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For those that need an occasional laugh, for those parents who don’t know where to turn, for those that are stuck in depression or anxiety and just need to know that they’re not alone. This is for you.
Not being able to control what others say and do is the scariest thing, especially right now as a parent watching all of this chaos and evil in America unfold. It’s in times like these that I am reminded, that I cannot control others’ actions, but I can control my reactions. We have a choice right now. We can do what we’ve always done. We can share our thoughts and send our prayers and then let this blow right over our heads and be grateful that this time it wasn’t OUR kid. OUR spouse. OUR mom, sister, dad, brother. But…Keep reading
If you are having a hard time breastfeeding let me first say this, DON’T GIVE UP! I gave birth to my daughter at 32 weeks. Breastfeeding a preemie is arguably one of the hardest things to face as a mother. They are tinier, more fragile, and less likely to latch on correctly (although that was never the issue with my little one) and because they are likely to spend time in an incubator for a while, sometimes eating from the breast is not always an option. My daughter and I have been breastfeeding since she was born (not exclusively) and…Keep reading
No crazy long story of why or how I came up with this recipe. I always hate those (just get to the recipe already!) So without further ado, enjoy this recipe for Oatmeal Chocolate Chip lactation cookies to help give your milk supply a quick boost! Prep Time: about 20 minutes Makes about 20-24 cookies (depends on scoop size) Ingredients: 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour5-6 tablespoons brewers yeast3 tablespoons ground flaxseed1/2 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/4 teaspoon salt12 tablespoons organic unsalted butter4 tablespoons vegetable oil1 1/2 cups organic cane sugar2 large eggs2 teaspoons vanilla extract2…Keep reading
A few years ago, I created a calm down corner for my kids in our living room. It was the best thing I ever did. Both of my children have sensory processing sensitivities, and as such they are prone to behavioral disturbances when they are overstimulated or understimulated. I wanted to create a place for them to express their emotions in a constructive and safe manner, so I created their calm down corner. What is a calm down corner? A calm down corner is an area that is designated simply for processing emotions and behavioral sensitivities. It is meant to…Keep reading
It’s kind of funny how with your second pregnancy, planning all of the things that you want your birth experience to be, because you know better the second time around, you still end up shocked when it doesn’t go according to plan. My first pregnancy was so smooth; no complications during the pregnancy, I carried almost all the way to term, and my labor was medicated pretty much the entire time. The only thing I would’ve changed was the fact that my whole family (yes, really) was present for the labor and delivery. But hey, I was an 18-year-old single…Keep reading
Your sink is overflowing with dishes, the mountain of unfolded laundry on your couch is getting bigger, and the toys you put away a thousand times have still somehow escaped the toybox. In other words, your house is a mess! You’re only one person and you shouldn’t be expected to do it all yourself, it’s time to get your family involved. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to get your family excited (yes, really!) about cleaning and get your house looking great again. Start Small When I tackle a cleaning day, I always start small. I’ve tried…Keep reading
Postpartum Depression (PPD) is a serious condition. If you believe that you or a loved one is suffering from postpartum depression, please seek help as soon as possible. I am not a medical professional and this post is not meant to diagnose or treat those with postpartum depression. This post has been based solely on my personal experience with postpartum depression and the symptoms I experienced. For more information on how to get diagnosed or treated for postpartum depression, please speak to a qualified medical professional or visit Postpartum Support International, who helped me when I was suffering from PPD.…Keep reading
As mere humans, we as a species are prone to BIG emotions. Even as an adult I know that sometimes I have a hard time controlling my emotions. As we grow older, we learn about helpful techniques to regulate our emotions and how to recognize the stresses that trigger them. Using those techniques is a great tool in helping to prevent outburts and as parents we try our best to teach our kids those techniques as well. Sometimes those emotions slip through the cracks though and we can find ourselves in sticky situtations such as saying unkind things that we…Keep reading
Yoga is a great way to keep your body and your muscles strong. Even more important than the physical benefits of yoga in my opinion, are the mental benefits from it. Yoga is a type of workout that focuses on strengthening the core of your body as well as focusing on the breath. Implementing yoga in your life combines physical fitness and mental fitness in one and can incorporate a positive life change for both your physical and mental health. Below are my top 4 yoga poses that I practice when I need a pick-me-up or am feeling overwhelmed. Balasana…Keep reading
Shame. You let your kids sleep in your bed? Shame on you. You went back to work after only 6 weeks of maternity leave? Shame on you. You hide in the pantry to have just a moment’s peace? You don’t LOVE every second of being a mom? Shame. On. You. Sadly, this is the reality that moms everywhere face based on the decisions they make for their family. We are constantly told what to do, what not to do, how we should act, how we should discipline our kids, how we should keep our households…and the list goes on and…Keep reading
My husband and I are planning our anniversary trip to Joshua Tree next month. We’ve been planning a trip for the last year, since we didn’t get to take one during the COVID outbreaks. Every year we take a trip just the two of us, and this year we wanted to “get away from it all” to somewhere peaceful, sunny, and hot. Joshua Tree fits all three categories so we booked our Airbnb, secured reservations for fun activities while we’re out there, and started packing. I feel like when you’re packing clothes for a trip, you learn alot about your…Keep reading
“Go back to Mexico with your beaner baby. Or get a job!” -Jerk at Walmart It was 2016, four days after Donald Trump got elected president that these words were loudly expressed to me at Walmart when I was grocery shopping with my WIC checks. The man wasn’t even president yet and it was already what I had feared, blatant racism had become acceptable in the US. I’m not going to go into the dislike I have for the former US President, because he doesn’t matter. What does matter is the sickening and unacceptable racist behavior that became “normal” and…Keep reading
From the time I was 8 years old, I knew my brain worked differently. It would be another 20 years before I finally embraced it. When I was younger, I had a bad habit of interrupting the adults. My brain was always scattered and I could never turn it off. In the simplest of words, my brain always felt…full. My older sister had similar traits, but she also had hyperactivity. I remember one day when my mom came home upset and angry because her teacher had suggested she get tested and medicated for ADHD. I still remember the words my…Keep reading
I have unfortunately suffered from anxiety for the majority of my life. I’m not sure when I first experienced anxiety or panic attacks, but I can remember all the way back to 8th grade of having panic attacks. Something that I wish 14 year old me knew was that I didn’t have to suffer in silence and that there were ways to manage panic attacks. It would take years before I actually recognized that I was suffering from anxiety, and even longer before I actually started receiving therapy and treatment for it. Although I am in no way “cured” of…Keep reading
I talk alot about the importance of mental health. I talk alot about being confident and being proactive in managing your mental illness. What I don’t talk alot about are my bad days. Well this morning, I was having one. It would be decieving of me to get up here and say that I don’t have them or try to create this illusion that I’m just fine all of the time, but I’m not and I have my difficult days too. Regardless of what mental illness you suffer from, you are going to have your bad days even in your…Keep reading
You know that saying “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” and that seems to be the go-to phrase when something’s not going how you planned? Well I want to talk about why lemons aren’t so bad, and how you don’t have to make lemonade with them, you just gotta squint your eyes and shake it off. Now the first thing I want to start off with, when I’m speaking metaphorically about lemons, this does not apply to major life changes such as divorce, death, or trauma. Those are all very serious major life changes that deserve to be acknowledged…Keep reading
Our journey towards mindfulness is very important, but there are a few things we need to do to get there. One of the most important things is to acknowledge our past, make amends, and seek forgiveness. Forgiveness from others is always good to have, but you also need to forgive yourself. So I’ve composed a letter to acknowledge my scarred past and set my path towards forgiveness and enlightenment. I wanted to address this letter to “Dear Friend”, but chances are if you are reading this, you are not a friend, and that is my fault. Perhaps you are an…Keep reading
Social media has a big impact on the mental health of all generations. I’m sure with the launching of sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc., these creators intended to create a platform to give people the chance to connect, with good intentions. Unfortunately, the creation of social media sites have also indirectly created a network of ornery individuals who’ve been given a platform to do what they do best, spread negativity. Social media platforms are a narcissist‘s playground, and many of us with mental illness have fallen victim to their attacks. Still, without social media we wouldn’t be able…Keep reading
I learned an important lesson today. One that I’m sure if I had read up on properly, I might not have had to find out by personal experience. I just got an instant pot for Christmas, finally, and while I’ve used it plenty of times since then, last night I decided to make my first attempt at chicken soup. I usually reserve my trusty crock-pot for such endeavors; I make a mean chicken noodle soup and beef & potato stew; but wanted to try out a chicken soup in my shiny new instant pot. So I did what we all…Keep reading
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot; a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;— Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 Sometimes, we go through things in our life that test our faith. It may be losing our job, the betrayal of a friend, going through a divorce or marital…Keep reading
My five year old has a saying, it may mean something different to us as adults, but I just now finally understood it. I have always tried to parent my children with acceptance, love and most importantly, grace. What I mean by that is when they mess up or make mistakes I always let them know that it’s ok, because mistakes happen and no one is perfect. One of the most common phrases you will hear me say as a parent is “It’s okay, mistakes happen”, but when my daughter was smaller and learning how to talk, she would change…Keep reading
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