Hello to my fellow beautiful, stylish, overloaded, just barely hanging in there, working moms out there! Just like you I often start the day awoken by little balls of endless energy before I am ready...
...and just like you I often have to muster up energy at the end of the day to wrangle rogue toddlers for bedtime. I spend more time scraping dried mac n cheese off the kitchen floor than maintaining my manicure. I have stuck my finger in poop, examined poop intensely, and sniffed throughout the house for poopy offenders.
As unglamorous as motherhood can be, I am also a career-driven professional that has traveled the globe for business, an entrepreneurial mom who doesn’t sit on the sidelines in life, and also just a girl with real dreams of pretty little things and an amazing closet. I am chasing down my dreams while still uncovering what those dreams are. Some days I accomplish incredible feats in the workplace and other days I am simply doing well to make it to the office with two matching shoes! Through this blog, I hope to inspire, be inspired and share my journey along the way.
So – let’s get to know one another!
I live in Houston, Texas (born and raised).
I’m 37 years old.
But most people don’t believe that I’m that old. That used to be a curse when I was in my early 20’s and got side looks at every bar, but now that I’m in my late 30’s, I’m digging it.
I’m a mommy to 7 month old Calum and 3 year old Gabrielle (I call her Ellie).
I’m the youngest in my family and wasn’t around babies much growing up, which meant that I did NOT know what I was in store for with my first child. There was a HUGE learning curve for me, and I readily admit that I struggled integrating my newly acquired “mommy hat” with all the other hats I was wearing (wife, friend, daughter, career woman in a male-dominated field, household manager, wanna-be entrepreneur, and on and on).
I studied History and Political Science in undergrad and have an MBA.
I could live on a college campus and go to school every day. I love to learn. I went to Baylor University, Texas A&M and Rice University…them Texas learnings, y’all.
I am the youngest of 4 kids.
Per my google search, I suppose that means that I am an uncomplicated, self-centered, fun-loving attention seeker. Ok, yeah.
I am an adventurer.
I have been to 6 of the 7 continents (no Antarctica). I have been to over 30 countries in the world. I have worked in Singapore, Australia and Algeria. Current adventure is surviving a toddler and newborn.
I have many, many, MANY shoes. And I am so hard on them!
I enjoy being fashionable, stylish and dare I say sexy. Yet I’m still a tomboy at heart and have no time to sweat over scuff marks and pristine pumps. Therefore I mostly relegate myself to affordable footwear. But I have no problem lusting after manolos, jimmy choos and louboutins.
Netflix and I have a dysfunctional relationship.
I “binge watch” series on Netflix. “Binge watching” consists of turning on my new favorite series and sleeping through it. I just finished “binge watching” Stranger Things Season 1 and Narcos. Currently ”binge watching” Black Mirror.
Which blogs inspired me to start HTX Mom?
The Honeybee by Andee Layne, Cupcakes & Cashmere, Uptown With Elly Brown, Hello Fashion Blog, Champagne & Chanel, The Atlantic-Pacific and Cammeo Head to Toe.
And on a sadder note, I used to read the Wellness Warrior blog by Jessica Ainscough. What a beautiful light of positivity in this world! But sadly she lost her battle with cancer at 29 years old in 2015. I do wish they would bring her blog back for all her inspirational posts. She inspired more people than she knew.
Now tell me something about you! I want to get to know you, where you are from and what fills up your day!