Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Liebster Award

Back in the end of May, I was excited to learn I had been nominated for the Liebster Award from Leila at Experiencing Parenthood! If you have never heard of Experiencing Parenthood you should head over there and check Leila out. She is an Arizona-based Momma to three little humans and she blogs about parenting, family, raising a child with special needs and awesome things to do around Arizona. 

If you aren't familiar with the Liebster Award, it's a fun way to get to know new bloggers. You get to find out about their blog, their likes, their dislikes and some other random information. It's like a 2017 chain letter, in which each nominee, should they choose to accept, writes a post answering five questions asked by the blogger who nominated them.

I am so excited to accept this award, not so much to introduce myself, but to introduce you to my nominees. Before we get to that part, I have a few questions to answer from Leila.

The Questions:

1. Do you still live in the same place you were born and raised? If not, where were you born or raised and where do you live now?

No, I do not. I was born and raised in Richmond, VA - I'm an east coast southern girl thru and thru! I married my husband in 2005 and proceeded to move all over the place for several years, he was active duty in the United States Marine Corps! He got out of the military after eight years of service and we spent two years back in Virginia. But, I found a great job opportunity in his hometown, Indianapolis, IN, and since he had been away from his family since he was 19 years old we decided to relocate again. We have lived in Indiana since 2010. Now, with stable careers, a huge family, two little boys and one dog - I don't see use relocating anything soon!

2. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I have SO many places I want to visit! I have never left the United States and I live through bloggers from around the world to see the beauty that is out there. I would love to travel to Scotland, Australia, Peru, etc. At this point in my life, you provide me a round trip ticket and I will be excited to go.

3. What is your favorite beverage to drink?

Sweet Tea. Hands down. 

4. What is your favorite book to read?

This is tough as I just recently got into reading in my down time, which lets be honest is few and far between.The last book I read that I loved and couldn't put down was The Girl On The Train. I would say I love suspense.

5. If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?

I pretty much love my job, I'm a Fraud Investigator. But, if money and insurance wasn't an issue, I would love to open a bakery.

My Nominees

This is the fun part. I've had this blog since 2012, I've come and gone but this year I decided I was going to get back to my passion and bring this blog back to life. Just in the few months that I have been active again this year, I have stumbled across a lovely list of new bloggers. I may have cheated and one or two may have over 200 followers, but, these are my nominations my way - haha! So, without further ado, I nominate the following:

Emily at Fenced in Momma

Questions for the Nominees

1. If you had to pick one song to be the anthem to your life, which song would it be?

2. Are you a planner or a live in the moment kind of person?

3. What is your favorite season and why?

4. What is your 'why' for blogging?

5. If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

Thank you again to Leila at Experiencing Parenthood and congratulations to those I nominated, I can't wait to learn more about you! 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Product Review: NOW Women’s Probiotic 20 Billion + Giveaway

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own. Compensation for this post was provided. 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

Being a Mom of two boys is wonderfully exhausting and if I am being honest, in the past four years that I have become a Mother, I some how lost sight of myself and focused all of my energy on my children. For 2017, one of my biggest goals was to invest more time into ME.  Find my passions, get healthy, enjoy some free time with my girl friends, and just learn to love me again.

I learned a lot of these goals surrounded the fact that I wasn't loving the skin I'm currently in. It's no surprise that pregnancy and parenting has taken it's toll on me, especially my pregnancies. Since having my first child, my gall bladder decided it was going to hate me and needed to be removed, my thyroid decided it was going to stop working properly, my energy level has been non-existence and my weight - oh, my weight has been a struggle.

Monday, May 1, 2017

DIY: Kid's Table & Chair Makeover

My favorite DIY to date: this kid's table and chairs makeover on a budget!

This year one of our biggest goals is to update our outside living space. We have a small screened in porch connected to a patio and a small deck. We have lived in our house almost seven years and our outside living space has been riding the struggle bus for most of those years, if any of my neighbors are reading this, we know - we are getting our act together!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Product Review: ClearPop Earache Relief + Giveaway

One of the worst things about being a parent, especially a parent to littles, is watching them while they are sick and in pain. You feel helpless when you want to be able to do anything and everything to help them. Soon after I became a parent for the first time, I experienced this helpless feeling. My oldest son has had chronic ear infections since he was 3 months old, he is now almost 4 years old.

Between 3 months old and 15 months old, he had over 10 ear infections. Every time we took him to the Doctor they prescribed him an antibiotic. By the time he was 15 months old, he had already been on several different kinds of antibiotics including amoxicillin, augmentin, cephalexin and several ear drop solutions. Finally, when he was 15 months old we opted to have tubes put in his ears.

This is a happy Weston less than an hour after his surgery eating breakfast. He was so little!