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    Handling the Slow Change in Seasons

    Spring …. where you at? We got a quick peek over the weekend and then the frigidness of JANUARY was right back Sunday. I feel like the weather is a pretty accurate representation of my life right now though. I’m impatiently waiting for it to get warmer.. to feel more comfortable. And while I spend most of my days trying to crawl back under the covers and hide from the dreariness, the sun always peeks through for a few, just enough to remind me that it’s still always there. 

    The season is slowly but surely changing in my household. The boys are growing so much and it’s almost mind blowing sometimes to watch the change. They’re at the perfect age right now, they love each other just enough and the fighting is minimal. I have one entering toddlerhood and one exiting and that’s pretty freakin’ scary. The voice in the back of my head is constantly nagging me about whether I’m doing this motherhood thing right. I figure as long as we make it to the next day we’re pretty much scoring. LOL. 

    And while we have some daily setbacks, our spring is right around the corner. It’s only a matter of time before the sun is constantly shining. I can’t wait. 

    How are you handling the slow change of season? Are you waiting for the sun to come out? XoXo

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    Day Trip to Sesame Place in the 2016 Mazda CX-5

    I received this car courtesy of Mazda in partnership with Driveshop to drive for a week free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

    At the end of April we had the opportunity to attend opening day at Sesame Place! I hadn’t been in forever so my excitement was REAL. It’s a little drive from NYC so when I was given the chance to drive the 2016 Mazda CX-5 I literally wanted to JUMP in. I was too hype on drop off day and of course I couldn’t wait to start posting pics on Snapchat!! 

    The CX-5 was a beautiful Soul Red just like the Mazda 3 I reviewed late last year. The inside was a cream and black leather interior and it was soooooo nice I almost didn’t want to let RJ in it (cause you know, toddlers!). 

    After RJ and his daddy got everything situated in the car, we drove our 2 hour drive to PA in comfort! The heated seats in the front definitely came in handy when we were on our way home and it was chilly outside. I love some heated seats! LOL. The CX-5 came equipped with blindspot detectors, auto-windshield, SIrius XM radio and a whole lot more that made me feel extremely fancy! I loved driving the car in “Sport” mode (you’ll love it too if you like to drive fast, hehe). 

    So ya’ll know I always have to talk about the gas mileage since my own car is a guzzler. The CX-5 boasts an impressive 35 highway MPG giving you the change to “conquer more highway on less fuel”. I was super excited when I was able to get half a tank of gas for $10… that’s with NYC gas prices! The only struggle I had during my week with the car was figuring out how to open the gas tank…. are they all on the floor now?! LOL 

    Starting at $21,795 the Mazda CX-5 is the perfect family car and an amazing compact SUV. To learn more about the CX-5 visit here.

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    I Took Off My SuperMom Cape… & Got My Sanity Back!

    First things first, did ya’ll know Merriam-Webster has an ACTUAL definition in their online dictionary for Supermom?! 

    Full Definition of supermom

    1. :  an exemplary mother; also :  a woman who performs the traditional duties of housekeeping and child-rearing while also having a full-time job

    MIND BLOWN! Wasn’t expecting to see that.

    If you follow me on any of my social media (and if you don’t then… why not?!) then you’ve seen in my bio I am a self proclaimed Superhero. I pride myself on being the next Wonderwoman. Literally holding it down and doing it all from working, to mommy-ing, to blogging, cleaning, to just flat out killing it in this adulting game! I am a perfectionist at heart and I DO NOT take to failure. I DON’T QUIT.

    BUT LIFE…. 

    I honestly didn’t expect to feel the burnout but it happened…. quick! I slowly started to feel myself sinking under the weight of my own expectations & everything and everyone suffered. I went from loving everyday to just being happy everyone made it through the day alive, fed and that the baby was happy. I could NOT figure out how to get back to being (read: feeling) Supermom. I did NOT have my ish together. Soooooooo I sought out help. HOW CAN I DO IT ALL?!

    And I thank baby Jesus for friends like Dani (even if she is only my virtual friend, in my head lmao).  I honestly didn’t realize how ridiculous I was being until I saw her response (behind all that sarcasm is pure amazingness I tell you!). NO ONE can do it all. The expectations I had for myself NO ONE ELSE had! My 1 year old could care less how many times I mop/clean/sanitize because he’s fed, clothed, and played with EVERYDAY and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse never goes off!. Everyday we get through is a blessing and all we can do is make sure we get through the next. Perfection doesn’t exist. You create the life you want and work towards your dreams. 

    I’m not sinking under the pressure of my own crazy expectations anymore. I’ve found a balance that FOR NOW works. And I took all the Superhero stuff out of my bios. I’m not superhuman. But I’m an amazing me! 

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    Mommy-Life: The Baby Blues

    We’ve all been there. If you are a mom then you’ve experienced some form of what they call the “baby blues”. According to Mayo Clinic, there are more than 3 million cases of postpartum depression reported yearly in the U.S. alone! I didn’t think it’d happen to me at all. The honeymoon phase of mommy hood lasted a good 5 months for me. I didn’t understand how anyone could dislike being a mommy. Something had to be wrong with these women. 

    *cue sleep regression*.. And I suddenly wonder what the hell I was thinking when I thought I was fit enough to become a parent. My child is screaming at the top of his lungs at midnight for the 3rd night in a row and I’m .5 seconds from busting out into tears with him… alone… because his father works overnight. 

    And now I’m wondering if I’m a bad mom cause I just for the love of everything that is holy want him to shut up! And that’s not right is it? He’s so little. He can’t help it. 

    Being a mom makes you superhuman but you are still HUMAN. As mommies we become so wrapped up in our child’s love that we forget to take a step back and decompress. And we need it.. God knows I need it! We spend all day meeting the needs of our household and it’s super important not to forget to take a good step back and think about yourself. Take a moment to do something to make you happy. I am THRILLED when I get to take an uninterrupted, un-rushed shower! LOl big dreams right? But it counts! And frustration doesn’t make you any less of a rockstar! It makes you all the more normal! Keep rocking it out mommas! 

    *If you think you or someone you know is suffering from severe postpartum depression please seek the medical help of a doctor or other professional.*

    photo credit:Growing Better Baby Crying Life Kids Being Kids via photopin (license)

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