Adoption Love

Today's post is a little bit different, but it means a whole lot!<3

Adoption is something that has always felt close to my heart. Even though we have not adopted and I'm not adopted, I have so many close friends who are and also so many close friends who have and are struggling with heartbreaking infertility who have chosen this route to grow their families! Also, being pregnant with our 5th baby right now, just mention the word and I turn into a puddle of tears, let alone read the stories! It's such a special thing for so many people! 

There are SO many deserving and loving couples who are looking to adopt, and today I want to talk about one of them! My cute husband went to high school with Sarah, and in people sharing their story, the hope is that a birth mom will be found who finds them the right fit for her baby. I will share the link to their blog below, but here is one touching excerpt from their bio:



"We have struggled for many years with infertility. After several rounds of fertility treatments and several miscarriages, we were left with heartache and loss. It was often hard to keep hoping. Through our suffering, we gained more compassion and love for each other and for others. We learned to be grateful under any circumstance. During this time we prayed a lot and know that God was leading us to adoption. One thing we have learned is that sometimes our plans don’t match God’s plans and His are by far greater and better. From the moment we decided to take this path, we have been praying for our baby and for you.

Your child will be loved unconditionally, not just by us, but also by our dear friends and family. He or she will also know the love that you have for them. We believe the more people loving a child the better. We want our little one knowing and embracing their story. We would love to develop a relationship with you that includes updates (letters, email, pictures, facetime, texts) and occasional visits. We would love to be able to consider you family but also are understanding if you prefer differently. We are open to discuss and work out a type of relationship that fits all of us. No matter what type of relationship, he or she will always know the love that you have for them. We will do whatever it takes to make sure he or she feels safe, happy, and loved. We are truly honored to become parents.

You are a courageous person to consider adoption, and to go through all these profiles to find the right fit. We can only imagine how hard this all must be. We know you be guided in your decision making.

This is just a glimpse of who we are. We look forward and are excited to get to know you! Please feel free to check out our fb page and you are more than welcome to contact us. Our email address is rsadopt@gmail.com. We are happy to answer any questions you might have.

Love,

Rob & Sarah"


Find their blog HERE, and if you or someone you know is looking to place a baby for adoption, please don't hesitate to contact them, or feel free to message me and I can put you in touch!:)

XO

Sarah


3 Tips for an Unmedicated Birth

I realized that I tried to upload this several months ago, but it didn't give the full version, just the quick Instagram one! Haha, so here we are again with this video! I suppose while birth is on my mind with our little one coming in about 8 weeks, there might be more of this going on!:) This video is from my channel called "Composed Mommy," but I've moved everything over to The Dainty Pear, so if you're into this sort of thing, feel free to subscribe: HERE!
XO
Sarah


30 weeks + 4 days

Yesterday was full of preggo errands, like IV fluids from being all pukey town, today was full of running toddler girls to dance rehearsals! Every day is an adventure! Mom lyfe! Haha! I mentioned a few days ago on Instagram how I'm pleased when I can find something that fits over this baby bump! I would add to that, I like finding pieces that I can wear during and after pregnancy! {There's this amateur video on dressing the bump! Haha!} I haven't ever bought a TON of maternity clothes, and they aren't always flattering, {although they've come a seriously long way the past couple of years! Haha.} I'm not even that picky when it comes to clothes, I just want it to be comfortable and not expensive. And done. I've also mentioned before that I'm not a fashion blogger! Haha! I in no way claim to have the best style out there, but I guess the fact that I have to wear clothes every day {err, I mean at least the days I leave the house, haha} that it entitles me to some sort of opinion! Haha! Outfit is linked here if you're signed up for Like To Know It: http://liketk.it/2rqay

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Lantern Shirt: {HERE}
Jeans: {HERE}
Shoes: {These are from Jane..com, but since the deal is over, similar ones at the same price point are HERE.}


XO
Sarah




Also! I'm a lover of a good deal, so this website that the shirt is from is having a pretty good summer sale right now!  $5 off of 50, $15 off of $105, and $40 off of $200. I have been thinking about doing a video with my recent "haul," I guess you could say, from there, so let me know if that would be interesting to anyone! Haha! Shop the site HERE

Baby 4 Labor Vlog

I've started thinking it's time to get mentally prepped for labor, and revisited this little video from our 4th baby last year. Haha! We went in early to get membranes stripped {my hubby loves that word. Hahaha.} and then spent the day walking around, squatting, curb stomping, etc., etc., etc. AKA: ALL THE exercise I didn't do when I was pregnant. Haha! Not pictured are the plentiful throw up breaks, {not from the exercise, although I'm sure that didn't help haha, but we just have sick pregnancies. Read more about that HERE.} Anyway, watching this both gets me stoked and anxious for labor! I haven't quite forgotten the intensity and sensations of an unmedicated labor, but there is still something magical about it that makes me a little bit giddy! Haha!:)
XO
Sarah





             

30 Weeks!

30 Weeks Pregnant today! So crazy that baby 5 will be here in less than 10 weeks! {Pretty sure this was an accidental shot, haha, but had to share anyway because I'm stoked about this $19 shirt! Apparently I'm really easy to please, but whatever fits over this bump I'm pleased about at this point! Hahah! FIND IT HERE.}

XO
Sarah






Behold, thy Mother.




"No love in mortality comes closer to approximating the pure love of Jesus Christ than the selfless love a devoted mother has for her child."
May I join with all of you in welcoming Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elder Gary E. Stevenson, and Elder Dale G. Renlund and their wives to the sweetest association they could possibly imagine.

Prophesying of the Savior’s Atonement, Isaiah wrote, “He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows.”1 A majestic latter-day vision emphasized that “[Jesus] came into the world … to bear the sins of the world.”2 Both ancient and modern scripture testify that “he redeemed them, and bore them, and carried them all the days of old.”3 A favorite hymn pleads with us to “hear your great Deliv’rer’s voice!”4

Bear, borne, carry, deliver. These are powerful, heartening messianic words. They convey help and hope for safe movement from where we are to where we need to be—but cannot get without assistance. These words also connote burden, struggle, and fatigue—words most appropriate in describing the mission of Him who, at unspeakable cost, lifts us up when we have fallen, carries us forward when strength is gone, delivers us safely home when safety seems far beyond our reach. “My Father sent me,” He said, “that I might be lifted up upon the cross; … that as I have been lifted up … even so should men be lifted up … to … me.”5

But can you hear in this language another arena of human endeavor in which we use words like bear and borne,carry and lift,labor and deliver? As Jesus said to John while in the very act of Atonement, so He says to us all, “Behold thy mother!”6

Today I declare from this pulpit what has been said here before: that no love in mortality comes closer to approximating the pure love of Jesus Christ than the selfless love a devoted mother has for her child. When Isaiah, speaking messianically, wanted to convey Jehovah’s love, he invoked the image of a mother’s devotion. “Can a woman forget her sucking child?” he asks. How absurd, he implies, though not as absurd as thinking Christ will ever forget us.7

This kind of resolute love “suffereth long, and is kind, … seeketh not her own, … but … beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.”8 Most encouraging of all, such fidelity “never faileth.”9 “For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed,” Jehovah said, “but my kindness shall not depart from thee.”10 So too say our mothers.

You see, it is not only that they bear us, but they continue bearing with us. It is not only the prenatal carrying but the lifelong carrying that makes mothering such a staggering feat. Of course, there are heartbreaking exceptions, but most mothers know intuitively, instinctively that this is a sacred trust of the highest order. The weight of that realization, especially on young maternal shoulders, can be very daunting.

A wonderful young mother recently wrote to me: “How is it that a human being can love a child so deeply that you willingly give up a major portion of your freedom for it? How can mortal love be so strong that you voluntarily subject yourself to responsibility, vulnerability, anxiety, and heartache and just keep coming back for more of the same? What kind of mortal love can make you feel, once you have a child, that your life is never, ever your own again? Maternal love has to be divine. There is no other explanation for it. What mothers do is an essential element of Christ’s work. Knowing that should be enough to tell us the impact of such love will range between unbearable and transcendent, over and over again, until with the safety and salvation of the very last child on earth, we can [then] say with Jesus, ‘[Father!] I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.’11 ”

With the elegance of that letter echoing in our minds, let me share three experiences reflecting the majestic influence of mothers, witnessed in my ministry in just the past few weeks:

My first account is a cautionary one, reminding us that not every maternal effort has a storybook ending, at least not immediately. That reminder stems from my conversation with a beloved friend of more than 50 years who was dying away from this Church he knew in his heart to be true. No matter how much I tried to comfort him, I could not seem to bring him peace. Finally he leveled with me. “Jeff,” he said, “however painful it is going to be for me to stand before God, I cannot bear the thought of standing before my mother. The gospel and her children meant everything to her. I know I have broken her heart, and that is breaking mine.”

Now, I am absolutely certain that upon his passing, his mother received my friend with open, loving arms; that is what parents do. But the cautionary portion of this story is that children can break their mothers’ heart. Here too we see another comparison with the divine. I need not remind us that Jesus died of a broken heart, one weary and worn out from bearing the sins of the world. So in any moment of temptation, may we “behold [our] mother” as well as our Savior and spare them both the sorrow of our sinning.

Secondly, I speak of a young man who entered the mission field worthily but by his own choice returned home early due to same-sex attraction and some trauma he experienced in that regard. He was still worthy, but his faith was at crisis level, his emotional burden grew ever heavier, and his spiritual pain was more and more profound. He was by turns hurt, confused, angry, and desolate.

His mission president, his stake president, his bishop spent countless hours searching and weeping and blessing him as they held on to him, but much of his wound was so personal that he kept at least parts of it beyond their reach. The beloved father in this story poured his entire soul into helping this child, but his very demanding employment circumstance meant that often the long, dark nights of the soul were faced by just this boy and his mother. Day and night, first for weeks, then for months that turned into years, they sought healing together. Through periods of bitterness (mostly his but sometimes hers) and unending fear (mostly hers but sometimes his), she bore—there’s that beautiful, burdensome word again—she bore to her son her testimony of God’s power, of His Church, but especially of His love for this child. In the same breath she testified of her own uncompromised, undying love for him as well. To bring together those two absolutely crucial, essential pillars of her very existence—the gospel of Jesus Christ and her family—she poured out her soul in prayer endlessly. She fasted and wept, she wept and fasted, and then she listened and listened as this son repeatedly told her of how his heart was breaking. Thus she carried him—again—only this time it was not for nine months. This time she thought that laboring through the battered landscape of his despair would take forever.

But with the grace of God, her own tenacity, and the help of scores of Church leaders, friends, family members, and professionals, this importuning mother has seen her son come home to the promised land. Sadly we acknowledge that such a blessing does not, or at least has not yet, come to all parents who anguish over a wide variety of their children’s circumstances, but here there was hope. And, I must say, this son’s sexual orientation did not somehow miraculously change—no one assumed it would. But little by little, his heart changed.

He started back to church. He chose to partake of the sacrament willingly and worthily. He again obtained a temple recommend and accepted a call to serve as an early-morning seminary teacher, where he was wonderfully successful. And now, after five years, he has, at his own request and with the Church’s considerable assistance, reentered the mission field to complete his service to the Lord. I have wept over the courage, integrity, and determination of this young man and his family to work things out and to help him keep his faith. He knows he owes much to many, but he knows he owes the most to two messianic figures in his life, two who bore him and carried him, labored with him and delivered him—his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, and his determined, redemptive, absolutely saintly mother.

Lastly, this from the rededication of the Mexico City Mexico Temple just three weeks ago. It was there with President Henry B. Eyring that we saw our beloved friend Lisa Tuttle Pieper stand in that moving dedicatory service. But she stood with some difficulty because with one arm she was holding up her beloved but severely challenged daughter, Dora, while with the other she was trying to manipulate Dora’s dysfunctional right hand so this limited but eternally precious daughter of God could wave a white handkerchief and, with groans intelligible only to herself and the angels of heaven, cry out, “Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna to God and the Lamb.”12

To all of our mothers everywhere, past, present, or future, I say, “Thank you. Thank you for giving birth, for shaping souls, for forming character, and for demonstrating the pure love of Christ.” To Mother Eve, to Sarah, Rebekah, and Rachel, to Mary of Nazareth, and to a Mother in Heaven, I say, “Thank you for your crucial role in fulfilling the purposes of eternity.” To all mothers in every circumstance, including those who struggle—and all will—I say, “Be peaceful. Believe in God and yourself. You are doing better than you think you are. In fact, you are saviors on Mount Zion,13 and like the Master you follow, your love ‘never faileth.’14 ” I can pay no higher tribute to anyone. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Golf Date!

Happy Saturday! Went on a little golf date with my hubby yesterday and my muscles {or lack of} that haven't been used in a looong time are paying for it today at almost 30 weeks pregnant! Hahaha!⛳️  It only took 4 balls going in the water before I got used to my driver again. Haha. The almost 30 weeks pregnant no center of gravity thing is real. Love this guy and that he took me out for some fresh air after our doctor appointment. He knew just what I needed!:)
 P.S. Don't forget to enter the Mother's Day giveaway for a YEAR subscription to Magnolia Journal! {Just click on the picture at the bottom of this post to enter!} Happy Mother's Day Weekend!

XO

Sarah


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"Are We Not All Mothers?"

Happy gorgeous Tuesday and Mother's Day week!💕😍 I love reflecting on the Mothers and Mother figures in my life that have shared their incredible examples of strength, goodness, and womanhood. Many had children of their own, many did not. I think of the phrase, "Are we not all Mothers?" {You can find the Talk by Sheri Dew below!} So grateful for the amazing women out there and for your examples!

XO

Sarah





Are We Not All Mothers?


Sheri L. Dew
This summer four teenage nieces and I shared a tense Sunday evening when we set out walking from a downtown hotel in a city we were visiting to a nearby chapel where I was to speak. I had made that walk many times, but that evening we suddenly found ourselves engulfed by an enormous mob of drunken parade-goers. It was no place for four teenage girls, or their aunt, I might add. But with the streets closed to traffic, we had no choice but to keep walking. Over the din, I shouted to the girls, “Stay right with me.” As we maneuvered through the crush of humanity, the only thing on my mind was my nieces’ safety.
Thankfully, we finally made it to the chapel. But for one unnerving hour, I better understood how mothers who forgo their own safety to protect a child must feel. My siblings had entrusted me with their daughters, whom I love, and I would have done anything to lead them to safety. Likewise, our Father has entrusted us as women with His children, and He has asked us to love them and help lead them safely past the dangers of mortality back home.
Loving and leading—these words summarize not only the all-consuming work of the Father and the Son, but the essence of our labor, for our work is to help the Lord with His work. How, then, may we as Latter-day women of God best help the Lord with His work?
Prophets have repeatedly answered this question, as did the First Presidency six decades ago when they called motherhood “the highest, holiest service … assumed by mankind.” 1
Have you ever wondered why prophets have taught the doctrine of motherhood—and it is doctrine—again and again? I have. I have thought long and hard about the work of women of God. And I have wrestled with what the doctrine of motherhood means for all of us. This issue has driven me to my knees, to the scriptures, and to the temple—all of which teach an ennobling doctrine regarding our most crucial role as women. It is a doctrine about which we must be clear if we hope to stand “steadfast and immovable” 2 regarding the issues that swirl around our gender. For Satan has declared war on motherhood. He knows that those who rock the cradle can rock his earthly empire. And he knows that without righteous mothers loving and leading the next generation, the kingdom of God will fail.
When we understand the magnitude of motherhood, it becomes clear why prophets have been so protective of woman’s most sacred role. While we tend to equate motherhood solely with maternity, in the Lord’s language, the word mother has layers of meaning. Of all the words they could have chosen to define her role and her essence, both God the Father and Adam called Eve “the mother of all living” 3 —and they did so before she ever bore a child. Like Eve, our motherhood began before we were born. Just as worthy men were foreordained to hold the priesthood in mortality, 4 righteous women were endowed premortally with the privilege of motherhood. 5 Motherhood is more than bearing children, though it is certainly that. It is the essence of who we are as women. It defines our very identity, our divine stature and nature, and the unique traits our Father gave us.
President Gordon B. Hinckley stated that “God planted within women something divine.” 6 That something is the gift and the gifts of motherhood. Elder Matthew Cowley taught that “men have to have something given to them [in mortality] to make them saviors of men, but not mothers, not women. [They] are born with an inherent right, an inherent authority, to be the saviors of human souls … and the regenerating force in the lives of God’s children.” 7
Motherhood is not what was left over after our Father blessed His sons with priesthood ordination. It was the most ennobling endowment He could give His daughters, a sacred trust that gave women an unparalleled role in helping His children keep their second estate. As President J. Reuben Clark Jr. declared, motherhood is “as divinely called, as eternally important in its place as the Priesthood itself.” 8
Nevertheless, the subject of motherhood is a very tender one, for it evokes some of our greatest joys and heartaches. This has been so from the beginning. Eve was “glad” after the Fall, realizing she otherwise “never should have had seed.” 9 And yet, imagine her anguish over Cain and Abel. Some mothers experience pain because of the children they have borne; others feel pain because they do not bear children here. About this Elder John A. Widtsoe was explicit: “Women who through no fault of their own cannot exercise the gift of motherhood directly, may do so vicariously.” 10
For reasons known to the Lord, some women are required to wait to have children. This delay is not easy for any righteous woman. But the Lord’s timetable for each of us does not negate our nature. Some of us, then, must simply find other ways to mother. And all around us are those who need to be loved and led.
Eve set the pattern. In addition to bearing children, she mothered all of mankind when she made the most courageous decision any woman has ever made and with Adam opened the way for us to progress. She set an example of womanhood for men to respect and women to follow, modeling the characteristics with which we as women have been endowed: heroic faith, a keen sensitivity to the Spirit, an abhorrence of evil, and complete selflessness. Like the Savior, “who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,” 11 Eve, for the joy of helping initiate the human family, endured the Fall. She loved us enough to help lead us.
As daughters of our Heavenly Father, and as daughters of Eve, we are all mothers and we have always been mothers. And we each have the responsibility to love and help lead the rising generation. How will our young women learn to live as women of God unless they see what women of God look like, meaning what we wear, watch, and read; how we fill our time and our minds; how we face temptation and uncertainty; where we find true joy; and why modesty and femininity are hallmarks of righteous women? How will our young men learn to value women of God if we don’t show them the virtue of our virtues?
Every one of us has an overarching obligation to model righteous womanhood because our youth may not see it anywhere else. Every sister in Relief Society, which is the most significant community of women on this side of the veil, is responsible to help our young women make a joyful transition into Relief Society. This means our friendship with them must begin long before they turn 18. Every one of us can mother someone—beginning, of course, with the children in our own families but extending far beyond. Every one of us can show by word and by deed that the work of women in the Lord’s kingdom is magnificent and holy. I repeat: We are all mothers in Israel, and our calling is to love and help lead the rising generation through the dangerous streets of mortality.
Few of us will reach our potential without the nurturing of both the mother who bore us and the mothers who bear with us. I was thrilled recently to see one of my youth leaders for the first time in years. As a teenager who had absolutely no self-confidence, I always sidled up to this woman because she would put her arm around me and say, “You are just the best girl!” She loved me, so I let her lead me. How many young men and women are desperate for your love and leadership? Do we fully realize that our influence as mothers in Israel is irreplaceable and eternal?
When I was growing up, it was not uncommon for Mother to wake me in the middle of the night and say, “Sheri, take your pillow and go downstairs.” I knew what that meant. It meant a tornado was coming, and I was instantly afraid. But then Mother would say, “Sheri, everything will be OK.” Her words always calmed me. Today, decades later, when life seems overwhelming or frightening, I call Mother and wait for her to say, “Everything will be OK.”
Recent horrifying events in the United States have underscored the fact that we live in a world of uncertainty. Never has there been a greater need for righteous mothers—mothers who bless their children with a sense of safety, security, and confidence about the future, mothers who teach their children where to find peace and truth and that the power of Jesus Christ is always stronger than the power of the adversary. Every time we build the faith or reinforce the nobility of a young woman or man, every time we love or lead anyone even one small step along the path, we are true to our endowment and calling as mothers and in the process we build the kingdom of God. No woman who understands the gospel would ever think that any other work is more important or would ever say, “I am just a mother,” for mothers heal the souls of men.
Look around. Who needs you and your influence? If we really want to make a difference, it will happen as we mother those we have borne and those we are willing to bear with. If we will stay right with our youth—meaning, if we will love them—in most cases they will stay right with us—meaning, they will let us lead them.
As mothers in Israel, we are the Lord’s secret weapon. Our influence comes from a divine endowment that has been in place from the beginning. In the premortal world, when our Father described our role, I wonder if we didn’t stand in wide-eyed wonder that He would bless us with a sacred trust so central to His plan and that He would endow us with gifts so vital to the loving and leading of His children. I wonder if we shouted for joy 12at least in part because of the ennobling stature He gave us in His kingdom. The world won’t tell you that, but the Spirit will.
We just can’t let the Lord down. And if the day comes when we are the only women on earth who find nobility and divinity in motherhood, so be it. For mother is the word that will define a righteous woman made perfect in the highest degree of the celestial kingdom, a woman who has qualified for eternal increase in posterity, wisdom, joy, and influence.
I know, I absolutely know, that these doctrines about our divine role are true, and that when understood they bring peace and purpose to all women. My dear sisters, whom I love more than I know how to express, will you rise to the challenge of being mothers in these perilous times, though doing so may test the last ounce of your endurance and courage and faith? Will you stand steadfast and immovable as a mother in Israel and a woman of God? Our Father and His Only Begotten Son have given us a sacred stewardship and a holy crown in their kingdom. May we rejoice in it. And may we be worthy of Their trust. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
           




Twistshake Baby

I was stoked to do this collaboration with Twistshake, because as a mom of a lot of little kids, I've used a lot of bottles and I definitely play favorites! Haha. I am a freak of a germaphobe in the kitchen, so if the bottle is too far gone, like has had milk or formula in it for a few days, I will just throw it away {or recycle it after rinsing it out.} I love the wide mouth on this bottle, it makes it super easy to clean out, and I love the simplicity of all of it! And the colors are super cute, too! The way I'm using it right now, I'm using two pieces: the bottle and the nipple. That's it. Although, it comes with a nifty insert with a cap that can hold formula as well as a strainer-type piece that helps break up the formula! I'm a fan, if you would like to order, feel free to use the code thedaintypear20 at checkout on their website HERE! ALSO, there is a giveaway ending TONIGHT for their brand new sippy cup! Just click on the Image above the video to enter!<3
XO
Sarah








                 





Maskcara Makeup Review

Hi friends. Okay, it's goin' down fo REAL. I NEEEVER. ever. ever. really planned on doing a makeup tutorial because it's way out of my comfort zone to show step by step how I do my very imperfect makeup, but I guess I would call it more of a review, so we're doing it. {Insert fist bump emoji.}

When I first got this last month, I was NOT sure if I liked it. I felt like it settled into my lines, it felt greasy, and didn't feel like it stayed on very long. The jury is still out on whether it's my FAVORITE makeup of all time, but I decided to stick it out, especially because I had paid about $150 for it, and I think I got the hang of it a little bit more and it has been working a lot better for me. I also mentioned this in the video {below} that I ordered a different shad of contour and I also like it a lot better than I did before! I also added in primer and the occasional setting spray, which I think has helped! I haven't gone full-out with the eyeshadows, moisturizer, etc., and it's mainly because I'm not brand-loyal when it comes to makeup. I have really liked the Senegence eyeshadows, because with 4.5 kids, I really don't find time or energy to reapply things throughout the day. I bought some Olay moisturizer at Costco the other day that I'm loving, and I am all about sticking to what is affordable and what works for you if you're not ready to invest in a full makeup line.

{Other products I used in the video: Younique Glorious Face Primer, Revlon Color Stay Brow Pencil, Younique Beachfront Bronzer, LipSense in the shade Pink Champagne and Rose Gloss, and Urban Decay Setting Spray, Grocery Store Voluminous Mascara}

I will say that I DO like the brushes! They are handy and easy to wipe down. I like the packaging, and I like the fact that it's all in one compact {or can be.}

At the beginning I felt like even though it's pretty natural, it's more makeup all over than I usually wear, so I had to get used to it, but I'll also say that it's not SO full coverage that your inner beauty can still shine through. I love the dewey-ness of it, mainly because I don't like the powder/dry look on  ME. I know that totally works for some ladies! I'm not super oily, I'm more dry and sometimes combination, but just wanted to throw that in there in case that helps.

I do feel like I have to reapply this during they day, or before I go out at night if we are doing a date, but since it is so quick, it isn't like doing a full face of normal makeup and starting all over again, so that's nice!

I'm sure I'm missing something, but if you'd like to know more, feel free to send me a message! I don't sell it and this is not a sponsored post! If you have something you'd like to see reviewed, just let me know!:)

XO

Sarah

        


Real Moms Real Hacks!

HI! Attention all Mamas or lovers of Chatbooks! Haha!
Who doesn't love learning easier ways to do things, or ways to make parenting just a little bit easier! My friend Vanessa Quigley has a new book out called #RealMomsRealHacks that launched yesterday! It's entertaining and smart, and I haven't even made my way through all 107 yet!:)

Vanessa has been one of my Mama idols since before the day I met her. With 7 kids, she makes it look flawless, but is so real and down to earth! Love that lady!

 Learn more at RealMomsRealHacks.com.

While you're there on the Chatbooks site, as always, you can use the code SARAHC for your first series book free or a percentage off of a custom order or print!:)

XO
Sarah













Mrs. Utah Pageant Flashback

A couple of years ago, I had 3 kids under 2 1/2, a jewelry business that I was putting every ounce of "extra" energy {A.K.A. staying up all night, haha} into keeping up with {which is a good blessing!} and I was also super burned out. Haha! I decided to do something for myself that would push me out of my comfort zone {way out} and would also give me a little push to make new friends, eat better, and exercise a little bit more. I did the Mrs. Utah America and the Mrs. Utah United States Pageants, and I can say 100% that I don't regret it at all. It was such a great opportunity to get my platform out there {more on that later!} and meet amazing friends who I'm so glad to still call friends today! If standing on a stage in a swimming suit when your baby is 8 months old doesn't give you a push of confidence {as horrifying as it is,} I don't know what will! Haha! Tomorrow is the Mrs. Utah United States Pageant, and I'm excited to cheer on my friends! If you're looking for tickets, CLICK HERE!

XO
Sarah

P.S. I'll post a whole blog about it another time, but for info about my platform on Anchoring Furniture and the Anchor It! Campaign, visit anchorit.gov and there are great diagrams and info about the right way to secure furniture!:)











Sprout Kids Furniture + Coupon Code!

We have been trying out and loving this cute, simple furniture from @sprout_kids!🍃 They have darling children's tables, reading chairs, shoe benches, etc., and are giving 20% off their products with the code daintypear20 if you've been looking for cute and easy to set up kids' furniture! {It all clicks into place, no tools required!} Watch here for a giveaway going on tonight with them and a few other cute shops! Happy Tuesday!💕

XO

Two Bananas

Today at church, my sweet friend Katie gave a beautiful lesson on Service. I had to step out for a few minutes with our 1 year old, but loved everything that I was able to catch! In closing, she shared this story about two bananas. Everyone seemed so touched, I know I was! Here it is! Happy Sunday, friends!
XO
Sarah





From the 16--Church News - week ending May 21, 1988:
Several years ago a volunteer worker at Welfare Square in Salt Lake City shared a true experience with her associates at a devotional meeting. It is a story worth re-telling in her own words:
"A few years ago while on a trip our family stopped in a small town to visit a friend we had not seen for a long time. As we drove up in front of her home, she was just going out of her gate.
the first thing we noticed about her was that she had two bananas in her hand. We got out of the car and chatted with her for a moment. When I asked her where she was going with two bananas she explained that she had made a fruit salad the day before and had borrowed two bananas from her neighbor and was now on her way to return them. She said she would wait and return them after we left so she could visit with us.
As that point, my 6-year-old son said he would be glad to return the bananas. He said he ran errands all the time for me, and would be happy to explain who the bananas came from. My friend was impressed by his eagerness, so she gave him the bananas, pointed out the house, and off he went across the street.
We were in the house visiting when my son came bounding in, and with excitement said to my friend, 'Hey, that guy said to tell you thanks a lot. He loves bananas.'
My friend looked puzzled, and said 'He? My friend is a widow and has no husband.' She thought for a moment and then said, 'Oh, I'll bet it was one of her sons. They come to see her often.'
I thought my little boy might have gone to the wrong house, so I asked him to come outside and point out the house where he had taken the bananas. He said he had taken them to the white house with a bush in front of the window.
My friend became rather upset, saying that of all the houses on her street that was the last one she would take anything to. The man who lived there was very repulsive. No one could stand him. His wife and family had left him, and he had lost his job. The only person who ever came to see him was his daughter, and she only came to see him because she felt sorry for him, not because she loved him.
As we walked back into the house, listening to her tell about the man, it seemed to me that he had no redeeming qualities at all. I wondered to myself what he must have thought about suddenly getting two bananas.
We continued to visit when my little boy looked out the window and said to my friend, 'You know that guy I took the bananas to, well, he's coming through your gate right now.'
My friend was uttering a few inaudible words when the knock came at the door. She opened the door, and her neighbor stood before her, tears in his eyes, finding it difficult to express himself. He finally was able to thank her for the two bananas, and said he was glad that someone cared enough to think of him. He thought no one even cared about him anymore. He handed her a sack of freshly picked vegetables from his garden and some plums from his tree. He told her that he had not been a good neighbor, but from now on he would try to be better.
About two years later we again dropped by to visit our friend. We told her we couldn't stay long because it was late in the day and we wanted to set up camp before dark.
My friend begged us to stay and meet her home teacher who was coming by that evening. She said she had the greatest home teacher. 'You remember that man your little boy took the bananas to? Well he's my home teacher now and I have never had a better one. The whole direction of his life changed when he thought someone cared about him.
She went on to explain that he had gotten his job back, his wife and family had come back to him, and everyone in the neighborhood liked him. She said she wished he could always be her home teacher, but she was afraid he would be released because two weeks ago he had been sustained as a counselor in the bishopric of their ward.
This touching story reminds us as we keep the second great commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves that even small deeds can produce great results. Even two bananas!"









Baby Bump

Almost to the third trimester! I've had dreams all week of being in labor, and it's crazy that the real thing is less than 3 months away!💕

He had somewhat of an emotional couple of months with this baby. I'll get into that another time, but so so grateful to be feeling her moving more consistently {I have an anterior placenta with this baby, so it took longer} and also grateful for the  great technology and doctors!:) We all love her so much! The kids ask to see her and our 2 year old says, "She's so cute!" Haha!
XO
Sarah
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Coco + Kiwi & Hello Tosha {Carryall}

If you've been here for awhile, you know that my friend Jenna has a darling diaper bag and toddler training pants company called Coco + Kiwi. Their newest addition is this collaboration with Hello Tosha! It's a Carryall {tote} bag with two adorable bags that go inside to help you organize, and it comes in blush and black vegan leather. Check them out {HERE} and feel free to use the coupon code: DAINTY15! We went on a little field trip today to this gorgeous field, which was so fun minus just a couple of meltdown incidents! Haha! Love these babies of mine and their little sister that's baking away!
XO
Sarah


Hat: Forever 21 {HERE}
Tote: Coco  + Kiwi {HERE}








Wednesday!

 Love this little piggy-tailed cheeser!:) I've been thinking of what would be fulfilling in this little space. I used to {and still do, but find less time for it} LOVE to blog, write articles, and read quotes. I want to share more of those things, and here is one I found today that I love!

"Your kids don't want a perfect Mom, they just want a happy one."

I know there are so many things that have the potential to bring us down as adults, moms, people, and a lot of them are valid! And we're all allowed to have bad days. But, I've found that my home runs so much more smoothly when I am a happy Mom. When I choose to let things go, when I laugh off the small things instead of getting upset, when I focus on being THERE for my kids instead of being perfect for them. Love getting to be a Mom to all of my babies, and this little girl has such a great personality! My hubby used to say when our first was born and his first year that he was so happy because I was showing him how to be, and I remember it was the greatest compliment to me at the time. I hope that joy is something I can teach my kids, and it sometimes when it doesn't feel like it comes as easily as it usually does, like in the midst of a difficult pregnancy, etc., I always have to remember that I am in charge of checking my attitude and that good ol' Honest Abe said it so well: "Most folks are about as happy a they make their minds up to be!" Happy Wednesday, Mamas!

XO
Sarah












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