I’m That Mom…

Before I became a mom I had all these visions in my head on what it was going to be like. With the first one, I had her on all organic baby food and had to do everything “perfect” and “by the book”.

Fast forward 6 years. I have an almost 2 year old and he is my most difficult child yet. We were at a wrestling tournament yesterday, if you’ve ever been to one you know how crowded, hot, and loud they get to be. I had to take 4 of the kids myself. So I had an 8 year old wrestler, 6 year old wrestler, an almost 2 year old, and an almost 1 year old. MYSELF.

I had to get up at 3am so I could make sure we had everything packed and to get myself and all 4 kids out the door by 5am. I crushed it. We were already on the road by 5. I was feeling pretty darn proud of myself.

Until we get there. I get all the kids inside, get the older two all ready to wrestle. I was trying to keep track of all the bout numbers so I knew when they needed to go down to the mats a round or two ahead of time. Then my 6 year old wouldn’t go down without me so I’d have to walk him down there and stay with him until he was done with his round. I have my almost one year old climbing all over me but he wasn’t too bad. I could deal with that. But my almost two year old is a different story. He can throw fits like it’s nobody’s business and HE DOESN’T STOP. He can go for hours and hours and hours and there is not a thing you can do about it. Half the time I don’t think he even knows what he’s throwing the fit for! He decided to throw one of these fits here. He kept trying to take off and I wouldn’t let him and he wanted his sippy and when I would give it to him he would throw it. Give him a toy, he threw it. Tried holding him and playing with him and that didn’t work. I tried several more things and nothing would work. So I decided to just make sure he stayed in our row but other than that I was going to ignore his fit. Of course everyone is staring at me and my son who is letting out blood curdling screams. I just wanted to say “YES, I KNOW HE’S SCREAMING! WHY DON’T YOU COME SEE IF YOU CAN DO ANY BETTER!” But, I just smiled. Luckily my sister showed up later on and was a HUGE help with the kids.

Shortly later I was getting frustrated with him because he was shaking his Cheerios out all over the floor. All the sudden he gets quiet. I look down and he’s eating the Cheerios off he floor. But hey, he’s cleaning up the mess AND stopped screaming. Go for it dude.

The man in the row across from me says, “Uh, he’s eating food off the floor!” All I could say was, “Yeah, yesterday he scrubbed the toilet with the toilet brush and then licked the bristles. So this is nothing to me.” I wish that was a lie, but it actually happened.

No I am not perfect, I am THAT Mom that is so exhausted of fighting her kid that she lets him eat Cheerios off the floor in a public place. But he’s alive, happy, healthy, and loved and I got a few moments of sanity. So that’s ok.

PS: The kids kicked butt in their tourney. Here’s a picture of them and their medals with my sister.

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Baby J Birth Story

I had a pretty crazy birth with my youngest and I thought I would share it with you all today. Throughout my pregnancies I constantly have contractions. That’s just the way my pregnancies are. Sometimes they cause changes and sometimes they don’t.

Saturday night, the night before he arrived, I was having these contractions like always but they weren’t letting up. So I decided some water and rest was what I needed. I went to sleep excited for the Super Bowl party we were supposed to go to the next day because….FOOD. I couldn’t wait. My contractions started waking me up throughout the night but I’m the type of person that doesn’t like to lose her sleep over anything. Every time I woke up I looked at the clock and they were about 5 minutes apart. But in my half-asleep state I didn’t think much of it. I’m very stubborn and this was MY child and he was going to listen to ME and stay in there. I should really know better by now. I ended up having an absolutely HORRIBLE dream about my daughter having cancer and woke up crying, so this time I didn’t want to go back to sleep. So I got up and woke my husband up and told him we should probably get to the hospital sometime soon because my contractions were pretty consistent.

So he hurried up and packed the bag, which we were going to pack that week because I was only 35 weeks. I hopped in the shower because who wants to be stinky while they’re giving birth? Obviously not me. (Stupid, stupid, stupid) I forgot to mention that I live an hour and 47 minutes to the nearest hospital!

We get on the road and we still need to drop all the other kids off with a friend so we do that as quickly as we can. Before we get to the nearest town we call and ask if they could please take me in the ambulance because I knew I wouldn’t make it to the hospital. I’ve done this a few times before. They said no because there was nobody on their ambulance crew who was trained to deliver a baby. WELL MISS THERE’S NOBODY IN MY VEHICLE WHO IS TRAINED EITHER! At least in an ambulance I could lie down and be in a semi-sterile environment. But they told us to just keep driving. So that’s what we did.

When we got closer to the town that the hospital is in, we called their ambulance and they came to meet me no questions asked. They kept me on the phone the whole time and we met up at a truck stop that was about 13 miles out of town. I hopped in the ambulance and my husband sped off to the hospital in my vehicle.

The paramedic asked me if I felt like I needed to push, which I did but was hoping I could make it a few miles to the hospital where there was an actual doctor! I told him I thought I’d be ok so we started driving. We made it about 1/4 of a mile and I told him I couldn’t wait any longer and that I had to push. So they pulled over on the side of the road. I asked the man if he had ever delivered a baby before and he said he hadn’t. He can’t say that anymore. I gave birth right there on the side of the highway wearing one of my husbands Spider-Man shirts and one sock. My husband had only been at the hospital for 10-15 minutes before we showed up. They rolled me into the hospital on the stretcher and he saw that I had a baby in my arms and he looked shocked.

So long story short, we got our baby and he was perfectly fine despite arriving early and not having a doctor, and I should really quit being so stubborn. Oh yeah, he made it in plenty of time that I didn’t miss a minute of the Super Bowl.

This was always the type of thing I heard and worried about, but never thought would actually happen to me. At least he’ll have a story to tell to his own children.

ScrapBots!

Welcome the newest additions to our already big family, ScrapBots! They are so flipping cute!

The 4 Little’s and I each got one and we are absolutely in love! Each one is handmade, unique, and has its own personality. No two are exactly alike. They are made from scrap wood that would otherwise go to waste. My kids have not put them down since they got them! Last night they told me “We wouldn’t care if we didn’t have any toys, as long as we had these robots!” And they’ve spent the last two days coming up with names for them. They are super affordable as well.

They make all sorts of other things too if robots aren’t your thing. And they’re not just for kiddos, I have one so they must be for adults too right?? He’s going to live on my bookshelf. So go check my friends out at Reed Design and look at everything they have available. They won’t disappoint. I definitely recommend them! And if you have any ideas for something you want that isn’t available, they’re more than happy to hear what you have to say. They will ship anywhere in the US right now and possibly Canada. Tell them LeighAnn sent ya. 😉

*I purchased these with my own money. All opinions are honest and my own.

Nice Hot Bubble Bath…NOT

The joys of motherhood. Tonight the kids got home from school and I drove them into town for wrestling practice. We get home and as I’m cooking supper I help the older 2 with their homework and reading and then we eat. They get cleaned up and I ship two off to bed and my 6 year old and I spend some alone time together (it’s his night). I get him settled down into bed and my ALMOST one year old is still raising hell. I try to nurse him, doesn’t work, try to rock him, no go, try to lay down with him, nope. So finally when it’s about 11:30pm I’ve had enough and tell him that he is going to lay down whether he likes it or not and his crying isn’t going to get to me because I AM TAKING A NICE HOT BUBBLE BATH! I’ve spent all day doing everything for you children and now I want to do something for myself. I lay him down in his bed and of course he gives me a pitiful cry. I go start the bathwater, put in the bubbles, and light a candle. I am sooooo ready to relax. At this point he still hasn’t given up. So I decide that I will try one more time to get him down while the tub fills up. I have one of those nice big bathtubs with the step on the side that you can actually fit your whole body in, awwww it’s amazing, but takes forever to fill. Which means I have plenty of time. Which also means I don’t have enough hot water to fill it up. By the time that I decide enough is enough, I’m going to take that bubble bath whether he likes it or not, the faucet is pouring cold water and my water is not even lukewarm. So with one engorged breast I hop on into my *cold* bubble bath. It’s miserable but I’m determined. He finally gives up and goes to sleep and I decide to get out because I’m cold. So much for my nice, hot, relaxing bubble bath. Gosh I LOVE being a mom. I really do…it’s just hard to remember that at times like these. 😉 There’s my story and it is now almost 1:30am so I am going to go crawl into bed. And I’m sure as soon as my head hits the pillow he’ll be ready for his second round. Have a good night everyone and remember you are not alone!

The Miracle Morning

The Miracle Morning

Author: Hal Elrod

Publisher: Hal Elrod

Pages: 140

Summary:

What if you could miraculously wake up tomorrow and any—or every area of your life was transformed? What would be different? Would you be happier? Healthier? More successful? In better shape? Would you have more energy? Less Stress? More Money? Better relationships? Which of your problems would be solved?

What if I told you that there is a “not-so-obvious” secret that is guaranteed to transform any—or literally every area of your life, faster than you ever thought possible? What if I told you it would only take 6 minutes a day?

Enter The Miracle Morning. What’s now being practiced by thousands of people around the world could perhaps be the simplest approach to creating the life you’ve always wanted. It’s been right there in front of us, but this book has finally brought it to life.

Are you ready? The next chapter of your life—the most extraordinary life you’ve ever imagined—is about to begin.

YOU DESERVE AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE. IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP TO YOUR FULL POTENTIAL.

DISCLAIMER: THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS BUT ALL OPINIONS ARE HONEST AND MY OWN.

My Thoughts:

I came across this book while I was watching bullet journaling videos on YouTube. I heard a couple people talking about some Miracle Morning they were doing and was wondering what the heck a Miracle Morning was! So of course I had to get on YouTube and search. I found a video of Hal Elrod speaking about it. I watched it and was instantly intrigued. It’s a pretty long video but I really enjoyed it. Plus, it will probably explain things WAY better than I can.

Hal Elrod “The Miracle Morning” video

The basic concept of this book is helping you create a Morning routine that will help you be as successful as possible in every area of your life. He took ideas from what other successful people did each morning and packed it all into one. These ideas are called S.A.V.E.R.S.

S-Silence

A-affirmations

V-visualization

E-exercise

R-reading

S-scribing

Honestly the book probably could have been shortened and a lot of the information can be found in the video I linked above, but it does go a little more in depth on each of the S.A.V.E.R.S. in the book. Despite this, the idea of the Miracle Morning is a great concept that will definitely improve your life if you stick with it.

There’s also a Miracle Morning community on Facebook that you can join. It’s full of positive and supportive members. You can also find an accountability partner there if that’s something that you would like. My favorite tool though is Hal Elrod’s podcasts, “Achieve Your Goals with Hal Elrod”. There are all kinds of guests that speak on the podcast about a variety of topics concerning personal development. I enjoy listening to them while I clean but it would also be great to listen to while you run/workout etc. The only complaint I have is that sometimes I have to listen to it a second time so I can take notes! Haha. I find it to be very inspiring and motivating, you should definitely check it out.

Do you have anything in your morning routine that has changed your life for the better? Join me in participating in the Miracle Morning!

Add it on Goodreads

Author’s Goodreads

Miracle Morning Website

Miracle Morning Facebook Community

*I paid for this product with my own money. All opinions are honest and my own. 🙂

Slow Cooker Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches

My husband absolutely loves Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches so I looked on Pinterest for a recipe. This was the first one I stumbled upon and it’s made in the crockpot! Sounded good to me! Get to make him what he wants without having to really do anything! *wink* I just threw everything into the crockpot and let it cook on high for about 4 hours. (I was planning on cooking it on low but I started running out of time). My husband and kids loved it. So this recipe is going to be going in our family cookbook. I wanted to get a picture of the sandwiches once they were done, but my family ate it all before I had a chance! You were supposed to cut the onions and bell pepper thin *whoops* but I diced them. Oh well, it still turned out amazing. Here’s the recipe:

1 1/2 lbs beef round steak

1 green bell pepper, sliced thin

1 medium yellow onion, sliced thin

1 (14oz) can of beef broth

1 envelope Italian dressing mix

1 large loaf of French bread, sliced into sandwich lengths or 4-6 hoagie buns.

Provolone or Pepper Jack Cheese slices

1.) Spray crockpot with non-stick cooking spray. (We were out so I just wiped it down with vegetable oil and didn’t have any problems with sticking.)

2.) Cut meat into strips, place in slow cooker.

3.) Add green pepper, onion, broth, and dressing mix.

4.) Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.

5.) Toast bread in 375* oven for 5-10 minutes.

6.). Add meat and cover with cheese. Bake an additional 5 minutes to melt the cheese.

Let me know if you try it out! Do you have any good Philly Cheese Steak recipes?

Bathtime Fun!

My kids love to take baths, which I am thankful for, so I don’t have to fight them to get them clean. I do however like to make it fun for them because they absolutely love to play in the bathtub. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for fun products to make that possible. “Santa” put some Crayola bath markers and Crayola Color Bath Dropz in their stockings this year. They were so excited to try them out they were begging me to take a bath right away. Especially my 8 and 6 year old. So if you have a kiddo that fights bath time, this may be your answer!

DISCLAIMER: THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS BUT ALL OPINIONS ARE HONEST AND MY OWN.

My almost 2 year old and I tried out the bath markers and I was not impressed. You have to push down on the tip for the color to come out, which was hard for him to understand, and then even after you did that there wasn’t very much color payoff. I’ll include a picture:

The color was very light and thin. Even when I tried to use it. I think I may try the bath crayons next time and see how we like those. I chose the markers because my toddler likes to eat crayons so I thought these might be the better choice. On the plus side, it cleaned up VERY easily. One wipe of the washcloth and it was gone. The picture below was when I wiped it off.

Now onto the bath dropz. These were awesome! They wanted to use a blue one this time so I let my toddler throw one in and he was amazed while he was watching the water turn blue. I wasn’t expecting it to work SO well. I was super impressed. (I may use them in my baths. Shhhhh….don’t tell the kids.) Another thing that I like about these dropz is that it can also be a learning experience. They learn about the primary colors as there are red, blue, and yellow tablets. They also learn about color mixing as they can make purple, yellow, and orange water by mixing the tablets. So I would absolutely recommend this one if you’re looking for something fun. One thing you have to be careful of though, kids MAY think that they are candy. All 5 of my kids were ripping open their stockings so I didn’t see my 6 year old open his. He put one in his mouth, thinking it was candy, and was not too impressed with the taste or it fizzing in his mouth. *Eek!!* so please avoid my mistake and don’t let your kids pop one into their mouths. *mother of the year award goes to me*

Do your kiddos like to take baths? Do you do anything fun in the bath or is it just wash and out? I’d love to hear your ideas! I’ll link the bath dropz below in case you would like to try some out.

Buy Crayola Color Dropz Here

*All opinions in this post were my own honest opinions. I was not compensated in any way for this post. 🙂