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Moms’ Night Out

So I’m making a dream come true and planning a party and inviting all the moms.
haha.
But no seriously. I am. Come!
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I’m planning A Party for all the Moms and YOU should be there!
 Rock Hill, SC February 27th. The full schedule and speaker list is now live!
We’ll be crafting and chatting and eating and winning at life.

We have moms flying in, driving in.. load up your mini van and join us!
I’ve been working hard on all of the fun details to make the night extra special.
I love community and I’ve always been a gatherer.
I love to connect people. I love to meet new people.
I love to create approachable and friendly environments for people.
Motherhood is hard…life in general is hard!! and it’s so important that we
take the time to re-boost… but also that we reach out to others and not try to go it alone.
Do you ever feel isolated or alone? I know that I have.
Some days you just want to talk to someone above the age of 7! ;)
I’m excited to encourage all of the women coming to take advantage of the time we have
together and ask for their instagrams and really connect!
I’m excited about the crafty aspect of the night. We are daughters of a Creator.
We are made in His image so whether you like it or not..you DO have a creative bone in your body!
We can glorify Him in all we do..but even more than the DIY’S we will actually be doing (which are awesome)
It’s more the act of doing it together and connecting that I’m so excited about.
I know this is what a lot of women need. It’s what I need.
A night to celebrate each other and focus on the joy of motherhood, complain about the crazy of course,
but lift each other up and talk about how amazing it is to be mothers.
We have big jobs. like….we are raising little humans and fingers crossed we don’t screw up too bad.
But the great thing is, it’s not all on us. Some of the best advice my mom gave
me, during those first weeks of having four kids…
Give your kids Jesus. If you just give them you… it will never be enough.
So I’m looking forward to having a night where we can recharge, be encouraged and
inspired, and connect with women around us!

I’m so excited about the lineup for our Power Hour! These mamas are some of
the most brilliant, kind, stylish mamas I know.
They love the Lord, are rocking at motherhood and I can’t wait to hear their hearts!
We are going to cover topics like Mom Guilt, Learning how to not rush through life and better manage our time,
tips for staying stylish and fit as busy moms, How to throw insecurities and comparison out the window…
it’s going to be so so good.
I also CANT WAIT for you all to see the amazing styled Raffle Prize Table!!
It’s incredible the brands we have to share with you.
Our swag bags are pretty much full!
Not to pressure you… But only first 70 tickets get swag bags.

MNO-SPEAKER PROMOANGELA, KATE, BRITTNEY, ALEX, VALERIE, BECKY

 

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Color with Me! Episode 1 – Fairies and Mermaids

My kids LOVE to color.
For Christmas they got some fun “learn to draw” books and
we have been working our way through them!
This is the one we are using in this video. I found it on Amazon and we LOVE it!
It’s Fun to Draw Fairies and Mermaids
I just got a fresh stack of paper and crayons. GOLD to the girls!

My kids love to watch me or other kids draw.
So I thought it would be fun to share a new Video Series…
Color with Me!
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We’ll be doing different episodes of our coloring time, drawing different things.
If you need a few moments of sanity…this is something your little kids could watch!
I love seeing them learn new things to draw and maybe your kids will think it’s fun and draw with them!

 

I’ll be grabbing my camera and capturing some of our coloring…
But most of our coloring times are set aside for mom and kid time. no distractions!
This past week, I was making a point to have some fun creative time with my girls.
I’ve been setting everything aside (if it works out with the little boys) and coloring with them.
We’ve been taking turns picking a theme each day. So far we’ve done Ocean, Princess, Ballerina and Garden. ;)

Sitting and coloring with them makes moments happen;
Moments to teach them or witness them being kind to each other…complementing or encouraging their sister,
Moments to hear funny stories from school and their day,
Moments to love on them!
I highly recommend setting aside your to do list and phone and tapping
into your sweet little ones creativity and tender hearts.
Sometimes as busy mamas it’s hard to just stop and PLAY. and maybe this won’t be drawing with
your kids but sitting and playing legos (that’s the way to Micah’s heart)
But putting that effort in has really made a difference. Not that I didn’t do it before…
but now I’m very conscience of my decision to tune into them and them alone!

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How to Make Gifting Meals Actually Happen

Life can fill up fast. We have our own stuff going on and then sometimes
we have friends that are off giving birth to babies or adopting little ones and they need some extra love from us!
How can we get food to them without losing our sanity? 1. gift card.
totally acceptable. email it.. drop it off.. they’ll love you.
BUT if you want to make something yourself, because you enjoy it, but just
don’t know what to bring that’s easy… here you go!
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I have four kids, running a business and trying to not lose my mind….
but I knew I really want to make it a priority to get a meal to my friend Angela from This Gathered Nest.
They just adopted a sweet little girl, Rosie, from China and I knew just what I wanted to make them!
It all came together pretty easily and quickly and so I thought I would pass
on my tricks for making gifting meals actually happen!
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First thing you need to know about delivering meals… the guys want meat.
A loaf of meat delivered to their door, usuallyyyyy, goes across pretty well.
“Holy meatloaf batman” was the facebook comment I got this morning from Angela’s hubby.
See? Meatloaf works.
THIS one to be exact.
That’s an important piece of info… THISSS MEATLOAF. you’re welcome.
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I had made up a meal gifting printable years ago, but I wanted to make an updated one to use.
You can find it in my Etsy Shop if you want to use it too!
(You get the download and can print as many and as often as you want.
It can be your go to label for when you make meals!)
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When I deliver meals, I like to encourage the parents to use the dessert as bribery or keep totally for themselves.
Kids don’t need dessert..we are the ones having to adult!
I LOVE the Nestle Chocolate chip or chunk cookie recipes.
I just cook them for 7 minutes or so…taking them out kind of soft so they end up being soft and chewy!Gifting Meals-ATHOMEWITHNATALIE  

I usually make the cookie dough the night before. Then just pull it out and let it sit a minute and
use my cookie scoop to put on parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
I don’t even wash the cookie sheet I just toss the parchment paper. not sure if that is allowed haha.
But it makes clean up a breeze!
And having a not destroyed kitchen is helpful.
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Cheesy Potatoes is always a hearty yummy comfort food!
Make it super easy for yourself by grabbing the steamable potatoes (by the regular potatoes!)
and kick it up a notch by sending it with sour cream and cheese.
Loaded potaotes. boom. done.
I love the steamable veggies. They make it super easy and they keep things cold when you are delivering!
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I love including something small for the big siblings when I drop off a meal.
Sometimes some fresh crayons and a coloring book or activity place mat is all
a mama needs for a few moments of sanity! And that’s what we are trying to provide right?
Just a fewww moments of sanity.
I always go to the dollar tree and grab paper plates, crayons, place mats or
coloring books and ALWAYS containers for the food.
Sending a meal with throw away or “do not return to me” packaging is important!Gifting Meals7-ATHOMEWITHNATALIE

 

If you are looking for an Easy Meal to drop off…
Here’s the list of what you need:

Meatloaf
Potatoes (Steaming kind)
Small Sour Cream
Pack of Fancy Shredded Cheese
Steamable Frozen Whole Green Beans
Chocolate Chunk Cookies
(You could also include a bag of grapes….and wine. ;)
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I hope this helpful for those of you WANTING to be the friend who delivers a meal, but don’t think you can handle it.
You got this! I love gift giving…but sometimes with my whole crew it’s hard to make it happen.
But having a plan and knowing what works helps a lot in making it happen.
Community is so important to me and I love putting this at the top of my to do list.
It takes a village ladies!