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Real Food For Babies!




Hello friends! Hope you are all doing well and are getting some rest before all the hustle and bustle of the Holidays! Baby number 3 is due in April and we are getting ready a little earlier than usual so we are not overwhelmed with 3 little people in the house. I can’t believe we are going to be outnumbered!



Since this is baby number 3 we have a pretty good grip on what we will need for that babyhood stage. We know which diapers were going to use, which swaddles, and now we know about the booger sucker connected to the straw which is totally genius.



After doing some research I found out which baby food brand looks the best for us as well! I had Ryder test some for us and he has been enjoying some “baby sauce” (Beech-Nut®’s Just Apples!) so  that's a great sign!



Here are a few reasons to love Beech-Nut® Naturals™



-It’s affordable! I love the price point of all their products!

-Their food was created with the input of real moms and dads, like the employees from the company visited real families homes and watched babies eat! How cool is that!

-Everything is inspired by homemade. Homemade is awesome! But I know that I will not have the time or energy to make all of baby Sadie’s food! And that is fine by me!

-The food is made with real fruits and veggies just like you would use if you were to make it yourself.

-It is 100% natural! 100%! Nothing is artificial!

-Don’t panic you can get it in organic! Beech-Nut® also offers a line of organic food, woo-hoo!



There are many reasons to love Beech-Nut® and I’m just so excited and relieved that when it’s time for baby food we will know right where to go and what to grab!





Get Geared Up for Cold/Flu Season!


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc., Kleenex, Lipton, and Theraflu. All opinions are mine alone. #FluSeasonHacks #CollectiveBias




Hello Friends!



I am so excited for cooler weather! I can’t tell you how happy I was to visit our local pumpkin patch and not be sweating! Because in years past that has totally happened! And then I just go home, crank the AC and pretend it’s fall. Every time though, when it gets cooler, I feel like cold/flu season just creeps right back into our home. Without fail one of us will get sick and then soon after were all suffering. And can I just say, one of the worst things about this whole deal is the store run for cold/flu supplies. I have two little kids, and getting them to a store is no easy feat. It’s literally an adventure, every time. So this year I decided to get together a little box of goods to sit in our pantry just ready for when the germs decide to come out. Here is what I picked up from Ralph’s:




Kleenex® Germ Removal Wet Wipes with dependable care and ultimate softness, to wipe yucky hands and surfaces.

Lipton Bedtime Bliss tea, which I may have already dug into...it’s really good! Their wellness range, made with carefully selected botanicals and blended with essential oils, helps make wellbeing a part of your everyday routine. An herbal infusion that sings you to sleep, like a lullaby in a cup.*


Theraflu Power Pods Nighttime Severe Cold, how cool are these! You just pop one into your single serve coffee maker and you are good to go! Press. Sip. Relief. It’s powerful relief without a prescription.


They temporarily relieve these symptoms due to a cold:

minor aches and pains
headache
nasal and sinus congestion
cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation
minor sore throat pain
Temporarily reduces fever

After I gathered these things to get my stash started I just got a little basket and labeled it! Then put it up high!

Just having some of this stuff ready and available makes me feel a lot less stressed about the chance of someone coming down with something. I definitely plan on adding more things here and there especially for the kiddos so I am happy I got this little stash started!



If you would like to check out any of the products I mentioned above you can go here or visit your local Kroger. I shopped at Ralphs which is part of the Kroger Family of Stores.



Look for the $1.50 coupon on 4-pack Kleenex Facial Tissues, for Kleenex Germ Removal Wet Wipes. And, 11/4-11/24 you can get .50¢ off Kleenex 4-pack bundles and Kleenex Wet Wipes via this digital offer. You can also save $2.00 on any ONE (1) Theraflu Power Pods through 12/8, via this digital offer.







Kleenex - ©KCWW, Lipton - © 2018 Unilever Theraflu - ©2018 the GSK group of companies or its licensor. Read and follow label directions. Theraflu is for use in adults 12 years and older. Use products only as directed.



*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent disease.



Quiet Time With Little Ones In The Home




Quiet time, what is it and why is it important?

I hear this term a lot! In church, between friends, in books and in podcasts it seems everybody is stressing the importance of quiet time. For good reason! I feel like this can be different for everyone but for me quiet time is just taking a moment out of my day to spend time with Jesus and keep my heart on things above rather than the things of this world.  A chance to grow and hide truth in my heart so I can live out the day walking in His grace.

This world is heavy guys! So so heavy. But Jesus says:
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” 
Matthew 11:28-30
So just taking the time out of everyday do just lift my eyes and take them off my current circumstance does so much good!

I started doing this when I moved to Washington, I can't even tell you why I started, I just did! Then as soon as Avery was born it has been different. I suddenly didn't get my standard 30min-1hr everyday. It turned into what ever I could do before she needed to eat again. But as she grew and nap times got more consistent I had my time again.

Plot twist, Ryder came and I was back to just squeezing whatever time I had in. And that's the thing about this. The rule is there are no rules. You just do what works for you in your current season. Give lots and lots of grace.



Some things that have helped me:

  • Doing a Bible study, we have them in the spring and fall in out local church and it is a great was to keep me accountable as well as learn from other believers. 

  • Doing a Bible study on my own, I love the studies from Well Watered Women and The Daily Grace Co. Both these companies do a great job showing how the Bible is so relevant to our everyday life. Side note: Well Watered Women is a great resource! They have a great blog and share truth daily on their social media accounts. Definitely check them out! https://www.instagram.com/wellwateredwomen/

  • Prayer journals, sometimes when I have no time to finish my study I just pray. But I'm just really tired and a little (a lot) scatterbrained so writing down my prayers in a journal has helped me so much! My absolute favorite journal is from Val Marie Paper I currently have the 6 month version, but I am wanting the yearly SO bad!! It is so neat you guys! It has sections for our world, our country, family, personal prayers, and even some blank spots you can fill in according to what you need. The coolest part is looking back at your finished journal and see what God has done! 

  • Journaling Bible I got a journaling Bible for my birthday a few years ago and it is so special to me! Here is the one I have: Bible the best part is the large margins, so when I'm sitting in bible study, at church or just reading I can write down notes right there! And I can always come back to them. 

  • Listening to the Bible, on the Youversion Bible app on my phone! I don't let this take place of reading the Word but it is super helpful to hear it and then go read it or read it first and listen to it again. You can do this anywhere! I like to do it in the car or while I get ready in the morning. 

  • Podcasts, when I am super busy and all I have is the car ride to Target to change my mindset I love to listen to a Podcast to get encouragement from other Godly women. When I do this it reminds me what to keep my mind on and helps me to dig deeper into the topics talked about. A few of my favorite podcasts
-Risen Motherhood- Feels like I'm hanging out with a couple of friends! These girls are so relatable and do not skimp on truth! They have a great collection of topics and a lot of the time I wish I could take notes haha! Luckily they do that for you in the show notes on their blog.

-Journey Women- Hunter, the host totally feels like your best friend! She is so warm and a great podcaster! She is huge on biblical literacy so herself and her guests are always pointing you back to the word and they encourage you to dig in for yourself!

-At Home With Sally- 10/10 times when I listen to Sally Clarkson's podcasts I feel better. She is such a wealth of wisdom! It feels like you are spending time with the sweetest mentor when you listen to her! She is also an amazing writer! I love these books of hers: SALLYS BOOKS




A few other thoughts:
-Your quiet time might not be quiet, more than likely you will get interrupted. But if you are doing it with kiddos who are awake how cool is it for them to see their mama in the Word! What a great way to live out what we want for our babies.
-You might have to do it at night, sorry sis. But your little one might wake up before the sun and you might not get to have your coffee with Jesus when you rise. But that's okay! I have had to switch to nights for a long season! And it is so so peaceful at night when everyone is asleep.
-His presence can meet you anywhere! Even in the car when you are singing to your favorite worship song! Rejoice friend, even just singing in the car you are worshiping the King!

So I think what I am trying to say here is quiet time with the Lord does not have to be big, it doesn't need to be fancy! You just need to find what works for you in your current season of life. That could be just reading and meditating on one verse or it could be a full on inductive Bible study!

I hope this helps and was a little encouragement!

In love,
Rachel



The Crutch and the Cast

So I quit social media.

And it feels freakin' awesome!

Disclaimer: I do not believe social media is bad! Ask my husband about how much I love it, I love connecting and being connected!

Social media isn't bad just like donuts, wine and coffee aren't bad. But the thing is when social media, wine, coffee or donuts become a crutch then a good thing becomes a bad thing. And that's where I found myself on the evening of 2/22/18. I was so tired from the day. Just done with the cleaning, the wiping, the yelling d o n e. So I sat on my bed while my kids were running wild and started scrolling. I wasn't scrolling to see what my friends were up to though,

I was scrolling to escape.

Instead of getting baths ready and jammies on I just wanted to escape. Which gets kinda icky for me. When I do this escape thing and my kids ask me for something instead of responding with love I am responding with anger for interrupting my made up escape time.

And that just isn't going to work for me.

Crutches can help you through something but they won't ever heal you. If you break your leg your crutches aren't going to heal your break. The cast will though.

When I am feeling stressed, tired, overwhelmed or anxious I'm learning I don't need to reach for my crutch which is social media but I need to reach for my cast! And that is Jesus! His truths, His word, His presence. Every hour I need Him.


Want to know the other big huge tug on my heart telling me to quit.

My phone told me how much time I spent on Instagram in a week and I almost barfed.

e l e v e n        hours.

11


If you want to check your usage on an iphone you can go to settings-battery-last 7 days- hit the little clock on the right. 


So I'm just doing an experiment on myself from 2/22-3/29 then I'll be able to regroup. I do have two more posts I have agreed to prior so I will have to get online for those.

But man! What a heart check! It's been really good though! And unfortunately I have only reached for my phone when I'm feeling anxious, tired or overwhelmed. I am still checking emails, blogging and checking pinterest. Those things especially blogging breathe life so they can stay! I'm excited to check back in at the end of March! I'll be updating things on my blog though! Thanks for hanging out with me!

In love, Rachel

*could I pray for you? I would be really blessed to! email me at hello@mamaloveslittle.com


Extra time to make mickey pizzas! 

5$ scrapbooking supplies at Hobby Lobby! Sure! Looks like I have a new hobby...

Avery planning her fairy garden

Bub and I at baseball practice!