I am mom & I deserve to have nice hair too!

My hair journey has been a wild adventure of bad bangs, crazy curls, bleach blonde streaks, many hair extensions damaging my hair, balding caused from iron deficiency, postpartum hair loss and so on. I even went as far as cutting off my split ends one by one to avoid losing inches in a full on haircut. I have strived my entire life to get movie star hair. I have used good shampoos, but never had a favorite. I normally just bought what salon type shampoo Kohl’s was offering at the time with my Kohl’s cash. I had so many shampoos half started and told myself I’d used them all up before buying anything new. I looked at the bottles in my shower and was disgusted by what I saw. The shampoos and conditioners contained sulfates, artificial fragrances, harsh chemicals and worst of all, they test on animals. One of them even stated that the product was known to cause cancer in the state of California. Therefore, I’m all for trying cleaner products, especially if they can help me and others. Many friends have complained about postpartum hair loss and I know men who are not happy with their hair loss. Thinning hair affects your self-esteem and makes you feel self-conscious. There’s a fairly new hair care company that promises to remedy your hair called MONAT

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If you’re pregnant, brace yourself for all the uncalled comments this holiday season!

Chicago’s Indian summer has been forgotten, our winter coats have been put back to good use and the countdown to family holiday events is on! Holidays are full of family traditions, great food, making memories and charming inappropriate comments from loved ones. All mothers to be have received unwanted questions and comments while pregnant. Carrying a baby gives people the right to say ridiculously rude things to you or at least they believe it does. On top of being an emotional mess, pregnant woman have to fight off comments flying through the air while trying to survive life with her in-laws. I remembered my experience, asked some close mom friends and decided on the top ten inappropriate comments pregnant woman will deal with this holiday season. Enjoy!

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Zenni Optical is my Newest Mom Style

What mom doesn’t want to look trendy in her leggings and tunic tops? Did you know you could buy two or three pairs of prescription glasses for the same price as your LuLaRoe or Piphany (previously known as Honey and Lace) leggings? While off work after having my twins, I became a full-fledged lover of fancy and fashionable prescription eyeglasses. I have worn contacts since seventh grade and was a huge contact wearer until recently. Sparing the extra time in the morning to get my contacts in gave me an extra few minutes of sleep. Any extra sleep this new twin mom could receive was a huge benefit!

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Holiday Whine

The holidays are supposed to be a time for giving, bringing together old friends and family, and eating lots of sweets. Holidays should be full of lots of laughter and joy! But, what if the holidays are the worst time of year, because they remind you of what you’ve lost? For instance: what if your family isn’t the happy family as shown on holiday movies? What if your hopes and dreams were shattered because of a broken family? What if the holidays remind you of what you don’t have rather than what is your living room?

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Emergency Brake

Do not let this adorable face fool you. Remember, we call her Norbert for a reason!
Are there any Harry Potter fans out there? 

Three months ago, her life flashed before my eyes. Writing and reliving this experience causes the chest pains I experienced to return.
One afternoon, while driving home on Interstate-355, this cute escape artist:  

weaseled her arms out of her car seat! The following situation happened within seconds:

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Nanny Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

“I would like you to consider this my two week notice.” is not the message anyone wants to read from their brand new nanny.  “Wait, what?” was my initial reaction. Then, my thoughts rushed straight to my precious three children. I couldn’t believe it! My nanny, who had only worked for us for four days, quit. I knew she was struggling, because we had just spent forty-five minutes talking through the problems she had the first week and she quit two hours later in a text message. Her unseemly immature behavior of quitting via text message was a huge surprise to me because she is the same age as me. I had to look at the text message a few times before actually understanding it. At first glance, I thought it could have been a joke because we had left off on such a good note. Boy, was I wrong! My return to work after a yearlong maternity leave after the birth of my twins was just made ten times more difficult because my kids are now childcare-less!

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My strong willed seven year old!

I’m not even sure where to start when it comes to my second born. She has ALWAYS been, from birth until now, a very strong-willed beautiful little girl. She is very stubborn, tremendously strong minded and very LOUD! She has presented me and my husband with countless obstacles. We struggled with all of the discipline methods we have tried with her. One of our biggest difficulties with her is her attitude and her constant defiance of our rules. Practically everything I ask her to do I receive the response, “I don’t want to!” or “NO!” or “Why?” My husband and I also struggle with her defiant attitude. She constantly talks back to us with her sassy mouth. She has even resorted to yelling back at us, stomping to her room and slamming the door to try to get her way. UGH!!! Nothing has come easy with her!

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