A Moment for Mama

When was the last time you were able to grab a cup of coffee, sit under a shade tree at a park and read a book? When was the last time you went a got a manicure or pedicure? When was the last time you had a moment to yourself? However long it has been I recommend you stop reading right now, go grab a venti iced black tea with lemonade at Starbucks, park yourself in a massage chair at the nail salon get your toes done and then finish reading this post. If you’re anything like me, you have a million trillion things to get done in one day. BUT if you’re also like me you love to enjoy a moment to yourself. I have worked on this blog post for about two months now. I wanted to make sure everything I shared was from an actual experience I had as well as thoughts that came from my heart. I get a feeling that some of you don’t know where to begin when it comes to having a moment for yourself. I have put together a list of my favorite places to go to have mama time.

  • It’s Lash O’Clock

After smithboy#2 was born a lot of hair fell out, including my lashes. I would have to were falsies every day to make it look like I still had lashes. One day my friend Alaina posted on her Instagram she was now providing lash extensions. I was nervous at first to get them done because I had them before at a different salon but always felt like they were ruining my real lashes. Shortly after reading her post about providing lash services, I decided to follow her salon page Blush Studio. I noticed every Tuesday she would post a lash tip and explain a little behind the tip. I realized when I was getting my lashes done before I was not treating them properly. I saw she was running a special and decided to give it a try once again. Alaina did an a phenomenal job! Now every time I leave her salon I fall more in love with my lashes. It has been two months since I have put on eyeliner that’s how amazing she is. She showed me the correct way to wash and brush my lashes, gave me insight on what to not put on my face to make my lashes stay longer. If you ever need a moment for mama and a nap too go see her. I promise you won’t regret it! HERE is the link to Alaina’s website to schedule an appointment. Make sure you stop by her Instagram to read all of her lash extension tips!

 

  • The Perfect Hair Salon

Many of you have asked me where I get my hair done and who does my hair. Well, look no more because the answer is here! Blonde Faith Salon! I have been with  Alyssa Patterson for years now. Thet first time I sat in her chair I was a dark brown and she has transformed me into a beautiful blonde. If we are being completely honest, there is a small number of people I let touch my hair because it means that much to me. Call me crazy but I am VERY particular when it comes to my hair and brows! BUT she is nothing short of amazing, she was able to make my hair transition easy and perfect. Although I am in her chair for a couple of hours, she makes every minute calming and relaxing. Blonde Faith Salon is my number one place to get a small piece of mama time. Look at the photos below for the transformation of my hair journey.

*A MOMENT FOR MAMA GIVE AWAY *

Yes, you read that right! Alyssa and I completely understand that mamas need some time away, so we have joined forces and decided to give away a special prize to one lucky mama or lady! For a chance to win, all you have to do is follow Alyssa as well as myself on Instagram (links below), like the final stage picture on her page, and tag someone else who you think needs a little moment to themselves! The contest ends Friday @ 6pm. We will be announcing the winner on our pages so be on the look out to see if you won! Good luck everyone!

Follow Alyssa Here

Follow Me Here

 

  • WAX TIME

My last but not least place for mama time is getting my brows spayed by Candice at Luxe Wax. Now I know what you might be thinking… Why go somewhere and get waxed for some mama time? Well, I will tell you! Candice does more than just waxing, she also provides services like microblading and powder brows. Every time I go see her my brows come out looking amazing! I honestly don’t have to do anything to them in morning besides filling them in. & if you decide to microblade your brows then you’ll have to do nothing at all in the morning. The process is so quick, easy and in my opinion painless. Like I said before I am very particular when it comes to people messing with my hair and brows but Candice is no exaggeration PERFECT! IF you are looking for someone new or want to try her services please click the link HERE and book your next appointment!

 

I must share one last thing…

I am a last minute scheduler, ask any of these ladies. But all three of them are amazing at working myself into their busy schedule. Although you can get a moment for mama in your bathtub, in the car, or better yet during nap time, it is always fun and more relaxing when you can step away from your home life to pamper yourself. GO get a message, your hair did, lashes put on, or a fresh wax! All I am trying to say is no matter what you do just have a moment for mama. Why? Because you deserve it!

 

Word of God

March 18, 2018, | Matthew 26-27 | The Injustice of Life

 1) Injustice in the life implies blame.

They falsely accused Jesus which led to a false execution. Have you ever felt falsely accused? Have you ever felt that life was simply unfair? We live our life continuously asking if it was fair or unfair.

Entitlement steals any sense of being gifted by God.

The injustice of life < deserved

In life we go through the blame cycle; God, other’s, then finally us.

2) The just reward for sin is death.

Injustice < deserved = death

God never was unfair to anyone except one person and there was only one time that God allowed pain, hurt, and injustice to someone who didn’t deserve any of it.. that was to his son Jesus Christ. That injustice changes everything for us. Because of his wounds, we were all healed! Every one of us has messed up and partaken in sin, but the gift of God is enteral life.

injustice < deserved > gift

Maybe we have missed used the words “deserved and right”, instead of us having the right to do xyz or deserve xyz we have the GIFT from God to do xyz! All of life is a gift, it is the grace of God we are able to be forgiven of all our sins and not to carry the burdens of an unfair life.

Today I experienced this thing we call an “unfair life”. I had a feeling my husband deserved something particular and he shouldn’t have to deal with nonessential problems especially on his day off. As we were discussing the “nonessential problems” in the kitchen, the smithboys were playing on the patio pretending to be captain underpants. I stopped listening to my husband (he of course noticed) and watched them run and laugh outside. It then dawned on me that I needed to remember that life is a gift. I immediately opened my bible app and went straight to my notes that I took at church. My thought process of the problem my husband and I were facing was nothing compared to what Jesus went through on the cross. I was doing exactly what my Pastor was talking about at the service today. Not that I was blaming God or others, but demanding a life that I wanted for my husband and myself. Once I finished re-reading my notes, I talked with daddysmith and told him what we were planning to do was not something we have control over. Our life, our sons, our family is all a gift from God. We can’t control what HE has already planned for us. We might not like the problems we face it at that exact moment but we must embrace it because HE has designed our life for us many years ago. I wanted to share my experience with you because not only do I take notes to help myself grow, I share my heart and thoughts as well, in hopes that others know they don’t have to be alone walking along their path that God has given them.

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Every summer when I was little my nana would take myself and all my cousins to Zilker Park. We all would look forward to the day we would go because to us that park was the absolute best! There is a train to take you to Barton Springs and a huge playground with a fire truck! Time has passed and I haven’t gone in years until last Saturday mother nature decided it was a good idea to be nice a sunny out. In my mind, it was a perfect day for a bike ride or a trip to the park. Now if you read my last post you would know daddysmith and I did a little scavenger hunt for the best parks in the Austin and surrounding areas. So I thought to myself how am I going to beat last weekends park adventure? Then it dawned on me why not take the smithboys to Zilker. So I loaded them into the car, invited my friend Alyssa and her precious son Jackson, packed a lunch in the picnic basket and headed downtown. When we arrived I saw all my best childhood memories there at the park flash before my eyes. Yall nothing had changed. The fire truck was still there, the three men statue, and the huge slide that goes over the tracks and to the other side of the park was all still there. They did, however, add a few things like two food trucks but for the most part, everything was pretty much the exact same.

 

The boys were having a wonderful time running around all crazy, taking Alyssa and I every which way, showing us every new thing they found. It was honestly the absolute best feeling! Seeing the boys experience something I did at the same place was incredible. As a parent, you want to give your child a fantastic childhood. Take them somewhere new, experience something new, you know to show them the world. So being able to take a trip down memory lane with my sons and one of my good friends was a cherry on top of a perfect sundae. We finally got them to walk away from the park to have a quick snack and wait for our turn on the train. We placed our blanket and picnic basket under the shade and the boys started playing on top of the hill. Then the fullest thing happened. Jackson started rolling down the hill singing the Jack and Jill nursery rhyme, and as smithboy#1 was rolling after him Jackson then sang “Jack fell down broke his crown and Ayden rolled on after!”. Alyssa and I busted out laughing! The boys looked at us like we were crazy but it was too funny not to laugh and of course, cheer them on. The train was around the corner and it was finally our time to ride. We all jumped on and rode the train around the park, we even FaceTimed daddysmith to show him all the fun we were having.

 

Two and half hours later and all three boys were exhausted! Smithboy#2 even told me he was sleepy and was ready to go home. As we were walking back to the car, I couldn’t help but think about the remarkable time I just had. Taking a trip down memory lane with my sons was phenomenal and I hope one day but not too soon, my sons are able to take their littles here and experience it too. Three generations have come and gone to Zilker and I pray much more are able to do the same. Thanks for coming along Alyssa and Jackson and sharing this fond memory with me.

mama and her boys