englexas I successfully took all 3 kids to the dentist...no cavities or meltdowns! Phew! 3d
  •   englexas And I thought I'd share another one of my #mama101 tips...to prepare my kids for the dentist we practice in the days before the appointment. I pretend to be the dentist and have them lay in my lap while I brush their teeth and talk to them about how many teeth they have etc. I was really nervous about little man this time because it was his first check-up...big brother and sister went first so he got to see what happened to them and when it was his turn he sat like a champ...no tears or anything! 3d
  •   annanovak No cavities! 3d
  •   saramariebu That's great! So glad it went smoothly! @englexas 3d
  •   jodygray Sweet!!! Killer tip! 3d

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englexas she still fits in a baby floaty! 5d

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englexas I've lived here for 18 months and finally made it to the farmers market today! 6d

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englexas breakfast in bed...such a refreshing time with my hubby, I recommend a night away to all of you! 7d
  •   stephanie_desoto We try to have a night away as often as possible! It's so important to do! 7d
  •   wlakeshore We're glad you could join us for a staycation, Debbie! What do you have planned for today? 7d
  •   barbraney That place looks awesome! Have a great time alone♡ 7d
  •   englexas @wlakeshore we could only stay one night this time...had to get back to the 'burbs, but we will be back...we loved the hotel! 6d
  •   englexas @heybonniemae I didn't know that! They just remodeled it and it's beautiful! 6d
  •   englexas @stephanie_desoto we're going to do it more, it was perfect! 6d
  •   englexas @barbraney it was wonderful...thank you! 6d
  •   hennablossom I was just gonna ask if this was your ROOM! Awww, a night away sounds Devine! 6d

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englexas celebrating 9 years of wedded bliss to this hottie...he's spoiling me with a night away! 1w

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englexas raspberry picking...running out of time to complete our summer bucket list! 1w

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englexas I was tagged by @joyrmac to #stopdropandyoga
Yoga is another one of my #mama101 tips...I've been consistently going to yoga for the last 4 months and it's made a huge difference to my energy levels, strength and overall attitude! Find something that you love that keeps you fit and keep doing it no matter what!
I tag @withoutmelissa @antlersandroses @jodyehefner and @abby_tohline to share!
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englexas this girl has flown all across the country to visit me in every city I've lived in, we always pick up right where we left off and I cherish her friendship! Had so much fun with @sizycki these last few days! 2w

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englexas checking out a new place for family night 3w

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englexas experiencing a whole new side of the city 3w

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englexas Have you ever felt like you were supposed to post something but every time you start to, the questions of what people might say/think allow you to talk yourself out of it? Well this is me, silencing those voices.
After posting my #fridayintroduction a few weeks ago I realized that a lot of you were in the same boat as me...wanting to get on a schedule and get organized with no idea how to get there. So I thought it might be cool if I shared some things that I have been implementing to help me get on the right track under the hashtag #mama101
If I had seen someone post my first tip years ago...I would've rolled my eyes and scrolled on by! Ha! But it's something I've been doing for the last few months and now I actually enjoy it!
My first tip is that every morning when I get out of my bed, I make it...that simple! Since we have been co-living with another family the last few months it has really been important to me that our room is our sanctuary, having my bed made everyday makes the room look so much cleaner and we actually have a "no kids in our room without an adult present" rule which helps it stay made all day long!
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  •   _mckenzie_lee You are the most beautiful person inside, and so real. I have found that making my bed makes it so inviting to get in at the end of the day. It also makes the clothes on my floor look neater! 3w
  •   thenewlindens Ooooh, great idea!! Thanks! I've been wondering a good way to put that! 3w
  •   mrsbarkerloves We have this same bed! However mine is not made 😬 3w
  •   hennablossom So lovely, I don't know whether I will ever keep this but I believe it. Our house has been in chaos because of remodels and it's amazing how much a chaotic environment can throw you! 3w
  •   serenaleetickle We started doing this about 12 months ago and you are completely right. It somehow makes the rest of the day fall into place. Such a simple task is so very satisfying. The thing I love most is when one of the children want cuddles we hope on our bed and read a book and cuddle. Pure bliss. 3w
  •   charlottemcilnay So proud of you, Debbie. I love your self talk, so important to adjust our thinking... kind of like "taking every thought captive" uhmm. Another thing I like to do is make a list at the beginning of the week of things I want to get accomplished that week, such as, clean my microwave, clean bathroom mirror, wipe my couch with leather cleaner, the out of the normal house cleaning stuff. I don't pressure myself if I don't get it all done...I just add it to the next weeks list. #my2centsworth 3w

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englexas now we just have to convince her brothers that hangin' out poolside is the best way to go! 4w

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englexas dealing with a lot of "real life" stuff this week but I'm finally enjoying a peaceful moment with coffee and english muffins on the back steps. 4w

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englexas little man has always been cautious about water, he wouldn't even sit down in the bathtub. Last week when we brought him to the pool he freaked and wouldn't even stand in ankle deep! I could've just let it go and tried again when I thought he was ready but because it's been so hard for me to learn how to swim as an adult, it's really important to me that my kids don't have the same struggles...we've been to the pool almost everyday and little by little he's been getting more comfortable...finally today he sat in the water and even said "i yike it...wader fuuun!". I'm amazed at how quickly he changed his mind! 1mon
  •   tiffinielise My son is very cautious in water as well. He is fine as long as he can touch the bottom. He's afraid even if someone holds him to go into the deeper end. But slowly slowly he's getting more comfortable :) 1mon
  •   duchessandlionco This is exactly Addie. And now at 3, still cautious but loves it and is saying she is ready for swim school 1mon
  •   thegiftoftoday Yay! Keep exposing! He has made so much growth! 1mon
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  •   rachelmenard Awe way to go!!! Jack's been going in and out of some water phases, sometimes he likes it and sometimes he doesn't. 1mon
  •   megrussell Way to go! We have had similar struggles, although I've always been a swimmer so it's been hard for me to figure out. 1mon
  •   hillgaz50 What a brave boy Proud of you 1mon
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englexas we just found a TON of caterpillars in our garden! 1mon

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englexas the cantaloupe has grown over the fence and is taking over our garden! 1mon

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englexas hey there little fish 1mon

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englexas I decided to join in on #fridayintroductions hosted by @naptimediaries and @thetinytwig... I'm Debbie...I was born and lived in England until the age of 17 and have lived in the US for 12 years. I'm a wife to a church planter/entrepreneur/worship leader, mama to 3 and photographer with whatever time I have left over. Today's question is...what area are you hoping to grow in? My answer is self-discipline...I hate schedules and structure but I'm realizing more and more that I can get much more accomplished when I plan and schedule my time...I have big goals and the only way they will get accomplished is if I remove unnecessary distractions from my life. Thanks @duchessandlionco for the inspiration to post this 1mon

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englexas this little mister has been asking for a pet all summer long...we caught two little caterpillars in the garden and after some research decided that they would be the perfect (free!) pets. His sisters caterpillar "kitty" already went into it's chrysalis and "softie" is almost there...it's actually been a really great lesson in patience and how amazing creation is! 1mon

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englexas I have a question for all you gardeners out there...what do you do about all the dirt/creepy crawlies on your vegetables? I was ok with the peas (which were in a shell) but I just harvested my lettuce and after seeing all the slugs and bugs on there I'm not sure I can get past it to actually eat the lettuce, even after washing every leaf individually! Is it just a mental thing you get used to or do you do anything extra? 1mon

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