June 8, 2016

New Perspectives

Hi, all! So I created this blog over a year ago because I wanted to be able to make a little extra money for my family. But, in order to make money blogging, you have to be very consistent and gain a large group of followers. As you can see, I have been very inconsistent with my blog. Partially because I never found my “niche.” At first, I was going for a health blog that gave tips on eating healthy, working out, and family health. However, my family has been going through a plethora of trials over the past few months, and to be honest, I’m tired of it all. I’m tired of getting on Facebook … [Read more...]

April 28, 2016

Forever in Our Hearts

I have been questioning whether I should share this experience or not. It is a little scary for me to share my most intimate feelings. However, I think that there is something that can be gained from others’ trials--a compassion that we all feel for one another, even when we don’t know them. I also hope that maybe I can help someone who is going through, has gone through, or will go through something similar. Everyone experiences pain and grief differently, but I think that the mixture of emotions (anger, denial, sadness, hope) are all experienced by someone at some point in their lives. We … [Read more...]

March 22, 2016

Expect the Unexpected

6 weeks ago I found out that I am pregnant with baby #3. Number THREE! Yes, I just barely had a baby! This was very unplanned and very unexpected. I wasn't planning on having another baby for 2+ years. I started young, so I will be a 23 year old mama with a 3 1/2 year old, an 18 month old, and a newborn!  I am so scared! I squealed like a little girl when I took that pregnancy test. It was a "I seriously can't believe this is happening, no this can't be right, AHH!" kind of a scream. It didn't really register until I called my mom crying that night. She asked why I was crying, and I whimpered, … [Read more...]

February 9, 2016

How to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night

Fact: Babies who are on a healthy sleeping schedule are happier babies! My sister in law gave me the book "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Baby" before I had my first babe, and I have been hooked ever since. (There are tons of sleep books out there and most of them are relatively similar.) Both of my children have slept through the night since they were newborns, and they have both been the happiest babies. I think part of their good sleeping habits and good temperament  is due to my dedication to their need for sleep. Sleep is extremely important for infants for many reasons. First, it helps … [Read more...]

February 8, 2016

How Moms Can Benefit from Keeping a Schedule

I have always been a planner. I look back on my years in high school and college, and my planners were filled from dawn to dusk. I loved being busy and always having a plan. Now that I am a mom, I don’t have quite so many things going on in the day. Not that I have a lot of down time or don’t do anything during the day, just that a lot of the things I do every day are not things that need to be written down (make breakfast, pack diaper, get kids ready, do the dishes, the obvious things). As I have mentioned in previous posts, this past year has been a bit of a roller coaster for our family. In … [Read more...]

February 2, 2016

Hair Extensions Are Not Going to Make You Prettier

I have struggled with my self-esteem for pretty much my whole life. I think most people struggle with this in some way or another. But I think this is definitely my biggest weakness. When I was pregnant with my first child, I had very unrealistic expectations about what my body would look like after giving birth. I had many people tell me comments like this: "You're so young, you will bounce right back...Breastfeeding makes you lose tons of weight...You might even be skinnier than before you were pregnant!...Eat whatever you want, you are eating for two now!" Do you see how contradicting … [Read more...]

January 27, 2016

Enjoy the Little Moments

Over the summer, my younger siblings came to visit. We went to my sister-in-law's house (my sister-in-law was out of town) and played on her giant, blow-up water slide. Ari was about 3 months old and Lucas was 2 1/2 years old. Ari needed to go down for a nap, so after I got the kids situated and started their water slide, I went and put Ari down for a nap in one of the bedrooms. I didn't have my baby monitor, so I had to keep on going back inside every 5 minutes to check on her. When they are this young you never know how long they are going to sleep, and I didn't want her to be scared waking … [Read more...]

January 21, 2016

10 Things I’ve Learned During My 3 Short Years of Marriage

I have only been married for 3 1/2 short years, so I do not want to sound like I am some kind of marriage expert! But, obviously my husband and I have done one or two things right because we are still together, we haven't killed each other, and I think we have a pretty great marriage! We got married quickly and had a baby quickly, which can sometimes make for a rough start, but I know that everything happened exactly the way it was supposed to and I am with the person I want to spend the rest of my life with. So, here are a few tips that I think have helped make our marriage great: 1) … [Read more...]

January 18, 2016

To Moms with Newborns

  After I had my second child, it took me a while to adjust to having two children. (Obviously, since I have taken a 9 month maternity leave from my blog!) Before I had baby #2, my first child, who was almost 2 ½, was my whole world. I absolutely adored him. I was a stay at home mom, and although I was going to school, most of my time was spent with him. I could do homework, clean my house, and even prep dinner during his nap time. When he was awake, I gave a lot of one-on-one attention to him. I even wrote an article about how I was worried I wouldn’t be able to love my second child … [Read more...]

April 28, 2015

I Chose a C-Section: Ari’s Birth Story

    I love this photo! It makes me want to cry tears of joy every time I see it. Even though I didn't have the labor I was hoping for originally, my delivery of Ari was so meaningful to me. I look at this picture and I remember the happiness I felt. I had two very different experiences with the births of my two children, but overall, it doesn't matter how our children come into this world. We love them all unconditionally and every experience is unforgettable and beautiful. With my first son, Lucas, I went into the hospital on my due date expecting to have a baby in a few … [Read more...]