The Internet is full of really wonderful, lovely, inspiring, and valuable resources for moms. And as a mommy blogger, I come into contact with many of them.
Unfortunately, those gems often get lost in the vast array of garbage that also fills the Web.
Enter my Fabulous Finds series!
Each month I present to you five of my favorite posts, articles, and recipes that I find across the blogosphere. There’s something for everyone!
This month, I have tips for saving serious cash, profound parenting inspiration, a new way to make hamburgers, and a cute new Etsy shop to check out!
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April Fabulous Finds
The Sentence That Changed the Way I Parent Forever | Lishous
This post, and her question “How would you feel if your spouse talked to you the way you talk to your child,” really made me think. How would I feel if Levon showed his exasperation, his frustration, or his anger towards me as quickly as I do with Aidan? I know, it’s a little different because I’m the authority figure and I have to discipline defiance and curb behaviors. But does that give me the right to speak as harshly as I do sometimes? Or vent my anger? Or say things I shouldn’t? And then there’s the phone issue she brought up. Ouch. She got me there.
This is a really great post that you definitely want to read and reflect on.
Related Post: Read my review of Mother & Son: The Respect Effect — an eye-opening book about why moms need to show their sons respect as much as they show them love. I’m so glad I got a hold of it while my sons are little, because there was a lot that I never would have realized or understood otherwise.
Hamburgers in the Oven | Joyful Homemaking
I made these a couple weeks ago, and we loved them! I was a little skeptical about doing them in the oven (you just can’t beat a juicy grilled burger), but they were very flavorful and not at all dry! These are no ordinary baked hamburgers, either – they’re made as one sheet in a 9×13 pan! I had never heard of such a thing, but I liked it! It was easier than forming patties, and we liked that we could cut them to fit our buns! (I make all our buns, so they don’t always turn out uniformly. 😉 )
As an added bonus, here’s the recipe I used for our whole wheat buns. (They’re actually dinner rolls, but I used them as slider buns.)
What NOT to Do During One on One Time | Your Modern Family
Oh boy, I needed this one. I try to be intentional about spending one-on-one time with my boys every day (I will even write it into my schedule to make sure it happens!), but this post was a little convicting about how I spend that time.
#1 and #4 were my big ones, how about you?
Babies to Bookworms Etsy shop
Now they have an Etsy shop! If you love reading and encouraging a love of reading in your kids, check it out! There are some really cute printable pieces that would be perfect for playrooms, nurseries, and classrooms.
15 Frugal Living Tips – To Get You Started | Smart Money, Simple Life
Seeing as how April was my month to rock our finances, I thought I better include an awesome finance and frugal living article. I love this one from Smart Money, Simple Life. These are 15 seriously awesome, practical ways to live a frugal lifestyle. Recognize #1 and #3? I incorporated them into my mini-goals this month!
My Favorite Products in April
If you read my newsletter, you know that my husband and I decided to implement a spending freeze on all non-essentials after an unexpected ER visit. (That doesn’t include the stack of books I bought at my conference this past weekend, since I used my free-spending money for that. 😉 )
But don’t worry! I still have a couple awesome books to share this month.
Grace Not Perfection, by Emily Ley
I mentioned in my March Fabulous Finds post that I thought this might end up being one of my favorite books of all time. Well … it did! It was SO good. This book inspired me, encouraged me, and flat out made me cry a few times because she so perfectly captured my feelings.
This is definitely one I would recommend to all you mommas out there. *Especially* if you have ever felt guilty over pursuing your passions in the midst of motherhood. She has some really valuable insights to share about that!
Shepherding a Child’s Heart, by Tedd Tripp
My kids’ daycare provider lent me this book to read, and I am loving it! I had just written my post about disciplining for the wrong reasons, so her timing was impeccable! If you enjoyed that post, if it made you think or reflect, then you will love this book, too. It has deeply spoken to me and profoundly affected the way I approach the discipline of my children. It’s not about changing their behavior; it’s about shepherding their hearts.
What was your favorite find in the round-up this month? Was it the relationship-altering question? The innovative hamburger tip? The frugal-living tips? Share in the comments below!
Please enjoy some of my past Fabulous Finds: