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Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Life, Motivational Posts | 3 comments

Do What You Love

Do What You Love

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Some people have it made. They’re content with life and full of happiness. Are they lucky? Gifted? Talented? Smart? Possibly a mixture of all of the above?

I find people who are truly happy have found their niche. Maybe it’s doing what they love, really loving what they do each day. Or maybe it’s that they’ve found happiness in their family and friends. Or maybe a combination of both.

Some people make it through life without knowing what it is they want to do. They haven’t found their niche & they’re working a nine-to-five job simply to pay the bills.

Oh yeah, the bills…

We’ve all got bills to pay. If there was no money, if we could live for free, well, then, what would we do?

Play this game with me for a minute. Pretend you don’t have bills to pay. What would you do? Would you travel the world, visiting beautiful places & loved ones across the globe? Would you sit on a beach sipping cocktails with your feet deep in the sand? Would you hike the tallest peak to accomplish a goal only found in your dreams?

Dreams can be reality.

Let’s say you had to work, but money wasn’t an issue. What would you do?

This is a question I have often asked myself and others around me in the lifelong quest for happiness. In my own life, I need my children. They make me happy every single day (some days more than others, of course!). I realize that I need music to feel content. That was discovered at an early age, lucky for me. As I got older and life evolved, I began to seek new sources of enrichment. I am now happy with a paintbrush in hand, knowing that my creations are traveling all around the world into hands of little ones, bringing a little joy to their recipients. One thing I know for sure – Other people’s joy brings us joy.

Maybe you have not found your niche. The day-to-day grind can be challenging if you don’t love what you do (and do what you love!). But what about that paycheck?! I really do find we are able to have the best of both worlds. If you truly love something, you will find a way to make it work in your life. There may be sacrifice involved, and it may not be the easiest road to travel, but stay focused & determined and you will find what is right.

Let’s keep each other on track! More to come…

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Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Baby, Breastfeeding, Childbirth, Children, Choices, Education, Family, Fatherhood, Homeschool, infant, Life, Lifestyle, Motherhood, Motivational Posts, Natural Childbirth, Natural Parenting, newborn, Parenting, Philosophy, Potty Training, Pregnancy, Stay At Home Mom, Terrible Twos, Toddler Challenges, Toddler Naps, Toddlers | 1 comment

Patience Is Key

Patience Is Key

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Several times throughout my time as a mother, conversations have come up regarding different parenting styles. Should you co-sleep or cry it out? Should you breast-feed or bottle feed? Should you go natural or have a medicated birth? When it’s time for potty training, do we try boot camp or let them learn on their own? The list goes on…

It has been my experience that I always choose the long road. I’ve had three natural births (including two decently long labors lasting over 24 hours and a shoulder dystocia baby), we co-sleep, I’ve breastfed each of our three babies until they were at least one year old, and we homeschool. We let our kids potty ‘train’ in their own time (which we have really lucked out at so far!) & our discipline methods are few. It seems as though we have created work for ourselves, but I truly believe it will make a difference in the long run.

Everything requires patience. It takes longer to learn how to breastfeed your baby than it does to mix a bottle. It takes more time to sleep with your baby or rock your baby to sleep each night than it does to cry it out. Natural birth takes more work and waiting patiently for that baby to come may take longer than you would like, but it’s worth it! It’s always worth it. Your children are worth it.

Patience doesn’t come easily around our home these days. Juggling all life has to offer while raising children is hard work.

Hopefully our children will, in turn, learn that patience. Patience is a very important quality to hold throughout life. I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t have much. However, what I do have is most often spent on our children, and I have to remind myself of this on a daily, if not hourly, basis.

I realize this post will fire up some defensive parents, but relax. I’m not judging those who don’t do what I do. We are all unique and to each his own. The only difference between you & I is a little patience.

I would like to show my experiences, that what you think may be harder at first glance may actually be easier in the long run.

You see, natural birth often leads to healthy babies, which often lead to healthy bonding, which also often means successful breastfeeding which often leads to a sleepy baby. Don’t you think this is a good start to life, if you can help it? Wouldn’t you imagine children are much more likely to have happy childhoods if this is the way they begin? It seems like so much less frustration and annoyance if the anxiety is lessened by living this way.

It doesn’t stop there (And here is where I need to be reminded most these days). Remaining patient while raising our children hopefully teaches them to be kind and gentle, patient and understanding.

Once again, obviously we will all live how we need to live. And we all will love the way we need to love. A little patience certainly has never hurt anyone. In fact, patience is key.

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Posted by on Sep 29, 2013 in Birthday Parties, Birthdays, Children, Education, Family, Homeschool, Kindergarten, Life, Parenting, Party, Philosophy, Quote Of The Day, Stay At Home Mom | 0 comments

Lesson Learned

Lesson Learned

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After an exciting few weeks of homeschooling, art show prep & a birthday (Our daughter turned FIVE! Gasp!!), we are now in full prep mode for the party of the year – her fifth birthday party!

Since we have typically had small, family parties, we decided to go all out this year in celebration of Li’l t turning five. Not to fret, y’all will be in on the big secret in a few short weeks!

This morning, the birthday girl & I shared in getting things ready. We counted supplies, organized favors, assembled boxes. Upon seeing her fumble with a box for some time, I simply asked her if I could show her a different way to put the box together. She looked at me with her wild, fun face and said, “But I like doing it like this. It’s more fun this way!” Oh. Right. Carry on, then.

Lesson learned.

“Play gives children the chance to practice what they are learning.” -Fred Rogers

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Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in Children, Education, Family, Homeschool, Kindergarten, Life, Motivational Posts, Natural Parenting, Parenting, Philosophy, Preschool, Stay At Home Mom, This Is Homeschool, Toddlers | 8 comments

This Is Homeschool

This Is Homeschool

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A day-to-day depiction of exactly what it is us homeschoolers do.

With the start of a new “school year” for some, I thought it would be appropriate and fun to share a little about what we will be partaking in this coming year.

This will be our sixth year homeschooling, though we will not officially have to submit paperwork to the State until next year. (For those of you in New York State, Kindergarten is optional, as is Preschool, obviously, as long as your child does not turn the age of six during that school year.) You may be saying to yourself, “That’s just a family photo. We do that, too. We go places together, too.” And you’re correct. You homeschool anytime you’re with your children. Our family simply does it twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week when we’re together. Like most people, we begin homeschooling in the womb, whether y’all were aware of it or not. Babies and children are always learning. Humans are always learning. It’s in our nature.

Hence, one of the many reasons we are choosing to homeschool.

Family. Togetherness. We love being together and feel our children learn best with guidance and love. That is not to say they cannot learn from another teacher in a school setting. Of course they can! However, we think they learn best from their surroundings, that being confined to an institution with perfect strangers all day will not allow them to flourish to the utmost in their natural abilities. The way to accomplish this is to be together and go out in the world and learn together.

This is homeschool.

This happens to be one of my favorite family shots, as it shows that even in the most beautiful setting, there is reality. :)

This happens to be one of my favorite family shots, as it shows that even in the most beautiful setting, there is reality. 🙂

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Posted by on Aug 11, 2013 in Featured, Life, Memories, Motivational Posts, Philosophy, Summer, Thought of The Day, Weather | 0 comments

Enjoy The Now

Enjoy The Now

Did you ever look at a sweater in the middle of summer and wonder how winter seems so distant, so far away?

Or when you imagine flip flops and tank tops in the dead of winter, and you just cannot feel the warmth of the sun, regardless as to how hard you try?

Soak up the sun; feel the rays strike your skin and fulfill you.

This is simply a friendly reminder that summer is now. Enjoy the now.

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