Reblog Wednesday: In Defense of Stay-At-Home Moms — Autism in Our Nest

As a stay at home mom whom didn’t stay home from the beginning, I must say the transition was rather smooth. I loved my position in the corporate world, but once I had my oldest, my heart yearned to be with her and raise her myself.

I came across this post from Autism Family Power where she mentions coming across an article where a working woman asks, “what do stay at home moms do all day?” The question wasn’t ill intended, but rather out of curiosity.

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I chuckled a bit and then had the sudden urge to detail and justify my role at home. However, each of us has different reasons for our decision to stay at home, and the role of a parent that stays in the home is like no other. His/her role comes without a financial earning, without breaks, days off and too often are running on fumes.

However, the internal satisfaction of making sure my kids are taken care of, taking care of my families daily needs and each of my children’s individual needs be it school or otherwise, is beyond any pay check I could ever receive. The ‘tasks/jobs’ are endless, from scheduling doctors appointments, to making sure my son is thriving in school since his autism diagnosis, to potty training – still doing it. The list goes on and on. All the while praying I am doing a good enough job at raising good, compassionate citizens. Also, caring for myself as I have Chiari 1 Malformation – a congenital disorder.

So, if you’re a stay at home parent or not, our goals are all the same. We’re all caring for our homes and our families needs to the best of our abilities, being in the corporate world or not.

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Recently I read an article where a woman asked Stay-At-Home Moms what they did all day. At first I got defensive, but changed my mood. Read more about this, here!

via In Defense of Stay-At-Home Moms — Autism in Our Nest

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Nail File Friday’s: Using Hello Kitty Watermark Stickers

Today I share you a Hello Kitty nail tutorial using watermark transfer nail stickers and two shades of pink nail polish. This is so very cute, and yes, I am highly aware that I am in my thirties, however something about Hello Kitty just gets me every time – heck anything does! And these mini bows for nail art, are just too cute for words! What are ‘watermark nail stickers and how do you apply it,’ it’s very similar to the kids temporary tattoo application. I used a simple votive candle holder I purchased from a local party supply store, filled it with some water and dipped the sticker inside – however, anything will do!

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This nail tutorial is up on my YouTube channel now, so if you’re interested, please take a look and don’t forget to like and subscribe! All the details of everything I used for the tutorial will be in the description box below the video.

 

As, always thank you for your continued support in my new YouTube venture, I appreciate you more than you know. 

Happy Friday! 

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Nail File Friday’s: Gwen Stefani Inspired Blue French Manicure

This is my most recent nail tutorial that’s currently on my YouTube channel. It’s a blue french manicure with negative space on short nails, inspired by the singer Gwen Stefani. If you don’t have the nail stickers for an easy manicure guide, simply use scotch tape. And yes, a french manicure can definitely be something other than our usual white or pink. I’m loving this blue, such a great pop of color – so unexpected!

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Happy Friday! 

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Nail File Friday’s: Using Scotch Tape for Nail Art

I wanted to share with you today my latest nail tutorial currently on my YouTube channel. This is an easy way to do nail art, whether that is shapes or simple straight lines on nails, by using scotch tape. You can also use different shades of nail polish, here I used different shades of pink, and created simple cut outs from tape that you can recreate at home.

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I recently began my YouTube channel, if you haven’t been there, please follow! I’m putting content there that is easy and that you can quickly do at home. As I myself am a stay at home mom with little time to do my nails.

Happy Friday! 

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My YouTube Channel Is Born

My YouTube Channel Is Born

Have you ever felt so bad, in so much pain, feeling like you have enough on your plate, but can’t stop pushing forward?! That’s me at this moment in my life. I’ve decided Chiari + Syringomyelia will have a place in my life, but not have my entire life. As positive as that may sound, it is extremely difficult, as I don’t only deal with the mental challenges of having a non-curable illness but also the physical aspect of it all.

I mentioned to my daughter earlier this week about perhaps starting a nail tutorial YouTube channel – for beginners, as I’m one myself. And before I could finish talking she said, ‘do it!’ Oh, to have the heart of a kid again, no fears, no doubts, just pure determination. That was the push I needed and before I had the time to second guess myself, I ordered a simple iPhone tripod from Amazon Prime, thought of a name for the channel, spent 1,000 hours – or what felt like, watching YouTube videos on how to make YouTube videos – did you get all that, and my channel Simple Nail Designs was born!

With a new tripod in hand and my iPhone, because right now any fancy equipment will have to wait. And this video here is the result of a small idea made reality.

 

Make things happen today.

It doesn’t take too much money to start an idea, try to work with what you already have. Don’t think of making any large investments right away. If you’ve been contemplating on something, big or small, all it takes to make it happen is passion and motivation.

How serious are you about achieving those dreams and how hard are you willing to work for them. I have absolutely no knowledge on recording a video and editing – none. I did however, know that the idea could turn into something. Maybe it won’t grow right away, but with patience, it will grow.

I share the news so you can follow along this new journey of mine. Please take a look at the video – my very first, AND please subscribe! Don’t be a ghost follower, they’re frowned upon!

I’m self-taught right now, so if you have any ideas on how to make videos that much better, please share!

Have a wonderful day.

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