blessings

That Thankful Wednesday in September

IMG_3329.JPG That box. That giant box of brownie mix is what I'm thankful for today. No, they aren't scratch-made brownies, but why should I attempt to make my own, when Ghirardelli does an amazing job already?! If you didn't already know, I love brownies. love.them. {so daggone much} And today, I really thought about how cool it is to have this giant box of brownie mix. To be able to afford it, and have the oil, water, and egg it needs to bake it in an oven that I always take for granted. [ps. I kinda hate the oven this house came with...but I shouldn't be hatin' on it...what a blessing it is!]

As I mixed the brownie batter, I looked around for three minutes and found some other things I really am being intentionally thankful for today:

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that tub of girl clothes I literally walk by this tub everyday multiple times. My girls think it's a mountain to climb or a bench to sit on whilst eating a ziplock baggie of Cheerios. I see it as an eyesore, a chore that I need to "obviously" tackle (refolding all of those little clothes), and a reminder that I still need to put it away after Mike got it down for Emma after she was born.

But it's a real reminder at how much my children have. So many clothes. So many choices. All given to us. We never paid a penny for any of them. For that, I'm humbled and grateful.

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This Amazon guy that fixed my '19 kids' season pass debacle. Thanks, amazon guy.

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The way I always hear the boys giggling and spraying each other with water during "quiet time" everyday. I may not like them wasting water all the time, but really, who cares?! They're being children...most of all, they're outside and being silly little boys when most of their peers are still sitting at a desk. They finished school in 2 1/2 hours today. They deserve to douse each other in water and swing on their tire swing.

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a reminder. a reminder that I don't have joy and I should. I usually allow my tiredness or my situations dictate my attitude. Thanks, Joy-ful wall art for reminding me that I plain suck at being joyful.

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I'm thankful for the baby that doesn't want to leave my chest today. I'm thankful for her 3 hr.off and on grunting/attempts at pooping last night that kept me up. She finally exploded at 10:30am. It was epic, as was her smile afterwards.

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This shower. It helps me so much. I'm thankful for boys that can use it and clean water that showers away all of their outdoor adventures.

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Emma's thigh. Yes, I'm thankful because it's chubby and healthy and a true symbol that she is gaining weight all because I am able to provide all the nourishment she needs.

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I'm thankful God invented sisters. I'm so happy my girls have multiple sisters. I'm super thankful for my one sister who means the world to me.

Regardless of how spent I feel, how much I wish, or how immersed in motherhood I am...there really are reminders all around me of how grateful I should be.

Grateful. Not thankful, grateful.

Love, Alicia

Product Review: The Honest Company

images Have you tried any of the (many) items that The Honest Company has to offer?! I signed up for free, to receive my free sample of their bulk items. I received the essentials bundle for my free sample and I really loved what I received. I then decided to keep my membership (which you can cancel at anytime)... so for $35/month you get 5 items from the Honest Company.

After I received my box (which is super cute by the way) I wanted to cancel my account. I thought "There's no way I'll need surface cleaner, body wash, shampoo, lotion, and healing balm every single month! That's insane!"

I thought this and then when I went into my account to cancel it, I realized you can edit your bundle! This changed everything. The Honest Company makes soo many different products. So, every month you can get something completely different. Here's what I got this month:

• bug spray • wipes • stain remover • diaper rash cream • hand sanitizer spray

Here's how it arrived! --->

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Their products are plant based and all natural. Which we love, and everything is just super cute, which is even better. Here's what the site looks like when you have an account:

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It's also much cheaper to purchase their bundles from their website, than it is to buy any of their products separately at Target. I also really like their diapers (have you seen their patterns, they're crazy cute!!!!), but they are way too expensive in my opinion, and I'm super happy with Target's Up&Up brand diapers, but so far their products are pretty awesome, and they all work great.

Here's what I decided to get for next month:

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If you're interested in signing up for a free trial use this link!

**This post is my personal opinion and I did not get anything in return for writing about The Honest Company.

"You might be a mother..."

...if doing dishes is akin to beating your head against the wall because for every two dishes you put in, your toddler pulls one out. ...if for every cough, sneeze, or belly laugh calls for a trip to both your underwear drawer and the bathroom.

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...if it's a toss up between the ring of fire during labor, or your boob getting chomped on by a toothless newborn. (Dang, do they have some jaws) don't even mention getting bit by a freshly teethed six month old...there would be no "toss up" in this case.

...if you've ever had to be in sixteen places at once.

...if some mornings you tear up as you watch your husband drive away for work. (I gotta be here all day, again?)

...if you've ever gone to bed and accidentally laid down on a hot wheels car or a small pile of Legos.

...if you hide in the bathroom for a five minute retreat.

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...if while on a kidless break, all you think about/talk about are your kids.

...if "what am I going to make for dinner??!" haunts you like a ghost most days.

...if you get up to pee in the middle of the night....usually more than once.

...if you've "rocked" as many miles as you've driven.

...if you're idea of a vacation includes sleeping for days, indulging in complete silence, and finishing that book you've been reading for years now.

...if you can't go into a store with intentions to buy yourself some much needed clothes, and walk out with nothing for yourself and 3 more outfits you found on clearance for your mini-me.

...if hearing the words "I love you, mommy" make up for every recent rotten motherhood moment you've experienced, and gives you a burst of energy that no Starbucks drink could offer.

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...if you've never felt so tired, so blessed, so happy, so exhausted and spent, and so complete all at once because you are doing the most important work.

You are a mother. You are blessed.

What can you add to this list? Share below!

Love, Alicia

Ps. I forgot one!!! "...if you wake up in a puddle of your own dairy."