What’s New Wednesday

So, I missed Monday Minute, which means I am going to give you all an update on what’s exciting around here today! I’ll combine it with “What’s on the Menu Wednesday” although I don’t have a ton of great food ideas this week.

Life has been hectic lately, which I am ok with, but I haven’t had any time to sit down and write! We are selling our house, which is a little bittersweet, but I am SO excited to move on to our next adventure. Between house showings, little outings since it’s getting nicer around here, and me feeling a little under the weather, life is crazy! I wouldn’t have it any other way (besides being sick maybe!).

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The Stay-at-Home Mom Rut

The Stay-at-Home Mom Rut. You may have heard of it – we all go through “ruts” in life. The question is how do you get yourself out of it?! Or if you’re smart, avoid it all together.

We have been super busy lately, which I love! I am not a home-body. I love being surrounded by family and friends, trying new things and visiting new places. The problem is, as a stay-at-home mom, once the “busy” is done, you find yourself home again. Staring at the new, but same old, pile of laundry, dishes in the sink, floors that need to be vacuumed, and the two little people who you created who seem to need you every second of your day.

I feel like I have no energy lately (AKA I’m being lazy!), I find myself blaming everything on the weather (it’s called unpredictable spring!), I feel uninspired overall, and I have a list of things to do but I am too tired to do them by the time the kids are in bed!

You sometimes feel like you have SO much time but trapped at home and unable to do anything you want to do! Sounds crazy right? Well I’m feeling the stay-at-home mom rut right now.

We had a wonderful Easter holiday and a busy few weekends. In fact, I can’t look at my calendar and find a weekend coming up with no plans. There has also been a lot of talk of fun vacations and events this summer that I’m so looking forward to. The problem with that is – I have to be PATIENT! Like I always tell my toddler…

Sometimes I find it hard to relax; can you tell?

Anyway, when I find myself in the stay-at-home mom rut (it’s happened before!) I need to take my own advice and get myself back on track. I do this in a few different ways, and I’ll share them with you here.

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Trust

“And you ask “What if I fall?”

Oh but my darling,

What if you fly?”

Erin Hanson

Having trust is tough sometimes. We’ve all been through experiences that have tested our faith and trust and caused us to give up hope. It’s also a tough thing to admit. I’m feeling extra inspirational this week and inspired by the Easter holiday coming up, so I thought I’d share the toughest experience I’ve ever been through – my son’s birth. I hope you gain some inspiration as well, and remember to never be afraid to share your story or give up hope. <3

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Monday Minute – Easter Week

This is a special week for me, and probably my favorite time of year. Easter brings back so many memories for me from my childhood, and spring has always been my favorite season. Maybe because my birthday is in less than a month ;). I love the warm, but not too hot, weather, and the feeling of everyone coming out of hibernation from winter. Open windows, kids playing outside, the feeling of new life.

Easter is nostalgic for sure. Growing up in a Catholic Italian family and attending Catholic school, this may have been the most important day of the year! I can smell my great-grandmother’s Easter bread cooking, I can taste the sweet frosting on our famous “ginette” cookies, and I can hear my mom and Mema talking in the kitchen. I think it’s so special too because so many of the memories I had, I will be able to pass down to my kids now. I know we will create the famous Easter egg hunt, eat all of our favorite things that only come around once a year, and most importantly, instill the importance of the holiday onto them.

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What’s On The Menu Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! (Which means the week is halfway over!). I can’t believe that it’s April already. This is a jam-packed month, which I don’t mind, and my little girl turns 7 months tomorrow! Time is flying!

I haven’t posted about food in a little while because, to be honest, I’ve felt a little uninspired. Even when you are trying to eat healthy and are trying out new recipes, you find yourself stuck in a routine after a while. If anyone has some great recipes that you love, please share! I need some inspiration!

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How to Teach a Toddler Empathy Through Reading

Literacy is a powerful tool, especially when we live in a world that can be intimidating and new to toddlers. Using books to teach toddlers lessons from an early age is one of our most powerful tools as parents. As a certified Literacy Specialist, I urge you to be thoughtful in the books you choose for your toddlers at such a young and impressionable age! There are some great titles out there, and many teachable moments for you and your little ones.

In our house, my 20 month old son has been fascinated with feelings lately, as well as the statement “Oh no!” He understands conflict and resolution more clearly in the shows he watches, in real life, and in the books he reads. He loves to point out when he sees a character crying and loves to shout hurray when a problem is solved. Having a baby sister has also begun to expose him to empathy and understand that other people have feelings too. I’ve realized that this is the perfect time to start teaching him about empathy and using his emotions.

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