DIY Mini Pom Pom Garland with Kleenex

It’s that time of year again, where the parents both love and loathe life. It’s back to school, ya’ll.

Because it’s bittersweet to see the kids grow, and you hate to send them off after summer. But then you think about the costs you’ll save on the babysitter, or the extra time you might get, or how you’ll stop getting a bazillion phone calls at work. But then you think about having to get back on schedule, and bedtime, and morning-time, and homework, all.the.homework. Then you just want to kick yourself. Why did we have kids again?

Back to school calls for simple crafts, right? I mean, when you're school gets rewarded for your crafts is fun, too. Box Tops is offering Double Rewards for your school when you purchase products like Scott, Kleenex, and Viva! So now you can try out this fun Diy Mini Pom Pom Garland with Kleenex.

No matter if you love it, or hate it, you got to support it. Education.

What better way to do that than Box Tops for Education?! Box Tops have been around since 1996, providing a great way to help better our schools by donating funds per products purchased, and have since given schools over $719 million dollars. Woah.

In the spirit of back to school, and Box Tops for Education, try out this super simple DIY using Kleenex.

For a limited time, when purchasing select Kleenex, Scott, and Viva products, at Walmart or Walmart.com, you can earn DOUBLE the Box Tops for DOUBLE the rewards for your school.

DIY Mini Pom Pom Garland with Kleenex

You can actually use both Kleenex tissues and Scott toilet paper to make this DIY Mini Pom Pom Garland. If you do use both, be sure to save those box tops to send over to your school!

I’ve broken it down into step by step instructions, of course I was silly and did it against a white background, so excuse my silly dark photos that don’t nearly match up.

Back to school calls for simple crafts, right? I mean, when you're school gets rewarded for your crafts is fun, too. Box Tops is offering Double Rewards for your school when you purchase products like Scott, Kleenex, and Viva! So now you can try out this fun Diy, Mini Pom Pom Garland with Kleenex.It’s super simple, but just in case you need a little extra guidance.

  1. Take a tissue
  2. Cut into thirds
  3. Fray each side
  4. Fold in half
  5. Roll up
  6. Secure with yarn

Back to school calls for simple crafts, right? I mean, when you're school gets rewarded for your crafts is fun, too. Box Tops is offering Double Rewards for your school when you purchase products like Scott, Kleenex, and Viva! So now you can try out this fun Diy, Mini Pom Pom Garland with Kleenex.This is a fun back to school activity for school age children with school supplies. You can even change it up a bit if you’d like. If you want smaller poms, you can use a piece of Scott Toilet Paper. Or larger poms use half, or a whole, tissue with longer ‘frays’. You can even take a marker and gently swipe down the ends of the tissue before you fray it, this will give your garland a little splash of color. Don’t forget that you can purchase Viva Paper Towels and complete this DIY Mini Pom Pom Garland.

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Back to school calls for simple crafts, right? I mean, when you're school gets rewarded for your crafts is fun, too. Box Tops is offering Double Rewards for your school when you purchase products like Scott, Kleenex, and Viva! So now you can try out this fun Diy, Mini Pom Pom Garland with Kleenex.

Do you have any back to school activities that have become traditions? Or what are your favorite things about back to school?

(This post was sponsored by Kimberly Clark through Linqia, however all opinions expressed are my own and have not been swayed in any way.)

How to Breastfeed, Modestly

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How to breastfeed Modestly. I'm sure I'll get plenty slack for this post, but this is for the women around the world who choose to promote modesty, even while breastfeeding.

I’m just gonna say it. It needs to be said. I can’t hold back any longer.

Breastfeeding in public doesn’t mean you have to show all your goods.

You can successfully breastfeed while maintaining a standard of modesty.

I mean, let’s be real. I don’t care if you are feeding your baby, I don’t need to see it. Hear me out though, because I don’t think it’s gross to breastfeed. I successfully breastfed two of my own babes till nearly a year when they weaned themselves, so I think I’m well versed enough to speak on the topic. But to breastfeed modestly shows that I respect myself, my husband, and my children, enough to not expose myself to make a point. But, in efforts to not receive a bazillion emails bashing me for being a bad person… I’ll skip the rest of my thoughts and get on with the point.

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32 Soft Foods to Eat After Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Ya’ll, I’ve obviously been watching too much Peg + Cat, because this is the part that I want to yell, “I am tttoootalllllyyy freaking out!“- all you mamas know what I’m talking about. But for real though, I really am. I have to get my wisdom teeth cut out Friday. Not pulled, not just one, but all four have to be CUT out.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that I’m a little bit nervous.

I don’t know if it’s the fact that I won’t be able to eat all the foods, or if I may say crazy stuff when I come to, or if it’s just because I’ll be put under for who knows how long while another human being cuts out all my teeth and I don’t know what’s happening or if I’ll ever wake up again. Kidding. Maybe?

Vanilla Ice Cream. 32 Foods to Eat After Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

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Racism isn’t the problem, you are the problem.

I have been silent long enough. My heart has been heavy as our nation has been overturned in just a few short moments. It hit home this week. Just 30 minutes from my home, a man was shot by police. Just 30 minutes from my home have been rallies and protests and boycotts. Just 30 minutes away.

Racism is not the problem, you are the problem. It's you, me, them, her, him, she, he. No. It's us. We are the issue.

Photo Credit: NYDailyNews

I’ve witnessed people of every color, race, ethnicity, backgrounds, and cultures both stand united AND band against one another. I’ve witnessed ugly, vulgar, things said to both opinionated people AND those who refused to say anything. I’ve seen people both soothed AND grieved at the hands, and the words, of others.

And sadly I’m here to tell you, that you’re right to free speech is no more. You’re right to freedom has been tainted. We have become slaves of either our own thoughts, or the thoughts of others. We have bullied each other into thinking that everything is too hard. That our surroundings determine our who we are as people, and that our worth is somehow defined in the things that we say, and not the things that we do. And that change no longer begins with one person, and that it cannot be civil and quiet. That we must be loud to be heard and we must stand to be seen. Read More

How to be more attractive?

It’s late. Everyone is in bed. I sit on the couch with my lap desk and laptop, and with very sleepy eyes, I open my overloaded email. And there it was, the very first email was staring me right in the face.

The subject line read “How to be more attractive?”

I blinked my tired eyes, and read it again…

“How to be more attractive?”

"How to be more attractive?" read the subject line of an email I had just received from PatPat, and I couldn't believe my eyes.

Photo courtesy of PatPat.com.


Surely this is a gimmick. This is just another one of those emails poking fun, or just begging you to open it only to talk about something totally off topic. But it wasn’t.

I opened the email full of pretty pictures of trendy accessories, and it said:
“Hi Brooke,
Don’t you wish there was a small trick or two that could make you more attractive? Jewelry helps, nice hair accessory also helps. Find your small trick from PatPat now!”

Say it ain’t so?! You mean all I’ve got to do is put on some rose gold midi rings, create a fancy bracelet stack, put something expensive in my hair and BAM- more attractive? What I’ve been taught all these years has surely steered me wrong.

Hey mama, remember that time you told me that it’s what’s on the inside that counts? Apparently not.

Hey daddy, you remember when you said that I didn’t need all that “stuff” to be beautiful? Why you lie?

Hey Bruno, you said I was amazing just the way I am, is that not true?

Hey God, you know how you said I was made in your image? Thanks for that.

It never fails. Here “society” is again, telling us all the things about ourselves. It seems that natural beauty isn’t even a thing anymore. It’s like the more makeup you put on, the better. The more skin you show, the sexier. You can’t be confident being thin, being fit, or being thick without hurting someone’s feelings, because the same people who “encourage” you to be proud of your body, shame others for theirs. You turn on the tv, and everything from fast food to dog food is sexualized. Statistics for body conscious girls-women has skyrocketed in the past few years- and there’s no one to blame but ourselves.

But I have had enough.

Because look, you’re beautiful. It doesn’t matter what age, shape, size, ethnicity, religion, race, background or whatever- YOU ARE ENOUGH. Stop letting society [culture] tell you that you’ve got to add on to yourself because you need to improve yourself. Stop letting people tell you that a physical attribute is the only way to define attraction. Stop allowing others to determine what does/doesn’t make your characteristics desirable. Stop granting the “popular” crowd the right to create the basics of beauty. Stop buying into such a cheap standard of value.

PatPat, surely I’m missing something. I mean, you’re a deals website aimed towards Moms and Kids. Is this really the sort of campaigning you’re wanting to do? If so, I don’t approve, and you’ve totally lost my business.

I’ll leave you with this, PatPat, here’s my simple trick:

Contradict culture. Stand out, even if that means standing alone. It makes you, YOU.

P.S. you may want to find someone to proofread those emails for you.

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(This post has not been sponsored by or approved by PatPat. The ideas, opinions, and words are my own and have not been swayed in any way.)

5 Ways to Encourage Kids to Snack Healthy

5 Way to encourage you kids to snack healthy, featuring Gerber Little Beanies.

I’ve got two kiddos. Johannah is the pickiest of eaters. If it’s green, or even looks just a little like a vegetable, be prepared for the “No.” But Elijah, he’s more like his mama and he’s like “Gimme all the food”. Of course since he doesn’t talk, it’s more like “MMMM.”, but you get it. Of course he’s a toddler though, and they’re kind of all over the place when it comes to making decisions.

We all know that encouraging a child to make good choices now, will form the person they become. And don’t we all want healthy kids?

So I racked my brain, and I did it. I conquered.

5 Ways to Encourage Kids to Snack Healthy

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Nutritious 3 Ingredient Toddler Popsicle.

Where did this toddler come from? He’s talking. He’s feeding himself. He sleeps alone. Who is this boy that has taken over my sweet baby? In just 4 months, I’m gonna have a 2 year old, and I may just cry about it.

Thanks to Gerber and TMM, these 3 Ingredient Toddler Popsicles are a great and nutritious snack that helps to beat the summer heat!

But as much as he’s growing and moving, I sometimes wonder if he’s getting all that he needs to continue to thrive and be that lively little toddler that he is, especially in these summer months.
(Because a summer in Louisiana should assure that no one ever wants to miss out on Heaven.)
Which is where this amazing 3 Ingredient Toddler Popsicle recipe comes into play. It’s probably the simplest thing EVER, and you’ll never have to buy those sugar filled ice pops again.

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Facebook is helping me grow my Instagram

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Facebook is helping me grow my Instagram, and it could help you too.

I’m a little off topic here, but just go with it MMKAY.

Let’s talk about the obvious.

Errrrboddy likes the likes.

Say whhaaa? Brooke, what do you mean?
Well, let’s just say that when we post a picture on Instagram, a status on Facebook, a tweet on the Twitter (did I just say “the Twitter”, man I’m getting old), we all get a little giddy when the likes start rolling in.
And then the comments- don’t even get me started.

Facebook has helped me grow my Instagram, and there’s no reason why it can’t help you too.

Being an “Influencer”, I need to reach as many people as possible; and being a mom, it’s always fun to grow this little tribal community. So gimme’ all the likes and comments, the followers, the fans, subscribers, friends- all.the.things.
But, it hasn’t been an easy road.

See, when I first started TMM, I had like a couple hundred followers on Instagram (my largest social media reach). I was in a couple groups of folks talking about growing and buying this and purchasing that and I was like NO. I’m not paying for followers and likes, I’m not even gonna pay to learn how. I was big and bad and could do it all.
And then I failed.
Months after launching, I still had a couple hundred followers. Womp, Womp.

Then I met Liz Dean with Blissful and Blue. She invited me into this brand new little Facebook Group she created called Instagram Posse and we had about 200 people in the group. We threw some ideas around on Instagram growth and she ran with it. With the help of the Posse members and some time, we A/B tested multiple methods and tried lots of ideas.
It worked, and I grew.

Facebook is helping me grow my Instagram, and it could help you too.

@thismodestmom began with only a couple hundred followers, and grew into a couple thousand in just a few weeks. But, these aren’t just followers, these people have become MY community that is niche specific, active, and engaged with my posts.

See, Liz joined up with Teri (another mastermind in the group), and created these Guides to Instagram through Insta Revealed, sharing all the magic that’s helped grow their accounts to over 41K and 55K, and the posse’s Instagram reach has gone to millions.

Myself? I’ve grown from that measly couple hundred, to over 6800 with a 8%-10% engagement rate. I gain over 200+ followers per week and in turn am growing my other social media channels using some of the same methods, and receiving traffic to my blog.

Instagram Posse has been the leading reason I’ve grown a successful Instagram, and I cannot thank these gals enough. The guides are chock a-block full of IG gold, tips, tricks, and so much more.

InstaRevealed is changing Instagram. Giving you the tools needed to grow an engaged community.

While I fully suggest to purchase the guides on InstaRevealed.com, the Facebook Group is completely free, and has provided a HUGE advantage to those wanting to learn more about growing an effective community and monetizing on Instagram. It’s the bones of the Posse, and a great place to start.
But it doesn’t give away the methods from the Insta Revealed Guides.

So Facebook, your reach may stink, but your giving me the tools I need for the communities that don’t stink as much. My gratitude gives you a half-hearted Thanks.

P.S.: The Posse doesn’t stop at Instagram, the founders are now branching out to other social media channels. By testing and using the same methods, they are learning how to grow channels like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and more. Get in on the action now!
P.P.S: Do you follow us on social media? How ’bout you do that, I’d appreciate it bunches.
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest

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Biblical Womanhood, because women were designed for a purpose- Girl Defined

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Girl Defined Book

Girl Definied, God's radical design for biblical womanhood.

Finding the true reason that God created women and His true design for beauty, femininity, and identity.

I’m gonna do a blog round up one of these days. Because Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird over at Girl Defined would be at the tippity-top of the list. There’s nothing better than women encouraging women.
That’s why I was so excited about the these two sisters writing this book.

After being subscribed to the Girl Defined Blog, and reading it every chance I get, I really wasn’t sure how much more I could learn. Even being a married woman, led by her husband in evangelical and youth ministry, being a stay-at-home mom to two, is the book for me?

Girl Defined convicted my heart, stirred my spirit, and helped revitalize the burden in my heart for young women that are being pulled away from God by a broken society.
We live in a world that teaches women that their value is found in a great education, a successful career, and a flawless outer beauty; but Girl Defined focuses on a God-centered view of self-worth, femininity, and purpose. It teaches young ladies and women to find value in the calling that God designed them for and the will to do so.

God's design for Biblical Womanhood.

“We are called to be women. The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I’m a Christian does make me a different kind of woman. For I have accepted God’s idea for me, and my whole life is an offering back to Him of all that I am, and all that He wants me to be.” – Elisabeth Elliot
God's design for Biblical Womanhood.
“God is looking for women like you to courageously go against the grain of modern culture. He needs women who are brave. Women who will set a new trend, think outside the box, and raise the bar for femininity. He needs women who refuse to live for the applause of this world, and instead live for the applause of their King.” – Girl Defined
God's design for Biblical Womanhood.
“Whether you’re currently married or single, our culture is pressuring you to attain an unhealthy level of independence. You’re encouraged to separate yourself from your parents, from your family, from your husband, and from your children. You’re encouraged to pursue what you want, when you want it. “Shove everyone aside because you come first.” However this lifestyle is not what God intended us for as women. God designed us to function best when we’re paddling together for a cause greater than ourselves.” – Girl Defined

How good is this? And these are just a few quotes from the first couple chapters of the book.

I’ve ordered books for young girls in our church and I’ve even highlighted more than half of my own book in hopes to share it with someone that God leads me to.
If you’re a woman, a mom, a young lady, a teen, a grandmother, a Christian, you should read this book. Let these women help renew the true reason that God designed the woman, and how as women, we can then fulfill the calling that God designed you for.

Girl Defined. A book about God's radical design for biblical womanhood.

Do you have plans to read Girl Defined?
What do you think about when you think about Christian Women?

If you like reading Christian books, check out another one of my favorites, Redeeming Love.

(This post was sponsored by Girl Defined. This post may contain affiliate links. Thanks for your continued support of This Modest Mom. TMM is not affiliated with Girl Defined and is not responsible for their actions or decisions. The opinions above are solely my own and have not been swayed in any way. Read my disclosure here.)