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Mom, You Rock!

6 Aug

My mom has been a huge inspiration in my life, a dedicated supporter, and by my side no matter what I’m going through. I owe her the world and can’t wait to repay her back one day (either when she lets me or needs me – we’ll see which one comes first!).

My wonderful mother and amazing sister! โค love them with all my heart!

The past few weeks my mom has come to the new place ๐Ÿ˜€ and I’ve helped her switch over from blogger to wordpress. I really wanted the experience in it since it can help with my job being a virtual assistant but I also just wanted to give back to my mom for always giving to me!

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We can now proudly say she is an official WordPress blogger ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am also so impressed with how well she dealt with the transition! It may just be me but I love getting a phone call from her randomly throughout the day. It tends to go like this:

“Jenn, do you have a moment you can help me with something on my blog?” Mom

“Sure!” Me

“Okay, so I am trying to do …. and it’s not working.” Mom

That just makes my day! I love being able to help people in an instant! It’s always been a favorite thing of mine and I’m not exactly sure when it started but it’s like I get this self esteem boost every time I fix something for someone else ๐Ÿ˜€ I know, I know, I have problems ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you are unfamiliar with my mom’s blog let me just explain it to you:

She writes book reviews, book life events, reading to Emma, and how the beach inspires her. If you like to read books she is definitely worth a follow! You can get the inside scoop on books that are getting ready to be published and some already published. Follow along with her on some of the BEST book events in the area (northern va, maryland, dc, and new york!). Check her out at Opes Opinions

I’m one proud daughter ๐Ÿ˜€

I LOVE YOU MOMMY!!!!

Thanks for stopping by today everyone and I hope you’ll support me and my family as well.

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Nick Mom, You Crack Me Up

24 Nov

I don’t know if you all have heard of Nick Mom or not but while staying up and finishing chores I decided to watch it one night. I haven’t laughed so hard in such a long time! This show is like Comedy Central for mothers.

 

For those of you who are mothers that love to laugh at all the ridiculous things that your kids get into – this is for you. For those of you who are mothers that get offended easily – don’t watch this!! As for me, I’m a mom that laughs and this made me laugh.

They have two different shows that I’ve seen: Parental Discretion which is basically like SNL for Moms. Some parts are funny some parts are just plain dumb.

Another show is Mom’s Night Out which is stand up comedy, again funny.

Something you probably weren’t expecting, the commercials are even jokes and one liners to make you smile. This was definitely an interesting night for me!

Don’t have time or want to stay up to watch these shows? Oh don’t worry, they have a website! NickMom.comย get your laughs in when you want ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thought I’d share the fun!
Love Always,

J

Late Night Chats With Myself ;)

15 Nov

Even though you are reading this at some point and it’s probably Thursday for you – technically I am writing this at 11:15 pm Wednesday. So I’ll go ahead and apologize for the lack of pictures and random long sentences.

I’m sitting up after realizing that I have absolutely no clean clothes to wear to my appointment tomorrow. Little Mrs. Has It All Together from my list post yesterday, doesn’t quite have it all together ๐Ÿ˜‰ Well at least not for tomorrow!

If you are a mom, you probably understand when I say that I tend to put everyone before myself. In this case, the rest of my families clothes managed to get done before mine. Silly me thinking I’d be fine with raggity t-shirts and leggings. Whoops!!

So tonight I will be sitting up listening for the dryer to stop so I can move loads in order to have an outfit that is allowed to step out in the public clean for tomorrow!

It’s been a long time since I’ve stayed up late and been the only person awake. If you have been a long time follower of my blog then you’d know that I used to do this all the time. It was the only way to get peace and quiet to myself. Emma was hardly napping for a while there and when she was, I was too!

I had gotten used to staying up later just to get some me time and I spent it sewing, crocheting, blogging, catching up on music and tv shows. It’s amazing that an hour or two of dead silence for your brain to think can really change a person! I felt so free, got so much crafting accomplished, and almost felt like a teenager all over again ๐Ÿ™‚

My blogging might have even been better because of it! When I have time to think, writing comes so naturally. Like now. I could probably ramble on for hours because it’s like my mind has space to stretch out and breathe! That is if you like it when I ramble ๐Ÿ˜‰

Staying up like this tonight is a reminder of all that. It’s also a reminder of why I quit doing it!! Sure an hour or two of freedom sounds so refreshing and exciting, but I was also dead tired the next day. I hardly woke up on time, counting down the hours to Emma’s nap time so I could nap too, and feeling like a zombie. I really don’t miss living like that. I missed out on so many fun things with Emma!! I’m not so much looking forward to that tomorrow – but at least I’ll be clothed properly.

Luckily tomorrow is a day off for me as well. Emma will be playing with Nana all day and I’ll be with my Mom in Alexandria for my appointment, her appointment, and then running a few errands. I’ll be able to not be completely all there tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜‰ and if anyone understands that – it’s my Mom!!

As much as I’ll hate this tomorrow – I may just end up doing this again every once in a while. My brain needed it!

Well it’s time to change loads and catch up on shows ๐Ÿ˜‰ See you all bright and early tomorrow and probably napping as soon as I get home haha!

Love Always,

J

 

 

 

Keeping It Old School

14 Nov

If there’s one thing I love the most – it’s a fresh pad of paper ๐Ÿ™‚ I know that sounds ridiculous but it’s the only thing that keeps me organised!

One Steno pad lasts me about 2 months. So every 2 months I get a fresh new one to re-organize my goals and lists. On the first page I put my Money Goals for the two weeks and the year. It keeps me on track for how much I hope to make in order to make this my sole income. It also gives me a perspective on what my goal was for the past 2 months and what I made during that time.

I also make a list of things I want to finish in that two months. As soon as it’s finished I get the joy of crossing it out!! It also is a way to remind myself to put it in my inventory list, know what yarn I need to purchase to replace the materials, and when it’s sold I mark it out on my inventory list to put it in outright for my taxes.

How can you be organized without a shopping list?! This girl can’t! I write things down in two sections: Home & Work. In order to keep this sheet available for two months I tend to white out what I’ve purchased so I can use it again ๐Ÿ™‚ This page gets some serious love by the end of two months!

Then on the rest of the 75 sheets I write my daily lists of what I want to accomplish. It includes: housework, Emma’s needs, my goals, and sometimes even reminders for Brian. Since I’m limited on time I can get projects done, I schedule those during nap time and night time. You’ll see it says crochet during nap time, which today means I’ll be finishing up a boot cuff and making a matching one to create a pair. It then says crochet after bath time, which means I’ll be finishing up cup cozies and starting on a scarf.

It may seems silly to not organize my things on the computer but I can’t always take my computer with me when I’m shopping, I need time away from my computer (especially when I’m trying to get things accomplished), and I like the satisfaction of writing things down and crossing them off my list! It’s a joy I just can’t even explain!

How do you organize your life? Do you make sure to re-evaluate your list after a period of time?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Love Always,

J

Papa Time

22 Sep

You can never have enough Papa time – especially when he has fun toys like an iPad ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Love the crossed legs in this picture ๐Ÿ™‚ She’s such a lady!

Thanks for stopping by – I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday, bright and early ๐Ÿ˜‰

Love Always,

J

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Picture Time: Birthday Recap!

29 Aug

I got Emma’s birthday pictures in this weekend and I had to share it with you – so here’s a recap of my little girls DIY birthday partyย crazinessย โค

Here’s to being Three โค Love you baby girl!

 

** A big thank you for the pictures to Leslie from LeslieGalleryย – You rock! **

Love Always,

J

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Keeping Priorities Straight.

28 Aug

For those of you who know me outside of the blogging world – know that this past week and weekend I didn’t get a single thing accomplished! Between my sisters wedding, work, and other plans; I didn’t get much down time at all! So I hope you all aren’tย disappointedย but this weeks magazine post will be delayed! Not sure if I’ll get to it later this week or just save it for next week but I will say I am pretty excited about doing the review.

Today I’m going to talk about priorities. These days I’m having to pick and choose my battles and what really deserves my attention. It’s not easy for a person who loves to dedicate their time to everyone else – to stop and think about themselves but in this post I’m going to put every little thing aside and talk about my main priorities for a while.

Priority number one:

 

My little family. They are the most important in my life and as much as I’d love to add a bunch of other people to my priority list I need to stick to the ones who need me the most and that’s my husband and baby girl. (Sorry everyone else!)

Priority Number Two:

My little business which I have huge goals for. I’ve been working so hard on this part of my life but it seems like I let the slightest things hold me back. This is where a lot of my current priorities are going to change. I don’t give myself enough time to make this part of my life something that will give my family my next priority.

Priority Number Three:

I need to start looking at the future as a priority in my life rather than a dream. I love to imagine what it would be like, hope for the best, and play the what if game when it comes to my families future but it’s about time I set some things in stone here. Instead of dreaming and waiting for things to fall in line – I’m going to make it happen. This is going to be the second hardest when it comes to my time as well as my need to help everyone else. How am I suppose to support everyone else and my family if I can’t even support myself?

So now that I’ve laid out these priorities in my life I’m printing this out and putting it beside my bed to wake up every morning. I have three jobs to focus everything in me on and that’s all I’m going to focus on for as long as I can because honestly, my priorities are supposed to be what I want them to be – not what anyone else wants.

Love Always,

J

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Please & Sorry

26 Aug

Please and Sorry have been major words in my vocabulary the past few days. I don’t exactly know what my problem with it is, but I have a hard time asking for help. I make myself a list full of things that are longer than the amount of hours in a day and then beat myself up about not getting them all done.

Another thing I like to do is add on tasks for other people. I hear someone say, “I need this” and I come running ready to solve the problem leaving behind my trail of things that still aren’t done yet.

This past week it really hit me hard and got me into a point of self-sabotage. My list was so long and overwhelming that I just kept putting it off and it just kept getting longer. At one point I remember sitting down on the floor with my list and computer and crap that piled up too high and cried.

I’ve noticed when I’m completely at the end of my rope the best way to deal with it is to email my husband. Knowing he’s at work and he doesn’t even get it sometimes until he gets home doesn’t matter. Sometimes he can answer me right away and it’s nice to hear what he has to say but either way – he comes home and it’s like everything wrong in the world just turns right.

He has a way of calming me down in seconds, sometimes without even saying a word. I love that man.

This time I asked for help. I cried out in an email that was probably three paragraphs longer than it needed to be (much like this post ๐Ÿ˜‰ haha) and gave him a list of things I needed him to do so I could breath again. Then I went to the next best person in the whole wide world.

My Mommy. Nobody fixes a problem like Mommy’s do. I told her what was going on and she gladly took on a few things on my list and knocked them out in seconds and asked for more. I love her so much and now I see where I get my need to do things for people from. She’d gladly do all my work for me if she could just watch me raise my baby girl. I’m going to do the same for Emma without a shadow of a doubt.

So here’s to all those people out there that are stressed, exhausted, and burnt out. Go ask for help. It may make you cry, it may feel like the world is upside down, and you may feel like a complete loser; but it will be the best thing you ever did.

Thanks for stopping by,

Love Always,

J

 

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Happy B-Day Mommy!

5 Aug

My Mom’s birthday was Friday but we are celebrated it yesterday so I thought I’d show you what the lucky lady got from me ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m a huge buyer on etsy as well as a seller so you can click picture to see the link to each of these items of the shops I purchased from!

Can you tell she likes the beach and books?

I also had my favorite graphic designer Andrea Fitts make her some new business cards!

Happy Birthday Mommy!

Thanks for stopping by,

Love Always,

J

Balancing Is The Key

19 Jul

Okay so I’ve done a ton of posts on prioritizing my life, making lists that work, starting each day fresh, getting rid of the clutter, saying No to things that aren’t important. Well here’s one about Balancing – because it took me until now to realize that this really is the key to my happiness!

I like to Blog – of course most of you know that by now ๐Ÿ˜‰ what do I like to blog about? I don’t have one interest in particular that stands out. I like a lot of things! I also like to share as much as I can with the world about things that I do like:

Being A Wife:

Because let’s be honest without this man I wouldn’t be the person I am today! But I’m not always a wife. I’m not doing wife duties all day – even though I’m sure Brian would love for me to. There’s only so much cooking, cleaning, and waiting on him I can handle ๐Ÿ˜‰ but let’s be honest, just because I’m not doing wife duties doesn’t mean I’m not his wife.

Being A Mom:

 

You can’t beat being a mom! Especially with someone who’s that much fun! But I’m not always doing Mom things. As much fun as it would be to play cards, puzzles, games, and color all day if I was just a Mom I might lose my mind! I’ve got too many other things that need to be done then just making this little thing smile! But when I’m not doing Mom things, I’m still considered this littleย sunshine’sย Mom.

Crafting:

 

Crafting is one thing I’ll never stop doing. Even if I just do it for myself. I loooove to paint, crochet, sew, fix almost anything. This is my biggest hobby. Would I give up everything else to craft all day – not everything. This is the one thing I need to work hard to balance because too much of it means I’m giving up other things that are just as near and dear to my heart.
Reading:

I love to read. It doesn’t even have to be a specific genre. Just being able to get away and be in a different world for a few hours is one heck of a vacation! This is something I’d never want to give up so it’s obvious I need to balance this in my time. But just because I like to read does not mean that I sit around and read all day!! Are you catching my point?

 

It’s about taking all those things you love and enjoying them all within a balance that makes you happy. So each day I try to fit in every single one of my favorite things. In the morning I do my wife chores, after that I play with my little girl, during nap time I blog or craft or do a little of both, dinner is family time – I get to enjoy being a wife and mom all at once, then night time I get to read. It’s a nice way to enjoy all of the things I like without feeling like one part of me is overwhelming another.

 

I hope you find that balance too!

 

Love Always,

 

Jennifer

 

 

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