About me

Through the stretch marks, being spit-up on, and the gray hairs this is the real. I write blog posts that help with all the real problems of motherhood with the added TMI. 

From being homeless and addicted, to struggling with an eating disorder, to now diving into parenting and helping others. I like to show the fun and lightheartedness of mom life, and life in general, or else I’ll cry.

 

Name: Alanna.

Location: Too freakin sunny, Arizona.

Hobbies: Training bras, poopy diapers, Blogging.

Age: Unknown, said to be around 26, for more than a few years now.

Kids: Saffron, 11. Aurora, 2. (Not their real names for protection, but on my baby name list)

Favorite Color: Pink, Black.

Favorite Book: Watership Down, Celestine Prophecy.

Favorite TV Show: Whatever my kids watch, I’m not allowed.

Favorite Movies: Unleashed, Grimwald, Mother!, Kill Bill’s, One-Bak The Thai Warrior.

 

Why did you decide to start blogging? I would see all these perfect mom blogs and just wonder how I went so wrong. I was far from perfect as these blogs would seem to show. And even if they had problems, they would make them look so glamorous. I created this blog to show that there are all types of moms, with all types of lives, and all types of problems. My yard is far from perfect, my roots are usually grown out, and I don’t always have a full face of makeup. I am a mom, a real mom.

Your biggest personal and professional accomplishments? I have an Associates Degree in General Studies. I was finishing my Bachelors in Communication when I got pregnant with Aurora. During my pregnancy I had hyperemesis gravidarum so I was forced to withdrawal from classes. I decided to change my degree to social work in the future, because they have student loan forgiveness if you do it. Student loans are kicking my ass, so I gotta do what I gotta do. Plus social work is what I plan on doing degree or not, so why not go that extra mile.

I have completed the program at Arizona School of Real Estate and Business, and hope to be a real estate agent eventually.

Aurora being silly.
Saffron's first day of a 6th grade.

What’s all this about addiction? I am a recovering heroin and meth addict. I was a meth addict from the ages of 17-22, and a heroin addict from the ages of 21 to 29. I am currently in recovery, but my journey is far from over. I am still struggling and always will, that is why I decided to start writing. I am learning new things, and new ways to cope everyday.

You also had an eating disorder? Yes, you saw right. I am also recovering from an eating disorder. Anorexia (not eating anything), a little bulimia (binging/purging) and overexercising. I would starve but if I did eat then I would purge (vomit) it.

While at my worst I didn’t even want to drink water or lick a stamp because of the weight and calories. I would step on the scale about 30x a day. At 18 years old my ED was at its worst, but I have struggled off and on with it still years later. When I wasn’t using I was starving, and vise versa.

I was actually one of those people that was skinnier sober than when I was using. Weird I know. Then I again struggled with anorexia after my second baby. It is something that lives in your mind forever.

My horrible mugshot from about 2010
Arrested and detoxing.
Me very thin in about 2006.
Trying to be as skinny as possible.
Me very thin in about 2006.
Another skinny pic.
Me very thin in about 2006.
Wearing baggy clothes, trying to hide. I did a lot of hiding.
Healthy, sober and happy me.
Current, sober, fit and healthy! 🙂

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.

What's On the blog

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Blogging

Everything to do with blogging, and creating your own blog. I own a blog, and have gone through many issues getting started. I want to pass on my wisdom so others don’t.

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Health & Addiction

As a former addict, anorexic, and current health enthusiast I have learned a lot. I want to pass on my experiences and help others in their journeys to perfect health.

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Lifestyle

This is everything to do with life that doesn’t fit in the other boxes. Everyone knows life can be difficult, so I want to show the strategies I use to get through.

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Mommy-hood

As a mother of 2 very difficult girls, I have overcome my fair share of hurdles. I pass on my knowledge to other REAL mom’s that feel lost at times; no sugar coating.

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Travel

Traveling is one of my many passions and I have done my fair share. This shows some of my stories while I tell tips and tricks of traveling with a family and kids of all ages.

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