{You’ve Got This Mama Bear}

As moms, when do we ever feel like we’re not stretched too thin? Do we? EVER?? It doesn’t matter whether you’re a full-time working mom, part-time working mom or stay-at-home mom; there are never enough hours in the day and we’re always going 100mph in every direction with every kid.

I was tested these past two weeks. Big time. My (hard-working) husband travels for work. Not often, but he does. He spent last week in Cleveland, Ohio and this week in Portland, Maine. He was home in between his two trips for a day and half. These have been the longest two weeks I have had in  a long time.

While he was traveling, and in my mind, enjoying some peaceful time away and sleeping in a luxurious hotel bed, I was holding down the fort back at home with a 6 year old and 3 year old. Lord, help me. I recently took a coaching position at our high school that oh so conveniently began the first week he was away. I also was recently involved in a minor car accident that has left me without my car and driving my in-laws car. I’m SO thankful that they are letting me drive their car while mine is getting fixed. But, nonetheless, another kink to our normalcy.  This week, my daughter has had a walking field trip every single day. That’s right. Every. Single. Day. Given my severe degree of mom guilt that I carry with me all the time, I found myself at every single one. Oh, and I had another coaching priority that I had to attend to (which was much needed for some time away from it all).  And, let’s not forget our “normal” every day “things” we do like dance lessons, school drop off and pick up and everything else in between, Plus, lack of sleep due to the fact that I slept with both kiddos every night and that I just don’t sleep well when my hubby isn’t with me.

Thanks to some help from family and friends (and wine!) I got through these two weeks. I found myself crying in the kitchen one time through it all. Just one time. As I’m typing this, I’m thinking of our military families and what they must endure. And, single parents. I seriously don’t know how you do it. It’s funny that as parents we just push through because we have no choice and we wouldn’t do it any differently. We live and breathe for our little ones. We gave them life yet they give us life every day.

This Friday night, I’m more tired than I have been in a long time but my heart is also so full. My husband is home and our family is whole again. My kids are happy to have their Daddy home. He’s given me some quiet time and has been playing with them for hours. I’m so blessed to have a hard working husband that is also a loving husband and amazing Dad to our two beautiful children.

It’s okay to feel stretched too thin at times (or even all the time!). And, as a friend reminded me this week, it’s also okay to ask for help when you need it. It takes a village after all. When you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, just remember that you do have this, Mama Bear. We’re all going through this thing called Motherhood together. It’s not easy but it is so worth it.

xoxo, Lauren


{Followed My Heart}

I went from a college graduate to a successful career in “Corporate America” where I traveled the country and made “big money”. I was finding out who I really was and learning more about myself all while meeting new people and exploring new places. Then, I met my husband. Traveling every single week all week became hard. It was difficult to be away from the person I was falling in love with. So, I left corporate America to be “home” with him. I took a big chance, I know. Whether is was the right decision – I don’t know. But, it was the decision that I made. Fast forward a few years and he and I moved to Louisville, Kentucky while he completed his Master’s Degree at the University of Louisville. We soon became engaged and before I knew it we were planning our wedding and finally a move back to Ohio.

I worked several jobs that I loved but I knew once my sweet daughter was born that I wanted nothing more than to stay home with her. I wanted more than anything to be a stay at home mom. My husband wanted it for me too. However, after she was born and after maternity leave quickly ended, I still needed to return to  work.  Luckily, for me, it was a job that I truly loved with people that I love. Fast forward almost three more years and my son was born. I was finally able to stay at home. I felt (and continue to feel) I’m where I’m supposed to be.

After my daughter was born, I, like many mothers, became slightly obsessed with dressing my baby girl. I took note of the brands and designers that I loved. I began following boutiques on social media. I would search online to find the perfect dress or outfit for that special occasion and at the perfect price. It wasn’t until I was searching for my daughter’s dress for her Kindergarten Daddy Daughter Dance that a lightbulb went off. Why not me? Why couldn’t I do this? Why not take a chance? So, I did.

And here I am. Here we are. Sweet Magnolia Threads. I still get to stay at home with my babies and do something that I love. I followed my heart. I hope you find that special piece for your little one here. The one that is just perfect to you for that special occasion.  The one that is going to be perfect for him and/or her.

My plan is to continue to grow this business with the help and support of all of my new and old customers. We will continue to add new items often and encourage you to check back frequently to see what’s been added to the boutique.

Thank you for visiting our site and blog.

xoxo, Lauren