A Mother's Day Letter to My Mommy Friends

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Dear Sweet Mommy,

Thank you. Not once in the last 364 days did you put your needs above mine. Thank you for all those nights you ate a cold dinner because you were taking care of what I did or did not want or you were holding me simply because I wanted to be held. Thank you for the countless hours you spent watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse or singing Old McDonald to me in the car. Thank you for knowing you need to keep Daddy your first love and insisting you schedule a date night, working out all the details including trying to find the perfect sitter for me that you know I will be happy with, and still not being able to stop thinking and talking about me your entire date. Thank you for the sleepless hours when you are up with me because I don't feel good or had a bad dream. Thank you for setting boundaries even though I know all you really want to do is make me happy. Thank you for reading "Go Dog Go" to me, my favorite book, so many times that you now have it memorized and can recite it to me in the car. Thank you for always sharing with me even when I know sometimes you really don't want to. Thank you for teaching me. Thank you for kissing my boo-boos. Thank you for changing your "design style" which used to look like a home from Fixer Upper to now a Fisher Price toy store. Thank you for changing your dream vacation plans from what used to be an European tour to a now dream vacation at Disney World. Thank you for watching 'Despicable Me' with me for the 5,000th time and still laughing with me at the funny parts. Thank you for allowing others to pour into my life even though I know that in your heart it is hard for you to share me with them. Thank you for teaching me about Jesus and God's love for me. Thank you for being my best friends and soaking up my slobbery face kisses. Thank you for loving on me even when I am sick even though you know that you will probably get sick as well. Thank you for praying for me even before I was born and then for going through all the pain and scary aspects of bringing me in to this world. Thank you for loving me so much that you sometimes miss me so much when we are away from each other that even seeing another child my age will make you cry.  Thank you for seeing life through my eyes especially my firsts like the first time I saw the beach or the first time I tasted a lemon. Thank you for listening to me tell you the same story over and over. Thank you for always watching when I yell "Mama watch" for the 500th time in the last hour. 

But most of all thank you for spending the last 364 days modeling Christ's love to me, your child. Don't ever forget, sweet Mommy, you are doing God's work. God has put you in my life as your mission field. 

Oh, and Mommy, I love you too! 

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Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful mothers!  As fellow mommies may we all encourage each other no matter what stage of life. No matter stay at home mommy, part time working mommy, or full time working mommy let's come together, link arms, and cheer each other on. I believe in you, Momma, and I think you are doing a great job! 

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! 

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National Learn to Swim Day

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This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Activation for Influence Central. I received products to facilitate my review.

I have shared this on this blog before but we are a water family. We spend just about every free minute we can get during the summer either at the lake, our neighborhood pools, or the beach. We started our little guy in the water at a very young age and thankfully he also loves the water and (much to my fear) has no fear himself of the water at all. 



We started him out last summer in the baby pool and thanks to the I-C #SwimWays baby float quickly made our way to the 'big kid' pool. He loved it. Laid back, relaxed, splashing his hands and enjoying the water. And thankfully this year was the exact same story. 

The SwimWays baby float can be bought from Toys R Us among other retails. The Baby Spring Float is the perfect product to introduce baby to the water for the first time like we did last summer or for a little more experienced toddler to lay back and enjoy the water. I especially love the SPF sun roof feature so our little guy does not get burnt. SwimWays has created the Swim Steps line of products like this one to help children become confident swimmers. I would argue that for little ones the SwimWays Baby Spring Float is the single best float on the market today; it’s the perfect product to introduce baby to the water for the first time.

As fun as water is it is also very dangerous. The number cause of death in children under three each year is drowning. Pretty scary statistic. With how much our family is around the water it is EXTREMELY important to me to not only make sure our little guy is comfortable around water but knows how to swim. National Learn to Swim Day is May 21st. This day is designed to remind parents to kick off summer safely by teaching their children water safety and to consider enrolling your child in swim lessons. SwimWays believes that swimming is an important life skill and that all children should have the opportunity to learn to swim. This will be the fifth annual National Learn to Swim Day. We are actively working with our little guy to teach him the basics like kicking his feet, blowing bubbles, and jumping in the pool to us and are excited to have enrolled him in swim lessons with a certified instructor this summer. Water safety is no joke and should not be taken lightly. I found this website which has some great tips on what to teach your little one so they are safe and confident in the water. 



What do you you do to ensure water safety with your little ones? Any tips on teaching a baby to swim you have found helpful?

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Fantastic deal on Our Favorite Diapers

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You guys know I am all about saving money on the not so fun things to I can spend my money on the truly fun things (like our Disney trip next week, eek!). So I just had to share with you all this incredible deal on our favorite brand of diapers.  Because let's admit it...parenting isn't cheap and buying diapers doesn't qualify as a 'fun' purchase in my book although they are a very necessary purchase. 

Luvs is our absolute favorite brand of diapers. They are affordable yet leak proof and help keep my precious guy's skin rash free. And this month you can get an amazing deal on these already affordable diapers. Luvs is offering a great opportunity to save money on these diapers this month with a $2.00 print at home coupon offer. Additionally, in partnership with Ibotta, Luvs is also offering a limited-time $5 rebate on any boxed variety of Luvs diapers, 54ct. box or larger

Here’s how to save:

1. Visit http://bit.ly/1SwtFsL to access a Luvs coupon for $2 off any one diaper pack. Print the coupon at home and use it at any mass, discount or grocery stores where Luvs Diapers are sold.

2. Download the free Ibotta app, available on iOS and Android, and search “Luvs” to unlock an exclusive $5 rebate:
Link to download: http://apple.co/1SjugOj
  • Go shopping for your Luvs Diapers at any participating store.
  • Verify your purchases by scanning product barcodes and submitting a photo of your receipt.
  • Save money and earn cash back! Your $5 cash back rebate will be deposited into your Ibotta account within 48 hours.

With large stretch tabs, ultra-leakage protection, a money-back guarantee and multiple high-value coupon offers, Luvs with NightLock provides high-quality features for less cost than premium brands. You better believe I will be stocking up this month! Time to go diaper shopping! 


This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs. I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

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