Teachings Tuesday: Love Wholeheartedly

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There are not a lot of photos of Jeff and I, and I kind of like it this way. Why, you ask? Because the happy moments should be the ones you treasure in your heart. You do not need to tell the world you are happy, you just need to feel it.

This photo was taken after I told Jeff we really do not have that many photos together, and I was having one of those “girl days” when you feel unloveable. He took out his phone and snapped a couple of photos. This one was my favorite, so I sent it to myself and used it as a background image on my phone for those moments I feel “unloved,” and they keep me smiling.

I do not post much about us on social media because at the end of the day, I just like to treasure the moments we have together as a family. Jeff means so much to me, and I like to show him in other, more private ways. I send him text messages about how much I love and miss him, and cannot wait for him to come home. I leave him random notes thanking him for the things he does for our family, and more. I love everything about him, even the things that I probably would not find attractive in someone else, such as his smoking habit, but it makes him “Jeff,” and I would not be able to genuinely say I love him without loving his not-so lovable habits. :)

Okay, I am done with being all mushy. I hope you are enjoying your Tuesday.
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Motivation Monday: Dismiss Negative People

happy people, let go, negative people, happinessIt is so easy to get caught up with the wrong crowd, and because of this, so many people find it hard to reach their goals. Just like this image, once they go away, go will come your way. Some people find this difficult to do because the negativity usually comes from people they genuinely care about. Family, friends, and in some cases, significant others send their negative vibes your way. When it is someone this close to you the best thing to do is hear them out and go about your day. Do your best to help them see the brighter side, but do not try to shove it down your throat. They may not want to hear it.

I hope you are having a wonderful Monday.

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Havana 1957: Great Portions At A Good Price

Havana 1957 If you are looking for a great place to have dinner with your family or even brunch on the weekends, I highly recommend Havana 1957I fell in love with the atmosphere the first night we visited this place. I was looking to try a new restaurant that was both inexpensive and had a live atmosphere. The employees are happy to serve you and are attentive to your needs.

We ordered:
Croquetas – yummy and cooked to order (and super cheesy!)
Ropa vieja – delicious, great portion
Plancha – Jeff really enjoyed this
Mango juice – fresh and delicious

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We have visited this place again since our first visit, and now it is one of Jeff’s brother’s favorite places to dine. Winning! ;)

How A Paranoid Mom Deals With Co-Sleeping


Co-sleeping has several benefits for newborns and infants alike, but there are risks parents take when allowing their child to sleep with them.

For starters, there is the suffocation factor. Doctors say this is one of the main causes for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, commonly known as SIDS. This was one of my biggest concerns when we first decided to share our bed with Sebastian. This was not a tough decision. We knew it was the only way he would sleep throughout the night. So, being the exhausted first-time parents we were, we allowed it.

I woke up several times the firs few nights just to make sure our son was still breathing. To calm my nerves, I developed a mental check list that would allow me to worry less about whether or not Sebastian was okay at night and get some sleep. After all, I was exhausted from breastfeeding most of the day.

Here is what that check list looks like:

1. Dress him in comfortable, yet fitting clothes.
2. Place Sebastian in the middle of the bed.
3. Level myself with his head and chest to prevent the covers from coming over hi face.
4. Remove any excess pillows.
5. If he fell asleep during a feeding, I like to make sure his hands and legs are properly positioned so feels comfortable.

Are there any tips you or someone you know can offer to a parent looking to co-sleep?

MomViews: Marriage After Starting A Family

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Juggling a career and a personal life can get a little crazy at times, just ask Tohni Jean, Creative Director of TohniStyle TV. Although she always dreamed of having a fabulous wedding, Tohni knew there were more important things in life. Meeting  her prince charming and starting a family while still keeping her foot in the corporate world was top of mind for Tohni. In this week’s MomViews segment, Tohni shares her experience with creating a family before saying “I Do.” 

MomViews: For most women, life is all about having a career, marrying their prince charming, and starting a family. But for you, things were a little different. What was it like walking down the aisle and seeing your boys?

Tohni Jean:
Seeing my boys all dressed up on our wedding day was like a fairytale. It was magical!

MV: Did anyone ever question whether or not you and Richard were ever going to get married after having your sons? 

Actually a few of my friends did, my dad asked Richard what his intentions with his daughter and after they spoke my dad was no longer concerned. My father said stay patient he is going to marry you.

MV: What is your favorite memory with your boys?
 TJ: Josh and Pax giving me hugs and kisses after school.

MV: How do you manage to take juggle your marriage, motherhood, and a career all at once? (I’ll link up to the article we’re working on) 
TJ: It can be challenging, but I make my family a priority and have a to-do list daily. I balance all by staying focus and limiting the time I am on the phone and online.

MV: What advice would you give a woman that is expecting her first child, but isn’t married to her boyfriend/fiance?

TJ: My Advice is your priorities should shift to the best mom you can and prepare your mind, body, and soul for the challenges of motherhood but never lose sight of your dreams and becoming a wife. It is the ultimate completion to a family’s bond.

Thanks for joining me this week. Stop by next Wednesday for more insights from moms like you. Also, don’t forget to check out last week’s post on how one mother has encourages her 12 children to live a healthy lifestyle.

Teachings Tuesday: Your Child Will Amaze You

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Being a parent makes you question a lot of things from your childhood. For starters, you wonder if you were as curious or as wild, if not worse! Watching Sebastian explore the world around him has been a joy. The way he discovers new things from old ones, — and how easily amused he is — melts my heart. Above is an image of him from the other day. I was folding clothes when he climbed on top of his walker and grunted so I would see what he was doing. He smiled once I looked over to him and he watched TV. It was the cutest thing ever.

Sebastian has done other things in the past that has amazed me, much of which has to do with him climbing on things like the couch, his rocking chair, the stairs, and as of late, his toy car. He has even climbed down from the bed and the stairs. The best part is being able to witness it all. I love and treasure these precious moments, and am very thankful for them each step of the way.

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Motivation Monday: It’s Never Too Late To Begin

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I have probably told myself this several time before I started to actually believe it, and I am so much happier today because of this. If you ever doubted your ability to do anything, please stop. You are better than you think you are, all you need is dedication. Whether you are sitting down writing your ideas on paper or putting up a vision board of everything you would like to accomplish in the next couple of months, or year, you are already ahead of yourself. That minor step is a leap in my book. All you have to do is put those thoughts into action.

I stopped working on The Pines News for a bit, started to feel discouraged, but once I started up again, I began a new chapter. Something better than before. This time I gave it my all. After experiencing a minor setback with Blogger, I knew the best thing to do was switch to WordPress, where I have my other blogs. It has been the best move for The Pines News, and I now have accurate and detailed stats to track the amount of traffic on my site. I was so excited to see that in just one day, I was able to double the amount of views I received on the first day of going live.

Getting The Pines News off the floor was one of my biggest goals this year and I could not have done it without the little voice in the back of my head. One of my good friends came for my son’s first birthday and she asked about The Pines News and I told her it was on hold. That was all I needed to get myself going. I kept thinking about why I had it on hold, and how I was afraid of what people were going to say. But, with time I started to think about why I started The Pines News and why it was important not only for me but for the people of the town. So, I stuck to it, and even perfected the logo and tagline, and breathed life back into the social sites. I can honestly say I am happy with my decision.

I hope you’re having a wonderful Monday.
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