Hey, I Want To Know…

This is a new roundup series with a twist: I’m going to ask some fellow Bloggers a few fun questions, just to see what they think! I love reading blogs as much as I do writing them, and what better way to get to know someone? Follow us at the end of each month to see their answers, and be sure to check out some of these great blogs while you’re at it!


Dicia – It’s My Mommy Life Now

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1: What’s your favorite thing to wear in cool, Fall weather?
I hate to admit this, but my favorite thing to wear in cool, fall weather is my red hoodie and my yoga pants. I homeschool my 9 year old and I’m always chasing after my two year old. I’m usually in something comfy. Oh and I can’t forget my socks and my sneakers. If I go out, I may end up in jeans and a t-shirt, but I still have my sneakers on.

2: What’s your child(ren) obsessed with right now?
Since I have two boys whose taste is completely different. I’ll list them by boy.
Kaeden (9) – Minecraft on PS3, fourwheeling, and Pokemon Go.
Karsen (2) – The movie Home on netflix, trucks and cars, trains, mommy, and food.

3: When your partner is feeling down, how do you cheer them up?
Cheering him up depends on why he is feeling down. Usually I will try to crack some perverted joke, get him to talk about it, hug him, tell him I love him and how much he means to me, and if nothing else works, then I make him food, lay in bed with him, and rub his back.

Sarah – Get Mom Balanced

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1: What’s your favorite thing to wear in cool, Fall weather?
I love a good pair of skinny jeans and a cute sweatshirt: Maybe something with a zipper or a cute detail at the neckline. I’m pretty simple and love basics that I can throw on. Shoes are always my challenge- I’m a flip flop girl and my feet got bigger with my last pregnancy so I’m on the hunt for new fall shoes!! 

2: What’s your child(ren) obsessed with right now? 
My 4yo son LOVES Lego. He loves to get sets and build them, and then play with what he’s built. He can sit and look at the instruction books over and over and also wants to look at sets on the computer and videos of people building!! He wants to go to Target just to look at the sets. Obsession is an understatement for him!! My 1yo guy loves throwing balls. He’s simple like that- give him a ball, toss it back and forth and that kiddo is happy!

3: When your partner is feeling down, how do you cheer them up?Thankfully, my hubby is pretty easy going and doesn’t get down often, but the way to help him unwind or get out of a funk would be to have some delicious food. So that means I won’t be cooking it! We’d be going out to dinner because I am also simple in my cooking and he is more of a foodie. So, a great meal with beer or wine and my hubby is happy! 

Melissa – Baby Castan On Board

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1: What’s your favorite thing to wear in cool, Fall weather?
Fall is by far my favorite season. The air is crisp, the holidays are right around the corner and it’s time to break out the sweaters, scarves, and boots! Not to mention all the flannel and denim that is in style for the season 🙂 

2: What’s your child(ren) obsessed with right now?
I have a nine-month-old so he is really obsessed with standing, walking and crawling. He loves putting something in front of himself and then when he reaches it pushes it a little further. He is so proud of himself. It’s the cutest thing!

3: When your partner is feeling down, how do you cheer them up?
The way to a man’s heart is food right? I like to take my husband out to eat, or sometimes I cook for him.

Tajuana – Healthy & Fit

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1: What’s your favorite thing to wear in cool, Fall weather?  
Cardigans!!! Every color 🙂

2: What’s your child(ren) obsessed with right now? ***
Eek, I don’t have human children, yet I have fur babies. My cats are obsessed with hiding in boxes and eating paper.   ***(Fur babies count! -Jasmine)
3: When your partner is feeling down, how do you cheer them up?
I like to leave my partner alone when they are not in the best mood because I would make it worse hehe, So I just let them have their space and when they’re ready they come back to life.

Michele – The Domestic Realist

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1: What’s your favorite thing to wear in cool, Fall weather?
A hooded sweatshirt. I love putting my hands in the pockets and digging them in deep to warm my hands when it gets cool. Putting one on makes it officially feel like Fall! I especially enjoy wearing one around a firepit (with a cold beverage in hand!). 

2: What’s your child(ren) obsessed with right now?
My 3yo is obsessed with picnics right now. She likes to have us sit on the floor and she pulls the food out of her hair. I’m not why it comes out of her hair but I just go with it! There are always sandwiches, apples, napkins, and cookies! My kind of picnic! 

3: When your partner is feeling down, how do you cheer them up?
Wait until he is ready to talk about it. Men are different from woman, and my husband doesn’t always admit something is wrong until he is ready to. So after 5 years of marriage, I’ve learned to just wait until he let’s me know he is feeling down. Then I cheer him up by making extra effort to focus on him. Whether that is turning off devices and talking or getting a sitter for a night out, I make the effort I can. 

Brittany – Follow The Dyers

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1: What’s your favorite thing to wear in cool, Fall weather?
So, we live currently live in Bangkok, Thailand, and the weather her is always warm. I love it so much, but sometimes I miss out on the Fall weather. Not too much though, because I LOVE the warm weather. One of the biggest things I miss in the Fall though is all things leaves. When I was a kid, I used to love to play in the leaves and make crafts with them. I miss seeing the colors of the leaves on the trees change, too. There are so many things you can do with the leaves once they are off the trees too! 

2: What’s your child(ren) obsessed with right now?
In Bangkok, they don’t really have many birthday party supplies, it’s just not something they do here, so we pretty much plan our birthday parties at least 6 months in advance because we buy the majority of our birthday party supplies when we visit the States. With that being said, my son had a Dinosaur birthday party this year and is still obsessed with everything dinosaur! My daughter is having a Hello Kitty birthday party next month and is obsessed with everything Hello Kitty! I’m sure the obsession will change in a few months when we start to determine what kind of parties they will have next year!

3: When your partner is feeling down, how do you cheer them up?
Usually, I just let him talk. Is that boring? Maybe I should look for other suggestions…what do you do when your husband is feeling down?

Julie Hoag – Julie Hoag Writer

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1: What’s your favorite thing to wear in cool, Fall weather?
I like jeans and my sweatshirt with my kids’ team logo on it. I also love the winter lined Crocs.  On warmer days I love to pull out the capris.

2: What’s your child(ren) obsessed with right now? 
My oldest son is obsessed with football. He plays it, watches it, and even participates in fantasy football with his friends. My middle son plays football too but he doesn’t watch the professionals play. He just enjoys playing the game. My middle son is very creative. He really loves to make things and watches videos online for ideas. He takes the ideas and makes his own twist on it. For example, he saw a launcher online made from a Gatorade bottle (top cut off), the ring from the Gatorade, and a cut balloon. He took the launcher to the deck and launched cheese balls. It was a genius idea because they were so light and airy they just soared all the way across the yard. My youngest son loves soccer right now. He is playing on a team and he is the most aggressive player. He really gets into it and very rarely does a ball get past him when he is goalie. He plays soccer in the front yard with friends. He’s obsessed with playing anything outside. My kids love Halloween and they are already making plans to make it the best Halloween they can this year. I love to write humor posts about life with three boys. I also write about being a mother, parenting, youth sports, anything kid related and pet related.

3: When your partner is feeling down, how do you cheer them up?
I surprise him with his favorite meat to grill on his Green Egg grill which is his obsession right now. He is so into being a grilling chef that he installed a spice rack for grilling spices in our basement. The Green Egg grill is a ceramic dark green egg shaped grill that can be used all year because it retains heat so well. He uses the all year long even in the cold winter. We are quite the pair because he loves meat and I’m a vegetarian, so I have developed some recipes I am posting on my website to accommodate myself as a vegetarian as well as the meat eaters who make up the rest of my family. Today my husband is grilling pork ribs on his Green Egg grill and my boys can’t wait to eat! I also buy him a specialty beer that he has never tried before to surprise him sometimes. 

Check out the great blogs above and come back each month to learn more about these bloggers!

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Motivational Workout Pointers

Need to motivation to start working out again? I was recently talking with Vanessa about how entirely unmotivated I become (and stay!) about developing a workout routine. Her words really helped me, and I encourage you to read them and get moving! Vanessa has an awesome blog, Fitfoodiemomlife, and I’m so happy we could have her posting here today!
By Vanessa G.
Exercising is one of those things that I absolutely LOVE! And when I say that I am definitely not over exaggerating.
Putting in a good workout is something for this mama and I definitely need an avenue to escape every single day. I’m a fulltime mama (is there any other kind?) and I literally chase little feet, wipe dirty chins, wash peanut buttery fingers, and change poopy diapers all day long. I rarely have a chance to just breathe or sit down and when I do sit down it’s usually playing with my son. In fact, my son is the one who motivates me to workout. That little chubby 15 month old doesn’t even know it but he’s the one who literally kicks me in the butt every single morning. Many times I want to pull the covers over my head, throw the alarm clock out of the room, and go right back to sleep. But then I think, “I want to be a healthy mommy! I want my son to make healthy decisions!” And so I always get up and grab my shoes and kick butt in the garage.
I understand that not everyone grew up with a daily exercise regimen and so I have a few pointers and maybe motivational key points that might help you begin to move that beautiful body of yours!
  •  “I’m not a morning person!” This is perfectly okay and please, DO NOT beat yourself up for not getting out of bed before 7, or 8 or maybe even 9 (if you can sleep past 9am, please email me because I want to know your mama trick!). You don’t have to workout first thing in the morning, just start out with a walk or after brushing your teeth in the morning and evening time push yourself to do a 15-30 second plank. Those basic moves will kick start your body.
  •   “It’s too late. I will never be thin again!” MYTH! MYTH! MYTH! You can do absolutely anything you want as long as the mind is up for the change. Just by walking 20-30 minutes a day you will train your body to do some extra moving and you might be amazed to see how good it feels! Not everyone can start off with a high intensity workout. Start slow and gradually increase your activity. Don’t ever tell yourself you can’t because you better darn right believer you can!
  •   “Cardio is boring and too hard!” I agree. Cardio sucks! Try mixing up your workout routine if the thought of having to do cardio discourages you from even trying. Maybe do a high intense move (burpees, jumping jacks, high knees, lateral jumps, etc.) for 30 seconds and then move to the weights for 10 reps. This up and down heart rate interval training is super beneficial to weight loss.
  • “I get bored!” Okay, I can understand that. So maybe think of a friend or another mom who is in the same boat as you. Reach out to her and start a workout routine together. Doing this will force you to stick to your commitment because the other mama has a schedule to follow too!
I listed a few of the excuses most people seem to have (I’ve thought them before too!) but it’s now time to kick yourself in the butt and run after what you want most. If you want those slim legs or if the muffin top bothers you, then stop complaining about it and actually do something about it. You can’t complain about your issues if you never work against them. I know it’s so easy to tell yourself you’ll just do it tomorrow. Because who doesn’t have a baby who wakes up during the night? Or who doesn’t deal with the annoying bladder that screams in your face at 3am—just another one of the changes that occur after birth. I know. I get it all. But not doing anything for you actually discourages you more than you realize and moving your body 20-30 minutes every day will do lots for your mama brain!

Get moving mama. No workout will ever be a regret!

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Vanessa is a mommy blogger, wife to a Naval Officer, and a mother to her one-year-old son. She loves everything fitness and health related and also enjoys cooking and baking. Motherhood is by far her most favorite and challenging journey and life task she has ever taken upon herself, but she would never trade it for anything in the world. Vanessa loves family, coffee, Jesus, traveling and good conversations.  
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Why It’s Important To Check On Your Mom Friend

I have to start by saying that being a Mother is both one of the hardest, but most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. Did I mention it was the hardest?

Being a parent definitely isn’t easy. But at the end of every day, we get it done. Some days are easier than others.

I think every new mom goes through those times, where occasionally they might think, “How will I ever get through this?” or, “Am I even doing this right?”

I usually think this when Bruce is having a “no nap” day. Or is up all night teething, crying with pain at the top of his lungs. As a parent, I think those times hurt me emotionally more than it does him psychically, because I can only do so much to try to ease his suffering, and beat myself up more because I can’t just make it go away.

Not to mention those days, where even if the baby is happy and all smiles; you still may fall behind on chores and errands, and become so busy with other things, that stuff that you really need (or want) to do just isn’t accomplished. And stressing out about these things can really take a toll on you, both mentally and physically.

Shoot, even just a normal day can leave you exhausted and even feeling a bit down.

Postpartum depression affects an estimated 10-15% of new mothers (This is a number going off those who seek treatment). It is treatable, and important to know the signs and talk with your Doctor when you feel you may be experiencing it. However, I am not a doctor, so I won’t go into the details of the condition itself. Instead, what I do want to mention, is just how important it is that you connect with the Mother’s in your life and see how they are doing.

Call your friend who has just had a baby. Take her a hot meal, clean up the kitchen, run a load of laundry for her. Play with the baby while she gets a shower. Talk to her. When you’re cooped up with a newborn all day, you don’t get much adult interaction, and you need to be able to have a conversation outside the realm of dirty diapers.

This not only applies to mother’s or newborn’s, but all really, no matter what age of their children. Humans are social people, and sometimes we don’t even really know how much we require the interaction until we haven’t had any in awhile.

And like all habits, once you’ve fell into a routine of just taking care of the homefront and the littles, or even just working a job all day and then running the household at night – you become used to it. Reaching out for another adult to conversate with can be so out of the ordinary, that you never think of it, or even actively seek it.

But I think we need to start checking up on our friends and family who have children. Stop by the house and see what they need help with. Go out for coffee (or better yet, take them coffee!). Plan shopping trips. See how your friend is doing. 

Because the sad fact is, and the reason it fell on my heart to write this, is because some of our fellow mothers are suffering from this condition. And losing their battles.

And no, having coffee with a friend and discussing how the baby may have kept them up all night isn’t the end all cure for PPD…but it’s a start. Because first, we need to be able to talk. And realize that maybe something isn’t quite feeling okay with ourselves. We need to find someone to talk to…and listen.

A really good quote that I have found that I think applies well here, is that,

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” ― Stephen R. CoveyThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

 
In other words, most of the time, people don’t ask “how are you doing?” to find out how your day is; it’s just a precursor to informing your of how their day is going.
 
My belief is that, as women and fellow Mothers, we need to check on our Mother friends to make sure they are ok. We need to help them. We need to listen. 
 
So check on a mom friend today. If she’s stressed with a chore list, go help her. Take some of the pressure off by eliminating an item off her to-do list. And have a conversation with her. By listening, instead of just talking. 
 
Because we all need support. And you just might save someone, someday.
 
If you suspect you might be feeling depressed, or someone you know might be suffering from Postpartum Depression, there is help. Check out Postpartum Progress for more.


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Meadoria Teething/Nursing Necklace Giveaway

 This is a sponsored post in which a winner received a free necklace, paid for by the company. All opinions are 100% mine and not swayed in any way.

Teething/Nursing Necklace Giveaway!

I am so excited and happy to announce that I have teamed up with Meadoria for a giveaway!

All natural wooden teething/nursing necklaces from Meadoria
From Meadorias Facebook page – so pretty!

Do you remember the review I wrote for these awesome nursing necklaces? Well, you can still check that out, but I’ll summarize here: They are comfortable, all natural, and so cute!

My own necklace I received is Royal Blue, and I love it!

 

Bruce is a big fan as well!

I’ve been wearing it since I received it last spring, and it’s such a life saver when Bruce needs to be distracted, especially when nursing. It’s safe and non-toxic, so he can suck and chew to his heart’s content when standing in line at the store, and I don’t have to worry.

I wear my often when out and about, even if Bruce isn’t with me. I think they are very stylish, and let’s be honest, not a lot of practical baby products are!

So I teamed back up with Meadoria to put together a giveaway for a free nursing/teething necklace for my readers! Hosted through Rafflecopter, one lucky winner will be chosen at Random to receive this beautiful, gender neutral necklace in a lovely Gray color.

What do I have to do to win?
First, you must complete the 3 main requirements on the Rafflecopter Form to enter, which are:
Follow me on Instagram
Follow me on Twitter
Follow Meadoria on Instagram
…and that’s it!

The Giveaway will end Friday, Sept.23rd at 12:00am EST.  You will also have a chance submit additional entries for a higher chance of winning, by completing other tasks in the Rafflecopter form. Winner will be announced via Instagram & Twitter. 
Giveaway is for US citizens only, please.

So enter below, and may the odds ever be in your favor!
a Rafflecopter giveaway has concluded (12/14/16)







 

Great Blogs I’m Reading…

Looking for a new blog to read?

In the world of blogging, there are literally blogs for everything imaginable out there! I’ve been finding some really great ones lately, so here’s a list of a few I’ve stumbled across, that I’ve been reading for fun!

The Smart Lad
In one of my other lives (Not necessarily a past life, but another part of this life, a long time ago) I enjoyed indoor Bouldering. That’s when I wasn’t organizing and going on Wild Boar hunting trips (yes, wild stuff, but that’s for another blog post). I was excited to come across this blog, as there’s a lot of useful info about Rock Climbing and Hunting. My husband enjoys boar hunting as well, so he’s been reading too. So whenever your significant other is wondering what blog’s you’re into lately, send him here!

Mommy Tries
This blogger actually just stopped writing, and I became so upset-because this is a really funny blog! Full of posts from parenting, travel, reviews, children…and all so hilarious! The archive is still u and not going anywhere, and no matter my mood, the posts always put me in a better one. So if you need a good laugh, check it out!

Now That I Can Do, Mama!
I love fashion, even though it’s one passion I don’t actually blog about (yet), so I do stalk this blogger’s site for outfit inspiration. Succumbing to the pitfalls of “Mommy Frump”, I need a little help to ensure that I don’t just stay in yoga pants all the time. Not That there’s anything wrong with that. I love her style, and highly recommend this for her Fall wardrobe selections alone.


SAHD BLOG
Sometimes, it’s nice to see things from another perspective. Enter this blog, from a Stay At Home Dad. As a SAHM, I really enjoy his posts and take on things. Not many posts and hasn’t been updated in a while, but who knows, maybe we can initiate a comeback!

BeautyBets
I could spend all day and night on this Beauty blog. Hair, skin, nails, makeup, tutorials, reviews…it’s all here. I find it all informative and inspiring! The reviews are honest, so you don’t feel like you’re being sold anything. And the tutorials are very easy to follow, even for someone like me with limited hair experience. There’s enough content here, you can’t possibly get bored. In fact, I’ll bet you try everything!


So be sure to check these out – and if you are a blogger, comment below with your link!