Ideas please !! Harper has requested some books from Santa this year. I’d like to get her something that bridges the passive/active reading gap (if that’s even a thing!?) She’ll be going into grade 1 next year and is quite capable of reading some of the more simple Dr Suess books. What titles do your kids love?! Thanks brains trust! 📚
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Feelings--happy😁, sad😢, angry😡, mad🤬, joyful🤩, ecstatic😍, disappointed😖--sometimes our kids feel all of these in just ONE day! It's so much to handle--and not just for little kids. Remember your big kids are also wading through so.many.feelings. too. Throw in rapid brain developement and BAM! You can bet kids will need some help processing feelings.
Our job is to help them sort through these feelings and emotions and not mix them up with our own (!!!!). And oh my word, this can be hard. However, we have to look at this as an honor. Our kids are entrusting their feelings to us. We must hold them close and help them sort through what they are experiencing. 🔶
We can break down big ideas into manageable chunks. We can nod and smile and hug and offer gentle advice. We can take them by the hand and go for a walk. We can help them count to 10 and just breathe.
How do you help your kids process their feelings?👇👇👇
Kids delight in the smallest things like getting to choose a tiny decorative pumpkin for their rooms. 🤣 Nearly every Thursday after school, we go to Trader Joe’s usually just for fun. It’s kind of a tradition now. And I was thinking how far we’ve come from the days when I would do anything to get to go to the store sans kids, and now we go together because we look forward to it & it’s fun.
I want to celebrate that! We’ve put in some very difficult years as parents, and we’re bound to have a few rocky patches ahead of us. But right now, in this moment, things are good and easy and fun. So we go to Trader Joe’s and buy tiny pumpkins and eat the samples and enjoy it!
After spending the last year actively working to reduce my waste as much as possible and drooling over gorgeous zero waste IG accounts, I’ve realized that even accounts based on waste reduction can become lifestyle porn. I start to become discontent because I don’t have these architecturally interesting pristine white interiors with the minimalist hip interior and plants that are ALL surviving. How?! My pictures aren’t pretty, I’m not composing them or waiting for good light. I just want to show that even in an imperfect urbanish/suburbanish ranch with two (big) kids, there are a myriad of things we can do to reduce waste. It’s not really pretty though, it’s about using what you have, even if it’s old margarine tubs. It won’t make the sun come magically through the windows in perfect ways, there WILL still be dishes, but it does make a huge difference in waste. Start with what you can feel good about. For my family, the biggest impact came from focusing on composting and using reusable produce and grocery bags.
I have had the joy of witnessing so many breathtaking sunsets from my balcony! I’m going to miss these quiet moments, but I can’t wait to see what new moments and memories I will make in my new home. A New Adventure starts tomorrow! ❤️
Raise your hand if you’ve ever made life plans only for those plans to not work out how you thought?? 🙋🏼♀️ To quote @justintimberlake “If you wanna make God smile, make plans.”
Our two oldest kids Zion and Elle are Irish Twins. Also not planned, but we thought it was a pretty sweet deal. Two kids in our early twenties, we’ll be empty nesters in our early 40’s. This will work our perfectly! And then one fateful week in February, a snowstorm/ ice storm rolled into Nashville and stranded us in our home for a week and yada-yada-yada we had a third child!
For awhile I couldn’t think about the future. The age gap freaked me out so much, but y’all God knows what we need before we even know we need it. And God knew we needed (and this world needed) Hollis.
I won’t lie, the dynamic of raising two tweens and a toddler can sometimes get the best of me, but it’s a really good life we have! Moral of the story: don’t get caught alone in a snow storm with your hot husband!! 😉
If people had hearts like dogs... we would relax more;
we would find and selflessly fill empty spaces in people's hearts and homes;
we would be there for those we love -- just be there -- not judging, not questioning, not trying to fix anything, just being present and attentive;
we would give love unconditionally;
we would goof off and have more fun;
we would welcome and find solace in silent devoted companionship;
we would forgive human err immediately;
we would always have hope and faith in our eyes;
we would wake up each day eager to explore our environment;
and all of our friendships with humans, well, they would start with a "shake," a genuine attempt at connection and likely lots of smiles and laughter. “What a beautiful world it would be if people had hearts like dogs.” - Author Unknown ***
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I like to take inventory on myself once in awhile. It’s both wonderful and difficult to take a good look at how I’m doing in my mom role. I have some goals after my recent inventory and one of those goals is to see my kids for who they really are. Not what their behavior is displaying or how they are reacting to a given situation... but who they are. Kind of like when they are sleeping or looking off at something far away... Isn’t that the best? What if we could see them that way and feel all the feels even when their disposition is far from whimsical? That’s my goal, I want to see the best in them even when they don’t know how to show it.
A lot of people ask me what I think about laws that require restaurants to add calorie counts to their menus, and I always reflect back to this memory...
I had just moved to New York City and was very deep in my eating disorder. My mom was visiting me from California for the weekend and I was trying my hardest to hide my binging from her. She didn’t know. No one did.
That day we went exploring, but I only wanted to eat at Starbucks because they had all the calories listed in plain sight. I remember walking in and turning to her, my eyes beaming and a huge smile across my face, “Isn’t New York wonderful? They require all the calories to be listed at restaurants!”
That day I ordered a fruit cup instead of the muffin I really wanted, and that night I hid in the bathroom and binged in silence while my mom slept.
And that, friends, is what I think about calories on restaurant menus ❤️
For important statistics, swipe through for a wonderfully worded article featuring @chr1styharrison, who does a great job explaining the problems with listing calorie counts on menus.
Save this post for the next time you need quick access to this info!
And thank you Christy for your work and your voice! ❤️
'The way we talk to our children, becomes their inner voice'
So whisper them sweet words of praise & encouragement, be a gentle voice of reason & carefully bring them back to reality when need be. Being a parent is fucking hard, trying to raise a good, kind human when there's so many people in the world shaped by a bad upbringing. Hard for 2 people, harder still for 1 but the main thing is constantly trying. Not one person is perfect & its a learn on your feet job. For all though, it's constant juggling... work, home, extended family & everything else that goes into being alive, all the while that kid being your main focus. You can go to bed exhausted, drained but wake determined to give your child the best version of you. Parents... you're doing a great job. Never ever stop trying.
Kiddo... 'through chaos as it swirls, it's us against the world' 💙
If you go to the blog and SCROLL a little bit you’ll find my wash routine. I wrote up what I do which might not work for you, but if you’ve been curious that’s it. I don’t consider myself a wash routine expert by any stretch of the imagination but I do really think a lot of the dialogue around washing diapers is overkill and excessive. I’d love to try another detergent but I’m kinda terrified 🤣🙈#clothdiapering
Does mum guilt ever go away? It starts with whether a child is breastfed or formula fed. Were you able to give birth naturally or did you have a c-section? Then there’s the daycare vs stay-at-home mum discussions. (My first born was on formula, I had a c-section and he went to daycare. You can imagine the guilt...) The second one comes along and then you’re worried about neglecting your first born, giving them screen time while you try to put the newborn to sleep, resorting to unhealthy take aways because it was just such a tough day with your teething colicky baby that kept you up all night and day. The list goes on and on... I used to think I won’t have mum guilt forever, but I’m beginning to think that It will never go away.
Today I shouted at my kids. I never shout at them but today they pushed me too far. The boys have completely stopped cleaning up after themselves the last couple of weeks. I felt like a slave, I had a moment of weakness and I lost it. My 4yo was so upset that I ended up staying at his kindy for an hour helping him make an airplane for his dad, just so he knows I still love him.
Why do dads not experience this same level of guilt? They seem to be able to roll with things and be far more relaxed.
Any insights? Does it go away? Is it normal or is it just me?
About the lunches... Today the boys are having:
💎 Buckwheat Scones GF/DF (because they loved it so much yesterday and asked me to make them again)
💎 Pineapple, mango and coconut chia pudding 🍍🥥
💎 Traffic light 🚦 veggie sticks with hummus
💎 Lemonade Apples (my 4yos favourite)🍏
💎 Nectarine 🍑
Have an amazing weekend everyone! I hope it will be beautiful and sunny wherever you may be :) Sandy xo
Things were feeling a little too strict and rigid this week, so I decided to shut all the workbooks early today and head out to cross off one of our “fall list” activities: playing in the leaves! Even as we ran out the door, I noticed three loads of laundry that needed to be folded and I thought for a split second about calling it off to get caught up on a few things, but I’m so glad I didn’t. There will always be more items filling up to-do lists, and I could spend all of my time checking boxes. But I hope I can remember not to let all of that inconsequential stuff take over what really matters most, what really brings us joy. I’ve had to let go of the idea that one day my kids will have memories of organized drawers, consistently folded laundry, no dishes ever in the sink 🙈
But I DO hope that they remember days like this one. I know that I will, and that I will never regret it, piles of laundry and all.
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✖️Some babies will fight a swaddle, despite all efforts and consistent attempts! Switching to a ‘hands up’ swaddle might benefit your baby better, but try not to go without any type of sleeping wrap/swaddle at all. ✖️
Tip for arms up swaddle - the @lovetodreamaustralia (also easy to transition from arms in, to arms out when old enough!!) ❤️
They may also seem as though they want to drop their first nap of the day!! .
TIP: persist! Even if it’s not being taken, still pop them down creating ‘cot for sleep’ habit, they get a little rest and your routine, although less an AM sleep, doesn’t get fudged up too badly!!