Episode 22- Mom of the Month and Friday Favorites

I’ve missed you, friends! When you start a new venture, like this podcast, you are constantly assessing and reassessing every decision you make. When I first started the show, I knew that I wanted to bring you a new episode every week featuring a different mom sharing their story. But very early on I realized that I wanted a chance to talk to you too… however, I didn’t necessarily know if you wanted to hear from me. It’s all trial and error. While the Friday episodes generally seemed to go over well, the uncertainty won over and I decided to do just one Friday episode a month where I featured an Extraordinary Mom of the Month Award recipient and a few favorite things. I’m still wavering on if that’s how things will continue around here, but I’d love to hear from you and know if you miss the Friday episodes and want them back on a weekly basis. Let me know!!!!

You guys… I LOVE hearing about all the extraordinary moms you know, so thank you if you submitted a name for this month’s Extraordinary Mom of the Month Award, and our winner for March is….. Sherrie Burton. Sherrie is a Navy wife, mom of three boys, and her friend Brooke who nominated her says this of Sherrie, “She doesn’t show up at your house with a loaf of bread when you need help- she shows up with a bucket to scrub your floors or car seats to whisk away your kids to the park. You will be happy you had the chance to know her even if it was only briefly.” Wow! You can hear more from her on today’s episode.

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Now for my favorites… I have some good ones today friends:

  1. The Great British Baking Show on Netflix. Now, lest you think I am one of those people that love British television… I am not. I like Downton Abbey, but that’s about as deep as I get into that genre of entertainment. PBS has done it again and has produced a fabulous series (that sadly only has one season), based around a baking competition. I like cooking shows in general, but there is something about this one that is so endearing. First, the accents are to die for. Second, their baking challenges are so complex and impressive. Third, the variety of competitors makes this show! You have a construction worker, an 18-year-old girl, a grandmother, etc… These are not professional bakers. They are real people with a deep baking talent. And the hosts are so funny. My personal favorites are Norman and Martha. Let me know what you think. I really enjoyed it and teared up on the final episode… I’m weak.
  2. What am I reading lately? Thanks for asking. I’m reading, “Big Magic”, by Elizabeth Gilbert. I’m sure you’ve already heard about this book but I give it my full recommendation. It is such a pleasant read, as she discusses how we are all creative beings and it is our duty to share whatever it is that is within us, with the world. When we let fear talk us out of creating or sharing our talents and passions, we are doing a disservice to the world and to ourselves. I’m about 3/4 of the way through and I never want the book to end. Check it out!
  3. Rach Talk. If you aren’t already familiar with Rachel Hollis (of The Chic Site)… get familiar. I heard her on another podcast and instantly fell in love with her spunk, can-do attitude, and style. You can follow her on Instagram here and you can also watch these videos she puts together on YouTube called Rach Talk. Every week she just chats about random stuff, but each video is hilarious and so well edited. It just makes me smile and I know you’ll love these. She also wrote some books that are a fun read as well. I would liken her book “Party Girl” to “The Devil Wears Prada”, so if that’s your jam… check it out. It’s totally my jam. Hi Rachel… let’s be friends.
  4. The Doll Kind. I just love it when women see a need in the world and create a passion project revolving around it. In this case, Jackie and Victoria are two moms who saw the need for more kindness in the world, so they developed a doll that would faciliate the spreading of kindness starting in the lives of their small children. Here’s a little info on the company: The Doll Kind creates huggable dolls with a mission to empower and inspire a generation of children to create a kinder world, one heart at a time. Each doll comes along with heart tokens that are meant for children to give out as an act of kindness. Additionally, for each sold a doll is donated to a child less fortunate. The Doll Kind is launching their Kickstarter campaign March 31st – April 30th. There you can be among the first to get your doll at an exclusive one time discount. By purchasing your doll on Kickstarter you will also be backing a company that firmly believes that in every child’s hands lies the potential to do good and change the world. To find out more visit The Doll Kind’s website at www.thedollkind.com. Give the gift of kindness! There are two things I really love about this: 1) They have boy dolls! and 2) They give a doll away for every doll purchased. Love that pay it forward mentality. If you go to the site and join their email list, they will be sure to remind you when their Kickstarter goes live next week. Check out how cute they are below…

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5. I’ve mentioned it before and I’ll mention it again. Alison’s Cookie Party is the best e-course out there for making the perfect tasting and looking sugar cookies. She has it down to a science and you’ll love her tips to make those cookies look spectacular. Not only that but The Alison Show makes it super fun and entertaining!  I own this course, I’ve gifted this course and with Easter just two days away the time is NOW to buy it and enjoy it with your kids! She’s offering 20% if you buy the course by midnight tonight. Click on the link and use Promo code: hoptoit.

6. And lastly… the mirror in my son’s nursery. I have a full length mirror that ended up in Jackson’s nursery by accident, but every time I go in there to lay him down or pick him up from a nap, I walk by that mirror, and when I catch a glimpse of myself holding that sweet baby I reminded how good I have it. It’s rare that I actually get to SEE the life I am living with me in it. But an onlooker would think I have it all… and I do. My life isn’t perfect, I fall short in so many ways… but as a sway with my baby nuzzled into my neck and sing him to sleep, my life is so very perfect. Take a look in the mirror today, not to analyze your flaws, your stretch marks, your wrinkles… look at what you have. You are so blessed.

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That’s it for today. I hope you all have a fabulous Easter weekend. As a person of faith, I feel that I would be remiss to express my gratitude for my Savior at this special time of year. His life provides the utmost example for me as I strive to live a life of purpose and His death offers me hope for eternity. I am so blessed everyday by this knowledge.

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