Oh you missed this on my instastory? Don't worry. It's Sunday flippin' funday! So I'm gonna just leave this here. I title this, "Dad Duty*" • disclaimer: mom was the one that bought the scissors. * - she's using safety scissors. Those pretty much just bend paper. #amirightoramiright
Things I don't want to forget about tonight: Put on Spotify. Isla hopped up immediately and asked her daddy to "dense" 😭🕺🏻💃🏻. And then later: taylor taking Isla girl to bed thrown over his shoulder while she giggles and yells at the top of her lungs, "ni-ni mama! Ni-ni Mar! Buh-bye! Luh yew! Muuuuah!" I mean, is this 💩 real, right now?!
Little miss mama. She has the loving instinct to care for others. Sometimes I step out of the room to grab something and Marlowe loses it. And sometimes I hear an abrupt silence following the cries. I book it back to the room only to find Isla girl loving on her baby sister. She gently rubs her thumb on Marlowe's cheek to soothe her. She breaks off tiny bites of her own snack to share with her baby sister. She holds Marlowe's little hands to help her stand so they can dance together. Nothing could've ever prepared me to witness the love those girls have for each other. They're so close in age. And some days I wake up on the wrong side of the bed (*ahem* today - sorry, @taylorbroderick). But it's little moments like those that bring me back to a place of peace amidst the chaos.
Where are my book lovahs at? I'm finally finding some consistent quiet time after every one goes to sleep at night. *knock on wood* And I've been binging on all the good reads I can get in. Current binge: GOOP CLEAN BEAUTY. Reminding me that my supersize order of Coke really isn't the best thing in life. Unless it's a midday lull and your other option is taking a toddler to Hobby Lobby for the first time. Who am I kidding? Both of those are supes great options... just the coke and glowy skin will never reap the results mah face wants to reflect in the dang mirror. Phew! Hella long tangent. My point? Whutchu readin' lately?
Laundry day has looked a lot like mid shower panics and five-second prayers that there's a clean towel on the other side of the curtain. Besides that, I'm going strong on day three of this mumiform. Tossing it in the laundry pile today even though I was going for a strong five day streak. 💪🏼 I take full blame for breaking the streak. I was the one who served guacamole to a baby. But in my defense, it's clearly belated taco Tuesday! 🌮💃🏻🍷
Without fail, Marlowe wakes up first every morning. I eat some lucky charms in peace and maybe even slip her a pot of gold. 🍀 but man, when Isla girl wakes and I bring her upstairs, these two babes are on cloud nine to reunite. It's only been a solid ten hours since they've seen each other, but that won't stop Isla from man-handling Mar with all the love she possesses. And for a second, I flashback to a photo of 2-year-old me lovingly carrying my poor, poor cat.
Being a mama and a military spouse with more than 1500 miles between us and our nearest family, I was prepared for an immense lack of normalcy. Who am I kidding, if you've met me, I'm already slack a lackin' in that department. The odds are reeeeally in my favor. But seriously, like most moms, I anticipated having to pick and choose what things I loved and whether they were going to be able to stay a part of my life. My husband and girls were for sure not going anywhere, but I battled letting go of photography, videography, skincare/makeup, and having an empowering conversation with a friend. In fact, I let almost every single one of those fall through the cracks at one point or another because I couldn't give all of myself to every single one. *cue burying myself into a hole aka my house* But the last month or so, I've found joy in each one of those things I love without sacrificing one for the other. Because thankfully, my job allows me to incorporate each facet into my every day. • maskcara makeover on my sweet friend @hashtagbasicbabe
The other day I realized I had no breakfast or lunch options in the house. (Unless caramel dip, frozen pork roast and vitamin gummies count.) I clearly needed to make a grocery run. I also realized I was definitely not going to change out of my yoga pants BUT I also needed to do a minimum three shave swipe on the only part of my legs that were showing. So like any mom looking for a break from mini klingons, I stood there, separated from the monkeys, by the grace of the bathtub wall. World. Peace.
Mar is like, "um mom. You're like a day and a half late on announcing that @elizabethhalesdesign's winner." Yikes spikes! The anticipation is killing me! The winner is 🥁 @_julielaurenortiz • shoot me a DM for how to claim your win! 🎉• on a side note, since this acts as the closest thing to my baby journal, mar is standing for the first time this week! It's adorable and also intimidating because this child can do more squats than her mama. Like a baby cross fit champ. 💪🏼 e'eryday is leg day for this kid.
Getting this kid milk drunk in preps for date niiiiight! 🎉 pizza, pizza and a little more pizza. Speaking of which, anytime there's at a knock on the door, Isla girl lights up and yells "PIZZA HEYUR!" • if that doesn't clue you in about how domesticated I am, I don't know what will. 🍕🍕🍕
G I V E A W A Y • hey all you night owls! I have some puuuurty exciting things in the works over here with @elizabethhalesdesign and we thought what's better than sharing the love? Spoiler alert: nothing is better than sharing love. Cereally. Share luubbbb always 💕 with that mindset, the lovely ladies behind the beautiful brand wanted to share a chance for one lucky winner to enjoy a pillow and a basket of your choice. #praisehands but really, what adult doesn't love a good pillow and basket in their life? So the deets to enter:
1 • follow @elizabethhalesdesign & @samanthabroderick
2 • like this photo
3 • tag at a friend in the comments (bottomless entries - basically the Buffalo Wild Wings of giveaways)
4 • *bonus time* an additional entry for each you complete : subscribe to my YouTube (link in bio) bless your soul if you're my thousandth subscriber • and anooother additional entry for following @samanthabroderickessentials 💕💕💕 • winner announced Saturday at the top of the mornin' ☘️ best of luck!
Two days ago, I was poolside with my little ladies soaking up some Vitamin D. ☀️☀️☀️Today, I'm soaking up some laser treatments on this face and zapping away signs of sleeping in my makeup and that large Mickey D's fry. *a little insight into my treatments @utahfacialplastics on my stories* • I'm putting together a video recapping my experience - if you have any questions related to skincare and/or my treatment, I'd love to get them answered in the video! It would be amazing to have a resource for others that may have the same curiousity! DM or comment with your question 😘
So happy to have my best friend join me in Vegas this past weekend! The love, hardships, encouragement, and challenges only push us to be our best selves for each other and our family. Our mini Broderick clan explored the resort while I soaked up all the exciting goodness that was beaming at the Maskcara Beauty Launch Party! I'm blown away by all of the positivity and love flowing out of each woman on our team. If you've ever thought about joining the Maskcara family, I would love to have you on my team! DM me for more info 💕
Every morning, Isla girl pushes her stool into the kitchen and right up to the counter where we keep her gummy vitamins. This girl is committed to #eatlifeup and then use all the manners she know in hopes for more. It’s no lie when I say Isla has a #healthyobsession with her @ollynutrition. And when she’s hit her gummy quota for the day, we turn the containers into stacking blocks. Anything to keep her racing mind active and entertained. I will literally do anything to keep this busy little bee out of the folded laundry, diaper bag, my makeup… 😂 Any activities that aren’t terribly difficult to clean up but also keep that little mind learning? I'm all about the homemade play dough. Especially when I'm rested, have at least two cups of coffee in me and the house is clean. So you can imagine how often that happens 😂
Proud mom moment: I have successfully stayed on top of my snack supply for the past three days. Going for a strong seven day streak over here. Hearing the word: "ñaaaack" cross Isla's lips is the worst word I could hear at times. If I am empty handed, I'm screwed. Solution? Throwing a tasty Smucker’s @uncrustables into my bag. By the time that kid realizes I've fed her random things within my arm's reach and is legitimately hungry, I whip out a protein-packed #Uncrustables and we're good to go. It's only a rite of passage to feed my babe what I grew up on. Plus, it doesn't hurt that it's oober convenient and has no high fructose corn syrup – now made with real sugar. This is the point where I happily accept my mom win of the month. • #ad
Ever since Mar has become mobile, I've felt like I've been thrown into a pen of puppies. Every time I kneel down/attempt to leave the room/try to feed myself, the two little monkeys attack. One on my back, or climbing into my lap, pulling at my legs. Literally being taken down by humans under the age of 3. Since I can't grow another set of arms, we decided to welcome #googlehome to the fam 👨👩👧👧. When nap time rolls around for Mar I'm like, "Hey @google, can you play some white noise" BOOM. Sleeping kid in 10 minutes. When Isla's nap time rolls around I'm like, peace, kid! ✌🏼it's into bed for you and a solid two hours of mom jams • #giftfromgoogle • I've linked the top 50 questions from new parents in my profile -- guess what? You can ask Google and she'll answer 🙀 allllssoooo if you watched my stories you saw me needing out over the @fatherlyhq Masterclass livestream. You can watch it on their Facebook page. Such amazing discussion! Speaking of which, what are your favorite podcasts/TED talks? I'm addicted lately!
This monkey has been test driving her night owl side. Poor Taylor will wake up to Mar hovering over his face, while she's just talking away and making baby noises. Other times, he wakes up to her NOM-ing on his nose. The struggles of parenthood. And the struggles of babyhood - all the kid wanted was a midnight snack ha! Here's to hoping she sleeps snug as a bug tonight and let's mama and pops sleep like rocks in our new @brooklinen bedding 🙏🏼