Evereve - Heidi Weaver
Life Lived Beautifully - Tina Ter Horst
Stella & Dot - Anne Rohe Holmberg
Bosu Ball - Megan LittekenLindsay Letters - Emily McDowell
***Today, I am so thrilled to be teaming up with some awesome blogging friends for an out-of-this-world giveaway for all of you. Seriously, this prize package is AWESOME, and it's all I can do to not just hoard it all for myself in my greedy little hands.
The idea for this giveaway came from a desire from all of us to let you know that we're right there with you in this motherhood gig. For as wonderful as it is, it can be pretty tough and we want you to know that we're deep in the trenches, wading through the mud and the muck of motherhood, right along side you. You momma, you are seen, you are heard, you are thought of and you are loved. So we've created a prize package just for you - not for your husband, or for your kids, or for anyone else - each item has been chosen simply to pamper YOU.
Before we go too much further, first check out the other awesome bloggers I've teamed up with:
Amber Kuiper from Mommy's Me Time, Erin Carroll from Erin Akin Carroll, and Rachel Norman from A Mother Far From Home. All of our blogs focus on motherhood in one way or another, and I highly recommend checking all these ladies out for encouragement, ideas, tips and solidarity in this motherhood gig.
And speaking of tips, today all four of us are sharing our top three mom tips that we've learned since we've become mothers. Like always with advice and tips in motherhood, I'm feeling a bit out of my comfort zone - because like, 1) I will always and forever be the first person to admit that I STILL HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I'M DOING AS A MOM. And 2) over the years, I've needed so much help and learned so much from other veteran moms, it's near impossible for me to condense it down to just three. But, here goes:
- Find Your Village - Or your crew, your tribe - whatever it is they're calling it these days - all I'm saying is make it a priority to find other mommas trudging through the trenches with you. Motherhood is hard and let's be honest, no one really knows what they're doing, but it's incredibly encouraging to find other women who are willing to walk beside you and figure it out with you. I've just moved from Minneapolis to Chicago, and I now know first-hand just how difficult finding your people can be. (Seriously, trying to make new friends as a SAHM is the worst.) But we're not meant to do motherhood alone and it's vital that we find other women to navigate this road with us. Find women who value the same things you do, whom you respect and appreciate - they don't have to do everything the same way you do, but hopefully at the core, when the rubber meets the road, you're on the same page. Encourage each other by reminding each other you're doing a good job, and challenge each other to parent with grace, thoughtfulness and purpose. Motherhood is far easier when you're not doing it alone.
- Get It: (I know, I know, it's not about the gear, but let's be honest, it certainly makes life easier.) These tank tops. (They're maternity, but I wear them every day since I have a long torso. They're also perfect for post-partum nursing too!) This sock bun. This double stroller for one OR two kids. This sling. This light-up alarm clock for toddlers. This cheapo, yet modern and stylish high chair. And if you pump a lot, store your pumping supplies in the fridge for the day so you don't have to wash in between. I exclusively pumped for a while and it changed my life.
- Remember You're Raising More Than A Body, You're Raising A Heart: Motherhood is complicated. It's terribly overwhelming, in a staggering, almost suffocating way. There's so much to learn, remember, teach and take care of. And among all the clutter of things that are important in the here and now, it's easy to lose sight of what is truly important in the eternal. We sing the ABC's, clap to "If You're Happy And You Know It," research sleep cycles, limit screen time, teach table manners, keep the laundry running and the carpet vacuumed, but really, none of those things matter if we don't give our children Jesus each and every day. We're raising hearts here, not just bodies. So remember, hearts are more important than colors and sharing, and souls will long outlast skills, talents and awards. We mommas must search to find truth in these trenches, meaning in the mess, and reflect the truth of the gospel day-in and day-out to our children. Because ultimately, it doesn't matter if we breastfeed or forumla feed, sleep train or co-sleep, feed organic or junk food - these things won't affect who your child becomes. But the things we as mothers say and the way we spend our time will show our children what we value, influencing their souls forever. And so if our children learn just one thing from us - just one thing - let it be that their mother loved Jesus and showed them who he was each and every day of their lives. I'm so passionate about this one mommas - this is by far my number one tip, my life purpose, my hope and prayer for all of you. Because if we don't have this, we don't have anything!
And now, on to the giveaway - there will be five different winners, one for each brand - so check out what you could win, I know I already said it, but I'm seriously, seriously jealous!
And here's all the links so you can check each prize out in more detail: One $500 Evereve gift card, one Life Lived Beautifully Give Me Jesus Journal and Be Still and Know Mug, one Stella & Dot Signature Engravable ID Tag and Chain from Independent Stylist Kim Jensen, one pink Bosu Ball Balance Trainer, and one Lindsay Letters 11x14 "It Is Well" canvas.
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Annnnd, because I'm incredibly wordy (I mean, that's why I have a blog, people) and totally indecisive, here are a few more of my mom-tips. Top Pieces of Advice for First-Time Moms (That You Probably Haven't Heard Before) and 15 Pratical Tips For First-Time Moms. Plus, I share a whole lot more about motherhood over on Facebook and Instagram, I'd love for you to follow along there if you don't already!
Outfit c/o Evereve.