THE FRIENDSHIP EPISODE: SELFIE, EPISODE 21

Kristen chats with friends Sarah BesseyJen Hatmaker, Tara LivesayJamie Wright, and Sarah Goodfellow about how they created friendships in their 30’s and 40’s, and built a tribe of ride-or-die friends in a unique way.
If you enjoyed this conversation you might appreciate the books written by these ladies:
We also talk about LOLA, a female-founded company offering a line of organic cotton tampons, pads, and liners. They have a monthly subscription which is fully customizable –  you can choose your mix of products, your perfect mix of absorbency, your number of boxes, and frequency of delivery. They have a great offer for our listeners . . . for 40% off your first order, visit mylola.com and enter the promo code SELFIE when you subscribe!
We’ve got one more great deal for you: Grove Collaborative, our favorite online destination for clean and green beauty products, now has Mrs. Meyers’ body line.  Use this link to get some for free. The brand’s scents you know and love in the kitchen are now available for the bathroom. Try the following, on Grove, with your first order:
    • Mrs. Meyer’s body wash
    • Mrs. Meyer’s body lotion
    • Grove Collaborative loofah
    • 60 day VIP trial

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Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com

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Oh boy! Pictures of the baby

#TBT On Thursday’s I post from the Vault. This post is from June 2005


We brought Jafta home today! It was an exciting day for our family and we had a great time getting to know him and bonding with him. Here are some pictures of our new arrival!


Jafta is a fost/adopt child, which means he is our foster child but that the court has assigned us to be adoptive parents as well. It’s still a long process, but hopefully we can finalize by the beginning of next year.

We were actually expecting they would place us with an older child, but we were really excited to get a baby! He is so much fun. His personality emerges more and more every day. And he really is very easygoing, and sleeps through the night . . . which is nice.




Source Link: Oh boy! Pictures of the baby

Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com

Wednesday’s Child: Joebert

Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday’s Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is that this can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids.


Source Link: Wednesday’s Child: Joebert

Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com

Your Shy, Anxious, Quirky Kid is Going to be OK

What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here. Today’s guest post is by Erin who blogs over at A Good Enough Mom. 

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash 


This afternoon, B, my seven year old, was in a play to end his two week theater camp. It was adorably hilarious, as only a play starring six and seven year olds can be! During the play, he said all of his lines on cue. He even did all of the dance moves to the opening song. He danced a bit like Elaine Benes, but that’s not the point!

Six years ago, when he was still a toddler, I wouldn’t have imagined anything like this afternoon was possible. As a baby, B was the one that I had to put in a pack and play during baby playdates at our house because the stimulation of multiple moms and babies was just too much for him. When he was a toddler, I took him to music class and story time at the library, as most of us do with our first borns, and he would just sit there, wander off, cry, etc. He would never do what all the other toddlers were doing. By the time he was three, he was also severely anxious and pathologically cautious of being sick, of falling down, of spiders, of loud noises, of mascots in costume. I could go on for a while.

By the time he started preschool, it was clear that he had some auditory processing issues. that made it hard for him to communicate with other kids his age. He was still mostly playing alone or possibly with one friend who was awesomely quirky in her own way. He marched to the beat of his own drummer. As his mother, I loved his creativity and his different way of being in the world. I loved his big heart and his sincerity and innocence. However, I constantly worried about what the future would hold for my quirky boy. Would he be accepted? Would he ever make friends? Would he be happy? As a serious rule-follower and social butterfly, it was hard for me to see that, though he was very different from his father and me, he was going to be just fine. More than fine, he is perfect and amazing. He is one of a kind.

Today B is an almost second grader. When he walks into his camp, all of his friends and counselors yell, “Hey, Ben!”, and his face lights up. He is still thoughtful and quiet, but he is thriving in school, and he is a friend to everyone. He walks onto a stage to perform in front of a room full of adults, climbs up to the top of a rock climbing wall or says hello to a new person with the same sweet intensity and admirable bravery. He has a strong sense of social justice and wisdom in his big blue eyes. I am so proud to get to call him my son. I wish I wouldn’t have spent all those years so worried, wishing he was like everyone else, wishing he was less than what he is. If your child is a little different, If they keep you up at night worrying, just keep loving them and showing up every day. You are what they need, and it’s going to be ok.

Love,

Erin

Side note: If you think your child has sensory or auditory processing difficulties that are interfering with their daily life and yours, I have some great local resources and book recommendations for you. Feel free to contact me-agoodenoughmom@gmail.com
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Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com

Life Lately



Karis’s gold bathing suit is giving me life. #targetdoesitagain


Doing some demo this weekend and unearthed this incredible wiring job my dad and I did about 20 years ago.. So professional. I know what youare thinking. We should start a father/daughter DIY blog with home electrical tutorials. Praying about it. In the meantime you can pin this if you want.


I was intrigued by this big group of tattooed middle-aged white dudes who showed out in force for the black history parade. Turns out it’s a biker club that just loves to support this parade. It’s their third year to ride and it’s such a popular event in their club that they had people on a waiting list. They all drove slowly enough to fist-bump every kid. Loved this display of community support.


So fun watching Jafta march with @100blackmen in the Black History Parade.


Always a treat when @whoorl is in town. Lots of podcasting and lots of cocktails.









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What’s your best slacker dinner hack for when you just can’t be bothered to cook? This is mine. Dump rice in a rice cooker. Dump sauce and meatballs in a crock pot on high. The end.
India got the chance to model for @heruniverse’s new line of tween Disney-inspired athletic wear. I’m a long-time fan of Ashley’s smart take on fandom design, from Star Wars to Dr. Who. And her new Black Panther line for kids is 👍.

“See how tall I am when I’m wearing mom’s heels!” #tallbrotherproblems


When you are so freaking annoyed that they cannot remember a simple rule that you’ve gone over and over with them (and it even rhymes!) that you just go ahead and make a note in your phone that you can easily print so they can write the sentences that might actually help them remember the rule next time.

Camo-on-camo crime


When your mom is running the photo booth at the middle school dance and you are just not here for her shenanigans 😂

Adventures in mommy-blogging. 😳😂🙅🏻 #hardpass


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Source Link: Life Lately

Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com

Friday Finds

1. Brilliant Butterfly Capelet  | Little Goodall 
2. Adora Play | Babytime Pink Doll 
3. Biohazards Mini Plush Microbes | Giant Microbes 
4. Gift Box – Dreamworld Raccoon | Finn + Emma 
5. Colour A Dress | Great Pretenders 
6. Jill Yoga | Girls Classic Yoga Jacket 

7. Colour An Apron | Great Pretenders 
8. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2018 by Sarah Janssen  | Amazon 
9. Seeding Seed Square Spacer for Planting | Seeding Square  
10. Talkie | Toy Mail 
11. Inventor’s Kit | Strawbees 


Source Link: Friday Finds

Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com

Odds and Ends

1. You guys, I knew it was healthy to fucking cuss.

2. A message from women everywhere. Daaannng.

3. Husband does the voice-over for his wife’s makeup tutorial and it is pee-in-your-pants hilarious.

4. Whoa, Quincy Jones! Not afraid.

5. Now, THIS is some erotica I would read.

6. Have you tried to quit Instagram? Don’t think I could do it.

7. Seriously considering one of these light devices for aging/sun damage on my chest. Have you tried?

8. If LA journalists covered New York the way The New York Times covers LA. SO GOOD.

9. 12 steps according to Russell Brand. This is absolutely brilliant and so worth your time. (Despite “fuck” being said 800 times, but hey, see #1, people.)

10. 30 fashion staples to have by 30. (Although not by 30, I admit to having all of these now. Except the cashmere crewneck. I strongly dislike cashmere and the way it pills. #nowyouknow)

11. Perfect spring blouse. Spring is coming soon, right? RIGHT?

12. Raising tweens and teens with a conscience. The time is approaching for me.

13. Ooh! You know how much I love Inika mascara, right? (Seen in action here.) Good promotion alert at The Choosy Chick. Get a free Inika Lip and Cheek Cream with your $65+ order of Inika products. (Mascara + their killer bronzer and BAM, there you go. Also love the Primer toooonnnns. Code is INIKAGIFT)

14. On this week’s Selfie Podcast, Kristen and I are talking about the Instant Pot. Is it worth the hype, y’all? Also, we finish up the Enneagram series with Type 9!

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Happy Friday, friends. I’m currently on the tail end (fingers crossed) of a run-in with Flu A and am hoping to feel like myself again very soon. Enjoy your weekend!

image credit: lettered lessons 

The post Odds and Ends appeared first on whoorl.

Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com

Odds and Ends

1. You guys, I knew it was healthy to fucking cuss.

2. A message from women everywhere. Daaannng.

3. Husband does the voice-over for his wife’s makeup tutorial and it is pee-in-your-pants hilarious.

4. Whoa, Quincy Jones! Not afraid.

5. Now, THIS is some erotica I would read.

6. Have you tried to quit Instagram? Don’t think I could do it.

7. Seriously considering one of these light devices for aging/sun damage on my chest. Have you tried?

8. If LA journalists covered New York the way The New York Times covers LA. SO GOOD.

9. 12 steps according to Russell Brand. This is absolutely brilliant and so worth your time. (Despite “fuck” being said 800 times, but hey, see #1, people.)

10. 30 fashion staples to have by 30. (Although not by 30, I admit to having all of these now. Except the cashmere crewneck. I strongly dislike cashmere and the way it pills. #nowyouknow)

11. Perfect spring blouse. Spring is coming soon, right? RIGHT?

12. Raising tweens and teens with a conscience. The time is approaching for me.

13. Ooh! You know how much I love Inika mascara, right? (Seen in action here.) Good promotion alert at The Choosy Chick. Get a free Inika Lip and Cheek Cream with your $65+ order of Inika products. (Mascara + their killer bronzer and BAM, there you go. Also love the Primer toooonnnns. Code is INIKAGIFT)

14. On this week’s Selfie Podcast, Kristen and I are talking about the Instant Pot. Is it worth the hype, y’all? Also, we finish up the Enneagram series with Type 9!

//player.blubrry.com/id/31266036/

Happy Friday, friends. I’m currently on the tail end (fingers crossed) of a run-in with Flu A and am hoping to feel like myself again very soon. Enjoy your weekend!

image credit: lettered lessons 

The post Odds and Ends appeared first on whoorl.

Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com

Odds and Ends

1. You guys, I knew it was healthy to fucking cuss.

2. A message from women everywhere. Daaannng.

3. Husband does the voice-over for his wife’s makeup tutorial and it is pee-in-your-pants hilarious.

4. Whoa, Quincy Jones! Not afraid.

5. Now, THIS is some erotica I would read.

6. Have you tried to quit Instagram? Don’t think I could do it.

7. Seriously considering one of these light devices for aging/sun damage on my chest. Have you tried?

8. If LA journalists covered New York the way The New York Times covers LA. SO GOOD.

9. 12 steps according to Russell Brand. This is absolutely brilliant and so worth your time. (Despite “fuck” being said 800 times, but hey, see #1, people.)

10. 30 fashion staples to have by 30. (Although not by 30, I admit to having all of these now. Except the cashmere crewneck. I strongly dislike cashmere and the way it pills. #nowyouknow)

11. Perfect spring blouse. Spring is coming soon, right? RIGHT?

12. Raising tweens and teens with a conscience. The time is approaching for me.

13. Ooh! You know how much I love Inika mascara, right? (Seen in action here.) Good promotion alert at The Choosy Chick. Get a free Inika Lip and Cheek Cream with your $65+ order of Inika products. (Mascara + their killer bronzer and BAM, there you go. Also love the Primer toooonnnns. Code is INIKAGIFT)

14. On this week’s Selfie Podcast, Kristen and I are talking about the Instant Pot. Is it worth the hype, y’all? Also, we finish up the Enneagram series with Type 9!

//player.blubrry.com/id/31266036/

Happy Friday, friends. I’m currently on the tail end (fingers crossed) of a run-in with Flu A and am hoping to feel like myself again very soon. Enjoy your weekend!

image credit: lettered lessons 

The post Odds and Ends appeared first on whoorl.

Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com