Monday, December 02, 2013
Well, anyway I digress. Simply put I was obsessed with New Kids on the Block. And I was madly in love with Jordan. But that wasn't the end of my celeb crushes....that was only the beginning. As I got older I would rip photos out of my Tiger Beat magazine of heartthrobs like Jonathan Tayler Thomas, Devon Sawa, Daniel Johns, or Skeet Ulrich.
So I knew it was inevitable that the same would happen with Emma. I knew it was only a matter of time. It's a part of life that happens to all young girls. But I never expected it to happen yet.
She's only four and a half years old and my daughter has Bieber Fever.
I'm not quite sure how it happened since I never listen to Justin Bieber. It was probably one of her preschool classmates who was introduced to him from an older sister. But either way she now requests to listen to "Baby" and "Girlfriend" and will sing and dance around to him like a love struck school girl. When his face appears on the computer screen she becomes all googly eyed and comments "mama he's so cute".
Seriously?! Kid, you are four freaking years old. Ugh I am not ready for this.
Friday, November 29, 2013
And then I see photos like these and I realize I am very lucky.
I have my health. I have an amazing daughter. I am surrounded by love. I have great support from my "village". I have a job, a warm home, a full belly from food on the table everyday, I have everything I need and all that I could ask for.
I just need to sometimes remind myself.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
I am beyond thankful for my amazing daughter. I just love her to bits and words will never truly express the amount of love I have for her. Always.
I am thankful that she is kind, smart, giving, polite and all the things I hoped she would be.
I am so thankful for my friends and family. I would never be able to do this single mama thing without them.
I am thankful for the ex. Even though things between us didn't work out and he drives me crazy. And there are (many) moments I curse myself and wish I never met him...I don't really mean it because if I didn't meet him, he wouldn't have given me the greatest gift I have and will ever receive. My sweet angel daughter. There are times I feel like I hate him and we just can't get along but in the end...he is her father and without him there would be no her.
I am thankful that Emma and I are both well and healthy.
I am thankful that I have a good job, a warm house and food on the table everyday.
I am thankful for all that I have. I have everything I need and am proud that it is all because I work hard for it.
I am thankful to be surrounded by love everyday.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
But next year she will be starting Kindergarten and I will have to have her fed before she goes. So yes I'm attempting to prepare...a year ahead. Breakfast is such an important meal to start the day. It give you all the fuel your body needs to function appropriately. I want my daughter ready to do her best in school and part of that means being alert and ready to learn with nutritious food that gives her energy.
I wrote a post awhile ago about some of the breakfast she liked but here is another list of morning meal ideas. The best part is they are all quick and easy to make but still a healthier choice than just sugary cereals, pop tarts or frozen eggos.
1. Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole: Throw it in the night before and it's ready in the morning!
2. Egg and Cheese mini muffins. Seriously anything in a muffin tin is so easy and kids seem to love it.
3. Another make-ahead breakfast meal makes those rushed mornings easier. Baked Oatmeal Casserole can be done the night before!
4. Nutella Stuffed French Toast: Okaaaay so this one is not really that healthy but it is super delicious! C'mon it's Nutella!
5. Breakfast Stromboli: Stuff pizza dough with eggs, cheese, sausage, bacon, peppers or whatever else you like. You could bake it the night before and it still tastes good reheated.
6. Peanut butter and banana or apples on a whole wheat english muffin
7. Fried egg and avocado on toast
8. Grits with honey or cheese
9. Slow Cooker Breakfast Quinoa and Slow Cooker Apple French Toast. Or just about anything in the slow cooker. Does it get any easier than throwing everything in your slow cooker before going to bed and waking up to the delicious aroma of breakfast being ready for you?!
10. Emma and I love pop tarts but the store bought ones have so much sugar and not so great for you ingredients. So I searched for an easy recipe to make homemade pop tarts. Not easy to make on a busy morning but they can be made over the weekend and reheated on your crazy weekdays.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Are you a single parent that got a second chance at love? Then share your story with us about how you met your new partner.
I have written on here numerous times about how hard it is to date as a single mom and how I'm not even sure how or where to meet someone. This is often a problem faced by many other single moms as well. It can be discouraging, upsetting, lonely and/ or frustrating to say the least. Sometimes when you're feeling ready to give up the dating game or you just need a positive pick-me-up all you need is to hear a heartwarming story that reignites a little spark of hope. So I decided to start a new little series called Single Moms Find Love.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
To which I reply, "I don't know, sweetie."
And in all honesty. I don't know. I always wanted a few kids. Maybe 3 or 4. But now I'm not so sure. When people ask me if I want to have more I tell them probably not. I swear by the fact that I'm done. Finished. All babied out. But deep down inside. I do. I really just put on that fake front mostly to convince myself that I don't want more. That I'm okay if I don't have anymore kids because "I don't even want any so ha!" I say it...so that I don't feel hurt when I don't.
Because unfortunately in order to have babies you need a man. And this time around I want to do things in the right order. Ya' know fall in love, get married...then start a family. But the way things have been going I haven't had any luck even finding a man. I'm on the brink of turning 30 with no man in sight. So it could be years before that happens. And the thought of having another child when Emma is, say, 10 years old slightly saddens me because with that big of an age difference how will she even be able to relate/ play/ truly bond with them?!
Emma is around plenty of peers and I try to have play dates as much as possible but I cannot help but fear that her new imaginary playmate is built off of loneliness, isolation and a longing for a bigger family....or is that just my own yearnings being pawned off onto her. My own broken down dreams of a big family. A warm home with a loving husband and our swarm of little kids running around the house
No for now it's just the two of us...and our imaginary husband and sister.
Friday, October 11, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
I had the opportunity to interview Match.com’s relationship expert, Whitney Casey and here she shares a few single parent dating tips for some common concerns that single moms might have...
It’s better to tell your ex that you are dating than putting your child in the middle and having them becoming the messenger. So as awkward and uncomfortable as it might be, it’s worth having an upfront conversation with your ex that you are back in the dating market. And who knows, maybe they’ll be encouraging of your decision!
*This is a sponsored post by match.com