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I have caught him attempting to stand up win his crib but it wasn't until recently that he actually did  this little number. 

Alexander has been quite mobile for a while now. He's been crawling for the last two weeks and now pulls himself up on every single thing he can. 

Time to lower that damn crib, child proof the house + pray he doesn't figure out how to work the gates we are about to install. 

The Liebster Award is a great way to discover new up and coming bloggers. It gives people a great chance to network and meet new people who share a common passion…blogging!

Basic deets when your are nominated:
1. Please thank the blog that nominated you.
2. Select 5-11 bloggers that you would like to nominate for this award. 
3. Let bloggers know you have nominated them. 
4. Create questions for them to answer. Let your creativity and personality shine. 

Brandi Jo Little of Little Momma Life nominated me :) The following questions are ones she selected for me to answer + , in turn, I get to choose bloggers to pass the nomination to! 

1. Why did you start your blog?
- I started my blog when I was sitting at home, with my son, at my wits end because of breastfeeding. Going into this we read everything we could, did anything and everything we could, to prepare for Alexander. And yet, when time came.. I felt far from capable. I know how that feels and I wanted to share my experiences with motherhood, finds and attempts at everything so other new moms + moms in general could understand and never feel lonely.

2. What is your favorite fashion statement lately?
- Leggings, a sweater or a T-shirt + TOMS. My go-to outfit. 

3. What’s on your bucket list this summer?
- Taking Alexander to a beach 
- Hiking w| my husband + son
- Going somewhere in MD that I've yet to visit

4. What is your “thing” that you do to relax?
- Hm. In the off chance that I do get to relax - a good book or a tv series while I sit in a nice hot bath with epson salt & some infused water that is EXTREMELY similar to Wine... Okay. It's wine. 

5. What is your motto for life? (quote, verse, song, etc.)
- It is what it is.  The reason being that there is only so much one can do, change, or say before its known that nothing else can be done, changed or said. You're damned if you do, damned if you don't so I've learned to just let things be. People expect way too much from a single being and sometimes, if it isn't truly urgent, there is NO need to stress over the unnecessary.

The blogs I have chosen deserve so much recognition and support. Please check out their blogs! They are so fun and informative to read. I am glad that I have had the opportunity to read each and every one, and connect with the brilliant writers!

1 | Jessica of Garvin and Co.
2 | Regina of Life with Gina G.
3 | Saffiyah of Family Fun and Life
4 | Amber of PB & J Babes
5 | Bethany of BLW Ideas

The questions I would like you ladies to answer are: 
1. What is one piece of advice you'd give to new moms?
2. If ALL expenses were paid, where would you go?
3. What is your favorite childhood memory?
4. What is something you look forward to showing/telling your children when they get older?
5. What is on your five year plan? 

Thank you to Brandi for nominating me! This is the sweetest and such an awesome thing to do! I look forward to reading more of these! 

xo Sash

May 2016- June 2016 Goals

Accountability is key.

I have been beating myself up every day I look in the mirror + am not happy with what I see. Not to mention the things I want to get done in the house and so forth.

So here's my list of what I plan on doing for the rest of this month & all of June.

May 2016

+ Clean out closet and donate clothes that do not fit or have not been worn.
+ Reorganize kitchen cabinets + pantry.
+ Go to sleep at a decent, n o r m a l hour to be able to wake up B E F O R E the child does.
+ Work out everyday, without skipping a day.
+ Cut out wheat, soda, candy + chips from diet.
+ Hold accountability group for fitness challenge.
+ Get Alexander on a holy grail of a schedule so the aforementioned can actually be done.

June 2016

+ Blog consistently
+ Create schedule for the summer.
+ Meal Plan consistently
+ Have Assignments completed BEFORE the due date hour.

Be one step closer to my goal.
Be happier with myself one step at a time.
Learn to love myself.. because if I don't, who will? (Rhetorical, I know my son, husband & family love me).

what are your goals for the next 6 weeks? 

6 month Check up!

Today you're 6 months, 15 days. 
13lbs, 13 ounces
a little over 2 ft tall. 
Crawling, Teething & pulling yourself up to stand. 

You smile lots, you hug and give kisses. 
You're babbling a little more than usual.  
You love ripping paper and really like bananas. 

We're baby led weaning - here and there. 
We're still working on those fine motor skills. 

Your doctor was surprised that you were doing so well. 
Developmentally you're doing great - you're growing at your own pace, eating at your own pace, you've tripled your birthweight & you are HAPPY. 

My mellow little heartbeat of love.

Our next appointment is set for August 22 where we are more than sure you'll be walking by then. A few days short of your turning 9 months. 

That was a little weird to say. I'm still getting used that part. 

My Son.

A few days have passed since my first Mothers Day and I owe it all to you. 

See, last year we had such a rough first trimester - I was afraid I would never get to meet you. For the first time in my entire life I was truly afraid. It isn't the same fear as someone who fears clowns or heights, or being sick. It's a deeper, gut wrenching fear.

To be able to wake up May 8, 2016 + see your smiling face, with your perfect little nose + bright blue eyes means more to me than you will ever know. I am thankful to be your mother - I am thankful that you chose me + that God saw it fit to keep us together + bless me with your tiny heartbeat, stinky little toes + perfect little smile.

I cannot promise you things will be easy. Life is full of cruel people, jokes, situations + things. Life can get ugly + life has a way of trying to knock you down.

But what I can promise you is that I will ALWAYS  be there - whether I like what it is, what you've done, whether I support it or not.

I want you happy.
I want you to grow, prosper + succeed.
I want you to be better than your father + I.

I am proud of you. I am proud of your strength, resilience, drive + soul.

Thank you for being here.
Thank you for humbling me.
Thank you for changing me.
Thank you for giving me a reason.
Thank you for loving me.

I love you with the deepest confines, creases + pulses of my heart + soul.


Mommy Monday : Meet Whitney

Meet Whitney!

I met Whitney in 2013 as a newlywed + a new Toddler Teacher. I watched Whitney grow as a teacher until she took a step out on Faith + began her own family child care center. Since then, Whitney has thrived as a happy loving mother, business owner and wife.

My name is Whitney Hentz-Johnson. 

I am a full time, homeschooling mother of two beautiful children Ayden, 5 years old, and Aspen, 7 weeks old. 

I am a small business owner of a family childcare center in Maryland. 

I enjoy working with children and watching them learn and grow.
Advice: As far as advice, I would say always go with your gut feeling. This is especially true when it comes to your children because You know more than anyone what is best for your child. Follow your gut instinct. Trust your gut!
Pre-Mommy: Be easy on yourself. At times we as parents, especially mothers, place so much pressure on ourselves to do so much for our children. So then, when thongs aren't accomplished, we tend to feel guilty or as if we haven't done enough. This isn't true. Your child will love you because you're you. You make the effort and spend the time with them and they will love you for it. Breathe in, breathe out, you got this!
Cart full: Find a bench to sit on and pop my boob in my babies mouth to calm it down and then go back to shopping. (The power of mommy milk) lol
Mommy Must Have List: 1)WINE 2)good, supportive mommy friends 3) supportive mate 4) patience
Parent advice: we all make mistakes there's no such thing as a perfect parent. Do your best, the rest will fall into place.
Parenting style: I am really big on instilling values into my children. Values that will help them to be able to be strong, black women and men that can favw anything that life throws their way.
Favorite: aspen, 7weeks, we she rolled over the first time. The look on her face--proceless! Ayden, 5, when I had to tell him that he couldnt marry me when he grows up and he cried.
Note from Whitney: teach your child the important values of life that really matter. Don't get so caught up in the brand labels of clothing and shoes. That's stuff fades, character and values are traits that last a lifetime.