National Mother In Law Day

Today is National Mother in Law Day and it’s also the day before mine transitioned. It’s now 3 years!! 3 years of pain.

I’m not going to act as if the relationship was rosy or that even after her passing I haven’t had my moments thinking about things that have transpired. What I will say is that it’s been hard. It’s been hard not just in relation to Marques or the kids but just plain hard. When I want to say certain things I can’t. It’s been hard!

I’ve seen some amazing relationships with other daughter and mother in laws during and after her passing. It’s a soft spot for me. There are moments when I feel like I’m missing out. My kids are missing out. My husband is missing out. This hole I didn’t even realize would happen has definitely left us feeling bankrupt.

So on this day if you have a mother in law that you don’t get along with find common ground. The reality is as much as you try to fight it your husband or wife comes from them. They will ALWAYS represent parts of them. If you think they don’t you are deceiving yourself. Also try to understand them the same way you want them to under stand you. You’re responsible for only your actions. Trust me regardless of the things that transpired not only was I there for my mother in law but in the months leading up to her transition we began to work through our differences!

If you have a great relationship with your mother in law cherish it. You’re not apart of the majority. Often times there is friction and not one of mutual love and respect.

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Help in Our Own Community

What do you have a mix of community service, 31 consultant, and hygiene kits? You have Crystal Capetillo. Taking on a mission of her own she’s making hygiene kits for those who are displaced.

I personally remember when I was younger and we went into a shelter. It’s one of those moments that keep me grounded. Not knowing what each day would bring was a bit unnerving. However I have to shout out my mom who made sure to keep us clean and put together. Apart of doing that had to come from having hygiene products. Being displaced you have to have a short list of items and not much in bulk to prevent others from taking from you.

Crystal is helping in those regards. What started as a project with World Vision through being a 31 Consultant has turned into a mission to help those in her own community right here in Philadelphia. Crystal along with Erica of whom I’ve interviewed and a team from Bethel Church will lead this charge!

Now here’s how we can help. These kits take time and money. The World Vision kite cost $16. After acquiring the kits they need to be put together. Crystal is in need of both. You can donate for the kits as well as help put together your kit. But there’s one last portion, each kit comes with a hand written letter or note. That made me smile because of someone being displaced that doesn’t mean that they are below humanity.

I watched my mom cry when she thought I was sleep. I know as a mom I couldn’t imagine what she was feeling as she watched over us at night! Having a hand written note letting her know she’s loved and never give up could mean the world of difference!

I personally stand behind this mission of Crystal and will be helping to assemble these kits. I’m asking if you’re able to consider donating by gifting towards her PayPal crystal.capetillo331@gmail.com!!

I can’t wait to see the kits go to fruition and be given to those who need it!!

Day 5 Self Care September Challenge

What a day of pure happiness! I finally have all 3 of my kids out of daycare and in grade school! Can someone point me in the right direction? I feel like I can grab two things out the dollar bin at Target!! We are finally at one pick up and one drop off!! It’s like we are in our own Drumline! Thank you Jesus!

I can’t even contend with the pure happiness that I’m feeling. I was able to work and do a work out and it felt more calming. I didn’t have to worry about anything! That might be a stretch but it felt like it right after that drop off. My youngest didn’t cry and neither did I do it was a win all around! I definitely cried with my first!!

The rest of the day I was able to help my sis sister as well as make sure all of her future services were set up! It definitely was an amazing day! To end the day I poured a glass of sangria and as the kids went down I reflected on the early days when I would be rushing from work to pick up the kids in 2 different locations stressed not trying to get that late fee. Any parent who has a child in daycare knows about that dollar fee per minute per kid. I wasn’t late often but I had my few shares and a limited village to step in to assist! I thought about the times when they were extremely little and everyone was telling me to get the kids on the schedule except each kid was on their own individual schedules and often times that would be the struggle! I thought about the times when a car would break down or traffic was a mess and the immediate tears would come. I remember when I couldn’t be in two different places and sometimes had to choose which kid we would have to go to an event!

It doesn’t mean that I don’t miss my kids being small because that’s a lie. I would be lying if I didn’t appreciate the stay at home days when my life revolved around them. I didn’t have an ounce of an outlet and thus this blog was birthed! I am appreciative now when I can attend events or getting invites that I didn’t know even existed like I do now. Those days keep me humble! However insert the Tootsie Roll I love that each kid can do so much for themselves allowing me to change my role as mom and still find the balance in life! Times have changed but my love for my kids won’t! I pray they have an amazing day today and and everyday!! This momma is tired and maybe I should take a sleep in day soon!! Until then let me find out when their next off day is so I can get it together by then!

Week 10 Storr Summer Adventures

Week 10 only means we are immediately close to the end of the Summer! With that in mind it was a great week! This week didn’t cost anything. Lunch was gifted, cookies gifted, Legoland already accounted for so another no money spent week was great! I’m super proud of this Summer and all of the adventures we were able to have! But we have one more week before school!

Monday

My kids went to their school to help set the classrooms up. This is their 3rd year helping. I find that this assists them in not having anxiety for their first day back. They are able to meet their teachers and have a sense of calm before they return. My youngest starts kindergarten so it was definitely helpful to make sure that she is equally ready. We have been reading all kinds of books to get them ready!

Tuesday

We went to get me ready for the Diner en Blanc event. We spent the morning grabbing all kinds of stuff. We also went to the pet store at my oldest request. They wanted to convince me to get them another pet! That was a no go but we all had lots of fun with the animals! We even enjoyed cookies!

Wednesday

Took the kids back to their school to help set up. They were then treated to lunch and I took them to Legoland! They had a ball. it was great for them to be able to run around!

Thursday

It was all about Diner En Blanc! From facials to hair and makeup it was all about having an amazing day! My kids were troopers about it! They spent the day with their cousin as we enjoyed the day!

Friday

They wanted to have a video game challenge and I needed some rest! The Diner En Blanc wasn’t over until 2am and I still got up at 6am! By 10, it was a wrap! It caught up with me! We had some weekend plans and it was time to prep!

Saturday

We went to Nockamixon State Park! It was so much fun being around family! Shout out to Gesella and Erica who did their thing planning the End of Summer party! The kids ate well and swam! It was everything!

We have one more week before school and it will be complete last minute prep! I’m talking about sneaker and supplies shopping! Hair cuts and hair salon appointments will be on the list! I can’t wait to do the parent shuffle!! Until then….make this last week count!

Week 9 Storr Summer Adventures

So this is the week where we pushed into the back to school shopping mode. We are starting the process of making sure they are fully ready to go back and have what they need.

Monday

We spent a half day going through uniforms. Our youngest is going to kindergarten so the uniforms we have saved from our oldest is being passed down. However we discovered that she’s equally tall as they were but not as big so we have to add a few pieces to her uniform needs. This is still great news because the initial investment we made is paying off. So off to the uniform store we went!

Tuesday

We decided to go to the park first thing in the morning to avoid the heat that has been going up! We had a great time. They played while I worked out! It was a lot of fun. As always I packed water, sunscreen and snacks! We then since I needed to get work done made the afternoon a reading session and ice cream!

Wednesday

We needed to go to my niece’s program at her daycare. It was a concert, the kids played and they had food and snacks. The one snack that I was able to indulge was the Whimsicle! Amazing doesn’t even describe it! It was sooooo good!

These are all fruit popsicles that are amazing. They also had a yogurt one too but for obvious reasons I didn’t have one!

Whatever you do click on the link and find out how you can get you some. These are amazing to have at a company party, personal party, or just because! They are that good!

So they were definitely tired out. It was an interesting day that day too! My husband’s car got busted out too-sheer madness! It was a very uneasy day. It was also the same day the gunman shot 6 police officers!

Thursday

We decided to lay low and I did grocery shopping and we focused our attention on getting my husband’s car fixed!

Thankfully it was done by the mid day point but still! The kids had a full day play date to distract them as the adults handled the adult items of life!

Friday

I took the kids to the park to work out while they played! It was super hot today! So much to our surprise the Koana Ice truck showed up! I ain’t even gonna lie! As much as the kids have asked for ice-cream from various trucks this one being a snow cone truck was clutch! I didn’t even let the kids ask me twice! I had one too! That $12 was well spent!

Since we have been doing smaller trips during the week we have amped our weekend time even higher!

I blogged about our time at the Oregon Dairy on Saturday!

While the girls were having a great time the boys had a father-son day at the Franklin Institute at the Marvel Universe Exhibit!

Sunday was great too! I took my twin with me to see the Cirque Du Soleil Show!

Next week which is really the recap of this week the kids have some different adventures going on!

Total for this week was $12!! All activities outside of the weekend Franklin Institute was sponsored or free!!!!

Oregon Dairy Fun

It’s a great day to pick sunflowers! I love them they instantly brighten up any bad mood. You can’t possibly be around a sunflower and be mad. I was I invited to pick some sunflowers at Oregon Dairy and boy I’m so glad that I went! Instant day of fun!

I took my twin, two daughters and my niece! I wanted them to enjoy their time doing the corn maze and sunflower field! They instantly loved it. Between the Jump Pad and all of the other fun it was more than enough fun for all ages!

First up was the corn maze. I let my 5 year old daughter and 3 year old niece lead the way! It probably in hindsight wasn’t the best thing but I loved watching them work together to lead us out! They purposefully got us lost! I enjoyed watching them run all over the place screaming and squealing!! Pure joy!

They decided to also find anything they could get into! I loved it! It was time for the sunflower party or sunflower maze. It was pure joy!

We were given sheers and with unlimited time we were given amble time to pick our own sunflower! You get a complimentary sunflower with your ticket! We decided once done to get a bucket to put them inside instead of the water bag they offer! I loved it! All of the staff was amazing! Everyone has a heart for the people! They helped me tremendously! My girls and I loved the fact that we could run around and be free!

So what are the details you need to know?!

Sunflower picking Days

Picking days are Saturday and Sunday from now until Labor Day

Adults are $15 dollars and kids 3-12 years are $10! There are two time slots from 10-1 and then 1:30-5pm!

For the month of October will be the corn maze, pumpkin patch and flash light maze!

So it will be an amazing time to get out and take your entire family for family time!

I definitely look forward to going back especially for the Fall! Unlimited amounts of fun and food! There was food and snacks at the Barn!

If you want a sit down meal you can enjoy the restaurant up the way! They have amazing fresh food! Food made to order and with fresh ingredients! Oh and for my mommy and daddy friends; the kids meals are super good! They give them a full bag of goodies to keep them occupied! The kids’ includes a main dish, a side dish, drink, and a complimentary ice-cream scoop! The prices are good and budget friendly!!

Do yourself a favor and grab a group and have a blast!! Your day will be made!

Family Style Love at Mamma Maria’s

I went to the East Passyunk Car Show and Street Fest! I posted quite a few pics on my Instagram a few weeks ago! It was so much fun. It was super hot (which I love), great food, amazing vendors, and of course the cars!

Who doesn’t love amazing cars?!

All kinds of exotic cars. Of course I loved them all but also I was drawn to the red cars. Red is my favorite car. I currently drive a red car. I was walking along and was introduced to Mamma Maria! She gave me this warm welcoming hug. It was the kind of hug that warms the soul. It was as if we had known each other all of our lives! On a Sunday it was just the best feeling and expression of love. We chatted about what I do and her cooking!

Mamma Maria already had her set up going and towards the end of the event she was just about sold out. Before leaving Mamma Maria packed me and my oldest daughter some gnocchi, sausages, and broccoli. You couldn’t get the smile off of my face. One of my absolute favorite foods is Italian. My husband even popped the question to me at an Italian restaurant because I love it that much-outside of gummi bears of course! So I’m headed home with this warm pasta on my lap trying not to eat it in the car. As soon as I’m able I open it and goodness gracious-it’s that good. I didn’t even let it get cold so it was ready to eat and I found myself eating and eating!

I took my food outside because as a mom you already know kids don’t care what you are eating they want parts! I was able to eat the pasta outside without little hands in it. It felt like I was having a moment and Mamma provided it for me. Here I was after spending hours in the sun, in my happy spot at home having my favorite dish and content.

I don’t know if there are others who love Italian food as much as I do. The type that work out so they can keep eating fresh pasta, but if that is you-Run to Mamma Maria’s located at 1637 East Passyunk Avenue in Philadelphia PA! You will be in a little slice of Heaven with authentic Italian pasta made with love! Mamma will make sure you eat well and when you leave you will smile. You won’t worry about if the pasta hits your thighs. The only thing you will know is you ate some amazing food and you were treated with love!

Mamma Maria’s is open Monday-Friday from 10:30am-10:30pm and on Saturday from 4:30pm-11:30pm and on Sundays from 3:00-10:00pm!