Meal Plan Mondays

We’re Back With the Fourth Edition of Meal Plan Monday! May 1- May 7

Hey beautiful readers! I want to start out by apologizing the lack of new blog content as of late. Life has been a little hectic recently so my focus has been elsewhere. The hubs and I made the huge decision to build a house! So needless to say between home tours, working out details, and… Continue reading We’re Back With the Fourth Edition of Meal Plan Monday! May 1- May 7

Meal Plan Mondays

Meal Plan Monday Third Edition: March 27-April 2

It’s time for the third edition of Meal Plan Mondays! I’m going to admit, this one was a struggle to put together. Not because I don’t love sharing yummy, healthy meals with y’all, but because my mind has been all over the place lately. I tend to feel like I’m thriving when there’s about five… Continue reading Meal Plan Monday Third Edition: March 27-April 2

baby · Family · Learning · Moms

Children’s Book Review and a Giveaway: Aida Brown Finds Her Crown

(Note: I hope you love this book as much as I do! Just so you know, I may receive a small percentage of sales from the links on this page.) I am always on the lookout for children’s books that not only tell a good story, but also provide teachable moments. So you can imagine… Continue reading Children’s Book Review and a Giveaway: Aida Brown Finds Her Crown

Meal Plan Mondays

Meal Plan Monday: Second Edition! March 20 – 26, 2017

Welcome, friends! It’s time for the second edition of Meal Plan Monday! The first edition was a hit, so I’m excited to share this week’s round up of healthy meals. This list of recipes includes low carbohydrate, lean options for the oven or slow cooker. Some can even be made ahead and frozen for later!… Continue reading Meal Plan Monday: Second Edition! March 20 – 26, 2017

Health · Shopping

Smashing My Car and the Trauma that Followed – BLUNTmoms Piece

This is a piece by me about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder suffered after a car wreck. It originally appeared on BLUNTmoms. I remember seeing trees. The feeling of flying. Flying toward the damn trees. This was how it would all end for me. My worst nightmare coming true on that highway with my 18 month old… Continue reading Smashing My Car and the Trauma that Followed – BLUNTmoms Piece

Meal Plan Mondays

A Health Journey Update and Introduction to Meal Plan Mondays!

I have a confession to make about this healthy lifestyle journey of mine. Remember that post I made a few weeks back about getting in shape despite my hate for exercise? Well, I’m going to be honest. I’ve worked out a total of two times since I wrote that and my meal plan has been… Continue reading A Health Journey Update and Introduction to Meal Plan Mondays!

Moms

Dinosaur-Shaped Nuggets and 14 Other Reasons Why I’m a Bad Mom

The sweet Emily Prout, from the blog Arrow it Forward, kindly asked me to write a guest post for her recently and I couldn’t help but oblige. I met Emily through a fantastic online blogging community for like-minded mamas. She also enjoys finding the humor in motherhood, so I thought she’d get a kick out… Continue reading Dinosaur-Shaped Nuggets and 14 Other Reasons Why I’m a Bad Mom

Health · Moms

Depression is a Bully: Don’t Let it Define Your Self Worth

I’ve suffered with anxiety and depression for most of my adult life.

This is something most people don’t know about me. I’m pretty good at putting on a happy face when dealing with the general public when my depression is rearing it’s ugly head.

Lately, it’s been affecting me pretty negatively and created a lot of self doubt, lack of motivation and general unhappiness. My depression makes me doubt myself in my decision to dedicate time to this blog. It makes me doubt my ability to be a good mama and in turn, question the parenting choices I make on a daily basis.

I’ve seen so many articles and posts in the blogosphere related to this topic. The openness from other moms about their struggle inspired me to do the same. Depression tends to jumble up my thoughts and makes it difficult for me to write down a cohesive post, so I figured I would just ramble about it, instead.

I hope my ramblings help some of the other mamas out there who are struggling feel a little bit better. Please know you’re not alone and that your depression doesn’t make you a bad mom! Your kids love you no matter what.

Big hugs,

Gina

 

Moms · Parenting

Motherhood Today Is Not For the Faint of Heart: Highlight Reel v. Reality

by Christie Dwyer of motherhoodexposed.com Mothers, all of you, I applaud the shit out of you, this gig is NOT easy, especially this day in age (do people even say that anymore?)  Seriously, mothering in today’s world is not for the faint of heart.  Goodness gracious, between Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, etc. the mounting pressure to… Continue reading Motherhood Today Is Not For the Faint of Heart: Highlight Reel v. Reality

baby · Moms

Children’s Book Giveaway: #BabyLove My Toddler Life

(I received a copy of this book in exchange for writing a review. All opinions are my own!) Even a children’s book can speak to us as parents in a way that catches us off guard. Corine Dehghanpisheh’s new picture book, #BabyLove: My Toddler Life, does exactly that. The message is simple: put down the phone… Continue reading Children’s Book Giveaway: #BabyLove My Toddler Life