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October is always a tough month for me and this year has been harder than previous years. On top of my emotional distress, I feel very burdened mentally.

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I posted about this project, but didn't mention the mess on the table & fighting.

When Cupcake & Cookie were little, I had the internet, but there was no Pinterest or Facebook. I am sure I had typical mom worries, but life with Biscuit & Muffin has been much different.  I spend most of my day feeling like a crap mom. Those few times I feel awesome, a quick peek on Facebook will bring me down a notch.

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Breastfed, messy & a hint of 'tude, the real Biscuit <3

“Yes, I fed all the kids today. We played/read books/watched movies/had an okay day. If I was really a good mom, I would’ve turned it into a science lesson/abstract art project/college essay practice. I suck.”

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They steal my food and make messes with it!

My internal dialogue as I browse my newsfeed is very negative. Throw in my usual October gloom & this has been a very hard month to keep in touch with people! I’ve found that as much as I don’t want to withdraw from friends & family, trying to keep up with them through this venue has not been healthy for me this month.

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They occasionally tandem nurse, it usually winds up like this.

I deleted the Facebook messenger app (it was really draining my battery!), deleted the Pinterest app, & turned off push notifications from Facebook on my phone. I’m actively trying to enjoy my time with the kids and remind myself that this time is precious. I am spending it well, even if it’s not how others would spend it. I feel better not reading overachiever status updates on a daily basis & the guilt has lessened.

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We never make beds & probably have too much screen time.

I am a good mom & I know I’m not alone in my feelings. I’ve seen a few friends write about it, my sister-in-law blogged about this topic recently, and a good friend checked in on me via text to remind me of this. Everyone puts the best version of themselves online. It’s unrealistic and can push people away without you even realizing it. I’m making a concrete effort to share my real life when I post about it (be here or on Facebook). My life is messy, chaotic & amazing. Those crappy parts are as much a part of my life as the Pinterest perfect moments & I don’t want to push their importance aside.

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This about sums it up.

Do you post about a realistic version of your life or just the glossy magazine edition?

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Biscuit in Daddy's jacket on a rainy market day

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The Kupp'

With three kids home during the day (Cupcake attends public school), quite a mess can amass if I don’t stay on top of things. The dishes especially pile up with the boys & me eating all of our meals at home. Of course we’ve got to eat, but why on Earth are there so many dirty cups?! Rinse & reuse kids! I’m constantly asking “Who’s cup is this?”

Enter The Kupp’. No that’s not a typo. Kate Oliver created The Kupp’ to teach her young boys accountability and responsibility, two very important traits. I was pretty excited when Moms Meet asked us to try it out, I think my dishwasher appreciated it too.

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Smile, it's The Kupp'!

There are tons of children’s cups on the market. One of the biggest things that sets The Kupp’ apart from these other options is that it’s made of silicone… and glass. Yes, a glass children’s cup! We have eliminated plastic from most of our kitchen, but finding a glass drinking cup for Biscuit has been difficult. We recently started transitioning him to an open cup & he’s done very well with it, but all of our cups are too big for him to hold comfortably. The Kupp’ is 6 oz and encased in a colorful silicone sleeve with a handle, perfect for most kids ages 3-10. They’re available in vibrant colors representing the environment: blue for water, green for earth, orange for the sun & red for warmth.

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Excited is an understatement

The boys quickly grabbed their favorite colors, blue for Biscuit & red for Cookie. We talked about how easy it would be for them to identify their cups and keep track of them throughout the day.

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We had to open his Kupp' immediately

I was slightly worried about how well Biscuit would handle The Kupp’ & he did manage to drop it on the linoleum the first day. I held my breath as it hit, did a little bounce, & landed upright. That BPA/BPS free, food & medical grade silicone sleeve is pretty awesome! The imported glass is recyclable, certified lead and cadmium free, and made from a pure soda-lime formula. The sleeve is designed to resemble a smile (the red one seriously reminds me of The Kool-Aid Man) and can be left on the glass when you put it in the dishwasher. Yes, the whole thing is dishwasher safe! The Kupp’ is made in the USA using materials sourced from environmentally-friendly manufacturers that adhere to EU and US regulations & retails for $16.99.

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Biscuit loves his big kid Kupp'

The boys have been much better about sticking to one glass each day. The bright Kupp’ sitting on the table is hard to miss & easy to identify! If you’d like to learn more about The Kupp’, you can find them on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter.

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetsSM blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

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