Friday, October 24, 2014

The Things They Don't Tell You About Motherhood

What they don't tell you about Motherhood...

They don't tell you that you will feel love in a way that you've never felt before, to the point that it almost hurts at times.

They don't tell you that watching your child struggle at something is one of the most painful feelings in the world.

They don't tell you that watching them gain their independence is one of the most gratifying yet scariest feelings ever.

They don't tell you that when they hurt you feel it in every fiber of your being.

They don't tell you that even as they get older, you'll still check on them in the middle of the night to make sure they are still breathing.

They don't tell you that there will be days that you will feel like the worst parent in the world, that you wonder if you are cut out for this, and  if you'll ever figure out how to do this.

Because the truth is (in my world), there are some days that I wonder if I will ever figure this parenting thing out. As soon as I have it (or think I do) then we hit another stage, another learning curve, and more challenges (most fun, at times not).

They don't tell you that some of the things that will come out of your kid's mouth at the age of 3 will make you laugh so hard you'll pee yourself (cause face it, laughing makes you pee now since everything got stretched. FYI - they don't always tell you about that part either).

They don't tell you that sometimes it feels as if you are looking in a mirror, just a smaller cuter version of yourself. And in that mirror you see the things about yourself that you'd rather not see, and at times you see the things about yourself that you love. And you see your spouse and his traits (some good - some bad).

And they don't tell you that how you handle situations is how your little one might also handle them.

They don't tell you that everything is a learning experience - from brushing teeth, to washing your hands, to playing with toys - everything and I mean everything is somehow related to learning something.

To me, Motherhood is the scariest thing that I've ever done, but it's also been the most challenging, most loving, and most rewarding experience of my life so far.





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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Getting Back To Basics - Unfiltered

I'm going to be mixing things up a bit on the blog. As you know I'm a stay-at-home mom to our adorable never a dull moment Lil Man. And as a lot of stay-at-home moms do I sometimes struggle with the lack of providing financial support to our family. (It's Today Not Tomorrow) Don't get me wrong I feel that I do plenty of work  being a stay-at-home mom to our son. And my husband recognizes what I do.

But last year I did a lot of administrative freelance work when Lil Man was in preschool to help supplement our income. It was nice, but it also really stressed me out because I felt that I was using every free moment that I had to work.

This year I've tried a different approach. I dropped all of my freelance jobs, and  I've been focusing more on the blog in the way of trying to get my numbers up with increased traffic and trying to generate a little money that way. But the reality is I kind a lost focus of what I really want to do with this blog. So instead I'm planning on getting back to where I want to be which is me sharing myself with you and those of you who want to read what I have to say.

I also enjoy doing product reviews. I always have. I enjoy testing out products and giving my opinion on what I think about those products. But usually if your numbers are aren't a certain  number the companies don't want to work with you, and because of that I've been numbers focused. 

And I feel as though I've become so number conscious that I've lost my focus, I've lost my joy, and I've I wound up working hours to just try to create better numbers. So in a sense I created another job for myself however it didn't generate any revenue :-)

So I realize that I am losing focus with what I want so it's back to being me. This is who I am. I'm going back to the basics ya'll, and I appreciate each and everyone of you who take the time out of your day to read this blog. Oh and mom thanks for being my #1 fan and reader ;)



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Friday, October 17, 2014

Key West USDA Organic Raw Shea Butter Product Review


I have been compensated in the form of a gift card/money/coupon and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. All opinions expressed are mine and honest in nature.

This was my first experience with raw shea butter. I wasn't really sure what I was getting myself into. I've used products containing shea butter, but never a container of raw shea butter.


But I was pretty excited to try the Key West USDA Organic Raw Shea Butter. If you are a follower of my blog,  then you know that I'm sensitive to smells. And if this didn't smell pleasant to me then it probably wasn't going any where near my skin. I opened the jar and took a whiff (this is probably why my son smells everything before he touches it ha) But it smelled ok. It really didn't have much of a smell which I liked. 

If you've never used Raw Shea butter before, let me enlighten you and tell you that isn't creamy like lotion. So don't expect it to be a lotion type consistency. But it wasn't difficult to use at all. I applied it directly to my skin and rubbed it around. My body temperature warmed it up, and it melted into my dry rough calloused feet. You could also choose to warm it up in your hands first and then apply it. Being a runner (Will Run For Ice Cream), my feet are in bad shape. And just after one application of the  Key West USDA Organic Raw Shea Butter, they felt softer. With Winter approaching, I know I will also use this on my knees, elbows and hands as they (in addition to my feet) are trouble spots for me. 

The Key West USDA Organic Raw Shea Butter is currently the only shea butter on Amazon that is certified $A organic. (meaning that others can state they are organic but may still contain chemicals). This shea butter is processed by hand resulting in the highest quality grade A shea butter. 

I'm overall pleased with the product. And for all of you DIYers out there, here is the YouTube channel for Key West Health and Beauty with great tutorials on how to use this raw shea butter to make other products. Since I'm not so much DIY, I'll be using it straight from the jar which works great for me. 


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elph Band And $125 Target Gift Card Giveaway

I think the elph band is a genius idea. And I am so happy to be a part of this awesome giveaway.

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Welcome to the ELPH Band Giveaway Event! Mom Powered Media, ELPH Band, and fantastic group of amazing bloggers have come together to bring you this event, just in time for Halloween.

Hosted by: Mom Powered Media 
Sponsored by: ELPH Band 

 The ELPH Band is a link to your identifying information, such as your address, parent or guardian cell phone numbers and any other information you think is necessary, including medical conditions or drug allergies your child may have. Whether you're traveling to a theme park, zoo, park, a crowded festival or even the mall, the ELPH Band can help find your child in the event he/she gets separated from you. It only takes one second for a child to disappear out of your site. ElphBand_Call 



 The ELPH band is a non-toxic, durable, silicone wristband. It provides an immediate, highly visible form of identification with clear instructions directly on the band. It's easy to use with options to dial in or scan the QR code. ELPH Band does not put personal information, such as the child's name or phone number where people can see it when it isn't needed. What does ELPH stand for? Easy Lookup to Phone Home If your child get's separated from you, all your child needs to do is show an adult his/her ELPH band. That adult can then call the 800# or scan the QR code to get in touch with you to reunite your child with you! It's that simple! Once the QR code is scanned on a smartphone, a screen similar to the one below will pop up for them to get in touch with you.


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 To set up your ELPH band you will register it on a computer, or by scanning the QR code yourself and setting it up via your smartphone. Just a few simple questions and you will be registered. Once completed, you will get a text and email alert letting you know the account profile is active, and to verify the information has been entered correctly. ELPH Bands are available in 3 sizes: Toddler (up to 5.75 inches), Child (up to 6.5 inches), and Adult (up to 7.5 inches). They are also available in two colors, Navy or Pink. 

 Buy it: ELPH Bands are $19.99 each and they come with 1 year of service. You can purchase here. After 1 year of service, you can renew your service with ELPH Band. 
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Now for the Giveaway! TWO Lucky Readers will win an ELPH band of their choice, as well as a $125 Target Gift Card. Giveaway is open to US Residents, void where prohibited. Must be 18+. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Winner will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Giveaway ends October 31st, 2014 at 11:59pm EST.

Disclosure: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this posting. All thoughts and opinions are those of our own and were not influenced in any way. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, and any other social media are not affiliated with this posting or giveaway. The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment and shipment. Only one entrant per household, per address may enter. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond. Failure to respond in a timely manner, a new winner will be chosen and you will forfeit your prize. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. If you have any questions about this event or would like to see your event hosted by Mom Powered Media, please email Darci@MomPoweredMedia.com


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Hardest Peace Book Review And Giveaway

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”


Description from Amazon: 
Kara Tippetts knows the ordinary days of mothering four kids, the joy of watching her children grow ... and the devestating reality of stage-four cancer. In The Hardest Peace, Kara doesn't offer answers for when living is hard, but she asks us to join her in moving away from fear and control and toward peace and grace. Most of all, she draws us back to the God who is with us, in the mundane and the suffering, and who shapes even our pain into beauty.

Wow, all I can say is just Wow. When I started reading The Hardest Peace, I really didn't know what to expect. I knew it was about Kara Tippetts and her journey with cancer and about finding grace in the hardest moments.  What I didn't expect was for this book to touch me in such a deep way that I am sure I will be thinking about some of the things that she said not only for days, but I imagine (or I hope) for years.

One, and trust me there were numerous things, that she said that stuck out to me was “When I let go of having it perfect, I learned the joy of sharing life with the imperfect”. (Kara Tippetts, The Hardest Peace) 

If you are looking for an open honest put it all out there book, then The Hardest Peace is the book for you. Kara Tippetts' writing style is very personable. I feel as if I have met her and know her. And from page one she captivated my attention. And I hope through her journey that my life too has been changed as I come to realize the truly important things in life.


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And I'm also giving away one copy of The Hardest Peace. This is truly an extraordinary book. Please enter using the Rafflecopter below. U.S. Residents only. The giveaway ends October 22, 2014.  



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Full Disclosure: I received products free of charge for the purpose of providing a review. My opinions are completely my own based on my experience.


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