Tag: mom life

How I Keep Anxiety From Controlling Me

How I Keep Anxiety From Controlling Me

Disclaimer: I am NOT a Dr. This is not advice from a medical professional. This is me, Eryka. I’m just a mom, that struggles with anxiety. And I wanted to give you all a look into my thoughts and how I have learned to gain 

Tips for Cleaner Eating During the Week

Tips for Cleaner Eating During the Week

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Conagra Brands. We moved this past spring, and I fell out of daily routines. I finally felt settled, just in time for more changes. Izzy started school & she’s been home with me the whole 4.5 

Because by Mo Willems & Our “Because” Inspired Moment

Because by Mo Willems & Our “Because” Inspired Moment

This post is in partnership with Disney Books Group

We LOVE books in this house. Being an educator and birth through five education major, I’ve built quite the collection. As you can imagine, teachers build a mini library of their own books. Especially teachers, like myself, that taught preschool age through elementary.

I have bins of books that are categorized by season, holiday, emotions and more. I love switching out the books in Izzy’s room and adding new books to our collection. Our newest book is Because by Mo Willems. This book  demonstrates how others can be inspired by moments, by each other and specifically in this book, by music. 

I love how Because exemplifies if you have passion for something, that passion may touch someone in such a way that it positively changes their life. In the book, because a child heard music at an orchestra, she learned she had a special appreciation and love for music. Because of this newfound love, she started learning how to play instruments, and eventually composes music of her own to debut with her very own orchestra, and the magic is passed on Amber Ren’s illustrations really bring the story to life. Recommended for ages 3-5, Because is in stores now.

Because we were inspired by the book, we discussed “because” moments that have happened in our lives.

One of my daughter’s “because” moments really stood out to us. Because we moved to Maine, we have been able to see more wildlife. Because there are more animals for us to enjoy, Izzy’s Nana bought her binoculars. Because she has the binoculars, Izzy has been using them to search for birds and other wildlife. Izzy now has an even stronger than ever love for wild animals and learning about them.

What are some favorite or life changing “because” moments that have happened in your life?

XO Eryka

Tips For Flying With Toddlers/Kids

Tips For Flying With Toddlers/Kids

Thank you Fly Tot for sponsoring this post; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. Flying with your child can sound super scary, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. The first time I flew with Izzy she was 4 months old and I 

Guest Post- Stang & Co

Guest Post- Stang & Co

When I started blogging I had no idea that I would be meeting so many wonderful women. I have found a tribe of uplifting and encouraging women on my journey as a blogger. Today I’m sharing a guest post of gorgeous Mackensey, a sweet boy 

14 Things I Didn’t Know About Being A Mom Until I Became One

14 Things I Didn’t Know About Being A Mom Until I Became One

Special thank you to Banky Girl Creations for collaborating with me & for the gifted mom gear.

1. Recovery from birth may be more traumatizing than the actual birth.

Am I right? And maybe it’s more traumatizing because no one warns you!!! Everyone says how bath the birth is going to be.. no one talks about your tore up stomach or vag and how that’s going to feel for weeks. I’m getting anxious thinking about those squirt bottles for everytime you pee and all the damn laxatives just to poop again. Beyond the physical recovery… let’s talk about the mental recovery. Post part depression is real, scary and you must know you are not alone. It’s actually “normal” to feel overwhelmed and upset. That doesn’t mean you need to suffer. Ask for support and talk to your dr, a friend or spouse about how you are feeling.

2. Babies can not only shoot pee at you, but also poop.

When Isabella was a tiny newborn I changed her diaper in the night before a feeding and just as I went to cover her with a fresh diaper she legit shot poop out of her tiny little booty at me! It was all over my arms… so gross. Man I thought I was in the clear having a girl… nope.

3. Baby/Toddler wearing is your friend.

It’s not just something “crunchy” moms do. That’s a dumb stereotype. If your baby likes it, all moms should do it! Can you say multitasking! I would breastfed Izzy and cook dinner at the same time, thanks to my baby carrier.

4. You will become the master of multitasking, or at least try.

I remember eating, while nursing Izzy and food just dropping on her head. lol Mama’s gotta eat!

5. Going to the grocery store … or ANY store alone is a damn vacation!

Target, grocery store, pet store to grab dog food. I don’t care, it’s going to feel damn good to get out alone. Take your time and enjoy those moments. lol

6. Wine will become your best friend.

Do I need to say more?

Wine glass from Banky Girl Creations

7. Toddlers need lots and lots of snacks!

Remember when your baby ate all that baby food and then you did baby led weaning or whatever and your kid was such a great eater. BYE! Once your child becomes a toddler all they want are snacks. Goodbye to the days of your kid eating all their veggies!

“Keeper of Snacks” T-Shirt from Banky Girl Creations

8. House work… what’s that? 

Remember how tidy your house was before you had a baby, ya kiss that goodbye. When you get a break the last thing you will want to do is clean up. Not to mention, if you are a working at home mommy like me… you will most likely be utilizing every spare second to work.

“Currently Avoiding Housework”tank from Banky Girl Creations

9. Things you said before you had a kid will bite you in the ass.

Remember that time you said your kid would never do that… they will. Okay, maybe not all the things you witnessed, but at least one of them will! lol

10. You will likely lose yourself early on.

But it’s okay we all find our way back to fun tops and makeup (on date night). On a serious note, I was so overwhelmed and so into making sure my baby was okay and then going back to work by the time Izzy was 8 weeks, I didn’t have time for myself. I use to paint and shop and have a lot of time for myself. That was gone and will be gone forever. Adjusting to this new life, that’s normal. It takes you time to find that balance again and figure out the new you.

11. Love for your spouse will grow as you watch your child(ren) bond with them.

I must say I love my husband more and more watching him with our daughter.

12. You will also have times you want to rip your spouses head off.

Hey emotions with kids run high. The stress of having a child is no joke. Make sure you find time together so you can connect and talk about things.

13. You will never be a perfect mom.

There is no such thing. You can strive to do your best as a mother for your child and that’s all they need. Give them love, feed them & maybe attempt a Pinterest activity together. haha

14. Mama bear is a real thing.

You have never felt emotions like you will when someone messes with your kid.

XO Eryka

To That Mom In The Store With Child Throwing A Tantrum

To That Mom In The Store With Child Throwing A Tantrum

To That Mom In The Store With  The Child Throwing A Tantrum Ever been in a store and your child completely melts down? Like the ultimate tantrum?! Outsiders think, what the hell is wrong with that kid? OR If I had a kid they would 

Three Things Every Moms Needs In Her Closet This Spring

Three Things Every Moms Needs In Her Closet This Spring

I received the shared products for an honest review. As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Spring is coming and that means warmer weather. I’m sharing 3 times that are must haves for your closet this spring! Also as a heads up, all 

Toddler Wearing – A Must Try with LILLEbaby

Toddler Wearing – A Must Try with LILLEbaby

I received the shared products from for an honest review.  As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. This post also contains affiliate links, purchases from these links can bring me a small profit and keep the blog running.

Toddler wearing is a must in this house. I wore Izzy as a baby because she hated her baby swing, comfort nursed and was breastfed on demand. I had things to do, like cook, grocery shop, do laundry and I was working from home full time. I honestly don’t know how moms, of needy babes like mine, get anything done without wearing their child. If you are pregnant, get one!

The option to toddler wear is life changing. Just like it was when she was a baby. There are things I need to get done. Let me tell you, this kid only wants to be held when I’m cooking dinner, cleaning or doing something where I need my arms.

When do I toddler where? At home when doing chores, out when walking or hiking. Give your arms a break mamas!

What’s my favorite carrier?

LILLEbaby

 

I’ve tried many carriers and the most comfortable one I’ve used is the LILLEbaby ! I had girlfriends beg me to try and finally I agreed. Guys, I wish I had sooner.

Not only do they come in different colors, but there are different styles to suit the age and size of your child and the temperate. Yes, for warm days they have breathable carriers which I used when traveling in the airport. We all know running from one gate to the next gets you sweating!

Like my friends who urged me to try LILLEbaby I’m asking you to check them out and give their carriers a try. I’m pretty certain you will fall in love with LILLEbaby like I did.

Happy Baby & Toddler Wearing Mamas!

XO Eryka

3 Ways Busy Moms Keep Going All Day

3 Ways Busy Moms Keep Going All Day

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SpecialKGoodness #CollectiveBias I haven’t met a mom who wouldn’t consider themselves busy or stretched thin. From being a working mom, to a stay at home mom to a