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A Movement: Lifting Up and Celebrating other Moms

27 Feb

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When I became a Mom and held the precious gift God have given to us, it was the most magical feeling in the world.  I was now living for another.  Every thought, every move was for my precious baby girl.  Anything she needed I was there.  And when I became a Mom I started thinking in extreme detail about how I was gonna do my absolute best and give her the best of everything.  I made decisions for my baby that I thought was best.  For example: breastfeeding vs. formula, co-sleeping vs. crib, making baby food vs. buying pre-made food, staying at home vs. working, private vs. public school etc.  You get the idea.  But for some reason we are or I should speak for myself, I was not at all prepared for the competitiveness of other Moms.  I just couldn’t and still can’t understand the need for Mom’s to judge or criticize other Moms.  As for most Moms, I can assure you they don’t hold their baby and say,  “I plan on making some horrible choices and I plan on being “a bad mom.”   Call me a “glass half full kind gal” but I think most Moms want and try their absolute best!  Whats best for them and their family.  Of course there are bad days but there are also many good days!  I could go on and on with stories that I have experienced or stories my girlfriends tell me on how Moms compete with each other or criticize, but I don’t want that to be the focus.

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What I do want to focus on is how can we change this?  How can we as Moms change something that goes on in our society into something good?  I love the above quote.  “We rise by lifting others.”  Lets have a movement to stop judging other moms but instead lets support one another through encouragement or even a friendly smile.  I love doing this when I see other Moms out in public and one kid is having a meltdown, the other is begging for a toy,  you’ve seen this.  Instead of criticizing what she is or isn’t doing, just give her one of those kind smiles.  You never know what that could do for someone.  My Mom recently received a letter from an old friend in high school that wrote her to tell her the major impact she had on his life just because she took the time to smile at him and say hi, when no one else would. Lets not make the joy of Motherhood like high school by making Moms try to “fit in.”  We’ve been through high school with the cliques and nobody wants to go back.  We all have enough to do in the real world and “ain’t nobody got time for that.”  You see we never know what is going on with others, especially Moms.  Everything isn’t always as it seems and to quote – To Kill a Mockingbird – “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

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Let’s CELEBRATE one another!!  Let’s CELEBRATE that we are Moms and what an amazing bond that could be for us to all have and share together.  We are the only ones that know what it is like to be Moms.  We are so blessed to be Moms! I can’t tell you how much it means to me to have my dearest and best girlfriends, who are Moms in my corner.  They are just a text or phone call away when I need advice, need help making a decision or just being there to listen to me.  It means the world to me to have these special relationships who are Moms where there is no judgement, no assumptions, no critique.  That’s what I wish for us all whether we are best friends or just a casual acquaintance at a play date, or soccer game etc.

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Another thing I would love is for all of us to CELEBRATE each others children!  I love receiving texts, emails or seeing pictures on social media of my girlfriends child when they just rolled over, or ate solid foods or crawled, or walked or got their orange white belt in jiu jitsu or just plain looking cute!  I CELEBRATE my friends kids!  I want the absolute BEST for them and I know they want the best for mine.  I cheer them on just as I would cheer mine on.  If we LIFT OTHERS, including Moms and their kids, WE WILL RISE!  We will rise in so many ways.  We will feel better about ourselves, and our Heavenly Father see’s our loving and kind behavior just as his son lead us by example.  “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;” Luke 6:37.  And my favorite,  Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Luke 6:31.

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Lets all stop judging other moms, or competing with their kids.  Lets lead our kids by example of being kind to others, especially other Moms.  Lets support one another through encouragement.  We all know what it is like to be judged or criticized in some way by another Mom.  Unfortunately, at some point we all have done this.  So lets start the movement of not judging, of CELEBRATING one another!   And when you get a chance today, tomorrow, any day, CELEBRATE another Mom by LIFTING HER UP!

To all the Moms out there, “I THINK YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB!”

xoxo,

Meredith

~Moms for Moms Day is coming up March 4th!  Let’s CELEBRATE one another!!~

Another great blog post to read below: END THE MOMMY WARS

http://blog.thebump.com/2014/02/20/moms-for-moms-day-is-march-4th-join-the-bump-and-ct-working-moms-in-the-fight-to-end-the-mommy-wars/

Thank you to a follower for sending me this picture!

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Mothers IMPACT

13 Aug

Mothers. We really do have the hardest but best “job” in the world!! Yes at times we all get overwhelmed and frustrated but that sweet smile or laugh makes it all worth it.  We really are making such an impact on our precious children.  Know that!! That’s a big deal, an honor really.  Let’s all keep up the great work and support our friends who are Mom’s.  For some reason there is a need for competition amongst Mom’s.  Who is in the best school, who has the cutest clothes, who is the best soccer player etc… what are we teaching our children?  We should be proud of our children but also proud of our friends children.  Let’s all take a break from the competition or even better stop it.  Call, even text or better yet hug your Mom friends and tell them “You are doing a fabulous job! I’m so proud of you!!”  As we all know.  It’s the little things that go a long way. 😉

 

Here’s a great Blog post from our Pastor about Mothers inspired my thoughts above.

http://www.perrynoble.com/2012/08/13/something-i-wish-every-mother-knew-understood/

What do we know about Sunscreen?!

10 Apr

Ahhh, the warm and sunny weather is upon us and it's my favorite time of year, just like many of you I'm sure.  We all start going outside more; walks, sitting outside to eat, picnics, going to the park, getting invited to cook "out" parties, and soon we will be going to the pool, the lake or the beach.  We all love that "sun kissed" look and heck, let's face it, we all look much better with a little "tan."  Just like the iconic Elizabeth Taylor sunning herself you see above.  Whether we like to have color or rather not have color we all can agree on wearing sunscreen is the absolute best thing for us right?  But have we actually looked to see what actual ingredients are in our sunscreen?!  I was shocked when I learned the truth about all of the harmful toxins that are in our sunscreens not to mention skin care in general.  Our skin is our largest organ and absorbs 8x faster than anything we could eat or drink.  So it would be smart of us to actually look at the ingrediants we are applying to our skin, especially our precious children's skin.

Read below some of the information that is out there on all the harmful toxins that are in most all sunscreens.

A consumer advocacy group has a warning for parents who think they‘re protecting their family with sunscreen: You may be getting burned.

The Environmental Working Group, a Washington-based nonprofit, has released an investigation of nearly 1,000 brand-name sunscreens that says four out of five don‘t adequately protect consumers and may contain harmful chemicals.

The group says that some of the products of the nation‘s leading brands — including Coppertone, Neutrogena and Banana Boat — are the poorest performers.

The active ingredients of sunscreens are compounds that absorb, reflect or block ultraviolet light. Sunscreens are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration not as cosmetics but as over-the-counter drugs. They’re rated based on their Sun Protection Factor (SPF); the higher the SPF, the better the protection against sunburn. (Please make sure you read that last sentence.  We've all been tricked to think the higher the number of SPF the higher we are protected.  Simply not true.)

The Environmental Working Group says that the SPF rating on a sun product is only part of what consumers need to know, and that the biggest problems with sunscreens are that they don‘t offer appropriate protection and that many contain unsafe ingredients.

Despite sunscreen use being higher than ever, skin cancer is still on the rise. The most common cancer in the United States, skin cancer accounts for nearly 50% of all cancer cases. 

The Environmental Working Group just released their fourth annual Sunscreen Guide, with recommendations for only 39 of the 500 sunscreen products reviewed. The EWG found many products misleading in their claims, lacking in adequate protection from all types of ultraviolet radiation, and containing many potentially hazardous chemicals. Because the FDA still has not issued any sunscreen industry regulations, which they began drafting 32 years ago, consumers are left to discover the safest products on their own.

EWG Senior Vice President For Research Jane Houlihan said, "Many sunscreens available in the U.S. may be the equivalent of modern-day snake oil, plying customers with claims of broad-spectrum protection but not providing it, while exposing people to potentially hazardous chemicals that can penetrate the skin into the body."

New FDA research data reveal that a type of Vitamin A (found on the label as "retinyl palmitate" or "retinol"), which is in 41% of sunscreens, may actually increase the growth of cancerous skin tumors and lesions. While vitamin A is used in many skin products for its antioxidant properties to slow skin aging, when in the sun it may have photocarcinogenic properties that can damage the skin more than protect it. The FDA's one year study found that lab animals coated in a cream with Vitamin A and exposed to sunlight daily developed skin tumors and lesions 21% sooner than the control animals with no vitamin A. While the data are only preliminary, the FDA's full assessment will be issued in October.

(Ref: Article posted at Mercola; Four Out of Five Sunscreens May Be Hazzardous to your Health & The Huffington Post; The Toxic Truth of Sunscreen)

I'm so happy that I found Senegence's Sunscreen! All Natural, and sun protection from Naturally Occurring Volcanic Ash!! It's so light, non-greasy, oil-free and works! My kids never get burnt! And they love it too (which they used to complain at my other ones and they were so greasy too). And I love that is safe for them!!

SeneSun™ SunScreen SPF 30 is an effective spritz-on sunscreen that is light and non-sticky. Unlike other sunscreens, SeneSun™ SunScreen is barely noticeable when applied as it does not feel thick, oily, or muddy. You know what we mean… other sunscreens seem as though they make you even hotter in the sun – like you applied a thick smothering blanket layer across the surface of your skin. Protect yourself while making your skin more beautiful with SenePlex® Complex. SeneSun™ SunScreen SPF 30 is oil-free, and you barely know it’s there.

You can purchase the Sunscreen here at www.NaturallyGlamorousArtistry.com

I am so happy that I am able to get this information out there to all the SUPERMOMELS (includes everyone ;)  This goes along with the whole reason I started this blog is to truly help people.  This is perfect timing of me learning about this to share with you before our Summer.  I hope that this has helped you and especially your precious children.

All My Love XOXO,

Meredith

A Beautiful Message

10 May

Not to long ago, I heard this song on the radio and I just thought it was such a wonderful message!  Especially for all of the young girls in America today.  I will continue to tell my daughter that she is BEAUTIFUL and a precious gift from God.  She can be or do anything she wants.  What a Beautiful Message for Everyone!!

Here are the lyrics:

[Verse 1]

I wouldn’t want to be anybody else

( Hey! )

You made me insecure
Told me I wasn’t good enough
But who are you to judge
When you’re a diamond in the rough
I’m sure you got some things
You’d like to change about yourself
But when it comes to me
I wouldn’t want to be anybody else

Na na na na na
Na na na na na na
I’m no beauty queen
I’m just beautiful me

La na na na na na na na na!
La na na na na na na na na!

You’ve got every right
To a beautiful life
( C’mon! )

Who says
Who says you’re not perfect
Who says you’re not worth it
Who says you’re the only one that’s hurting
Trust me
That’s the price of beauty
Who says you’re not pretty
Who says you’re not beautiful
Who says

[Selena Gomez – Verse 2]

It’s such a funny thing
How nothing’s funny when it’s you
You tell ’em what you mean
But they keep whiting out the truth

It’s like a work of art
That never gets to see the light
Keep you beneath the stars
Won’t let you touch the sky

La na na na na na na na na!
La na na na na na na na na!

I’m no beauty queen
I’m just beautiful me

La na na na na na na na na!
La na na na na na na na na!

You’ve got every right
To a beautiful life
C’mon

[Chorus]

Who says
Who says you’re not perfect
Who says you’re not worth it
Who says you’re the only one that’s hurting
Trust me
That’s the price of beauty
Who says you’re not pretty
Who says you’re not beautiful

Who says
Who says you’re not star potential
Who says you’re not presidential
Who says you can’t be in movies
Listen to me, listen to me
Who says you don’t pass the test
Who says you can’t be the best
Who said, who said
Won’t you tell me who said that
( Yeah, WHO SAID!? )

Who says
Who says you’re not perfect
Who says you’re not worth it
Who says you’re the only one that’s hurting
Trust me
That’s the price of beauty
Who says you’re not pretty
Who says you’re not beautiful
Who says(x2)

You are all BEAUTIFUL!!! xoxo

Meredith

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