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Positive Vibes

“Motherhood is a choice you make everyday, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.” ―Donna Ball

I’m a mom. I’m a wife. I’m a real estate agent. I’m a consultant. I’m a blogger. BLOGGER. What does that mean? What the hell was I really getting myself into when I started this journey? Honestly, some days I feel like this is just a public diary/journal if you will. But I’m still here, telling you what is going on in my life. The only difference is my shit isn’t really sugar-coated. It just is.

With that said, I’m going to be honest here. Lately I’ve been pretty hard on myself. Sure, I’ve lost my baby weight, but it just doesn’t seem like the scale is really moving any more than what I really thought it was going to. *Insert new mom 6 pack by now.* Whatever. we all go through these types of things in our lives I’m sure, and it’s just how we respond to them that makes us develop and become stronger people, right?!

Well, not me. I’ve been hard. I’ve been mean. I’ve been critical on myself, and I wasn’t sure how I was going to shake it. I mean, I go to the gym. I eat right, I don’t smoke, I drink on occasion  or nightly, but still. That’s all my vices. Come on gym Gods, let’s work together here…

HOWEVER, it wasn’t until someone reached out to me on Instagram and asked to use one of my pictures, and comments for world breastfeeding week that I really started thinking about myself, and putting my life in a different perspective. (Read Article HERE )

Here’s the thing. I may not be where I am in weight, height, color, etc etc etc, BUT, I am a mother. I am a breastfeeding mother. I am doing something for my child, that’s taking part of me to help take care of her. Really – it doesn’t even matter. I’m taking care of a life. I’m watching her, feeding her, playing with her, growing and learning with her. My life is devoted to her and my family. When I stop and think about it, and put it out there, it really doesn’t sound so bad, now does it?

So moms. All you mom’s out there. If you are feeling, or have felt the same way as I have at some point in time. DON’T. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Be HAPPY. Be PROUD. Be CONFIDENT in the things that you are doing and have done for your family. You know why? Because you really are a BADASS. And you deserve for someone to tell you that. BELIEVE IT!

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THANK YOU. Thank you to all you other women out there. Bloggers, Mothers, Sisters, Wives, and just regular BADASS women out there. We are a tribe, and we need to stick together and keep helping each other up. We are worth it!!

** ARTICLE HERE! **

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*NEW* Toy Box!

It’s been a while. To say the least, we’ve been busy. We’ve been undergoing a lot of changes here lately, and life have been HECTIC! That’s a positive thing though, right? Change is good, right? YES! We like change around our house, but sometimes that means we have to take a step back from the other things we enjoy doing, and figure out one stop before we move on to the next.

Thus, here we are again! Jamie is now 10 months old, crawling, babbling, eating solid foods, pulling herself up and cruising furniture, and fighting every nap she possibly can! I wouldn’t trade it for the world, though. She is a blessing to our little family, and I truthfully could not think of a better job to have. Being her mom is such a wonderful experience. I truly am lucky God blessed me with the joy of motherhood.

Around our house, I try to repurpose things, or sell them if we can’t find another spot of them. With that said, I had this old hamper in my closet for the longest time, and I didn’t know exactly what to do with it. I thought I might use it in Jamie’s room eventually, but until then, It just sat in my closet, collecting bags, shoes, and whatever else I needed to throw in there for the time being. Needless to say, it was ON MY NERVES!

Well, we’ve transitioned my office, to also be a playroom. It’s nice because I am able to work on the computer and Jamie can play. It’s been a positive transition so far, and I only hope that it continues on this way. While making this transition though, all of the toys were just thrown here and there on the floor, with no rhyme or reason. That brings me to my new idea. Why don’t I use that old hamper and make it into a toy holder! It was so easy, it cost around $8.00, and I’m really happy with the outcome!



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  1. Old hamper
  2. Burlap (bought at Wal-Mart, 2 rolls for about $8.00)
  3. Hot Glue
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What I did:

We used the hot glue gun for adhesive for the burlap, and simply wrapped the burlap around the hamper! I also threw in an old bath towel that I needed to throw away and put it on the bottom of the hamper. That’s really just an option, whether you want to or not.

Seriously! It was that easy! I didn’t over think this, as I’m very capable of doing, and really, I think it turned out great for what we are going to use it for! In the future, I can use it in Jamie’s room too, if we want! Also, right now it’s perfect for her because she’s going to pull herself up on it, and if she falls, it won’t hurt her. DOUBLE WIN!

What do you think? What kind of things have you repurposed that have been really easy too? I would love to hear of more ideas for future projects!

Enjoy!

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Fab Margarita Friday!

Just because I’ve been making some big changes in my life, and really trying to focus on my overall health and fitness, doesn’t mean I can’t have a little fun, right? After all, it’s all about balance, and how to balance everything you want in your lifestyle. IF you ever want to know anything about it, it’s that I’m all about experiencing life to the fullest, and having a lot of fun while doing so. I enjoy being healthy, and working on my fitness (thank you Fergi for that) but I also enjoy kicking back with family and friends, and having a drink or 2.

So a nice friend of mine told me about this awesome, ALL NATURAL margarita, I knew I had to try it for myself. So I did what any normal American person would do and I took to the inter webs to try to find the best, easiest recipe I could find. That’s when I came across this awesome lady – Averie Cooks and made this SUPER EASY margarita recipe. See below :

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You guys! This was seriously the easiest and best homemade margarita’s that I’ve ever had! you can go to her website, and check it out (Link to website above) but seriously it’s so easy. Even my husband approved, and he approves of pretty much no website recipe.

Here are the instructions for you to check out:

All you need is limes, agave nectar, tequila, ice and water. You Juice the limes – I used about 5 to make 2 drinks (roughly), then you add 1 to 2 shots of agave nectar, 2-4 shots of tequila (depending on how strong you want them, and for how many people you are making), 1-2 shots of water, and ice. Mix that all together with the lime juice, and serve! THAT’S IT!

There are several other recipes that she has on her site that look really fun to try. I know I’ll be going back for more shortly, but seriously you guys, you need to try this. It’s easy, natural, refreshing for summer, and fun to make!

Give it a try, tell me how you like it!

What are your favorite drinks to make for summer?

Any other all natural recipes you care to share so I can try?

HAVE A FAB FRIDAY, EVERYONE!!

*All content is from my own ideas and opinions, and to get to Averie Cooks website please click Here

* Picture was taken from Averie Cooks website on how to make margarita’s

 

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An Ode to Mom – My first Mother’s Day

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As Mother’s Day is drawing near, I can’t help but think about how lucky I am to be a mom. I’m celebrating my very first Mother’s Day this year, and while I’m so excited, and honored that I can now be a part of this amazing group of women I know, love and respect, I also want to reflect on the many lessons I’ve learned in just this short period of time. So here it is, an Ode to my mom – and all the mom’s out there, on Mother’s Day!

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Mom,

I just want to tell you – I get it now. While I might not get all of it at this point, I do somewhat understand what it’s like to be a mom. I always wondered if I would hear myself say those words, and now I’m excited and honored to be a part of this amazing journey we call Motherhood.

Remember all those sleepless nights? I get it now. I understand the sacrifice that you made for myself, and my siblings, working, providing for, and making sure that we were nurtured in the best way that you could. You did all these things while staying strong, and trying to keep a smile on your face at all times.

Remember all those missed, or cold meals you had? I get it now. There are times when you would have rather been entertaining your friends and family at gatherings, or times when you were hungry, but we needed you more. You went without those meals, or ate them later, because you love us, and you knew that these times would also pass. You smiled, and rolled with the punches, and never let it get the best of you.

Remember being happy that we were growing and developing, but sad at the same time? I get it now. You were so excited that we were growing, and learning new things, but at the same time, your babies, your children were growing up into their own people, creating their own personalities, and becoming the independent people that we are today. You smiled, laughed, and cried with us all. And did it in the most gracious and loving ways.

Remember thinking that this is the hardest, most tiring, most stressful, but most rewarding job of all time? I get it now. Being a Mother is the hardest, most tiring, stressful job I’ve ever had, and ever witnessed you do. You did it the best way that you knew how, and you did it with a smile on your face. You showed up when it seemed everyone else was walking out, and you have always been by our sides.

Remember that word you always used – Balance? I get it now. I know that you had to balance a job, family, home, and all the other tasks that you took on, all while making sure that we were safe and taken care of. You did it, and you were always there for games, practices, and whatever else we were a part of. You did all of these things, and you did them all with the highest level of integrity, and devotion, daily.

So mom, I just want you to know, after all these years. Thank you. Thank you for being one of the best role models that you could be. Thank you for teaching me valuable lessons on how to be the best mom that I can be. Thank you for sticking by my side, and thank you for being so loving, nurturing, and understanding.

Oh, and mom. I get it now.

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Thirsty for the Truck Yard

Have I ever mentioned that my husband and I have a motorcycle? Well, if I haven’t, then now you know. The reason I’m bringing this up is because when we first got our motorcycle, we would spend almost every Sunday riding around Dallas with friends, stopping at all the different bars and restaurants along the way. So we’ve visited some rare, and some pretty common places. I just want to share with you one of my favorites!

Nestled off of Greenville Ave, The Truck Yard is such a cool, and happening place. It sits pretty much behind the Trader Joe’s (also a favorite place of mine) and this place does NOT disappoint. They have it all. A place to take your family, friends, dogs. They even have a TREE HOUSE, and doubles as a bar. You want ice cream? They’ve got it! You want food? Only some of the BEST Food Trucks that you can find around Dallas set up at the Truck Yard, daily.

You want some awesome drinks, they have those too. Whatever you are thirsty for, this place has got a full bar, along with some local and non local drafts for you to try.

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The Truck Yard has one of the coolest atmosphere’s that I’ve seen in Dallas. Always welcoming, there is a crowd there all the time. It doesn’t matter what your personality is, you will fit in at the Truck Yard. They have live music at certain points as well.  Heck, you can even plan events there too!

So I challenge you – If you’re in Dallas, go check them out!

If you want to see their website – See Truck Yard

Have you ever seen a place like this?

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Yummy Spoon – My thoughts!

Jamie is 7 months old now. I seriously don’t know where time has gone. I find myself staring at her in awe, more often now-a-days because I just am amazed that Seth and I made this perfect little human. For the last month or so, we’ve been experimenting with solid foods. I said I was going to make all of her food, and for the most part I do, but I found some of the least expensive packages at Aldi, and have bought some from time to time.

You can imagine how excited I was when my sweet friend from Yummy Spoon sent me this!
If you haven’t guessed it by now, it’s called a “Yummy Spoon.” This thing is SO COOL, too! Basically, all you have to do is put in some food, like I’m doing in this video, mash it down if it’s a solid food, I used some already pureed baby food from Aldi, but if you have something like a banana, or avocado, you can put it in there, mash the food up, and it will dispense out of the spoon, perfect for your little one! It’s so easy to use, it’s not as messy, and Jamie LOVED it!


It is a little larger than that she’s used too, but that didn’t seem to bother her, and honestly it was probably easier for her to grasp once she got the hang of it. The plastic is great for younger children – like Jamie, and I can totally see her using this spoon when she’s older too!

Oh- best of all, you can throw this in the dishwasher, and you don’t have to worry about anything else! You can ALSO freeze it, so if your little one is teething, it would be nice to have around. We are going out of town this weekend, so I can’t wait to take it with me to experiment with it some more.

All in all, I’m excited for her to have this, and I can’t wait to see her grow and continue to use this YUMMY SPOON!

You can check out the website HERE 

ALSO- Because my friend is so sweet, you can ALSO purchase this amazing spoon with a discount by using the code “MOMWANT” you will get 20% off your order! HOW AWESOME is that?!

You can also go to my Instagram page, and see some more videos of Jamie using this Spoon. Trust me, you won’t want to miss it! @momwantstoeat

Let me know what do you think about this spoon?!

 

 

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Thirsty for Margaritas?

Hey Ya’ll! Happy Thirsty Thursday!! I’m so pumped today, because I’ve been waiting all week-long to tell you about one of my FAVORITE places to eat and have some margarita’s.  In the small town of  Forney, Texas! But you guys, I’m here to tell you, this is for SURE one of the best places in the land, that I’ve found!

Nestled in the quaint town of Forney, Texas – right outside the Dallas city limits, you will find a cute little mexican restaurant called Rio Lerma. When you walk inside, you won’t be disappointed. I PROMISE! This place has it all. From Hamburgers, to Tex-Mex, to some authentic dishes, and even a pasta section, you’re pallet will be so EXCITED!


You know what’s even better? On Wednesdays, they offer .99 cent margarita’s! Did you hear me correctly? .99 CENT MARGARITA’S! So, if there isn’t another reason to go there and try it out, this would be it! I can promise you, the margaritas don’t disappoint either. You can only have 2, but if you’re like me, 2 is really all you need.


If you’re into Karaoke, they even have that on the weekends.

Honestly, this is one of my favorite local places to eat, drink, and have fun conversations with our friends. The staff is AMAZING. They have known our daughter since she was growing in my belly, and when I call to make reservations on Wednesday’s – they know me by name.

So, if you’re in the area, or visiting the great city of Dallas, Texas – I recommend you take a stroll outside the city limits, and try this place out. I promise, you will be happy you did!