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!

How I find motivation (when feeling unmotivated)

Sometimes, you just aren’t motivated…

Being a wife and mother to the most important of two (well, 1.5)men, takes a lot of energy and time. By the end of the day, I’m usually exhausted, both physically and mentally. Continue reading “How I find motivation (when feeling unmotivated)”

5 Favorite Fall Scents (That Aren’t Pumpkin!)


5 Favorite Fall Scents )That Aren’t Pumpkin Spice Related!

It’s almost Fall! Changing leaves, apples, warm sweaters! Are you ready?

Continue reading “5 Favorite Fall Scents (That Aren’t Pumpkin!)”

Giving Grace

Sometimes, we need little reminders to give not just ourselves, but our partners, a little grace when it comes to this parenting thing.
As I’ve said it many times before, I’ll keep saying it. Being a parent is hard. You spend nine months (or less, depending on when you found out you were pregnant) reading every book, article, and blog post – watching every discovery channel special and youtube video from reputable sources – on how your baby is developing from conception to the point they move out and go to college. You try to mentally prepare for every imaginable scenario, so if anything happens, from a cold to a broken bone, you’ll be able to handle it. You strive to know the most about the human body possible, so you can recognize early onset of anything possible, to ensure that nothing will ever happen to your sweet, precious baby for the next 18+ years….

That’s if you’re a mom. I’m sure there’s some father’s out there who read all the pregnancy and child rearing books with their partners too, so they could be just as well prepared. However, mine was in Russia for his study abroad program for college during my pregnancy. And I’m pretty sure he was only worried about teaching our little boy how to hunt and fish once he’s old enough.

So it’s probably more natural than not to feel uneasy when you see your husband pushing the baby a little too high on the swing (for your over-protective preference), or sneaking him french fries because “he’s had a whole pile of blueberries, baby wants a french fry”(yes, that happened). 

It’s also ok to feel angry when you catch your toddler standing on the coffee table while Daddy is playing on his phone.

Feelings are valid, especially when it comes to your child. But it’s important to give not only yourself grace for the little things, but your partner as well. As mothers, we beat ourselves up enough worrying; is my child getting enough exercise? Are his meals perfectly balanced? He only had one nap yesterday, and hasn’t slept today. Is he getting enough rest?

It doesn’t do anyone much good to bless your husband out for giving the baby too many cookies, and allowing him to watch Wrestling, a few minutes over bedtime.

As long as there isn’t any actual abuse taking place, the next time you catch your husband doing maybe the exact opposite of how you would have handled a situation, remember this: Everyone’s parenting style is different. Including your partner’s.  What may seem like a big deal to you, might not be to them (and vise versa). Allow Dad to handle things as he see’s fit. It’s all a learning process, and no one – NO ONE – is absolutely right.

And honestly, I can almost guarantee you that as soon as you leave, Dad and Kids are going to do exactly as they want. Especially if they know it’s something you really don’t like ( like say, letting the baby eat espresso flavored ice cream…yes, that happened too).

You are a good Mom. And your child has a good Dad. As long as the family isn’t in danger, then show your partner – and yourself – some grace when it comes to the small details. It’s worth it in the long run.

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5 Cloth Diapering Stereotypes, As Told By A Cloth Diapering Mom

I have really enjoyed reading this guest post from Shannon, at Traditional Mom, Modern World. I have definitely been at least one, if not several at the same time, of these Mom’s at one time or another. It’s a funny look at the Mother’s who live in the cloth world! Be sure to check out Shannon’s awesome blog, and thank you Shannon, for sharing with us today! This is hilarious!

 
By Shannon Walters | Traditional Mom, Modern World

Cloth Diapering is all the rage.

You see parents from all walks of life showing their support for reusable, eco-friendly diapers. Personally, I’m fascinated with the variety of mothers I’ve seen in the cloth diapering community. Just for fun here’s my list of 5 mothers you’ll probably meet at some point in your cloth diapering career.

The Non-Committed Mom

These mothers can’t decide what kind of diapers they like. One day it’s all-in-ones the next it’s pockets. You can spot these moms by how many different brands and styles they have. Testing all your options is great, but do you really need to have 11 different brands that are interchangeable? On the other hand…

All In

The All-In mom, she has read all the reviews online and is absolutely sure of what she wants. So, She buys a complete stash right away. Whether it’s BumGenius, Thirsties, or Grovia, this momma knows what she likes. Beware! Buying all of your stash without knowing how well they will fit your baby can be dangerous! I myself have two different styles because I have two different kids. Each baby is different- don’t be afraid to diversify.

The Penny Pincher

To be honest- this was me when I first started my cloth diaper journey. Penny pinchers look for the cheapest solution with the greatest value. Sacrificing convenience for savings; prefolds and flats are the diapers of choice for this category. Meticulously folding each and every diaper. It gets a little old, but that’s the price you pay to save a little extra cash.

Hardcore Hippies

Let me start by saying, I have a lot of hippy friends. Hippy moms tend to lean toward the organic and sustainably sourced diapers. Organic fitteds and wool soakers are what comes to mind. Wool soakers? Yes, it’s sounds absurd but believe me these things work. I am not however going to talk about people who harvest moss to use for diapering, so forget I mentioned it all together.

The Mailman Stalkers

These moms have an obsession. They literally stalk the mail couriers waiting for their fluff mail to arrive. Fluff mail? It’s what they call cloth diapers. If you’ve been waiting for a new print to become available, get in line because these moms will do almost anything to get their hands on the brand new Thirsties or BumGenius prints. Really, I think someone needs to host a fluffy bums anonymous for these ladies…

Before you get all defensive…

Remember, I’m just describing the moms I’ve seen and myself for pure fun. There’s no right or wrong way to cloth diaper. Everyone is different. What matters is we love our babies enough to put cloth diapers on their fluffy bums and set ourselves apart from the mainstream. So go on mommas, keep diapering those babies.

How do you cloth?

If you enjoyed reading this little list of stereotypes, be sure to share it with your friends. A little laughter can make all the difference in someone’s day!

 
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 Shannon is a SAHM who researches the chemicals found in the every day products her family uses, and warns others of the dangers found in a lot of household products with these harsh chemicals. You can read her blog, Traditional Mom, Modern World, for great alternatives to common products!
 
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