To the natural moms, those that carried their babies in their tummies. To the mommas that needed a segregate, because not everyone can carry a baby. To the adoptive mommas, like me. To the birth mommas, some of us wouldn't be what we are without you! To the foster mommas, you do so much and I hope you know how very special you are! To the furbaby mommas, don't anyone tell you just being a furbaby momma is any less special! To the step-mommas, those that don't have to love someone else's child, but do anyway. To the mommas who have lost a child in the womb, you may not exactly feel like a mom, but honey you are, you loved that baby with all you had and that my dear is the definition of mother-hood.
Last, but definitely not least - to the woman waiting. I've been in your shoes, I was there for 13 (long) years. Your time will come. It may seem like forever, but that moment that you hold/hug your child for the first time all of those years will wash away. It will all be worth it. Your heart and soul will get to rejoice in the love of motherhood - just don't give up. It isn't easy, but nothing with worth is. Sometimes you'll want to give up. Sometimes it will feel like you've tried all you can. Sometimes you'll want to shut your heart to the hope and especially to the pain. It's okay and perfectly normal to feel like you're on a roller coaster. You may even find yourself envying your momma friends - don't put yourself down for feeling that way. You're human and you can't be strong every second of every day. You may not even feel strong at all, but I can tell you, YOU ARE. Hang in there lady, keep your head up! One day you'll look back and be able to see how all the pieces were placed together like they were for a reason. One day you'll look back and see just how strong this venture made you. One day you'll be there to support other mommies-in-waiting. One day you'll realize that all you went through makes you appreciate motherhood so much more than you ever would have without it.
8:30 am 3rd Annual Jacksonville Walk for Wishes
8:30 am Best Buddies Friendship Walk
10:00 am Nano Exhibit at MOSH
10:00 am Weaver First Saturday Free For All at the Cummer Museum
10:00 am The World Famous Clydesdales
10:00 am Free Comic Book Day 2018
11:00 am Beaches Comic Con 6
1:00 pm Science & History River Tours
3:00 pm Hand Pulled Lollipop Class
5:00 pm Gummy Making Class
7:30 pm Beauty and the Beast Character Tea Party
We had our April Girls Night out here in Jacksonville Beach on April the 23rd at Roy's Restaurant. Here's a highlight of the awesome businesses that worked with us. Make sure to check their website links below
Rosa Roberts is a local Motivational Speaker, Author & Blogger!
"I am a lover of all things beautiful and inspiring. I self-published my first novel in 2012 entitled Losing Yourself, followed by my first children's book, The Princess and the Penguin in August 2016. The mind is a brilliant and beautiful thing and mine is quite creative. I am a mother of three, a psychology student at Southern New Hampshire University and a US Army Veteran." - Coco
Amy Lewis was with us with Rodan + Fields!
"Rodan + Fields® is redefining the future of anti-aging skincare. Founded by Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, world-renowned dermatologists, we are a premium skincare brand built on a legacy of innovative dermatology-inspired skincare products backed by clinical results. Our company was established on the principle that living better in your skin means living better in your life. We believe everyone has the opportunity to make a difference in their own lives—and in the lives of others. Accordingly, our unique business model offers an unparalleled personal enterprise opportunity for individuals to join a community of like-minded entrepreneurs connected via social networks. At the core of everything we do is a commitment to create positive change in people’s skin, in their lives and, ultimately, in the lives of others."
Angi joined us again with LipSense goodies!
"LipSense is the premier product of SeneGence and is unlike any conventional lipstick, stain or color. As the original long-lasting lip color, it is waterproof, does not kiss-off, smear-off, rub-off or budge-off!"
Jacqueline joined us with Very Chic Things, a curated fashion accessory boutique!
Catie and Elizabeth were with us from Jax Legal Solutions.
Attorneys Elizabeth Hernandez and Catie Smith are both former prosecutors who have extensive courtroom and jury trial experience. They have handled hundreds of criminal cases, ranging from municipal ordinance violations to murder charges. If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, received a criminal traffic citation, or are under investigation, it is important that you retain an attorney as soon as possible. One of our attorneys is always available to take your call.
If you are faced with a family law or civil matter, the attorneys at Jax Legal Solutions have the knowledge and experience you want on your side. After leaving the State Attorney’s Office, Attorney Elizabeth Hernandez specialized in family law, assisting dozens of individuals with divorce and custody related issues. She understands the personal nature of these issues and provides compassionate yet aggressive legal representation. Attorney Catie Smith specialized in civil litigation, handling matters such as homeowners association disputes, real property issues, contract disputes, landlord-tenant law, and foreclosures.
Falyn Shilts joined us with Fitteam! Fitteam.com/Falyn
"FITTEAM is committed to improving lives globally by providing a vehicle for people to get “FIT” physically, financially, spiritually and emotionally.
Through a large group of unique associations, FITTEAM has positioned itself on the cutting edge of products and services that will continue to be forward thinking, life-changing and make a difference for people around the world.
FITTEAM leverages the most powerful marketing model on the planet to connect its Customers and Brand Partners who share in the opportunity to use impactful products, create residual income, undergo personal development, bring about social awareness and most importantly, help others.
FITTEAM conveys a message of hope in all aspects of life by demonstrating powerful steps that large numbers of people can take individually in order to create a positive change collectively. At FITTEAM, “We Take Action Together”."
Denise joined us with Perfectly Posh.
"You deserve to take some time for yourself, too! You deserve to be pampered and taken care of the same way you pamper all of those around you.
Perfectly Posh isn’t just about really great, naturally based products. Sure, we love those things, but what this big fun, crazy company is really all about is YOU!
We are inspired by women who embrace the idea that they DESERVE IT, whether they’re pampering themselves, their friends, or running their own pampering businesses. Take some time for yourself and indulge in a little pampering (or a lot)! You deserve it!"
Angelica Pompy from Pompy Portraits was our photographer for this event!! Check out her beautiful work!
As of 9:28 we have a 4-year-old.
4 years. How has it been that long!?! How are you 4 years old already, GG???
God placed you in my life and in my arms that day 4 years ago and I’m so thankful that He let you stay with us. You had my heart before you even took your first breath. I know that I’ve never done anything in my life to deserve YOU, just as I’ve done nothing to deserve God’s ultimate sacrifice and forgiveness and I will be thankful my entire life for YOU, our miracle.
You are smart - the smartest little "big" boy I know. You understand so much and the things you don't "get" just yet you strive to understand until you do. You are kind and compassionate, loving and caring - you love saying "I love you" and giving hugs and kisses. You are stubborn - you know what you want and you don’t let anything hold you back. You are handsome - the most beautiful little boy I’ve seen in my entire life. You have such an amazingly sarcastic sense of humor - a perfect mix between mommie and daddy.
YOU are my heart. I would walk through fire for you. The day you were born was the day that I began to fully live. I am so proud of the little "big" boy that you have become and so excited to see the bigger boy you will grow into. It breaks my heart when you talk about getting bigger and being as big as daddy because I know that that day will come so much sooner than I'm prepared for, but I know that we are raising a man that will be so much more than even we can imagine.
Before you were born, this was (and will always be) my prayer for you:
“God, I pray that Gregory is independent, that he is a leader among men. I pray for integrity. I pray that he has a heart for YOU and a heart for others, that he would help those in need. That he would stand up for his beliefs. I pray that he would also stand up for those that cannot do so for themselves. That he would be kind, gentle, loving and firm. Lord, I pray for his happiness. I pray that he does mighty and wondrous things in Your name.” I will never be able to express to you just how much my love for you is! I love you as much as the sky and more. I love you to the moon and back x infinity!!
All my love,
Last week a neighbor gave us a hermit crab aquarium all set up for some hermies as their affectionately called. Since GG has asthma and horrible allergies we thought, why not.? At first he saw it and wanted a lizard, but when I told it what it was set up for he was very ready to get a hermit crab. My husband and I did some research and added some other things to the habitat.
On Saturday we brought home three hermies and I have been a WRECK ever since. There is more in taking card of a hermit crab than any other animal/reptile/amphibian I have ever owned! I'm so invested in these little guys that I won't go to sleep until I've seen all three walking around at night. It takes them a while to get use to their new habitat so they're digging and staying under all day.
If I would have done even more research I would have gotten GG a fish. I never realized what these little guys go through and I didn't know that they aren't breed in captivity. I was going to write an entire post here, but my god-daughter (who lives with us as of a few weeks ago) wrote an essay on hermies. I'm going to share that instead!
Do you believe that hermit crabs should be kept as pets
Do I believe hermit crabs should be kept as pets? No, I do not. The reasons why I believe this way are as follows. Hermit crabs are wild animals that should be left in their natural habitat. They have very specific needs that most people don’t know anything about. They are also very social and misunderstood.
Hermit crabs are wild animals that should be left in their natural habitat. I believe this for several different reasons. The first reason is that their life span is much larger when they are in their natural environment. In nature the lifespan of a hermit crab is thirty to forty years, however as pets it’s rare that they live more than a few years.
Secondly, hermit crabs can not breed in captivity. There have been rare cases, but the eggs can not hatch unless they are placed in the ocean.
Hermit crabs have very specific needs. For one the temperature needs to be between seventy five and eighty degrees. The humidity also need to be kept between seventy and eighty five percent. This is because hermit crabs are from tropical environments like the Caribbean. They also breathe with special gills, they pull their air from moisture in the air that we breathe, this is why the humidity must be so high. Many people don’t understand this and their hermit crabs slowly suffocate and die.
Hermit crabs are very social. This is usually misunderstood because of their names. When people hear “hermit” they think of a person that does not want to be around anyone. The hermit crab however needs to be around other hermits. It got its name because when it’s scared it hides in its shell for protection. It’s name causes many people to think that it can be alone. People see their name and assume that it is okay to be by themselves. When this happens a hermit crab will become very depressed and eventually die.
In conclusion, I do not believe that hermit crabs should be kept as pets. Hermit crabs are wild animals that should be left in their natural habitat. They have very specific needs that most people don’t know anything about. They are also very social and misunderstood. When left in their natural environment they live very fulfilled lives, sometimes as long as forty years. When left alone they do not have the added stress that humans bring.
It's another rainy, gloomy day today. How many of you have little ones running around right now with loads of pent up energy? Let's take a look at some fun indoor rainy day activities that can help us get some of that energy out -- aside from having them run laps around the house that is!
Emotional abuse is an often overlooked form of abuse. Words CAN and DO hurt.
What is Emotional Abuse?
Constant criticism. demands and rejections.
Unreasonable jealously and jealous rage.
Deliberate flirting and unfaithfulness.
Insults, rude nicknames.
Attacks on what a person is rather than what a person does.
Excessive or hurtful teasing.
Verbal abuse is a pattern of behavior that can seriously interfere with a person's healthy emotional development. Regular exposure leads to significant detriment of a person's self-esteem, emotional well-being, and physical state.
"If there are love and truth in the relationship,
life will sustain the relationship by itself.
If there are not love and truth in the
relationship, it will change."
From the book "The
Silent Whisperings of the Heart"
Hello! I'm Diona. I am a wife and mother. You may notice I post a lot about motherhood, it's a huge part of who I am!
I love essential oils, Starbucks, hot tea, going to the zoo, being at the beach, traveling (any and everywhere), and having lengthy discussions - I'm a big time talker once you get me going.
I can see the beauty in a mud puddle. I love anything creative and artsy - crocheting, sewing, painting, drawing, graphic design and web design, you name it, I probably do it!
Aside from Housewives In The City I am also a full time photographer with a few other small jobs on the side.