FHE Toddler Edition: Lesson #5

August 15, 2016 in Family Home Evening Lessons

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Sorry I’m a little late posting this lesson! If you’re new around here, welcome! We are on lesson #5 of my toddler family home evenings and you can find more under the “family” tab! (and if you have no idea what FHE is go HERE). Remember, everything is linked up!

Lesson #5: Follow the Prophet

Opening Prayer

Opening Song: Follow the Prophet

Scripture: Amos 3:7  

Lesson: Explain what a prophet is and why it’s important to follow what he asks us to do. Tell the story of your favorite prophet in the scriptures and then tell how we have a current prophet. (Show a picture if possible)

Activity: Memorize the prophet’s name or other apostle’s names.

Closing Prayer

Treat: No-Bake Cookies (My healthy recipe is HERE)

 

Enjoy!

Xo,

Aubrey

 

FHE Toddler Edition: Lesson #4

August 8, 2016 in Family Home Evening Lessons

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Lesson #4: I Have a Body

Opening Prayer

Opening Song: Do as I’m Doing

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

Lesson: Explain that each part of our body has a special job. What can we do with our eyes? Ears? Mouth? Hands? Feet? Talk about the importance of exercising, eating healthy and keeping the Word of Wisdom. Pretend and do actions such as brushing your teeth, sleep, and washing your hands. If there’s time talk about Daniel 1 and how Daniel was blessed for keeping the Word of Wisdom.

Activity: Do sidewalk chalk and trace each other’s body’s out on the driveway. My two year old LOVED this when he realized the shape of his body was traced on our driveway!

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Closing Prayer

Treat: Strawberries with powdered sugar

 

*Remember that everything is linked so if you forget how the primary song goes or don’t have your scriptures on hand, just click on it!

 

Xo,

Aubrey

God Needs Brave Moms

August 3, 2016 in Family / Love Notes

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The other morning I woke up with half of my mouth swollen. One of the joys of pregnancy is inflammation of your gums and they can easily get infection…so when I went in for an emergency dentist visit, that was my diagnosis.

“Are you sure you’re not pregnant?” she said.

“Nope. But I have been the passed year.”

I was calculating the other day how long my body has had pregnancy hormones. It’s been almost a year and my journey gets to continue. I don’t talk the details too much because I’m in the middle of it and it’s pretty tender to me, but this week I’ve had some kind of doctor appointment every day and Friday will be my 5th surgery this year. I’ve been told that my body can get pregnant easy but has a hard time carrying and might need medical intervention to get my babies here. We are currently waiting to hear back from some tests and know exactly which steps to take. It’s been quite a road for our little family.

But I’ve come to learn that it all really is okay.

Why?

Because God needs brave moms and if this is what I have to go through to become brave, I’ll do it.

So bring on more needles, surgeries, weight gain, more bad news and empty feelings. I got this. Being far from family has been difficult but we have a village here helping us every step of the way and my heart is filled to the brim with gratitude for those who have helped in so many different ways. (You know who you are, I love you!!)

EVERY mom person has some kind of “hard” to go through. My heart aches as I watch those who go through such heart breaking tragedies. I believe that our trials are tailored to us specifically and as I learn of what others go through, I gladly take my load because so many people have it pretty tough. You can’t compare trials but you can have compassion for others and gratitude for your own.

So maybe hard is okay. Maybe hard teaches us more than anything else would. Maybe it’s shaping us into someone better. And maybe… just maybe, all of this will teach me how to be brave.

Xo,

Aubrey

(These thoughts sparked after listening to a segment of THIS amazing talk.)

Lips

August 1, 2016 in Lipstick

I’m currently all heart-eyes over this new Lipstick that lasts 18 hours without smudging or coming off when you kiss your babes! I’m a distributor for Lipsense, not to make money, but mostly so that I can hook my friends and fam up with it!  If you’re interested in getting your lips on some e-mail me at themamahoodblog@gmail.com or fill THIS form out! (colors are below)

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Xo,

Aubrey

 

COLORS:

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FHE Toddler Edition: Lesson #3

August 1, 2016 in Family Home Evening Lessons

Hi friends! I know it’s been awhile since I started posting my toddler FHE lessons. I wanted to get a good feel to see if people were actually using them and after a bunch of requests to keep posting them, here we are! To make them easier to find, just click the dropdown on my “family” tab and there will be a section just for these lessons. I hope that helps!

*And if you have no idea what FHE or Family Home Evening is, you can read more about it HERE)

Our family is so far from perfect, but something that helps our home feel happy is by always having family night every Monday. I made these lessons using primary songs and followed the primary manual. They are as simple as can be, which for this stage in our lives has been perfect.

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Lesson #3: Families Can be Together Forever

 

Opening Prayer

        

Opening Song: Families Can be Together Forever (music: HERE)

        

Scripture: (Proclamation to the World) The Family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Lesson: Ask each child to go around in a circle saying everyone’s names and their favorite thing about them. Talk about why families are special to us and why we need to love our families. (When our family did this we went around in a circle saying things that we loved about each other). Explain how our families can be together forever.

        

Activity: Go outside and play together as a family OR draw a picture of the whole family.

        

Closing Prayer

        

Treat: Banana splits with M&M’s on top to represent each person in their family.

I have LOVED seeing the pics you’ve sent me from your family nights! If you post them tag #mamahoodFHE so I can see! Love you all!

Xo,

Aubrey

Lake House

July 29, 2016 in Adventures

The other day we woke up before the sunrise and drove to our friend’s lake house. If there is anything that is my “escape” it’s definitely wakeboarding. We had such a good time! I feel so grateful for our Texas friends who have become our family and the memories we’ve shared with them while living here.

Here’s a few pics from that day!

 

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Xo,

Aubrey

I’m back + 4th of July in Squares

July 12, 2016 in Family / Uncategorized

Hello world!

This blog has been on a pretty big break recently and I can’t say that I’m mad about it. It is exactly what I’ve been needing and has allowed me to get through a few things going on in our crazy busy lives recently.

In a nutshell, we travelled for about a month, sent Shey’s (my husband) parents off to be mission presidents in Mexico, celebrated my baby sister’s wedding, bought our first home in a small town in Texas, lost another pregnancy + found out some hard news that I’m not ready to talk about yet, started potty training, made homemade limeade everyday, and have had so many angels help us in so many different ways.

So I hope you’ll stick with me as I try to get back into the groove of writing again. The passed few years I’ve been writing about everything motherhood. I still will write about that since it’s a huge part of me and my little boy is my whole world, but that topic stings just a little bit right now. The passed few months I’ve had this nagging feeling to open up a little bit more about my family and the life we choose to live. It’s nothing extreme or out of the ordinary. It’s actually a pretty simple life. We find the biggest joys out of the smallest things and we choose to live a way that makes us happy.

If you’re new here, welcome! You will find that this blog is pretty raw, and as you get to know me I would love to get to know YOU. If you’ve been here awhile, I hope you like the new transition and would love to hear your feedback!

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I won’t lie, the time I miss home the most is the 4th of July. There’s something about Utah during that time that is so magical. (plus… the 24th is like round 2! Can’t beat it!) But this year ended up being so much fun. The day of the 4th a big Texas storm came rollin’ in, so we had a “re-do” with the parade and more fireworks on the 9th! Shey’s brother stayed with us one of the nights and we’ve been swimming our lives away! The city’s fireworks happen to be at a perfect view from our porch so it was the perfect ending to the best week!

Here was our 4th in squares:

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I hope you all had the best 4th of July!

Xo,

Aubrey

Mama’s Night Out

July 6, 2016 in Events

I’m a big believer that if you want to really do something or you feel passionate about something…you just DO IT! You push insecurities and feelings of inadequacy aside and just try. Something that I’ve secretly always wanted to do was throw my own event. So when I got the craving to learn how to water color cookies + meet up with some mama friends I decided, why not go all out and invite anyone who wants to come!? We had about 80 cute mamas come out and it turned out so fun! This event was for a charity called SHARE which helps moms who have had infant/pregnancy loss. So it kind of came full circle for me since I was going through another miscarriage during the event. I felt like I could somehow give what I was going through a purpose or meaning.

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(photography by the beautiful @dianaputnamphotography)

It all came together thanks to my girl Caitlin from Peachy Details. She has been one of my closest friends from day one of this whole motherhood journey and it was so fun partnering with her on this event! (I’m not sure how we forgot to take a picture together the entire night, we were both kinda running around… so this blurry iPhone one will have to do.) I love her so much!

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We had so many amazing vendors who came, Sarah from The Dainty Pear gave a wonderful speech, and Ali from Plum Cakery taught the class. A HUGE thank you goes out to Atrium Weddings for letting us use their venue. It turned out perfect and they helped us so much with everything!

More than anything, it was so amazing to meet and be with so many of YOU! You made it happen just by coming and being apart of it all! If you came, I would love any feedback you have! Maybe we could make this a yearly thing? 😉

Love you all!

Xo,

Aubrey

 

BONUS: I wanted to remember those who came so my cute sis went around and took some snapshots of a few of you that came!

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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.

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