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Mom Guilt: Why We Really Need To Let Go Of The Shame and Start Living Our Lives
August 8, 2017 at 1:32 am 0
Hey Ya'll I am back. Sorry there was a short hiatus here, but I have been working on a couple of things for all of you. One of them being this new series which you can follow over on my Instagram. Motherhood, it is an amazing journey filled with endless love. Yet, there are many aspects of Motherhood that people just really try not to talk about. We all have many, as I like to call them, "not so chic moments" of Motherhood. One of them being, Mom guilt.   Mom guilt as I like to call it, has many...many forms. You leave your kids to go to work and make a living... you feel guilty. You go out to see your girlfriends once a month... you feel guilty. You tell your child the cookies are gone and you secretly ate them in the bathroom, well because you needed that cookie and some alone time... you feel guilty. Oh and the above image is when my child decided to one up me and put herself in time out. Guess what?? It seriously gave me Mom guilt because I started to think I put her in time out too much! Okay, that last one is a true story...guilty as charged over here, but is anyone else tired of the Mom guilt? I think we can be honest that we all don't love every single minute of Motherhood. We aren't robots and we most definitely are not perfect. So I am starting this little series in which every Monday I will share on my Instagram and blog a favorite Mom guilt from the last week. I hope this sparks conversation for us in which we can talk about it, laugh about it and for goodness sakes start living a little without it? Have you had any Mom Guilt Moments?  
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The Perfect, Kid Friendly Guacamole Recipe
February 22, 2017 at 6:29 am 0
Does your household celebrate taco Tuesday? Turkey tacos and guacamole is a constant in our house. One of my biggest cravings that I had when pregnant with Willow was avocados. It's no wonder that she also loves them! As a Mom, I really appreciate finding easy recipes that I know the whole family can enjoy. I snagged this 5 minute recipe from one of my best girl friends, India and it has remained a favorite for the last several years. You can really make it two ways, one for your children to enjoy and one with a kick of jalapeños that really gives it a spicy kick.

Gather your ingredients:

4 Ripe Avocados (press them gently, they should give a little)

1/4 red onion, finely chopped

1/2 vine tomato, finely chopped

1/2 lemon

salt

 

Instructions:

  1. Cut Avocados in half, remove the pit. Score the inside of the avocado with a knife and scoop out the flesh with a spoon into a bowl. I mash the avocado just a bit, as I really like it stay chunky.
  2. Add chopped onion and tomatoes, mash again to mix.
  3. Squeeze half a lemon to add juice to guacamole and salt to taste. Mash again to mix.
  4. Serve immediately with your favorite chips, raw vegetables, or as a topping to your tacos! Enjoy!

*To make the spicy adult version, I add a 1/4 of a fresh, chopped jalapeño to step 2.

Photo Credit: Kate Hauschka Photography  
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Our Secret Spot and The Nuby Bath Book
October 29, 2015 at 1:32 am 0
You know those days when you feel a little overwhelmed as a parent. The house is a mess, laundry is everywhere and I probably have Cheerios stuck to my face. The only good thing to do is...well go for a walk (haha leave, and run away) with my little girl. We always find comfort in our walks and exploring the nature around our house. Our favorite place to run away to is the beach. I always grab a blanket, some snacks and toys. One of Willow's favorite toys is actually this Nuby Bath Book. Yes I know it's meant for the tub, but its the perfect material for the beach, playground or park with its water-proof pages. The book is durable and easily to clean, and even has hidden squeakers that Willow just finds hilarious. It's perfect for all ages and can be found at Meijer. After Willow has had her fun reading her Nuby book, and enjoying a snack, we walk back to our messy house, and you know what...it's all just fine! I find it puts things in perspective and that my time with her is all that matters! image-3 image
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The Best Baby Shoes For Your New Little Walker
October 21, 2015 at 1:19 pm 0
Watching your little babe take their first steps is such an exciting time for baby and parents. I remember Willow taking her first steps, and then I felt like she was running! Once she was up and running I immediately went through all the cute and adorable shoes in her closet we had been given or that I bought thinking she will definitely wear these. I know cute baby shoes can be hard to resist, but some are just not made for early walkers. So here are some tricks to finding a great shoe for your cruising little one.

Robeez:

The company's high quality leather is built to promote natural foot function (the company even has a Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association for their shoe design that flexes and bends with your baby's foot)

Stride Rite:

Known for their durability and adjustable straps. Stride Rite also provides a helpful sizing chart you can utilize online before buying.

Pediped:

Also approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association for promoting healthy foot development. The company's soft, flexible soles allows children to closely mimic barefoot walking. Their footwear system has three stages: for babies learning to walk, the active toddler transitioning from learning to walk to on the-go, and finally the confident walker.

TIPS and TRICKS:

  • According to the American Academy of Pediatrics your baby learns to walk by gripping their toes on the ground (this is how your baby learns to balance, leaving them barefoot at home when taking their first steps is recommended). They do not need arch support when starting to walk. Most toddlers have flat feet because their arch is still developing.
  • Ensure the shoe fits properly, if your baby is wearing an ill-fitting shoe it may take longer for them to develop the skill of walking or it may cause them to trip.
  • You can find shoe stores that have trained staff to measure the length and width of your child's foot to ensure proper sizing. TIP: Go early in the morning or late afternoon, as children's feet can tend to swell throughout the day.
  • Finally find brands that are made specifically for walking toddlers. They should be made of lightweight, high-quality leather or mesh. My top three favorite brands: Robeez, Stride rite, and PediPed.
  • To check the fit: feel the shoe's tip while your child is standing, and ensure there is at least about half an inch of space between the big toe and the tip of the shoe. Let your toddler run around the store to check the fit before purchasing.
 

XOXO...HAPPY WALKING!

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Moccasins | Photo Credit: Kate Hauschka Photography

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Summer Lovin’
July 15, 2015 at 5:55 am 0
Summer is one of my favorite seasons, but sometimes it is just so hot! I just left Willow in her Honest diaper because the poor thing was sweating like a little turkey. Obviously this lady could not go naked, so I had to throw something on. When dressing for summer, I like finding clothes with light weight material, that are comfortable and easy to wear. This jumpsuit is effortless, as in I literally did not have to think when I found it in my closet this morning! It's not skin tight, and leaves extra room for some air to circulate. Also I figured the cute star pattern might hide the inevitable sweat stains I'm bound to get after chasing my nugget around. I found multiple similar jumpsuits all for under $50 to help keep you all stylish and cool for summer.

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Photo Credit: Kate Hauschka

Jumpsuit: Billabong (currently sold out) -See similar above.

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