Friday Favorites: 5.8

by Andrea Cooley

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Happy Friday! It’s been a long week, so I’m very ready for the weekend! I still have a little gardening to finish up, but hopefully I can sneak in at least one nap! Even though Foster is sleeping better at night, I’m still exhausted. The first year is rough, especially the second time around!

Here are some of my favorite links from the week:

As any mom knows, motherhood is messy. The job entails everything from dirty diapers and spit up to crazy emotions and utter exhaustion. No matter how hard you try to plan for every outcome, kids are unpredictable. Sarah Bessey calls motherhood a holy disruption. Isn’t that a perfect description?

If any of you have more than one kid, I’m sure you can agree with at least one of these pieces of advice for going from one kid to two, especially if they are close in age! My favorites are #5 and #9. Dance parties make everything better!

Here’s one last one for Moms. If you’ve ever negotiated with a toddler, picked up the last bite of a peanut butter sandwich and called it lunch, or sorted through piles of clothes that don’t fit, this one’s for you. In the words of one of my favorite mom-cheerleaders, Lisa-Jo Baker, moms are super heroes. green smoothieI shared an easy recipe for Emerson’s favorite afternoon snack, a green smoothie, over at Yummy Toddler Food.

I never thought of placing a monetary value on my negative or critical words, but Bob Goff’s insights on the cost of negative words are good motivation to hold my tongue!

I recently joined the Influence Network (are there any other members out there?). I love the mission, “to equip and encourage women to live out their passions” and I’m excited to take some of the online classes. I’d really like to go to the conference in Indianapolis this fall, but haven’t quite pulled the trigger on registering. Is anyone else going or gone before?

Whether you are a mom who will be spending Sunday with your kids or a daughter celebrating with your mom, I hope you have a great Mother’s Day weekend. I’m looking forward to spending Sunday with my favorite boys and hopefully sleeping in a little–we’ll see how that goes. Foster usually wakes up around 6:30 and I’ll feed him and then hopefully sneak back into bed for a bit!

I’m linking up with Christa over at Brown Sugar Toast and Susanna at Revolutionary Life. Be sure to check out their Friday Favorites.

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