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A Story For Mother’s Day

*This is a sponsored post by StoryWorth. All opinions are my own.

Our memories are the threads with, which create the fabric of our lives. Sewn together from birth to death. Creating this metaphorical quilt. A quilt that transcends time. Those threads and fabrics are the pieces that pull together our story. Our life story.

Think about it. I mean, really think about it. When a loved one passes away, how is it they are remember? How is it possible for their story to stay alive? To keep the threads of their quilt from unraveling, like aimless strings just dancing in the wind? From being forgotten?

Sharing our story.

As a kid, I lived for those family gathering! The ones that included ice cream, volleyball, water balloon tosses, and stories! Those were the best part! My cousins and I would always sit quietly during those picnic lunches. Listening to the adults recall the stories of their past. Or good ‘ol days, (as they so vibrantly put it!) Of course the stories themselves, were always up for debate. Once a story was told my mother or one of her siblings would quickly chime in with, “No, no, no! That is not how it happened! I will tell you how it really happened!” After about two or three family members debated the original story tellers account, they moved on to the next one. You never heard the same story twice or least in the same way.

Now that my cousins and I are all off leading our own lives, those stories are no longer told. Pieces of the past are drifting away, as the fabric begins to unravel…

I am lucky though. My mom is one of the most vibrant storytellers of the family. So I was fortunate enough to hear the stories of her life year round. In fact, she still shares the threads which bind her life quilt together on a regular basis.

As Mother’s Day approaches, I am reminded just how lucky I am to still have those daily opportunities. This won’t always be the case. Someday my sister and I will be tasked with the responsibility of recounting the stories of our mother’s life, so her quilt does not unravel. So she is not forgotten. As a daughter, this feels like a momentous task.

Luckily, with this in mind, a company has created the perfect product. And on the heels of Mother’s Day, is the perfect gift.

StoryWorth

StoryWorth is a company dedicated to collecting family stories and placing them in a beautifully bound keepsake book. How is this done, you ask?

Choose a storyteller. A person whose stories will mean the most to you. Ensuring their legacy will live on for generations to come. Then, purchase a one year subscription from StoryWorth. What does a one year subscription include?

A one year subscription gives the storyteller of your choosing a years worth of story prompts to be bound in 1 hardcover book. StoryWorth gives you the option to choose your storyteller’s questions from their library or you can simply write your own. It’s entirely up to you!

What if your storyteller isn’t computer savvy? 

This is my FAVORITE part! StoryWorth has an audio option. The storyteller can simply click the link in their weekly e-mails, signaling the system to call the phone number saved in their file. They simply pick up the phone and share their story. The audio file will save it. It’s so easy!

Nick Baum is the mastermind and creator behind StoryWorth. He created this company in 2012, because he wanted to build a space that was easily accessible for his father and others like him, to record their stories.

So, as Mother’s Day approaches, whose stories do you want told? Whose life quilt do you want to remain intact for future generations- your mother, grandmother, aunt, or someone else? Make today the today, to give the best Mother’s Day gift to yourself and your loved ones. Make today a day StoryWorth day. Simply click on the link below to get started!

  • Preserve your mom’s stories for the next generation with a beautiful book!
  • Weekly story prompts make it easy.
  • Mother’s Day special: $20 off!

https://www.storyworth.com/boldlybravelyyou

 

 

 

 

 

Toys : Childhood Memory’s + A Lovey

When I had my oldest daughter, I would often imagine different segments of her childhood. Some of those segments included favorite toys and perhaps a special lovey. At the time, I didn’t consider the possibility that she may flip flop her special lovey from week to week or even month to month. I also never considered the possibility that she would have FOUR loveys, but that’s exactly what happened!

Here we are almost four years later and I am trying to keep track of four loveys, because of course there is no nap or bedtime without them! It didn’t begin this way, you know? It wasn’t until after she turned two that she started to become attached to “lovey”. I pushed hard for the items I purchased, hoping one of those would be her special buddy. I remember carefully selecting a few items with that thought in mind. Much to my dismay, that was never the case.

Instead, we went between stuffed animals from Walmart and one specific Minnie and Mickey Mouse plush set. Until last August… We spent the day at an amusement park. During our visit my husband and toddler played a few games in hope of winning some prizes. And that’s how we acquired her first two permeant loveys thus far – Dory and Sting Ray.

Then there were FOUR

Flash forward to Christmas. My daughter receives a small pony from grandma and doll she calls “Sally” from her Godmother. So now, instead of discarding sting ray and dory, she has FOUR sleeping buddy’s!

Childhood 

Lately I have been thinking a lot about my childhood toys, but not just mine. I have also been thinking about my sisters. More specifically, her lovey. The one she lost as a child. As I am sure some of you can relate, she lost her most treasured item in a department store one Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately, there were no missing lovey websites available at the time. All my mother could do was call the store to see if anyone had turned it in, while consoling her very upset toddler.

Why am I so invested in my sisters lovey? Because I selected her lovey myself. My uncle had taken me to the local Montgomery Wards department store. I searched shelf after shelf, in hopes of finding the perfect toy to give my wild little sister. There I was, sitting on my knees, looking at the items on the bottom shelves, when I finally came across the perfect item.

A Playskool Pink Bunny Doll

I very vividly remember the doll I carefully selected for her as a child. It was a soft, plush material with a rubber head that squeaked when pushed. The white body and front of the ears filled with soft pink, green, and purple speckles. The hands, feet, and the material around the head and back of the ears were a fluffy pink. Sewn on the body was a small pink bib with the word “Playskool” printed across in green.

Loveys are such a special treasure for children and such a cherished memory for adults. Did you have a special lovey as a child? What was it and do you still have it?

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

 

I Can’t Do It All And That’s Ok

I can’t do it all and that’s ok

As I sit down to write this, the day is already half over and I feel as though I have enjoyed so little of it. Between breakfast and lunch I was busy cleaning bathrooms and sweeping floors. Life is a balancing act. One that I sometimes feel as though I am failing at miserably.

Time Management 

Time management. There are dozens upon dozens of blog posts dedicated to the topic. I have read quite a few of those myself and while I admit, they are inspiring, I have yet to find a good balance.

As a child, I remember my own mother constantly moving around the house. She worked in our home and still managed to do all the cooking and cleaning. She wore it like a badge of honor. As did many others in her mom tribe. During that time, whether you worked inside or outside of the home you were still expected to do it all. Honestly, I have no idea how my mother did it!? But she did. She is one amazing woman.

So, when I embarked on my own motherhood journey I to, assumed I would just do it all. But the truth is, I can’t. It’s taken me awhile to be OK with that, but I am. My husband and I work as a team and we have realized through a lot of trail and error, that we just can’t do it all.

Take last night for example, my husband was trying to clean up some outdoor toys we stored in the garage for winter. My oldest is a Daddy’s girl, so of course she wanted to help.  Except, it was more like dance and twirl around while my husband cleaned. It ended with my almost 4 year old falling butt first into a bucket of pine-sol. This resulted with her in the tub for a good scrub and her favorite bat girl pajamas in the washer…

The list goes on and on… 

Since my husband was home today, I decided to spend the morning cleaning. Although, we could have spent the morning as a family unit – playing and laughing together… These daily decisions to check items off a list are not always easy. Even now, as I type this, I had to decide between this and a laundry list of other things.

I look around and see the kitchen is in desperate need of my attention. A bucket in the living room needing to be emptied so that I can fill it with my daughters out grown baby clothes. I need to carve out more time to fill in the pages of my youngest baby book. I ABSOLUTELY need to organize almost fours years worth of my daughters photos, for which I NEED to start printing.

Not to mention, I need to spend more time growing and developing my blog. When my baby was in the newborn phase, I had a small window each week to work on my blog or her book. Now that she is more aware and preschool is about half over, I feel as though I should be spending these next few months taking her to library story time instead. She won’t always be this little and I know I need to take a step back and enjoy these little moments.

Moments

As I type this, nap time is almost over. Which means it’s time to put all work away for now, because I promised my big girl we would make hot cocoa together. We plan to drink hot cocoa and chat about the day, while I hold the baby in my arms. I wouldn’t miss that date for the world!

Goals

Like so many others who made resolutions for this New Year, I have a few goals of my own. Although I don’t have a plan of attack for how best to achieve them, I know I have to forge ahead. Hopefully I will discover a good path, a rhythm that works best for my family and I. But no matter what comes, I will always stop, to embrace these little moments.

Do you have a good time management balance for life? Does it ever feel like the list is never ending? I totally get it! We can navigate through life and motherhood together. It takes a village!

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

{Fresh 48} : A First Look : {12 Days New}

My blog has been rather quiet the last few weeks, as my family and I welcomed the newest addition into our family. I have been spending much of my time soaking in all this newborn deliciousness! Its such a small window of time that seems to be drawing to a close by the second…

While I now have enough post ideas to span the course of the next several months. Everything from product reviews, to preparing toddler for baby, to birth plans, parenting hacks, and everything in between. I am going to take it slow. These precious new moments as a family of four are so fleeting, that I never want to forget a minute of it.

So, I want this post to highlight some of the most beautiful, funny, and messy memories of my daughters first 12 days of life.

{Born} 11:38am

{Stats} 8 lbs. 5 oz.  20.25 in.

You were born with a head full of dark hair. I actually had a baby with HAIR! When they laid you on my chest I didn’t realize it at first. There was so much commotion in the room that it wasn’t until I overheard a doctor say, “Look at all that hair!”, that I finally zeroed in on your head. I was completely taken by surprise.

You love to be cuddled! You curl up like a little spider monkey on my chest to sleep. You would rather sleep on me than in your bassinet. So needless to say, I spend many nights sitting up in bed, holding you, while the frame of the window seal digs into my back through the pillow. But I’m not complaining. Your snuggles are the best part of my day and night!

Within your first few days home, you managed to pee on our comforter while Daddy was changing you in the middle of the night. You were 4 days fresh for your first outing. I took you to your newborn doctors appointment, while Daddy and big sister stayed home. You were perfect!

6 Days fresh you experienced your biggest outing. First up, your newborn photo session. The photographs were true perfection, but getting there was quite a challenge baby girl! You did not want to sleep and I had to feed you twice during the session, but somehow she managed to get four different setups and family photos. After a long session we visited my parents for a brief period in the afternoon. You had no trouble sleeping there! Finally, it was off to your Dad’s parents. I was hoping to take some of my own newborn poses of you out on the farm. By the time we reached their home, daylight was fading fast. I managed to get the one purple setup I wanted in front of the corn fields, before grabbing your big sister for her preschool photos. Despite the busyness of the day, it was pretty great!

9 Days fresh the outer portion of your umbilical cord came off. The doctor spray the inner portion to help protect it, while we wait for it to dry up and fall out.

10 Days fresh we took your big sister to toddler time at the library in the small town next to us. I felt like it was the perfect outing! Small town library, little parking lot – making it easier to keep hold of your big sister and you, and good friends to help if I needed extra hands! It was also my first time changing you out in public. They have nice, clean restrooms, which made the process go smoothly.

12 Days fresh you had your second doctors appointment to make sure you were gaining weight appropriately. No problems there! {9 lbs. 1 oz.} After that we headed to a small play space, so your sister could burn off some of that energy. It’s a great little space run by a couple of moms! This was also the place you had your very first blow out! After I changed you and your outfit, you then proceeded to punk all over me. You were two for two that day, as I noticed another blow out in your car seat as soon as we got back home. Needless to say, I spent the better part of your nap time cleaning the car seat, as per the instruction manual.

These past few weeks have been a little crazy to say the least, but we love every minute of it baby girl. We love every minute with you! All the poopy diapers and sleepless nights are so worth it, because {It Won’t Be Like This For Long.} So, I am going to spend my time soaking up every moment of you, of us, as a family of four!

Love,

Mama

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Birthdays, Birthdays, & More Birthdays!

I love birthdays! I have always loved birthdays! Growing up, my parents made sure our birthdays were very special. So, it goes without saying that when I became a mother I was beyond excited to plan our daughters birthdays!

Before my daughter even had her first birthday I had a general idea for themes 1 through 5. Yes, you read that right – 1 through 5. Of course, the ideas are just the beginning stages. In the months leading up to each birthday, I narrow it down and set a clear picture for the direction I want to go. As you can tell, I love to plan ahead – birthdays at least…

In the months leading up to our daughters first birthday we discussed not only how we want to celebrate hers, but future children as well. We decided that each child would have an extended family party for their first birthday. Donned with their own special birthday outfit as their keepsake. Each individual child would even have there own first birthday theme, based on the theme of their nursery. Every birthday after that would be a more intimate family affair.

Our reasoning came from a few simple thoughts. First and for most, we did not want our entire family to feel they must attend several birthdays a year as we add to our family. As we all know, with work and young children life can get pretty busy at times. So we felt receiving an invitation for only their first birthdays would be best. In my opinion, its also nice because I won’t have to explain why so and so was able to attend one child’s birthday but not the other. This way no child feels left out or as though their birthday is less important because it did not work with everyones schedule.

Some would say the first birthday isn’t that important, because the child won’t even remember it. While its true they won’t remember, my husband and I see it a little differently. If it wasn’t for those large first birthday parties we had as babies, we would not even have photographs or video with some family members. Even those we will never personally know some of those beautiful people, its nice to see photographs of us together. I love that I can watch the video of my first birthday to see and hear their voices, as they interact with me. It gives me a sense of connection to those beautiful and loving souls.

Birthdays are a great way to let out my creative side! Once I have selected a theme, I head straight to pinterest! Last year, I decided Minnie Mouse was the perfect theme for age two! Of course, pink Minnie Mouse simply wouldn’t do! It had to be the traditional red/black! Why? It isn’t just because I like the traditional Minnie and Mickey the best, which I do. My thought was I could reuse the decorations I created for a boy, if the colors are red and black. Which brings me to the birthday banner. With this in mind, I created the banner using both Minnie and Mickey Mouse.

I also love having a special birthday outfit to match the theme! With budget in mind, only each child’s first birthday outfit will have their name. Of course, my daughters birthday outfits won’t work for a boy, but they will definitely work for a girl. It just so happens we are expecting another little princess. So she will be able reuse decorations and birthday outfits for themes 2 through 5. So if you love to have a special outfit created for your little ones birthday, consider leaving off the name. Especially if you love the theme you selected so much, that you would love to reuse it!

As you can see, I love birthdays! The prep and planning is always exciting, but it doesn’t beat the bright smile on my daughters face during her special day! As her third birthday is fast approaching, I wanted to reflect on the last 3 years and how we have celebrated.

What do birthdays mean to you? How do you celebrate your little ones?

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

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