My kids go on summer break at the end of this week and after making up an entire week’s worth of snow days, they’re ready to milk all they can from the sweet summer months. With all the adventures we have during the summer, I’m often guilty of forgetting to document the fun. As a mom, it’s my sworn duty as memory keeper to ensure I preserve our memories for years to come so that when I’m a grandmother, the first thing my grandchildren will do when the visit is sit on the floor with our photo albums. It’s a lot of pressure! As someone who is passionate about memory keeping, I tend to get carried away, can you tell?
When it comes to Mother’s Day, thoughtful crafts are what shine the most. I still cherish the flower tipped pen that my daughter gave me her first year of PreK. The ladder art with a picture of my son climbing into the stars with the words, “Mom, I love you to the moon and back,” that he gave me in first grade still hangs in my bedroom closet three years later. These thoughtful gifts melt nurturing mama hearts on Mother’s Day because they’re created by the people we love the most.
New motherhood is a rush of excitement and trepidation, from the early stages of pregnancy to the moment of meeting your child on a matched adoption application. While motherhood can easily conjure a host of cliches and may look different across a spectrum, ultimately, loving mothers all want the same thing for their child(ren).
“Congratulations, you have a daughter in China!”
I cried hearing those precious words from our adoption agency worker.
“Love yourself first.”
It’s an eye-roll inducing cliche that Carrie Bradshaw probably expressed some variation of on Sex and The City. (Edit: We googled it, she did say that). But this overplayed sentiment harbors a whole lot of truth. As Valentine’s Day approaches, challenge yourself to really get out there again by dating yourself. Here’s how:
Life is such a blessing and I make a point to have ours documented as often as I can. I had been wanting to do something fun with our family photos so that the kids would be able to enjoy them too. Stumbling upon Pinhole Press and their ABC book got me all excited!
As a mom, Halloween is serious business. Between finding the last Moana costume for your daughter to making a DIY pirate’s hat, there is little time to make your own costume plans for Halloween before it is 3:30 pm on October 31st.
Isn’t it strange how you don’t really feel the passing of time until you have kids? My husband and I have been together for about 12 years and yet, it felt as if time was standing still until we had our minis. Suddenly, each small marker of passing time grew more significant. She’s xx weeks old! Then it’s months and before you know it, you’re waking up on the morning of another birthday asking yourself, where did the time go?
Going to Disney World can either be a very stressful, overwhelming, exhausting process or a fun and magical vacation… it’s up to you! On June 30th, I took over Pinhole Press’s Instagram. I was there with my husband and almost two-year-old, 6 months pregnant, it was in the 90s, pretty crowded, thunderstorms rolling in early afternoon… and we had an amazing day!!
Alright Mom, it’s your moment. Your little ones are all tucked in, the dishes are done (or not), and you plop yourself on the couch taking a deep breath. Every mom needs a little “me time” and this is just that.