10 things I wish I knew before becoming a mom.

At some point during our life as women, we can’t wait to become a mom. It’s the greatest thing that can possibly happen to a woman. Being able to feel the magic of your child in your belly for 9 months. It has its up’s and down’s of course. But who would’ve thought, that carrying this glorious little alien was going to make you change so drastically in your life. Today, you look inside a woman’s magazine. You see these beautiful and petite women. Showing these cute baby bumps and how they look great post-partum. You kind of give yourself these pretty high expectations after becoming a parent. Especially in those Parent magazines. You’re supposed to raise your kid “this way”. And “that way” harms the children  psychologically. I mean… really, we’ve set the bar pretty high for ourselves. After 3 years into this mom business, I finally conducted myself of this. Things I wish I knew before becoming a mom.


1. You’re going to be one hell of a mom no matter what the situation is!

I promise you, this is number one. Mom-to-be’s, new moms, experienced moms. We have all been there. We set ourselves at this standard that we need to and have to be this great mom. I wish I was told this from the get-go. That no matter what I was going to do or have done. I was always still going to be a great mom. We tell ourselves and have told ourselves before our little monsters. We have to be this super mom, to raise these great and amazing children. But to be frank, we are the greatest human beings to our off springs. Don’t make yourself be this monster zombie mom because you have to be that “awesome soccer mom”. Kids will love you no matter what. You’re their mom.

2. Post-partum depression is real.

Yes. And it is very real. I kept telling myself that I wasn’t going to be that 1 in every 100 or so women that had post-partum depression. But it happened. I wasn’t even aware of it until well. I had seperation anxiety from my son. But, there are ways to over come it. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. And don’t be afraid to talk to someone about how you’re feeling. I wasn’t well educated on post-partum depression before I even got pregnant. Nor did I even know it really existed. But, it’s better to know the signs when you know you aren’t feeling right. Ask for help. It will do you a world of justice.


3. Always prepare yourself.

I know, this is a give-me one. Honestly, always prepare yourself. And not just for baby, but for everything. For whatever life throws at you. Because the moment you find out that you’re carrying your little monster for 9 months. Is the moment the world no longer matters, but that little monster. Prepare yourself, financially, systemically, emotionally, psychologically, and physically. Especially as women. Don’t set yourself up and leave yourself for granted.

4. Post-partum baby weight.

I keep telling myself I’m going to make time for me. A lot. Because I truly do need it. But when I actually have time for me and my weight, I’m so exhausted. There are moms who have gone through extreme measures to stay healthy and fit during pregnancy. That’s because they were before they became pregnant. Every mom gains a few extra pounds post pregnancy. It’s common. Don’t fret over the little weight. Because at the end of the day, you look at yourself and you look at the little monster you have. And realize, you were and probably still are nurturing that little alien. It’s one of the hardest things I’ve had to get through. And still trying to get through. But I just take one look at my son and remember that it’s something that I had to do for him.


5. Pajamas, yoga pants, and leggings are your best friends

I didn’t wear leggings or yoga pants after my pregnancy because I had this horrible looking muffin top already. But I definitely wore sweats and pjs a lot. And going to school after having my munchkin, I was wearing scrubs every day. I still am. Which kind of sucks. But believe it or not, I was in comfy clothes up until my son turned almost 2. I lost a little bit of weight and started wearing yoga pants and leggings again. I simply thought I was just going to get right back into my jeans. Nope! Not the case at all. You’re constantly running around, and all you want to do is be comfy doing it. I mean, why not right?

6. Parenting is not what everyone makes of it.

In today’s society, discipline means the parent gets in trouble for abuse. As in discipline , I mean some kids deserve a good spanking sometimes. When we were growing up, we had the clothes hanger, or when I was helping my sister with my nephew. It was the evil glare that really got him to put down whatever he thought he was going to get into. You’re going to parent your child. And you’re going to parent your child in the best way deemed necessary. If you are the kind of parent that wants to let your child run freely and knock down all the other kids blocks and be a bully. Then you be that parent. Because at the end of the day, the way how your child grows up is how they’re going to treat the rest of society. But don’t let what other parenting techniques fool you because they tell you “if it were their child”. You parent how you’re going to parent. But also ensure the safety and conscious decisions for these children.


7. There is no such thing as sleep.

A week after I found out I was pregnant, was the last time I had good decent sleep. And by decent sleep, I’m talking about a full 9-10 hours of sleep well beauty rested, and not a stress freckle in sight. When my son was born, I didn’t know what sleep meant any more. My sons’ father, did not get up for the life of him. When my son woke up, I was up. When my son slept, I was awake to clean the house, do laundry, do the dishes, meal prep, or cook dinner, pick up toys. And by the time I was able to actually take a nap. My son was up. But there lives a day that there will be sleep! After a few years that is.

8. Your bladder is uncontrollable.
I don’t think I can elaborate this anymore. If I would have known that I was going to tinkle myself a little every time I sneezed or coughed. I think I would’ve taken a little more precautions after my pregnancy. It’s a little ridiculous. I didn’t even think it was possible that I could do such a thing. And don’t even bother trying to hold yourself back from using the potty. I think I had more “almost near” accidents, than I’ve ever had in my life, after I had my son. You just can’t help it. Maybe kegil exercises!!


9. You’ll be your child’s #1 person no matter what.

I think this was something that was always hard for me to accept. Regardless if your child always asks for someone or is with someone regularly. Your child will always know that you’re the one that cares and loves them more than anything. You are their number one person they will run to even if they don’t really run to you. You are the one that they know will always be there for them. To wipe away their tears. To cuddle them to sleep. To read them books and stay up late to watch Disney movies all night with. You will always be their number one. And will always know you are mommy.

10. Motherhood prints its own picture for everyone.

It’s different for every mom. I always pictured that I was going to take my son to do these awesome things and he was going to be so well behaved and etc… but let’s be real here. Children are their own people. They have their own minds and make life a very brightly painted picture. Not everyday is going to be picture perfect. One day you’ll have poop on your hand and a screaming toddler. The next you’all have the most perfect little angel that belongs at the top of a Christmas tree. Not only that though, I always believed that I was always going to have it together. I was going to be that mom that made sure she was there for every event and every time period in her sons life. Motherhood isn’t the way how it always looks in the magazines. It’s different for every mom. So just trust yourself and let things how they’re meant to be.
Motherhood is full of different experinces. Whether good or bad, I don’t think I would have it either way. Even if I knew about it or not. Having to learn these things on my own, let me see motherhood in true form. Learning to love and adapt to your new life. I wouldn’t change anything about my experience through motherhood.


If you’ve had a few times you have thought to yourself, you wish you knew about before having children. And if you’d like to add to our list. Leave us a comment down below! We would like to hear from you and your travel through motherhood!

Top 5 favorite ice cream shops in Atlanta

If you’re like me, and you enjoy some good sweets. Then you know that ice cream shops are top priority when it comes to treating yourself with goodness. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Ice cream is just… ice cream. Wrong! Ice cream from Walmart is just ice cream. But the best hand churned or creative mixes is AMAZING ice cream. Experiencing sweets and goodies in every direction. If you’re a local or just visiting the area, here are a few of my top  5 favorite ice cream shops that you must try!

#1 Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

Jeni’s is well covered across the country. It is also located in 3 parts of Atlanta, GA. Howell Mill rd., Krog st. Market, and Decatur. Before we moved to Atlanta, ice cream was just ice cream. This meant going to your neighborhood Baskin Robins or Dairy Queen. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream became a family favorite of ours. They have a large selection of different flavored ice cream. All hand crafted by the master minds at Jeni’s. One of our most favorite from Jeni’s is the Bramble Berry Crisp. I will admit this, Aston has a kick for every flavor of ice cream. Getting in on trying all the flavors before picking what you want first is a must at Jeni’s. They also sell their infamous ice cream in pints to take home.

#2 Kilwin’s

My 2nd favorite place to grab some of the most delicious ice cream is Kilwin’s. I absolutely love this place. Our first time visiting, we took our daughter and our niece before their trip to the Georgia Tech game. They have a huge selection of ice cream flavors to try from. My favorite being the Toasted Coconut with Chocolate. Kilwin’s is not your average stop and shop for ice cream though. Prepare yourself for chocolate heaven! They offer anywhere from chocolate covered pecans to a fountain of chocolate to dip your marshmallows in. Some of the most delicious chocolate to try. Kilwin’s is located in Atlantic Station in Atlanta, Ga.

 

#3 Queen Of Cream

If you’re looking for smooth, golden, perfect ice cream. Queen of Cream is your very best choice. This ice cream and coffee parlor is located on Highland Ave. in Atlanta, GA. Right outside the beautiful city. From standing outside of the ice cream parlor you can take spectacular photos of the city itself. Queen of Cream is one of few places in Atlanta that still hand churns their ice cream. With that being said, it makes them one of the greatest and most delicious places for ice cream!

#4 Honeysuckle Gelato

I know, it’s Gelato. Not ice cream. But still! Honeysuckle deserves to be on my list of top 5’s. Only because the first time I had Honeysuckle I wasn’t a big fan. It’s probably because I ordered the wrong thing. After a few visits and my most recent visit. I think I finally made my perfect match. Their Nutella flavor with their original vanilla bean is on point. I love it. Perfectly creamy and added some nuts and chocolate chips for the little guy. It was the perfect combination. Not too sweet and over bearing that we couldn’t handle it. But just right. Honeysuckle gelato is located inside Ponce City Market on Ponce de Leon. Try any or all of the flavors because once you find that perfect combination, it’ll make you crave for more.

#5 Sublime Doughnuts

Sublime Doughnuts is an amazing doughnut shop! But that’s another story. They don’t just sell doughnuts. Their ice cream is amazing. Their cinnamon toast crunch is a must try. I would probably give up my one doughnut to have a cup of their cinnamon toast crunch ice cream. Their doughnut shop is located in the heart of Atlanta right smack dab in the middle of Georgia Tech.

Looking for some good ice cream? Try out one of our top 5 favorites or if you have one you’d like for us to try. Leave us a comment below, because we’d love to try a new spot!

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Yeah! Burger

Atlanta has some of the best foods around. There are a few burger spots that I absolutely enjoy, and a few that I will only grab a good burger at. Yeah! Burger is one of my absolute favorites to drop in for a quick burger. Yeah! Burger isn’t your ordinary burger joint though. If you’re looking for high-quality and getting the pinch for your money on quality burgers. Then this is where you need to drop in. They offer grass-fed beef, bison, turkey, chicken, even veggie burgers! You can create your own or choose one of their most appetizing house favorites.


There are 2 locations in the Atlanta area. West Midtown and North Highland Ave.  Both locations are absolutely amazing. Giving that the restaurant is a counter service, they give your fast food joints a good run for their money. Yeah! Burger is a new modern day “fast food” joint, just with the high-quality meat and most favorable fries. The soda machines aren’t your average Joe either. Their soda pop dispenser has their very own made with organic cane sugar. So you aren’t fussing over the Mr. Pibb or Sprite, you sincerely get a taste of each bubbly.

One of my favorites is their Triple B. This burger is an organic bison burger with their Bacon Jam, caramelized onions, and organic blue cheese crumbles. I prefer a gluten free bun but there are different buns to choose from per your preference. Topped with arugula, baby spinach, bibb lettuce, tomato’s and avocados. I’m a veggie freak when it comes to my burgers. With a touch of ketchup to set it off.

We’re definitely up for trying new things when it comes to food. The Collard Wrap was definitely new for us. Kevin is all about being creative. He created his own burger with a turkey patty, cage free egg, bib lettuce, tomato and a dollop of mayonnaise and ketchup. All wrapped up, snugly and tight in a collard wrap. Surprisingly, he enjoyed it.  But quite frankly, the most we enjoyed together was the Truffle Parmesan Fries. These are a must when visiting Yeah! Burger. A basket of fries is easily shareable between 2 people.

The fun food craze doesn’t just stop at burgers. Enjoy anywhere between a fresh kale salad or even their classic hot dogs with all your favorite toppings! Fries or not, their onion rings and the long list of sides are a must try as well. Yeah! Burger caters to vegans and vegetarians, which a huge plus in my books! This burger joint is family friendly and is very casual dining. Bring your family because they have plenty of family friendly nights. If you’re in the Atlanta area, and looking for a few spots to hit for a good burger. Vegan, vegetarian, or meat lovers, Yeah! Burger is a must stop.

 

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5 Must Do Things at the Georgia Aquarium.

During the summer, our family loves to visit the Georgia Aquarium quite frequently. It surprises me that we have yet to get a yearly pass. As any 2 and a half-year-old would, Aston absolutely enjoys the Aquarium. Now that he’s a little older. He’s more aware of what the animals and fishes are (even though every fish is Dory), he takes more interest in the aquarium. It’s the most precious thing in the world when you see your child’s eyes light up when they see the aquatic waters. The Georgia Aquarium is an all indoor Aquarium with plenty of different species of fish and animals. Whether it’s freshwater or saltwater fishes, they have exclusive exhibits for both.

Our trips to the Aquarium are always the most memorable. On Aston’s first trip he was just a few months old. He had no idea what was going on, nor could he see any colors.

  1. The Dolphin Show

 

The Georgia Aquarium has so much to offer on a hot summer day. If you’re looking for a spot to cool down, sit in on their amazing Dolphin Show. The Dolphins do a spectacular job and plus if you sit in the first few rows you’re likely to catch a good dash of water from the stars themselves! The Dolphins are so well rehearsed and the trainers are amazing with the dolphins.  Unfortunately, we weren’t able to sit in on the Dolphin show this visit. With Aston inching towards his preschool years, he is more interested in touching the sea creatures and the seeing vibrant colors.

2.Tropical Diver

I was skeptical of course, because of how well Aston was going to do with all the chaos that was going on and all the bright colors. But he did absolutely amazing. He was so interested and never lost focus of the fishes behind the tank.The Tropical Diver is a must stop place at the aquarium. Especially for your toddlers and preschoolers. At this age, they love all the bright lights and the bright waters. Get up close and personal with different fishes from the tropical oceans. Between little eels and tiny sea horses, it’s a part of the aquarium you don’t want to miss.

3.Pet the Sea creatures

This was a first for me and Aston both. Although Aston enjoyed just sticking his hand in the water, it still amazes him. He was able to touch and feel how stingrays felt. See how smooth the baby sharks were. He was so excited to be a part of something while there. Upstairs has an extraordinarily large pool just for the larger stingrays. With guidance, the little ones are able to touch and feel the bigger stingrays.

4. Aquanut Adventure

Aquanut Adventure must have opened over the past year. When we returned for this visit it was pretty spectacular. I think I enjoyed it more than Aston did actually. Almost the entire 2nd floor has exhibitions for insects and underwater activities for kids of all ages.

5.Ocean Voyager

This part of the aquarium is absolutely spectacular. Being little fingertips away from the largest whale sharks of the aquarium, you find yourself on a walkway through the ocean. As you glide through on a people mover walkway, you’ll find yourself pointing at schools of fish and even waving at scuba divers! I personally think I enjoyed this part of the aquarium more than Aston did. Coming off from the people mover you find yourself face to face with the single largest aquatic exhibits in the world. With allowing children to stand up close and personal to the largest tank in the aquarium.

If you’re looking for something fun and exciting to do while passing through Atlanta. Or even just a day time activity with the little ones. The Georgia Aquarium has some great fun for everyone to enjoy. They also do promotion nights like their most recent event Red White & Brew. Check out their upcoming events to get in on some action!

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Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House

Atlanta is known for its’ diverse taste in foods. If you’re looking for authentic foods or even a good ol’ American cheeseburger, Atlanta has got it. But, if you’re looking to fill your seafood cravings, Atlanta has got a good hand full of seafood restaurants that will keep you craving for more. Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House has been on my foodie bucket list for several months. Finally, a few weeks ago we were able to join in on the seafood craze. The atmosphere at the Memorial location brings you straight out from the city to the coastline.

The restaurant itself has the ultimate feel of extravagance to make you feel like you’re footsteps from the white sandy beaches. Sometimes it’s great to have that little ways away from home feel. Although parking was a little bit of a hassle, it still didn’t ruin my love for this restaurant. We parked about a block from the restaurant but this gave us the opportunity to enjoy the sun and enjoy our beautiful city of Atlanta. Upon our arrival, there was a slight wait. But that still didn’t stop us. Six Feet Under has this amazing app called NoWait. The app allows you to register your wait in line and notifies you when your table is ready. It also gives you an estimated wait time currently. I love it!

Six Feet Under has an immaculate menu. It’s not extravagant, but their beer menu is wide ranging. Bottled or Draft, they got it. From Cider, Ale, India Ale, Lager, you name it. Unfortunately, I haven’t tried their beer menu. This will have to be on my bucket list of to do’s. Mainly to at least try most of their beer menu. This also depends on location whether it is Grant Park or Midtown, they have a different selection on their beer menu. So if you’re up for trying new beers or really about trying all different kinds, Six Feet Under may be where you want to be. Their food menu, on the other hand, we did get to try.  

If anyone who knows me knows how much I LOVE seafood. I can literally sit and eat crab legs, crawfish, oysters, clams, all day LONG. We started off with a light appetizer with Steamed Shrimp and Scallops that was based with black lemon pepper. With their homemade jalapeno tartar sauce and hush puppies. My goodness, did that set off our meal just right.  They also have their specialty appetizers that are namely; Spicy Rat Toes, Spicy Mouse Toes, Extra Spicy Dragon Toes, and Toe Jam. I know sounds disgusting, BUT I will say this, we tried their Toe Jam, which is a mix of all three, and I truly believe that they have this kick for jalapenos. And this may be one of their biggest specialties. For our main dish we ordered the Six Feet Under Steamer that was a meal for 2 people. We also ordered an extra King Crab claw, which was absolutely succulent, and an extra order of Fried Okra. You can’t go anywhere without ordering Okra. This meal has a combination of steamed seafood with Snow Crab legs, clams, mussels, shrimp,   oysters, corn on the cob, new red potatoes, sausages, and their amazing jalapeno hushpuppies. I seriously think that even just writing about it is making me hungry for more. They add their melted butter and cocktail sauce with horseradish on top that really gives it the kicker. Kevin and I had a real difficult time finishing this meal but we did it. I was surprised that we did and it’s probably because I was wanting to try it out so bad. But how can you go wrong with steamed seafood? It really doesn’t get any better than this.

If you’re looking for a great new seafood joint to try out, give Six Feet Under Pub and Fish House a shot. This place will have you continuously drooling for more. Along with their extensive list of beer to keep you wanting to try more every time you visit. I’m ready to go back honestly. If you have a another seafood joint that we should try out, leave us a comment below. We’d love to try a new place!

 

 

 

 

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Why We Need To Take Chances For Success

The past couple of weeks has been bitter-sweet. I was recently offered a position in Atlanta, GA that was an offer that I could not pass up. I have struggled with numerous situations over the past year. Between a child custody case, my income, and my living situation, it was finally time for a change. But I needed to take chances. I have always been the kind of person who has been afraid of the “what if’s”. And it has always taken me down with horrible outcomes. This time, it was different. I have never moved out of state without either one of my parents living there so moving to Atlanta was a huge “big girl” step for me. This was something that I absolutely knew I had to do. I’m not sad nor am I happy about the move because at the same time I feel as if I’m leaving everything behind. But that’s where my “what if’s” happen. I started thinking for a few days that if I keep worrying about the “what if’s”, I’m never going to change. I will never get out of the situations that I’m in. Especially if this move means opportunity for both my son and myself.

The “What If’s”

Yes! Finally, I got over the “What If’s” but that doesn’t mean that I still think about it now and then. It still bothers me to no-end. But! If I continue wondering about “what if… I don’t like my new job?” and I miss out on the great opportunity of more income. Which is something that I really could use. Yes, Atlanta’s pricing is slightly higher than Nashville, BUT I’m still making a lot more money than what I’m getting. I was so used to my work family. I truly adore them. They are all men and women of God and have shown nothing but, compassion and love to me. Really, just being afraid that no one can really compare. Thus, my new work family will be as admirable as they are. It’s taking those chances. So we can’t just keep looking at the “What If’s”. Atlanta has so much opportunity for everyone. I was so afraid when I went to court that they weren’t going to come down to an agreement. I worried endlessly, all to be on the stand and tell them the truth. Even though there was so much more to it, I neglected my mental thoughts because of the “What If’s”.  Really, there isn’t a reason for it. No reason to stress and worry yourself over something you can not control. Especially, if you already antagonized yourself a plan for either option. So you’re giving yourself those “What If’s” an answer. Ease your mind a little and let go of it. Because with the negative mindset, you will stay where you’re at. Success comes with chances.

Walter Chitwood DDS. Lunch Celebration at CJ’s in Murfreesboro, TN

Just Do IT!

I’ve always been this person where I have to contemplate on the situation before I come up with whether or not I’m going to do it. I have never been that person to climb the cliff and go cliff diving. I was always afraid. After realizing that I wanted so much more out of mine and my son’s life that, I needed to just go for it. I’ve always enjoyed writing and I’ve always enjoyed photography. I had always given up a lot and put off all the things I loved doing. Because I was always afraid. Afraid of the outcome and never just allowing me to do it for myself. So finally, I did it. I stepped out of my box. A little step at a time and I’m still building. I researched all the valuable content to write about and I started up my blog. I started out with my dinky Samsung Note 5 camera quality and I just made my first purchase of my new Sony A6000. I contemplated for weeks whether or not if this is what I wanted to do. But you know what!? I did it. And I’m glad that I did. Or else I would be sitting here crying over why I didn’t get a new camera for myself and putting off my dreams of success. Just do it! If it means that much to you for you to succeed in life. Then go for it. It’s all about chances.

What happens when we don’t take chances.

We fall in regret. Sometimes, more than we expect. We become in a constant questioning of “What If’s”. We continue on with our regular 9-5 job and just hoping that everything will plan out the way we thought it was. Constantly wondering how your life would have been if you would have just taken that leap. Next thing you know, 10 years down the line and you’re contemplating the same thoughts you had on whether or not you should just go for it again. This time, actually doing it.

Listening to others will ruin your chances for success

It’s time to just stop questioning, and actually, start doing. Stop asking yourself if this is something that you should do when you know you already NEED to be doing it. If we don’t take these leaps in life we will never be where we want to be. Stop being like everyone else and be you. Do what you think is best for you. If we continue to let others dictate our life we will never be our own person and never land that point of success in our lives. Live your life the way you plan to and don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t do it. Because you can. It’s those who tell us that we can’t, be the reason that we CAN. I’ve seen so many people be where they don’t want to be in life because they’re caught up in what other’s tell them. That their ideas are stupid and that they themselves are lame for even thinking that they can. Don’t let other people tell you that you can’t do something. Just do it. And it’s probably one of the best decisions I’ve made to listen to myself in the 26 years of my life. Because I’ve now been given an opportunity to actually LIVE. Live the way I am supposed to.

This has to be one of the greatest decisions I’ve made for me and my son. The thing about it, is my motive is only to be successful in the end. I wouldn’t have it any other way. That should be the only way that it should ever be. I’m excited for what Atlanta has to offer for us. If you’ve come across some tough decisions in your life drop a few lines below, we’d love to hear about your success story.

 

Beach Trip in a Day; To Savannah, GA

With recent events, my fiance and I were able to take a quick day trip with our son. What better place to take a day trip that was 3 hours East of our home in Atlanta, GA. Upon our great adventure, we decided to take our 3 hour East coast trip to beautiful Savannah, GA & Tybee Island, GA.

I’m used to driving 3 and half hours every weekend, driving from Tennessee to Georgia. But driving from Atlanta to Savannah really felt worth the trip. Mainly because we were able to switch out my Toyota Camry for my soon-to-be mother in laws’ Toyota Sienna. I must have to say, that the drive was so smooth. I felt like I was literally gliding across the interstate. The amount of comfort that Sienna has is unreal. It is absolutely spacious in all aspects of the vehicle. Which had its pro’s and con’s for us. Because with us, more space, more places to put things, and the more cluttered things got. Although, it was perfect for Aston and his car seat. Aston’s Recaro car seat is huge as is and takes up so much space in my little Camry. I hate taking it in and out of my car because we have to twist and turn it to get it out.

But when it was in the Sienna. It was perfect. He wasn’t kicking my chair and wasn’t fussing or fighting with not being able to see anything. It was quite nice actually. For both him and myself. My Fiance, on the other hand, enjoyed the ride in the Sienna a little bit too much. He’s capable of falling asleep in the car regardless but he wouldn’t budge when he did fall asleep in the Sienna.

The Children’s Museum in Savannah, GA

We were able to make our first stop in Savannah, GA to The Children’s Railroad Museum. We’ve been to The Children’s Museum in Atlanta, GA, which happens to be one of Aston’s favorite places to be at other than the Georgia Aquarium. This Children’s Museum was an outdoor Museum, which allowed Aston to run freely. With all of the stress, this little 2 year old had, it was pure bliss for him. They have different activities for different age groups. The entire scenery was beautiful because the Railroad Museum gives it a historical touch.

Savannah, GA Children’s Museum & Railroad Museum

 

Aston found his love for playing down the slide with this ginormous ball. I thought was hilarious because he would walk up at least 20 stair steps, get to the top, let the ball roll down the slide, and come down the slide himself. He just loved to see the ball go down the slide. The things toddlers do. The Children’s Museum was absolutely wonderful for Aston. He had such a rough week with his new transition in visitations. It was nice to see him smile again after a rough few days. The museum also had a small garden area that Aston enjoyed. We had fun chasing after bee’s and looking at all the gorgeous flowers. There is also a small watering hose and sprinklers that the kids can play in the water with, so bring extra pairs of clothes for the tikes!

 

These building blocks were the cutest. Aston and I got to enjoy some time in the sun playing with these giant blocks building a huge tower and then knocking them over. Well, at least Aston knocked them over. Thus, The Children’s Museum was fun, we made the trip short and made our way to the beach. If you’re looking for something cheap and fun to do with the little kiddo’s, I suggest the Children’s Museum and Railroad Museum. The tickets were dirt cheap and their website also has some discount tickets. Groupon also carries some discount tickets if you’re in the area or locate the area for The Children’s Museum. We purchased our tickets on site for a whopping $7.50 per person 18 mo & older. Even though the museum is outdoors, the museum itself is gated and will require a code for during the time of purchase.

Tybee Island, GA

Tybee Island was roughly 45 minutes away from Savannah. Which wasn’t so bad at all. We stopped in for some gas right outside of Tybee Island that sold fresh produce. I wish I was able to stop in a take a quick snap of photos because it really was a cute place, but the little guy was falling asleep. The drive was absolutely scenic. We drove over the canal to Tybee Island and drove into a little seafood shake which was packed! So we decided to take lunch to the beach. We made it to our destination roughly around 2:30 PM. This still gave us plenty of time before sunset. I was able to pack 2 extra pairs of clothes for each of us and also some swimming trunks for the boys. We went to grab a few bites to eat at the Oyster House, which is a small pub on the strip of Tybee Island.

As I mentioned earlier, our son was having some visitation transitions so he was an absolute catastrophe during lunch. He needed a nap, but he wanted to play and not eat. So photography had to wait.  We managed to get him to settle a little bit and eat some popcorn shrimp and fries. (Read more on our food experience in our Foodie.) After lunch we walked our way down to the beach where I sensed Aston was loosening up a little more and felt a little more relaxed.

We spent a good 3 hours at the beach and on the pier. The boys got to spend some time in the water because the water was way too cold for me I got to sit back and enjoy the beauty of my 2 favorite people. Tybee Island, had it’s ups and down’s as far as beach wise. The area was crowded and it really was because it was around spring break for many college students. But we still had a blast. Just be out at the beach felt amazing and having a different perspective on life for a second. We live in the city where everything is so fast paced. While we were on the beach it felt like everything kind of just stood still. And I think sometimes we kind of need that in our lives. Especially for the little ones. Our trip was still spectacular even if it was for a few hours. Those few hours were cherished and to be able to see our son’s smile light up. If you’re looking for a small break away from the city or from your crazy hectic life, take a small day trip. It’ll relax the mind and ease your body a little. Life get’s too chaotic and you and the little ones just need a break. Take it out to Tybee. I wouldn’t have had it any other way for our day trip.

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Why I started blogging

There are times when I have thought back to why I started blogging. There were a series of answers that really convoluted my mind. Because when I began writing, I didn’t just start writing because I had to. I wrote because it was my creative outlet. During my chaotic life the past year, I found a reason to why I got behind the keyboard to start typing.

I finally figured that one day, I was going to travel the world with my son. Take on new adventures every day and enjoy the blissful moments. I was motivated in every aspect of my life that would allow me to keep writing. I was in awe by every inch of life that I touched. Traveling was one the biggest reasons why I decided to start blogging.

 

Aston at Children’s Museum of Savannah, GA

Peace & Happiness to Travel

Traveling and writing would allow me to enjoy everything I loved to do and still make it my income source. Whether if it was to be at home and writing a short article, or be on an airplane to God knows where. Regardless, I had complete freedom. I would be able to stay with my son and watch him grow with every chance I received. I’d be able to enjoy all the prospects of traveling around the world. Seeing different odds of the world and enjoying the time shared with my son. I wanted to be able to film and photograph the luxary of our beautiful world. Be able to show others the life outside of our materialistic ways. Just to be able to grab my backpack and slip a few items in there and walk around let me live a little. Later, to be able to reiterate my visions and thoughts to those who aren’t able to see what I saw. It put another perspective on me to write even more.

My Sons’ prosperous life and future

My son has always been the reason why I have strived so hard in my life. In the past year, we have been through pretty much hell. It’s something I probably wouldn’t want to go through again. But blogging helped me throughout this past year with my crazy and stressful life. I was able to see my son grow this past year and get into photography and writing these new memories we cherished together. These memories shortly became art. An art that recited our new life.

Aston at South City Kitchen Midtown Atlanta, GA

When I started writing, I was fresh out of an overly mentally abusive relationship. My mind was clustered in thoughts and the best way for me to let go of somethings was to write. And I never once thought that I was going to be doing it as an income source until it was brought to my attention that I could make it a source of income. Not just a part time thing, but full-time financial freedom. I started reading multiple other blog posts and how to start your own blog. And I fell in love with writing 20 times more. Believe it or not, you are capable of making money doing the things you love to do.

Educational Expectations

I would never have thought that blogging was going to allow so many great things in our life. Until it opened up new doors for me in every aspect. I would be able to pick and choose my times of when I decided to work and when I decided I wanted to go to school. I was able to focus primarily on school, my son, and family, because writing did all the income for me. As soon as I started writing I put in my application to Georgia State University as a Biology major. I would soon be focusing on becoming a surgeon. And that was the best part about it. Was because For once in my life, I wasn’t worried about my next paycheck while going to school. It made things so much easier for me to just focus on my goals and dreams.

 I feel as if everyones reason’s are different. Different as to why they started writing. It takes dedication and strength to do what you love everyday. And everyday is an even stronger effort. What made you decide to get behind the keyboard and blog?