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Hey! I’m still alive!

Hi Friends!

Happy Thanks giving! It has been a while, yes? I have not forgotten about this dear blog and you lovely reader. Lot’s has been going on. Let’s see. Before I fell off the face of the earth I was just about to post about an article I wrote  (a while back now) on orsoshesay.com about creating the home of your dreams in one simple way. I just reread my own writing and it’s actually quite insightful and a good reminder for me..ha…I love when my old self helps me.  ANYYYWAY. It was such an honor writing for OSSS but there came a a moment earlier this year where I had to make firm decisions on how to spend my time. I  decided to spend most of it trying to nurture, first, my little family and second making sure my little business idea could blossom (whhaaaa business idea…keep reading, I’ll explain) I feel like once it is off the ground I can get a better idea of how to merge my passions together (or not..not sure yet). I still have a desire to share ‘tricks of the motherhood trade’ and help parents and families with helpful ideas any way I can. I also have the seekingeternaltruth.com site that was a result of me creating handouts for my church calling…its stuff that ended up piling on this site and I felt it needed a site of it’s own. So if you come here for the YW, LDS handouts, you might appreciate subscribing to the other site.

Just a little word on my little business idea just incase you haven’t heard about it. I designed a little diaper bag that I felt needed to be out in the world. As a mama of 3 kids I put much thought into the design to make sure it included everything I could want in a diaper bag and more. Now it is available for parents that need it.

Basically it’s a compact diaper bag, small enough to be an insert in my regular tote. Whats nice is that it dispenses wipes, tissues and baggies and then it even unfolds into a changing station with all your dispensers at your finger tips. The picture will explain better:

 

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Here’s a video to see it in action:

There’s an indiegogo campaign going on right now that is raising the money to keep this little company alive and also a great way to get a bag for yourself for a pretty slick deal…just in time for Christmas! Go to Pekebuo.com to check out the official site.

In other news…the world. BIta comotions, yes? The elections and the aftermath have left many shaken with fear and confusion. I believe that in the discomfort we maybe awaken to what we actually want and need and turn our thoughts and actions to create it. Here are some thoughts I wrote the other day that helped me sort through it. This is how I feel:

A house divided against itself cannot stand…it’s a fundamental truth. Maybe the real challenge isn’t trying to figure out who is right and who was wrong or who is good and who is bad. What if we were actually on the same team the whole time? What if the name of the game wasn’t who is winning but how to do we win together? Maybe it isn’t about one upping another, but uplifting one another.  Maybe the end goal isn’t about having people come to your way of thinking but to allow for conversation so we can all come to greater truth. Perhaps the time has presented itself that we fully accept one of the most challenging responsibilities of our humanity: allow the diversity to enrich us instead of the divide us. In fact, perhaps the diversity is just a surface ordeal. Maybe we are way more than just our backgrounds, opinions, beliefs, even words and actions.  Deep inside, we all long for same stuff: unity, connection and love. Criticizing each other creates the complete opposite: separation, fear and withdraw. So, let’s unite. Let’s talk ideas, lets really LISTEN to each other’s opinions, even and especially if they are different. TOGETHER we can unveil ways to improve but lets never forget that underneath it all we are one people.  In that purpose we can all come together as we strife for greater unity, greater peace, greater connection.  TOGETHER we can move forward as a people of the world to bring about and witness our potential as a people.

 

the end. bye now.

HELLO 2016! Free color/write 2016 doodle sheet

We had some wild fun last night as we rang in the new year. To appropriately welcome the coming year, I quickly doodled this page for our family and guests to color, write and doodle all the great things 2016 will bring. 2016-coloring-drawing-writing-page

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I included a little rocket on the side that allows you to write all the things you are letting go from 2015.2016-goals-color-doodle-page-01

Made for a groovy, fun, expressive way to think about the new year. Here is the free download:

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Great activity to do as a family. Fun to see what everyone has to write.  Kids dig it. So do the grown peeps.

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Enjoy the new year!!! Here is the 2016 printable calendar (under $2!) to plan a great year!

I’m so excited for this coming year!! I’m feeling like it will be a BIG one.

SO many fun things I am creating for you that I hope you will enjoy and use.

Big announcements

I’m happy to announce that I will soon make available a piece of a big passion project that has been swimming in my brain for a while now. I’m serious and ready to help mothers/women come to greater happiness and peace by helping us connect with all the marvel we already hold within us. I believe journaling and discovering truth is a great big part of that. That is why I am design, writing, illustrating, thinking and thinking of resources, guided journals, truths that have helped me and that I believe sincerely will help others. I am finally getting ready to share it as beautiful, fun and super useful products for all my lovely lady friends.

Sneak peakers on the intention and gratitude journal:

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ALSO…diaper changin friends….

Remember my purse organizing post?  Well, over the last year, I’ve developed a snazzy product for your diaper changing needs that will revolutionize the way we think about and use diaper bags!! We are working on putting together a kickstarter campaign to reveal it to you! Oh. So many goodies to come. Hold tight. Thanks for joining me on this journey! Be sure to subscribe (on right), follow on facebook, or instagram to stay updated.

Cheeeers!

 

 

Free Holly Jolly Christmas Tag

Here a quick last minute super practical Christmas Gift idea: Use my printable calendar (purchase here for under $2!) and include these gift tags. Print as many copies as you need to spread holiday love!Free Christmas Gift Tag

Here is the Free christmas Tag printable download:

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Enjoy Christmas and the New Year my friends!!

I’m so excited for all the new things coming your way this coming year! Stay Tuned!!!

Other FREE Christmas Tags:

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Simple tricks to regrow your own food!

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Does gardening seem overwhelming at all to you?? Um. Growing actual food for me seemed impossible because I CANNOT keep green things ALIVE (I can barely keep my children alive for goodness sake)!  Well, my friend Alicia Cutts from The Creative Vault (holy cow, check her out, she’s a creative genius!!) gave me major HOPE. REGROWING your own food is the coolest, easiest thing EVER. I mean I can do it!  What an incredibly super easy way to eat the healthiest, FRESHEST stuff available!! If you’ve been following my “insta-tricks” on instagram and facebook you know I did a week of quick tricks to boost some body lovin’ health and this is definitely one of those tricks. Alicia is so inspiring!! Check it out and go grow some good stuff!

Get healthy tips and tricks that are often overlooked!

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Like I mentioned earlier, I’m going to be sharing quick tricks via instagram and facebook! This week: HEALTHY tips and tricks!  Follow me on instagram or here!

I don’t profess to be a health coach/pro/guru in anyway. I don’t have a super model body or know the nutritional makeup of every food but I can tell you this: I FEEL good and I ENJOY my body!

I feel like I’ve noticed and learned somethings about living healthy that might be often overlooked. Hopefully this series of tricks will spark some inspiration and motivate you to make simple changes to a healthier and thus happier life!!

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Alright my friends. I’m continually waiting for a moment to blog about tips and tricks that help me everyday in my motherhood life but taking care of three littles, hubby, managing a home and all other life odds and ends allows little room for it right now. BUT I STILL have a backlogs of TONS of things I want to share and it is causing MENTAL CONSTIPATION inside me. Talking to my bestie this weekend, she totally gave me my answer:

INSTAGRAM (motherhoodtrade)…which i will then post on Facebook.

So here is what I just decided. I’m going to post little things here and there that I actually do that help ME tons throughout the day. This week’s theme: super simple CHEAP way to organize.

‘PLEASE understand that this MIGHT deceive you into thinking that I am an really organized person, that’s just a big fat illusion!! I’m a total scatter brained, day dreamer! The scariest question from my hubby and kids starts with, “Where did you put the…” Because frequently I have NO clue. That is why I put conscious effort into creating simple systems that will support me despite my tendency to pay little or no attention to my real life. Hope it can help and inspire a tad! Enjoy! Follow me on instagram or here!

NEW SITE!!! For ALL FAITH lovers! newest post: TESTIMONY

Hi friends! I’m excited to share with you my latest and greatest project that my mind and fingers have been conspiring and that is finally coming together! A NEW site dedicated to faith building materials, thoughts, quotes, printables, videos and more create by yours truly.  it is:

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I’m not all the way complete and ready but I just finished a post that might be useful for those that are teaching lessons. It is a lesson on TESTIMONY. It comes with a downloadable worksheet AND a video. Yes. I love you that much.

http://seekingeternaltruth.com/how-do-i-strengthen-my-testimony/

Go over there and enjoy! If you only come to this site for those helps, then you can get that full blown now! I’m still working on migrating the downloads but everything else is there. Yay. I will post lesson helps and faith buildling inspiration as I work on lessons for my church calling and also as I feel like sharing new insight.

Don’t worry, I will still post on this site my latest tricks of the motherhoodtrade as I get a chance. I have SO SO MUCH to share with you but it is quite busy with the littles and some other fun things I’m working on. Hang on tight and thanks so much for all of you!!

Much LOVE,

Sariah Tate

Baby #3

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I’ve been meaning to post about the arrival of our third little one, well, since his arrival. It’s been almost 6 months now. That might be one of the most indicative things of how it has been having 3 kiddies…no time for much else besides sheer survival!

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Lets start where I left off. Given my record of grumpy pregnancies, I’m happy to report I did surprisingly well during this last pregnancy. and learned MUCH on how to bear uncomfortable times with a happy heart (for the most part, at least).  Honestly speaking, that last month was quite torturous. Telling an 8 months pregnant lady that baby will arrive any day now for an entire month is pure mental anguish (thanks doc). Apparently you CAN hang at a 3-4 cm dialated and 90% effaced for an almost an entire month. Add frequent braxton hicks, an active baby and a small body to hold it all (he gave me an internal bruise from all that womb partying!), I seriously thought and felt like I was in labor at least once every single day. Thinking this guy was surely gonna come earlier (the last baby certainly did), he decided he was actually quite comfortable staying inside me until the day before his due date.

When I finally had him, I was so excited to see him and hold him at last but frankly I was almost equally excited and so relieved that I wasn’t pregnant anymore!

Labor and delivery

My man and I joke that I’m basically in really slow uncomfortable labor for the last couple months not only because I contract so frequently and gradually, slowly progress with it (dilate and efface) but because when REAL labor kicks in, our last two babies are so ready they have arrived in a snap.

We entered the hospital at midnight and this little guy clocked in at 12:25am. I was in the hospital for less than a half hour before I had him. I could have had him in the car if I had waited longer! Eeeek! It was 1.5 hours of labor total.

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I know it is criminal how quick my deliveries are. I’m lucky my active labor doesn’t last forever as I have heard many friends cue me in on their endless marathons. I’m also fortunate I’ve been able to deliver naturally without any complications (Did I have much choice with such fast labors??).

I’m not against epidurals since I certainly LOVED mine with my first child (so did the hubby). The method you choose to bring your baby into the world certainly doesn’t impact the quality of mother you are.

Each method brings it’s own unique experience. With the epidural I was able to comfortably talk with my spouse and nurse while I was in full blown labor. It was fantastic!  Ultimately, the goal is to welcome an infant into the world.

I do, however, want say my natural births have been incredible experiences for me! After the intensity of labor, it was such a rush of euphoria, relief, and satisfaction. The fierce bond I felt with the helpless little person after that surge is beyond this world. I also COULD NOT believe that I had just had a baby considering the way I felt after delivery. Anyway, in a future post, I want to talk about my birthing experiences in more detail  and share techniques that helped me for those that might be considering a natural birth experience.

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The three kid thing

When people ask me what it’s like having 3 kids I’ve often answered,

“I think its when motherhood swallows you whole”

To enjoy it at this stage mean to surrender to being a mother completely. I guess I didn’t even realize what I was even holding back when I had one kid and especially thought I was giving it all when I had two. It was my sincere ALL for those first two!  Three kids has pushed me to a max I didn’t know I even had. I believe it must be true with every child. Each new little person taking you to limits you didn’t even know existed.

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Really makes me reconsider wanting the fourth child. And now even more aware of the insanity of wanting six that I initially hoped!

Lets be real. I’m still only six months out. I’m in the total thick of it. It won’t be long before the heavens are ready and the angels give me mother amnesia to blind me of the current insanity. The ‘trap age’ as we had a friend call it. We can’t help but agree. For us it is when things start smooth sailing again and gushingly adorable 18ish month olds beckon the arrival of the next sibling. But we’ll see what life has in store for us, I guess.

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Even with the sheer madness of adding more to your family brood, there is magic that occurs in the heart of a mother, a father and a sibling with each new member. Each soul adds more room for love and heaven’s bliss.

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I jokingly tell people that baby #3 is my favorite. Not because I didn’t care for the others as much but because the others have done such a marvelous job breaking me into motherhood that I can now even more deeply enjoy the 3rd.  Here is a long-over-due pic overdose of this guy. DSC_0108EMRYS-BW-mt

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Yes this little baby of mine has brought so many wonderful feelings into our home. Its crazy how the presence of a happy baby can delight so many, so easily.

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Peek into my everyday boy filled life!

My older boys just LOVE him. Though, I believe that expressing affection and care when you are a rough tough little man might be challenging. Their hugs and kisses to their littler brother are rarely free of a rough element like pokes in the face or squishing some part of him (ok. I guess, squishing some part of this irresistible chubba is unavoidable).

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The sibling interaction with baby is pretty entertaining and sweet. (A pleasant surprise since oldest brother was NOT fond the 2nd baby’s arrival for a good while, it was quite rough!)  They love to see him giggle and get such a kick out of any new development from baby.

Daddy also loves this chub. And he also loves to scare mama with this trick. I can’t get over that BabyE often smiles and giggles when he performs this circus act.daddy-balance

We are indeed bless to have this little love in our lives. My heart is filled with continual gratitude (…though there maybe with some interruptions at night when he’s screaming).

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Future post!
I’m also excited to eventually share that I finally figured out a way to comfortably get and store my own milk easily and naturally without using a pump (probably not what you think). Ah. So many things I want to talk and share about, so little time!

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After watching the Lego movie earlier this year,

I looked in the mirror and put my hair in a side pony tail and said, “I could totally be WyldStyle”

And suddenly we knew what our halloween costumes would be for this year.

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Please cue

We might enjoy coming up with dress ups a bit too much.
My fav…baby as the 1980 something spaceguy…too perfect. Complete with jetpack (taped water bottles).

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One of my brothers gave this rocking ninja turtle costume to my oldest for his birthday earlier this month and he’s  been obsessed ever since. Best part: Mikey is totally a lego character in the movie…SCORE!!!

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And I gotta say, having this little boy as my “boyfriend” is the most delightful thing ever.  All day halloween he was calling me Wyldestyle.
“Could you pees open tis candy for me wyldstyle?” and “I’m batnan” (in a serious, deep, incognito 2yo batman voice)
That little batman of mine melts me everytime. I can’t resist him!!halloween-2014-lego-movie-costumes-batman

Oh, I gotta brag about my crazy brillant man. Here are his pumpkin carvings for his boys, they happened to coordinate with their costumes this year.

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To learn the technique to carve pumpkins this way checkout , “Coolest way to carve your pumpkins this halloween”

Hope your halloween was just…AWESOME complete with an “everything is awesome” sound track in your head as it was for me…ok maybe you aren’t that ridiculous. But. I still hope your halloween was sweet-from all the sugar and all the sweet family memories. 😀

For more family halloween costume crazies you gotta view, “5 years of family costumes”

 

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We love our halloween around here. Here are some past posts to spread spook-tacular halloween ideas to you! Click on image to see post.

For your pumpking carvin’:

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If you’re in need of costumes ideas, browse through our past several years of family costuming fun!

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Here are some halloween costume tips and also what we ended up doing last year for our family costumes.husbands-british-imperlist-costume.-web

Enjoy Halloween my friends! Stay tuned for family costumes and more Halloween fun coming up (possibly quite delayed as I can hardly ever make it to my computer these days, ha.)!