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DMC 2 - When I Grow Up

Once upon a time, I was a relentless dreamer. I knew in my heart of hearts that I was going to be a famous journalist, a children's book writer, a poet, and I was going to marry Christian Slater. Yup, I did say that I was a dreamer.

Though some of my plans fell through, I am not yet done with my dreams. They have changed slightly but I do still have a love for creative writing. Christian Slater, however, will have to understand that I've moved on. Sorry, Chris...

Today, I still do a lot of exploring and learning. You'd think at 39, I would already have the big question figured out but the truth is, I don't. I know that being a SAHM and wife are incredible blessings and I can't imagine putting anything else before being at home, teaching and eventually homeschooling my child. So, I guess you could just say that I want to be a teacher when I grow up. But I also want to be a few other things.

I have long considered studying massage and holistic medicine. This is something I bring up to my husband at least a few times a month. I've thought of going to classes, getting certifications, and possibly opening my own practice so I would still be able to "mom" full time. This is a huge dream but so darn interesting and exciting.

Anything is possible.

Then there are days where I want to study nutrition. Now, this is something very personal to me, as I've adopted a mostly plant based diet and have seen incredible improvements in my overall health. Because of my personal struggles with food (and there were very many), I want to learn more and share with others. Food doesn't have to be complicated. I am finally getting this. So many people have yet to. That's where I want to help.

Anything is possible.

I am pretty sure that I've made my final dream pretty obvious... I'd love to be a creative writer when I grow up. I want to write those children's books. My love for writing poetry remains. I enjoy creating the scene, the characters, the story and especially the mood. I love books and I would love to see my name on the cover of one, one day.

Anything is possible.

I guess you could say that I am still a bit of a relentless dreamer...

4 Fab Faves for Friday

This week I am really loving...

I can't even wrap my head around how much "stuff" we have scattered all over the place with the little one! Lucky me, I was able to get my hands on these fabulous Jute Storage Totes from Ziggy Baby. They are completely different from my other totes, as they aren't just fabric covered cardboard sides and bottom. These are actually made from jute (burlap) with a waxy interior that makes them easy to clean and waterproof. They are super sturdy and they look pretty darn good, too!
Ziggy Baby Jute Storage Totes

OK... I'm kinda in love with my Skechers Memory Foam Slip On shoes. I needed something that was comfy and versatile and in brown. I am on my feet A LOT and so my shoes need to be able to provide support for this busy momma. I honestly wasn't expecting to love these so much (because I am ridiculously picky) but... YES. I love these and they are cute!
Skechers Memory Foam Slip On Moccasins 

Ok, so when I was pregnant with my little one, I needed a hospital bag for all my stuff. I knew I would be staying a few nights, so a bigger bag was necessary. I carry a lot of stuff on the regular but this is special occasion stuff, right?! Anyway, I searched high and low before I settled on a very inexpensive weekender bag from Wild Pair. This bag is pretty darn big (HUGE) but it's also super cute. I can't help myself - I loved it so much that now I use it as a crossbody, everyday type bag. It's perfect for all the "mom stuff" I tote around. Just throw a wristlet in it for quick runs inside a store and anything else you can think of. My husband calls it the Mary Poppins bag. Yup. It's big. Oh, and it gets compliments allll the time. I love this bag.
Wild Pair Canvas Weekender

It finally happened! We got our first tooth on the 21st! Of course, now I am all about mini me's dental hygiene. You gotta start them straight away!!! I went with Dr. Brown's Infant to Toddler Toothbrush and Toothpaste Combo because we seem to do so well with the Dr. Brown bottles and nipples. It's a brand we really trust. Well, it was a good pick. My little one seems to really like the sensation of the brush on her sensitive gums and new sparkly tooth and the flavor of the paste isn't bad either! What I love is that the brush isn't just fun to look at but it is also practical and made well. The little elephant brush stands upright on its own and has soft bristles. This is a great first toothbrush set!
Dr. Brown's Infant to Toddler Combo

I can't believe how quickly the week flew by... a late TGIF to you. Happy Weekend!! 

In the spirit of full disclosure, this post does use affiliate links, which means that I may get a commission if you decide to purchase anything from the affiliate companies or campaigns from the links provided. 
Please know that I will only recommend products that I have tested and love. 
Ziggy Baby provided the Jute Storage Totes at no charge for an honest review. All other products listed were bought and paid for by me. My opinions are in no way influenced and are always 100% my own.

Road Trippin' - Rhode Island

We FINALLY had our first little family vacation just last weekend and it was so lovely. Short, sweet and absolutely wonderful!

We all piled in the car and drove north to visit my bestie, whom I hadn't seen since my baby shower last September! Needless to say, this was her first time meeting mini me, so it was a pretty special time.

As far as car trips go, the little one really seemed to enjoy herself. Very little fussing and a whole lotta singing! We were (mostly) all smiles from the time we left, to the time we came back home. My only advice to mommas traveling with little ones is this - coffee. And music. But, mostly just coffee. Car rides are long for everyone but as long as you have the energy to sing The Wheels On The Bus several hundred times, you should be just fine! ;)

Seriously, though... It's incredible how quickly a weekend can go by on an average weekend but when you are spending time with the ones you love - it zooms by. Take tons of pictures and give/get lots of hugs. I wouldn't mind going back to snag a few extra from S. I miss those hugs already.

Here are some pics from our trip and visit to beautiful Newport, RI where we got to do a tour of the Breakers Mansion and town. Exquisite.

Thank you for more wonderful memories. I miss you. I love you.

p.s. I am making a vow that we don't wait a full year in between visits. A girl needs time with her bestie. <3

Discover Me Challenge: 2 - When I grow up...

Remember how your younger self had big dreams? You knew in your heart of hearts that you would be an astronaut or famous writer or detective or you would stop crime, wearing your favorite blanket cape... Your younger self was free to dream big, without any limitations. Rules didn't apply to our dreams back then.

For this challenge, let's go back to those days where we weren't afraid to dream big, without the limitations. Anything is possible. There are no rules. 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

next prompt will be posted Sept. 29th


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