Moms… You’re Doing OK! #YoureDoingOKMom

This sponsored post is in partnership with The Motherhood and Johnson’s Baby!

Mother’s Day is just days away. This day couples with my birthday. Growing up, I always wanted to be a mom. My mom would come into my bedroom with my baby dolls lined up and I would play “house” for hours. Once I became an adult, I could not wait to actually hold my own child in my arms.

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Holding my first-born daughter M, was the best feeling in the whole wide world. I wouldn’t even let her go to the nursery. I just wanted to hold her forever. Less than two years later, we welcomed baby L!

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The girls are my world. Tears well up in my eyes just thinking of the beautiful girls that God gave my husband and I. At times I feel like that I am not being the best mother that the girls deserve and then I get a priceless note from them that reminds me that… I am doing OK!

This video makes me smile so much. Those nights that my sweet L would wake up every two hours, I wouldn’t have traded for anything. Her gummy smile would say… I love you mom!

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As they grow older, I think of all the nights my mom would stay up with me to study. M loves me to quiz her on all her study guides. My mom would sit and do the same thing with me for many years. She never complained once and always did it with a smile. L has now started studying for tests and we come up with very creative ways to make it fun so she will not lose interest. My mom would do the same for me. I love you MOM!

I love you M and L. Thank you for making me a mom. You will always have my heart.

Through all the hospital stays, the chaotic days at home and the big smile days, life as a mother for the last 11 years have been the best days of my life.

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Moms, this Mother’s Day remember… you’re doing OK!

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As an extension of this promise, for every view of the “You’re Doing OK, Mom” video above between now and Mother’s Day, JOHNSON’S® Baby will donate $1 to Save the Children®, up to $50,000.

Easter Warms the Heart

I truly wish every day could be Easter and Christmas. The love, faith and family that contributes to these holidays are just beautiful connections for every one.

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It warmed my heart to be able to go back to church since my surgery. The only downfall, I wanted to sing so bad during service. Praise songs just lift my spirits so much. Christian music just moves my soul and can bring me to happy tears quite frequently. I love praising our Lord so cannot wait until I can sing.

After church was joining family for Easter festivities. Of course, I had to be restricted with what I can and cannot do since the sun was shining in full force. It did not matter. Being surrounded by loving family, meeting new baby cousin and enjoying the laughter from the kids was all just simply amazing. My aunt had concocted me up some pureed food so I did not walk away hungry. I’m just ready to CHEW!

It has been nice to get back into routine and get outside the house. A week from today, I head to Chapel Hill to get my splint removed. The countdown is on for sure. The following day, I will return to work. I’m ready I believe. Hopefully, I will not get too tired. It will be so grand to get back into a normal routine.

Easter warms the heart. I hope your heart was warmed this past weekend. Remember, God is good!

Last Minute Christmas Gifts with Hickory Farms!

Are you wrapping up your Christmas shopping? Several people are out and about today trying to finish shopping for their Christmas list. Why not stop in at Hickory Farms and give a gift worth giving.

For more than 60 years Hickory Farms has been providing holiday shoppers with options that not only present beautifully, but also taste delicious. This year, Hickory Farms is proud to introduce a host of delicious new artisanal products: Hickory Farms Reserve. The collection will feature our premium Dry Aged Salami and eight (8) all-natural cheeses handcrafted by award-winning masters. (Cheddar Flight with Salami is part of the Reserve brand).

These products are perfect for your Christmas day goodies. I am planning to do a party tray so may family that is coming over can snack on it throughout the day.

It just doesn’t seem like Christmas without a party tray from Hickory farms since we have been enjoying their products for so long.

Head over to your nearest mall as Hickory Farms have set-up over 700+ Holiday Market stores and kiosks across North America, as well as in select retailers.

To make their products even more awesome, Hickory Farms has partnered with Share Our Strength (SOS) – a leading national nonprofit organization that works to stamp out childhood hunger.

For each Party Planner gift box sold this holiday season, Hickory Farms will donate $5 to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign. To date Hickory Farms and its customers have donated $1.9 million dollars!

You are providing your family with delicious food and helping ensure no kid goes hungry in America. Did you realize nearly one in five children in America lives in households that struggle to put food on the table? They may look no different than other children; child hunger in America is often invisible. They are hurting, just the same. Thanks you Hickory Farms for forming such a powerful partnership.

Go ahead and locate your closest store. It’s not too late!

Merry Christmas!!

Disclaimer: Compensation and products for review were provided by Hickory Farms via MomTrends. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review and to facilitate a giveaway. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hickory Farms.

Simple Christmas Goodie Bags and Ornaments – WIN! #Crayola

Oh the weather outside is frightful, But the fire is so delightful, And since we’ve no place to go, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!……

It was a cold and blustery day, so we enjoyed some great Christmas crafting. This is always a special time with the girls and I. Obviously with work being so busy right now, I want to spend every moment I can with my girls. Time is not slowing down anytime soon.

Crayola ask to partner with the girls and I to come up with some fun Christmas crafts.

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The Christmas goodie bags will be passed out to my family members on Christmas morning. I plan to put in treats that they will enjoy. M and I took the Crayola Slick Sticks and made Christmas trees on the brown bags and then took the Crayola Glitter Glue to make yellow stars. So easy but yet so cute!

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The slick sticks from Crayola are awesome at doing crafts such as these. It glides on so smooth as your are drawing.

Next we wanted to decorate our tree with some more ornaments. Half of our ornaments are packed up in storage so the tree was looking a bit bare. This is not the case anymore. I found Christmas scrapbook paper at the WalMart for only $5 for 50 sheets. SCORE. Then I grabbed Scotch self-laminating sheets for $5.88 and laminated the scrapbook paper. You do not need a machine to use these laminating sheets.

Once the sheets were laminated, I cut-out circles and made candy canes. The girls made their own designs on the ornaments with the glitter glue.

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Once the ornaments were dried, I punched a hole in the top of each ornament and put a piece of ribbon through the hole. The ornaments turned out so cute and are hanging with care on our Christmas tree.

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The ornaments will hang with care for many years to come. How would you like to do Holiday crafts with your children?

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Crayola Holiday Crafting Essentials Gift Pack including:

§  Crayola Washable Markers

§  Crayola Colored Pencils

§  Crayola Glitter Glue

§  Crayola Model Magic

§  Crayola Slick Sticks

– A few crafty ideas from Crayola to serve as Pinspiration for your original creations

– $25 gift card to purchase additional Crayola items for your project

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Disclosure: I was provided a Crayola gift pack. All thoughts and opinions are of my own.

Did you know Santa can send your child a video?

Disclosure: I received complementary Portable North Pole products in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Christmas is just around the corner. Obviously, my main thing during Christmas season is ensuring the girls know the real reason of the Season – Jesus!

We also still “believe” though and enjoy Santa showing up Christmas Eve when everyone is all snuggled and sleeping in their beds. Santa can send your child a video all the way from the North Pole. You can get a FREE personalized video message from Santa Claus filled with magic and exciting discoveries for your loved ones.

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My girls love receiving a video from Santa each year. They wait eagerly to see what Santa has to tell them each Christmas season. He always makes sure to include their awesome accomplishments of the year such as no fighting with each other!

You can also have Santa call your family one evening while you all are just hanging out around your house. Do you have one evening the kids are acting strangely? No worries, have Santa give them a call and remind them he is on his way. They better be good! Portable North Pole’s Santa’s Phone Call is $3.99 for one call or $6.99 for three calls. Santa has a very important message for your loved one! He will pick up the phone and call directly to deliver his personalized message. Santa’s call will last approximately two minutes and you can choose between 14 message options.

Would you like a longer video from Santa? Portable North Pole has a premium selection. Premium videos includes almost 6 minutes of personalized video message from Santa Claus, features 3 additional photos and more personal details, a clip of Santa’s riding on his sleigh and even a personalized Christmas carol!

So many great options for you to spread some Christmas magic with your family this wonderful season. What are you waiting for? There is plenty of Christmas cheer to be heard!

Visit the Portable North Pole today and enjoy all the creative communications with Santa.

PNP donates 5% of all online sales to a Children’s Hospital close to the buyer’s location. PNP currently collaborates with over 40 regional Children’s Hospitals in the U.S.

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