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A Thanks to THINX! {a review}

If you're new here, here's something I want you to know: pads and tampons are harmful to your body. These days finding a menstrual cup or cloth pads isn't all that hard. In fact, there's even a product that keeps you feeling fresh without the mess. The best part is, you don't even have to alter your morning routine. THINX is a brand of underwear made just for women during menstruation. People often freak out when you mention "free bleeding." But it's really more like wearing a pad than anything else. Just imagine THINX as a pair of underwear with a built in pad that isn't filled with nasty chemicals that poison your vagina. The … [Read more...]

The big three-oh.

I don't know why turning thirty is a big deal. I can't tell you why I have some remorse because I don't have a luxurious trip to New Orleans planned, or at least a crazy night out with a sash surrounded by people buying me insane amounts of alcohol to consume. But I do know that I don't feel thirty. Don't get me wrong; I know I'm still young and there's plenty of life to live. I also know that in a lot of ways my life has just begun. The past year has been an amazing turn around for our family. I started the year in my internship and I worked with some amazing teachers, passed all my exams, and graduated. Then I basically landed my … [Read more...]

Preparing for Emergencies with Your Phone (Includes iOS and Android Tutorials)

In case you're new here, I have anxiety issues. When big events happen, like the attacks on Paris, I get extreme anxiety and come up with so many scenarios in my head that make me panic. Internally I am a mess, and emotionally a wreck. Last weekend when Pulse nightclub was attacked, it hit close to home. I lived in Orlando for 5 years and frequented downtown. I had friends who still live there. Straight friends, gay friends. One of my friends was actually at Pulse, but left before the shooting, and described it as "a seemingly ordinary night." This particular friend has three children... I just can't even imagine the hurt that the … [Read more...]

From Student to Teacher: How I Compiled My Teaching Portfolio

Ya'll, I graduated! It is the most wonderful feeling in the world to finally be done after all this time. I can barely put it into words, but being done with school [for now] was an amazing adventure. This is the end of the beginning for me, and I'm so grateful for all of the love and support I have received. Technically I'm still finishing up my last class, but all of my assignment have been turned in and graded (because I'm a baller like that) so I'm just waiting for the clock to strike twelve, so to speak. I've also passed all my certification exams! Now I'm just on to the hard part: finding a job. When I was researching my final … [Read more...]

Mom’s Broken Sleep Cycle

In previous years I always prided myself on being "the cool mom" who let my kids stay up late. They'd pass out when tired and I'd surpass them with my binge-Netflix marathons and catch up on my favorite video games. Since adults need less sleep than the little ones, it would work out in my favor because I could stay up until the early hours of the morning and still get enough sleep before the kids would rise around 10 or 11am.  Everyone got enough sleep, we just weren't active morning people. Now that my daughter has chosen to go back to public school, she has to adjust to waking up in the morning. I do too. So I changed my routine to go … [Read more...]

Finishing School

I have been attending college since 2005. Ten years ago I graduated high school and began a journey that took me 2.5 times as long as most college graduates with a 4 year degree. I am not ashamed, albeit a little disappointed. I decided not to attend my high school reunion this summer. It was organized by peers who somehow managed to coordinate all over the world while on fancy adventures of adulthood while I popped out babies and struggled to get out from behind this wall of poverty. I was really excited until tickets went on sale. They were pricey, and I knew that all the losers I hung out with in school weren't even going to be able … [Read more...]

This Year Make Your Smile Brilliant! {Review}

It's amazing how humbling it is when you take a good look at your teeth. Growing up my mom never put too much emphasis on dental hygiene, but rather left it up to us to take care of our teeth using her own experiences as an example. It must have worked because I never had a cavity in my childhood. It wasn't until I had my wisdom teeth removed that I even saw my first cavity. Now that I'm an adult I take brushing my teeth very seriously. I think most of us can agree that white teeth are attractive. Sometimes a good looking smile can be the cherry on top to looking and feeling good. When I was given the opportunity to work with Smile … [Read more...]

Kicking 2015’s butt!

I haven't been feeling very wordy lately, but I wanted to meet my goal of getting this post finished and published. Ironically, my word for this year is ACCOUNTABILITY. Last year my word was TIME, and I wanted to encompass managing my time and fitting in enough space to slow down as well. Though contradictory, I was able to fulfill a lot of my personal desires by reminding myself of that simple word. This year I'm going to try and push that even more by holding myself accountable for my actions and connecting the pathways of my own future through my own actions. I thought on it long enough, and that's the best word I could find to summarize … [Read more...]

This is My Life {Printable Planner Review}

Getting organized is something I'm constantly struggling with. Luckily these days there are literally hundreds of resources to help you stay on task and get goal oriented. Lately I've been focusing on positive thought as this year comes to a close. I followed along in a  eCourse recently about staying Blissfully Balanced as a mom who has the job of stay-at-home homemaker, full-time student, part-time employee in retail, and a WAHM (sewing, crafting, and this blog of course). I am overly ambitious. I get overwhelmed and then I crumble under pressure and everyone pays. I'm learning to take it easy on myself and not load up on too much. And to … [Read more...]

When It’s Really Over

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed trying to avoid schoolwork at one in the morning. I often do this to torture myself because I'm essentially alone, but not really because I can't actually do anything that involves noise. No sewing, no kitchen experiments... Generally nights like this really only end in several games of League of Legends which is followed by an intense headache, a sense of failure, and foreseen doom when I realize I have but hours to sleep. But on this night I came across a very touching article. When Friendship is Lost tells the tale of two friends who brave through motherhood together when it suddenly just dies. … [Read more...]