My long term memory isn’t very strong. I’m known for forgetting names and childhood events, but there are some moments that stick out very clearly in my mind. Like when I went to the pediatrician and heard him say that I was 113lbs. I heard him tell my mom that was too much for me to weigh for a 6th grader, and I remember feeling humiliated.
I grew up chubby. I hated having to play sports or go to dance class because I was typically one of the biggest girls there and could feel judgement, even as a kid. Having to participate in organized activities was embarrassing. I remember being on the swim team and being the last one to finish my laps, everyone clapping so as to cheer for me, but only feeling shame.
I'm spending Valentine's evening with my boys, ages 2 & 4, and I have every intention of making it special. I love themes and parties (and getting my boys dressed up). Any other mamas out there love a great time?
Don't feel like you have to sacrifice Valentine’s Day, just because you’re not planning a fancy 4-course meal at a ocean front restaurant with a sexy dress on. Make magic at home while making memories with your kids.
Here’s what I have in store for my handsomes…
I tooootally get it. Things that are different are often perceived as WEIRD and maybe even wrong. Like those strange toe shoes…they look crazy right? But hey, that is the JAM for some folks. Isn’t that one of the coolest things in life – different strokes for different folks?
You might like pepperoni on your pizza and I might like veggies. I’m not going to hate you if you offer me a slice. I’ll just politely decline and appreciate that you even thought of me. Yet, there is a really big STIGMA attached to something nowadays that has got some folks undies in a bunch, and I’m hoping to deflate that a little in this article.
The quote “When you know better, you can do better” is attributed to Maya Angleou. That message resonates with me, and my journey so well. As a single mom living with my parents & 9 month old baby, I really just wanted to create more income. When an opportunity to do so was presented to me, after much thought, I decided to give it a try.
I love the feels of January and New Year Resolutions. I love how most of us reflect on the past year and decide how we will make the next one even better. Resolutions are like beautiful gift boxes full of HOPE, wrapped up in shiny inspiration & motivation. What’s not to love?
Tis the season of giving and gifting! As I become more conscious of the kinds of presents I select for family and friends, I want to be choosing items that will last beyond December or January. I also want to buy products that will not only be made of eco-friendly materials, but would help the receiver to appreciate its function and enjoy it immensely as well! I used to just shop what's on sale or popular. It's so enjoyable to be more intentional & creative with gift-giving and put more thought into the entire process and lasting effect of these gifts.
I've created a simple GREEN GIFT GUIDE with my take on smart ideas for the special folks in your life. These choices are thoughtful, easy on Mother Earth, personal, and can be enjoyed year round!
If you're anything like me, you got bit by the Lularoe bug a year or two ago and fell instantly in love with the famously "buttery soft" leggings. If you're a lot like me, you bought way too many pairs, did the math later, and hoped no one committed you to an intervention program. I'm talking over 20 pairs of leggings (Jesus help me). But let's be real, they are crazy comfortable! And as busy moms, comfort is a much appreciated blessing when it comes to fashion.
So I know you totally don't follow trends cuz sister you're your own trend-setter. But. Just in case you're curious, here are my best takes on what celebs and runways are rocking this season. Maybe you'll find a new look you want to try for all those Holiday parties coming up.
I'm not on a Crate & Barrel kind of budget. In fact Target is probably as luxury as I'll go. But I have to say, my boys' bedroom was such a fun project and I'm really proud of how it turned out. I think they enjoy it as well. Made with lots of love and intention behind it, here is how I designed and decorated my boys room on a budget.
Malia was born and raised in Kaneohe, Hawaii and graduated from Azusa Pacific University. She spent the majority of her career as an Early Childhood Education Teacher/Administrator.