Win a mamaRoo by 4moms!

One of the first things I loved about the mamaRoo infant seat was how compact it is. We live in a cozy apartment in Los Angeles with our two young children and dog, so having furniture that’s compact gets a thumbs up from me. Something else I love? The pop of seat color against the white base. I am a huge fan of color, and having baby gear that blends in with the styling of our home makes me happy.

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The time I have each day to teach my children well, to love them, to cuddle them and play with them really is fleeting. I love the quote, “the days are long but the years are short” because it’s a beautiful reminder to embrace all that mamahood is.

I’m embracing these wild, short years by making lists of all we accomplish each week. Even on the most difficult of days I’m amazed at all the play and learning we do together. I’m not afraid to ask for help, and our mamaRoo is my modern day Mary Poppins. It features comforting rhythms that calm Natalie, the contrast/color fabric balls make her smile, and I love that I can change the speed or sound through the 4moms iPhone app. The only thing it’s missing is a spoonful of sugar for mama ;)

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I’ll be honest, it’s easy-to-use baby gear like the mamaRoo that helps me fully engage with Maxwell, prep meals or paint my nails (wink). And I can easily move the mamaRoo to whatever room we’re playing in so we can include Natalie, too! (Or she can rest quietly in the other room if big brother is being too loud.)

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4moms mamaRoo maggie whitley

4moms mamaRoo maggie whitley

We love our mamaRoo and I’m so excited to offer one lucky Maggie Whitley Designs reader one, too!

To enter the giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter entries below. The first entry is required (leave a blog post comment) but the remaining are not, although we’d love for you to share this giveaway with your social media communities. One winner will be selected at random and notified via email. Good luck!

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I want to remember…

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– how messy (but worth it) painting with Maxwell really is ;)

– how crazy quiet the apartment feels when the white noise is turned off (and everyone’s asleep)

– how much time is wasted thinking about something verses actually doing. #inspiration

– the way Max plays hide & seek behind the living room curtains (while giggling uncontrollably)

– how I feel when Zack wraps his arms around me

– that Bauer looks like a dog baby when he sleeps

– how grateful I am for community, both in real life & online

– some of the podcasts I subscribe to: hope*ology, Dave Ramsey and Elise Gets Crafty

– that baby hair smells delicious

– how wonderful this book is (and beautiful, inspiring, easy-to-read, and life-changing)

– how freaking adorable Max is when he runs across the room (!!!)

– how BIG Natalie’s smiles are :)

– that list-making is the best way to feel accomplished

- how much joy our children bring me. The days are like small marathons but I get better at running them every week.

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These posts help me to cherish and remember the fullness of mamahood. They help me to not hold back because I fear I don’t have time to “take notes”, but instead I can move forward and embrace life where we’re at TODAY through simple sharing. It’s incredibly freeing and makes my heart feel full to write these. See the rest of my “I want to remember” posts here.

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Win a $75 gift card to Pickture That!

For a little mid-week excitement I’m here with a giveaway from one of our sidebar sponsors.

Pickture That! makes fun, custom photo bracelets that are scratch, stain and water resistant — sounds like a perfect match for your favorite Instagram photos ;) Heidi shares more about their business, including a little encouragement for fellow handmade makers, and is offering a $75 gift card to the Maggie Whitley Designs community. Good luck!

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PicktureThat! was started 4 years ago after I (photo-obsessed Heidi) had gone to a photo booth with my best friend. I had the photo strip in my hand and just knew I had to do something that would let me do more with it than store it away in a scrapbook. Viola!, photo bracelets. I love jewelry and I love looking at photos all day so I decided to put them together and the rest, as they say, is history.

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I think my biggest piece of advice for fellow makers would be to stick to your passions. Sometimes it’s easy to be swayed by trends or pressures from others about what your creations should be, but staying true to yourself and your creativity is ALWAYS number one in my book.

What inspires me? More like “what doesn’t inspire me”. Generally, it’s the small things that bring me joy. I love genuine people, my family, nature, people who live their dreams, travel. I could go on and on…

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Nothing gets me down when I get to look at cute pictures all day long! ;) When long days come my way, I truly am just so grateful for all of the love and support I get from my customers.  I LOVE hearing from them when they’re so happy with their bracelets, or the bracelet they bought for their loved one was a huge success. It really makes it all worth it!

Balancing work and personal life is really hard for me because it’s difficult to leave work at the door when the door is my home. It never truly leaves my mind and I get so excited about things. But, I am working on finding my balance and am learning it’s actually necessary for me to step back into the world to experience things that keep me inspired.

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To enter the giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter entries below. The first entry is required (leave a blog post comment) but the remaining are not, although we’d love for you to share this giveaway with your social media communities. One winner will be selected at random and notified via email. Please note: this giveaway is open to US residents only. Good luck!

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A special book for “the dreamers & the doers”.

Since September I’ve been praying over (and working on) a special group project, and today I get to share with you what we’ve been up to! :)

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It’s no secret I’m a dreamer and a doer. Since I was young I’ve been creating and making plans. I love to sketch on paper my dreams to see how real they can become. But perhaps more than that I love how far an encouraging word can take my dreams. Do you feel the same way?

Last year I joined a group of women and together we co-wrote a book called, Thirty One Days of Prayer for the Dreamer and the Doer — and, it’s a lovely prayer book.

Lovely like, “my heart is re-filled with grace and overflowing encouragement to keep going.”

Lovely like, “I wasn’t sure how to pray over my situation, but now I have new-found direction.”

Lovely like, “I am not alone.”

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Inside this 200+ page book are beautiful, real prayers covering the following topics:

prayer // God’s word // worship + gratitude // faith

freedom // seasons // rest + balance // wellness

authenticity // identity // grace in my home // simplicity

serving // loving {well} // singleness // marriage

motherhood // dreams // my spouse’s dreams // my children’s dreams

fears // comparison //confidence // goals

creativity // stewardship // success + failure // busyness

my business // branding + marketing // collaboration + opportunity // online influence // social media

 

Each of the 31 prayers includes a full-page prayer, four verses and three reflective questions.

I’ve written on the topic of simplicity. This was an opportunity for me to share my heart on living cozy in a big Los Angeles. It’s so important to be thankful for exactly what God puts in our lives. This community collaboration has allowed me to be vulnerable with so many others who may be thinking, worrying, and praying about the same things.

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I’m so honored to be joining these women and my friends over at The {Well} Studio.

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