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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…

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    Lessons Learned

    I was thinking over the weekend of a few key things I have learned recently. Sunday’s church service had a ton to do with that as he spoke on things such as entitlement and being present in what you are doing. This of course became relatable to not only my work life but my family life and I want to share a few with you.   Comparison: Be it in my family life or work life I have learned to stop comparing. What kind of mama am I in comparison to..? How is my blog in comparison? Maybe if I just do this the way Sally with 1MM followers does…

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    Time…

    For All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.”  1 Peter 1:24-25  Time: The one thing we all have and can be the most abused gift we are given. I am guilty as most of us are and this morning I had my wake-up call that got me thinking. I start my day’s normally at 6:00am when my expensive alarm clock, Cooper, goes off. I get up, change him, and we set out to the kitchen to make our “coffee”. I let the pups out and give…

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    Lil Man’s First Birthday!

    I can’t believe the time has passed as quickly as it has. One year already and it feels like we just brought him home! God has truly blessed us with the most amazing baby and I am so grateful to be his mama. His birthday party was a huge success and I would like to share the details with you! Since we are a huge outdoors family I went with a buffalo plaid and forest theme. Cupcakes were easiest and I found the most amazing recipe that you just have to try even if it isn’t for a party! I made cupcake wrappers with Photoshop and will include the tutorial…

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    The Day The Devil Knocked & The Door Was Answered

    Our greatest fear is that our children will lose the battle with their addiction. For some families, this fear has become their new reality. June 26th, 2017 is the day that shook our world. We received word my husbands eldest nephew, Jake, lost his fight with his demons. After achieving a period of abstinence, the devil knocked on the door, he answered and his body failed him. The shock that took me is indescribable. It had been less than a week since we talked and he told me how great he was doing and I expressed how proud of him I was. For a moment I believed there was hope! He…

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    Breast Milk Diaries III

    January first was the last day I pumped. I am still breastfeeding at night and in the morning if Coop wants but he has weaned himself pretty much to only at night. I decided an organic powdered formula would work best for us being the most economical and environmentally friendly. I researched formula better than the FBI and here is what I came up with. (Post contains affiliate links) Baby’s Only Organic LactoRelief with DHA & ARA Toddler Formula is what I am using. While he doesn’t have an issue with lactose I choose this due to less constipation issues in babies were reported. The price isn’t overwhelming and if…

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    How Things Have Changed, & I Am Okay With That!

    My husband asked me if I was okay with the way we are spending New Years Eve. Sitting on the couch, drinking hot tea while our little one is tucked in snug as a bug fast asleep. My response was absolutely! I wouldn’t trade it for the world! We have celebrated New Years many different ways and this year is by far the greatest yet! I am happy as a lark sitting here with my hubby, pups and lil one sound asleep, while we watch Dick Clark’s New Years Eve special. I pray all those that are out celebrating will be safe and get home to their loved ones. I…

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    Magic Reindeer Food!

    Magic Reindeer Food Printout               INGREDIENTS Raw uncooked oats Sugar cookie sprinkles Plastic sandwich or snack baggies Ribbon in festive holiday colors Paper for the printable tags   INSTRUCTIONS Pour 3-4 tablespoons of oats into each plastic bag. Add a tablespoon or two of sprinkles. Close the baggie with a piece of ribbon, and shake to mix. If using a zipper top bag, punch a small hole in the corner and thread a piece of ribbon through the hole. Make a tag by writing or printing the poem (link above) onto a piece of paper or card stock. Add the tag to the bag…