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“Remember to always stand up for what is right, even if your standing alone.”
– Me every single day when dropping my oldest off at school.

Like many other parents on the planet, it’s important to me to raise kids that are kind and caring to those around them. I don’t care if they get the best grades, are all stars in sports or are a part of the popular crowd. I simply want them to make a positive impact on this planet in some way.

Or simply not be jerks-I’m okay with that too.

A few weeks ago I found myself sitting in the waiting room of the dentists office. Austen, my four-year-old, was screaming at the top of her lungs and had been doing so for a good 15 minutes. Everyone in the waiting room was staring at me. Elderly people, secretary staff, even the parents of the baby who was happily toddling about the waiting room while eating her goldfish crackers.

I was so embarrassed, and all I could do was sit there and stare blankly at the clock on the wall. Watching the seconds tick by and pray that the dental assistant would call her name soon.

At that moment I felt as a failure as a parent. Earlier that week Atlas’ teacher informed me he had dropped the F-Bomb in class – he’s five. And the week before I had received an email from Addi’s school letting me know that she was in trouble for gossiping about another student. A strict “no” in the school’s zero-tolerance policy against bullying.

How in the world was I failing this hard? As dramatic as it sounds, at that moment I could feel my heart breaking into a million pieces.

Desperate, anxiety-ridden thoughts spread through my brain-

“Is this it? Is my daughter a ‘mean girl’?

“Is she now going to be branded by her teachers and fellow students as a bully?”

“Is my son going to get kicked out of kindergarten next year for dropping another grown-up word?”

“Will Austen ever just be a happy kid?”

Okay, so I might have a flair for the dramatic, but these are my actual thoughts. And it took everything in me not to cry at that moment. And as I sat there, waiting in that dentist’s office, I thought back to the things I’ve tried to teach my kids and want them to be in life: kindness, generosity, diligence, integrity… and I also thought of my memories with my kids thus far.

Kindness

Last year at school a kid fell on the playground. Addi cradle the kids arm, offered to walk them to the nurses office, and sat with them until they stopped crying and the swelling started to go down. I got a call from her school secretary that day, informing me my child had the biggest heart of an elementary school kid she had ever seen.

I want my kids to be kind to their peers, to have the heart to care for the poor and needy. And to look to others just as much as they care for themselves. Addi does that, not only for her special-needs sister but also for every single person she meets.

Generousity

Let me be honest, Austen has a problem with taking other kids things. Just the other day we met another Austin, who also has dravet syndrome, and my child went into his room and stole his tatertot lovey right away. We’re working on it, it’s just taking some time.

But while I say that my child is also generous, especially if she thinks someone is hurting. If you are crying she is the first to give you a hug and hold your hand. If you are sad she will bring you one of her loveys to make you feel better. She has even been known to offer you a sassy (her pacifiers) if she thinks you need a bit of comfort.

Diligence

Hard work is something everyone wants their children to learn, it’s a key point in being a productive member of society. It was a key thing that my parents taught me, and I am trying hard to teach it to my kids.

So far I see it best in Atlas, if he knows he has to clean his room or finish his chores before he can have screentime, he does the job and he does it right. He has learned, without me having to remind him, that the job has to be done right before it is considered done. And he doesn’t even ask me to check his work until he knows I will approve.

Now, don’t get me wrong. At five-years-old, ‘complete’ does not mean a swept floor, or even organized toy bins. But all the toys are put up and there are not any bits of trash on the floor. His shoes are tidied in his closet, and his bed is made to the best of his ability.

Integrity

Atlas has a funny habit, he tends to tattle on himself. He will still do something he knows he’s not supposed to (like turn on the water hose to make puddles outside), but within minutes the guilt gets to him and he comes in and confesses to me or his dad.

Integrity is tough, but it is at the core of what I tell my children when I drop them off each day. I want them to put society before themselves. To know what is right or wrong, not just on the surface, but in their souls. To be honest, to have self-control. Atlas is still developing integrity, but there is something inside him that lets him know what he is doing is wrong. And not only does it let him know, but it makes him feel bad and apologetic.

Little by little, block by block, he is building a quality of integrity inside of himself. It’s an amazing thing to see.

Looking through the examples above I can see that I am not failing as a parent. My kids make mistakes, so do I, but each day they are growing and forming into the adults they will one day be. Yes, there are moments in parenting that absolutely suck (if you don’t agree I’ll go out on a ledge and guess you’ve never actually been a parent), but there are also moments of absolute bliss. Moments when I look at my kids and am so proud my heart burst, everyday moments that I would miss if only I blinked. These moments make it all worth it.

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I am so excited to show you my two new printables, ready and waiting for your kids this summer!

When I was a child my mom would have us stay outside all day during the summer. We came in for lunch and dinner, that was it. Snacks were given outside and drinks were taken from the waterhose. We watched tv and played video games after dinner, that was it.

While I am not planning to be that strict on my children’s outside time, I am dedicated to lowering their screentime to the one hour recommended by the W.H.O.

It won’t be easy, but I think we can do it. And one way we are doing it is by giving my kids a checklist that they have to do each day. Once they are done with this checklist, they have earned their hour of screentime.

Now, to be honest, my kids will probably do their hour of screentime in the morning, before they complete this checklist. So I might have them earn screentime if they have completed it the day before. Then they will earn the next days screentime after completing the checklist that day.

Does that make sense? Maybe not. The point is you can do it however you, and choose whatever tasks you want for your children since the printable is completely editable!

Want to try it out for yourself? Simply go to the free printables page in the main menu bar.

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When it comes to budgeting, I find that one category tends to be questioned the most. The groceries. Dave Ramsey says that we need to focus on our four walls first and foremost. Food, clothing, shelter (including utilities), and transportation. But how much food is too much food? How much is enough?

Over the last year I have worked to get our grocery budget down and I find that 100.00 per person, per month seems to be what works best for my family. This includes anything that I would find at a normal grocery store including food, toiletries, and household items.

Now, if we were still living in Hawaii, even shopping at the commissary, this would not have been enough. This was what we spent roughly when we had only one kid in Hawaii. Now we have three.

So take your families specific situation into consideration when planning your grocery budget. But I really do believe that 100.00 per person is enough for the average american family.

Grow It Yourself

There is nothing like a fresh tomato with a little bit of salt to compliment a sandwich in the summer. An average Roma tomato plant can get you anywhere from 20-30lbs of tomatoes each year. And with a seedling cost only about four dollars, that .20-.13 cents a pound. A lot cheaper than what you can get at even the best sales in the grocery store.

Produce savings go up even more when you start your plants from seeds, a skill I have not mastered yet, but am working on.

Make It Yourself

Convenience costs, it’s just that simple. Because of this, most things you purchase at the store pre-made cost you a lot more than they would if you made them yourself at home. That 3.00 sandwich? It would have cost less than a dollar at home. That 8.00 pizza would cost about 25% of that when made from scratch at home, and if you can tomatoes that you grow in your garden the sauce ends up being roughly half of what you pay in the store.

Don’t Let The Stores Do The Work For You

Convenience doesn’t just mean pre-made. Convenience can also mean precut, prechopped, and pre-peeled. In this case, I mean your fruits and veggies. As I said before, it’s cheaper to grow what you can in your own garden, but if you need to purchase something from the store, it’s cheaper to purchase it in it’s most natural state. That means dealing with the tears a bit and cutting your own onions. Your bank account will thank you.

Buy Cheaper Cuts of Meat And Get Creative

They are cheaper for a reason, normally because they are tougher, which makes them less desirable. Tougher doesn’t mean inedible though, you just have to get creative. Marinades can go a long way when it comes to tenderizing meat, and so can a slow cooker. I always check Pinterest for recipe inspiration.

Compare Prices, And Be Willing To Shop Around

Not all stores are the same, and I’m not just comparing Target to Walmart. You might find butter cheaper at one store, and milk cheaper at another. Is it worth it to go to three different stores on grocery shopping day just to get savings? I think so, and it doesn’t take anymore time than couponing and searching deals does.

By keeping a price check sheet for several months you will also get a secondary benefit, learning the sales cycle of your store. By learning when you can get an item at rock bottom prices you can then buy in bulk at that time and save yourself even more.

Pay Attention To The Unit Price

Another thing about shopping around, pay attention to unit price. Peanut butter might be cheaper at Walmart compared to Aldi, but the jar at Aldi might be smaller. A bit of simple math will tell you how much you are paying per ounce at each store and that is what you want to look at. The less you pay per unit, the cheaper it is in the long run.

Meal Plan

This is my number one tip, if implement nothing else in this article, please implement this one. Meal planning can seem boring and restrictive, but it’s not! Just like a budget is there so that you can tell your money where to go each month, a meal plan allows you to tell your grocery budget where to go. You can do a meal plan each month, as I do, or each week if you are worried you might get bored or lose track.

Either way, I recommend creating your meal plan for all three meals each day, plus a snack. This will make sure little tummies don’t grow hungry throughout the day. I have found that three good sized meals and one small snack are enough to keep my family going.

Did this article help you with ideas to lower your grocery bill? Do you have any more questions for me about this topic? Please leave them in the comments section below!

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My grandmother always told me I was born in the wrong era. As I a kid I immersed myself in historical fiction novels, and dreamed of Jane Austen dresses and Edwardian homes. Yes, you can say it, I wasn’t normal.

Maybe it was because I grew up in a house surrounded by antiques, but I have always loved old things. I would often find my aunt cooking out of an old edition of the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, and that book holds a warm spot in my heart. So when I saw a 1950’s edition on Ebay a few months ago I snagged it to add to my own collection.

And then I started thinking.

What would it be like to live like a 1950’s housewife for a day? My oldest is also a lover of history, so she was all for this experiment. And when I brought it up to my husband he was excited too, because it meant I wouldn’t ask him to make the bed that morning

And so I did some research because if I was going to live like a 1950’s housewife I was going to do it right. I read Perfect Wives In Ideal Homes by Virginia Nicholson. A wonderful non-fiction book about British housewives in the 1950’s. And I also read To Hell With All That by Caitlin Flanagan. I even purchased my very own copy of The Housewife’s Pocket Book by Carlton Wallace, which was written for the 1950’s housewife in the UK and includes tips on everything from budgeting to scheduling, and how to get rid of stains in your laundry.

Now, many of you might be wondering why I read so many books geared towards British housewives. That’s because I couldn’t find any really about American housewives of the era. So I questioned my grandmothers about how their mothers were in the 1950’s and tried to incorporate that into my day as well.

Want to see how my day in the life went as a 1950’s housewife? Check out the video below, I have put it available on both YouTube and Facebook.

Day In The Life of A 1950's Housewife | DITL | Moogie | - YouTube

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Summer vacation officially starts this Friday, and we are in full preparation mode at our house. Routines need to be adjusted, lists are being made, and activities planned for the exciting months to come. But to be honest, the thing I am looking forward to most is long afternoons in the backyard with my kids. Them playing, and me curled up with a good book.

Sun tea and Jane Austen, anyone? It sounds perfect to me.

I love to read, and I always have. I’m working hard to pass that excitement on to my children. Below are our reading lists for Addi, myself, as well as the ones I want to read to the kids during our afternoon reading time. On top of all that Atlas also wants to learn to read this summer, so it looks like I will be dusting off the old Bob’s books as well!

Addi
  1. Number The Stars
  2. The Diary Of A Young Girl (Anne Frank)
  3. Summer of My German Soldier
  4. An Unlikely Friendship
  5. The Prince And The Pauper
  6. Tom Sawyer
  7. Among The Hidden
  8. Little Women
  9. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  10. Treasure Island
  11. Where The Red Fern Grows
  12. Bridge To Terabithia
  13. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
  14. The Graveyard Book
  15. The Midwife’s Apprentice
  16. Catherine, Called Birdie
Family Reading
  1. Charlotte’s Web
  2. To Kill A Mockingbird
  3. Aesops Fables
Me Non-fiction-
  1. Uninvited
  2. Feminine Appeal
  3. The Elephant In The Playroom
  4. Finding A Mentor, Being A Mentor
  5. Hello Mornings
  6. Spiritual Mothering
  7. The Homemaking Handbook
  8. Back To Homemaking Basics
  9. How To Sew A Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew
  10. Home Management Plain And Simple
  11. How To Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind: Dealing With Your House’s Dirty Secrets
  12. The Hidden Art of Homemaking: Creative Ideas For Enriching Everyday Life
Fiction-
  1. Lost Roses
  2. And The Shofar Blew
  3. I’ll Never Tell
  4. Searching for Sylvie Lee
  5. The Testaments (Coming out September 10th, but I’m preordering it)
  6. The Lost Girls of Paris
  7. I Capture The Castle
  8. Gone Girl
  9. The Tea Rose
  10. An Inquiry Into Love And Death
  11. The Murder At The Vicarage
  12. The Little Stranger
  13. This House Is Haunted
  14. The Winter People
  15. The Turn Of A Screw

I know these lists (especially mine) look a bit extensive, but as I said, we are book lovers over here. Addi can read a book a week easily, and I have been known to read two books at once. Plus, these lists aren’t set in stone. We can read some of them, we can read more. It just depends on what the summer brings us.

Do you have a summer reading list planned? Share some of your favorites in the comments section below!

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Today I picked up my daughter early from school, thank God it was because of a planned early dismissal and not because of a school shooting. Parents of students only an hour north of us were not so lucky.

We live in southern Colorado, within two hours distance of 12 multiple victim shootings. I say multiple victim shooting because Congress defines a mass shooting as “a multiple homicide incident in which four or more victims are murdered with firearms, within one event, and in one or more locations in close proximity.” Based on that standard today’s shooting was not a mass shooting either, although one person is dead and there are at least 7 other victims injured according to news reports. Still, twelve times in my area individuals have intended to harm multiple others. TWELVE.  Three have happened in our city alone since 2007.

When I picked up my daughter today I had no idea that parents so close to us were frantically trying to do the same, that students were barricaded into classrooms fearing for their lives. This school is less than ten miles from Columbine, these kids have lived their whole lives in the shadow of one of the most horrific events in US history, and here we are again.

They say lightning never strikes the same place twice, but it does in the US. It strikes over and over again because the people who have the ability to stop it refuse to do so. They are too busy fighting over tax returns and where Trump’s father was born instead of doing what we need to do, finding a way to protect our kids.

Today I sat down as my eleven year old asked me questions about why someone would want to harm other people. The exact same conversation we last February after Parkland, last October after Pittsburgh, and less than two months ago after Christchurch. Today, just like all the times before, I don’t have the answer for her. I don’t even have the answers for myself.

I’m not saying I have all the answers. I’m not yelling to take away all of your guns. I grew up in a small town, in family that owns several guns. I was taught how to shoot, and I allow my kids to go hunting.

I don’t have the answers, but I know something has to change, and I do not believe it will be a one prong approach that does it. I am not saying it needs to be all gun control, all the time. But, I’m also not saying that mental health is the only problem. Yes, we have a major need for mental healthcare reform in this country, but we also have a need for gun reform as well.

Again, I don’t have all the answers. But what I do know is something has to change.

We said it wouldn’t happen again after Columbine, we said the same after Sandy Hook and Parkland. Yet, here we are. Absolutely nothing has changed and my child doesn’t feel safe in the one place besides home that she should not question her safety.

Our government, people on both sides, need to realize that our children, the future of our nation, are worth more than the tit for tat games they have been playing. It’s time to join together, to make some decisions. It’s time to change.

So that this time when we say it won’t happen again, our children can look back and see that we really meant it.

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A couple of weeks ago I shared a post about being a housewife, and how I am glad to be one. It’s true, I love staying at home and taking care of my home and family. But, I was honestly scared to share this revelation. You see, I find that when I tell people how I actually like what I do, especially other women, I tend to get the side-eye.

You know what I’m talking about, the look that is a mix of pity and annoyance. Like I’m throwing away everything that the feminists of the past fought so hard for. How dare I turn my back on them like this?!

Well, the thing is, I do consider myself a feminist. And I think what I am doing is exactly what the first and second wave feminists intended me to do-I’m choosing to do what makes me happy.

First and second wave feminists both wanted the same thing – choice. First-wave feminists fought for the choice of representation in our governments. They worked their butts off to get us the right to vote. Second-wave feminists wanted to bust the idea that all women were happy in the home, and wanted to make sure that women who chose to were able to have equal access to the workforce.

They wanted the right to choose.

I also want the right to choose, the thing is, I choose to stay at home. I believe that the first and second wave feminists did not mean for their movement to end up belittling women who make this choice. Just like they would not want a woman belittled who chose to work.

I choose to stay at home. Do you know what else I choose to do?

I choose to dress nice, fix my hair, and wear makeup almost daily. I choose to look nice 90% of the time when I go outside of the house (there is always that 10% that I can’t get it together, and I’m not ashamed). I choose like ruffles and flowers, and sweet smells in my home.

I choose to do all of this, and that’s okay. I can be a feminist and still be feminine? Want to know why? Because if you choose to be different I’m okay with that too.

If you choose to work outside of the home? Fine with me.

If you choose to never wear a dress or the color pink in your life? Sounds like a plan.

If you don’t know the difference between baking powder and finishing powder? Who cares?

The point is I like it; I choose to do it. Heck, I even sometimes wear pretty aprons when I clean. I am not suppressed because I am a homemaker- I am exercising the choice that my feminist forbearers worked so hard that I could have.

What’s wrong with that?

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I know I’m not the only mom who often feels like Mary Poppins when it comes to all of the stuff they carry around. The amount of things I can fit into my purse is honestly pretty impressive. But lately I’m trying to pare down and just stick to the basics. It’s nice to be able to find your keys quickly, after all.

So what do I make sure to keep in my bag now?

And by basic, I mean basic. In my purse I carry concealer, powder, mascara, and my favorite red lipstick. With these four things I can look at least halfway put together in a few minutes time. Everyone once in awhile I throw my bronzer in there too, this can allow me to contour and use it as a quick eyeshadow.

Basic Makeup Hand Sanitizer

Let’s be honest, the world is nasty and so are my kids. I know you are thinking I’m a germaphobe who won’t let her kids even touch dirt, but that’s not the case. I just have a kid who can’t get sick. A small cold has been known to send her to the PICU, so I don’t take my chances. I have the kids put on hand sanitizer after leaving a store, going to the park, or even the zoo. Maybe I’m crazy, but I’d rather be safe than sorry.

My Wallet

These might seem like an obvious addition, but I can’t tell you how many times I have accidentally left my wallet at home. I now make a point to put it back into my purse as soon as I take it out. I’ve paid for gas with spare change way too many times for my liking.

A Snack

Your girl is hungry. Not just your pregnant girl, or your breastfeeding girl. From my experience just being a mom makes me ravenous. So I always keep a small nonparishable snack in purse. This could be crackers, nuts, or even mini candy bars if the weather permits (aka they won’t melt).

The Girls Emergency Meds

As many of you know, my youngest has a genetic condition known as Dravet Syndrome, which causes her to have intractable epilepsy among other things. Her emergency meds are a non-negotiable addition to my purse, as they could literally be the difference in life or death for her.

But she is not my only child who requires emergency meds. We recently found out that Addi, my oldest, has a shellfish allergy and so I have to carry around an epipen for her. I cannot leave the emergency meds in the car with our first aid kit because Austen’s meds are heat sensitive and Addi

A Notepad And Pen

Whether it’s an item to add to the grocery list or an idea for a blog post, I always find myself needing to jot down notes when I’m out and about. To keep myself from compiling a stack full of paper napkins ala JK Rowling I try to keep a notepad and pen in my purse. This allows all the thoughts in my mind to stay in one place and not get lost.

I could put my notes into my phone, that’s true, but I like pencil and paper best. I feel like I remember it better that way, plus Austen almost always has my phone, so I would never be able to look at the notes in there anyway.

Do you have any must-have items that you always keep in your purse? Let me know in the comments below!

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I want to say that I’m pretty happy with how I’ve handled this whole turning 30 thing. I didn’t freak out about getting ‘old’, and I didn’t go nuts and pierce my eyebrow or anything. But, there is one thing that I have noticed, and that is the state of my skin.

Maybe it’s the fact that I have three kids, or maybe that one of them is special needs, or maybe it’s just my genetics, but over the last year or two I have started to notice my skin is changing. It’s dryer than it used to be, it’s flakier, and there are fine lines that definitely weren’t there before.

Then this winter happened.

Can I be real for a minute? This winter my skin has done a complete Benedict Arnold and turned against me. I’m talking a rash that goes from my forehead all the way down my chest, and itches like crazy. I’ve even been on steroids twice to help it go away. It hasn’t been pretty.

Google and YouTube searches have shown me about a million and one skincare routines and ideas to get my skin vibrant and glowing again.

What Does The Korean Skincare Routine Consist Of?
  1. Oil Based Cleanser – Biossance Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil
  2. Water Cleanser – Botanics All Bright Foaming Cleanser
  3. Exfoliate – I made a sugar scrub made with brown sugar, honey, and jojoba oil.
  4. Toner – Thayers Alcohol Free Witch Hazel Toner
  5. Emulsifier / Essence – May Coop Raw Sauce
  6. Serum – Mad Hippie Vitamin A (evening) and Mad Hippie Vitamin C (morning)
  7. Face Mask – I used sheet masks from Peach Slices and 7 Days, as well as my own honey and banana mask that I made.
  8. Eye Cream – Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream
  9. Moisturizer – Peach Slices Citrus-Honey Aqua Glow
  10. Sunscreen – Mad Hippie Face Sunscreen
Do I Have To Use High Dollar Korean Products?

No you don’t. As you can see from my list above many of my products that I am using are mainstream, or even made by me. The point is more the type of product you use, from my understanding, than the brand or where it was made.

How Did It Go? Week One

Week one of the Korean Skincare Routine went pretty well. I read somewhere a key part of the routine is that it makes us slow down and relax while we go through the process.

Whoever create this skincare routine obviously didn’t have kids. Or maybe they did, and because of that needed a reason to sit down with a glass of wine and put on 7-10 skincare products twice a day. Either way, she had more time than me.

To cut some time out of the routine I have taken two doing my double cleansing in the shower each night. It just makes sense to wash my face at the same time I’m washing the rest of me. It does make it a bit shocking when I turn on the cold water to splash my face at the end though, I read somewhere that this helps close your pores. I don’t know if it’s working, mine seems to be the size of moon craters lately so it might take an act of Congress to shrink those bad boys.

Let me be honest for a second, I’m not perfect at this routine. I forgot completely about exfoliating and masks this week, and I forgot sunscreen at least two out of the seven days. But I’m trying and next week I will do better.

Week Two

Week two went a lot better than week one, as in I actually remembered each step every day. Although I was constantly stressed about missing a step, and then there was the mishap of Austen spilling my vitamin A serum (luckily I saved it), the week went pretty good.

And looking into the mirror at the end of the week I actually think I can see some of my fine lines fading under my eyes. Maybe that’s wishful thinking though.

I actually feel good in my skin. Week Three

Okay, I’m definitely starting to get the hang of this. Reading a book with a sheet mask on my face before going to bed is becoming one of my favorite ways to wind down. Can I do this more than 2-3 times a week?

Week Four

I’m so glad I did this challenge. I can definitely tell a difference in my skin in the last thirty days, not only did the rash not come back AT ALL this month, but I am also starting to see some reduction in the fine lines under my eyes. They might not be all the way gone, but they are a lot better than they were!

On top of that, I do not have any more dry patches on my face, and the dark circles under my eyes are starting to get less noticeable. I’ll take that as a win!

Will I Keep Going

In one word, yes. I am so happy with the results I got over the last month that I am running errands today without makeup on to celebrate. I do not think I will use an oil cleanser every morning, maybe just when I have slept with a heavier sleep mask overnight, but other than that I think I will do the complete routine most day.

I did not start this challenge thinking that my skin would be 100% better when April 30th came around, but what I can say is it is a lot better than I had anticipated.

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Austen in April 2016, 5 months after her first seizure.

To the nurses who saved my daughter, I want you to know that I know you don’t play cards all day – even though you work in a small rural hospital.

To the firefighter, who happened to be a high school friend of my mine, thank you for letting me all but throw my seizing baby at you. Thank you for cradling her, holding her, and carrying her to the ambulance. Thank you for hugging me when you got out, and helping me to climb up into the vehicle. You were probably hoping for a slow night at the station, but you came to help my baby.

To the ER staff who held my hand, who worked to get an IV in, who ran test after test, and calmly explained to me what was going on. Thank you for your kindness. Thank you for your patience. Thank you for rubbing her forehead when she came to and was scared. I know how hard it is to take care of a sick kid, and that you probably wished you were home with your own children that night. But you showed my baby love, and for that I thank you.

Austen during her first hospital stay

To the small town pediatrician, who happened to be my pediatrician when I was a kid as well, thank you for listening to your gut. Thank you for listening to my rambling, thank you for being willing to let me make a choice that night but being honest with me about what you felt inside. Thank you for making sure we were settled in the pediatric ward before you left for the evening. If you hadn’t, you would have already left when she started to seize again. You wouldn’t have been there when she began to code. Thank you for staying with my baby; thank you for being a doctor who I know is both honest and kind. Thank you for setting me aside and telling me what to expect when it was time to transfer her to a bigger hospital. Thank you for hugging me and praying with me that night. Thank you for crying with me, and showing me I wasn’t alone in my feelings. I know your wife probably wished you had been home to eat dinner that night, but you were providing care to my baby. Thank you.

To the nurses who saved my daughter, thank you. Thank you all for rushing into the room to save my daughter that night. Thank you for getting an IV, for calling around for extra support, and for taking care of me when you were busy taking care of her. Thank you to the nurse who helped hold down my seizing baby as she was being intubated, and thank you to the nurse who sat there holding my hand as it was happening. Make no mistake, without you my daughter would not be here.

I know that when you work in a small town hospital, it does not mean that you get extra time to play cards and hang out during your twelve-hour shifts. I know that you often do not have time to eat lunch, or even go to the bathroom.

I know that working in a small town hospital really means being on your feet all day. It means rushing from room to room, patient to patient. It means short staffed floors and doing things that are often outside of your paygrade. But you do it with love, you do it compassion, you do it because you are lead to.

And for all of that, I can never thank you enough.

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