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Amanda Brown

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    Mother’s Day with MantraBand

    This year will be my third Mother’s Day with Griffin. Every year I’m more and more grateful for the chance to be his mother. I dreamed about being his mother even before I met his father.

    As an adoptee (is that the name?) there is something incredibly special about being able to form a relationship with someone who is biologically related to you. I met my birth mother many years ago but she passed away and with her death I’ve always felt this overwhelming since of being alone. That was until I met my son. Every time someone tells me I look like him or that he is my mini-me I swell with pride.

    But, we all know that for every sunny day there are storms, and as much as you try and look for the light, sometimes it seems to disappear. On those days it can feel like you are not enough. Those days where you just want a moment of quiet and then you feel guilty for wanting that moment. Or the days where you clean up a room (finally) and turn around to see it destroyed. Let’s face it, this mom thing is hard. It’s the best job there is, but it is HARD.

    This year for Mother’s Day I’m partnering with MantraBand to send a special message to moms around the world. You are enough. Even though some days it might feel like you are moving backwards, you are enough. That little one that is nonstop clinging to your hip even when you just want to go to the bathroom in peace, knows that you are enough. These beautiful bracelets are a perfect way to remind yourself that you are a super mom doing what you love.

    When I look down at my bracelets, I remember that even on days where I’ve repeated myself a hundred times, that I’m enough. When we are both frustrated, I remember that I’m enough. When he won’t eat the dinner that he specifically requested, I’m enough. I’m doing my best, and for him, my best is good enough.

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    Holidays

    Whipped Cream Marbled Easter Eggs

    Easter egg dying is one of my favorite childhood memories from this holiday. The little tablets, the vinegar, the multi-colored cups! I loved it! I loved dying the eggs more than I loved hunting for them to be perfectly honest.

    This year for our Easter egg dying I wanted to do something different because it’s Griffin’s first time. I saw a way to marble Easter eggs that used Barbasol or another brand of shaving cream and I thought, “How could I make this a little more child friendly?” Whipped cream! A delicious alternative to shaving cream! Not only did we have a great time dying our eggs, we had a blast sampling our dying substance.

    Directions

    1. Hard boil your eggs. After they have cooled, submerge them in a vinegar bath for two minutes, rinse and set aside. (Vinegar helps with the vibrancy of the colors).
    2. Spread whipped cream into a shallow pan or a baking sheet.
    3. Add food coloring (I used gel colors) and spread them around with a toothpick or a spoon.
      • Spread minimally so that you are able to get swirls of color and not just color blocks.
    4. Roll the eggs using a spoon into the colored cream. (One good roll will suffice to keep the colors from getting muddy).
    5. Let the eggs sit for 10 minutes to let the colors work their magic.
    6. Rinse in cold water (I accidentally used hot for two and the color really leeched away).
    7. Finally, crack and eat or put them in the refrigerator for later!
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    Holidays

    Candy-Free Toddler Easter Basket

    **Disclaimer: The post contains affiliate links, but all opinions on the products are my own.

    Does anyone else struggle with holiday gifts for little children? Especially during holidays where one of the main components is candy. Now, don’t get me wrong, I will throw down on some Cadbury Eggs and Cookies and Cream bunnies just as much as the next person. However, when it comes to Griffin, the less candy he eats, the better in my opinion.

    That’s why this year for Easter we built him a minimal, candy-free Easter basket. Thanks to the Target Dollar Spot, it was pretty affordable as well.

    The main item of his basket this year is a Sleepy Peep Slumberkin. We love our other Slumberkins so much! When I saw there was a little lovie for Easter, I snagged it at the first chance.

    The other big ticket item is Llama Llama Easter Egg. Llama llama red pajama plays such a huge roll during our bedtime routine (we read one of the series at least every other night) so this one was an obvious choice!

    The last two items were two amazing finds in the Target Dollar Spot! A wooden egg puzzle and egg shaped side-walk chalk. I hope the sidewalk chalk comes back for years to come because it’s such an easy but on theme gift to stick in for hours of outside fun.

    I can’t wait to see his face Easter morning when he gets to open his basket!

    **Candy pictured was consumed by me right after I finished taking pictures.

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