Category: Mama Bird’s lessons

How to have a Happy Day

Posted on July 14th, by Ally in Mama Bird's lessons, Uncategorized. 1 Comment

I am a big believer in how you start your day will set the tone for the rest of your day…and possibly your week.  It begins with the very first thoughts you begin to think BEFORE your feet even hit the deck!

The way you choose to start your day mentally can be just as important as eating a healthy breakfast (even if it’s a smoothie or protein shake) and brushing your teeth every morning!  Just like your body needs the fuel from your breakfast to give you energy for the rest of the day, your mind needs to be fed healthy thoughts to start the day off right as well!

Here are some tips on how to begin your day so that it can be a happy day with wonderful experiences!

As soon as your eyes open and your mind awakens from sleep, SMILE as you realize it’s a brand new day, a fresh start, a new beginning and know that ANYTHING is possible!
Be GRATEFUL!!!  Come up with 3 things that you are grateful for and if you feel comfortable, say them out loud to get that positive energy out into your day and the world!  My favorites are: “Thank you for … Read More »

Meditation for Kids

Posted on July 3rd, by Ally in Feeding Time, Mama Bird's lessons. 2 comments

I have always had this thought of, “What if we were taught to meditate at a young age, like 3 or 5 years old…how different would our world be?”
Not only that, but think of all the benefits and tools it can teach our children for their future, especially if we teach them at a young age.
I started meditating (the lite version) 11 years ago when I became pregnant with my 1st child. I read a book that suggested I meditate to help with anxiety. I was feeling anxious about physically having a baby. The lite meditating I was doing truly helped me get through my fears of the physical aspect of giving birth. I know it is what allowed me to have a natural birth when we came very close to having to look at other options.
In the last year and a half I have really up’d my meditating practice. I attended a conference in Denver and I actually got to that “blissful space” that “they” say one can get to when meditating. Ever since that moment, meditating became part of my life. I crave it. This is all due to the wonderful experiences I have had since last April … Read More »

Affirmations for Kids

Posted on June 30th, by Ally in Feeding Time, Mama Bird's lessons, Nesting Necessities. 1 Comment

One of my biggest desires is to instill confidence, self esteem and self worth in children all around the world. I do believe that this would help eliminate all of the bullying going on at schools and on social media. Kids who are doing all the bullying are lacking self-worth and have little to no self-esteem at all. Rather than having an anti-bullying campaign, someday I’d like to promote a program about building up children’s self-esteem and self-love. And I’m excited to announce that that someday is coming soon…I’m really, really excited!!

My girlfriend and I are in the midst of creating such a positive program as well as writing a series of books to teach children how to build confidence as well as the power they have within them to achieve anything in life. I have many friends who have been practicing doing affirmations with their kids and they all have shared numerous and awesome stories about how much it has made a difference! I know this to be true because I practice it daily with my kids. When our youngest boy was 2 he would tell me or my husband, “we need tho do our affirmations today!”, I know … Read More »

“…All things are Possible”

Posted on August 5th, by Ally in Feeding Time, Mama Bird's lessons. 1 Comment

This morning, I woke up in kind of a low-energy mood.  I don’t know why.  I slept great and I have so much to be grateful for…nothing pressing needs to get done today…I just couldn’t figure out a way to shake my mood.  I decided to go work out because that usually lifts my mood and helps jump start my day.  It worked for about an hour, but still found myself kind of melancholy.  Maybe it’s the weather, I thought?

Throughout the morning, I asked myself questions.  Are you feeling fear of some sort?  I dug deep and kept pondering what I could be “afraid of” that might have me in this weird kind of mood.

I had a couple of ideas of things that were weighing on my mind for future events…and figured that’s what it most likely was…I realized I was feeling doubt and fear of some things and goals I want to accomplish before the end of the year.  So, I decided to start working on changing my negative thoughts to good thoughts to just help me get to a better, good feeling state rather than a “Eyore” kind of mood.  Sometimes really trying to change those negative thoughts … Read More »

What to Wear

Posted on January 29th, by Ally in Cabi favs, FASHION, Mama Bird's lessons. 1 Comment

Are you one of those girls who has lots of clothes in her closet but nothing to wear???

And do you sometimes feel like coming up with a new outfit feels like figuring out your child’s common core math homework???…(at least for me):  PUZZLING and confusing and straight up harder than it needs to be.

Sometimes getting dressed just feels energy-draining…and makes me want throw in the towel and go veg out on the sofa and watch old episodes of Gossip Girl.   I often experience ups and downs when it comes to getting dressed and sometimes I wonder, “why is this so difficult?”

I’m guessing from time to time, you feel the same way too. So today I’m sharing a few tips for getting inspired and creating new outfits!

1. Audit your closet.
Ugh, I know, right?  Who wants to start a fun fashion tip exercise by cleaning out their closet?  Believe me, it will actually feel ENERGIZING and really good.  Like a REALLY good work out!  Keep the mind-set of ‘Out with the old, in with the new’ kind of thinking process and it might help you get through the exercise…just don’t really tell your boyfriend or husband what the real game plan … Read More »


Posted on June 17th, by Ally in Mama Bird's lessons, Nesting Necessities. 1 Comment

Lately, I’ve been asked many times if our three boys have similar personalities or completely different personalities?

I actually love when people ask me this question, for many reasons.  The main reason being that it allows me to reflect on each of our boys very special personalities and spirits.  (Like my best friend Brandi likes to call it:  our YOUnique personalities).

This is how I usually begin my response to this question:

‘You know it’s funny…before we had our second child, I just kind of assumed that our second child would be very similar to our first child.  I guess I assumed this because this child is coming from the same set of parents and gene pool.   Yet I don’t know why I had such a silly thought like this because I know that my brother, sister and I all come from the same set of parents and we are all three very different beings.  I have never even come across any siblings who are all similar, so again, why would I think for two seconds that our children would be similar too?     Oh and to answer your question:  Our three boys couldn’t be more different from each other…and I have … Read More »

Yes, Yes, & Yes!

Posted on June 4th, by Ally in Mama Bird's lessons. 2 comments

The past few months have come and gone so quickly. With spring break and a trip to Colorado for Easter, spring soccer and baseball, my husband traveling more than usual, and school getting out…it’s like, I came up for air and it’s now, June.

Lately, with all three boys home all day (which I absolutley LOVE), I have noticed that I have said a lot of, “No.” “No.” and “No.” to our boys. Ugh. Sigh. I don’t like how I feel when I say that word. Just thinking about it right now, kind of makes my stomach sour.

Today, as I was on the eliptical machine at the gym, (with just me, myself and my thoughts), it allowed me time to reflect on little things that make me feel good! I came to the conclusion that I really feel the best when I say “Yes!” This means, yes to questions, yes to people, yes to invitations, and most importantly, yes to life!! As soon as I started thinking of all the people and things I look forward to saying, “Yes!” to, I had a HUGE “aha” … Read More »

Mission…TOTALLY possible!

Posted on May 18th, by Ally in Feeding Time, Mama Bird's lessons. No Comments

This morning I overheard our 7 year old telling our 5 year old,

“Oh that would be IMPOSSIBLE!”

I don’t know what they were referring to, as they were just coming down the stairs, but I found it hard to hold back my next comment,

“Actually honey, anything is possible if you believe in yourself and trust in God. Remember the quote we have above our kitchen window, buddy? It says, ‘With God, all things are possible.’

“Really Mom?? Anything is possible?”

“Yes buddy, ANYTHING is possible!”

“Well, how exactly? Why is there even a word, “impossible” if nothing is impossible.”

“Good question, buddy…good question.”

In order to prove to my children that nothing is impossible, I searched the web for some inspirational stories and this is one that I found that left them believing that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!! It shows not only how anything is possible, but this video displays TRUE. UNCONDITIONAL. LOVE. Afterall, isn’t that ALL we need? All we need is love…(which is what God is)…and truly, anything IS possible…if you believe in yourself!

After showing the video to our 2 older sons, our 7 year old shed some tears, because of the love … Read More »

Eyes Wide Open…and Shut

Posted on March 8th, by Ally in Mama Bird's lessons. No Comments

“Why do I find meditating so challenging?” my good friend asked me the other day.
“I agree, it can be intimidating even, especially at first.” I replied.

Thus leading us into a conversation all about how we currently meditate and our experiences with meditating.

Here’s what I have learned about meditation:

At first, I thought meditation had to be in a quiet room, with soft music playing, dressed in comfy clothes and some type of incense burning. Due to the absence of those materials, I dabbled with my first experience of meditating with a CD my mom bought me when I was pregnant with our first child. The CD definitely calmed me and helped me to slow down my thoughts…but whether it was the lack of dedication or timing, I didn’t quite reach the level of “bliss” that I had heard one can feel while meditating.

Fast forward a couple of years and I took a breathing and meditation class with my husband at a yoga studio after needing to find a stress reliever one Sunday afternoon. (Read about this experience here). This class catapulted me into exploring more ways of meditating. I … Read More »

Dear Children

Posted on September 10th, by Ally in Mama Bird's lessons, Nesting Necessities. 2 comments

Yesterday a group of friends and I volunteered for the Special Olympics.  It was another one of those awakening moments for me.  I ‘d like to share with you what I learned.

We were assigned the concession stand at a soccer tournament.  There were 6 of us girls there to do a 2 person job.  I didn’t feel very useful.  I wanted to do more, give more, help more…probably deep within me, I was yearning to grow more.  Feeling futile, I set out to find the coordinator to see what else we could do to be of service to them.  When I found her, she said, “I would love it if some of you could go cheer and be supportive of our local teams we have out here today.  They would love that.  They don’t always have the family support from home and any extra support we can give them, would make their day.”

At first, I thought…’Really, that’s it?  Just stand there, clap and be supportive?  I thought we signed up to do something…’  I have to admit, it wasn’t until I was actually cheering and observing my surroundings that it actually sunk in…hit me upside the head…sent chills down my … Read More »