When You Have Lost Yourself

When You Have Lost Yourself
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When you finally realize that at some point you have lost yourself. Where do you go to pick yourself back up and start again?

As I look in the mirror the tired eyes look back at me. Dark circles from being up and down all night with a three year old who refuses to sleep in her own bed. My hair loosely tied back with two days worth of dry shampoo. Slouchy clothes, from years before no where close to fitting.

You hear the bigger kids in the other room arguing over who’s watching the tv. You sigh and wash your face as you try to steel yourself for another day. Take a deep breath and do it all over again.

When you have lost yourself

You have lost yourself.

I love my kids, they are the reason I breathe every day but sometimes there are days where the arguing from them drives me up the wall, or they won’t eat dinner after I’ve worked hard to make it. Or when you are just completely touched out. And then the mom guilt kicks in and I feel horrible for feeling that way.

I have four kids ages 9 to 3. There is never a dull moment in my household. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. But I have realized that I had lost myself somewhere in the midst of being a mom. That was who I had become, I was mama, there was no Kansas any longer. My identity revolved around that role.

Brooklyn Cardigan

After so long not taking care of myself I decided it was time to find me again. I started with looking for some functional clothing that helped me be comfy but also look nice and that’s when I found the beautiful Duffield Lane line of clothing. I think my favorite item is the Brooklyn Cardigan. This beautiful Cardigan is so soft and goes with any outfit to keep you warm and looking stylish.

Blaine Dress

And I think my favorite dress that they make is the stunning Blaine Dress. I love how it goes with everything. You can dress it up or pair it down. Perfect for church or a PTA meeting. This dress is flattering on any shape, even mine and it’s hard to find self-love after carrying and birthing four kids. If you are interested in finding your perfect fit or style check out their website, Facebook, or Instagram.

Lennon Dress
Phoebe dress

It’s not always easy learning to take care of yourself again. Just know that you are worth it. If you can’t take care of yourself and put your mental health first, it’s going to make it hard to put that into your home. As mom’s, we tend to feel like we have lost yourself and put everyone but yourself first. So mom to mom just let me say…

YOU MATTER!

You are WORTH it.

You are doing an amazing job momma, keep your head up!

You haven’t lost yourself!

Calling all Pokemon Trainers

Calling all Pokemon Trainers
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I remember as a kid when Pokémon first came out and hit the scene. It was a massive hit and everyone wanted to be a trainer just like Ash and his trusty sidekick Pikachu. Little did I grasp that twenty years later the Pokémon crazy would still be going just as strong.

Pokémon Adventures!

Pokemon Trainer

I was 9 when the craze hit the US. We would spend recess at school trading cards, talking about our favorite characters what our favorite Pokémon was ( mine are Bulbasaur and Togepi ). Which actually ended up causing the school to ban bringing the cards to school because they caused so much of a distraction. One of my very first movies seen in a theater was the original Pokémon movie. I remember my dad actually picked me up early from school to go see it. That in itself is a memory I cherish dearly since my dad is no longer alive.

I was so excited when my oldest daughter first asked me “mom” have you ever heard of Pokémon? Being the nerd I am, I was so proud that, that gene got passed down. It’s a great show and franchise to be able to share. One of our favorite things to do is go to the park and play Pokemon Go. Not only has it brought us closer as a family but it gets the kids active and moving. Plus who doesn’t love trying to catch your very on Squirtle, or Charmander?

Pikachu Walkie Takies

Now having four kids my house is full of fun Pokémon toys all the time. From a handmade Ash costume to tons of plushies, trading cards, and even some really fun Pokémon Pikachu Walkie-talkies! With Pikachu right by your side, these walkie-talkies can reach long distances and are static-free. Perfect for those outside adventuring activities.

Walkie talkies

In today’s day and age it’s really refreshing to be able to have something like Pokémon to be able to share with my kids. It’s so fun to be able to look back on a simpler day and time. To see the joy on my kid’s faces when they are telling me all about their favorite Pokemon or something they caught while playing one of the games. In my opinion, that’s so much of what this world needs these days are to go back and take a breath and look with the eyes of a child and find joy in the little things.

Whose your favorite Pokémon?

Pamper Yourself with Great Skincare Products

Pamper Yourself
Pamper Yourself
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Pamper Yourself with These Great Products

Everyone can use a little pampering. I found some fabulous products just for the occasion. Pamper yourself with these great skincare products.

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Keeping Their Memory Alive

Keeping Their Memory Alive
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No one is ever ready for the time to say goodbye, it’s never a good time. So how to we keep that memory alive? Does the pain ever get better? Keep reading to learn how I’m keeping my grandfather’s memory alive.

My grandfather was my best friend. He was the best man I’ve ever known. He even walked me down the aisle when I got married. We also had a special relationship. He knew just what to say to give me that encouragement when I needed it, and wasn’t afraid to give me that push either.

A memory never forgotten.

Memories With Grandpa

I lost him ten years ago this September. When he passed it, I was worried it would be a gap that would never be filled. I wanted to make sure his memory was truly honored. The biggest way I could think of was to give my son his name. My son, Salvatore Robert ( Robert is my grandfather’s middle name ) but my little man goes by Sam. My little man has the same goofy, loving, and cunning attitude that my grandfather had.

I have also inherited his love of photography, you would always see him with some type of camera in his hand. After he passed my grandmother gave me two huge trunks of nothing but old photo albums that he had taken. One of my favorite times with him was at my high school graduation after I had walked the stage we were all standing outside taking pictures, and I have a picture of him taking a picture of me taking a picture of him with the biggest smile on his face. That the memory I cherish I hold on too so much.

Graduation

I wanted to find a way to keep that picture with me for everyone to share and that is when I came across 3D Innovations. 3D Innovations specializes in custom laser etched crystals. They help to keep those memories alive. They turn your 2D picture into a 3D masterpiece. My Medium Cube is perfect. They captured his personality so well just through this picture. I almost started crying when I first opened this box! Paired with the Small L.E.D. Light Base it’s the perfect way to keep his memory alive. To find your perfect 3D creation be sure to visit their Website, Facebook, or Instagram.

3d innovation
Med Cube

My grandpa is so missed, I wish everyday that he was still here and able to enjoy my kids. His love and his memory is forever cherished in my heart and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. I hope he’s looking down and proud of the woman I’ve become.

What picture would you get turned into a 3D creation?

Helping To Make Virtual Learning Easier

Helping To Make Virtual Learning Easier
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With the world still reeling from Covid, virtual learning is now the go to way for kids to learn right now. Not only are teachers having to adapt we as parents and children are trying to figure out how to make this new way of education work. We are taking this day at a time and hoping at the end of the day we are doing our best.

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Three CBD Products Everyone Should Try

Three CBD Products Everyone Should Try
Three CBD Products Everyone Should Try
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CBD is a fairly new ingredient being added to all sorts of products. I had the chance to review three CBD products that everyone should try at least once.

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Keeping Your Puppy Busy

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New puppies are tons of fun, but they are also little balls of energy. Keeping your puppy busy is so important for your puppies growing mind and body. Keep reading to find out any this fun new box that is sure to get your puppies tail a-wagging!

We got our little maltipoo named Arthas back in July. He’s now a 12-week old ball of energy! I’ve noticed after having many dogs growing up when puppies get bored they get destructive. Our little guy is no exception to this rule. That’s when I decided to start looking for the perfect subscription box. After searching I found the KONG Box.

Keeping Your Puppy Busy

Kong Squeaker Toys

The KONG Box is a great choice for any type of pup that you have. I love that there are 7 different types of boxes from separation anxiety to boredom, there is something for all your furry pal’s needs. All items that go in your new box are hand-picked to make sure all the items are just what you’re looking for. Keeping your puppy busy has never been easier!

With the Bored Dog Solution Box We got some fun new toys, a couple to hide treats, ( and included 3 tasty treats inside ) and his favorite toy a tiny squeaky bear perfect for his tiny teeth to pick up and play with. KONG takes the time to get to know your dog so that they can make sure their items fit all their needs. I love that they invest in getting to know your dog.

Kong Box Toys

In your box you also get a fun new recipe for a treat your do is sure to love. A easy and healthy idea made for your dog to help support healthy habits and lots of fun when put into the Kong toy for mental stimulation. Keeping your pup’s brain sharp will also help in keeping your puppy busy.

I was surprised when I opened my box to find something special just for me. KONG Box included a cloth face mask. I love that they care not only about their puppy friends but their owners as well and making sure they are healthy. In this crazy COVID time right now everyone needs a little bit more compassion.

Kong Face Mask

The KONG Box is a great option for your dog no matter what they need. Keeping your dog happy and healthy. For more information or to get yours visit their Website, Facebook, or Instagram.

For another great box be sure to check out this blog, Beating The Dog Days Of Summer.

Shrewd Food: Protein Packed Healthy Snacks

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Protein Packed Healthy Snacks

Shrewd Food makes protein packed healthy snacks. Their line of foods includes Protein Puffs, Protein Cookies, Protein Dippers, Keto Dippers, and Protein Croutons. I had the chance to sample most of them and I have to say, not only are these snacks healthy high in protein, low fat, low carb and low sugar, but they taste great.

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Pamper Your Skin with These Amazing Products

Pamper Your Skin
Pamper Your Skin
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Everyone can use a little pampering every now and then and what better way to achieve relaxation is there that to pamper your skin!?! I recently tested several new products, and these are some of my favorites.

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Hot Face Products In Time For Summer

Hot Face Products in Time for Summer
Hot Face Products in Time for Summer
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Its’s summer and the heat is definitely here! With the heat comes changes in your skin especially your face. I know I for one, am always looking for new face products in the summer to help counteract the summer humidity and sweat.

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