What to do when your children hits their head

What to do if your child hits their head.  Advice from a mom who has been there!

Hey yall!  I wanted to take a minute to talk about what to do when your children hits their head.  Last month we had to take Avery to the emergency room because he slipped on a toy and hit his head pretty hard.  We were at my parents house so my mom was there and able to help me assess the situation but I would have freaked out if we were alone.  Hitting your head is scary stuff!  I am thankful that he was ok and that we decided to take him in. 

What to do if your child hits their head.  Advice from a mom who has been there!

First let me say, I am not a doctor.  You should always consult a doctor if anything serious like this happens.  This is just practical advice from one mom to another.  And a few things I learned from taking Avery to the ER.  So what do you do if your kiddo hits their head pretty hard?

  • Stay calm.  You don’t want to freak them out anymore then they already are. 
  • Check for a bump, bruise and/or blood.  These are signs that it’s a pretty serious injury and your child should be monitored more closely. 
  • Ice the area of the injury.  This will help with swelling and pain. 
  • Keep your kiddo awake after the fall.  Make sure that they stay awake for an hour or two after they fall to make sure they don’t have a concussion.  If they do fall asleep, try and wake them up.  If they are lethargic or don’t wake up, head to the ER immediately. 
  • Have them eat or drink something.  If they are able to keep food or drink down for an hour after the injury, that is a good sign they are doing ok. 
  • Talk to them.  If they are able to talk normally, that is a good sign!  If they have slurred speech or don’t make sense, you might want to have them checked out. 
  • Check their eyes.  Make sure they are able to follow your finger or a small light when you move it from side to side. 
  • Have them walk.  Check to see that they can walk normally after the fall. 
  • Ask them how their head feels.  If they are dizzy or have a headache that doesn’t go away, call or take them in. 
  • Call your doctor.  If you feel like you need more information, then call your pediatrician and ask their opinion. 
  • Head to the ER.  If you feel for any reason that your child needs immediate attention, head to the ER.  It’s better to have them checked out by a professional then to worry if they are ok.  Trust me, I know! 

Like I said, we were unsure if we needed to take Avery to the emergency room after he hit his head.  He had a bump on his head but was walking and talking normally.  It was around bedtime that he fell so he was slightly lethargic to begin with.  But then he started throwing up.  He threw up twice and I knew something wasn’t right.  I called his doctor who told me that if he continued to vomit, to bring him to the ER.  He did, so we packed up both kids and headed in. 

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They ER staff was super friendly and took his injury seriously.  They told us that instead of seeing a nurse practitioner like most patients, we would be seen by the doctor on staff.  That really reassured me and we were taken back pretty quickly.  Even though he was ok, I am glad we took him in and had him checked out. 

I hope that your kiddos never fall hard enough that this is needed information.  But I wanted to provide it just in case.  It’s better to be prepared then not!

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Learning to Blog – Buying a Custom Domain

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Hey yall!  Welcome to the next installment in the Learning to blog series – buying a custom domain!  Dun dun dun!  To a new blogger it sounds complicated and mysterious, but it’s actually super simple and slightly addicting.  Hi, my name is Kelley and I am a domain hoarder!  [Hi Kelley!]  I’m going to show you how to buy your own custom domain for your blog in a few easy steps.  Here we go!

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1. Pick you name – First things first, make sure you have picked a name for your blog.  [Here are some tips for picking the perfect name!]  That was easy, right?  Onward!

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2. Check availability – You can use any domain registering service you like, but I prefer GoDaddy.  The commercials may not be my style, but I love how easy the site is to navigate.  And their customer service is pretty good too.  Head over to GoDaddy and type in your potential blog name in the box up there and search. 

If your URL is available – great!  Add it to your cart.  If not, try a few different variations.  So if you are trying to register FoodWebsite.com and it says its unavailable, try myfoodwebsite.com or thefoodwebsite.com or even foodwebsiteblog.com.  Get creative with it! 

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3. Buy it – Once you have your custom domain in your cart you will see a screen like the one above.  I want to point out a few things before you actually buy.  Make sure you term is set to 1 year or however long you want.  GoDaddy automatically sets it for 2 years when you add it to your cart.  If you feel comfortable buying for more then one year – go for it!  But I just want to point out that they have it set to 2.  Just be sure to either renew or have your URL set to auto-renew if you only select 1 year but want more!

Also, if you want to make your information private, click the second bubble under “Protect your personal information.”  I have a few domains that are public, and I have a few that are private.  I decided to make my business sites private to ensure that people can’t find my home address through the WhoIs look-up.  WhoIs is a website that pulls public records from domains.  It can have information like your email and home address.  If you want to keep that private, be sure to buy the protection!  Below is an example of my WhoIs report for the Grant life.  And yes, I have the protection. 

whois And the third thing before you finally buy – double check your price.  Make sure everything adds up and then head on over to the purchase screen.  You will have to either create a new GoDaddy account or enter your existing customer information.  You can then either pay with a credit card, PayPayl, gift card or even a checking account.  Read and agree to the terms and hit “Place Your Order”

Congrats!  You have officially bought your first custom domain name! 

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Sharing a Sweet Future

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This post is sponsored by One2One Network and Truvia.  All opinions are my own. 

I’m an unsweet tea drinker.  I know, I know.  I live in Texas and prefer unsweet tea to sweet.  Some people call me crazy.  [ahem, Bobbie.]  But some people agree with me on the unsweet tea front.  [Those are my people!  Heyyyy.]  

But I have a little secret.  I wasn’t always a fan of unsweet tea.  I use to put a packet or two of the pink stuff in it to sweetened it up.

And then I learned that the little pink packet has a secret – its pretty bad for you!  Its full of all kinds artificial ingredients that are harmful.  No thanks!

So I went back to drinking plain unsweet tea.  I’ve grown to like it, but do miss my faux-sweet tea. 

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Then I found an alternative – Truvia!  And I know what you’re thinking – but I had started using Truvia before I was approached to write about them.  [For reals for reals.]  My mom introduced it to me and gave me a box.  Then I started reading up on them and did a happy dance. 

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Truvia strives not only for healthy growing practices, they also focus on the surrounding communities.  Truvia is grown in Bolivia and they have fed over 49,000 school children and donated nearly $1 million!  They truly care about their workers [they are part of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange], their communities and the environment.  The video below shares:

 – Nearly 40 percent of the Bolivian population unable to afford adequate food for a healthy life.
 – 65 percent of all rural households in Bolivia are unable to afford the minimum recommended caloric intake.

Check out more videos here and consider sharing one of them! 

One other cool thing? Truvia® wants YOU to pick what organization they partner with in 2015!  Visit truvia.com/vote to vote for one of these organizations:

  • Feeding America
  • Edible Schoolyard
  • Action for Healthy Kids
  • United Nations
  • World Food Programme
  • Feed The Children

So this unsweet tea drinker has more then one reason to celebrate.  I am excited to share Truvia with YOU and hope that my little blog will some how help!

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Great American Barbecue

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Hey yall!  Welcome to the Great American Barbecue!  I have teamed up with some super talented bloggers and we are throwing a virtual barbecue!  We all made a dish that we would bring and shared it on our blogs.  [All the good food is below!]  Then we decided to have a fun giveaway in honor of our virtual barbecue.  [Woohoo!]  So start scrolling to cheap out all the good eats and be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom!

The Great American Barbecue - Everything You Need from Drinks to Dessert for the Perfect BBQ

The Great American Barbecue is a virtual potluck hosted by 13 fabulous bloggers to bring you wonderful picnic recipes and ideas. We’ve taken all the work out of planning the Great American Barbecue for you and your friends including drinks, appetizers, meats to grill, side dishes and desserts. Each blogger brought a different recipe or idea as their “dish to pass”. We even included an easy DIY utensil caddy and a fun outdoor activity for the kids. If that’s not enough, we’re also giving away a $130 Amazon Gift Card at the end of the party so one lucky winner can buy any remaining supplies he or she needs to throw the perfect backyard bash!

Refreshing Drinks to Welcome Your Guests

Whether your guests arrive from across town, out of town or from the house next door, the first thing a good host always does is offer them a cool, refreshing beverage.

Make Ahead Lemon Berry Slush - One Krieger Chick
Make Ahead Frozen Lemon Berry Slush {adult and kid versions}

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Fresh Fruit Ice Cubes

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Susan from Oh My! Creative

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Get the Party Started with Appetizers

With a beverage in hand, your guests will need something to munch on while the main dish is cooking on the grill.

Bruschetta with Whipped Feta and Grilled Crostini - This Silly Girl's Life

Bruschetta with Whipped Feta and Grilled Crostini

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Dana from This Silly Girl’s Life

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Rosemary Parmesan Focaccia - The Grant Life

Rosemary Parmesan Focaccia

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Kelley from The Grant Life

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The Main Event – Fresh from the Grill

What would a barbecue be if you didn’t have meat to throw on the grill? For the Great American Barbecue, we’ve got two fabulous options for you!

Fall Off the Bone BBQ Ribs - Handmade in the Heartland

Fall Off the Bone BBQ Ribs

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Angela from Handmade in the Heartland

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Chipotle Lime Chicken Skewers with Avocado Ranch - Color Me Meg

Chipotle Lime Chicken Skewers with Avocado Ranch

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Meg from Color Me Meg

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Perfect Potluck Side Dishes

A barbecue always needs a few great side dishes to accompany the main meal. We’ve got pasta, potatoes and a green salad all ready for the making!

Easy Macaroni Salad: Classic Summer Potluck Recipe - Kenarry.com

Easy Macaroni Salad

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Carrie from Kenarry: Ideas for the Home

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Strawberry Spinach Salad

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Britni from Play. Party. Pin.

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Grilled Twice Baked Potatoes from The Best Blog Recipes

Grilled Twice Baked Potatoes

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Shauna from The Best Blog Recipes

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Delicious Crowd-Pleasing Desserts

How many of you head straight for the dessert table when you get to a barbecue? With desserts like these, it’s easy to see why.

Oreo White Chocolate Chip Cookies from Belle of the Kitchen

Oreo White Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Ashlyn from Belle of the Kitchen

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Strawberry Lemonade Bars from Made to Be a Momma

Strawberry Lemonade Bars

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Serving Your Guests in Style

Once you’ve got the food prepared and set up along your buffet, you’ll need to make the silverware easily accessible for your guests. Here’s an easy way to do that with something you already have on hand!

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Upcycled Utensil Caddy

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Katie from View from the Fridge

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A Fun Activity for the Kids

No detail has been spared as we planned the perfect barbecue for you. We even have a fun game for the kids that’s easy to make!

Tin Can Toss Game from Crafts by Courtney

DIY Kids Tin Can Toss Game

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Courtney from Crafts by Courtney

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Enter to Win an Amazon Gift Card

We’ve tried to think of everything from drinks to desserts for the perfect Great American Barbecue, but now’s your chance to win a $130 Amazon gift card so you can buy all the supplies you need!

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The Food We Eat

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Have you ever stopped to think about the food we eat?  Like where it comes from, what its made of and how’s it handled?  Honestly, I never gave any thought to any of it either. I just assumed that the meat and produce I ate were nutritious and healthy. I thought that government agencies protected the public from harmful foods. I thought the label “organic” was just an excuse to make more money.  Everything I thought.. was wrong. 
 
I’m not here to scare you or make you stop eating certain foods, I’m here to shed some light on the other side of the story. The side that has genetically modified plants and animals. The side that shows how corrupt the very agencies are that were created to protect us. And the side that makes buying food so difficult. 
 
I had heard and seen mention of GMOs (generically modified organisms) in my news feed, on blogs and sometimes I’m the media.  I shrugged it all off. Those people were wack-a-doodles. I let it go and continued to buy the same junk week after week. 
 
 
Then my friend suggested I watch a documentary called Food, inc in Netflix. I sat down one afternoon and watched the 75 minute film at my parents house. The kids were asleep on me after a busy day. I had one in each arm. It was turning out to be a pretty decent afternoon. And as I started to watch the film, I could feel my stomach turn, my mouth go up in horror and then the tears started to flow. 
 
I cried through a majority of the documentary. I cried because off the cruelty to animals, I cried because of the blatant disregard for the general public, I cried for the innocent farmers and I cried for these two little people sleeping in my arms. 
 
 
What have I been feeding the most important people in my life?  I couldn’t answer that.  
 
Again, not trying to scare anyone. I want to share why I bawled like a baby during this movie. Here is what shocked me the most to find out..
 
  • Our food industry is essentially controlled by a few big producers – one of the biggest buyers being McDonald’s. 
  • If McDonald’s wants there beef a certain way (think bigger, cheaper, faster) then most of the producers follow suit. For everything. 
  • These food giants control their farmers with massive amounts of regulations that put them in debt.  [Average farmer makes 18k and has 500k in debt!]
  • Monsanto has genetically altered the soy bean and has a patent on it!  It forces farmers to use their seeds or face being sued.
  • Monsanto makes it money by suing farmers.
  • Monsanto owns Roundup and modified their crops to resist the pesticide. 
  • Prior to being in the agriculture business, Monsanto was in the chemical industry.  They were a major producing of Agent Orange and DDT.
  • Farmers are paid to overproduce corn because its cheap and can be processed into a ton of different foods.
  • Most process foods contain some form of corn.  High fructose corn syrup is one.
  • There is an illusion of choice in the grocery store, but only a handful of companies control the market.  [See graphic below.]
  • Animals are pumped full of growth hormones and fed corn diets so they grow bigger, faster. 
  • A chicken grows to full maturity in 47 days, almost half the time it took 60 years ago. [See image above.]
  • The chicken is modified to have bigger breasts, since that is what people like to eat. 
  • The chickens bones don’t keep up with the rest of its body and most of them can’t walk more then a few steps with collapsing. 
  • The workers in meat packing plants are normally illegal immigrants, doing one of the hardest jobs, at the lowest pay.
  • The workers become sick from handling so many animals in a short amount of time.
  • The people in office that regulate these types of things were once employees of Monsanto.  [Google Clarence Thomas, for one example.]
  • There is litigation to stop people from bashing or even talking negatively about the food industry.  [Oprah was sued for it!]
  • The USDA no longer has the power to shut down facilities that repeatedly fail microbe testing.  [Ie, e.coli, salmonella, etc.]
 
 
Is that not mind blowing?!  I knew some of the information, but not all of it.  There is so so much more too.  Its scary.  Its heartbreaking.  And it has made me question our food more then ever.  I didn’t know what to eat after I watched the film.  I didn’t know what to feed my kids.  My thought process on food has completely changed. 
 
I went on a documentary and research binge.  I watched 3 other films and searched the internet.  [Ok, I searched Pinterest.]  And honestly, I still don’t know what to do.  I can’t look at meat or produce the same way again.  I know that much.  I know that I need to buy organic and local.  I know this.  But where do I start? 
 
 
 
In the film they said that we vote what we get to eat at least 3 times a day.  Every time we eat we are saying “This is what I want!”  If we can eat more organic produce then thats a good start.  If we can avoid the big companies, then thats a start.  We can avoid companies affiliated with Monsanto, then that’s a start.  If we buy less processed foods, then that’s a start.  And a good start!  We get to decide what we eat.
 
And if you are going to start eating organic, then maybe start with the dirty dozen.  The dirty dozen is the produce that has the most pesticides and chemicals.  I know organic is expensive.  But if we are able to buy at least a few things that are not covered in chemicals, its a start. 
 
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Its going to be hard to change.  I’m not sure how it will go for our family.  But I know we can’t go back to the way we were eating.  And we aren’t going cold turkey.  I’m not throwing away everything in our fridge or pantry and starting over.  I am making more conscience decisions when it comes to our food and hopefully soon, moving away completely from anything processed.  I know I will keep you updated and share new information as it comes available.  Not to scare, but to make sure everyone has the best information possible on the food we eat. 
 

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Must Have Kitchen Gadgets

You may have noticed that I have been sharing more recipes around here lately.  There are a few reasons for that, number one being that I love food.  Also, as much as I love to craft – I’m not the best at it.  And photographing it – forget about!  Food and I get along.  I can make it, photograph it and eat it all in one day.  Heck, all in one hour if my kids cooperate.  I consider food to be my craft.  I’m not perfect [far from it] but its something that I love to learn about and experiment with.  Plus, I love knowing exactly what I am putting in my family and my bodies.  No hidden junk.  Just easy homemade recipes with simple ingredients.  [Bam!  That may be my new tagline yall!] 

I asked on my Facebook page what are your go to kitchen appliances or tools.  The answers were awesome!  I added them to the must have kitchen gadget list and added a few of my own.  If food is your craft too, you’re going to need a good set of tools!  [Ps.. some links are affiliate links which means if you purchase anything I will get a small portion back.  Things like this help me maintain this blog!] 

Must have kitchen gadgets

Kitchen Aid Mixer // This was my Christmas present from my hubby this year.  It has been ahhh-mazing!  I have used it to make homemade french bread, chocolate cherry trifle and even my homemade laundry soap.  Yup.  You read that right.  I used my Kitchen Aid Mixer for laundry soap.  Seriously, if had the right attachment it might even do my laundry. 

Silicone Spatulas // I’m just going to say that I’m a spatula snob.  I have maybe half a dozen and I only use 2.  They just have to feel right in your hand. 

Keurig Coffee Maker // I personally do not own a Keurig but my parents do.  And as much as I try not to like it, I really love it.  And not so much for the coffee, but for the iced tea.  [Whaaa?]  Yup!  You can make iced tea in less then 2 minutes with a Keurig.  Sweet tea, peach tea, unsweet tea.  All kinds of cool teas! 

Dutch Oven // This was another Christmas present this year and I’m in love.  When you can take a recipe from the stove top and pop it in the oven in one dish, its called love.  I just made the most amazing roast that I can’t wait to share with yall!  [No, I’m not tooting my own horn, its that good yall!]

Crockpot // My trusty kitchen stead!  We actually have 2 crockpots in our kitchen because we received them both as wedding gifts.  Its another one pot wonder.  Drop in frozen meat, veggies and a little liquid and you can cook a meal.  I’ve used mine for the crockpot chicken tacoscrockpot mashed potatoes and a few others.

Mason Jars // I love a good mason jar.  It can be used to preserve, store, drink, eat, and decorate with.  Plus, they are oh so pretty! 

Food Processor // I just recently acquired a food processor [see: I borrowed my moms] and its so much fun!  I made the roasted red pepper and artichoke hummus with it a few weeks ago and I have more recipes up my sleeve. 

Silicone Baking Sheets // Oh my gosh.  These are the absolute BEST invention!  I have used them every single time I have made cookies and they rock my world.  No spraying, flouring or greasing your cookie sheet.  Add a silicone baking sheet and you are good to go.  Seriously.  If you are looking for a good kitchen gadget on the cheap – this is it yall!  [Ps.. mine made an appearance in my gingerbread blossom post!]

Pizza Stone // This one is on my to-buy list.  [That should be my to-buy ASAP list, but you get the point.]  I love making pizza and I am eager to try homemade pizza dough, sauce and everything else. 

Well, these are a few of my picks and a few of your picks!  If you could add anything to this list – what would it be?

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What I’m Loving No. 2

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Hey yall!  Welcome to my second “What I’m Loving” post!  Everyone was so nice about the first one.. so I think its here to stay!  The collage that I share are pictures that I take during the week but done post anywhere.  So I decided to make a collage and save them for these posts.  Plus, some of them are too funny not to share. 

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That we still cosleep and my little monsters are mini furnaces. [I love it on these cold nights we have been having!]
That I finally got to use my new silicone baking sheets.
That our tree is up and full of ornaments that the kids put on.
That Ryley loves rearranging the ornaments every day.
That Ryley thinks Santa is coming in “ten minutes”.
That I am thisclose to being done with Christmas shopping.
And Im also thisclose to finish the kids Christmas stockings.  That we started making last year.  [Ooops.]
That Avery loves to give kisses.  All the time.  Especially after he gets in trouble.
That the kids truly love the Otter way goodies we were sent.  [See more here.]
That Im actually starting to like Google+ over Facebook.  [Weird, I know!] 
That I had such sweet comments on my first What I’m Loving post!  Thank yall!  I will keep them coming! 

So, what are yall loving this week? 

 

Family Life: I Don’t Know How You Do It

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I was having lunch with my best friend from high school the other day and we had a conversation that I have with working moms quite often.  “I don’t know how you do it.  I don’t know how you stay home with your kids.”  At first I want to reply – “I don’t know either.” but I instead I said “You do what you have to do”.  I just choose a different path.  And to be honest its a path that I never saw myself picking. 

When Ryley was a few months old I felt obligated to get a job after we moved back to Texas.  Ryon never pressured me or suggested I get a job, I just thought that I contributed to the bills that I should help pay for them.  I was embarrassed to say I was a stay at home mom with a college degree and a mountain of student loan debt.  So I took a job at a local bank as a teller.      

Then I found out I was pregnant with Avery.  The newness of my job had started to wear thin and I was missing Ryley more and more.  I told Ryon that I wanted to stay home with Avery after he was born and he said “Good, I want you to be home.”  Not in “Its your job as a women” type of way, but more of a “I know this is what you want lets make it work” kind of way. 

When we were budgeting for after the baby, it just made sense to stay home with the kids.  More then half of my pay check would have gone to daycare for both of them.  Plus, Avery wouldn’t be able to go to the same daycare as Ryley for 4 months.  I couldn’t imagine having to drop them at different daycares to go and make half a paycheck.  It just wasn’t an option at that point. 

So I quit.  I called the HR manager and told him I didn’t think I would be coming back.  He asked me to clarify and I said “Im staying at home with my kids.”  I cried after I hung up but Im not sure if it was from happiness or shock. 

So how do I do it?  How do I stay at home with my kids?  Its just the path that my life took.  Its a necessity for us at this time of our lives.  I don’t think Ill be a stay at home mom forever but for now, I try to enjoy the time I have with my babies. 

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DIY Home Decor Ideas

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The first Life of the Party link up has been ahh-mazing!  Im so excited to have so many great ideas linked up and as promised Im featuring a few.  I get inspired to paint, cook, craft, sew and bake all kinds of new things just from browsing through the link party.  And with all these awesome diy home decor ideas I may just go on a painting, sewing, refinishing, decorating spree soon!  Here are some fun ideas to inspire you to go on your own decorating spree as well. 
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And here are some of my favorite DIY home decor projects I’ve done:

Easy DIY Curtains

Felt Monogram

What is your favorite home DIY project? 

Wearings Pants in Summer

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No, this isn’t an outfit post.  I wish it were though.  I’m talking about wearing pants in summer because I’m too embarrassed to show my legs.  Because I have psoriasis.  Well the short answer is psoriasis.  The long answer is I had strep throat about a month ago and it triggered an outbreak.  All. over. my. body.

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This is just a small portion of the outbreak and before it peaked.  I have spots all down my legs, on my stomach, my back and my arms.  I look like a cheetah. [Or is it a leopard? Ok I just goggled them. I look like both. THIS is why I can’t homeschool.]  And I’m embarrassed and self conscience about it.  I refuse to wear shorts because of what people might think.  I don’t want to be looked at funny or have someone think Im contagious.  I don’t want my kids to see other people looking at us funny.

Let me back track.  I found out I had psoriasis when I was 8 and I had my first massive breakout.  I remember I couldn’t pronounce psoriasis so when someone would ask what was wrong with me, my friend would have to say it for me.  I got stared at and made fun of because I was covered in red spots.  It was triggered then [like it was now] by strep throat.  Psoriasis is an auto-immune disease, so when one part of my body isn’t working so well, it flares up.

I went to my primary doctor two weeks after the strep because I was breaking out all over my neck.  She gave me a steroid cream and sent me on my way.  My neck cleared up but everywhere else got worse.  I made an appointment with my dermatologist and was given two shots in the office, an antibiotic and a spray to try and help.  He also told me that it could take up to 6 months to go away.

I called my mom after and I just cried.  I know this isn’t the end of the world, but it sucks.  It just plain sucks.  Im so self conscience and worried what other people will think that having someone tell me Im going to be covered in spots for up to 6 months made me bawl like a baby.  Why?  Why do I care what other people will think?  And why am I going to make myself miserable this summer by wearing pants?  I honestly don’t know.

uniques

Its something I need to work on.  Its also something I don’t want my kids to have to worry about.  I want them to be themselves no matter what anyone thinks.  Maybe this is why I let Ryley take her microphone toy to the grocery store and sing ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ non stop.  I want her to know its ok to be unique, even if people are staring.  That standing out is not a bad thing.  That she is imperfectly perfect.  [I need to practice what I preach!]  Now if I could only take my own advice and put on some shorts this summer!