When you become a mother, everyone under the sun will have advice for you on how you should do things. It’s hard because you really don’t know what advice to listen to or what to brush off. From one mom who has lived and learned… this is what you need to do to prevent feeling burnt out as a mom!
Being a Stay at Home Mom, is hard work and it’s easy to lose yourself in the process. You give so much of your self-caring for the other people in your life. It can be overwhelming and hard. Here are few things to make your life easier and to help you feel like your old self. Continue reading “How to Survive Being a Stay at Home Mom”
Today I was a patient… I sat in the toddler’s doctor’s office nestled between the toy kitchen and the toy bin. Getting my vitals checked and recheck, as my back slowly ached from the hard wood floor I rested on.
Today I was a zoo keeper as I cared for and tucked multiple plush animals into bed.
Continue reading “Today I Was More Than A Mom!”
From that first moment, when you find out that you are expecting you start to read dozens of books about your pregnancy. What size of fruit the baby is every week to the benefits of reading to your little one. However, that moment when you get into that car for babies first car ride, and you see the hospital disappearing in the rearview window! It hits you! You have not prepared for how to take care of that little one!
Continue reading “Five Parenting Blogs That Will Inspire You”
The mom jinx is no wives tale people!! It’s real! We have all experienced it!
The minute we brag about how well the kids have been sleeping at night you will be enjoying countless all nighters. You toss those pull ups away and your toddler will have potty training regression. The minute you buy your child a new pair of shoes, they will grow a foot over night.
Continue reading “The Mom Jinx”
It’s so much more than just a dance class.
I never imagined I would become a “dance mom”. The idea of it kind of made me gag, the tight hair sprayed buns, expensive glittery outfits, the hours of classes… no thank you. I never thought I would be a part of the that world, nor did I want to. However, I have found that my daughter’s dance class is so much more than just a class. Continue reading “More Than A Dance Class”
Today I am going to stop and smell the dirty diapers. Yep, that’s right the dirty diapers!
The days when you’re exhausted from sleep training, you have baby spit up or your toddler’s boogers on your sleeve [black shirts are never a mom’s best friend], and the house … Well the house is still standing. You feel beaten, broken, and without hope. Take a moment to smell the dirty diapers. Continue reading “Stop and Smell the Dirty Diapers”
They say it takes a village to raise kids. I never understood that until I had children of my own.
This mom thing is HARD… It’s easier if you have someone by your side that can support you through it. There is only so much a hubby can do. They can’t truly understand how it feels to feel like your always failing, mom guilt, chapped nipples, or hours of being home alone with a newborn screaming their head off.
Continue reading “Finding My Mom Friend”
In the dating stages of a relationship Valentine’s Day is all about red roses, sexy “pjs” and expensive gifts. Let’s be real, after kids all we want is some rest and alone time. Yes, hubby I love you but the best gift you can give me doesn’t come in a little black box, has an expensive price tag, or require me to get dressed up. Continue reading “Dear Husband: What Mommy Really Wants For Valentine’s Day”
Hi all! My name is Annie, I am the face behind Laughter and Kisses. Laughter and Kisses is all about filling your home with love and laughing instead of crying on those hard parenting days! You know the days I am talking about! The days where your kids are driving you nuts, testing every limit, and you are two months behind on your laundry. I wanted a realist view of motherhood for woman, so they know they are not alone! I love my kids but some days they drive me nuts! It’s normal! Continue reading “Laughter and Kisses”
Man it was a day! A day of all days!
After a night of being up with the toddler crying with stomach cramps, my husband finally gave in and put our daughter in bed with us around 4am. I was up at 5am nursing the baby in bed, looking at my sweet baby girl and hubby snuggling together. Part of me was kind of jealous of the fact he was getting those sweet snuggles.
Around 6am the toddler rolled over into the nook of my arm to snuggle, within seconds I felt this warm sensation all over me. Yep, she rolled over to pee on me. Continue reading “Ohhh… It was a day!”