This was written by another mom on Babble website, but it is so spot on and just lovely so I had to share it with my own photos.
You smile more
You can’t help but beam when you take in those moments of sweetness that only children can provide, and smiles are infinitely more lovely than frowns.
Nothing makes you radiate a lovely glow quite like inner beauty and the newfound selflessness that motherhood brings about through the unconditional love and caring for another person and this newfound selflessness will make you glow from the inside out. Nothing is more beautiful than inner beauty.
Your body is perfect
Even though you may have stretch marks, a less flat tummy, or breasts that fall just a little lower than they once did, you can feel more beautiful knowing the true strength and capability of your body. It played an integral part of giving life to a human and there is nothing quite so beautiful as that.
Before I was a mother I got hung up on a million little insecurities. I was forever worrying about what other people thought of me and how I was being perceived. After becoming a mother…I’m a people pleaser by nature, so I’ll probably never stop caring what others think completely but I am so much more self-assured now. I feel like motherhood has helped me come into my own and realize who I am and what is truly important. I walk a little taller and question myself a little less and confidence is a beautiful thing.
You are made to feel lovely
When your own child gazes up at you adoringly and sweetly brushes their tiny hand along your cheek or runs their teeny fingers through your hair, you can’t help but feel lovely. Your child thinks you are beautiful and that is the sweetest gift.
We made this craft so often as kids that my mom had several books as inspiration for things to make; ornaments, hand or foot prints, trolls, funny figurines. You name it.
The dough is NOT eatable and is very easy to make:
3 cups flour
1 cup salt
almost 1 cup water (depends on how dry the dough looks when mixing it together).
It should be soft enough to make a creation like a figurine or flatten it out like I did to make a hand print.
I first made S’s hand print to make sure she didn’t grab the whole dough with her hand, after that I did mine in the left over space. I made sure not to make the dough too thin as that would make it hard for us to press down or hands. Before putting it into the oven I made sure to have a hole on the top for the string, because I want to hang it in the wall after it has dried.
To make it look even fancier i took a fork and made patterns around the edge of the circle of hand prints.
Into the oven it went for 1 hour on 200 degrees. When it came out of the oven I had to dry it upside down over night to make the back dry up completely as it will be towards the wall when hanging.
Mommy and S’s hands are put up on the wall on the homemade display rack (for current special pieces), and on the back we wrote names and date. 6 months hands, yay! We did not paint our art piece after we were done, but it can be done just as easily. Enjoy!
Not only did WE do this as kids at our house, but looking through Pinterest there are many more families doing the same fun craft. One good source is: http://pinterest.com/pin/535295105679929684/, where “Once a Month Mom” shows how her kids are making cute ornaments for the Christmas Tree.
Dad’s grape vine is doing fantastic and now we are awaiting some red grapes any week now.
Hop vine has crawled its way back up the stick, and will again climb over to the porch roof and create small buds of hops for beer. We are doing a new try with strawberries this year and wish this three piece plant from OSH-Hardware the very best in the hot hot sun.
I love this plant. It makes it feel like I’m at the zoo tickling a big bird under the chin.
Baby S is curious of everything, and I mean EVERYTHING.
Love how super easy it is to replant and grow succulents. Brake of pieces from a bigger plant, put in dirt, top with rocks to your taste if you feel like it, add a little but of water. Voila!
Vine.com is a place on the web I visit often, but haven’t bought anything from yet. I try not to by things I don’t need and that will be my biggest thing i bring to the table this Earth Day. “Do I need it, or Do I want it?” I enjoy finding ways to reuse most things, especially clothes and therefore I adore places like Children’s Orchard or Goodwill.