Last week the boys, Derrek, and I headed to Freddy’s for dinner. We were so excited to see Layla of @laylaliving and Heather of @foodhussy! We were invited to the Amelia location to learn about the restaurant and a new surprise coming to the menu. The cat is out of the bag now, or shall I say the curds are out….WHITE CHEDDAR CHEESE CURDS! Now, I’ve never heard of cheese curds before this dinner. We ordered them and fell in love! They were like little perfect, fried cheese balls! So you can’t go wrong with fried cheese…I highly suggest you get them next time you head to Freddy’s!
A few weeks back we celebrated spring break in Cincinnati (rain everyday). It was really chill and we made no plans besides speech therapy and dentists appointments. We did lots of reading, snuggling, movie watching, and board game playing. I am so blessed that my boys absolutely adore each other, but once being together hit the 72 hours straight mark, things got a little dicey. I decided to schedule myself a mom time out, aka a float at TAO Float Loft.
Two weekends ago Derrek and I took the boys on a road trip. Derrek had been planning a little day trip for us to go to the Outdoor, Travel and Boat Expo in Indy. I typically like to take things to the next level so as soon as he told me he was planning a day trip, I was thinking over night trip. I googled some places to stay and not much stood out to me. Last minute, I was on Instagram and noticed one of my favorite Indy bloggers to follow Kathleen Post (click to follow her, she’s adorable!) shared her stay at Iron Works hotel. Her photos of this hotel gave me all the feels. After seeing the decor and visiting Iron Works website, I knew we had to stay.
We love books. It’s a love passed down from my mom. We thought it would be nice to share our favorite children’s books with you all. I say our favorites because these are genuinely books I don’t mind reading over and over. Now that Trevor is reading on his own, I do get off the hook a little bit. He loves reading to Jax, and I love listening to him reading to his brother.
This week my husband is guest posting on my blog! He is sharing his thoughts on two awesome tumblers….with extremely different cost points! Read it HERE!!
What’s your favorite cup of choice?
This is my favorite “easy like Sunday morning” breakfast. I just love enjoying my açaí bowl and reading a magazine…no rush!
I thought I’d show you guys how I make my açaí bowl here on the blog.
I get my Açaí in this frozen package. I know you can get it at Whole Foods or Kroger.
1) I take one individual package and run under a little warm water. You want to be careful not to completely melt it. I add one lightly thawed package and 2/3 banana to a blender.
2) Pour your mixture in a bowl and get ready to top it!
3) I use the leftover banana and a couple sliced strawberries. Sometimes I do just granola. Sometimes I do just chia seeds. Sometimes I do both!
I’m loving this Whirly Granola right now (Cincinnati made)
I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I hope you’re able to take time to enjoy your breakfast and relax 🙂
My supervisor is headed to Washington D.C. today to represent the Head Start Preschool Program! I am so proud of her. She asked me to write out my story for her to share while she is there, as I am a parent turned employee.
I know a lot of you guys have been around from when I worked for the magazine (what I thought was my dream job) That job may have filled my creative side, but definitely not my wallet. It did teach me A LOT about myself. It was a hard decision to make the switch 6 months ago. I am so happy to be where I am today!!
Read more to get a little glimpse of how I got where I am. How Head Start propelled not only my boys forward but myself at the same time.
I remember coming in to enroll Trevor for the Head Start Preschool Program like it was yesterday. I was the typical mom, so nervous to be sending my first born off to school. It blew my mind how quickly time had passed. I remember thinking, “How were we were already enrolling Trevor for preschool? He was just born. How do I already have a 3-year-old and a baby boy?” When I got that letter in the mail saying he was accepted, I jumped for joy! I knew there was no other way we would be able to afford preschool. This was a huge relief to our family.
At the first parent orientation I decided to volunteer for the Parent Policy Council. I absolutely loved it! I was recently out of work as the cost of daycare was more than I was making. As a stay at home mom, I thought, “this would be a great outlet for me to have adult conversation once a month!” After that first meeting I knew it was so much more! It really was a great feeling knowing I was making a difference in the lives of my children. As I was showing up every month to be a voice, I was also being a good role model for my sons. Being a stay at home mom is extremely rewarding! It was truly a blessing, but it also came with some moments of losing your identity. You introduce yourself and feel like all you talk about is diapers and crayons. Policy Council gave me something to hold on to, something to represent, something for me to be passionate about outside home. It let me be involved in the future of my boys. I think Policy Council also helped ease those nerves of sending my child off to preschool. Trevor was in great hands and learning so much. Policy Council was a window for me to see behind the scenes. I was blown away at all the detail, dedication, and hard work that goes into this program. It’s incredible!
I thought time flew by so quick back then…that was four whole years ago!!
Today Trevor is almost 7 years old flourishing in the first grade. He loves to read books to his brother, go on hikes, and make YouTube videos. He has a passion for learning everything he can and sharing it with the world. His test scores at school are off the charts. I have Head Start to thank.
As Trevor said it himself, “Head Start really is a head start! Get it?”
Jax is four years old and having a blast in his second year of Head Start. He loves movies and music! He wakes up singing and dancing. He has come a long way since his first day of school. He was diagnosed with a Speech IEP shortly after entering the program. It was hard to see my son struggle so much. The entire Head Start staff was exceptionally supportive during this time. He now gets speech therapy weekly and his speech has improved drastically! I would not have been able to afford therapy on my own. It’s been amazing to see him grown and learn.
And me? I am now working as a Data Entry Specialist for Head Start in the Enrolment office! Being a mom turned employee has been a dream come true. Not only do I love what I do, but the boys think it’s so cool that I work for Head Start! It makes my heart full when I get to call a parent and let them know their child was accepted into the program. It’s my favorite thing. I remember the excitement I felt when I got my acceptance letter, it changed my life! I love being a stepping stone to changing the lives of other families in need. When I made the decision to put Trevor in Head Start & fill out those enrollment papers, I had no idea how dramatically it would end up affecting my life. I know this is just the beginning. Head Start will continue to be the heart that propels us forward.