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Monthly Must-Haves [January]

I wanted to start a new monthly series sharing some of my current favorite things. I love product recommendations because I can spend waaayy too long in the aisle or on Amazon trying to decide what to get. I would rather someone just tell me! So here are some things I am loving this month:

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Stress Away – Not sure if this makes me any less stressed or the kids any calmer, but I LOVE the smell of this. Find an oils lady! I have one I can refer you to if you don’t know anyone!

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Thieves – We have been running this through the diffuser like crazy.  I am not convinced that it does much for preventing illnesses, but people say it works so I guess it can’t hurt?? Get with your oil lady, or I can give you the name of mine!

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Diffuser – We have a diffuser in each bedroom and one in the main living room. I am not partial to any certain one that we have, but I do like these that have the lights for the girls’ rooms. I got all of these from Amazon, decently priced, and they all work the same!

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Osmo – This was a Christmas gift for the kids, and it has added an all new use for the ipad.  They are playing and learning without realizing how much work they’re actually doing.  It’s a great addition to inside winter activities. I will do another in-depth post on this soon!

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3minutemiracle   3-Minute Miracle – Our kids’ hair is SO tangly and unmanageable. I saw this at Walmart and thought we’d give it a shot. They use it once a week and I can notice a difference! Jadyn and Breckyn have thin, wavy hair so it’s always frizzy and tangly, but this helps make it smooth.

growshampoo Hair Lengthening Shampoo – We just started using this because Jadyn and Breckyn’s hair never seems to grow.  I can’t say we’ve noticed any difference yet, but it may be too soon. I’ll report back later on this!

Meal Replacement Shake – Look, I can’t get up early during the winter to save my life because of the darkness.  I barely have time to get the kids and myself ready, let alone eat breakfast.  This is my go-to breakfast every weekday morning. I mix it up, stick it in the freezer, then drink it on the way to work. 16g of protein keeps me full until lunch AND it has load of vitamins.

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Old Navy 7/8 Leggings – I ordered these online and crossed my fingers that they fit. Short girl problems means full-length workout leggings are scrunched at the bottom.  These fit perfectly!! They’re supposed to be a little shorter, above the ankle but for short girls, they work for full-length leggings! Also – I prefer the mid-rise in these…high rise are just too high!

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lotionAveeno Lotion – As a teacher, I wash my hands or use sanitizer more times than I can count, leaving my hands dry and cracked. I keep this at school and put it on often.

lotion2Shower Lotion – I tried this because I received a sample from a Walmart Beauty box. At first, it’s kind of weird because you put the lotion on while you are still wet, but you get used to it and it definitely helps!

drops   Pink Eye Drops – This month, my whole family was sick for a week with influenza and then I ended up with pink eye somehow! We had been to the doctor so many times that I wasn’t about to go back. John picked this up and surprisingly, it cleared up my pink eye! My daughter got pink eye the next week, and after 3 doses of this, hers cleared up as well!

Feature Friday: Kari

Every Friday, I hope to do a Feature Friday to introduce you to bloggers/people I enjoy.  My first ever Feature Friday is my good friend, Kari over at My Wildflower Life.  We met in an airport because we both had won an Advocare incentive trip and proceeded to spend the next week together in Vegas.  She has such a big heart and keeps me motivated to continue to do the things I love.  We remind each other that nobody’s opinion (other than God’s) matters.  Her writing is open, honest, and relatable. I know you’ll love her! 

 

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Last year around this time, I was a lost soul. Completely broken. Didn’t think I had a purpose in this life. I was in a deep, dark hole that had no light in sight.

When my blog came to life I was scared and insecure. I wasn’t sure what my blog would be and where I would go. But I started it anyways.

Knowing my blog will be a year old this week, I’ve honestly struggled with what this next year will bring. What should my blog offer? What do people even like to read?

I’m not a great cook, so can’t post recipes. I like to think my style is pretty simple and boring, so fashion posts are out.

I’ve come to realize that me being completely honest with my readers about my struggles, my journey of self worth and finding my purpose is what my blog truly is. I only know what goes on in my head (mostly crazy thoughts) and the experiences I have.

My purpose in this life is to help others. To share my story. Being able to share the good, bad and ugly about my life will help someone else. That’s all I want. I want to give hope to someone else.

I have such big dreams and visions for this “blog thing.” It’s time to make those a reality.

In order to make my visions come to life, I have to stop worrying about what others think. I have to stop wishing I could be like those other ladies on Instagram. I’m not them and their life & blogs are different for a reason.

Letting go of all that fear will bring my spirit to life. And you, sweet friend, you can let your soul come to life as well. Stop comparing yourself and your life to others. We are all out on this earth on purpose, for a purpose.

Your purpose is different than mine and that’s okay! Maybe our purposes can go hand in hand and change the world.

I’ve made friends on Instagram that have taught me to stop comparing. Stop pretending to be something you’re not. Be YOU!

Stop comparing your kids, your parenting skills or mistakes, your marriage, and your weight to others around you.

We can all learn from each other if we just stop trying to compete and compare. Wouldn’t it be amazing to walk into a room and not be scared of what others think of you?! Do it! Walk into that room and don’t care what others think.

Be confident in yourself. Be YOU. When you’re confident, you shine bright. Don’t let anyone steal your sparkle. It’s yours!

I’m excited  to see where this “blog thing” takes me this year. Who knows, maybe this hobby will turn into a book someday. (That would be pretty rad!) Dream big. Start living your life the way you were supposed to.

 


You can find Kari on Facebook and Instagram too!

14 Weird Things About PostPartum Recovery

When you’re pregnant, everyone tells you horror stories about pregnancy and labor. There isn’t much conversation about postpartum recovery, though. Sure, your best friend might mention a few things but not many people openly talk about the strange things that happen to your body after the baby is home with you.

You can get shingles.  I know you’re probably thinking Only old people get shingles, Megan, get real.”  Yeah, I thought that too.  I had shingles after not only one, but TWO of my children.

Breastfeeding can cause neck, back, and shoulder pain.  All that time stuck in the same position several times a day leads to some weird kinks and aches.

You might have to sit on a pillow. Tears and stitches, need I say more?

You will cry over stupid stuff.  My mom stayed with us for a few days after my firstborn, and they day she left I took a bath and bawled like a baby.  After my 4th child, my husband and I had a tiff about something small (I don’t even remember now), and I sat on the toilet and sobbed.

You will get very little sleep.  People definitely tell you this, but you don’t realize how little you get until you are feeding a baby around the clock.  Amazingly, you can be awake in an instant and be pretty functional the next day.

You will be leaky, very leaky.  Who knew your body could excrete fluids just from thinking about your baby??

You may wake up soaked in sweat the first couple of days after birth. After all 4 babies, I had night sweats and even had to change the sheets in the middle of the night!

You will still look pregnant. It varies per woman and number of pregnancies. After my fourth, I looked 5 months pregnant for a week and gradually less pregnant as the weeks went on.

Your ab muscles can separate. It’s called Diastatis Recti and you will need to do exercises to close the gap.

You will have a line down your stomach for a very long time. I’m 5 months postpartum and still have that dang brown line.

Your hair will fall out in clumps. This started for me right around 4 months postpartum. My hair was so full and didn’t shed much during pregnancy, but the handfuls of hair that I’m pulling out daily (okay, morning and night!) is disgusting!

You will be super hungry from breastfeeding….like, ravenous. I may have traveled to the kitchen several times after a 2am feeding to eat banana bread, Pop Tarts, monster cookies, and granola bars.

Most likely, the weight won’t “fall right off” from nursing.  You hear it all the time – women who weigh less than they did pre-pregnancy because of nursing. Or moms who shed the weight extremely fast and say it was due to breastfeeding.  Don’t be surprised if this doesn’t happen to you! With my first 3, I held on to the last 5 pounds until I quit nursing. With #4, the weight is holding on a looooot longer.

You’ll probably pee yourself. Avoid trampolines, jumping jacks, and sneezing at all costs.

Dollar Tree Halloween Finds

Can you believe it’s October already! My kids have been itching to decorate for Halloween since Walmart put out their costumes.  We have collected some decorations over the years, but I like to add a couple things each year.  Without breaking the bank or dipping into other areas of our budget.

So where does a Mom go who wants her kids to have memorable holidays but doesn’t want to spend a whole lot of money??

Dollar Tree, of course!! Everything is $1 so you already go in knowing how many things you can get.  While their stuff probably isn’t the BEST quality in the world, it will certainly do in a pinch.

Take a look at a few things my 4-year-old and I found….

We bought this banner to hang in our kitchen window.

These went in our basket, too!

Breckyn picked out Frankenstein to hang in the kitchen. 

 

There were some great options for a quick, cheap costume, too! Last year, it was snowing and they were covered up with winter coats. We may go the Dollar Tree route this Halloween!

They have a couple options for non-candy treats. We can’t give out candy/food at school, so I picked up pencils and erasers for my class.

I’m not sure how excellent that knife will work, but you can’t go wrong with a big spoon for scooping the guts out of a pumpkin.

Halloween cards for $.50!  I am trying to get better at sending notes/cards to people so we picked up a couple to send to friends and family. 

There you have it!!  I forgot to take a picture of the tablecloth and spooky garland we picked out, too. Our kitchen area is now set for Halloween!

Dollar Tree Finds For Learning

The Dollar Tree is one of our favorite spots to find cheap items. They have so many fun things you can use for learning, too!  This was a quick trip – we mostly looked at Halloween items – so there are many more than what is shown here.

Dry Erase Board – Practicing letters, numbers, writing answers, spelling their name or family members’ names, drawing shapes.

Inflatable Globe – All of my kids enjoyed this purchase! Use for identifying countries, continents, and oceans. And for throwing at your sisters.

Bingo Markers – These are great for making patterns if you can find multiple colors.  There are also some printables I have used where you put a dot over the answer. My kids also like to use them for art projects.

Workbooks – We hit the jackpot with this visit! My kids love workbooks!

What are some items you have found at Dollar Tree to use for learning?