May 2014 | Being Jane

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Meet Emma + Audrey

Wouldn't that be a nice name for a shop? Emma & Audrey...Maybe I should consider re-branding my Etsy ;)

Have you missed them? I know I've missed sharing them! I realized I have new bloggy friends and followers who may not know both of my little girls, so I thought it was a great time to snap some photos and share what they are doing these days! Excuse Emma's bedhead, it was 7am!









Audrey got a new toy! She is crawling and pulling up to stand on things, so we got her a play table. Ironically the same exact one Emma had that we gave away last year. That's what happens when you think you're waiting 5 years to have another baby!




The girls are having a blast with it, as you can see. I say "the girls" because you know that no toddler can leave a baby toy alone if it's new to the house. We have spent the last day working on sharing and understanding that it's Audrey's toy and Emma can't take over!




I swear I have the happiest baby and the most compliant toddler in this history of children. I am not complaining! I am definitely not bragging, because we have our moments all.day.long. but I sure feel blessed. When Emma sees another child misbehaving she always tells me and asks if they are being stinky. It cracks me up, but we are learning about saying those things softly in public, or minding our own business ;)




Emma is now 2 1/2, and Audrey will be 7 months in just a couple of days! I wish you could hear all of Emma's stories and phrases. Maybe a vlog is in order?? I'll get back to you on that! Have a great day!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Are You A Mormon?

I would love to learn more about what you believe, why you personally believe what you believe, and what you do or do not adhere to in your lifestyle in this modern age.

Also, what are you not allowed to do/partake of in your lifestyle?

I am so intrigued by Mormonism and I keep finding more and more bloggers who are. Is blogging common for your religion?

Before you reply I will say that I am a strong Christian and I am not looking to change my faith, but I would really like to learn about your beliefs!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

My Daughter Likes Her Bum Clean!

Thank you to Cottonelle for sponsoring today's post and keeping the bums in our home fresh and clean!




Change is a hard thing. Adults and children alike struggle accepting change. One big change in a child's life is leaving the comfort of their diapered bum to use the potty for their daily duties (I'm being discreet here, can ya tell?)... Not many are comfortable discussing their tushies, but today we are throwing out our inhibitions! 


There's a small child in my house. Her name is Emma. She is 2.5 years old and completely horrified at the thought of being left undressed from the waist down to take care of business. She also is extremely proper in the sense that she likes her tushy clean and doesn't feel comfortable sharing her bathroom adventures with mom and dad. This has made potty training difficult for everyone! Getting her to sit on the potty has been trying, but with a lot of love and encouragement we are making our way... slowly... to the finish line!


Enter in Cottonelle's Flushable Cleansing Cloths! These are a wonderful, easy way to ensure cleanliness on your bum. For Emma, it lets her know that we've cleaned all the potty residue off from her diaper, and then she gets to flush it down the toilet! There's nothing she loves more in her bathroom routine than to flush. She asks me even after my turn in the restroom! No more soiled baby wipes being tossed in the trash during potty-training clean up, because these flushable cloths make it easy peasy!



Dust that tushy off with Cottonelle's Clean Care toilet paper and you've got a rear that is ready to get in gear! (I came up with that all by myself. Are you proud?)
Because of Emma's particular personality, having a damp tush after a bathroom trip makes her feel like she didn't get cleaned up properly, so combining the wet/dry combo of the cloths and toilet paper give me one happy toddler! I had picked these up at my local CVS earlier in the day and she was excited to help me open them!


Not to mention all of the fun things you can do with toilet paper while trying to make potty time fun for your kiddo. Impromptu paper roses! She was thrilled.


Emma decided to take the toilet paper with her. Maybe next time I'll use it to wrap her up as a mummy and she'll have to sit on the potty. Wish us lots of luck! We WILL prevail!


Since I know you can't wait to hop in your car and head over to your local CVS to get in on the fun too, I'll leave you with this awesome coupon for $1.50 off!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

I Made a Bad Choice



I am usually pretty consistent in the choices that I make. I will occasionally branch out in regards to food and clothing, but activities, music, and entertainment are all areas that I stay in my comfort zone.

That is, until last night.

I was innocently watching my usual Monday night entertainment: Dancing with the Stars, and as it ended I found myself unable to turn away from the show that followed.

The Bachelorette.

I haven't been a fan of this show since the first year or so, and I feel it is trashy now, but something about Andi struck me as sweet and I really want to see what develops. I think I have my summer show you guys! 

Since Revenge, Glee, and Hart of Dixie wrapped up their seasons last week, and DWTS ends tonight, I haven't been sure what I'll fill my "endless" freetime with!

What do you think friends? Should I get out while I still have the chance? Or are you along for the ride too?

Monday, May 19, 2014

How Would You Describe Me?

     


Whether you've been reading along for one day or a hundred, or you know me closely or not at all, I want to know how you would describe my blog to someone!

How do I come across to you?

Ready..... Go!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Sometimes Spending Insane Amounts of Money is Worth It

Conferences are expensive.

Not just the ticket itself, but the lodging, travel, transportation, food, and the tempting vendors...

But my oh my, was Elevate worth it. 

I just left, and I will make a lengthier post later with tons of awesome photos, but for now I just have to say that I love doing this. I love blogging. I love that I'm re opening my shop. I'm so joyful and encouraged right now I could hug all of you!

What encouraged you today? 


Monday, May 12, 2014

Mending the Modern Family

“Our society is so fragmented, our family lives so sundered by physical and emotional distance, our friendships so sporadic, our intimacies so 'in-between' things and often so utilitarian, that there are few places where we can feel truly safe.” 
― Henri J.M. Nouwen



This Sunday our pastor's wife spoke and mentioned this quote in her message. When I read the above words I felt like it encompassed so many aspects of dis-functionality that we deal with in this generation!

Friendships these days really do feel sporadic. We consider texting and Facebook, among other social media sites and phone apps, as ways of keeping in touch, but how often to we actually speak to each other or see each other in person? I still "talk" to many friends from high school that I was very close with, some even being considered my best friend at one point or another, yet I am not invited to personal events of theirs like their weddings or baby showers.

And why is this? Would I think of them when inviting people to an intimate gathering? Probably not. Because we aren't truly engaged, we aren't truly friends, because we don't invest in each other. A "friend" is defined in the dictionary as: one attached to another by affection or esteem.

I think I feel connected to my high school friends because I am holding on to special memories of those days that connect us. When we talk we don't have much to commiserate about via Facebook message besides the "good ol' days" and asking each other how we are. We are not truly attached by affection.

I actually removed my friends in Arizona from my Facebook friend list because I was settling for their updates on my newsfeed and feeling like I was connecting with them regularly, when in fact I hadn't seen one of them in a year. Text messages and online conversations took the place of real interaction in person, and I was shocked so much time went by without me seeing a "friend" that I considered one of my closest. Now I have to work harder to stay connected with them and that has made both of us talk on the phone more, visit each other more, and plan activities for our girls to do together.

This is not to say to defriend everyone you aren't close to, or those that you don't talk to enough in person, because social media is great and it has done wonders for my close family who cannot watch my girls grow up in person. What I am trying to say here is that our friendships shouldn't be sporadic. They should take time, and they should have more in-person interaction, or at least verbal communication through Skype or the phone.

Lets take time in this busy world to invest in our friendships so that we can truly know a person in this fast-paced age, and lets try to maintain those special relationships so that we can have meaningful connections with others. My mother has had her best friend for over 30 years. I have had mine for about 15 years so far. We don't live in the same state anymore. We are at two different places in life. But we still try to talk as often as we can (which isn't much, honestly!) and text almost every day. I want to keep this friendship close and alive. I want to make efforts to stay her true friend so that we can have these years and memories when our kids are grown. We have been there for each other through many dark times and many beautiful times. That is important to me, and I think taking extra time out of my day to sustain that friendship is 100% worth it.

Who do you need to call?

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Currently...

Listening... To the Glee station on Pandora. I can't get enough. Or the Laurie Berkner Band station for the kiddos!

Reading... The Time Traveler's Wife. It is so different reading it than just watching the movie.

Watching... Revenge! I have a serious obsession.

Eating... Oreos. Always Oreos.

Feeling... Content.

Wanting... The Elevate blogging conference to be here already! 7 days!

Wishing... I wasn't so affected by my emotions regarding the blogging world.

Loving... My girls. They light up my days with their sweet companionship!

Friday, May 2, 2014

If We Were Having Coffee Today...

Hello and thank you for joining me for coffee! If we were having coffee today I can promise you "calm  chaos" as I like to call it. "Calm chaos" is my sweet daughter's way of constantly going-going-going, talking, and bouncing, while being sweetly calm. She is a pretty adorable asset to our coffee date today ;)