Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Birthday Goals - My "New Year" Aspirations









   Most people think of a new year on January 1st, make resolutions and feel a fresh start to the year.  For whatever reason, I've always felt my birthday was the beginning of my new year.  Maybe it's because it's in the spring and the weather starts to change, flowers start to bud and everything just seems to have more color in April.
   It's also a start to another year of being alive and it truly makes me reflect on all the blessings, the struggles, and the goals that I have accomplished so far.

A few of my "new year" goals for myself:

  • Have less.  I want to simplify my home and my life.  I need a really good spring cleaning.  I'd like to minimize my closet, minimize Gavin's toys, and downsize home items.
  • Be more grateful. It's so easy to get caught up in "I wish I had more," or "I wish I was further along with my career goals," and I feel like sometime I need to stop and just be grateful for what I have, where I have come and where I am going. Finding gratitude daily is something I want to do be more consistent with. 
  • Get Outside More. I've never been a "gym" person but always grew up playing outdoor sports and being super active.  I want to step up my game this spring and summer and do more outdoor activities with Gavin such as hiking, sightseeing, swimming, and just enjoying nature. 


 Thank you all for such amazing birthday wishes! Do you have any birthday goals this year?

Ever After,
Jamie

Monday, February 12, 2018

Mom Guilt + How to Make Slime


     As a working mom of a busy toddler, I have to make a conscience effort of putting aside time to do family activities with my son that do not involve eating, games, TV, and electronics.  At daycare, I see Gavin bring home the cutest little projects with glitter, paper plates, and glue.  I always have a little ping of pain that makes me feel guilty for not doing more creative "mom" things with him.
 
   When I get home from work, Gavin is usually ready to play and as I pretend to build a castle with blocks, I sometimes secretly dream of when he goes to bed so I can catch up on 'The Bachelor.'  That's where the guilt comes in.  And that's OK.  As parents, sometimes we truly don't want to play blocks, play-do, or be crushed in a little tent that makes your back hurt.
     But we do it anyway.  We love them and find joy in their happiness. Any of you ever feel guilty for not being present in the moment?

    My goal this year has been to truly soak up the moments in the back-aching tent and never wish another moment away.  Especially moments like that.  Work can wait. Laundry can wait.  These moments are worth a million dollars.

     My husband helped reel me in to enjoy some good old fashioned toddler time by suggesting we make slime with Gavin.  It was so fun, easy and less messy then the average toddler craft.  We made  fun mint green color for St. Patty's Day.  Enjoy your family and make some slime.  That's my PSA for the day!





What You'll Need:
- Saline contact solution
- Elmer's school glue
- Food coloring
- Baking soda

Directions:
1. Pour 12 ounces of glue into a large mixing bowl.
2. Mix in 1 and 1/2 tablespoons baking soda
3. Add 2 tablespoons of saline solution.
4.  Add in a few drops of desired food coloring (can add glitter or other "extras" if you want)
5.  Mix all together with a mixing spoon first then mold and pull to mix with your hands like you would do pizza dough :)



Ever After,
Jamie