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I started this Instagram journey a little over a year and a half ago. My Instagram handle is so meaningful to my motherhood journey and who I am as a human being and to see it on this beautiful @apolis bag brings my heart so much joy. As a first time mama, I really struggled with motherhood and the imperfection that came with it. There were so many times where I felt like I was failing and my son deserved better. I started this Instagram to connect with other mama’s, to share my journey with others and hope that we would find comfort in each other’s stories. This journey has been tremendous, I’ve connected with such beautiful souls who have comforted me at my lowest and cheered me on at my highest. I will always be grateful for my time spent here, for my growth as a mother and as an individual, for the love I’ve received and I’ve given and for getting to share the very special moments I have with this little boy of mine. What’s the story behind your Instagram? Use code 'halfmamahalfhuman' for free shipping towards your own personalized @apolis bag!
This year I am all about health, self-growth and self-love. This mama hasn’t had a sip of coffee in all of 2019, one of my resolutions was to ditch the coffee for some healthier options! I came across @foursigmatic and found that they’re products were just what I was looking for! I chose the Golden Latte Mushroom Mix. Yes... I was super skeptical about the mushroom bit, but there are so many benefits in this powder! It’s all organic made of completely natural ingredients! It’s low sugar and dairy free. It supports beauty from the inside out with its amazing ingredients. I mix mine with a bit of almond milk and it’s delicious. If you’re interested in trying it, you can receive 15% off of your order using promo code ‘halfmamahalfhuman’! Enjoy ♥️
Eli will be two in two short months! I can’t even believe it! I’ve been reflecting a lot on those first few months after birth. Some of those memories are indescribably beautiful, but others hurt my heart a little. I remember feeling defeated, lonely and exhausted. I wasn’t very kind to myself during those first few months. I wish I could go back in time and give that sweet mama a hug. Yes, I was grateful, I loved being a mom, I absolutely loved my incredible son and starting our own family. Bringing his life into this world will be one of my greatest accomplishments. But there are a few things I wish I would’ve done differently: 1. I wish I wouldn’t have put so much pressure on myself. I had this picture of how everything was supposed to go and it all went the opposite. I had an emergency c-section & I struggled so much with breastfeeding that I gave up. I felt like those things defined me as a mother. I was filled with so much guilt & disappointment. I just gave birth to this absolutely perfect little boy and here I was so worried about how he entered this world that I lost time out on simply admiring him and loving him more. 2. I wish I would’ve said "yes" more when help was offered. Tony had two weeks of paternity leave and boy did it fly. I was still recovering and in a lot of pain. Both of our families offered to help us so many times and a lot of times we accepted their help but other times I declined it. I felt this need to prove to everyone that I could do it all! Why do we do that to ourselves? 3. Lastly, I wish I would’ve savored every moment of Eli. There were so many times I felt like my arms would literally fall off after hours of rocking Eli to sleep. Little did I know, Eli wouldn’t be a very cuddly toddler and prefer his independence. I miss those days so much now. For every mama I know, I hope you are kind to yourself. I hope you give yourself the love you so graciously give to others. I hope you let go of what was and appreciate what is now. What advice would you give a first time mom?
Yes....this mama is totally on the simple living-decluttering train like everyone else. Yes...I’ve watched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo at least twice and I took notes. Please tell me I’m not the only one! Along with more simple lifestyle living, reading 12 books this year was also one of 2019 resolutions. Soulful Simplicity is the first book on my list to read! Wherever I go, it goes. . . Have you read it? Was reading more also one of your 2019 resolutions? What are you reading now and what’s next on your list? .
I feel like I’m raising a little grizzly bear. If you checked out my stories, you know that two nights ago Eli woke up at 2:30am asking for chicken and a banana. I kid you not. From the moment he wakes up till the moment he goes down, he is munching on something. The problem is the more he eats, the more his mama eats. I swear those goldfish crackers are like crack! . . Do you have a ravenous toddler? What are some of their favorite meals or snacks? Which kid snacks do you find yourself munching on? . .
Is anyone else’s house still buried underneath toys, even though Christmas was almost two weeks ago? If I step on one more car, I might lose my mind. I wanted to share some of my tips for toy organization to help conquer the madness! My rule for toys and most of our materialistic items is when something new comes, something old must go. There are a few ways to do this. Toss, donate or move. Toss the broken, the dirty or any toy with missing pieces. Donate toys that your kid just doesn’t quite care about but are still in good condition. We actually donate ours to Eli’s daycare or I’ll bring toys to the school that I work at, I know they’ll be used and loved by other kids. Goodwill is always another great option. Lastly, we’ll do a toy rotation. Anyone else all about baskets and storage bins? I feel like they keep a space looking so much more organized and clean. We have a basket of toys on all three floors of our home and in several rooms. I gather all toy bins, rotate and swap several toys within each bin and place the newly rotated bin in a room. Each bin usually contains some smaller toys, a few books and one larger toy. I usually do this twice a month and it has been so helpful! How do you usually tackle the toy chaos in your home? What organization methods are your favorite to use in your home?
Does anyone else get the dreadful Sunday Scaries? I used to ALL of the time, which then made Monday’s pretty darn scary too. Now that I’ve started a productive Sunday morning routine, I actually look forward to Sunday’s and Monday’s feel like fresh starts. Here is what my routine looks like: I wake up about an hour earlier than Eli, I love this time to myself. I grab a cup of coffee or my favorite tea along with my planner and gratitude journal. I make a weekly to do list along with 1 or 2 goals I’d like to achieve in the upcoming week. Then I write in my gratitude journal. This is my favorite part of my routine. I love reflecting on the past week and writing everything I’m thankful for. Then it’s time for my weekly budget! I just grabbed a new budget template from my friend @mamaonabudget16 ! This helps me stay focused and not spend money like a mad woman! I’ll also pick two days of the week to have no spend days. Some other things I’ll try and do are catch up on laundry, read, listen to a podcast and meditate. I hope these routine ideas help you tackle those Sunday Scaries! . . Do you have a Sunday routine? What does it look like? . .
Where did winter break go?! I had both of my boys home for two whole weeks and it was beautiful, minus Eli being grumpy for half of it and us having to spend most of our time packing our house up. If you’ve moved, you definitely know packing can bring out the worst in you and boy did it! Even with the madness, I loved every minute of it. . . I wanted to share a little bit of our story with you all. My fiancé changed his career path completely. He left a job where he was extremely unhappy and is now doing something he really loves. The change in him was surreal and I couldn’t be more proud of him for taking such a risk. However, we didn’t know this path would lead him to be placed 2.5 hours away from our home. So we’ve been living apart for almost a year now and he would visit on his days off. . . We thought we could do it in hopes he could be transferred soon, but the distance and time apart has been very hard on us as a family. We decided to say f*** it and do whatever it took to be together. So we’re renting our house out, I’ll be leaving my job to be a stay at home mama and we’re going to somehow go from a 3 bedroom house to a 1 bedroom apartment for the time being. Yea so the decluttering madness has definitely been upon us! . . Can anyone relate to this at all? How was your transition from a working mom to a stay at home mom? Any terrible moving stories? #thehappynow #documentyourdays #writeyouonmyheart #writeyourstory #momswithcameras #toddlersofinstagram #petitejoys #darlingmovement #momofboys #littleandbrave #newadventures #thatsdarling #motherhoodsimplified #declutter #mybeautifulmess #myhonestmotherhood #flashesofdelight #thelittlethings #theeverydayproject #photosinbetween #theheartcaptured #watchthemgrow #teammotherly
This mama is all about making life a little easier in 2019! Our @mytraveltray has made road trips easier, shopping easier and snacking easier. They fit perfectly in carseat cup holders, stroller cup holders and driver’s cup holders! This is a product for the entire family and that is what I love most about it. A bonus is that it keeps my car cleaner too, yay! They also come in the most beautiful colors! . . . What are some lifesaving products that you use, that have made life much easier? . . . #mytraveltray #thatsdarling #ohwowyes #writeyouonmyheart #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodsimplified #instahome #mybeautifulmess #creativityfound #flashesofdelight #livethelittlethings #pursuepretty #theeverydayproject #makeyousmilestyle #thatsdarling #photosinbetween #soloverly #coffeeoftheday #coffeelover #teabreak #acupofmotherhood #onmytable #myhonestmotherhood #momswithcameras #thehappynow #flashesofdelight
I want to capture as many magical moments of our lives as possible this year. One of my goals this year is to be more transparent, more real and more genuine on this Instagram platform. While I love taking pictures of Eli, I’d like to be more present on my feed as well. Anyone else struggle with this? Are selfies still a thing? My hubby also isn’t exactly the best at catching my good side haha. Any tips? #myhonestmotherhood #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodlens #motherhoodsimplified #honestmotherhood #momblogger #bloggerstyle #momswithcameras #toddlersofinstagram #chicagoblogger #newyears2019 #bestofmom #momlifeisthebestlife #runwildmychild #darlingmovement #thehappynow #winterwonderland #petitejoys #littlepiecesofchildhood #watchthemgrow #mytinytribe #toddlerhood #theheartcaptured #writeyouonmyheart #littlefierceones #momentsinmotherhood #watchthemgrow
I’m going to have a REAL mama moment here and hope that some of you find this relatable and it brings us both some comfort. This weekend was so damn hard. I was slapped in the face with the realization that things don’t always go as planned. Our little staycation wasn’t as fabulous as we’d hoped it to be. We’re pretty sure Eli is fighting some kind of bug and therefore was in a MOOD. The word grumpy doesn’t even cover it, possessed by some sort of demon seems like a better fit (jk, but not really haha). He needed to be held at all times, I literally had to pee with him sitting on my lap at one point in a bathroom stall, (not easy). Although our trip wasn’t perfect, Eli still is, even on his worst days. I know these days won’t last forever, so I’ll hold my grumpy little boy tight and pray that we all get more than four hours of sleep tonight. . . Anyone else have some rough mama stories from the weekend? . . #littlepiecesofchildhood #watchthemgrow #mytinytribe #toddlerhood #theheartcaptured #writeyouonmyheart #littlefierceones #nestingly
We are ready to celebrate the last weekend of 2018! We’re off to enjoy a little staycation which will include some waterpark fun and hopefully some relaxing, room service and wine for Mom and Dad when Eli’s off to bed! . . As 2018 comes to end, I’d love to know what your 2018 word would be? Mine would be 'strength', I’ve gained so much strength this year, it was tough but we pulled through stronger than ever. My words for 2019 are: growth, simplicity, presence and gratitude. . . I’d love to hear your 2018 and 2019 words! . . #momswithcameras #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodrising #motherhoodsimplified #momofboys #toddlersofinstagram #writeyouonmyheart #documentyourdays #ourcandidlife #ourcandidmoments #simplicity #gratitudejournal #littlepiecesofchildhood #petitejoys #theheartcaptured #darlingmovement #runwildmychild #nestingly #childhoodmemories #newyearnewgoals #littleandbrave #seekthesimplicity #lifeofadventure #momentsinmotherhood
Anyone else feel like they have a Christmas hangover? I’m so ready to relax with my boys for the next few days! Luckily my @miss_fong_official diaper bag made traveling for the holidays so much easier! We were able to bring Eli’s essentials including his favorite snacks, toy cars and so much more while we visited both of our families. Eli insisted we bring one of his Christmas presents (a toy semi truck) everywhere with us! . . . Which present did your little love the most? . #momsofinstagram #unitedinmotherhood #mommyblogger #momstyle #mommygoals #ohheymama #justmomlife #honestlymothering #momblogger #honestmomconfessions #momsofinstagram #motherhoodunplugged #honestmotherhood #ig_motherhood #diaperbag #parenthood_unveiled #dailyparenting #momentsinmotherhood #mynameismama #illuminatechildhood #stopdropandmom #watchthemgrow #worldoflittles #realmomtogs #teammotherly #seekthesimplicity #lifeofadventure #documentyourdays #thehappynow
Eli’s Christmas outfits ♥️, I wish I loved dressing up for the holidays as much as I love dressing him up for them. Anyone else still have absolutely no idea what they’re wearing? I’m thinking comfy sweater, red lip and stretchy pants?!? . . Merry Christmas Eve everyone! Enjoy. . . . #momsofinstagram #unitedinmotherhood #mommyblogger #momstyle #mommygoals #ohheymama #justmomlife #honestlymothering #momblogger #honestmomconfessions #momsofinstagram #motherhoodunplugged #honestmotherhood #ig_motherhood #bestofmom #momlifeisthebestlife #parenthood_unveiled #dailyparenting #momentsinmotherhood #mynameismama #illuminatechildhood #stopdropandmom #watchthemgrow #worldoflittles #realmomtogs #teammotherly #seekthesimplicity #lifeofadventure #documentyourdays #thehappynow
Christmas came a little early for our family! We’re so thankful for our @lollipopbabycamera, it has already made life so much easier for this mama! Eli clearly loves it too! Installing it was a piece of cake! It literally took just a few minutes. The app is super easy to navigate. I absolutely love that I can keep an eye on Eli wherever I go, it has brought my usually panicking mind so much peace. It notifies me when Eli is crying or when the room volume gets too loud. The quality is incredible and you can see in my last photo just how clear you’re able to see your little one. I only wish I would’ve gotten this bad boy sooner! #motherhoodsimplified #motherhoodunplugged #myhonestmotherhood #lollipopbabycamera #letthembelittle #bestofmom #momblogger #influencer #letthembelittle #darlingmovement #thehappynow #writeyouonmyheart #petitejoys #documentyourdays #ourcandidlife #momswithcameras #magicofchildhood #lollipopbabymonitor #storytellingmama #igmotherhood #lifeasmama #mytinymoments #childhoodunplugged #littlefierceones #acupofmotherhood #dailyparenting #joyfulmamas
This mama has been surviving on these @eatyourcoffee caffeinated snack bars during this busy season! They’re yummy, super convenient and perfect for on the go! I keep a few in the diaper bag and my work bag and they never fail to give me a little energy boost. The salted caramel macchiato flavor is my absolute fav! . . . #myhonestmotherhood #momswithcameras #eatyourcoffee #sponsored #eyconline #momsofinstagram #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodrising #petitejoys #momtogs #momblogger #bloggerstyle #momofboys #workingmom #writeyouonmyheart #darlingmovement #motherhoodrising #momlifeisthebestlife #bestofmom
Someone is on the lookout for Santa! Today is my birthday. This past year was one of the hardest, but it was so beautiful all at the same time. There were a lot of days where it was just Eli and I. I will hold those days so close to my heart. I found my strength in those days. I will always be grateful for Eli’s unconditional love on the days I ran on empty. There is so much to be hopeful for this year. I’ll be getting married, moving and my little family will be together. 28 is already looking so good. Have a wonderful weekend! . . . #momsofinstagram #unitedinmotherhood #mommyblogger #momstyle #mommygoals #ohheymama #justmomlife #honestlymothering #momblogger #honestmomconfessions #momsofinstagram #motherhoodunplugged #honestmotherhood #ig_motherhood #momlifeisthebestlife #bestofmom #parenthood_unveiled #dailyparenting #momentsinmotherhood #mynameismama #illuminatechildhood #stopdropandmom #watchthemgrow #worldoflittles #realmomtogs #teammotherly #seekthesimplicity #lifeofadventure #documentyourdays #thehappynow