Seriously? Another mommy blog? Well yes…but no. It’s not what it looks like, but wait…is it? I had this amazing idea and for once I’m going to make myself go through with my idea! Because my ideas are AMAZING, or at least I think they are, but I tend to put others first and not go through with the things I would love to do! This blog isn’t just some normal mommy blog. (I use the term ‘normal’ loosely).
All About Me – the Everyday Life
Let me tell you a bit about myself…I am a multi media designer. I’ve done everything in marketing from web design, graphic design, content management, social media marketing, email marketing, press releases and more. My full-time ‘day’ job as a Marketing Coordinator keeps me busy as I design email promotions, work on five different websites, do social media marketing for three of those brands and more stuff than I can even think of right now. On the side I have designed everything from wedding invitations to brochures to logos and more. I enjoy photography and all sorts of crafts and I also sell LuLaRoe as my side hustle.
People that know me well would probably describe me as super sassy, kind of sarcastic, a little nerdy, and oh ya…a bit of a tomboy (that still likes to dress nicely). During the fall, if it’s a Sunday, I’m probably on the couch next to my husband watching football – Go Pack Go! In March, I’m screaming at the TV when my bracket gets busted by a 15 seed. During the spring/summer/fall I’m at Fat Daddy’s playing volleyball with my good friends, having a great time and probably throwing a drink or two back and playing some dice. And then there is bowling. My husband and I bowl in a couple’s league and it’s awesome! I also bowl with 3 of my close guy friends in a separate league. Phew! I’m exhausted just typing all of that out!
Mommy Life – My Pride and Joy
I am the mommy of a beautiful little girl, Leilani, and also two adorable sons, Landon and Kayden! My husband and my kiddos are my world! As much as you think you know what love is, you don’t. Not until they put that little bundle into your arms and they look up at you for the first time. All of the pain you just endured in the grueling months of pregnancy and going through that terrible (and super long) labor goes right out the window (it IS true!). Being a mom to Leilani was the most amazing and rewarding experience ever, which is why we decided to have another kiddo.
That and I actually forgot some things about pregnancy/birth that would have otherwise made me think twice about going through that again. Don’t worry, I got a refresher and I’m in that ‘I don’t think I’ll ever do this again’ phase once again.
As I update this section – I wanted to keep the above quote in here to show you how funny it is. Because not only did I say I forgot things about pregnancy and birth that would make me think twice, I also said I was in the ‘I don’t think I’ll ever do this again’ phase AND THEN I WENT AND HAD A THIRD CHILD. ??? These kids really know how to trick a person!
The experiences that I have been through made me think, ‘other women must have these same questions’ or ‘why didn’t anyone warn me this would happen?’ When I first started this blog, my intentions were that it wouldn’t just be about 1 woman’s experiences, but about several different mommies getting together and talking about what they know, how they do things, blah blah blah, in all walks of life. I want to hear from a single mom, a mom of twins, a mom of older kids, a teacher, etc. etc. (I think you get the point). Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened just quite yet. I’m still working on some collaborative pieces and guest blogs from other ladies, but let’s face it, we get busy and then we put things, like this blog, on our back burner.
Four months after I started my blog, we found out that my daughter had Down Syndrome and I have been using this blog as a place to advocate for Down Syndrome and my daughter and a place to share her story because it is so different! Read her birth story here and our reactions to the diagnosis here.
I do still want this to be a place that anyone could come to, mommies-to-be, current mommies, even dads! A place to talk about everyday life in general, or shit no one tells you about or talks about: product reviews, kids crafts, kids food, menu planning and so much more. Some of my favorite advice has come from current mommies and I feel like we need to really focus on building each other up, not knocking each other down – which is so common it makes me sick. Different parenting doesn’t equal bad parenting…it just means it’s different. That’s some scary shit right there! DIFFERENT. We may not all agree, but we can respect each other’s opinions and support each other!
Why Fifty Shades of Mommy?
I chose the name Fifty Shades of Mommy because A. It’s funny and B. because there are so many ‘shades’ to a mommy – we wear MANY hats! and C. It’s damn funny…oh wait, I said that already. Mommy brain is real – no matter how many people told me that, I never understood it until it happened to me. All those times I wondered ‘what the hell is wrong with that person?’ Ya…it makes sense now…because that person is now me. Where was I? Ah yes, I’m funny. Just ask my husband. He better tell you I’m right…just kidding! (or am I)? On to the blogging!!!
If you’d like to collaborate with me, have an interesting ideas for a post, or would like to be a guest blogger, please contact me!
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