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 »

Gratitude Notes

Posted on May 13th, by Ally in Feeding Time. No Comments

I woke up this morning, and said my two favorite “wake up” affirmations to start my day:(“Thank you bed for a wonderful night’s rest.” and “Thank you God, for this beautiful day. There will be time for everything I need to do today.”) and I thought,’How can I get my boys to start their days off with gratitude each morning as well?

Then I thought about making these gratitude notes. I quickly grabbed my handy post it notes and a sharpie and wrote them a “wake up” gratitude note and stuck it on their lamp shades next to their bed before they woke up.

Our 7 year old, came down the stairs with a huge smile on his face AND with his gratitude note and gave me a hug. Our 5 year old, who is just learning the basics of how to read site words, came down the same way, but asked me to read what it said. He developed a gigantic smile and said, “I love being kind to my brothers!”

While they ate breakfast, I said to them,

“I know we say what we are grateful for each night after our prayers, but … 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 »

Day 21 in The 21-day Affirmation Cleanse-accomplishment

Posted on February 13th, by Ally in The 21-day Affirmation Cleanse. No Comments

Today’s Cleansing Affirmation:


You did it! Hooray! Congratulations! I’m so proud of you! What an accomplishment!!

You see? You can do anything that you put your mind on to achieve! It feels good to finish what you started and to set a goal and accomplish it, doesn’t it? Now hopefully, by partaking and completing this 21-day Affirmation Cleanse, it has given you the momentum to set new goals in you life.

I love the quote, “It’s a dream…until you write it down…then it’s a goal.” -anonymous

My husband asked me the other day what I have gotten out of doing this 21-day Affirmation cleanse. I told him it has helped in 4 areas:

1) Choosing another thought. (I am better, quicker and it is easier for me to choose another thought as soon as a negative or fearful thought enters my mind). I have to say, this has been my most exciting improvement.

2) Setting a goal and accomplishing it: doing this 21-day Affirmation Cleanse.

3)My own personal goal while doing this 21-day Affirmation cleanse … Read More »

Day 20 in The 21-day Affirmation Cleanse-love & appreciation

Posted on February 12th, by Ally in The 21-day Affirmation Cleanse. No Comments

Today’s Cleansing Affirmation:


As you know Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Some people despise this day because they believe that it is only about having a significant other to love and to love them back. This is not what Valentine’s day is about…at least it’s not how I have ever viewed it.

Valentine’s Day for me is about expressing my love and appreciation for the people who are close to me in my life. This includes, my parents, my siblings, my children, my friends and neighbors. They are pure examples of love in the way they treat everyone around them. They are giving and loving people who are trying to make the world a better place. Valentine’s Day is just 1 of several days that I like to show my love and appreciation to the people in my life.

When we show appreciation for others, this creates a powerful vibration that connects us to our spirit and creates positive emotions for us. The more we show appreciation for someone or something in our life, the better we feel. The … Read More »

Day 19 in The 21-day Affirmation Cleanse-your comfort zone

Posted on February 11th, by Ally in The 21-day Affirmation Cleanse. 1 Comment

Today’s Cleansing Affirmation:

It is easy for me to step out of my comfort zone.

Are you comfortable stepping out of your comfort zone? Very few of us are…but this is where our souls can grow and learn…and improve!

Your comfort zone is comfortable because it is a place, a zone, of where you know what to expect. Going out of your comfort zone is going out on a limb; attempting the unknown. It can be scary because there is the chance you might fail…or possibly lose. But what if you actually gain something???

To change is to grow. When we grow, we move beyond our comfort zone. If you think about it, when we stay in our comfort zone, we are really just living in the past, where we know the results. When we engage in the present, it forces us to be open to new opportunities that come our way. And, new opportunities create a new response from our spirit. This is where our growth and improvement occur.

One of the biggest things that holds many of us back is our fear of what people will think. That is just … Read More »

Day 18 in The 21-day Affirmation Cleanse-the words we speak

Posted on February 10th, by Ally in The 21-day Affirmation Cleanse. No Comments

Today’s Cleansing Affirmation:


Last night my girlfriends and their spouses took me out to celebrate my birthday. We had such an enjoyable time. What made it so enjoyable was the loving, energetic people I was surrounded by, our conversation, the atmosphere and how much we laughed. I love laughing as much as we did. It was one of those nights where my face hurt from smiling and laughing so much. It was a time I will always hold dear to me because the love and happiness that each person emanated, was infectious. Thank you, my giving, thoughtful, fun, positive, energetic, dear friends! It meant more to me than you’ll ever know…mainly because of the kind of people you all are…I feel so grateful and so blessed that you are in my life.

Another fun group sitting at the table behind us was celebrating a birthday too. When we asked the other birthday girl if her “real” birthday was last night, she said this, “No. My birthday is on Monday. That is why we had to celebrate tonight…because Monday I will be … Read More »

Day 17 in the 21-day Affirmation Cleanse-self-care

Posted on February 9th, by Ally in The 21-day Affirmation Cleanse. No Comments

Today’s Cleansing Affirmation:


I have a couple of friends who are the most giving people I know. They give, give, give of themselves to everyone, at any time, any place…and rarely take time for themselves. They have been this way their entire life. It is part of who they are and they love to do it and they really don’t know how to be any other way than giving. This is a trait I so admire about them.

My mom tends to be this way too. Now that I have become a mom, I fully understand why she did and still does everything for her children. Us moms wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s called unconditional love.

Some people give too much to their jobs. Not only do they put their jobs before themselves, they put their jobs before their family and friends and in the long run, this can be devastating on relationships.

However, there comes a time when we need to show ourselves some unconditional love. This is called … Read More »