Thursday, May 23, 2024

Guide Your Child Through Their First Funeral...

 

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When it comes to parenthood, there’s not always a guide, there’s no handbook, and sometimes it’s about using your best judgment. Even when preparing for parenthood, it’s just something you’ll have to accept and struggle with. You just can’t always keep your kid safe. One of the most challenging ones would be grieving, not just you are grieving, but managing your child's grieving, too. It’s hard when tragedy strikes like this. So, throw a funeral into the mix too. Now, as a parent, you can’t always protect your child to prevent certain things from happening; sometimes, there’s the inevitable, such as death. 


Sometimes, this could be a pet, and other times, a family member like a grandparent or even a close friend. It’s never ideal to share awful news, but how do you do it? Better yet, how can you prepare your child for their first-ever funeral? Well, here’s what you need to know. 

You’ll Need Open and Honest Communication

So, you need to keep in mind that the foundation of preparing your child for a funeral begins with open and honest communication. This means that you’ll need to start by explaining, in age-appropriate language, what a funeral is and why it’s happening. Emphasize that it’s a time for people to come together to remember and honor the person who has passed away. But on top of that, you’ll have to encourage your child to ask questions, express their feelings, and be prepared to offer simple, straightforward answers.

Are You Having to Prepare the Funeral?


Was it someone that you were close to, like your parent or another close loved one? It can be hard having to manage funeral planning while trying to help your child with their first time having to mourn. They need as much support as they can, but you need it too. It’s going to be hard to help them if you don’t help yourself first. Just think about it: you have to choose the casket, you’ll have to be the one to look into upright grave markers that the deceased would prefer, the right flowers, the music, the events, and so on. 


You’re overwhelmed, you have to mourn, you have this, you still have a routine, and you have your child. So, just keep in mind that you need to focus on yourself and take care of yourself because that’s the only way to properly help your child and guide them with mourning and their first-ever funeral. 

Before attending the funeral, it’s essential to manage your child’s expectations and prepare them for what they might see and experience. They need to understand the reality of all of this. So let them know that people may be sad and crying but that it’s okay to feel whatever emotions they’re feeling. 

Offer Your Reassurance

It’s going to feel more and more uncomfortable the closer it gets to this big day. So, as the funeral approaches, be sure to provide your child with plenty of reassurance and support.

Encourage them to share their thoughts and feelings with you and remind them that they are loved and safe.

Validate Their Feelings

One of the most important things you can do for your child at a funeral is to validate their feelings. Let them know that it’s okay to feel whatever emotions they’re experiencing, whether it’s sadness, anger, or even moments of joy, as they remember happier times with their loved ones. This might be obvious, but it’s still best to highlight this; just be sure to avoid dismissing or minimizing their emotions and instead offer empathy and understanding. They might cry at the funeral, and they might not show any emotion, but regardless, it needs to be validated. 

Encourage Expresssion

They don’t have to express anything during the funeral if they don’t want to; some people do, and some people don’t. So, with that said, just encourage your child to express their emotions in whatever way feels natural to them. Everyone has their own way of expressing this. Maybe this could be through tears, artwork, journaling, or simply talking with you or a trusted adult. Remind them that there are no right or wrong ways to grieve and that expressing their feelings is an essential part of the healing process.

Follow Up with Your Child

Once the funeral is over, maybe later that day or the next day, just follow up with them. You need to check in with your child regularly and provide continued support as they navigate their feelings of grief and loss. Again, this is their first time, so they probably still don’t know how to feel or how to manage any of this. Also, a good time to talk about religious beliefs etc. 


You can remind them that it’s normal to feel a range of emotions and that there is no right or wrong way to grieve.


Monday, May 13, 2024

Piccoli animals warm our hearts!

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of
Piccoli Horses. All opinions are 100% mine.*

I am super excited to tell you about Piccoli Horses!

It was so very heartwarming to hear the story of how this fantastic company started...


The CEO Kimberly Rogers set out to help her son. When he was 3 years old doctors discovered he had a genetic brain disease. Shortly after his first neurosurgery she was told her son had to learn to speak. 

I think it is so inspiring that real horses helped her son Dylan learn to talk. After all she went through, she used the experiences to create Piccoli. A technology-based toy that helps children with learning!



They make toys and learning experiences to inspire love, kindness and empathy.

Horses are kind, empathetic and protect each other. This vision inspired them to create Piccoli Horses for children around the world to learn the language of another: to love, to learn, and to be kind.


Piccoli has horses, unicorns, bunnies and more! They come in lots of different colors, and they are so adorable! 

Our granddaughters love them all so much! They like that they are soft and cuddly. They are having so much fun playing with them all!



Our new Piccoli animals warm our hearts!

We are totally in love with the bunnies also...



Our family really loves their fun range of plush, toys and accessories. Each one is so precious and cuddly!



They are darling and will make perfect gifts! 

Thank you so very much Piccoli for the amazing products!

Thursday, April 25, 2024

I love Turkish Towels!

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf
of Bosom Boutique. All opinions are 100% mine.*

Thanks to Bosom Boutique I am excited to tell you about their amazing products!

Their incredible Turkish towels are soft, beautiful, lightweight, absorbent and have quick-drying properties. It is fantastic that they're so versatile.


They can be used as a wrap, shawl, towel, blanket, nursing cover and more. Perfect gifts with Mother's Day coming soon. Every purchase supports breast cancer patients, who are someone's Mother, Aunt, Sister, Grand or Daughter. 

Now what are you waiting for? Head on over and check them out and enter promo code TOWEL20 for 20% off any item. We know you are going to love them as much as our family does! :) 

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

I wear invisible socks often...

Shoes with flower invisible socks

One of the things I wear often is invisible socks. They create a moisture-wicking barrier that helps my shoes to not stink. They have so many other benefits as well.

I use invisible socks in my shoes to help keep me calm. :)

Our family loves that they are no show. They also have invisible socks that are no slip. That is really helpful especially in kids and elderly shoes. I take care of my dad and we like to do everything we can to help keep him safe and healthy.

You know you picked a good set of invisible socks when they offer you lots of benefits. They also are the perfect gift to give to your loved ones!

I look for invisible socks that are cute, lightweight, comfy and multicolor for my family. 

Splatter flat socks

girl with splatter flat socks

We think invisible socks are a great idea for everyone in our family for sure!

The idea of amazing insoles in our shoes really makes a huge difference. We like ones that have an odor control top fabric that helps reduce heat, friction, and perspiration.

The ones we take with us when we travel are the ones that don't take up much space. 

Shoes with flower invisible sock liners

My personal favorites have flowers on them. Keeping our family happy is so important and with spending hours on our feet, good invisible socks really help.

I am so impressed with how comfy they are. Finding the right invisible socks for my family is so very important since we are always on the go! I can't wait to get more to add to all of our other shoes and boots as well. 

When I'm looking for gifts, I like to look for things I know will get used and be loved. Our family thinks invisible socks are a must have for everyone. So, we think they make a perfect gift choice for every family on your list!

Thank you for reading why our family loves invisible socks! Which ones are your favorite? 

*This blog post is in collaboration with Responsival!

Monday, March 11, 2024

Our family loves The Honey Jar!

 

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf
of The Honey Jar. All opinions are 100% mine.*

Thanks to The Honey Jar our family baby shower was a huge success! I can't wait to tell you about this amazing company!

First, check out the adorable honey jars we received for the family baby shower...


When they arrived, I was so excited to start putting the labels, ribbons and honey dippers all together!  

They are absolutely perfect, and everyone loves them!




After people picked up their favors at the baby shower, they came right over asking me where I got them from. They are not only darling, but the honey is so delicious as well! 

I also had a blast putting the labels on the honey jars for my friends. I can't wait to give them out soon!



These are going to be wonderful gifts for my sweet friends!

Next, I have to also spotlight the honey bears...


They are so cute! I love that you can order them with labels and also different color lids to match the occasion as well.

Next, our family loves the Utah Honey Corn! 




The bag was gone the day it arrived; we all love it! If you haven't tried it, you need to it is fantastic! 

When we travel all around the world, we will be for sure packing some of our honey sticks to take with us! 


Thank you again so very much The Honey Jar for the AMAZING products! We are thankful for everything and look forward to ordering in the future.

Now what are you waiting for? Head on over and check them out for your next special event. We know you'll love everything as much as our family does! :) 

Friday, March 8, 2024

Traveling with my laptop backpack...

Black backpack

 

My hubby and I really love to travel! We have been blessed to be able to travel all over the world.

I love taking my laptop backpack when I travel. My angel mom used to always tell us that half the fun is in the planning, and she is so right! 

Airplane in the sky

When we travel, I always make sure to pack my travel laptop backpack to protect my business laptop. 

Planning out what I will use and need close by is always helpful when packing.

Backpack with laptop in it

Backpack on luggage

I love that mine has a place for my laptop and that it fits perfect on my luggage to save my back.

It is great that laptop backpacks come in lots of different sizes and colors. I look for some that will be really lightweight, paddedcomfortable, and it is also important that they have good pockets.

Grey backpack

Woman standing in front of Eiffel Tower

We enjoyed all of the amazing things to see and do in Paris! Our room had a magical view of the Eiffel Tower. We loved seeing it all lit up, it was so stunning! 

I never dreamed when I was younger that I would be able to travel as much as I get to. I am extremely thankful for all of our incredible journeys that our family gets to share together. Building memories together is so wonderful and something that we all love to do.

My hubby and I love to fly and it's always so exciting looking forward to our next adventure! 

Airplane in the air

The views from up in the air, truly are breathtaking! 

My laptop backpack will fit perfectly under the seat when we are flying. I love that it holds just the right number of items I want to take with me. 

The back of a backpack

You know you picked a good one when it is comfortable to carry on your shoulders. My laptop backpack is always a must to take with me on short and also longer trips we go on for sure. 

Our family also thinks they are the perfect gift to give to your loved ones! Leave a comment telling me some of your favorite items you like to take when you travel.

*This blog post is in collaboration with Responsival!

Friday, March 1, 2024

Fidget Rings help me stay calm...

*This is a sponsored post written by me on 
behalf of Nillia Jewelry. All opinions are 100% mine.*


Thanks to Nillia Jewelry I found a way to help me to stay calm. Their fidget rings are just what I needed.

I know you will love them just as much as I do! Make sure and check out my latest IG Reel spotlighting some of my personal favorites. 


The rings are super amazing and high quality! They spin really easy and are so fun. I can't wait to wear them all and show them off to everyone.

Here is a little more about Nillia Jewelry...

They created jewelry pieces that are designed specifically to help those suffering to feel anxiety relief, and to be reminded of how strong and beautiful they are and most importantly, that they are enough.

Make sure to visit their website to learn more and see all of the other amazing rings they have as well. Thank you so very much Nillia Jewelry for making the world brighter! :)

Thursday, February 29, 2024

How To Stay Healthy & Well As A Busy Mom...

 

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Being a mom can be a tough job and take a lot out of you. There is always someone who needs your time and attention as a parent.

It’s important that you take good care of yourself and make yourself a priority for the best outcome. There are steps you can take that will allow you to do just that. Learn how to stay healthy and well as a busy mom.

Make More Time for Yourself

You should make sure that you are setting aside time to be alone as a busy mom. Make more time for yourself and time to participate in activities that make you feel happy. One idea is to watch movies to renew your faith so you can get in a better headspace. It’s never a bad idea to turn to your faith when you are facing trying times and moments of stress. You may also want to think about getting out of the house every so often to do some shopping or go for walks in nature.

Find Ways to Reduce Stress

Stress can build up over time and zap the energy right out of you if you aren’t careful. It’s in your best interest to be proactive about finding ways to reduce stress. Know what your triggers are and try to face your stress head-on before it overtakes you. The times when you are feeling highly stressed out you may not act like yourself, and you may soon become exhausted. Keep your energy levels up by making time to do activities that make you feel joyful. It may also be helpful to keep a journal where you can write down what you’re feeling and thinking. It’s a great opportunity to regroup and will help you be a better problem-solver. 

Ask for Help

You should never be ashamed to ask for help as a busy mom. Reaching out to others and speaking up about what you need is healthy. You’re not alone if you’re someone who could use a lending hand every so often. Involve your friends and close family members and let them know what you need. They’ll likely be more than happy to help you out if they’re aware that you are struggling. Get organized and figure out in what areas you could use the most help and then communicate this to others in your life.

Prioritize Exercise

Stay healthy and well as a busy mom by prioritizing exercise. It’s important that you not only break a sweat every so often but that you move more in general. This is especially true if you have a sedentary lifestyle or job currently. Find activities that get your heart rate up and that you enjoy doing. It may also be fun to create a motivating playlist of music that you can listen to while you exercise.

Conclusion

There is no magic formula for improving your life as a mom. However, these are some practical ways and tips to help you start to turn your situation around for the better. Give these suggestions a try and then notice how much better you feel overall.

*This is a collaborative post thanks for reading! :)