Safety Sunday

So, instead of one of my normal posts about things going on in my life, I am wanting to do a Safety Sunday every Sunday with one articular topic each Sunday, so that maybe it may help a new momma, a grandmother who never knew better and all those in between.


This Safety Sunday I want to talk about safe sleep, as this seems to be a huge discussion on what’s right, and what may be just the wrong thing to do. All of this information is based off of ADA and WHO standards, just so you know where I have decided to pull my information off of.


First and foremost, safe sleep is always back to sleep. This means baby is on their back whenever they’re put in their cribs/cots. A huge reason for this is due to the choking risks associated with tummy-sleeping.




Next for safe sleep in nothing in the baby’s crib or cot. Baby will have plenty of time when they’re older to have blankets, stuffies and such. It is recommended that for the first 6 months at least, but all the way up to a year, nothing but a fitted sheet should be in the baby’s crib/cot. If baby is cold, you can put him/her in a sleep sack.



Along with nothing in crib/cot, please remember that it is not only recommended, but needed that you choose to skip the crib bumpers, as they pose more of a risk than not. Yes, even the mesh  bumpers and suffocate Baby, so it’s just better to forgo these.



Finally, no smoking around baby is of course what all parents would do, I would hope.


It’s also highly recommended that baby shares a bedroom with parents for up to a year, as this reduces SIDS by 50%, which is a lot when talking about your baby’s life.



I hope everyone enjoyed my Safe Sunday post and that this finds a parent in need somewhere. If you have something you would like me to go over on a Safe Sunday, hit me up and I will gladly take a look at it. Have an Awesome Sunday!


How Do You Balance Blogging and Family Life?

Happy St. Patties day!

So, how does a mom go to school, parent, wife, and blog?

As you all know, I did take a well deserved break from blogging, but now I am back at it, fresher and more inclined to type than ever. How do I manage to do all of this?

The best answer is I write when I do homework, or wait for Baby Chewy since we go to school on the same property. I have about 3 hours between class and when it’s time to pick up Baby Chewy, so I use that time to research, type, put the pictures together and post some writing. Then I go get Baby Chewy, and if I decide to, I write some more for an hour or 2 when I get home while or right after I get homework done. During this time, Baby Chewy is in his room, Playing with toys until I am ready to make dinner.


This means I go about 4 or 5 hours a day putting time into each and every blog post you guys see. Usually if I am home or it’s a break, Big Chewy and Mother-In-Love help too, so that I can spend equal amounts of time researching, writing and posting. Blogging as much as you can about parenting or your life is far from easy, luckily I have support from my family, or my household, when it comes to the blogging life, because it’s something I truly love, and they respect me for that. It’s almost like Big Chewy with his Twitch streaming. If he was wanting to go back to the and make videos, then that’s up to him and as husband and wife, we will make it work.

It may not seem like it, but I do put a lot into each post, and that’s why I needed my break. Taking 2 English classes at once put a lot of stress on me, and I couldn’t let my grades suffer. The funny thing is that it happened anyway. Now that I am close to the end of the quarter, I am glad that I am back to writing my heart out about topics that I like. It’s something I’ve missed all quarter. ❤

What Does Financial Freedom Look Like to You?

Financial freedom sounds like such an amazing thing, and is something I definitely strive for not only yearly but daily as well. I always look for that coupon or bargain that would make my family happy and help as well. However, for me, financial freedom isn’t just about saving money. It’s about one day not needing to worry if i decide to buy the $10 toilet paper.

Financial freedom means not having to count bills. I currently do what I can to count to the very last dollar when it  comes to bills, and usually if Big Chewy and I have $35 after phone, storage, rent, Netflix and Hulu and electric bills, it means we had a really, really good month. I’m working on prepaying some bills with my financial aid, since I go to school.


Financial freedom means giving Baby Chewy the best. I would love to send Baby Chewy to private school when he gets to high school so that he can have the best education, and by then the goal is that he would have had enough time for us all to work with the A.D.H.D. he has been diagnosed with so that he could operate in an environment like that. With this I am hoping he can be in karate and some other fun activities that we are going to try and get him involved in this year so that he has that outlet that an A.D.H.D. child needs.


The freedom to have a car. Here’s a funny story. We don’t have a vehicle. The end. Okay, maybe it’s not that funny, but it’s way true. We do not have a car. I can’t drive due to some PTSD things that my family claims is nonexistent, but we also can’t afford a vehicle, or gas for said vehicle. So, instead, we take the bus. Luckily we are saving the planet by doing this, but it still sucks all the same.

What Do We Eat?

For National Nutrition Month, I thought it would be appropriate to show and explain how my household has changed their way of eating so that we could all be healthy and think about what we put into our bodies and how that effects us. With my Mother-In-Love having diabeties and being overweight, along with the fact Big Chewy and I are just plain overweight, we need to be well aware of the positives and negatives of what is being put in a used. Granted, it is far from perfect right now, but it’s getting better.


The first thing we did was stop eating bread. Now, we didn’t 100% stop having carbs, but we are on minimal carbs, as my mother-in-love shouldn’t have them. We’ve done this before and the result was her A1C going down, so that’s the goal this time as well. It also fills you less so you can do the “mini meals throughout the day.” I know this isn’t always possible, as many humans are too busy to do it, but if you pack something small, like a couple grapes or tomatoes, I think it could work well for you.


Dinner consists of meat and a veggie, sometimes two. I  used to always make sure that there was a potato with dinner, sometimes fried and sometimes baked. I am very proud to say that we haven’t had potatoes in our house in a long, long time. Instead, I kinda go overboard on the veggies. I’ll make like…steak with some salad and some spinach. Don’t let anyone say this isn’t okay though, because it is. It works well for my family.


Finally, we eat consistently.  Before, when we would eat, it was kinda sporadic and mostly junk food. Now we are on a more straight forward time and pretty consistent with time and with the mindfulness that we eat, which I think has also been helping a lot.


National Pi Day is today. When I was 21, maybe even 20, I remember one of my friends, who just happens to really like math for whatever reason, used to have us listen to the Pi song. Yet, all I can remember is 3.1415…is that bad? Like, I know Pi is never ending, always there, always going and at some point it just repeats 2 numbers consistently for the rest of time…but I have no clue what all numbers are in there.


I told my son it was Pi Day…he’s now expecting Pi. This is what happens when you try to explain hardcore 6th Grade math to a 5-year-old…you get asked to provide Pi for Pi Day. I’m not sure why I expected anything less than that. Baby Chewy is smart, but math only goes so far for preschoolers.


Today is also the day of the walk out for 17 minutes. I chose not to be involved, mainly because I 100% forgot about it. Like, my English teacher for 95 said something when we walked in, saying if we wanted to participate, we could. I’m just sitting here like, “Oooooh….that’s a thing.” Not for me, since I am still recovering from surgery.


Surgery recovery is taking forever. Why? Because it took me 7 years of being out of my house (dang) to remember that I’m allergic to metal things…kind. Anything I have needs to be hypoallergenic. This explains why when I had my lip ring in that my lip would swell around my ring, and might even explain why my staples are super irate.

Hopefully Friday will be better rather than worse, and the staple removal won’t be terrible. The whole reason this happened was because I was a scardy cat from being cut open, now I’m terrified of getting staples removed. Luckily Big Chewy is off and will be with me the whole time. Positive vibes welcome. ❤

Mental Health

Mental health sometimes sucks as a parent. I don’t know how to explain this. So, I guess, picture this:

You’re sitting, listening to your child play and suddenly you feel stricken. Your eyes start to water slightly. You wipe it away because, hey, it randomly started. You start feeling warmth coming over your body, even though it’s the middle of winter, and the water in your eyes start again and it won’t stop, even though you have nothing to be upset about.

Welcome to the wonderful world of depression. We have cookies.

Depression sucks. Anxiety sucks. Simply having mental illness sucks so bad, and being a parent with a mental illness is a mental nightmare. There’s such a stigma about mental illnesses and things shouldn’t be the way they are. People are terrified to talk about it because “someone might judge me”. Well, I say who cares?

Who cares if Nosey Nancy down the street thinks your mental illness is fake. Who cares if your moms best friends’ dad knew someone who thought PTSD was made up? Break the stigma and talk about it, or there will always be this looming horridness.

To the Mom

This is to the mom with the screaming child,

Red faced and unconsolable.

This is to the mom who stayed up all night

Because their child was sick and wouldn’t go away from you.

This is to the mom who, no matter what,

Nothing would calm your child down,

But you had to get that bill paid,

Food in your house,

And gas in your car.

This is to the mom who

Is side-eyed for the amount of children she has.

This is to the mom who has multiples

A full schedule

And no time to do it.


This is to the mom who takes care of her house,

Who works,

Who goes to school,

Who still cares for her children,

Who sometimes she for gets about herself.