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As I Lay You Down To Sleep: A Mother’s Poem

As I lay you down to sleep, your eyes are closed,

You don’t make a peep.

I linger there by your bed for a while,

Just taking you in, it makes this mom smile.

I see the beauty of your face,

I look at every special and unique characteristic that makes you full of beauty and grace,

I study your body to watch it breathing,

To be reminded by what a blessing it is, that I get to raise this incredible human being .

My sweet 1 year old baby girl Taya

I look at you and smile as I think of the funny and cute little things you say.

I look at your hair that’s far from in place, it reminds me of all the fun we have had that day.

As I lay you down to sleep,

I try not cry, or to make a peep.

I recognize how fast you’ve grown,

That newborn babe that I once held tight to my chest,

Is far from gone, and you’ve developed into a beautiful, bright and talented soul.

I think of your qualities, your quirks, your temper,

I think of the amazing talents that you are yet to discover.

I think of how perfect you are there, just laying so still,

A blessing that only a parent can tell.

Me with my son Cade who is 6 years old

As I lay you down to sleep, my emotions engulf my soul.

For I know there are only so many sleeps where I am here with you.

I know that time ticks fast and quick, and sooner than I want, you will grow.

Something that never will change with time, is the love I have for your beautiful soul.

So that is why I must take you in, every bit of you, when you’re fast asleep.

I must capture everything about you,

Because as morning comes, you’re one day older, and one day closer to that grown up you.

As I lay you down to sleep, I breathe in with a breath of gratitude and love.

My sweet girls, Makell 4 yrs and Taya 1 year old.

Our God above has blessed me to parent you in life,

And my heart could burst with love.

Yes, as I lay you down to sleep,

I love to look at the amazing beauty you radiate.

I love you my child, my sleeping babe. Forever you will be the most beautiful little soul I will ever watch grow.

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Some Days I Pray For…

Every single day of our lives we can count on one thing, each day will be different.

Will each day be drastically different?

No.

However, there will be some days that may rock us to the core. Days that will test our faith and will cut us deep.

Then again, there will be other days that are wonderful, and beautiful, and unimaginably amazing.

Of course, there are some subtle ebbs and flows as each new day comes.

And yet, I do know this.

Each and every day our prayers are important.

Our prayers will bring us peace and love. Our prayers to our Heavenly Father can help us through hard days, ordinary days, and amazing days.

Despite it all, those constant prayers are the key to an ever enduring faith in all the varying days we have in this life.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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5 Tops You Will Love Adding to Your Wardrobe for Under Thirty-Five Dollars!

With summer in full swing, it is officially t- shirt season!

I have gathered together some of my favorite t-shirts and tops!

I am always looking for a great deal so you won’t see any tees or tops priced higher than thirty-five dollars!

This summer has been exceptionally hot, so a nice t-shirt can not only look nice, but it can feel nice while enduring this heat wave.

Enjoy your shopping!

Disclosure: this blog contains affiliate links. This means that I get commission from any link you click on…but of course it’s at no cost to you!

Tabi Top

This cute and colorful top is sure to be one you will love in your wardrobe!

There are a variety of color combos to choose from in this top.

The colorful design of this top is stylish and fun!

The price of this cute top is only $24.99

To purchase, click here

Lemon Tees

Lemons are in, whether it’s in decor or in clothing!

So when I found these cute tees I had to add them to the list.

I love the adorable designs of these t shirts!

Plus, the price of these cute tees is only $16.99

Look at the cute variety of lemon tees to choose from!

To purchase this cute tee click here

Dropped Shoulder Striped Oversize Tee

I love how flattering this cute top looks, the arm length is a great shirt to transition from summer to fall.

What’s even better? The Price of this tee is only $12.00

This adorable tee also comes in a variety of colors to choose from!

To purchase this cute top, click here

Rolled Sleeve Sunflower Print TEE

This cute, and basic sunflower tee is perfect for summer and fall.

These cute top comes in a variety of color and sizes!

This Tee comes in a variety of colors!

The price of this cute top is only $8.00

To purchase this top click here

Olivia Textured Stripe Top

Sometimes just a simple texture adds so much style to a shirt. This shirt has just that…a stylish yet simple texture!

Love this design

Price: $32.99 But use code CHRISTY20 at checkout for 20% off!

Click here to purchase this cute top!

Which one is your favorite?

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Taking in the little moments with our sweet children….

Just yesterday I had an amazing moment with my adorable children.

My children are: 5, 4, and 1 year old. Life is so beautiful with them but it is definitely hard at times.

Last night, as I was trying to settle my kids down for a story and then bedtime..my oldest two started running from the front door, over to me on the couch.

I was holding my little 1 year old daughter and you better believe she wanted in on the fun.

So my little one year old started running with her older siblings, she would get half way and quickly turn around to come back to me. She didn’t want to run all the way to the door because she wanted to have the chance to keep up with her older siblings who are currently taller and faster than her.

For at least ten minutes the kids were just running together.

Smiling together.

Laughing together.

My 3 little munchkins

And just enjoying each other.

As a mother, watching these kids enjoy running together warmed my heart.

Why?

Because I loved seeing my children, enjoy each other. I love seeing these cute siblings bond and spend time together.

Even more, knowing that these little children have each other to grow up with made my heart explode.

What a blessing it is to have siblings and to enjoy great moments together.

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As a mother, it’s even more wonderful to see these little children create friendships with each other that will last a lifetime.

It also reminded me, to enjoy the little moments. These little ones grow incredibly fast and these little moments are the highlights we will look back on.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Gluten-Free Tip: Don’t Focus on What You CAN’T Eat, Focus on What You CAN Eat!

Yes whether you’re gluten intolerant or have celiacs disease, living a gluten-free lifestyle can definitely be difficult at times.

Sometimes, a gluten-free lifestyle can feel like you are extremely limited in what you can eat.

Yes, flour and wheat are foods that are found in MANY food products.

However, in today’s world there are SO many gluten-free options.

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Yes it may take a bit more planning and a bit more time grocery shopping, but made sure you set your mind to realizing that you have so many food options in today’s gluten-free world.

If you study anything about mindset you know just how very powerful the mind is.

When you focus solely on all the foods you miss eating, or that you wish were gluten-free….quickly replace those thoughts with your favorite foods that are gluten-free or some new gluten-free options that you are enjoying.

Mindset is everything with a gluten-free lifestyle.

So what if you bring your own bread to the party?

At least you have gluten-free bread right?

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Shop at different grocery stores…diversify your food options and you will see just how blessed we are to live in a time when gluten-free options are widely available.

It takes practice to not feel disheartened about gluten-free living, but over time, with a lot of work…you will see that gluten-free living with a positive outlook is possible.

Best of luck on your journey!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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What Being American Means to Me….

Freedom doesn’t come Free,

Freedom comes at immense Sacrifice.

To live life in a prosperous country took much work,

Our nation has grown over time.

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Growth came with many battles and heartaches.

Growth came with many lives lost.

And yet, through that growth we have learned a lot.

Through that growth, we have seen peace and dreams come true.

Through that growth we have seen success and hope.

Is our country still growing?

Yes.

Is there still heartache and trials to fight in our country?

Always.

And yet, if we can all come together, and look at a place like Arlington Cemetery, and see just what exactly has been and continues to be sacrificed for our country….

We will see that this country is TRULY BLESSED.

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The United State of America has been and will forever be such a blessed country to me, because I realize, that Freedom never comes FREE.

Blood, sweat, tears, pain, suffering and even death is what brought us freedom.

This country was founded by the right to have freedom but to also always remember the high price and the cost of freedom.

So what does my country mean to me?

A blessing of freedom that was paid at a priceless cost.

Just think of how many lost their lives, so that we can live ours freely

Just think of how many that lost their lives …all that they could have been….

But they weren’t …because they wanted US to be what they could have been.

Priceless.

A sacrifice we can never quite repay…except to be an outstanding US citizen, who works hard and finds success.

Yes, the USA is the land where dreams come true because of the brave men and women that made that possible.

I will forever be grateful to raise my family in America, in a country of freedom and peace.

And I will forever be proud to be an American, for endless reasons, but mostly, because of the wonderful people that laid down Their lives and Their opportunities and Their rights, so that we could be blessed with ALL things.

Happy 4th of July!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Sunday Thoughts: His Empathy.

When you think of the word “empathy” what do you think?

It is more than just “feeling bad” for someone, empathy is truly understanding how someone is feeling to a degree of complete compassion and love.

This quote by David A. Bednar complete summarizes the powerful amount of empathy that the Savior has for each and every one of us.

The Savior knows us individually and his empathy for us is at an individual level.

What a blessing it is to be understood in a manner that Christ understands us.

To know that the Savior is ALWAYS there to extend his arm of mercy is incredible.

What a gift.

What a blessing.

What an extraordinary tribute to us…to know that the Savior will not only always be there for us, but he will completely and whole-heartedly understand every ounce of the struggles we may go through in life.

It is truly such a blessing to be members of the Church of Jesus Christy of Latter Day Saints. I feel extremely blessed to know that our Savior lives and loves us beyond measure.

Perhaps just knowing the love that the Savior has for us, can get us through those tough days.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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This Stylish Cardigan is a must-have for Your Wardrobe!

Jane.com always has such cute and stylish items!

What I love about Jane.com is that their clothing items are unique and decently priced.

If you haven’t shopped at Jane.com, it’s a must!

Disclosure: this blog contains affiliate links. This means that I get commission from any link you click on…but of course it’s at no cost to you!

Ribbon Cardigan

Even in the summertime having a cardigan on hand is essential.

I will be honest and tell you this adorable cardigan has been on my wishlist for a while.

I love the look of this particular cardigan, and it comes in a variety of colors.

The price of this cardigan is only $22.99

To purchase, click here.

There are always adorable clothing items at Jane.com

I hope you enjoy shopping there!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Cute Summer Items You Will Want In Your Home!

Summer is officially here and sometimes it’s those small, cute items that can add a fun decorative addition to your home.

I hope you enjoy some of my top picks.

Which one is your favorite?

Disclosure: this blog contains affiliate links. This means that I get commission from any link you click on…but of course it’s at no cost to you!

Summer Pillow Covers

These adorable pillow covers are sure to add a fun “pop of summer” to your home.

There are a variety of pillow covers, and sizes.

At the price of only $13.99, you can’t beat these cute decorative pillow covers

To purchase, click here.

Farmhouse Riser

This adorable farmhouse riser can add such a cute, and adorable touch to any home.

The rise is 9 x 7 and can be used as a tray as well.

At the price of only $14.99, this rise will add such a cute, rustic look to your home.

To purchase, click here.

Patriotic Signs

These cute patriotic signs would look cute anywhere around the house.

These signs are priced at only $15.99!

To purchase, click here.

Summer Table Runners

These cute summer table runners come in a wide variety of colors.

It’s amazing the difference a room can look with a simple table runner adding a pop of color.

At the price of only $16.99, these table runners are a great deal!

To purchase, click here.

Patriotic Burst Fans

These cute burst fans can add so much to any area of the home.

At the price of only $9.99, you can’t pass these fans up!

To purchase, click here.

I hope one of more of these items stood out to you!

Summer is such a fun time to decorate and add color or patriotic looks to your home.

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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The Best Thing We Can Do Over Memorial Day Is To Spend Time With Our Loved Ones..

Did you spend time with loved ones this past weekend?

We did.

Memorial Day weekend is a time to remember our lost and fallen heroes, as well as a time to embrace our freedoms.

In my mind, the best freedom that we have is not only living in this Country, the wonderful USA.

The best freedom, is the freedom to live and love our friends and family and to create memories with them.

Many of those fallen soldiers, that sacrificed their lives for our freedom, were young.

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Many of these fallen soldiers had a huge portion of their lives ahead of them.

Many of these fallen soldiers were looking forward to getting married, being parents, accomplishing much in their career, and more than anything…MAKING MEMORIES WITH LOVED ONES.

When life was cut short for these fallen soldiers, they knew our freedom was worth sacrificing all their future dreams and goals.

And in my mind, it’s key that we prioritize making memories with those we love.

Money and material things aren’t the key to happiness, they never have been.

It’s the loved ones and the memories created, that these fallen soldiers would have hoped that we prioritized in life.

A reminder for us all, to utilize our time wisely.

Yes we have to work, yes we have to clean, but hopefully, our main focus, is spending time with loved ones.

xoxo,

Christy Lee