With 6 Kids, You Never Know What Life Will Bring. That’s NOT Always Bad!

Having 6 kids from the ages of 24 down to 5 ensures that I never have a dull moment in my life. Obviously, some of these moments aren’t great because, let’s face it, parenting often comes with a lot of drama. A LOT of drama. But there are perks too and this week helped me enjoy one of them, or two actually. I got to enjoy my babies, and I got to meet and spend time with my second baby’s baby.
Meet our newest little princess, Natalie. I know…you don’t have to tell me…she’s cute. And that smile? Oh that smile (at only 6 weeks old) melts this Mimi’s heart. And she’s such a good baby. I don’t mean like a good baby, I mean like an awesome baby (props to her parents because they are doing a fabulous job). She eats, she sleeps, she smiles and coos, and she poops (OK so that part is NOT fun). I’ll be honest, with so many kids of my own, I figured I’d be immune to this next generation of cuteness. I’m here to tell you today…I AM NOT! I’m hooked. Spoil her rotten, send her home, and bring her back to spoil her more. I think I’m on to something…or she is.
I knew Uncle Bubby would take to Natalie (other than that one time that I slipped and called her “love”, I’ll never do that again because I’m still in trouble) because he’s such a caring soul, but I had no idea that Aunt Bug would bond so quickly. She’s like a 7 year old Ninja mommy or something. She loves to feed her, hold her, and talk to her for hours. Seriously, these girls already talk for hours on end. It’s a beautiful thing!
I should have taken more pictures. I have one more day so I’m going to do a better job before they leave. But honestly, I just enjoyed taking time off, sitting with them, and enjoying 3 generations of my family all in one place. Life is a beautiful thing sometimes. Meeting my granddaughter, and my babies’ niece, was one of those times. It’s the little things that matter most, and this little thing matters a lot to me. I’m so glad we had this time together.

Shark Rocket: Blast Your Way Into Clean with This Pint-Sized Power House

Although I did receive compensation in the form of a Shark Rocket *SQUEE* for this post from Alpaytac Inc., I promise you I would have talked about this anyway, and all opinions, ideas, and photos are entirely my own. 
Y’all know I love to clean. No, let me rephrase that…I love things to be clean. I don’t suppose anyone really “loves” to spend all of their time constantly cleaning, but I just can’t stand a mess. Not on my walls, not in the toy bins, not in the bathrooms, not in the kitchen, and certainly not on my carpets or other surfaces my family comes in contact with. Enter my new savior…the Shark Rocket
All of the power without the weight. That’s a pretty important factor to this pint-sized momma. And it cleans better than a full sized Dyson (which by the way guys, I’m not a fan of because of the cyclonic action that actually does DAMAGE to your carpets, but I do dig the deep clean). Yes, after being bitten by the Shark in Chicago with the Shark Sonic Duo, and then hearing about this new Rocket, of course I had to test it out. My now former vacuum cleaner kind of stunk. I mean, I loved it because I *thought* it was getting my carpets clean and it was light weight so I thought I was winning with its low-priced (not so) awesomeness. Oh my, my, my…how I was wrong!
When my Shark Rocket Ultra Light-Weight Vacuum arrived, I knew I had arrived at the cleaning mecca. This little box contained this little vacuum, with all of its little attachments, and I heard the angels sing. I received a powerful vacuum that included a dusting brush (good bye feather duster), a pet and upholstery tool, a crevice tool (gone are the days of Q-tips in the corners…yes, I’ve done that), a Dust-Away attachment plus 1 pad (more on that later), and a wall hanger for easy storage.
Seriously, all of these tools, powered by this Shark Rocket, have replaced so many things I use daily to clean. Clean, clean, clean…hours of cleaning. All replaced by this one power house. Now, let’s put it to the test!
It cleans hardwoods with ease. Set this baby on 1 and all of the debris comes up in a snap. Who needs a broom when you have a Shark? Plus, once you’re done just “sweeping” up the junk, you can easily snap on that Dust Away attachment with pad and get this clean shiny floor in minutes. This thing is amazing. 
It handles stairs in a breeze. Honestly, it’s so light weight even I can handle this. Thank goodness because these stairs have been neglected. Vacuuming stairs has never been so easy with the Rocket’s hand-held versatility
And when you’re cleaning your carpets, you’ve got those tight spots. Maneuvering around furniture and under tables has always been a problem. Not anymore. The Shark Rocket is so flexible you don’t even have to “squat” anymore to get under those coffee and end tables. Just tilt and push. That’s all it takes!
And it doesn’t matter how tight or low the space is. The Shark Rocket makes it easy. 
This claim is true. It never loses suction or power. My kids always put this to the test. I pick up before I vacuum…always. But I always seem to suck up some super hero part or hair bow or Barbie accessory…without fail. Other vacuums have just stopped working when this happens. I have to dig in and pull out the culprit. This beast sucked up the hidden culprits and just kept going!
Yes, that is a tandem bike in my living room. Please don’t mention that. We’re still in debate about this!
And this amazingly long cord (seriously this thing measures 32 feet long) allowed me to move from room to room with ease. No stopping constantly to plug and unplug. What a time saver!
When all was said and done (no major time suck, no strain) I was left with beautifully clean carpets and I never broke a sweat. Plus it was quiet so Bubby continued to watch TV while I cleaned all of the crud away.
Speaking of crud…this is GROSS! I had just vacuumed 1 day prior with my (now in the dumpster…true story) vacuum before I busted out my new Shark power house. I vacuum regularly. We haven’t lived here long. And THIS came out of my carpets. THIS is gross. I know we shed a lot of hair. I’m used to seeing that in the trap, but this? This dust and grime is disgusting. Never again will I buy that cheap vacuum to ATTEMPT to keep my house clean. I’m Shark loyal and the proof’s in the…ICK. 

So what are you waiting for? This light-weight (hey did I mention you can do your ceiling fans, cob webs, and window sills too?) power house is all you’ll ever need for a daily cleaner. You’ll need the Shark Sonic Duo for those monthly cleanings of course, but this is your every day go-to tool. I’ve gone Shark and I’ll never go back! You can buy it now for only $159.80 and I promise, you won’t be sorry!

If you don’t believe me, follow along on Facebook and Twitter to find out what others have to say about the Rocket and the other amazing cleaning products from Shark. 

Don’t LIKE to clean but LOVE everything clean? Shark is the answer. I wouldn’t steer you wrong. This is cleaning people. Cleaning is serious business!

If I could, I would!


If I could, I would totally turn back the clock 20 years. I was a young mom ready for the world. My own mom knew nothing. NOTHING. She wasn’t worldy and her advice was ridiculous!


She had no clue. She was “old” and outdated. I was a “mom” and I knew what I was doing. I had this. 

I was wrong!

I should have listened to my mom. Life is hard. Parenting is harder. 

I was NOT an expert. I’m still not. Six children later, I’m still clueless about this parenting thing. I’m about to be a grandmother and I’ve yet to learn how to be a parent. I should have. Could have. Listened. 

But I didn’t. 

Now I have to learn how to grand-parent. I’m not ready. My baby will give birth to a baby and she’ll look to me for advice. What do I have? Just wing it my love. You’ve got this. That’s what I did and y’all made it through. Wing it. I think all parents do. 

Our parents try to teach us. My mom tried to teach me. If I had listened, the wrinkles and grey hairs wouldn’t be so prominent now. If my own babies listen to me, they might get through. 

But I see wrinkles and grey hairs for them ahead. None of us listens. If we’d have known then what we know now, we would have listened. But we had to learn on our own. So do they. Good luck. You’ll learn. And one day…you’ll be thankful. 

Momma wasn’t a bitch after all. She cared. You’ll see it in time. In the meantime, if you ask what we think? Just listen. We might know what we’re talking about. If we’d have known then what we know now? This world might not be such a shit can. You can be the change. 

Just know now what you should know later which is, listen to your mother. And welcome to parenthood. It’s not easy but you turned out OK!