I Am Yours

I’m hoping I can put into words what I’ve been feeling and experiencing lately. I’ve purposefully avoided posting anything personal these past few weeks because I want to be more intentional with what I write and share. I have continued to share reviews and giveaways, but I truly want to use this blog for good, and for now the reviews are providing us with goods and a tiny bit of income for me to continue keeping Mustard Seed Mommy live.

We returned home from our vacation to Pigeon Forge, TN a week ago… and oh man, this past week has been very challenging. J went back to work and was hit in the face with a storm of epic proportions, he is so short staffed and has been covering those shifts and trying to complete his own job. On top of that he is also working to get his Associates in Computer Information Technology… and those classes started the day after we got home. So basically my children got to see their daddy four times in the past 8 days (including this afternoon). Returning to school for him is a huge deal, I’m so proud of him… and this past week has shown us both that it was the BEST decision. We will be glad to say goodbye to dietary management once he receives his degree!

Returning home from vacation also meant getting back into a routine with the kids, however with J’s crazy schedule we weren’t able to do that. Everything that’s happened this past week has thrown them from a loop. Bedtimes have been insane, daily routine has been thrown out the window… I haven’t been able to complete a single chore. It’s seriously been insane. So insane that I have found myself grasping at the only One I could possibly hold on to during hard times.

This past year I have needed Christ more than I ever have, honestly I don’t know how I would have made it through without my faith or relationship with Christ. Through anxiety, depression, loneliness, disappointment… it’s all been so overwhelming. I struggled during my pregnancy with Baby Bird, I struggled through job changes and job loss with J. It’s been a tough year. Through these trials God has revealed Himself to me in some of the most inspiring and awesome ways. The passing of a friend shook me to my core and opened my eyes, words from my children’s godmother have reminded me that I’m not alone… I feel like that despite everything we are going through I am finally realizing that with God holding my hand I will never be lonely, I will never need to be afraid, I will never have to feel the terrible ways I have felt this past year. I can lay everything at His feet, I can fall on my knees and just hand every emotion, disappointment, mistake and fear to Him. I don’t have to wonder or question what my life is going to be like if things don’t go my way… because His way is perfect and flawless.

I’m still going to have tears, fears, anxieties, sadness… but I can pull myself up and brush it off because Christ is pulling me up and giving me the strength to press on. I’m never going to be perfect, I’m never going to have the “dream” life I’ve always hoped to have, I’m going to struggle through my relationship with J and my relationships with my children… they won’t be picture perfect, they’ll be flawed and I’ll mistakes along the way. And that’s okay.

I will call upon His name, I will keep my eyes above the waves. When oceans rise my soul will rest in HIS embrace because I am HIS and He is mine. Thank you Lord for showing yourself to me in such a BIG way. Thank you for loving me and forgiving me despite the many flaws I have and mistakes I have made. Thank you for using my children, my husband and my friends and family to teach me the many lessons I need to learn.

Girls Rash Guard Review

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Not only are we trying to teach our kids about modesty (and not just in the clothes we wear but in how we present ourselves!) but we are also trying to find ways to protect our babies’ skin from the harsh sun. My children are not as fair skinned as I am, they actually inherited a little bit of J’s darker skin (he has Cherokee in his blood of course, haha). Despite that trait from their father, it doesn’t take much sun to darken their skin and I worry about how much exposure they are getting.

The biggest problem is finding age appropriate bathing suits that cover their skin modestly AND doesn’t cost a FORTUNE! When I came across this rash guard for girls I knew it would be perfect! It’s super light weight, it’s airy, and the fit is fantastic. I actually bought it a size up so she can wear it next year as well.

These are made in the USA and are sewn with a state of the art double flat lock stitching that insures that these are the highest possible quality. They provide a UPF of 50 from the sun’s UV rays. AND if you buy this shirt and are not satisfied they provide a 100% money back guarantee, and a lifetime warranty program!

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We do have regular bathing suits (one piece) that she wears around the house, usually in the evenings when our yard is shaded. We also have a suit that my mother in law found at Gymboree that has a short sleeve rash guard and bikini bottoms. I’m still not crazy about the bottoms, but it’s still fairly modest. And if you ask my sweet Boogie, she’ll tell you that the shorts and rash guard shorts are more comfortable!

You can purchase one of these rash guards for girls in black (what we chose) or Carolina blue at Amazon for $18.97.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free product in return for an unbiased and honest review. All opinions and statements are my own!

Baltic Wonder Baltic Amber Teething Necklace Review

If you’re a regular reader then you already know we are big fans of baltic amber for teething. A lot of people think that amber couldn’t possibly help with teething pain, but our children have shown and proven that when they ARE wearing their necklace on a regular basis that they seem to be in less pain.

With Boogie it helped the most with drooling, she did not a drool AT ALL when wearing her necklace, but the one time we broke her necklace she was in a lot more pain and was drooling EVERYWHERE.

Bubby still drooled no matter what, but you could definitely see a difference in his temperament when he was teething. Baby Bird is the same, and I’ve noticed less drooling these past few weeks since I started putting her necklace(s) on more regularly. We have several for Baby Bird, but this one is my go to… I love the coloring, I love how smooth the beads are, and it’s a great fit for her little neck!

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Baltic Amber is anti-inflammatory and contains Succinic acid immune system boosting properties that aid in relieving some of the pain our babies endure during teething. This brand, Baltic Wonder, is made from 100% real Baltic Amber. They are safety knotted and hand crafted to the highest of standards. This necklace is 33cm long and the company gives you a 1 year guarantee!

And please, if you go the route of amber necklaces to help your baby (or toddler!)’s teething pain, remember that these necklaces are meant to be worn against the skin… they should never be chewed on or placed in your baby’s mouth. It should also be taken off for sleep, we either wrap one of Bird’s necklaces around her ankle and place a sock over it or we use a smaller one that we had made specifically for Boogie’s ankle and place a sock over it. Safety first mommas!

Purchase one of these beautiful Baltic Amber necklaces from Amazon for $16.99!

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Disclaimer: I was provided a free necklace in return for an unbiased and honest review. All statements and opinions are mine.

Peek-a Who I See Me! Giveaway

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Liked our review for this I See Me! personalized book? Great! Now you can enter the giveaway below to win one of your very own! It’s super easy, just fill out the widget below for your chance to win! Winner’s entries will be verified.

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Peek-a WHO? I See Me Book Review

I’ve reviewed another I See Me book a few months ago, you can find that particular review HERE. I had that one made for Baby Bird and decided to go ahead and have this new I See Me book made for her as well.

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If you are a regular reader then you know that I do not use my children’s real names on my blog. Therefore, I can’t share actual pictures of the book I had made for her, but I promise…. it’s so adorable. I’m in love with this book. We actually have the original board book, Peek-a Who? by Nina Laden. It was one of Boogie’s favorites as a toddler. So, I was super excited about this personalized book.

On the cover it has “Baby Bird’s (except it’s her real name, duh!) Peek-a Who?” and on the inside cover there is a photograph of my sweet baby and it reads:

We Love You! This book was made especially for Baby Bird who arrived December 8, 2014.

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On each “Peek-a…” page it reads as “Child’s name, Peek-a…”. Baby Bird LOVES it, she gets excited when we say her name and “peek-a….”! The other pages are just like from the original book and a few have some personalized surprises, just as you can see in the cow photo.

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At the end of the book, in the original, you’ll see “Peek-a….. you!” and there’s a mirror so you can see YOU! In this personalized version there’s a picture of your child! Ah, I just can’t get over how adorable this book is!

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These books became available for purchase on July 16th, so hurry over to I See Me! to create your own! Just click the image below to go directly to their site.

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Interested in winning a personalized copy of this book? Just head over to THIS post on my blog to enter!

Disclaimer: I received a free personalized book in return for an unbiased and honest review. All statements above are my own.