An Open Letter to Moms on their First Day of Daycare

 

Hi Momma.

Just want you to know that you are not alone. We all have been there. Standing in the hallway crying while your baby is screaming, calling for you, doing everything possible to keep you from walking out the door. I know it doesn’t seem like it now, but it does get easier, for both of you.

I don’t know your circumstances. I don’t know if you are a mommy working away from your home, or if you just need a few hours a day to get something done without kids, or even if you are just trying enhance your child’s social skills. In this moment, we are all the same. Continue reading “An Open Letter to Moms on their First Day of Daycare”

Pregnancy Reveal {Snapshots by Heather}

It is always a good day for me when I get to go take some photos. I loooooooove family milestones. I was so excited with Jennifer asked if I could help her come up with a way to tell her husband they were going to have a baby.

He had no clue what was going on. I had taken their engagement and wedding photos, so he thought we were just getting together for some quick anniversary photos.

I texted him earlier in the week and explained that I had a surprise for each of them and I needed to know what why he loves being married. He seriously responded with a paragraph stating that “He loves her and wouldn’t want to spend a single day with anyone else.” So sweet.

Sooooo…a couple days later, we meet up and I have created some chalkboards with his response, and hers saying “You’re going to be a Daddy.”

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So cute. I really love how what he said was a surprise for her, too.

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He is smiling, but he has NO IDEA! Ahhh!

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I told them to turn around and show each other what their board says.

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My Favorite Photo šŸ™‚

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I asked them before if I could have someone come shoot some behind the scenes video so I could put it on my website and (probably against his better judgment) they agreed, so I was able to give them a video of the whole thing.

Thanks for letting me capture your love, you guys! So excited for you!

Brand Rep Post {Serenity Faith_Co}

We LOVE repping for Serenity Faith_Co. I saved these photos from our last shipment with them because I so badly wanted to put her in Gladiator sandals with it….buuuuutttt, I waited to long to try to find some, so we went barefoot! šŸ˜‰

This Vintage Lace Romper can be purchased {Here}. It is so soft, and the details are so perfect. Use the code “SHARE15” for 15% off, you won’t be sorry.

Had to show of some photos of my little sweetheart. I don’t edit her in her pictures-I prefer for her to actually look like she looks in “real” life-so if you look on her right cheek, you can see a bruise where my poor baby face planted on some tile this past weekend at our friends house. #mommyfail

 

I have also gotten someĀ  negative, downright nasty emails about putting photos of Emmalynn up and I can assure anyone that has doubts-this child LOVES being a brand rep. She RUNNNS to the mailbox and BEGS me to take photos of her. If she wasn’t interested, we most definitely would not be doing this.

Brand Rep Post {Walking Luna}

Receiving something we would wear anyways, is SUCHĀ a bonus when it comes to being a Brand Rep. Waiting for the rain to stop, however, so we can finally show them off is TORTURE!

Emmalynn loooooves getting packages in the mail and really OOH’d and AAH’d over this one.

We LOVE shopping at small shops, especially for great quality clothes that you can’t find in the big box stores.

Walking Luna is that. The details, are omg.

Look at these buttons:

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The fabric is so soft, the colors compliment perfectly, and it would look adorable on anyone!

WalkingLuna knocked it out of the park with this one. Follow her on Instagram {Here}, or check out her website {Here}. She has THE cutest Star Wars get-ups.

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Motivation for the “Working Mom”

I don’t care if you work part time, full time, every day of the week, a couple days of the week, only during the summers, only during the school year, or your job is solely to stay home and take care of your family…it is all work.

We all have a lot on our plates, and when talking with other moms, I realize how alike we all are. We all feel insignificant at times. There are time we can’t keep up. Times we are being pulled in a million directions. Times when we get in our own heads and second guess everything we are doing.

As a follower of Christ, I find that I am spoken to when it is needed the most. At a time when I am wondering if working away from the home is the right thing. Wondering if keeping my kids enrolled in day school is what is truly best for them. After all, most of my working goes to pay to keep them in school. We get a lesson plan sent home over the holiday to continue what they have learned during the week. They were highlighting Colossians 3:23 which says in whatever you to do, to work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.

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It all hit me at once, right when I needed it the most. I realized that, although it is not ideal for everyone, my family is right where it needs to be. My kids are in a school that teaches them the love of Jesus. I am blessed to have a job that appreciates me, with a boss that walks with Christ, and understands that I am a Mom, and my family comes first.

I encourage you Moms, when you are at work and feeling insignificant, to remember that you are not here to please your boss. You are working from your heart for the Lord. When you feel like you are being tugged and pulled into a million different directions, just remember, the Lord intended for you to be caregiver for your family. You were made for this, and you have him by your side.

 

Beckett’s Big Boy Room {My Labor Day Project}

Many of you spent time in the sun, on vacation, went to see family, slept in and laid around-which are all things I wanted to do. We had planned on going with my Husband’s mother to Lake Travis, but I told him I reallllllly needed to start tackling some of my to-do lists. We moved into our house on May 5, and nothing has been done. Boxes are still everywhere, its so overwhelming.

So reading around online-one way to tackle this is to do one room at a time. DUH. Why did I have to read this from someone else for it to click with me?

I started with the easiest room first-my sons. I already had an idea of what I wanted to do, so I felt like it was an accomplishable goal.

I am so excited to reveal it!

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If you follow me on InstagramĀ {Beemaloveblog}, you may have seen that my son thought he would be a big help, and add some of that red paint onto the wall beside it. Soooo…my project went from painting one wall red, to painting the other 3 walls gray. That baseball rug is also hiding some red paint on the carpet. Gotta love three year olds.

The comforter set is from Targets Pillowfort LineĀ Here

The circle signs on the wall came fromĀ Kirklands

And the Letters above his bed came from Michaels, and they had a lot to choose from. LinkĀ Here

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I found this picture at Hobby Lobby and fell in love with it. Beckett has just grown at lightening speeds, and is always trying to do things he is not ready for. I hope when he learns to read, he looks at this every time he walks in his room.

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I was so excited to reveal his room to him, and he told me that it was “Totally Awesome”, so that made it all worthwhile.

Toddlers and the Olympics

We have stayed up past bedtime way too many times this past week-thanks to The Olympics! (Hey, only once every couple of years, right?)

My kids are mesmerized by the synchronized diving, infatuated with the gymnastics and have thoroughly enjoyed cheering on all the teams.

They clap when the girls stick their landing, ooh and ahh at how quickly the Olympians are swimming and yelling and screaming as the teams are rowing.

I was prepared, and to be honest, super excited that they have shown interest.Ā So much so, that I find them re-enacting their own events, and swim lessons have gotten rather interesting lately.

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What I wasn’t prepared for was the inquisitiveĀ mind of my three year old.

“Mommy, why don’t the boys and girls compete against each other?”

I do not consider myself a feminist by any means, however, I have a little girl too, and would never want herĀ to feel like she isn’t on the same level as her brother, or any boy, ever. I mean, these days, girls are competing against boys in many things, it just not displayed here.

I simply told him that God built boys one way, and girls a different way, so, physically, boys compete against boys and girls compete against girls.

Which, still wasn’t enough for him. He responded, in normal three year old fashion, “But, why, Mom?”

I just, wasn’t ready for this, and my answers are never good enough.

I just changed the subject, and we continued practicing for our own Olympics. I threw my back out showing the kids how to do a back bend, which totally stinks because now the kids realize their mom is getting old, but also because I know the question will come back around tomorrow night.

I’ve got to learn how to be better with my responses! Ahhhh! Have you been asked this, also? What would/did you say??