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Grocery Shopping Day!

Today was grocery shopping day and since my accident Brandon had to go with me which meant both kids joined in as well! Now that is an adventure! My idea of surviving a grocery trip with your kids = snacks, snacks, and more snacks! Usually the deli section hands out lunch meat roll ups which are my boys favorites!

While grocery shopping I prefer to buy bulk items, especially in our every day items. This includes cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, strawberries, and blueberries. I rinse, cut them up and combine in a container. Both my boys are obsessed! I use these as side dishes with dinner, quick breakfast in a bag items, and our every day snacks. Luckily both my kids love a healthy snack that is small and easy to pick up themselves.

Today Bryce asked for a new fruit, Watermelon! I think he is itching for some warm weather with a hot dog on the grill. Can’t say that I blame him!! When the boys got home and were having a hard time waiting for lunch, they bit right in! I’d say both of them gave a thumbs up! It makes me so happy having healthy options for the kids!

Meal Prepping has been going on in our house since January. We have had a few lazy days here and there but for the most part it has been easy and cost effective. We’ve been obsessing over brown rice in a bag, and chicken! Today we mixed with up with a fried rice meal adding frozen peas, carrots, two eggs, and low sodium soy sauce! Super cheap, and super easy! We also made Jambalaya with smoke turkey sausage and chicken. I would have added shrimp but Brandon is a no seafood zone! We love anything and everything spicy!! If you are bored with plain chicken and rice I would definitely try this! Mixture of veggies and spices and everything nice!


Lastly one of our new favorite things from Wegmans is their pre-made salads! Brandon and I have tried each style and they’re all super good! Only $3.00 a salad makes for a healthy and easy lunch on the go!


Happy Shopping!


Mom Life · Mom of two · Pregnancy # 2

C-Section Delivery

This may have not been the path you planned to take during your delivery but here it is – the moment you were not waiting for. Whether it is an emergency c-section or a scheduled c-section it is truly a memorial experience, to say the least. Both of my deliveries were c-section and they were completely different from one another. My very first c-section was T E R R I F Y I N G because the whole day was considered an emergency. At 22 years old, and the words “your sons heart beat is dropping and he’s going into distress” was just the start of it all.

There really is no way to “prepare” for an emergency c-section except to be prepared that it can be a choice, and you usually don’t get much time to digest it is even about to happen. The best way to prepare is to be knowledgable of this type of delivery and educate yourself on how to care for your body and your baby afterwards.

You will be spend an extra day in the hospital, potentially more depending on the results of your delivery and your recovery. Both of my c-section’s landed me 4 days in the hospital and very, very hungry. When they tell you moving helps you heal and you look at the nurse like she has 4 eyes, believe them because it does. I don’t mean get out and exercise that would just be crazy, but walking yourself to the bathroom are the baby steps you need to take. It will still hurt to pee just like a vaginal delivery, and yes you will bleed A LOT! My number one purchase > granny panties and period pads. Get them, and learn to love them because you’ll be wearing them for a good month.

Fortunately my husband had a paternity leave with my second because that healing process took a lot longer than my first. I developed an infection in my cut and it was painful. It is so so important to keep your cut clean. DO NOT SCRUB IT, OUCH. I would just stand in the shower and let the soapy water run over it and pat it dry. The first few times you shower I recommend having someone there to help you. Standing up is hard and you are sore, so the extra support rinsing out you hair will keep you comfortable.

Rest, Rest, Rest and I know I’m telling you to do this as a new Mom and I sound crazy but invest in a rock and swaddle or a sleeper that stays right next to your bed so when you’re feeding you don’t have to stand up to get the baby. Oh and speaking of feeding, yes you can breastfeed but it will take a little bit longer for your milk to come in, especially with a scheduled c section. You’re body is not going into labor with a scheduled c section unless it does prior to the scheduled event! So your body is not necessarily “ready” to give birth so it doesn’t know quite yet to start preparing to feed. But relax, it will come in and when it does you’ll be feeling a lot better!

When the doctors recommend you not to drive – don’t. It is so serious you stay safe. If an accident occurs you have a very high risk of bleeding internally and no new momma has time for that!

Here are a few of my top must haves!

  1. Belly Band > I loved mine nice and tight. I wore it under everything, even when I slept.
  2. Underwear that went higher than my belly button. I hated anything touching my scar, so I lived in underwear that covered it.
  3. Maternity Pads
  4. Pain relief medication
  5. Stool Softener (This is no joke!! Pooping after a c section is a serious occasion)
  6. Ice pack or heating pad
  7. Hydrate!!
  8. Squirt bottle to help clean out your wound

There is no magic potion to heal your scar and it will not disappear. However, there are creams you can purchase for scaring that might help. Staying moisturized if a definite but I wouldn’t put anything on you scar until told by your Dr it is okay. While it is healing it is best to keep clean and to pat dry.

My second c-section was a walk in the park! It was scheduled, and within 2 hours of walking into the hospital I had my healthy baby boy in my arms. Having a toddler after having a c-section is hard. If your husband can take paternity leave I would recommend it! If not – have your space prepared before you come. The more you have in arms reach the better! Lifting your baby will not hurt you, the doctors recommend not lifting anything heavier than your newborns weight. My toddler was turning 3 years old so he was a little more independent and potty trained! That saved my life, and my pocket book 🙂

Best of luck Mommas!



New Perspective

New Way of Thinking

Wow! This week has been interesting for me. Completed a full week of teaching, and was in the most scariest car accident of my life. This week has changed things for me. Opens up a new way of thinking and a new way to feel.

One word that describes my week is: Grateful. Weird right? I’ll tell you why, one I have a new career of teaching that I love. Despite the news – all the fear and debates due to violence when I am teaching I am distracted by it all. I am happy to get in my groove. Two my truck saved my life. Not an exaggeration, literally saved me. I was side swiped by a super fast moving vehicle and found myself with memory loss, a concussion, and a sprained back. THATS IT. Some one, some where is looking down on me.

What does this all mean? Go home, and kiss your kids. Go home, and end the argument with your husband because it really is meaningless. In the big scheme of things – valuing your life is the key to happiness. Get up and do what feeds your soul. THANK GOD for every breath and appreciate him. He knew I had more left to do on this earth and that I needed to finish what I have started.


Mom Life · New Perspective

The Lonely Mom

I’m preparing you now, this will indeed be a sappy, emotional, pull yourself together post. And I can’t wait for you to read it.

First of all I want to say that this all started from a book I am reading called Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst. Lisa if you’re reading this, you’re a genius. Part of my new years reflections and promises to myself I swore reading was going to take more time from me than social media, and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. I am happy to share with you I have lived up to that promise (so far) and I am very happy I did.


This book in particular is tugging on my heart strings a little and I can’t read another page until I get all of this out to you! First things first, if you are a parent, if you are in a relationship, if you are a person you will find this book relatable BUT I am going to focus on my mommies for this one. If we put away the magic fairy dust motherhood sprinkles on our life and get down and dirty I know we can honestly say motherhood can get lonely. Hard to imagine you feel lonely hearing your name 50x in 5 minutes but it’s true because no one situation is the same. We are the only one mothering our children and living in our shoes.

One of the first things to go is relationships and that includes the one with yourself. It’s the sense of wholeness if you will. Showering by yourself listening to Shania Twain “Man I feel like a Woman” has turned into a quiet 2 second shower because you swear you heard that baby scream! Or going to the grocery store to buy everything your husband and kids has asked for but you forgot that shampoo and face wash you like. Oh well you’ll get it next time right? Let’s not even talk about your wardrobe! Either they’re still maternity leggings that your water may or may not have broken in or they’re jeans pre baby that you still can’t squeeze into just yet. But you’re working on it … right? Then there are your friends, the ones that attended your baby shower and got you the cutest bows for your baby girl, but forgot to invite you on the limo bus because they remembered how embarrassed you got when you leaked through your bra at your husbands birthday dinner. Yea … that kind of lonely. That’s uninvited. 

Rejection steals the best of who I am by reinforcing the worst of what’s been said to me.

Lysa does not suggest that her way of handling her loneliness is going to be our way – but what she does offer is a sense of hope. Hope that if she found a way to cope with this feeling, we might too! Her reviews of loneliness stem from things she dealt with prior to motherhood and becoming a wife and moving forward from the blame put on God. Now this post is not at all going to be pushing religion or what you should or shouldn’t believe. I personally love that she found something and it worked for her because I now believe the same will happen with me.

Loneliness as a mother in the world of social media puts a lot of unwanted and untrue insecurities in our mind. Is that woman staring at me? Did they watch me yell at my son in the parking lot? It’s been 5 years since my last baby, it’s my fault I can’t lose the weight! To be honest – those people probably weren’t paying attention but you bet I think about that every day. So how do we change this? Two words she mentions that honest will change you for the better.

Live Loved

Live from the abundant place that you are loved, and you won’t find ourself begging others for the scraps of love.

So we get out of our house for a few hours. We go to a dinner party, or whatever and your surrounded by people yet you still feel completely isolated. Yea – been there. When it slaps you in the face that you really do not look like you did pre baby, ouch. As Lysa has described it for us, “Proximity and activity don’t always equal connectivity.” I relate to this 100% because I was a young Mom. At the age of 22 I welcomed my first born into the world and never as some say “experienced life.” Is that even a fair statement? I just experienced 9 months of someone growing inside of me – I’d say that is experiencing life to it’s FULLEST!  Yet I wasn’t full because I thought I was missing out on this “life” my young friends were talking about.

Quick recap I am now 27 and my husband is 28 and we’re celebrating 11 years together this year. So the dating scene and going out to mingle was something I literally know nothing about. 

But truth be told, at the age of 22 I had what everyone sets out looking for. Love, a family, and someone to wake up to each and every morning. So whose winning now?? And guess what, the people that told me I wasn’t experiencing life are still single. Okay that’s a little harsh, but in all fairness that’s exactly what I told myself to feel better.

Oh Lysa you’re giving me all the feels.

By the way, I am only on Chapter 5 so until next time my lonely mommies.


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Toddler Birthday Bash

It’s official – I have a toddler!

Today my baby turned 2 years old, and I’ll be honest I am having a hard time accepting that. It’s such a big milestone and immediately you look at them and they’re big! He seems taller to me, and his face is looking more like his older brother.

A lot of change comes with a little boy who has turned 2 years old. Potty training and language skills are a few we’re going to be focusing on this second year. I’ll be honest I don’t even remember how we potty trained our oldest, it all happens so fast! I love the tips like “let them run naked, they’ll figure it out!” I guess that is one perk about living in the country.

For his birthday party we celebrated in Mickey Mouse fashion. I had some extra help from two of my favorite local businesses both Sweet Eats by Jessica for the cookies and Queen City Crafts 716 for his birthday shirt! I love adding personal touches on birthday parties because I hope it is something they’ll remember forever! Birthday’s are a big deal in our family, everyone deserves to be celebrated! I have attached the link before to open up to her page!

Sweet Eats

Queen City Crafts raced right in with an adorable custom design! I have attached their website below so you can take a look at their current designs. It’s so fun knowing people with such a natural talent!!

Queen City Crafts 716

For the set up of the party we had a dessert and drink table. All party decorations were purchased from Party City. They offer a military discount along with coupon code that is working for both in store and online purchases if you join their mailing list!

This weekend I will be working on Thank You Cards made by yours truly! I keep all of the birthday cards given to us by our guests, and write down what it is they bought. This way we can keep the Thank You cards personal. I’ll have a picture of them posted on my Facebook page once they’re finished!

Thanks for checking in!

Mom Life · New Perspective

Valentines Day Must Haves

If you’re anything like me Valentines day comes and goes as just another day in our house. With busy schedules, two kids, full time jobs, there just isn’t enough time in the day! Back in the day before life hit hard Valentines day used to be the perfect excuse for cute outfits, beautiful flowers, and romantic evenings! Scrolling through Pinterest I started to miss how it used to be, and it inspired me to get back in the Valentines groove of things but with a twist! I am going to share with all of you my new Valentines Day must have’s as a Wife and Mommy to my two little gentleman!

First Step : Valentines Day Outfits

I love having my boys match! That is one of my favorite things about having two kids of the same gender. Here are some shirts from both Carters and OshKosh that are adorable for little boys!

The best part of these 4 items is that they don’t exceed $10.00 which is perfect for the Mommy on a budget and the realistic Mommy who knows that your boys will have these shirts destroyed in a matter of minutes! #reallifeproblems

Now for us Moms : It can be casual or dress up depending on your evening plans. I plan on creating a yummy romantic dinner for my two boys – and it will probably be making our own pizza! I will definitely be rocking the more casual look!

Here ^ You can see all of my favorite tee’s and sweaters for this Valentines Day season! Being able to pair anything with a cute pair of mid rise Jeggings is my go to!

Step Two: Valentines Day Gifts

I love having the kids make crafts for my husband, and the people in our family! Target had adorable pink wooden hearts for only $3.00! Each kiddo is going to paint a side on both hearts and we’re going to surprise their grandparents with them. Nothing says love like a hand painted craft from grand babies!!

I seriously love target for things like this!


I also have to think about my husband of course and what we’re going to give him! I love Amazon for stuff like this. The bottom three pictures are just a few ideas to get your significant other! My husband loves all three of these things so I will be relying on Amazon Prime for my Valentines shopping!


Step Three : Dessert

> YUMMY <<

I am not at all a baker, and I will never pretend to be one… Unless I am with my kiddos. Sugar cookies are always a “go too” in our house, and anything chocolate chip is my husbands favorite! I pinned a few easy recipes that we use in my house that can easily be switched to a Valentines favorite!

I hope everyone has a great Valentines Day and it is filled with love and happiness!



Mom Life

Birthday Planning

I am so excited to be planning my youngest sons birthday party – he is turning 2! I always have to have a theme, it just makes for a better party I think. This year we are doing Mickey and the Roadster Racers, which I am sure you all have heard of! My very first step in the party planning process is creating my own birthday invitations. With my oldest I always relied on Shutterfly but it got too expensive so now I create them on Word and print on card-stock.

Step 2: A birthday shirt! I am using a company called Queen City Crafts, they are locally owned in Buffalo NY. They make custom designs, very high quality, and reasonably priced. You can find them at and I have attached the link below so you can take a look at all they have to offer!

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Step 3: A menu. I have been going back and forth with either traditional pizza and wings, or cooking for the party. I’ll be honest, I still have no clue!

Step 4: Cake and Desserts! It’s always a bonus when you know a cookie lady, and fortunately for my guests … I DO! Her name is Jessica and she owns Sweet Eats by Jessica. She has done everything from cupcake baskets for my oldest sons teacher, first birthday cookies, and now to carry on the tradition Noah’s 2nd birthday! I have attached the link for her page on Facebook below and it will lead you directly to her page! As for the cake I always use Wegmans with buttercream frosting and Raspberry filling.

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Step 5: Decorations

Of course with the wonderful help from Pinterest I have put together a few ideas! More than likely I won’t use them all – but as the kids get older more kids get invited so I am excited to put together little goodie bags! It’s so adorable seeing my kids have little baby friends and of course it helps because then I gain some new Mommy friends! Yay!

I always ask for RSVP’s a week before the party so I can get a solid head count before order the cake. Food I never really stress because more is better, and whatever is left over – well hello left overs! When you live in a house with three boys the left overs never last more than one day anyways.

I hope you check out the two links I shared, and that it helps your next party planning!

-Happy Partying!!