Hello Mommas! And of course, howdy to all the dads and wonderful people raising the next generation. I want my first ever blog post to be about who I am, my intended viewers, and the inspiration that drives my writing. I am a transplant to Dallas, Texas, and mom of three crazy wonderful kids (Ages 4, 3, and 6 months). My dedicated husband works long hours as an attorney so I am blessed with precious time alongside my little ones as a stay-at-home mom. I didn’t always aspire to be a stay-at-home mom. However, I felt having a stay at home parent was beneficial (although smothering and bothersome at the time) when I was growing up, so here I am! I also knew how important an education would be if something were to change in my life. I earned my undergrad in Health Science Education and minored in History Teaching. I moved on to receive a Masters in Special Education Grades K-12. I worked in 2 great school districts before making the decision to stay-at-home with my kiddos. It has been a whirl-wind of the good, the bad, the ugly, and the wonderful.
So why did I start a mom blog? In the 4 years, I have been a parent, I have found that I am burdened by this crushing pressure to raise my kids a certain way. Feed them this, buy them that, make sure you do this or their childhood is ruined. By fault of my own, I am sensitive to what others think about how I raise my kids. I find moms unintentionally add pressure to themselves and others in every aspect of kid’s lives. Lately, I’ve become more vibrantly aware of moms all over the world that subconsciously live under this heavy cloud to conduct their family’s life in a way that fits society’s mold. Moms, let’s give each other a break!
For example, when my oldest started swimming lessons, I gathered the essentials he would need, a towel and a swimsuit. We arrive at beginner swimming lessons, and while waiting for that first splash into the pool, a mom leans over and asks, “Doesn’t your son have a pair of goggles?” I looked at all the 3-year-olds lined up with their new swim suits and goggles and suddenly felt the “bad mom vibes” because I didn’t think about supplying my son with a pair of goggles. I remember feeling embarrassed. Looking back, I can laugh because after all, I learned to swim without goggles. Now, I am proud to say my son continues to learn to swim without the handicap of a pair of goggles. Not to mention, I have saved myself years of buying goggles, losing goggles, and inevitable tantrums that would occur at our local pool if, heaven forbid, I ever committed the crime of having forgotten the goggles.
My goals are to provide moms with helpful information, simple solutions, a supportive community, and frugal products that help us with the day-to-day. I won’t be supplying you with a list of expensive gadgets “you just have to have” or elaborate birthday party ideas that make you nauseous because, let’s face it, who has time for that?!
I see first time moms making the same mistakes over and over again and then declare to me “I wish someone would have told me this was useless” or “I could have saved so much money if…” After realizing this vicious cycle that I had an epiphany, why not shave off the complexities of parenting and simplify. There is so much pressure and stress over raising (and spending money on) our children that we forget to use common sense when we make parenting decisions. Over the past year, I have simplified my life and my kid’s lives and I want to share what I have learned. More importantly. I want to hear from you about what works in your household. After all, I’m not an expert and what is better than learning from other moms! What is better than skipping the trial and error phase and getting the tips and tricks from moms who have “been there-done that”?
My blog is intended not only for moms but for anyone whom has an impact on a child’s life. I hope this blog reaches working moms, stay-at-home moms, single moms, stay-at-home dads, working dads, step-parents, divorced moms and dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, foster parents, and all other guardians.
Just to share a sneak peek of what you might be reading about…. I have saved my family money, created happy memories with my kids, potty trained a strong-willed child, started a side hustle, changed bad eating habits, and found inexpensive products that are not getting as much attention as they deserve. Most importantly, because I have a passion for teaching Special Education, I am planning on posting some of my thoughts, ideas, and solutions for parents and teachers.
Well, That’s me! Tell me about you!