October 29, 2014

Time for Mama


It's hard to believe it's almost time for trick-or-treat. I can't wait to watch my little one guy trot around our neighborhood all dressed up. I think my heart just squealed! 

But now onto the reason why you're really here - the Mamas Tell All Linkup! And this week is extra special because Jordan from Western Homestead is co-hosting!  

There are so many ways for you to join the fun. If you're a blogger link up with us. If you're 
not, leave some comment love and join the conversation. Just make sure to follow the hosts and co-host and if you're a blogger put the button in your post and on your sidebar! Read some of the other posts and leave some comment love...you may learn a thing or two, and you'll definitely meet some amazing mamas!

The Hosts

Everyday Thoughts The So-Called Homemaker That Southern Mama Brittany from Everyday Thoughts Christine from The So-Called Homemaker Ashley from That Southern Mama

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Never Would I Ever, Until I Did - What things did you swear you'd never do as a mom and why (no pacis, no TV, etc.)? 
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When you become a mom you commit to a lifetime of change. The world no longer revolves around you - now your little one becomes the center of your universe. Your everyday is based on their needs and happiness, leaving little to no time for mom moments. Gone are the days of workouts, reading books, bubble baths and slow-cooked dinners. Date nights are planned and late-night work projects are put on hold all for a worth-while sacrifice. But it's still important to find time for yourself.

Much easier said than done.


It's difficult for me to find time for myself. When I blog or workout or try to read a book it's typically done while my little guy is asleep. And even these things get pushed aside when the dishes are dirty or the laundry lay in piles screaming to be cleaned. Personal time is just not on my priority list.

Since my personal time is about 1/100 of what it used to be, it's more important than ever that I take full advantage of it. Prior to children I was constantly busy, dabbling in different interests and involved with several different organizations. With far less available "me time" it's of the utmost importance that I figure out my own personal interests and I spend personal time doing things that I truly enjoy.

Early on after becoming a mom I fell into a trap where I tried to maintain the same number of interests in my spare time. I was exhausted and I was disappointed. I felt like I was running in unnecessary circles never really satisfied with my quiet moments. I still haven't perfected the equation but I've absolutely refined it. I focus on things that bring me joy, things that I find relaxing and things that help me become a better mom, wife and person. 
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Make sure to join us next week to discuss: Planning for the Future - Do you have a living will, guardianship and college saving funds in place. What's necessary and how do you make sure your child is prepared for the future?  

Be Blessed,
Brittany
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October 27, 2014

A Spookily Awesome Giveaway

Happy Monday!! I have a little treat in store to brighten your day. For this month's giveaway, lots of bloggers and shop owners have come together for a Halloween giveaway! There is a ton of ad space available and a $75 gift card to Amazon so you can treat yourself to something on your wish list or use it to get a start on your Christmas shopping. Your choice!!

Participants: *Raewyn - Be A Warrior Queen // *Laura - Side Street Style // Taylor - Pink Heels Pink Truck // Katie - Beneath the Chandelier // Betsy - Musings of a Museum Fanatic // /*Chelsee - Southern Beauty Guide // *Brittany - Everyday Thoughts // *Gayle - A Gayle Force // *Christine - Life With A Side Of Coffee // *Lix - A Classic Notion // Brenda - Schooling A Monkey

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GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

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October 22, 2014

Never Would I Ever


Thanks for stopping by for the Mamas Tell All Link up this week. We're chatting about all the things we swore we'd never do as parents, until we caved and maybe some of those things you promised yourself you'd do as a mom but just never quite got around to. 

We'd love for you to join our weekly linkup. Make sure to follow the hosts and put the button in your post and on your sidebar! Then read some of the other posts and leave some comment love...you may learn a thing or two, and you'll definitely meet some amazing mamas!

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Everyday Thoughts The So-Called Homemaker That Southern Mama

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Never Would I Ever, Until I Did - What things did you swear you'd never do as a mom and why (no pacis, no TV, etc.)? 
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I was never the girl with dolls growing up. I never wanted to cuddle little ones when I went through the middle school babysitting years. I don't get a degree in teaching and I certainly lacked that maternal instinct that all women seem to have the moment after they walk down the aisle. I'm pretty sure that from an experience standpoint, I was unqualified to be a mother. This self-perceived lack of eligibility terrified me when I learned I was expecting but it also gave me perspective. 

I knew from the moment I found out that I was pregnant I needed to rely on the advice of others and I prayed that the cuddle characteristics inherent to child-totting mothers would suddenly strike me like lightening. After my son was born the fear I had every time someone asked me to hold a baby disappeared. I'd never wanted to hold anything as much as I wanted to hold my premature child. My life-long fear faded away due to a sheer heart-wrenching desire to comfort him before he was totted off to NICU. 

I say all this to demonstrate that my inexperience with children left me untainted by modern-day lists of mommy no-no's: no pacifiers, no television, no red dye 40 and no processed foods. I was ignorant to trendy sleeping patterns and the go-to BPA-free silverware. And frankly, I think that's a good thing. I have a better understanding of these things now that I'm wrapped around a toddler's little finger but I still try not to get lost in lengthy lists of dos and don'ts. Obviously sometimes that's easier said than done. 

I wanted to make all my son's baby food - I wanted to speak in equal parts Spanish and English while at home - I wanted to have all his wash done at the end of every day. I didn't do any of these things completely - of course I tried them all - and still my son is doing just fine. I have his best interests in mind, always, but I try (try being the keyword) not to get caught up in what I'm doing wrong because every time he smiles I know I've done something right.



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Make sure to join us next week to discuss: Making time for Mama - How do you find time to relax and treat yourself? 

November 5 - Planning for the Future - Do you have a living will, guardianship and college saving funds in place. What's necessary and how do you make sure your child is prepared for the future? 
November 12 - Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle when you have children. 

Be Blessed,
Brittany
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October 21, 2014

Stuffed Peppers

Somethings never good old. For me stuffed peppers are on that list. They are just delicious and they remind me of childhood memories sitting at the kitchen table with my family. Almost every night the four of us; my mom, dad, sister and I, sat in our unassigned, but always the same, seats. We learned manners and conversational skills and we were responsible to demonstrate both during our family dinners. It's a tradition I hope to pass onto my son. Eating as a family seems like a lost art in the an age when parents appear to measure their success based on the number of after school activities which their children participate. 

So now that I've been all nostalgic I can't wait to share one of my favorite family dinner recipes, stuffed peppers. Stuffed peppers are such a great dinner option because they can be customized for almost any palate. Plus they are amazing reheated and they freeze well. 


Ingredients:
6 bell peppers 
1 lb. ground beef
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp salt
15 oz. tomato sauce
1 cup rice, cooked
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese 


Preparation Instructions:
Remove the tops and inner membranes from each of the peppers. Rinse and drain. Brown the ground beef. Drain and set aside. Heat oven to 350 degrees.


Add the chopped onion to a skillet over medium heat. Saute onion until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the beef, salt and garlic, warming throughout - another 2 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and make sure it's fully incorporated and finally add the rice.


Add the filling to empty peppers.


Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil add cheese to the tops of each pepper and bake an additional 10 minutes. 


There's only one thing left to do - Enjoy! 


Do you have any recipes that remind you of your childhood - please share! 


Be Blessed,
Brittany
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October 15, 2014

Making Motherhood Work

It's the most wonderful time of the week - well, kinda, but not really at all because we all know the weekend is really the best. But it is the Mamas Tell All linkup and that is pretty fantastic! 

If you're a blogger we'd love for you to join our weekly linkup. Make sure to follow the hosts and put the button in your post and on your sidebar! Then read some of the other posts and leave some comment love...you may learn a thing or two, and you'll definitely meet some amazing mamas!

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Everyday Thoughts The So-Called Homemaker That Southern Mama

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Making Motherhood Work - Are you a working mom, a stay at home mom or something else entirely, and how do you make that role work for your family? 
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I'm sitting here writing this post and I should be asleep. I'm exhausted from an overly stressful week of work. I bet you can infer that I'm a working mom. I leave the house for 40 hours each week and I sit inside a cubicle. My working arrangement has its ups and downs. I can't compare my situation to anyone else's because I've never walked a mile in their shoes. 

I can tell you I think I'll always need to work in some form or fashion. Maybe it won't be in an office but I feel like I can offer my husband, my son and my family more when I have the outlet that work seems to provide. I know that my choice means that I have to make certain sacrifices and some days it's harder to accept those than others. 

There are days that I cry - guilty for leaving my son in the care of others while I'm at work. There are days when I'm tired. Well, let's be for real - I'm literally exhausted every day and I don't think that would change if I was at home with my little guy. There are days when I feel so tremendously grateful that I can help provide for my son and our family. Days when I run into the house after a long day at work and his giggle ignites a feeling in my heart that floods me with joy. There are days when I battle with my decision. I question the path I've chosen. I waver, almost daily. 

One thing I know for sure is that moms need to uplift and support the decision of other mothers. Whether they choose to work away from the home, stay with their children full time or manage a delicate balancing act of working from home, we all deserve the respect that we're doing our very best. We all make sacrifices and I'm sure we all struggle with our decisions at some point. We need to do what's right for ourselves, our children and our families. 

So bravo moms. You're all doing amazing. I'm here to be your support and your cheerleader. 
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Make sure to join us next week to discuss: Never Would I Ever, Until I Did - What things did you swear you'd never do as a mom and why (no pacis, no TV, etc.)? 


October 29 - Making time for Mama - How do you find time to relax and treat yourself? 
November 5 - Planning for the Future - Do you have a living will, guardianship and college saving funds in place. What's necessary and how do you make sure your child is prepared for the future? 
November 12 - Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle when you have children. 

Be Blessed,
Brittany
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