Windows in My life

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Why I Pink Puffy Heart #Twitter

Please ask me if you want the original!
Wee babe G

This is not an advertisement for twitter; however if you know me, I tweet more to my online friends then I talk to my real life friends. Why? Because I don't have 10 real life friends. Before you feel sorry, its not that I don't want real life friends, I actually do, however the few I do have are long term friends.

With my depression (and my luck) all the people whom I seem to have a lot in common in the flesh, run away from me when I have a low period or when I change my moods really fast. Because they don't know what or how to deal with me. I feel trapped some how that its a cycle. Girl meets friend, girl gets depression/mania, Girl loses friend.

Impressed!
That I think is why Twitter for me is great. If I need to vent I can and people will want to gather and support me, not run away from me. If they "UNFOLLOW" me because of it, its not like a slap in the face to me as a co-worker subbing and telling other co-workers my issues because I let down my guard. I only share what I need to share nothing more.

I was surprised when Twitter stated I was similar to the women you see on the right. They are women who I'd like to be. They are part of who I "FOLLOW" and chatted with a few times heck I am even starting a business with @mama2_3penguins! For the people who say its a dumb idea to go into business with some one whom I have never met in reality, I wouldn't go as far as saying its a dumb idea, however I would say its a high risk that it could back fire on me!

If I had the money I would get a convention center in the middle of the country and invite all 600+ people to come and meet me and the rest of the folks that are on twitter. I know Blog conventions do that however this would just be for twitter people who I call my friends.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Safety First with SafetyBook - Review and Giveaway!

Being a second time mom, you would think I would have the folder with all the manuals and have all of the product cards filled out and sent to the manufacture for the recall notices all completed? Confession, I have with a few products but not all! I know I am a bad mom for not doing this. However, as easy as surfing the Net; Safety Books makes it even easier to have the information at your finger tips.

I plunged in and registered for Safety Book I registered two items at first to check out the site. If you look below here is just an example of what I found out:
There was a re-call notice last year for my car and I didn't get anything from the car company!

This notice is very detailed and a lot of information about the recall
This prompted me to call the dealership and see if my car was effected since I have to drive my kids around town every day and guess what? I took my car into the dealership and they fixed the problem. Now I am a SafetyBook fan for life!

This Memorial Day weekend please stay safe and along with this giveaway of 4 (Four) free lifetime memberships; Safety Book has also generously giving to you a 50% off code to use by May 31st SAFEHOME50 and if you want to try it with out opening your wallet you can register 3 items for free!



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**I am writing this as sponsored post from the company. I was given one of the $18 lifetime membership to review the product, however my review along with my words are my own and I would sate just the facts**

Thinking about my world

In recent days I have been taking a hard look at who and what I do and am. Am I strong enough for being a power player? Both at work and at home?

Monday, May 21, 2012

Fighting self doubt

I have been unemployed now for two months and its getting easier to live without waking up at 4 in the morning to go to a job that made me wonder if I would have a job the next day. Yup, along story short that happened with me.

Its been hard on me because it makes every penny count twice as much as when we had a second income. I am working on my home spun idea and its getting closer to reality. I got a loan approval for my education. Though I had to ask my dad to be a co-signer. Its hard when you are almost 33 years old and still have to rely on your parents to get a loan. So I better get an A+ for the courses right?

I think myself doubt is coming in when I see my husband have to make a decision whether to pay his car loan or the house bills for the month. Both are equality important, however with me not working its going to get tougher on him. He can't afford to not have his car taken away, his job is an hour away, he needs gas, and food for lunch.

To add on top of that I am highly thinking about pulling B out of daycare. Yes, I am still keeping her in daycare. I haven't decided to pull her out because I think she likes it and I am hoping a to have a job in the next few weeks and I don't want to pull her out just to put her back in and G at the same time. I want to home school them so its better to get her out now right?

Why the self doubt? Because of the lack of a second income, is my will power strong enough for two kids 24 hours a day 7 days a week? Can I home school and hold down a job and bring in a second income all at the same time? Am I insane for wanting it all?

Friday, May 18, 2012

A UPrinting way and giveaway!

Some say that the printing press is going out like a vinyl record or VHS tapes. I say no. Yes, Email, Facebook and other online media are replacing some of the way you can talk to your target audience, whither it be a fortune 500 company or to the people next door. However, there is still something good about knowing some one spent the time to make something for you to touch and feel. And that is what UPrinting does. The company is very good about their custom postcard printing.



I am what some people call a snob of printed material. I am very picky when it comes to printing things like postcards, I only want the best card stock, inks and choices especially when it reflects not only on the company making the card, it reflects on me. UPrinting helps with all of that including helping one come up with a design for the artistically impaired. The design feature is great. Its very simple and everything is in plan text so no art degree needed. You can go to their custom postcard printing and get inspired to win postcards of your own in the PunchTab entry box!


Forgot to mention what you would win!


100 pcs. postcards for one (1) winner
5" x 7"
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2 Business Days Turnaround
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 *US residents 18 years old and above only


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Friday, May 11, 2012

Is Mother Mary Mom Enough? #WWJD?


I am a mother of two girls. I am an "Attached Parent". I do have an almost 3 year old asking for the breast. I do use Formula when needed. I do co-sleep with blankets. I don't hang on every word Dr. Sears says. I am proud to Nurse in Public with out a cover (unless there is no shady spot), in front of children, in public places and spaces. 

Call me a terrorist, call me a weirdo, call me what you want however I want to say that I am sick and tired of the war on women, motherhood and breastfeeding. No one person controls the bonds between mother and child no matter how old. In this day and age, we should have accepted that and moved on.

We as an American Society should be focused on poverty, the economy, creating jobs, education, and improving healthcare for all instead of what an individual mother does with her individual child.

For people out there that say that it will "corrupt the child", "stunt the developmental growth of the child", I say did it stunt the growth of Jesus? Did Mary stop when he was 6 months old? Was God or Joseph telling her when to feed him or her other children? Did she have to wear a cover when nursing in public? Did she have to say to him, "Jesus, we have to nurse where we poo because we can't be seen in the market place on a bench because some one will see us!". I would have liked to have seen the expressions on all of the elderly women if they heard that!

We as women should not be divided, whether being Pro-Choice vs Pro-Life, breastfeeding vs formula feeding, boob vs bottle. We have all the same parts. How we chose to use them is our choice and should not be dictated by out side influences. 

As Mother's day is this Sunday, we should be honoring the bond between a Mother and Child, not tearing it down.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Random Thank You

Just wanted to say thank you to all the people (Twitter, Facebook, and SMS) that have helped me through the month of April. 

THANK YOU!!


This April has been really light on me since its the longest month of the year for me. Lets see, this April I totally bruised up my Right Knee and Left Shin (see picture to the left), I quit my job to stay home full time (for now), my daughter split her lip on the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which started at 4 in the morning for both me and my husband. The only good news was that the ER didn't charge us for the visit, yea?

I did get an awesome idea for a new business and I think I can complete it. Haven't heard too many people talk about what I am thinking of doing (vague right? You'll soon see what I mean). I opened an Etsy shop (if you want to see the few things I have please look to the right for the Etsy link), I actually am making things now. Maybe I needed to quit my job to do all of this.

Well again, thank you to the many people I latched on to, you really did help move the month of April speedily along.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Hopes


So as people in the twitter-verse knows I quit my job last month and I have been in a cycle of saying "What the heck have I done", to "This is the best day of my life", and everything in between. I've been trying to set a schedule and having a great mentor Mama to Penguins. However with a 4 month old and an almost 3 year old its hard. Yes, I've got to admit that I don't have my oldest 24/7 though that is going to be a more gradual process. I want to get at least a month or two more in so she can at least fend for herself when her sister comes in and attacks.

I've got a small business brewing in the Mompertuner category of my life and I think its a game changer for who I really want to become. It will grant me the flexibility that I need and will allow the creativity outlet. Also helping small businesses succeed. I'll post more when I have more.

I am also thinking more about home schooling my kids. Listening to my Sister-In-Law's troubles with the school system, I am coming to the conclusion of just wanting better and reality is we can't pay to send them to very private school like England or anywhere besides American public school. Both me and my husband went through public school and we wish we were pushed more and given more help when we wanted rather than pushed along to make due to feel bullied, to feel stupid or to feel like one needs to dumb down to fit in.

I hope in the next 6 months I get my small business off the ground, to get Bella on a schedule that will allow me to get work done and maybe out of daycare (scary for me), get more information on homeschooling, and get some money flowing in with my Etsy Shop as well.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Wrap Up of #HAWMC

Just to let every one know that I hate April. Everything that could go wrong does happen in April. So when I heard about this challenge I was expecting my blog to disappear, my computer to explode, or my daughter to step on it so bad that I lose all the pictures in it. *Knocks on wood that it doesn't happen!*


So I completed a month of blogging about depression and my adventures. What did I really like? I liked my Keep Calm poster, the Miracle Cure, Super power and Quote inspiration. The one or two I didn't like was the Haiku *I did it anyway :)*, The Madlib, since it was a poem and not a funny story like the one's for kids.

I learned a lot about myself and so did my Mother in Law. I may do a new Keep Calm and Word cloud poster, and I think the time capsule, though I may schedule a date for the future and see when it posts what I thought of myself.

I didn't meet a lot of people, however I did meet a nice woman, Paula J. (her tumbler) (follow her @PaulaJAlbers). I hope to establish more friendships with #HAWMC persons as the days turn into months.