I try not to appear too exhausted when my toddler trio (ages 2, 4 and 5) come to me seeking mommy's love and attention, and wanting to do some sort of special activity, just the 4 of us. Their little eyes and minds get so impressed watching mommy take a flat sheet of paper from her printer as I drag myself away from work tasks for a brief moment to also enjoy their always entertaining company. For days like this, I often turn to a quick and easy little origami craft which never ceases to amaze them; and once I have folded enough boxes for each of my littlest daughters, they happily take the boxes away leaving me with several quiet moments to answer a couple emails before I choose to forget work for the rest of day. If you are looking for a quick, easy, no-cutting, no-mess, no-clean-up craft to do with young and old children, check this little origami box out.
Hi there! I am gonna make this email snappy - just thought to share some money savings with everyone today! Here in the Cayman Islands where I call home every retailer is closed and online shopping is still not a "thing" here as yet for the local stores - so many of us are turning to Amazon despite the wait for our orders. Let's face it, online shopping is therapy right now and on this little island it is vital if we have to buy anything that cannot be found in the supermarkets. You see, all businesses are closed due to Covid to stop the spread and keep us all safe - but you probably guessed that. As a family of 9 we are self-isolating at home and taking each day at a time. As I prepare my family's order this morning and enjoy the benefits of numerous Amazon savings, I could not help but share some of these great deals with you! Grab a savings code or 2 and enjoy up to 80% off selected items on your next Amazon order!
Heya, I trust that you and your family have been doing well and are finding great ways to keep busy and reduce the stresses we are all prune to worldwide right now! I am definitely praying for the best outcome for our planet like many others are right now. Despite everything I have been counting my blessings and keeping my mind focused on as much positive things as possible. The girls and I are keeping active in the community by contributing to the many efforts and community initiatives taking place in our country. There have been many wonderful families who have been negatively affected by the economic impact of Covid around here and it is taking everyone's effort to help out. I hope things are not too out-of-whack near you. At home I have turned to baking quite often and squeezing in exercise of course, though never as often as I would like. After 7 pregnancies I managed to keep things together by using a variety of targeted exercises, though never routinely or even consistently, yet it somehow 'works out' haha. In addition to enjoying a little sensuality and fitness through belly dancing around my living room; the Ab Roller has been one of my fave exercise tools for repairing and strengthening my abdominal muscles over the past 14+ years. I usually start doing this 8 to 12 weeks after birth and have managed to maintain a comfortable weight, size and tone. Take a stroll over to my blog to hear my experience with ab rolling and a bit about recovering your body after childbirth.
Hi there! I sure hope that this week has been progressing well for you. So far, so good on this end - I am keeping very busy at home which is to be expected with a household the size of mine haha. With homeschooling in full swing I do not get much time in the day to work on my blog so I have been up late getting things done and as I watch my stats begin to climb it made me remember when I first got started with this blog and why I chose to build it on wordpress.com. Over the past several days I have had several friends and family ask me about my experience with blogging so far and what are my suggestions for anyone who is thinking of starting a blog or revamping their current one. I really love when people engage me on this topic because blogging has been a great way for me to meet new friends, share my thoughts and hopefully help or entertain anyone who stumbles upon my little piece of the big internet. Particularly now as we all hunker down at home waiting for this pandemic to ease away, interest in blogging has spiked and I really encourage anyone considering starting a blog to just get started! There is always room for new content and a new voice on the web so do not be discouraged - the internet is the information headquarters of the world because of bloggers like you and me who simply stop making excuses and start posting. I have been using WordPress for years for my business websites; my husband is a huge wordpress.org fan and builds websites for clients of his ecommerce and tech business using it. I knew I could get his help setting me up on wordpress.org and he did show me how - but managing my own server and all the rest of the techy things the .org WordPress option required was not how I wanted to spend my time - I wanted to spend my time learning how to create great content, editing my videos and getting familiar with what it takes to make a great blog. That is when I began to explore wordpress.com and found that it is exactly what I needed for my blog for many reasons. Join me for a quick moment to find out why I have been loving my wordpress.com blogging experience and really encourage new bloggers to check it out.
Hi there! I hope you and your family are staying safe and also finding interesting ways to pass the time as everyone tucks away at home! If you are fortunate to be enjoying the toddler years like I am with my 2 year old and 4 year old - this will mean that you are also squeezing in a little pre-k learning during the days now that pre-school is out for a bit. If you are trapped behind the walls with the even-more-demanding-than-a-toddler teen - I am right here with you (I have 2 teens and a preteen, haha). With all sorts of things happening in my big family I have to ensure that my toddlers are well occupied with meaningful activities each day if I want to catch even 5 minutes without anxiety 🙂 For this reason exploring great learning apps is a must-do for me. Recently I signed my 2, 4 and 7 year old daughters up for the Reading Eggs online educational program - I have no regrets! If you are checking out activities for your kids, be sure to browse the features of this one. Readings Eggs has hundreds of things to do and every activity is a learning experience presented in a fun and exciting way; you can hear more about it and get a sneak peak here!
Today I am feeling so grateful for so many wonderful reasons - but my top reasons are life and health and the opportunity to spend today with my seven unique and wonderful daughters. I am happy to be at home with no where to go and to spend time reflecting on how far my life has come from the sadness and darkness it was less than a decade ago. Sex, drugs, alcohol and severe domestic violence threatened to take my life on multiple occasions. I lived confused and depressed - nothing ever went right and one night things got much worst... "My moment of realization came the night I screamed out to God to save my life as my ex-husband stood on my back while I lay face-down in a lily pond he had thrown me in to. I can hardly remember anything except praying for life as my head was under the murky water. Somehow I did lift my head and saw three of my daughters standing in the doorway helpless and crying as he proceeded to hold a post and jump on my back a few times shoving me to the bottom."...
Fact is - a father who can walk away from his child/ren without ever voluntarily wanting to do something for them is really no loss to the child. If you have to beg your child/ren's father to see them, or call them or help with them - it is prob best to just let that loser vanish and concentrate on raising that child to be strong, independent, highly educated and to rise above all odds.
We ladies lose so much energy battling our own mistake trying to not let it feel like our mistake! We fked up - we chose a waste man - it's a fact.
When food ran low before our next voucher, I sat with my older girls (then about 7 and 6 yrs old) and apologized to them for our struggles, I held them and cried and made them promise not to make my mistakes - I told them they would only go hungry with me a few times but if they concentrate on their education then when they become women like mommy they will never be hungry again and they had the opportunity to learn from my mistakes and never have to make them. I gave God thanks that my life was the sacrifice for them to see what happens if you dont take your future seriously and commit to walking right...
In order to make waist training work for me I had to get used to it. The first 4 weeks are the toughest because waist trainers force you to stand or sit up right, keep an arched back, pick up the boobies and really pull in the waist while making the hips and buttocks look broader and wider respectively - let's just say the waist trainer has got you covered in all the right places. I usually waist train 6 days a week and take Sundays off (yeah, I actually have a waist train schedule). Having a waist train schedule helps you to keep on track and stay committed because you have a goal to wear your waist trainer on whatever day from when to whenever. Knowing exactly when and for how long you expect yourself to wear the waist trainer will ensure you have clear expectations for your waist training.
Waist training is a method that I recommend to women I know all the time because I know what it did for me, my body, my confidence and my postpartum recovery journey.
When my beautiful babies are grown and moving out to find their own lives and families I pray to be in a little rocking chair on the front porch looking at the quiet yard and remembering those care-free giggles and crazy screams that I never thought would transform so quickly in to the adult voices that call from university or wherever the future and my great God leads my little ones.