Thursday, July 25, 2013

A New Me: Feeling IT

A New Me: Feeling IT!:  Lately I've been feeling 'IT'  .. and by 'IT', I mean the laziness and the UGH feeling of being ...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Relationship Wednesday.. Is there Power in Touch?

Is There Power in Touch?

Personally.. I think there is an enormous amount of  Power in Touch!!  

Take a massage for intense, everyone expresses how relaxing they are; leaving with a refreshed feeling and re energized.   Right?!  (I've never had one, but everyone that I have talked to that has had one, would agree)  However, the touch from someone you love (and loves you) is very romantic and connecting.. on so many levels!

Add some romance to your relationship this week by giving your significant other a massage or a nice back/foot rub; or just simply use the power of touch to spice up the romance in your relationship!! 

Have a Happy and Romantic Wednesday...  :) 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Nabi

My daughter's birthday was last month.  She had seen the Nabi in the sales paper and since it was only a few days till her birthday she circled it and put the paper on the fridge.  Gotta love how kids think; but it worked!

Actually, I had never heard of the Nabi before and I really wasn't sure what I was even looking for; but it wasn't hard to find once we arrived at the Best Buy.  I wish I would have realized that there were different age groups for the 3 different versions of the the Nabi Tablets, before I left home; because I had only left home with the amount I needed to get the one she had circled (which was the Nabi Jr.).

The Nabi is a awesome little gadget.. to say the least!!  It is a cool kids tablet that comes pre-loaded with game apps for your child's educational needs and you can add other apps, games, music, internet (with parental password protection and monitoring (+ more).

Comes to find out, the Nabi that we purchased is focused on the ages 3-6; and my daughter was turning 10.  The apps were focused on learning ABC's with drawing, coloring, and tracing letters and other cool little game apps for small kids, but not really something that she would enjoy or get any learning from!   BUT.. This wasn't a problem long. :)

I was actually shocked how easy it was to delete all the apps that I didn't need/want and add more to it in the Nabi Store, GooglePlay Store, and the Amazon App Store.

My daughter has has the Nabi for a little over a month now; and she LOVES it!!  We had been taking weekly trips to  see my mom in the hospital (an hour away), and the Nabi keeps her occupied... I just load any new games or music that she wants before we go; and she's set!  She also loves the fact that she has her own camera and video recorder that she can use whenever she wants too!

Although, I really wish that I would have bought the Nabi targeted to the 7-11 year old age group; because I would have had the educational games she'd benefit from (without having to pay or search forever for).  I can still say that this was the best $100 that I spent on a birthday present!  Not only is the Nabi something that can be updated with apps and music as she grows and her likes change; but I can add chores to her chore-lists app, and as she learns more responsibility I can change the credits she receives and the apps that are allowed to be purchased by her as well.

The Nabi is truly an awesome toy; and I would personally recommend it as a great gift for the child in your life!!  If you want to learn more about the Nabi and the different versions, you can learn more at .

Let me know what you think!?  :)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Do you ever feel like Life has it out for you?

      I have been having a rough few months and it just doesn't seem to be getting any easy as time goes by.. just one thing after another all the time, weighing down on me like a huge rock!

     Most of you are unaware of the chaos that has been keeping me occupied lately; so, I guess I'll feel you in somewhat (not going to go into any major details though).  I am currently laid off from work; going on 2 months now and my husband doesn't have any work at the moment either (which really sucks).  My moms sugar dropped to 21 on May 24th; then, once that was taken care of she had a major reaction to some new meds which resulted in her cutting her wrist... now she is in rehab to get her strength back to come home; but they placed her in a facility over an hour away. (UGH).   Trying to make sure she has family visiting her, I have been taking this trip every week for over a month now (sometimes twice a week depending on how she is) and gas just ain't cheap!

     The last two/three weeks have been really tight, it's a new month and the bills are all due again!  Pinching here and there to keep groceries in the house and wondering when the storm will be over (so to speak) is very nerve-racking to say the least; but, Somehow things have always worked out in the past and will this time too, but until they do... stress is my middle name (lol).

     Just when you think your plate is full and you could not possibly handle another issue... LOOK! It's something else!  

     It's been raining non-stop (so it seems) for a good two weeks and the yards are drowned!  Finally it hasn't rained since Sunday morning and I decide to try to get a load or two of laundry done.. where we can have a few clean clothes, (lol) seems like they were running low.  Well.. this afternoon I decided to let the dog out and the pump sounded a little louder than normal; then my husband mentioned it all well when he walked out there.  I thought... "I really hope NOT, but be my luck (LOL)"!

     Well.. Guess what!!  ... You go it!  We have no freaking water!  The pump has decided that it will add to my list of stress and help contribute to my road to insanity (lol).  It just seems like when it rains, it floods; and I just can't seem to ever be on sturdy ground for any length of time!

     I have done really well the past couple months handling everything with my mom, family, kids, my job, school, and everything else.  I have actually been proud of myself for not dwelling on the things that I can't change and not stressing myself to death weeks before things had to be taken care of; because that used to be my normal way of dealing with stress (lol).  But, you know.. that is just too depressing and it will have you down in the dumps all the time; and that's not what I want!  However, these past weeks have really started to get the best of me.. it's like life has it out to get for me or something (lol).

  ... I don't mean to vent; and I know we all have had times when Life becomes a bit overwhelming or have had the feeling that the blows keep coming!  Just getting the thoughts out in this post (which will probably never get published) helps release stressing over it all.

     Everything will work out, it always does (due to no power of my own).. stressing or becoming depressed over things isn't going to hurt no one.. but me; and then it will be 100x worse than it is at this moment. :)  There are other's that have things way worse than I do and yet they still manage to look at the good vs. all the bad! ... as Dr. Phil would say, "That makes you a winner" (lol)


Monday, July 15, 2013

Life's Weekly Quote: Why Fit In?

Why Fit in, When You were Born to Stand out? ...

        The passage says it all in this awesome page that one of my MMS friends did for her child whom is going off into the real world for the first time on their own.  Great advice for all young adults especially, but each and every one of us as well!!

Other weekly Quotes about Life:

Life's Weekly Quote: Are you Missing out?

Life's Weekly Quote: Because

Life's Weekly Quote: Why Fit In?

Life's Weekly Quote: Believe to Achieve

Life's weekly Quote: Endless Possibilities

Life's weekly Quote: Courage

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Being a Mom in School

   In March of 2010, I returned to school after many years and it took me a while to get a schedule that allowed me to do get the housework and all of my school work done while the kids were at school themselves.  Soon I got the hang of things and had a schedule that worked for everyone, but as the classes grew harder, so did the effectiveness of my schedule because it was taking longer to grasp the material.  However, somehow I still managed to make good grades and pass my classes!

    A little over a year ago I returned to work, adding more weight on my shoulders; but determined to still accomplish what I set out to do!

   Being a mom in School is Hard!!  However, I think that allowing my girls to see me working hard at a better future is rewarding!

   With everything that has been going on personally, I was thankful that I was taking an elective and not a class that required so much of my time reading and writing papers; but I honestly enjoyed learning more about Photoshop and do wish I would have had more time to play with all the cool features (lol).

   When class ended, I knew it was time from a break!  I have been taking class after class, back-to-back for a while now and I am about to take a difficult one; therefore, I decided to take 2 weeks off and just relax a little bit and get some things done that I have been neglecting in the house (ugh.. I know, but it's gotta be done).

    Being a mom in school is hard, but You know what?... You never know what you are made of until you push yourself to accomplish it!

    I have been going for a while, forever it seems; and I have been feeling discouraged and worn out because I had been taking Maths and other classes that don't reflect on what I am going to school for.  BUT.. after this next one is over.. I have nothing but the degree classes I am studying left.. woo hooo. I can't wait to be done!!  I will be finished and accomplished a huge goal in my life; and that will be well worth it all!!

   If I can do it.. then so can you!! ... Go after what you want in Life!!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Life's Weekly Quote: Endless Possibilities

Consider what Would be Possible if.... 

You didn't live Life by the expectations and limitations that other people have put on you.
You be in charge of going as far as you know you can.  
 Work harder than you thought you could. and longer than you think you should...
never say no to an idea until you consider what might be possible!

Special Thanks to..

Is Compromise 'Really' That Important?

 Lately I have been thinking about Compromising as I see many relationships that are just beginning, hanging by a thread, thriving, and also a few that are ending.  How important is compromise in a relationship?

  I am NO expert on relationships, but it is my opinion that we should Pick our Battles!

  My husband and I have had our far share of disagreements over the years, but if we argued over every little thing that we want to be right or win in ... well, we would be fussing all the time; and WHO has time for that!

 A relationship is supposed to be about having fun, being there for one another, and wanting to spend time with the other person.  (Don't get me wrong.. there is other stuff too, but just wanted to name a few)

  However, let's face facts... we are going to disagree and have to learn to compromise a little along the way; but we don't have to fight each and every thing out.. it's compromise! (It seems like all the successful relationships that I have seen have this key factor.)

  Let me be clear... I am not saying that we should let anyone run all over us, make us do things we don't feel comfortable with, or that our partners should have it their way all the time.  I AM saying.. Pick your Battles!

  Arguing over the silly things like what you're watching on TV prevent us from enjoying the moment of just being together.. Compromise by saying who ever gets the remote now has to watch what the other wants to afterwards.  Why not?  I mean, DVR it for later if you have to (I believe this is an option for many of us today)!  Getting mad, fussing, and going to bed/leaving angry isn't going to help your relationship at all, it's going to hurt it (in my opinion, that is).

  I believe that when we learn to compromise about the little things our relationship gains a unique quality.. Communication. Working together without an argument says a lot in a relationship (however, there will be one on occasion).  I believe this makes a relationship stronger for the tougher times that may be ahead.

 **So..  Is compromise 'really' that important in your relationship?
~Consider this the next time you feel an argument approaching or you need to compromise with your partner. Try talking things out and coming to a decision that you both can agree on; and see how it affects your relationship.  Let me know!! :)