can do for our screen free week and I know we’re going to have fun.  I also know that this will be quite a challenge and there will be down time.  But learning that down time is actually a positive thing is a good lesson for Gav to learn.  I’m not saying that he’ll get it right away, he is only 4 after all, but maybe after this week he can start to realize that it’s good for him.  You’ll be able to see how we’re doing through the week on Instagram! (I said that it would be *mostly* screen free for me and I promise to only ‘Gram when it’s quiet time or I’m in the bathroom or something.)   CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD You can see what’s on our list of fun activities for next week in the first pic!  What would you put on your list? XO, Kelly

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