As a mother in todays day in age we have so many more pressures than previous generations. I’m expected to work, be involved as class mom, while volunteering and making pinterest type projects (and still finding time for the gym, hair salon, and nail salon).  Now we do have a lot of things others didn’t to help make life easier like meal delivery, virtual assistants, and Amazon. It’s still exhausting. We are pulled in different directions by internet experts that know what’s best for my child before she was even born. Information is abundant and yet there is so much bad information out there. Thankfully I am hard headed passionate enough to pave my own way in upbringing my babies and not just go with the current trend.

I have always told them (even at 2 and 4) I don’t care if they are the smartest, fastest, or most artistic all I am concerned about at the end of the day is if they are the kindest. While filling out forms for my MDO they inquired as to what we valued most out of a program and my immediate response was manners and loving God. I honestly don’t care if my kid goes to kindergarten reading novels or writing in cursive while mastering common core math, what I do want is a kid that has manners, respects authority and is kind to everyone.

So when Jackie with Inspirational Nursery Rhymes reached out to me I was instantly in love with their philosophy. According to studies 95% of behavioral patterns are established by the age of 6, due to brain wave changes, it is imperative that we teach the values we want instilled in our children before that age. So needless to say these books stay on our nightstand and are in rotation, every night.

What makes these “self-help” books even more amazing is that they are written in rhyme and as we all know our kids love music and poetry and those songs stick in their (and our heads) for a long time helping them memorize. Some of the topics they touch on in these books are positive values, personal inspiration, manners, gratitude, personal responsibility, and so much more.

They currently have 4 books titles (another on the way):

  1. Get Inspired with Max
  2. Be Responsible Like Max
  3. Giving Thanks with Max
  4. Max Gives Thanks to God
  5. (Coming Soon) Max and Molly Learn Their  Manners <—— probably going to be my fave.

As the mother of your kids classmate please do us all a favor and pick up a set for your kids too. Ill do my part if you do yours. Deal? Order HERE

You can read up more about the science behind their books HERE.

I was ecstatic to say the least when Little Abstract reached out to me and wanted send my little monsters one of their art kits in the color choice of my choosing. Winning! I picked a color scheme that went along with my main living area.  And as soon as it arrived we were ready to get to work.  IMG_1165.jpg

A little back ground info before I show off our masterpiece. Little Abstract was created by an amazing artist, Jeremy Brown to allow parents and children to work to create a one-of-a-kind piece of neo-expressionist abstract art.

Neo-expressionism is a style of late-modernist or early-postmodern painting and sculpture that emerged in the late 1970s. Neo-expressionists were sometimes called Neue Wilden (‘The new wild ones’; ‘New Fauves’ would better meet the meaning of the term). It is characterized by intense subjectivity and rough handling of materials. (Wikipedia).  Pretty sure this was named after my wild ones.

The kit comes with everything you will ever need to make a masterpiece:

  • Directional booklet providing creative & inspiring questions for the kids to answer by writing or drawing their responce in specific areas on the screen print. (Sample questions below)
  • 24″ x 36″ screen print on archival 200gsm French paper stock
  • Kids black ‘pop-artist’ sunglasses with signature logo (shown on Brooklyn)
  • Set of Little Abstract stickers
  • Special white colored hardened wax pencil
  • Special black colored hardened wax pencil

 

One of my most favorite parts about this project was watching little sis look at big sis for direction. It was too cute to watch them work on this together (thanks for the two pencils).  Check out their Instagram for more inspo.

 

Also keep in mind my girls are 2 and 4 so when we went through the prompts provided we still ended up with VERY abstract art. “draw your hero” appears to be a straight line but I know they meant to draw me. Friends and families with little ones, act surprised when I buy these for all of you for the upcoming holidays. You can thank  me later when its not a toy taking up a floor but instead on the wall!

 

Pretty sure this color combo was made for my house.  Look at it in its new home. Perfection. My girls are so proud of it to they show all of the visitors that come by what they did.

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Today is the first day of “school” and my heart feels a tiny bit empty yet so excited about the future. B has been signed up and ready to go for awhile. I use R2G term loosely because she isn’t sold on the idea. I don’t blame her. I loved school but you know what I would love more. Not going to school.  But seeing how uber competitive the world is in how educated our toddlers are while entering Pre-K it’s probably in our best interest to get started or else she might fail out of Kindergarten and have to resort to living off her parents for decades to come. Oh wait….

Last week, we got a phone call that C had been accepted. Apparently she passed her initial screening of being adorable and she was in. So funny part was, she was waitlisted when we signed up B. And as time was ticking by all summer and even after the orientation for B I was thinking our chances of C going were slim to none. I was actually excited because in her short little life, it had never been just her and mommy and I thought this would be a special time for us. Well then they called and obviously I instantly grabbed the open spot. We will just plan those mommy daughter dates on Saturday. ha.

 

MDO programs are a little different then daycare we used to do. We had preparation and homework that I wasnt expecting to have for many years. Hopefully this was just the prep and its over. But with 4 year old they are really pushing independence and mommys OCD when it comes to craft time wasn’t allowing her to be as independent as they probably wanted. So Brooklyn gave me the ideas and I used the computer vs having her draw or write what we were suppose to be putting down. Have you ever seen a 4 yr old that doesnt know how to write or draw attempt a picture of a bike? Not pretty.

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So now that I have all this new found freedom and time I plan on having a spotless home, hot cooked meals, underwear ironed and hair washed daily. Ha, who am I kidding. Sorry hubs probably not in the cards. Wrinkly whitey tighteys are here to stay. But this will give me a little bit more time to spend on my businesses. Uninterupted work time at the pool, nail salon, or local wine bar sounds devine.  I have quite a few things already planned but looking forward to seeing where things go for all of us.

We got all packed up last night and then of course had to finish packing this morning because they both wanted to sleep with their new lunchboxes. It’s alot of stuff (that we also get to bring home and do again Thurs) ugh for the first time in my life I wish naptime didnt exist.

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Drop off went well. They held hands the whole time going into the school. C walked B to class. On the way to C’s class she said she wanted to go with B instead and of course tears filled my eyes under my sunnies. In her little life of 2 years she has always had big sister by her side. So seperating them was a little sad. I might contemplate home schooling so they can be together. Ha. kidding, I would be the worst homeschooling mom ever!

Going into their classes they were distracted and hubs and I raced for the door. Time will tell how things go, but I know in the end once everyone gets accustomed to the new schedule it will be wonderful for them.

First Day of School

Little ladies, the whole world is at your finger tips. It’s time to dominate! I cant wait to watch  you soar.

Back to School Photoshoot

 

When we moved out of our house a year ago we sold a ton of our furnishings because:

A.) it’s easier than moving them

B.) I wanted an excuse to redecorate

We were in temp (cramped) housing so we needed small furniture. My 1.5 and 3.5 had to share a room so I needed a crib and a twin to fit in a tiny bedroom. So Ikea’s Minnen bed to the rescue. It was perfect. Until they slept terribly together and no one got any sleep if they were in same room and my 3.5 year old had to bed hop into our room and it went empty for 6 months of our build. But I bought it also because down the road I wanted two of the Minnen bed together in one room. I’m going to share my original Pinterest inspo but don’t judge how much cuter it looks here.

7780efe9ccdd90bd2d99e75c3c0e84b7I mean seriously, this is what dreams are made of and having a cute room like this guarantees your kids will sleep through the night every night, right?

So we moved into our new house where everyone had their own rooms. Pretty amazing. I’m pretty sure my youngest, C, is going to grow up and either be the most competitive person we all know or she is going to be one of those people that is obsessive over someone and wants to become them. Either way, she wanted B’s bed and would only nap or sleep at night in her bed. Both of my children have gotten out of cribs and into big girl beds around 18 months so i didn’t think anything about it and my husband does what any good husband would do that wants to sleep in his own bed, uninterrupted he drives 4 hours south to Atlanta one morning at 4 am to get C her own Minnen bed just like big sister. We remove crib and set up bed and think finally this is gonna do it.

 

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Nope. Not only did she want B’s bed, she wanted the whole damn room. After a lot of begging and pleading B gave into her ways and let her have it.

A couple months ago, hubs and I were ready for a big kid bed of our own. Sleeping in a queen for people our size isn’t comfortable so we got our selves a new bed and moved our queen into B’s room so she could have her own big girl bed, finally allowing me to move my two Minnen’s into one room. So excited!  Remember erase the adorable room above that I was inspired by, we had to recycle old bed linens. Those will be next!

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It’s hard to tell from this angle but I do have one (against the wall) pulled all the way out into a twin and the other one is shortened to allow more play room. Its longer than a crib mattress but shorter than a twin.

This is such a great bed for kids transitioning out of cribs because when pushed together the scrolls touch making it nearly (notice nearly) impossible to fall out yet it is still super stylish. We actually bought one of these in the bargain section of Ikea for around $60 too which was even more amazing. I plan to a spray these a crazy fun color when we update rooms.

Ive always said in my next life I want to design and decorate nurserys and kids rooms. There is something so sweet about them. So a tiny piece of my heart breaks knowing cribs are packed, toddler beds are packed and they are eventually going to tell me the want Minion sheets, not Minnen. Which will make me feel like I failed as a mother.

Bedding Basics

Grey Polka Dot Sheets  is the only thing still available in Stores

The pink Antique Chic duvet cover and the grey quilt aren’t available anymore but below is what they looked like on website

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The black sheets were a clearance find at Target for like $10 and obviously no where to be found!