Everyone needs a mental health day

Listen close because people pay a lot of money for this little bit of advice. You cannot just keep going and going, jumping from one event to the next and one project to the next without stopping to take a breather. You will burn out so fast your head will spin.

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The Proverbial House
Things I still don’t know after 4 years of housewifery.

4 years ago my daddy gave me away to a sweet and hardworking man at the beautiful Flamingo hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since then we’ve built a life and a family together. A beautiful home and two precious baby girls. You would think after 4 years I’d have this housewife thing down. WRONG. I know nothing and that is becoming more apparent by the day. I try but some things are just a mystery to me...

 

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Do you know how easy it is to get a FREE breast pump delivered to your door?

The upfront cost of a nice pump is what often turns moms-to-be away from breastfeeding. A pump isn’t always necessary alot of people solely nurse, no bottles. But for some with latch problems or ladies that have to go back to work there is no way around pumping. Whether you need it or just want it for convenience, shelling out $300+ isn’t easy when there are a million other things to do to prepare for a new baby....

 

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Dear middle of the night mom

Dear middle of the night mom,

Everyone told us when we were pregnant that we may never sleep again. But I had no idea. I spent two years easing my oldest into good sleep habits and then soon after I was starting all over with my youngest.

Most nights it’s dinner, bath, and then bedtime for the sisters by 8pm. Finally almost time to punch the clock, I just have to clean up dinner and toys maybe fold some laundry real quick then I can sneak in some relaxing alone time with the husband. I don’t know what your “you time” looks like but for me it’s yoga pants and a glass of wine or cup of tea depending on the day....

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Light up the night $1000 Cash Giveaway

The sizzling summer giveaway is almost over!!

 

Double your chance to win big this summer with this second CASH giveaway.

 

I’m so lucky to be in contact with some fabulous bloggers that have teamed up to bring you these giveaways. Please check out their work while making your entries. Show them some love, they work so hard for you:)

 

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A Natural Birth Story Part 2

So anyway dinner was over and we went outside to say our goodbyes. I made a comment that we might have a baby tomorrow. Everyone chuckled but didn’t really take it seriously. I don’t know if I even took it seriously. We headed home and I decided maybe my daughter should stay at my parents (which was in the birth plan) My sister was already halfway home but I asked her to turn around to come get her. We got home and all I wanted was a warm bath. As soon as we got home I stripped down and made a B line for the tub.

 

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$1000 Sizzling Summer #Giveaway

I am so excited about this!!

I have teamed up with 36 other blogs to bring you this huge giveaway!

Two winners will receive $500 for their summer adventures. The giveaway is open worldwide and will begin on May 15th at midnight EST. It will end on 11:59 on June 15th.

 

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A Natural Birth Story Part 1: How to prepare yourself!

First I have to say: every person and every birth is different. All natural is just not in the cards for some people and no one should be made to feel bad about the way their birth happened or even the choices they made ahead of time. Your body, your choice! I also want to tell every woman who thinks they aren’t strong enough to attempt a natural birth: YOU ARE!

 

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Dear Mom, You’ll never be perfect.

Of course you LOVE your children, you LOVE your husband And you LOVE having a home. But you’re tired and it’s OK I am too. I’m so tired of dishes and laundry and messes and tantrums and teething. Even when we’re getting so much encouragement from God and friends and family, it’s hard to ignore the constant lump in your throat. The lump that says “I’m not enough, I’ll never have it all together. I’m going to be walking around with messy hair and stained, ill-fitting clothes for the rest of my life just one straw away from losing it”.

 

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It’s #FreebieFriday!! Enter to Win your Custom Party Invitations and Birthday Chalkboard design ...

The wonderful lady who built my website and answers my 33274873487 questions a day has generously  donated her services to you, my readers:) Go browse her  shop, and see her unique and beautiful designs. She is offering a custom designed party invitation and a birthday chalkboard keepsake to one lucky winner!

 

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Enter to win!! Sweet Little Girl Bundle~Handmade Jumper and $20 in beautiful bows...

I did it again, another wonderful giveaway brought to you by some lovely shop owners on Etsy.com

www.etsy.com/shop/CraftsByCecelia and

 www.etsy.com/shop/SewLittleTime

This Giveaway will run from Friday 5/1/15 through Monday 5/3/15. Winner will be announced on Tuesday and I will be in contact with instructions on how to collect your prize:)

Just enter below, the more ways you enter the greater you chances.Good Luck!

 

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Giveaway Today!! Pick Your Own Art Print from GoldenBudDesigns...

I’m so happy to have teamed up with a lovely Etsy shop owner @ www.etsy.com/shop/goldenbuddesigns to bring you guys some beautiful inspiration for your home. This Giveaway will run from Monday 4/27/15 through Wednesday 4/29/15. Winner will be announced on Thursday and I will be in contact with instructions on how to collect your prize!...

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How to: Throw an Adorable and STRESS-FREE Birthday Party...

You can scour the internet for pictures and ideas for your baby’s birthday parties and those are helpful, but more than a vision you need a game plan. I have seen my mom throw dozens of parties and helped alot of the time too. What I’ve learned: It is stressful! But it doesn’t have to be....

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Reduce, Reuse, and Upcycle. 10 clever upcycling projects/

Those who know me know, I don’t believe in throwing anything away!! I’m all about going GREEN, so I dug in and found some beautiful and clever upcycling projects for you guys, ENJOY:)

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9 Awesome Furniture Re-dos

So my original plan for this blog was to share tons of DIY and crafts projects with you. Because I love them and I want you to love them too! But life gets busy and I have huge list of projects that are either half done or on the very back burner. But I'm a lucky girl who knows a great group of bloggers that have graciously sent me their own AWESOME projects to share with you!

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10 tips to make life easier with baby. ...
12 things you didn't know you could do while baby-wearing...

When I was pregnant my first daughter I was so excited that I immediately went out and bought every pink thing I could find. Any little gadget that claimed to make parenting easier was on my registry. Half of it I never even touched before it ended up in a give-away pile. So I wised up for the second time around, I’m keeping it simple. How, you ask? Here is what I have found work best for us:

 

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When I was pregnant with my second daughter I had no idea how I would get everything done with TWO children. But I have to say it hasn't been all that hard to adjust, If things get rough I just strap on the little one and everyone is happy:)

There are so many things you can accomplish while baby wearing

 

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Mommy needs balance!

I'm in a constant struggle with myself lately. I don't want being a mother to be a reason not to go after my (many) goals. But I also don't want to miss a single moment  of their smallness. Their sweet, loving NEED for me is constant.  For instance right now I'm standing at my desk with the baby strapped to my chest in a carrier rocking and bouncing as I type (multi-tasking at it's best). I love them sooo much, but  I need to accomplish things outside of mothering to feel completely fulfilled.

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Turning Hobby Lobby's trash into my treasures

THE TRICK= Go at the end of a season!! I think it was late August or early September when I went. They were just starting to put out holiday stuff and had so much home decor on clearance. I'm sure you can do the same after the holidays and get some great prices for next years holiday decor.

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Letting God lead

Anyone can ask my husband and he'll tell you "we don't dance, because she won't let me lead" Oops:/ I try, I really do, but I just can't let go of control.

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How to: take the "training" out of potty training

I see articles all the time titled " potty train in _ days" . Nope. Sorry. It's a nice fairy tale but there is no time frame for potty training, no deadline for soiled laundry. Maybe your kid did potty train in 3 days, you got lucky. Not mine, every child is different and it's easier to accept that than force some kind of expectations on them because some other kid her age is doing it.

 

 

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Your toddler needs you to stop and listen!

A familiar sequence of events just happened in my house. I got up to do something and my two-year old was following me whining about " I want...I want I want" it seems like if im sitting watching her she is so content to play by herself but as soon as i try to accomplish a task she's under my feet asking 457983598359823 questions.

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8 ways to be a Proverbs 31 woman

The noble wife described in Proverbs 31 has so many admirable traits. Reading about her unending devotion to her faith and family may seem overwhelming or out of reach to you. Sometimes we have to admit to ourselves that we will never be perfect but if we put our lives in Jesus' hands our good intentions will be seen and our missteps forgiven.

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Freezer cooking, the easy way

Life is getting busy with blogging, painting and a new baby coming soon, so that leaves little time to cook quality food for my family. Too often we just go out to eat to save time, but that's expensive and very unhealthy. When I cook I don't do box meals, canned soups or any processed junk( I know way too much to eat that garbage), so I want to have a stock of frozen whole food meals for my family when my day gets too full to cook a gourmet meal.

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I miss him... this sucks.

I have a young daughter and another on the way and my husband's job requires him to be gone for lengths at a time. So for our entire marriage and every day of our daughter's life I have spent over half of my time home counting down the minutes until he gets back. It get's really hard and it's so easy to start feeling sorry for my myself. Too often I indulge myself in a little pity party: "This is so hard for me...why me..I can't do this anymore..I'm drowning.."

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Why do you have faith?

Recently I was asked, "How can you be so faithful to a book written so long ago? How can you have faith in a world full of hurt?"

Well for once I had the perfect answer:

 

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5 reasons modern-day parenting is in crisis: according to this modern mommy

Dear Huffington Post writer,

In reading your recent article, I find that you have many good points but you are forgetting one big thing. It's just my humble opinion and maybe I put my child ahead of myself too much, but it's been about me my whole life. When I got married and decided to have children I committed my whole self to them. I am by no means a permissive parent but I believe in one common truth when it comes to all parenting decisions:

 

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5 ways you're making parenting harder on yourself.

In all my time on play dates, playgrounds, and mommy groups I have noticed some things. Things that good, loving, well-intentioned parents are doing that might unknowingly set them up for struggle later on.

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What just happened in bed, will change my marriage forever!

My husband and I are very in love and enjoy time together but every once in a while(like in all close relationships) tension and stress get the best of us and cause us to argue. The other night when we went to bed I told him that he had hurt my feelings that day with some comments he made and suddenly we were arguing. He was defending his point and I was defending mine.

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Road tripping with a 2 year old

15 hours from Texas to Florida for our first(of many i hope) Disney cruise! My husband surprised us with this trip two weeks before we were to leave which was awesome but very stressful at the same time. We decided to drive instead of fly to save money so I began to immediately plan activities for our busy little girl to do in the car.

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Is racism really the problem?

This is one of the more controversial topics I'll ever write about, but it is something that has been on my mind a lot lately. Racism seems to be a hot topic on my new feed lately. With all the media coverage of the recent NBA scandal concerning Clippers owner Donald Sterling everyone is questioning whether racism is a major issue in America today. In my opinion, no RACISM is not a major issue, but HATE is.

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THE ROD: not to be taken literally

“Spare the rod, spoil the child.” I have spent so much time conflicted over this little phrase. In proverbs it mentions "the rod" several times in reference to child discipline and it never sat right with me.

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Do it anyway!

"She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks." Proverbs 31:17

Sometimes as an adult there are things that I just don't want to do, like pay bills or call the insurance company. I usually want to procrastinate and make excuses or pass the unwanted task onto someone else. But the bible says do it anyway!

 

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The greatest Birthday present a two year old could ask for.

My daughter turned two at the beginning of April and since Christmas I had been thinking that I wanted to do something special for her. We have a huge extended family so she gets an obscene amount of conventional presents for holidays. I wanted something that would give her some independent playtime and tear her away from the beloved television so I came up with what I thought was a genius idea.

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