Mother Daughter Date

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Happy Thursday! This week has been crazy busy. We’ve been meeting with people, hanging out, done piles of laundry, and a mountain of dishes. So I decided we needed a good ol’ fashioned mother daughter date day and it was so fun! Shopping, ice cream, and lots of giggles. 🙂

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Funniest thing happened at Marshalls! We were in the dressing room and I had one thing left to try on. Lilly said, “I have to go potty!” AHHH! That’s like the worst situation to be in when your kiddo needs to go! Half naked and scrambling to get dressed! Haha! Of course 2 seconds later a waterfall of pee comes from my child and gets all over the cart and the floor. ALL OVER. After cleaning it up, I wrapped my cardigan around my butt naked child and tied it into a dress. Barefoot, makeshift dress, and one happy kiddo. I thought it was actually pretty cute. 😉 The old ladies in the store were dying laughing. I’m sure they’ve had their fair share of accidents and makeshift outfits from mothering young tots. 🙂

We bought a bag of veggie straws at Marshalls (because why not?) and ate them when we got home. My toddler and I ate a whole bag of veggie straws. A whole bag you guys. In one sitting. Whoops!

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And then what summer day is complete without ice cream? So. Much. Ice cream. I thought, “I can get 2 scoops! I can do this!” Note to self: if you have to give yourself a pep talk to eat it, don’t. Right?! I shared a bunch with Lilly. I think we actually probably ate the same amount! Needless to say my run was a bit longer this morning and I’ll probably slip in a few more ab workouts.

Shopping and ice cream – probably going to be a tradition for our mother daughter dates. I hope so anyway! 🙂

What are your favorite parent child dates?

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Summer Clothes for Kids

It’s so crazy that we are almost halfway done with July! Where’d the time go?! Like, seriously? What happened? Even though it’s already July, there’s still plenty of summer left. Yep, still time to buy watermelon, run through sprinklers, hit up the pool, and chalk on every sidewalk within a mile of your house. Oh, that’s just me? 😉

And with plenty of summer left, there’s plenty of time to buy some kids’ summer clothes for this year and next if they’re on sale. Everyone likes a sale, right? Thanks so much Amazon Prime Day! 🙂 So here are some of my fave kiddo clothes. Cute, functional, comfy. Basically the 3 essentials to buying anything, right guys?

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Girls: palm dress, overalls, floral stripe dress, vintage stripe romper, summer food tie topembroidered top, floral top

Boys:  orange shortsshark polopalm polo, surfboard tee, surf shirtgiraffe shirt

What are some of your favorite fun summer kids’ clothes?

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Prime Day Picks 2017

Hooray hooray! It’s Prime Day! I don’t know about you but we love, love, LOVE Amazon Prime! Like please never ever go away Amazon Prime. PLEASE! We use it so often and it’s great when we run out of something that we need in a jiffy. We just Amazon Prime it. Yes, I just used that as a verb. 😉

Here are some of the tops deals that everyone seems to love. What do you think?

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The Amazon Echo and the Echo Dot  have AWESOME reviews! It’s like a personal assistant to help you with whatever you need. Whatever. You. Need. Check weather, play music, cook recipes, call people, order takeout, make plans, etc. Some of our friends have the Echo and they LOVE it! Such a nifty, helpful gadget to have!

The Kindle Paperwhite E-reader is perfect for die-hard readers out there and the All-New Fire 7 Tablet is built for entertainment. Plus with Prime, you have unlimited reading on any device. UNLIMITED. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to only take one or 2 books during travel due to space only to finish them and be stuck bored in an airport. No fun! And no need to worry about lost bookmarks either!

The Fire HD 8 Kids Tablet has great reviews! People rave over it’s kid friendliness and simplicity. They can learn, play, discover, and have fun practically anywhere with this tablet. Plus it has a 2 year warranty because we all know kids can be, well, kids. 😉

And of course, I have my eye on a few things for me as well. Everyone deserves to get themselves something special every once in a while, right?

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I have my eye on this cute floral dress that comes in a few colors. Isn’t it cute?! And it’s a Prime Day Deal. Yep, getting it! I’ve been looking for some booties that are good quality, comfy, and don’t cost an arm and a leg. So glad I found them! And those sandals! I’ve been looking for a comfy, black pair that I also liked. I can be a bit picky. 😉  I’ve read great things about this book so I want to read it pretty soon. Plus the title is so funny!  Everyone needs a good stainless steel water bottle, including me. In pink. Because I’m a girl. I know the mini wallet and purse match. I wasn’t planning it but they’re just so cute! I’ve never had Fossil stuff before and I want to give it a try. One of my bffs still has her Fossil wallet from like 10 years ago. 10 years. So I’m pretty Excited!

What are your Prime Day Picks?

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Happy 4th!

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Happy Independence Day!

We had some of these fun donuts at a local donut shop over the weekend. We need to go here more often, but not too often. 😉 It’s such a unique place that’s extremely kid friendly – books, coloring stuff, and a chalkboard wall in the back where they let the kiddos go to town. So fun! And donuts are, of course, delicious.

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So excited to hang out with friends later! We bought this cute dress earlier in the week that Lilly agreed to wear. 😉 You know those toddlers. But we found this cute dress and it’s simply ADORABLE! It would be perfect for a summer wedding or BBQ. And this dress reminds me of a vintage carnival. Definitely another perfect summer dress.

How was your 4th?

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If we were having coffee…

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If we were having coffee…

We would talk a little bit about submission, specifically how we as wives can submit to our husbands. Yes, I know it’s a touchy topic. I am aware of the feminist movement going on. I get that women don’t want to submit and girls run the world and sexual objectification and blah blah. Trust me. I know. I read news articles, other bloggers’ views, and watch videos on current events. Do those things matter? Yes, absolutely. But I’m asking you to stick with me. Just for a minute.

Does that word submit or submission sting a bit? Jerk you the wrong way? Make you cringe? Why is that? It’s because submission, in our world, means that we are beneath, less than, inferior, subordinate than said something or someone. And our pride doesn’t take too kindly to that.

But I want to encourage you to read this small passage from a book I recently read. I had to reread this passage over and over again to simply wrap my mind around the ground-breaking truth it presents.

“The redeemed helper values male and female distinctiveness because she knows that this is God’s design and order. She is not threatened by male headship. She knows that submission has nothing to do with status. Submission has to do with function. It is the way God has ordered life in the kingdom, and it is good because He is good.”
– Biblical Womanhood in the Home edited by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

First off, wow! And secondly, I think we need to break down this passage a bit. Because even though it’s only a few sentences, it’s saying quite a bit.

Let’s start with the first and last sentences. “The redeemed helper values male and female distinctiveness because she knows that this is God’s design and order….It is the way God has ordered life in the kingdom, and it is good because He is good.” The redeemed helper is the wife. She is called to be a helper to her husband (Genesis 2:18). God made the husband-wife relationship this way (Ephesians 5:22-24). A woman of God understands this and knows that it is good because He is good (Psalm 119:68, Psalm 145:9, Psalm 107:1, Matthew 19:16-17).

The middle sentences are really the meat of this piece. “She is not threatened by male headship. She knows that submission has nothing to do with status. Submission has to do with function.” This is my favorite part of the passage. A redeemed helper does not feel intimidated by her husband leading. She does not cower in fear or turn off her brain to simply agree with everything her husband says. Rather, she is confident in her security in Christ and understands her role as a wife and helper. And being a helper does not put her below her husband (Genesis 1:27). I want you to reread that sentence: And being a helper does not put her below her husband. Profound, isn’t it? The leading and helping roles are not below or above each other. They are equal, but different. Submitting to each other (not from fear, but from love – Ephesians 5:21) is a beautiful image of God’s love for us. And it usually exposes parts of our heart that need some work.

A little further down the same page comes another quote that I absolutely love, and I feel the need to share it with you. Applying this concept in our marriages can create so much peace and rest in our homes. I even put it on a sticky note above my sink. 😉

“The redeemed helper knows that submission does not restrict her – it actually frees her to fulfill her helper design.
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Hallelujah! Praise Jesus! It’s about time someone said it!

She knows that submission does not restrict her, but actually frees her to fulfill her calling to help her husband lead their family. In first submitting to God, and then submitting to her husband. When we women realize that our role is to be a helper to our husbands so that they can lead our families closer to God, we ourselves will find freedom and rest.

This article by John Piper going over some basic points on what submission is not is helpful. This one by Christina Fox analyzes Scripture on the submission role is essential to understand. Oh, and this one by Steven J. Cole is a longy but a goody. 🙂

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If we were having coffee…

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If we were having coffee…

I would share with you something that the leader of our church’s mom group said a few months ago. It’s a group where we read books, share our hearts, cry, laugh, and praise Jesus. All while the kiddos run crazy downstairs with some sitters (bless them!).

She said this, “It’s like the struggle for men is lust and for women is comparison.”

For men is lust. And for women is comparison.

Oh, the truth in that statement, my friends. Pure truth. And, oh how silly and foolish I was for not thinking much on it when she said it. Until now. Because it’s summer time, which means swimsuit season. Right, ladies?

I have suddenly become more aware of my body’s imperfections. Stretch marks from carrying, birthing, and breastfeeding, acne scars, oily hair I can never grow long, uneven eyebrows from a scar going through one of them, and weren’t my teeth whiter and arms more tone?

But the most dangerous part is that criticizing those physical assets opens the door for more comparison in other parts of my life and vise versa. Things like, womanhood, motherhood, wifehood, my identity, my impact, my vision. Those thoughts can lead to questions and untrue declarations like, “Wow, I’m a bad spouse. He/she deserves better,” “My friend is such a better mom than I am,” or, “How can God possibly love me? He doesn’t really want me,” and so on and so forth.

I constantly have to remind myself of who I am because of Jesus. It can get so easily lost in the day-to-day distractions, influences, and fluff. Like holding onto a kite on a windy day. But once you know it, it’s more like sipping a cup of tea hearing the wind howl and knowing that you are safe. My favorite way to remember it is pretty simple and I really want to share it with you. You ready? Here it is.

I am a child of God. (John 1:12-13, Ephesians 1:4-6, Galatians 4:4-5, and a crap ton of other places.)

“I am a child of God.” I know it’s weird saying it at first, even in your head. It’s not something we usually do. But we can do it! Let’s say in our heads, ready? “I am a child of God.” Cool! You’ve almost got it mastered! Now, let’s say it out loud. Don’t make it weird. You can even whisper it if you want. Ready? Here we go. “I am a child of God.”

Being a child of God means you are loved, accepted, and pursued just the way you are. Just the way you are. Stretch marks, hot temper, pizza for dinner every night, and all. No need for comparison just like Galatians 6:4-6 tells us. Just straight up unconditional love. And a nifty little handbook in Ephesians 4:17-32 (Thanks Paul!). Now take that little phrase we just used and shout it from the rooftops! Oh, sorry. Too bold? Did I go too far? Baby steps. Okay, maybe just sing it in the shower. Just make sure you don’t wake the kiddos if they’re sleeping! #truestory

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Another Direction

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Hey readers!

First off, thanks for keeping up with my small blog. I know the blogging world is saturated and overflowing with people writing their thoughts, beliefs, lives, etc. I appreciate that you lovely people are taking the time to read my small tiny corner of the Internet. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Secondly, I haven’t blogged in a while, huh? I apologize for my tardiness and absence on my little blog here. I have been busy filling my schedule with watching kiddos. And as much as I love kiddos, it has messed with our schedules over here at Kas & tea.

Our days have been all sorts of different. One day I watched kids at 8 – noon, 2 – 4, and then 6 – 9. The next? Watch kids from 1 – 3 and 5 – 8. And I’ve been putting our daughter down anywhere from 8 – 10:30 pm. 10:30 pm you guys! Not exactly a structured environment what I call great scheduling. It’s thrown us for a loop! So again, I apologize. Oh, and I think our daughter is dropping her nap, which makes me SO sad!!! No sweet girl, keep napping for mama! Maybe onto quiet time? 😉

Also, I’m taking my blog in a different direction. I enjoy lifestyle blogging to a certain extent, but I really enjoy snippets of flash fiction and short stories. I like to call it creative writing. I would say I’m definitely more passionate about it than lifestyle blogging. So I will still be doing lifestyle blogging, but I’m going to throw in some creative writing and get on a better schedule. I promise, better schedule, more predictable, not any oh she hasn’t blogged in 2 weeks stuff.

I hope you enjoy my new direction as much as I do! Thanks so much for reading my posts here at Kas & tea. I appreciate you!

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