~Favorite Quote #14~

Favorite #Quotes Inspiration Daughters Strength

I have two of these lovely creatures.  And as much as I want to protect them from the world, I know that I must also teach them about it.  

~About the good, the bad, and the ugly that exists within it.~  

~To not be afraid of who they are and to always strive to be the best person they can be.~ 

~To always love themselves and to love those around them who cherish who they are.~

~To always be a great friend, listen instead of just speak, but speak up when needed.~

~To defend themselves against those who will be out to destroy their spirit.~

~To get back up, brush themselves off, and try again…never ever give up.~

~To always know they can rely on themselves when there’s no one else to rely on.~

~To be strong, fierce, and independent women.~

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A Letter To My Mommy

In honor of the first Mother’s Day since I have started my blog I thought that in honor of my mom…I would post her a letter.  Plus, I am just so bad at sending cards.

Dear Mommy,

Since I can remember you have always been a huge part of my life.  Let’s face it…you gave birth to me and that’s an ordeal all by itself with my 9lb. 9oz. self.  But I don’t think I truly appreciated you as my mother…until I was a mother as well.

I was a rebellious teenager who thought she knew everything there was to know about the world and oh how I was wrong.  I resented you for so many things the day I left home but now I realize that resentment comes with a high price of pain and that it should never be carried onto any next chapter of life.  I have since let go of all of that and feel a better person because of it.

You have been a wonderful grandma to my babies and they all love you so dearly.  You have also been wonderful at loving my stepsons and never making them feel like you weren’t thinking about them in any less way as your own.  

I know there are times through the years that I have been a difficult daughter and you could have given up on me but you didn’t and I will forever be grateful for that.  You never hesitated 3 times in 3 years to be by my side at the birth of each of my babies and it truly comforted me especially after my first when the emotions of my life changing became a little overwhelming for a moment.  You were there to make me feel better and I love and appreciate you more for it.

You should feel proud on this and every Mother’s Day for you have raised 3 caring, crazy, and loving kids who even through the bumps in the road have found their places in adulthood.  They have stepped up to their responsibilities and we all love you dearly! 

I hope you have a wonderful day today and everyday and hope to see you soon!

Love you always,

Trista ❤️

A  Great Day With My Mini Me

She never wakes in a good mood…just like her mother.  Today was no different.  Even after I told her that it was going to be a “mommy and me” day all she could  mumble was “I want waffles.” as she rubbed her head full of tangles.

Her birthday was last weekend, but because we were out of town we only got to celebrate part of it.  Unfortunatley it was the part that she didn’t get her presents.  And trust me it has been an everyday event of asking how many sleeps until we go to Reno.  And today finally came.  Regardless of how grumpy she was when she woke I knew it would all change the minute we walked through the doors of Toys’R’Us.

She has been wanting a guitar now for awhile after strumming the 3 cords on her brother’s “kiddy” guitar he got over two years ago.  So over to the music section we go.  Now here’s where she shocked me.  I thought for sure she would pick the pink one…but nope …no more pink for this girl.  She picked the wood color one  with a swarm of  stars cascading up the front and side of it.  Yes it was a proud mommy moment.  I regret never learning an instrument but have always had an ear for music and I LOVE TO SING.  But I want each of my children to find an instrument they love and want to learn.  I am sure you are wondering how I plan to teach her.  U-tube baby…U-tube.  And instructional videoes of course.  I would love to get her lessons but have yet to of found anyone in our small little spot on the map.

She also decided that she could not part with a zebra she had come across in isle 457.  (Not really but the store seemed that big walking through it) .  She loves the zebra and never put it down the rest of the day.


Next we headed to the toy electric car section for “grandpas present”.  My girl has expensive taste for the first one she laid her hands on was a range rover with the price tag of $350.  I quickly talked her out of it.  After about 5 more changed decisions,  she went with a jeep that only she can sit in and not have to fight with a passenger over whose going to drive it.

Last stop was lunch at Olive Garden.  Her favorite food is pasta.  And the great thing about there is that kids get to choose their own pasta shape, sauce, and topping.  She chose marinara and shrimp of course.

It was a great day!  It never ceases to amaze me how easy it is with 1 instead of 3.  Although she kept asking all day where her siblings were and I know she missed them.  I love that they have that kind of bond that they don’t really like being separated.  It makes a of the chaos of 3 so well worth it.


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MMMM Cucumbers


My little M and an afternoon of cucumbers…

Survival Tools For My Daughters

1.  Never let what other people think, change who you want to be. ((as long as you aren’t  a menace to society then what they have to say, doesn’t matter))

2.  Boys are exactly that…boys…until they are men which usually doesn’t hit them until about 30.  Therefore, regardless how much you “think” you are in love with that boy…if it’s true love, it will wait until you are done becoming an adult and becoming who you want to be without worrying about another human being.

3.  I can’t stress enough to ALWAYS be confident.  Own who you are and be responsible for what you do.  Believe in yourself and be brilliantly in love with yourself. ((keep away from being narcissistic though like your father))

4.  Never wear too much make-up.  Keep it simple and remember that less is more.  Your true beauty is what should always be seen.

5.  Travel.  Do a lot of it before you settle down and have babies.  It’s so much easier to book a trip without having to think about what you are going to do with the little one/ones.

Survival Tools Daughters Parenting 6.  Live your twenties.  They are yours to discover who you are.  And it’s so much easier to do that when you only have yourself to think about.  ((remember that I didn’t have you two until I was 38 and 39))

7.  Always lead…never follow.  Set trends.  Be an “individual“.

8.  If you are ever on reality television….don’t get drunk!  This is very important.  Drunk people on reality television look like trash.  And inevitably they will edit it to make you look like the worst… drunk… ever!

9.  Have lots of friends but always remember that it’s best to have a handful of truly great friends then a box full of trolls.  Choose your friends wisely for who you hang out with is a reflection of who you are.  And if you don’t hang out with bad influences then you are less likely to make their same mistakes.

10. I know every girl dreams of this big fancy wedding that costs thousands of dollars but take it from your mother who has been there and done it that it is not what it’s cracked up to be.  The planning is so much stress and it’s over so fast.  I married your father in a drive-thru in Vegas and it meant so much more to me and has lasted the longest. Getting Married Survival Tools Daughters Parenting 11. Get an education.  This probably should have been in the top 3 but I am really not going in any order.  Having a brain and using it is so important.  Study.  Read lots of books.  Do the best you can in school and go as far as you can.  Never stop learning.

12. Please oh please I hope you have great common sense.  Book sense is wonderful but having both is truly a gift.

13. Take care of your “who-ha  You only have one.  Protect it and treat it with above all respect.  Go to the doctor regularly and get it checked.  Keep it trimmed or waxed or if you live in an era or have a man that loves bush ((not the band)) then by all means, lucky you, much less maintenance.

Betty White Survival Tools Daughters Parenting

14. When old enough to attend spring breaks and there are all these girls showing off their ta tas…..don’t be those girls…your ta tas are sacred and should only be seen by yourself and your lover.  Leave things to the imagination and don’t just put it on display.  It’s right up there with respect yourself and others will follow in respecting you.

Survival Tools Daughters Parenting

15.  When you get pregnant with your first child (after the age of 25 of course)….SLEEP…Take long naps and sleep every time you get a chance.  Don’t take it for granted because once babies get here your sleep never belongs to you again.

16.  If you are having problems growing into adolescence…remember I was there once too….talk to me….please always know that you can talk to me about ANYTHING…I am your mom and I will always love you and want whats best for you.

17.  Never walk in anyone’s shadow for you are the light.  You shine and anyone who is lucky enough to hold your heart should treat you like a goddess.

18.  If you find you are good at something and you love doing it…pursue it with everything you have.  Never stop dreaming.  Never stop achieving.  If something makes you happy then keep doing it.  Even if it only turns out to be a hobby.  Money isn’t everything but it does make things a little less stressful.

19.  Don’t use credit cards.  Unless you are gaining points and can pay them off every month before interest.  And always make sure you get the lowest interest rate possible.  Always pay your savings first.  Saving for retirement is crucial.  I can’t stress it enough.  Your great grandfather was a brilliant man when it came to investing and I wish he was still here so I could pick his brain.

20.  Don’t eat yellow snow….haha I just had to throw that in there for a giggle.

21.  You have 3 older brothers and a very protective father…use this to your advantage when it comes to dating.  Of course according to your father, dating won’t be acceptable until you are 30.  And let’s face it…whoever you choose has very big shoes to fill.

22.  Exercise.  Get in the habit of it.  Healthy body leads to healthy mind.  You don’t need to look like Barbie…that is a delusional f*@ked up idea for how a woman should look.  Exercise to be healthy and beat all the health history you are already going to be faced with.  Diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure…all run in your bloodline.

23.  Don’t do drugs.  This is an obvious one but needs to be said.  Addiction ruins lives.  It’s better to “just say no” from the get go…regardless of how much you “think” you can handle it.

Survival Tools Daughters Parenting

24.  Remember that character isn’t about what material things you have or how popular you are…character is about how you treat people and how you carry yourself.  Be nice to those who deserve it and for those who don’t ….just tell them to fuck off.  I know this is a contradicting statement but there are going to be people in life who will try to bring you down…don’t let them. Stand up for yourself.  Speak your mind.

Survival Tools Daughters Parenting

25.   High School will be a place where you think that everything that happens is so important…let me just tell you there is so much more important life after high school.

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