Baby, Family, kids, Lifestyle, Relationships

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

Baby, Beauty & Skincare, Cleaning/organizing, Family, kids, Lifestyle

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

Family, kids, Lifestyle, Parenting, Relationships

Motherhood Unfiltered: Not Setting Expectations for Your Children Who Are All Different.

This is something my husband and I are learning as we parent our three young children.

I’m not saying we shouldn’t have values and expectations for our children. More-so, to be careful with the expectations that you do have for your children. Truly consider the consequences of that expectation.

Will the expectation hurt you?

Or more so, will the expectation hinder your child?

An example of this, is my cute first grade son and his reading.

He has been learning how to read since pre-school (it was interrupted by the pandemic).

My husband and I love to read, and always excelled in reading.

This is not the case for my son.

He is a very bright and intelligent boy. As a mom I see he has such an incredible memory, and he has such amazing critical thinking skills.

But currently, reading has been a challenge for him.

Reading is a frustration for him because it’s hard.

He dreads reading.

We read with him every night, but it’s hard for all of us at times.

We have noticed some improvement, even though it’s small, and I am learning to focus on that.

I realize that me setting a high expectation for his reading, is helping no one.

Instead, I realize I need to praise him for trying every time, because it is hard for him and yet he’s learning to do hard things.

And I am learning to focus on his small improvements. Because those small improvements, over time, add up to be big improvements.

My son is our oldest and we are constantly learning how to “parent,” with him.

I feel bad that my son has felt my stress when it comes to reading…and I don’t want that for him or any of my kids.

So from now on, I want him to keep reading, keep trying, but I don’t want to set an expectation that is untouchable for him at this point.

I see his many talents, which are art, sports, being a good friend, working hard , math and so many more.

Reading will come, I know it will. In the mean time, my parenting advice to myself is to “encourage and support, but don’t set a high expectation that pushes him and me into a frustrating and unreachable zone.”

I don’t know how my other kids will do with reading.

But I can tell you that I will remind myself to do the same with my girls; encourage and support, and focus on all the improvements.

Parenting is an amazing journey, but it also can be difficult from time to time. We are all learning and growing together in this fun adventure we call parenthood.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, Food, Gluten-Free, kids, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Newly Diagnosed With Celiacs Disease? 4 Important Steps to Help You….

It can be hard to step into a gluten free lifestyle, however, it shouldn’t be overwhelming.

Our works is understanding the gluten free lifestyle more so thankfully there’s more awareness.

After my own experience with being new to the gluten free world (back in 2008), I came up with 4 steps to help you:

  1. Share the News

Why share the news?

I have learned it’s important to be up front and honest about your gluten free lifestyle.

Be tactful and nice when you explain your gluten free guidelines. But let others know the importance of following gluten free food guidelines.

Gluten free living is more common now so there’s no need to feel like an “inconvenience” in any way.

It’s best just to let others know that you eat gluten free to stay safe and healthy.

2. Find Support Resources.

I am on multiple Gluten free Facebook groups.

I also follow a lot of gluten free accounts on Instagram and tik tok.

When you’re surrounded by helpful resources you don’t feel alone in the gluten free journey.

3. Download helpful gluten free apps

I currently have 2 apps on my phone that I use to help with my gluten-free lifestyle:

-Gluten free scanner: you scan food items snd it tells you if it’s gluten free or not.

-Find Me Gluten Free: it’s a resource mapping out gluten free restaurants and bakeries in your area. This is so helpful and nice.

4. Keep track of Gluten-free Recipes You Enjoy

One of the reasons I started this blog was to keep track of gluten free recipes that we love.

Pinterest is a great resource to organize recipes too.

Whatever way you choose to do it, make sure you can easily find your gluten free recipes..it helps make life simpler and easier when it comes to cooking gluten free.

If there’s any way I can help your gluten free journey easier, please reach out I’m here to help!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Beauty & Skincare, Clothing & Accessories, kids, Lifestyle, Parenting, Relationships

5 Items You Will Love For Valentines Day!

Valentines is such a fun day to celebrate.

I found some great items from Jane.com that I am sure you’ll enjoy for Valentines.

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How cute is this 14 Things I Love About You Scratch Off?!

This cute scratch off comes with all the items needed to write on the paper then to apply the scratch off sticker on top.

This could be such a fun way to show your kids, spouse, or anyone how much you love and care about them.

The price for this cute item is only $12.99 shipped. Grab it before it’s gone!

These Valentine Days graphic tees are a must have for the upcoming holiday!

At the price of only $19.99 shipped these cute tee’s will be fun and stylish.

Plus there are a wide variety of styles to choose from.

Look at these cute and adorable Valentine Itty Bittties signs.

You get to choose 2 signs for $14.99 shipped, which is a great deal!

Having these cute signs is a fun way to decorate your home for Valentines.

Check out these cute Large Valentine’s Prints.

These cute prints ship for only $7.97

These prints add such a fun, farmhouse look to any home.

This cute Valentines Day Garland can add just the perfect touch of color to any home.

And at the price of only $8.99, this is a great deal to grab one of these cute garlands.

You could hang the garland on the mantle or string it on a shelf.

Can you believe Valentine’s Day is only about one month away?!

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Baby, Family, kids, Lifestyle, Parenting

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

Beauty & Skincare, Family, kids, Lifestyle

A Christmas Gift Your Little Girls Will Love! And at a Great Price!

This adorable washable makeup kit would make the perfect Christmas gift for any little girl!

The variety of makeup items and colors will be exciting and fun for any little girl.

(Disclosure: this blog contains affiliate links. This means that I get commission from any link you click on…but of course it’s at no cost to you!

And at the low price of only $7.99, you can’t beat this price!

To purchase this cute makeup kit click here.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, Food, Gluten-Free, kids, Lifestyle, Recipes

The Best Part About These Home-made Gluten-Free Oreos….

First of all, these home made gluten free Oreos really are the best! The taste and flavor are on point and they are even better than store bought.

Such a simple and easy recipe !

What we love to do.. and what we think the best part is…..

It’s fun to dye the frosting to match the season.

For Halloween you can do orange and purple frosting … for Christmas you can do red and green… and the list goes on!

So if you haven’t tried these gluten free home-made oreos yet… give them a try!

And add some fun frosting colors too!

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Clothing & Accessories, Family, kids, Lifestyle

Check Out These Adorable Holiday Dresses for Little Girls!

With the holidays around the corner it’s the perfect time for your little girls to enjoy a holiday dress at a great price!

These adorable holiday dresses are only $18.99!

I love that they come in a variety of styles too!

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So many great varieties!

To purchase these adorable holiday dresses from Jane.com, click here!

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, kids, Lifestyle, Parenting, Relationships

It’s Not Easy to Send Your First Child to School All Day…

To the moms who have their first child going to school all day.

And Then They Decide To Grow

My son he went to school all day,

He’s excited to be in first grade.

As he walked to greet his teacher, he looked back at me and waved.

I smiled, I waved, I showed him a brave face…

But inside I wasn’t ok.

First day of 1st grade!

My worries, concerns, and stressors took over, and I wanted to stay with him all day.

Would he have someone to sit by at lunch?

At recess would others make sure to include them in their play?

Would he listen and understand all that he needs to?

I just want to make sure he’s ok.

All day long I kept busy, taking care of the two little ones home, but my mind was on my sweet son.

The realization of my anxieties hit me hard… I knew I wasn’t there to protect him.

All his life, until now, I have been the one to protect and guard him most the day.

I was always there for him when he needed me.

Now, I hope he has learned enough on his own… as I send him on his way alone.

I miss that time with my son.

6 years old

Even though I’m so glad he’s learning and growing…

The realization and truth is, this is just the beginning of the growth.

Now he goes to school all day… and time tends to tick quicker.

I know deep down these years will press on… faster and faster everyday.

It is my first glimpse of watching my son grow and be independent… and yet, sad because I loved all of our time spent together.

So yes a little piece of my heart goes with my boy as he leaves for school, I miss being able to be there for him and watch over him,

And yet… he’s doing great and having fun.. I’m so glad he’s enjoying school.

It’s hard for us moms to experience big changes.

The emotions are raw and real.

These kids of ours, they are our world.

And we send them to school, to learn, grow, and achieve.

And one day, they will spread their wings, and fly so that they can create that positive change in the world.

If only they knew what a mamas heart goes through.

And still, we moms are grateful and thankful for their growth.

These children truly are the future.

And these moms will forever be their biggest fans.

xoxo,

Christy Lee