Yes, I know, Halloween JUST ended. BUT, it’s time to start thinking of Christmas. Yes, I said it, Christmas! More specifically, Real Mom Blog’s 12 Days of Giveaways! YAY! I am so excited for this years, 12 Days of Giveaways, and I need your help!
This year, we are doing things differently…
There will be 12 giveaways, 12 winners, 12 days. It will start on December 1st, and go until December 12th. All prizes will be shipped out the next day so that you have it in time for Christmas.
This is where YOU come in!
I want to collaborate with 12 “Vendors” to help with the prizes. Each day there will be either a blog post or Facebook Live video about that specific giveaway. You will get FREE advertising in return for helping with this giveaway!
So who am I looking for?
I am looking for other bloggers, Consultants, Fitness coaches, Stylists, Photographers, Entrepreneurs, Crafters, small business owners, etc. We are looking for ANYONE and EVERYONE who would like to be involved!
How do you get on board?
All you have to do is email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Giveaway Inquire” and we will talk out all the details about which days, products, etc. I am not asking for a huge donation, mainly participation.
I am so excited to work with all of you and help spread the word about your business or adventure!
I’m a mom, wife, party planner, holiday lover and blogger.
Blogging has been something I have wanted to do for years, but never felt like I had anything special to bring to the table. I toyed with the idea and talked to my husband about it multiple times, but always pushed my feelings aside. In 2014 my life got flipped upside down when I received a phone call that my Mom was in ICU and not expected to make it. This life changing event is what drove me to start blogging. I felt a fire inside of me and a conviction to tell my story. So I started Everyday Events as a way to honor my Mom, to talk about being a motherless mother and to show how beautiful life can be, even after loss. I have a passion for celebrating life’s everyday events and never want to stop seeing the beauty in the world. I hope you find comfort and inspiration in my blog, but above all I hope you find a reason to celebrate.
AT HOME DATE NIGHT IDEAS
Real date nights don’t happen that often around here. With J.D.’s crazy work schedule, it can be hard to set aside time to go out on a date. So, we had to get creative, and come up with at home date night ideas for when the kids go to bed! All of these dates are so fun and I always look forward to when J.D. comes home early from work, we put the kids to bed, and go “out on a date.” So put those kids to bed early tonight and have a date night!
“When I first made contact with Everyday Events, I LOVED her website. I fell in love with this post particularly, because it spoke to what I needed in life at that moment.” -Lynsey from Real Mom Blogs
One. Order take out, light a few candles & pop open a bottle of wine. This is our go-to date night idea, because if you have small children, you know dinner time can be a circus. Everybody needs something, forks are being dropped on the floor, milk is almost always being spilled, and just when J.D. and I get to sit down our food is cold & the kids say they are done. Eating dinner while it’s hot, enjoying a glass of wine and having an adult conversation is easily one of our favorite things to do.
Two. Lay out some blankets and watch the stars. J.D. and I have also been known to grab the baby monitor and climb on top of the roof! There is something so romantic about watching the stars and making a wish on the shooting ones.
Three. Conversation starters. Sometimes it feels like all J.D. and I talk about are the kids, work & what’s going on currently in our lives. We don’t talk about our dreams, hopes & fears as much as we should. A while back I started looking online and found some amazing conversation starters. When J.D. is gone a lot for work or when life gets super hectic, we will bring these out to reconnect, and remember there is more to talk about than the kids!
Four. Sit on the patio, turn on some music & watch the sun set.
Five. Eat popcorn & play card games. J.D. and I both grew up playing card games and love playing together. It brings back so many wonderful childhood memories and I love making these memories with J.D. too. This is a perfect date night idea for winter, when you literally can’t go anywhere!
Six. Have a picnic in the living room and watch a movie. This one is super fun and you can be as creative as you want with your picnic. You could have fondue, wine or beer tasting, or theme the evening with food and a movie from a different country!
J.D. and I have been together for 12 years, and while so many things have changed, one thing remains the same. We love each other like crazy. These date night ideas might not be super fancy, or cost us much money, but they help up to reconnect, laugh, and make our marriage a priority.
What are your favorite at home date night ideas?
I hope you enjoyed this post from The Everyday Events! Here is a link to the post on her website along with some other links for you to follow!
I got married! I thought it would be a good idea to share some of our wedding pictures with you today. I haven’t really shared a whole lot about my husband and me, or our love story. So, with each picture, I will share a random fact about our relationship.
Behind the lens
First things first, we were lucky enough to hire the best (in my opinion) wedding photographer in the state of Utah. Her name is Ashley DeHart. You can find out more about her in the spotlight I did on her a while back.
Let’s dive into these random facts! Starting with me, cause you know, I’m selfish.. Ha!
Random Fact: I made the first move… Yup.
Next up; Let’s pick on Craig
Random Fact: He is 11.5 years older than me! That means when he was learning how to drive, I was learning how to read! Let that soak in for a minute…
More Random Facts:
Craig and I dated for almost 5 years before we got married. Our son, Henry, was 3-years-old when we got married. He was the ring bearer!
Random Fact: My family is rather large. I have six brothers and sisters. Craig only has one sister. His family is quite small. No matter what the differences are, luckily, we both fit perfectly in the other’s family.
So how did we meet?
Random Fact: We met in a bowling league in Morgan, UT.
More selfish Random Facts about me:
I am a control freak and suffer from high anxiety issues. So you can only imagine that the whole wedding planning process was very painful for me and the people who were trying to help me and trying not to kill me. I planned every single detail of our wedding down to the very confetti that covered our tables.
I am a rum drinker. My favorite? Malibu, because it has that fruity, summery hint. Craig really enjoys Jim Beam. HOWEVER, Craig and I very rarely drink together.
We are fiercely loyal to our friends.
Random Fact: Craig didn’t meet my bestie Sage until well into the wedding planning process. I didn’t meet his friend Matt until the day before our wedding.
The Random Facts Continue…
We don’t enjoy the same kind of movies. He really enjoys horror films, and of course, I love Rom-Coms. LUCKILY, we both really enjoy action movies and movies that make you really think.
Kickin’ it Old School
Random Fact: Craig asked both of my dads for their permission before asking me to marry him.
So how did he do it?
Random Fact: He didn’t! He had our son ask me for him. My heart absolutely melted, and I was caught off guard.
Okay, have you had enough yet?
For your LAST Random Fact: I thought I would share what we are doing for our anniversary. Well, not much of anything. We played around with really big ideas, months ago. None of which we did. Then we thought we would go to a movie and a really nice dinner. Nah! Then we thought about just dinner and a night without the kid. WELL, we decided on a movie in those fancy new luxury seats, with movie theater food, and absolutely nothing special.
We have plenty of anniversaries ahead of us.
We aren’t going anywhere, and this is just the first of many for us. We figured we might as well start out small, and work our way up.
Thank you for enduring through all of these pictures and random facts! I am so happy to be married to this man, and I cannot wait to spend the rest of our lives together.
As most of you know, my son recently turned 4 years old in June. After weeks and weeks of talking to my husband prior to his birthday about how big he is and how he is outgrowing his car seat, we decided to make the transition to a Booster Seat.
I know! Oh my gosh!
These days, you have to seriously consider every option when considering life changing decisions for your kids. Questions like; When you start solid foods? When to change their car seat? Should I let my son do karate? Is now, in line to check out, really the time to let my kid have a tantrum, or do I go straight to monster mom? Should I switch him to a booster seat?
Unfortunately, the world expects you to do what they want you to do. They want you to raise your children exactly the same way they raised theirs. The days of “Mom instinct” are gone!
So, of course, when considering to transition my son, I got major anxiety about it. But my son kept telling me, “Mom! It’s squishing me! Mom! My weenie hurts! Mom!” I felt so bad! I would loosen the straps to relieve some of the pressure, but then it was too loose for my comfort on his shoulders.
Finally, I said screw it! I looked at the height and weight of the seat he was in versus the booster I wanted to get. He met the requirements for the booster, even though he still met the requirements for the car seat too. I looked it up online and finally decided to ask his pediatrician when he went in for his 4-year wellness check up.
He said, “Well, what do you think? What is your gut telling you?” I thought about that for a second. Part of me wanted to snap back with, “What the hell are the regulations?” But instead, I told him that I wanted to move him into a booster seat for ease and comfort.
So he told me to do it! He said, and I quote, “Mothers are starting to ignore their maternal instinct to do what is “right” by other moms. Don’t let society tell you how to raise your child.” He then went on to tell me that if he meets the requirements for the booster seat, then there must have been tests on that booster seat to make it safe for children of his age, height, and weight.
“You can safely switch your child to a booster seat if she’s at least 4 years old and she weighs 40 pounds or more or has grown too tall for her car seat (when her shoulders are higher than the top set of harness-strap slots in the car seat’s back).” -Stephanie Tombrello Child passenger safety specialist
That is exactly what happened to my son! He weighs about 40-42 lbs, his shoulders were right at the harness-strap slots, and he is 4 years old! Plus, he is a boy, and it was hurting his boy parts… That is reason enough for me. I want my son to be comfortable!
I am not going to ask for your opinions on this because frankly, I am just going to follow my own instincts and ignore all of your suggestions anyway.
BUT, I do want to know, what are the funniest things your children have said to you! I want to write a post about the craziest things we hear come out of their tiny mouths.
My personal favorite is, “Mommy, why are people fat?
Remember that one time, when I did an Instagram giveaway? Yeah, well meet Amanda, our winner!
I just want to give a quick shout out to Lynsey at Real Mom Blogs for thinking I’m worthy to be in the spotlight. It’s exciting and unreal, but I thank her! So, so much!
Anyway, a little about moi.
I’m a wife and stay at home mom to 2 crazy kids. Olivia is 10 and going into 5th grade and Alex is 6 and he will be a big 1st grader! My husband is a very hardworking man that is moody and goofy. We have had some ups and downs but mostly ups in these last years.
I am surprised (and a little sad) to say I will be hitting the big 4-0 this year! Although I look like I’m in my early 20s, only because I’m short! A whopping 5 feet! (Hubs says 4’ 11”, but he’s a liar). But I really don’t feel my age. I still sometimes find myself shocked when I say I’m a mom.
I live in a small town in Pennsylvania.
My husband and I have been together for 20 years this year! Married for 12 years in September. I am 3 ½ years older than my hubs. But I feel like he is the older one. I’m a procrastinator. And I’d rather watch a movie with my kiddos than go outside. I’m an indoor person fo sho! We have a Yorkie named Maggie. She will be 13 this year! And she was our 1st baby. She is a part of our family and is very spoiled!
I got into blogging by accident.
A friend of mine, who homeschools her 5 kids, was always telling me crazy stories about her kids. I’m like, you should start a blog! Share your stories! So, I started looking into blogging to help and share with her some info, and started reading and reading and pinning and pinning and started thinking and wondering… “Hey. maybe I could do this?”. I started toying with it but pushed it off thinking “Nah, no one would read what I have to say”. Long story short, I wrote a few posts, hubs said go for it, what do you have to lose? And here I am! A blogger for about 2 ½ months!
I like to say my blog is a “personal/mom/lifestyle/mishmash” blog.
I write about everyday stuff that when I’m typing it up… it just kinda flows. I do have a million blog post ideas written down, but some only produce a few sentences while others just write themselves. My blog is my first time ever writing, so I was worried about people reading it. But it looks like I have a few people that enjoy what I have to say which is seriously crazy and awesome!
When I’m not messing with the blog…
…or sharing it on social media, I’m usually watching TV or reading. I also love listening to music and singing along… reeeally loud! (In the privacy of my own home, of course!). I love holidays. Especially the ones that gather all the family together. I like to spend time with my family and relax, especially over summer because school time can be pure chaos. With both kids in school and soccer and my daughter in piano, some nights are crazy! So, summer is a nice, slow time for us.
That’s about all I have about me! I hope you stop by and check out my little slice of the internet, laugh and relate with my everyday parenting shenanigans.
Thanks again for having me Lynsey @ Real Mom Blogs!!!
Isn’t she SO funny! Everything she writes is super intriguing. She is really good at captivating her audience. I definitely want you all to go check out her blog everydayamanda.com
No, I’m not mad or annoyed with you or your mean kid. Your kid is 2, mine is 4. I can see that you are worried and paranoid that something will happen, or someone will judge you. Stop it! You are working your ass off! I see you constantly watching him, and making sure he is okay.
I can relate.
All new moms go through that phase of constant worry. No sleep, not enough water, way too much caffeine. You are doing a great job, so don’t even worry about it! More moms need to be like you! Patience and peace come with time. Then there will be more chaos, but you will be able to handle it like a boss!
Here is the glorious thing about parenting. Most people are doing it right. You have to be a really terrible person to get it wrong. There are so many different types of parenting, and no matter how good you are, your kid is still going to have their own personality. I was impressed that you didn’t just sit there and let it happen. You jumped up, grabbed him, and asked my son if he was okay. You also explain in such a sweet, but stern way, the reason why it’s not nice to hit. Then, you even apologized to me! Which was not needed.
You are doing such a great job!
Like I said before, there are so many ways that situation could have gone worse. I want to thank you for being an awesome mom to that adorable 2-year-old! You keep doing what you are doing and don’t even worry about anyone else!
…you have seen a little snapshot. I recently took my son and my little siblings to Boondocks. It’s a massive arcade with laser tag, go-karts, mini golf, etc. We had a ton of fun doing all those things and more!
Then, of course, there was the 4th!
Independence day is probably my favorite holiday. I love the fireworks, spending time with family, the food, the community, EVERYTHING! This year we finally had our own little firework show. We bought a small, $20 box of fireworks. We waited until bed time and then shot them off. Well, here in Utah, bed time is still light out… Ha! It was still fun, and my little man loved it!
Also on the 4th!
Every year, we go to breakfast in the park for Cherry Days in North Ogden. We’ve developed this tradition that we go to breakfast, go the car show, and go to the park before going to the parade.
Now, about that cover photo…
That picture is from the Dinosaur Park! Papa, Mama, and the little man decided to go check out some old bones. It’s a really cool park because there is so much to learn there! They even installed a new dinosaur statue that is the only full-size statue of it’s kind! The one we are with happens to be my favorite dino.
All in all
It has been a lot of fun. This is just a brief summary of what has been taking me away from the blog lately. I am sure you are all busy too! Leave me a comment letting me know what has kept you busy this summer!
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There are hundreds and hundreds of blog posts out there about what you should name your baby.
It’s a really big decision to make! I remember when I was trying to look up what to name my son, we were overwhelmed with the number of names there are out there. It was important to us that it was unique and special. We thought about family names, names without nicknames, names of famous people, etc.
One thing that helped us in picking a name was the yelling test.
I like to make sure the name flows when I yell it. It just sounds nice, and let’s be honest, you will probably yell it a lot! Even though my kid is turning four in just a couple weeks! Oh. My. Gosh! I like to keep a running log of cool names. You know, just in case.. So instead of 50 most popular girl names, or 20 old Victorian names, or 100 names starting with the letter M; I am just going to give you a list of names that I like.
This list started when I found a name that I truly loved, and didn’t want to forget. I won’t tell you which one, but it was the name that started it all. Since then, I just started a list of interesting names that I have come across in my travels that are unique to me, but not totally off the wall!
So here it goes, in no specific order, here is a list of 15 baby GIRL names you should consider:
Now for the BOYS:
I hope you found this somewhat helpful! If you didn’t, well, I’m sorry. I hope you enjoyed some awesome throwback pictures of my little man. You might see a lot of those in the next couple weeks with his B-Day coming up! If you want to see more fun posts, check out my #realmomlife category!
Also, I would much appreciate it if you when to my Pinterest page and shared this pin!
If you are reading this and haven’t read my first post; 10 Reasons why I am Rocking Motherhood, then you need to click that link right now… When you are done, come back and enjoy 10 MORE reasons!
This week has been super crazy busy. Work was crazy and I have been busy every day after work. So I haven’t put much time into my blog this week. I don’t feel bad about it though. A lot of my time was spent Rocking Motherhood! Literally.
For example, today I took my son to an indoor bounce house park! It was a lot of fun! All of the pictures you will see in today’s posts are from that adventure.
It was just the two of us, and we went wild! There were a lot of bounce houses in there that “big” adults can’t go on. When I first asked if I can play with my son, the young teen at the counter didn’t even hesitate to say yes! I was so excited, I didn’t even read the rules. I was “too big” to play, but that girl didn’t know that! Bless her young heart. She made my day by inadvertently calling me skinny and letting me have one of the best days off with my kiddo. Thank you!
Now, why don’t we just dive in, shall we?
I have full conversations with my son.
Since day one, I have talked to my son about everything. I involve him in decisions, and I ask him complex questions. It’s important to me that he learns conversational skills.
He gets a cookie when we go to the store.
Our grocery store bakery gives out free cookies to young shoppers. It’s become sort of a tradition to get one every time they are available.
I co-parent with my husband.
My husband and I talk about every decision involving our son. When he asks for something, we make sure that both of us are on the same page. We are a team.
I NEVER blame my husband or undermine his decisions.
Sometimes we are not both around to discuss and coordinate our decisions. If for some reason I don’t agree with what my husband has settled on, I never undermine his decision by changing it or telling my son his dad was wrong. I support my husband, even if he is wrong. Ha!
I teach my son manners.
Not only Please and Thank you, but holding doors open, asking to be excused, and things like that.
I use my shirt, his shirt, his dad’s shirt, any shirt to wipe his nose.
Sometimes you don’t have a tissue around. That doesn’t mean I am going to let my son walk around with boogers on his face!
I make my son clean up his toys.
He hates it, but some day he will be thankful that I taught him to respect his things and pick up after himself.
It’s not ALWAYS on the Disney Channel.
My son likes to watch things on channels like Animal Planet, History, Discover, etc. I want him to know that there are more things to watch than Disney.
A lot of the time it’s on the Disney Channel.
But let’s be honest, Disney is life! So yes, we watch a lot of the Disney Channel in this house!
We teach him about sports.
Not all sports. Just the most important ones. Like Baseball, Football, and NASCAR. You know, the important ones, lol!
Now real quick, since this weekend is Mother’s Day; and since I am obviously a mother… I thought that instead of a Sunday Spotlight, I would post this today. I love posts like this one! Do you?
So, no Sunday Spotlight post this week, but we will pick back up next week!
Tell me YOUR greatest accomplishment this past week!
Wrong! No two moms are the same! There is NO right or wrong way to rock motherhood!
I was recently tagged in a post by Kelly Smith about 10 reasons she is rocking motherhood. When I decided to take on the challenge, the ideas started flowing out of me. I am an awesome mom! That I am proud of! No, I am not perfect, but I am pretty darn awesome. Here are my 10 reasons why I am Rocking Motherhood, just in time for all the Mother’s Day hoopla!
I let my son have ice cream for breakfast
Because why not?
Do as I say, not as I do
I may not be the perfect example for my son, and I did questionable things in my teenage days, but who hasn’t? I learned from them, and nowI am teaching my son the right way.
We do arts and crafts
It is always super important for me to build memories and to make things together. I also want to teach my son how to work with his hands and imagination.
I swear in front of my son
Swearing is who I am and what I do. I can reign it in quite a bit around him, just like I do at work, but I am not going to stop or apologize for it.
I love my husband MOST of the time
The love and respect I show towards my husband is the best way I can teach my son to love and respect him.
My son got a sunburn
Why is this even in here? Oh, I know why. It’s because I am a fun mom and I take my son out on the weekends. To baseball games, parks, swimming, camping, anything outside.
I don’t send my son to school when he is sick
I am NOT one of those “No electronic” moms. Sometimes it’s okay to watch a tablet or TV. YouTube Kids is a SOMEWHAT safe place for him to watch good shows. I do highly monitor what he watches and restrict how long he does, but I still let him watch it!
I teach him about things I love
By doing so, I get to spend time with him and introduce him to more of the world.
I ask my son lots of questions
My son is smart. I embrace that by asking him a lot of questions and challenging his mind and memory.
I had so much fun writing this post! Now, I am supposed to tag other moms to also write a blog about how they are rocking motherhood, but I am just going to tag all of you! Write in the comments your reasons, or write you own blog post about it. Whatever you do, just tag me or email me, or something to let me know. I am excited to get to know all the different mothers out there and how we all differ!