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First Moments

December 23, 2016 in Love Notes

This week I celebrated my little one’s 3rd birthday. How am I already on the 3rd year of my motherhood!? I still feel like I am brand new, yet I can’t imagine what life was like before becoming a mom.

Having a Christmas baby was my favorite. Not only did I bring him home in a stocking, or had the chance to snuggle my newborn under the Christmas lights, but I grew a HUGE love and respect for Mary as we celebrate Christ’s birth.  What an honor and trust that the Lord had in her! I can’t help but imagine that “first moment” she had when she got to hold Jesus for the first time. Can you imagine? Holding the Savior of the world for the very first time?!

That moment has always been so beautiful to me. The second where you get to see and hold your baby for the first time. Whether you gave birth to a child in water, on a hospital bed, or on the side of the road, there is just something so beautiful about those first moments.

Every year I love collecting and posting those first moments that some of you have had. These always bring tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for all of you who shared these. Whether we birth our own children or become a mom in other ways, there is just something so amazing about it.

I’ll stop talking and let you just see what I’m talking about:

{Samantha Holmes Photography}

{Cascio Photography}

{Mamahood Photography}

{Chelsea Lee Photography}


(All moms above gave me permission to post. All professional photographers should be tagged, please e-mail me if you notice a mistake or change needing to be made.


Thanks to all of you who shared such beautiful moments! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!!





The Mamahood Christmas Giveaway

December 12, 2016 in Love Notes

MAMAs!!! I’m trying not to shout, but I’m so excited! This is probably one of the biggest giveaways I’ve done and I’m so excited because I KNOW how much it’ll benefit one of you. And I get the chance to spoil one of you for Christmas (which really is the fun part for me)!

I put a lot of thought into this and wanted to do products that I’ve tested and LOVE as well as what I think any mama needs and would be thrilled to win!

So with that said, I picked my two favorite products and companies. The winner will get a Fawn Design bag + a clutch and stroller hooks, and a 2016 City Select stroller (which is the Ferrari of strollers) in Quartz from The Baby Cubby! (Total prize worth over $700)


Here’s how it’s going to work:

  1. To enter post a recent picture (from today or tomorrow) on Instagram telling me why you want to win this giveaway. Use hashtag #spoilmethischristmas (If you are private you’ll need to tap on the (…) on the top right of your picture and e-mail it to me at Your picture can be of anything from a selfie with your kids, to your baby bump, or someone you would give it to if you won, or anything you can think. Just make sure to tell me why you want it! This is the first part of the giveaway and will close on December 13th at 11:59PM CST so make sure to post before then!
  2. 10 top contestants will be chosen and I will post them to my instagram account (@the.mamahood) on Wednesday, December 14th and the voting will begin! The person with the most likes on their photo by Friday the 16th at 11:59PM CST will be the WINNER!
  3. BONUS: to add 10 extra votes to your picture – just sign up for The Baby Cubby’s newsletter by clicking (HERE and scrolling to the bottom of the page to add your e-mail) To keep track of this please leave a comment on this post saying you did that along with what your instagram name is.

Please note: Only the likes on @the.mamahood instagram will count as votes for the finalists. US citizens only. Please no cheating or buying likes, ain’t nobody got time for that! This giveaway is sponsored by Fawn Design and The Baby Cubby. We want to give a huge THANK YOU to them for sponsoring such an awesome giveaway! Winner will get a 2016 City Select in Quartz and a color of their choice of what’s in stock of a Fawn Design bag (plus accessories).

Good Luck!!! So excited for this and can’t wait to spoil one of you this Christmas!





25 Acts of Service (You can do with your kids!)

December 3, 2015 in DIY


When we first got married we wanted to start all these new traditions. Some of them didn’t stick, but my favorite one we do every Christmas (or try to at least)! We call it: 12 Days of Service. It’s just a spin off of 12 Days of Christmas. We pick 12 people we want to serve… it can be people we know, or strangers on the street. It kinda came to us because we were both going to school and were so broke but wanted to share the Christmas spirit somehow! It has been a huge blessing to our little family and I hope that we can keep it up in the coming years.

If you want to join our family this year here are some ideas we’ve come up with and a few we’ve done that have made our Christmas season that much sweeter. They don’t have to be anything extravagant, in fact the more simple the better. I also feel like it’s a wonderful lesson to teach our kids in the midst of their long lists they write up for Santa. 😉

Here are a few ideas:

  1. Leave coins in a zip-lock bag taped to a washer/dryer at the laundry mat.
  2. Bring dinner to a widow or neighbor you don’t know.
  3. Free hot chocolate stand.
  4. Pay for someone’s food behind you at the drive-through.
  5. Write love notes (or for little ones color pictures) for family and friends.
  6. Pick a family to do Sub for Santa for.
  7. Pay for someone’s Redbox.
  8. Donate toys or books.
  9. Read to the kids at a Children’s hospital.
  10. Play bingo with the elderly at a nursing home.
  11. Return a stranger’s shopping cart for them.
  12. Bring flowers to your neighbors or someone who is having a rough day.
  13. Sit by someone who looks lonely.
  14. Compliment or smile at a stranger.
  15. Stop by grandparent’s just to say hi.
  16. Offer to babysit for a stressed out mom.
  17. Create “care” baskets for tired parents at the NICU.
  18. Help a friend clean out their house or organize a room.
  19. Make meals for a mom who just had a baby.
  20. Go to the dollar store and have your toddler pick out all their favorite toys to give to another friend who is adapting to a new sibling.
  21. Leave a note or treat in your mailbox for the mailman.
  22. Make sugar cookies and go caroling to your neighbors.
  23. Bring in all the trash cans in the neighborhood.
  24. Write thank you notes to give to your nearest fire station or police station.
  25. Make a jar of “Gifts to Jesus” with goals and service you want to do in the coming year.

I also love the idea of turning all of these into an advent calendar to do for the whole month of December! If you join in, use hashtag #12daysofservice to share your ideas!

(I also just recently discovered The Giving Manger which is a similar concept that I’m all for. Check them out!)

What are some of your favorite Christmas (or other holiday) traditions? Would love to hear!




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