10 Reminders to My Future {Mama} Self

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Today at the pool as I quickly showered myself and my 3 girls, dressed, combed hair, and periodically checked on my son who sat outside the women's locker room patiently waiting for us (a gift from God to his future wife), an older woman that had been quietly grooming herself in the mirror stopped to impart some words of wisdom...

"You know honey, one day they'll be all grown up and you'll hardly know what to do with yourself." 

I politely chuckled and watched her walk out and for a moment relished the day "they'd be all grown up". Then my thoughts trailed to that woman and I wondered, would there come a day that I "would hardly know what to do with myself"? Would I ever become so idle that I long for the past and have trouble bidding time in the present?

God knows I long for things like my own water bottle, and the freedom to eat a cookie without then having to give everyone a cookie and suffer the consequences of adding sugar to chaos!

Hanging Cardboard Bunny Decoration

Carboard rabbit

Earlier this week I had the privilege of sharing some Easter and spring crafts on our local Dayton talk show, Living Dayton (check out the segment by clicking on the picture above. Also, watch for two additional spring craft ideas during the segment! Hint, hint... I posted about one of them last week).

Easter Egg Printing

Thanks to our lovely moving franchise, I've been inspired to do LOTS of crafts that involve packing supplies. I found this particular craft in my photo archives from last year. We had a great afternoon with friends by simply laying out some paint, packing supplies, and an egg template and making some prints! 

With Bubble Wrap and More!

Clean Up with ThredUP

If you've been following my blog at all, you've probably noticed that I love to fill you in on great products and companies that I know and adore. I never promote anything without trying it out first, and I can honestly say I've bought and sold clothes with thredUp several times now. It's so simple and WOW are my closets looking good!

How to Give Your Newborn a Bath: The Swaddle Bath Method

This is undoubtedly one of the best tricks I learned during my preemie's 4 month stay in the NICU. My older 3 children hated getting a bath when they were infants. Why? Because it's cold! I could kick myself for not thinking to wrap them in a blanket during bath time. Harper just loves her baths and has from day 1 when we were able to unplug her cords, wrap her up, and dip her into a small bin of warm water. In the NICU she was also on a heated table for extra warmth. It was always very important for her to stay warm so that her body didn't use up more calories than necessary. Every ounce matters when it comes to a preemie!

A swaddle bath is essentially a normal bath, but given with the newborn (or in this case preemie) wrapped in a thin blanket. The blanket allows the warm water to travel up the blanket and warm the parts of the body that are not submerged. You can also pour some water over them periodically to keep the blanket warm.

REAListic Health Tips for Busy Families

It can be challenging to educate ourselves on good nutrition when there's new- often conflicting- recommendations coming out everyday. But research repeatedly states one simple truth:

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is key to optimal health. So how can you and your kids be sure you're eating enough?