Motherhood Pep Talk

Being a mommy to one seems like forever ago!
I wish someone would have told me back then that laundry baskets filled with unfolded clean laundry, is still a mama victory!
I remember feeling overwhelmed with just one baby..
And I still have plenty of those days with three..
Some areas of motherhood get easier over time but there is always that feeling…
Motherhood is overwhelming! But it’s being realistic and patient with yourself
that gets you through. All you can do is give yourself grace and give it up to God.
I like to think He gets a good laugh out of me down here
wrangling my littles, trying my best.

Looking back at Micah’s pregnancy it’s easier to see
the amazingness of the whole thing!
How incredible motherhood really is!
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When your son is running around being a wild man it’s hard to
remember the time when you were pregnant and he was contained. haha.
It’s crazy thinking how soon he’ll be out in the world
and you’ll be missing those days he wouldn’t stop jumping
off your coffee table, screaming and shouting iron mannn.
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Don’t be too hard on yourself.
We all have days that are hard…
and you don’t know if you are doing it right or doing enough.
But just remember that through it all.. YOU are ENOUGH.
Try to see the good moments even in the hard ones.
Give yourself some credit. Don’t diminish in your mind the
incredible work you do on a daily basis as a mom.

This was our Christmas Card one year…
I love love it.
Tomorrow is Halloween and the kids will be rocking
Elsa, Dorothy and Spider Man.
A little different but just as cute ;)
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I remember when I was a pregnant cowgirl with micah…
Sienna loved feeling micah kick!
Now they are kicking together. Time with them is zooming.
Sometimes at bed time I just snuggle and hold onto them so tight wishing I could
freeze that moment. That’s right after I want to pull my hair out because they
are fighting over who got the red plate at dinner.

We got this mamas!
Have a wonderful Halloween and weekend!

20 Minute Fall Wreath DIY

My time to DIY is very short these days. But the other day I got Micah down for
a nap and needed a break before I jumped right back into mom work.
I had been wanting to put together a fall wreath for weeks.
I got the stuff at Walmart when grabbing milk and a few other necessary things.
And was able to make this up quickly in 20 minutes.. leaving me plenty of micah’s nap time to get word done. I LOVE how it turned out and how it’s so easy to change up!

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All you need are a few things and 20 minutes!

Place Moss on wreath and pin in place with floral pins.
I put clumps of the different moss randomly to make it look natural.
That’s it! It’s actually very relaxing putting it together.
I had a leftover flower garland from the Girls’ Fairy Birthday Party
so I used it to add some color to the wreath.
To finish it off, I added some black and white striped ribbon to hang it with.fall wreath2-thebusybudgetingmama

I like how my wreath and yellow mums match at my front door!
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The best part about this wreath is how it’s so easy to change up!
The pins come out easily. I’m going to remove the yellow flowers for christmas season.
I’m making another just moss one for inside my house… I love it!
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Where Mommy + Daddy Fell in Love

Last weekend, Ben and I took a trip to Pittsburgh for a friend’s wedding.
We stayed with Ben’s older brother who lives in the same
town as the college we went to… Franciscan University in Steubenville Ohio.
Fall is the prettiest time of year to make that drive from Charlotte to Ohio! It was so beautiful.
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Sophia was so interested in hearing how mommy and dad fell in love! It was the sweetest.
So one day we took our crew to our old campus and gave them the tour.
Sophia…..” Soo.. were you like staring at each other and then walked to each other??
Then she did a real life emoji face with heart eyes. She loves love.

Sophia has also been asking about college a lot lately. It’s cute how excited she is about it. excited nervous. But I told her she has plenty of years before college. Although ben just reminded me last night that she is one third of the way. gahhh!
On the drive over she asked me if there was a play ground at our college. and when I said no, she responded with “then what do you do during outside time?!” haha.
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Ben and I first saw each other in the library on campus.
On the drive up I had told ben we need to try and get a good photo of all of us in there…
it’ll be so good for memories……epic fail.
Libraries and silence and micah do not mix.
We were in there a hot second before we turned right back around haha.
(There it is in the top right photo’s background. close enough.)
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We went around and saw one of ben’s old teachers… then let the kids run in the leaves. Randomly this student who was talking with some girls near us came up and asked if we wanted some family photos. He snapped a few right there while the kids played…two posed ones… and then he e-mailed them to us a few hours later….AMAZING!! It was like we hit the jackpot. Christmas card worthy. This mysterious (doesn’t want to be plugged) photographer was so cool. Photos were used in my previous post. (A Letter to my Children)
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It was fun and kinda odd walking around campus with our kids.
Hard to believe how much has changed in 7 years!
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I don’t know if I’ve shared this on my blog before.. but in college I kinda partied it up there for a while. But then I was realizing I just wasn’t feeling fulfilled and being where I wanted to be. My mom told me when my friends would go party to go to the gym. Which is kind of silly because I’m not very good at basketball. It was the second time I did that… that I had my first real conversation with ben. He was in the gym shooting hoops! The first time we talked was also in the gym..but it was a quick moment where he came up to me, standing with my friend Ian, and said “I see you all over campus I gotta know your name”
Lesson of the story. listen to your mother ;)
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Micah only knows one speed. fast. only slows down to wave, find rocks, water fountains
and look at fire hydrants. He walked into FUS like he owned the place…it was hilarious.
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Loved making these memories with the kids. Life is moving in super speed.
Trying to slow down and soak it all up! Hope you are having a great weekend!
(all the photos in the post were taken with my phone.
If you want to check out how I edit my phone photos, watch my video tutorial!)


I can’t believe it’s almost been one year since we shipped our first HAPPY MOMMY BOX!
It’s been an adventure and I’m so excited with how far it’s come. Exhausted thinking about it haha but excited too! Love having Mandy on this journey with me! She is amazing and such a hard worker and smart business woman!  I can’t imagine doing this with anyone else. It’s a good combo because she is like ben..and I am like her husband. so we blend well together when it comes to working! I can’t believe how many boxes we are shipping each month…and now the shop items going out each week! it’s incredible and we are so grateful!
We have a great team behind us and they work hard to make our mommies happy. We want each care package that goes out each month to be more than just getting items in the mail. We want it to be an experience, a connection. We want our moms to feel encouraged and blessed! Because sometimes as moms, you can feel isolated and burnt out. Having that pick me up to help you feel encouraged and appreciated is what you need to get back out there and change some dirty diapers while intercepting your toddler from eating crayons.
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There are days that are really hard and overwhelming being a working-stay at home mom- but overall it’s been amazing and so encouraging to see all the mamas supporting us and loving HAPPY MOMMY BOX! We had a dad share on instagram this month a photo of his wife opening her box. “Happy Mommy is a Happy Daddy” haha. We’ve had moms e-mail us that their box arrived at exactly the right moment where they needed it the most and shared their story with us! We’ve had a mom e-mail us sharing how she got it for her sister who lived far away. They were together for a visit, but then her sister had to go home. When her sister arrived back at her house, she found the happy mommy box on her doorstep. cue her water works. We love being a part of the stories and relationships of our mamas. It means so much to us to hear how we are helping them when in return they have encouraged us so much. We are just two moms trying to make it and the support has been incredible.

I love being able to work from home and to put my efforts into something I know can be so good for our family. I love seeing how my girls view the business as well. They LOVE packing week. they are convinced our two packing girls come over purely to hang out with them. They are pretty good crinkle paper fluffers too. ;) I love the week AFTER packing week! When boxes start arriving and being shared on social media! It is fun connecting with all our moms around the US!

With HAPPY MOMMY BOX turning one… we are ready to party!
Mandy and her whole crew are coming to charlotte for the fun!
We are hosting A Night to Celebrate Motherhood here in Charlotte. If you are in, or near, the area…JOIN US! The night includes Dinner, a guest speaker, live music, dance booth and more fun! Each attendee gets our amazing swag bag…which is 2 month’s worth of happy mommy boxes combined into our cute tote bag! We lined up some fab brands for the event and I can’t wait to share them! We have the lovely Rachael Kincaid as our guest speaker
and music by Chris Kincaid and Nichole Broom

We will be selling our new HAPPY MOMMY BOX tote bag the
weekend of the event online in our HAPPY MOMMY BOX Store.
Limited Available so if you are wanting to snag one look out for them!

I did a walk through of our space at Ridge and It’s going to be fantastic!
Can’t wait to decorate. You know me..I love a party!
I’ll be sharing more details of the event… if you or someone you know is in Charlotte check out the details on Eventbrite and COME! Would love to meet you!

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