The Mother of All Meltdowns Book Review

“Every mother, at some point, inevitably becomes her own worst enemy. In a millisecond, her halo crumbles and she has a moment so crazed it is forever known as the one…The Mother of All Meltdowns. The following anthology was written by women who have had their moments. Together we have experienced the anguish and frustration of the adult-sized tantrum. We have shed the tears, dropped to our knees in agony, and asked the age-old question, “Why me?” From poop-decorated rooms to having our liquid gold scrutinized and confiscated by TSA, we’re not afraid to share our collection of thirty tell-all stories. We are survivalists and know that within every meltdown there is a silver lining.”

The Mother of All Meltdowns was by far one of the most fun books I’ve ever read.  It took me a little longer than usual to read it with being so busy with my newborn son, but it was well worth it!  I read it many times during my late night nursing sessions with my son, and I must say it really helped.  While being dead dog tired, I was able to pop on my deemly lite iPad and enjoy a few laughs while my son filled his belly.

Being a new mom, this book was so fitting and relevant to me.  I could relate to many of the stories, and the others…well I’m sure I’ll be able to relate in no time.  I laughed and cringed, and thought to myself “That will be me one day.”.  Every expectant mom, new mom, and parent in general should read The Mother of All Meltdowns.  Its reminds you that you’re not in this game called parenting alone.

Its so easy to get discouraged and be uncertain about being a mother.  In the two months I’ve been a mom, I’ve gone through so many highs and lows.  Reading The Mother of All Meltdowns let me know that what I was experiencing was normal, and that every other mother has been through it as well.  I will definitely be re-reading it and I hoping for a part 2 in the near future!

is available on Amazon in paperback and for download on Amazon Kindle.  It is written by Crystal Ponti, who blogs over at and a slew of contributing bloggers.


NaBloPoMo | The Way I Blog

The Way I Blog

If you were to ask my what my first blog post was, I couldn’t tell you.  I’ve been blogging since 2006, so I’ve been in the game a long time.  I have had at least 4 or 5 blogs, but by far New Mama Diaries is the one I’ve dedicated the most time to and stuck with.  When I first got into blogging, I was all about fashion, makeup, and beauty.  I still have my fashion/makeup/beauty blogs, but they are dormant at the moment.  My blogs used to serve as a supplement to my fashion/makeup/beauty Youtube videos, but I have since stopped making them.  I still love makeup and all that, but just don’t wear it as often as I used to.  I had to put a lot of that aside when I joined the military.  I no longer wore makeup everyday or painted my names weekly.  Plus, being in training, especially OCS, left me no access to technology, nor time.  After a while I just kind of fell off the whole video and blogging bandwagon.

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NaBloPoMo | My Proudest Accomplishment


My biggest accomplishment by far would be having my son and becoming a mother. Yes, I’ve graduated college, served my country, gotten married, but none of those things match the blessing of becoming a mother. All those things have made me who I am, and prepared me in different ways for motherhood. I know for a fact that I became more selfless after joining the Marine Corps. You have no choice but to be. As a Marine, especially an officer, you always put your Marines first.

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NaBloPoMo | My Favorite Hour of The Day?


At this point with a newborn, you’d think my favorite hour of the day is any hour I can get some uninterrupted sleep.  The sleep deprivation doesn’t bother me, considering I’ve got used to being sleep deprived being in the military.  It’s the fact that when I wake up, I’m having to focus on what I’m doing versus just being up around the clock.  I know how important sleep is to a new mama, and I know I need it.  Sleep is such a commodity at this point that I’ll take it when I can get it.  I have to be alert and extremely cognizant with my son, as you have to be with any newborn, and sleep rejuvenates you and allows you be as such.  Fortunately, I think hormones play an important role in being able to still be this way even when you’re operating on little sleep.  For once in my life, I have hormones to thank!  They say at some point that you can get baby on a schedule.  Apparently this starts around 3 or so months.  Maybe I’ll be lucky and it’ll start sooner?!  Only time will tell.  Continue reading

Motherhood | Life With A Newborn


I’ve been a mother for a little over a week now and I have been loving it. Even through the sleepless nights and countless diapers changes, it has been wonderful!  Every time I look at my son’s (and yes…that feels good to say!) little face my heart melts.  Its not just the cute face with chubby cheeks, big brown eyes, and ear-pleasing coos that he makes, it’s the entire gravity of being a mother now.  I’ve always wanted children, for as long as I can remember!  I’m the youngest child in my family, so I never had the experience of seeing my mom pregnant or having a baby brother or sister.  Continue reading