Exciting Things are Coming in the Next Month!

We will be having our first official giveaway soon! I will also have at least 1 (or maybe 2) reviews in the next month.

February is a big month. Not because of Valentine’s Day but because I am turning 25 and Baby is turning 2! It is so exciting for us. His party is already planned. It will be quite different from last year.

I hope you guys stay and are as excited as I am!

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Gratefulness

Sometimes we tend to forget to be grateful for the things we do have and the things that people do for us.

I know I am going through a hard time right now and it is hard to be grateful for things when my life is not what I wanted at all right now. I am stuck between in a hard place and a rock, so finding things that are positive in my world right now is really hard.

I was not always this way. I was the happy-go-lucky girl who always looked on the positive side but in the past 3 years with so much drama surrounding my son, it has been so hard because I feel like I am being forced to live I do not want.

I do want to be my son’s mother. I love him with all my heart. But it is so much family drama. I want to just go on vacation for an extended amount of time with just the two of us because I need for us to get away. I would never abandon him, even though if I try to pursue my dreams, certain people will think I have to because it will be “hard”. Life is hard. And I cannot imagine living my dream without him.

Yes, Geoffrey is here too, But I am not in the right state of mind of us to actually be fully happy together. I feel like he does so much for us but for that, I am not always as appreciative as I should be.

But something happened last week that I was not expecting as bills are piling up and school is making my life difficult with it even just starting!

I was a given a $10 bill.

Yes, just given a $10 bill.

You have no idea how hard it was for me not to cry. Because it really did change how I was doing that day.

You see, I had recently lost my card in my room (where all things tend to get lost to). I had gone a week without access to my money, only Geoffrey’s. I was not liking it. My only access was through a bank, which is not always convenient when the locations are not by you, and of course, there are only 3 of them.

I was given $10. I’m not sure why they picked me. Maybe because they thought Samson was cute. Maybe they thought we really needed the money because we were in Wal-Mart.

I’m not sure why they chose me. But I do know that those $10 can go a lot farther than I want. I could pay for gas (even with it being so cheap now!), buy Samson another movie, buy more food for us, or even just take us out (when we deserve it).

That money is still in my purse right now because I’m still not sure what I will spend it on.

I don’t think I will even know why they chose us. But I am glad they did.

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My 6 Favorite Stroller Accessories

6 Favorite Stroller Accessories

Strollers are awesome by themselves, but sometimes there are times you want that something extra. I have bought something from each category but I also am including things that I do want to try someday or could work for your situation better. I may add to this list as I go on, because different accessories have different needs:

1) Parent Console

If you’re stroller did not come with one, you will definitely need to buy one! It is super helpful just evening putting extra stuff in.

The one I have is this one:

Britax Organizer Action Shot

Britax Stroller Organizer, Black

It has two cup holders, a middle compartment with a magnetic cover, two mesh pockets, and a regular pocket on the front. It works so well on our stroller and is nice to have.

This is another one I have looked at:

Zen Kid Premium Stroller Organizer

It has coin pocket and a zipper pocket (I love myself some zippers). And it still has the two cup holders which I most definitely need between mine and the baby’s cups.

2) Child Tray

Your child will eventually need a place where your child can put their snacks or sippy cup, especially when eating out and about. There are different kinds, some that can clip on the stroller frame like this:

BRICA Deluxe Snack Pod

There are also some that clip on the bumper bar:

Valco Baby Universal Pocket Pouch Snack Tray

Of course, there is the one where it actually works with your stroller. I have this one:

Baby Jogger Child Tray Action Shot

Baby Jogger Child Tray City Series

3) Rain Cover

A rain cover or any weather cover, is extremely nice to have no matter the time of year. In the rain, it can help block the rain from blocking your precious one. But also, in the cold, it really does help to keep in the heat. It makes a world of difference in things that you think you need and that you actually used.

Depending on what kind of stroller you have, I would suggest getting one that is specially made for the unique design of your stroller by your stroller’s company if possible.

Baby Jogger City Mini/GT Rain Cover

Baby Jogger City Mini/GT Rain Cover

Here is a basic rain cover:

Jeep Deluxe Stroller Weather Shield

4) Stroller Fan

If you live in a place where it is hot often, or if you plan on visiting a place that is, this is a must! There are two kinds, ones with shields and ones without. Within those categories are so many difference variances on it. There are some that you can sit in the child tray or some that actually clip on the stroller itself (shade or tray).

I have this one:

Babies R Us Action Shot

Babies R Us Stroller Fan

I found it was very worth it to have the ability to clip it on the stroller shade. I actually learned that if you clip it on the shade, pull it all the way down, leave the fan going while you step away for a few minutes, it will keep the stroller cool, like a A/C for your stroller. So nice!

I have also found a new one that I want to try:

Cool on the Go

You charge it by USB and then you can just go with it! It is a personal A/C for anybody because it can clip on just about anything. Looks so innovative and cool!

5) Clips/Hooks

These are so helpful! You can extra stroller bags, diapers bags, just about anything you can think of! It is nice when you are shopping or going to a theme park where you need quick access to some essentials. There are different kinds, some like a carabiner and others look like wall hooks on your stroller.

I have this one:

Mommy Hook

The Mommy Hook

Another type:

Oxo Tot Stroller Hooks

6) City Grips

These are a life saver in the really hot heat and your hands can get sweaty and icky from rubber handles on your stroller. They are also very cute and can help you distinguish your stroller from everyone else’s. These are so functional but also very cute and a must have accessory.

City Grips Red Lion Action Shot

The have three styles:

Double Bar (Umbrella style)

Large Single Bar (Longs)

Small Single Bar (Shorts)

I have some shorts and umbrella and let me tell you, they are the cutest things you will ever see! Grab some yourself and it will make you wish you had gotten them sooner.

This is our list of must-have stroller accessories. What accessories do you think are necessarily for your life?

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Staring at a Blank Page

I have an associate in Fine Arts. I have had to take a lot of art classes. Digital, painting, 3D, you name it, I had to take it. But each and every time, I get stuck staring at the blank canvas. Even now, I have so many unfinished/unpublished posts because of one thing or another. Whether that be because it needs pictures or because I haven’t quite finished it with detailed information.

But it’s always something that makes me hesitant to press that dreaded “Publish” button. I guess I never feel like I am good enough to be a blogger. I see these more successful bloggers with all of their fancy Media Kits and their buttons to show off. They have all of these sponsored posts and I have, well, products that I buy and I love. I want to make reviews so bad but that requires time with posing the products for pictures,  taking the pictures, editing them, and posting them. It is quite time-consuming and I can’t even get to the first step.

Sometimes I just think I should give up, which I do. I feel like I’m not good enough. It is hard to admit. It is not something that people ever really want to admit. I am not admitting defeat. I am admitting that I need to realize that I am not good enough. I will become a full-time blogger some day. It is what I want and it is what I am willing to work for. I just have to make time because I am working part-time/full-time during the summer and December (at a theme park), going to school full-time, and of course a full-time mom. My life is complicated, but other people can do it, than I can because if it is something that I really want to do, than I can do it. I will do it.

I will not admit defeat because I will be known for this. This is the legacy and heritage I would like to leave for my little one. A mommy that got what she worked hard for.

Thank you all for being here with me through this journey of my life. You are my fans and welcome to come back as much as you want because I WILL have future posts. I am giving up my dream.

Bonita

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Halloween: Pirates

Halloween is such an exciting time of year. You can dress up however you like. You can eat as much candy as you can handle. And you can decorate your house as scary, or not so scary, as you would like.

And since Little Man is still young, I can dress us all up as matching outfits.

Last year, I was the Cheshire Cat and he was the White Rabbit.

Mom, Baby, Cheshire Cat, White Rabbit, Alice In Wonderland, Costume

He was so tiny! I also had his two teddy bears dressed as Alice In Wonderland and the Mad Hatter. My mom made his outfit (even the bowtie you can’t see) and I bought mine.

But this year, I wanted to be different. I wanted to be something that I have never been.

I wanted to be a:

PIRATE!!!

Argh! I have witch, Alice, Cheshire Cat, and a couple of costumes that people had to actually ask me who I was because it was put together so last minute because my parents weren’t that big on it. (I wore the same witch costume for 5 years in a row. No joke. My sister was the same baseball. Oh, the ’90s. LOL)

But, because there have not been any recent pirate movies, it has been harder to find. I have found Baby Boy’s costume at Walmart (less than $17! Score!) and the problem is now ours. I also found him a super cute Pirate Hat randomly at Target for $2. I randomly saw it and put it on him. He loved it!

But for me, it is a little bit harder. Most of the costumes for my size are a little too “showy” for my taste especially with the little one. I just don’t feel right show off that much skin. I never have been. And now that I’m pushing a stroller or wearing him, I need different options. I still (or only) have 55 days until Halloween. Because of that, I need to really start finding.

I have found accessories, but I need the basic costume before anything else. It is the thing that will make people stop asking me what I am. (I even got that he was a Bunny. Do Bunnies wear waist coats?)

 

Are you going to dress up for Halloween? If you are, are you doing a theme? Or each person gets to choose?

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