Dear Younger Self..

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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10 years ago, I was 18.  A very lost eighteen year old.  I thought I was a grown ass woman and knew it all.  I was very broken and rebellious.  My life wasn't going anywhere and at times, very dark.  My life spiraled out of control from ages fifteen to twenty-one but that's besides the point.  Ten years later, I'm not perfect but I have my shit together for the most part and I'm always a work in progress.  If I was standing next to my 18-year-old self, I would not only want to beat the crap out of her... I would want to cry and hold her.  Here are some things I would say:

○ You get better looking with age! ☺

○ Your father disowned you because he's a wacko and it's not your fault.  Get your ass up and do something with your life.

○ Time heals.  It REALLY does... i'm proof!

○ Walk away from the older people that you think are your friends, they're just a bad influence on you and you will fall into a world full of hurt.

○ SLOW DOWN.  Don't try to rush life.

○ Yep.  Drugs & Alcohol are bad especially if you're doing crazy shit before you're even twenty one!

○ You are worth it.

○ There are men out there that are worth dating... and eventually marrying. 

○ Be carefree, not careless.

○ Don't take yourself too seriously.

○ Stand up for yourself.

○ Don't drink and drive... you'll get in loads of trouble and will spend thousands of dollars that you'll never see again and will have to answer and ask permission from law makers.  NOT WORTH THE PAIN.

○This too shall pass.

○ Take loads of pictures.

○ You will live past the age of 25 even after all the crazy things you've done.

○ "I will never have kids."  Yes you will.
Believe it or not, this is one of your biggest purposes in your life.

○ He'll never change.  Don't go back to him either!  Let him go.

○ Don't base your self-worth on a man and don't make him your first priority.

○ Trust your gut.

○ People will walk in and out of your life in an instant... don't be so upset.  That's life.

○ When the going get's tough... sometimes no one is there.  It's going to hurt bad and you're going to feel so alone.. but time really does heal and you'll find better friends.  It will make you stronger.

○ Laugh.  All the time.

○ Shots make you do bad things. (Like I said, still a work in progress!)

○ You will grow a butt if you work out!

○ Your momma will always be there, be nice to her!

○ Don't let your happiness depend on another person.

○ Each new year is a gift to be enjoyed.

○ College is easier than real life.  You should have gone!

○ You will not be ready to settle down for a looong time.

○ It's not what you know that matters, it's who you know.

○ You will be able to quit smoking.  It may be one of the hardest things you'll ever have to do, but worth it!

○ Some families are distant and sometimes it's better to leave it like that.

○ Try new things.  Strive for something that stretches you.

○ FORGIVE.  And move on.

○ Most importantly, forgive yourself.

Mommy & Me Monday

Monday, January 27, 2014

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Mommy and Me Monday at Really, Are You Serious?
Hosted by Krystyn at Really, Are You Serious?
The babe & I had a nice and lazy mommy/daughter day today!
I plan to do these every chance I get on my day's off before the new baby comes.

B was such a lovable little lady today.  ☺
... she played well and was mommy's little helper at the store.  She didn't give me lip at all (which I've had a problem with lately!)  I'm so lucky to have a healthy growing girl.

BUMP UPDATE: 30 Weeks Pregnant- Getting Closer to the Finish Line!

Friday, January 24, 2014

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I have not been very good with my pregnancy updates... shame on me.
Well, I'm thirty weeks pregnant now!  I'm starting to slow down A LOT and don't have much motivation at work, or at home for that matter.  Baby girl is definitely getting bigger and moving a ton which causes me to feel lots of discomfort.  COME ON MARCH!
Only 9 weeks to go until we meet our second baby girl.

WEEK: 30

WEIGHT GAIN: 30 pounds! 

STRETCH MARKS:  Around where my c-section scar is... lower belly

BELLY BUTTON:  Still an innie!  It's what I call the deep dark abyss.. no way that thing is turning into an outtie.

LABOR SIGNS: Nada, nothing.

LINEA NIGRA:  For some reason it hasn't showed up this time... weird.

GENDER: Another princess ☺

SLEEP: Pretty good still!  I'm starting to get more tired again now that the third trimester is here.  My body pillow is my best friend.

NURSERY UPDATE:  The Hubs and my little lady put the crib together.  There are boxes of diapers and wipes on top of it.  We also have a changing station.  Other than that, nothing has been done... if I was home more I think I'd have more motivation!

FEELING: Pretty good.  Depends on the day... every other day I feel like poop!

MATERNITY CLOTHES:  Some of my size M's are starting to feel snug... stop growing so fast baby!

MISS ANYTHING:  Sometimes I miss my old body and how there wasn't a huge belly in the way.

FOOD CRAVINGS:  Not really.  I don't crave much right now... sometimes I have to force myself to eat.  WOMP.

ANYTHING MAKING YOU QUEASY OR SICK:  In the last couple weeks I've gone through little spells of nausea.  Hopefully it doesn't get any worse.

WEDDING RINGS ON OR OFF: Still on but some days I can't take them off because my fingers are swollen.

HAPPY OR MOODY MOST OF THE TIME:  I think happy.. though I have had some mini meltdowns lately!

LOOKING FORWARD TO:  My baby shower on March 1st!

My New Business Venture with Thirty-One Gifts

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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I stumbled across Thirty-One Gifts a couple years ago... probably by reading a blog.
I was looking for a company that was unique.  It seems like everyone sells Avon & Mary Kay these days.  I wanted to find something different that I could make some money on the side with.  I just wanted to pass around a catalog.  Then I saw that to become a consultant, it's $99 to join and at that time it didn't appeal to me at that moment (especially since I didn't know any other consultant's in my area.)
I have continued to see Thirty-One multiple times over the last couple years and told my friend that I love their products and I would love to host a party to get FREE stuff!  A couple days after I told her this, she realized she knew someone in the area that was pretty gung ho in the business and I wanted to join right away.
SO, I joined before my first party this past Saturday and still receiving hostess credit which is really nice. ☺

Super excited obviously.  What lady wouldn't be excited to see a large bright pink box?

Briana.  Being goofy as usual... modeling with my large utility tote!

Here's a little past experience that I waned to share...

About six years ago I was working with a business group:  Quixtar
I believe in their business model, I loved the team I worked with.  I went to 3 conferences, weekly team meetings, etc.  Quixtar changed my life... made me a better person, changed my whole perspective on life and that I am important.  Because of the people I put myself around, it changed my perspective on marriage and finding the one.  Even though I phased myself out of it when I got pregnant with B, I don't regret my time spent with them whatsoever.

Still, it took up a lot of my time.  That's why I love Thirty-One: You can work at your own pace, at your own time.  In order to stay as an active consultant, all you have to do is to make sure you have $200.00 in sales (or personal volume) every three months.  It's worth a shot for me!  I'll see where it takes me and if it doesn't work out... 
I at least get to keep all the merchandise!

My new friend Michele helped me out with my first party.  She is a Director that lives in my area and has been in business for the last couple years.  I had such an awesome time!  It felt so easy and non-stressful... probably because the awesome group of ladies that attended!

They were a positive energy in the set environment and not boring whatsoever!

They even volunteered to model.

During my first party I was able to book three future parties.
That got me excited.

Check out my website and view the Spring 2014 catalog if I somehow sparked an interest in you:

If you love it a little,
place an order and join my customer facebook group.

If you love it a lot,
have a party (at home, online or a catalog party.)
You will receive hostess credit to get FREE products off your wishlist.

If you love everything about it,
join my team! ☺