Real Mom Talk – Missing Out

Missing out - Mom Guilt

A year ago, I was at a blogging conference and purchased my ticket for the following year before I left my hotel.   I realized, at the time, it would be the week leading in to Mother's Day but I was like, oh that's ok. I'll be home for Mother's Day. No Big Deal. Except, I realized, it kind of was. This year I have a lot more travel dates on the calendar with work, blogging, and fun.  It means being away from the kids more - which is totally fine because we have a village to help when Jon or I are away.  But I quickly realized how much Mom Guilt I had with being gone for the Mother's Day … [Read more...]

Pool Dates – Reducing Stress and Increasing Fun

learn to swim day - swimways baby swim raft

This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. I've been realizing, lately, that our family has been filling up our calendar faster than ever.  I suppose it's due to having 3 kids of different ages and a large extended family.  Some weekends Jon and I are just looking to find some sort of relaxation time but it's super hard to come by.  After a few different babymoons where we anticipate long days with lots of naps - we realized what we crave is quiet pool time.  Whether we've gone to Palm Springs … [Read more...]

13 Reasons Why – – Take Aways As A Parent

13 reasons why - take aways as a parent

I'm a member of the 2017 Netflix #StreamTeam.  I am here to share new information and give my opinion on what I catch as well. Thanks for reading! This post may also contain affiliate links Normally, when new shows come out on Netflix, I take a bit to catch on and watch.  But, with 13 Reasons Why (based on the book by Jay Asher), I finished it within 2 weeks of when it came out.  My co-worker had just finished it and I told her how I was going to load up a new show on my iPad to take on a work trip. She watched it with her teenage daughter and warned me it was great - but very heavy. So, … [Read more...]

Long Lasting Lip Color – Covergirl vs Lipsense

long lasting lip color covergirl vs lipsense

I have been a makeup girl since high school.  But my makeup mainly covered my lids and cheeks.  I never bothered with gloss because it didn't stay put long.  My hair would get stuck to it, or my lips would get super dry and I'd need chapstick anyways. When I turned 33 and went through this whole makeup change, I bought a LOT of things for my lips.  I had really good intentions of wearing them.  But, I loved kissing my babies even more.  I hated leaving marks on them. Last fall, a friend introduced me to a long lasting lipstick.  I wasn't sure about it, but I went to learn more and left … [Read more...]

How to Save Money on Coffee with Groupon

How to Save money on Coffee with Groupon

This post contains affiliate links If you've been near a smartphone, you know one of the best apps/site is Groupon to have for quick savings on local attractions, restaurants, or even for getaways. I'm going to share with you 5 ways to save money for you - the coffee lover! 1. Check for Coupons Many of your favorite coffee joints like Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, CBTL, Tully's Coffee and more offer coupons to save a percentage off your favorite coffee or latte.  Sometimes there are even promotions to get gift cards at a huge savings!  Check frequently as promotions are always … [Read more...]

My Scentsy Story – my 19 month update

what's it like to be a Scentsy consultant - valencia scentsy consultant

It's been a long time since I've posted an update, or done a video, about how things are going with my Scentsy business! So, it's probably best to share!  One of the biggest things I've accomplished (thanks to ALL my amazing customers and the ladies on my team!!) is earning a vacation!! One of the craziest things with those in Direct Sales is the talk about free trips, free cars, and I always wonder is it really free?  So, here's the thing.  It's not costing me a dime to go.  Scentsy is paying for my air fare, my transportation to/from the hotel, the 4 nights at the hotel (Hard … [Read more...]