4 Reasons Why I Want My Son To Play With Dolls.

Reasons Why Boys Should Play With DollsWhat’s your take on boys playing with dolls? This past week American Girl announced the release of its first ever male doll, Logan. The news has been received with joy and excitement by many. The release comes after years of requests by parents for the brand to expand. Others have turned against American Girl and questioned why the company is trying to “alter gender roles” with their latest release. I, for one, as mommy to a toddler boy am with the first group. If we are being honest here, I had already pinned how to make my son his own “American Boy Doll”.

Today I share with you ? reasons why a boy doll is great for the little boys in our lives.

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Ten Ways I am Rocking Motherhood and You Can Too.

I never really saw myself as a mother. As an only child, I enjoy peace, quiet, and personal space. The thought of having children in my home for more than a few hours stressed me out. About two years ago, however, suddenly babies became more adorable, strollers became appealing, and yeah you guessed it, I became pregnant. When my son was born, he turned my world upside down. Motherhood has been an amazing adventures thus far.

One thing I don’t enjoy about motherhood, however, are the so-called “mommy wars.” My first encounter with mommy wars was in a forum when I was pregnant. My second experience came when my son was born and I looked for support due to the difficulty I was experiencing with breastfeeding. I was met with various comments calling me a “bad mom” because I was thinking of foregoing breastfeeding.

As parents we have more than enough on our plates We are all in this together and at the end of the day we are the only ones who truly understand what each of us is going through. Whether we are stay at home moms, working moms, moms of one, or moms of ten, we are all moms. We should be our greatest supporters. Since February is the month of love, I have decided to share with you ten ways that I am rocking motherhood and I invite you to share the ways you are rocking motherhood (or fatherhood.) Remember, we are all different and rock in our own special way.

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Valentine’s Day DIY’s, Treats, & Round Up.

Last week as I was talking to a Judge she told me that some of her friends wanted Valentine’s day to become a federal holiday. She rolled her eyes at them and we proceeded to laugh at the idea. Now, while I am not going to go as far as signing a petition to make it a federal holiday, I do have to confess that all of the DIY’s and treats for the day make me super happy. I had several DIY projects in mind this year, but due to time constraints I decided to stick with simple ones that I could get my little one involved in.

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A Day At The Natural History Museum with a Young Toddler

Visiting museums has always been an interest that my husband and I share. No matter how many times we visit the same museums, we always find something new and fascinating. My personal favorites are always the dinosaur exhibits. Needless to say that I was pretty sad when my husband and son ventured off into the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles last month (on election day, actually – check out the post from that day here) while I was stuck in court for most of the day. Although this was our son’s first museum visit and I would have loved to go with them, its nice to let them have their own father/son adventures.
Museum With a Young Toddler

Adventure Destination: The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007

Cost: Adults ($12), Seniors & Students ($9), Children ($5) children 2 & under – FREE

Parking: The museum offers parking, $12 per car and cash only

Stay Length: About 2 hours (with a toddler) including a lunch break

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Mommy and Son Outfit Of The Day, The Desert Is Our Backdrop.

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I am a boy’s mom. There are no cute little dresses or adorable little skirts in my house, well unless you count mine (lol). Pre motherhood, I always thought girls had more of a selections hen it came to clothes and accessories. Over this past year and a half, however, I have found how adorable boys’ style can be too. My favorite, is when my husband and son dress alike or when I can match my son. Of course, this will only fly for a few more years.

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A Day In The Life Of A Working Mom.

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I am a full time working mother. My career as an attorney requires that I commute to several surrounding counties either to represent my clients in court or visit them in jail. This means that while sometimes I am able to come home early and spend time with my son, the majority of the time I find myself eating lunch in my car and out of the home for almost 12 hours. It’s not easy but it is manageable. And as odd as it may sound, its what I have wanted to do ever since I can remember.

The problem comes at night when the working mom guilt kicks in. I was only able to spend quality time with my child for two or three hours before he went to bed. I missed a great milestone that he accomplished or I just can’t believe my little boy is getting so big and I will never get these days back.

Being a working mother and having a career is difficult. Nonetheless, I love both and with pride enjoy both of those titles. Being an attorney is something I feel I have been preparing for for most of my life. And the latter,

There are definitely days when I get a text from my mom, who is my son’s care taker, and I want to rush home to be with my little one. I don’t want to witness his childhood through pictures. But I love my career and could never imagine leaving it to be a stay at home mom (SAHM). I have an immense respect for stay at home mothers. Most of the time I wonder, how do they do it? I have collaborated with fellow mommy blogger and SAHM Jasmine from Love, Life, Laugh, Motherhood for this post. Jasmine is a first time mom to a 16 month old little boy.

We recently came together and decided to share our experiences as a Working Mother, and a Stay At Home Mom. Today I will be answering her questions about being a Working Mom, and if you want to know what I asked her about being a SAHM you can head on over to her blog. This is a post that I am definitely excited for. Having recently met Jasmine, I feel like I have gotten to know her so much better. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed writing this post!

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Boy Toddler Gift Guide Under $50

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In a previous post I said that the key (or one of the keys) to saving money during the holidays was to start your holiday shopping early. You can read that post here. If you haven’t started shopping, don’t worry. There are still some great deals out there. And well, if worse comes to worst you can always save some money throughout the year to make up for it.

And if you haven’t started shopping because you have no idea what to get your little ones, or are just looking for ideas on what to gift other toddlers, you’ve come to the right place. Today I am sharing a list of toys that will be sure to lighten up your little one’s day. Some are already favorites in our home while others my little one has shown interest in and may be coming to him in December.

To make it even better, none of these toys go over $50!!

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KidloLand, A Children’s Educational App, Review and Giveaway.

I was provided with a free subscription in exchange for my honest review, by KidloLand. All opinions expressed here and in other parts of the blog are honest and 100% my own.

Pre motherhood, I swore to myself that I would not be that mom who just hands over the iPad or iPhone to her child in order to keep him or her entertained and out of my face. I cringed when I saw families out at restaurants not interacting because they all had some sort of electronic device in front of them. This latter one may be due to how I was raised. Since dinner was the one time in the day that my parents and I could share, they truly emphasized conversation during that time. It was my time to talk about anything and everything.

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A Mother’s Thoughts A Day After Election Night.

I normally would not speak about politics on the blog, but this time I just have to let it out.
My heart is numb. I cannot wrap my head around what I experienced last night, what our country experienced. As I sat in my living room, watching the votes come in, with every state that became red my heart sunk a little further. I could not believe this was happening in the country I love. 

Growing up I yearned for the right to vote. As a first generation immigrant, much of my childhood was filled with insecurities, fears, and more importantly hope. Although I was unable to take part in politics I always kept informed. 

Fast forward twenty something years later and I am now an American Citizen. This was the first election I was able to vote in. Voting is different as a parent. You think about how this presidency will affect your child, not just now but in the future. Will this presidency completely change the future of our county for the worst? I believed that this beautiful country I fought so hard to remain in would make the right choice. Nonetheless yesterday night my nightmare became a reality.

Thinking about it, I may not be scared of what our elected president will do. I am scared that despite everything, our country, our people believe him fit to represent us. My heart breaks to know that my son will be going to school with children whose parents believe that bullying, bigotry, racism, sexism and many other isms are okay, as they have elected a man with all of these characteristics to represent us. 

This man does not represent myself or many, many people in this country. This country has been built on the exact opposite of what this man represents. Above all I have to say that I am disheartened because I now realize that hate, bigotry, and prejudice is more prevalent in this country than I could have ever imagined. 

My son is a US Citizen, as is his father and myself. But will he now have to face other’s beliefs about his family members being rapists and drug dealers. Never mind his mother who came here as a child and persevered despite all odds because her immigrant parents gave everything they had for her. 

I am hopeful that this will only last four years and that the elected president will be kept in check. In four years my son will be almost 6 years old. I will try my best to continue supporting the idea that he can and will be anything he wants. That he doesn’t need to fear our beautiful country. That in the end love will in fact trump hate. And hopefully, these will be four years that at the end we can easily close the door on and move forward from.

To say that Trump is not my president does not mean I will not respect him. Of course, respect has to be earned and he will have to respect all of the people of the United States first. Nothing that he has said or done throughout the election merits him our respect. At least not the respect of Black and Brown America.

I ask one thing of you Mr. Trump, have the decency to rightfully represent all of the people of this country. 

And as for Mrs. Clinton, thank you. You have given little girls everywhere the ability to dream and now even more of an urge to fight. Hopefully sooner rather than later we will shatter the highest glass ceiling. 

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5 Books Your Young Toddler Will Love.

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“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.”
– Dr. Seuss

When I was a child, on Saturday mornings my mom and I would walk to the city library, where she would let me check out as many books as I could fit in my tote bag. In theory, these books were supposed to keep me entertained throughout the week, but in practice by Sunday night I had already read all of them. I was intrigued with the various adventures that I could go on through the pages of books. One time, I recall my dad getting mad at me because I would not put my book down while we were having a family lunch. As “punishment” he told me to go to my room. Of course, I gladly went to my room as this meant quiet time for me to continue reading my book. It took him only a few minutes to realize that it wasn’t much of a punishment for me and he gave up. Fast forward twenty something years later and I can only hope that my little one finds as much excitement and as many adventures in books just like I did.

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