Toddler Sleep Regression: how we helped our 3 year old get better sleep with one simple trick

Toddler sleep better


Toddler sleep. It’s a funny thing; ever changing and unpredictable and can lead to some very sleepless nights.

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Kid Crafts: Coffee Can Handprint Flower Pot 

Kid crafts are a regular thing in our house. Coffee drinking is also a regular thing in my world.


Raise your hand if you have become a coffee connoisseur since becoming a mom? (You don’t really have to) Good to know I am not alone. Coffee has definitely become my pick-me-up drink since I finished nursing the kids and no longer drink pop- I’m from Ohio and refuse to call it anything else. One morning, as I was using the last of a coffee canister, my mind started brainstorming ways to use the empty canister. Since I enjoy kid crafts I knew it had to be something that involved them. As I washed their little hands after breakfast, the lightbuld went off. A flower pot displaying their hand prints… afterall it’s only for a moment their hands will be small enough to craft such a keepsake.

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Building Hope

Being a stay at home mom is one of the most challenging jobs I have ever had. Unlike most jobs, stay at home moms don’t get the chance to punch out and take a breather. Chaos consumes my life pretty much from sun up to sundown. Because of this, it’s easy for me start to feel a sense of melancholy. My kids are a source indescribable joy, but they also continually introduce new trials.

 

We have recently been working with Moose trying to teach him how to put puzzles together. Like most things in this parenting game, this presented challenges for which I was unprepared. Then one day, it all just clicked and he was piecing together puzzles of varying difficulty all of his own accord. It got me thinking, that’s what life is like: we struggle with different tasks and then one day something clicks and what once seemed overwhelming and impossible now feels achievable. 


That’s the purpose of this blog for me. I don’t have things all figured out and I stumble on a nearly daily basis, but I want to encourage other moms to keep their heads up. In Finding Peace, I talked about my personal struggle as a Stay at Home Mom and how I found joy and happiness in my circumstances through prayer. This is an ongoing quest filled with hills and valleys, but those days which seem dark and low are never the end.

In John 10:10, Jesus says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly.” My kids are still young, but I am realizing this time is fleeting. I want to have that abundant life with my kids, happy and full of joy. I want this to be a time I cherish, not wish away. This is fully obtainable, but I won’t succeed on my own. 

 

I need a support group. A group of moms who can encourage one another along the way and help remind each other of the happiness God promises when we follow Him. Journaling is a great way to reflect on where you have been and how far God has brought you. This also provides a record of what helped you through tough situations, so you can build hope and inspire other moms along their journey.

 

So that’s my mission. I want to build a community of moms who celebrate one another and build each other up when we stumble. I want to provide hope to the mom who has had another bad mommy day because we all have them and deserve some encouragement when we feel like we’re backed against the wall.  Much like a jigsaw puzzle, our pieces will start to fit together and we’ll see the bigger, brighter picture.

 

I want to hear from you. Share your thoughts on how you build other moms up when life gets a little tough. 



To the Dad Working Extra Hours


As a SAHM, I am guilty of focusing on all the things I do during the day which Daddy doesn’t get to help with. Whether it’s cleaning, changing diapers, fixing dinner or simply just keeping the kids alive, I easily become consumed with the tasks to check off on my to-do list. I have recently been thinking about the things that occupy Daddy’s plate?

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Embracing the Chaos


Life is full of chaos. There’s no way to avoid it, which is truly difficult to accept for someone with a Type A personality. I like things to stick to a plan and no matter how hard I try, when things start to go awry, I stress.

I found these awesome paint tools and could not wait to test them out with Moose and Fox. Last Friday, I gathered our paints, paint tools, some white poster board, and clothes pins to hang our “canvases” and gathered the troops to head outside.

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Easy Coffee and Baileys Layer Cake

I am a self-proclaimed foodie in progress. I am not trained nor educated in culinary arts, but I enjoy testing my hand at new challenges in the kitchen. There is definitely a therapy that I find in making a cake from scratch, but sometimes you just have to go with the convenience of a box mix. But that doesn’t mean your cake has to be boring. I am a lover of coffee and Baileys so when I saw this recipe for a coffee and Baileys cake, I knew had to give a try.

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The End of the Pinterest Mom

First and foremost, I want to start off by saying I ABSOLUTELY LOVE Pinterest and will most likely continue to use Pinterest quite frequently. I love the accessibility it provides to a vast assortment of topics; even ones for which you didn’t realize you were looking.

What I want to confess about my end of the Pinterest mom, is I don’t have it all together. (To quote 10 Things I Hate About You) Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.

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Dear Little One, Teach Me to Love

Upon having kids, you begin to see the world differently. With every breath they take, every milestone marker they reach, you discover something new along the way. Moose and Fox are at ages now where they love to play- ALL THE TIME. And what’s more fun than playing with someone new? One trip to the park with a toddler and you will instantly reevaluate the way you love.

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I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

🎶What would you think if I sang out of tune
Would you stand up and walk out on me?
Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song
And I’ll try not to sing out of key
Oh I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm I get high with a little help from my friends
Mm gonna try with a little help from my friends🎶

Originally sung by The Beatles but perhaps made most famous by Joe Cocker’s opening rendition for the Wonder Years (at least in my humble opinion); as soon as I hear the tune I immediately start to replay the footage of Kevin playing with Paul and Winnie Cooper. Throughout high school we all probably had those go to friendships for when our world just didn’t seem right. Why is that as grown adults, we shy away from sharing our problems with one another? Perhaps, we don’t want to burden others with our troubles; or we’re afraid of the judgement on our not so perfect life  Truth be told, none of us are perfect (shocking revelation, I know)

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Mothers Day Gift (for Nana)

I am a little behind on posting this for Mothers Day this year, but think next year (or birthday/ Christmas). I decided to involve the kids to make my mother in law’s gift this year (because I mean how hard is it to buy for parents, right?!).

I personally think grandparents take special appreciation in keepsake gifts, so I went with stepping stones with the kids’ footprints.

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