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 ūüĆć‚ÄľÔłŹ

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 ūüėČ

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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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 ūüėź

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 ūüé≤ for 2 players, if you use 5 you’ll have to share. You could play with more but I would stick to 5 dice.

‚ÄĘ 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,

‚ÄĘRoll 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 ūüėā

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!

Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms!

Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms!

Breastfeeding


I know the feeling all too well.

You’re frustrated, baby won’t latch, you feel like you haven’t gotten a minute to yourself in weeks.

You’re overly exhausted, and baby needs more food… all night long you feed..your boobs are filled with milk or maybe not filled enough.. nipples hurt ahhh!

How will you keep going on like this? Will you ever shower again…

the answer is yes! You can do it momma, and if you’ve tried it all and can’t, don’t feel obligated to. Fed is best! You’re doing great.

I was terrified to breastfeed

We did skin to skin for an hour after J was born and I felt this instant connection with my son. For that hour we bonded, and even at minutes old... he was searching for my boob! (I really like saying boob so much better then breast...hopefully no one is offended.

It was always my plan to breastfeed baby J, so even when it got REALLY difficult… and let me tell you, sometimes it was really hard. I tried my best to stick it out. I was lucky enough to only have problems for the first few months.

It will get better!!!

It’s true, I don’t know how long…

but it will get better. I kept seeing this everywhere  when I was looking for advice and to be honest I don’t really know if it helped or not. I think it can never hurt to try. So many times when J wouldn’t stop crying or when he couldn’t latch correctly I thought-this will never get any easier.

“Don’t cry over spilled milk.” Or do, if it’s breast milk.

{ I know you can relate}

There might be roadblocks

When J was born he was 7lbs 6oz which was way bigger than any of us thought he’d be! In the hospital I felt confident about our feeding, I really recommend to use the lactation consultants!! Their amazing, and so helpful. I was somewhat sure I had breastfeeding figured out. But once I got home, that wasn’t the case. J was dropping weight, even a couple weeks after birth.

We then were put on a STRICT schedule of waking him to feed every 2 hours (pumping after that) and feeding the bottle. He did gain weight this way and it really helped with getting feeding down! We also visited a Lactation Consultant again (She said J was actually feeding well, it worked as a good brush up & confidence boost)

After all though, it did in fact, get easier! Now baby J is One and it’s not even something we think twice about. He can very easily latch on his own, and my milk supply is very evened out, it’s just a normal part of every day. Seriously he could latch onto my breast upside down (yes he’s tried)

Take the help

Did you hear me?… Take the help!

Don’t forget that as a momma, you need to give yourself the time of day. Brush your teeth and hair, eat a meal (hey eat 2 meals), and accept whatever help you are offered. If you’re offered a shower so that you’re swollen boobs can relax, T A K E I T.

So many times, Marc would feed me ice cream or dinner just so that I could continue to breastfeed J. {lucky gal=me} It really meant a lot to me to have a good group of people around me. Between my family and Marc’s I’ve had a lot of help around.

For the longest time I wouldn’t accept help from anyone else besides Marc, and I was so exhausted. Not always was someone around of course, but when you’re exhausted and worn out; Even a pee alone can help. So if someone is offering to help… T A K E I T.

Do Your Research

I’m a pinterest and google queen, need a deal let me check Amazon really quick for you.

This isn’t necessary for everyone, it might even fit into the ‘ask for help’ section. However, I LOVE to do my research on things that influence my life. I’m an “overachiever” in that way I guess.

On the same token there is only so much you can do before actually having your baby and breastfeeding. Try to breathe Momma you’re doing great, if there are dads reading this… just do your best to listen and help where you can & GET SNACKS HURRY.

One thing I’d really recommend is, Lanolin Cream the hospital actually provided this to me and it was amazing! You can put it on before and after breastfeeding so it’s totally safe for baby (HUGE plus on my Parent Points scale…)

Helps with the rawness, especially if there is trouble with latching. J in the beginning had a hard time staying latched (he would get super sleepy).



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!

Where do you want to be in 10 years? 31 Day Blog Challenge day 20

Where do you want to be in 10 years? 31 Day Blog Challenge day 20

Between Christmas shopping, J’s 1st Birthday quickly approaching, and my lack of sleep. I am getting nowhere fast guys! I am so sorry I have been ‘MIA’ and I will try to get a few of these out as soon as I can. Day 20 of the

31 Day Blog Challenge

31 Day Blog Challenge Day 20 Baby J and Little A

I haven’t posted the whole challenge in awhile. If you’d like to join it with me, please do!

Where do I want to be in 10 years?

Do you ever feel like you get the blues from never being satisfied? I think as a Mom I really try to strive to make everything “perfect”. I want the best memories, the best photos, I want things exactly how I’ve envisioned them.

Since I am not rich, I have to really come to terms with the fact that not everything will be that way and to not forget that there were many days I just wanted children of my own or a family of my own, it isn’t the worst if I don’t have everything else exactly how I want.

I really would love to have a home of our own that we are happy. For us to be able to do more things as a family, it’s been a really hard year or so with everything we’ve had going on and I would love to just enjoy life.

As for my blog Baby J and Little A I would love to see growth! I feel like I’ve grown a lot even just since the beginning of my blog. Here is my first post, I’ve grown since then

Where do you want to be in 10 years? So sorry I have been MIA guys! Let me know what you want to see in the comments.

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What is your Dream Job? 31 Day Blog Challenge, Day Sixteen.

What is your Dream Job? 31 Day Blog Challenge, Day Sixteen.

If you could choose

to do anything what would it be? Getting paid to sleep would be pretty amazing. Or maybe a paycheck for eating, yeah I like that idea.

Maybe you would choose to deep sea fish, or travel around the world. We’re talking school or money aside.

Brings me right on to Day SIXTEEN of the

31 Day Blog Challenge

What is your Dream Job?

Growing up I always wanted to be a Mom, I watched my mom stay home and it was everything I thought I wanted.

Now as a mom of two, I LOVE my job

but I can’t say I don’t daydream about excelling in a career. Like I did pre- baby J and little A. I wouldn’t change my current job for anything, but I do miss adult interaction!

So dream job eh?

I think flipping houses

would be really fun, Fixer Upper style. Where you would do all of it, including staging and interior decorating.

What would be your dream job? Let me know in the comments! Did you miss out on the other days of the 31 Day Blog Challenge 

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What would you do if you won the lottery? 31 Day Blog Challenge Day TWELVE

What would you do if you won the lottery? 31 Day Blog Challenge Day TWELVE

I started this 31 Day blog Challenge because I wanted to commit to daily blogging. Sometimes we get writers block, I was doing GREAT the first couple weeks of my blog.

Then it hit me, the bug… the writers ‘blockitis’. I was stuck and I could see myself just loosing hope. Is this really what I want you guys to know about me? Not really…but it’s true ya’ll we’re all human!

There were a few nights I wanted to go to bed and skip writing, “baby J and little A need me more”, I tell myself. Truth is, this isn’t affecting them. I CAN manage my blog.

It’s something just for ME, which brings us to Day TWELVE of the¬†

31 Day Blog Challenge

What would you do if you won the lottery?

If I won the lottery I would look for the perfect place to live! I want to live semi- in the middle of nowhere. I would love a little farm or something for the kids to grow up and learn on. I would invest in something, I just don’t know what.

If I’m rolling in the cash you can bet that I would be making a Disney World trip, it’s a dream of mine to go! I could get a great doctor for myself and others in my family. Take a vacation, spend time with my family without worrying about finances.

Those are just a few of the things I would do, I could make this list go on and on. What would you buy if you won the lottery? Are you following the 31 day blog challenge? Share your posts with me!

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