SoCozy Hair Care for Kids is at CVS!

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As a boy mom, I don’t have to think a whole lot about their hair care. We don’t struggle with tangled hair, and with their short haircuts, they don’t even need to comb their hair! Just in the past year, we’ve entered the world of hair gel with our oldest, but that is the extent of the work that needs to be done to get ready for the day!

Even though our hair care needs are minimal with boys, I want to make sure what we do use on their hair is safe and effective. I’ve recently been introduced to SoCozy and it checks all the boxes for our needs – and they will do the same for your family!

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SoCozy products are non-toxic and made without parabens, formaldehyde, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic color, propylene glycol. Free of alcohol, gluten, wheat, peanuts and tree nuts. SoCozy is committed to providing easy-to-use, safe hair care for all kids’ hair types, as well as well-researched tips and advice for parents!

We recently visited CVS to pick up some SoCozy products for our own family! CVS just started carrying the SoCozy line, so it’s convenient for your family to grab at your local store – we found it in the baby aisle at our CVS!

We don’t have much need for these items, but I loved seeing that the SoCozy line includes a detangler and styling cream – I know a detangler was a necessity for my hair as a little girl, and even sometimes now!

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For our boys, I bought the 3-in-1 shampoo-conditioner-wash to take along on our trips to the gym or swimming pool. I love multi-use products because they cut down on the number items we have to remember when we pack up! The mango smell is super yummy, too! It feels like the perfect product to take with use everywhere this summer, including on vacation.

I also grabbed two of the “boo!” products, which are intended to help prevent lice – and every mom said, “Amen!” We don’t have need for these right now, but I wish I would have had it during those winter months at school when lice was going around! We avoided it this year, but I’m happy to be prepared the next time a note comes home that someone in their class has lice.

Make sure to visit your local CVS to pick up these wonderful, safe, fun hair care products for your kiddos!

Which SoCozy products sound like the best fit for your family?

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Get It, Girl: How I Wear Activewear and a Sale for You!

I received complimentary product to review from Cents of Style and all opinions are 100% my own. This post also contains affiliate links.

I’m currently training for my first marathon. I shared some of that story here, but I have to tell you that as the days have sped by and my marathon is only three weeks away, a little bit of fear has started to creep in.

I’ve been a runner for four years now. I hated running before that, but now it is so many things to me. Running is about a healthy body AND a healthy mind for me. I run because it helps clear my head. Running used to disgust me, now it makes me happy.

Running also provides a way to challenge myself and this is where fear can factor in. I never enter a race thinking I might win, but I always have goals and sometimes those goals are scary. Like this marathon.

If I let my mind wander for too long, I start to think, “I’ve never run longer than 20 miles – how will I make it 26.2?!” or “What if feel sick or get hurt or can’t finish the race?” It’s enough to make me want to back off, but I’m not going to be that person. I don’t ever want to be the person who backs away from challenge.

Since quitting is not an option and I won’t let fear get me down, I find ways to keep myself motivated, like fun activewear with great patterns and sayings that make me want to crush the run and reach that goal!

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I love the phrase, “Get it, girl,” and I often use it to cheer on my friends in their healthy pursuits. I love that I have that phrase to encourage myself now, thanks to this awesome tank from Cents of Style! I have a half marathon coming up tomorrow and I’m planning to bust out a new PR, so I threw on this sweet tank with a pair of heathered yoga capris (also from Cents of Style) for my easy run yesterday. I felt pretty darn good and a little invincible – ready for the challenge of pushing myself to a new best this weekend! Go ahead – tell me to “get it, girl!”

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Here’s the fun part for you: the fun activewear collection from Cents of Style is 50% off today with the code ACTIVELOVE at checkout! This includes great tanks and capris like mine for $14.98 each, as well as more yoga pants and sports bras. There are some GREAT sayings on these tanks – I know you’ll find one that gets your motivated or puts a smile on your face!

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Whether you wear activewear to run, lift weights, or go to the grocery store, grab this fun deal before it’s gone! Use the code ACTIVELOVE to get 50% off AND free shipping today only!

I have to know: which tank is your favorite?

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The Perfect Spring Travel Dress

I received complimentary product from Orvis for this review.

Long road trips and weekend getaways, with family or friends, to a different city or state or country – I just love traveling. Seeing new places and meeting new people is a fun adventure, and we might do it a lot more often if not for the responsibilities and logistics of school, work, and activities.

Even with our schedules getting busier as the kids get older, we’ve managed to schedule quite a few fun trips for this spring and summer! It has become my mission to pack wisely for these trips, so finding versatile wardrobe pieces that pack well is a top priority. I just found a dress that meets all of the above criteria (and has a whole lot of awesome extra features) making it the perfect spring travel dress.

Have you ever shopped with Orvis? I will admit I had not heard of Orvis before a few months ago, but their new spring line for women has won me over with pieces that are both feminine and functional for an active lifestyle!

The Florence Travel Dress is a part of the lovely Orvis spring line.

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This classic popover-style dress is absolutely divine for travel for so many reasons. Let’s start with these functional details: wrinkle-resistant, quick-drying, and moisture-wicking. The fabric is SPF 50 and and the sleeves can be long or rolled up. There’s a zipped pocket on one hip to keep important things close and safe. So. Much. Function.

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Function is one side and fashion is the other. I love the versatility of this dress. You can never go wrong with black, especially for someone like me who is likely to spill while traveling, but also for anyone going for a classic look. The Florence Travel Dress worked perfectly for church with some bold red jewelry and tan wedges, but for travel, I’ve paired it with these great, comfortable Merrell Around-Town sandals. I can just imagine wearing this exact ensemble on those trips when you’ll be walking for miles a day to sightsee and find new adventures!

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The length of the Florence Travel Dress is modest and flattering and it has just the right cut where I’m not worried about the whole skirt flying up when the Nebraska wind rears its ugly head…which is happening every single day right now!

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Can you tell I really love this dress? I may even wear it when I hop on a plane to head to Nashville this weekend (with a great pair of cowboy boots) because it will take me from plane to day to night effortlessly! And I will pack it for many trips to come for these same reasons – and to keep my packing simple and streamlined!

Now is the perfect time to shop the fabulous Orvis spring collection for women! Use the code ICSPRING to get $25 off your order of $50 or more through September 30, 2016!

One more thing…

You could win one of ten $100 Orvis gift cards! Just enter the giveaway below through May 2, 2016!

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I-C will randomly select 10 winners from all program entries and will handle fulfillment of the winning prizes.

What items are you loving from the Orvis spring line? How would you style this dress?

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#BMGMStyle Challenge: Spring Flats!

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I’m always on the hunt for new style inspiration – the latest trends, new ways to wear things already in my closet, fresh ideas for each season. I find a lot of this inspiration on Instagram, so when my friend Shannon (The Simple Moms) and I were thinking about a way to connect with other moms about fashion, we knew an Instagram style challenge would be the way to go! So today we’re introducing…

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It’s the Boy Mom/Girl Mom Style Challenge! Shannon – mom to four girls – and I – mom to three boys – will be posting a style challenge twice a month and we want you to join in!

Each #BMGMStyle challenge will have a theme. You just need to post a pic on Instagram following that theme and use the hashtag #BMGMStyle to be a part of the challenge! Shannon and I will pick our favorites to feature each week and one participant per month will win a giveaway from the month’s featured companies!

Are you ready for #BMGMStyle Challenge #1?

Spring flats!

Here’s the thing about spring in Nebraska – it’s still not very warm. And it’s windy. I haven’t been able to pull out any sandals yet, so I’m super thankful for fun spring flats to keep my toes warm! Spring flats make us think of sun and flowers and new life all around us – bright colors, floral prints, sparkly neutrals are all hot for spring feet!

My favorite comfy flats from Ja-Vie Flats are now available in all sorts of fun spring designs, like this one:

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I’ve worn these beauties so many times already this spring, despite the cooler temps. The tropical pattern at least let’s me pretend warm weather has arrived! The great thing about Ja-Vie Flats is they look great with jeans and a hoodie or with a nicer dress. And because of the jelly + knit design, rainy days are no problem!

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I adore this pattern, especially all the green. Love. Did I mention these flats are washable?! Yep.

Here are two of my favorite outfits with the Ja-Vie Tropical Flats:

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tunic – Evy’s Tree // earrings – Nickel and Suede // jeans – boutique // tropical flats – Ja-Vie Flats

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hoodie – Evy’s Tree // tee – Target // jeans – boutique //tropical flats – Ja-Vie Flats // earrings – Nickel and Suede // necklace – handed down from my grandma

Staying warm while still celebrating spring – that’s my style right now! Spring flats are just too much fun, right?! Check out the fabulous spring flats Shannon is styling from Ja-Vie today, too!

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN: Show us on how you wear your spring flats! Post your favorite outfit with spring flats and tag it with #BMGMStyle to join the challenge! You’ll be entered to win your very own pair of Ja-Vie Flats and more!

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Teaching Kids About the Character of a Jesus-Follower

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So here’s the deal…

I’m not a big fan of what the world thinks a “Christian” looks like these days. If you were to ask a person on the street about the character traits of a Jesus-follower, I’m afraid you would hear words like self-righteous, judgmental, and close-minded. These are ugly words and the furthest thing from the character of Jesus.

This is the world in which we are raising our children. It is more important than ever to teach our kids to be Jesus-followers not just in name, but in everything we do. My character has to speak louder than any label I may claim. And I want the character of my boys to do the same.  

When we look at the life of Jesus, there are so many character traits for us to emulate and teach to our kids. I like to narrow down our focus when the kids are little and build upon it as they grow and mature in their faith.

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I Will Follow Jesus, a bible storybook by Judah and Chelsea Smith, is a great starting point for sharing these character traits of a Jesus-follower with our young kiddos. Every family should choose their own focus, but here are a few we emphasize from an early age:

Loving

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. -1 John 4:18

Jesus loved people. All people. He loved like no one ever has because He is God and God is love. When we look at the two most important commandments given to us by God, they come down to love. Love God. Love people. A Jesus follower is loving.

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.This is the great and first commandment.And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” -Matthew 22:36-38

Brave

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. -Joshua 1:9

We’ve already talked about the negative view much of the world has of Christians. Living and loving boldly in the name of Jesus takes courage. One day it might look like standing up for a classmate who is getting picked on at recess. Another day it may mean stepping out of your comfort zone to share a bible verse with someone who needs encouragement. We’re not scaling physical mountains, but sharing the love of Jesus in a hostile world most definitely requires bravery. And Jesus is the one who makes us brave!

In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect… -1 Peter 3:15

Humble

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. -Philippians 2:5-8

Jesus was the only perfect person to ever walk this earth, yet He was humble, even to the point of death. We live in a world where pride matters and we don’t want our pride hurt. Being a Jesus-follower means leaving our pride at the foot of the cross and walking in humility.

What does humility look like for our kids? Sometimes it means putting others’ needs before our own, which goes hand in hand with loving well. It also means not always having to be “right” all the time. We have some stubborn boys in this house (they might get that from their mama), and they like to be right about things. They also like to correct someone when they are wrong. A humble person knows how to take constructive criticism, as well when to keep their “right” thoughts to themselves. If we as Christians are always pointing out what others are doing wrong, we are exhibiting pride and opening ourselves up to a big fall when someone catches us in sin.

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. -Proverbs 16:18

When we look to Jesus and see His grace and mercy to us even when we were still sinners, we can’t help but be humble.

We can talk about all these characteristics to help our children in their walk of faith, but being a Jesus-follower comes down to one thing. We must be willing to follow what Jesus asks of us – no matter the cost, no matter what we look like.

We look at the life of Jesus, as told so well for kids in I Will Follow Jesus, for how to live, but we must also pray and listen for His voice, calling us to do the work He has just for us here on earth. Invite your kids to live out these characteristics, open their heart to the call of Jesus in their life, and follow Him!

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” -Matthew 16:24

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Styling a Sweater Vest for Spring!

I received this vest to review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post, and all opinions are 100% my own. I have included affiliate and referral links below. When you purchase through these links, I may receive a small commission. Thank you for supporting this site and our sponsorship of our Compassion child, Samson!

When I mention the words “sweater vest,” you probably don’t think of spring or a date night, but I’m here to change that for you today! Chadwick’s of Boston sent me one of their boyfriend sweater vests in red – perfect for this Husker alum – to review and I decided to pair it with a dress for an edgy spring date night look!

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You can’t go wrong with lots of black for a night out, but I like to add a pop of color to all that black!

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A boyfriend sweater vest provides that pop of color without a heavy extra layer on these warmer days. Paired with the black Dressember dress from Elegantees (the dress is currently sold out, but get 10% off your order of anything else with the code “homewiththeboys” at checkout) and my black riding boots, the vest gets a little fun and funky!

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And I just adore a fun hat and great jewelry to complete a look! Because I get so much color from the boyfriend vest, I stuck with my black Cents of Style hat (on clearance for $19.95 right now) and tied it all together with a great Noonday necklace!

A sweater vest doesn’t have to be stuffy and it’s not only meant for winter! It’s fun to play with a piece like this to come up with fresh ways to wear it!

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I have teamed up with some very stylish bloggers to share different ways to wear a sweater vest this spring. Each of us are doing something different – how cool! Click on over and see…then come back and tell me how YOU want to wear a sweater vest, like the one from Chadwick’s of Boston, this season!

Shannon with the SIMPLE moms // Ellen with That Chic Mom // Andrea with Momma in Flip Flops // Erin with Home with the Boys // Erin with A Parenting Production // Maria with Very Busy Mama

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3 Ways to Wear Short Western Boots

It’s time for another installation of my collaboration with Shannon from The Simple Moms! She is a fellow fashion lover, but she is a mom to four girls and, as you know, I’m a mom to three boys! We thought it would be fun to show you how we view style from two different perspectives – a girl mom and a boy mom. Be sure to check out her fabulous post today as well!

I received these boots to review. I was not compensated in any way for this post and all opinions are 100% my own.

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Shannon and I are back with our first style feature of 2016 and it is a fabulous one!

I stumbled across Tecovas Boots on Twitter a few weeks ago. Being a boot lover, I was immediately interested and it took me about two seconds flat to know I needed a pair!

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What makes Tecovas so unique?

Tecovas is the first western boot brand dedicated to selling top-quality, handmade boots at honest prices by only selling them directly to customers. I can tell you this: I have shopped high quality leather western boots in the past and the prices are way up there. Tecovas has brought those sky-high prices down with their approach!

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Tecovas also focused on three things in their extensive development process: comfortable fit, custom leather, and classic style. They want their boots to be the most comfortable boots you’ve ever worn and I think they nailed it!

There are two Tecovas styles for women. The Jamie is your traditional cowgirl height and the Penny is a shorter western boot. Both are available in Bourbon, Midnight, and Desert. I have been wearing my Midnight Penny boots every chance I get because they are so stylish and comfortable!

Here’s a few ideas of how to style your short western boots:

3 Ways to Wear Short Western Boots

Everyday Comfort

Tecovas Comfy Outfit

Yes, it is cold here in Nebraska. I am living in warm clothes, like this sweater tunic and skinny jeans. A comfy outfit is pulled together quickly with the Penny boots which work perfectly with tucked in skinny jeans or leggings!

Coffee Date or Girls’ Night Out

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This is what I would wear if I was meeting someone for coffee at Stories Coffeehouse (my favorite in town) or going out for Mexican with my girlfriends! I’m late to these style trends, but I’m digging ponchos and big floppy hats now! Better late than never, right? Instead of tucking my skinny jeans in, I cuffed them above the short boots. This will be a great option for spring when the windchill isn’t below zero like it is at this moment!

Date Night

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Date nights are my fave. I like to get dressed up for date night. Faux leather leggings are a super fun date night option! They pair like a dream with a sweater dress and the Penny boots! I can’t wait to try them with a few fun, flirty dresses for spring date nights.

You’re in love with Tecovas Boots now, aren’t you?! Shannon shared her styling for the Penny boots today, so check out her post!

We adore this new company and they want to bless one of you with a $100 gift card for your own pair of boots! Head on over to Instagram to find out how to enter!

Which pair of Tecovas Boots would you buy if you won this giveaway?

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Classic Black Flats Made Even Better!

I’m really excited to bring you the first installation in a collaboration with my friend Shannon from The Simple Moms! She is a fellow fashion lover, but she is a mom to four girls and, as you know, I’m a mom to three boys! We thought it would be fun to show you how we view style from two different perspectives – a girl mom and a boy mom. Be sure to check out her fabulous post today because we are BOTH doing a fun giveaway!

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I am not a heels girl. I can hardly last more than an hour in a pair! Flats + boots are my best friends when it comes to footwear and they work best with my busy mom lifestyle.

I’ve had one pair of black flats for years, but they weren’t my favorite – not very comfortable, a little big, and very plain. They were just sitting in my closet and I was missing classic black flats I could actually wear.

Ja-Vie Flats to the rescue!

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Ja-Vie Flats was a new brand to me, but it didn’t take me long to fall in love with them! The story of how they came to be was the first thing to love:

Natalie and Eric are high school sweethearts,who have been together for over 18 years.  When pregnant with the couples’ first child, Natalie had a very difficult delivery and could not walk for several months due to severe pelvic bone separation. She was literally walking in pain for months. It was during this time that she and Eric saw the opportunity to make pretty, comfortable flats using socks!! “I couldn’t find pretty flats that were comfortable enough to wear day in and day out” Natalie said. Being a fashion girl, she didn’t want to sacrifice looks for comfort.

Leveraging their expertise in R&D/supply chain, they spent two years developing a better shoe and finally perfected the prototype. They named the brand “JA-VIE” – after their 2 beautiful children Javier and Viera.

Isn’t that so wonderful?! I didn’t have a difficult delivery, but I remember my feet begin very uncomfortable during pregnancy and I wish I would have had Ja-Vie Flats! I DO have my own pair now and they are magical for so many reasons!

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The actual Ja-Vie flat is amazing. The knit lining is made of 100% soft, breathable cotton, the insole features leather padding for great arch support, and the jelly outsole makes them durable, flexible, and slip-resistant!

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A really fun bonus feature: these flats are machine washable! How cool is that?! Just remove the leather insole, put the shoes in a laundry bag, and wash on cold. Let them line dry, re-insert the insoles, and they are ready to wear!

A special note about sizing: Ja-Vie Flats are standard European sizing, so take a look at their sizing chart for help in choosing a size! I wear an 8.5 in tennis shoes and went with a 39 in these flats. They are just right with a little room to spare. I may have been able to do a 38, but I’m afraid they would have been a little tight in the toes.

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With over 20 colors + styles to choose from, I had a hard time picking out just one, but I knew I desperately needed wearable, comfortable black flats, so I picked the black/white baby dot flats. They are so wonderful and I will be wearing them whenever the weather allows!

I know you want your very own pair of Ja-Vie Flats now, so I’m giving away a pair of your choice! Just enter below to win!

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5 Ways to Win the Day On a Snow Day!

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It’s going to happen. I just know it is. The boys are in school this year and we live in Nebraska, so we will have a snow day and I want to be prepared.

We used to homeschool, so a snow day meant a normal day of school for us, but all of that has changed this year. If the boys are home for a snow day, we won’t be doing any school work! Since snow days could pop up unexpectedly, I’m making a game plan right now so I’m not caught off guard looking for something fun to do!

When coming up with a game plan to win the day on a snow day, consider your child’s interests and activities you find fun as well! Snow days are a chance for us to enjoy unexpected extra time with the kiddos and great memories can be made.

Here are five ways we’re planning to win the day on a snow day!

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Get Outside

We’ve had a few snow days that were just too cold for outdoor play, but as long as the wind chill is not dangerous, we’ll be playing in the snow! Now is the time to make sure everyone has snow gear that fits, sleds are out of storage, and all the supplies for snowman building are on hand. I finally bought myself some real snow boots this year, so I’ll bundled up playing with my boys!

Warm Snacks

There is nothing better in this world than coming in from playing in the snow to enjoy hot chocolate and warm cookies. I feel all cozy and happy just thinking about it right now! Stock your pantry with hot chocolate packets and make some cookie dough to keep in the freezer – this will leave more time for fun when that snow day arrives.
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Art, Art, Art

Our kids love to draw, paint, color – just about anything artistic! They could spend hours being creative and that sounds like a perfect (mostly) quiet activity for a snow day. Before the cold and snow arrive, I’m checking our art supplies to make sure we have plenty of paper, paint, crayons, etc. We also have several great drawing books, like this one from Ed Emberley, that I save for days like this as something special to do. Art time can be for Mom, too! Adult coloring books are fun and relaxing – this is one of my favorites!

Movie Time

We are a family who loves to watch movies together. We often snuggle up on the couch, turn on the fireplace, pop some popcorn, and enjoy a good movie. This sounds like the perfect snow day activity to me! And sometimes we pair movie time with an…

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Indoor Picnic

Our boys get super excited when we put a blanket down in the living room and have an indoor picnic. It’s a simple thing, but they love it so much! They also love pizza, so I have my freezer stocked with Jack’s Pizza to pull out for a snow day picnic in the living room.

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Jack’s Pizza is a great choice for a snow day because it is easy to make, delicious, and a great value – what more could you want?!

Jack's Pizza Snow Day Pizza

It is made in the Midwest with 100% real Wisconsin cheese and a preservative-free crust, so you can feel good about gathering around a few Jack’s Pizzas on a cold, snowy day!

I’m not crazy about ice, wind chills, and dangerous roads, but these ideas still have me excited for our first snow day of the year! We will be ready for family fun as the snow accumulates!

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Snow day or not, our lives as moms are BUSY. Even getting food on the table for dinner can be a challenge. This week, I’ll be talking with Jack’s Pizza for a Twitter party to share an easy way moms can win the day. Join us for the fun and you could win! Here are the details:

  • When: Wednesday, November 11 at 1 p.m. CT
  • Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #RealCheeseRealLife hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Vite: http://vite.io/themotherhoodchats
  • Hashtag: #RealCheeseRealLife
  • Prizes: We will be giving away four prizes to randomly selected participants who answer the trivia questions correctly. Each prize includes a $50 Visa gift card. Prizes limited to U.S. participants only. See official rules.
  • Hosts: @TheMotherhood, @TMChatHost, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann

Hope to see you at the party – maybe you’ll be one of the big winners!

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Hoodwinked: Truth + Motherhood

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God has been putting the word “true” in front of my face a lot lately.

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It started with a new theme for our women’s ministry at church and I didn’t even know I needed to hear it. But the word served as a wake-up call to all the lies I had been believing. And the truth I was missing.

Many of the lies I’ve believed have been about motherhood. I feel inadequate. Every bad choice my child makes feels like a big flashing arrow pointing at my mistakes. Seeing another mother who seems to enjoy her children all the time brings on feelings of guilt for the times I don’t enjoy my own.

The enemy seems to know how to get under my skin the most in this area. I need more truth spoken into my life as a mom. And I have a book in my hands now that is bringing that truth.

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My dear friend Ruth Schwenk (The Better Mom) teamed up with the amazing Karen Ehman to write Hoodwinked for moms just like you and me. The tagline says it all: Ten Myths Moms Believe & Why We All Need to Knock It Off. In other words, I’m ready for this book to kick all that junk I’ve been believing about motherhood straight out of my head!

If you know me, you know I’m not a big fan of “parenting” books. There is not one formula that works for all families because we – moms, dads, kids – are all so unique, and I don’t like books that claim to be that one way to “succeed” as a family.

Hoodwinked is not one of those parenting books I dread. Instead of making me feel guilty for not doing this motherhood thing one particular way, Hoodwinked points me to life, freedom, and most importantly, truth in motherhood.

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I wanted to share with you just a few pieces of truth that stood out to me in this honest + encouraging book:

“Do not tether your identity to the choices of your child—whether stellar or stupid. We are not our child’s choices.”

Didn’t I just mention this earlier in this post? I’m still working on letting go of the lie behind this one, but this line was exactly what I needed to hear.

“On the one hand, we worry that we are ‘just a mom.’ On the other hand, we think being a mom should be the most fulfilling, most rewarding, most thrilling thing EVER! All. The. Time.”

This quote made me laugh out loud, but it also hit me deeply. I don’t struggle with the “just a mom” thoughts very often – probably because there is never a quiet moment to think – but I definitely have wrestled with the second part. And if motherhood doesn’t feel AMAZING, I must be doing it wrong, right? WRONG. Motherhood is not all hugs + smiles + happiness and that is ok!

“Parenting is a tightrope that requires walking carefully between patience and pushing. No child’s timing is the same.”

I needed this reminder as our kids have entered school this year. They handle school and friends in completely different ways. Each day feels a little different. I can’t follow one formula and expect the same results every day from all of our children. The tightrope is such an accurate description of how we must pay close attention to the needs of each child, balancing out waiting and pushing, moving forward and pulling back.

Moms, I feel like so many of us need to dispel these myths that have taken root in our heads as we walk through motherhood and Hoodwinked is an amazing resource to lead us to truth!

Hoodwinked is out now, so go order your copy! You will love it! Hoodwinked also has a companion bible study with a study guide and six sessions on DVD! Wouldn’t it be great to discover these truths together with other moms? What are you waiting for?!

If you’d like to connect more with the authors, check out Ruth and Karen on Facebook, and follow “thebettermom” and “karenehman” on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest!

What lies or myths have you believed about motherhood? How do you cling to truth?

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