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!

Making Snail Mail Fun Again

Making Snail Mail Fun Again
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In a time where technology rules the world, the time for mail is slowly falling out of style. When you can get something at the push of a button the term snail mail is true when you have to wait. Now with Sunny The mail snail, you can bring joy to your child’s face when they get their very own Snail Mail package!

Letter from Sunny

Snail Mail bringing smiles to your face!

Snail Mail

As a small child, I remember I used to feel like a million bucks when I would get something in the mail. The excitement of opening it up and seeing just what I had gotten! Which now isn’t so fun when most of its all bills. Keep an eye on your mailbox because now Sunny the Mail Snail, is making snail mail fun again for the whole entire family.

Tell me more about Sunny you say? Sunny will send your family weekly letters about his adventures around the world. Along with these letters are little mementos, trinkets, stickers and lots of fun. When we opened our box for the first time we were greeted with our very own stuffed Sunny plushie. Next, we found so many fun items; a fun and colorful map of the world with lots of fun animal pictures. There was also feathers from Sunny’s best friend “Bluebird” who gives him rides all over the world.

Sunnys Adventures

Our box also included Sunny’s passport with plenty of room for your kids to document all of Sunny’s travels. We have received a letter weekly from Sunny telling us all about his travels. He always includes some many fun items inside his letters. From pictures of animals to fun stickers all the kids love to document his progress around the world. It’s so much fun to see their smiles when we open the mailbox and find a letter from our little friend. To get your very own subscription to Sunny’s travels be sure to check out his website, Facebook, or Instagram.

Sunny

I think right now while the world seems to be on lockdown Sunny the Mail Snail is the perfect addition to your family. It gives your children a sense of adventure, and a chance to see the world when we are all feeling a little cooped up right now. It also is a great way to encourage reading and the love of animals.

Where would you live to see Sunny Visit?

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?

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?

A New Best Friend To Love

A New Best Friend To Love

Big or small everyone is looking for that new best friend. Read more to learn about Feltman Brother’s amazing clothing and doll line. Your child will find a new best friend to love.

Friendship and Fashion.

Abigail

Feltman Brothers have been in business since 1916 and have been creating amazing outfits since then. They have the beautiful old fashioned looked with the softest and most durable fabrics. We discovered Feltman Brothers a couple of years ago and I can’t say enough about this company. So when we they released their dolls I knew that they would be a best friend for my two-year-old.

Floral Bullions Dress

Iris is very much your typical two year old, and currently loves all baby dolls. We chose to get her the beautiful Abigail doll. With big blue eyes and blond hair, she looks a lot like my daughter. Iris was so excited when she opened her box to see her new best friend. She has started carrying the doll everywhere and loves to play with her. I also love that they offer both boy and girl dolls, so every child can have a new friend that they love.

Matching Feltman Brothers

One of my favorite things about the Feltman Brother doll’s is that you can get your child and their doll matching outfits. We chose the stunning Floral Bullions Dress. The soft pink color of the dress matches Iris’ skin tone so well. With the small flower accent, around the seams and collar. The puffed sleeves give the dress the vintage feel.

Matching Dress

These clothes are dainty but made for children and certainly pass the easy to playtest. And with kids you know if its not comfortable they are not going to wear it. Make sure that you add in the matching doll outfit and your little ones will be twinning with their best friend. To get your new outfit or to find a best friend for your child be sure to visit Feltman Brothers Website, Facebook, or Instagram.

Feltman Brothers

No matter what occasion Feltman Brother Clothing that that occasion covered with the matching outfit. With the holiday season just around the corner, you are sure to find something that will be perfect for your family. See some of my other reviews of Feltman Brothers’ clothing in these reviews: Great Gifts for the Holiday Season, Sharing My Easter Traditions With My Kids, and Bringing Back Vintage Fashion for Kids.

Which doll will you choose for your little one’s new best friend?

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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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.

Beating The Dog Days Of Summer

Beating The Dog Days Of Summer
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What’s that old saying? It’s the dog days of Summer! I’m a dog person plain and simple. Growing up I remember us always having a dog, and as soon as I moved out on my own. It’s a memory I wanted my children to share also. So let’s talk about some of my favorite pup products and how they will help you in beat those dog days of summer!

Recently our beloved dog Twinkie passed at the old age of 12, I got her when I was 18 and she was one of the most amazing dogs ever. When she passed at the end of 2019 my children were heartbroken. I wasn’t really ready to get another dog just yet but my children started asking for another puppy and in May of 2020 our sweet Arthas was born. We just recently brought him home and couldn’t be more excited to have paws in the family again. Arthas will actually start training to be an emotional support pup for my 6-year-old Ansley who has several anxiety disorders.

Emotional Support Animal

Beating The Dog Days Of Summer!

What do you need when you have a new pup? New toys for him to love! Now with Pupcycle, you can have them shipped right to your front door. Pupcycle is the first Eco-Friendly dog toy box with fun goodies that your pup is sure to be over the moon for. What is my favorite thing about this box ( well it actually comes in a 100% recyclable bag )? It’s that there is no monthly subscription! This is what has turned me off on so many other dog boxes it because it’s another added expense each month but with Pupcycle you order when YOU want.

pupcycle box

So what comes inside the bag? Arthas’ favorite toy is the plushie by far. Perfect for tiny chewing teeth. We also got a hide a treat toy, and a squeaky toy, both of which he’s growing into. Help the planet, and help your pup have fun and get your very one Pupcycle box, and be sure to check out their website, Facebook, and Instagram for more information!

Pupcycle

Bug be gone.

With Summer and with getting a dog that means you are outside a lot more. Being outside brings those dreaded fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. We live close to a wooded area so we get all kinds of creepy crawlies. Don’t worry because Wondercide can take care of those pests. These amazing products kill on contact and keep them at bay. It’s a great choice because it’s safe to use around pets and your family.

Wondercide

My favorite items that came in my Wondercide package was the Scent Sampler Flea & Tick Pack. This sample comes with four different scents to make sure you love the product you pick for your pack! My favorite scent is the Lemongrass Spray With a clean crisp smell it leaves your home refreshed while keeping those fleas and ticks away. It’s proven to start working in just 2 minutes.

Flea and Tick home spray

Not only is this product safe for pets but it’s safe for home and use for your family. Great for outdoor play for your little ones, made with all-natural ingredients, I don’t have to worry about chemical contact with my kids. Are you interested in getting your very own Wondercide products? Be sure to visit their Website, Facebook, and Instagram.

Seeing the joy that our new pup has brought to my kid’s lives is something that every parent is thankful for. Since getting Arthas my children have that little part of their lives back that they were missing when Twinkie passed away. I hope that you love these pet-friendly products from Pupcycle and Wondercide as much as our family does, and helps beat those dog days of summer!

Arthas

What kind of fur baby do you have?

Keeping Your Little One’s Busy In Quarantine

Keeping Your Little One's Busy In Quarantine
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I don’t think I ever expected for the situation with the pandemic to ever exist, (of course I guess one never does.) Now comes the question, with four little children under the age of eight, how are you keeping your little one’s busy in quarantine? Keep reading to find out so fun ways we are staying busy and keeping safe while staying at home.

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A Different Kind Of Pain Management

A Different Kind Of Pain Management
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When constant pain and aches are part of your every day you are always looking for a different kind of pain management. I’ve never liked being on medication constantly and that’s when I started looking for something new.

Car accident 2016

It’s been nearly four years now since my life was turned completely upside down. A seemingly normal day came to a crashing halt when my family and I were struck head-on by a drunk driver at 3 pm in the afternoon, forever changing my life. I still don’t remember very much, and I doubt that I ever will, in retrospect is probably the best. I remember leaving work that afternoon to take my kids to the local pumpkin festival. The next thing I remember waking up completely unable to move.

I was told there was a car accident, and that I have broken several bones. I didn’t care, all I cared about at that time was where were my children and were they ok. I remember I must have asked where they were over a hundred times. Looking back, I’m sure that also had something to do with the concussion I had. Turns out the concussion was my least serious injury. Of all four limbs, there was only one that wasn’t broken.

My left arm was so mangled that I now have a plate and 8 screws in it, My right wrist was broken and now has a pin. My right knee had a laceration down to the bone, ( had it been any worse they said I’d have lost the leg). My right heel was by far the worst of the broken bones I had. My heel was shattered, the doctor said that it looked like a bomb when off in my heel. He also said usually the force it takes to break a heel will break persons back. So I guess you could say I was lucky.

In the span of the first week after the accident I had 5 surgeries. Before it was said and done I ended up having a total of 7 surgeries in correspondence with the accident. I was left wheelchair-bound, I spent 8 months of recovery learning to walk again. I’ve lost 50% range of motion permanently. You can read my initial thoughts on the accident in this original blog, ” Starting Over: Life After Tragedy.”

Getting my life back.

Basic CBD

So pain is something that I now live with every day. Pain management isn’t always easy, shortly after my accident I weaned myself off of all narcotic pain medication because I didn’t like the way they made me feel. I know how easy it is to become addicted, and that’s something I didn’t want to put my children though. So I started researching alternative pain management options. That’s when I found out about Basic CBD.

First let me say that I am in no way a medical professional, and all the opinions in this are my own. I have found that using these CBD products has helped with my pain management tremendously. I urge you to do your research about the products before you use, and always check with your doctor because starting something new.

A Different Kind of Pain Management.

Basic CBD THC Free

With that being said, after extensive research, I decided to give CBD products a try. Basic CBD is grown in Colorado, and are always pesticide-free. These products are also vegan and non-toxic. There are two different kinds that I have tried. The Basic: Zero THC and Basic: Full Spectrum CBD Oil. Usually, I can take the Zero THC oil and it does the trick, but on high pain days, I will take the Full Spectrum. Using the dropper take 1ML under the tongue.

Since starting Basic CBD I’ve also noticed a decrease in my migraines. After being on many different kinds of medication for my migraines I could never find anything that helped, using these at the start of a headache and laying down has now decreased the amount of time that I am out of commission from the usually debilitating migraines.

I’m really glad that I’ve finally found something to help with my pain management. I can finally start looking forward to days with limited and no pain with no side effects. This has finally given me my life back. To get your own Basic CBD be sure to visit their website, Facebook, Or Instagram.