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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Surviving sick days with a toddler


Whether you are a SAHM, a working mom or somewhere in between, one of the unfortunate things we all have in common at one time or another is sick kids. 

There's nothing more heartbreaking for a mama than to see her typically energetic, full-of-life, crazy kids without smiles on their faces. Most of the time, colds and flu just require time to get over. So what are some tips for surviving those sick days with your toddler?

1. Take the day off
Most moms are professional multitaskers. Can I get an Amen? We clean the house, make dinner, correspond with friends, work on projects around the house, plan parties and more...all while keeping little humans alive. But on sick days, it's ok to put all those other tasks aside and just focus on your child. 

2.  Cuddle
Cherish these moments because they won't last forever. When toddlers are sick, they usually just want to lay down and be with their mamas. So just soak up the cuddles while you can and know that being in your arms, makes your toddler feel better. 

3. Read
Since your toddler probably doesn't have much energy to be running around, this is a great opportunity to read books to them. Have a book reading marathon! This is your chance to move past that same darn book they want to read every single day and find some new favorites. You know what I'm talking about!

4. Watch Movies
My friends know I'm a stickler when it comes to TV and movies for my toddler. It's not that I don't like them or even think that they are harmful, I just know there are so many other better things that she can spend her time doing. But when it comes to her not feeling well, the TV rules don't apply. If the only thing that takes her mind off an achy belly is Curious George then that's what we spend the day doing!

5. Pray for your toddler
As much as I would like to be able to make my little girl feel all better on her sick days, I can't. But I know my Father in heaven can. I want my daughter to understand from a young age what it means to pray and talk to God about everything. So when she's not feeling well, I pray with her that God will help her to feel better. Even if healing may not be God's will, I know that it's a comforting reminder to me that God is still in control, even on the sick days. 

How do you survive those dreaded sick days with your children?  Check out the other mama's blogs for their tips.  And be sure to link up with us below if you also have a post on this topic. 
In the difficulty of motherhood, it's so important to find other mamas to relate to.  Toddlers can be a handful and leave you wondering what to do next.  This series is here to help you navigate through toddlerhood while being able to relate to other mamas going through the same thing.  We may not always know what we are doing but we give it our best shot anyway.  Come back each week to check out our new topic and read along with the other hosts of our One Year and Beyond series!
 
Oct 2:     Toddler Diaper Bag Essentials 
Oct 9:     Learning to love your post-pregnancy body
Oct 16:   Busy Toddler Activities
Oct 23:   Keeping in Shape While Caring for a Toddler
Oct 30:   Sick Day Tips
Nov 6:    How to Not Lose Your Patience with your Toddler
Nov 13:  Favorite Toddler Outings
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Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2015 Homemaker's Daily Planner Review!

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One of my goals every year is to be more organized. I usually start out great, but trying to juggle a meal planner, a birthday calendar, event calendar and a blog journal can be more than overwhelming. 

I was so excited to receive a copy of Sue Hooley's new Daily Planner perfect for a busy homemaking mama. This planner was the perfect solution to my stash of unorganized journals and planners as it can serve as a task list, meal planner, birthday calender and even a blog journal as well.

The Homemaker's Daily Planner includes:
  • Two-page Weekly layout with menu planning and to-do list
  • Two-page Month layout
  • Year Calendars with place for notations
  • Perforated Shopping Lists
  • Tasks Lists and Projects & Events Sections
  • Information Section

I love the task list at the beginning of each week where I can write out blog post ideas, projects I want to get done, and meals to make for that week. There are sections in the back of the planner to expound on tasks and projects and even a section of perforated shopping lists to take with me each week. It doesn't get more convenient than that!
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There is also a month view where I like to write in church events, birthday's, play dates, library events and anything else to remember for that month. 
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The Homemaker's Daily Planner is the perfect combination of all the planners and journals I have tried. It is even the perfect size (6x9) so I can fit it neatly into my diaper bag but also have plenty of space to write in. To top it all off, each week has a Bible verse to meditate on and be encouraged by for that week.

The 2015 Daily Planner is on sale at Amazon for only $12.59 so grab your copy and a few extras to give as Christmas gifts!  You can also order right from Sue's website where she is offering free shipping on an order of 3 or more planners. You can't beat that deal!

Amazon Link: 2015 Daily Planner
Daily Planner Site: Homemaker's Friend

I received a free copy of this planner to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.
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And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

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And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Mommy Moments #118

Welcome to Mommy Moments! Last week we had some great new link ups! Let's keep it up by sharing and promoting Mommy Moments and the wonderful community we have here! I have enjoyed getting to know all the new mamas linking up and sharing their lives with us! I can't wait to hear more from you all again this week!

Motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its laughs. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world!

The top viewed link this week belongs to Tickled Pink and her post Our Little Pumpkin. I LOVE Amanda's pregnancy announcement. We are so excited for more babies to be added to our little community of mamas here! Thank you for sharing your excitement with us, Amanda!
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Then, explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mommy Moments #117

Welcome to Mommy Moments! Last week we had some great new link ups! Let's keep it up by sharing and promoting Mommy Moments and the wonderful community we have here! I have enjoyed getting to know all the new mamas linking up and sharing their lives with us! I can't wait to hear more from you all again this week!

Motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its laughs. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world!

The top viewed link this week belongs to Wife hat, Mom hat and her post The Arrival of Sweet Caroline. Welcome to the world Caroline from the Mommy Moments team and congratulations Amy, she is absolutely precious!



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Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren't a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!

Then, explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 


Please, pretty please, we'd love it if you would tweet or share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends!
We would also love it if you could add the Mommy Moments button to your post or blog so everyone knows where you are linking up! If you are not able to copy/paste the code on your page, please e-mail one of us and we would be happy to send you the code!

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And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

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