Oh Boy!! From Two to Three…WOW.

As a mom of three now, life IS so different. People used to tell me that the biggest transition when having kids was going from 2 kids to 3. Well of course, I am one of the moms that have my own opinions until I experience it and it was TRUE!!  In all my life, going from two children to three has absolutely been one of the hardest transitions.  Earnest dad and I are officially outnumbered.

Our oldest, Earnest Boy 1.0 is in school Monday through Friday and that helps during the days, but he is 8 and needs his mama in ways completely different from the other two. Earnest Babe, she is now 3 and fill of energy, life, goldfish and lollies (they are vitamin C pops by YUMEARTH lol). We often struggle to find a happy medium between playing enough together as every 2 hours I am nursing, changing diapers and swaddling/rocking baby to sleep.  Of course, the Disney Dance Parties help satisfy her playfulness and gets mama a bit if cardio (Lord knows I could use more!).  The littlest, Earnest Boy 2.0 is well, a new wee babe and is awful demanding in the cutest ways!

Earnest Dad works two jobs so I can be home with the littles and so often when he is home, I am leaning on him 100% – in this life, I would be LOST without him.  Earnest Grammy (my MIL) recently moved across the street and what a help she has been in this crazy time of my motherhood journey.

A few weeks back all the demands took their toll and I found myself, after the older two were in bed, in tears.  I was exhausted, the house was a wreck, I had dry shampooed for about three days straight (mom talk for had not showered in 3 days), I am pretty sure we were all out of clean clothes and my fuel tank was empty. I remember Earnest Dad taking Earnest Boy 2.0, and telling me to go take a shower.   You better believe that night I left the conditioner in an extra 5 minutes.  In that shower, I had a huge wake up call; I was at the end of the 4th trimester, I was feeling more like a human again after giving birth but I had not been alone for more than 20 minutes in three months.  I needed me time.  I needed to take some time to “refuel” so I could be better for my family.  What good was I as a stay at home mom if I was completely depleted?

Earnest Reader, I tell you now – I know moms need to take care of themselves so they can take care of others, but as noted early on I am one who needs to experience it to “get it.”  And now, I get it!  That weekend, I went and got my hair done.  Honestly, something I had not done in a decade.  Typically, I would just run to the closest quick cut place when the necessity of a cut came and in the interim I would just cut my hair myself.  Getting out and doing something for just me, made me feel new again.  Like I had shed the old skin of: pregnancy, delivery and postpartum delirium; and emerged a new brilliant, fresh, revived creature.

Since then, I have taken the time when all are in bed to paint my nails, because I love how I feel when my nails are painted. When I have a quiet moment, I read which is a great favorite of mine.  I have also taken the opportunity to go out with a few mom friends here and there.  These have all been #momlife changing for me.  Pushing myself to take time for me, separate from the kids, and my husband and just focus on me has been incredible.

Yes, we still have crazy days where the kids are having what feels like screaming competitions or challenging each other to see who can tell me “no” the most.  We still have days where the  laundry sits unfolded until we have worn it all and are all out of clean clothes; or dishes that sit in the sink for a few days and I earnestly consider tossing the whole lot and buying all new sets, lol.  But those days do not seem so cumbersome or overwhelming with these intentional breaks that I am taking.  Helping me take care of me, helps me be a more earnest mom!  This is one time, for the first time in my life that I am being completely selfish and feel wonderful about it!

What advice do you moms have out there for spreading yourself evenly to reach all demands but avoid feeling like that clumpy peanut butter that just ends up ripping the bread apart?  Please share, whether you have one or nine, how do you make time for you?

x.  earnest mom



An Earnest Postpartum Recovery Kit. 

Have a friend or family member who is due to give birth and looking for something to get her that will help in those first few weeks of recovery?  Try a PP Recovery Kit. 

Here is a gift I recently put together for a new mama in my neighborhood. 

Some essentials for a new mom those first few days: DIY padsicles because swelling and soreness are REAL. Soothing breast pad application and an all natural (non lanolin) nipple cream, because nursing may not always be easy. Water and some snacks because I know that I have NEVER experienced thirst and hunger like breastfeeding thirst and hunger.  Then add any other mommy pampering you think a new mom may like. Pop then into a basket or gift bag (I used a $3 wire waste basket from Target) and there you go! A great, useful and thoughtful gift to help any new mom get through recovery after delivery.  

Any other items you may add to a Postpartum Kit? Please comment below and let us know!

x. earnest mom. 

Earnest Mom Local Spotlight: The Family Shop

Earnest Mom Local Spotlight: The Family Shop

The Family Shop is a new and exciting parenting retail store opening here in Erie, PA.  Created by Jeff and Kristyn Chiaramonte, their mission is to provide the best quality family care products and services at fair pricing to support families of all income levels. Every customer matters to them. Such a perfect name for their shop as they truly are family focused and family supportive, a community effort that is rarely felt in any big box store today.  They are trying to help the community not only by providing great products to families but also by supporting local “mommy makers/artisans” which will have Erie made products featured on their Vendor Wall.

The Family Shop will provide great new natural products focused on helping families. They will be offering  a variety of baby carriers/wraps, nursing/maternity apparel, cloth diapers, bamboo feeding tools, educational toys, teething products and more. The shop has a Mommy Corner, designed with nursing moms in mind, it is a quiet corner where mammas can nurse if baby gets hungry during shopping or change their bums without being distracted from the business of the hustle and bustle.  There is also an adorable kids spot that is a space designed specifically for little ones to play, with a huge open window  where kids remain in sight from across the store; moms and dads can shop while their little one plays, and can keep a good eye on them at the same time.

The Family Shop will have their grand opening starting Tuesday April 26, 2016 10 am lasting all week, they will give away free reusable “The Family Shop” totes on each in store purchase, while supplies last.  The shop’s regular hours of operation will be Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10 am – 6 pm.  During the grand opening there will be large stamp pads available in an array of colors so the customers can use their hand prints to decorate the lower half of the store’s walls.  I earnestly love this idea and cannot wait until my littles are old enough to return and can pick out their own hands on the shop walls.  As the days lead up to the grand opening, stay tuned on Facebook where the shop has been featuring some fun reveals and keeping us updated with any news.

I am earnestly excited for this store to open, as an Erie resident and mama of two I can see the potential and need for this shop to be a great community support.  Kristyn and Jeff hope to start hosting learning programs from the shop to allow moms and dads a safe place to spend time, grow and learn, and allow children to socialize as well.  The shop is quaint, inviting and welcoming to all customers.  Whether you are curious about baby wearing, cloth diapers, looking to simply connect, or thinking about going bit greener in your home, this is the shop you want to stop by!

Contact The Family Shop at Yorktown Plaza
2501 W. 12th Street
Erie, PA 16505
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Hope to see you at the Grand Opening!
x. em.

Earnest Mom Baby Wears. Do You?!

Earnest Mom Baby Wears. Do You?!

Featured image courtesy of Babywearing International 

It’s International Baby Wearing week this week! I love wearing earnest baby everywhere I can. Since she is still nursing it allows us to keep that intimate closeness but I can’t lie, as a stay at home mom the whole “carry your baby hands free” helps me out so much! We started out using a K’tan, which is a Stretchy Wrap and for my inexperience, was a great starter wrap for us. We have since used ring slings, buckle carrier and woven wraps. Every carrier is different and unique as you and your baby; for earnest baby and I, we are a huge fan of the buckle carriers. 

So…why baby wear? Check out this great infographic courtesy of   Curious about baby wearing but don’t know where to start? Well if you are local to Erie, there is an amazing and supportive natural parenting shop, The Pure Parenting Shop where they have a wide array of carriers and super sweet staff that are more than willing to help get you in the perfect carrier for you and your baby!  They also are having a 20% off of a comfy joey ring sling or wrap conversion ring sling; so if you’re here in Erie, PA stop in and say hi!  They also host a great baby carrying support group Don’t Give Up The Wrap, so if you’re new or experienced in babywearing and are looking to connect check them out too! If you are not local to Erie, hit up Google and Facebook and look for lending libraries, natural parenting shops and babywearing groups in your area to get wearing your baby. Also, be sure to check out Baby Wearing International, this site is full of helpful information and may even help you find a local chapter to attend. 

Stay tuned, all week I will feature a different carrier on Earnest Mom Blog to help you choose which carrier would be perfect for you! Already baby wear? Please comment and share your baby wearing experience! Oh! And you may want to be checking in on my Facebook page…there MAY be a sweet giveaway sometime this week!


earnest mom

Mommy Con? Yes Please!

Mommy Con? Yes Please!

I recently had the privilege of attending Mommy Con in Columbus, Ohio. It was a hike from my little town but man, it was worth it! (Stay tuned to see the swag bag). 

I was able to attend a few VIP/Media opportunities where I got to hang with the BabyGuyNYC and meet sweet Xsa and the lovely Laney (who are the brains and hearts behind Mommy Con). I also got to volunteer (which got me in for free) and help out the wonderful Keeley as we handed out swag bags and disassembled Mommy Con after all attendees left.  Here I am below with the BabyGuyNYC

If you read last week’s post, I let you know all about Mommy Con, a boutique style convention for moms who breast feed, baby wear, cloth diaper, along with other natural parenting approaches. I attended some great seminars including Potty Taining 101 with the fabulous Tamica from Potty Schmotty, and yes Tamica I am STILL singing the potty song in my head! I also attended a seminar about lady business and how to go green during that time of the month. Both of these seminars will be detailed in future posts.   

 All in all, even though I did not pay the $40.00 it costs to attend (because I volunteered) I would say, if you’re into natural parenting or parenting as a whole, attend!!! It’s SO worth the money. The information I received was priceless and the swag bag was EVEN better…oh yes swag bag, well here it is pictured below.   
I must say, the ladies that work crazy hard to put this kind of event together for moms, being moms themselves (well most of them) they are amazing. Like I said I was blessed enough to have a media session with darling Xsa and Laney and they are some the kindest and genuine ladies I’ve ever met, and I’m so thankful to have had such a good time. 

Then there were the giveaways with the BabyGuyNYC. Oh. My. There were car seats, breastpumps, strollers and much, much more! Some mamas (and daddy’s too walked away with some amazing gifts that day. 

My volunteer shift was at the end of the conference where I handed out swag bags, and man that little room with zero airflow was HOT but it was a lot of fun, especially with Keeley who kept humor around for us to enjoy.  After that we worked hard, breaking down and cleaning up the entire conference, it was a blast! Here I am in the gift bag corner.  


All in all, my experience was great. If you find a Mommy Con near you, get a ticket! (Or keep and eye out for the call for volunteers).  I know many are selling out and they’ve already released presale tickets for next year’s locations so, head on over to Mommy-Con and check them out!

Until next time!


earnest mom. 


Earnest Mom talks Mommy-Con Columbus

Earnest Mom talks Mommy-Con Columbus

I am earnestly excited to announced that this earnest mom has been invited to Mommy-Con Columbus as a blogging guest! I am over the moon and cannot wait to see what advice and connections are awaiting me. 

What is Mommy-Con?

According to Mommy-Con‘s website: 

MommyCon is a boutique style convention dedicated to bringing modern parents and mothers-to-be together. Our focus is on natural and organic parenting methods and timeless tidbits as we journey through parenthood together. Our seminars and workshops include; babywearing, birth, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, car seat safety, natural health and medicine, baby gear, childproofing and so much more! We end our day with amazing giveaways and each attendee gets a gift bag from our sponsors. 

These events sell out super fast, Columbus has been sold out since the beginning of August and tickets for Mommy-Con 2016 are already up for presale!! If one is near you check them out. 

Why is this earnest mom excited??

Well, being a media guest my admission was free, but I also was able to accept a volunteer position (because I don’t mind helping) and that earned free admission as well, to this sold out event! But that’s not the best part. I was also blessed enough to receive a VIP session with the BabyGuyNYC (and most of you know my sentiments toward him, his wisdom and his awesomeness). I will also be attending Mommy-Con After Dark, a session for mamas only and as far as I can tell it’s the first one of its kind so I will be very excited to report how it goes. I have also heard that there is a ton of pampering that takes place during the VIP sessions so this I am leaving the earnest littles and dad home, and enjoying a mommy weekend to herself!  And that is only Friday; the full event is Saturday. 

At the Mommy-Con event Saturday, there will be the seminars and workshops that will focus on everything from breastfeeding to potty training and feeding your picky eaters. Plus, there are the infamous Mommy-Con Swag bags (gah! I love free stuff!) and the incredible giveaways which go from mommy gift baskets to luxury car seats and strollers. 

I cannot wait to share my Mommy-Con experience with you earnest followers; so be sure to like my Facebook Page (Earnest Mom Blog) and follow me on Twitter and Instagram @earnestmomblog where I will be updating after 4 Friday until Mommy-Con ends on Saturday. See you there!! 


earnest mom

P.S. Any questions you’d like me to ask the BabyGuy?? Comment below and I will see what I can do!

P.P.S. Interested in attending a Mommy-Con near you?? Check out their events website here: Mommy-Con Events