August 27, 2013

T is for Truth: Perfect Timing. Perfect Advice.

I appreciate when people tell it to me straight. 
There is a time and place for sugar-coating, 
but when it comes to parenting advice, 
let's not...mmmk?

As a new Mom, I frequently question myself.
Questions like:
"Am I doing this right?",
"Why is this happening to me?",
"Did you poop, again?!"

In all seriousness, I found this article recently 
via one of my favorite mommy sites and it goes without saying, 
it definitely made me feel much much better about the thoughts in my head...
and that I'm not (entirely!) crazy. 

from google.

1. When people ask if your child sleeps through the night, just lie and say yes. It helps you avoid all that sleep advice. -Nancy

2. It's okay to mourn your old life and think, "Dear God what have we done!" -Lindsey

3. Ask for help. Accept help when offered. -Mom the Pirate

4. Supermom doesn't exist -Ducks in a Row

5. Ask yourself whether what you are upset about will be important in five years or even in five minutes. -Nancy

6. You're not a bad mom if you don't love every single stage of child-rearing. -Susan

7. Don't try to accomplish too much in any given day. Aim for one thing: grocery shopping, unloading the 
dishwasher, a walk around the block. But not all three. -Mommy Gearest

8. Read your baby, not your baby book. You are enough. -Leah

9. You'll never look back and wish you held your baby less. -Christine

10. It's perfectly okay to abandon a shopping cart full of groceries if your baby gets fussy. -Rachel S

11. Buy a pair of nice cotton pajamas and wear them for two weeks after birth to remind your family that you're still recovering. (And to remind your husband that you're not back to your bouncy self!) -Sarah

12. Don't compare your chaotic, sleepless life to other "edited" versions. -Rhiannon

13. Just when you think you've reached the best milestone with your baby, it keeps getting better. -Sheila

14. Beware of everyone who wants to tell you the right way to do things: breast feeding, foods, sleeping arrangements. They all want to sell you something. -Tess

15. It's okay to cry. And it's okay to be tired. Take a moment, recharge, and bury your face in your baby's neck. Breathe him in and stop for a moment, counting to ten. And then suddenly, it's all okay again. Repeat as necessary. - Mahta

16. Airline attendants tell the adult passengers to put their own oxygen masks on before helping small children. It's okay to let a baby cry for two minutes if you need to pee or to make a sandwich. -Karen

17. You're a good mom if you're doing your best. Don't let anyone tell you you're not. - Sheila

18. If you breast feed, bite on a leather belt before you chip a tooth from the initial pain. -Tess

19. Walk. With the baby. Even it's just to the corner. The fresh air will do you both good. -Pea to Pumpkin

20. The days are long but the years are short. -Rachel

21. This too shall pass. -Bree

All from here

I love all of them but the ones that hit home for me:
#5, 7, 8, 13, and 20. 

August 21, 2013

F is for Food: My Trader Joe's Favorites

I used to cook dinner all the time.
Then, a little baby came into my life...
and my time to cook a well balanced meal went down the drain.
Literally and Figuratively.

However, thank goodness for my love affair with TJ's
After the hype died down from the new Fort Worth location, 
I ventured in one day to see what all the fuss was about. 
Obviously everyone knew something I didn't...because it is AWESOME.

It has since become my new "go-to" grocery spot.
Thought I'd share some of my store favorites
that have made my "mom-on-the-go" life a little easier. 
And tastier, I might add!

 1. Any of their prepared salads- love the Asian Chicken and Pasadena 2. Frozen Organic Brown Rice | Orange Chicken | Beef & Broccoli- quick and super easy 3. Pre-cut/Pre-washed Kale- for this quick lunch fix 4. Butternut Squash Ravioli- I love it with my sage brown butter sauce, roasted brussels, and fruit 5. Turkey Meatballs- serve alone with your favorite marinara or make spaghetti + pair with TJ's prepared Caesar Salad. 6. Pesto- I throw it on hot pasta or these yummy sandwiches

 1. Mango Passion Fruit Blend Juice- by itself or in smoothies 2. 9 Grain Crunch Cereal- perfect when I'm in a rush 3. Powerberries-chocolate without the guilt plus energy & vitamins 4. Corn Dippers-you'll never eat another Frito again 5. Spicy Black Bean Dip- great with the corn dippers or with their beef/chicken mini tacos.

Check Out this website too.
gives legit TJ's reviews ]

Happy, Happy Eating, I should say!

August 20, 2013

A Day in the Life: Mr. C Says...

"One day you're going to love someone
more than you love me,
and that will make me sad..."

So not true Mr. C.
Pretty sure this boy loves you. A LOT.

August 13, 2013

R is for Random: Funny Baby Things

I have blogger "A.D.D." today. 
Therefore, you'll have to settle for some random funny things from Pintrest.
Hope you're all having a great day! 

story of my life.

Moms vs. Dads... this is my life.


ha! yes, that's the kind of crafter I am.

That's kinda funny when it's not on a screaming newborn at 3am....

Baby funny 7

I'm acute baby - funny math Organic Baby Bodysuit
I kinda love this.

I told you to put her diaper
daddy diaper FAIL.


seriously, that last one!!! 

August 08, 2013

R is for Random: "A Second a Day from Birth"

I need a video camera stat
This video inspired me.
Minus the fact that it was submitted by a Dad....
how incredibly sweet is that?!

from here.

I got teary eyed watching this 
(like a million times)
and it's not even my kid. 
I'm so doing this come Tripp's 1 year birthday. 
(and maybe every year of his life after that. don't judge me.)

It captures the good, the bad, and the most beautiful moments of that first year perfectly. 

Hope y'all are having a good week!