A Toddler’s Courage

Mar 27, 2015 by

I was completely taken back and not prepared for the experience my 2 ½ year old daughter went through last week. We were shopping at a store when two little twin boys were giving her these “looks” and were almost silently teasing her, if that makes any sense. You know, those looks you used to get as a kid when other kids were quietly making fun of you? Well, yes, my daughter went through that last week. I was completely taken back, unprepared of what to do and for sure triggered by my own experiences I went through as a teenager.

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Compassion Towards Animals

Mar 13, 2015 by

One Friday night when my parents were watching our daughter, they called to say that one of their dogs suffered a stroke and they needed to bring her to the animal hospital. It was getting late in the evening and close my daughter’s bedtime. Instead of taking my daughter home to bed, I decided to have her stay at the hospital with my parents. I got in my car, drove to the hospital and decided to use this as a learning experience on compassion and empathy. We talk about, read about it in books, but for her to experience, hands on, what it means to show compassion towards a sick animal is the best way for her to learn.

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Crock Pot Mom Converts: Goodbye Crock Pot, Hello Stove

Feb 27, 2015 by

Millions of families around the world use a crock pot to help make fast and easy meals during the work week. From pulled pork to chicken tacos and everything else in between, crock pots offer time savings to the stressful cooking.

Unfortunately, I haven’t had any luck. My chicken is dry, my stews have no flavor and my baby back ribs have aren’t juicy. I received hours of advice on how to rectify this issue, spent countless nights looking up new crock pot recipes on Pinterest and even purchased a new crock pot. No luck mommas! It just doesn’t work for me.

So, I thought long and hard, did some online searches and came up with Plan B! Goodbye crock pot and hello stove!

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I am currently in love with one pot dinners and one dish bakes. They are so easy, quick, inexpensive and punch a lot of flavor.

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How a “Parent Break” Affects Me

Feb 20, 2015 by

This past weekend my parents took our daughter, for not one, but two nights! It honestly, was wonderful, amazing and relaxing. The last time we had two days off was last September. Our marriage and sanity needed it. While our daughter isn’t that “needy” or “difficult,” it still is a lot of work being a parent and when you can take advantage of a break, I say – go for it!

Whenever I get a nice long break, I tend to realize things about myself that I overlooked or masked before. Here is my list of how having a “parent break” affects me.

– I see the small things in life and how meaningful they are. Saturday night was a snow storm and I laid on the couch, looking out our large window, staring at the snow coming down. It was honestly, so relaxing and peaceful

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Embracing Who I am

Feb 6, 2015 by

Like many people, I critique myself on a regular basis, rewinding the clock and looking back at how I acted and handled situations, good or bad. I tend to be extremely hard on myself, a perfectionist if you will. I look for ways to improve myself on a daily basis and while that is all good, it can be incredibly draining and taxing.

Why do I constantly evaluate myself, look at how I handled myself and God forbid I look at myself in a negative way, why do I let it festers for hours, even days on end?

The answer is unclear. I recently talked to my husband about it, hoping he might shed some light on the situation and all he could offer was, “that’s just who you are.” I looked at him, puzzled, thinking, really that’s all you could offer? Then I thought, well, he is right. It’s who I am, it’s what I do, but is it healthy? That answer is clearly no.

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