• As A Creative

    Mudroom Reno Project

    The mudroom is one of the most overlooked places in most people’s homes. Our mudroom functions as the passageway between the garage and the kitchen, and also is our laundry room. Naturally, we collect everything you could think of in there: beach towels, vacuums, cleaning agents, sneakers, shoes, boots, tote bags, cold weather accessories, etc.  It’s the center of our chaos on the way out in the morning, and welcomes the aftermath of our day on the way in. Above are photos from before the renovation. I’m not sure what the original builder’s intention was with the design of the mudroom closet, but it’s quite peculiar. There was both horizontal…

  • As a Mommy,  As an OT

    Rainy Days with Toddlers

    Ever plan out a fun day outdoors and then here comes the rain to ruin everything? Especially when you have toddler, inclement weather can be a terrible start to the day. However, did you know that rainy days can be an awesome sensory adventure for your little one? Here I go throwing some occupational therapy jargon in there…”sensory”? Sensory meaning some or all of the 5 senses are being stimulated by an activity. Babies and toddlers learn SOOOO much through sensory play,  by way of touch, smell, sight, hearing and taste. As an occupational therapist, we’re always looking at different play activities as a opportunities for a child to explore…

  • As a Mommy

    Mothers Day Reflection: How Motherhood Has Changed Me

    Parents always tell other expecting parents the cliche phrase, “Your life will never be the same”. This statement could not be more true. I could give a laundry list of ways that our lives have changed since March 1, 2016 when we first became parents to Chase. However, I’ll refrain from that because ain’t nobody got time for all that. So instead, I reflected on the top 3 ways it has changed me. I pray more. Now do I get down on my knees every hour and close my eyes? No. But I do talk to God randomly throughout the day about my worries: for my children, for my husband,…

  • As a Mommy

    You’ve Got This, Mama- Book Launch and Review

    The Author Last night I had the pleasure of attending a book launch and mama-pampering night at Drybar in Downtown DC.  Andrea Faulkner Williams, is the co-founder of Tubby Todd Bath Co. based in San Diego and now the author of her second book, You’ve Got this Mama– Ideas for Taking Care of Yourself While You’re Taking Care of Your Little One. She is a mama to three, and started her baby bath product business with her husband. She reached out to me with an invite me to the event, and there was no way I was going to miss it. I cleared my schedule for that night, left the…

  • As a Mommy

    Women Uplifting Women: A Mother’s Day Celebration

    Mother’s Day is only 2 weeks away.  On Mother’s Day we celebrate the superwomen who have the hardest but most gratifying jobs: being a mom.  The festivities can range from a simple card and flowers, to a full day of pampering and spoiling the queen of the household. I started thinking about the mothers who have the same demanding responsibilities of caring for children, but don’t receive the same recognition on this day, especially those who are victims of domestic abuse and homelessness. House of Ruth is a non-profit organization that provides safe shelter, transition programs and resources/essentials to women and children who face these hardships. I decided to partner…

  • As an OT

    What exactly is Occupational Therapy?

    April is Occupational Therapy month!! What better way to celebrate my profession than to share a little bit about what we OT’s really do? I got into occupational therapy because I knew I wanted to be in the healthcare field and really help people live their BEST lives. I’ve been an OT practitioner for 7 years and still love what I do. I’ve answered some of the major questions we get on the daily basis and debunk any myths or mysteries about occupational therapy. Sooo “occupational”…that means you help people find jobs? Not exactly…the term, occupation, is not referring to careers, but rather the daily activities that a person performs.…

  • As a Mommy

    Product Review: BJingles Nightlight

    Familiar scene that a lot of moms of infants can attest to: It’s the middle of the night, usually smackdab in the middle of REM sleep, like 3:47AM. The baby is up and screaming for something: more milk, the pacifier fell out, wet diaper, just because, etc. So you go into this pitch black room, stumble your way through the room, maybe step on a squeaky toy or bump into other furniture, as you silently curse them out. You get your baby, and now you’re trying to either find the pacifier they spit out onto the ground, fill a bottle, change a diaper, all while still in the dark, because…

  • As a Mommy

    Table for 4- Dining Out with Little Ones

    Like many couples, my husband and I enjoy dining out every now and then. When Chase was born, I think our first outing as a family of 3 was around 6 weeks old. He was still in that larvae phase, when he would sleep through everything as long as he was fed. So we would tank him up with some milk, put him in his infant carrier and head out to the restaurant for a few hours. Once he started walking, things got a little harder, since he wanted to explore everywhere, but he was still manageable. Then around 18 months, mealtime became nearly impossible. Sure it was possible to go…

  • As a Mommy

    Chasing Chase: A Poem

    In celebration of my first born’s 2nd birthday last week, I wrote a little poem for him that I will show him when he’s older. I posted it last week on my social media, but figured it would be nice to add it as a blog post as well. Two years ago today is when you came into this world, Only mama knew that you’d be a boy and not a girl. We decided to call you Chase,  it was a short and sweet name, We found out very quickly that it would be your favorite game. We chase you around the house, before you run straight out the door,…

  • As a Mommy

    S#!+ I Said Before I Was a Mom

    “When I’m a mom, I’ll never ____”. “My kids will always ____”.  Most moms have said something along the lines of these statements before we actually entered motherhood. I’ve had conversations with fellow moms, especially ones with toddlers and older, and I found this was true among many: our mom dreams vs. mom realities. What I mean by this is we all had an idealistic picture of how we planned on “mom-ing”, whether it’s setting standards for screen time, all-organic everything, never losing patience, etc. And then at some point along the mom-journey one, few or many of these went out the window because we realized it just wasn’t realistic…