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Celebrating the Heartache

May 15, 2017 in For Mamas

As I’ve scrolled through the social world today about Mother’s Day, I can’t help but have some deep feelings come to the surface.

I’ve always had a thing for moms. When I was little I would watch other mothers in awe and constantly ask if I could hold their babies so I could pretend to be a mom. There’s just something about motherhood and moms that I have a deep love and passion for.

What I did see today was a lot of heartache on this holiday. Whether it be because of a loss, infertility, or any other reason to not have the opportunity to be a mother, a lot of hearts ache on a day that mothers are celebrated. Articles have been swarming of how hard this holiday is on so many women and it’s hard to see.

As I kept scrolling, a dear friend of mine who has been struggling for about 10 years with infertility posted this definition of motherhood that her husband wrote to her on a post-it note for her to see the moment she woke up:

 

In addition to the post-it were definitions of mothers. My favorite was the very last one.

A Mother is: Someone who puts the needs of others above their own.

I loved seeing how she turned her biggest trial into a way to celebrate what she does have in being a mother and influence to the kids around her.

With my miscarriages I remember feeling like I could be sad on this day and mourn or I can celebrate those tiny babies. I completely think that there are times where you need to have those moments of grief. And if you’re that mom who is going through something heartbreaking right now, I hope that you would take that time for yourself. But I also hope that you realize how beautiful Mother’s Day is for ALL women no matter which part of the journey you are on.

We are all mothers. And that role is so uniquely yours as a woman whether you have kids or not.

So if today is a hard day for you for whatever reason, my heart goes out to you. But I hope you also realize the beauty in celebrating all circumstances of motherhood and that today can be a day to rejoice even the hard parts of being a mom.

Today is about YOU and a role that is given to you before you even have kids.

It’s about your fight to have kids if you struggle with infertility.

It’s about your magnifying love for the kids you might already have, despite your tired eyes.

It’s about those babies who might be watching over you in heaven as you try to continue to live this life without them.

It’s about celebrating even the heartache.

“Motherhood is more than bearing children, though it is certainly that. It is the essence of who we are as women. It defines our very identity, our divine stature and nature, and the unique traits our Father gave us.” – Sheri Dew

Happy Mother’s Day to all women, in every walk of life.

Xo,

Aubrey

 

 

The Moment He Called Me Mom

December 7, 2016 in For Mamas

I’m so excited to be collaborating with an amazing company called Stiry to help with these mama spotlights! They are ALL about sharing the good and sharing stories that stir.

Today we are spotlighting this sweet mama of a boy with Autism. Kristen is one of my dear friends and her little Nash just melts me. I remember talking with Kristen when she first realized that Nash had Autism and her strength blew me away. She’s a mom that gets up and tries her best over and over and over again and I’m so thankful for her beautiful example.

Here’s her story:

 

 

(to see more inspiring videos, head to Stiry on FB too!)

Xo,

Aubrey

To the Mom with Tired Eyes: A Message of Courage

May 9, 2016 in For Mamas / Love Notes

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Happy Mother’s Day sweet friends! I wanted to share a talk I gave a few weeks ago about motherhood and hope that on hard days this is something you can refer your mind back to.

In last year’s General Conference, Elder Nelson said, “We need women who have the courage and vision of our Mother Eve.”

As most moms know, having that kind of courage seems to be a daunting task. The role of motherhood isn’t for the faint of heart and most days it requires us to have the patience and courage to keep trying. The job description for motherhood allows the most joy but also involves the most heart break as well.

Whether you’ve been through postpartum depression, a miscarriage, loss of a child, illness, or any other struggle that comes with being a parent, it is a lot to take in. So how do we even begin to have that kind of courage we talk about?

Elder Nelson says, “We are not alone and never need be alone. We can press forward in our daily lives with heavenly help. Through the savior’s atonement we can receive capacity and strength beyond our own.

As a mother, I rely on that strength more than I can say.

I know we are all in different stages of our motherhood. Some of us have been moms for years, some are brand new moms, and some have yet to be moms, but the principle remains the same:

We need our Savior, we can’t do it alone.

My motherhood involves the man upstairs more often than not. I thank Him for the good days and plead with Him during the hard. I wouldn’t be able to survive my motherhood without Him.

Not only do you have angels ready to leap and answer your every prayer, but you also have a Savior, who not only appreciates your efforts, but He HONORS your motherhood. Not just the good days or when you feel that everything you did that day was a success…He honors you every day. Especially the stinkin’ hard days.

So, to the mom who is exhausted from taking care of a newborn baby…He honors your tired eyes.

To the mom who is overwhelmed with toddlers and tantrums… He honors your kind spirit in the midst of chaos.

To the mom who is stressed with teenagers, schedules, and carpools…He honors your smile and selflessness.

To the mom who hides in her closet with tearful prayers… He honors those tired knees.

To the mom who lost a baby or a child… He honors your broken heart.

To the mom who feels like a failure but tries again anyway… He honors every ounce your courage.

And to moms everywhere I quote Elder Holland:

“Be peaceful. Believe in God and yourself. You are doing better than you think you are. In fact, you are the Savior’s on Mount Zion, and like the Master you follow, your love never faileth.”

Xo,

Aubrey

 

 

 

Toddler Favs: The Tiny Compass

April 26, 2016 in Baby / For Babies + Kids / For Kids / For Mamas / Giveaways / My Mamahood

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We LOVE finding new companies and products! We recently discovered this company called The Tiny Compass (Cutest name ever, right?!). They have everything from clothes, to prints, to wooden toys! I’m so excited to see what else they come up with in their “tiny play” section because my toddler is loving these blocks! I love how they’re different colors and the shapes are so cute too!

So if your’e looking for another cute store to stalk/shop on instagram definitely check them out (HERE) I think you’ll love what you see!

Also… a little bird told me that there will be a giveaway with them soon over on FB in the Mamahood Community. (If you’re not apart of the group yet, shoot me an e-mail so I can add you! themamahoodblog@gmail.com)

Happy Tuesday loves!

Xo,

Aubrey

 

This post was sponsored by The Tiny Compass, but all opinions are my own.

3 Ingredient Homemade Hand Scrub

April 18, 2016 in DIY / For Mamas

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The other night I had a little “girls night” on periscope and shared how I make my own hand scrub. I use these for little thank you gifts or something sweet to give to a friend (or keep for myself, let’s be honest.) They would be PERFECT for a teacher gift, christmas gift, birthday gifts, or just a “thinking of you” gift for a friend who needs some TLC.

Here’s all you need:

Sugar

Coconut oil

10 drops of essential oil of your choice (this is optional, but some of my favorites are serenity, lemon, and peppermint)

That’s it! I just mix the sugar and oil together until it’s the consistency I like, not too runny but not too stiff. And then I add the drops at the end. I don’t like it too potent so I add them slowly and if it needs more I add it in.

The jars I use are from the dollar section at Target (my happy place)!

Then I just used bakers twin, letter stamps, and a tiny clothes pin to keep the popsicle stick in place.

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So easy right!?

Let me know if you end up trying it! And I won’t tell if you secretly make it for yourself. 😉

Xo,

Aubrey

Mompreneurs: It’s Not a Race

April 14, 2016 in For Mamas / Love Notes

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I’ve had this word in my head recently: Mompreneur.

So I decided to look it up. (and yes it is in the dictionary!)

Mompreneur: a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.

Can I ask all you mompreneurs out there though, honestly… how’s it going? Like truly. I don’t want this post to come out negative in the least. I just want to show you a little bit of what my brain has been going crazy about.

The race.

Why is it that when you become a mom, all of a sudden you have this urge to create something? Whether that be blogging, photography, crafting, selling products, joining an MLM company, (and believe me, I belong in most of those categories myself). And when you create something you feel like it’s a race. Whether it’s on social media trying to get a following, the most sales, the next ranking, or wanting to come up with the next best idea to be on shark tank (Again…I plead the fifth!)

I can get pretty competitive myself, so this race has me wanting to get my tennis shoes on and go gun-ho on any project I tackle. But why?

Why is it that we can’t just be a mom? Why do we feel like we have to come up with something or do something in order to feel successful?

I get it though. Being a mom is hard and sometimes you just need an outlet. Paydays come in kisses and arms around your neck but sometimes you need something else to validate your beautiful project you’ve worked on. I think it’s great! So many women have so much to offer and whether you’re doing it as a hobby or to gain a little cash on the side, more power to you. You’re improving your talents and showing your kids how to work hard and there’s so much goodness to that.

But here’s my message…

It’s not a race.

I think it’s time for us to quit worrying about everyone else and start worrying about ourselves and the lives we are creating for our little ones. It’s so easy to compare our successes with others but really what is determined as “success”?

This week I turned off my “mompreneur” mode and decided to be 100% mom. I’ve been devoting my time to be on the floor, playing with my little boy and keep the screens turned off for a minute and focus on just being a mom–his mom. Projects are on hold and he’s center stage. I can’t describe to you the amount of laughs we’ve had and how much our connection and bond has grown just by putting other distractions aside.

I love this quote by David O. Mckay:

“This ability and willingness properly to rear children, the gift to love, and eagerness, yes, longing to express it in soul development, make motherhood the noblest office or calling in the world. She who can paint a masterpiece or write a book that will influence millions deserves the admiration and the plaudits of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters, whose influence will be felt through generations to come, . . . deserves the highest honor that man can give, and the choicest blessings of God.”

Women are amazing at multitasking, but sometimes I think our kids deserve to NOT be one of the “tasks” we have at hand. They’re apart of our lives and our time with them being this little doesn’t last very long. I don’t want to be too busy and have this sweet time slip from my fingers.

Something that has always bothered me is the “followers” social media has. It’s like social currency or star stickers. The more you have the more successful people think you are. I feel like it’s time to care more about who our little ones are “following” and what they are “liking” instead of worrying about the numbers on our accounts.

So to all my mompreneur friends out there, I think you’re doing an amazing job. And if you’re able to balance it all I would love to hear your tricks! Everyone is doing the best they can and that’s what counts! I just think it’s important that we all remember what really matters and that by “just being a mom” and putting our kids ahead of our other endeavors, we are actually a lot more ahead and “successful” than we might realize.

Xo,

Aubrey

 

FHE Toddler Edition: Lesson #2

April 11, 2016 in Family Home Evening Lessons / For Kids / For Mamas

Hi sweet friends! I got some amazing feedback from last week so I figured I’d keep going with these little Family Home Evenings. Thank you all so much for sending me your messages and pictures of your activity last week! I loved seeing it! Here is this week’s lesson: (As usual, always very simple!)

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Lesson #2: My Heavenly Father Loves Me

Opening Prayer

Opening Song: My Heavenly Father Loves Me (music: HERE)

Scripture: 3 Nephi 17:11-12, 21-24 (scripture: HERE)

Lesson: Show a picture of Christ holding children (HERE) and talk about when Jesus taught the people he asked to bring their little ones to Him. (Point to little ones.) They sat on the ground around Him and Jesus knelt and prayed. (Show how we pray – kneel and bow heads) Then he blessed each child, one by one. Jesus did this because he loves his children. (hug themselves). Talk about the things we just sang about (birds, sky, lilac tree, etc.) and explain that Heavenly Father sends us those things to enjoy on the earth because He loves us. Explain to your child/children how much you love them and how much Heavenly Father loves them too.

Activity: Have them draw a picture of themselves inside a heart OR frost heart-shaped cookies.

Closing Prayer

Treat: Heart-shaped sugar cookies (click HERE for my swig recipe that you can use)

Let me know how this week goes!

Xo,

Aubrey

FHE: Toddler Edition

April 4, 2016 in Family Home Evening Lessons / For Kids / For Mamas

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Something that I always loved growing up was “Family Night”. My parents made it so fun. Whether it was a spiritual lesson, swimming, singing, making treats, a service project, weeding the backyard, or playing dodgeball on the tramp together-they made those times so special for us kids and it helped all of us become best of friends. I truly believe that we are really close because our parents put Family Home Evening as a priority in our lives. I’m LDS as mentioned before, and we are asked to set aside our lives and just be with our families every Monday night (or whatever works best in certain situations). I feel so grateful that my parents stuck with it, even on nights when all of us kids were fighting or when schedules were crazy, I don’t ever remember them saying “We’re gonna just skip FHE tonight”. They always did it, even when it was like pulling teeth. Those are some of my sweetest memories of my childhood.

Now that I’m on this side of things…having a lesson can be a bit tricky with a toddler… so sometimes our lessons have ended up with us doing a quick lesson and going out for ice cream, or a quick scripture and playing soccer in our living room. One night it was so chaotic we just did a quote while washing our toddler in the tub and getting him ready for bed.

So my husband and I sat down and decided we want to be better at teaching our children. We want what is being taught at home to be the primary source. So we created a Family Home Evening manual to use to help our toddler learn gospel principles in the home.

As I was trying to figure out how to teach him, the thought came that I should center it around primary songs. My little boy LOVES singing (as a lot of toddlers do), so each lesson is based off a primary song with gospel principles included.

DISCLAIMER: I’m all about simple. In fact, for me… the more simple the better! These lessons don’t take hours… little kids (and myself!) don’t have that long of an attention span. So you will find simple gospel principles, simple activities, and simple snack and treat ideas. I teach sunbeams, so a lot of the content is from there too. You will also most likely have all the supplies and everything you need at home!

*Direct links for more sources on words w/ all caps (still working on fixing that on my site!)*

 

 

Lesson #1: I am a Child of God

Opening Prayer

Opening Song: I AM A CHILD OF GOD

Scripture: PSALM 82:6

Lesson: Show a picture of Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus (here) and talk about how Jesus was once a baby.

Explain how Heavenly Father was Jesus’ dad and that he is our dad too. That’s what it means when we say “I am a child of God”.

Share your feelings about how much you love your kid(s) and why they mean so much to you.

Activity: Make painted handprints on card stock and write “I am a child of God” next to it.

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Closing Prayer

Treat: No-Bakes (my recipe is HERE)

Free Printable: (Click HERE)

 

Let me know if you end up doing this with your family! I’ll post more lessons on Mondays!

Xo,

Aubrey

Mama Spotlight : Livi Lou Designs

July 27, 2015 in For Mamas / For Mamas / Uncategorized
Mamas— meet the Jones family. Aren’t they so adorable? We are so happy to have Mari as one of our many mamas on the mamahood. Since we are doing a deal with her cute etsy shop, I thought it’d be fun to spotlight her and her company, Livi Lou Designs. I asked her a few questions so that you guys could get to know her better and don’t forget to visit her shop and use the code MAMAHOOD40 today and tomorrow for 40% off!
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What is Livi Lou Designs? I sell digital art, invitations and announcements.
What made you start this cute shop? I am an RN and graphic design has always been a hobby of mine. After designing my daughter’s first birthday invitation, and receiving lots of encouragement from friends and family, I decided to open my Etsy shop.
My shop has been a huge blessing for me. I think a lot of times, we got lost in motherhood. It can become routine and if we don’t do something for ourselves, we can feel like we live our life on repeat. My shop has given me a sense of fulfillment outside of being a mom.
Favorite thing about being a mom? There is nothing I love more than being a mom to my baby girl. My favorite part of motherhood is watching my little girl grow. She is almost 15 months old and is learning how to talk. Her little voice melts my heart.
What’s one thing you love about being part of the mamahood? I love it because it’s a great reminder that we’re all in this together and that moms with all different backgrounds and lifestyles genuinely want to help each other. We all have the same goal – to raise happy, healthy kids.
Isn’t she the cutest?? Now go visit her shop, Livi Lou Designs and pick out your favorite print for 40% off!
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Xo,
Liz

You’re Invited!

July 17, 2015 in For Mamas / For Mamas

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 YOU’RE INVITED!

WHAT: Local Utah Event: Pop up shop w/ Taylor Joelle

WHEN: July 21st 6PM-9PM

WHERE: The Baby Cubby (Click HERE for directions)

*FREE activities for kids, food, sales, and giveaways!

More details? Click HERE

(I love stuff like this! All my fellow Utah moms make sure to hit this up!)

Xo,

Aubrey

*This post was sponsored by Baby Cubby.

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