Incredibundles is just that--incredible bundles. These bundles are packaged with gifts for babies and toddlers and include book bundles, bath bundles, and even a one year supply of diapers!
Having a toddler already, we have plenty of toys to give one away to every play date friend we have come over--and then some. Although I see nothing wrong with hand me down toys, I wanted to get my littlest something special for his half birthday. He is really into grabbing, shaking, and banging so I chose the Toddler Play and Learn Bundle. This bundle included a set of wooden blocks, a colorful wooden shape sorter, and a wooden drum. I love that these toys can grow with him, are open ended, and can even be shared with his big brother.
Adventuring with littles can be overwhelming or it can be incredibly fun. Like many first time mamas, I was very reluctant to take my little man out and when I did, I somehow managed to take his entire nursery with us. Now that I have a 4 month old, I have learned the beauty of simplifying! Don't get me wrong, every now and then, my old pack rat habits try to creep in, but my hubby happily reminds me when there's just too much stuff! We bought Disney passes last fall, knowing that Kinsley was due in January, we figured we would do our best to make the most of our passes. I have listed a few convenient tips that I have quickly learned while adventuring Mickey's house with my little ones!
Happy one minute. Crying the next minute. Knows everything already before even told. Wants to be alone. Wants to be with you. Welcome to the world of teenagers.
While our children were young, we could spend time cuddling and hugging and kissing on our babies. Then they hit the magical teenage years and our children are beginning to maybe push back from physical touch. This does not mean that they do not love us; it just means that they do receive love the same way. It is imperative that we change the way we show love towards our teenagers so that we are still able to reach them at this pivotal time in their life. Right now we have a 14-year-old son and our daughter, who is 11, is not far behind.
As a woman there is a different definition of strong that comes with our gender. It is not strength of physicality but more emotional and mental strength that is tested beyond measure. I, myself, have been through some pretty painful moments that emotionally I thought were physically going to destroy me; however, my mental strength proved me wrong. If I am being honest, it was my faith that held me together because in my flesh I was at the end. It is only by faith I am held together.
Mother's Day will be here in a few days--for some it is a day to count their blessings as they look at the miracle of their children and it brings joy...others, it brings sorrow as they wait to be held by the arms of their mother again or are waiting for their arms to be filled with a sweet bundle. I have been on both sides of this coin and wanted to take a moment to encourage each. You are all a treasure and sometimes, we just need reminding.
to the mother with small children,
Oh sweet mama, I promise you will sleep again...maybe...well, sometimes. Did you ever think it possible that your precious little one looking up at you with the utmost deep well of newborn baby eyes would also send a tidal wave through your life? But as Jenn said the other day in Riding The Waves Of Motherhood, this time is so short and when our kids spill their second cup of juice at breakfast time, we have to choose do we go under in the current or just hop in the boat and go along with the tide.
Being a mommy is sugar and spice and everything nice! It’s the most rewarding job I’ve ever had. The most challenging, the most stressful, the most tear-jerking, and most definitely the most rollercoaster’ish. I know that’s not a word, but it was the most fitting adjective I could think of. Anybody with small (or not so small) children can totally understand the craziness of a tantrum, meltdown, or completely overwhelming wave of emotion. Ah, yes. The overwhelming (and often hard-to-anticipate) waves that we experience in mommy world.
I was so full of so much excitement that I could hardly keep my mouth shut for the couple of days before her surprise. My daughter was turning 11 years old on the 11th~ her golden birthday! So we had decided to give her 11 cards throughout the day that had either a surprise gift or activity for her to enjoy on her special day. Oh, the anticipation! She was over the moon excited because unlike other years where she knew what would be going on, she loved the fact that she has no idea what she would be doing or the gifts that she may be receiving. I thought I would share with my She Is ladies what we did to give you some ideas on how to make the day special for someone in your life.
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After a long day of doing all things that involve Mommying such as pumping every few hours for the baby, making food for my toddler who then refuses to eat it, trying to fold the baskets of laundry that have been starring me in the face all day and sterilizing bottles....I absolutely love bath and pamper time. It allows me to take a step back from the busyness of mom life and enjoy the reason I'm a mom--my kids.
I recently was introduced to SoCozy's Hush sensitive line, dermatologist and allergy tested products for your littles. Tangles, bedhead and frizzies are no match for their easy to use formulas. That, along with the fact that everything is non-toxic has this momma in pure happiness mode. Oh wait, ready for more bliss? You can only get their Hush Sensitive Styling Foam, Sensitive 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner, Sensitive Detangler. and Sensitive Scalp Serum in the baby aisle at Target. If *wink* you needed another excuse to take a trip there, this is it!
I know you’ve heard a lot about She Is Blank Space and our app on the way, but I want to talk about how we got here, why this is so important to me, why it’s so needed.
One day I woke up.
No, not by the beeping of my alarm clock or my kids poking me in the eyeball, but I WOKE up.
My innermost being was so lost, confused, and just flat out blah.
It was as if God tossed a bucket of ice cold water in my face and said, “Ashley, my dear, whom I love so hugely…what are you doing?”
I absolutely could not answer that question. Sad, right? Yeah, I thought so too. This started a downward then upward spiral. It was a lot of questioning and addressing things I was holding onto before I could start moving forward. I dug in deep, cried a lot of tears from past hurts, anger, and whatever else I needed to face. This was hard for me, a person that seemingly had it all together, to admit defeat and that I was failing at “life.”
Hippity Hoppity Easter is on it's way! I know, cheesy central, but it really is just around the corner! We've all been there. Just not enough time in the day to always do elaborate DIY decor or food for every party. I'm taking things back to our Easter egg hunt we threw for our friends and their littles two years ago. Overall, I kept things pretty simple(I had three kids, three and under, so had to--hah!) and kid-friendly with a little cute factor mixed in. Here's some springy inspo for your upcoming event!
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