August—I don’t even know where the month went. You can clearly tell since it is almost the middle of September when you are receiving this review. I published this for the sake of consistency and because these reviews truly help me evaluate my success and failures.Read More
This is Part 3 of a 3 Part Breastfeeding Series in honor of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month
Closing off the series, I wanted to share must-haves for every nursing mom, as well as ways to support a nursing mom.
Remember, breastfeeding is not the best option for everyone. Whether you chose to breastfeed, bottle-feed or both remember that this is only a small choice in raising up a child.
This is Part 2 of a 3 Part Breastfeeding Series in honor of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month.
From the onset of pregnancy, women find themselves bombarded with expectations of being the perfect mother.
How do you decide what’s best?
How do you wade through all the conflicting research and opinions from your family and friends to pick the absolute best?
This is part 1 of a 3 Part Breastfeeding Series in honor of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month
When I was pregnant with Natalie, I started doing what any new mother in America would do; I started reading all the pregnancy and motherhood books I could find.
It was through that reading/research I decided that I would breastfeed our children. For me, there were too many benefits to justify not breastfeeding.Read More
Why You Should Read:
I understand that not everyone shares a passion for reading, that’s totally okay. Regardless of your passion, I do believe that you should attempt to read on a regular basis. Why? Because there are so many benefits to reading!Read More
I Am Not Defined By My Weight - Part VII Pregnancy
This piece is Part 7 of a 9 Part Series called I Am Not Defined By My Weight, inspired by Rachel Hollis' book "Girl, wash your face".
My pregnancy did not meet all of my expectations. I had to stop running mid-way through my pregnancy due to pelvic pain, and I gained way more weight than I wanted (maybe 35-50 lbs.). Even still, I loved the journey I was on.
It wasn’t until I deployed that I truly understood the importance of mailing care packages.
Prior to my experience, I thought the purpose of sending packages to deployed members was to give the person something they needed. Having now been on the receiving end, I realized it goes beyond fulfilling a physical need for some deodorant or beef jerky.
When you’re away from family and friends, there’s a void that you are left with. You miss the interpersonal communication, the personal touch of a kiss or an embrace. You long for something that just isn’t available to you.
Then, on those few sporadic mail days, you are blessed with something totally unexpected and super exciting.
It is on those days when I receive a care package that I feel the love emit from the contents inside.
From the card or note that cheers me up or brings a tear to my eye, to the k-cups that restock my stash and keep me going throughout the day.
These moments make you feel like a child on Christmas all over again.
I regret not sending packages to friends that were deployed; I just didn’t realize the emotions that could travel with these small blessings.
From here on out, I vow to be more diligent to care for friends, near and far. To send them love when they are away or when they are at home and need something a little extra because a little goes a long way.
When should you create a care package?
When you can’t physically be there for the person on the receiving end.
When you want to show them you love them and you care
When you want them to know you were just thinking about them
When you’ve identified a need and want to fulfill it
When someone is deployed or significant other is deployed, had a new baby, is going through a really rough season, just moved to a new location.
Is there ever a bad time to send a care package?
I don’t think there is ever a bad time to send a care package, but ultimately you should check the motive behind sending it. Don’t feel obligated to send something; you should genuinely want to send something out of the kindness of your heart.
Don’t replace care packages with actually being there for someone. Things are nice, but you can’t buy love. Sometimes, an individual needs a shoulder to lean on or a person to talk to and if you are hiding from filling that need by sending a package, I would encourage you to reconsider.
What should you include in a care package?
For the Coffee Lover:
COFFEE (k-cups, refillable K-cups, Ice coffee packets)
For the Food Addict:
Different seasonings (adobo, garlic salt, etc.…)
Variety of hot sauce
A mix of healthy and guilty pleasure snacks
Healthy microwavable meals (quinoa packets, protein oatmeal, etc.…)
For the Book Worm:
Amazon gift card
Creative book marks
A motivational book
A book in their favorite genre
A book for their season of life
A book box subscription
For the Creative:
Coloring book with colored pencils and a sharpener (don’t forget the sharpener)
Journal + multicolored pens
Stationary + stamps
Inspirational wall art/decor
Command hooks and strong tape to display art
For a Stranger:
Anything motivational (book or art)
A variety of snacks
Activity books, brain teasers, or puzzles
Amazon Gift cards
Holiday decorations (Christmas lights, American flags, posters, mini Christmas trees, New Years poppers, Easter basket, etc.)
For the Mom/Dad:
Pictures of their child doing every day things
Child artwork + tape to hang up artwork
A book to record themselves reading
Create a care package for the parent back home
Coupon for a free babysitter for a night upon return
For the Gym Junkie:
A jump rope
Motivational Tank / Tee
Refillable water bottle (aluminum keeps water cold for a longer period of time)
Water enhancers (Gatorade, Spark, Fizz sticks, crystal light, etc.…)
Running socks (something about deployments make you go through socks quicker)
For the Christian:
A new bible / study bible
A bible study workbook
Bible highlighters + pen
Scripture memory note cards
For a Woman:
Face masks, spa-day type stuff
Nail polish, remover, nail clippers, file
Light makeup (favorite eyeliner, chap stick,
For a Man:
See any of the other categories...
Beef jerky (lol)