Ok! When do we find the time to get it all done! I am a stay at home mama of two toddler girls! I am also a mom with a side hustle… that’s a silly name for a side business. I love being a momtrepreneur. It is something that makes me feel important and empowered. I have a great mom blog where I share stories, review awesome products, and share reviews for my followers. In between working my two jobs, Mom & Momtrepreneur, I need to keep the house running. I find myself doing a balancing act daily. In the mornings I am running through the house cleaning, doing laundry, and making breakfast while the girls play. We have fun in our house so of course it doesn’t stay clean for long. After lunch is nap time, also known as work time in our house. This is when my oldest daughter has quiet time on her iPad and mommy works on the laptop. I use these two precious hours to blog, answer emails, look for potential collaborations, and connect with followers. There is a fine line I walk running my business on social media and not being glued to my phone all day. I really utilize nap time and night time to get work done. After nap and work time is over its time to have snack and play. We normally make crafts or play play – dough. Some days we even bake a yummy snack. I am sure you have seen our cooking shows on IGTV. In our home there is always something crazy and exciting going on. This is just a normal day. I haven’t even told you about the days we have special events like Taekwondo or gymnastics. There are school days and play dates too! It is crazy to be a mom who tries to juggle it all. When do you find time to get it all done in a day? Do you have a crazy schedule like I do that works for you? I find that if I don’t have some sort of method to my chaos I will go insane? By the end of the day I am exhausted… but I feel accomplished! I want to make my girls proud of me and one day aspire to be a strong woman too!
Do you drink enough water?!? Gosh I know it’s hard to get your daily water intake throughout the day. I am constantly hounding my husband about how much water he is drinking. For my migraine condition it is a must for me to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. I found the golden rule from many years of research is to drink half of your body weight in water in ounces. So if you weigh 150lbs you would drink 75 ounces of water. Makes sense right? It’s super easy to get your water in if you get a water bottle that holds the perfect amount you need daily and you fill it first thing in the morning. You can sip on your water all day and by the end you will be finished. I find I fill my water again throughout the day. I really only like to drink coffee, tea, water, and seltzer. I don’t drink any other normal beverages. This is obviously not counting my love for wine!!!! I find when I get in my daily water intake I feel so much better. My headaches are lessened, my face is clearer, I snack less, and I have more energy. I think it’s a simple thing anyone can add to their day to better their health! You can start right now! Just remember take your body weight and divide it in half! That’s how many ounces you should drink a day!!!!! Now go buy a really cute water bottle to hold that water!!! My secret tip!!! I add in 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to my water!!!
Our family is obsessed with these fun outdoor toys! We have actually been so in love with them we have brought them in the house too!!!! Thank goodness we have a ranch style home… because the girls are zooming down the hallways daily on their rollers. These are a must have item for every family! They are for kids of all ages!!!!! Even adults! Check out my video clip below of the rollers in action and don’t forget to follow my link to their amazing website for 15% off!!!!!!
Oh hey over there! I see you! You are the mom in the pajama pants with your hair in a messy bun with God only knows how much dry shampoo inside. You are on your countless number of coffee for the day just waiting until the appropriate hour to have a glass of wine. Your kids have been up since the crack of dawn and one was up at least once the in the middle of the night. You have cleaned your kitchen and washed the dishes three times already and its only lunch time. Yes I say I see you, because I am you! We work so hard to be that great mom, wife, CEO of the household… but there are days when we have done all we can to not lose our sh*t. I find myself in this spinning out of control mindset and some days I wonder am I the only mom out there on the verge of losing it? We smile through potty training and sing songs while wiping butts. We cut sandwiches into shapes to make meals seem more exciting. Craft time is a must and we have to fill every hour with something fun. Have you ever thought about how many hours there are in a day? A-LOT! Just when the day is starting to come to an end… its time to make dinner. Gosh to think about what I will make is always a challenge. Some days I have a plan and its neatly written on my dry erase board. Other days I throw a *hail mary* and hope my husband is so hungry he will just love it. After all the clean up is over for the day and I finally sit down I get the burning question of ” why do you look so tired”? ! I think that is when I could cry, I think that is when I do cry. Every single emotion felt throughout the day mixed with pure exhaustion comes out. So as I say to the moms out there… On the verge of losing it… I see you! We are all going through this thing called motherhood together. It is probably the hardest, most tiring, and rewarding thing we will ever do… but at least we are in it together.
If you are anything like me… Or a mom…. You need a break! I am a SAHM of two toddlers and I am fried! My girls run me down. By the end of the week I am in desperate need of a shower, a glass of wine, and a therapist. There have been many times my husband has looked at me at the dinner table and asked “are you ok”? I just laugh. He seriously has no idea. He thinks he gets a glimpse into the real life on Saturday morning when I am answering emails, working out, or taking a shower… but come on that’s maybe an hour worth of time. He truly has no idea. Us moms go hard. We wake up and make sure the kids are fed, dressed, to school with snacks, and happy. We take care of our husbands, our dogs, the house. When do we take care of ourselves? I try during the week to carve out time to work out. Most days I am successful with 20-30 minutes, but that means my look is sacrificed. I cannot believe I have the guts to go out in public looking the way I do. I often wonder, what do the other moms think of me. Do they feel sorry for me… or do they totally get me. Do they feel the way I do? This brings me to my wonderful weekend… and the point to this entire blog post! Mama needs a break! Yasssssssss!!!!!!! I often fantasize about my break. Do I want to go out and sit at a coffee shop alone? Do I get my hair done, or my nails? Lord knows these can both use a lot of love right now. Do I sneak into the bathtub with a bomb and a glass of wine? Every weekend I love to carve out just a small about of time to recharge these mommy batteries and relax. I think every mom needs this. Its just to keep us sane. I think every husband knows it is exactly what needs to happen to keep the world spinning in the right direction. So I ask you … What do you do when you need a break????
Tonight I’m relaxing with a warm bath, glass of wine, and my favorite bath bombs!!!! Cheers mamas!
Learning is an essential part of our every day life! I’m a stay at home mom of two toddler girls. My oldest daughter is 4 and in preschool and this little love will be 2 the end of May. She absolutely loves to read books and sing songs. I am not sure what she loves more! When I came across Ditty Bird Books I could not wait to have them in our home! These musical board books each come with 6 sing – a – long songs. Priscilla and I opened the books and within moments of showing her how to push the button to play the song she was doing it on her own. She is in love with these books. I am not sure if her favorite is the “happy and you know it clap your hands” or “twinkle, twinkle little star”. These books have the most soothing sounds and lyrics. I can listen to them all day… which is good because we have been. Priscilla carries them with her everywhere she goes. If you have a baby or toddler that loves books or music these are a must have in your home. They have made my girls so happy and they are PERFECT for car rides! You can find these books by following the link below! I know you will fall in love with them just like we did!
Have you ever tried an at home teeth whitening system? I’m not going to lie … I have tried a few. You see my teeth have always been something I have chosen to hide. When I smile I tend to cover my mouth with my hand. I am not proud of my teeth. They are crooked, not the brightest white, and just not perfect. Growing up I competed in beauty pageants and longed to have the perfect white smile. I would brush my teeth constantly and tried every whitening product on the market. I spent so much money on products that I would paint on my teeth or strips that never stuck to my teeth, but always slid off. There was never a quick fix, and after countless dollars spent my teeth were never as white as promised on the package. When I came across Smile Brilliant I was intrigued to see how different this whitening process was. The custom made trays were awesome. I loved that you were able to make your very own teeth imprints to use for whitening. This ensures that I am able to whiten my teeth comfortably while doing other things at home. Making my custom teeth trays took just minutes and I sent the mold to the lab to get my trays created. They were sent back to me in a container ready to use with the Whitening and Desensitizing gel. The process is so simple. You place a small ribbon of the whitening gel in the imprints and place on the teeth. You leave on for 45 minutes to several hours depending on your comfort level. After whitening you rinse your teeth and repeat the steps with the sensitivity solution. This you leave on for about 20 minutes. I usually did my whitening before bed, but there were some days I would squeeze it in mid afternoon. It was so simple and comfortable to do because the teeth imprints were easy to wear. The best part about Smile Brilliant is it is compatible with sensitive teeth. I have incredibly sensitive teeth and gums and I have been able to use this system without a problem. I have always wanted a whiter smile but never followed through with other products on the market. The ones that the dentist offered were too expensive and others seemed too time consuming and unsafe. I felt like this one was perfect for me and I could not wait to share my results with everyone once I saw how amazing they were!!!! Using this system was super easy!!!
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The first day I opened the package I could not wait to get started!!! I immediately did my before photos so I could trace my progress!
These are the two solutions ..The Whitening gel and the Sensitivity gel!
Whitening at night after the kids went to bed became my ritual. I would take off my make up and pop in my teeth trays! Boom I’m ready to watch tv! It has also worked wonders for kicking my before bed snacking habit !!! 😋
Here is the simple method of adding the solutions to the teeth imprint trays. It takes seconds to add a ribbon of solution to the tray and pop them into your mouth. Once you’re finished be sure to rinse them thoroughly.
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I am in love with my results!!!! My teeth are whiter and the stains are gone!!!! I feel so much more confident and absolutely love smiling!!!! My new smile is here just in time for my favorite smooching holiday!!!! Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!
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Snow day!!!!!! The girls are excited, but this mama is scrambling! I am not a fan of the snow. I seriously do not belong in this cold weather state. I much prefer the mild weather we have been having the past few weeks. I decided to kick my stay at home mom style into high gear and pull some tricks out of my sleeves. We made some really fun Valentines Day crafts and then decided to make some yummy cookies. As most of you know we have eliminated food dyes in our home. I was so excited to find a dye free food coloring to make our sugar cookies festive today. We ended up with a pretty shade of purple and made heart shaped cookies. Sophia had so much fun rolling out the dough and cutting out the shapes. She even made a dough mommy out of the scraps. It was a really fun and tasty afternoon activity.
We love cooking together in the kitchen. Sophia has been cooking and baking with me since she was 18 months old. She has always been interested in how things are made and had a passion for creating her own special recipes. We are always sure to practice kitchen safety and follow this great Kitchen safety checklist from Kitchen Cabinet Kings. I have it printed out and hanging on my fridge! You can download yours today!
I recently started a mom blog and fell in love with sharing my family’s crazy, funny, every day life with my followers. I came up with the name for my blog one snowy day last year, when I was in tears over the struggles of just wanting to feel “normal” again. My husband laughed at my outburst of silly tears and said, “what exactly is a normal mommy anyways?” It was in that moment the wheels in my mind started to turn and the name of my blog “Normal Mommy” was born.
What is a normal mom anyways? I think all moms struggle with wanting to find their own way after becoming a mother. So many changes after having children, and while it’s the greatest blessing one could ever ask for, your life does get turned upside down. It’s hard not to freak out! Once we get over the excitement of pregnancy and the adjustment period of the newborn phase, we tend to stumble navigating through motherhood. We forget how to care for ourselves or take time for self-improvement. Our children become our number one priority. I am going to be honest and say there have been times when I have skipped a shower and lost count on how many days it had been since I washed my hair. There just wasn’t a dry shampoo strong enough to fix that mom look…………