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The negativity of social media

Have you ever noticed just how many negative posts there are on social media? People (myself 100% included) are so fast to jump on Facebook or Twitter to rant or complain about things. We take to these outlets to complain about crappy service at a restaurant or the fact that our kids kept us up all night (I’m completely owning that one right there), yet we are much less likely to share the good things happening with us. 

For me, I’m guilty of complaining or whining about the hardships of everyday life, but I rarely post about the joys. I’ll moan about the fact that my 4 month old woke up 4 times last night, but I won’t share that he was in bed (his own bed) by 7:15pm and has been miraculously doing this all week long. 

Why do I do this? Why does society as a whole seem to be guilty of this? 

Personally, I know I always shy away from “tooting my own horn”, if you will. I feel like sharing my joys and #MomWin’s are akin to bragging, and I don’t feel right about that. But I’m all too ready to whine when things aren’t going right, because I want other people to tell me they understand, and I want to know I’m not in whatever the current crisis may be alone. The mom community is so great about supporting each other, so it’s easy to reach out when I’m feeling like things aren’t going my way.

However, I’m ready to change this focus on the negative, and put the focus on good. There is so much in my life that I am grateful for, and so much joy. I’m challenging myself to share more of the happiness and gratitude and less the grumbling and complaining. 

Will you take this challenge, too? Let’s #FocusOnTheGood

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AHOY – It’s a Boy! (AKA, My baby shower)

So I’m a little late getting around to posting about my baby shower — it was two weeks ago — but, let’s face it, between chasing around my extremely energetic 11 month old and feeling the effects of being so-crazy-pregnant, everything is taking longer nowadays.

My baby shower had a nautical theme, and it was absolutely adorable. When my mother gets on a theme, she REALLY gets on a theme…. and she went all out for this one! We had themed decorations, food, games…. and more. A lot of ideas were inspired by the greatest internet invention ever, Pinterest.

IMG_0803We had pepper octopuses (octopi?) with dip, crab shaped chicken salad croissants, and fruit “boat”… yes, the nautical theme was everywhere — and it was so darn cute.

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The pepper octopuses (?)

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Chicken salad crabs

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Diaper cake

And then there was this super cute diaper cake, made by my mother. She made me one that was Winnie the Pooh themed for my first baby shower, and this one was just as lovely (and oh-so-useful!). Decorated with toys, washcloths, and made of size 1 diapers (and if you haven’t had your baby yet, you’ll need a lot of those…. trust me).

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Our take on the “Don’t Say Baby” game

We played a lot of the usual shower games, but all with a nautical twist…. the traditional “don’t say baby” game was turned into “Watch Your Mouth, Sailor!” and the bingo and what’s in your purse game cards were all adorned with sailboats and anchors.

Guess how big mommy's belly is??

Guess how big mommy’s belly is??

And then there were the cupcakes…. oh, the delicious cupcakes. Anyone that knows me knows I’m a sucker for baked goods, and these “Lucy in the Sky” cupcakes from Pearl’s Cupcake Shoppe were just perfection

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Cupcakes!

It was a great day. My daughter thought so, too… although I’m pretty sure she thought all of the presents (and the balloons) were for her. That’s ok. I’m sure her little brother will learn to share🙂

These are mine, right??

These are mine, right??

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Monster cupcakes and My Little Pony

So my husband’s birthday was last week, and I decided to surprise him with some homemade cupcakes and some My Little Pony decorations. I feel like that last part needs an explanation…

My husband secretly loves “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic”. He’s not quite in “brony” range yet, but he watches it with our daughter any chance he gets. And by with, I mean he puts it on and she pays no attention… because she’s 11 months old and the only thing she really gets into is Mickey Mouse Clubhouse at this point.

So I tease him about this affinity for a child’s show every chance I get. I figured a few choice decorations on his birthday would be just the thing… plus our daughter loves balloons and fun things like that, so at the very least I knew she’d get a big kick out of it.

So this is what he came home to…

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His reaction? Priceless🙂

Now, on to the cupcakes. I had found a recipe for Monster Cookie Dough Cupcakes posted by Wishes & Dishes. They looked awesome, and since my husband LOVES cookie dough, I figured it was a good choice. Plus, it was made with ingredients that I mostly have lying around… I only had to pick up a few things.

So here are my thoughts on the finished product — they were pretty darn awesome. The cake part was a little dry, but I think that was more my my oven’s fault than the recipe. I had to keep adding extra time in the oven because they simply weren’t even close to done at the suggested time. Maybe it was the fact that I used a Pampered Chef stoneware cupcake pan? Who knows. Either way… they were drier than I would have liked… but… still pretty tasty. And they looked really good, too! Because let’s face it… we eat with our eyes first, right? Click here to be linked to the recipe — I highly recommend them, for a special occasion or a lonely Saturday night at home😉

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Once more unto the breach…

Ok, so I’ll admit… I’ve let this whole blog fall completely to the wayside. It turns out that being mommy to an infant and pregnant at the same time, all while dealing with drama on the homefront, leaves little time for anything else. However, this is something I wish to remedy… And soon. 

Turns out, I need a creative outlet in my life. I need to write, even if randomly and to myself, and even if it makes sense to no one but me (turns out pregnancy brain is all too real — whatevs, I know what I’m talking about!). 

So here it is…. My latest effort to restart this whole thing and really stick with it. I’m sure that once my son is born and I’m then juggling a newborn and a 13-month old, it may take a back seat again… But that’s ok. I’ve got 3 months until that happens, and I need this right now. 

Signing off for now… Baby boy is using bladder as a soccer ball so I gotta run😉

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Motherhood is exhausting!

It’s amazing how many things fall by the wayside in those first few weeks home after having a child. The absolute and total exhaustion completely consumes your life. As for me, I became a glorified feeding machine for my beautiful daughter, and all I was really able to accomplish was feeding her every 2-3 hours and then sleeping the rest of the time (and on those very rare occasions, grabbing a shower).

Our happy family!

Our happy family!

Now at 6 weeks postpartum, I’m at least able to get myself cleaned up and make dinner, do a load of laundry or two. The house is still a bit of a mess, and I’m still exhausted all of the time — but it’s getting easier every day. For the first time, I’m able to sit down and take time for some personal projects as my baby girl sleeps. This also means I’ll finally be able to get back to my blog and journal, and able to jump back into my crafting (if I can even remember how to knit anymore… it’s been so long!)

So the point of this short-but-sweet post is simply to say this — I’m finally back and have a sense of normalcy in my life again. And I just want to say yes… motherhood is exhausting… but you really do get used to it and my goodness, it is SO WORTH IT!

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Amazon Prime Now Offers HBO Shows

I’ve been telling my husband for weeks that we need to cancel our Netflix account and head on over to Amazon Prime. The news that Prime now offers HBO programming only reaffirms my decision. Netflix has been great and all, but there are so few choices and they RARELY update with new movies and shows. Amazon Prime is just as easy to use and has 10x the movie and tv choices. It just seems to make sense. Yeah, it’s $99 a year… but guys, that’s $8.25 a month which is now cheaper than Netflix (who just raised their prices).

It just makes sense, don’t you think? Anyone have experiences that have been less than stellar with Prime? I’d love to hear the feedback.

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Pregnancy = Must. Eat. All. The. Things.

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Any of you other pregnant women out there that can’t stop eating lately? I sure hope I’m not alone in this. Today has been especially bad… because I’ve eaten a lot of crap that I know isn’t good for me but just couldn’t stop myself.

Let’s look at the rundown of what I’ve stuffed in my face so far, shall we?

  • 2 blueberry muffins with butter
  • An everything bagel with loads of chive and onion shmear (aka cream cheese)
  • The leftovers of a grande burrito from yesterday
  • 1/3 of a bag of cheetos
  • 1/3 of a bag of dark chocolate raisinettes
  • Another blueberry muffin with butter (in my defense, they are small muffins, lol)
  • A half a banana

And…. I’m still starving. Probably because I haven’t eaten much, if anything, nutritionally valuable today. I know I haven’t so the guilt has been with me all day. I know I should be eating well for my baby (and myself, of course), but some days I just can’t help it. I must eat everything in sight!!!

Anyone else suffering through this right now?