Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday Highlights 5.29.15

Hello Friday!

This week felt like it flew by and the weekend would never get here all at the same time. Then there was the constant challenge of trying to remember what day it was all week, which I failed miserably at. But hey, a 3 day weekend with the husband home is always worth the confusion.

As for this weekend we have a whole lot of nothing planned. After several busy weekends in a row that sounds just about perfect if you ask me.

Now for this weeks Friday five


{ONE}  On The Blog This Week

This week I shared about...
Opening day/ date night at the new minor league ball park. Go Blasters!


Finding confidence in motherhood


Last weekends shopping trip to IKEA!!!


{TWO} Summer Reading Challenge

A few of my favorite bloggers have put together a really cute summer reading challenge to read 12 books in 12 weeks. The girls and I love reading and have been spending LOTS of time at the library lately.
Challenge accepted!

They even included some theme ideas!

Sweet Turtle Soup: Summer Reading Challenge - Announcement!

Make sure you check out the details, grab your books & link up with these awesome ladies.
Stephanie from Wife Mommy Me
Elizabeth from Chasin' Mason
Courtney from Sweet Turtle Soup

{THREE} Healthy Meals

The winds of change have been blowing friends. 

Lately the food in our house has taken on a whole new level of healthy, especially for me. I wouldn't say that I was a super unhealthy eater before but I definitely enjoyed more than my fair share of sugar and french fries. Not anymore.

I started a training program a couple weeks ago that goes hand in hand with a very macro nutrient specific diet. Eating 30% of my calories in protein has been quite the challenge. But I am doing it and get this... I ate fish. I hope my mom doesn't pass out when she reads that. For years I have sworn off eating anything that lives in the water and this week I ate Tilapia.

If you follow me on Pinterest you may have noticed that I am on the lookout for healthy recipes.

Follow Our Pretty Little Girls's board Healthy Recipes on Pinterest.

Do you have any favorites you could share with me?

{FOUR} National Donut Day

In the past I have been really bad about not sharing the news of upcoming "holidays" until the day of or the day after. 

Not this week friends. 

If you've been around here for a while you know how I feel about donuts.


Well guess what?

Next Friday June 5th is National Donut Day.


Many of you in larger cities than I live will have SEVERAL opportunities to pick up all kinds of free donuts. An opportunity you should clearly take FULL advantage of.

Your welcome.

That seems like a completely logical and acceptable excuse to eat one even though my new eating habits tell me it's a bad idea, right?

{FIVE} Girl Mom

This week I had Justine from Little Dove Creations guest post as a part of my 'Girl Mom' series.


I absolutely adored her post. It was so real and relate-able for this mama. I have had so many great posts in this series and this is definitely one of my favorites. You can read her post here.


If you're interested in sharing your story about being a girl mom fill out this survey and I will be in touch. 

Friday Linkup Parties

To see where I am linking up check out my link-up tab.

Have a great weekend!
We will see you back here on Monday.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Girl Mom Series: Justine, Little Dove Creations

Hi! I'm Justine and I blog over at Little Dove Creations, a DIY/lifestyle blog where I blog about everything that helps make our house, our home. I'm a mom to three (soon to be four!)--my son who is 5, and my two daughters, aged 3 and 15 months. Big thanks to Beth for having me today so I could talk about my little girls, specifically my second born.


My frustration had hit a whole new high.

It wasn't even noon and already I'd had to remind her that pee-pee goes in the potty, you don't go outside without mommy or daddy, and you don't drag your baby sister around by her leg, even if she is laughing about it.

And for the umpteenth time, pee-pee goes in the potty!

My voice was rising to a whole new level which I did not like.

I just don't understand what's so hard for her to grasp, I thought; I mean, it's like she doesn't listen to, or respect me at all.

I realize that she's right at the "threeanger" stage, but this seems to go beyond that.
I might need a time out myself.

My first born, my son, was a very "typical boy" (sorry to gender stereotype, but I'm sure that by saying that you all know what I mean). From the time he could walk at 9 months we'd had a hard time keeping up with him.

Yes, walking at 9 months, very steadily I might add. Practically running really.

So when my daughter was born I was excited, I thought, "This will be great. With a girl I can relax a little bit, she'll be much more calm and cooperative." Even her labor went a lot more smoothly, only 12 hours instead of 19, and none of the dreaded Pitocin! This was surely a sign of things to come!

Ha!


I quickly learned that each child is unique and has their own innate personality that begins to show itself from the day they arrive on this earth.

This sweet little princess that had slept peacefully in my arms and lulled me into a false sense of security that she would be my "easy" and "calm" one was now terrorizing the household. Although unlike her brother, she didn't really walk until she was a year old, she quickly mastered running and climbing onto everything from toys, to their little kid's table, to the counter height kitchen table.

And her exuberance is only matched by her volume.


Sure, she likes to dress up and loves her teddy bear, but she is happiest when she's playing with toys cars and trains, or getting filthy outside in the dirt.

Don't get me wrong, she is a sweetheart, typically the first to pitter-patter into our bedroom in the morning for snuggles, empathetic to the feelings of others (especially her siblings), and quick to ask to sing songs in the car.

And I have begun to see so much of myself in her.

Some of my favorite toys growing up were cars and Legos, who knows how many we had. Definitely more than Barbie dolls or Polly Pockets.

I, too, loved to climb when I was younger. Mom, I'm sorry for all the heart palpitations I surely caused.

There aren't many white clothes in our closets, because I am all too aware of where she gets her messiness from.

That stubborn, strong-willed streak that she has a hard time controlling, I'v learned to keep in check (at least on the outside).

And, really, don't we all have selective hearing to some degree?


I love all my children fiercely, and equally, but they all challenge me in different ways and have different lessons to teach me.

My Heavenly Father gently reminds me of my imperfections and I am trying to soften my heart to my precious second born, this little girl who is so much like I am.

Being a mom to two little girls has been an eye-opener for me, not because the experience has been so different from that with my son, but because it has been so similar. All of their personalities shine through boisterously.

And despite my girls' fascination with bugs and the fact that you can find them with skinned knees more often than with combed hair, I wouldn't call them "tomboys", they're just themselves--dirty, mischievous faces and all.

Little Dove Creations

Thank you so much for sharing you heart Justine. The Lord uses my children to sanctify me on a daily basis, I can really relate to your story.

It is so refreshing to read the real stories of mother hood.
Messy, imperfect and beautiful.

Make sure you stop by Little Dove Creations and say hello!
You can also connect with Justine through these social media networks.

Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram 


If you're interested in sharing your story about being a girl mom fill out this survey and I will be in touch.


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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Taking On IKEA

Saturday was a day that I waited months for, literally months. 

Anna and I planned a trip to Ikea back in February! That meant three months of saving, waiting and building up a shopping list. 

Finally the big day was here and I woke up with that goofy "pinch me" feeling. Part of me thought "Your such a nerd it's just IKEA." The rest of me was doing a happy dance singing "I'm going to IKEA!" over and over. 

After all is IKEA ever "just" IKEA?!

We were ready to be on our way but first we took a quick picture before the 2 hour and 20 minute drive.

I assure you I was indeed happy despite the concerned look on my face. But I had just taken a big bite of my newest concoction, a homemade protein bar. Let's just say that recipe needs a bit of tweaking before I would ever share it on the blog. They're just so sticky and.... tasty?


We arrived scored an amazing parking place and decided the first stop should be lunch. We needed to fuel up before we attempted to shop. I decided since this was my first real shopping trip to IKEA I needed to do all the IKEA staples. Including Swedish meatballs for lunch.


With food in our bellies we were ready to shop!


It was amazing.

So much to look at, crazy crowded, over stimulation central... but amazing. We walked through the showroom just for the fun of it before heading downstairs for serious business. 


I could just live in the kitchen section. I have a weak spot in my heart for kitchen gadgets and IKEA was like heaven on earth. 

This is my "AAAAahhhh I am shopping at IKEA face".


For 6.5 hours we ate, shopped, wished, looked, searched and had so much fun.


Then we finally just had to walk away with the goodies we had, knowing that we would someday come back again.


Before we left we stopped for a pan of cinnamon rolls and frozen yogurt of course. After all we did want the full IKEA experience ;).


I would definitely call our trip a huge success.


Now the question that I have already been asked so many times....

"What did you get?"

I got two sets of Fargrik Dishes and some other Fargrik pieces to go with them.
FÄRGRIK 18-piece dinnerware set IKEA Service for 6. Microwave & dishwasher safe.
I knew our home school room needed the infamous Raskog Cart
RÅSKOG Utility cart IKEA
A couple Bekvam Spice Racks will come in handy somewhere I am sure.
BEKVÄM Spice rack IKEA Saves space on the countertop Solid wood can be sanded and surface treated as needed.
Some Lill Curtains are perfect for an upcoming project for Emily's room.
LILL Lace curtains, 1 pair IKEA
A Borrby Lantern for decorating
BORRBY Lantern for block candle IKEA
And that is just a few of the goodies I brought home with me.

Of all the items I purchased I think I am the most excited about the Raskog Cart.
I can not wait to get started on re-purposing the old play room.

What is your favorite IKEA item or what item would be #1 on your list?

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tuesday Talk/ Mom Talk Tuesday: Becoming A Confident Mother


Welcome To Tuesday Talk!

 The weekly link-up where you can post about anything, link up, read some great posts and meet some amazing bloggers.


This week I am excited to also be linking up with Stephanie from Wife Mommy Me for Mom Talk Tuesdays

Wife Mommy Me

First off I want to say a huge thank you. Last months Mom Talk Tuesday topic was sharing your faith with your children. Your support and comments on that post were so appreciated. I pray that it continues to be an impact in the lives of others for months to come.

If you missed it you can read about how we share our faith with our children here. 

The topic for this month: Becoming a confident mother.


I'd love to pass this off as an easy topic. Give you five quick steps of things that you can do to: increase confidence, feel better about yourself, rock your role as a mom and appear to be "that" mom. You know, the one who is always so put together.

But that would just be me speaking false words of a false hope. Giving the impression that this is easy and can be done alone.

That is something that simply put, I just don't believe.

I struggle with having confidence in motherhood on a daily basis. 

I can recall nights were my heart would break and I would cry myself to sleep out of a fear that I had "messed them up". Days that turned into weeks of worrying about the what ifs. Feelings that consumed me in my entirety that I am failing.

Not exactly the picture of confidence.

There are so many places we can turn to to find confidence. So many ways the world says if you do this, you can achieve that.

I have never found any lasting joy or confidence pursuing the hopes & things of this world.

For me being a confident mother isn't about learning more about my child and how to parent them. It isn't about reading parenting or self help books. It is beyond loving myself, gaining experience and having a good day or week to boost my esteem. It is more than realizing that I am going to screw up but my children are gracious with me just as I am with them.



I am sure all of these things can and have helped so many during times in their life when they needed help.

 But I believe there is still more.

My confidence in being a mom rests completely in Christ. 

I find my confidence in Him, not within myself.
 I know that every good thing in me is there because of Him.

I find confidence being a mom of two beautiful little girls because I know that Christ gave those girls to me to mother. He picked them special just for me . He knew that I would be exactly what they need just like they are for me.

It was a match made in heaven.



I find confidence in my role as a mom when I look to the cross.
When I think of God's grace.

And on those days when life gets hard and my confidence is shaken. I look to the one who is unshakable. I think of His grace and mercy that is continually washing over me if I just rely on Christ, not myself. I think of His calling on my life, the calling to be a mom and I mother my girls for His glory not my own.

Through Him my confidence is found. 

My prayer for you today is that you would find your confidence in Christ.

"On Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand."

Now it's your turn to grab the button and link up!

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Opening Day Date Night {2015}

Thursday night was date night, baseball style. Well... I call it date night but it was really just a work event. However we knew the girls would not be "into it" so we left them with my parents. Anytime we go out in public without children I officially call it a date night. Trips to Walmart, Home Depot, or fast food joints are not beyond being called "date nights". After all they are pretty few and far between so I take anything I get. 

50 Years from now I will be able to say I was there on opening day of the inaugural season and I will have the spirit towel to prove it. 


Joplin just got big time friends. We now officially have a minor league baseball team, again. We had a minor league team years and years ago in fact Mickey Mantle played for us (there's a little Joplin history for you). The team shut down years ago and the stadium went to shambles... until recently. 

I somewhat wish I was joking about being excited over this, but I'm not. 


The best part is Russ' work is close by, REALLY close by.


 They even had a tail gate party to kick off opening day.


Free food and drinks and free tickets to the game it was a great time to be had by all. 

They also sponsor the team so that means they have lots of free tickets to the games lying around for their employees. Plus with our employee parking sticker we will always have free parking close by. I have a feeling baseball games may happen fairly frequently :). 


Oh and look! I met Blue. Blue is the Blasters mascot. At first I didn't get how a husky dog fit in with the Blasters. The name "Joplin Blasters" is a play on the old minor league team "Joplin Miners". It pays a tribute to the history of mining that turned Joplin into the city it is today. (More Joplin history, your learning so much about JoMo.) Then I realized another big team sponsor is a local dog food company. It's all about connecting the dots friends.

Plus look at my SUPER COOL new shirt my Dad got me. Live strong Cardinal Nation!


I took a few shots during the game.




And snapped a photo with my date.


The game carried on for almost 3 hours and guess what.

We won!!!


The Joplin Blasters beat the Wichita Wingnuts 5-2 
 I am SO glad they won the opening day game. 

Here's to hoping for many more summer nights at Joe Becker Stadium and many more wins for our home team.

Have you been to a baseball game lately?

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