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This past weekend I got to go (well drive down the street) on a retreat at North Hills just for Mamas with my church. It was a super fun time eating dinner at Coquette, doing a little shopping but mostly eating a ton of food, having a lot of fellowship, learning from each other and our speaker. One of my favorite parts was at the very end, a panel of Moms (one with teenagers, one whose children had all just left for college, and one grandmother) gave us advice. I loved so much what they said + wanted to share some wisdom from these Mamas.

I am not kidding if not the very first piece of advice from one of the Mamas (it may have been second or third, I honestly can’t remember, but I feel like she said it first) was to give the camera to someone else and to be in more photos with your children. She was looking back through photos of her kids and realized she wasn’t in the photos. I am so guilty of this, too, and need to be better at handing the camera, cell phone, etc to someone else.

Ok here are their thoughts. I hope they encourage you!

  • They won’t starve. Sometimes you have to let some things go.
  • Keep your perspective. There are no guaranteed outcomes with your kids. Focus on your effort and the process, not the result.
  • Be all there when you are there.
  • Laugh with your children and enjoy them.
  • Play more Candy Land with your kids. Owen actually lovvvvves candyland so we play this a lot. I don’t know why I am surprised at how much he loves it, but he really does. (Spend that one on one time playing whatever it is they want to play even if you don’t like it)
  • Create an atmosphere of peace at home and be your husband’s biggest fan
  • They learned their best things through their mistakes.
  • All of the moms discussed overcommitting and having to pull back. One mom said she made a mission statement and if commitments didn’t fall in line with her mission statement, she said no or didn’t participate.
  • We also discussed friendships. One mom said for friendship it was up to her to make it happen so she put herself out there at parks and met moms that also had little ones her sons’s age. Finding a walking buddy was also something that worked well for one Mama.

I hope these encouraged you! Every mom also discussed getting up early – having their quiet time or trying to squeeze in a workout before the kids got up. I have also found this super helpful (I love getting up early) on the days it works out. I’m not always so great at getting up early!

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Rebecca Keller is a Wake Forest Family Photographer NC featured in People Magazine who spends her time sipping iced coffee, chasing after her two little ones, reading, running, and editing. Because I chat alot about my personal life, books i’ve read, and other style recommendations, etc– I may receive commissions on affiliate links in articles. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about Raleigh Family Portraits and travel sessions.

 

Last month’s post I was chatting about the fact that it might snow, and I’m typing this Monday night on a day of snow, well, um, ice? kind of? Maybe I should just say winter weather?

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As I’m writing this, I’m guessing there is not going to be a delay or no school Tuesday since everything is still quiet on the news.

A few favorites in February…

1.A less messy way to fingerpaint. (Although I do love messy finger painting too, ha!)

2. We tried Nothing Bundt Cakes this month – oh my, the red velvet is, of course, my fave.

3. I love my dentist’s office. I seriously have the most dental anxiety ever – ha. These girls are awesome – they keep me laughing and are so patient with my dislike of dental work.

4. This white cheddar popcorn is my new favorite. Love, love, love it. I pack it everyday, and it makes carpool a little bit better. And it’s made by Annie’s so super healthy,too.

5. If you are decorating a nursery – this page has a lot of great inspiration.

A few things I want to tackle/read or just plain interesting stuff

1.In case I ever want to make fake calligraphy…..

2.I have to agree on this one. Even a change in scenery, running on the treadmill with headphones on, I still feel it helps with creativity. I rarely think of anything creative sitting on my couch. It may be while I’m out antiquing (walking around by myself, though sometimes Harrison is in tow) in the car waiting because I got somewhere way too early (this happens a lot. I have only been late to barre class once and that’s because I tried to attempt a location that was just not logistcally great with traffic because their schedule was better that day. ha) or shopping in the grocery store (you know, walking and moving..I always have ideas at the store.) Ok, the car example had nothing to do with movement. but well, it’s when I have a quiet moment usually.

3. Michael mentioned something about trying biscuits from scratch so I’m thinking we could try these.

4. Love following along with this Joanna Gaines told me to…

5. If you have a seven month old or baby around this age, loved this list of favorites

Just For Fun…

1. A session around this time last year – what a sweet newborn session at home this was!

2. A session in February two years ago – loved this session right after it snowed. So bright and cheery, too!

Pretty Stuff Around the Web

These just look amazing.

In case you need this like I do, I had pretty much given up on mine.

Snow Day Activities…

So I wrote about my adventures in Amazon Prime Now this month and I may have used the service for this waffle maker, waffle mix, and chocolate chips while at the gym the night before the snow storm.

1. Lovvvvvved this Mickey Waffle Maker. I kind of made up my own waffle mix by looking up a million recipes + adding unsweetened cocoa and semi sweet chocolate chips. (which if you know me, I am not the best cook, so this was by far, a miracle)

2. I also broke out this egg cooker, which I love. My husband is laughing at me for using this because he said using a pot is just fine. (I know, but I totally need all the help I can get, and I have several friends who also use and recommend the egg cooker) It just makes hardboiled eggs so easy. I have not tried the omelet or poaching options enough but the hardboiled egg function is enough for me. It also comes in a lot of fun colors.

3. Pie Face -We got this game several weeks ago + it has been a big hit. it’s perfect for stuck in the house snow days + we may have had a lot of giggles and went through a lot of whipped cream today. (Owen may have tried to cheat a little bit and not keep his face in the circle)

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Rebecca Keller is a Wake Forest Family Photographer NC featured in People Magazine who spends her time sipping iced coffee, chasing after her two little ones, reading, running, and editing. Because I chat alot about my personal life, books i’ve read, and other style recommendations, etc– I may receive commissions on affiliate links in articles.

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day + Happy Birthday to my sweet Mama. I am so thankful for her and what a great example she is in my life. She is unselfish, loving, and my best friend whom I call 300 times a day. So glad we got to spend yesterday with her + my sweet nieces celebrating her birthday. She is always up for one of my crazy adventures (like hiking up and down a mountain with two little ones to pick apples…and pushing one of them in a stroller up and down the mountain. whew!)

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The image on the right is pretty much how Harrison is when I take out my camera or someone else wants to hold him. He is a mama’s boy tried and true. (See below – when he came to the Valentine Minis this year, he did not want to be photographed, he only wanted to sit with me.)

A few of my Valentines from the past few years..

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Happy Birthday, Mimi! We love you!

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Owen’s Valentine’s this year.

Rebecca Keller is a Wake Forest NC Family Photographer featured in People Magazine and on several blogs including The Bump. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about family and newborn photography in Raleigh, NC.

Raleigh Kids Valentines | What We’re Reading this Valentine’s Day

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I loooooove Valentine’s Day. And of course, it’s my mama’s birthday, too! I also love reading to my boys and finding great holiday themed books for the boys, so I wanted to share what we’ve been reading.

1.Llama Llama I Love You
The Llama Llama books have always been a hit at our house, and Harrison especially loves this one. It’s a great board book he can play with, and I don’t have to worry about the book being ripped to shreds. (Unlike when he gets a hold of Owen’s piano papers…they get colored on and then ripped to pieces. Owen is a very patient big brother. When one of his recital pieces was turned into a masterpiece/ripped, he just got up there and played it from memory.)

2.Peanuts: Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown
This is one of those lift the flap books, so of course, while I’m reading, they are both trying to lift the flaps (are they really listening?) but it is cute nonetheless. (Still wondering why everyone in the class didn’t bring everyone a valentine. You’ll have to read it to find out.) I wasn’t a huge Charlie Brown fan (I know, what’s wrong with me?) until the latest movie…that movie was just so cute, and ok, officially a fan.

3.Happy Valentine’s Day, Curious George
Owen has really started loving Curious George this year, so this book was a hit. It is also a lift the flap book so super fun for the kids.

Not pictured because someone has been reading it all over the house, and I couldn’t find it for the photo above:

Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day Is Cool
The boys love, love, love this book, because not only is it fun to read but there is a poster with stickers, and also valentine’s to decorate. My boys love drawing and art projects so this was super exciting to them.

Two we haven’t read but I want to check out are: Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar
and Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! .

We just finished up our Valentine Mini’s (see previews here) and I spent all last night designing custom Valentine’s so of course I am just so excited about the holiday coming up!

There are a lot more fun children’s Valentine’s books out there. Anyone else reading some cute books – leave your recommendations in the comments.

I do love February, oh, Valentines day! My business to do list is overwhelming today, so I’m going to try to make this quick. Tomorrow is also the 100th day of kindergarten, so I have a few last minute errands to run. We finished our shirt – can’t wait to share tomorrow! A few photos from the boys playing in the ice/snow.Harrison lasted all of 60 seconds since he refused to wear his gloves.

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    1. Finish shopping for my sweet Mama’s birthday present. (She has a Valentine’s day birthday!
    2. Finish planning our little Valentine’s party when the cousins will be in town – so excited
    3. Books to read this month – I need to finish Spark Joy. I already like this book much better than the The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up I feel like it has a lot more practical advice for those who want to use her method of tidying. Some other books that are on my list this month are Let Your Life Speak,A Man Called Ove, and a few more I haven’t decided on just yet.
    4. Finalize everything for Spring Break. So excited about getting away with the boys during Spring Break!
    5. Ericka and I have been working on several fun blog posts for this month – I need to finish + get those on the blog!
    6. Finish editing our 2016 Clients Valentine Minis.
    7. Announce our next client event/date and start booking! So excited for these!
    8. Finish the RKP Image of the Year Contest. (Round two voting is going on right now – make sure to stop by and vote!)
    9. Use my heart pan a few times this month. So excited about this super cute pan + even made muffins last night.(see here)raleigh wake forest family lifestyle photography_0238P I N this to pinterestRebecca Keller is a Raleigh photographer featured in People Magazine and on several blogs including The Bump. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about Raleigh Wake Forest Family Lifestyle Photography and travel sessions.I do chat a lot about my personal life on the blog and recommendations for things that I love, and I may receive commissions on affiliate links in articles.