Tolerate my worst, celebrate my best, or take a hike!

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“I'm selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.” ~Marilyn Monroe I've always loved that quote because it holds so true in so many situations/relationships in life. I mean, we all have bad days. People can choose to love us, or hate us, during the rough times and the good. If they choose to hate us during those times for whatever reason, then we really don't need them in our lives, right? RIGHT! Lately, I've been surrounding myself with only positive people. That's not to say that I don't have negative people in my life. I really think that can't be avoided at some level. I mean there's one on every corner, kind of like gas stations. People surface in your life, they'll show their support or their "ugly", and it's our decision whether to allow those situations or relationships to stay in our lives, or not. I choose to shed … [Continue]

Mommy? Why didn’t Daddy get the Worry Gene?

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The worry gene. Let me explain. Men are from Mars and women are from Venus takes on a whole new meaning when these planets become parents. In my head, it translates to dads are from Lala-land and women are from Paranoiaville. Something just happens to us when we become moms and it seems to get worse with age (in my case anyway). It's some uncontrollable feeling that doom is lurking around every corner, waiting to harm our babies. Let's break this down mathematically (because that's totally not my strong suit so of course we should do it this way) to understand the effects this simple chromosomal difference has on us as parents. XY + parenthood = let them be kids XX + parenthood = if they step outside this house, or move, doom is sure to follow Exaggeration? Not really in this house. This difference is apparent in all families from what I've seen, but here? It's a raging issue. Case in point: We live in a nice gated community. Our neighbors are nice. We have a lovely playground … [Continue]

The Little Rascals Save the Day on DVD 4/1/14 and Giveaway {ends 4/8}!

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For the record, I received a copy of this DVD for review purposes from Click Communications. As always all opinions and ideas are entirely my own. I remember when I was little, my mom turned me on to watching old reruns of The Little Rascals on TV. I have fond memories of sitting in front of the TV with my mom watching one of her childhood favorites as we laughed together. I'll admit, I haven't watched any of those shows in years and I'm not sure they're even still syndicating. But when I heard that The Little Rascals Save The Day Blu-ray and DVD combo pack would be hitting store shelves today, I just knew this was something I wanted to share with my kids. Take a sneak peek for yourself... We already own our copy and I just can't wait to sit down as a family to create new memories with my own little ones surrounding this mischievous gang. The Little Rascals are back in an all new movie! "Join the fun with Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla, Buckwheat, Petey the dog, and the whole gang as … [Continue]

Age Backwards with the Tria Age Defying Laser

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Just for the record, I am an ambassador for the #TriaAgeDefy Laser program through Likeable Media. I did receive product to facilitate this post, however, as always, all opinions, ideas, and photos are entirely my own. To know me is to know my obsession with youth. My own fleeting youth to be exact. I spend so much money on my face, it's probably ridiculous...to you. But it's my obsession and I'm always on the look out for the latest and greatest products. You know, the ones that really work. Yea those. And you know what? I've found one in the new Tria Age-Defying Laser and I'm thrilled with the results so far. I've only been using this age-defying system for about 3 weeks now and believe me, I'm a hard sell and very critical of myself and I actually see a difference in my skin. After just 3 weeks! The Tria Age-Defying Laser is the only at-home laser clinically proven to treat multiple signs of aging. This at-home treatment uses the same laser technology preferred by dermatologists … [Continue]

I Crave the Rose, So I’ll Face the Thorns

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Yes. That quote speaks volumes to me about my life, and my fears. All my life, I've been afraid. Afraid to grasp the thorns for fear of pain or rejection. But how could I ever expect to smell sweet success, the roses, either personally or professionally without the pain? I guess I was afraid to find out. Fear. That's been the barrier for me. I'm no longer afraid of the pain. It's a fact of life. I can face the pain of the thorns knowing that I'll smell the roses when I face my fears. I'm grasping the thorns because I crave the rose. … [Continue]

Life Can’t be all about Bubbles and Smiles

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Or can it? I mean, you can't center your whole life around bubbles and smiles (although that would be totally cool) but you can focus more on the bubbles, and the smiles. We're all busy. We get wrapped up in the day to day. We stress. But what happens on those way-too-rare moments when we choose to shut down and just enjoy time with our families? Well, I'll tell you what happens here. It's all about the bubbles and smiles! Looking at these photos, I'll admit that the bubbles seem insignificant. But you see, they are very significant here. Why? Because these bubbles, this simple trip to the park? These things make my babies smile. And that right there, is priceless. This hour I spent with my babies, watching them blow and then pop these bubbles, may also seem insignificant to you. But to me? These are the things that happiness is made of. So can life be all bubbles and smiles? Of course not. There's work to do on the home and job front of course. We are parents, we are required to … [Continue]