Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Mama Needs A Reboot

If you haven't figured it out by now, I'm an Instagram addict. I love finding new people to follow and Allie Casazza is someone who I've stumbled upon and have been following for quite some time. She's a mama who loves to post pictures of her kiddos just like me, but owns cuter mama outfits hehe. When I saw her share the news that she was releasing her first e-book, I knew I just had to read it. I received my copy of her e-book, Mama Needs a Reboot, and as I was reading it I swear Allie had a hidden camera in my home and was writing this book specifically for me! Here's a little jist of the e-book from the author herself:

"Mama Needs A Reboot is a short, but truthful book about the ruts we mamas can so easily find ourselves in, and the ways I myself have pulled out of them. I believe today's moms are bombarded with perfectionism on social media, and it's just not real. My mission for moms today is to shine light on the real parts of motherhood- the funny, the ridiculous, the messy, and the beautifully imperfect parts. I believe God wants to use you to help in this little ministry".

Just the title alone had me intrigued, but once I read the introduction of the e-book I knew right away that I would love it. Being a senior in college, a stay-at-home mom, a girlfriend, and everything in between can definitely become a little overwhelming. As chaotic as my life has been, Mama Needs A Reboot validated that I wasn't alone in the "craziness". Like I said, the introduction alone made me feel like Allie was observing my daily life these past few months and is giving me feedback on my whole situation. My whole outlook on the new year has been to focus on bettering myself so that I can be a better piece to our family team. With that said, this book couldn't have come at a better time.

In this e-book, Allie doesn't sugarcoat what it really is like to be a wife and mother of 3 young children. Just like me, she realized that "winging" her day to day routine was actually becoming a thorn in her journey to bettering herself and that she needed to make a change.  She breaks this transition process down into 11 different topics. Many of the chapters make religious references on how to trust in the Lord to aide you in this journey, but I didn't mind that at all since I also believe in the power of prayer and faith. However, even if you're not the most religious person, focus on the message Allie is trying to portray in this e-book you will gain some amazing insight on how you can be a better person, mother, and wife in the end of it all.

Browsing through the e-book you'll quickly realize that the eleven topics are short but meaningful. She was straight to the point about each topic, and I always felt more and more inspired as I kept on reading. I also loved that she had these "challenges" in between topics to serve as a time for self reflection. They were very simple tasks and they all made me really take a step back and look at my current situation. For example, one of her challenges were:

"Think about your life and your family's schedule. What are their needs? What do you need in the morning to start the day right? What can you do in the evening to make that possible? What can you change about both your evening routine and your morning routine to be a more godly servant as a homemaker? Set some goals, be realistic and prayerful as you make this list and stick to it!" 

See, easy and simple challenges to complete. Sometimes Allie even shared her personal answers to these challenges to help you started. By the time I finished reading Mama Needs a Reboot, I felt so empowered and ready to conquer the world. If a normal mama like Allie Casazza can overcome what I'm going through then why can't I do it too? I completed all of her e-book challenges and I can't wait to implement it all into my daily life so that I can be a better mom, girlfriend, friend, sister, etc. The e-book comes out TODAY, and I'm recommending it to all my friends and family. 

For more information about the book you can visit, and purchase your copy of this lovely e-book TODAY on Amazon! For all of you social media junkies, you can "Like" Allie Casazza's Facebook page for announcements about the book as well.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

New Year, New Home

So, it's finally complete! We moved into a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo rental and I love it. You know what the best part is? An IN UNIT washer and dryer! Yippie! At our old apartment, the laundry facility was at the back of my building so I would have to lug this 1000 lb. laundry bag all the way down my 2nd floor steps and around to the back just to do laundry. That doesn't even include balancing the laundry key, bottle of laundry detergent, having to go back to switch the loads to the dryer and then back again to pack it all up and lug it all back upstairs. Phew! I definitely hated it and I'll never go back to a having a home without a w/d in unit haha.

We're still unpacking little by little because we literally just finished bringing in the last few items from our old apartment 3 days ago, but if you follow me on Instagram you've been seeing bits and pieces of our new home. Luckily we finished moving all the major items when we did because it started POURING rain every day after that. It's been such a pain in the butt to be living in between houses for two weeks as we were moving stuff in to our new condo. I can't wait to fully unpack so we can finally stop living out of boxes. I seriously can't find anything and I have no clue why since I packed it all and all the boxes are labeled haha. Probably because there's just an overwhelming amount of boxes everywhere. It's like a maze! Aside from that, nothing is really going on over here. This was the first big thing that was in the works for the new year and I can't wait to share more milestones and memories throughout the year as they unfold. 2014 seems like it's going to be a big year for us, and I can't wait to celebrate it all with the world.

So, goodbye Apt. #2060 and hello Unit #2088! Apartment 2060, you have been the longest location our little family has ever lived at. We traveled so much when Mahal worked construction, so it was nice to finally call a place home. Four years to be exact. You were the place where we signed out first lease instead of renting privately or living in hotels and you were the first place we furnished a place with actual furniture. You saw JAM wean off of sippy cups and you were even the place where he fully started using the toilet. You were the location where Mahal got his first local job and where we lived when he got promoted to manager. You're the location where I decided that I wanted to change my college major even after I was almost done with my original major. You were the place that saw our nervousness when JAM was old enough to start elementary school. You were the bus stop where JAM first started riding the school bus and where I silently teared up as I waved goodbye to him as the bus pulled away. If only the walls of apartment 2060 could talk. Apartment 2060 is where my family blossomed during the new adventure of moving to Las Vegas. This apartment was our home for four year and it was so good to us. I hope that Unit 2088 is just as great. I can't wait to see what memories this new condo will experience with us.