Mom Life, My Life, parenting

Life UnEdited

If you have been following my blog for awhile you will know that I try to be brutally honest about my life with you. I try to really show you who I am as a mom, as a wife, as a daughter, and as a friend.

As a blogger it is easy for us to display a “Pinterest Perfect” life with stock pictures that we can find on the internet of perfectly clean houses, beautiful food, and perfectly put together children and we have the ability to give you the impression that we have it all together, even though our houses are not always clean, we have toys everywhere, we eat fast food about 3 times a week in between running the kids around, and our kids have messy faces from the last meal they ate.

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Great picture! But who’s kids wouldn’t be jumping in the water by now?

If you think about it, we all do this! You get a text that someone is on their way to drop something off and you madly start cleaning everything in sight that they will see when the rest of the house looks like a bomb went off in it. Or you blame the dishes in the sink on it being “your child’s job” even though they have never once cleaned the dishes. The best one is when someone asks you if you are okay, and you say, “I’m Fine.” even when you really aren’t fine and on the verge of tears. (I’m Guilty of this big time!)

Why do we do this? I will tell you why! Because we feel like we are not good enough. We feel alone. We feel self conscious because we feel like everyone else has it together while we are barely holding it together. We come up with this facade of the “perfect life” because we worry if someone saw us for who we really are they would think to themselves, “Oh my gosh… Can you believe… (fill in the blank).”

I promise you that you are not alone in your struggles! There are so many people out there that are struggling with similar things that you struggle with! But why don’t we share these things? Because we are scared. Because we always put our best foot forward for the world to see! On Instagram we see all the happy moments from everyone’s photos. On Snapchat you pick a really good filter to cover up your newly acquired zit, and oh Pinterest, thank you so much for making us all feel like our child’s first birthday needs to be on the same caliber as planning a wedding! What ever happened to a simple cake, a few presents, and some balloons? (Oh I guarantee they still exist we are just afraid to show those pictures in fear we might be judged for not throwing the perfect party!)

After writing “How Do You Get It All Done” and “10 Ways to Fall Back  in Love with Your Husband” (and some other posts here and here) it felt so good to share some hard things I have really struggled with. It felt even better to KNOW that they HELPED PEOPLE because they were struggling just like I was!

I started this blog to help people, so I decided that every Thursday I am am going to change it up a bit and show you real life! I will show you the good and the bad. The happy and the sad. The celebration and the tears and of course it will all be unedited, unfiltered, just life…

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unfiltered, unedited, just me in real life!

Welcome to Life Unedited!

We will see how this goes, I mean let’s be honest… My life is not that glamourous! I don’t wear makeup 80% of the week and I hardly ever do my hair! I love to wear my pajamas for most of the day (even leaving the house if I know I am not getting out of the car) and I try to get stuff done, but usually something always comes up! I am a stay at home mom who stays home a lot! But guess what is so awesome about this? I am probably like a lot of you! Yes, I am bored out of my mind on some days and wish I was shopping at the mall or climbing the corporate ladder, but then there are days that I get things done and I feel so accomplished! I bet even if you aren’t a stay at home mom we have things in common, like eating out, shopping at Target, kids who love video games a little too much,  or running around the bedroom right before bed to get our 10,000 steps in.

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Yep! It’s noon and I still have my pajamas on and yesterdays makeup… In fact I haven’t even brushed my hair yet! Now That’s honesty for you!

Join our Journey

I invite you to join this  journey with me of #LifeUnedited where we share real life with one another! We share the good and the bad. The happy and the sad. The celebration and the tears, so that everyone out there knows that they are not alone! That there are people just like them!  What do you say will you join us?

Life UnEdited

 

Mom Life, My Life, parenting

I Don’t Want to Brag… But I was Pretty Much a Mom All Day Today!

I don’t want to brag, but I was pretty much a mom all day today!

It pretty much started at 6:30 this morning when Chase didn’t want to get out of bed. When he finally got out of bed I had to force him to wear pants and a sweatshirt in the 32-degree weather.

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I fed Talie 3 different things for breakfast because she refused the first two even though she asked for them.

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I got honked at twice at the light because I was handing a cranky two year old her sippy cup because she wouldn’t stop whining about it.

I sang Old MacDonald Had a Farm like a crazy lady to avoid having to watch the “number movie” again in the car. Talie laughed, so I must have done a good job.

I drove to Walmart to pick up my groceries in my pajamas just so I didn’t have to drive across town later in the day.

I got home and ran in place for exercise for 3 minutes at a time because it was too cold to take the kids outside and that’s as long as Tony would let me set him down.

I had a party with the little kids in the bathroom three times today. While in there I was asked if I was going pee or poo by our 2 year old who refuses to sit on her toilet no matter how we try and bribe her.

I wore my Pajamas until 2pm because I didn’t have time to change before that.

Immediately after getting dressed Tony blew out his diaper… (You can only imagine I’m sure) Forcing me to change my clothes again…

I have been chased around the house by a toddler with an iPad begging me to unlock it so she can play games on it.

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I played “fetch” with my new dog (Talie) as she licked me 300 times today.

I had to convince a two year old that she wasn’t sick and she didn’t need medicine…. It didn’t work out so well, so we settled for a cookie.

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I picked up 11 socks in the playroom today, but for the life of me I can’t find #12.

I packed 4 different snacks for our 10 minute drive to the school, but apparently I forgot what Talie really wanted, an apple.

I listened to the “number movie” in the car for the 400th time this month. Talie sang along. She told me what numbers she saw. I smiled, and thought about how smart she is becoming.

I played basketball with the boys after school. I had 15 air balls and I think I fouled them 10 times just so they didn’t score.

I made dinner while eating M&Ms while holding a baby in one hand and stirring with the other.

I changed 26 diapers today. Four of which I wish I could forget about!

I spent time with my 13 year old son tonight on the way to baseball practice. He told me all about school, his hopes, and his dreams.

I sat at practice and I watched him try his hardest and see the love for the game in his eyes.

I got home late and as soon as the door opened I heard Talie bounding down the stairs yelling “Mom’s home!” with so much excitement in her voice! I quickly got hugs around my legs!

I listened to Chase pray tonight and thank God for me and everyone else in our family and I thought we must be doing something right.

I tucked in a 13 year old who hugged me and told me he loved me.

I chased away the “monsters” (shadows) in Talie’s room because they were scary.

I sang the bird song followed by hugs, kisses and more kisses with sweet I love yous.

I walked down stairs and was greeted by Chase anxiously waiting for me to tuck him in.

I let him squeeze me for as long as he wanted because these moments won’t last forever.

I sat on the couch and nursed Tony for the 10th time today, but deep down I wouldn’t change these precious moments for anything.

I laid Tony down to sleep in his crib and thought to myself why is he growing so fast?

Today I was a mom and overall I think it was a pretty great day!

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14 Ways To Love Yourself

Valentine’s Day can be stressful: getting your spouse a card and possibly a gift, getting valentine’s made for your children’s classes, making or buying treats, or volunteering for a class party.  If you’re going out for Valentine’s Day, then you may need to: make reservations, find a babysitter, pick out the perfect outfit, and get yourself all dolled up for a night out.  Or maybe it’s stressful because you want to go out and be swept off your feet by your spouse, but you know that’s just not up your spouse’s alley.  

It’s okay!  

You can be your OWN Valentine and be your own Valentine every day!  

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Afraid you might sound a little bit selfish?  Heck no!  

When you take care of YOU, everyone else is better off for it. Self-care is not selfish. When you are taking care of you, you can become happier, and you can have more energy to take on your daily responsibilities. If you have children, you are showing them that self-care is a priority

 

Here are 14 ways you can take care of and show love to Yourself.

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The great thing about this is you get to choose whatever works for you, and it can be done in as little as five minutes a day.

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What My 2 Year Old Has Taught Me… So Far

As a toddler mom again after 11 years I feel like I have been blessed with learning things a little quicker this time around. Maybe it’s because I have had prior experience, or perhaps it is because I am a little older and a little wiser. We will just dwell on the wiser part ;). But regardless I feel like I have learned to do things better, had more patience, shown more love, enjoyed the moments more rather than stressed about the small things, and learned to live in the moment rather than let the moment pass me by. Today I am sharing with you the 10 things my 2-year old has taught me… so far

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What My 2 Year Old Has Taught Me… So Far

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Planning With a Purpose

Planning with a PurposeAs much as we would love to tell ourselves that we don’t need a plan, but in all actuality  we do! This plan helps us to stay on track and helps us fulfil our purpose. It also allows us to get more things done each day.

At the beginning of each day I reflect for a few moments on what I want to accomplish that day. It might be as simple as take Talie to the park to play or as difficult as get the shed painted! By coming up with what I need to do and what I want to accomplish allows me to go through the proper steps to make this happen through a plan.

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