Follow Five New People on Social Media, Anxiety Mom Challenge Two.

Follow Five New People on Social Media, Anxiety Mom Challenge Two.

Did you challenge yourself?

How many of y’all were able to complete challenge one? Getting out of the house!

Now it’s time for,

Challenge Number TWO!!

This is all about getting out there in the blog/social media world 🌍‼️

One important lesson I’ve learned so far with my blog is, that it’s super important to get out there and “promote” if you will… your posts.

It’s good to connect with other bloggers.

Just like a group of friends at home. Like-minded people typically stick together and can thrive with one another.

It helps to have support with a new blog. Commenting on each other’s posts, following each other, learning and taking tips from one another.

So go follow 5 new friends!!

Super simple and can make a big difference!

Once you start following, you might find it hard to stop… extra points for a comment 😉

So go on!

Follow 5 new bloggers

If you’re not doing this challenge with your blog, you can get on Instagram and follow new friends/profiles close to what your niche is. Like 5 Facebook pages , or 5 new Pinterest boards.

Whatever it is, it’s challenge number two time.

Comment one person you followed and I will follow both of you!

Follow my page for more challenges to come! Like what you see? Check out my Pinterest.

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Sleep Training Method

Sleep Training Method

I don’t know what y’all believe in

I personally just believe in life

Last night at around 11 J woke up crying, I was having such a hard time getting him settled.

I’m trying not to breastfeed as often, as we are “weaning” breastfeeding. {I put quotes because I don’t think it’s happening any time soon, slow weaning here!}

I didn’t want to put him in to bed as this momma wants more of her nights back.

So here I am… a little quick sanned.

At almost 13 months, J has NEVER slept through the night.

Wow that hurt a little to type, that after all my hard- work, at trying to do right at every little thing.I have failed him at one really big thing.

Falling asleep on his own

11:11 I asked for help at wits end, I thanked the angels for their guidance until this far and I begged that my focus be put on J and his sleeping habits.

The rest of the night wasn’t any better but, this morning I found AMotherFarFromHome.com

I found her post about the tried and true sleeping method.

It felt like something shifted, He took one nap around 2 hours or so.

It was fantastic! It felt like I was being encouraged to put my focus on this.

Day 2, J needed a morning nap, he just couldn’t make it any longer let alone an hour or more like it would need to be. He only napped for 45 minutes in the morning and around an hour or so in the afternoon.

Update on night 2, J has been asleep for THREE hours on his own. Can we say win?? I am feeling confident in this you guys.

What are your sleeping tips for me?

Any of y’all have a kiddo like baby J? If so, I am sure you can relate!

Liked my post? Comment your littles one’s first birthday theme. I really want to do a post about birthdays!

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Drop Dead Dice game review!

Drop Dead Dice game review!

Do you ever get sucked into the Pinterest portal.

You know, your kids are bored.

The last holiday or birthday was more then three days ago.

So you’re looking for something to do with the kids. You come across some ideas… but, you don’t have the right supplies. Or the prep time is far to long. Whatever the case, if that’s you…

I have something!

Unless you don’t have 5 dice… then I’m sorry… I’ve failed you 😐

I wasn’t even looking for something to do, it just popped up on my feed. Like it wanted us to play…

It’s called “drop dead dice game”!! Pause, it’s kid friendly, don’t worry! It was a learning game AND it was super fun! Which in my book… is kinda like winning the lottery.

It can be played with 5 or 10 dice 🎲 for 2 players, if you use 5 you’ll have to share. You could play with more but I would stick to 5 dice.

• You’ll need something to keep score on and write with.

That’s it!!! Seriously I can’t make this up.

You play until all of your dice are gone, you start with five dice,

•Roll 1- if you

A. Roll a 5 or 2 take those out and roll again. Don’t add any numbers yet.

B. If there are NO 5 or 2’s you add up all the numbers on the dice. Roll again with ALL dice.

Which is PERFECT for our little beginner math kiddos. A counted the dots and told me what she had.

You get so excited when you’re playing this sometimes you forget the rules 😂

Pin this so you’ll have it for later!

If you took out your 5’s and 2’s and on your next turn you had no 5’s or 2’s you then can add up all your dice and roll them all again.

You continue till the dice are gone.

A and I chose to do each game as it’s own, highest score winner.

For score keeping, we used a laminated sheet of paper that has lines for practicing writing, it wipes off easy which is perfect.

Ideally, you’d never get a 5 or 2 and could stack your points. You roll again after numbers are added… roll a 5 or 2 take them out and roll again.

Hopefully this pattern makes sense! I did not make up this game nor do I own any rights to it.

Original post can be found here 

from https://www.whatdowedoallday.com/

A and I played for almost all of J’s nap-time {over an hour} before she mentioned she was bored.

Total win!! Parent Points 4/5

I hope everyone is having a great New Year so far!!

Have you found any games for your kiddos on Pinterest?

Share some in the comments! Like what you read? Give me a follow please!

Baby J’s Favorite Books!

Baby J’s Favorite Books!

During the 30 day blog challenge, I felt inspired to share more of baby J’s favorites.

I earn a small commission for purchases made though all amazon links on this post. Click on the photo for product details!

J’s Favorite Books

So Big!

So Big! Perfect childrens book for ages 6 months - 12 months (more or less really) baby J has been "reading" this since 4 months. It was even passed down from Little A!
Baby J has been looking at So Big! since he was four months old. He loves the ‘surprise’ pop- up of Elmo at the end. It has really helped with his first set of words. Like Ma-Ma and Da-Da. He loves to throw his hands up for “So Big“. I recommend this one, by far one of my favorites!
Parent Points score- 5/5!!

Baby Einstein Neptune’s Friends Book, Box and Plush.

Neptune's Friends book, Box and Plush. A great book for a year and beyond. Interactive plush and book with sounds included.
J got this for Christmas, Neptune is the name of this cute little guy. The book that comes along with it, has a sound for each friend you meet along the way. It’s very “baby Einstein” Esque. It has just a few pages which can be on either end of the pro’s and con’s. Baby J does interact when I am reading this to him. Thumbs UP,
Parent Points score- 4/5

Find the Teddy

Find the teddy, an affordable "peek a boo" type book. You find teddy in different places, the end is a goodnight sequence. Perfect for a bedtime story!
Find the Teddy is also a duplicate from the 30 day blog challenge. However, Baby J didn’t like it near as much then as he does now at a year + old. He is beginning to point to the teddy in the book . Which is so exciting, I was wondering how long this book would stay! It ends with goodnight which is perfect for our long book reading bedtime routine.
Parent Points score 4/5 (I recommend ages 7 months and up)
“$ Looks like it’s a GREAT price right now!!”

Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Brown Bear Brown Bear what do you see? A CLASSIC children's story. Very easy to catch on to the pattern and really encourages kids to start reading at even young ages.
This was Little A’s favorite when she was younger. It’s a super easy book to catch on to what is coming next. Now baby J is learning to appreciate it too! It works perfect for little ones like J or even those beginning to read like A. When she[A] first started learning, the images and the repetitiveness of this book really did wonders. On the same token if you are annoyed by the same song and dance just different music, this might be one for kids room only. CLASSIC
Parent Points Score 4/5




I really enjoy reading with the kids. We spent a lot of Winter Break reading books that the kiddos got for Christmas. Little A has just gotten into reading on her own, sometimes with a little help from me. I am waiting to post her list until it’s more finalized, have you tried getting a “final answer” from a six year old? Yeah it’s not easy guys!

What books are your little ones into? I would love to hear more recommendations! Do you like the Parent Points score? Let me know in the comments.

Happy New Year everyone!

Feel Inspired through Mid-December ‘Elf on the Shelf’ Slump, Creative Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Feel Inspired through Mid-December ‘Elf on the Shelf’ Slump, Creative Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Are you running out of Elf on the Shelf ideas already?

It’s basically bound to happen

There are 25 days to fill if you start on December 1st, and even more if you start shortly after Thanksgiving.

That’s why I am here! To scour Pinterest for the BEST Elf on the Shelf Ideas. 

In today’s post I give you my favorites, of the two sites I am sharing with you guys today. They have Easy and Creative Elf on the Shelf ideas for my fellow parents out there. Please Follow their blogs as they are all credits to them. Happy Holidays!

31 Day Blog Challenge?

I am so  b e y o n d o v e r it…

It’s the holidays and I am just over trying to complete it!! If there were any days that you guys REALLY wanted to hear, I will absolutely answer!

As parents I feel like we’re always searching for other ways to get our kids to listen. I don’t know what is so different about when I was little to now,-but kids seem to have a harder time just doing what they are supposed to do.

Which I think is why Elf on the shelf was created. It gives children an extra incentive to do better at home.

I have never done it for Little A, Baby J is still young of course, but I am watching my niece do it this year and it looks SO fun. I love coming up with different ideas on where to put the elf.

Until I feel like your four days in… and then you’ve run out of ideas and still many days to go! Since I am taking a hiatus on the 31 Day Blog Challenge, I’ve decided to post a few different sites each day with Elf on the Shelf Ideas! 

“On the First Day of Elf on the Shelf”

we looked at

Smart Schoolhouse

She has a REALLY cute list of ideas. 

My Favorites


A cotton ball igloo hut (seriously so cute)


a cotton ball bathtub in the crock pot, complete with a rubber ducky and a towel (Elf hair care is important too)


next to the creamer bottle in the fridge-wrapped in a wash cloth blanket. (brrr , thanks for the ‘morning jo’ help, Elf.)

https://www.smartschoolhouse.com/diy-crafts/the-best-elf-on-the-shelf-ideas-ever

Holidays are the best! Such a bright time, so easy to find affordable and free events around town. With lighting ceremonies and holiday concerts, so cheery.

YourBump

Has a slideshow of creative ideas!

A few I really loved


Rock climbing up the wall with Gift Bows, SO cute and simple.


 A puzzle, that way you can put it together later. I love a reason to do things as a family!


A melted snowman,  simple but I am sure it will get the little ones talking!

http://yourbump.com/elf-on-the-shelf-ideas/1/

Are you doing elf on the shelf with your kids? What are some of your ideas? Share in the comments!

If you like this post and want to read more please go give me a follow!

What’s in your Handbag? Day 14 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge

What’s in your Handbag? Day 14 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge

The 31 Day Blog Challenge, Day 14

I switch between my “handbag” (more like black hole of a purse) and a bag that is a bit larger for longer day trips or whatever. I visited my parents today, so it has a few randoms and a few missing because I took the bag and not the handbag.

Am I making any sense? For the amount of coffee I’ve had today I’m not really with it. I had some at 2:30 in the afternoon. Maybe I am crashing,  I did almost fall asleep upstairs getting J to bed.

 What is in your Handbag?

  1. “Tigger” (Winnie the Pooh) pants 
  2. nose spray’ ( J has a dry nose sometimes)
  3. hair brush (square one?)
  4. birthday card from marcs grandparents
  5. my old smashed broken iphone
  6. a nose sucker
  7. a few prescribed muscle relaxers
  8. A’s chapstick
  9. A’s “lip gloss”
  10. a few more random lip colors that are basically A’s
  11. 2 charge cord adapaters
  12. a glue stick?
  13. a thermometer
  14. Loreal’s Revitalift 10% Pure Vitamin C Concentrate 
  15. Loreal’s Revitalift 1.5 Pure Hyaluronic Acid
  16. Random Keys
  17. 1 Baby J Sock
  18. Dental Floss
  19. Old receipts
  20. J’s cup (don’t worry it’s empty)

Are you guys doing the 31 day blog challenge with me? What’s in your handbag? OR quick one in the comments… top five things you ALWAYS carry?

Need to catch up on old posts?

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What is your Favorite quote? Grey’s anatomy quotes. Day 13 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge

What is your Favorite quote? Grey’s anatomy quotes. Day 13 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge


“Knowing is better than wondering. Waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest failure, even the worst, beats the hell out of never trying.” —Meredith Grey, season 1, episode 6

Womens Health

What is your Favorite quote?

Do you remember Xanga back in the day?

Updating with all the different icons of your mood.

The song of how your feeling.

I wish I would’ve been into Grey’s anatomy as much as I am now then. I would’ve had great content.


“Change…We don’t like it, we fear it. But we can’t stop it from coming. We either adapt to change, or we get left behind. It hurts to grow. Anybody who tells you it doesn’t, is lying. But here’s the truth: Sometimes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. And sometimes, oh, sometimes, change is good. Sometimes, change is… everything.”


— Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo)Grey’s AnatomySeason 4A Change Is Gonna Come Source: Quotes Catalog


“It always feels like there is just one person in this world to love. And then you find somebody else, and it just seems crazy that you were ever worried in the first place.” —Lexie Grey, season 7, episode 16

Womens Health

I feel like most of us have gone through a bad breakup before, if you haven’t you’re super lucky!


“I want to marry you. I want to have kids with you. I want to build us a house. I want to settle down and grow old with you. I want to die when I’m 110 years old in your arms. I don’t want 48 uninterrupted hours. I want a lifetime.” —Derek Shepherd, season 4, episode 4

Womens Health

I am such a hopeless romantic guys, I think TV shows are false advertisements!

Alright one more for good measure and then I will end the Grey’s Anatomy takeover

I don’t own any rights to the show or quotes or anything, just appreciate Shonda Rhimes work.


“Why does it feel so good to get rid of things? To unload? To let go? Maybe because when we see how little we actually need to survive, it makes us realize how powerful we actually are. To strip down to only what we need. To hang on to only what we can’t do without. Not just to survive, but to thrive.” – Meredith Grey

Elite Daily

Marc and I, even Baby J & Little A have all had to make major changes and sacrifices in the last four months, quickly and without much of a warning at that. So I love how close to home this one is, it really puts a positive spin on things.

Thanks for checking out day 13 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge If you’re new here I’m glad you stopped by, here are the other days you’re missing out on. 

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