Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day! If you are a mother, you deserve to be celebrated today! I have been a mother since 2005. I don’t remember my first Mother’s day, honestly some day just run into one another. This year I’m celebrating with both my beautiful girls.

PicsArt_05-13-09.53.48I wasn’t entirely sure I ever wanted to be a mother. I was raised by a single mom, I saw how hard she worked and I knew I wanted different things in life than doing the daily grind. I’m so thankful for my mother, she has been such a rock in my life, through all my ups and downs. I wasn’t always the easiest kid to get along with, but she was such a great role model.

I became a mother pretty young, ripe age of 19. I couldn’t believe it. I know I wasn’t ready, but I’ve always been a little bit more mature than others my age. I had no choice but to stay that way.

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Samantha at age 3

When I delivered my oldest daughter, I was shocked, elated, blessed, surprised, happy,  loved and just had a whirl wind of emotions. It was so amazing and lovely. I never knew how much you could love somebody, until that moment. She is the best thing that has ever happened to me, especially at the age of 19. Now fast forward to her being 12, she is still such a blessing and joy. We don’t always get along, but god I love that girl.

I knew I wanted more children someday, it just didn’t seem like it was going to happen. When my husband and I met, Samantha was already 6 years old. That seemed like such a large gap for any future children, and there was no way we were having a kid so soon. Once we were married and felt settled, we decided to start trying and after 9 months, got pregnant with our little one.

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Charlotte 1 day old

When I delivered our daughter, it was the most amazing, beautiful, crazy, love at first sight feeling all over again. I couldn’t believe the amount of love I felt for this little girl. It felt like a crazy emotional roller coaster from the moment I got pregnant, to this long awaited delivery of this baby. Now, I’m a mom of two girls. Two beautiful, amazing little girls.

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My two beautiful girls

Seeing my two girls together soon after her delivery, was a whole new wave of emotion. I love both of my girls and even though being a mother is absolutely the most terrifying, emotional and tiring job I will ever have, I couldn’t imagine my life any other way.

Mothering is tiring, as fuck. It is exhausting, relentless at times. Someday’s I feel like I’m spent by 9am! I’m physically exhausted after a day of chores, nursing my little one and driving the older one to and from everything but when they smile at me, I melt and I’m thankful for everything about them. Parenting a newborn and a tween, man it’s a trip and they aren’t always thankful for me or appreciative BUT I couldn’t imagine doing anything else with my life.

Happy Mother’s Day, I hope you are blessed with someone to do the laundry for you today! 

Summer Scents from Grove Collaborative

My husband and I love to entertain and with Summer fast approaching, we have so many events to plan for. So far we have a promotion ceremony for our oldest, my birthday, Father’s day, a goodbye celebration before we move and of course once we move we will be celebrating that with a BBQ and getting to know our new neighbors. We also planned on having a celebration before school is back in full swing this August with family from out of town.

I’m not stressed, do I look stressed?! I love that I can count on Grove Collaborative to automatically send my favorite cleaning supplies directly to my door. I get a reminder email a few days prior so I an add or remove items. Then bam, it’s at my front door and I didn’t have to put ANY effort into purchasing them. This Summer we are celebrating the beautiful scent’s summer brings with Mrs. Meyer’s.

If you sign up now with Grove Collaborative here, you will receive the following items for FREE, after spending $20 picking out your already favorite products!

  • Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Multi Surface Spray
  • Grove Collaborative Bubble Up
  • Free Shipping & 60 Day VIP Trial

Existing customers will receive free Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges

You can choose from the three summer scents available, which are Honeysuckle, Basil and Radish. I love all three!

Having the VIP status, provides me with free shipping on my monthly orders and I also receive 4 free gifts throughout the year along with personal service from one of the amazing employees.

I’m excited for our Summer plans and stoked to use summer scents to keep my home clean, for all our guests! Head over to the Grove Collaborative and sign up today, the offer ends May 14th, 2017 at 6PM!

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Grove Collaborative: Get Ready for Summer

Summer is getting close, even though our weather has been a bit odd here in the Southwest! We got through Spring cleaning, thanks to the Grove and now it’s time to get ready to host some awesome parties this Summer. Which of course will lead to cleaning the house before and after your friends and family arrive. 

 Grove is a subscription service that delivers natural cleaning, home, beauty, and baby products right to your doorstep, on your schedule. It’s like having an Eco Friendly personal assistant who keeps your home stocked up on the essentials while you relax and sit poolside this summer! 

When you sign up for Grove right now, you’ll get this Summer Chef’s set FREE with your first order of $20. Here’s whats included:

  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap

  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap

  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Spray

  • Free Grove Collaborative Bubble Up

  • Free Shipping & 60 Day VIP Trial

(If you’re already a subscriber, you’ll get a free set of Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges.)


The set is everything you need to make your summer gatherings easy and enjoyable to cleanup. Since you can choose your scents for the free Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap, hand soap, and multi-surface spray, you can create a matching set or mix-and-match your favorites. You should try the basil scent, it smells like the perfect summer herb garden.

I also adore the Grove Collaborative Bubble Up, which is a spring-loaded soap dish and scrub brush. It looks cute near your sink and it’s such a convenient way to tackle kitchen messes. 

After all, that’s what Grove Collaborative is all about: making creating a healthy, beautiful home effortless and affordable. I’ve been using Grove for almost two years now, and I still look forward to my monthly shipment.

Treat yourself to this FREE Summer Chef’s set and give Grove Collaborative a try — I promise you’ll never go back! As a bonus, you’ll be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial when you place your order. That means free shipping, free gifts, price matching, and personal service.


Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here. You will receive the Summer Chef’s Set for free when you sign up!

  2. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive your first box within a few days.

  3. You made it! Click Finish & Pay and place your order. 


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My Own Worst Enemy

Sometimes we need to take time off. Time off for ourselves, from ourselves. We can be our own worst critic. I know I judge myself harder than anyone else. 

We live in a society that everything and everyone has to be perfect, but what is perfect? 

I know I struggle with what I think is the perfect body, perfect hair, perfect makeup, perfect outfit and perfect teeth. I want it all and then some, because in my eyes I don’t have the perfect image.

I’m about 4 months post partum, I struggle with my body image. I’ve always struggled with body image. In high school I wanted to be thin, so I tried bulemia. I figured I could fool my folks into thinking I ate food, then go purge it. 

I struggled with body image after my first born, it drove me into a deep depression. I yo yo dieted, lost tons of weight then gained it all back and then some. After my divorce, I struggled with body image. I was so unhappy during my marriage, I didn’t realize I gained 60 pounds. I eventually became obsessed with working out, I was single, so I ran and went to the gym daily. That was my time when my daughter was away. I then met my amazing husband and when we moved in with one another, I stopped running and going to the gym as much. Yet, I’ve always felt beautiful in front of my husband, be it at 150 pounds of 175 pounds. 

 I still struggled with my self image as the weight crept back on. I hated my thighs, my stomach or whatever else. Over a year ago, I learned I had a thyroid imbalance. Of course getting that corrected, led me to finally get pregnant. I did really well not gaining too much weight, but here I sit, 4 months post partum and 17 pounds away from where I started. Which adds to the 30 I was originally trying to lose. 

So I feel not perfect in my own body. In a society where celebrities look like they lost all their baby weight with delivery, I’m here counting my calories and wishing I could go for a run, alone, and get lost in my steps. Yet, that is so hard to accomplish with a baby who is constantly nursing on you. (And that whole thing of losing 500 calories a day while breastfeeding is a load of crap I think)

As I try to focus on the positive in my life, so many wonderful things have been happening, I still go back to my body image. I try my best to not talk about it out loud in front of my 12 year old, I know she has days she struggles with her own body. Is this something we are born with? Or is it just society around us that makes us question everything? 

I have always used positive words and hardly used the words fat in reference to myself in front of her. But here I am, thinking of how fat I have gotten. How can I improve myself and teach her, along with myself to live our bodies, when all I see in the mirror is fat. 

Something I will try to improve with myself, is learning to love my body after baby. Really, this is a journey not all of us face, but many of us do. I know our bodies are amazing for holding these precious babies for 9 months and it’s strong for that, but the aftermath is a hard reality to deal with, when you’ve grown up hating your body for almost 32 years. 

The B Line

Over the weekend our family was in Tucson, AZ for some family events. We had decided to go out to lunch and it was up to our oldest daughter to choose a place this time. This could go one of two ways. 1.) She picks something only she likes, like a chain Chinese restaurant.  2.) She surprises us and picks a local restaurant.

I’m not saying I had much pull in this, but I did text her a link with the “Top Ten Restaurants in Tucson”. I was being hopeful she would choose something from there so we don’t have to eat at her favorite place. SURPRISE!! She chose a local fav from the list, The B Line.

It is located in downtown Tucson, near the university at 621 N 4th Avenue. I searched the menu, prior to arriving, so that I had an idea of what to expect. (Whatever, I’m weird like that and I’m totally glad I did.) The restaurant is busy and I’m the type of person who has to read pretty much the whole menu prior to ordering. The menu is a large chalk board on the wall with everything written down (kinda hard to read when it’s so busy and you are toting two kids). They also have a collection of delicious desserts in a rotating pie case, I avoided that at all costs.

When we pulled up, my husband and I agreed we weren’t trendy enough to be here, however we trucked on through the door with our newborn and tween. When you walk in, you notice that there is bar stool seating at large windows, a few high top tables and a few tables off to the side of the ordering counter. The young guy at the counter was super nice and friendly, easy to talk too and had a warmness about him. We placed our orders, sadly our family didn’t venture out too far with our orders and we ordered pretty much the same thing. I ordered a carne asada burrito, our daughter SJ had the same thing except without pico de gallo and my husband ordered a mahi mahi burrito. The drink choices were bottled sodas, tea or water.

Our burritos arrived, however my daughter’s and mine were switched so she ate about 1/4 of mine before realizing there was pico de gallo in it…. Once we switched she was happy as a clam. Our daughter said “They should open a restaurant in Disneyland, it is so good!”

The burritos have carne asada, pico de gallo, mexican rice and veggies, wrapped in a delicious tortilla. They come with a side of chips and homemade salsa. My husband ate the mahi mahi burrito, he said it was the best fish burrito he has ever had!

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The atmosphere is trendy and bustling with a variety of people, from young college students, families and couples. We enjoyed the delicious food and the service was excellent. The B Line offers more than burritos though, they do have tacos, pasta bowls, sandwiches and salads. They also offer breakfast before 11AM during the week and until noon on the weekends.

The menu is diverse and caters to many people, vegetarians included! The food is delicious and priced well for all that you get on your plate. If you are near the downtown Tucson area check out The B Line!

 

Blog post is about my travels, all opinions and photographs are my own!

Simple Cookie Dessert

Are you in a crunch to make an adorable dessert? My oldest daughter and I created a simple and delicious cookie concoction in minutes, before it was time for a get together. Using pre-made ingredients makes this so simple and it looks like you put a bit of thought into your recipe!

Makes 12 Cookie Sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • Pillsbury Ready to Bake Sugar Cookies (24 Count) – We did an Easter theme
  • Frosting of your choice – We chose Vanilla
  • Sprinkles, lots and lots of Sprinkles

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Utensils: 

  • Cookie Sheet
  • Spatula
  • Piping bag or butter knife to spread frosting
  • Small dish/bowl to hold sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Bake the cookies according to package
  2. Once cookies are cool, frost 12 of them. We used a Wilton frosting kit, using a butter knife would totally work too.
  3. Top the 12 frosted cookies, with the remaining cookies.
  4. Roll the sides of the cookie sandwiches (with frosting poking out a bit) in the sprinkles.
  5. Enjoy!

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