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  • Another old favorite for #TBT: "Shout out to this wonderful, kind woman named Tiffany. My 2-year-old and 2-month-old were both having meltdowns at the same time in Target. I started putting things away on the shelf and was about to leave when she came over to help. She walked with me while I got the essentials needed for the day and kept hold of my toddler while he calmed down. She saved me today, moms! I am so sleep-deprived and was running on empty. A little kindness and understanding goes a long way. I'll definitely be paying it forward if I see a poor mom in need of help. Thanks, Tiffany, you're an angel." (via Rebecca Patterson --> Moms of Pearland, TX/Facebook)
  • Another old favorite for #TBT : "Shout out to this wonderful, kind woman named Tiffany. My 2-year-old and 2-month-old were both having meltdowns at the same time in Target. I started putting things away on the shelf and was about to leave when she came over to help. She walked with me while I got the essentials needed for the day and kept hold of my toddler while he calmed down. She saved me today, moms! I am so sleep-deprived and was running on empty. A little kindness and understanding goes a long way. I'll definitely be paying it forward if I see a poor mom in need of help. Thanks, Tiffany, you're an angel." (via Rebecca Patterson --> Moms of Pearland, TX/Facebook)
  • 8,694 57 6 February, 2020
  • If you’re anything like me, you didn’t feel the presence of a village that stepped in to support.  This often leads to feelings of isolation.  Research has shown time and time again that social isolation puts parents at risk for depression.

I recently read an article about the impact social media can have on a mother’s mental health, particularly apps for pregnancy and postpartum.  They can be protective, meaning moms who engage and connect with others on these apps, may exhibit less depressive symptoms.

I created @psychedmommy to normalize much of the motherhood experience, to educate about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, but also to CONNECT you with other moms.

Mamas, my course, Keeping Mommy in Mind, goes live on February 19th.  Not only will I be discussing the need for social support, but I will be guiding you in building your social circle.  You will also have access to our private Facebook community where you can virtually meet and support one another.  Get on my email list for all of the latest updates ❤️
  • If you’re anything like me, you didn’t feel the presence of a village that stepped in to support. This often leads to feelings of isolation. Research has shown time and time again that social isolation puts parents at risk for depression.

    I recently read an article about the impact social media can have on a mother’s mental health, particularly apps for pregnancy and postpartum. They can be protective, meaning moms who engage and connect with others on these apps, may exhibit less depressive symptoms.

    I created @psychedmommy to normalize much of the motherhood experience, to educate about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, but also to CONNECT you with other moms.

    Mamas, my course, Keeping Mommy in Mind, goes live on February 19th. Not only will I be discussing the need for social support, but I will be guiding you in building your social circle. You will also have access to our private Facebook community where you can virtually meet and support one another. Get on my email list for all of the latest updates ❤️
  • 4,304 119 8 February, 2020
  • When we’re old and grey and our kids are grown, what will we remember the most? For us, it won’t be the big things like trips to Disney Land or their first sleep over. It’ll be the small things. Like rocking them sleep and the sound and feel of their breathing on our chest. The excitement and joy on their faces on Christmas morning. Being the first one to introduce them to the putting on warm pajamas fresh out of the dryer. The feeling of their small hand wrapped tightly in ours. The smell of their hair after they’ve played outside all day. The way they say mama, then mommy, then mom. The little things, truly are what we think we’ll always remember the clearest. ♥️
  • When we’re old and grey and our kids are grown, what will we remember the most? For us, it won’t be the big things like trips to Disney Land or their first sleep over. It’ll be the small things. Like rocking them sleep and the sound and feel of their breathing on our chest. The excitement and joy on their faces on Christmas morning. Being the first one to introduce them to the putting on warm pajamas fresh out of the dryer. The feeling of their small hand wrapped tightly in ours. The smell of their hair after they’ve played outside all day. The way they say mama, then mommy, then mom. The little things, truly are what we think we’ll always remember the clearest. ♥️
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  • 《SIDEKICK》 My little BFF is the best sidekick I could ever ask for!⁣
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He's always so good when we go out, he is patient, a total trooper and never whines....until a couple of days ago 😂⁣
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He totally had a meltdown at the mall. My hubby and I basically expected it. It wasn't the first time we let him walk instead of sitting in his stroller the whole time but he was eager to get back to the water fountain that we were moving away from. ⁣
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He wasn't happy when either of us picked him up but then had no problem sitting in his stroller the rest of the time🙃 And luckily we brought his snacks.⁣
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Earlier on our walk, we saw a mom with her two kids at a table having a snack and one of her kids was throwing a tantrum. She immediately looked uncomfortable, people stared and so she tried to gather them and leave.⁣
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Just a reminder that it happens to everyone and to not feel embarrassed, don't lose your cool, and for those just witnessing...don't ever judge. Us moms need to support eachother and remember that #ittakesavillage ⁣
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  • 《SIDEKICK》 My little BFF is the best sidekick I could ever ask for!⁣

    He's always so good when we go out, he is patient, a total trooper and never whines....until a couple of days ago 😂⁣

    He totally had a meltdown at the mall. My hubby and I basically expected it. It wasn't the first time we let him walk instead of sitting in his stroller the whole time but he was eager to get back to the water fountain that we were moving away from. ⁣

    He wasn't happy when either of us picked him up but then had no problem sitting in his stroller the rest of the time🙃 And luckily we brought his snacks.⁣

    Earlier on our walk, we saw a mom with her two kids at a table having a snack and one of her kids was throwing a tantrum. She immediately looked uncomfortable, people stared and so she tried to gather them and leave.⁣

    Just a reminder that it happens to everyone and to not feel embarrassed, don't lose your cool, and for those just witnessing...don't ever judge. Us moms need to support eachother and remember that #ittakesavillage














    #momlifeishard #thisismotherhood #motherhoodmoments #realmotherhood #honestmotherhood #boymama #momentsinmotherhood #mombloggersofig #mymamahood
  • 865 136 11 February, 2020
  • We are going through a 𝐓𝐎𝐔𝐆𝐇 season with my kids right now. Between navigating my 𝐬𝐨𝐧'𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫, and cultivating a heart of 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭 & 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐦𝐲 𝐝𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐫, I've found myself more EXHAUSTED in parenting than ever before.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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I started reading a book you recommended after I shared our struggles in my stories last week, ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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"... 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐧𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐰𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐤𝐢𝐝𝐬. [𝐓𝐨 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐤𝐢𝐝𝐬].. 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐬, 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬, 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐝𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬.”⁣⁣⁣⁣
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This weekend my daughter and I had a LONG conversation about choice & consequences after a hitting episode. “𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘧 𝘣𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘩𝘪𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘥𝘪𝘥𝘯𝘵 𝘥𝘰 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨?⁣⁣⁣” I asked.⁣⁣ She responded: 𝘏𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘰𝘬?⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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“What would it teach you, if I didnt address your choice to hit brother?⁣⁣⁣”⁣⁣⁣
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Evelyn: But I already KNOW hitting is wrong. And we all make bad choices sometimes.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Me: True. Me included and we are forgiven.⁣
𝐁𝐔𝐓 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬. When we choose to do loving things, consequences like trust, joy, and peace are built. But when we choose to do hurtful things, consquences like breaking trust, hard convos, and sometimes privilege loss happen.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣
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𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐇𝐀𝐑𝐃 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐟𝐟 𝐡𝐮𝐧.... ⁣
but 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 is how we grow. ⁣
AND even if it doesnt feel like it, ⁣
this is me showing love.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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I’m still figuring this all out, but 1 thing I’ve learned: Win their hearts young & you’ll win them for life.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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-> Are you going through or just coming out of this? What wisdom do you have? #IttakesaVILLAGE
  • We are going through a 𝐓𝐎𝐔𝐆𝐇 season with my kids right now. Between navigating my 𝐬𝐨𝐧'𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫, and cultivating a heart of 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭 & 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐦𝐲 𝐝𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐫, I've found myself more EXHAUSTED in parenting than ever before.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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    I started reading a book you recommended after I shared our struggles in my stories last week, ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
    and I want to share this:⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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    "... 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐧𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐰𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐤𝐢𝐝𝐬. [𝐓𝐨 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐤𝐢𝐝𝐬].. 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐬, 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬, 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐝𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬.”⁣⁣⁣⁣
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    This weekend my daughter and I had a LONG conversation about choice & consequences after a hitting episode. “𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘧 𝘣𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘩𝘪𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘥𝘪𝘥𝘯𝘵 𝘥𝘰 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨?⁣⁣⁣” I asked.⁣⁣ She responded: 𝘏𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘰𝘬?⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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    “What would it teach you, if I didnt address your choice to hit brother?⁣⁣⁣”⁣⁣⁣
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    Evelyn: But I already KNOW hitting is wrong. And we all make bad choices sometimes.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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    Me: True. Me included and we are forgiven.⁣
    𝐁𝐔𝐓 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬. When we choose to do loving things, consequences like trust, joy, and peace are built. But when we choose to do hurtful things, consquences like breaking trust, hard convos, and sometimes privilege loss happen.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣
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    𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐇𝐀𝐑𝐃 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐟𝐟 𝐡𝐮𝐧.... ⁣
    but 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 is how we grow. ⁣
    AND even if it doesnt feel like it, ⁣
    this is me showing love.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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    I’m still figuring this all out, but 1 thing I’ve learned: Win their hearts young & you’ll win them for life.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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    -> Are you going through or just coming out of this? What wisdom do you have? #IttakesaVILLAGE
  • 114 23 3 February, 2020
  • Slowly coming back to life. Not only did the fam and I just move, but we all got knocked down with a cold that I’m still not over 🤧 One thing is for sure you never know how much crap you have until you move 🤯🥵😩😭 #family #momlife #love
  • Slowly coming back to life. Not only did the fam and I just move, but we all got knocked down with a cold that I’m still not over 🤧 One thing is for sure you never know how much crap you have until you move 🤯🥵😩😭 #family #momlife #love
  • 1,132 51 4 February, 2020

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  • Be the Village, what does it mean? Why is that our name? 🏡 Not everyone is familiar with the saying “it takes a village to raise a child”. Meaning that it takes not just the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles... it takes the teachers, the bus driver, the neighbor, the cashier at the grocery, the police officer who helps the kids cross the street. There are lessons everywhere, everyday. Kids pick up on all of this. For kids in foster care, the saying rings even more true as it includes caseworkers, magistrates, volunteers, visitation mediators, etc. we know it takes a village to raise kids in foster care and we enlist each and every one of you to join that village, BE that village for these kids. 🏡🌳🏫🌳🏛 https://teespring.com/stores/be-the-village-merchandise 🏡🌳🏫🌳🏛 #family #fostercare #fosterfamily #fosterparents #parenting #parents #ittakesavillage #bethevillage
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  • HELP us provide a little fun for foster kids!!! Did you see our post last week about our GO BAGS and what those are? If not, go read that first and then come back. I'll wait... Okay welcome back!
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SO, one of the items that we would love to put in these GO BAGS is some wipe-clean activity books to help entertain the kids during car rides, waiting times, office sitting, meetings, etc. If you have kiddos of your own, you can attest that waiting is hard! Add in that foster kids are handling a whole lot of other things too and well...waiting is now really hard. We think we can help alleviate that - make the time a little smoother for kids and social workers alike. We have joined with 
@hannahgbaughman and Usborne Books and More to supply a few wipe-clean books in every bag. There are over 50 books to choose from, most are $7 and they range in skills, interests, and ages. AND...Usborne is going to do a 50% match! How cool is that?!?!
You can help us by either donating (Venmo us @ villageofhopecda with a note: Usborne books or wipe-clean books) OR you can shop for specific books off our wishlist at the link in our bio. If you would like to do the latter option, there are step-by-step directions in our How to Help highlight that will show you how to have it shipped directly to us for free and no tax. You can also DM us if you have any questions.

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  • HELP us provide a little fun for foster kids!!! Did you see our post last week about our GO BAGS and what those are? If not, go read that first and then come back. I'll wait... Okay welcome back!
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    SO, one of the items that we would love to put in these GO BAGS is some wipe-clean activity books to help entertain the kids during car rides, waiting times, office sitting, meetings, etc. If you have kiddos of your own, you can attest that waiting is hard! Add in that foster kids are handling a whole lot of other things too and well...waiting is now really hard. We think we can help alleviate that - make the time a little smoother for kids and social workers alike. We have joined with 
    @hannahgbaughman and Usborne Books and More to supply a few wipe-clean books in every bag. There are over 50 books to choose from, most are $7 and they range in skills, interests, and ages. AND...Usborne is going to do a 50% match! How cool is that?!?!
    You can help us by either donating (Venmo us @ villageofhopecda with a note: Usborne books or wipe-clean books) OR you can shop for specific books off our wishlist at the link in our bio. If you would like to do the latter option, there are step-by-step directions in our How to Help highlight that will show you how to have it shipped directly to us for free and no tax. You can also DM us if you have any questions.

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  • Women are multi-tasking, self-sufficient powerhouses that get shit done, and we are capable of so much more than we even know.⁠
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I’ll be the first person to tell you that you can achieve anything you put your mind to…⁠
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BUT I’ll also be the first person to remind you that there are limits even to your bitchin’ superpowers.⁠
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No one person can do everything. And nobody should run themselves ragged trying.⁠
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Don’t take it personally, everyone who has ever succeeded at anything has had help from their tribe. Superheroes all have sidekicks and allies, James Bond had “M” (not to mention a team of people supplying him with gadgets), and the fabulous Oprah Winfrey had Barbara Walters and Gail.⁠
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Seriously, I could fill this entire blog with examples of successful people who were mentored or coached by others.⁠
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When you first launch a business, you often do everything yourself due to budget constraints. Not to mention the fact that you want to oversee every little detail! This may work for a while, but before too long, you are going to need support to keep growing.⁠
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Surrounding yourself with the right people to walk the road with you will make all the difference. To find out some of the people you should have as part of your posse… jump over to my website!  It will be worth it!⁠
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#ittakesavillage #findoutwhocanhelp #ican #weallhavelimits⁠
#gethelp #itmakeslifeeasier
  • Women are multi-tasking, self-sufficient powerhouses that get shit done, and we are capable of so much more than we even know.⁠

    I’ll be the first person to tell you that you can achieve anything you put your mind to…⁠

    BUT I’ll also be the first person to remind you that there are limits even to your bitchin’ superpowers.⁠

    No one person can do everything. And nobody should run themselves ragged trying.⁠

    Don’t take it personally, everyone who has ever succeeded at anything has had help from their tribe. Superheroes all have sidekicks and allies, James Bond had “M” (not to mention a team of people supplying him with gadgets), and the fabulous Oprah Winfrey had Barbara Walters and Gail.⁠

    Seriously, I could fill this entire blog with examples of successful people who were mentored or coached by others.⁠

    When you first launch a business, you often do everything yourself due to budget constraints. Not to mention the fact that you want to oversee every little detail! This may work for a while, but before too long, you are going to need support to keep growing.⁠

    Surrounding yourself with the right people to walk the road with you will make all the difference. To find out some of the people you should have as part of your posse… jump over to my website! It will be worth it!⁠

    #ittakesavillage #findoutwhocanhelp #ican #weallhavelimits
    #gethelp #itmakeslifeeasier
  • 1 0 1 hour ago
  • This is what a miracle looks like.
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After picking all the wrong battles, our daughter walked away from our family. Years of rejection followed.
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Honestly? I wanted to give up on her some days. My mama heart was trampled, and my pride was bruised.
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By God's grace, we worked on showing her we could still be her safe place.
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By God's grace, she allowed us to be.
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Now we get to hang out with the cutest grandbaby every day.
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Happy First Birthday, Avie Wavie!
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#miraclebaby #granddaughterlove #teenadoption #thisisus #ittakesavillage #adoptivemom #papalove #younggrandparents #adoptionstory
  • This is what a miracle looks like.
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    After picking all the wrong battles, our daughter walked away from our family. Years of rejection followed.
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    Honestly? I wanted to give up on her some days. My mama heart was trampled, and my pride was bruised.
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    By God's grace, we worked on showing her we could still be her safe place.
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    By God's grace, she allowed us to be.
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    Now we get to hang out with the cutest grandbaby every day.
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    Happy First Birthday, Avie Wavie!
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    #miraclebaby #granddaughterlove #teenadoption #thisisus #ittakesavillage #adoptivemom #papalove #younggrandparents #adoptionstory
  • 18 2 1 hour ago
  • Roland and Geralt are brothers with a pound of difference between them.  Roland is over 2 lbs already, but tiny little Geralt is just 1 lb 4 ounces today.  He stayed 1 lb 1 ounce for 2 weeks despite eating like a little champion! He’s still battling some pretty bad congestion that he inherited from his very sick mama cat. But, our Polyprenyl immunostimulant arrived on Friday, so he (along with his brother Declan and Like-a-sister Yenna) are on day 4 of that.  He just gained the 3 ounces since starting that medicine, so I can’t help but think one has something to do with the other! .
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Very excited for them and for so many of our chronically sick kitties to have this opportunity to finally get the medicine that they need to make them feel better. .
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THANK YOU to everyone who donated towards our Polyprenyl Immunostimulant fund! You are heroes to these babies ! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️.
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#heros #thankyou #kittens #tinyfighter #helpingthehelpless #ittakesavillage @shelterpetproject @stfrancisrescuetampa
  • Roland and Geralt are brothers with a pound of difference between them. Roland is over 2 lbs already, but tiny little Geralt is just 1 lb 4 ounces today. He stayed 1 lb 1 ounce for 2 weeks despite eating like a little champion! He’s still battling some pretty bad congestion that he inherited from his very sick mama cat. But, our Polyprenyl immunostimulant arrived on Friday, so he (along with his brother Declan and Like-a-sister Yenna) are on day 4 of that. He just gained the 3 ounces since starting that medicine, so I can’t help but think one has something to do with the other! .
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    Very excited for them and for so many of our chronically sick kitties to have this opportunity to finally get the medicine that they need to make them feel better. .
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    THANK YOU to everyone who donated towards our Polyprenyl Immunostimulant fund! You are heroes to these babies ! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️.
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    #heros #thankyou #kittens #tinyfighter #helpingthehelpless #ittakesavillage @shelterpetproject @stfrancisrescuetampa
  • 43 2 1 hour ago
  • Your safe space to explore the adventure of motherhood⁠
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If you want more than just chat, this course will satisfy your need to delve deeper and explore the joys and challenges of being a mother in 2020.⁠
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Discuss weekly topics about the changes you’re feeling, relationships, communicating with your partner, mama guilt, using your intuition, keeping your love tank full, resolving your birth issues and much more...⁠
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Tuesdays 10.30am-12.30pm⁠
18th February - 17th March⁠
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Cost: $95 including morning tea and notes⁠
Make-up classes available⁠
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#birthandbabyvillage #birth #baby #family #motherhood #newborn #postpartum #noosa #sunshinecoast #sunshinecoastbaby #mumsgroup #breastfeeding #ittakesavillage
  • Your safe space to explore the adventure of motherhood⁠

    If you want more than just chat, this course will satisfy your need to delve deeper and explore the joys and challenges of being a mother in 2020.⁠

    Discuss weekly topics about the changes you’re feeling, relationships, communicating with your partner, mama guilt, using your intuition, keeping your love tank full, resolving your birth issues and much more...⁠

    Tuesdays 10.30am-12.30pm⁠
    18th February - 17th March⁠

    Cost: $95 including morning tea and notes⁠
    Make-up classes available⁠

    #birthandbabyvillage #birth #baby #family #motherhood #newborn #postpartum #noosa #sunshinecoast #sunshinecoastbaby #mumsgroup #breastfeeding #ittakesavillage
  • 1 0 1 hour ago
  • “⁣⁣⁣This is the new normal: ⁣⁣Nothing could prepare me for motherhood. ⁣⁣No book, no video, no pamphlet, not anyone’s pre warnings, comments or advice. You don’t know how it will be until you’re “in it.” And once you are, it’s full on. ⁣⁣There are things I’m quickly learning. ⁣⁣⁣
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It's hard. Really hard.
It’s day 5 and I have already had multiple meltdowns due to doubts, frustrations and discouragements. Right when I think I got him to sleep, he’s crying uncontrollably. As soon as I think I have breastfeeding down, he doesn’t want to latch. My feet are swollen. I can’t sit up on my own. I’m running on less than 2 hours of sleep. And I haven’t put a shirt on in days. ⁣⁣⁣
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Celebrate the small victories. Because they are actually quite large.
In the hospital, I remember being so proud of the fact that I walked to the bathroom on my own. Dean and I get so excited when we successfully burp Crew. ⁣⁣⁣
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I'm not Superwoman. Buut pretty dang close.
I’m accepting help when I can and asking for it when I need to. It’s okay to feel overwhelmed and to lean on others. I’m so fortunate to have an army of people willing to jump in at a drop of a hat. Remember, it takes a village. With that being said, I’m also trusting my capabilities and instincts, which are turning out to be quite spectacular. ⁣⁣⁣
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(Speaking of supportive people...)⁣⁣⁣
My husband is Superman. Like actually.
Now I could go on forever about him, but in short, Dean has shared the sleepless nights, diaper changes (Crew’s and mine...), feedings, etc. and has done so with the attitude of a champion. He has taken on his role of Baba with tenderness and patience, which just melts my already melted heart.⁣⁣⁣
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It's rewarding. Really rewarding.⁣⁣⁣
There’s nothing quite like looking at your tiny babe and soaking in the fact that he is all yours. It’s extremely humbling to know that your little one is reliant on your choices, sacrifices and love — and that you are the perfect person to be his mama.” Photo & Words: @sheis.elle vía @burtsbeesbaby #postpartum #fourthtrimester #newmama #postnatal #ittakesavillage #motherhood #newmomlife #postpartumjourney #mommyhood #newbornlife #postnatalrecovery
  • “⁣⁣⁣This is the new normal: ⁣⁣Nothing could prepare me for motherhood. ⁣⁣No book, no video, no pamphlet, not anyone’s pre warnings, comments or advice. You don’t know how it will be until you’re “in it.” And once you are, it’s full on. ⁣⁣There are things I’m quickly learning. ⁣⁣⁣
    ⁣⁣⁣
    It's hard. Really hard.
    It’s day 5 and I have already had multiple meltdowns due to doubts, frustrations and discouragements. Right when I think I got him to sleep, he’s crying uncontrollably. As soon as I think I have breastfeeding down, he doesn’t want to latch. My feet are swollen. I can’t sit up on my own. I’m running on less than 2 hours of sleep. And I haven’t put a shirt on in days. ⁣⁣⁣
    ⁣⁣⁣
    Celebrate the small victories. Because they are actually quite large.
    In the hospital, I remember being so proud of the fact that I walked to the bathroom on my own. Dean and I get so excited when we successfully burp Crew. ⁣⁣⁣

    I'm not Superwoman. Buut pretty dang close.
    I’m accepting help when I can and asking for it when I need to. It’s okay to feel overwhelmed and to lean on others. I’m so fortunate to have an army of people willing to jump in at a drop of a hat. Remember, it takes a village. With that being said, I’m also trusting my capabilities and instincts, which are turning out to be quite spectacular. ⁣⁣⁣
    ⁣⁣⁣
    (Speaking of supportive people...)⁣⁣⁣
    My husband is Superman. Like actually.
    Now I could go on forever about him, but in short, Dean has shared the sleepless nights, diaper changes (Crew’s and mine...), feedings, etc. and has done so with the attitude of a champion. He has taken on his role of Baba with tenderness and patience, which just melts my already melted heart.⁣⁣⁣
    ⁣⁣⁣
    It's rewarding. Really rewarding.⁣⁣⁣
    There’s nothing quite like looking at your tiny babe and soaking in the fact that he is all yours. It’s extremely humbling to know that your little one is reliant on your choices, sacrifices and love — and that you are the perfect person to be his mama.” Photo & Words: @sheis.elle vía @burtsbeesbaby #postpartum #fourthtrimester #newmama #postnatal #ittakesavillage #motherhood #newmomlife #postpartumjourney #mommyhood #newbornlife #postnatalrecovery
  • 69 2 1 hour ago
  • THANK YOU

The ITAV Baby and Toddler Bundles team would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all the amazing villagers who donate to these projects. As we were sorting through the donations the other day we noticed that some donations had been specifically purchased for the bundles - this is so humbling. Wow. 😍❤️ We are so very grateful for good secondhand items and since we make a lot of bundles to go to families that need them, we ran out of baby girl clothing size 0. 
So at the moment we are in HIGH need of 💓 baby girl clothing size 6-12 months. 
We are also always so thankful for new products such as nappies/wipes and bathing needs. 
Thank you all so much for going out of your way to drop off to our admins - we realise this is not always easy!

In Baby and Toddler Bundles we have a passion for helping young families that are struggling to provide the necessities for their children. We consider it a privilege to be able to offer the support that is needed.

Thank you again for all your contributions

If you would like to contribute please send us a message or comment below 
https://www.facebook.com/ItTakesAVillageHubNewZealand/

Or go visit our give a little page by clicking this link: 
https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/it-takes-a-village-hub-baby-and-toddler-bundles

The ITAV Baby and Toddler Bundles Team xx

#ittakesavillage #charity #ROAK #kindness #giving #NewZealand #donate #payingitforward #babybundles #toddlerbundles #help #support #life
  • THANK YOU

    The ITAV Baby and Toddler Bundles team would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all the amazing villagers who donate to these projects. As we were sorting through the donations the other day we noticed that some donations had been specifically purchased for the bundles - this is so humbling. Wow. 😍❤️ We are so very grateful for good secondhand items and since we make a lot of bundles to go to families that need them, we ran out of baby girl clothing size 0.
    So at the moment we are in HIGH need of 💓 baby girl clothing size 6-12 months.
    We are also always so thankful for new products such as nappies/wipes and bathing needs.
    Thank you all so much for going out of your way to drop off to our admins - we realise this is not always easy!

    In Baby and Toddler Bundles we have a passion for helping young families that are struggling to provide the necessities for their children. We consider it a privilege to be able to offer the support that is needed.

    Thank you again for all your contributions

    If you would like to contribute please send us a message or comment below
    https://www.facebook.com/ItTakesAVillageHubNewZealand/

    Or go visit our give a little page by clicking this link:
    https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/it-takes-a-village-hub-baby-and-toddler-bundles

    The ITAV Baby and Toddler Bundles Team xx

    #ittakesavillage #charity #ROAK #kindness #giving #NewZealand #donate #payingitforward #babybundles #toddlerbundles #help #support #life
  • 0 0 1 hour ago
  • Be your source for love. Nourish the things in your life that fill your cup with love. There may come a day when your significant other has an empty cup, be ready, be prepared, and stand ready to help heal your significant other when they are unable to give you the love you are accustomed to. It’s not because they don’t love you, it’s because they are empty. Help heal them by filling your cup and being ready for the day they need your magickal love without expecting anything in return. It’s so much easier to give from an abundant loving heart than it is when you are in empty. If you truly live your significant other, you will nourish yourself with self love to be ready when they need you to love them.
  • Be your source for love. Nourish the things in your life that fill your cup with love. There may come a day when your significant other has an empty cup, be ready, be prepared, and stand ready to help heal your significant other when they are unable to give you the love you are accustomed to. It’s not because they don’t love you, it’s because they are empty. Help heal them by filling your cup and being ready for the day they need your magickal love without expecting anything in return. It’s so much easier to give from an abundant loving heart than it is when you are in empty. If you truly live your significant other, you will nourish yourself with self love to be ready when they need you to love them.
  • 10 2 1 hour ago
  • Is Much Love Monday a thing? Since February is the month to celebrate love, we wanted to show some love to all of our amazing volunteers! Only a few are shown here, but we have so many kind souls regularly giving their time, finances, and creativity to love and serve the older adults of our community. If you see our volunteers around the village, take a moment to say thanks for all they're doing to make a difference. We love you volunteers and could not do this without you!⠀
#muchlovemonday #volunteers #family #teamtabor #ittakesavillage
  • Is Much Love Monday a thing? Since February is the month to celebrate love, we wanted to show some love to all of our amazing volunteers! Only a few are shown here, but we have so many kind souls regularly giving their time, finances, and creativity to love and serve the older adults of our community. If you see our volunteers around the village, take a moment to say thanks for all they're doing to make a difference. We love you volunteers and could not do this without you!⠀
    #muchlovemonday #volunteers #family #teamtabor #ittakesavillage
  • 5 0 1 hour ago
  • I can't believe it's been almost a full year with these amazing ladies and babes. This is my village, and I'm so grateful for you all! 💕 #familyday #ittakesavillage
  • I can't believe it's been almost a full year with these amazing ladies and babes. This is my village, and I'm so grateful for you all! 💕 #familyday #ittakesavillage
  • 5 0 2 hours ago
  • 💖 Petite Persian Sissy is in the house!

Sissy just joined us! She is 11 years old and little with blue eyes. Her coat is long but easier to maintain than most, though she still requires brushing. She is sassy, affectionate (loves your lap!) and a total star! Even a bit of a diva.

She’s fine with friends, dogs or cats. Probably not suited for kids, she won’t put up with nonsense! It’s Prissy’s world and she knows it. Entitled? Yes. Yes, she is... Apply to meet Sissy at: 
https://savinghoperescue.org/cat-adoption-application

#togetherwecandomore #ittakesavillage #voiceforthevoiceless #fortworthtexas
#fosteringsaveslives #oneatatime #togetherisbetter #savinghopetx
  • 💖 Petite Persian Sissy is in the house!

    Sissy just joined us! She is 11 years old and little with blue eyes. Her coat is long but easier to maintain than most, though she still requires brushing. She is sassy, affectionate (loves your lap!) and a total star! Even a bit of a diva.

    She’s fine with friends, dogs or cats. Probably not suited for kids, she won’t put up with nonsense! It’s Prissy’s world and she knows it. Entitled? Yes. Yes, she is... Apply to meet Sissy at:
    https://savinghoperescue.org/cat-adoption-application

    #togetherwecandomore #ittakesavillage #voiceforthevoiceless #fortworthtexas
    #fosteringsaveslives #oneatatime #togetherisbetter #savinghopetx
  • 1 0 2 hours ago
  • BIG ANNOUNCEMENT 📢
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We'd like to introduce you to our newest It Takes a Village pre-accelerator cohort! 👏
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We received dozens of applications but narrowed it down to these awesome founders. They started the program about a week ago so drop them a huge welcome and congrats in the comments!
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For the next few months, they'll receive membership at the Village, mentorship, curriculum, access to capital, and so much more. 💥 Keep an eye out for an invite to their graduation where you can hear them pitch. 😎
  • BIG ANNOUNCEMENT 📢

    We'd like to introduce you to our newest It Takes a Village pre-accelerator cohort! 👏

    We received dozens of applications but narrowed it down to these awesome founders. They started the program about a week ago so drop them a huge welcome and congrats in the comments!

    For the next few months, they'll receive membership at the Village, mentorship, curriculum, access to capital, and so much more. 💥 Keep an eye out for an invite to their graduation where you can hear them pitch. 😎
  • 23 3 2 hours ago
  • ‘Finland's Women-Led Government Has Equalized Family Leave: 7 Months For Each Parent’

Can you imagine the impact something like this would have in the UK?

Link to article in bio.
  • ‘Finland's Women-Led Government Has Equalized Family Leave: 7 Months For Each Parent’

    Can you imagine the impact something like this would have in the UK?

    Link to article in bio.
  • 56 6 2 hours ago
  • Today I had a fellow mama reach out about some nursing help. It takes a village y’all. I sent her some product links and information on what worked for me, and a gift card to help in the meantime. Giving to others brings me SO MUCH joy! Then after that was all sent I found out today is National random act of kindness day! I challenge you to show someone else some kindness. The possibilities are endless!!!! 💙🎀
#mamalionrohr #boymom #nursingmom #ittakesavillage #nationalrandomactofkindnessday
  • Today I had a fellow mama reach out about some nursing help. It takes a village y’all. I sent her some product links and information on what worked for me, and a gift card to help in the meantime. Giving to others brings me SO MUCH joy! Then after that was all sent I found out today is National random act of kindness day! I challenge you to show someone else some kindness. The possibilities are endless!!!! 💙🎀
    #mamalionrohr #boymom #nursingmom #ittakesavillage #nationalrandomactofkindnessday
  • 3 0 2 hours ago
  • Posted @withregram • @baby_sensory_mansfield Holding the door for a pushchair, handing over some wipes when ‘change bag wipes’ have been left at home, a sympathetic smile when their little one is acting up - all these things matter, they help and it could make a very bad day turn just that little bit brighter. What RAOK have you received? #roak #ittakesavillage
  • Posted @withregram@baby_sensory_mansfield Holding the door for a pushchair, handing over some wipes when ‘change bag wipes’ have been left at home, a sympathetic smile when their little one is acting up - all these things matter, they help and it could make a very bad day turn just that little bit brighter. What RAOK have you received? #roak #ittakesavillage
  • 2 0 2 hours ago
  • Every day is an adventure with you. The climbing, the falling, the smiling, the playing, the squashing, the jumping, the dancing, the reading, the hiding, the cuddling, the exploring and best of all the laughing! “Rushed off my feet” is an understatement but seeing the little person you are becoming is the greatest reward! And when it’s finally time for you to settle down to sleep and I get to finally be alone... I can’t help but miss your presence and all of the things that come along with it 🧒🏻
  • Every day is an adventure with you. The climbing, the falling, the smiling, the playing, the squashing, the jumping, the dancing, the reading, the hiding, the cuddling, the exploring and best of all the laughing! “Rushed off my feet” is an understatement but seeing the little person you are becoming is the greatest reward! And when it’s finally time for you to settle down to sleep and I get to finally be alone... I can’t help but miss your presence and all of the things that come along with it 🧒🏻
  • 34 1 2 hours ago