Being Mommy // 5 Things I Learned About Motherhood

Being Mommy // 5 Things I Learned About Motherhood

Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful women of the world! No matter what form your motherhood may take, your role as a mother is most definitely the most important role of your life. I live and breathe being a mother to my son every day. It is my raison d’etre, if you will! Now, as most of you know, my role as a mother is unique in that I have a beautiful and precocious son and also had a daughter born still at 33 weeks old. This Mother’s Day, I wanted to share what I’ve learned  about motherhood, from being a mother to a joyful soul on earth and to my angel’s soul in heaven.

Motherhood means forgiveness.

I’ve learned that it takes a lot of soul searching to forgive myself when I feel like I’ve messed up as a Mom – whether I am being tough about homework or too much TV. I know that I am not perfect, but my perfectionist ways definitely take over sometimes. And when I am not at my best self (tired, overwhelmed), it comes through in my role as Mom. But I have to forgive myself. Forgive those moments and make the next moments good ones – for me and for him. As I continue to grow through the heartbreak of my daughter’s loss, I know somewhere deep inside, I need to forgive myself for blaming myself. Does that make sense? Any woman who has lost a child knows those quiet moments when they think it’s their own fault, but it’s not. Forgiving yourself for thinking that is key.

things I learned about motherhood

Motherhood means pure joy.

The day my son was born, it was truly the happiest day of my life. I could not contain the smile, even in the midst of physical pain while at the hospital and learning to breastfeed, while I looked at him in my arms. My cheeks hurt from so much joy. It was the purest form of emotion I have ever felt, and I knew that because the words would escape me when I would try to describe the feeling. Even today, watching him discover something new or solve a problem, make a joke, or peek in to watch him sleeping, I am overcome with the joy that his existence in my life brings. And while I wish every day that my daughter was here with me, there is a sense of joy that I feel knowing that I have a guiding angel in my corner. I have no choice but to feel that joy, for the sorrow sometimes can be too much.

things I learned about motherhood

things I learned about motherhood

Motherhood means staying young.

As a teacher, I am surrounded by young teens who are eager to grow up and get on with their lives outside of the world of their parents. They are so quick to want to stop being young. When you’re a mother, life can be so busy that it’s easy to only wear the “grown up” hat. You can forget to play and just be “young” with your kids or find joy in the silliest things. Whenever my son and I play, I make sure I make the corny jokes, laugh the big silly laughs and make battleships with the Legos on a “stay up late” night!

things I learned about motherhood

Motherhood means learning from others.

I don’t think that I could have gone through those early days of being a new mom without the posse of women I found in my weekly breastfeeding group (aka “boob group” – I know!). It took all my energy to make it to my first meeting, anxious that I was the only one worrying about ruining my chances at being a great mom. But we were all worried and we all had a million questions about the baby’s weight loss, no sleep, controlling our husbands who didn’t know what they were doing (p.s. they do!), and all the other things that come with being a new mom. Those friendships are still with me today, as we often compare notes of the current status of our kid’s sassiness and how we just want to tell them where to go with their new found attitudes! Ha! I learned to let myself learn from others, that I did not have all the answers and never will. So whether it’s a new baby or one lost, I’ve learned to let myself learn from other women to be a great mom.

Motherhood means not forgetting yourself.

Remember when you didn’t take that shower to get your child ready for school since you woke up late after staying up late so you could just have a moment to yourself? Or when you gave everyone else the pretty plate of food and you took what you had burnt? Yeah, those times. We all forget ourselves for the sake of others. And I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. What I learned, however, is that I don’t need to forget myself to be better for others. In fact, it’s just the opposite. I need to take care of my skin, my health, my mental happiness so that I can exist as a balanced whole and happy woman as a Mom, a wife, a teacher and every other role I have in my life. While I may not always find the time to remember myself (am I right?), I learned to make it a point to schedule myself into my own calendar more often. Everyone around me will be happier I did. (Trust me!)

Thank you so much for reading this far! I wish you all a lovely day, whether you are a Mom or are celebrating yours.  

Seaside Style // The Must-Have Jersey Wrap Dress

Seaside Style // The Must-Have Jersey Wrap Dress

I think you’ll agree with me…when you find a dress that fits you like a glove, you name it the must-have dress! Am I right? Well, it turns out that when I saw this dress, not only did I love the color and the “wrap” style that gives shape to my petite frame, but loved that it was made in “jersey” fabric. I immediately knew exactly how I wanted to style it for the season.

jersey wrap dress

jersey wrap dress

I love a great dress! Have you noticed? Pretty and girly to edgy and modern, I love how easy a dress can be to style. Not only does a great wrap dress suit every woman, but when you find the right dress made in the right fabric, it moves to the top of my list! There is something about a forgiving fabric like jersey (made with 5% spandex) that has a little bit of stretch and doesn’t require too much maintenance with pressing or dry cleaning. What woman doesn’t want that? And as a Mom, I honestly need the easiest thing to wear when I want to feel pretty but not make a big deal about it. 

jersey wrap dress

jersey wrap dress

I could easily wear this dress casually with some flat sandals or all dressed up for Mother’s Day Sunday brunch or a summer an evening to dinner. With these bright colors, walking along the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, NJ matched the mood of the lovely spring day. From day to night, causal to dressy, I didn’t have to worry that my dress would wrinkle or lose it’s shape after a long day out.

jersey wrap dress

jersey wrap dress

Do you love jersey fabric and wrap dresses as much as I do? Let me know in the comments below! 

Shop the Feature // Maggy London Chantal wrap dress (20% off w/ code JESSICA20) | Schutz heels | Rebecca Minkoff bag | Quay High-Key sunglasses

Thank you to Maggy London on partnering on this post.

Getting Outdoors // Day Trip to Bushkill Falls, PA

Getting Outdoors // Day Trip to Bushkill Falls, PA

Happy May! Can you believe it? Summer is almost here, and I’m taking advantage of  the warm and sunny weekends to take a few day trips with my family – our most recent being to Bushkill Falls, PA. Mr. E and I got married outdoors, under a tent and near a barn with mountain views, so it’s no surprise one of our favorite ways to spend a weekend is a day trip with our son hiking up to a waterfall! If you’ve been following my Instastories, you know we’ve even been looking into purchasing an RV since we enjoy camping and the outdoors so much! We love to travel;  just look at some of our favorite places we’ve been – Greece, Montreal, Cape Cod (here, here and here), Hawaii, Walt Disney World, and Argentinaday trip to bushkill falls

day trip to bushkilll falls I’ve known of Bushkill Falls located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania since we visited several others in the area, but last week was my first time visiting the falls. Let me just say that I’ve been to Niagra Falls, and now I know why they call Bushkill Falls the Niagra Falls of Pennsylvania! The 100foot waterfall alone is stunning to see! You can get up close and actually feel the cool mist of the water splashing down as it rapidly descends from above while you walk along a wooden path and bridge. 

day trip to bushkill falls

day trip to bushkill falls

day trip to bushkill falls

day trip to bushkill falls There are different trails (green yellow, blue, red) you can hike depending on how much time you wish to spend there. The Green trail being the easiest with only a few steps but no climbing while the red trail is the most challenging at 2.5 miles long with several steps to climb and over 2 hours to hike. Overall, it’s important to remember you are hiking about 1200 feet above sea level, so before going it’s good to know what to wear and bring. I saw all people of all ages hiking, so it’s really about how you come ready for the hike. A plus? There are places to rest along the way – granted it may be on a large rock! And don’t be surprised if you see a creature or two along the way! 

Plan for a Day Trip to Bushkill Falls

Water Bottle

I forgot my water bottle in the car, which totally was not smart! But I was able to purchase one at the food store they have on site. Here are a few good ones that can keep your drink cool for the long hike!

Technology

You are not going to want to miss out on all the beautiful places to capture on camera! So be sure to have it fully charged before you head out the door! Now whether you use your heavy duty camera or just your phone, make sure to have a battery backup! With all the IG stories or snapchatting you’ll want to do, having a small backup charger will be a must! Some of my faves are lightweight and give you plenty of power to last the day!

Binoculars 

If you have kids, they’ll love to have a pair of binoculars! There is so much to see, and it’s a great way to observe some of nature through a closer lens. The little ones love to feel like explorers, so it’s exciting to make it part of the hiking experience!

Dressing in Layers

No matter the weather, I know that having options on a long hike is so important. Dress in layers, so you have the option to warm yourself up in some of the cooler parts of the hike (seasonal) and when you feel warmer because your heart rate is slowly rising! See below for outfit details in “Shop the Feature”.

Sunscreen and Shades

You can’t forget to protect your skin and your eyes! Wear sunscreen, shades and a hat! The beauty of the waterfalls only makes me more aware of how important it is to take care of what is most natural to us – and that is our skin staying hydrated and protected from the harsh sun.

Comfortable shoes (that can get wet!)

You’re going to want to wear your best version of a hiking shoe! Clearly, I could have been more prepared and worn a better pair myself, so lesson learned. A great pair with a sole that grips works. I’ve recently invested in another pair for my next visit!  

Hope you enjoyed this photo story and tips for a lovely day trip out to Bushkill Falls! We’ll be traveling again soon and can’t wait to share our next adventure! 

Shop the Feature // Nautica baseball cap & Herschel baseball on me | Chic t-shirt (seen here) | J.Crew carpenter shirt | Daniel Wellington watch (15% off with code “seasons gold”) | Nike

Where are you headed on your next vacation or even just next weekend? Let me know in the comments below. And if you want to see more of our travel adventures, let us know! Thank you so much for reading. 

Spring Fling // The Tiered Maxi Dress

Spring Fling // The Tiered Maxi Dress

Spring is the perfect time to wear your favorite dresses, even on your more casual weekend days!  I love how easy it is to throw on a maxi dress and feel ready to take on the world while feeling super comfortable for just about anything, especially as a Mom! Being petite can make it a challenge for me to find the perfect maxi dress without looking “lost” in all the fabric. Enter the tiered maxi dress! Wearing a tiered maxi gives dimension to your look and definition at your waist that you may not otherwise get with a straight long maxi dress.

tiered maxi dress

tiered maxi dress

tiered maxi dress

I personally love how fun and girly this dress feels. It goes from spring into summer easily, so on a cooler day, I could simply wear a cardigan over it. And because ruffles and a windy day make for a fun photo shoot, I thought I’d add a little joy with my new favorite phone case! I love that it keeps me hands free and is a wallet as well for my most important cards.

kate spade phone case

tiered maxi dress

tiered maxi dress

These wedges are one of the most comfortable pair of shoes I’ve ever owned, and they come in so many colors! As a girl who loves wearing heels, wedges are perfect way to get the height I want and the comfort I need. 

tiered maxi dress

Shop the feature // Maxi dress (under $70) | Wedges | Bracelets (white studded, knot cuff) | Camera phone case 

Hope you enjoyed this post! I enjoyed shooting it and sharing my love for maxi dresses for spring! What is your favorite style for the spring season – dresses, shorts, a simple t-shirt and jeans? I’d love to know in the comments below! Thank you for stopping by!

 

Back at It // Printed Spring Style for Work

Back at It // Printed Spring Style for Work

It’s the weekend (whew!). This past month has been a bit of a struggle for me. I can’t tell if the stars aren’t aligned as usual or I’m just in a funk, but I know I’m doing my best to get back to my best self. How has your month been? Hopefully great! One of the best ways I step out of any funk is to enjoy the good weather days as they come and embrace the change in the seasons with my style. If there is one thing I have learned well, it is that when things in life feel too big or overwhelming, making time to organize some thing as simple as your closet can go a long way (in comes spring cleaning!). Styling an outfit and getting dressed is my way of facing the day when it all seems uphill. Taking a moment to go through those favorite wardrobe pieces and restyling them a new way for a different season can very well give you just the motivational boost you need for the week!

spring style for work

I love a white blazer for spring (And, yes -white before Memorial Day is absolutely acceptable! I follow the rule that there are no rules in fashion! Wear what you love and makes you feel great.). It makes for the perfect canvas to add a great printed piece, like this Maggy London dress. I happen to love the sleek look of pairing prints with white because it draws the attention to the print itself.

spring style for work

spring style for work

What makes this print stand out are the subtle touches of blue and black that give you a range of colors to pair with the dress, making it versatile for your style at work or an evening out after work. I liked keeping the palette smile with black and silver, the perfect spring style for work. I don’t always wear print because it can be a challenge for me to find the right harmonious color to wear it with, but you can always count of a great white or black piece to carry you through those wardrobe conundrums.

spring style for work

spring style for work

spring style for work

Shop the Feature // Maggy London dress | Ann Taylor blazer | Vince Camuto heels (similar) | Zara handbag | Longines watch | Baublebar earrings

Do you like prints or do you prefer to blocks of color for your work style? Let me know in the comments below! And if you like this post, please consider sharing it or pinning an image by hovering over your favorite pic to pin it! Have a wonderful weekend!

Thank you to Maggy London for partnering on this post!