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g&gIf there were a single word to describe yourself it most like would be: exoambimommy (Exhausted, Ambitious, Mommy) 😉 .

Let’s face it…no one word can describe a mom so we will go with that being a real word.

Since you’ve managed to stumble upon this page, you, like me, are most likely on the prowl for something to help make your day run a little smoother.

Mom life can be hard. There is so much that happens in a day that it can be a little hard to manage it all. Between needing new and exciting ideas for meals for your picky family, information on how to deal with unusual situations, homeschooling information, or just something to fill some of that oh so rare down time… finding the right place to turn can be hard.

Who do you turn to when you need some help with all of the above?

I’ve been a stay at home mom for the last 4 years. I understand how secluded you can sometimes feel or how overwhelming the days can be. Home management, took me a while to get used to, and to be perfectly honest… I’m still working on it myself. It’s way different than life outside the home and can be just as, if not more challenging and complicated at times. Especially when you’re trying to figure out where exactly you fit into this whole adult life thing.

Taking care of kids, cooking, cleaning, coming up with lesson plans, scheduling, managing time with your partner. It can all seem like an impossible feet to manage for one day.

But there’s more to you than being JUST a mom. 

I understand that just because you’re a stay at home mom that you’re not JUST a mom. Being a mom is amazing and we love it for the most part and wouldn’t give it up for the world but we want to be seen as humans too. We are loving, passionate, sexual beings that still want to be seen as such. We have interest and hobbies.We love things like food, fashion, makeup, reading, and drinks.

So I’m here to help you come up with ideas on how to handle this day to day thing we call mom life.

Who is this person we call Magen and why’s her name misspelled. 

So yeah, you read it right.My name is Magen, pronounced like Megan. My mother thought she was being creative with the spelling but it turns out she really just gave me the name of the German word for stomach… thanks mom. I’m one of those rare FLorida natives. I was actually born and raised right here in North East Florida and don’t plan on leaving it any time soon.

As I mentioned before, I’m a stay at home mom. I currently have 4 kids and I’m pregnant with baby number 5. From youngest to oldest I have Ava, Nadia, Adeline, and Nolan and baby number 5 is a girl… name yet to be determined. Hey! Don’t judge me… I still have 3 months to come up with one, or she may just be called baby girl 😉

After a lot of thought and spending 2 years in the public school system, we’ve decided that homeschooling is the best option for us at this time. Things may change in the future, but as of now, Homeschooling is a god send. We don’t follow a traditional homeschool curriculum but we also aren’t “unschoolers” either. We have a flexible structure geared towards working with the kids at their own pace. the kids

Over the last 9 years with all 4 of my kids I’ve tried very very hard and dedicated a large amount of time breastfeeding. So, as you can imagine, I’m a huge breastfeeding advocate. For me it’s been a long hard journey with lots of failures but also a lot of success. I love to try to help people through their own breastfeeding journeys (and trust me when I say it’s a journey) through providing information about my own experiences and trials and giving them information that I’ve gathered over the years.

But again, there’s more to me than meets the eye.

I love cooking and reading and fashion and makeup.

I do happen to be a plus size lady but I’m working on that. I don’t see anything wrong with being plus size and happen to be a huge supporter of the body confidence movement. I think that all people should feel confident in the body they were given while also working hard to get to where they feel happy, healthy, and confident. It’s a lot of work but it’s possible.

So how did this become my life?

Way back in 2006, I met my now husband. We met through what was then a pretty silly and taboo manner… Myspace! Remember that? I happened to stumble upon his profile through our high school page and had to message him. He had graduated the year before I started high school, so had it not been for that, I wouldn’t have the life I have now. But I digress, I ended up sending him a message and the rest is history. me with the man

After dating for about 2 years, we became pregnant with our first child, Ava. About a month after her birth in January of 2009, we were married and that’s how the family started. I worked as a PCT (patient care technician) at a hospital for a while before Switching to a job at an insurance clearing house. It was during my time at the clearing house that I became pregnant with Nadia and had her in 2012. Six months later I became pregnant with Adeline and that’s when we decided to take the leap and I became a stay at home mom. Adeline was born when Nadia was 15 months old in 2013. I actually think this is my favorite age gap out of all of them so far.

We started Homeschooling when Ava started first grade. I was pregnant with Nolan at this time and we just no longer felt comfortable with the public school system we are in. It’s a long story, but I’ll be sure to share it with you. Once Nolan was born in 2015, we made the decision to homeschool all of our kids and so that’s where we are now.

The life of the Crazy Homemaker

I started a small blog called the Crazy Homemaker, a while back that I really enjoyed doing but with having so many small children and still trying to learn the ropes of everything I was doing, I just didn’t have time. So unfortunately I abandoned the blog in order to try and get a better handle on life. But it ignited a passion that I had forgotten I had. I loved writing, I loved being creative, and more than anything… I loved being able to help people.

I found it hard to stay away from the blog. I had this itch to keep writing and to try something new so The Crazy Homemaker morphed into Goldfish and Gin and I started a very small YouTube channel and blog to go along with it. And that’s how we got to where we are today.

Before I go, I want to invite you to subscribe to the site and to head over to my Facebook page where I’ve started a group dedicated to women only. I want to create a community where women can feel empowered and safe to come talk about absolutely anything, since we are all so different and have so many different insights to life. Just follow the link below and hit that like button. You’ll get access to all of the latest blogs as well as quick access to the latest videos I post on my YouTube channel. Plus I’ll be hosting giveaways and discussions with all of my community members. It’s a pretty sweet deal 😉

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And finally, I just want to say thank you for being here and being a part of this community. I really do appreciate it.

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