Second Trimester of Pregnancy: What to Expect

The Second Trimester is the best trimester of all!

Second Trimester of Pregnancy- What to Expect

Congratulations you made it through the first 13 weeks of hell. Now the fun really starts happening. Though you will still feel like your ‘pregnant” this trimester is not all geared towards throwing up and your head stuck over the toilet seat. Here are a few things to expect during the second trimester.

There are a few things that will SUCK during the second trimester like:

  • Leg Cramps
  • Heartburn
  • Stretch Marks
  • Peeing Frequently
  • Mood Swings
  • Swelling
  • Varicose Veins

So many things happen during this trimester. That sweet baby is also growing ears, eyes, capillaries for blood flow, fingerprints, and will start to suck and yawn, which is the cutest thing if you catch it during your ultrasound. This will also be the time where you will feel your sweet baby kick for the first time. It will start out as sweet little flutters and then qucikly turn into a soccer game with your bladder. All in all it’s pretty damn amazing!

A few awesome things about this trimester

  1. Your morning sickness should be gone (for most women). This is a praise Jesus kind of moment. One day you’ll wake up and not have to rush to the bathroom to throw up. It truly is a miracle.
  2. Your energy should be back. Your body won’t be using as much energy to create life as it does during the first trimester. You should get a nice little recharge and it will feel amazing. You’ll be able to take on the world because you would have basically just gone through death itself which is the first trimester.
  3. Pregnancy Brain. Most people would think this isn’t a good thing but in all honesty to me it’s freaking awesome. Anytime I forget something (or just don’t want to go / do it) I blame it on my “pregnancy brain” No one is going to argue with that. It’s a fail proof thing!
  4. The Pregnancy Glow. This typically happens during the second trimester. You will get wonderful compliments on how your “Glowing”. You will look like a goddess so soak it up because no face creams or contouring will give you that gorgeous natural effect.
  5. Sex sex and more sex. This will be the trimester that your baby daddy will love. Some expectant moms experience a stronger sex drive due to the extra blood flowing through their bodies. Take every chance you get because once the third trimester comes you will not be feeling this way. TRUST ME!

The second trimester is my favorite one by far. Be sure to document it with photos and a journal every chance you get. This is the trimester of feeling alive and great. Have fun and enjoy that sweet baby growing inside of you!

xoxo,

Chels

 

Second Trimester of Pregnancy- What to Expect

Pregnancy First Trimester: What to expect

The first trimester of pregnancy is horrible. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful thing and I am so thankful I have my wonderful children, but making them (not the bedroom part wink, wink) isn’t the most fun. For all 6 of my pregnancies, I literally had my head stuck in the toilet for the first few months and it continued throughout certain pregnancies. IT BLOWS and I am not even joking about that.

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For most women, this is the hardest trimester of pregnancy. It isn’t pretty. You feel bloated, nauseated and not to mention the “glowing” look that everyone talks about doesn’t happen right away. I could play connect the dots on my forehead from zits because my hormones were out of control! Oh, AND  I am a disaster with all the crying, yelling, laughing, screaming and much more. Just know that this phase doesn’t last forever I promise.

Here are a few things to expect during your first trimester.

  1. Fatigue – Making a baby is exhausting. You’re going to want to sleep all the time and that is totally fine! Things you normally do might leave you feeling exhausted. It’s rough, but the good thing is you can sleep all day and no one will judge you! If you have other children I’m sorry to say…………….you’re screwed!
  2. Nausea – The severity will vary. Some women will get it and some (lucky women) won’t but most likely you’re going to have it and it will SUCK ASS!!!!!!. While your head is stuck in the toilet just remember, it won’t last long… (hopefully)
  3. Strong smells– If you haven’t taken out the trash in a long time you will smell it and it might make you vomit. If you have school kids, like me, you may want to frequently wash their shoes because the stinky feet smell will be so strong it will make you gag and throw up. Trust me. It happened to me EVERY SINGLE DAY! (ps. school kids are smelly I advise you to give them frequent showers while you’re pregnant because those smells are horrifying)
  4. Your Boobs Hurt Like Hell– Watch out when walking because one hit to the boob will send some not so pretty words flying out of your mouth. Also when you’re getting frisky with your baby daddy make sure he is gentle. Nothing kills the moment like screaming in pain due to your pregnancy boobs aching. Side note: THEY GET BIGGER enjoy them while they last.
  5. Your Cravings are out of control– I am pretty sure I have asked my husband to go to Dairy Queen at least 3 times a week for me. OR I have also craved egg sandwiches, sour cream and Alka Seltzer.. ( that last one isn’t my proudest moment)

Be sure to check out First Trimester Must-Haves

Don’t get me wrong. I think all of these symptoms are terrible but it is well worth it. At the end of this shit show (pregnancy), you’ll have a sweet loving little baby who will change your life forever, in a good way.

 

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Like I said before, this trimester doesn’t last forever. It will be a distant memory soon. Use all the help you can get. If you have other children, have them go play at a friends house. You’ll need all the rest you can get.

 

xoxo,

Chels

Pregnancy: First Trimester Must-Haves

Do you read articles where everyone tells you pregnancy is a miracle? Or how beautiful and glorious it is? Well, all that is true but they never tell you how bad it SUCKS at the same time! Some women have no issues during pregnancy but if you’re like me, then your pregnancy is terribly filled with heartburn, back pain, and nausea. Not to mention that everytime I cough or sneeze I pee my pants! True story. Forget the mommy make-over, just buy me a new bladder!

I’m not joking, although my skin is glowing and my hair is shiny, my boobs are hurting like crazy and my hips are from here to Kentucky! DONOT even get me started on my moodiness and uncontrollable crying during this time. I absolutely restrict lifetime movies during pregnancy because once I start crying, I will not stop.

Although I am sure you are excited for the growing bean in your belly to mature into a delicious baby. It isn’t easy making a baby but I promise it is worth it!

Pregnancy trimester must haves

A few of my Must-Have items to survive the Frist Trimester of pregnancy

Total Body Pillow – This is absolutely a must have for me. During the first trimester, my back is achy. I use this pillow to support my back. Once my pregnant belly grows I will switch it and use it to support my belly.

Netflix – You will be exhausted. By exhausted I mean DEAD! Sleep as much as you can. Watch Netflix, read a book or do whatever in your power to stay relaxed. If you have other children Netflix is a great babysitter! (joke)

Tums – For the sake of your sanity, carry this shit in your purse at all times. Heartburn is a crappy sneaky thing. It just sneaks up on you out of nowhere. I carry these in my car and eat them like candy. It helps that they are actually really good!

Sports Bra – My boobs always kill me with every pregnancy. They are preparing to make some delicious milk for your sweet baby. If you don’t feel like a huge cow now, just wait until you breastfeed. I love this Sports Bra. It is amazing and great support. I will only wear sports bras during pregnancy. My boobs are huge and I would rather be comfortable than not comfortable. I mean come on, we are making a freaking brain right now!

Extra Strength Tylenol –  I get terrible headaches and migraines even more so during pregnancy. Since I can’t take anything other than Tylenol, I stock up on the extra strength. It is always great to have if your body is achy as well. Keep this by you at all times.

Belly Moisturizer – I love this stuff. My belly and back get super itchy so I lather this stuff all over me. It says it helps prevent stretch marks. I didn’t find out about this until my 5th pregnancy. I know, so sad.

Jolly Rancher Suckers – I keep suckers on hand or any kind of candy. Sometimes you get a bitter taste in your mouth and it will cause you to be nauseous. Once you start feeling or tasting that, pop some candy into your mouth. Jolly Rancher suckers do the trick for me.

Prenatal Vitamins – These make me super sick so I take them at night. It does help that they are chewable and taste good going down. (not so much coming back up)

Yoga Pants – Ditch your button jeans because that shit isn’t worth it. I live in my yoga pants and I LOVE them. It’s between yoga pants or flowy dresses right now. Nothing else.

Crackers – When you start to feel sick try and eat something. Usually, I can’t wake up and eat a huge breakfast but I will snack on some crackers to ease my nauseated stomach. I have crackers in my car, purse, bedside table and where I might need them.

Hydrating Water Bottle – This water bottle has been helpful for me. It has the ounces and times you need to drink water. If you only take one thing away from this post, have it be to stay hydrated. Dehydration is not a joke and sucks ass. You may have to get an I.V. due to dehydration. So drink lots and lots of water!

This is a great time to start a pregnancy journal. It’s fun to go back and read it with your child. Take lots of photos to remember this wonderful yet exhausting experience. Good luck and check out my First Trimester What to Expect post.

Have any questions? Feel free to ask me in the comments. I will do my best to answer!

xoxo

Chels

5 Ways to ensure the Best family Pictures This year

How to ensure the Best family Pictures this year? Follow these five tips and I promise you will have a smooth family photo shoot.

5 ways to ensure the best family pictures this year

It is that time of year again and you notice you still need family photos. Instantly you get a pit in your stomach because you remember last year’s family photos and all the battles it entailed. Your husband hates smiling, your oldest daughter has major attitude and your youngest likes to throw the dirt and possibly flip off the photographer (yes,that has really happened to me as a photographer and it was effing hilarious!)

As moms, we have a tendency to get absolutely out of control trying to control everything. It’s a blessing and a curse all at the same time.  It is hard to let your kids loose because you’re trying to tame them in front of the camera. Maybe you’re embarrassed about what your child may say in front of the photographer or your husband might keep that pissed off looked on his face the entire photo shoot

One year I had family pictures and I was completely insane and it ruined the entire shoot for me. The photos were beautiful but when I look at them, I think man, I was the worst person ever. My husband didn’t sleep at all the night before so his eyes were tired with dark circles around them. He also did me a solid and shaved my son’s hair off a couple nights before our photos. I was PISSED! My daughter was so grouchy and didn’t want anything to do with me. I had to get the knots out of her hair and it effing sucked! Let’s just say I was totally a shitty person that day and  you could feel it in my photos. After that, I vowed I would never do that again. 7 years and still going strong. Praise Jesus!

 

 

5 ways to ensure the best family pictures this year!
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5 Ways to ensure the best family pictures this year

 

Prep days before the shoot

This is an obvious one. Shop and figure out what everyone will wear days before your shoot. If you are trying to piece together outfits a couple hours before your shoot, you’re absolutely an idiot! That adds so much more stress to the actual day then there needs to be. Get up and shop days earlier. Also, figure out your location so you can get appropriate outfits. Ask your photographer for location directions so you can drive past and see it for yourself. It’s always better to be prepared so your not a basket case the day of.

Arrive on time.

Please, whatever you do, SHOW UP ON TIME! You don’t want to show up 10minutes late and try to rush into photos. Show up a little early and let your kids explore the location. It helps them stay focus and not want to run off during your shoot. Plus, it is courteous to your photographer. They have other things going on as well so don’t waste their time. Also, they are the ones editing your photos so…. just sayin! You want those wrinkles gone in your pictures? SHOW UP ON TIME!

Relax and go with the flow.

Moms, CHILL OUT! I can’t stress that enough. You set the mood for everyone. If you are angry and yelling at everyone that will not help them smile. In fact, you will probably get some sad looking kids and one pissed off husband. Go with the flow and trust your photographer. They will do everything in their power to get your toddler to look at the camera. So don’t stress, take a breath and just go with the flow.

Have fun and be silly.

Most of all remember to have fun. Your kids love to see you happy and your husband will smile if you are happy and relaxed. Trust me! It even helps if you act silly with your kids. That’s where the real genuine smiles come from. Tickle your kids, throw them up in the air, let them have some fun and I promise you will have the best family photos of all time!

Forget about Pinterest.

Last but not least, forget about the poses you saw on Pinterest. Some photographers find it really annoying when you whip out your cell phone and say “I want my photos like this and this and this and this and so on….”. What you think may look good might actually not work with your family. Those photos you saw on Pinterest were specifically for that family. Instead of trying to recreate photos you saw trust your photographer. They know what looks good and what doesn’t.

I hope these 5 tips help ensure you have the best family pictures this season. They are simple and easy to do. Do you have any family photo tips? Leave a comment and let me know. I want to hear them!

xoxo,

Chels

 

 

5 Ways to ensure the Best family Pictures This year

2016 Family Photo

 

 

Edit your Instagram Photos Like a Pro

How to edit your Instagram photos like a pro? Have no fear, it is simple and easy!

edit your instagram photos like a pro

I often get compliments about my Instagram account. A few followers have asked how I get my photos to “pop”. I like to think it’s the cute little assholes making my Instagram “POP” but it also has to do with my editing style. I am a bright and cheerful person and I expect  my photos to be as well. It’s a story of my life so why not make them exactly like me.

I personally like a lot of color in my photos, bright images with lots of smiling faces. I am also a sucker for black and white but I will rarely do a black and white photo. Here is an example of my Instagram feed.

edit instagram photos like a pro

How to edit your Instagram photos like a pro? First, go check out my post 6 tips on Taking Beautiful Instagram Photos in that post it will give you some tips in regards to shooting your photo. Follow those steps when actually taking your picture. Remember, editing is only the final step in creating a great image. If you photograph a picture and it looks shitty, editing CANNOT save you! Be sure to go check out that Blog Post

Step One

Take your photo. Sometimes people take their photos with an awesome expensive camera but 7 out of 10 times they’re shooting with their smartphones. No shame in that, I do it all the time and I have a really nice “real” camera. It is simply just easier to take out my phone rather than my huge camera. (Canon 5D mark iii)

Step Two

Edit your photo. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT throw an Instagram filter on your photo and call it good. For shit sakes, DON’T DO IT! There are a lot of awesome editing apps out there you can use. I personally use and love Pic.Tap.Go. It is easy to use and quick. It is only $1.99 so that is a total plus. Almost free! They have way better filters than Instagrams’  but you can also do it yourself. I personally love to combo “Lights On’ (it brightens my images) and “Crispy” (to make it crisp and pop). Download that app asap

Step Three

Upload your photo to Instagram. Before I push post I always hit “Edit” and continue with my image in there. I really love Instagrams’ Sharpen feature. I crank that crap up so my photo looks crisp and clean. Once you do all of that hit Post!

Take a breather and watch all the awesome comments flood to your amazing photo. If you do these steps you will be editing your Instagram photos like a pro in no time!

 

xoxo,

Chels

6 Tips on Taking Beautiful Instagram Photos

How do you to take beautiful Instagram photos? I know it sounds crazy but nowadays our phones are our cameras.Take beautiful instagram photos

I have a Canon 5D Mark iii but I shoot most of my everyday  photos with my phone. Stupid I know, but I can’t take my huge nice camera everywhere. It’s my baby and I don’t want anything to happen to it. Knowing me if I was put in a situation where I have to save my camera or my kids….. Well, hands down, my kids would win but my camera would be a close second! So I don’t put myself in that situation.

When something amazing happens with my kiddos, I whip out my old iPhone 6 plus and start shooting.

Most of the time everyone, and by everyone I truly mean EVERYONE, Will take their photo  and post it on social media (Instagram, Facebook and twitter) because that is what we do these days. I have no idea why it is so important but somehow it is and I’m addicted.

A few tips to help you create better and beautiful Instagram photos!

  • Know your surroundings! This is a serious tip. If there is a trash can in your photo I highly recommend moving it out of the way. You don’t want your subjects to be compared to the trash in the background. Either move it out of the way or shoot in a way where you cannot see it. Biggest bet peeve I have. No one likes trash.. take it out!
  • Notice your angles. I love to shoot point blank because I usually do group shots of my kids but if I’m feeling crazy, I will shoot from above and the photo comes out even better! For example, if you want to shoot a photo of your kids reading books, try shooting from above to create a beautiful artsy photo
  • Only shoot during the day. (optional) This one rule I live by. I am such a sucker for natural light and bright images that I will only shoot during the day. (mostly mornings) The way the sun lights up my images completes my soul. I can not stand a lousy cell phone flash. It’s not pretty or cool to shoot with the crappy flash and post your red or yellow eyes! Come on guys, You have to know that doesn’t look good and throwing a Black & White filter on it doesn’t help the image. JUST LET IT GO!
  • Focus the phone camera on your subjects. To create a little background blur, have your subject step closer to you (farther away from the background) and focus your camera on them. You tap your finger  on the screen and let the camera know where you want to focus.
  • Don’t be fooled by the Instagram Filters. They aren’t pretty and quite frankly completely hideous. If you want to use Instagram filters I recommend creating them yourself with the “Edit” button and manually go through each  step and create your own filter. (ie: adjust, brightness, contrast, structure, warmth, saturation, color, fade, highlights, shadows, vignette, tilt-shift and sharpen)
  • Finally… Make sure your image lines up correctly. If you have a building in the background, make sure it is straight or if your subjects are sitting on a bench, make sure it lines up straight. Nothing is worse than looking at a photo where the kids look cute but the building in the back it absolutely crooked.

While it may sound like a ton of work to do before taking a photo but after the first few times, it gets easier. It’s now second nature to me. I just automatically shoot this way and it saves me much time and embarrassment. If I take my kids and do something really awesome and my picture doesn’t turn out, I will not post it! I’m a picture snob for sure!

There you have it, a few awesome tips to help you take beautiful Instagram photos. Apply these tips to your photos and feel free to tag me. I want to see them!

xoxo,

Chels

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Parents, Never Be Late Again: 5 Helpful Tips

OK, I’m not going to lie. One of my biggest pet peeves is not being on time or things starting late. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I HATE tardiness. If I am late to something I feel terrible with an ache in my stomach. If I am hosting an event, you better believe I will start it on time and not a minute later.

Nothing is worse than showing up somewhere on time and having the festivity start 30min to an hour later! Honestly, who has time for that! I also can’t stand when my kids are late to school. It makes me feel like I am doing them a disservice and not teaching them responsibility.

If you show up late every day to work, you better believe your ass will be fired! Ain’t Nobody Has Time For That!

My husband is very much the opposite and it drives me nuts! He doesn’t seem to see the urgency in being on time. Bless his heart but every time we are late somewhere (usually because of him) he gets the ultimate Chels smack down. It isn’t pretty or nice. He thinks I’m the spawn of satan when I get in that mode.

Never be late again with 5 helpful tips. Momminwithhumor.com

5 Tips for Being on Time:

  1. Set multiple alarm clocks: If you have tons of children to get ready or a bunch of stuff to do before leaving. Set multiple alarm clocks. It’s so easy yet so many people don’t use this tool.
  2. Prepare yourself the night before: Every night before bed, my daughter (who is super slow in the morning) will pick out her clothes the night before. She knows her slowness in the morning drives my crazy so she does this to avoid being late. I am so impressed with her!
  3. Set your clocks 15 minutes early:  This one helps me so much. I set my microwave clock 15min early and my oven clock is the right time. I will make sure to be dressed and finished with everything I need to do before my microwave time hits a certain number.
  4. Give yourself enough time: If you are waking up 15min before you need to be somewhere, I’m sorry but you’re an idiot! Wake up early and give yourself enough time to get everything done.
  5. Ask for help: If I have a big event going on and I’m running late,  I will call in reinforcements to help me which is usually to help get kids ready or curl hair. Ask someone to give you a “wake-up call” or help you get everything you need to get done. It’s not a bad gig!

Being on time is a great trait to have. It shows you are responsible and reliable. Teach your children the importance of being punctual because that is one of the first steps to being a successful and respectful human being.

xoxo,

Chels

 

All About Me: Mommin’ With Humor

Hello to all my wonderful followers. I’ve neglected my blog this last month. It has been a crazy month. Only one of me and a million things to do.

All about me

A little about me.

I have 5 kids who call me mom and a hunk of a husband who is technically my 6th child. He can’t seem to ever find the peanut butter. I am lucky enough to be a stay at home mom / photographer on the side. I basically love anything that is thrilling and I love uncontrollable laughter.

I posted a photo on Instagram last month that said “Ask Me Anything”. I am going to answer those questions now. I know I know, I am a little late to the game. I should have posted this a while ago but like I said I have been busy. You will know what I am talking about soon. (emoji wink/kiss).

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Ask Me Anything:

Alohamoraopenabook -Love this idea. So seriously, do you ever get riled up or lose your patience? How do you stay so chillax?  First off I would love to say Thank You but I lose my cool all the time. My husband tells me to chill out a lot. So if it seems like I am calm, truth is I’m not. I am bat shit crazy just like every other mom out there. We all have to be crazy. If we weren’t we wouldn’t have had children.

Motherhoodtype – What is your bedtime routine like with the kids? I’m usually done by that time and my patience’s is pretty thin. Also, do you cook every night?  My bedtime routine is insane. (read more about my Bed Time battles here!) My 3 older kids go to bed just fine. They take showers, get a drink, go to the bathroom and get in bed. My 4-year-old, on the other hand, is wild. She doesn’t listen at all and by the time she finally goes to bed (way past every else) I am a whole different kind of exhausted from her alone. She is a devil child. Also, no I do not cook every night. I try my hardest to do 3 to 4 good meals a week and the other nights are ramen and mac & cheese with hot dogs! We keep it classy over here. haha! 

Dowtymbre – Love both those questions patience and cooking? And how do you deal with attitudes? Mine is starting to talk back and is just disrespectful. Timeout? Take toys away? This is a hard thing. How I deal with back talk is I don’t deal with it. I will ignore my children if they start to argue with me I stop them and say “I don’t want to hear it”. that is for my older kids. My younger daughter I have a time out chair. She hates getting seated in that. I will remove her from the situation and explain why she has to sit in the time out chair. It will usually stop back talk quickly. She hates that damn chair.

MotherhoodandMerlot –  What is your best advice for moms of more than two children? My best advice is… Don’t take life too seriously. Laugh lots. Just know that shit happens! Parenting is the greatest and most challenging thing you’ll ever do. Laugh and be happy instead of mad and miserable. 

Simplesarongs – How do you stay so positive? You’re are sweet. I try to stay positive otherwise, I would be a mess. When I wake up in the morning I think to myself, “Today I choose Joy” and I really try my hardest to do it! Feel free to download my free 8×10 printable of that saying. It is worth it and a great daily reminder. 

PicturealmostPerfectAre you kids in activities? If so, tips for keeping it all managed!? Yes all my kids are in something. On Mondays, we have a crazy day with all of them but my husband is home from school that night to help me cart everyone around. I highly recommend putting reminders on your phone. If I didn’t do that, my life would be a crazy ass mess!

Barefootmmy – How old are all of your kids? This is a great question. I have a 10 year old, 7year old, 6-year-old. The 7 and 6-year-old are 11 months apart. I won’t do that ever again haha. A 4 year and a 10.5-month-old. Plus a 10-month-old dog who is the best dog ever! 4 girls and 1 boy (2 boys if you count the dog) 

Taushawierlo How do you handle juggling all you do? How I handle everything is Excedrine and Pepsi! I don’t think I could get through the day without my caffeine boost.

Azfamilies How much time a week do you spend blogging? Well, honestly this last month I haven’t spent any time on it. Terrible right! I am going to get better. I have been M.I.A for a while. 

Chanteezy88Any advice for in-laws who just don’t like you because they’re obsessed with their son and resent you for “taking him away”? Haha funny you should ask this question. Though I do not blog on family relationships other than my kids, my mom Karen or my husband I will say… JUST DO YOU! You can’t please everyone so stop trying. Do what makes you happy. Focus on you, your husband, kids, and animals. Just be you,  be happy and be proud! 

Sparklersmagazine – Favorite date night? My favorite date night would have to be the dog park with my the husband.  It is free and people watching is legit. There are some funny dog parents out there and I am obsessed with people watching them.

Theurbandoor what’s your favorite thing to do outside of being a wife, mom, and blogger? You crack me up, girl. You are one of those friends I want to know better. I instantly clicked with you when we met. Plus you make me smile and help me not take things too seriously. Which is something I try to do with my friends. So it’s just crazy that you do that for me. I just adore you! I so adore you!! You make me feel so good about myself. You are one of my favorite people by far! My favorite thing to do outside of being a wife, mom and blogger would be being a photographer. I get so much thrill out of an awesome photo shoot or if I nail the editing of a photo. It is truly a passion I have.

Claudia_sparklersmagazineI know you wanted to know my bedtime routine (wink wink) This comment cracked me up. Well, my bedtime routine is an absolute blast. After I fight with my hoard of children about bedtime and finally get them into bed. I run to my most sexiest pj’s (aka a grandma muumuu) and fall fast asleep. My husband hates it but deal with it dude! We already have too many children. haha

NoguiltlifeWhat a fun idea! What’s your best tip for big families? I’m looking for anything that can help me here! lol. My best tip for big families would be Live life to the fullest. Get out and do things. Make the most of your family and love the dirty looks you get from the old people. (yes, I get dirty looks because of all of my children. Read about it here!! Another tip would be Walmart Curbside pick up. Order your groceries online and have them brought to your car. It has been a game changer for me! 

 

Thank you all who participated in the Ask me Anything post. I will post another one in a few months. This was a blast and I hope every can relate or use the advice given.

If anyone has a question about Parenting, Life, Business and etc.. put it in the comments and I would love to answer it in my next “Ask Me Anything” post!

 

xoxo,

Chels

 

 

Santa Reminders: A Letter from Santa

Oh my gosh, did you know Christmas is around the corner? Have you heard of Santa Reminders? It is the BEST thing ever invented for kids!

Letter from Santa
Santa Reminders

When I first heard about Santa Reminders I was excited. The experience of Santa Reminders made me realize just how magical Christmas truly is! My children beamed with Christmas like enthusiasm as they received their packages in the mail and ripped them open with delight. When all was said and done I watched as they hung their photos and letters from Santa on their bedroom walls anxiously awaiting the day Santa will visit our home.

Get your kids excited for Christmas! Want to know what’s even better? You can order these packages all year long! It is a simple reminder to your children that Santa is always watching and a great way to get them excited for that special day.

Letter from Santa
Santa Reminders

When you go to the website you can pick from 2 different packages. Of course, you have to answer some basic questions about your child and upload a photo to be used in the picture. It took me probably about 5 minutes altogether. Super easy to use and the best part is $1.00 of your order will go and help those in need. Once I read that I knew I was on board!

Deluxe Package:

  • An exciting Christmas package in the mail
  • Santa Approved Letter
  • Nice list photo with your child’s beautiful face in it
  • fun Christmas tattoo, stamp, gaming notepad, Coloring page and a poem from Rudolph

Basic Package:

  • An exciting Christmas package in the mail
  • Santa Approved Letter
  • Nice list photo with your child’s beautiful face in it
Letter From Santa
Santa Reminders

Honestly, What are you waiting for? Go to SantaReminders.com right now and order your kids one. The happy smiles on your child’s face will melt your heart. I know mine did!

 

xoxo,

Chels

5 Amazing Items to Keep In your Car

As a mother, I always need to be prepared especially in the car. You never know what is going to happen while dealing with children. You can have a bloody elbow one minute and a huge snot rocket the next. For me, it seems as if ANY and ALL bodily functions come out while I am driving. I don’t know how many times I can swerve on the freeway trying to give my kid a damn kleenex. Who cares about your safety, right? Just don’t get your snot on my seats!

5 Amazing Items to Keep In your CarIf your child throws up in your car, you’re screwed. You better go trade that car in for a new one because throw up leaves a disgusting odor in your car for weeks, even months if not properly cleaned. Nothing is worse than getting into a hot car and being slapped in the face with the delicious smell of vomit.

5 Amazing Items To Keep In Your Car:

  1. Hand Sanitizer: I always have this in my car. It is perfect if you have children like mine who like to touch anything and everything. They get germs all over their hands and I am a total germaphobe. Shopping carts at Walmart are the WORST for little hands. Another thing is when I pump my gas. That gross pump is carrying every germ possible. I am officially grossed out and will need to shower after writing that!
  2. Wipes: Wipes have been my saving grace so many times. When anything gets on my seats, the wipes come out. When my kids get their dirty hands on my gorgeous tan car interior the wipes clean it right off. They truly are gods greatest gifts to mankind!
  3. Trash Bags: I can’t tell you how many times I have needed a trash bag for all my childrens crap. They seem to always have trash. I don’t know or even understand how they get so much but somehow they do. Those monsters can create trash out of thin air!
  4. Febreze: I am not a fan of odors. I hate when my car smells gross and with sweaty kids that’s all I get, so I keep Febreze in there. I spray that everywhere and my car is always smelling so fresh.
  5. Extra pair of Underwear: This one is not for me. Even though my blatter has never been the same after so many children. TMI! I keep an extra pair of underwear in the car for my kids.Well, just one kid. It’s so nice to run to my vehicle and grab an extra pair out of the bag when needed.  I used them so many times and I am glad I keep that stocked up!

If you want exactly what’s in my car click on the links above. Just a few tips and tricks to make your car life a little easier. Do you leave anything in your car? Let me know if I should add something to my list!

5 Amazing Items to Keep In your Car when traveling with kids
5 Amazing Items to Keep In your Car when traveling with kids