Tips to Help a Jealous Older Sibling.

 

Before I met my husband and we had our daughter, it was just my son and me. He was the only baby. He didn’t have to share me with anyone, share his toys, his grandparents, nothing. My only concern was him and only him, so he became a big mama’s boy, and to this day he is glued to my hip. I knew it would be a little tough bringing another child into the world.

When our daughter first came home from the hospital our son was so excited. He was eager to have a playmate, a best friend, a little sister. He was doing a great job with adding a new addition to the family and having to share mommy. Until he started to realize that she was here for good, and that he wasn’t mommy’s only baby anymore.

Why can’t we give her back”

“Do I seriously need to share my mom now”

“I thought I was your only baby”

Even for me the change was tough, I couldn’t imagine how it was for him. I got it, I understood. I knew it had to be tough so a big concern for me was figuring out how to make him never feel any less important than his little sister. I wanted him to know that they were both my babies.

From the day she was born and still to this day he is the most loving and caring big brother to his little sister, but he has his jealous moments, as I’m sure all older siblings do. He tries to act like a baby towards me thinking it will get my attention more, which I time and time again inform him that he is the big brother, he shouldn’t act like that and he needs to show his sissy how much of a big boy he is. There are times where he is a little too rough with her, and I need to inform him that hitting her isn’t the right thing to do.

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After experiencing this as a mother of two, I wanted to share some pointers that I have been working on to help refrain my son from getting jealous towards his little sister.

Give them their alone time with you. This is one I try to do weekly. Children enjoy one on one time with their parents. I try to do some activities with son by himself. We’ll go to the playground or make a craft together. We’ll try to do something that our daughter isn’t old enough to do yet, so I can show him that being a big brother can be fun because he can do some things that only big kids can do.

Teach them. Children learn through experimenting. You certainly don’t want them to experiment by hitting the baby and realizing that they are hurting them so encourage them to be gentle with the baby. Teach them to hug the baby softly, gently hold their fingers, or rub their feet. Let them know that a baby is fragile, and they aren’t as strong as them yet. Also let them know, that sharing is a good thing and just like they should share their toys they also should share mommy and daddy.

Never blame the baby. You don’t want your older child to think they can’t do something because their little brother or sister ruined it. You don’t want to tell them they couldn’t go to park because their sibling has a doctor’s appointment. Explain to them that you must run some errands first before going to play. You never want your older child to look at the younger one as a ‘burden’.

Involve them. Always try to involve the older sibling while taking care of the younger one. If you are about to feed them a bottle, have them help you hold it up. If it’s bath time, have the older sibling pick out the bath toy for them and help you wash them. If the baby is fussy, see if they can help get them to laugh. Having them do things together can help their bond grow stronger.

Give them praise. Support them. Let them know they are doing a great job at being a big brother or sister. Tell them they are doing a wonderful job when they help you out with the baby, and that you can see them becoming the best of friends. Reassure them that it’s fun being a big boy or girl, but also express how much you love them and that you understand it’s a big change in their life.

Don’t try to “fix” their negative emotions. Instead of insisting that their emotions aren’t real, try to understand how they feel. Show sympathy, but attempt to turn it into a positive outlook. Let them know that you understand how they feel but their little brother or sister loves them very much and needs them to help them grow up to be big like them. Also be sure to let them know that their help is really helpful to Mommy and Daddy and that you are very proud of them. You never want them to feel like they are wrong for feeling the way they do.

Never Compare. You don’t want your older sibling to think that you love the younger sibling more. So comments such as “you should be sleeping like your sister” or “see how they are being good” shouldn’t be said to big brother or sister. I’ve tried to refrain from those kind of remarks all together, even as they both get older.

These few tips have helped my son really enjoy his role as the big brother. Him and his little sister have built such a strong bond since the first day we brought her home. He still has his moments of jealousy, but just those few simple pointers has helped him tremendously along the way.

I hope they can provide some help for you other mama’s out there too!

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Valentine’s Day 2018!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Although we show love in this house every single day of the year, we make Valentine‘s Day just a teeny bit more special. Hubby and I never really go all out, we know how much we love each other, so it’s usually flowers and fruit for Mommy and something little for Daddy. Kyle usually picks out something beer related, which of course happened again this year, lol. The kids picked him out a frosted mug for the summer time.

This year we’re both fighting off a bunch of sickness, so our Valentine’s Day dinner will most likely be soups. We’re totally okay with that. Getting dressed up and going to a nice dinner isn’t quite our thing. 

The kiddo’s got their little goodies which usually includes a small stuffed animal, a little bit of chocolate, and some small knick knacks. We never get too extravagant with gifts on smaller holidays. Christmas is when we usually go all out. Kyle and I also prepared his Valentine’s cards for Preschool last night. Paw Patrol of course. He’s super excited to hand them out, he loves giving to his friends in school.

One thing I did decide to do this year was get the kids some Valentine’s Day photos done. Once I saw how much my little girl loved being in front of the camera, I had to do it! She just comes to life and shows that personality like no tomorrow. I love it! Kyle on the other hand gets a little shy, but I am so proud of how well he did and how good he was with his sister during the session. Another huge shout out to Taylor Mrozinski Photography. You capture my children so wonderfully, I can’t ever thank you enough!

Here they are, my beautiful, spunky, crazy little babies. Of course Liliana needed a shirt to let all the boys know she’s never allowed to date, ever. I can’t wait for the first day a boy gives her a Valentine’s Day gift. Daddy is going to be all over that situation. I can see him now, sitting on his Harley, trying to scare the crap out of this poor young boy. Bless her heart, she’s in for some fun with him, lol.

Aren’t they just the cutest! I’m so over the moon with how these photo’s turned out. I have some happy, loving children.

Now go share the love, and sprinkle that kindness to everyone you see today!

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6 Ways to Earn Some Extra Money While Staying at Home

Happy New Year Everyone!

One of my New Year ‘Resolutions’ is to save money. We can always use a little extra money. If it’s saving for a trip or just to help pay the bills each month, I can provide some tips on what I do from the comfort of my own home. I’ve read many posts about making some extra income over the computer, but I was still skeptical, until I tried it. Now I can’t get enough. Below I want to give you a quick list of what I currently use.

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  1. Swagbucks.com. This site is my all-time favorite. You can take surveys, watch videos, play games, and earn money each time! You can also get money back on your everyday online shopping purchases! There’s codes you can find online to give you some extra money, the opportunities never end. I’ve even gotten free samples to get paid to try, including salad dressing and even a pack of diapers for my daughter! I’ve made over a couple hundred from this site, and it went right into my Paypal account. You can also use it for gift cards. Here’s my referral link if you’d like to sign up! http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/KatieCunni Just say I referred you, and we both get a little something!
  2. Ibotta. I have earned over $300 from using Ibotta during my grocery trips. All you do is select the products you need/want to buy, scan your receipt and the money comes right back at you! This app you can also save on online purchases, hotels, even alcohol! The money can go right into PayPal or Venmo. Here’s my referral link to sign up! https://ibotta.com/r/hlhaoyv
  3. Checkout 51. This app is like Ibotta. It has many grocery products you can choose from to get rebates back. You simply choose your item, scan your receipt, and when you are ready to cash out they will mail you a check!
  4. Vindale Research. This is another site for surveys. If you have the time to sit and fill out a few surveys, your money will add up quick. I’ve completed surveys that varied from $1 to $5, and all I had to do was answer some questions and watch a few videos. They will also send you a check when you are ready to cash out. Here’s my referral link if you’d like to try it! http://tryvindale.com/V0lPfWWM
  5. Paribus. This app is super simple to use! It’s an app designed to track if online items you purchased drop lower then what you paid. The app will automatically file a claim, and the difference will get put right back on your card! All you do is simply enter in your email address where your order confirmations go, and the app will work its magic! It’s a life saver when I order online from Kohl’s. I ALWAYS get money back.
  6. Dosh. Dosh is a new application that you can download right onto your phone. You simple add as many cards as you want, and everytime you use that card at participating stores money automatically goes back onto your app! Once you want to cash out, you can just transfer your money via PayPal! It’s simple! Did I mention you get a $5 bonus just for adding a card! Here’s my referral link. If you sign up using my referral link, I’ll get an extra $5 also! Win, win! https://link.dosh.cash/YCLI/VQ5CmUHyeJ 

 

I’ve earned close to $500 just by using these websites and apps. You can never go wrong with a little extra money. Check em’ out and let me know what you think! It’s never a waste of time when you’re earning money.

The Last Month of Being Our Baby

11 Months.

Our little girl is just a month away from being ONE. I was looking on Timehop this morning of videos of her wiggling and hiccuping in my belly. I thought she’d never make her arrival. I was so impatient when it came to waiting for her birth day to come. And now it’s here, the last month of her as a baby. Let the countdown to ONE begin!

Liliana is my wild child. She’s the most loving little human, yet her sass and determination are strong. No matter what it is she wants, she goes for it. She’ll fall over, bump her head, get right back up and keep going. She’s a tough one. She also has that girly girl sass going on also. If something doesn’t go her way, you’ll know it. Those arms go flying and that screechy yell comes out (she might get all that sassiness from me, lol). She always thinks she’s going to miss something, so naps are rare with her. She keeps going and going until bed time, even that’s a struggle. My mother got her wish when she said “I hope you have a child who was just like you when you were younger”. Touché mom. I get it now. I was definitely a crazy one. Thank goodness car seats are more advanced now because that was my specialty, getting out of my car seat while my mother was driving.

Now for Liliana’s milestones… she’s killing it. She has her six teeth still. It was like all six came in at one time then they decided to take a break. She can now say Mama, Dada, Pop, Yes, Hi, Buh Bye, Uh Oh, Ke-Ke, & Rip (the last two are our pups, Keo and Ripken). She is standing on her own for short periods of time and her crawling is more like a speed crawl. She claps and copies everything her brother does. She’s always dancing. She loves her table food, yet she’s still teeny as ever. I wish I knew where it all went. I’m also starting to think she’s double jointed like me, because she bends all kinds of different ways. Gymnastics here we come!

This next month is going to be full of party planning and preparation. I don’t want to believe she’s already going to be one, but I’m so excited for the adventures ahead. Her personality is incredible. She’s definitely an extrovert, she’s going to be an outgoing one. I enjoy watching this little girly girl grow!

Follow me on Instagram for all the party planning and countdown to one, @katiecunni Follow the hashtag #LilianaMarieTurnsONE

Liebster Award

You guys! I was just recently nominated for the Liebster Award. When I first saw my nomination, I had no idea what it meant. After reading up on it, I am so grateful that Insignificant Mom Talk nominated me! All I want out of this blog is to connect with people and write enlightening and valuable information that others could read about and relate to. I’m so happy that my writing is interesting and inspiring to others.

 

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So what is a Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is recognition for bloggers by other bloggers. It’s only coincidental that the name is derived from the German word that means “beloved, or dear” in English. It’s been around in some form or another since 2011, so I think there is at least some credence to its name.

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to them on your blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”.
  3. Answer the questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  4. Provide random facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers.
  6. Create a new list of questions for the nominees to answer.
  7. List these rules in your post.
  8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

Random facts about me:

  1. I am obsessed with buying travel cups/mugs
  2. I had major back surgery in 2014 which started my weight loss journey
  3. I have the mouth of a sailor
  4. My four-year-old son and I love telling ‘knock knock’ jokes to each other
  5. I could watch Disney movies all day long
  6. I prefer winter over summer
  7. I want to get into photography
  8. I want to eventually fill my entire arm with tattoos about my kids
  9. I went from working full time, to staying home with my kids. Best decision ever
  10. I want to rescue every dog that needs a home

 

 My nominations:

When I first started my blogging journey, there was a few bloggers who stood out to me. Check out these awesome bloggers and follow along with their posts. You won’t regret it!

  1. A Vodka Kind of Mom
  2. Misadventures
  3.  This Plain Life
  4. Lets Talk Mommy

My questions from Insignificant Mom Talk:

  1. How long have you been blogging and why did you start? I started about a month ago. I mainly started because I wanted to gain a hobby that not only I enjoyed, but something that could interest others also. I had a lot of thoughts and ideas bottled up in this brain of mine, and blogging is the perfect way to express them!
  2. Would you consider yourself tech savvy? I’d say I’m pretty tech savvy. I use technology a lot in my daily life. From taking photos and editing them myself, to texting and communicating mainly through email. I’d honestly be lost with my phone.
  3. What is something you couldn’t function without? Probably my phone. I hate to say that, but I have everything on there! Doctors appointments, school functions, and lets not forget phone numbers that I’ll never memorize.
  4. Are you a parent? If so what do you say is your parenting style? I’m a laid-back parent, but I’m also that mom who teaches their kids to be independent. I don’t co-sleep or anything in that nature. My son is four and he already knows how to do a lot of things on his own. He knows that if he gets something out, he must put it away himself. My daughter will be raised the same way.
  5. Have you found your soulmate? I have found my soulmate and we’ve been married a little over a year!
  6. What is something that you love that others just don’t get? PDA. My husband hates it, but I love to show off the love I have for him. Some may think it’s gross, but I just call it being in love.
  7. Favorite movie of all time? I know I’m crazy for saying this, but A Night at the Roxbury. My husband makes fun of me all the time for it, but I’ve loved it ever since I was a child. I could probably quote every line.
  8. If your life was a sitcom, what would it be called?The Crazy Cunningham Crew.We’re a family full of craziness and humor. My husband and I both have an incredible sense of humor, and it rubs right off on our children also.
  9. Do you have any big regrets? No major regrets, but I don’t regret not taking care of myself when I when pregnant with my son in 2013. I gained a lot of weight during that pregnancy and I’m still trying to get it off!
  1. Favorite holiday? And why? Christmas (of course!), but now have children during the holiday season. I enjoy the memories we make, and the happiness on their faces all season long.
  1. What is something that you believe that is an unpopular opinion? I own two pit bulls and I believe their reputation of being a dangerous dog is bogus. They are the most loving and compassionate pups I’ve ever owned!

Questions for my nominees:

  1. How would you describe your blogging style?
  2. How do you want to improve yourself in the next year?
  3. What’s your favorite cheesy pick-up line? Have you ever used it for real?
  4. What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
  5. What’s the funniest prank you’ve ever pulled on someone?
  6. What five things do you always have with you?
  7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?
  8. What inspires you?
  9. Shark diving, bungee jumping, or sky diving?
  10. What kind of phone was your first cell phone?

One Successful Christmas

Another Christmas has come and gone in the blink of an eye. With all the stress and anxiety finally over, it was all worth it. My babies were in all their glory on Christmas morning. Of course, with me being that ‘crazy’ mom, I spent about fifteen minutes figuring out the perfect way to sit the presents under the tree. I don’t lie when I say my husband probably thinks I’m crazy. We obviously knew they would just get torn open in the morning. But that’s what this Momma does. That’s what make me feel satisfied. I went through all the madness of shopping and wrapping. You better believe they will get laid just perfectly.

Funny thing with yesterday morning was my husband, the kids grandparents, and I were up before both the kids. Around 7:30-8 we decided to finally wake them up because I couldn’t wait any longer. I never thought watching your kids open presents on Christmas morning would be more enjoyable then when you actually received all the gifts. Seeing my kids faces light up when then opened their gifts not only gave me a sigh of relief because they were so happy, but I sat there thinking “Yup, I did that, I made my kids that happy”. I tell you, it’s one good feeling.

Of course Liliana wasn’t understanding the whole ‘Santa came’ thing this year, but she definitely enjoyed tearing up some paper and seeing her toys. Kyle on the other hand was absolutely hilarious. Just about every gift he tore open was followed by a “Whaaaaaat no way, mom look as this” or “Mom! Santa did good”. I really need to start recording his reactions so when he’s older I can embarrass him to his friends and girlfriends (I’m totally going to be that mom). One moment that truly melted my heart was that Kyle was willing to take time to help his little sister. He handed her presents, helped her open them, and showed her all of her gifts. It was the sweetest thing I’ve ever witnessed.

One thing I’ve learned about Christmas Day is don’t forget to have batteries! I’m so relieved we had plenty this year so all the toys were able to work properly. I forgot them last year and that was a total mom fail. Within the course of an hour after gift opening, Kyle had about 80% of his gifts up and running. I’m pretty sure my fingers are about to fall off from all the twisting, snapping, and box opening I was doing. But that’s what motherhood is all about, exhausting yourself so your kids are happy. With all the gift hiding, traveling, and eating terribly I’m ready to get back on track for the new year. I’m already excited for next year though.

I hope yours was just as great as mine was!

Tips for Having a Successful Week

After a relaxing weekend especially during the holiday season, the last thing you want to see is Monday roll around. I know, as a stay at home mom you’re probably thinking “why is she so worried about a Monday, she doesn’t work 8 hour days”. Well, as a matter of fact we dread Monday’s too. Monday’s mean back to packing lunches, waking the kids up and getting ready for school, having to kiss your husband goodbye each morning and not seeing him all day, fixing dinners, and keeping the house clean. As a busy mom I’ve learned to make Monday’s more positive and less stressful.

Here’s some tips I’ve learned to help own not only Monday’s, but the entire week!

Always start off with a positive outlook. Never look at a new week as something stressful or exhausting. Look at it as a time to accomplish something new or as an opportunity to be able to progress in your life.

Set goals. Not only should you set goals, but be excited to accomplish those goals. Wake up Monday morning and be ready to kick some ass. If it helps, write those goals down in a visible location where you can read them each morning and check them off as your week progresses.

Make sure laundry is done. Fresh clothes for a fresh week is always the best. I never want to worry about doing laundry mid week or my son running out of matching socks. Which somehow he finds a way to lose a pair at least once a week.

Figure out dinner. Have your meals for the week already planned. Know what you’re cooking each day and double check that you have all of the ingredients before the week starts so you don’t have to run out and get something. I always leave the non-refrigerated ingredients on the counter the night before so all I have to do is start cooking when my husband gets home.

Have the kids ready. Just as stated above, have their lunches picked out for the week. Prep them in little baggies & label them for each day of the week so you know what day is each bag. I always prep the non refrigerated items in five different baggies and leave a space in the refrigerator for five cold items and five juice boxes, so all I do is make a sandwich then grab and go. Same applies for their outfits, I pick out five outfits for each day of the week and have them ready for the next morning on the kids dressers.

Meal prep. When I meal prep, it is a life savor for me. I always have to run and grab my son around lunch time, but as soon as I get back, I easily can grab a meal, eat it, and spend more of the afternoon with the kids. If you work full time, do the same for breakfast too! Put them together and make it a quick grab and go for the morning.

Set a day to pay bills. If you own a home, you know the bills stack up. They are alway due at different times, and it can be so confusing. I always choose a Monday morning to make sure all the bills are paid before they are late. If a bill is due before the following Monday, it gets paid at that time. I never like waiting until the last minute and thinking “did I pay that bill” while laying in bed.

Review the upcoming week. Double check if you have any doctors appointments or school functions coming up during the week. Not only do I keep them on my calendar in my iPhone, but I have a dry erase board right by my front door that I write on every Sunday to prepare me for places I need to be during the week. When the day is over, it gets erased.

Fill your tank. I don’t know about ya’ll, but I hate waking up on a Monday with an almost empty tank. The last thing I want to do is stop and fill it. Sunday’s I always make sure my tank is full or filled enough to where I don’t need to stop.

Make some time for yourself. This might be the most important. Don’t overbook yourself to where you’re constantly running and make some time to do something for you. It can help relieve stress and make your days run smoother. It could range from a simple bubble bath to dinner with your husband or friends.

Hopefully these tips help you as much as they help myself! What else do you do to help prepare for the week ahead? I’d love to hear!

FabFitFun Winter Box Review

Okay Ya’ll! So here is it. My review of each product for my Winter FabFitFun Box! I’ve tried each one of these products over the past week, and every season I fall more and more in love with this subscription. Here we go!

 

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. All you needed with this exfoliating mask was a small dime size amount, so the bottle will last a while. It was green and gooey, but exfoliated well! It tingled when it first went on, so I was a little skeptical and anxious that my sensitive skin would get really red, but once I rinsed it off my face felt cleaner than ever! It felt a tiny bit dry, but I added some moisturizer and I was good to go! I’ve already used it twice and my black heads seem to be diminishing! Happy mom!

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AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream. I’ve been using the lotion after I wash the dishes because my skin tends to get really dry afterwards. First thought was it smelt good! Nothing too overbearing, and it wasn’t very thick and tacky like some lotions can be. It also made my skin super smooth. I will definitely continue using!

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Grace & Stella Anti-Wrinkle & Energizing Eye Masks. I’m in love! By far my favorite product in the box. My eyes felt completely refreshed after the masks came off. My puffiness was reduced also! Plus, they felt nice and cool on my eyes. I would use them every single day if I could. Even if you don’t get the FabFitFun box, I would 100% recommend these to another exhausted mama out there!

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Pointe Studio Aloe Infused Cozy Socks. These socks might be the most comfortable socks I’ve worn. They are unbelievably soft on your feet. I wore them to bed when I first tried them on and my feet stayed cozy and warm all night. They didn’t get too cold or too hot. These will be my winter socks for sure. I might even see how they work in the snow when I go out with the kids. I’m not a big sock person at all, but these have been on my feet just about every day!

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DOUCCE Freematic Eyeshadow Pro Palette in Nude and 8 OTHER REASONS Nine Lives Choker in Silver. So, I used these two products at the same time. My son’s birthday was this past weekend, so I got myself dolled up. The makeup was great, the colors were neutral so It went well with my black top. It wasn’t too crazy on my eyes. It was very subtle and could most likely go with any shirt. It also lasted all day which made me pleased. As for the necklace, I loved it! It rested flawlessly on my chest and the choker was an awesome addition with the shirt I had on. I love how simple it is, so you can where it with a patterned or solid shirt.

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FFFTV Fitness Ball w/ Jillian Michaels Videos. What I love about this ball is that it isn’t super huge like a lot of the other fitness balls. The product came with the equipment to blow it up which I really enjoyed. I didn’t have to search for something to blow it up with. I’ve been using it during my ab routines, passing it back and forth between my arms and legs. Plus, the kids enjoy playing with it too! So, it’s mom and kid approved. I’ll take it!

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The BB Dakota Poncho. This poncho was super cute! It looked good paired up with some leggings for a comfortable look, and I’m sure it would look just a good with some jeans and ankle boots (which I will be trying). It was soft and cozy. It’s something I would wear again. It is more of a piece that I would wear in the fall though, so I wouldn’t have to put a coat overtop.

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Last the Homemade by Ayesha Curry Ceramic Mug, which I have used every day since it came. I just adore it! It’s suits my personality perfectly, so it’s totally a win for me. The colors are bright and exciting, and the mug isn’t too big or hold to hold. It fits perfectly in my hand. I love it!

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With all that being said, I still believe the FabFitFun box is by far my favorite mail subscription. Over $300 worth of products, that I pay only a fraction of that price for! Plus, when you first join you take a survey to customize the box to your needs so you love it every season! Here’s my referral link again if you’d like to subscribe! http://xo.fff.me/hfrrL

The Little Things

I just wanted to share a quick post about my evening.

Tonight Kyle and I had some time together and we made sugar cookies. When Liliana was born, Kyle had to learn that I couldn’t put all my attention on him anymore. He now had a little sister that needed my attention just as much as him, if not more. He had his jealous moments and he definitely still does. So I always make sure to take time to have some big brother time, just me and him, no matter how little the activity is we do.

I don’t always have the time or the money to do extravagant things with my kids, but it’s an awesome feeling to know the little things are what matter most to them. Today at Target, I bought a cheap bag of pre-made batter and told Kyle we were going to make cookies tonight, just me and him. His face lit up like no tomorrow and he was excited all evening. We sat in the kitchen for about an hour and a half and just talked and baked. Of course some moments I yelled at him because he was eating the sprinkles, flinging dough everywhere, and messing with the cutouts. I enjoyed every moment of it though.

At the end, he wasn’t feeling the cookie baking anymore so I let him watch his tablet while I surprised him and made him his own personal cookies. It was his name and a tractor, and that was all he needed to have an amazing night with me. He quickly said “wow, thank you mommy, I love you”. That was it, that was all I needed to hear for my entire day to be made. I could have had the worst day, but when my child says I love you, my day is made. Just the little things. All I had to do was spend $2 at Target for a fun time with my boy. Now we have a bunch of yummy cookies to eat.

These are the moments I live for. All the messes, the frustration, the patience. It’s all worth it. It’s quality time with my kids.

I just wanted to share our evening and to tell everyone to just enjoy the little things. They aren’t little for long, but these memories will last a lifetime. No matter how messy or inexpensive, the kids see it as an enjoyable time with their mommy or daddy.