My first Momcation!

img_0718My bag is packed. Outfits picked out. Hair washed and straightened. Diapers and snacks stocked up.

Tomorrow is the day, I am flying to NYC for the weekend to visit my sister — BY MYSELF!

No kids. No husband. Only me, Jordan, enjoying a weekend of being more than just a mom.

My sister is a crazy organizer (love you!) and has the entire weekend planned out by the hour in a nice, neat, color coded, excel itinerary.

We are site seeing, eating tons of delicious food, seeing FROZEN ON BROADWAY, and of course…drinking!

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Don’t get me wrong — I will miss being away from my girls. This will be my first weekend away since…well..becoming a mom. And I have never been THIS far away from them. So, yes, I will miss them and it will be hard. But this mama NEEDS a little time to herself. 

*As seen in this picture of the conversation I had with my sister this morning*

As I mentioned in my last post, I am really working on self-love this year. And while I have focused more on my physical well-being, mentally I am still in tired-mom-brain-all-the-time mode.

If you are a mom, you understand. Mom guilt is a real thing and it creeps in any time you try to do something for yourself. Planning a weekend away and leaving the kids at home with your husband?

SO MUCH MOM GUILT.

But there comes a time when every mom needs to tell the guilt to get over itself and do something FOR YOU!

So, this trip will be about just having a good time, making memories with my sister and the two of us taking on NYC.

Goodbye mom guilt, HELLO New York City! 😉

The solution to those with cats who pee where they want!

So, some of us have cats…and as they get older, sometimes they decide littler boxes are for children. I am the proud owner of one of those cats.

When I moved to London, my Siberian, Mia, (who was 12 at the time) decided she was mad I left her and proceeded to pee on anything soft as payback.

And we all know CAT PEE IS AWFUL and it is hard to get the smell out of materials.

Once moving back from London, I saw that my cat had been confined to a specific part of the house, since her little problem [and attitude] had gotten out of control.

Fast forward to today. My husband and I moved into our own apartment and wanted to bring her with us. My mom could not keep her anymore but we were worried because of her peeing issue.

After not seeing any other options, my husband and I were thinking we were going to have to put her down, due to the fact she was unable to be adopted because of her lack of littler training.

Luckily for us, the day we were going to put her down, my aunt messaged my mom with a possible solution…

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CAT DIAPERS! Yup, they make diapers for cats!

At first I was skeptical since my darling would easily get off a normal diaper. However, these specially made cat diapers, also known as, Piddle Pants, looked like a harness attached to a diaper.

Now, the best part? You just place half of a maxi pad in the little designated area and BAM! Kitty diaper complete!

They are not only a way of helping keep your furniture and carpets cat pee free, they are also a kitty fashion statement that will make all the other cats jealous.

Only down side, they take about 6 weeks from when you order them to get to you…but there is a great reason behind that. The creator hand makes them!! Oh yes, so my darling 15-year-old baby has pink Piddle Pants with a little black bow on the harness part.

I can put them on without help, since they are velcro like infant diapers, and it does not limit her walking abilities.

Thanks to this little creation, my Mia is happily living with me again and rocking some pink pants and a positive, playful attitude once again.

Thought for the day: Sometimes you just need a change

So, as I do every 5 weeks (like clockwork), I went to get my dark brown roots covered up with some bleach to put on the illusion that I am naturally blonde.

Yes, for those of you who did not realise I am NOT naturally blonde, I am a fake.

At least hair colour wise, with moments I am truly blonde sometimes 😉
Anyhow, I decided I needed a change.

You know those moments when you just feel the need to change something.

Needing to spice up your normal, stressful life with a change or distraction.

Yup, that was me today.
So I did something to spice up my life.

I cut my hair.

Now, my hairdresser back in Florida has been convincing me for the last couple years to let my hair grow out, when I have always loved it short.

Sorry Joe, I cut off your hard work and masterpiece.

I absolutely love it short.

I did the cut off of a picture of the gorgeous Hayden Panettierre when her hair was in a medium length bob.

So, that is what I did.

Chop chop.

Off went 3 inches at least of my hair…and I couldn’t be more happy with my decision to cut it.

Although, my boyfriend has not seen it yet, so we will see what he thinks.

Everyone else who has seen it has been a fan thus far though thankfully.

So, moral of the story is:

When you need a change…JUST DO IT.

you’re welcome. the end.

Thought for the day: I SURVIVED MY MASTERS PROGRAMME!

12 Interviewees.

5 hours of material.

35 hours of editing.

6000 words written.

3 trees used.

2 CDs burned.

1 year of stress being above the average person’s capacity. 

MA Final Radio Documentary Submitted.

TOTALLY WORTH IT! 

Somehow, I managed to live through my Masters Degree.

A two-year programme crammed into one year? Good idea…possibly?

Minus the amount of stress I had and the amount of food I managed to eat to comfort myself in time of depression…

I say it was totally worth it.

I am honestly just happy it is finished and done with.

So CHEERS to all those in my course!

Whether you are print, broadcast or online…of MAJ v. MAJI

Guys…I am not sure if you have realised this…

WE DID IT!

After the countless times we were told some of us would fail.

The countless times we questioned if we were REALLY in the right career choice.

Through blood, sweat and tears…and PLENTY of laughs.

WE ARE FINISHED! 

In all seriousness though:

To my coursemates…I could not have made it through this year without every single one of you. I love you all dearly and can’t wait to see where we all end up.

I wish you all every happiness!

We now can go out into the world…and find big kid jobs (oh my!)

All I know is after a year such as this, we ALL deserve a drink….or five. 🙂

Thought for the day: Be a MAN!

Not literally go make yourself a man if you are a female…

I am referring to the song in Disney movie, Mulan.

My good friend from home sent me a link saying the song was stuck in her head…and how it has some real meaning besides telling people to “man up” so to speak.

(Sorry for the Disney themed topics lately, apparently I am going through a phase 🙂 )

In the song the chorus says, “BE A MAN! We must be swift as a coursing river. BE A MAN! With all the force of a great typhoon. BE A MAN! With all the strength of a raging fire. Mysterious as the dark side of the moon.”

Can’t disagree that that is not a terrible way to live your life when you are going towards a goal or dream you have.

Go for your dreams with strength, force, be swift and have a little bit of mysteriousness to your persona to keep those you cross guessing.

So, thank you to my friend for motivating my day with this song.

This song will from now on be my theme song when it comes to finishing my MA assessments.

So, if you want your dose of motivation today…have a listen. 🙂

Thought for the day: The stress of a MA student

I have come to the conclusion that part of becoming a MA student is being stressed out to your maximum potential.

Knowing I go home the last two weeks of this semestre does not help my case.

I have papers due, doc proposals to get approved, docs to start recording, features to produce and submit, and reflective essays to begin working on.

On top of the normal uni work…I also have to find a job..and prepare for law school.

I believe I enjoy stressing myself out..don’t you think?

Although I am stressed, I would not change this experience for the world.

The amount I am learning in this year for my MA is something I don’t believe I could have learned in the States.

I am making memories and having experiences some people can only dream of doing.

So, even though I will be pulling out my hair for the next 17 days…it will all be worth it.

I mean, I can always buy a wig for occasions such as this. 😉

I just have to remember the bigger picture is worth the current state I am in.

One day I will be able to breathe and rest easy knowing I accomplished my MA in one piece (hopefully) and that I will come out on top and as a better person than I was when I started.

So bring it on professors and factors of my life that cause stress.

I can take you…I KNOW I can 🙂