Thursday, June 20, 2019

Dear Professional Athlete

Dear professional athlete who blew my son off,

You were a 10 year old boy once. A boy who went to bed dreaming of one day being on that field (you know... the one you’re currently playing on). Remember? You couldn’t get thoughts of baseball out of your head? 
You woke up to eat breakfast in hurry before scurrying out for your daily dose of neighborhood baseball. Your front yard was probably the only one that had bases perfectly placed as you hosted a “home” game. Your mom continuously yelling out the front door to “stop hitting the windows”. 
You signed up each year without fail for your local little league, right? You probably had only one goal in mind and that was to work your butt off to make the all-star team. 
You probably watched dozens of videos of your MLB favorites (every. single. day.) trying to soak in their every move. Because of this, you probably had an incredible knowledge of the game at 10 years old. 
Your mom most likely washed practice clothes and uniforms 4-5x weekly trying to keep up. She also probably rolled her eyes each time you came to her, cleats in hand, saying they no longer fit. Year in and year out, your family most likely dropped thousands of dollars to support your passion. Without a doubt, your mom was your loudest and proudest fan... to the point of embarrassment.
Your life was probably made when your stepfather gifted you tickets to see a professional baseball game. There was something so special about rooting on your home team and praying you’d some day make it there. It was always your dream, right? I know because this is my son and our lives.
It seems that somewhere along the way, you’ve forgotten that 10 year old little boy you once were. You know how I know this? Because when my son (along with a handful of other little boys) came to support you during your All-Star game, on your home field..... you waved him off. You put your hand up to a 10 year old boy who only wanted the autograph of the players (yeah...you) that he so desperately wishes to be. This little boy, who you once were, looked on in sadness as you held your hand up to him and proceeded to spend the entire post game festivities wrapped up in your girlfriend’s arms. It wasn’t just you, but several of your teammates who walked past these kids and didn’t think twice (thank you to the TWO of you who did stop and say hello to them). Yes, I did loudly ask your teammate if he was serious as he walked past the kids, leaving them disappointed.
 I get that you’re young and maybe you don’t fully understand the impact you have. Maybe you don’t realize that you’re living out these little boys dreams. The look on not only my son’s face but those of all the other little boys, crushed me as a mother.  
Tonight, my son learned a very important and very expensive ($100 tickets, $50 food/drinks, and $8 for a ball to have players sign) lesson on humility. As we walked out of your home stadium, he made his mama a promise.
 He vowed to never be like you. He vowed to always remember where he came from. He vowed to always remember that moment when he was 10 years old and was made to feel he wasn’t worth the 3 seconds of someone’s time. He vowed to never make another 10 year old boy feel the way he left feeling.
You’re a good kid. I’m sure of it and this won’t stop us from coming to support you and your team. This won’t stop my son from working towards his dream. But next game, please stop and thank those little boys. You owe it to that 10 year old boy you were once. 

Sincerely,
The Mom of THAT 10 year old little boy

Monday, June 3, 2019

Pregnancy and Newborn Must Haves

Congratulations on your little bundle of joy! I remember the excitement of squinting at those pink lines trying make sense of it all. Then the anxiety set in. Oh crap! My youngest child at the time was 7 and I was starting all over. I mean allllll over. We had nothing. Nada. Zip. Zero.

It was so overwhelming trying to navigate life as a expecting mom. Most everything I had used for my previous 2 children were nonexistent or was no longer acceptable 🤦🏻‍♀️

Times change and they change fast.

To help spare you some of the anxiety I felt, I’ve compiled a list of things I needed or now know I needed. Enjoy!

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  • Pregnancy Pillow
GET YOSELF ONE OF THESE! It is honestly one of the best investments you’ll make your entire pregnancy. As the days go on, you’ll find that anything that helps you sleep at night is 100% worth it! Check out this amazing maternity pillow on amazon ⬇️

  • Belly Bands
Belly Bands are a must have! They provide comfort and support to gently lift your growing belly. These always helped take pressure off my heavy belly and also helped keep me in my pre-pregnancy pants a tad longer 😉
Check this band out➡️ https://amzn.to/2WrQCeQ

  • Maternity Panties
These!!!!!!! Go on and click the link below. You can thank me later!! These cotton undies fit nicely under your precious baby bump without the added pressure. Check them out here➡️ https://amzn.to/2KrCHhp 



  • Maternity Photoshoot
I know, I know! The last thing you want to do when you feel like a beached whale is take photos. Please trust me and just do it. Capture these beautiful moments with your unborn child. 

If you’re located in Mississippi or Massachusetts, check out my amazing photographer Emily Shadeed at https://www.emilyshadeed.com. She’s so easy to work with and makes you feel like the most beautiful woman in the world. 

  • Chicco Keyfit30 Carseat and Stroller
This is just my personal opinion and preference. When my other two boys were younger, I had a super bulky and heavy car seat and stroller set. I knew this time around I NEEDED something easy and lightweight because of the constant in and out of the car due to sports. This set has been a lifesaver at the ballfields lately! Check out the car seat here➡️ https://amzn.to/2Ij9vq2


Click here for the super lightweight stroller➡️ 



  • DockATot
This is the perfect docking station for your baby to rest, play, and cuddle! They are quite pricey but they are AMAZING! It keeps your baby confined in a safe and relaxing space to help ease those new mom fears. 


  • Baby Carriers/Wraps
Why didn’t I have one of these with my older two?!? We would be lost without our baby wrap and I’d never get anything done without it! My little one loves to snuggle up to me and it brings him so much comfort when he is being extra fussy. Do your research and check reviews. It’s honestly based on preference. I went with the Baby K’Tan and love it! Below are some links to some of the more popular baby wraps.

Boba Baby Wrap➡️ https://amzn.to/2WbXW92

Baby K’Tan➡️ https://amzn.to/2WbdV7l

Ergo Carrier Sling➡️ https://amzn.to/2W87X7q

Moby Classic Wrap➡️ https://amzn.to/2MnMMOV

  • Diapers and wipes
I’ll be honest here, I use to go the cheap way with diapers and would always silently curse when they would leak. This go round, my sister introduced me to The Honest Company. Again, this is an area of preference but I wanted to at least introduce you to this brand. 

They offer safe baby and beauty products and it’s an added bonus that their diapers have the CUTEST patterns to choose from. You can purchase as needed or you can do what I do and choose to have diapers and wipes auto-shipped to you. This is so much more convenient for my family because I never run short of diapers. And guess what?!? We’ve never had a leak with these (personal experience. All experiences may vary). Head to www.honest.com to learn more.

Also, you can purchase their wipes and bath supplies on Amazon. Here is my absolute favorite shampoo to use with our infant➡️ https://amzn.to/2MC4rTs.


  • On the Go Dome
We are constantly on the go whether at the ballfields, park, family’s house, etc. This Fisher-Price Dome is the perfect portable set to take along with you.
Find it here➡️ https://amzn.to/2WdpFGC


  • Halo Sleep Sack
Now, we didn’t personally use this but every “Mom Group” I’m in, there are hundreds of moms who swear by it! Honestly, I’m trusting the mass opinions of moms over a company’s word. That is why it has made the list. Halo Sleep Sack keeps your babe perfectly swaddled and is said to help them sleep better (mom group mass opinion). 
Check it out here➡️ https://amzn.to/2IifAmL

  • Simply Joys by Carter’s
We LIVE by these sleepers! Our son currently has an NG tube (feeding tube through his nose) and the sleepers are a lifesaver. He was constantly pulling his tube out when flailing his arms around. These adorable sleepers have little cuffs you fold over their hands to keep them from scratching (or pulling) at their little faces!
Check them out here➡️ https://amzn.to/2Iih40j

  • Bottle Drying Rack
If you plan on using bottles, whether formula or breastfed, go ahead and invest in one of these. They are super cheap and super convenient. It helps keep your bottles organized in one space and helps keep the germs away. Check it out here➡️ https://amzn.to/2wza6yv

  • Sound Machine
We don’t use a sound machine but again, other moms RAVE over them. I came across this Hatch Baby Sound Machine and Night Light. It easily connects to your phone via Bluetooth which allows you to control it. I’m recommending Hatch Baby because we have the Hatch Baby Changing Pad and Scale (found here➡️ https://amzn.to/2JVn3vi) and it’s so easy to use. We LOVE it!!

Check it out here➡️ https://amzn.to/2wywLLh

  • Diaper Bag
Since this isn’t my first rodeo, Im pretty experienced in all kinds of diaper bags. My all time favorite has been my diaper backpack. It has so much space and pockets for everything. It’s perfect to just sling on my back and go! Check out my diaper bag here➡️ https://amzn.to/2WKtGqh




Now, I realize this isn’t EVERYTHING you need for a newborn but it’s a start. I hope I was able to give you some ideas and help you not feel as overwhelmed! Congratulations again on your sweet little baby!!
Please Note:Items listed in this post are of my own personal opinion. As always, its recommended that you research products to ensure their rating and safety. This post contains affiliate links (Amazon Associates Program) which means if you click and purchase a qualifying item, I may earn affiliate commission at not additional cost to you 

2019 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day: June 16, 2019
*** Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I may earn affiliate commission at no extra cost to you***


With June 16th quickly approaching, I finally launched my 2019 Father’s Day Gift Guide all in one place! I always have the most difficult time shopping for the men in my life. Why are they so difficult?! 🙄 To spare you some of the stress I endure each year, I researched and compiled some of my favorite Amazon gift finds. I hope you find something cool on the list for this Father’s Day and remember....the recommended products are of my own opinion and liking. Please research seller, product, ratings, etc. prior to purchase. 

MUSIC LOVERS:
I think this is probably my favorite gift idea of the guide this year! My husband LOVES much and if yours does too, this is a great gift combo.

Pair this waterproof shower Bluetooth speaker with Amazon Prime music! Every music lovers dream! With the link below, you can sign up for 1 month free trial of Amazon Music. I have it and it is AMAZING 🤗
Find the speaker here ➡️ https://amzn.to/2QIX4rK


Don’t need a shower speaker? Check out this portable, WATERPROOF Bluetooth speaker ⬇️

Buy it here ➡️ https://amzn.to/2Z589Ge


Sign up for Amazon Music FREE trial here 

➡️ https://amzn.to/2EpyCqa




GRILL LOVERS:
 My husband owns these and he is seriously obsessed with them (mainly because they make him feel like Wolverine). 

They are perfect for shredding pork, chicken, etc and they are a kitchen MUST HAVE for only $9.99.
Check them out here ➡️ https://amzn.to/30p0Pqt



Need something else perfect to pair with the meat claws?! What about this AWESOME Kona Grill Mat?! You get a set of two for $19.99. 
Read all about them here ➡️ https://amzn.to/2EPPOFr


Top off your ultimate grilling gift with some of these delicious FreshJax Grilling Spices (Set of 5) for only $24.99!
Check them out here ➡️  https://amzn.to/2JTNwt5


DIY KIT LOVERS:
If your husband is anything like mine, he loves to dabble in DIY kits! What better way to celebrate him than with these unique DIY Kits.

This Hot Sauce Making Kit is perfect for the husbands who love all things spicy 🌶 

Check it out here ➡️ https://amzn.to/2YEsimp


Is your DIY husband a liquor lover too?! Then check out this DIY Spirit Infusion kit!!
Check it out here ➡️ https://amzn.to/2JUaWP6



Perfect for the DIYer who loves beer! This Brooklyn Brew Shop kit is under $40 🤗
Click here to order ➡️ https://amzn.to/2ERl2ft



OUTDOOR LOVERS:
We love spending time together outdoors. Here are a few of my favorite outdoor gift finds. 

This Arbor Creek Outfitters Hammock is PERFECT for your outdoors lover. The best part?! For every hammock sold, they plant one tree in honor of you (or your dad). 🌲🌲🌲🌲


Click here to help save the environment ➡️ https://amzn.to/2HoyJnX



This pop up golf chipping net is perfect for the backyard!! Any golf lover is sure to love this 🤗

Check it out here ➡️ https://amzn.to/2JTjXrR



The special dad in your life love camping or spending quality time outdoors? Help protect all his things with this waterproof dry bag. Perfect for CAMPING OR FISHING and it’s under $25!
Check it out here ➡️ https://amzn.to/2EOAetS


DRINK LOVERS:
I found some of the most fun drink-ware that I know your dads would love! Have a look for yourself ⬇️

These BenShot drink glasses are so unique and sure to be the talk amongst his friends. Only $34.99 for the set!

Check them out here ➡️ https://amzn.to/2wcTM6l


By the same company, this Benshot Pint Glass with a real golf ball is a must have!  Pair it with the chipping net previously mentioned and you have the perfect gift set for a golf lover!
Check it out here ➡️ https://amzn.to/2HlAaU7


This whiskey decanter globe is AMAZING! For $50 (regularly $89.99) your husband or father can have the most talked about centerpiece!

Check it out here ➡️ https://amzn.to/2WKAa8w


OTHER FUN AND UNQIUE GIFT IDEAS:
Magnelex Magnetic Tool Wristband➡️ https://amzn.to/2JUjVA0
The Man Sham Chamois Cloth➡️ https://amzn.to/2EMzy87
Starling’s Car Trunk Organizer➡️ https://amzn.to/2EODUvA
Carharrt Deluxe Lunch Cooler➡️ https://amzn.to/2XnOIYZ
The Beard Mate shaping tool➡️ https://amzn.to/314IWgW
Neal Slim Pocket Wallet➡️ https://amzn.to/2EPTE1n
Beer Chiller Sticks➡️ https://amzn.to/2KiP1AC
Beard Grooming Kit➡️ https://amzn.to/2QGd9y3
1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die➡️ https://amzn.to/2QKn4mj
Leather Toiletry Bag➡️ https://amzn.to/2WH8pOg
Universal Socket Grip➡️ https://amzn.to/2JVSKEE
Travel Adapter Outlet➡️ https://amzn.to/2WdV7V2
NFL Collapsible Round Table➡️  https://amzn.to/2QJelkA
Indoor Herb Starter Kit➡️ https://amzn.to/2Mrh9UW
Jumbo Yardzee➡️ https://amzn.to/2Wbl1Jb
Flex Fillet Fishing Knife➡️ https://amzn.to/2MBzTBg
Ready 2 Fish Tackle Box➡️ https://amzn.to/2IeauI7
Leather Dress Belt➡️ https://amzn.to/2Iin9d0
Fresh Balls➡️ https://amzn.to/2KoS4XU
20PC BBQ Grill Tool Set➡️ https://amzn.to/2MFYGUP

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