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Mama’s Monthly Mentions (October 2020)

I do love a good alliteration. Every month I compile a list of what Layton and I are currently reading, watching, listening to, or otherwise worth mentioning. I’ll probably mention Daddy too.

Mama Mentions…October. I can’t sum up the month without the cliche “it’s been a busy one!” Work-wise, the Cross Country season finished up (I coach), I race directed a race in-person and switched a few to virtual, and the business we own is hanging in there! I also joined as an Usborne Book consultant and have been working on building that up! And to add a little fun in there, we went on a quick family vacation to Moab, taking Layton camping for the 1st time! October also brought Halloween and we briefly introduced Layton to trick or treating as best we could!

Creating: I made these cute leaf mason jar candles for our dining room table! They’ll be great through Thanksgiving, I think!

Reading: THIS article about a baby gorilla being born c-section.
Listening to: Some Green Day! I feel like their song “American Idiot” was ahead of its time...
Watching: Well, it was Halloween month, so I was watching ALL the Disney Halloween movies. Hocus Pocus, Don’t Look Under The Bed, Haunted Mansion, Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire…
Mama’s Me Time Activity: Starting my new Book Business! I joined Usborne Books & More as a consultant. Layton LOVES the books and I’m excited to promote and sell these awesome books and help build family home libraries. Find out more here.

Layton reading Usborne Book’s “My very first train book

Layton’s Mentions….This kid is full of energy, literally running everywhere, and loves to play! He really likes animals, especially dogs, and is working on his animal noises.

Current Favorite Toy: The hammer! He’s always carrying around his plastic hammer saying, “am-mar.”

Current Favorite Book: “Don’t tickle the hippo” from Usborne books and this simple, small colors book we got from a box of hand-me-downs.
New Discovery/Milestone: Walking on tiptoes, backing up, snorting, animal sounds, screeching…so many!
Memorable Moment: Trick or Treating with his cousin.

Family Time Activities: Camping in Moab and hiking! It was a much-needed vacation and a blast!

Daddy Mentions: “I’ll be glad when this screeching phase is over!”

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Mama’s Monthly Mentions (July 2020)

I do love a good alliteration. Every month I would like to compile a list of what Layton and I are currently reading, watching, listening to, or otherwise worth mentioning. I’ll probably mention Daddy too.

Life is pretty complicated right now and unfortunately, blogging can’t be a priority, but every now and then I get a few spare minutes to write. We’re about halfway into August but here’s what July brought:

Mama Mentions
Creating: All month long I was working on some cross stitches for new babies and a wedding sampler. I also made a really simple sloth fleece blanket for Layton.

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Simple, fleece tie baby blanket

I’ve been slowly getting through “Parenting with Love and Logic.” I really like it; it’s more for slightly older kids, but it’s still giving me some things to think about in terms of how to raise and discipline effectively.

Listening To:
I’ve been downing audiobooks lately. I probably went through about six or seven in July. Some are deep and require concentration (like “The Water Cure” by Sophie Mackintosh) and some have been relaxing for right before bed (like my young adult series, “Matched” by Allie Condie).

Hmmm… nothing mom or parenting related. Just watching some episodes of “The Rain” when I get a chance on NetFlix.

Mama’s Me Time Activity:
Not much last month, but when I did have a free moment, working on my cross stitch projects was relaxing. 

Layton Mentions
Current Favorite Toy: For his birthday, he got a LOT of toys. He really likes to carry around his toolbox and tools (something very similar to this) and drive his Cozy Coupe.

cozy coupe child toy

Current Favorite Book: “All abroad to the National Parks” he got from his Aunt, Uncle, and Cousin for his birthday.

New Discovery:
The cold river! We walked to the local creek and stuck our feet in the icy water! Layton did not like it!

Recent Milestone:
More teeth! He now has 6 teeth in. Four on top and two on the bottom. He is also learning more and more words and associating them to what they mean.

Memorable Moment:
His 1st Birthday! We had close family and a few friends over for some food and cake. Layton was spoiled with love and presents, had a great time swimming with his cousin and did the best 1st birthday cake smash ever! 

Family Time Activity: We have been trying to make it a point to do one specific family activity a week. Whether that’s going for a hike, a long drive, or walking to the park, we’ve been finding it great for our mental health.

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Hiking around the Paint Mine near Colorado Springs

Daddy’s Mentions for the month: “I’m going to miss those noises the most,” referring to when Layton makes cooing and silly giggle noises.

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