I’m sick of politics…

Can it just be over?

 

I’m totally done with politics now.

With official election day a mere hours away as I write this, can I just say; I’m done. So f-ing done.

Don’t get me wrong…

It is important. And groundbreaking considering the candidates running. History in the making.
But as exciting as it is, it’s also; anxious, annoying, frustrating, complicated, and overwhelming!

This last year has been hectic with the upcoming election

And how could it not? This time, many voters who skipped out on the last few elections are voting again – not to mention a new generation of first-time voters, casting their ballots.

But it’s all we’ve been hearing about, at an ever increasing rate.

It’s blown up over every aspect of radio, television, social media, even every day conversation.
You can’t hardly go to the grocery store without a newspaper/magazine article staring you in the face. A conversation (even argument?) overheard the next aisle over. It’s inescapable!

But I did my part

I researched where each candidate stood. I thought about my own viewpoints, and carefully selected a candidate I most identified with. If you follow me on facebook, I even did a short live video encouraging others to do the same. I don’t care what your political affiliation is – it really only matters that you use the voice you have, to make a difference.
But as the official time for open polls nears, it’s really starting to get to me!
I’m not saying this isn’t extremely important…but is anyone else just ready for this to be over with?

The last straw…

I expect to be inundated with the scandals, propaganda, and praises through all the media outlets, and even from friends/family, and my Facebook feed. But when even scrolling through my feeds, or trying to watch Netflix, the current election is always present. Like an ex-boyfriend that DM’s late at night when you’re least expecting it (and really don’t want to be bothered). I honestly wanted to pull my hair out earlier tonight, when a member of the Cloth Diaper Buy/Sell/trade group I help admin, posted another political meme. “Is nothing sacred!?”
 

I’ll be honest guys. 

At this point, whatever happens, happens. If you voted early like me, you’ve done your part. If you are voting on Nov. 8th, you’ll then do your own. It only matters that you make the choice you are comfortable with. But I’ll be glad when the anxiety, frustration, and overwhelming media attention coming from the television, internet, and next door neighbors, are done. Family and friends have been divided and broken over this.
Luckily, it’s almost over. And life can get back to being a little different…but somewhat normal.

Hey, I Want To Know…

This is a new roundup series with a twist: I’m going to ask some fellow Bloggers a few fun questions, just to see what they think! I love reading blogs as much as I do writing them, and what better way to get to know someone? Follow us at the end of each month to see their answers, and be sure to check out some of these great blogs while you’re at it!


Dicia – It’s My Mommy Life Now

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1: What’s your favorite thing to wear in cool, Fall weather?
I hate to admit this, but my favorite thing to wear in cool, fall weather is my red hoodie and my yoga pants. I homeschool my 9 year old and I’m always chasing after my two year old. I’m usually in something comfy. Oh and I can’t forget my socks and my sneakers. If I go out, I may end up in jeans and a t-shirt, but I still have my sneakers on.

2: What’s your child(ren) obsessed with right now?
Since I have two boys whose taste is completely different. I’ll list them by boy.
Kaeden (9) – Minecraft on PS3, fourwheeling, and Pokemon Go.
Karsen (2) – The movie Home on netflix, trucks and cars, trains, mommy, and food.

3: When your partner is feeling down, how do you cheer them up?
Cheering him up depends on why he is feeling down. Usually I will try to crack some perverted joke, get him to talk about it, hug him, tell him I love him and how much he means to me, and if nothing else works, then I make him food, lay in bed with him, and rub his back.

Sarah – Get Mom Balanced

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1: What’s your favorite thing to wear in cool, Fall weather?
I love a good pair of skinny jeans and a cute sweatshirt: Maybe something with a zipper or a cute detail at the neckline. I’m pretty simple and love basics that I can throw on. Shoes are always my challenge- I’m a flip flop girl and my feet got bigger with my last pregnancy so I’m on the hunt for new fall shoes!! 

2: What’s your child(ren) obsessed with right now? 
My 4yo son LOVES Lego. He loves to get sets and build them, and then play with what he’s built. He can sit and look at the instruction books over and over and also wants to look at sets on the computer and videos of people building!! He wants to go to Target just to look at the sets. Obsession is an understatement for him!! My 1yo guy loves throwing balls. He’s simple like that- give him a ball, toss it back and forth and that kiddo is happy!

3: When your partner is feeling down, how do you cheer them up?Thankfully, my hubby is pretty easy going and doesn’t get down often, but the way to help him unwind or get out of a funk would be to have some delicious food. So that means I won’t be cooking it! We’d be going out to dinner because I am also simple in my cooking and he is more of a foodie. So, a great meal with beer or wine and my hubby is happy! 

Melissa – Baby Castan On Board

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1: What’s your favorite thing to wear in cool, Fall weather?
Fall is by far my favorite season. The air is crisp, the holidays are right around the corner and it’s time to break out the sweaters, scarves, and boots! Not to mention all the flannel and denim that is in style for the season 🙂 

2: What’s your child(ren) obsessed with right now?
I have a nine-month-old so he is really obsessed with standing, walking and crawling. He loves putting something in front of himself and then when he reaches it pushes it a little further. He is so proud of himself. It’s the cutest thing!

3: When your partner is feeling down, how do you cheer them up?
The way to a man’s heart is food right? I like to take my husband out to eat, or sometimes I cook for him.

Tajuana – Healthy & Fit

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1: What’s your favorite thing to wear in cool, Fall weather?  
Cardigans!!! Every color 🙂

2: What’s your child(ren) obsessed with right now? ***
Eek, I don’t have human children, yet I have fur babies. My cats are obsessed with hiding in boxes and eating paper.   ***(Fur babies count! -Jasmine)
3: When your partner is feeling down, how do you cheer them up?
I like to leave my partner alone when they are not in the best mood because I would make it worse hehe, So I just let them have their space and when they’re ready they come back to life.

Michele – The Domestic Realist

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1: What’s your favorite thing to wear in cool, Fall weather?
A hooded sweatshirt. I love putting my hands in the pockets and digging them in deep to warm my hands when it gets cool. Putting one on makes it officially feel like Fall! I especially enjoy wearing one around a firepit (with a cold beverage in hand!). 

2: What’s your child(ren) obsessed with right now?
My 3yo is obsessed with picnics right now. She likes to have us sit on the floor and she pulls the food out of her hair. I’m not why it comes out of her hair but I just go with it! There are always sandwiches, apples, napkins, and cookies! My kind of picnic! 

3: When your partner is feeling down, how do you cheer them up?
Wait until he is ready to talk about it. Men are different from woman, and my husband doesn’t always admit something is wrong until he is ready to. So after 5 years of marriage, I’ve learned to just wait until he let’s me know he is feeling down. Then I cheer him up by making extra effort to focus on him. Whether that is turning off devices and talking or getting a sitter for a night out, I make the effort I can. 

Brittany – Follow The Dyers

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1: What’s your favorite thing to wear in cool, Fall weather?
So, we live currently live in Bangkok, Thailand, and the weather her is always warm. I love it so much, but sometimes I miss out on the Fall weather. Not too much though, because I LOVE the warm weather. One of the biggest things I miss in the Fall though is all things leaves. When I was a kid, I used to love to play in the leaves and make crafts with them. I miss seeing the colors of the leaves on the trees change, too. There are so many things you can do with the leaves once they are off the trees too! 

2: What’s your child(ren) obsessed with right now?
In Bangkok, they don’t really have many birthday party supplies, it’s just not something they do here, so we pretty much plan our birthday parties at least 6 months in advance because we buy the majority of our birthday party supplies when we visit the States. With that being said, my son had a Dinosaur birthday party this year and is still obsessed with everything dinosaur! My daughter is having a Hello Kitty birthday party next month and is obsessed with everything Hello Kitty! I’m sure the obsession will change in a few months when we start to determine what kind of parties they will have next year!

3: When your partner is feeling down, how do you cheer them up?
Usually, I just let him talk. Is that boring? Maybe I should look for other suggestions…what do you do when your husband is feeling down?

Julie Hoag – Julie Hoag Writer

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1: What’s your favorite thing to wear in cool, Fall weather?
I like jeans and my sweatshirt with my kids’ team logo on it. I also love the winter lined Crocs.  On warmer days I love to pull out the capris.

2: What’s your child(ren) obsessed with right now? 
My oldest son is obsessed with football. He plays it, watches it, and even participates in fantasy football with his friends. My middle son plays football too but he doesn’t watch the professionals play. He just enjoys playing the game. My middle son is very creative. He really loves to make things and watches videos online for ideas. He takes the ideas and makes his own twist on it. For example, he saw a launcher online made from a Gatorade bottle (top cut off), the ring from the Gatorade, and a cut balloon. He took the launcher to the deck and launched cheese balls. It was a genius idea because they were so light and airy they just soared all the way across the yard. My youngest son loves soccer right now. He is playing on a team and he is the most aggressive player. He really gets into it and very rarely does a ball get past him when he is goalie. He plays soccer in the front yard with friends. He’s obsessed with playing anything outside. My kids love Halloween and they are already making plans to make it the best Halloween they can this year. I love to write humor posts about life with three boys. I also write about being a mother, parenting, youth sports, anything kid related and pet related.

3: When your partner is feeling down, how do you cheer them up?
I surprise him with his favorite meat to grill on his Green Egg grill which is his obsession right now. He is so into being a grilling chef that he installed a spice rack for grilling spices in our basement. The Green Egg grill is a ceramic dark green egg shaped grill that can be used all year because it retains heat so well. He uses the all year long even in the cold winter. We are quite the pair because he loves meat and I’m a vegetarian, so I have developed some recipes I am posting on my website to accommodate myself as a vegetarian as well as the meat eaters who make up the rest of my family. Today my husband is grilling pork ribs on his Green Egg grill and my boys can’t wait to eat! I also buy him a specialty beer that he has never tried before to surprise him sometimes. 

Check out the great blogs above and come back each month to learn more about these bloggers!

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Motivational Workout Pointers

Need to motivation to start working out again? I was recently talking with Vanessa about how entirely unmotivated I become (and stay!) about developing a workout routine. Her words really helped me, and I encourage you to read them and get moving! Vanessa has an awesome blog, Fitfoodiemomlife, and I’m so happy we could have her posting here today!
By Vanessa G.
Exercising is one of those things that I absolutely LOVE! And when I say that I am definitely not over exaggerating.
Putting in a good workout is something for this mama and I definitely need an avenue to escape every single day. I’m a fulltime mama (is there any other kind?) and I literally chase little feet, wipe dirty chins, wash peanut buttery fingers, and change poopy diapers all day long. I rarely have a chance to just breathe or sit down and when I do sit down it’s usually playing with my son. In fact, my son is the one who motivates me to workout. That little chubby 15 month old doesn’t even know it but he’s the one who literally kicks me in the butt every single morning. Many times I want to pull the covers over my head, throw the alarm clock out of the room, and go right back to sleep. But then I think, “I want to be a healthy mommy! I want my son to make healthy decisions!” And so I always get up and grab my shoes and kick butt in the garage.
I understand that not everyone grew up with a daily exercise regimen and so I have a few pointers and maybe motivational key points that might help you begin to move that beautiful body of yours!
  •  “I’m not a morning person!” This is perfectly okay and please, DO NOT beat yourself up for not getting out of bed before 7, or 8 or maybe even 9 (if you can sleep past 9am, please email me because I want to know your mama trick!). You don’t have to workout first thing in the morning, just start out with a walk or after brushing your teeth in the morning and evening time push yourself to do a 15-30 second plank. Those basic moves will kick start your body.
  •   “It’s too late. I will never be thin again!” MYTH! MYTH! MYTH! You can do absolutely anything you want as long as the mind is up for the change. Just by walking 20-30 minutes a day you will train your body to do some extra moving and you might be amazed to see how good it feels! Not everyone can start off with a high intensity workout. Start slow and gradually increase your activity. Don’t ever tell yourself you can’t because you better darn right believer you can!
  •   “Cardio is boring and too hard!” I agree. Cardio sucks! Try mixing up your workout routine if the thought of having to do cardio discourages you from even trying. Maybe do a high intense move (burpees, jumping jacks, high knees, lateral jumps, etc.) for 30 seconds and then move to the weights for 10 reps. This up and down heart rate interval training is super beneficial to weight loss.
  • “I get bored!” Okay, I can understand that. So maybe think of a friend or another mom who is in the same boat as you. Reach out to her and start a workout routine together. Doing this will force you to stick to your commitment because the other mama has a schedule to follow too!
I listed a few of the excuses most people seem to have (I’ve thought them before too!) but it’s now time to kick yourself in the butt and run after what you want most. If you want those slim legs or if the muffin top bothers you, then stop complaining about it and actually do something about it. You can’t complain about your issues if you never work against them. I know it’s so easy to tell yourself you’ll just do it tomorrow. Because who doesn’t have a baby who wakes up during the night? Or who doesn’t deal with the annoying bladder that screams in your face at 3am—just another one of the changes that occur after birth. I know. I get it all. But not doing anything for you actually discourages you more than you realize and moving your body 20-30 minutes every day will do lots for your mama brain!

Get moving mama. No workout will ever be a regret!

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Vanessa is a mommy blogger, wife to a Naval Officer, and a mother to her one-year-old son. She loves everything fitness and health related and also enjoys cooking and baking. Motherhood is by far her most favorite and challenging journey and life task she has ever taken upon herself, but she would never trade it for anything in the world. Vanessa loves family, coffee, Jesus, traveling and good conversations.  
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How I find motivation (when feeling unmotivated)

Sometimes, you just aren’t motivated…

Being a wife and mother to the most important of two (well, 1.5)men, takes a lot of energy and time. By the end of the day, I’m usually exhausted, both physically and mentally. Continue reading “How I find motivation (when feeling unmotivated)”

5 Favorite Fall Scents (That Aren’t Pumpkin!)



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That time of year is nearly upon us. Changing leaves, crisp cool air…the overwhelming stench of pumpkin infiltrating everything in sight.

Can you tell I’m biased?

I’m one of those rare people that don’t care for pumpkin flavored/scented anything…unless it’s actually pumpkin.

Pumpkin belongs to be eaten in a pie with icecream on top…not put in coffee, cookies, car air fresheners, or feminine products. I’ll never forget the first time I saw Pumpkin Spice scented Always Pads. That was crossing a very defined line! But, my pumpkin lovers adore them, so c’est’ la vie!

But, if you’re like me, and Pumpkin Spice just isn’t your thing, you don’t have to feel left out this time of year, because believe it or not – there’s actually a lot of fall-related fragrances out there that don’t contain the stuff! Here’s 5 of my top favorites from Bath & Body Works that always get me in an Autumn kind of mood! As soon as these hit the store, I went a little overboard and had to get them all!

5: Leaves


Although we haven’t hit the first day of Autumn yet, once I saw the nasty Pumpkin Spice had invaded the local Bath & Body Works, I began the quest to get the smell out of my nose. I bought this in candle form, and it’s strong-but not overpowering. This one candle is enough to fill my living room with a wonderfully earthy scent that can only be described as “Fall.” This could probably transcend into winter as a seasonal fragrance, but for the start of the season, I love it! It’s available as a wallflower and room perfume, but I like candles for larger areas, so it works great in our house.

4: Mahogany Teakwood 
Because my husband is a man, and enjoys manly things (Like the smell of leather-bound books and mahogany). I picked this out specifically for his office. It’s very light and comfortable, and while I would categorize it for Fall, it’s also something you could use year round. And you will, because as we all know, men don’t like change. I use the wallflower, but it actually comes in a car freshner too!

3: Sweater Weather

When I haven’t had a candle burning, a few sprays here and there, and the visions of cool air and warm toastiness fills the room with “Sweater Weather!” It has a very nice blend of berry and apple, the perfect combination for a nice, warm Autumn day. Not overpowering at all, and very pleasant. I think this would go well as a wallflower is you really enjoy the scent, and don’t want to spray a lot. It’s perfect for those unexpected visitors and you haven’t anything nice burning. I probably get more compliments with this one on average. It’s just between ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’!

 
2: Autumn Sunshine

I put a bottle of this in our guest bathroom, and a wallflower in the master bath. I love the citrusy tones with this one, and it’s a nice change from the earthy, woodsy scents in the rest of the house (although it does have cedarwood, so it’s not too far away from the theme we have going). Living in georgia, we don’t really have the color changing leaves or incredibly cool days that most other areas have with Fall, So I personally think this scent compliments that actual weather we have outside. I could even see using this for summertime as well, so I’ll probably be stocking up soon!
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I fell in love with this long ago, and this year, I actually bought the 3-wick candle, wallflowers, and room sprays for it! It’s my absolute favorite Fall scent! It’s musky, woodsy, and an all around pleasant change from the normal fresheners on the market. My husband enjoys it too, as it’s not too overwhelming or “girly”. It actually reminds me of a Lumberjack…but not a smelly, sweaty Lumberjack. More like if Fabio were a Lumberjack, and was hanging out in your hallway. Wile I don’t think it could transcend into other seasons, it’s definitely worth getting for a nice Autumn feel in your home or car! Well, maybe early Winter…or maybe I’m not ready to let it go, even just as this season has started!
An honorable mention, the Glade Blackberry Jam room spray…how I miss you so! I found it a few years ago and haven’t been able to find them for the last few seasons. but, they were sold as a limited edition scent, and if you do find them somewhere-grab them! I don’t know if I would classify it as a “fall” scent, but I loved it back in 2012, and would pay anything to get it back again!
So I do hope you’ll look into these for freshening your home with a nice Fall theme, and let me know how they work out for you!
 
What’s some of your Favorite Fall Fragrances (That aren’t Pumpkin related)?
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