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Squeeze The Day

Squeeze The Day

  For the longest time, I’ve been a full-blown juice cleanse nay sayer. I thought it was the worst thing you could do for your body. But I’ve changed my mind slightly. Juicing, on its own, isn’t bad, it’s those 6 day juice cleanse the world […]

Made In The Shade

Made In The Shade

As we start a new week I’m already thinking of the weekend but not for the reason you might think. A weekly tradition of ours is walking to our local farmers market on Friday. The morning always starts out the same, a quick protein pancake […]

Real Talk: I Bring My Kids to Work With Me and It Ain’t So Glamourous

Real Talk: I Bring My Kids to Work With Me and It Ain’t So Glamourous

Joanna Gaines did it, Lucille Ball, Julia Roberts and countless other women before me have done it. They brought their children to office with them every day. I mean just stick a pack-n-play right next to you and hustle kinda deal. I know a lot of women might read that and think, “Wow, how lucky is she!?” But trust me it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Now I know a lot of you are going to tell me to be quite and just be grateful that I get the opportunity. But you only see if from the outside, and well like most people we all think everything is perfect on the other side of the street.

Well, I’m going to be real with you, no ones perfect and just because I bring my children to work with me doesn’t mean I have to spend every single day feeling grateful. Of course I’m happy with my life and where we are at the moment but if we didn’t have things to work on well then life would just be boring. So be honest some days everything just sucks, it’s not always some beautiful bonding experience between baby and mother that I’ll show on my Instagram feed.  I have to shh them all the time, especially when they are trying to ask me questions in the middle of a call. I have to ignore them when they say they want to go outside and play because we can’t go outside we can’t even leave the one room.

They don’t actually get to do anything of value, in fact they get the worst part of me. There are days where I’m so frustrated I just want to throw my computer against a wall. It is a constant battle between my career and motherhood. And while that is all true of course I’m grateful to be able to witness their first steps, hear their first words and see their smiling faces. But I can’t help but wonder what do they get?  Somedays I answer with nothing, nothing but a stressed out mush of woman who won’t play with them.

Okay, okay I know a lot of the above was a little pity party thrown by me for exclusively me, myself and I. But it needed to be said, I guess what I’m trying to spit out is, we as moms are all struggling. Whether you’re a working mom or a SAHM or a new mom just learning the ropes, it isn’t easy. But it isn’t supposed to be. Recently I received a private message from a fellow mama asking me what my secret is and how do I make it looks so easy. I cried, I honestly cried when I read it, I don’t want to be that person for my readers. I don’t want to be another mama faking it for products and endorsements. For the past two years I’ve put myself out there to show that its okay to not be perfect and it seems like I’m not doing such a great job of that.

So I’m going to make a promise to all of you that I’ll try to keep up with my most authentic self. But only if you make a promise that next time you see a mom on Instagram, or in person and everything looks perfect and her kids are well behaved just remember this. Either,  A.) She just got done screaming at them, B.)They are having a good day (you’ve had those we all have let her be) or C.) She’s taken 4 years of photography and has like 250 photos from that one moment, and only 1 of those 250 photos was an actual winner. Point is ladies, we need to stop being so hard on ourselves, stop with the comparisons and the competition and let each other live. Our kids don’t actually care how much money we make or  that you’ve told them to be quite while you’re on a conference call. Most likely they are just going to keep talking anyway. Just remember you’re doing a great job and to them those moments where you feel like your hair is about to fall out are some of the most magical moments to them.

 

The Power of Positivity : A Letter To My Boys

The Power of Positivity : A Letter To My Boys

So a couple months ago I dealt with a bit of online bullying, I handled it the best way I knew how which wasn’t actually the best way and I know that now. Things got to a point where this person tired to turn it […]

Links & Things

Links & Things

So I know its been a couple weeks since I’ve posted my series, “Hello Mondays”. There are a couple of reasons most of which are just noise in the background. Mainly I’ve felt a little challenged by my own thoughts lately. I was struggling every week, […]

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale : Gifts For Dad

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale : Gifts For Dad

Soon we will be saying our sweet goodbyes to May and a nice big, “Hello!” to June. June brings the start of summer and a very special holiday. Father’s Day, and this years Father’s Day is a pretty special one in our home.  See I hate to admit but I’ve been a bad wife, this will be the first year we can afford to get Sammy a gift. Years prior I’d bake him something special or cook him his favorite meal to show him how much we truly appreciate everything he does for us. See between becoming new parents and spending every cent on diapers and formula, and then the next year turning into the year of spending with  a combination of getting married, buying a house, and having another baby (Yes, all in that order). I was never able to get the money together to get him the gifts he deserves. But oh boy have I saved for this years gift, every year Mother’s Day comes and goes and I end up with a mountain of gifts and flowers and then he gets shafted. Yes I know I’m the one that did the pushing but let’s be real here my husband does more than his fair share of parenting. So this year is super special, really it feels like Christmas a bit. Sam does so much for us not only as family but for me as the most amazing husband and best friend. He calms me down and keeps me ground while I work through my postpartum anxiety. And always know how to make each boy feel special and loved in their own way. He isn’t quick to anger and he likes to find the truth and good in every situation. The least I could do is get him the gift of his dreams, and of course while I know he would say, “the only gift I want is us together as a family.” Still I know he won’t turn down whatever we give him.

While I already have a thing or two in mind for him this year, there is also the amazing and well-known Nordstrom’s Half Yearly Sale going on, lucky duck! So even though I won’t be spilling any beans on what he is getting just yet I am leaving you with a list of affordable gifts that will be sure to put a smile on Dad’s face without breaking the bank!

 

– Gifts For Dad Under $60 –

 

– Gifts For Dad $65-$100 –

Stripes For The Win!

Stripes For The Win!

So of course I’m a girl who loves her stripes. I’m pretty sure if I asked for a show of hands most of us would say we were. But until recently I had fallen out of love the parallel patterns that’s made its way from J.Crew […]

Hello Monday!

Hello Monday!

Happy Monday Everyone! Against my better judgment as a mother of a toddler my year round “go-to” look is a white top and jeans. Of course a look like this doesn’t really take much thought. Grab your favorite pair of jeans and add a white top […]

Hello Monday!

Hello Monday!

Hello May! I’m so happy I get to finally say that. May holds a lot of meaning for us as a family. Sam and I love being outside and we love taking the boys along with us. Whether it’s hikes, fishing, or even just a nice picnic in the backyard, you name it, we like to do it. Even better we always take a family trip in May so it really starts off the spring/summer seasons right!  It also happens to be my birthday month. Yes, I’m one of those girls who celebrates her birthday all month. What with two kids and all the celebration may be different but it will still be tons of fun! Sam and I have so much planned for this month its hard to believe we are finally at the beginning of it all. From road trips to taco festivals, summer style guided and so much more. I’ve got a lot of fun new posts coming your way so don’t miss it! For now, well it is a Monday so in true Monday fashion  I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite spring looks.

Flirting with Spring


Spring Edge 


Floral Rock


                                

Funky Fun


 

Mama Of Boy(s)

Mama Of Boy(s)

Wow, okay so I finally feel like a mother of boys, emphases on the “S”. Bodhi will be 9 months on May 17th (Mama’s B-day!) and he has already started crawling and standing on his own. I know, I know my life is over 😂 […]