[#1] Share with us a snippet of your story.
I was born, raised, and still live right on the boarder of LA and OC. I married my handsome husband Derek in 2009 and our sweet son James was born in April of 2011. We are also the parents to a fur child shih tzu named Sweet Lou. I am an editor over at Baby Gizmo and have a blog called My Daily James (www.mydailyjames.blogspot.com
[#2] What is your favorite part of the day with your little one[s]?
My favorite part of the day with my son would have to be at the playground. We go every single day. My son is very spirited and loves to be on the go. When I had a child I stopped asking myself what I wanted to do each day and now I ask myself- "What would JAMES like to do each day?" He chooses the playground 9 times out of 10. We pack a picnic, bring sand toys, and make an afternoon out of it. It brings me so much joy to see James in his element.
[#3] Name Instagram MOMS who inspire you.
@kelli_murray / @freshlypicked / @brookeaubrey Three gorgeous women who are inspiring and amazing mothers who also happen to have insanely cute kids.
[#4] What challenges have you faced in balancing motherhood and your passion for creativity?
Well, I would definitely not say I'm the most creative person out there, because I'm not, but it can be a struggle balancing being a stay at home mom and my blogging work. If I'm on a deadline for certain posts at Baby Gizmo but James is awake and needing my full attention, that's a huge challenge. It's something that can really stress me out and overwhelm me but I've learned that in my scenario, the answer is putting James first because my work can usually wait a little while. I'm happy that I've been able to strike a balance of being a stay at home mom and then doing my "work" when James naps or when my husband gets home from work.
[#5] What is a family tradition that you love sharing with your kids?
I come from a huge Disney loving family. We had Disneyland annual passes ever since I can remember and travel to Disney World in Florida often. I love keeping that tradition alive for James. We go to the parks often, sometimes just to run down the characters for an hour or two, and we love it.
[#6] If you could give us a peek inside your home - what image would you share and why?
I could show our wall dedicated to the 1st year of my sons life, James' amazing cowboy nursery I spent so much time on or so many other images but realistically, this sweet, simple, and messy photo of James baking in the kitchen with me is perfect to me. I love cooking and baking and am in the kitchen daily trying out new recipes. James loves to help me break eggs, dump in flour, and mix. My kitchen is usually a disaster afterwards but I don't care because I will cherish the memories of him helping me bake forever. It makes our house a home and that's what I care about most.
[#7] Share a photo you wouldn't typically post on Instagram but depicts real life happenings.
I think I may be classified as an oversharer but I would choose this photo just because it totally shows real life. Sometimes we only post the good and we hide the bad and the ugly. The truth is- half of my photos are of James crying, looking away from the camera, or having mini melt downs. He's a great kid but he's two and I'm not afraid to admit that he has his moments just like all other two year olds. This photo is real life, and there's still beauty in that. Knowing that we all deal with melt downs and tough days.
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