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Inspirational Quotes

July 23, 2018

Things have been so crazy busy lately that I’m in desperate need of some motivation today, so I decided to compile a list of my most favorite inspirational quotes.

I also added some super funny ones because Lord knows we could all use something to make us smile on a Monday! 

May your Monday be short and your coffee be extra strong!!!

Inspirational:

  • “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell
  • “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.” – Henry Ford

  • “If you really want to do something you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” – Jim Rohn
  • “Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it all away from you.” – Mark Cuban
  • “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you’ll do things differently.” – Warren Buffet

  • “Don’t look back – you’re not going that way.” – Unknown
  • “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
  • “I find beauty in things that are odd and imperfect – they are much more interesting.” – Marc Jacobs

  • “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.” – James Keller
  • “He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.” – Raymond Hull
  • “Mistakes are proof that you are trying.” – Unknown

  • “Live in such a way that if someone spoke badly about you no one would believe it.” – Unknown
  • “It’s not happy people that are grateful, it’s grateful people that are happy.” – Unknown

 

Humor:

As far as I know all of these quotes were said by unknown authors but if you know who said any of this brilliance below please let me know!

  • “Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.”
  • “We live on a blue planet that circles around a ball of fire next to a moon that moves the sea, and you don’t believe in miracles???” 
  • “The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.” 

  • “Advice from a tree – stand tall and proud, remember your roots, drink plenty of water, be content with your natural beauty and enjoy the view.”
  • “When something goes wrong in your life, just yell ‘Plot twist!’ and move on.” 
  • “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy wine and that’s kind of the same thing.” 

  • “Some days you just have to create your own sunshine.”
  • “Every pizza is a personal pizza if you try hard and believe in yourself.”
  • “Know when to give up and have a margarita.”

Share your motivational or favorite quotes with me! Comment below or contact http://makingmemorieswithmyminis.com/contact/.

 

Mom Tales

What To Do When You Need A Mom Break

June 19, 2018

There are certain days I just can’t mom anymore. Let’s be honest, we all need an occasional break! Some days I need a couple of small breaks from my twin toddlers and you know what – that is OK!!! We have a really tough job and it’s difficult to carve out the “me time” we both need and deserve. I also find that after I take sometime for myself I am a MUCH better mom. I’m more relaxed and calm, and feel re-energized to tackle the rest of our day. My kids also feed off of my new energy so it’s a win-win for everyone. Here’s a list of 8 ideas of what to do when you need a mom break:

1. Hit the Gym

Our gym has been a LIFESAVER for me! Most gyms offer a kid drop off with lots of activities for the kids to enjoy while their parents work out. Some days I’m not going to lie, I work out to avoid my children 😊 only for a little while. It’s also great for the kids because they spend time in a new environment interacting with other kids their age.

gym

2. GNO (Girl’s Night Out)

Going out for a night with the girls always helps me unwind. It’s also fun to talk to mom friends about what they’re going through and just laugh about all the craziness of mom life. My favorite things to do for a GNO are try out a new restaurant or go see a funny movie and when I’m not pregnant enjoy a few cocktails!

GNO

3. The Mom Group Text

If you can’t make it for a night out it’s great to have a text going with a group of mom friends just to bounce ideas off of each other or shoot questions back and forth! I especially love doing this with my mom friend’s who have older kids because they’ve been through it all before and have great tips & advise to share!

Group Text

4. Go Shopping

You don’t have to tell me twice to do this one!  I don’t even have to actually buy anything but sometimes just getting out and window shopping for an hour or two completely re-energizes me. Take an hour or two for yourself and drop the kids off with your hubby/ babysitter/grandma/grandpa etc. and hit the mall or an outdoor shopping center on a nice day!

shopping

5. Grab a coffee (or tea)

This can happen in your own living room if you don’t have time for a Starbucks run. Sometimes I’ll send the girls to play upstairs or turn on a movie for them just so I can just take a minute to actually drink my coffee while it’s still hot or chilled! Having coffee out of a warm mug instead of a to-go cup also makes me feel more relaxed and less rushed in the mornings.

coffee

6. Plan a play date

Obviously this is a great way to keep the kiddos entertained but it’s also nice for momma’s too! The kiddos love to play with each other which gives the mom’s a minute to catch up and relax ( a little ).  I love having play dates at our house because it helps my girls learn to share their toys with other kids so that is a major bonus as well! I try to plan at least two play dates a week to help keep the girls stimulated and to help keep me sane 🙂

playground

7. Read a New Book

“Here’s to books, the cheapest vacation you can buy.” – Charlaine Harris. This saying could not be more true! Curling up at the end of the day and getting lost in a new read helps us relax and have  a little escape from mommyhood. This has also really helped me fall asleep faster at night. Looking for a new book to read this summer??? Check out any of these amazing books, I would give them all 5 stars!

books

8. Grab a drink

Girl, you’ve earned it! A tall glass of wine (or any other cocktail of your choice) is much deserved after a long hard week (or sometimes day) of mommyhood. I’m preggo right now and reeeeally miss my vino but the other breaks on this list have helped me when I just need a mommy minute to relax!

drinks

Realistically this is more what I look like after a week with the twins LOL!

Cheers, momma!!!

lots of drinks

Mom Tales

My 2 Year Old Shoplifter

May 12, 2018

Disclaimer: The following stories are actual events that happen on a daily basis in the crazy Kopal household. What you are about to read may contain strong language, violence involving inanimate objects and just overall disarray and dysfunction. Please note that no children or pets are harmed during a day in the life of complete and utter twinsanity…

 

Today my daughter stole from the GAP. She is only 2 1/2 years old I might add…. By 9 AM one morning the twins had already managed to color on our white walls, break a new toy, and were practicing their jumps from one couch to another when I finally decided to just throw in the towel and get them out of the house. We went for a stroll around the mall and then of course I bought them a cookie (not great parenting I know but whatever I’m working on it). We stopped by the GAP first then left and went into a few other stores until they finished eating their cookies and the expected epic meltdown ensued because the cookies were all gone. My daughter, Ava then reached down into the stroller and handed me some random shirt and said “I don’t like it,” which is what she usually says when she’s done with something. I looked down and saw a shirt from the GAP that we clearly did not pay for covered in chocolate from the cookie she had just eaten. Already mortified from the meltdown that had just taken place I sulked back to the GAP and explained that I was the parent of the two year old chocolate covered shoplifter and that I needed to pay for this extra large random shirt. Luckily the very understanding employee just laughed and said “Don’t worry, we’ll take care of it.”

One thing I’ve learned for certain these past few years is that mom life is no joke!!! When I first began this journey over 2 1/2 years ago I naively thought being a stay at home mom to my sweet twin girls was going to be something like a vacation. (Don’t ask WTF I was thinking).  When I was still working, typing away at my computer I can remember dreaming about staying at home in my yoga pants playing with happy little babies all day. I remember thinking – this is going to be a million times better than dealing with all the grown up babies at my office! Needless to say the first week I quit my job I was in for a major reality check!!!

Courtesy: TeePublic

Aside from the everyday chaos I can say it is without a doubt the most rewarding job I’ve ever had and I absolutely wouldn’t trade it for the world, and neither would any mom I know. All of our little nuggets possess a particular skill of knowing just how far to push our buttons until instantaneously turning back into adorable little humans again. When mine push me to the brink of insanity and I’m shouting so loud I’m sure the neighbors can hear, one of them will suddenly hug my leg, look up at me and tell me they love me. Or they’ll do something else incredibly cute and my heart instantly melts and just like that I’m transformed to a euphoric place of love and reminded that there’s absolutely nothing better than this. I hope and pray that I can set the same loving example for them that my mom did for me and always let them know they are completely adored. Although mommyhood is definitely not the vacation I was sure it was going to be I can truly say since this journey started I’ve never been happier!!!

 

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