Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Mommy's 1st Weekend Out

Last summer I registered for the NYC Cropper's Delight My Favorite Things Crop (#MFT2016).  This gave me 5 months of preparation.

This past weekend I attended.

3 full days, 2 nights of sharing my love of documenting life and scrapbooking with an amazing group of ladies.

3 full days, 2 nights away from my little boy.  For.  The.  First.  Time.

It was the longest weekend of my life.  Bittersweet-I was so happy I was there with everyone, but feeling a bit sad without my little half.  I missed him so and was totally distracted at times.  The mommy brain was running over he going to miss me?  Is he going to be mad at me?  Will I miss something?  What if something happens and I can't get there?  Ay Dios mio!

But you know what the most amazing part of #MFT2016 was?  It was the amazing group of ladies that I was with and the incredible women who run the crop-they certainly ran the house!  While Mommy brain was running marathons in the background, I was scrapbooking to my hearts content my little guys Year 1 Project Life Album and of course telling everyone about his latest adventures.  I was chatting away with my friend that met us in NJ all the way from MD.  I was learning more about my friend Suzanne who was kind enough to drive us in and get us home safe and sound.  I was reconnecting with friends past and connecting with new ones.  It made my heart swell that people knew and understood how I was feeling and was more than happy to share their own stories and were open arms to hear mine.

(me + 118 other scrapbook enthusiasts = an amazing weekend)

After a few hours, I was able to sit down and relax.  I was able to tell myself to breath and to trust that he is in good hands for this short amount of time.  I was able to tell myself that he is home with the best Daddo and family I could ever ask for.  I was able to tell myself Zuka Zama and that I would be home soon.

I have to say it was a beyond wonderful weekend.  I am now home feeling fresh and renewed.

I am looking forward to next year.

*To check out pics of this awesome event look us up on IG #MFT2016, @croppersdelightNYC and my personal IG @sarabeth0613.

Love hard my friends.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

2016 Goals

IG has truly given me an outlet to be able to share and connect with some of the most amazing people.  Inspired by my IG Sister Sabrina (@scrapandplan) and her list of 2016 goals, I have compiled a list of my own.  Now time to get that planner out and plan!


(This will be my first DIY project for January.
Not sure where I'll place it yet, but it's great and
everyone in the house can have their own column,
even my almost 2 year old ;) )

Click HERE for printable.
Click HERE for DIY Inspiration.

All About Me
Read12 Books (monthly)
Work out Schedule (5x week)
Sign up for Cross-Fit 6wk Program
Mommy's Night Out (monthly)
$$ Save for new camera $$
Schedule Blogging/Craft time (1x week-during nap time on my weekday off)
(I'm currently working 11p-730a :( )

Redecorate/Organize 1 room per Month
(good thing we have a small house and extra months!)
$$ Save for New Couches $$
DIY Project Monthly (headboard, photo collage, bookshelves...)

Logan Spanish Lessons (1/2hr. daily)
Weekly Meal Planning- try 12 New recipes
Family Night (w Cousins)
Logan's Schedule- hire babysitter/daycare (?)

Monthly Road Trip/Family Outing
Our Vacation- Puerto Rico this year!
Date Night (1 home, 1 out- monthly

Love hard my friends.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016

Goodbye 2015.

It was my first full year of Motherhood and I have to say, as much as I loved every single moment, it certainly got the best of me.  Being a Momma is no joke bro.  How does that quote go?  When a baby is born, a mother is also born.  Truth.

I completely sat myself on the back burner while running around trying to be the Momma I thought I should be, but what I realized is that just being myself and taking care of myself would have done the job.  My entire 2015 was consumed with worrying about how to be that awesome do it all Mommy and I guess in the process I lost a little piece of myself along the way.  I stopped doing so many things I love because I became your typical silent-I'll just do it myself and not bother anyone-worry wart.  With that being said it was a good year.  There were many accomplishments, many gains, many losses and I wouldn't have traded any moment in the world...including that time I let my son play with a Sam's Club sized box of tampons just so I could sit on the darn toilet for 10 uninterrupted minutes.  Hey, it happens to the best of us.

2015 had me laughing and crying more than I realized, but most importantly, I learned.  I learned that I want to be a better Mother, a better Wife, a better Sister, a better Daughter, a better Friend.  I want to be able to scrapbook and read more and go on dates with my husband and see my friends.  I want to do the things that I didn't realize I pushed to the side.  I know that there are only 24hrs in a day and 7 days in the week, etc... and that I work a full time job on top of all of this but there has to be a way.  I need balance and to get back to being healthy.  I need to stay positive and set that good example for my son, my nephews and all the littles in my life.  I need to have light and strength again for my family and friends. 

So, hello 2016.

I am going to get there.
I am going to embrace this crazy life.
I am going to strip down and reach those goals.
I am going to thrive.
I am going to bring it hard so at the end of the year I can say, in your face 2016.

Love hard my friends.

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