Diaper Bags are the THING!!

Let’s face it… when you’re a mother diaper bags are a must and we need them to be stylish.. Say goodbye to those adorable purses you have and get an adorable diaper bag. Face it, you wont be able to pack away all the things in your purse, or even want to… especially if you have a nice expensive purse.

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I am SO in love with this Laiva Deluxe Diaper Bag and I know you will be!! It’s SUPER affordable and durable!! I promise when I say this to you! It was designed with mama’s in mind; it is the perfect blend of fashion and functionality. You wont even realize that you are using a diaper bag it is that adorable.

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Plus if you have amazon prime you can get FREE shipping so make sure you take advantage of amazon prime and save $5. Make sure to take advantage of their sale, 50% off, using code: MOMMABEE. Offer ends on February 10th so make sure to take advantage of it.. 

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You know what else? This is the PERFECT gift for Valentines Day so make sure you share it with your Significant other and tell him to get it ASAP. Run over to Laiva Deluxe Diaper Bag

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Nervous, worry, anxiety mama. 

This blog post is going to take a lot of me to write.. Recently I have been feeling WAY down and have panic attack after attack. I always had an upset stomach and just wasn’t myself. I worried about dying, about my son, about everything. I worried about how I was managing work and family, etc. It all came tumbling down to the point that I wouldn’t eat and when I did eat I would get sick from it somehow. I literally had to force myself to eat.

I think as parents we all go through this stage at one time or another. I know that we are healthy, lucky, blessed, etc but I just felt like I should be a better wife and mom. I felt like laundry piled up FOREVER. I felt like my son was incredibly behind because of his ear infections and tubes. I felt like it was MY FAULT. I felt like I needed to push him to be something more – like the kid next to him.

I felt like I needed to be a better wife.. I mean let’s face it my husband and I haven’t spent time together in likeeee months. I felt like I was getting older and losing control of my life. I felt like I missed when Antonio was a little baby and replied on versus now when he is SO independent. I felt like work wasnt cut out to be what it was and I needed a change. All these things went through my head constantly.

I felt like I needed to slow life down but lost control of it. I am crying as I sit here and write this because I am INCREDIBLY strong.  I mean after all we have gone through three deployments and I was queen B! I was the strongest person ever during that time. I knew my husband was getting sick of hearing me complain (I was too). I was just So worried about Antonio and life that I didn’t know what to do. He told me to fill my head with positive things, but like…. HOW!?

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I would hear about someone dying and lose it… I realized that we all have to die sometime and then there went any positive thoughts. Whenever I heard someone was sick I would lose it. I was having a hard time, adulating is the hardest thing you will EVER go through. And new flash it doesn’t get better, you just learn to adjust. I didn’t know how to mange my time anymore and how to meal prep or take care of the THREE of us. Don’t get me wrong.. my husband is AMAZING and helps out… Lucky for me he doesn’t care if we have pizza and the laundry isn’t done because we get each other.

Finally, I admitted all my thoughts and feelings to those around me… Including my doctor. It was the hardest thing ever! I was laughing and smiling the whole time at the doctors office because I knew I was strong and nothing was wrong with me. She knew it too! She told me to take a break, think positive, keep a journal, eat better, exercise, you know all the good things.. AND she told me that I needed time to myself everyday + with my husband. I had to eliminate things where stress was involved and I also had to focus on Antonio more. He is only young once. At the end of the day, guys… We aren’t competing we are just trying to make sense of this all. WE are no better than the person next to us. WE are one in this together. Be kind to one another, I promise it will go a long way.. You never know what someone is going through! You are NOT alone!!! 

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Ideas for Freezing Food

There are so many things that I make and freeze or re freeze so that I don’t waste food, but also so I have options. My husband isn’t one for left overs so sometimes I have to put to use the left overs! What do I do with it?

First things first always make recipes whenever possible and freeze them. You will appreciate on days when groceries are running low or you don’t know what to make! Some things that I make and freeze are lasagna (fully baked), banana nut bread, pumpkin bread, pulled pork. Each of these items require a small amount of heating once it is taken out but other than that you are good to go.

As far as left overs. I try to keep them in tupperware in the order to eat them up by in the fridge. If they are in the fridge longer than a day I automatically put it in the freezer and label it. This is perfect for those days that you don’t want to make lunch or dinner and know you can just pull something out of the freezer and it’s ready. Something as simple as pulled pork, chicken chopped and seasoned, soup, etc. Anything can be freezed so make sure that you take advantage of this. It will save you time and money, trust me.

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Top Five Things to Freeze

Freezing food is such a great option! It helps us out so much. I buy things when they are on sale so that way I can stock up. Freezing food is simple, easy, and fun! The best way to do this is when you find things on sale + have a coupon for it, you can get a lot more from it!

Make sure that you look at the items being purchased and see what the “sell by date” is or “freeze by date.” Grab the items with the best options.  Also, remember to put the ones that are expiring on the top and keep the rest underneath them; this will cause you to not waste anything.

Here is a list of things that we freeze: 

  • Cheese: We usually buy it in bulk and then package them in ziplock bags so that we can use them as needed. I always make sure to write on there how much is in there, the date purchased and the date to use by.
  • Bread: OH my gosh, we could open a bread store. This is one of the greatest things to freeze since it can’t really go bad in the freezer. We  have all sorts of bread in there: hot dog buns, hamburger buns, bread, cinnamon bread, bags, etc. We take them out as needed.
  • Bananas: We freeze these for my son. These do not always last as long, so make sure to use them before they get a watery brown look to them. We take the skin off the bananas and then put it in a ziplock bag. Typically we use them within a week otherwise they wont be as good.
  • Meat: Of course meat! Meat is a duh kind of thing you freeze. We buy the large packaged meat and then of course divide it up into ziplock bags. We put 2-3 in each package, date it, add how many, and when to use it by.
  • Deli Meat:  We buy the pre made kind that is in the fridge section and take it out of the tupperware (leaving it in the plastic bag still) and store it away in the freezer. These can usually a few weeks so make sure to monitor it and use it before it goes bad.

The most important thing about freezing items is to make sure that you use it up before it goes bad + make sure that you label it correctly. You have to monitor items so that you don’t miss the go bad date on it. What is your favorite item to freeze?

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Family time:: parents visiting is the BEST

This past week my parents came into town. It was such a great visit I guess time flies by and you never realize how much time flies by! I wish I could hold onto memories and cherish them forever. I never realized how fast time flew by until I had my own baby!

I had some of the greatest childhood memories the greatest and I sit here and wonder how Antonio will be! I love watching him grow grow each day. I see my parents feeding him and playing with him and wonder where has time gone!? It feels like yesterday I was the one being feed by my grandparents.

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I see how emotional my mother gets every time Antonio does something new. I see how she cares for him and me at the same time. They both get so excited whenever Antonio does something new or old. HAHA! There is quite the stories when it comes to parenting. I now have a new bond between my parents because. My mom always tells me “you did the same thing.” By the way.. mom’s are ALWAYS right 😉

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I see how my father acts silly just to make him laugh. Here I was sitting on the couch taking it all in with tears in my eyes knowing that we are all so loved and blessed.

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You see. It doesn’t matter how much money you have or how what needs to get done life is perfect if you look around and really take in every single movement. Hold your little babes tonight because it goes too quick!

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Sick Baby Fun

Oh my goodness last week we had a sick baby. It’s hard being a mom and small business owner. You really have to learn how to manage it all. Even if you have help it still sucks.

I just don’t get when babies are sick they are miserable so are we. But there’s something about the baby. You don’t know how to care for baby other than cuddle. You know what they are going through but they can’t relate or talk because it’s new. It’s so frustrating for a mom. You know it sucks for them and they just want to feel better.

You go to the doctors and its normal like they just can’t put baby on medicine when theres nothing wrong?! It’s frustrating and Im thankful its nothing major, but I just want him to feel better!

Yeah we lose sleep and get extra sweet cuddles but really…,  I feel so hurt I wish there was more I could do. I don’t know about this whole new mom thing I just don’t. We learn and adjust but how!?

What are some your secrets to help a baby get better? We have him some tyenol but really I think it’s just one of things that will go away in time. Luckily he was still content, ate, and didn’t have a fever!

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