Sweet Tiny Blessings

Month: September 2014

Judging Mama

My mom always told me I was such a good baby, good child and good teenager.  She says she never had trouble with me.  And I was such a good girl. She is constantly reminding me of what a good mom I am.  But the truth is, she’s the good amazing mom.

(Before I continue, don’t worry, you didn’t forget.  It’s not Mother’s Day.)

My mom’s love is so unconditional.  I’m so sure there were times that I did things that my mom didn’t approve of.  I couldn’t have possibly been perfect.  But my mom’s love for me is.

And as I became a mom to my babies, my mom’s love still never fails me.  Not only does she remind me that I’m a good mom, she never ever judges my decisions as one.  Something, that I’m sure all moms feel, or have felt, is judgement.

Judgement from
other moms
and on
and on
and on

But not my mama.  In every situation she’s never even hinted that she would do it differently.  That she didn’t approve of how we raise our babies.  She never has to say “I told you so” or “you should have listened to me.”  Because she never says it in the first place.

She’s an encourager.  She let’s me make my own parenting mistakes.  She never steps in except to pray, or to hug, or to cry with me.  In my hardest decisions, she never tells me which choice is better. She knows that it’s my choice, my babies.

Okay, maybe they aren’t my babies.  They’re God’s.  He placed them in our lives because HE KNOWS that our qualities, love and parenting style is a perfect fit.  HE KNOWS that Big C is super sensitive like her mommy.  And that Little M needs comforting hugs and holds that fit perfectly in my arms.  HE KNOWS that we are their perfect fit.

I want to be like my mommy.  I want to drop the judgements of other moms because they do it differently.  And who really cares if the neighbor let’s their kid suck their thumb until he’s 10?  Or that mom in the playgroup clothe diapers or uses disposables.
Or disciplines differently then me.
Or she takes her kids to Mickey D’s every Friday night or she cooks from scratch.
Or she gives a pacifier or she doesn’t.
Or she rocks her babies to sleep.
Or she co-sleeps.

God gave her the mothering qualities, character and love that her children need.  So why do I judge her?  I’m challenging myself to be an encourager instead of a judger.  More sympathetic and remind myself, I don’t know the whole story.

Will you join me?

Lilla Rose Hair Jewelry {Review and Giveaway}

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Lilla Rose Independent Consultant, Tara.  All views and opinions regarding Lilla Rose and their hair jewelry are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

When I had a little girl, I expected her to be very, well, girly.  I thought she would be into baby dolls, barbies, and pretty clothes.  She ended up being more into balls, cars and trains.  But the one thing she’s grown to love, is dress up and hair accessories.  She didn’t always have long hair, but she always figured out how to make her hair pretty.  We recently discovered a new line of hair products called Lilla Rose.

The Lilla Rose product line features unique, functional and beautifully made hair jewelry.  These hair accessories include hair clips, sticks, hairbands and bobby pins, as well as, you pins and badge holders.

Big C was so excited to receive a Soaring Butterfly Flexi Hair Clip from our Lilla Rose consultant, Tara.  Her beautiful clip dresses up any outfit.  Once I put it on, she danced and twirled around showing off her clip to everyone!

The Flexi Hair Clip truly is awesome.  No matter what your age, hair type or how you wear your hair, there is a clip that’s perfect for you.  You can check out this video to see what clip works best for you or your little one.  Ordering from Lilla Rose is super easy too.  Check out the steps below to get started.
Another reason we love Lilla Rose Hair Jewelry is because they want all customers to be 100% satisfied with their product.  If you pick the wrong size or just not in love with what you picked, you can send it back or exchange it at no cost to you.
You can purchase the same clip Big C received for $11 at lillarose.biz/tarajean or choose from a variety of other hair accessories.  Stay connected with Tara, consultant of Lilla Rose for all the latest products, sales and events, through her newsletter and Facebook.
Tara is generously giving away one item (up to $25) to one blessed reader!  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  This giveaway is open to US residents only.  Winner will be required to sign up as a customer on Tara’s website.  Good luck!

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7 Months Already?

Yup, it’s true.  Our baby boy is now 7 months old.  Despite the tough day he had today, he is becoming much more happier and fun to watch his new skills.

Little M is now eating solids daily.  Not one, but two meals a day.  It makes us laugh to watch his facial expressions every time he tries a new food.  His favorite is bananas and he strongly dislikes avocado and oatmeal.

Physical therapy has now started for Little M for about the past month.  We love Miss Kara!  She is so patient and always involves Big C in the therapy sessions.  We have seen improvements, though small for the “average” baby, huge for Little M.  He is holding his head strong, can tolerate tummy time for up to 5 to 7 minutes, rolls over from back to belly, and sits in his bumbo seat for up to 10 minutes.

Little M adores his big sister.  He is always laughing at her and watches everything she does.  And Big C is getting used to having him around.

Look At Little M Grow

What is your child’s favorite food?

Feeding Baby Cookbook Review Plus Huge Giveaway

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Clancy Cash Harrison and received a promotional item to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding the Feeding Baby book are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

Little M began eating solids this past month.  I was really nervous that he wouldn’t respond well, mostly because he is behind in his gross motor skills.  But the Feeding Baby Cook Book gave me the confidence I needed to explore with my little guy, instead of trying to take control of his feedings.

Clancy Cash Harrison is the wonderful author behind this book.  Feeding Baby is more then just a baby cookbook.  She teaches her readers how to help your baby enjoy food using different senses through taste, texture and aromas.

One mistake I made with my daughter is giving up on foods she initially didn’t like.  With this, she became a “picky eater.”  But Clancy says, “If a child does not like carrots one day, don’t give up.  Just cut or prepare them differently the next time you serve carrots.  In other words, carrots can be cut into long spears, coined, mashed or diced.  The idea of providing variety is not limited to serving new foods, but offering the same foods different ways.  As the child becomes accustomed to the food he will become more apt to eat it.”  With each food item, Clancy provides a chart of different ways to serve them.

Throughout the book, Clancy gives great tips to feeding your baby.  Some examples include, making meal times stress free, avoid forcing your child to eat certain foods, be a positive role model, and so much more!  She also gives helpful strategies for each age and stage of your baby, taking the guess work out of what’s appropriate.

When it comes to the recipes in this book.  Oh my goodness!  They are amazing.  There is everything from the first steps purees to recipes that I would cook for the whole family.  They are so simple, fresh and delicious.

This book book has been a blessing to my family and I hope it will be the same for yours!

Feeding Baby Cookbook Release Party & Giveaway over $2000 in Prizes

Feeding Baby Release Party & National Giveaway

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Feeding Baby Book Signings & Events:

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1 Winner: Infant Book Bundle $100.00

Feeding Baby by Clancy Cash Harrison
Dinnertime Survival Guide by Sally Kuzemchak
Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD
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Getting to the Yum by Dr. Karen Le Billon
I will Breastfeed Anywhere by Jennifer Saleem
Milkies in the Morning by Jennifer Saleem

Scentsy Gift Card $100


NuRoo Baby Bundle: $85.00


1 Winner: Buttons Diapers Gift Set $58.00


1 Winner Kiddo Feedo Freezer Trays (2) $40.00

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1 Winner: Undercover Mama $25


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Nuby Floppers {Review}

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Nuby and received a promotional item to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding Nuby and the Flopper are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

Little M has definitely started teething.  Even though I’ve seen a huge improvement with his teething necklace, he still loves to put everything in his mouth.  So he was very excited when I gave him his new Flopper from Nuby.

Floppers are toys and teethers in one.  They have multiple teething surfaces to soothe baby’s sore gums and are very easy for small hands to hold.  Floppers come in 3 different and fun characters. Little M received the turtle and loves it!

Floppers are BPA free and are perfect for babies 3 months and up. Stay connected with Nuby on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram for all their latest products and giveaways!  

What are your tips for teething?

Good Night Little Pumpkin Children’s Book {Review and Giveaway}

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Tommy Nelson and received a promotional item to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding Tommy Nelson and the Good Night Little Pumpkin children’s book are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

Fall is in the air.  I love everything about Fall.  The changing of the leaves, the cooler weather, pumpkin.  Everything pumpkin.  So when Big C and I had the opportunity to review Good Night Little Pumpkin, we were thrilled.

The main character, Milo, reminds me so much of Big C.  Never wanting to miss out on anything, Milo makes his rounds at the harvest party until he wears himself out, falling asleep in the hay bails. Such a wonderful alternative to scary Halloween books.

This book is perfect for children from 1 to 4 years old who love dressing up and playing games. With beautiful illustrations by Claire Kaey, this board book will be loved by little hands for a long time.

You can purchase the same book Big C reviewed for $8.99 at TommyNelson.com or choose from a variety of other faith resources.  Stay connected with Tommy Nelson on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for all their latest products, updates and giveaways.

Enter to win a copy of Good Night Little Pumpkin by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  This giveaway is open to US residents only.  Good luck!

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Create An Eco-Friendly Home With Rug Pad USA

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Rug Pad USA and received compensation to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding Rug Pad USA are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

Very few rug pads are made to last.  And most are made with very low cost plasticizers, which could eventually create “out-gassing.”  These same pads will mark or stain your hardwood floor and do not come with much of a warranty, if any at all.

Quality rugs deserve quality rug pads.  Rug Pad USA is a retailer based outside the Greater New York area and use the most eco-friendly materials available.  They always test their rug pads to ensure safety and protection.

The rug pads are cut fresh from the factory after every order, which is most important with Persian rugs.  Every order is custom cut and shipped within 24 hours!  Rug Pad USA provides many different styles to choose from, including non-slip, rubber, felt, memory foam and more.

To make searching for the perfect rug pad even easier, search by the type of floor you have.  Rug Pad USA creates rug pads for hardwood, laminate, stone, carpet and even outdoor.

You can purchase your eco-friendly rug pad at RugPadUSA.com and connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

What type of flooring do you have in your home?

Six Months Postpartum

After 6 months of giving birth to Little M, I’m starting to feel more human again. Little M is sleeping for longer periods of time at night, giving us a little more rest, as well.  And I’m still praising God for putting the Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit in my path.

My hair has stopped falling out.  Woohoo!  New hair is starting to grow back in, giving me lots fly-aways, but I’ll take them.  The skin above and below my c-section scar is still a bit numb and wearing anything but yoga pants or leggings is irritating, sometimes causing pain. I’m hoping my body will eventually heal.

Though I’m not back to my pre-pregnancy weight, I’m okay with where I’m at.  I just want to tone up a bit.  Gravity has definitely taken over.  And, I have very few clothes that actually fit my new shape. So you’ll probably be seeing me in this outfit often.

Check out our first family photo!

How did you feel six months postpartum?

Shaklee MindWorks Free Samples #ShakleeEffect

Many of you know that I’m a Shaklee Distributor and I love it.  I love it because they make such incredible natural health products that have helped to heal and protect my family in so many ways. And recently, they released a new, incredible product called MindWorks.

Scientific studies have shown the key ingredients in MindWorks work in 3 ways.  It improves cognitive performance, protects against age related mental illness and supports healthy circulation.

If you would like a FREE SAMPLE or learn more information, visit startsampling.com/mindworks and use promo code WZ04177 (that’s a zero).  Shaklee will be donating a percentage of all the sales to brain research.

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