Family Getaway Postcard Inn St. Pete Beach

A few weeks ago, our family, along with two other Orlando families,ventured to St. Pete beach on the Gulf Coast to celebrate a little friend's 8th birthday at the Postcard Inn. I was attracted to the aesthetics of this trendy spot since it was transformed from a Travelodge in Read more

Best Play Spots in Paris

It's almost three weeks since we returned from Europe, and I've finally sifted through my photos. I felt like my first post should talk about the fun playgrounds/parks in Paris. What an awesome experience to see the girls jumping right into the mix at playgrounds many miles from their Read more

Fun Travel Prep for Kids - Paris & London

It's not everyday you travel over the pond to such amazing places like Paris and London. I decided to start the journey for me and Mia long before we packed our bags for the airport. Here are a few fun things we did to get ready and excited! My brother sent Read more

Hidden Gem: Sand Key Florida

My other half planned a short getaway for our nine year anniversary. I wasn't exactly sure where we were headed, but knew it was somewhere around Clearwater Beach. As we drove over the bridge to Clearwater, I kept expecting a turn off at one of the many beach hotels. To my surprise Read more

Westin Cape Coral Weekend Getaway

Most of you who follow my Instagram or Twitter know that we had a fabulously fun weekend at the Westin in Cape Coral, FL a few weeks ago. The property became a Westin in December of 2013 and underwent a plethora of renovations, which I believe puts it in the best Read more

Disney's Art of Animation Resort

We finally had the chance to visit Disney's Art of Animation Resort this week for a little staycation. It is located where construction on the unfinished half of Disney's Pop Century Resort was started, but later abandoned after 9/11. The resort is the first to be built in the complex Read more

Meeting Winter - Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Most of the world has seen (or at least heard of) the movie Dolphin Tale. The story highlights the rescue of a wounded dolphin who ends up losing one very important important thing... a tale! The Clearwater Marine Aquarium works hard in the movie to create a prosthetic tail just Read more

Amazing Moms

Amazing Moms

Needless to say, being a mom is hard work. Being a good mom is even harder. I meet and interact with moms everyday… Each one different with a different “story.” I am constantly astounded by the number of amazing, mothers in the world. Today, I’m featuring a guest post from one of those amazing mothers who deserves to be recognized. Introducing, the Fabulous Christy Seaman. A friend, a mom, a business pro and… well, Super Woman.

First, I want to thank all the little people who have made me who I am today…. And one special little person I am talking about is my beautiful 1-year-old daughter Ava.

Second, I want to tell you that I am writing from a tiny wine bar tucked in a corner pocket of the Memphis Airport.  I am traveling for work as I am a corporate warrior. I am laid over in Memphis on my way back to Louisiana where Pap-Pap and Nana live to pick up my daughter.  Seems like a lot of effort being that we live in Virginia, but when my job necessitates travel I have to fly my daughter down to my parent’s house in Louisiana.  I drop her there and then go off to my corporate world travels.

Christy and Ava

You ask why I have to drop her at her Nana’s house in Louisiana? Because I am a mother, a mother who has been blessed with the extraordinary gift of a healthy and spunky baby girl….but is apparently challenged in the business of relationships. So our little family is sans the typical “daddy” that is suppose to come along with the package.

I guess you can call me a single mom. But I don’t like that description much. I prefer Super Woman, She-ra, or The Mama-nator! I am a mom like every other mom, just sometimes I need a little motivation form my inner super woman and my fab group of girl friends. I am here to say that you can do anything you want if you put your heart behind it and your mind to it. Tough times get better, and lemons become lemonade. You just have to figure out how to squish the lemons and find some sweet sugar to add to the mix.

Women are the strongest beings on this planet and Mothers are on a whole different level. We are loving and nurturing, set boundaries for our little ones while breaking through boundaries set in front of us as women.

No matter what kind of mother you are… you can have the career you want, the hobbies you need to keep you sane, all while raising a kid that will go out in the world and conquer more then you ever dared to take on.

What helps get Christy through the day? Check out these sites, blogs and books…

Sites
http://www.bookofodds.com/
http://www.bplans.com/samples/sba.cfm
http://localism.com/

Blogs
http://singlemomseeking.com/blog/
http://www.thesuccessfulsinglemombook.com/
http://tsquest.blogspot.com/

Books
The Complete Single Mother by Andrea Engber and Leah Klungness,Ph.D.
The Single Mom’s Little Book of Wisdom by Cassandra Mack

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Pregnancy After Cancer – Who Needs Statistics Anyway!


This week I welcome Tanya Villar as a Mamma Mia guest blogger. Tanya is a true survivor and a dear friend. You know the kind of friend that would drive five hours in the middle of the night in the rain to pick you up on the side of the road. Yeah… that’s her.

I have always known I wanted to be a mom. Choosing my career as a teacher was a no-brainer knowing that I wanted to spend the maximum amount of time with my future children.

At the age of 25 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and faced with the question, “Do you want to freeze your eggs?” They told me chances of getting pregnant after chemo and other treatments would be slim. I opted out due to financial reasons, and not really knowing if I would live or die. I told the doctor what is meant to be would be. I had a double mastectomy twenty days after that question. It was a scary time. My cancer had started to spread, but not to the stage four. I was a cusp of stage 2/3 cancer.

Five years went by, my cancer was in remission and I met someone that I thought could be “the one.” When we first started dating, I was very open about the potential issues with conceiving. Without a second thought he said, “There is always adoption.” Exactly what I needed to hear!

A year into our relationship, we moved in together and began discussing marriage and children. In October of 2006, we decided to test the odds and try to conceive.

We knew it would be a process, figuring we’d have time to get married and do other things. On December 1, 2006, and four pregnancy tests later (you never quite believe the first two or even three), we found out we were going to be parents. So much for statistics!

Although I was labeled high-risk, I had a perfect pregnancy that resulted in a perfect little boy (all 8lbs 15oz and 21 inches of him) who joined our family on August 13, 2007.

It has now been two years since my son was born, and I am due with child number two at the end of September! I was never a big fan of statistics anyway!

I feel extremely fortunate to have beaten the odds not once, but twice! Motherhood has been the most amazing gift, and I truly appreciate every step of the journey. My son is the most amazing little man. I love him with everything I have. I can’t wait to share my life with his little brother.

If I had based my life on statistics, I would have never been a mother. I am a cancer survivor…but most importantly…I am a mother!

If you are interested in learning more about breast cancer, other amazing survivors or to make a donation visit the Susan G. Komen website.

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