Hey! It’s the last week of February, and you know what that means – it’s time for my fabulous finds! This month you’ll find something for your heart, something for your soul, and something for your tummy! Plus a couple great resources that will solve some of your biggest parenting struggles!
It’s time to dive in to February’s Fabulous Finds!
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The Best Resources for Moms: February Edition
Why You Have to Be Selfish About Your Priorities | Engineered Motherhood
“If someone found your daily task list, would they be able to tell what your personal values are?” — Wow! I don’t know about you, but that question was really tough for me to answer. This post from Engineered Motherhood was AWESOME, and I highly recommend that everyone read it, especially if you tend to be a never-met-a-to-do-list-I-didn’t-like kind of person. Melissa will inspire you to think about your personal values, set-up your priorities to reflect those values, and fill your time with what matters most. As she says, “Being productive is NOT about getting more done…. Productivity is all about getting the RIGHT things done.” I love that!
Consequences That Make Sense | Meaningful Mama
I have been reading about natural consequences as a discipline tool since I first became a parent. I can already see that these consequences are far more effective with my older son than punishment. (Just for reference, he’s almost 3, so we’re just getting started!) The more the consequences fit the crime, the more effective they are! But sometimes it can be really difficult to come up with the right consequences. That’s why this post from Meaningful Mama is so helpful, and is one I am going to keep handy in the years to come! My favorite one is the one for when kids don’t go to bed for the babysitter – genius!
Keep Your Heart, Then Your Home | Melissa Dennis, Desiring God
Even more important than keeping a clean house is keeping a clean heart, as Melissa reminds us in this beautiful post. Internal housekeeping, just like managing our homes, requires ongoing intention and effort, and the busy season of parenting little ones requires even more, not less. As Melissa says, “We may need to be flexible with our time, Bible in one hand and baby in the other. But God will unfailingly provide all that’s necessary for our vision of him to be enhanced.” This is a powerful read about protecting our hearts and tending our souls.
Related Post: A Prayer For Every Mom
How to Find Books Your Kids Will Love | Let Me Give You Some Advice
If you’ve been with me very long, you know that I LOVE to read, and that I’m passionate about fostering the same love in my children. Reading is so very important for kids’ intellectual development, and it’s something I believe they should do as much as possible. This post from Lindsay of Let Me Give You Some Advice is full of seriously awesome tips for finding books that your kids will enjoy. If you have a reluctant reader, or simply want to encourage a love that’s already there, this is a post you will want to check out!
Related Post: 15 Compelling Reasons to Encourage Your Kids to Read
Last month I started the MuTu System to fix my diastasis recti, which had gotten bad after my second pregnancy. Part of the program requires eating “real food.” I wanted to do the program right to get maximum results, and so I began to research what “real food” actually entailed. My search quickly brought me to this blog, 100 Days of Real Food. This is a fantastic resource for anyone seeking to learn about a real food diet and looking for recipes. I’ve tried quite a few (and eventually ordered both of her cookbooks – see below), and they have all exceeded my expectations. Real food that tastes great – can’t beat that!
Now here are a few of my favorite products this month …
Products I Loved
100 Days of Real Food cookbooks
After saving a couple dozen recipes from the 100 Days of Real Food blog, I decided to just buy her cookbook. When I looked at them, I couldn’t choose, so I got both! And I love them both! Each one is packed full of really great recipes that are very manageable for the average mom, and it’s all real food!!
Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch
I have been poring over this book from the first page! It is making quite an impact on me, and not just in some of my parenting decisions, but some of my personal ones as well. Because we can’t raise grateful kids if we aren’t living that way ourselves. I’m only halfway through this book, but I am eager to read the rest!
This seat has been a lifesaver! We have a Bumbo, but neither of our babies have liked it. I saw a Facebook friend with one of these seats for her little guy, and I thought it was worth a try. It has been a huge help! Andrew is not quite ready to sit on his own, but loves being upright. This floor seat keeps him happy for quite awhile. When I’m working in the kitchen, I put the whole seat up on the counter, and he sits happily watching me cook. It makes preparing dinner so much easier!
Dried apples from Costco
The hardest part of the real food diet has been finding real food snacks. I liked the idea of dried fruit, but finding dried fruit without any added sugar was MUCH harder than I would have thought! I found this kind at Costco, and we devoured them!
Here they are on Amazon, but I got them much cheaper at Costco.
Delicious food, parenting hacks, soulful inspiration – what more could you ask for? These were truly fabulous finds!
Tell me, which one was your favorite?
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