Mother’s Day Guest Post: Adriana of Just BY Living
May 5, 2011, 3:19 pm
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Over the next few days we will be sharing with you some posts from guest bloggers. We chose women we admire and respect to share with you their thoughts on motherhood. Each has compiled a little list of advice for their child (or children). We hope you enjoy it and would love to know….what do you hope to pass on to your kids?

Our first is from Adriana of Just By Living

I love being a mother. It has defined me. I don’t believe that something “changed” in me when I had my son. More so, I feel like something was awoken. I was always his mother deep down and it was just waiting to come to surface. Being a mom, HIS mom, did not alter me but bring out the best possible version of myself. I never knew I could be so good, so healing, caring, devoted, or loving. My love knows no limits or boundaries. It evolves and moves forward with him as he evolves and grows.

You know that expression I loved you before I knew you? Well, I loved him before he existed at all. I loved him when he was a dream, a wish, a whisper. Now, he is my reality. That is what I am celebrating on Mother’s Day. A happier life, a lighter life, a life with a little boy who was made from my body, who holds my hand through the day, and wraps his little fingers into my hair during the night.

Here is my advice for my little man…

Never be afraid of failure, some of life’s best lessons are learned from it.

Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.

Never look back but always remember where you came from.

Put the toilet seat down. Keep books by your bed. Don’t bother with cologne. (Any girl who really loves you will like the way you smell without it)

Travel. and when you do, make like the locals.

Be a gentlemen. There is nothing appealing about a man who doesn’t respect women.

Fall in love. Get married. Have babies. Then, be an active parent. A family is something you will NEVER regret.

To be honest, I don’t know much kiddo, but I do know that being true to yourself, honesty, and self-respect will get you far. Be present in the moment. Life is not found on facebook or in email but right in front of you. Pay attention. The best moments in life slip away quickly. Enjoy them. The smallest things are what make a person truly happy. The smell of the ocean, a gentle summer breeze, the moment before it rains, the curve of a lovers neck, rich hot cocoa, dancing in a crowd full of people you don’t know but feel connected to, road trips, singing at the top of your lungs, BBQs, skinny dipping…these are the things that make you feel alive. No job, or amount of money, or fancy house.

Most importantly, don’t forget to call your mother.


Contributor spotlight: Meet Adriana from Just By Living
April 20, 2011, 1:18 pm
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Hey everyone! I am super excited to be guest posting here on Monkey & The Bug. My name is Adriana and I am a freelance writer/mommy blogger with an insanely adorable little boy named Hendrix. I am married to Michael, a DJ and daddy blogger, and I have a sweet as pie, step-son named Christian. Before I wrote about my mothering adventures I was a fashion writer and contributed to numerous online mags and print publications. I’m a huge fan of Stel’s and M&TB so it is an honor to be here. I’ll be helping out with some “Think Big” posts and a new feature we call “When worlds Collide”…but more on that later.

I recently moved from Boston, MA to Providence, RI into our dream home, an expansive loft with tin ceilings, exposed brick, and lots of light. When I am not busy wrangling my son/writing about wrangling my son you can find me with a stack of design magazines or spending hours on pinterest looking for inspiration for my new home.

I love fashion and it’s always been a huge part of my life. For me it is not about a piece of clothing or a pair of shoes but about a lifestyle and my personal aesthetic is something I use to express who I am. I don’t believe in segregating design and fashion from my life as a mother. They bleed into each other constantly. I’ve found that continuing to invest in my interests has made me a better parent.

Check out my adorable family below!

You will be hearing more from me here on Monkey & The Bug, and if you would like to be a contributor or are interested in guest posting, you can send us an email at

My Husband and I

Hendrix.17 months.

Hendrix.10 months.