5 Reasons Why You Should Go to the Eckert’s Summer Concert Series

Are you looking for something new to do this summer? Well I’ve got you covered. This weekend my family and I had a date night at Eckert’s Country Farm for their annual Summer Concert Series. This was the first time we’d ever gone, and I can assure you it won’t be the last time. Each weekend during the months of June, July, and August they have a different band with a different style of music. The night we went there was a jazz band, and it was enjoyable for the entire family. Exposing our kids to different types of music at an early age is part of our parenting strategy. We both love music and want them to be able to appreciate its beauty as well. We had such an awesome time, and here’s 5 reasons why you should go too:

1. You’ve probably never gone. This can be a great time to experience something new with friends and family. It’s pretty laid back. All you need is a lawn chair, or you can reserve a table. They are limited however, and they cost, but you get prime seating and chips +salsa — yum!  Also, you will hear great music from talented musicians.

 

 

 

2. It’s free! That’s right.  It’s free for the whole family. Now that’s what I call an economical date night.

3. The food is really good! You can not bring outside food, but don’t worry, because the food there is really good, reasonably priced, and there are healthy options as well. I had this chicken salad, and it was delicious and filling! 

4. There’s an area for kids! When your kids get tired of sitting still, there’s a fun area next to the stage set up just for them. They can run around until they tire themselves out! Mine sure did!

 

5. Don’t forget about the custard!​ So we were actually really full and couldn’t fit the custard in. But from the looks of the people that were eating the custard, it seemed like it was really good! Next time we go, we’ll have to try the custard!

 

The Summer Concert Series is a fun time for everyone. Check the calendar here to enjoy free music and great ambience.

 

 

 

 

This post was sponsored by Eckert’s Country Farm.

Mom guilt + Birthday Parties

 

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I’m a creative, but when it comes to planning parties the mere thought of it makes me want to upchuck a little in my mouth🤢. Just ask My hubs, Kenny, #thepartyanimal. Every year his birthday starts to creep around, I have daunting thoughts of him telling me that he wants a party. So far I’ve only had to plan two, but still, I break out in hives just thinking about who to invite, will they come, did I forget anyone, what kind of food, will I inconvenience anyone, where to have it and the list goes on. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love parties but planning them… a whole other story.

Now that children have entered the equation, I feel like they are delivered with another overwhelming feeling–Mom guilt. Moms, don’t we feel guilty for everything? Working moms, stay at home moms, part-time working moms, volunteers moms. There’s always a reason to feel guilty when you’re a mom–which leads me to birthday parties.

A few years ago, when it was Shiloh’s first birthday, I felt completely helpless, so, I enlisted a wonderful friend to help me plan his party. Thank God we survived. This time around it’s Tiago’s first birthday, and with two weeks to until his birthday, I hadn’t planned a thing. I started to feel guilty.

I lamented to my friends and coworkers for a few days, and they gave me the some of the best encouragement, but I still felt the guilt. I wanted to have an obligatory 1st birthday party for Tiago, but we’re in a season of life where our schedules are very full, and it would be nearly impossible.

Would Tiago think I loved him less?😩😩😩Here was a question that played out in my head. You know how the devil tries to play with your mind? After some encouraging words from some of my friends and pinteresting, I pulled myself up and said, “not today satan!” There’s more than one way to celebrate a birthday!

So we decided to have a fun photo shoot for Tiago, got him a few cool toys, and can I tell you he had the time of his life! He thought he was in cake heaven. He loved smiling for the camera and getting dirty. It was perfect for him!

When I was pregnant with Tiago, I was wondering about loving them the same and making sure that everything was equal, but I’m realizing now that equity is more important than equality. Loving them the way they need to be loved individually is the new goal. Besides, they don’t even remember their first birthday anyway. A lot of times us mom’s beat ourselves up for nothing.

When I think back to Shiloh’s party, I remember him hating and screaming at his cake, over stimulated, and needing a nap. The only saving grace was that it was a pool party and he’s a total fish 🐟! He will be 3 soon, and he’s a party animal just like his father. Will I plan a party? Let’s play it by ear. We will cross that bridge in July 😜.

Do you ever experience mommy guilt with birthday parties or anything else? Let me know!

 



 

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This Thing Called Motherhood

It’s been several months since we’ve chatted and if you haven’t heard yet, We are growing again! I am 37 weeks pregnant with baby number two and this pregnancy has been quite a doozy! But first, a funny story. When I announced my pregnancy several months ago at our monthly staff meeting at work, instead of saying my husband and I will be busy with two babies, I said my husband and I were busy, and now I’m pregnant….not in those exact words, but that’s how it came across lol. So needless to say, I was embarrassed that my baby brain had kicked in so sooner than before. Baby #2 doesn’t have a name quite yet, but we are working on it. His ETA is May 10th and this weekend we thought he was going to make an early arrival, but he changed his mind:). I had contractions all weekend and then all of a sudden they stopped!

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I am super ecstatic about baby #2 but nervous as well. I have questions, lots of questions. How will I balance it all? Will Shiloh be jealous? What’s it like having all boys? How will I love them the same but different? OMG, how am I going to get 2 kids out of the house? Will Kenny and I have any alone time? Will I lose the pregnancy weight? And the list goes on and on and on! I’m pretty sure I’m not the first mom to have all of these questions, and surely won’t be the last, but a couple of things I do know that’s comforted me. They are: always pray, necessity is the best teacher, and we will find our new normal just like we did with Shiloh. It may take a while, but I know that we will get there. Are there any mommas out there who’ve experienced this and have advice??

Here are a few of our maternity pics that capture the way we feel about our new baby!

 


 


 


 

 


 

 

Egg-cited about Eckerts

Over the weekend, my hubby, Shiloh and I, along with a few other bloggers and their families’,  were invited to the annual Eckerts Easter Egg-citement kick off.  Easter Egg-citment is happening all month long leading up to Easter weekend, and I was especially excited because I hadn’t been to Eckerts since I was a kid.

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My husband and I are always looking for new traditions to start as a family, and we thought it would be the perfect outing for our 8 month old, Shiloh.   It was a beautiful Spring day, perfect for Easter Egg Hunt festivities!

We arrived a few minutes before they started the first of 5 egg hunts.  It’s really neat the way they have the hunt broken up by age groups.  Shiloh’s 2 and under group went first, and although he had no clue what was going on, he had a blast.

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Next, we stopped to spend some time petting the bunnies and chicks.  Shiloh wasn’t scared the least, and I was so  surprised that he was eager to pet the animals.  We headed on a tractor ride after and then to a few other activities like: face painting, taking pictures and touring the grounds of Eckerts, which is quite beautiful.

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We didn’t get a chance to stay for lunch, but we did get to shop the Eckert’s grocery store and found some delectable goodies.  Easter Egg-citment is happening now through March 31st  with events like Breakfast with the Bunny as well as adult cooking classes.  There’s something for everyone.

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It was so great to hang out with my family and connect with other families at the Easter Egg-citement event.  Eckerts is a great place to make family memories and you still have time to get in on all of the fun.  Check out the Eckerts calendar and maybe I will see you there!

XO

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5 things you can do right now about your post-preggo bod

That moment when you’ve lost your pregnancy weight but your clothes still fit weird what do you do? I want to share few things that I’ve learned along my postpartum bod journey.

1. Keep calm
The Snatch or SnapBack is possible but its a process. It’s a process in which I’m currently experiencing. Weight has also been an issue for me, but when I started focusing more on being fit that how much I weighed, I got better results. I trained with a local trainer at HD Fitness and I was in the best shape ever. After training, I kept working out at the gym and also did a workout program from http://www.fitnessblender.com . So now that I’m 3 months postpartum, I’ve started to workout consistently again and to be patient with the progress. Fitness Blender is great because I don’t have to worry about a babysitter and my husband and I can work out together! When Shiloh starts crying while we are working out, we just incorporate him. I use him as my dumbbell. That’s 10+pounds. So he’s helping me get buff lol.

2. Love your bod no matter what
Discover the things you like most about your shape and play those up. Maybe you’ve gained some new additions from pregnancy. In my case a little more junk for my trunk and now some things fit me a little better than they did before. So don’t fret about a little extra.

3. Strengthen your Abs

The jackknife is an amazing exercise to strengthen your abs and it’s something that you can do easily in-between feedings, diaper changes and playing with your little one.

4. Sometime you gotta Spanx or double Spanx
The celebrities do it why not you?! If you have a special event to attend or want to feel a little more confident, slip on a Spanx! They are awesome and worth the investment.

5. Here are my top 6 clothing/accesories that make me feel good about my post preggo bod.

Dusters: They are great for camouflaging areas that you are still working on.  You can wear something fitted underneath and you still look slim.  Beanies: Sometimes I hardly have time to come my hair so I throw on a beanie and I look super hip:) Jumpsuits:  They’re chic and flattering not to mention effortless.  They are also good for easy access while nursing  Red lipstick:  For getting your sexy back  Boots/Heels: Make you feel longer and leaner and if you’re like me it feels great to get back in them!

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Baby Love Our Baby Love


So, our baby Shiloh Joaquin DeShields was born 6 weeks ago on July 17th at 4:09 a.m. weighing in at 7.8lbs and 21 inches long.  My delivery was the most euphoric experience of my life, that I would relive over and over again.  It was my most amazing husband and an awesome team of nurses and a hilarious doctor that cheered me on through each push.  I felt like a superhero.  Needless to say, this beautiful little person has challenged and changed our whole life and we wouldn’t change it for the world.  He’s growing and changing every day and I almost can’t keep up.  When he was first born he looked exactly like my baby picture, but he’s starting to look more and more like his father every day! We are so excited for this new adventure with the three of us!  Here are some pictures of our little guy below.


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