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Welcome to The Amabiscas! I am seriously so glad that you’re here. If you’re new here (even if you’re not), you’ve landed on the right page! I know that there are a billion different blogs out there, and I’m so thankful that you’ve chosen to come here and spend some time with me.

 

About Brandi

My name is Brandi Amabisca, and I am a Wife, Mother, Professional Makeup Artist, Wannabe Foodie, and Blogger! I am a plus-sized, Latina, Millennial Mom just trying to figure it all out… I am a lover of all things beauty, home, making delicious food, and travel. While I enjoy living a moderately healthy lifestyle, the occasional cheats make their way in. I’m a sucker for French fries, y’all.

My husband and I have been together for thirteen years, and married for three. He is 100% my better half, he is full of all of the wonderful and amazing qualities that I’m lacking. He has always just…gotten me. It’s one of the most attractive things about him. I’m also a lot to put up with, and he does it *mostly* with a smile on his face.

Like most, our marriage isn’t without ups and downs, but I find myself valuing Jacob’s commitment to our family and our relationship daily. He never fails to keep me feeling safe, he makes me laugh, he keeps me sane, and he manages to annoy me just the perfect amount. I feel truly fortunate and blessed to have married my best friend.

Sweet and oftentimes shy, but incredibly rambunctious from day one, Grayson is our little explorer. In Early 2017, we found out that Grayson is hearing impaired, though that doesn’t slow him down! He is incredibly opinionated, beautifully brilliant, and such a character. He has a fascination with Space, Dinosaurs, and literally anything with wheels. He is such a cool dude, and he is full of joy–truly. Every single day he brings a smile to my face and makes me laugh. He just recently has started practicing jokes on everyone, and it’s as precious as you’d think. It’s been so rewarding watching him turn into a little boy.

Photography by: Alura Wayne Photography

Photography by: Alura Wayne Photography

In July of 2018, we welcomed Sawyer into our lives. She has been such a blessing. Grayson has so enjoyed being a big brother, and really tries to step up and help with everything, every day. Her little smile and laugh is incredibly infectious, and it’s been so fun to see her personality come out more and more as the days go by.

Becoming a Wife and a Mother has been the most rewarding, exhausting, joyful, and terrifying experience of my entire life. Some days I falter, but we all do. It won’t always be sunshine and rainbows, but it will be raw and authentic. Becoming a Mother of Two has been…an experience. I am still trying to navigate my way through it, every day I learn that I’m capable of more than the day before.

It’s totally possible to kick ass at this Wife and Mom Thing. I know it is. I get by with caffeine and a lot of crockpot meals (which I’ll totally share with y’all!)

I started blogging because I craved people, community, and Moms to share my hopes and dreams, and trials and tribulations with. I hope that through this blog we can connect, share stories, and get to know one another.

You can never have too many women in your corner.

About Me

About Me

I'm Brandi, a thirty year old Mom of two living just outside of Nashville. I share all of my passions here. My hope is to help you realize that you can make some absolutely amazing, flavorful, and healthy meals at home...meals that your family will love, and you don't have to spend a lot of money or put in a ton of effort in the kitchen. I want you to be able to find community, encouragement, tips, and several laughs here.. So grab a snack and your favorite drink and stay a while! Let's be friends. Read More

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  • A Peek into Our Saturday Afternoon and Family Day at my husband’s job.⠀
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This is a yearly event that they put on for all of the families and it’s amazing! Lots of rides, prizes, food, and fun treats. We had a blast. ⠀
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I may have went overboard with the free burgers today. I’m a sucker for a really good burger off the grill. Anyone else? ⠀
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Full Disclosure: My Ennegram 6 came out hard when Grayson wanted to ride the Ferris Wheel.⠀
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I was almost hoping that 1. We could talk him out of it, or 2. My husband would be too tall to ride it with him. I was so nervous about how he would react. ⠀
What if he tried to get down?⠀
What if he was so scared and I wasn’t up there with him?⠀
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But, I learned a lesson today. ⠀
I have to learn to trust my boy. He *knew* he wanted to ride it, and he loved it! ⠀
Slowly loosening my reigns on him. Reluctantly... 🤣🤣⠀
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#documentingmotherhood #momblogger #momdotme #momlife #mommyblogger #momsofinstagram #momsohard #motherhood_squares #motherhoodvillage #nashvilleblogger #nashvillemom #nashvillemomblogger #theycallmemama #momentsinmotherhood #motherhoodinspired #motherhoodintheraw #motherhoodloop #motherhoodmoments #motherhoodrising #motherhoodsimplified #motherhoodthroughinstagram #thisismotherhood #unitedinmotherhood #themotherhoodcorner
  • Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay. I didn’t always openly share about my struggles over the years with my own mental health. I always steered the conversation towards how important it was for anyone struggling to reach out, ask for help, share their story, whatever they felt comfortable doing. Ending the Stigma.⠀
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But me? Oh no, I was to embarrassed to admit that I was also struggling. ⠀
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I never really noticed a change in my mental health until *after* I became a mother. Post-Partum (and situational—my husband and I were just in a bad place financially, in our marriage, etc) Depression really got the best of me after I gave birth to my son. I slept all the time, picked stupid fights with my husband, and at times just genuinely didn’t want to be alive. Thought that I was a horrible mother. Thankfully after struggling for what felt like forever, those feelings went away. ⠀
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Going into my second pregnancy and remembering just how badly that PPD had gotten, spiraled me into a new feeling—anxiety. And that feeling hasn’t really gone away. ⠀
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I have really really great days, more good than bad and I am so grateful for that. But there are days where I feel my overwhelm and anxiety physically crushing me. Being able to speak up about it, communicate my needs to my partner, *and* find support and solace in wonderful women who are going through the same has been my saving grace. ⠀
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Sure, Instagram is often filled with really beautiful curated images—and don’t mistake my words here, I love and enjoy scrolling these beautiful feeds; but it’s also important to remember that it isn’t always beautiful and well planned all of the time. There are real people behind these beautiful photos. ⠀
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Life can also be messy. Embrace the mess. ⠀
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(Inspiration for this post today comes from two beautiful Moms that I follow and love, who consistently advocate for Mental Health Awareness- @thegarciadiaries and @arynhinton). ⠀
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Scroll all the way through for a silly outtake of the first image. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Oh, Sawyer. Lol. ⠀
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#motherhoodunplugged #maternalmentalhealth #mentalhealthisimportant ⠀
#motherhoodjourney #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodintheraw #motherhoodunfiltered
  • Do you have a house full of snackers? #AD Whether you have a toddler or a preschooler @beechnutfoods Toddler Snacks (their Fruity Oat Bars specifically) are some of our favorite Grab N Go snacks! They contain only 5 *REAL* Ingredients and no artificial preservatives (Whole Grain Oats, Raisins, Dates, Sunflower Oil, and Dried Strawberries or Bananas—depending on which you get). The kids absolutely love them, and I feel pretty great giving them these whenever they ask for one. 
I also love sneaking Beech-Nut​®​ Naturals purees into their food to make sure they’re getting enough servings of veggies a day too. 
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  • Today is #NationalTacoDay 🌮🌮🌮
Are y’all celebrating? We had tacos for dinner a few nights ago, but I’m pretty sure we need to have them again. What’s your favorite kind of taco? And what’s your must have topping? I *love* and have to have cheese, raw onions, lettuce, avocado, salt and pepper and tapatio on my beef tacos. •
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  • I missed National Son Day yesterday...that was my bad. I typically don’t realize it’s a “national ___ day” unless someone tells me. 😅😅 This kid loves so hard, feels things so big, and oftentimes frustrates the mess out of me. 
He’s at that age where he’s testing lots of boundaries and realizing he doesn’t want to do everything he’s told, he’s learning to use his voice and while I LOVE that it’s some times challenging for me. 
I’ve had days where I’m harder on him that I should be, and days where I feel like I’ve coddled him too much. 
Watching him grow into his personality and have likes and dislikes, and big strong opinions is amazing to watch. He’s funny, he’s goofy, he’s sensitive, he’s stubborn, and he’s oh so smart. He still loves cars and dinosaurs, and has taken up a love of baking. (Halloween Baking Championship is his favorite show). And even though he and I butt heads some times, I can’t even put into words the love that I feel for my first born. 
After all, like he tells me all the time “You made me in your tummy and grew me special!” 🥰🥰
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  • I have the weirdest question y’all... My kids LOVE fruit, like, they’re obsessed. They eat some with almost every meal, they like it as a snack, etc etc. 
Mostly though, they love Summertime fruits like watermelon, strawberries, actually all of the berries really. 
As we get closer to Fall and Winter, I’ve found my strawberry selection at the grocery store is...just not great. 
So....what are some of your kid’s faves? (We get berries, bananas and apples WEEKLY. Grayson likes bananas and apples but Sawyer seems to only like strawberries. And we don’t do a ton of citrus because we’re mildly allergic to it when it touches our skin—though we do love it!)
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