Natural Kids: Protective Hairstyles

Hey Loves,

School is back in session in our household. I will be heading back to the classroom for another round of preparing the little minds of the future while my daughter is making the jump to Preschool. Like many of you reading this, our mornings are a whirlwind of trying to get dressed, grabbing a bite to eat, and finally getting the family in the car so that I can be at work before 7am.

Since Bri’s hair is growing like a weed and requires a little more work to style and manage it, protective styling has become my best friend. My go-to style for her has been braids and beads lately. I will admit I’m not an expert braider…I just learned how to braid 2 years ago lol. But thanks to Youtube University I have learned many techniques to help me with protective styling.

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I love for little girls to look like little girls. Meaning for my 3 year old daughter I choose appropriate styles that reflect her age. She’s a kid who loves to flip, run, and climb on everything so I make sure she has a hairstyle that can adapt to all of her craziness. I know I’m not the only mom searching Pinterest and Google for hair inspirations, so below are a few of my favorite protective styles and video links that can help hair beginners and vets.

 

Braids

(My BriMonster)

Two Strand Twists

Mohawk Puffs 

Protective Styling Videos

 

 

 

MommyMode: Parenting Labels

I hate mom titles! Seriously, they make my skin crawl. But in the parenting world where there are numerous “sub-categories” or labels, you can’t help it when others try to place you in a box. Above all else I loathe the stay-at-home mom versus the working mom discourse. My first experience with this trivial topic took place in my then 4 ½ month old daughter’s Gymboree playgroup. As an icebreaker each family went around the room introducing themselves and their little one, which normally included occupations as well, and out of the 9 couples there I was the only wife who was a working mom. Of course, a few moms asked me, “How do you go to work every day…Don’t you miss your little one…I could never work with my child being so young?” Internally I’m screaming “Yes I miss her all the time!!! I freaking broke down sobbing when we had to drop her off the 1st day of daycare and almost had a complete meltdown at work when I forgot to have my OB sign off that I was cleared to return to work!”  

 

For about a month afterward I felt so guilty going to work and leaving my precious baby girl at daycare. During this time I started to doubt myself as mother/wife, but I had a sorely needed confidence boost when my daughter got sick for the first time. Here I am balancing teaching twenty-five 1st graders, tending to a cute kid with a scratchy cough and horrible chest congestion, and my relationship with my husband. In that moment it didn’t matter if I was a SAHM or working mom, I was just a MOM. Being a parent is a 24-hour job with long days and nights. In my 3 ½ years of experience in this mommy game I’ve developed one main parenting rule: as long as my kid is healthy, happy, safe, and loved I must be doing something right. In the grand scheme of things it doesn’t matter if you choose to stay at home or work as long as you tack “mom” to the end.

 

So the next time you see another mom at Target or at the playground give an encouraging smile because raising tiny humans is hard and we ALL are doing an amazing job.

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MommyMode: After School Snacks

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I hit a parenting milestone: my once squishy, chubby face baby girl is now a 3 year old toddler. Even though she’s still a little body her eating habits have grown and grown each and every year. Between being more active at school (she’s in the big toddler’s room now, Yay!) and random growth spurts her appetite has increased to the size of a grown man. Lately I’ve noticed after school she has started asking for a snack to hold her over until dinner. In the past her post-daycare snack was gummy fruit snacks or crackers. However, incorporating healthier whole foods into my family’s diet has been a recent goal of mine so the junky food had to go. I always want to be the best role model for my daughter and one way I can do that is by making sure she starts learning healthy eating habits early.

 

Snacks

 

Please be sure to follow my Pinterest page for more yummy recipes and don’t forget to post or share your after school snacks on Instagram with the tag #beesosimple!

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Mom Edition: Back to School Must Haves

Although it seems like summer has just began, school is back in session for our little ones and many parents will want to know the must-have items for the new year. Aside from running BeeSoSimple, I spend my weekdays teaching a wonderful group of 2nd graders; meaning I have the benefit of having the perspective of an educator and a mother simultaneously. So it’s only right that I share my insight with all of the hard working and active moms reading. Now, most teachers may send home a list of items for students to have in the classroom, but today I’m sharing a special must-have list tailored towards busy moms. No matter if you are a part time, full time, stay-at-home or a mompreneur this list is for you.

Planner: I will be the first to admit that I’d be so lost without my planner; it truly is my lifesaver. One of my new year goals was to be more organized, so writing down my events of the day, workout schedule, and Brielle’s gymnastics classes has helped me keep track of everything and eliminate a little stress in my life.

Tote/Bookbag: As I mentioned above I am a teacher, which means at the beginning and end of my work day I’m lugging around lesson plan books, a school issued tablet, and a laptop to and from home. Instead of carrying multiple bags as I have in the past, I have settled on carrying a stylish book bag to keep my work related items in. This book bag will not take place of my purse but it’s great storage for items I need during the day that won’t fit in my purse.

Coffee Mug: “But First Coffee.” This honestly should be my personal motto. Coffee is a must when Will and I have been up and down all night dealing with a fussy toddler and I have a jam-packed day ahead of me. If you make your coffee at home or make a stop at your local Starbucks, having something cute to put your coffee in can help start the day so much better.

Mom Hat: Target runs,  picking the kiddos up from school, and last minute lunch dates are just a few examples of short notice events that may catch you and your hair off guard. Every momma needs a collection of go-to hats for those instances when we just don’t have time to go the extra beauty mile.

Dry Erase Calendar: Let’s be honest, being a mom has a million side jobs that go with it and it’s easy for us to forget something every once in awhile. Solution: a dry erase calendar. We keep our calendar on a wall in the kitchen where everyone can see and modify it as needed. Not only does it show our daily schedules and routines on it, but it helps us keep track of upcoming appointments, bills, and events. What I love most about the calendar is how easy it is to change while still helping keep the whole family on the same page.

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MommyMode: Terrific 2’s

Houston, we have a problem: Our household has entered the “terrific” 2’s stage. My little Bri-Monster turned two this past January and since then life has been a roller coaster of ups and downs.

I have been blessed to have this little person come into my life and make every day magical. Watching my daughter grow into an opinionated and loving little girl makes my heart smile. She is quick to say “No” to any food other than chicken or gummy snacks, but always ready to give a big hug or ask “Okay?” if I cough or sneeze.  Each day she learns something new to say or do; As of right now we have mastered counting to 3, saying her name, and identifying every animal in her animal books.

 

(Bri naming animals)

However with good days also comes bad days resulting in true terrible two’s moments.  For instance, two-year-olds have crazy mood swings and there have been times when my daughter will throw a fit because she didn’t want to take her jacket off but three minutes later she is perfectly fine and asking for juice. Changes like this have caused me to learn some much needed patience, while incorporating cool down periods to give her time to calm herself have drastically reduced meltdowns.

 

Along with Bri entering her terrific 2’s I have also gone through changes as a mom. She talks non-stop, follows directions, and has an opinion about everything but it still took a while to accept that my baby is not a baby anymore.

 

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She’s growing up too fast 😥

 

Once I came to this realization I began creating small routines that have allowed her to feel like an independent big kid.  As an educator, I know how essential routines are for the growth and development of my students, so it was a no-brainer that I’d do the same for my child. We have routines for going to the potty, taking off her jacket/shoes, brushing her teeth, and going to bed at night. So if anyone is having trouble taming a toddler please consider adding more routines to your life.  

 

Like any parent, I want my daughter to continue to flourish as an individual while creating memorable moments. We are doing pretty good making it through the 2’s stage and I’m excited to see what in store for year 3.

 

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Rainy Day Fun

There is nothing like snuggling up on the couch to read a good book or binge watch Netflix on a rainy day. The relaxing sound of falling water puts me into full blown do-nothing mode, leading to some of the best naps of my life. Too bad my two year old doesn’t feel the same.

 

I have always made it a priority to ensure my daughter spends plenty of time playing and doing hands-on activities while having small periods for watching TV or using her tablet. Rainy days are perfect times to create fun activities to keep your children entertained and make the best out of those little spring showers.

Here are a few of my favorite activities:

Making Trail Mix

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No Mess Finger Painting

FingerPaint

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Creating Homemade Playdough

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Contact Paper Window Art

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Make a Fort

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