Reblog Wednesday: Lost on You — Weeping Pines

Oh love! So wonderful yet so complicated. It can make you feel complete as it can also make you feel lost. Do you know about that kind of love?! That love that’s gained, a love loss, a love that was never realized, that kind of love? Do you know about the love that comes along with many other things, whether that is a happy ending or something that ultimately broke your heart, whether you agreed to move on and away or you were the one let go – it’s all part of love and life. Have you experienced this type of love? I have, maybe you have too. Maybe we all will at one point or another in our lives.

On that note, today I share with you this wonderful piece by Weeping Pines. I found it to be gut wrenching, heart breaking yet so honest and true. As the words describe so vividly the consequences of loving so hard and having to let go.

Happy Wednesday!

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Move on, chanted a friend. Holding on will only send you packing into the doldrums, sneered another. Honestly, you don’t wish to move on and are happy being unhappy, reproached a third. Mridul knew they meant well; they wanted him to clamber up the wells of despondency, to let go and move on. But how could […]

via Lost on You — Weeping Pines

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Happy Meme Monday: When You’re Diagnosed With A Rare Disorder

Mom Life With Chiari is currently taking a couple of days off and this is a pre-scheduled post. Enjoy!

Happy Meme Monday

I often get asked what Chiari Malformation is and what Syringomyelia is, both of which are rare conditions. There are 1 in 1,000 people living with Chiari Malformation and this meme describes my life since my 2013 diagnosis – in a nut shell. Enjoy!

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Thank you Mr. Dos Equis XX for that! My Chiari and Syringomyelia thanks you!

Hope you’re having a great Monday.

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Nail File Friday’s: Easy Disney Mickey and Minnie Mouse Nail Art For Girls

Mom Life With Chiari is currently taking a couple of days off and this is a pre-scheduled post. Enjoy!

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In the spirit of my families Disney trip, it’s only right that I include our Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse inspired nails in today’s edition of ‘Nail File Friday’s.’ It’s easy and I must say, if you haven’t purchased the Nail Brush & Dotter tool, you must! It makes doing nail art so fast and easy.

All Nail Polish Used For Looks: Essie Blanc (white), Really Red (red), Mod Square (pink) and Licorice (black) and any glitter polish, here I used a silver glitter nail polish

All Nail Tools Used For Looks: Nail Brush + Dotter  for cleaning the sides of the nails – simply dip the brush in acetone and dotter for making the dots, toothpicks for drawing the Minnie Mouse bow and aluminum foil to place a few drops of the color that will be used for nail art.

On myself …. Glitter nail polish on ring fingers, white nail polish on middle finger and red nail polish on the rest of the fingers. Using black nail polish and the dotter tool, on one middle finger I created mini Mickey Mouse and on the other middle finger dots. The rest of the fingers, using the white nail polish I created dots with the dotter tool.

For my oldest daughter …. Use the red nail polish on all fingers,except the ring finger, here I used the white nail polish. Also on the ring finger, using a toothpick and the black nail polish, I created a Minnie Mouse bow.

Tip: When doing dots, work from the middle of the nail and then out, going in a zig zag pattern. And for the bow, using the toothpicks and black nail polish draw the outline of the bow first and then fill in the inside. After placing a few drops on the aluminum foil of the nail polish that will be used for the nail art, if you notice the nail polish is a little sticky, put some more and wipe the dotter tool clean with acetone after each use.

For my toddler …. After painting all the finger nails in pink, I created a Mickey Mouse using the black nail polish only on the thumb and pinkie fingers. On the rest of the nails, using the dotter, I used the white nail polish to create dots.

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For my niece …. Use the pink nail polish on all fingers, except the ring finger, here I used the white nail polish. I created a Mickey Mouse to an angle of the nail using the black nail polish, on the rest of the nails, I created white dots, using the white polish and the dotter tool.

For my toddler niece ….Use the pink nail polish on all fingers and on all except the ring fingers, using the white nail polish and the dotter tool place dots. On the ring finger, I made a tiny Mickey Mouse using the white nail polish and then black dots using the dotter tool.

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Steps for general nail polish with nail art:

Step One:  1 Coat of ‘Seche’ Base Coat

Step Two:  2 Coats of base nail polish

…. Allow the nail polish to completely dry before doing any nail art ….

Step Three:  Allow nail art to completely dry before applying top coat

Step Four:  1 Coat of ‘Out The Door’ Top Coat

This is optional ….

‘Cuccio’ Cuticle Oil – Milk & Honey  – Cuticle oil will avoid your cuticles from drying that can happen from the nail acetone, it helps keep your cuticles moisturized

Have a great Friday!

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Disclosure: Mom Life With Chiari is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. I will not recommend or buy anything that I do not already own and love or would not use for myself and my family. I make a small commission when you click and make a purchase on any link my website provides at NO additional cost to you. Thank you in advance for supporting companies that support me!

Reblog Wednesday: How to Transition from Career to SAHM Without Losing Who You Are — No Plate Like Home

If you’ve had a job outside the home and you’re now a stay at home mom or parent, you know that the decision didn’t come too easy. Do you stay home or you continue to work?! Your decision, to leave the 9 to 5 to become a stay at home mom. I went through this roller coaster of emotions about 12 years ago, when I left the corporate world to stay at home with my oldest daughter. It was a tough decision but it was also a very good one.

Joanne from No Plate Like Home captured this so well about the transition, all the emotions and all the changes that occur during this change.

Hope you enjoy the post as much as I did!

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You did it. You quit your job to become a stay at home mom. Now that you’ve figured out how to live on one income and all of the logistics, you are starting to feel what it’s really like being home day-in and day-out. 1,970 more words

via How to Transition from Career to SAHM Without Losing Who You Are — No Plate Like Home

Happy Meme Monday: Sharing With Kids 101

As a mother / parent, you know that you are always obligated sharing. Once you become a parent, you will never look at a piece of cookie or cake without first thinking, how many ways can this piece be cut? Two, three, six?! Or should I hide this chocolate until the kids go to sleep and then eat it?! Oh the decisions one must make to eat and not have to share.

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This is me on a Monday Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Hope you’re having a great Monday!

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Nail File Friday’s: Yellow and Black Nail Polish

What do I do when I can’t make up my mind between using two colors – I use both! I’ve been doing this lately, which seems to be very ‘in’ and in trend – combining colors, doing multiple colors at once. It’s so fun! There’s also no need to take things ultra difficult, I like to make things easy, because let’s be honest, I don’t have that much time.

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Nail Polish Used: OPI Exotic Birds Do Not Tweet (canary yellow) and Essie Licorice (black)

Nail Tools Used: Nail Brush + Dotter  for cleaning the sides of the nails and dotter for making the dots on ring finger and thumb

Initially I was thinking that the color combination I was choosing was going to look a bit ‘bumble bee-ish.’ However, I love the final look!

Step One:  1 Coat of ‘Seche’ Base Coat

Step Two:   3 Coats of the ‘Exotic Birds Do Not Tweet’ Nail Polish – 3 coats for a brighter yellow (three strokes per coat on each nail)

Allow the nail polish to completely dry before doing any nail art ….

Step Three:   Using a piece of aluminum foil, place a bit of the ‘Licorice’ Nail Polish on it, dip the dotting tool and create a diagonal like with dots – wipe the dotter clean by dipping it in acetone after each use, going in a zig zag like pattern, continue to create the dots

Allow the dots to completely dry before apply the top coat ….

Step Four:  1 Coat of ‘Out The Door’ Top Coat

This is optional ….

‘Cuccio’ Cuticle Oil – Milk & Honey  – Cuticle oil will avoid your cuticles from drying that can happen from the nail acetone, it helps keep your cuticles moisturized

Have a great Friday!

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Disclosure: Mom Life With Chiari is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. I will not recommend or buy anything that I do not already own and love or would not use for myself and my family. I make a small commission when you click and make a purchase on any link my website provides at NO additional cost to you. Thank you in advance for supporting companies that support me!

Back To School Readiness Check List

Back To School Readiness Check List

This summer like the ones in years past, is going by quickly. It’s that time when I get my check list ready to hit the stores – whether that is ordering items online, ordering for in-store pick up or going to the store, the time is now. With ordering online and having chronic pain, this is a ‘pain saver’ or is it ‘life saver’ – whichever the saying, it’s good! And ordering in advance gives me time to make exchanges if needed.

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This year my older four will be going off to school. We have them going into prekindergarten 4 through sixth grade. This will be my preschoolers first time in a school setting and she’s elated! Here is a sneak peak at my “Back To School Check List” – because when you’re shopping for a mini tribe, it’s essential that you stay organized.

“Back To School Readiness Check List”

To Do At Home

• Gather new grade school supplies lists for all

• Take inventory of materials / miscellaneous things – check what for items you may have put away in your home, cross that item off the school supply list.

often times at the end of the school year, I’ll get back unused / new materials that went unused, I’ll save those items for the next school year.

 also with things like, rain jackets and sweaters, I’ll have them try it on, if they haven’t outgrown them, they’ll reuse these.

• List the children’s names with their shoe size, shirt size and shorts/bottoms size (double checking will ensure buying the correct sizes)

• The hanging closet organizer, this is our ‘school cubby’ that hangs in the children’s closets, each child will have a cubby assigned to them, each night they’ll set up their uniform / school attire for the next day – makes getting ready in the morning easy!

School Uniforms / Clothes

• 4 uniform polo shirts per child (verify school colors) – I will purchase these from Target

• 1 school patch / emblem for each polo shirt (can be purchased at the school  from PTSA)

• 1 ‘Friday’ school shirt per child (can be purchased at the school  from PTSA)

• 4 uniform shorts per child (verify school colors)

• 1 pair of pants per child (verify school colors)

• 1 sweater per child – to be ordered from Gap (Go to the sweaters that are on ‘sale,’ you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the quality and the price you’ll pay)

• 1 rain jacket per child (to keep inside backpack)

• 1 mini-umbrella for oldest to keep inside backpack (she likes to have an umbrella)

• 1 pair of sneakers/running shoes per child

• Undergarments for all / each child

• Pack of socks for each child

• Belt for each child – to be ordered from My Self Belts (I have been ordering them for about 5 years, the belts are EXCELLENT – especially great for my son with autism)

Backpacks + Lunchboxes, Miscellaneous

• Backpack and Lunchboxes – to be ordered from Pottery Barn Kids (Go to the backpacks that are on ‘sale,’ you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the quality and the price you’ll pay) If ‘last’ years backpack is still in good condition, it will be washed and reused.

• PE water bottles – to be ordered Contigo water bottle

• Labels for PE water bottles – to be ordered from Inch Bug

• School agenda / homework agenda (can be purchased at the school  from PTSA)

Kids Hair

• Girls hair bows (I’ll purchase bows according to the school colors)

• Black elastics – for pony tails

Clear small elastics  – for tying ends of braids

• Detangling spray

• Tresemme hairspray – to use on both the boys and girls

• Mennen Cologne – for kids

School Supplies

• Gather new grade school supplies lists for all and log in the school website to be sure it’s the latest supply list – as the teachers will often update them even during the summer.

• I try to buy things like crayons and pencils in bulk from Amazon Prime – things like this are always needed throughout the year, things like folders, paper, etc. from Target

If you’d like to know all that’s inside my ‘kids hair bin’ organizer you can find that here and for a detailed post on what I use in my home for school purposes you can find that here.

Hope you have a great back to school shopping experience!

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Photo: Sharon McCutcheon

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