No Internet, No Problem

Happy Monday friends!! Gosh this past week has been…an emotional roller coaster to say the least. Today’s blog post is being sent from sitting outside a gas station. It is the only place I could find decent service πŸ˜‚

I wouldn’t mind so much not having service if my business wasn’t based off of my phone. I have literally been going insane! I miss sharing try ons with you all! I miss interacting and just having a social life! So what have I been doing with having no service/lack of service?

Well let me start off by explaining why we don’t have service. About 3 months ago, Rico and I switched phone companies mainly to save money. Little did we know, the service where we would be living would be horrible. Since we moved into our home, my service has been slowly going downhill. I would get 2 bars, but recently I have had no service! I feel so distant from Rico because he can’t ever see us on FaceTime. Well my calls always fail on him, so talking has been minimal too. When I do find good service, I take FULL advantage because I know it won’t last.

Fast forward, I went in store to talk to someone and they blamed my phone. After the lady talked about how the service is spotty where we live, even in their store, and a few other places! Nope, not my phone. I am in my third trimester, I need service just in case something happens. So we decided to switch back to Verizon, but we had to go through all of these trial and errors before we could cancel with the plan we have now. Hence, why it is taking me so long to get internet again! Lesson learned.

So how have I been filling my time?

I have been finally getting around to making and sending out the baby celebration invites! If you don’t know me, I love arts and crafts. DIY projects, yes please! Since I am not inviting as many people as I did for my first one, I wanted to make it as special as I could. Not having service or internet, I couldn’t design them on the computer. Next best thing, make them. I went to Hobby Lobby (one of my favorite stores) and got simple invitations and I hand wrote the invitations.

Honestly I LOVE how they turned out. I am a little OCD when it comes to this type of stuff. Some of it isn’t centered, but it is the thought that counts.

I have been cleaning and reorganizing. I mean how many times can I do that? I am still finding things to throw away. I have made lists of everything to stock up on before the baby comes. Cayde and I play outdoors when it isn’t raining. We go to my parents house since I can’t communicate with my friends.

It has been super stressful and with my hormones, I have cried a lot. I feel so alone even though I am far from alone. I got so frustrated because I couldn’t do any blogging. I wasted a lot of gas trying to find service over the past month. In the end, we are healthy. We have food and a roof over our head. This is only temporary and hopefully tomorrow I have internet and service again!!

No matter what life throws at you, figure a way to make it positive. I got to really soak in my time with Cayde and just focus on baby boy kicking. I’ve gotten to know my neighbor pretty well! Cayde adores her son (they are 4 months apart). Let’s just say I am simply living in the moment! I hope you are all having a fabulous start to your week!

XOXO

10 random facts about me

Hey guys! I have seen some new faces here on my blog and to my Instagram so I figured it was time for you guys to get to know me more.

Today I am going to share with you all 10 random facts about me to help you all get to know me better. If you ever have any questions, always feel free to message or email me! Let’s be friends!!

1. I do not like milk. I can’t tell you the last time I sat down and had an ice cold glass of milk. When I was younger, in like third grade, somebody put ketchup in my cup of milk. The cup was not see through and it had a lid on it. I drank out of it and I am sure you can figure out what happened next. I eat cookies with whatever I am drinking (don’t judge). I love ice cream, cheese, and yogurt. Just not milk!

2. I use explanation points WAY too much!!! Even if it is just a simple text to a friend it will have explanation points instead of a period. I always try to be positive and happy towards others and a text you can’t express happiness like you can through voice. So I feel explanation points express that without telling.

3. I do not have the patience to cook. My family is Italian and Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays with all the homemade food there is. Personally, I burn eggs. I get to doing other things and then I forget that I am cooking. I love baking…only the eating partπŸ˜‚

4. I clench my teeth when I talk to my son because he is just that cute. I mean I am slightly obsessed, okay excessively obsessed with my son. It is so amazing that I made him. Every new milestone just melts my heart and I am so proud of him. I can only imagine when baby boy #2 arrives!

5. I HAVE to listen to country music when I go to the bathroom. Rico thinks it is so weird and it is. It cannot be any other kind of music, ONLY country. Ever since I was in high school, when I go number two I have to be listening to country music. TMI I know.

6. I have to wash my feet every night. Have you ever seen those memes where it has a shower picture and it shows what products the guy has and woman has? The woman has like 10 bottles in there compared to the two items the guy has. That is me and one of those items is my shea sugar scrub that I get from Ulta. I use this scrub seriously almost every night. I usually don’t do it during the winter months as much but you best believe when I wear flip flops I am scrubbing my feet before bed. What can I say I love clean feet before I hop into bed?

7. I LOVE organizing. No like I LOOOVVVEEE organizing. Anytime I go to Home Goods or TJMaxx, even Target, I look at storage bins. You can never have too many right?!

8. I dislike ketchup. Read number one and this goes hand in hand. I say dislike because when I was pregnant I would have a little bit of ketchup with my fries. That didn’t last too long because I haven’t had ketchup since then. This pregnancy give me all the Avocado Lime Ranch dressing from Chick-fil-A and this momma is happy πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

9. I graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a bachelors degree in Kinesiology: Movement Science. I wanted to become a Physician Assistant, but after I graduated I wanted to travel. I still have a passion for the medical field and still read up on my anatomy books. With traveling brought me seeing all the cute little boutiques and made me realize I would love to open up my own business someday. I should have went for business but I do not regret a thing. I have useful knowledge that helps when someone I know is sick or hurt.

10. My foods cannot touch on my plate. Weird I know. You will be surprised when you actually get to know people and how they live at home that there are more people than you think that are like this. I am the only one in my family like this. I go through about 3 plates at Thanksgiving, but my family is used to it at this point in my life.

And there you have it! I hope this helps you all to get to know me better. As always, thank you for reading!!

XOXO

Working while Traveling

Happy Friday friends!! Today’s blog post is all about a popular question I get asked a lot. What are my tips for working while traveling, especially with a toddler?

Self discipline is key for sure. I have to set small goals for myself each day. Whether that is to read 3 chapters in my self development book, edit pictures, or create new blog posts I always set small goals. I can’t overwhelm myself and after 28 years I have learned that. I can’t complete everything I need to do in one day and still be a mom, girlfriend.

Time management is another huge tip. I set aside time, which is during Caydes nap time, to work. If I don’t or I am too exhausted (growing baby boy number 2 over here) and have to take a nap while he naps, I stay up an extra hour at night after he goes to bed. If you don’t have kids, schedule a time dedicated to your task at hand. Do not let anything interrupt that time. I know sometimes that can’t be easy or doable, but give it a try. Give yourself an hour and you will be amazed at what you accomplish. Even if you have kids, schedule an hour. If that has to be when when your kids go to sleep, then that is when it is.

That leads to don’t get discouraged if you have setbacks or interruptions. Life happens. Just don’t lose your focus. Tomorrow is a new day and if you lose track one day, the next day pick right up where you left off with your work. It happens even to the best of us.

Dreams don’t work unless you do! It is so true. I have BIG dreams and goals for my future and my family’s future that on the days I don’t feel like it, I still push myself. All because I have set aside a time frame just to work.

I love what I do so I love creating content for you all! So me setting aside time while Cayde naps to work on influencer stuff, I love! It’s ”me” time. I hope this helps! I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!!

XOXO

Packing for a Road Trip with a Toddler

Happy Monday friends!! This morning we had our baby appointment and that went good! Baby boy is happy and healthy.πŸ’™ Anyone else a procrastinator? No. Just me. In all honesty, I was never like that. Okay maybe somewhat but not to the extreme I am now. It is only with some things…like packing!! I guess it is because we have traveled so much the past 4 years (not complaining) that I can pack pretty quickly now. So I wait till the last minute possible to pack.

We leave tomorrow morning to go to New York! No not NYC but somewhere even better. To see my sister and her kids! This is probably the last time I will see them before I give birth. So I figured why not make a trip up there while I am still feeling like I can run the world. Any woman who goes through pregnancy knows the last month is all about nesting and just wanting the baby to be here. (I am not in my last month but I am close!)

Today’s blog post I am going to share with you what I pack for a 5 day road trip. Let me start off by saying every baby is different. Cayde, since he was 4 months old has been a little traveler. He is used to being in the car. This road trip is only a 5 hour ride (6-7 hours in baby time). Literally snacks, water, and his iPad is what keeps him entertained in the car. We will stop once for a diaper change and potty break. I am like my mom, we just like to get to where we are going as fast as we can. Meaning as little stops as possible. So I pack food for the car ride.

I am only packing a carry on suitcase for this trip and then my weekender bag will have shoes, diapers, and extra food. My clothes and Caydes clothes will all fit in here. I’m not bringing a lot of toys since Cayde will have his cousins to play with. I will bring his blocks and his toy car (lately we haven’t been able to leave the house without his shovel and truck πŸ˜‚)

I got my packing skills from Rico. Before I met him, I NEVER rolled my clothes. Let me tell you, I can fit so much more in a carry on suitcase if I roll our clothes. Try it out the next time you travel somewhere!

Makeup wise I bring as little as possible and I pack travel sized items. I use bronzer for eyeshadow and if we go out to dinner, I put eyeliner on.

Those little feet and toes😍

I hope this helps! Have a wonderful week friends!!

XOXO

Far from Home

I always get asked, “How do I handle being in a long distance relationship with a toddler and being pregnant?” Well the answer….I just do it. Cliche I know but it is true! Seriously though when you are pregnant with your first baby you get all these “mom” powers and instincts you never knew about.

I usually travel with Rico but I am approaching my third trimester rather quickly. I still have some time, but we all know how time flies. We just got our new place that is FAR from being done. So this trip I decided to stay home. It’s never easy to say, “see ya later” to your loved ones but it is for the best. Rico and I sacrifice a lot so I can stay home with our babies. I am definitely not a single mom, but at times I feel like it. When Rico goes off to work in another state and I stay home, I basically am a single mom. I wouldn’t change it for the world except for Rico to always be home with us.

This time saying, “see ya later” was extra hard! Why? Because Cayde is getting bigger and gaining more knowledge. As soon as we got back home, Cayde went into his room and expected his daddy to be there. That’s where we put the TV so Rico could play his games. That’s the only room with seating right now. πŸ˜‚ Cayde instantly started to cry when he realized his daddy wasn’t there. I bawled! I mean I bawled like when a toddler doesn’t get their way. I sat on our steps and cried while Cayde ran over and gave me the biggest hug. Cayde is so used to change that he gets over it. Me? I have to stay strong for all three of us.

By day 4 of my rock, my best friend being gone I am usually back into the swing of things of just Cayde and I. We have our routine down and Cayde just goes with the flow. I do things to keep busy like organize and pamper myself with face masks at night. I craft new items (Check below for pictures) and clean! A lot of times Cayde and I go exploring and since the weather is getting nicer, we can go outside and explore. Rico is less than 3 hours away from us and I know I can go see him whenever. It’s the whole fact I wish life was perfect and he could stay home with us too. Don’t we all? But this is real life. As we all know life isn’t perfect. But I am so blessed and thankful to have a man like Rico to be by my side and support us. To love me for who I am. To handle my hormones. I could go on and on but you get the point.

As a mom, my sole purpose is my boys. I just do it. Over the last 17 months I have learned patience and I am still learning that! I am still learning things can wait if something doesn’t get done right away. I can’t ever sit still but Cayde has taught me to just chill and be in the moment. He is still teaching me things and I know baby boy #2 will teach me even more.

Every momma (single, working, stay at home, step) you are all truly awesome! We have our days but we get through them. I’m so thankful for all the support I have in my life to help get me by on my tough days, even if it is just a phone call or text. All I know is I have gained so much strength I didn’t know I had from all of this travel and long distance relationship stuff. Both are very hard to do while pregnant and raising a toddler but I just do it!

XOXO