The only thing my son really wanted for Christmas this past year was an Amazon Echo. I was hesitant at first but went ahead and got one for him when they were on sale. I am really glad I did! We love Alexa! I want to share with you some of our favorite things that the Amazon Echo does for us.
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She sits there in the corner crawled up in a ball. Her leg is dangling off the pink bean bag as melodic music fills the air. You recall holding her and rocking her. You remember watching each breath as it left her body. The rise of her chest, the excitement in yours, the fall of her chest and the apprehension in yours as you waited for it to rise again. You would continue to spend countless hours watching for that miracle of breath.
She asked you yesterday if you still loved her even after she broke that trinket. You watched as her eyes brimmed with tears. Her hands shook as she presented it splintered to you. The same fall and rise in her chest accelerated with anticipation of your move this time.
You take on a look and are reminded of the sweet smell of her skin the soft cushion of her cheek next to yours. The endless hours wondering how someone you had never met before could be everything to you. You rocked on reading that book, those words, hoping, praying that every last one would be engraved in her heart.
You often close your eyes still and wonder where the years have gone. How one day has moved into a week and that week rolled into a year.
You hear her voice echo in your head when you are sleeping. The way her legs used to uncurl when she yawned after sleep. The same sleep that evaded you rest comfortably on her.
You think about the hours you have spent researching, reading, inquiring to make sure she had everything she needed. You weren’t sure if you did it right. If you are doing it right but you know one thing, if trying was winning you are in first place.
You find your mind wandering as it often does to her care. You think to yourself what will be the difference between her success and her failure?
You hear her voice asking you to read that book one more time as she climbs on your lap. You hear her sweet voice as she repeats each word as if she is reading. She embraces the melody of the prose as graciously and naturally as the waves deliver water to the beach the same symphony is natural to her and you both. It is your song.
She is once again close to you as her weight pressed against your chest and you read to her once more. You remember the millions of times you have read this book to her. The endless hours in the rocking chair. You read again and again in your mind grateful she isn’t old enough to read the book herself because you still want to do something for her.
You begin to read. She follows. You read faster. She anticipates the next word as you struggle to breathe, your baby is growing up.
You hope she will follow your guidance. You use your time each night starting with this book to confirm your love to cement it in a place that is so deep and so firm that the earthquake of other children will not shake your love for her and her love for herself. You want her to know how much you love her. You want her to be swaddled with each word as she grows.
You have found this communication tool between two covers and flimsy paper. The paper possesses the power to convey what you want to say.
You will carry this book forever. You will one day not need it as the prose become your voice in her heart. You will leave the book in places when she needs to hear what you aren’t sure how to say. You will send this book with her to school on her first day or even a note with a passage. You will put it in her first care package for college.
You will buy her this book when the single best thing happens to her. When she finds the love that has no reason, no end, no limit. The most powerful, beautiful, empowering love of all when she gives birth to him or her.
You will give this gift because it means the most. It will be the tradition of your family.
The one gift that will transcend all time and place. It is this book. This very one that will get you through the beginning, middle, and all of the in-between of life together. It will be your special thing. The time that binds you the words that will escape your lips when you aren’t sure what to say and the mantra that she will draw on when she needs to hear them.
It will be your song. The one thing that only you share. The thing you will need as the world changes and you need something to stay the same something to stay between you.
This is your gift. The gift a mother gives, a friend gives to a mother it is more than a book it is the whisper we can’t forget to hear.
School. Is. Out. For. Summer.
Those four words can be some of the scariest words for many parents. After a day or two, this usually means hearing “I’m bored” on an endless loop for three months. This isn’t the case at our house. STEM kits and toys are the perfect way to keep your kids engaged and entertained for hours on end during the summer. This is where the Thames and Kosmos STEM sets come in.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all opinions expressed here are mine.
The courage to aim for college after high school can start early. The confidence that children have growing up knowing that college is an option on the table is a privilege not most kids receive. Unfortunately, college tuition can be so impossibly high that many families simply cannot afford it on their own without accumulating massive amounts of debt. The reality is that children must receive a college education to achieve the bare minimum of their potential as adults. Just as easily as the courage and confidence can be given to them by knowing that those funds are waiting for them if they choose to use them, it can also be taken away if they are unsure how the cost of higher education will affect them, you, or your family in the immediate future.
I grew up as a kid who went through the first half of their primary years hearing about what a relief it was that my Florida Prepaid tuition plan was already taken care of and knowing that I had a path to college after high school. It wasn’t until high school that I realized that my family’s financial situation had forced my parents to stop paying into the fund and we had lost it. From then on out I pretended like college was not something I really wanted to do. It changed the entire trajectory of my life not knowing where the money to go to school would come from.Continue reading
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It is two am. Who gets up at two am? This girl. Well, let’s be clear this girl and her puppy. You see we have a new member in our family. She is working on the potty training thing. She is also working on staying with the person who has her out on a walk.
She takes off right into the woods.
That means that we are running into the woods right after her. That is why this year it is more important than ever to use an insect repellent I can trust. It has to be a natural and DEET-free mosquito repellent that actually works.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Mirum Shopper, but opinions expressed are my own.
Do you have hair that resembles a leaf in the fall? Do you worry that if your hair gets any drier, it will splinter and break off? I used to.
Do you walk into ULTA and get confused? There are so many bottles filled with empty promises that left my wallet and didn’t create hair that turns heads.
I mean there are rows of them. I just wasn’t sure what shampoo would make my hair look like it did when I was twenty until I found one that smells like spring by the ocean.
Did you know your hair ages?
I had no idea as I got older that my hair would become mature. Seriously, the last thing I needed was mature hair. That is what lead me to the great shampoo intervention. I knew I would need something that moisturizes my hair. I wanted to restore life and that bounce that makes guys wink. I didn’t want to look like a drowned rat, and I certainly didn’t want hair that showed my age.
That is why I turned to Nexxus. Nexxus was founded by Jheri Redding, scientist, cosmetologist and inventor of the modern day conditioner. He believed that when hair was treated with proteins, it at once become reinvigorated with life.
This was me before I used the Nexxus Products. Note The dry, crisp, out of control hair.
• Salon Crafted with caviar & protein complex for 24-hour moisture
• Salon quality shampoo uses silicone-free formula
• Locks in moisture to unleash hair’s smoothness
• Treats hair with rehydrating essential nutrients and retains natural movement
• Salon-crafted with caviar & protein complex for 24-hour moisture
• Salon-quality conditioner for normal to dry hair helps restore lost nutrients
• Advanced conditioning treats each hair fiber and retains natural movement
• Deep moisturizing conditioner nourishes normal to dry hair
Humectress Ultimate Moisture Masque
• Rich in glycerin, deeply rehydrates hair by binding moisture within your hair
• Moisture penetrates deep within hair for reflective shine
• Retains natural movement and leaves hair nourished and protected
• Richly concentrated deep repair hair mask for normal to dry hair
This is me now! Can’t you see the difference if you lived near me you would be able to smell how fresh and clean my hair smells? I feel like a million bucks! If you have color treated hair, you should try this hair care system by Nexxus.
This product works so well on my hair, and it’s color treated! This shampoo and conditioner duo makes my old and brittle colored hair feel soft and silky, and it gets rid of all my frizz.
I am a believer now too.
Nexxus Products has been revolutionary for 40 years now. They created a restoration answer by combining powerful natural ingredient to combat everything we do to our hair.
Think about it. We heat our hair, wash it, curl it, straighten it, pull on it, brush it, and style it.
The good news is Nexxus products are on sale buy one, get one 50% off at ULTA right now. You can fix everything as you lather away your troubles.
My Nexxus Hair Product Review left my hair healthy and me elated. Can you share a picture of your before and after?
Do not forget to score that Nexxus deal at ULTA you will be glad you did. Nexxus products are buy one, get one 50% off at ULTA right now 5/28/17 – 6/4/17.