A Survival Guide: Momma Edition.
Disclaimer- I’m just an everyday mom trying to learn what it means to be a loving mother, wife, and daughter of the our Creator.
Being a momma is hard work. It’s a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. Before I was a momma, it was easy for me to look at other people’s situations and think, “when I’m a mom that’s not going to happen.” or “why is she doing that?” or “my kid will never have a melt down in public.”
Tomorrow people will be gathering for parties to celebrate the New Year or perhaps going to bed early. Another year is in the books and we have so much to be grateful for. I’m not one for making New Year’s Resolutions, but I am looking forward to 2017 and seeing how this blog will continue to grow. It seems most people are reviewing their past year so I feel I ought to do the same.
So what’s all happened this year?
Brown paper packages tied up with strings are definitely some of my favorite things! But as a momma and food blogger, I wanted to share a few of my favorite things with you. Not all of them are food related so if you think this isn’t for you, think again! Maybe you’ll find some last minute gift ideas for a special someone! Just sayin’. (I am not compensated for any item listed here. They are simply to share some of my favorite things with you using my own opinion.)
All of these products listed are not sponsored and are of my own opinion. Hopefully they are things that also help you!
It’s been a year since I’ve been a momma and I have to say it’s been a wonderful year. Lots of learning, for sure. And lots of realizing that motherhood is harder than I thought. But it’s such a joy to watch the little guy grow! I wouldn’t want to imagine life any different.
In my year of motherhood, I have thought of seven things that have helped me so much. To any future first time moms, this is for you. You experienced moms already know the ins and outs of how things work, but if you have any additional encouragement for these moms, be sure to comment below. Encouragement is definitely SUPER important for any mom, but especially first time moms.
Okay, so besides the main things you need like a reliable carseat, stroller, diapers, wipes, and clothes, this is the list:
I remember when my husband and I first got married; such a wonderful time! But, I had to start learning the art of cooking for two. Sometimes while we were dating we would make a date of making a meal together. But that was just a meal and we weren’t living/eating together constantly as we are now. My husband didn’t know too much about cooking but over the years he has learned to cook and has even started to enjoy it!
Cooking for two can be so much fun too! You have someone be a taste-tester, which is personally one of my favorite jobs of all time. And if the meal turns out to be delish, then hey, you can add it to your list of things to make again! Plus you get to enjoy a meal with another person. Food tastes better when it’s eaten with others. Maybe you can even get the other person to help with the cooking!
So whether you’re a newly wed, spending the evening with a friend or loved one, or maybe trying to create a frozen leftover stash in your freezer, these tips are some that help me and will hopefully be great for you!
Recently, a dear friend taught me how to watercolor. We watercolored many times a week and it was one of our favorite things to do! She still creates these beautiful watercolors of clouds, trees, and animals. She’s got great talent! If you’ve never watercolored, you should try it. It’s simple to do and if you mess up, which I do often, then you can dab some water on the area that you want to “erase” and wipe it with a paper towel. It’s great.
As a momma, it can be hard to find time to do crafty things, remember people’s birthdays, cook dinner, and take care of your child. I’m reminded of what it means to be selfless. Being selfless is hard work but so essential to our lives. Sometimes it’s a lot of work to go out and purchase a card because you have to get your baby ready, put him in a carseat, get to your destination, take him out of the carseat (or carry it which is heavy and you have to lug it around the store), get what you need, pay, put baby back in carseat, return home, take baby out, and continue with other tasks of the day. Why not try and make gifts? It not only saves time, stress, and money, but many people also love to receive handmade gifts. When I receive a handmade gift, it makes me feel special knowing that someone actually took the time and made the effort to do something so sweet. Handmade gifts are perfect for a large or small budget and it can mean so much to whomever receives them.
After learning how to watercolor from my friend, I was inspired to paint cards for other people or to create DIY decor for our home. It definitely doesn’t always turn out the way that I want it to. I’ve really come to enjoy it. The card pictured is made on watercolor paper. I painted a leaf wreath with a few flowers and then sketched an outline around the leaves and flowers with a fine point pen. The words were handwritten with the same pen but made to resemble calligraphy. Some of the best things about this card are that it didn’t cost $5 like normal cards do, I can write whatever message on it, and it’s handmade! Hopefully this gives you an idea of what you can do or make for others!
Teacher, chef, doctor, lawyer, firefighter, President, and Scientist are some popular jobs that people want to be when “they grow up”. For me, none of those jobs ever stood out to me. Sometimes, I thought “oh, being a teacher would be nice or maybe a chef would be really neat” but as I got older I knew what I wanted to be. In college I was always debating on what I should study…business, math, foreign language, nutrition, education??…you name it, I probably considered it. So, what would be the right fit for me?