Posts by Rachel Spoelhof

Relationships Are Meant to Be FUN!

Relationships are FUN! Sharing time, laughter and memories is a JOY!!

It can be easy to get caught up in our own schedules and our own struggles, but that is when it is most important to look for those connections with others!

I have made a personal goal to make more connections this Summer! I created a Facebook group to get other moms together for playdates and memories. I am guilty of waiting to be invited to things, so I decided to be the INVITER–To set up times for connecting and playing and not allowing myself any excuses not to get out and HAVE FUN!!

We’ve had a few events so far and it was a blast to see …

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Creating Excitement Around the Table

Meals with little ones can be a struggle. Trying to get the kids to eat, teaching manners, trying again to get them to eat…it is exhausting.

I have found that cooking meals together creates more excitement around the table.

It might seem simple, but thinking of the cooking as a learning and bonding experience brings that attitude to the meal. Rather than seeing the frustrating and annoying things happening at the table, you see the meal you worked on as a family AND chances to teach and learn and grow together as a family!

I find that cooking together also creates an excitement to EAT the meal. PRAISE THE LORD! A meal the kids actually want to eat!!

Counting

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Sharing YOUR Favorite Things With Friends

Summer is a great time to share time with friends. School is out, schedules are simplified, and the days are long. Fill those long days with friends and simple activities!

I am working on having more of an open home – inviting people over more often. I decided to host a couple events this week, and it was SO fun!

In the past, I have felt nervous about having people over. I get in my head, “my house is small, I’m not good at decorating, where will the kids hang out, what will we do, do I feed people?” The reality is, people LIKE to be invited to things and hang out with friends! I had the idea to …

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Tips For Moms: Taking Care of YOU

I know as moms we often come last. Ok, in reality, we ALWAYS come last. But it is so important to take time for you! Taking time for you and putting parts of yourself first make you a better mom!

This is going to look different for everyone, so come up with a few priorities.

Health, for our family, is a non-negotiable. If you aren’t taking care of your health it will make all the other parts of yourself difficult to manage. Our family has always been healthy, but in the past 2.5 years we have taken steps to take our healthy living to the next level. By fueling our bodies with nutrient dense shakes, phytonutrient greens and …

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The Importance of a Mom-Squad

Becoming a mom is SO exciting. More than exciting–LIFE CHANGING!

A lot of that time is such a blur. The long nights, early mornings, so many questions about how to do this “mom thing.” But what I do remember is the community of other moms that got me through. I literally would not be the mom I am today without them.

There is nothing more important than finding your community. The other moms who hold your hand through the hard days and jump and celebrate the good days. Who laugh at the crazy stuff that happens (literally you cannot make this mom stuff up) and encourage you to when it seems like the rough seasons and stages are NEVER …

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Lesson I’ve Learned as a Mom: Don’t Compare

It’s so easy to fall into the trap of comparison as a mom.

Momin’ ain’t easy!!!

And during those moments (days…years…) of despair there is bound to be someone doing it better. It’s always out there. On Facebook, Instagram, etc. “Perfect moms” with “perfect kids.” OH PLEASE!! That doesn’t exist. Social media is what we CHOOSE to show. Please remember that!

Don’t COMPARE.

Also, PLEASE don’t judge!!

Let other moms make mistakes. Let other moms make different choices!

You know what is better than comparing? LOVING, HONORING, PRAISING other moms. If you see a mom doing a great job, compliment her! Maybe ask her her secret. (Chances are you just caught her on a good day…but you never know). …

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day from Growing Weisser.

It filled my heart with so much joy to see our social media feeds flooded with pictures of happy moms and families yesterday.

While we celebrated with all of you, we also want to acknowledge those of you who have lost a mother, or are struggling with infertility or loss. We know some of these struggles all too well, and the sadness that comes with it. The heartache when something seems like the right timing, and wondering where God’s plan is in all that. We don’t have the answer, but we do know that God’s plan and His timing are perfect. We know that He has plans for you even when you can’t …

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Mom-Must Haves: Learning DVDs

There are SO many options when it comes to fun learning shows. Personally, it can be quite overwhelming! One of my favorite ways to navigate all the choices is to ask trusted friends. I want to be that trusted friend for you and share a two of our MUST HAVE learning DVDs that are worth the investment.

Signing Time

Signing Time is one of our family favorites. I took my first daughter to signing classes at the library when she was a baby and instantly fell in love. I started borrowing Signing Time DVDs from the library to try them out and they were a hit. I loved how Signing Time Rachel used different teaching methods to teach the …

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Hey, Mama.

Share this post with your husband and family, then sit back and let them plan something special just for you!

Mother’s Day Gift Giving Guide

Day of gift ideas

Breakfast in bed

Do the chores – grocery shopping, meal planning, laundry, get kids ready for bed

A day without cooking

A day without dishes

Cook or order her favorite food. DON’T FORGET DESSERT!!!

 

For the Home

Cleaning Service (DO THIS ONE. REALLY. You will score lots of points)

Dinner Service/Dinner planning – Blue Apron (ingredients sent to you. $59.94 or $9.99 per plate)   Hello Fresh (fresh ingredients sent to you. $69 or $11.50 per meal)  Mealime(free option with an app)    Purple Carrot (plant-based meal delivery. …

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Let’s Get Motivated!

“You can’t expect NEW results with the same habits.” – Susan Sly

Are you looking for motivation? Trying to get moving?

You have to do something different. You have to START.

Here are a few ways to get going:

  1. Get into action!
  2. Get accountability – tell some friends what you are doing. Better yet, encourage them to get going with YOU!
  3. Clear away distractions – clean up your workspace, make a nice workout area at home, turn off the TV, whatever is distracting you. MOVE IT AWAY!
  4. Stop Complaining. START DOING!
  5. Find inspiration. Put on uplifting music, read a good book, or listen to a podcast. Better yet, call a friend that makes you feel AMAZING!
  6. Exercise. It is

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