Feelin’ SoFabulous #3: Finding balance #SoFabulous #SoFabCon

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This is the 3rd post on my journey to be SoFabulous for SoFabCon (click here to see the other posts). When we look through the window at others' lives, we often feel like we are missing something. Comparing ourselves to others' is the biggest flaw we can have. The slight glimpse we get into someone's life is just that...  a slight glimpse. They seem to have the perfect family, but maybe they can't get it together financially. They have a dream job, but their home life is suffering as a result. You get the idea that things are not always as they seem. We all have areas that we excel and others that take more effort to make it all happen. Being a working (whether at home or not) mom is not always as easy as it looks. Over the past 3 years, I have had to work hard to figure out a way to be well-balanced. Three years ago, I was a mom of 3 boys (age 1, 3, 6) with a really messy house who just started blogging. At first, I thought what was I thinking!?! How can I manage a blog when … [Read more...]

Feelin’ SoFabulous #2: Valuing Me Time as a Mom #SoFabulous #SoFabCon

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Last month I began a new personal journey while getting SoFabulous for SoFabCon coming up in May {To see the first post click here}. My biggest obstacle since becoming a work-at-home mom is the guilt! I know I am not alone. However, I am determined to overcome it. For a refresher, my main goal is Learning to value and accept me time to be just as important as every task that I do is my top priority! ~~~~~ In the beginning of February a college friend (who lives in Dominican Republic) asked me to meet her in Orlando in 2 weeks. Generally I am not too spontaneous. Honestly though I just about went when I was tempted with a cheap plane ticket for that weekend. That weekend I was suppose to enroll my youngest in school. I think this was the moment I really started to see how overwhelmed I have become. I validated to myself that I had been a "single mom" while John was living in a separate state for 2+ mos. so I deserved a break. The fact that a predictable person was getting ready to … [Read more...]

Learning to Dance in the Rain #LuvSoFab14 #SoFabCon14 #collectivebias

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This post is my entry for the #LuvSoFab14 Collective Bias Contest for a sponsorship to #SoFabCon14. Last year was the first year of SoFabCon. I was so happy to be there for it. I had been torn on whether I wanted to go since I had been in a pretty bad car wreck the year before. I had been working with Social Fabric a while (now: 2 years & 75 campaigns). The support and extra income that I have found just keeps encouraging me to improve. When I found someone to carpool with and roommates, I took that as a sign that I had to go! SoFabCon was not my first conference. However,once there I realized the bigger conferences cannot compete with the tight knit intimacy of SoFabCon. I knew that it was worth the investment to be there and loved meeting the many people in real life that I felt like I had known for a while online. I didn't realize just how much I needed that experience. ~~~~~ SoFabCon inspired me to make some changes like the fact that my blog is in the midst of a … [Read more...]

Getting SoFabulous for SoFabCon #SoFabulous

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I am a mom of 3 fabulous boys who keep me busy...  The good and the bad thing about being a mother is that we often put ourselves last. While I am preparing to be more fabulous for SoFabCon 2014, I am going to have you all help me be accountable for making time for myself. Often as a blogger our personal lives bleed into our work lives and vice versa. For my goal to be more successful: I need to learn to say no. I often take on roles at work or the boys' school because I know I can make the time. However, making the time means I cut into me time. I have been known to go 6 months (or more) without a haircut, skip meals, or just don't have any down time. Learning to value and accept me time to be just as important as every task that I do is my top priority!   I need to remind myself the value of enjoying what I love. When we get so over-whelmed with all our roles we forget to stop and do what we love. I need to encourage us to do these things as a family more or … [Read more...]

Laugh along with my own “NickMom.com – like” experiences #Motherfunny #cbias #shop

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Hi! I am the mom of 3 boys. Once upon a time, I was a person who took myself too seriously.  Then I had kids. Now we may dig in the dirt for worms until my kids look like Pig Pen from Charlie Brown, but at least they care about being eco-friendly right? I wait patiently while Elliott finds his "Foot Cups"  each morning (you might know them as shoes). Have you heard of NickMom? It relates to the comedy that is our lives. Lucky for us moms it comes on Nick at 10 pm when the kids are definitely asleep.  Of course, if you need a bit of entertainment during one of your long days of lounging as a mother...wait that is what you do with your days too? Then check out NickMom.com anytime! If you haven't already learned the art of enjoying the comic routine that is your life....NOW IS THE TIME! Below is one of last year's family pictures. We had several that turned out great. The photographer asked us if we wanted a picture of just the 2 of us, and we did. I am usually the one behind the … [Read more...]

Creating natural freshness & Catbearding w/ @FreshStepLitter #ClubFreshStep #shop

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  Our cats are an important part of our family! They are so great with our boys sensing when someone is sick and needs cuddling, entertaining us, etc... However, with the newest addition to our family, we have to be even more certain our cats have a happy environment . We have tried all kinds of cat litter over the past 10 years. The cat litter we buy is about more than just saving money. It's about keeping our furry ones happy. I love that Fresh Step Cat Litter is now using natural plant extracts and carbon to help our cat litter box naturally fresh! Meet the furry loves of our life... Waldo is my morning cuddle buddy who is pretty awesome with his 27 toes. Yes you heard right 27 toes. He's a polydactyl cat we got 4 years ago when Elliott was born.  Frank the pirate! Frank arrived on John's college house porch about 10 years ago. He is a bit of a thug cat as you can tell from the missing eye. Frank has been amazing in his recovery and in showing us how resilient and loving … [Read more...]

For Disney Pixar Cars lover, Disney Planes is a great gift for his collection! #WorldofCars #shop #cbias

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 My baby turned 4!?! I am shocked that my youngest is 4 and they are all so grown up! The boys all have quirks and loves that they have kept over the years like Elliott's love of Disney Pixar Cars. Elliott watches Cars the movie, Cars 2, and Mater's Tall Tales religiously. The truck that Mater is based off is actually located about 10 minutes from my hometown Baxter Springs, KS. Being able to go to see Mater when we go back home is a real treat for them! The boys Papa who passed away about 2 years ago was an avid model car collector and he has always encouraged the boys love of Cars! Disney Pixar Cars isn't just about toys it's a reminder of where many of them came from...Papa! Kids are so funny in how they can notice the littlest of details. It was love at first sight the moment he watched the Disney Planes trailer and saw characters he recognized from Mater's Tall Tales and the other Disney Pixar Cars movies! As you can see below, Elliott is all about Disney Pixar Cars and over the … [Read more...]

Building Healthy Smiles with Colgate Total #TotalSmile #shop

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Think of something that makes most people cringe? What comes to mind? Maybe the dentist for example. My husband and I have both had terrible experiences at the dentist so much that we started avoiding them. We kept up on good oral health to maintain our healthy smiles with daily flossing, brushing 2x a day, and following brushing with mouthwash. Once the boys got old enough for their first dentist appointments we were determined to break the cycle of  dentist anxiety. We all scheduled dentists appointments. I am pleased to say that after a longer hiatus than I want to say that I was cavity free. Just going to the dentist alone is not enough to keep up on good oral hygiene it is also about your daily healthy smile routine! Colgate is our go-to brand for our oral health. Currently Target is having an awesome deal with Buy two get one free promotion on select Colgate items until June 6th. We bought two Colgate Total Toothpaste (each toothpaste happened to include free Colgate … [Read more...]

***High Pollen Alert***Find Allergy Solutions at CVS with Allegra! #MyAllerGenius #cbias

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Ughhh!!! Allergies have really been disrupting my life since we moved here a few years ago. Congestion, headaches, etc... have been keeping me inside. However, I miss really loving Spring!!! I have decided it's too gorgeous to stay inside any longer so I have been taking actions into my own hands to get my allergies under control in collaboration with Allegra and Collective Bias on this sponsored post. Thanks to www.myallergenius.com I can now save money, learn more about dealing with allergies, and stay informed of how the pollen levels are in my area! With one pill every 24 hours, I can feel normal during these high pollen days without the drowsiness. I just haven't been having luck with the other options lately. I don't want to feel out of it to feel relief! To see my entire Allegra shop at CVS on google+ click here Some additional ideas to help ease allergy suffering: If you are like me and have a tough time with pollen, early times tend to have a higher pollen count. … [Read more...]

Fruti all natural fruit bars save the day as a mom-approved healthy snack #FreshNFruti #cbias

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Due to new regulations, I am obligated to let you know up front that this is a sponsored post in collaboration with Fruti & CBias Actions speak louder than words is how we teach our kids about healthy living! Showing our kids to make healthy choices should be something that we are able to make fun and help them to make these decisions on their own as they get older. My boys are now 3, 5, & 8. They have come to expect that mommy wants to keep them healthy with physical activity and healthy eating. During nice days, we walk the 1/2 mile to and from  school. As well as on the weekends, we make a point to always find ways to keep them active. This past weekend we participated in our first 5k as a family in the Color Run event! With media constantly promoting everything from sugary treats and drinks to fast food, children don't always get the right message. Seriously as I am writing this, there is a McDonald's commercial in the background that has my kids mesmerized. These … [Read more...]