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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

Family, Food, Gluten-Free, Gospel Topics, kids, Lifestyle, Recipes, Relationships

A Gluten-Free Dessert for the Family!

Growing up whenever we would go to my grandmas house she would either have cookies or these tasty peanut butter bars for us to eat.

My 4 year old loves to help me bake !

It took me a bit, but I finally figured out how to make these peanut butter bars taste great using gluten free flour and such.

Making these peanut butter bars can be a fun family event. Click here for the recipe.

My two kids helped with all the ingredients and even helped me flatten down the cookie mixture onto the pan.

We don’t do dessert nights every night, but sometimes having dessert with a scripture lesson is fun and enjoyable.

Our family will study lesson topics from “Come Follow Me.”

We are members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We love to learn and grow in our gospel, and Come Follow Me is such a great resource.

If you’re interested in the Come Follow Me resources from the church, click here.

Happy Sunday !

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Baby, Family, kids, Lifestyle, Parenting, Relationships

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!

unrecognizable barefoot kid playing jenga at home
Photo by Ketut Subiyanto on Pexels.com

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

Baby, Family, kids, Lifestyle, Parenting, Relationships

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

Family, kids, Lifestyle, Parenting

How to Make Home Made Foam

Do you ever need a fun and easy activity to help entertain your kids?

This foam recipe is perfect for kids of all ages!

Even better, this foam recipe only uses 2 ingredients!

The best part?

This foam kept my kids busy for well over an hour!

Foam is such easy cleanup and it’s a great sensory outlet for kids.

We made pink and blue foam.

What you’ll need:

-Bins for the foam to go in so your kids can play with it.

-A big bowl to make the foam in

-beaters for mixing the foam

My cute little ones could play with foam for hours!

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons of tear free baby wash or shampoo

1/4 cup water

Instructions:

1. Combine water and baby wash/ shampoo into bowl. (Optional-food coloring).

2. Mix with beaters on medium speed until desired consistency.

3. Have fun!

Let me know if you end up making this foam, I’d love to hear how it goes!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, kids, Lifestyle, Parenting

9 Tips For Helping Your Kids With Homework -From a Former Teacher

Did you know I taught school for seven years before I had my kids?

I taught seventh grade history and eight grade health…and I loved it!

Switch gears to having my own kids, I have found that doing homework with your own kids, is similar to teaching in the classroom.

Here are some tips that may help you out at home.

  • Be near them but don’t hover. Kids need their freedom to do work on their own. I always stay in the same room, and help my child understand the concept, however, when my child gets to work on their homework I don’t stand over them the entire time –so that my child feels that they are able to accomplish on their own.

  • Praise, Praise, and Praise. Even if your child does something wrong on their homework assignment, correct them, but correct tactfully and find something to praise them with. Such as “we need to re-do this, but your handwriting looks great there.” It’s amazing how much confidence or lack of confidence comes from school work and when we stay positive with the childs learning abilities, it not only motivates the child to work harder, but it reminds them that even if they make a mistake they are capable, intelligent people.
  • Be willing to give your child breaks while working on homework. We all know it’s idea to sit down and get an assignment completed. However, for some kids, having breaks while doing homework keeps a positive environment. Yes it takes a bit more patience for the parents, but if the child benefits from breaks, give them some time to complete the assignment.

-Make a point to stay near the child that’s doing homework, and yet work on something yourself. Again, it’s hard not to hover .. and it’s good to keep them on track … but if they can see that you are THERE and PRESENT if they need help that’s great. Even more, if they see that you are cooking or writing in your journal close by… this might create an opportunity for your child to work to solve homework problems in their own .. which is a great thing. As the parent, stay productive yourself while the child is working on homework close by you.

Put away the phones : Parents and the child doing homework should have their phones’ sound turned off and the phones should be away from the parent and child so as to not cause major distractions.

Serve up some snacks. Sometimes it’s a bit more enjoyable to get through homework with some snacks to munch on. These snacks shouldn’t be sugary and unhealthy treats.. but more so, some food that’s healthy and tasty to the child.

My son enjoys snacking on popcorn or crackers during homework time.

-Be consistent with setting a homework routine. Kids crave routines and truly work extremely better when there is an expected routine in place. Find a designated time and area of the house to do homework and be as consistent as possible.

-Have your child teach you. As a former teacher myself, I found that I learned more from teaching than I ever did in college. Why? Because when you teach a topic or subject you truly have to know and understand the topic and be an expert in that area. Having your child teach you—the parent, a concept they have learned can be a positive way to enhance the child’s confidence. Also, having the child teach the parent can help the child understand topics and subjects at a much deeper level.

-Make homework fun! Now I’m not saying you have to blast music, but as the parent, have a smile on your phase, make sure your tone of voice is positive and cheerful. Most of all, if we as parents are encouraging and positive .. your child can enjoy their time doing homework, versus dreading homework time. Attitude is everything when it comes to homework.

postit scrabble to do todo
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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.

postit scrabble to do todo
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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

Family, kids, Lifestyle

Motherhood Unfiltered Part 1.

This is a series of post that I will continue to add to because, well, it’s a HUGE part of who I am and there are so many thoughts that can go into this topic.

Motherhood unfiltered.

We live in a society of filters.

We live where something that looks amazing and beautiful … isn’t valid because it’s been manipulated in a way —in which it looses its raw identity.

Motherhood has been filtered and I want to talk about the unfiltered.

Motherhood is hard and beautiful all rolled into one.

There are moments of beauty and peace, and moments of anxiety and turmoil.

Motherhood is not easy, it is hands down the HARDEST thing I myself have ever done, and yet it is the best thing I’ve ever done as well.

Found moms blue eyeshadow.

Within a thirty minute time period, my emotions travel from happy, to sad, to excited, and mad, to laughing, to crying and on and on.

The mental exhaustion is the test of motherhood. And yet, with that comes some of the most precious moments that will ever occur in life.

Those precious moments of “I love you,” or “mommy you’re my favorite,” watching your children light up when you come home from a night out..those are the precious moments that are truly priceless.

So yes motherhood is amazing and hard —and don’t be fooled by the pictures on social media that everyone has it “figured out” better than you.

Just remember motherhood is an incredible journey …it will always have ups and downs but in end .. it will be worth the wonderful ride.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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13 Tips on Traveling With a Baby…

Traveling with a baby can be challenging because there are so many items to consider bringing.

After packing for my own three kids over the years, I came up with a list of helpful advice for parents that are traveling with a baby.

#1- Always pack an extra set of clothes and jammies because more than likely …you’ll need it.

Our sweet baby girl, 11 months old.

#2-Don’t forget the meds! The motrin, Tylenol and even vitamin d drops. Ironically— my kids tend to get sick when traveling and having these items on hand are key.

#3- Utilize ziplock bags! I use ziplock bags for medicine, diaper ointment, baby snacks … it saves things from leaking and it’s easier to find items in a ziplock bag.

#4-When packing diapers and wipes be on the safe side and plan for 10 diapers each day, and a pack of wipes every two days. This is generous, but it keeps you safe.

#5- Pack a stroller that is easiest to haul and collapses easily. Even an umbrella stroller is ideal if your child is old enough to hold their head up.

#6- Pack plenty of baby snacks and food, you can always take the extras back home.

#7- Pack at least 2 binkis and 2 bottles so that there is always a back up.

#8- Buy travel size of the following: baby lotion, baby shampoo and body wash.

#9- Bring at least 2-3 blankets.

#10- no matter the weather pack a jacket.

#11- Baby toys-Baby’s can be quite easy to entertain but grab at least 1-2 baby toys to have on hand.

#12-Bring oragel or teething ointment, you never know when their teeth may start cutting.

#13- If the baby is used to a sound machine — bring it! Losing sleep while traveling is not fun.

I hope these tips have been helpful!

As always, I would love to hear your tips as tricks when traveling with a baby.!

xoxo,

Christy Lee