This little one is testing my patience in more ways than you can imagine. She’s stubborn, strong willed, and wants nothing to do with listening or following directions. She laughs at discipline.
Lord have mercy on my patience. Mommin’ ain’t easy. #sendhelp#sendwine#misshalliebliss
@aaronthesing is on a bachelor party trip in Georgia until Sunday night and did not leave me nearly enough wine or White Claws in the house to compensate. Thank God for @harvey_andrea for bringing over a bottle of champagne to keep my sanity with these 2 children while we brainstorm and get plan together for these next 90 days. She’s running after a $3,000/mo paycheck and I am so blessed this business brought us together.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be finishing this glass of brut while i scrub poop off my wall 😑
Oh you know...just over here dreaming while the kiddos are napping/having quiet time.
I think I might combine A and C. Apparently I choose my activities like I order at restaurants...off the menu, making up my own choices 😂
Let’s dream together and let me know which you would pick!
Our children are always watching us. Our every move. Everything we do now is shaping the way they see the world and how they view us and themselves. 👀
I know for sure that I want my daughter to see that her mama never gave up. That she always showed up even on days that she didn’t want to. I want her to know that she can do anything she wants if she puts her heart and soul, sweat and tears into it. 👊🏻 We only have this one life to do our absolute best and today is as good as any to start. 🙌🏻 always here to help you become your best self! 💌
Have any events this weekend that are going to be an obstacle for you? 🤷🏼♀️
How about cookouts or work parties…baby showers or dinners? 🎉Those events and the weekends in general usually around food and such. I really try to stay healthy while allowing myself 2 or so “treat items”. 🍕🍰
I use this ranking system and I actually use it for all events and parties. So I rate all "bad" food and only eat my 9's and 10's...I mean the ones I LOVE! So, pizza 🍕 is like a 10 for me so I would enjoy a piece. I also love bday cake 🍰 so I would have a piece. Cookies 🍪 are a 7 and hot dogs 🌭 are like a 4 so I would pass. Potato salad or pasta salad is like a 5 for me so I will pass. I love chips and salsa...9 or I would have a few. And that's it for the bad stuff. Does that make sense? 🙌🏼
Maybe Sunday pancakes 🥞 are a must for you...so have one...with egg whites and fresh fruit 🍉 taking up most of your plate:) •
Don't feel deprived or guilty!! 💕Choose your favorites and then some healthy options...like if there is a 🥗 , a fruit tray and veggies from a veggie tray and really enjoy those 9's and 10's that are on your plate. •
So, pick 2 or 3 of your favorites and that's it!!! And ENJOY them! 😍
Kind of weird, but it keeps me from going overboard and keeps me from feeling guilty...which is no way to live life, right? 😘
Going to two special ladies tonight! They don’t even know it! They both have been huge supporters of mine not just with A mamas work but also my other “job” @sipwinensign @s_jcksn_sipwinensign! Thank you is never enough to all my supporters, I love making these cups and being a licensee for painting signs! I’ve got a busy weekend of parties and orders to finish up and some new options to share with y’all and I’m SO exited!! But for now I’m gonna take a nap while the little one is napping. I realize how old I am or feel after a night with my almost teenager (😰) celebrating his almost birthday. I feel like I’m hungover and I drank water all night. Hope everyone enjoys their Friday!! What are your plans for the weekend?
Thanks to a plane ride and back to school in the same week, myself and my girls have caught colds and gotten almost all better just to wind up with a different set of symptoms the next week (first it was the head cold - runny noses, sneezing, sinus pressure. Now it’s stuffed noses and congestion in the chest with some slight coughing, fevers and sore throats and aches and pains). And now hubby has it too. We are only early in this cold and flu season but I’m over it!!
Picture this. On a work call with @chasinghelen holding a baby with an ear infection that cannot be put down today with a four year old wrapped around your ankle. While dragging said 4 year old around the house so you can talk about a case, you snap a photo to remember the craziness of the moment. Then, 4 year old laughs: “I pooped”. Me: “did you really?” 4 year old: “no”. The truth: four year olds lie. 💩 It’s all fun and games until someone gets pooped on...literally. It was on my ankle. On my floor. Oh, and then I stepped in it. #stomachvirus#momlife#boymom#reallife#sos#sendwine#thisisus#motherhood
I laid alone and awake in a hotel room surrounded by my sleeping babies and cried. 😥
It was that moment, in the dark of the night I knew life had to change. •
When I was 20 I was living off Diet Coke and Blueberries trying to fit in with the other dancers and stay skinny no matter what it took. When I was in my late 20’s and having kids, I just wanted to fit in with the other moms. I saw these moms who gained their figure right back and were fit and happy taking their babies to the gym. I looked in the mirror and saw nothing but fat and ugly. •
In my 30s and after having 4 kids I gained a new respect for my body and what it had done for me, but I didn’t love it or myself. I was ashamed at how it looked. So I over-compensated. I was the room mom, the playgroup organizer, the soccer mom, I wrote a blog and made homemade birthday party invites. Meanwhile, I was trying every diet for a week or two until I gave up, or pills that I read that the Kardashians took (yep, I went there) to lose weight. 🙈
As I approach 40 my goals are not short term anymore. •
My goals now are not to be skinny, or to be the perfect looking mom down the street, but rather for the enjoyment and quality of life not just today, but 5, 10, 20 years from now. I want to eat the cake and drink the wine and feel comfortable in my jeans. •
Everyday I ask myself:
How do I want to feel?
What kind of mindset do I want?
I have come to realize that if I don’t keep ahold of those goals, I feel tired & cranky. My energy drops. My productivity lacks and my overall happiness is not what I desire for my life. •
My mantra is to have a healthy and fun life where I don’t have to THINK about my health and fitness routine, because it just is part of me and my day. I have created a decently strong, flexible and athletic body that I feel comfortable in, now and hopefully every day for many years to come. A body gives me energy...the energy to keep up my kids. To pour myself into my clients. The live my best life. 🎉 •
What are your ULTIMATE health and wellness goals? Send me a message and let me know, I’d love to know!
He's a month into kindergarten and he's still on the struggle bus. Holy no nap temper tantrum 😱 Every. Single. Day. He comes home and naps before he even starts his evening...yesterday he didn't wake up until 8pm. #hardknockkindergarten#ineedanaptoo#sendwine
Another day another lunch!
Did you know that a whole can of tuna is 1 serving of protein. I swapped mayo for Greek yogurt added all the veggies and piled on multigrain naan this is quickly becoming a favorite!!
This morning, I woke up feeling grumpy and disheveled (more so than usual, lol). I got to work and had the sweetest message ever. He’s got a lot of his own stress going on and still finds a way to get me out of a funk. Thanks for loving me even if I’m upset about a bad pie recipe and then continue to be bothered about everything else for no good reason. | #throwback#tbt#sendchocolate#oneofthosedays#almostfriday#sendwine
It’s a good thing she is cute. Today was a DAY. Yesterday was a DAY. I’m exhausted— I’m to the point of laughter which comes after being pushed to the point of near insanity thanks to the joys of motherhood. 🤣 Just being honest. So tonight, I just stare at how cute she is and not focus on how much of a stinker she has been. I’m still considering giving the dang pacifier back. Thank goodness for husbands, wine, and new days!
Some days, you look at cute pictures from before your toddler could push your buttons, say a prayer, & push on through. I say a lot about how I love toddlerhood. And I do! I really really do. But he is a TODDLER. His job is to test boundaries. He isn’t developmentally capable of impulse control 100% of the time. And his emotional regulation is a work in progress (heck so is mine). Sometimes he can’t verbalize that he’s hungry, tired, or overwhelmed and suddenly we are in tantrum territory before either of us knows what happened. Remembering those things helps me to respond with compassion BUT that doesn’t mean it isn’t really freaking hard some days. Especially the days when my self care is lacking and I have my own agenda. What I want to yell at my worst moments: OMGeeee get it together dude. What I somehow managed today with the grace of God: (down on one knee) You are really struggling. Can I give you a hug? (And then) Bud I think you are really hungry how about you take a few bites and then we can chat. (Please read that in a slightly exasperated tone because I was past the point where I could get rid of that this morning) It’s really hard somedays. And some days I respond horribly and some days I get a little bit closer to responding how I want to. Some days (today) I’m just trying to make it until bedtime. #mommyblogger#indyblogger#motherhoodblog