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A Guide to Cape May, New Jersey

As a Midwesterner who didn’t have family on the East Coast, I knew nothing about New Jersey except for what was on TV or in Bruce Springsteen songs. So I knew the show Jersey Shore from the show. By the way, rewatching that show I think it worked because it kind of showed that it wasn’t where you were but who you were with. Honestly, it worked because all of those people were a little self-aware and they were genuinely having fun. The best times are when you live with your friends and everything you need is in a few miles in a place with a ton of wood paneling. Anyway, my Mom used to go down there for work and she absolutely loved it. It was one of her happy places and she wanted to take my sister and me there for years. Well, years passed and we decided to go there for a week and I have to be honest-it was awesome! It was completely different than I thought and we loved every second of it.

Let's See How This Goes: Packing for a Beach Trip

My family is going to the beach for a week and my spring has been so crazy, that it’s finally set in that summer is here. It’s exciting and we can’t wait to take a break. However, that means we have to get our household in order and head out. Having a kid means that our old packing ways have gone out the window. I used to be a master at packing things in an overnight bag but that doesn’t cut it for a week and with a toddler. So I created some templates to print out with checklists (I love having lists) and I hope these help you when you are going out. Sometimes you are like, yes I know to pack sunscreen but as a parent, you often get overwhelmed so it’s nice to just have a list to check off.

Love is All You Need: The Beatles and Maternal Mental Health

However, when I got pregnant when I got overwhelmed with everything I would go upstairs and listen to the Beatles. After a crazy business trip and a little bit of a breakdown, I would watercolor and listen to the Beatles. It is my “please leave me alone in my thoughts and be mindful music.” I knew they were great but their later stuff is incredible. I love their more psychedelic music. My son’s new favorite book is a picture book of “All You Need is Love.” It’s beautiful. I used to feel like they were overrated. I was wrong. They just calm me down. They force me to be mindful because you can listen to them and you know the next song is going to be good.

Your music asks answered by a lady who has a song for that

I love music. I have always loved music. My respite since the first grade is listening to music by myself and getting lost in my thoughts. I’m one of those people iPods were made for because I needed that many gigabytes of music storage. I was looking up more MySpace quizzes and some of them were way...too personal. Like when I was 20-21, the stakes were lower. Now, I’m married and quite frankly I don’t want to go back to my embarrassing and frustrating single days. So I found this thing about Music Asks and that is one of those things that you can AMA me. So I hope you discover some deep cuts that you like.

Gift Like a Mother! : A Curated Selection of Mother's Day Gifts Chosen By an Actual Mom

It’s that time of the year again, Mothers Day. As a new(ish) Mom I feel like I can finally speak for my mom people. Basically, we want affection and validation we are people. Oh and a more equitable world for mothers where our emotional and physical labor is respected. In lieu of those things, if you know a mom or have one to buy for. Here are some gifts I would suggest getting for the mom in your life. These are curated by me from my affiliates but I would like any of these things. Have fun looking through them.

A Few of My Favorite Things! : Namely shopping...

If you have known me for any amount of time, you know I love to shop. I love it. I every aspect of shopping except the lighting in dressing rooms. My husband hates shopping and we really are opposites attract in this regard. That being said, I am an affiliate blogger meaning certain companies use me to promote their products. I get tips for affiliate marketing in my inbox and as a Midwesterner, I am really struggling with seamlessly integrating these things into my posts

Austentacious: Jane Austen Reading Challenge

I decided to take a “happy break” and I’m reading Pride and Prejudice. I’m getting the Penguin editions because they have the best reading notes. I was getting these cheap books and the notes weren’t as good. When you read classics I feel you owe it to yourself to have a different interpretation. For example, this book talks about trends and debates in feminism in the time it was written. Also, I can read the notes as opposed to them being really really tiny. Sorry, Norton critical editions. It also describes the wealth and what it meant, what neighborhoods meant, and how society was perceived.

My experience with the Fit Part 2: Yoga

On top of just being a beautiful practice, it also is something that requires so much focus that your mind can’t wander. I mean, it is such a gift to just focus and use your muscles. It’s crazy when you become aware of your body. I used to get runners high when I could run 5ks. You get that kind of high after a good yoga session. My body loves it. Again, I need core strength and yoga is great for that. When I was really into it, I could just do moves and listen to music. It is something I love doing and something that helps me be a better person.

This Will Be Our Year: New Year's Eve with Small Children

Now, I am a mother of a small child and the holiday is not about getting dressed up in a little black dress and seeing the most outlandish headpiece I can tastefully wear. Last year my son had an ear infection and we were traveling so my husband and I spent the night watching Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. However, I think children should be excited about the New Year and learn about the transition. Mainly because not all years are great and I want my child to know you can move on with a new mindset and grace.