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Black Friday Survival Kit

November 19, 2014 in Other

I secretly am a huge fan of Black Friday. Not only do you get good deals, but the crowds are wild and people-watching is at it’s prime. We turned it into a little tradition with my husband’s family and we love going! However, it can get pretty wild. This post is sponsored by Shopular but all opinions are my own.

Shopular sent me a Survival Kit and purse essentials to enjoy this year’s madness. They also gave me permission to let you in on a little secret to help you save even more this year!

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THE SURVIVAL KIT:

Shopular App: (This is the secret to helping you save!) If you haven’t heard of Shopular, do yourself a favor and download the app right now! I use it all the time now to get deals at EVERY place I shop. It’s super easy to pull up, search what I have in my cart, and save moola! It doesn’t have to be Black Friday, you can save every single day!

Reusable Tote: I secretly stock up on these because they are perfect for quick and easy shopping sprees and to hold all my stuff. Not only that, but the nature girl inside me feels like I’m saving the planet one tote at a time;)

Stress Ball: Instead of punching someone in the face on black Friday (please really don’t!), resist the urge and use a stress ball instead! Genius.

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Crazy Rumors Lip BalmThis is a must for the cold weather when you are running from store to store or are outside hoppin around the outlets! Use promo code: Shopular for 20% off.

Quest BarsFood break? No time for that! These give you just the energy you need to have a late night/early morning…we all need that!

Foot PetalsThese are the secret to speed folks. No need to have sore feet when your on your Black Friday Marathon!

VermintsBlack Friday means crowds, which means someone could breathe in your face… Not my fav. These are perfect to have handy and to offer to your neighbor…mostly so you don’t die from trying to hold your breath. Use Code: A07MGX0M1D6B for 25% off.

Simbihaiti Hair BraceletsThink that chick with the short hair has an advantage of getting that one thing you wanted? Oh, HECK no… these hair ties got your back! Nothin’ will come in your way, not even one strand of hair to the face. In all seriousness though, I love the cause to this company in helping those in Haiti to install water filtration.

DearfoamsAfter a hectic day of shopping your feet will thank you for these bad boys when you’re done!

Cosmetic BoulevardWho doesn’t like a bath scrub after a long day? You bet your sweet bottoms this will be saving me after Black Friday!

Don’t you love how cute and perfect this little kit is? Do you have any crazy Black Friday stories to share?

8 TIPS: Becoming an Early Bird

October 8, 2014 in Lifestyle / Other

One of my goals in life is to become a morning person. I remember awhile ago, my dad used to take me to high school on his way to work around 7:30 in the morning. I was a dead beat. My dad would laugh sometimes because I would only nod or say one word responses (which if you know me, a one-word response is VERY odd). I was a zombie, and I felt like one. I hated being awake at the butt crack of dawn and would only dream about going back to bed. That’s all I would think about. Oh and anyone that was happy in the morning I probably could’ve slapped. I hate to admit it, but I was that bad.

Then… I had a baby.

A few things change in your life when you have a kid, but this one was a big one for me. No matter what time my little goes to bed, the second 7AM hits we are all up for the day. And this is actually pretty good. It used to be 4AM and has slowly moved to 7AM (hallelujah).

So, the past few weeks instead of complaining that it’s early, I’ve tried to look for ways to LOVE the mornings. Granted, this is me BECOMING an early bird. I’m still working on it. But here are my tips and tricks that have helped me so far:

1. ACCEPT THAT IT’S EARLY: Yes. It’s something I have to actually think about every day and accept it. It’s early but I’m healthy, the sun is shining, and it’s gonna be a good day! (repeat)

2. WAKE UP BEFORE YOUR KIDS: This doesn’t always happen at our house, but I have noticed when I wake up first I feel more prepared for the day instead of having a baby as my alarm clock. Even if it’s just a few minutes before they wake up, I feel like I have a jump start.

3. READ AND PRAY: I read the scriptures (find out more HERE) and pray in the morning. Sometimes it’s a quick moment, but I find it totally steers my day to a more joyful and productive one if I put that first.

4. EAT: Self explanatory.

5. PUT ON YOUR TENNIS SHOES: K. I know this sounds dumb, but have you ever bought a pair of brand new tennis shoes and you all of a sudden got the urge to run? That run maybe only lasted a day (probably once around the block for me) but it still is a little motivation right? We usually go for walks in the morning and I feel like JUST putting on my tennis shoes is the farthest thing from thinking about going back to bed. It helps. Don’t knock it til you try it;)

6. GET OUTSIDE: Whether it’s burning hot or freezing cold, bundle up and get outside! This one is HUGE for becoming a morning person because you realize that the world is awake and there’s nothin like a good sunrise. Even if you only make it to your front porch. Get. Outside. It’s so good for all of us to get fresh air and there is something empowering about getting outside and moving the body that God gave you!

7. MOVE: This ties into #6.  I used to hate working out in the morning. I still hate working out in the morning. Breaking a sweat is easier for me to do at night than in the morning. But I still find it helpful to just move. Whether it be a walk in the canyon, or a walk around your house. Just move. This helps me a ton to NOT want to go back to bed.

8. SING: I’ve found that the happiest people sing! (I mean really… have you ever seen a grumpy person sing? ha!) So whether you can carry a note or not, sing. Outloud. Find music that moves you. Sometimes when I’m taking my baby for a walk down a street that isn’t very busy I just plug in my headphones and I sing out loud to him. People may or may not have passed and think I’m completely crazy, but for us… we’ve had a great morning and maybe made someone else’s day with a good hit (or ruined it… but either way)

All of these (including the obvious of showering and getting ready for the day) I’ve found to be helpful so far on my road to becoming an early bird.

What are some of your tricks to help you love mornings?

 SIDE NOTE: If you are looking for tanks or work out gear, Costco never disappoints.

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General Conference

October 2, 2014 in Love Notes / Other

Guys. I am SO excited for General Conference this weekend! If you don’t know what that is click HERE. It is so inspired and very uplifting for everyone to listen to. I look forward to it every April and October. Especially as a parent, I eat every word up. Check it out!

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Tuesday Truth

September 23, 2014 in Family / Other

Well kids…. I’m back at it. I’ve been in school for as long as doctors go to school and I have only an
Associate’s Degree to show for it. BUT…

I can clean your teeth, cut your hair, teach your kids, and help with your family because of all the different majors I have experienced:)

I’ve come to learn it’s not about the destination but always the journey and so many people in the world don’t even get the opportunity so I consider myself blessed to be able to finish school.

I’m completely embarrassed to tell people that it’s my 7th year of my 4th college but as I’ve been taking this course I’ve learned that it’s okay to have that help from the Man upstairs and others around me.

One thing for sure is I won’t give up… (I’m stubborn about it). Even if I don’t “finish” til I’m 99 I will have a lot of lessons in my life to talk about.

So, cheers to another year….and busy nap times.

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How Bout an Award?

September 19, 2014 in Other

It’s funny, since I’ve started blogging, I’ve definitely started making other new blogging friends that I feel like I would totally click with in real life! There are some amazing people out there. This girl is one of them. I was nominated for the Liebster Award by cute Shambray from shambray.com. Thanks so much girl! Go visit her blog, love her ideas and happy life! I feel honored she chose me.


Here are the Rules:
1. You have to link back to the person that nominated you. 
2. You must answer 11 questions given to you by the person that nominated you.
3. After completing these questions you must nominate 11 bloggers with under 200 followers and give them 11 questions of your choice.
4. You must not nominate the person who nominated you.
5. You must let your nominees know that they have been nominated and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it.


I will go ahead and do my part on this by answering the questions she asked me.


1. What made you want to start a blog? I wanted to start this blog because when I first became a mom, I really struggled. Struggled so much that I didn’t even trust myself with my own baby. I decided that instead of feeling sorry for myself and feeling inadequate, I had to do something about it. I knew that there were other moms out there who felt the same way. I figure if we can join forces and help each other out then I’ve done my job. I think moms need a sisterhood or support group.

2. How did you choose your blog name? I actually created the group on Facebook before creating this blog and I called it “The Mamahood” group. I got the name from the movie Raising Helen where when she has to take on 3 kids and she’s exhausted but loving it, her neighbor says “Welcome to The Mamahood.”

3.  How long have you been blogging? I’ve always had a personal blog probably for the past 5 years or so to use as a journal type thing, but The Mamahood group started when my son was born so that I could ask other moms questions on facebook, and this blog was created this summer when I moved to Texas and felt the need to reach out to other new moms who might be struggling with the adjustment.

4.  What is your favorite post or project that you are most proud of? Because this is a community blog, I love spotlighting moms and hearing their stories. I think Monday Mama Moment is my fav so far!

5.  What is your dream travel destination? I’ve lived in Africa for a short time, and would go back in a heart beat to see my cute kids over there that I worked with. Miss them everyday.

6.  What is your favorite part in your house? Hmmm… i’m no interior designer, but I would have to say my pallet shelf that I wanted to make while I was pregnant and my sister surprised me with it last year for Christmas since my babe was born 4 days before! See exhibit A and B.




7.  What is something you would change about your house? I’m currently working on some curtains for the nursery… please bless they turn out!;)

8.  What is your guilty pleasure? Ice cream in bed:/ I could have a Reese’s blizz from DQ any day.

9.  What is your favorite book? I just recently started to enjoy reading and LOVE Nie Nie’s book. She’s wonderful.

10.  What is something you do to make life easier for you? Oh man, this one is tricky… I haven’t really thought about that before. I would say brush my hair in the shower while the conditioner is in so that it’s easier to brush through when you get out. But for a more depth answer, I would have to say prayer is what is keepin me alive, sane and makes life a whole lot easier, folks. I would be lost without the Man upstairs helping me be a mom that’s for sure!



There ya have it!

MY NOMINATIONS:
1. West Coast Mama
2. Growing Up Madison
3. It’s Been Delicious
4. Keep Moving Forward With Me
5.Love Love Love You
6. Simply Sweet Moments
7.Shine Bright Little Mama
8.Savvy Everyday
9.Jess Loves This Life
10.Songbirds and Buttons
11.A Complete Waste of Makeup

MY QUESTIONS:

1. What made you want to start a blog?
2. How did you come up with the title for your blog?
3. How long have you been blogging for?
4. What is your biggest pet peeve?
5. What is a secret obsession of yours?
6. What is something on your bucket list?
7. What is one of the hardest things you’ve had to overcome?
8. What was one of the happiest moments of your life?
9. What is something that nobody knows about you?
10. What is your favorite post, or one you are most proud of?
11. What is it that motivates you and what do you want to become?


Congrats to all of you that I picked! I’m not able to find the number of followers you have on a lot of these so hopefully I’m not breaking any rules;)

Don’t forget to mention me in your blog when you nominate others. I’m excited to see what your answers are! Have the best day!

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{Love Notes} Mountains to Climb

September 18, 2014 in Love Notes / Other

I know I’ve been sharing a lot of videos lately, but this one is a must see. If you are having a hard day or season in your life, here’s to you:

“The Savior has promised angels on our left and our right to bear us up, and he ALWAYS keeps his word.”

 http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1

I absolutely love this video. There are a few individuals in my family who are going through some serious trials right now. I hate being so far away from home, but I know that the Savior has promised angels and when everything seems to fall, He will hold us. I believe that with all my heart.

I’ve often wondered why good things happen to bad people. It is always a question that passes through my mind when I hear of the most faithful people going through the hardest trial. I’ve come to learn that the Lord doesn’t inflict trials upon us, but He has to allow it to happen. So often you hear that Christ understands our pain, but I think we face trials are so that we can come to understand Him. And what we go through is only but a fraction of what he endured.

I’m so grateful for the knowledge I have and the examples of faith I have in my life. President Hinckley always taught us growing up that “Everything will be okay in the end, if it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”

True that. Hang in there if you are struggling today. It will be okay in the end!

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