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

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

Family · Moms · Play

Games for Preschoolers That Are Sure to Cure Boredom

It has been said before, and I shall say it again – I am not a huge fan of playing with toys with my kid. I love my kids, but my idea of quality time is not holding a Batman figurine while running all over creation pretending to fight bad guys. Does this make me… Continue reading Games for Preschoolers That Are Sure to Cure Boredom

fitness · Health · Moms · Uncategorized

Diastasis Recti – Why Do I Look This Way?

A man I knew, but not too well, had cornered me at a teacher’s meeting. “You won’t be one of THOSE women, will you?” He taunted. “Those women who have Caesareans? They are just cheating the system. And it ain’t right.” I had ignored the section on Caesarian Sections at my Lamaze Class. I was… Continue reading Diastasis Recti – Why Do I Look This Way?

Family · Gifts · Moms

Nine Unique Valentine’s Gifts for Men

Giving gifts to those we care about can be fun, but challenging. It’s easy to do the usual flowers, cards and chocolates. But flowers wilt, cards get stuffed in drawers or thrown away, and chocolate makes you (me) fat. The hubs and I tend to get each other techie gifts or items related to our hobbies and interests. Gifts like these are so much more personal than the typical Valentine’s Day fare, and last longer than a week!

baby · Family · Moms · Photography

Cake Smash Photoshoot Made for the Ultimate Hipster Kid

This post is just a little delayed considering baby G turned one in November. Whoops! Adorable pictures of babies enjoying their first cake smash never go out of style though, so I’m sharing them anyway. This birthday made me emotional. G is probably our last kid, and I had a hard time accepting that his first… Continue reading Cake Smash Photoshoot Made for the Ultimate Hipster Kid