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How to Talk to Your Kids About the News

By Mindi Bullick

Sometimes I wish my little ones could grow up in a world where bad things just didn’t happen.

We all know scary news sells, which means our kids may see disturbing images of natural disasters, wars, and ugly crimes long before they’re ready to cope with them. Even if we try our best to shelter them, they can hear rumors at school or see something on TV at the dentist’s office that makes them feel unsettled.

If this happens to your little one, here are some tips to help begin a dialog:  

The Best Tubby Todd Dads

We're always talking about Tubby Todd Mama this, Tubby Todd Mama that, but since Father's Day is just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to hear all about your Tubby Todd Dads. We had no idea we'd get THIS BIG of a response. Holy cow! We received many sweet, funny, heartfelt submissions from moms all over bragging about their boos. We can't tell you how much we loved pouring over these submissions from you Tubby Todd Mamas! There wasn't a dry eye in the house and it *made* our week. Want to see our five winners? (And a few more of our favs?!) Scroll through to read their stories and see their hilarious nicknames....

Gather for Goats Dinner in Arizona

We joined forces with Sarah of Shop Plain Jane and Jenny of Little Green Notebook to raise money and awareness for Gather for Goats. We hosted a charity dinner in Mesa with lots of friends to raise money to buy goats for Syrian refugees.
GATHER FOR GOATS FAQS
What is Gather for Goats?
Gather for Goats is a worldwide fundraiser for syrian refugees. They're raising money to buy 400 families goats so they can better feed and care for their families.
Who's it for?
Syrian refugees. 
Why?
Because these families have been driven from their homes and lack sustainable food and drink. Goats are the answer to that.
Who started this?
Hayley Smith, Founder of Lifting Hands International, and Linsey Laidlaw, friend of Hayley and an activist/designer in Brooklyn, NY. Lifting Hands International is a non-profit charity based in Greece, with outposts in Arizona and Utah. There's one employee and an army of volunteers.
How do I donate?
Here. They've raised $56k but they're shooting for $250k.
Can I host a dinner to raise money too? Isn't it past May 5-7?
Yes, you can host a dinner anytime. Or host a brunch, bbq, picnic, or lemonade stand with your friends and family and ask them to donate whatever they would have spent on the food towards Gather for Goats. Explain why buying goats for this refugee camp is a good idea and how just a little bit of our money can be life changing for a hungry, scared family far from home. Have everyone Venmo or Paypal together at the table, then submit the money to Gather for Goats together. It'll be a powerful memory for you and your friends to give to others who are much less fortunate than us. 
I have more questions and want to learn more how my money will be used.
Lifting Hands International Facebook group puts faces to the cause. Q&A, updates, interviews, and more explanations of Gather for Goats there.
You can learn more about the non-profit Lifting Hands International on Facebook, Instagram, and their website.

The Soapbox: 5 Things I'm loving right now for Easter

We love chocolate and jelly jeans as much as the next family, but I'm trying to break out of my sugar overload default this year. We have pictures of Walker covered with chocolate and Josie over-the-moon hyper and I feel like I want to do something different this year. So here's five things I'm excited to surprise my family with this year!

Springtime bubble bath 

A Springtime bubble bath--of course we do a lot of bubble baths at the Williams house, but I love doing super special holiday baths. I'll throw some flower petals in the bath water, along with Pomegranate Pear bubbles, and a few new bath toys we're loving. Brian and I will hang out in there with all three of them in the tub and talk and have a bathtub dance party. Pomegranate Pear bubble bath smells amazing, and with the Fresh Floral wash...seriously, I want to nibble those babies all up.

Date Card for our kids

Instead of getting a few crappy toys, I'm going to grab some movie tickets and give them each a date card with Brian and I. One on one time with my kids is good for my soul. Experience over things!

New book

My kids love books so I think we're going to do a few new ones. I want to check out this book about colors, Mix it Up, and One Thousand Things. What are you favorite children's books right now?

Easter Craft Project

Seedling makes the coolest craft projects that you can make as a whole family. I think I'll grab this kit to make your own bunny mask for Josie and this kit to color the Earth for Walker. Bonus, Easter stuff is 25% off right now.

Family pic

There's nothing we love more than pictures of ourselves so I'm going to finally print some wallet size prints of the kids and our whole family together from our recent trip to San Francisco. I love seeing where they choose to hang it--by their bed or tucked in their backpack.

 What do you put in your kid's Easter baskets? Doing anything different this year?

xx Andrea 

Fear of Messing Up

 

Since this week marks the first day of Spring, I've been thinking a lot about fresh starts and new beginnings.

This is an embarrassing story, but 100% the truth. The week after James was born I was home, recovering from a c-section and my mom wasn't at my house that day. I felt like it was time to give James a bath and I had the thought, "How do I bathe a newborn?" Like, I didn't even know the first place to start. HA! This was my third baby, and I OWN a bath company. It was a humbling moment when I realized that every step as a mom, no matter how many kids you have, feels new and even a little bit scary. You just love these little babies so much and deep down inside you're terrified of doing something wrong.
If you're feeling overwhelmed or uncertain about your child's next steps, I hope you remember that you're not in this alone. The rest of us are figuring out what to do for our babies, too, and fighting that fear of inadequacy all along the way. Can we resolve to have a little more faith in ourselves? We're all just trying our best and I'm sure we're doing a way better job than we ever imagined. Let's give ourselves a hug and each other a high five because we've totally got this.
xx,
Andrea