April Photo Challenge

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I’m always telling myself to take more photos—I mean I take a lot anyway, but there’s not much of a variety. Usually it’s just the kids and whatever they’re up to.

I wanted to make a list of some things to photograph to keep me on track. I’d like to try to use my DSLR too, rather than just my phone. If you’re looking into a high-quality starter camera, check out the Canon Rebel T6! I started a Rebel (an earlier version) five years ago and fell in love.


 

These don’t need to be in order of course—the weather doesn’t always cooperate, or maybe you had a PB&J for lunch and don’t feel like sharing with the world 😊 Use it as more of a checklist instead.

  1. Kiddos playing outside.
  2. Spring cleaning.
  3. Yard work.
  4. Grass stains.
  5. Sunshine.
  6. Dandelions.
  7. Umbrella.
  8. Blowing bubbles.
  9. Lunch.
  10. Selfie with spring colors.
  11. Blooming flowers/trees.
  12. Spring OOTD.
  13. A spring tradition.
  14. Rain.
  15. Picking a flower.
  16. Riding bike.
  17. Baby animal.
  18. Home.
  19. Spring decor.
  20. Relaxation.
  21. Planting seeds.
  22. Favorite colors.
  23. Something new.
  24. Fresh fruit.
  25. Easter crafts.
  26. View from window.
  27. Nighttime.
  28. Easter dinner.
  29. Whatcha drinkin?
  30. Fave quote.

 

I will be the first to admit I am TERRIBLE at following along with photo challenges, but I will try my best to keep up!

Use the hashtag #AprilPhotoHustle and/or tag me @hustleheartsandpoptarts so I can see what y’all are up to!

 

10 Random Facts About Me

  1. I can’t swim.

I used to be able to. I used to be a really good swimmer, actually. I could dive well, do flips in the water, handstands, breaststroke, and a few other things I don’t even know the names of. I just did ‘em. I used to go over to my cousin’s house and swim ALL the time. And the beach, and water parks or hotel pools on vacation.

I think there was a year I took off swimming—not on purpose, I just didn’t get around to it. I believe it was when I was pregnant with Mikinley. I was self-conscious, didn’t want to put on a swim suit looking like a beached whale, so I just didn’t swim.

Somehow I lost my ability to swim, and gained anxiety.

The last time I went to the beach, thinking I could swim, I ended up having an anxiety attack because I couldn’t touch the ground. It was so weird! And embarrassing.

About a year ago, we went to a mud run in Michigan, and I was unaware that there was a bit of swimming (or at least falling into deep water) involved. I felt pretty humiliated when I fell in the water and Derrick had to pull me up cause I literally just sank. I had to skip the rest of the obstacles involving water. I felt like a loser!

We just joined a gym with a 3-foot pool, so I’m hoping to get in there soon and re-learn the basics and hopefully kick this anxiety. Wish me luck!

 

  1. I’m super cheap.

I think a lot of people know this already, but hey! My husband (usually) loves this about me. I save A TON of money by being a cheapskate.

Yesterday I ran to Walgreens to get Diet Pepsi (only buy it when it’s three for $10, or less), and figured I’d grab a few things for our new apartment as well. Needed batteries, clothes hangers, and shower curtain liner. I about pooped my pants when I saw the prices! I looked and looked for generic brands, but they were nonexistent. $9 for a shower liner, $6 for four AAA batteries, $5 for eight clothes hangers. I bought the pop, got in my car, and put Dollar Tree in my gps. It was 15 minutes away, a little more than I’d like to drive for just a few things, but I was NOT paying that much for a piece of plastic that I can find for $1 elsewhere!

I’m like this with EVERYTHING.

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  1. I learned the alphabet in French when I was four.

Thanks, Barney.

 

  1. I’m a sucker for Rome/Greek/Mythology shows and movies.

The shows Rome and Spartacus are in my top ten favorite shows. I love learning about gods and goddesses and their lore. I’ve always found this stuff so interesting!

 

  1. I love pizza.

With a passion.

 

  1. I love anything zombie.

My sister and I grew up watching zombie movies (thanks, Mom). I don’t think they ever really scared us. We loved that kinda stuff ever since I can remember. To this day, my favorite show is The Walking Dead and I love reaching the graphic novels.

I also have a Zombie Outbreak Response Team decal on my car. I always wonder what the other parents think when they see it in the school pick-up line.

 

  1. Gatlinburg is my soul city.

We were married there. It was the first time I had seen the mountains. We were chased by bears. It’s my favorite.

 

  1. If wrestling is on, I’ll watch it.

A good friend of mine and I found a local channel with a very cheesy, low budget wrestling show back in 2006 or so. It was so hilarious, we decided to watch WWE. It was also hilarious, and had a much larger budget. So we decided to play the games on PS2. We slowly became obsessed, though I don’t think we’d ever admit it. I mean obviously it’s fake, but it’s just so easy to get into it!

Now that we live in Indy, I’m itching to go to a WWE live event. Judge me (:

 

  1. I’m NOT a sports person.

I played soccer for 10 years, but ended up quitting before Sophomore year due to drama. Wasn’t worth it anymore. Now, I couldn’t tell ya when football season is, or baseball, or how to play them. But if somehow, some way I end up watching a game, I’ll get pretty into it. With the exception of wrestling though, I skip past any sports on the boob tube.

 

  1. I’m left-handed.

But I cannot do a damn thing besides write with it. Everything else I do right-handed.

 

Leave me a comment with a fact or two, or ten, about you!

Interview With Mikinley

Just a quick, fun little activity with my little bear. Some answers were sweet, and some were pretty funny (:

Try these with your kid and see what they come up with!

 

1. What is your happiest memory?

When mommy hugs me.

 

2. Why do you like being a kid?

Because…..I like to play.

 

3. One word to describe you would be _______.

Goofy! Actually, cute.

 


 

4. What advice would you give your parents?

Play with me.

 

5. If you could be any animal, which one would you be and why?

A cat. Because they’re soft.

 

6. What do you like to do for fun?

Play out in the playground.

 

7. Tell about a funny time in your life.

One time I did a cartwheel and I farted!

 

8. What is your favorite thing to do? Why?

Watch TV because I love princess movies!

 

9. What is your favorite thing to do with your friends?

Play puppy Titanic with Audi.

 

10. What do you love most about your sibling?

She cuddles with me when I sleep sometimes.

 

11. What was the nicest thing you did for someone?

I pet the dog at Audi’s house.

 

12. What do you think you will be doing 10 years from now?

I’ll be in high school doing really hard homework.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?

I like to eat a lot of cake. Cause my birthday is in summer!

 

14. What would be the ideal allowance? Tell me how you would use it.

$20. I’d spend it on a big Doc Mcstuffins set. Like, her actual house.

 

15. Name two things we should do as a family on the weekend.

Order pizza, and order breadsticks.

 

16. What is the grossest thing you can think of?

Daddy’s poop!

 

17. Who is your favorite superhero and why?

Daddy! Because he’s an engineer and fixes my toys.

Breastfeeding Is NOT For Everyone

Guys, I’m just gonna be honest, okay?

I hated breastfeeding.

For a long, long time I felt horrible for saying that.

But I don’t care anymore.

I could only breastfeed my girls for two weeks, and it was the most horid two weeks of my motherhood.

With Mikinley, I was SO excited to start the bonding experience of feeding her from my bosom. To have that special connection that only the mother and baby can have.

But as soon as she was born and we started the process, I wanted nothing to do with it.


First of all, she didn’t latch well. I consulted with the lactation and latching experts at the hospital, googled and checked Pinterest for all these different poses, angles, all that jazz. Nothing worked. She was just not a good latcher.

And don’t tell me babies are meant to latch, I’ve heard it before, and NO, Mikinley was not. Plain and simple.

When a baby does not latch correctly, it hurts like a bitch!

I bawled every time I had to feed her.

My poor nip-knobs were so sore, they bled, and I couldn’t wear any top without cringing in pain 100% of the time.

After a few days of torture, I tried to add pumping to give myself a break. I WAS NOT going to give in to formula, because breastfeeding is SO much more important, right? Well, guess what.

Pumping was just as bad.

THE PUMP MADE ME BLEED TOO.

And this was with a nipple guard on. Seriously.


I could only get around 2-3 oz. a day, even with pumping on a schedule, chugging water, all those home remedies that are supposed to increase your supply.

And of that 2-3 oz., about ¼ of it was blood. After consulting a doctor, I was told this was okay, as long as there was more milk than blood.

Uh, what? I should not be bleeding at all. My child did not have teeth, why did it feel like I was feeding a baby deinonychus.

Yes, that’s a dinosaur and yes, I looked in Mikinley’s “Oh Say Can You Say Di-no-saur” Dr. Seuss book for the name.

So clearly, I had a rough time breastfeeding and ended up giving up at about two weeks. We went to formula.

I felt like a failure, like many other mothers who are not successful in breastfeeding. I just couldn’t do it.

I wanted to try, but it was hurting my body more than it was helping my baby.

She got the colostrum in the first few days, so I kept telling myself that she would be okay.

But all this hype about the importance of breastfeeding scared me. I was a new mom, unknowing and unaware. Very easily influenced by mom blogs and Facebook posts.

 


 

 

 

 

So when we became pregnant with Brenna two and a half years later, I constantly thought about breastfeeding. Would I even try? Would she be a better latcher, making it less painful? Would my supply be increased since it’s my second child? So many thoughts.

When Brenna was born, the nightmare returned. She did not latch either. I bled even more while feeding her and while pumping. I had an even smaller supply of milk. Why was my body doing this to me–wasn’t I meant to breastfeed? That’s the whole points of boobs, isn’t it??

I couldn’t feed in public or when people were visiting because it was a huge scene—me crying, baby crying, baby not getting any food.

Bedtime was just as dreadful, with Brenna waking up to feed and not getting enough.

After about two weeks of sleepless nights, my husband made a midnight run to Kroger and picked up formula.

Again, I felt like a failure. I cried and cried because I didn’t feel like a good mom, and now we had to pay an assload of money for formula.

I still felt terrible for months.

Then I started to see a few things on social media trying to reassure the moms unsuccessful in breastfeeding. I started to see #fedisbest rather than #breastisbest.

Something clicked.

The whole “moms are meant to breastfeed” bullshit was just that—bullshit.

Not only did my children not latch on their own “like they are supposed to,” but my supply was nonexistent. I don’t know how many times I was told “Your body is meant to be a mother, so breastfeeding will come naturally.”

I was just not meant to breastfeed.
And I’m okay with that.

I made it two weeks with each child—two very painful, stressful, depressing weeks.

But once I started feeding my child formula, she was much more content, I was much more content, and I finally felt that connection between us.

You don’t need your tiddy out to have a great feeding experience with your child.

I’m not in any way condoning exclusively breastfeeding moms—you’re lucky as hell, believe me! Breastmilk is very beneficial in many ways.

But I wanted to voice my opinion.


If you have ever discriminated on either breastfeeding or formula feeding, take a step back and consider the different scenarios. Not everyone can or wants to parent the same way.

At first, I was jealous and bitter about exclusively BF moms—it’s not fair, they got to bond with their child and save a ton of money.

But then I stepped back and realized that that was simply the card they were dealt. Maybe it was luck, or genetics, or freakin magic, but they are just taking advantage of an awesome talent.

Formula-feeding mamas are lucky as well!

First, the fact that formula even exists is a life-saver.

Second, you’ll always have a supply. Whether it’s at home, or you have to run to the store real quick, it’s readily available. If you’re tatas are running short on supply, it can be stressful to try and get enough for a feeding.

No matter how you feed your child, FEEDING YOUR CHILD is what is important.

I hope this post finds someone who is struggling with the emotions of unsuccessful breastfeeding.

It’s tough.

And it’s not for everyone, regardless of what people tell you.

But don’t feel like you’re a failure! Just provide when your baby needs, whether it’s breastmilk, formula, diaper change, cuddles, whatever—this is was makes you a successful mom.

My Adventures in Minimalism–Part Three: Space

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First of all, hi! We finally have internet!

When I called to get internet for the new apartment (a few days before the move), I figured it’d be ready to go as soon as we moved in.

But we received a call THREE DAYS after moving in, saying they did not get an apartment number (though I’m 100% sure I get it to them, multiple times). Once I got them that info, it took another two days for a tech to come out to set it all up. Ugh! I hate not being connected to the world.

But I guess that gave us (me, really) more time to unpack and rearrange and get things settled.


Like I discussed in a recent article, we’ve slowly eased our way into minimalism. Or at least minimizing. So we were able to move in one day and get unpacked and set up in about a day and a half! We’ve moved quite a bit over the last seven years, and this was the smoothest, by far!

Something I did not consider about minimalism is that it’s not just about having fewer things, but it also involves using your space efficiently. You can keep the same amount of stuff, but you gotta figure out a smart way to store them.

The funny and depressing thing about moving is once you’re settled in, you realize everything you’ve lost, broken, or got rid of in the process.

My can opener broke, a box of bathroom supplies (soaps, lotions, etc.) went missing, mostly just little things. But one big item we pitched in the minimizing process was our large entertainment center. We ended up going with a small, simple one instead.

What I didn’t realize was that all of our DVDs and video games were stored in this. The new TV stand we have really has no storage, it’s more of a decoration piece. We have a decent sized collection of movies, so I was a little concerned about where to store them.

Not a TON, but enough to need some form of storage.

Check out what I did, yo!

This was just a smaller stack of movies, of course, but look at how small it became!

While I was trying to figure out what on earth to do with all movies, I came to the conclusion that we don’t NEED the case. It’s nice to see the title, but that’s usually on the disc anyway, and it’s not like we read the back or look at the artwork inside the case.

I grabbed a set of disc sleeves from Amazon–it took about 15-20 minutes or so (with a few distractions from Brenna) to get them all converted. I thought about writing the titles on the sleeves as well, but figured the kids would probably get into them and end up putting them into the wrong ones, that’d just be another headache. No thanks!

 


 

 

 

 

So once I had them converted, I wanted a cute basket or bin to put them in.

I found these little cuties on Amazon as well. If you haven’t noticed, I buy A LOT of goodies on Amazon, and it’s usually free! You can earn Amazon gift cards too, check out my recent money-earning post for the deets.

They worked perfect!

I used almost all 100 disc sleeves and they all fit in the longer bin, with plenty of space for more. I used the smaller ones for games, which I did keep in the cases because I’m a big nerd and like to keep the booklets and extras. Plus resale value is always better with the case. Gotta make that money!

I’ve made a few other changes as well, to other areas in the house.

I put the girls’ toy box inside on of their closets, and the basket of dress-up clothes in the other. They have tons of more space to play without being crowded.

Dirty laundry hampers are now off the floor and hanging on the backs of doors–check these out. Much more attractive, in my opinion, than a basket of dirty clothes on the floor.

Little changes like this can really clear up your space and not only make your home look more spacious, but it feels much less hectic. Cleaning is so much easier when storage is simplified. Lord knows we all need a little less stress.

How do you save space in your home? I’d love to hear more ideas and maybe implement them here!

 

Busy Busy!

It’s  been a little quiet on the blog the past few days.

I try my best to write as often as I can but holy moly, it’s been a busy week!

We moved! We are officially city slickers 😀

I have to say I was SO overwhelmed to move to the city, mostly because of the driving.

I had only ever driven on one roundabout my entire life, and it was a very not-busy one at that. 


And as I mentioned in my minimalism post , I was very nervous about moving a house-worth of stuff to an apartment.

But we did it!

And we’re not at all crowded!

We’ve kept it very, very simple. Of course we’ll get some wall decor up, but that will come with time.

It’s amazing how much easier it is to breathe when you’re not smothered but a bunch of crap you don’t need.

Look at those cabinets. Ahhh, beautiful (:

And the girls are SO happy, the playground is literally right outside our door.

We also have a gym and free tanning bed across the parking lot. Perks of paying an entire paycheck for rent.

Unfortunately we do not have internet yet, so I’m keeping it short and sweet so I can save on data. #cheepskate

But keep an eye out for future posts, plenty more to come! Have a great week, y’all!



My Adventures in Minimalism–Part Two: Toy Rotation

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So a few days ago I started a little series on minimizing. Going minimalist. Basically, getting rid of a bunch of shit.

While doing some research, which I do for EVERYTHING, I found this thing called “toy rotation.”

What is toy rotation, you ask?

Well first, it’s a godsend. Seriously.

The rotation of toys is when you have your child’s favorite toys divided into three, four, five (your choice) storage bins, and you allow your child to play with one bin per day, per week (also your choice). I snatched these storage bins up from Amazon, they are amazing! Cute designs, great price, and VERY sturdy.


The first step is to bring out ALL of your child’s toys. ALL of them. Put them on the floor in the middle of the room so you can see everything at once.

What you’ll want to do first is make a keep, donate, and toss pile. If your kid’s toybox is anything like mine, there were billions of broken parts and pieces, Mr. Potato Head noses, and Monster High forearms floating around. Throw ‘em out!

I made the mistake of letting the girls help in the process. It was kind of helpful to get Mikinley’s insight on what she wanted to keep or donate, but at the same time, both of my girls were exposed to all of the toys at the bottom of the toybox. They hadn’t played with this stuff in forever, yet they were so attached. Even the broken Monster High arms.

Unless the toy holds a deep sentiment to your child and/or you, don’t let that emotion get to you. Their attachment will only last a minute or two and they will move on to something else.


Once you’ve split up the toys you’d like to keep from the donate/trash categories, bag the latter up and set them aside.

Grab your storage bins and prepare for more dividing.

You don’t have to be exact with this next step, but use your best judgement and keep your child’s playtime habits in mind.

You’ll want to split up the multiple into different bins. For example, my daughter Brenna has about 10 baby dolls (this was AFTER minimizing her collection). I put a few in each bins, along with play bottles and food. Add a few Barbies to each bin, toy cars, blocks, puzzles, etc. And put a few unique pieces into each one, as well.

Make sure you have something in each rotation that will get them thinking, moving, pretending, and creating. If you even out the toys so that they have a little bit of everything, your kids won’t feel the need to ask for another bin.

Once everything is separated and stored, keep one in the child’s room and put the others in a closet out of reach and out of sight.

Every day, or every week, swap out the storage container for a different one.

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After a few days of playing with a small(er) amount of toys, your kid will be ECSTATIC to see a whole new set! In their eyes, it’s like getting brand new toys, ALL THE TIME.

Happy kids, happy life, right?

Besides having more space and less clutter, there are SO many benefits to toy rotation.

  1. Clean up simplified. With a fraction of the toys to clean up, it’s a great way to teach your child to help clean as well.

 

  1. Independent play. Kids learn to play better on their own, which is a great way to stimulate the brain.

 

  1. Creativity blooms. When a child has less, he or she tends to get a little creative and inventive.

 

  1. Preparation for holidays. I always dreaded Christmas and birthdays because putting new toys away was impossible when there was simply no space for them. With toy rotation, you have tons of extra space and can split up new toys into the rotation.

 

Cutting the amount of toys and clutter out of my girls’ room was a weight off my shoulders. I didn’t feel any guilt because I only kept what I truly thought was meaningful, sentimental, or a favorite. If she loved the toy a year ago, but hasn’t played with it since, what’s the point in keeping it? Let someone else enjoy it.

Today, Mikinley asked me for a trash bag so she could go through her office and take out things she no longer wanted. I was shocked! I think I’m rubbing off on her (:




If you’re feeling overwhelmed by a hurricane of toys and a depressing amount of time spent on cleaning up, give this a try! Or start small—watch your child play and take note of five toys they haven’t paid attention to. At the end of the week, secretly swipe those toys and donate/trash. After a few weeks, you’ll notice a huge difference!

The trash bag and tote both went to Goodwill–that’s A LOT of toys, yo.

Leave a comment and let me know how it works for you! I’d love to hear success stories or any other ideas you have for reducing toys and increasing creativity.

Favorite Pinterest Finds 3/13/17

I’m like the QUEEN of 3-ingredient recipes. Once I see something that looks amazing, I immediately head to the ingredient list, and if there’s more than six or so things, bye Felicia.

So I’ll get right to it. Here are a few of my favorite recipes finds on Pinterest that are SUPER easy to make. For most of these, you’ll likely have most everything in your cupboard or fridge already, which is always a little mini win.

1. Breakfast Taquitos.

You can find the recipe here. With only six ingredients (salt and pepper counts, most of us have that already!), these are SOO delish and so easy to make. If you’re always on the lookout for carbs, I love Mission Carb Balance tortillas, only six grams (net) of carbs.


2. Parmesean Crusted Pork Chops.


Check out the recipe here. Can’t get much easier than this! These have minimal ingredients and a minimal prep time. Serve alongside roasted asparagus and/or a baked sweet potato and maybe even your kids will like it!

3. Slow Cooker Cheesy Salsa Chicken

This one always goes over well with my family. And I’m a sucker for crock pot recipes so it’s one of my favorites. Here is my absolute FAVE slow cooker, it’s so easy to use. This meal is very easy to prep and tons and tons of cheese, sweet, sweet cheese. We like cheese a lot, okay. Throw it on some rice and you’re good to go.


4. French Bread Pizza Sticks.

This one is a fun one! Not sure why, maybe because they look like little boats, floating down pizza river. But seriously, this is ideal for a Friday night when you’d like to order pizza don’t want to leave the house or pay for delivery. So quick and simple, and the kids can help make their own, making them more likely to eat it…hopefully.

5. Blueberry Dump Cake

Call me crazy, but I normally hate the word “dump” in the name of a food. But this cake is so worth it, and I couldn’t leave you without a dessert in this list.
Three ingredients, that’s it! The easiest dump ever (;

Hopefully you guys will enjoy some or all of these as much as I have. Let me know how they turn out for you!

My Adventures in Minimalism — Part One

The last seven years have kind of been a cluster f*ck. By that, I mean we have a huge freakin cluster of crap.

We realized we had a hard time saying no. “Do you need this?” “Sure.” “I’m getting rid of this, do you want it?” “Sure.”

WE HAVE TOO MUCH STUFF, AND WE’RE SICK OF IT.

Two years ago we bought a house and FINALLY had enough stuff for our crap, yet we still continued to take in more stuff. I was able to contain it so the house was tidy(ish) and we didn’t look like hoarders, but it always haunted the back of my mind.

Two months ago, my husband received a job offer after graduating college.

In Indianapolis.


There’s no way we could buy a house (in a good neighborhood with good schools and low crime rate) in Indy. So we’ve been looking at apartments.

For a little while, the thought of going from a decent size home to a small apartment in Indianapolis made me want to cry and puke at the same time. It was so overwhelming trying to think of what the hell we were gonna do with ALL OUR STUFF.

Browsing through “organization tips” on Pinterest, the word “minimalism” caught my attention.

After reading a few articles, I asked myself again, “What am I going to do with all this stuff?”

DITCH IT.

Literally.

Bag it up. Trash it. Donate it. Sell what’s sellable. But get it GONE.

I found some awesome ideas on Pinterest that I wanted to share. There are 30 Day Minimalism Challenges, Decluttering Challenges, all kinds of different ways to make your life and home a little more simple.

Here is a 30 Day Challenge from Culture Trip.

And a decluttering schedule from Worshipfulliving.com.

And here’s an awesome list of 60 things to toss from Magnolia Moon.

Since we will be moving soon, I’ve already got a head start on a few things, but I wanted to start a minimalism series here that way I can keep myself accountable to sticking to SIMPLE.

Part 2 will consist of toy rotation, God willing my kids will let me touch their toys!

 

 


The Art of Being A Good Mom

It’s SO easy to compare yourself to other moms, isn’t it?

I do it daily. I don’t like to, I don’t want to, but I do. It just happens.

With Facebook, we constantly see other mom’s take their kids to the park every day, or make crafts together, having a grand ol’ time.

On Pinterest, we see homemade baby food, gourmet organic four course lunches for toddlers, and beautifully decorated bedrooms with décor priced more than a kidney on the black market.

Seriously?

Same with Instagram, all these perfect photos and perfect lives.

Blech.

Can we get back to reality, por favor?

Wanna know what fancy food my kids eat for lunch?

Hot dogs. Mac & cheese. PB&J. Chicken nuggets. Sometimes cereal, if they beg long enough.

I really don’t like going to the park. Yeah, it’s fun, til you lose sight of your two-year-old and have an anxiety attack while everyone stares at you running around like a mad woman.

 


 

 

 

Bedroom décor–ha! My kids find a way to tear down anything on the walls, why would I spend money on it?

But you know what else?

My kids are alive. They are happy. They are fed three meals a day with plenty of snackage in between.

I yell, and then I cry and apologize because I feel bad. I get stressed and need a break and my kids can see that, but it’s okay. Why is it okay that my kids see me upset? Cause they come give me hugs and kisses and tell me everything will be okay.

I can’t say I’m a perfect mom, or a great mom, or even a somewhat decent mom. I’m not the judge of that.

My kids are.

Brenna just talks gibberish mostly, but Mikinley tells me all the time that I’m the best mom in the world and that she loves me soooo much.

That’s all I need. I don’t need anyone else’s approval, or likes on Facebook or Instagram.

My kids think I’m great (:

So I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but…