Family, Good Reads, Lifestyle, Parenting, Relationships

A Book I’m Excited to Finally Start Reading!

I love to read any type of self-help books.

This book “More Than A Body,” is one I can’t wait to read!

I just ordered this book on Amazon and goodness I’m excited to jump into reading it.

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I have been following the authors Lexie & Lindsay Kite for years and I love all their insight on body image.

The authors have their doctorate degrees and have a vast knowledge on the topic of body image.

I feel like body image doesn’t just have to be for girls .. it affects men too.

This was a book I knew I’d want to mark up and re-read so buying it was worth every penny.

As a mother to young kids , I want to be able to teach my children how to have a healthy body image.

I also want to lead by example by having a healthier body image myself…. It’s a journey I’m on.

You should join me in reading this book! I think this book will be very beneficial in many ways.

Click here for the book link.

Enjoy your reading !

xoxo

Christy Lee

Family, Gospel Topics, Lifestyle, Parenting, Relationships

Sunday Thoughts On Imperfections…

I love this quote by Elder Uchtdorf:

This quote is a reminder that mistakes come with moving forward. Mistakes come with learning new things.

I have only been a parent for 6 years now … and goodness I have made some mistakes.

Yes, parenting has been new territory for my husband and me, but we are constantly trying to learn and grow as we raise our children.

I feel like often times we beat ourselves up too much when we make mistakes… when in reality, the mistakes are what form us to be better.

Every baseball player strikes out, every runner loses a race at times, all people make mistakes.

I’m learning to NOT focus so intensely on those mistakes, but to more so, brush ourselves off, learn, and keep trying.

Heavenly Father knows mistakes are part of our journey… he provided the atonement for us to lean on always, and what a blessing it is to be able to pray to our Heavenly Father for guidance.

I hope on this Sabbath day, you can remember you’re not alone in making mistakes. We can all rise above our mistakes, even more, what we learn from our mistakes is truly the Diamond in the rough.

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

Family, Lifestyle, Relationships

Have You Smiled Today?

Just a friendly reminder to smile today.

Just make that conscious effort to smile.

Why?

You never know the long lasting affect a smile can make on someone.

Years ago, when I was at college I was struggling a bit.

No one had done anything to hurt me, but I was hurting inside.

What I didn’t know was that I had celiacs disease.

My stomach was alway upset, and I was very tired.

My physical health was affecting my mental and emotional health and it was wearing on me.

One day— a random stranger looked at me and smiled … almost like they wanted to say “chin up, it will be ok.”

And that smile was all I needed to push through the day.

I’m sure you can relate to having hard days.. so let’s be that person to smile.

The impact a simple smile can make goes far.

A simple and easy kindness challenge

To follow my free printable for 20 days of kindness click here.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Food, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle

A Tasty Gluten-free Beef Shephard’s Pie You Need To Buy!

It’s always a good day when I try a gluten free product and it tastes good!

Even better—I love when the texture is great too!

This Beef Shephard’s Pie will check all the boxes for being a good, tasty meal ..that’s gluten free!

Here is how the box looked:

And I found it at multiple stores online!

To check out the link for this product … click here

Let me know if you try it and enjoy it!

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

Gospel Topics, Lifestyle

A Highly Suggested Podcast You Will Enjoy!

This podcast that I suggest you listen to is called “All in” featuring Craig Manning.

The discussion is “mastering the mind.”

This podcast was fascinating.

You will love this podcast !

Not only did it discuss scriptures and spiritual topics… it discussed how the mind impacts athletes and their abilities.

I would highly suggest this podcast to anyone wanting to improve themselves.

Click here for the link.

Enjoy!

Xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, Gospel Topics, Lifestyle

A Quote that I Love for so many Reasons….

Have you ever come accorded a quote and it just resonated with you?

Well this quote did that to me.

This quote is by a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

However, even if you’re not a member of the church I feel that this quote applies to everyone.

It’s easy in our world to see the negative and the discouragement all around us.

And yet, if we look all around us, we truly do have so many reasons to be optimistic.

If we all look at the small and large blessings that impact our lives.. our minds shift and we can clearly see that there is so much HOPE on the world.

Look for the positive.

Look for the light.

You can always find it.

And there you will find hope!

Whatever you may be struggling with, find the blessings, and optimism in your situations in life.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, Lifestyle, Parenting, Relationships

What My Sons Wish is For First Grade …

I have a sign for the kids to hold as I take a picture of their first day.

As I was writing on it.. one question said “their wish.”

I asked my son, who is going into first grade what his wish is for first grade.

Without skipping a beat he said:

I wish to have a good school year and that no one gets in trouble and has to go to the principals office.

It was such a cute reply.

Number 1 for First Grade!

We had just talked yesterday about being kind to everyone. We talked about bullies and how to handle them. And we talked about being a good friend to everyone.

I thought it was cute that my little guy just wanted a great school year and for no one to get into trouble! In his little mind, that’s what was important.

So here’s to a great school year to all!

All the kids holding up #1

With hopes that no one has to go to the principals office 😉

xoxo,

Christy Lee