Mama Moments

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon a blog while I was looking for #mommybloggers like myself and found the Honest Mama Blog, written by Hannah and it was one of those findings that was the right time, right place type of thing.

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After reading most of the things she wrote, I  thought well maybe I should start a series here on my blog doing something similar.  Now I am no where near as great of a writer as Hannah and I entirely encourage you to read a lot of what she wrote because not only is it good writing but a lot of what she has to say isn't out there in the world. And us not-so-perfect Mama's need to hear it. 

The world has sugar-coated everything out there regarding Motherhood and made a lot of us feel like shitty mom's because our experience isn't what everyone says it would be/should be. 

Mothering at it's finest is hard. If you find a mom on social or in real life that is acting like her shit is together, she is doing just that acting. 

Now don't get me wrong motherhood has it's perks.  The moment when Jax says "mama", I am all weak in the knees in love, or when he cuddles me in the morning.  When he grabs my hand to walk down the stairs, or when he finds me in the middle of the night so he can lay next to me.  It is the absolute best feeling in the world and I am so grateful to be his mama. Absolutely grateful!

All of those plus much much more is the great part about being a mommy/parent.  But then you also have other moments that no one tells you about or they forget completely.  

And they leave you feeling like you should be walking around with a shirt that says world worst mom, ever! 

Because there are those moments where you are like "I am getting one thing from the store and then we will head back home", so you don't pack all of the things for the baby on your way out, like a change of clothes and he ends up somehow peeing through his diaper and all over his clothing. 

So instead of  the one thing, it turns into a bunch of things and you can never cleverly explain to your husband why you can never walk out of Target under $100 ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

Moral of the story motherhood can be very hard at times and you need all the help and support you can get, my advice to you is take it. If they are offering more than likely they want to watch you little one, or they know what exhaustion looks like, feels like and honestly just want to help. 

Another note, the judgement from others has been there all your life and it just intensifies when you become a mommy, my recommendation is to develop thicker skin, or don't give a shit mentality, and you keep your head held high.

High-Waisted Bikini

hello there, loves.

Today I am talking about a little self love.  This past weekend I found myself in a bikini.  

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I am currently going into my 5th month Post-Partum and I am a little upset with myself.  I am currently about 5lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight and I still at times feel like I still look enormous.  I have always loved my legs and now I see them in this picture and I am like ๐Ÿ™ˆ.  

I thought I would've lost more weight by now and while I am constantly wanting women to be very proud of their bodies and what they have done, will do, and so forth. I am currently not loving mine ๐Ÿ˜’. 

I recently picked up this high-waisted ๐Ÿ‘™ bikini from Old Navy and while it covers all the "necessary" areas, I still can't help but feel like it could fit way better than it does.

I recently ordered a couple of summer items and I had to size up on a few things which doesn't matter to me, it is all about how I look and feel. Sometimes I feel great and I feel like I am making such progress in eating better [I have my moments of indulgences, like there is currently a gallon of sweet tea in the fridge ๐Ÿ™„] and sometimes I am super good.  

The problem is adding in working out into my already super busy schedule.  Mommy-ing is hard and you have to literally plan your entire day accordingly.  For instance, when J goes down for this naps I have to think about what I am going to do and in the order I am going to do it in.  There is no longer do things when you feel like it.  Your every move is planned, at least if you want to remain sane to some extent.  In my case, I am still completely insane and losing my mind at times but each day gets better. But where there is a will there is a way. 

Don't read this assuming I am complaining about being a mother, I am not.  I am totally praying for all the people who are currently in the shoes we were just a few short months ago.  I am very happy every day that I am a mother and that J is ours, we are seriously blessed.  I love every little piece of him, seriously. 

I just kind of hate my body right now, and that has nothing to do with the fact that I had a baby it is mostly just my self esteem at times.

But the other day I found myself calling myself fat and didn't realize my niece was around and she heard me.  And when she told me I wasn't fat, it was at that very moment I wish I could've re-winded and taken the words right back out of my mouth.  ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ Talk about face palm moment. 

We as women have to stop putting ourselves down.  We have to stop being to judgmental of each other, and we have to stop speaking down to ourselves.  I am my own worst critic. If you have said something about me trust that I have probably said it to myself already.  You're just as an asshole if you have and so am I. 

Start loving yourself ladies.  There is enough BS going on in the world that we don't have to be mean to one another or ourselves for that matter in order to get around in the world. 

I challenge you each day point out something beautiful about yourself.  I have always loved my eyes ๐Ÿ‘€. 

What is your beautiful? ย 

Because I love you so.

Hello There, Loves! 

The month of May is kind of a big deal this year because this year I finally get to celebrate Mother's Day. 

I am beyond grateful to be able to celebrate with all of the wonderful Mother's who have helped me become the Mommy I am today.

This past couple of months I may have beaten myself up if it weren't for their words of encouragement, agreeance on how hard the job really is, and helping hands. 

Ladies, I now wish I had taken all those naps you told me to take. ๐Ÿ˜ดย 

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I thank God everyday that we were blessed with our son because without him I wouldn't be a Mother. I wouldn't be able to celebrate the most valuable thing I have ever done in my entire life.

Jaxon Carter, I love you more than anything in this world becoming your mommy has made me the happiest ever. All the years I prayed and waited for you, I wouldn't spend it any other way. You are absolutely the best thing I've ever done with my life. You make me believe in miracles, and your a constant reminder of how I am blessed. My love for you is endless. I love you son, more than you'll ever know.

Happy Mother's Day loves! I'm finally part of the tribe ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿฅ‚๐ŸŽ‚

Quick and Easy Valentine's Dinner

I am a lover of staying in, especially when it comes down to celebrating those overly celebrated holidays like Valentine's Day.  I also know it takes much more work to prep a meal at home than it is to book a reservation.  

Of course, I know everyone is super busy with kids, work, and life in general, so this isn't me judging the way you celebrate going out to eat.  The good part about booking a reservation at your favorite restaurant is all the work is done for you, dishes are washed, food is cooked, and your kitchen stays clean for once. 

Since having Jaxon and not being able to leave the house, this Valentine's Day like many others we will be spending it at home with our little bundle of joy. It has kind of become a thing for E and I that we spend time in the kitchen together cooking and taking pictures for this blog and instagram.  Before I use to get are you seriously taking pictures right now, and now I hear aren't you going to take a picture of this?

The other night I made dinner and it had to be in a flash, E was still at work and Jaxon doesn't wait for his bottles.  

I picked up a packet of Pork, I'd rather Pork Chops but this will suffice as well.
I seasoned it with Garlic Powder, Black Pepper, and Salt. I added 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil to the skillet and waited for them to turn a nice crisp brown color. 

We had some leftover Bella Mushrooms from a previous dinner so I chopped those up with some onions and tossed them into a skillet with a tablespoon of Olive Oil until the mushrooms softened and the onions were transparent.  You may want to salt and pepper these to taste. 

After the Pork was crisp brown to my liking I wanted to add in a cream of mushroom to have a gravy instead of the typical "dry" Pork.  You can remove the chops from the pot and let the cream of mushroom soak up the seasoning from the chops and then return the chops back in with the cream of mushroom once it is warm.  

You can add any sides you want I just tossed a can of corn and a can of french style green beans in a pot, and added salt, pepper and garlic powder.  And you are done.

You can also pair this with some white rice if you like the cream of mushroom goes well over the top.  If you don't like mushrooms you can always use cream of chicken.  If you use either with the salt be careful of the salt you season your pork or chicken with.  

Quick and Easy Valentine's Dinner | Hello There Love, Blog.
Quick and Easy Valentine's Dinner | Hello There Love, Blog.
Quick and Easy Valentine's Dinner | Hello There Love, Blog.
Quick and Easy Valentine's Dinner | Hello There Love, Blog.
Quick and Easy Valentine's Dinner | Hello There Love, Blog.