The Importance of Being Reese

5 Tips to Survive Your First Month with a Newborn

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Breastfeeding is hard.

Before Little J was born, I was under the impression that breastfeeding was something that just came naturally to mothers. I truly believed that immediately after birth, my maternal instincts would automatically kick in, and I would instantly know how to do all the things, including breastfeeding. But I also thought that within a week of giving birth, life would return to normal.

I know, you can stop laughing now...

How to Design a Halloween Display on a Budget #AtHomeStores

This post has been #sponsored by At Home and MomSelect. However, all thoughts, images and awesome decorating skills belong to me. Enjoy! #AtHomeStores #AtHomeFinds

Can you believe that Halloween is right around the corner? I'll admit, for a 30-something-year-old I get pretty excited about Halloween. And by pretty excited, I mean ridiculously excited.

This year I started decorating for Halloween a bit early. We have a tenancy to get incredibly busy once the new school year starts, and I wanted to make sure that I got my Halloween decor before it was gone. Luckily, At Home believes in kicking off the spooky season early as well so I was able to get all of my Halloween decorating essentials in one trip. Unlike the previous years, this year I focused on the inside of our house--specifically the hallway table as it tends to get the most through traffic. Perfect for a festive Halloween display!

4 Things I'm No Longer Going To Do as a First Grade Mom

School is back in session and this year I've decided to take a different approach to the school year. Admittedly I took my role as a kindergarten mom a bit seriously. And by bit seriously, i mean completely extra. The stress of sending my little one off to be around someone other than me all day, coupled with the Pinterest perfect moms ideas left me feeling like I was failing a bit in the kindergarten mom department. And so I took it upon myself to go the extra, glitter covered, PTA volunteering, bake sale making mile. Much to my detriment.

But this year, I’m not going to do that. Instead, here’s what I’m going to do:

20 Deliciously Simple Light Summer Appetizers

Still looking for the perfect appetizer for your upcoming dinner? Check out this list of 20 mouthwateringly delicious light summer appetizers to get the party started! 

 Summer may be coming to a close calendar wise, but in the South, Summer has been known to stick around much longer than August. Which is great if you're like me and LOVE summer foods. Check out the list below for some deliciously simple light summer appetizers to help get you through the final few weeks of summer!

Summer Family Road Trip Survival Guide with Walmart Family Mobile

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Summer may be winding down, but there's still time for a few quick road trips. See how our latest road trip was made even simpler with Walmart Family Mobile Plus Plan + take away some useful information from my summer family road trip survival guide!

On average, our family takes at least 12 road trips per year. Though taking a quick flight seems more efficient time wise, we actually prefer the ride. Call us crazy, but there's something special about spending time in a car with family, taking in the sights, and enjoying the journey. Especially if you have unlimited data and the ability to turn your phone into a hotspot. Because, let's face it, there's only so much enjoyment you can get out of each others company before you start to get restless.

I'm an O Mag Insider #OMagInsiders

You know that email you get every once and a while that makes your heart burst through your chest and your eyes well up with tears of happiness? Last week, I received THAT email.

It came unexpectedly. Mr. A and I were doing a last minute showdown for his upcoming drill weekend and my phone let out an unassuming buzz. I took a quick cursory look at my inbox and noticed there was a new message titled, "Welcome to O's Inner Circle." I shrugged it off, thinking that perhaps it was time for me to renew my nook subscription to O, The Oprah Magazine. But then I realized that my account was set to auto renew, so I opened the email and went in for a closer look.

This is what I saw...

"Since founding the O Mag Insiders group in early 2017, we’ve received thousands of submissions and selected the most influential, engaged, and enthusiastic fans of O, The Oprah Magazine to join – and we think you’re one of them."

My mind instantly went into a whirlwind of thoughts and emotions...

"Wait, what?" 
"This has got to be a mistake."
"Did I really submit an application for this?"
"Wait, what?"

After reading through the email several times, and checking the name half a dozen times to ensure that it was addressed to me, it sank in. I had just been invited to join an ellite team of ambassadors for O, The Oprah Magazine.

The next few hours were spent obsessively stalking researching my fellow #OMagInsiders, looking for more information about what to expect. The gist of it is, in the coming months I'll be acting as an extension of The O, The Oprah Magazine, testing out new products, attending some exciting events, and (hopefully) will have the opportunity to give valuable input. Which basically means me and Oprah are now besties  (kidding). But most importantly, I'll continue to put out as much love and kindness into the universe as I possibly can. And let's face it, this universe could deal with a bit of extra kindness and love these days.

Be sure to keep up with me and my fellow insiders by following our hastag #OMagInsiders and stay tuned for more news from O!

Until Next Time!