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Here's a little (late) Monday motivation for you. 🔥 #igniteyourfire
The family that "bots" together, stays together. 😁
The 4 sons and I are headed on a 2.5 hour (roundtrip) journey for a day of soccer games. Since I'm dealing with all the munchkins on my own today, I decided the easiest thing to do was pack some snacks in our new @lunchbots tins. I mean, what better way to keep kids entertained than with snacks?! 🤷♀️ (It works for me. 🤣) I'm looking forward to getting more creative with our snack options next time, but the boys and I love that we can just pack up some food and go!
What would YOU pack in your snack box?
It's a chilly morning here in Michigan. Wishing I could be back in California, but some hot coffee should do the trick. ☕
Then I'll be doing my "real" job for awhile and can hopefully get back to crafting this evening. What's on YOUR agenda today? Hope you have an amazing Friday, friends! 🌸
Looking forward to taking a break from the everyday routines of life and going to ukulele practice tonight. 🎶
You don't have to move mountains. Simply fall in love enough life. Be a tornado of happiness, gratitude and acceptance. You will change the world just by being a warm, kind-hearted human being. 💕
Yesterday... 19 years ago yesterday... May 12th, 2000. I went into a surgery center hoping that I would come out feeling like a new woman. I got breast implants. I'll admit that they did give me some confidence for awhile, but it really only changed the way I looked; they only changed my exterior. It has taken a long time to realize that they didn't truly give me self- confidence; only the confidence to wear a bikini in public (and even then I was a bit self-conscious). Implants didn't help me have better relationships, or keep me away from addictions. They didn't help me get better jobs, and they sure as hell didn't get me out of trouble with cops. 😬 They didn't make me truly feel good about myself, and they didn't teach me how to love myself for who I truly am. And it wasn't until earlier this year that I discovered what they did do for me. They gave me chronic illness, autoimmune disease, connective tissue disease, fibromyalgia and a long list of debilitating symptoms and hopelessness. In January, I discovered I have Breast Implant Illness and that these implants have been poisoning my body and slowly killing me. ☣
But today, I have a renewed hope. I am so grateful that in 79 days (seems like the longest wait ever), I will be having my next surgery to get them removed. After 19 years, it's time. And I am looking forward to the very real possibility of healing. I know it will be a long, hard road but well-worth it. My resolution this year was to go on a journey of self discovery, self care and self acceptance. I still have a lot of work to do, but I'm finally on my way to loving myself. 🌸
And I want to say thank you to those who have sent me messages, kept me in their prayers and donated to my surgery fund. I couldn't have made it this far without all of your love and support. I am forever grateful. 💕
"Do what you love, and you'll never have a problem with Monday." 💕 Monday is back, and I need all the coffee. ☕ I'll be heading to an appointment with the babies this morning then back home to sew some fun stuff! What's on YOUR agenda today?
My friend asked me what it was like to live in a house full of boys. So I peed on her bathroom floor, ate everything in her fridge, told her 800 stories about Minecraft, farted 20 times, and when she was ready to kill me I gave her a hug and told her she was pretty. 🤣 #boymom
So thankful to be the mom to these amazing boys, even when they drive me up the wall. 😊 They are my entire world and I'm so lucky to be loved by them. 💕
Wishing you all a Happy Mother's Day! 🌷 And to the mothers who have lost children, to those who have lost mothers, to those with strained mother relationships and mothers with strained child relationships, to those who have chosen not to be mothers and those yearning to become mothers... I am thinking of you and celebrating you today, as well. ❤
Music is the strongest form of magic. 🎶 So grateful that no matter what happens and what is going on in life, music is always there.
Heading to my first ukulele festival today, and I couldn't be more thrilled! I'm looking forward to some quality time and memory-making with my mama and two of my sons.
Yay! It's almost the weekend! 🎉 Happy Friday, friends! I'm super excited because I'll be attending my first ukulele festival this weekend. 🎶 And with Mother's Day on Sunday, I'm hoping I'll get a little extra love that day. 😉
What do YOU have planned this weekend?
For anyone needing this reminder (I know I needed it extra today)... you are worthy of love.
"How they make you feel
says a lot about them
and nothing about you.
Trust me when I say
someone who makes you question
if you are worthy of being loved
is not worthy of being loved by you."
-Bianca Sparacino from The Strength in Our Scars
Dinnertime! 😄 I've been trying to stick to an anti-inflammatory diet (no dairy, no gluten, no sugar, no red meat), and it's been somewhat of a struggle. 😬 But salads are my go-to and I was extra hungry this evening. So I decided to make an extra large salad, complete with romaine lettuce, spinach, avocado, tomatoes and almost a whole pound of salmon. 😋
What did YOU have for dinner tonight?
I am so grateful for a new week! Today, I went to have my blood tests done for my upcoming surgery. It still seems like the longest wait ever (86 days left), but I'm getting closer! And I'm trying to use this time to work on myself. Self-love and personal growth are going to be a huge necessities as I go through this journey and the healing process. It's scary to not know how things are going to turn out in the end, but I fully trust that I have made the right decision. I can't wait to take my power back, my health back and my entire life back!
What is one thing YOU are grateful for today?
Happy Cinco de Mayo! 🇲🇽 Here's a throwback to when I used to do Mexican folkloric dancing. Do YOU celebrate Cinco de Mayo? I'll probably just make some homemade tortilla chips and guac. (I made some the other day and they were delicioso!) But tacos sound pretty good. 🌮
#cincodemayo at Los Lupeños de San Jose
Alright, who here has tried celery juice? I've heard it has incredible benefits, especially when taken daily. I tried making some a few days ago and totally blew it. 🤦♀️ I definitely need to invest in a juicer (the blender doesn't make celery juice like I need it to).
So if you've tried it, let me know. If you have recommendations on a good, decent-priced juicer, let me know that too. 💚
Welcome, May! 🤗 How is it that we're already in May? With another new month comes new goals, new opportunities and new adventures. Another month of working on self-love and self care is in the books, and I am continuing to work on letting go of toxicity in all areas of my life. ✌ I am also one month closer to my surgery, which is both exciting and nerve-wracking. And my littlest bubs will be turning one (stop growing so fast). But I am going to begin this new month with hope and optimism that it will bring nothing but positivity and goodness. 💗
"There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind." -C.S.Lewis
Getting ready for a new week (and a new month) with new goals, new opportunities and new adventures.
I forget how to love myself most days. But I keep trying. I keep trying... and that alone is a victory. 💛
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