Trusting God

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5

 

These have been very dear words to my soul as Jeff and I have navigated these last few months in our life. We have had some unexpected bumps in our road that have caused us to take a step back and evaluate our life and how we are doing it.

 

I’ll give you the short version (if I can) . I’ve been having stomach problems for almost a year and I’ve seen several doctors to try to figure out what’s going on. I had some scans done a few months back and they showed that my gallbladder was only working 14%. So they knew we needed to get it taken out. Now I recognize that this is not a major situation, really I do. But anytime you have to go in and have a surgery, there is plenty of anxiety to go around wanting to make sure the procedure goes well, recovery has no complications, the financial aspect of everything, dealing with the kids and making sure they weren’t scared….figuring out how I was NOT going to pick up Gia for X amount of days, Jeff missing work and missing out on fun Summer plans, and the list goes on. There was a lot of planning and sacrificing that was going to have to be done. But obviously I REALLY wanted to feel better.

 

Right before my gallbladder surgery, I had to get a routine ultrasound on a thyroid nodule I’ve known about for a few years now. When the test results came back, it had doubled in size this past year and my doctors were concerned and wanted to get it taken out.

 

I went from a fun Summer full of plans to 2 surgeries within 3 weeks. None of this was even on my radar a month earlier. I was frustrated and a little disappointed to say the least.

 

During this same few weeks we got devastating news that Jeff’s mom has been diagnosed with breast cancer and is facing surgery and treatments in the next few weeks.

 

I am very blessed that none of my health issues turned out to be serious (my thyroid nodule was benign!), but Peggy’s news just had us floored. She takes great care of herself, so it was a complete shock to everyone.

 

During all of this, I was really overwhelmed if you want to know the truth. I held it together pretty well, but it was a lot to take in, in a few short weeks.

 

This is the part where Jeff and I started evaluating our life. How much time we spend with each other, how much we do and don’t workout, how much sleep we get, our diet, the chemicals we bring into our house. All of it. We all know that these things DO make a difference in our health and we have made a commitment to the best of our ability, sanity and budget to try to give each other and our baby girls, the healthiest life we know how.

 

We are committing to try to sleep more, laugh harder, play outside more, love hard, eat a plant-based diet, make more memories, teach our kids the importance of food and exercise, and more than anything to love God, life and each other with everything inside of them! We know that we aren’t perfect and we will have days where we splurge, and I already have things I don’t plan on switching that some people might think I should. I’m gonna mess up some recipes and have lazy days where I don’t go on my daily walk, but we are re-committing our entire family to God and taking care of our bodies and most importantly, trusting Him with the things we cannot control.

 

I’m trusting God with my weaknesses and asking Him to help me when I have bad days or don’t feel like it. I’m trusting God to help me be creative and make this journey fun for my family. I’m trusting God that He will fill in the gaps of my life as I continue to educate myself on a better way to live. I’m trusting God as I add new things into my life that weren’t there before that He will make them MORE fulfilling than the things we are taking out of our life.

 

Maybe more than anything I’m just reminding myself through all of this to simply trust Him. He knows what’s best for us. I know in my heart that I haven’t fulfilled some of the things in my life that I’m meant to do and I believe this is His nudge to help me get ready and prepared for them. God has reminded me through all of this that He has His best for us, now maybe it’s time for me to do the same. Treat myself good!

 

I don’t know what this journey looks like or how long some of my eating/workout trends will last, but I know that God is calling our family to be better and stronger than before, mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally.

 

When sickness and disease comes to your house, followed by the anxiety of the unknown, the questions of why and a ton of other emotions…don’t forget that you have a choice! You can let it overtake you or you can take action and grow and allow God to show you HIS path for your life. So cheers to the unknown, figuring it all out one day at a time and finding all the cool vegan restaurants in town lol! We’ve been eating vegan for a few weeks now and we are surprisingly are loving it so far! I’m sure there will be plenty of recipes to share in the near future! Make sure you follow along over at my Instagram account for all the fun!

 

Here’s to raising my own bar…and for myself!

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Rose Gold Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Rose Gold is everything right now so I’m here to help you find the PERFECT Mother’s Day gift for the ladies in your life! All of these items are available on Amazon and most products are Prime…which means if you wait until the last minute, you could still get them in just a few short days. Double check the item to make sure it’s Prime! I try to stay on top of things and not wait until the last minute…but it happens….you know…life…kids. So for all my last minute shoppers out there, AMAZON to the rescue!

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This article may contain affiliate links, all opinions are my own. See my full disclosure policy here.

Fellas! Don’t forget your mom, wife, sister, grandma and even the ladies that are expecting. They are expecting a baby AND a gift from you on their first official Mother’s Day. Trust me on this one. If you’re a lady reading this and find something you love, just forward or tag the guy in your life!

I put a little something for everyone in here. Whether you want to spend a little or a lot, I’ve got you covered on trendy, rose gold items ❤

Alright…Happy Shopping! 

Rose Gold Metal Slim Wallet with a RFID Blocker  **Under $10

Rose Gold Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle ** Under $15

Rose Gold Diamond Crystal Ballpoint Pen (set of 12) ** Under $20

Rose Gold Initial Necklace ** Under $20

   Rose Gold Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones **Under 230.00

Rose Gold Flat Sandal **Price varies per size. Under $50

Rose Gold Kenneth Cole Satchel **Under $100

Rose Gold Aviator Sunglasses ** Under $10

Rose Gold Cosmetic Storage Containers (Set of 3) **Under $50

Rose Gold Oval Make-up Brushes (Set of 10) **Under $20

Rose Gold Teapot and Infuser **Under $35

Rose Gold Stainless Steel Dual Head Stethoscope (Limited Edition)   **$80

Rose Gold Fitbit (Special Edition) **Under $180.00

  Rose Gold Stainless Steel Watch **Under $15

Rose Gold Mini Wireless Ear Bud (Bluetooth) **Under $15

        Rose Gold Steve Madden Heel    **Price Varies per Size

Rose Gold Sonicare Rechargeable Toothbrush  **Under 185.00

 

  Rose Gold Keyboard Cover Skin (check details for compatibility) **Under $10


 

What are y’all getting your mamas for Mother’s Day???

Rose Gold Mother's Day Gift Guide

Rose Gold is everything right now so I’m here to help you find the PERFECT Mother’s Day gift for the ladies in your life! All of these items are available on Amazon and most products are Prime…which means if you wait until the last minute, you could still get them in just a few short days. Double check the item to make sure it’s Prime! I try to stay on top of things and not wait until the last minute…but it happens….you know…life…kids. So for all my last minute shoppers out there, AMAZON to the rescue!

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This article may contain affiliate links, all opinions are my own. See my full disclosure policy here.

Fellas! Don’t forget your mom, wife, sister, grandma and even the ladies that are expecting. They are expecting a baby AND a gift from you on their first official Mother’s Day. Trust me on this one. If you’re a lady reading this and find something you love, just forward or tag the guy in your life!

I put a little something for everyone in here. Whether you want to spend a little or a lot, I’ve got you covered on trendy, rose gold items ❤

Alright…Happy Shopping! 

Rose Gold Metal Slim Wallet with a RFID Blocker  **Under $10

Rose Gold Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle ** Under $15

Rose Gold Diamond Crystal Ballpoint Pen (set of 12) ** Under $20

Rose Gold Initial Necklace ** Under $20

   Rose Gold Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones **Under 230.00

Rose Gold Flat Sandal **Price varies per size. Under $50

Rose Gold Kenneth Cole Satchel **Under $100

Rose Gold Aviator Sunglasses ** Under $10

Rose Gold Cosmetic Storage Containers (Set of 3) **Under $50

Rose Gold Oval Make-up Brushes (Set of 10) **Under $20

Rose Gold Teapot and Infuser **Under $35

Rose Gold Stainless Steel Dual Head Stethoscope (Limited Edition)   **$80

Rose Gold Fitbit (Special Edition) **Under $180.00

  Rose Gold Stainless Steel Watch **Under $15

Rose Gold Mini Wireless Ear Bud (Bluetooth) **Under $15

        Rose Gold Steve Madden Heel    **Price Varies per Size

Rose Gold Sonicare Rechargeable Toothbrush  **Under 185.00

 

  Rose Gold Keyboard Cover Skin (check details for compatibility) **Under $10


 

What are y’all getting your mamas for Mother’s Day???

A Letter to My Last Baby on Her First Birthday

My Dear Baby GG-

Girlfriend! WE. DID. IT. I mean honestly, we should be in Mexico somewhere soaking up the sun as a reward for everything we have been through this past year!

It was the hardest, yet most amazing year of my life. I want you to know that I cherished EVERY SINGLE moment with you as an infant. I made sure to take in every newborn smell knowing it could be my last. I made sure to snuggle a few extra minutes during those night feedings, knowing they wouldn’t last long. I soaked up all the silence and naps in those early days knowing that you would be a jabbering, busy bee before I knew it. Even though nursing is the hardest in those early days, I cherished every moment knowing that soon enough I would be stressing about making sure your foods were soft enough and cut up small enough so you didn’t choke haha. All I had to do was hold you and stare at you (for hours and hours and hours and hours, but still…) Nothing in this world will replace those moments of letting you sleep on my chest when you were just a few days old, Lord knows I can barely hold you in my lap these days because you’re so busy taking in the exciting world around you.

 

 

I’ll never regret NOT sleep training you right away and letting you sleep in our room until you were well past 6 months old. I won’t regret picking you up EVERY. SINGLE. time you cried (and laughing at how cute it was) instead of making dinner and letting you work it out (we kept delivery guys in business). I won’t regret telling everyone I was feeding you knowing we were done 10 minutes prior, but  I was just starring at you and holding you for an extra minute before I had to pass you off and share you again. I won’t regret letting the laundry pile up, the house not being clean or even not getting that daily shower I needed lol. I genuinely soaked up ALL of your baby-ness and I don’t regret one second of it.

 

It’s funny how the things that stressed me out as a new mom with your big sisters were the things I looked forward to. Putting you to bed (even though I was tired and wanted to get in bed myself), bath time (even though I needed a shower- we may cover this several times) and middle of the night feedings (because who WANTS to wake up in the middle of the night ever??). I loved all of it.

There were definitely some rough times with you, but just like the horrific pregnancy and c-section you put me through (hence the reason I KNOW you are my last baby), I’ve already forgotten about them.

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Baby Gia, I want you to know how happy you make our family. You are the best grande finale your dad and I could have asked for. You are the sweetest most tenderhearted little (literally, you are still wearing your 6 month clothes and in a size 2 diaper…you weighed 16.14 pounds at your weight check yesterday) thing I didn’t know I wanted or needed in my life.

 

I look forward to sharing secrets with you, laughs with you and memories that you can actually remember lol! We have a lifetime of fun ahead of us, you just wait and see sister!

But today, with tears streaming down my face, I say good-bye to my last baby. I know nothing magical happens today in the physical, but my heart knows exactly what today is. I don’t have an infant anymore. Now when people ask me your age, I have to say 1…and that just sounds too grown. I’m not ready for you to grow up. But here goes nothing….

 

I’m already proud of the little thing you’ve become and I can’t wait to see where God takes your life. You are sweet, sassy and so much in between. He has the perfect place for you in this world and I’m so lucky I have a front row seat.

You will forever be my baby girl…

“Mama”

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PS. Back to the conversation about going to Mexico….

A Letter to my last baby on her 2

Why We Made Our Kids Do Whole 30

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I’m still not exactly sure how I convinced my entire family to do a Whole 30 with me but I did! Actually, I know exactly how…I cook, they eat what I make lol! I have 3 little girl ages 7, 5 and 10 months. The baby obviously didn’t participate, but the rest of us went in hard core. My husband and I didn’t cheat one. single. time. We were pretty proud of that! The girls did AMAZING! They went on a trip with my parents and had one or 2 meals they weren’t able to comply but that’s it! My mom went and bought tons of fruit to keep on hand to help them stay on track.

I had a few snarls as to why I was “making my kids do this” and the answer is easy: to change their relationship with food. We have been in the habit of fruit snacks, chips and donuts for so long, that sometimes they would go days without healthy fresh food in their bodies. I want them to grow up strong and healthy and loving fresh foods, but that starts at home. I knew I had to be the one to help them get there. We all needed to get there. I have done my fair share of research about how the things we put in and on our bodies can destroy your health. I don’t want me or my kids to wake up in 20 years and it be too late. We have to change things now.

Fresh fruits and vegetables boost your immune system and we could ALL use a good dose of that this time of year. Now we have still battled the runny noses, but we have managed to skip (knock on wood) the serious stuff this season. Either we have been lucky or our immune systems really are in full gear due to all of the raw fruits and veggies we are eating!

I also want my kids to operate at their best! I want them to change the world and to thrive in what God has called them to do! I want them to FEEL up to the challenge! This is a big motivation for Jeff and I right now, to feel better and to have the energy to to do the things we are meant to do in this life. It’s no different for my kids. I want their minds, bodies and spirits to operate at their absolute best! I want their minds to be clear and strong for school and their bodies to be ready for the sports they are playing. I want their spirits to be up to the challenge for whatever life may throw their way, but if they don’t FEEL good, they just won’t be prepared for it all. Feeling good starts with whatever you are fueling your body with. There’s a lot more to it, but it STARTS here.

Real talk, the first few days with the girls were not the easiest, BUT I was surprised how serious they took it. After a week or so, they got the hang of it all and it was their new norm. During our Whole 30, at church the girls had a party in their class. They served cupcakes and my 5 year old told them she wasn’t eating sugar and didn’t eat one! I was honestly really surprised and happy to see how serious she was taking it!

So here’s the HOW:

-We talked to them. Yep. Rocket Science, I know. We sat them down and talked about the effects that sugar can have on their body. We talked about foods that have sugar in them and how most grains turn to sugar in your body. We also talked about the effects sugar can have on their teeth and how they could get cavities lol. Might have been a little scare tactic but it worked haha.

-We talked about how God wants us to live a healthy life and honor Him with our bodies and life that He gave us. We were built for exercise and fresh foods…not laying around and eating junk food all day.

I’ve complied a list of some helpful tips to help your family survive a Whole 30…esp with kids!

  1. If you don’t know what Whole 30 is, I def recommend the official Whole 30 book! You need to figure out WHY you want to do this. This is not a diet, it’s meant meant to help you change your relationship with food and clear processed food and sugar out of your body!
  2. Pinterest your life away. Seriously guys, make this fun! I set out not to just at chicken, broccoli and salads every single night. We did eat them but not all day everyday. There are some to die for, delicious recipes out there! Follow me on Pinterest here and check out my Whole 30 board!
  3. DO SOME MEAL PREP. You have to. You just do. Otherwise your kids will ask for a snack and instead of peppers and hummus you will reach for the fruit snacks because you’re in a hurry and don’t want to wash and cut everything. Let the weekends be your friend! Make soups to keep around, cook chicken ahead of time (to throw in salads or lettuce wraps), wash and cut your veggies and put them in containers. IT WILL PAY OFF!
  4. Buy an instant pot. Guys, I used this thing almost every single day. If you don’t have one, read up on them. For the days I didn’t meal prep appropriately and I needed dinner in a hurry, or I needed the oven for 2-3 dishes, I was so glad I had it! My kids give me like a 15 minute warning (if that most days) to the time of death by starvation, so I don’t have long to get food ready. INSTANT POT FOR LIFE.
  5. Make it fun. If you eat boring meals, you will…..get bored. Think about your favorite foods and search Pinterest and Google. I’m SURE one of those cool food bloggers has come up with something!
  6. Make it a salad. When we had cravings we made it into a salad. Now clearly you can’t do this with everything but we did it a lot! Want pizza? Throw all of your favorite toppings in (no cheese) and use pizza sauce as your dressing! Want a burger? Ground beef, pickles, onions, tomatoes, ketchup and mustard as dressing.
  7. Larabars are life. Most of the are Whole 30 compliant. I have a pin on my Whole 30 Pinterest board that tells you which are and which aren’t. I hopped on Amazon and bought several boxes of these and kept them around for snacks and quick meals!
  8. Study your list of do’s and don’ts before you start. I focused on my list of do’s: meat, vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts. This made my life easy!
  9. Make your own rules. Okay so I’ll get some ugly e-mails over this one, but I’ll just delete them so I’m not too concerned 🙂 But feel free to make your own rules for your family and your health issues. I’m still nursing and was concerned about my carb intake, so I kept eating peanut butter and white potatoes which is technically not on the program. But I didn’t over indulge in these and I didn’t get processed peanut butter. For the kids, I bought some turkey pepperonis and turkey meatballs and store bought applesauce (yes, store bought…I can hear the gasping through the screen…blog on another day about how I didn’t feel like making homemade applesauce haha). These helped me keep around some quick throw together lunches. But for sanity sake, do what works for your needs. Just do go so far off course that you’re w not actually Whole 30-ing anymore.
  10. Buy a potato masher. Random piece of advice but we used it allllll the time. We made muffins and pancakes and needed mashed bananas, we made lots of cauliflower mashed potatoes. We just used it all the time!
  11. Dried Fruit is my BEST piece of advice for helping kids through this! I bought a lot of different kinds and replaced their chips and snacks with this. I made some up in baggies so we could grab them on the go as well!
  12. Let your kids play with their food. I would cut up their fruits and veggies and have them make a picture with their food, or I would make a cute picture with their food! They were giggling too much about eating Elmo’s face that they forgot they were eating tomatoes.
  13.  Let your kids go to the grocery store with you and help pick out their favorite fruits and vegetables. This was one of the most helpful things we did! They would be excited to get home and show their dad what they picked out. And I would say, “how about you try those plums you bought at the store!”
  14. Give them choices, this way they don’t feel like you’re “making them” eat this way…well…as much haha. For breakfast I would say “would you like eggs with avocado and cilantro on top or would you like to make your own fruit salad?” For lunch, “I’m making BBQ turkey sausages, you get to pick 2 other items…any fruit or vegetable as your sides.”

If you are really wanting to do a Whole 30 and want your whole family to participate, you can do it with a little prep, a few machines to do your work for you and some creativity! I could list all of our favorite meals but most of them on are my Whole 30 Pinterest board! It was one of the best decisions we have made! We have added back in some oatmeal and yogurts, but we still pretty much eat this way every single day. Trust me, if our family can do it, yours can too! Good luck!

Have you done a Whole 30 with kids? How did they do?

Help me to be more simple.

Lord, help me to be simple. I’m starting to think I’m more difficult than I want to be. If you know me and you are rolling in the floor laughing because you’ve known this about me for 31 years…keep it to yourself, I’m a work in progress 🙂 But seriously, we should all try to be more simple. I didn’t say don’t treat yourself sometimes or move to a tiny house, just more…simple. I always want the food to be perfect, the house to be perfect-ish, I want the Christmas presents to be perfect, the pictures to be perfect…this list goes on! But it’s a lot of work to strive for all of this. You could just literally exhaust yourself and your resources trying to get there. It’s time for a reality check Brittany.

I bought this $3 tree from Target in the dollar section (which is starting to turn into the $3 and $5 section but whatever). I actually bought it for Jeff to take to work and put on his desk, I know, I’m so cute right?! But he left it at home and I found the perfect place for it…yes, I stole his present. Well, the girls spotted it and they started fighting over this little $3 tree. The REAL moral of this story is that next time I see them at Target, I should buy 5 of them. ANYWAYS. I stood back and cracked up as I thought about all of the Christmas decorations around our house. All of the stuff we’ve collected over the years, the HOURSSSSSS and dayzzzzzz it takes us to put it all up. The amount of beads, glitter and fake snow I vacuum up for weeks and we all fight over this little tree that might break before the year is out. I mean, we all have Christmas trees in our room! But we all love this little tree. It’s the same concept as when you buy a baby a toy and they just want to play with the box lol.

My brain went on 789 rabbit trails (because I’m a girl) and I ended up at: We make life too hard sometimes, it’s simple. The things that truly make us happy are simple. Family dinners. Respect and love from your spouse. A parent that will sit and cuddle and play with you. A sister (or 47) to play Barbies with. In this season of “stuff” (and I’m not anti-stuff…I LIKE the stuff lol) Lord, help me to focus on what really matters and help me to be simple. I pray that I would make more time to chill with the mister and my little mamis and ENJOY them and this beautiful life we’ve built for ourselves.

Then I heard that little undeniable whisper from above…. God is simple. I pray that I would make God more simple in my life. I listen, He speaks, I follow. Done. It’s not hard. He’s not trying to play games with our emotions and string us along this path while dangling things over our head. Our purpose is not some huge mystery. It’s just a simple day-by-day walk of faith. All we have to do is listen and follow. I feel guilty somedays if I don’t have 2 hours to pray and read my Bible…and basically that NEVER happens, I can barely fit in a shower most days. But He is simple. He created simple. He is not tricky, He is simple. We listen, He speaks, we follow.

I challenge you (along with myself!) to be more simple. Love hard, soak in memories and follow His lead. :*

30 Days of Thanks: The Mom Edition


So jealous of you ladies who have it together and do your 30 days of thanks in November each day. I want to, I really do. I truly am so grateful for the life I have. God has been so good to me! As I see your posts come across my feeds, I get all motivated to do it then someone hurts themselves, poops, needs food or a nap and my post-pregnancy brain (that’s a thing right?!) kicks in and it never happens. So I finally found 6 minutes to myself and thought I’d knock it out. This one is for all the moms out there. Enjoy 🙂


Day 1 – Coffee. Otherwise my kids would be calling Dr. Phil on me by 9:23am

Day 2 – Amazon Prime because I don’t have to put on a bra and shoes to get diapers and my deodorant.

Day 3 – Nap time. When else am I supposed to eat white cheddar popcorn (without sharing) and watch re-runs of the Gilmore Girls?

Day 4 – The tv show “Hoarders.” Because when I feel like my house is a mess, I remember that it could be worse. I keep a few on my DVR for when I need a pick me up.

Day 5 – The Bible verse “Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right” – Ephesians 6:1…the foundation of all of my “you better listen to mommy” speeches.

Day 6 – Modern day washing technology. I cant imagine washing every dish by hand or hanging clothes on a drying line…AFTER scrubbing them down one-by-one in a bucket. I’m being honest, we’d be dirty if it was left to me.

Day 7 – My dogs. They are the only ones in the house who don’t hate me if I forget to feed or play with them. Also, they don’t always ask to play with play-doh or finger paint which is a huge plus.

Day 8 – My Crockpots. Because I’m thankful for anything that works on my behalf and makes me look awesome. Yes, I said crockpots. I run those suckers 2 at a time.

Day 9 – Yeti cups, because it’s a miracle if I ever drink all of my coffee while it’s still hot…but now I can. Ya know, trying to avoid the whole Dr. Phil thing.

Day 10 – Peppa pig. That pig’s show has been such a blessing and given me many a needed 20 minutes to get a few things done.

Day 11 – High waisted leggings. Because after 3 kids, it’s necessary. You’re all welcome.

Day 12 – Daylight savings. Because for a few months of the year you can put your kids to bed at 5:02pm and they have no clue it’s not 8pm.

Day 13 – Target. Where do I even begin??

Day 14 – Thicker eyebrows being in style. I haven’t hardly had time to do my eyebrows for the last 7 years so it looks like I was ahead of the trend on this one.

Day 15 – Aviators and messy buns. You mean I look cute even though I look like a TROLL under here? This is a win-win situation.

Day 16 – Kids vitamins. It eases the mom guilt when I let them eat cold pizza for breakfast.

Day 17 – My oldest child. My mom tries to tell me not to let her grow up too fast but she’s 8 now, she’s earning her keep around here right up to the child labor laws margin.

Day 18 – Adele. For putting my kids to sleep in the car every time.

Day 19 – Hand sanitizer. Because y’all are nasty. And even though my kids get sick
sometimes, they never caught Ebola so I think it’s working…and I’m grateful.

Day 20 – Pinterest. Because before, I used to just go to Hobby Lobby to decorate our house, now I can go to the dumpster and dig around in the salvage yard and come home feeling like Joanna Gaines.

Day 21 – Magic erasers. Seriously, what did I even do before these?! They clean everything. Now if only they would come unload my dishwasher.

Day 22 – Portable DVD players/iPads for the car. The guy (or girl) who made the at-home-massage chairs probably did so because they didn’t have adequate entertainment on a road trip with children. It’s the stuff ACTUAL nightmares are made of.

Day 23 – Noise canceling headphones. I’m not saying I’ve ever done it…but my “friend” puts hers on sometimes and listens to some Ariana Grande (or DMX depending on “her” current mood) to get away from it all…ya know, while still being responsible and making sure they don’t burn the house down….so “she” says. I imagine she’s grateful for those.

Day 24 – Grandparents. Because there’s someone else who will take your kids and love them right before you get to the point of wanting to run away from home, well maybe not run…probably more of a walk/slight jog. (Relax…I’m kidding, but yay for grandparents)

Day 25 – Santa. The other day I tried to tell my 6 year old that Jesus didn’t like her bad attitude and she said “Well….what about Santa?! He won’t bring me presents if I’m mean, does Jesus bring me presents??” After the Santa comment I got an “I’m sorry mommy.”  So…Santa. I’ve literally used that like 97563748 since then. We clearly have some work to do in the Jesus department.

Day 26 – Food in mini-size packages. Guys, I’m not hard to please here. But food in kid size packages is where it’s at. A tiny package of cheez-its or fruit snacks can fix an attitude and change the whole mood of the day.

Day 27 – iPad/iPhone. I GENUINELY have respect for people who raised kids without one of these bad boys. It’s the exact reason my kids aren’t in boarding school in England right now.

Day 28 – KidsTube. Because they used to watch YouTube and now I don’t have to worry about my kids watching Justin Bieber videos or a cow giving birth (actually happened) while I’m not in the room. Now they just watch grown-ups play with orbeez (yikes) and Baby Alive videos… but whatevs.

Day 29 – That giraffe. $24 well spent.

Day 30 – My comfy bed. When I wake up in the morning I start dreaming and thinking about it allllllll day long until we meet again for 4 (6 if I’m lucky) hours again that night. It’s the motivation I need to get through the day. Like, for real…thankful.
30 days of thanks

Comment below and tell me what YOU’RE thankful for! Share with a mom!