Just left Carter’s 18-month doctor appointment. The pediatrician asked about his eating habits. I explained that I try very hard to get him to eat healthy but he wants no parts of it. He love snacks...applesauce, yogurt, pretzels, goldfish, fruit snacks, all the good stuff! He also loves meat and cheese. I offer him fruit at every meal and even bought reusable pouches for puréed veggies (which he will eat). But now as a mom of 2 Little’s, I don’t have time to steam and purée veggies/fruit for the pouches. I will do about one a week but it’s not as consistent as it was before Clarke was born. So I’ve just come to terms with giving him chicken nuggets and pizza almost every night when he refuses to eat the healthy dinner I have prepared him. Well after I explained all of this, the doctor didn’t seem too pleased. She said he’s better off not eating than to eat the packaged foods. She said that it will only develop bad eating habits in the long run.
So I need mom opinions. Do you all agree or think that as long as he eats something, he’ll be ok? Do I need to stress all over again about trying to get him to eat veggies? 🥦🥒🌽🥕
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Enjoying this quiet morning and the coffee I had to reheat 67 times because I always forget it in the microwave.
Anybody else do that? 🤔😂
Sick babies are so sad!
Yesterday, little Elliott had her first real sick day. She slept more than half of the day, her fever was over 104 at some points, and she was just not her normal bubbly toddler self. It looks like today will be comparable ☹️
In my stories this morning I’m asking for your advice! I’ve been doing the mom-game for 13 years, but when it comes to sickly babes- I feel so inexperienced!
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Who has time to scrapbook anymore? I don’t, but desperately needed a simple and inexpensive way to document our everyday lives. Chatbooks was my answer! For $10 each month, they take 60 of my Instagram posts and print them out into a cute little book. The quality is FANTASTIC and they take up very little space! I don’t have to worry about printing photos or trying to make pages look cute. #momwin
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WARNING: full moon 🌕 tonight so be ready for your kids to be cray and remember - we're all in it together so cheers and enjoy a 🛀 or a glass of wine 🍷 tonight while they fall apart.
It’s common to try hold onto the memories by snapping pictures, yet somehow we can still miss the magic of experiencing the moment. Does it have to be either or? Can we fully enjoy the preciousness of the experience and still catch it to enjoy again later? #extraordinarymommy #mom #momadvice #littleones
Carnival calories don't count right?! As the summer comes to an end, I have to admit it's been one of the best! For the first time, after living in Iowa for 30 years I visited the state fair! I know...crazy right?! And the highlight, the once a year yummy goodness that you gobble down because well...it is only once a year. And for me it's taken 30 years just to make it to this one!
My fave food: ribbon potatoes loaded with cheese
My fave drink: fresh squeezed lemonade
What are your favorites? What did I miss?
We are over here brainstorming for Halloween. Have your kiddos picked out a costume yet? .
Happy Birthday to my handsome nephew who turned 15 today! 😭I just wanna cry!
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You have to sleep when they sleep or you will not survive. Everything else can wait. If you don’t take care of you, then nothing will get done to begin with. You will be too tired to make it. #stayhealthy #rest
LIFE BALANCE - Who would have thought that UPWORK can bring my life a balance?
Back in 2011, I was a fresh graduate who successfully became a registered medical technologist. I have practiced my profession for only a little time because guess what? I FELL INLOVE and the next thing I knew, I BECAME PREGNANT. So I was this 20-year-old soon-to-be mom who financially has no means to raise a child.
Having tried blog writing and transcription as a source of income beforehand, I was inspired by a friend to create an Upwork profile. At first, I was a little bit skeptical because most of the online jobs I have done before were bankcrupt or they pay too little. Having a stable online job was very difficult to achieve. I explored different job categories like resume writing, transcription, data entry and social media management. I even experienced receiving a job success score of 78% because of a bad review from a previous client. At that point in time, I really felt hopeless because no matter how many job proposals I submit, no client notices me. It was just so heartbreaking. Gathering all my strength to move forward, I decided not to give up because of just one failure. I completed my Upwork profile and have taken extra tests prove my skills.
May of 2016, I met one of my long time clients under digital marketing. I worked so hard to gain his trust and luckily, he's one of the few people who have helped me gain my job success in Upwork.
How do Upwork bring me life balance? It's just so amazing to be able to fulfill my responsibilities as a mom to my daughter and at the same time, I can continually provide for our financial needs. What I definitely like about Upwork is, it gives me the freedom to work anytime, anywhere. It gives me sufficient power to work, enjoy, and do the things I love. Having a freelancing career absolutely gives me stability and more time for my family.
So for those people like me who wants to have an online freelancing career, Upwork is definitely a good platform to meet great clients all over the world. Thankful and highest praise to the genius people behind Upwork!
Holidays look good on you baby! 👶🏼
When Lincoln was an only child, and I was pregnant with Quentin, i would find myself wondering “how could I ever love another child as much as Lincoln?” It just seemed unimaginable as this child stole my heart and changed me so much as a person. ❤️⠀
I felt bad and guilty for feeling this way but I was really worried about it. When I went into labour, I remember laying with Lincoln as I was timing my contractions. Savouring the last moments with him as an only child. We even took one last family photo with the 3 of us. 👪⠀
Then Quentin was born. And every thought and hesitation disappeared as if it never even existed. I loved him whole heartedly and was so happy he was mine. I swear after having two babies my heart continued to grow. It’s crazy how much love you can have for your children. ⠀
So if you are a mom, pregnant with your second, third or maybe even fourth 😲 Don’t worry. Your heart will just grow and you will love that child just as much as the other. 👨👩👦👦⠀
#boymom #yycmom #momlife #happinessishere #myloves #yycmoms #rawthoughts #momadvice
Pretending to do that blogger model thing but I am so awkward/uncomfortable getting my pic taken and so not a model!! 🤦🏼♀️ Jon and I are looking forward to a much needed date night on Friday @cdvolpe_chi
💕 Sharing some of our fave ways to get out of the house and reconnect on the blog. #datenight #westloop #parentingishard #ittakesavillage
Flashback to this weekend, these amazing pink 🎈 balloons, and a great weekend with strong and empowering women. •••
I’m working so hard right now to make sure my favorite holiday (Halloween 🎃) is a lot of fun and spent celebrating you all and 🍭 candy!! This past weekend made me think of where my future is headed with work (ACC), with my blog, and with @topknotsquad
and I think it’s all positive. I can’t wait for what’s to come! •••
Keep an eye out for all the fun stuff I’m doing this next month and come chill with me.
Do you ever wish you could unplug from your life and spend your days picking berries with your child? This classic story highlights the bond between parent and child and the simplicity of being together in nature. It doesn’t matter if you are a human or a bear, your children can certainly act the same way. The beautiful black and white pictures tell the story of the funny mix up between bear cub and child on Blueberry Hill.
Helps with: parent/child bonding, free-range parenting, trust, understanding human/animal similarities, feelings, curiosity, connection to animals, connection to nature, exploration.
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey (Viking Books for Young Readers, 1948)
Your situation will never change if you don’t stop making excuses and waiting for the right time. ⠀
Now matter what your goal is, lose 20 pounds, start your own business, or get that promotion at work, you have to put in the work to make it happen. ⠀
No one is going to hand you success on a silver platter. You have to step up and do what you need to do to move yourself forward and achieve your goals.⠀
What are you doing today to reach your goals? ✨✨
I usually either under pack or over pack my diaper bag. Normally I have Diapers, Wipes, A snack or two, A bottle and sippy cup. Then there are days where I pack a whole lot more or a lot less! When I pack snacks I try to keep them light weight so I'm not carrying around a pound of food and when I pack cups I like to pack his spill proof cups in case it were to tip over in the bag or fall out and have a huge mess to clean up in public ( That has happened ) diapers I pack at least 3 and my favorite water wipes!
I need some ideas on new stuff pr more stuff to pack! ● What all do you pack in your toddlers diaper bag?? 🤔👶
About the cover illustration: Let me tell you about the day I meet wonderful illustrator Jamie Lee Reardin. We meet at a coffee shop in Hermosa Beach, California. I arrived with tons of books with illustrations, my notebook, and ideas. We brainstormed about the illustrations. I wanted a mom looking casually stylish. We ended up with a timeless classic top, jeans, and comfy shoes (trust me when I say you can’t be a mom in high heels… I tried!). I also wanted to include my little mommy handbag that I cannot live without, but most importantly I asked her to have the mom with one hand on her baby, like making sure that he is fine. I wanted the baby to feel secure, happy, and cozy but I also wanted the mom to be in motion, looking ahead and confident, excited about her future, not only because this is the beginning of her amazing motherhood journey but because it’s also an opportunity for her to dream big and achieve her full potential. Double tap if you love this illustration! ❤️Thanks, @jamieleereardin
for your beautiful art, for your patience, and for transforming my ideas into a beautiful cover! You are a very talented artist! ⠀
•The Happy Stay-At-Home Mom: How to Look & Feel Amazing after Having Your Baby, launching October 12th on Amazon Kindle and Hardcopy. #newmomlife #thisismotherhood #stayathomemoms #happymom
Our pediatrician had some @grimmswoodentoys
in the waiting room today and my kids were obsessed. 🌈 So I came home, fell down the Instagram rabbit hole and now I’m wondering why I’ve never seen or heard of this alphabet game! 👆😮👌
Each art work must be viewed as an open invitation to expand the story and imaginary ON the piece by encouraging children to #draw
directly on it. This way, each piece acquires additional layers of nuance and depth to entice young budding #artists
into drawing and painting adventures. After all, it is not by chance that the majority of #artworks
emphasize the use of #primarycolors
colors bleeding into each other in order to mirror children’s most common “mistakes” and draw them on familiar ground. At the same time, the cheerful #disney
version palette is not meant to shield from subjects that also have darkness. This is another way of approaching children with truth, honesty and authenticity. Art For Children #odetaxhekavisuals #artprints
make it safe for kids to face things with their eyes open and to accept that things can be confusing and that not “getting” something at first glance is totally acceptable. Visit Link in Bio to wander through all art for children offerings. #momadvice #momartist #momsofinstagram
Monday motivation! I don’t typically write about myself but here’s a little inside to my 🌎:
•I’m a mom of 1! 👦🏼
•I hustle 9-5 and still trying to run my business.
•I love 💗 all things fashion and figured I try turning my passion into profit.
Tell me a fun fact about you!
Guess who is away for the week 🙋🏻♀️ Heading out now for the morning and an early lunch 🍴There is nothing better than getting away from the everyday routine and just relaxing and enjoying ourselves ❤️ Little E is so excited 😍 This morning we went to the beach 🏖 and then on the way back he found some ducks to chase 😂🤦🏻♀️
I love watching Lennon play by himself in his room, I also love the fact I can sometimes get ready in peace / Have you read my back to work blog post? Link in Bio 💭🖤
When your eggstra special guy is just a sleepy head, Mr. Giles pop out to add in humour 🥚😋😊
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Remember my first born? Look at how enormous he is! So that thing people say- it doesn’t get easier, it gets different? Yeah, that’s some truth. But I can at least tell you, parents of colicky newborns, that there will be a day when they finally let you sleep. I promise. Sometimes that’s really all you can hold onto when life with a newborn is rough. I honestly wish I would have stressed less about how much he was crying and more about how much I was crying in those early days. Take care of yourselves. 💗