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Easy Halloween Toddler Craft

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


This was such a fun and easy craft to do with my Little Bug this holiday. Simply grab some paint, your toddler, a few brushes and a canvas of your choice. We chose this burlap canvas from Wal Mart, however I'm not a total fan of using it. The paint goes on very lightly on the material and you have to go over it several times (especially for the white ghost).

Paint your kiddo's foot, stick it on the canvas and decorate as you choose. If your little one is old enough to really get involved, make sure to let them participate. I gave mine the paint brushes afterwards to paint on the paper plates and she assumed that since I had just painted her foot, that body painting was acceptable.

It. was. everywhere.

Nevertheless, it was fun and it's super cute and so easy. Just my style!

P.S. This was a Pinterest Win!

What's your favorite thing about Halloween?

We Are ALL Supermoms

Monday, October 20, 2014

I feel like I'm constantly seeing articles shared daily about life as a SAHM versus a working mother and life in one perspective over the other and yaddy yaddy ya

Can we just all please stop bickering and writing about who has it the hardest? Can we all just agree to disagree on whether or not it is okay to be jealous of one over the other? Can we all just stop and say to each and every mama that you're doing a damn good job no matter what you choose? 

That's what I'd like to do today. 

Good job mama! 

No matter what you choose, no matter what you do, you ARE a supermom!

We could sit here and write about the pros and cons of staying at home or the pros and cons of working away from home. We could sit here and talk about how I'm blessed to stay at home with my children but you're also blessed because you get a thirty minute lunch break to eat in peace and play on your iphone without sticky fingers reaching for it. We could do this for days....

That's the case with everything in life, really. There are pros and cons to each and everything around us and especially in the world of parenting. There are pros to breastfeeding and there are cons to co-sleeping. There are pros and cons of vaccinations and pros and cons of letting your toddler watch television. Everything we all do as mothers, as parents, presents us with a list of pros and cons. Many things we do set us up to be judged; and often times we are our own worst critic. 

Personally, I'd like to pat a working mother on the back for everything that she does. Mostly because I can't imagine working eight or more hours a day and then having to go home and still do housework, cook dinner and tend after little human beings. I know that after a hard day of work, I used to want to just go home and pour a glass of wine and just chill. Well, working mamas can't necessarily do that. They spend all day away from their babies, exhaust themselves at a job that they may or may not love and then go home and work some more when in actuality they just want to cuddle with said babies. They are supermoms 100% and should definitely earn free foot massages at the end of everyday with complimentary chocolates. 

And SAHMs...we are also supermoms. We spend all day wiping poopy butts, fixing dinners that don't get eaten and doing mounds of laundry that never end. Our adult interaction is very little if any and we love to pretend like we still look cute during the day, but in actuality we rarely get out of our pajamas before 3pm and we hardly ever wear makeup. We receive no "sick" days and while we love what we do, sometimes a day at work sounds like a good break. You could even stretch this category to focus on WAHMs and since I'm new at being a "WAHM" all I want to say is "how in the hell do you manage that?"  

You see, motherhood is hard for us all. Period.
Whether we choose Goldfish or Annie's Cheddar Bunnies, for some of us, even that is a freaking hard decision. And one that still leads us to get ridiculed for. 

So thank you to each and every mama for going above and beyond for your children. For making sacrifices for your family, for working hard at whatever your "job" is, and for just being a darn good mama. There isn't enough recognition out there for ALL of us. No matter what our job title is, no matter what our salary is and no matter how fancy our day to day clothes are, we are all carrying the same job title, and that is the title of being a "mother." It's the best and most important title any of us will ever have. 

We all wear the supermom cape and we ALL should receive foot massages and complimentary chocolates (share this post with your significant other). 

Now, I'm off to save the world. 
One poopy diaper at a time. 
May the force be with you all. 


Thoughts, supermoms?

When You Slack at the Mom Thing

Thursday, October 16, 2014


The last week or so I have point blank, slacked at this whole mom thing.

And it's killing me. 

I've been pretty sick and glued to the sofa waiting for the hard days to pass, and here I have a bouncing toddler who just wants to play. A toddler who wants to go outside and enjoy what is the most amazing weather (YAY for Fall) and a toddler who wants to go on strolls for however long her little heart desires.

And then there I sit on the sofa, unable to do any of that. There I sit having to occasionally rely on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood much more than I'd ever like to admit. Y'all know my stance on toddler television, I'm not a fan of it and think that little ones under two shouldn't really have any screen time. But since she's turned one I've been guilty of letting her watch about 30 minutes a day. And now that I'm sick, let's just say it's sadly a bit more than 30 minutes. A lot more probably. Ugh.

It's a tough job to be supermom when you can barely take care of yourself at the moment. It's tough to get up and fix a healthy lunch for a kid who has decided that over the past couple of days that she doesn't want to eat anything. Anything. I blame that on what appears to be a sick little toddler that I now have who is fighting a runny nose, light cough and occasional low fever. So now it's a sick mama taking care of a sick toddler. Anyone want to come and take care of us? We're taking applications! P.S. Mine isn't anything scary and it isn't contagious. 

Being a mom isn't always easy. It never is whether you're a SAHM, WAHM or a mother who works away from the home. No matter what the situation, it's hard and it's even harder when you don't feel well. What really sucks is the own personal guilt we may feel just because we did let our kid watch too much TV and just because we did let them eat a whole thing of puffs for lunch. Guilt because we slacked at motherhood that day and because we were not Instagram perfect.

Why do we do that? Why do we beat ourselves up at not being "the best" all the time? Even when our child received unconditional love all day long from us and we somehow managed to take care of them enough for them to get by, why do we beat ourselves up?

I know why. It's because we want to be the best we can for our children. We want to do the best we can and provide them with the happiest, safest and healthiest upbringing we can. We want to be the best damn mother around.

And when we slack at it, it eats at us.

But it really shouldn't.

Because in the end, we are all just doing the best we can.

So for the moment, cheers to what is about to be another episode of Mickey while mama tries to get better. I'll take all the cuddles I can and thank goodness my toddler is handing those out like candy right now. She's helping take care of mama.

What makes you experience mom guilt?

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Our Shop is OPEN and a Diaper Giveaway Celebration!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We are officially open for business today!

Did you miss the news? 

This mama has opened up a new natural baby boutique that has something for every mama and every baby no matter how "natural" or "crunchy" you are. It's a place for all mamas, because all mamas rock!

I am so excited to launch our new online boutique and I am thrilled at many of the amazing brands we are carrying. I have put a lot of work into this site in the last several weeks. In fact, aside from the logo design, I did everything and all website work myself. It was somewhat exhausting. The website isn't anything crazy fancy, but it is a start and we do hope that in a year or so that we will be able to build a website from the ground up so it is much more personalized to us (and I will be paying someone for that - my mind is blown already, LOL). For now though, I like our simple, clean and crisp online store.

A lot of work has gone into the products that we've decided to open the shop with. Many are brands that I have been faithfully using for months or a year now for our family. Some are brands that I researched and decided was in line with my own personal standards, beliefs, etc... For example, we almost went with a wonderful skin care line that wouldn't have cost me quite as much on the back end side, but after finding out about a particular ingredient, I backed out of it.

While I can't say that I've personally used each and every item in the shop, I can tell you that I did my homework and/or that it's items that I have often looked at purchasing for us. For example, Dandelion toys are toys that I've was previously hoping to get my hands on when Little Bug was a lot smaller. We are hoping to expand our product lines and brands throughout time and already have a few companies that we are looking at purchasing from in the upcoming months! :)

So with that said, today I present to you my shop! There's still some tweaks to be made here and there I believe, but we are ready to roll! All orders will be shipped out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays!

And GUESS WHAT?!?!?! We are celebrating with a FREE SHIPPING special and with a diaper giveaway! We have another awesome giveaway planned that we will showcase in the upcoming days!

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I would love to hear your thoughts! Check out our store and comment below or on Facebook to let us know what you love, what you don't love and what you want to see more of! And did I mention that packaging is going to be as lovely and personalized as I can make it? That's right, you get a sweet note from me thanking you for your purchase every time!

Thanks for being such awesome readers! I hope to get back to regular blogging this week (I have been sick and taking care of myself with lots of sofa time :) ).

Happy Shopping!




Five Easy Steps to Start Recycling

Thursday, October 9, 2014


I have always wanted to recycle but never really looked into it because I thought it was "hard." Well let me just tell ya that there isn't anything hard about recycling other than just remembering to save your items as you use them. If you have young children, I highly recommend having some sort of recycling system (no matter how small and simple) as it can teach them a great deal of things.

Below are some easy steps to help you get into recycling:

1. Check your area for a place that can pick your recycling up or a place to drop it off. Most counties, parishes, cities, etc... have a place designated for recycled items. Some lucky people even have someone who comes around and picks it up. We drop ours off right down the road 1-2 times a week and it gives us something to do to break our day up a bit.

2. Start off easy. You don't have to recycle every darn thing you can (although that would be awesome). Do I like I did and start off small. Shoot for paper, cardboard and plastic items. Heck, even if you just recycle all of the boxes that UPS and FedEx brings to your house then you're doing pretty good! I can recycle a whole forest of trees with all the boxes we always get (hello Amazon Prime).

3. Have an easy system. I didn't do anything fancy other than buy a large trash can and draw a pretty picture on it with a permanent marker. There are all sorts of recycling contraptions around, but if you want to be frugal and easy about it, then just reuse a garbage can, bucket, basket, etc...


4. Involve the kids. This is something fun for them to do. It becomes a game to see who can recycle the most, who can remember to recycle and who can spot the recyclables in the trash can (and be the one to fish them out...ew). It also teaches them a great deal about products, the environment and so on.

5. Don't get crazy with it. If you forget to recycle an item, then don't beat yourself up about it. It's not the end of the world, I promise. You're just doing the best you can to help out this little ole' planet. I promise you, Mother Nature thanks you for any recycling that you do no matter how big or little it is.


What is your recycling system like?

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