Mommy Files: Always listening. Always watching.

Let me start off by saying, I am no parenting expert. Not even close. I'll get real with you. I am a hot mess of a mama who is just trying to keep my two mini humans alive. But I have recently observed something that has really changed the way that I approach parenting them. 

Mommy Files: Always listening. Always watching. | My Only Sunshine

Kiddos are like little sponges. They are absorbing everything. They are always listening and always watching. Noah is two and a half and he sees everything I am doing. And he is at the perfect age to start mimicking my actions and repeating my words. If nothing else makes a person take a step back to look at his or her behavior, this will. 

Its really easy to resort to yelling in parenting. Frankly, sometimes nothing else works. But the other day I watched Noah playing with Sophie and I can't even remember what she did, but immediately he was angry and yelling. I was a little freaked out to see him react like this. The whole night I had it in the back of my mind, wondering where this behavior had come from. 

It made me realize that I needed to approach reacting to Noah's actions differently. I needed to parent with more patience and less yelling. He was hearing me and thinking that yelling was the way to cope with things that he didn't like.  

Ugh. It's seriously so hard. When you have to repeat the same thing over and over and over and you feel like you have to get loud to be heard. When you are only trying to prevent them from getting hurt but they are just not listening. It's so dang hard. But they are little. They are learning. And at the same time that they are learning what not to do from you, they are taking in how to react in situations. They are seeing your response and learning how to behave and how to act. 

It has really made me take a step back and think about everything that I do in front of my kiddos. How I treat and love my husband. How I treat and love myself. How I speak about others. How I react when something isn't going right. How much I use my phone or other types of technology. What I eat. The words I use. EVERYTHING.

No one is perfect. We are all human and it's impossible to do everything right. BUT we can be more aware of how our actions and words are effecting our kids. We can strive to be better and do better for the little ones in our lives. We can at least think about how what we are doing effects their behavior and lives. 

Be patient. Be nice. Love on your kiddos. xo Britt

Party Like a Pineapple - DIY First Birthday

My baby is a year old *insert crying emoji here.* I don't understand how that is even possible. But I threw a birthday bash this last weekend. We partied like pineapples.
Check out all of the fun pieces of my diy first birthday!

Party Like a Pineapple - DIY First Birthday | My Only Sunshine
Party Like a Pineapple - DIY First Birthday | My Only Sunshine
Party Like a Pineapple - DIY First Birthday | My Only Sunshine
Party Like a Pineapple - DIY First Birthday | My Only Sunshine
Party Like a Pineapple - DIY First Birthday | My Only Sunshine
Party Like a Pineapple - DIY First Birthday | My Only Sunshine
Party Like a Pineapple - DIY First Birthday | My Only Sunshine
Party Like a Pineapple - DIY First Birthday | My Only Sunshine
Party Like a Pineapple - DIY First Birthday | My Only Sunshine
Party Like a Pineapple - DIY First Birthday | My Only Sunshine
Party Like a Pineapple - DIY First Birthday | My Only Sunshine
Party Like a Pineapple - DIY First Birthday | My Only Sunshine
Party Like a Pineapple - DIY First Birthday | My Only Sunshine
Party Like a Pineapple - DIY First Birthday | My Only Sunshine
Party Like a Pineapple - DIY First Birthday | My Only Sunshine
Party Like a Pineapple - DIY First Birthday | My Only Sunshine
Party Like a Pineapple - DIY First Birthday | My Only Sunshine

I had so much fun designing all of the parts of this party. I get pretty serious about my party planning :) All of the diys were hard work and took me a long time, but I am so happy how it all turned out. I think it was totally worth it. 

What is your favorite part?

xo, Britt

Don't Be Afraid of Silly Ideas + Free Printable

I have a problem. I have like a million ideas floating around in my brain. Like literally a million. I have plans for my blog, my business, my family, but I also have a ton of self doubt. I am the worst at thinking everything I want to do is silly or can't be done. 

I have been doing quite a bit of self-evaluation lately and it's still surprising to me to see how often I am the main person/thing holding me back. That's a hard thing to realize. Especially when you are feeling like you are working so desperately hard and and feeling like you are going nowhere. And then you see that you are the reason. Yeah it sucks. 

But instead of sitting and having a little pity party for myself, I have decided I need to let myself go. There are no silly ideas. I need to push myself to get out of this self-doubt rut and just go for it. Yes a plan may fail. An idea may not turn out how I thought. BUT that is ok. Because if we don't try we will never know what we could have done. 

How many times do you do this to yourself? I mean I can't be the only one, right? I made this printable for myself and I want to share it. Download it, print it, and keep it somewhere to remind you not to be afraid. Try those ideas even when you think they are silly. You may really surprise yourself. xo, Britt

Don't Be Afraid of Silly Ideas Free Printable | My Only Sunshine

DIY Artificial Succulent + Dino Terrarium

Plants are kinda my thing. My house used to be where plants came do die, but I have come a long way and have been really working on my green thumb. You will find live plants in most rooms of my house, however, I am still a fan of an artificial plant every now and then. I especially love fake succulents. They are so adorable. 

DIY Artificial Succulent + Dino Terrarium
DIY Artificial Succulent + Dino Terrarium

Supplies:

  • terrarium
  • pebbles
  • artificial succulents
  • dino figurine
DIY Artificial Succulent + Dino Terrarium

1. Get your terrarium.

2. Put in your pebbles.

3. Place in your succulents. 

4. Add your figurine + ta-da!

I made this particular terrarium for my little sis, but now that I have it done, I want one for myself! I think I will be making a lot more of these. What little figurine would you put inside your terrarium? xo Britt

DIY Artificial Succulent + Dino Terrarium

DIY Fourth of July Snack Cups

Incorporating red, white, and blue into your decor and party supplies can be simple and fun. And it doesn't have to cost a lot of money. 

I had these plain white snack cups in my party supplies so I decided to dress them up to use for our Fourth of July get-together. 

DIY Fourth of July Snack Cups

Using a pencil, paint, and letter stickers, I turned plain white snack cups into festive fun snack cups. 

DIY Fourth of July Snack Cups
DIY Fourth of July Snack Cups

First I placed the letter stickers on the cup. Using the pencil's eraser, I coved the cup with red and blue dots. 

Be sure to let the paint dry completely before using. If not it could be very messy. 

DIY Fourth of July Snack Cups

I decided they would be perfect for ice cream, but you could use them for any snack.  What snacks will you be serving at your Fourth of July get-together? xo Britt

DIY Fourth of July Snack Cups