blogging · Momma life

The Nights Are Long, But The Years Are Short

EDB58E9D-9BEB-4B21-9941-4236548591B7.jpegTonight is especially rough as my little one is having a hard time falling asleep. I’ve moved her to her toddler bed and she’s been doing so well. I sit with her till she falls asleep and then I go to bed. But tonight is a long drawn out camp out.

In these situations, I try to think of the positives. I remember to cherish these times. To be firm in discipline but also loving and empathetic. It’s so frustrating to wait and wait. Get up and wake her up as I’m leaving her room. So then I have to sit back down again and wait and wait. I started trying to let her know that I’m going to mommy’s bed today. And that she can fall asleep on her own. It seemed to work today after some coaxing and a talk through. But I think it will be a process.

So in these moments I try to cherish the time I get to be with her.

I keep remembering a phrase I read once, “the nights are long but the years are short.”

 

blogging · Diet · food · Healthy living · Momma life · tips and deals

I’ve cut my tummy size in half in three days!

I have been losing a half a pound a day on this new diet. I am able to stay moderately satisfied and I am eating delicious food! 

My goal is to slim down and get rid of dangerous belly fat. I even saw results on the first day! Sounds too good to be true right? But it is true!  I have morphed the Keto diet and other tips and tricks to get where I am at now and I’m loving it!  So here are some simple easy tips to start losing weight. And I don’t follow the keto diet exactly. I take it’s common core principles and I customize it to fit my needs.

  1. High Protein- eggs, chicken, fish, peanut butter
  2. Good Fats-avocados, 1/2 cup milk twice a week
  3. High Fiber- green beans (fresh not in a can) squash, leafy lettuce, black beans and garlic
  4. Sweets- peanut butter, berries, yogurt, apples, pears, ect
  5. Dressings-small olive oil, vinegar, lemon
  6. Lasagna noodles- try slicing eggplant and breading it. Crisp up in the oven.   Use a tomato and yellow pepper sauce. Tiny amounts of cheese once a week are ok.

Things to AVOID at all costs-

•Granola bars are usually full of sugar. 

•Salt- tiny amounts are ok

•Pork & high fat Beef(use in small moderation)

•large amounts of bread 

•high sugar high fat condiments such as ranch, Caesar, mayo

•high fat dairy- best to keep dairy at a minimum 

•canned anything

•prepackaged (production) foods

•chips, candy, chocolates, 

•fried foods


Tips: 

  1. Vegetables are a great way to feel full and eat a lot! To lose weight fast most of what you should eat is veggies 
  2. Cut out most of your fruits. Use in small moderation. Oranges especially contain a lot of sugar. 
  3. Vinegar- YES! Add vinegar to your diet ( a couple tablespoons a day will cut belly fat!) some great ways to add vinegar are – a small splash while cooking your eggs, – vinegar dressings, tarragon vinegar to tomatoes, balsamic vinegar to salads and chicken
  4. Eat eggs! These are a protein packed tiny snack that has been proven to make you feel full! 
  5. When you feel hungry, drink a half bottle of water. If you’re feeling really daring, drink a full bottle of water. This will help you feel full till the next meal. 

Let’s substitute!!!

-Pasta- try spaghetti squash with some olive oil! 

-Butter- try herbs for more flavor! 

-Cream- plain yogurt 

-French fries- breaded zucchini cut up into fries and baked! (A tiny breading is ok)

-mashed potatoes- try microwaving a sweet potato

-cold pasta salad- cube up tomato, grapes, fennel, zucchini, green onion garlic

Thick Soup- make a soup from low sodium chicken stock, butter nut squash or sweet potato, blend up with a small amount of fat free sour cream. (But generally stay away from sour cream!) 


Things to note:

Work on cutting amounts of food

Work through the cravings

Coupled with daily walks does wonders

Benefits- 

I see results on the very first day! 

 It’s day three now and I’ve cut my tummy size in half!!!!! This is why this is my favorite diet because it’s not excruciating like other diets.  Yes I still have to fight some cravings and a bit of hunger, but for the most part I’m satisfied!

I also feel much lighter than I actually am.

These types of foods gives me energy and I’m able to function much better throughout the day compared to when I eat burgers, French fries and buttery fast food! 

Let me know if you want to try this too! What are your results?  

blogging · Exploring · food · Momma life

Today…Has Been a Good Day.

CB71F96A-2EE9-4BF8-8B58-EE68B40E62AF.jpegToday has been a really good day actually.

I took my toddler daughter on a walk around the neighborhood early this morning. We saw lots of cool things like a big dark frog, and a boat out on a pond. We both ate a very healthy lunch of avacado, tomato, and oranges. So I’ve started a diet again to lose the pregnancy weight. I’m eating high protein, few calorie, low carb diet. It’s actually very easy. I just eat my favorite vegitables and lots of eggs. Sweet potatoes are also really yummy!

That’s what we are having tonight: sweet potatoes, poached eggs, and green beans.

We also read a bunch of books, and went to the splash pad. We didn’t stay long though, an older boy accidentally knocked my daughter into a pole and tripped over her. Total accident but she didn’t want to play anymore and wanted to go home. So then we washed up and took a 2 hour nap!!

And somewhere in there the song Baby Shark Doo Doo Doo makes its rounds in our daily life.

I’ve been pretty productive today. Cleaning, cooking and staying pretty positive for a Monday.

How’s your day going? I hope you are all doing well ❤️

 

Love Mrs. M

 

blogging · food · Momma life

Our Food Creations

We love to cook and eat! It’s therapeutic for me and I can’t wait to show you some of our most pretty food/ photographs! I love seeing how beautiful I can get the food to look!

A beautiful salad my husband made me
Crusted chicken breast with broccoli and cheesy cream sauce
Lime chicken with like quinoa, sour cream and cilantro -by my hubby

 

Non-alcoholic sangria

Seafood soup. Tomato base with muscles and shrimp

No joke, I took powdered tang, mixed it with water, and added whipped cream!!! Tang sickle!!! Soo good!

Cheesy rice with taco toppings! And cilantro

Chocolate brownie with blackberry, mint leaves, and berry compote. My husband made this! And it has a green whipped cream in honor of St. Patrick’s Day!

Asian ramen soup with soy sauces eggs and steak

Fresh bread from scratch!

Stuffed chorizo green pepper

Lime tart. These were amazing! Surprisingly I can’t bake, but these turned out

Mini tacos, quesadillas, and tostadas

Thanksgiving chicken medallions with roasted potatoes

Turnip, beet salad

All roasted veggies dinner- NO Meat! We were absolutely full from this meal! Carrots, potatoes, squash soup

Shepherd’s Pie

Juice and Sweat pea candle
Mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach

Butternut Squash Soup

 

Thank you for stopping by! Let us know which picture was your favorite!

Drop your favorite recipe in the comments!

Love,

Mrs. M.

❤️XO❤️XO❤️

 

beauty · blogging · Momma life

Beauty Product Review:Mary Kay, Maybelline, Jamberry, The Color Workshop

Today I wanted to give you all a Makeup Review! Most of these products are from Mary Kay. But I do not work for this company NOR do I sell it. But I do enjoy most of their products!

Anyway, take a look at what I use everyday and my final look!


I love my Timewise Travel Set! After the second day of ever using it I could see a huge difference! My pores were smaller, and what little acne I had completely disappeared!

My face feels so refreshed after using the cleanser. Then the moisturizer is heavenly! This is actually only a 3 -step product. You use the pink in the morning and the gray at night, which also feels and smells amazing!

$25


The Corrector and Cc Cream by Mary Kay is great! It quickly erases the bags under my eyes while also highlighting and brightening my skin. The corrector is a peach tone color which counters the blue hues of the under eye areas. I also use my corrector as a foundation primer getting all the uneven spots first then blending everything together with the CC Cream. It’s very easy to apply as well!

Corrector $16, Foundation $20


For my contour and highlighting I use two products depending on what I need that day. Master bronze by Facestudio-Maybelline New York.

The other is the Nude Eyeshadow pallet by The Color Workshop. (Price?)


I use brushes and liquid eyeliner by The Color Workshop. I also use the liner for my brow color. It just makes them pop. (Price?)


The best mascara I have ever used is my current Lash Intensity tube by Mary Kay. I no longer use falsies because this product has a special wand that gives 200 % volume. There are two bristle lengths in the brush that allow for the maximum draw out of your eyelashes. I also do not have to do anything for my bottom lashes because the wand is perfect for catching both top and bottom at the same time! Bonus!

I pair it with Mary Kay eyeshadow-London Fog. This is a light grey purple.

Mascara-$18, Eyeshadow-$8


I originally was so excited to get this lotion. But once I got it I was not impressed. It left a greasy film on my legs and feet. The mint smell was a mix between tooth paste and vapor rub. VERY MINTY-BUT this is extremely uncommon for a negative review for Mary Kay, as all their other products make me feel like a million dollars!

$11


Now I’m so thrilled to tell you about the Lipbalms and glosses! Highly recommend the set! And again, I do not sell Mary Kay, I have just found a great consultant who introduced me to the products! I instantly fell in love with the beauty regiment! So first I use the lip scrub. I rinse it off and apply the balm. Both taste so yummy! The scent is White Tea & Citrus. Think spa day meets pleasant fruit. And I finish the look with Mary Kay’s Lip Gloss -Fancy Nancy $18, Lip Set-$22


Right now I’m in love with these colors! Business professional meets romantic! I use the warm plum by The Color Workshop. (Price?) Then I accent my ring finger with my Lovestruck Top Coat by Jamberry. $15-$18


And final result! Ta-Da! Mary Kay is awesome! A little pricey- but if you are willing to throw a Mary Kay party, a lot of this comes for free!

P.s. I put makeup on today just for you!(Usually I’m a bum because my daughter doesn’t need mommy to get all glammed up to play!) 💜

And of course I’m wearing my Winnie the Pooh Sweatshirt 😍 gotta show my Disney Spirit!


What do you use? What’s your absolute favorite product that makes you feel like a million dollars? If you’re a guy, let us know too! Yes! I know a lot of you guys are into beard oils and use products! 😀

Comment below, and always remember to like, comment, and follow on the posts that inspire you 💜

blogging · Momma life

Out of The Blogging Office for Most of the Day ;)

Hello everyone! I will not be on here very much today because we have traveled to see our daughter’s cardiologist. When she was born, she was found to have a PFO (hole) in her heart. These can be very life threatening when the patient gets older.

I am extremely nervous which is very peculiar because after the last two exams, they are predicting that it might be closed up by now.

We will let you know the results probably later tonight or tomorrow!

Say some prayers for us as there are a lot of emotions involved. We just want her to be healthy and have nothing hindering her beautiful life.

Momma life

New Adventures and Letting Fears Go

I’m a stay at home mom, and for the last two years I have struggled with what is my identity and fears that have held me back (see previous post).

I often would rather stay home instead of getting out and doing something.

I have since had a longing to become someone useful in my community not just in my child’s life.

I thought about going back to work but quickly realized at the interview process that I wasn’t ready to devote that much time away from my little one.

But today I will be having an “interview meeting” with some very special individuals who are investing in marriages!

I am seeking a position on their board!

I’m so excited as this presents an opportunity to pour into other’s lives, and to volunteer for something bigger than myself. The organization that I will most likely be supporting focuses on premarital and marriage advice and growth. We shall see if they think I’m a good fit and a beneficial addition to their team!

I’ve started to let go of my fears (see my daughter’s story-previous post). And that means getting involved with people!

What do you like to pour yourself into outside of work? What organizations speak directly to your heart?

Stay Strong,

Mrs. M ❤️

Disney · Momma life

Best Friends & A Disney Dumbo Party

My toddler daughter has a friend who is only 32 days older than she is and they are quickly becoming best friends. The two of them are cute as buttons 💜

So today I hosted a Disney Dumbo Party for the two of them. We had cotton candy, circus peanuts, animal crackers, and hotdogs with ketchup of course! We also had juice and a fruit medley.

I’m not sure how much we all watched the movie 😉 but they sure partied it up!

They even decorated matching heart-shaped boxes for all their “treasures,” played with the princess castle and ran all over the place squealing as loud as they could.

They had so much fun! This stage of life is just the best. They are learning everything; life is so new. Almost anything fills their little eyes with wonder. And they love their friends so deeply💜🎀

Mine is the One Shoe Wonder as I like to call her. She’s always losing a shoe. Just like Cinderella 😂

blogging · Disney · Momma life · tips and deals

Now You Can Call Your Child’s Favorite Disney Character Before Bed

Only good till August 31st, these adorable phone calls from your favorite Disney Characters ( Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald Duck, and Daisy Duck) are sure to bring some magic to your child’s bed time routine. Although I will say, you cannot understand what Donald is saying, but everyone else is simply adorable!

If you can’t get through on the line try again! They are most likely busy with more calls! It usually took us only 3 tries at max. 💜

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blogging · Disney · food · Momma life

He’s 30! Golden Birthday Celebration

My hubby who is also co-author to our blog, turned 30 earlier this year! It was his golden birthday too which meant he was 30 on the 30th! We celebrated with a surf and turf feast! Snow crab, king crab legs, lobster tails, and shrimp Skewers, and sweet potatoes. I’m not a huge fan of seafood so he and our toddler daughter got to eat it all!

I am so blessed to walk through life with this guy. He’s smart, funny, and an awesome dad.

He actually started and fueled my Disney obsession. He has a hard time relaxing because he works hard all the time. But something about planning Disney trips changed his life a few years ago. I obviously jumped on board as soon as I saw that it was genuinely making him a happier person. We have bonded over our mutual obsession with everything Mickey Mouse and become even better best friends that we were before ❤️

So here’s to my other half! Happy Birthday John! Can’t wait till our next adventure!

Teriyaki barbecue glazed steak bites
Momma life

Our Daughters Story: Survival & Strength (Blog Post #3)

I am honestly scared and intimidated to get down to the nitty gritty of our very personal trauma. But I want to help others facing similar circumstances.

So here it is. Laying it all out there with the hope that you see how Good and merciful God is. I hope you know how real He is. Only He could have brought us through.

So on February 2, 2017, at 9:36 am our baby girl was born! Everything was normal. She was a big girl weighing in at 8 pounds 2 ounces. After an hour of skin to skin, I thought she had fallen asleep and we were just resting. The nurse happened to come back in and check on us. Something that she wouldn’t do at this stage. But she did. She came straight over to me and snatched my baby off me and ran her over to the baby table for examination. After quickly looking at her she scooped her back up and ran out of the room saying she’s not breathing. I can’t tell you how badly that hurt. The shock, being too tired from giving birth to really comprehend everything going on

around me. I just remember pleading with God for my child’s life. I told God , I already suffered a miscarriage, don’t make me lose this baby too. But if it’s your will then it’s ok because it’s what’s best. I don’t understand how I could think that. But it lasted a very short time before the panic and searing pain of not knowing whether I had lost my child started to kick in. John of course, was there and my mom was there for the birth and was quickly at my side after having stepped out to make the phone call that baby had arrived. We quickly made calls to the rest of the family and told them to get there as quick as possible (to meet her in case the worst happened.) I sent John to be with our little girl because I couldn’t get out of my bed at that point. I needed to know whether she was alive. He watched her crash to

30 % oxygen and doctors bagging her for over 1 1/2 hours to save her. I was finally able to go see her and talk to her as they thought that might help her fight: to have her mommy talk to her. And of course because I wanted to be with her. She was the only baby in the baby nursery which they had turned into a makeshift operating room. (They don’t have a pediatric intensive care unit). Curtains were quickly closed on all sides of the room to make sure no other new moms and dads could see what was happening. I hate that memory. At that point I was terrified. I began realizing how bad this was. That any minute could be my last with her. I got to hold her hand for a couple minutes before they told me to step back. (They had to get tubes in her throat.)

I looked like crap. And everyone was watching me and I could see the concern and sadness on all the nurses and my families faces. It’s not what you want to experience at all on the first of your daughter’s birthdays. I was taken back to my recovery room where I needed to start my recovery process. Family and friends started pouring in and waiting with us. By this time our pastor was already there. All of us waited and talked and made calls to extended family. No one knew the outcome. So I was then told that I needed to prepare for when the ambulance would arrive and get my daughter. (Because there was no PICU, she needed transfered about 45-50 minutes away to a larger hospital.) I was told I would have a few minutes with her before they needed to take her away. But that she would be on a stretcher in a incubator box. They worked on her for an hour or so with the team who was brought in the ambulance from the big hospital. The doctor, and 2 nurses I believe, and they finally wheeled her into my room. I’ll never forget that scene. The two ambulance drivers were staring at me then staring at the ground. You could see the worry in their eyes. I’m confined to my bed and am able to look over to my sweet little baby all wrapped up in tubing and wires inside this clear box. Doctors and nurses and medical emotional support staff and family filled the small recovery room. And they started briefing me on what they did to get her going again and what would need to continue happening to keep her stable in transferring her to the bigger hospital. Then they left.

Minutes turned into hours. I was told by my doctor and a nurse that there was a chance that I could be released that night to go see baby if I got recovered in time and if it wasn’t dangerous to my health. I got a fire inside that started a drive that I was going to do everything it took to make that happen. I had to first eat my first meal and some other stuff. I told them I’d do anything whatever it took. So I chose meat loaf as my meal. (What the heck was I thinking.) It was gross. But I proved them all that I was going to go that night to see her ASAP. And 8 hours after giving birth I was free to go!

John had already gone to the hospital to be with her. I told him he had to be with her; she needed to hear one of our voices to keep on fighting. He was able to inform me that they had safely gotten her there but that she had crashed again upon arriving. They were able to stabilize her once more and that had she made it. So my parents got me loaded into the car and off we drove to be with my baby.

On the way, John texted me saying that they had run her brain scan to see how much damage if there had been any from being without oxygen. (At this point we had no clue how long she had been without oxygen, I hadn’t even been thinking of organ damage so it freaked me out. I was also overjoyed because the text message said THERE WAS NO DAMAGE!) I began to worry about other organs but at least for now her brain was unaffected by whatever happened that morning!

So began our long 1st week.

Now for the really hard stuff. Some details that we did not mention to social media due to not being able to process the downright scary situations.

She developed a rash looking thing very quickly. Looked like tiny purple pin pricks all over her body. (We found out the details at the end of the first week when they reviewed her medical papers to us.) That “rash” was all of her blood vessels exploding to push all her blood back to her heart to save her life. Basically her body was shutting down and she was dying. And we could see the physical effects from it for most of the week. The doctor said she only had a minute or 2 left to live. It was a miracle they got her in time.

That has haunted me and will continue to do so the rest of my life. I pray it didnt physically pain her.

Secondly, we were warned there was most likely “Extensive” damage to her organs especially her kidneys (from all the tubing procedure and no oxygen).

But. God.

When they ran the ultrasounds and scans NO DAMAGE WAS FOUND ANYWHERE! How is this possible? People who have gone without oxygen for less time than she did, -they have extensive brain injury and organ damage. Only God could have saved her from this experience! Only God. Finally after a couple of days the doctors were comfortable telling us there was a good chance we would be taking our daughter home with us when this ordeal was finally over.

They do not know what caused her to stop breathing. We will most likely never know. And that’s hard to deal with. I often wonder about future children. Could it happen again to either her or our other babies as well?

Then trouble began to hit again.

Towards the end of the week she had high blood pressure and we needed to see some doctors very soon after coming home.

We returned home and the pediatrician told us to get the first appointment we could get with a pediatric cardiologist 45 min away. He was very concerned. So I get a call and they wanted to see her that morning ASAP. So I rush -get her ready -we are going! (We knew it was serious but didn’t realize how bad the cardiologist thought she was).

When my dad and I (John had to be at work) got baby to her appointment. The cardiologist says, “ is she that baby from —————? How did you get here so fast? I need to see her! I don’t know how she’s still alive!” He said her numbers from the hospital were higher than an adults high blood pressure.

At this point I’m freaking out. I thought my baby was for the most part going to be ok and mostly over her issues and now your telling me my baby’s life is in danger?

They check her out do ultrasounds and scans. Ultimately, the reason behind the high blood pressure was due to her being so fiesty mad, bull-headed and resistant to having her blood pressure taken. (SERIOUSLY, all that crap for this: she doesn’t like her blood pressure being taken! ) I’m absolutely serious that was the reason. I’m as confused as you probably are at this point!

One of my daughters strong personality traits is her strong will. And this was one of the moments where we look back and realize God gave her a such a strong will to get her through her really bad 1st day ordeal. We have chosen to embrace this exceptional personality trait and look at it as a gift. Because it helped in saving her life. Anyway.. They found a hole in her heart during the ultrasound. But now, we are coming up on a very important day. This August is finally the month where it has been projected and hinted at and hopefully will be confirmed that the hole is most likely closed up on its own. ( a murmur can no longer be heard, so we are hoping and praying).

We know She won’t need surgery. She won’t be having the life threatening strokes as a young adult. She will be just fine! It’s a really big deal at least for me as her mom. To watch her fight and now to have nothing stand in her way of having a successful healthy life. And that’s why I’m so thankful this August.

And that leads into a short version of the second half of my story. As you can see that’s a lot of crazy to deal with and it quickly spiraled me into Post Partum Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

I would have extreme panic attacks, trembling, bursting into tears. Flashbacks. I had to delete stories and turn off the news everytime a baby or a child was hurt, or had died or had gone through anything terrifying. I became paranoid and I’m just now starting to get out more. I had a really hard time coping with being a first time mom with so much baggage. And one week it was especially bad and I told my husband, “ I need help right now or I’m not going to make it.” We immediately sought out help through our family, discipleship program at church, medically, and through a local pregnancy/health center. You could say we were armored up for the battle. And it felt like a minute by minute battle. I felt like a Jeckle and Hyde situation. I was so tormented but at the same time so happy to be a mom. So happy to have a beautiful daughter.

It’s been a couple months since going off medication, I’m still meeting with my guidance people. I still struggle. But nothing severe like it used to be. So please pray for me, for John, and for our toddler daughter.

And please talk about your struggles, what you’ve been through. There’s someone out there that needs to hear your story. I sure did. I heard several and those people got me through and got me the help I desperately needed.

I’ve learned a lot since having gone through this whole ordeal.

• God is always there with me.

• I can’t run my life the way I want it, I have to let God, as my loving Father, guide me through the storms of life. Trusting that He will get me through safely to the other side.

• I’ve learned how to process fear

• and not let it consume me.

• God is merciful and a good good Father, even when I want to blame Him and say why did you do this to me.

I know not everyone believes in God, but I know that I couldn’t have made it through without Him! Nor could my daughter have. Thank you Lord for your protection and plan, even when I don’t know the reason behind it.

Isaiah 43:2

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.

blogging · Disney · DIY · Exploring · Momma life · tips and deals

It’s Blog Party Time! Good Morning! ❤️ (Post #1)

Good Morning Everyone! And welcome to our all day Blog Tea Party!

Feel free to share your blog link on the comments and repost our posts! Let us know who you are, what you write about and Where Are You From? 💜

Let’s get started!


My husband and I are John & Ashley M. We run Blooms & Beautifuls. Which is a Disney Blog! We have a beautiful little girl who overcame a monumental unexpected health crisis after she was born. She’s our miracle baby! I will be sharing her story soon! Anyway we usually save our money, but since our daughter almost died we realized life isn’t about money or things. It’s about the time that we spend with our precious family and friends. So we’ve become Disney obsessed!


Here are some lovely recipes to get your day going! Whether you like tea, coffee, or juice, there’s a recipe for you to start your day perfectly.

Recipe by Monterey Bay Spice Company

Brought to you by Valya’s Taste of Home
Brought to you by BlogLovin.com

Now I’d like to share with you an American Tradition. It’s a verse that is written on a brand of our egg cartons for breakfast everymorning.

It says

“This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Psalm 118:24

So let’s get this beautiful day started! I can’t wait to get to know you!


Love. Mrs. Ashley M. 💋xoxo

Disney · Exploring · Momma life · tips and deals

Connecting Your Blog To More Readers

One great way to get to know other blogs is through a Multi-Blog Event. I’m inviting you to my online Tea Party Blog Day on August 3rd. This is a great way to get your blog link out there and get to know a bunch of new readers. For this event we will be discussing lots of things: travel, saving deals, family and of course Disney.

Theme: Mad Hatter: Alice In Wonderland

so be sure to follow our blog and get the updates! 

Disney · Exploring · Momma life · tips and deals

Blog Party on August 3!

Announcing Tic Tock Tea Blog Party on August 3!

This will be an ONLINE tea party and you can join in the fun from the comforts of your home! Follow our posts while making yourself some tea! We will be chatting about everything including Disney, vacations, family & more! We will be giving out Tea recipes and savings tips!

Leave your blog link on the posts that day so others can get to know you as well!

Make sure to subscribe to our blog so you can get the updates in real time! Check back with us all day on August 3!

Disney · Momma life

The BEST sleepy music for babies, toddlers, and parents!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CIbcEOQ9dg8

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I would play this video near my tummy. At that point I wasn’t sure if it was soothing her or what. She’s a toddler now and I know it had a lasting impact on her. I don’t do this very often, but some nights I will turn the video on and she’s out within 3-5 minutes. I know she remembers it because she immediately calms down. EVERYTIME! And I love it to ❤️ it brings back memories of feeling her kick around and just the beautiful blessing of pregnancy.

The music is very soft and I love how They are all Disney songs. Yes yes not everything has to be Disneyfied but this hits all the heart strings for memories at Disney world. It even plays a soothing version of small world! Which is amazing because the first time I went on that ride, I had a headache that lasted well over half the day. But not here!

So don’t fret! There is hope to get your littles calmed down after a busy exciting day! Just click on the video!

☺️

boutique · Exploring · Momma life

New Headband Release by Blooms & Beautifuls

Loosely inspired by The Little Mermaid these handmade Boutique ears sport a metallic green scales band, and a red bow that pops against the sparkly bright blue ears. A tiara of pearls adorn the border of the band. Then a silver twisted rope outlines the ears themselves.

Atop the middle of the bold red bow is large pearl.

I am planning on wearing these at one of the days at Epcot for The Little Mermaid and Oceans Exhibit!

Let me know what characters are your favorite!

-Ashley M

Xoxoxo

As always we do not sell our ears due to copyright. But let us know what inspires you! You may win a free pair of our custom Ears!

Momma life

Dear Tired Momma

I find myself as a mom, wife, human, so tired lately. My husband is so encouraging and a stronghold in our family. Im very blessed. As a newer family though, it’s hard to work the daily grind and figure everything out. All the sudden my toddler is learning all kinds of new things and I begin to wonder Am I teaching my child the most important lessons of life? Am I spending quality time with her? Am I being the best wife I can be for John? I start to doubt myself and let Satan’s lies tell me I’m the reason I’m tired. And I’m the reason I’m “failing.”

So I got to thinking.

Dear momma,

You try so hard to be the perfect rock. The one that supports the frequent emotions behind the toddler meltdowns. You try so hard to teach your children to follow all the right paths but struggle to find your own way too.

You give everything you have to your babies and then more than you thought you could.

You give your faith every ounce. And trust that Gods grace is enough to get you through. You know it is. But you still wonder if you will fail.

You love your man with everything you have, but the daily rush of life has got you only reaching out from afar.

Dear Momma,

Hold onto your Jesus a little more.

Hold onto your man a little more.

Hold onto your babies a little more.

And love yourself. Giving grace a little more.

And maybe hold onto your coffee just a little more 😉

💜xoxo

ashley m