Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Why Self-Care is So Important for Moms

This is a sponsored post for Self Care Catalysts. I have been compensated through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. All opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.

Why Self-Care is So Important for MomsAs moms, we have a tendency to take care of everyone else first and put ourselves last.  For a lot of people, mom=martyr. 

I'm just going to come right out and say this...

That's stupid.  The often-used example of the flight attendant telling you to put your own mask on first before helping anyone else with theirs...completely true.  You're not much good to your kids if you're dying.  You can't pour water into someone else's glass unless yours is full.

I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.  Because of it, I have physical limitations and often need to stop what I'm doing to rest because of the severe fatigue and/or intense pain.  I explain to my kids that Mommy has owies and doesn't feel good, and that I need to sit down.  They are accepting of that, and the older kids make it a point to help out with the younger ones when I'm not feeling well.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Saving money with Groupon coupons


This is a sponsored post, but all opinions expressed are mine. 

When my oldest child, Katie, was two, she was diagnosed with wheat, dairy, peanut, and egg allergies.  Thanks to allergy drops, she now can eat all of those things again, but the three years that she couldn't were hard on our checkbook.  Her groceries cost as much as the groceries for the rest of the family.

Saving money with Groupon coupons
3 year old Katie eating a Sunbutter sandwich made with rice bread.

At the time, I'd heard of Groupon, but didn't know what it was.  One day, a Facebook friend shared a groupon coupon for an online gluten free shop.  I don't remember the exact deal, but I do know that I ended up getting 50% off my total cart which saved me a ton of money on Katie's special allergy food. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Must Read Blog Roundup #1


Not only do I write a blog, but I love reading other blogs.  Sometimes I come across something that I really want to share with you guys so I decided to put together a round up of posts that I think you'll love too.  Enjoy! 



Friday, September 9, 2016

Cheap and Easy DIY Picture Wall

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When I was a kid, my favorite thing at my great grandma's house was her wall of pictures.  The pictures were of relatives, mostly from her generation and earlier.  I fell in love with her "picture wall" and decided that when I grew up and had my own house, I was going to have one too.

We've had our own house for a little over two years now.  It was time to put up my picture wall.

I was a little daunted at the thought of buying a ton of frames and then having to hang them so I started researching other options.

I decided to opt out of framing my pictures and go for a simpler look, using Scotch Clear Mounting Squares.  The squares are removable which appealed to me since I didn't want to end up with marks on the wall.  

Thursday, September 1, 2016

21 Mouth Watering Apple Treats to Buy This Fall


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21 mouth watering apple treats to try this fall

It's the last day of August and fall is right around the corner! I'm looking forward to the cooler weather (yes, it gets hot in Minnesota!), wearing sweaters, and traditional autumn food like apples and pumpkins.     

To kick off this autumn, I put together a collection of apple themed treats to share with you.   (Caramel apple...*drool*)
 
Look for my pumpkin spice treasury coming soon!










Saturday, August 27, 2016

Victory Junction: Where Kids with Medical Needs Can Be Kids

I was compensated for this post.  All opinions formed are mine. I don't recommend products, companies, etc to my readers unless it's something I truly believe in.

I think we can all agree that every child deserves the chance to be a kid and enjoy life.  That's why we have child labor laws, why toy companies flourish, and why so many parenting books have sections or chapters on letting kids play.

But for kids with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses who spend much of their time at doctors' offices, therapies, and in the hospital, they don't get many opportunities to be a regular kid. They often feel isolated from their peers and lonely. 

That's where Victory Junction comes in.

Victory Junction is a camp located in Randleman, North Carolina and is open to kids between the ages of six and 16 at no cost to the campers or their families.  It provides the chance for chronically or seriously ill children to take a break and just be a kid while in a safe and medically-sound environment.  Their belief statement says it all:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

10 Rookie Parenting Mistakes I Still Make


I've been a mom for over 8 years now.  During that time, I've made a lot of mistakes.  One would think that 8 years and 4 kids later, I would have learned from my mistakes and would be a little smarter, but...

I have two words for you...Mom Brain. *insert spooky background noise here*  


Here are 10 rookie parenting mistakes that I still make.  Repeatedly.  

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Share the Love Social Media Linkup #15 - Facebook

Welcome to the Share the Love Saturday Link-Up!  I'm so glad you could join us!

Today we're linking up our Facebook pages!

Share the Love Saturdays - A Social Media Link-up

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Share the Love Social Media Link #14 - Pinterest

Welcome to the Share the Love Saturday Link-Up!  I'm so glad you could join us!

Today we're linking up our Pinterest accounts!

Share the Love Saturdays - A Social Media Link-up

Friday, August 12, 2016

Back to School Bundles with Gymboree & Stitch Fix

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Who here doesn't like Gymboree?

I don't see any hands raised so I'm going to assume you all do.  Also, I can't actually see you so if you do have your hand raised, you're kind of out of luck.

So have you heard about Gymboree's new partnership with Stitch Fix?  Is your mind blown yet? I know mine is!  I love the cute, quality clothes that Gymboree has for kids and the way that Stitch Fix does the work of putting together an outfit for you. You get the best of both worlds (props to Hannah Montana for that line).

 Back to School Bundles with Gymboree & Stitch Fix