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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 […]

The Sale of All Sales

The Sale of All Sales

You didn’t think I forgot about it did you? No I didn’t forget that the best sale, the sale of all sales, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is happening right NOW! Sadly this is the last weekend of this glorious Nordstrom Anniversary sale but don’t fret […]

A Happy Home is A Google Home

A Happy Home is A Google Home

I remember when we were preparing for Gunnar’s birth. I was so scared and excited, I was nervous but ready. I had all these questions going through my head, “How much does a newborn eat?” or “How do I swaddle my baby?” “What the heck is swaddling all about anyway?!” We read and forgot almost everything those baby books had in them. The first few days seemed like a blur. The day we left the hospital I thought to myself, “I cannot believe they’re letting me leave with this baby.”, “Aren’t they supposed to prep us or ask us questions?” No test, not even a concerned look, nothing.  Just a congrats and a list of numbers to call if we had any questions, a list that of course I lost within two minutes of receiving. When we got home things were of course hectic, but although those first days were filled with little sleep, they were also filled with heart warming memories.

But something else was there to guide me, Google. We googled everything for those first few years and even now. As most new parents of my generation know, the term “I’ll Google it!” is a familiar one. We’ve all been there, it’s 3am the doctor’s office isn’t opened and your question isn’t important enough to be considered a medical emergency. It’s also still too early to bug your parents who are most likely asleep. You’re too delirious and the baby is scream in your arms so you can’t exactly flip through that baby book or type it in on your keyboard. So what are you to do?

As we prepared for Bodhi those same questions were still stirring around in my head. But recently I upped my game and have gotten a little extra help. Google Home, a voice-activated speaker ready to help thanks to Google Assistant. When you buy Google Home you don’t just get

– What comes with your package –

  1. Home – A voice-activated speaker by Google.
  2. A how-to manual for setting up your Google Home.
  3. Instructions on how Google Home will help new parents including key questions you can ask your Google Home that are geared towards your little one. Literally  the instruction book is the cutest, it mimics a children’s hardback book but or the electronic copy please click the link for the full experience! ( g.co/Home/Experiences )

Even if you’ve spent months preparing for parenthood, there will be plenty of times when you need help ASAP. And you don’t have five minutes to spend typing “How do you warm up a baby’s bottle?” into your phone with one hand. Thankfully, Google Home, a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant, can answer the most common baby care questions, keeping your hands free so you can hold your little one anddd mix the bottle with one hand. Even more exciting, if you are available there is a Parenting Masterclass being held by Fatherly at approximately 3pm est. I’ve supplied the link here —> (Fatherly – Parenting Masterclass)

Personally I love our Google Home. I wish we had this when we first had Gunnar and Bodhi. Thankfully we still have loadss of questions concerning our little boys so it will not go to waste!

Links & Things

Links & Things

Okay so ALL of my July posts have been delayed. I’m so sorry to all of my readers but to be honest I was just enjoying July. No excuses, no real reason, well actually there were two pint size reasons. Those reasons just so happen […]

Toddler Survival Kit : The Fourth Of July

Toddler Survival Kit : The Fourth Of July

Let’s be real, those summer time holidays aren’t as fun with little ones. Of course they have their moments and everything is special because maybe it’s their first Independence Day or they’re big fans of fireworks.  But it gets to a point where all you […]

Saved By The Bell

Saved By The Bell

If you follow my Instagram account for the blog than you know, I’m taking a much-needed break from social media aka Instagram and Facebook. The break is truly for my sanity, and to be perfectly honest I’m really battling with my postpartum anxiety again. To be even more honest, for a while now I’ve felt it was creeping towards depression. I got very scared. And in feeling this way I felt that the best way to deal with it was by completely and utterly ignoring the problem.

“Coffee, outfit, snap, post, hashtag,  repeat.”

“Coffee, outfit, snap, post, hashtag,  repeat.”

“Coffee, outfit, snap, post, hashtag,  repeat.”

This was my life, I was pulling a Jessie Spano only instead of diet pills it was coffee and Instagram. I could feel the walls closing in on me and it wasn’t good. At the same time I hadn’t told anyone what I was going through or how I was feeling. Although I’m sure at times my friends and family could feel my energy. But they know me if I want to talk about it I’ll talk about it. So mum would be the word until I finally cracked and shared with the group what was going on.

And then something happened it was almost like an alarm going off in my head. Yesterday was my best friend Stacey’s baby shower and it was an amazing day I got to see so many friends and celebrate my beautiful best friend and my little nephew to be. It was truly something I needed. As the day wound down a group of us decided to head back to her house and hang out a little longer. As we were reminiscing on our past adventures and talking about life in general, Stacey mentioned that she had taken the Facebook app off her phone. This is something she does regularly, her way of stepping away from it all and just finding her center.

Then I started to think about it, I’ve literally never done this. It was as if a loud alarm went off in my head. I’ve never actually stayed away from Instagram or Facebook for a long period of time. Now I’m sure you’re saying to yourself, “What does social media have to do with your postpartum issues Meg?” Nothing, it doesn’t spark anything or create any stress for me. I wasn’t overwhelmed by jealous or sadden because of looking at other accounts. I’ve got enough going on I don’t need or want someone else’s life. I was simply using it as a mask for problems I didn’t want to face. So now for the realization part of this little rant.

-REMINDERS-

  1. I do deserve my amazing husband and beautiful little boys.
  2. I am worthy of having love.
  3. I’m allowed to laugh, and laugh hard.
  4. It is okay if the old me is dead and gone. (We don’t really want her back anyway, she was a little too crazy for our blood.)
  5. There is a new me and I have to get to know her.
  6. I’m not always going to be happy, life is filled with moments, they may be good or bad but they are moments so I have to learn to appreciate them all.
  7. Stop dwelling on things I can’t change.
  8. I am perfectly imperfect and that is beautiful.
  9. It is okay to need a break I’m not wonder woman but I am wonderful.
  10. Save your sanity, eat a f**king donut now and then.
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 […]

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 on me and make me out to be the bully. So I simply decided to bow out and moved on with my life. While I thought it was all behind me recently this bad energy had found a way to rear its ugly head again or at least try to. Only unlike last time I was prepared, prepared to simply ignore it. Ignoring any situation where someone is making up lies about me or spread false truths is normally not how I roll. I’m big on trying to be nice to people and kill the with kindness until they see that they’ve got me all wrong.

In any mean girl situation I dealt with during my high school years I would confront the person and the problem and be straight forward about it. I don’t have time for talking behind backs and catty attitudes.  I’m not here for anyone’s BS or insecurities, your insecurities are your own don’t transfer them onto me. But after this experience I’ve learned a lot and it actually made me think about my boys and what they might have to deal with once they start school.

Of course school is a positive experience that I welcome for them but there’s still the possibility that they will be bullied or even worse that they will be the bully. So Im starting to see this experience as a blessing. So because of this experience, I wanted to write my boys a little letter of sorts so that one day when they’re older I can come back to this for little pearls of wisdom to help them if they needed. Let me be clear right here, if you think I’m going to go into detail about what happened stop reading because I won’t be, it’s all peanuts people, just peanuts. But those peanuts bought a great life lesson to the table. Something that I have to say thank you to that person for because if it wasn’t for the unwarrented situation I would never have evolved, so to you I say, thank you.

To My Boys:

– Kindness counts but not everyone is going to be kind to you.- 

It is so important to be kind to one another. You never know someone’s life or if they are struggling and even at a young age we all have something. Just because someone doesn’t put as much stock into kindness as you do doesn’t mean they are a bad person or that you should stoop to their level. Don’t sell yourself short just so you can belittle them back. Sometimes all people want is to poke you so you may act as poorly as they act. Or they just want to make you feel the way they probably feel about themselves. Instead of stooping to their level ask yourself,  “Why are they down there?” We all have our reasons don’t let another persons attitude be yours.

– Surround yourself with people who love you for who you are, not who you pretend to me-

You can pretend to be anyone but at the end of the day when you get home, you are who you are. Hiding from yourself and being the person everyone wants isn’t what makes you happy. Being yourself, your best and most authentic self, that is how you will truly be happy. Theres no room for a “Fake it till you make it attitude.” You want to make something of yourself well then just be yourself, the rest will happen on its own.

-Let them think what they want-

People are going to think what they want about you, no matter what the reality is. If someone doesn’t like you they will generally paint a false picture of you. It may be because they have the wrong idea about you or because they are jealous and it makes them feel better. Either way it isn’t your problem, confronting the situation like this just isn’t worth it. It doesn’t matter if you are right or not at the end of the day people will think what they want. You can’t change that but you can change the way you react.

– Ignore the lies-

Ignore the lies and anyone who believes them. If someone is going to spread lies about you it isn’t worth your time. If someone would rather focus their energy on spreading lies about, you instead of focusing their energy on themselves then well theirs clearly a reason and it isn’t your problem. Same thing goes for those who would rather believe the lies then ask you about it. If someones truly a nice person they aren’t going to lie about you and they aren’t going to entertain lies said about you. So think of it as a way to eliminate those people off your friends list.

-As a final note to G and B-

Be your individual self and never apologize to anyone for it. There will always be someone out there trying to knock you down. They aren’t there all the time but when they do show up, just remember one thing for me. Walk away, move on and don’t entertain them. It has taken me a very long time to realize this. But the more attention you give a bully the bigger the problem becomes. The more you focus on yourself and open up to the power of positivity the more you evolve for the better. See, you can waste your time being petty and playing a back and forth game with someone but it’s just going to drag you down. I’ve dealt with bullying, copying and even defamation of character and it’s all because I entertained the idea. Once I stopped engaging and focused solely on positivity the better I felt. Is this person done trying to bully me, lie about me and hate on me in general? Probably not but is it my problem, NO! It isn’t. Maybe they will read this themselves and follow the advice I’m giving to you now or maybe not, either way, not. my. problem.  Taking the hide road boys, because just living life and being your best self is the ultimate and only goal I want for you. It isn’t about revenge or making someone see they were wrong about you. It’s about actually being happy and not giving a fuck!

 

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, […]