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

You are Doing Awesome

Happy Friday friends!! Don’t we all love a short work week after a holiday weekend?! Today’s blog post is well real. It is honest. I am writing it because I want others, not even just moms, but other women or men to know even the perfect pictures you see on social media are just a glimpse. We are all human. Life isn’t perfect and it for sure isn’t meant to be. We need to make mistakes to learn from them. How will we ever grow into a better person if we don’t make mistakes?

Being a mom is tough, but it is truly the best job I have ever had! I guess you can say I am a single mom right now even though I am far from single. Rico travels a lot! And there are times I can’t travel with him, like the last few weeks of my pregnancy. I have learned if I can’t get everything done that I need too, there is tomorrow. I am talking about the laundry or the dirty dishes not getting cleaned. Or if Caydes toys are not picked up before we go to bed. I’ve learned it’s okay and it is not the end of the world. I cry because I miss Rico. I don’t have help. At the end of the day, we are happy and healthy!

I’m here to tell you, I am far from perfect. Cayde is far from perfect too. He is a happy baby and he loves to snuggle. Let me tell you what, I thought my son would never eat his own poop. What happened 2 weeks ago that I didn’t share on stories, my son ate his own poop. I was in the laundry room for not even 5 minutes and I could hear him going to the bathroom. I thought well I will give him another minute or two to make sure he is done. Turned the washer on and I walked out and Cayde is licking his fingers. I thought well we just ate lunch, but I washed his hands. Then that’s when I saw it. Mommas it happens. This was all within 5 minutes. He is fine. He is healthy. He didn’t eat a lot of it. He didn’t get sick. I quickly gave him a bath and made him drink water. He is a okay!

Cayde is my little adventurer! I love it, except for all the times he is clumsy. He will run into walls without looking to see where he is going. He has banged his head off of more walls and floors than I can count. Does that make me a bad mom? Nope! My son has the personality of a free spirit, one like a sky diver. He has no fear. Some babies are more aware, cautious than other babies. You can’t protect your little ones from EVERYTHING!

Cayde has learned from his mistakes. He fell down 3 steps (aside from when I took a tumble carrying him down steps) and now he is cautious of the steps. He has fallen off a chair, he won’t stand on furniture now. Let me tell you, he is fine. He is growing the way he should, speaking the way he should, and all that Jazz. Plus all those percentiles are just an average of all the babies that age. Look at genetics. I am small and the majority of my family is too. Rico was a skinny baby. Trust your mom gut.

Just know you are doing awesome! Tomorrow is a new day,so don’t fret the small things. Enjoy every moment! Go jump in the rain puddles, heck let your kids play in the mud, eat dirt. They will be fine! What you see on social media is only a glimpse into a persons life. We all struggle, we all make mistakes, and we all cry. Just a little Friday motivation for you all! Have a wonderful weekend!!

XOXO

Oh and also let your kids eat a pop-sickle on your sofa. It wipes right off!

New York Trip

Happy Tuesday friends!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend celebrating the real reason for Memorial DayπŸ’™β€οΈ We spent it with family and traveling. I could not have asked for a better weekend. Today’s blog post is a recap of our trip to New York!

We left last Tuesday and traveled back on Sunday. So almost a week we were there. It went by WAY too fast. Doesn’t vacation always go by super quick?! Time for sure could have slowed down since I have no clue when I will see my sister and her kids again😭 With me giving birth and needing to finish decorating the house this summer, my days are filled. The kids still had school but they were off Friday and then of course the weekend. Honestly we didn’t do too much besides spend quality time with the kids. My sister has 3 kids and they truly are the best.

I should start out by saying, Cayde did amazing in the car! He didn’t even cry once. He napped 2.5 hours and then ate and played on the iPad the rest of the way. He truly is the best little travel partner!

Tuesday night after we arrived we went straight to see both of my nephews sing! They did so good and Cayde was too cute dancing to them singing! Wednesday and Thursday were our lazy days of just hanging out indoors. Friday it was freezing, like fall temps so we didn’t do much besides play games and watch movies! Such a chill, relaxing day. Saturday we went to the zoo! Cayde loved it. He was little Mr. Independent and wanted to venture off on his on. He wanted no part in sitting in the stroller. He walked alongside his cousins and literally had the time of his life. Then we went and got supplies to surprise my sister for her birthday. Then Sunday we played outside since it was beautiful out until we got back in the car to drive back home.

Seeing Cayde interact and give them hugs truly melted my heart πŸ’ž It is crazy to think how grown the kids are and how fast time truly does go by. I always say, live like there is no tomorrow. Enjoy every second of every day. There is no time for negativity. Cayde and I are so happy we were able to go. We had the best time! Now onto to see daddy!

XOXO

That’s his I’m scared but still forcing a smile face πŸ˜‚ He warmed up to all the animals after a good 10 minutes of being there.

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

Skincare Routine

Happy Wednesday friends!! Today’s blog post is about something that I try to hide. It’s something that I have struggled with both pregnancies. Only this time around, it is WAY better! It is what every person hates and hate is a strong word. ACNE! Ugh! Need I say more. I deleted a lot of my photos of close ups of my pregnancy with Cayde because my face was so red and bump covered. Get ready because this post is a little long.

That is why it is so important to find a man AND friends that love you no matter what you look like. It truly is what is on the inside that counts. Rico supported me by letting me buy different foundations and skincare products. I researched and bought it all! Sadly none of it worked. I wasn’t looking for miracles, but I was looking for products to help reduce the amount of redness and acne I had. Good news is, a month after I gave birth to Cayde my face cleared up! Hormonal acne I tell ya! Check below for some raw footage of what my face looked like during my pregnancy with Cayde. I had acne also on my chest and upper back but they were not as bad.

When I found out I was pregnant this time around, I knew instantly with me getting sick drinking wine and those pesky little red bumps popping up on my face. I just knew it and I was correct! As we all can see now I really am pregnant πŸ˜‚ I cried to Rico saying I can’t go through me hating what I looked again. I’m supposed to enjoy being pregnant and love what I look like. Don’t get me wrong, I love being pregnant but the acne on the face, neck, and back I could deal without.

This time I told Rico I am not wasting money on buying products again that are not going to work. So I decided to do things the natural way. We already eat heathy…80%of the time so why not incorporate that in the products I use. I started using aluminum-free deodorants after I gave birth to Cayde. For my face, I always used anti-aging products and a lot of them you can’t use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. So literally I have let my skin go for the past 2 years. I’m not mad about it because I am about to have two beautiful, healthy boys!

I saw on social media that a new natural store opened up just outside my hometown. I decided why not try their products. Let me tell you, BEST decision I have ever made on facial products. My face is not red like it was last pregnancy and acne…it’s still there but minimal. I can actually feel good when I go out and about.

I did not take pictures of the packaging…sadly. The face bar I use is Castile Sensitive Bath Bar. Then I use GNC Vitamin A, E, D moisturizing cream as my moisturizer. Literally my morning and night face routine is less than $10! And I am supporting a local business! The place is called Trade Secrets Skincare and honestly they are the nicest people ever! They have helped me so much and I am forever grateful for their products. Their natural chapstick (comes in many flavors) is hands down my second favorite item from there. I use the unscented chapstick on Caydes cheeks when they are dry and within a few hours his cheeks are not red! I use the flavored ones on me and my lips this time around feel so stinkin soft and hydrated. I will for sure keep using those after I give birth! Their natural deodorants are amazing as well! Everything there is and they list every single ingredient they use on their packaging!

Then you all know I am obsessed with my Sephora face sheet masks. Every women needs to pamper themselves so I usually do those three times a week with a one or two nights of exfoliation. For Christmas, Rico bought me my jade roller. He also broke it last month πŸ™ˆ It still works! It is just that much better for traveling! I use that nightly and I will keep it in the fridge or pop in the freezer right before I use it. It feels amazing and it is so relaxing! Perfect to use after your moisturizer and right before bed. That’s it for my skincare! Products I use are shown below.

My skin may not be perfect or near perfect but I am so happy with how my skin looks and feels this time around! I am growing a human and we couldn’t be more blessed and thankful!

One last thing, I did not develop stretch marks while pregnant with Cayde and so far I haven’t this time around. I owe it all to Bio-Oil Skincare Oil. I use it morning and night starting the second trimester and all the way till I give birth. It doesn’t stain or ruin your clothes and it keeps my belly moisturized.

That’s it’s for now. I hope this inspires one of you! We are all truly beautiful inside and out! Don’t waste money on trying to cover up the problem, start at the base…your skin! I hope you are all having a wonderful day!

XOXO

This was my face when I was pregnant with Cayde. No filter, no makeup. Just me!

Filters do a world of justice! This was at my baby shower when I was pregnant with Cayde. You can’t even tell what my face really looked like because I have a filter on this photo.

This is me as of today. You can see still a little red but I did exfoliate last night. No filter, no makeup.

The acne is not as bad. I see such a HUGE difference after switching to natural products. No filter, or makeup.

Second Trimester Update

Gosh! This pregnancy is flying by! I guess because this pregnancy I have traveled more and I am already a mom to a very active one year old! I feel like I have so much more to do until baby boy arrives when in reality it’s all in my head.

I have reorganized the nursery since we moved into our new place a thousand times. No seriously! We lack storage space in our new place so I have to come up with new ways to organize everything. I finally went through the newborn clothes that were boxed up and now I just have to freshen them up. All that is left is to decorate in the nursery…I think!

Oh besides build Caydes bed. I am transferring him to his FIRST big boy bed! He is ready and his doctors confirm it is okay. Baby boy will sleep in a bassinet next to us in our room for the first 6 months. By that time we will be making the decision to either move or stay renting where we are. I can’t even think that far ahead!

Really the only essentials we need are diapers and wipes. Oh and a double stroller! Packing of the diaper bag and our hospital bag will come in the last month of pregnancy. Okay the more I write, the more that comes to mind πŸ˜‚ But it is all the little things that will come together in the next few weeks.

Overall, I have been feeling pretty good. Not as exhausted as I thought I would be. No morning sickness/nausea, no heartburn, and no swelling. My eyesight has for sure gotten worse earlier this pregnancy. Hence why I have been wearing my glasses more on stories. My skin is super, super dry and finding a lotion to help has been a challenge. If you all have any recommendations please send them my way!

I still get comments all the time how small I am. That is why we decided to not tell people how many weeks I am unless they are family and close friends. I am healthy and baby boy is growing like he should. Unless my doctors are concerned, I am not.

That is all for now! If you all ever have any questions about anything, don’t hesitate to ask!

XOXO

THIS IS US

We met in Texas while working together

We fell in love in Iowa

And traveled the United States together

We are best friends

That decided being together was WAY better than being apart

We decided being a family of three was even better

We had a baby

and then…

decided not even a year later to expand our family!!

We love to travel and see what the world has to offer. Adding another little boy is for sure not going to change that. We want to teach our boys the world has so much to offer and staying in one place is boring. Our lives may be crazy but we wouldn’t change a thing!

THIS IS US!!

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

Surprise Gender Reveal

BABY GIOVANNETTI #2 GENDER REVEAL

Well! I have been meaning to do a post about the gender of Baby G #2, but life has been crazy busy. I also wanted to get good photos! So my girl, Lindsay hooked us up when we went to visit her in Virginia! Seriously do not know what I would do without that girl!

Scroll down to see some fun photos we took , even ones of us having some fun with πŸ’—paintπŸ’™

πŸ’™πŸ’™IT’S A BOY!! πŸ’™πŸ’™

I am going to be an all boy mom! Say WHAT??!! I am going to be outnumbered. That is totally fine with me! Of course Rico is through the roof excited to have not one but two minis of him. I cannot lie though. I was a tad bit bummed when I found out the baby wasn’t a girl. That quickly changed though because honestly, a mini me? Who am I kidding? Maybe some day but not anytime soon. I am so stinkin excited to welcome another baby boy into this world and he is already so loved!!

We almost didn’t get to see what gender Baby G #2 is because my little man was being stubborn. He was so curled up that he was hiding. I give major props to the nurse who did the ultrasound. After trying to move him she finally got some good pictures of well you know. Rico couldn’t make it to this appointment, so he was straight up texting, calling me the moment he knew I was done. We honestly thought the baby was a girl. I just feel so different this time around. No matter what the gender was going to be, we are just so thrilled and blessed we have another healthy, happy baby to welcome into this beautiful world!!

How hysterical is Caydes face in the one picture? Haha. You have to zoom in to see it. He was not thrilled about taking pictures. It was not exactly hot and 80 degrees outside. It was windy and kinda chilly. But he is a mommas boy so he did so good!

Now I am off to do some more {online} shopping since this time around I am having a summer baby!

XOXO