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Our Favorite Elephant & Piggie Books!

I’m a huge fan of kid books. I love love them!
We wanted to share some of our favorite Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems!
Sienna’s favorite is the NEW and LAST book in the series… The Thank You Book.
It’s as cute and silly as the others!
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My Aunt sent the girls a whole bunch of these one year for their birthday and they were a hit!
I love how they look on the bookshelf all lined up…such pretty colors!
Do you love kid books as much as me?? :)
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Our “Mo Mail” package arrived earlier this month and the kids were so excited!
Sophia immediately started reading to everyone The Thank You Book!
It came with fun things like stickers, t-shirts, tattoos and a huge poster.
A spinning wheel thingy to help them think about who they can say thank you too.
Just a fun box of goodies!
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The Thank You Book is all about Piggie wanting to thank EVERYONE.
But Gerald is worried Piggie will forget someone…someone important.
I love seeing the two personalities of the characters and their cute expressions.
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Sophia picked out her favorite Elephant & Piggie Book…
There is a Bird on Your Head!
(because it’s silly.)
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The author who created these characters
we have come to love is Mo Willems and he is a number one
New York Times best-selling author and illustrator!
His Elephant & Piggie early-reader series has won so many awards.
If you’ve looking for some great books for your readers check them out!
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You have the chance to win a fun prize pack too!
The prize pack includes your own copy of The Thank You Book,
Elephant & Piggie event kit and standee, 2 Elephant & Piggie tshirts!
(Open to US addresses only. Prizing provided by Disney-Hyperion.)
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You can visit Thankorama.com to learn how to draw Piggie, download activity sheets and more.
My kids are always loving when I print out coloring or activity pages!
You can download and print your own “I Will Thank” Speech Bubbles!
(Pink or Grey) Share on social media and use #Thankorama!
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Thank you Disney-Hyperion for Sponsoring today’s post!

How to Get Baby to Sleep- Or Survive Trying

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Oh my friends.
These babies… they are seriously laughing at us.
They know how cute they are and how sleepy we are. lol.

It can be rough trying to figure out how to survive that early stage of baby fog.
You can read one of the million books about it or call your  mom!
But I feel like every baby and mama is different. You have to do what feels right for you.
I thought I would share our experience with the whole thing.
I’m not an expert. I’m PRETTY SURE we did it wrong every time. lol.
But I wanted to write this post just to encourage any mamas out there who are feeling frazzled.
It all works out.. eventually they sleep MORE!
Key word is more. lol.
I have 3 bigger kids and you can count on at least one of them waking up at night.
I’m pretty sure they take shifts. It’s a whole operation to crack us.
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I was blessed with friends who all have babies
who sleep through the night at 4 weeks old.
LIE TO ME. Don’t tell me that. lol.
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My babes never want to sleep through the night till 8 months.
Asher is seriously right on track….
Tonight, for the first time in almost 8 months…(June 2nd)
He slept through the night!!!!
It was amazing, besides the excruciating pain in my chest from not nursing all night.
holy cow.
Don’t hug me or touch me people. don’t even look at me.
I tip toed up this morning at a few minutes before 7.
Asher is in there just laying on his stomach with his head up looking around.
So adorable and cute It almost made me forget the months of mombie mornings.
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I’m pretty sure if I followed all of the advice that everyone in the world
gives you for getting your baby to sleep, He might have slept through the night sooner, lol.
BUT we just did what worked for us at the time.
The big breakthrough for us was when we moved the crib out of our room.
In most of our houses we have had to have the crib in with us because of space.
In this house we had asher in our room and then I hit the point where I knew that if I
didn’t let him cry a little bit more at night mommy was gonna cry.
all the time.
because I was going coo coo.
He was 6 months and it was TIME.
We moved Micah man into the girls room and moved the crib into his room.
I didn’t want all the boys together just yet. Micah is still a loose canon and
I didn’t need both boys up partying like rockstars all night.
Divide and conquer.
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That crib move was HUGE. He started sleeping longer chunks.
I think he just sensed that he was tucked away from us but safe and quiet.
It was great for Ben and I because even though it started off as only a few
hours still of sleeping solid, those hours felt very separate and a good break.
We had the monitor and we could just relax for a bit.
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We let him cry it out a few times each night…not long…
just a couple minutes…calm him down…help him know we are here but he’s ok.
This was a few months ago. He started sleeping longer and longer chunks of time.
I would put him down to bed around the same time as the kids…. Asher at 6:30….and big kids at 7:00.
I would nurse him and get him sleepy then lay him down.
The first time he would fuss I would typically let him cry a bit and he would soothe himself back down.
There was only a few times we had to let him cry longer than a few minutes…
but I knew that he was ok. He was dry, fed and sleepy.
He was waking up twice to nurse and be changed:
usually around 10 and 12…then would go back to sleep till around 5.
That was good for us…I felt a huge difference.
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But now LAST NIGHT he slept from 7-7 and it was insanity and amazingness
and I’m hoping that he can keep it up.
I remember when our sophia started doing that.
I would lay her in her bed and pat her back “night night” and she would
fall asleep right away and sleep till morning.
The rain clouds broke apart and the sun came shining into my world. lol.
It’s a game changer as a mama.
It’s around that time I would feel way more confident and capable as a mama.
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I think he grew another neck in his sleep last night.
Also his bottom teeth are just killing me.
literally.
ouch.
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I am cheering on all of you going through the same challenges
and just want you to know that YOU GOT THIS!
Be patient with yourself…and baby…
and know it’s ok to take a minute and just breath and re group.
Motherhood can be exhausting and we can be hard on ourselves.
Remember you are doing one of the hardest jobs in the world
but amazingly rewarding!
Enjoy the baby snuggles.
Eat all the oreos when he or she finally sleeps.
jk. that last part is horrible advice.

Party on the Porch! Fashion & Compassion Event

Earlier this month some of my local blog friends and I hosted an event to
spread awareness on an incredible local Non-Profit.
Fashion & Compassion connects caring consumers with vulnerable
women artisans to bring dignity through economic opportunity.
They provide employment opportunities to vulnerable women in Charlotte and communities around the world.
They are helping women overcome poverty and injustice and giving them hope
for a better future for themselves and their children. When I heard that they worked
with women who were coming out of domestic violence situations
I knew I had to help spread the word. I hope that you check out the video below!
100% of their profits are donated back into their ministries, organizations or communities they partner with.
Rachel headed up the whole thing and it was an incredible thing to be a part of.
I love a party with purpose! Here’s some shots from the night
taken by the talented Christine Mason Photography.
Of course I couldn’t find my black wedges as I was running out the door.
tis life! and tis 5 year old daughters who wear them around the house and leave them somewhere. ;)
These ladies are so inspiring! Linking them all below!
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Their Boutique in Charlotte is magical!
Some of us hosts brought our older daughters with us so they could
be a part of the event and learn more about the amazing work being done here.
They were giggly and hyped up on sugar and pretty jewelry all night.
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It was a special night! So fun chatting with all the women who popped in to shop and enjoy the treats!
I brought a trunk full of party supplies and we styled up some cute areas for food and drinks.
My friend asked me to bring some of my globes. (She shares the globe obsession.)
Loved that detail because Fashion and Compassion help women worldwide.
The tag on the jewelry shares where the item was made.
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I kept going for the veggie tray and somehow my hand ended up at the donuts.
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I loved how they displayed the jewelry and created this amazing
space to be inspired and encouraged while you shopped.
I left with a necklace but it seriously took me forever to choose something because it was all so lovely!
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They had an amazing work room where they make the jewelry.
Major bead eye candy!
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You can find out more about Fashion & Compassion in this video
and Connect with them on their Website, Facebook and Instagram!
I would love if you could help spread the word about them and shop with purpose!

Loved being a part of this event and teaming up with these lovely ladies!
This Gathered Nest, Rachel Baxter, Nourish Clt, Renee Swope, A Mustard Seed Journey,
Kate and BraunMultiple Blessings, A Beautiful Exchange.
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