Makin’ Mommy Happy

July 22, 2014

After a weekend out in the woods, I had a little time to decompress.

Oh it was so nice. We went out to Colorado to celebrate Lucas’ birthday. We stayed in this beautiful  old timey cabin with my family [me, Lucas, Logan, Mom, Dad, brother, and grandad]. I think the best part about staying there was having more people to help me watch Logan and play with him. I was even able to take a few naps and go out exploring with the boys while Grammie and Logan played finger puppets together.

So here I sit, back at my kitchen table [it’s 6:15 in the morning] and I just lit one of my new summer-y candles. Reflecting on the weekend and thinking about the little things I can do for myself to just help me relax and unwind here and there, taking away a little of the stressors that come along with being a stay at home mom.

1. Fun Nail Polish 

This may sound silly, but the other night after Logan went to bed, I pulled out my container of polishes and calmy sat and painted my nails while Lucas and watched a movie. Having a fresh coat of summer color on my nails just kind of made me smile.

2. Homemade Mocha Frappe

Homemade, because, let’s be honest…going to Starbucks with a toddler is almost impossible! Unless it’s a drive thru, and only if we’ve been in the car for less than 20 minutes. You laugh, but it’s true. Things as simple as a coffee shop visit go out the window when you’ve got a kid. So to still feel that relzxing coffee shop vibe, wait til nap time and then pull out the blender and maybe even give yourself an extra shot. That extra shot helps you get through the afternoon tantrums that are sure to ensue when you try to remove your babe from the dog food bowl for the hundredth time.

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3. Dark Chocolate

Uummm, don’t really think I need to explain this one. It’s just mandatory sometimes. And these Speculoos Stuffed Chocolate Bars are heaven. Just sayin — 1 minute alone with a chocolate bar and the world becomes normal again.

4. An Hour with a Good Book

Getting lost in the words of a writer for 10, 15, 20 minutes is enough to transport me to a far away place, get lost in someone else’s life, problem, love story, drama, struggling, success. Finding time to actually sit down and read is few and far between, but I realize that when I do it, my mood and temperament is so much better. A few of my recent favorites are The Fault In Our Stars, The Storyteller, and The Husband’s Secret.

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1 Emma July 22, 2014 at 5:18 am

Love this Steph,so so much. Funnily enough I just finished painting my nails too 🙂



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4 Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out July 22, 2014 at 8:11 am

That speculoos chocolate is SO good!


5 Niecy July 22, 2014 at 8:27 am

We need to do some serious work to change that “lit my new summer-y candled” to put in my new favorite Scentsy wax!


6 Monet July 22, 2014 at 10:08 pm

A good book and chocolate? Yep, that’s exactly what I need right now!


7 Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. July 22, 2014 at 10:15 pm

I love all of these things too!


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Chris Weidman (9-0-0)
With his two round dismantling of Mark Munoz, Weidman made
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Rashad Evans (17-2-1)
Coming off a loss to current champion Jon Jones, Rashad
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Vitor Belfort (21-9-0)
After pulling out of UFC 147 which has a hand injury and due return later this year,
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Alan Belcher (18-6-0)
After an unexpected TKO victory over Brazilian leg lock specialist Rousimar Palhares at UFC on FOX 3, Belcher has shot in to the title picture.
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But a subpar performance could move another contender in
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Silva. Originally scheduled to welcome Hector Lombard on the UFC, Stann brought out from the
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George St. Pierre (22-2-0)
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10 Jennie @themessybakerblog August 1, 2014 at 7:18 am

Happy momma, happy household. Love me some summery nail polish. The Fault in Our Stars and The Husband’s Secret are two of my favorites. And, I have no problem taking down several of those speculoos-filled candy bars. Yum!


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