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With our kids and with our spouses...this is the greatest advice!
04/02/2021

With our kids and with our spouses...this is the greatest advice!

Relationship Repair Tip:

If tensions have been high … if cross words have been spoken … if your loved one has been distant, smiling when he or she walks into the room is probably the last thing you feel like doing, but do it anyway. Let that hurting human being know you haven’t rejected him or her.

I’ll never forget hearing from a woman who said she and her teenage son had drifted apart. She decided to follow a piece of guidance from one of my books—which was to make a conscious effort to look up and smile EVERY SINGLE time her son came into the room, returned home, or crossed paths with her in the house. She said no matter what she was in the middle of, she consistently greeted him in a way that let him know he mattered.

“Three days,” she wrote. “Three days of me consistently greeting him with love when he walked in the room, and I got an ‘I love you, Mom,’ when he left for school today. I wasn’t sure if I would hear that again.”

Oftentimes, expressing joy at the mere sight of another human being – consistently and repeatedly – can offer more healing than any words we could ever say.

-Rachel Macy Stafford

May this beautiful story remind us of the power of being seen. We have so much that keeps us from truly seeing each other these days… but we have the power to remove the barriers between us. Looking up is one way. We can do that. My hand in yours.

Cozy Minimalism
03/31/2021

Cozy Minimalism

I can’t say anything more perfect. So just “ditto” to Jen Hatmaker today.
03/25/2021

I can’t say anything more perfect.
So just “ditto” to Jen Hatmaker today.

Dears, just in case you are sad and flattened and overwhelmed like I am today, nothing is wrong with you. There is just too much wrong with the world.

Another mass shooting, more kids at the border in detention centers alone, the year mark of the pandemic, all the mental and emotional health issues under our roofs, the cumulative losses we’ve endured.

I am sitting on my porch watching Sydney do her online college work. Just staring at her. I can’t manage the forty million things I am expected to manage today. My brain is holding so much pain and worry. I know yours is too. This world is hard. I’m tired. We’re tired.

It is normal to be overwhelmed by this world and everything that is broken in it, and all the ways it breaks people and families and lives. It is actually madness to think we could just carry on with our usual energy and enthusiasm.

If you are on your metaphorical porch blankly staring, trying to make sense of a hurting world that causes hurt in return, I am with you today. Maybe we just treat our souls with gentleness. Drink some water, sit in the sun, brush your teeth. Maybe just say “not today” and try again tomorrow. You aren’t alone. You aren’t overly fragile. The history books will be unpacking the effects of this last year on the human psyche nestled in our particular culture for decades.

Sending love, beloveds. Rest.

03/19/2021
Momstrosity

So this is what quarantine education looked like for the better part of the year...notice I scrapped the “schedule” quite early in the process. 😂 What’s something you or your kids learned to do this past year?

LISTEN. Should you find yourself quarantined with your kids, schedule is important. You don’t want to waste this valuable learning time.

SO, in the spirit of giving, I have decided to share my alternate learning home school plans.

You’re welcome.

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Home Economics: learn the basics of washing and folding laundry. We will review daily.

Language Arts: Dissect and interpret the poetry of Ludacris, Missy, and Usher.

Science: Clean out the fridge. Try to identify organisms living in the old Tupperware containers.

Social Studies: Watch an episode of Drunk History. You will learn more than I ever did in school.

Art: Clean crayon doodles off the wall. What is your interpretation of each piece? What was the artist trying to convey?

Culinary Arts: Go make yourself lunch.

PE: Run and get me something, real quick.
Also, a game of hide-and-seek. You hide.

Debate: Make a list of comebacks for mommy to use when someone says, “Well, when I was raising my kids.....”

Music Appreciation: A study of early 2000’s pop music.

STEM: Watch “Home Alone.” Discuss. Set up b***y traps for when Dad comes him from work.

Math: Help mommy look over all the bills, and try to figure out how we hold everything together.

Theatre Appreciation: Cancelled. Your drama and attitude is going to get old quick enough, and I don’t appreciate it.

Geography: Make a list of places you would like to live when you turn 18.

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You guys. This is legit what I thought it was going to look like. Anyone else remember that one moment in time when you ...
03/16/2021

You guys.

This is legit what I thought it was going to look like. Anyone else remember that one moment in time when you thought you were going to maneuver this?

😂😂😂

This is critical information. Moms who work “outside” the home (whatever THAT means in the pandemic zoom world) are taki...
03/10/2021
The Pandemic Has Given Women a New Kind of Rage

This is critical information. Moms who work “outside” the home (whatever THAT means in the pandemic zoom world) are taking some of the biggest, hardest hits in the pandemic. And those of us fortunate enough to be homemakers and moms without careers need to speak up and raise consciousness too of our sisters and what they are going through. Some of these statistics were shocking and alarming to me. The first step is gaining information...the second is to be pi**ed off...so read up, get mad and let’s figure this out.

“Population-level data shows that unpaid caring labor falls more heavily on women. That has always been the great paradox of feminism: It’s hard to find time to campaign against inequality when you’re elbow-deep in diapers, or dinner needs to be on the table. At the same time, the movement has long relied on “consciousness raising” as a first step to action. As Gloria Steinem said, “The truth will set you free. But first it will p**s you off.”

“In the U.S., 275,000 women left the workforce in January 2021, compared with 71,000 men.”

“Many of my colleagues who were male, childless, or who even had older children could not understand,” she told me. “I have voiced these concerns to colleagues and have been advised to stop mentioning my children as an excuse impacting my work.”

As Gloria Steinem said, “The truth will set you free. But first it will p**s you off.”

I mean...can we get some kind of guarantee this time around?
03/09/2021

I mean...can we get some kind of guarantee this time around?

Anyone else? 🤣🤣🤣

Indeed.
03/06/2021

Indeed.

Accurate. (Source unknown)

Happy Monday, mamas! I found the perfect house keeping guide from Perfection Pending by Meredith Ethington
03/01/2021

Happy Monday, mamas! I found the perfect house keeping guide from Perfection Pending by Meredith Ethington

Feel free to pin.😂😂
Follow me at Instagram.com/perfectpending

337 days ago my kids attended their last day of in person school. Three hundred thirty seven days of largely being at ho...
02/14/2021

337 days ago my kids attended their last day of in person school. Three hundred thirty seven days of largely being at home together. And while togetherness has been a blessing, it’s also been a lot of...togetherness 😂 I waited all week just to bust this new sweatshirt out today. It’s my new fav. How are you other mothers holding up?
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Sweatshirt by Sofie + Pip
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#pandemicparenting #pandemicmom #momlife #goaskyourdad

Yes. Yes. Yes.
02/11/2021

Yes. Yes. Yes.

It matters.
01/28/2021

It matters.

Justice matters.

(www.twitter.com/qasimrashid)

01/20/2021
Lovely in the Dark

There is a woman in the White House!

You don't have to agree.

You don't have to like her.

You don't have to be a Democrat.

You don't have to even understand.

But today there will be a woman in the White House.

Every woman who marched for the right to vote.

Every woman who fought to play sports.

Every woman who was told she didn't deserve the same education.

Every woman who voiced inequality.

Every woman who was forced out due to her gender.

Every woman who stood up to the system.

Every woman who petitioned and voted.

Every woman who wanted a better life for her daughters.

Every woman who came before me is smiling today.

Our work is not done.

But we are making progress.

And history once more.

Amen sister friend. It’s all hard.
01/18/2021

Amen sister friend. It’s all hard.

All of it is hard. ❤

(www.twitter.com/jesscarpwrites)

Absolutely. Mama's, I see you. I know you're tired. I'm right there too. Let's put down the expectations and find that s...
12/13/2020

Absolutely. Mama's, I see you. I know you're tired. I'm right there too. Let's put down the expectations and find that sweet spot of enjoying the moments we can.

Via Scary Mommy

Indeed.
12/11/2020

Indeed.

YES.

(creator unknown)

Really important reminder...
12/07/2020

Really important reminder...

Be kind to yourself.

(via twitter.com/DrSamiSchalk)

It’s complicated.
11/22/2020

It’s complicated.

This is so brave and this is so important.
11/17/2020

This is so brave and this is so important.

I did not like my children when this photo was taken.
I actually resented them for existing.
Kaiden was 17 months old and Chloe 1 month, and I didn't want to be their mother.

I didn't want to change their diapers, feed them, and most of the time - I wanted to leave them in their cribs and run out the door, never to return.

I'm serious.

I know that some of your jaws are hanging open, and some of you are probably disgusted thinking, "How the hell can someone dislike their own children?". I know, its effed up, which is why it took me so long to tell anybody about it.

I remained silent and buried my thoughts. I smiled for photos and mustered false admiration when someone would fawn over them.
I cried often, most of the day actually. I questioned my sanity and constantly berated myself for being such a terrible person. I screamed, I hid, I let them cry and pulled my hair out. I didn't want them anymore. I didn't want them.
My husband didn't know. He was gone a lot, working. I couldn't tell him, he'd regret having children with me. I was alone.

One day I decided I wasn't going to get them out of their cribs. I was going to leave them there, let them cry and soil themselves. I didn't care. I couldn't care. I tried to care. I COULDN'T care.

Instead I called my doctors office. The moment my favorite receptionist answered I broke down in tears. I told her I didn't want to be a mom anymore and she told me to "Come in IMMEDIATELY". I did. The doctor spoke to me about Post Partum Depression as if he'd had this conversation thousands of times.

Turns out he had. Turns out I was one of MILLIONS of women experiencing those feelings at that exact moment. I wasn't crazy. Something was wrong with my brain. Something I couldn't fix alone.

My doctor and I fixed it together.

My kids are 4 & 6 now, and I love and adore them so much that my heart physically aches when I think of them. I would give my life for them without blinking.
Reaching out for help was the greatest gift I have ever given them as a mother.
If any of this sounds familiar to you, I just wanted you to know -- you aren't alone. You aren't crazy -- and it doesn't have to be this way. Tell someone. Tell someone TODAY. It gets better

Dude. On the daily.
11/16/2020

Dude.
On the daily.

It is SO ok...
11/16/2020

It is SO ok...

Amen.
11/15/2020

Amen.

My first encounter with the serenity prayer was in 6th grade when I was visiting the neighbor’s house. There it was, framed on the wall, and when I read the last line I literally chuckled. I thought it was meant to be funny. Maybe it is. Maybe the fact that we drive ourselves to distraction by things totally out of our control, and then simultaneously fail to act on things that are and seem to be confused about what falls into which category is the essence of human folly. God help me. (p.s. I got that flu shot yesterday. And I SWEAR I’m just about to make my bed)

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Brilliant tip to move towards better health!
11/12/2020

Brilliant tip to move towards better health!

Who is willing to try it?

Ditto.
11/05/2020

Ditto.

Yep.

Follow @cahier.dart on Instagram!

11/03/2020
I’m fine. It’s fine.
11/02/2020

I’m fine.
It’s fine.

We’re fine.

10/26/2020

Dont mind me.
Just over here blowing away today.

Coming in HOT at 6pm pst TONIGHT with the Do Your Part podcast TONIGHT!
10/22/2020

Coming in HOT at 6pm pst TONIGHT with the Do Your Part podcast TONIGHT!

Every episode keeps getting better. This is a unique interview. Listen to the perspective of @themandyburnett a motivational speaker. An Ex Mormon and badass suburban mother. Tune in at 6pm tonight on Facebook. #doyourpartpodcast 🌍❤️🌍❤️🌍❤️🌍

Co-sign.
10/05/2020

Co-sign.

We are ALL pushing through the negative s**t right now. The pandemic. Racial injustice. The political fighting. The looming election.

Give yourself credit for getting up every day, dealing with some really negative s**t, and remaining positive no matter what’s going on in the world around you.

Huge shoutout to Alex Toussaint - Peloton for giving me this pep talk the other day 🚀

As for me and my house...
09/30/2020

As for me and my house...

Tonight we mourn. Tomorrow we fight.
09/19/2020

Tonight we mourn. Tomorrow we fight.

Thank you for fighting for us so brilliantly, relentlessly, creatively, and fiercely—and for so long.
Rest, Warrior.

Tonight, we mourn.
Tomorrow, we fight.

Amen sister friend!
09/09/2020

Amen sister friend!

Let's get in touch with our inner kid again...you can sit with me!
09/06/2020

Let's get in touch with our inner kid again...you can sit with me!

If all our kids did this, imagine the world... ❤️

- via Twitter.com/ValeeGrrl

Thank you Jen Hatmaker for this...I wholeheartedly cosign this emotion!"Women are the world’s greatest asset. We are the...
08/27/2020

Thank you Jen Hatmaker for this...I wholeheartedly cosign this emotion!

"Women are the world’s greatest asset. We are the healers and truth tellers and heroes and soothers. Our resiliency actually steals my breath. We survive and thrive and bring everyone with us. We stay. We rise up. We live. Women are my life’s joy. My particular women are my very beating heart."

At Perla's Seafood & Oyster Bar with my best girls. Older sisters, younger sisters.

Family.
Is.
Literally.
Everything.

Big, big shout out to the mamas and aunties and big sisters and grandmas and older cousins who grab the next generation by the hand and show them the way. Who stick. Who invest and love well and teach and nurture each others’ secrets and heartbreaks.

Women are the world’s greatest asset. We are the healers and truth tellers and heroes and soothers. Our resiliency actually steals my breath. We survive and thrive and bring everyone with us. We stay. We rise up. We live. Women are my life’s joy. My particular women are my very beating heart.

Be proud of being a woman. You should be. We have carried this broken earth on our backs for millennia. Our feminine legacy is a thing of wonder. We are the fabric of our families and communities. Rejoice in your daughters. They are next, and they are ready.

Tag your best girls. The ones before you and those coming up behind us. Look at how powerful and beautiful we are. 👇🏼

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Mandy, did you find your elf? Or have you become Ashley? I’m mostly Cami, but I’m seriously thinking Megan is the smart one 😂