Love Unending – Rediscovering your Marriage in the Midst of Motherhood

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This book was worth the wait. 21 days to rediscovering why you fell in love with the person you’re currently trying to balance the craziness of life, work, and children with.

Something they don’t often cover in marriage counseling or “what to expect” books, is how having a baby (or 2) will change you and your relationships. From hormones to body shape to adding another person to the family and more items to the “To Do” list, Children take a toll on our lives that we often do not prepare for or realize. In the midst of all that, friendships and relationships often get pushed to the wayside and deprioritized.

Becky takes 21 days of encouragement, challenges, thinking, remembering, and praying to bring us back to that place where our marriage is a priority. Love and intimacy is often replaced by duty and occasional sex, in Love Unending she challenges us to move beyond our selfish thinking and see through HIS eyes to rekindle romance and intimacy that you had when you first met, as well as deepen it as you grow together.

 

 

 

Nothing to Prove – A Must Read

 

 

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Nothing to Prove by Jennie Allen, is a MUST read for any women who has ever felt they are “not enough”. With all of the responsibilities and stresses in life, it can be very easy to feel overwhelmed. When you have to make choices that make you wonder if your children, marriage, or career suffer; it can feel as if you are not enough for any of them. Being a women is hard. Our thinking often gets the better of us as we attempt to impress others and ourselves. Jennie digs into these feelings and helps us realize that we don’t need to prove anything to anyone (including ourselves) and that God IS enough, even when we are not. The cover may not look like much, but the pages opened up a world of peace and relief from the pressure that I was unconsciously putting on myself.

 

 

**I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review**

Train Playroom

It was 65° outside yesterday morning ♡ December 17th. 

By the time I took the kids to the playground in the afternoon it was 32 and windy 😦 

We can’t avoid Winter forever. I also can’t avoid Christmas forever. I’ve been slowing getting all of Little Man’s presents in the mail and pilling them in his room along with anything else I want to procrastinate on. After he laid down for a nap, yesterday, I decide it was time to get motivated. I’d gone to At Home and found a wire flatware holder that I planned to repurpose as a train shelf. 

It worked perfectly! 

I put together his Train Table and Gorilla glued the bridge together. The other pieces I left loose so he could rearrange. The top flips over and the other side is a chalk board. 

This wooden sign was given to us by a dear friend when he was born. 

I wanted this to be an uncluttered space where he could play and be creative without being over stimulated. 

I read about Toy Rotation about a year ago, and I love the idea. Last month I went through all his toys and clothes and donated almost 4 boxes worth of stuff. I tried to be purposeful with what toys he kept. In his closet are 2 shelves neatly stacked with toys that he can take out one at a time and play with in the open space on the other side of his room. The closet locks so he can’t just drag everything out and make mayhem. It’s been studied that children do better and are less overwhelmed when they do not have too many stimulating factors around them when they play. So we are implementing toy rotation. Also, the walls are not too busy. 

I picked up a few baskets at the Dollar Tree for his wooden train and blocks. I still need to find some clear contact paper to make the window so you cannot see into it (the parking lot is RIGHT there and my toddler doesn’t always keep his clothes on).

In the other corner of his room I will be installing these wire baskets on the wall along with a few small wall lamps. Then a few oversized throw pillows and his reading corner will be complete (I love how many books he was giving for Christmas. Thank you to family for understanding the power of reading).

The last thing I did was unpackaged all his gifts (make them play ready) and wrap them (STAR WARS wrapping paper found at the Dollar Tree!) 

If you have any creative Play Room ideas, I’d love to heat them! I’ll be sure to update with pictures of the reading corner once it is complete.

Happy Holidays! 

Update:

Today (December 23rd) I finally put the finishing touches on Little Man’s Playroom. His reading corner is set up. 

thThese baskets are from At Home. They are perfect for his board books. Instead of throw pillows I used some of his character pillow cases over new pillows. I put a spot light on the wall for better lighting at night. 

The window treatment I was looking for was $15 and I wasn’t ready to commit. I ended up getting some contact paper from the Dollar Tree that did the job perfectly. 


I decided the leave the final corner of the room empty for his to play and use his puzzles. 

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Coffee Table  Conversation Starter 

“The Illustrated Book of Sayings” by Ella Sanders is a must have coffee table book. This unique and beautiful book is a great icebreaker and conversation starter. 

Each page has creative illustrations and a well known saying with its origin and story. It will be sure to enlighten, entertain, and educate you and your friends.
You can read about the author here 

*I received this book in exchange for my honest review from Blogging for Books*

Being a Mom

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I am currently sitting at the computer gagging on some whitening paste that didn’t rinse out of my mouth all the way and worrying about work, bills, and if I am a good enough mom. It’s tough. I’ll be the first to admit, I do not have this parenting thing down. I raise my voice too loud, I let him get away with things he shouldn’t and get upset with him for things I shouldn’t. I work too much. I worry too much. I zone out on my phone when I could be on the floor exploring the world of trains and cars from his perspective. Yet, at the end of the day he just wants to poke my face and snuggle up close. He loves me despite all my short comings and flaws. Why? Cause I’m his mom. He doesn’t need me to impress him or have my life together. He just needs me to sit still long enough to let him hug me and show me some unconditional love.

Daily Mindful Mantra

Last Friday I found out I was getting a promotion at work! Then I went on Vacation on Monday (insert shocked and nervous face) but just as I got home to begin my vacation this book arrived in the mail!

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I was beyond excited. This was just what I needed to start off my new position after refreshing from vacation. Each “mantra” comes with a story of how to put it into practice. I plan on putting which ever one I read that day on the top of my Day Planner for that day to keep me focused and motivated throughout the day. M.J. Ryan does an excellent job of making it quick and powerful. With everything I have going on, I don’t have time for a chapter book. I DO have time for this. And I cannot wait to see how it improves my every day function as a leader.

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**I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my review**

Pun-tastic!

We love games in our house. Board games, card games, video games, RPG games. I also have a very “punny” husband, so when they said Punderdome was up for review, I HAD to try it. The father daughter duo, Fred and Jo Firestone did a fantastic job creating this hilarious game. Made for 3 or more players age 12 and older, this game is sure to provide hours of laughter for family and friends. I definitely recommend adding this to your game collection, it won’t be collecting dust that’s for sure!41gb-f-7kzl-_sy330_bo1204203200_

 

**I received this game from Blogging for Books in exchange for my review**