What’s your cleaning routine? For awhile now I’ve been trying to master a schedule but it never seems to work out. Some days I swear I’m Mr. Clean himself and some days I swear I should be on an episode of hoarders. With three under the age of 5 it seems there’s no in between. There’s one or the other. We have a clean house like, “please take your shoes off at the door” or “please wear your shoes to avoid a lego injury”. You know those little legos or army men that accidentally get left behind and end up stabbing you right in the pit of your foot? I swear that pain is similar to childbirth. Literally a small part of me thinks I need that old people “I’ve fallen and can’t get up” necklace every time.
Anyhow, I’m curious to know how my fellow mamas do it? Do you do the once a week big sweep or are you a minimalist so there’s no big messes or do you like live with it and surrender to the chaos? Share some tips I’d love to hear!!
Have you guys had the opportunity to see the movie Joy yet? Recently I was invited by Club Momme and Mom.me to attend a screening of the movie followed by high tea and an amazing Mompreneur panel of amazing speakers. What an amazing day!!! The movie was BEYOND inspirational and touching. I literally was in between laughs and tears the entire time. If you haven’t had the chance to see Joy yet I highly suggest checking it out.
After the screening Club Momme + Mom.me hosted an amazing high tea which included a panel of mompreneur speakers. The speakers included Catherine McCord (Weelicious Founder), DeNai Jones (Petunia Picklebottom Founder), Andrea Williams (Tubby Todd Founder) and Melissa Kieling (PackIt Founder). Can you say HEAVY HITTERS!!!
What an amazing and inspirational day. As a CEO myself I know the ups and downs of business. I know the extreme hustle and dedication it takes to run a successful business. It’s hard guys. It’s not always easy but the reward can be great. I can take my babies to work with me. I can be home when their sick. If you have any desire to start something you’re passionate about go for it! Do not give up!!! You know the saying, “reach for the moon even if you fall short you’ll land among the stars”.
I’m always in awe when a company approaches me to be interviewed. Being in this industry I am surrounded by so many creatives and in particular so many moms that are making huge waves in the mama/baby industry! So when Mom.me asked me if I’d be interested in an interview with them I was over the moon. Mom.me holds a special place in my heart. Recently they merged with ClubMomme. Which is a great community of mothers who support each other through events, classes and so much more. ClubMomme was owned by a dear friend of mine Rachel Pitzel. So not only am I honored to be amongst some great women and mothers they have previously interviewed I am in awe of the women behind the brand Mom.me!
For the feature they interviewed me as a Mom Maker. Basically a mama that also runs a business that they’re in support of. Head over to Mom.me to read the full feature and thanks again Mom.me for supporting mamas like me who try hard to balance it all.
Recently, I’ve been feeling sort of stuck. Stuck financially, emotionally and physically. I know I mentioned before the changes that were happening but failed to mention what those particular changes were. Well one of those changes is my husband’s business recently took a really hard hit. So hard that we are both currently looking for work outside of the business we own, Mothers Organic. This is particularly hard for me because although I own and operate Mothers Organic before that I am a stay at home mother. Mothers Organic has a really small team. About 5 employees which 2 of them are my husband and I. So this change of looking for work has been a little hard. Luckily, I have made some amazing connections in the baby/mama world and have had a few interviews and promising career moves mapped out for me. In the meantime in between interviews, applications and the overall navigation through this thing called life’s changes, we’ve been trying to get out a little more to change the scenery of things.
“When forever becomes a place…when forever ceases to be just a word… when it ceases to be just a measurement of time…but instead becomes a place where soul mates can dance to the song in their hearts… that is a reflection of true love.”
I will just attach the direct words from my IG account because at that moment my feelings were so raw and expressed exactly what farewell to Kobe truly meant to me…
“Laying here watching Kobe’s last game with Jason and seriously can’t believe all that has changed in the last 3 years. This game is more than just the end of a legend but more like another change we are experiencing. I can’t help but think about Jason’s dad, my father-in-law and his love for the Lakers. And how both Jason and him would talk about Kobe throughout the day. Also the memories of watching the Lakers game for Christmas at his house with the kids running around. God knows we miss you John! After you left us so much has changed and not much of it has been good but our love and faith keeps us strong. Cheers to brighter memories, new beginnings and old precious memories of loved ones that can’t be replaced.”
“You cannot see brotherhood; neither can you hear it nor taste it. But you can feel it a hundred times a day. It is the pat on the back when things look gloomy. It is the smile of encouragement when the way seems hard. It is the helping hand when the burden becomes unbearable.” – Peter E. Terzick
Brothers… So happy they have each other and my biggest hope for them is that they realize the importance of the word BROTHERS. Life lately has taught me more about parenthood and guidance for these two than I ever could’ve imagined. Loyalty, dignity, trust, honesty, faith and strength are words I hope they hold to.
Sweet boys of mine, mama knows there will be times of arguing, disappointment, let-downs and rivalry but you both need to remember your values. Your core values which are what both your mama and dad tried so hard to instill in you. Most importantly the understanding that NO ONE will love, forgive, support, cheer and need you like your blood!
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
Let’s start off with that quote that basically sums up our current life. Changes are inevitable and although I’m not one for lots of change, change has been happening daily on our end. Our most recent changes have been both good and bad. Somethings I wish would go back to normal and some that were inevitable to happen. What I’ve learned these past few months is that during times of worry, fear and stress in the moment of tragedy and change you must hold tightly onto your faith and ride the wave until you learn how to navigate these times. Currently that’s what we are doing. Letting God be our compass while we get through these rough waters. I’m a true believer in fate and letting go so that’s exactly what I’ll do!
My sweet, smart, cautious, loyal boy. My first born, the one who taught me love unconditionally! Today you turned 5 honey. The big 5 and mama cannot believe it. These 5 years have flown by with each day getting more and more exciting. Today you are such a big brother. Always protecting you little brother from harm and always making sure your little sister doesn’t talk to strangers. You are EVERYTHING I ever wanted in a son and each and everyday you become a little more of a little best friend to me. You are WISE beyond your years little one. Sometimes asking me questions I never began to think of when I was your age. Mama just wants to remind you how special you are. How there is and will never be someone like you to walk this earth. And lastly that mama and dad love you to the moon and back! I am so excited to see what year 5 holds for you baby.
Weaning is the process of gradually introducing a mammal infant to what will be its adult diet and withdrawing the supply of its mother’s milk. The process takes place only in mammals, as only mammals produce milk. The infant is considered to be fully weaned once it is no longer fed any breast milk (or bottled substitute).
Well… here we are quickly approaching Jameson’s 15-month mark and weaning has become necessary. Although we are down to nursing only before nap and throughout bedtime, Jameson has begun to bite and by bite I mean full on I am screaming in pain at some point during our nursing session. I think it’s his way of saying he wants to wean and I will call this his form of self weaning. With that said we have begun the weaning process. Each of my children weaned at different ages. JJ weaned around 11-months because I was pregnant with Kaila. Kaila at 18-months. And now my littlest, Jameson at 15-months. Kaila was probably the hardest to wean. She literally never took a bottle or pacifier so trying to wean her was nearly impossible. I’m hoping to skip the whole from breast to bottle stage with Jameson. He’s a huge eater already. Eating everything from pasta to burgers so I’m sure nursing is only a comfort thing at this point and although I love the bond we share during our nursing sessions the biting is more than what this mama can handle. So here’s to weaning and nipples without teeth marks. I’ll keep you all updated on how he transitions.