Sensory Boxes in My Messy Little Nest

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How can I keep them busy?

This morning I was trolling Pinterest to try to find something fun for the toddlers to do indoors. I kept seeing these sensory box things. I’ve seen them before and they look fun, I’ve just never put one together. I decided that today was the day that our boys would experience a sensory box.

I found some old pearl barley in the kitchen that I was just going to throw away so I tossed that into a container with some bright buttons that I had. Originally I was going to put some bulldozers in there so that they could push around the buttons, but we couldn’t  find any (shocker) so we settled with cars.Sensory Boxes in My Messy Little Nest

I sat the box on the floor in the living room so that it as easily accessible to both of the boys. They actually had a lot of fun with it! They were pushing the cars through the barley and running it through their fingers. There was laughing and giggling rather than yelling and screaming at each other. I kind of knew that it was too good to be true, but I just went with it; they were having fun and that’s all that really matters.

While they were quietly playing I was drinking my coffee and checking all of my social media pages. I turned around saw that they had put a bit of the barley and buttons on the carpet. I told them that it was supposed to stay in the box. They continued playing and before I knew it the box was dumped out all over the floor! I was annoyed but they were still getting along and having fun together. I decided that it was a battle that I wasn’t going to fight. They were bonding and that was more important than the mess that I would have to clean up.

Pros vs. Cons

Pros:

It was fun

They were bonding

It gave me a bit of quiet time

Cons:

Messy

Made for work for me to clean up

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Conclusion

I think that I will probably try more sensory boxes with them in the future. Yes, it made a mess but I think that the pros outweighed the cons of it. I think that if you’re able to keep a close eye on your little one as they’re playing you could probably avoid a big mess!

 

 

 

Family Reunion On The Farm

Family Reunion on the Farm

This past weekend my husbands side of the family all got together to celebrate his grandfathers 90th birthday.

They couldn’t even remember the last time that everyone had all been together without at least one person missing. It was so fun to watch all 7 children interact and listen to all of the laughs and stories from the adults. I think that Pops really enjoyed having everyone all together again.

We all stayed at my husbands Aunts farm in Indiana. She had our day jam packed with fun! I was a little bit worried that it may be rushed when she told me everything that she had planned but it all went seamlessly. We started out our morning with breakfast sandwiches and/or crepes that were made by my mother in law. There were some people eating inside at the table and some were sitting outside on the deck by the fire with coffee in hand. It was the perfect way to start our morning!

Laughing, Living and Loving

While everyone was getting ready, my husband started cooking the pulled pork in the brick oven. I took our 2 little boys down to the front pasture to look at the horses with my mother in law and niece. They all loved watching the horses and petting the donkeys when they came to the fence.

After the kiddos were done watching the animals we went across the road to the creek. It was to chilly outside to go for a dip, but they enjoyed listening to the water and watching it flow over the rocks.Avalon Farm 2016

Once we headed back up to the house we noticed that the tractor was ready for the hay ride!

All of the children and their parents loaded onto the trailer and we headed back down to the creek. We drove through it to the other side where the field is. We went around the field and stopped to let the boys out so that they could check out the trails. The 2nd time that we let them out they saw 2 deer in the trails with them. They though that was the most awesome thing ever.

Avalon Farm Family Reunion After we were done with the hayride we went back up to the house and had a lumberjack competition between the men. They had to choose which axe they wanted to use, then they each had 3 pieces of wood that they had to split. Whoever split all 3 the fastest won. It was a very clever way of getting some work done on the farm while also having fun!

There were pumpkins hidden in the area that the lumberjack competition was, so after that was finished all of the children had a chance to run around and find pumpkins. Once they found them all they had the opportunity to chop them open! There are 5 boys and 2 girls, so this was right up their ally. Don’t worry… this was all done with the help of their dads. They also had the opportunity to choose what they wanted to use, like the men did. Our oldest son used his axe that he chops wood with at home. It took him a few tries but he eventually split it in half. Our nephew chose a big axe and he did a clean split on the first try! The younger boys all used different tools, depending on what their dads thought was best. I think that this was a highlight for all of the boys!

Once the lumberjack competitions were over we had all kinds of fun games planned.

There were potato sack races, three legged races, balloon races, etc. It was a good way to have the adults and the children doing things together. It was very funny to watch the adults and the children do the three legged race together! My husbands aunt was doing the three legged race with our 3 year old and at one point was lifting him up by one arm! He thought it was hilarious! There were many many laughs and memories made.

When the races were finished we had lunch together and then it was nap time for our two little dudes and the baby. While they wereFamily Reunion 2016 all sleeping the older children painted a plaster cake that my husbands uncle made. It was such a cute idea to include the children in the celebration of their great grandpa’s (Pops) 90th birthday celebration. They did such a great job painting that he though it was the real cake! After they were done painting the cake they were all given a small canvas and were asked to paint the cake on the canvas. I think that some painted the cake, but most of them just painted desserts that they enjoy. Our oldest son has a lot of fun with that project; he loves painting and worked really hard on the first canvas. He made a chocolate chip cookie and a brownie on a plate.

Once everyone was done relaxing and painting we went back outside and saddled up 2 of the horses.

We took them both down to the arena and all of the children were able to take rides. They each rode around the arena twice and then it was someone else’s turn. They were each given a cup of water and their goal was to hold on to the cup of water and see who had the most left when they got back. They all had fun with that little competition.

Family Reunion 2016I was talked into getting on one of the horses. I know the basics of riding a horse, I grew up around horses and mules that my uncle had but never had any formal lessons or rode consistently, so I’m not the best. This horse ride was doomed from the start! I put my foot in the stirrup to get up and apparently it wasn’t fastening for adults so I just slid right down the side of the horse. Everyone laughed, including myself and they fixed it so that I was able to actually get on the horse. Once I was up I realized that it wasn’t a real saddle, it was basically a foam pad on the horses back, I’ve never used something like this so I was a little nervous, but I did it anyway. I was able to get the horse into the arena but he didn’t have a bit in which is what I’m used to steering with. I had my husband yelling at me to do something with my foot, then his aunt telling me to lean forward a little bit because the ropes were tied short. I was all kinds of confused and frustrated, I could feel my anxiety rising. As I was going around a corner my husbands uncle came in front of me with his horse and started cantering… what does my horse do??? He tries to keep up!!! This wasn’t the first time that had happened to me, so I anticipated it. If I had a normal saddle on I think that I would have been ok, but I didn’t have anything to hold onto and I freaked out. I don’t know what I said, I just remember yelling and saying “I don’t know what I’m doing!!!!” and holding on to the horse for dear life. Of course everyone thought it was hiiiilarious! I was shaking and doing everything that I could not to cry, but I pulled it together and shook it off. We made it to front of the arena and I got off that horse as fast as I could!

Once we were done riding the horses it was time for dinner. We all went back up to the house and got ready to eat our pulled pork together as a family. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day filled with Laughing, Learning and Loving together.

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Family, Friends, Food, and Happiness

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Family Friends Food FBI’ve been MIA for the past week and I’m so sorry about that! I decided that I wanted to take a week off from blogging and focus on my family. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful and appreciate what you have, so that’s exactly what I did. I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, food and happiness!I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, food and… Click To Tweet

We had a great Thanksgiving. This year I was able to help a lot because we had a huge celebration at my dads’ house with the entire family (around 40 people)! We also celebrated his 60th birthday which was a surprise. He knew the family was coming over, but he was clueless that we were also having a party for him. His girlfriend asked me to help a bit, which was nice to have a bit of control with a holiday. Usually all of the matriarchs have everything handled and we just need to make 1 dish and show up.

I enjoy cooking for a purpose and for others to enjoy. I have a tendency to get bored cooking mainly for the boys because well… they’re boys… they don’t like half of the food that I make! If our oldest was allowed to eat tacos every single day, he would. It’s nice to have your hard work appreciated! My husband enjoy’s cooking also, so it was great to get in the kitchen with him and cook together.I enjoy cooking for a purpose and for others to enjoy Click To Tweet

helping mom cookOur 2nd son helped me make my brothers gluten-free/dairy free stuffing and he had so much fun! He is so independent and didn’t want me to even get near the bowl when he was mixing. I tried to let him do everything himself, but I did need to step him and help mix.

My husband has been home for the past week and we’ve loved being able to spend every day with him. It’s so nice to see how excited our boys get when they see him walk in the door from work at night. I was so grateful that he was able to work in town and be able to help around the house. We did some much-needed deep cleaning in our living room and oldest sons bedroom. Our plan was to get all the Christmas decorations up, but that didn’t happen. I’m ok with it though, the boys and I can slowly get the decorations up this week.

We went to my moms’ house on Saturday and had Thanksgiving there with our grandma and that side of the family. It was very different from my dad’s house, we were all able to sit at the table together and pass the food around, where at my dads there was so much food that some was upstairs and some was downstairs and everyone was all over the place… which is just like his family so it worked out just fine. It was a big giant party. I was very grateful that I was able to have another Thanksgiving with my grandma, even if it wasn’t on Thanksgiving day. She makes these green beans with little white beans mixed in and some vinegar I think…. omg… I love them! I ate probably more than I should have, but they’re veggies right… it’s all good!

Christmas Pictures 2015Yesterday (Sunday) our friend Lindsay, who is also a photographer came to my mom’s house and took Christmas pictures of boys. This is a tradition that my mom has carried on since my brother and I were young. I love that she does this for us because I love any pictures, but being able to have professional pictures of our boys is so much better I think. The quality is wonderful and the poses that we come up with every year are always fun to do. The boys were troopers as usual. We used lemonade and cookies to bribe our 2-year-old when we started to lose him, and we used the pacifier for the baby when he was getting tired of being posed lol. Here’s a little sneak peek!

Overall, I’m very happy that I decided to take a little break from blogging, I love it, but I love spending time with my family more.

Big Girls Don’t Cry

Big Girls Don't Cry

People often tell me that I’m “such a strong person.” I take this as a compliment most of the time, but there are other times when I question whether this their way of politely saying that I’m emotionally broken.

Throughout the years I have built walls around myself. I have had people hurt me emotionally, been let down too many times, lost people who meant the world to me and have been lied to countless amounts of times. My walls protect me from being hurt again. These walls keep me “strong,” they keep me from showing people my weaknesses.

Big Girls Don't CryIf you ask my husband he’ll tell that you that all I do is cry, because he’s one of the few people who I’m comfortable enough with to show my true emotions to. If you ask my mom, she’ll tell you that I’m a very strong person. What she won’t tell you is that I’m also a pretty sensitive person, she’s seen me at my worst and she’s seen me at my best. She’s  one of my best friends so she’s watched those walls build throughout the years. She’s someone who is always there for me when I am having a hard time.

I like being a strong person, I don’t like crying in front of people because it makes me feel very vulnerable. Few people have actually seen me cry, let alone cry multiple times. Like my best friend says “you’re a tough shell to crack,” and she’s absolutely correct. My walls are tall and they are thick, I don’t like to let people see past those walls.

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As much as I don’t want to let people in, and I like being a strong person, I also feel awful when I’m the only person not crying at a funeral or when someone gets hurt in an accident. Just because I’m not crying does not mean that I’m not hurting, it does not mean that I’m heartless, honestly, I wish that I could cry in situations like that  sometimes. There are moments when something will touch me and a few tears will sneak out and I feel human again.

The day after I gave birth to our oldest son at 26 weeks (you can read that story here) my OBGYN came into my room the next morning and said that he was concerned about me because I seemed “too happy,” he was concerned that I wasn’t processing what had just happened properly. I explained to him that I had cried all night long and I just don’t like to cry in front of people, but I appreciated his concern. When bad things happen, I do cry, actually I tend to cry a lot, just not in front of people. I will hold my breath and close my eyes until the feeling of crying has passed if I’m in front of people. I remember doing that very exact thing when the doctor told me that I was going to be giving birth to our son that day. I was so scared, but I had to stay strong, I had to be brave, I could not cry.

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I’ve started to realize that I need to start to let those walls down a little. It’s ok to cry sometimes in front of people. I need to stop making people think that I’m emotionally broken. It’s ok to let people know that I’m hurting, it’s normal to hurt. I need to find a balance between being emotionally open and being the strong person that I have become.

I need to be realistic and know that my walls will never come down completely. They are there for a reason but it’s ok to lower them a bit. It’s ok to allow people to see me cry sometimes.

100 Days of Happiness: Week 3

100 Days of Happiness: Week 3

100 Days of Happiness: Week 3

Day 14: Today was a somewhat stressful day. We’re all getting over this virus which I’m so grateful about, but the baby is having a tough time, so after we picked our oldest son up from school we headed to the doctor. She gave the baby a steroid injection, oral steroid, oral antibiotic and breathing treatments. My happiness came when the injection kicked in and the junk in his lungs started loosening, which happened within an hour!

100 Days of Happiness: Week 3Day 15: Today was better! I was able to get a lot accomplished with the blog, which always make me happy when I start to get a head! The baby is feeling much better already. He’s starting to eat better and he’s bouncing around and playing a lot more. I love so much to watch our boys play and be happy. When they’re happy, that makes me happy.

Day 16: Today was a great day. I was very productive and had the opportunity to snuggle our little guy. He snuggles the least out of the 3 boys, so when he wants to sit with me I 100 Days of Happiness: Week 3milk it! The boys and I were also happy because my husband was able to come home early this week, so it was nice to be able to see him.

Day 17: I had fun today. I was able to volunteer at our sons school for the book fair, thanks to my mom. I love being able to volunteer, but it can be difficult to do when I have the 2 little guys at home. Our oldest son just loves when I’m able to make it out to his school to 100 Days of Happiness: Week 3help. We also had parent/teacher conferences today and our sons teacher said that he’s very well liked, he’s doing great in school and she doesn’t have any concerns. It always makes me happy to hear nice things about our children. After my husband and I got home we allowed the boys to eat some ice cream together and watch a movie since there’s no school tomorrow. At the end of the night, my best friend tagged me in a picture on Facebook that made my week. It’s something so simple but everyone mom needs to hear it… “Just in case you haven’t heard it today… You Are An Amazing Mom!!!” – Hot Moms Club

 

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Day 18: The boys and I went out to lunch with my husband because we love being able to spend time with him. After we left lunch we went and visited my mom and soon to be sister-in-law during their lunch. My mom loves getting surprise visits from the boys. When we were on our way home we made a stop at Biggby Coffee… because it’s our favorite, and I was happily surprised to find out that I had a free drink so I was only charged for my sons hot chocolate… score!100 Days of Happiness: Week 3

Day 19: Our oldest son had his first basketball game today and he did well considering the fact that his team hasn’t had a practice together yet! It’s always fun watching him do something that he enjoys. Today is also the start to my “Deer Widows Weekend,” my husband left for deer camp after the basketball game. Hopefully he’ll be lucky enough to bring home a big buck!

100 Days of Happiness: Week 3Day 20: The boys and I were pretty lazy today. We just kind of lounged around until about 1:00 pm, then we finally went grocery shopping. After we ate dinner our oldest son wanted to go over and play with his friend so we all went over and hung out for a couple of hours. All 6 kiddos had so much fun together, and it was nice to talk to a friend. It made me happy watching the boys put on a concert for us, and play with the baby, then our middle son decided it was a fun idea to put on dress heals and straighten our hair with a play hair straightener! Silly kiddos! I can’t imagine my life without them.

100 Days of Happiness: Week 2

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Week 2 of my 100 days of Happiness was much more difficult than last week. All of us have been sick, which makes me not want to do anything! That’s pretty much a recipe for disaster when you have 3 boys running around the house. On the bright side… we’re all in the tail end of it now!

100 Days of Happiness: Week 2Day 7: Today was a really good day! I was super excited to hear the mail truck come because I had a feeling that the Baltic Amber Necklaces that I’d been waiting on was here! I was super excited to open them and get them on myself and the baby. Literally within the first 12 hours I noticed a difference with the amount of drool coming from S3 cutting his 2 front teeth. I’ve also noticed that he’s not chewing on everything in sight either!

Day 8: Today I felt absolutely awful! I woke up with a terrible sinus headache, but luckily a couple of Tylenol wiped it out! I also have a really bad runny nose, sore throat and cough. I was officially sick with my first cold of the season. Despite me feeling like crap, the boys and I were very productive and that mad me really happy! We went to Kroger and killed two birds with one stone and picked up some Sugar Cookie International Delight that I’m reviewing for BzzAgent.com (which is delicious by the way!) and used a grocery cart cover that I was reviewing. When we were done at Kroger we jumped over to the new Biggby that opened up in our town… I’m super excited!!! I was very productive on the blog today, which always makes me happy, because it’s not always easy to do when you’re being pulled 3 different directions my 3 silly little boys! 🙂100 Days of Happiness: Week 2

Day 9: Today I literally wanted to do NOTHING. I felt awful, and although I didn’t do a thing with the blog, I did fold a ton of laundry and get a bunch more washed! It felt good to get that weight off of my shoulders. I also found out today that we had won a $50 gift certificate to a really good Mexican restaurant that we enjoy going to, so I was super excited about that!

Day 10: My week started to brighten up a little today. I woke up without a headache, and I could actually breathe! I also found out that I had been spotlighted on the 100 Happy Days Link Party!! THEN, my husband was able to come home a day early, so we were all super excited to see him! I know that one day doesn’t seem like much, but to 3 little boys it’s amazing!

Day 11: Today I was lazy, unmotivated and found out that there was a possibility that my husband had brought home bed bugs with him… super. Luckily, we believe now that the 2 bites he has were from a spider and not bed bugs… but I was happy because I began the declutter/deep clean process when I thought that it was a spider.

100 Days of Happiness: Week 2Day 12: Today we had the chance to take the boys over to my husbands grandfathers house, who we all love to pieces. After we visited for a little while we all went to our favorite Chinese restaurant near his house. It’s always a good day when we get to see Pops and eat Chinese! 🙂 I also found this picture of my husband when he was in his early twenties… what a stud! 😉

Day 13: Nothing makes me more happy than watching the 3 boys play together. I can’t help but smile when I hear S3’s little laugh and hear them all having fun together. I know there will come a time when those little laughs will be gone so I try to soak it up as often as possible!

It’s becoming easier for me to find at least 1 thing that made me happy each day, but I’d like to remember to do it through the day and not just at the end of the day. Hopefully this coming week it be easier for me!

100 Days of Happiness: Week 1

100 Days of Happiness: Week 1

100 Days of Happiness: Week 1I know that I said I was going to post a recap of my week every Monday but this week was our week to take part in Picture Book Month! You can read my post about the book and craft that we did here. From here on out though, I will be posting every Monday my recap of 100 Days of Happiness.

This past week was pretty easy for me to find my daily dose of happiness. It was the week of Halloween, so we were very busy. My husband also stayed home this past week and didn’t go out of town for work, so that made each day great in and of itself!

100 Days of Happiness: Week 1Day 1: S2 and S3 made me laugh when I pulled out the superhero winter hats and asked S2 if he wanted SPIDERMAN… he’s really into Spiderman now, thanks to Chobani Kids Pouches. S2 was laughing at how silly S3 looked in the hat which made us all laugh! There’s nothing better than hearing little tiny laughs, you can’t help but at least smile.

100 Days of Happiness: Week 1Day 2: We took the boys downtown to go trick-or-treating at all the different businesses. Although the mass amounts of people trying to make their way through the door can be a little stressful, it’s fun running into our friends and seeing how excited the boys get when they get candy and see their friends.

Day 3: This was S2’s birthday, he’s now a 2 year old! It was a bittersweet day, I was happy because he’s another year older, but also emotional because my baby is not a baby anymore! We’ve entered the “terrible two’s,” however, I think that 3 years old is worse than 2! We went to see my grandma at her retirement complex and the boys went trick or treating at everyone’s apartments. I think that all the seniors really enjoyed seeing all the little one’s dressed up, and the boys loved seeing grandma and getting CANDY! They love visiting Gram’s because she has a restaurant “in her house” and “a ton of doors”! She made them pumpkin shaped cookies that they thoroughly enjoyed and she also gave them 1/2 a bag of Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups (I may have enjoyed that more than them). 100 Days of Happiness: Week 1

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Day 4: Today I had to take S1 & S2 to the doctor for flu shots and 2 year check-up. S1 hates getting shots and had dreaded getting his flu shot. When it was time he put on a brave face for his brother and although it took the nurse 3 tries, he finally stood still long enough for her to do it. He teared up a bit, but stayed strong for his brother! The doctor also dropped the bomb that they both needed bloodwork done, so we headed straight to the lab so that I wouldn’t forget. S1 was so awesome, I couldn’t have been more proud of him. He sat there and watched, I couldn’t believe my eyes! After he was done and it was S2’s turn he was very scared even though he was sitting in my lap. His brother was so supportive and kept reassuring him that it’s not that bad, and that it only hurts a little when they put the needle in and take it out. S2 still cried for the majority of it, but I was so proud of how supportive his brother was toward him. I just love the relationship that they are developing.

100 Days of Happiness: Week 1Day 5: Today was great! We had S1’s Halloween party at school, so he had a half day. After we left school we met our friends and we all headed to the Luke Bryan Kick Up The Dust Tour! He is S1’s favorite country singer so he was so excited! We had a blast being able to spend some quality time alone with him, doing something that we all enjoy.

Day 6:  Tonight we went out for Halloween with our friends. Although it was raining and nasty outside, it made me happy seeing my husband with 2 of the 3 boys going from house to house. 100 Days of Happiness: Week 1

 

100 Days of Happiness: Week 1Day 7:  Today was the most difficult day to find my happiness this week. My husband left early in the morning for work, I had way more laundry than I was capable of doing in 1 day, the dishes were out of control because I needed to make more dishwasher detergent but needed to run to the store for supplies. After my husband came home from work we realized that he had fraudulent charges on his bank account, so we had to deal with that. I did find my happiness through all that though, and it was in the most unlikely place! I found this awesome coffee mug at the grocery store! There isn’t a more true statement about me, My family is my whole heart, they’re my world. I wake up every morning, take S1 to school, come home, make a cup of coffee and go sit at the desk. I knew that this mug would keep me inspired.

I think that my first week went well! I hope that you will decide to join me on this 100 days of happiness journey! You can check out my Facebook Page here for daily updates.

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Picture Book Month: All Aboard The Dinotrain Book & Craft

All Aboard The DinoTrain Book and Craft

November is Picture Book Month! You can read more about what this means in my earlier post here. We are reading All Aboard The DinoTrain by Deb Lund and making a dinotrain of our own out of plastic baby food containers. You can go to your local library to find the book or you can order it on Amazon here.All Aboard The Dinotrain

Our 2 year old loves this book! It’s about 6 dinosaurs who take the Dinotrain and it breaks down so they have to push the cars. They try pushing the cars up a large hill but decide that the freight they’re carrying is too heavy so they toss it out. After a little while they run into more problems when the breaks go out and they decide to jump into the water! They all decide to pile onto a handcar to make it back home to their families.

We decided that it would be fun to make a dinotrain out of baby brothers plastic baby food containers! This was a great chance for us to discuss recycling also. First, I washed out the baby food containers, I used 1 large container for the engine and 3 small containers for the cars, then I let our 2 year old paint them whatever colors he wanted. I helped him to cover the entire surface of the containers. Once they were dry I painted over them with ModPodge to seal the paint.

All Aboard The DinoTrain

Once they were all dry I used an exacto knife to cut a small hole in the short side of the container to put a pipe cleaner through. Once I had the pipe cleaner through the hole, I bent it over a little so that it wouldn’t come out. Do this to each “car” to connect them to each other.

All Aboard the Dinotrain

 

After they’re all connected I flipped the large container upside down. I left the 3 cars with the open side facing up so that we could put dinosaurs inside! It was very easy and he has a lot of fun playing with it!

All Aboard The Dinotrain

I hope that you all take time to read All Aboard The Dinotrain by Deb Lund and create a Dinotrain of your own!

Here is My Secret Weapon at Bedtime

Here is my secret weapon at bedtime

Our 2 year old unfortunately takes after me as far as being a night owl. He will fight falling asleep for hours! While he’s fighting his sleep, he’s also playing with my hair the entire time, which you can read about here. I have tried everything to get him to relax and fall asleep, but there’s only 1 thing that has worked for us…. are you ready to know what my secret weapon at bedtime is?! It’s diffusing lavender essential oil!

I had heard about essential for awhile, but I was skeptical. I had even worked at a veterinary clinic that used oils to disinfect, help the clinic smell better, and even used them on the pets in some cases. I had used peppermint oil on myself when I had a headache or my stomach was upset, so I knew that they worked, but still I was skeptical about bringing them into our home.

Here is my secret weapon at bedtimeI started seeing stories from my friends on Facebook about how the oils were helping their family and I started to consider investing in them. The main reason that I started to consider them was because of our 2 year old. I was desperate to find a way to calm his mind and help him relax for bed. I talked to my husband and he was skeptical like me, but we finally decided that we should try it. We decided to invest in Young Living Essential Oils because they have been selling essential oils for over 25 years, and create the purest oils with their seed to seal process.

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We decided to purchase the Premium Starter Kit so that we would be wholesale members and receive the wholesale price, but we wouldn’t have to sell the oils if we didn’t want to. Once our kit came in the mail the first thing that I did was open each bottle and smell them! The next thing that I did was read about the diffuser that came with our kit and how to use it. I knew that I wanted to diffuse Lavender oil that night to try and get S2 to bed. The diffuser was so easy to use that I was able to plug it in the babies room, add water and lavender oil to it and I was ready!

Once it was S2’s bed time we went into his room and I laid him in his bed, which usually ends up in many tears and a lot of yelling on his part. I was hoping that there would be a difference but again, I was still a skeptic. He laid down in his bed, stared at the differ lights, he got up a couple times and wanted to play with my hair so I allowed him to play with it for a minute and asked him if he was ready to lay down. He literally fell asleep after about 30 minutes… typically he wouldn’t fall asleep at all and we would end up back in the living room.

After that night I tried just putting the oil on the bottoms of his feet because I read that can also help calm little ones down, but that didn’t help much at all. I’ve found that the only thing that works for him, and really all of us is diffusing the lavender oil. I don’t do it every night like I should because I tend to forget, and then get mad at myself because it works to well! My plan is to get myself into a routine where I put the diffuser into the little boys room at night and diffuse the lavender right before bed time.

If you have a little one that has a hard time falling a sleep at night I would highly recommend trying lavender essential oil!

I Challenge You to 100 Days of Happiness

I Challenge you to 100 Days of Happiness

Last week a fellow blogger, Kate from A Kreative Whim, posted something about the 100 Days of Happiness Challenge and I was intrigued. The goal is to find something every day for 100 days that brings you happiness. Each day you take a picture of at least one thing that made you happy and post it to social media.I Challenge you to 100 Days of Happiness

My motivation for starting this challenge is my 3 boys and my husband. I find myself being crabby and stressed out all the time because my husband works a lot, so I’m usually alone with 3 boys and it can start to wear on me. I want to make sure that our boys see me happy more often than stressed out and irritable. I want to be able to show my husband how happy I am that he’s home rather than snap at the first thing that he says because I’m tired, and annoyed. I’m always happy when he comes home, but I’m not always the best at showing it because it’s usually late and I’m both physically and emotionally drained at that point. I want to change that. My goal is to focus on the happiness and not the negative each day.

I challenge each of you to 100 days of happiness with me! Every day I’m going to post a picture of something that made me happy on Facebook with #100happydays and #MessyLittleNest100happydays. You can like my Facebook page here so that you’re able to follow me on my journey and vise versa. I’m challenging each of you to do the same, take a picture of your happiness for the day and post it to my Facebook Page with the same hashtags. This way we can all keep each other accountable.

Every Monday I’m going to make a compilation post of everything that made me happy that week. I’m also going to try to pay attention to any changes that I see in my children, husband and life in general from doing this. I really hope that you all join me on this journey because I think that no matter how happy you currently are, there’s always room for more happiness!

If you have any questions about this challenge you can either ask me in the comments below or send an email.

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