Bella’s Corner

Let the games begin!

Sorry I’ve been MIA lately, it’s hard to write about your life when you’re not allowed to, but finally, after 6 months, I can finally say it, I’m a Frickin Housewife. BAM. Those of you that know me well know I was born for this, I’m over the top, opinionated, and live my life on my own terms, those of you that don’t, well, you’ll either love me or hate me, there’s rarely a middle ground.

Right before this opportunity presented itself I was in my bed crying, I’d been a stay at home mom for almost 20 years and I just needed something of my own, the prospect of more My Gym and Gymboree classes had me feeling sick, as much as I loved that stuff 15 years ago, I couldn’t sit in a circle with a bunch of women talking about organic food and pre school choices anymore, I needed something new, and then it happened, the text that changed everything.

With very few exceptions, becoming a Housewife is a process, they don’t just offer you the job, there’s a series of interviews with the different levels of the show, by the time you start filming, you’ve been “auditioning” for months, and with every round I wanted it more and more.

When the phone call finally came, I screamed and jumped up and down, it was my ultimate dream come true. Some people who are cast say “I’ve seen a few episodes here and there,” but me? I’ve watched every single one since day one, #superfan!

I’m so excited to share what I can with you!

Here’s to an exciting new chapter!!


RHOC season 14 cast !!

Living in the moment.

Most of my blog post are things I’ve learned over the years, bits of wisdom and tricks I’ve picked up over the past 2 decades of navigating motherhood, but this one, this is the one I have the hardest time with.

Life has suddenly become a bit crazy, I’m still not sure how it all happened, but thanks to some people who believed in me one of my life long dreams is becoming a reality. I can’t go into specifics, but things are about to go from zero to a hundred. (Okay, who am I kidding, my life has never been at zero, more like a hundred to mock 12.)

I’m like a kid on Christmas Eve right now, I wake up at night too excited to go back to sleep, and have spent the days running around trying to get everything I need to do in a pretty short amount of time.

So here’s my question to all of you, when the craziness of life is all around you, how do you center yourself? What works to drown out the noise and focus on what’s important like your kids and marriage? How do you balance between your time away and your time at home?

I’ve been a stay at home mom for 19 years now, so this new venture is exciting and petrifying at the same time!

Thanks for any advice!


Just another manic Monday.

We were at brunch yesterday with some friends from school, we got there a few minutes late (because life,) and as we sat down they said “we were just talking about how amazing you guys are and what your mornings must look like, do you line them all up in a row and give them a kiss as they walk out the door?”

As beautiful as that Sound of Music visual is, we couldn’t help but laugh as we explained our mornings were a hot mess of “where’s your shoes, seriously you need shoes, OMG put your shoes on,” as Rowan runs out the door , half dressed, arms full as Sean backs out of the driveway.

Last year I made a blog about “Victory, every damn morning.” Things haven’t changed adding another one to the mix.

Today is the last day of summer, but we still have a chaotic schedule.

This morning Sean is trying to get some work done, I walk into the kitchen and ask “so, is that shaving cream project outside Daddy condoned?”

His eyes get wide and he bolts off the chair having no idea the little kids have pretty much covered the entire patio in white goo.

Up next is Rowan with a swollen red foot from a bee sting a few days earlier ….oh dear, quick call to the doctor (whose my grandpa luckily.)

Koa, she’s in summer school and I have to chase her with a hairbrush still, but whatever, she slept in a dress last night so we’re ahead of the game there.

Me? Oh I’m nursing all the damn time, Hazel won’t take a bottle or eat solids, and pretty much screams when I leave the room, so I’m living life one handed and bra less.

My hair looks good though, Bella was nice enough to wake up early and do it for me in fancy braids, so there’s that.

Our mornings will never resemble a Von Trapp musical, but they’re never boring and I know I’ll miss them when the kids are gone……right?

Ok…gotta get this baby unlatched because we’re late again.

Happy Monday!!