• Blog Posts,  Self Love

    Overcoming Feelings of Un-Appreciation!

    Whether you just happened to stumble upon this post or have come here from my Letters Of Lace series. Know that you are in the company of a good friend! There are seasons in life when our acts of service go unnoticed, when our kindness is accepted but not appreciated, when “thank you” and “I’m grateful” are phrases we hardly ever hear. In these seasons we feel a sense of meaninglessness – that who we are, and what we do doesn’t have real value. Perhaps you’re going through a season like this right now… Sometimes we wear a smile for the world. When in actual fact all we want to do is…

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    Dealing with Skin Conditions – Sebamed – Review

    There are certain times during the year when my frustration levels rise for no other reason than simply what season it happens to be. You know what seasons I’m talking about… The gorgeous reds, oranges and yellows of Fall; and the splendid bursts of pink, blue and white during Spring, are tempered by those dreaded allergies and skin conditions that accompany these seasons! Sir and Mr HULK both have a light form of Eczema. Their itching sometimes drives me to the point of tears. Especially Mr HULK. Fortunately it’s not as bad as it could be. For that I am truly thankful! However when his skin is inflamed and sore…

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    Modeling Healthy Habits – Laura Boycourt – Guest Post

    This week, One Messy Mama is kicking off our Guest Bloggers From Around the Globe line up with Laura Boycourt, We Don’t Do Decaf.  A freelance writer from the USA, and mother of 2 beautiful little girls.  Modeling and Encouraging Healthy Habits, and a Healthy Self-Image, for Kids: A Parents’ How-To Let’s face it; being a kid is tough business. Whether we’re talking toddlers or teens, kids are bombarded with information, rules, media, and all the other minutiae of today’s childhood. Add their full-time job of growing up and figuring out who the heck they are into the mix, and, well… it’s no wonder they are tantrum-prone no matter their age. There’s…

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    7 Day Emotional Detox

    Living in a society that is so vocal about the importance of healthy living, one would think that the emotional side of this “healthy living” would take up the same volume of vocal space. Sadly, however, it seems to me that many people are concerned with being physically healthy (being thin enough, pretty enough, etc. spending thousands on plastic surgery, botox, hair, nails, clothes, etc.), while ignoring the value of being emotionally healthy. Now I’m not saying that looking after your body is bad – of course not – it is imperative! But I am saying that I think that there should be a more holistic view of what “healthy…

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    The Joy Finding Bucket List

    A few weeks ago I wrote a post about “Finding My Joy Again“. In it I explored the question of whether or not it is possible for a mother to find and enjoy the same unbridled JOY that our children seem to revel in. They always seem so carefree, without stress, and purely happy! The answer to this question is: Yes! Of course it possible… It’s just simply a matter of “how?”. This post is an exploration of that… Last weekend I was fortunate enough to have some time out at a wonderful ladies retreat. It was here that I started to think more deeply about real and pure JOY. I…

  • Table Set
    Blog Posts,  Family

    Is the Table Set?

    Now that our children are older, we try to have our meals seated at the table. We don’t always get it right because our lives are so busy and sometimes our schedules won’t allow it, but we do our best. Why do we strive to eat at the table? Read the following 5 reasons and let us know if you agree, or disagree, or if you would add anything? 1.Table Setting. Teaching our children how to set a table creates an awareness of etiquette which I believe is a fundamental learning point. It gives our children a sense of pride in setting things ‘right’ and incorporates working as a team with…

  • Daily Pleasures
    Blog Posts,  Family

    Daily Pleasures

    My husband and I found ourselves oversleeping this morning. Which doesn’t happen often and after yesterday’s eventful wake-up call, (Read my blog post “Are You Cross Mommy?”)  it felt good to have a little reprieve and lie in! A little pleasure to our day! There were no major hiccups with the morning routine. No tears or tantrums. My eldest was sent off to school all smiles and the younger three left playing with Duplo in the family room. I was able to get all my morning chores done and even a few extra. Since becoming a stay at home mom, I have felt every emotion one could imagine. I was…