Wine not Wednesday

Happy hump day, friends! I’m so glad you’re here to join me.

Today’s WNW topic: Life changing Podcasts

Today I’m sipping on Columbia Winery’s Red Blend

I’m one of those odd people that need noise on at all times. Even when I go to bed I have to listen to white noise. Instead of using the TV or music (although I do love having dance parties with the fam before bedtime…), I try to use this time to learn something new. So every day, during the quiet hours, I turn on one of these life changing podcasts:

  1. Risen Motherhood– My goodness this is the most motivational motherhood podcasts I have ever listened to. Not only is it motivational in your average daily motherhood, but it also dives into scripture and informs you of ways to bring in the gospel into your child’s every day life as well as how to be a more biblical mom, wife, provider, and friend. I highly suggest you give these ladies a listen to.
  2. Super Soul Sunday’s with Oprah– I mean, come on. You may disagree with some of her politics, but the lady is smart. She is the ultimate #girlboss and anything she puts out on podcast is sure to inspire you in numerous ways.
  3. Wellness Mama– Ever have questions on your kiddos holistic health? What to feed them? Why to do this, versus that? This mama podcast goes over all that good stuff while interviewing leaders in the health and wellness world.
  4. Marie Forleo– Recognized by Oprah herself, Marie Forleo is a business mentor, author, and motivational speaker. If there is anything you are trying to accomplish in the career/entreprenurial world, Marie Forleo will give you the tips and motivation to achieve it!
  5. Stuff you Missed in History Class– Even if you loved history class and feel like you know it all, this podcast will teach you otherwise!

If any of these interest you, go to the podcast app on your cell phone and download them onto your feed.

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Wine not Wednesday Vol.2

Happy Wine not Wednesday! Today I’m going to start with a few places on my Bucket List, and end with some of my all time favorite books.

Wine not Wednesday vol.2-3

Today I am drinking Noble Vine’s Rosé

Bucket List Destinations:

  1. Provence, France
  2. Ireland
  3. Santorini, Greece
  4. India
  5. The Virgin Islands

Favorite books:

  1. “The Island” by Victoria Hislop
  2. “The Birth of Venus” by Sarah Dunant
  3. “Last Light over Caolina” by Mary Alice Monroe
  4. “Dreams of Joy” by Lisa See
  5. “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown

Wine not Wednesday vol.1

Adding on to Sunday’s coffee chats, I will also be starting up another series called “Wine not Wednesday”. On these days, I will be going over other hot topics in my life. These may range from podcasts I listen to, conversations about marriage, motherhood, my dog, and so much more!

Today’s topic: How I’m currently dealing with tantrums

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Today I am drinking Target’s $5 California Roots Chardonnay

Okay, I don’t know about you guys, but Aspen was a perfect baby. She slept through the night by three weeks old, was never fussy, never had troubles nursing or gaining weight, and was all over PERFECT. And then toddlerhood hit. And don’t get me wrong, in terms of toddlerhood, she really isn’t that bad (yet), but I will admit that there have been numerous days that I’ve had to hit my knees praying because I was at a complete loss with my parenting.

Mama, I get it. And I promise you are not alone in this.

Whenever I offer advice, it’s not because I am an expert. I am so beyond far from being a perfect mom, but I will on the occasion share what has worked for me and what has not.

So, let’s talk tantrums.

Recently Aspen has been entering the tantrum phase. You’d think I would be used to this by now, with the years I spent in childcare and all. But no, it is SO different as a full time mama. There are days I have to put her in her room to calm down, and then I turn right around to do the same for me. I LITERALLY HAVE TO PUT MYSELF IN A MOMMY TIMEOUT to calm down so I don’t overreact to the fact that my daughter is just being a toddler.

Keep in mind, over reacting and reacting are two very separate things.

So what do I do when I go to get my upset toddler out of time out? I get on her level, look her dead in the eyes, and tell her that I lover her no matter what. And then I proceed to tell her (calmly, might I add), that although I love her unconditionally, that does not mean that I will excuse her behavior. So then I remind her of what she did to deserve that time out in the first place, and then I make her repeat “I’m sorry mommy. I promise I won’t do ________ again. I love you”. And then I give her a hug and kiss, and we go on with our day.

Y’all, motherhood can be hard. I mean, it is such a beautiful journey and I love every second of it, but that does not mean it doesn’t kick my ass some days. Hang in there, you’re not alone. And I promise I am praying for you and your little family’s journey.