Thursday, January 22, 2015

Book Review and Activities: Counting Kisses


Counting Kisses by Karen Katz is an adorable book that was given to my baby girl before she was born. It is a great counting book for babies, and the illustrations are bright and colorful. We read to our children before bed, and Counting Kisses is a wonderful way to calm down the baby before bed. It's a great excuse to give the baby kisses and cuddle before the lights are turned out. My baby girl will enjoy this book for years to come.

Activities:
*Tickle baby before bed. This will help get out some energy before bedtime.
*Dress baby in pajamas before reading this book. Get cozy and snuggle up before the reading begins.
*Turn out most of the lights before cuddling with baby and the book.
*As you read the book, read each page a little softer than the last.
*Put baby to sleep, and hopefully the entire house will get some rest.

Happy Reading!

Amanda

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Etsy: White and Gold

Have you seen all the white and gold decor? All of the design shows feature this color combo, but it also works for other every day items. Check out these white and gold beauties from Etsy.

Looking at this print from Wishful Printing makes me want to decorate a room in my house with white and gold.

I've been married for thirteen years, and I still love being called Mrs. This sweat shirt from  Dentz Designs looks cozy.

Frosh Jewels makes this simple but elegant bangle. It is now on my Valentine's Day wish list.

Date night deserves a little splash of white and gold. Sew Sarah R makes a clutch that is perfect for a night out.

I found this gorgeous tea cup and saucer at Picked Twice. It would look amazing with my small collection. Love!

 When I saw these sachets from Gardenmis, I had an epiphany. They can be used in my dresser, but they can also be used in my mudroom closet. Stylish and useful.

What do you think of the white and gold trend?

Amanda

Monday, January 19, 2015

Keeping a Calendar Journal

Why didn't I think of this? One of my friends from MOPS suggested a great way to write down all the funny things your children say and special events that happen throughout the year. I don't know about you, but I am terrible at keeping a journal. It is something that I want to do, but never have time for while trying to take care of three little ones.


Anne Marie suggested that we buy a calendar and keep it where we spend the most time in our home. When my child says something funny or has a special event, we can write it down in the calendar on the day it happens. At the end of the year, we will have a book filled with memories to look back on and share. 

So, if you are terrible at keeping a journal (like I am) try the calender journal idea. 

Amanda

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Five Ways to Encourage Your Husband

Whether men want to admit it or not, they need to know they are loved, appreciated, and respected. It makes them better providers, better fathers and husbands, and better to be around. Kevin has been stressed about work for the last couple of weeks, and he could use some encouragement. Here are a five things I do to boost my husband's spirits.

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1. Pray for your husband. God knows exactly how your husband is feeling and knows the best way to fix what is bothering him. Pray for him in your alone time, but also pray over him. Let your husband know that you are praying for him and that he is on your mind.

2. Send him encouraging messages. Put a post-it on the mirror or in his shoe that let's him know how much you love him. Send a text message stating what a great provider he is for your family. Have the kids write thank yous and I love yous on a poster to welcome him home from work. Even the smallest note of encouragement, can make his day better.

3. Plan a date night. We have three little ones so we don't always get out of the house for date night, but I do try to plan an out of the house date once a month. Take the time to plan a date that is full of what he enjoys. Go to a driving range, take a cooking class, or go to a new coffee shop. You  know your husband the best, and you know what will make him stop stressing and start smiling. 

4. Give your hubby some oxytocin. Okay, you can't really give him oxytocin, but you can give him a hug. Dr. Kathleen C. Light of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill did a study on oxytocin. She found that warm, physical touching releases oxytocin in our bloodstream. It not only makes us feel good, but it relieves stress, improves mood, and reduces blood pressure. So, give your man a hug. It may lead to other things, and that is considered a stress reliever too. 

5. Talk it out. Not all men are good communicators, but they still need to get things off their chest. Be a listening ear. Don't interrupt, and offer solutions when asked. Sometimes just letting him talk out loud can help relieve his stress, and it will help him come up with the solution to the problem.

Do you have any ideas for relieving stress?

Amanda

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

When God Taps You on the Shoulder

Anyone who has children of her own, has taught children, or been around children for very long knows that they whine and complain about things that do not matter. After a while we get fed up with the constant complaints.


A few weeks ago, I was helping Pierce wash his hands. This child hates for his sleeves to get wet, so we have to push his sleeves up to his elbows. After pushing his sleeves up and putting his hands under the water, his sleeves began to slide down his arms ever so slowly. Pierce started fussing and screaming that his sleeves where falling down. His sleeves were not wet, and I was being careful not to get them under the water. He continued to whine, and I told him to stop worrying about something that hasn't happened yet. 

The statement barely made it out of my mouth, when God tapped me on the shoulder quiet forcefully. Wow! I do this all the time. I worry about things that have not happened yet. I worry all the time, when I need to put my trust in God. God is careful with my life and even when things seem to be falling down, He is watching and has things under control. 

God has used my children to speak to me so many times, and I'm so grateful. Has God tapped you on the shoulder when talking to your kiddos?

Amanda

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Soft Feet Combo

As a little girl, I never understood why my mother constantly complained about her rough feet. She would tell me, "You just wait. One day you will have to scrap your feet to make them smooth." I thought there was no way I would let my feet get that bad.


Age remembered my words and brought them back to me as an adult. My feet are rough and horrible. Isn't that a lovely picture! This Christmas I asked my husband for an Amope. (They did not sponsor this post) Kevin thought that was a cheesy gift to ask for, but I saw the commercial for the Amope and wanted it. I was so excited, and could not wait to try my new beauty product. 

It only took one use for me to notice a huge difference. I use Curel lotion after using the Amope. If you want soft feet, then I would definitely use the Amope and Curel combination. 

Amanda

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Added Bathroom Storage

One thing I didn't notice when we bought our house last August was that there is no linen closet. Thankfully we have under counter storage in both upstairs bathrooms, but it's not enough for toiletries, towels, medications, and everything else that goes in a bathroom. The space above the toilet in the kids' bathroom is an empty canvas waiting to be filled. I wanted to buy a yellow cabinet to hang on the wall to go with the ducky theme, but I couldn't find anything that struck my fancy. I had two shelves that were not being used, and they would fit perfectly in the space. They only needed to be painted.


The shelves were already a fire engine red and a forest green, and neither color would go with the bathroom. 


I sanded the shelves lightly to give the paint something to hold on to. Yes, I have my husband's gloves on. A girl doesn't want to ruin her manicure to sand shelves. 


After looking through all the colors of paint in my craft room/office/studio, I found this lovely sapphire blue. It matched the bathroom perfectly. 


After two coats of paint, the shelves were ready to hang. If you look really closely you can see a bit of red or green underneath the blue paint. I didn't want it to look pristine, but not really distressed either. Because I didn't use a primer, the paint bled through just enough.



Now we have extra storage in the kids' bathroom for duckies, toilet paper, and anything else. I think I will buy a basket for the toilet paper though. It  looks a little odd just sitting there. 

On to more projects!

Amanda

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