Valentine’s Day Ideas – A Heartbeat Away

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It’s been quite a few years since I’ve been this excited about Valentine’s Day. It’s not that it has been without meaning or significance, since I’m happily married and adore the beautiful flowers that typically arrive on this day. I’ve just discovered a renewed desire to decorate since Aless is older and can now enjoy the festivities. Read more

Mom Bloggers Should SUPPORT Other Mom Bloggers

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1335-12439174948M6AOn Facebook yesterday, a relatively well-known mom blogger made some derogatory statements regarding other mom blogs and those blogs focused on giveaways and coupons. First, I was sad to see that she would place herself on such a high, “holier than thou” pedestal and consider all the rest of us mom bloggers doggy doo. She’s not Jenny Lawson or Heather Armstrong – far from it – and her grandiose self-perception is way off. Aside from that, I’m just really disappointed. Until yesterday, she was someone I admired; a blogger that I felt supported other bloggers, not one who secretly wanted others to fail.

I’m not going to name names because that’s just wrong – unfair. Two wrongs very seldom make a right. I mean, there are those rare moments when screwing up a few times leads to something unexpected and wonderful, but you get my point. I’m not going to be a douchebag. Read more

Get Beautified Sibu Product Winner!

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A big ole’ congratulations to Tabitha Shrader, the winner of the Sibu Beauty giveaway. Thanks to everyone who took the time to like and follow Sibu Beauty and enter the contest. As I mentioned in my review, I have been so pleased with how their Nourishing Facial Cream has made my skin look and feel. It really is a little magic in a bottle! They have an entire line of other products as well, so be sure to check out their website for more.

Thanks everyone! And Happy New Year!


Daily Routine of a Successful Work-from-Home Mom

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I’ve been very fortunate to have the opportunity to work-from-home since 1998, right before the birth of my third child. Working from home has offered incredible flexibility in terms of balancing my daily demands while still being able to spend quality time with my children. I cannot imagine stepping foot into a traditional office environment ever again. I would if it meant supporting my family, but I hope that working from home remains my norm.

It’s taken a lot of trial and error, testing and refining, but I have come up with what I believe to be a solid routine for the work-from-home mom. With a little extra “oomph” (we’ll call it that) and whole lot of patience, it is possible to work and take care of little ones at the same time.

Here’s the routine that has worked well for me: Read more

My Personal Struggle with OCD

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There’s a little voice inside that often wills to me. It whispers, “Let it go.” I try my best to listen. I really do. I try to rationalize with myself that it is okay for things to be out of place, for toys to be scattered throughout the house and the sink to have dirty dishes. But there’s this overwhelming desire, this necessity, to keep things in order. To make sure that everything is in its rightful place, at all times. I’m rarely unable to “let it go.” This is my personal struggle. And, in many instances, it has become my family’s struggle as well. Read more

Welcome 2013!

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How warm is it outside?

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Sometimes you just gotta laugh…

PONTILICIOUS: (standing on front porch with door wide open to the living room) It’s so warm outside today!

ME: (shivering and cursing under my breath) It’s like 10 degrees out. It’s not warm. Read more

My Favorite Pins of the Week: “Lush” Pile!

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You can tell New Year’s is approaching by the hundreds of mixed drink photos plastered (ha ha) across Pinterest this past week. Now I’m a breastfeeding mama and plan to continue to do so until Aless is 18-months-old – but boy oh boy can a girl dream when looking at some of these images. Some drink pics are so damn pretty, I don’t know if I could actually consume them! Works of art, really. Here are some of my favorites, which you might consider whipping up for your own New Year’s celebration. Read more