Monday, July 31, 2017


Oh my gosh-isn't this the truth?  

Parenting really is such a wonderful/interesting/exhausting/exhilarating thing.  With all sorts of advice coming our way, it can also be overwhelming.

I read a book this month called Unselfie, that teaches parents how to raise their children to be more empathetic, and therefore more successful in life.

I liked it and I'm glad I read it, but it was a little....much.  

There were tons of thoughts, ideas, and practices to implement with your children.  The author also gave takeaways to practice with your children, but there were way too many to actually apply, in my opinion.

Here are a few of my thoughts from the book....

*It really is extremely important for children to understand how to sense how other people are feeling. 
            -The biggest way to do this (reduced to one sentence instead of an entire section) is to point it out to your children.  Sometimes quickly and sometimes it needs to be discussed. Did you see that what you did made him sad?  Do you like to feel sad?  Things like that.

*Find a way for your child to decompress after school and/or during a busy time.
             -I think this is super important for all ages...adults and figure out.  Life can get a little crazy and it's good to have a spot in the house or an activity that is good for winding down.

*I do love her idea of starting a kindness journal.
              -Yes, this is one more thing for parents to supervise, but! with this, kids can record, at the end of the week, something/multiple things they did for someone else.  It's a great idea for keeping service in the forefront of their minds, I think.  This can also put family service projects to the top of the priority list.

*She also mentioned the idea of a family meeting each week.
              -This is actually a concept that our church has focused on for a while.  We hold family council meetings every week (super short, of course, because...4 kids...) where we talk about what's going on for the week. Schedules/thoughts/expectations/etc.

Those are my main thoughts.  Happy Parenting!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Day to Night + a few Links

We were at the beach earlier this week, so I'm currently unpacking and wearing all the "bottom of the barrel" clothes because of all the laundry happening over here, but here ^ is a fun Day to Night outfit and a few links for your Friday!

*I'm currently in to all things with ruffles and tassels and this shirt from SheIn is the perfect match for just that.  (I've found with items from SheIn, I like to go up one size from my normal size.)  I also think this top, this dress, and this skirt are super cute!

*My boys LOVE these guys and thought this was hilarious.  (I'm the sunscreen lady btw.)  As great as these scripted videos may be, nothing beats this classic home video.  We just revisited it the other day and laughed just as hard as we did the first time we saw it.

*One day, I want an island in my kitchen that's so big I can lay on it.  I don't care about the rest of the house....just that island in the kitchen.  This is a pretty great one (and I love how it has the desk space in the kitchen as well.)  Ahhhh dreamy!

*These turns!!!! Also dreamy.

I hope y'all have a GREAT weekend!!

Top: c/o SheIn
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