Sugarlaws: Living Sweetly.

this weekend

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March 8th, 2015 · Print Print

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This weekend, we did something a little new.

One of our babysitters plays on the Rice Women’s Basketball team, and this weekend, she invited us to come out and see them play!  So on Saturday, we bundled up the stroller and headed over to the Rice Stadium (which, conveniently, is basically across the street from our house). And Bear got to experience his first basketball game!

As he’s gotten a little bit older and more interested in the world, we really can’t keep him cooped up at home on the weekends anymore.  His nursery is fine for naps and our playroom is fun for a few hours, but if we don’t get out of the house at least once for a few hours, this little kiddo is not a happy camper.  So the idea of a fun outing in the afternoon?  Yes please. 

And we had a blast!  I’m not sure he knew exactly what was happening, but he sat in our laps and watched the game every once in a while, and the people and noises kept him happily occupied for two hours. So in my book, that is a WIN.

This type of outing is what I was most looking forward to when I thought, years ago, about having kids.  Little family outings to the zoo or the museum or the park or the playground, the ones that I did with my parents that they still tell stories about.  (Please, do not get my mom started about feeding the ducks.  Apparently I was, like, super into feeding the ducks and have consequently heard that story oh, maybe five trillion times.) I’d think about my future life and those future outings, and even though I had no idea what my family would look like or where we’d be living, I’d still imagine those little moments.

And, then, on Saturday, I blinked and suddenly one of those moments was here, right in front of me.  The imaginary moment I’d always thought about, taking my child on family outings and coming up with fun activities to share with him. 

And, you know what I did, when I realized that moment was happening?

I just smiled at our son and made a mental note of how incredibly grateful I am for this life.

In the last ten months, there were days (and nights) with a newborn that felt like they would never end.  There were weeks and months when juggling work and motherhood feels like more than I can possibly do.  There were moments when I was certain that I’ll never have time for a manicure, a full night of sleep, or a minute to myself until this kid leaves for college.  (A small part of me is still convinced that this is a possibility.) Those were hard moments.

But there are also moments like this weekend, when I come up for air and look around and think:

oh, wow. 

This moment that I always dreamed of. 

It’s happening right here in front of me.

So, baby Bear, I hope you enjoyed your first basketball game. 

Your mom sure did.

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that went downhill FAST.

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March 6th, 2015 · Print Print

This little cranky-pants is getting over yet another ear infection (jeez!) and was seriously not in the mood to make a video for grandma about his new piggy bank.  And yet mama was so proud that she tried anyways…

Lesson learned!

Happy weekend everyone!  (There’s nothing like baby tears to say TGIF!)

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my results from the LISTERINE® 21 Day Challenge!

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March 3rd, 2015 · Print Print

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So, that photo above?  That’s my new, healthier smile.  And I LOVE it.

I admit, I was a little skeptical that I’d be able to make over my oral care routine in three weeks.  But, you guys: it happened.  I finished the LISTERINE® 21 Day Challenge today, and I used antiseptic mouthwash every single day, morning and night.  And you know what I’m going to keep doing every day from now on?  That exact same habit. 

I was hooked with in a few days, but here’s the funniest story from this past month.  My husband reads Sugarlaws, so he knew that I was participating in the challenge.  And after about a week, he asked me, “are you really using Listerine every morning and night?”  And I sort of grinned and told him that yes, not only was I absolutely using it twice a day, but that it was seriously the best feeling to have such a clean mouth all the time. 

And a few days later, as we were brushing our teeth and getting ready for bed, I looked over at him.

And he was using Listerine.

Seriously, he’d gotten his own bottle, and he’d started using it too

That’s how much the 21-Day Challenge affected me: I even spread the habit to him! 

And really, it’s a great habit to develop.  I love the super-clean feeling that LISTERINE® Antiseptic gives my mouth — it’s so fresh and feels so great, now I’m wondering how I ever lived without it.  I’m so grateful to participate in projects like this for Sugarlaws, because this is a habit I’ll be sticking with for years to come.  Adding LISTERINE® to my oral care routine was an easy change that produced immediate benefits, and I’m thrilled to know that I’ll be keeping my gums, teeth, and mouth healthier for years to come because of it.

Did you guys try the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge?  I’d love to hear about your results!  (And, more impotantly, did any of you guys win the Fitbit®?  My mom is obsessed with hers and I’ve been dying to try one!  I clicked through the email every day to see if I’d won, but hopefully one of you guys did!)

Disclosure: I received LISTERINE® Brand products from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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