A Letter To My Son From Your #1 Fan

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Dear Jayden,

It’s me, your number one fan. I have been since the day I found out I was having you, I knew there was nothing I wanted more than you. To see you grow, to see you flourish, to see you become the man God has destined you to be. I could only imagine when you were growing inside me, what you would look like, what your personality would be, and know that you are here you are more than I could have ever imagined. Is it so wrong for me to think you are the most perfect little being that God has ever created? I am so amazed by you, each and every day. I stare at you while you sleep and I thank God everyday for giving me such a blessing. You are my little angel in disguised, my saving grace. I owe so much of me and who I am now to you. I never knew I could be this strong, love so much, and be who I am today without you.

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11 Tips for a Day at Disney with a Toddler

Thank you Disney World for partnering up with me this post.  As always all thoughts and opinions are mine alone. Thank you for supporting those who support this blog.

Alright guys so here is the second travel guide of our trip this past month. We had the opportunity to partner up with Disney for a fun-filled day with our family visiting the Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom. We picked those two parks because they were my favorite the last time I went, and the most kid friendly for Jayden, meaning we would have plenty opportunities to meet Mickey! Plus we only had one day so we didn’t want to over exert ourselves. We really enjoyed our time and honestly we couldn’t have asked for a better first trip to Disney with Jayden. I mean as a mom you always fear the worse, meaning complete breakdowns in the park with an over exhausted in patient toddler, but we were lucky that day, because non of that happened. Honestly I can attribute a lot of that to careful planning and these tips here. Here are 11 Tips for a Day at Disney with a Toddler.

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10 Tips for an iPad/iPhone Free Road Trip With a Toddler + Ruffle Black and White Swimsuit

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Happy Monday!

This month if I’ll be sharing all about our road trip and tips and tricks with traveling with a toddler. It really was such an amazing vacation, and very relaxing to unplug, connect with my family, and enjoy our surroundings. Now to be fair we only have one kiddo and for the most part he was very entertained just being outside and playing in the pool or at the beach. So let’s get back to the road trip, yep 36 hours on the road with our little guy and we survived. Haha I’m being dramatic when I say survived because we had a great time on the road. So what did Jayden do the whole time while we drove with no iPad or iPhone to entertain him? Well let me tell you. Here are some tips and tricks to an iPad/iPhone free road trip with a toddler.

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Happy 3 Year Anniversary!

 

Today marks our 3rd year anniversary. As I sit here righting this post in our little beach cottage, while the boys are peacefully sleeping, I realize more and more the blessings of marriage God has put in our lives. I couldn’t imagine my life without Josh, without our little man, and all the memories we have created together in these short years. I am so thankful God blessed me with a man like Josh. He is patient, he is kind, he is everything the scripture says when describing love.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Today since we are still on vacation I am sharing some never before seen pictures of our vacation to celebrate our life together. If you are new here on the blog make sure to read our love story here.

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The One Lesson Every Child Needs to Learn this Summer

Thank you Wolfies Swim School  for partnering up with me on this post.  As always all thoughts and opinions are mine alone. Thank you for supporting those who support this blog.

During these hot summer days there is nothing we love more than to cool off by the pool or the beach. And one thing I wanted to make sure to do this year was teach Jayden how to swim. Statistically more children under the age of five drown than any other age group, and I didn’t want Jayden to be one of those statistics.  So this summer I teamed up with Wolfies Swim School to work with Jayden on teaching him how to swim. He had two weeks one on one private lessons with the teacher and two months group lessons. We really enjoyed going  there because not only was it centrally located in the Rice Village area, we were only minutes from our favorite brunch place and the zoo, but also because Jayden enjoyed being a little shark at the pool and is learning valuable skills that may save his life in the future. Check out more of our experience with Wolfies Swim School below.

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Weekend Travel Guide to New Orleans + Travel Vlog

Hey guys,

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July. Late post for this mama as we spent all day with the family yesterday and we didn’t get home till midnight. Today I am finally sharing my video blog of our fun weekend girls trip earlier this month and all my recommendations for when you go to New Orleans. I am so thankful to have partnered up with the New Orleans Convention & Visitor Bureau and their partners for this fun trip. I took my mom and my sister for their first time and they had a blast. My mom even had her first frozen hurricane on Bourbon Street. New Orleans will always be one of my favorite cities. I have been their five times and I always find something new that I love. It is such a wonderful city full of history, culture, beautiful  Southern architecture, and the best creole food (my favorite!). So check out my video blog and my weekend travel guide to New Orleans below! Continue reading

The Ugly Truth About Potty Training When You’ve Had Enough

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So it’s been a month since Jayden has been diaper free and accident free at night. We have officially transitioned into underwear, no training pants, no pull ups for a month, and since last week no more baby potty. Jayden has full transitioned using the full size toilet at home and using public restrooms . We are so proud of our little man, especially since he has started swim lessons, no swim diapers either! But let me tell you. It has been quite a journey, probably one of the most stressful things I had to deal with since breast-feeding. We read the books, read tons of blog post on how to potty train, and let me tell you by saying yes they have great tips but they all tell you the same thing. Wait till he is ready, don’t force it. Really??? Yes that is all great if you have all the patience in the world, but if you are a mom like me, who hates changing poopie diapers, who is over trying to hold my active toddler down just to change his diaper, tired of spending so much money on diapers, carrying a diaper bag, and who is just plain over it, then this is for you. This is my story, and my ugly truth about potty training when you’ve had enough.

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Texas State Railroad Museum

Happy Friday ya’ll,

Father’s day is just around the corner and I wanted to share our Father’s day trip we took last weekend. I know ya’ll want to see more of my family and little guy on the blog, so what better way than today’s post. Since Josh works this weekend we decided to do a fun Father’s day trip with his family this past week, which included four generation of Darnell men. How cool is that? We took Jayden to his first ever steam engine train ride at the Texas State Railroad museum where Josh went when he was a kid. It seriously was such a fun time with the whole family, and memories we will cherish forever. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend going, especially if your little guy is just as obsessed with trains as our little man. Check out the video above and the pictures below!

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I am Not a Stay at Home Mom

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I remember one of my very first post during my pregnancy I contemplated the issue of being a stay at home mom or being a working mom (view post here). Little did I know before having a child that no matter what kind of mom you were it’s all work. It took me a year after staying home for a couple of months, then working full time for a couple of months, to realizing that neither option worked for me. But during that year, my little mom blog began to grow, and it became my little business. Eventually it became a good source of income to where I was able to focus on it and work from home. But I am not a stay at home mom.

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