What I’m Currently Reading

(I am NOT being paid to right this.)

Hey buddies! Today I’m sharing with you what book I am reading at the moment.

GUYS! You HAVE to check this one out! I’m sure most of you have heard of it, it’s on fire right now, and for good reason!

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I haven’t finished it yet, I’m about half way through, and I couldn’t be more pleased with my purchase. Rachel gives it to you real, and tells you what you need to hear.

If you are in a rut and needing some inspiration, PLEASE buy this book and read it. She covers almost every “lie” that I have ever told myself about myself. Her real life stories are super relate-able.

One big idea that I am taking away from this book and currently applying to my life is breaking promises to myself. I am super bad about telling myself that I am going to do something, and then finding reasons to push it aside.

If you like this book and haven’t found Rachel on social media yet, I strongly suggest you do! She has a website, TheChicSite.com, where you can find anything from recipes to DIYs, to real life motherhood.

It’s easy to see why I am taking such a liking to her, huh? 🙂

So, if any of you lovelies decide to read this book, let’s start a discussion!

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Coping with A.M.H.

Hi friends, welcome back. Today we’re going to talk about A.M.H. syndrome. This typically occurs to mothers whose days just don’t have enough hours.

Oh wait, you’re probably wondering what A.M.H. syndrome is.

Always Messy House.

I know, surely, I am not alone in this uphill battle to keep my house from looking like a hurricane just came ripping through.

I’m here to tell you, it’s OKAY.

As a full time working mom of two, my days fly by. I often feel guilt, you heard me, GUILT when I don’t have time to clean.

I’m laughing to myself right now when I think about the fact that I have, on multiple occasions, stressed myself out to the point of tears because my house almost never looks “perfect”.

I think it’s society’s fault. We are bombarded by the idea that we have to keep our houses clean, and organized, and PERFECT at all times.

I’m here to tell you it’s not realistic to believe these things. Life happens. If you didn’t get a chance today to wash your dishes, don’t sweat it, neither did I.

I’m teaching myself to enjoy the moments with my kids while they are happening, and worry about the mess later.

(I’m not promoting living in squander, I’m simply saying don’t make yourself sick over messes that can wait until your kids are in bed.) 🙂

So, mommas, I hope this helps you take a deep breath and know that you aren’t alone. I am right there with you, stepping through my house like I’m walking through a field full of land mines.

We Co-sleep (And that’s okay.)

Woah. It’s been awhile since I’ve sat down and written a post. It’s been awhile since I’ve had the energy to be inspired enough to do so. Life with 2 kids is great, don’t get me wrong, I just don’t think I was mentally prepared for how exhausted I would be! Neverless, being a mommy is the greatest blessing I’ve ever received! I wake up every day so thankful.

On the topic of being a mother, can we take a minute to talk about “mom shaming”. It’s a real and serious issue in our society these days. Every day on all platforms of social media I come across posts of moms shaming other moms for the most random things. It’s out of hand.

One of the topics that I see moms get “yelled” at most about is co-sleeping. There is a huge stigma in our society that sleeping with our children is a bad thing. We are pushed so hard to sleep train and make sure our children can sleep alone from birth on.

(I understand that co-sleeping does have the risk of possibly killing your child. That’s why I am going to link some products that help prevent that from happening.)

Now, co-sleeping isn’t for everyone. And I’m not going to write this post as my form of shaming anyone who chooses not to do so.

I’m writing this to raise awareness to shaming. To explain mine and my husband’s choice of co-sleeping with our son.

When Titan was born we were new parents, clueless as to what to do. For the first few months of his life we struggled to sleep train. We spent countless nights getting up several times to put him back to sleep in his crib. It was mentally and physically exhausting. Now, I don’t remember exactly when we started letting Titan sleep in bed with us. But, I do remember the intense mixture of fear and relief that it brought us.

On one hand, he was finally sleeping through the night, even skipping an overnight feeding. It was so freaking amazing to finally get one long stretch of sleep every night.

On the other hand, we were afraid of, well, killing our baby. So, when I say that we started getting a full nights sleep, it was a very fragile sleep. I woke up every time I moved, or Titan moved, or Barak moved.

As I mentioned before, there are products on the market that strive to make co-sleeping easier and safer. We slept with pillows between us and him to keep us from rolling over on top of him.

2.5 years later, Titan still sleeps with us. We have grown very accustomed to him being there. There is the question of when do we start to transition him into his own bed. We’ve talked about this for over a year now. Within the last few weeks, we moved his bed into our room. This gives him the ability to sleep in his own bed, with the comfort of knowing we are still nearby. And, most nights, he still wakes up and climbs into bed with us.

Fun fact: co-sleeping with your children is normal almost everywhere else in the world besides America. Why do you think that is???

We are okay with our choice of co-sleeping. And that’s okay. And if there are parents out there who don’t like the idea of co-sleeping, that’s okay. Do you see where I’m going with this?

It’s OKAY to have a parenting style different from someone else’s. It’s okay to make choices for your children that go against popular social belief. It’s NOT okay to spend your day hiding behind a keyboard making other mom’s feel like failures just because they do things differently than you.

Wow. What a bold post I am writing after being MIA for so long. But it feels good!

Co-sleep. Don’t co-sleep. Just love each other and support one another. Accept that we are all different, and as long as our children are happy and healthy, that’s all that matters.

Rant over. 🙂

 

I am not affiliated with any brand, just showing you all an option out there. 🙂

Bucket List | Summer 2018

Hey y’all! I think all of us here in Southern Illinois have no doubt that summer is upon us. I’m a little confused on where spring went? Did we even have a spring this year?! Oh well, summer it is. I thought it would be fun to share a bucket list of things I want to do this summer. As many of you know, I am days away from having baby number 2. 🙂 So, having a newborn will define my summer. I also have a 2 year old boy, and I don’t want him to miss out on summer time fun. With that being said here is my family friendly bucket list for the summer. 🙂

Bucket List

 

Go to the zoo

Have a bonfire/wiener roast

Have a water balloon fight

Have a picnic at a lake

Go on evening walks

Catch lightning bugs

Go stargazing

Play at the park

Romantic date night with my hubbie 😉

Go on a road trip

 

If you have any fun suggestions of things my family (a 2 year old and newborn) could do this summer be sure to let me know! 🙂

 

Inspirational Monday

Happy Monday buddies! I hope you’ve had a relaxing weekend and are ready to take on the week to come! I have to confess that I totally fell out of the habit of posting on Mondays, but here’s to fresh starts!

With Mother’s Day approaching this week this quote seemed fitting. 🙂

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To all of the mothers out there, you are women warriors! Never forget that! 🙂 ♥

My List of Binge-worthy Netflix Shows

Hey friends! I hope you all are having an awesome week! Today’s topic is a little random, but that’s okay. 🙂

I’m going to share with you all my absolute favorite shows to binge watch.

Top 5 binge-worthy

The Office

If you know me, even just a little bit, you know that this is my all time favorite show. I have watched every season at least 5 times through. The quirky every day antics of this show are what keeps me coming back. All of the characters are hilariously unique, yet when you watch the show you feel like you could know these people in real life. Oh and let’s not forget the love story of Jim and Pam. *heart melting*

Friends

I know this seems cliche, because almost anyone born before 2000 is obsessed. OH well! This show is a classic, enough said.

New Girl

My husband got me started on this show, and now I’m further along in the series than he is! This is a very lovable series with wonderfully interesting characters and plot twists. I will forever come back to New Girl when in need of something to binge. P.S. please please if you are currently watching the new season… NO SPOILERS! 🙂

NCIS

Compared to the others on my list, this one is completely random haha. I’ve been watching NCIS since about my freshman year of high school. It’s your basic crime soap opera type of show, but for some reason I like this one the best. I fell off the band wagon for a few years so I’ve decided to start from the beginning and watch it all the way through.

Parks and Recreation

This is my newest obsession. Clearly I love the quirky comedy genre of television. Parks and Rec is set up basically the same as The Office, which is probably why I’m loving it.

 

 

Let me know what your recommendations are for binge worthy shows! I am always on the lookout for a new one, especially as I am terrible about going back and re watching shows that I’ve seen a billion times!

One Pan Dinner

Hey y’all! Happy Wednesday! Today I’m going to share with you a super simple supper idea. I love ideas like this because for one I can’t cook, and anything that saves some time is good for me! I hope you enjoy this recipe and definitely let me know if you make it! 🙂

What you’ll need:

  • 1-2 lbs. boneless chicken breast or strips
  • 2-3 golden Yukon potatoes
  • 1 can green beans
  • 1 stick butter
  • Italian seasoning
  • Garlic salt

What you’ll do:

  • Dice potatoes – spread evenly into pan
  • Place chicken and green beans into pan
  • Slice butter and spread evenly over top
  • Sprinkle desired amount of seasonings
  • Bake for 45 minutes at 350 (until chicken is fully cooked)
  • Enjoy this savory comfort supper 🙂