Happy Meme Monday: When You Have More Than One Child – Or Two

If there’s something to know about what happens when I walk out my door with my tribe, is that we can get a lot of attention and often times, not the good kind of attention – facial expressions, whispering, you name it, it’s happened! Do you get that or is just me? No, yes – just me?! Haha!

So, it’s happened where a complete stranger will stop me and ask me if the children are all mine, to which I’ll respond with something along these lines …. because, hey, no harm in playing along with what seems to be peoples worst nightmares come to reality in form of mwua.

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I never did have twins – only what seems to be a couple sets in the mix!

Hope you have a great Monday.

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Friday Funday Challenge – Game On – You Name It!

I know it’s not Friday, but hey, “better late than never!” And I couldn’t pass on this great challenge sent to me by the amazing blogger over at Sparkkling Thoughts. She writes on all things inspirational and positivity. Thank you again Kranti for thinking of me, please know that I think you are an exceptional blogger/writer.

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Rules:

1. Thank the nominator

2. Answer questions 1 through 19

3. Nominate three bloggers of your choice and notify them.

4. Each selected blogger MUST answer 16 of the asked 19 questions, but also insert 3 new questions to make up the 19 compliment. Every time a new blogger is selected they MUST only answer 16 of the asked 19 questions as well as answer their own 3, and choose 3 new bloggers. Each time a new blogger sees the questionnaire it will be completely different to the next blogger along.

(Hint: delete three of the questions you don’t like or have no answer for and insert your own in its place)

5. Question 20 and question 14 must always remain intact.

Questions:

1. Are you currently reading a book, if so what is it?

I hope to begin reading Girl On Fire – My Month Of Madness

2. Toast or cereal?

Toast – love the cinnamon with raisin bread! Great for breakfast.

3. Horror or comedy films

Comedy! Love love a good laugh.

4. Skinny dipping or mud wrestling?

Mud wrestling without the wrestling – hmm that would just be mud, anyway, have you seen those mud obstacle courses, those look fun!

5. What was your favorite sweet/candy as a kid?

Starburst Candy – especially loved the red ones.

6. Going to the party or the library what’s your preference?

Library! I’m the introvert that would prefer staying home and watch a movie.

7. What is your favorite tipple [drink]?

I was going to say, tipple who?! My go-to drink, if I were to drink, would be Jack Daniel’s and coke on ice.

8. If you were coming back as an animal which is the least you would like to return as BUT knowing your luck you just might? [Provide image]

My least favorite animal would be the snake. Eek! Don’t be fooled by the image below, they’re far from being this cute!

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9. Choice weapon for survival during the zombie invasion?

Not sure about this one – zombie repellent, is there such thing?!

10. Which is that final destination or goal you’re aiming at and want to achieve no matter what?

My goal currently is to not be afraid to aim high. As a stay at home mom, I often don’t think things are currently ‘achievable’ because of the children’s needs being my priority. However, I’ve made baby steps since the beginning of this year to not forget about myself. I finally decided to take a leap of faith and begin this blog AND just recently teamed up with a company where I am using my ‘artistic/design’ passion to good use by designing for their merchandise – haven’t come too far but baby steps. I may not have all the time in the world and I can give you six good reasons why, but I do want to make good use of my time. So, it’s a win for now! If you’re thinking of doing something, do it, because you can and you will! We all have to start somewhere – it often begins with a dream.

11. OK, you are going to be shipwrecked on an island that has food and water, what three items would you need to have with you?

Wifi, toilet paper and good company.

12. Where would you like to be in 3 years time from now on?

I would love to still be blogging – am enjoying it immensely and also growing as a mother, learning to be a better mother than I was yesterday.

13. What music is currently your favorite? [Provide link]

I’m a firm believer that music somehow reflects your mood. And lets be honest, it’s difficult for me to be ‘up to date’ with whats current, however the last song I heard was a Spanish song by  Carlos Baute y Marta Sanchez “Colgando En Tus Manos” awe-mazing song, I always appreciate beautifully written lyrics and this is one of them. The artists, he’s from Venezuela and she’s from Spain, the song is about two loves that can’t seem to find a way to put their love into words. And the only way they find is to tell each other “my heart hangs in your hands.”

14. If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?

The Power of Resilience

15. Which 3 questions will you be deleting to add your own in?

Not to add my own, but maybe delete numbers 4, 5 and 9 – sorry zombies!

16. What personal trait has gotten you in the most trouble?

When someone asks me for my opinion. I maybe don’t consider the other persons feelings and just say what I believe to be honesty. I’m not sure if asking my opinion entails saying the truth and being honest. Does it?! Ugh, so confusing! I once read here someone saying, ‘I’m not a baker, I don’t sugar coat things.’ HA, classic! So true, can I steal that line?! I just simply believe that if I were to be going through a difficult situation, I’d want you to be honest, tell me the truth when I am too blind to see it for myself. I think it can save me or avoid me getting into an even worse situation – I’d appreciate that.

17. What do you find the most frustrating aspect of blogging?

Whoa, there’s a few! Let’s begin with growing the blog – as in growing my followers, yes, that can be a headache task of its own. I’m trying not to look at the ‘numbers’ because it can really feel like trying to ‘keep up with the Joneses’ however, it’s hard not to ‘look.’ Lastly, the posts, the material, I try to keep in mind what I personally appreciate in a post – raw, authentic, honest and funny material. If you have any other frustrating aspects you’d like to add, let me know in the comments. I’d like to be a friend and share the frustration with you!

18. When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?

Remind myself to breathe and to relax. Also, the good ‘ole ‘this, too, shall pass’ – it never gets old.

19. The three bloggers you are nominating are?

It’s that time again! To my four nominees, have fun with this one ladies, can’t wait to read your answers. They are …

Brimming Blog

Magic In The Everyday

Life A Teacher

My Li’l Place

Hope you have fun reading this Friday Challenge on a non-Friday.

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Nail File Friday’s: 4 Easy Steps To Prepare Nails For Nail Polish

I decided to go back to basics by telling you what works for me when preparing my nails for nail polish. I’ve mentioned here the tools to own for the at-home manicure, now let’s put them to use.

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1. With my nails bare – meaning no nail polish, I start by using a cuticle pusher, I use the metal one, but the orange wood stick will also work. What’s the difference? The wood stick will be ideal if you have a softer cuticle, it’s also gentler on the nail, use it by gently pushing the cuticle towards the back of the nail. If you have dry cuticles or ingrown nails on the sides of the nail bed, now it’s the time to use the cuticle nipper to remove that.

2. I will cut my nails to my desired shape or I’ll simply file them down and will use a nail buffer – particularly if I see there are any slight bumps or ridges that appear on the nail bed, as this can cause an uneven polished look. My go-to on my natural nails is the ‘natural short’ shape – keeps me from accidental poking my kids!

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3. I use a cotton ball and pure acetone to clean the nail beds. However, you can also use a paper towel with rubbing alcohol – you don’t want to polish your nails if they have any lotion or cuticle oils, doing this will ensure your nails clean from it all.

4. And lastly, use a base coat. So, why the spend money, time and effort on base coat? A base coat will protect your nails from the nail polish. It will act as an adhesive to the nail polish, prevent staining from darker colors, peeling, give less of a streaky look from the nail polish and overall enhance and give you a beautiful polished look. Now, apply two coats of your desired shade of nail polish, allow it to dry for a few seconds and seal it with a top coat.

I know it may seem like one too many steps, however, if you take the proper steps in caring for your nails, the time it took you to polish your nails will definitely be worth the effort in the final results.

Hope you’re having a great Friday!

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Inspiration Is Everywhere – Even Star Wars

Inspiration Is Everywhere – Even Star Wars

With Summer vacation still in full swing – and chronic pain still sneaking it’s ugly head, we’ve had a couple of things going on. So, one of those things being catching up on all things Star Wars. I’ll admit, I’ve never fully seen all of the Star Wars movies. And the one that has been on repeat with my little ones has been The Phantom Menace, can I just say, wow – amazing! I can really see what the ‘buzz’ is all about with Star Wars, from the special effects, to the wardrobe, to the lines, to the makeup – it’s all mesmerizing.

So, today’s inspiration came from Yoda, there’s 9 year old Anakin standing in front of the Jedi council when Yoda senses Anakin is afraid. In return Anakin replies to Yoda in a sort of defensive manner. But, Yoda in turn offered these words to Anakin ….

Fear is the Path to the Dark Side.

Fear Leads to Anger. 

Anger Leads to Hate.

Hate Leads to Suffering. – Yoda

I’m guilty of this, of allowing people to lead me to this path of – what seems, no return. I allow things and life circumstances to overwhelm me, for me it’s Chiari + Syringomyelia, for you it maybe a separation, a breakup, a job loss, a bad grade, it maybe anything and just like that, it takes over any positive thoughts you may have had. It’s so incredibly true, fear, anger, hate can only lead us to being stuck in the darkest moments and in return only hurt us – no one else, but us. And lead us into even more suffering.

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‘Brain On Fire’ – True Story Made Into Netflix Movie

It’s not ironic that after being diagnosed with a congenital defect like Chiari Malformation my fascination with the brain and neurology overall has flourished. There aren’t many opportunities where I can watch the morning news without quickly being pushed to switch the channel to more important things like Elmo and Peppa Pig – my kids favorites.

However this week, this particular morning was different, I was able to watch Megan Kelly on Today interview Susannah Cahalan and Dr. Souhel Najjar – to say that this interview and as I watched the movie was both shocking and captivating is an understatement. I was so eager to know more about her story that I already watched the movie, I’m not one to do that, as I’d prefer to read the book first. If I can throw some names out there to capture more of your interest in this Netflix original, Chloë Grace Moretz plays Susannah Cahalan, Carrie-Ann Moss plays her mother, Jenny Slate her friend and co-worker and Tyler Perry plays Richard, her boss at the New York Post. Susannah Cahalan captures in her book ‘Brain on Fire’ in what she calls, her ‘month of madness.’ Without giving too much away so you can grab this New York Times bestselling book and/or watch the movie on Netflix, I’ll try to be brief on Susannah Cahalan’s journey after going misdiagnosed. She retells the events that took place prior to her diagnosis made by Dr. Souhel Najjarof of an auto-immune disease called Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, this is an acute form of brain inflammation that is potentially lethal but has a high probability of recovery with treatment. Although there’s a range of  neuro-psychiatric symptoms some may include;

  • cognitive impairment
  • memory difficulties
  • seizures
  • involuntary movements
  • slowed or loss of ability to speak
  • behavioral changes such as agitation
  • loss of inhibition
  • hallucinations (visual or auditory)
  • paranoid thoughts
  • severe anxiety
  • sleep disruption including severe insomnia
  • decreased level of consciousness – to the point of unresponsiveness, catatonia or coma
  • weakness or numbness of part of the body
  • loss of balance
  • vision changes

Dr. Souhel Najjar was able to diagnose Susannah Cahalan using a test that involved her drawing a clock, this is a test that is normally given to people that are thought of having dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Susannah rather than drawing the clock’s face with the numbers going from numbers 1 through 12 going around. The disease caused her to draw all of the numbers 1 through 12 only on the right face of the clock. This happened because the right side of her brain, which regulates the left side of the body, was inflamed. Dr. Souhel Najjar helped her from being placed in a psychiatric ward because she was already thought to be losing her mind, to being bipolar and to having schizophrenia, to name a few. This doctors determination to finding Susannah again, helped her on her road to recovery and rebuild her career as an up-and-coming journalist at the New York Post.


Book Available On Amazon – Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

As someone who went misdiagnosed for years with Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia , even after multiple testings, blood work, MRI’s and spinal taps, and still continuing to be misdiagnosed, this movie struck a cord. Chiari Malformation is found in only 1 in every 1,000 people and even after decompression, I am still living with symptoms, including memory difficulties, insomnia, weakness and numbness in the body, loss of balance to name a few. As Dr. Souhel Najjar states, only 10 percent of people with the disease found in Susannah Cahalan were properly diagnosed at that time. However, a better understanding of the disease and its symptoms has resulted in more frequent diagnosis and treatment today. This is such an inspiring journey of one woman’s long road to rebuilding her life after being misdiagnosed.

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Nail File Friday’s: Pink Shades + Gold Tape

I’ve been really loving bright colors lately – don’t get me wrong, I still love my darker shades. This week I’ve been wearing two tones of pink nail polish shades and also used some nail striping tape in gold.

Nail Polish Used: Essie Polish in S’il Vous Play (glitter gold) however, the next best thing is this glitter gold color in Luxeffects, Mod Square (pink) and Bachelorette Bash (fuchsia pink)

Nail Tools Used: Nail Striping Tape in GoldNail Brush for cleaning the sides of the nail and Cuticle Nipper to cut ends of the striping tape

 

To begin, after you have applied the Seche Clear Base Coat, apply two coats of the gold glitter polish. I painted the ring finger in Mod Square and the rest in Bachelorette Bash – for some reason the photo looks more like red, but it’s not, it’s a fuchsia pink – so pretty. Once the nail polish has dried, I placed nail striping tape in gold on the pinky finger – it’s subtle but makes such a difference, gently press down and cut with the cuticle nipper. Allow that to dry completely and then apply a top coat to all, I like Out The Door Top Clear Coat. To know the basic nail tools I own for the perfect at-home manicure, you can find it here!

Hope you have a great Friday!

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