The moment I knew being a working mom was best for my daughter & me.

For the past two years I’ve had it in my head that being a stay at home mom was the best option for my family. Everyone told me I would regret not being around for “The Firsts.” So I devoted most of my time to A, and have stayed home with her since she was born. But for the past two days I’ve worked in the city and I can’t tell you enough how much I have loved it! You…

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Motherhood

To the women who came before me.

When I first told my grandmother I was diagnosed with postpartum depression I could hear in her voice that she already knew. She then proceeded to tell me of her experience. She talked about what she felt after having every child, and the pain she was told to hide. My grandmother had my mother at the age of 16, and had 3 more children in the years proceeding. Her last child, my uncle, was diagnosed with epilepsy and spent the…

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Postpartum Depression

Spring transitions with Pink Blush

Growing up we were taught about the four seasons, and my childish mind looked at those 4 equal parts of the pie thinking each season lasted as long as the last. But the truth is, Spring in the northeast lasts for a few weeks and then the dreaded 80 degree weather hits us. One day we are bundled up, and the next everyone is running around in short sleeves. My wardrobe has become a stock of layers that compliment each…

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Fashion & Beauty

Our 5 favorite places to explore in New Jersey

Being a stay at home mom gives me the opportunity to travel around our area during the week with A. When we moved to central NJ she was about two months old, and a day trip was quite an easy thing to do. But now that she’s a rambunctious toddler I’m constantly searching for interactive places to take her. We’ve visited the numerous zoos, aquariums, museums, & farms, and now have a list of our favorite spots! So I’m sharing…

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Becoming a selfish mother

When is the last time you left the house without feeling guilty?  I mean, just walked out the door as easily as your husband does.  Not often, right? For the past two years I have pretty much devoted every part of my life to A. First it was her colic, then my PPD, her dairy allergy, teething, my anxiety, and now we are approaching the terrible twos. AND I NEED A BREAK.  For the longest time I thought taking on…

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Motherhood

How to grow closer to your spouse during wedding planning.

Our wedding is 3 months away and I honestly can’t believe it. The truth is, I thought the wedding planning process would be a lot harder than it has turned out to be. I pictured Tyler and I getting into silly tiffs over who to invite or where our friends would sit. But the truth is this process has brought us closer than we were a year ago, granted I was still dealing with my PPD, but something that usually…

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Toddler Sleep Essentials

1. Little Sleepy Head Toddler Pillow. I have nothing but great things to say about this pillow! I honestly think it’s the reason A has started napping & sleeping in her crib. My fiance was a bit skeptical when we first received it from Little Sleepy Head, but now he calls it magic. If they started making adult pillows I would be the first to purchase it. If you are looking for a great starter pillow I definitely suggest this company. And your…

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread

     I have to admit I’m not much of a baker, and I don’t exactly enjoy baking. I’d much rather spend my time eating the desserts. But A’s doctor wants her to consume more cooked dairy to see how her stomach will handle it, so I’ve been researching some recipes. My sister-in-law makes these awesome zucchini bites for my nieces, and I feel as though everyone has been talking about replacing items with zucchini. Whether its zoodles or zucchini…

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Learning to love my postpartum body with LuLaRoe

     I’m going to be frank, I’ve never really had an issue with my weight, mainly because I’ve spent most of my life in a dance studio. In high school and college I went from class to the studio. I’ve pretty much been 5’7″ and 120 pounds since my awkward phase in middle school. So when I had A things changed…A LOT. I gained a pretty significant amount of weight, as one does when growing a human being inside,…

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Fashion & Beauty, Motherhood

Easy cleaning with Bona Power Plus

If you’ve followed me for some time now you’ll know that we have two huge cats and a toddler running around at all times in our tiny two bedroom apartment. It can get a bit messy, especially when A decides to have a food fight (by herself)! I’m always looking for products that actually work and don’t have a thousand pieces to assemble since storage is a bit lacking. I feel as though I’ve gone through every trick in the…

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