8 Things My Mother Taught Me


1.       Kill them with kindness.

My mother has always known I was her outspoken child. Holding my tongue was one thing I was not good at. I’m sure I kept her on her knees about my mouth but she constantly reminded me that I would gain nothing by returning hate with hate. “Kill ‘em with kindness” she’d said.

2.       Prayer

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16 KJV

If I didn’t know anything else she taught me I that I needed to know how to get a prayer through. She was not always going to be around to intercede on my behalf. Although scary to think about, I’m grateful for that because I realize that life is precious and I need my own relationship with God.

3.       Love is action.

I can hear my mom saying this now! I was always and still am the one hugging and kissing my mom telling her how much I love her and in return she says “love is action.” I don’t know that I understood what that truly meant when I was younger or maybe I didn’t care to but now as an adult I feel that in my SOUL! Want to know how to love me? Take care of me – wash my car, pick up the kids from school, cook dinner and clean the kitchen! Now that’s love!

4.       Love your sister.

My sister and I are 5 years apart, so naturally we had the sibling rivalry thing going on and it didn’t help that we were girls. I wanted to be like my big sister and she wasn’t having that. My mother constantly reminded us that life is precious and we need to hold on to each other.


5.       Take time to get to know him.

I know she wishes she could have engraved that in my head! I was often too trusting of people because I believe that everyone deserves a fair chance. Now, I get it. I’m sorry mama, lol.


6.       Tough Love

Rightly so, I was the wild child. My mom knew she had to show me tough love at some point. She knew I was stubborn and needed to learn some hard lessons. She allowed me to fall on my face a time or two. She told me to suck it up more than I would have like to hear but I needed that!


7.       Everyone is NOT your friend.

I have lost count on how many times I’ve heard this growing up. My mom always wanted us to keep a watchful eye because everyone does not have your best interest at heart but when you encounter a real friend hold on to them.

8.       How to be a mom

I may never be half the mom that she is. She’s kind, patient, and loving. She would move heaven and earth for her children and wouldn’t think twice about it.


As I reflect, I see how much we’ve both changed since I’ve become a mom. I was her baby having baby. She’s held my hand, cried with me, prayed for me loved my babies as if they were her own. She’s watched me grow into the mother I am today. For that I’m forever grateful.

Wishing you the best Mother’s Day yet!


For the love of reading with Bookroo 📖

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

This post is sponsored by Bookroo, as always all opinions are my own!


Do your kids receive mail? Mine usually don’t unless it’s for their birthday. Needless to say Maddy was ecstatic when she found out she was getting a package just for her.

Even though technology is taking over the world right now, there is nothing like getting lost in a book. I want my children to understand the importance of reading. I remember laying in my bed as a kid reading for hours on end. My favorite was the Harry Potter series!

Now, I want to offer my children the same love of books outside of the yearly book fair. Bookroo is an affordable way to grow your home library. They are a monthly subscription service that delivers 2-3 books to your door curated just for your children. This service is best for children ages 0-10 as they have their selection broken down to select the best books for your little ones.


I was pleasantly surprised by the packaging. It was bright and easy to open but the books were wrapped. It truly was made to feel like a present which only adds a level of excitement. The books we received were Shine by Patrick McDonnell and Norton and Alpha both books we have never read so this was truly a plus!


Why should you choose Bookroo?

How often do you purchase a new app for your children? If you’re like me it’s monthly, not to mention the add-ons that you didn’t know you had to buy. Why not give your child the gift of reading? I’m personally not hip on all of the latest children’s books but the best part is Bookroo can take the guess work out of selecting a book for me. Their books are chosen by an elite panel and they pride themselves on sending out hidden gems instead of the classics!

Afraid of committing to a monthly service? That’s okay, you can cancel at any time, plus you can use my code FREELYNAT for 15% off so what do you have to lose?

It’s very easy to sign up. Click here!

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Head to checkout and fill out the form and you’re done! Patiently wait for your books to arrive.

If you sign up, I would love to know what books you receive!



If you could give your mother ANYTHING for Mother's Day, what would it be?

I came up with the idea to give Kaydence a writing prompt because I want her to continue reading and writing while she’s out of school. This is the one she choose and my heart just melts!

Friendly Reminder: Mother’s Day is May 12th!!!

My sweet girl, Kaydence!

My sweet girl, Kaydence!

If I could give my mom anything it would be an unlimited gift card to any place. One because it’s unlimited, two some days are tough and she might be hungry or just want to get something nice for herself (like she does constantly…just kidding mom), or she might want to do something fun and now she’d have the money to do it.

I know she would like it because it’s unlimited and who wouldn’t like that? She likes to do a lot of shopping. I don’t think they have any cards like that though. She would be so happy to have an endless supply of money to buy anything she wants and I mean ANYTHING. Plus she deserves it! 

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Do you encourage your kids to write? We have started our mother/daughter journal and I can’t wait to see what comes of it.

Hello Spring 🌺🌼🌸

Hello S P R I N G!

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I’ve been waiting for you…kinda. Spring and I have a love hate relationship. I love the warmer weather but I HATE the pollen. The pollen in South Carolina is for the birds. If you don’t have allergies you will but what I love most is all of the pretty colors!

Today’s look is inspired by all things spring!

Natalie Heatley Pink

Keep reading to see how you can snag this look for under $50! I am a budget shopper, especially with three little ones in tow. I want to make every coin count!

I ran across this multicolored pink sweater while browsing the GAP outlet and knew I had to have it. I’m wearing a large. I was worried about the size but after trying it on I was comfortable. If they had an XL I would have preferred that but it was too pretty to pass up!


My pants are from Walmart! I know right, but I don’t wear khakis that often and didn’t want to spend a lot of money on them. They are cute, comfy and most importantly stretchy!!! I’m 5’6 and the hit at the perfect length and cost $15.

I also found these cute sneaks on clearance for $11! I pulled the look together by adding my jean jacket that was already in my closet.





Shoes - NLA , Similar

Purse - Kate Spade, Similar