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A New Year, A New Word

Goals, resolutions, word of the year, and new beginnings flood websites and the general environment come January 1st. For most, it’s just another day. Even after the proclamations of change, a few weeks later, most people are the same as they were on December 31st.

For those who continue,  it’s a push-pull of old and new, killing old habits and creating new ones, waking up a little earlier and using the time a little more wisely. The struggle to change is real. It’s not an overnight makeover. It’s a constant and consistent choice to make a change, every day (or at least most days). Then one day, you have changed. read more

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A Letter to My Younger Self: Keep Going

Normally, I don’t write a letter to my younger self or consider thinking about “what if” or “regret” posts. Rarely do I feel like the grass is greener. Often, I feel like the other side of the fence is a landfill avalanche, ready to suck you down with all of the bits of crap that’s been tossed inside.

Of course, that’s not always the case and it’s apparent that I’m not an optimist. Yet tonight, I feel like I should write a little note to a previous, younger version of myself. read more

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Nineteen

Nineteen seems like a lifetime ago, not just because it’s been almost two decades, that I still fit single digit sized clothing or that I was single without a husband or children in my future. The life I envisioned then was one of passion and a hard day at work, an apartment was only a necessity to lay my head. Early mornings consisted of a well balanced breakfast following a rigorous workout. Now, my day is full of sacrifice, working around the clock and I mostly leave my house to drop off my son at school. read more

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My Little Minions

Evidence surrounds us that school is back in session. My son is gone all day, and is considering which athletic teams he would like to join, I’m homeschooling my daughters and more than anything, my mommy friends don’t have children at home to visit. No more pool trips, alone at the beach and visits to the museum are no longer free. Structure-free days are gone and wake up times are earlier.

My little minions and I conquered a lot of our bucket list. Yet, the best part was that we kept busy… no aches of boredom or readiness to go back to school in this house. My son was ready to see his friends, but would’ve been content being home for a few more weeks. I consider that a successful summer. The memories have been set and hopefully will stay favorable in my kiddos mind. read more

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The Best is Yet to Come

Clouds roll in and sprinkle the city with warm rain as I sit here at my computer alone. Being alone is becoming more commonplace as my husband helps me work through my goal of becoming an established writer.

Getting used to the quiet is difficult, spending my days with three loud and rambunctious children hardly lends itself to silent times. I don’t have to rush through my work and instead read and enjoy, edit and review, hopefully giving you a better piece of post.

To kick off my week of thanks is a big hug and thanks to my husband, who has become a more loving and caring husband, harder worker and understanding partner. Although I’m not lucky to have him, I am blessed to have found him. read more

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Dreaming of a Stunning Sunny Summer

 I’m so sorry ladies, this is a week late. Let’s just jump right in! What is #AskAwayFriday? Well…#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County and Amber from Bold Fit Mom, as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers, between two bloggers! This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know others while allowing others to get to know you and of course there is also the added bonus of making great friends along the way which is one of the best parts of this online world! Ask me if you want to swap!2015AskAwayFridayHostNow welcoming our wonderful #AskAwayFriday hosts…Tamara from Tamara Like Camera, Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter, Christy from Uplifting Families, Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings and Echo from The Mad MommyGrab our brand new button, follow our amazing hosts, hop through the great link ups and make some new friends! TamaraLikeCamera This week, I am swapping summer time questions with Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings and Echo from The Mad Mommy! I adore both of these ladies and I highly recommend you check out their blogs! AAF with Echo and Stacey

Echo‘s questions:

1. Do you have any big things planned for the summer?

I don’t have any definitive plans, but I really want us to spread it out. I don’t really want to have one big weekend and then too broke to do anything else. I want to explore my new state and I found out about a bunch of things that are fairly local, like Lion Country Safari, sea turtle hatching, and the local water park.

2. What was your favorite summer time activity when you were a kid?

Hands down swimming. I remember spending at least four hours a day in the pool. I spent all summer at the Boys and Girls Club Hollywood that had free swim twice a day for two hours. Four hours was not enough, so I joined the junior lifeguards for another hour in the water.

3. What are your kids’ favorite things to do in the summer?

I’ve passed on the passion for swimming to my kids so they also love to get in the water too.

4. Do you have a favorite summer dessert or beverage?

I have never thought much about what dessert or beverages I eat during the summer, but I’ll definitely think about this year.

5. What song reminds you of summer?

It’s in the title!

Stacey‘s Questions:

1. What is something that you don’t like about summer?

The HEAT! I can’t stand the heat! Now that I’m in Florida, I can’t stand the humidity either.

2. What is your favorite summer movie?

Do people have these? I don’t even know. I love that blockbusters come out during the summer and it’s a great reason to be INDOORS!

3. What is your go to summer outfit?

I’m not much of a dress gal, but now that it’s hot and humid here, the summer dresses seem very appealing. Typically, my attired doesn’t change much. That’s probably because I haven’t lived in places that have major temperature swings.

4. What is your favorite summer fruit?

It’s a tie between strawberries and watermelon. I find it’s easier to find a great watermelon than it is to find great strawberries.

5. What would be your dream summer vacation?

A cruise along the Mediterranean sounds awesome!

My Questions:

1. What was your best summer ever?

Oh, I’m pretty sure it’s a tie between when I went to the France and the summer I went to the Bahamas. France was great but I was also a teenager on a very tight budget. Bahamas was more of a kick back relaxed vacation.

2. Would you rather go to the pool or the beach during the summer?

Pool by far! The sand gets everywhere, in the car, in your cracks, it’s so icky. I do, however, love to be in the water with the waves. If I could do it without the sand, I’d be in. read more

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The Last Three Beeps

I wonder if I can ever hear that sound again and not have tears rush from my eyes like Niagara Falls.

Beep, beep, beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee… Those last three beeps.

Last night, I was watching Grey’s Anatomy. SPOILER ALERT. 

Honestly, I wasn’t watching Grey’s Anatomy, I was watching something else On Demand. That show ended five minutes before 9 and I figured that I would just watch ABC until Scandal came on.

When I turned the channel, I never thought those last few minutes would have such a profound effect. read more

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An Unusual Week of Feeling Accomplished

At the end of my world, I want to know I did something, affected someone, completed something. The days I hate most are the ones that I feel like nothing got done, including spending time with my children.

I have days like that. Days where I do “stuff” all day long, but by the time I lay my head, I can’t really remember what that “stuff” was.

Thankfully, that wasn’t this week. Lots of kid time, cleaning time, friend time and wife time.

My cousin came into town and we had a blast. Mini shots of Jack Daniel’s, the gym and a beautiful walk along the beach. I was able to fully enjoy her company, with the children during the day, without at night. Although in regards to working out, I’m glad she left. I realize that I’m not in the place to enjoy a “regular” gym, and have been really enjoying my time at CrossFit over the last month. read more

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Thankfully, It’s Friday #TToT #FTSF

I awoke Tuesday morning ready to take on the day as usual… trying to balance mommying, working and housework. The day didn’t start out as normal though. One thing was off. Well, more specifically, one little one. Butterfly was not fluttering around as she typically does.

Breakfast was light, a Cheerio or two was all she ate. She only ate half of her mozzarella cheese stick and even that took her twenty minutes. On a regular day, it disappears in about five minutes.

I am not one to jump at small changes in my children’s behavior, but today was different. On top of everything above, she didn’t want to be put down…at all. To say that the morning was slow and unproductive is an understatement. After some rocking, walking and cradling, I finally got her down for a nap. read more

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Dream A Little Dream Of Me #TToT #AAF #FTSF

I thought I would have a partner this week, but alas, I do not. So… I asked myself the questions. This will be a little different from my last mix-ups. Here we go!

What is #AskAwayFriday? Well…
#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County and Amber from Bold Fit Mom, as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers, between two bloggers! This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know others while allowing others to get to know you and of course there is also the added bonus of making great friends along the way which is one of the best parts of this online world! Ask me if you want to swap! read more

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Valentine’s Day Roundup with #AAF, #FTSF and #TenThings

I’m doing another swap with the Turn it Up Tuesday creator and co-host, Natasha of Epic Mommy Adventures today. Her site helps single parents deal with and succeed at single parenting, co-parenting and other parenting/relationship advice. She will be asking me questions in today’s “Ask Away Friday.”

Natasha Epic Mommy Adventures

What is #AskAwayFriday? Well…
#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County and Amber from Bold Fit Mom, as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers, between two bloggers! This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know others while allowing others to get to know you and of course there is also the added bonus of making great friends along the way which is one of the best parts of this online world! Ask me if you want to swap!

We are sad to be losing Amber as one of our amazing co-hosts, as she is working to pursue other business ventures and focusing her attentions on her fitness ventures. We wish her nothing but the best, and hope for her thriving success!

When one door closes, another one opens…and we would like to give a huge Ask Away Friday welcome to a brand new co-host…drum roll please…Welcome Echo from The Mad Mommy! She is both a friend and a fellow blogger. I dig her.

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Now welcoming our wonderful #AskAwayFriday hosts…
Tamara from Tamara Like Camera,
Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter,
Christy from Uplifting Families,
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings
and
Echo from The Mad Mommy
Grab our brand new button, follow our amazing hosts, hop through the great link ups and make some new friends!

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Be sure to read Natasha’s answers to my romance questions HERE. And here are my answers to her questions:
1. Love your new series, “Oh My! How Things Have Changed!” What are some things that have changed since you became a parent? Wow! Too many things to list… which is why I started the vlogging series! Let’s start a short list:
  • Being able to sleep through the night (regardless of whether the kids are under the same roof)
  • Being able to work out on my own schedule
  • Being able to go out with friends… for the most part I’m home by 10, 11 if I push it!
Those are just to start! So, don’t forget to jump in on my vlog and and let me know how things have changed for you!
2. What do you like most about politics? What would you change if you could? I love that you can effectuate change. There are a lot of things that I want to change, but it’s hard. I would like to change people’s mindset about politics. I wish people didn’t grasp hold of a party and hold on for dear life as if everything that party said was correct. I wish people would listen objectively to the politicians and make the best decision for their situation.
Politics
3. What is one thing that you could change if you could? In life? I wish I was much more wealthy. I stress a lot about money and have since I was about 14. I wish I had enough money that money was not a consideration. We’re getting there… using the Financial Peace University.
4. What do you enjoy most about being a stay-at-home mom? Watching the craziness of my kids and being able to enjoy it. I wasn’t a SAHM with my son and I can honestly say that I don’t remember much about him learning or his idiosyncrasies. He would come home one day and know something and come home the next and know something else. Some days, I was in a whirlwind about his consistent growth and very sad about how much I missed in his learning.
February Craziness
5. What is your goal in getting fit? How are you working to achieve your goal? I want to be between 150 and 170 pounds. I don’t really know how much yet because I felt great at 150, but the doctor asked me “Why so little? You’d do better at 170 based on your body type.” I have to determine as I get close to the goal, how I feel. I’m dieting and exercising. Ultimately there are no true short cuts. You have to choose a plan and commit to it. I’m cutting calories and walking 10,000 steps a day at least three times a week.
6. What made you decide to transition from 100lb Countdown to April Noelle for your blog? What inspired the change? I’d been considering it for a long time. I just hadn’t done it. I hadn’t really blogged strictly or even mainly about weight loss in over a couple of years. I think what really made me make the change was that all of the sponsors and/or contributors just wanted to talk about weight loss. Even on this blog hop, I was constantly being asked about my weight loss fanatisism and how I can get others to lose weight. For the most part, I started 100lb Countdown to keep myself accountable. I know it sounds selfish, but it wasn’t about helping anyone else. I don’t mind spreading information that works, since so many of us are in the struggle, but I didn’t like being pigeonholed as that “weight loss girl”.
7. What are you looking forward to doing this year? Any big plans? I’m really hoping to get my business off the ground. I just need time and focus. I want to help girls get their financial minds in order before they grow up and have to take on the big decisions, including college, marriage, kids, cars and homes. I want them to have them all, but with little to no debt! Yep, I’m talking about the house too!

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Will #EpicFail Go Away? #FTSF

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When I think of the term “Epic Fail”, I think of a new sprung industry of nonsense.

At first, there were interesting pictures of a night of cooking gone awry to burning down a house… then it turned to a constant barrage of fixing grammar and random accidents.

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Granted I can be a grammar queen and I fix the word in my head… but I am too busy to tell YOU that you got it wrong! I’m MOTHERING! 🙂

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Are we saying that all black people look alike? Yes, unfortunately the rapist looks somewhat like the news anchor, but what’s the choice? Don’t announce that there is a rapist because he MIGHT look like the anchor? read more

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