Basketball Mom Shirt: Cricut Made

It’s the middle of basketball season around here.  It’s January, and for middle school basketball, we have about 8 more weeks of games.  (Then AAU season starts, but that is another kettle of fish entirely.)  The Big One plays a lot of basketball between lessons, games, and practice, we are often running from gym to gym.  I’ve picked up a fair amount of spirit wear as a sports mom, including several basketball mom shirts, but the reality is that I can always use a few more.  I decided to use my Cricut Explore Air to create my very own Basketball Mom shirt.  I’m going to share the shirt with you today, along with a quick tutorial to show you how to turn font and images into a single Welded image.  By doing this, your designs become even easier to position on fabric, and you don’t have unexpected cut lines.

Here's an easy to make Basketball Mom Shirt that is a simple DIY project with Iron-On Vinyl. It's a perfect graphic tee to make with your Cricut machine that any mother can wear to their child's basketball games and tournaments.
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Aging with Kybella & Artisan Plastic Surgery

This post was sponsored by the Everywhere Society and Artisan Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, Georgia.  However, my opinions and experiences with Kybella and Artisan Plastic Surgery are entirely my own.  I don’t share things that I don’t like and use myself.  **WARNING HORRIBLE SELFIES AHEAD!**

In just a month I’m going to be 40.  And that feels really old to me.  I don’t feel old on the outside at all– I feel the same as I did when I was 16.  BUT I remember that quote from one of my absolutely favorite movie, Steel Magnolias, when Truvy says to Shelby, “Honey, time marches on and eventually you realize it is marchin’ across your face.”  And I’m beginning to notice the effects of that age.  The crow’s feet (or laugh lines), the brow furrows, and just the shape of my face and jowls.  I’m looking old.  After the Peanut was born in 2015, I told my Mellow Man that he was going to give me a “Mommy Makeover”  to celebrate my life, but that feels a little too extreme for my life right now.  However, I wanted to feel good about myself for my birthday, so I decided to visit Artisan Plastic Surgery’s open house in late April to learn about ways of refreshing myself.  I knew about Botox, and thanks to Kylie Jenner, Lip Injections, but I didn’t know what other options were available for women like me.  While I was at the Open House, I learned about a new treatment called Kybella to remove submental fat, and a few weeks later, Dr. Inessa Fishman started my procedure in the offices of Artisan Plastic Surgery near Northside Hospital in Atlanta.

As I prepare to turn 40, I visited Artisan Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, GA to learn about a new treatment to remove submental fat (AKA my "wattle") through the use of Kybella. Learn about my experiences, aging gracefully and the awesome physicians at Artisan Plastic Surgery. I can't wait to get rid of my double chin! I had no idea that there were so many gentle ways to age gracefully! Can't wait to see all of the results! {This post was sponsored by Artisan Plastic Surgery}
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Gearing Up for Sports Safety

This past week I was watching the Big One at a game, and I saw a heavier boy charge directly at him, slam into his body and send him first into the air and then into the ground.  The wind was knocked out of the both of us, literally!  As you may remember, we have not allowed the Big One to play football because of the risks for severe head injuries, but that doesn’t mean that sports like soccer, flag football and basketball don’t involve contact.  And fear and worry for parents.  I strongly and firmly believe that having your children engage in athletics has wonderful benefits for their physical, social and psychological wellbeing.  That being said, mothers worry.  I do feel that Storelli is a brand that helps alleviate the anxiety that a mother feels with the creation of their BodyShield Sliders.

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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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Guilt.

Guilt.

Guilt.
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The Joy of Movement: Coping with Mobile Infants

My favorite stage of early childhood is from approximately 6 months until 18 months.  It’s the stage where my sweet little babies are curious and developing their distinct personalities, but still very much sweet little babies.  You see, I love babies.  You know how some people are toddler people, and some people are kid people, well, I’m a baby person.  I love all of my guys equally, but babies make my heart melt.  However, one of the biggest challenges of this phase of infancy is coping with an extremely mobile infant, who has no awareness of the dangers of his world.  I tend to be a somewhat laid back parent, but I’ve found that there are a few tricks to allow my babies to enjoy the freedom and joy of movement, while creating a safe (without going overboard) environment for exploration.

My Mom Made that: The Joy of Movement-- Dealing with the mobile infant
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