Hello? Anybody Out There?

by jessicalieb on January 20, 2016 · 2 comments

I’ve been seriously MIA from this site lately. Life has been busy and I’ve been totally unmotivated to write. Every time I sit down at the computer a child needs me. It’s OK though cause I’d much rather be out helping of playing with my boys than stuck in front of a computer. I had that job once and it sucked.

So here’s what we’ve been doing these past few weeks….

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I’m hoping to find my motivation to blog around here somewhere… if you find it let me know.

In the meantime follow on Instagram so you can see all our fun adventures.

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Choosing a slow life

by jessicalieb on January 1, 2016 · 1 comment

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I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want for our family. Like most mothers I feel pressure to do all the things. Crafts, sports, hobbies, lessons, trips, events,… the list goes on. I know my children would love to participate in so many things but is it truly what they need. The thought of chauffeuring my kids around to activities all day stresses me out and when I’m stressed out I’m not a great mama.

When we pulled Jude out of school last year it was a very eye opening experience. It made me more aware of what is truly important and best for our family. We were bullied into treating our child differently than we felt led all the while we thought we were doing what was best. I look back and wish I would have been stronger and would have stood up more for my child but I was in a weak place at the time. I was pregnant, suffering from prenatal depression, mothering a 2 year old and 3 year old, dealing with a death in the family and major financial stress all while trying to navigate an absurd situation with the school. We were deeply hurt by people we had entrusted with the education and care of our child (a very young 6 year old boy). Looking back I see the scars that were left on my mama heart and I am deeply saddened. We took great care in selecting a school that would be a safe place for our son only to turn around and be blindsided, in the name of Christ, with an attack on our son, our parenting, our family. All this led me to the realization that no one has my child’s best interest at heart except me(and my husband).

I never wanted to be a homeschool mom but I know beyond all doubt that this is the best choice for our family. It’s not easy and I have to remind myself everyday of why I’m here.

We aren’t going to be that family running around town from soccer practice to piano lessons. It’s not what’s best for me or my kids. My boys’ needs are pretty simple. They need quality time… with me, with Joe, with each other, with nature, with God, with nothing to do and no where to go. Opportunity to be still and just be. I want to teach my boys (and myself) to appreciate the quiet. To stop and listen to God. To slow down and live life with others. No going. No doing. Just being.

I want to be intentional about living a life that is peaceful and joyful. Slowing down and enjoying each day because these moment with my kids are fleeting. At the end of life no one will remember the activities, events or things we acquired they will remember the time we spent together. It’s time to slow down and really focus on what truly matters… each other.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Movie Review by Joe

by jessicalieb on December 16, 2015 · 2 comments

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the movie the fans have wanted since 1999.

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It might be too intense for small children but Jude will kill me if I don’t take him to see it.

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starwars5669d251bee12 The plot is pretty straight-forward, but Star Wars: The Force Awakens carries the most emotional weight of any Star Wars anything to come out in the last 30 years.

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I swear on the attic full of unopened Star Wars toys that I amassed over my lifetime as a giant nerd that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is better than any of the prequels by a wide margin, and may even be better than Return of the Jedi.  But I will have to watch it 100 more times to be sure.

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I received passes to the featured event in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions stated are Joe’s  because I am sick as a dog and Joe posted this without my knowledge or prior approval.

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Girls Night In Christmas Party with Zoes Kitchen

by jessicalieb on December 10, 2015 · 0 comments

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I love Girls’ Night Out but I’ve found so many of my mama friends are just too tired to go out after a long day of mothering. So this year for Christmas I decided to throw a Girls’ Night In. Zoes Kitchen Catering provided all of the food and drink so all these hard working mamas had to do was show up.

I set up our homeschool room table with all the delicious food and fun TomKat Studio printable decorations  that Zoes Kitchen includes with their catering packages. I ordered the Girls’ Night In catering package which includes:

  • assortment of lean turkey pitas, chicken and slaw pitas and Mediterranean tuna pitas
  • orzo “tabouli” to share
  • hummus and pimento cheese Fresh Take Tubs with pita bread and cucumbers for dipping
  • gallon of limeade (Great for mixing margaritas!)

The Girls’ Night In Package is $99.99 and feed about 10 people.

All of the food was delicious but the orzo “tabouli” was a big hit with my mama friends. I have to say I could have probably eaten the entire container of hummus all by myself but I showed some restraint.

Zoes Kitchen helped create a laid-back, casual evening that my mama friends and myself needed. We had a great time sitting around discussion the joys and challenges of motherhood and ate some delicous food that none of us were responsible for cooking. It was a refreshing and encouraging evening that I know I personally really needed.

This is a compensated post. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and not influenced by the company.

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Holiday Finds for Kids at zulily

12.09.2015

Zulily is one of my go-to spots for holiday shopping. I log in every morning to see what new deals they are offering. In the past I’ve scored some great deals on Mickey Mouse books/toys, LEGO gift sets, workbooks, shoes for the boys and much more. This year they have a great daily selection of […]

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Rolling with the Punches

12.08.2015

Every year about this time (a few weeks before Christmas) I remember that my in-laws favorite Christmas gift is pictures of the boys. So I pull out my beloved, yet underused, Canon and we head to our favorite photo spot. I don’t really know what I’m doing behind the camera, I’m just learning as a […]

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Holiday Shopping at BJs

12.07.2015

I love shopping at BJs. I can always get a great deal on things for my large(ish) family. Right now they have a huge selection of toys and kids products that make great gifts for this holiday season. Here are a few of my favorites: This Stary Skies TeePee is adorable and would be loved […]

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Ring It! from Blue Orange – Game Review

12.06.2015

The creator of the popular Spot it! games, Blue Orange Games, has a fun new game that makes the perfect gift this holiday season, Ring It! Ring It! is a fun for kids ages 5 and up (2 – 9 players) Clap and ring your way to victory! Players continuously flip their cards until a […]

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