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5 Reasons Why I’m a Terrible Homemaker…

(and have learned to be okay with it!)

I keep trying to teach her how to do the laundry but she just can’t reach!

You guys, things have been really quiet here on FBB. Part of it has been having a packed schedule. Part of it has been the general state of the world getting me down. However, if I’m being honest, the biggest reason is that I am a terrible homemaker. Here are 5 reasons why:

  1. I have a toddler living with me. Flora is a beautiful, intelligent, incredible tiny lady. Tidy she is not. I know, all of the other parents out there are shocked.
  2. I now commute 45 minutes each way to and from work. I’m also a part time studentI have to budget my time. Sometimes that means not picking up the toys in the den or folding laundry. Sorry not sorry.
  3. I have re-committed to my physical fitness. Y’all, I don’t think that I’m by any means in need of weight loss but it is really embarrassing when you can’t even bench press an empty bar. I try to hit the gym 3-5 days a week for at least an hour after work. (There’s an instagram about it too!) See above: budgeting time.
  4. There is a man in my house. I’m not saying that all men are messy. I’m just saying that some of them are used to someone else doing the bulk of the cleaning and never having to put anything away themselves.
  5. I had to cut myself some slack. Maybe homes where actual humans live aren’t meant to always be “company ready.” I have had to learn to be okay with that. I now aim for hygenic and comfortable.
Pro tip: carefully stage close-up IG shots so nobody knows that your sink is full of dishes less than two feet away.

I know I’ve been quiet lately but I really do plan on being back here more regularly. Maybe once a week instead of once a month. Aim high! Right? 😉

As always, with love,

Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all of my fellow mommies out there! I’m certainly having a lovely one. Flora and Will gave me a gift certificate for a facial and blowout and I am so looking forward to using it! We had brunch with my parents which was wonderful. Will’s mom was at the beach so hopefully we’ll do something with her next weekend.

On to the pictures!

Brunch was fantastic!
Mama, Me, and Flora. Don’t mind the compost bins in the background!
A family shot. ❤
My darling girl! So thankful that I get to be her Mama.
Lexi had a blast with Frodo!
I was trying to get a selfie of both of our outfits. Flora was not feeling it.

I love the dress that I’m wearing. I bought it in Charlotte from a consignment store before I was pregnant. I love the color, the pleats in the bodice, and the fact that it is very well lined but woah that fabric creased as soon as I sat down!

Flora’s outfit is my favorite! It’s Ruffle Butts brand and I bought it at Cotton Candy Kid’s Boutique in Downtown Gastonia. I sized up to an 18-24 months since Flora is so tall and it should fit her through the summer.

I didn’t get a photo of our gifts to my mom. We gave her a lovely floral pattern gardening set, Gardener’s Soap from Greenwich Bay Trading Co., a candle from Mallory & Co., a journal from Peter Pauper Press, and some Calm Chamomile tea from Tazo. She definitely liked the gardening set the best since she has a huge garden this year! Making gift bags is one of my favorite things and I’m so glad I got to make a few this year.

How was your Mother’s Day? Does your family have any fun traditions?

With love,

Showing Yourself Grace

Sorry I’ve been a bit radio silence this week. It’s been a doozie.

My Great Uncle passed away suddenly a couple of days ago. He was a preacher, a dedicated father, and a devoted husband. He was always so kind and so devoted to his work for the Lord, doing for others even at times when he wasn’t in good health. He was truly a wonderful person and he will be missed.

It’s so strange how loss shakes us up and makes us really evaluate our lives and priorities. Yesterday was my first day off of work without any commitments in weeks. Will has finals this week so he was planning on packing up Flora and Lexi and taking them to Charlotte to spend the day with their Mimi. I had planned on spending the day cleaning (why does my house never stay clean???) as well as drafting a couple of posts for my poor neglected blog here. Maybe even working on a vlog.

Then I looked down at Flora, who was peacefully napping, and realized how much she has changed over the course of just a few weeks. I realized that I have been so busy that I honestly didn’t even notice.  “They’re staying with me today,” I told Will.

He responded with, “but you won’t get anything done and you’ll be in a bad mood.”

Yeah, well. My daily routine as of late has been get up, frantically get everyone ready and out of the house, go to work and deal with people and being on my feet all day, come home, try to get food on the table, bath time, bed time, maybe do some laundry. Days off recently have been spent registering myself for school, attending a sidewalk sale, and trying to deal with the annoying nagging adult things that we all deal with from time to time that kept me away from home. I spend all day every day doing and get myself anxious and worked up because I have myself convinced that it’s not enough. I needed a day to reconnect with my child and to get to know the newest member of our household.

That’s not to say the day was perfect and picturesque. Flora’s getting over a virus and getting molars so she wasn’t in the best mood for some of the day. I may have snapped at her for trying to feed the puppy a grocery bag. Sometimes Lexi pees when she gets excited and she gets excited every time we put the leash on. Laundry continues to go unfolded. I have an eczema break out and it’s affecting my selfie game. Will and I argued over time management because we are both so busy and there is never enough time.

Blurry partners in crime.

All tuckered out.

Even with all of that (and a still messy house) I woke up this morning feeling a little bit more content than I had been before. I still have a million things to do all day every day but it feels more manageable. I’m trying to be easy on myself and allowing myself to enjoy the little things instead of beating myself up for not being perfect at everything. I’m trying to show some grace to myself.

Do you make a point to show yourself grace? How do you go about doing so?

With love,

Welcome!

Hello! Welcome to Full Belly Bungalow!

I suppose that I should start off by sharing a bit about myself.

I’m Hannah – mommy to one adorable little girl, interior design addict, and amateur cook. I purchased my first home in December of 2016, a bungalow circa 1920 in Gastonia, North Carolina. I was blessed to find a historic home which already had the majority of update work and renovations completed. Now I’m just working on personalizing it to make it feel like home to my little family!

I started Full Belly Bungalow to share my mishmash of passions. Interior design, recipes, crafting and d.i.y. projects, personal style, and more! I’m looking forward to sharing this journey with you.

With Love,

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