Making Our Easter Eggstra Special: A Sensory Filled Easter Hunt

This post on Making Our Easter Eggstra Special: A Sensory Filled Easter Hunt was sponsored on behalf of H-E-B. All opinions stated are my own.

We are making our Easter EGGstra special with a sensory filled Easter hunt!  With such fun ideas, you won't want to miss out! #heb #ad

I remember 2 years ago when Easter was swiftly approaching and I sat in Addie’s hospital room, depressed. The PICU room Addie was in overlooked the front of the hospital where kids from the community were having an Easter egg hunt. I so desperately wanted Addie to be able to participate in the hunt but she was stuck in her hospital room, and she had finally come off her paralytics for a couple weeks. I cried. I wanted Addie to have an Easter egg hunt. I wanted Addie to get a picture with the Easter bunny. I wanted our family to experience holidays the way other families did. We had spent Halloween, Christmas, New Years, Valentine’s, St. Patrick’s Day, and now Easter in the hospital. It wasn’t fair.

The Child Life team came to our room every so often to see if we wanted goodies for Addie, and I had a heart to heart with one of the sweet staff members. I told her my hopes and dreams and even how I “felt stupid” for wanting Addie to get an Easter bunny picture just like all my friends’ kids on Facebook. I wanted us to have some normalcy somehow through all the craziness of our situation. Addie had been in the hospital since August and we were oh-so-tired of hospital life. A few days later, I found out the Child Life team had taken the bunny costume to be dry cleaned so it would be perfectly clean for our girl. They let us know they would be coming before Easter weekend to visit Addie, and so Mathew and I decorated Addie’s hospital room and got all dressed up to have pictures with the Easter bunny.

We are making our Easter EGGstra special with a sensory filled Easter hunt!  With such fun ideas, you won't want to miss out! #heb #ad

It was wonderful. It made hospital life SO much easier to have something so silly as the Easter bunny bring some normalcy to our lives. I will forever be grateful to the sweet woman that took the time out of her day to get the costume cleaned and then she dressed up just for us.

Since that Easter in 2015, Addie has been home for what will be 2 Easters now. Last year we didn’t have an Easter egg hunt, but this year, I have big plans for our girl. We are making our Easter eggstra special by having a sensory filled Easter hunt! I ran to our local H-E-B because they always have everything I need for my fun ideas. I’ve been a customer at our location for 8 years (and a loyal H-E-B customer since I was born!) so I know many people by name. Before I grabbed my groceries, I went to the floral department and asked a sweet partner, Leticia, if she could blow up 12 balloons for me in fun Spring colors and I would come get them once I was done grabbing my things. It was no problem and I went off to shop of our sensory filled Easter hunt.

We are making our Easter EGGstra special with a sensory filled Easter hunt!  With such fun ideas, you won't want to miss out! #heb #ad

Addie doesn’t do chocolate because of her epilepsy, and I wanted to get things to fill her eggs that would be so much fun for her senses since she’s getting her cochlear implant in just a couple weeks! Plus, it’s also great for her occupational therapy and fine motor skills. I grabbed fun puff balls, finger paint, and Model Magic in the art aisle. I went to the baby aisle and got Addie’s favorite- Plum Organics puffs, hit up the Seasonal/Easter aisle for cascarones (aka confetti eggs), plastic Easter eggs, and a fun book, and then went to the Entertainment aisle to get Addie a Peppa Pig DVD. Then, I swung myself around back to the Floral aisle and grabbed my balloons. Leticia had just bagged them all up!

H-E-B is my favorite because I can get everything I need all at once and quality is top notch. The partners are always incredibly friendly at every location, and I got all the fun things I needed without having to go somewhere else for our sensory filled Easter hunt.

We are making our Easter EGGstra special with a sensory filled Easter hunt!  With such fun ideas, you won't want to miss out! #heb #ad

At home, I filled the plastic eggs with fun all my different sensory filled Easter goodies (I also had some rice that I scented with Young Living essential oils and food coloring), and hot glued the balloon strings to the eggs. We placed them all over the yard for Addie to get. You might be wondering why the balloons. Well here’s why- Addie isn’t mobile outside other than being in her stroller because we have to have something hold her ventilator and all her cords. My thought process was- the balloons are BIG and easy to see with all their bright colors. She could grab the balloons as we wheeled her by in order to allow accommodations for her to do it more on her own.

We are making our Easter EGGstra special with a sensory filled Easter hunt!  With such fun ideas, you won't want to miss out! #heb #ad

We are making our Easter EGGstra special with a sensory filled Easter hunt!  With such fun ideas, you won't want to miss out! #heb #ad

I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out. This was our test run for the hunt (I wanted to make sure my plan wasn’t flawed!), and I’m excited to see how Addie enjoys it on Sunday. I think it’s going to be so incredibly special for her not only to be able to grab the Easter eggs herself, but to get all the fun goodies inside to touch and explore! I’m so glad H-E-B had everything I needed to execute this awesome idea!  I will probably cry with joy for my sweet girl to be able to participate in this sensory filled Easter hunt and really enjoy a holiday in such a unique way. This is such a difference from that Easter 2 years ago. We didn’t get an Easter bunny picture yet this year, but we’re hoping to later this week at a special egg hunt the local kid’s therapy place is holding! Make sure you’re added on my Instagram and Facebook to see that picture whenever we take it!

We are making our Easter EGGstra special with a sensory filled Easter hunt!  With such fun ideas, you won't want to miss out! #heb #ad

Here’s a little close up of Addie’s basket for Easter. Lots of fun goodies, and all from H-E-B. She’s going to LOVE everything! We plan on doing more arts and crafts projects together too, so this basket will be such a great way to start implementing that!

We are making our Easter EGGstra special with a sensory filled Easter hunt!  With such fun ideas, you won't want to miss out! #heb #ad

What will you be putting in your child’s Easter basket? What do you think of this fun sensory filled Easter hunt with balloons?

H-E-B Curbside Grocery: A Mom’s Best Friend

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Addie has been home nearly 2 years from the hospital after her 10 month stay, and our lives are busier than ever. Between therapy sessions, doctor appointments, my jobs with Young Living and blogging, Mathew’s job, trying to get to workouts, and attempting to put in some fun stuff in there, we’ve got a lot on our plates. One of my favorite things to do (and I swear I sound so old saying this), is go to H-E-B to just get out of the house for a bit and shop for groceries. I have a special meal planning and shopping list printable that I use so I am organized, too! Y’all- I go to H-E-B so much the cashiers know me.

As much as I enjoy going to H-E-B to spend a few moments to myself, sometimes our days are just too packed! I’m sure you other moms can relate, right? After a busy day, the last thing you want to do is go to the grocery store and take the time to shop and then cook dinner. Surely I’m not alone! Sometimes I’m not able to get to H-E-B until 6 or 7 depending on our day, and then by the time I’m home and make dinner, it’s already 8 or 8:30! Too late for Mathew and I, and by that time Addie has already eaten and gone to bed. I hate days like that.

Thankfully, H-E-B Curbside has opened near us and it’s been life changing for our family! I recently was invited by H-E-B to check out their Granbury location and finally try curbside for myself, and I was incredibly surprised at how easy the process was. I hadn’t utilized the curbside service at my local H-E-B because I thought the process might be complicated or they might not pick the produce the way I like it, so I loved getting the opportunity to try it!

 

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All I had to do was go to the H-E-B Curbside website and I just typed in the products I needed. Everything was easy to locate and I liked that the website let me know if something was on sale or was a better price. There’s also the ability to shop by aisle if you’re perusing and not really sure what you’re wanting to grab for meals. Once I was done, I clicked to look over my cart, made sure everything was there that I needed, and then I reserved a time slot. Even better? The first 4 times you try H-E-B Curbside, you get the curbside service for FREE! Not too shabby!

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I was able to find the Granbury H-E-B pretty easily thanks to my GPS and pulled up to an adorable store that was pretty busy! The parking lot was full and there were lots of people going in and out. It made me thankful that I was just having to use H-E-B Curbside because I didn’t want to have to go into an unfamiliar store and also deal with people. If you’ve never been to an H-E-B it’s pretty much the mecca in Texas. Not only does H-E-B provide groceries, but they have Texas Backyard (their gardening section with plants and beautiful outdoor furniture), a great household and kitchen selection, and my favorite, the healthy living aisle (so I can grab my Kombucha!)

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The H-E-B Curbside section was on the far right of the parking lot and when I pulled in there was a number to text. I wasn’t sure if H-E-B had my phone number in their system or how it worked, but I saw some other customers with their windows down, so I went ahead and did the same. Within a couple of minutes a H-E-B partner came out and asked me for my name. He also let me know that one thing I purchased wasn’t in stock (90/10 hamburger patties) and asked if I wouldn’t mind 80/20 patties. A minor difference that I didn’t mind, whatsoever. He told me they would be back shortly with my groceries and had me sign for my order on a tablet. Super easy.

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After maybe 5 minutes, another sweet H-E-B partner came to my car with all of my groceries. Since I was traveling to try the curbside at the Granbury H-E-B, I brought a cooler with ice for my meat and dairy. When choosing my groceries online I made sure to put a note at the bottom stating that I was coming from out of town and would have a cooler, so the H-E-B partner knew that already and had all my items separated perfectly for me. She put everything neatly into my cooler and trunk, and that was all I needed!

H-E-B Curbside service ended up being way easier and insanely less stressful than I thought it would be. When I came home, I immediately started unloading my groceries and made dinner. All my produce was as perfect as I would have chosen myself, and my whole order was correct. I love going to H-E-B and taking my time in the store for some quiet time, but I definitely will be utilizing this service again for busy days when I don’t have the time to run in the store. I already started my next order!

What’s your biggest reason for needing to use H-E-B curbside grocery service? Share in the comments!

How Not To Lose Yourself as a Stay-At-Home Mom

This post on How Not To Lose Yourself as a Stay-At-Home Mom was sponsored on behalf of prAna. All opinions stated are my own.

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It can be really easy to lose yourself as a stay-at-home mom if you’re not careful. It can creep in really slowly and then all of a sudden, you look in the mirror and find that you hardly recognize yourself. You know how I know? Because it has happened to me. Staying in pajamas all day was a “thing” and I barely made it to the vanity to brush my hair in the mornings. By the end of the day, I just would feel terrible about myself because I was still in pajamas from the night before! It doesn’t have to happen to you though, and I’m going to share just a few tips on how NOT to lose yourself as a stay-at-home mom.

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Set your schedule. One of the biggest things you can do for yourself is get a planner (I have this one) and get a schedule set up. For me, this is what keeps me sane. Don’t just shove that planner in a drawer, actually use it and refer to it daily. When you can set a schedule for yourself you’ll be able to make time for all the things you need to get done. I work from home (and am LOVING this book from Sarah Harnisch right now), so I plan time to do business when Addie naps or once Mathew is off work. We also schedule time for her different therapies, doctor appointments, and whatever else we need for the week.

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Get Stephanie’s outfit:

Sweater / Bottoms / Necklace / FitBit

Take some time for fitness. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again- fitness is important. I made sure to schedule working out 3 times a week with Camp Gladiator, and sometimes I even have the time to go 4 times a week. Scheduling time to workout isn’t easy. You have to want to do it, and you have to force it into your schedule, especially if you’re busy. Many workout facilities have childcare options so you can bring the kids along, and 1 hour of your day is going to get you in the mood for focusing on your tasks for the day. Try finding a local workout program or gym near you, or even YouTube some fitness vloggers like Blogilates or Kayla Itsines.

I’m all about wearing workout clothes that can double as athleisure because I’m usually running errands after working out (groceries anyone?) I’m a huge fan of prAna because they’re comfortable for working out, their clothes are sustainable, and I can just throw the sweater on top of my workout tank and do what I need to do for the morning. Everything is made from organic cotton or hemp, so they are amazing for moisture wicking.

You guys know I’ve been on a journey the past 2 years in making our home greener, and I love that the clothes from prAna are mindfully made in order to support fair trade and sustainable practices. We are the gatekeepers to our homes, and we can make an impact on our world if we try. One way to do that is to make sure that the things you buy have a positive impact on our planet and will make a positive impact in your home.

prAna gave me a discount code just for YOU to use now through April 14, 2017. Just enter code “PMOMVMW” during checkout for 15% off your purchase. Enjoy!

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Take a moment if you need. The struggle is real when it comes to being a stay-at-home mom. Between kids having their needs, your spouse having his needs, and you having your own needs- more often than not, everyone else’s needs usually get met before your own. It can be completely overwhelming to never get to leave your “job” at the end of the day. When I get overwhelmed, I love to get my Young Living essential oils out and do an “oil intervention” to just clear my head. Check out the video below to learn how to do it yourself!


I love oil interventions because it only takes 1-2 minutes to do, and I am back to being the level-headed person I need to be for my family, for my business, and just for my day in general!

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Make time for friends. I don’t know about you, but one thing that always brings me back to my “old” self is hanging around with friends. It is so important to keep up with your friendships during this stage of life so you don’t lose yourself! I love grabbing coffee with friends, inviting them over for some monthly essential oil DIY projects (where we all bring snacks, we chat for hours, and we play hilarious games), or getting dinner! Friends are such a key part of life and really can keep you grounded when you’re not feeling yourself. When Addie was in the hospital for 10 months, I was the world’s worst friend. Of course, I had a good excuse, but now that she’s been home almost 2 years, I am redeeming myself by seeing my friends as much as I can!

These are just some of the tools I use to stay true to myself while I’m a stay-at-home mom. How long have you been a stay-at-home mom? What are some things that make you feel better about yourself and about your day?