My mother is Italian, and I come from a loving, high energy and very effusive family. No emotions on lockdown when I was growing up, (nothing has changed in that). Open expressions of love and feelings were never prohibited, and I’ll say with amusement that my energetically open, affectionate and readily communicative style of living was definitely something for my sweet husband to adjust to. But despite having grown up with such love and depth, I wasn’t prepared for the beyond intense, past all consuming feeling that is being a mom.
I don’t think anything, or anyone, can actually prepare you for the insanely, crazily beautiful, soul devouring, [...]
My husband and I like to have a date night out every few weeks. We strongly believe in showing our relationship one-on-one attention in order to allow it to grow. While I love dressing up, trying a new restaurant and grabbing my favorite martini from the local sushi restaurant, sometimes going out isn’t an option. Between my husband’s work schedule and living on a small island, finding a babysitter can sometimes be tough. But having to stay at home shouldn’t mean that you can’t have your very own date night! Whether you are staying home this Valentine’s Day because you couldn’t get a babysitter or because you just want to avoid the crowds, there are still plenty of [...]
When I found out I was pregnant with my first child, my husband had just started medical school. We had just gotten married and moved, and BAM. We weren’t planning on having babies until a little further down the road, but hey, God’s plan is better than mine. I was a twenty-three-year-old newlywed looking for a job. I wanted to put my BioSci degree to use. Actually, I felt like I had to put it to use. I owed that to my parents who were still paying off my student loans (God bless them for that). Then I got my first big girl job as an insurance agent. I would commute to a town thirty minutes away to sell health insurance while my husband was in school during the day. Salary + [...]
How amazing is that baby smell? Those of us currently in possession of smelly elementary school kids longingly remember that squishy, powdery deliciousness as though it were yesterday. Sadly, at my house, that tantalizing eau d’enfant has been replaced by armpit stench and foot odor that emanates from those precious little bodies of mine like a pungent green cloud.
Fear not. If your kids have lost that fresh infant scent, I have some solutions. Even though my third grader might balk at smelling like a newborn, I’ve added a few things to my grocery list I used to buy when my children were younger. Do you smell the end of your womb nugget’s babyhood rapidly approaching? [...]
When my first baby turned one I was that mom who had planned the party for months and had a secret Pinterest board full of ideas. I’m not kidding, I literally spent hours pinning decorations, cakes, and décor. My car was on autopilot as I drove to Michael’s and Hobby Lobby in the weeks leading up to the big event. Amazon Prime was my best friend and UPS was delivering things for the party on an almost daily basis.
I had a lot of fun and in the process I learned that I was craftier than I had given myself credit for. My parents had come to visit, and I’ll never forget my mom and I staying up until 3 am the night before the party making sure that we had everything [...]
As a mom with two young kids there are times when I need some cash – fast. It takes a little planning ahead, but here are two easy ways you can make money today.
1. Sell Gently Used Kids Clothing and Toys
This is great to do before or after a birthday or Christmas. I know my kids outgrow clothes/shoes/toys so fast and they are still in good shape. Take some time and go through closets and toy baskets to collect items that no longer fit or toys that are no longer played with. I make this a family activity and have the kids help. They don’t necessarily LOVE this, but I have been known to offer a small reward like a Redbox movie or small ice cream cone when [...]