(Please Note: This is a 100% honest, unpaid, and unsolicited review. The good folks at Ring have no idea who I am and did not give us a free doorbell in exchange for this review.)
Isn’t it amazing how our priorities continually change?
In high school, my main priorities were being liked and spending time with friends.
In college, it was passing classes and scraping together enough money to buy beer every Friday night.
Now? It is being a wife and mom, and doing everything in my power to not only raise my sons to be productive members of society, but keep them safe.
Last summer, my husband and I purchased our forever home in a safe, middle-class neighborhood. Since I was very pregnant at the time and staying home all day with our toddler, we immediately looked into a security system to give ourselves a little peace of mind. However, our sense of security was rocked a few months ago, when the boys and I were walking home from the park to find our neighbor’s home surrounded by police cars. Come to find out, the home owner came home on her lunch break to find an unwelcome intruder rummaging through their belongings.
This shook me to my core… this perception I had about our supposedly safe neighborhood was no more.
YOU GUYS! I just discovered one of the coolest, most mind-blowing concepts that is new, hip, and something that you will not want to miss. Are you ready to find out what this ingenious, two-syllable concept is?
They are called podcasts!
Oh, you already know all about podcasts and have been listening since they first gained their popularity back in the early 2000s? Well then carry on, cool mamma!
Yes, I know that I am way behind on the current trends (despite being told numerous times by numerous friends how wonderful they are to listen to around the house), but now that I have started I just. can’t. stop! There is literally a podcast for anything you could possibly be interested in, from current events to fashion, movies to parenting.
Since I am ALWAYS looking for recommendations on what to listen to, I figured that I would share with you all what I currently have queued up on the old iPhone:
Alright, mammas; it’s time to take a stroll down memory lane!
Do you remember B.A. (no, not Bad. Ass., but Before. Amazon.) when we actually had to put on pants, get in the car, and DRIVE to the mall to buy stuff?
It was a dark time, I know, but stay with me! When you got to the mall and wandered around for awhile, you probably stumbled upon a futuristic-looking store with oversized massage chairs that just beckoned you to come in, take a seat, and put up your feet for awhile… Remember?
Of course you do! It was Brookstone and it had the coolest, most-overpriced gadgets of any other store in the mall! Good news; Brookstone is still going strong and you can still purchase their overpriced gadgets via their stores (yes; malls are still a thing!), website, and catalog, which is where we recently did our shopping.
Curious as to what Brookstone sells in 2017? We were too, so here is a quick buyer’s guide to all things Brookstone:
Are you looking for a slower paced job where you can be your own boss and make your own hours?
Are you a stay-at-home mom looking to make a little extra money while the kiddos sleep?
Maybe you’re a starving college student just trying to make a little extra beer money?
No matter your walk in life, I highly recommend looking into freelance writing!
As the daughter of entrepreneurs, I have always had the itch to work for myself.
After attending college for broadcast journalism, spending a few years in the cutthroat field (and discovering it wasn’t for me), getting married, having a baby, and wanting to be a stay-at-home mom while still earning a little money of my own, I began looking into the world of freelance and haven’t looked back! Truth be told, the thought of adventuring out on my own like this and trying to balance motherhood and work was completely daunting in the beginning, so I began reading interviews with smart businesswomen and/or fellow stay-at-home mammas who boldly ventured out into the world of working for themselves.
Hearing straight from these smart and flat-out amazing women was exactly the inspiration I needed to kickstart my now thriving writing (and part-time marketing) career, which is why I set out to interview one of my girl boss heroes. My hope in sharing this story is to inspire those of you who have a dream of owning your own business, working from home, earning a little extra money while raising babies, etc. to take a leap of faith and be your own boss, make your own hours, and do whatever it is you love to do!
Yes, I know the title of my article maybe a bit harsh, but please hear me out before writing this off as a post slamming anyone in need of a little extra help.
It seems like more than ever, I have seen people sharing different GoFundMe campaigns for friends, family members, or complete strangers whose story has touched them deeply. In my opinion, this is wonderful! In this day and age, it seems as though humans have lost their sense of decency and compassion, choosing to film human tragedy or error on their phone versus actually stepping in to help, which makes the concept of crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe or Indiegogo all the more heartwarming.
However, when it comes to some of the campaigns I have seen on said crowdfunding sites, that feeling of a warm heart quickly turns to flat out heartburn, as some people are either abusing the system or — in some cases — creating fundraising campaigns that shouldn’t be allowed in the first place. Allow me to expand on this point by explaining who I will personally GoFund (and why):
I have always been a bit obsessed with Christmas (like, listen to Christmas music and shop year round, begin watching Rudolph in May, etc.), but I never truly realized just how magical of a season it is until having a child of my own. If you are a parent, you know that there is nothing quite like the light in your child’s eyes when they see an elaborate light display, visit with Santa, or tear into that first colorfully wrapped gift on Christmas morning.
Do you have a child age 6 to 12 in your life? So do I and — to be completely honest — I have no idea how to shop for them. However, being the awesome aunt that I am, I did my research and discovered these 10 epic toys that are perfect for “big kids.” Seeing as though I am also an awesome mamma friend, I will now share my winning picks with you. Happy shopping!
♫ It’s the most expensive time of the year // With the kids begging for presents // the in-laws requesting cooked pheasants // for Christmas dinnerrrrrrr // Oh it’s the most expensive time of the year! *key change* ♫
(Is it just me or did I totally miss my calling as a lyricist?)
If you know me in real life, you know that Christmas is my very favorite time of the year. Since I was little, I have loved the peaceful Advent season (where my fellow Catholics at?!), the bright and colorful bulbs strung about the neighborhood, the catchy tunes that get stuck in your head like a form of Chinese water torture… I enjoy it all! However, one of the parts that has been a challenge in the past is buying gifts for everyone. Granted, the gifts are not the most important part of the season, but you have to admit that it is fun to give something special (whether big, small, handmade, or store bought) to those you love.
As I mentioned in my last article, cooking fresh and wholesome meals has not come easy during this pregnancy. Besides feeling exhausted and unmotivated, my cravings have been stranger and more sporadic than ever.
However, when my Facebook began blowing up with promotions for subscription meal plans, I became intrigued… by paying the subscription cost and having food actually delivered to me (versus having to get out and grocery shop with a busy toddler), would I be more motivated to cook?
Ready for the answer? Read on as I discuss my family’s experience with HelloFresh and whether or not I would recommend it to other families.