Today, over on Every Day Cheer, I’m sharing a quick and easy idea for Halloween candy. Bag this sweet treat and call it a day!
I recently had the opportunity to review a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins. Let me back up by saying, I saw the story of this company on Shark Tank (we’re huge Shark Tank fans!) and I loved the back story. You can see a great video here. I have a heart for mothers who work hard with passion and creativity and achieve amazing things and realize big dreams. She’s grown her moccasin-making business from the ground-up and amassed quite the collection of fans who adore the product. The quality and craftsmanship are enough to keep anyone coming back for more.
I was over the moon to work with Freshly Picked and bring you a review of their moccasins. Obviously, I felt like I loved this product before it ever reached my door step. But once these shoes were in my hands and on Jud’s feet, I loved them a million times more.
The quality is exceptional and they stay on his feet so well. I’m not a huge fan of baby shoes, I think they tend to be constricting. And if they aren’t constricting, they fall of their little feet. The design of this moccasin makes that a thing of the past. The elastic around the top of the shoes, allows them to go on easy and stay put. The soft sole if perfect for tiny feet.
Freshly Picked moccasins come in a wide variety of assorted colors and patterns. Each pattern and color handpicked and tailored to be on trend for the season. We tried the Denim on Denim (suede leather), I feel like denim is a great neutral and they go with just about every tiny piece of clothing in his closet. He’s getting a ton of wear out of them and compliments and questions about them everywhere we go.
I’m also giving one lucky Instagram user a pair of moccasins in their choice of color. Just head over to my Instagram account (@jenniferggreen) for more info on how to win your own pair!
6 months? Already?! You’re basically the cutest little baby we’ve ever seen (tied with your sister, of course). You melt us with that big smile that squishes your eyes shut. We adore you, sweet boy. I just told your daddy the other day that my favorite things has to be watching you and your sister play. You love each other so much and it makes me smile so big my face hurts. Seriously. I could watch the two of you for hours, if you ever played for hours. Obviously, neither of you have that kind of attention span. This was right around the time I went back to work with your sister and I am thankful that I won’t have to do that with you. We’re loving our days at home and you’re on such a great schedule, I actually get a load of laundry done some days.
- Eating- you eat every 3 hours during the day.
- You’re on a fantastic schedule during the day- a long nap in the morning and early afternoon and one cat nap before bed. We’ve tried cutting that out, but it doesn’t help you sleep through the night anyway, so we just roll with that evening nap when you want it. You wake up at least twice during the night. Mama is tired!
- You put yourself to sleep at night and sleep until about 1:00, then your up again about 3 hours later, and for good at 7:30.
- You’re rolling and scooting (on your tummy) everywhere, and sitting up unassisted.
- You still love bath time.
- You still love being outside, moving, the exersaucer, chewing on toys, blowing raspberries, Sophie, soft blankets, and the mamaroo. You go to sleep in your stroller so easily, especially when we go on long walks.
- You babble and “talk” all of the time. We hear “mama” ALL of the time when your mad and fussy. And I think it totally counts!
- You want to chew or suck on everything, including your fists and feet.
- You’re still exclusively nursing.
- You’ll take your paci if you’re really tired.
- You still love to be talked to, you’re content to sit and coo and make noises at anyone who stops and says “hi” to you. It’s not hard to get you to smile or laugh.
- You’re the most ticklish baby I’ve ever met!
- You weigh around 17 pounds.
- You wear a size 3 diaper (but not for long) and 9 or 12 month clothes.
- You’re so long (around 28 inches)!
- We started Baby Led Weaning a little over a week ago and you’re eating anything you can get your hands on. Squash. avocado, zucchini, bell peppers, cantaloupe, apple slices, cucumbers, bananas, and pancakes have all been hits with you!
I was recently sent Younique’s 3D Fiber Lash mascara to try. I’ve seen several people rave about this product, so I was interested to give it a try. You should know that my lashes are terrible. BK has better lashes than me, times ten. I wish I was joking about that, but I’m definitely not. I was a little skeptical because my eyes tend to be very sensitive, but I was pleasantly surprised when this product didn’t cause any sensitivity at all.
Younique 3D Fiber mascara has several steps to long and full lashes, but if done correctly, it makes a huge difference. You have to apply your normal mascara, then transplanting gel, then fibers, then transplanting gel to secure the fibers in place.
Here’s a closer look at the product. It takes a little practice, but once you get the hang of it and see what works best with your lashes, then it’s simple!
Here’s a look at my eyelashes, the top with just my normal mascara and the bottom with one coat of fibers.
Overall, I was super pleased with the way they made my lashes look. They were very noticeably longer and fuller and I love the look it gave me. I’ve definitely never been able to achieve this length and fullness with any other mascara I’ve used. There’s a $29 price tag on the kit, but I think it’s a great investment, because mascara usually lasts me months! I won’t use this on a daily basis, so it’ll last even longer considering I don’t need full on makeup for MDO pick-up.
I think it’s a great tool to have in your make-up bag!
I’m hosting a little Facebook party for the next few days and you can order online, if you’re interested in trying the product for yourself. Just send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to be added or need any other information. Or you can order straight from this link. They also have some other products that I’m excited to try out!
When I decided to stay home, I had this picture in my mind. A picture of what our lives would like with me spending those 40+ hours at home, rather than in the classroom. I had high expectations for myself.
My house would be clean.
My laundry would never pile up.
Dinner would wholesome and homemade, ready by 6:00 o’clock each night.
I would set aside specific learning times for Braylen, and focus on a set of objectives in reading and math.
The list could go on and on.
In my head, it was going to be perfect. Actually, I was going to be perfect. Fantastic, actually, at this new job of mine. I mean, my house already stayed pretty clean, my laundry remotely caught up, I cooked sometimes, and I did all of these things while working. So not working was surely going to make me a top-notch Martha, right?
Somehow, I have less time. Or at least I feel that way. And it has taken me a few months to adjust to this new normal. I had set the bar so incredibly high for myself, that each and everyday I felt like I was failing by the time Allen came home. I felt unorganized and out of my element.
And I wondered, how in the world is this happening? I am failing at the very thing that I prayed so hard to be able to do, stay home with my kids.
That’s when it hit me.
I didn’t choose to stay home so our house would be cleaner.
Or for my to-do list to get smaller.
I didn’t choose to stay home so I could change the sheets more often.
Or fold more towels.
I chose to stay home to focus on those two little joys that call me mom.
A few simple realizations helped me to lower my expectations, and be better at this new job.
You see, they don’t care how clean the house is, or if I switch out their closets before the new season comes.
You know what they do care about? Playing at the park, and eating popsicles on the back porch. Having a picnic in the front yard, and building a fort in the playroom.
And there will be days when the laundry is caught up and the house is clean, at the same time. There will be days when I feel like I have it all together. Days when we bake cupcakes and actually clean up the mess before bedtime.
But, there will be days when those things don’t happen. There will be bad days and messy days. And that’s okay, too.
Because in the end we’re together. A little perspective goes a long way. The other day I filled out a field trip form for Braylen and I didn’t have to take a personal day. I signed up to help with the class party. I dropped her off at school this morning. Last year, I only dreamed of doing these things.
With any change I know there’s a period of adjustment, and I’m still right in the middle of mine, but as the days go by I hope my focus continues to shift from this version of the SAHM in my head, to the more realistic one the I actually am.
And just because I love them, here’s a peek at our recent beach photos from Sarah Lyn Photography.
**Note: This is in no way meant to be a working mom vs. SAHM post. I’ve done both, they’re both hard, they’re both rewarding. It’s an extremely personal decision that you have to make based on what works best for you and your family. I firmly believe you can be 100% happy as a working mom or a SAHM and there is absolutely no right or wrong option that works for everyone.**