Ice Bucket Challenge Accepted

Take the #icebucketchallenge to strike out ALS! | reflectivemama.com

The Ice Bucket Challenge challenge to raise awareness for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) has been making the rounds, and I was nominated to participate. In turn, I nominated three friends and my sister to do the same (ice water filled footage below).

ALS is a is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. To learn more about the #icebucketchallenge, ALS, or how to donate to the cause, please visit the ALS Therapy Development Institute or the ALS Association.

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The Promise of a Pencil

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My favorite summer read has been The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change by Adam Braun. It’s the story of how Adam founded Pencils of Promise, a for-purpose organization that has built more than 200 schools around the world. This incredible organization has become a movement with thousands championing the cause, including college students, celebrities, entrepreneurs, and many others who seek to achieve an impossible dream.

Adam is a true changemaker, but he didn’t start out that way. As an upper middle class middle schooler, he was keenly aware of the extreme wealth some of his classmates enjoyed. With a desire to reach that financial status, his entrepreneurial skills emerged through early ventures in investing and finance. When Adam wanted something, he went after it with everything he had, and his strong will and hard work tended to pay off. However, when Adam wasn’t all in, it showed, as he ultimately discovered via his lack of passion for running in the Wall Street rat race. Continue reading

Homeschool Wannabe

Homeschool Wannabe | reflectivemama.comMy husband asked me what I was working on the other day, and I responded that I was reading through some of my favorite blogs by homeschooling moms. He just stared at me with this “you’ve got to be kidding, don’t even think about it” look on his face. I suddenly felt the need to defend myself.

First of all, I have no desire to homeschool my son. I swear. Of course, I used to say that about blogging, but I really mean it about homeschooling (at least in terms of as an alternative to traditional school). I’m counting down the days until kindergarten. Preschool, really, but that one comes with a hefty price tag, which makes me a little less excited. I love being a stay at home mom, but I am looking forward to having a few hours off everyday. Mostly to spend more time reading, writing, and blogging… Continue reading

Mommy Reality Challenge

I’m so happy to co-host this week’s Mommy Reality Challenge! I love this link up because it keeps me honest and makes me laugh every week.  It’s always a fun reminder that we have lots of mommy partners in crime. Link up your blog post or Instagram photo to share your Mommy Reality, too!

Boom. Here we go again!

Mommy Reality Challenge | reflectivemama.comIn last week’s Mommy Reality Challenge, Jen commanded that we expose the contents of our purses to the world! We had many participants! Some of you posted your purse pics in a blog post which you linked to the “Mommy Reality” post, and some of you postedpics with the #mommyreality hashtag on Twitter, Google+, Instagram and Facebook!

Once again, we can only pick one challenge winner! The “What a Mom’s Purse Looks Like” winner is …….
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Iron Update

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At Baby’s nine month check up, we learned that he was iron deficient. Resisting the urge to freak out, I followed our pediatrician’s orders and gave Baby Fer-in-Sol infant iron supplement drops three times a day.

I fed Baby the drops either right when he woke up or when he was going down to sleep. These were routine diaper changing times, when he was guaranteed to already be on the changing table for easy dropper administration. Some days were a little crazier than others in my attempts to get a very active flipping and kicking crawler to hold still. On the bright side, with this new routine in place Baby took his Vitamin D drops much more regularly, too. Continue reading