Category: Motherhood

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mom Gift Ideas. Perfect for Mother's Day Gift Ideas.

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Mother’s Day is coming soon! I thought I would share a few Mother’s Day Gift Ideas with you. The gifts are perfect for Mother’s Day or anytime you need gift ideas for mom.

Feel free to forward the link to your husband. ;)

DaySpring has quite a few options for Mother’s Day gifts. 

Pick out a book to encourage her in her motherhood journey!

 Loving the Little Years by Rachel Jankovic (One of my favorite sleep-deprived mama stories is in this book. It’s hilarious!)


Bringing Up Boys by James Dobson

Bringing Up Girls: Practical Advice and Encouragement for Those Shaping the Next Generation of Women by James Dobson


Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting (now with Bébé Day by Day: 100 Keys to French Parenting) by Pamela Druckerman. This one is just plain fun.

Or just sign her up for Amazon Prime so she can order her own books whenever she wants. Shop Amazon – Give the Gift of Amazon Prime.

Lara Casey’s Cultivate What Matters Shop has Intentional Goal Planners (Powersheets), Write the Word Bible Journals, and more. 

Write the Word Bible Journals

My hands took a beating this winter and I cannot stand how dry they look. It’s nice to distract away from the dryness by adding a pop of color to my nails. It’s also fun to have a few new colors as sandal weather approaches! Check out Julep.

Julep Beauty Box Subscription

I found these stacking rings from Lisa Leonard Designs and thought they would be the perfect gift. If mom has more kiddos in the future, it’s easy to add another ring. There were many other gift options available.

Lisa Leonard stacking rings 

For the meal planner, get her a membership to MyFreezEasy. It’s a membership program where members receive 8 new meal plans each month. MyFreezEasy helps members create their own meal plans so they can make 10 – 12 meals for their freezer in less than one hour. 10 meals in one hour? Sounds good!

Or better yet…just stock her freezer with the finished meals…that would be a welcome Mother’s Day gift. :)

Warning: do not purchase this program unless you know the mom wants it! Otherwise it may not be appreciated. 

The MuTu system is a program to help get rid of Diastasis Recti (mummy tummy!), a common problem for moms. Many moms are bothered by this problem, but not every mom would see this as a great gift! So check with them first. ;)

Don’t forget to check out the All About Mom printable! There is also a grandma version. 

What is your favorite Mother’s Day gift?

Mom Gift Ideas. Perfect for Mother's Day Gift Ideas.

Merry Christmas…Adore, Need, Wonder, Sing

Merry Christmas List

It’s Christmas…

Eat || cookies

Drink || hot cocoa

Watch || children’s joy

Love || time with family

Enjoy || laughter

Teach || children to give

Take In || the beauty of the season

Merry Christmas...Eat, Drink, Watch, Love, Enjoy, Teach, Adore, Need, Wonder, Sing

Appreciate || your family

Give || time and attention

Write || a note of thankfulness

Make || memories

Thank || who we love

Try || to step back

Listen || with full attention

Pray || for those who are grieving

Reach Out || to those who have lost hope

Trust || our Savior to be with us in the new year

Remember || loved ones who are spending Christmas with Jesus

Read || Luke 2

Merry Christmas...Pray, Reach Out, Trust, Adore, Need, Wonder, Sing

Need || a Savior

Adore || the baby Jesus

Wonder || of God’s great love for us

Sing ||

Be near me, Lord Jesus I ask Thee to stay

Close by me forever and love me, I pray.

Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care

And take us to heaven to live with Thee there.**

Please share || the Christmas story.


Merry Christmas...Adore, Need, Wonder, Sing**Away in a Manger vs 3 John T. McFarland

What is on your Merry Christmas List?

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November Mini Goal: Be Thankful and Look for Joyful Moments

Be Thankful and Look for Joyful Moments

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This post is part of my 12 Mini Goals Challenge.

Small daily habits can make a big difference over the course of a few weeks, months, or even longer. In 2016, I am going to focus on a new habit or mini goal every month. In January, I focused on Daily Movement or Exercise. In February, I focused on cutting down on evening snacking. In March, my goal was 30 days of pilates. In April, my goal was to clear my kitchen counters every night. In May, I attempted to clear out my closet 3 items at a time. In June, my goal was to reset my mornings and wake up earlier. In July, my goal was to drink more water. In August, I wanted to track our daily reading. In September, I got control of our morning and evening schedules.

I often hear about people who have a gratitude journal or write down a list of what they are thankful for each evening. It’s important to always be thankful, but I have never taken the time to write down a list. I believe that we are to have a thankful heart and that we need to focus on the many blessings given by our Savior.

 My November Mini Goal: Be Thankful and Look for Joyful Moments. Record the Moments in my Mom’s One Line a Day book each day

While I was originally going to try keeping a gratitude journal in November, I decided to do a variation of it. I have the Mom’s One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book and don’t write in it as consistently as I would like. The book includes one page for every day of the year and on each page it has room for 5 different years. I use the book to write in some of my daughters’ milestones but also like to write down things they say or do. I use it to write down memories and enjoy looking back at it. It’s helpful to write things down as I know I would otherwise forget much of what they say and do!


I am so grateful for my girls and so I’m going to try and write in the book consistently in November. Because I will be in the fog of life with a newborn, it will help me to step back and look for the joyous moments in my days.

Be Thankful and Look for Joyful Moments

Your November Mini Goal: Pick one of the ideas below!



If you want to read more about Gratitude Journals read: The Benefits of a Gratitude Journal and How to Maintain One

Here are a few more thankfulness activities:

Let me know if you decide to join!

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13 Ways to Reduce Daily Stress

13 Ways to Reduce Daily Stress

We all have days that we are tired, weary, stressed, frustrated, and struggling with patience.

Small everyday stressors may be unavoidable some days, but finding a way to deal with stress and minimize the impact is key to the atmosphere of your home. As a mom, I know that my stress-level impacts my children and I try to keep my stress levels down. There are so many things we can do to decrease our stress levels in a natural way. Creating healthy habits can help to minimize stress and help to lift our moods.

While I can keep the small every-day stresses in perspective, I still need to find ways to get out of a down moment or stressful day.

Here are 13 ways to reduce daily stress:

Begin your day with quiet/alone time

I find that if I have even a few minutes alone in the morning, my day runs more smoothly. I enjoy waking up before my girls instead of with them, as this gives me time to enjoy my coffee, read my devotion, and hop on the computer. Consider creating a morning routine as a way to reset your morning and get your day started right.

13 Ways to Reduce Daily Stress: Begin your day with quiet/alone time, Exercise, Get outside, Look for joy, Pray, Let go. Don’t strive for perfection. Do not strive to do it all., Reset, Know what refreshes you, Make a grateful list, Stay hydrated, Get sleep, and Deep slow breathing.

Exercise

This is my main stress reliever. I start to get unpleasant when I go too long without exercise! If you are not exercising consistently, start by adding small amounts of exercise into your day. If you have trouble getting motivated, remember that the first step out the door is the hardest. Once you get out and exercise, you will rarely (if ever!) regret it.

Get Outside

Getting outside can restore your mental energy, relieve stress, improve concentration and focus, and improve your mental health. This article provides a list of the many other benefits of getting outside. I would guess the more time you are outside, the less you are sedentary. Get fresh air, exercise, vitamin D, and a change of scenery by getting outside. This is also great for children! Check out this scavenger hunt printable if you need an activity for your kiddos outside.

Use the Spire Fitness Tracker to let you know when you are getting stressed or have been sitting around too long. Then head outside for a quick break!

13 Ways to Reduce Daily Stress: Begin your day with quiet/alone time, Exercise, Get outside, Look for joy, Pray, Let go. Don’t strive for perfection. Do not strive to do it all., Reset, Know what refreshes you, Make a grateful list, Stay hydrated, Get sleep, and Deep slow breathing.

Look for joy

Even when frustrated, there is often a joyous moment around the corner. Even when my children are acting up and frustrating me, it’s usually only a few minutes later that I think they are most wonderful. I end up laughing with them and being completely overcome with love. A child’s laughter can bring you back.

When frustrated, I remind myself just to wait for the joyful moment as it’s probably just minutes away.

Pray

Ask Him for help. Lay your concerns on Him and trust that He is with you.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. ~ Philippians 4:6

Let go. Don’t strive for perfection. Do not strive to do it all.

Take a look at your schedule and commitments. Simplify what you can in your home. You may find non-essential tasks that are only causing stress.

It’s just not worth the pressure. I know that many struggle with this, but pick your priorities and stick them. Decide what you care about for yourself and your family and focus on that. Don’t let others expectations or standards wear you down.

Reset. Change gears.

If I have had a long day with my girls, a simple change can help to reset our day. If the kiddos are getting antsy, get outside or plan an activity to wear them out. Some days this is obvious and easy. Some days this will feel like too much work, but it’s often worth it.

Know what refreshes you

Figure out what quick activity or treat refreshes and relaxes you. If that gives you a little more patience to get you through the day…schedule it in!!

13 Ways to Reduce Daily Stress: Begin your day with quiet/alone time, Exercise, Get outside, Look for joy, Pray, Let go. Don’t strive for perfection. Do not strive to do it all., Reset, Know what refreshes you, Make a grateful list, Stay hydrated, Get sleep, and Deep slow breathing.

Make a grateful list.

This is something I have yet to try, but I hear so much about it! Get in the habit of writing down 3 things you are grateful for each night before going to bed.

Stepping back and finding something you are grateful for can quickly change your perspective!

Stay hydrated.

You will feel better if you stay hydrated, so remember to drink plenty of water! Your body will function better. Here are 8 Ways to Drink More Water Every Day.

Get sleep.

This is key! You will have much more energy, your brain will function better, and your physical health will improve. Your body restores itself while sleeping, so your entire body will thank you when you start to make sleep a priority. 

If you have trouble making sleep a priority, check out these helpful resources: 

Check your perspective.

Remember that we have all we need. Everything we need. His grace is enough.

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9

Deep, slow breathing

When you start to get stressed or anxious, your breaths may become short and shallow. The Spire Mindfulness + Activity Tracker picks up on your breathing rate and can notify you to take a few deep breaths. It can alert you in the moment and suggest breathing exercises that lead to putting you in a calmer and focused state.

If you are not good at sitting down quietly and breathing slow, the Spire Activity Tracker will guide you.

In addition to tracking your breath, notifying you if you are tense, and walking you through breathing activities, the Spire Activity Tracker also tracks your steps and active minutes. At the end of the day, I can see if I met my active minutes and step goals. I can set up notifications to notify me when I have been sedentary for a set amount of minutes. 

13 Ways to Reduce Daily Stress: Begin your day with quiet/alone time, Exercise, Get outside, Look for joy, Pray, Let go. Don’t strive for perfection. Do not strive to do it all., Reset, Know what refreshes you, Make a grateful list, Stay hydrated, Get sleep, and Deep slow breathing.

What is your favorite way to reduce stress in your own life?

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13 Ways to Reduce Daily Stress: Begin your day with quiet/alone time, Exercise, Get outside, Look for joy, Pray, Let go. Don’t strive for perfection. Do not strive to do it all., Reset, Know what refreshes you, Make a grateful list, Stay hydrated, Get sleep, and Deep slow breathing.

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How to Develop a Pleasant Tone with Your Tribe

How to Develop a Pleasant Tone with Your Tribe

I would like to welcome Ruthie from Rear. Release. Regroup. I enjoy the wisdom that she shares on her blog and in her new book:
Count to Nine, 9 Liberating Steps for Mom Anger and Frustration

How to Develop a Pleasant Tone with Your Tribe
by Ruthie of Rear. Release. Regroup.

How to Develop a Pleasant Tone with Your Tribe

Do you have a pleasant tone of voice when you speak to your children or give them a directive? (Are you rolling your eyes at me right now?)

I will admit right up front that I’ve always struggled with this one. My tone of voice is awful when I’m irritated or even just focused on my own “plan” (quite possibly mowing others down in the process).

Proverbs 12:18 (NKJV) says:

“There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword,

But the tongue of the wise promotes health”

Does your voice sound like claws on a chalkboard when you speak to your kids?

I hate the way the first part of this verse sounds.

I don’t want to figuratively pierce my children’s hearts.

But I LOVE the second half of the verse!

I want a wise tongue that promotes health and healing! Don’t you?

Plan of Attack

1.) CHECK your tone before you speak. Take a few breaths, put your hand over your mouth if necessary (Proverbs 30:32)

2.) PRAY quickly and ask God for help

3.) PRETEND your child (or husband) is someone who just called and you automatically changed your tone so they’d think you were nice (SEE??? We ARE capable of it)!

4.) CREATE lists. Lists were my very best friend when getting my kids to do their chores or help with spring cleaning. If they didn’t have to hear it from me, somehow it went better! Kids love checking things off and getting it done! (Doesn’t everyone?)

5.) SPEAK HEALING to your child each day. Find ways to compliment for a job well done, a rare moment of sharing, or anything positive you can find. Make sure you’ve done this at least once before going to bed at night. And be SURE to always say, “I love you”!

As always, the best way to cut out old habits is to establish new ones. We must replacing our negative tone of voice with positive speech and affirming words. Even if we do slip up in a moment of anger (and let’s face it, we all do), if we make a practice of graceful speech, it will go a long way with our tribe.

Scripture Pillar

If you have been foolish, exalting yourself, or if you have been devising evil, put your hand over your mouth. Proverbs 30:32

Did you see that??? Sometimes, I just need to put our hand over my mouth. What about you? What a practical suggestion straight from God’s Word!

How to Develop a Pleasant Tone with your Tribe. Count to Nine, 9 Liberating Steps for Mom Anger and Frustration

My new book, Count to Nine, 9 Liberating Steps for Mom Anger and Frustration, presents nine essential steps to overcome anger. Offering Scripture Pillars (ACTION verses), Scripture prayers, a plan of attack for each chapter, this book will set you on the road towards recovery. The book is full of key Biblical strategies to help you parent gracefully and learn the Biblical approach to anger.

How do I know? I teach this method to a group of moms, and they are seeing wins and overcoming their anger by implementing Scripture Pillars (ACTION verses)!

At just $7.00, this book is a small investment to make toward a big difference in the dynamic of your family. Are you ready to take the necessary steps to freedom and let God control your anger?

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Ruthie Gray is a wife, mom of four, Gigi, and caregiver, living in the sandwich generation and blogging to keep her sanity. When she’s not snacking on plastic drumsticks with her two-year-old grandson, The Tiny Tornado, you can find her coaching other moms on how to raise responsible kids and enjoy them at RearReleaseRegroup.com.

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How to Develop a Pleasant Tone with Your Tribe