Sooo, chances are pretty good that you’re slightly confused right now. First, let me assure you that even though everything looks different, you’re still at the right place. You can expect the same easy (yet delicious) recipes, the same fun crafts, the same relatable parenting advice. But now you can find so much more! Why?
Because The Adventures of J-Man and MillerBug is now Mom Unleashed!
Now, before you go back to your normal reading or searching for a dinner idea for tonight, I wanted to share with you why we’re making the change and what you can expect from the new site. So, without further ado, let me introduce you to Mom Unleashed!
Why Mom Unleashed?
OK, guys….I’m gonna get real with you here for a minute. The last six months have been pretty tough in our home. Most of you know that our world was rocked last October when my oldest son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It came out of nowhere and it changed out lives. Suddenly, everything turned upside down. Through a lot of tears and a lot of frustration, I found myself floundering. Where I had previously had what felt like a pretty balanced life, my daily schedule was now consumed by carb counts, planning menus, picking up medications at the pharmacy and monitoring his numbers. There were long days and every longer nights. Through all of this, I lost myself and my motivation. I couldn’t really write anymore about how everything was so great and carefree and fun because, well, it wasn’t. I’m just gonna be real here for a minute and admit that there were days when it was hard to just get through the things that had to be done, much less craft or cook or create. For a few very dark months, I wondered if this was what life was always going to be like. I knew that if it was, I would push through because it’s what my child needed but I just felt so lost. During this time, I struggled with The Adventures of J-Man and MillerBug and sharing the stories inspired by my children because most days it felt like life was a battle, not an adventure. But then something happened. My perspective began to change. I went from feeling like this diagnosis was something we would never recover from to realizing that life (and how I looked at it) was within my control. Suddenly, my journey was different but my purpose was very much the same.
Once I accepted that my normal had changed, I was able to change myself. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m still a work in progress but let me tell you, there is beauty in the ashes of his diagnosis. As I walked with him down the path of change, I myself discovered that while I’m broken, life is still beautiful. From this discovery, Mom Unleashed was born. While I no longer felt that my site revolves around my children, I still wanted a place where I can shares my experiences and unleash my creativity, my passions and even on the hard days, my tears.
My own journey is teaching me that as moms and as women, we stay so focused on presenting this perfect image to the world that we rarely let people truly see who we are. We hide behind children and family and the perfect little picture that we try to create because deep down, we’re scared to admit how flawed we truly are. But ya’ll, those flaws are what we need to celebrate. I am a woman. I am a mom. I am far from perfect and I have daily failures. I laugh. I cry. I scream. And tomorrow I will do it all again because from each and every attempt I make at living a beautiful life, whether through a recipe, a craft, a home improvement project, a parenting decision or simply making it through another day, I’m unleashing the version of me that I’m truly ready to be.
My hope for this new site is that as I continue to bring you easy recipes, fun crafts, practical parenting advice and more, I’ll also be able to encourage you to unleash the amazing mom that you are. In addition to the topics you’ve come to expect and enjoy, I’ll be sharing more about my family’s journey with Type 1 Diabetes and offering simple ways that I’m finding to navigate a world that I never thought I would be living in. I hope that my ability to not only continue to share a part of my everyday life but also to share the raw but beautiful new life we’re living will help those of you walking through tough times, inspire those of you who are simply searching for a way to live your best life and make your daily journey as a mom just a little easier to navigate. My adventure now different but really, so many things are the same. Won’t you join me as I unleash the mom I never knew I always wanted to be?
What’s New on Mom Unleashed
So now that you know the why, it’s time to tell you what’s new. Chances are you’ve already realized the site looks very different! To help you find the most useful information, we’ve create a road map so to speak. On our home page you can now choose the areas that most interest you or you can click through to the blog to see what we’ve been coming up with lately.
We’ve also retooled our categories so that it’s easier than every to find exactly what you’re looking for. From the division of our recipes into types of meals to separating out our home improvement and organization tips from our regular parenting advice, simple hover over the drop down menus at the top of the page to find exactly what you’re looking for.
You can also subscribe to our all new newsletter that will focus on family-friendly recipes that are perfect for those days that you have no idea what to cook! And make sure you follow along with all of our social media pages where we’ll be sharing more daily inspiration to help unleash the best in you.
It is my hope that you’ll find the new site to be not only easier to navigate but also more helpful in your daily life. I love sharing a part of my life with you and while I’ve gotten away from some of the real, honest moments over the year, I’m ready to get back to the real reason that I started this blog….to unleash inspiration as I cook, create, experience and inspire!
I hope you’ll join in and follow along!