I hope all you mommas out there had a great Mother’s Day. I am not just talking to those of you that have human sons and daughters. One thing I have learned in my adult life, especially during recent years as my friends move through stages of our lives and I work in a school, is that moms come in many shapes and forms. There moms that have human children they gave birth to or adopted. Moms that have step children that they raise as their own children. Moms that have fur children. Moms that step in when a mom can’t and give their whole heart. Moms who have yet to give birth but became a mom the second they found out that baby was coming. Moms who want a child so bad they can ache, but are struggling with fertility. Moms who have suffered the unfathomable loss of a child. Moms of grown children, moms of toddlers, moms of children they teach, moms of children in the neighborhood, the list goes on. What ever mom you are, know this: you are a star. You are amazing! You are doing the best you can and damn it, that is enough! (more…)
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…)
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…)
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.
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.
In the meantime, here are a few things we have been loving lately! (more…)
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.
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.
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!
By now, you know I am a working mom. I am a special education teacher. Being a teacher is a huge part of my identity, it is more than what I do, it is part of who I am. Other than a mermaid (which I still want to be!) I have never wanted to have any other career. My students mean the world for me and I love each of them dearly and the people I work with are like family. I even have a work wife! I LOVE my job. I can’t imagine my life without being a teacher. In fact, this post has been sitting in the draft folder for several weeks because I was afraid people would read the title and get the wrong idea. What if people thought i didn’t love what I do? So, that is why I feel the need to explain why I love my job, but not going to work.
You may be asking yourself how can that be? How can you love a job, but hate going to work? Aren’t they are the same thing?
Hip, hip hooray, its Saturday! Whew, this week was a long one! I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just need a little toast to myself for making it through the week! Crystal and I both love our coffee, (who doesn’t) but sometimes, life deserves a little bubbly! I love classic mimosas but every now and then I like to mix it up with a little twist. I thought some other moms, friends of moms may like a few ideas on how to shake things up and add a little twist to your classic mimosa. (more…)