It’s true! I shot two different tv shows back to back last week. Insert happy dance. The first was as a spokesperson for Water Wipes. (My favorite wipes in all the land!) See why I love them here. I got to be on Access Hollywood Live talking about cooling summer skin hacks on behalf of my beloved wipes. You can watch my segment here. Being on live TV was a BLAST! I was definitely a bit nervous since it was my first time. You know that scene in Old School where Will Ferrel gives a big speech so they can keep their fraternity? After he kills the speech he said he basically blacked out… yeah- that’s pretty much how I felt too. I loved it though and I hope to do more live TV. The SECOND TV appearance was in NYC the very next day! I got to be a guest on the FOOD NETWORK. Say WHAAAT!?!? Yup. I made a fun dessert on a show called The Kitchen. I believe it airs on August 12th. Everyone I met on both shoots were wonderful, SO welcoming and nice to me. I loved both experiences! THANK YOU UNIVERSE.
YUP! I’ve got two brand spanking new shows that I’m pumped to tell you about! Let’s start with the new MOM SHOW that my girl Susan Yara and I are launching on Mixed Makeup. By now, you’ve probably seen our show The SASS also on Mixed Makeup. We’ve been co-hosting together for about 2.5 years, (that’s A LOT of beauty treatments- am I getting cuter!?!?) and last year we both happened to get pregnant within two months of each other. I swear we didn’t plan it although it couldn’t have worked out better. Since we were both expecting, we dabbled in preggy content on The SASS and even introduced our babies on The SASS. We got a great response from our viewers and we loved creating mom content- so BAM- we launched a mom show. Well kinda, we just announced it as you can see in the video below. The show will kick off later this summer and we’re so excited about the content and guests we have lined up. ARE YOU READY!?!? YEEHAW!
The SECOND show I’m doing is on the Regal Cinemas youtube channel. It’s called Momsplaining The Movies. Basically, I get to attend screenings of kids movies with Idris and then make a video from a moms perspective about what parents can expect when they take their kids to see it. I’ll discuss things like the nappablitly index, aka will you be able to sleep through it or will it be super entertaining. I promise not to give any movie spoilers! Check out my first episode below.
I hope you tune into both of them! Thank you in advance for your continued support. I love what I do and I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to create content. My main hope is that my videos leave you with a smile on your face! CHEERS!
Like most moms I can’t ever believe how fast times goes by- ESPECIALLY with the second baby. Hot damn. I literally blinked and 2 months passed. For me, the first month was a blur of getting used to a new baby and healing from my C-Section. Even though the C hurts like a mofo, everything went as planned with no complications. The only thing that was out of the ordinary was this itchy rash I developed on my legs, arms and hands. Disclaimer, I have extremely sensitive skin and have dealt with eczema and psoriasis at many different points in my life, so I’m used to this kind of thing. I thought I had a reaction to the pain meds, but my dermatologist said it could have been from stress or surgery or a variety of other factors. He wasn’t concerned at all and it completely went away on it’s own after a few weeks.
About the baby! He’s is a CHUNK and I’m in love. At 2.5 months he weighs over 16 pounds and is 24 inches long. Lately, he’s been smiling and cooing. It’s the cutest thing on the PLANET. I’m soaking it all in and loving every second. Nursing has been going really well this time around. I’m much more relaxed, comfortable and confident about breast feeding in general. I have no problem whipping out the old tit and feeding him in public. Mama’s gotta do what mama’s gotta do. I usually wear big, baggy, stretchy tops, so Cyrus fits perfects underneath and we can handle our business. I was way too uncomfortable with my first to do that. Before, when I nursed in public, I needed a blanket and a cover and blah blah blah. It was a pretty awkward experience.
My meatball has been sleeping well. (Don’t hate me for saying that!) Sometimes he’ll even going for a five hour stretch at night. My hubs usually gives him a bottle of pre-pumped milk or formula at around 10pm and he can typically go until 3am before he wakes up and I nurse him. In all honesty, I sleep better now than I did when I was pregnant. Like WAY better. So, YAY for that! Don’t get me wrong, I’m still delirious and cracked out 99.9% of the time.
Idris has been absolutely wonderful big brother. I’m blown away by him. Every time Cyrus cries he runs to get his wubbanub or a new diaper. Sometimes he tries to tickle him or rub his belly and sing him a song. I’m in cuteness heaven over here! I hope they become besties for ever. I’m super tight with my sibs and we have a blast together, so of course I want that for my boys.
That’s all the time I have for today, mama duty calls. Enjoy the video below.
*Photography by Rica Blue
From Wyoming to Montana; here are pics and details from the final leg of my American Road Trip! (Not totally sure why I felt the need to capitalize the R and the T- but let’s just go with it). Click on the links for part 1 and part 2 of this trip. After shooting a show with my friends from The Mom’s View in Idaho my fam and I piled in the car and headed east for Jackson, Wyoming. The drive was beautiful from the start with no stretch of boring scenery. Jackson had been on my list of places to visit for YEARS and I was so happy I got to experience it-even if just for a night. (One night was not nearly enough btw). I loved everything about Jackson and I can’t wait to go back and stay longer.
In Jackson we stayed at the Huff House Inn and Cabins. It was located about a block from the center of town and was just as charming as can be. It was the number one ranked B&B in Jackson on Trip Advisor and I can totally see why. The breakfast was beyond delish. I can’t remember exactly what I ate- but I do remember thinking it was amazing and wishing I could eat it everyday. The service was great, except for one woman who told me I looked HUGE. Granted, I was pregnant, but no one EVER EVER EVER wants to hear they’re huge… well, unless you’re a guy. Ok, now I’m getting way off track. Back to my FAMILY road trip. On the night of our arrival the town square was putting on a show complete with Western outfits, cowboys, hookers and a gun fight. YeeHaw! Idris got so into the show that he started “shooting” people with his bottle. I’m pretty sure everyone enjoyed his performance even more than the others- but don’t tell them that.
The next day’s agenda consisted of taking a leisurely drive through Yellowstone (another bucketlist spot) as we made our way to Montana. How does one even begin to describe the incredible beauty that is Yellowstone? There aren’t enough words. It was magical. I felt like we were on another planet. We were even lucky enough to see Old Faithful erupt. Yellowstone is another spot that I cannot wait to go back to. Idris also had a blast. Every couple minutes we’d drive to new geyser, hop out of the car and explore. Eventually we made it to our ranch near Big Sky, Montana where we were staying for the next few nights.
The ranch was called the 320 Guest Ranch. This was such a unique experience. I’ve never stayed on a ranch before and I freakin loved it. If you are traveling with kids this is the place to be. They have a giant TeePee and a playground on the property. It was so fun for Idris to play every morning and night while Michael and I had a cup of coffee or wine and soaked in the stunning scenery. The ranch drew one of the most diverse groups of people I have ever seen. I probably heard about 8 different languages being spoken from Italian to Mandarin and many more in between. One of the days on the ranch we decided the family should take a fishing lesson. None of us had ever fished before and we figured a ranch on Montana was the perfect place to learn. We told our instructor we were rookies- but I don’t think she anticipated just how green we actually were. On my first attempt I caught myself a…. wait for it… a Sharzad! Yup. I hooked my own neck with the fishing rod. It was easily one of the funniest things thats ever happened to me. I only wish it was on camera. I was standing there with a rod stuck in my neck while Michael and the instructor were trying not to loose their shit laughing. (I was totally fine in case you’re wondering.)
When I booked the ranch I was told about a BBQ on the river that would be perfect for families. I couldn’t have said yes fast enough. They even offered a vegetarian option. Meatless in Montana!?!? Yup. It’s possible. That dinner was one for the books. We were taken to a beautiful meadow on a horse drawn carriage where we dined next to a pristine river with live music, great food and absolutely breathtaking scenery. After dinner we went down to the shallow part of the river, threw rocks in the water and explored in the nature. Idris thought that was the greatest thing ever. When I planned the trip I remember thinking it would either be a complete fail or a total win. I knew nothing about the places we were visiting and I hadn’t done such a long road trip with a toddler. I’m happy to report that it couldn’t have worked out better. We kept Idris constantly entertained with parks, playgrounds, nature and snacks (ok, and lots of iPad time). I can honestly say he loved this trip and so did we. We got little tastes of such cool spots around this beautiful country and we can wait to go back to them all again!
From Portland, OR to Bozeman, MT and so many places in between. My family and I explored four states, drove over 900 miles, played at 9 different playgrounds, made new friends, saw old ones and ate lots of french fries and ice cream! Here are some of the highlights from the Pacific Northwest to the West? Is Montana considered the West? Cuz it’s pretty far east from Cali. Anyway, the first leg kicked off in Portland, Oregon. You can read all about that by clicking here. Below are some of the highlights from the second leg of the trip.
From Portland we made our way east on the 84 towards Pendelton. When I told Michael we were going to the home of the iconic wool blankets he got very excited and went a little crazy. He did some serious damage at the Pendelton outlet and we now have a massive collection of wool blankets. Picnic anyone? Driving next to the Hood River was fabulous. We stopped several times along the way to explore places like the beautiful Multnomah Falls. I need to go back when I’m not trekking around with a human stuffed inside my body.
Pictured below: Pendelton House Historic Inn B&B If you find yourself in Pendelton, this is the best place to stay. It was charming with a wonderful host and an insanely good breakfast. The other pic is from the Pendelton factory.
The drive from Pendelton to Boise to Idaho Falls was uneventful. (I know there are beautiful places in Idaho- we just didn’t have time on this trip to see ’em). We broke up the long haul by stopping in Boise for a few hours. We went paddle boarding and played at the playground in Julia Davis park. By the time we made it to Idaho Falls we just crashed in our room. The next day was a busy one, so we got an early start and headed east again. This time our first stop was to visit my friends from The Mom’s View. Can’t drive through Idaho without shooting an episode of TMV! It was such a treat to catch up with some of my favorite mamas.
Stay tuned for the third leg of the trip!
It’s true. I had ANOTHER baby. The first one turned out so good that we thought- screw it, let’s go for round two! I’m ECSTATIC that my family is complete and I never have to be pregnant again. YAY. My stomach looks like it’s been mauled by a tiger, the bags under my eyes are a deep dark shade and my level of delirium has peaked- but I’m so f*cking happy. Fo real. Love babies. Hate pregnancy. So- about the birth, I decided to have a planned C-section. Yup. If you remember my first birth experience you might understand why. In a nutshell I wanted a water birth. I was under the care of a midwife, had a doula, took hypnobirthing classes, you get the idea. After going two weeks over my due date, being in labor for about 40 hours, having my water manually broken. sleeping with a balloon catheter and not dilating past a 3 I ended up having a C-section anyway. NO FUN. Second time around I figured I would skip all the drama and just plan it. I only stayed in the hospital for two nights before feeling like a champ and coming home. I’m not going to sugar coat it- having a c-section is major surgery and it’s crucial to rest after. I just figured I would rest up at home where I had better food and TV options. In typical Sharzad fashion I made a video about the birth. You can watch it below! I hope it sheds a positive light on having a planned c. Remember not to judge any mamas on how they choose to bring their babies into this world. Most important thing is they do what’s best for THEM. Peace!