#NJMOM Adventures of the Week

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From vision board making to snuggles with your besties, we loved seeing your #NJMOM adventures this second week of January. Thanks for sharing your week with us!

featured image via @playaway_indoorplayplace

Psst! We love sharing your adventures around New Jersey. Be sure to tag your photos with #NJMOM and @njmom for a chance to be featured in our round-up next week.

A unicorn hat literally makes everything better 🦄

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Warning ⚠️ long (but needed) post ahead! Picture of Evelyn before being sick and during ❤️ . The weekend was rough to say the least. I know I share a lot of the cute and silly moments, because that’s when life is happy – I feel secured, loved and strong.. it’s fun to share the good parts! . Sometimes I get vulnerable enough and share the not so good parts and I love that I can do that too. Other times I process it all in my journal and pray alone. . Not only was Evelyn feeling miserable with all the mucus and snot draining out. I just had an emotional Saturday and I wanted to share. . Nothing in particular happened – just EVERYTHING was happening and in that moment it was all too heavy. I just broke. . I broke in different ways – everything irked me, smiling felt impossible, the words I spoke were laced with attitude, things felt wrong, off, too much, overwhelming. My guard was down and I felt weak – cue the shame and guilt. . We always talk about being strong mamas and going above and beyond for our children. But the other day I felt completely defeated and just inadequate of being this girls mama. I cried. A few times. Sometimes in front of Evie. Other times in the bathroom mirror trying to just “snap out of it”. . I wish these days didn’t happen but they do. Sometimes I learn from them, other times it’s just a bad day and I just need to ride it through. . There were multiple times Saturday that James and I weren’t on the same page. . I hurt. He hurt. We weren’t a team like we usually are. I prayed, we calmed down, we talked, we healed and we grew. . I finally felt like I could swallow that pulsing lump in my throat and breathe. . It wasn’t a perfect day, but at the end of it all we still had each other. . I felt closer to my husband, stronger for my little girl and overall my mind felt clearer and my body lighter. . I’m planning on looking into therapy over the next few weeks. Hopefully getting support in understanding what triggers my anxiety and how to overcome those defeating moments better. . “What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” – Glenn Close. -#unapologeticallyme #anxietymom #mentalhealing

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Just manifesting our destiny, NBD 💁‍♀️

Hmmm, this broccoli looks just about right 🧐

I’ve got my love(s) to keep me warm ❤️ 

New year, new heights 🙌

When your bestie is snoozin’ but you’re ready to party 👀

The ultimate birthday sleepover 🎉

Traveling back in time for the day 🦕

A playdate a day keeps the winter blues away 👭

Matchin’ with my momma ❤️

 

 


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Athena is a former nursery school teacher turned marketing wizard at NJMOM, who lives for fashion and globetrotting. As an aunt to 9 little humans, she loves finding cool new activities to do together that will keep everyone smiling. On any given weekend day, you can find Athena eating all the Greek food at her fave local NJ restaurant, Local Greek, in Princeton. Which, not so ironically, is owned by her big fat Greek family.

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