Sunday, September 30, 2012

Mommy Moments Blog Hop - Cohost

Welcome back for another week of Mommy Moments Monday Blog Hoppin'!  

We had some amazing link ups last week, but the top viewed link belongs to Amanda from Lovin' Country Livin' and her post The First Six Weeks Of Motherhood.
Isn't her little son just precious? I loved reading her post and her perspective on adjusting to life with a newborn! She's got some great humor tied up in the reality of all those wonderful new mommy adventures.
Make sure you stop by and say hi to Amanda over at Lovin' Country Livin'  real quick before linking up today! 

Alrighty, now it's up to you to make this the mom party of the week and link up your posts!

 To link up, just...

1. Follow Host: The Life Of Faith 

2. Link up your post!
Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren't a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!

3. Add the Mommy Moments button to your post or blog so everyone knows where you are linking up!

4. Explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 

5. Tweet or Share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends!

The Life Of Faith
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P.S. I will be having a new guest host every week! Want to be a guest host of the Mommy Moments Blog Hop? Send Faith a message at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com. We would love to have you on board!

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Gold Fish Ban, Family Dinner Fail and Some Fun Too

I have been oh so busy being a cleaning machine that my mind is total mush! Thought I would share some our past few days with you!  
First we tried to have a nice family dinner, all at the table together.  We usually don't do this for many reasons.  Our kids are usually ready to eat much earlier than we are and also they rarely eat what we do just because they are all so dang picky.  Well I decided to give it a go and it was horrible!  lol
Heres my oldest telling me how yucky it was.  We had spaghetti squash, which he usually likes.  He would say 'mmmm delicious' then in the next minute he would say 'I no like it! its yucky'

Then our sweet little princess was throwing it everywhere!  She normally throws her food on the floor when shes done, which drives me nuts. But because brother was being a stink she was following suit.

I decided we are banning Cheezeits and Gold Fish because this always happens!  I never fails when I to the bathroom they rush to the cabinet get out one of these crackers and dump them all over the floor!  I am quite certian that my vacuum bag consitsts of 99% cracker crumbs.  When this happens I just vacuum them up!
Jax was very happy about being surrounded by food for a minute! ha


Gotta love messy faces!  ha

Of all the places to sit they always all cram in my lap in the recliner.  Makes for fun snuggles

Princess and I were having fun being silly while waiting in the car for Mimi and Benjamin!

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Meet Jennifer from My Not So Glamorous Life

Today I wanted to intro you to one of my lovely sponsors!!!  Her blog is one of my favs and I absolutely adore it!  If    you havent been over to Jenns {Not So} Glamorous Life I promise you will want to head over and follow her now!
 Lets meet her!

"My {Not So} Glamorous Life chronicles the days of another American housewife enjoying the little things. (And not enjoying the big things. Like housework.) 
Here you'll find a woman who is happily married, busy all the time, semi-crafty, obsessed with creating memories for the kids, and despises housework. Here, you'll find real. (Real=Imperfect!) A real mommy, with real kids, making real messes. A real marriage that takes work to maintain. We might be imperfect, and it may not be glamorous, but we have fun, and we have love. Wont you join us?"

Thank you so much Jennifer for being part of Monkeys and Tutus!  
You are truly a gem!

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Can I be like her please

I know its not right to want to be someone else... To look at her and say man I wish I was her! I want what she has, I want to do the things she does, I want to dress like her, act like her, cook like her etc... But the woman described in Proverbs 31 is truly a testament of what kind of wife and mother I truly long to be. 

Hymn to a Good Wife

Prov 10-31(MSG)  A good woman is hard to find,
    and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
    and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously
    all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
    and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
    and brings back exotic surprises.
She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast
    for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,
    then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
    rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
    is in no hurry to call it quits for the day
She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
    diligent in homemaking.
She’s quick to assist anyone in need,
    reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows;
    their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing,
    and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected
    when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them,
    brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
    and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
    and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
    her husband joins in with words of praise:
“Many women have done wonderful things,
    but you’ve outclassed them all!”
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
    The woman to be admired and praised
    is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
    Festoon her life with praises!

I read an amazing post the other day by Heather of Cook Family Chronicles called The Ministry of House Work  
Amazing post!  And totally amazing blog totally worth checking out!

Her post was beyond beautiful and so easy for us to forget that our family is our ministry, the things we do for our family is our ministry.  
In 2008 I went to Uganda Africa and fell in love with those beautiful children and that country.  Its easy to see doing things in Africa as ministry but ministry opportunities are all around us not just in foreign countries.  I spent 3 years on staff at a church and I loved working in the 'ministry'  Its always something I thought I would do and I never thought of the things I do every day as ministry.  

Its so easy for me to get frustrated and say whats the point.  Most days are a little crazy around here and lately our days have been starting earlier and earlier.  Jax still wakes up several times each night which makes early mornings even more annoying. Our laundry is beyond overflowing.  I feel like an epic failure when my hubs goes to get ready for work and says I don’t have any clean pants?! Or where are all the clean towels?  I just can’t seem to get ahead!  Most days cleaning seems pointless, I do it many times and it’s a mess 10 mins later  My sweet lil monkeys mess it up faster than I can clean it up. We watch way to much TV and most days seem to be a free for all run amuck kind of days with no progress really made, maybe a load of laundry done etc.  
This is seriously the story of my life!

When I was growing up my mom was ALWAYS on the go.. She rarely sat down and vedged, as a matter of fact I don't know that she knew how to. That's because she was and is a great wife and mother. She could have worked a 13 hour day and still found energy to keep care of her husband and house. I used to think dang mom take some time for yourself why are you doing this for your husband can't he do it himself etc. But she had embraced what God had called her to do and was and still is very much like the woman described in the verses above.

When my hubs came home from deployment we went on a mini 3 day vaca and my mom stayed here and took care of my 3 kids.  When we got home the house was clean, rearranged, all the laundry done, all the dishes done etc.  My hubs said maybe someday I would learn to be like her.  I was a little ticked off but at the same time well its true.  Of course she only had to do it for 3 days which is totally different then living it every day but still..

Steven Curtis Chapman - Do Everything (Official Music Video) from steven-curtis-chapman on GodTube.

Before you stop the song playing listen to beginning.. it is totally perfect for mommies!  LOVE the words!  

The post Heather wrote about housework being a ministry seriously stuck out to me.  It was one of those posts I just happened to stumble upon and then couldn’t get it out of my mind.  This verse seriously sums it up…
Colossians 3:23
Amplified Bible (AMP)
23 Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men,

It really is time to find joy in laundry not bc laundry is fun but you are doing it for your family and ultimately doing it for Jesus, take joy in cooking dinner and doing dishes, running around  simply bc thats what a good wife and mama do! Time to quit being soo lazy and embrace the wondrous job I have been given as a woman and rise up and take care of my Husband, Babies and our house!
So this begins a new journey, a time to put down self and flesh and laziness and rise up and be the crowning joy of my family and aspire to be just like the Proverbs 31 woman.

PS Mommy to Mommy Q&A Thursdays will return next week!

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Meet Mandy from Pretty Little Endeavors

I'm Mandy & I blog over at Pretty Little Endeavors!
 I write a lifestyle blog. I write for me. I write real posts. No sugar coating. Blogging should be fun. Never fake. I'm a sassy and sarcastic kind of girl. It's too easy to make me laugh.. But, it's almost impossible to make me mad. I work & go to school full time.. So, I take any chance I can to have some fun! I have a severe addiction to shopping and caffeine. I live for a fabulous sale and a hot cup of coffee.
 I have been dating my best friend officially for over 2 years.
He has made me happier than I've ever been in my life & with myself. We share an extreme obsession for the Detroit Red Wings
I'm a total boy when it comes to hockey. & I'm a total girl when it comes to any other sport. I was born, raised & currently stuck in Michigan.. But, I was made for Nashville, Tennessee.
I can't wait until I can call it home in a few years! Come stop by my little blog! I'd LOVE to meet all of you!!

Thank you Mandy for your support of Monkeys & Tutus!  I hope all my readers check out your super fun blog and have a great time reading just like I do!!!  

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Tuesday Tango Link Up

The Tuesday Tango is a multiple link-up post for everyone to meet new people and grow your audience. There will be eight link-ups that you can add your link to - Twitter, Facebook, Hello Cotton, Bloglovin, Instagram, Pinterest, Better Blogger Network, and RevolutionizeHer.
All you have to do is follow the host(s) for that week and then add whoever else you'd like to!
Permanent Hosts:
This Week's Rotating Hosts:
Follow the host(s)
Add your links to any/all of the link-ups
Add at least 5 people from the link-ups
- - -
Want to host one of the weeks? Let us know!

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Meet Some of My Sponsors and a GIVEAWAY

Here at Monkeys & Tutus I have some of the most awesome sponsors!  I wanted to take a special post to intro you to some of them!   

 "All My Love for All My Days" is a blog about sharing love.  All I want to do with my life is show Christ's love for humanity, to love the journey, and to share my love of the journey with you.

Danette is giving away a Medium Ad Space from 
All My Love For All My Days
Just for fun I asked Danette to share one of her fav posts from the past few weeks with us! Here      it is!
This is one of my fav posts from Danette!  It seriously spoke to me and helped me beyond what I can describe!

 Started back in 2010 to remember the good times, Life in aBreak Down has become a place where I share my loves and life, hopefully passing to the reader some new products, shops and inventions they can lustover as much as I do. My animal and other half also feature regularly on my blog -helping bring to it the cuteness and Morphfactor.  So grab a cuppa and pop on by – I would love for you to say hi!

Sarah is giving away a Corgi Ad Space from 
Life In A Breakdown
This is one of Sarahs fav posts and its super fun! Check it out 
This is one of my fav posts from Sarah this past week!  Love the Colors!!!

I am first and foremost a stay at home mom. I enjoy almost all things to do with hair and makeup .  I have been married to my prince charming for almost 9 years.    
I am a {retired} hairstylist and I own too many sunglasses, however still searching for that special pair. I enjoy cooking for our family and  look forward to sharing the occasional recipe. My Tuesday nights haven’t been the same since Buffy the Vampire Slayer went off the air in 2003. Gilmore Girls was a close second and I still enjoy the re-runs.

Hailey is giving away a $10 Target Gift Card from 
Love Laughter & Lipstick
Here is one of Haileys Fav Posts from this past week! Love it! 
This is my fav post from Hailey last week! She seriously has the cutest lil baby EVER!

 Blogging started as a way for me to have a creative outlet and it has really become so much more.  I enjoy getting to know my followers and reading new blogs.  What can you find on my blog?  Random mommy stories about my little guy whose nickname is bear. Random posts about tv and my favorite things.  Random recipes.  Do you see the theme to my posting is random??  In all seriousness, my blog is just a little bit of everything that is going on in my life.  I hope you will stop by and get to know me.
Sara is giving away a $10 Amazon Giftcard from Confessions of a Redheaded Mama
This is one of Saras Fav Posts from the past week
This is one of my favs from Sara with some yummy recipies! MMM

And I am throwing in a $10 Starbucks Gift Card from Monkeys & Tutus

1 winner takes all!!!

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Mommy Moments Blog Hop

Welcome back for another week of Mommy Moments Monday Blog Hop!  
Last week we had almost 50 link ups! THANK YOU to everyone who linked up, shared, tweeted, facebooked, and thanks for coming back to link up again this week. I hope you all have made some fantastic friends through this linky party. I know I have! And we are extra excited for this week because there are 3 new co-hosts!  Woohoo!!!

All of these ladies are fantastic bloggers and some of my best friends in the blogging world. They are absolute sweethearts and I know you will love them!

Megan from The Mrs.

Sarah from The Not Quite Military Wife!

Misty from Monkeys and Tutus!

And don't forget about Callie from Through Clouded Glass,
Our returning co-host from last week!

Alrighty, now on to the real deal...linking up!
Here's how it's done...

1. Follow Host: The Life Of Faith 

2. Decide what post that you would like to share, and add the Mommy Moments button or a text link-back to your post.

3. Come back here and add the direct link for your post to the link-up below!  Make sure it's the direct link, not just the link to your home page.

4. Explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! At least two other posts would be great.

5. Tweet or Share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends!
Mommy Moments Blog Hop
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P.S. I will be having a new guest host every week! Want to be a guest host of the Mommy Moments Blog Hop? Send me a message at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com. We would love to have you on board!

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