Beauty is Natural and Nature is Beautiful

Here’s a little mom truth: I am horrible about taking care of myself. So because I don’t take any care of myself, I haven’t gotten my hair cut in a really long time. Needless to say, I’m a minimalist when it comes to self-care. I need something that will pack a punch without having to dedicate a whole lot of time to it and Desert Essence is just the product I’ve been looking for.

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Letter to Maddie for your 2nd Birthday

Your second birthday is coming up in a few days and I can’t believe how quickly time has gone. You went from being my baby girl to an independent toddler with a mind of your own. You know what you want and you don’t hesitate to go for it, whether that is by climbing on the counters to reach for your favorite spoon or grabbing the remote and pushing buttons to figure out how to get Mickey Mouse Clubhouse to play on the TV.

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My No-Fail Packing List for Cruising with Kids

I have been on a lot of cruises over the past 7 years. Our first cruise was our honeymoon cruise in 2011. We took a January Eastern Caribbean cruise on Norwegian Cruise Lines Epic. We sail at least one sailing a year, sometimes 2 because this is the best way we can think of to truly get a vacation with your kids and still feel like you're on vacation.  The amenities on board for kids to do without parents are great and since it's a part of their service (except for babysitting) you're not paying extra just for your kids to be entertained while you're getting a massage or having a nice dinner with your significant other.

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Mourning The End Of Breastfeeding To Embrace Toddlerhood

When I first found out I was pregnant with Sebastian, breastfeeding was the one thing I knew I wanted to do. It wasn't really an option, more of a given. I was given the ability to birth children and to feed them from my body, so why would I do it any other way? As all good plans go, that did not work out for me. I don’t know if it was the C-Section, jaundice, a possible undiagnosed lip-tie, but for whatever reason, I just could not keep up production for him. It wasn’t for lack of trying because I was constantly attached to a machine or a child, and I still just did not have enough. Finally, after months of around the clock trying I said enough and I threw in the towel.

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Proud Preschool Graduate

My son just had his preschool graduation last week and he was such a proud preschool graduate! He was truly beaming and I was saddened by the whole thing because my little boy is growing up. He always, tells me, "But mama! everyone grows up and gets bigger! I have to get bigger too!" and I always tell him, "I know, but I don't want you to grow up so fast!" It really does seem like time is just passing us by and it's all happening a little too quickly for me.

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