What’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.
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.
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.
I had planned a post regarding the Presidential Inauguration as a follow-up to the post I wrote the day after the elections, which you can read here. For some reason, however, I just could not sit down and write. Maybe it was my subconscious trying to avoid the subject altogether. I’m not sure, but can you blame me?
When I think about how the new president and his actions will affect those around me, as a parent the most important person is no longer myself. My biggest concern is now the little brown eyed boy sitting in front of me who truly has no idea about what is going on around him. The days after the election were filled with numbness. I began to question whether we really did need to make America great again because the amount of people that came out and supported a platform based on racism, bigotry, hate, and division was appaling to me. The fact that our country was apparently not ready to elect a woman as president, or at least this particular woman, was not the worst. The worst of it all was that such a high number of Americans had so willingly elected someone into office who had previously and continuously disrespected women, bad mouthed and generalized immigrants, publicly made fun of someone with disabilities, and the list goes on.
Psst, can I tell you a little secret? I’ve always wanted to do fashion posts, but I’ve been a tad bit apprehensive. Thankfully, a few fellow #mommybloggers have given me that extra little push that I needed and here we are now. I have decided to add a new section to the blog dedicated to women’s fashion. I’m not sure what to call it yet, but would greatly appreciate any suggestions in the comments.
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My wonderful husband surprised me – I mean my son this past week with Disney On Ice tickets for New Year’s Eve. Truth be told, I may have mentioned to him in passing how awesome it would be to go. But he did the rest himself. It actually did not hit me until the morning of that my LO is just one and a half and well with the attention span of Dug. (Think: the talking dog from “Up.”) Spoiler Alert: Nick did great!
Adventure Destination: Disney On Ice “Worlds of Enchantment”
Cost: Varies depending on seat selection. Children under 2 – FREE
Length: About 2 1/2 hours with a 15 minute intermission.
For a few years now when I think about New Year’s resolutions I go back to December 2010, the last holiday season that my father, mother, and I spent together as a family. The thought usually plays out like a traditional movie shot from outside the home, the camera looks through the window as my family is celebrating inside. The narration then goes something like “and little did they know that was the last holidays they spent together.” 2010 had been a roller coaster for my family, we found ourselves in financial difficulties that we were finally getting over. We were seeing the light at the end of the tunnel so to speak. We were hopeful. I was scheduled to return to law school after a year off due to our finances. What followed for my family in 2011, however, was heartbreaking on various levels. You can read some of it here. The rest of the story is still too personal and heartbreaking for me to share, even years later. In the middle of 2011 everything changed. My world was turned upside down.
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.
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
It’s finally cold in California, and by cold I mean it’s finally under 70 degrees. Now the real fun starts, we get to partake in all of the “cold weather” activities that others have now been enjoying for weeks. One of my favorite things to do when it’s cold outside is cuddle up while enjoying delicious hot treats. One of my favorite hot drinks is the Mexican Champurrado that my mom spices up each winter.
Champurrado is basically a thick hot chocolate. It has been around since pre-Columbia times among the Aztecs and Maya. Now that I’m a mother I have decided to finally learn my mom’s recipe and hopefully be able to share this part of our culture with my little one.
This Christmas is a very special one for my family as it is the first in our new home. Unfortunately last year our Christmas was tainted by two unpleasant incidents. On December 24th as my husband and I drove back from dropping off our escrow deposit we were told that there was a very high probability our escrow was going to fall through. As if that wasn’t enough, Christmas morning we woke up to the great surprise that our home had been vandalized and there was graffiti all over the front driveway. We knew that we needed to get out of that old neighborhood and thankfully it was in God’s plans to have us move into our new home.
When we were house hunting I fell completely head over heels for this home. One of the many reasons that I loved this home was that it had both a living room and a den, as opposed to our old house, which only had a very small living room. I knew that with an infant and eventually a toddler, I would have to have one room where my little one could go wild and another one where I could channel my inner Martha Stewart. Today I am going to share with you how I decorated my home and also some quick and inexpensive DIY’s to bring in a little Christmas cheer into your home.