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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Show & Tell #88

Welcome back to Gingerly Made's Show & Tell party!

I totally forgot to schedule this post earlier today! I guess that just proves how busy we've been this week. I've honestly had a hard time remembering which day it is all week. We're having a lot of fun with Vacation Bible School, but our routine has been completely thrown off and for someone who thrives on routine - I'm a hot mess.

So, because of all the craziness, I've only got one feature from last week's party. But it's a good one! I can't wait to try this recipe out from Pink Recipe Box.

Whole Wheat Poppyseed Slider Buns |

And, just in case you've missed some of this week's post, here's what I've been working on.

There's only a couple hours left on this giveaway, so hurry to enter if you haven't already

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Ok, Let's see what YOU have been doing this week.

Guest Posting at Domestic Superhero

We still have the Show & Tell party coming up this evening, but I'm also guest posting over at Domestic Superhero today.

Allyson is taking maternity leave from blogging. I thought this would be the perfect time to show off my nursing cover tutorial. I've showed you the covers I make before, but have never done a tutorial. So if you are interested in breast feeding but self conscious, please head over and take a look. These covers make great baby shower gifts too!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Getting Pearly Whites #ad #TrulyRadiant

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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As moms we often don't take time for ourselves because we are so busy taking care of our family. But it's important to do little things to take care of ourselves and make us feel truly radiant. For me, I need to eat well and get a regular workout in. I just feel better and more energetic when I do. I also love when my smile is looking great. I know most people hate the dentist. I don't particularly like going, but I do LOVE the way my teeth feel after I had a good cleaning. If only I could get that dentist clean at home. In hopes of finding an everyday something to my smile looking it's best, I couldn't wait to try out Arm & Hammer's line of Truly Radiant products.

I had never used anything but a manual brush before, but now, I don't know if I'll use another one again. I LOVE this spin brush. It makes my teeth and gums feel so much cleaner! Way cleaner than with a manual brush! But for those of you like me, who have never used an electric brush before here's a few things you should know besides how well they clean.

  1. Brushing you teeth will now make your mouth sound incredibly like a didgeridoo.
  2. Put the brush in your mouth before you turn it on. Otherwise you'll have toothpaste flung all over your bathroom counter.

Keeping it real, here's me brushing my teeth in the morning sporting my pink fuzzy robe.


The Truly Radiant toothpaste and whitening booster are pretty amazing too. The whitening booster is clinically proven to whiten teeth in just one week and contains 3x more whitening agent than a leading white strip. I can't afford a clinical whitening and the white strips just feel weird on my teeth. So, for me this toothpaste and whitening booster combo are great. You just brush your teeth as normal and whiten as you go. It removes 100 percent more surface stains than ordinary toothpaste, which is awesome for tea or coffee drinkers who have a lot of staining to deal with. Plus the floride helps to strengthen the enamels of your teeth too.

Alison Sweeney, host of Biggest Loser, has some great tips to bring out your inner radiance. What little things do you do that make you feel radiant?

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Real Life - The Borings

I tend to keep "real life" posts pretty minimal because I figure, you have your own lives. Reading about mine isn't exactly on the priority list. Plus I consider my life to pretty standard a.k.a. boring. Hubs and I joke that this little clip from Everybody Loves Raymond is "So Us". We've really had the "Hey, we just hit 80,000 miles." conversation.

HOWEVER, I've also noticed that on my Facebook page where I tend to share more personal, daily life, type... stuff generates some fun and real conversations with YOU like the one about bad haircuts and losing your keys for two days.

So, I thought maybe if I occasionally shared some of the hectic, crazy, beautiful parts of my life. We could collectively sigh, laugh, fume, cry, aww, or whatever about the "boring" things in life that we can all relate to.

With that said....

We've been having a great summer. Caitlin has been taking swim lessons and I am SO proud of her. I've talked about it some on Facebook, but proud. She really overcame her fear of getting water in her face. Yes, it's fun that she's swimming now, but I am just impressed with her conquering fear.
Caitlin jumping off the diving board. Her Daddy by the side just in case she needs him.
I've always had issues with getting water in my nose. It wasn't until I was in college and working for a scuba shop that I began to get over it. The dive shop wanted me to learn to dive so that I could relate to the customers. It was an AMAZING experience. But to get certified, I had to remove my mask, put it back on (full of water), and clear it - meaning water was going to go up my nose. I freaked out. Thanks to my instructor for giving me a bit of tough love and forcing me to think my way through it. Now I can go under water with out holding my nose shut, but it's still uncomfortable for me.

My 5 year old daughter has gotten past a fear that I still struggle with. Crazy!

Even though, we've been enjoying the sun and freedom of summer, I've been thinking ahead to the upcoming school year, this blog, and the shop where I was TRYING to sell some of my nursing covers and burlap wall art. I made the somewhat difficult decision to take my product out of the shop. I say somewhat difficult because the numbers just weren't there. It was a brand new shop and I know it takes time to build a customer base, but if I can't make a profit (or break even for that matter) it's just not worth it. But my heart wanted it to work out, truly I did. I'm a bit sad about it, but I also know that with homeschooling ahead, a new co-op that we have joined, and this blog, something had to give. And of all things, that was least important to me.

You may not see many craft posts from me this week. We've spent a lot of time with out of town family this month, 2 visits from different sides of of the family, and this week is Vacation Bible School at our church. And well, real life is preventing me from getting much crafting done. So, if you don't see much from me this next week it's simply because we are living life to the fullest even if I do think we are a bit boring at times.

Here's a few photos of what we've been up to lately.

My Mom & Dad, both sisters and their families, plus us were all able to get together for a few days this past weekend. It doesn't happen often, so we have to take a family pic when it does.

The kiddos found a great climbing tree that grew out over the water. I LOVE this pic of my girls and the way Hayley is leaning on Caitlin.

We went to a local animal rescue zoo and got to to be hands on with some amazing creatures big and small! I can't help it. I must post lots of pictures of these.

So, HA so how's that for "The Borings?" I guess if I take the time and look at it, we aren't so boring after all. I'm sure you aren't either, but I know it feels that way sometimes. So tell me, am I the only one, or do you think you and your family are "The Borings" too?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Show & Tell #87

Welcome back to Gingerly Made's Show & Tell party!

It's time to link up your latest and greatest again! I am always excited to see what you've been up to. Before we get into this week's newest projects, let's take a look at some of the highlights of last week's party.

ScreenHunter 1190 May. 27 17.14 Simple Ginger Lime Mahi Mahi

And, just in case you've missed some of this week's post, here's what I've been working on.

There's only a couple hours left on this giveaway, so hurry to enter if you haven't already

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Ok, Let's see what YOU have been doing this week.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Why We Don't Make Our Kids Share

Why We Don't Make Our Kids Share

Our kids have been struggling with the concept of sharing lately. They are 2 and 5 so it's to be expected I suppose, but it is frustrating for everyone while we are learning these lessons in sharing. It feels as if everyday, multiple times a day, I am breaking up shouting matches, tug of war matches, and kids running through the house one with a toy lofted high above her head screaming at the top of her lungs while her sister is hot on her heels grabbing and screaming after whatever momentary precious thing.

I break up the fight, explain why we need to share, why we shouldn't fight over things, why we need to respect each other, etc. They give a half-hearted sorry, grudgingly share their toy, and 5 minutes later are fighting over a different thing. This. Is. Not. Working.

Why can't they figure it out?

But even bigger than sharing has become the EXPECTATION of sharing.

My 5-year-old is the primary offender here. She has learned that we are supposed to share. So her greedy little heart asks for a toy her sister just picked up. If her sister doesn't give it to her, complains "She isn't sharing."

Then one day my husband, wonderful man, sent me an article about NOT SHARING. There's a whole book about it and other odd parenting ideas. I haven't read the book yet, but it's on my list. It was a complete light bulb moment for me.

The general idea is this. As parents trying to teach our children to share, we often force them to give up things they are still playing with simply because another kid wants that toy. This teaches our children all the wrong things. We have taught one child that another person can take their things and their willingness to give it is irrelevant. And we have taught the other child lack of patience and that they can take something from another without consent.

Requiring that a child give up his or her possession and give it to another simply because he/she asked is NOT preparing kids for the real world. In fact, it makes sharing feel an awful lot like theft.

I want my children to have a generous heart. I want them to be compassionate, caring people who do for others because of the leading of their hearts. Forcing them to give up their belongings is not the way to do that. Generosity is a willingness to give - not a requirement.

The no sharing concept, says that children should not be required to share the toys they are playing with. The child can play with the toy they have until they are finished playing with it. Then, and only then can another child can play with it. THERE IS NO ASKING FOR SOMEONE ELSE'S TOY. They can ask, "Can I play with you?", not "Can I have the toy you are playing with?".

Principles of the No Sharing Concept:
  • Playing with a Toy Until You are Done instead of Forced Sharing
  • Waiting for Things to become Available instead of Asking for Things Others are Playing With
Since learning these concepts, and beginning to put them in place in our house, my eyes have been opened. I see the problems with forced sharing all the time now.

One example is a recent incident at our pool in which another child wanted to play with the float my daughter had. Caitlin politely told her that she was playing with it. So what did the other kid do? She chased my kid around and around grabbing at her, whining, and telling Caitlin that she needed to share. The mom did not interfere and tell her kid that her behavior was inappropriate. (I didn't either at this point. I wanted to see where it would go and give Caitlin a chance to handle it.) Caitlin was desperate; she couldn't play because of this kid in her space. She got out of the pool and began to get as far as she could away and called out to me.

At this point I intervened. I told the girl that Caitlin was playing with her float and when Caitlin was done she was welcome to play with it.

That didn't work. The girl stopped chasing, but was still loudly complaining. So I decided to be the momma since hers hadn't stepped in yet.

I smiled at her and called her over. The conversation went something like this:

"Can I tell you something?" Kid nods.
"We've been having some trouble with sharing at our house. So, we made a rule. The rule says that if you are playing with a toy, you get to play with it until you're done. Then the next person can have it. Caitlin is playing with her toy right now, but as soon as she's done, she will share it with you."

The little girl simply said "Ok."

That mostly solved it. The girl still complained a bit and finally the other mom got involved. She told her daughter that "She doesn't want to .... (looks at me) She can't share that float. Leave her alone". Then the mom apologized to me and thanked me for being understanding. That all told me she was aware of what was going on, but chose not to do anything about it.

There are other examples I could give you, but I think this one best illustrates the point - plus we don't have all day. So let me close in saying this, since incorporating these concepts in our home I have seen a drastic change in our sharing problems. Are they gone? Of course not. My kids are still young and kids will be kids, but the sharing issues are less frequent. I still have to remind them of our principles - waiting until the other person is done and not asking for a toy over and over again.

Once I give a gentle reminder, that is usually enough for them. Abiding by these concepts leave my kids with a feeling of empowerment instead of feeling cheated. Sharing is now their choice. And because it is their choice, they seem to choose it more often. And THAT is what sharing SHOULD be.

No Sharing

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Cash Giveaway $650

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It's the last of the summer cash giveaways! I've partnered with some amazing bloggers that want to give a little something back our readers. One of the most fun things about blogging is the community that comes with it. I love reading your comments and questions. These cash giveaways are just a little way to say "Thanks." As always 1 winner gets to walk away with everything.

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