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    How To Build A Baby Boy’s Wardrobe



    This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

    After having two little girls, I was really looking forward to building my baby boy’s wardrobe. People think that little girls have all the fun when it comes to fashion but I’m learning that there are so many cute things for little boys too but most of these are just seen as your basics. Here’s the thing: these basics are the building blocks to any babies wardrobes and are definitely must-haves.

    So how do you get started with building your baby boy’s wardrobe? Here are some tips that I’ve found useful:

    After having two little girls who love all things pink and purple, I was excited to finally build my baby boy's wardrobe! But even that can be daunting! Thanks to Carter's and their new Little Baby Basics Collection, it's been easy breezy. Check out my tips here.

    Choose a color scheme.

    This is a tip that I picked up from my friend Katie from Typical Katie. We have sons that are a month apart. She has an older son as well that dresses super cute so she’s got this dressing boy thing down. Something that I didn’t anticipate was liking to put BC in shades of gray, black and navy blues. Not only does this make it easier to match with other things, it also helps with stains.

    After having two little girls who love all things pink and purple, I was excited to finally build my baby boy's wardrobe! But even that can be daunting! Thanks to Carter's and their new Little Baby Basics Collection, it's been easy breezy. Check out my tips here.

    Don’t be afraid of patterns.

    And not the typical boy patterns like cars, trucks and things. Stripes are really popular now and these are a great neutral to have in your baby’s wardrobe. Because they’re so small, going with smaller stripes don’t overpower the clothing. Also, try a pattern in muted colors.

    After having two little girls who love all things pink and purple, I was excited to finally build my baby boy's wardrobe! But even that can be daunting! Thanks to Carter's and their new Little Baby Basics Collection, it's been easy breezy. Check out my tips here. After having two little girls who love all things pink and purple, I was excited to finally build my baby boy's wardrobe! But even that can be daunting! Thanks to Carter's and their new Little Baby Basics Collection, it's been easy breezy. Check out my tips here.

    Pick accessories that are as functional as they are cute.

    Teething is a necessary evil that brings forth incessant drooling. It’s terrible. I mean, drool is just EVERYWHERE. While bibs do the job of keeping drool off of clothing, they aren’t normally the most fashion forward–until now. Bibs are definitely a necessary accessory and are getting more and more cute!

    After having two little girls who love all things pink and purple, I was excited to finally build my baby boy's wardrobe! But even that can be daunting! Thanks to Carter's and their new Little Baby Basics Collection, it's been easy breezy. Check out my tips here. After having two little girls who love all things pink and purple, I was excited to finally build my baby boy's wardrobe! But even that can be daunting! Thanks to Carter's and their new Little Baby Basics Collection, it's been easy breezy. Check out my tips here.

    Finding basics that fall in line with these three tips used to be hard and only available at baby boutiques costing small fortunes but not anymore.

    Introducing Carter’s Little Baby Basics

    All of my kids have worn Carter’s as babies. I’ve always loved their clothes for a couple reasons:

    1. Their clothes are always age appropriate and on-trend.
    2. The durability is unmatched.
    3. The quality of fabric is incredible.

    After having two little girls who love all things pink and purple, I was excited to finally build my baby boy's wardrobe! But even that can be daunting! Thanks to Carter's and their new Little Baby Basics Collection, it's been easy breezy. Check out my tips here.

    When I walked into Carter’s for the first time after having BC to shop, it was a little weird because it was my first time shopping on the boys side. By weird I mean exciting.After having two little girls who love all things pink and purple, I was excited to finally build my baby boy's wardrobe! But even that can be daunting! Thanks to Carter's and their new Little Baby Basics Collection, it's been easy breezy. Check out my tips here.

    The Little Baby Basics has everything that you need to build a solid baby boy’s wardrobe. They have:

    • The Original Bodysuit in different color sets
    • Easy Outfit Sets
    • Sleep & Plays
    • Little Character Sets
    • Little Extras
    • Gift Sets

    After having two little girls who love all things pink and purple, I was excited to finally build my baby boy's wardrobe! But even that can be daunting! Thanks to Carter's and their new Little Baby Basics Collection, it's been easy breezy. Check out my tips here. After having two little girls who love all things pink and purple, I was excited to finally build my baby boy's wardrobe! But even that can be daunting! Thanks to Carter's and their new Little Baby Basics Collection, it's been easy breezy. Check out my tips here.

    While all of Carter’s clothes are really soft and comfortable feeling, this Little Baby Basics line feels EXTRA soft and snuggly! The teething bib is so soft that it’s not a bother around BC’s neck at all. That and it’s super cute. My husband’s favorites are the sleeveless Original Bodysuits. These are so cute on BC. They show off his mini muscles and make it so he won’t overheat in this hot Georgia summer as well as serve as great undershirts for the fall and winter.

    After having two little girls who love all things pink and purple, I was excited to finally build my baby boy's wardrobe! But even that can be daunting! Thanks to Carter's and their new Little Baby Basics Collection, it's been easy breezy. Check out my tips here. After having two little girls who love all things pink and purple, I was excited to finally build my baby boy's wardrobe! But even that can be daunting! Thanks to Carter's and their new Little Baby Basics Collection, it's been easy breezy. Check out my tips here.

    Not only does Carter’s have cute clothes of amazing quality but they have coupons!!! Carter’s is offering 20% off $40+ through June 30 with
    this code! Online: CART4342 in store: 066944.

    Your turn: What’s basics are a must have for your baby’s wardrobes?

    After having two little girls who love all things pink and purple, I was excited to finally build my baby boy's wardrobe! But even that can be daunting! Thanks to Carter's and their new Little Baby Basics Collection, it's been easy breezy. Check out my tips here.

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    Saving For Summer Camp — A How To Guide

    Are you ready to make sure your kids (and your bank accounts) have the summer of their dreams? Check out these incredible tips on saving for summer camp that are sure to make your budgets a breeze.

    Last week Christine talked about the summer camp mom guilt she felt when looking at the prices for the programs her daughter wanted to attend. While my little isn’t quite there yet, I’m already mentally preparing and saving for summer camp. Friends and family have already shared some of the costs for kids activities so I know I’m going to have a good sized cushion!

    While the price tag may seem daunting, there is hope to making saving for summer camp both a feasible and family affair. Again make this process a FAMILY AFFAIR. It’s never too early to not only teach your children about money, but the importance of savings. Delayed gratification and patience are essential to learn in our world that wants everything instantly. Here are a few tips to teach your children while enrolling them in the summer camps that their little hearts’ desire:

    Are you ready to make sure your kids (and your bank accounts) have the summer of their dreams? Check out these incredible tips on saving for summer camp that are sure to make your budgets a breeze.

    IDENTIFY THE TOP 3 CAMPS

    Look at the summer camp catalog from local recreation departments, schools, and churches. Talk to your children about the cost of each. For older children, have a cap on the amount to be spent so they can understand how to make decisions with limited resources. You won’t feel like the bad parent for saying “we can’t afford this”. Pose questions like “Will space camp and basketball camp both fit in your budget?”

    FIGURE OUT THE SAVINGS PLAN THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU

    Pinterest has tons of creative money saving challenges. These I highly encourage because they do not require huge shifts in your budget immediately:

    • Envelope Challenge: Number the envelops from 1-25. The number on the outside of the envelop is what should be deposited. 25 envelops = $325; 50 envelops = $1275
    • Penny Challenge: Day 1 deposit $0.01, Day 2 deposit $0.02, Day 365 deposit $3.65. After making 365 deposits, total savings $668
    • 30 Day Challenge: If you are on a time crunch and want to save quickly, Day 1 save $1, Day 2 save $2, Day 30 save $30. Total Savings $465

    Keep in mind, the right savings plan for your family can be a hybrid of any of the above, or make adjustments to meet the goal amount for summer camp.

    LASTLY, MAKE SAVING FUN!

    Draw a thermometer, create a shadow box, make deposits at your family meetings. You want to keep everyone encouraged and excited about what you’re working towards. Having a physical representation showing where they are in saving for summer camp can help a lot!

    Do you have family meetings about the money impact of your children’s desires? What money saving strategy do you think your kids will engage the most with?

     

    Are you ready to make sure your kids (and your bank accounts) have the summer of their dreams? Check out these incredible tips on saving for summer camp that are sure to make your budgets a breeze.

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    10 Must-Read Books For Black Girls

    If you didn’t already know, black girls are lit. We are creative, intelligent, magical, and just darn right fabulous from our head to our toes!  From our kinky, coily textured hair to the array of chocolate skin tones kissed by only the sun’s rays, black girls are everything to be desired. The crazy thing is, not every black girl knows this about themselves.  What they see in the mirror may be contrary to popular belief.  Our daughters, granddaughters, sisters, and nieces can sometimes struggle with challenges of self-identity. Self-esteem and knowing their self-worth in a world that was just not made for their benefit is truly difficult.

     

    Being a little black girl in the world today is pretty hard. Make it a little bit easier by giving them one of these 10 books to read that celebrates little black girls today.

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    Building Up Black Girls Matters

    To empower someone starts from within.  Building up the self-esteem of young black girls happens when we mirror what they already have inside of them.  There is so much material being created for our chocolate youth that is hidden in plain site that features them in ways that are courageous, intelligent, and capable of all things.  Having two daughters of my own now, I make sure to let them know every chance I get just how amazing they truly are.  One of the many ways I do so is by reading books with them that they can relate to on a societal and cultural level.

    Being a little black girl in the world today is pretty hard. Make it a little bit easier by giving them one of these 10 books to read that celebrates little black girls today.

    Representation Matters

    I don’t recall being presented with reading material that defined characters that represented who I was or what I looked like in order to be comfortable in my own skin.  Growing up, I wasn’t around other children that looked like me or shared the same background.  I felt ashamed of the texture of my hair and even the curvy shape that my hips and thighs gave me and I desired to be something I could never be.

    Being a little black girl in the world today is pretty hard. Make it a little bit easier by giving them one of these 10 books to read that celebrates little black girls today.

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    Flipping the pages of books that described a brown skinned girl that had thick lips and a wide nose like mine would have made me feel like I was not so alone.  I would have been able to recognize that my beauty came from the unique features I possessed both inside and out.  I could see myself wandering the pages of imaginary adventures of girls like me that were princesses, scientists, presidents, or just another neighborhood girl loving who she was just the way she was.

    Being a little black girl in the world today is pretty hard. Make it a little bit easier by giving them one of these 10 books to read that celebrates little black girls today.

    10 Must-Read Books For Black Girls

    I Love My Hair

    I Am a Pretty Little Black Girl

    Ada Twist Scientist

    Olivia and the Land of Extra Ordinary

    I Like Myself

    Happy to be Nappy

    When God Made You

    Penny and the Magic Puffballs

    Willemina Rule!: Rule #6: How to Face Up to the Class Bully

    No Mirrors in My Nana’s House

    Please Baby Please

     

    What are some of your favorite books that highlight black girls?

     

     

     

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    The Atlanta Kids Obstacle Challenge

    I received compensation for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

    After I had Mini, I became a runner. Like most new moms, I wanted to lose weight but I set the goal of running with the intention of weight loss being a by product. One of my favorite things to do was obstacle course races. In fact, I tried to ask my now husband out on a date to do one–he declined though now he’s completed 3 with me. I was so excited to see that the Kids Obstacle Challenge was coming to town so Mini could finally participate!

    The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered!

    See, Mini would come with me to all my races and sit on the sidelines with whomever I could get to watch her. I remember her telling me that she wanted to do one and I couldn’t wait for the day that she was old enough to register her. And now she is. I kept it a secret from her until the day before because i knew she would drive me crazy with her anticipation to run.

    The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered!

    Kids Obstacle Challenge

    We opted to do the non-competitive race only because we had ballet early the morning of the race. I had another surprise for Mini–her bestie, play sister and my bonus baby was going to be doing it with her! My best friend and I got the dads to do the race with them so we got to sit on the sidelines this time cheering.

    The Race

    I got the download of the race from Mini once she caught her breath from running. It was a total of 2 miles and the obstacles started out with the ball pit. She said it was pretty challenging to make it through the pit but they did it. There was lots of climbing but the most important thing was that she didn’t fall. It took them about 40 minutes to complete the race and they loved every bit of it–especially the mud pit that was waiting for them at the end.

    The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered! The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered! The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered!

    There was a really challenging hill at the end and they conquered that easily! Now I will say that Mini’s uncle David is in the Army and I could see how his coaching made the course doable for them. Either way, I was grateful that it wasn’t me getting muddy–this time.

    The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered! The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered! The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered!

    This was a lot of fun for the kids. It wore them out physically and made lots of memories for them. The sponsors were pretty great too. We got to try these new Lara bars that were pretty tasty. They weren’t dry or chalky like many protein bars. And Natalie’s Juice was there. When I tell you that their lemonade is exactly what you need on hot Atlanta days, i mean it! The biggest sponsor was Razor–my kids LOVE their scooters and I love how many options they have that are inclusive of their age range.
    The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered! The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered!The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered!

    Overall, this was a great day. I can’t wait for them to come back to Atlanta so I can do the run with them next time!

    Are you ready to have a family adventure with the Kids Obstacle Challenge?
    Check out their next stops here and get registered!

     

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    I Have Summer Camp Mom Guilt

    Do you have summer camp mom guilt? It is hard to send your kids out on their own, but it is so worth it.

    Thousands of kids are already anticipating what summer will bring for them. And many of these kids are hoping they will be heading off to a summer camp with their friends. Whether it is a day camp or sleepover camp, summer camps are awesome for kids (and parents!) But if you are anything like me, you might have some summer camp mom guilt.

    Why Summer Camp Mom Guilt?

    I am a work from home mom. That means even though my oldest is in school all day, my youngest is still home with me while I am working. So even though I am at home with him all day, I am also working most of the day. Juggling his demands with work demands becomes, well, demanding!

    When school lets out, I’ll be adding my soon-to-be first grader into the mix. Luckily, she is entertainment to my youngest, but you know the fights will ensue. She will want my attention too. So I feel guilty for not always being able to give both of them 100% of my attention all of the time. And then the major guilt kicks in because I feel like I am shipping them off to summer camp to get out them of my hair.

    It boils down to me having FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out. I don’t want to miss out on these memories and nice summer days with my kids, but I have to let go! We all experience it, I am sure.

    Summer Camp Schedules Are Hard

    Parents who work outside of the home might have a harder time with scheduling summer day camps and may feel some guilt about that. Since I can just stop working to do drop-off or pick-up, it is easy for me to work around my schedule for summer camps. But then I feel guilty because I can do this and others can’t. I can see this working out a couple of different ways:

    • Parents find a work around and are able to do drop-off/pick-ups for camps
    • Can work out a summer camp schedule with whoever would be watching their kids during the day
    • Find a sleepover camp so they don’t have to worry about it at all
    • And there is always the possibility that they have to tell their kids that they can’t do a summer camp just because of scheduling/babysitting conflicts. Uhg.

    And again, I feel guilty because my kids CAN do summer camps and maybe their friend is missing out on the fun. So I try to offer up my carpooling abilities but I can only do so much.

    Do you have summer camp mom guilt? It is hard to send your kids out on their own, but it is so worth it.

    Summer Camp Isn’t Cheap

    My oldest is excited to go to summer day camp and see her friends, especially the ones that she doesn’t go to school with. It doesn’t bother her like it does me that she won’t be home all day. But we had to put a restriction on how many summer camp activities she could sign up for because they aren’t cheap! Our local gym has different summer camps each week and of course she wants to do all of them. She also wants to do soccer camp. Talk about a boat load of money for all of those camps. So we had to tell her she could choose one summer camp at the gym and she could also do soccer camp.

    “But so-and-so is doing ABC camp, and so-and-so is doing XYZ camp. I can’t choose what camp to do.”

    It is hard trying to figure out which camp will be best because of cost restrictions.

    Summer Camp is Well Worth It All

    Even though I may miss my kids during the day, I know that they are having a ton of fun without me. Plus I can keep them on a schedule and not let them sleep in until 10:00 AM every day (because I am sure my daughter would).

    My guilt most certainly will kick in because I am not there to experience all the summer things they are doing. But sending them to a summer camp is a learning experience for me too. I don’t have to always be there for everything they do. And it is good for them to grow and experience life without their mom around! Summer camps are about:

    • Gaining independence
    • Learning new things outside of the regular classroom setting
    • Enjoying your summer with friends – not your mom.

    And summer camps are straight up FUN! Camp is something that kids want to go to and there isn’t a daily fight about attending. I can already feel the anxiety leaving my body because I know they are excited to go. It would be much harder if it was the other way around.

    I highly suggest that you find a summer camp for your children to be involved with. Don’t feel guilty about it. The memories that are made at these camps will be thought of for a lifetime. And I know this from experience. I am still friends with people I met at summer camp. Plus, I don’t remember missing my mom at all. That makes me sad since I am a mom now, but it helps too. I know that my kids will come home and be happy to spend the rest of the summer with me regardless. They will also be happy that they are getting to experience something else at summer camp.

    What are your summer plans? Do your kids attend any kind of summer camp? Do you ever feel guilty about sending them to a camp without you being around?

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    #NationalSmallBusinessWeek: Say Yes To You

    Everyone knows someone is real estate. There’s a very low barrier to entry and when done correctly, it’s such a profitable business. In Georgia, you take a 75 hour course either in person or online; take a test; find a broker. I completed the entire process in six weeks and paid less than $1,000. Competing with thousands of other agents who were much more experienced than I was intimidating but back in 2013, I was single and without a child so taking a chance on myself was a no brainer. Two months after decided to go full time as an agent, I found out I was expecting and the inconsistency I was working my business was not an asset to my young family so I put my dream career on hold.

    Saying Yes in Business is Uncomfortable

    Fast forward four years, I received a call from a potential client looking to buy a home within a month. He asked if I could represent him and I said yes without hesitation even though I was not as prepared to take on the work as I appeared to be. At the time, my bank account said he was a God-sent…it was also saying you do NOT have the funds to reactivate your license and pay brokerage fees.

    Yeah! with Confetti

    As small business owners, this is the daily management see-saw we ride. We are constantly determined the best use for limited resources. As a mompreneur, there’s an additional Maslow’s Hierarchy effect. Family always comes first because they are at the base; the basic needs that need to be met. Launching or expanding the business may be viewed as a “self-fulfillment need” or an afterthought. What do you think would happen if you said yes to you this one time before saying yes to your family?

    Saying Yes Is Rewarding

    For me, saying yes to my client and my business equated to a $4,000 commission check. I could have held on to that $200 I used to reactive my license and spent it on about ten different things for my daughter but look at the greater opportunity I would have missed. Sure my story had a happy ending but doing this transaction also provided valuable lessons to represent future clients. We were all placed on this earth with dreams, talents and ambitions. It’s Small Business Week and a time to celebrate who you are and all that you could be in your business. I challenge you to say yes to one thing this week you have be deferring. Invest in you, invest in your business. I truly believe you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the outcome.

    Are you a Small Business owner? What are you “Saying Yes” to?

    Say Yes To You

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    You Know What You Need? To #TreatYoSelf This Mother’s Day

    Mom friends. Mother's Day is around the corner. Don't beg and wish upon a star to get what you REALLY want this year. Nope. #TreatYoSelf and love up on you this day!

    Every Mother’s Day arrives and most of us are all like “I don’t want anything“. And you know what? We do want things. We want our kids to behave. We want to feel appreciated. We want to be nurtured with spa days that we didn’t have to ask for because our loved ones feel like we’re doing THAT great of a job that they surprise us with them. But you know what happens most Mother’s Days? We get handmade cards (which I personally love), kids that give zero effs about us wanting to feel appreciated, and spouses that are consistently questioning what to get us–if we have them.

    Well, enough is enough. I’m declaring this Mother’s Day the National #TreatYoSelf Day for moms. So ladies, figure out what you want for yourselves this Mother’s Day and let’s make it happen FOR US!

    Stop Talking About Self Care And Be About It

    Seriously.

    I feel like we’ve all been on this huge self-care movement but we aren’t really doing it. And by we, I also mean me. I have post after post after post (yes, all of these are clickable so go ahead and get click happy) on self-care and do you know I’m terrible at even just giving myself a little bit of grace in life? Wait. Let me amend that statement. I WAS terrible but listen, I’m subscribing to this whole #treatyoself movement hardcore.

    You know why?

    Because I deserve it. And so do you.

    Mom friends. Mother's Day is around the corner. Don't beg and wish upon a star to get what you REALLY want this year. Nope. #TreatYoSelf and love up on you this day!

    What Does This #TreatYoSelf Even Look Like?

    Excellent question.

    Mom friends. Mother's Day is around the corner. Don't beg and wish upon a star to get what you REALLY want this year. Nope. #TreatYoSelf and love up on you this day!

    This is the Classic Spa Gift Basket from GourmetGiftBaskets.com. They have great stuff. Check them out.

    For some it’s taking long vacations by yourself while exploring places you’ve never been. For others, it’s sleeping in or doing their own nails. The important thing with #TreatYoSelf is doing something that makes YOU feel loved and nurtured. Forget what works for everyone else–do you boo boo, do you.

    This Mother's Day, #TreatYoSelf. Really. Take care of you. Do the things you want to do. Lay in the sun all day sipping these CrunchyMomMosa's. Relax. Unwind. Appreciate you and the work that you do for your family. No one is going to love you like you!Click To Tweet

    I asked the new contributors to TCM (aren’t they pretty awesome?) what this looked like to them and these were there responses:

    For me, self care is getting to spend time away from my kids. My husband owns a business so he works every day except Sunday and looooong hours. So I really need that alone time. Going to the gym for an hour every day and a hot bath are my two favorite options.

    Christine

    To me, self care as a mom is making sure that I separate myself from the kids and enjoy time alone to recharge and do what I love. Often times, we find ourselves so attached to our children that we forget who are individually. We’ve got to make sure we recharge every now and then so we have the energy to keep up with our little ones. Moms are the glue that keep our small worlds spinning. Without us, there would be chaos.

    Erin

    Mom friends. Mother's Day is around the corner. Don't beg and wish upon a star to get what you REALLY want this year. Nope. #TreatYoSelf and love up on you this day!

    This Mother’s Day, #TreatYoSelf. Really. Take care of you. Do the things you want to do. Lay in the sun all day sipping these CrunchyMomMosa’s. Relax. Unwind. Appreciate you and the work that you do for your family. No one is going to love you like you!

    Ready for a new twist on the Mimosa? Grab a bottle of Mionetto Rose, some Kombucha, Coconut Water and meet me in the kitchen.

    The CrunchyMomMosa

    Ready for a unique twist on a traditional breakfast drink? I know you are!

    Course Drinks
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 5 minutes
    Servings 4 people

    Ingredients

    • 1 bottle Rose I used (and highly recommend) Mionetto
    • 1 bottle Kombucha
    • 8 oz Coconut Water
    • 1 handful Frozen Cherries

    Instructions

    1. Pop the bottle for the Rose. 

    2. Add cherries. 

    3. Add 2 oz of Kombucha. 

    4. Add 2 oz of Coconut Water. 

    5. Pour desired amount into glass.

    6. Sit back and enjoy.

    Spill it: How do you plan to #TreatYoSelf this Mother’s Day?

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    How I Lost Weight By Slimming Down My Mindset

    As we get older, weight loss gets harder and harder. But it's totally doable as is evidenced by the pants that now slide over my hips with ease. Want to know how I lost weight? Read on.

    So, my old slacks fit me again.  Can we just have a moment of silence for this major accomplishment?  These weren’t even normal slacks. They were the ones with the zipper on the side and they actually slid all the way over my hips.  I did the most uncoordinated happy dance in the mirror and it felt great to make some major progress. The common question is how I lost weight. I didn’t starve myself or purchase any frivolous products that promote weight loss.  It all started with a major change in my mindset first and putting in the work for myself and no one else.

    As we get older, weight loss gets harder and harder. But it's totally doable as is evidenced by the pants that now slide over my hips with ease. Want to know how I lost weight? Read on.

    Learning To Accept

    Over the years, I struggled with accepting my body for what it was and what it was slowly becoming.  Between health issues, child birth, and the scrapes and scars that reveal my life’s story, it became overwhelmingly difficult to fall in love with my personal beauty.  I didn’t have the confidence to boldly proclaim that I accepted who I was inside and out.

    I struggled to maintain a healthy lifestyle for myself.  As a result, I lost several pounds to the point of looking and feeling very sick.  I also gained several pounds while emotional eating through bouts of depression and stress.  I was a complete mess. For years I watched other people’s health journeys while not even making my own conscious decisions.  I spent so much time scrolling timelines wishing I could wear someone else’s shoes that I didn’t even know my own size.

    Changing My Mindset

    Drinking flat tummy tea or wrapping my stomach up for 45 minutes just didn’t seem realistic to me.  I eventually learned that I had to do what was best for me and I mean that in every way. My decisions didn’t have to be difficult or conflicting, but just true to who I was as a person.

    How I Lost Weight

    I changed my way of thinking and became more intentional about the way I live my life.  I’m now to the point that my only goal is to just be healthy. That’s it. No matter what it may look like to others, that’s my goal and I’m sticking to it. So, I pace myself and do what I can when I can for Me…no one else.

    I listen to my body. I don’t over exude myself past my limits. I don’t confine my beauty or self-worth to a scale or the latest weight loss trends.  I do what is best for Erin and I’ve found this way to be most effective. I love who I’ve become from every angle and that to me is the healthiest place I could be in.

    Have you won the battle with weight-loss? What tips do you have?

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    How I Beat Thrush Naturally

    Thrush. It's literally the worst ailment that afflicts both mom and baby. Ok, so maybe it's not THE worst but it certainly felt that way when BC and I had it! Here's how I beat thrust naturally despite a doctor telling me it wasn't possible.

    At BC’s 6 month check up we were diagnosed with thrush. My first response to the doctor telling me this was,

    But my boobs don’t hurt!

    And literally as soon as that statement left my mouth, they started hurting. After nursing for more than two and a half years with two previous babies, I now have thrush. I did what any responsible mom would do–I hit up Google to see what fellow moms were saying about thrush.

    I Found Great Information

    There was great information out there. I felt really prepared to heal this thrush naturally, especially after my the doctor scoffed at my notion of healing him without medicine. The combination of other mom blogs, Facebook friends, and my Instagram stories, I was ready to get this party started and the thrush gone.

    Here are some of the links that I found that were helpful:

    Mama Natural
    eMedicine
    Candida Specialists

    Here’s What Those Handy Dandy Links Didn’t Tell Me

    I want you to know this:

    Thrush. Hurts. Like. Hell. 

    No one really talked about how when your milk comes down and you’re nursing it feels like a million little needles are trying to make their way out of your milk ducts. I’ve had THREE unmedicated births that I feel like I handled like a champ. But guys. I want you to really feel me when I say this:

    Thrush almost broke me. 

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    This was going to be it. I was tapping out of one of my favorite parts of motherhood–breastfeeding. Surely something that is so good for both BC and I shouldn’t hurt me this way, right? Anytime he latched, I flinched. There were tears–not from him as he was completely unbothered. Oh, but did I mention that he was cutting his top teeth at the same time?

    Yeah, there’s a special place in heaven for me because I didn’t let the fact that I had BLOODY, bruised, and what felt like permanently damaged nipples stop me from nurturing this last little bundle my body had created. So how did I thrive despite thrush’s attempts to destroy me? This is what I did.

    Thrush. It's literally the worst ailment that afflicts both mom and baby. Ok, so maybe it's not THE worst but it certainly felt that way when BC and I had it! Here's how I beat thrust naturally despite a doctor telling me it wasn't possible.

    How I Beat Thrush Naturally

    For the first 3 days I put Just Thrive probiotics directly on his thrush two times per day. After each nursing, I wiped out his mouth with the Jack N’ Jill Mouth Wipes. This helped A LOT. I was watching the white gunk come out of his mouth–super gross but whatever. During these 3 days, I also doubled up on taking my probiotic as well.

    Because I’m not a glutton for punishment, after suffering that first day through the pain, I started taking 800 mg of ibuprofen every 6-8 hours–yes, just like when I gave birth. I also made some natural antibiotic and anti-fungal wipes using this recipe:

    1 c of water
    1/2 c of Apple Cider Vinegar
    1/2 c of melted Coconut Oil
    10 paper towels cut in half

    Put all of the paper towels in a tupperware container. Mix ingredients together and pour over the paper towels. Cover them and shake to make sure all the solution gets in there. Use these wipes after every nursing.

    Ok so by day 3 we still had thrush. Mine was going away as was evidence by the lessening of the pain in my boobs but he still had the white lesions in his mouth. I had ordered some Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) from Amazon (bae) and I created a solution daily for the next 3 days that had 10 drops of GSE with 1 oz of distilled water. I used Q-tips and swabbed this in his mouth 3 times daily. During this 3 day period we tried the medicine the doctor prescribed and he vomited it all over my bed so we were done with that.

    So now we’re 6 days in and I see a huuuuuuge difference in the lesions. It’s completely gone from his tongue and most of it is gone from his cheeks. For the next couple of days I let it ride as I waited for the Gentian Violet to come in the mail from Amazon. This was the most highly recommended remedy. But we were nervous about trying this because it would turn his mouth purple–like all of it.

    We tried it. I gave him two doses of it two nights in a row. Once the purple cleared I saw that his lesions had cleared as well.

    Yes, I danced and sang and almost cried tears of joy.

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    So yeah, that’s how I beat thrush naturally.

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    5 Pro-Tips To Traveling With Kids

    Traveling with kids can be pretty difficult but there are some tips and tricks to make it easier. I've been traveling with mine since my youngest of three was four weeks old. Here's what I've learned.
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    I don’t think that traveling with kids will ever be labeled as easy. Ok, when Mini was little, traveling with her was super easy. She was easy. When she was a baby, I would wear her on the flights. She would nurse and sleep through the flight only to wake up and be pleasant. When she started to walk, she would pull her own car seat to the gate. She’s a pro.

    But now I have THREE children so traveling isn’t that easy breezy. But there are some tips that I’ve picked up along the way to streamline this as much as possible.

    Traveling with kids can be pretty difficult but there are some tips and tricks to make it easier. I've been traveling with mine since my youngest of three was four weeks old. Here's what I've learned.

    5 Pro-Tips To Traveling With Kids

    1. Pack snacks. Lots of snacks.

    This is super important whether you’re traveling by plane, train or automobile. When flying, this can be tricky because of all the regulations so make sure you check those first but cars? I love the idea of filling the craft box with snacks. Some people hate the idea but it works for us since we have some serious snackers.

    2. Make sure all electronics are charged.

    Sure, we don’t want our kids to have crazy amounts of screen time but listen, if you have a choice between your kids terrorizing other travelers what are you choosing? My choice is Peppa Pig. But make sure that those electronics are fully charged AND you have headphones made for children. I love the Amazon Kindle and these here headphones since they’re cute and the girls look so cute wearing them.

    3. Make sure you have age appropriate entertainment packed.

    As much as we wish the kids would sit and watch whatever entertainment is available for them on their tablets, they won’t because, well, kids. Inside of their travel bags make sure to have back up games and forms of entertainment.

    Babies:

    This age range is pretty easy. They typically want to be held or snuggled or nursed. But they do like to be entertained and like to chew things—especially when teething. We love this rattle and it keeps BC entertained.

    Toddlers & Preschoolers

    These guys are the hardest to entertain. I mean, at my age it’s super hard to sit still for all the time it takes traveling so for them I know it’s really difficult–and they make sure we know. But since we homeschool it’s also a pretty good time to get some quality learning in. I love the Highlight’s Activity Book for ABC. It’s colorful and makes it easy for me to make sure she’s getting some learning done. These also come in different age ranges so it’s available for others.

     If you have a preschooler plus an older one <insert my current set up> having the older one play games with them is a great way to distract them. I love this sneaky game that also teaches kids to look out for patterns while they play.

    Ages 5 and up

    If I’m being completely honest, I think they should already have their bags packed with the things they need to entertain themselves–right? But I do like introducing new and fun educational games to my kids while we’re on the go. One of the newest ones that Mini has are these Mental Blox. It works their critical thinking skills which is really one of those life long skills they need to make sure are properly honed.

    If you’re kids have tablets that are compatible with either Google Play or the Apple App Store, they’ll love this interactive coloring book. This is NOT your basic coloring book!! My kids creations come to life and they love it.

    4. Set proper expectations for travel.

    Yes, this means be proactive with the “Are we there yet?” questions. Let them know how long the trip will take, how you’re getting there, and give frequent updates. When I roadtripped with all the kids to go speak at Blog Life University 4 weeks after giving birth, I shared with Mini how nervous I was about the drive with the 3 of them by myself. Do you know that was the easiest road trip ever? Share with your kids any emotions surrounding travel as well so they can help if they’re old enough to.

    5. Pack treats for yourself.

    I know this is about making travel easier with kids but let’s be real here, if the parentals aren’t 100% ready to tackle the trip, all hell will break loose. Travel is stressful so make sure you take the edge off by packing snacks that are just for you and making sure you have your activities as well. I just finished downloading my audio books to my phone so I don’t have to worry about whether I can stream or not. I also have a wireless earbud so that I can listen freely while still keeping an ear out for my minions.

    Do you travel with your kids often? What tips do you have?

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