An Instagram Week in Review

#loveislove #lovewins

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Nothing says, "summer" like FreezePops & high-powered fans. 😀☀️👍🏽

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Happy Father's Day, to this awesome guy.

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Never Been Here Before

Patience The Mom with Moxie

A few months ago, when the hubs and I were having a particularly bad time with the kid‘s behavior, my dad said to me, “Be patient, he’s never been eight before, and you’ve never parented a eight year old before.” Now, while the statement may seem simple, it’s really not. To me, what it means is that it’s all new to all of us. We can’t approach parenting and discipline like the kid already knows what’s going on. We need to address each new challenge with a fresh perspective. Otherwise, we’ll get stressed out and find no resolution.

I’m trying to approach things, from this point of view, but it’s hard. Really hard. It’s easy to say, “You’re seven years old, act like it!” But, really, how would he know how a seven year old is supposed to act? Heck, how do we know how a eight year old I supposed to act? Because really, my eight year old is different than every other seven year old. I just have to learn to approach parenting from this P.O.V.

What about you? How do you approach parenting? What’s your technique?

Looking to settle down? Read this, first!

Recently, I found out that a co-worker was leaving to go back to school for her PhD.  It got me to thinking, how much I would love to go back, for my master’s degree. But, with a kid, bills, a full-time job, etc., that just isn’t feasible, for me, at the moment.

Then, I started thinking about all the things, I wish I’d done, before I settled down (i.e., got married, got a house, had a kid).  Here’s my list, of sorts…

  • Gone to grad school (and even post-graduate). Could have done this, while married, but it would’ve been easier, if I was single
  • Travel the world. Again, could have done this, while married. Just, not with a eight year old.
  • Lived on my own. I moved in, with the hubster, right out of college – directly, from my parents’ house. I’ll never experience, what’s its like, to live by myself.

I know it’s brief, and I guess that’s good. Especially, since I love my life, as it is, right now.

What about you, what’s on your “Before You Settle Down,” list?

An Instagram Week in Review

…Well, really two weeks in review.

Hello, loves. So sorry posts have been so sparse around these parts – really since the beginning of the year. Life has been a bit hectic, so unfortunately my blogging got pushed aside. I’m working on a review post for something really cool and it should be up on Tuesday or Wednesday. In the meantime, here’s what’s been going on over the past couple of weeks – via Instagram posts.

So. Much. Personality. I just love his spirit; it makes me smile. #thekid

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Got something really awesome in the mail today. Blog post coming soon! #themomwithmoxie

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Felt fancy this morning. Hair *and* makeup done. Happy Thursday, friends.

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“Let’s take a selfie, mom.”

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Late-night snuggles with #thekid.

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Date night. #DaveChappelle

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So, there you go. Just a ton of time spent with my two guys.  I’ve loved it, but I’m so glad to be back to blogging regularly. See you soon!

My Obsession with the Tiny House Movement

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Have you guys heard of The Tiny House Movement?

“Simply put it is a social movement where people are downsizing the space that they live in. The typical American home is around 2600 square feet, while the typical small or tiny house is around 100-400 square feet. Tiny Houses come in all shapes, sizes and forms but they focus on smaller spaces and simplified living.”  – The Tiny House Life

I am totally obsessed.

Not sure if I could ever live in one, with both the hubs and the kid. But, if it was just me? I’d totally go for it.

There’s just something so minimalist and simplistic about it all.

A simplicity I crave.

With all the crap we collect, how awesome would it be to just chuck almost all of it and live small?

Even if it doesn’t interest you, like it does me, you should totally check it out. It’s so fascinating.

A couple of my favorite sites to visit are RowdyKittens and The Tiny House Family.

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The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Today is my 37th birthday. To honor this momentous occasion, I decided to give myself a gift.

What kind of gift you ask? A swift kick in the butt, with a side of reality check.

For too long, I’ve been crawling through life unhealthy – both physically and mentally. I woke up today with a renewed spirit. You know the phrase, “Sick and tired of being sick and tired?” That’s where I’m at right now.

I’m committing to myself, that I’m going to take better care of me from the inside out.

My #1 goal is to take care of myself so I can be at the top of my game for, well, life. And I believe simplifying my life is the best way to go. That means I’m cutting back on things that take time away from what I value most – these two:

These two. ♡♡

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I’ll still be hanging out here, and in my usual online spots just not as much. I’ll just be out enjoying life more and writing/posting about it less. I don’t want to miss out on something important because I’m trying to figure out a way to capture it all in 140 characters or less.

My name is Bree, and I’m a procrastinator.

Say it with me… “Hi, Bree!”

I planned on posting this a while ago, but… you know.

Lol. Seriously, though. I feel like I’ve been a horrible procrastinator when it comes to TheMomwithMoxie.com. There are so many things I have planned for this little ole blog. I just haven’t been motivated to get them done. I really need to get off my duff.

It’s weird, because I’m not like this with any other aspect of my life.

I think I need some inspiration.

What inspires you?