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To the mean girls….. thank you
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To the mean girls….. thank you
January 12, 2018 at 4:34 pm 0
To the mean girls who feel like they need to constantly harass and make hurtful comments to my daughter..... thank you! Thank you for teaching her that life is not easy, people are not always nice but that doesn't stop you. Thank you for teaching her to be the better person, even when it would be so easy to hurt that person back or put them down too. Thank you for showing her how strong she really is. Thank you for teaching her the true concept of letting things roll off your back. Thank you for teaching her to surround herself by the people who make her happy and not the ones who make you sad. Thank you for teaching her that she is not the words that people may say about her but she is anyone she wants to be. Thank you for teaching her how to control her temper. Thank you for teaching her that she doesn't need everybody to like her to be happy and vibrant. and most of all THANK YOU for teaching her she is strong enough to stand on her own feet and no matter what you say she will succeed. I hope in all your mean words, horrible actions that you too can find something to be thankful for.
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Why do I feel so inadequate ….. and should i care?
January 7, 2018 at 8:09 pm 0
On most days, I think I am a pretty good mom. I put my kids first every day, every night, pretty much every moment of my life and I am good with that. People yell me all the time to make sure i have "me" time but on most days I like my me time to include my kids. Lately, the reality of the teenage years has sunk in. My older daughter has made the walk into the teenage years smooth. The middle daughter is really pushing me away. I hate it. It is not every day, and not all the time, but more and more her preference is to talk to her friends. She locks her door and chats with friends, watches netflix and is just self consumed. No longer are the days where she is doing handstands and back handsprings all night in front of us. Or snuggled on the couch with me. It feels like every time I say something to her I annoy her. She is hot headed with a little temper and if it isn't what she wants to hear or do she gives you attitude. While i know this is just the teenage years, it is really hurtful to me, as a mom who invests all of my time into making her happy. Does she think i am that horrible of a mom, am i really that inadequate, and at the end of the day why do i care? I am her mom, not her best friend, but for some reason all in the same it makes me a little sad. I hate the teenage years and it has only just begun.
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Favorites of 2017….
January 1, 2018 at 8:00 am 0
What were your favorite books, movies, shows of 2017?? A look back to some of my favorite books in 2017: Wonder by R.J. Palacio - loved this easy read, the movie was good but the ending of the book was so much better. The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand - I love this author and anything she writes will always be at the top of my list :) What made Maddy run by Kate Fagan - An inside look to the youth today, social media and how fragile they really are. I know there are many more books i read but these are the 3 that stand out to me now. A look back to some of my favorite movies in 2017: Hidden Figures - I am not even sure if this came out in 2017 but that is when I saw it. I loved this movie. Leap - Yes, i know this is a disney movie, but i loved it so much! I guess with having two girls that dance I was an automatic shoe-in to like this movie! Gifted - I loved this movie. It was just such a warm hearted movie. Favorite Netflix series: 13 Reasons Why - Hands down - Loved this one. Girl Boss - I stumbled across this one, easy to watch and fun. Orange is the New Black - i would be silly if I didn't say I liked it! Favorite TV shows in 2017: This is hard i have so many that i love: Grey's Anatomy - I am still in love with this show. I just can't stop watching it. Chicago PD, Fire, Med - I am new to these three but love them all! Speechless - what's not to love. They make me laugh. The Goldbergs - watching this just reminds me of my childhood so much and literally every shirt (Besides the Philly stuff) I think my husband wore and it just makes me laugh #Britches This is Us - great new series! Younger - I can't get enough of this one. Fun and hilarious! General Hospital - yes i still watch this. I just can't resist ever! Favorite You Tube channel series:
    Guidance - loved it! Tagged - Creepy but i couldn't stop watching! Favorite Music of 2017 - Old Dominion, Sam Hunt, Macklemore, Taylor Swift, Thomas Rhett and so much more...I love music :)
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Deep thoughts……..
December 31, 2017 at 9:15 pm 1
When I look at this picture I love the rawness of it, the innocence of it, but it makes me think...... What is going through her mind right now? Is she happy and in a state of peace? Is she basking in the newness of her freshly painted room, and new accessories. Is she worried about something, is she lonely, is she sad? Is she admiring the snow. Does she have seasonal depression like her mom? Or is she just content? Does she love life and all it has to offer? What can i do for her to make these teenage years better? Being a mom is hard and being a teenage girl is even harder. Her emotions are raw and volatile. She has struggles that i see and know about even though she puts up a good front. She is unique and beautiful. She is Laura.
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Travel Etiquette
July 29, 2017 at 1:35 pm 1
Having a job that has me traveling quite a bit and being a lover of travel i have seen it all, especially in the airport. Recently I have been jotting things down and making little notes with the intention of either writing a short e-book on travel etiquette or just to share on my blog. People always amaze me. There are the wild extremes when traveling: over the top, dressed for bed, slow, running a marathon, patient, agitated. You literally see all forms of people. Some of it is comical and some of it is completely appalling. So here it goes... just a couple of airport thoughts: 1. Bathroom stall doors should always swing outward - simple enough. Some airport doors are great and have figured out this logic. So let me explain. When you travel you typically are carrying some sort of bag with you on the plane. In today's travel market almost everyone is bringing as much as they can in a carry on due to the price of baggage! Now imagine traveling alone so you have to bring your bags with you to the bathroom. Now think about having to go into a stall where the door goes inward, you now have to get your bags in, your body in AND then shut the damn door. The only way possible is move your bags by the toilet swing your body around the toilet and close the door. As a germophobe this just kills me every time. I do everything possible not to have anything touch anything, the wall, the toilet, just anything. Simple solution - the door should swing outward. Just saying Ya'll! 2. 8 inch heels not necessary - have you ever seen the woman who are dressed as if they are attending the Met Gala or the flip side working the street?? Really you all ... 8 inch heels are not necessary in the airport. I find walking through the airport a nightmare at times between people weaving around other people, running by you or even the fact that you might have to walk a good two miles to get from point A to B with a suitcase. So not that you can't look nice but a reasonable shoe would probably be best. These are just 2 of the many comments i have... be on the look out for more exerts of my travel etiquette guide! XOXO - happy travels ya'll
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Resurrection
July 29, 2017 at 12:34 pm 0
I am still alive. Enough said. I haven't written in forever. Guilty. Life, work is just so busy. I really want to get back to you. So be on the look out.
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LuLaRoe – Epic Fails
March 2, 2017 at 8:10 pm 0
I will start by saying that I love LuLaRoe! I have tons of leggings and I love the Carly! (For those of you who have no clue what LuLaRoe is - just think buttery soft leggings and then google it!) I am also very conscious of what I wear, how it looks and all that. So if you look at my collection of LLR leggings you will notice they all have a base of black so that i can match it easily with a black shirt. I do have a couple that fall out of this norm but then they match with grey (LOL!). If you ever watch a live feed you will hear the consultants talk about how wearing LLR is suppose to make you feel good about yourself and just be comfortable. And that it does. BUT I have to say I have seen some total epic fails. Now you will often see consultants sell an outfit, "perfectly paired" and they really make you believe that those purple flower leggings will look great with the green striped Irma but honestly we have mirrors for a reason. Pattern pairing may look good on that cute little LLR picture that your consultant posted on Facebook but let me tell you in person it just doesn't. On my last couple of business trips I have spent some idle time sitting in the airport and after a long couple days in the office i just simply sit and people watch. Without fail I see many LLR disasters. I can't help but to stare and try to figure out why the hell anyone would pair these items together. I love the concept of LLR. I love the empowerment they give to woman of all sizes but just because you are embracing this hip new trend does not mean that you don't have to at least match and look half way normal!! Ladies come out of the LuLaRoe euphoric cloud and just look in the mirror. If your initial reaction is oh my, change it up. You can still enjoy the fun and crazy patterns but by all means make an effort to match! Just my two cents on embracing the LLR Craze!!
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Middle school girls – wow
March 2, 2017 at 8:10 pm 0
Proud mom of 2 teenage girls here......eeeeeek. Middle school girls can be rough. I mean rough. I have the pleasure of having that child who has been surrounded by the drama of middle school girls (and even high school girls too) between school and dance class. Some days i just can't even listen to the drama and other days I am shocked and appalled and 100 other emotions. The one thing I can say though is that my girl has learned a lot of life lessons in the last year, has had to mature a little faster and has grown a thicker skin. Last year in school it was rough. There were many days she was mentally exhausted from the drama, she cried herself to sleep and just wanting to break away. She made a decision the last day of school that she was going to take the summer off. She was not going to hang out with anyone and just break free. She had a lot of dance committments and vacations and it was the perfect time to just detox from it all. We started the new year off with a clean slate and a breath of fresh air. She went in positive and just was going to stick to her guns about laying low. She has done great and just stayed out of the drama. She kind of just floats around and has made great friendships with some of the boys too because they are so drama free. BUT and there is always a BUT there is one person she kept telling me about that just is out to make her life miserable. I thought she was being over dramatic and i really kind of chalked it up to hormones BUT let me tell you I have witnessed the craziness two times in the last week. This girl refuses to let another girl talk to my daughter even though they are friends. My answer always was that if that girl wants to talk to her she would. I mean they are 12/13 years old, i didn't think that they could control each other that much. But wow is all i can say. The way she physically blocks my daughter and her friend from talking is like nothing I have ever seen in my life. It is really sad. I think what's worse is that my daughter has just decided that even though she loves hanging out and talking to her friend that she just can't make the effort anymore because it is just too much to deal with. When she told me that a few days ago I really tried to push her that she can't let people get in the way. After witnessing today I understand. I don't want to wish these years away but wow the things our kids go through is crazy. Not that my generation didn't but for our girls it is 100 times worse because of all the technology they have (which is a whole different rant!!). The one thing I pray about each day is that I hope that my girls learn from all these things and come out on top. I pray they are good to others and don't ever treat people the way they have been treated. It's a rough world out there and it starts so early.
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The countdown is on…….
December 2, 2016 at 7:47 am 0
Tis the season!!! I can't believe it is December! Another year almost done. And right around the corner are the holidays. In my house we are almost all decorated and the list are up on the wall, countdowns are going, and text messages of pictures of must haves are coming from the kids. As the kids get older it definitely gets harder. They either want very expensive items or money. It is nice that I still have a 7 year old with a list a mile long and everything is pretty cheap. She would be ecstatic to receive anything on her list and her heart is just filled with the magic of Christmas. The older girls love Christmas but aren't as into anymore. Guess I spoil them too much all year! What are the top of list items on your kids Christmas list? For my kids: Go Pro American Girl Hoverboard Of course Addison also wants the impossible Hatchimal, which will never happen. Lucky for her she has a January birthday so she has better luck of getting it then!
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Enjoying my alternative work arrangements…..
August 23, 2016 at 9:47 pm 0
Not often do I reap the benefits of working from home like people think I should. As discussed in earlier blogs many people misconceive work from home as stay home and do anything... Very different. Quite often I feel like I don't get to really enjoy the true benefits of an alternative work arrangement. Yes, I do get to wear my pajamas and I do use my lunch hour to pick up my kids from school but I often just sit at my desk all day (and night) and don't switch up my location besides a day in the office here and there. Most days I am so busy and the desire to have my laptop plugged into my big screens are almost a must. There are only a few weeks each quarter that I can truly try to take advantage of the flexibility and change up the scenery. To be honest, on most of those weeks I would rather still be at my desk. Today is a rare day that I said "Yes, let's go" to the kids. My older daughter has a passion for photography. She loves to take pictures and is always trying to capture that great shot. Lucky for her, my 2nd daughter will pose in a split second. So today they came flying down the stairs and I could see a plan in mind. They wanted to go to the park where they take tennis lessons and have a photo shoot. It is a gorgeous day out, not too hot, not humid and an hour at the park sounds nice. So after lots of primping and getting ready we headed out. I found a nice bench by their destination, opened the laptop and refreshingly worked and got some fresh air. It is amazing how your attitude and thoughts on work change when you can enjoy all of gods creations around you! Here are some pictures that Emma took today.... IMG_3309 IMG_3316 IMG_3368 IMG_3456
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