OK, no, I’m not Oprah, but it is Black Friday and since many of us will be in a shopping frenzy I am choosing to help my mama friends out and reveal my 5 favorite items of the year!
Sometimes it feels like everyone wants you to breastfeed and no one wants you to breastfeed, all at the same time. While hearing “breast is best” everywhere you go, society is hell bent on shading, shaming and secluding mothers who actually take that advice. Crazy, right? Well, Krystal Nicole Duhaney is looking to make a change and I love her for it!
Working from home seems like an ideal scenario, especially when your (short-lived) maternity leave is up and you’re not quite ready to put your baby in the care of someone else. But, it’s not all snuggles and cuddles with your sweet-smelling newborn. It’s more like changing diapers, while jotting down notes and taking a conference call … all at the same d@mn time!
So, for those mamas out there who will be venturing into the work from home space soon, here are a few things to consider…
Spoiled kids are hella annoying. But if we’re being honest, you can’t really blame the kids … you have to blame their raggedy parents for not teaching them better. In my quest to make sure Charlie B. doesn’t embarrass me, I am making sure my child understands the value of hardwork and responsibility. And I know there are a lot of mamas out there that feel the same way I do!
When I was a little kid growing up in Michigan, I played outside all of the time — I absolutely loved it! Unfortunately, I’ve found that raising a kid in LA doesn’t provide the same opportunity. Luckily, we live across the street from a park and have a small backyard area, so #CharlieB gets her fill of nature, but not every kid is so fortunate. Annnnnnd that’s where Tinkergarten comes in.
Finally, I’m SIX months pregnant!!!
This milestone is a big deal. #BabyBoyBarnett has now reached “fetal viability”, meaning if the little guy were born today he would have a good fighting chance at survival (50% – 70%). This was huge for me because I felt myself being more worried and cautious during this pregnancy. Thankfully, I feel a little calmer now, which is one of the good things about month six.
Below are just a few of the things I’ve faced getting to this point and how I feel now.
As a girl who’s been called a slut once or twice (or a hundred times) in her lifetime I am especially sensitive to the anti slut-shaming movement. As someone who’s worn her fair share of tight/short dresses, I appreciate the message that just because my outfit is sexy doesn’t mean you get to rape me. And as a mother to a daughter, I am grateful for the notion of self-love and women’s empowerment it preaches and the awareness it brings to the pervasive rape culture that is often swept under the rug. BUT, with all that being said, I am still confused by parts of the “stop slut-shaming” message and I feel like I should be able to ask some important questions and state some valid points.
Join Stilettos & Sippy Cups for a funfilled day of play and shopping!
“SHOP. PLAY. SUPPORT.” is a fundraising event to support the Stilettos & Sippy Cups scholarship for mothers entering or returning to college. The event will be a treat for the entire family and will include 3 hours of open play at Kiddie City (one of Charlie B’s favorite places!), exclusive access to prime vendors, arts & crafts for little ones, a gift bag and more.
Plus, Stilettos & Sippy Cups is a 501c3 non-profit organization, so your ticket purchase not only goes towards a fantastic cause, but it’s also tax deductible. That’s a WIN-WIN!
Please click this link to buy tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shop-play-support-tickets-20445993517
And if you’re unable to make it to the event, but would still like to contribute, please consider donating on our GoFundMe Page!
Look, I don’t know Kim Kardashian. She doesn’t affect my personal life and she isn’t someone I invest a lot of thought in to. But, whenever I would hear her complain about her pregnancies I instantly judged her.
The Barnetts are having another baby! We’re so excited to announce #BabyBarnett2 is expected to arrive August 2016. In this pic I’m about 16 weeks along 🙂 I can’t wait to share more pregnancy details with you soon!