Wisdom Wednesday – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

A Time for Everything

For everything there is a season,
    a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
    A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
    A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
    A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
    A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
    A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
    A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
    A time for war and a time for peace.

 This year has been a doozy. We’ve been hit from one side, just to be hit from the other. It has rocked us to our core and left us with our mouth hanging open, wondering what else could happen.
It literally started the first week of this year. The wind was knocked out of our sails and we tried to keep up with the current but it pulled us down. We were reaching for a life raft, but it was harder and harder as the months went by. Finally the rip tide calmed, but Chris lost his job.
Not even a week later, my grandfather died. Whoa. I hadn’t even accepted Chris not working, so adding this into the mix was hard to swallow. I didn’t want to. I mean, who does? I mourned his loss when I could, but with the multiple other facets of our life going on (productions to work on, Chris finding new work), it wasn’t the right time. That’s where this Bible passage comes from.
This has been a constant thought since Jan. 3rd of this year. I will mourn when I see my grandfather’s photo, but rejoice when someone mentions his name. I cried when I realized Chris didn’t have a job, but I’d smile when we got to spend a little extra time together. When he would get job offers, I would jump for joy, but cringe when I knew his time would be split again.
We are back to a nice groove. Chris has a job in the best city. One he works so hard with. One he wants to keep. Maizy and I have a nice time together. I love being her mommy. She keeps me learning and teaches me.
There is always a silver lining.
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Mommy Moments: Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to the momma who just got that positive sign. The one who is holding the secret that changes everything. She starts thinking of all the possibilities that this new little human could bring to her life.

Happy Mother’s Day to the mommy ready to pop, fatigued from the extra weight she’s been carrying for 8 months. She’s ready to have her sweet baby in her arms. She’s gotten all the diapers and outfits set in their place and is just waiting for that first contraction to start.

Happy Mother’s Day to the second time mom. The one that is grabbing on to their toddler, who is ready to sprint into oncoming traffic. The one who is sure that the next one will be so much easier. She’s prepped the older sibling for what’s to come, but is still unsure of it will be.

Happy Mother’s Day to the single mom. You work and try to make it through the work week, but sometimes you barely make it. You feel like you’re at the end of your rope, but then the loves and the snuggles come pouring in and it makes it all worth it.

Happy Mother’s Day to the mourning mom. The one who lost their baby, from miscarriage to infertility to still born to car crash, it doesn’t matter. You grieve day in and day out because no one sees you were a mom, but in your heart there’s a hole the size of your child that nothing can fill.

Happy Mother Day to the foster mom who gives her sweet loving’s to the babes who are deemed ‘unlovable’ by society and their family. You give so much and sometimes receive so little in return.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL

Fluffy Friday: How To Start Your Stash

When I started cloth, I had to really sit down and ask how I was going to fill up my diaper bag and shelves. It was not something easily thought about. Cloth diapers, albeit an old system, is not necessarily mainstream. There are plenty of resources online thankfully, so all my questions were answered.

Some questions you want to ask yourself:

  • How many diapers do I want in my stash?
  • Will we use cloth from newborn (NB) all the way till potty training?
  • What style would work best for our lifestyle?
  • What is our price limit?

I asked myself each one and was able to answer easily.

I have about 20 structures diapers + multiple prefolds and flats that can be an insert or folded into a diaper. This is a good amount, as I wash every 3-4 days. I will cover wash routine and dirty laundry storage in another post, so stay tuned!

We did not use cloth till Maizy had gained some weight. She was 7lb 5oz at birth, but still was pretty skinny. Even though most diapers state “from newborn to 25lbs” they are quite bulky for them at such a tiny state. It can leave gaps, leading to leaks and spills. I decided to purchase a couple NB AIO, but they ended up being bulky on her frame, making her looked like an overturned turtle, so we decided to stick with disposables till she was one month.

We started out with pockets and prefolds and covers. AIO have been added since and are my favorite to date. I still love the prefolds but pockets are not my favorite. Having to get the dirty inserts grosses me out now that my daughter eats solids and drink so much more than just formula. The prefolds are very versatile, while the AIO are the easiest to deal with. AIO are very grandparent friendly and are the easiest to send for overnights.

When thinking about your price limit, are you thinking about getting the most bang for your buck? Or are you thinking about getting all prints/styles of one brand? In my opinion, the cheapest, yet goes farthest is the cover/prefold/flat combo. Those, I found are very good for all ages of baby and really grow with them.

Those questions are just the beginning of the journey. When you thought about cloth, what questions did you ask yourself?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Little Life Update

Hey y’all. Been a really long time since I’ve had the chance to put up a new post.

Things haven’t been the easiest. Two weeks ago, things came to a crashing halt at my husband’s job. Then last week, my grandfather passed away very unexpectedly.

All in all, it’s been rough. My mind has been very scattered, yet empty, making any kind of formulation of thought impossible.

I want you to know that with that all happening, I’ve still tried to think of ideas. Coming Friday, there will be a new post for Fluffy Friday, so stay tuned.

Thank you for your patience.

Wisdom Wednesday: You do you, Boo Boo!

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Yogi Tea knows what’s up! This was the tag on one of the samples I got in that Influenster VoxBox. I added some sugar and half a lemon.

This saying came at a perfect time when I’m questioning self. I know who I am and I should be darn proud. We all go through those seasons. I could put in so many song lyrics and quotes about being true to oneself, but I won’t. I won’t be monotonous. BUT I will put in my favorite Dr. Suess quote:

“Say what you want and be who you are, because those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter.”

Happy Mail: Influenster #TreatVoxBox

When I heard about Influenster and what it has to offer, I thought “What is there to lose??” and signed up immediately. This is the second Vox Box I have received and reviewed, and I hope to keep doing these.

What the “theme” and demographic this box was about, was all to do with moms or dads of small children who needed a treat, hence the hashtag and name “Treat VoxBox.” I was all for it. Before you are sent the box, you are emailed a survey from the company to assure that you are the type of person that would get the best use out of the products. I just got this yesterday, but have already used quite a bit!

THE GOODIES:

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Hills Bros. Cappuccino flavored K-Cups – 4 diff. flavors

  • french vanilla
  • double mocha
  • english toffee
  • salted caramel

I decided to try the double mocha as my afternoon cup, while my husband tried salted caramel for his. We both decided it wasn’t our cup of tea… er… coffee. It was a’ight for both. What these basically are is a powdered drink (like hot cocoa) in the K-Cup packaging. It was weak on the coffee flavor and bland on the mocha flavor.

Hills Bros. Cappuccino drink mix packets – english toffee flavor

I’m not big on english toffee. It isn’t really my favorite sweet treat. I will probably be saving these for a rainy day when I need something sweet.

Yogi tea sampler – 2 flavors

  • Skin Detox
  • Cinnamon Vanilla Healthy Skin

I love tea, absolutely love it, so I know I’m going to love these. I like mine with about a tsp of honey and a wedge of lemon. I’ve heard of Yogi tea, but never tried them. They have little sayings on the tags, so I’m excited to open these up.

Yum V’s Probiotic – white chocolate

When I saw these I thought how cute and decided to pop one out and have a taste. They are shaped like bears and meant for kids, but since Maizy is still a little young for these, I decided to have them myself. I mean, it’s a probiotic, so I knew it’d be good no matter. I knew the taste would be pretty off, but over all it still was pretty good.

Weleda Calendua shampoo and body wash for baby

This is just a small foil packet to be used once. I’ll probably get around to using it tomorrow for Maizy. Not expecting anything major except a nice clean smell. The foil packet aren’t much to be thought of since it’s so small.

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I also received some coupons in the box:

  • Country Crock margarine – Free
  • Hills Bros. Cappuccino – $1 off
  • Yogi tea – $1 off
  • Club W – 3 bottles for $19

The only one of those I will use is the $1 off a box of Yogi tea.  I’m not big on margarine or the Hills Bros. coffee. And I can’t justify $19 for 3 bottles of wine when I can go to Kroger and get 3 for $8. Eh, they’re cheap, but I’m okay with that. Haha

**I was given all these items free for review, thanks to Influenster!!! If you are interested in getting items to test, go here and sign up**

Happy Mail: March Birchbox

After MANY months of contemplating and asking if it’s worth it, I took the plunge and set up a Birchbox subscription. How exciting for me to open my mailbox and see the boldface letters that pretty much say “Hey, you’ve got new pretties to try!”

THE PACKAGING

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The outside protective box is hot pink with BIRCHBOX scrawled on all sides. When you slice open the seal, all the sides fall flat to expose the monthly design. This month is this cute teal, gold foil, and green geometric design. In the middle is BIRCHBOX again, but in the gold. I open the top and I see not just five, but SIX samples to get me through the month.

THE SAMPLES

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STARTING CLOCKWISE FROM TOP CENTER:

theBalm Staniac “Beauty Queen” lip & cheek stain – full size $17

I would give this 4 out of 5. It is awesome as a cheek stain if you dot it on before foundation, but as a lip stain, I wanted a better color pay off. I did do about two coats. As you can see in the picture, it looks like a nice wine stain and pretty dark. When it went on the lips, there was some to be desired.

JUARA radiance enzyme scrub – full size $38

I would give this 5 out of 5. I love facial scrubs and now I love this one. I had never heard of this brand before opening my box. I hadn’t yet took my shower for the day, so I was ready to use this when I hopped in. It has a very light, clean scent, with teeny tiny microbeads to really get the nitty gritty out. I used a dime sized amount on my hands and it worked wonders. My skin felt so soft and clean and it didn’t irritate my skin, which I have to be careful about. Although gentle, it was effective.

Coastal Scents styleEYES eyeshadow palette – full size $12 

Have only been able to swatch on my arm, so can’t fully rate, but it has great color pay off. As you see, I got a charcoal and silver duo. Very nice, wearable colors. Smooth when tested. I love playing around with eye colors and testing out liners, shadows, and mascaras. I will definitely be able to make a couple of looks with this sample!

Comptoir Sud Pacifique perfume Vanille Abricot – full size $85

I give this a 4 out of 5, not because of the perfume itself, but because of the packaging. I cannot STAND when it has the little stopper on top. It’s just asking for me to spill on the floor! BUT the scent is awesome. Back in highschool there was a perfume at Victoria’s Secret that smelled like this. This is a perfect summer scent!

Number 4 clarifying shampoo – full size $32-$72

 BONUS! reconstructing mask  – full size $58

Would give this 5 out of 5. I love clarifying shampoos if I had to pick my favorite kind. This one had a very nice suds and I loved the cleanliness I got from it. Having the masque to go on right after was great, as I could use the system together and I feel it really helped to get my hair to a nice, shiny state.

**Do you like what you see?? Well then go here and get started!!! $10 a month & ships free.**