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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. themamahoodblog@gmail.com)

 

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

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

Unplugged.

December 6, 2016 in Love Notes

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Have you ever driven somewhere in pure silence? (Minus the few baby/kids noise in the back seat). Or took a day off from social media? Or left your phone home for the day?

Unplugged.

Something I am a HUGE advocate of.

Everyone’s life is busy, am I right? Find me one person who isn’t because I seriously can’t. We all are running everywhere, putting our kids in every extra curricular activity, trying out new hobbies, updating our phones to the latest and greatest, constantly scrolling through Instagram while we “wait” at the doctors because we don’t know what else to do with our minds to kill time.

Noise. There is just so much noise…and it’s taking over.

I currently have quite a lot on my plate as well, so my mind is going a hundred miles an hour and I feel like I’m on a freight train sometimes!

Here’s the thing. We have the chance to stop a lot of the noise around us. And you wanta know a secret?

It’s amazing when we do.

Here’s a few things I’ve done that have helped clear my mind and soul in unplugging:

  1. Social media fasts. I don’t ever “announce” when I go on one but I do it where I will either not get on at all that day(s) or I’ll just delete the apps that my mind has spent way too much time on. I notice the days that I don’t get on, I’m actually pretty dang content with life and feel like I have it pretty good. I’m all about using social media for good, but sometimes it’s so great to unplug from it all and realize the good that’s right in front of you instead of comparing other’s “good” to your own “good”.
  2. Check your tech. My little family has a “Check your tech jar” to put our phones in. No phones from 6-8 and although we aren’t super strict on the actual jar, it has been an amazing reminder to spend that time with each other. An average person spends 7 hours a DAY on technology. That’s insane to me. 2 hours to spend together is nothing, but has meant everything!
  3. Drive without music sometimes. I say sometimes because I can’t live without music, but I’ve noticed on days that I’m super stressed, if I just turn off the music in the car, it helps my mind clear a little bit.
  4. Find a substitute. By this I mean, find something in place of scrolling on social media. Have you ever been scrolling and all of a sudden you look up and a half hour has passed by? (I’m guilty!) And then you feel like you didn’t get anything done? Whether it be a new hobby you want to try or diving into a book, I love filling my time with these and feeling like I accomplished something.
  5. Get outside. Studies have shown that those who spend time outside are more likely to feel happier and heal better. I think sunshine is good for the soul and allows us to teach our kids about nature and connect that to God. Have you ever seen a beautiful sunset, or an incredible rainstorm? If we put our phones down, we won’t miss as many and we allow ourselves to breathe.

I could go off about how much unplugging has helped my personal life, my relationship with the Lord, my relationship with my husband and family, and loving my own set of cards in my life by not trying to keep up with everything I see when I scroll.

Social media can be SUCH an amazing tool, but it can also become controlling if we allow it. It’s so easy to get sucked in! But I think there’s a whole lot of a life we can gain back if we unplug for a minute and just…be.

 

Monday Mama: Jenna

November 14, 2016 in Love Notes / Monday Mama

You guys, I’m giddy!!! I haven’t done Monday Mama’s in SO long and after a popular vote, I decided to start back up again and start spotlighting moms on my blog. These stories are to help us find our own bravery in motherhood and I’ve found a handful of moms who have shown that and I can’t wait to share their stories with you.

Today’s post is near and dear to my heart because it involves a family that I love dearly.

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Today I am spotlighting cute Jenna Richards, who actually married one of my friends that grew up down the street from me. She is from Shelley, Idaho and after being married to Chase for just a short time, he passed away. She has been able to survive this heart-breaking time with her beautiful little boy named Jack and gave me permission to share her story with all of you.

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“I’ve only shared my story once, and to be honest, I don’t even know where to begin… But on April 2nd, 2016, my life forever changed.

On Saturday, April 2nd, my husband, Chase, was supposed to pick Jack and I up in Brigham City, UT.  We had been at my parents’ house, but we were going to meet Chase sometime around noon to eat at our favorite restaurant,  Maddox, and head back home. That morning I texted him at 7:30 to see if he was awake and ask what time I should head out. I didn’t hear anything back. By 9:30, I called and texted again, but still no word.  This wasn’t like him, but I still wasn’t too worried because I assumed he was sleeping in due to working early mornings all week.  By 11:00, and still no answer, I knew something was wrong. I then texted his Dad and asked if he’d heard anything from Chase.  He said no, but that he would go to our house and make sure everything was okay.  He went there with Chase’s brother, and soon after I received the worst phone call ever. His voice was frantic and he said, “Jenna, Chase is unconscious! We’ve called for an ambulance. Come right now!!” I was frantically running around bawling while trying to pack our bags as fast as I could before heading to Utah. Luckily, my Dad was able to drive us, since I was in no shape to be driving. Truthfully, I don’t remember the 3-hour drive all that much. I just remember getting updates, then that dreaded message from my Bishop saying Chase was being life-flighted  to SLC. Death still wasn’t on my mind.  I was thinking more about what we would possibly have to do for recovery, etc. As soon as we got into SLC though, the reality and panic set in and I immediately grabbed a bag and threw up. It felt like forever to get to the hospital, since it was Conference weekend and the streets were packed. I was getting frantic, wanting to scream out the window, “EVERYONE, PLEASE MOVE!! I started getting agitated and just wanted to get out of the car and start running. When we finally got to the hospital, I jumped out of the car, grabbed Jack, and ran into the lobby. As soon as I walked in, I instantly got dizzy and the nausea kicked back in. I handed Jack to my Dad, ran to the bathroom, and threw up one more time. Maybe deep down I knew it wasn’t going to be good, and I was scared to face reality. 

When I walked into Chase’s room, I was shocked and taken aback, and I knew immediately this was way worse than I could have ever imagined. Within 5 minutes of being there, Chase’s doctor walked in to let us all know things didn’t look good. It was such a strange feeling seeing someone say those words so calm and collected. Shouldn’t this guy be heartbroken to deliver such hard news? I didn’t want to believe his words, so I was grasping for straws at this point, begging people to tell me everything was going to be ok. Deep down I knew he probably wasn’t going to make it, but I refused to believe it and I was not ready to face that reality.

Chase was then placed in a hypothermic state.  The doctors decided they wouldn’t be doing any MRI’s or EEG’s for 24 hours to see if the brain swelling would go down. It was then we found out Chase had aspirated in his sleep, which deprived his brain and other organs of the oxygen they needed for many hours. The next 24 hours were hell. I felt helpless watching Chase hooked up to life support, his body quivering.  The sound of a machine pushing air into his lungs and the ominous, never-ending sound of beeping machines still haunts me. This is something nobody can prepare you for. 

One of my best friends, Kim, rushed to the hospital to take Jack for the night, and by midnight I decided to go sleep for a few hours at a hotel down the street so I could function and be prepared for the next day. On Sunday Chase’s vitals were all looking good, but he was still in a coma and we still had no idea how much brain damage had been done. By this time family and friends started pouring in and showing their support, which was a blessing. I couldn’t have done Sunday without some of my best friends and family by my side. It was a long, emotional and draining day. 

That night I got to spend some alone time with Chase and i just held his hand while I talked to him. I tickled his arm and kept telling him I was there and to not be scared, to just relax, I was right there next to him, and would be throughout everything. 

By Monday morning we knew we’d be getting the news soon on his brain function and I was physically sick. By this time I had hardly eaten in two days and I was exhausted and weak. At noon Elder Oaks came and gave him a beautiful blessing.  As soon as it was over, I knew in my heart Chase was not going to be with us much longer. As much as I didn’t want to admit it, I just knew. 

Hours passed and, finally, the doctors pulled us into a room and delivered the news. Chase was showing no brain function. He was brain dead. After he said those words, I just zoned out. I don’t even remember anything else he said. At the end of the conversation, he brought up taking Chase off of life support and then looked at me to get the ok. I shook my head yes with tears streaming down my face. I couldn’t believe it. This was it. Chase was not going to be here much longer with us. 

Before the life support machines were turned off, we all took a turn being alone with him in his room for a private goodbye. I crawled into his bed, laid my head on his chest and sobbed. The tears couldn’t stop. All I could say was, “Chase, I love you so much. I love you so much.” I promised him I would always take good care of Jack and we would keep his memory alive. I apologized for all of the times I could have been a better wife, and then I gave him a final kiss on his lips. My sister then brought Jack in and we laid on the bed as a family one last time. I couldn’t believe this would be the last time our baby boy would see his Dad. My heart could hardly handle it. I just remember telling Chase that Jack would always know him, and to please take care of us. That final goodbye was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do because I knew this would be the last time Jack would ever see his Dad on this earth. 

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I walked out, handed Jack to my sister, then went into the corner of the hallway and lost it. I l felt like my life was over.  How was I ever going to overcome such a trial? I had never felt so such despair in my life. I couldn’t believe that this was actually happening to me.  I was angry, sad, and broken.

After everyone had their alone-time with him, we all gathered in the room.  Chase and I’s bishop gave a final prayer before we unplugged him from the machines. The doctor said Chase could go fairly quickly, but we were uncertain. By this time it was around 8pm. The nurses came in and unplugged everything.  Then we just sat around his bed, held his hand, and spoke to him, hoping he’d slip away peacefully. Quickly, his breathing became labored and he seemed uncomfortable. About every 30 minutes nurses would come in to give him more sedation and pain meds to make sure he was as comfortable as possible and to keep his body calm. Hours passed, and his body kept fighting. We even said two more prayers pleading with our Heavenly Father to take him, and that we would be ok.  Finally at 3:28am, after a 7-hour valiant fight, Chase took his last breath. I remember I was at the end of his bed and I thought I was going to collapse. I had never seen someone die, so to see my own husband pass on was more than I could see or take. My Mom quickly came to my side and held me as I was overcome with emotion. I couldn’t believe it. Just like that, he was gone. I kept saying over and over, “I can’t see him like this, Mom, I can’t see him dead.  Just take me home.” So we tiredly gathered up our things and went out to the car to head home. Since my Mom didn’t know her way around Salt Lake, I drove her car with her, and my Dad drove his own. I was so numb, I didn’t even know how to get to the freeway, even though I had done that route hundreds of times. Finally, clear out in West Valley, I got my bearings and made it back to the freeway. 

I remember walking in the house at around 4:15 am with the most empty feeling I had ever felt. I knew Jack would be waking in a few short hours and I wasn’t ready to face reality so soon. I went to our bathroom, filled up the tub, and sat in a hot bath as I cried the little bit of tears I had left.  Then I went to Chase’s closet, pulled out his favorite sweats and a big oversized sweater and crawled into bed with his pillow.  The sheets and everything smelled like him, and right then and there, I didn’t want to wake up. I just wanted to go. I know that sounds selfish, but I also wasn’t  thinking clearly and going on very little sleep and food. 

The next few days were a blur as we prepared for Chase’s funeral, picking out his casket, deciding what flowers, and a million other little things. I had no idea how much planning (and money) went into something so depressing. The morning of the viewing Chase’s parents, his brother, Preston, and sister, Laura, and I all gathered to see Chase’s body for the first time since he passed away.  I wasn’t sure if I was ready to see him like that, but I kind of had no choice at this point. We were led into a room where his peaceful body was laying, and I was immediately breathless, sick, and shaking. We said a prayer for peace, then dressed him slowly in his temple clothing that he would be buried in. That moment was surreal, and to be quite honest, one of the harder things I had to do that week. I wasn’t quite prepared for that moment. But then again, is anyone prepared for something like that?

Something life-changing happened when I left the funeral home that day. I remember pulling up to a red light right by Bingham High School and I looked to my right and I made eye contact with a guy in a truck next to me. I instantly thought, “this guy has no idea what I just had to do.” And right then and there I thought to myself, “how many people have I passed who were facing something so tragic in that very moment and I just walked by them not knowing?” Because of this experience, I try harder to be kinder and more patient with strangers. 

That night was Chase’s viewing.   He had such a huge turnout, along with the funeral the next day. So many people loved Chase and he made friends wherever he went. That was one of Chase’s greatest qualities. He made everyone feel like they were his best friend and always made everyone around him feel so comfortable and special. 

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After the funeral, graveside service, and luncheon, I went to our home, grabbed the last of our stuff, and got on the road to Idaho, since I would be moving back in with my parents so I could get some help with Jack and get back on my feet. 

Fast forward a few months, and here I am today.  Last Sep 6th would have actually been Chase and I’s 2-year anniversary. I can truthfully say the days are getting a little easier. I still have moments with major setbacks. But, for the most part, I am starting to slowly heal. I don’t have that panic like I did those first few months where I literally felt like my soul was broken. Not that I still don’t feel that way sometimes, but I am starting to take baby steps towards a new life without Chase. And that doesn’t mean I have to forget about him to start a new beginning, because he will always be in the back of my mind until the day I die.

I guess if I have learned one thing from this experience, it’s to always trust my Heavenly Father’s plan. His plan was obviously different than what I had in mind.   He sees the whole picture and I have to put my trust in his hands. After all, he gave his own life so I could endure this trial. My testimony has grown leaps and bounds since Chase’s passing, and sometimes I feel guilty that it took something so tragic to wake me up. But I am thankful for the many blessings and tender mercies that have come my way since April 2nd. So many life changes, mostly hard, but some, oh, so good and life altering.

 

Like Robert D. Hales said:

 

Won’t all of us, sometime, have reason to ask, “O God, where art thou?” Yes! When a spouse dies, a companion will wonder. When financial hardship befalls a family, a father will ask. When children wander from the path, a mother and father will cry out in sorrow. Yes, “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Then, in the dawn of our increased faith and understanding, we arise and choose to wait upon the Lord, saying, “Thy will be done”.”

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Before Chase passed away, Jenna started Munchies which is a baby clothing company. Chase was the one who really pushed her to go for it. She has a passion for baby fashion and finding good deals so she created a company of cute affordable baby clothes. Her whole site and work has been dedicated to Chase since he was her motivation behind it and gave her the confidence to go for it. She knows that she has Chase watching over her and baby Jack for the rest of their lives and holds onto that.

 

(You can find her over at @jackandjennablog)

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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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

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

Toddler Favs

March 30, 2016 in Product Reviews

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I tend to talk a lot about how toddlers are the best, but think about it…if you minus the tantrum scene they sometimes cause at the grocery store, everything else about them is the best! They say the cutest things, give kisses on demand, and are so full of love in such a tiny little body!

So I decided to share some of my toddler favorites as well as a baby store that everyone needs to hear about!

The Baby Cubby.

Remember when you first were going to be a mom and you went to buy a stroller and it was like purchasing a car!? There are BILLION different choices, colors, and each one has all kinds of tricks that I can’t even keep up with it all.

So that’s why I’m telling you about Baby Cubby. They do that work for you! It’s awesome. They research the brands to find the best out there and put it all in one place for you to shop. They have so many wonderful baby and mom items, but as far as toddlers go, these are my must haves and my toddler is obsessed! (Click on the title to get the direct link to product)

1. Monkey Backpack

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2. Mary Meyers Stuffed Animals – Seriously you guys… I thought these were cute online, but when I got it I about died. My toddler calls it his “Lion King” and won’t let it leave his sight!!

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3. Dino Car

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4. Tegu blocks – These are the coolest wooden magnetic blocks ever. Pretty sure I play with them just as much as my toddler does!

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5. Saltwater Sandals – (Side note: We live in Texas so I’ve tried different sandals and have wasted so much money on ones that fall apart within a few weeks. These are worth every single scent because they last! I’m cheap you guys but when it comes to long lasting sandals that don’t ruin when they get wet? These are the ticket! Plus, are they not just stinkin’ cute? I’ll always be a fan.)

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Xo,

Aubrey

This post is sponsored by Baby Cubby, but my opinions are all my own.

 

3 Ways To Have The Best Week

March 14, 2016 in Love Notes

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You guys… lately I’ve been LOVING Mondays! Mostly because it’s my “start over” day. Sometimes as moms it’s so easy to get discouraged, so Mondays are my clean slate. Today I thought I would share with you 3 things I will be doing this week to make it so great along with a bunch of other moms from The Mamahood.

 

1. Exercise:

We are all starting week 1 of BBG (click HERE if you don’t know what that is!) So if you’ve been wanting to start working out, come do it with us starting TODAY! You can get a week free from her website and can download her app for the next 30 days for $1! So there’s no excuse not to, right? Plus it’s only 28 minutes a day, we got this! I will be posting little tid bits over at @themamahoodblog on instagram and periscope so that we all keep up with each other and stay on the same page!

Monday: Legs

Tuesday: Cardio

Wednesday: Abs

Thursday: Cardio

Friday: Arms

 

2. Healthy Eating:

Every Monday I start fresh, ditch sugar and processed foods, and try to eat healthy. I write up what meals I’m making for dinner for that week (it’s best if you can do two weeks in advance), so you can follow the meal plan on the app that I mentioned above, but I kinda like to do my own, so here’s what I’m doing for dinners this week. Side note: We have busy evenings so these are all really quick and easy…my kind of cooking. 😉

Dinner Meal Plan:

Monday: BBQ Chicken Salad – I just throw cooked shredded chicken in with a bunch of spinach/salad mix, add corn, black beans, tomatoes, avacados, BBQ sauce + a ranch dressing you can get at sprouts that tastes pretty good without all the calories and fat.

Tuesday: Chicken Alfredo (sauce is from scratch) + asparagus – Click HERE for Alfredo Recipe. This is a regular at our house!

Wednesday: Turkey Wraps – We do this one on busy nights, just tortillas with turkey, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, pickles, cucumbers, and avocado

Thursday: Hawaiian Haystacks + Roasted Garlic Broccoli – Brown rice + homemade cream of chicken (recipe HERE), throw broccoli in a ziplock with avocado oil or olive oil and minced garlic and put in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes or until it’s cooked to how you like it!

Friday: Wheat Pizza – We love making homemade pizzas every Friday! Love this wheat dough recipe HERE, top with organic tomato sauce + mozzarella.

Grocery List: We will always look through the ads to see where different items are cheapest, but here is generally where we get everything:

Costco: frozen chicken, wheat noodles (you guys, these are AMAZING and taste like white noodles!), tortillas, turkey slices, cheese, milk, avocado oil, frozen veggies, frozen corn.

Kroger: black beans, heavy cream, parmesan, butter, brown rice, chicken broth, mozzarella

Sprouts: Ranch (Get the Walden Farms brand), asparagus, spinach/salad mix, lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, minced garlic, organic tomato sauce

 

3.  Uplifting + Spiritual Reading:

The most important thing for me to have a good week is to read my scriptures or conference talks daily. So I linked up ones to do for this week and if you have no idea what I’m talking about, you should definitely check them out. They are what keep me going every single day and when I remember to do it before doing other things it helps me stay focused and get more done throughout my day. I can’t wait to hear from them again in a few weeks!

Monday: Protect the Children by Dallin H. Oaks (click HERE)

Tuesday: To the Fathers in Israel by Ezra Taft Benson (click HERE)

Wednesday: Mothers Who Know by Julie B. Beck (click HERE)

Thursday: President Hinckley’s Testimony (click HERE)

Friday: The Moral Force of Women by D. Todd Christofferson (click HERE)

I love having the chance to do this with so many of you! I would love to hear feedback from how your week is going and if any of these help you! Comment below or post what you’re doing to make this week great by using hashtag #momsbestweek so we can help each other!

Xo,

Aubrey

Everyday MOMents

March 9, 2016 in Product Reviews

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First things first. If I’m going to read a book, it has to be AMAZING. Otherwise I feel like it’s a waste of my time. So I wanted to introduce to you one of my favorite “motherhood” books that just came out today that is definitely worth the read!

Whether you are religious or not, the author helps you see a perspective of life that you’ve probably never really seen or noticed before. I love how Jessica Poe interacts with her readers and asks questions to YOU that make you think. I honestly have changed a lot of things in my every day since reading this book.

I was able to start it early so that I could write this review. I read it after recently miscarrying and it has been something that has changed my focus on my everyday, my perspective on who I am as a mom, and how I can be better every single day just by doing and thinking of little things that she mentions in the book.

My favorite analogy she gives is on laundry. It literally blew me away and I even texted my close family and friends about it because she turned such an ordinary thing into something that might make you cry! You’ll never look at white laundry the same…. I give you a sneak peak of this on my periscope (so you have a few hours left to view it!)

So, if you’re looking for a book that’ll change your life this is it! (I’m not just saying that either because I was asked to review it, I’ve been telling everybody about this!)

Here’s what the cover looks like

 

PS: Head over to my Instagram for a chance to win one for yourself!!!

Thanks Jessica Poe for sharing such wonderful messages that every mom needs to hear.

Xo,

Aubrey

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