Instagram Giveaway: Sweetie Pie Organics


A heads up to my special readers and fellow Mamas! I don’t want you to miss this awesome giveaway. Read below for more information and follow the link to my instagram.

What’s Happening With Jessica?

It’s GIVEAWAY time! I have teamed up with @snacksweetiepie  to give you a chance to win some awesome prizes. Everyone will get 2 chances to win! 1st place is a grand prize and 2nd prize – 1 winner will win aLactation Smoothie, 4 pack!

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Rules are simple:

Follow link in my bio

For a chance to win 2nd prize – enter my host code in the form: JBURLS

Follow @snacksweetiepie and myself @whw_jessica

Tag a fellow mama & that’s it 😁

Giveaway ends January 13, so make sure you enter before it’s too late 😉 
This giveaway is not associated with Instagram. U.S. residents only. Thank you!
#sweetiepiegiveaway #sweetiepiebaby #sweetiepielactation #snacksweetiepie #breastfeeding #momlife 

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Jessica Accepts The Blogger Recognition Nomination

 

I am so excited and truly honored to be nominated for this blogger award. I want to thank E.L. Lane for the nomination of the Blogger Recognition Award. Thank you very much for thinking of me and being so supportive! You are the best and most amazing friend. I feel like I have come such a long way in the blogging community and it is great to know others want you to succeed also.

What is the Blogger Recognition Award?

 

 

The Blogger Recognition Award is given to bloggers by bloggers to show appreciation for the hard work and dedication put into their blog. This is an amazing award to be presented with, because from my experience starting a new blog is, “No walk in the park.”

 

It requires tons of energy, time, patience and a wide variety of skills–some of which you might have to learn. So, receiving this award is a great honor and each blogger who receives it should be proud of what they have accomplished, but should also remember this isn’t the finish line, just a milestone. There is always more growth and knowledge to obtain. Take this award wear it with pride and keep building your blog.



Who is E.L. Lane Writer?

She is a Mother, wife and writer…..and Friend! She is an amazing lady who writes about her beautiful daughter and their fun adventures. She also loves geeky stuff like Star-Wars, haha!  I love that about her! She is someone who you can count on when in need of support and never has anything but kind words for others. Like the rest of us, she is searching for her passion and I think she just may have found it! I am so honored that she has chosen me as a nominee.

 

My Blog’s Story

 

I started blogging so that I could share some cool crafts and log our Homeschool journey. It became apparent that I wasn’t great at keeping up with that alone. I also found that I wanted to share more than that. I started to utilize my blog for sharing product reviews; products that range from makeup to books. I also began to help direct sales ladies by reviewing their products and interviewing them. I really enjoy helping others! You will still see homeschool content because I am very passionate about my children and their education. I have come such a long way and still have much growing to do.

 

My Advice to Bloggers

 

Take it slow. Seriously, it is much easier to get into blogging slowly and steadily. It isn’t about how much you write, it is about the quality of the content that you are sharing. Do a little research if you must. Find out what you really enjoy writing about. Ask other bloggers questions….and have FUN!


My Nominations Are:

I wish continued success to all. Keep up the great work and keep growing your blog!


~Roxanne from Lifting Up Tree House


~Deni from You Said There Would Be Pie


~Michelle from Mama Bees Freebies


~Kendra from Happily Managing A Household of Boys

~Kaitlyn from MCXV

~Chelsea from MCXV

~Angela from Mom’s Coffee is Cold

~Charles from MCXV

~Elisa from MCXV

~Anh from MCXV

~Faye from Thriving with Young Living

~Amy from FairyTale Pillows

The Rules

Take the time to thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

Write a post to show your award.

Give a brief story how your blog started.

Give pieces of advice to new bloggers.

Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.

Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them, provide the link to the post you created.

Happy blogging!

 

Mom Guilt

I’m sure many of you can relate to the story I’m about to share. I’ve gone through a tough year with my soon to be 8 year old daughter. I don’t know where her attitude, disrespect and anger have come from. Am I getting a sneak preview of what’s it’s like to have a pre-teen? I have noticed one common thread though. She only treats me like this, which unfortunately means there is a reason for this. Which I will share at the end.

I am a stay at home Mom who’s main job is to raise a good hearted person. My daughter practiced Martial Arts from 3 years old up till right before her 7th birthday, when a tragic event happened (that story will be told in another post). Joining martial arts was the best decision we could have made for our daughter as it has taught her respect, discipline, communication, honesty, self defense among many other things. I was so proud of my little girls behavior in and out of the house.

Unfortunately, after a personal family tragedy last November, my daughter could no longer walk through the doors of our second home. We decided to give Leah a break, as she had been dedicated for so many years, and we had both earned our green belts and had just moved into advanced classes. We say to this day that we will never give up, some things take time. I’m sad to report that my daughter is still not ready and we have not been able to return yet.

“Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a Mother.” @whw_jessica -Click to Tweet

Back to my original post! My daughters behavior has been unacceptable recently as her father works 2 jobs and is never home. I am left to try to be Mom and Dad, and today I feel like a failure. I told my husband the story I’m about to tell you last night, through tears. He listened silently then told me that I should never feel like a failure, and that I am doing an amazing job. He gave me the reassurance I so needed. I honestly don’t hear those words too much. Lately it’s been “I hate you” or “you’re the meanest mom ever”. It felt very good to hear even though I couldn’t stop crying.

It started yesterday after school, the second I picked my daughter up. She was ignoring me, not listening and being extremely disrespectful. Once home from school it got worse. My 7 year old told me to “shut up” and didn’t care how hurtful she was being. She threw one fit after another. It was seriously ridiculous. It was definitely one of those nights. Nothing was going right and my patience was breaking. I couldn’t believe I was arguing with a 7 year old! The afternoon hit its peak after homework was completed, my daughter turned into a complete monster. It’s like she is so good at school all day and when she gets home she lets everything out. She ended up getting her tablet taken away (until her behavior changes), and was given dinner, a shower and put to bed.

Daddy got home a little early and caught me crying in our room. I try so hard to be a good mom and I absolutely hate losing my cool on her. I let her see that she got to me but I was extremely disrespected. I could not let it go. I’m not a spanker, I believe that words and explanations work better. And taking away an electronic is always the end of the world at our house. My husband had a very long talk with her. He is so good at this stuff, I believe it would be so different if he was around more often.

As another part of her punishment we decided her 2 elves on the shelf would be staying at the north pole until her behavior changes (she has 2 elves, a boy and a girl. This will be explained in the next post). They left a letter behind telling Leah why they wouldn’t be back. My daughter is extremely attached to these elves. I’ve never seen a kid so crushed the next morning. So much, that it broke my heart. She couldn’t believe her Elves were really gone. She just cried. Great start to a day. I drop her off at school still feeling horrible. I don’t think the feeling will go away but I’m learning this comes with being a Mom.

When I picked her up this afternoon she had gone shopping at a holiday bazaar at her school and had bought Christmas presents for everyone she loves with all her Toothfairy money. Then we headed into the school for parent/teacher conferences and I was blown away by what her teacher said about her. It brought tears to my eyes. I thought to myself that maybe I am doing something right. I don’t know how but just maybe.

After the meeting, I kneeled down and gave Leah the biggest hug ever and told her how proud I was of her. Then I took her out for pancakes and we ended up having a really good night. As we pull up to our house I look back at Leah and she is silently crying. She said she missed her elves really bad. Ouch, it stings seeing her reaction.

Even though it hurts, I’m proud of myself for not caving in today and giving her tablet back, because she definitely asked. I told her not until the elves come back. Leah’s birthday is Monday and she will be crushed if her elves aren’t back by then. I’m going to hold out as long as I can because the magic these elves hold over my daughter really is magical. I hate having to use them against her but honestly I didn’t know what else to do.

Which brings me back to my statement about Leah only treating me badly and everyone else just fine. It’s because we are together almost 24/7, she is most comfortable with me and she knows my love for her has no end. Therefore she feels she can act any way she wants and I will forgive her because I am her Mom and I will always love her. At 7, she realizes that my love for her will never change, but there are going to be more consequences for bad behavior.

As a Mom, who suffers from an invisible illness, sometimes my guilt gets the best of me as I understand how short life can be. I honestly don’t want my daughter to remember her Mama as being strict and mean. I am more about making the best memories for her. I’m finally finding a balance and we all know these phases change daily. Just trying to make it through one day at a time with this one. She is definitely a challenge but I wouldn’t trade her for anything.

Becoming A Mom

I always pictured having children but honestly never gave it too much thought. I had been dating my husband for 5 years before he proposed. We had a 2 year engagement as we wanted to take our time. Just about a year into living in wedding bliss my husband brought up the topic of starting a family. I was elated!

This honestly came as a huge shock to me as my husband had said several times in the past that he did NOT want kids. We were young and I figured one day he’d change his mind! Well, he did and on April 1, 2009 we found out that I was 8 weeks pregnant!

After 9 long months of what may have been the worst pregnancy ever, I gave birth to our little angel Leah May. Who stole our hearts from the second we laid our eyes on her. I watched my strong, tough, not emotional husband brought to tears the second Leah was placed in his arms. I don’t think I even have the words to describe the feeling of becoming a parent for the first time. It was literally the best day of my life.

For the next 2 weeks my husband and I slept in the living room, each on a couch. Leah was in her bassinet in between us and we took turns getting up with her. We didn’t have a clue what we were doing but somehow we did it!

I don’t think I could even come close to writing the “Parenting Manual”. It’s all trial and error and trying to remember that the days may seem extremely long but the years pass so fast. Cherish every second, say yes to extra hugs and kisses! Try to let the little things go, otherwise you’ll be upset 24/7. 

I’ve learned to laugh, even when I want to reprimand, yell or cry! My little Leah is turning 8 years old next week and she has grown up so much. She is so different from the little toddler I still see her as. I’m in awe of her sometimes and the things she knows and says. 

She is my favorite person to have a conversation with. My husband and I have decided a long time ago that she was the best decision we’ve ever made. He says she is a mini me! The best present I could ever give him. ❤️ That melts my heart! She is the reason I breathe.

About Amy

Hello!

My name is Amy and I was recently asked by Jessica to be a Contributer to her Blog! I can’t tell you all how excited I am to join her, as writing has always been a huge passion of mine since I was very young.

I am 36 years old, married to my best friend for 10 years now, and we’ve been together for 17 years. We live in a small New England City, and absolutely love the North East. We’ve grown up together and have been through so much. I don’t know what I would do without him. We were blessed with 1 daughter, who will be 8 next week. Being a Mom and wife has changed me for the better. I would do anything for my little family! It is by far the hardest job I’ve ever done yet probably my favorite and most rewarding.

When I was 32 I was diagnosed with Cancer and was forced to become a stay at home Mom, after my surgeries and treatments. I consider myself a Survivor as I’ve had to fight for everything since that horrible day that I received the news. Little did I know that this life event would lead me to my passion and help me realize what I really wanted to be doing with my life. First, I am a stay at home Mom, dedicated to taking care of my daughter and husband to the best of my ability. Secondly, I have found talents that I did not know I had. Probably because I have always worked full time and sometimes a second job on top of being Mom and a wife. Having all this free time, has given me the time to really think.

 

Where my life is now:

This past year I made Toothfairy Pillows for Christmas presents and was talked into selling them. I really didn’t think much of it. I made a Facebook page to sell my handmade Toothfairy Pillows and named it Fairytale Pillows by Amy. To my surprise my business took off fairly quickly and I soon had a web page and business cards and have done several customs orders! I absolutely love what I do and I couldn’t be happier.

Fairytale Pillows by Amy

Drawings From My Heart

I also found a hidden talent, I can draw! Sketching is probably one of my favorite things to do. I also made a Facebook page to share my drawings. When I’m not making pillows I always have my sketch pad open. You never know where this could take me as I was recently asked to draw a logo for a small business! I do consider myself an Artist. Although I am self taught, I do a lot of research and watch tutorials and I don’t think I can explain how much I love it! I challenge myself daily and take on way too much, and that is who I am! I love making people happy and that is the main focus of my business!

My Fairytale Pillows Website

I will be posting mainly about Parenting topics and hope to put a smile on your faces.

 

 

 

 

New Contributor!

Hi there!

I wanted to tell you all about something new going on here at What’s Happening With Jessica?! I have decided to take on contributors. This is so exciting because we will have more to offer you. As you know, I am a full time Mom and finding time to write everything that I would like is very difficult. I have a pretty long list of topics I want to share with you.
For some time now, I have been wanting to add more about parenting, natural living and even homeschool to my site. 

So, for now I have invited one special lady to help with my parenting page. Her name is Amy. She is a Mother, wife, artist and entrepreneur. Her newfound passion is hand-making tooth fairy pillows. Along with the pillows she hand sew’s herself, she also does amazing sketches and has her very own BLOG as well.

I am very happy to have her as a contributor and cannot wait to see what she writes for us! Please take some time and visit her Facebook page. You really will love her work.

Fairytale Pillows By Amy

Drawing from my Heart