• a mothers message on breast cancer

    Cancer. The word no one wants to hear. Especially to hear that you or someone you love has it. My Mom battled kidney cancer last year. She had a giant mass growing on her kidney in which was surgically removed successfully with no more cancer results to follow. She healed beautifully and took on a whole new outlook on life. Present day: My Mom has stage 2 breast cancer and will be receiving a double Mastectomy. During a self examination at home she had found a lump in her breast and took immediate action….Scared she thought, “This cant be real”. Here is her message: “I want to tell people about…

  • 10 things

    10 things you probably didn’t know about me….. 1. I loathe the idea of having a TV in your bedroom. It makes me cringe. 2. I have suffered from Body Dysmorphic Disorder since 2nd grade. Heavily bullied for being thin. 3. My favorite food are potato’s in any way, shape or form. 4. I don’t eat the “ends” of pickles, chicken tenders or bananas. 5. I never believed in God until I saved my daughter, Brittin’s life from drowning in a pool using CPR 6 years ago. (I had no idea how to do it and never did it until that moment) 6. VERY afraid of heights, birds, flying insects…

  • pep-talk

    The top 5 quotes I go back to every time….. (photo credit-Pinterest) So if you haven’t already figured this out via my social media accounts (@lifeandmotherhood31) I am a quote junkie. I love quotes. They soothe me, speak to me, and are sensible. I could go on and on. They are my thing. Although I love most quotes, there are the ones that always seem to pull through for me at any given time. I keep these on my “motivation board” which is a bulletin board right in my office, a place where I see them everyday. “So, do it. Decide. Is this the life you want to live? Is this…

  • “Looks like it hurts”

    For future reference: A list of things NOT to say to a pregnant Woman (Photo creds-Pinterest) SO! Ladies, haha! We have all been there. 9 months pregnant, huge, hot, in pain, hormonal AF and ready to not be pregnant anymore. At this point we are ready to tattoo the due date, name and gender (or if it’s a secret) of our baby on our foreheads because we have answered this question 3459769309 times over. I got together with some of my friends and my sister, Kara and we broke down all things NOT to say to a pregnant woman. (from experience!) “Your STILL pregnant?” Yeah, it takes 40 weeks (sometimes more…

  • no more guilt

    Beginning this post, I had overwhelming writers block. I couldn’t think of a way to begin it, I had TOO MANY words & emotions running through my mind. I would write some, then delete it all. Write some, delete it all. Over and over. How do I begin to write about a subject that caused so much guilt and sadness for me?! Working Mom guilt Its a thing. It’s a feeling that to me, is so heavy. I cannot tell you how many times I have thought about turning my vehicle around after leaving my kids to go to work and never going back. Driving, I would think, “I never…

  • #FavFriday

        Hello all you beautiful humans!    First off, TGIF! Bringing you my very first #favfriday pick of the week is so exciting for me!     This week is my boy Chip Gaines book, “Capital Gaines”. You may know him and his fabulous wife, Joanna Gaines from HGTV’s series Fixer Upper. #imobsessed “Capital Gaines” is by far one of the most motivational, humbling, hilarious and heart quenching autobiographies I have read thus far in my 31 years of life. Chip is a man on a mission and his fearless dedication to both business and family are so inspiring to me. His success stories, one after the next, are…

  • get rid of it

    The actionable way to de-clutter your home and love it again! I have had soooo many woman email me and message me asking, “Please help me get the clutter under control!” “How am I supposed to function when toys are literally everywhere?!” “Desiree, how the hell do you just get rid of stuff? How is it so easy?” Well my little beauties, it’s easy! All of this is easy! The key is to STOP thinking and START doing! Get rid of shit. Haven’t touched it in 2 months? Get rid of it! Same pile of toys sitting in your living room corner that your kids have totally neglected? PERFECT! Get.…

  • simmer down now

    Being a single parent, there are no short cuts. The laundry doesn’t wash and fold itself, the house doesn’t clean itself and the lawn doesn’t mow itself. etc.etc.etc. YOU do it all. And most of the time, you’re doing all of this after or before working 8, 9, 10+ hours. -completely exhausting helloooo- You’d rather bribe the neighbor kid with popsicles and $5.00 to do a bang up job on the lawn and pray he does it at this point because then its one less thing to do. I sat down and tallied up the five most precious, god-send gadgets and apps that help me live through the hell days…

  • mushy moment

      Almost every time I go to my moms we walk around the perimeter of her house and check out all her flower gardens -She has so many- We check the wild blackberry bushes and the rapidly growing mint. The smells are so potent, so heavenly. If we did this everyday it would never get old to me. I love, cherish and look forward to taking those walks with her and admiring all those flowers alongside her. We share the same love for flowers and gardening, no doubt. In fact, I inherited that love from my Momma. It’s memories like these that I will carry with me forever.   Do…

  • back to your roots

    So you’re probably asking yourself how that quote has anything to do with fun summer bucket lists. It actually has a lot to do with this one. Before we jump right into it I want to explain what inspired me to create it Before we ever became what we are now-mothers, wives, girlfriends, bosses, students, etc.- we were our authentic selves, doing whatever, whenever. We wouldn’t have to put our own wants and needs on the back burner for anyone or anything, we simply just did what we wanted and it was frigging awesome. But then life happens, we have babies, we get full-time jobs, we get a spouse, we…