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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Being a working mom during tough times. This SUCKS.

The day your child is born is the day your life changes forever. I will never forget the first time I found out I was pregnant. April 26, 2009 I was so young. Being only 19 I had no idea what I was getting myself into but I did know that very second that nothing mattered more than the baby I had inside me. Two more dates that will forever hold that same meaning. July 4, 2011 and March 14, 2014. (Is it crazy that I remember?) I now have 3 kids Nolan (5), Luke (almost 3), And Ryan (2 months). With both boys (Nolan and Luke) I was able to stay home after they were born. I was grateful because I know not every parent is able to do so and I never took it for granted. Yes we had to change our life style and cut down on a lot of things for me to be able to stay home but it was something I wanted and I loved.

About the time Luke was one Jared decided he wanted to go back to school and it was time for me to step up to the plate and work. Which I did and I actually loved. I'm not gonna lie I loved the adult conversation and being able to bring money home  for a change. It was nice but I did miss being home with the boys. They started to want daddy over mama, listening more to me than him. You know the little things that change when one parent stays home and the other doesn't.

Then came the time when we were planning for Ryan or I guess I should say the thought of Ryan. We were hoping by the time she got here Jared would be done with school and I could stay home with her or even only work part time or PRN (possibly) but of course things don't always go as planed and that's OK. 

I didn't mind going back to work. I love my work family and my job. But it was and still is hard. And if you have been following along only 4 days into working my baby Ryan got really sick, had surgery and now only 2 days after bringing her home I'm back at work. 

I'm struggling as a mom and parent not being able to be with her. I know I'm doing the right thing for my family and it will all be worth it once Jared is done with school but at this very moment I'm sad. I feel like she needs me. It could just be everything she went through this last week or maybe it's just I need her. Need to be with her so I know I can comfort her just in case she needs me. Be with her because she is my baby and for no other reason but that.

This is a first for me. I have never had to do this before and IT IS HARD. If I knew Jared had a job I would stay home with her in a heart beat. But this is life and I do realize that tons of mom's must go through this every day. I know I work with some myself. I know I can be strong for her and still be a working mom. But the facts do not change that I miss her when away and want nothing more than to be with her to comfort her.

If you need to catch up on what is going on you can read what happen to Ryan HERE and the update HERE

Nothing like a good all natural and organic makeup. Ecco Bella

II was sent these products for my honest review. All opinions are mine and mine alone. 

When I first got my Ecco Bella products I was so extremely excited to give them a try. I fell in love with Ecco-Bella after reading about why their founder started the company. Sally Malanga started Ecco Bella out of protest to the use of animals for testing of cosmetics. Now don't get me wrong. I do use other products that are not all organic and non animal tested but that doesn't mean I do not fully support companies that do.

The one thing that worries me about fully natural and organic makeup is that it will not be as long lasting as other makeup is. So when I gave Ecco Bella a try I was excited to find out that the colors not only lasted all day but are now some of my favorite. I now use the Highlighter-Moon every day. The blush is the perfect color for cold nights that I have to go to work.

Here is one of my You Tube videos that I made a while back that will show you all these products in use.

Ecco Bella have many other beauty products other than their makeup line. Anti-blemish, anti-aging natural skin care. Herbal body lotions and Natural Aromatherapy products. If you have any questions just head on over and check them out. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Erica's Walk was voted San Antonio Magazine Best of the City Blogger

I'm just a little in shock right now...

I was not planning on writing tonight but I just had to share the good news. My blog Erica's Walk was voted San Antonio Magazine Best of the City Blogger. I have yet to buy the magazine but my sister sent me this picture via text. I had no idea and I'm still a little amazed at the fact that it's my name written. I know so many other amazing San Antonio bloggers that deserve this.

I just wanted to say a quick thank you for everyone who voted for me. I love you all!

#Ad Whats a Party Without Hot Wings?

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Now that we have a newborn, going to an actual football game is not an option. We often like to attend "Homegating" parties but as of late with Ryan being sick it keeps us home even more. But who is to say  we can't still have an awesome Homegating party with just us? So I decided to be the "cool mom" and make an awesome Homegating party that only my family would attend and who can have an awesome party without Hot Wings

Off to Walmart I went in search of the best Hot Wings I could find. 

Being the indecisive person I am, I had to get the Pick 3 Bucket of Tyson ready to eat wings. The Pick 3 Bucket comes with 3 flavors: General Tso's, Bone-in hot wings, and buffalo boneless wings. Or you can mix and match. I decided to go with all 3 since you know, I couldn't decide. 

When my husband found out what I was planning he was thrilled considering he really wanted to go to the party we always go to. OK, that and he really loved the wings. There is nothing like creating a fun party even if it is just for your family. 

Who can have wings without some amazing Ranch dressing? I know I can't. My husband actually laughs at me and calls me the condiment queen because I can't eat anything without some sort of dipping sauce.

For me wings need to be eaten with homemade ranch and not some store bought ranch. Ok, to be honest I hate store bought ranch anyways and much rather eat homemade ranch on anything and since I'm such a stickler about my Ranch I decided to share with you my all time secret recipe.


One cup Hellman's mayonnaise
One cup sour cream
Two tablespoons of chopped parsley
Two tablespoons of chopped chives
One tablespoon of dill weed
One teaspoon of Perfect Pinch lemon herb (this is the secret ingredient)
One tablespoon of buttermilk


First mix together the mayonnaise, buttermilk and sour cream. After mixed well you want to add all the dry ingredients and let it sit in the fridge for about an hour.

BAM you have some amazing homemade Ranch for you awesome Tyson ready to eat wings.

I couldn't leave poor Luke out. My son has bad food allergies making him not able to eat wings but he still joined in the fun and got to eat on his football plate and watch the game with us. No one gets left out in this house.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Have you ever thought about being a nurse?

Having worked at the Hospital for about 2 years now I could not agree more with this poster and if you know me you know that I have been wanting to be a nurse for a long time now. I've been going back and forth with going back to school after Jared gets done with school. This poster has helped me with my decision and I hope it does with yours too. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

UPDATE on Ryan

As I promise here is an update on what is going on with Ryan. If you are just tuning in HERE is what is going on.

As of yesterday when we went to her Dr. appointment we found out that Ryan now has a olive size mass where her previous unknown mass was. As for how she is feeling she is doing great. Not showing any signs of being sick or even hurting from her surgery.

Our AMAZING Pediatrician got us in with a specialist blood Dr. (a Hematologist) this morning on short notice which is awesome because we did not have time to wait. She also got him to see us even though he did not take our insurance which is great. 

This morning we did see the Hematologist and he was extremely kind and I could tell that God gave him the gift of working with children. 

I am sad to say that we did not find much out. It once again was confirmed that it was indeed a staff infection. They also ran a CBC (blood work) on her and found out that her white blood count was high. 20.6 thousand. The normal for her age is 15. This did have the Dr a little concerned. He put us back on the antibiotic and gave us another antibiotic to put on the creases of her body to help prevent any more infection from happening. 

We do go back next week to check her blood count to make sure it has gone down and if not we will go from there. 

We still have not seen the surgeon. Yes and our appointment is next week as well. 

So we continue to sit and pray as to what is going on with our baby girl. Having no answers is hard. I will continue to update everyone as to what and if we find anything out. 

She loves sitting with me while I am blogging. Love her so..

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Getting Ready for a Road Trip

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At the beginning of the year we always take a fun trip to Louisiana to see my husbands family. We drive and it is one of the longest trips we take with the kids. Driving seven plus hours with a five year old, two year old and new born is always difficult so in order to make our trip go a little smother there are a few things I like to do in order to prepare. The first major thing that have to be done before every trip would of course be getting the oil changed in the SUV. The last thing I want happening on our trip is a break down on some major highway.

When getting my oil changed I always head to Walmart's Automotive Center. Being able to get my oil changed using Pennzoil Conventional Motor Oil is one of the reasons I head to Walmart. I always use Pennzoil products because they help clean out sludge lesser oils leave behind. But not only does Walmart change my oil but I also get to do my shopping for my must have road trip survival kit at the same time.

My survival kit contains a lot of things to keep my kids at bay when on the road. Snacks, Drinks, but not to many drinks because I don't want to be stopping every hour, movies and of course Diapers and wipes for clean up.

Now that we have our car set, oil changed and my survival kit, we are all set to go. 

After making our long trip that took us two days to get there we were ready to see the great grandparents. With both of my grandparents being gone it's so lovely to be able to see Jareds grandmothers and have them meet our children. Here are some pictures of 4 generations with Ryan. 

I can not wait to head back next year if not sooner when the kids are a bit easier to handle while on the road.


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