Self care: Taking care of me first

I tend to be on the uptight side. I like things a certain way and I am rarely patient. If I ask for something, I like it immediately. Apparently not the entire universe works this way. Moving to Southern California has given me a pass to let things go and not worry so much. After almost two year, it’s finally working. I’m finally understanding self care and taking care of me first.

This last year couple of years have had many highs and several lows. But my family is in a really good place and for the first time in a really long time I am finding the air around me thinner and easier to breath. I can write these things now because it took those “lows” to make me realize how many changes I needed to make to find the highs again.

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.

– Lucille Ball

With so many new and exciting opportunities coming up I am finally in a place where I just roll with the punches. There isn’t an elephant sitting on my chest, I can breath without a lump in my throat, and I love the sound of my kids tearing apart their room. By taking care of me, not without sacrifice, I have finally found the joy I so desperately needed to find again. I finally have my anxiety under control and am making a conscious effort to get fit. And by doing these things, I am much healthier and my family is much happier.

After almost two years, I finally joined a friend at boot camp. I had about 300 reasons ready for her on why I couldn’t make it and why I’d have to cancel. Then it hit me, I need to take care of me first. Without a healthy, happy mom, my family suffers.

Moms out there, give yourself a break. Take at least 30 minutes a day for yourself. I know it’s hard and we’ve perfected the excuses over the years as to why we can’t do things for ourselves. But trust me when I say that everything will be waiting for you in the end. Take the 30 minutes. You’ll be in a much better place than if you didn’t.

Traveling to Europe: How to pack for a long vacation

We are just under thirty days away from our big trip to Europe. I’ve talked about how 2017 was going to be an adventure, and we’re actually following through with it. Europe, here we come. My mom will be taking care of our dog, house guest coming to visit (even though we won’t be here) and a new alarm that I’m sure will go off several times because my mother can’t remember the code. All that being said, people keep asking me how we are going to pack for a long vacation when traveling to Europe this summer.

Traveling to Europe: How to pack for a long vacation. continued

Wednesday Wants: Things I found on eBay

It’s been a while since I’ve taken a stroll down the eBay path. But recently I fell down the rabbit hole when I went searching for those really cute Victoria Beckham kid dresses. You know, the ones Target put out and they were sold out in 2.2 seconds. Of course I found all the dresses… Channel handbags… Kendra Scott jewelry… books for my kids… you name it, it’s on eBay!

I’ve shared my Wednesday Wants here before but here are a few things I found on eBay this week… continued

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Walt and Mickey at Disneyland

I’ve been writing about Disneyland for a long time. I think Emma was just 15 months old when we when to Disneyland for the first time. Over the years we’ve managed to spend a lot of time at Disneyland, a couple trips to Walt Disney World, and Aulani seems to be our home away from home. This summer, we’ll add Disneyland Paris to our Disney dream list. Writing about Disney has been a passion of mine; something that I’ve loved doing over the years and will keep doing as long as we keep going. continued

Family meals with Sun Basket

I’m sure we are all running on the same fumes these days. By the time we pick up the kids, go to after school activities, and do homework… well we sometimes forget how to include dinner in that mess. We really don’t like eating out that much, so I’ve been trying different meal subscription options to save our dinnertime routine. It’s taken a while, but we have finally found Sun Basket to be one of the best out there.  continued

Wednesday Wants: Things around the internets

There might be a few moment of the day where I waste spend time looking around the internets at a few of my favorite things. Before we moved from San Francisco to Southern California, I had to get rid of a lot of things that we just couldn’t move. We then spent a year in a temporary home until we finally moved into our forever home. Since the big purge, I have a really hard time actually buying anything. But that doesn’t stop me from dreaming and seeing what’s new and exciting.

Here’s a my list of this weeks Wednesday wants… continued

Who was… book series for young readers by WHOHQ

In getting ready for our summer vacation, we want to incorporate a few landmarks that would hopefully be memorable to our children. Traveling at such a young age, it’s hard to know what they’ll remember in the years to come. One of our stops this summer is Amsterdam. I’ve always wanted to visit the Anne Frank house, but not sure how to explain the Holocaust and why we need to honor this young girl. I immediately started a search for children’s books about Anne Frank. Not only did I find the perfect book about Anne Frank, but I stumbled upon WHOHQ and opened an entire library of goodness for young readers. continued

Walking in Memphis

Being in California, we rarely travel East. My sister has lived in Arlington, Virginia and after five years we’re just now going to visit. For some reason, traveling East just seems difficult, especially with two small children. When we were invited to Nashville, Tennessee, I thought this would be a great time to go. Nashville has been on my life list for some time and I was really excited. I also couldn’t believe we’d be so close to Memphis. Just an uneventful three and a half hour drive and we were rolling in. continued

Softball Girls: How we’re raising Players in Pigtails

Softball Girls: How we're raising Players in Pigtails

We recently celebrated International Women’s Day. I wanted to find something meaningful to give to my girls that would somehow empower them and let them know they could pretty much do anything if they had the desire and support behind them. I don’t know where I saw it, but I found the book Players in Pigtails by Shana Corey and couldn’t wait to read it to them. Softball has become a huge part of our life now and our weekends seem to be consumed by the sport. Books like this have been a great tool for parents who are raising girls who love sports. continued

Traveling with kids: 7 things to pack for the airplane

We have two really big trips coming up. One trip from the west coast to the east, the other is a 10+ hour flight to Europe. Even though traveling with our two girls is getting easier and easier we still want to make the most out of those long trips.

We recently took a trip to Nashville, which was about a four-hour flight for us. It’s easy to hand the kids an iPad and let them watch movies the entire time… if you have that type of kid. We don’t, so it’s up to us to come up with creative ways to keep the kids entertained and engaged when traveling. If you start when they’re young, traveling becomes a non-issue and everyone can have a great time. continued

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