Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Thank You Teacher! - Coloring Card

These kiddos of mine love, love, love coloring. They color everyday for hours and we go through so many crayons and markers. I have a drawer full of things they drew and colored that I need to go through and pick out my favorites to keep in their special memory boxes. The rest get thrown out. SHHHHH... Don't tell them. This secret is right up there is Santa Clause and the Tooth Fairy. 
In looking for a way to thank our wonderful teachers this year I decided to put my kids talents to good use.  I whipped up this simple card for them to color. I love that they can take the time to work on this and really think about everything they learned this year and everything their teachers did for them. 
 To make it more of a gift we placed the cards in a cellophane bag with a lotion on the back side. For older kids, a special note can be written on the back. 
Even baby Davis joined in on the fun. 
 Click on the picture below to download. This coloring card is 2 5x7's on one page. This format is easier to print. Print at home or any print center on regular size cardstock paper. 
 Kids of all ages would enjoy coloring this card for their favorite teachers, ranging from preschool to highschool. So round those kiddos up and get coloring! Wink! 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Motherhood:These are the Days!

On Mother's Day this past weekend I was spoiled by my sweet family. They made me breakfast and dinner and time to just relax in bed. It was so nice! I loved having time to just do nothing and to reflect on this thing we call Motherhood. My conclusion was that these are the best days! These days are busy, exhausting, joyful, educational, and full of love. 
Jeffrey R. Holland said, "Do the best you can through these years, but whatever you do, cherish that role that is so uniquely yours and for which heaven itself sends angels to watch over you and your little ones."
My New Year's Resolution this year is to drop everything and play with my littles, even if the kitchen looks like it exploded and nobody has any clean socks. I'm doing my best to not let it all just pass me by and take the time to enjoy my cute babies. Amidst the hustle of school, homework, piano, gymnastics, dinners, laundry, play time, baths and reading books, our days are jam packed. 

The days feel fast because of how busy we are. I've been trying to take the time to slow down and just talk to the kids, or listen to their stories. I've noticed it makes them feel important and helps us feel close. One night after we all shared our favorite thing that happened that day, little Brandon said, "Mommy, I love talking with you. It's fun! Can we talk every night?" My heart just melted! 

I'm far from being a perfect mom! I struggle to get up in the morning, I loose my patience when we are trying to get out the door, I take forever to set up playdates, I get too caught up with my To-Do List, and I am the absolute worst at getting all of the socks paired up and then distributed into everyone's sock drawers. And most of all i'm hard on myself for things I wish I was better at. But as parents there is definitely a learning curve and I am so grateful for the resilient, forgiving and loving hearts of my little ones. I think it's important to not be too hard on ourselves and to cheer ourselves on for the awesome things we do for our kids. 

So here is my list of positives...
1-I've been taking the kids on bike rides lately and it's always feel like a fun adventure. 
2-I'm good at getting their imaginative and creative juices flowing and satisfied with coloring, painting and crafts. 
3-I've been doing great at shuttling them to and fro from school, gymnastics, soccer and playdates. 
4-We read scriptures every night before bed. 
5-I'm good at telling them how much I love them, what makes them special, and why i'm proud of them. 

I know I will continue to make mistakes and I will also continue to correct and grow from those mistakes. I love my babes so much and will do my best to love and teach them. But I also feel like they teach me! I saw this quote somewhere that says "While we try to teach our children about life, they teach us what life is all about." It's so true! I feel like I learn from their sweet innocent hearts and they help keep what's important in perspective. I'm grateful everyday that I have been entrusted with these beautiful spirits and my heart feels so full because I get to call them mine! 
Sophie is turning 7 in just a couple of weeks... I seriously don't know how she has gotten so big. She is the sweetest little motherly girl who always helps with her brothers. Sophie loves tumbling, books and has quite the sense of humor. She also loves school and has become quite the social butterfly. Sophie is the best big sister and my best little friend. We loved being all matchy-matchy for Mother's Day! 
Me: Top & Skirt From JCrew, Sophie: Dress is JCrew and shoes are Old Navy Old. 

Brandon is 4 and about to finish his first year of preschool. He adores his sister and loves Ninja Turtles, legos and golfing with his daddy.  He has loved being a big brother to baby Davis and teaching him how to play "boy" things like cars. Brandon is so tender and sweet. He also loves snuggling to read a good book and always looks forward to treats and dessert. 
Davis is growing so fast. He refused to take a bottle for so long; I'm happy to finally announce that at 16 months old, he is finally weaned and loving his baba! Hallelujah! I love nursing and the special time we spend together while doing so. I think it was equally as hard for me to let go as much as it was for him. But It was time and what was best. Davis is a sponge for words and says new words everyday. Today he surprised us with cookie and mine. He loves the song Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and sings it all day in his little baby way of speaking. He loves cars and tagging along with his brother and sister. Davis is a bit of a serious personality but loves to get a laugh out of you by surprising you with peek-a-boo and poking your nose. Just like his big brother, Davis also loves treats. 
 So yes... These are the days! Good days, hard days, silly, exhausting, and fun days. I wouldn't trade them for the world! 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Feature Friday: Heartfelt Creations

Hey there folks, it's Feature Friday! We haven't done one of these in a while. We love finding amazing people who are extremely creative and who are putting that talent to use! 

We are so excited to share a small little shop called Heartfelt Creations. 
We chose to feature them because we love their work and wanted to help spread the news. Their Animal busts are so so cute and would look amazing in any child's room, nursery, or playroom. I especially love the elephant! Most animal busts out there are over $100. These handmade animals are reasonably priced going for half the price! 
We also love that it's a Mother/Daughter duo working together to get things done. 
Without further adieu... 

"Hi! my name is Beverly I live in South Jordan Utah. I have 3 children and my first grandchild on the way (yay!) My hobbies are genealogy and I enjoy doing many crafts and cake decorating. My daughter Amanda 24, she is a hairdresser in American Fork at Jz Styles Salon and she does my Instagram and helps me with my Etsy shops. Together we have a lot of fun!" 
"Our shop @_heartfeltcreations_ came about by hosting a friends baby shower. I was looking through her Pinterest to see what she would like and what I could make for her. The animal wall hangings really caught my eye and I had many ideas of what how I could create my own. I came up with a pattern for a deer and it was a hit. I started getting requests and together my daughter and I decided to start an etsy shop. We have grown so much!"
"The animals are made of felt and some with yarn for the hair. They are mounted on a foam board backing with a hook for easy hanging.  I like to make them in mostly white colors for a more simple and clean look that can be added into any room, but can make them in whatever color you'd like!"
Heartfelt Creations is offering our readers a 15% discount with the promotion code Heartfelt15 . Head on over to their Etsy Shop Heartfelt Creations and check out their amazing animal busts. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

We've rounded up some of our very favorites things that we know the mamas in your life would love to get this mother's Day! These are all practical, cute and a sure bet gift! 
(These are direct links to Nordstrom, Target, ASOS and Anthropologie in which we get a small commission should you make a purchase.) 
 Some added notes on some of these products...
Wooden Flowers: This is the gift we got this year for both of the kids Grandmas. We painted these wooden flowers on the front. Then on the back wrote down reasons why we love them. It's a thoughtful gift the kids love participating in making.
Alex & Ani Bracelet: These are so darling and it's fun to collect the different charms. You can mix and match the different colors and just stack them up on your wrist. I love these because they go with everything! They can be casual or dressy.
Pink Jammies: As mom's we all need extra sleep and these jammies are so so comfy! I put mine on as soon as I get home!
Floral Vases: I just bought these vases to put up on the shelf in my guest bathroom. I am obsessed with them. They are just so pretty!
Pink Headphones: I love to listen to books on tape through Audible while I do chores. right now I just use my bose speaker. But I have to grab it and take it from room to room with me. And when I'm trying to organize, I am usually all over the house trying to put stuff away. These wireless headphones would be so awesome so I can listen to my book wherever I go!
Pink Nike's: I mean... I have major heart eyes for these babies! They are the perfect shade of pink and so comfy for running errands or trying to keep up with the kids.
Kate Spade Watch: This small faced watch is delicate and beautiful. I have this as well and I love it!
Living Proof Hair Products: I love this line of hair product. I use the thickening cream because I have really thin hair. It helps me to have some extra volume. I also use the Dry Shampoo. I have tried so many cheap and expensive brands and this is the only one that works for me!
How to Raise a Mom: I just bought this book for my kids and it's really cute. It talks about the different ways kids can help to take care of their mommies. The very first page says, "In the morning, let her sleep in a bit longer." I was immediately sold after reading that. I'm all for this sort of brainwashing! Ha Ha!
Paper Flower Kit: How fun would it be to make this bouquet of paper Flowers for your favorite mama this year instead of the traditional real flowers. She could keep these forever!
Instant Pot: I don't have one of these but I hear these are amazing. You can cook frozen chicken in like hour. That sound right up my alley!
Changeable Art Frame: My kids bring home so many cute paintings and drawings. I love these frames for displaying their artwork. Instead of having a cluttered fridge or a messy pile on the desk, you can have an intentional and organized looking art wall with your favorite pieces made by your littles.

Be sure to forward this to those daddy's who are needing some hints on what to get you this Mother's Day! 

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