Mommy Guilt (Sunday Confessional)

Sleep for a mother is a gift because each minute is so precious. I mean, seriously, none of us with Littles get enough sleep. That’s why it is really crummy to wake up in the middle of the night. However, I woke up the other night unexpectedly. And not because of a upset child. I was surprised that I had woken up. I realized that I was fretting, and I woken up because I was feeling anxious and guilty. The waking up with anxiety doesn’t happen a lot, and I was annoyed. I also knew that part of the reason that I was awake was the lack of exercise and my diet this week, which also made me feel guilty. I was overcome with Mommy Guilt.



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Natural Citrus Vinegar Cleaner for Kohler Faucets

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I love looking and daydreaming about my dream kitchen don’t you?  Updating our kitchen is on our eventual DIY list.  Mellow Man and I know that it will happen one day, but until then, looking at pictures of completed kitchens allows me to dream.  And if you’ve ever read or followed FlyLady, as I have done, you’ll know that the sink is at the heart of every kitchen.  In my dream kitchen, I would have a large apron sink with an industrial stainless steel faucet, like they have in all of the Fixer Upper episodes.  (Honestly, I have loved those sinks long before Joanna Gaines was on the air.)  I do already have a stainless steel faucet, it’s not so industrial in style.  I already know how grubby stainless steel can be, so I thought I’d share the perfect Natural Citrus Vinegar Cleaner for your stainless steel faucet.  This Citrus Vinegar Cleaner doesn’t have harsh chemicals and makes your faucets shine!

My Mom Made That: Homemade Citrus Vinegar Cleaner, Perfect to Clean Stainless Faucets, Sponsored by Kohler

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My Three Reasons Why {Free Printable}

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I have a secret to tell you.  I hope you won’t share it too widely.  I’m going to be 40 this year!   {{Gulp}} There. I said it.  4-0.  And for the first time, I feel old.  I’ve got grey hairs appearing.  My skin doesn’t have the same elasticity it had fifteen years ago.  If the average lifespan of an American woman is 80 years, I’m about to enter the second half of my life.  That’s really scary.  And I have two little kids.  With the Big One, I was a young mom compared to the other moms at the school.  With the Littles, I am going to be one of those old moms.  And I really want to make sure that I am able to do everything for them that I can do for the Big One.  And I wonder if I’ll be a different grandmother for the Big One’s children than for the Littles’ kids.  Will I be able to travel with all of my grandchildren?   Even the Peanut’s youngest?
My Mom Made That: My Three Reasons Why-- Heartful Living for My Children

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Sharing Christmas Love and Gratitude {Free Printable}

It is the holiday season. Just a few, short weeks until Christmas. Truth be told, even though Christmas has traditionally been my favorite day of the year, it’s lost some of its glamor, fun and enjoyment over the past few years. It’s become a time of being rushed, and focusing on things, rather than people. After Christmas, I end up feeling a bit hollow and discouraged. I want to try something different this year. I want to welcome Christmas into my home in a slow and deliberate way, with touches of love and warmth. I want the focus of my holiday season to be less on the things, and more on the love and spirit behind the gifts. I want to teach my children that Advent isn’t the season of gimmes, rather it is the season of giving.  My family is so lucky in so many ways, and I’d like to bring the focus on giving back and showing gratitude and love to all of the wonderful people in our lives.

My Mom Made That: Welcoming Christmas , Free Printable
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Room Sharing: Knowing Our Littles Are Safe

I have a friend who told me that she would never have her children share a bedroom. I’m not sure why she felt that way although she did share that she had concerns about lack of privacy and always having to share. For better or for worse, and I’d like to think for better, our Little Boys, the Peanut and Monkey are sharing a room. As an only child, I like to imagine the two little boys whispering and telling secrets to one another in the years to come. Right now, I fret a great deal about the room sharing. I worry that my toddler will hurt my infant, not out of malice, but rather out of the desire to “help.” Luckily, we’ve found a way to keep the boys safe— the Levana Ovia Baby Video Monitor.

My Mom Made That: Room Sharing and Knowing your Child is Safe (Sponsored by

In our house, the nursery is on a different floor from the master bedroom.  What’s more the helpful and enthusiastic Monkey is sleeping near the Peanut.  His presence in the room with the Peanut has increased my level of concerns.  Stuffed, cuddly toys end up in the Peanut’s crib because the Monkey is convinced that the Peanut would like them.  What would happen if the Monkey tossed a heavy blanket– would the Peanut be able to move out from under it?  When the Peanut was a lot smaller, that was a huge worry.  I am a firm believer in following the room sharing recommendation of the American Academic of Pediatricians.  However, at some point in time, Mommy and Daddy are ready for a good night’s sleep.  After the Peanut got his ear tubes in place a few weeks ago, we decided that it was time for that transition

We’ve worried about that transition, well, honestly, I’ve worried, and been fearful of potentially awakening to find that the Peanut had been smothered by love, blankets and toys left by the Monkey during the night.  Luckily, the Ovia Video Baby Monitor by Levana has provided some relief.  It’s amazing how much technology has changed since the Big One was an infant. When he was small, we had a little audio monitor that filled my room with the white noise of static to alert me when he cried in his room. It actually bugged me enough that I didn’t use it.  With this new monitor, there is no static feedback– when the Peanut cries, or the Monkey calls for me, all I hear are their little voices.My Mom Made That: Image of Ovia 2 Camera Video MonitorPlus, with two cameras, I can keep one next to the Monkey’s spot in the Master Bedroom, so that if he is sleeping the room with us, I can still keep an eye on him in his cradle.  The video monitor that is in the nursery give me a clear view of both the Monkey’s Toddler Bed, and the Peanut’s crib, and the monitor in the Master Bedroom lets me look right into the Peanut’s cradle.  What’s even better is that I can see the both, day or night.  The night vision on the Video monitor allows the camera to see up to 15 feet away, which is across the room in the nursery.

Room Sharing and Child Safety Post (Levana Ovia Video Baby Monitor)

I didn’t mount our monitor because I want the ability to move them when needed.  I can take them with me when we go to visit my Mother In Law in Florida, but one is able to wall mount a video monitor above the baby’s crib if one so chooses.   This gives a clear shot directly into the crib, which I think could be really useful, particularly if you are not room sharing during the first few months of life.

My Mom Made That: Image of Ovia 2 Camera Video Monitor

There are some other advantages I’ve learned about this new technology.  For example, sometimes the Monkey goes to his room when he is tired, but refusing to nap– we are at that stage where most days he doesn’t need a nap, but he can still be really tired.  Sometimes he get really upset about this and tantrums, as young three-year-olds are want to do.  The 4.3 inch LCD Video monitor allows me to keep an eye on him while he tantrums to make sure that he is not getting too out of control.  What more, there is even an intercom button that allows me to talk directly to him if needed.  I can also talk to the Peanut if he’s crying or too upset without having to go directly to him.  This increases the likelihood that he will fall asleep without me having to hold him.  I have learned that seeing me only increases the Peanut’s Desire to be held until he goes back to sleep.

If the white noise machine isn’t working for the two boys– no problem! Directly from the monitor, I can select several different lullabies to play. (I don’t really need this for my Littles, as they have been listening to their sound machines since birth and associate them with sleep, but this might be something that is very valuable to other families.)

My Mom Made That: Room Sharing and Knowing your Child is Safe (Sponsored by Levana Ovia Video Monitor)

If you are interested in getting a Levana Ovia Video Monitor for yourself, you can check out the deals that Levana has right here or stop by their Facebook Page. What’s more, right now there is an awesome giveaway going on where you could win one of three Levana Ovia 2 Video Monitors!

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        Can’t wait until the Giveaway is Over? 70001c80-19de-11e5-adfc-22000af93a2d   Do you think this kind of technology would help make you relax about room sharing with two Littles? Being a mom keeps us busy! What do you wish you could do more of? Comments submitted may be displayed on other websites owned by the sponsoring brand. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Levana. The opinions and text are all mine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Levana. The opinions and text are all mine.

To see how the monitor looks in our nursery, here’s a little YouTube video of its placement: