10 things i’ve learned as a mother.

you can’t really prepare yourself for becoming a parent and you should always expect the unexpected. motherhood is certainly not easy, but it truly is one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have.

my baby girl turned 10 this week and i’m using it as a time to reflect and share 10 things with you that i’ve learned over the past decade.

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you can never take enough photos. Of the same thing.

take those photos. capture those memories. you’ll cherish those photos forever.

you will lose friends, but treasure the one’s that stick around. 

there will be friends that you thought would be in your life forever that will disappear when you have kids. and that’s okay, because if they’re not supportive, they were never really your friend.

but with losing friends as you become a mother, you will also make some. and those, the ones that you can laugh and tell anything to, the ones you can compare mom stories with, those, those are the one’s worth treasuring.

things can get overwhelming. don’t be afraid to ask for help.

there will be so many times where you will defeated and run down. don’t be too ashamed to ask for help. you can’t take care of your babies if you don’t care of yourself first. you have little ones that are counting on you.

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there are two types of 3 A.M.s

the stumbling out of a bar when it closes at 3 A.M. and the “mommy, i need a drink” 3 A.M.s. but, those types of middle of the night wake ups won’t last long and are exactly what naps are for.

time passes really really fast.

time moves so much faster after you have children. they’re born, you blink, and the next thing you know you’re registering them for middle school. cherish every moment before your babies don’t need you anymore.

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coffee will become your best friend.

even if you’ve had to microwave it a dozen times because you keep forgetting to drink it before it gets cold. drink it. even if you don’t like it…you will learn to LOVE it.

you will become your child’s #1 fan.

literally. every milestone. every sports game. support and be proud of every one of their accomplishments.

you will change.

both mentally and physically. permanently.  your priorities change and you learn to become a whole lot less selfish. but in the end, you wont want to change a thing because it’s all worth it.

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sneaking food becomes a thing.

it’s totally okay to sneak into another room and enjoy your snack, to yourself. there is absolutely no shame in that.

you can handle more than you think.

you learn to multitask and you become REAL good at it. when you think you’ve hit your limit and can’t possibly take on any more, more things will get thrown at your plate. but don’t worry…you can handle more than you think.

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things that make me happy.

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i’ve been in such a bad funk lately. it’s so easy to get overwhelmed and down about life, but it’s so important that you remind yourself of the things that keep you going.

i needed to take a step back and do some things that make me happy. i needed some positivity and i thought that i’d share with all of you my list.

happiness is what you choose it to be, and here are just a few of what i find joy in:

journaling

simply just getting things out my head an on to paper is such a relief sometimes.

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being around friends and family

having good company around always keeps my mind off of other things and i’m always guaranteed a few good laughs.

bubble baths

a perfect time to relax, blast some music, and not think about anything at all.

loud music

chicago cubs games

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you can never go wrong with friends, beer, and wrigley field.

painting

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the sound of rain

especially during naps or in the morning when you don’t have to crawl out of bed.

tacos

with a side of tequila.

houseplants

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after i didn’t kill my first one the first few days ow owning it, i had to go buy ALL the houseplants.

getting lost in a good book

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july favorites.

july is always such a fun month for me.  lots of time in the pool, parties and byronfest, and my daughter’s birthday month.  she’s turning 10 this month and it blows my mind how fast time has gone.

i wanted to share with all of you a few of my favorites from this month; a few new, a few old:

hobonichi techo 

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i wanted to purchase a new notebook to use as an art journal.  after doing some research (yes, for a notebook…im dorky) and looking up reviews i ordered an a6 hobonichi techo weekly from jetpens.com.

i thought the same thing…what is a hobonichi? it’s a japanese daily planner with a very minimal design. the paper is super thin; which makes it not very bulky and easy to toss in my purse.  i really like the aspect of being able to customize it as well, with tons of different cover options.

jane.com

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if you don’t know about jane.com yet, you should…talk about addicting. jane.com is an online market boutique that features daily deals in women’s fashion trends, home décor, and children’s clothing from different shops.

hop over there asap. you will not regret it, but your wallet might.

artist loft watercolors

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i’ve been really enjoying using watercolors lately, especially within my new hobonichi that i’m using as an art journal.

when looking for a new watercolor set, i didn’t want to spend a lot of money simply because i wasn’t sure if id like using them. i settled for a cheap set and honestly, i don’t think i’ll need to ever try a different brand.

i purchased the artist loft’s brand from michael’s arts and crafts. best part, they’re only $8.99!

covergirl blast pro mascara

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i came across this mascara on a complete accident and it has now become a favorite from this month.  we were running errands one day and i remembered that i was running low on my mascara at home.  i had to run into walgreens for a few other things and picked up this covergirl blast pro waterproof mascara.

i’ve been using it for a few weeks now and really like how full it makes my lashes look. the best part is the price: it typically ranges from $6 – $8!