Updated! {Ready, Set, Potty Train}

Ya’ll! I think we did it! I think we have reached the end of an era! The diaper days are behind us (except for nap-time/nighttime)–and it feels like a freedom I can’t explain!

Now that this transition has happened 3 separate times with our girls, I can 100% say that I believe in the potty-training method we used to get the job done. (See my previous post below for the details!!)

With our youngest, Libbey–who if you know her, is fierce, determined and sassy–I was a little nervous walking into the potty training stage. So, I pulled out all the stops to get her excited for our fun, long weekend of “potty adventures.” Doll, undies, candy, stickers for her chart, juice boxes, etc. You name it. I bought it. (I figured, if it kept me from buying diapers in the future–I’d spend the money to make the potty the best and most exciting thing in the world for my daughter.) 

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We hit the ground running with minimal accidents after the first day, and thought by far, our hardest child was the easiest to potty train. Then around day 3-4 we had some bumps in the road for a few days. Although super frustrated, we stuck with it and after almost a week with no accidents–I can say I think there is light at the end of the potty training tunnel. 

Just for fun, I have to share this adorable video of our WHOLE family, encouraging and entertaining our daughter while she was potty training. Reading books, watching movies, coloring pictures and doing puzzles was at the top of our Labor Day weekend plans while the potty training was going down, haha!

Potty training-take 3! from HometownHoneyBlog on Vimeo.

If you are planning on potty training and looking for a method, check out my post below about potty training our middle daughter. We used the same book and method with all 3 of our girls and I would recommend it to anyone!

Good luck, 

Liz


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This weekend are are tackling the lovely hurdle of potty training our middle daughter, who is 2 1/2 years old. imgsvr

The time has come…and actually she was probably ready a few months ago, but as much as the whole potty thing is a commitment for our daughter…it is for us too. No more jumping in the car or walking around the zoo without 17,000 potty breaks.

We have carved out time with the long weekend ahead to specifically work on potty training… and with our method, we are going to stick to it!

Our oldest daughter had great success potty training! Over the course of 1 weekend (3 days roughly) she was using the big girl potty completely. I know everyone has different children with different methods, books, ideas, ways, strategies, etc…but the method we used worked well for us and we are looking forward to it working with our 2nd daughter too! Again, fingers crossed!

The book we read to prepare for potty training and where all of our success is due, comes from- Potty Training 1-2-3 by Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo. 1600_Potty_Training_1_2_3_Cover__53965.1415575851.304.400

(Side note–If you are into parenting books, the Ezzos wrote the Baby Wise books and Growing Kids God’s Way books. Since we are huge fans of their parenting books/strategies we naturally looked to their book on potty training!)

Without sharing the whole book on the blog…

here are my… “TOP 10 TOILET TRAINING TIPS:”

1) Make sure your toddler is developmentally ready to be potty trained. (there are indicators that show signs of readiness in your child–check out the book!)…you don’t want to start too soon. 

2) Set aside a long weekend, with no plans–where potty training is your only focus. 

3) Have all the training equipment–potty seat, undies, doll, snacks and drinks.

4) Prep your toddler by talking to them ahead of time about the upcoming potty training task-get them excited!

5) Get a doll!–to “practice” or “teach” going to the potty. (this is one of the key parts in the method of training)

6) Have treats/rewards for your training toddler–treats for “staying dry” and a bigger treat for going potty. 

7) Set a timer–on your phone or microwave to be consistent with checking for dryness and trying on the potty.

8) Position the potty in the right location–in the kitchen or close to the living room so that your toddler doesn’t have far to go and doesn’t feel excluded from everyone else. 

9) Keep the drinks coming–hydrating and the urge “to go” helps them the master the process of using the potty quicker. 

10) Put the undies on and keep them on–excluding naps and bedtime, be consistent about using undies and potty training. Don’t confuse your toddler by having them in underwear one day and then a diaper the next. 

I highly recommend this short and simple book on successful potty training, and for accomplishing it in a matter of days! 

Love, 

Liz 

 


Solo Parenting

Our school year is up and running! It’s been a busy few weeks transitioning into new routines and different school environments, but thankfully, my girls are pretty flexible and have adjusted nicely to all the “newness” of the school year.

It’s been on my mind for a while to write a little something about parenting– and in particular “single parenting.” As some of you know, our family spent most of the last school year separated. My husband took a new job about 2 hrs. away from our home and commuted back to us on most weekends. We did this for about 8 months.

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Since May we have been under the same roof again,  and I can say looking back now, it’s all kind of a blur, lol! At least all the day to day stuff.  But as a whole, I definitely see a clearer picture of what that experience was like and how I’ve learned and grown through it.

As I write this, I have several friends in mind that are experiencing some version of parenting solo, and as much as I want to say to them “you’ll be fine!”….I truthfully know the amount of energy it takes and the emotional roller coaster of feelings it puts you through to parent little ones on your own.

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Also, I know there is a whole, completely different level of single parenting that I cannot speak to or understand —and that is the group of parents who parent alone with no end in sight. To those parents, all I can say is you are an everyday hero…like literally a hero every single day. You have all the weight (good and bad) on your shoulders, and you parent without a lot (or probably zero) recognition. Even if some days look ugly or aren’t your best, you surpass most others with your level of patience, energy and love.

For me, I’ve learned a lot about the good & bad parts of myself through the “single parenting” stretches. Here’s a quick look:

GOOD-Challenges are a good thing. I am more independent than I realized. I’m strong-physically and emotionally. I can do more than I give myself credit for. I can “manage” most household issues. I’m not afraid to be by myself. I enjoy alone time. I can find joy in a situation, even if it is not going my way. Happiness is a choice—even when life feels hard and tricky. My daughters can see me flourish or fail—and I want to be the most successful mom I can be for them.  

BAD-My patience after 5pm with my children is basically non-existent. At some point in the day, I just start ignoring people. When I’m tired, my discipline becomes inconsistent and lazy. When I need a break and it doesn’t happen, that makes me want a nap that much more. Sometime I make dessert to hide my feelings (sad but true, lol!)

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If are you in a stretch of parenting on your own, below are some of the things that helped me survive for 8 months:

Good friends & family-the people that called, came over, or did the smallest thing to make the day go smoother (meals, babysitting, playdates, etc!)

Time with Jesus-Usually my solo parenting was a lot more successful when I was in prayer and spent time reading God’s Word. My perspective became eternal instead of temporary and I clung to promises like this one: “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are made new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’” Lamentations 3:22-23.

A good book/TV show- Especially at night after the kids went to bed. Through this phase, I rediscovered my love for reading and also caught up on some shows I wouldn’t normally watch.  

Caffeine & an adult drink- I had my mandatory coffee to get me through the day and would sometimes have a glass of wine to relax after a crazy night (keeping it real, for ya)!

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Every parenting journey is different, and after the many months of having to do it in a solo way, I am thankful for it all. I feel like a better individual, mom and wife because of the hard moments. Its the challenging things that shape you and also help you appreciate life.

If you find yourself in a similar phase or if you’ve been at this whole single parent thing for a while now, I’m rooting for you! 

Love, 

Liz 


9 Days Before Our 9 yr Anniversary {& a short video tutorial!}


I tried a little experiment for our anniversary this year.

I decided to make a video. (Definitely nothing fancy or professional-just memorable and sweet.)

When my husband and I got married nine years ago, (before Pinterest) we didn’t have videography at our wedding. Although we have awesome pictures and some footage from the day (thanks to my aunt!), there isn’t much video of the two of us in general over the last 9 years. 

After talking to a friend about how she made a video to music on her phone, I thought I’d try it for myself. My plan was to take 9 days worth of video before our 9 year anniversary—kinda like a catchy way to get a little glimpse of our family now, 9 years later. 

The video worked pretty well–but here’s what I realized– It’s actually really hard to get video of just my husband and me. It’s a ton easier to get clips of my kids or my kids and my husband….but just the two of us–it was a struggle. 

I actually really love how the whole thing turned out. It wasn’t forced or “staged.” It was simple moments of my guy and our girls together. Moments where David and I would be standing next to each other watching our kids–and I’d think, “Hey this is our life and really what we are actually doing right now–get a video of it!”

If you know us, then you know David and I are far from perfect, so this video isn’t meant to look like a fairy tale–just a glimpse of us.

A glimpse of life 9 days before our 9 year anniversary! ❤️ from HometownHoneyBlog on Vimeo.

Watching it back, I guess the pool was a popular place for us 9 days before our anniversary– can’t beat Georgia heat, haha! And the last part of the video is us walking to our anniversary dinner together. A fun experience and our first real date night since we moved to Atlanta. 

The video was fun to do, easy to make, and a special surprise for David (even though he knew I was making some kind of video.) 

I feel inspired to make more short videos like this–mainly to document our family and the slice of time we are living in. Pictures are priceless–but make a video and add some music to it–and you’ve basically created gold, lol!

If you are a beginner like me, have an iPhone (sorry I’m not familiar with Android stuff) and are looking to make an easy video to music for whatever occasion, check out my quick tutorial below:

Easy iMovie Tutorial: 

  1. Take short video clips (usually 3-5 seconds) in landscape. (holding your phone horizontal) 
  2. Open the iMovie app on your phone. (it comes already installed on your phone–I think!)imovie
  3. Create a New Project and then select video clips and/or pictures from your camera roll. Once selected, hit “Create Movie”imovie2
  4. Crop, edit, add text, make transitions and add audio once your movie is started. 
  5. Go back and edit as many times as you want after you’ve saved your movie!imovie3

If I’m wayyyy behind the times and you all know how to do this on your phone already, than my bad, haha! But if you are like me and are wanting some special videos of you and the ones you love-give this a try! It’s fun!

Love, 

Liz


Tough Stains Gotcha Down?!

This post is for all my laundry lovers out there! That’s probably no one by choice, but all of you because for obvious reasons—we all wear clothes (and hopefully clean them periodically)

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I am definitely not a guru in terms of what are the best, safest or cheapest laundry products out there, but I am an expert in washing clothes with LOTS O STAINS. Just this week for example, I’ve seen frosting, mud, food coloring, cherry juice, chalk and the lovely macaroni and cheese orange sauce get on my kids clothing.

What has rocked my world and made it completely better in the laundry arena is the discovery of Fels-Naptha soap.

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Believe it or not, this soap has been around forever—it was created in 1893! It comes in a bar form (similar to a bar of body soap) and can be found in the laundry aisle of most grocery stores. I ordered mine off of Amazon and according to my mom, I will never have to buy another bar again, because of how long it lasts.

With a little background help from my mom, who used it first on my kids’ clothing—this soap is basically the simplest version of laundry soap out there. The bar she used on my kids’ clothing was from my grandma—who has had it for more than 20 years!

Fels-Napatha was around way before Shout, or Oxy-Clean and as I watched my mom use the bar soap I was immediately so surprised I hadn’t heard of it before. It works so well! My mom said she had completely forgotten about it over the years and was glad someone mentioned it to her again.

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Fels-Napatha does a great job of taking out stains prior to placing them in the washing machine BUT requires more than a squirt of product on the clothing. As my mom says “A little bit of elbow grease is needed, but it saves your clothes.”

I cant tell you the number of times I’ve “given up” on my kids clothes because of the stains I just couldn’t get out.

I’m going to post a demo video of this magic soap, and also post some pictures, but before that: one testimonial I can give you about this bar soap happened when we were in Ohio visiting family and my middle daughter had brand new hot orange shorts on that my mom had just bought her.

As a normal 4-year-old does, my daughter went outside and played with chalk all over the whole driveway and as she was playing- scooted her butt all along the black driveway and chalk designs. The shorts were a mess. They came off that night and I told my mom that we should probably just give up on the new clothing, because this chalky butt had no hopes of getting cleaned. (We have had this happen with chalk and other shorts before.) But as you can bet—that night we used the Fels-Napatha soap on them and within minutes of scrubbing, were able to get the mess off.

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I became a “believer” at that point!

Here’s a picture of my 4-yr-old’s shirt after she ate a chocolate cupcake Monday night. Now don’t judge, but I waited to take the stain off until today (Sunday), because I knew I wanted to blog about this soap and needed pics, video, time, energy, etc! So this stain was almost a week old before I got around to washing it–real life, am I right?!? 

Here’s a before pics of the shirt, a video of me taking the stain out and lastly, pics of the shirt after it went through the washer and dryer this afternoon! Check it out! 

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Fels-Napatha Laundry Stain Remover Magic from HometownHoneyBlog on Vimeo.

shirtaftershirtafter2Give this soap a try if you find yourself unhappy with your current stain remover. The cost is low and as I said before, it will last you forever.

Hope this makes your laundry experience that much more exciting and adventurous, haha!

Love,

Liz


Mom Essentials {In Honor of Angie’s Baby #2}

This is totally a mom post! Especially for “moms to be” out there!

In honor of Angie’s due date just around the corner, (eeek—so excited to meet Baby #2!!), we decided to do a little post about the essentials to pack in your hospital bag. We know each delivery, experience and baby is different—but we are hoping to give just a little insight for those momma’s out there or ladies who could be wondering!

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Frankly, when I was having my first baby, there wasn’t a good list I could find on the internet, or a really close friend I could ask about how labor, delivery and all the other little details went. So after having my little girl, I typed up an official “what I would do the next time” list for myself when I packed for the hospital—and actually over time, I’ve shared this list with several friends and new momma’s to be (including Angie!)

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So, here is a simple (not-over-the-top) list of items I’ve learned to pack after having 3 babies and also some insight from a prego mom and what’s in her bag as she’s ready to pop any day now with her baby #2!

Things that I packed or will pack next time around for the hospital:

  • Comfy clothes, (with easy access for feeding)
  • Comfy socks/slippers (to walk the halls so you can get some fresh air & to keep your feet off the dirty hospital floors-yikes!)
  • Your Toiletries (w/your own shampoo & conditioner if you want)
  • Nursing bra (I would wear it the whole time after baby is born)
  • Nursing pads (less painful in between feeding so your chest doesn’t rub against clothing)
  • Nipple cream (use in between feedings for the first 2 -4 weeks) …they will give you samples at the hospital
  • Pacifier (this is controversial, but I used a pacifier almost after 24 hrs with all my 3 kids)
  • Boppy or other nursing pillow (for support while nursing)
  • Going home outfit for your new baby
  • Car seat
  • Parenting book, ipad, phone chargers

Other things I remember after having 3 kids…

  • Use your nurse! She helped/showed me how to get my first born to latch on for feeding after she delivered! Usually they say you have an hour or so before your baby will start to get sleepy after delivery. (Football position is usually the easiest way to breastfeed at first too)
  • I’ll say it again, use your nurse! The nurses are so helpful even for simple things…changing the first diaper (with umbilical cord) and getting the onesie on/off the first time (seems silly but it’s helpful!)
  • The “materials” they give you to help “heal below” while you are in the hospital, they will also give you extras of to take home…so ask for more before you go!

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Now from Angie!

So Liz is right! I totally used her list the first time around! I will be honest and say I personally packed too much though! I had a plan for how the delivery would go and of course that’s not how it turned out! Besides the things Liz mentioned, I had packed 1) an essential oil diffuser with oils, 2) a back massager, and 3) an exercise ball. Let’s just say none of those ever made it to the delivery room because I could barely walk due to pain when we arrived at the hospital haha! Anyways, these extras would be great; maybe if I wasn’t already in active labor so we will see how this little one decides to come. 

Right now, I just have a bag with the things Liz mentioned and another bag with a few baby outfits. I grabbed a little girl outfit from when Elaina was a newborn and a gender neutral outfit in case we have a boy. We’ll be so surprised when we meet our new little one!

A new thing I’m adding to my bag this time are couple of nursing night gowns. I used the hospital robes the first time around and may do the same, but have my own in case I decide otherwise!

With the first delivery, my water broke 2 weeks early (No big gush like the movies, I actually wasn’t sure if it broke until about 12 hours later when I was in so much pain I realized we should probably go to the hospital…oops)! I’m hoping I will know better with this one!

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To reiterate what Liz said, use your nurses! I actually couldn’t get Elaina to latch in the first hour and finally a nurse suggested nipple shields which were a HUGE help! Yes we ended up using them for 4 months, but they were a lifesaver, something I would have never known existed if the nurses hadn’t shown me! I also used a pacifier like Liz said and we were fine, but this is totally your call!

I’m already realizing every pregnancy and delivery is different so we will see what this baby wants to do! Either way, I think we’re as ready as we can be and it is sure to be another adventure!

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Lots of love & luck to all the momma’s out there!

Love, 

Liz and Angie 

 


“Big” Girl Toddler Room

Like I said last week, I wanted to share some photos of our daughter’s new “big” girl room. We moved her out of the nursery since it’s already gender neutral and ready to go for this new little one (who will hopefully make his/her appearance any day now!!)

I definitely went to town on the girliness of this room because I didn’t get to do anything girly for her baby room–so I let myself have fun! The initial inspiration  for her room started with the floral wall decals I found on a site called Urban Walls! This was my one splurge. We really didn’t spend much on anything else and I waited for a 20% off coupon before I ordered! [Check out this company on Instagram–but be careful you will become addicted to their stuff!!]

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Once I found the coral and green floral wall decals I went from there! I added some Target blackout curtains and one of their Threshold rugs. I already had a dresser so no money spent there! The night stand is a little Target storage cubby box I got on sale, perfect for books and her awesome Cuddle+Kind stuffed animals (they give 10 meals to children in need for every doll purchased!) 

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All the other odds and ends are from Home Goods, Hobby Lobby, or Target. The gallery wall was fun and of course my husband had to add his own touches, lol!! My daughter actually really does like the Hulk and Rocket Racoon…again my husband’s doing! One of my former students/cheerleaders made the little round wooden plaque with our favorite Harry Potter quote: 

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Finally, the bed was our biggest project and headache! I went back and forth between buying another crib or attempting to build a toddler bed. I wasn’t ready for a twin bed quite yet but I found a full sized head board on a garage sale site (for $20!) and decided I would go from there! My husband built the base and I came up with the sides.

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The bed actually could fit a regular toddler crib rail, but I wanted the slats to cover more of the bed so I built my own! I decided on a fun color (Valspar Radiance Nautical Spray Paint) because again I just figured why not!

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And voila! It’s not perfect…you can definitely see imperfections up close but I love it and so does she! She has climbed out at night a few times and we have to tell her to get back in bed, but overall she stays in bed like she is supposed to and waits for her OK! to Wake Clock.

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I love Elaina’s new “big girl” room and would totally have it be my own room if my husband would let me haha! I’m sure as she gets older she will want to add her own touches-but for now it’s pretty perfect for her! 

Happy Decorating!

Angie


Changes {the past few months}


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YES everyone I am still here lol! I just realized I have not written a post in 3 months! Ah! (My sister even asked if I was still writing the blog with Liz and I assured her I was.)

Our house has just been a little chaotic with lots of projects, traveling, and the normal stresses of life! Anyways, I promise I am still writing.

To give you more of the scoop, I was in a little bit of a rut with Liz moving and all. I’ve been pretty emotional with her gone and I miss her like crazy. She’s my person and not having her here is hard. My daughter keeps asking to go to Liz’s house–which gets me every time! Thankfully, we did get to visit Liz, her husband and the girls the other weekend. We were able to see some other friends and my sister-in-law and brother-in-law as well which was so much fun!

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We also took a quick trip to Ohio last month for my sister’s bridal shower! We’re all excited for her upcoming fall wedding and can’t wait to celebrate! I had my other sister snap some photos for me since this second child is already deprived and needed some belly shots!

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I’m 35 weeks along now and definitely at that uncomfortable point with this Georgia heat! Not to mention that I am typing most of this left handed because of the pregnancy carpal tunnel I have going in my right hand lol! All I can say is pregnancy is not my jam. I hate to sound like I am complaining (I feel a lot of guilt for complaining because of our fertility journey) but I am so thankful for the life inside of me and can’t wait to meet this little one. It’s just physically and emotionally pregnancy wears me down. I’m either crying one minute or screaming at my poor husband the other!

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When Liz moved I had a meltdown and cried for like 3 days straight! My daughter kept saying “Mama sad.” and I was like “Yes sweetie I am.” Deep in my heart I know a lot of the depression stems from not being in the Word. Like some of you, summers are hard with the breaks from all the bible studies that keep me accountable. I need to instill self-discipline and spend time with God because I know it truly brings me peace. 

With all the upcoming changes, we switched my daughter to her new room this week too! My husband and I built her a toddler-crib bed type of thing. I don’t even know what to call it because it’s our own plan we came up with! Let’s just say, I’m sick of tools and spray paint, so I’ll definitely be taking a break from all the DIY stuff because my body needs a break! 

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The switch was bittersweet. I can’t believe she’s already in a new bed and baby #2 will be here before we know it! She’s doing great in her new room! Of course I had tons of anxiety and couldn’t sleep the first night because I was worried she would climb out, but she loves it and I’m so proud of her! I’ll post specifics about her room soon!

Well that was just kind of a hodge-podge of information and like I said we’re just entering another busy season of life that I need to remind myself will pass and one day I will miss it!

Love, 

Angie


Summer Bucket List

Is anyone doing a summer “bucket list” this year? Or maybe that’s just a fancy way of asking if you have summer goals or a to-do list, ha!

The last few days, I’ve been thinking of a few things that could really help me embrace summer. Now that we have moved and the chaos has finally started to calm down, I’m ready to take a few deep breaths and focus on other things. The ideas I’ve been thinking of are actually super simple. But sometimes it’s the simple things that we miss, skip over or forget to enjoy.

Instead of just adding more things to a checklist that I have going, I’m also thinking of things “not to do” over the summer—taking away plates, instead of adding them, if you know that analogy.

I guess overall I’ve created a “summer bucket list” as a way for me to remember all the special ways my kids and I can enjoy this time of year.

So here it goes…

Go for a walk everyday-  this makes me wake-up a lot faster in the morning if I go outside and start moving before it gets super-hot (9am.) It also helps me get some much needed fresh air, and reflect a little bit about my day ahead.

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Take advantage of all the fresh fruits and veggies- I made strawberry shortcake with fresh strawberries and biscuits last week and it was so so good. We’ve also had some really delicious watermelon, corn on the cob and tomatoes on the vine. I forget how tasty this fresh food is during the summer. Everyday I’m planning on enjoying these types of things.

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Try new things on the grill- I’m usually really basic with my grilling and don’t venture past grilled chicken, but the past few days we’ve been grilling our vegetables too and its been delicious. I’m sure there are a TON of grilling options that I could explore this summer. (with the help of my Dad, ha!)

Read everyday- this is actually a yearly goal, but summer is such a great time to read outside and choose a book over a screen. It stays brighter a lot longer at night, so I’ve found myself reading on the back patio, even after we put our kids to bed. 

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Be flexible with the kids and our schedule-I’m ready for a break from the school schedule and also ready to kinda take a “chill pill” with my girls. It’s been a busy few months and I have the urge to just give them a little more freedom, now that our house doesn’t have to be spotless 24/7.

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Explore Atlanta- this is also another goal I have this year, to try new things—but I know especially during the summer months, there are so many cool farmers markets, festivals and outdoor concerts in this area. I want to take advantage of how close we are to these types of things and not get too stuck into a routine, that we end up missing out on some fun.

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Put down the phone at night- this is another yearly goal, but something I’d love to conquer it this summer. Since January, its been my daily goal to be done with social media at 9pm and then to read, watch a show or just do something other than scroll. At the end of the day (literally), I’d love to wind down without my phone.

Rest more- As a mom of 3 little ones, it seems kinda funny to say “resting” is on my to-do list. Like it could actually happen?? But seriously, I’m intentionally looking for ways to simply rest in my thoughts, be content where we are at, and enjoy the moment—instead of worrying about plans, or getting anxious over what we are doing next. I’m looking forward to having a restful mindset.

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Take a family trip- we’ll be headed to Toledo, Ohio to see family in a few days and its something that I’m really looking forward to. My kids love it and its a great time of year to be with family, have a flexible schedule and enjoy the cooler Ohio weather. Intentional time with family in the summer is one of my favorites throughout the year. 

Let change lead to growth- while filling out my goal planner a few weeks ago, there was a box with a prompt that says “in the months ahead, remember…” to respond I wrote, “remember change makes you grow.” Let this new experience, being the “new person,” making new friends, trying new things, going outside my comfort zone—let it grow me this summer.

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What’s on your “bucket list” this summer??

Love,

Liz


We Made It

After 8 months, our family moved to Atlanta!

I posted earlier in April if you missed it, that we had listed our Augusta house for sale again. When people often asked about our timeline, I told them I was hoping and praying to move by June 1st.

Well- surprise! It happened way faster than that. We moved May 12th.  Thankfully, within 5 days of listing our house, we had 2 offers! Praise hands all around!!

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So with a quickened timeline- we packed pretty swiftly, sent boxes back with David each weekend and purged a bunch of “stuff” or as my husband would say, “sh*t.”

(Side note-We still have  S O  M U C H  stuff—how can that be?!)

It all happened in a whirlwind. The packing and moving part. The whole process took me by surprise, even though realistically, I’d been wanting and expecting this for months.

Our house was sold and officially closed on May 26th–again, before the original timeline in my head! And for the most part, it all happened smoothly. We definitely felt like we sold our house to the right buyers.  

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This is what I had been hoping and praying for—and it came to be. I’m beyond thankful! But if I’m honest—can I say, as much as I was happy to move—I was also nervous, sad and a little emotional for it all to actually be happening.

When I think of moving, I skip over the whole “adjusting and transitioning” part. I’m guessing that’s a way for me to avoid the unknown. So for the last few weeks, I’ve occupied my time with filling boxes and then emptying boxes. Super fun, right? And until this past week I hadn’t really paused and processed what was actually going on. (I know that probably sounds crazy.)

I am by no means an experienced mover (only have done it 3 times, 1 of those times was moving for college), so I can’t imagine what it would be like to move yearly or be a lifer in the military. But wow, moving is tough and I credit those who do it, along with their families. It’s hard to walk away from a place that was “home” and people you love so dearly.

The kids are adjusting nicely and we are in an awesome area of Atlanta. Walking distance from restaurants, shops, parks, concerts, etc! Major props to my husband, who did an awesome job picking out a school location and neighborhood friendly area for us. We definitely are having our first experience with “city life”—and it’s a lot of fun.

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The past few weeks have been hard, but I think the kids are really molding and figuring out their groove here well. Really, it’s probably just me–adjusting or needing the most time to transition. I love that our family is together again. That my husband isn’t 2 hrs away. That we get to be under the same roof. That my kids get to wake up and go to bed seeing their dad. That life can kind of be normal again.2

But, I’m just slowly getting used to this. And I think that’s ok. If I told you, everything was amazing and I was super positive all day, every day—it would be a lie. So the reality is that it’s an adjustment. In the words of my wise mother (lol), she’s told me a lot lately to “give myself a break.” Moving is hard. Single-momming for the last 8 months HAS NOT been easy (saving a whole post for that one) and figuring out life, balance, routine and a sense of home–takes time.

Love, 

Liz 


April Favorites

It’s time for another edition of my monthly favorites! With selling our house and my brain basically a bowl of mush, all I can really form into sentences for now is the stuff I’m really loving and think you all would love too!

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I’ve been heading over to the Pioneer Woman website a lot lately for recipe ideas. At the moment, I’m in love with her peanut butter pie! I’ve made this dessert twice in the last month. (…And I’ve been known to eat it in the mornings with my coffee too, yikes, it’s so good!)  The ingredients are simple and inexpensive. I mentioned this dessert idea to my sister after making it—and come to find out, she’s made it 3 times now. It’s a winner—for sure!

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(Photo credit-Food Network) 

I’ve also found myself in a post-Easter dinner situation with lots of leftover baked potatoes. With the help of my sister-in-law and the Pioneer Woman, I’ve made a few batches of twice baked potatoes and they’ve been a huge hit! So delicious—especially hitting the spot for my prego friend down the street too—love you Ang!

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(Photo credit- Food Network) 

I saw a Facebook video for ways to make kid-friendly slime the other day and it looked easy! I had all the ingredients for it and my kids are huge fans of any silly putty or sticky toy things! (Caution though—my 5 year-old had to have silly putty and gum cut out of her hair a few weeks ago—play it safe with hair up if you have girls with longer hair!!)  

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I’ve been using a new curling iron lately that I’m so happy with! Its seriously one of my all time favorite things!! I received the Beachwaver as a gift and used it a great deal on the vacation that my husband and I took in March with friends. Believe it or not, it does all the curling for you!  I’ve done other people’s hair with it too—and they’ve really liked how it works! (Sidenote—I’ve realized using a curling iron is almost faster than straightening my hair now—anything that can help me get ready faster, is a winner for me!)

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Over the last 2 1/2 years I’ve been doing BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) and have loved getting deeper into The Word and also being a part of something that my kids really learn and benefit from as well. This year we’ve been studying the book of John–and especially this month, I’ve been in awe and almost taken aback by the loving and life-giving Jesus that is in my life. Thanks in part to this study, I’ve grown closer and also feel like I understand so much more about Jesus. Fully human and fully God–it’s the most beautiful demonstration that God has given to me about Himself. Check out this video below from the BSF website about the book of John. Also BSF is basically everywhere–if you are looking for something to get involved in, grow deeper in the Word and like the idea of meeting with others too-check out their website!


 

I’m pretty horrible at having a good breakfast routine. I like something healthy and fast, but don’t have the energy or patience every morning to make myself an egg or clean a messy blender. I’ve been drinking these Choboni Smoothies while I drive my daughter to school and I really like them. They are obviously drinkable (so I don’t need a spoon in the car, lol), pretty filling and really get the job done until I need a snack later in the morning.

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I binge watched the show Big Little Lies on HBO over the last week or so. It was intense but also super intriguing—mystery, drama, and suspense are all wrapped in this mini-series based on the novel by Liane Moriarty. The cast is excellent and the story about these California women, their children, their secrets and a murder that connects them, is really good!

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I also read pretty quickly through a young adult book series over the last month called the The Selection Series, by Kiera Cass. If you are sucker like me and love the reality show the Bachelor and also enjoy other YA books, this would be a great, light-hearted series for you!

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What were some of your favorites this month??

Love, 

Liz