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The 10 Ways Why I’m Rocking Motherhood Challenge

It’s mid-week through May (where has 2017 gone??) and mother’s day has come and gone. To be honest, although it was a pretty big deal all over social media, it felt much like any other day. It was business like usual. But really, I was fine with that because I’m reminded everyday, like every mom out there, just what motherhood is all about. And don’t let the title of this post fool you into thinking that I’ve got it all figured out. It was actually the title of a challenge with the hashtag #rockingmotherhood circulating through social media, encouraging moms to share ways they’re rocking motherhood.  I was tagged by a new mom friend I met over Instagram @presentfullmama, who happens to also be a therapist. So I thought, sure, why not? At least I’ll finally have another parenting blog post! It was actually harder to come up with 10 things than I thought! Which is typical for me, since I tend to put myself down about things, but it was a much needed exercise. Get ready for some …

What’s It like To Be A Full Time Mom Who’s Trying To Re-Invent Her Own Career Path

There’s no shortage of examples of what I’m about to say. I’ve written and interviewed a number of women who fit the description in my title. They’ve been a source of inspiration for me. But today I’m going to share my own personal side of the story (a small rant) and how I’ve been trying to carve out a new career for myself while being a full-time mom. Many people might start with a few assumptions about being a blogger. But people in the business know the truth. First off, it’s a business. And like any business trying to get off the ground, it’s tough. I think I can relate to other entrepreneurs because I feel the pressures of selling something you believe in to a crowd or not even a crowd of people who don’t get it. You face a lot of negativity especially in the beginning because your hopes are so high. Add to the fact that you’ve got another full time job (24 hour one in fact), being a mom and home maker. …

A Mother’s Day Series: Creators and Curators

Mother’s Day is a big day for us. But not because we like tooting our own horns. I think its often more the other way round! We often focus too much on ways we weren’t ‘good enough’, and not enough on how far we’ve come, considering we knew absolutely NOTHING about how to give birth and care for a new living being! But honestly, it’s also day we are reminded of how lucky we are to be moms and to be grateful for the mothers we’ve had in our lives. And this year to celebrate mother’s day, I decided to do a month long series of not just one, but multiple women who embody the spirit of creativity and curation in addition to being moms themselves!  Over the last few months I’ve been learning about all these different women who started their own businesses and I’ve found at least two things in common about them. Those two things are the agency to create something and the ability to curate in such a way that is clearly their own point of view. But wait, if …

What Keeps You Going

We’ve all been there. At some point pursuing our endeavors, whether its balancing work and motherhood, starting your own business, or being a stay at home mom; you’ll start to wonder if you’ll be able to keep all your marbles! I recently came back from a 2 week trip to Hong Kong (summary to come!) and suffered a week long period of jet lag. I’d be up – unable to sleep every night, which would make for pretty unproductive days as I would be sleeping through them. When I was awake during the day, my energy was further depleted by a needy toddler who recently began to take advantage of our shared misery time together to have hysterical screaming/crying rages. The jet lag also gave me ample opportunity to obsess over things as I lay awake at night unable to sleep. And as trite as they may sound, a lot of minor things can add up. It was very revealing at the same time. It was a good time to check-in with myself to see if jet lag was all that was …

My son’s turning 3 and it’s terrifying!

It’s time to write a mommy update. The last time I actually wrote about motherhood/parenting was a few months ago and with all the recent developments, I thought now would be a good time. Just a reminder: I’m never going to sugar coat my experiences. Here you’re going to get the raw and ugly sides of my motherhood experience, as well as the fabulous and sweet moments. Like the title of this post suggests, my son O is turning 3 this month and here’s what I have to say about it: I’m terrified. Why? Well, you’ve probably heard about the “terrible two’s”, but how about the “terrifying three’s”? We (my husband and I) were kind of hoping that we would skip all of that and have ourselves an easy going toddler from now until, well, forever? The two’s were actually “ok”. Sure he developed more of an opinion and he’s the pickiest eater ever, but he rarely ever pulled full blown temper tantrums at home or out in public. Nor did he outright refuse to listen …

Capturing The Essence of Christmas: Bird & Bauble

Christmas is only 11 days away, but if you’re anything like me, you’re no where ready to slow down and make space for it. To help bring the Advent season closer to people, my friend Pauline, together with her business partner Robin, created a collection of hand crafted Christmas tree ornaments. Each ornament is infused with a bible story -and when grouped together – conveys the larger Gospel story and thus the significance of Christmas. A few months ago Pauline, Amber (See my prior post about her) and I began meeting up on a monthly basis to support each other in our respective ventures. It has been really encouraging to watch her walk through the process of creating these small intricate ornaments and at the same time manage her time. Like me, Pauline is a stay at home mom to a little boy. Finally after 1 years worth of planning and executing, all their hard work was finally debuted at an annual craft fair held at her local church.  I was excited to finally see her final creations and of course purchased one of them! I loved their delicate, natural and minimalistic aesthetics. …

5 tips for planning a halloween party without losing your mind

Step 1: Plan a halloween party Its October! Tomorrow anyways. It’s one of my favorite times of the year! Yes, Halloween! The stores have already displayed and stocked up on their halloween decor, costumes, candies, and everything one needs to go big on the big 31st! This year will be our 3rd Halloween with O and 2nd year we’ll be hosting a little party for him and his friends. But from what i’ve learned from my previous year, careful planning should take place quite in advance if you’re going to make it happen. And not turning into a zombie. Especially if you have other obligations like WORK! And it doesn’t have to be super extravagant or completely Pinterest inspired (I will be creating a board which you can check out by the way on my Pinterest), but something that at least the kids and adults can enjoy. The whole point is having fun and seeing cute little ones in costumes, because lets face it, thats what we all care about anyways! Planning will save a lot of time and …

5 things I packed for back to school

The Pre-Pre-School Edition My son hasn’t even turned 3 yet and he’s starting a full day-care program. I was sent a list of things to pack for him prior to his first day. It starts! The Back to School scurry has officially begun for our household. I recently made a back to school haul, so I thought I’d write a post about the kinds of things a toddler needs for starting school. I’m going to skip the entire list, and just focus on 5 items. I guess I’ll be reviewing some of these items. So its a list + review! 1. A Sleeping bag. This one was a new one for me. If your toddler is going to nap at their pre-school, you’ll need one of these. I quickly did some research online about toddler sleeping bags. My go to place was Amazon because where else would I get a specific item like a toddler napping/sleeping bag in such a short amount of time? I looked in other retail stores like Target, Toys R Us and Sports Authority …

First day of preschool jitters: thoughts of a mom

Monday is your first day of preschool. I can’t believe you’re starting school. This is new for me too. I’m frantically running errands the week before but it never feels like enough. I hope you’ll have everything that you’ll need. I know you won’t eat, I know you won’t nap. I know you’ll miss me. I know you’ll be mad at me. But a part of me knows you can’t be my baby forever. So I’m going to start letting go, and try to stop the worrying. I hope you’ll have everything you need. I hope a teacher reaches out to you, feeds you, helps you take a nap. I hope a teacher will love you even though there are 17 other little ones to love. Maybe one of them will be your friend too. I hope you won’t cry too long. But a part of me knows you won’t be my baby forever. And there’s no slowing it down! So let’s just do this together. You and I. We’ll both get through it.