3 Things I’ve learned as a Mom

by Shalice Noel

3 Things I’ve learned as a Mom:

1. Not everything will be perfect. Plan for the worst. In which case, my mom bag is stocked with lollipops, trail mix, almonds for me and hubby and Fig bars for the kids from Costco. I’ve learned these items make anything from traffic delays to waiting at the doctor’s office, MUCH smoother.

2. Enjoy the moments. This is harder than it reads. And to do this successfully you will have to say NO to what is good for what is BEST. Lots of discernment is needed to decide. Sometimes I give up potential brand partnerships and events, to spend quality time with my kids.

3. Don’t judge. Every mom and child is at a different place – I used to look at parenting so differently as a single – now I get it and give every mom some grace. Especially during that 4 pm, grocery store line when they’re grabbing for candy and chocolate. Been there. If you’re a mom, what have you learned, please share in the comments. Read more of my mother’s day commentary here.


silk polka dot shirt BODEN :: olive jacket BODEN :: skirt ASOS  :: my boots HUNTERS in matte black

his pants BODEN :: his sweater BODEN :: his sneakers BODEN 

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Christie Lawrence February 13, 2017 - 7:11 pm

Isn’t it kind of fun to be in rain boots in So Cal? I’ve learned not to judge and that sometimes the biggest hug can remedy a lot of situations that are bordering on a total break down! P.S. you and your son have the exact same facial expressions in these shots. Too cute!

shalice noel February 14, 2017 - 12:27 am

You’re so right about the hug! Sometimes that’s all we need. Thanks for reading ❤️

Carrie Colbert February 13, 2017 - 11:50 pm

Such warm, accepting words. More people need to have these sorts of attitudes. Beautiful, Shalice.



shalice noel February 14, 2017 - 12:27 am

Thank you Carrie, glad you enjoyed. Xx

Kremb de la Kremb February 14, 2017 - 4:02 am

I learned early on when my first was born and he was in the ICU for five days that I will never have control over my children. I may nourish them, influence them, and guide them to the best of my ability, but I cannot control them. That was a very hard first lesson, but I think that little scare when he was first born has helped me understand parenting just a little better.

Now I let that same son know I have 3 1/2 more years to make an impact on his life, and I plan to do just that. It’s going to go really, really fast, but before I know it, he’ll be graduating and moving on to becoming a man. I gotta do the best I can RIGHT NOW!

Beautiful learnings from you Shalice. I agree with all of them.

Love, Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

shalice noel February 14, 2017 - 4:23 am

Thanks Ann, for sharing. 5 days in the ICU would be SO HARD. But the lessons you shared are a good reminder (and relief) that even in our best efforts we CANNOT control them, but kindly lead them. Hugs from LA.

Kremb de la Kremb February 14, 2017 - 5:00 am

It was super hard! He was born in Venezuela, so all of his care was in Spanish. By the third day, when a new issue had arisen, I insisted on a translation. I just couldn’t understand the medical jargon any longer.

He’s all good now! A very strong and healthy 14 year old boy!

Hugs from HK! A x

Leslie Musser February 14, 2017 - 1:27 pm

I love these insights + little nuggets of wisdom. I’m storing this post away for the months and years to come. you’re a rockstar!

xx, leslie

shalice noel March 15, 2017 - 8:47 pm

Thanks, Leslie!

I'm Welly, I wear Wellingtons March 10, 2017 - 10:43 pm

It’s lovely to see you wearing your Wellingtons you look gorgeous.


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