I love celebrating small and big victories with you. I enjoy our time together as a family at home, exploring, traveling, and making memories with you.
Thanks for making me comforted and supported when I am emotional and feeling overwhelmed.
Thanks for making me laugh even when I want to cry.
Thank you for being kind to me even when I am having a rough day and I often forget to tell you how much it helps to have your support.
You work hard at your job and then still have energy to take on house projects.
Thank you for being so sweet with our child. I never knew how someone that I respect so much and has always been strong and stoic can also be so gentle and touching.
You are an amazing man. You are a great friend to your friends and an incredible husband.
Thanks for giving me space when I need it.
Thanks for being you.
THERE ARE DAYS I want to yell and cry. Or cry then yell. Life can have patches that can get you down. Thank you for helping me through those days and I’ll always be there for you when you have those same days.
AND when we have the INEVITABLE AND HARD discussions of our approach and opinions on finances, family goals, jobs, house and other decisions, thank YOU for being open to discuss what we desire. We argue sometimes. It can be difficult.
BUT HERE’S THE THING,
I love you.
We got this. I’d rather not have these discussions with anyone else but you. You are my person and I’m in it to win it with you, husband.
Challenging myself to not say the phrase “I can’t wait until….”
….baby sleeps at night, baby walks, baby feeds himself, baby does this or that, or for me to work less or exercise more, have a clean house, bigger or better house, more money, more more more more more more
TODAY is today. We are all works in progress and WAITING for this or that to happen takes away from the joy of today. So trying my best and making priorities for today, but also enjoying the little things and big things.
So I CAN wait.
Today is a beautiful day and is just how it is supposed to be. Who knows what tomorrow or next month or year will bring. Today is today. ❤
I know, I know. Some people do not think journaling is a legitimate way to spend time. I am not sure why people think it is a silly pastime. It honestly has changed by life. You might have never have written in a journal before or maybe you share the same thoughts as me and enjoy writing things down. All I ask is to not knock it before you try it 🙂 ❤
Reasons why you should try journaling:
It helps you reflect on how far you have come and how proud you should be about overcoming obstacles.
From reading previous entries, you are reminded of things you have learned.
It puts ALL things in perspective.
It is relaxing to GET emotions out.
Journalling helps you identify things you would like to WORK on and brainstorm solutions.
It also allows you to DREAM big, no boundaries.
It reminds you of what matters in life and what your priorities are. Is it family? Friends? Work? Traveling? Cooking? Hobbies? A combination? Are you happy with how you spend your time or do you want to change how the weeks and month are spent?
It helps you GROW to become the person you want to be.
What do you think? What to pick up a journal and try to make it a weekly or daily habit? Or do you already practice journalling and enjoy it? Let me know, would love to hear from you!
SOME babies will use a pacifier for months regularly and then not ever miss it.
MOST babies are NOT like that and it takes some time and going in with a strategy to make the pacifier disappear and stay gone. ❤
Pediatricians vary on the best time to phase out the pacifier and every baby and family is different with how long they choose to use it. Talk to your doctor about their recommendations of when to stop using a pacifier.
I’m here to offer an easy step by step guide how to kiss the pacifier goodbye when ready.
Start cutting use out during the day while baby is awake.
Start cutting use out at nap time.
Start cutting use out at night.
Be consistent (if possible) with bedtime routine – bath/pajamas, book, sip of water or snack, brushing teeth etc. Once a good routine is established, it makes it easy to have a new “last thing” before sleeping 🙂
Also, determine how flexible/strict you are going to be and how attached the babe is. As you can see from the picture above, our baby LOVED his pacifiers. We phased out the pacifier before our son was 13 month old over about a 2 week course going step by step every few days with the 4 steps listed above and it went smooth. He had pretty much just been using it for naps and at bedtime most days by the time he was 1 year old. For you, it could be a slow process over a few days, weeks, or months or possibly there is a desired deadline(before age 18 months or 2 yrs or 3 yrs or a designated cut off that you’ve been aiming for). It may instead be a simple and quick change to use the four steps above and within a few days or weeks the pacifier has left the building.
Pacifier use has research that supports use to decrease risk of SIDS, help baby self soothe, ease discomfort, and satisfy the innate suck reflex. (article here) There is also research that recommends to start to wean baby from pacifier use after 6 months to reduce the evidence of otitis media (ear infections) and dental issues. (article here) Some pediatricians recommend weaning use by the child’s first or second birthday. Again talk to your doctor for their recommendation.
What worked for you when you phased the pacifier out or is this a current struggle for any of you guys?
HELLO easy BBQ chicken wrap! Whenever I have leftover chicken I am ALWAYS thinking of a quick meal to put together that keeps everyone full and happy. Try this crunchy, sweet and savory wrap. Serve warm or cold! If your looking for a quick way to make some chicken, check out Easy and Quick Oven Baked Chicken. Pair with your favorite chips or veggies! This wrap works great also with The Best Roasted Red Potatoes and Onions!
Alright lets get started on this chicken wrap!
So first, gather your ingredients.
Layer the chicken and cheese.
Add the peppers and lettuce.
Wrap all those yummy ingredients tightly.
Cut in half and enjoy!
Easy 6 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Wraps
Makes 4 Wraps
4 Burrito sized tortillas or wraps
2 cups cooked chicken – shredded or diced mixed with your favorite BBQ sauce
BBQ sauce to mix with the chicken ( I used about 2/3 cup, but personal preference to how much sauce you like!)
1 cup cheddar cheese – chopped or shredded
2 bell peppers – chopped
1 cup romaine or spinach – cut into strips
In a small bowl, mix the cooked chicken with BBQ sauce.
Place ½ cup of BBQ chicken in a line on the tortilla.
Top with ¼ cup cheddar cheese.
Layer roughly 1/3 cup chopped bell peppers and 1/4 cup romaine or spinach on top.
Roll up the wrap, cut in half and enjoy!
Note: Depending on the size of the bell peppers you might have more or less than 1/3 cup per wrap, so just equally divide the chopped bell peppers into four servings .
Been thinking about the direction I want my life to go to and my past. Ive been feeling curious if anyone has felt the same.
I am DIFFERENT from where I was 5 years ago. I think before I talk and am more respectful to those around me.
Friendships CHANGE. It is inevitable. I have been struggling with not beating myself up for not making old friendships a constant priority. TRUE friends can pick up where they left off and we will reconnect when we can.
I am RESILIENT. A bad day at work or a rough day with the baby does not get to me anymore. I have a support system of friends, family, and coping mechanisms to help take a step back.
I feel GRATEFUL for every single day. Not everyday is promised and I have been doing the best I can to cherish the day to day, even if there is not AMAZING things happening every day.
SO, I challenge you to consider these 4 things:
Accept that with time we are DIFFERENT than who we once were and that is NOT a bad thing.
Friendships may CHANGE but true friendships will have flexibility.
Be RESILIENT and do not sweat the small stuff. This too does and shall pass.
GRATEFULNESS helps keep you centered. Try to make today the best day it can be.
What helps center you? How do you cope with rough days? Thoughts of friendships changing with time or phases of life? I would love to hear from you.
Finding the best sippy cup can be quite the task. I am NOT proud to admit that I bought lots of types only to discover that my toddler preferred the ones listed below. With this quick summary, you should be on your way to finding the best sippy cup so you do not have to waste MONEY on items that are not child friendly. Note: This post has affiliate links for easy shopping.
…that offered to hold my baby while I ate, thank you. I had told you he had colic. You said I still needed a break.
To the woman at the bridal shower, thank you for asking to hold the baby a second time considering the first time I said, “I’m fine” but was actually sleep deprived and exhausted. You knew I was pretending to have it covered. I’m glad you reasked and I said yes. You did calm him down so well and I was able to eat and drink some water.
To the woman at the bridal shower, who I didn’t know before that day and whose name I cannot even remember, thank you. I went to the bridal shower with my two month old and was so nervous he was going to be loud and take attention away from my best friend who was getting married.
To the woman at the bridal shower, you don’t even know how a simple gesture made such a big impact and I will always remember. Thank you.
To the woman at the bridal shower, thank you for lending a hand to someone who was a new mom and this was her first time around more than a few family members. I was nervous going into that day but you made me feel comfortable and powerful.
I will never how you reassured me so effortlessly that I was doing well and why you were so sweet and kind to help someone you didn’t know. I hope I can be this woman to another mother. Another stranger or another friend that didn’t know she needed help. This is what it is all about. Supporting one another and lifting each other up. ❤
A new mom that was impacted
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A photo of my friend and I on the day of her bridal shower
This is my first post of a series of weekly thoughts. I’m interested to hear if anyone has thought about these things as well. Feel free to comment, I’d love to start a conversation! ❤
I just have been feeling so warm and fuzzy from you all. Thank you for supporting me and thank you for supporting each other!
The sun is shining bright, birds are chirpping, it’s another beautiful summer day!
Today’s thought is this: We choose our own adventure and outlook.
I once heard someone complain about the birds chirping in the morning and how they hated that they wake them up. I feel so different! Note, I can sleep through a thunderstorm no problem. BUT regardless I LOVE hearing those birds chirp first thing in the morning and was amazed how the same thing that brings me joy was something that they disliked.
Is today going to be a good day? Do you want it to be? Or do you want to sulk about something instead? Not everyday can be the best day of your life of course but I challenge you to be mindful of one day and a time. Not just working for the weekend, enjoying something each and every day. Maybe it’s a walk after work or early morning coffee before work and reading a good book. Or maybe it’s calling a friend to catch up or spending quality time with your significant other, family, or a close friend. Or journalling or organizing something. What gives you peace and recharges you?
All the best,
I’ll leave you with a recent bathroom selfie <3, no shame
This is one of my favorite recipes. My mom actually introduced me to quinoa and making salads with it AND I am forever grateful for this. I have made this salad with lots of combinations. Pick your favorite vegetables, about 2 cups and add it to this salad. My current favorite combination is broccoli, bell pepper, and red onion. I like to use feta but you can also use mozzarella or parmesan if desired.
First gather your salad ingredients
Then combine ingredients and mix your dressing together (olive oil and spices).
Toss ingredients together and enjoy!
Vegetable Quinoa Salad
4 cups romaine, baby spinach, or mixed greens
2 cups cooked quinoa
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 cup broccoli
¼ cup red or white onion
½ cup feta
2.5 Tbsp olive oil
½ tsp oregano
½ tsp basil
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp garlic powder
Combine the greens with quinoa, bell pepper, broccoli, onion and feta.
In a separate small dish, mix the olive oil, oregano, basil, salt and garlic powder until well combined.
Toss salad with dressing and then enjoy!
Sound good? Have quinoa in a salad before or looking forward to trying it? Let me know, would love to hear from you! Comment below!
Happy cooking! ❤ Hope
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