National Ice Cream Day!!🍦

Did you know that President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream month as well as the 3rd Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day, back in 1984?

Guess what TODAY is?! That’s right…the day we all have permission to enjoy our favorite ice cream guilt free!! 🤣🍦😋

So tell me,

1) What is your favorite ice cream flavor?🍦

Mine is Mint! 😋

2) Favorite Ice Cream Shop?🍨

It’s a toss up…Hands down my two FAVORITE are Sophie’s Dough in Springfield Mall (I get the mint ice cream in a bubble waffle) AND Dunbri’s Dessert Cafe in Haymarket VA (We love the shakes & Pure Barry)!!😱😋 I tell ya what, Ice Cream isn’t what it was when I was a kid. It’s been taken to a whole new level.

Now go celebrate today!!

Enjoy & stay cool.😎☀️

Mamas Open Heart ♥️

XoXo 💋

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Confession of an OCD Mama.

So this…

The kids were gifted this box of Legos for Christmas. TWO.YEARS.AGO. 🤦🏻‍♀️ They have never opened it…until NOW. Six individual bags beautifully packaged by color nestled within the LEGO storage box. Never ever to be found like this again. 😭 Seeing them so perfectly organized made my heart oh so happy. The thought of them mixing & becoming absolute chaos had me cringing like no other. My first thought was to tell them no go put that away, but I stopped myself because remember they have had this for TWO years. What’s the point of having this stuff if they aren’t able to play with it? So I took a deep breath & said “Oh, how fun!”

I sat down on the floor with them & watched them explore & be creative. The excitement on their faces, their tiny hands manipulating these pieces, the team work & way they coached one another, how proud & accomplished they felt…it was beautiful & also made my heart oh so happy.

I am striving each day to be better. To be more conscious, more present, more patient & more accessible to my children. I’m aware of the chaos & noise that fills my head & all too often allowing it to get in the way of me being who I want to be. It’s a struggle. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I’m not perfect. My life is beautiful chaos & I try to control situations in which I fear will only bring more chaos.

Through writing it helps me to process my thoughts & feelings. We’ve all heard the saying “Choose your hard”. It’s so true, right? So I was thinking about the opposite of that saying. “Choose your happy”. In letting go & allowing what I thought would be chaos, I found something completely different. Yes the perfectly organized legos by color made me happy, but seeing my kids learning & exploring so much together made me happiest. So I chose my happy & I’ll choose my hard & will continue to do my best each & every day.

“Quiet your mind so you can hear what your heart is telling you.”

Mamas Open Heart ♥️

XoXo💋

How to remove chewing gum from hair.

Who remembers the days of having gum cut out of your hair? The missing chunk that you hoped nobody would notice & would quickly grow back. 😬 Well next time you need gum removed from hair, put down those scissors & run for the Coconut Oil! This stuff is MAGIC! I scooped a glob onto my fingers & worked around the section of hair with the gum. The oils did their thing & with the help of my fingernails(a fine tooth comb) would be a great option, the gum was out & no missing hair! Praise the Lord! I’ve heard of Peanut Butter(it’s the OIL that’s MAGIC), so the choice is yours. Pretty much comes down to…would you rather smell like peanut butter or coconuts? 🤣🤷🏻‍♀️

XoXo 💋

Mamas Open Heart ♥️

One year, still tears, Oh how we miss & love you dear.

A year it’s been since you parted this earth,

two months I’ve had this angel from birth.

Make no mistake every thing has a reason,

even our grief doesn’t break for a season.

I feel you near when the Cardinals fly by,

But oh how I wish that I could call & say hi.

The sound of your voice isn’t heard with my ear, it’s deep in my heart year after year.

First man to love me & guide me in life,

you’d be so proud of your kids, grands & wife.

The bonds have been tested yet strong to the core, this Family you created is one we adore.

It’s hard to believe how the time has gone past,

but our memories live on & won’t be the last.

For each day that we’re gifted will be lived in your honor, our blessings are abundant & we couldn’t be fonder.

Thank You for your everlasting love & guidance. We love & miss you eternally.

XoXo 💋

Mamas Open Heart ♥️

To Write Love on Her Arms

An organization with a great mission. Here’s their statement…

You can follow their FB page at To Write Love on Her Arms.

Don’t stay silent…it’s time to talk. I am always here to lend a listening ear. You are never alone.

XoXo 💋

Mamas Open Heart ♥️

May: Mental Health Awareness Month

Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans experience a Mental Health Condition. Every American is affected and or impacted through their friends & family. YOU can do something to help!

First things first…STOP THE STIGMA! Mental Illnesses come in many different forms. Allow the person to be seen for who they really are & NOT the illness.

This topic in particular hits very close to home. I am passionate about being an advocate for those who feel they don’t have a voice by bringing awareness & tearing down the walls that stigma creates.

I hope you’ll join me in becoming an advocate for Mental Health. Let’s replace the Stigma with Hope. 💚 #gogreenformentalhealth #mayismentalhealthawarenessmonth

XoXo 💋

Mamas Open Heart ♥️

Monthly Milestone

2 months it’s been since I pushed your nearly 10 lb self into this World. You haven’t slowed down since. We often hear people out & about say that they thought you were at least 3 months. They’ve said that since you were only a few weeks old. 🤣🤷🏻‍♀️ As the days go by I fall more for you. How it’s possible I’ll never know.

The way you look me in the eyes & smile with such intent makes time seem as if it’s standing still. My eyes well up as I smile back. It’s pure love & joy I feel son. I’m beginning to feel concerned that your going to associate your smiles with my tears as something other than what it is. I promise I’ll get it together. I truly feel nothing but pure happiness & am so incredibly blessed to be your Mama. Sometimes those darn hormones just get in the way.

Two days ago you were on your play mat tolerating tummy time when you decided to roll from belly to back. I think you surprised yourself, I know you did me! It was pretty effortless as if you knew what to do all along. It was Monday, your Dads first day back to work. It was a good distraction & Mama was so proud! Your timing is always right on.

Now I say tolerate tummy time because it’s definitely not a favorite of yours. You’ll let me know when enough is enough. However, I put a mirror down for you & you seem to really dig that. Your getting stronger every day. Even though you’re still sleeping a lot during the day, your sleeping well at night. Your definitely Mamas night owl though. I knew you’d be as you enjoyed late night parties while in the womb.

Your just as smitten with your siblings as they are with you! It’s the greatest thing to witness. You’re a blessing beyond measure & are the perfect fit for our Family. It always amazes me with each child how much love is possible. It’s truly the greatest gift & you son no doubt were hand picked for us. We love you!

XoXo 💋

Mamas Open Heart ♥️