Thoughts This Mother’s Day

Artwork by: Venice Happy Mother’s Day, Mommas! I know it has been a bit since we have connected so I wanted to take a moment to explain our brief hiatus.  Recently, I lost two very dear friends to me.  I loved them like family and it has taken me a while to process their passing.  I have run the gamut of emotion and what I have come away from it all with is as follows.

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Highs and Lows

Happy Friday, Mommas! I don’t know about you but this week has crawled by for me and I am sure the rest of my household would agree.  I feel like the list of things to do with a third child has not only tripled but quadrupled.  In fact,  I will go as far as saying whatever comes after quadrupled would be an adequate description regarding the increase in the amount of shit that needs to get done.  

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Men who cook: Turkey Chili 🌶

Turkey Chili By: Danny ( my beautiful chef of a husband) Note: My husband is an excellent cook! Excellent. He spends hours upon hours in the kitchen making sure the flavors are perfection. I would argue any day of the week that cooking is one of his great passions in life and he would argue that feeding his family is his real passion. We could both settle the argument by saying both are true but we are both too stubborn for that;) The passion he has in the kitchen is something to watch! So, this is not a recipe for the quick and easy weekday meal.  This is one to take your time with over the course of a Sunday. But I promise you, it is worth every second! Delicious! Hope you enjoy:)

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Finding Yourself Outside of “Mom” Again

None of us go into motherhood thinking that it will change us. Next thing we know, we’re standing in the checkout line of the grocery store in the same sweatpants we’ve been wearing for three days, ponytail disheveled, with that vacant expression staring into the outer depths of the ice cream aisle as one of our fourteen hundred kids tug at our wrinkled shirts for a candy bar. We look behind us at the super cute, and super bouyant twenty-something girl behind us, who is staring back at us like we’re their mother, and suddenly we’re faced with just how much we’ve been sucked into the blackhole of motherhood. If this sounds at all familiar, trust me, it’s not just you. At some point or another, it’s all of us.

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Happy Monday!

Why do Mondays always roll around so much faster than Fridays!? Since there seems to be no stopping this whole Monday thing, I’ve decided to take on the whole if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em type mindset. It’s way better sailing into Monday thinking of it as a fresh start with tons of opportunity as opposed to just the end of your weekend.  So, in the spirit of embracing Mondays, here are a few of my favorite links that I turn to when I need a little inspiration; anything from recipes and design to community and laughs.  Hope you enjoy! http://tiffanithiessen.com/ I LOVE Tiffani Thiessan. I’ve been a big fan ever since her Kelly Kapowski days on Saved By The Bell and now I’m an even bigger fan. I’m totally hooked on her new show, Dinner at Tiffanis!  Her blog offers recipes, design ideas, ways to entertain and snapshots of her life. http://www.thehonesttoddler.com/?m=1 I’m obsessed with The Honest Toddler anything! I follow her on every facet of social media.  Her hilarious take on parenthood keeps me going throughout the day. http://www.scarymommy.com/about-scary-mommy/ Scary Mommy is a blog written by a slew of super funny and talented mothers.  Their spot on take on motherhood makes me feel a little less crazy 😜  http://cupcakesandcashmere.com/ When I have a little free time I like reading this blog so I feel like I’m somewhat caught up on the latest fashion and trends. Recently, I was in desperate need for new makeup so I looked […]

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Cheers!

Well folks, today is World Bartender Day!  Woo hoo!! This day is not to be mistaken for Bartender Appreciation Day which is celebrated on December 6th.  As a former bartender, I am very pleased that we have, not one, but two holidays dedicated to our services! When I first moved to Los Angeles, I worked three different waiting tables and bartending jobs.  While most of my friends were beginning their very stable careers and families back on the east coast, I was continuing my career in the service industry while pursuing my dreams as an actress on the west coast.  There were, of course, times when I questioned my decisions and compared my late nights to their early mornings.  I questioned myself as I watched them, one by one, meet and marry their husbands.  And, while I was busy getting people drunk (myself being one of these people), sleeping until 10am and working until 3am they were becoming pregnant and having babies.  Still, I pressed on and “followed my bliss”!  Lol. Why Lol?  Because, in your early twenties it’s less following your bliss and more trying not to fall on your face; at least for me.  My time in my twenties was full of heartache, turmoil, partying and extravagance and also with fun, excitement, growing, sheer beauty and of course–youth!! They say that youth is wasted on the young and as I look back at these photos, I would have to agree.  I mean, I am still young but I […]

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Breast Isn’t Always Best

While I love all of the beautiful photos of women nursing newborns and am a huge advocate for breastfeeding, it is a FULL TIME job and not an easy one. With my son I had an extremely difficult time producing enough milk so I had to supplement with formula which pretty much made me feel like a failure. It was devastating to me. With Savannah, while I don’t have a problem producing this go around I have had extremely rough days. I am completely sleep deprived which is no bueno for anyone and she can get extremely fussy at the breast for reasons I have yet to understand. I had a major meltdown last Thursday when, after weeks of feeding fine, she would not latch. My three year old kept running into the room just as I would get her calm and just about ready to sleep and she would awake in a screaming fit. I then would yell at him to leave the room when all he wanted to do was play with me which made him scream and cry which, in turn, made me scream and cry and the cycle continued. My husband came home to a house full of tears and “suggested” I quit nursing. I did stick with it and eventually we fell into a calmer routine and things are back on track. But, man it was tough for a bit. I just wanted to share how difficult breastfeeding can be and you have to do […]

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