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Life As Mrs. Wilson: June

June 30, 2017

June 2017


Things I'm grateful for:
1. Online community. Being a stay at home mom has often felt lonely for me, and there are days when my only interaction with the outside world is through social media. It has been an amazing blessing in my life to make genuine connections with other moms that I would not have been able to meet were it not for the internet. I am so thankful for the people I've met through Instagram that I now consider friends, and for the support that really is out there. It has made me realize that social media can be an extremely positive thing if we choose to make it that way.
2. Time to disconnect. While I love the blessings social media has brought to my life, I am so grateful that I had a few days this month to really disconnect from the internet. Sometimes you need to disconnect to reconnect, and having that time to reconnect with nature and loved ones was exactly what I needed.

Lessons Learned:
1. If you want it, you have to be fearless. 
2. You have more in you than you think.

Current Favorites:
1. Garnish Co. This cute company created a personalized sign for Conrad's nursery and I absolutely adore it! They did such a great job and I love seeing it every time I walk into the room.

2. Jenna Rammell's 30 Days of Affirmation. I used to think that affirmations were super cheesy, but since I started using them about a year ago I have felt a huge shift in how I feel. Jenna Rammell is one of my favorites and this month she did 30 days of affirmation online. I have LOVED reading them and using them on a daily basis, and I feel that affirmations can truly benefit everyone's lives. (Here's week 1, week 2, and week 3 of the affirmations).

Memories:
1. An evening at the Wilson farm. A few weeks ago we had a barbeque over at my in-laws house. They live on a gorgeous farm and we had such a pleasant evening filled with good food and great company. It has been fun to see what having a big family is like and I love living close to Jake's parents as well.

2. Lindsay's in town! Last week, my sister and her husband Cameron flew in from Texas to come visit. They finally got to meet Conrad and it's been so nice to have them here for a while! We've had fun playing games and just spending time together. I'm hoping we can visit with each other more often as the years go by.
3. A trip to the cabin. I posted tons of pictures from our cabin trip here! Going to our family's cabin has always been one of my favorite things in the world, and it was so neat to bring Conrad along this year. He had so much fun playing with Lindsay and Cameron's puppy and spending so much time outside. I love how peaceful it is up on Kolob Mountain and that I always leave happy and refreshed.

This month was filled with lots of emotion and lots of teeth...7 to be exact. ;) Conrad now has 7 teeth and I now have endless sympathy for anyone who mentions that their baby is teething. As for the emotion, I'm working on that. My anxiety got pretty intense this month, so I'm working on ways to balance my emotions and feel more in control of how I respond to those emotions - which the affirmations have helped with tremendously! There were a few days this month filled with anxiety attacks and bouts of depression, but there were also many days filled with joy. So for now, I'm just trying to hold on to that joy and remember that there is always hope, always something to be grateful for, and always a reason to truly feel that life is worth living.


A Trip to the Cabin

June 27, 2017

Yesterday, we headed up the mountain to spend a night at our cabin with the entire family. My sister and her husband flew in from Texas last week, and it has been so nice to spend some time with them. I have so many fond memories of our times at the cabin growing up and am so excited for all of the memories to come. 



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Conrad These Days + A Giveaway with Garnish Co

June 24, 2017

 
We are at such a fun stage of life with Conrad right now! He is 8 months old and such a joy.

1. He has 5 teeth and one more trying to pop through. He chews on everything he can, but his banana teether is his favorite.
2. He babbles all day long saying 'dada', 'mama', 'nana' and 'baba'. 
3. He's a total water baby.
4. He still loves cuddling and is starting to give real hugs now.
5. He's not a fan of tomatoes but loves chicken and spinach.
6. He climbs EVERYTHING, including me. I think he sees me as more of a step stool for him than a parent at this point. ;)
7. He still can't quite figure out how to get a real laugh out most days, so he will either hyperventilate or just scream and smile really big - I love it.
8. He's fearless (unless it comes to the vacuum or the hair clippers, in which case he's a real baby;)
9. He is trying so hard to stand up on his own and is starting to be able to balance for a few seconds at a time. 
10. He is living up to his name - bold. We love his name so much and were so excited when we found Garnish Co. They make custom cutout wooden signs and do an incredible job. I've teamed up with Garnish Co to give away $50 shop credit to one winner, and you can enter the giveaway on my Instagram page (@mckellwilson) and get an extra entry by leaving a comment here on my blog! If you are interested in purchasing your own custom sign from Garnish Co, you can find them HERE or HERE

LetsTalkMotherhood

Let's Talk Motherhood - On Raising Confident Children

June 19, 2017



I am so excited to be sharing the Let's Talk Motherhood series with you all for the first time! I've teamed up with some amazing moms to share in a conversation on a particular topic from each of our perspectives. They have answered the following questions on their own websites, and all of their perspectives are linked at the end of this post. I created this interview collaboration series to connect, encourage, share, and relate with other moms. No matter how different our perspectives may be, we're all in this amazing and challenging journey of motherhood together.

On Raising Confident Children:


1. What is one way you are teaching your children self confidence?
One way I've been trying to teach Conrad self confidence is by letting him fail sometimes. When he was first learning to crawl, all I wanted to do was pick him up and hold him any time he got frustrated. I caught myself wanting to do all the work for him, so I had to force myself to just take a step back, cheer him on, and let him fall a few times. It was amazing to watch him learn and grow in confidence and to see that huge smile of accomplishment when he finally figured it out. I think that by being patient and not helping him every second of the learning process, he has learned to trust himself and build the stepping stones of confidence that will help him throughout his life.

2. How do you (or how will you) help your children find their passions in life?
I love how my parents approached this with me, so I plan on taking a similar approach with my own children. When I was younger, my parents gave me a list of extra curricular activities to choose from each year and let me try something new or continue the same activity. This allowed me to explore many things and ultimately led me to my passion for music and volleyball. They also encouraged me a lot in academics, which led me to my passion for writing. I hope to give my children the same opportunities and always encourage them to try new things and to be fearless in doing so.

3. Do you have an opinion on how social media affects self confidence? How do you (or how will you) navigate this with your children?
I definitely think that social media can affect self confidence if we aren't being vigilant in our actions. We are ultimately the deciders in what we choose to view online, so it is up to us to follow people that are positive and to view things that uplift us and build us up rather than make us feel bad about ourselves or 'less than'. As for navigating this with children, my husband and I have talked quite a bit about keeping our children away from social media as long as we can, but are still unsure where to draw that line. For the time being, I think my most important job in this regard is to do everything I can do instill confidence in my children before they have access to social media in hopes that they will believe in themselves and know their worth - and to never base their worth off of anything from social media.

4. What are you currently doing to gain confidence in yourself?
It has always been a battle for me to feel confident in myself. I shared a bit about my journey to self love a while back (you can read that here), and that has helped me so much in gaining emotional confidence, so now I am currently working harder on getting stronger and healthier physically. After having Conrad, I just didn't feel good about how I looked, so I hid. I was so worried about people judging me that I skipped out on a lot of events I really wanted to attend, quit talking to people, and kept my head down as I walked. I knew that if I wanted to accomplish the things I desired in my life and serve others the way I wanted to, I needed to take care of myself. As I've been taking better care of my body and gaining physical strength, I've been able to worry less about myself and reach out to others more, and I am such a happier person because of it.

5. Any words of advice you would want to give to your children on being confident in themselves?
Recognize that you're not going to be perfect. You'll make mistakes, and sometimes you'll fail. But the more you can learn to accept and love yourself for who you are now rather than the idea of who you want to be, the more your life will be filled with joy. As you grow in confidence, you will be able to forget yourself and serve others - which will bring you the most joy and fulfillment possible. Remember to whom you belong, and pray to see yourself the way God does. Master your fears. Be brave. Be kind. Be humble. Know that you are loved, and go forth in confidence knowing these things.

Be sure to check out the rest of the perspectives linked below and feel free to share your thoughts on raising confident children in the comments as well!

Aurora McCausland (@auroramccausland) | Vanessa Falsetti (@josephineacreativelife) | Jenn (@whatyou_make_it) | Jess (@wildishjess)

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