Sunday, November 19, 2017

iPhone X: Initial Review

New Phone, who dis?
**Fun fact: Apple didn't skip 9 (well technically they did) but the reason there is 8 and X (or 10, however you wanna say it) is because it's the 10th anniversary phone**

Alrighty so for those of you that know me, there are two facts when it comes to phones: It's going to be an iPhone and if it's too different or new, I'm gonna hate it. So I took a gamble when I saw I was eligible for an upgrade from my iPhone 7 and got the iPhone X. I even went as far as getting up at 3am on October 27th to preorder it (and go through the nightmare of a website not designed for that much traffic and inevitably having a rep order it and getting me in the like 5th group to get my phone).

On my personal social media I was seeing mixed reviews when people started getting theirs. Mine FINALLY showed up last Wednesday right after I went to work so by the time I got it all activated and backed up and what not it was Thursday morning. With that being said, I've had the phone for only 4 days so I can't confidently give a full review, thus the initial part.

Here's what I've gathered so far.

  • I miss the home button. I liked being able to physically click it on. However, I didn't like how the thumbprint would open to the home screen when you clicked it even if you just wanted to check time. 
  • The facial recognition is still slightly creepy but it's damn good. Glasses, safety glasses, dark, dim, hair up, hair down, I haven't had any issues at all. 
  • The camera and speakers are FANTASTIC! I'm so impressed.
  • I'm not pleased that the battery indicator is gone.. I need to know my percentage without having to drag down a screen.
  • The bigger screen is pretty sweet and the phone has a great feel to it. Little weighty but not too heavy.
  • Closing apps is a bit more time consuming. I think. 
  • I literally had to google how to turn the phone off and do screenshots. Now that I know how to do it, I think I like it. 
I'm planning to give it a month or so and do a full/follow up post to tell y'all about battery life, durability, performance, and maybe even get some outside reviews if any of y'all would like to share your opinion. 

Dakota - 5 Months

Because we matched and it was great. 
Baby Dakota is growing way too fast... I'm not crying I swear... Since we do appointments every two months, I can give weight and length but here's what's new since last month:

  • We stick EVERYTHING in our mouth: Our hands, mommy's fingers, toys, blankets, washcloths, etc.
  • Laying down is not as fun as sitting up
  • Everything peaks our interest and it's hard to focus when eating
  • 0-3 onesies are officially getting too tight and we've pulled out all the 6 month clothes
  • Our first tooth is starting to come in and it's making us fussy these days

Dakota's First Halloween

Unfortunately, it was ridiculously cold and raining the evening of Trick or Treat in our town so I didn't feel comfortable taking her out in it (especially when we would just be gathering candy for ourselves). BUT I did get the baby a costume! I apologize for the poor quality and lack of pictures...

She was a little dinosaur! She spent the entire time just tryin to eat the hood.. I found it on Amazon and I loved it. It's super soft, fits her well, and since the spikes are foldable, she still wears it to bed some nights. 10/10 great investment. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Medela vs Spectra

Spoiler: I’m pro Spectra. But both are very nice.

I was fortunate enough to be on both my parents’ insurances when Dakota was born so each one supplied me with a breast pump. So I have the Spectra Baby USA S2 Double/Single Breast Pump, 3.3 Pound and the Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump with On the Go Tote . In th hospital I was in they recommended the Spectra because they said its closer to hospital grade. Both work great and get the job done but here are the things I’ve found with each:

Noise- I find the Spectra a lot quieter generally (obviously not a huge factor)
Traveling - my Spectra is my at home pump because it’s a bit bigger and not as convenient as the Medela that I can just stick in a small bag and take to work or wherever. That’s prolly my favorite part of the Medela.
Parts - so as far as the parts, they both have the same basic set up, however, the Spectra parts are SO MUCH easier to take apart and clean. On of the biggest complaints I have about the Medela is that the hoses get moisture in them pretty quick. How? No clue. Potentially just my user error but I was told if they get moisture in them to replace them so I’ve gone through 3 sets already.
Pricing - obviously both pumps themselves were free but as far as replacing parts the Medela is a bit more convenient because Wal Mart carries their parts where as Spectra you have to order them from Amazon or online. From pretty quick research, the Medela parts seem to be cheaper if you’re buying a whole set. I have had to replace my Spectra parts because Diesel decided to eat them or play with them or hide them🙄
Extras - my favorite thing about the Spectra is that it has basically a stop watch on it that keeps track of how long you’ve been pumping on a little digital screen while the Medela doesn’t have a screen so I have to use my phone to time myself. Also, the Spectra has a convenient light built in which is kinda cool.

So there you have it, my little review of Spectra 2 vs Medela In Style. I’d say both are awesome and get the job done but I definitely prefer the Spectra.


Alright so for those of you that are active on social media, you’ve seen the #MeToo floating around. Let me just kinda sum it up for ya:

It’s a wake up call for society, a movement in the making, and a way to show people everywhere they are not alone in sexual abuse, harassment, and assaults.

The hashtag blew up all over Twitter and Facebook, people telling their stories and some simply posting “#MeToo” to say they’re hurting as well or have been there and overcome their struggle.

And you know what? #MeToo

I won’t share my personal story because as traumatic as it was at the time, I’ve grown up, forgiven him, stopped blaming myself, and I would rather leave it in the past. A lot of women aren’t so fortunate and everyday is a constant struggle. They are traumatized and forced into a living hell. Rape and assault aren’t about sex but about the power it gives over the victim. It strips them of their comfort and trust in the world and leaves them broken and even blaming themselves.

Some are able to get closure through faith or justice but some are forced to live in their own personal hell and that’s not okay. If anyone reading this needs to talk, my inbox is always open. If you have a personal story you want to share publicly or anonymously, also feel free to get a hold of me. Everyone should know they’re not alone and the world needs to know that this is not okay. Something this awful should not be this common.

Balancing Act - Working Mom

I have to put a pause on other posts (I have like 6 started for y’all so sit tight) to give you this one because I’m sure many can relate.

I’ll start by giving you a peek into my life. I work full time in a factory and generally I work a MINIMUM of 56-60 hours a week and sometimes up 72 or 76. I haven’t had a day off in almost two months. It’s physically demanding, sure, but more than anything it takes a huge emotional toll on me everyday.

I’m a naturally workaholic, i get it from my dad who basically lives for his job. I thrive on being busy and getting the most hours, knowing the most, and making as much money as possible. Don’t get me wrong, I would much rather be this way than have the total lack of work ethic that many people my age have. However, everything changed when I became a mom.

Thus the title, I find myself basically walking a tightrope, a balancing act of the worst kind. One side I have my family, my daughter, my fiancé, my friends, and on the other is my work life, my coworkers and boss who need my help, and the urge to make more money and please management. I struggle being away from my daughter all the time because I don’t wanna miss out on her being young but at the same time I’d rather try to work all the overtime to pay off debt and save a bit while she’s young enough not to remember that I was never there. It’s a constant internal battle of how much is too much and what happens if it goes away and I didn’t take advantage of it.
It doesn’t help when everyone has an opinion. Family and some coworkers thinks I’m being away from Kota too much and that the money isn’t worth it. Boss wants my help to get shit done at work. Other coworkers are asking why I’m giving up hours and not working all the time.

To cut down on babysitting costs, J and I are on separate shifts so I’ll work 11a-11p on second and he’ll already be at work from 11p-7a then he’ll come home and sleep while I get up with Kota and get around to go back into work. We hardly ever see each other and even when he doesn’t work the weekend, I work 7a-1p Saturday’s and Sundays.

Emotional state right now- I’m burnt out. I’m stressed out. My nerves are shot and I’m just absolutely exhausted. I know I’m working towards a better future but the present is rough right now. Money doesn’t buy happiness but it definitely helps.

Any other moms or even working students out there, let me say this: Work to live, don’t live to work. Don’t bring your work home with you if possible. Always put yourself and your family first.

In January I’ll have to do a part 2 to this when I also go back to school😅

Thanks for reading guys! Have a great week y’all!❤️

PS: Kota says this cold weather is ridiculous 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

October - Pit Bull Awareness Month

For those of you following along, I have a Staffordshire Terrier, Diesel, which is a Pit Bull. Here would be what the AKC (American Kennel Club) recognizes as far as a Pit Bull:

The American Pit Bull Terrier - recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC) and the American Dog Breeders' Association (ADBA) The American Staffordshire Terrier -recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) The Staffordshire Bull Terrier -recognized by both the UKC and the AKC.
Info found on Google

A Pit is not actually a breed as much as a general term for a lot of breeds. Unfortunately, along with this term comes a generally negative stigma. Pit Bulls have been overbred, doped up, and trained to be aggressive fighting dogs for the entertainment of horrible people. Naturally, pits are sweet, protective, loving family dogs. All over social media you can find stories of kids and pits being best friends. My first pit was Gunner (since that post is a million years old I'll have to do a Gunner Follow Up soon), a boxer, Dalmation, Pit, who I raised from 8 weeks to a year old before he had to go live with my dad in West Virginia. He is absolutely the best, most well behaved dog ever. He adores my sister and never leaves her side. The only time he has ever shown any aggression was when he thought my sister or I was being hurt and it was protective not blind aggression. 

The stigma that all pits are bad and should be considered a dangerous breed is just outrageous to me. I've met ankle biters that I'm more terrified of than my 80 pound Staffy. CONSTANTLY, people are asking me "why would you let that dog around your baby". Answer: because he's part of the family. If I trust him around me, I trust him around Dakota (within reason. I'm sure he could prolly knock her over or smother her with kisses but thats about it). 

I'm a huge Pit Bull lover and it breaks my heart that a lot of people think so negatively of them and that they don't receive as much love as they should. Shelters all over are full of Pits and Pit mixes so before you run off and buy a 2k purebred puppy, consider adopting an older Pit that just wants to cuddle. 

Basically, I stand behind the saying "Blame the Deed, Not the Breed". Because he's a Pit does not make Diesel vicious. If he bites me, then he's vicious, but because he wasn't trained or brought up to be aggressive (or they tried and failed) he's the perfect dog for my family and I cannot wait to watch Kota grow up with him as her protector and friend.