Being a Monumental Mom – 2016

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Before this year comes to an end, we wanted to thank everyone who has read our weekly post and our motivational Monday post, liked and followed us on Facebook and Instagram, and anyone that has supported us. When we first ventured out to start Monumental Moms we had no idea what we would talk about, doubted that people would follow us, and couldn’t figure out when we were going to find time to write anything with careers, husbands, and toddlers! Honestly, I don’t think that we still really know how we get it all done, but we do. If I had to select one reason why we push through with posts, motivation, funny memes, etc., it would be because we love Monumental Moms. Over this year, it has become our extra child. We enjoy being able to touch the lives of others through sharing our stories and thoughts. If we just have one follower, that’s one life that we are speaking to in a positive way, and that’s what it’s all about.

For 2017, we hope to reach even more Monumental women, and to find some new ideas, topics, images, and quotes to post. More importantly, we hope to continue to inspire and motivate. We all have that day that we feel as if it’s all falling apart. Those moments where we aren’t sure if we should laugh or run for the hills! Being a woman is hard enough, but when you add being a wife and mother to your list, it gets even harder. Empowering each other is what will encourage many of us to apply for that promotion, try a new haircut, go on an adventure, love freely, laugh instead of crying, or try something new with our kids. We aim to be a network of strength and love!

This upcoming year, it’s our goal to share a little more of ourselves with all of you. We hope to add a “Wednesday Wife,” addition to our blogs. We’ve share the funny, horrific, and joyous moments of being mothers, but being a wife is just as entertaining, difficult, and amazing! It’s also our hope that in 2017, each of you will step outside of your comfort zone, and do something different, scary, or fun that you have been putting off. You may not get the immediate support, or increase that you would like from it, but the blessed feeling that it will give you for trying, will be enough!

Happy Holidays Everyone!!! 

The Highs And Lows Of Parenthood

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There are so many highs and lows that come with parenthood. For me some of the lows consist of tantrums, sick babies and toddlers, and drum roll….the lack of sleep!!! The lack of sleep was one of the biggest lows for me. Nothing can prepare you for those first few months. During my delirium and exhaustion after Kodie, I would often think where is this baby’s mother? LOL! Then it would hit me that I was his mother so I didn’t have the option to give him to anyone else when he was crying and screaming, as I would with someone else’s baby. Sometimes I still think where is this boy’s mother LOL!

Some of the highs have been the unconditional love that my son has shown me once he’s done torturing me with his tantrums LOL! But seriously, I’ve never been loved the way that my son loves me. The endless hugs and kisses are awesome. On a bad day, even after he has driven me mad and I think that I’m about to go bat shit crazy, he will say something really sweet or funny that makes it all worth it. Some of the highs are also the conversations about Mickey Mouse, Spider Man, and him telling me that his dinasour is going to eat me, LOL.

Some of the lows are me not being able to use the bathroom by myself unless Kodie is sleep and the constant separation anxiety that he experiences and him yelling for me to come back every time I leave a room, LOL. Another high has been him walking around the house singing and dancing and then saying mommy I’m not singing or dancing, LOL! A low has also been the constant singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star because it’s stuck in my head and he will literally sing himself to sleep, LOL! Oh and another low is that he won’t get out of my bed! He has the audacity to say hi to his room and show me his Thomas the train bed that he refuses to sleep in!

We would love your feedback and would
like to hear some of your highs and lows of parenthood.

-Kristle (AKA Mommy Taylor)

Motivational Monday- Resolutions

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Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:2

This year is quickly coming to an end, and that time of year where we make ourselves promises is quickly approaching. Resolutions are often our way of making amends for the decisions we made throughout the previous year. We promise ourselves that we are going to workout more, work harder, save better, and a ton of other things each New Year. As the months pass we frequently quickly lose sight of those vows we made on January 1st. I believe that we have a tough time sticking to them, bc we don’t always make them for ourselves. We want to lose weight to look like the perfect actress on television. We somehow create a plan to lose 60 pounds in 2 months by drinking our meals, because the woman three offices up from us said she lost hers that way. We are going to work harder by arriving earlier like our boss Kim, when we still have to drop our kids off at school. Lastly, we aren’t ever gonna eat out again this year and we will save $20,000 from doing that. The problem with many of our resolutions is that they were never tailored to truly fit our lives.

This year, as you write down your resolutions, be sure to make sure that they realistically fit your life. It’s impossible for any of us to live by another persons plans or rules. You have to plan your journey to fit your life. Don’t allow others to determine your path or goals. This year make a plan that is realistic. Make sure that it works for you and execute it.

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.”
– Harvey Fierstein

~Kristina

Holiday Traditions

The holidays are in full swing, and I’m sure each of your kids remind you of that everyday. It’s such an exciting time for both kids and adults. Christmas, has always been my favorite holiday!! This year is especially exciting, because my son is two years old, and loves Christmas. He talks abut Santa all day, every day. He reminds me every night, that he has been good, because he wants Santa to come visit him. When we go to the store, he searches for the toy section, so that he can show me all the toys that Santa is going to bring him. Christmas is a lot more than toys and Santa though. Christmas is a great time for bonding activities and having a little extra fun with the kids.

One of the best things about Christmas, is traditions. I wanted to share a few of my family traditions, and I encourage readers to share your traditions with us as well. Motherhood/Parenthood, is a community. We have so much that we can learn from each other.

1. Elf on a shelf –
Last year, social media seemed to erupt with this little Elf. I remember thinking…. what is an Elf on the Shelf about? Then, I started conversing with other moms and learned all about the tradition of the Elf on the Shelf.

How it works:

So, basically, “The Elf on the Shelf,” is a helper of Santa who reports to him if your child has been naughty or nice. He comes after Thanksgiving, and stays until Christmas Eve, when he returns home with Santa. When your kids fall asleep, you move him to other places in their room, or around the house. Social Media, has shown all the fun that can happen with this little elf. Sometimes, he becomes a little mischievous himself.

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2. Unwrapping 24 gifts before Christmas

It’s a simple, but fun and educational tradition. You purchase 24 new books for you little one, and wrap each one. Every night before bed, you allow your child to select one gift to open. Once they open the book, you two now have a new bedtime story to read together that night.

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3. Christmas Eve Box

The “Christmas Eve Box,” is full of Christmas Eve goodies. In my son’s box, I place a pair of Christmas PJ’s, slippers, a book, and this year I added a movie. You can add some popcorn as well, to pop when you watch the movie together. What better way to get your little one to sleep on such an exciting night?!? A good book and movie will surely having them drifting off in their new PJ’s!!

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(2015 Christmas Eve box)

4. Christmas countdown

You can purchase, or make a Christmas countdown board, tree or whatever else, of your choice. We have a tree, and each day we move the Christmas marker to a new space. We are counting our way up to 1 more day!!!

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5. Mommy Gift:

I saved the best for last!!! All year moms run around taking their family here and there, and we often spend our last dime on our family without thinking. When Christmas comes we go into buying mode, and get everything we can for those we love, but don’t forget yourself moms!!! Yes, I know money is tight, and you could buy the kids those cool tennis, or your hubby that new tie, but don’t! I’m sure that they all have enough. Take some money and treat yourself to something that only you can use and makes you happy. You deserve it, and you have earned it Mom!!!

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I hope you try at least one of our traditions, and share one as well! Happy Holidays Monumentals!!

Kristina -Kristopher’s Mom

Motivational Monday – Be Joyous

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Go, eat you food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.

– Ecclesiastes 9:7

There is no greater feeling in the world, than having a heart full of joy. When you are joyous, you have a light about you that shines in the darkest of corners. Your spirit is noticed everywhere you go, and people continuously flock to you. We are each capable of being that happy. We just have to change our negative thoughts into positive ones, and find that glorious place of delight! If you are holding on to anything that is troubling you, discouraging you, or holding you back, let go of it! Go out and seek your peace!

Use this week, as a week of self reflection. Seek out the areas of your life that are holding you back from your joy! Find some positive affirmations and repeat them to yourself daily. Your joy is in your reach!

Today I chose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain……To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I chose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but to embrace it.

~Kristina Green

How to get your sexy back after becoming a Mommy!

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When a woman becomes a mother, there are so many dramatic changes that happen all at once! If you breastfeed you are literally a milk machine, LOL. Your hormones are completely out of whack. You can be happy one moment and then find yourself weeping the next moment over the smallest thing. Your skin changes due the hormones. Some people lose their hair. Your breasts become huge, especially if you breastfeed! I can go on and on, LOL.

After I had Kodie, I realized that my life had changed 1000 percent overnight and although I wasn’t the woman that I once was, I felt empowered. I felt that if I could have a baby I could do anything! It’s important to get your sexy back after becoming a mom, not just for your spouse but for you as well!

Below are some tips that new moms, whether it’s your first or third baby, should follow in order to look and feel good for yourself!

Get a new hair style-The bolder the better! Get out of your box, you just had a human you can do it, LOL! Color it or cut it! It’s just hair but it makes a huge difference in your appearance!

Ditch the maternity clothes-Even if you can’t fit anything in your closet, don’t wear those maternity clothes anymore! They don’t make you feel sexy and besides you’re no longer pregnant! If you have to buy clothes that you can fit even if you’re not at your ideal weight, it’s ok. You want to feel good about yourself, even when running errands.

Buy a sexy dress-No I’m not crazy, LOL. Find something that flatters the new you.
Have a Date Night with your spouse-Wear your sexy new dress! You can wear spandex or shape wear to suck everything in! You and your significant other have just gone through a whirl wind. Have grandma or someone babysit for a few hours. Men often feel neglected when the baby gets all of your time and attention. In addition, it’s important to connect as a couple.

If  you are in a rut get out of it! Get in the habit of dressing yourself while on maternity leave even if you are just sitting in the house. If you feel fancy you can put on a little make-up LOL! This will do wonders for your confidence. Also, your spouse will still be attracted to you even with the spit up in your hair. LOL!

Kristle-Kodie’s Mommy

Motivational Monday – Giving

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Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.
Luke 6:38

As we approach the holidays the hearts of many are becoming full of joy and happiness. It’s during this time of the year that many of us are at the stores and online shopping all day. Christmas, is the holiday of giving, and we all fall into the routine of it. It’s customary for many to exchange gifts during this season, but what about the rest of the year? We need to be careful to also remember to give more than just material things. It’s even more important to think about those outside of your home and family. To consider the people who have nothing materially to offer, and will not receive anything. The true meaning of “giving,” is being able to open your hearts to others.

This week, in preparation for the Christmas holidays and the entire next year after, let’s be good givers. Give to the ones you love, as well as to the ones who are just in need. Consider donating to a drive, volunteering at a shelter, and just sharing love and smiles with all you cross paths with. Giving will not only bless another, but it will also bless you as well.
“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.”

Anthony Robbins