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    Mom Crush Monday: The Unfiltered Momma

    This next mama I was incredibly lucky to have met. Haley is filled with knowledge and has been a good source of support while starting my blog.  Her instagram pictures are beyond dreamy and I have always loved browsing through her page.  I feel like I am tagging along on her fun, adventurous trips! Did I mention that she has the cutest little babe?!      

    Tell me about your blog...

    My name is Haley and I am a SAHM to my six month old son, Grayson. We use our blog and social platforms to document our gnarly adventures! We absolutely love to travel by both car and plane. We spend many of our weekends at local parks and use any time my husband has off work to go on mini-vacations. Just recently, we rented a camper and stayed beachside. It was such a blast and more cost effective than a hotel. Of course we made sure to bring our pup and camera along to document some of the precious moments.

    "I adore this adventurous and spontaneous life."

    Your favorite blog post...

    My favorite blog post is my positive labor story, because it is one of my first personal entries. I was hesitant to discuss some of the nitty gritty details, but figured if I was going to remain “unfiltered”, I wanted to put it out out there. I am so glad I decided to be raw, because the feedback I received was so uplifting. Sometimes it’s ok to get out of your comfort zone! 

    What is the best piece of parenting/mothering advice you have received? 

    “You can never spoil a newborn”. I heard this from multiple people and actually read it in one of my books. I totally smothered Gray with my love and I was worried he was going to be “spoiled”, but in the newborn stage it is psychologically important for them to know you’re there for them and can attend to their every need. 

    What is the most challenging part of motherhood?

    One thing I struggle with most is self-care. I rarely get myself fully ready or put aside time for relaxing. I am constantly in motion or not allowing my brain to just calm down. I am definitely working on this everyday. My husband also reminds me and helps with this by sending me to do stuff for myself, while he watches Gray. I am so blessed to have him. 

    Top 3 mom must haves:

    Boppy: I use mine for every feeding! I even wish I would’ve brought it to the hospital after delivery. I remember my arms being so sore from holding my legs up and this would’ve came in handy! 

    Sound machine: We have always made sure that Grayson can fall asleep to noise. In the hospital we would play music. Shortly after, we purchased a portable sound machine and it’s been so convenient. We use it for every nap and bedtime. He loves the ocean sounds! 

    Baby carrier: I am obsessed with baby wearing. There is something about it that just makes you feel so connected, almost as if you were still pregnant! We use ours quite often. It is perfect for grocery store trips and beach walks. I even have bottle-fed him in his carrier while pushing the shopping cart. I definitely felt like a super mom the first time I did this. 

    What is something you do (or strive to do) just for yourself?

    My daily walks with Grayson keep me sane. I know it's not alone, but I sure do enjoy them! I also bring my pup along and put on my favorite Spotify station, "Hot Country". 

    "I run a Facebook support community for bloggers and I am always willing to help out new and fellow bloggers! I also just started coaching. You can email me if you have any questions about it. It is so uplifting for me to be able to help others grow!"

    @katierose4 @thismomlife_ @acesinsquares @withlovemama @ktnewms @daniellerbevens @ashreb91 

    To find out more about Haley, you can visit her blog here or check her out on Instagram @theunfilteredmomma

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    Mom Crush Monday: Mimosa Monday Mom

    Mimosa Monday Mom - If Amanda's blog name doesn't scream #mondayfeels then I'm not sure what does. This girl rocks Monday and her blog! She is a mom to a soon to be one year old and on a quest to document all her creative finds/coupon deals. She's sweet, fun and on top of it has an adorable family. 

    I'm Amanda and I blog over at Mimosa Monday Mom. I'm a mom to one sweet 11 month old baby girl. I am the (future) wife of a firefighter, and we live in a VERY small town in Florida, with our Doberman pinscher… who is also my baby! My fiancé and I have plans to have 5 children.. I know - we're crazy! I started blogging back in June of 2017, when my daughter was about 3 months old. We decided I wasn't going back to work full time at my day job, and I definitely needed a creative outlet. My blog focuses on all things mom, wife, & a frugal life. As a new mom, I felt like I had so much new knowledge piling up, and I needed somewhere to put it all! I've also been asked on many occasions about my couponing methods, and when & where the deals are for things that I'm purchasing, so I use my blog as a source to share those types of things as well. 

    I absolutely love blogging. It's opened so many doors for me so far, including writing my first book, "The Postpartum Party" and getting sent to Disney World this month.. just to name a few! It genuinely makes me SO happy to write, and connect with other people through my blog.

    Your favorite blog post...

    All of my blog posts have a lot of meaning to me, because they are always targeted at helping other new moms solve daily problems.While I love the problem solving side of my blog, I also love the deep story telling side that I occasionally wander to. My favorite post is definitely "Thank God for 3 AM Wakeups". This post focuses on how lucky we are to be waking up with our screaming babies at 3 AM. Although that sounds like a wild thought.. its so so true! You can find it here. 

    What is the best piece of parenting/mothering advice you have received?

    Honestly, I've never really gotten any crazy good advice as a mom yet. At least, nothing that really stood out. If I were to give any new moms any advice, though, it would be to do what's best for YOUR child and YOUR family. Don't focus so much on what everybody else is doing, or how they're doing it. 

    "Everybody parents differently, and the sooner we can accept that, the sooner we can start enjoying this crazy train that is parenting!"

    What is the most challenging part of motherhood?

    For me, the most challenging part of parenting has been the mom guilt. I endure this in all aspects of parenting. Mom guilt is when you basically blame yourself your everything, or feel guilty about being a mom. For me, this means feeling guilty about not working & providing financially, or feeling responsible every time your kid gets sick or hurt. So many moms struggle with this, and while it doesn't control my life by any means, it's always lingering in the back of my head! Although I struggle with it daily, I also overcome a little bit more, every single day!

    Funniest thing your kid have ever done...

    A provocative song (accidentally) came on the radio, and my, at the time, 9 month old starting breaking. it. down. Head bobbing, arms swinging, leg bouncing, the whole nine! It was HILARIOUS, and totally unexpected, because that was definitely the first time she had ever heard even a snip of rap music!

    "The best part of their funny moments is definitely how unexpected it all is!"

    Top 3 mom must haves:

    1. SwaddleMe sleep sac, which is crucial is my sleep training methods that you can read about here.

    2. Baby food pouches (best invention ever)

    3. Baby carrier or sling! I use ours for EVERYTHING! You can read more about why it's a necessity here

    What is something you do (or strive to do) just for yourself?

    I've learned that as a mom, self care is a HUGE deal! We so often forget about ourselves, while we take care of everybody else! In one of my favorite posts about self care for the new mom, I talk all about the importance of "choosing you". Everybody has their own way of expressing self care, and for me that's a hot shower. It's the little things in life, right? That saying definitely holds true for moms, especially! I do try getting my hair done 2 times a year, but as a DAILY self care routine, I ALWAYS take a hot shower to help unwind from the day!

    You can find more about Mimosa Monday Mom here and check out Amanda's Instagram @MimosaMondayMom

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    Mom Crush Monday: Happily Ever Hartig

    Meet Ashley! This mom is full of spunk, happiness and most importantly amazing tips! She is killing it in the mom department. Meanwhile I can't get my toddler to keep his pants on! I am learning so many things about myself as a mom as I have the chance to interview others. The most important thing I have learned is that we are all in the same boat. Here is your Monday dose of Mom Crush! 

    Tell me about your blog…

    My name is Ashley and I am a lifestyle blogger who focuses on life as a mother but also dipping into my passions- fashion and fitness! I am 21 years old with an almost one year old named Ryker! I’ll be getting married to my fiancé this year and we have so many adventures planned to share on the blog! I love all things beauty but definitely understand the #momlife a.k.a messy bun, sweats, and food all over you! I started my blog journey just 6 months ago when I realized how important it is to keep memories and reflect on this beautiful life.

    I live in Kansas City where my little family and I enjoy local fun our town has to offer but also our many travels across the country! 

    "I love running and coffee with the occasional glass of chardonnay. Life is about balance, right?" 

    Your favorite blog post…

     My favorite blog post is 'That One Time I Gave Birth' you can find it here.  

    I was so nervous to share such intimate details but I am so glad I did. I know a lot of loved ones enjoyed reading and feeling like they were a part of such a special moment and when I was pregnant I loved reading birth stories. It can be very reassuring and ease nerves to read about another woman's experience as you anticipate your own. 

    What is the best parenting advice you have ever received?

    The BEST parenting advice I have ever gotten is in regards to sleep. It is SO important to get your little one on a schedule and do your best to be consistent. Our little boy was sleeping through the night at 1 month old and although we've gone through some rough patches... we can't complain one bit about having that first time parent exhaustion. We get a full 8-10 hours every single night! Hey, Im not braggin' just passing on the advice! Our night time routine looks something like this: relax with movie or music, bath time, jammies, night night book, bottle, BOOM ASLEEP!

    What is the most challenging part of motherhood?

    The most challenging part of motherhood is mom guilt. Constantly asking yourself, am I doing this right? Should I even go to lunch with this friend? Maybe I shouldn't workout because I don't want to leave them? Especially working mamas or full time students (like me) we can feel so guilty for leaving our babies. But remember, a happy mama is a good mama! We've got to take care of ourselves in order to be the best mothers we can be. 

    "So GO! Take 30 minutes to go on a run, take a night off and get dinner with your girlfriend, take 10 minutes to take a hot shower! Don't let mom guilt rule your life."

    Funniest thing your kids have ever done?

    There are so many moments when I wonder how in the world I got such a cute and silly boy. He is funniest when he starts to get sleepy. He literally thinks every single thing is hilarious. He laughs historically and it brings me to tears! 

    Top 3 Mom must haves?

    1. Noise Machine - this has saved us!! Especially when traveling it is important for the kids to get their rest or dogs barking not waking them up.

    2. A swing- especially for cranky newborns the swing gives them the motion they need to get to sleep and give mama a break!

    3.Nose Freida- there is nothing worse than a sick and stuffy nosed baby or toddler! 

    What is something you do (or strive to do) for yourself?

    Either workout or get a special treat which is either a coffee from a hole in the wall or a glass of wine at the end of the night. 

    "Being able to take time away and focus on my physical or mental health keep me being the best version of myself."

    Social Media accounts we must follow…

    @barefootblonde, @misskyreeloves, @aspynovard

    For more of Happily Ever Haritg's journey...

    You can find Ashley's beautiful blog here or find her on Instagram at @ashleylindquist.

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    Our Favorite BOWS

    If you’re friends with me on Instagram or have seen any of my posts, it's easy to see that we love bows!  My sweet little girl has yet to grow any hair so instead of throwing a wig on her we resort to bows. And I’m talking bows on bows on bows. It has gotten to the point that she wakes up in the morning and cries till I put a bow on her. She obviously loves them as much as we do! Since we have become bow experts I thought I would share my favorite Bow Companies with you!

    The most important things I look for when purchasing a bow is its’ stretchy power. She isn’t an infant and most bow bands are made to fit infant-sized heads. Charlotte needs a good band that isn’t going to be too tight or dig into her head. All the bows on my top favorite list have bands that are made from nylon material and have max stretch power! The second thing I look for is damage power. The bow has to be able to be stepped on, chewed on, pulled and yanked and still look new. I have gone through so many bows that just fall apart.  I don’t mind retying them but some have crazy stitching and there is no fixing them once they get destroyed. I also like that I can throw some in the washer. See our list of our top 5 favorite bow companies below. 

    The Darling Bow Company This lady knows how to do business. She is kind and sweet! She is a mom, science teacher and a small shop owner.  She sent her son off to college and the following year her twin daughters left for college too, which left her with an empty nest and time to create her Etsy shop, The Darling Bow Co. She creates hand made hair bows, headbands and blankets. My favorite from her collection are her mini hand tied suede bows.  They are delicate, dainty and durable. I love them! You can find The Darling Bow Company on Etsy and Instagram! 

    Visit her Etsy shop here.  Use code “10thismomlife” for 10% off.

    Minted Tulip This company is owned by Cara, a sweet mom who has 2 adorable daughters. She started making bows as a creative outlet and the business took off. I found this company when a dear friend of mine was struggling with life and motherhood so I decided to order her girls something special. They love unicorns and mermaids. I found Cara’s gorgeous leather unicorn bows on Etsy and couldn’t resist. I have continued to be a loyal fan of hers and order bows for every occasion. You can find her leather bows in our family photos throughout my posts and you can find Minted Tulip here. Use code “10thismomlife” for 10% off. 

    Vanaguelite I first found out about this company on Amazon. I wanted to get Charlotte some new bows for Christmas and I was ordering things last minute. I loved her tiny bows. They go with a lot of her outfits and they are very soft! I constantly get asked around town where I get her Vanaguelite bows and I know just where to send people now that they are on Amazon.  You can order directly from their site here and if you mention “10thismomlife” they will include a discount! 

    Lola & Louise Firs of all, how cute is that name? This is the newest company that I have become obsessed with.  Emily has a 20 month old daughter, with another baby girl on the way in March. She started her business after she too realized she was buying bows left and right, just like me. When I received her bows I was blown away by their cuteness and how perfectly they fit Charlotte's head.  You can find her Etsy shop here and don't forget to use code “10thismomlife” for 10% off.

    Tribe design handmade This next shop has one of the most beautiful handmade items made by a sweet mom named Brittany! She specializes in beautiful bows that are made with love and her goal is to create styles and pieces for every little one out there.  She started this business so her girls could have a bow to match every outfit. With her being the shop owner she is able to accomplish that. She looks forward to sharing this happiness and love with other moms and their babes!  You can find her shop here and when ordering don’t forget to mention “thismomlife” to receive a discount! 

    Be sure to check out our top 5 favorite companies and follow us on instagram @thismomlife_ to see Charlotte in some of her favorites! Our next craft to try, bow making. What is your favorite accessory? 

    (Besides of course your cute babe!)

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    Mom Crush Monday: The Gray Ruby Diaries

    I love my Mom Crush Monday series and I feel as though it has really given me a chance to meet some other amazing bloggers. Some I already knew and others I have met along the way. This next mama I just met and let me tell you her page is incredible!  I fell in love with her the minute I clicked onto her blog! Her page is full of tips, tricks and the latest trends and styles for moms. Not only is she a wonderful mom to three gorgeous little girls, but she also has style for days.  Meet Diana and her blog The Gray Ruby Diaries. 

    Tell me about your blog... 

    I am Diana, mom to three wild haired baby girls, and founder of I started this blogging journey about 2 years ago when I was pregnant with my third daughter. I had a difficult pregnancy where I suffered from HG and depression. I found writing to be therapeutic and with it came a community of amazing moms that found a tribe through my words. I seriously pinch myself everyday that I get to do this. 

    I live in Tampa, Florida in a 115 year old farmhouse with my husband and pup. I am a sweet tooth with a crazy coffee addiction and nothing makes me happier than traveling and trying new things. I homeschool my three girls and love watching them grow right in front of my eyes. Life in our house is crazy and chaotic but perfect, in the most imperfect way.

    Your favorite blog post... 

    This is a really hard one for me because there are so many of my posts that mean so many different things to me. I really try to put my heart to paper as much as I can. I have to say my very first real post will always hold a special place in my heart. It was scary to put all of my deepest darkest feelings out there and even scarier to think that no one would read it. You can read that post here. My birth stories come in a close second though, I love reading birth stories!

    What is the best parenting advice you have ever received?

    When I was pregnant with my second daughter a good friend gave me a piece of advice that I still think about today and one I share with almost every mom I know. She said "once you embrace the chaos, you can allow yourself to be happy". It sounded simple but weirdly enough I fought this idea (unintentionally of course), even after her advice. I spent many months, after my second was born, trying to keep my routine as normal as possible for my oldest and give my second everything. I had this idea in my head of what it meant to be a "good mother". Let's just say that with a 17 month old and a newborn I could barely maintain "decent mother" let alone "good mother" and that left me feeling defeated most days. It took me about 6 months to finally realize I was doing it all wrong. I was giving my kids the best I could but in the process I was miserable. This was all because of the expectations I set on myself. I had not yet learned to "embrace the chaos". It didn't come easy for me but with practice I did learn that the more I allowed our days to be imperfect and messy, the happier I was. I still give my girls the best of me but I also give myself a whole lot of grace in between. 

    What is the most challenging part of motherhood?

    I think the hardest part of motherhood for me is the constant change. One minute you feel like you have things all figured out and then... poof... all that progress seems like a distant memory. You finally get your baby to sleep through the night and then a week later they are up every two hours. All they want to eat is avocado then all of a sudden they treat it like toxic waste.They grow and so do their needs. I find it funny that you are in a stage of life and it seems so hard you don't know how you will get through it and then the next stage comes and the last looks so easy. Thats because just as you get your bearings life throws you a curveball. Motherhood, always keeping us on our toes 😉

    "My family is obsessed with Halloween. Maybe a little too obsessed. The costumes are elaborate and the decor is out of control but we seriously have so much fun with it."

    Funniest thing your kids have ever done?

    wow, I am not sure I can name just one. I find myself overloading my Instagram stories because my kids are a pretty crazy bunch. I will say that my baby, Hazel, has a way of making the whole family crack up. She is a character with tons of personality for only being on this earth for 20 months.

    Top 3 Mom must haves?

    1. A great diaper bag that is versatile and lasts. Read about mine here. 

    2. The dockatot was a lifesaver for us when it came to sleep. I write all about that experience and some tips on our routine here

    3. The nosefrida - I am telling you, it might sound gross but this thing has saved me so many times! I get one for almost every new mom I know!

    What is something you do (or strive to do) for yourself?

    With three young kids that I homeschool I truthfully don't get a lot of me time. I have really learned to find joy in the simple moments. Sometimes its a quiet moment to enjoy my coffee in the morning or a bath with my favorite bath bomb and glass of wine at night. I really try to carve out a few minutes for myself and focus on the joy in that moment. I might not get a lot but I sure do have a lot of blessings and I use those moments to really appreciate them.

    For more of The Gray Ruby Diaries...

    Check out Diana's blog here or you can find her on Instagram @mrsblinks.

    and check out my last weeks Mom Crush Monday, The Hustling Mama here

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    Why I Say Yes to My Kids

    Have you ever had “one of those days”? You know those days that seem like you just can’t find the happiness and adventure that goes along with being a mom. The days you long for a warm cup of coffee and a really great babysitter to whisk your kids away while you run away and get a massage? Yeah it was one of “those” days. 

    It felt like we were hitting a wall over and over again!  Austin & I  kept butting heads and on top of it Charlotte wasn’t napping.  My parents were in town and we were dragging the kids every which way. Austin was having little breakdowns and fighting me on every single thing. I was exhausted to say the least.. 

    My parents last day came and went and we said our goodbyes. I quickly loaded the kids up and headed to the gym. Austin was crying in the back seat and Charlotte was protesting in her own way. Neither wanted to go sit in a gym day care for an hour and they both were on the verge of losing it completely. Then Austin looked at me and said “Mama, can I watch trucks at the gym?”  That’s what he says when he wants to watch cartoons on our iPhones. My heart sank. I asked myself. Had every uncomfortable, awful situation led him to wanting to watch cartoons on our phones or watching tv? Do we constantly shove these things in his face to shut him up? When did we resort to this type of response.

    At that moment, I promised myself no more phones, no more tv and no more ignoring their requests (well maybe never but we needed to cut back).  My kids are 1 & 3 and they don’t want to be dragged around all day. They want to explore, play outside, wrestle with each other and snuggle. So this is how I said yes for the rest of the day and cut back on using electronics to soothe their every little need, or when I needed a break from them.

    • I put away my phone and listened to them. This was the easiest way to get on my kids level. Too often I’m distracted by social media.
    • I got on their level. I sat down and asked them what they wanted to do. So simple! I was in the car heading to the gym and I pulled over. I looked Austin in the eyes and asked what he wanted to do today! Do you know what he said? Go look at trees.
    • We did exactly what they wanted to do! I drove to the first tree filled park I could find and we ran all over! Dodging in and out of the trees and smelling trees! Yes I said it. Smelling trees, not flowers. He laughed and laughed!
    • What did he request next? A cookie. So this is the hard part. I couldn’t say yes to it! There had to be some healthy tradeoff. I suggested fruit followed by a cookie. He was on board 😉 We walked to our favorite bakery down the street and laughed as he gobbled up some yummy fruit.
    • Silly things first - on our walk back he found a ramp that was right by the bank and it was the perfect running ramp. He wanted to go up and down 3 times with me holding his hand. Guess what? We did it! We laughed and he loved it! It was silly yes but it was simple and made him so happy!
    • Make sure his needs are met - we got in the car and he wanted my phone. I asked why? He said he had nothing to play with! We immediately pulled out books and before taking off I read two. The whole way home I heard him reading to himself in the back seat.

    Will I put electronics away forever? Probably not. I don’t think they are the enemy or anything, but I also think there has to be limits. I am going to try my best to keep phones on mute when we are playing and having fun, after all they learn from us! And I will start saying yes to things that encourage them to explore and be happy. I love that Austin reminds me to slow down. To stop and to play and to enjoy this beautiful life that we have been given.

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    Mom Crush Monday: The Hustling Mama

    I am so excited to introduce you to my new Monday series, Mom Crush Monday! I am very passionate about being a mom and a blogger. My two favorite things! So I decided to showcase some of my other favorite mom bloggers to find out what they've been up to!

    My first mom crush blogs over at The Hustling Mama.  She contacted me one day after we had been instagramming back and fourth to point out that we had the same name, Rosie. It's a rare name so to find someone with it was pretty cool. Next thing I knew we had discovered both our sons were named Austin and our daughters had the same leggings! If that doesn’t make you believe in twin power I’m not sure what would.  She is a fun, exciting, wonderful mama and I look forward to her adventurous posts daily. 

    Tell me about your blog…

    Life was treating me and my family really well back in Texas until Baba decided to make things a little more interesting. He accepted admission to a 2 year graduate program across the country, which meant we had 6 months to pack up our spacious home in Texas, find a tiny apartment in downtown Los Angeles, and bid our families and friends goodbye. 

    With Baba being a full time MBA student, I unfortunately had to carry all the daily responsibilities and operate like a pseudo-single parent. As if I didn’t have enough on my plate, I created the blog The Hustling Mama as a way to keep family and friends back at home up to date with our LA adventures. Little did I know people outside that group would find our stories entertaining and would follow along. Today, The Hustling Mama blog continues to share creative and unconventional kid activities (#TadaCooking #TadaKidsDiscoverArt for example), but it also includes my personal journey of how I went from a momblogger, to an influencer, and then a stage mom all within this past year. Don't be surprised if you also come across posts sharing the kids' crazy and unexpected adventures as they live their best life in Los Angeles. After Austin's BuzzFeed video, I decided they were taking over my Instagram and gave them their own account called @TheHustlingKids. 

    Your favorite blog post… 

    My favorite (more like most memorable) blog post was written back in October last year when my daughter Callie was being bullied at school. I was heartbroken, confused, and honestly wasn’t sure what the best way to handle the situation as a parent. It was a vulnerable side of me that’s never been exposed to my readers. Through IG and my blog, I received so much support, words of encouragement, and advice with how to handle the situation. My readers/followers would even share their own bully situation, both with their child and when they themselves were a child. It was amazing to know that I wasn’t alone in this unfortunate situation and that so many people genuinely cared for Callie and for my whole family.  Post can be found here

    "It was through this post that I realized my blog community has grown beyond just readers and followers.  It has become my village.”

    What is the best parenting advice you have ever received?

    Always have some comfort food in your fridge. You'll need it most for those days when you're having an emotional break down!

    What is the most challenging part of motherhood?

    Waking up lol. Seriously though, the most challenging part of motherhood for me is feeling unappreciated for all my "invisible labor" that comes with being a mother. It's different when you're at work because normally you're rewarded with promotions and/or raises. When you're a stay-at-home-mom, your work virtually goes unnoticed and you can't help but feel unappreciated at times. I never realized it, but I often need verbal recognition for all the momming I do around the house. Hearing nice things once a year on Mother's Day just ain't cutting it!

    Funniest thing your kids have ever done?

    If I'm fake sleeping (hoping they'll go away), they'll start pinching my belly, back fat, arms, etc and say "thick and meaty" over and over again until I cave in

    Top 3 Mom must haves?

    Girl Scout Cookies (aka my reward snack), phone charger (because I'm forever at 4% battery life), and Netflix subscription (because it's the only thing to look forward to while I wash the dishes around midnight)

    What is something you do (or strive to do) for yourself?

    When I first started my blog, I thought it was for family and friends to keep up with our daily shennanigans in Los Angeles. I later realized I was blogging for myself. By capturing all these memories and archiving them on the blog, it was like I was giving myself recognition as a hard working mother. As if seeing it all in one place would help me realize my impact and provide validation for all the sacrifices I've made.

    "By capturing all these memories and archiving them on the blog, it was like I was giving myself recognition as a hard working mother."

    Social Media accounts we must follow…

    My favorite social media accounts are @theellenshow (because duh, it's Ellen!), @StudioDIY (cutest crafts), and @catandnat (because I not-so-secretly want to be their third wheel in all of their mom-truth videos).

    For more of The Hustling Mama's journey...

    Check out the fun hashtag projects I created that's getting a lot of attention! #TadaKidsDiscoverArt #TadaCooking #TheHustlingMamaFamilyPortraits #TheHustlingMamaSelfCareJourney. Also, the kids finally have their own Instagram account where they can be extra all they want! You can follow them and their sass @TheHustlingKids.

    Happy Blogiversary The Hustling Mama! We look forward to watching what 2018 has in store for you!