Hi! Welcome to Forgotten Lattes I’m Jenn, a former educator turned stay-at-home-mom.
A couple of years ago I started Forgotten Lattes because I was tired of feeling alone. I had wanted to be a mom (a stay-at-home-mom to be specific) my whole life. And now here I was, living the life I’d always dreamed of, and I was miserable.
I was exhausted, cranky, apart from my husband waaaaay more than I had ever thought I’d be, and I was drowning in house work.
My sink was always overflowing with dishes, the laundry was never done (no matter how many loads I did), I never seemed to have a firm handle on how to get dinner on the table, I spent more time cleaning the house then connecting with my son, and I had never felt more alone.
After a few minutes on social media each day I started convincing myself that somehow other moms magically had it all figured out and I was the one that was doing it wrong.
I started to believe that nobody else struggled to get the laundry folded or dinner on the table. And I bought into the lie that because I wasn’t doing Pinterest-worthy crafts with my son I was failing.
And that was back when I only had one kid.
Then we had another. And then another.
And somewhere in all of that chaos I started Forgotten Lattes because I wanted to share all of my parenting adventures with the world. Like the time I pulled out what I believed was a brown rock out of the washing machine with my bare hands.
It wasn’t a brown rock……….I’ll let you decide what that object was.
But finding time to write with three littles in the house is almost impossible. And I just couldn’t handle one more thing on my plate.
If I thought I was drowning and failing before then adding two more kids to the mix certainly didn’t help!
So there I was at the start of the summer of 2018, I had three kids five and under, my husband worked 60+ hours a week every week just to make ends meet, I was tired, I was lonely, I was ready for a change.
I googled “minimalism with kids” one day and set out on a mission to declutter my house. I started with broken toys because I didn’t know where else to start.
And from there I built momentum and over the course of one summer I decluttered our entire house from top to bottom.
I did it on broken sleep. I did it with a newborn, and toddler and a pre-kindergartener in the house. And I did most of it alone while my husband was at work.
And from there I started to develop more routines to help pull me out of survival mode. I created a laundry routine, I made a space in the house where I kept everybody’s shoes, I had a plan for dinner (it wasn’t great but it was something).
I started taking power naps every afternoon and waking up before my kids each morning.
I began investing into quality products that helped keep my life simple and efficient.
In six months I went from pure survival mode to completely thriving as a mom.
I went from spending hours each week doing housework to spending more precious hours connecting with my three boys.
Was it because of the decluttering? The routines? The napping?
But more importantly it was because of the intention I started putting into my motherhood.
I stopped waking up and letting the days happen to me. Praying that somehow the kids would give me a break after lunch so I could rest or crossing my fingers that the baby would sleep.
I started making choices all day every day to be intentional because I was tired of just barely making it.
I intentionally woke up before my kids in the morning.
I intentionally did created routines around basic household tasks like laundry, dishes, picking up toys, and cooking dinner.
I intentionally got my kids dressed and out of the house on some days and on other days we stayed home.
And once I’d started to figure all of this out I knew I wanted to use my blog to share my message.
Because it took me five years, three kids, and whole lot of mistakes to get here.
It took me yelling at my kids, tear-filled fights with my husband, and many many drive-thru runs to figure out that I was in charge of my motherhood.
And I could either continue down the path I was on – barely surviving – or I could make intentional choices to do better. To be better for my kids.
And I want to save you from the mistakes I made. I want to help you get out of your chaos and be more intentional in your motherhood.
I want to help you stop wasting time cleaning up messes, cooking elaborate meals, and stressing about housework and instead I want you to start making memories with your kids!
I am on a mission to help moms across
America the world to stop living day-to-day, hoping that the next day will somehow magically be better. I want you to make the choice today to be intentional about creating a better life for you and your kids!
So I’m here to share with you what I’ve learned and the mistakes I’ve made so that you don’t have to make those same mistakes.
And I’m going to share anything and everything I can to make your #momlife just a little bit easier. Whether it’s a new must-have product, my favorite morning sickness remedies, or a new cookbook I’m loving my goal is to share real, practical solutions to your every day problems.
Thanks for stopping by! I’m so glad to have you here and I can’t wait to empower you towards a more intentional motherhood!