Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer: What to do with your kiddos!

A few weeks ago I filmed a quick segment with Rebecca Reginer for her show Full Plate on ABC. I was asked a few months back to go on her show and do a recipe for a company and she asked me to come back on to talk even more topics which I was obviously THRILLED about. She is a fellow boy mom and keeps it real so I love her and also her show! Here is the segment! 

Here are the ideas I talked about on the show:

Scavenger Hunts- 
I honestly just googled some and there are a ton. Here is a great link for ZOO scavenger hunts

Goodie Drawer- 
I have a drawer in our kitchen FULL of goodies, crayons, coloring books, easy to make cookie mixes! On days where it is a REALLY long day or when it is raining I just grab something new and fun out of the drawer. 

Movie/Pop Corn- 
This is clearly such an easy go to! And thank goodness for Netflix/Amazon Prime for movies galore. I found the cute popcorn containers at Dollar Tree, so we pop our own popcorn and I give them some m&ms and a juice box and we are entertained for a few hours. I mean obviously I am left with a train wreck of popcorn all over the floor but its a good rainy day activity.

Board Games/Books and a blanket-
 Grab your favorite games and books and hit the backyard or hit the park, take some snacks and make a day of it. Your kids will be excited to get out of the house and will enjoy the fun little trip! If you are excited about it, they will be too!! 

Hope you enjoy the segment!! What are some of your go-to activities for summer? Trust me I could use some help, my old bag of tricks gets boring to the boys hahahaa!! 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Ask all about it!!!!

I have noticed seriously TONS of hits flying at my blog for my post about handling 2 kids under 2, I wrote it while I was pregnant with Jude and I had sworn I would write one about handling 3 under 3 also but then the new house and all our renovations began and so did another pregnancy and here we are with 4 kids. Crazy how that happens! haha! Anyways I NOW finally want to take the time to write a follow up post on handling multiple kids, so I want to know exactly what I should post about??

What do you want to know? Any tips or tricks you want to ask about? Honestly my advice is go with the flow for most of it but is there something that is holding you back from having another child that you want to know? Are you concerned you wont have enough time for more than 1 or 2 kids? ASK AWAY and help me form the best answers for this fun follow up!!

So, what is it that you want to know about our semi-large family? 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Jam City

I love LOVE love LOVE love music. It makes my day flow a lot smoother when I can just turn up some music and sing along while cleaning or playing with the kids!!! Here are a few of my faves as of lately. Some of these are older but ALWAYS get me singing and HAPPY!!

There are so many others but just a few. What about you??

Friday, July 11, 2014

My bipolar Kindle.

I posted a pic of my one of my pages of kindle books the other day. I seriously have all sorts of madness of that badboy. I can turn it on and honestly read any of the books for any given mood I am in. Here are some of my favorites. Some I still need to finish.
Balancing it All by Candance Cameron Bure
 This is usually my go to book at night. I am a few chapters away from finishing it. I just love her and her positive outlook on motherhood and marriage. She is totally a mom I would love to hang with. She gives great points on marriage and also friendships! 
 You are a BADASS by Jen Sincero
My friend Molly posted this the other day on facebook and I have yet to crack it open!! I am excited because I think it will be awesome for my fitness coaching business. I am learning to break outside my comfort zone slowly and stop doubting myself.
Drinking & Tweeting by my lover face Brandi Glanville
I just LOVE her, she is so darn blunt and honest, I seriously could not stop laughing. She tells it ALL. I mean ALL. Reading it made me feel more ballsy and want to be more direct and honest. Life is too short to BS people and pretend to be someone you're not. AMAZING and easy laughable read!
 The Sinner's Guide to NFP by Simcha Fisher
Why yes, there has to be a nice natural family planning book and honestly the other ones are a tad boring to read. This one breaks it down to a normal easy to understand level. I have talked about NFP before and probably will now more because we are actually TRYING to do it this time. After 4 kids in 5 years it's time to fully understand my body!! haha. Anyways its a good read, I still need to finish the whole thing though!
Smart Martha's by Tami Kiser
I am always drawn to books by catholic moms since we are Catholic. I always like to see how they do it all. I am always a tad stressed trying to keep it all together so I like taking advice from moms who do it all with even MORE kids than us. This has amazing easy tips to make life with multiple kids flow easier and also to keep God at the center of your families life. Plus stuff for you and your husbands relationship! So it's an all in all amazing book!
Rescue Your Lovelife by Henry Cloud
This one SOUNDS horrible right? Don't worry one bit, our love life does not need rescued by a long shot BUT I do believe that marriages always need some TLC. You can get so caught up in your kids and work that you forget to work on your marriage. Jordan and I have an amazing marriage but I found some VERY useful tips in this book that changed the way I thought about things inside the marriage. The wife I was 4 years ago is not the same wife I am today. I am way more laid back and not so quick to jump to judgements, I know that comes with time but this book is amazing and I am so grateful that my friend who also has a very succesful marriage with 4 kids referred me to it. Just because your relationship is solid does not mean you can't learn a few tips to make it even more stable! 
Teaching in Your Tiara by Rebecca French
A homeschooling book, why? you may ask. Because we still have NOT given up on the idea of one day homeschooling. We sent the boys to preschool last year and this year we have Vincent enrolled in Kindergarten but I am honestly STILL not sold on the idea of schooling, even private schooling. So in the meantime I am still learning and evolving how I could potentially homeschool the boys in their gradeschool ages. This book is honestly great. It shows me that even an unorganized mom like me could teach my kids at home!!! Great and funny book! 

That's just a few of the books, I have tons more Real Housewives books and more homeschooling books on there but that is is gist of it! I honestly love reading, I would much rather pull up the kindle in darkness than watch an episode of TV. Gets my brain rolling a little more! 

 What's your favorite book?? 
I would love to add some more to my crazy list! 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

How to Pray....

So the other night I was reading my Kindle before bed which is my favorite ritual of the day. I look forward to the complete silence and being cuddled up in my bed just reading and thinking also about the day. A few weeks ago Jordan and I had decided that we would start leaving our cell phones out of the bedroom so create a less distracted area, it's not like we are super glued to them but it just gives us a complete break from any outside noise inside our bedroom. I mean we get interupted by the kids before bed but honestly we just tune out the rest of our lives and it's just us and our family and that is how I like it to be at night time. Just think about 30 years ago that is EXACTLY how it was. No internet, no cell phones, less distractions.

I have a plethora of books on my dear ole Kindle, it's kind of like I am bipolar in my reading choices, you can find a book on Natural Family Planning, a book for Catholic Mothers and then countless books by my girls The Real Housewives, Brandi Glanville's is BY FAR my favorite one! I read that bad boy in 3 days that is how much I loved it! I also started reading Balancing It All by Candace Cameron Bure. I find her and I to be a lot alike, minus the whole being famous thing. She is someone who has her crap together and doesn't seem to get caught up in the madness. She puts her family and her husband first, well obviously behind God and that is how it should be. I love her outlook on everything.

Never in a million years did I expect DJ Tanner to be the one who opened my eyes on the proper way to pray. I am not even sure how the book was on the last chapter that was specifically about how to pray but it was when I turned it on two nights ago. I started reading and it instantly struck a chord with me. "I've learned to pray very specific and detailed prayers so I can see the hand of God working and know it's Him answering and not just coincidence or fate". I don't know why but I am honestly the queen of vague prayers. Honestly at Mass weekly I ask for our families and friends health, and for bad people to find God. I mean that is honestly the gist of it. I am the most unspecific person ever when it comes to prayers. I honestly just sum it up to thinking that God knows what I mean and can figure it out. haha But I am being so naive and silly. I need to talk more with Him and not just throw in a few hints here and there of what I am praying for. 
That honestly opened my eyes to how to pray. I need to lay it all out there. All of it on the table and to be specific. This same exact practice spills over into any relationship. You can't just assume people know what you mean. Like when I tell the boys "Stop being mean", what does that even mean? Yes as an adult I know that it means stop doing that thing you are doing because it is MEAN. But to them they need it broken down and specific. Sure it takes more time to explain but then they understand. "Please stop taking that block from your brother. That is his favorite block and you know that he was playing with it first. You are hurting his feelings by taking the block. Please think about how he feels before you take the toy from him." I mean hello, my "stop being mean" just turned into a whole explanation but I think that is what I need to change. I need to talk specific in my life and also with God. He knows what I need but I need to also tell Him, I need to open my relationship with Him enough to have more conversation and not just the "Hey stop bad people from doing bad things". I mean come on, I am so vague. 

At first I thought being specific meant that I was being needy. That I was asking God in this way to test him and see if he fulfills my prayers. But I in no way think that is true. I feel like you are laying it all out there and allowing him to choose the path. Maybe you are praying for something specific to happen and it doesn't, that may be the case and another door may be opening and in a few months you will see why that specific prayer wasn't met but an even better one was. I think that being specific helps you put more time into your prayers instead of just focusing on the easy 10 second run down of vague prayers. It opens your mind and your heart to the power that prayer can be. It also opens your mind and heart to more things going on around you and how you are actually feeling on a certain issue in your life. I started this new approach and I do not know what will come of it but I do feel closer to God and better about my prayers, I feel like there is an actual conversation and not just a quick "Hi, make everyone nice" but an actual outpouring of why everyone should be nice. It gives me a break down of honestly how I want my children to be. How I want them to love others and treat strangers with respect and love. And honestly I feel like that is my calling as a mother, to mold my children into little faith spreading teens and adults. 

It really just opened my eyes not only on how to pray but also in motherhood, and all relationships in my life. I am ready to cut the being vague and just cut to the chase. Time to be specific.