Category: motherhood

Transitions: How to Grow and How to Challenge Oneself

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Just wanted to share my thoughts on this sunny, beautiful Tuesday. We’re in a transition time. Baby is already over a year old and is off of bottles, which has made life easier. #DrBrownBottleswith1000pieces.  It’s just been a whirlwind of a year. We’ve been married for over two years, baby is mobile, talking, changing, and exploring more each day and our life is chaotic but so rewarding and fulfilling. 

Have kids they said, it’ll be fun. 

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Haha, well it is fun. They were right.  It is also exhausting and tests your limits. And your limits with your spouse. BUT.

That look in your child’s eye when they are happy or the sound of their laugh.

Seeing a grandparent or spouse playing with your child and seeing them smiling ear to ear, how that makes you happy and smile the same way.

That’s the fuel that keeps me going everyday, even on those days that every liquid around is somehow spilling and the house is a mess.

That smile is what dreams are made of.

So for now how do we adjust with transitions in the meantime?

  1. Keep making your family a priority
    • Take a step back and look at the big picture. These changes as a family helps up persevere together. Whether it is returning to work after maternity leave or adjusting to a new job, new house, new city. A new developmental stage for a child. A new sibling. How do we take this head-on? Game plan for hard days?
  2. Make more quality time a priority.
    • Trying to limit distractions when with friends or with children or with family. Eye contact, hugs, high fives, family games, floor time with toys, swimming, museums, zoo, cards, walks. I’m challenging myself with this all the time, it is so difficult to NOT be distracted. What I have been doing is finding the balance- I try to check social media a few times a day briefly, then putting the phone away to focus on spending more time in the NOW with those around me.
  3. Reflect
    • Take time to journal or just doodle while reflecting on how far you have come. Write down all you HAVE accomplished and be proud of that! Nothing amazing was built in one day, let yourself be vulnerable.
  4. Consider relationships a priority
    • Do you brush your teeth at least everyday? Hopefully right? 🙂
    • I sometimes have  a hard time remembering that relationships need upkeep like daily checking in about the weeks events, short term goals, and so on, but it is just as important as the other things we do daily like brushing those pearls.
  5. Nurture friendships
    • Near and far, remind those friends you think of that you are still thankful for the friendship. Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to in a while. Set a date, even if someone might have to cancel because of an unforeseen circumstance.
  6. Try to give yourself some dang grace as your grow and are challenged
    • It’s okay to feel like this is a hard time. Call a friend, call a sibling or relative, call your closet work pal. There is always someone that has likely gone through something similar. Exercise. Find some out that lets you find freeing.
  7. Let all that drama and negativity out the BACK door. No one has time for that
    • Seriously.  YOU can do this. Transitions are temporary. ❤

I’m definitely going through a transition right now just STILL adjusting to this very busy life of a working mom. I’ve been using all these things to remind myself to enjoy these moments and the chaos. It is made me adjust so much easier. Change makes us stronger and keeps us on our toes. It can be hard but thankfully we never have to do anything alone.

Keep on being awesome, all you lovely people out there

We are all in this crazy, beautiful life together

❤ Hope

Let me know what you think. What helps you when you’re going through a transition either personally or with a family?

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Easy and Quick Oven Baked Chicken

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It is SO nice to have cooked chicken breast for a quick meal with sides, on salad, for a sandwich, to use in another recipe, for tacos, quesadillas, with pasta, in a wrap, or another way. I could go for a while : ) . This chicken is not only fast to make, it is delicious with lots of flavor from seasonings and is versatile.

What you’ll need

Chicken breast, spices (I used oregano, basil, garlic powder, paprika, sea salt, and black pepper), and olive oil

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First get those spices measured and mixed up

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Coat the chicken with olive oil and then seasoning. Then pop on a parchment lined sheet and bake!

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Bake until internal temp is 165 degrees.

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Pair with sides and dinner is ready!  It is that easy and great! Read on for details ❤

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Easy and Quick Oven Baked Chicken

Ingredients

  • 3-4 Chicken breasts
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp basil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil

Instructions;

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Mix spices together in small dish
  3. Apply olive oil to chicken breast, then add spices, coating top and bottom evenly
  4. Place seasoned chicken breasts on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  5. Cook for 21 – 27 minutes, with small pieces of chicken cooking faster and larger pieces taking longer. I use a digital meat thermometer to make sure the chicken is 165 before I allow it cool.
  6. Pair with your favorite sides.

Note: If I know I am making this chicken for dinner, I sometimes double this recipe so I have extra for cooking with and leftovers later in the week for other quick meals.

Happy cooking!

❤ Hope

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Don’t Blink: The parental advice you always hear

Seriously parents out there, it does make sense why people say that.

Don’t Blink.

The children do grow up so quick. I’m tearing up as I write this. It’s such a precious and beautiful experience to see a child look into your eyes,  smile so big, and look for assurance, approval, comfort, safety, and love. I feel myself so full of love and purpose. Every dang day.

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Don’t Blink.

One night after everyone is asleep, I’m reflecting on the last year. A whirlwind of changes. Life after a baby is so different. I no longer care if Friday night is now relaxed movie night after baby is asleep. Much different from the life out around town, late nights, and sleeping in.

Those little fingers and toes. That contagious baby laugh. The baby words that just melt you. I wouldn’t change it.

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Don’t Blink.

I’m trying not to but shoot,

I blinked.

It was between the cozy newborn cuddles and the first walk around the neighborhood and the first times trying a food. The first words. The first everythings. The hard long nights. And the first sleeping-through-the-night MAGIC that also happened.  The first time leaving the baby with a family member or babysitter for a date night but just wanting to leave early to see baby again. We tried not to blink but we couldn’t help it.

And it’s okay, mama. We all blinked.

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They did too.

And they want to play outside and go on adventures and explore the world. Make a mess and have a blast.

Together with us.

While the baby is small we will be hugging them tight or if they are big, we will still be hugging them tight everyday. Mindful of each day, the rollercoaster that it can be. We recognize being along for the ride with our eyes open is the best way.

So, there might be an occasional blink in this don’t blink world.

Hey, no one likes dry eyes. : )

❤ Hope

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