June 17, 2014

Music Muse Tues: Happy By: Pharrell Williams

Are you HAPPY today? Why not? What stops you from being happy? (Okay, maybe some of you answered, "Yes." Good for you =) 

I love Pharrell's song, "Happy!" It makes me smile thinking of the title. No, I am not in the dark about the release date of this song (My kids LOVE Despicable Me 2), but I wanted to share this song today because it is so relevant to my life.

If you Google, "Happiness," Wikipedia will tell you that happiness is, "a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy."

President Monson shares in an article, “Happiness is the object and design of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it; and this path is virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and keeping all the commandments of God.”  -Joseph Smith

He also goes on to share this:
"A favorite poem of mine gives to each of us the challenge:
Stick to your task ’til it sticks to you;
Beginners are many, but enders are few.
Honor, power, place and praise
Will come, in time, to the one who stays.
Stick to your task ’til it sticks to you;
Bend at it, sweat at it, smile at it too;
For out of the bend and the sweat and the smile
Will come life’s victories, after awhile. "
Some people are always in search of happiness. Others know right where it's at. How can we become more happy? Happy with our circumstances, with our adversity, our trials, our "Epic Fails," our disappointments in life? The answer that always rings true in my experience is to rely upon our Creator, our Heavenly Father. It may be best to actively seek the good in all things. Push the bad stuff aside, leave it behind and press forward. 

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June 16, 2014

Video Monday: Our Daily Crazy

Going through video clips to share, and came across this view of our daily crazy around here, right now. The baby soaks up every moment of it, planning his own imitation for the future.

Scooters, bikes and baby in the walker (he is walking now, but this was a few months ago). The boys would race to his presence with wild noises shooting out of their mouths. He reacted with a look a wonder for a moment and then accepted their craziness as normal with laughter. I guess that is my reaction most of the time as well. I love these crazies!!

Our Daily Crazy from Mostwhatmatters on Vimeo.

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June 15, 2014

Freshly Picked Moccasins

If you haven't seen the latest trend in baby shoes, you need to check out Freshly Picked Moccasins. I have followed the advice of waiting to try shoes until your baby takes those first steps, so I couldn't wait to get these puppies on his little feet.

Choose Freshly Picked Moccasins!

Here's Why:

  1. Comfort: The first reason lies in the sole. The shoes have a soft sole with enough support to protect those little feet. 
  2. Ease: I was worried about our babe taking the shoes off, which seems to be a trend among our crew of boys. These Moccs passed again! He hasn't tried to take them off, which leads me to believe they are comfortable. They are also secure enough to prevent a baby his age from taking them off. They are very easy to put on as well. There is elastic in the front to help with this! 
  3. Durability: While other shoes will have scoffs and marks, wearing away rubber, these seem to hold up well for my little man on the go! I am sure they will be stained eventually, but I don't think they will ever tear or rip. The quality of the shoe is apparent when you see it in person. 
  4. Style:  I love the style and versatility of the Weathered Brown Moccasins we chose. Let's be real. My kids aren't running around in Gucci or whatever brand is popular for their age group... (I obviously don't even know), but these shoes are made of leather and will last. If you pick the right color, the style will hold true too. The price may be a stretch for most of us, but it is worth it for a first pair of shoes in my book. Some babies go through 2-3 pairs before parents find one that works, and spend $$ in experimenting in the mean time. Don't waste time.

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Freshly Picked Moccasins and MostWhatMatters are teaming up to GIVEAWAY a pair of Freshly Picked Moccasins! The contest is valid for US residents only. To enter: The winner can not have won any other giveaway including a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins within the last 60 days. The winner will be chosen randomly, but participants may enter more than once by following the steps in the widget below. The winner will be announced on MostWhatMatters Facebook page, Monday, June 23, 2014, 11PM EST. The winner will need to contact MostWhatMatters within 48 hours, once announced with contact information, color and size requested for their prize. MostWhatMatters is not held responsible for shipping concerns or product satisfaction. Good luck!

I adore these beautiful shoes
If we have a girl one day...(Sigh)
For more information about how it all began, click HERE for a video from the creator of Freshly Picked Moccasins to learn more. Great story.

June 3, 2014

Music Muse Tues: Nick Lachey, "Father's Lullaby"

Today, amidst three sickies in the cart, I rolled through Wal-Mart determined to ONLY purchase the 5 items on my list. Given the circumstances, the boys were loaded into the cart and I struggled to push 100+ pounds in addition to a cart with a faulty wheel. It was okay though. We needed those 5 things. The boys began to realize how close they were in the cart and I saw the next events unfold quickly.  "He's looking at me..." "Stop!" You get the picture. We happened to be in the baby section and stopped to enjoy the soothing sounds of Nick Lachey. I have heard this album on Spotify already, but in that moment, the song stopped my thoughts, stopped the rushing, stopped the impatience.

Even though I wasn't much of 98 degrees fan, (BSB all the way), I can appreciate a good song when I hear one. And the album cover is just so sweet. Tis the season to appreciate Fathers. I love Jason so much. The lyrics are very much applicable to our life. I think I roll over almost every night and mumble for Jason to take the baby back to bed. What a love he is in my life.

Check this one out! The attached video includes an interview, sorry. It was the only way to share this song. =)

June 2, 2014

Video Monday: Step One

Step one should always be followed by introspection of some sort. Usually, we follow steps in assembling a bicycle or baking a cake. But we can also follow steps to change something, to change ourselves.

He walked for the first time on Wednesday. He took those first steps that brought natural joy and laughter into the room. There is something to be said about the pride we feel when our children accomplish things. It can be as little as those first steps and range to graduating from high school! We are proud and WE SHOULD BE.

If you watch the adorable video attached, you will notice that he is hesitant to take those first steps. Everything will change once he starts walking. Those steps mean so much developmentally. Mommy will be more busy with a toddler who is learning to walk. I'm sure his simple thoughts didn't compare to mine, but fear greeted him for a moment. 

Taking those steps to change, does bring up feelings of fear and questions like, "What if..." But eventually we adapt and reminisce on the simplicity of moments like this. And this is what it is ALL about. Moments of change and learning and reminiscing. Oh and then there comes those moments of trial and understanding. That's another topic, for another day. I hope we can all be better. Better today and tomorrow and the next day... What will you change?

In light of this post, I will be sharing our baby boy's first steps! (Excuse the mess that goes along with chance video recordings of monumental moments in our lives).

Video Monday: First Steps from Mostwhatmatters on Vimeo.

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June 1, 2014

Marriage and The Silent Treatment

We do not have to meet for you to quickly gather that I talk a lot and my husband doesn't. So if you were to happen upon a real argument between us, you would see that I talk a lot and he doesn't. The silent treatment. By far the worst punishment for me, ever! I would rather throw it all out there, release all my feelings and MOVE. ON.

So, why am I sharing this?

After almost 10 years of knowing this man (that I do truly admire) I have learned a few things.
I am grateful for the silent treatment. I am grateful that I can rant and rave and he will take time to take it all in. I am grateful, that he DOES NOT yell at me. This may stem from my youth, but there is something about a man who yells, at their wife, their children, their neighbor. I don't prefer it.

Once I was at my friend's house trying to decide what activity was next. I was around 13 years old and after suggesting things to do, I thought we would ask her mom. My best friend pulled me aside and said, "No. Let's leave my mom alone right now." I was totally thrown off. "Why?" "She is fighting with my dad!" She exclaimed with a "Duh!" tone. My attention was drawn immediately to her mother.

She wasn't mean to me or upset at all. She quietly did what mother's do: dishes, dinner. Her father walked into the bedroom. There were no slamming doors, raised voices, awkward moments for company. There wasn't harsh name-calling, belittling, or fierce words being used. There was SILENCE. I was in awe and I recorded the experience in my journal. I wanted that for my future. I put that attribute high on the list, right next to HOT, on my requirements for a husband.

I got it. My dreams came true. And though I have the tendency to follow all of the above mentioned negative behaviors when I want to fight, my husband combats it with silence. Some say he always wins. But I don't look at it that way, anymore. The silent treatment rescues me from my weaknesses. It pushes me to LET GO (I didn't want to mention the song, but chances are...it is already playing in your head). And if the problem is big enough, we resolve it when I am calmed down. The End.


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