Making Memories.  Earnest thoughts on family traditions. 

Making Memories.  Earnest thoughts on family traditions. 

In the earnest household there are somethings that earnest dad and I do every year, that in turn will make memories with our earnest littles. After reading an article recently, I never realized the importance of these annual traditions. They are the very things that when our children are older, they will sit back and remember (warm and fuzzies included), and perhaps decide to carry on with their little ones. 

Every year on the first snowfall, the earnest household gets a warm batch of “First Snow Brownies.”  Six years ago, our first year as Mister and Misses, on the first day it snowed I surprised mister earnest with “First Snow Brownies.”  It was the first time I had ever made them – they are simple chocolate brownies, with a dusting of snow (powdered sugar), but the intent was just to have fun with something different. Well I made them on the first snow the next year, and the year after that…and now if you were to ask earnest boy what his favourtie kind of brownies are, he will say first snow brownies (most of the time at least – at 5 there’s one thing earnest boy is not, and that is predictable). 

At Christmas, earnest dad’s mom made a tradition of having a popular biscuit-in-a-can brand’s orange rolls for breakfast (well for snacking during the present opening). So every year now, when the whole earnest family wakes to a tree lit up bright, a cookie plate and milk glass emptied, and prezzies waiting to be opened – we all sit while the coffee percolates and the orange rolls rise in the oven and not one present is touched until everyone has their orange roll in hand. This tradition is one of my earnest favorites, I love that earnest dad has memories of it from his childhood and now our children will too. It’s as though there is a tangible memory out there that will forever link them through time – oh still my beating earnest heart, I got a bit weepy there.  I earnestly do admire that this tradition created so much joy in earnest dad’s life, that his hope is to share it with his earnest loves. 

There are so many ideas out there, customs or traditions or rituals (whatever you may call them) that you can start today (or this year if you have to wait for the first snow fall) and to that I say why not create some memories with your littles, they will be the ones they don’t forget!  If you need some inspiration or ideas, I’ve provided a link below to Parent Magazine’s article “14 Fun Family Traditions to Start Today.”   

Have fun earnest followers, enjoy making those memories and please comment below to share some traditions that your households enjoy  – even some you may be planning on starting. I’d love to hear them!

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earnest mom

14 Fun Family Traditions to Start Today

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Think globally. Act locally. An earnest review of Urban Oreganics all natural organic products. 

Think globally. Act locally. An earnest review of Urban Oreganics all natural organic products. 

As an earnest mom – I try to be mindful of my household and it’s health – I do my best to do things as naturally as possible. For instance, in celebration of Earth Day today, the earnest household will not be turning on the television nor the lights. In general however, we try to eat only organic, use natural based cleaners, we make our own laundry detergents and I’m even one of them earnest cloth diapering moms – but I also take my skin care very seriously. It’s the only skin I’ve got!  I try to steer clear of toxins in make ups and face creams/cleansers and even use simple vinegar/baking soda for hair care. Did you know that everything we put on our skin gets absorbed and actually goes into our bloodstream?! Think of all those chemicals listed on that cold cream sitting in the cupboard – needles to say, I was in need of a good facial cleanser and cream.  

While poking about online looking for an earnest skin company for my dilemma, I found Urban Oreganics (https://www.etsy.com/shop/UrbanOreganics?ref=s2-header-shopname) and decided to try it out. Then, I earnestly feel in love. I’ve been using cleansing grains and facial cream (with SPF 20), I can be earnest and say both are wonderful! Best thing is – I know AND can pronounce every item listed in the ingredients. I’ve gotten complements on how “glowy” my skin looks, and I was even told I looked fresh faced. 

The cleansing grains smell like yummy oatmeal (gluten free of course) and my skins feels clean and soft afterward. The facial cream (I got unscented but you can choose from their selection of natural scents), goes on with no greasy or sticky feel – the best part is it feels refreshing on my face. I feel like I’m getting salon quality cleanings in my very own earnest home – with zero toxins!  



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earnest mom

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Coffee. An earnest, open letter to the extincted hot morning coffee of a stay at home mom. 

Coffee. An earnest, open letter to the extincted hot morning coffee of a stay at home mom. 

Dearest Hot Cup of Coffee,

I must earnestly apologize for pouring you, mixing in creamer and setting you down – only to let you sit there and cool to room temperature with out one joyous sip while you are perfectly hot from the pot.  You should know, it is never my intent to leave you only to chug you down bitter cold – every morning I pour with hope my last sip will still simmer with love. Alas, this is not the case, and has not been the case in seven months. My mommy duties have pulled me away from our decade long morning relationship and I must admit I miss you so. I miss sitting, quietly inside or out, at home or at work, I miss it – that nice warm kiss of a first sip to help ease the morning and to help welcome the week on Mondays. 

Sadly, you sit – alone on the table while earnest boy demands more waffles or eggs and earnest baby cries for more milk. Patiently you sit there, cooling alone while the earnest household bustles around you. You are so patient yet you cannot hold your heat, for I know you desire every drink of you to be warm with satisfying heat. 

I’ve mistreated and neglected you and for that I’m truly sorry. I look forward for that day that once again, I will have slept the whole night and awakened refreshed, pushed your pots ON button and listen to you percolate in peace and anticipation.  I expect that day my children will be grown and I will have consumed gallons of cold versions of you only to avoid the afternoon headache of your absence. But that day, when it’s calm, quiet, just you and I and the rise of the sun, I will earnestly sip and enjoy every mouthful of your glory and that day will be wonderful. 

Until then, I will continue to pour with the same earnest hopes of heated delight, leave you there, then chug you down cold but know, I will always look to the future. As for now I have a sweet darling, growing earnest boy of five that I’m more than happy to give my earnest time to, and a sweet peachy earnest baby of seven months that has made life complete and I’m so blessed to give my restful night to. Until then, know my earnest love for your has never changed – only put on hold for a season.  

With all my love for you,

 earnest mom. 

Before you Scrapbook…earnest thoughts on social media and children

Before you Scrapbook…earnest thoughts on social media and children

I recently read that a certain, very popular social media site is introducing a new feature called Scrapbooks.  This feature allows parents to tag their children in posts and pictures long before they are old enough to have their own social account – thus leaving a “scrapbook” timeline when they start their own account.

To be earnest – I am sure that best intentions are in motion, but I am concerned for the safety of our children on this social media site once this is used.  I am a mom who is very delicate when it comes to my children on social media.  Is earnest boy adorable and earnest baby picture perfect all the time? Um, YES!  However I ensure that my accounts are limited simply to protect their identities.  (This is just what works for my family and I earnestly express that in no way is there a right or wrong when it comes to this matter – simply just what works for your family).  I just feel it is a good idea to consider what this feature will do.  This feature will track our children through their life as they grow and we tag, and once they get to an age they will sync their entire “tagged” past to their future – at this thought my earnest mommy senses begin to tingle.

Our children’s identities from birth will be right there for the taking – especially now that doctor offices, banks, tax agencies, health insurance companies and a slew more are asking for SSN all the time – I am worried for the safety of identities from theft.  Think of it – our children would not know that someone has opened a number of credit cards using their information and destroying their credit until they are 18.

Then there is the thought of cyber bullying.  God forbid cute chubby babies become a bad thing when our children are in high school – who knows bald babies, little babies, that adorable half nude pic of your child covered in pudding which may resemble something else entirely, or anything that children can find on one another to use.  I know that for me in high school it was my middle name and baby pics that I kept to myself to avoid ridicule.  If all of this is posted for the public now – how do we keep it private in the future?!

All in all, this is just my initial reaction to this feature and I know that we are living in a digital age but perhaps in this digital age our security ought to be reevaluated constantly.  Remember, we are our children’s parents and guardians, protectors and comforters.  Our children are completely dependent on us from birth and once they turn 18 they will have their own ideas of what privacy is and may not want their entire past linked on the internet.

Trust me there are times that these earnest kiddos are so cute I want the world to see how blessed I am – but then I am quick to remember that the world doesn’t have my family’s earnest interests at heart.  Like I said earlier, this is just food for thought – please be earnestly empowered to do what it is that works for you and your family, be informed and be happy!

x

earnest mom

I actually did it!

I actually did it!

I started a blog! I mean, I’ve actually created and started my very own blog. How did it come about?!

Well, I’m quite green to the stay at home mom scene and I’ve found that my days are busy, messy and exhausting. Not only tiring but I also found that “me time” has gone out the window (along with my make up and brush) and I wasn’t taking time for me. I love my life and my family but I thought I could use a different outlet. So in the car with the whole earnest family, earnest dad and I got to chatting on my options and well here I am. Fresh and new on the blog scene and anxious to get started!  Hope I’ll be seeing you around these parts often please feel free to leave comments or email, I’m looking forward to hearing from you earnest readers out there 🙂

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earnest mom