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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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Family, Gospel Topics, Lifestyle, Relationships

What I Have Learned About Strengthening Spirituality

This past month, my focus as been on strengthening my spirituality.

If you are just now following, I created a free template, to work towards 20 days of strengthening spirituality.

As I reflect on how this past month has gone, as I have sought to make a point everyday to strengthen my spirituality, I have learned a few things:

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1- I don’t make enough time for “peace and quiet.”

2- Planning time during the day to read scriptures or listen to uplifting talks, is not very hard to do and I always leave feeling happier. So why not do this more?

3- It’s enjoyable to discuss spirituality with others.

4- Keeping a strong sense of spirituality keeps me balanced mentally, emotionally and physically.

5- Striving to strengthen my spirituality has uplifted me and enlightened me.

6- Strengthening my spirituality has made me feel more gratitude.

There are many more items I could list about what I have learned from focusing on my spirituality this month, however, these points above are the main highlights.

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I want to keep this spiritual focus in my life, not just for certain time periods, but ALWAYS.

Whether you are a member of my same religion or viewpoints, I would encourage all of you to do what you can to increase and strengthen your relationship with God.

It’s amazing the peace and power that can be within you when we increase and strengthen our spirituality.

What do you do to strengthen yourself spiritually?

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Cleaning/organizing, Family, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle, Parenting, Relationships

Life Lately

How is your January looking ?

For our little family … we are getting back into a routine with things.

Makell loves baby cuddles.

My oldest son goes to kindergarten Monday-Thursday, and I’m learning how to teach him on Fridays… and it’s been fun!

My son has learned a lot this year —it’s crazy to see him sounding out words and recognizing words. He doesn’t always want to do school work, and I don’t push him too much because at the end of the day, I want school to be fun for him.

Cade -5 years old loving his Star Wars book

Cade, our boy, has a neighbor friend that comes to play most days .. and he looks forward to playing everyday. Cade is our social boy and loves people.

Makell— (3 years) our middle child and oldest daughter, she has enjoyed preschool two days a week.

Makell loves to be like her big brother so she feels pretty special to be in school.

Makell loves art and drawing and has learned to write an “M” and an “O” and an “A” on papers.

Makell is so nurturing and caring. Nobody takes care of their dolls better than Makell. Makell’s baby dolls are always wrapped up nice sleeping ..all over the house.

We find piles of dolls or stuffed animals neatly placed throughout the house.

Makell also has a sassy side and I would put money down that she has the loudest cry of all the girls out there.

We love our sweet Makell and it’s fun listening to her talk and grow.. her vocabulary has grown so much in the past little while.

Makell- 3 yrs. old

Taya can be summed up as cute and busy!

She started taking a few walking steps at Thanksgiving and is walking longer and longer now.

She opens and dumps out anything she can, she tries to eat everything, and she is copying many of the words we say.

Taya is known as “smiley” because she truly is smiling about 90% of the time.. and we love that about her.

Yes she can get mad when she doesn’t get her way, but we love her so much.

Taya 14 months

My husband stays busy with a busy job, church calling, and he’s such a hard working father and husband.

My husband, Brad, is handy and can figure out how to build or fix about anything.

He has learned to bake bread and that is our family’s Sunday activity… and then we deliver a bunch of bread to people who may enjoy it.

Brad is so good at serving others, his focus is always on how he can help others.

Brad is great to get a workout in, and he also takes time to study his scriptures daily and write in his journal.

As for me.. my cute little family keeps me busy! There is never a dull moment with three young kids.

I always challenge myself throughout the day to tidy something in the house … just because these days we have a lot of toys everywhere and if I can find a few spaces to de-clutter, I feel accomplished and more organized.

I love to cook and enjoy trying new gluten-free recipes.

I also stay busy with a church calling. My goal this month has been to strengthen myself spiritually and it’s been so good for me to focus on my spiritual goals.

Mom and baby up early and getting some cuddles.

I am in a workout class and have enjoyed building and strengthening muscles .. as well as losing weight.

This blog always keeps me thinking —and I enjoy the challenge of this blog. I also just love to write.

I have had fun putting makeup on faces … as some of you know I’m a Seint artist.

I have enjoyed watching “The Crown” while folding laundry or while running on the treadmill.

And honestly I can say , life is busy —yet so wonderful all wrapped in one.

I will note, the winter time can be a bit hard on me mentally. Perhaps it’s the lack of sun and being indoors more… but I’m trying to be aware of this factor about myself and push through it.

I talk to my sweet mom pretty much everyday and she is such a sweet and uplifting voice for me.

And I can’t forget how nice it’s been to visit with friends lately, even if it’s Marco Polo.

Our life lately has been wonderful… we look forward to this upcoming year with positivity and happiness.

Xoxo,

Christy Lee

Baby, Family, kids, Lifestyle, Relationships

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, Lifestyle, Relationships, Uncategorized

5 Helpful Ways to Deal with Change …

In today’s world, with a major pandemic … there has been a lot of change.

Change is not always comfortable.

And yet, it’s inevitable in life that things will change.

As I have pondered different ways I have dealt with change, I decided to make a list.

Hopefully this list can help you with whatever change you are dealing with.

Just remember “comfort retards growth.”——G. Henry

Therefore— change can be a good thing. Just learning and adjusting to change is key.

1- Find your support system.

Any kind of chance is hard, reach out to others that you are kind and loving towards you. Lean on them to express the struggles you’re dealing with. Also let them know if all the good that is happening omg because of the change.

2. Keep a daily gratitude journal specific to why you’re grateful for the “change” you experienced.

There is always something small that you can be grateful for. Even amidst the current pandemic I know I have personally been grateful for the extra family time we’ve had together.

3. Don’t set unlikely expectations.

Meaning, don’t think that because you moved somewhere new. all your previous issues will melt away. Take things a day at a time.

4. Embrace the idea that there will hard days. Yes— embrace it.

Somehow this change, this uncomfortable hard thing that you’re experiencing … will shape you into the person you will be.

5. Remember that “tomorrow is a new day.” Or the age-old saying of “things get easier in time.”

So give yourself TIME to accept the change. And truly — GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK!

What helps you deal with change ?

Would love to hear in the comments below!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, Lifestyle, Parenting, Relationships

A Favorite Quote About Children ….

Me and my sweet girl

I think there are no truer words when it comes to parenting.

I felt this love and continue to feel this deep-rooted love from my parents.

As a parent myself now, I hope my sweet children can sense this love from my husband and me.

Such a beautiful quote, and a wonderful reminder to shower our children with love.

Xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, Health & Fitness, Lifestyle, Relationships

4 Podcasts to Listen to…

1. Mint Arrow Messages:

this podcast is uplifting and catches my interest with the variety topics they cover. They talk about marriage, parenting, addiction, grief and the list goes on and on.

They always invite great guest speakers too which is always fun!

2. Better Than Happy by Jody Moore:

Jody Moore has a fun and motivating podcast. She talks about improving yourself in a variety of ways. She adds some great guest speakers, and keeps conversation interesting and engaging.

3. Stuff You Missed in History Class:

If you haven’t listened to this podcast, you’ll enjoy it! This podcast goes into detail about fun, and intriguing items that took place in history, that aren’t always discussed or well-known.

If you enjoy history at all, you’ll love this podcast!

4. The Key Nutrition Podcast:

Brad Jensen is the man behind the key nutrition podcast and he does an excellent job talking about health and nutrition.

This podcast has some great guest speakers and the topics are intriguing and motivating. If you want to learn more about health and nutrition this podcast is excellent.

These are the current podcasts that I’m listening to.. I would love to hear what podcasts you’re listening to in the comments below.

Until next time,

xoxo,

Christy Lee