…and Now I’m a Dance Mom (No One Warned Me How Intense it Is!)

…and Now I’m a Dance Mom (No One Warned Me How Intense it Is!)

Today was my 5-year-old daughter’s very first dance recital, ever.

I was not prepared.

When she started soccer, I was not prepared emotionally for it, but this time, I was pretty well armed for all the feels. Especially when it came to realize how much she’s growing up. (It does happen as quickly as they say.)

But I was not prepared for the whirlwind intensity of dance recitals.

I anticipated the chilled out environment of the school plays I had been to when I was a kid. This wasn’t that.

Everything was as well organized as can be for the number of little girls in tutus running around, but I had no idea that I’d be walking into a room of hundreds of little ones with over 20 acts going on!

Even getting there 30 minutes early meant having to hunt for a couple of free seats, and we were one of the last there!

My daughter’s class is on Monday mornings. The only other class going on is a little Mommy & me class, and her actual class only has three little girls total.

It’s so chill.

I just had no idea the scale of what we were walking into.

I also had no idea how much I wasn’t as prepared as I thought emotionally.

The nerves I felt were way more than any time I ever played a sport or performed on a stage myself.

Of course I was wondering how she was doing backstage without me, but even though we had practiced and had dress rehearsals, she has never been on a stage in front of hundreds of people before.

Would she freeze up? Freak out? Cry?

She was brilliant. 

I mean I’m biased, and at 5-years-old the bar isn’t set that high. But she went out on that stage, with no fear, and she did the whole dance with a smile. 

The feeling I wasn’t prepared for was pride. 

It’s not as if I haven’t been proud of my kids in the past, but this kind of pride was different. I am always proud of my kids just because of who they are. 

But today I was proud of one of my kids for their work, dedication, and talent. She went to her ballet class every week, learned the dance, practiced at home, and was brave enough to go out on that stage and show off her work. 

I have been just floating on a cloud of pride since this morning. 

The last five years since I gave birth to my tiny ballerina have been really hard. Adjusting to being a mom, not to mention being married, then having twins throw into the mix when my daughter was just 2 wasn’t exactly easy.

But as I watch my kids grow older, I start to see the fruits of my labor. They become more and more their own person, and it’s beautiful… and terrifying.

As a mom, I want nothing more than for my kids to grow up, learn, explore, have lives of their own… and yet, I want to freeze time and just keep them with me forever.

It’s all emotional, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Motherhood has brought about bigger and deeper feelings I couldn’t have understood before. That’s part of the gig.

This little ballet recital today was just a small reminder of that.

So here’s to me officially joining the ranks of dance moms. All advice welcome. lol.

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100 Word of the Year Ideas to Live Your Best MomLife

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2019 is winding down, and preparations for 2020 are already underway for many. Instead of a resolution, have you thought about trying one of these word fo the year ideas?

I love these 100 word of the year ideas you can use as a way to guide your intentions, goals, choices, and overall plans for 2020. Since I started creating a word of the year

What is a word of the year?

A word of the year is exactly as the name implies. It is a word you choose to be a theme for you for the year. This word will help guide you and your choices as you grow and develop throughout the year. The first step is coming up with word of the year ideas that work for you.

Why is choosing a word of the year a good idea?

For a lot of people, resolutions just don’t really work.

But there is something special about setting an intention for a year that helps you reach your goals. Choose a word from your word of the year ideas that encompasses what you are aiming for, or perhaps how you want to feel, is a great way to set the tone for the year without getting too specific.

How do you choose a word of the year?

You could simply pick a word out of a hat if you’d like to leave it up to fate, but getting in touch with where you’d like to be at the end of the year and then finding a word that would help move you in that direction might work better.

Journaling is a great way to get in touch with where you are and where you want to go in order to get some of the best word of the year ideas for yourself.

If just one word doesn’t work, you could also choose a phrase or even a short quote. But don’t get too detailed or long. The point is for this to be a theme, and the more you add the more complicated it will become.

Word of the Year Ideas

  1. Transformation
  2. Abundance
  3. Achieve
  4. Love
  5. Disciplined
  6. Steadfast
  7. Strong
  8. Surrender
  9. Faith
  10. Hope
  11. Growth
  12. Intentional
  13. Creative
  14. Empowered
  15. Magical
  16. Sparkle
  17. Shine
  18. Receive
  19. Spiritual
  20. Nurture
  21. Self-love
  22. Self-care
  23. Depth
  24. Energy
  25. Healing
  26. Uplevel
  27. Adventure
  28. Excitement
  29. Expansion
  30. Decadence
  31. Sexy
  32. Sensual
  33. Nature
  34. Travel
  35. Rebirth
  36. Luxury
  37. Friendship
  38. Marriage
  39. Partnership
  40. Relationships
  41. Motherhood
  42. Birth
  43. Acceptance
  44. Peace
  45. Calm
  46. Meditate
  47. Mindful
  48. Minimal
  49. Beauty
  50. Happy
  51. Connection
  52. Bliss
  53. Vivacious
  54. Gentle
  55. Enchanting
  56. Blessed
  57. Optimistic
  58. Laugh
  59. Joy
  60. Euphoric
  61. Jubilee
  62. Confidence
  63. Trust
  64. Bright
  65. Ease
  66. Simple
  67. Positive
  68. Determination
  69. Resilience
  70. Brave
  71. Courage
  72. Vulnerable
  73. Tenacious
  74. Bold
  75. Daring
  76. Fearless
  77. Audacious
  78. Grateful
  79. Spunky
  80. Delighted
  81. Pleasure
  82. Fruitful
  83. Jolly
  84. Charming
  85. Magnetic
  86. Bewitching
  87. Alluring
  88. Glamourous
  89. Grace
  90. Elegance
  91. Finesse
  92. Refined
  93. Stylish
  94. Balance
  95. Comfort
  96. Hygge
  97. Prosperity
  98. Entrepreneur
  99. Rest
  100. Quiet

Hopefully, these 100 word of the year ideas spark some inspiration for you, and if you’re looking for more word of the year ideas, check out this Pinterest Board we created.

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Sometimes you need some inspiration, and sometimes you need to laugh. These are mom memes we can all relate to whether they’re funny, true, serious, or silly.

I don’t know about you, but on those tough when that I just need a little distraction from the chaos of motherhood, I love to find the best mom memes.

These mom memes are my current favs that I’ve seen floating around Instagram, and I knew there were other mamas out there who would relate to them too.

We love mom memes because they create community

And I think that’s what we are looking for the most when we either look for mom memes, or find some on social media that really speak to us. It’s looking for someone or something we can relate to. Being a mom is awesome, but it is so hard. It can also be really isolating to be stuck in a house with tiny humans.

Not having any adult interaction is tough. We can start to feel like all the things we are going through are only happening to us, but they’re not. I can’t tell you how many times I felt like I was the only one who was feeling a certain way, and it turns out every other mom had the same issue.

There was one new mom I was following on Facebook. She looked like she had it all together like she was just made for motherhood. But when I interviewed her for the MomUp Show, she told me how she’s actually struggling a ton!

It might sound a bit dramatic or silly, but we are so desperate for a village. For a group of moms, we can support and be supported by. Mom memes are this phenomenon that glues together the tiny bit of village and community we do have.

So enjoy these 20 mom memes!

There you have it Mamas. Our favorite 20 mom memes. What’s yours? Tag us on Instagram or share in the comments!

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Dreaming of accomplishing some big goals soon? These quotes for following your dreams will keep you going when you need some inspiration.

 

Need some inspirational quotes for following your dreams? When you are setting big goals for yourself, you’ll inevitably hit roadblocks.

These quotes for following your dreams will give you a little inspiration for when the going gets tough. Pull it together and get back out there mama. You got this!

A lot of these quotes actually talk about failure, stumbling blocks, being different, and embracing risk. 

What I have learned about following your dreams and reaching your goals is that you have to be willing to feel uncomfortable. It rarely happens how you imagine and usually comes with a bit of struggle. 

That’s ok. That’s how it is supposed to be. If following your dreams was easy, everyone would do it. It takes commitment, a willingness to get it wrong sometimes, and courage. 

But it IS possible to follow and reach your dreams and goals. 

Hopefully these quotes for following your dreams will help you get there.

(Quick heads up this post might contain affiliate links, meaning if you purchase anything I recommend, I get a small commission at no extra cost to you.)

1. “If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be” -Maya Angelou

2. “Not till we are lost… do we begin to find ourselves again.” -Thoreau

3. “She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blog her away, she adjusted her sails.” -Elizabeth Edwards

4. “A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.”

5. “Stop waiting for Friday, for summer, for someone to fall in love with you, for life. Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most of the moment you are in now.”

6. “It never get easier, you just get better.”

7. “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”

8. “Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.”

9. “Feel the fear and do it anyway.”

10. “Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.”

11. “As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.”

12. “If you don’t imagine, nothing ever happens at all.”

13. “Don’t wait for an opportunity. Create it.”

14. “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”

15. “You only fail when you stop trying.”

Which quote for following your dreams was your favorite? Share below in the comments!

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Need to get some nutrition in your little one ASAP when they have a stomach bug? Try a smoothie for flu that is delicious AND nutritious.

A few years ago, when my daughter who was then a toddler had the stomach flu, I jotted down this post to give other moms some ideas of what to feed their sick little ones. This smoothie for flu symptoms worked really well for my daughter then and might help you get through this flu season.

(Just a quick heads up that this post contains affiliate links, meaning if you purchase something I recommend then I get a small commission at no extra cost to you.)

Fair warning. This post may get a little gross. But I’ve come to realize that is one thing motherhood is… gross.

Yes, there are those beautiful moments of cradling your sleeping child and feeling like everything in the world is right.

Then, there are the times you’re cleaning poop out of your bed.

Today, we’re talking about the latter. 

We are currently on day six of my toddler, Carolyn’s, first real stomach bug. Thankfully we have had no vomiting (fingers crossed it stays that way).

However, I’ve been up to my elbows in the nastiest poop with which I’ve had the pleasure of coming in contact. I keep expecting it to pass, and I haven’t been super concerned because she shows no signs of dehydration. Besides the occasional crankiness, she’s mostly been her normal self.

But I’ve reached the point where I feel I need to do something to help.

Google is my number one mommy tool (besides calling a doc when it warrants it). Unfortunately I got a ton of conflicting information on toddler tummy troubles.

What do you feed a child with a stomach virus?

The most recurring advice was to follow the B.R.A.T. diet for them. That stands for bananas, rice, applesauce and toast.

Supposedly these are easiest for an upset stomach to digest. Then, I read that this diet is too restrictive and that there’s not a lot of evidence that it helps at all, or parents stick with it too long. In fact, some sources pointed said it is better to try to give your kid a more rounded diet to keep them well-fed, making it easier for them to recover from the illness. 

So, what’s a mommy to do?

Well I decided to kind of combine all this into a pretty simple strategy.

First, keep pushing the fluids on her. If breastfeeding, that’s a great way to get fluids and nutrition to babies and toddlers, but water is also awesome.

Then I’ve come up with this smoothie concoction that includes some of the B.R.A.T. foods, probiotics, and some supplemental nutrition.

Of course, if your kid is sick, don’t just take my advice but call your pediatrician, please!

Smoothie for flu symptoms

Honestly, I totally eyeballed the ingredients, but I will try to give you an idea of measurements as well as why I chose each ingredient.

Once you have your ingredients, just throw them in the blender and liquefy! 

1 Banana – This is recommended as part of the B.R.A.T. diet

1/2 cup organic vanilla greek yogurt – You could really use any kind of yogurt you like, but this is our favorite. I added this because she loves yogurt and because it contains probiotics to help with digestion.

1/2 cup applesauce – Another food recommended in the B.R.A.T. diet

1/2 cup of white grape juice – I saw this recommended as an alternative to sports drinks or Pedialyte to help with hydration. 

1 tbsp Green Vibrance – There are a ton of different products you can use like this, but this is the brand I like and have been using for years. It’s basically green drink in a powder, lots of superfoods in powder form. I add this to give her a little extra something in her diet. 

Let me know how you and your little one like this recipe for a smoothie for flu in the comments below!

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5 Things I’ve Learned from 5 Years of Motherhood

5 Things I’ve Learned from 5 Years of Motherhood

My firstborn recently turned 5 years old, and it has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster. But I now feel like I've crossed some threshold in motherhood, and would love to impart the bits of wisdom I've accumulated to you. These are five of the many lessons I've...

25 Christmas Bucket List Ideas for Moms

25 Christmas Bucket List Ideas for Moms

Need ideas for your Christmas bucket list? These are the 25 things I chose to add to ours this year, and am sharing to give you a bit of inspiration. But before we dive in... What is a Christmas bucket list? Simple. It's just a list of activities you want to do during...

Grateful vs. Thankful, What’s the Difference?

Grateful vs. Thankful, What’s the Difference?

As I sat down to think about all that I am grateful for on this Thanksgiving, I started to wonder, what's the difference in being grateful vs. thankful? Do you ever notice how we use some words interchangeably without really knowing if they mean the same thing? We...

Why Boys Need to See Frozen 2

Why Boys Need to See Frozen 2

Frozen fever has overtaken my home, and it isn't just my little 5-year-old princess belting out the songs. My tiny princes, just 2-years-old, can be heard uttering the phrase "let it go." The first Frozen broke the mold when it comes to Disney princess movies, and...

Dear Moms, Please Never Give Up On Your Dreams.

Dear Moms, Please Never Give Up On Your Dreams.

Feeling a little trapped in motherhood? Being a mom is the most rewarding role, but that doesn't mean we don't have an identity outside of our momlife. It's hard, but mama, never give up on your dreams, even when it seems impossible. Saying to never give up on your...

My Firstborn Turns 5 Tomorrow, and I Can’t Handle It

My Firstborn Turns 5 Tomorrow, and I Can’t Handle It

On November 24, 2014, at 6:54 am I became a mom for the first time. My daughter came into the world screaming with eyes so dark they were black and just a little bit of hair that would turn into the perfect ringlet curls. A fierce little girl who knows what she wants...

Can’t Sleep While Pregnant? Steal My Pregnant Sleep Routine.

Can’t Sleep While Pregnant? Steal My Pregnant Sleep Routine.

Pregnancy is NOT the most comfortable time in your life, and that can make it hard to fall asleep and stay asleep. It’s normal if you can’t sleep while pregnant, but there are some hacks you can try to catch a few more zzz’s. Of course, I'm not a medical professional....

Resilience for Kids. Why I’m Teaching My Kids How to Fail.

Resilience for Kids. Why I’m Teaching My Kids How to Fail.

The older I get, the more I believe the key to happiness and success is being willing to fail. This doesn't mean you have to seek out failure, but rather it's about learning how to fail in a way that propels you forward and helps you learn. I grew up a smart kid. I...