What Mom’s Truly Want for Mother’s Day

We all know that us mothers love anything we get from our kids on Mother’s Day. The homemade cards and crafts, beautiful flowers, a gift card to the spa. Trust me they are all great, but if we had the chance to truly say what we really wanted, aside from the traditional gifts, I think we can all agree to the list I’ve created below.

We can always dream, right?!

 Mother’s Day or not, I’m sure we’re still ready to pull our hair out at times because the kids won’t stop complaining or you’ve already heard “Mommy” for the umpteenth time. Those flowers look pretty in that vase on the counter, but you still have to clean up the house at the end of the day that the kids destroyed with their Barbie dolls and LEGO’s.

Well… here’s a few of my not so ‘traditional’ gifts that I think we can all agree sound lovely as a mother.

 

Sleep. All hail sleeping! If I could go a week straight with 8 hours of solid sleep each night I would feel like a whole new woman. No interruptions, no crying at night, no dogs stealing my spot in bed. I’d be one happy Mama. Maybe not even a week, give me the weekend, or even one simple night. That’s all I really need.

One. Night.

Coffee automatically made, just the way I like it. If I could walk downstairs to my Keurig each morning with a fresh 12oz coffee made with a splash of caramel almond milk creamer and two Stevia’s, my mornings would run so much more smoothly. Between waking the kids up, getting them fed, and the getting the oldest ready for Pre-K, coffee is usually the last thing that gets done before rushing out the door. Or it just gets forgotten in general and that ride to Pre-K is excruciating.

Childcare in Target. I think we ALL can agree on this one! How amazing would it be to just walk into Target, drop the kids off at the childcare center and be able to shop… ALONE. I know I’d be a fan, and it would definitely make me visit more often if that meant the kids could get their energy out while playing as I did my shopping. I just hope my husband is ready for multiple shopping sprees going on the bank card.

For the kids to actually ask Dad. Oh, you know, instead of the kids completely walking past dad, who’s just lying on the couch watch sports and asking mom to fix a toy while she’s in the kitchen making dinner for everyone, they stop and see if dad can do it first. We all know that mommy is wonder women, but daddy can do it too. We promise. He is fully capable of just about anything.

For the kids to listen the first time around. Instead of asking for the 18th time to put their shoes on in the morning, they do it the first time asked. Or, when you tell them it’s bed time, they go right in bed and go to sleep instead of insisting they are thirsty or hungry, or need to use the bathroom even though they just used it five minutes ago.

A clean home. To wake up to a clean house every morning is probably a dream for everyone, not only us mothers. Why can’t there be little magical fairies that come into our home every night to clean and prepare for the next day. They’d get a hefty tip from me, no doubt about it.

A hot steamy uninterrupted bath. Just give me thirty minutes in the tub without my little ones throwing in their rubber duckies or yelling in the other room that they need help with something. Some peace and quiet while soaking in the tub with a LUSH bath bomb sounds absolutely wonderful.

 

I would love to put together a survey and get the opinions of other mothers to see what they’d truly want for Mother’s Day compared to the traditional gifts we receive each year. Let me hear them!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful mama’s!

img_7038img_4248

img_7972

Advertisements

One Magical Day. Unicorn Birthday Party!

img_5332-1

As you all know, my little princess turned one this past week! We had her party yesterday, and it was such an amazing time. Her magical theme was unicorns, and I can’t even begin to explain how perfect everything turned out. We had the house jam packed with family and friends, it was such an insane turnout!

I was waiting for what seemed like forever for this day to come, so decorating was one of my favorite parts. We used streamers and balloons to make her color themed rainbow, and added the “I Believe In” unicorn sign. This was the main design for the party.

image-23

159251D9-AB80-4F77-A209-7185A3A50909.jpeg

Instead of making goodie bags full of candy for the kids, we went a different route. We decided to have a cotton candy and sand art station. Each little one was able to make some delicious cotton candy and create their own little sand art piece! We had sports balls for the boys and star necklaces for the girls. It was probably one my favorite parts, even the adults loved it!

Her cake and cupcakes were fantastic. We had the same lady who designed her smash cake create her cake and cupcakes for today. HUGE shoutout to Farmhouse Cakes for the amazingly beautiful sweets! I just love how beautiful her cake and cupcakes were. I am so lucky to have found such an amazing baker!

There were some extra sweets we added into the mix including a big bowl of color themed M&M’s and handmade unicorn and number one cookies, which were absolutely delicious!

image-30image-31

I also had my other DIY decorations including her name sign, high chair banner, and her photo banner of each month of her first year!

image-32image-33image-35

You also can’t forget all the cute little odds and ends I incorporated into the mix! This included her color themed plates, cups, and utensils. Along with adorable unicorn napkins and drinking straws! I must also mention the adorable mason jars that were holding the untensils.

One of my favorite parts of her party was her photo board! Everyone loved it! It was so easy to create and I will definitely be making these for multiple parties to come.

The family all had unicorn shirts on.

Mommy, Daddy, & Big Brother all had to match the birthday girl! So many compliments on these shirts. Etsy for the win!

image-43

(Of course our family photo’s are never perfect, lol)

We also have to give a shout out to Liliana’s Godparents for creating her very own Snapchat filter for the day and getting her the most beautiful pearl bracelet with her first initial on it.

I can’t thank everyone enough for all the love that was shown to our little girl yesterday. The overwhelming amount of guests and gifts Liliana received was incredible. I think you can tell by the look on her face below that she LOVED every single gift. She is one loved little princess.

b627cf93-e88a-4438-8da5-3fd8a9ce8d801CFB23FC-F9AB-446B-8A42-C9A877CE74F3

Mom-Shaming, How is That Even a Thing?

This is probably more of a venting post for me, but I want my opinion to be heard on this because I’ve been seeing a lot of it lately and my main question is

 What’s the freakin’ point of it?!

 

It’s mind blowing to think that mom-shaming is actually a thing in today’s world. Last time I checked, we are all in this together and we all have one goal, to raise our children to be sweet, respectful, successful teenagers and adults. The way that mothers actually put forth an effort to let down other mothers these days is disgusting and frustrating to say the least. What makes you think you’re better than any other mother? Well guess what, you’re not.

Whether you decide to breast feed or formula feed, co-sleep or strictly put them in their crib, work full time or stay at home, have a cesarean birth or natural birth, send your child to daycare or keeping them home, feed them strictly organic food or McDonald’s Happy Meals. WHO CARES.

Why should any other mothers parenting style affect you enough to make nasty comments about it? You would think the maturity of a mother would be above that. We should be supporting each other and learning from each other, not bashing others and trying to be the better mom. Your child will always think you are the best mom out there, because you are their only mom, you’re the one who loves them more than life itself.

I recently had a remark made about my children’s Valentine’s Day photo preview.

“Why wouldn’t you put shoes on your child for their photos”

Hmm, well you know what, maybe my child doesn’t enjoy wearing shoes or considering that I know my child more than anyone else especially another mom-shamer, I know she would just constantly mess with her shoes and I wouldn’t get a good photo out of her. She is ONE, and she looks cute as hell with or without shoes on. If it bothers you that much, that you must go out of your way to comment about it, WHY LOOK. It’s freaking shoes ya’ll, SHOES! Do you seriously have that much time to analyze my photo’s that much? Ignore it, and go about your day worrying about more important things, or at least say something positive!

img_6119

(In case you all were wondering how “ridiculous” my child looks barefoot)

The difference is with mom-shamers and the actual mother is we know our children and our everyday lifestyle, quite well actually. (super shocking huh?!)

You just think you know our children and lifestyle.

I am so fed up with other mothers who think it’s okay to go out of their way to criticize someone else’s child just to make them look better. Or attempt to put down another mom, and assume they don’t know what they’re talking about just because their entire life isn’t posted on social media for attention. How could you even go about your day happily knowing you were throwing negative comments out about an innocent CHILD.

How do you even have the time for it?

My life is crazy with two kiddos, bless your heart.

Does it seriously make you feel like a better mother when you shame another mom while hiding behind a computer screen? Do you think it makes your children look better? Do you think it makes you look better? Please tell me, I’d LOVE to know the point of mom-shaming. Because in my eyes, it’s a pathetic, selfless way or showing you are insecure about your own self.

To all of you mothers out there throwing kindness around like glitter to all of us other mama’s trying our hardest each and every day, you’re the real MVP. That’s how grown, mature, adult mothers should be living their lives. Sometimes a confidence boost is what a mother needs during a stressful day, even if it’s different from your parenting style. It’s incredible the amount of criticism I see today on social media. I’ve witnessed it personally and I’ve seen it given to other mothers.

We’ve all made mistakes, we’ve all done things we regret, we’ve all wished we could have changed something, and I’m damn sure we’ve all had made comments about other parenting styles while at the playground or walking around the mall, I’m guilty of it, but the biggest thing about it is KEEP IT TO YOURSELF. It doesn’t make you look any better as a mother or human being by expressing your negative comments, if anything it makes you look like a damn fool, and hiding behind a computer screen, making nasty comments doesn’t make it any better than criticizing someone in person. It’s a shame.

#EndRant

#SorryNotSorry

#SayNoToMomShaming

img_4248

img_6389

To Our Daughter

Happy First Birthday Liliana Marie!

 

One year ago today, at six pounds fifteen ounces you entered our world. I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by. You have brought us so much joy and laughter that we will forever cherish. Everyone who has met you has fallen in love with your happy, loving personality. Your smile is perfection, and blue eyes so contagious, everyone always stops to admire you. You have grown into one smart and hilarious little princess. You may be petite but you conquer anything that comes your way full force with no hesitation. You are one strong, hardheaded child and I think you get that from me, or maybe your father because we are both very head strong.

 

When you were born, I was so scared, more scared then having your brother. I was bringing a little girl into this world. You seemed so much more fragile then your brother and I wanted to protect you from everything negative in this world. And I knew if you became anything like me or your father, we’re going to have a run for our money. We got a double whammy with that one, and you already keep us on our toes. You never want to miss a thing. You are on the go constantly and always refuse to sleep. You keep up with your four year old brother as if you were his age. You never fail to amaze your father and I.

You have a heart of gold. You’ll go to anyone and smile every minute of it. You always make sure to stand in the grocery cart so you can say “Hi” to everyone you pass. You’re always blowing kisses, snuggling, and hugging everyone around you. You make my heart melt daily and we couldn’t ask for a sweeter daughter. And with the sweetness, we of course get your sassy side also. If something doesn’t go your way, we know it. If you can’t figure out something on your own, we see the attitude. I guess we can say you get that from Mommy, I’ll own up to it.

It’s amazing to see how much you have changed in just one year. Watching you learn and explore the world around you. Watching your brain work and figure things out on your own. It’s one of the best sights I’ve ever witnessed. It’s such a blessing and I could go on forever listing what I love about you. The excitement you get when daddy gets home from work each day, the way you share with your brother, the way you play with both of our hair while I rock you to sleep at night, and the list goes on and on. You are truly the best daughter.

 

And today you are one… ONE! How?! You are no longer my little teeny baby girl. You’re now a smart, sassy, but still teeny toddler. I don’t want to believe it, but I am so proud of all the milestones you have accomplished in this first year of life. You are up to 8 teeth, you can say a ton of words, you’re standing on your own but of course are too stubborn to walk because you know crawling will get you where you want to go faster. You’re already arguing with me by saying “dada” every time I try to get you to say “mama”. You love to be center of attention, and you will scream until someone looks your way. You make us laugh every single day with your silly sounds and goofy faces.

Mommy, daddy, and big brother wish you the happiest first birthday ever! I hope the next few years slow down because I am currently shedding a tear as I type this post. You are our little ball of sunshine, and I’m so excited to see what these upcoming years have in store for you. We are so excited for your unicorn party on Saturday and your delicious birthday dinner tonight! We hope this is the best first birthday for our little princess. We love you Liliana Marie.