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A Quote That Sums Up Motherhood For Me/Funny

Is this not the truth?

Maybe it’s just me, but I relate to this 100%!

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Enjoy the motherhood journey.

And keep your chocolate stocked:)

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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What This Picture Tells Me…

I came across this picture on my phone, and I froze.

I looked carefully.

Inspected the photo, and realized it was from about July of 2020.

Not quite 2 years ago, and oh, how things have changed.

Cade 4, Makell 3, Taya 10 months

All 3 of my children are much smaller, wearing different clothing sizes.

My girls have different hairstyles due to their lack of hair that was yet to grow in.

My son hadn’t been to public school yet.

No one could tie their own shoes, and all of them needed my help getting dressed.

There was no pressure of homework and learning to read, the focus was more about playing and having fun.

No one was looking right at the camera, because they didn’t know.

I remember some days thinking, goodness, I wish they were a bit more independent …getting in the car to go anywhere was so, very hard.

And yet, I look at this, and I want to cuddle these little ones again.

Yes, not quite two years have passed and they have grown so much.

Two of them are much more independent.

One has been in public school, one is going to school this fall, and another wishes she was in school.

Yes, time is a thief.

Children are such a blessing, in all phases.

All phases of motherhood is filled with trials, but all phases are full of blessings and joy.

My goal from this sweet, simple picture…

Is to love a little longer, and embrace all the moments.

Time pushes onward, too quick, and too fast.

Enjoy those moments as they come mama.

For they truly sneak by too fast.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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3 Great Deals on Baby Items From Jane.com

As we all know, baby items aren’t always cheap so whenever you find a great deal on baby items, you have to snag them right?

Hopefully you enjoy some of these great deals, and keep following along for more.

I have been shopping at Jane.com for years and I love their prices and their items.

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These adorable 4″ Milestone Markers are sure to add such beautiful memories for you and baby.

And at the price of only $12.99 shipped, you can’t not grab this for you or someone you love!

This cute 100% Cotton Baby Lounger is at a great price right now of only $69.99 shipped!

This lounger can be the perfect way to keep baby happy and content.

And these adorable newborn baby pictures are priceless right?

This helpful KaeBabies Original 2.0 Diaper Caddy is the perfect way to stay organized with your sweet, little baby.

This Caddy is currently only $17.57 shipped! Such a great deal.

I wish I would have had this with my first baby, there are so many baby items to keep organized, and this would do the trick.

Hopefully you enjoy these great deals on baby items!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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A Children’s Book All Mother’s Need To Own!

This book “You’ve Got This Mama!” by Megan Park is incredible!

The book is so relatable to all mothers who have ever had young children or any children at all!

This cute book is a reminder that being a mother is a full time job with hard days, but oh so wonderful days as well.

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I personally have a hard time reading it without getting emotional, it’s beautifully written.

The illustrations are beautiful too, and my kids love it when I read it to them.

And at the price of only $11.99, you’re getting a great deal for a wonderful book!

Hope you enjoy it!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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A Motherhood Quote That Brings Me To Tears Every time…

As a mother this quote by Mother Teresa starts my emotions flowing.

This quote is just true in every way.

Whether you think of your own mother as you read this, or of your children, or both.. this quote truly strikes a chord.

This quote reminds us that we all come into this world with individual purposes.

Mother Teresa explains that as mothers we want only the very best for our kids, and at the end of the day, that’s wonderful.

And yet, we can’t forget that our children’s’ purpose in life is different from our own purpose.

Even more, watching our children grow can be heart breaking, as we know with growth comes independence.

A mother will always want to protect and shelter her children.

However.. at the end of the day, it’s important to let our children grow and develop into whom they were meant to become.

This quote has such a deep meaning, and it brings me to tears every single time I read it.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Why Do I Forget to do This With My Cute Little Kids?

Many of you are on summer break like we are.

I have three little ones at home around the clock, age 5, 4 and 1.

I love being at home with my kids, I am so grateful to be home with my kids.

And yet, there are somedays when it can be a really, loooong day with these cute kids.

Why?

They get grumpy, fight with each other, are picky eaters, make messes, and so forth….

Cade, Taya & Makell with Dad

Well, today while I was down in the basement, I saw some Jenga blocks that we hadn’t played with for months.

I grabbed the blocks and took them upstairs for the kids to play with.

Usually I am trying to clean or fold laundry or do something productive while the kids are playing nicely.

But it just felt nice to sit and play blocks with them.

And guess what? We all played with these block for a good 40 minutes without a big fight or issue.

We all had fun!
Moral of the story?

Play with your kids!

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We all know, but easily forget, that the dishes and laundry can wait.

Every single day, our children are growing bigger and older.

The time truly sneaks by, and I know we will all cherish the memories of playing with our kids.

Until Next Time!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Motherhood unfiltered – a moment that was priceless

For everyone in those years of motherhood where all the children are cute and young, adorable but very dependent … today was a day!

Fatigue settles in and I had high hopes of taking a nap while my two little ones napped hoping my older son would play with some toys or draw a picture…. something, anything.

Just as I was getting my son situated to not need me for a bit… my baby woke up, her nap was over and now my chance to rest was gone.

This is not the first time this has happened so I’ve told myself to never get my “heart -set” on taking a nap… and yet it’s hard to keep going when energy levels are low.

But we do keep going because we are moms and we know that’s what our family needs us to do right?

Baby girl with her fancy sunglasses

Well we had some errands to run and I promised the kids a vanilla ice cream come from McDonalds after errands.

Baby girl who is 16 months had her first ice cream cone and she was messier than ever but loved it so much!

I took baby girl out of the car seat and sat down by her, eye level, to clean her face.

I meant to say “give mommy a lick,” because the ice cream looked tasty and it was dripping everywhere… but instead I said “give mommy kiss.”

Well that little cutie puckered up her ice cream face and went in for the biggest kiss and love.

And then when I asked for another kiss she walked away and was too busy.

It literally melted my heart because the kiss came unexpectedly and so quick, but it was so genuine and sweet.

That little kiss from baby girl reminded me that these little ones may be precious to us, but we are so precious to them.

My 2 sweet girls

Our kids love us and show us small acts of endearment throughout the day, if we can just focus on seeing the love.

That little surprise kiss today was the best “pick me up,” and I forgot about how tired I had felt.

When my oldest climbs in for cuddles … my heart melts

I’ve heard it said a million times, but right when we think we as parents are teaching our kids all the important things in life… it’s truly the children that have been teaching us all along.

Xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Top 6 Mom Hacks I Use Daily

The video above goes into detail about the mom hacks that help me daily.

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1-Use Essential oil drops to keep the toilet smelling fresh and clean.

2- Store your makeup brushes in a mason jar.

3- Place baby wipes throughout the house to use to clean up a variety of items.

4- Keep a monthly calendar/schedule in your kitchen to stay organized.

5-Clean your face masks by first placing them in a lingerie bag and then placing the lingerie bag in the washer.

6- Write your “to-do” list on your bathroom mirror with a dry-erase marker. When you complete all your tasks, clean the mirror.

What mom hacks do you use daily?

I would love to hear!

Until next time!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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What I do know about Parenting

Let’s be honest, there is A LOT that I don’t know about parenting.

Even when three young kids, somedays I roam the parenting life oblivious to what I should be doing.

However, I always remind myself that the things I DO KNOW about parenting, help me get through all that I don’t know.

My sweet little family. ❤️

So let’s start with what I don’t know about parenting.

What I don’t know about parenting is how to get all of my kids to sleep through the night, in their beds, period. We have tried the books and the help and we still end up with one…sometimes two kids in our bed.

Our kids are young…5 years, 3 years, and 1 year old.

We had a big earthquake here back in March and I can honestly say my three year old daughter has never slept the same since then.

So I admit, I don’t know how to get my kids to sleep well through the night.

I also don’t know how to deal with the different emotions and personalities that each child has.

All three of my kids are very different from each other, and they respond to discipline, love, and all things differently.

It’s a learning curve, maybe one day I will figure it out, but not right now.

Reading time with dad❤️

What I don’t know about parenting is how to get my kids to eat every meal without a fight, or without having to fix a separate side meal for some of my kids.

I have picky eaters, and I don’t know how to make them like certain foods.

Is it possible to make kids like certain foods?

I don’t know that.

What I don’t know about parenting is how to make sure I am meeting all of my children’s emotional needs.

There is no sign or signal that let’s us know if we are helping our children emotionally to the capacity that they each need. Is it possible to know that?

What I don’t know about parenting is how to be a kind, patient mom when trying to get kids packed into the van to get to school on time.

I am sure some parents have this figured out, but I don’t. I can bribe kids…that way I am not raising my voice as much, but I’m not sure that quite counts?

What I don’t know about parenting is …a continual thing.

However ….

What I DO KNOW about parenting is that the love a parent has for a child is indescribable.

And if we as parents can transfer that LOVE into every interaction we have with our kids….

Then we have EVERY part of parenting figured out.

Our cute kids playing together with smiles ❤️

We won’t have all the answers … raising children takes me to my knees a lot, asking Heavenly Father what I can do to be a better parent.

And what I feel from Heavenly Father is LOVE— and that is always the answer.

Love your kids through everything.

Love them through the tantrums and the heartache.

Love your kids through successes and honors…

If we love our kids through every decision and every move they make … they will FEEL that love in their hearts.

I felt it from mine.

That love will carry your children through all the pain and all the happiness.

So when it’s hard to know just how to discipline or work through a disagreement with your child.. stop and think of how your actions show love?

Love will change the world, one child at a time.

It starts with how we parent. When we parent with LOVE as the goal everyday… our children will benefit through indescribable ways.

That’s the only thing I know about parenting …that loving our kids through thick and thin is the key.

And guess what?

As long as that’s all we know… To love our children unconditionally … it all works out in the end.

Good luck parents!

You got this:)

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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11 Things I Wish I Knew Before Having a Newborn Baby…

Having a newborn can be so incredible and amazing. And yet, it also can be challenging and exhausting.

When I became a new mom I felt like I knew the basics:

– Sleep when baby sleeps

-You will be tired and that’s ok

– Swaddle your baby

-Change the Diaper every 2-4 hours

And the list goes on.

Well, there was still A LOTTT I did not know about having a newborn, so hopefully this can be helpful to you!

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THINGS I WISH I NEW BEFORE HAVING A NEWBORN BABY

  • Everyone parents differently, because EVERYONE has different children. Don’t listen to everyone’s “advice,” take them into account and do what is best for YOU and YOUR baby.
  • Give your babies vitamin D drops everyday.
  • When your baby sleeps, you can get a few things done if it’s stressing you out. HOWEVER, if you can catch up on rest and sleep while the baby is sleeping–DO IT!

  • You shouldn’t work out for 6-8 weeks after having a baby. But if you can go on short walks, just enough to move around and get outside it helps. Moving your body is so key to a healthy mental state.
  • Pay to get newborn pictures taken. Babies change so fast and getting nice pictures of them is priceless.
  • Having a baby is time consuming. It’s such a beautiful stage of life, but it can be enduring. Make sure you take time for some self-care. Have a hobby that you are working on, go to the store alone, or dinner with friends. Being a new mom is wonderful, and yet, completely changing ALL the norms is hard. It’s important to take care of YOU so that you can be a happier mom for that sweet baby.
  • If breastfeeding is hard, enduring and not working well, don’t do it, and don’t feel guilty about it. Period.

  • Take care of your baby’s bum to prevent diaper rash. Be faithful about putting ointment on their bum so that they are not sore and miserable.
  • If your baby is crying most the day, take the baby to the doctor. If things are not changing and the baby is still crying, let the doctor know it is getting overwhelming. Try second opinions such as chiropractors, chiropractors know some great things for colicky babies
  • Invest in an owlet if at all possible. It’s a foot monitor that can give you peace of mind that your baby is breathing and sleeping well.
  • Keep some type of journal or log of your baby’s growth and development. It is so much fun to look back on baby milestone, and it reminds you what a blessing it is to have your sweet little baby!
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Enjoy the moments with your little one, it’s a heavenly experience in so many ways.

And as always, if you have more items you would add to my list, let me know in the comments below.

Until next time!

xoxo,

Christy Lee