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Craft, Snack and Reading Time! – How Do Flowers Grow?

Today I’m sharing the final video in our Creative Learning Book Series
where we combined a few of our favorite things…
crafting, snacking and reading!
It’s funny seeing this video because we filmed it in our old house.
That was such a great bright room and we loved crafting in there.
My mom has the green thumb of the family and every time we read
our book, ‘How do flowers grow?‘ we think of her!
It’s a gorgeous book that’s filled with information in such an engaging way. My kids love it.
Spring is just around the corner! Here in Louisiana, things are
already starting to bloom and it makes my heart happy!
We had fun with a flower treat of candy and fruit…and a sunflower craft that we still
have hanging up in our playroom because it’s just too pretty to take down!
Painting with toothbrushes is the best thing ever. ;)
flower craft time -athomewithnatalie

I hope you join us in having some fun craft,
snack and reading time with your littles!
The kids look so much younger in this video… I can’t handle it. can’t can’t. ;)
And seriously guys isn’t this book gorgeous?! I secretly bought it for me. haha.
So pretty!

Thanks for stopping by for another post
of my Creative Learning Book Series!
You can see all of the posts I’ve shared, so far, Here!
We love Usborne books and these are just a few of our favorites.
I’m in the middle of editing a video that Sienna made
sharing fun Usborne activity books for girls! Can’t wait to share it.
I have a feeling you are going to love the Wild Garden book if you love flowers!

When You’re a Lonely -Not Alone- Person

I wasn’t sure I wanted to post this one. But I’ve learned, over my years of blogging,
that the ones that are the hardest to write… are usually the most important
ones I need to share because most likely others are feeling the exact same way.
If anything, I hope you read my blog post and know that you aren’t alone in feeling this way…
and find some encouragement in that.

I love being around people. and being social. I like meeting new people.
I love having community and being a part of it.
But right now I am seriously having to consciously make the decision to be social.
Because I’m feeling this urge to just bunker down and make my own little safe space and not leave it.
I think it’s my way of protecting myself and just wanting to give up on the whole friend dating stage I’m in.
I find myself saying, well, they already have their people, I’ll just do my thing here.
I’ll put my energy into my family and work.

I love being a mom and my kids are my people! I’m with them the most.
But they are all under the age of 8. haha. I sometimes feel like the loneliest..not alone person.
And I KNOW I’m not alone in this. I know it. and that’s the tricky part because as lonely as I feel as a mom…….
I know there are plenty of women around me that are craving the same stuff.
A person to just hang out with, that you don’t have to clean your house for, that understand
mom life but you can talk about more than that. You don’t have to stay on the surface but can
actually have conversations that are about more than your kids changing their outfits 5 million times a day.
although we need to have those conversations too. :) Community is important.
And I’ve been blessed with some amazing women in my life that know me…
and we can talk about all the things and be there for each other…
but in my current season, they are not near me.

And so I’m here, feeling a little burnt out and tired but knowing
that I can’t just give up on friendships…… no pity parties!
I know that people have full lives, and sometimes they don’t always have room for new friendships…
but I also know there are people like me, who look like social butterflies, but
are missing out on some solid friendships.
So in Church last night, I was praying about this…and just praying that I would
have peace in this stage I’m in….and also just strength in putting myself out there.
You never know where or when you’ll meet people that you are supposed to have in your life.
I’ve experienced this before….and I know it can happen again.
So I’m just going to change my focus to how I can build community here…..what can I do to connect with people.
Maybe that’s hosting a girls’ night. or going to my MOPs meetings more often or volunteering somewhere.
I want to change my view… from how can relationships can benefit me….to how can I benefit them.
Of course we want to find people that we can do life with, as women and as families,
but maybe the bigger picture needs to be…
How can I do life, living for others? Every relationship, starting with my husband and I, I hope to lead to Him.
So I should look for those relationships with Him in mind.

I hope that if you are feeling a little lonely and wanting friendships in your
own life, that you find a little encouragement. And that you know you aren’t a lone, so don’t live like you are.
Start up that conversation… invite those girls over… and don’t give up.
It’s ok to feel sad about not having “your people”…. but don’t give up on friendship.
It can be an amazing blessing and worth the effort.
This is my personal pep talk that I’m sharing with you.

***An Instagram follower commented this and it’s such a good thing to keep in mind.
I had to share in here. I seriously love the community I’ve found through social media.. you guys. are amazing.**
“…Follow what YOU are passionate about first and you will then find your
tribe of fellow passionate people who feel the same way, rather then just making friends with circumstances.
Be it singing, crafting, netball, whatever; find what makes your heart come alive in your own time without kids
and there will be others waiting there saying “me too!”— @claireclarke77

Blessed and Sleep Deprived Tee

I designed a new tee and it fits my motherhood perfectly right now!
Blessed and Sleep Deprived.
I wouldn’t want it any other way but WOW… I really don’t remember what uninterrupted sleep is haha.
It’s like this long lost memory that sounds so magical. ;)
But in it’s place I get lots of snuggles and giggles.
I get to see them grow and learn. As exhausting as those days may be they are filled with special memories.
I walked out the door to give a talk at my church this week and realized I
had toothpaste smeared on my pants from a child. Yup. awesome. haha.
But the real victory was that I looked over all pretty pulled together…
I was ready to mix and mingle with people above the age of 8! I was excited. haha.
These kiddos keep me on my toes and motherhood is still this mysterious thing to me with how you
can be so tired… so overwhelmed and yet you look at them and your heart feels so full.
You put the wild things to bed and then end up looking at photos of them on your phone!
It’s craziness. We are all a little coo coo as moms. ;)

I just got my new tee design in this past week, shipped out the first couple batches
and sending more out today! I love being able to get creative with these and offer
them ever so often in my Blog Shop.
It’s a super soft tee and a classic grey v neck… a mama wardrobe staple!
My sweet sister in law modeled it for you guys so you can see how cute they are!!
Isn’t she gorgeous? Ben and I actually introduced her to my brother, Daniel, way back when.
They pretty much are adorable together and have two of the cutest boys.
If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen some of our fun from their recent visit.
Singing and zoo-ing it up. Missing them so much already!

You can grab my newest tee in my Blog Shop
I love love seeing your shares so please tag me in the photo if you share one.
It’s been so amazing doing motherhood with all of you
and sharing the joys and challenges via the internet.
I hope that you get a chuckle out of the tee and enjoy it!
I’m wearing a small here but if I don’t want it fitted I wear a medium. (Shanna has a medium on!)
The tee is SO SOFT! I like that it’s a comfy shirt but doesn’t
look like a pajama shirt… does that make sense? haha.
I want to feel comfortable playing and working but also pulled together!
Thankful for the blessing of these little ones and
hope my tee shows the joy and mama deliriousness I feel on a daily. ;)
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