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.

(this post has affiliate links. That means that I get commission from the links you click but of course at no cost to you.)

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, 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

Family, Lifestyle, Parenting, Relationships

6 Back-to-School traditions to make the new school year exciting and fun for Your Kids!

My oldest is now in first grade … so we have been working on creating some fun, family back-to-school ideas.

Going back to school can be an exciting time for kids, and yet, at times it can be nerve wracking.

My son had his moments of stress last year with kindergarten. He had days where he just broke down and didn’t want to leave me, and cried about going to school.

That always hurts a mamas heart.. and we had lots of talks about why school is fun and important.

As time went on, the tears were fewer and far between for my son.

I want all my kids to always know that school is a fun and exciting place. School isn’t just “hard work,” but it’s a place to meet new friends, learn new things, and enjoy life.

So here is a list of things we do at our house to get the kids excited for school!

1- Back to school shopping! Even if the kids don’t need much, we always get them a new outfit, and if their backpack is getting old and worn a new backpack. For first grade they will need a lunch bag too. Back to school shopping is a fun and exciting time to get the kids excited for a new school year!

2-Back to school dinner the night before school starts. Basically- we make a tasty meal that the kids love, include a yummy dessert and decorate the table a bit with fun back-to-school decor such as apples and maybe some whiteboard markers etc. The dinner doesn’t have to be extravagant .. just simple and fun to remind the kids that you care and that you too are excited for them to start back to school.

3- Back to school blessings. We are members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. When I was growing up, my dad would always give us kids priesthood blessings the night before school started. These blessings were comforting and reassuring as a new school year was about to start. We do this with our kids now too, I notice my children feel so special when they get individual blessings from their father.

4- Back to School Door decorating. Many of these items can be found at the dollar store, it doesn’t have to be pricey. Mainly, decorate your kids door at night so they wake up to a door covered in pencils, treats, erasers, and such .. with a sign encouraging them to enjoy their new year of school.

5- Write a note on the mirror. This is simple but always fun for kids. Get a whiteboard marker and write a quick note to your kids on their bathroom mirror, motivating them to be excited for the new school year! This is a simple and easy way to remind your kids that you care.

6- Walk your kids to class the first day. Yes, this may apply to younger elementary kids more, but a new class and teacher can be intimidating… sometimes simply walking your child to their classroom door is the encouragement they need to be ready and excited for the new school year.

What other traditions would you suggest? I’d love to hear!

And hope the school year is great for everyone this year !

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
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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

sharing cherry tomatoes
Family, Food, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle, Parenting, Relationships

The Perfect Father’s Day Dinner/Gluten-Free!

If you have been following for a while, you know I have celiacs disease and have to eat gluten-free.

I have learned that gluten-free dinner can still be tasty and delicious.

So for Father’s Day, I had to share the perfect gluten-free dinner!

All the dinner items have recipes linked.

And let’s be honest, sometimes the dinner is the best part for dad’s that love and enjoy food.

sharing cherry tomatoes
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So for the main coarse on Father’s Day, we will be making Gluten-free Sweet & Sour Meatballs. These meatballs are one of my husbands top favorites! These meatballs are are full of flavor and the sauce is amazing! The hint of pineapple in the meatballs and in the sauce make for some very tasty meatballs.

Eat these meatballs on top of rice and you will definitely want seconds!

Let’s cook a great Father’s Day Meal!

For side dishes, we will eat this delicious pink berry salad. This fruit salad is simple to make and requires just a few ingredients.

The other side that will taste great with this meal is our favorite gluten-free potato salad. My husband loves potatoes so this potato salad is a must for Father’s Day. It’s very simple to make this potato salad gluten-free, and it is still packed with flavor!

For dessert—well it’s a tough choice, but we will be making the best eclair dessert/gluten-free!

Everyone will love this gluten-free Eclair Dessert!

This dessert is very tasty, and I am always told that people can’t believe it’s gluten-free because the texture tastes just like it would with regular flour….that’s a win!

And one thing we can not forget…a delicious drink.

For Father’s Day, add in this tasty drink, our Cherry-Limeade drink is simple, and easy to make, and tastes wonderful for this warm, summer weather.

family preparing food in the kitchen
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So there you have it, FIVE different gluten-free items to make for that special guy on Father’s Day!

I hope you enjoy these recipes, and even more, I hope you enjoy spending time with your Father’s!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, Gospel Topics, Lifestyle, Parenting, Relationships

Who Am I?

Who am I?

A small town girl,

Raised in a loving home,

With a huge support group

Who am I?

A youngest child,

Sometimes sassy, mostly sweet,

Who is working on not always being the constant “people-pleaser.”

Who am I?

A wife to a strong man,

Who sometimes melts into his arms with stress,

Who sometimes jokes and smiles with him,

Who always loves him more everyday.

Who am I?

A mom of three beautiful children.

A mom who sometimes yells and feels mom guilt.

A mom who enjoys spending a lot of time with her kids.

A mom who is far from perfect but prays everyday to be better for these precious souls I have the opportunity to raise.

Who am I?

A daughter.

A daughter of God, who loves me, He is my constant rock.

A daughter of two wonderful parents that have loved and supported me through every single experience in life this far.

Who am I?

A friend.

Being a friend to others brings joy to my heart.

A friend who sometimes feels that I’m never “doing enough” to reach out.

A friend that will stay.

A friend that is trying.

Who am I?

A follower of Christ.

Who needs to repent everyday for my imperfections.

Who loves the gospel.

Who tries to read and learn more from the scriptures daily.

Who makes mistakes.

But chooses faith over fear to get through hard times.

Who am I?

A teacher.

A former middle school teacher.

Who loves to learn.

Who has a passion for education.

Who truly believes our children are the future.

Who am I?

A fighter.

Who fights anxiety, fear, and weaknesses.

Who doesn’t win the fight every time.

Who knows it’s a day-to-day battle.

Who loves to be surrounded with positive souls to uplift and support.

Who Am I?

I’m me.

I’m imperfect, impatient, and strong and kind.

I’m trying to improve and not beat myself up in the process.

I’m sensitive, and calm, and sometimes loud and untamed.

Who am I?

I’m learning this,

That there is only one me.

That even though I’m riddled with weaknesses and shortcomings, I have a lot to offer.

And even when I fail or fall, I can get back up.

That I have an important purpose in this life.

To help others,

To serve others,

To reach out to others,

And more importantly ..

To love others.

And when I focus on this,

Who am I?

I’m Happy.

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