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Mom Crush Monday – 7 Goals Every Mom Should Have for Herself

 Happy Monday mamas!  One of the cool things that I have enjoyed as part of this blogging community has been connecting with other women and mothers like ourselves.  As such, I wanted to start something new where every Monday from now until Mother’s Day I feature a “Mom Crush Monday” post where I share a blogger that I enjoy following and a post of theirs that I think is special. 

To kick us off I am sharing Sierra from Beautifully Candid. Sierra is a fellow boymama like myself who is candid in sharing her experiences in motherhood. I love how real she and I admire her sense of humor, which is so important.  Here is her post 7 Goals Every Mom Should Have For Herself.

The past few weeks it seems like my boys have been sick off and on which has really limited us to being able to do alot.  On a good note, the slower pace has been nice for a change. I guess in between dealing with cleanup duty, I’ve had some time to sit around and think while everyone’s laid out on the couch watching Paw Patrol. I have all of these goals and self inflections that keep popping into my head.

I shared the above picture on my instagram last week because as much as we have so much fun and enjoy all of our adventures together, there are days where it is not easy. Having two under two was no walk in the park, but at the same time, I wouldn’t trade if for the world.

I’m thankful early on as a mother I was able to accept that things aren’t perfect, life with kids is messy and even when you think you have something figured out, usually one of them throws a monkey wrench in there and you need to adapt all over again.

I’m sharing what’s helped me as a mom, and when you think about it, we’re all in this together and can learn a thing or two from each other.

1. Give yourself grace: this has been the biggest one for me and such a weight lifted off of my shoulders when I accepted that perfection doesn’t exist. Let me rephrase that, I never really strived for perfection, but I think when you have an idea of motherhood in your head and it doesn’t go as planned, you need to give yourself grace. Before I had kids, I thought I had this parenting concept in the bag. I would look at other kids and think, not-ah, that won’t be my kid. I will not be a mom who takes my kids to McDonald’s, my kids are going to have cute clothes and they are going to use their manners always. Ha! Oh silly me. Sometimes momming can catch up to you and you need to  remind yourself that we’re all human and grace is a beautiful thing.

2. Build your confidence as a mom: there are some people that are really gifted and great with kids no matter what the situation is. I’m sure being a kid whisperer must be a thing right? I have friends who are teachers and some that have psychology degrees, and I would think, if I just knew a little bit more about dealing with kids maybe I could master this whole mom thing. What I’ve come to learn is regardless of your background, you know what’s best for your child and are a master in your own way. If you are confident in your abilities as a parent, it will switch your whole outlook and allow you to handle situations differently and utilize what works best for you.

3. Trust your instincts: It’s going to be a reoccurring thing over here with me saying you know your kid best because I truly believe that. When it comes to them not feeling well, grasping certain things or displaying odd behaviors, trust your gut.

4. Learn how to ask for help: this should seem like an easy one but you would be surprised at some people who are just not able to swallow their pride. I don’t think it makes you any less of a person if you reach out to someone and say “I can’t do it today” or “can you please help?” In fact, I applaud you for that. It’s ok to admit that on some days we might need an extra hand or a few minutes to just step away. In the end, it’s usually beneficial for everyone involved.

5. Learn how to say I’m sorry: this has also been a big one for me. I don’t intentionally do it but I’ve been guilty of automatically assuming that my older son has been the trouble maker in some of their toddler scuffles. I mean, knocking over someone’s Lego castle that they worked hard on is not cool. I’ve been in the other room preparing dinner and heard cries coming down the hall. Little nugget will run to me and without hearing the full story I’ve been quick to want to put A on a time-out. After I slow down and hear the whole story I’ve had to apologize several times for my own actions and mistakes as a parent. I think it’s so important for our children to hear when we are sorry and admit our mistakes.

6. Downtime goals: It’s important to also figure out a way to work in some downtime for yourself. This is something I have to remind myself of frequently because usually when I sit down I’m thinking about the three baskets of laundry in my room that I have yet to get to and still working on my superpowers to blink and magically make them go away. I always feel better after a cup of hot tea, lighting a scented candle, putting my phone away and catching up on one of my shows.

7. Learn how to laugh: some days I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, sometimes both, or maybe even at the same time. There’s a reason why we’re taught a cheerful heart is good like medicine. I can’t say we’re like this all the time and I don’t want to come off like a mom who laughs at her kids when the are upset, that’s not the case. But sometimes they come out with the silliest excuses to things, like how they can’t pick up their toys because their legs don’t work. You can’t help but laugh or you might drive yourself crazy. I also think a smile is contagious. If one of us starts smiling or laughing it creates a ripple effect and everyone ends up in a better mood.

Here’s to laughing, crying, saying I’m sorry, being confident and giving ourselves grace. You got this mama!

Thank you so much Sierra for sharing this piece with us! I think there are so many important reminders for all of us mamas. What is one thing you’ve learned on your motherhood journey?

Have a great week!

0 In fashion/ friday favorites/ Lifestyle/ Target

Friday favorites – Hunter boots at Target, Non-Candy Easter basket ideas and more

Happy Friday!!!! Who’s ready for the weekend? I know I am! So much happened this week. Anyone else still recovering from daylight savings?  My little dude started walking (yayyy!!!) and chasing him has become my new cardio so that’s a plus. Also we got pounded with what felt like 10 feet of snow, well not really, but I’m so ready for spring weather! Speaking of spring, I thought I’d do another Friday Favorites post and this one’s got spring in mind. I’m sharing ways to score a pair of Hunter boots from Target, a delish chocolate Guinness milkshake for St Patrick’s Day, some of my favorite non-candy Easter basket ideas and more!

So lets get to it with my Friday Favorites:
(Disclaimer-this post contains sponsored links)

1.) Hunter boots at Target –  If you didn’t already hear, Hunter boots are coming to Target! Yes that’s right, I’ll say it again, Hunter boots are coming to Target.  I have been dying to get a pair of Hunter boots but I could never justify the price. Well, now I can.

Hunter boots at Target

On April 14th, just in time for spring, Target will be releasing the brand Hunter for Target.  Hunter for Target will feature their famous boots as well as other apparel for the whole family at affordable prices.  The original wellies usually retail for $150 but you can grab them at Target for about $30! (Have I told you how much I love Target?) 

Buuuttt, there is a but. This is a limited collection lasting from April 14-June 14 while supplies last. And we all know how popular these rain boots are.

So how can you score yourself a pair of Hunter boots from Target? Girl, I got you.

  • First, if you’re not a Target Red Card holder, get yourself one.  Red Card holders get early online access to the new brand starting on April 7th.  This is my recommendation. Not a Red Card holder? Apply here!
  • Secondly, run, don’t walk. Seriously. Scope out the closest Target store near you and make sure they’re going to be getting the brand and then get your booty in line.  


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2.) Chocolate Guinness Milkshake – Alright friends, Irish or not, St Patrick’s Day is tomorrow and I got the perfect drink for you! My Chocolate Guinness Milkshake is the perfect blend of chocolately stouty goodness.  Get the recipe

Chocolate Guinness Milkshake St Patricks Day drinks

3.) Non-candy Easter basket ideas – No week is complete without a trip to Target and this week in the dollar bin I scored some cute stuff for my little one’s Easter basket. With Easter less than 3 weeks away, I shared some of my favorite Non-candy Easter basket ideas on the blog.  Check them out here

Non-candy Easter basket ideas

4.) One Hope Wine – So I was recently gifted a bottle of this California Brut Sparkling Wine by One Hope Wine and I am in love! Not only is it so refreshing, I love how festive the bottle is, it’s perfect for bridal showers, bachelorette parties, or any occasion. And when you purchase a bottle, proceeds go to feed children in need through Why Hunger. Since I love it so much and I am all for a good cause use my promo code HEARTBEAT15 and get 15% off your order now

One Hope Wine

5) Lara baseball tee in mint by Goodrow Clothing –  Ok so this spring I am all about the florals and this shirt has quickly become my favorite. It’s super soft, stretchy, and how gorgeous are these colors? Get one for yoself!

spring fashion

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!
What are some of your favorites from this week? 

XO, 

5 In Lifestyle/ Motherhood/ Support

Millennial Mamas and how we are redefining motherhood

Millennial Mamas redefining motherhood

Millennial mamas are changing the face of motherhood as we know it.  By definition a millennial is anyone born from the early 1980s-early 2000s. We have been described as being self-involved (let me take a selfie), lazy and entitled but when it comes to motherhood we can teach the other generations a thing or two.

Here are some of the ways millennial mamas prove we are the generation that kicks ass.

1.) We are educated – According to the White House Council of Economic Advisors, more millennials have a college education compared to any other generation.  And you know what they say, knowledge is power.

2.) We are independent– Due to all that education, more and more mamas are bringing home the bacon and frying it up in the pan! In fact, many moms say that working gives them a sense of identity in addition to mom, but we are always mom first. And now more than ever there are more single moms raising kids by themselves, balancing that work and homelife. Our generation was taught how to take care of ourselves and we don’t do it because we have to but because we choose to.

3.) We’re technologically savvy – From the good old days of the original Oregon Trail on those big clunky computers to macbook pros, Siri, and Alexa, we have watched the face of technology change right before our very eyes. So it’s no wonder we are the most technologically sound. It has been estimated that we spend on average about 17.4 hours per week on social media.  We are connected and informed and it allows us to make educated choices. Where our parents turned to their families for advice, we have Google and mom blogs. We also have a huge support system across all of our feeds where we inspire and empower each other #communityovercompetition #werisebyliftingothers.

4.) We value family – Maybe it’s because we are busier more than ever and we don’t all work a traditional 9-5 job, but we look forward to family dinners and spending time together on the weekends. In fact it has been found that millennial parents are spending more time with their children than parents did in the 50’s and 60’s. And what’s even more, millennial moms enjoy motherhood.

5.) We are health conscious and care about a company’s values – Our kids eat organic pureed kale, we love our essential oils and we shop local. The reality is, there are more and more chronic comorbidities and we want our families to be healthy and they deserve the best quality.  And we know it’s important to teach our children about recycling, sustainable living and taking care of our bodies.

6.) We are real – Think of Pink’s selfie where she was breastfeeding her son while getting her makeup done before doing a concert (All the praise hands!) We are raw. And we embrace imperfecton. We know it’s ok if we can’t shower every day, the kids have too much screen time so we can clean the house, or we’re walking around with spit up on our sweater. We’re all human and we’ve all been there.

So there ya have it. Millennial mamas – we are smart, multitasking, powerful women who embrace #momlife and can truly have it all. So instead of cringing, I couldn’t be more proud to be lumped into the category of “milennial” right about now. 

So go ahead and share this post with your mom tribe!

millennial mama

0 In holidays/ Lifestyle

My winter bucket list

Happy Friday and Happy December 1st!  Only 24 more sleeps til Christmas!

Today I’m feeling like baking some cookies, watching Christmas movies all day and drinking hot cocoa.  So in spirit of all things holidays I have put together a Winter Bucket List of things I’m looking forward to doing this year.

1.) Put up our tree
2.) Drive around and look at Christmas lights
3.) Take Maxwell to see Santa
4.) Bake Christmas cookies
5.) Play in the snow with Maxwell
6.) Drink homemade Baileys
7.) Make handprint ornaments
8.) Have a picnic on the living room floor by the fire
9.) Wear comfy pjs and watch Christmas movies all day
10.) Do something for a family in need
11.) Go skating
12.) Feed the reindeer
13.) Make a big comfy blanket
14.) Go snow tubing
15) Make gingerbread pancakes
16.) Read a book for fun
17.) Plan a fancy dinner to cook at home
18.) Organize all of my photos and make a photo album
19.) Do some meditation
20.) Have a wine night with friends

What are some things on your winter bucket list this year?