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Choose Happy: Enjoying Life’s Littlest Moments

Happy Summer Everyone!

I hope summer is treating you well, I cannot believe its almost over. Most of you may be scratching your heads thinking, “Didn’t summer just start?”.  However, in the land of Teacherville back to school meetings are right around the corner.  Judging by the aisles at your local stores you’d think school’s already started, especially since I saw Halloween costumes out while shopping today.  ((This is a totally different subject you don’t want to get me started on.))

You may have noticed that I took a little hiatus, and let me tell you- I needed it.  You see, being a stay-at-home mom for summer’s is filled with many ups and downs.  In my head I thought this summer was going to be a cake walk filled with adventures and laughter.  While most days have been full of laughter, it was also more challenging than I anticipated.  With a 1 year-old and 3 year-old my days have been unpredictable, exciting, frustrating, overwhelming, joyful, and exhausting.  I read a quote today that really summed it all up for me:

THIS. IS. LIFE.

As a mom, I’m sure you can relate.  Everyone tells us that the days are long, but the years are short.  Some days feel like an entire week and other days I can’t believe its bedtime.  In the middle of our ups and downs, I found myself feeling overwhelmed and disconnected from my friends, family, and children. After speaking with my FANTASTIC friends ((& mommy support group)) I realized society is putting too much pressure on me to be “perfect”.

That’s when I pulled the plug, on everything.  I put time into my children and less time into my phone and social media.  I could hear them laughing and seeing that they craved my undivided attention.  I put time into my relationship, I no longer played on my phone at night once the kids were in bed.  Instead I sat with my husband on the porch and just talked. Most importantly, I put time into ME. I read a few books, worked out daily, and planned outings with friends.  In doing this, I am refreshed and a much better version of myself.

As moms we do not need to be perfect.  On social media it seems like we all have it together, but in reality I’m sure we spend 80% of our time in sweats with no makeup.  Don’t look at someones life through pictures and think its perfect, because everyone is facing something.  Instead smile at those happy moments people are choosing to share with you, because the world needs more happiness.  Then, pray for everyone.  I’ve learned all to well in this past few weeks that everyone is facing something.  Pray for your friends, family, and strangers every day to help them overcome those dark moments they may not want to share with you. It’s easy to talk about the good and hard to talk about the bad, but everyone has a a bad.  Prayer, communication, and quality time will help make this world a better place.

By simply going back to basics and enjoying what was in front of me, I am enjoying every day life. Yes, there may be yogurt smeared all over my hallway and the kids have nearly hurt each other playing hulk smash today but this is my life. I am going to love it, every scream and tear in between.  So happy I took this break and ready to get back to it.

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Valentine’s Day Party Finds

Last night I had the privilege of strolling through Target, solo. An exciting trip out for me because I can actually take my time looking at things. However, extremely dangerous for my bank account. As usual the $1 area pulled me in for the sucker that I am. Let’s start by realizing not everything in that area is $1. It ranges from $1-$5, so that gets a little tricky when you’re throwing things in the cart like candy at a parade. Last night though, I found some amazing Valentine’s items for my kiddos at home and for the kiddos at school.

$1 Felt Envelopes

How precious are these?!? Nothing like saying Happy Valentine’s Day to a two year old than with the worlds largest card. She will be obsessed with putting all of her little toys in here. I don’t know if you have kid that’s obsessed with tiny toys like mini trolls and shopkins, but if they are this is the perfect hiding place for them.

Heart Shaped Notebooks:

My little artist absolutely loves to draw in notebooks. She’s going to love this heart-shaped one. So, so simple yet so much fun for her.

Pre-made Valentines

As a teacher, it really doesn’t get better than this. These Valentine’s come with super cute phrases and adorable erasers to match. I literally just have to write my name and call it good. Best part, student receive a card and a practical eraser ((instead of candy)) for a total of $3.

Heart Bubbles & Necklaces

What little kiddo isn’t a fan of bubbles?!? These are the perfect size and they can be worn as a necklace. Splurged and purchased the heart shaped necklace beads as well.

I was able to find all these goodies and spend a total of $12. My little bears are totally ready for the party at daycare next week and I didn’t break the bank. What did you purchase for Valentine’s Day this year for the parties?? Drop a comment below.

Heart-Shaped Gummies

Target’s brand, Market Pantry has made heart-shaped gummies for Valentine’s Day. A pack of 30 only costs $6. That’s a steal.

P.S. The adorable letter-board in the picture was also from Targets dollar deal section. I believe it was $5, but worth every penny. So trendy and so chic.