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    The Gift Of Awesome!

    I struggle every year with what to get my nieces and nephews for Christmas. They are all fortunate that if they have a need it is fulfilled so gift giving tends to be well, boring. So now I am in the search for unique gifts that will hopefully wow vs. a gift card blah. Here are a few I have come up with! Kidstir– Teach your child to cook with this monthly subscription box that includes kid-sized cooking tools, kid-friendly recipes, a cookbook binder to keep all the recipes, and more. This subscription box is more affordable than some others, and you can turn the cooking into a fun family…

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    15 Steps To Handling An Angry Little Person

    We are going through the temper tantrum stage currently and I have read several wonderful pieces on dealing with anger and outbursts in my toddler. I realize that he is tiny yet and he does not have the skills to manage his emotions. I also remind myself that I am an adult and have moments where I do not manage my emotions well so having compassion for him during this time is crucial. I found a fantastic article by Dr. Laura Markham ,creator of Aha! Parenting, that really put things into perspective. She breaks down the why and how not to react while giving great advice on how to handle…

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    Not Broken

    See the kid in the picture? That is me, just a child that didn’t have a voice, so she thought. I can’t remember when it started but I do remember when it ended. I was 14 years old and in the biggest 14 year old voice I could muster I threatened the man that had sexually abused me. I told him if he ever touched me again I would kill him. I didn’t know how, but I would. Two days later he dropped dead with a heart attack. I mourned his death and even though he was abusive, I did love him. He was my grandfather and I still loved…

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    Fall Bucket List!

    Fall is hands down my favorite season and I am a huge fan of anything that embraces it. What’s not to love? Football, cooler weather, pumpkins, apples, bonfires, cozy blankets and the list goes on! I also love leaf looking and now that we are back in the South will definitely be heading to the mountains! Enjoy every minute of the fall season with these must- do activities! Take a look at my Facebook for events in Georgia and North Carolina! Get out there and enjoy this wonderful fall season!

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    Parenting Handbook

    They say parenting doesn’t come with a handbook and I am going to disagree. While it isn’t in handbook form, Google has become my go to when I have questions. Now I know you can’t rely on everything you read but other mama’s like myself have shared their experiences and after reading many scenarios I usually take a bit of each. Here are a few key things that I have searched in the past 18 months and have been asked by other parents. Remember none of this is biblical and should always be discussed with your doctor! Question: When can a baby sleep with a blanket?     Answer: By the time…

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    A Note To My Son & His Future Love

    I may be your first love but I am grooming you for your love of a lifetime. I will teach you that chivalry is not dead and opening a door and giving flowers is not a thing of the past. You will learn that having God in your life and relationship’s is most important. Your love for the Lord will be reflected in your love for your wife. You will know that compassion for others will hold more value than judgement. You will understand the power of prayer and the importance of communication.   I will teach you that dancing in the kitchen is as important as always saying good…

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    The Left Shoe Movement

    The Left Shoe movement was created to assist parents to remember they have an extremely valuable and precious life in the car with them. Just as The Baby On Board signs were made for ER personnel the Left Shoe Movement will be a tool to avoid catastrophe.   What is it you ask? It is simple, when you get in the car with your child you take your left shoe off and place in the floor board behind the child’s seat. You will never forget to put your shoe back on and ahah you have a reminder to take your little one out of the car too.   You can…

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    I’m Your Mama Not Your Friend

    A few weeks there was a festival in Colorado called 4/20. I am pretty sure that anyone that watches the news is aware of what it is, and though it disgusts me, it is the state we live in. A few days later I watched a disturbing video that has been nagging me for some time now. The video was of a parent and their kid at attendance of the festival. The parent was on stage pouring drinks down people’s throats and obviously high, drunk etc. The part that disturbs me most is the kid (of age now) is a recovering meth addict. I am no one’s judge for we…

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    When An Emergency Happens

    The most common cause of nonfatal choking in young children is food. At least one child dies from choking on food every five days in the U.S., and more than 12,000 children are taken to a hospital emergency room each year for food-choking injuries.   The other night we had a scare. We were sitting down for supper, listening to music and having a typical night of family time at the table. Lil man was singing and dancing in his high-chair then went quiet. Heath immediately recognized he was choking. I did the finger sweep to see if there was something close that I could remove but this was lodged…

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    Not My Childhood

    Charles Dickens said, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Parenting is the easiest and the toughest job. Easy because it works on mutual love and instinctual care but tough because a single mistake can cause lifelong scars.   With that said, these are things that my child will never understand:   Sexual abuse: I am a product of sexual abuse that started at a very young age until I was 13 years old. I fortunately have a powerful God that kept me from becoming a statistic. I used it to make me an independent and strong person and not a victim. It also taught…