I truly feel like I made the right choice by not picking the first school I had in mind for Porter.

Dear Parents

Picking the “Perfect” school was not easy.

The school we picked for Porter was not our first choice.

FaceBook gives this place a 3.5 out of 5 star rating. The school I really wanted Porter to go to has a 4.5 almost 5 star rating. I initially wanted Porter to go to that school SO BAD! The tour was great, the curriculum was amazing,  the director was welcoming, it was what I thought was “everything”.

It was everything until they told me the tuition cost. Holy crap $$#@^&%&#^ – Childcare is mortgage money. 

So the search began- you could find a less focused daycare center for $30-$50 cheaper than a daycare with a strong curriculum. The way I looked at it was that’s only $10.00 less per day. Why not pay a little extra for something better?

My best suggestion for any parents who are looking for childcare for your little one is to read reviews after your tour. If you read reviews after you tour a place, you’ll be able to visualize and understand what/who the reviews refer to.

Pick the worst reviews ( the 1 or 2 star reviews) and really ask yourself, “does this affect my child? Am I potentially putting my child at risk?” If the bad reviews do not harm your kid, maybe it’s worth a shot?

 

For example-

The bad reviews @ Porter’s school was more about the director. They mentioned how she was mean, unwelcoming, and her attitude was poor. A few parents even withdrew their child because of the director’s attitude. After meeting the director, I can see why people may be offended. I agree, the director was a little scattered but I can see why. The reviews mentioned how the teachers are great. There was no bad review about the teachers. To me, that is more valuable. In the end, the director isn’t involved with Porter. She just collects and run a business. It is the atmosphere, cleanliness, and teachers that what matters the most. So we took a risk!!
AND…..

Today was Porter’s first day of school! I truly feel like I made the right choice by not picking the first school I had in mind for Porter. I saved $250.00 a month!

Porter had a rough start, but I know he will easily adjust. I am confident that putting Porter into childcare was a great decision. He will now be more stimulated and sociable.

Check what they offer! Updates and pictures throughout the day while I am at work. Not going to lie- I teared the first picture.

Until next time!

-NachooCommonMom

 

 

 

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To my old friends, I love you to the end.

The past two years, I’ve been so caught up on “growing up”, I am afraid others forgot who I truly am.

Trying to aim that full-time job, trying to be that picture perfect wife, mom, & worker has changed me.

But I am still that Nicky you know & can trust.

I do not regret any decisions I have made, but I am upset that others feel that I have forgot about them.

What makes me unique is I’ll always know my roots and where I came from. I will never forget how I was raised and who I grew up with.

My past is what made me who I am today.

To my old friends, I love you to the end.

 

 

 

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My son- I love you. Happy 1st Birthday!

Dear Our Little Porter,
In two days you will be 1 year old! Happy Birthday son.

Here is everything you’ve learned in 12 months:

  • How to love & hug
  • You understand Lao more than English
  • You know how to slap mama (pretty hard)
  • Uh-Oh is your favorite word
  • You said “Da (da-da) still no Ma-Ma yet
  • You love music and dancing
  • Rice is your favorite
  • Your “girlfriend’s” name is Selena
  •  You can walk more then 10 steps at a time!
  • You’re freakishly talented in hockey
  • Sticks & Balls all day long!

Everything else is pretty standard.

Yesterday was February 11 of 2017. Two days before your actual birthday. We had what mommy and daddy thought would be a “small gathering” (it was actually pretty darn big)  for your birthday. It was awesome! We had so much food and we were surrounded by the people who love you the most!

I wanted to do something creative and special for you as your birthday gift.

We got you a scrapbook. We will give you the scrapbook as a high school graduation gift. Everyone who attended your birthday signed you a note and took a picture with you. This was a great way to capture who was in our lives in 2016. I am reading through these notes, and man… I can’t wait for you to read them at 18 years old!

A lot of people asked me what you need for your birthday. We are lucky to receive such great gifts, but my favorite is all the books you got! Instead of cards, mommy had everyone write you a love note in the book.

So now every time mommy reads you the book we will think of the person who got you the book.

I am all about the memories. 

I hope you had a great time. My son- I love you. Happy 1st Birthday!

-NachooCommonMom

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Now I know giving you your shots is the right thing to do…. but jeeze… Does anyone else question what exactly are in the vaccines they give our kids?

How many times does your little one get sick during their first year of life?

Dear Porter,

This past weekend you had your 5th cold this year. You are now 11 months. I question sometimes all of the  medical vaccinations and provided by our doctors. I know it’s for your best interest but do you really need all of the extra supplements?

For example, our doctor prescribed you fluoride. She did not really explain why we needed it. We just knew we had to give it to pick it up from the pharmacy and give it to you everyday. I gave it to you for the first 2 days. You were so fussy after! I knew it did not sit with you well. I personally took you off of it. I even told the doctors during our next visit that I do not give it to you. They said “okay!” no problem? So if it was no problem, why did they give it to me in the first place? I paid for it, for what?

We also gave you your flu shots. After the second shot, you got sick. Is that a coincidence? You were perfectly fine the day of your shots. Then the exact day after, you became weak and got a fever!

Now I know giving you your shots is the right thing to do…. but jeeze…

Does anyone else question what exactly are in the vaccines they give our kids?

-NachooCommonMom

 

 

 

 

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Similac Deal Alert-My total for all four boxes should of been $27.44 however we paid $7.44!

Hello Moms!

At around 8 months my milk supply decreased a lot. I went from producing 28-30 oz a day to about 10-15 oz. Porter is now 11 months and drinks about 20-25 oz a day. In order for him to have enough milk we needed to start supplementing breastmilk with formula.

We tried a couple different kinds of formula. What worked best for us was Similac’s Like breastmilk formula. The powder works okay.. but he prefers the liquid one (so high maintenance).

We received four $5  check coupons in the mail. You can get this by signing up with Similac for special offers. Each box of Similac at Walmart is $6.86. (If you guys know where else I can purchase please share!)

These coupon checks works at Walmart! I was able to use all 4 checks. My total for all four boxes should of been $27.44  however we paid $7.44!  We saved! Winning!

Enjoy moms!

-NachooCommonMom

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Praise & love more. To be angry & to hate is a waste of time.

2017 Goals:

1- No make up Sunday! Let that skin breathe. I am a beauty hoarder! My husband can tell you, I just have way too much makeup (no such thing, huh?). This year I am all about being natural and wearing less makeup. Less is more is what they say. Wish me luck!

2- Spend less money on buying things we do not “need”. Instead spending more time outdoors with my family. I want Porter to see the world as early as possible. He may not remember, but I swear this will be a good way to prevent seasonal allergies for him.

3- Patience. Accept & tolerate.  I am short temper at times. I need to stop focusing on what is wrong, but instead focus on what is good. I constantly catch myself telling my husband, ” You did not do this, this is wrong, I can’t believe this” Instead, focus on the positive and push out the negative. Praise & love more. To be angry & to hate is a waste of time.

4- Drink more water… and WINE! I am not a drinker. Wine however, I have been loving lately. A couple of glasses a week will be good. It helps me relax. It is my sit back and chill time….. My husband always says ” I have no chill”…. DRINKING MORE WINE SHOULD FIX THAT BABY!

5- ANY SUGGESTIONS?!  I want to leave this up to any readers. What are your goals? Please give me some ideas! 

Love,

-NachooCommonMom

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Quite honestly, I am a little jealous of your babysitter.

Dear Porter,

When everyone told me ” It goes by fast”.. they weren’t kidding. How are you 10 months old already?

I feel that I do not get enough time in a day to watch you learn and grow. Quite honestly, I am a little jealous of your babysitter.

I believe there is no right or wrong way of parenting, but I believe some parents rush “to get it over with”.

Many parent’s have looked at me and judged that I do not put you into bed until 9:30 Pm.

Is it unhealthy? No. Here’s a simple breakdown:

I give you away to the babysitter 8 hours of the day. I leave you at 9:00 Am and come home to you at 5:30 PM. Most parents are happy to put their babies to sleep by 7:00-7:30…  If I were to follow that, that would leave me 2 out of 24 hours of a day with you. To put that into bigger perspective, that’s only 14 hours with you in a week. That’s less than 1 day! How in the world can I appreciate your growth and understand your strengths..?!? Sometimes it kills me when It’s my turn to pick you up from the babysitter and she is showing me your new skills you’ve learned, and I question ” When did you learn that?!”… How can I be your mom and not know when you learned how to clap, what commands you know, ect.

Back to what I was saying about parents rushing “to get it over with” I know this because sometimes I do too. I rush to come home to feed you, to bathe you, to play, and to put you into bed. But those are the days that work has drained me. But I promise to find the energy and strength to stay awake and really enjoy your company. Some parents love that their baby is sleeping by 7:30.. is that unhealthy? No. But, due to our life situation I cannot be with you all day, and I refuse to feel like “when did you learn that” feeling. Putting you to bed by 7:30 does not work for mom.

Now obviously I am only speaking for you as a baby. I know that when you become a toddler my time with you will expand. I know that it is because I cannot be with you is why I am posting this.

However, this is my perspective on why people says “It goes by fast”.

Love,

-NachooCommonMom

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It is a challenge I am still learning, but it is a skill that I want you to learn.

 

Dear Porter,

It hit me today… and it HIT ME HARD

Being genuine and real is so important in life. Being true to myself is what made who I am today.  I became a “mom blogger” for a authentic purpose, but it quickly and started to become fake. Today I asked myself, but why? What is my purpose? I realized I wanted something so artificial. I wanted a following and my past two posts where reviews and product related. Sure I love those products, but I created those posts for a following I really should not even care for. Why was I trying so hard to have so many people like what I was posting? Why was I posting products? THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH BEING YOUR MOM. I wanted immediate benefits from it. to  I got caught up on trying to get the “perks” of blogging and forgot why I even started. I quickly realized today, that’s not what I want. I created this blog because I genuinely love being a mom to you. I love being your mother, and I love how your father and I created a beautiful family. I realized my past two posts was not me showing you the joy of motherhood.  That is not me being true to myself. I am changing my purpose. My purpose is to be in this community of motherhood and relate to other moms the beauty and hardship of growing a strong family.

I want you to grow to be a strong individual. Obviously, you’re going to grow and make mistakes. I never want those mistakes happening because you were following others. I want you to make mistakes on your own and realize it was ON YOU. You will never be happy trying to impress others and trying to gain a following by doing something you truly do not love. It is a challenge I am still learning, but it is a skill that I want you to learn.

Be real.

Love,

-NachooCommonMom

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The Perfect Gift from Teavana

Hello Everyone!

This crisp weather makes me crave something warm that provides comfort and tastes oh so delicious!

I have been in search of some good tea. I am a tea addict. After Porter was born the only tea i was drinking was Earth  Mama Organic Milk Maid tea. Btw- i swear by that to increase breastmilk supply. Since Porter is now drinking less and eating more table foods, I felt like I can start drinking other teas since my main goal is not increasing BM supply anymore ( Thank Gosh).

Big Chip aka my husband took me shopping and we went passed Teavana. Boy is that store so aromatic. Not only are the workers so knowledgable and helpful, they provide samples too!

Though, I do love the smell and taste of the fruity teas, I personally prefer Tea that strengthens your soul!

Teavana provides an excellent Wellness Teas. The line includes tea for comfort, recover, serenity, rejuvenate, defense, and purify. img_8164

I purchased two to try. Recover and Comfort. 

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I know, you’re probably wondering by now, ” So what is that perfect gift?”

Answer: THEIR TEA DIFFUSER IS THE BOMB! 

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STEP 1: Pour loose leaf tea into diffuser. Amount varies on what kind of tea. 

Step 2: Pour a cup of hot water into the diffuser. 

Step 3: Wait for “X” amount of time. It depends on what tea and how strong you like it.

Step 4: Place the diffuser on your tea cup. There is a unlock latch and the tea instantly drips into your cup.

Tip: I use Raw Local Honey for a sweetner. Honey is so good for you. I swear it prevents me from getting sick

SO EASY! SO FAST! SO DELICIOUS! EASY TO CLEAN!

The best part is it traps all the tea leaves so no extra leaves are floating in your cup.

Diffuser price: Teavanna is doing a 20% off discount for the holidays right now. After the discount it was $16.00. I do think it is worth the price.

This will be a wonderful gift for the holidays for under $20.00.

I can’t wait to go back and try all the other flavors after I am finished with these two!

Rating of my experience: 9/10. I do wish they had a line for breastfeeding mamas. I believe Teavana will make a lot of $$ if they had a line targeting moms. It could be tea for pregnant moms who experience nausea or breastfeeding moms who want to increase BM. Teavana! Maybe give me suggestion a thought?

Nonetheless,

Please try! I promise you’ll fall in love! 

-NachooCommonMom

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Moms! We have to stay sexy too! Let’s take care of our skin!

Dear Ladies,

I am obsessed with skin care products. I recently found a new skincare routine that I must share!

It makes my face so radiant, extremely smooth ( like Porter’s butt), and i’ve noticed a difference in the past week.

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My skin type is combination skin. In the winter it can get super dry. This is how to fix it!

Step 1: Wash your face with a light cleanser. I like to use a light non fragrance face wash. If you guys like this post I can share what types of face wash I recommend.

Step 2: Let’s tone that face! I like Mario Badescu’s facial spray with Aloe, herbs and rosewater. It’s light & refreshing. Spray this all over your face and neck. Let’s it soak on your face, but do not let it dry on your face. 

Step 3: MOISTURIZING IS KEY! Spray this miracle oil (Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Mutli-Purpose Dry Oil) on a circular cotton pad.  Then use that cotton to rub your face. Rub in a circular motion all over. Apply pressure. This is a great way to gently exfoliate off any dry skin on your face. I found that by mixing the toner, miracle oil and rubbing it on your face was way more effective than using this oil with just your hands. img_8044

Step 4: Finish off with a good eye cream and put on a good lip balm! I am currently using SkinFx eye cream and Nuxe honey lip balm.

Let this naturally dry overnight. Continue this routine for a week and I promise you, you’ll see a difference.  I wake up and my face is glowing like I was pregnant.

BONUS:HURRY AND CATCH THIS CYBER MONDAY DEAL! ALL THESE BRANDS  + MORE HAS A SPECIAL ON ULTA.COM (click here to see more) screen-shot-2016-11-27-at-5-43-18-pm screen-shot-2016-11-27-at-5-43-28-pmscreen-shot-2016-11-27-at-5-46-24-pm

Enjoy! Stay Sexy!

– NachooCommonMom

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