As of about 4:00 today we will all officially be on Spring Break! I’m so excited because I’m off from all my outside obligations as well. I get to spend some quality time with the boys. I only have a few things set in stone with ages and times but other than that, we’re free to bounce around from different activities or change up plans depending on weather. Here’s what’s on list this year:
Many people talk about checking things off their bucket lists or things they’d like to do before they die. However, I refuse to have a bucket list, or rather, I refuse to call my list that. As with most things in life, I enjoy putting a positive spin on things so instead of focusing on what I want to do before I kick the proverbial bucket, I think of it as what I want to achieve in my life time. Same premise, less focus on the life ending part. I call mine my life list. Some of the things have specific time stamps and some do not. But why should you have one? I’m glad you asked!
Over the past few weeks (months, years…) I’ve seen a steady increase in the lack of compassion and respect in the younger generation. Dear fellow grown ups of the world, we
need toHAVE TO do better. Whether it’s the need for stronger discipline, more love, or whatever, something needs to be done now. What I have seen lacking in the values of today’s kids, is exactly what I want to teach my children. I want to teach them how to be good humans.
There’s a huge difference from when I was a kid to now. Or maybe I was in my own bubble which is a huge possibility. I know I wasn’t a perfect kid, none of us are/were. I know there were times when I wanted to give up or felt unmotivated, times when I let the sass fly and times I was ungrateful. But I was taught, disciplined, put in my place, whatever you want to call it. And this is what I intend to do with my boys.
Becoming a parent completely throws a perfectionist for a loop. I use the term “perfectionist parent” in the sense of someone who has always been a perfectionist and has become a parent. I do not mean it in the sense that I expect to be the end all/be all in parenting or that my children must be perfect little robots. I’ve remarked in past posts about my OCD/perfectionist tendencies but, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten better at realizing that pretty much no one cares about certain things as much as I do. I’ve also learned to let some things go. This, however, does not mean that I don’t still get irritated,itchy, or anxious from time to time. I’m not perfect (GASP!) but my brain certainly tries to be. There are 4 areas I’ve found that are my “triggers” or things that make me get all hot and tight chested. If you’re a perfectionist parent like myself, I know you’ll totally understand!
So last week I started my very first Daniel fast. What’s a Daniel fast? To make a long story short, it’s a spiritual fast that requires you to lean more into prayer and into your relationship with God through self discipline. I can’t have meat, dairy, caffeine, alcohol, and sweeteners. I like to think of it as a vegan whole 30. Want the long story? Click HERE for a more in-depth explanation and more if you’re interested in doing one yourself.
Why am I doing it?
Typically, someone starts a Daniel fast when a big decision needs to be prayed about, there is something specific you need to pray through, etc. For me, I read about fasting for your children in my book for small group and knew that was something I needed to do. Gav made a big change on Monday (which is why I started when I did) when he transferred to his new elementary school.
This past year has been a weird one for Gav and me and I knew that it was going to take some hard prayer to cut through this season.
What was the week like?
Let’s just say that I picked a doozy of a week to start a fast. This first week was packed with stress, temptation, and plenty of opportunities to just say “forget it”! On Monday, one of the parents at the dance studio brought in these absolutely delicious pumpkin loafs with brown butter icing in these perfect little ceramic loaf pans. There was one that I could have taken home. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! My inner basic chick was screaming but I left it.
Tuesday was met with a family emergency complete with an unexpected surgery. Running around, helping, making phone calls, and carrying a 30 pound toddler on my back while doing it was actually a great distraction from the fact that all I wanted to do was pull into a drive thru and grab some edible feelings. Tuesday was also Halloween. Don’t worry, I have a stash for when my 21 days is up.
Wednesday through Friday weren’t that bad and the book I ordered (same as the Daniel fast resource I linked above) came in and I was excited to explore new recipes.
Saturday was our church’s first women’s prayer gathering which was nothing short of amazing. However, it was at 7 AM, I woke up at 5:30, and some caffeine would have been nice.
By the time Sunday came around, I was feeling a bit more confident and ready for the next week. I have a few more choices now that I have new recipes and I’m getting pretty creative.
Let’s get real…What’s it like without coffee?
I won’t lie to you. I got to day 3 and legitimately would have done anything for a cup of coffee. And as much coffee as I drink for my size, it’s safe to say that my body probably craves it. Luckily I already take medicine on and off for headaches so I just went ahead and preempted any withdrawal I might have. I was also just plain tired. Not quite that first trimester of pregnancy tired (mamas, you know what I’m talking about!) but still just trying to scrape whatever I could from my energy reserves. The tiredness did subside a bit but I still really love my coffee.
What have I noticed?
I’ve definitely started to redirect myself to prayer when I start thinking about food and the restrictiveness. Oddly enough, I’ve become calmer, less quick to anger. I feel better and I’m less bloated (maybe TMI but it’s true).
Most importantly, I’ve seen a change in my relationship with Gav. Already there’s been more patience, there’s more attachment and closeness. I know that Ro becoming a VERY active toddler means that Gavin has received less attention. He has been told more times that I can count that he’s the big brother and he has to set the example, or that Ro is just two he doesn’t understand, or I’m simply just attending to more of Ro’s needs because he can’t do as much for himself yet. I understand that Gavin may be feeling less and that is so not what I want for my sweet boy. I’ve made it a point to tell him that he was wonderfully made by God and that he is special because of that. We are reconnecting and it’s made my mama heart so happy.
Have you ever done a fast? What did you learn?
*This product was given to me in exchange for my honest opinion.
If your kids are anything like my two, they can go through some shoes. Sometimes it’s because they outgrow them within the month or it’s because they play hard. Playing is serious business so my boys need shoes that can stand up to the challenge.
This is why I’m loving pediped®shoes. pediped® footwear has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for the promotion of healthy foot development, and preeminent orthopedic medical professionals, Dr. Mininder S. Kocher and Dr. Thomas W. Vorderer, deem pediped® shoes an excellent choice for parents/caregivers who want their children’s feet to develop naturally and healthily. pediped® has received numerous industry awards and accolades including recognition from Earnshaw’s, the premier media resource serving the children’s market. In 2015 pediped® was recognized by the Footwear Industry Awards as the Children’s Footwear Brand of the Year and earned a 2016 Earnie Award from Earnshaw’s magazine as the Footwear Brand of the Year.
Ro’s new shoes are definitely standing up to the toddler test. Whether he’s in soccer class or on the playground, he has the support he needs. Ro is still in that clumsy stage of toddlerhood and, let’s just be honest, he falls a lot. I’ve noticed that he’s much more in control when running around at soccer and the shoes have good traction to keep up with him.
My favorite feature of these shoes is the FLEX FIT SYSTEM™. Both Gav and Ro have wide feet. (Gav not so much now that he’s older but both come by big feet naturally between me and my husband.) This has always limited our selection when purchasing shoes for them. I was so pleased that I could pick whichever shoe I liked for Ro because width is not an issue. The inserts come out to custom fit your child’s foot as it grows.
These are some of our favorite shoes and they are definitely helping Ro as his coordination and activity mature.
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When you have kiddos, things get lost. It happens all the time because, well, mom brain and kids can forget they were wearing shoes in about 5 minutes. Between church, school, and after school activities, there are plenty opportunities to leave something behind. Enter Stuck on You labels!
Australia based Stuck On You was founded in 1995 by Carrie Felton, a mom of three boys. A global leader in personalized products for baby & beyond, Stuck On You products are available in more than 127 countries. Felton created Stuck On You to celebrate the individuality of every name, bring joy to new parents with unique, timeless products for every child, save families time, energy and money and help them to lead a more organized life. In addition to a broad offering of labels, the Stuck On You collection includes activity and personalized books, durable and stylish bags, lunchboxes and drink bottles, stationery, bag tags and gorgeous gifts for all ages.
These labels are great for anything and everything you could ever want to put your kid’s name on. There is a size for any space you made need to stick one. My favorite thing to label are the boys’ water bottles. Gav leaves his behind at school from time to time and both the boys go to soccer on Saturdays so it’s good to have them labeled. Both places have water bottles EVERYWHERE and now I don’t have to wonder if the Spiderman one in the lost and found is my child’s or I should just buy a new one. These labels also hold up in the dishwasher so you don’t have to constantly replace them.
I love the variety of colors and images they have and I feel like they fit my boys’ current interests and personality. Gav is growing up (insert mama tears) so, while he still love cars, he’s also developed an interest for sports. With Ro’s, I love the bright primary colors.
I’m loving organizing all of Gav and Ro’s stuff and now I don’t have to worry about that dreaded lost and found bin anymore!
It’s that time of the school year already…the end! Summer is approaching (if you live in the south like we do, it’s already here) and it’s time for teacher gifts. Now, I’m a teacher myself and get a few gifts and I’m not one bit opposed to getting a gift card. Those are awesome and so appreciated! With that said, I just can’t stop my creative side from wanting to do more. I got this crazy idea in my head about a party in a box for Gav’s teachers and I had to run with it. It’s so simple, can be relatively inexpensive, and it so fun!
It’s that time of year again, Easter basket time! For a while, to be honest, I was a little against Easter baskets. It felt almost like Valentine’s day to me. Easter is a time of rejoicing and celebrating our risen savior, not bunnies and baskets and eggs filled with sugar. But, eventually, the excitement got to me and I figured it was all in fun, we definitely teach our kids about the meaning of Easter (well, right now, the 5 year old), and I decided I was being an Easter scrooge. Today I’m getting in the spirit with some cute and easy DIY bunny baskets.
*This post was sponsored by Party City and the majority of the products that you see were supplied for use in planning this party.
I love celebrating holidays. Not necessarily in huge ways but I do enjoy heart shaped items for Valentine’s day, green colored things for St. Patrick’s day, pumpkins, and fireworks…you get the idea. That’s why I started my cookie tradition with Gav. I was able to take those little pieces that I love and turn them into a tradition. There are a few holidays, however, that I enjoy more than others. Christmas is pretty obvious, but I also really enjoy the Easter season.