Being a Mom

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I am currently sitting at the computer gagging on some whitening paste that didn’t rinse out of my mouth all the way and worrying about work, bills, and if I am a good enough mom. It’s tough. I’ll be the first to admit, I do not have this parenting thing down. I raise my voice too loud, I let him get away with things he shouldn’t and get upset with him for things I shouldn’t. I work too much. I worry too much. I zone out on my phone when I could be on the floor exploring the world of trains and cars from his perspective. Yet, at the end of the day he just wants to poke my face and snuggle up close. He loves me despite all my short comings and flaws. Why? Cause I’m his mom. He doesn’t need me to impress him or have my life together. He just needs me to sit still long enough to let him hug me and show me some unconditional love.

Daily Mindful Mantra

Last Friday I found out I was getting a promotion at work! Then I went on Vacation on Monday (insert shocked and nervous face) but just as I got home to begin my vacation this book arrived in the mail!

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I was beyond excited. This was just what I needed to start off my new position after refreshing from vacation. Each “mantra” comes with a story of how to put it into practice. I plan on putting which ever one I read that day on the top of my Day Planner for that day to keep me focused and motivated throughout the day. M.J. Ryan does an excellent job of making it quick and powerful. With everything I have going on, I don’t have time for a chapter book. I DO have time for this. And I cannot wait to see how it improves my every day function as a leader.

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**I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my review**

Pun-tastic!

We love games in our house. Board games, card games, video games, RPG games. I also have a very “punny” husband, so when they said Punderdome was up for review, I HAD to try it. The father daughter duo, Fred and Jo Firestone did a fantastic job creating this hilarious game. Made for 3 or more players age 12 and older, this game is sure to provide hours of laughter for family and friends. I definitely recommend adding this to your game collection, it won’t be collecting dust that’s for sure!41gb-f-7kzl-_sy330_bo1204203200_

 

**I received this game from Blogging for Books in exchange for my review**

But First…Coffee

 

It has been ages since I’ve posted on here and so much has happened in that time.

We moved BACK across the country (with toddler in tow) to Texas last Spring. Work opportunities have blossomed tremendously since then, and even though this last week was enough to put me in a straight out frenzy, having the Regional Director know my name and recall that we have seen each other 3 times this week, makes it worth it.

My Little Man turned 2! We had the simplest Birthday Party known to mankind and I loved every second of it. Instead of a cake, I made a watermelon Shark! (his birthday was during Shark Week).

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Book Review – The Heart Lead Leader

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In his book, The Heart Lead Leader, Tommy Spaulding talks about the “18-inch journey from the head to the heart – from our intellect to our emotions – and shows us how to incorporate them into our careers, into how we manage and lead others, and into how we live our lives.” When you are someone who empathizes with others, it can be hard to see how to tie that into leadership without becoming too soft or getting pushed over. Often leaders hard head their way through things, instead of allowing those emotions to become part of how we drive others to greatness. If you are a leader who is empathetic or one who thinks emotions have no place in business at all, this book will help you learn to balance the two and become a more effective leader.

Holiday Gift Idea Guide 2015

It is the biggest shopping day of the year. If you are out and about today I hope that it is with friends and family and you are having fun (because that is what Holidays are about, not stressing and yelling to get something that is just… a thing) If you are anything like me you will be Celebrating Cyber Monday in your yoga pants with a warm cup of cocoa, followed by weeks of pouring over Pinterest and making as many gifts as possible.

 

Below I have complied a list of some small business, businesses that give back, made in the USA companies, and just plain old fun gift items. I hope it helps you find some creative and unique gifts that feed into the Holiday spirit of giving and less into the commercialism.🙂

 

 

10891860_1036928119670888_8865607233591300579_nIf you know a little dancer, Honey Bunny Crafts and Stitchery makes gorgeous tutus, hair pieces, and bags. Small business run by a SAHM.

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Jamberry nail wraps are made in the USA and free of the 5 most harmful chemicals in most nail wraps and polishes. They make great stocking stuffers and teacher gifts.

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31 Bits sell 100% recycled Bead products made by Ugandan women. They empower these women through earning an income enabling them to provide for their families. They care for them holistically through counseling, health education, finance training, and business mentorships. After five years in their program, the beneficiaries are ready to graduate. A graduated beneficiary has her own business and is educated, healthy, and confident. She is empowered.

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The Little Bamboo is a Florida based company specializing in all natural bamboo products. The Little Bamboo has a growing product line from Bamboo Utensils. My family loves their charcoal soap. 

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It Works has tons of great products for those in your life who want to improve their health or already lead a healthy lifestyle. Their Greens help balance your body and Alkalize your blood.

1546463_959593117431773_8682779872435900694_nTree Change Dolls are based out of Australia, but are so amazing to me. She takes old dolls and makes them something that the average kid can identify with. Great for the young girls on your shopping list.

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Do you have a Gamer or Nerd on your shopping list? Treno Nights makes gorgeous tiny clay charms of all types. Earrings, bracelets, key-chains, etc. She is a small business run out of her home in TX.

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Coffee lover in the family? Three Avocados takes their profits and provides clean drinking water and education for those in Uganda.

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Glasstic Water Bottles are great gifts for just about anyone. You can even customize them. I love mine because I know it won’t shatter when my toddler uses it, I can put essential oils in my water, and I waste less plastic cups at work.

 

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Trades of Hope is another Fashion line that helps empower women through your purchases, and they have super cute stuff🙂

 

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Inspirational Illustrations in Print or on Journals. She has new designs daily on her Facebook. Rose Hill Designs.

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Hand painted wooden signs created by a SAHM. Dezarea’s DeSigns.

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Tripp Tribe has Homemade body products created from simple, natural ingredients you can feel good about! Family Business. They are currently trying to raise enough money to bring their adopted sons home from Russia.

 

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Sassy Doe Soaps are wonderful soaps made from Goat’s milk, olive oil, and essential oils. It was the only thing I could use when pregnant on my face.

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Maple Syrup is one of my favorite Winter comfort foods. Tomapo Farms has Maple Candy as well. They will ship.

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What about the person on your list who has everything…and then some. How about the gift of Simplicity and Organization. Courtney Carver’s Project 333 has been a life saver for me. The Clutter Free Course is also an amazing book.

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Kids on your list? Or maybe that one person who LOVES purses? Abintra Designs has custom made handbags as well as Dino-sores (mini rice packs for hot or cold needs).

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If you have that Fashionista that is difficult to buy for, Chic Origins has vintage wear unique and affordable. Check out her small business on Etsy or Facebook.

 


Gifts That Keep Giving: 

  • Purchase them a class. Dance, Yoga, Zumba, Painting. Better, yet… sign yourself up too so you an spend time with them.
  • Museum passes, season tickets, State Park pass. Add a note saying that you will be joining them on one of their adventures to this place.
  • Donate to an Organization or Charity in their name.

 

Book Review – Instant Happy Journal

We all get busy, stressed, focused. Sometimes it can suck the life, energy, and happiness out of us. We don’t necessarily mean for it to, it just happens. Studies have shown that a positive attitude can improve performance and overall quality of life. So with all the stressors in life, I am excited to be doing the “Instant Happy Journal” by Karen  Salmansohen. 12106819_10207512750597880_6851931739064209330_n

Each page has a prompt, whether is be to reflect on the day, begin the day with a good intention or just a quote to get your brain on the right tract. 12109109_10207512751277897_1737405093135460480_n

I already see the improvement in my outlook of life. I realize that I need to give more positive feedback at work, instead of only commenting when they need correction. I am learning to see the good in my personal life as well, and appreciate it.
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For the next 365 days I look forward to becoming more grateful, aware, and happy! Join me on my journey of #365Happy on Instagram and Facebook.

 

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**I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my review**