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How Many Blueberries Can a Breastfeeding mom Pick? The answer is not as many as she'd like to!
Birch Bay is a tiny beach side community and their Kite Fest is small town in the best way. It isn't just a bunch of over polished chances to spend money. I love the simple joy of watching my son run around to look at every kite and be amazed.
You can buy tasty bites to eat at the festival but I love to bring yummies with us like grapes and crackers. We mainly wander around and take everything in. This year my son went wild for the jump houses.
Bring your shovel and bucket so everyone can dig and play in the low tide sands while looking up at all the flying kites.
Birch Bay has warm water in the summer and it's lovely to dip your feet in the warm bay waters.
If you have a little one that loves the sights, sounds and colors of kites then bring them out to this fun, small festival with music and even rescue dogs you can pet and love up.
I enjoy having the chance to relax and just be together as our little family. Be present and loving and your children will notice.
You can have great fun homeschooling your preschooler during good weather. Here are some of my easy tips, suggestions and fun ideas.
I love august, it’s always been a time when I slowed down work a bit and put effort into relaxing a tad more. When I first started I Citizen we’d take all of august off but now I'm working everyday on my projects. I know, it’s a lucky problem to have.
A big check mark for August is finishing up my painting and refinishing on all my cabinets. I started in June and between motherhood, work, a cold and so much else it’s taken me a long time to finish. They are going from an old and yellow oak to crisp white that fits way better with my seaside local.
This might sound small but I am so looking forwards to swimming more this month. My son loves swimming and this is the first year he can swim without me holding on to him at every moment. It’s been three years since I last got to swim and now I can safely swim around my son and relax a bit.
Have you seen my blueberry video? If you have then you know I am so excited to be going blackberry picking this month. I readily admit that last winter was hard on both my son and I. We had moved from a very warm and sunny place to long nights and cold weather. One of the highlights for us was having a freezer full of berries we had picked in the summer to bake with and have fun eating.
A huge happy point in August for me is being done with editing my book. I am so excited about Milkosaurus coming out September 28th; it has been such an effort of love and a desire to share valuable information for all moms. Being finished with editing and writing my book frees up a bit of daylight to play with my son and explore our lovely area.
What are you most excited for in August?
A large part of my journey to understanding that my flaws are really some pretty great strengths has been to realize and internalize how much I have learned from not really seeing people for who they are. When someone tells you who they are watch and wait. When they show you who they are, pay attention.
What do people say? You would be amazed at how much people are willing to say about their true selves. We should all quiet our inner noise and listen to the people around us. If a friend tells they're moody and rude, listen. If someone you love says they need support, listen. If we really want to "see" the people around us for who they are then we need to listen as well as look. It can be easy to get distracted by all the busy hums we shroud ourselves in. We're busy, we're tired, we're focused on ourselves to exclusion of all other details. To be happy you have to understand who people really are and to do that you need to stop and pay attention.
Who has offered to help you in the last week? First you need to define what "help" means to you. It might be a phone call from a friend, it might be cleaning the kitchen from a spouse. If the people around you aren't offering help and real connections through being there for each other then you should reevaluate what they are doing in your life.
Do they ever do something for you that doesn't help them? Sometimes we will allow someone in our life that just isn't good for us. When we really take the time to see them we realize that they are just leeching off our energy and not giving anything back.
When was the last time you felt free around these people? The biggest gift we can give the people around us is to allow them the freedom to be themselves without judging or evaluating them. Look around and see who the folks nearest you really are.
4 ways to really see people
1. Believe what people say about themselves.
2. Understand the value of being yourself around someone.
3. Consider what the last kind thing they did for you was.
4. Why do you think they are good to be around?
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