Thursday, March 26, 2015

The One Year & Beyond Link up.


 We're back! Starting Thursday, the 2nd of April, I will be teaming up with four amazing mamas to bring back  to you the "One year and beyond" Link up.

  In this link up we want to share with you what we've found that has worked for us as new mamas to toddlers. Because we're experts  after being moms for a few years or so, right? Not really, but we have some experience and want to share what we've learned and we'd love to learn from you, too!

               Here's our Hosts for this round!







Here are the topics we will be talking about this Month!

April 2nd. Spring activities and craft ideas for toddlers.

April 9th.  How  you keep your toddler occupied while grocery shopping.

April 15th.  Potty Training.

April 22. Favorite Spring activities.

April 29th Clothes shopping for your toddler. (Where do you get the best deals, where do you shop, how do you save money) etc

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Currently..

 
Loving: That it's officially Spring!! If you know me I'm all about the Spring. Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons and if it could be fall and Spring for most of the year I'd be so fine with that. :)
I'm bringing out the sunhats and sunglasses. :)

Reading/Watching: I've recently been catching up with 19 kids and counting. I'm loving the new season in fact Jill is kinda giving me prego fever! haha Jk... maybe. ;)

Other than kid pop out books I've only really been reading the Bible and "The confident woman" Devotional by Joyce Myer. This is my second time reading this for a devo and I love it.

Trying to: be patient in the waiting.. It's hard isn't it and yet it should be so easy.. We know that God has the perfect plan for us and His timing is always on time. I'm holding on to the verse



"I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
    and in his word I put my hope" -Psalm 130:5


And it has been my comfort in this season. In His word I will put my hope and not in our circumstances. Our Lease is up April 31st and we have until then to find a place and move.. I know God has our back and front and He won't send us to a place where He is not. :)

Wishing: Honestly, that we could just be moved and unpacked already haha!

Excited for: Just this new season in life.. I'm excited for Leon and I to be in ministry full time and not letting careers get in the way of that.. We want to be on fire for God full time together. Because we're strongest together. I'm excited for this new journey of moving and living on our own :)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Liya's three month.



Dearest Liya, 
Three months ago you came into the world. Making our family complete and balanced. It doesn't feel like you're three months old already and yet, at the same time it feels like you've been apart of the family all along. You are such a great baby. You literally only have fits when you're tired. You're such my little cuddle bear.



Liya's One Month update:
Liya Loves:  You love to look at yourself in the mirror and love when people talk to you.  You always laugh, smile and coo away.  You hate tummy time but love lying on your back. However, you love laying on your tummy when you sleep and refuse to lay on your back. You love your play mat, and bright colored objects.  You love diaper changes and bath time! You also love to roll onto your side when you are playing around. You also love playing with your toys.

Eating: She nurses about every three hours so she's slowing down a bit. :) She loves to nurse
 
                                 
Liya doesn't like:
Liya doesn't like:Changing her clothes, Waiting to eat.Being put down when she's not ready.
 Clothing size:She's officially wearing all 3 to 6!
Diaper size:2!
Weight: 13.10. She's in the 80th percentile for weight and 90th percentile for height! :)  
Health: Fantastic. You're such a healthy baby.

Mama’s Favorites:Your Binkies, your swing and rocker, they are such lifesavers when I don't feel like taking you up stairs for nap.We don't really use the boppy Pillow that much. I used it on your sister all the time however you find it uncomfortable so we just use it to prop you up and that works great!

Social:You and Evie both are my social butterflies. You love it when people give you attention. When they talk to you, you talk right back and smile. 

Crying:You don't really fuss at all.. Normally only before you go to bed at night because you want to fight sleep. But other than that you don't normally cry unless your tired or hungry or need to be changed. you hate being uncomfortable.


Sleep:You sleep in your bassinet and  we'll probably move you to your crib after we move. You're a great sleeper. You only wake up twice at night and you take two little morning naps, one three hour after noon nap, and one tiny evening nap that I try to plan around dinner. Sometimes it works and sometimes no.


 
New things you experienced this month: You met your Pop Pop and Great Grandmother today for the first time. 

You laughed! I will never forget it. I was giving you a bath and you just all of a sudden looked up and started laughing.. There must have been an Angel making you giggle. :)

You rolled over. You're Gandma saw it first! 

You are now showing some interest in toys and you love watching Evelynne play with hers. Especially her balls.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Mommy Moments

Welcome to Mommy Moments! We hope you all a week filled with wonderful memories! Let's keep it up by sharing and promoting Mommy Moments and the wonderful community we have here! I have enjoyed getting to know all the new mamas linking up and sharing their lives with us! I can't wait to hear more from you all again this week! 

Motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its laughs. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world!




The top viewed link this week belongs to Best of Baby and her post I'm a Lactivist...and I hated nursing. I love the variety of posts we get highlighting the different perspectives of motherhood, breastfeeding being one of those! It's encouraging to know that we are not alone in our feelings, whether positive or negative! Thank you for your honest and encouraging post Iulia!
I Hated Nursing www.bestofbabylady.com



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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Keeping God first in your Marriage. Featuring: Charlene Maugeri

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 I'm gonna start this post out honestly by saying that Leon and I have not always been the perfect example of putting God first in the business of our lives. I still don't think that now. However, we've gotten better!

 He's a full time cop and I'm a full time mom. He works at night and I'm with the kiddos during the day. When he's awake I'm sleeping and when I'm awake he's sleeping.

Get my point? We rarely see each other most days and we've used our busyness as an excuse to not read the bible together or pray together. And in doing that two years ago ended out with a very bad taste in our mouths. We had little intimacy, we argued almost every day and with him being a cop he was letting the influence of swearing and getting angry easily  take over him which led to.. well, more arguing.

However, things changed last October when he had a 20 day vacation. We both just changed and desire even more of God. In one night Leon's anger left him and he were love birds all over again. Now our goal and passion is to put God first in our lives. Ahead of our busyness, of our children and each other. We desire to be overwhelmed by Him and not overwhelmed by the busyness of our days.

We read devotionals when we're together and when He's working I'll send him a sermon I've been listening too or a verse I loved that day.  I wish I could say that we spend hours together every day in prayer but it's just not that way yet and hopefully once his full time Pastor lifestyle comes through we'll be able to do that. I deeply admire spouses who can!

So, here are some ways Leon and I keep God first in our marriage and communicate Jesus to each other.

1. We pray together.. Not everyday (like we should) but we do as often as we can. However, when we're not praying together, we're praying for each other. which is just as good in my opinion. Man there's  power in prayer!

2. We read the bible and devotionals when He's off of work. On days He's not working we'll read a devotional together before we go to bed. We love reading Devotionals by Bill Johnson, Joseph Prince and just anything that brings us in the Awesomeness  of God's love and power.

We'll also listen to sermons together.. We love Todd White! Also Bill Johnson and a lot of Marriage wisdom sermons.

3. We pray with our children. Now this is something him and I do before we put Evelynne (our daughter) to bed. We give her a kiss, read her a story and we pray together. It's my favorite looking around the room with all of our hands held together and talking to Jesus as a family.

4. I write Leon love notes with scripture telling him how much I love him and how proud I am of him with a scripture to brighten his day. Writing is my language and that's a form of communication that I have always shown him.

5. And when he's not working on Sundays we ALWAYS make it a priority to be at church.. It doesn't matter how many times My 3 month old Liya girl has kept me up. :)


 Take it away Charlene. :)
You know what? Pearson and I are very busy. Especially Pearson. Did you know that getting a PhD is hard and time consuming? Shocker, right? But in all seriousness, Pearson really isn't home a lot. Most nights he gets home at 9 or later and he works Saturdays too. And while I may not work so much for my job, I also take care of a dog, do housework, write a blog, and am very involved with church by teaching children's classes, hosting showers and all sorts of other things.

But you know what? There is always someone out their busier. I mean, we don't even have kids yet. I can remember how busy I was as a kid going from piano lessons to ballet then straight to softball practice all in one day. And my mom had to take me all those places and figure out how to get my brother where he needed to be also.

Life is busy. That word is thrown around all the time. And I think The Devil tries to use our business to keep us out of Gods word and stop us from talking to our Creator. I think Satan tries to trick us into thinking we don't have time for God today and makes us forget our priorities. And a lot of times, he succeeds.

So here are some ideas to help you keep God first in your busy marriage.
  1. Pray with your spouse. I don't care how late it is, how tired you are or any of those excuses, pray together before you go to sleep. Pray about things that happened that day, hopes you have for the next day, your future together and anything else you need to bring to God. Make it a habit. Pray together before every meal. Pray together at other special times. Just always be in prayer together.
  2. Pray for your spouse. I tell you, there is not much else you can do to feel closer to your spouse than to lift him or her up in prayer. Ask him how you can pray for him. Pray constantly for his safety, his confidence at work, any problems or doubts he's having that he told you about, and his spirituality. 
  3. Study the Bible together. We definitely don't do this as often as we should but we try to read a short devotional together before bed every night. It's very important to constantly study and grow your own faith through scripture, but it's just important to grow your faith together as a couple.
  4. Make Church a priority. Go to church every time the doors are open and get involved. Find out where you can help as individuals but also as a couple. And if your spouse ever doesn't feel like going, set an example and go by yourself anyway. The result might surprise you.
  5. Go to God with conflicts. When people fight with their spouses (or anyone for that matter), usually the first instinct is to run to friends or family and rant about the issue. We tell other people our side of the story and sometimes blame the other party and put them in a bad light. Instead of running to other people, we should run to God. Take the issue up with the Man Upstairs on your own and maybe He'll show you your fault. Take the issue to The Father together with your spouse and maybe He'll help you find an answer.
  6. Treat God's word as your first source of marriage counsel. I tell you, there is a lot of wisdom in that book. If you have questions about anything going on in your life, you can probably find answers in the Bible, but especially marriage. Explore the topic and soak in the wisdom.
  7. Find other Christian couple friends to spend time with. It's certainly important to make friends with people who have similar beliefs and values as yourself but as a couple it's important to make friends with couples in this category. Being friends with people in similar stages of life is such a blessing. You are experiencing much of the same things in life and can help each other on your journeys.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Mommy Moments

Welcome to Mommy Moments! We hope you all a week filled with wonderful memories! Let's keep it up by sharing and promoting Mommy Moments and the wonderful community we have here! I have enjoyed getting to know all the new mamas linking up and sharing their lives with us! I can't wait to hear more from you all again this week! 

Motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its laughs. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world!




The top viewed link this week belongs to Unremarkable Files and her post Should Kids Get Allowance for Doing Chores? This is something I'm sure most mothers have pondered and had questions about. This post offers some unique ideas and a great approach to teaching your kids responsibility!
Should You Pay Kids Allowance for Doing Chores? -- There are a hundred different ideas about how to give your kids an allowance. Here's how to teach them the difference between earning money and getting handouts. (Hint: assigning the wrong kind of chores can be disastrous!)  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}



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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

English Muffin Recipe.

What if I told you "In my hand holds a English muffin recipe that isn't only more delicious than store bought English Muffins but also healthier too! Meaning, it's not filled with High fructose corn syrup,  or additives.

Ever since I got Married I took this whole homemaker thing very seriously. And when I became a mom and got super picky about what my babies were eating I read about every label before I buy it and I was first shocked when I came across what they were putting in my quote unquote "Healthier" option. The English muffins I was so used to buying had about 30 ingredients (yikes!) Including HFC, perspectives, artificials and all that gross stuff. 
 
So, I decided to make my own and I can proudly say "I'm not going back to store bought.
Making them is not only easy, but yummier, healthier and it gives my toddler and I something fun to do in this winter season.

And for all the gluten and dairy free, see below for substitutions. :)

You ready for the recipe?


English Muffins
 (makes about sixteen muffins)
 
Ingredients
1 cup of milk
3 TBSP butter
3 TBSP of honey
1 cup of warm water (105-110 degrees)
1/4 oz of yeast
2 TBSP cornmeal
5 cups + extra for sprinkling all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
(To make gluten free, use a mix of rice flour instead of the ap flour, and use soy milk in place of the milk)

Directions
 
1) Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water, mix lightly and set aside for ten minutes to foam lightly.

2) In a small saucepan, heat the milk, butter and honey until the butter is melted. Let cool lightly.

3) Combine the yeast mixture and milk mixtures gently. 

4) In a large bowl, sift 3 cups of flour. Stir in the milk and yeast. Sift the remaining flour and salt. Stir until cohesive.
 
5) Flour and marble slab well and knead the dough for 3 minutes or til lightly elastic. Let rest for 5 minutes.
 
6) Meanwhile, Lightly sprinkle two cookie sheets with cornmeal. 
 
7) Flour a cutting board  lightly and roll the dough out until it's a 1/2 inch thick. Air on the side of too thick okay. 

8) Cut out circles. Gently place on the cookie sheets, sprinkle the tops with cornmeal and cover with a dry, light cloth. Let sit in a warm place for 45 minutes or til nearly doubled in size. It's more like 2/3.  An hour will definitely do though as long as it's warm and moist. I usually  turn on the oven to 350 for 30 seconds and then turn it off. Place the muffins inside with a cup of boiling water and leave the door barely cracked. This should help with the rising process.

9) Preheat oven to 375. Gently place a muffin in your hand and shake lightly to remove some of the corn meal and place on a cookie sheet that is not greased. Make sure the English muffins are not touching and cook for about 8 minutes or until they are browned nicely. 

10) Let cool lightly on a wire rack. 

Enjoy!!

Monday, March 9, 2015

A coffee & date Target with my Little Darlings.


Evelynne has had some big changes come her way in the last few months and she's about to experience another change as we move into a new place for the first time. 

I'm so proud of how much she embraced this change and not only accepts her role as a big sister but loves it. Every morning when she comes downstairs and Liya isn't down there she asks me to go get her. Liya's super blessed to have a big sister like her.

However, I felt it was time to take her out and lavish on her a bit. I think when a second kid comes into the picture it is super important to make sure you stay in tune with your oldest child. Talk to them, ask them how they're doing and make sure they know how much you love them and how proud of them you are.

Since I can't have a deep conversation with Evelynne yet (considering she's two) about her new role and how she's dealing with it I try my hardest to keep in tune with her body language because especially when it comes to kids actions speak louder than words. 

She was having more meld downs  than usual, and threw very strong fits when she didn't get her way. 
I really think the cold weather has something to do with it however, I think her needing one on one time with Mama bear was something she needed also. We both did. 

So last week I took her on a Starbucks/coffee date.
 
 It was wonderful spending time with my babies. Sitting there at Starbucks sipping my hot latte with Evelynne while she gulped her Vanilla milk brought me to thinking just how special these coffee dates really are. 

Today We're sitting here as she tells me a majority of things in toddler language and is just being silly.

In about three years we'll be talking about her first day of school. 

In about 12 years we'll be going out to buy her pre-teen clothes and even make up 

15 years from now we'll be talking about boys 

and maybe 20 years from now sitting in a coffee shop we'll be talking about the one she'll be marrying. 

Gah.. I'm getting emotional just thinking about it!! 

What I'm really saying is I want to treasure each and every date with my daughter. Because every one will be different as she continues to get older, smarter and more adventurous and even more hilarious. 
We also did some Spring shopping while we were out... I just can't resist target sometimes with their cute hats and clearance racks! 30$ Dollar sweater for 12$? Don't mind if I do!