to the mom who is trying to do it all

The other night I went to bed probably feeling the most exhausted I have felt in a really long time.  Not only was my body physically exhausted, my mind just wanted to shut down.  I didn’t even have the energy to sit and enjoy a tv show after the kids went down because I was that tired.  So I laid in bed and thought about my day.  Sadly I was so tired  I didn’t even remember any moments of my day that I just stayed present and enjoyed.  This was a pretty crappy feeling and even though I got so much done that day, I felt so guilty that I couldn’t  even remember the joyful moments I had with my kids.

the mom who does it all

I find myself feeling like this pretty often with both my husband and I working full time and having and 1 and 4 year old and I realized I had two choices:  To sit here and be exhausted and tired every night and not enjoy my life with the kids because I am too busy trying to prepare for the next thing happening or come to the realization that

“I can’t do it all, it’s just not going to happen” [Read more...]

10 must have apps for toddlers on long plane rides

apps for plane rides

I recently took an almost 6 hour plane ride across the country with my toddler. While this wasn’t the first time we flew to NY from California in her life, it was the first time for us after she turned 2.

The twos. They are almost like a thunderstorm. In awe at the change, it still hits your skies with a roar as parents. And I mean quite literally, a roar ;)

We wanted to keep her toddler “roaring” to a minimal, so I found these 10 awesome apps that totally helped us keep her occupied in between snacks, potty breaks and a nap on our recent cross-country flight. (We hope the ride back home is just as successful!).

While we have an iPad so got these in iTunes, many are available or have similar versions on other devices.

1. Peekaboo Barn: Lite is free or $1.99

Peekaboo Barn is a barn adventure that makes learning fun for your toddler. It teaches the names of barn animals in either English or Spanish as well as the sounds each makes, which is awesome for our little girl, because she loves making animal noises and is also learning Spanish already.

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adopting lucy: one mom’s journey



Breanna is a good friend of one the Chai Mommas. This post is to inspire families out there that are wanting to adopt. Breanna and her husband have always talked about adopting and now their dream has come true. Read further for the journey her and her husband have gone through to adopting Lucy.

An ancient Chinese proverb states that, “an invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break”. This belief served as a guide for us throughout our journey of adoption. Our very long, and at times, tangled red thread led us to our daughter. Looking back on the process, we can only be grateful for time and challenges, because if it weren’t for these trials, we wouldn’t have been brought together. We took a leap of faith and followed our hearts and are so grateful we did. [Read more...]