I want to do a monthly "get to know me" post, where my readers can ask me stuff about myself, my family, products I use, routines, Josiah's treatment, etc. So I will start it this time, but over the next few weeks feel free to email me or reach me at any of my social media links, with a question you would like answered for the following month.
I will start with some basics that I have already been asked by readers and also some things I want to share about myself.
-Why did I start a blog? When I first started blogging in 2013 I was just blogging to find my voice. I needed a place to vent. Eli was just 6 months old and looking back now, I'm pretty sure I had some sort of postpartum depression. I felt very isolated and alone after having him. Luis went back to work some rough hours and I was alone most of the time with the kids. I had lost a few friends and the ones I had labeled me a "snob mom", but the reality was I felt like I had lost myself somewhere in the process of becoming a mother of 2 and nobody understood me. I even remember my mom having issues with the way I was mothering at that time, so that fell really hard on me as well. I felt like blogging was my little voice trying to be heard. Like somewhere someone, maybe, could relate.
-How big is my family? I am the youngest of 8!.... Yes 8! Both my parents were married prior to meeting. My dad had a boy and a girl, and my mom had a boy and a girl. Once they married, they had 2 boys and 2 girls. So that makes a total of 4 boys and 4 girls, me being the youngest and most protected by all- which made it tough to do anything! Trust me I define the word 'overprotected'.... but really, I absolutely love having a big family. I can't imagine not having all my siblings. I love them to death! I am glad we ended up having 3 boys because siblings is literally the best gift you could give your kids. You automatically have best friends and someone to play with and talk to everyday!
-What is my biggest pet peeve? Okay this is probably going to sound really weird, but I cannot stand having a dirty kitchen when I am going to cook. If I have dishes piled or the counters are busy, I have to clear all that before I can start cooking. I don't know why, but yeah, that's something that gets me in a pretty messed up mood. Especially if I'm hungry! Haha
-What is one thing my household cannot live without? Oh my gosh, there are so many things that run my household that you would think we are crazy if I list some, but the main thing is wipes. My family could not be wipeless. We have wipes in the bathroom, clearly for all the butts I clean. In the kitchen for quick clean ups when someone has sticky hands. In the car we usually carry 2 because kids just touch everything and aside from sanitizer, wipes are my go to. Plus sometimes I'm in a hurry and forget to restock the diaper bag. If they are not stocked in any of these places something usually goes wrong. Wipes.
-What does my husband do? I get this question a lot. People always ask how we can afford me staying home with 5 mouths to feed and 2 dogs mouths to feed. Well, Luis is a 911 dispatcher. He has been doing that for 10 years now. He works 10 hours a day, sometimes 12- 4 days a week. It's tough because he is away a lot, and when he is home he sleeps a lot. However during his time with us he really does give us 110% of himself. He helps me so much with the kids and around the house. He cooks and cleans and takes great care of our landscaping. He plays with the boys everyday! I rarely see him rest, he really does try hard to give us everything. We couldn't ask for a better head of our home.
-What kind of skincare routine I have? I have spoken about this before, but this is probably the most popular question I get. I wash my face daily with Purity by Philosophy. I swear by this stuff, it is the only thing that works for my skin. I used to have really bad acne and this stuff put a stop to that. I also pair it with my Calrisonic Mia, which gives me a deep clean when I really feel my skin dirty from all the makeup and grime of the day. I pat my face dry with a washcloth I switch out every 2 days. I then apply my absolute favorite eye cream Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream. I love this eye cream because despite the fact I do not sleep very well, most people can never tell. I feel like I have bags under my eyes that fall to the floor, but you can never see them. It has caffeine in it so it naturally wakes up and refreshes the skin. For a day cream I use Sheer Transformation and for bedtime I use High Potency Night A Mins by Origins. My skin is the best it's ever been so I really recommend each of these products. My friend started this routine a month ago and has already seen a difference!
Sorry for the goofy pic, but this is my most recent makeup free pic.
I thinkin this one you can tell how tired I am
Something I love to do? Walk. I love daily walks with my boys. Its clears my head and makes me feel like I have a bit more energy to handle the day. We try to get out daily, but sometimes I get lazy.
So there you have me. Some insight into my life and family. I hope this helps you to get to know me more and feel a bit more connected to our life.
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