Just added an "I" for Isaac on my favorite necklace! This @miriammerenfeldjewelry necklace was a little gift to myself when Kayla was born. (Saw it on The Today Show and fell in love!) I wanted something that would allow me to carry her with me everyday, especially when I wasn't physically with her. Originally it was just a ♡ and a "K". Since then, I've added an "E" and now an "I". This necklace is so dainty and beautiful! After wearing it everyday for over five years, it has yet to ever break! Check out her page and website to see her other beautiful peices! Everything is gorgeous and affordable!
They don’t always go like we expect but every time we head up, it’s about the experience and the more we do it, the better it’s going to be each time!
I feel like sometimes as parents, our expectations are too high, some days they just aren’t feeling it and it’s totally ok to fill that way, I often have to remind myself that my kiddos are only 4 and 1 and half... I can’t expect too much from them... I started snowboarding I was 12 and I think I turned out ok... Just a little reminder to parents out there that it’s ok if your kiddos aren’t doing as many laps as you wish they could, they will turn out fine. But pushing them too much might get them to actually hate it. Its all about fun and having a great time out there!
ALL the books we’ve read this afternoon. Some multiple times and in a row over and over. Harrison is a BIG reader and I love how much he loves to read! So I always read the book even if we’ve read it 20 times that day. I do however put book titles away in a closet when I can’t read it one more time!
We read some so often I dream about them and I woke up reciting one. And what’s really funny is Brandon and I both quoted a Nancy Tillman book in our Valentine’s card to each other. The same line. 😂
What is your child’s favorite book?
Do y’all catch yourself reciting their stories over and over in your head?
Welp! Keegs insisted his other wiggly tooth🦷 was ready to come out too! Out in 2 secs! He come running in and said “mama I am getting a wet rag, you need to pull it out right now” 😂 and that we did! #bravelittleboy#readyforthetoothfairy
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"Cleaning the house fascinates everyone in my family...They can sit and watch me for hours!!!" ~ Anon
This is something I personally 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 struggled with, at first I liked being on my own. It was a relief after escaping a toxic relationship & I felt I needed time to adjust to being a single Mum but soon I began to feel incredibly lonely. Not just because I had become so isolated but because I felt like no-one really understood what I was going through. Being alone became a way of protecting myself, I struggled trusting people so for a while I wrapped me & my little boy up in cotton wool.
But after a while I craved adult interaction. A conversation with another Mum about normal mum stuff, a catch up with an old friend over a coffee but taking that first step felt daunting & woukd trigger so much anxiety. After weeks of building myself up I started going to a toddler group with the local children's centre & don't get me wrong I was far from the most chatty person in the room but it did help me become more confident in social situations, it was that first step.
I relied heavily on online support groups like this one, talking to other women who understood how I was feeling & what I was going through helped me come to terms with everything going on. I would often ask questions, offload after a rubbish day or share the little wins that reminded me I've got this.
It's completely natural to find socialising daunting after a relationship breakdown & if the relationship was abusive then even more so. But it's so important that we learn to trust again & it's all part of our journey to rediscovery!
Why not start with a local Parent & Toddler group, talking to another Mum on the school run, joining a local club or go to that work social you've been avoiding.
Did you ever feel isolated? How did you overcome it?
Só Deus sabe o quanto lutei pra que eu ficasse como estou .... Já que emagrecer pra mim é além da estética quando minha nutricionista disse que eu teria sintomas agudos por causa da lactose eu pirei... E msm com as críticas que recebo por postar minha superação não me canso de mostrar como é bom lutar por sua saúde e felicidades
The future is to hard to predict. Almost impossible unless you do one thing. CREATE IT..... Mindset of some would worry about what the future holds. Mindset of others will say “I will be here doing this” and creating the things to make it happen.
This is where having goals and vision come in. Having a designed roadmap that you constructed for yourself so that your decisions will be made that push you closer to that future you are creating. The one you envisioned.
Take the trip!!! It’s the parenting advice I keep seeing across social media. And while I’d love to “take the trip” with my family, that’s not realistic for so many of us.
My husband and I have talked a lot about family vacations. We’ve made a few trips to visit friends, and we’ve traded turns watching the kids while the other gets a much needed weekend away with friends.
But honestly, we can’t afford the trip you so often read about. After 10+ surgeries in 10 years, any of our extra money goes to paying medical bills. Not to mention that our families live nowhere near us, so our frequent flier miles and vacations are often spent visiting our extended family.
That doesn’t leave any time or money for taking a trip to Disney, or Yellowstone, or a cruise. Sure, we’d love to “take the trip”. But, for those of us who can’t take the trip, we find other ways to create those special memories with our family.
It’s moments of bonding in between the chaos of everyday life. It’s spending those few extra minutes of the day cuddled around our children, listening to our daughter read.
It’s celebrating an perfect report card with a giant ice scream sundae. It’s running and cheering alongside our child as she learns to ride her bike without training wheels.
It’s spending the weekend at home in pajamas, laughing and shouting as we play endless board games.
It’s hours spent in the backyard on a summer day; the sprinkler going, the music blaring, and the giggles plentiful as our child tumbles down the giant inflatable waterslide.
It’s bringing home our newborn baby and watching our girls interact for the first time, excited to see their friendship unfold before our eyes. As the years go by, these are the memories we’ll hang onto.
Sure, a trip would be nice. I’d love to look back on a vacation and reminisce decades down the road. But you know what? Sometimes the most mundane moments create the most amazing memories.
Maybe my family will someday “take the trip”. Maybe we won’t. It’s something I’ve learned not to fret about. There are plenty of special moments unfolding in our lives every single day. Don’t overlook what’s right in front of you.
Our family is going to be featured
on the series premiere of a brand-new Disney show called “Disney Fam Jam!”
It premieres THIS Sunday, February 23 at 8:15pm EST on the Disney Channel.
After months of being on a social media lockdown from the nondisclosure agreement we signed months ago we are happy to finally announce it and WE’RE IN THE COMMERCIAL!
Disney Fam Jam is a new competition series produced by the amazing choreographer, soon to be dad, and all-around good dude @phil_wright_ that puts two families head to head against each other on the dance floor. At the end of each episode, the studio audience votes for their favorite dance family, resulting in the winners taking home a $10,000 prize! I am not kidding.
A casting agent for Disney reached out to me a while ago after seeing our family dance videos on IG. To be honest, I almost didn’t respond because I thought it was a scam. 😂😂😂
Can you imagine if I DIDN’T respond and found out later it was real???
I’m glad I did because after several months of auditioning, background checks (I think we all now have clearance to handle our nations’ nuclear launch codes), minor workers’ permits... they flew us out to Hollywood in January to film our episode! .
Everything about the experience was amazing and even more so because it was something that we all did together as a family. .
Although it was a competition, we never thought about it that way for even a second. .
Honestly, this show is about way more than just dancing... it’s about the joy of being a family and overcoming obstacles and supporting each other.
Who won? Tune in on Sunday night to find out! . #iwantphilsguccibackpack#teamleefamily #famjam#famjamdancers#disney#disneychannel
Happy 2nd birthday to my Ella girl ❤️ I didn’t know I could love someone so much!
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And.... to top it all off.... STARTER KITS ARE 15% OFF until the end of the month!! What an incredible discount on an already AMAZING DEAL!! So... Until February 29th you pay $170 for ELEVEN essential oils and a diffuser. AND, if you place your first Essential Rewards order, you’ll get a FREE Thieves Household Cleaner AND a free 15ml of Tangerine!! WHAT!?!?! Ya! I know! Xx
Happy Tuesday! The hubby and kiddo are at ⚾️practice so I’m enjoying a glass of wine and watching some housewives reruns while planning the kiddos 10th Birthday Party! Wishing you all a wonderful evening!😘
And the winning blend is.... Ylang Ylang, Geranium and Joy!! It’s very very delicious!! 🌼 Ylang Ylang is a bright yellow flower that grows in Ecuador. The petals are picked in the very early morning to maximize oil yield. The oil increases feelings of happiness, adoration, romance, and it clams the mind. It’s calming effects can even impact blood pressure just a tad to help you feel zen. 🌸 Did you know that Geranium is a Natural Health product here in Canada? It contains the naturally occurring constituent Citronellol which is also found in Rose oil! **Every body Sigh** when diffused it can be very balancing to our emotions! 💥 boom thats it, thats all we need! 🤣Just Kidding!! Geranium can help to lift the spirits and promote peace, well-being and hope! And what about encouraging you to open up to new ideas!! 💖 Joy is an uplifting blend made to attract joy and happiness, believe it or not, it actually helps turn feelings of GRIEF into JOY.... and who doesn’t need this in our lives? Joy is a mix of Bergamot, lemon, palmarosa, ylang ylang, mandarin, rose, geranium, jasmine, Roman chamomile, coriander essential oils. ✋If you dont have a reference guide Im going to encourage you to GET ONE!!! 👍It comes in so handy when looking for extra support for a certain area or learning what to do with a certain oil...Also I dont know about you but i love all the non-complaint info I can get, give me the goods!! Sooo with that being said go check out your reference guide to see more juicy details about Oils!! Xx
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Working for myself and on my own terms has been a fantastic way to be my own business owner without compromising all other aspects of life. Although this business has been amazing for my family and I, life has taken me in a different direction and therefore the time has come for me to move on. I hope that the next person will enjoy this venture as much as I did.
If you are interested or know anyone that might be, please feel free to contact me. #business#beyourownboss#forsale#amazing#venture#familylife#worklife#mumlife#impressionablekids#impressions
Back in the day ... that day was, like, 25+ years ago... I volunteered to be a trainer while I was working at Syracuse University. My topic? “Total Quality Management,” or, as they called it there, “SUIQ: Syracuse University Improving Quality.” Isn’t that so *core 1990s* ?!? LOL
Anyways, I found this Calvin & Hobbes gem to use as an illustration. I photocopied it onto overhead projector film (double LOL) and apparently thought I should save it for future generations... HERE YOU ARE!!! (triple LOL)
It says: C: Let’s try this path over here! H: I don’t see a path. C: We’ll MAKE a path! H: Huh Boy. C: Change is invigorating! If you don’t accept new challenges, you become complacent and lazy! Your life atrophies! New experiences lead to new questions and new solutions. Change forces us to experiment and adapt! That’s how we learn & grow! ... Whoops.. well, HERE’S a fresh challenge. H: I’ll admit it’s opened up new horizons. (Crash) H: The problem with new experiences is that they’re so rarely the ones you choose. C: I feel smarter already.
I don’t remember the professors, admin, & staff being overly impressed w the required TQM sessions. As for me, I’ve learned from my “sled crash” invigorating experiences much more through our family life than through my professional life. #nufsaid
TICU 176- Paisley has had a good day ❤️ she didn’t tolerate car seat test so we are trying her out with the car seat bed tomorrow. Tomorrow we are having a meeting about discharge plans. Also I start my 24 hour room in with Paisley so pray everything goes smooth with that. Everything is getting close and we are now just crossing our T’s and dotting our I’s. So thankful and blessed and things are getting even more real on coming home!!! So excited 😍😍 we love you Paisley!
When I open up a little in stories about the daily stuff in my fairly new, and definitely ever learning Mum-of-a-teenage boy role you guys Dm me in droves. I get advice that is so so so reassuring / insightful and sometimes downright flipping hilarious. And it makes me think it is going to be okay so THANK YOU...
I could ask on behalf of George some advice on how to deal with a neurotic Auntie Mum but he takes it all in his stride. Day two at his second taster day at agricultural college. *How did it go?!?!* *It was alright Helen*. And that, as you guys have reassured me, is pretty good...
Unser Glück liegt da, wo wir ganz wir selbst sind✨
Die Zeit vergeht so schnell und ich könnte sie ununterbrochen küssen weil sie von Tag zu Tag herziger werden und uns alle zum Lachen bringen mit ihrer liebevollen und warmen Art. Die Tage vergehen so schnell. Ein Tag bräuchte 48 Std und ich vier Arme um nur ansatzweise alles zu schaffen , was ich mir vornehme und erledigt werden muss. Ich frage mich wirklich mehrmals am Tag, was ich mit all meiner freien Zeit, vor dem Leben als Mama, so angestellt habe -außer zu arbeiten ?! Manchmal vermisse ich solche Tage. Es ist verrückt - trotz der wenigen Zeit für mich, habe ich mich in den letzten Wochen besser kennenlernen dürfen. Ich weiß immer mehr wer ich bin, wer ich sein möchte und was ich mir vom Leben wünsche. Eigene Kinder lassen einen so sehr reifen. Ich dachte vor der Schwangerschaft , dass ich so sehr bei mir bin. Dabei war ich mir nicht annähernd so nahe , wie ich es heute bin. All die letzten Monate. All die up und downs. Körperlich. Seelisch. Emotional . Haben mir nochmal eine ganz neue Sicht auf das Leben gegeben. Dafür bin ich so dankbar ♥️ Ein Hoch auf alle Mamas und Papas da draußen - ihr leistet wahnsinnig wertvolle und so wichtige Arbeit ! ♥️ #zwillingsmama#zwillingsjungs#eineiigezwillinge#wirsindsocialmoms#dankbarkeit#familylife#persönlicheweiterentwicklung#persönlicheswachstum#livinginjoggers
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We planned on spending this long weekend hitting up some thrift stores and coffee shops as a family but now I’m not so sure. Somehow this cold has worsened and now everyone is coughing, sniffling, and complaining. My poor babies ... a doctor visit may be on the agenda today instead 🤧😔
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I wish my babes would just relax and let me cuddle them when they’re sick. El somehow has just as much energy as before and Theo gets mad when I try to keep him stationary 🤷🏻♀️ Meanwhile I’m over here sprawled on the couch like #sendhelp
This is n o t how I imagined sick days with kids would be like 😂
Happy Family Day everyone! It’s nice to have a day named for family, but in truth today is no different than any other day. Not only do we go to work each day to support our own family, we work at bettering the lives of and create sanctuaries for each and every one of the families who invite us into their homes.
Remember that Family can be made up of both relatives and close friends. And with all the uncertainty in life, make sure you show appreciation to your loved ones everyday, don’t wait for a holiday to show them that they are our priority❤️. Even if we think it’s obvious they are our priority every day, stop for a second and tell them again how much we appreciate them. Again and again.
10 17017 February, 2020
O boys, si perché qui i due maschi di casa si passano solo un giorno di differenza per festeggiare i compleanni! Oggi il nostro giovane Visigoto (perché fa Alarico di secondo nome), compie 4 anni e domani il papà ne fa 38!
Come descriverei questi nostri primi quattro anni insieme? Intensi,ricchi ed emozionanti! Io che prima di Tommy davvero non avrei mai pensato di diventare mamma e a dirla tutta i bimbi non mi facevano impazzire,ho scoperto solo avendo lui che il ruolo di mamma mi calza proprio bene e mi fa sentire a mio agio come poche altre cose nella vita. In tutte le mie imperfezioni,in tutti i miei errori quotidiani imparo a migliorarmi un giorno dopo l’altro grazie agli insegnamenti del mio piccolo maestro.
Tu Tommy mi stai insegnando la pazienza, a mettermi in gioco e rivedere le mie convinzioni, ad entrare in stretto contatto con tutte le emozioni che solo tu sai enfatizzare cosi tanto, dall’amore e felicità alla rabbia,a volte in gran mistoni dai quali mi pare di non trovare l’uscita,poi arrivi e mi dai la tua manina che sta crescendo e insieme troviamo sempre la soluzione per districare il nodo emotivo in cui finiamo!
Tanti auguri giovane Visigoto, sei il nostro terremoto dagli occhi dolci!
📷 by @laura_minotto_fotografa #familytime#familylove#familyportrait#birthdayfun#birthdayboy#familylife#motherhood#motherandson#motherhoodunplugged#motherhoodthroughinstagram#mammaefiglio#mammablogger#mammaepapà#mammalove#mammaaiutamamma