Family, Gospel Topics, Lifestyle

A Free “To-Do” list printable I’m sharing to bring you light and peace.

Just this last weekend, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints had its General Conference and it’s always so uplifting.

After I hear such wonderful speakers I always want to motivate myself to do better everyday… I particularly … I want to motivate myself and my family to find more peace in life.

I created this FREE printable to encourage my family and anyone else to find that much needed peace we all need.

I hope you enjoy it.

What else should I add to the list ?

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, Gospel Topics, Lifestyle, Relationships

A New Podcast I’m Loving!

Whenever I come across a great podcast I have to share it.

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As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I love hearing spiritual and uplifting podcasts.

The podcast Magnify is one of my new favorite podcasts!

This particular episode has Lisa Clark Valentine on it and I love her uplifting words!

So if you’re needing an uplifting podcast I hope you enjoy Magnify!

Xoxo,

Christy Lee

Baby, Family, Gluten-Free, Gospel Topics, Lifestyle, Parenting

One day at a time, one step at a time…. You got this mama!

As a mom to bow 4 cute children, I’m constantly reminding myself “one day at a time.”

It’s easy for me to look at the big picture and get EXTREMELY overwhelmed.

For example, I always have lots of laundry to fold now.

And yet, I’m realizing if I just stop and fold 6-8 items throughout the day…. That pile slowly gets put away.

Baby Kai (3 months old)

Some days I get thinking about how many dinners and lunches I need to make … but one day at a time I can get through each meal and it works out.

I’m currently in survival mode. My 3 month old is adorable but of course needs my constant care, my three year old toddler has many needs too, and also my six and eight year old need mamas help.

Taya, Brad, Cade and Makell

However, if I focus on one item at time… one task before the next … things work out.

I’m realizing the feeling of being “caught up” doesn’t always happen. Especially in this season of life for me, and that’s ok.

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One step at a time and one day at a time… it all comes together.

Don’t get too overwhelmed mama… you got this!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Baby, Family, Good Reads, Gospel Topics, kids, Lifestyle, Parenting, Relationships

All This Time Our Hearts Weren’t Ready For Our Kids To Grow!

I was reading my friend’s post about her daughter moving away to college.

It hit me hard as she wrote that she had done all she could to prepare her daughter to grow up and move away, and yet, she herself hand’t prepared her heart for WHEN her daughter moved away!

Cue the tears!

It’s so true.

Mama’s work hard day in and day out to teach their children how to grow and develop in every way, so that one day the child can leave the nest and grow on their own independently.

However, mother’s can never quite grasp the reality of their children not being under their own roof.

It’s hard to process.

Especially since, for most mothers, they cared for their babies while in the womb.

Then of course, they took care of their child as a helpless and innocent little baby, then a toddler, then a child, then a teenager, and then suddenly….. they are grown and on their own.

No my children are not grown up yet (and I am grateful).

However, my oldest son just turned 8 years old and I can tell you that was the fastest 8 years of my life!

I have watched time and time again how fast children grow up.

And yet, as a mother it seems that children truly do grow up faster than ever.

So can we really ever prepare our hearts for when our child grows up and moves away?

I don’t think so.

Because our job as a parent is to love and protect that child.

With that love and protecting, a separation of any sort is extremely difficult.

It always will be.

However, it’s what we know to be best for the child as well.

And perhaps, with high hopes, when that child is grown and moved out, they will call us mama’s up, and they too will miss us.

It will never be the same, but there will be that hope, that the child will understand, that their mama will never stop loving them, never stop guiding them, never stop encouraging them….because a mother will always be a mother.

Near or far, that mother will continue to shower their child with love.

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So my hope for those that are dealing with their kids growing up and leaving their home, my hope is that that mama will know she is loved. And more so, that mama did all she was supposed to do, to help that child reach a level of independence that must take place for that child to grow.

The love never ends, no matter the age or the distance, mama will still have that mama heart that will always care for her children.

Always.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Beauty & Skincare, Gifts, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle

If You Have Ever Wanted To Try Seint Makeup Now Is The Time With The August Rush Sale!

Seint makeup is my very favorite makeup!

I love that Seint makeup is gluten-free, vegan and cruelty-free.

Seint makeup has a beautiful, natural look with it’s cream based foundation.

If you would like a color match, send me an e-mail, I am here to help!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

christyleeaustin@yahoo.com

Cleaning/organizing, Clothing & Accessories, Family, Lifestyle

Some of My Favorite Prime Day Deals I Had to Share !

Prime Day has some amazing deals right now!

  1. This Lewant Electric water gun is perfect for kids or adults!

The price has come down from $39.99 to ONLY $22.99 on Prime Days! Don’t miss out on a fun way to play outside!

2- Sueseip Kids Smart Watch is another great buy today!

This smart watch is only $27.18 which is down 15% from it’s normal price for Prime Day!

This smart watch has 24 games, pedometer, camera, calculator, recorder, flashlight, music, alarm, and more! The perfect gift for your young kids!

3- The Tineco Wet/Dry Vacuum is always on my list because I use mine every, single day.

The wet/dry vac cleans up messes quickly. I am always amazed how well it cleans up pet hair as well.

And for Prime Days the price of this wet/dry vac is only $159.99 which is down 30% from it’s regular price of $229.99

Don’t miss out on a great deal that your home will benefit from!

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

A Fast & Easy Gluten-Free Fruit Salad that Everyone will Love!

When it comes to a great gluten-free fruit salad, I have you covered.

I found this fruit salad recipe years ago, I made some tweaks, and today it is our “go-to” fruit salad.

This fruit salad just has a few ingredients (that I always keep on hand).

Even better, you can easily double the recipe for a large BBQ group –or keep it small for family dinner.

Fresh berries are great to use, however, if you don’t have access to fresh berries, the frozen berries are delicious as well.

Let me know if you make this fruit salad, it’s probably the recipe I have shared the most with people!

And the best part….it’s naturally gluten-free!

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Baby, Family, Lifestyle, Parenting, Relationships

Life Lately: 2 week old baby, 4 kids total

Life lately ….

Life has been great and challenging all in one. With a newborn, many of you know there isn’t a lot of sleep.

Overall, baby boy sleeps quite well just wakes up quite hungry at night but for the most part goes back to sleep.

All my kids are adjusting with me.

We are trying to keep all the kids busy and entertained while mom takes care of the new baby.

All the siblings LOVE to hold the baby and he sure gets lots of snuggles… which we all love.

We have kept the summer quite simple, which is nice.

And I’ve been so grateful for the endless support we’ve received between: meals, babysitting, baby items, gift cards and more. We have been humbled with the outpouring of love.

We are so grateful for this baby boy to join our family and we are soaking up all the newborn snuggles:)

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Baby, Family, Gospel Topics, kids, Lifestyle, Parenting, Relationships

Motherhood: My Last Few Days as a Mother of Three, Soon to be Mother of Four

As some of you may know, we are expecting our fourth child any day now.

In fact, if he doesn’t make his appearance this weekend, we will be getting induced on Monday morning so we can finally meet this sweet baby boy.

There is a lot of preparation and planning that goes into having a baby.

We have all the major items ready: bassinet, diapers, clothes, changing table, swaddles, pacifiers, lotions….you name it.

Something I realize my mind needs to prep for is the fact that my other babies, well, they really wont seem like babies anymore.

In fact, having a baby, makes your other children grow immensely.

My oldest son is almost 8 and he already has felt the pressure of me asking him for help a bit more.

My second child, my daughter who is 6 is so nurturing and excited and I know she will love a baby brother, however, there will be some stretching and growing as she sees much of her moms time being utilized by a newborn.

And my current youngest child, who is 3 1/2 years old…well, she won’t be the baby of the family anymore and that’s also a hard adjustment, for everyone.

And yet, I know all our hearts will grow ten-fold as we welcome this baby boy into our home.

No matter what your religious background is, you can’t deny the fact that babies bring a sacredness and beautiful spirit into homes.

Yes there will be sleepless nights, and our house may not be as clean for a bit.

However, it’s all worth it for this wonderful baby that we have hoped and prayed for.

Yes, there will be many adjustments and changes for this mama and my sweet husband as we take on four kids. But we couldn’t be more excited!

We feel so very blessed, and cant wait to meet him!

Hopefully next post, I will have a picture for you.

xoxo,

Christy Lee