10 Ways My Husband Supports My Dreams

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Lately, all of the mindset work has me thinking about all of the wonderful things I have in my life. Things I am grateful for and that are irreplaceable. Like the simple fact that I’ve always had my husbands support for my my business endeavors, my hobbies, my creative ideas and just about anything I choose to do. So I wanted to take a moment to let everyone know how thankful I am to have such a wonderful husband and father to our son!

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Here are 10 ways my husband supports me:

He’s gotten up between 3:30am and 5:30 am for the last 16 years to work to support our family.

He loans me money without discussion (well most of the time)!

He sacrifices his time with me and cares for our son when I have to work late.

He understands growing a business/dream takes time and tries (very hard) not to get frustrated.

He offers to proofread my blogs for me and I need to take him up on it so he will actually read them (plus I’ve had poor editing of my own posts as of late).

He’s ALWAYS excited about my new ideas!

He LOVES seeing me excited and passionate about my writing!

He loves that I am showing our son that moms work hard too.

He realizes that the coaching and education I receive for my business also helps me grow as a person.

He is still here loving and supports me daily!

Thank you my sweet husband, David.

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XOXO Autumn

Kids Misbehaving? Send the Elf Away and Follow Through

Kids Misbehaving? Send the Elf Away and Follow Through | autumnleopold.com |kids misbehaving, kids being bad at Christmas, discipline, elf on the shelf

My friend Chelsea’s kids were misbehaving this week so she decided to send her children’s elf back to Santa.  That’s right, her two boys have been fighting with each other, misbehaving, and being disrespectful.  She wrote them a letter from their elf telling them that Santa had called the elf home due to their behavior and that maybe if they work very hard Santa might let him come back for Christmas.  My friend posted about this on Facebook and received an awesome response from one of her girlfriends.

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Kidoland Review: Mom Approved App for Kids 0-5

Mom Approved App for Kids 0-5: Kidoland Review | autumnleopold.com | safe apps for kids, mom approved apps, ad free apps for kids

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Kidloland. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

Mom Approved App

Hey ya’ll it’s Tina here! I recently came across a kids app called Kidloland and want to share with you my son’s thoughts as well as my own.  Kidoland has about 1000 nursery rhymes, songs activities and games for kids. It’s considered a safe app and it’s ad free!

Music

The content is great, my almost four year old loves the music and the games.  The songs are cute and catchy, I also love that they have the words along with the song at the bottom.  It’s very good for his age group to help learn to recognize letters.

There is a playlist feature that holds up to 25 songs that play in a row. Even my seven year old enjoyed the music and games on more than one occasion, although it’s definitely geared toward the younger ones.

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Games

The games are equally entertaining for him. He enjoys picking different ones to play and when he wants something else it’s easy for him to navigate quickly to the next one.  

One of the best features besides it being safe for kids is there are no advertisements to worry about either.

Concerns

The only concerns I would have are the app takes up a lot of data, but if you have an unlimited plan this shouldn’t be an issue or concern.  Also, there were times my son would try to pick a game and after a few taps on the screen it wouldn’t load, he would quickly tire of trying and move on to something else.  I’m not sure if this was a connection issue or possibly my phone (storage is darn near full) however I thought it was worth mentioning as it happened more than once.  

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Pricing Options

There are a couple of different price options to use the app. Can subscribe to get access to full content including future updates. The three subscription options are: $4.99/ month, $24.99/ 6 months or the best value: $39.99/ year. If you don’t subscribe the songs and games are in-app purchases that add up very quickly and surpass the subscription amount. So a Kidoland subscription is the best way to go.

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Overall, we liked it a lot!  I was happy that he was playing something I knew was safe for him to play and he was happy he got to play on mommy’s phone unsupervised.  Win-win!

15 Fall Favorites: Decor, Books, and Movies

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Happy Fall my friends! I have been enjoying so many blog posts about fall bucket lists and fall activities that I had to get in on it and create my fall favorites list.

Fall is in it’s full glory here in Colorado! In fact the leaves may have peaked a week or two ago. But the weather is just beautiful with a morning chill and warm afternoon sun! You can feel the crispness in the air! This time of year is so refreshing after the summer heat! It’s the breather we get before the icy north wind blows in for the winter.

I have picked out a few of my favorite things for fall this year including, decor, movies, children’s books and a few Halloween items.

Here are 15 of my fall favorites:

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11 Simple Ways to Give Yourself Time to Think

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Here’s a story from a year or so ago. One day about six and a half weeks before a cruise we were going on.  It suddenly hit me that our passports were expired and our son didn’t even have one. That’s right even after all of my careful planning, I hadn’t even thought about passports.  We ended up having to check our son out of school, go to the post office, spend $4oo, and hopefully they will be here in a month.  My husband started to say something on the way home but I gave him a look and said, “I do mess up…once in awhile.”  I swear it’s because I simply don’t have enough time to think!

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Why You Should Not Let Homeschooling Intimidate You

Why You Should Not Let Homeschooling Intimidate You | www.smarthappyorganized.com | homeschooling, stay at home mom, good decision for school, learning issues, behavior issues

Howdy friends, this is a departure from my home decor posts but given the new Smart Happy Organized blog design I thought I would take this opportunity to toss my hat in the mom blog section! As many of you may know I am a stay at home mom who is homeschooling our three school age kids, with the 4th too young yet.  We are incredibly fortunate in that we are able to have me stay home with them.

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Why I Didn’t Buy My Son A Shirt

Why I Didn't Buy My Son A Shirt: When Your child Expects Too Much | www.smarthappyorganized.com | teaching child a lesson, spoiled child, sense of entitlement

Hi y’all, Natalie here with a story and revelation that happened recently that I feel like many parents can relate to. A recent “ah ha moment” I had where I realized I have a spoiled child. Our son Jackson celebrates his birthday in September. Coincidentally, his hockey season started around the same time. Yeah, it is an expensive month to say the least. We took him to his first practice and noticed afterwards when we were taking off his gear that his skin was red on his legs from the padding straps. I told my husband, Jonathon, that we should look around for some Under Armour pants for him to keep warm but also to protect his skin. Simple enough.

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What’s the Difference Between Purpose and Passion?

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For the longest time I’ve thought that your purpose was just acting on your passion. After All, you read headlines that say, “Find your Passion, Live Your Purpose, “ So I thought once I found my passion all I had to do was act on it and I would be living my purpose.

Well, I was wrong. I had an ah-ha moment one recent Sunday when our Pastor explained the difference between passion and purpose. I wanted to share it with you in case you’ve been thinking about it wrong too.

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Are You Afraid of an ADD/ADHD Diagnosis for Your Child?

I don’t have a lot of personal experience with an ADD/ADHD diagnosis, except that as I get older I feel like I have a better understanding of what it is and how it affects people.  After reading Judith Kolberg’s, ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life, I did feel like she was talking about me in several chapters.  I may have a touch of ADD but I have never had to truly deal with it and it has never been a central issue in my life.

We have an eight year old son and of course there are times when he is “spazzing out” and my husband and will I look at each other and wonder, “Is this normal behavior for his age?”  So far we are fortunate that we believe it is.  However, there are parents out there who have a gut feeling that something just isn’t right with their child.  They know that their child’s version of “spazzing out” is going too far.

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10 Awesome Alternatives to Boring Date Nights

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Hi all, Natalie again. I’ve missed you guys! Let me tell you where I’ve been. My son, Tanner, is on his third cold in the last couple of months, two rounds of antibiotics (that didn’t do a dang thing) and hardly any sleep is making for a tired momma! With that chaos, my older son, Jackson, still has his normal schedule of school and hockey practice two days a week.

The other night, my husband and I sat with two crying children, a dog that was attempting to eat a bag of gummy worms from our counter and successfully chewed an air compressor hose (I can’t even make this stuff up), I had about seven various laundry piles in different places of the house and we looked at each other with a sense of survival mode and exhaustion.

“We need a date night!” My husband was right, but our normal choices for babysitters include busy family members. With holidays coming, I know that our time alone will be very limited. However, I can’t stress enough how important these breaks are. I told him I am done doing just dinner and running errands on our nights alone which are so very rare and precious. It got me thinking.

*Originally posted December 2014

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It’s Okay to Let Go: We Are a Family of Three

It’s Okay to Let Go: We Are a Family of Three | www.smarthappyorganized.com | sorting and purging baby clothes | emotional decisions

After our son was born we always thought we would have another child.  I secretly hoped for a boy because I just wasn’t sure I was equipped to handle a girl and because the thought of having to re-purchase and decorate everything in pink freaked me out.  So as time went by and Sam grew out of his clothes I donated about one third of his clothes. Mostly what I didn’t like, or was too itchy, too preppy, or too uncomfortable.  I gave a lot of clothes to friends because a lot of clothes were given to me.  I saved the other two thirds to pass down to our next child.  I kept up this system for a while, and then I just started saving everything because it was easier.  Now Sam is five and we have a crawlspace full of storage bins with clothes, baby toys and other things to pass down.  The only problem is it looks like we are not going to have another child. It was time to let go.

* Originally posted August 4, 2014

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