Seven Mom Resolutions

Seven Mom Resolutions…

Resolutions To my kids…from me.

Here it is the beginning of February and I am finally thinking about what I want out of this year.
Not just for me but for my kids; ok. mainly my kids.

Most of the time we, MOMs, set goals for ourselves.

I mean I’m trying to be fine by thirty, which is in six months, so one of my goals should be… loosing this “baby weight”(Judah is two ).

But I came to the realization that when I set or even think about new goals it always has a focus of me.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with focusing on me.

In fact, Robin just wrote a blog about not forgetting herself.

There are many times I’m just like fuck it and don’t set goals at all.

This year, I wanted to do something different; try something new.

New Year, New Me! Right?

I’m new every year lol.

This year I made goals for myself AND goals to my children.

These goals are  things I want to do for them.

I went back and forth on how many I wanted to write.

So, I managed to come up with seven. odd number but whatever.
Here they are.

Create Meaningful Moments

This one I feel like will probably evolve by the end of the year because I think it
can encompass a lot of various things.

I want my children to experience life and create moments that they will remember.
And if they don’t or can’t remember, I want to create moments that I can remember.

When they get bigger and they ask me something about when they were younger I want to give them the best memory that I have of it.

I FORGET EVERYTHING.

I hate to admit this but I have to think about their first words.

With Jonah, the first word I vividly remember hearing him say was “outside” but I am not positive that was his first word.

Judah’s is certainly “HI”.

I should remember stuff like this… I am their MOM! Do y’all forget things like this?

There are some ways I think I can go about doing this in everyday life.

⁃ Reading more books together at night ⁃ Turning the TV off an hour before bed time and doing an activity. Playing a game, coloring, playing with playdough,etc.

Because if we’re real here, life can get away from us and then moments are gone.

Creating traditions.

And not just at holidays.

Holidays are the obvious ones.

And honestly, I’m not sure what a non holiday tradition could be.

Fiesta Friday..?
Where you eat Mexican food every Friday!? I don’t know BUT I’ll figure it out. 🙂

Be more present.

How the hell am I going to do that in 2018!?

My life is so consumed with being on my phone/tv that I probably, actually I know, I miss Meaningful moments(totally just had an “aha” moment there).

So it’s time to step away from my phone. Whhhaaat!?

I read somewhere to not charge your phone in your room.

This helps you to not be tempted to be on it all night, and signal to your body is time to wind down.

I think I will do something similar to this.

I’ll plug my phone/put it away in at specific time every night. In an area away from me. That way my focus is my family.

Find time for my family.

Which is really hard right now. I work at least eight hours a day and when I get home it’s usually six o clock, at the earliest.

I know I miss tons when I’m not home.

I’m fortunate enough to take my youngest child to work with me, but the teachers are still doing the “mom part” for me.

My husband picks up both my kids, which is amazing, but it also means when they’re home, I’m not.

So I miss a lot.

Finding time for my family may mean changing a few things, which is scary but may be necessary to meet this goal. We will see

Be Patient.

Ok this is weird.

I work in a childcare facility where I am constantly dealing with issues pertaining to children or staff, but children more specifically, and I am beyond patient.

Not to toot my own horn or anything. *toot toot*

A child could be screaming in my ear, and I’ll just type away, work on my work, until they are ready to talk to me.

I can repeat myself five hundred and eighty three times and not give a damn in the world.

But if I have to repeat myself twice to my kid, it bothers the hell out of me.

WHHHY!?? I just told you to brush your teeth eighty times IN.A.ROW! and it is STILL not done.

Did I use up all my patience at work!???

Let me give you an example….

The kids are getting in bed the other night.

Jonah has this shirt on… that he’s been wearing all flipping day.

Don’t judge, he’s just sleeping why do I have to put a clean shirt on him to sleep!?

As soon as his head hits the pillow and he’s all tucked in, I’ve kissed him goodnight, and the lights are off. Jonah pops out of bed and says…

“Mom my shirt itches, can I go ahead and change it!?”

You’ve been wearing that shirt all day, it just now itches!?

When you’re going to bed!?

Just go back to bed!

Now, should I have let him change his shirt? I don’t know, maybe.

Should I have been more patient with him, YES 100 percent. I’m trying.

Capture moments every day.

This doesn’t necessarily mean taking a picture of my kids every day AND it doesn’t
mean just my kids.

My world is my kids so ninety percent will be my kids, but I’m going to leave that other ten percent open for my husband and I, or whatever  I want, cause…YOLO.

I have the worst memory, which I’m going to blame on post pregnancy brain (my kids
are 7 and almost 2) but I can’t remember shit.

I’m going to write more here, on the blog, and in my journal Look its SUPER cute. !

Because when I am gone, my kids can still have a piece of me, something concrete, so they can have a glance on my outlook of them.

Obviously I will take more pictures.

I really want to find a camera I can carry with me so I don’t have to rely on my phone. If any one has suggestions on small cameras I would love to know.

Love purposefully.

Every night I make it a point to tell my kids ” I love you and I’ll see you tomorrow.” Which is a loving gesture but is routine.

Does that make sense?

They know it’s coming, I do it every night.

Sometimes life can be so crazy that things can become too routine.

There is nothing wrong with routine, if anyone knows that I do.

But because routine is so expected, the I love you at night can become monotonous.

Do I mean it when i say it at night!? Yes!

But I want my kids to have more then just a memory of telling them I love them
at night.

I read somewhere( I guess I read a lot) that as kids get older they are shown less
affection. So I’m making a conscious decision to be more affectionate and loving
towards my kids.

I’m sure that as the year progresses these goals will evolve and probably change.

I am excited to see how I accomplish these goals and how they will benefit my
children.

Not just now but in the future as well.

Just heard “hey bubba”from down the hall.

So that’s my queue, it’s time to mom.

 

You Say Hydrate, I Say Rosé!

You say Hydrate, I say Rose

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I say Rose
I say Rose

In 2017 our family went through so many changes!

Michael and I got married, I changed jobs, we moved (twice!).Ally and Sawyer learned to ride bikes with no training wheels (at the age of 3&4).Ally lost her first tooth. We officially decided we were ready to start trying for baby #3 to add to our family!

With so many memories made and getting settled in our new home we were ready for 2018.


 

2018 is The Year of I Will!

January 1st. has always been one of my favorite days of the year. It’s a holiday, the beginning of my birthday month and the world just feels like it’s been refreshed.

It’s also that day of “new year, new me” which means this is the year we make the resolution to eat right, exercise and stay hydrated on rosé all day….I mean water….stay hydrated on water.

Each year, along with the world, I always make those same resolutions to myself.

I don’t share them with others because I think deep down I know I don’t want to be held accountable for it when I completely give up on them come Jan 2nd!

(I have commitment issues but that’s a post for another day).

I don’t want to make those same goals for myself this year, instead I just want to do more of what makes me happy; mind, body and soul.

So I acquired a few essentials for the new year and wrote down my list for things I WILL accomplish this year!


I WILL take more bubble baths!

Y’all they are so damn calming, especially when paired with candle light and an amazing bath bomb. My personal favorite is lush intergalactic bath bomb!

I WILL step outside of my comfort zone.

Michael often tells me that I live in a bubble and at times it needs to be popped.

I WILL make a beautiful home instead of just pinning them.

I recently purchased  “A Touch of Farmhouse Charm” by Liz Fourez and “The Year of Cozy” by Adrianna Adarme and I swear they were each love at first page!

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touch of farmhouse charm
I WILL journal! Thoughts are so powerful and to be able to sit and convey them into meaningful writing is one of the most beautiful things to me.

I know it doesn’t always come easy so I am enjoying 52 List for Happiness series by Moore Seal, which offers weekly Journal inspiration and the absolute perfect thing for just those moments.

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52 List for Happiness
I WILL take time for MYSELF more!

Last year I became that mom. The one where my entire existence was centered around the kids or Michael.

From the time I wake up till the time I drag myself to bed.

I know it is normal to have your children be 95% of your life.

I also know that when you don’t take that time for yourself you can end up running on empty and as the saying goes “you can’t pour from an empty cup”.

I WILL try new things.
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House Wine

The perfect example is “The House Wine”.

Once long ago I made the foolish decision of trying box wine and 3hrs after hugging a toilet, I told myself my wine would only come from glass bottles.

Yet after numerous times of passing by this little can at my local grocery store AND working through my trust issues, I finally gave in and I definitely don’t regret it.

I WILL love myself from the inside out!

People assume that being vegan I must automatically just eat fruits and veggies all day. That has definitely not been the case here lately (Oreos are vegan!).

I stopped nourishing my body and keeping it well rested and hydrated….on water. So to get myself back to that point I purchased…

“Eat Beautiful” by Wendy Rowe.

It is full of healthy recipes for each season of the year.

“Eat Pretty” by Jolene Hart

Which is a great 40 day journal to reset your self and your daily habits when it comes to nourishment.

And last but not least…

I WILL work on having strong meaningful relationships with all the amazing people in my life who love and support me.
My friends, my husband and our amazing children.

Catching up with the Felty Five Family

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Catching up with the Felty Five Family.

I am going to play catch up with news from my crazy family.

I like to call us #feltyfive!

Then I will end with my personal favorite, the Chandler Chronicles.

Lets catch up on my family!

Austin, my son is now 2!! I know, I know, cry me a freaking river right?

But seriously though, he’s fucking crazy.

He is the only one out of my three children that hits back when I spank him, He runs, dives, and cries when he does not get his way.

In the end he finally tells me he loves me and kisses me, just when I am about to lose my shit.

This has gotta be a boy thing right?

I mean, I feel like grown men do this as well?!?

They push you to your limit then tell you, “you are pretty.”

Austin is smart, talking like crazy, mean to his sisters, sometimes mean to me, but truly the completion to our family of five.

Lets move on to Parker. Parker is my eight year old.

Before I give the low down on her, let me remind you all that I grew up with ONE older brother and SEVEN boy cousins.

No girls, no drama.

I was made fun if I even if I thought about crying, which is why it makes me extremely uncomfortable nowadays to see or even hear someone cry.

Parker is a crier….and not just a little cry, a super dramatic, Oscar worthy crier. The sad part is, I feel horrible when I ask her “but why are you crying about that?”

Seriously guys, help me to be more sensitive because when hormones hit I am in big trouble!

She also has a smart mouth which is definitely from me. It is hard when you finally realize your mother was right when she said you would get paid back one day(thanks mom).

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Chandler Chronicles
And finally my sweet Chandler….my middle child…my sassy, independent, say whatever is on your mind child.

She is officially 5 and getting smarter by the day.

She is currently in a classroom that is an advanced version of Pre-K and her teacher is a rock star. Chandler has been learning words that blow my mind because she fucking corrects me with them.

For example, I asked her to quit arguing with me she said “I’m not I want to compromise.”  Her teacher loved this story. Me on the other hand, I almost busted my 5 year old’s lip but then realized nope she is right.

Chandler gives me the best stories which is why I came up with “Chandler Chronicles.

I have the best stories from her, read them here

Finally an addition to my Chandler Chronicles…..

Everyone knows boys are typically gassy and gross.

I feel like this is normal right?

Well my husband, whom I adore, while driving home, farts and it smells horrible. The gross part is it keeps lingering, and he laughs because he thinks just maybe he “sharted”.

I say to him first “Babe, I swear if you shit your pants..”

Chandler immediately follows with “Dad, I swear if you shit your pants, I am spanking your butt when we get home..”

But then to top it off, later that night we are eating dinner and my husband farts in the kitchen.

Chandler proudly says “Mom, when I was two I shit my pants everyday.”

Yes, Yes, my sweet girl you did, but can you say poop or pooped from now on????? #cussingmom #needtowatchmymouth

 

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felt five

Elf on the Shelf: Chloe and “P” as in Peter

Elf on Shelf has arrived.

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December is finally here.

While I believe in savoring each holiday I’m definitely guilty of peeking around Thanksgiving for all the festivities that will trail behind!

I’m especially excited for this Christmas.

This year Michael and I decided the kids were old enough to finally have an Elf on the Shelf.

Since it was our first year our brown eyed boy and girl elves arrived a week early for a small introduction party and brought treats and a letter from Santa.

After reading our letter we sat down and read all about our elves and how one of the most important rules was that we could not touch them or they would lose their magic. Well of course Sawyer heard a form of no and immediately reached his little hand out, sooo we read it again.

Next we picked out our names.

Ally was pretty easy, she immediately decided she wanted to name her elf “Chloe”. Sawyer also immediately  thought of his elf’s name and proudly announced that it will be “Pee!!”.

I responded with “P as in Peter?” in my best Sesame Street impersonation and his little head nodded in agreement so Peter it was!

As soon as the kids were out of sight our elves flew off for the evening only to return for mischievous and entertaining adventures while we were sleeping.

Night 1 they had a nice little marshmallow roast.

Which prompted a long Q & A about if the marshmallows could be eaten or not.

Elf on the Shelf

The next morning we found our elves making sprinkle angels.

The kids were alarmed at how big of a mess it was and how I (not their dad or themselves) was going to have to clean it.

Elf on the Shelf in sprinkles
Next they had a lovely bath!

Which brought back our Q & A from the first night!

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Elf on the Shelf bath
By Friday morning our elves had decided to do a little decorating for the 1st day of December.

Definitely looks like there’s going to be a lot of clean up for mommy to do the next 23 days!

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Elf on the Shelf decorating

What are some of your best elf on the shelf moments?

 

 

Embracing the Extra

Embracing the Extra

(especially in #momlife)
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There a lot of things in life that I love that are extra.

-Extra Coffee in the morning.
-Extra time to sleep in.
-Extra rice on my Chipotle Burrito Bowl.
-Extra money in my back account.

 

My kids though, are so extra!

If you want to read some background on the extra, Catch up on it HERE.

You know that saying… save your drama for your mama?

My kids, definitely save it all for me ( and my husband).

I’m talking to Whitney the other day, she has a daughter a year older than my son, and I ask her

” Does the extra-ness ever stop?”

Without even skipping a beat, she says “NO, the extra just changes.”

If you are unsure what I mean about being extra, let me give you just a couple of my DAILY extra moments.

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Adventures of Family Vacation

Adventures of a Family Vacation

 A Road trip to San Antonio

We Got Married!!! So naturally we decide that we want to take sometime off from reality and as a family go on a nice little vacation.

After going back and forward we decide on a few days in San Antonio. San Antonio has something for the entire family.

Michael, my HUSBAND, wanted to make the most out of our trip so he thought it would be a good idea to leave Thursday night after we got off.  That way we can drive down(5hrs) check in that night and have the next full day.

On the other side of this decision is me. Just smiling, nodding and thinking it all sounds simple and easy to accomplish.

We all know better than that, including me currently as I am nodding and smiling.

Michael makes  it home by 630.

By the time we pack the car  and we’re on our way it’s 845.

We’re still an hour out because Decatur (our fur baby!) has to be taken 45minutes out of the way to his “aunts” house.

At 930 we drop Decatur off, settle him in,  and we are on our way.

This is where our fun begins y’all.

Michael decides that it would be quicker to take the highway instead of the major freeway that leads straight there. At this point I’m no longer on the other side of these decisions just nodding and smiling.

I’m side eyeing hardcore.

Michael volunteers to drive the first part of the way while I get a little rest.  All I have to do is just drive the 2nd part while he does the same.

Well, there I am sleeping my worries away when I hear a loud bang as if someone took a bat to the car.  Simultaneously I hear Michael dropping “F” bombs everywhere.

I jolt out of my sleep in “kick ass” mode.

I look around and Michael is still driving like the past few seconds haven’t happened.

So in my calmest adrenaline spiked voice I ask “What the fuck happened?”

He replies “oh, a deer hit the side of the car” like it’s a normal everyday occurrence!

Of course I have questions “why did the deer hit the car?” “Is he still alive” “why is this such a normalcy to you!?”.

His reply to all of these questions is “that deer was an asshole”.

 

We legit have dents in the side of our car and later decide to take the main highway since we kept seeing deer.

 

 

Here is to marriage and happily ever after.

Top 8 Reasons Fall ain’t gettin us Down

Top 8 Reasons Fall Ain’t getting us Down

Fall aint getting us down And you shouldn’t let it get you down either

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Oh my Gourd! We love Fall.

A lot of people dread the Fall season. Fall means the cold is coming which inevitably means the Holiday seasons are near. Also, it means a billion and one family gatherings.  🙂

Stop. Breathe. We are going to make it through!

There are so many reasons to love Fall. Even though its still in the 90’s here in Texas, it doesn’t stop us from stepping out with our tights and boots, cuddling a pumpkin spice latte.

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Kids have a lasting Impact

Kids have a lasting impact!

I have learned that every kid has a lasting impact on who I am.

Working in childcare has SO many perks. Here are just a few:

  • You establish lifelong friendships for your kids.
  • Meet amazing families that would literally take you in as family.
  • Every kid you interact with have an everlasting impact on you (even if some are stinks)

This week at work while reminiscing about children who have aged out, one in particular came to mind, Jasper. Jasper was eccentric.

Jasper had you guessing everyday if it was going to be a wonderful end of the rainbow pot of gold kind of day or drag you down the sewer red balloon kind of day.

But that’s what made him so remarkable. Crazy how one kid can do that??

The two stories I’m going  to share are probably the two of five moments as an adult I could not contain my laughter in a situation that I should have.

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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes Recipe

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Yes it is 95 degrees here in Texas but it’s officially Fall Y’all!

Which means that pumpkins will be consuming every part of my life starting with my kitchen.

First of all lets be clear here, I am no Betty Crocker or Rachel Ray. Just a girl who often likes her food quick, simple and homemade. One of my absolute favorite fall recipes are pumpkin spice cupcakes.Why is it my favorite you may wonder

They only use 3 ingredients, they’re vegan, cost less than $5 and they’re mouthgasm worthy! Checkout the recipe below!

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