Who Is Yahweh?

When I began this blog, my goals, and intentions were to keep God and my relationship with Him as my number one priority. However, I found myself caught up in my own desires, and although there was nothing wrong with the things I would talk about it’s more about the fact that I stopped writing about my faith, and started worrying more about what I was going to get out of this blog. I have decided to prioritize my blog again, by keeping God at the center of all things in my life. With that being said,  I am going to talk about the many names that God has been called in the Bible. God has many different traits that He carries just like we do in our own selves. The first name He called himself in the Bible was, “Yahweh,” which is the Hebrew definition for, “I am.” So let’s talk about who Yahweh is. 

1. He is understanding. 

In Exodus 3:7-10 God says that He sees everything that His people (us) are going through, and he understands. He wants to deliver us and take us to a better place. Because He cares, and He wants better for us. Whatever you may be going through, whatever heartache that this broken world has brought to you, you should know that God sees everything. He understands, and He will deliver you. 

2. He’s simple. 

People try to make God out to be something that is so complex, and I love how in Exodus 3:14 Moses asked God what He should tell his people, and God said, ” Tell them that I am who I am.” God is not this gigantic puzzle piece that we have to figure out. We can just simply trust that He is who He says He is. 

3. He is Compassionate and Loving

Exodus 34:6-7 talks about how God is gracious and slow to anger. He is full of love and faithful on His promises to us. How beautiful is that? I grew up thinking that God was ready to throw a lightning bolt at my head if I said a cuss word when I stubbed my toe. I was afraid of this great big massive Creator was judging me every minute of my life, and I didn’t realize that the things that I worried about most were the least of God’s concerns. How refreshing, and how wonderful it is to know that we serve a God who is kind and understanding, and full of love. If you think otherwise try to dig deeper into His word and find out for yourself that the word Love is mentioned in the Bible 280 times according to “Quora.com,” versus the word condemned is only mentioned 59 times in the Bible according to, “Carm.org.”

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Today my challenge to you and to myself is to be reminded of who Yahweh is. Have we created our own definition for Him, or are we defining Him by who He says that He is? He is a God of understanding, simplicity, love, and grace. If you enjoyed this post feel free to share your thoughts on this, or share it by clicking one of the shareable social media buttons below! I look forward to discovering more of who God truly is with you all.

Five Money Saving Apps to Start Using Now

Hey Y’all! I hope you are all having a fantastic week. It’s that time of the year where we start to do most of our shopping. From decorating our home and buying a new wardrobe to fit the season to Holiday shopping. So today,  I am going to be sharing with you five apps that I use daily or at least weekly. I love finding new ways to save money and to help minimize my savings, and I also enjoy helping others to cut costs too. We live in an expensive world, so why not help a sistah or brothah out. There’s no reason to live on Roman Noodles when we have resources available to us that can help us budget and spend our money well. On a side note if you do decide to use these apps as well, please help support me while I help support you, and use the referral links below. When you refer someone you get an amount of money for doing that, so who wouldn’t want to do that?

1. Ebates

If you love online shopping as much as I do, then this an app that you will definitely get some use out of. I used to love going to stores and shopping, but now that I’m a mom and don’t have as much time on my hands I find this an easier alternative to get the things I need. With this app it will tell you how much of a percentage you will earn with each store. I have only had this app for about a month and I have already made eleven dollars from just a few purchases. That’s without the referrals. For every referral that signs up you make $25!! How crazy awesome is that?? Click the referral link below to refer me, and tell your friends about it too, so you can start profiting from your online shopping too!

https://www.ebates.com/r/MOMMAF215?eeid=28187

2. The Walmart App

I promise this isn’t a post just for me to earn a profit off of. I actually really enjoy helping other people save money. Walmart is one of those apps that won’t profit me any, but it will profit you. I use this every single time I go grocery shopping. When you download the app there will be a button that says, “Savings Catcher,” and all you do is once you are done shopping you can take a picture of your receipt, and if there is another Walmart that is selling something at a cheaper price, then you will get your money back. I received more than $2 back on the first receipt that I scanned. Plus they also have other benefits of using this app. I use it to create my grocery list too! No more having to bring a pen and paper. You can create the list on the app and check off the items on your list as you go!

3. Ibotta

Ibotta is a great app to use for going grocery shopping. Every now and then they will have great deals on there, and it works a lot like the way the Walmart app does, however on this app you can choose from different stores, but you have to get what they are offering to get money back. Once you buy $20 worth of food you will receive $20 back. Plus you get a percentage back on anyone you refer. Just like with the Ebates app.

If you want to get started with this app today, then you can use my referral code: dogdsyb to get an automatic $10 welcome bonus!

4. Facebook

The Facebook app is a great way to declutter your life and get rid of the junk that’s in your home and make a little side cash too! If you need to make room for the Holidays and changing seasons just put yourself on the market. Just be sure to meet in a secure place where you will fill safe. Or you can always use the Paypal option and just ship the items to the person.

5. Poshmark

I cannot get over how obsessed I have become with this app. I love reselling clothes, and going through my closet, and I also enjoy shopping on there as much as I love selling. So if you are wanting to find a way to sell your new clothes then this is the way to do so! Also for every friend you refer they earn $5 and once they make a purchase off of the app then you will make $5 too!

If you would like to download this app then use my referral code: KOUNTRYGAL18 to get your first $5! And you can check out my closet if you want to get the general idea of how Poshmark works!

Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust + Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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Taken By Yours Truly: AKA the Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust

There’s just something about fall that brings out the desire for me to make pies. I don’t know why. I just really enjoy it. I was super excited when I saw that you could use cinnamon rolls to make a pie crust! What could be better than the aroma of cinnamon rolls and pumpkin pie coming right out of your kitchen? The crust turned out really well, however, I forgot to put eggs in the pumpkin pie mixture, so the pie part was a fail, so I won’t be posting a picture of my not so pretty pumpkin-pie, haha. Maybe I will try another pie recipe and it won’t be a fail. However, I will show what the crust looks like because it was freaking awesome! Let’s get to it! 

Pie Crust Ingredients

  • 3 Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls
  • Butter

Pumpkin Pie Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz. Can Pumpkin
  • 1 15 oz. Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 eggs, lol. Don't leave these out they're important
  • 2 teaspoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt is optional
My son Ivan seemed to really enjoy it

Directions

Cinnamon Pie Crust
  1. Preheat oven to 400 Degrees.
  2. Place the Cinnamon Rolls into a Pie Plate. Mine wasn’t very decorative, but if you’re feeling extra snazzy. I’ll post a link to a few super cute and inexpensive pie plates below.
  3. Connect the cinnamon rolls until there is no open space in the pie container.
  4. It’s really as simple as that!
Pumpkin Pie
  1. Blend all of the pie ingredients together, and pour into the pie plate.
  2. Cover with tin foil, so it doesn’t brown over too much. And let it cook on 400 for fifteen minuets.
  3. After 15 min. turn it down to 350 degrees and let it cook for another 40-50 min.
  4. Once it’s finished cooking let it cool for 2 hours.
  5. Enjoy! Fall is the time for Pumpkin everything!

I hope you all enjoyed this post! Feel free to comment below or share this post with one of the buttons on the side, or below. Have a blessed week!

Lauren S. Watkins

Facing My Battle of Comparison

Today I am going to be sharing with you all, something that I personally struggle with on a daily basis, and that is the battle of comparison. As much as I hear my husband tell me how beautiful I am, I am still trying to figure out what he sees in me. I find myself scrolling through social media, and I compare myself to people that I don’t even know. I want to look better, and do better. Who I am is just not enough. I know that’s a sad thought, but that’s how I feel and think some days. And I know that I am not the only one.

"Comparison is the thief of joy." -Theodore Roosevelt

Social Media Statistics

According to the “Huffington Post,” statistics show that

  • 60% of people using social media reported that it has impacted their self-esteem in a negative way.
  • 50% have said that it has affected their relationships in a negative way
  • 80% voted that it is easier to be deceived by what others share on social media.

So how can we escape comparison, when we are surrounded by it constantly?

Stop texting and start talking.

Valuable friends are hard to come by these days, and one of the main reasons in my opinion is because we can’t seem to put away our phones. I know I may sound like your mom right now, but seriously think about it. When was the last time you put away your phone when spending time with a friend or a loved one? If you can’t think of a time then that’s a sign that you need to make time. I have found that creating more time with my friends instead of trying to find the perfect lighting to take a selfie has brought me more satisfaction in my life. I know the world pushes us to have a self centered mindset, but me are truly happier when we allow others into our hearts and lives.

"I praise you, because I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139:14

Affirmation

Today I was struggling with my role as a new small group leader, and I was reminded by a leader above me that I already know who I am. I am the daughter of the king, and I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Words of affirmation can be so powerful in moments of doubt. That is why we need others and we need to go to the Bible or if you are not a Christian, then find some really awesome quotes. There are lots on Pinterest! Affirm yourself with kind and positive thoughts. I find that when I replace my negative thoughts with positive thoughts I stop comparing myself to other people.

Catch your breath

Every once in a while I will find myself going to a dark place. The dark place of comparison, where my mind will think all sorts of negative things. Like, “Look at how successful she looks in that picture, I will never be where she is at.” And it’s true with that attitude I won’t. I also feel like not everyone’s life is not as perfect as they portray it to be on social media. However, once I find myself getting caught up in my emotions and battling with comparison I immediately turn it off, and tune my mind onto things that I enjoy.

Having a cup of coffee with a friend.

Loving on my sweet baby boy.

Going for a walk in nature.

Reading my Bible or other Blogs.

Taking a break allows me to recharge and gain control over my emotions, and helps me to see how truly awesome life is.

 

Today I have shared with you one of my top struggles. I want to be vulnerable and open up to other people, and let them see my not so perfect side. If this is something you struggle with then you are not alone. I am right there with you, and I hope that my thoughts on this topic will bring encouragement to someone.  Also if you did like this post feel free to comment or share it on social media.

Living With Purpose

Defining Purpose

Everyone wants to find out what their purpose is in this life. Why am I here, and is there any meaning to life, or are we all just going through the motions? These are some great questions, but sadly I am not the one to say why you where put on this earth, but I can say that you are here for a reason. As a Christian I do believe that reason is spiritual. It’s connected deep down within you, and we all possess our own unique God given abilities. For those of you who do not believe in this kind of faith. Please find something to believe in, because life has no meaning without something to believe in. So my first suggestion to finding your purpose. Find something to believe in.

Find Something to Believe In

I believe that God has a plan for all of us, and we all have our own unique abilities. Ask yourself this question. Can a puzzle be completed if a piece of that puzzle goes missing? It’s a simple question really, but if I were to tell you that you were a piece of the puzzle of God’s unique plan for your life would you believe that? Maybe, and maybe not. The reason being that many of us doubt that we are gifted with our own special qualities. I know it may be hard to believe, but each and every person matters. Everyone has a purpose.

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

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Be Confident

Before I became a mother I had all the confidence in the world, but it took a while to get that way. Once I became a mother it’s like I had to start the confidence building process all over again. It’s easier to live with purpose if you live your life with confidence. So here are a few ways that you can build your confidence.

  • Self Care
  • Build Healthy Relationships
  • Be Kind and Giving
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Explaining the List Above

Self Care- Many Christians and even non Christians associate self care with selfishness. However, that can be further from the truth. God wants us to take care of ourselves. How can we serve someone else if we are running on empty. You can practice self care by doing at least one thing you love every day, and by also doing things that are necessary. Things like exercise, eating healthy, and maintaining your emotional and physical health. If we are made in the image of God and that is something to be proud of. Own that with confidence. (Song of Songs 4:7)

Build Healthy Relationships – Building healthy relationships is essential to building your confidence. My relationship with God is my top priority, then my family and friends. Building healthy and positive relationships will not only make you feel confident it will also make you happier.

Be Kind and Giving – I have always believed in the reap what you sow. I don’t think that coincidences are a thing. (Ephesians 4:32) When you are kind to others, then others will be kind to you. It’s a simple concept. Try doing one act of kindness a day, and you may find that your life has more meaning to it then you realize.

I hope that this helps you find your purpose. There is nothing that brings more peace, then knowing that you where put on this earth for a reason, and you are that reason. If you enjoyed this post leave a comment below, or share it with others!

"When it comes to the end of my journey it's not about being remembered, but who I am remembered as."

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Back to School Outfits for Mom

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Hey, Y’all! For those of you who have not been on my blog, welcome! I am excited to be sharing this post with you. I recently started a job at a church preschool, and as you all probably know the clothes that I wear must be modest. I like to dress modestly anyway. Just a personal preference, however, most modest quality clothing comes at a pretty high price. That is until I found this site called, “Jane.”  This site has some of the cutest, modest, and affordable clothing. So I am going to put a few outfits together for Y’all. and you can let me know what you think in the comments below!

Outfit One: Casual/Dressy

https://www.shareasale.com/m-pr.cfm?merchantID=43844&userID=1777091&productID=805067331

I love this look because you can either dress it up with a pair of jeans, or you can dress it down with leggings! How cute is that?

Outfit Two: Feminine Outfit 

Who doesn’t love to feel girly every now and then? I love floral prints, and they have six different ones that you can choose from!

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Colored skinny jeans would go really well with this kind of outfit.                  

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Outfit Three: Holy Moly

This outfit is absolutely gorgeous! Worried about not being able to keep a ladylike composure? Well, you won’t have to worry about it with this dress. It will be hard for the wind to blow your dress up with this one, so feel free to embrace your feminine side with nothing holding you back!

https://www.shareasale.com/m-pr.cfm?merchantID=43844&userID=1777091&productID=805067469

What about shoes?

A girl can never have too many shoes. Here a few ideas of different shoes to wear with these outfits!

Wedges

I love the golden tone of these wedges so much! 

Happy shopping, and don’t forget to leave a comment in the comment box below! And Thank you, for being apart of this blog!

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Metallic Flats

https://www.shareasale.com/m-pr.cfm?merchantID=43844&userID=1777091&productID=805067583

Beautiful Baby Blue Heels

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I feel like these heels would look really great with the dress I mentioned above!

Casual Shoes

https://www.shareasale.com/m-pr.cfm?merchantID=43844&userID=1777091&productID=805067579

Last but not least these are my favorites! So freaking cute!

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” I hope you all like the outfits that I have suggested! This is a great site to find affordable cute clothing. Prices of these items are available, when you click on the link, below each picture, and if you try any of these outfits I would love to see pictures of them in the comments, or you can share for more posts like these, thank you for being apart of this blog!  

                                                                                                   Lauren Smith                                                                                                                Momma From Scratch

The God Driven Woman

Today I would love to share with you all something that is on heart, and that is what it means to be a driven woman. When I say driven I am not talking about the women who claim to be feminists who are completely anti-men, but more the woman who isn’t afraid to be who God has called her to be. The woman who doesn’t hold back despite the fears and challenges that she will face, because she knows who is in control of her life. This was shared with me by a lady in my small group, so I cannot take credit of these words, but they are beautiful and touching, and I think that every woman needs to hear this. 

The Propel Woman Is…

Unapologetic, she is a woman who leads.

Unshakable, she is rooted and grounded in the love and grace of God. 

Undaunted, by the challenges of life.

Unstoppable, as she follows the call of God.

Unmovable, she will not be manipulated.

Unselfish, she is generous with her words, thoughts, resources, and relationships. 

Undefeatable, she knows no weapon formed against her shall prosper.

Unbound, her history will not define her destiny. 

Unstuck, she moves gracefully from one season to the next. 

Undone by the love, grace, goodness, kindness and mercy of God.

Uncommon, she is not chasing worldly success, fame, or fortune.

Untamable, she is dangerous to the kingdom of darkness.

Unlimited, her potential in Christ is limitless.

Unleashed, she is not held captive to old paradigms or stereotypes. 

Unashamed, she does not minimize or hide who God has made her to be.

Unpretentious, she is real, down to earth, and accessible. 

-Jennifer N. 

If you have any doubts in your mind about who you are I want you to know that you are more than capable of being who God has called you to be. And here are just a few ways that may help you battle any self-doubts or insecurities. 

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1. God has a plan for you. 

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Trust that God’s plan for you is bigger than any fears you may face. 








2. Get affirmation by getting into the Bible. 

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Psalm 139:14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.” When you dig deep into God’s Word, you will find that there are all kinds of Biblical affirmation. If the God who created our entire Universe believes in you, then you should believe in yourself as well. 

3. Get connected with other like-minded believers. 

When you get connected with other believers you will be surprised to find yourself feeling encouraged and refreshed. Although, I would advise that you be careful who you are surrounding yourselves with, because some people enjoy bringing others down, and I know that sounds horrible, but for those who have been to a southern baptist church they can tell you from experience that this is true. Find people who are going to inspire you, and encourage you to be all that you can be. 

I hope that this poem and advice will help you to stand up, and be the woman that you need or want to be. Just remember, that “You, yes you, can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.” Philippians 4:13. If you liked this article, please share it, or subscribe to my blog for more topics like this. Thank you, for being apart of this journey with me. 

                                                                              Lauren Smith                                                                          Momma From Scratch

5 Things to Start Doing in Your 20’s Before Buying a Home

Home is where the heart is.

1. Start building your credit right away.

If you haven’t started building your credit that is something I highly suggest putting at the top of your list. When purchasing a home, almost every loaner that you come across will want to know what your credit score is, and how long you have had it. If you don’t know where to start, I would suggest going to your bank and starting with a small student credit card. My first credit card had a $200 limit on it, and I used it on small things like gas and out to eat places.

2. Make sure you are smart with your credit.

I made the mistake of going credit crazy, and now I am having to pay of $3000 worth of debt. Do not make the mistake I made. I only recommend using one credit card like the one I mentioned above, and only use it for one small thing, and as soon as it’s time to pay your monthly payment pay off 90% of what you used. That way you will be building your credit, but not allowing yourself into a massive hole of debt. Just an FYI it’s not free money guys.  

3. Start putting money back for a down payment. 

Look up money saving plans on Pinterest. Figure out what would work best with your budget, and if it means cutting out unnecessary costs then do it. Most sellers require a minimum of $3000 to $5000 down. Just keep the bigger picture in mind, and you could be a homeowner in a year or two!

4. Keep in mind the location.

For future reference think about the future. Is this an area that you want to raise a family in? Is it safe, and what kind of schools are around. This is just something to take into consideration. Especially if you are planning on buying a home with your future spouse.

5. Consider renting before buying.

I know renting may seem like you’re wasting your money, but consider these things. 

  • Can you really afford buying a home just yet? This includes house payments, home owners insurance, water, electricity. When living in an apartment most of the time the only thing you have to pay for is rent and electricity.
  • Do you have the furniture and appliances you need for your home? If you wait and rent before buying, then you will have more time to save to buy furniture and appliances, because most apartments come with the appliances. The only appliances we had to pay for where the washer and dryer, and our microwave. 

Although it is frustrating to live in an apartment sometimes, these are just some things you need to consider. 

I hope these suggestions have helped you. This is something that I wish someone would have shared with me, because it would have helped me to make smarter decisions sooner rather than later, but hopefully I can help someone from making the same mistakes that I did just because I didn’t have the knowledge or understanding of everything that goes into buying a home.

“Life takes us to unexpected places, and love takes us home.”

Essential Oils 101 A Simple Guide to a Healthier Lifestyle

This post contains affiliates, which means that I will earn a small commission if you decide to join the Young Living Team with me, but at no extra cost to you. The money I make on this blog I use to support my family, and my blog. I also only share things that I personally use. Everything I post is my honest opinion and experience. 

When I think about why I got started using essential oils a quote from Platinum Distributor Sarah Harnisch comes to mind, “It’s empowering to see people get healthy. It’s a calling, not an occupation. If they say they can’t afford health, they will pay for it in other areas. Chemical use has a price on it, and that price is high. It’s about creating an awareness so they start to take steps to swap chemicals out.” That is the most important reason why I share Young Living with other people. If I can help someone to live a healthier lifestyle than I will, because God wants us to take care of the body that He has given us. If we have the option to choose better, then why aren’t we doing it? I am going to share three things you probably don’t know about essential oils, and I am also going to be sharing three excuses people tend to make when saying no to using them.

1. What are essential oils?

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All of the information I am sharing with you is coming from the Gameplan book, written by Sarah Harnisch. She is a certified aromatherapist, and highly qualified in using essential oils, so let’s get into the facts.

Essential oils are the most powerful part of the plant. They are distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, fruit, rinds, resins, and herbs. Oils consist of over 100 different naturals, organic compounds. In humans, they provide support for every system of the body: your skeletal system, your muscular system, circulatory system, endocrine system, and your hormones. They support brain health and a healthy weight. They are used extensively for emotions and for spiritual support. An oil diffuser can soothe a child’s tough day at school and provide a calming effect when you’ve had a stressful day at work. Have I educated you enough on this topic ? It honestly could take hours, but I don’t want to bore you to death. I just want you to understand the full capacity that oils can have.

2. Oils can provide an alternative to using chemical cleaning products in your home.

Did you know that you are actually spending more on your chemical filled cleaning products from the grocery store?

Let me demonstrate.

Not only is Thieves cleaner nontoxic and cost-effective, it also serves as a multi-purpose cleaner. It can be used for almost anything. Not to mention it smells amazing!

3. Some Interesting Facts About Young Living Essential Oils

I just found this really interesting and wanted to share it with you all!

  • 60 thousand rose blossoms provide only 1 ounce of rose oil
  • Lavender is abundant – 220 pounds will provide 7 pounds of oil.
  • Jasmine flowers must be picked by hand before the sun becomes hot on the very first day they open, thus making it one of the most expensive oils in the world! It takes 8 million hand-picked blossoms to produce 2.2 pounds of oil. 
  • A Sandalwood tree must be 30 years old and 30 feet high before it can be cut down for distillation.

Who knew that it took that much effort to create an essential oil? I know I didn’t until I read this book!

Three Excuses People Have Made About Investing in Essential Oils

1. They’re too expensive

The real question is how much are you willing to pay for your health? According to huffingtonpost.com On average, the typical American spends $42 a month on chemical products. Why not cut the costs, and invest in your health? Most oils range from $10-$60 and they typically come in a 5ml bottle that will last you for about three months, so that is $20 a month for your health. I can promise you it is worth it!

2. It’s inconvenient to order online

I know it can seem frustrating to order online, but the way they do it. It’s simple and effective. It takes me one week to get my monthly order in, and it is so much fun! It feels like Christmas every time for my order to comes in! So go ahead and throw out that excuse!

3. I don’t even know where to start

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Yes, you do, and you will. Once you make the choice to throw out the chemicals and toxins in your life, then I will show you where to start. Just comment below if you are interested, and I will get you set up! It doesn’t take an expert to use oils. All it takes is a desire to learn, and finding passion in using them! 

The Premium Starter Kit Costs $160 or $27.00 a month for 6 months with Paypal. This includes The Dessert Mist Diffuser, which is super cool btw it changes colors! It also comes with 11 essential oils. A Thieves Cleaning Sample, which you can use for at least two bottles of the cleaners of your choice. Two Ningxia Red all natural energy drinks, and more resources to help you learn about the oils, so you can start sharing your love for oils with others as well.

I hope this post helped with explaining the basics of essential oils! I will be talking more about them on my blog, because this is something that I am particularly passionate about, and I can’t help but share them with you guys!

Things To Do With Your Baby Before They Turn One

This quote haunts me to this day. My parents are amazing, and I truly love them, but there are things that I wished they would have done differently, and I know that my children are probably going to think the same thing about me, because we are all human, and the best way we learn is by making mistakes or watching other people make them. As a kid, the people that we looked up to the most were our parents, and I don’t know about you, but sometimes the thought that I have someone looking up to me is kind of scary. I know that I will never be the quote-unquote perfect mother, and I have come to terms with that, however, I am going to try my best to be the best imperfect mother that I can be. With that being said, lately, I have been trying to minimize the amount of TV that my child watches. Although sometimes, I will admit I give in because as a mom I need a break too. So let’s get into some of the ways that I have used to be more involved in Ivan’s life, even at a young age, and I hope that these tips will help another parent out there trying to find some answers to this problem as well.

“Be who you needed, when you where young.” -Unknown. 

1. Get your babies footprints and fingerprints.

This is more for you Mom or Dad. Our babies are only little for a short amount of time. Get creative and find a way to keep the memory of those tiny little hands and feet. One day you look back, and that will be the only thing you have left to remember those sweet innocent days.

2. Sing to your baby.

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I can promise you that I may not have the voice of an angel, but my baby seems to think that I do. Singing songs to your baby stimulates their mind, and it especially helps if you are singing the alphabet, numbers, or colors to them.

3. Count to ten.

Babies may not be able to count on their own, but counting their toes, and fingers, or playing piggy with them, will help them to understand to a certain level of what numbers are.

4. Try to limit screen time.

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I know it’s tempting to put your kid in front of a television, and I am not going to say that I never do, however it has been proven that the less TV your baby watches the more creative their minds will be. If you need some you time, then I would suggest investing in these things.

  • Baby bouncer helps get rid of all of the energy
  • Baby Mirrors. Babies love to look at their own reflection
  • Baby toys with lots of buttons, sounds, and lights

5. Make your pots and pans musical i nstruments.

When I read about this idea I didn’t know if it would work, but Ivan absolutely loved it! I feel like it helped to open up his creative side. All you need are your pots and pans, a spatula as the drumstick, and a little imagination.

6. Go swimming.

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The sooner you start swimming with your baby the better, because the longer you wait the more your child will be afraid to swim. We take our son Ivan to the swimming pool, and he sits in this baby float that we bought for him, and he has so much fun splashing around, and kicking his little legs. It’s seriously the cutest thing to watch.

7. Read with your baby.

This is a no-brainer. Just like using singing as a method to educate your baby, reading is also a way of educating their little minds. Another way you can help your baby is by investing in books that have things that they can touch, this will give them the chance to learn their sense of touch. The sooner you start reading to your baby the more they will begin to love it!

8. Have a playdate.

Start having playdates before they turn one. This will help them to start developing their social skills. We have a lot of people in our family, so Ivan has already had quite a few playdates, and he loves being around people.

9. Exercise with your baby.

This is actually probably one of my favorite things to do. Ivan may not know what we are doing, but he sure loves the 101 time he gets with mommy. It’s also a great way to get rid of the extra baby fat, without having to go to the gym, if that option is not open to you. You can find all sorts of these kinds of workouts on Youtube.

10. Make funny faces.

It is so much fun watching your baby mimic the faces that you make, and in the meantime you are showing them how to have emotions. I know it feels silly at first, but try it out. It is really cool watching your baby show their first emotions in their own little way.

“Don’t be too hard on yourself. The mom in E.T. had an alien living in her house for days, and didn’t notice.”

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