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.

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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

Essential Oils 101 A Simple Guide to a Healthier Lifestyle

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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?

Photo by Tanalee Youngblood on Unsplash

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!

10 Things To Do In The Summer for Under Twenty-Five Dollars.

“Here’s to a summer I’ll always remember, and people that I will never forget.” -XOXO Summer 2018

1. Go grab coffee with an old friend, and catch up on life.

Coffee is typically between $5-$10. Try out a new flavor and have fun with it.

2. Acts of Kindness

Do something nice for someone. Is your mom exhausted from working non stop? Offer to help clean around the house. Kindness is free, and it feels great to help someone out.

3. Have a water fight.

  • Buy Water Guns from Dollar Tree or Walmart
  • Fill up balloons with water
  • Have fun!

4. Attend a Festival

Summers are full of free or inexpensive festivals that you can attend. Find one that interests you, and your personal preferences.

5. Go to the Drive-In for $15 a carload.

Split the cost between friends, and buy your snacks from Walmart or someplace like that.

6. Have a summer photoshoot.

Capture those memories. Find something to wear in your closet, and look for unique places to take photographs with your friends.

7. Start a blog.

I know you may think it sounds crazy, but if you love to write, and share your thoughts why not let the world know that creative side to you? They deserve to see it too!

  • Start by using a free blogging platform, and I would suggest using WordPress.

8. Have a game night.

Remember those boring board games that are currently collecting dust in your closet? Well you may be surprised to find that game nights with friends and family can actually be really entertaining. Try it out!

9. Go hiking or swimming in a local area. 

Places near Alabama for those that live in the same state I live in, here are some suggestions. 

  • The Falls
  • The Millpond
  • Little River Canyon
  • Cherokee Rock Village

10. Watch the sunset.

Buy a decent wine, one of my favorite brands is called, “Barefoot,” and it’s only like $10. Enjoy a glass of wine, while watching the sunset.

I hope you all enjoyed these suggestions. Feel free to leave any of your own in the comment box below, and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog for more topics like this!

Sunday Notes – “Four Principles of Rest”

Matthew 11: 28-30 (AMP) “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened (by religious rituals that offer no peace), and I will give you rest (refreshing your souls with salvation). Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me (following Me as My disciple), for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU Will Find Rest (renewal, blessed quiet) For Your Souls. For My yoke is easy (to bear) and My burden is light.” What a beautiful passage of scripture, and I love the way this version of the Bible puts it. Today we live in a busy world, and sometimes we can get caught up in the chaos. God’s gift to us is rest, and today I am going to be sharing with you , “Four Principles of Rest,” a message shared by Larry Stockhill. So let’s get into it!

1. “R” – stands for routine.

The most successful people normally have one thing in common, a routine. Having a routine can be harder when having a baby or little kids running around, but it is possible, and once you figure it out your life will go much smoother. Here are different kinds of routines you can establish.

  • Morning Routines – If you would like to see my morning routine, then comment, or give this post a thumbs up.
  • Work Routine – Getting ready for work can be a hassle, so if you are like me you need to get things ready in advance, so you aren’t running around like a chicken with your head cut off.
  • Family Routine- Family comes as a priority after God, so to me having a planned family day is really important, so I try to have one once a week.
  • Date Night – This also is very important, because in order to have a successful family your marriage needs to be the first priority in your family. So make sure you have a date night. Even if a date night just means playing a card game together, and sharing your dreams, when you lay down your kids at night. You need the one on one time with your man.
  •  Meal Routine- This can be hard for us depending on how well our day flows, so for us it’s hard to have a set time, so this is something we are still working on.
  • Sleep Routine – This to me is extremely important, because it’s hard to function properly without enough sleep. I am now currently going to bed at 10:30 PM. I would like to go to bed earlier, but for now that’s the earliest I can make it.

2. “E” Emotions – Learn to manage your emotions.

When he started talking to this I knew he was talking about me. I just recently found out that I have OCD, and I will be sharing that with you all very soon, but needless to say my emotions have been a roller coaster, because I tend to overthink things, but here are a few ways that the preacher shared on how we can have better control over our emotions.

  • Perspective: Put everything out of Eternity, which basically means Is what you are afraid of, angry about, worried about etc. going to matter when we get to heaven? Most of the time the answer is going to be, no. So for me that helps me to reconsider my emotions and put them in a different perspective.
  • Margin: Space your life out better.

3. “S” Sabbath – God took one day to rest, and we should too.

I know that there’s always that one thing on our to do list that we feel like we absolutely have to do. If you are a lists person I am right there with you. However, I do believe that we should all take at least a day off, and use it to spend time with our friends and family. It will make your soul so happy and you will be refreshed, and ready to go for the next week.

4. “T” Conquer Your Thoughts.

This is definitely my biggest struggle. My thoughts are on a constant repeat, and  I have to fight fear, worries, doubts almost every day, and I liked some of the tips that the preacher shared with us.

  • Isaiah 26:3 Focus on God’s purpose. Stop focusing on the wrong things.
  • Take every thought captive. The devil will try to lie to you and he will feed you with doubts and fears, so replace his lies with the truth. Make a pros and cons list if you have to and see if what you are thinking is actually the truth. Sometimes that helps me, when I am trying to find the truth. Also get into God’s Word there are lots of truth in that book.
  • Lay back in the arms of the Almighty God, because our lives are in His hands. If you’re worried about something surrender it to Him. (Jeremiah 29:11)

 

 

I hope you all have a lovely Sunday. Try to rest and enjoy worshiping our God and welcome his presence. Also call that friend that you haven’t heard from in a while and get catch up with them. Drink a cup of coffee with your husband and take a nice nap together, or play a game with your kids, while the music is playing softly in the backgrounds. This is the day of Rest! If you enjoyed this post, please feel free to comment. For more of these posts subscribe to my blog and you will get updated every time I write another post on Sunday notes. Love you all!


 

 

Lauren Smith

Sunday Notes (Grandpa’s Wisdom)

]Every Saturday night I would like to go over my Sunday notes before church I go to church in the morning. I would like to share what God has spoken to me through the notes that I take. These past few weeks we have been talking about wisdom. Wisdom is a gift from God that we can all have, but it is something that we must seek. Here are the notes from the sermon called, “Grandpas Wisdom,” by Tom Mullans.

Three Truths of Wisdom

1. Be trustworthy in the small things.

When we are focused on the small things that God has put on our hearts, then we will give us the chance to excel in the big things. “We need to learn to bloom where we are planted,”and I know that cooking supper for my husband and cleaning our home may not be the most exciting thing that can happen in my life, but God has called me to serve my family, and they come second, so I am going to be faithful to God even in the small things that may even be taken for granted sometimes, because that’s when I will be prepared for the big things that he will ask me to do in my life. Also when we are trustworthy in the small things people will empower and invest in us.

2. Be a second miler.

Matthew 5:41

“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”

This one really got to me, because I sometimes find myself being lazy and wanting to take shortcuts in life, but God expects us not only to do what we are asked, but to take it a step further. Go the extra mile. Don’t be that person that only half way does their job. Even if your job is to just pass a class. Give it the best you have, and if a C is pushing it, then try doing a little more and aim for a B. I know it’s hard sometimes, but as Christians God has called us to do the best with what we are given. He wants us to stand out. Remember who we are serving, and be a light to the world. 

3. Be honorable. Honor God, honor others, and honor your commitments.

Finish what you started. I know that sometimes that can seem like a burden. There have been a couple of instances where it was tough to go another day doing something that I dreaded. For example there have been a couple of jobs, where just the thought of going into work made me miserable, and there were days where I just wanted to walk out the door without any notice, but because I knew that I made a commitment it wouldn’t be right to do that, so instead I waited out the two weeks notice, and came to work until my last day. I had made a promise, and I didn’t want to dishonor people, and lately I have really realized that my actions can affect the purpose that God has for my life, so I not only want to bring honor to others and my commitments I also want to bring honor to God. Honor isn’t always fun, and sometimes we may not always like it, but in the end it makes us feel a lot better, when we know that we are making the right choices.

I truly hope that these things will help you in your everyday life. Stay tuned in for more Sunday notes, and encouragement. Try to be trustworthy in the small things, don’t be afraid to go the extra mile, and don’t forget to give honor to God, to others, and to your commitments.

Proverbs 4:6-7

6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. 
7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Getwisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

 

 

 

Sincerly,

Lauren Smith.

 

My Three Favorite Essential Oils

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All the information about Essential Oils I have gotten from Essential Oils: pocket reference seventh edition

 

 

Happy Memorial Day, everyone! I hope you all are having a fantastic weekend! Today I am going to be sharing with you my top three essential oils, why I love them, their uses, and how you can use them in your every day life. I have been incorporating Young Living Essential oils in my every day life. I truly believe that essential oils can help the world to create a lifestyle of wellness and happiness, and I want to share them with you all, because I would like for you to join me in this journey towards better health.

1. Citrus Fresh

I love Citrus Fresh! It helps uplift my mood, and has a fresh summer scent to it. My husband also loves it. I normally diffuse it in the mornings to start off my day well.

  • Define – Citrus Fresh stimulates the right brain to amplify creativity and well-being, eradicates anxiety, and works well as an purifier. When diffused it adds a clean scent to any environment.
  • Ingredients: Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin, and Spearmint
  • Directions: Aromatic: Diffuse up to 1 hour 3 times daily or inhale. Topical: Dilute 1 part to 1 part V-6 or other pure carrier oil and apply 1-2 drops on edge of ears, wrists, neck, temples.
  • Caution- Possible sun/ skin sensitivity

2. Stress Away

Stress away is great for mommy’s who have a lot to take on. As a mom that blogs, works, and takes care of a six month old boy, this oil has been a huge blessing in my life! However, this oil isn’t just for mommy’s, everyone deals with stress at some point in their lives. There are many benefits of this oil, and the amazing scent is just an added bonus.

  • Definition –  This is a gentle, fragrant blend that brings feelings of peace and tranquility to both children and adults. It helps relieve every day stress and nervous tension. IT helps with normal every day stress, improves mental response, restores equilibrium, promotes relaxation, and lowers hypertension.
  • Ingredients: Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ocotea, Lavender
  • Directions: Diffuse up to 1 hour 3 times daily or directly inhale. Topical: Dilution not required, except for the most sensitive skin. Shake well and apply liberally to temples, back of neck, or wrists as needed.

3. Frankincense

 

I love the Frankincense Essential Oils. This oil is not guaranteed to help with depression, but for me personally it has. I have dealt with Postpartum Depression since I have had my baby, and this is one of the oils that I love to diffuse, because it helps me to stay in the present instead of being focused on the negative.

  • Definition – Also known as “olibanum,” the name frankincense is derived from the Medieval French word for “real incense.” Frankincense is considered the “holy anointing oil” in the Middle East and has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. It was well known during the time of Christ for its anointing and healing powers and was one of the gifts given to Christ at His birth. “Used to treat every conceivable ill known to man,” frankincense was valued more than gold during ancient times, and only those with great wealth and abundance possessed it. It is mentioned in one the oldest known medical records, Ebers Papyrus (dating from the 16th century BC), an ancient Egyptian list of 877 prescriptions and recipes.
  • Medical Properties: Antitumoral, immuno-stimulant, anti-depressant, muscle relaxing
  • Uses: Depression, cancer, respiratory infections, inflammation, immune- stimulating
  • Fragrant Influence: Increases spiritual awareness, promotes meditation, improves attitude, and uplifts spirits
  • Directions: Diffuse as shown above

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Three Things That I Encountered As a Young Mom

Hey everyone, today’s topic is going to be very personal for me, but I want to be honest with any expecting moms, moms going through postpartum, or anyone who just wants to know what it’s like to be a mom. There are a few things that I have gone through as a young mom that has been really hard, and scary. I want to share this with you all because I feel like It’s something that you may go through, and maybe it’s something you are already going through.

 

1. Comparison

The comparison has been my hugest struggle as a young mom because most of the friends that I have or had are friends who don’t have children, so they have no idea what my life is like, but I am constantly reminded of the life I once had. Most of the time I am perfectly happy with my new life, but once in a while, I will catch myself feeling envious of being able to just go out whenever I would like. Sometimes I would feel left out when I would see pictures of my friends hanging out, and I was at home uninvited taking care of a baby. This was my life now, and although it has been very rewarding I had to find a way to stop looking at the life I used to have and start embracing the life I know have. Here are a few ways that I have managed to do that, and after these results, I have been feeling a lot more satisfied with my life.

  • Find new friends who have a similar lifestyle. For example all of the friends that I had didn’t have any kids, so I decided to make new friends who did, and I didn’t drop my old friends, however, I found myself not comparing my  life to theirs when I made a few new friends who could relate to what I was going through.
  • Be careful with social media! Before I realized it I was crying over people I didn’t even know who seemed to have it all. They traveled all the time, partied, shopped, etc. They were living the life or so it seemed because I was focusing on the wrong things. So I created a new youtube and followed mom YouTubers and limited the number of people I followed who don’t have children.

2. Body Image

I weighed 125 lb.  the first month I was pregnant with Ivan, and at the end of my pregnancy, I weighed 170 lbs. Yikes! I also ended up with a few stretch marks around my hips, and waist. It was really hard to build up my self confidence again, because I went up a size in everything. So how did I get through this struggle? I will let you in on three things.

  • Positive Affirmations- speaking kind words out loud to myself helped me to convince myself that I could still be confident in my new mom body.
  • I did something about it. – As soon as the six weeks had past I began to slowly workout, and now I am working out three times a week. It just makes you feel better knowing that you are actually doing something to help yourself instead of just sitting on your butt complaining about it, and doing nothing. “Get off that couch girl, and get moving!” – Me to myself.
  • Eating Better- I have decided that my eating habits have got to change. I need to stop eating less cookies, and ice-cream, and start eating more vegetables and fruit. I have already noticed a difference in the amount of energy that I actually have, and I can tell you know that my body and mind are thanking me for it.

3. Postpartum Depression

This is probably going to be the hardest thing for me to talk about. I don’t like to admit that I have been going through postpartum depression, because I have always been known as someone who is most of the time happy, however this is a serious problem, and each person is different, so I am not the one who needs to tell you what to do. I am just going to suggest a few things, and you should pray about it before deciding on anything.

  • Prayer- I had to constantly go to God in prayer and ask Him to help me get through this.
  • I knew I wasn’t alone. – When going through something like this don’t try to go through it alone. I had people that I could go to and talk to that has helped me get through it. Find someone you can trust, and talk to them about it.
  • Take a Multi-Vitamin for Women- Most of the problems associated with Postpartum have to do with the changing hormones of your body adjusting after you have a baby, and vitamins will help you to balance those out.
  • Essential Oils- There are many essential oils that have helped me to get through a stressful day. I recommend Young Living. That’s what I use and I love them!

 

 

I hope these things have helped someone. I know being a young mother can be really hard, so don’t try to do it alone. Find someone to talk to, and take care of yourself mommy, because the way I see it, we have to take care of ourselves first in order to be able to take care of the people we love. If you feel like you don’t have anyone that you can talk to, please feel free to send me a message on my contact page! I love you all, and hope you all have a blessed day!

Mothers Day Gift Ideas For Four Different Kinds of Moms

All moms have different personalities. Although once a woman becomes a mother she often feels like she loses her own personality traits because from now on she is just known as mom. Speaking out for all moms in the world even though we love what we do, it would be nice to be known for something other than being the worlds greatest mother. So today I am going to share with you four different personalities of the different kinds of moms, and how you can truly make their day special for them.

1. The Girly Mom

Some moms are girly and enjoy being pampered, so here are a few suggestions for this kind of mom.

  • Take her to get her nails done
  • Suprise her with her favorite flowers
  • Buy her a gift card to a girly store For Ex. Victoria Secret, Ulta Beauty, Belks Etc.
  • On a Budget? Offer her an at-home spa day. Light the Candles, Make a Bubble Bath, and offer to paint her nails

Stores: Already named some above, for nails just look up local nail salons

2. The Simple Momma

Some moms would rather have practical things instead of luxury items, if you know that is your mom, then here are a few gift ideas for her.

  • If she likes to read buy her the favorite book series she likes to read. If you don’t know what she reads buy her a gift card to Books A Million.
  • If she drinks coffee. Buy her a cute mug, and fill it with chocolate, and a Starbucks Gift Card
  • If you are on a budget, give her a mom free day. Clean the house for her, and surprise her with breakfast in bed.

Stores: Barns & Noble, TJ-Max, Books-A-Million, Starbucks

3. For the Fitness and Wellness Mom

For the mom that likes to workout, exercise or so forth these are suggestions for her.

  • Buy her a new pair of tennis shoes
  • Get her a workout outfit
  • Buy a cute water bottle with the workout headbands
  • Buy a Diffuser and Essential Oils. Make sure they are legit essential oils not the kind from the grocery store. I recommend Young Living Essential Oils.
  • If you are on a budget, search at home workouts on Pinterest, print them off and put them in a binder for extra inspiration.

Stores: Hibbett Sports, Sports Academy, TJ Max, Young Living Site and you can ask me for more info on that.

4. For the Social Mom

This is for the mom who just enjoys doing things for entertainment, and socializing with others.

  • Take her to her favorite restaurant
  • Go to a drive-in movie
  • Go to the movies
  • Take her to a concert
  • If you are on a budget. Have an at-home cookout. Invite her friends or family over whichever she is closest to.

 

I hope these suggestions help. Just remember that moms do more than you realize, and it’s not always easy on us, so try your best to make not only this day but every day meaningful for them. I also want to say thank you to all of the moms out there who have sacrificed their lives for your children. Our lives would not be the same without you. So here’s to you on your day, and I hope you all enjoy it.