I would like to talk a bit about what this book is about, why I am reading it and participating in the challenge and why I think you should join me (if not for anything but for the fun of doing a challenge together)
I have not written about our morning routine for a while now, I think since Lexi was a little baby, so when I was asked to do a post on what my morning routine looks like on behalf of bare Minerals , I figured it would be a good opportunity to update your guys on it and see what your routine looks like.
Some of you who follow me on IG might have noticed me mentioning Melody Lane a few times and I am sure you saw the announcement and I have finally found the time to talk about it and give you some background information on how it came to life and what it is. ( and a coupon just for my readers at the end)
You understand and use concepts and words like “dehydration” or “cumulonimbus.”
You make hilarious jokes and laugh at ours.
You are not shy at all. You will talk in lengths about everything on your mind with anyone who will listen. And will walk up to total stranger. Will actually seek people out to talk to.
You think it’s funny when someone farts. You use sarcasm in responding to us.
You have a love and hate relationship with homeschooling but will sit through 2 hours of it without complaining.
You are a rule follower. This makes you an absolutely perfect child. I am going to have to teach you how to break some rules when you’re older ;)
You eat pretty much everything we offer you, except for cooked peppers or spicy food.
Your favorite foods are so varied I would have trouble naming only one. You love fish, soups and vegetables.
Your favorite snack is edamame peas which you call “mommy peas” because that’s what you heard initially and you just always thought those were mommy peas :)
You still don’t eat meat and don’t consume dairy except for in ice cream and occasional kefir. You don’t seem to have any interest in cheese or cow’s milk.
Your favorite treat is ICE CREAM.
Anyone who comes in contact with you usually ends up saying the same thing about you ” Wow what a sweet little girl!” Because you are really really kind and sweet.
You are 43 inches exactly and have just graduated to a front facing seat, because you’ve reached Clek’s limits.
You are incredibly empathetic like you have always been.
Your personality, if described in a few words, is: extroverted, friendly, very sensitive, imaginative.
You still never throw tantrums, but instead pout and get sad which then has to be remedied by one of your favorite things: hugs, a treat, a talk.
You take everything to heart and very seriously. A few months ago we told you that there are certain foods that make you strong and others that make you weak and you have been making sure that you eat enough strong foods and will eat them with pleasure, proud of what you are doing. If you want a treat, you will always ask us to give you some “strong” foods first. Same goes for any other things we tell you or rules we set. It’s honestly an absolute pleasure to parent you.
You go to different classes: art, gymnastics, ballet, cooking, basketball, t-ball, soccer
You love going to the gym with me and exercising on the elliptical and the treadmill.
You strongly dislike being even slightly hot or very cold.
You prefer taking showers and can fully wash yourself
You’re becoming more and more self- sufficient and I can now use you as my fetch-it buddy ;)
You have a strong love for travel and change of environment and at the same time you love being home. You are just incredibly easy going.
So far in your 4 years you have visited: different parts of Florida, Mexico twice, Costa Rica, Tennessee, Minnesota, St Thomas, St Martin, California twice, Las Vegas twice and we are planning trips to Russia, Canada, Hawaii, more Mexico, Colorado and hopefully more exotic places as you get older. And you talk about all the places you’ve been ALL THE TIME.
Your favorite toy this whole year has been without a shadow of a doubt: Lego Friends sets. You play with 8-12 age group sets and are getting really good at assembling them yourself. (not completely capable, but that’s what you like to play with so we help you)
Your favorite books are still Dr Seuss and Cat in the Hat Learning Library, as well as any Mo Willems book.
You don’t watch shows or movies anymore, you sort of lost interest. Instead you use a lot of educational and school curriculum based apps and play strategic games, like Where is my Water? and Plants Vs Zombies.
You understand the most complicated concepts and hear and pick up on EVERYTHING, even when we think you’re not listening.
There are a million other things about you that make you who you are. But it is 2:45 am and you’ve been waking up every hour asking for me to come to bed. So I’ll do that now…
Interview with Lexi when she was 3.5 ( one at 4 years old coming up)
Some of you, who follow me on social media, might have noticed that for the last 6 months I have been working on a few projects. I am ready to officially announce the first one.
Together with a friend of mine, I started a new business, Melody Lane, a clothing store that is focused on making sure that women in all stages of their lives have access to comfortable, affordable and most importantly versatile clothing. (see below on details of a $500 giveaway!)
Pregnancy, motherhood, nursing, party, fitness, vacation, career, school – it’s amazing how many stages we go through as women that require a completely different wardrobe. So our goal is to offer clothing with versatility and affordability in mind. Items you could wear for several occasions and during several stages of your life. Clothing that is comfortable, yet still looks good, because I have to admit that since becoming a mother, comfort trumps looks, however I still want to look good.
I’ve been writing this post in my head all of my motherhood life. My goal has always been to be a lean mean efficient machine and being a mother sort of disrupts that for a bit. You have a baby and efficiency, as you know it, sort of disappears from your vocabulary. It is what it is. As our kids grow and we adjust to our new roles, we find tools that help us deal with the constant barrage of requests and to do’s that come with motherhood. But aside from being mothers, we are also individuals, and workers, and partners. Somehow I have inadvertently fell into the three roles of being a SAHM and WAHM and a WOHM, stay at home/work from home/work outside of home mom. Each one of them at different times, obviously.
So today I would like to go over specifically the phone apps that help me with my days in all three of those roles. I try to use my phone to the best of its possible efficiency and some incredibly smart people have come up with ways of making our human lives better, more organized and straight forward. I’m all for electronic help!