One Inspired, But Tired Momma!

For those that know me, you know that I have a tendency to dream big.  I always feel like I can take on one more project, one more thing and so I jump in with both feet. In the last two years, I have had a baby (definitely all in on that), pumped up my Etsy shop, taken on a team leader position, taken on tutoring clients two nights a week, and started a blog. Oh I have also decided that for my health and to be a good role model for L I need to get back in shape.  Of course all this in addition to all the other mom/wife/teacher things that we all do everyday.  I love it, I thrive on having something to do, a challenge and on letting my creativity run a little wild.   It makes me feel inspired to think of all my dreams for my little life.  Well, 99% of the time I feel inspired, but to be honest there is about 1% of the time, I just want to grab my little man and snuggle up in bed for a few days….Please, tell me someone else feels this way sometimes?!?! This momma is tired! (more…)

Cherry Blossom 10-Miler Recap

cherry blossom 10 milerHiii! Okay, I promise I’m still alive… it’s been awhile though. Between work, family life, and my little “side hustle”, things have been pretty crazy. Oh, not to mention that fact that our house has been a germ factory for over 3 weeks. The three of us have had some sort of cold or infection nonstop. There was a period of about 10 days where no one got much sleep. Honestly, I don’t know how anyone with non-sleeping kiddos does it. I was a MESS. Lindsey can attest to it. I practically broke down one day last week. There’s a reason sleep deprivation is a torture tactic, ya’ll. Anyway, we are all mostly (fingers crossed) healthy, and back to sleeping once again. Hallelujah! So, alas… time to finally recap my Cherry Blossom 10-miler… (more…)

What We Love Wednesday Spring Break Edition

Hi there, coming to you this week from Spring Break in Myrtle Beach! One of the major perks of teaching is that I have some time off to spend with family! My mom and I packed up L and headed south for the week! The weather is perfect and we are having a great time!  We are even heading to Charlestown today to visit with one of my favorite friends from college!  Don’t worry, I will be sharing a full recap as well as some tips fro traveling with a toddler once we return home!  The trip has been really relaxing and laid back, without much of a plan besides making sure L gets his naps and heads to bed a semi-normal time.  This week I am loving many things, but I narrowed it down a little to share with you! (more…)

See the Able, Not the Label: Sharing Some Disability Awareness

As many people know, April is Autism Awareness Month.  As a special education teacher at an elementary school, my co-worker and I set up a Disability Awareness Week last week at our school.  I work with children everyday with and without disabilities and they all have strengths and traits that make them unique and amazing. It was an amazing week with great discussions and love spread throughout our school.

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Welcome Back, What We Love

Whoops and wow! Somehow we blinked and missed a few weeks!  Sorry about that, but we don’t have to tell you how life can be!! It has been a wild couple weeks around here with sick babies, Crystal training for a 10-miler, Lindsey training for a 10K and both of us being super occupied at work.  More on those in a later post or two.

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Germs, Germs, Germs: Sick Baby and Mom Guilt

I am not sure about the rest of you, but I am ready for the germs of this season to be GONE.  Somehow, after just finishing up with the flu about a week and a half ago, L woke up yesterday morning with another bug. Is there anything worse than a sick baby? I got the call at daycare around 10:00 that he had thrown up and needed to be picked up.  Lucky for us, my MIL lives right up the street from our daycare provider and is retired so she is always more than willing to grab our little man.

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A Lesson in Grace

grace not perfection

Okay, admit it. We’ve all had one of those days. Those days where you’re not sure whether to scream or crawl back in bed – or maybe scream into the pillow as you crawl back into bed? Those days that make you second guess it all. Well, yesterday was one of those.

After a somewhat restless night (for both myself and H), I woke with a full blown head cold. My head was pounding, my nose was stuffed, and the last thing I wanted to do was get dressed for work. As I look over at the monitor to see H sitting upright in bed, babbling away happily to her toys I think “HOW is she so happy? She barely slept!” Seriously, where does she get that energy from? This magical child surely must be stealing it from me. Anyway, off I went – got myself and H ready (barely) and went about our usual morning/daycare drop off routine. (more…)

Munchkin Cup, Miracle or Not?

When it comes to sippy cups, there are about 1,000,000 choices out there for moms.  They all claim to the best spill-proof, leak-proof, miracle sippy cup that moms and babies will just go gaga over.

When it comes to babies, L is pretty easy.  He sleeps through the night (most of the time), eats well, doesn’t suck his thumb or use a pacifier and gave up his baby bottle pretty easy.  Is that last thing because we really did hit the holly grail and find a miracle sippy cup?  I’m not sure, but I do know that for us, this cup by Munchkin has been great.  It is called the 360 cup because the baby can drink out of any area around the cup, just like an adult cup. We use it for milk, and a more bottle type cup for his water.  I thought I would give a little review for any of you out there that are getting ready to make the transition to a cup.  I will put out there, that he has also tried other cups and liked them, but this was the first one he seemed to really love.

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DIY Lavender and Peppermint Lip Balm

I don’t know about where you are, but here in Maryland, winter has just decided to show up, and with it dry air which means dry, chapped lips.  I live on lip balm in the winter months and always have one tucked away anywhere I spend more than 10 minutes of my day. I really like a few brands, but it can get expensive and some have all kinds of chemicals in them.  I decided I needed to find an alternative so, I did some research and came up with a few recipes that I kinda merged together to make my own DIY lip balm.

I will say, the upfront cost is more than buying a tube of lip balm at your local store, but this recipe filled 7 of my little tins (10 ml) and then I have a ton of left over supplies to try out new scents and such! You can try this with any oil you love, but I am in love with this lavender and peppermint combo that my favorite yoga teacher turned me onto. This stuff is great and really moisturizes my lips, it’s smooth and smells like heaven!

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What We Love Wednesday: Women Who Rock

Last week was International Women’s Day, and while we are a week late, we are still into celebrating strong, creative and supportive women!  We are so lucky to have so many women in our lives who are just that.  As small business owners, there have been a few people who have really helped us out this past year or so, and some people we have come to admire and look up to.  We have listed a few women who rock below for you to check out.  They are really talented at what they do, and are willing to answer questions and give love whenever we have asked! (more…)