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Reflecting on life with 2 toddler boys

July 25, 2016

Now that my littlest will be turning 2 in just a few short weeks, has got me thinking a lot about being a mommy to these two loves of my life.♥mom, motherhood, toddler, toddlers, kids, parents

{ L→R: Mason, Liam }

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{ Baby Mason turning 2 on August 21st! }

I’ve been thinking a lot about my job as a mom lately… These sort of thoughts/questions have crossed my mind, like:
How am I doing thus far with these two?
What could I do to be a better parent?
Gosh, how time is just flying by!
What am I cooking for dinner?
Liam starting pre-k in a few weeks….whaaaat!?
How am I going to handle the first day, or even first week of pre-k?!
What new memories should we, as a family be making?
How will I schedule my days with one child in school now?
How could I make my time with Mason special while his brother is in school?
Am I ready for baby #3? Yes, I said THREE!!
I’m so tired.
I need a manicure. ha-ha!
How can I manage my time better?


Ok… so that list should give you an idea of the GAZILLION thoughts running through my head everyday.

First off, I feel like I’ve been thinking this way mostly because I’m coming into a new chapter in my life: Mason turning 2 & Liam starting school. Both are BIG to me!
I know most moms have these similar thoughts too. As a stay-at-home-mom { #SAHM }, I think I can be pretty critical of myself. Am I doing enough? Am I doing too much? Should I just leave all that mess in the kitchen and worry about it later? Should I take a shower now or later? Did I read, play or laugh enough with the kids today?
Was I too impatient? Did I lose my cool too much? How come Liam keeps hitting his brother? Am I doing time-outs correctly?

Obviously there’s no perfect guide to parenting book, otherwise I’d be all over it (all parents would). Everyday is different. Everyday is a struggle. Someday’s are great + someday’s are…well, just crappy! Even with help during the week.
I know all I can do is my best, bust sometimes let’s face it, my best feels like, WTF AM I DOING?!IMG_7443

And then you factor in that I’m trying to keep up with my fitness, look half way decent for my husband, cook dinner and everything else that goes in to keeping a marriage happy & a house a home. And of course that precious little thing called ALONE TIME. You remember, the time you can have to do whatever the hell you want! Every mother I’m sure can relate.

As a parent you get certain things down. And the rest of the time you’re just flying by the seat of your pants – haha!IMG_7261

{ Mother’s Day 2016. My hubby Anthony, me & the boys♥ }

So long as my kids are healthy + happy, I will keep trying my best, (even when my best isn’t good enough). Parenting is the greatest challenge EVER, but with the best kind of reward. These beautiful, perfect little humans you created will one day function in society as kind, polite, generous, smart, capable people. I learn so much about myself as the days, weeks, and years pass as a mom than ever before. What else can I really do? Just take it day-by-day. Remember to take little snap shots in my head and store those memories away. Take the challenges as they come. And pray I (we) don’t mess up too badly along the way! IMG_8043IMG_7744IMG_7848

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Cute Finds For A Nursery

June 20, 2014

My inner “interior decorator” side has emerged this week! I’ve been busy clearing out our 2nd guest room to turn it into my sons nursery.  So I’ve been inspired this week to share some nursery decor finds, perfect for brining home the baby! Here are a few of my favorite things…

Favorite Nursery Bedding for Girls {Fiona Collection bedding from Serena & Lily:  gorgeous pattern, with wispy wild blooms in gorgeous embroidery. The look is current and vintage all at once!}

Functions as an extra sleeping and resting spot for baby, but it also transforms into your favorite toy storage bin once your child is older. Made of heavy-weight cotton duck with nautical detailing. Includes canvas basket, mattress, bumper, and fitted sheet. Ideal for ages 0-4 months.}
Favorite Diaper Bag {Aqua Classic Diaper Bag from Pottery Barn Kids: This color is perfect for a girl or boy! It includes a changing pad, a detachable shoulder strap and plenty of pockets.
17″ wide x 7″ deep x 13″ high}
Favorite Bassinet {White Hand-Woven Baby Bassinet from The Land of Nod: Bedding comes in Green, Navy & Pink. Bassinet also comes in Mocha.}
Any of these items would make perfect gifts for the expecting mom!
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Black Elderberry Syrup: A Natural Remedy for Your Kids, That Works!

May 22, 2014
“This great tasting all-natural syrup, made from Certified Organic Black Elderberries and added Acacia honey, can be taken by children daily or on occasion to support their immune systems. Honey offers tasty and soothing support for the upper respiratory system. The formula contains no artificial flavors or colors, no preservatives, and no high fructose corn syrup.”
I’m a HUGE Gaia Herbs fan. I believe in herbal remedies & its potency to do what they’re intended to do.
Last week, my family and I were on vacation and of course, my 1 1/2 year old son developed a runny nose/cold on our 2nd day away. While we were gone I resorted to using Infant’s Tylenol for a couple of days. But I noticed little-to-no difference in his condition. When I arrived back home, I purchased this Black Elderberry Syrup— read about it here.
Elderberry is known to be very effective in supporting the immune system, and a remedy against the cold & Flu virus.
I gave my son his first dose late that afternoon, and his second, just before bed. I was pleased to see that when he woke up the next morning he had NO runny nose-Yay! I continued giving him the syrup for 2 days (he actually liked the taste too). My son recovered quickly. I was so surprised!
I definitely think Elderberry is worth keeping in your medicine cabinet. I hope you give it a try & see if you notice any difference.
*Always read labels and follow dosing instructions accordingly.
You can find Gaia and Gaia Kids products at Whole Foods Market.
Retail price: $20
Xx-Kristen