5 SAHM Tips

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I have only been a SAHM since July. So I'm no expert by any means. But I thought I would share a few tips that help me get the most out of my days home with my kiddos. 

1. Shower at night. After my kids go to bed I quickly take a shower and get my comfy clothes on. You would think being home all day I would have the luxury of showering whenever I wanted. That's so not the case tho with 2 kids needing my attention all day. And it's not everyday they nap at the same time. Showering at night has been my lifesaver. If I didn't shower at night, I have no idea when I would actually have time to. 

2.  Get up before the kids. Ok this does not apply to new moms with newborns because God knows I know you need every second of sleep. My kids normally get up anywhere between 6:30-7:30. I my internal alarm clock wakes me up at 6. So that half hour before the kids get up I have a little me time to myself. Before I got up when my kids did I always felt rushed and didn't have a clear mind for the day. Getting up a half hour before they do lets me prepare for the day ahead without feeling rushed and overwhelmed. 

3.  Get dressed & put on makeup.  Which leads me here. That half hour before my kids get up I get dressed. I am always in comfy clothes because let's face it, chasing kids around in real clothes is not comfortable. My SAHM uniform is skinny yoga pants and a comfy/cute shirt, zip up hoodie or sweatshirt. I always put on my makeup too. It consists of BB cream and mascara. I'm simple and low maintenance in that department. Just getting dressed and applying my makeup makes me feel so much better about myself. Plus, I'm sure my hubs appreciates it too. No husband wants to come home to his wife with no makeup on and the clothes she slept in. 

4. Program your coffee maker. Maybe I've lived under a rock all these years but I've just started doing this. Game changer. I program it every night to go off at 7 am each morning. No more wasting time making coffee in the morning when I have 2 other mouths to feed.  

5. Meal plan.  My job is to make dinner Monday-Thursday every week. Friday and Saturday we usually eat out while running errands/shopping and Sunday is my hubs night to cook. Every Sunday I plan out my meals for the week and jot them down in my planner. I use the crockpot a lot. It makes for an easy, simple and no stress dinner each night. 

So there you have it. Five little tips for the SAHMs out there that I've found super helpful. If you have any tips, please share-I'd love to hear them!

Cry Baby

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I did it. I did something I never thought I would do in a billion years... 

Chris is gone this week on a snowmobiling trip so it's just me and the boys. And the dog. Yesterday was one of those days where I couldn't wait for bedtime, even if it was only 11 am.  My little happy-all-the-stinkin-time Leo was miserable all day. He cut his first tooth (yay, big boy!) and was in no mood to celebrate. My Vinny was off all morning. When nap time rolled around and he passed out on the floor in Leo's room while I was changing Leo, I knew something was up. 

When he woke up, he was burning up with a fever. He was miserable and so crabby-so unlike his personality. I had my hands full taking care of these too. Throw in a dog who was crawling the walls because he hasn't been walked in 2 days and I was ready for the day to be over. At 1 pm. 

Leo has been sleeping through the night for a while now. The last few weeks he's been waking up around 3 or 4 crying. I change him and rock him back to sleep. Which sometimes takes a looong time because he's ready to party. So nights when he doesn't go back to sleep right away I've been bringing him in bed with C&I. Something I have always been against. I never did it with Vinny and told myself I wouldn't do it with Leo. But sleep always sounds so much more appealing then being awake for an hour trying to get a baby back to sleep. I knew this bad habit needed to stop and last night was a perfect night to put my foot down. 

After the boys were in bed, I tucked myself in as well. I was beat. I passed out right away. Like clockwork Leo woke up around 3 am crying. Super exhausted, I turned the monitor down and rolled over. He cried it out. He fell back asleep and didn't wake up until 7:45 this morning. 

I broke two of my rules. Co-sleeping and crying it out. I'm not against co-sleeping. If it's your thing, awesome. It just isn't my thing. I know so many people swear by crying it out. I tried it a few times with Vinny but never lasted past 2 mins. If I wasn't so exhausted last night I totally would have scooped up Leo. And now I have a little mommy guilt for not getting him. But, he was fine. He is fine. Everyone was happy today and we had a good day. 

Will I let Leo cry it out tonight if he wakes up at 3 am again? I don't know. I guess time will tell. 

Mamas who have let their babes cry it out-I'd love to hear your 2 cents. 

Our Weekend

Monday, January 12, 2015

We had such a low key, relaxing weekend. It was great to slow down a little. 

I pulled out my big girl camera for a quick little photoshoot with Leo. I'm so glad I did because this was the result.

Gah! He makes me smile. I took a similar pic of Vinny when he was Leo's age... 

It's pretty apparent from these pics who looks like who. Vinny is such a mini of his daddy and Leo is my mini. I love it and am so glad I can call them mine. Heart bursting! 

So, I'll be honest. Since having Leo we rarely go out to eat. One of the boys always needs some sort of attention or help, or there are tears or crabbiness and it's just not fun for anyone. Saturday, after the boys napped, we took a risk and went to the Olive Garden. Surprisingly they both were angels and we had a great lunch. I didn't feel rushed or stressed like I usually do when we all are out to eat. It was great. Maybe we can do this more often?

Chris left for a snowmobiling trip early Sunday morning which leaves me to single parenting this week. The last time I was doing this Leo was only 6 weeks old. This time things should be a tad easier since he's older now and sleeping through the night. Regardless, it's a tough job to be on 24/7 without any help or a break. So, send wine please. 

This week will be pretty low key. We will be getting ready for my BFF's wedding this Saturday. Vinny is the ring bearer so our wedding video has been on repeat as we are practicing his walk down the isle. I can't wait to see my little man in a tuxedo! He's going to be so handsome. 

Hope everyone had a great weekend as well!

Here's to 2015

Thursday, January 8, 2015

I'm a little late in the game, but Happy New Year.  This blog seriously was killed by Instagram, but my goal in 2015 is to revive it.  So here I go.  I'm jumping right back in it and hoping for the best.  So many times I have thought to just start a new blog.  Start fresh with a clean slate.  But this blog has so many memories attached to it so it's staying.  I want to keep it active again and document our lives as I have for Instagram (feel free to follow along: court5).

New Years Eve was a huge bust for us.  It was treated basically like a regular day.  There was no chance we would make it til midnight.  The thought of it actually makes me cringe.  With 2 kids who get up around 6 a.m. everyday ready to take on the day, I know I needed my sleep.  I need at least 8 hours to function correctly so in bed by 9:30 was me.  Lame.  But, I spent it snuggled on the couch with the ones I love so I call it a win.  Plus, no hangover!  High five. 

Since then life has been pretty low key.  January always seems like the month of hibernation, organization and purging.  And that's just what we've been doing.  With the frigid Minnesota temperatures and falling snow you better believe we aren't leaving the house.  So comfy clothes with the fireplace on all while hanging out with my two boys is all that is on the agenda this week. 

I'm not one to make new years resolutions because let's face it, they will be broken.  So why even set myself up for failure, right?  So instead of calling them resolutions I call them just plain goals.  One of those goals is to journal every night or every few days.  I purchased some super cute journals from Homegoods a while back and want to fill them up.  My memory is horrible.  I can't remember what I ate for breakfast yesterday.  So journaling my days will be a great reminder. When my boys are older, they can have my journals and read back on all the memories we made. 


Another goal of mine is to drop these extra lbs that I've been carrying around since having Leo.  I don't own a scale (for good reason) so I don't know exactly how many pounds I want to lose.  I just know that my pre-pregnancy clothes don't fit the way I want them to.  My stomach is still squishy and it makes me super self-conscience.  I've been wearing body body slimmers when I actually leave the house to suck me all in.  But let's face it, I can't wear body slimmers forever.  It's time to get serious and off cloud 9 of having a baby...like 5 months ago. 

Stress less.  That's a huge goal.  But really, so much easier said then done.  I know my stress level has dropped dramatically since leaving the corporate world and becoming a stay at home mom.  But still, being home everyday does have it's stresses.  And sometimes I let the littlest things get to me.  This year I need to take a step back and not let so much stress me out because at the end of the day, it's laughable. 

So here's to 2015 being a stress free, journal writing, pound losing, more blogging kind of year!

Our Weekend and Single Parenting

Monday, September 15, 2014

Chris came home a few days early from his fishing trip in Canada. Boy was I happy to see him! I gave him the kids and quickly ran out of the house. Kidding!  I won't lie, the thought did cross my mind tho.

The rest of my week single parenting went good. Bedtime was the hardest part of all the nights. Even with Leo wrapped in my Solly Baby Wrap, it still was challenging. I just needed another set of hands. 

But even with the puke, tantrums, melt downs, tears and long sleepless nights we survived. I have the utmost respect for single parents. Man, that is a hard, hard job that many people don't give enough credit to. I'm so thankful for having such a hands-on husband who helps out so much daily. God, it's so nice to have him home. 

With Chris home for the weekend we mostly just hung out at home doing life. We ordered Chinese and put our jammies on early Saturday night and watched movies. I tell ya, that is my absolute favorite way to spend the weekend. There is nothing better than curling up with your family on the couch.

Sunday was our usual church, lunch, home. Seeing that Leo had very little clothes in his dresser and closet I made a trip to the basement to pull out Vinny's baby clothes.  While I was organizing Leo's closet I looked over to see this happening. 

And then I melted into a huge puddle. The way Leo is watching Vinny makes my heart flutter.

This week is pretty low key for us. I'm so glad for that since things around the house need to get done. This coming weekend marks the beginning of my busy season for photography so plan on soaking in my time with my babies before I'm glued to the computer. 

Why the Name?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Leo Christopher. 

When we told family and friends we named Leo, well Leo, we got a few raised eyebrows and questions. Like, "Why Leo?"  And, "Is it short for Leonardo?"

First, no. It's not short for Leonardo. It's just Leo. Plain, simple and easy.  

I'm not one to like popular names. Actually to be brutally honest, I despise popular names and made it a point to name my children non-popular names. You would never see me naming my child a name like Aidan, Olivia, Sofia, or Jackson. There's nothing wrong with those names and I have plenty of friends who have named their children those names. It's just not my style. 

Besides, working with the last name Naselli I wanted to ensure my kids had a somewhat Italian first name to correspond with their Italian last name. Because let's be real here, a Jackson Naselli sounds a little weird. 

The name Leo popped in my head months before giving birth. I liked it. It flowed with Naselli and sounded cool with Vinny.  There was no meaning or family history attached to it. I just liked it. and was happy it wasn't on the top 100 popular names list.

And, for the record, Leo wasn't inspired by watching the movie Titantic or any love I have for Leonardo DiCaprio. I promise. 

Leo's middle name, Christopher, is my husband's first name. Vinny's middle name, Marc, is my husband's middle name. So now both of my boys have a price of their daddy's name-which I love so much. 

Our Weekend

Chris left Friday night to go on his annual guys fishing trip in Canada.  We were super sad to see him go especially since I'm single parenting for a full 8 days.  I knew this would be a huge challenge - a 2 year old and a 6 week old all on my own with no family remotely close to come over and help out or give me a little 30 min break.  But I was ready for it.  More so to prove to myself I could do this.  I'm home with both kids all day long, so what's a few more hours a night?

Silly girl.  What a joke. 

Saturday morning started off with the realization that we had zero milk all while Vinny was begging for some.  Just a quick run to Target will cure that.  But really, what is quick about going to Target with two kids in tow?  Nothing.  Just getting out the door is a process and needs to be timed just right so Leo won't scream the whole time in the car or Target.  Thinking I had it all timed appropriately we  were on our way.  I failed.  Timing was all wrong and Leo screamed the entire time in Target.  A mom even came up to me to tell me "It gets better over time" and that "Nobody hears him crying." I know she was trying to be nice and all but I really could have punched her in the face.

Breakfast was had as soon as we got home.  While sitting on the couch feeding Leo, Vinny came over to us and threw up his said breakfast all over me, Leo, the couch and carpet.  I was petrified he had the stomach flu but thankfully he seemed fine afterwards.  Could you imagine the stomach flu while solo parenting for a week?

Two of my favorite girlfriends came over for pizza and wine.  It was great to have some extra hands in the house all while girl talking.  And the wine didn't disappoint. 

Sunday was a gorgeous day in MN which resulted in playing outside all day. That may have been our saving grace.  What are we going to do all day inside when the weather turns?  Someone remind me why we live in Minnesota where it's only nice for about 4 months out of the year?

Bedtime has been a pure shit show around here the past few nights.  Since Leo and Vinny go to bed around the same time it's been a struggle.  There have been tantrums, screaming, tears and more tears.  And it may not have been all of from Vinny or Leo.  But, last night was the easiest of the nights yet.  I can thank the Solly Baby Wrap for that.  Leo loves it so much and it allowed me to tend to Vinny's nightly routine without having the anxiety of listening to Leo cry whenever I put him down.  That, my friends, is a huge win. 

Yesterday was Monday and we had a friend come over for a visit.  Again, the extra hands were so much appreciated!  She even joined us for a trip to the post office only took 5 minutes and otherwise would have taken 20 if I had to bring both kids in with me. 

I'm hopeful the rest of the week goes well.  I'm definitely counting down the days until Chris is home.  And I plan on never letting him leave again ;)  Kidding.  Kinda.  Until then I'm going to cherish every second of nap times.


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