Loving my husband through our daughter’s eyes

Sep 18, 2014 by

My husband rocks at fatherhood and there is just something so special about loving him more through our daughter’s eyes. She just lights up like the sun when she’s with him. I can’t blame her.

This week’s post is a photo tribute to just how awesome of a father he really is! I love you Mike.

 

Because you always remember to bring crayons to any restaurant

Because you expose M to new types of foods (sushi anyone?!)

Because you always make time for her to snuggle even if you are swamped with work at night

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Because you love morning snuggles in bed

Because you are the strong hands that protect her in scary situations (too many ER visits to count)

 

Because you know what to do to keep her busy in the ER – coloring anyone?

Frugal Mom 101: How to Save Money Fast without Couponing! Part 2

Sep 12, 2014 by

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Back in October of 2012, I wrote my most viewed post about how to save money without using coupons. For many of us busy moms, couponing, while it has its great benefits, is too time consuming. I would rather learn how to conserve and save money and in turn, teach my child about doing so as well. It’s a great life lesson to teach our children and hopefully it will stay with them into adulthood. Plus, who wouldn’t want to save money on their water bill or cut down on wasted food? It’s a no-brainer.

That being said, I’ve been busy at work coming up with ways to save money. Take a look at the list below and add in ways you save money too!

Quality Time with my Girl

Aug 29, 2014 by

This past week, I followed in some of my fellow bloggers footsteps, by spending more quality, one-on-one time with my daughter. It felt rewarding and fulfilling to “just be.” From taking long walks in the morning and evening, to coloring and making special treats for the week, it really was so nice just to give my daughter all of my attention and energy. The laundry and dishes piled up and the dog hair piles grew on the floor, but you know what, who cares, because I had a blast with her.

I recently read somewhere that moms “rush through each moment.” We do this in an effort to stay sane and keep whatever amount of energy we have left going, but at what cost? I often rush through each moment too, rushing through bath, rushing to get her dressed, fed, rushing to get her out the door for doctor appointments, and to be quite honest, it has to be super annoying and frustrating for her, as it is for me.

“It’s all about the Tiger Growl”

Aug 22, 2014 by

Our 2 ½ year old was going through (I hope it’s over) an age appropriate phase of biting and hitting. It began a few months ago when she bit her BFF at daycare, how upsetting right?! It broke my heart that she would hurt her friend and even though daycare doesn’t disclose who bites your child, since I knew the mother well, I decided to talk with her about it in front of both girls.

I went up to the mother with M and apologized for her behavior and asked the little girl how she felt after she was bitten. As I was talking to the mother and daughter, M was looking at her BFF the whole time. I looked down and said, “What’s wrong M?.” She said “I sorry for biting my friend.” I then told her how proud I was of her for understanding how sad her friend was.

Trusting Your Child

Aug 8, 2014 by

Last week was probably the hardest week our family has ever had. Our daughter kept complaining that it burned “down below” after she urinated. We immediately took her to a walk in clinic, which of course occurred at 8:00 p.m. These “emergencies” never occur pre 5:00 p.m., it would just be too convenient.

We walked in and the doctor asked me what was wrong, in which I directed him to our two-year old who clearly can state how she’s feeling. After she told him what was wrong, he said, “There’s no way at two-years old that she has a UTI, it’s just too unlikely.” He told us that most likely it was a cut or just a phase she was going through.

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