What Every Woman Should Know About #BreastCancerAwareness

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During the upcoming month of October, you will hopefully see some buzz about it being the month of Breast Cancer Awareness.  This may come in the form of spotting the pink ribbon which serves as an emblem of sorts, a friend or coworker wearing an inordinate amount of pink, or perhaps in a blog post like this one. Honestly, I typically pay no mind to such things.  But thanks to a timely nudge from Tieks, who has teamed with the American Cancer Society to help promote awareness during October, I realized just how important this informational campaign is and decided to join in. Because 1 in 8 women in the  United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. What? Scary.  BUT... the good news is: When breast cancer is detected early in the localized stage, the 5 year survival rate is over 95%. Ok, now do you see why supporting your pink sisters this month is such a good bandwagon to jump on?   That even though breast self-exams, clinical exams, and … [Read more...]

Letting Go Of Regret

Tender Horses Let Go of Regret

Something happened to me today that I'm still digesting, but it promises to be a heavy weight lifted off my shoulders. After 20 years of regret, someone told me something today that allowed me to let it go. Many moons ago, I was riding a horse on the last stretch towards home, along a paved road. A nearby sprinkler system fired up, sounding eerily like a hissing snake, and spooked my horse. He proceeded to throw me, resulting in my landing flat onto my hip (and elbow) in the middle of the concrete. Ouch. In the ensuing circus, my teenaged riding friend dismounted, captured my bolting horse, and came close enough to me that her now-also-freaked-out horse could take a big, splattering pee on the road, up slope from me. Which then proceeded to trickle downhill towards me. I, of course, couldn't move. Talk about adding insult to injury.  Although it sounds like a semi-comical scene in retrospect, at the time it was a hot mess of pain, chaos, and general unpleasantness. I was in my … [Read more...]

Death by Cartwheel…My Cruel Dose of Reality

Cartwheel

As summer winds down, changes have been slowly settling in for me. As a family, we've been trying to enjoy the warm days outdoors. Recently we found ourselves at a state park with a fishing pond and large, lush-grassy area perfect for gymnastics. (Because hard as we try, we just don't have "lush-grassy areas" at our house.) So my 9 year old was playing one of the things she loves to play best: gymnastics, on that inviting lawn. Overcome by a spirit of whimsy, I felt the need to join her... and spontaneously launched into a cartwheel. A little background. I used to be able to do cartwheels effortlessly. But it's been a long, long time since I tried to engage in one, and I have a bad hip from a horse injury long ago.   So although I executed my cartwheel nearly flawlessly… it almost killed me. To the tune of a sharp burst of pain in my leg and hip, and a sickening “POP!!” sound. Holy painful, Batman! Subsequent googling on my phone came up with a diagnosis that matched … [Read more...]

Spy Escape ~ Safety & Survival Live Training in Denver, CO [50% Discount Code]

Spy Escape and Evasion Denver training

Former CIA Officer Jason Hanson has gathered his best safety and survival tips, and is offering to teach them to you and your loved ones.  The founder of Spy Escape, Jason will be hosting a live seminar featuring his safety and survival training in Denver, Colorado. Being safe in today's world continues to be an ever growing concern.  Threats range from everyday crime and violence, to trying to avoid identify theft, to keeping your family safe while traveling.  Because of this fact, this training really caught my interest and attention. Jason Hanson has received extremely valuable CIA training in his past, has culled the best and most relevant tactics for families to be aware of, and is offering to train you in a relaxed and fun environment – no intimidating, military style. As seen on both Shark Tank and the Rachel Ray Show, Jason Hanson is using his Spy Escape and Evasion seminar to reveal safety and survival secrets that 99% of Americans will never know.  These secrets … [Read more...]

Taking Back My Home (Re-Embracing My Inner Neat Freak…)

Taking Back my Home Tidy Living Room

"Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee... *perpetually messy house*!"  I believe I've officially reached my breaking point with my never tidy house.   For the sake of my sanity, I've decided that it's time I take back my home! I know certain things about myself, like the fact that I lean towards being a perfectionist, and harbor neat freak tendencies.  But I didn't want my kids to grow up in fear of their mom's obsessive compulsive need to have everything exactly in its precise place, at all times. So around the time when our children entered the scene, I slowly but deliberately let go of any presumptions of being house proud.  "It's no longer realistic, nor practical", I told myself.  "To be a Good Mom, you need to be more laid back, and not care about things like the house being a disaster.  That's just your family's life happening around you." These are the things I'd try and reassure myself with.  And yet recently I've found my nerves more and more frayed by … [Read more...]

Huggies MomInspired $15,000 Grant for Entrepreneurs

Huggies MomInspired Grant

Just wanted to pass along this cool opportunity to my readers!  Do any of you have one of those great ideas for an innovative business or product, that just needs a little starter money?   Huggies will be selecting up to 12 people to be awarded a $15,000 grant, to use towards pursuing their idea which will "make parents lives easier".   I love this! Note that this program is NOT limited to moms, or even women.  Here are the details on how to apply, and to those who do...  GREAT JOB!  I wish you all the best! *o*     *o*     *o* Huggies MomInspired Grant Program is conducting their annual search for Best New Products Inspired by Parents and Babies. Is your little bundle of joy your greatest source of inspiration? Huggies is encouraging innovative parents to apply for the Huggies® MomInspired® Grant Program. The Huggies MomInspired Grant Program – now in its fourth year – is here to help turn those dreams into a reality. Applications are being accepted at … [Read more...]

Exasperating Conversations With My 2nd Grader

Baby Feet Baby Names

So I picked my 2nd grader up from the school the other day, and this is the conversation we had on the way home... *o*     *o*     *o* Daughter (accusingly):  Mom, why didn't you name me "Sage"? Me:  Because it wasn't my favorite name, at the time.  It's a pretty name, though. Daughter:  So why couldn't you have just named me "Sage"? Me:  Because I never even thought of the name "Sage" when I was picking baby names.  There's a lot of good girl names out there. Daughter:  But I love the name "Sage"! Me:  We have some friends in South Dakota who named their baby girl "Sage". Daughter:  (She is neither impressed, nor deterred, by my little anecdote)  Why didn't you name me "Sage"? Me:  How could I possibly know, when you were born 8 years ago, that one day when you were in the 2nd grade, you'd hear the name "Sage" and decide that's what you wanted to be called? Daughter:  (Processes this logic.  It actually sinks in.  Moves on to another angle.)  Well, can you … [Read more...]

Taylor Swift’s RED ~ Mom Approved Music

Taylor Swift Red Album

As I paid for my pound of espresso beans at the Starbucks store counter, one of the four "these are the current cool CD's" albums propped up by the cash register caught my eye. Lo and behold, the very next day I had that very same CD in my mailbox - sent by a little PR birdie at Big Machine Records (which is apparently Taylor's record label company).   What a delightful coincidence.  Curiosity soon to be satisfied, I popped it right in and gave it a listen. Now, County Music isn't my first choice, but I'm sure you all realize Taylor Swift has crossed over to the Pop genre as well.  A light-hearted album that's pleasant and easy to listen to, I liked it right away.  But that's not why I love it. Taylor Swift RED ~ Mom Approved, No Censoring Needed What I love about the Taylor Swift RED album, is that it's clean and innocent enough for my young, music loving daughter to take into her room, put on her CD player, and dance and sing away to her little heart's content.  In a day and … [Read more...]

Traveling Without Your Kids

Traveling mom with girl at beach

With our impending 10th Wedding Anniversary just around the corner, I've been in full travel dreaming-and-planning mode.  As part of our celebration, my husband and I plan to take advantage of my parents offer to stay with our two kids, ages 2 and 7, and take our first trip sans-kiddos, since having kids. Traveling Without Kids - Should You Feel Guilty? We have friends who have traveled without their kids starting when the children were quite young, who appear to do so regularly, effortlessly, and seemingly without guilt or any second thoughts whatsoever.   In the spirit of brutal blogging honesty, I will tell you that I find myself judging them for this, just a bit. But when I dig a little deeper... I know that it's primarily stemming from my own jealousy.  Partial jealousy of their circumstances which enable them to do so, but also jealousy that they can pull this off emotionally. Because of my own excessive, typically daily guilt which I feel as a grown mom and wife (I … [Read more...]

Social Media Tips for New Bloggers

Writer Old Letters and Quill

So you'd like to start blogging, and have a pretty good idea of what you'd like to write.  Now you just have to figure out:  How do I get people to start reading my new blog? A friend in this situation recently asked me for some social media and promotion tips.  I've only been blogging for one year, but I've experienced some fun successes and have definitely learned a few things along the way.  Here is my best advice to new bloggers. Social Media Tips for New Bloggers Things I Did (or Wish I Had Done), When I Was Getting Started as a Blogger: 1. Find and Interview a Blogging Mentor Something I did right out of the chute which was extremely helpful, was email a few existing bloggers I admired with some specific questions.  Any advice for me?  How did you grow?  Is trying to build Google GFC numbers a waste of time (retro, year-old question now...)?  Do you prefer Blogger or WordPress?  How did you get hooked up with Disney Movie PR information?!  You get the idea. To this day, … [Read more...]