And a photo especially for the guys!

Being a woman my blog seems to be some what feminine in nature. Maybe this post will cater a little more to the guys!! Thanks for following!!

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MOMS!!! Must read this! Protect your kids from lice!

I just wanted to post a quick blog about Ladibugs shampoo and conditioner. This shampoo is chemical free and made of high quality ingredients and natural oils and works to deter lice from being attracted to the hair. We got it as a result of our son picking up lice at school and passing it around the house. My sister works at a salon and ordered me some of these products. At first I didn’t like the smell at
all, and found it to be a little drying on my long hair. The more I have continued to use it on my child, (and he doesn’t seem to mind the smell!) the more I have come to like it! The shampoo is very eucalyptus smelling and conditoner is more minty. It smells very natural, and the bottle seems to be lasting and going a long way. As a mom, I had no idea I could use something to deter lice, so I felt the need to share this information! Might be something to try before your child ends up with lice!

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15 Tips for Relaxation – How real people, and especially moms, find relaxation and stress relief

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This is exactly how I feel when I go to the dentist these days, something I hated before is now like a mini vacation, Lol. Frustration is an emotion I seem to be struggling with a lot lately. I find it hard to find time for myself and for stress relief techniques, heck, I feel like I am lucky to get through the week and keep up with just the regular things. Every now and then, I find a moment to do something that I am passionate about or that makes me feel good and relieves stress. Writing this blog right now after my children just went to bed, and before my boyfriend gets home from work, is one of those little things that bring me happiness and feels right, and lets me have a moment to myself to process my thoughts and feelings. I wanted to see what other people, and especially moms, had to say about their favorite things they look forward to, that bring them happiness and stress relief. Here are what some people said, and they are in no particular order:

1. Getting hair and/or nails done

2. Hot bubble bath – The Stress Relief Bath Soak Salts, especially the Eucalyptus Spearmint scent from Bath and Body Works are amazing and the best I have tried!! They will relax you! Also, I will never live without a Jacuzzi tub again.

3. Exercise – Walking, running, yoga… – I sure love my Wii Fit. The best yoga for me.

4. Watching something funny – Funny videos online, Ellen, Americas Funniest Home Videos, Ridiculousness, anything that gets you chuckling.

5. Shop online, or go out shopping and buy yourself a treat, such as clothing or something that makes you feel good and new.

6. Writing down your feelings and throwing them away/burning it.

7. Go for a drive – And rock out! Go find somewhere beautiful to take pictures or just to enjoy! A good suggestion was to take the kids out of the city and find some horses and cows for them to look at! Great idea Tonielle!!!

8. Get a coffee

9. Take photos, paint, make music or make a collage vision board – Do anything creative!

10. Have a visit with another mom and kids, and have a treat like a snack or coffee!

11. Get a massage

12. Focus on your breathing/Meditate

13. Lay in bed and read

14. Check out vacations or take a virtual vacation online – Thank you Google earth!

15. Visit family

As you can see, there are some great ideas, and definitely some things I would like to try to do more of. Thank you so much to everyone who gave me feedback and input, it is greatly appreciated! I hope you liked my blog. Thank you for stopping by!

The Weekend is Here!

Well, it is a pretty hectic and fast paced week when you got 2 kids and you work full time. I didn’t have much time to work on the blogs I have been wanting to, but I am hoping I can find more time this weekend. I am just wanting to post a quick blog just to say Hello and see how everyone’s week was. I had a pretty good week, but I am glad the weekend is here! Next week is going to be pretty hectic at my work, so I am hoping I can keep my sanity intact and my body from giving out. My 18 months old is 40 pounds already, so I get a real workout lugging him around (and back pain!). The only reason I still carry him is the time factor! Or believe me, there would be no more picking that boy up! My other son was the same way, 10 pound baby and was 30 pounds by a year old. He is now 7 and 100 pounds, and almost at my shoulders already!! Where does the time go. Feels like yesterday I had that beautiful boy. He is the sweetest boy, and I believe he has only been blessed by having Autism. He is such a sensitive soul and caring person. All he knows is how to be himself, and that’s what is so beautiful and perfect to me. He is not severely autistic, so I understand there are definitely challenges when a child is diagnosed with autism. I remember the day he was diagnosed, I was so heartbroken. All you can feel is like you did something wrong, or what if you had done things differently. I am very lucky though, my son is catching up with peers at school and is learning how to write and spell and he is really coming along. He is also super good at things like technology and video games, he is so smart and I know he is going to be just fine. Just as we all will. It is what it is, and it is beautiful. This crazy thing called life. I have enjoyed having a couple hours here without the kids, got some tidying up done, and got these couple of blogs out, so it has been a nice evening. Thank you all so much for stopping by, and hopefully following my blog and sharing!! 🙂 Thanks so much!!

TV Review – House of Cards Season 2

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During the past week I haven’t been watching much of anything besides House of Cards Season 2 on Netflix. Whenever I get any time for shows, that’s all we have been watching. I have to admit, I only watched bits and parts of Season 1. I tried so hard to resist watching a boring show about politics, but it is undeniably good, and I am now hooked and will probably go back and catch up on Season 1. It is just a well written and well produced show. Dramatic and powerful. Characters that you love, and love to hate, and everywhere in between. Interesting story lines, and I love a show that walks a blurry line, exposing grey areas and making you consider different viewpoints. I think I have loved then hated Frank about 3 times in the ten episodes I have watched. I still have 2 more to go, but I can already tell you they are going to be great and I can’t wait to watch them!! I’d give this show a 9 out of 10. Its pretty darn good. This blog is just my opinion! Thanks for stopping by!!

Movie Review – Gravity

I have to say, as a person who suffers from anxiety, this movie definitely heightened my anxiety levels. I guess that’s what I liked about it, that it made me feel something. As for the movie itself, it was good. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are solid as always. I suppose one thing that tends to disappoint me as a viewer sometimes, are movies that have a similar screenshot all the way through. I am not sure what else they could have done, maybe showed even more of their back stories or memories or something, but I tend to be left feeling a bit bored when the visuals are so similar for the whole hour and a half. Never the less, it was absolutely worth that watch, and still a movie I would very much recommend. I’d give it about a 7.9 out of 10. This blog is just my opinion. Thanks for stopping by!

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1st day of blogging a success!

61 visitors to my blog on the 1st day, and tons of likes. Thank you all so incredibly much for stopping by. I have wanted to start a blog for sometime, but with the time constraints of kids and work and chores, it leaves me very little time for my photography or blogging! Something moved me yesterday and worked through me, and made me type up the 1st and 2nd blogs quickly and put them up without hesitation or embarrassment. I don’t know why, maybe it’s because I am a shy person, but it feels weird just to put your real emotions out in the world for anyone to see. It’s a vulnerability that must be overcome to effect positive change and real discussions about our true issues and problems. I pushed through cleaning my kitchen and in a few hours when supper rolled around, there I was staring down a filthy kitchen once again. It is something I have tried to accept and embrace since becoming a mother, that responsibility and worries become endless once you enter the realm of motherhood, yet something is chipping away at my soul every time I have to get back to doing stuff I perhaps would prefer not to be doing. I guess it’s a balance that I am struggling to find. I can say that writing my feelings and putting them out there yesterday was also very therapeutic for me. It feels good not to care what anyone else thinks of you, and to love yourself and put your creative talents out into the world. It’s funny because I never really considered myself creative or to be particularly good at writing. It’s amazing what happens when you just sit down and try. I also feel like it is a divine guidance that gives me the inspiration and drive to actually do something. We all need to listen to our hearts closely and ask what we can do to help someone else and try to make the world a better, happier, and beautiful place to live and enjoy this crazy thing called life. I am sure one day when my child is out of the toddler phase and hopefully done with the ear infections, I will look back at my frustrations feeling I overreacted. The truth is, raising kids is hard, and we shouldn’t feel any shame for feeling emotions that have been around since human beings have existed. There is a reason we feel these emotions, and in feeling that out, and learning how to cope instead of avoid, we can hopefully mitigate the tougher years in our lives. Can’t have a rainbow without a little rain, right?