Wednesday, April 27, 2016

This is how I Roe!



In addition to expanding our family, teaching VPK and being a mom and milspouse I decided to step out of my comfort zone and become a small business owner. I signed on to be a fashion consultant for LuLaRoe. I've always loved clothes and feel prettiest in a cute maxi skirt or dress. And when I'm not looking to dress up my go to outfit is a pair of yoga pants with a baseball tee. Enter LuLaRoe. I was first introduced to this company when a fellow blogger became a consultant and when a student's mom started selling the clothes as well. I hosted my first party in December and was immediately hooked on their soft leggings and cute Randy tee's. After my party the husband and I started talking about me becoming a consultant as well.

If you know me you know this is something way out of my comfort zone. I'm not a sales person at all. I know nothing about running a business let alone how to start one. But I was intrigued. For one, the clothes are super comfortable. After a long day of teaching the first thing I did when I would get home was to throw on my sweatpants. I bought my first pair of leggings before hosting my pop up party and threw them on the minute I tore open the package. My husband came home later that day and could not stop talking about how cute I looked. Score! Two, I love the idea of a mobile shopping party. One that comes to your house. Now let me tell you, I hate lugging my two kids to the store. Especially when I live in a small town and the nearest target and mall is 40 minutes away. So a portable store that carries the type of clothing I would be buying anyway was a huge plus. And third I have a little girl. My princess loves clothes. Especially skirts or dresses that twirl and pattern leggings. It seemed like this company was made for me.

So here I am, anxiously awaiting to onboard and become a consultant with this amazing company. I pray every day this is the right decision for our family. As nervous as I am, I am also excited. This is a new adventure for me. One that could be an amazing opportunity for me. So wish me luck!!
If you are new to hearing about LuLaRoe here is some info



 And feel free to check out my group page on facebook for some fun giveaway's and info on my upcoming launch party!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Adventure Awaits!

             

                     
 I started blogging back in 2009 as a way to keep a journal of sorts about being a new wife and milspouse. I loved the connections I made through blogging and enjoyed having a "diary" to come to each day to write my daily thoughts and happenings. This blog has seen multiple deployments, two pregnancies, life with one baby, then 2 fifteen months later along with posts about our travels and other fun experiences.

My blogging became sporadic after I had my son. Life with two kids 15 months apart on top of dealing with a deployment was difficult to say the least. I started to feel disconnected to the blogging community that I once felt such a part of. My "life" could not compare to the life of the fellow mom's whose blogs I once hurried to read each morning. I felt frumpy compared to the other mom's who looked so beautifully put together on their blog and instagram pages. I couldn't lose the baby weight as easily as the moms who had babies younger than I did were able to and my outfits were not from Anthropologie or any of the other high end boutiques. My house was not something out of a DIY magazine and I had more Pinterest fails than successes. I also developed a bout of post-partum depression and anxiety which contributed to my feelings of inadequacy.

So I took a bit of a blogging break. I went back to work in the beginning of 2014 teaching VPK and blogging became a thing of the past. I finally grew out of my need to compare myself to other moms and instead adopted the attitude of "To each their own". I grew more confident in my role as a  wife and mother and learned to embrace everything about this season instead of worrying about everything I was doing wrong! My self confidence grew and my anxiety and depression decreased. I felt like my old self again.

Lately I've felt a call back to blogging. I miss documenting everyday life and keeping a record of the fun things we did or the silly things that my kiddos did. And now that we are expecting Baby #3 I decided to get this blog back up and running.

Since I last blogged so many things have changed.
-The hubby is home for the longest span of time in years. We are loving just living life as a "normal" family.
-I love love love teaching. It is so rewarding and the fact that my kids attend the same school that I teach at is awesome. Not to mention my four day weekends are a major plus!
- Instead of having a toddler and baby in the house I have a almost kindergartner and a preschooler.  With two kids close in age I thought I'd never sleep again or get through the terrible 2's. But I made it. Life is never dull but I wouldn't change a single thing about it.
-Last year we decided to try for one more kiddo. And the day after Thanksgiving we found out that God answered our prayers and that another baby would be joining our family in August.
-In February we found out that Baby #3 is a boy!! We can't wait to meet this little guy
-I'm loving being pregnant once again and enjoying every moment of this pregnancy

Stay tuned! I will be getting back into my habit of blogging once again!



Monday, June 22, 2015

My Summer Reading List

It has been awhile since I have blogged. Between work, my two kids and trying to train for a half marathon things have been pretty busy around here. However I am now officially on summer vacation and that means endless days spent at the pool watching the kiddo's splash around while I enjoy a good book or two!
The Reader "Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." - Roald Dahl re-pinned by: http://sunnydaypublishing.com/books/
 
So here is my official Summer of 2015 reading list.
 
1. All the Single Ladies by Dorothea Benton Frank. I read my first Dorothea Frank book last summer and loved it. Looking forward to her latest release
 
2. The Summer's End by Mary Alice Monroe. This is the final book in the Summer Girl's trilogy and I loved the first two. A book about sister's, a summer spent at the beach and a side story line about dolphins. I'm in!
 
3. The Santangelos by Jackie Collins. Nothing says beach read more than a Jackie Collins novel
 
4. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. I've heard good things about this book and the sequel was released this past week
 
5. American Wife by Taya Kyle.
 
6. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
 
7. Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid.  I read After I do by this author last year and loved it so much. Def in my list of top ten books. Can't wait to read her latest
 
8. The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
 
9. Enchanted August by Brenda Bowen
 
10. The Rocks by Peter Nichols
 
11. Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
 
12. The Idea of Love by Patti Callahan Henry
 
13. Summer Secrets by Jane Green
 
14. Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner
 
15. Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews
 
16. Anchored by Kayla Aimee. I love books written by bloggers. Especially memoirs about pregnancy and motherhood. Can't wait to read this one!
 
17. The Good, The Bad and the Grace of God by Jep and Jessica Robertson. I love anything written by the family members of the Duck Dynasty clan
 
18. Picnic in Provence by Elizabeth Bard. This books is along the lines of Bringing up Bebe and French Kids eat everything. Both of which I really enjoyed.
 
19.Yell Less, Love More. I def need this book. I feel like my days are spent referring and breaking up fights between my kids or begging them to listen to me. As you can figure out by this book choice I may sometimes have a problem yelling at my children rather than pausing and speaking calmly to them. Hopefully this book will be helpful
 
And there is my list. Any other books I should add?