Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Braun Forehead Thermometer

I love this thermometer I received from Influenster. Probably one of the best things I have ever received to review. 

The above pic is of us testing it out, but let me tell  you it came in handy over the holidays. Turtle, Riot and then Squish all fell ill with the flu that has been running rapid. I was able to check on all three of them all through the night and did not have to worry about waking them up. Its really a lifesaver. As a mom, I can not say enough good things about this. If you don't have one already, seriously, run - don't walk - to your nearest Walgreens and get it!

I received the Braun Forehead Thermometer from Influenster for testing purposes only. All opionions are my own.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year

Happy New Year friends and family!

2017 was an amazing year, but I got to say I am not sad to see it go. I am excited to see what 2018 brings my family and myself. Not only will I have walked this earth for 32 years, but 11 of them will have been spent with my soulmate and 6 of those years we have been blessed to be parents.

This year I have decided to forgo any resolutions. Instead I am going to work on Goals. 

My first goal is to my health. I am currently working with doctors to help me with my shoulder. For the last 12 years it has been a constant source of pain. I have learned to live with it, but on my bad days, when I have overdone it. I found myself telling my kids -- more than I even care to admit -- that I couldn't do something because "mommy hurt" would come out of my mouth. I said it often enough that I actually heard it come out of my mouth and was appalled at myself. These are the years that my children need me to be able to get down and play with them, to go outside and kick a ball, or go hiking with them. Not nursing a shoulder that swelled and can not move it what so ever. 

My second goal is to create more memories with my family. Go camping, hiking, play more board games, watch less tv, live more in the moment with them. They are only small once. Being a Capricorn, I have a hard time letting go of control.

My third goal is to let the kids learn how to do more things on their own. I always want to jump in and help the kids out or just do it for them. Instead I am going to work on being more patient and teaching them how to do things. Just the thought of it about gives me an anxiety attack!

My fourth goal, is to purge. Purge the crap out of all the stuff we are not using anymore, by giving it away to those who do. There is an awesome Facebook group that was set up here in the Tri-Cities. It basically is a group to give away your gently used stuff to people in your neighborhood/city. It is an awesome idea and I think it will open up the idea of getting to know the people you live next to better too. Also, along the lines of purging, I am going to start just letting go of those people who don't try to be in my life or my families lives. The ones who cause unnecessary drama and heartache. For my families sake and my sanity, I have decided that 2018 is the year to let go of the people who are only there to use us, the ones who only keep you on social media to see what you are up too. I want to make deeper connections with those people who are actively in my family's and my life. 

Which brings me to my word of the year:


I am planning another blog post to talk more about this soon. I am still meditating on what this is going to mean for the coming year.

This New Years we kept it low-key. My squishy girl was down with the bug that has been hitting everyone. So her and I stayed home and sipped potato soup and watched movies and cuddled. I know my kids are sick because all they want to do is stay still and cuddle on mommy. So that is exactly what we did.

It was actually kind of nice to get to do this with her. Our lives have been so busy these last few years that I feel guilty that we have not really had a lot of one on one time with each other. I think her and I need more of that this year.

While Squish and I stayed at home Riot took Turtle down to his parents home. Where they checked on the apartments and helped the tenants out with little things that he could fix. Once they were done doing that they worked on Turtle's race car for the Pine Car Derby. He really loves being a Lion Scout.

Lastly I am going to leave you with this. This has been something that I have worked on the last six  months or so. And I plan to keep working on it this year. I have started to find that Tribe, and those that have become a part of it, well I couldn't love them any harder than I already do. 

I hope you all had a Happy and Safe New Years!

Goodbye 2017!

Here's to 2018!